February 8, 2019

Annunciation School

465 Westchester Avenue Crestwood, new York 10707 tel: (914) 337-8760 • fax: (914) 337-9978 school.annunciationcrestwood.com

February 8, 2019

This Week in Review:

Dear Families,         

          As we conclude the first full week of February, we highlight our most recent accomplishments :
  • Our 2nd grade children proudly celebrated their First Reconciliation last Saturday.  This memorable day was celebrated with their parents, siblings, teachers and our Parish priests at Fatima Church. Thanks to Fr. Grippo, the weather was perfect.  Every child at AES knows that God always listens when he prays about the weather!
  • Spring was in the air and outdoor recess was especially enjoyed at the start of the week.
  • Second quarter report cards were distributed and parents have an opportunity to meet with teachers next week to discuss academic progress in more detail.
  • A successful food drive concluded demonstrating that our families truly know how to give back to others who are less fortunate.
         Many of the students are looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day next Thursday.  It is for this reason that I share the following with you.


From a very popular story of St. Valentine, while he was imprisoned;

“Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?” Julia asked one day.

“Yes, my child, He hears each one.”

“Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I may see. I want so much to see everything you’ve told me about!”

“God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him,” Valentinus said.

“Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!” She knelt and grasped his hand.

They sat quietly together, each praying. Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison cell. Radiant, Julia screamed, “Valentinus, I can see! I can see!”

“Praise be to God!” Valentinus exclaimed, and he knelt in prayer.

On the eve of his death Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God. He signed it, “From your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 AD

It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.

                                                                  ~ Anonymous ~


       I think the message conveyed above is something worthwhile to share with our children.  Although we strive for academic excellence at AES, we also support the social-emotional development of our students.  Love thy neighbor as thyself is what Jesus taught us.  I promote that message daily as I conclude my morning message with, “Be kind to each other!”  Love and friendship need to be remembered every day of the year.

 Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you ………..

Next Week in Preview:

  • 2/12 – Tuesday – Parent/Teacher Conferences – (NO EXTENDED DAY)
  • 2/13 – Wednesday – daytime student assemblies on social media and internet safety (K-8) and evening parent workshop — Protecting Our Children in the Digital World from 6-7:30 in the gym.  Parents please mark your calendars.  
  • 2/14 – Thursday – St. Valentine’s Day

List of Current News Attachments:

  • Parent Workshop Flyer
  • Drama Tickets Order Form
  • Lip Sync Flyer & Order Form (2 pages)
  • Yearbook Order Form
  • Mother/Son Event Flyer
  • St. Mary’s Food Pantry Thank You
  • Muffins for Mom – Save the Date
  • St. Patrick’s Dinner/Dance 
  • Sports Camp Flyer
  • Latin Camp Flyer
  • Cookbook Flyer
  • Faith and Treasures Flyer
  • Lunch Menus & Signup info (2 pages)
  • February Lunch Duty Calendar 
  • Children’s Liturgy Family Mass Schedule

God Bless,

Rose M. Ragone  

Educating Students in a Catholic Tradition of Excellence for 75 Years