December 14, 2018

Annunciation School

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

December 14, 2018

This Week in Review:

Dear Families,              

        If any of you are planning to buy a Christmas tree this weekend, you might ask your children where the Christmas Tree came from.  The following story can be shared with your children:

Where Did the Christmas Tree Come From?

       For thousands of years, the evergreen tree has been a sign of hope and life. For ancient people, it was a reminder in the winter that sunlight and good weather would come again. For Christians, it’s a reminder that Jesus came to bring us the hope of eternal life.        While sixteenth century Germans are said to be the first people to bring Christmas trees into their homes, St. Boniface, an eighth century Catholic missionary to the Germans, is credited with creating the first Christmas tree. This happened one Christmas Eve when he chopped down a large oak tree that the Germans used for pagan worship. He pointed to a nearby evergreen tree, saying that it rep­resented peace and eternal life. He told the crowd of Germans to gather around evergreen trees in their homes in a spirit of kindness and love, to commemorate the child Jesus.        In the early 1800s, German settlers brought the Christmas tree tradition to Pennsylvania. The rest of America adopted the tradition in 1846, and slowly but surely the Christmas tree gained popularity.        Now, Christmas trees are seen in homes and on display all over the world. Their beauty and light re­mind us of the hope we have in Jesus. Please take note of these few reminders:

  • Grandparents are invited to attend the dress rehearsal at 1:15 in the church on Thursday 12/20.  Students in grades K and 4-8 also attend the dress rehearsal. Tickets for the concert will be sent home on Tuesday.
  • Parents/sitters: please do not block resident driveways when picking up or dropping off students.  We received a few calls that our neighbors cannot get out and into their driveways.  Thank you for being considerate.
  • This is the last week of after school clubs.  
  • Uniforms:  Liebman’s carries a heavy winter tight for girls.  They have plenty in stock and will deliver directly to the school. During these cold winter days, this will certainly keep them warm.  
  • Dress code policy: please refer to the handbook regarding nail polish, hair styles, and hair accessories. 
  • Last chance for the toy drive collection is Monday.  Thank you as always for your generosity.  See attached flyer for donation suggestions.

Preparations are underway for HSA’s Almost New Year’s Eve 2019. Don’t forget to get your RSVPs in before the break. If you would like to join the committee and/or are able to donate a dish, please contact Melissa or Michele (see attachments below for details). Thank you to students who collected $300.00 this month for the Missions.  This money will be used to purchase toys and gifts for the Cardinal McCloskey toy drive.

God bless their kind hearts and generosity!  

Next Week in Preview:

12/20 – Thursday – Christmas Concerts: Grades Pre-K & K 9AM (Gym), Grades 1-3 7PM (Church) 12/21 – Friday  – FULL DAY of SCHOOL – 10AM Mass – Students may dress up (Sunday best) – Christmas Around the World Celebration – Parents invited to visit classrooms 1:15PM – Polar Express Pajama Party 6PM (Gym)

List of Current News Attachments:

  • Christmas Concert Information
  • Father/Daughter Dance Thank You
  • Polar Express 
  • Christmas Around the World Flyer
  • Almost New Year’s Eve Flyer
  • Second Grade CYO Basketball Clinic 
  • Mock Trial  Flyer
  • Children’s Liturgy Family Mass Schedule
  • Yearbook Flyers (4 pages)
  • Luminaria Candles Flyer
  • Christmas Collection Letter

Enjoy your weekend!

Best Regards, Rose M. Ragone  

Educating Students in a Catholic Tradition of Excellence for 75 Years