If you haven't been able to tell, we are very EXCITED for another year at St. Anna's. We are planning for the Best School Year Ever. We want our students engaged and happy to be at school and interested in their learning. Students will learn about our school and classroom procedures. We will focus on being kind to others and what it means to service others. The power of yet and growth mindsets are other areas we will focus on. We want students to learn that we all make mistakes and it's how we use those mistakes to learn and try harder is what matters most.
We are changing up our Student of the Month. This year students in grades K-8 will be recognized for a Virtue each month. September is Respect. and a student from each class will be chosen that exhibits that virtue the most throughout the month. We will also recognize a Tiger of the month (the most improved student). Our monthly recognition wouldn't be complete without donuts! These students will get to enjoy donuts with Mrs. French the following day!
BACK TO SCHOOL BBQ
We hope you all had a fantastic summer and are ready for an awesome school year! As always, we will be kicking it off with our Annual Back to School BBQ on September 15th, so mark your calendars and bring your WHOLE family for a night of food, fun and music! We just wanted to share with all of you what to expect and we also attached the order form so you can get your ticket orders in to Mrs. Priddy.
THEME: ONCE UPON A TIME – come dressed as your favorite character (fairy tale, movie etc.) or not it’s totally up to you, but it sure is fun to dress up!
Food: Hot Dog $6, or Cheeseburgers $7 (*NEW* this year), Chicken $8 with that you get chips, watermelon, corn on the cob, corn bread and a small bottle of water
** Prices go up at the door and when we run out we run out, so get your tickets in ADVANCE before September 8th
TICKET ORDER FORM
Additional Food Items sold throughout the parking lot for $1:
Popcorn, Slushies, Caramel Apple slices, NJHS Ice cream bars, and bottled drinks like water, Powerade and ice tea
Games: we have fun games set up all through the parking lot so make sure you kids explore and try them all out
Mechanical Bull IS BACK by popular demand and we be running him this year at: 2 rides for $5
Cash Cube *NEW THIS YEAR* $1 to enter cube - will be filled with tickets to collect fun things like Pizza with the Principal, Donuts with Mrs. D, Daily Announcements caller, No home work passes and MUCH MUCH MORE…. But there will also be some blank tickets in there so we hope your LUCKY!
CANDY BAR TOSS – Bring those QUARTERS this is a FAVORITE FOR ALL THE KIDS
Knock the Cans Down
Chalkboard with Sidewalk chalk for the little ones to get creative
Archery Hover ball
4 Spot/Tic Tac Toe
DIY Princess Wands
DIY Knight Shields
Music- Nick Piermarini will once again be our DJ for the night and enjoys playing songs you request that night OR you can get ahead of the game and request some songs NOW by going to:
www.dj-ginger.com and use EVENT ID: B2SBBQ17 and get those songs sent in!
This night is a SUPER FUN event for all and it truly does take a village to get this going and successfully run throughout the night, we want to thank everyone that has signed up to help already and there are still spots we need volunteers for so if you are interested in helping that night PLEASE go to this google doc and fill your name in – we truly appreciate all the help! We're happy to have Alumni help too!
VOLUNTEER SIGN UP SHEET - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YHsugZDSrQ-W DoCyah7ZOv9zaTvKaANrqToz0_LEijo/edit#gid=136941233
New this year- students in grades 3-8 can go to homework club after school on Mondays-Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 on full school days. Students will go to the supervising teacher's classroom to work on their homework. The teacher will help them if needed. Students will have access to their chromebooks. Students can get picked up at 4:30 or go to extended care. Our intention is to give students a quiet space to do their homework after school. This will be beneficial to those that usually go to extended care and want to finish their homework before playing and for those that might need a little more support and structure to complete their homework. Students need to let their teacher know during attendance if they are staying after for homework club or let Mrs. Priddy know at lunch time. We need to make sure everyone has a ride home.
It's that time of year. Order your St. Anna School spirit wear so you'll have it for these cool mornings. You can get sweatshirts, jackets, and fleece. Order Form due Sept. 15th. Students are welcome to wear their spirit wear in class, especially when temperature's get a little cooler.
EC is open and ready for business! Please be sure to fill out the NEW registration form if your child will attend EC this year. There are also a few FULL DAY options for our no school days due to professional development. Pre-registration is required. We also ask that you review our EC Guidelines- including no electronics.
We are already in the planning phase for our fall event on November 11th. Design Squad is open to students in grades 3-8. It is from 12:00-4:00 and during that time they participate in a variety of challenges (building a circuit for a dance pad, something to kick a ping pong ball, a shelter, etc.) it also includes a chemistry experiment and we've even had an introduction to CAD. This program is successful because of our volunteers and several of our volunteers have moved on as their children have graduated. We'd like to keep this program running in the Fall and Spring and are looking for volunteers. We like to have one volunteer for each group of 4 students. They help guide the students as they brainstorm ways to solve the problem and create their inventions. If you are interested in volunteering or for more information- please contact Mrs. Laura Pompei. She also welcomes ideas for the planning of this year's event and choosing a theme.
Ecybermission- Similar to Design Squad, we will be looking for volunteers to work with groups of middle school students (4) as they invent something to solve one of the world's problems (how to recycle golf balls, build a shelter, concussion preventing helmet etc.). Ecyber begins in the Fall and runs through February. Teams usually meet at least once per week for planning, researching, developing and reporting on their projects. If you're interested in being an Ecybermission Coach- please contact Mrs. French
WORCESTER RAILERS OPENING NIGHT!
Please join us for the opening night of the NEW ECHL Worcester Railers Ice hockey team and be part of history!!! We have group tickets through the Diocese of Worcester for $12 each. You can also get an optional group hat for $3 (at checkout). Tickets must be purchased by September 23rd. Please note which school you are from at checkout in the comment section- so we can all sit together!
Purchase your tickets here!
ST ANNA WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Join us as we unlock the mystery of the Bible!
If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for The Bible Timeline Study, beginning September 8. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our school as we all grow closer to Christ.
The study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will purchase a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, as well as a The Bible Timeline Study Kit for $34.95 (plus shipping and applicable taxes).
We will begin The Bible Timeline on September 8 from 9-11AM in the church hall, and will meet every Friday following the school calendar. Young children are welcome! For more information or to register for the study contact Kathryn Nohrden at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register online by using this link: https://ascensionpress.com/study_registrations/new?invite_type=participant&study_id=20607
COOL KIDS CASH CLUB
DON’T FORGET TO OPEN YOUR ACCOUNT THIS FALL.....
Cool kids cash club- check out the introductory letter! This program will allow students to being banking at school. They will learn the importance of saving and will be able to make deposits into their savings account twice a month. This is an easy and terrific way to start saving NOW for middle school field trips! Each year the 6th graders attend Nature’s Classroom at a cost of around $600. The Washington DC trip is held every other year so your child would have the opportunity to attend DC as either a 7th or 8th grader. This trip costs around $1000. If you being saving NOW, as early as preschool or Kindergarten, your child could easily save enough money to cover both of these trips by the time they become a middle school student!
Students will also learn skills about keeping a savings account pass book and other financial skills that are necessary to become financially responsible adults.
Parents who are interested in having their child participate in this program, will need to open their child’s account at Fidelity and then on-going deposits can be made conveniently at school.
Please feel free to stop in at either Fidelity branch in Leominster to open your account. Please let them know it is for St. Anna’s Cool Cash Club and/or email and let me know you’ve opened an account for your child so I can let you know when banking at school will begin.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Ruby Vargas from Fidelity Bank at email@example.com or 978-353-2701
Athletics & Activities:
Please remember that for Cross Country and Cheering the concussion certificate needs to be turned in BEFORE students can practice.
September 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.
PTO/Friends of St. Anna
Don't forget to buy your BBQ tickets!!! See info above.
Mark your calendar for our kick off meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:00. Childcare AND Pizza will be available. Come here about the plans for the school year. Parent input is always welcome. We also talk about what's happening at school and have the opportunity to provide Mrs. French with feedback! Be in the KNOW and come to PTO!
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.
Mrs. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!