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Annunciation School
Wednesday Weekly
Phone: 444-4000
Thursday, January 29
Catholic Schools Week
Yasoo Yani
Math Club @ 2:50 p.m.
Living Rosary in the Cathedral
@ 6:00 p.m.
Open House @ 6:30 p.m.
Friday, January 30
Catholic Schools Week
Gr.7-8 jr. high dance
@ 7:00 p.m. (gym)
Tuesday, February 3
4th gr. art docent @ 1:30 p.m.
Choir @ 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4
Dismissal @ 12:00 p.m.
Staff meeting
Please keep Mrs. Ross in your
prayers as she undergoes hip
surgery next Tuesday. While
Mrs. Ross recovers, Mrs. Kozina
will take the lead, and Cheryl
Orsi will fill the aide position.
In true form, Mrs. Ross has left
Mrs. Kozina with detailed lesson
plans for the next eight weeks.
In addition, she anticipates that
boredom will set in quickly and
plans to work closely with Mrs.
Kozina to complete the grading!
Please pray for a speedy recovery
for Mrs. Ross.
Please keep the family of Melissa
Dobson in your prayers. May
they be comforted during this
difficult time of her passing.
God’s Corner
The difference between ordinary
and extraordinary is that little
extra effort.
~Ecclesiastes 9:10
Fax: 444-4013
Jan. 28, 2015
Catholic Schools Week
The celebration of Catholic schools is off to a great start. On Monday
the cathedral was full of adoring grandparents, grandfriends, and parents
who us helped kick of the week with an all- school Mass. Thanks to our
amazing PTO, our guests enjoyed coffee and scrumptious treats before
perusing the 100 Day Museum. On Tuesday, students demonstrated
their pride in being a Saint, and Student Council helped pass out parent
appreciation bags as a token of gratitude. Today we had five nuns and
Bishop Blaire visit the classrooms (please ask your children about the
visits), and art docents have decked the halls with beautiful pieces of
artwork in preparation for our Open House. We hope you will join us
for our living rosary in the cathedral tomorrow at 6 PM before heading
over to the school. On Friday morning, PTO and faculty/staff will serve
pancakes to those students who bring a new or slightly used book, and
wearing pajamas to school is always a favorite! This weekend Student
Council members will speak about the significance of a Catholic
education, and if the students wear their uniforms to Mass, they will
receive a FREE DRESS pass for Monday, Feb. 2.
Words from the wise…
Sister Sharon from Lodi visited kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students
today, and shared the story of her calling to the vocation sixty-one years
ago. She was gentle, kind, and patient with a wide array of questions
ranging from her favorite baseball team to marriage. During the course
of her visit, she shared something she recently heard someone say and
it is definitely worth repeating. If one finds him/herself being critical
of someone, he/she should stop and think of three positive attributes
about the person. Perhaps we can take Sister Sharon’s lead and apply
this strategy of positive thinking to our lives!
Haphazardly Everafter
This year’s jr. high play is the fractured fairytale Haphazardly Everafter.
Under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth Costello, our junior high students
are excited to present this funny and entertaining performance for all
to enjoy. Please be sure to mark the date for Thursday, February
5th at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Tickets may be purchased at the door for
$5.00. See you there!
D.C. trip
Calling all 7th grade parents. There is a mandatory Washington, D.C.,
meeting for parents who plan to send their son/daughter to Washington,
D.C., in the Fall of 2015. Registration material will be provided along
with an overview of the trip. We look forward to seeing everyone on
Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. . If you have any questions, please
contact Mrs. Silva.
•Three-Page Edition•
“Free” dress…
Spirit days and free dress days are designed to bring about sense of celebration and fun, and Student
Council puts a lot of effort into planning these special days for our students. Although it is called “free”
dress, there are certain expectations that we have with regards to modesty and respect. The handbook
does not specifically say “no yoga style pants,” yet it does state that students are expected to wear
“appropriate school clothing” and clothing that “calls undue attention” is not permitted. It states “NO
tight pant without long shirt or sweater to cover rear.” PLEASE follow the guidelines for spirit and
“free” dress days. Today we reminded the students that tight clothing (shirts, pants, sweats, “yoga”
style pants, etc.) are not acceptable. Yesterday there were many students wearing tight pants without
out a long shirt or sweater, and there were many comments made by fellow students. It is cause for
uncomfortable situations when we have to ask students to call home for a different shirt or pants, but if
tight or immodest clothes are worn, then we will ask them to do so. Thank you for supporting us with
Math Club brainteaser...
Sam and Andrew run around a circular track in opposite directions. They each run at a constant rate
and pass each other every 30 seconds. Sam requires 45 seconds to go around the track once. How
many seconds does it take for Andrew to complete one lap? Please have your answer ready for Peter
Rainwater on Thursday at 2:50 for Math Club.
Crab Feed
Saturday night’s Crab Feed was a great success! Gina Ratto was our fearless leader this year, and we
would like to extend our gratitude to her for her many years of putting her heart into this fundraiser. With
Hilary Sanguinetti and Shanda Wallace by her side, the three women and their wonderful husbands, in
addition to many volunteers, worked tirelessly that to create a festive and welcoming environment that
our lively community thoroughly enjoyed. Oh, and we certainly cannot forget the mouth watering crab,
seasoned to perfection, and the size-huge oysters, served piping hot off of the grill. We are very grateful to
the kindergarten through third grade parents for serving their hours, whether the hours were fulfilled selling
raffle tickets, setting up for the event, or serving the crab, they did an excellent job! Gina and Hilary are
passing the crab feed torch to Patty Pedrucci and Jammie Widmer, who graciously agreed to run with the
lead. The evening was well attended, and we look forward to next year with Patty and Jammie at the helm!
Open enrollment
We look forward to add to our community of Saints! If you have a child ready to start kindergarten next
year (5 years old by Sept. 1), don’t forget to submit an application. Also, if you know of any students/
families moving into the area or looking for a Catholic education, please invite them into our community.
Applications are available online and in the office. Completed applications are due to the office by
February 27.
Please note an upcoming change
As many things stay the same, some things change. Our focus of superior academics, and teaching Catholic
values stay the same; however, with the recommendation of ASAC, one change effective 1/1/15 is the gradual
elimination of the parishioner discount. The parish is not financially able to help as it once did. Currently
families who regularly attend Mass are eligible for a parishioner discount of $500. Moving forward, the
discount will decrease $125 per year and will cease to exist in five years. Please be assured there is a financial
assistance program that enables us to keep a Catholic education open to all children. If you are in need of
help with tuition, please go online to TADS and complete an application. Note that applications are due
no later than April 15, 2015. Parishioner discounts will be offered to those who attend Mass regularly – as
evidenced by the collection envelopes submitted at Mass (regardless of monetary donation).
Freshman alumni grades
The feedback from St. Mary’s regarding the freshman alumni is very positive. Not only are students
active in sports, clubs, and the arts, but they are maintaining their grades, all while settling into their
freshman year! Twenty-three 2014 graduates moved on to St. Mary’s and have been hard at work. St.
Mary’s graciously shares the academic successes of graduates for the feeder schools, and we are proud to
announce that students exceeded our expectations. Two students earned a 4.0 while 26% of the students
earned a 3.5 or better. 70% of the graduates earned a 3.0 or better. In addition, 30% of the students tested
into and completed their first semester of Honors Math, 26% conquered Honors English, and 22% took on
the challenge of Honors Science. Overall, students experienced great success and are continuing to work
hard during the 2nd semester.
St. Mary’s High School
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year. Please join us for Parent Information
Night on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Morelli Gymnasium. Eighth Grade Day is Friday,
January 23, 2015. All prospective students must apply to take a placement test. The first placement test will
be given on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
For more information, please contact the Registrar at 957-3340, ext. [email protected]
Ministry of Hospitality
Have you ever thought about helping out at Mass? The Annunciation Parish is dedicated to creating a warm
and welcoming community. The newly formed Welcoming Ministry Team is actively looking for interested
parishioners, and what better place to look than our wonderful families at Annunciation School. You might
have noticed new greeters, ushers, and bulletin distributors at Masses (including our own students) over
the last few months as well as enjoyed donuts and coffee and evening snacks. Our hopes are to add more
familiar faces to fill these roles; to promote community and hospitality; and to create more meaningful
experiences every weekend. If you are interested in signing up to help in any of these roles (any frequency),
please contact: Erin Rishwain 981-2989 ([email protected]) or Eba Martinez 406-2441 (jemartinez@
The Big Raffle
Get your stubs and money in for your Big Raffle tickets and take advantage of the monthly Early Bird
drawings. Remember the ticket stubs chosen for the monthly drawings go back into the raffle drum and
are eligible for all drawings!
Annunciation Preschool
Annunciation preschool will be hosting their annual pasta dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 14
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The preschool Open House is January 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The first drive through dinner is Monday, February 9, pick-up located in front of the choir room from
3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Chicken dinner is $12. Order forms are available at both the preschool and the school
Questions regarding any of these events? Contact Miss Shannon 465-2961