We Are St. Ann School

2/18/16 Parent & Student News By: Bonnie Hall, Principal

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These 40 Days...

Have you given up something for Lent? Equally important, have you taken UP something as well? These 40 days serve as a time to grow closer to Christ. If we've fallen with our Lenten promise, we get another try, and even another try after that. Just as Jesus fell three times on His journey to the cross, He got right back up. We are grateful for those who help us get right back up. We dust ourselves off and whisper, "I've got this." For after all, we have Him and He who sent Him. "Teach me Your paths." (Psalms 25:4) We teach our students to carry Jesus' teachings out into the world.

Be sure to join us each Friday as we pray the Stations of the Cross at 1:30 p.m. in Church.

On Holy Thursday, March 24th, grades PK-8 will take a field trip to the Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John, Indiana. We'll leave at 9 a.m. and will return around lunchtime. This is a full day of school. Permission slips will go home soon. Parents are welcome to meet us at the Shrine and walk the Stations with us.

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Chelcie is a Published Author!

Our very own Chelcie Oparanozie from grade 7 has published her first book, "Reptiles vs. Amphibians." Her book is now available on Amazon.com. Chelcie told me she's working on her second book now. Congratulations, Chelcie!

(About the book:)

Geck, Pyro, Camilia, and Thorn; who are they? They are the Reptiles, of course! These four mutated teenagers have joined together to defeat the evil Amphibians. Which side is superior? Find out in "Reptiles vs. Amphibians."

Fair Thee Well! Eighteen Students to Compete in the Area Science Fair This Saturday.

Eighteen scientists from grades 5-8 will represent St. Ann School as they compete in Saturday's "Area" Science Fair held at Memorial Junior High School in Lansing. The students include the following:

Grade 5: John DeMay, Makayla Gilbert, Ben Haavig, Nick Mangano, Leah Mondragon, and Nicholas Rincon

Grade 6: Maya Correa, Anthony Mangano, Angel Manrique, and Madeline Sombong

Grade 7: Marquis Floury and Alexis Robinson

Grade 8: Kyle Clark, Fernando Alvarez, Sebastian Manrique, Sam Scheppe, and Tyler Freuhling

Thank you to Ms. Roskos, Mrs. Manske, (and to Mr. Lemon) for preparing our students for this very special day/event.

My hypothesis: they will do very well!

Round Ball Food Drive: It's Time to Slam Dunk Hunger Out of our Community

Yet another proud principal moment for me: St. Ann School and Parish collected 923 items for the Lansing Food Pantry.

First grade brought in 221 (yes, 221) of those items winning our internal school's competition, bragging rights, and a tasty outdoor ice cream social with our pastor on an upcoming warm spring day. Thank you, Parents and Parishioners, for your support.

American Legion Essay Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following three 8th graders whose essays were chosen as winning entries in the American Legion essay contest. This year's essay title/prompt was "Should There Be Term Limits for U.S. Senators and Representatives?"

  • 1st Place: Sebastian Manrique
  • 2nd Place: Melina Duda
  • 3rd Place: Samuel Scheppe

Pay to the Order of: St. Ann School

A couple of checks passed over my desk this week that I wish to thank you for.

If you used your Target RedCard, Target's "Take Charge of Education" granted us with $1253.76. Although Target is discontinuing this wonderful program, we thank you for all of your participation.

Remember when you ate at JJ Kelley's in December? We certainly do...JJ Kelley's sent us a check for $300 for December's Supper Club. Yummy!

Ball in the Hall Update

Information recently went home to purchase tickets to our Ball in the Hall Extravaganza on March 5th. This is our BIG school fundraiser, so everyone's assistance in both volunteering and supporting the event is critical. The teachers and I will be there, and I know you will be, too. The children have been working on classroom auction pieces. (See picture below for grade 5's auction piece.) It's a great event; see you there.

From the Committee:

Our second annual Ball in the Hall will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016.


We can accept donations of new, unused items for use in raffle baskets. Did you receive a Christmas gift not to your liking? Small appliances you’ll never use? Excess inventory from your direct sales biz? Extra toys and games when your kids have too many? Gift sets? Craft supplies? Liquor? We can use any and all of these in our raffle baskets and would be happy to take them off your hands!

We are also still in need of services, sports tickets, scratch-off lottery tickets, and gift cards. You really can make a difference by donating! To donate or for more information, please call 708.895.6700.

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We Want You Back!

Registration is in full swing. Remember to reserve your child's seat as soon as possible.

Need a form? Here it is:


Dress Down Day Alerts!

HSA Happenings

  • Great America Read to Succeed Program - K-6 Reading logs are due Feb. 22nd to your child's teacher.
  • HSA Meeting - March 9th, 7 p.m.
  • Mother/Son Bowling Night - April 8th - Info. forthcoming

Reminder: Early Dismissal on 3/4 for (Optional) Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 4th will be an 11:30 a.m. dismissal. Optional parent/teacher conferences will take place from 1-3 p.m. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with your child's teacher, please contact her directly via email or phone. As always, you may also leave a message with the Office for the teacher. Teachers schedule their own appointments for this optional conference afternoon. Extended Day Service will be available until 6:30 p.m. Please note: Kindergarten parents: Mrs. Zackavec will be attending a state kindergarten conference on that day; however, she will be happy to accommodate you with an appointment earlier that week. Simply contact her.

American Red Cross Class Scheduled for Grades PK-3

Miss Kate returns from the American Red Cross next Friday to present "Scrubby Bear".

Through the use of games and stories, children learn the importance of hand washing, proper ways of covering their mouth when they sneeze or cough, and other ways to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. The class is a 30 minute presentation/interactive experience and will held in the PK-3 classrooms that morning.

Our School Calendar (Online)

We're sending home a paper copy of the March, 2016 calendar in today's Thursday envelope.

This morning Mrs. Summerrise went to get our picnic permits for the end of May. Time is flying!

You can always keep up with our calendar by visiting:


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