This has been a difficult week for me and my family and we have been overwhelmed by the support from the St. Anna Community. The children have brought me to tears with their heartfelt condolences. We appreciate all of the cards, emails and endless support we have been shown this past week. There are no words to express our gratitude.
Please note there will be NO School Masses on November 30 as Father Fred will be on vacation.
There has also been a change in date for the Christmas Concert. The PK-5 Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday, December 21st at 1:30. And yes- the 4th and 5th graders would like to participate in the concert this year!
Parent-Teacher Conferences- LAST CALL
Parent-Teacher Conferences are being held for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade on Monday, November 21 from 12:30-7:00 and Tuesday, November 22 from 12:30-3:00. (these are early release days at 11:30)
You can schedule your child’s conference(s) through Option C. When you log in, there should be a button that says sign up for conferences.
You can schedule conferences to meet with your child’s classroom teacher (K-3). Do NOT sign up for a conference with Mr. Farnsworth.
4th and 5th grade you can schedule a conference with your child’s homeroom teacher and their science/math teacher.
Middle School Parents can choose which subject teachers you feel you need to meet with. (Miss Ellis, Mr. Langley, Mrs. Petty and Mr. Farnsworth)
Mr. Farnsworth is doing parent teacher conferences for 7th grade Math and his 8th grade algebra classes…. Pease do NOT sign up for a conference with Mr. Farnsworth if your child is not in one of his math classes. He is NOT doing conferences for PE.
You have until 7:00AM on November 21st to sign up for conferences. If you need to sign up for a conference after that time- please contact the office.
If you cannot sign up for conferences through Option C- you can contact your child’s teacher or the office and we’d be happy to help you schedule your conferences.
We will have the gifting tree in the lobby during parent teacher conferences for those of you that would like ideas about what your child’s teacher can use for gifts for the classroom. Feel free to take one!
Mark your calendars for this year’s FREE PTO Movie Night! This is our way of saying thank you for all you do to support the PTO all year long! It will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 5:00-8:00. This is a great opportunity for parents to drop off the kids for a quiet dinner or a little Christmas shopping. The kids will enjoy pizza, popcorn, crafts, activities and they will watch “Santa Buddies”. Don’t forget to wear your pj’s and bring a pillow or blanket to get cozy to watch the movie! This even will be supervised by PTO executive board members and NJHS Students. Children aged 3 (and potty trained) and older are welcome to attend….
Please sign up if you plan to have your children attend so we can plan accordingly.
SOCKS FOR SANTA
The second and third grade students have begun a 2 ½ month service project in which we will be collecting white cotton or thermal socks or cotton underwear to be distributed to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and the elderly of our community. We often don’t realize or simply forget that those in need have needs other than food.
It is our hope that each student in grades two through eight might participate by bringing a small package of socks or underwear each month (Oct., Nov., Dec.) to be collected by the second and third grade students and distributed to the appropriate agency for distribution to residents who live in our school community area.
Please consider helping those who are in need of socks or underwear for the cold winter ahead.
A small package of socks or underwear each month is a small price to pay for knowing that the elderly in our neighborhoods are going to be warm this winter.
Thank You from the second and third grade students of St. Anna Catholic School
HEARTS FOR HEAT
The grade 6-7-8 students are planning their annual service project to raise funds through a Thanksgiving Bake Sale for families of our parish who may be in need of assistance this year in the purchase of home heating oil.
They plan to sell homemade baked goods to members of the school community who come to parent-teachers conferences on Monday, Nov. 21st and Tuesday, Nov. 22nd.
All profits from this endeavor go directly to the purchase of oil through Fraticelli. Last year we were able to provide almost $700.00 from the bake sale towards this goal.
If you are willing and able to bake a cake, cupcakes, pie, cookies, breads, or any other “sweet” which the students can sell during parent conferences, please contact Mrs. Priddy
And don't forget to stop by the sale when you come to conferences! Lots of delicious treats for everyone.
Our Annual Turkey Trot will take place on Tuesday, November 22nd at 9:30.
Students in grades K-2 will run laps around the lawn across the street where we now have some gym classes. Mr. Farnsworth will have a 'track' marked with cones. Volunteers help tally the number of laps they complete while they are cheered on by the preschoolers and older students.
Students in grades 3-8 then complete their turkey trot race on a route that goes from the in front of the church, down sixth street, across middle and eventually finishes back in front of the church where the other students are able to cheer them on as they cross the finish! ALL students in K-8 are welcome to sign up to race. There is no fee; however we ask that everyone brings in a non-perishable food item to help restock the St. Anna food pantry. Mrs. Priddy is also looking for helpers to supervise along the route or track the younger students' laps. Please email her if you’re able to help that morning.
Please sign up your child if they plan on participating in the trot!
School picture re-takes are on Thursday, December 1st - If you missed picture day- you can get an order form from Mrs. Priddy. If your child’s picture did not come out as you’d like, please send them back in and we will have your child’s picture re-taken on this day. EVERYONE has their picture taken so they can be included in the yearbook- whether or not you wish to order any.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
Students in grade preschool through third will participate in Christmas Around the World on Friday, December 9th. They will be learning about how a variety of countries celebrate Christmas. They will visit each classroom and will either complete a craft based on that country’s traditions or have a special snack. Room parents will be organizing this event. Teachers will escort their classes from room to room as our students experience Christmas from around the world!
JOY & HEARTS for HEAT
The Third Sunday in Advent is for Joy- On Monday, December 12th students can wear pink or red to school for $1 which will be donated to Hearts for Heat!
JINGLE BELL JURY
Please join us on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00PM for drama club’s presentation of “Jingle Bell Jury”! Join us at Candy Cane Courthouse as Jim Dandy defends himself after calling Christmas Sprit a ‘lot of nonsense’. You won’t want to miss this cast of Christmas personalities!
POLAR EXPRESS DAY
We will celebrate Polar Express Day on Thursday, December 22nd. This is a pajama out of dress day! Please make sure that pajamas are school appropriate… we will then get together and watch the Polar Express during the day. Younger students may also do other polar express activities in their classrooms. Hot, Hot we may even get it! Hot Chocolate!
UGLY SWEATER DAY
Don’t miss out on Ugly Sweater Day! Friday, December 23rd. This is also an early release day at 11:30.
Students and staff can wear the most creative and ugliest sweaters/shirts they can find to help us show off our Christmas spirit. These can be worn with their school uniform bottoms!
GIFT CARDS MAKE GREAT GIFTS-- St. Anna PTO - Great Lake Scrips Gift Card Program
The St. Anna PTO will once again offer "One Stop Shopping" for all of your Christmas Gift Card needs! You can order all of your gift cards in one place, at one time and they are delivered directly to the school. No running from store to store or standing in long lines. There are over 300 major retailers to choose from and the biggest bonus - the retailers donate a portion of the cards value back to St. Anna School! It is fundraising while you shop! You can also order gift cards and use them for your everyday purchases. Stock up on Dunkin Donuts, Panera or Starbucks cards and use them to purchase your morning coffee.
Please visit www.shopwithscrip.com to create an online account. Detailed instructions can be found on the school website.
If you don't want to create an online account, you can download a copy of the order form and submit it with your payment to Mrs. Priddy in the main office.
The PTO will be placing 2 orders this Christmas season. The order deadlines are Monday, December 5th and Monday, December 12th.
Paper order forms need to be turned in to the main office before the end of the school day, on the day of the deadline. Online orders can be submitted up to 6:30pm EST on the day of the deadline.
Please email Laura Pompei at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Progress Report and Report Card Dates
Trimester 1 August 29- December 2
Progress Reports October 13
Report Cards December 5
Trimester 2 December 5- March 15
Progress Reports January 24
Report Cards March 20
Trimester 3 March 16-June 16
Progress Reports May 4
Report Cards June 16
Athletics & Activities
BASKETBALL SEASON IS HERE!
Practices began this week for everyone. Game schedules will be posted here as soon as we have them!
Don't forget to turn in your concussion certificate to the office ASAP
CDC Heads Up Concussion Training will be required of ALL coaches, parents and players in grades 5-8
CONCESSION STAND- we need YOUR help.... our concession stand and admissions table need to be manned by parent volunteers... We will be seeking volunteers soon!
SKI CLUB- winter is quickly approaching. Calling all 3-8th graders that want to spend sometime on the mountain! You can ski or snowboard. Lessons are available.
Join us on Wednesdays from 4:00-8:00 beginning on January 4th for the 8 week program.
Students must sign up on-line with the mountain for this program.
Please let us know if you are signing up!
Here is the informational flyer for Wachusett Mountain and the Flyer with directions on how to sign up. You must use www.wachusett.com/schoolgroups in order to sign up.
After School Programs
Sign up NOW for the Second Session of After School Programs
November 14- January 20
Wednesdays- Minecraft Development grades 4-8
Thursdays- Lego Club grades K-3
Fridays- Kitchen Chemistry grades 2-5
**Tuesday Mornings- Super Sports- grades 4-8 7:50-8:30 AM
**Thursday Mornings-Gym Fun- grades K-3 7:50-8:30 AM
DRAMA is Thursdays from 3:15-5:00
Choir Wednesday mornings 8:30 or church days- We have Mass on Tuesday, November 1st, and NO Mass on November 16th and November 30 but Choir WILL practice with Mr. Marcoux at the school at 8:30 on those days.
Cheering Saturdays from 9:00-11:00 until basketball season begins
December Lunch Menu
Orders can be placed until 7am on the day of the meal at www.orderlunches.com
Don't forget you can also order milk to go with home lunches- you can either order on-line or by sending in your milk money weekly or monthly to the office in an envelope marked with your child(ren)'s name. Please do not send in milk money daily- it is difficult to keep track of all those quarters in the office. Thank You.
If you need to set up an OrderLunches account- follow the instructions here!
(email us at PTO@stannaleom.org)
11/21 & 11/22 Hearts for Heat Bake sale
11/21 Early Dismissal- Parent Teacher Conferences
11/22 Early Dismissal- Turkey Trot and Conferences
11/23-11/25 Thanksgiving Break
11/28 No School- Diocese PD Day
12/1 Picture Retakes
12/2 Trimester 1 Ends
12/2 St. Anna Semi Formal 7-9PM (grades 6-8)
12/5 Report Cards
12/8 Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass at 9:00
12/9 PK- grade 3 Christmas Around the World
12/10 PTO Movie Night
12/12 JOY- Pink/Red day for $1
12/13 PTO Out of Dress Day
12/15 Drama Club presents "Jingle Bell Jury" at 7:00PM
12/21 Preschool-Grade 5 Christmas Show 1:30
12/22 Polar Express Day
12/23 Ugly Sweater Day and Early Dismissal at 11:30
12/24-1/2 Christmas Break... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
1/3 School Resumes
Mrs. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!