The Veils are moving on…
Mr. Veil recently accepted a position with Ohio State University. He will be the Curator of the Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, Ohio (pronounced like Worcester). Although we love New England and all of you, this is not the type of opportunity he can turn down. The new position will begin January 16th, so our last day will be the one before Christmas break. Sometimes the Lord's plan does not match with our own, but I know that as long as I follow the path He has laid, we end up okay. I was reluctant to move from PA to Massachusetts, and yet, He found me a school much like the one I was leaving. You all have been our family away from family, and I appreciate everything you have done for me and my children. Just think, somewhere in Ohio there may be a school that is waiting to hear about all of you and how you did things "at my old school." Love and Blessings, Mrs. Veil
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.
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.
All new participants will receive a free Design Squad t-shirt. Returning participants can purchase a new t-shirt for $10. The deadline to sign up to be sure you receive a t-shirt is Monday, October 30th, 2017.
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.
On Tuesday, October 31st we will celebrate Halloween. ALL students can come to school dressed in appropriate Orange, Black and Purple out of dress! Allow your creativity to flow.
Students in K-3 will bring their costumes to school and change after lunch. Our annual Horribles Parade will take place at 1:30 followed by classroom parties. Friends and Family are welcome to stop in for the parade at 1:30 in the lobby
Preschool students will have their celebration and parade at the big school in the morning.
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 will have a kick off assembly after lunch on November 1st and unveil this year’s theme. More detailed information about the program will be emailed home soon.
Our annual Veteran’s Day program will be held on Friday, November 3rd at 10:00. All students participate in the program and sing a variety of patriotic songs and more! We are honored to have many Veteran guests at our program. We invite everyone to join us that morning.
SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES
This is an important reminder that St. Anna School has specific guidelines in place for social media. Please take a moment to review the Social Media Guidelines. We ask that parents, volunteers and staff use social media for positive interactions and that concerns should be addressed to the school.
Athletics & Activities
Leominster Youth Wrestling Program
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.
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. This year- the fee is $80 with a $160 family cap; however you can earn $20 back (up to $40) for volunteering 5 hrs. to help at our St Anna League on Saturday mornings. We are always looking for help with concessions, admissions, and clean up.
If you are interested in coaching grades 1-4, please contact Mrs. French. We need YOU!
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.
November Lunch Menu
Next week will have the "Lucky Plate" contest at lunch. One luck winner for each lunch will find a sticker under their tray- and earn a FREE small pizza at Papa Gino's.
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.
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
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.
10/27 & 10/28 Countdown to Christmas Fair at Church Hall
10/31 Cool Kids Cash Club deposit day
10/31 Horrible’s Parade 1:30 (PK-3)
10/31 UnHalloween at Roll on America
11/1 Books & Beyond assembly 12:40 cafe
11/3 Veteran’s Day Program 10:00
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!