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Letter from Mr. McKenna

Dear Saint Ann Families,

 

As I reflect upon the 2016 – 2017 School year, I am filled with a sense of joy and gratitude. I am grateful to each of you for entrusting your children to the Saint Ann School staff to continue the spiritual and educational formation that you began as their first teachers. Your participation as our educational partners will help us to continue to grow as a vital learning community. I am grateful to our teachers who strive for academic excellence as they model the Gospel values to you, your children and one another. I am grateful for the many service projects completed by our students in hopes of reaching out to help those in need. In general, I thank God for all that has been and I look forward to all that will be during the 2017 – 2018 school year.

We are all so proud of our Eighth Graders who have reached another milestone in their lives. It gives us great joy to see them grow and mature in their lives and in their faith. We want to encourage all of our graduates to follow their hearts. Remember to work hard and treat everyone the way they would like to be treated. Listen and respect those you come in contact with as you will never know what you may learn or how you may impact another person’s life. Regarding your goals, strive towards them and make them happen as we know you can do it! You are special and important . God loves you, and if you ask, He will lead and direct your life. We pray for God’s continued blessings as our graduates begin new chapters in their lives. Thank you for your leadership, and know that we will miss you all very much. Congratulations!

As this school year comes to an end, we must take a special moment to bid a fond farewell to our Saint Ann students and staff members who will be leaving us this year.

Thankfully, most of our teachers and staff will be returning in the fall, however Mrs. Ginny Kulak, after 27 years of service to our school will be retiring. Mrs. Kulak has done much to enhance the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of children over the past several years and whether it was as a Religious Education Teacher, an Afterschool Director, or a Classroom Learning Assistant, she always did her job well and with enthusiasm. Best wishes to you Mrs. Kulak and know that we will miss you very much. Mrs. Jill Carlin will be leaving us after three years of service to our students in grades K & 2. We thank her for her dedication and hard work. We truly appreciate all that she has contributed to our school. Miss Elizabeth Downs will be leaving her

Third Graders and traveling to the Boston area where she will be attending classes an for an 18 month Masters Program which she will be attending in the fall. Ms. Erika Barash, our Grade 5 Teacher will also be leaving us to pursue other goals in the world of Education. We wish these teachers nothing but the best, and want them to know that they will be missed by all of us here at Saint Ann’s. We send them off with our prayers, love and support. We know we have rooted them firmly in Christ at Saint Ann School, and now we give them their wings to continue to be like Jesus and be about the Lord’s work wherever He will lead them.

Thanks go out to our parent volunteers who support the school in so many ways. Whether it was coordinating and selling super dollars, volunteering in the lunch room, chaperoning a field trip, coaching a team, or a number of many other possibilities… I thank everyone who has given of their time, talents and treasures to support and improve our school. We could not possibly operate without the support of our parents and volunteers who give with a generous loving heart.

Thank you to everyone for this wonderful school year. Saint Ann School is blessed with kind and caring students, supportive parents, a very dedicated and committed teaching

and support staff, dedicated PTA, and committed School Board. This combination along with our very supportive Pastoral Team has made our year very rewarding and enjoyable.

On behalf of everyone here at school, I pray that your time with families and friends this summer is safe and enjoyable. I also want to encourage each of our families to take time for “spiritual renewal” as well. Taking time to have the family pray, meditate and engage in evening talks about our days and “where we saw God today” can bring a spiritual tone

to all that we do. It can also help make everyone aware of our goal to love each other and enjoy our time together. Have a wonderful and restful summer!

Class Dismissed!

Have a Great Summer,

J.McKenna

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Day 2017

Parents, alumni and friends of the school came in for the morning to be a part of Career Day. The middle school students rotated between speakers listening to presentations and asking question. We are lucky enough to be able to host such wide diversity of careers to share with our students. Careers touched upon were marketing, nursing, law, engineering, fashion, architecture, finance, TV production and the Peace Corp. Check out the pics!

STREAM in Action

 

STREAM in Action…
The project began in Technology, with Mrs. Smith. The task? Create a 3D Maze in Makers Empire and turn it into a 2D maze that students can program a SPRK Ball to follow. It was quite a task that required creativity, spatial skills, math skills, and teamwork. Before any academic challenges were given, students learned how to use Makers Empire, which is a program that allows students to create a 3D object that can be printed on a 3D printer. It’s very similar to the video game Minecraft in that the basic units for constructions are blocks, so some students very easily learned how to use the Makers Empire program. They also learned how to use SPRK Balls with a program called Lightning Lab. SPRK Balls are spheres that can be programmed to do a variety of actions through coding on Lightning Lab, which is on a Samsung Tablet. Once students learned the pre-requisite skills for using Makers Empire and SPRK Balls, Mrs. Daniel taught students the math skills for translating a 3D maze onto a 2D sheet of graph paper, as well as how to scale that maze up to a life-size version so that they could draw a 3 feet by 3 feet maze that the SPRK Ball would travel on. Even though students only have Technology once a week, they were able to work on their math, technology, and engineering skills in Science Class with Mrs. Daniel on select days the last few weeks. Mrs. Smith will 3D print some of the students’ mazes from Makers Empire. Though students found some components of the project to be challenging, there definitely was sense of accomplishment by the time students drew out their life-size mazes and saw all of the math and hard work come together to something more tangible. On Tuesday, April 11, students will be testing their SPRK Ball Mazes to see how accurate all of their calculations were.  Take a look at the photos.

St. Ann Students have an alternative field trip with NASA

In conjunction with the STREAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Program, students in grades 4 – 8 had the exciting opportunity to Skype with Astronaut Sunita Williams.

 

Sunita L. Williams (Suni) was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998 and is a veteran of two space missions Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33. She is currently assigned to the cadre of astronauts training to fly the initial test flights for America’s first commercially built spacecraft the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon. She and her crewmates are working closely with the commercial providers to develop their new spacecraft systems, which will eventually provide round-trip crew transportation services to the International Space Station beginning in 2017.