Wow! We've made it through 5 full days of school! We're happy that we had a near miss from the 4th Nor'easter this month, but we are all ready for spring. The weather continues to fluctuate, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather to go out for recess each day. Spring uniform will be coming soon.... We are enforcing our dress code at school and making sure students are wearing the correct shoes, gym pants, being tucked in etc.
LAST CALL FOR YOUR FREE GALA TICKETS
We are excited for this year's Gala on Saturday, April 7th. This year 2 complimentary Gala tickets were included with your paid tuition. You MUST RSVP by MONDAY, March 25th in order to receive your complimentary tickets. Tickets are non-transferable and only one ticket per parent (two per family).
The Gala will be at the Wachusett Country Club at 6:00PM. The Gala is Semi-Formal and includes appetizers, a buffet dinner, raffles, auction, music and more.
REGISTRATION for 2018-2019
Don’t forget to re-register soon. ALL students need to re-register for the next school year. You can find registration forms for returning students and applications for new students, including preschool, on our website. OR ask for a registration form in the office.
The Registration Fee increases to $250 on April 1st. Please make sure to re-register before the end of the month.
***You Do NOT need to create a new FACTS account if you already have one *****
Report Cards for Kindergarten to 8th grade went 'live' in Option C on Monday. Please take a minute to review your child's report card and remember to click CONFIRM Report Card when you do read it, otherwise it looks like you have not read your child's report card. If you have any questions regarding your child's report card, please email the classroom teacher.
St. Anna School is an accredited school through NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).NEASC accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope. It respects differences in institutional populations, missions, and cultures, and fosters institutional change grounded in the expertise of practicing educators. It is based on standards which are developed and regularly reviewed by the members and which define the characteristics of good schools and colleges.
NEASC accreditation is structured in a ten-year cycle of:
Self-study which engages the entire educational community in structured analysis, self-reflection, and planning in response to the standards.
Peer review which brings discipline and perspective to the process through the observations and judgments of a visiting committee of peers from other schools and colleges, informed by the self-study and based on the standards.
We are beginning our self-study to prepare for our 10 year peer review. As part of this process, we will be gathering input from our students, parents, staff and community.
We would like your input on our current Mission Statement as we review and possibly revamp it. Please take a minute to complete this quick survey. Thank You.
HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS
The Lions Club will be here on April 5th and 6th to conduct vision and hearing screenings for all students from kindergarten to grade 8. The Massachusetts School Vision Screening Program has been one of the most successful initiatives implemented by the Department of Public Health for over 50 years.
The purpose of this screening is to detect any vision and hearing impairments that your child may have that may be affecting his/her learning. If your child wears prescription glasses and/or hearing aids we request that they wear them on the day of the screening. They will be conducted through the Lions Club mobile screening lab with the help of our volunteers. You will receive notification after the screenings ONLY if there are any concerns noted during the screening.
The school is dedicated to make sure that each child is healthy and ready to learn. We would like to take this moment to thank you for joining us in our efforts in providing the best learning environment.
If you have any questions or concerns about the School Vision and Hearing Screening Program please let me know. If you would like to opt your child out of the screenings, please send an email to Mrs. Priddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) BEFORE April 3rd
The Leominster Lions Club will also be collecting used and unused reading glasses, hearing aids and sunglasses during St. Anna’s screening day, taking place on April 5th and 6th Broken frames and glasses will also be collected. Thank you!
529 PLAN Changes ***info here***
We are pleased to bring your attention to changes to the federal tax code that will make it easier for catholic school families to meet annual tuition obligations. Per the 2017 Tax Cut and Job Act, effective January 2018, families can withdraw up to $10,000/year/student from that student’s 529 plan to pay for K-12 tuition. The primary benefit of a 529 plan is that earnings in the plan are tax-free if used to pay qualified education expenses. Attached for your review is a primer from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops on the changes to 529 plans occasioned by the recent legislation.
The change to the federal tax code follows upon changes to the MA tax code. Effective January 1, 2017 through the 2021 tax year, contributions to Massachusetts 529 plans of up to $1,000 per year by an individual, and up to $2,000 per year by a married couple filing jointly, are deductible in computing Massachusetts taxable income.
Please note that St. Anna School does not provide tax advice and we recognize that each families financial circumstance is unique. We recommend that you consult your financial advisor or tax consultant to select the best options for your family.
ST ANNA SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE
Help Us Make a Difference for Families in Need
As a Pillar of Lent Service, the 4th grade has taken on organizing a Food Drive. This is the LAST week to contribute.... This week's blue light special is Cereal and Pancake Mix!
1st 7th with 464 points
2nd 5th with 316 points
3rd K with 279 points
4th 2nd with 277 points
*** This week you can overtake the lead.... only takes some Blue Light Special Double Pointers!!! ***
We will have our Lifetouch Spring Photos on Thursday, April 5th
This is an Out Of Dress Day- as our Spring pictures are always out of dress. We will send flyers home a few days before. You can choose your pose and background. ALL students will have their picture taken unless you send in the Form with a note you do NOT want your child’s photo taken or even a separate note excusing your child from photos.
There is no money needed on picture day. In a couple of weeks, you will get a packet of pictures. You then pay for the pictures that you want and return the ones you do not want. We suggest you return them ASAP if you do not plan to purchase them so they do not get misplaced.
Preschool- All preschool students are invited to come have their photo taken. We will get preschool students who do not come on Thursdays- in for their photos whenever you arrive between 9:00-10:30.
LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK SWEETHEART BALL
Our annual Sweetheart Ball will be held on Friday, April 6th at St Anna’s from 7:00-9:00 PM. We invite fathers or other male role models to celebrate a night out of dancing with their special girls. Tickets are on sale in the office: $20.00 per couple and $5.00 for each additional daughter. Tickets are NOT sold at the door. Please plan ahead. You can purchase optional photos for $10. You can pay when you purchase your tickets OR pay the night of the Sweetheart Ball. Checks for tickets/photos can be made out to St. Anna School. Music by DJ Proietti and lots of treats! (this is a No mom event- sorry!).
We are looking for baked goods for all to enjoy on this special night out. Please remember NO peanuts, peanut butter or tree nuts. I’m sure the girls would love some fruit and veggies too! Please email Kelley Gammel (email@example.com) if you’re able to help with treats.
Have you ordered your 2017-2018 St. Anna School Yearbook year? You don’t want to miss out on the memories. Preschool through grade 8 are ALL included in the yearbook.
This year's book is only $22! You can reserve your copy today by sending in the form or ordering online. Use Our Yearbook ID Code: 12276518. Lifetouch will also be sending you yearbook ordering email reminders! Don't miss out on the memories. ALL students are included in the yearbook, including our new students. It is a really nice keepsake.
BEER and WINE TASTING
The STB PTO will host it's Annual Beer and Wine Tasting on Friday, April 13th at the Wachusett Mountain from 7pm - 10pm. We are asking for you help in promoting the event to your families.
Tickets are $30/single and $55/couple. Deadline for ticket sales in Wednesday, April 10th.
The evening will have live music, food, raffle, silent auction and beer/wine tasting tables.
Our current last day of school is June 15th this is an early release day at 11:30
8th grade graduation is June 7th
Field Day is June 8th. 8th graders are invited to come back for the day!
Preschool graduation is June 12th
Athletics & Activities-
Taekwondo Class- 4 week special for $30 (includes uniform) MORE INFO HERE
APRIL Vacation Boredom Busters!!! Check out these offerings from the Mount!
Hillary's Chucks Kidz Day to be held April 14th
Find out more about the foundation by visiting www.hillaryschucks.com.
Session IV April 9-June 8
Mondays- Tennis grades 1-5, Book Club grades 5-8
Tuesdays- Breakout/Escape grades 1-3
Wednesdays- Escape Room grades 4-8
Thursdays- GAME TIME! grades 2-8
TinkerCad- see Miss Ellis can be done in free time/indoor recess/homework club
BOK (before school gym fun)- No sign ups needed…. K-3 on Tuesdays // 4-8 Fridays 7:45-8:25
Yearbook (6-8) Tuesdays 8:00
Choir grades 3-8 Wednesdays 8:30
Drama grades 4-8 Thursdays
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 unless they are scheduled to go to extended care
We offer a salad bar option every day- either as a meal or side. Students are able to choose from a variety of veggies and proteins to make their own salad.
NJHS Ice Cream Sales continue every Friday for $1
and the Vending Machine is stocked with healthy drink options.. water, Gatorade, juice, iced tea.
We also have a water station so students can have plenty of water at lunch.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting TUESDAY, MARCH 27 at 6:00. Childcare will be available. We will be planning for the annual Mother-Son event, brainstorming BBQ themes, choosing fall fundraisers and more. We’d love to have you join us. Have a voice in your school.
Contact the PTO anytime
Spring may be here on the calendar but it doesn't feel like it outside. Some of our winter ailments may linger a while longer. Please make sure to keep your child home from school if they are not feeling well or exhibit any signs of illness, including a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Please take a minute to read the Flu information from the CDC.
If you child has any symptoms, especially a fever, they MUST stay home until they are fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. We want to keep all of our students healthy.
3/25 Palm Sunday
3/27 Cool Kids Banking
3/28 Living Stations 9:00
3/29 Maundy Thursday
3/30 Good Friday- NO SCHOOL
4/3 PTO Out of Dress
4/5 Spring Lifetouch Photos-
4/5 & 4/6 Vision/Hearing Screenings
4/6 Sweetheart Ball 7:00-9:00
4/7 Design Squad has been CANCELED for the Spring (see you in the Fall)
4/7 St. Anna Spirit GALA 5:30 PM
4/9 Science Fair Set Up/Class Previews
4/9 PTO Meeting 6:00
4/10 Science Fair Judging AND Science Fair Viewing & Awards 6:30 **Change in Date**
4/13 K-5 Trip to Theatre at the Mount to see Little Mermaid
4/16 -4/20 April Vacation
4/23-4/27 Spring Book Fair
4/26 Author Jeff Nathan visit K-5
4/28 First Communion
4/30 Books & Beyond ENDS
Mrs. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!