This week's BUZZ

Week ending May 15, 2020 (#9 virtual learning)

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A special thank you to all of you for your continued support of the school. We know that this has been very hard on everyone and we want you to know how very thankful we are! We are truly blessed to have such a commited group of families. THANK YOU!

This Monday is our next pick up day from 9-3. A day to collect shoes and locker/desk supplies. This routine will follow the same expectations we used last week


Only one person from each family will be permitted in the school.

Only five (5) people at a time may enter the building

Masks must be worn

Gloves must be worn.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe.

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Join our First Communicants in daily prayer to Mary during the Month of May on Facebook.

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We know that everyone has had to sacrifice in one way or another and we thank you.

It's been a tumultuous year. We started off the year with many changes and before you knew it, we were changing to virtual learning within a weeks notice. People lost jobs, were put on furlough, and couldn't work. Businesses closed, school buildings closed and communities and families couldn't come together as they once did. Many families worked the front lines as nurses, doctors, pharmacists, police, and fire among so many others heroes that put themselves in front of others. We thank you for your sacrifices and for balancing family, school, work and so much more. Thank you!.


Our teachers were tasked with the job of balancing their lives as well. They had to learn and implement this new way of learning as well. They learned to multi task with zoom,seesaw and google all while juggling home life too. It has been quite a transition. We have all come out stronger and wiser. We will celebrate when we can!


With the end of this year in sight, we want you to know that we understand the sacrifices and balancing act that everyone has had to endure. We understand the financial burden placed on families and on our school and parish. We want you to know that we are strong, that we will continue to offer an exceptional academic environment whether in or out of the classroom. We will continue to grow as a close community because we are all committed to St. Anna.


St. Anna prides itself on how well we were able to implement virtual learning, how quickly we navigated uncharted territory in such a short time....But we did it and I couldn't be more proud! Learning continues, we are all engaged and our students continue to learn.


With the end of this year approaching, we start to think about the next. Will it be virtual? Will there be limits to how we come together? What changes can we expect? These are all questions that I know you are thinking about and I am too. Unfortunately at this point, it is unclear. We will continue to work with the Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Worcester Diocese to ensure safety for all.


No matter how it will look, we will still have our close knit community to connect to.


Financial Aid Awards will be out soon which will allow us to start sending out tuition invoices for 2020-2021. For those wishing to receive 3%off by paying in full, the deadline for that has been extended until July 15th. For those of you facing hardship, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Fr. Carlos. We are happy to talk with you.


On behalf of the St. Anna community, we all look forward to seeing you next year.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our Faith and to our community.

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Eighth grade news!

Our Eighth graders are excited for their adventure into high school. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page during the first week of June! Plans are in the making to hold a special graduation ceremony on June 10th at 6 p.m. It will not look like the usual graduation, but it will be very special! We love our 8th graders and we want to make this as special as possible.
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Our school year is drawing to a close.

This year has been quite a year. We have all worked hard and played hard. I can't thank you enough for your continued support through the school year. Who would have known that our year would close like this?


On the 11th from 9-3 we will have grades PK -Grade 3 return items such as chrome books, textbooks and teacher supplies to school. On June 12 from 9-3, grades 4-8 can drop off chrome books, textbooks, and teacher supplies.


THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES K-8 is June 12th. For those needing to submit late/missing work, it may be submitted up until the 16th. Report cards will be distributed on 6/19 to allow extra time for those needing to submit missed/late work and for teachers to gather, record, and submit grades. PK & 8th graders last day will be June 8th


8th Grade Graduation : June 10th 6 p.m. (rain date 6/11)


If and when the dynamics of quarantine and public gatherings change over the summer, I welcome the chance for us all to come together. God Bless

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How to Safely Cover Your Face Outside of Home (:60-version)

Nurses Corner - Important news and updates

We are all looking forward to coming together. We are keeping updated on best practices for our return to classes which will include added steps to hygiene and safety.


Keep informed and up to date as changes occur in the protection against COVID-19. These sites are updated regularly with the latest guidance regarding accurate data from the scientific community.

More information can be found at:


Health and Homeland Alert Network: https://www.smore.com/c2qhx-haan?ref=email

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) www.cdc.gov

DPH (Department of Public Health) website www.mass.gov


Current Updates 5/15 for COVID19: HERE


If you have further questions please email : nurse@stannaleom.org.

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Everyone is a member of the PTO....Check it out!

VIRTUAL PTO Meetings June 4th via CISCO WEBEX

Thursday, June 4th, 7pm

cisco webex -link below

Please join us as every parent is a part of the PTO


https://meetingsamer3.webex.com/meetingsamer3/j.php?MTID=m919f943584d23306f3f268e5a76b65d1

Meeting number (access code): 295 151 076

Meeting password: stannapto060420 (78266278 from phones and video systems)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

7:00 pm | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr

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Stay connected with St. Anna Parish

Stay connected to Masses and More Online with Fr. Carlos

We encourage you to visit www.stannaparish.org as Fr. Carlos is providing a series of videos on YouTube for online masses, rosary, Angelus-Annunciation and more. They will be linked daily to the parish website and it is a wonderful way to stay connected!

St. Anna's is an Allergy Friendly School

Please keep in mind - as you plan snacks, birthday treats, and classroom parties - that St. Anna's is an Allergy Friendly School. Double-check with your students' teacher or room parent to ensure that we are creating a safe, inclusive environment for all students.
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School Calendar (click here) (Scroll to bottom of page)

Annual Calendar with School Days and Holiday/Vacation closings

Books and Beyond

The Books & Beyond program came to a close on April 30th.

Classroom coordinators are working to bring the program to a close. Something will be planned in celebration for the program coming to an end.


Thank you to Mrs. Thomas and all the volunteers that have worked so hard in making this program a success, for making it so fun and enjoyable for all our students.

Mark Your Calendar!

Tentative Schedule due COVID-19 developments


May: The month of Mary

04-08 Teacher Appreciation Week

10 Mother's Day

14 PTO virtual Meeting -please join us

15 Progress Report s-*

25 No School-Memorial Day


**DUE to COVID-19 and the unprecedented task that everyone has undergone, progress reports will not be distributed as usual since communication between parents and teachers is ongoing. If you are uncertain as to how your child is doing, please reach out to his/her teacher. Close contact with your child's teacher should continue.


June

08-Pk and 8th graders last day of classes-clap out

10-8th Grade Graduation

11 Grades PK-3 Drop off of Chromebooks, supplies and school texts

12 Grades 4-8 Drop off of Chromebooks, supplies, and school texts

12 Last day of virtual learning

12-16 Last chance to submit work in order to be calculated in your report card

19 Report Cards distributed


July/August- Enjoy, rest, relax, breathe, read some books and practice math facts

Hopefully we can come together


2020-2021* pending any changes due to pandemic

August

26 Meet & Greet *more info to follow

27 First day classes Grades 1-8


September

1-4 Pre-K/K screening

2 PK Orientation 9-10a.m.

K Orientation 10-11a.m.

7 Labor Day-No School
8 PK & K Welcome Back

MAP Testing

9 Parent Back to School Night 6-8 p.m.


Map testing is an great tool that helps teachers to see the needs and proficiency of their students and adjust their plan to meet their needs. We will be implementing MAP testing early in 2020-2021 once we return to school. We have all been away from the classroom and this will be a great tool to ensure that will allow us to meet our students where they are. It is not meant to create angst or stress, but a chance to allow our teachers and you our parents to see how our students are doing as we plan to meet our students needs this year.

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