Dear SACS Families, We are blessed with the rather mild start of March and thankful she did not come in like a lion! We can feel spring right around the corner and a time of new beginnings. This is one of my favorite times of year. We continue to talk about Lent and prepare for Easter. The middle school students are practicing their Living Stations of the Cross which will be presented to the whole school on March 23rd during our usual Wednesday Mass time. They will also perform the Living Stations on Good Friday at 3:00.
Students have also worked hard over the past week on their Terra Nova tests. They will finish the tests next week and should be commended for their efforts. These tests provide parents and teachers with scores that show us how our students perform on these standard tests in comparison to students across the country. This is one form of data we use in making decisions about curriculum and instruction.
REGISTRATIONTuition rates and new registration forms were emailed home on Monday, February 1st. Copies of the forms are also available on the website or Mrs. Priddy can send them home with your child upon request. If you are planning to apply for financial assistance please visit the website and apply before March 15, 2016. https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3H1T8
We will be extending the registration deadline for current families to April 1st at the $125 fee rate. The tuition fee will increase to $250 on April 1st. We’ve extended the deadline as we realize that some of you are currently taking advantage of the golf tournament early bird registration price and will also be purchasing your Gala tickets. We know it can be difficult to come up with these funds all at once.
TEXAS ROADHOUSE NIGHTTake a night off from cooking and join us at the Texas Roadhouse for dinner. 10% of dinner sales will be donated to the St. Anna PTO. You can come in or take out dinner from 3:30-9:00. Remember your flyer and share with family and friends!
TERRA NOVA TESTINGStudents in grades 2-8 will finish their Terra Nova testing next week on Monday & Tuesday. Students who need to make up any of the testing sessions will do so on Wednesday & Thursday. 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. You can get a specific schedule from your child’s teachers. Please read the attached letter about the upcoming testing.
BUTTER BRAIDS FUNDRAISER Thank you to everyone that sold Butter Braids. We had a record number of sales this year! Orders will be picked up on March 14th, just in time for Easter! Please make arrangements to pick up your Butter Braids orders that day as we do not have the freezer space to hold them. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah O’Toole @ email@example.com.
Middle school students are conducting a calendar raffle for the month of April. They will be selling the calendars for $10 each until March 29th. You have the chance to win a different prize each day during the month. If you would like to purchase one, please print the form and return it with your money to the school office before March 29th or see any middle school student! They are raising money to support their spring field trips to New York and Nature’s Classroom.
#MAKE A DIFFERENCEThe 4th grade class is continuing to collect items needed to create Jared Boxes, plastic boxes filled with toys and diversions for young people in the hospital. Each grade level will be asked to donate supplies for boxes meant to go to certain age levels. Please see the jaredbox.com for more information about this national mission. They will collect items for the next two weeks.
March’s Make A Difference focus is on Literacy sponsored by our Preschool! The preschool will be collecting gently used books (we’re asking each child to bring in one book) that will be donated to a local program that provides books to students who do not have access to books at home. At the end of the month, all students will partner with different grade levels to read books together and complete Dr. Seuss related activities to promote the importance of literacy. Book collection bins will be in the lobby all month.
BJ’S MEMBERSHIP DRIVEMarch 1-14 is our BJs membership drive. Please see the flyer and applicationhere. This is for new members as well as renewals, so if anyone needs to renew their membership or just wants to extend it by 15 months, now is the time! Only $40 for 15 months and a FREE second card and they donate $5 per card back to St. Anna’s.
YEARBOOKThe 2015-2016 St. Anna Tiger Yearbook is NOW on sale! Don’t miss out on preserving the memories of another exciting and busy school year. Please fill out and return the order form. The deadline to order your yearbook is Monday, March 21st.
I’ve had some inquiries on the increase on the cost of this year’s book. The cost of the book has increased as we use a custom cover and we have added more pages to incorporate more of our amazing events and we sell less than 100 books. The cost of the book to produce is $43. We are able to provide the book for $30 through the selling of 8th grade and business ads. The cost of the St. Anna Yearbook has not increased in the past 10 years.
ST. ANNA GOLF TOURNAMENT The St. Anna Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 18th at the Townsend Ridge Country Club. Over 125 golfers have registered. Download the entry form or register online here!
'A MEDIEVAL KNIGHT' - THE 18TH ANNUAL GALA Our annual Gala is the school’s major fundraiser which in the past five years alone, has contributed over $160,000 to our school. Whether you have attended, made donations, purchased raffle tickets or participated in the silent auction, please know your contributions are appreciated. But, your continued support is needed. The Gala is on Saturday, April 9th at the Knights of Columbus, Leominster. Our theme is “A Medieval Knight” and we will be honoring members of the Knights of Columbus and the memory of Mrs. Madeline Girouard.
You will enjoy a wonderful evening including appetizers, dinner and an array of delicious desserts with coffee to conclude the evening. Music will be provided by DJ Ray Richard and there will be a dedication ceremony honoring the members of the Knights of Columbus and the memory of Mrs. Madeline Girouard. There are over 30 raffle items including an Instant Wine Bar, Walt Disney World Park Hopper Passes, Dandini Dumpster and more. Our silent auction features Celtics tickets, Airplane Ride over the Quabbin and Cupcake Decorating Party from Aunty Ellen’s Creative Confections.
Tickets for “A Medieval Knight” Gala are $50 per person. It is going to be great fun and for a good cause. Download the invitation here! If you have any questions, contact Rev. Father Frederick Fraini, III at firstname.lastname@example.org
Americanism Award WinnersCongratulations to our Elks Club Americanism Award Winners for their winning essays;
Emma Landry, Jan Jacob & Michael Kroll. They will be recognized at an award ceremony at the Elks Club on March 14th at 7:00. All are welcome to attend. Their essays have been entered into the state level contest. Good Luck!
EASTER MONDAY- No SchoolThe Bishop has informed us that in this Year of Mercy, there will be no school on Easter Monday. St. Anna’s will be closed on Friday, March 25th for Good Friday and Monday, March 28th for Easter Monday.
THEATRE AT THE MOUNT- HOW I BECAME A PIRATEStudents in grades K-8 will be attending the Theatre at the Mount play “How I Became A Pirate” at Gardner High School on Friday, April 15th at 9:30. Two of our own students (Mary & Elizabeth) will be performing in the play. We will be traveling by bus and need to leave school by 8:45. Students will be dropped off at school at 8:15 that day. The cost of the trip is $10 to help cover the cost of the ticket and a portion of the bus (we need 4 busses!!). The PTO will help pay the additional bus costs. Please contact Mrs. French about family pricing!
Please take a moment to fill out the permission form:http://goo.gl/forms/CxZEzGRTq9
CAFÉ CORNER:Look for the new Baked Potato and Taco bars. They were a big hit this week! You can sign up for them as a meal or as an ala carte menu item through orderlunches.com
FRIENDS OF ST ANNA/PTO UPDATES: (email us at PTO@stannaleom.org)
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS- (beg. week of March 7th-April 15th)Minecraft 4-8 Mondays http://goo.gl/forms/XDp7YNoGlP
Lego Club grades 1-3 Tuesdays http://goo.gl/forms/uLTbmjI7YK
Cooking grades 2-8 Thursdays http://goo.gl/forms/emYgvW9yi6
now open to grades 2 & 3 also!
Minecraft 1-3 Thursdays http://goo.gl/forms/ldF5muu7aS
UPCOMING EVENTS3/7-3/11 Terra Nova Testing grades 2-8
3/7 Roadhouse Night Out
3/8 PTO Out of Dress
3/18 St. Patrick’s Day Dance @ St. Leo’s gr. 7 & 8
3/19 Speech Declamation
3/22 Spring Lifetouch pictures
3/22 Regional Spelling Bee 7:00 Leominster Double Tree
3/23 Living Stations of the Cross 9:00
3/25 No School for Good Friday
3/28 No School for Easter Monday
4/2 Design Squad
4/4 Report Cards
4/9 17th Annual Gala
4/11-4/15 Science Fair Week
4/14 Science Fair evening presentations/awards
4/12 PTO Out of Dress
4/15 Trip to Theatre at the Mount “How I Became a Pirate”
4/18-4/22 Spring Vacation
4/25-4/29 Book Fair
4/28 PK-3 Spring Concert 6:30
4/29 Books & Beyond ends
4/30 First Communion
Mrs. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!