Friday Mail

What's Happening Week of October 8, 2018

Welcome to the Monday Edition of Friday Mail! There will be NO Friday Mail this week as I will be traveling... so everything you need to know is included here.

The most important event coming up is our Grandparent's Day Mass with Bishop McManus on Thursday, October 18th at 10:00. I know we are still looking for fruit donations and book fair help. We appreciate any donations you're able to make for this day.

Our students really did "Rock the Test" last week as we began our MAP Testing. There are a few more days this week to finish up reading and language. They are all becoming pros at it. I'm pleased our students have tried their best on each test and some have even said it was fun!

Sign Up for the TALENT SHOW

It's time to sign up for the Talent Show!!!


This school year's Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be held Monday, October 15th through Friday, October 19th during the mornings in the gym. Fair hours are as follows: Monday 10:00 - 11:00, Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30 - 11:00, Thursday (Grandparent's Day!) 8:30 - 12:00 , Friday 8:30 - 10:30. Students will be given opportunities to shop the fair all week and parents are welcome to shop any time the fair is open!

For those who are unable to make any of the Fair hours, we will have online shopping available! Any book offered at the Fair will also be available for purchase online. The Online Fair will be open from 10/10/18 - 10/23/18. Books ordered online will be delivered to the school 7-10 days after the Online Fair ends and will be sent home with your child. Please let the office know if the books are gifts that you would rather pick up and they can be held in the office for you.

You can visit the Online Book Fair at:

Scholastic Books is offering a specially priced paperback edition of Jeff Kinney's newest book; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown, scheduled to go on sale October 30, 2018. Copies of the book can be pre-ordered during the Fair. To order, complete a Pre-Sale Form and submit it at the Fair with payment. The books will be delivered to the school 5-7 days after the release date. Pre-Sale forms will also be available at the Fair.

Acceptable forms of payment at the Fair are cash, check, credit card, and Scholastic eWallets.

eWallets are spending accounts that parents can create online on the school's Scholastic Book Fair Homepage. Using a credit card, parents determine how much money their child can spend at the fair. The child then does not need to bring any money to the Fair, the transaction will be done at the register and will be applied to the child's eWallet account. Accounts can be set up, and/or adjusted, two weeks before the Fair begins through the last day of the Fair. Any money left unused on the account after the Fair ends, will be applied back to the parent's credit card. Check out the school's Scholastic Book Fair Homepage for more information and account set up instructions!

We are looking for volunteers to help set up and run the fair. If you are able to help out any of the days, please add your name to the sign-up sheet for any time slot(s) that you are available:

Thank you VERY much for your time!!

Amazon SMILE!!!

Exciting news! St Anna's is on AmazonSmile! Here's how it works:

When you shop online at Amazon; go to rather than just plain old amazon and choose "St Anna's Church" as your charity. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases to the school. After shopping, you can see how much of your purchase was donated by clicking on the "your AmazonSmile impact" link.

Try it today! You can even change your charity if you've already signed up!

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Thank you to everyone that provided input last spring into our NEW Mission Statement! We're very excited with where St. Anna's is headed and remaining dedicated to continuing to foster the Catholic values of all of our students as well as to introduce skills they will need to be successful in the 21st century. The world is changing and we want our students prepared for where it will be in the future!

After School Clubs

We're looking for volunteers that would love to run and after school club- especially for our younger students! Let me know if you have ideas or would be willing to facilitate a session if we help with the details!!!

We're also looking for someone to do a cooking club for the older students 3-6?

Email Mrs. French if you're interested ... or if you know someone!

Athletics & Activities

Cheerleading // grades 3-8 Saturdays

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

Drama // grades 4-8 Thursdays - stay tuned for sign ups- drama will begin end of October

Cross Country // Grades 4-8:

Choir // grades 3-8 Wednesdays 8:30 starts September 10th

Tennis // Grades 1-5 Mondays 3:15-4:30 Starting September 17th

Pinball // Grades 4-8 Build your own pinball machine Tuesdays 3:15-4:30 starting Sept. 11th

Bug Club // Grades 1-3 Explore nature and bugs Thursdays 3:15-4:30 starting Sept 13th

Super Sports // Grades K-3 Wednesdays 3:15-4:30

The NOVELties Club // Grades 4-8 Wednesdays 3:15-4:30

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

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

Math Olympiad

Math Olympiad is a math club for students in grades 4-8 on Thursday mornings at 8:00 (students need to be ON Time to participate). Mrs. Lawson and Mr. Jacobs will be the Math Olympiad coaches!

Math Olympiad will begin on Thursday, October 25th.

Students practice their math skills and then participate in math contests throughout the year against students across the country.

Check it out here:

for questions about the program- email Mrs. Lawson at


Basketball Season is Coming! Sign Up now!

Donations Needed

We are very appreciated of the support provided by our families, parish and community. These are a few things we are currently in need of (donations can be dropped off at school anytime):

  • Baby Wipes (we have a few classrooms that require lots of hand wiping to prevent the spread of allergens in the rooms)
  • BIG Cardboard boxes... Mrs. Thomas is getting ready for the Mother-Son Nerf War that will take place in March and she's collecting boxes between now and then to be used for walls and barriers
  • Hula Hoops- Lots of fun new games we can do with a few more Hula Hoops...

Mark Your Calendar!

October 8th- No School- Columbus Day

October 9th- PTO Meeting 6:00 PM All are welcome, childcare available

October 10th- PTO Out of Dress Day

October 11th- Progress Reports

October 15-19 Book Fair

October 18th Grandparent's Day Mass 10:00 (open house and book fair 9-10)

October 19th- Theatre at the Mount here to present 100 Dresses at 9:30 PK-3

October 20th- Opening Night at the Worcester Railers

October 24th- Unity Day

October 26 & 27 St. Anna Society Countdown to Christmas Fair

October 30- Living Rosary

October 31- Horribles Parade K-3 at 1:30

November 5-9 Catholic Schools Week :)

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