Friday Mail

What's Happening week of December 3, 2018

Blizzard Bags

Blizzard Bags- This is a reminder that we utilize Blizzard Bags during the winter months to reduce the number of days that need to be made up at the end of the school year and to keep our students consistently learning and reinforcing their skills. That being said, we all enjoy a good snow day off! The first THREE (3) snow days- are just that- SNOW DAYS that we will make up at the end of the year. Should Mother Nature bless us with more than 3 snow days, the Blizzard Bags will go into effect.

Students will be provided with Blizzard Bag work to have at home in the event of a snow day. Our goal is to always have work for 2 days at home in the event of a double snow day off. Younger students will have actual Blizzard Bags filled with work that can be completed at home, older kids may have some physical work as well as online work and assignments to complete. Students have a week from the snow day to turn in their assignments- that provides some flexibility for those that one to take the opportunity to hit the slopes or maybe help their child finish the assignments over the weekend. There's also no rule that assignments sent home before the snow day cannot be completed early!!! Just remember to turn it in when it is due!

Please check in with your child's teacher if you have any questions and be on the look out for those Blizzard Bags to come home in the next two weeks.

Kidz Korner Gift Shoppe is coming!

The Christmas shopping season is almost here. This year we are sponsoring a way for students to 'secretly' shop for special gifts for family & friends. The shop includes a variety of items appropriate for adult relatives as well as sisters and brothers.

Gift prices range from $1.00 to $10.00, with most items under $6.00. You get to decide who your child is buying for and their price range. Gift Guide envelopes will be coming home that you can fill out with your child.

The shop will be open the week of December 3rd (similar to the Book Fair). Students with $$ will be able to shop each morning and all students will be invited on Monday to 'preview' the Shoppe as well.

Each gift will be sent home in it's own little gift bag including a to/from label- ready to put under the tree!

We look forward to being part of your child's Christmas shopping experience!

Mr. Montouri is Retiring!

Mr. Mountouri our beloved crossing guard will be retiring on December 21st after over 20 years of service to St. Anna School.

We ask anyone who would like to send their love and best wishes to Mr. Mountouri to send them into the school before December 17th. We will put together a beautiful collection of gifts and sentiments for him to be given to him that week to celebrate his service.

Report Cards

It's almost Report Card time.... We are on trimesters and report cards for K-8 are issued 3x a year. Our first trimester report cards will be available in Option C on Monday after 4:00.

If you have any questions about your Option C account, please contact the office.

For questions about your child's grades, please contact their teacher.

Service- It's one of the pillars of our Catholic Education

There are lots of ways for families to help this month by participating in one of the following service projects:

Socks for Santa

We’d love to have ALL of our students participate in this fulfilling service project by donating at least 4 pair of socks. Our goal is to DOUBLE the amount we collected last year…. 1000 socks! That’s a lot of socks but I know our students are up for the challenge. This is the perfect way to be in service to others and supporting those in need at our local homeless shelters, women’s shelters and the elderly of our community.
Please consider helping those who are in need of socks or underwear for the cold winter ahead.
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.
Thank You from the third grade students of St. Anna Catholic School

Last Call to donate for our VETERANS

Hearts for Heat

Thank you to everyone that baked, shopped and ate the baked goods from Hearts for Heat! We raised $689. Thank you to Matthew 25 for their $100 donation. Our $789 was matched by an anonymous donor for a total of $1378 to help our Parishioners in need of heating oil this winter.

Scrips Gift Card Program

GIFT CARDS MAKE GREAT GIFTS-- St. Anna PTO - Great Lake Scrips Gift Card Program
The St. Anna PTO will once again offer "One Stop Shopping" for all of your Christmas Gift Card needs! You can order all of your gift cards in one place, at one time and they are delivered directly to the school. No running from store to store or standing in long lines. There are over 300 major retailers to choose from and the biggest bonus - the retailers donate a portion of the cards value back to St. Anna School! It is fundraising while you shop! You can also order gift cards and use them for your everyday purchases. Stock up on Dunkin Donuts, Panera or Starbucks cards and use them to purchase your morning coffee.

Please visit to create an online account. Detailed instructions
If you don't want to create an online account, you can download a copy of the order form and submit it with your payment to Mrs. Priddy in the main office.

The PTO will be placing 3 orders this Christmas season. The order deadlines are Monday, December 3rd, December 10th and December 17th .

Paper order forms need to be turned in to the main office before the end of the school day, on the day of the deadline. Online orders can be submitted up to 6:30pm EST on the day of the deadline.

Please email Laura Pompei at with any questions.

NO Fuss Fundraiser update....

And the Competition is ON! Everyone is raising money! I see 8th grade has passed 7th grade!!!

ONLY 10 more days to contribute!!

The class that raises the most money will earn a pizza party.... the runner up gets an ice cream treat for the class!

Current totals:
PK3- $100
PK4- $175
K- $385
1- $335
2- $470
3- $100
4- $210
5- $300
6- $300
7- $25

Shutterfly Store Front

Lifetouch has partnered with Shutterfly to bring us this 'fundraising' opportunity. Whenever you use Shutterfly- just go through our store front and we earn 8% back!

Christmas Around the World (Preschool to Grade 3)

Celebrating the Birth of Christ

Students in grade preschool through third will participate in Christmas Around the World on Friday, December 14th. They will be learning about the Birth of Christ through a variety of hands on projects including: A kindness Creche, Three Wise men, J is for Jesus, Angels, North Star, and a Manger.

They will visit each classroom and will make an ornament from that continent. They also need a plastic grocery bag to carry all of their ornaments home. Room parents will be organizing this event. Teachers will escort their classes from room to room as our students experience the Birth of Christ.

Athletics & Activities

Basketball Season is Here!

Concession Stand sign ups

CDC Heads Up Concussion Training required of ALL coaches, parents and players in grades 5-8

This Weekend's Games: Saturday, December 1st (all at St Anna School)

8:00 Coach McNally's 3/4 Team A

10:10 Coach Caskins 3/4 Team B

12:30 Coach Gariepy's 1/2 Team 1

1:30 bonus game for Coach Cicollini's 1/2 Team 2

2:30 Coach Cicollini's 1/2 Team 2

5-8 Games begin next Saturday

sports // after school programs // community programs & events

** Stay tuned for sign ups for our next round of After School Programs that will begin after Christmas**

TCYHA Hockey Learn to Skate Programs:

Session II= 12/8,12/15,12/22,12/29,1/5&1/12
Session III -1/19,1/26,2/2,2/16,2/23&3/2

Cheerleading // grades 3-8 Saturdays

BOK // (before school gym!) grades 4-8 Tuesday mornings Grades K-3

Thursday Mornings from 7:50- 8:25

Sign up is not required. Students are welcome anytime

Drama // grades 4-8 Thursdays 3:15-5:00... This week 12/6 Only grades 4-5 will rehearse (due to the MS Semi Formal)

Choir // grades 3-8 Mondays 8:30

Math Olympiad // Grades 4-8 Thursdays AT 8:00 AM

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

Friends of St Anna PTO

The PTO has been working hard this fall to bring amazing programs and events to St. Anna School. These programs are supported through funds raised in the various fundraisers the PTO puts on throughout the school year. They are currently running their No Fuss Fundraising Campaign... They will also be kicking off a Playground Drive...

If you have not read the PTO Newsletter- You can get it here: PTO Newsletter

Team Beckett

Our school community came together to support #Team Beckett as our 5th grade student, Beckett prepares for his upcoming brain surgery next week. Students wished Beckett lots of luck and for a quick recovery through the many cards, sentiments and prayers offered. We will continue to pray for Beckett and his family (the Campbell's) that God holds them all tight and sees Beckett through his surgery.

Mark Your Calendar!

12/1 Basketball Season Begins

12/1 PTO Movie Night 6:00-8:00

12/2 1st Sunday of Advent- HOPE

12/3 School Mass 9:00, Report Cards live

12/3-12/6 Kidz Korner Christmas Shop

12/6 Middle School Semi Formal 7:00-9:00

12/7 NO SCHOOL- Diocese Religious Enrichment Day // EC is open 7-5:30

12/8 Feast of Immaculate Conception

12/9 2nd Sunday of Advent: FAITH

12/10 School Mass 9:00

12/12 PTO Out of Dress

12/13 Kindergarten Christmas Pageant 1:30 (snow date 12/20)

12/14 PK-3 Christmas Around the World

12/16 3rd Sunday of Advent: JOY

12/17 School Mass 9:00

12/19 PK-5 Christmas Show 1:30

12/21 Ugly Sweater Day! Early Dismissal 11:30 NO EXTENDED CARE TODAY

12/23 4th Sunday of Advent: PEACE

12/24-1/1 NO School - Christmas Vacation

School Event Dates (click here)

School Year Calendar with all of our tentative event dates

School Calendar (click here)

Annual Calendar with School Days and Holiday/Vacation closings

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