This week's BUZZ

Week of March 6th

Welcome Father Carlos!

Dear Saint Anna School Family,

I am Fr. Carlos Ruiz, new pastor of Saint Anna Parish and School. I hope this message finds you well.

I would like to take the opportunity to greet you and introduce myself. I was born in Colombia in 1987, an only child of a Catholic family. I went to Catholic School for 11 years where I had the best years of my childhood. Before becoming a priest, I got a master’s in Education and proudly taught Ethics and Religion in the grades one to eleven. Then, God called me to be a priest. I arrived in the United States in 2011 and was ordained in 2015.

I want to express to you and all your families how happy and blessed I feel by having been called to serve this loving and faithful community. I want to thank each one of you for being part of Saint Anna’s family. I am here to minister to you, following the example of Jesus the good and loving Shepherd. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and working with you as we do what is best for our children.

Please be assured of my prayers, unconditional support, and company.

May God, through the intercession of Saint Anna, bless and protect our children.

Blessings and Peace,

Fr. Carlos Ruiz


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Lenten Food Drive - Grade 3

St. Anna School’s 3rd Annual Lenten Food Drive

Help Us Make a Difference for Families in Need

As a Pillar of Lenten Service, the 3rd grade has taken on organizing our annual Lenten Food Drive. The food drive will continue through Lent, ending on Holy Thursday. The school (grades PreK-8) will collect canned goods and dry goods to donate to the St. Anna food pantry. Our food drive will help families in our community.

Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need.

Here are some suggestions:

Canned vegetables

Peanut butter

Baked beans

Canned fruit



Canned chicken


Rice and beans

canned tuna

Mac and cheese

granola bars

instant potatoes

100% fruit juices

multigrain & low sugar cereals

Each item donated is worth 1 point. We will have an item of the week (The Blue Light Special). This item will be worth 2 points. The class with the most points will win a pizza party! The donations will be collected and counted by class each morning by the 3rd grade.

Thank you for your help!


The Third Grade Class

Pet supply drive -grade 4/5/PREK

For Almsgiving this year, the PREK-4, 4th and 5th grades will be participating in a service learning project that will benefit Animal Shelter, Inc. and the BnR's Rock n' Rescue.

Service learning projects integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich learning as well as foster empathy and altruistic behaviors.

The classes will be collecting supplies (please see the image below for supplies needed for each place we will be sending our supplies to) from "Ash Wednesday", February 26th to "Holy Thursday", April 9th. Anything you can provide is greatly appreciated.

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REMINDER: Registration is in full swing! Tell your friends and co-workers

Registration is in full swing. Our tuition referral incentive program continues.

Share your love of St. Anna and you could receive a tuition referral credit of $500/family prior to September 1st. Referring families must register before September 1st and your tuition will be credited $250 on September 30th and again on June 1st. Referrals must complete the entire school year. So share with your will be glad you did!

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CYO CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL - Come and cheer on St. Anna Basketball THIS weekend

St. Anna 7/8 basketball played a great game Thursday evening against Venerini Academy.

Come cheer them on as they play game two at St. Leo's on Saturday at 1:30!

St. Anna 5/6 boys will play Saturday at 3:50.

Go Tigers!

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Bible Study Group to begin....A great way to get in the spirit of LENT.

Join us Friday mornings at 9 AM for a new 8 week study of Mary, A biblical walk with the Blessed Mother beginning March 20th. During Lent, we will be in the Holy Family of Nazareth church hall, with the exception of good Friday when we will not meet. After lent is over we will move back to Saint Anna church hall, still at 9 AM.

Feel free to let anyone know. The book costs $24.95 and is the only material necessary for the study. Each meeting contains a discussion portion where we go over the questions and answers we have done on our own and then watch a short video together. We always have coffee, fellowship, and snacks as well.

Anyone with questions is free to email me at

The formal description of the study from the Ascension press website is this:

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Dr. Edward Sri brings you on an extraordinary pilgrimage revealing Mary's unique role in God's kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study brings the viewer into the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life. Learn how she works in our lives today to draw us ever closer to her Divine Son.

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Mothers and Sons don't forget to sign up for mother son nerf wars again this year! Paper work has been emailed and sent home with your boys.

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PTO Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 12th, 6pm

SAS - Prek-4 Mrs. Michalak's Room

All parents are members. Come and learn what our school is doing.

Childcare available from NJHS

All welcome!

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GOLF...If it's your thing...join our new committee and see where you can help.

Planning for the annual SAS Golf tournament is in the making. Anyone interested in helping, let the office know.....Many hands make light work. We have hopes that this fun- fundraiser will take place in late summer /early fall.
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Additional Lunch monitors needed:

Alumni, Grandpas, Grandmas, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends....

  • We are looking for people one day a week /once a month/ for a half hour, an hour or two. Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30-1.

Call the office if you think you can help.Thank you

Reminder: Ordering Lunch

April orders will be open until March 19th.

Few Reminders:

  • Ordering is done a month in advance
  • No refunds are issued
  • Payments stay the same through Boonli
  • Food is handled in a nut free facility
  • Pizza w/b offered on Mondays

**Reminder lunches can not be ordered the day of.**

View Monthly Lunch Menu

(click arrows in top left and right to see each month)

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Cool Kids Cash Club

A great way for students to learn about money management.....

They plan to come every other Tuesday unless we are not at school.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Ruby Vargas from Fidelity Bank at or 978-353-2701

They will be coming Tuesday March 17th.

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St. Anna School continues to serve it's students!

Mrs. Wirtanen (our Title I Teacher) will be hosting a family night on March 17th for all students that she serves. Information was sent home to those students with details.
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Nurses Corner - Important news and updates

The Diocese of Worcester and St. Anna have your child's safety and health in mind.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are leaning more about it every day. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 at this point. The risk today is reported to be low according to the Mass. Dept. of Health.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it. Stopping transmission of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. Rest assured, we at St. Anna are doing our best to wipe down doors, railings, light switches and school furniture to reduce the risk of transmission of spreading any viruses. We are utilizing antibacterial soaps and encouraging our students to wash their hands regularly and cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

If your child has a cold/stomach /cough, please refrain from returning to school as per our 24 hour school policy noted in the handbook.

To prepare for possible community transmission of COVID-19, St. Anna and local schools are working together should additional precautions need to implemented.

Precautions to help prevent colds and flu can help protect 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:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

DPH (Department of Public Health) website

If you have further questions please call the SAS Health Office between 10:00-2:00, Monday - Friday.

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Safety is our primary concern!

At St. Anna we do our best to ensure the safety of all our students.

  • Please refrain from having students disembark prior to the yellow curb.
  • Once our After School Program begins at 3:15, All parents and students should leave school grounds.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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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Happenings: New Spring Clubs beginning soon

SPRING TENNIS: begins 3/16 $90

FAITH CLUB (Wednesdays) starting January 22nd - 8-8:30 Ms. Valera Grades 4 and up

Basketball: CYO championships held at St. Leo school

Drama: From Now on: Thursdays 3:30-5:30. Grades 4-8

Math Olympiad- Grades 4-8 Thursday mornings at 8 a.m.

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

Sign up is not required. Students are welcome anytime

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

School Calendar (click here) (Scroll to bottom of page)

Annual Calendar with School Days and Holiday/Vacation closings

Mark Your Calendar!

Basketball games this weekend! -check out info above


5.6 &7 CYO Basketball tournament @ St. Leo

9 - NO SCHOOL ~ Teacher PD

12 - PTO Out of dre$$

12 - PTO Mtg 6 p.m.

12,13,& 14 CYO Basketball tournament @ St. Leo

13 Grades close

16 Tennis begins-sign ups tbd

17 St. Patrick's Day-Wear Green

20 Second Trimester Report Cards Distributed

21 Mother Son Event

24 8th grade Mass for Life

25 Bullying and what parents can do

27 Sweetheart Ball 7-9 p.m.

28 Declamation 6-8 grade


4 Supermarket Sweep

7 SAS restaurant Night at Uno

7 Theater @ the Mount K-2

8 Spring Pictures

10 No School-Good Friday

Happy Easter

13-17 Scholastic Book Fair

20-24 Spring Vacation

27 First Communion Reception

27-4/1 Tech Week for Spring Play 5/7 &5/8



4-15 MAP Testing #3

7,8 SAS School Play

14 PTO Meeting & Out of Dre$$

15 Progress Reports

18 Natures Classroom

19 Boston Trip 7th & 8th

25 No School-Memorial Day

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