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ONLINE BOOK FAIR! Nov. 4-17, 2020


St. Ann School invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from November 4-17, 2020. This year's event will feature a Virtual Fair walk-through so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience: Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and much more! All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don't miss these two weeks of events, fun and books. 
Click here to access the Virtual Book Fair. 


TRAVELING CHALICE FOR VOCATIONS, NOV. 1-7, 2020

National Vocation Awareness Week is Nov. 1-7, 2020. Please renew your commitment to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life by signing up for "Traveling Chalice For Vocations" at St. Ann Parish. If you haven't participated in the past or it's been a while since you participated, please take this opportunity to sign up and offer your prayers and support for those who are considering one of these vocations. CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO SIGN-UP.


COVID 19 UPDATE 

St. Ann School staff and parent advisors have worked diligently to explore and map out plans for the fall trimester. That planning process included coordination with the Diocese of Madison, the Stoughton Area School District and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as well as guidance from national, state and local health officials. Together, we have created a plan for managing a safe return to school in-person where/when possible. 

The Health and Safety Plan created by the St. Ann Health and Safety Team is a set of guidelines based on best practices that align with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the State Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Dane County Health Department (DCHD). As more information and data is shared, the Health and Safety Plan will evolve to meet current guidelines and recommendations. 

At St. Ann's we recognize the vital role that in-person instruction plays in the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of our children. At the same time, we also recognize that in order to learn effectively, the school building must be a safe place for both students and staff. Having healthy students and staff is critical to the quality of education children receive. 

If you have questions or would like more information about St. Ann's health & safety plans, please contact the school office with questions stanns@stanns-school.org.  

SAFE HALLOWEEN PARKING LOT EVENT
As always, the health and safety of our St. Ann School community is top of mind. We are working very hard to provide safe learning and enrichment activities while adhering to all state and local standards and requirements. To that end, St. Ann teachers and staff have designed an outdoor, no-contact Halloween celebration that will allow students to enjoy some of the traditional aspects of this holiday while, eliminating the risk associated with door-to-door trick-or-treating that has been discouraged by the CDC and Department of Health. Participation in the event is optional. The St. Ann Halloween Treat event will include the following precautions:

1. ATTENDANCE LIMITS - No more than 40 cars will be admitted at any one time to ensure parking is limited to every other stall.
2. MASKS REQUIRED - Regardless of costume, face masks that adhere to current safety requirements will be worn by all children & adults. 
3. ONE-WAY PATH - Children participating in the event will follow a one-way path through the parking lot. Pods will go through one-by-one and all groups will be staggered for times and space. 
4. TABLED TREATS - Treats will be placed on tables. 
5. TREAT DISTRIBUTION - Teachers with gloved hands will distribute treats into students' bags. Students will not grab their own treats. 
6. TREAT QUARANTINE - Parents are recommended to quarantine treat bags over the long weekend. 
7. DISTANT OBSERVATION - Parents who would like to observe will be asked to remain on the outer sidewalks, away from activity. 


COUNSELOR CORNER: 2020/21
Monica Mack, MSW, CC
St. Ann School Guidance Counselor


FUNDAMENTALS

Fundamentals are key when life is changing rapidly.

This is for the parents: With all the changes happening on a weekly and daily basis around us, with protocols for Covid19, schedules, and outside influences of life, it can seem at times, overwhelming. 

Here is the good news…When we focus on the things we Do have control over in life, we FEEL more in control of life.

What do we have control over? The fundamentals: Intention. Gratitude. Eating. Movement. Sleeping. Saying 'no' when needed.

Read COUNSELOR CORNER - OCT. 2020 to look at these through the lens of self-care because that is what we can control...

Lunch Schedule 

Monday, October 26, 2020
Hamburger or Cheeseburger (Zywicki, NEEDED)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Nacho Grande (Mueller, Sipe)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 
Roasted Chicken & Gravy (Williams, NEEDED)

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza (Jarmuz, Yahn)

Friday
No Lunch


Note: Names in parentheses indicate families scheduled for lunch/recess duty each day.

Mission Moments

MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL,
KARA ROISUM

Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. (1 Corinthians: 3:7) 

During the summer when I am able to take time off from school, one of my favorite hobbies is tending to my gardens. Ask me to dust, and I will find any excuse not to; ask me to pull up each tiny weed among my lilies, however, and I’m on it. I enjoy digging my hands deep into the soil, and I especially love how cathartic pulling out a stubborn weed feels. As I make my way along patches planting and tending to my flowers, I allow my mind to wander and rest in prayer.
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Information Worth Sharing:  Symptoms and Signs of Dyslexia

At a recent conference, Principal Kara Roisum heard a speaker who shared interesting and valuable information regarding the Symptoms and Signs of Dyslexia. Click on the video above, or the link below to learn more.
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Making a Difference

A core part of the St. Ann School curriculum is service to others. Students regularly engage in activities that highlight the importance of giving of oneself, as Jesus did, to show love and make the world a better place. 

Shining a Light on Our Students

St. Ann School creates a culture of excellence and promotes personal growth and development in all aspects of learning for students. Learn how one seventh grade student describes how her St. Ann's experience has helped her illuminate a path for her future. 

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Choosing Saint Ann School for Your Child

Selecting your child’s school environment is one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent. St. Ann School provides an excellent academic experience for your child, and it helps instill the family values you hold true: positive self-esteem, respect for others, a commitment to social justice and a personal relationship with God.

St. Ann School is a Catholic, parochial school, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. The staff of St. Ann School recognizes that each child, regardless of race, color or creed, is a unique individual created by God, loved and redeemed by Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. The school as a cooperative agent shares with the parents the responsibility of the child’s education.


Developing the Whole Person

Helping students to become all that God has called them to be in their spiritual, psychological, academic, social, cultural, physical and emotional development.

Creating a Caring Family Atmosphere

We create an atmosphere where students can demonstrate knowledge and mastery of age appropriate content; think critically, constructively and creatively; solve problems; communicate effectively; work collaboratively; be proficient in research and retrieval skills; employ logical decision-making skills and be involved in community service.

Instilling the Family Values You Hold True

St. Ann School provides an excellent academic experience for your child, and it helps instill the family values you hold true: positive self-esteem, respect for others, a commitment to social justice and a personal relationship with God.

Hear the Importance of our School from Saint Ann Graduates

“St. Ann’s isn’t just a school community – it’s a family.” The experiences that our students share with their peers and their teachers help to prepare them for success throughout their lives. Click the video above to hear directly from our alumni to hear more about the special environment at St. Ann School.

Mutual Support Between Parents and School Community

The goal of the St. Ann Home & School Association is to support communication and cooperation among parents, teachers and administration at St. Ann School. 

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 HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

The St. Ann Home & School Association coordinates the combined efforts of parents, families and school staff to support school activities and events related to the academic, social and spiritual development of children at St. Ann School and raises funds to support those efforts. Learn More.

EDUCATION COMMISSION 

The St. Ann School Education Commission provides the leadership necessary to ensure the total Christian development of the students of St. Ann School. The St. Ann School Education Commission is a consultative committee to the pastor and to the parish educational administrators. Members of the School Education Commission are asked to serve three year terms. Meetings are open to the parish community to attend. If you wish to present anything to the Commission, please contact any of the members one week in advance so your issue can be placed on the agenda.

Members of the Education Commission include: Leslie Andreska, Fr. Randy Budnar, Virginia Carrano, Kari Fernholz, Joe Karlen, Brian Mueller, Rustie Prechel, Lynn Wood,   Kara Roisum, Principal;  

SPIRITUAL COMMISSION 

Our Leadership Team

The faculty and staff of St. Ann School seek to create a caring family atmosphere in which students can demonstrate knowledge and mastery of age appropriate content; think critically, constructively and creatively; solve problems; communicate effectively; work collaboratively; be proficient in research and retrieval skills; employ logical decision-making skills and be involved in community service.

Meet Our Full Team
Mrs. Kara Roisum
Principal
Rev. Randy Budnar
Pastor
Mr. Russ Horton
Chair, Home & School Association

Our Address

324 N. Harrison St.
Stoughton, WI 53589

608-873-3343
stanns@stanns-school.org