SAS Update

MARCH 29, 2019


Achievement Testing


Students in grades 3 through 8 will take the ACT Aspire summative assessments next week. (We will NOT be testing on Thurs. April 4) Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time. If your child arrives to school late and testing has already begun, he or she will be unable to enter the classroom as this would cause a distraction to students already engaged in testing. Tardy students will have to wait in the office until the testing session concludes, and then will have to make up missed tests the following week.

Students in grades 5-8 ARE allowed to use calculators on the math portion of the assessment. Please ensure that your child has a working calculator.

Teachers will also be offering peppermint gum for the students to chew during the test time. Studies have shown that peppermint helps enhance concentration and focus. If you do not want your child to have gum, please email his/her teacher.

Please help your children to prepare for the assessments by making sure that they get a good night's sleep. Research shows that refraining from using screen-technology (phones, iPads, computers, etc…) at least an hour and a half before turning in results in a better night of rest than if you spend time working on a screen right before bed.

A hearty breakfast, words of encouragement, plenty of #2 sharpened pencils, and a highlighter are also ways to help your child have a successful testing experience.

Important HSA Meeting


Do you enjoy SAS family events like Frankfest, Trunk or Treat, the Daddy Daughter Dance, and Mother/Son Bowling? How about fun things for the kids like Santa's Secret Shop, Pajama Day milk & cookies, and the school picnic? These events don't happen without help, and over the last several years we have seen a serious decline in parents willing to lend a hand. Many of these events may have to be eliminated if the trend continues. Several lead parents and HSA board members are graduating their last children, so there is a need for fresh new leadership, as well as plenty of room for those who just want to help out here and there. Please come to the meeting and see where you fit in. We love to hear new ideas, too! (And you will earn a volunteer hour for attending the meeting.)

Mother/Son Bowling Filling Up Fast

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at LAN OAK LANES

Ticket order forms went home in last week's envelope. As of April 1, the price will be $35 per couple ($10 for each additional son of the same family), which gets you unlimited bowling, shoes, a photo keepsake magnet, and pizza. Orders that come in over the weekend will be filled at the $30 rate (envelopes marked Mom/Son Bowling can be turned in through the collection basket at church or dropped through the mail slot in the east-facing parish office door.) Lan Oak Lanes can accommodate 96 bowlers total, and we are nearly half sold out, so don't delay. Earn volunteer credit for next year by helping out or donating pop, sides, and desserts.

Box Tops Pizza Picnic

Every class received its own Box Tops collection jug today. As you save and clip the Box Tops, simply send them in with your child to add to his or her class's jug. No need for collection sheets or counting and tallying yourself, just send 'em in! (Please do not send expired Box Tops, as they do not count.) The class that has the most Box Tops in their bottle by May 15 will have an outdoor pizza party lunch on the front balcony on May 17. Meanwhile, keep entering the Daily Sweepstakes through April 1, and let's try to win 10,000 bonus Box Tops!

Who Wants Jeans Days Every Friday?

Once a grade reaches 75% re-enrollment for next year, all students in that class will be able to dress down EVERY SINGLE FRIDAY until the end of the year! PreK is catching up to 5th Grade, and they already wear jeans everyday! Current standings:

PreK: 58%

Kindergarten: 50%

1st Grade: 32%

2nd Grade: 54%

3rd Grade: 47%

4th Grade: 11%

5th Grade: 60%

6th Grade: 33%

7th Grade: 46%

Fill out the re-enrollment form (there are extras in the office, or print one here if you need it), and return with your $150 per family fee, and let's get every class to 75% or higher! At 100%, the class will win a pizza party, so start talking it up to your friends.

A New Year for Volunteer Hours!

Start earning your hours for next year right away! Beginning April 1, all volunteer hours will go toward your 2019-20 requirement. Some opportunities:

Mother/Son Bowling,

K-7th School Picnic

The Good Neighbor Day Parade

Parking Lot Safety Brigade

Lunch & Recess Monitor

See if there are any classroom events for your particular grade(s)

Visit and you can see your hours from this past year if you have been signing up for spots through there.

  • From a computer, log into the site, hover over your name, and click Profile on the drop down menu. Scroll down to Participant Hours Report and click on the orange Email Report button. Your hours will then be emailed.
  • If you are accessing the website from a phone, log in and click the three bars to the right of the Dashboard title. Then click on My Service Hours to see everything.

Join Us On Lenten Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross are held every Friday during Lent in Church at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to join us.

Nominate a school employee

The Heart of the School Award honors our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff members who support our students and Catholic mission every day. All nomination forms must be submitted online at by Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST in order to be considered.

Online Safety FYI

Looking for a Job in Education?

Please visit our website for career opportunities. Tell your friends! We are currently seeking applications for our new principal and for substitute teachers.

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Looking Ahead

Upcoming TRIP Order Dates, Mondays, April 1, 8 & 29

Lenten Reconciliation Services, Monday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Tiny Roughriders Play Group, Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 a.m. in Extended Day

Mother/Son Bowling, Friday, April 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Lan-Oak Lanes

Spring Break, Saturday, April 13 - Thursday, April 25

Basket Blessing & Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 20

Supper Club at J.J. Kelley's, Wednesday, April 24

2nd Annual Book Exchange, Tuesday, April 30

Confirmation, Thursday, May 2

Good Neighbor Day Parade, Saturday, May 4

Supper Club at Tacos & Burritos, Wednesday, May 8

Supper Club at Freddy's, Tuesday, June 25

Seen Around School

Visit our Facebook page to see additional photos. We are happy to publish any pictures you would care to share as well! Email them to, or post them on our private parent page, St. Ann Friends.