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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.