January 8, 2021
We are halfway through our two-week all-school e-learning period, and it’s going well! Our SAS teachers and staff are in the building every day, so they have access to all of their classroom materials and equipment. Our full-time e-learners are setting a great example and leading the way for the students who are normally face-to-face. We can’t wait to see our in-person scholars when they come back to the building on January 19.
In light of the unusual circumstances, January iReady assessments will be postponed until February.
PayPal Classroom Contest!
As you know, we are in the process of raising money to cover this year's deficit and keep St. Ann School going for years to come. We have already surpassed $100,000 on our way to our $150k goal! Our students have asked for a way to participate in the fundraising, so we are holding a PayPal competition! The class that raises the most in PayPal donations by Friday, January 15 will win a prize. Donations of any size may be made to email@example.com.
This is a quick and easy ask through social media and email. The kids can reach out directly to friends and relatives with your help. We have even included a sample plea below for you to copy, paste, and customize! VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure to ask your donors to indicate your child’s or teacher’s NAME and GRADE in the MESSAGE section so their contributions can be credited to the proper class. Any donations that come into the PayPal account without a class designation will be attributed to general Angel Fund donations, so they won’t count for the competition. Together we can do this! (Of course all other channels for donation--Give Central, Text-To-Pay, and good old fashioned checks in hand--are still open as well, but not part of this particular contest).
SAMPLE EMAIL LANGUAGE, CUSTOMIZE TO YOUR RECIPIENT:
You may have heard that (your child’s name) school, St. Ann in Lansing, is raising funds in the fight to remain open after this year. Our goal is $150,000, and we have already raised more than $100k! Our St. Ann students have asked to participate in the fundraising, so we are holding a PayPal competition! The class that best spreads the word and brings in the most in PayPal donations by Friday, January 15 will win a prize. So we are asking our friends far and wide to send donations of any size via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to indicate (your child's NAME and GRADE) in the message section so (his/her) class receives credit for your donation.
Thank you, thank you!
PS--Other ways to donate include texting ANGEL to 847-201-4236 or online at www.givecentral.org/location/100/event/27725
It's Tax Credit Scholarship Time!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 & WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13
Your family may qualify for an Illinois State Tax Credit Scholarship that could pay up to 100% of your 2021-2022 tuition and fees! Please note that even if you are already receiving a scholarship this year, all families must reapply every year to be considered for a scholarship. Be sure to save your space when reservations open this week. Once your spot in line is saved, you will receive instructions on applying. Visit the TCS FAQ page for more information about eligibility and applying.
Supper Club at Chipotle
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12
Gotta love the ease of a Supper Club day! After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, take a break from cooking, and come in for dinner on January 12 between 4:00 & 8:00 p.m., turn in the St. Ann voucher or show it on your phone, and our friends at the Munster Chipotle will donate back 33% of all St. Ann supporters’ dine in and carry-out purchases--yes, you read that right--33%!
NEW! ORDER ONLINE FOR PICKUP! Use code JC8ALT6 before checkout in ‘promo’ field. Orders placed on Chipotle.com or through the Chipotle app for pickup using this unique code will be counted towards the fundraiser. Please invite your friends!
Vouchers can be downloaded and printed here:
Leaders Are Readers
Join us for Leaders Are Readers, our twice-monthly virtual story time. The link to join will be emailed that afternoon. This past week, we enjoyed hearing from Mrs. Sypole and student readers. Would your child like to read? Or do you or someone else you know want to be a guest reader? Interested readers should email Mrs. Rivas with the book you would like to read: RRivas@stannschoollansing.org.
School Board Meeting
As always, all parents and faculty are welcome to attend. We will be discussing the fundraising measures aimed at keeping the school open, and hope that you will join us on Google Meet: meet.google.com/tfi-shjs-fpx
Help Save Our School!
As you have heard, the Archdiocese of Chicago has tasked us with raising $150,000 to cover this year’s deficit or face probable closure at the end of the current school year. One of the contributing factors to our large shortfall this year is the fact that we did not charge our usual refundable Volunteer Deposit since we can’t use volunteers during the pandemic, and thus, there are no opportunities to earn it back. In reality, very few families put in enough time to earn this fee back every year, so we usually end up with about $30k that helps cover school expenses.
Would you consider “volunteering” your $300 Volunteer Fee
for the Angel Program?
If every school family were to contribute at least $300, we could add $30k to the pot very quickly. You will also receive a limited edition St. Ann tumbler (other donors have to give at least $1,000 in order to receive one of these!) and some other St. Ann surprises. And of course if you can give more, or rally others to go in with you on a larger donation, it would be an even bigger help. After #GivingTuesday, our total has now reached $58,000 in pledges and donations. Help us keep that positive momentum going!
Set your pledge up online at https://www.givecentral.org/location/100/event/27725, or complete the pledge form you received and return to school with your check or credit card information. If you prefer to process your donation as a pledge, your card will be charged $30 per month over 10 months for a $300 pledge. Thank you!
Together we can do this!
Thank you, thank you to everyone who has already donated or referred donors to us!
Are You Sending in Your Stracks Receipts? Please Ask Others to Save Them for You Too!
Collect Strack & VanTil Food Market register receipts dated between September 1 and March 1 to help St. Ann earn FREE educational rewards! Every classroom has a Collection Envelope, and we will be tallying the value of the receipts turned in. The class that brings in the most will win a prize! Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays are a great time to be collecting receipts since so many people shop for their feasts!
Nominate Your #SchoolHero Today!
We love our Catholic schools’ employees. Teachers, leaders and support staff have worked tirelessly over the summer and the start of our school year to bring exceptional in-person and remote learning to families during this unprecedented time. To recognize their fantastic work, the Office of Catholic Schools is excited to introduce the #SchoolHero program. We’ll highlight the educators and staff who have gone above and beyond in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment through social media and the web. All school employees and families can nominate a school hero by completing a brief online form.
Did you know your purchases can make a difference? Don't forget to shop through our AmazonSmile link every time! AmazonSmile donates to St. Ann when you do your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2601098. And if you purchase Amazon gift cards through the St. Ann TRIP program, you will also get money back toward your tuition!
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