We’ve had quite the snowy start to March. I hope everyone has been working hard on their Blizzard Bags and if everyone turns in their work, our last day of school will remain June 15th, so make sure to get your work done and turned in to your teacher. We’re praying that next week’s predicted Nor’Easter will be a rain event! I think we have enough white stuff in the yard.
We are finally finishing up Terra Nova. We were granted an extension due to the snow days. We finished our classroom testing this morning and are now working on make up testing. We are very proud of how hard our students worked. They took the tests seriously and everyone put forth their best effort.
SPIRIT OF ST ANNA GALA 2018
We are excited to bring you this year’s GALA! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7th. This year 2 complimentary Gala tickets were included with your paid tuition. You MUST RSVP by Monday, March 26th 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.
Raffle Tickets for pre-sale will be sent home next week!!! Tickets are $20 for 25. There are LOTS of prizes to choose from. Your students will be excited for some of the new 'school' raffle prizes. You will receive a list and order form for the tickets. You simply fill out the order form, letting us know how many tickets you'd like and how many you'd like entered for each raffle item. Send in your form and money! Easy Peasy! AND/OR purchase raffle tickets AT the GALA.
School ONLY Raffle prizes will be drawn AT school with the students in an assembly on Monday, April 9th.
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 **More 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.
LENTEN FISH DINNERS
If you haven’t attended a fish dinner at St. Anna Church, you are missing out! It is the BEST baked haddock dinner around! Come out any or all Friday night’s during Lent for your fish dinner and support St. Anna Society. The St. Anna Society has graciously donated $10,000 to our school for the past couple of years. Let’s show them the same support.
See the FLYER for more details…
Father Fred would like to encourage you all to attend penance together as a family during the Lent Season. All Leominster Catholic Churches will be holding Penance every Tuesday during Lent at 7:00 PM.
ST ANNA SCHOOL FOOD DRIVE
Help Us Make a Difference for Families in our parish and restock the empty shelves for Mathew 25
As a Pillar of Lent Service, the 4th grade has taken on organizing a Food Drive. The food drive will continue through Lent, ending on Holy Thursday. The school (grades PK-8) will collect canned goods and dry goods to donate to the St Anna food pantry. Our food drive will help families in our community.
Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need. Here are some suggestions:
Canned chicken, Peanut butter, Dried beans, 100% fruit juices, Canned fruit, Rice, Pasta, Canned soups, Multigrain & low-sugar cereals, Canned tuna, Canned vegetables, Granola bars, Instant potatoes, Nuts, Salad dressing
Each item donated is worth 1 point, We will have an item of the week (The Blue Light Special). This item will be worth 2 points. NEXT WEEK’S BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL WILL BE PASTA AND SAUCE! Let’s show our Italian community we know how to pasts!!
The class with the most points will win a pizza party! The donations will be collected and counted by class each morning by the 4th grade.
Thank you for your help!
The Fourth Grade Class
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.
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 *****
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
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.
Athletics & Activities
APRIL Vacation Boredom Busters!!! Check out these offerings from the Mount!
Session III January 29-March 29
Mondays- 4-8 Minecraft World Development, 6-8 The NOVELties
Tuesdays- 1-3 Sphero 2.0, Archery 4-8 (Feb 27-March 20)
Wednesdays- 4-8 Engineering, K-3 Lego Club
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
Session IV will begin April 9th... stay tuned!
Yearbook (6-8) Tuesdays 8:00
Choir grades 3-8 Wednesdays 8:30
Drama grades 4-8 Thursdays
Math Olympiad Thursdays 7:50
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 unless they are scheduled to go to extended care
APRIL MENU we will have a second non-meat pizza option each week during Lent. Teachers will let students know in class that day their options- for example this week it is cheese or pineapple pizza!
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
The flu is nothing to take lightly this year. Please take a minute to read the Flu information from the CDC. If you child has any flu 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. The flu season runs through May.
3/19 Reports cards live
3/21 Irish Step Dancers 11:10
3/23 MS dance at St. Leo’s 7-9 PM
3/23 Lenten Fish Dinner
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 12:00-4:00
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!