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Newsletter 12-6-2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 6:22 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 6:30 PM ]

By now, I am certain that you have heard that our very own Derik Thompson was named by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators as the Teacher/Leader of the Year for Region Two and the entire state of Louisiana. We are so proud of Derik and are so blessed that he shares his talents with ACS!



It certainly feels like Christmas! To celebrate the cold weather, the children are allowed to wear Christmas pajamas to school tomorrow. Friday is a Holy Day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Students should wear full dress uniform because we will attend Mass at 8:00.

Tomorrow is also Domino’s Pizza Day. Mention ACS when you place your order and ACS will receive 20% of your purchase. November’s winner of a free Pizza Party.
Tuesday is the ACS Christmas Program. There will be two performances-1:30 and 6:00 PM. Invite everyone in your family to come and bring a friend to enjoy sharing the spirit of the season with the students. This is always such a treat for everyone involved and all our guests. Be sure to be here! Father Bru will receive his gift of money that the children have collected. Thank you for your generosity. There will be NO Aftercare on the day of the Program.

It hardly seems possible that the semester will end next week and half the school year will be behind us! Students will be dismissed on Friday, December 15th at 12 noon to begin their Christmas holiday. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3rd.


When we return in January, we will participate in the “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Project.” This has become an annual tradition at ACS. Students are asked to donate something new or gently used to help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter. Items include sweaters, coats, jackets, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, caps, socks, blankets, etc. It can be any size. This is the perfect time to look through your closets and discard items you no longer use or purchase something new during the after Christmas sales. All donations are appreciated.

Parent conferences will be conducted on Friday, January 12th. Report cards will be given at this time. Your appointment letter is being sent home today. Ms. Pat needs it signed and returned by Tuesday, December 12th. If you cannot attend at the time assigned, please contact your child’s teacher.

Newsletter 11-29-2017

posted Dec 5, 2017, 6:17 PM by Derik Thompson

Where has November gone? It does not seem like we should already be going into December and the end of first semester! We are sending your December calendar so that you can keep up with all the up-coming Christmas activities at ACS.

This weekend, the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Christmas food drive to benefit the Bogalusa Help Center. They have asked for our help. Please send non-perishable food items to school by Friday or bring them to Mass with you this weekend. Also, the gifts for the less fortunate are due at ACS by Friday. Thanks for your generosity in sharing with those who need help during the holidays. God will bless your giving heart.

Santa and Bert Burr will be at ACS 8:00 Monday morning for Christmas portraits. You are invited to bring the whole family and have a beautiful picture made with or without Santa. Pictures will be ready before the holiday break. Feel free to change your child’s “picture clothes” after the picture is made. Students who have pictures taken are allowed to wear any Christmas clothes that day for school.

Parents of second graders making their First Communion in May have a meeting Monday with Mr. Valenti in his classroom at 6:00 PM. All Kindergarten parents have a meeting on Monday at 5:30 to discuss the Mother Goose Parade that takes place on January 31st and the Children’s Coronation which is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th. Both of these meetings are extremely important.

The blood mobile will be at ACS on Tuesday from 2:00-6:00 PM. The holidays are always a time of critical shortage. Please sign up to roll up your sleeve and give the gift of life. Even if you are not pre-registered, come and donate at your convenience. Students of donors will receive a special t-shirt. Ask family, neighbors, and co-workers to participate. Our goal is 20 units.

Students can begin wearing any ACS Christmas t-shirt with uniform bottoms. We will go to Mass next week on Friday, December 8th. That will be a dress uniform day. Speaking of dress uniforms, please see that skirts are not too short, boys’ hair is not too long, and that socks come 2 inches above the top of the shoes. The teachers and I have noticed that these uniform items are getting lax. I hate to give write-ups and after school detentions so close to Christmas. Thanks for your cooperation.

Christmas holidays begin at 12 noon on Friday, December 15th and run through Tuesday, January 2nd. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3rd.

Newsletter 11-15-2017

posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:06 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

During this season of giving thanks, I want to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for all you do at ACS. I hope that you will enjoy your vacation next week with your family and that God will continue to bless you with health and happiness. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th.

Mr. Derik’s Wild West Book Fair continues through Friday. If you have not visited the cafeteria, please stop by to purchase a book. This is a good way to start your Christmas gift shopping. All proceeds go into the ACS library/ media center.

Mr. Derik has won Region II Educator/Leader of the Year for the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE). This also puts him in competition at the state level. We will close school at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 29th so that staff members can go to New Orleans to be with him for his presentation. This is a huge honor for Derik and ACS. I congratulate him on this prestigious accomplishment.

Bert Burr and Santa will be at ACS on Monday, December 4th for pictures. This is always a popular event. Invite family and friends to take advantage of this opportunity.

Mark your calendars for the annual ACS Christmas Program on Tuesday, December 12th. Programs will be at 1:30 and 6:00 PM. Invite family and friends to enjoy this holiday tradition.

You are being sent an envelope that contains information regarding our annual drive for gifts for the less fortunate. Thanks for your help with this worthy project.

It is a good feeling to know that ACS helps to brighten the holidays for children who may not receive as many gifts as our students do.

There will be NO Aftercare on Friday. Please make your plans accordingly.

Enjoy the week off and try to not eat too much turkey!

Newsletter 11-8-2017

posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:04 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:04 AM ]

Do not forget that the ACS Fall Fest is Saturday night. Room Mothers will be contacting you to help set-up, take down, and work a shift in your child’s class booth. Tables can be set up and decorated on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00-that is when the Dads will start cooking the Jambalya. We need men to help with this and to man the food booth that night. There will be lots of delicious food and fun for the whole family. The Wild West Book Fair will be open, the video game bus and jumpers will be here, each class will have a game booth, confetti eggs will be available, and Bert Burr will be on hand to take family fall portraits. The costume contest will take place at 6:00 PM. It does not have to be a Halloween costume, get creative and have fun with it! If you still have your decorated pumpkin, we would love to display it during the Festival. Just bring it back on Friday. Hopefully, the weather will be cooler and we can enjoy time with our families.

The Cake Walk is always a favorite activity. We need LOTS of cakes, cupcakes, candy, pies, cookies, whatever. Bring food items to the cafeteria any time on Friday.

This week is Cafeteria Appreciation Week at ACS. We are blessed to have three dedicated, hard working ladies who keep the staff and students well fed. Please remind your child to thank Ms. Kandi, Ms.Tonya, and Ms.Hannah for all they do!

The annual Veterans’ Day Program at ACS will begin on Friday morning at 9:15. Everyone is welcome to attend. Invite all veterans to join us as we honor their service to America. It is not too late to purchase a $2.00 flag to honor or remember a veteran. These flags will be used Friday and then they will be sent home with the students so that they can be given to the veteran.

All next week is the much anticipated Wild West Book Fair. It is going to be so big this year, that Mr. Derik is moving it to the cafeteria. He will be sending home lots of information regarding special theme days for dressing up and for visitors to attend.

For 7th graders who plan to attend a Cathoic high school next year, applications will be on line on Monday morning. There must be completed and returned to ACS by Wednesday. Ms. Terry will complete the paper work and we will turn them into the appropriate schools on Friday.

Mr. Derik has designed a wonderful Christmas shirt. You received an order form yesterday. Some groups are planning to use it for the Christmas program or for holiday activities. These orders must be turned in on Friday.

Newsletter 11-1-2017

posted Nov 1, 2017, 9:18 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 9:20 AM ]


ACS TO HOST FARMER'S MARKET


Annunciation has been asked to host the Farmer’s Market that will be held in Goodyear Park this Saturday from 9:00-12:00. The various school groups are planning to set up booths. 4H plans to sell plants. Beta will sell flags for Veterans’ Day. And Sunny will sell her delicious cupcakes. Cajun Canvas will be there with things to paint, and Young Americans Believe Camp participants will perform. There is also a program called Walking with a Doc where you can walk the track with a doctor from the hospital. The weather is supposed to be nice. Please wear an ACS shirt and come out to support the school groups and have fun with your family.

BETA MOVIE NIGHT
Friday night will be Beta Movie night beginning at 6:00 P.M. Bring a sleeping bag, bean bag, or comfortable chair and enjoy a night with your family. Concessions will be sold and price of admission is $5.00. All students in PreK through first grade grade MUST be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds go to the ACS Beta Club.


SSA OPEN HOUSE
St. Scholastica Academy in Covington will host Open House for young ladies who are considering a Catholic High School education on Thursday, November 2nd from 4:00-7:00 PM. I encourage all 6th and 7th grade girls to visit.
ACS WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY

ACS will be closed on Monday. The staff members will be on a Retreat in New Orleans. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will address us and celebrate Mass. Please join us in prayer as we pray for our school and all our ACS families.

ACS Veterans’ Day Program 

Please invite all Veterans and First Responders to the ACS Veterans’ Day Program on Friday, November 10th at 9:15 AM. We are selling American Flags for $2.00 in honor/memory of veterans. All proceeds will be given to the American Legion to help with the Ponemah Wreath Society. Information is provided on the back of this letter explaining this project.

ACS FALL FESTIVAL & BOOK FAIR

Do not forget that the ACS Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 5:00-8:00 with the Costume Contest at 6:00. Room Mothers will be in touch to line up volunteers for the booths. And we will need cakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc. for the Cake Walk. Bert Burr will be here to take professional fall portraits of your family. And the Wild West Book Fair will be set up in the cafeteria beginning at 5:00. Be the first to see what Mr. Derik has to offer.

Newsletter 10-25-2017

posted Oct 27, 2017, 7:17 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 7:18 AM ]


COOKIE DOUGH
Thanks to everyone who sold or helped with the distribution . All items were supposed to be picked up by four o’clock. If for some reason yours was not, come to ACS as soon as possible tomorrow. We have limited refrigeration.


GRANDPARENTS' DAY
Friday is Grandparents’ Day. Be certain that you have invited all of your child’s grandparents. We begin in the church at 1:15. The reception will follow in the cafeteria. Bert Burr will be available for family portraits. If you pay ahead of time for a group picture, be certain you have told the grandparents so that they will know ahead to plan for the picture. The Room Mothers will serve as hostesses for this special event. Thanks to all of you who donated money or refreshments.


SPIRIT WEEK
Next week is Spirit Week. Children are encouraged to wear the appropriate clothes daily. Refer to the calendar for daily attire. We will attend Mass on Wednesday, November 1st for All Saints Day. The students are encouraged to dress as their favorite saint. After Mass, they can change into their uniforms and Wild Socks.
HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

Pope John Paul High School in Slidell Open House is Thursday night beginning at 6:30. Open House for St. Paul High School in Covington begins at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon. I suggest that you attend both of these if you are interested in a Catholic High School placement for your child. 

ACS TO HOST FARMERS' MARKET
ACS will be the hosting organization for the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 4th. All the student organizations and teachers are planning special booths. Families who attend will receive special prizes for participation. Come and bring a friend!


FALL FESTIVAL
The Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th in the church parking lot from 5:00-8:00 PM. Once the Room Mothers take care of Grandparents’ Day, they will remind you of your duties for the Festival. Plan to attend for a night of delicious food and family fun.

Newsletter 10-11-2017

posted Oct 13, 2017, 7:34 AM by Derik Thompson

I am very grateful that Hurricane Nate bypassed Bogalusa. However, I was disappointed that we could not have the Fall Festival. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 11th. We will still have everything we planned including the costume contest. If you purchased tickets, Terry sent them home. Hang on to them until the Fest in November. Students who won free tickets will receive those closer to the Fall Fest. If your pumpkin is still good, bring it back and we will display it at the class booth. The pumpkins were great. There are still some at school. If you plan to enter yours in the Fair contest, be sure to stop by and pick it up this week.
RED RIBBON WEEK COMING UP

We will be out all next week for the Washington Parish Fair. When we return on Monday, October 23rd, it will be the 50th Day of School and Red Ribbon Week. Students are encouraged to dress in 1950’s clothes. There are many activities and special dress days coming up. Please refer to the ACS calendar so that your child will not miss out on the fun!

PEP RALLY IS THURSDAY
ACS Pep Rally is this Thursday at 2:30. This includes the Junior Cheerleaders. I am sure Coach Ann will have further instructions that she will send directly to those involved.

JUNIOR FINE ARTS IS DUE
Thursday is also the day that all Junior Fine Arts that you want to be entered in the Fair must be sent to school. Please be certain that everything is labeled properly.
RELAY RECESS IS FRIDAY

Relay Recess is Friday. All money raised will be given to the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life. For $1, students can wear pink/purple. For $5, students can paint toe and fingernails and spray their hair pink/purple. Any donated amount is appreciated. It is great fun for a great cause!

NO AFTERCARE THIS FRIDAY
There is NO AFTERCARE this Friday and also on Halloween. Make your plans accordingly!

GRANDPARENTS’ CELEBRATION
Friday of the week we return, October 27th, is our Grandparents’ Celebration. Room Mothers are in charge of gathering the refreshments for the reception. You will be contacted for a donation or an actual item. This is a highly anticipated event at our school. Be sure your child’s grandparents are aware of the date and time. We begin in church at 1:15.

Newsletter 10-4-2017

posted Oct 4, 2017, 11:34 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 11:35 PM ]

Thanks to everyone for the amazing amount of Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough that you sold. Ms. Pat is still counting orders and money. I will give you a final total when it is complete. Delivery is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25th. We will need volunteers that day to help with distribution.
Domino’s Pizza Day
Tomorrow is the first Thursday of October which means it is Domino’s Pizza Day. Mention the school when you place your order, and we receive 20% of your order. The class that buys the most receives a free pizza party. September’s winner was Mrs. Byrd’s PreK. Encourage your family and friends to eat Domino’s pizza tomorrow!

Fall Festival this Saturday

Saturday is the Fall Festival. Tickets are on sale in the office at a reduced price—22 for $10. Send your money in an envelope and Ms. Terry will send your tickets. This will save you a little money and you will not have to stand in line. Pumpkin Contest is Thursday. Pumpkins can be dropped off in the cafeteria. Baked goods such as cakes, pies, brownies, cupcakes, and brownies are needed for the Cake Walk. These can be dropped off in the cafeteria on Friday. I know the Room Moms have assigned everyone a time to work, and we need men to help cook the food. Wayne Palmer and Joe Culpepper are in charge of the food booth at the KC pavilion. Bert Burr will be here to take Fall Portraits of your family. Derik Thompson will provide entertainment. There will be games, jumpers, and the video game bus. The Carnival begins at 5 and ends at 8. Pumpkins can be taken home that night—especially if you plan to enter yours in the Pumpkin Contest at the Fair. There will be delicious food and fun for the whole family. Please come out to enjoy the night and support our school.
Grandparent’s Day

Grandparent’s Day Celebration is Friday, October 27th beginning in the church at 1:15. Be sure you have notified grandparents so that they can attend this joyful event. Room Mothers will be contacting you about refreshments in the near future.


Beta Club News
Beta Club is collecting items for the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana Washington Parish. Letters were sent home this week. We appreciate anything you can do to help this worthwhile cause. This is the week of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day. We are celebrating all of God’s creatures great and small through this drive and last week’s pet blessing.

Newsletter 9-27-2017

posted Sep 27, 2017, 7:50 AM by Derik Thompson


Pet Blessing

The annual ACS Pet Blessing is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 2:15. Students are encouraged to participate in this anticipated event. All caged or leashed pets are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult. Plan to bring your family pet around 2:15 and take part in the fun. This is a fantastic way for the students to show off the animal members of their families.


Cookie Dough Sale Ends 
Cookie Dough sale ends on Friday. Send all orders and money to Ms. Pat by 12 noon. Delivery is scheduled for the Wednesday after the Fair. We will need adult volunteers to help us sort and pass out orders. Let me know if we can count on you to help. You do not have to stay the entire day. Any help is greatly appreciated.


October Calendar
As you can see on the October calendar, we have a lot of activities planned. Please keep this calendar handy and refer to it throughout the month. Students become upset when they arrive at school unprepared for special events. I know most of you work. Therefore, I try to not call you once your child is dropped off unless it is an emergency.
Fall Festival

Work continues on the Fall Festival. There is information on the back of this letter concerning donations for the Cake Walk. Every family is requested to help in some way. Room Mothers are lining up workers for the booths. Remember the Pumpkin Decorating Contest and the Costume Contest. Discounted Festival tickets will go on sale next week. You will receive that information on Monday. If you have read this pink letter, write your child’s name on a piece of paper and sign your name. Students who bring in that note will receive a free ticket next Friday to be used at the Festival. This is a FUN family event. We need everyone to help and enjoy the time spent with your child’s ACS family.

Flu Shots
Flu shots will be given in the ACS Library by nurses from Our Lady of the Angels on Tuesday, October 3rd beginning at 2:45. All you need is your insurance card. Students receiving shots must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Fair Shirts
Fair Shirts have arrived. Any Fair or ACS Fall t-shirt can be worn the week before Fair break!

Newsletter 9-20-2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 12:32 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 12:35 PM ]

We were thrilled and humbled at ACS to receive “The Best Private School in Washington Parish” Award from the readers of The Daily News. The surprise was even better when we learned that Tabetha Ezell had won for “Best Teacher in Washington Parish.” Thanks to everyone who voted for ACS and Mrs. Ezell.
FALL FESTIVAL

The Fall Festival is getting closer. Plans are being finalized for a great night of family fun and delicious food. Please invite your neighbors and friends to join you on Saturday, October 7th from 5:00-8:00 PM. On the back of this letter, you will find information regarding a family pumpkin decorating contest. Purchase a pumpkin and decide on how you will decorate it to enter the contest on Thursday, October 5th. All pumpkins can be brought home at the conclusion of the Fall Fest. The costume contest will take place at 6:00 PM. Bert Burr will be here to take beautiful fall family portraits. Room Mothers will contact you to help with the classroom booths. It is important that EVERY family volunteer for the Festival to run smoothly.

COOKIE DOUGH
Friday, September 29th is the last day to turn in your Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough order. Thanks to everyone who is working so hard to make the fundraiser a success. Do not forget that there are prize incentives for top selling families.
KC TURKEY SHOOT
The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Turkey Shoot on October 28th. There is a raffle that is being held in conjunction with the Shoot. Tickets are $5.00 and can be obtained at ACS. First prize is $700; second prize is $200; and third prize is $100. Proceeds from the raffle will be shared with ACS. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, send your money in an envelope or stop by the office.

SPIRIT SHIRTS
2017-18 ACS spirit shirts arrived yesterday and should have been brought home by your child. Remember, these will be worn on field trips. Every Friday is Spirit Shirt Day at ACS. Students are allowed to wear any ACS shirt with uniform bottoms and shoes.

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