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A Letter from the Librarian

Hello, parents! Summer reading is in full swing. You might have noticed as you have been logging your child’s minutes that some children already have minutes logged on their individual page. Any time your child reads at school, the teacher is able to record and log this time. As your child is reading each day, please remember to log his/her minutes to ensure our school gets credit for all that hard work. Our goal this summer is to read 1,000,000 minutes. We have already hit over 50,000 minutes, but it’s going to take all students logging in this summer to reach our goal!

Reading during the summer is a great way to relax as a family. It is also a way to build vocabulary and increase comprehension skills. All reading counts: comic books, graphic novels, fiction, nonfiction, biography, Kindle/iPad/Computer reading…reading out loud with parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles…reading silently…it all counts! I sent home all usernames and passwords on May 9. If you have misplaced yours, please do not hesitate to send me an email at news4terri@yahoo.com or you may text me at 662-549-2471. Please follow the instructions below to log into your child’s account.

Scholastic’s website is not always the most user-friendly. If you are having trouble logging minutes for any reason, please do not hesitate to send them to me and I will get them logged for you. My suggestion is to log minutes at least once per week. I would also suggest keeping a written log of any minutes your child reads this summer. I will send home a reading log for your convenience. Minutes can be logged from your phone using a web based browser, from an iPad or Kindle and from a computer or laptop.

www.scholastic.com/summer
Click the button that says GO NOW! under the KIDS & FAMILIES box
Next click the button that says log in (found on the right side of the screen in a blue box)
After this there will be a prompt for your child’s username and password.

Annunciation Catholic School Library will be open special hours this summer. We will have a read aloud on each check out day. Each child may check out up to 5 books! Your child may also log minutes while visiting the library.

Summer Library Hours:
June 8th 9-11
June 22nd 9-11
July 13th 1-3
July 27th 9-11

Thank you for supporting literacy at our school and as always....

HAPPY READING!

Terri Doumit, ACS Library/Media Specialist

Garden News

Read the most recent issue of our ACS garden news letter, The Mustard Seed, by clicking the carrot!

Earth Day 4/21/2017

Annunciation Catholic School will be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 21st from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. We are expanding the school garden and the entire school will be working throughout the day to make it happen!

Here are some ways you can help:

Volunteer your time. No green thumbs required! Come for as long as you can, we welcome your help and enthusiasm.

Have your child bring in materials to start our compost! There will be a trash can near the garden for collecting small items this week. Bags of leaves or grass can be left near the can or the garden.

Reuse and recycle. Have any old gardening equipment that you no longer use? Donate it to the school! We will accept yard or gardening equipment in good condition as well as any pots, plants, seeds, bulbs, fertilizer, yard décor, landscaping items, etc., that you wish to donate. Drop off at anytime at the school this week.

Questions? For more information please contact Nichole Cancellare at cancellareadventures@mac.com or (662) 798-0002.

EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES

8:30 – 9:00 Pre-K Worm Olympics

9:00 -- 9:30 Kinder Worm Olympics

9:30 -- 10:30 8th Grade: Move/place stones around garden beds
Clean-up compost area
Remove tree/break-up branches
7th Grade: Fruit tree/blueberry maintenance
Dig/till new garden beds

10:30-11:30 6th Grade: Shovel dirt/cotton scrap into gardens
Prep gardens for planting
5th Grade: Grapevine maintenance
Fill cinderblock holes with dirt
Add mulch where needed
11:30-12:30 Lunch break

12:30-1:30 3rd + 4th Grade: Weed garden beds
Shovel cover material on beds
Plant/water flowers + seeds
Mix leaves + scraps into compost

1:00-2:00 2nd + 1st Grade -- Plant/water seeds
Add + mix veggie scraps they bring to compost
Worm Olympics

2:00-2:30 K + Pre-K -- Plant/water seeds
Add + mix veggie scraps they bring to compost

Parent volunteers: Move + arrange cinderblocks
Prep garden beds
Safety monitors
Assist where needed

**NOTE** Some activities will carry over if not completed by previous classes

Drawdown 2017

The ACS Annual Drawdown will be April 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $100 (admits two adults) for a chance to win $10,000. Second chance insurance is available. Contact any Advisory Board Member or email Katie Fenstermacher at acsmarketing@cableone.net for more information.

Get Ready to Run

Wow! The Get Ready to Run School Program has gotten off to a "running" start as more than 12,600 students across the Golden Triangle and surrounding counties learn how much fun running can be! We hope your students are having fun while learning the importance of healthy habits and physical activity.

Get Ready to Run Kids' One-Mile Fun Run Registration is available March 3 through March 24 by clicking here. As a Get Ready to Run School participant, your students will not pay the registration fee when they sign up during those dates. Please ask parents to follow the steps to complete their child's online registration, including selecting their school from the drop down menu. A parent letter is attached to provide parent's the race registration link. Also, attached is a hard copy race registration form, but the information must be entered in the online registration site by the school. The 2017 Get Ready to Run Kids' One-Mile Fun Run will be limited to 2,000 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Remember, the top three schools with the highest percentages of participants on race day will receive up to $2,000 to support the schools' P.E. programs!

Thank you for encouraging your students to be part of this exciting event. Visit www.getreadytorunms.com for important race day details and reminders.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Mississippi State University for the Get Ready to Run Kids' One-Mile Fun Run!

Happy Running!

*Click the headline to download the registration form!

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3:00 Dismissal
Date: 5/24/2017
Awards Day
Date: 5/24/2017, 8:30 AM
Talent Showcase
Date: 5/24/2017, 1:20 PM
Last Day for Students (12:15 Dismissal)
Date: 5/25/2017
8th Grade Promotion
Date: 5/25/2017, 8:30 AM