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

Newsletter 5-16-2018

posted May 17, 2018, 1:59 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated May 17, 2018, 2:00 PM ]

This is the last pink letter for several groups of students. It has been my pleasure to watch the seventh graders for eight years as they grew from little Crusaders into outstanding young men and women. I wish them all the best as they graduate from ACS on Saturday at 4:00 Mass. You are welcome to come and join in their celebration.

On Friday, PreK students will have their end of year program. You are also invited to come celebrate with them at 9:00 in the cafeteria. This will mark the end of their year. Friday is also the last day for after care. Please make appropriate arrangements for your children next week.

Kindergarten’s end of year program is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd in the ACS cafeteria at 9:30. This will be their last day. We would love to have you with us as they celebrate moving to first grade.

End of year awards ceremony for grades 1-6 will take place in church at 9:00 on Wednesday, May 30th, and dismissal will be at 11:00. The ACS office will be open from 9-12 Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 4 through Friday, June 15th.

Here is the up-dated ACS Mission Statement. We feel that it better describes who we are and what we strive to accomplish at ACS:

Annunciation Catholic School will prepare students off all faiths for the challenges of an ever changing world by providing them with opportunities for academic excellence, character development and humble service in a Catholic, Christ-centered environment.

We continuously strive to improve the tenets included in the Mission/Purpose Statement: academic excellence, character development and humble service. I have told you for several weeks that you would be asked to respond to a survey about Annunciation Catholic School. Mr. Derik has it ready for you to complete. Teachers will send you a Remind message with the link to access the survey. Please take your time to give us honest feedback so that we can plan over the summer to better meet the needs of our ACS families.

You asked for it. So, we are excited to announce that our school is offering online school supplies through ClassBundl for the upcoming schoolyear! You can simply search our school, select your student’s classroom, and have their supplies bundled for the new school year. Plus, each purchase earns 5% cash back to ACS to fund projects. You can order supplies with just a few clicks at ClassBundl.com/Order. This option was offered two years ago, and many of you requested that we do it again.

We were contacted by Frances Dunaway that she is closing the front part of her business. Her son will continue to run the screen printing, etc. in the back. All uniforms are reduced 40%. If you have gently used uniforms that that your child has outgrown, you can donate them to ACS. We will notify you when we will have the used uniforms displayed for you to come look through. They will be offered to you at no charge.

Mr. Derik has an update on our missing spring spirit shirts. The ACS shirts were sent to the wrong school, and the company has redone them. They are supposed to be here in the next few days. Please accept my sincere apologies.

We need outdoor play toys and equipment for PreK. If you have any that your child no longer uses, we would love to receive them. As you have probably noticed, the big tree in the PreK play yard had to be taken down. Over the summer, we will secure something to provide shade for the students and teachers. If you have a contact that deals in sheds/outdoor covered areas, ask them to contact the school.

Thanks to everyone for their love and support this schoolyear. For those graduating or moving this summer, you will always remain part of the ACS Family. Visit us whenever you get a chance.

Newsletter 5-8-2018

posted May 11, 2018, 8:21 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated May 11, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

Since this is Teacher Appreciation Week across America, I want to salute the amazing teachers of Annunciation Catholic School. In my 44 years in education, I have never seen a more dedicated group of professional educators. They give tirelessly of themselves to provide students with a quality educational experience. I salute them for their love and dedication!

In the near future, you will be asked to complete an AdvancED survey . When you receive the link, please take your time to give us honest and thought out feedback. We seriously try at ACS to continuously improve the services your children receive. We appreciate constructive suggestions to better meet their needs. Thanks for your cooperation.

We are waiting for our new spring spirit shirts to arrive. Until then, any ACS spirit shirt may be worn every day with uniform bottoms and shoes-- unless it is a Mass or program day.

All ACS families MUST have a Facts account. That is how everything is paid at Annunciation. Registration fees will be paid through this account on June 1st. Contact Ms. Pat if you have any questions.

Ms. Pat also wants to remind ALL parents of Louisiana Scholarship students to come by her office to sign forms mandated by the State Department of Education. These must be signed by May 18th. Also, scholarship families MUST establish a Facts account. Contact Ms. Pat with any questions you might have.

Tomorrow is Track and Field Day at Bogalusa High School. Our team will compete. This is a new sport at Annunciation, and I want to thank Coach Ross and Coach Ann for making it happen. I also want to thank all the parents who are helping their children participate.

The Sports Award Breakfast is Thursday, May 10th at 7:50. All coaches and ACS athletes need to be here on time. Please wear one of your athletic uniforms. It will be our day to honor your hard work and accomplishments this year.

Student Council campaign and elections are in full swing. Best of luck to all the candidates!

Next Tuesday, the 7th graders will receive their End of Year Awards at the conclusion of 8:00 Mass. Everyone is invited to join us as we salute the outstanding accomplishments of our graduating class. Also on Tuesday at 1:30, we will present “ACS Has Talent.” Any student wishing to participate needs to contact Mr. Derik to complete the necessary paperwork. Everyone is encouraged to come see this amazing display of student talent.

Thanks for all you do for our school!

Newsletter 5-2-2018

posted May 11, 2018, 8:20 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated May 11, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

Recently, Beta officers were elected for the 2018-2019 schoolyear. Officers for next year include: President-Brycen Baughman, Vice-President-Nate Keen, Secretary-Jack Ezell, Treasurer-Braden Arlt, Reporter-Jayla Manning, Historian-Ava Grace Cummings, Leadership Team-Ainsley Temples. Congratulations to these officers. Beta is an important organization at ACS. I appreciate everything that the members and their families do for the school. Please check book sacks today for a Beta recycling note.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Annunciation. Each class has taken turns monthly by providing us with a delicious lunch, and we are grateful for your generosity. Fourth grade will complete this next Thursday.

Next year, Annunciation Catholic School will participate in a review by the AdvancED organization. Part of this process is the completion of surveys by students and parents. Students will complete their forms at school. You will receive information to submit yours soon. Please take the time to give us honest and fair feedback. We constantly strive to improve our school, your opinions count.

Bert Bur took wonderful class group pictures last fall in the church. We sent you order forms for those last week. This week, we are sending order forms for the annual cross picture of all the students and staff together in church. Please return all order forms and by next Friday so that we can get your pictures done before May 30th.

Tomorrow is the last Domino’s Pizza Day for this school year. Ask family and friends to support our school by ordering Pizza. We receive 20% of the order, and the class that purchases the most will receive a Pizza Party from Domino’s. April’s winning class was third grade.

Please return all World’s Finest money or candy We need to wrap this project up so that final prizes can be awarded to the students. Thanks for helping with this fundraiser.

The 81st Children’s Coronation is Saturday in the Bogalusa High School Auditorium beginning at 6:00. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Holiday”. I hope you will join us for Bogalusa’s oldest tradition. Tickets are on sale in the ACS Office for $5.00. Price at the door is $6.00. Save some money and avoid the line by purchasing ahead of time. Practice for the Coronation is Thursday at 4:30.

On the May calendar, there is parent lunch for kindergarten listed. This is a mistake. The kindergarten parent lunch was completed in conjunction with the Mother Goose Parade. Sorry if that caused confusion! Speaking of lunch, all lunch payments must now be made on line or by cash. No checks are accepted in May. All students must eat lunch either from home or from the cafeteria. A few students have decided they do not want to eat at all. This is NOT allowed. Thanks for your cooperation.

Newsletter 4-25-2018

posted May 11, 2018, 8:18 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated May 11, 2018, 8:18 AM ]

Tomorrow is the next round of the Clean City Contest in Bogalusa. Please be sure to pick up litter that might be around your home or street. Sydney Penny won the Clean City poster contest for the city. Congratulations! Remember to be “Part of the Solution, Not the Pollution!”

Ms. Kandi, Cafeteria Manager, cannot accept personal checks after Monday. During May, all transactions must be in cash or on-line. Unless your child is paid up through the end of school, please take care of this.

The Children’s Coronation will take place in the Bogalusa High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 5th at 6:00 PM. Tickets are now on sale in the school office for $5.00. Tickets at the door are $6.00. Get yours ahead of time to save money and avoid the line. We need strong help setting up the back drop this Sunday. If you can help, bring an electric screwdriver and meet in the Avenue C parking lot at 1:30. After everything is loaded, we will move to the BHS Auditorium for assembly. This job is not bad if we have enough manpower. Thanks for any assistance you can render.

Please return all World’s Finest Chocolate money and any unsold candy as soon as possible. Prizes will be awarded on May 1st.

Oops!! When Ms. Pat sent you the list of items that will be billed through the Facts Program, we forgot to include $15 for next year’s ACS Spirit/Field Trip Shirt. Just wanted you to know!

Many parents requested that they be given the opportunity to purchase school supplies through the Class Bundle Program. We did this two years ago. Pat and Terry are working to coordinate this effort. We will let you know when it is ready. Remember, this this an option for parents who want to purchase school supplies at one time and have everything shipped to them.

May will be extremely busy. Keep the enclosed calendar handy to double check activities every day.

Newsletter 4-18-2018

posted Apr 19, 2018, 7:33 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 7:34 AM ]

Thanks for having all the children here on time this week. ACT Aspire Testing will be over soon, and everyone can take a sigh of relief!

Please send in all World’s Finest Chocolate money by April 30th. If you have any candy left at that point, return it and it will be sold at recess until it is all gone. Thank you so much for helping us with our last fundraiser for the school year.

Sports pictures will be taken on Wednesday, April 25th. Be certain that your child has everything to wear for every sport he/she participates in. Whatever picture is last, your child can remain in that uniform for the remainder of the day. Cheerleaders will need their pom poms. Thanks to all the adults who coached and sponsored teams this year. It is time to let me know if you plan to help for next school year. I think most of the coaches will still have children playing so I am counting on you to help us again. I know we need a cheerleader sponsor because Stacey and Molly are moving to Pope John Paul High School. Congratulations to Molly for making cheer team and to Sydney Penny for making dance team at Pope John Paul for next year. We are proud of you!

Visitation for new registered PreK students is Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th. Letters have been sent to students who are registered. If you know any family considering PreK placement at ACS next year, remind them to call or stop by the school so that their child can be included in this event.

Beginning the first of May, lunch payments cannot be made with a check. We encourage everyone to pay online. But if you pay by check, send it to Ms. Kandi before the end of April. Thanks for your cooperation.

Children’s Coronation will take place in the Bogalusa High School Auditorium on Saturday, May 5th. We will set up the background on Sunday, April 29th. We need lots of strong help with electric screw drivers to meet in the parking lot in front of school to load everything up and move it to BHS at 1:00 P.M. If we have enough help, it is not a bad job. If we do not have enough help, it simply cannot be done. We especially need for the kindergarten guys to show up! Thanks for any help that you can render.

Newsletter 4-11-2018

posted Apr 11, 2018, 11:25 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Apr 11, 2018, 11:25 AM ]

Today was the Middle School Biography Fair. This is an anticipated event at ACS. Congratulations to the students for a job well done. It also signals the beginning of end of year activities. This year has flown by. The next few weeks leading up to May 30th will be action packed.

Students in grades 3-6 will take ACT Aspire Achievement Tests beginning on Monday morning. Please see that your child is well rested, well fed, and on time. There are NO make-up days, and students will not be admitted to the classrooms once the tests begin. Thanks for your cooperation.

Mr. Derik asked me to remind everyone about the ACS Talent Show that will take place in May. It is not too early for students to begin preparing their acts. I know one class has decided on a skit, and they are already practicing. Contact Mr. Derik with your ideas. This is a highlight of the school year.

Visitation Days for Registered New PreK students will be Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th. If you know any family considering ACS for their PreK child next year, please encourage them to contact Ms. Pat so that their child can participate.

Spring and Children’s Coronation t-shirt orders are due on Friday. Coronation shirts can be worn the week before the Coronation, which is on Saturday, May 5th; and spring shirts can be worn with uniform bottoms and shoes during the month of May.

Ads are being sold for the Coronation Program. Please check the information being sent home to you today.

Beta Movie Night is Friday beginning at 6:00 pm. Cost is $5.00 and concession items will be available for purchase.

Since we were on break last week, tomorrow will be Domino’s Pizza Day. Mention ACS when you order, and the school gets 20% of your order. First grade won the pizza party last month for purchasing the most pizza during our Domino’s Day. Ms. Sunny says that third grade has never won. So, third grade parents, let’s see if you can encourage friends and neighbors to eat pizza tomorrow for third grade!

Newsletter 3-28-2018

posted Mar 28, 2018, 1:39 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 1:39 PM ]

Happy Easter to each of you! I hope that you have a glorious holiday with your family. Students have Free Easter/Spring Dress Day tomorrow, dismissal is at 12 noon, and there is NO aftercare. Classes resume on Monday, April 9th. When we return, we will finish our preparation for ACT Aspire Achievement Tests, which will be given from Monday, April 16th through Friday, April 20th. Tests last almost the whole day for all five days. For that reason, do not schedule appointments or vacations during that time span—there are NO make-up days.

Unless more invoices are received, we think it is safe to say that the Spring Auction raised $42,000, and the Golf Tournament raised $8,500. That is quite an accomplishment for a small school. It would not have been possible without your help and generosity. We still have many boxes of World’s Finest Chocolate Bars for sale. Let us know if you can sell more, and we will get them to you to sell over the holidays. I am sure the Easter Bunny would approve! All the Chocolate Covered Almonds are gone. This will wrap up this year’s fundraising projects. Thanks to your efforts put forth, new science materials have been ordered for next school year. This will help ACS better align its curriculum to the new United States Science Standards.

Over the Easter break, please take time to review the ACS Dress Code Policy with your child. Every year, spring time brings with it, many dress code violations. The guys want funky baseball haircuts; the girls want to wear nail polish, multiple earrings, short skirts, and short shorts on free dress days; and everyone wants to shed socks. All of these are prohibited at Catholic elementary schools, and are outlined in the ACS Handbook. Teachers will begin writing up violations and parents will be called to bring different clothes, arrange haircuts, etc., when we return after break. Please help us by taking care of this while we are off next week. I tell the students that “you only have one chance to make a first impression”, and studies have shown that students who dress neatly and take care of their appearance have a more positive attitude and perform better at school. Thanks for your cooperation.

Newsletter 3-21-2018

posted Mar 28, 2018, 1:38 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 1:38 PM ]

Do not forget that Annunciation is participating in the Clean City Contest for the City of Bogalusa. Send me pictures of your family planting flowers, cleaning your yard, etc. so that I can forward them to Landen Tims to include in the city’s scrapbook.

Students are encouraged to bring in posters depicting the theme “Be Part of the Solution, Not the Pollution” by Friday. These posters will be hung at City Hall for the judges to view when they visit Bogalusa the first week of April. Students who bring in posters have Free Dress on Friday and will receive a popsicle at recess. Thanks for your help with this worthwhile project.

Student Council is raffling an Easter bucket to benefit Alaina Nielsen’s upcoming Mission trip. One hundred percent of funds raised will be used to purchase items to send with her this summer. If you have not seen the bucket, let me say that it is gorgeous and is filled with wonderful items. Chances are $.50 and will be sold until next Thursday.

Report cards will go home on Friday. It is hard to believe that we are in the last nine weeks of school year 2017-18. For those of you planning vacations, the students will not attend school on Memorial Day, May 28th, and the last day for students is Wednesday, May 30th. Dismissal on that day is 11:00.

Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc. April 16th through April 20th or April 30th through May 4th because students will be taking achievement tests. There are NO make up days. Thanks for your cooperation.

Mr. Derik is getting excited about the Spring Book Fair. Be sure to read his flier that is going home today. Book Fairs at ACS are always exciting and educational. There is nothing better than books in an Easter basket. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to visit and purchase books.

Easter/Spring Break begins at 12 noon on Thursday, March 29th, and classes resume on Monday, April 9, 2018. There will be NO Aftercare next Thursday.

Newsletter 3-14-2018

posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:56 AM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 11:56 AM ]

Thanks to each of you for supporting the ACS Auction. We had more patron tables, more items, and larger attendance than we have ever had. It would not have been possible without you.

On Monday, the students will participate in their favorite fundraiser—selling World’s Finest Chocolate. You are receiving information and permission for your child to take home assorted chocolate bars or chocolate covered almonds. This candy is delicious. Many people bring it to work and put it on the counter or break room for co-workers to purchase and enjoy. Prizes are listed on the information sheet.

On Wednesday, March 2018, Jeff Bergeron of the Bogalusa Police Department (and our Flag Football Coach) and Father Daniel Brouillette will address the ACS student body regarding the dangers of bullying, threatening, and bringing real or toy weapons to school. The recent events in schools across America where children threaten or perpetuate acts of violence is a constant concern of all educators. Rest assured that the ACS staff practices and talks about safety issues on a regular basis. Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us. All students deserve a safe environment in which to learn. Providing such an environment is a goal we strive for each day. Please discuss the importance to your child of reporting any threats or concerns to adults at school so that we can take care of them immediately.

We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday. Students and staff are encouraged to wear green clothes to school. St. Patty’s Day Dance for grades 5-7 is Friday, March 16th from 7:00-10:00.

The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry is Friday, March 23rd. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at ACS. Send your money, and we will send your tickets. Please take care of ordering this week because supplies will be ordered on Tuesday. Remember, they are splitting the proceeds with ACS! Thanks!!

Beginning Monday, Student Council will sell raffle tickets for a large Easter basket filled with goodies. It will be given away on Wednesday, March 28th. Thanks for your support.

Newsletter 3-7-2018

posted Mar 7, 2018, 1:59 PM by Derik Thompson   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 1:59 PM ]

Auction Week is in full swing. The items are some of the best we have ever had. Thanks to each of you for your donations of time, talent, and money. I hope that you will come Saturday night. There are a LOT of art and personalized items made by the students. They are so proud of their contributions. There will be delicious food prepared by Yo-Yo’s, Chrissy’s, and Rachel Stewart. It will be a fun night.

Students will be dismissed at noon on Friday so that we can set up the school for the Auction. There will be no aftercare. We need strong help to move furniture. Then on Sunday at 1:00 P.M. we need strong help to move everything back for Monday morning. Please come help if you can. If we have enough help, it is not a huge job. High school students who can volunteer will receive service hours. Because we will be moving furniture, etc.,students can wear jeans and spirit shirts on Friday.

Bert Burr and the Easter Bunny will be at ACS for Spring/Easter pictures on Wednesday, March 14th. Children who take pictures are allowed to wear their spring clothes all day. Parents are welcome to change their children out of the “Easter” clothes after pictures are made.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Fish Fry on Friday, March 23rd right across the street at the KC pavilion . Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in the school office. Half of the proceeds are coming to ACS. Please participate if you can.

Remember, testing for grades 3-6 will take place April 16-20, 2018 and April 30-May 4, 2018. Please DO NOT schedule vacations or appointments during those times.The tests are all day long for all five days. There are no make-up days. Thanks for your cooperation.

I hope to see you helping around ACS this weekend and joining us “Under the Big Top” on Saturday.

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