Friday Mail

What's Happening November 19-30, 2018

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

It feels like this year is flying by and now winter seems to have made an early entrance.

One thing consistent with being a New Englander is never knowing what the weather will be.

We've had a busy and crazy morning with all the excitement a 2 hour delay and lots of snow will bring.... complete with a mini snowman in front of the school!

Remember that Snow Day announcements will be done through connect ed - the 'robo' calls as our primary means of communication. This will go to the cell and home phones you have on file with Mrs. Priddy for this purpose. We will also post on our Facebook page and try to send out a notification through the school app as well.

Blizzard Bags- This is a reminder that we utilize Blizzard Bags during the winter months to reduce the number of days that need to be made up at the end of the school year and to keep our students consistently learning and reinforcing their skills. That being said, we all enjoy a good snow day off! The first THREE (3) snow days- are just that- SNOW DAYS that we will make up at the end of the year. Should Mother Nature bless us with more than 3 snow days, the Blizzard Bags will go into effect.

Students will be provided with Blizzard Bag work to have at home in the event of a snow day. Our goal is to always have work for 2 days at home in the event of a double snow day off. Younger students will have actual Blizzard Bags filled with work that can be completed at home, older kids may have some physical work as well as online work and assignments to complete. Students have a week from the snow day to turn in their assignments- that provides some flexibility for those that one to take the opportunity to hit the slopes or maybe help their child finish the assignments over the weekend. There's also no rule that assignments sent home before the snow day cannot be completed early!!! Just remember to turn it in when it is due!

Please check in with your child's teacher if you have any questions and be on the look out for those Blizzard Bags to come home after Thanksgiving...

Please do not block the rectory drive way during pick up- leave space for the cars to get out. Thank you

Service- It's one of the pillars of our Catholic Education

There are lots of ways for families to help this month by participating in one of the following service projects:

Socks for Santa

We’d love to have ALL of our students participate in this fulfilling service project by donating at least 4 pair of socks. Our goal is to DOUBLE the amount we collected last year…. 1000 socks! That’s a lot of socks but I know our students are up for the challenge. This is the perfect way to be in service to others and supporting those in need at our local homeless shelters, women’s shelters and the elderly of our community.
Please consider helping those who are in need of socks or underwear for the cold winter ahead.
A small package of socks or underwear each month is a small price to pay for knowing that the elderly in our neighborhoods are going to be warm this winter.
Thank You from the third grade students of St. Anna Catholic School

NJHS is collecting Items for our Veteran's!

Hearts for Heat

The grade 6-7-8 students are planning their annual service project to raise funds through a Thanksgiving Bake Sale for families of our parish who may be in need of assistance this year in the purchase of home heating oil.

All students are welcome to bake for the bake sale.

The middle school students plan to sell homemade baked goods to members of the school community who come to parent-teachers conferences on Monday, Nov. 19th and Tuesday, Nov. 20th.

All profits from this endeavor go directly to the purchase of oil through Fraticelli. Last year we were able to provide almost $700.00 from the bake sale towards this goal.
If you are willing and able to bake a cake, cupcakes, pie, cookies, breads, or any other “sweet” which the students can sell during parent conferences, please contact Mrs. Priddy

And don't forget to stop by the sale when you come to conferences! Lots of delicious treats for everyone.

Lularoe Fundraiser MONDAY!

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Advent Wreaths

Please join the Friends of St. Anna PTO to ring in the Advent season with a Family Advent Wreath making night on November 30th from 6:00-7:00 in the school cafeteria. The cost is only $10 per family and includes the supplies for making your Story Stones wreath (candles are not provided). We are asking that families pre-register here before November 25th so we have an accurate count for supplies. We have space for up to 15 families to join us.

Scrips Gift Card Program

GIFT CARDS MAKE GREAT GIFTS-- St. Anna PTO - Great Lake Scrips Gift Card Program
The St. Anna PTO will once again offer "One Stop Shopping" for all of your Christmas Gift Card needs! You can order all of your gift cards in one place, at one time and they are delivered directly to the school. No running from store to store or standing in long lines. There are over 300 major retailers to choose from and the biggest bonus - the retailers donate a portion of the cards value back to St. Anna School! It is fundraising while you shop! You can also order gift cards and use them for your everyday purchases. Stock up on Dunkin Donuts, Panera or Starbucks cards and use them to purchase your morning coffee.

Please visit to create an online account. Detailed instructions
If you don't want to create an online account, you can download a copy of the order form and submit it with your payment to Mrs. Priddy in the main office.

The PTO will be placing 3 orders this Christmas season. The order deadlines are Monday, December 3rd, December 10th and December 17th .

Paper order forms need to be turned in to the main office before the end of the school day, on the day of the deadline. Online orders can be submitted up to 6:30pm EST on the day of the deadline.

Please email Laura Pompei at with any questions.

Kidz Korner Gift Shoppe is coming!

The Christmas shopping season is almost here. This year we are sponsoring a way for students to 'secretly' shop for special gifts for family & friends. The shop includes a variety of items appropriate for adult relatives as well as sisters and brothers.

Gift prices range from $1.00 to $10.00, with most items under $6.00. You get to decide who your child is buying for and their price range. Gift Guide envelopes will be coming home that you can fill out with your child.

The shop will be open the week of December 3rd (similar to the Book Fair). Students with $$ will be able to shop each morning and all students will be invited on Monday to 'preview' the Shoppe as well.

Each gift will be sent home in it's own little gift bag including a to/from label- ready to put under the tree!

We look forward to being part of your child's Christmas shopping experience!

NO Fuss Fundraiser update....

And the Competition is ON!

The class that raises the most money will earn a pizza party.... the runner up gets an ice cream treat for the class!

We will soon be posting the current standings.....

Good Luck to you all!

Athletics & Activities

Ski/Snowboard Club ***Deadline is November 30th to sign up***

Ski Club will go to Mount Wachusett on Wednesdays from 4:00-8:00 for 6 weeks January 2nd – February 6th (snow days will be made up and added to the end)

We will be looking for parents to help with the driving and supervising at the mountain.

Kara Tetreault is the Coordinator.

To Register- go to the code is: SANN

The Lift Badge is for those that are only doing the 6 week school program.

The season passes allow you access to the mountain at other times throughout the year. Remember to include your rentals if you don’t have our own equipment and if you’d like to include Lessons.

Our lessons are at 5:00 each night. If you plan to purchase a season pass- you may be able to get a discounted price until November 15th using Group Purchase link and code: BobbieFrench

Flyer page one / Flyer page two

Turkey Trot fun run is coming!

Our Annual Turkey Trot will take place on Tuesday, November 20th at 9:30.

Students in grades K-2 will run laps around the lawn across the street where we now have some gym classes. Mr. Farnsworth will have a 'track' marked with cones. Volunteers help tally the number of laps they complete while they are cheered on by the preschoolers and older students.

Students in grades 3-8 then complete their turkey trot race on a route that goes from the in front of the church, down sixth street, across middle and eventually finishes back in front of the church where the other students are able to cheer them on as they cross the finish!

ALL students in K-8 are welcome to participate: There are NO sign ups this year.... to make it easier- if your child would like to participate in either race they are more than welcome!

Mrs. Priddy is also looking for helpers to supervise along the route or track the younger students' laps. Please email her if you’re able to help that morning.

NO BOK Tuesday November 20th as Mr. Farnsworth has to set up for the Turkey Trot!

Basketball Season is Here!

Concession Stand sign ups are coming!

CDC Heads Up Concussion Training required of ALL coaches, parents and players in grades 5-8

sports // after school programs // community programs & events

** Stay tuned for sign ups for our next round of After School Programs that will begin after Thanksgiving**

TCYHA Hockey Learn to Skate Programs:

Session I- 10/27,11/3,11/10,11/17,11/24&12/1
Session II= 12/8,12/15,12/22,12/29,1/5&1/12
Session III -1/19,1/26,2/2,2/16,2/23&3/2

Cheerleading // grades 3-8 Saturdays

BOK // (before school gym!) grades 4-8 Tuesday mornings Grades K-3

Thursday Mornings from 7:50- 8:25

Sign up is not required. Students are welcome anytime

Drama // grades 4-8 Thursdays - auditions will be held November 8th for "Bye Bye Birdie Jr."

Choir // grades 3-8 Mondays 8:30

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

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

Friends of St Anna PTO

The PTO has been working hard this fall to bring amazing programs and events to St. Anna School. These programs are supported through funds raised in the various fundraisers the PTO puts on throughout the school year. They are currently running their No Fuss Fundraising Campaign... They will also be kicking off a Playground Drive...

If you have not read the PTO Newsletter- You can get it here: PTO Newsletter

Mark Your Calendar!

11/17 Design Squad 12-4 grades 3-8

11/19 Rescheduled First Grade Pilgrim Program 9:00

11/19 Early Dismissal at 11:30 // Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/20 Early Dismissal at 11:30 // TURKEY TROT // Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/21-11/23 Thanksgiving Break

11/30 Advent Wreath Night 6:00-7:00

12/1 Basketball Season Begins

12/1 PTO Movie Night - SIGN UP HERE

12/2 1st Sunday of Advent- HOPE

12/3 School Mass 9:00, Report Cards live

12/3-12/6 Kidz Korner Christmas Shop

12/6 Middle School Semi Formal 7:00-9:00

12/7 NO SCHOOL- Diocese Religious Enrichment Day

12/8 Feast of Immaculate Conception

12/9 2nd Sunday of Advent: FAITH

12/10 School Mass 9:00

12/12 PTO Out of Dress

12/13 Kindergarten Christmas Pageant 1:30 (snow date 12/20)

12/14 PK-3 Christmas Around the World

12/16 3rd Sunday of Advent: JOY

12/17 School Mass 9:00

12/19 PK-5 Christmas Show 1:30

12/21 Ugly Sweater Day! Early Dismissal 11:30 NO EXTENDED CARE TODAY

12/23 4th Sunday of Advent: PEACE

12/24-1/1 NO School - Christmas Vacation

School Event Dates (click here)

School Year Calendar with all of our tentative event dates

School Calendar (click here)

Annual Calendar with School Days and Holiday/Vacation closings

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