St. Anne School Newsletter
November 20, 2019
A Note from the Principal
I am sure that everyone has heard the song, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." The song is most frequently heard BEFORE Christmas. Specifically, the song is sung during the Season of Advent. The words to the song refer to the Israelites who were captive slaves and were waiting for Christ to be born so they could be "ransomed" or set free. The Season of Advent takes place for four weeks/Sundays before Christmas. Each week has a theme: Hope–Peace–Joy–Love. This season is a time when Christians around the world await the Christmas celebration- the birth of Christ. During these waiting weeks we can reflect on these four themes. We should take time to recognize how "hope, peace, joy, and love" effect our lives. Just as those early Christians were hoping that Christ's coming would improve their lives, we should examine how Christ's birth and life have given each of us reason to celebrate the hope, peace, joy, and love that we now have in our lives. Starting on Dec. 2, with the beginning of Advent, our school will be decorated with Advent wreaths with their four candles to remind us to reflect on these themes. Next Wednesday, every child will be taking home an Advent activity calendar with daily ideas for you to use as a family. So let us remember that preparing for Christmas is more than running around getting gifts, but more importantly it is a time to thank God for what he has given us...HOPE, PEACE, JOY, AND LOVE.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 100 YEARS
SAVE THE DATE!!! Our Centennial Gala will be held on February 1, 2020 to celebrate our 100 years of educating students in the Catholic tradition. The venue for this event is the Embassy Suites Hotel in the beautiful Waterfront of Burlingame. There will be a reception on Friday night for those staying at the hotel that evening. On Sunday, the celebration will culminate in Mass and Open House starting at 11:00. For tickets and more information, see the Centennial website.
CURRENT PARENTS WHO PURCHASE CENTENNIAL DINNER TICKETS BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A $150 DISCOUNT OFF THEIR TUITION. THOSE PARENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE ENTERED AS WELL.
Dates to Note
11/22 - Parent Tour 9:00-10:30
11/22 - 1st Grade Field Trip (Academy of Science)
11/25 - 12:30 Dismissal
11/27 - Thanksgiving Mass 11:00
11/27 - 12:30 Dismissal
11/28-29 - School Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)
12/2 - School Resumes
12/4 - Advent Prayer Service 10:00
12/5 - Jr. High Field Trip (SHC)
12/5 - 5th Grade Field Trip (Academy of Science)
12/4 - 4th Grade Field Trip (Old Mission San Francisco de Asis)
STAR RENAISSANCE TEST RESULTS
Parent Tour - Friday, November 22
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Thanksgiving Mass November 27
VIRTUS Online Training and Fingerprint Compliance
IMPORTANT REMINDER! Parents must complete the VIRTUS ONLINE training AND be fingerprinted to volunteer for field trips, retreats, overnights, library, health room, reading programs, or any other school/parish activity that involve their presence around students. Please complete the course and fingerprints as soon as possible so that there are no delays with your participation in school functions. Please select "St. Anne Elementary School" as your affiliation to help us verify compliance when you register at https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/.
Parents who have completed the course but have not completed fingerprints have been placed in an "Inactive" module until fingerprints are complete. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated!