This week's BUZZ

News from the week of November 15, 2019

New England Catholic Schools Week

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Sunday: Discover Our Parish- Student work displayed in the parish this weekend after masses.

Monday: Discover Catholic School Students: Classes buddies and Crazy Sock Day (w/ regular uniform).

Tuesday: Discover Catholic School Parents: Students appreciation of their loved ones.

Wednesday: Discover Catholic School Educators-Classes will get a visit from a mystery teacher.

Thursday: Celebrate our Faith based Community-Reaching out to our Parish

Friday-Discover our Donor and Alumni-OPEN HOUSE 9:30-11:30 Student Bingo

Winter Uniform now in effect. Make sure your child is dressed for the cold mornings. Hats,gloves/mittens suggested.

Check out the Parent/Student Handbook for information on winter uniforms:

Uniform Reminders:

  • Socks should be at least covering the ankle.
  • All girls : Leggings ( navy or white ) can be worn under skirts/skorts in the winter.
  • Jumper and skirt hems must touch the top of the knee and “privacy shorts” are recommended underneath.
  • While in the school building, students will only be allowed to wear the school sweatshirt, sweater or sweater vest over uniform shirts.

Thank you for your cooperation

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Socks For Santa - We have a BIG GOAL

The third grade students have begun our annual 2 month service project in which we will be collecting new white cotton or thermal socks or cotton underwear to be distributed to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and the elderly of our community.

We often don’t realize or simply forget that those in need have needs other than the need for food.

It is our hope that each student will participate by bringing a small package of socks or underwear each month ( November, and December) to be collected by third grade students. All donations will be given to Montachusett Home Care for distribution to residents who live in our school community area.

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.

Please consider helping those who are in need of socks or underwear for the cold winter ahead.

We have a big goal of receiving 500 socks, we will update you in our weekly buzz how we are doing.

Thank you!

The third grade students of St. Anna Catholic School


We are looking for some parents to offer testimonials on our facebook pages, twitter accounts and Great Schools, NICHE, and other school searches. Your positive reinforcement is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Looking for added Lunch monitors. Parents/Grandparents welcome too. Call the office if interested in once a day/month /or even a year...Thank you

Altar Servers

If you are interested in becoming an altar server. Please contact the office Mrs. Priddy at 978-534-4770. We are planning training soon, as long as you have made your 1st Holy Communion, you can become an altar server.
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It's almost that time of year

If you are planning on hitting the shops or making purchases online for the holidays....or anytime really, check out!

There is no fee for you. Just convenience and the school receives a percentage back. Go to the PTO section of the website and sign up....There is no extra cost! What a great way to support Saint Anna School AND get your shopping done! Spread the word! More info will be sent home on Monday.


Wishing you a blessed Christmas

Ordering Lunch

Information about ordering school lunch....

please note information for NEW and Returning students...

Ordering Opens today October 25th for November.

View November Lunch Menu

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

NEW LUNCH PROGRAM BEGINS IN JANUARY! Keep an eye out for DEC. ordering.

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Nurses Corner - Important news or updates

Physical Exams (P.E.) for School Children in Massachusetts

During the last two weeks some parents of students new to St. Anna's or currently in Grades 1, 4 and 7 have received Physical Examination Reminders. Our school is in compliance with Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.C.71, 5.57) which requires physical exams of school children within 6 mths before entry into school or during the first year after entry, and at intervals either 3 or 4 years thereafter. St. Anna School has designated those intervals to be:

1. School entry

2. Grade 1

3. Grade 4

4. Grade 7

Thank you to the parents who have already sent a copy of their child's physical exam. If there are any questions regarding this requirement please call the school health office between 9:30-1:30, Monday through Friday.

Mary Anne Capistrano

**Make sure to always check out the Nurses Corner. We will keep you updated on any news our wonderful nurse would like to share with you. **
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Have you ever thought about trying something new? Come join us and see what all the fun is about.

Ski and snowboarding is so much fun and are great sports to share with new friends.

It's that time of year to sign up for your season passes &/or lessons. We encourage you to share and use this link if you, your children, family and friends are interested in getting a season pass (Dec- until the last day the mountain is open for skiing & snowboarding until they are unable to continuing making snow which we are hoping will be mid March again) 6 week pass with our group on Wednesday afternoons/evenings &/or lessons for the 6 week program. We are scheduled for Wednesdays. Leaving the school at 3 and pick up by 8pm at the mountain.

So don't delay sign up today. Season passes make great holiday gifts for you and the entire family. If you need help finding the right fit for you I can help you find the best pass for your needs.

The link to the website is

CODE is -----SANN

Cool Kids Cash Club


This program will allow students to being banking at school. They will learn the importance of saving and will be able to make deposits into their savings account twice a month. This is an easy and terrific way to start saving NOW for middle school field trips! Each year the 6th graders attend Nature’s Classroom at a cost of around $600. The Washington DC trip is held every other year so your child would have the opportunity to attend DC as either a 7th or 8th grader. This trip costs around $1000. If you being saving NOW, as early as preschool or Kindergarten, your child could easily save enough money to cover both of these trips by the time they become a middle school student!

Students will also learn skills about keeping a savings account pass book and other financial skills that are necessary to become financially responsible adults.
Parents who are interested in having their child participate in this program, will need to open their child’s account at Fidelity and then on-going deposits can be made conveniently at school.

Please feel free to stop in at either Fidelity branch in Leominster to open your account. Please let them know it is for St. Anna’s Cool Cash Club and/or email and let me know you’ve opened an account for your child so I can let you know when banking at school will begin.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Ruby Vargas from Fidelity Bank at or 978-353-2701

St. Anna's is an Allergy Friendly School

Please keep in mind - as you plan snacks, birthday treats, and classroom parties - that St. Anna's is an Allergy Friendly School. Double-check with your students' teacher or room parent to ensure that we are creating a safe, inclusive environment for all students.
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Reading Club with Mrs. Campbell - Grades 5-8 (10 student max) Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 Starting Nov. 12th.

Cheerleading // grades 3-8 Saturdays

Basketball Registration: If you have a child in grades 1-8 who would like to play basketball this year please sign up now so we can get teams and schedules put together.

Drama: Thursdays 3:30-5:00. Grades 4-8

Math Olympiad- Grades 4-8 will begin Oct. 17

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

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

Nutcracker Performances

Check your local listings for performances of the Nutcracker. There are multiple performances with many of our students involved. We hope you can make it to one of them.
School Calendar (click here) (Scroll to bottom of page)

Annual Calendar with School Days and Holiday/Vacation closings

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Mark Your Calendar!


November 16: Design Squad 12-4 pm (grades 3-8)

November 17-22: NE Catholic Schools Week

November 18: School Mass - all invited

November 21: PTO Advent Family Evening Out

November 22: 1st and 3rd grade Thanksgiving program

November 25: School Mass - all invited

November 25-26 - Hearts for Heat Bake Sale

November 25: Early Dismissal 11:30 (Parent/Teacher Conferences) extended till 5:30

November 26: Early Dismissal 11:30 (Parent/Teacher Conferences) extended till 5:30

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break (Enjoy the time with your family and friends)


December 2: School Mass - all invited

December 3: Fall Picture retakes

December 2-6: Christmas Store

December 6: NO SCHOOL (teachers PD)

December 18: Christmas Concert (Time TBD)
December 19 & 20th - No after school extended care

December 21- 4th - Christmas break (Returning to the school on January 6th)