We Are St. Ann School

12/14/15 Faculty/Staff News By: Bonnie Hall, Principal

Merry Christmas! Peace in 2016 and Always.

As we ready ourselves for the birth of the Christ Child, we give thanks for all the gifts God has given us. It's ironic really that we're buzzing here and there for the perfect gift for our loved ones, when God already gave us just what...just WHO we needed...Jesus: Prince of Peace.

You amaze me each day. In all the craziness, change of schedules, days of Santa on the horizon, you continue to bring Christ to our children. Your rigor is spot on...everybody is teaching their little hearts out in this building or supporting those that do. Don't stop! Keep going, Lil' Buckaroos. We've got this!

Know that you are appreciated each and every day.

Know that it's a calling...a ministry...God at work.

WE HAVE A BABY! Introducing: Miss Alyssa Nicole Manske

Congratulations, Natalie and Jon! She is beautiful! God bless your family!
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Videos That Provide Enrichment During the Advent Season

The first video is via Catholic News Service and features youth minister Emily “Em” Anderson (St. James Catholic Church, Falls Church, VA) providing some insights into how to make Advent a more holy season. I especially like her suggestion of praying the Liturgy of the Hours during Advent.


The second is Bishop Barron’s reflection on Advent as preparation for a revolution—what a great thought!


And if you’re looking for non-video Advent suggestions, browse here.

The post Making Advent a More Holy Season appeared first on Catechist's Journey.

American Red Cross Classes Coming To St. Ann's - Please Mark Your Calendars

I am VERY happy to announce that American Red Cross classes will be offered to our students in the next few months. I recently met with a representative of the American Red Cross, Kate, and she will be doing all the grade specific training. The first class will be "CPR and First Aid for Students." The purpose of this student course is to teach students to recognize first aid and cardiac emergencies and take action. Students learn how to give appropriate are for different first aid emergencies and how to perform hands-only CPR.

There will be no charge to the students for the class or materials.

Teachers: please have your students in grades 5-8 wear their gym uniform that day.


Wed., January 6th (School Hall)

8:30-9:45 a.m. - Grades 5/6

9:45-11:00 a.m. - Grades 7/8

On Friday, January 15th, Kate will be here to present "First Aid for Little People". This course teaches children basic First Aid and safety skills including how to get help, how to stay calm in an emergency, what to do in case of fire, and how to control bleeding.

Grades K-5 teachers: please have your students wear their gym uniforms that day.


Fri., January 15th (Locations Vary)

Pre-K (in PreK room) - 9:00-9:30 a.m.

K (in K room) - 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Grades 1 and 2 (School Hall) - 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Grades 3/4/5 (School Hall) - 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Marshall's Memo


This edition's articles:

- Is poverty the reason U.S. students don't compare well internationally?
- A high bar for using value-added measures to evaluate teachers
- Tips for working with adult learners
- David Brooks on a school that develops community and character
- The evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance
- Using data in world language classes
- Graphic novels in high-school classrooms
- A model backwards-designed Algebra I course

Leaders of the School Retreat (11 Area Catholic Schools)

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