There's lots of excitement at St. Anna's today as everyone is getting ready for the Welcome Back BBQ! Students are all sporting their favorite sports teams, wearing their Little League, soccer and other sports uniforms. We even have a League of Their Own!
I love the enthusiasm of our staff and families who make St. Anna's a school that is also a family. This is my favorite event of the year. I enjoy getting to meet and talk with our new families as well as the ones I have come to know well in the past couple of years. I also get to take lost of pictures to share! I want to personally thank all of the people that make this annual tradition possible. I am always amazed by all of the parents, parishioners and others that step up to volunteer in various ways to make sure we have a night to remember. This year we were also blessed with volunteers for the United Way's Day of Caring volunteers- Thank You!
EARLY DISMISSAL FRIDAY
Please remember that next week we have an early dismissal on Friday, September 23rd for Teacher Professional Development. We will be working with Mr. Bill Atwood on the Collins Writing Program. Improving our writing program is one of our curriculum goals for this year. Extended Care will be open from 11:30-5:30. It is $35 per child and $15 per sibling. Please let us know if your child will be attending. You will need to provide a lunch and snacks.
VOLUNTEERS & CHAPERONES
We are always blessed to have parents and parishioners who volunteer at school or chaperone our field trips. We have the Preschool/Kindergarten Sholan Farm trip coming up soon... ALL volunteers and chaperones MUST have a completed CORI form (they are good for 2 years), you must complete the Safe Environment Course (we have an online option available) and you must also have your SAFIS- Fingerprinting completed as well.
This is for the safety of all our children. Please contact the office and we'd be happy to help you complete all of these components to get you on our volunteer/chaperone list!
St. Anna School is now providing report cards on a trimester (3 times a year) basis as opposed to the quarters (4 times per year) we have used in the past. Trimesters allow us to focus on quality rather than the quantity of student assessments. The extended time allows for proper pace of curriculum and opportunities to individualize the curriculum and provide interventions for students who need it. Students also have more time after progress reports to develop the skills they are struggling in prior to the report card.
For students in grades 4-8, grades will continue to be posted in Option C allowing you to see more up to date progress and grades at any time.
PreK students dismissed at 12:00 can be picked up at the Little Red School House. Please park across the street from the school (near the church) and walk down. The parking lot is closed during recess (10:30-1:00) and sometimes in the afternoon for PE. When dropping off preschool students, please do not park in the teacher’s lot. You will need to park near the church and walk your child to the preschool classrooms. School aged children can be walked to the door or drive down the loop and drop off at the door and along the walkway. They may unload from cars as long as you are along the walkway. They do not need to wait to unload at the front door. This will help drop off go a little quicker. The doors will open at 8:30 and students need to be IN Class at 8:45 or they are marked tardy.
Please remember that you CANNOT drive around the cars in the pickup/drop off line for the safety of our students. Please be patient. We will get you out as quickly as possible. It is also important to watch for the buses at the end of the day with the red lights and stop sign out. It is illegal to pass a school bus with their lights on/sign out while loading and unloading students.
The safety of our students is our number one priority.
Extended care is available before school from 7am-8:30pm and after school 3:15pm-5:30pm and registration forms can be turned into the office anytime. Registration is required and the form is available here and on the website along with more specifics on the program. The fee is the same as last year- $6 per hour and $3 for each additional sibling. There is an hour minimum and the time will be rounded to the nearest hour.
You will be billed monthly for Extended Care use via email. You can also ask to have your extended care bill added to your FACTS account.
If you unexpectedly need child-care, please contact the office and your child can be sent down to extended care and you will be charged the appropriate fee.
We are excited for our 2nd Annual Color Run. The 5K is open to EVERYONE! Students, families, friends, and the public. Please share all of the registration links and forms with everyone you know! The more the merrier. The 5K and fun run will take place on Saturday, October 1st at Saima Park in Fitchburg at 10:00.
We have a 'fun run' and obstacle course set up for the little ones too! This is sure to be another family fun event.
We can also use some volunteers to help the morning of the event. We can use help at the registration table, spraying our runners with color, helping at the finish line.
Please check out the volunteer sign up and add your name! (or email Mrs. French)
Register for the run before September 16th to get your FREE t-shirt
We can now accept on-line donations for the Color Run- Share with Friends and Family!
Back to School Forms:
Copy of the Parent/Student Handbook: Handbook
**Please take time to read through the handbook as there are several changes**
You can find all the back to school forms that need to be filled out on the Parents' Corner.
Thank you for taking time to fill out each of these forms for your children. Please remember to notify the office of any changes in address, phone number and email addresses. We need to have current contact information on file. We will be managing all student information in Option C this year. Please take a few minutes to log into your Option C account and update your contact information. If you do not have or have forgotten your Option C log-in information, please email me and I’d be happy to assist you.
I am excited to announce that we have hired Noah Dawson to be our Drama Director.
He comes with a BS in Communications Media, with a concentration in Theater from Fitchburg State University. Mr. Dawson has worked in various capacities for the Fitchburg Art Museum and in professional theater, including a tour around New England and running his own theater company.
Drama will be on Thursdays after school this year and will begin on October 6th. We are still looking forward to both a Christmas and Spring show. If you're interested in joining drama- look for the sign ups below in the activities section.
All students in kindergarten through grade 5 completed the Fall DIBELS Assessment.
DIBELS are measures that help teachers and schools determine how students are performing on important reading skills. DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills.
The critical skills necessary for successful beginning reading include: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Students who are identified as needing additional support in reading based on DIBELS results, classroom performance and teacher observation will be sent home a letter next week. These students will work with Mrs. Earley our Instructional Support Teacher who is also a certified reading specialist.
If your child is not identified as needing additional support and you would like to know the results for their DIBELS testing, please email your child's classroom teacher.
We will also be completing the Math Assessment later this Fall.
Please join us for Curriculum Night Tuesday, September 27th from 5:30-7:00. This is an opportunity for PARENTS to meet the classroom teachers and learn about what to expect for their child(ren) this year. You will learn about the curriculum as well as classroom expectations....
NEW this year... we will have 1st through 5th grade teachers available to parents from 5:30-6:15 (they will do their presentations twice (5:30-5:50 and 5:55-6:15).
Middle School teachers will meet with parents in the cafeteria from 6:15-7:00 This will give middle school parents the opportunity to hear from all teachers as well as for parents with multiple children to have the opportunity to meet with more of their children's teachers.
Please remember this is a night for parents to come to school... Children get the night off and get to stay at home!
We hope to see you all there!
September 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.
Athletics & Activities
Our After School Programs for this session will begin the week of September 12th. Please sign up for these programs online via the links provided- (or email the information and I can add your child to the list). Please send any checks into the office. All checks are made out to St. Anna School except for Tennis….. please note who to make the check out to on the sign up form.
All programs began last week- but they will take last minute sign ups for this week!
Mondays- Tennis 1-5 https://goo.gl/forms/i3ffJUp3v34L45Mk2
Tuesdays- Dodgeball 4-8 https://goo.gl/forms/cJRrujFguV6SMfp93
Wednesdays- Minecraft Jr. 1-3 https://goo.gl/forms/v6h2mbpvIILqQTLz1
Thursdays- Ellis Engineers 3-6 https://goo.gl/forms/OfbN0a9T4nqUz7Bm2
BOK on Tuesday & Thursday mornings for K-3 with Mr. Farnsworth- 7:50-8:25
DRAMA is for students in grades 4-8. This year drama will be on Thursdays from 3:15-4:30. Students are able to sign up for either the Winter Show, The Spring Show or both.
Drama Sign ups
Cross Country SCHEDULE
We are continuing to take sign-ups for
Choir Wednesday mornings 8:30
And don’t miss the COLOR RUN on October 1st https://goo.gl/forms/XYxaxvj2LxseoBXm1
(email us at PTO@stannaleom.org)
9/22 Yankee Candle Sales Begin! These funds help pay for spring field trip transportation!
9/23 – early dismissal at 11:30
9/24 & 9/25 Catholic School Appeal- wear your uniform to Mass this weekend!
9/27- Curriculum/Back to School Night
9/29- Lifetouch School Pictures
10/1- Color Run
10/3 Preschool/Kindergarten field trip to Sholan Farms
10/6 Yankee Candle Sales Forms DUE
10/7 NO SCHOOL Diocese Teacher Professional Day
10/10 NO SCHOOL- Columbus Day
10/11 PTO Out of Dress Day
10/13 Progress Reports
10/18 Bullying Prevention Program grades 4-8
10/19 Unity Day
10/20 "Really Rosie" play by Theatre at the Mount 9:30 in the gym PK-3
10/21 & 10/22 St. Anna Society Count Down to Christmas Fair
10/24-10/28 Book Fair
10/24 Bullying Prevention Program grades K-3
10/26 Grandparent's Day Mass
10/27 Parent's Information Session on Cyber Bullying (location TBD)
10/28 Middle School Dance grades 7 & 8 at St. B's 7:00-9:00
Mrs. French, our principal, updates the blog every week with reminders, upcoming events, community notifications, and shout-outs to our amazing students!