St. Anastasia Catholic School

629 Glen Flora Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085

St. Annie's Announcements - 2/15/18

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty ~ Pope Francis (from
Spring Conferences will be held on
Friday, March 2nd from 12:30-4:00PM.
Spring conferences are not mandatory and are either teacher suggested or parent suggested. If you would like to see your child's teacher, or they have requested to meet with you, please use the link below to sign up.
Tomorrow night (Friday) at People Choice Family Fun Center
from 5:00PM-9:00PM.
Flyers went home with students on this week.
It’s Girl Scouts Cookie Season!  
The St Annie’s Girl Scout Troop will be selling
cookies around town over the next 6 weeks! 
Can’t wait to get your hands on some Girl Scout cookies? 
They’ll be selling cookies after masses this weekend! 
Contact Marisol Aguayo at
 to place your order with our Girl Scouts.
Our4th annual theater residency for 1st – 8th 
graders and registration is now open!
Play practice will be Mon-Fri, March 12-16th 
with performances on March 16th and 17th . 
So mark your calendars for the week of March 12th 
and register your little actor/actress today! 
Open to all students, no past play experience required.
Lisa Jacobs, wife of Jim Jacobs, our band director, is willing to teach our students piano here at school on Friday afternoons.
For more information or if you are interested,
please contact Jim Jacobs.
Lessons will be $20 for 30 minutes.
Save the Date!  
Daughter/Daddy Dance is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st
 This event is hosted by our St Annie’s Girl Scout Troop.
Please complete your re-enrollment form for the upcoming school year and return to the school office with your
$100 family registration fee. The fee goes up May 1st.
If you are not planning on returning to St. Anastasia,
please let me know.
Please order lunches for March by TODAY
Next FRIDAY we will be awarding the next classroom prize for the most tickets sold! So get your tickets in by Friday (2/23) for your child's class to win an EXTRA PE PERIOD.
We NEED volunteers to help for pizza and hot dog lunch for the remainder of the year. If we do not have volunteers we will have to cancel the remaining lunches.
A special thank you to Mrs. Carina Vega who is running the program for us this year - but she cannot do it alone!
Please sign-up using the following link:
And don't forget about...
Before Christmas vacation, each family received five (5) tickets for the Ticket Full of Miracles raffle to take place during our St. Patrick's Day party in March. This year, tickets are only $20 each,
but the $10,000 grand prize is still in place!!
As part of your family obligation,
you have agreed to sell 5 tickets, for a total of $100.
If you do not sell your five tickets, you will be billed for any amount remaining. This agreement was part of your tuition contract as well as in the family handbook.
Please see attached letter for more information.
To get your tuition and/or AM extended care payments for the 2017 tax year, please follow the instructions attached.
Innovation Learning emailed their tax reports a few weeks ago, they were included in your last statement (dated 1/24) or you can pull a report on the parent portal - instructions below.
Reduce your Tuition w/SCRIP
 Don’t buy gift cards at CVS or Walmart, order them through our SCRIP program. The school receives a rebate for each gift card purchased and 50% of that rebate gets posted towards your tuition. Please read through the attached information and call Judy Galarza at 847-271-2036 to learn more about SCRIP.
-To order lunches, click here Boonli Lunch
Pizza/Hot Dog Day Forms
Looking to get involved in your child's school? FSA is in need of some new board members! What a great way to get involved and help plan fun activities that happen throughout the year.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped us this week with our different activities, from Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad, and our Staff Appreciation Luncheon to take place tomorrow. We truly appreciate all the help!!!
Basketball Season is winding down and Volleyball is just beginning: The following practice times have been set:
4/5/6 Boys - Mon/Wed 5:30-7PM
4/5th Girls - Thurs/Fri 3-4:30 PM
6th Girls - Thurs/Fri 6-7:30 PM
Saturday, 2/17/18 5th grade girls play at HOME @ 11:00 am 
Monday, 2/19/18 6th grade girls play at St. Gilbert in Grayslake @ 6:00 pm 
(charge at the door)
Saturday, 2/24/18 5th grade girls play at St. Joseph - Libertyville @ 12:00 pm
Monday, 2/26/18 6th grade girls play at HOME vs. HRK @ 5:30 pm (no charge at the door)
Tuesday, 2/27/18 JV Boys Volleyball play at HOME vs. St. Joes Libertyville @ 6:00 pm 
(no charge at the door)
Thursday, 2/28/18 6th grade girls @ HOME vs. St. Joseph - Libertyville @ 6:00 pm
 (no charge at the door) 
Thursday, 3/1/17 JV Boys Volleyball play @ St. Gilberts Grayslake @ 6:00 pm 
(charge at the door)
Saturday, 3/3/18 5th grade girls play at Prince of Peace in Lake Villa @ 10:00 am 
(charge at the door)
Wednesday, 3/7/18 JV Boys Volleyball @ Price of Peace in Lake VIlla @ 6:00 pm 
(charge at the door)
Thursday, 3/8/18 6th grade girls @ Frassati @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, 3/10/18 5th grade girls play at East Lake Academy in Lake Forest @ 1:00 pm
2/16 - Stations of the Cross 2:00
Family Fun Night - People's Choice
2/18 - 6th Grade Hosts the 11:00AM Mass
2/19 - No School (President's Day)
2/21 - Hot Dog Lunch
2/23 - Stations of the Cross
End of Trimester 2
With all the technology devices in the hands of our students, and all the media apps available to our students, it is imperative we keep on top of what our children/students are doing with technology. This section will be a resource for parents to learn more about digital citizenship so that together we can ensure our children/students are using technology safely.
Explaining the News to Our Kids
Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news -- and listen, too -- can help. By Caroline Knorr 10/2/2017
If it bleeds, it leads. The old newsroom adage about milking stories for sensationalism seems truer than ever today. And with technology doing the heavy lifting -- sending updates, tweets, posts, and breaking news alerts directly to our kids' phones -- we parents are often playing catch-up. Whether it's wall-to-wall coverage of the latest natural disaster, a horrific mass shooting, a suicide broadcast on social media, or a violent political rally, it's nearly impossible to keep the news at bay until you're able to figure out what to say. The bottom line is that elementary school-aged kids and some middle schoolers have trouble fully understanding news events. And though older teens are better able to understand current events, even they face challenges when it comes to sifting fact from opinion -- or misinformation.
No matter how old your kids are, threatening or upsetting news can affect them emotionally. Many can feel worried, frightened, angry, or even guilty. And these anxious feelings can last long after the news event is over. So what can you do as a parent to help your kids deal with all this information?
Addressing News and Current Events: Tips for all kids
Consider your own reactions. Your kids will look to the way you handle the news to determine their own approach. If you stay calm and rational, they will, too.
Take action. Depending on the issue and kids' ages, families can find ways to help those affected by the news. Kids can write postcards to politicians expressing their opinions; families can attend meetings or protests; kids can help assemble care packages or donate a portion of their allowance to a rescue/humanitarian effort. Check out websites that help kids do good.
Tips for kids under 7
Keep the news away. Turn off the TV and radio news at the top of the hour and half hour. Read the newspaper out of range of young eyes that can be frightened by the pictures (kids may respond strongly to pictures of other kids in jeopardy). Preschool kids don't need to see or hear about something that will only scare them silly, especially because they can easily confuse facts with fantasies or fears.  
Stress that your family is safe. At this age, kids are most concerned with your safety and separation from you. Try not to minimize or discount their concerns and fears, but reassure them by explaining all the protective measures that exist to keep them safe. If the news event happened far away, you can use the distance to reassure kids. For kids who live in areas where crime and violence is a very real threat, any news account of violence may trigger extra fear. If that happens, share a few age-appropriate tips for staying and feeling safe (being with an adult, keeping away from any police activity).
Be together. Though it's important to listen and not belittle their fears, distraction and physical comfort can go a long way. Snuggling up and watching something cheery or doing something fun together may be more effective than logical explanations about probabilities.
Tips for kids 8–12
Carefully consider your child's maturity and temperament. Many kids can handle a discussion of threatening events, but if your kids tend toward the sensitive side, be sure to keep them away from the TV news; repetitive images and stories can make dangers appear greater, more prevalent, and closer to home.
Be available for questions and conversation. At this age, many kids will see the morality of events in stark black-and-white terms and are in the process of developing their moral beliefs. You may have to explain the basics of prejudice, bias, and civil and religious strife. But be careful about making generalizations, since kids will take what you say to the bank. This is a good time to ask them what they know, since they'll probably have gotten their information from friends, and you may have to correct facts.
Talk about -- and filter -- news coverage. You might explain that even news programs compete for viewers, which sometimes affects content decisions. If you let your kids use the Internet, go online with them. Some of the pictures posted are simply grisly. Monitor where your kids are going, and set your URLs to open to non-news-based portals.
Tips for teens
Check in. Since, in many instances, teens will have absorbed the news independently of you, talking with them can offer great insights into their developing politics and their senses of justice and morality. It will also help you get a sense of what they already know or have learned about the situation from their own social networks. It will also give you the opportunity to throw your own insights into the mix (just don't dismiss theirs, since that will shut down the conversation immediately).
Let teens express themselves. Many teens will feel passionately about events and may even personalize them if someone they know has been directly affected. They'll also probably be aware that their own lives could be affected by violence. Try to address their concerns without dismissing or minimizing them. If you disagree with media portrayals, explain why so your teens can separate the mediums through which they absorb news from the messages conveyed.
For more information about internet safety and kids, go to Common Sense Media at There is a link to their website on the St. Anastasia home page.
Also, check out this new documentary about raising kids who will make an impact in today’s society:
The movie is showing February 27th and March 1st in select theaters.