December 7, 2018

Annunciation School

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

December 7, 2018

This Week in Review:

Dear Families,     


“When December comes, can “The Nutcracker” be far behind?  No, it can’t—-not in America, anyway”

            ~Robert Gottlieb~


       Yes, of course we are all enjoying the gaiety of the Christmas season.  Our classrooms have Advent wreaths in place, our teachers are beginning to decorate with wreaths, holly, Christmas trees and naturally…… the elf!  Our halls are alive with the sound of music, thanks to Fr. Kareem who practices with the students after school.

       Yet, this is a school and so reading, writing and arithmetic are still very much a part of the school day.  I was invited to Mrs. Cucuzza’s kindergarten class yesterday and the children enthusiastically read to me.  They were so proud of themselves and I was so proud of them!  It is refreshing to see students truly embrace a love for learning! 

       Our 4th graders enjoyed a class trip to see “The Grinch.”  Following that the students then completed a written reflection on the true meaning of the Christmas season.  Their teachers, Mrs. Perich and Ms. Donnelly stated that the children’s responses confirmed that they truly grasped the meaning of this spiritual holiday. 

       The 6th grade students in Mrs. Hollywood’s ELA class have been working on Christmas stories. The students collaborated in small groups, chose a Christmas theme and created a story.  The students used Google Slides on their Chromebooks and added animations and pictures.  The students are looking forward to sharing these stories with the Kindergarten classes on December 19th

       Ms. Geraghty and I were invited into Mrs. Dentini’s 5th grade class this week to observe students individually present their expertise in sports, music, baking and arts and crafts.  This was the culmination after the students wrote narratives to develop experiences using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. (5.W.3)

       Let me tell you ……there is some real talent here at AES!!!!!!

       Week 1 of Advent concluded with the prayer of Hope read to the children every day. The prayer for Week 2, that will be shared with the students, is entitled Peace.  Additionally, please remember to go to mass tomorrow in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which is interestingly a public holiday in Italy and schools and most businesses are closed.

       Keep the magic of this holiday alive this week-end by sharing the story of Father Christmas that I am including in the attachments. I hope you and your family enjoy it!


Next Week in Preview:

12/11 – Tuesday – Sibling Applications Due (Pre-K 3&4, Kindergarten)
12/13 – Thursday – Christmas Boutique – (Children’s order form/envelope sent home 12/10)
12/14  – Friday – Christmas Boutique

List of Current News Attachments:

  • Latin Mass for Our Lady
  • St. Nicholas/Father Christmas Flyers
  • Christmas Boutique 
  • Polar Express 
  • Christmas Around the World Flyer
  • Catholic Underground (2 pages)
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Cardinal McCloskey Toy Drive (2 Pages)
  • Youth Ministry Mustard Seed Flyer
  • Almost New Year’s Eve Flyer (updated)
  • Second Grade CYO Basketball Clinic 
  • Hot Lunch Info and December Menu ( 2 pages)
  • Mock Trial  Flyer
  • Stew Leonard’s Gift Cards Flyer
  • Children’s Liturgy Family Mass Schedule
  • Yearbook Flyers (4 pages)


Enjoy your weekend!

Best Regards,
Rose M. Ragone  

Educating Students in a Catholic Tradition of Excellence for 75 Years