Happy St. Patrick's Day! Luck of the Irish to all!
Our annual Gala will be held on April 1st at the Wachusett County Club. Extended deadline for returns is March 23rd. For the 15 families who are coming – we wish you the best of luck winning the $2,000 tuition credit! Odds are looking good for you!
Due to the generosity of St. Anna Parish, we received $25,000 in donations. It is remarkable the loyalty and support these benefactors show our school. Special thank you to Fr. Fred who has done a remarkable job promoting the Gala at the Parish!
In your children’s backpack, today there are gala raffle tickets. Even if you cannot attend the Gala, please support our raffle. BONUS this year – purchase your raffle tickets online at www.stannaparish.org and receive 5 extra tickets!
Don't forget to attend the Fish Dinner tonight! Free cannoli bar courtesy of a wonderful benefactor who also made a significant contribution to the Gala!
The Gala Committee
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. Deadline is March 21st- If we do not sell enough tickets the event will be canceled… please get your tickets today!
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.
BUTTER BRAIDS FUNDRAISER
Last Call…. Order forms are DUE in the office on Monday…. Don’t miss out on these delicious butter braids and cinnamon rolls. Late orders will not be accepted!
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.
Friday 17th – Common Core Plus
Monday 20th – Math 1-3
Tuesday 21st- Inview
Wednesday 22nd- Language 1-2 Make up
Thursday & Friday- Make Ups
SPRING PHOTOS- RESCHEDULED
We will have our Lifetouch Spring Photos on Thursday, April 6th
This is an Out Of Dress Day- as our Spring pictures are always out of dress. We will send new flyers home closer to the date for those that did not send one in already. 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 Thursdays- in for their photos whenever you arrive between 9:00-10:30.
YEARBOOKS- Last Call- Orders DUE Monday
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.
GALA RAFFLE TICKETS
Please help support our annual gala by purchasing tickets for the raffle. There are amazing prizes to be won! The tickets are $20 for 25 or $1 per ticket. 25 tickets with a list of raffle prizes came home with your child on TODAY. You can get more tickets in the office! We have an unlimited supply of tickets, but purchase them before Thursday, March 30.
NEW this year- Purchase your raffle tickets and pay online at www.stannaparish.org and receive an extra 5 raffle tickets!
On the back of your raffle tickets please write your name, phone number, and the item number for the prize you would like the ticket placed in. Send your tickets and payment (cash or check made out to St Anna School) in an envelope marked Gala Raffle to the office before Thursday, March 30th. Any tickets not returned to the office by Thursday will not be entered into the raffle. The drawing for items 18-23, 27 and 33 will be held at school on Friday, March 31st.
I can’t wait to find out who will be Principal for the Day!
If you have any questions about Gala Raffle Tickets, Mrs. Priddy is your go to person!!
Our annual father/daughter dance will be held on Friday, April 7th 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 a father/daughter photo for $10 before or at the event. Music by DJ Proietti and lots of sweet treats! (this is a No mom event- sorry!).
Due to the 7 snow days we have had this year…. The following changes have been made to the calendar.
Our last day of school is currently June 23rd- We were granted a Bishop’s Day when Bishop McManus was here for Grandparent’s Day and we intend to use that day on June 23rd- making our current last day of school June 22nd which will be an early dismissal day. We have also had to push back the following events by a week:
8th grade graduation will be June 15th
Preschool graduation will be June 16th
Field Day will be June 9th
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...
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-
NEW After School Programs coming next week.... don't miss the sign ups!
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
3/20 Trimester 2 ends
3/21 Out of Dress Day
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 Spring Picture Day
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. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!