We want to celebrate all of our amazing Grandparents with a special Mass at school on TUESDAY, October 25th at 9:00 AM, Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, will be the principle celebrant at the mass on Grandparent's Day.
We look forward to honoring all of our amazing Grandparents.
Grandparents (or a special grandparent fill in- aunt, uncle, God parent,etc.) are welcome to bring their grandchild to school at 8:30 that morning and briefly visit the classroom. We will all head over to Mass together to be there for 9:00. Grandchildren will sit with their grandparents during Mass. We are expecting a record number of people are planning to reserve the pews for students and their grandparents.
Grandparents are welcome to walk their grandchildren back to school to visit the Book Fair or say their good byes in the lobby or at the Little Red School House for preschool students.
Thank you to everyone that has RSVP'd for Tuesday's Mass. If you are planning to attend and have not RSVP'd- please email Mrs. French or Mrs. Priddy
BULLYING AWARENESS MONTH
October is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month. We have Eileen Miller from DA Early's office coming out to present programs to all students in grades K-8 this month.
Grades 4-8 will had their programs on October 18th and K-3 will have theirs on October 24th.
We are also offering a Parent Information Session on Thursday, October 27th at 9:00 at the Double Tree in Leominster. This program is being offered to all North County School families. Coffee and Danish will be provided!
Please RSVP if you will be attending so we will have an accurate count for materials and food.
MISMATCHED SOCK DAY!!!
As part of our month long Bullying Awareness Activities, Monday students are encouraged to wear mismatched socks to school to celebrate the differences between all people! It’s important to be different and our differences should be celebrated! I can’t wait to see the crazy mismatched sock combinations you can come up with!!!
It is that time of year that virus' are going around school. We currently have several cases of Hand Foot Mouth Disease at St. Anna's. This virus presents with a fever and red bumps/blisters on the hands, feet and in the mouth. It can cause a sore throat. Please monitor your child for any symptoms. It is imperative that children running a fever or have any of these symptoms remain at home to prevent the spread of this virus. We are requiring students who have a fever or other symptoms to stay home for 48 hours and as long as they have any blisters on their hands. We are asking for your cooperation in stopping the spread of the virus at school. We are working diligently to remind students to wash their hands and we are cleaning all surfaces every day. Thank You.
The book fair will be open every morning Monday-Friday. Students with money will be sent down by their teacher or accompanied by the teacher depending on the grade level where they can shop the books at the fair. We have wonderful volunteers that can help your child pick out books as well. Teachers will have 'wish list' books for their classroom if you'd like to purchase a special book for your child's teacher. Don't forget to fill out a book plate to let the teacher know who purchased the book for the classroom!
We will have plenty of cashiers ready for the book fair on Tuesday to help all the Grandparent's and their grandchildren check out quicker! We are able to accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards!
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 12th from noon to 4pm in the school gym.
Design Squad was started in 2011 by a group of parents that wanted to introduce Engineering to the students at St. Anna’s. The program is based on the PBS Design Squad Series and has been a huge hit with the students over the years. The day consists of 2 engineering projects and one chemistry project. Refreshments and pizza will be available.
All new participants will receive a free Design Squad t-shirt. Returning participants can be purchase a new t-shirt for $10. You can register using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/B2KOgle2iH19HO7U2
The deadline to sign up to be sure you receive a t-shirt is Monday, October 31st.
Deadline to sign up to participate - Friday, November 6th.
Calling all parent engineers and volunteers! We need your help to continue this wonderful day for the students. Parent volunteers are assigned to a group of 4-5 students and you work with them throughout the day, guiding them through the different projects.
If you would like to help please contact Laura Pompei at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah O’Toole at email@example.com
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
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
We are starting to plan our next after school program session that would run from November 14- January 20 and are looking for volunteers that may be interested in running any of the programs- we have ideas and are always open to new ideas too. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer please let Mrs. French know.
We try to limit the offerings so students do not have to choose between two things offered on the same days. We are looking for a couple of programs for younger students and a couple for the older students as well.
We will be offering two more sessions this year as well if this timing doesn't work out for you.
October 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!
Athletics & Activities
BASKETBALL SEASON IS COMING! 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 will be required of ALL coaches, parents and players in grades 5-8
SKI CLUB- winter is quickly approaching. The beautiful leaves on 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 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
Mondays- Tennis 1-5 (ends Oct. 24)
Tuesdays- Dodgeball 4-8 (ends Nov. 1)
Wednesdays- Minecraft Jr. 1-3 (ends Nov. 2)
Thursdays- Ellis Engineers 3-6 (ends Nov. 3)
BOK on Tuesday & Thursday mornings for K-3 with Mr. Farnsworth- 7:50-8:25 (ends Nov. 3)
DRAMA is Thursdays from 3:15-4:30.
Cross Country SCHEDULE
Choir Wednesday mornings 8:30
Cheering Saturdays from 9:00-11:00 until basketball season begins
Sholan Farms Harvest Festival this weekend!
Leominster Youth Wrestling Club for all students in grades K-8.
Season Begins December 2016
for more information please visit: www.lywc.org
(email us at PTO@stannaleom.org)
10/21 & 10/22 St. Anna Society Countdown to Christmas Fair
10/24 Bullying Prevention Programs 9:00 K/1, 10:00 2/3
10/24-10/28 Book Fair
10/25 Grandparent’s Day Mass 9:00
10/27 Parent Info Session on Cyber Bullying 9:00 at Double Tree
10/28 St. B’s Middle School Dance 7:00-9:00
10/31 Halloween- Horrible’s Parade 1:30
11/1 All Saint’s Day Mass at 9:00, Books & Beyond Begins
11/4 Veteran’s Day Program 10:00
11/8 PTO Out of Dress Day
11/11 Veteran’s Day- No School
11/12 Design Squad 12:00-4:00
11/18 Family Advent Wreath Making
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
Mrs. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!