This week, students in the St. Anne School Future Problem Solving program received their evaluations for their Qualifying Problem competition booklets under the topic of food loss and waste. The FPS coaching team is excited to once again represent St. Anne School at this year's 35th California Future Problem Solving State Bowl competition at the The Nueva School in San Mateo, CA from April 26- 28, 2019. Students will compete under the topic of stress and anxiety. Students will be competing for the chance to win first place in the junior, middle, individual, and MAGIC divisions, and represent the state of California at the international competition this June in Massachusetts.
This winter, St. Anne School grade 8 students took the national High School Placement Test (HSPT) for local private high schools and had great success. Overall, St. Anne students made huge gains in all areas of the test. The composite score increased significantly from last year to this year. Additionally, St. Anne students’ scores were reported higher in all test areas than Middle School students at other competitive schools.
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters sprung to life onstage in Seussical JR. last week. More than 80 Lower School students, directed by Danielle Melilli, transported audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus.
Last Tuesday and Thursday, grade 8 students had the unique opportunity to visit the County of Orange Superior Court of California in Santa Ana. The field studies included a tour of the courthouse, including a personal visit with Judge Gary Paer in his courtroom.
On Friday, March 8, Middle School students Dominic Collaro, Sofia O'Keefe, and Karen Tian, with their parents and their English teacher, Mr. Lay, attended the 20th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, “Purposeful Telling: Through Memory to Action” at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. Our student representatives expressed themselves in art (Karen Tian), poetry (Dominic Collaro), and prose (Sofia O'Keefe).
The St. Anne School FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team attended the Spring Showdown held last Saturday at LEGOLAND California. The team competed in programming robotic missions, core values, robot design and an on-the-spot challenge that could not be pre-programmed beforehand. The team came away with the second place trophy in robot programming from a field of 37 teams from Southern California.
St. Anne School once again has the great honor of receiving the 3Ts of Education grant through the Pacific Life Foundation. This program was set up by Pacific Life to benefit schools in the areas of faculty training, technology integration, and curriculum enhancement.
Last Friday, Pre-K through Middle School students came together for a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed Buddy Day. The grade 7 students visited their Pre-K buddies and explored in the classroom and created St. Patrick's Day crafts.
St. Anne School Kindergarten through grade 5 students were treated to a special performance last Friday by the acclaimed TaikoProject, an innovative taiko drummers group using the ancient Japanese form of percussion, performed modern and traditional drumming with an innovative aesthetic. Students also had the opportunity to perform alongside the group.
St. Anne ECDC celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with a fun day wearing pajamas and cooking green eggs and ham! The children practiced their fine motor skills by cracking eggs, counting, discovering color changes, predicting outcomes and charting their responses on whether or not they like green eggs and ham.
St. Anne School launched its first-ever after school guitar class. The class started in February, and so far the students have learned basic chords and strum patterns, as well as how to play several songs including “Eleanor Rigby,” “Hokey Pokey,” and “Yellow Submarine.”
Last Friday, grade 4 students participated in a really fun end-of-chapter activity utilizing their knowledge of fractions to bake cookies! They needed to simplify, add, and subtract fractions and mixed numbers from a recipe to know how much of each ingredient to add. Students worked in groups and were able to eat the product of their efforts.
Winner of the St. Anne School 2019 Middle School Geography Bee, Nate Minton, grade 7, is headed to the National Geographic California State GeoBee on Friday, March 29 in Fresno, Calif. Nate will compete against students in grades four through eight for a chance to win college scholarships and the opportunity to be named the National Geographic GeoBee Champion.
Parents voted and St. Anne School won Hulafrog’s Most Loved Private School for 2019! Hulafrog is the go-to website for kid-friendly activities and events around town. Winners were announced in February through a special newsletter and Facebook post that went out to all of Hulafrog’s parent subscribers and fans in the area.
Grade 7 students modeled different types of fossils during a unique fossil lab. The students formed models of cast fossils, mold fossils, and trace fossils using Play-doh and shells. Each student was responsible for making their own fossil models and documenting their work on their lab packet.
At the end of each semester, students in grades 6 through 8 are awarded academic awards, Honor Roll and Head of School Honors. For the fall 2018 semester, at total of 40 grade 6 students, 42 grade 7 students, and 45 grade 8 students made the Head of School Honors list; 10 grade 6 students, eight grade 7 students, and seven grade 8 students were awarded Honor Roll for the semester.
Grade 7 students in Mrs. Inlow's biology classes kicked off a new unit on Changes Over Time with a mini-project on the "Father of Evolution," Charles Darwin. Students had to collaborate and work together to research Charles Darwin, write a biography, find both positive and negative articles published about Darwin and his theory, annotate those articles, and present their findings on a PowerPoint, poster, or book format.
On February 10, 2019, six of Pack 872’s most senior members (the “Webelos II”) crossed the physical and spiritual bridge from the Cub Scout Pack into the Boy Scout Troop and earned the Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light award is the highest rank in Cub Scouts and achieving this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. This momentous occasion was the culmination of a long, difficult, fun, and rewarding journey of many years for: Jason Brown, Brody Church, Eric Fiore, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Martín Turnbull, and Felipe Moreno-Naya (present in spirit).
Kindergarten and grade 1 students were surprised by a pop-up STEM activity at their nutrition break today. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the students were challenged to a Cat-in-the-Hat building contest. Using their engineering skills in small groups, students worked together to see which team could build the tallest structure using only red and white plastic cups and notecards.
At our February 15 assembly, three St. Anne School grade 8 students were recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dana Point Post 9934 Chairman Jack Durish and Cmdr Wayne Yost for earning the top three places at the local level for the Patriot's Pen, a nationwide held writing contest. The three students, Sofia O'Keefe (First Place), Maggie Knauft (Second Place), and Ashley Mason (Third Place) were awarded a certificate, medal, and a monetary award.
Students, parents, faculty, and staff came together Monday morning to welcome Brian Williams of Think Kindness back to campus. In an amazing display of kindness and school community Mr. Williams officially named St. Anne School the “Kindest School in America.”
Throughout the school year, St. Anne students spend time in both social studies and N.O.W. Plus, learning about other cultures. This week, during N.O.W. Plus, grade 7 students were asked to share exactly who they are with others, by telling everyone about the country/countries of their heritage, bragging about their family history and/or their connection to historical figures (such as Austin Casdorph's relation to Founding Father George Washington), and sharing an item or tradition that illustrates those roots.
Through an engaging and interactive in-school field trip, grade 5 students had the opportunity to “Walk Through the American Revolution.” The educational presentation included friendly competition and a lively retelling of this important historical time. Students dressed in colonial wear that portrayed their assigned character, and brought props specific to their character.
This week, grade 8 students had the special opportunity to partake in their annual and traditional spiritual retreat as NET Ministries visited campus. This year, the focus of the retreat was "Fully Alive," and included games, activities, and talks geared at encouraging teens to always remember their lives have great purpose, and that God created everyone to be truly happy.
Studying math equations just got even more interesting. While studying for a chapter test, grade 6 students decided to change things up and incorporate a gallery walk. In pairs, the students solved an equation and then designed a short presentation to explain how to solve it. They used vocabulary such as " isolate the variable" and "inverse operations," then they started the gallery walk; one student gave the presentation while the other student walked around and listened to the other presenters. Then, everyone switched.
St. Anne School teacher Eric Hartman recently attended the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) conference, in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is a haven for thousands of educators who are on a mission to discover the knowledge and resources they need to engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity. Administrators, curriculum and technology leaders, teachers, librarians, and champions of ed tech all have an opportunity to discover innovative strategies and best practices for integrating technology into their schools, classrooms, and libraries.
Monday morning’s Parent Think Tank featuring Dr. Jacqueline Winkelmann was an amazing, thought-provoking discussion about the teen brain and the effects of vaping, cannabis, and prescription drug use. To access the recorded presentation, please log in to mySAS and go to the “Live Steam” tile.
Artwork from 29 St. Anne Middle School students has been selected for display at the 2019 Santa Margarita Catholic High School Junior and Senior High Art Show. The show is on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the SMCHS Library. Awards will be given out at promptly 6:30 p.m. to the first, second, and third place winners in each category. Even if you don’t have a student with work on display, all are welcome to attend the show.
Grade 2 students travelled to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles recently to explore bones of the triceratops, gems of the earth, and fossils galore! In the nature lab, students investigated some native fossils, animals, and plants of the Los Angeles area. Everyone had an amazing time culminating their science unit on fossils.
During the 18 weeks of Mr. Hartman's technology elective, students spend about 4 1/4 weeks learning about ethical hacking, also known as "white hat hacking," which refers to an ethical computer hacker, or a computer security expert, who specializes in penetration testing and in other testing methodologies that ensures the security of an organization's information systems.
Cub Scout Pack 872 kicked off a new calendar year full of Den and Pack activities with its annual Pinewood Derby race. This thrilling event gives Scouts the opportunity to build their own cars and fulfill their “need for speed” as their souped-up wooden vehicles hurtle down the track at speeds approaching 20 miles per hour! Scouts won all kinds of awards and trophies from best design to top speed. As you can see from the pictures, this is an event that will be long remembered by these young Scouts.
Today’s assembly recognized 35 outstanding St. Anne students as K-notable Knights. The K-notable Knights program encourages students to live out the Mission and Values on which St. Anne School was founded. Find out who were the effective communicators celebrated at the assembly.
St. Anne Middle School students dived into an in depth discussion on world religions last week with Mr. Matthew Zemanek, director of youth evangelization at St. Timothy's Parish. Using a balanced mix of historical and anthropological research, as well as personal testimony, Mr. Zemanek explained how he grew up in a Catholic family, but felt restless, so he decided to leave the faith to pursue his own journey and discernment.
This morning’s grade 3 through 5 talent show was a spectacular display of student flair. The show consisted of 22 students with a total of 18 acts from singing to dancing to piano performances, and a magic show.
As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration we had a Bible Verse Door Decorating Contest to celebrate our faith at St. Anne School. The winners will have a free dress day on Tuesday, February 26. Read more to see the list of winners.
The Kindness Initiative at St. Anne School includes offering students an opportunity to participate in some type of service or charitable collection at our school each month. Today our students joined with their buddies to make Valentine cards to show kindness to someone who may appreciate it. A portion of the cards will be delivered to the Marines at Camp Pendleton, and the rest will be delivered to the Illumination Foundation Children’s Resource Center in Stanton.
Students from grades 3 through 8 enjoyed STEM activities during their nutrition break on Friday in the daycare center as part of our Catholic Schools Week Celebration. Religion teacher, Mrs. Joyce; science teacher, Mrs. Kephart; and technology teacher, Mrs. Foley led the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities.
St. Anne School’s Annual Geography Bee included 12 passionate students competing against one another in the finale held in front of the entire Middle School last week. The participants included: Michael Renzulli, Hudson Powers, Jack Ebner, Jonas Mosley, Nate Minton, Hunter Melton, Uma Guerrero, Alejandro Turnbull, Colleen Aitken, Zachery Alderson, Katie Kraiss, and Nathan Chu.
Grade 7 students in Eric Hartman’s class are participating in The Climate Ambassador PBL (Project Based Learning) experience, which showcases student presentations, with a focus on climate change and topics such as deforestation, the greenhouse effect, fossil fuels, world oceans, and weather patterns such as floods and hurricanes. In addition to St. Anne—the only participating school from the United States—the project involves grade 8 and 9 students from 15 additional countries.
Grade 8 students in Mr. Wheat's NOW Plus class are beginning the annual St. Anne Shark Tank Project, in which students flex their entrepreneurial muscles by creating their own company that aims to solve problems in innovative ways in a variety of industries. Individually or in pairs, students will look for ways to create "a better mousetrap" that improves on existing products or services already out in the market.
Dressed in their best colonial clothes, grade 5 students took part in a wonderful experience last week that taught them about how people lived in the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. Students had the opportunity to learn how to design their own bar of soap, create a candle, make and dress a doll from corn husks, quilt a square for a blanket, bake cookies, form paper into art, draw a shield, create the first American Flag, dance a colonial reel, write with a feather quill, and learn some of the first American created games.
Grade 4 students and teachers recently visited Mission San Juan Capistrano and were given docent-led tours of the beautiful mission grounds. The tour allowed the students to hold real adobe bricks and find out how the Indians made them; touch an actual cow hide to understand the ranching part of mission life and the products they traded with others; and see the original bells that rang throughout the surrounding area to let the missionaries and Indians know when to eat and when Mass was starting.
St. Anne Lower School teachers Lisa Aguirre, Colleen Foley, and Lindsey Mastrangelo had the opportunity to attend the California League of Schools Technology Conference in Monterey. This was a professional development conference specifically tailored to educators, and offered a variety of presenters and tools to utilize in their classrooms with technology such as iPads, Chromebooks, and MacBooks.
Today, St. Anne School celebrated Buddy Day by creating kindness goals for the New Year. Buddies came together to discuss ways to be more kind at home, at school, and in the world. They then wrote their kindness goals on a heart that will be displayed on the Tree of Kindness in the gym.
Prior to Christmas break, grade 6 through 8 Spanish students wrote Cartas de Navidad, or Christmas cards, to the grade 4 and 5 Spanish students. Spanish student's really enjoyed giving and receiving cards from their very own "Clase de Español" pen pal for the entire month of December.
This Week at St. Anne
Monday, March 25
Mom’s in Prayer – 8 a.m. – Chapel
Tuesday, March 26
Battle of the Books Field Trip – 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (Book Club Members Only)
Middle School Orchestra Field Trip – 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Knott’s Berry Farm
If you plan on attending the biggest event of the school year, you must purchase your tickets before 11:59 p.m. tonight, March 22. Not sure who you’re sitting with? You can figure that out after you purchase your tickets—we just need to know by this Wednesday, March 27. Click here to purchase your tickets.
The Knights' Parent Association Board is looking to fill positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Every current parent is welcome to apply for any of the available positions, so please feel free to inquire and become a bigger part of our St. Anne School supporting board.
You’re invited to participate in the first St. Anne School beach clean up on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Doheny State Beach. Everyone from St. Anne School is encouraged to gather together to show kindness for God’s creation. Please meet at the Doheny State Beach Lifeguard Headquarters at 9 a.m. and bring along working gloves and a biodegradable trash bag (like a shopping bag). We will be cleaning the areas of Doheny’s main beach, in front of the campgrounds, and around San Juan Creek. Stay as long as you’d like. Feel free to wear your spirit wear. We’d love to see you there!
Former St. Anne School parent, Robert Krantz, is releasing a movie this weekend (3/15-3/17) at the Irvine Spectrum. The movie, "Faith, Hope & Love," is a faith-based romantic comedy written, produced, and directed by Mr. Krantz—who also acts in the movie. Currently, the movie will be released in 25 cities across the country. Check out the movie trailer!
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in Campus Ministry Youth Group meetings for faith-filled fun and fellowship! The next meeting will take place after school on Tuesday, March 26 from 3-4 p.m. Students in grades 4-5 are welcome to join Mrs. Dickmann in the MPR for Ignite, and students in grades 6-8 are welcome to join Ms. Dickinson and Mr. Ercoli for Christian Life Community in Ms. Dickinson’s classroom (B212). We hope to see you there!
You’re invited to “Mom's Night Out” hosted by the Festival of Knights committee on March 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Marbella Country Club. Click here to RSVP today. We will be accepting wine and spirit donations as the entrance fee to this event. Wine and spirits donations should be valued at $30 or more.