Friday Mail

What's Happening Week of September 24, 2018

There's lots of excitement at St. Anna School this week about our annual Back to School BBQ- Beach Blast Bonanza! Our school was filled with lots of people ready for a Lua, beach party and vacation. We get to hang onto summer for a little while longer before Fall settles in.

I hope everyone has a wonderful time at the BBQ. It is one of our favorite traditions and a time for our whole St. Anna community to come together and break bread. You can't ask for more than great food, fantastic company, and fun activities with friends!

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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

Ordering Lunch & Menu

View August/September Lunch Menu

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

October Lunch Menu

Boonli website to order your lunch

Parking Lot = Playground

We need your help...

We are trying to keep recess, outdoor gym AND extended care safe for our students.

It is unfortunate that our playground is also our parking lot and the safety of our students has to be our priority. The parking lot is closed for recess daily from 11:00-1:00 and 1:30-1:45. It is frequently closed for gym classes in the afternoons from 12:45-3:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

You will also notice that we are trying to close the parking lot in the afternoons when many of the extended care students are outside playing from 3:45-4:45. If you are picking up from extended we ask that you park across the street and walk down to extended (just think of all the steps you'll get in). The parking lot will not be closed when there's inclement weather.

After School programs will dismiss from the front Lancaster Street doors- so we ask that you plan to park across the street and pick up at the front doors- unless it is really raining out and then we can have dismissal at the lobby.

We appreciate your patience and feedback as we try this to keep all of our students safe and utilize our playground area.

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

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

Homework Club is back! 3:15-4:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays on full school days. Students will go to the supervising teacher's classroom to work on their homework. The teacher will help them if needed. Students will have access to their chromebooks. Students can get picked up at 4:30 or go to extended care. Our intention is to give students a quiet space to do their homework after school. This will be beneficial to those that usually go to extended care and want to finish their homework before playing and for those that might need a little more support and structure to complete their homework. Students need to let their teacher know during attendance if they are staying after for homework club or let Mrs. Priddy know at lunch time. We need to make sure everyone has a ride home. Students who are signed up to go to Homework Club need to STAY at homework club until their ride arrives unless they are also signed up to go to Extended Care following Homework Club.

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!

Sept. 24-Oct. 12 MAP Growth Testing K-8 (schedule of actual days will come home via email)

September 25th Cool Kids Banking Day!

September 27th- School Pictures IN Uniform

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