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8th Grade Photography Show

Our 8th grade students started a photography unit with Mrs. McDill at the start of the second semester. They did not let COVID-19 slow them down in completing this unit. Students took beautiful photographs which have been showcased below on the Columbus Arts Council website. 📸

Click the headline of this post to view their photos.
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End of the Year Updates

Good Morning ACS Parents/Guardians,

It is so hard to believe that we are ending our 2019-2020 school year this way. Thank you all so much for going above and beyond as we made the transition to distance learning for our final quarter of this school year. We know how hard you have all worked, and we know that the efforts you have put in have helped ensure that our students continued learning and growing even though they were not physically in our schools.

Below you will find calendar information to end the school year as well as the schedule for drop off/pick up of any items that need to be returned/picked up to/from school [textbooks, library books, Catholic Relief Service (CSR rice bowls), harnesses, time capsules (3rd grade Prewitt), office paperwork, payments for outstanding balances, enrollment forms, etc.] Also, please follow the specific guidelines below to ensure safety of all.

May 11 - 15 Make up assignments as needed. Any assignments not completed by May 15th will be a zero. To reassure that your child(ren) does not have assignments to complete you are welcome to contact his or her teacher.

May 15 Virtual Field Day posted on our YouTube channel and Facebook. I will also send a text with link.

May 18 - May 22 Drop Off/Pick Up supplies following schedule below and guidelines

Monday, May 18 12:00 - 6:00 (Last Name A-C)

Tuesday, May 19 12:00 - 6:00 (Last Name D-H)

Wednesday, May 20 12:00 - 6:00 (Last Name I-P)

Thursday, May 21 12:00 - 6:00 (Last Name R-Z)

Friday, May 22 12:00 - 3:00 make up

Guidelines for drop off/pick up to ensure safety of all.

1.one adult only per family (no children)
2.a mask must be worn
3.enter using glass doors to the left of the main office doors, the doors that lead to the brick pathway to the gym (a sign will be posted)
4.use hand sanitizer upon entering
5.a safe distance of six feet needs to be kept at all times
6.drop office items in designated baskets and/or complete enrollment form
7.go to cafeteria and locate bag for pick up (tables are labeled with grade/teacher names and bags with last name)
8.drop off items in designated areas and/or tables where student bag was located
9.use hand sanitizer by exit doors located towards elementary building (previous office area) then exit through the gate

We miss all of you but to ensure the safety of all refrain from socializing. Thank you in advance for your cooperation to drop off/pick up materials in a timely and safe manner.

May 20 Talent Showcase, look for posts on Instagram and Facebook

May 21 8:30 Virtual Awards Day, I will email link out to video, Mrs. Ford will be emailing those of you whose child(ren) are receiving an award

May 22 8th grade slide show on YouTube, Facebook and annunciationcatholicschool.org, report cards emailed

You all remain in our thoughts and prayers, especially those essential, front line workers who continue to risk their own health for the health of others. We have so many helping professionals in our ACS family, and we are blessed to have you on this planet to do God's work. ACS family, stay safe, stay home, stay healthy and stay positive.

God is in Control!

Joni House

Principal Annunciation Catholic School
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Thinking of You!

Mrs. House and Father Jeffrey have a special message for all Annunciation School Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and extended ACS Family. Here's "Thinking of You". (Huge shout-out to Carlos Rosales and Roberto Rosales of CS Digital Productions for filming and editing this video.)

Click the headline, "Thinking of You" above to watch the video.
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COVID - 19 Update as of April 15, 2020

Dear Catholic School Parents,

First, thank you, for your ongoing support of the Catholic school your child(ren) attends. Your support allows us to partner with you in a new way to provide Catholic education to our 3661 students across the Diocese. Please know that we recognize the added burden the Distance Learning has placed upon you as parents. We know that across the Diocese we have families that represent those that are struggling financially due to lay- offs, juggling working from home while supervising your children, and others working in essential businesses and professions that require you to go to work each day facing the coronavirus head-on. We know this “new partnership in education” has added to the stress this pandemic has placed upon us all. Each school has kept learning going forward for their students. I have been pleased to see the daily prayer, faith formation lessons, and Lenten prayer experiences provided to your children. We believe the learning experiences infused with faith formation is what sets Catholic school education apart. Our hope is that during this difficult time, the added prayers and reflections provided to your families through student lessons and social media have been a source of spiritual support for your family.

Since March 13th with the first directive to schools regarding what is now the COVID-19 pandemic, Diocesan Office of Education staff and Catholic School Administrators across the Diocese have met weekly as schools have navigated the new reality of Distance Learning at each of our schools. Our teachers have worked hard to keep learning moving forward for your children. Thank you, teachers. As you know, what began as a 2-day closure to prepare after spring break quickly changed to extend the closure of schools through Friday, April 17. Along the way, we have monitored the announcements of the medical and governmental leadership. It became clear that we would likely not return to school to finish this school year. And, as you know the Governor announced yesterday that public schools would not return to the school building but would continue to provide distance learning. Because Bishop Kopacz and I, in consultation with diocesan and local school administrators, agree that it is in the best interest of our students, your families, our staff, or the community in which you live, the Diocese of Jackson Catholic School buildings will remain closed for instruction and will continue with distance learning to complete this academic school term.

In order to bring the school term to a successful end the following schedule will be followed:

▪ April 15 – May 8 ~ Daily distance learning instruction continues
▪ May 11 – May 15 ~ Students complete and submit assignments and assessments
▪ May 18 – May 21 ~ Books, technology, team uniforms, etc. will be collected in a manner determined and communicated by the local School Administrator.
▪ May 22 ~ Final report cards issued.

Local school administrators will continue to communicate with you as the school year continues.

Please be assured of the support of Bishop Kopacz, diocesan leadership, and especially the Office of Education staff. We continue to pray for you. May God bless your family during the Easter season,

Sincerely,

Catherine D. Cook, Ed. S Superintendent of Education
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COVID - 19 Update as of March 20

Good Afternoon Annunciation Catholic School Families,

Bishop Joseph Kopacz and Cathy Cook, Superintendent, conferred today regarding the recent executive order of Governor Reeves to close public schools across the state. They decided that it is in the best interest for the common good in our communities across the Diocese of Jackson that our Catholic Schools remain closed through April 17th. They will continue to monitor information regarding COVID-19, as well as, the recommendations and directives of national, state, and local government officials. You will be notified as additional decisions are made regarding our school.
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Distance Learning

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 progression in our state, learning will continue virtually and/or via tangible packets. Here is a list of how learning will take place:
pk Ferraez - email packets
pk Lamar - packets
Ford - email and packets
Donoho/Howell - email and packets
Colloredo - FACTS LMS
Browning - FACTS LMS 
Prewitt - Google Classroom
Moore - Google Classroom
5th - 8th - FACTS LMS 

Teachers will be contacting you with more details including how to get needed resources. Those classes utilizing FACTS Learning Management System (LMS) will include details on how to access LMS along with username and password information. Please contact your child's teacher if you have not received their individual log-in information. Please visit the parent tab at the top of the screen to go to the DISTANCE LEARNING page and there is access to links there.
Just a reminder this not an extension of spring break. Teachers and students are expected to be "reporting" for school on a daily basis, even if it is virtually or packets. Thank you for your continued support.  Keep doing your part to protect yourself and others by practicing social distancing.
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COVID - 19 Update as of March 17th

Dear Annunciation Catholic School families:

The decision has been made to close schools and early learning centers for the week of March 23-27. The following is a link to the letter from Bishop Kopacz (click the headline of this post) that announces the suspension of all Masses and parish activities at Catholic churches throughout the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 progression in our state and will determine on a week-by-week basis if schools/centers will be able to reopen the following week. Catholic School principals will communicate to you how remote learning will be implemented for your children.

Thank you for your continued support. Keep doing your part to protect yourself and others by practicing social distancing.

God bless you and your family.

Catherine D. Cook
Superintendent of Education • Diocese of Jackson
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COVID-19 Update

Update as of March 14, 2020

After consultation with medical and educational professionals and considering the recommendation of Governor Tate Reeves, the Diocese of Jackson Office of Education has revised the directive for the closing of schools and early learning centers to include the full week, Monday - Friday, March 16 - 20, 2020. Please be assured that we are monitoring this everchanging situation closely and will update you as decisions are made for the health and welfare of all. Thank you for your patience and support.
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Draw Down 2020 - Canceled

In order to continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID - 19, we have decided to cancel our 2020 Draw Down fundraiser event. According to the CDC and the ordinances put in place by the City of Columbus, no gatherings of ten or more individuals should take place until further notice. Those of you who have already purchased your tickets, thank you! You have several options for redemption of these tickets:
1. During these hard times we will happily accept your ticket purchase as a donation toward our school development fund, which you will receive an acknowledgment for from our Development
Office.
2. Your ticket purchase can be applied to existing tuition balance.
3. Your ticket purchase can be carried over for next year's Draw Down.

Unless we hear from you, your ticket purchase will be considered a donation. If you would like to choose options #2 or #3, please contact Jennifer Schippel at finance@annunciationcatholicschool.org no later than April 15th.

We continue to pray for healing and look forward to the time we can all be together again and continue our long standing-traditions.
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