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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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Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week is right around the corner. We have been working so hard to plan a fun and exciting week for your children. Catholic education is something to be celebrated! So, here is a detailed schedule of what we have in store for that week.

January 22th - In Our Parish - 9:00 Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church - Students will be given opportunities to participate in the liturgy, as well as receive a uniform pass for Monday, January 23rd for those who attend Mass in their school uniform.

January 29th - In Our Parish - 8:45 Pancake Breakfast at the Annunciation Catholic Church Activities Center - Breakfast ticket order forms will go home on Monday in brown envelopes. We encourage all students and families to come enjoy a great breakfast and good fellowship. Your student has been working on special projects that will be on display this day.
10:30 Mass at Annunciation Catholic Church - Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in the liturgy, as well as receive a uniform pass for Monday, February 6th for those who attend Mass in their school uniform.

January 30th - In Our Community - This is a non-uniform day. Students will spend the day doing various service projects for people in our community. Please see your teacher's update for more information on what your child's class will be doing.
1:45 Catholic Schools Week kick-off celebration and 50 yard color dash - Students will gather in the gym to hear a very special guest speaker and a little something special by our faculty and staff. Immediately following at 2:00, students will line up outside at the starting line to start the color race. Don't worry moms! Everyone will be given a special Catholic Schools week t-shirt to wear in case the color powder stains. WE NEED COLOR POWDER TOSSERS! We would like for members of the community to join in on our celebration and help by tossing the color powder on the students as they run. If you would like to volunteer for this please contact Katie Fenstermacher. We would also love for there to be local businesses represented on this day. Inspirational signs and posters to encourage the children on their race would also be appreciated. They will cross the finish line and immediately go through the fan/ leaf blower station to get off any excess powder before traveling to the cafeteria to enjoy some hot cocoa. Students will then report straight to carline/bus. Parents may want to bring a towel to cover car seats on this day as a precaution.

January 31st - In Our Nation - Students and invited guests will gather in the gym for morning assembly which will include a guest speaker and a short musical performance by some of our students. Following the assembly at 8:15 students and guests will line up for our first ever In Our Nation Day Parade at 8:30. Parents and military guests are welcome to walk with us or enjoy the parade from our VIP seating which will be located on the front lawn. Parents interested in volunteering on this day please contact Katie Fenstermacher or your child's teacher. After the parade, military guests and the students who invited them, will be escorted to the cafeteria for a reception hosted by the 5th grade class.

February 1st - In Our Parents, Volunteers and Donors - Students will show their appreciation to parents, donors, and volunteers who support our school with time, talent, and/or financial gifts. We are so thankful for all the generous support we receive.

February 2nd - Grandparents' Day - Grandparents are invited and encouraged to join us for Mass at 8:30 followed by classroom receptions and family photos from 9:15 -11:00. Remember to visit the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library on this day!

February 3rd - In Our Students - Students will begin the day with a Friday Morning Glow Dance Party! We will have the gym decked out in black lights for a glowing good time! This is also a non-uniform day for students, however they should wear their white Catholic Schools Week t-shirt (these will be distributed at a later date). After the party is the after party which will take place in the classrooms where students will enjoy a movie and popcorn. Finally, at 12:00 parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join our students for our annual No Ants Picnic in the gym. There will be no lunch orders on this day so please bring a picnic lunch for you and your child(ren).

February 4th - Open House 10:00 – 12:00 Open House for Prospective Students
All faculty and staff will be present to give tours and answer questions. If you know any families who are interested in our school, please tell them about our Open House.
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#iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday

#iGiveCatholic is the first-ever online giving day for the Catholic community. It is a call to share of our blessings with the Church and those the Church helps and supports in our communities. This year, #iGiveCatholic is being celebrated by the Diocese of Jackson along with five other dioceses. The goal of the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is to inspire our Catholic community to come together with giving in support of organizations that shape our souls: our parishes, schools, ministries and not-for-profit organizations. #iGiveCatholic’s goal is to deliver $1,500,000 to our Catholic organizations in a 24-hour period.
So, on November 29th visit and search for Annunciation Catholic School. Please consider giving a minimum donation of $25.
Out of town or busy on #GivingTuesday, November 29th? No problem! Schedule your gift (today or beginning November 18th) by visiting and your card will be automatically charged on #GivingTuesday, November 29th!
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ACS Annual Art Auction " A Night at the Museum"

On November 11th, we will hold our Annual Art Auction with a Night at the Museum theme at the Trotter Convention Center. The event will begin at 7:00pm. The funds raised by this event will support our commitment to providing the highest quality education possible for our students.

Event tickets are now available! Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. You do not want to miss the chance to see the class art projects your students have already been working on for the event. Contact the school office to purchase your tickets today!

Continue to sell those raffle tickets! The grand prize drawings will take place the night of the Art Auction. Grand Prize #1 is an iRobot Roomba donated by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Jones. Grand Prize #2 is one semester of free tuition. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets should be turned in to the office by November 10th. Feel free to make as many copies of the raffle ticket sheet as you wish or call the office for additional tickets. The student/family with the most ticket sales will win a gift certificate to the Uniform Company.

We need sponsors! If you would like to sponsor this event please see the sponsor form that was sent home in brown envelopes last Monday or contact Katie Fenstermacher at

Auction Items are needed! If you have an art item, or know of someone who would be willing to donate an item, please deliver it to the school by November 7th. Auction items can be art pieces, gift certificates, donations from a retail store, etc. We appreciate your generosity!
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