SOCKS FOR SANTA
November’s Virtue is Service. We’d love to have ALL of our students participate in this fulfilling service project by donating at least 4 pair of socks. Our goal is to DOUBLE the amount we collected last year…. 1000 socks! That’s a lot of socks but I know our students are up for the challenge. This is the perfect way to be in service to others and supporting those in need at our local homeless shelters, women’s shelters and the elderly of our community.
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
Join us for some shopping and light snacks on November 14th from 6:00-8:00 in the church hall.
RESTAURANT NIGHT OUT
Join us this Tuesday, November 7th at the Texas Roadhouse…. A great place to bring the family for dinner after a long day of No School! Don’t forget to bring your flyer and visit the kids area. Our feel free to order take out and eat in the quiet of your own home while still supporting our school.
BJ's Membership Renewal!
Renew your membership and fundraiser for St. Anna's at the same time!!
Dream It, Build It, Live It!
Students in Grades 3 – 8 are invited to put their math, science and problem solving skills to work at our next Design Squad Event on Saturday, November 11th, from Noon to 4pm in the school gym.
The program is based on the PBS Design Squad Series and has been a huge hit with the students over the past 5 years. The day consists of 2 engineering projects and one chemistry project. Refreshments and pizza will be available.
The deadline to register for the event is Thursday, November 9th. REGISTER for DESIGN SQUAD
Calling all parent engineers and volunteers! We need your help with this wonderful day. Parent volunteers are assigned a group of 4-5 students and work with them throughout the day, guiding them through the different projects. It is a fun day of learning for all!
Please contact Laura Pompei at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help or have any questions.
BOOKS & BEYOND
Books and Beyond is a PTO sponsored literacy incentive program for students in PreK-3 through 3rd Grade. It is an "outside of school" reading program, designed to motivate young students to read beyond the classroom. The ultimate goal of the program is to encourage a life-long love of reading!
This year's program will run from Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Monday, April 30, 2018.
We kicked off this year’s EMOJI program on Wednesday! Students can start reading and logging their books/pages. Our GOAL this year is to double the number of books read last year…. 44,000 books. If we reach our goal- students will get to duct tape Mrs. French to the gym wall… yes, you read that correctly! Make it to station 8 and earn a strip of duct tape for each station and help tape Mrs. French to the wall!
Books & Beyond program information, tally sheets and coordinator contacts are available on the PTO page of the website
Please join the Friends of St. Anna PTO to ring in the Advent season with a Family Advent Wreath making night on November 30th from 6:00-7:00 in the school cafeteria. The cost is only $10 per family and includes the supplies for making your live greenery wreath (candles are not provided). We are asking that families pre-register here before November 25th so we have an accurate count for supplies. We have space for up to 15 families to join us!
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. Our Virtue of the month for November is SERVICE. This is another opportunity for our students to be in service to others. All students are welcome to bake for the bake sale.
The middle school students plan to sell homemade baked goods to members of the school community who come to parent-teachers conferences on Monday, Nov. 20th and Tuesday, Nov. 21st.
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 21st 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!
Winter Uniforms will begin on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH
Please refer to the Parent Student Handbook for more information. Some important notes:
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 3 orders this Christmas season. The order deadlines are Monday, December 4th, December 11th and December 18th .
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 email@example.com with any questions.
Progress Report and Report Card Dates
Trimester 1 August 28- December 1
Progress Reports October 16
Report Cards December 5
Trimester 2 December 4- March 13
Progress Reports January 24
Report Cards March 19
Trimester 3 March 14-June 14
Progress Reports May 3
Report Cards June 14
Athletics & Activities
Ski/Snowboard Club-winter is quickly approaching. The beautiful leaves on the mountain will soon be gone and the fluffy white stuff will be flying from the new snow making machine. It will then be time to strap on your skis or boards! Join us on Wednesdays from 4:00-8:00 beginning on January 3rd for the 6 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.
LAST CALL FOR BASKETBALL SIGN UPS! Practices start the end of November... but it's time to sign-up so we can our teams and coaches in place for the beginning of the season. We are still looking for grade 3 & 4 team coaches....
Please note- the Registration Fee has been REDUCED this year! The cost is $60 per student with a family max of $150!
BASKETBALL REGISTRATION is on-going....
CDC Heads Up Concussion Training required of ALL coaches, parents and players in grades 5-8
The Current After School Programs will end next week- unless you are notified via email separately
NEW After School Program Sign Ups- programs will start the week of November 13th-
Mondays- Minecraft Development (grades 4-8
Tuesdays- BOK (K-3), Sphero (grades 1-3)
Wednesdays- TinkerCAD 2.0 (grades 4-8)
Thursdays- BOK (4-8), Lego Club (K-3)
Drama grades 4-8 Thursdays
Choir grades 3-8 Wednesdays 8:30
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.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting MONDAY November 13th at 6:00. All are welcome to attend. We appreciate everyone’s ideas and insight.
Contact the PTO anytime or visit our page on the website for more information.
November Lunch Menu
Don't forget lunch milk is available for $0.50 for those that bring lunch from home. You can send money to school weekly or monthly. Please clearly mark the envelope with your child's name and which days they are having milk with lunch.
There's also a vending machine with plastic bottles of water, iced tea, flavored water and Gatorade/Powerade (12 oz) for $1.00.
Please remember to bring in any meds with doctor's orders for meds to be given during the school day.
Updated physicals and immunizations need to be returned to the nurse.
ALL athletes (cross country, cheering, basketball) will need to have updated physicals on file (from the last 12 months) in order to participate.
It is also that time of the year with change in seasons, if your child is not feeling well, please keep them home from school. If a child has a fever, diarrhea or vomiting, they cannot return to school for at least 24 hours. Please help us keep all children healthy this year.
11/5 Daylight Savings (remember to set your clock’s back)
11/7 NO School- Teacher PD Day
11/7 Texas Roadhouse Night Out
11/9 St. Paul’s Consortium Dinner
11/10 No School- Veteran’s Day
11/11 Design Squad (grades 3-8) 12:00-4:00
11/13 PTO Meeting 6:00
11/14 PTO Out of Dress day
11/14 LuLaRoe Fundraiser (church hall) 6:00-8:00
11/17 First Grade Pilgrim Program 9:00
11/20 Early Dismissal 11:30 Parent/Teacher Conferences
11/21 Turkey Trot
11/21 Early Dismissal 11:30 Parent/Teacher Conferences
11/20-11/21 Hearts for Heat Bake sale
11/22-11/24 Thanksgiving Break
11/30 Nutcracker Performance at Monty Tech (Grades K-5)
11/30 Advent Wreath Family Night
12/1 Trimester 1 Ends
12/1 NO School- Diocese PD Day
12/1 Middle School Semi-Formal at St. Anna's- grades 6-8 7:00-9:00
12/2 Basketball season begins...
12/3 First Sunday of Advent: HOPE
12/5 Report Cards LIVE
12/6 No School Mass Today
12/8 School Mass 9:00, Feast of Immaculate Conception
12/10 Second Sunday of Advent: FAITH
12/12 PTO Out of Dress
12/13 School Mass 9:00 followed by Pennance
12/14 Kindergarten Christmas Nativity Pageant 1:30
12/15 Christmas Around the World PK-3
12/17 Third Sunday of Advent: JOY
12/18 JOY Day- wear red or pink with $1 donation to hearts for heat
12/20 Christmas Show PK-5 at 1:00
12/22 Ugly Sweater Day- early dismissal 11:30
12/25-January 1 Christmas Break
Mrs. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!