We welcome you to St. Anastasia Catholic school where we believe each child is unique. We aim to meet spiritual, academic, emotional, physical and aesthetic needs by educating the whole student in a Christian environment. Our goal is to develop the highest academic standards to reach the potential of each individual. As our mission states, St. Anastasia guides us to develop our hearts and minds to become successful and productive individuals having a full appreciation of our roles as followers of Christ and servers to others. We would love for you to be a part of our St. Anastasia family!
Mrs. Betty Jodzio
On June 12, 1954, Bishop James Byrne blessed the cornerstone of the first Catholic school in Hutchinson.
The school was dedicated on August 29, 1954, and the doors were opened for students on September 8, 1954. A dream came true as the first Catholic school in Hutchinson became a reality. It was, most proud parishioners agreed, a beautiful four-room school built under the direction of the Rev. Marion Casey and staffed by Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph, MN. During the first 45 years, numerous Benedictine nuns dedicated service to the parish. An important part of the philosophy then and now is that religious and moral values, for which the school exists, must be interwoven into the curriculum.
In a few short years, the Glen Street school became inadequate for the needs of the parish.
A basement classroom and a classroom in the church sacristy helped alleviate the overcrowding for a short time. Along with the crowded classrooms, there was also the problem of lack of a play area. Plans for a new School Building Appeal were formulated in the fall of 1949 by a committee under the guidance of the Rev. John C. Ward, pastor. Groundbreaking of 15 acres of land on Lake Street took place on April 4, 1960, and a new school and parish center were built.
The new school was a “U-shaped” structure with a combination gymnasium -auditorium serving as the church enclosed the center. There were 12 classrooms. For the first ten years, until construction of the present parish duplex in 1970, the north wing of the facility served as home for the Sisters. Also included in the school building were a cafeteria-kitchen area, principal’s office, library, and several other rooms now used for miscellaneous purposes.
In the early years of St. Anastasia Catholic School, all students were encouraged to attend Mass every morning. Now, there is a school Mass once a week. Students are involved with the liturgy, with the classes taking turns serving in various ministry roles.
In 1981, the Board of Education voted to begin a Kindergarten class. Twenty-three students enrolled in the 1983-84 school year.
The school is currently staffed by lay teachers. There are 67 students in grades K-6 for the 2021-2022 school year.
St. Anastasia Catholic School is subject to accreditation by the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association.
Each year, the following must be completed:
- Plans and goals must be submitted for the upcoming school year.
- Plans and goals set for the previous school year must be addressed and justified.
- Documentation of successful completion of goals must be submitted.
- Student progress must be reported.
- Staffing qualifications must be submitted and be within accrediting requirements.
Every seven years, an accrediting team visits the school to help with long-range goal setting and to review accuracy of an in-depth accrediting document. Interviews, building and programming reviews are done on-site.
The last in-depth accrediting review was completed in December, 2018. Documentation of our 2018 accreditation status can be found in the school office and is available for review upon request.
With over 300 donations, we raised over $46,000 with 100% going directly to the school! Thank you to our parish family, school family, alumni, friends & businesses for generously supporting our school through prayers and donations.
The Marathon fundraiser occurs each fall at St. Anastasia Catholic School. Students ask friends, neighbors, relatives and local businesses for monetary pledges. The entire school, joined by many parents, friends, staff and siblings, walk our marathon route. This is the biggest fundraiser that St. Anastasia Catholic School does annually. It helps raise money as well as awareness for our school.
Scrip – Fundraising While You Shop!
The SCRIP program lets people buy gift cards to area businesses at face value, and provides St. Anastasia Catholic School with a percentage of the profits. Parents are able to use a percentage of the SCRIP cards to defer tuition costs. Those with children attending St. Anastasia School or St. Anastasia Religious Ed. Program may participate in this program. A portion of the profit generated by your family’s purchases is credited to your tuition for the next fiscal/school year. For example, purchases made now until May 31st will be credited to the next school year. Family and friends can participate as well. Download and print the SCRIP form.
- Give MN: An online giving option. On November 19th, 2020 donations will be matched up to $10,000 by other businesses. Your donations can start on November 1st and will be matched until November 14th. Give online at www.GiveMN.org.
- Catholic United Financial Raffle: In the winter, St. Anastasia Catholic School students sell raffle tickets for $5.00 for a chance of winning cash or prizes. 100% of the money raised by St. Anastasia Catholic School students stays at our school.
- Fat Tuesday: Families may give a free-will donation to the school for the meal that is provided at our Fat Tuesday celebration.
- Gift Baskets: In this Home and School sponsored event, students sell tickets for a chance to win one of several baskets. Gift baskets in the past have included “Gift Cards,” “His,” “Hers,” and “Game Night.” Event will be held in the spring.
- Kids Garage Sale: In this Home and School sponsored fundraiser in May, items are donated, and then sold in a giant garage sale of kids items where most of the items are marked at 25 cents.
- Knights of Columbus & Basketball Breakfasts: Families work at these Sunday morning breakfasts and the proceeds go to St. Anastasia Catholic School.
- Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: Volunteers attend the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry and sell raffle tickets for chances to win prizes.
- Scholastic Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair takes place during conferences. Families may purchase books, and the profits go to the St. Anastasia Catholic School library. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/findafair .
- Playground: In the fall of 2021 we were offered a $25,000 matching challenge grant opportunity through the Schulze Family Foundation, to put towards a new and improved playground.The new playground will feature play areas for the different age groups that encompass our school and daycare programs, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. The equipment selected will enhance the educational experience for students at the school. It will encourage social, emotional, language, cognitive, and physical skill development. Our fundraising goal for this project is $150,000. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about this project, click here.