On behalf of the staff at St. Anne Catholic School, I would like to welcome our new and returning families. We are excited to begin this year on Tuesday, September 8 and look forward to partnering with you this year in the growth, learning, and education of your child(ren). Pre-COVID-19 pandemic, we had planned to have a one-day orientation prior to the start of school. Families would come and meet the teachers, hear about the classroom schedules and curriculum, tour the classes, get information about PTO, volunteering, the lunch program, uniforms, and many other important school items. Due to the current restrictions, we will not be able to do that this year. We will also not be able to have a Back-to-School Night or Open House. Therefore, we decided instead to send out a welcome packet. Enclosed in this packet you will find a personal note from each teacher, information about the PTO, drop-off and pick-up procedures, uniforms, and other important things to know before the first day of school. Our Return to School protocol requires that we find ways to communicate differently. I ask that you please be patient with the St. Anne staff as we navigate this new situation and do our best to communicate everything needed for a successful school year. Never hesitate to call the school office or contact your child(ren)’s teacher(s) with any questions. We are all in this together, and through consistent communication, collaboration, and creativity, I feel confident that we will have a fantastic year!

In Christ’s love and grace, Mrs. Colleen Kotrba, Principal

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Welcome back to our returning families and a big hello to our new families! So much has been going on to prepare for your return keeping safety, education, and a sense of community at the front of our minds and hearts. Every year the start of school brings both excitement and some nervousness. This year may have a larger dose of both due to the pandemic and all the guidelines to help families. Yet, given the nature of our school, its size, and our recent history, we have proven that we are able to pivot quickly to whatever situations may arise and communicate those changes to our families for the good of all. We will continue to follow the metrics and guidelines of the Oregon Department of Education as well as that of the Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools. Of course, our hope is that all grades will have in-class instruction as the days and weeks progress. We pledge to do our part to make that a reality. On your part, I ask for your patience as we all learn new systems to make sure your family, our teachers, and our staff stay safe, grow in our faith, and maximize the learning opportunities given us. Please know of my ongoing prayers for this school year. It will be one to remember. Let us make it one of exceptional efforts to live out our mission of faith formation, scholarship, leadership, and service.

Blessings, Fr. William Holtzinger, Pastor