St. Ann Weekly Newsletter

December 7, 2018

Holy Day of Obligation

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Saturday, December 8th. Because this is a holy day of obligation, St. Ann Church will be having a vigil Mass at 7pm on Friday, December 7th. There will also be Mass at 9am on Saturday.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Students in grades 3-8 will participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation on the morning of Tuesday, December 11th. Reconciliation for the adults in our community will be held at 10:30 after the students. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas program, featuring the musical and acting talents of all our students, will take place on December 10th at 6:30 pm. It will be held in the social hall. Mrs. Carter has sent home a letter this week detailing the attire for the program.

 Make Up Pictures

If your child was absent on picture day this week, the day for having those pictures made up is December 11th. Students will need to wear their Mass uniforms if they are having their pictures taken that day.

Excessive Absences and Tardies

Please be mindful of what the St. Ann School handbook says about tardiness. The bell to start the day rings at 8:10. Students are marked tardy when they arrive to school after 8:15. Every 5 tardies is marked as 1 absence. We have noticed that students have become increasingly tardy and absent from school. It truly hinders the education process when this happens and can lead to more serious consequences when it comes to the end of the school year and determining grade placement for the next year.

Junior Beta Club News

Inductions into the St. Ann chapter of the National Junior Beta Club will take place on Thursday, December 13th after the 9:00 Mass.

Junior Beta Club members will be selling candy grams from December 10-14. Each candy gram costs 25 cents and will be delivered to students on December 18th.

8th Grade Class Fundraising Events

In an effort to raise money for their trip to Washington, D.C. in May, the 8th grade class will be hosting the following events:

Christmas Dance: December 14-- 6:00 p.m. to 9:00.p.m.

Defy (Gravity) Fayetteville at Westwood Shopping Center: December 17-- 6:00 p.m. to 8:00.p.m.

Las Posadas

As is the tradition at St. Ann each Christmas, St. Ann will be celebrating Las Posadas on December 18th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

*School will dismiss at 11:30 that day--with NO after care available that day.

Barnes & Noble!
We had such a great turnout at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair! Thank you for coming out on a rainy Saturday to support St. Ann! A special thank you to our chorus, band and Mrs. Carter for taking time out of their day  to perform for all did wonderfully! We raised $878 in a B&N gift card, which will be used for the school!

Volunteer Opportunity!
Lunch & Recess Duty for our Teachers! Let's let them enjoy a nice Christmas lunch together on Thursday, December 13th. We are still in need of 3 volunteers for the following time slots: 
(3) Pre-K - 1st grade - Lunch, Recess and Classroom Duty - 1040 - 1215
 - 1045  Lunch Duty
 - 1120 Recess Duty
 - 1145 Classroom Duty (end at 1215)
(4) 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th - Classroom, Lunch & Recess Duty - 1055 - 1215
 - 1100 Classroom Duty
 - 1120 Lunch Duty
-  1145 Recess Duty (end at 1215)
(2) Middle School Classroom & Lunch Duty - 1055 - 1215
 - 1100 Classroom Duty
 - 1145 Lunch Duty (end at 1215)

Penny War Finale!
Penny War Winners!
Most points accumulated: 6th grade - Chick-fil-A Treat cards & Dress Down Day on December 18th
Best decorated: 5th grade - Dairy Queen Ice Cream Party & Dress Down Day on December 18th
Heaviest bunker: 2nd grade - Dairy Queen Ice Cream Party & Dress Down Day on December 18th

Fun Fact: There were 42,286 pennies collected...WOW!

Well done everyone! Thank you to all of our students, teachers, parents and parishioners who participated in our 2018 Penny War event!! A big shout out to Mr. and Mrs. Wenthur for organizing this awesome event!!

Safe Environment Training
Why do I need Safe Environment Training?
Any person who works with children in any capacity in the Diocese of Raleigh SHOULD have completed Safe Environment training.  Any person who is going to work with/supervise children alone MUST have completed the course.
This training will be held this Saturday, December 8 from 1000 - 12PM in the Social Hall. To register, please email

SVO Used Clothing Closet Hours:
We now have set hours for requesting in person used uniforms from the Clothing Closet. If you need to make an in-person request or purchase please go to the front office and see Mrs. Carr on Wednesday's from 0800 - 0830. You can also make requests via email at Go to and login to download the Clothing Closet Request form. You will find the form under SVO Clothing Closet on the main menu bar SVO Clothing Closet Request Form.pdf