Philosophy

St. Anne Catholic School partners with families to create an environment based on our Catholic principles of love, peace, and justice in which all children can grow to their fullest potential as faith-filled, responsible, well-rounded citizens and life-long learners. This is accomplished through active community participation between families, students, and staff, a strong educational foundation, and ongoing faith formation.

MISSION

St. Anne Catholic School is committed to faith formation, scholarship, leadership and service according to our Catholic values.

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School History

St. Anne Catholic School was founded in 1992 by St. Anne Catholic Church parishioners who wanted to offer a strong academic education supported by Christian values and principles for the children of the community. The school began as two classes, one first grade class and one combined second/third grade class, with a total enrollment of 38 students. Each year a new class was added. Several years later a new wing was built adding five classrooms and a library and computer lab. Today, St. Anne Catholic School is a thriving community of 82 students offering educational opportunities for children 3 years of age through 5th grade. St. Anne offers an after-school program for preschool through elementary ages as well as a full-day summer program.

A Message From the Principal

Dear St. Anne Catholic School Parents, Guardians, and Parishioners,

Happy summer to you all! We pray you have enjoyed the outdoors this summer with family and friends, staying healthy and distancing appropriately! Many exciting things are happening at St. Anne Catholic School and we are eager to share them with you. As we draw closer to the start of a new school year, we are continually amazed at the blessings that God has given us. 

We currently have full classes in kindergarten and the 4th/5th class with students on a waiting list. We are still giving tours and speaking with prospective families. We are excited to announce the addition of a new teacher, Katie Alderman, who will be teaching 2nd and 3rd grade students. We continue to be blessed with donations and grants to help with the budget. And more than that, we are excited to welcome back our returning St. Anne families.

In this unprecedented time, things often change daily. With the new school year approaching, we are busy planning and preparing for the education of our students whether it be in person, online, or a combination thereof. Thanks to our Return to School Committee, we have the protocol in place for bringing our students back to school safely. We are very grateful to Shawna Prestianni, Fr. Bill, Stephen Voehl, Susan Hermes, Eileen Amaranthus, Dr. Sharon Forde, Dr. Judy Black, Juliet Fisher, Kathy Johnson, Cathleen Price and Kim Bath for their hard work and dedication.

With our emergency child care license, we have been able to offer child care throughout the summer. This license will extend into the school year covering our ECE program and the Just 5 class as well as allowing us to continue to offer after-school child care and child care on select no-school days. This is a valuable service to our families and we are thankful to be able to continue these programs.

Josephine County is currently on track to meet the standard that would allow our kindergarten through 3rd grade students to attend school in person with the appropriate protocol in place. We are praying that this will be the case even as we plan for the very real possibility that our 4th and 5th grade students will be receiving comprehensive distance learning until such time as we meet the standard to bring them back to campus also. On Monday, August 24, the state and county metrics will be released that will let us know for sure if kindergarten through 3rd grade will be able to start the year on campus. 

The teachers will be returning to work on Monday, August 24, in order to have plenty of time to finalize the Comprehensive Distance Learning plan, prepare for student in-person instruction under the Return to School protocol, and anything else that may come our way. Please join the St. Anne family in prayer for the decrease in COVID-19 cases, increase in successful medical treatments, the social and emotional health of our students during this difficult time, and for the staff, students, and parents as we prepare for the new school year. 

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! 

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family with his love and grace,

Mrs. Colleen Kotrba

St. Anne School’s rigorous curriculum that promotes active learning and critical thinking, along with the teachers who have created a collaborative learning environment, prepared my children to be successful in high school and college.

~ Susan, parent