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Calling all ladies! It's time to shop at Deep South Pout in Columbus or Starkville and give back to ACS at the same time! Present this barcode at checkout during DSP's Weekend Before Tax Free Weekend Sale, July 20th - 22nd, and 10% of your purchase goes to ACS.
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Welcome Father Jeffrey Waldrep

ACS would like to welcome Rev. Jeffrey Waldrep, STL, JCL, to our FAMILY! We are so excited that he is joining us as our new Pastor.

Fr. Jeffrey was born and raised in West Point, Mississippi. He received a liberal arts degree from St. Joseph Seminary/College in Covington, LA, a master’s degree in theology and a licentiate degree in systematic theology from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, IL. He later received a licentiate in canon law from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. Over the past 27 years Fr. Jeffrey has been blessed to serve in eight parishes, work with Engaged Encounter for 9 years and has been Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Jackson, MS for the past 9 years. Presently Fr. Jeffrey feels blessed that he can continue his ministry in and through the Tribunal, while also serving a Pastor of Annunciation Parish and Annunciation Catholic School, Columbus, MS. Over the past couple of years his hobbies have included gardening, jiu jitsu, cooking and being more proficient with social media.
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Dinner with DAK

Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! ACS is honored to be the beneficiary of this incredible fundraiser sponsored by Nicholas Air. If you or someone you know is interested in attending please RSVP by email to

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Summer Office Hours

May 29th - June 2nd Closed
June 5th - June 22nd Mon - Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
June 23rd - July 7th Closed
July 10th - July 20th Mon - Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
July 24th - July 28th Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
July 31st - Regular Office Hours Resume
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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 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.
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....


Terri Doumit, ACS Library/Media Specialist
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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 or (662) 798-0002.


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
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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 for more information.
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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 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!

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