March 8, 2019

Annunciation School

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

March 8, 2019

This Week in Review:

Dear Families,

       Time flies when you’re having fun and such was the case this shortened but busy week at AES!  The students were entertained on Tuesday and Wednesday by the preview of Shrek which will open tonight here at school.  This musical will showcase the talent of many of our students while mesmerizing the audience at these sold out performances.

       Ash Wednesday began on March 6th and our Pre-K children were the first to receive ashes when Fr. Grippo and Fr. Kareem visited their classrooms.  Our K-8 students received their ashes at the 10:00 AM mass. 

       It has been customary to give up something during Lent.  However, this year Pope Francis has reminded the faithful to give up something for Lent only if it demonstrates compassion and enriches others.  Catholics should ask themselves, “Am I a hypocrite who smiles and then turns around to criticize and destroy with my tongue?” He said, “If, by the end of Lent, we are able to correct this a bit and not go around always criticizing others behind their backs, I assure you (the celebration of) Jesus’ resurrection will be more beautiful!”  We all need to reflect on these words of Pope Francis during this very holy time of year.

       Our Muffins with Moms event was enjoyed on Thursday by our Pre-K – Grade 1 classes. This educational and social program highlighted Amelia Earhart because we are celebrating Women’s History Month.  Hats off to Christine Downs who orchestrated this very special event! 

       Academically speaking…. our 8th graders were exposed to the rich tradition of Eastern Christianity by Mr. Brian Dorrian, their religion teacher.  One of the most recognizable hallmarks of Eastern Christianity is the use of religious icons in worship.  Eastern iconography is a wonderful expression of our Catholic faith.  Ms. Roseanne Ortiz, their art teacher, guided the students in a project to create their own religious icons, a wonderful cross-curricular activity.  Below are a few examples of their great work:

Kudos to Mr. Molina, Mr. Schultz and Ms. Suarez.  These dedicated teachers are still inviting students into school early to provide extra support.  AES students are truly blessed to have such dedicated professionals as teachers ! 
In closing, there will be drama…….. tonight and tomorrow night at the Annunciation School.  I am certain we cannot wait for this really big show to begin .
To the entire cast “Keep calm and break a leg!” To the audience ,” Our students all deserve a standing ovation!”

*** Stations of the Cross were scheduled this afternoon at 1:45 at the church.  Students in grades 2-8 will attend The Stations of the Cross, Fridays, during Lent and as always parents are invited to join. ***


Reminder ….. this Sunday, March 10th, Grade 6 is assigned at the Children’s Liturgy at Annunciation Church. 

Reminder ….. Kindly, return re-registrations forms.  The deadline is March 24th.


                                    Enjoy your weekend!

Next Week in Preview:

  • 3/10 – Daylight Saving Begins
  • 3/10 – Sunday  – Children’s Liturgy –  10AM – Grade 6

List of Current News Attachments:

  • March Madness Calendar & Ticket Form (2 pages)
  • Mother/Son Night Thank You
  • Movie Night Flyer
  • Stations of the Cross – (2 pages)
  • Upcoming Author Visits (4 pages)
  • Track Flyer
  • March Menu & Info (2 pages)
  • CYO Softball Registration 
  • Lip Sync Flyer & Order Form (2 pages)
  • Lip Sync DVD & Photo Order Form
  • St. Patrick’s Dinner/Dance Updated (2 pages)
  • Faith and Treasures Flyer
  • Faith & Treasure Sponsorship Form
  • Casino Night – Updated (2 pages)
  • Children’s Liturgy Family Mass Schedule

Best Regards,

Rose M. Ragone  

Educating Students in a Catholic Tradition of Excellence for 75 Years