Below you will find digital copies of Mrs. Veda's Pink Letter other important letters and announcements.

Newsletter 8-16-2017

posted Aug 16, 2017, 2:38 PM by Derik Thompson

Thanks to all the parents who attended last night’s Back to School meeting. Tomorrow night grades 2,4,5,6, &7 will have their meeting at 5:30. We will begin in the cafeteria and then move to the classrooms.
There is a special sheet being sent home today discussing two important issues. One item that was discussed last night was After School Detention that will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:15. The other is how the upcoming Solar Eclipse will he handled at ACS. This important information is being sent home today on a separate sheet. Be sure to read both sides. 
Washington Parish Free Fair Shirts
If you are interested in purchasing one of the official Washington Parish Fair shirts, complete the form and return it to school with your payment made out to ACS. We have a shirt on display in the office if you would like to see it.This is the same price you will pay at the Fair or local retail outlets. However, if you purchase through our school, we receive $5 for each shirt. Deadline for ordering is Monday, August 28th.

Automatic Pay for Incidental Fees
If you have not returned the paper work that you were given at the opening of school, please complete and send it back as soon as possible.Please be certain that you have enrolled in the Automatic Pay for Incidental Fees on the Facts program. This will save a lot of time and effort.
Jambalaya and White Bean Dinner
I am asking that Jambalya and White Bean Dinner tickets and money be turned in on Monday so that we can place orders for the supplies. However, you are encouraged to continue selling as long as you can. So, if you know for certain that your tickets will be sold, send us a note and sell the tickets next week. Our goal is 1,400 dinners. I will contact everyone who volunteered to help with prep, serving, and clean-up. I sincerely appreciate all you are doing to make this fundraiser a success.

Newsletter 8-9-2017

posted Aug 11, 2017, 6:33 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 6:54 AM ]

Welcome to school year 2017-18. Thanks for entrusting your child’s education to us at ACS. We are both humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to provide your child with a quality educational experience. 

For those of you new to Annunciation, I send a weekly letter every Wednesday. It is always pink so that it is easy to find in a booksack. Please get in the habit of looking for it. Many questions can be answered by reading my letter. The letter is also posted on the ACS website for quick reference. 

Any employee or volunteer who has ongoing, unsupervised contact with minors--or anyone who attends an overnight event with minors-- or supervises children on field trips—must complete Safe Environment Training through the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Certification is valid for three years. This is the time of year to take care of this requirement-while lots of training is taking place on the Northshore. It only takes one and a half hours. You do not have to register ahead, just show up and sign-in. After you attend, contact Ms. Pat and she will take care of the rest. Trainings are scheduled at Our Lady of the Lake in Mandeville at 7:15 on Wednesday, August 23rd; at 6:30 at Mary Queen of Peace in Mandeville onWednesday, September 6th; at 6:00 at the Northshore Pastoral Center in Covington on Monday, September 11th; and at 7:00 at St. Margaret Mary in Slidell.

Jeff Bergeron has volunteered to be our head flag football coach this year. Bill Arata and Mike Keen will assist Jeff. All boys in grades 5-7 are encouraged to participate. There is a letter from Jeff introducing himself and announcing the first practice next Monday after school.

We have ten cheerleaders who were instructed this summer by cheerleaders from PRCC. We will soon begin working with a Junior Cheer Squad. Girls from first grade up are invited to participate. More information will be sent soon. 

Kandi Thompson is the new ACS Cafeteria Manager. Congratulations to her and Lori Creel who has become the Northshore Cafeteria Supervisor for the Archdiocese. Kandi reminds everyone to go online and put money in your child’s lunch account or send it to her so that she can apply it to your child’s lunch money.

Speaking of money, all ACS families use the Facts payment program. Ms. Pat asks that you go to your account and authorize “AutoPay” under options. This will enable the system to pay incidentals that occur during the year—saving you a lot of time.

Thanks for your cooperation.
Beta Club activities are well underway. On Friday, August 11th, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a Beta Club Family Movie Night with the showing of Boss Baby. All families are invited and are advised to bring chairs, blankets, pillows, etc. The cost of admission is $5.00. Concessions such as pizza, candy, soft drinks, and chips will be sold. On Wednesday, August 16th, there will be a Beta Snowball Sale. Cost is $2.00 per snowball. Beta will also continue to sell snacks at morning recess. Cost is $1.00 per item. Thanks for supporting Beta! 

We realize that the weather is hot, and children are thirsty. Water bottles with screw on lids are permitted. Please, no cups. They tilt and fall spilling water all over textbooks, Chrome Books, and work papers! 

Father Bru and His Cooking Crew are getting ready for the Big Jambalaya and White Bean Dinner on Sunday, August 27th. Each family has been asked to sell ten tickets. If you cannot sell all of yours, please return unsold tickets with money by Monday, August 21st so that we can order supplies. Our goal is to sell 1,400 dinners. If you need more tickets, let us know. We need volunteers on Saturday, August 26th for prep work and Sunday, August 27th to serve the dinners and clean up. You do not have to stay the entire time. Thanks to those who have already signed up. Any help is greatly appreciated. It is a fantastic way to get to know other members of the ACS family. Men are asked to help Father start cooking at 5:00 a.m. ALL ACS family members are invited to join the fun! 

Here, you will find a list of what we refer to as Incidental Fundraisers. These are ways you can help support ACS year round. Just get in the habit of collecting items and snapping pictures of your receipts. It is amazing how these little extra efforts turn into money for technology supplies for our school. Make a commitment to do at least one thing listed on the sheet. 

Family Movie Night

posted Jun 13, 2017, 7:09 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 1:19 PM ]

Please support the efforts of our National Beta Delegates as they work to raise funds to represent our club at the national convention this summer.
Their parents are sponsoring this Family Movie Night.  Please come and bring friends.

Movie Night sponsored by Disney Beta Parents 
Friday, June 16;  6:00 - 8:20
ACS Cafeteria
Students and Friends Entering Grades 2 - 7 May Be Dropped Off
Children younger than 2nd Grade may come if accompanied by parent.
Make It A Family Night and Bring the Whole Family!
Bring Chairs or Sleeping Bags and Pillows.  
$5.00 Admission.  Pizza, Drinks and Snacks Sold.

Newsletter 5-17-2017

posted May 22, 2017, 8:32 AM by Derik Thompson

You are invited to attend the Seventh Grade Graduation Mass on Sunday, May 21st at 10:30.  I am very proud of the 2017 graduating class.  I know the future holds much happiness and success for each of them. As I have seen many high school and college graduation pictures being shared on social media, it is gratifying to see the success of ACS Alumni as they have served as valedictorians, salutatorians, and honor grads of various institutions.  Many have mentioned their appreciation of the foundation they received at Annunciation.


The last day for PreK students is Friday. This is also the last day for After Care. Please send all after care money to Terry Keen this week. With our revised closing day schedule, classes will be normal on Monday, May 22nd.  It will be a regular full day of school. The last day of school is Friday, May 26th.  Students in grades 1-6 will receive End of Year Awards in Church at 9:00.  Report cards will be given out at 11:00 followed by dismissal. Staff members will work on Monday, May 29th


Parents of students who are not returning in August must contact Lori Creel by 5-25-17 to request a refund of any unused lunch money. You can call 985-735-6395.  A Request for Refund form will be sent home upon request.


Mr. Derik wants everyone to remember that library books, Box Tops, and Community Coffee labels are due this week. Please continue to save everything and submit receipts to ShopaRoo during the summer.


Summer office hours will be 9-12 beginning Monday, June 5th through Friday, June 16th.  If your child is not here on Friday, May 26th to receive his/her report card, please come pick it up during the summer office hours.


This is the last pink letter for PreK students.  It has been an honor and pleasure to watch those precious young children blossom this year.  I  look forward to seeing them in PreK 4 and Kindergarten next year.

Newsletter 5-10-2017

posted May 10, 2017, 10:09 AM by Derik Thompson

On behalf of the ACS staff, I would like to wish all our mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, and aunts a happy and blessed Mother’s Day.  Annunciation Catholic School could not exist without your love, prayers, and support.  We appreciate all that you do for the school more than you will ever know.  Thanks also for all the Teacher Appreciation gifts, cards, flowers, etc. that we have received for Teacher Appreciation Week.


Sister Mary Ellen Wheelaham, Director of Safe Environment, will visit ACS on Friday to address the influence of technology and society on children’s lives.  She will also talk to the students about bullying-- cyber, verbal, and physical. Please read her letter on back of this one.


Students are allowed to wear any ACS spirit shirt with uniform bottoms and shoes for the remainder of the school year. Please read the purple letter sent home today regarding dress for Friday. This is a Relay for Life Fundraiser.  All proceeds go directly to the local drive.  Feel free to send a larger donation if you would like. 


I know that “spinners” are the new rage.  And, yes, I know that they are supposed to help some children concentrate and focus.  But frankly, they are causing children to focus on them and not the instruction in the classroom.  We still have a lot of school work to complete. Please do not allow your child to bring them to school.  I have checked with other Northshore Catholic schools and, “spinners” are banned there also.  “Spinners” that disrupt class will be taken from the children and put in Ms. Pat’s office for parents to retrieve. Thanks for your cooperation.


“ACS Has Talent” has become a much anticipated annual event.  You are invited to attend on Tuesday, May 16th in the cafeteria at 1:30 P.M. We have some extremely talented students.  Join us to show your support.


We have 11 families with candy/money unaccounted for.  Please help Ms. Pat wrap this fund raiser up by finishing your sales and sending the money to school asap.


Last day for After Care is Friday, May 19th.  Please make your plans accordingly.


Last day of school for the 2016-17 school year is Monday, May 29th with End of Year Awards Day in church at 9:00 and report cards being disseminated at 11:00.

Newsletter 5-3-2017

posted May 8, 2017, 4:13 PM by Derik Thompson

This Sunday is First Communion Mass at 8:30 for the second grade students who are Catholic. Thanks to the students, parents, Mrs. Dean, and Mr. Valenti for preparing them for this special day in their Catholic faith formation. Everyone is invited to the Mass and the reception following in Dobyn’s Center.

May is the month to honor mothers. So, it is only fitting that we honor the Blessed Mother of Jesus. We will celebrate the May Day Crowning on Tuesday in conjunction with 8:00 Mass. You are invited to join us.

Biography Fair for Middle School students is a huge project. You are invited to come see the finished projects as the students portray their chosen characters on Thursday at 5:30 in the ACS cafeteria.

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale officially ends on Friday. Prizes will be figured at that time. So, be sure all money is sent to school by 8:00 on Friday. However, if you still have some candy, we would appreciate it if you would continue to sell until it is all gone. We have two boxes remaining in the office if anyone needs more at this time. Thanks for helping with this fundraising project.

The 80th Children’s Coronation was magnificent. The costumes were some of the most beautiful I have seen, and the children seemed to enjoy themselves. Thanks to everyone who help to set up and take down the backdrops and runway. That is a hard back breaking job. We could not do it without the help of volunteers.

If you owe lunch money to Mrs. Lori, remember that she can only take cash during the month of May.

Tomorrow is May 4th—“May the Fourth Be With You”. Mr. Derik sent home information regarding special activities that will take place at ACS. Students will be allowed to wear Star Wars shirts, costumes, etc. Last year, this day was a favorite of the students.

There will be a Sports Award breakfast next Wednesday at 7:50 for football, basketball, soccer, and cheerleaders. Students will be allowed to wear their uniform.

This Thursday is the last Domino’s Pizza Day for this school year. Mention ACS when you place your order, and ACS will receive 20% of your order. The class that purchases the most will receive a Pizza Party from Domino’s. Thanks, Domino’s, for supporting ACS this year!

Teacher Appreciation Week starts Monday. Remind your child to say thanks to their teachers! This has been an unusually hectic year for everyone. I know it would mean a lot!!

Newsletter 4-26-2017

posted May 1, 2017, 7:02 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated May 1, 2017, 7:03 AM ]

Thanks for completing the recent Parent Survey that was sent to you before the Easter break. The ACS staff, Advisory Board, and Father Bru are in the process of reviewing your suggestions to see what we can do to make ACS a better learning environment for your child. One item that always comes up on surveys is the need for fundraising. Until the enrollment at ACS nears 200 students, fundraising will be necessary. Even with the interest from the Frank MontalbanoTrust, there is a budget shortfall. There is a Fundraising meeting tonight at 6:00 in the cafeteria for the purpose of disclosing financial information and discussing fundraising options for next year. I hope that you can attend to have your questions answered.

Children’s Coronation tickets are on sale in the ACS office for $5.00. Price at the door Saturday night is $6.00. Stop by school to purchase your ticket. You will save a little money and not have to stand in line Saturday night at the BHS Auditorium. The 80th Children’s Coronation begins at 6:00. This year’s theme is “Around the World in Eighty Days”. This is Bogalusa’s oldest on-going tradition. I hope you will join us for an enjoyable evening.

We still have 10 boxes of assorted World’s Finest Chocolate bars for sale. Top selling winners will be announced on Friday, May 5th. If you can sell any more, call Terry and we will gladly send a box home with your child. Thanks for your help with this fundraiser.

We are sending home the calendar for May. Where has this year gone? You will notice there is an activity almost every day. Please refer to it daily so that your child will be ready to participate in the many activities as we close out school year 2016-17.

Friday is the last day Lori Creel will accept check for lunch payment. It is a Archdiocese Policy that during the month of May, only cash can be collected for lunch payments.

Thursday and Friday are visitation days in PreK. New students who are registered for next year have received invitations to attend. If you know someone who plans to send their PreK student and has not received the invitation, tell them to call the office.

Newsletter 4-12-2017

posted Apr 12, 2017, 5:26 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 5:26 PM ]

Annunciation Catholic School will close at 12 noon on Holy Thursday, April13, 2017.  There will be NO aftercare.  Classes resume on Monday, April 24th. Students are allowed to wear Easter/Spring clothes on Thursday. The ACS staff would like to wish all our school family members a safe, holy, and happy Easter season.


Mr. Derik will keep the “Happy Camper” Book Fair open until 5:00 P.M. on Thursday.  It is the perfect opportunity for you to purchase books for your child’s Easter basket.  Thanks to everyone who has patronized the Book Fair this week.  All proceeds go back into the library/media center.


The 80th Children’s Coronation will be held on Saturday, April 29th beginning at 6:00 P.M. in the Bogalusa High School auditorium.  We need strong help with electric screwdrivers (especially from Kindergarten families who are participating) to put up the bleachers, ramps, and backdrops on Sunday, April 23rdAt 1:30 P.M., we will gather at the storage building next to the KC pavilion on Avenue C to load items.  These items will be transported and assembled at BHS. This job is not bad if we have lots of strong male help. Then on Sunday, April 30th at 1:30 P.M., we reverse the process to take everything down and return it to ACS.  If you have someone strong in your family who can volunteer for either or both days, it would be greatly appreciated. Do not forget to bring an electric screwdriver.


Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents, please note that your lunch at ACS has been moved until Friday, April 28th.  This a change from the date listed on the calendar. Please mark the change on the ACS calendar.


We still have  24 boxes of World’s Finest Assorted Chocolate bars to sell.  I appreciate all that you have done.  If you need some to sell over the Easter break, call Terry.  We will be happy to send some home with your child.


Enjoy your family during this Easter holiday. When we return, there will be only five weeks of school left.  Where has this year gone?

Newsletter 4-5-2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 2:55 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 2:59 PM ]

Achievement Tests

Thank you for your cooperation this week while the students in grades 3-6 take the ACT Aspire Achievement Tests. It is important that everyone be present and on time. There are no make-up days.

Beta Bash Friday
To celebrate the completion of testing, Beta will host its Beta Bash Friday afternoon. I know that some classes will be on field trips, but for those students present, this will be a fun activity to end the week. Cost is $3.00 which includes refreshments. All proceeds go to the ACS Beta Club.

Easter/Spring Book Fair
The Easter/Spring Book Fair items have arrived. The Book Fair will begin on Friday afternoon and continue through noon on Holy Thursday. This is Mr. Derik’s first book fair this time of year. Books are the perfect gift to put in Easter baskets. Hop on over and check it out!

Sports pictures

Sports pictures will be taken on Monday morning right after the opening assembly. Football pictures will be taken first, followed by basketball, soccer, and cheerleaders. Students need to wear and bring the appropriate clothing. Students taking pictures will be allowed to wear the sports outfits for the remainder of the day. 

Coronation Ads
There is still time to place an ad in the Children’s Coronation booklet. Ads range in price from $25.00 for a business card to $120 for a whole page. 

Chocolate Covered Almonds
If you have any chocolate covered almonds that you are having trouble selling, please return them to ACS. We have people asking for them. I do not want to order more and then have some left over. Thanks for helping with this project. 

Holy Thursday Dismissal

ACS will close at 12 noon on Holy Thursday, April 13th. There will be NO aftercare on that day. Classes resume on Monday, April 24th.

Newsletter 3-29-2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 2:54 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 3:02 PM ]

Achievement Tests

ACT Aspire Achievement Tests begin on Monday. It is important that students get a good night’s rest, eat breakfast, and arrive at school on time. Once testing begins, tardy students cannot disturb the class by entering. There are no make-ups. Therefore, please do not schedule appointments or trips next week. Testing is stressful on students and staff. We will try to keep disturbances to a minimum, and we appreciate your cooperation.

ACS Spring Gala/Auction
I am happy and proud to announce that after paying bills, the ACS Spring Gala/Auction netted $38,856.32 in profit. Every family contributed in some way to the Auction. So, Congratulations! Your hard work paid off! I will report on the Golf Tournament when all bills have been taken care of.

World’s Finest Chocolate

Now, it is time for the students’ favorite fundraiser—World’s Finest Chocolate. We are sending home permission forms for your family to receive the chocolate bars or chocolate covered almonds or both. Please try to help your child because this year we have a new neat prize. In conjunction with World’s Finest Chocolate, ACS is sponsoring a BMX Bike Show for students who help sell. The permission form that is being sent home today explains the prize levels. 

4H Achievement Day
The ACS 4H Club will participate in Achievement Day this Friday at the Franklinton Fairgrounds. We wish them the best of luck. Last week, Mr. Joe Culpepper assisted 4H members in planting spring vegetable plants. Hopefully, we will have ripe tomatoes before school closes. The students and their sponsors, Mrs. George and Mr. Derik, also helped plant corn in the garden behind the Social Security Office. This is a joint project with the ESM Methodist Church. We appreciate being included in this worthwhile endeavor. 

Holy Thursday Dismissal
ACS will close at 12 noon on Holy Thursday, April 13th, and will re-open on Monday, April 24th for Easter/Spring break. 

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