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Catholic Schools Week

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 21st - 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 non uniform pass for Monday, January 22nd for those who attend Mass in their school uniform.

January 28th - In Our Parish - 8:45 Pancake Breakfast at the Annunciation Catholic Church Activities Center - Breakfast ticket order forms will go home Monday in brown envelopes. We encourage all students and families to come enjoy a great breakfast and good fellowship. This event is hosted by the Knights of Columbus benefiting ACS . Your student has been working on special projects that will be on display this day.
10:30 Mass at Annunciation Catholic Church - Students will be given the opportunity to participate in the liturgy, as well as receive a non uniform pass for Monday, February 5th for those who attend Mass in their school uniform.

January 29th - 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.
1:30 Catholic Schools Week kick-off celebration and FOAM PIT - Students will gather in the gym to hear some inspirational words of wisdom from Fr. Jeffrey and a little something special by our faculty and staff. Immediately following, students will go outside to enjoy a refreshing run through the foam. If you would like to volunteer for this please contact Katie Fenstermacher. Students will need a change of clothes this day. We do not anticipate that the students will get very wet, but their clothes may get a little damp from the foam and we don't want them to get cold in the car line.

January 30th - In Our Nation - Students and invited guests will gather in the gym at 8:45 a.m. for an assembly which will include a guest speaker and a short musical performance by some of our students. Following the assembly, at 9:15 students and guests will line up for our second annual In Our Nation Day Parade at 9:30. Parents and military guests are welcome to walk with us or enjoy the parade from our front lawn. After the parade, military guests and the students who invited them, will be escorted to the reception area for coffee and donuts. Parents interested in volunteering on this day please contact Katie Fenstermacher or your child's teacher. We need lots of help getting this event information out to the public!

January 31st - 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 1st - 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! Please notify the school office if your child(ren)'s grandparent contact information has changed by Wednesday, January 10th. Invitations will be mailed soon!

February 2nd - In Our Students - This is a non uniform day! Students will begin the day with a school-wide field trip to GT Lanes for a bowling and bounce bonanza! We will need parent help on this day! Contact your child's teacher if you would like to accompany your child's class. Unfortunately, due to a lack in lane availability, parents will not be able to participate in the bowling. Students will return to school by lunch time. No Ants Picnic will not continue due to the lack of accommodations in the gym for all to enjoy and be safe.

February 3rd - 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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Feasibility Study Results

We have received the final report on the feasibility study conducted by Guidance In Giving, Inc. Please click on the headline to read the full report.

Thank you for your advice and counsel throughout this study. To achieve the full potential of a capital campaign, it will take a collaborative effort on the part of all; school families, school supporters, and parishioners.

We look forward what the future holds for our school!
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ACS students are the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge champs for the 5th consecutive year!

ACS is the top school in the state for the fifth year in a row in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Our students rock! Overall, our school logged 672,794 reading minutes and finished in the top 40 worldwide. We are so proud of our students, and all of their hard work! Just because summer is over, doesn't mean you should stop reading. Keep up the good work! Representatives from Scholastic visited our campus on November 8th to present us with our official award plaque and banner. A huge thank you goes out to our librarian, Mrs. Doumit, for coordinating this program every year.
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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 28th visit www.igivecatholic.org and search for Annunciation Catholic School. Please consider giving a minimum donation of $25.
Out of town or busy on #GivingTuesday, November 28th? No problem! Schedule your gift (beginning November 10th) by visiting http://iGiveCatholic.org and your card will be automatically charged on #GivingTuesday, November 28th!
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Red Ribbon Week Schedule

Monday, October 23rd – Team Up Against Drugs & Bullying - Wear your favorite team gear! (Uniform bottoms must be worn. Girls can wear cheer leading outfits with bloomers.)

Tuesday, October 24th – Sock it to Drugs & Bullying! Wear crazy socks.

Wednesday, October 25th – Red Out Drugs & Bullying - Wear Red. (This is a non-uniform day.)

Thursday, October 26th – “PAWS”itively Against Drugs & Bullying - Bring an item for the Columbus/Lowndes Humane Society.

Friday, October 27th – Say “BOO” to Drugs & Bullying - Wear your Halloween costume for the Halloween parade at 2:00 p.m. (nothing scary and no weapons of any kind).
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Save the Date for the ACS Annual Art Auction

On October 27th, we will hold our Annual Art Auction with a Fall Into Art theme at the Trotter Convention Center. The funds raised by this event will support our commitment to providing the highest quality education possible for our students. We ask that you participate by selling raffle tickets, selling event tickets, donating a silent auction item, sponsoring the event, and/or by simply giving your time to help set-up, clean-up, etc. Forms to sponsor the event and donate an auction item went home in brown envelopes on Wednesday. There is an extra incentive for parents; for every 2 sponsorships you sell, you will receive 1 hour of volunteer credit.  

Your first opportunity to get involved is by selling raffle tickets, which went home in the brown envelopes on August 28th. The first drawing will be held at Concert on the Green, and the prize is a FitBit Charge II donated by the Floor Gallery. You must be present to win.  The grand prize drawings will take place the night of the Art Auction. Grand Prize #1 is a Nikon Camera with Photography Lessons by Katie McDill. Grand Prize #2 is one semester of free tuition for one child. You do not have to be present to win at the Grand Prize drawings. 

Raffle tickets sold prior to September 14th should be turned in to the office for the first drawing. Other tickets should be turned in to the office by October 25th. The student/family with the most ticket sales will win a $100 gift certificate to the Uniform Company. If you need additional raffle tickets, please contact the office.

It's never too early to buy your event tickets. The order form also went home in brown envelopes on Wednesday.
 
For more information, contact Katie at acsmarketing@cableone.net. Click the headline for more information.
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Concert on the Green

All ACS families are invited to our annual Concert on the Green, Thursday, September 14th at 5:30. Bring a picnic and enjoy fellowship and music. Don't forget your cash because we will have $2 snow cones for dessert and Art Auction Shirts will go on sale that night. We will be selling raffle tickets and raffling off a FitBit Chart 2, donated by the Floor Gallery. It's a great time all around!
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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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