Wow... It's hard to believe there are just 10 days until Christmas. The Christmas Spirit is alive in the halls of St. Anna School. We had a wonderful Kindergarten Nativity Pageant yesterday afternoon. They were fantastic. They all knew their lines and words to the beautiful songs. It was a wonder for all to experience.
Today our preschool to grade 3 students traveled to the different continents to make Christmas ornaments as part of our annual Christmas Around the World. I enjoyed seeing the smiled on their faces as they put beads on their straw stars, glued halo's on their angels and filled their ornaments with pom poms, pipe cleaners and other trinkets. It was a morning of memories they will be reminded of each year as they put their ornaments on their tree. This the time of year for traditions and making memories with our family.
We will have our monthly awards following Mass this week. We will recognize Virtue of the Month for Service, our Tiger Award for most improved and Honor Roll/Principal's List for grades 4-8.
SOCKS FOR SANTA
We only need 250 more pairs of socks to meet our goal- Our goal is to DOUBLE the amount we collected last year…. 1000 socks!
ONE more week to reach our goal… if EVERYONE can bring in one pair of socks we will exceed our 1,000 socks to help those in need this winter…. Think about how cold it has been the past few days and how you can show COMPASSION (our virtue of the month) for those that don’t have warm socks and bring some in for them! Collection bins are in the lobby just waiting for 250 more pairs!
JOY & HEARTS for HEAT
The Third Sunday in Advent is for Joy- On Monday, December 18th students can wear pink or red out of dress to school for $1 which will be donated to Hearts for Heat!
Students in grade PK-5 will have their annual Christmas Concert on December 20th at 1:30 in the gym. Students should wear their Christmas Best to school today.
POLAR EXPRESS DAY
We will celebrate Polar Express Day on Thursday, December 21st. This is a pajama out of dress day! Please make sure that pajamas are school appropriate… We will get together as a school to listen to the Polar Express book. Younger students may also do other polar express activities in their classrooms. Hot, Hot we may even get it! Hot Chocolate!
UGLY SWEATER DAY
Don’t miss out on Ugly Sweater Day! Friday, December 22nd. All Classes will have their Christmas Parties in the morning.
This is also an early release day at 11:30. There is NO Extended Care today, please make other arrangements for pick up.
Students and staff can wear the most creative and ugliest sweaters/shirts they can find to help us show off our Christmas spirit. This is a festive out of dress day!
PAINT NIGHT OUT
Join us for another paint night out. We had so much fun last year! January 17th at 7:00. Art on the Rocks in Fitchburg. Pre-registration is required.
They start class promptly at 7:00, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to get set up. You are welcomed to bring your favorite drinks (that includes wine!!!). They supply the cups, openers and aprons.
You don't want to miss out on painting this cute snowman or penguin. You'll be the envy of the neighborhood!
LAST CALL---- GIFT CARDS MAKE GREAT GIFTS-- St. Anna PTO - Great Lake Scrips Gift Card Program
The St. Anna PTO will once again offer "One Stop Shopping" for all of your Christmas Gift Card needs! You can order all of your gift cards in one place, at one time and they are delivered directly to the school. No running from store to store or standing in long lines. There are over 300 major retailers to choose from and the biggest bonus - the retailers donate a portion of the cards value back to St. Anna School! It is fundraising while you shop! You can also order gift cards and use them for your everyday purchases. Stock up on Dunkin Donuts, Panera or Starbucks cards and use them to purchase your morning coffee.
Please visit www.shopwithscrip.com to create an online account. Detailed instructions can be found on the school website.
If you don't want to create an online account, you can download a copy of the order form and submit it with your payment to Mrs. Priddy in the main office.
The PTO will be placing 3 orders this Christmas season. The last deadline is Monday, December 18th .
Paper order forms need to be turned in to the main office before the end of the school day, on the day of the deadline. Online orders can be submitted up to 6:30pm EST on the day of the deadline.
Please email Laura Pompei at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Athletics & Activities
Ski/Snowboard Club- Wednesdays from 4:00-8:00 beginning on January 3rd for the 6 week program.
BASKETBALL SEASON IS HERE!
Concession Stand sign ups – please consider helping us out. We can always use help for the last game each week ALL parents are welcome to pitch in whether your child plays basketball or not!
Basketball Schedules- Come Cheer on our teams this season!
Grades 1-4 Boys Grades 5-8 Girls Grades 5-8
After School Program Sign Ups-
Mondays- Minecraft Development (grades 4-8
Tuesdays- BOK (K-3), Sphero (grades 1-3)
Wednesdays- TinkerCAD 2.0 (grades 4-8)
Thursdays - Math Olympiad- Lego Club (K-3)
Friday- BOK for grades 4-8 due to conflict on Thursdays with Math Olympiad
Drama grades 4-8 Thursdays NO DRAMA December 21st
Choir grades 3-8 Wednesdays 8:30
Cheerleading- grades 3-8 Saturdays
Homework Club grades 3-8- Monday-Thursday 3:15-4:30 **students are welcome to attend homework club to complete homework or study for quizzes/tests. Students must stay at homework club until their ride arrives.
January Lunch Menu
ICE CREAM Sales will resume every Friday beginning January 5th. Ice cream sales are a fundraiser for National Junior Honor Society.
Students can bring in $1.00 ($2.00 for the big bomb pops in 4-8) each Friday to purchase ice cream after lunch.
There's also a vending machine with plastic bottles of water, iced tea, flavored water and Gatorade/Powerade (12 oz) for $1.00.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting Tuesday, January 9th at 6:00. Childcare will be available. We will be in the final planning stages for the Pasta Supper. Catholic Schools Week is also coming up the end of January.
All are welcome to attend. We appreciate everyone’s ideas and insight.
Contact the PTO anytime
TEACHER WISH LISTS!
Back by poplar demand- Teacher's have added items that would be helpful for their classrooms- instead of putting cards on the tree this year, we did it virtually. This allows more parents to participate and teacher's can always use multiples of some of the items. Take a look at the WISH LIST and feel free to purchase something for a teacher. You can send it in to the teacher- wrapped or unwrapped or add to a Christmas Gift!
The St. Anna Food Pantry is also in need of peanut butter, tuna fish and canned vegetables- we will keep them on our list and update it during the year as well.
Thank you as always for your on-going support! We appreciate you!
DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR SCHOOL APP- STAY UP TO DATE.....
If you haven't already downloaded our new app- take a minute to do so...
apple store OR google play For iPhone and Android.
Don't forget to enable notifications so you can get reminders! Never miss another out of dress day. This app gives you quick access to our calendar, Friday Mail, Option C, Order Lunches and more. Check the sidebar to contact any of the staff or call the school, make a prayer request and more convenient links. You can also share a photo that once approved can be added to the app or our Facebook page!
We wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas season. Please help us keep all of our friends healthy this winter. if your child is not feeling well, please keep them home from school. If a child has a fever, diarrhea or vomiting, they cannot return to school for at least 24 hours.
12/17 Third Sunday of Advent: JOY
12/18 JOY Day- wear red or pink with $1 donation to hearts for heat
12/20 Mass with Awards following
12/20 Christmas Show PK-5 at 1:30
12/21 Polar Express Pajama Day
12/22 Ugly Sweater Day- early dismissal 11:30
12/25-January 1 Christmas Break
1/9 PTO Out of Dress Day
1/9 PTO Meeting 6:00
1/15 No School- MLK Day
1/17 Paint Night Out fundraiser
1/24 Progress Reports
1/28 Catholic Schools Week Begins- Open House 11:00-12:00
Mrs. Veilleux, our principal, will update the blog once she gets settled in. She is excited about keeping you informed and up to date about upcoming events.