Friday Mail

What's Happening Week of November 12, 2018

Catholic Schools Week!!!

We had a very busy and exciting Catholic Schools Week NE 2018!

Our week started off with our School Mass honoring our local First Responders. We are very thankful to the Leominster Police Department and the MA State Police for sending representatives to attend Mass with us. These departments were presented with a plaque of appreciation from the students of St. Anna.

We also had a Reptile show and many students got to take part as volunteers, having their hair 'smelled' by the tongue of a lizard, holding a 50lb boa, and helping to handle the alligator. All of our students enjoyed this engaging program. Thank you to the Friends of St Anna PTO for sponsoring this program that was enjoyed by all.

Who knew we had so many talented students at SAS? I think we did, but it was in full force at our annual Talent Show. I am so proud of all our young people for their courage and taking a risk to get up in front of their peers and show off their talents. We had signing, jokes, gymnastics, dancing, skits, comedy, line dancing and more. It always leaves us waiting for more next year!

The highlight of the week was probably the student-faculty volleyball game. There's always something exciting about students getting to play against their teachers! The crowd gets us all going with their cheering and support.

And now we are all ready for a well deserved 3 day weekend to celebrate our Veterans. Rest up as the Teachers are ready to get back to business as usual next week.

Please do not block the rectory drive way during pick up- leave space for the cars to get out. Thank you

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NJHS is collecting Items for our Veteran's!

Books & Beyond

Books and Beyond is an awesome program that gets students excited about reading! Students in preschool to third grade track their reading throughout the program. Their goal is to reach all 8 stations and beyond. They earn prizes at each station!
Books & Beyond Kicks is November 1- April 30
Please read this year's Books & Beyond Program Information
the tally sheets can be downloaded here.
Letter from the Aliens!!!

Books & Beyond Coordinators: links to email on the website:
Coordinator- Wendy Thomas

PK3- Becca Cacioppo
PK4- Nikki Peters & Christine Stone
K- Ana Alfonso
1- Shannon Alo
2- Kim Hartford
3- Joanne Ciccone

Hearts for Heat

The grade 6-7-8 students are planning their annual service project to raise funds through a Thanksgiving Bake Sale for families of our parish who may be in need of assistance this year in the purchase of home heating oil.

All students are welcome to bake for the bake sale.

The middle school students plan to sell homemade baked goods to members of the school community who come to parent-teachers conferences on Monday, Nov. 19th and Tuesday, Nov. 20th.

All profits from this endeavor go directly to the purchase of oil through Fraticelli. Last year we were able to provide almost $700.00 from the bake sale towards this goal.
If you are willing and able to bake a cake, cupcakes, pie, cookies, breads, or any other “sweet” which the students can sell during parent conferences, please contact Mrs. Priddy

And don't forget to stop by the sale when you come to conferences! Lots of delicious treats for everyone.

Athletics & Activities

Design Squad

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 17h, from Noon to 4pm in the school gym.

The day consists of 2 engineering projects and one chemistry project. Refreshments and pizza will be available.

The deadline to sign up to be sure you receive a t-shirt is Thursday, November 1st. There are no more t-shirts available..... The order was placed on November 1st.

The deadline to register for the event is Thursday, November 15th.

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 if you would like to help or have any questions.

Design Squad Sign Up

It's that time of the year- to prepare for a Saturday (11/17) afternoon of Engineering & Chemistry fun. You don't want to miss out on this falls biggest event and to see what Miss Ellis has planned... it could be with fire or make a big mess!

Math Olympiad

Math Olympiad is a math club for students in grades 4-8 on Thursday mornings at 8:00 (students need to be ON Time to participate). Mrs. Lawson and Mr. Jacobs will be the Math Olympiad coaches!

Math Olympiad will begin on Thursday, October 25th.

Students practice their math skills and then participate in math contests throughout the year against students across the country.

Check it out here:

for questions about the program- email Mrs. Lawson at


Ski/Snowboard Club

Ski Club will go to Mount Wachusett on Wednesdays from 4:00-8:00 for 6 weeks January 2nd – February 6th (snow days will be made up and added to the end)

We will be looking for parents to help with the driving and supervising at the mountain.

Kara Tetreault is the Coordinator.

To Register- go to the code is: SANN

The Lift Badge is for those that are only doing the 6 week school program.

The season passes allow you access to the mountain at other times throughout the year. Remember to include your rentals if you don’t have our own equipment and if you’d like to include Lessons.

Our lessons are at 5:00 each night. If you plan to purchase a season pass- you may be able to get a discounted price until November 15th using Group Purchase link and code: BobbieFrench

Flyer page one / Flyer page two

Turkey Trot fun run is coming!

Our Annual Turkey Trot will take place on Tuesday, November 20th at 9:30.

Students in grades K-2 will run laps around the lawn across the street where we now have some gym classes. Mr. Farnsworth will have a 'track' marked with cones. Volunteers help tally the number of laps they complete while they are cheered on by the preschoolers and older students.

Students in grades 3-8 then complete their turkey trot race on a route that goes from the in front of the church, down sixth street, across middle and eventually finishes back in front of the church where the other students are able to cheer them on as they cross the finish!

ALL students in K-8 are welcome to sign up to race.

Mrs. Priddy is also looking for helpers to supervise along the route or track the younger students' laps. Please email her if you’re able to help that morning.

sports // after school programs // community programs & events

** Stay tuned for sign ups for our next round of After School Programs that will begin after Thanksgiving**

TCYHA Hockey Learn to Skate Programs:

Session I- 10/27,11/3,11/10,11/17,11/24&12/1
Session II= 12/8,12/15,12/22,12/29,1/5&1/12
Session III -1/19,1/26,2/2,2/16,2/23&3/2

Cheerleading // grades 3-8 Saturdays

BOK // (before school gym!) grades 4-8 Tuesday mornings Grades K-3

Thursday Mornings from 7:50- 8:25

Sign up is not required. Students are welcome anytime

Drama // grades 4-8 Thursdays - auditions will be held November 8th for "Bye Bye Birdie Jr."

Choir // grades 3-8 Mondays 8:30

Math Olympiad // Grades 4-8 Thursdays AT 8:00 AM

Homework Club //Tuesday-Thursday 3:15-4:30

Friends of St Anna PTO

The PTO has been working hard this fall to bring amazing programs and events to St. Anna School. These programs are supported through funds raised in the various fundraisers the PTO puts on throughout the school year. They are currently running their No Fuss Fundraising Campaign... They will also be kicking off a Playground Drive...

If you have not read the PTO Newsletter- You can get it here: PTO Newsletter

Donations Needed

We are very appreciated of the support provided by our families, parish and community. These are a few things we are currently in need of (donations can be dropped off at school anytime):

  • Baby Wipes (we have a few classrooms that require lots of hand wiping to prevent the spread of allergens in the rooms)
  • Hula Hoops- Lots of fun new games we can do with a few more Hula Hoops...

Mark Your Calendar!

11/12 No School Veteran's Day

11/13 World Kindness Day

11/14 PTO Out of Dress Day & PTO Meeting 6:00

11/16 First Grade Pilgrim Program 9:00

11/17 Design Squad 12-4 grades 3-8

11/19 Early Dismissal at 11:30 // Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/20 Early Dismissal at 11:30 // TURKEY TROT // Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/21-11/23 Thanksgiving Break

School Event Dates (click here)

School Year Calendar with all of our tentative event dates

School Calendar (click here)

Annual Calendar with School Days and Holiday/Vacation closings

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