Dear St. Anna Families and Staff,
Last week, we gave you ten great reasons to attend the Gala. Now for some trivia. Did you know Gala may refer to…
· Gala Apple – native to New Zealand
· Gala Potato – native to Sanitz, Germany
· Gala Brand - a character in Ian Fleming’s James Bond Moonraker
· Gala Rizzatto - known as Gala, an Italian singer/songwriter whose hits include "Freed from Desire" and "Come into My Life" (1997)
But Gala, for St. Anna, is a festive occasion and a big party in which we celebrate St. Anna School and our children! And our Gala will be held on Saturday, April 1st at the Wachusett Country Club. Tickets are available online at https://stannaparish.weshareonline.org/
NEW THIS YEAR… check out our online raffle! Great prizes including Wachusett Mtn Ski Passes, American Girl Doll, Tory Burch Handbag, Dandini Dumpster, Fr Fred’s Day Off, 5 Days Out of Dress Code, Principal for the Day and much more! Visithttps://www.stannaparish.org/the-gala-1! Encourage your family and friends to participate in the raffle! We are offering bonus raffle tickets if you purchase them online! New items are being added daily!
We received a generous donation of $10,000 from the St. Anna Society for the Gala. For three years now, these remarkable women have supported our school with over $30,000. Please support them by attending the Fish Dinners which are held every Friday during Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) from 4pm - 7pm in the Church Hall. On Friday, March 17th, there will be a very special treat -- a Cannoli Station set up by Gerardo's Bakery courtesy of a generous donor. You will be able to customize your own cannoli! We are forever grateful for the Society's contribution!
Thank you! We hope to see you at Gala 2017!
BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
Please Join us on Saturday, March 25th from 8:00-10:00 at Applebee’s for a pancake breakfast sponsored by the PTO.
Enjoy 3 pancakes, bacon, coffee/juice. You can have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, enter the coloring contest and try your luck at the Easter egg grab… you could win a homework pass, out of dress day, free ice cream or an assortment of Easter trinkets.
Tickets are on sale in the office- $10 per person ($40 family cap for immediate family members). Tickets must be purchased or reserved prior to the event.
HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS
The Lions Club will be here on March 31st to conduct vision and hearing screenings for all students from preschool 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. Comprehensive changes to school vision screening in Massachusetts now include new screening guidelines for stereopsis testing which looks at how the two eyes work together as well as near and far vision screening.
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. This year your child’s hearing and vision screening will be on March 31st. They will be conducted through the Lions Club mobile screening lab with the help of some parent volunteers. You will receive notification after the screenings ONLY if there are any concerns noted during the screening.
The school is very interested in making 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 March 24th.
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 March 31st. Broken frames and glasses will also be collected. Thank you!
During this season of Lent, students are focusing on prayer (as Father described at Mas this week- they can talk to God like he's their friend), Fasting (what they can 'give up') and Alms Giving. As a school we will be collecting donations to support the food insecure students of Leominster through Kylee's Kare Kits. Each week we will be collecting different items to be donated.
March 6-10th Granola Bars, Oatmeal Packets & Individual boxes of cereal
March 13-17th Applesauce & Fruit Cups
March 20-24th Soups (kid friendly), Spaghetti O's, Chef Boyardee Ravioli & Spaghetti & Meatballs
March 27-31 Individual snacks- cookies, pretzels, crackers
April 3-7 Juice BOXES (no bags please)
April 9-13 Any of the above!
Tuition rates and new registration forms for 2017-2018 were emailed home today. All returning students need to fill out the new registration form. Please make sure you re-register before March 31st. We have waiting lists for several grades and spaces will be opened up to them on April 7th. If you do not re-register, you could lose your child’s spot.
If you’d like a hard copy sent home, please request one from Mrs. Priddy.
If you are planning to apply for financial assistance please visit the website and apply before March 10, 2017. https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3H1T8
BUTTER BRAIDS FUNDRAISER
YUM! Butter Braids Order Forms will come home with your child on Monday. The sale runs from March 6-20. Orders will be picked up on April 10th , just in time for Easter! Proceeds will support spring field trips, including middle school trips!
If you have any questions, need an extra order form, please contact Mrs. Priddy
TERRA NOVA TESTING
Students in grades 2-8 will have their Terra Nova testing March 13-24. Please help your child get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast to prepare them for a day of testing. It is important to arrive to school on-time each day as testing will begin promptly at 9:00 for most classes.
Monday 13th – Science/SS
Tuesday 14th- No Testing
Wednesday 15th – Language 1-2
Thursday 16th- Reading 1-4
Friday 17th – Common Core Plus
Monday 20th – Math 1-3
Tuesday 21st- Inview
We will have our Lifetouch Spring Photos on Tuesday, March 14th
This is a regularly scheduled Out Of Dress Day- as our Spring pictures are always out of dress. A flyer with a Selection Form will be coming home tomorrow (and attached). 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.
Preschool- All preschool students are invited to come have their photo taken. We will get preschool students who do not come on Tuesdays- in for their photos whenever you arrive between 9:00-10:30.
It's time to order your 2016-2017 St. Anna School Yearbook! We have worked hard to bring you the BEST yearbook to preserve your memories AND a reasonable cost!
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: 12276517. Lifetouch will also be sending you yearbook ordering email reminders! Don't miss out on the memories.
March Lunch Menu
Orders can be placed until 7am on the day of the meal at www.orderlunches.com
NEW- You can add a meatball to your order… it’s $1.00 charge. Add it as a side for your pizza, breadsticks, pasta!
We will also offer a ‘specialty’ pizza on Friday’s during Lent!
If you need to set up an OrderLunches account- follow the instructions here!
(email us at PTO@stannaleom.org)
Athletics & Activities
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
Allen’s March Madness SALE Flyer March 18- April 1
Basketball Clinics for grades 1-4 this weekend.... ALL students are welcome to attend regardless of whether or not you played on one of our teams. Come learn some new skills.
Grades 1 & 2 10:00-11:15
Grades 3 & 4 11:30-1:00
Email coach Donlan for more information...
DRAMA is Thursdays from 3:15-5:00 and Singers on Tuesdays with Mr. Marcoux 3:30-4:30
Choir Wednesday mornings 8:30 or church days-
Winter Session of After School Programs (January 30-March 31)
Mondays- Set Design- help Mrs. Farnsworth create the set and props for the drama club's production of Shrek Jr. This is a FREE program for grades 4-8 and will extend beyond the 8 weeks.
Tuesdays- Scrapbooking with Mrs. French and Mrs. Priddy! Do you want to preserve your memories and pictures? This is for you... Grades 3-8.
Drama Singers will also me working with Mr. Marcoux on Tuesdays after school-
Wednesdays- Board Game fun with Miss Ellis. Are you in grades 4-8 and love to play board games or just want to have fun with friends- this is a FREE program just for you.
Thursdays- Lego Club is back for grades K-3... This is FULL…
Fridays- Video Editing with Miss Ellis... learn how to video edit and create slide shows.
GYM FUN for grades K-3 on Tuesday & Thursday mornings 7:50-8:30
3/12 Daylight Savings Begins
3/13 Wine Glass Paint Night Event
3/13-3/24 TERRA NOVA Testing grades 2-8
3/14 PTO Out of Dress/ Pi Day J
3/20 Trimester 2 ends
3/21 Local Spelling Bee 6:00 (Double Tree)
3/23 Early Dismissal at 11:30 (Teacher PD Day)
3/24 Report Cards Live at 4:00
3/24 Middle School Dance at St. Leo’s
3/25 Speech Declamation **New Date**
3/29 Employee of the Year Dinner
3/30 Mass for Life grades 7 & 8
3/31 Hearing & Vision Screenings
4/1 Gala- Sock Hop
4/3-4/6 Science Fair
4/6 Science Fair Viewing and Awards 6:30-8:00
4/7 Sweetheart Dance
4/8 Design Squad 12:00-4:00
4/10 MWCC Play “James and the Giant Peach” 9:30 (grades K-5)
4/11 PTO Out of Dress
4/13 Holy Thursday
4/14 Good Friday- No School
4/15 One Boston Day
4/17-4/21 Spring Vacation
4/24-4/28 Book Fair
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.