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

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. 

Newsletter 3-22-17

posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:45 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 6:46 AM ]

As I am sure most of you have heard that Loretta Stewart, Mother of Tabetha Ezell, passed away on Sunday night. Her funeral Mass was celebrated today at Annunciation Catholic Church with Tabby’s beloved middle school students in attendance. Loretta was an avid supporter of ACS and never missed a school event. Her smiling face and gentle disposition will be missed by all of the ACS family. I know you join with me in offering Tabby our sincerest condolences.

Memorial Golf Tournament
Saturday is the scheduled date of the Kathy Arlt/William Nielsen Memorial Golf Tournament. The weather forecast is for thunderstorms with severe weather possible. We are waiting to make a final decision, but it appears that the tournament will be moved to Sunday at 1:00 p.m. That way everyone can attend church with their families before going to the Bogalusa Country Club. Even if you do not play, stop by the Club to sit outside and visit. The golf tournament is always fun. I hope you can join us!

Mass on Wednesday
Mass next week will be on Wednesday instead of Tuesday because of a mandatory meeting in New Orleans for Father Bru, Jim, Derik, and me.

Achievement Tests

Do not forget that the ACT Aspire Achievement Tests will be administered for grades 3-6 beginning on Monday, April 3-Friday, April 7th. Please do not schedule trips or appointments during this time because there will be NO make-up days.

Spring Book Fair
For the first time, ACS will have a Spring/Easter Book Fair that will begin on Friday afternoon, April 7th and will continue until Thursday, April 13th. Mr. Derik has lots of surprises and fun planned for those who participate.

Records Day
For those of you making vacation plans, students will not attend school on Monday, May 22nd for Records Day. Students will receive report cards on Monday, May 29th, and school will be dismissed at 11:00. This is a change. Please mark your calendars!

Newsletter 3-15-2017

posted Mar 15, 2017, 11:29 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 11:29 AM ]

Spring Gala/Auction Thanks

Thanks to everyone who participated in the ACS Spring/Gala Auction. There were lots of wonderful items to bid on—thanks to the work of our fantastic parents. From the gift cards, scratch-offs, and auction baskets, every family contributed to this fundraiser. Ms. Pat is still gathering expenses. If we owe you money, please bring the receipts to the office this week. As soon as we know the profit amount, we will inform you. Again, thanks from the bottom of my heart.

No School on Friday
All Catholic School staff members on the Northshore will gather on Friday at Our Lady of the Lake for a day long Retreat and Mass. There will be NO classes at ACS. Please make your plans accordingly. Since we will not be here on St. Patrick’s Day, students can wear green shirts Thursday with uniform bottoms.

Coronation Shirts
Children’s Coronation shirt orders are due tomorrow. These can be worn to school the week before the Coronation.

Easter Pics
Bert Burr and the Easter Bunny will be in the ACS Cafeteria on Monday morning, March 20th, to take Easter/Spring pictures. Children taking pictures can remain in their “pictures clothes”, or you are welcome to change them in to other spring clothing for the remainder of the day. Order forms are going home today.
Memorial Golf Tournament

Saturday, March 25th is our next big fundraising effort. The Kathy Arlt/William Nielsen Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for the Bogalusa Country Club. Tee time for this two man scramble is 12 noon. Cost is $100 per golfer which includes mulligans. Cash prizes are awarded at the conclusion of the tournament. There will be lots of food, beverages, and good fun. Even if you do not play, stop by to visit.

ACS Aspire Tests Approaching
ACT Aspire Achievement Tests are fast approaching. Students in grades 3-6 will be tested April 3-7, 2017. Please do not schedule appointments or trips during this time because there are no make-ups.

Arthur Visit Tomorrow
Tomorrow is a special day at ACS because guest author Michelle Hirstius is bringing Ju-Ju to visit the lower classes. We are attaching forms if you are interested in purchasing the book that will be read. Many of you have already done so.

Newsletter 3-8-2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 8:07 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 8:07 PM ]

Spring Gala/Auction Saturday
Things are buzzing at ACS as we all prepare for Saturday night’s Spring Gala/Auction. The items are amazing. I especially love the student art and class baskets. I know you have all contributed, and I appreciate your efforts from the bottom of my heart. I hope that you can come Saturday night. The food is coming from Yo-Yo’s and the desserts are coming from Rachel Stewart. There will be plenty of beverages and lively entertainment. Put on your grass skirts, flower shirts, and hula on over to Margaritaville at ACS.

Dismissal at Noon Friday
Students will be dismissed at 12 noon on Friday, and there is NO Aftercare. We will begin to set everything up and decorate. We need volunteers to help after lunch on Friday. If you have some free time, join us. We need all the help we can get. We will clean everything up on Sunday beginning at 1:00 P.M. If you cannot help Friday, maybe you can help us Sunday afternoon as we put everything back together for Monday morning.

Domino’s Pizza Day
Tomorrow is Domino’s Pizza Day. Remind your friends and family to mention ACS when they place their order. ACS receives 20% of your order, and the class that purchases the most will receive a free Pizza Party from Domino’s. Last month’s winner was 6th grade.

Auction Shirts/Spirit Shirts
Students are always allowed to wear an ACS spirit shirt with uniform bottoms and shoes on Fridays. Now that the weather is warming up, they enjoy the t-shirts. Because of the Auction this weekend, the students and staff can wear jeans this Friday.

Children’s Coronation
Kindergarten parents whose children are participating in the Children’s Coronation have a meeting in the cafeteria at 5:30. The purpose of the meeting is to drop off narratives, ads, and t-shirt orders. The Children’s Coronation theme is “Around the World in 80 Days” to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Coronation.

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