Friday Mail

What's Happening Week of October 1, 2018

It's hard to believe that we are ending the month of September. We are getting into the routine of 'school' and setting into our new classes. We continue to focus on being kind and positive!

We've been preparing for our upcoming MAP testing by practicing this week. It's going to be a learning curve with taking a 'test' on the computer. We will be having a 'pep rally' on Monday afternoon to kick off MAP testing with a bang and encourage our students to "Rock the Test" and to do their best. They only have to do their best and they will get a chance to work on their skills to 'beat' their score in the winter when we take the test again!

Amazon SMILE!!!

Exciting news! St Anna's is on AmazonSmile! Here's how it works:

When you shop online at Amazon; go to rather than just plain old amazon and choose "St Anna's Church" as your charity. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases to the school. After shopping, you can see how much of your purchase was donated by clicking on the "your AmazonSmile impact" link.

Try it today! You can even change your charity if you've already signed up!

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Thank you to everyone that provided input last spring into our NEW Mission Statement! We're very excited with where St. Anna's is headed and remaining dedicated to continuing to foster the Catholic values of all of our students as well as to introduce skills they will need to be successful in the 21st century. The world is changing and we want our students prepared for where it will be in the future!

After School Clubs

We're looking for volunteers that would love to run and after school club- especially for our younger students! Let me know if you have ideas or would be willing to facilitate a session if we help with the details!!!

We're also looking for someone to do a cooking club for the older students 3-6?

Email Mrs. French if you're interested ... or if you know someone!

Morning Drop Off / pick up

We need your help to keep our students safe.....

Our driveway follows one traffic pattern during drop off and pick up. You need to follow the cars down into the parking lot and turn up toward the side of the school. You can NOT pass cars. We ask that you not drive past cars or up the middle between two cars. This is unsafe for students getting out of cars or walking through the parking lot.

We know that patience is needed during drop off and pick up..

We ask that students exit cards ONLY when the cars are on the school side of the parking lot. Ideally students are exiting cars through doors on the same side as the school to avoid exiting out into traffic. Students may unload as long as they are along the side of the building and do not need to wait until they get in front of the lobby. This will help keep the line moving quicker.

If you are dropping your child off at school and waiting until doors open at 8:30- we ask that you arrive a few minutes later to allow for those parents that are dropping off and not waiting.

Please note there is a Stop Sign on the pole right before the playground. We ask that cars stop and pay attention to any students or adults that may be crossing through the parking lot.
Thank you for helping keep our entire school community safe.

St. Anna's Women's Bible Study

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

This exciting study by Ascension Press brings the Gospel to life and draws you closer to Christ. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven. Set in the rich context of Jesus’ life, Matthew shows us who Jesus is and what his life and teachings mean for us today.

The study begins Friday, Sept. 28 and runs throughout the school year. We will meet in the Church Hall from 9-11 on Friday mornings.

Please contact Pascale Traylor for registration information at, or 978-870-7683

Nurse Notes:

ALL students who will participate in a sport (Cross Country, Cheerleading, Basketball) MUST have a physical on file giving them permission to participate in sports. Students will not be allowed to practice until we have the appropriate physical on file.

Mrs. Katrina Couture is our school nurse. She works for the Leominster Department of Public Health and is at St. Anna School daily from 11:40-12:40. We are also fortunate to have retired nurse Mrs. Maryanne Capistrano volunteer in the health office daily as well.

Athletics & Activities

Cheerleading // grades 3-8 Saturdays

BOK // (before school gym!) grades 4-8 Tuesday mornings Grades K-3 Thursday Mornings from 7:50- 8:25 BOK will begin on September 11th.

Sign up is not required. Students are welcome anytime

Drama // grades 4-8 Thursdays - stay tuned for sign ups- drama will begin end of October

Cross Country // Grades 4-8:

Choir // grades 3-8 Wednesdays 8:30 starts September 10th

Tennis // Grades 1-5 Mondays 3:15-4:30 Starting September 17th

Pinball // Grades 4-8 Build your own pinball machine Tuesdays 3:15-4:30 starting Sept. 11th

Bug Club // Grades 1-3 Explore nature and bugs Thursdays 3:15-4:30 starting Sept 13th

Super Sports // Grades K-3 Wednesdays 3:15-4:30

The NOVELties Club // Grades 4-8 Wednesdays 3:15-4:30

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

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

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


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)
  • BIG Cardboard boxes... Mrs. Thomas is getting ready for the Mother-Son Nerf War that will take place in March and she's collecting boxes between now and then to be used for walls and barriers
  • Hula Hoops- Lots of fun new games we can do with a few more Hula Hoops...
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School Calendar (click here)

Annual Calendar with School Days and Holiday/Vacation closings

Mark Your Calendar!

October 1- Oct. 12 MAP Growth Testing K-8 (schedule of actual days will come home via email)

October 5th- No School- Diocese PD Day

October 8th- No School- Columbus Day

October 9th- PTO Meeting 6:00 PM All are welcome, childcare available

October 10th- PTO Out of Dress Day

October 11th- Progress Reports

October 15-19 Book Fair

October 18th Grandparent's Day Mass 10:00 (open house and book fair 9-10)

October 19th- Theatre at the Mount here to present 100 Dresses at 9:30 PK-3

October 20th- Diocese Night at the Worcester Railers

October 24th- Unity Day

October 26 & 27 St. Anna Society Countdown to Christmas Fair

October 30- Living Rosary

October 31- Horribles Parade K-3 at 1:30

School Event Dates (click here)

School Year Calendar with all of our tentative event dates