December 8, 2017
Dear St. Ann School Families,
"To Jesus Through Mary"
December Focus: Luminous Mysteries
December Virtue: Joy
The purpose of Advent is to prepare for the coming of Jesus in glory at the end of time. There have been many people through the centuries who lived their lives in preparation for Jesus’ coming in glory.
On Friday, December 8, we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We celebrate our belief that Mary was full of God’s grace from her first moment of life. God gave Mary this honor because God planned to ask Mary to be the mother of the Savior. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. We must celebrate Mass.
It is also a great honor that Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, is the patron of the United States.
This beautiful solemnity of Mary is followed by the memorial of Saint Juan Diego, a native Mexican who had a vision of Mary. She left her picture on his cloak. His cloak now hangs in the basilica in Mexico City. We call the Lady of the cloak, “Our Lady of Guadalupe”. We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron of the Americas.
Please pray for the sick, especially Father Mink, Michael Dadd, Ms. Carmen, Brigid Reynolds, Brian, her brother-in-law and Mr. Paranczak; Father-in-law to Kerry Paranczak and Charles Gallagher (father of Mrs. Stewart).
Our Armed Forces need our prayers every day. Please pray for them.
Sheila O'Callaghan, "Miss O'"
Thank you for all of your generous contributions to Student Council's efforts for the Adopt-A-Family program. They are almost to goal and are excited about the Christmas memories and gifts that our school will have provided for 9 families. Our final activities and raffles will end tomorrow.
Contact me in person, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone to discuss any part of school life.
Stacy Solomon, Principal
Thank you & Congratulations
Thank you to all of our committed lunchtime volunteers. We appreciate your assistance and your children love seeing you at school.
School Notes & Reminders:
Vision for the Future/Financial Assistance: FACTS will open the application process December 11 for Vision of the Future for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is March 5, 2018. Recipients will be notified in early May 2018 of an award. Click here to access the letter explaining the application process and instructions to apply online.
Parish Christmas Concert: The concert is Sunday, December 10th at 2pm here at St. Ann's Church. This concert, which is free of charge, will feature our St. Ann's Children's Choir, Elkton High School's Advanced Women's Choir and the St. Ann's Parish Choir. It's sure to put you in the holiday spirit! There will be a light reception following the concert in the Social Hall. Hope to see you there!
Reconciliation: Students in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the school day on Dec. 12th at 1pm.
Casual/Pretzel Day: All students can dress in casual clothes for $1.00 to the Missions on Thursday, December 14th. Soft pretzels are also available for purchase for $.50 cents. Various dipping sauces are available for students in grades 4-8 for an additional $.50 cents. Please send exact change if possible.
Kentmere Mass: The Liturgy will be held at Kentmere Home on Friday, December 15th, led by Grade 6.
Report Cards: Report cards will be distributed on Friday, December 15th. They will be sent in the Friday Folder.
School Christmas Concert: We look forward to seeing you and your family at our annual school Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 20 at 1:15pm. All students in PK-4 to 8th grade (3 year olds have a different time/location) participate along with our band, choir, and elective class. More information will be sent through the Google Group as we get closer to the concert.
Advent Prayer Service: The prayer service before the Christmas break is on Thursday, December 21 at 9:15am. Our 3rd grade and PreK-4 students will lead us.
Honors Assembly: Our first trimester Honors Assembly for grades 4-8 will be held on Friday, December 22nd at 11:20am in the Social Hall. Dismissal will begin after the assembly. Please note that this is a scheduled noon dismissal day with no After Care.
Christmas Break: Break begins on Friday, December 22 at noon (no After Care) and we will welcome students back to school on January 2, 2018.