News & Notes
St. Ann’s School has received a wonderful opportunity to have up to $10,000 in funds matched by The Prone Family Foundation, which will be earmarked for the Monsignor Healy St. Ann School Scholarship program. The scholarship program awards grants those who have a strong desire for a Catholic education, but limited financial means.
We hope you will consider contributing to the fund as a way to help others receive a solid Catholic Education at St. Ann’s. Your gift will double in size! All donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to the Monsignor
Healy St. Ann School Scholarship Fund and directed to either Virginia Carrano in the school office or to Shaun Kleitsch in the parish office.
The Prone Family Foundation was created by the late Attorney Joseph G. Prone, a Harvard Law School graduate and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel who believed passionately in the importance of a strong education. During his lifetime, Mr. Prone provided scholarships to hundreds of deserving students in his hometown of Lawrence, MA and in communities across the country.
Last Wednesday, the Self-Study Visiting Team finished its assessment of St. Ann’s for the WRISA Accreditation. Thanks to all of you who helped make this process work smoothly, especially the H&S Committee for providing snacks and dinner, as well as the parents, parishioners and council members who took the time Tuesday to meet with the team. At the conclusion of their visit, Connie Stark, Principal of St. John the Baptist in Waunakee, presented us with a letter from the team, summarizing their observations and conclusions. For many of us, the letter was testimony to the mission and commitment the teachers and staff and parents have to our school and the kids we serve each day. Rather than attempt to summarize its contents, I thought it would be more fitting to share this letter with all of you:
SELF STUDY PROCESS Conclusions
It has been our honor and privilege to be part of the Visiting Team for St. Ann School. We have enjoyed our visit, meeting staff, students, parents and parishioners, and touring the beautiful facility. It is very apparent that God has bountifully blessed this parish for continuing the work of Christ through educating the youth in your school.
We have read and studied the Self Study and supporting documents and have worked diligently to verify your work. It is very obvious to the team that this body of work, though completed carefully and completely, does not embody the true spirit of your school. How hard to put on paper the inviting, compassionate, posi- tive school climate. You need to be here to experience the warm, caring relationships between staff mem- bers. You need to talk to the students to realize how safe and loved they feel. You need to hear parents speak about their support and gratitude that they feel when they send their precious children into your capable care each day. You need to see the pride in the eyes of your pastor, who knows how hard all of you work.
It is also very difficult to put into a report the amount of time and care that is taken by the teaching staff to prepare lessons that are interesting, challenging and diverse to meet the needs and abilities of the students. You have to see how all the staff members interact with every child, supporting and nurturing them regard- less of age and grade level. From the administrative staff, to the teaching assistants, to the kitchen crew and maintenance staff; all know that they are an important part of the process of educating, supporting and nurturing all the children. The students hare are very lucky to be so well tended and loved.
The report that will be submitted will validate your hard work. There will be some challenges ahead; as there should be in order for your school to continue to grow and thrive. As a team, we are very confident that all of you will be able to take these recommendations; incorporate them into your long range plan and continue your excellent work.
The Visiting Team Members are very grateful to the staff, families and parishioners of St. Ann Parish and School for their warm reception. It has been an honor to be here, and we wish all of you continued success in continuing the work of Christ in providing a quality Catholic School education for the children of St. Ann Parish.
God’s Blessings Be With You All,
Connie Stark, Team Chairperson
Dan Brandt, Team Member
Abbie Statz, team Member
Theresa Stanek-Noble, Team Member
ORDER YOUR ST. ANN LOGO WEAR
Some stylish new items featuring the St. Ann’s logo are now available for purchase and/or ordering. While not required, logo wear and/or nice dress items are encouraged for all students for Friday Masses. See several youth and adult options along with the order form here or stop by the school office for forms and to see sample items in a variety of sizes and styles for both boys and girls. If you have questions or would like to place an order, please contact Lynn Wood