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

11-14-2018

posted Nov 14, 2018, 9:50 PM by Derik Thompson

Annunciation Catholic School will be closed for Thanksgiving holidays from Monday, November 19ththrough Friday, November 23rd.  Classes resume on Monday, November 26th.There will be NO After Care on Friday, November 16th.

 

Catholic High School applications appeared on-line today. On Monday, seventh grade students received instructions for applying.  Be certain to follow the directions.  Completed forms are due to ACS by Friday. ACS graduates have always been fortunate to be accepted into the high schools of their choice.  Best of luck to each of you during this year’s selection process.

 

ACS is scheduled for an AdvancED Review on March 27th and 28th.  Part of the process is to survey parents, students, and staff . Last spring all stakeholderscompleted surveys. ACS staff studied those results during the summer, and made some changes that you suggested.  School year 2018-19 brought new families, and it is time for you to let us know how we are doing.  Mr. Derik is setting up the surveys for you to complete again. We will send you the link information soon. We need these to be completed before we return from Thanksgiving break. We appreciate your help with this project.

 

Every year ACS students participate in providing Christmas gifts for the less fortunate. Many of you like to take care of this during Thanksgiving break.  Ms. Pat just received the list. She will send home tags and letters for you on Thursday. Gifts need to be sent to ACS by Friday, December 7thThanks for sharing and making Christmas brighter for another family.

 

Christmas shirt orders are due on Thursday.  Shirts will be ordered while school is closed.  

 

Student Council created a “Thankful Board” at school this week.  It is heart-warming to see the things listed by the students as things they are thankful for.  Most revolve around their families and ACS. I am thankful for each of you.  I appreciate your love and support for our school.  I hope that everyone enjoys a healthy and happy Thanksgiving break.

Newsletter 11-7-2018

posted Nov 14, 2018, 9:49 PM by Derik Thompson

The ACS Beta Induction ceremony was held Friday, November 2, 2018.  The new fourth grade members, the fifth grade officers, and the new middle school members were inducted.  ACS Beta Club is now in full swing.  Their latest service project was the Relay for Life Recess which raised $450.  This money is being donated to the local American Cancer Society.  Thanks for your continued support of all the Annunciation Service Projects.  Humble service is part of the ACS Mission Statement and a pillar of Catholic education.  The students and staff take seriously our responsibility to give back to those in need.  We strive to live out the gospel message that whatever we do to the least among us, we also do to Jesus.

 

We are currently selling American flags that will be used in Monday’s Veteran Celebration. All the proceeds will go directly to the local American Legion Post for the Ponemah Wreath Society. Wreaths will be placed on each veteran’s graveside at Ponemah Cemetery on Friday, December 14th at 1:00 PM.  Please come and invite a veteran to the Annunciation Veterans’ Program thisMonday at 9:00.  Students need to wear dress uniforms for this ceremony.

 

The long awaited and much anticipated ACS Book Fair is about to kick off.  This year’s theme is “The Enchanted Forest.”  Mr. Derik has some fantastic ideas for participation, and the books are amazing.  This is a great way to support the ACS Media Center and get some Christmas shopping taken care of. Read the information on back of this letter from Mr. Derik for full details.

 

Christmas shirts will be ordered before Thanksgiving break.  Complete the form and send your money in before Thursday, November 15th.

 

Tomorrow is Open House at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington beginning at 4:00.  All families of girls in grades 5-7 are encouraged to attend. Catholic High School applications will be available next week.

 

ACS will be closed for Thanksgiving holiday from Monday, November 19th through Friday, November 23rd.  There will be NO After Care on Friday, November 16th. Make your plans accordingly.

Newsletter 10-24-2018

posted Oct 24, 2018, 11:52 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 11:52 PM ]

There are two Catholic High School Open Houses this week. Pope John Paul High School in Slidell is Thursday, beginning at 4:00 PM and St. Paul High School in Covington is Saturday beginning at 1:00 PM. All families considering Catholic high school placement for their children are encouraged to attend. This initial visit officially begins the registration process.


Report cards will be sent home later this week.  I congratulate the students, teachers, and families on the hard work these grades represent.  It is hard to believe that we are already into the second half of the first semester.


Friday is the 50th day of school.  Students and staff are encouraged to dress in 1950’s clothes on MONDAY, October 29th to celebrate reaching this milestone.  


October’s service project, Relay Recess, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 30th.  All funds raised will be given to the Bogalusa Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  Students can wear pink or purple shirts with uniform bottoms and participate for $1.00. For $5.00, they can spray their hair pink or purple and paint their fingernails pink or purple. Any donations you choose to contribute will be added to the school’s donation.  Thanks for your generosity.


Wednesday, October 31st is Halloween. Students can wear Halloween pajamas or shirts and jeans --NO COSTUMES.  Mr. Valenti will lead the school in a lively game of Bingo at 2:00PM.  There will be NO After Care on Halloween. Please make your plans accordingly.


Thursday, November 1st is All Saints Day.  All students will attend Mass. Please wear dress uniforms unless the student has chosen to dress as his/her favorite saint—biblical-–not the NOLA football Saints. HA! HA!


You are receiving the November calendar today because there is lots of information about the beginning of next week. Please post it somewhere so that you can check it daily.  Children are disappointed when they arrive at school and see their classmates ready for a special event that they forgot about. Since most of our parents work, I am reluctant to allow students to call  for forgotten items. Thanks for your cooperation.

Newsletter 10-3-2018

posted Oct 5, 2018, 7:30 AM by Derik Thompson

Fall Fest is Saturday from 5-8.  I hope that everyone turns out to support the school and have fun with your family. Bert Burr will be here to take beautiful family portraits.  The face painters from last week’s Blues Fest will be here to paint faces. Middle School is doing a Haunted Playground. Room Moms have planned cute booths.  There will be family STEM activities, wonderful goodies at the Cake Walk, and delicious food in the concession. The costume contest begins at 6:00. So, do not be late. Invite family and friends to come out and enjoy the festivities.


Pumpkins for the Pumpkin Contest need to be at school by noon tomorrow.  Goodies for the Cake Walk need to be dropped off in the cafeteria on Friday. If you send your money for tickets ahead of time you save money and avoid the lines Saturday.  Cost is $10 for 22 tickets. Saturday at the Fest, tickets will be $10 for 20 tickets. Here is a test to see who reads the pink letters. Write your name on a piece of paper and have your child return it to Ms. Terry for a Free Fall Fest Ticket!


Pet Blessing is Friday at 2:00.  Adults are invited to bring student’s pets that are caged or leashed. This is always a fun afternoon when children can display their animal family members.  Please come. Neighbors and friends are welcome to participate.


Otis Spunkmeyer orders and money are due on Monday morning.  Thanks for helping with this fundraiser. Delivery date is Tuesday, November 6th.


Teachers and students have been busy preparing writing papers and art for the Washington Parish Fair.  School items will be hung at the Fair Grounds next Wednesday for judging. Completion of Junior Fine Art Projects is the responsibility of families. You can drop those off to Ms. Pat by Wednesday morning.  Heather McDaniel will bring Junior Fine Arts to Franklinton for us. ACS will be closed for the Fair from Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19th. There will be NO aftercare on Friday, October 12th.  Please plan accordingly.


Mr. Valenti distributed baby bottles to the students.  The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a drive to raise money to support the Right to Life.  The intention is that families discuss the importance of all life and that the family donates change to show their support.  Ideally, the child would do something special to earn the money. These bottles must be returned by Thursday, October 11th.  Thanks for your support and prayers for the unborn, as well as the elderly.


The date for Relay Recess has changed.  Please read the back of this letter for complete details.


Wow, October is a busy month marked by the end of the first nine weeks and lots of fun activities.  Thanks for being a part of it at ACS!!

Newsletter 9-26-2018

posted Sep 26, 2018, 12:32 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Sep 26, 2018, 12:32 PM ]

Remember that the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sale ends on Monday, October 8th.  Please wrap up your orders and turn everything in to Ms. Pat on time.  The order will be placed before Fair break and delivery is in November-just in time for holiday baking.


The Fall Festival is approaching on Saturday, October 6th from 5:00-8:00 PM. This school wide family event requires the help of all families.  Room Mothers are lining up volunteers to run booths. Please plan to attend. There will be delicious food and fun activities for all ages.  The Costume Contest is at 6:00 and Bert Burr will be there to take beautiful fall family pictures. Invite your friends and neighbors to enjoy the festivities!


Beta Club is conducting a Food Drive this week for the Bogalusa Help Center.  Our goal is to have food across the cafeteria stage. Please send non-perishable food items by noon on Friday to help with this worthwhile project.


Bert Burr will take individual and group photos of the students on Tuesday morning after Mass.  The order forms are being sent home today. Please return them by Tuesday morning.


The ACS Pet Blessing is scheduled for Friday, October 5th at 2:00.  All leashed or caged pets brought to school by an adult are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity for the students to get to show off their family pets.  This is a much anticipated annual event. Please try to attend.


There are already confirmed cases of flu reported in Bogalusa. Please encourage your child to wash their hands and not share food items.  Nurses from Our Lady of the Angels Hospital will give flu shots to adults and children in the ACS Library beginning at 3:00PM on Tuesday, October 9th.  Parents must accompany any child receiving shots.  All you need to do is bring your insurance card. There are also a few students who are not current on immunizations.  These families were notified several weeks ago. This needs to be taken care of before the Fair break. Your child’s health and well being are important to us at ACS.

Newsletter 9-19-2018

posted Sep 20, 2018, 8:51 PM by Derik Thompson

Thanks to everyone who endured the heat to attend the flag football game on Monday. Our next home game is Monday, September 24th against St. Margaret Mary from Slidell.  I hope to see you there, and hope that it will be cooler.

 

If your child needs to go to aftercare before the home ball games, you need to see Ms. Terry about a registration form. Students who are regular attendees have already completed this form, but we had several players and cheerleaders who stayed yesterday for one hour until time to go to the park.  Children who stay will be billed $5.00 for one hour of service and will be sent as a group to the park.  I want you to understand that there is no adult to accompany them.  Terry will watch them across the street, but she cannot leave the building with unattended children.  Please talk to her if you need this service.

 

Next week will be the ACS Food Drive to benefit the Bogalusa Food Bank.  Beta is sponsoring this worthwhile service project.  Please send non-perishable food items to school, or stop by and put them on the stage.  Humble service is part of the ACS mission statement and a pillar of Catholic education. Giving back to those in need helps teach the students to put Christian teachings into real life situations.  Thank you for your generosity.

 

I hope you are planning to decorate a pumpkin with your family for the upcoming contest on Thursday, October 4th.  Remember DO NOT carve the pumpkin because your child can bring it home after the Fall Fest. There will be a costume contest at the Fall Fest on Saturday, October 6th.  I am really excited that middle school is doing a Haunted House.  I know that will be fun.  Bert Burr will be here to take beautiful fall pictures of your family.  There will be homemade goodies at the Cake Walk, lots of fun games, and delicious food. Next week, I will send information about goodies for the Cake Walk.  We need every family to donate something.  I bet there are some grandmothers and aunts who make wonderful homemade goodies, or you can certainly purchase goodies to send-whatever works for you. Be creative and have fun with all these projects.  Pinterest is full of great inexpensive ideas that you can involve your whole family in. Room mothers will contact you to volunteer time that night to run your class’s booth, and we need guys to work in the concession stand. This is a family event. Please plan to attend. Invite neighbors, friends, and family to join in the festivities.

 

The ACS Track/Cross Country Team is running in the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Run on Saturday, September 29th. Many of our runners have family members who are running with them.  This would be a fun time to show up and cheer for our families who are participating. Thanks, Coach Ross, for pushing us on and involving ACS in these wonderful events!!

 

I realize that we are weltering through record breaking heat, but fall starts this weekend, and one day soon it will be cool.  Sweatshirt orders are due by Friday, September 21st.  Derik handles these orders, and he will be leaving soon.  So, do not miss this opportunity to get your child’s winter clothing taken care of.

Newsletter 9-12-2018

posted Sep 14, 2018, 8:21 AM by Derik Thompson

Today marks the beginning of ACS Flag Football season. The Crusaders will travel to Coquille Park in Covington to play St. Peter’s. Tomorrow is the first Pep Rally at 2:20. Cheerleaders and Pep Squad will participate, and the game against Our Lady of Lourdes begins at 4:30 in the field behind the YMCA. Come out and cheer for our team!

The track team practiced in the rain yesterday. What a great attitude! They are participating in the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 29th. Thanks to all the coaches for volunteering their time to train our students and offering them these worthwhile experiences. We appreciate their dedication.

The Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sale officially begins on Monday. However, the packets arrived early, and we are sending them today. We have sampled cookie dough from several companies and these are the best tasting products. All orders and money must be returned to ACS by Monday, October 8th with delivery scheduled on Tuesday, November 6th.

In our continuing effort to make ACS a safe place for your child, next week staff members will receive Stop the Bleed training from doctors at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital. Everyone has also received American Red Cross CPR training. Flu shots will be available through the hospital nursing staff at a later date to be announced. Some students received notice that they are in need of immunizations. Please take care of that as soon as possible. Your child’s health and safety are important to us.
Plans are underway for the ACS Fall Fest on Saturday, October 6th from 5-8 in the school parking lot. Room Mothers are planning their booths. They will be contacting all families for assistance. Several contests are planned, and prizes have been ordered. There will be a Costume Contest at 6:00. Bert Burr will be here with a beautiful fall backdrop to take Autumn pictures of your family. There will be delicious food and fun for the entire family. On the back of this letter, you will find information about the pumpkin decorating contest. I am sending it early so that you can decide what kind of pumpkin your child will create. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest for booths, costumes, and pumpkins. Be creative and have fun!

Newsletter 8-29-2018

posted Sep 14, 2018, 7:43 AM by Derik Thompson

Words are inadequate to thank all of you for the tremendous success of Sunday’s Jambalaya/White Bean Dinner. When Ms. Pat receives all the invoices, we will give you a final report, but over 1,100 dinners were sold.  Wow! We could not have done it without the volunteers who showed up Saturday and Sunday. I have heard good comments from people who purchased dinners. Left over White Beans are frozen and will be served at the Fall Fest on Saturday, October 6th.


Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered in the cafeteria.  We are supposed to have a third lunch room lady beginning tomorrow. Kandi and Tonya have had a rough start to this year, but your help has made it a lot more bearable.


I can hardly believe that it is time to send out the September calendar.  Please keep it handy so that you will know what special events are occurring around ACS.  We are proud of our flag football team and our cross country track teams. They are practicing in the heat and rain to be ready for this year’s sporting events. Both of these groups have events in September. The cheerleaders and pep squad are also practicing to cheer our student athletes to victory. Mark your calendar and join us to show your support. Thanks to the coaches and sponsors who make these activities possible for our students.


Thursday is the deadline for ordering the official Washington Parish Fair shirts through ACS.  Price is $15.00, which is the same as if you purchase them at the Fair; and ACS will receive $5 per shirt. Students will be allowed to wear any Fair shirt the week before the Fair—Monday, October 8-Friday, October 12, 2018.  We have this year’s shirt in the office if you would like to see it before ordering.


We will once again participate in Domino’s Pizza Day every month on the first Thursday.  Mention ACS when you order your pizza. The class that purchases the most pizza will have a FREE class pizza party, and the school will receive a donation from Domino’s.


Labor Day holiday is Monday, September 3rd. Enjoy your long weekend with your family.

Newsletter 8-22-2018

posted Aug 22, 2018, 11:03 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 11:03 AM ]

Thanks for selling the Jambalya/White Bean Dinner tickets.  Return money tomorrow and any tickets that you will not be able to sell.  Orders for food must be finalized. As a thank you to the students, we will have Free Dress on Friday for their support of this fundraiser.  Refer to page 18 of the Parent/Student Handbook for Free Dress guidelines. No pants with holes; all shorts must be knee length, etc. These have changed since last year.  So, PLEASE review them.


Lots of you signed up to help with the Jambalaya/White Bean Dinner. THANKS!!! If you did not sign up, come help if you can. On Saturday morning at 9:30, we will gather to complete prep work.  Bring a cutting board and knife. Label these so that we will not get them mixed up. For the guys, Father will celebrate Mass at 4:00 am in the chapel.  Cooking will begin immediately after that. We need LOTS of guys to make this happen. Ladies, please arrive at 9:30 to set up and serve the dinners. We clean up as we go.  If you attend a church service, come as soon as you can after that. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come help. No students will be allowed in the serving line.  They will be needed to help transport dinners to the pick-up line, etc.


All forms need to be completed and returned to the school this week.  We also need an email address for every family. These are needed so that we can set you up with Rediker.  That is what you need to check your child’s grades. It is also important that every family be connected to the school wide Remind app. Enter this number on your phone 81010 and text this message @acsnotify.  This is our emergency message system. We will send you messages on it, but in case of an actual schoolwide emergency, this how we can reach you quickly.  It is part of the ACS Crisis Plan. Thanks for helping us get all these Back to School details taken care of.


Room Mothers will have their first meeting on Friday, August 31st at 2:00 pm in the cafeteria. Katrina Mitchell is the Room Mom Chairperson this year. Thanks!!  After our meeting, all families will be contacted to help with the Fall Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th. So, mark the date on your calendar and start thinking of costumes for the contest and pumpkin ideas to decorate. Pinterest is filled with ideas!! Bert Burr will be here to take professional fall family photos. Details will follow on this fantastic family event filled with fun and  delicious food.

Allergy Notice

posted Aug 16, 2018, 12:47 PM by Derik Thompson

At Annunciation, we have several students who are allergic to nuts, particularly peanuts and hazel nuts. While we have plans in place to address the needs of these students, it is important that our entire school community be aware of what we can do to prevent allergic reactions, which for some children, can be a life threatening incident. We encourage parental support by asking parents to communicate the following message to your children.

 

• Take food allergies seriously. Joking about it, teasing children who have food allergies, or tricking someone into eating foods that are inappropriate for them can be very dangerous.
• Do not share your food.
• Wash hands after eating, especially if you have consumed anything made from nuts, such as a peanut butter/jelly sandwich or Nutella on crackers.Touching certain foods can cause an allergic reaction in some students.
• If someone gets ill, get help from an adult immediately.
• Some symptoms of food allergies are vomiting, swelling of the face and lips, difficulty breathing, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and skin that becomes red, bumpy, or itchy.

 

Avoid bringing shelled nuts to school (peanuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios, etc.) as the dust particles can become airborne and cause severe reactions to those who are allergic.

Remember when purchasing treats, especially around holidays, NO peanut butter cups, Snickers, etc that contain nut products. Even Nutella can cause an allergic reaction.

 

Our goal is for all students to feel safe and protected in all situations at school.  I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

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