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Thursday, September 21, 2017

General Enrollment Questions

Q. Where do I get school uniforms?

A. SchoolBelles and Lands' End are All Saints preferred uniform providers.  Orders can be placed online at www.Schoolbelles.com (school code #2105), by phone (1-888-637-3037) or at https://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=900173949.  .

Q. Do students ever get out-of-uniform days?

A. There are occasions when students have the opportunity to earn an out-of-uniform pass, or a student participates in an Out of Uniform fundraiser.  Students may not use passes on mass or field trip days, and should wear school appropriate clothes.  Every Friday at All Saints is 'Spiritwear Friday' where our students and staff show their ASCA pride by wearing an All Saints top with their uniform bottom.  

Q. Can the school help me find other families to set up a carpool?

A. We can not assist families in setting up a carpool; however, they are welcome to use the online electronic school directory for help.

Q. What school supplies will my child need?

A. Grade-specific school supply lists are available on the school website.  Families have the option to order complete school supply kits which will be delivered to their child's homeroom at Meet and Greet Day in August.

Q. When can new families register for the upcoming school year?

A. New families can begin to register during Catholic School Week at the end of January.

Q. Does ASCA have a preschool program?

A. Yes, ASCA offers 3 year-old preschool and 4 year-old preschool programs.  Our programs a flexible and gives parents the choice of both full and half days, as well as extended care.  

Q. What is the class size?

A. The student parent ratio for 3 year olds is 12:1, and for 4 year olds - 15:1.  K-8 class sizes will not exceed 26 students per class.

Q. Is financial aid available?

A. Financial Aid may be available for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8.  For more information, see the school website, or contact the Director of Student Services at (630) 961-6125.  All financial aid applications should be completed by March 1st.

Fundraising Questions

Q. Is there a Fundraising Commitment at ASCA?

A. Yes. Each school family is also required to sign a fundraising commitment form annually.

Q. What is the Fundraising Commitment amount per Family?

A. The fundraising commitment for full day student families is $500 per family. The fundraising commitment for preschool families is $250 per family.

Q. What is the deadline to meet the Fundraising Commitment?

A. The Family Fundraising Commitment is due in full by April 1 of each school year.

Q. How can you earn credit towards the Fundraising obligation?

A. There are several ways that families can earn credit towards their fundraising obligation.

Some ways to meet this commitment in the past have included the purchasing of SCRIP gift cards, gift wrap purchases, or the donation of an item to our school auction.

Q. What is the Scrip Program?

A. The Scrip program offers one way to help ASCA families meet their fundraising commitments. Each week, families may order pre-paid cards for use at local and national stores, including groceries, gas stations, department stores, home improvement stores, restaurants and more. ASCA receives a percentage of the purchase price of the card, and that amount is applied toward the family fundraising commitment. Once the fundraising commitment is reached, 50 percent of any additional Scrip revenue is applied directly to the family’s tuition. 

School Involvement Questions

Q. Can I work in my child’s classroom?

A. Yes, parents who have completed the Protecting God’s Children program and a background check are welcome to volunteer at school. Teachers will coordinate classroom help.

Q. What other ways can I help at school?

A. Parent volunteers who have completed Protecting God’s Children training and a background check are needed during school hours to help in a variety of ways, such as in the nurse’s office, school office, library, at recess, in the cafeteria at lunch, and on special projects during the school year. 

Q. How can I be involved outside of school hours?

A. There are many volunteer opportunities with flexible hours, in the evenings and on weekends. Parents are needed as coaches for sports teams, scout leaders, Booster Club members, School Board committees Dinner Dance Auction committees and participants in the School Home Parish Partnership (SHPP). SHPP organizes social activities, community outreach, faith formation, families helping families, staff appreciation, the Scrip fundraising program and catholic Schools Week celebrations. 

Q. How do I sign up to volunteer?

A. See the Volunteer Booklet for volunteer opportunities.Return the completed form to the school. A certificate of completion from Protecting God’s Children training and a background check are required prior to volunteering in a role involving direct contact with children.

Q. What is Protecting God’s Children?

A. It is a national program to help churches, schools and other organizations refine their roles as child-safe environments by teaching adults tools to help protect children. In order to volunteer at All Saints Catholic Academy, adults are required to attend a Protecting God’s Children training class. The three-hour class is offered periodically during the school year at locations throughout the diocese. Go to www.dioceseofjolliet.org/protecting.asp for a workshop schedule or for more information.

Q. When are school masses held?

A. School masses are held Wednesday mornings and on Holy Days at 8:15 a.m. in the gymnasium. Join other parents in praying the rosary at 7:50 am in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Reflection Chapel before mass.

Q. Can I sit with my child at school mass?

A. No, students sit with their classes. The bleachers are designated for parent and visitor seating. All are welcome to join us in our liturgical celebrations.  

Q. What is Meet and Greet?

A. Meet and Greet is an evening in August just before the start of school which offers the All Saints Catholic Academy family the opportunity to get back together and celebrate the upcoming school year. Returning students can re-connect with friends and new students can meet their classmates. Families and staff can relax and enjoy being back together, and students may visit their classrooms and meet their new teachers for the coming year.

Q. I’ve seen All Saints magnets, window decals and clothing. How can I buy these?

A. Spirit wear and spirit item orders are made occasionally during the school year. Decals and magnets may be purchased in the school office.

Q. What school committees are available?

A. There are several committees available for parents to get involved. They include: The Education Committee, The Technology Committee, The Finance Committee, The Marketing/Communication Committee, and The Operations and Facilities Committee. In addition, SHPP (School Home Parish Partnership) also has a full set of committees.

Q. How can I stay informed on all the current events for ASCA?

A. The All Saints website www.ascacademy.org  contains a wealth of information, as well as a calendar. 

School Curriculum Questions

Q. How do I contact my child’s teacher?

A. Teachers can be contacted by e-mail or by leaving a message with the school office. Teacher e-mail addresses are thier first initial last name@ascacademy.org.

Q. What are the Academy transition years?

A. The transition years, both academically and socially, occur in grades 3 and 6, when the children transition from the Primary Academy to the Intermediate Academy (Grade 3) and from the Intermediate Academy to the Junior High Academy (Grade 6).

Q. Why are we using the University of Chicago Everyday Math program rather than a more traditional math program?

A. A committee examined math programs for a year before selecting Everyday Math. The research is strong that this is a superior way to learn math. Please see http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/index.shtml for specific research and parent connections.

Q. How much homework is expected per night at each grade level? On average, 10 minutes per grade per night is expected.

Kindergarten Practice

1st Grade 10 minutes

2nd Grade 20 minutes

3rd Grade 30 minutes

4th Grade 40 minutes

5th Grade 50 minutes

6th Grade 60 minutes

7th Grade 70 minutes

8th Grade 80 minutes

Q. What is the purpose of the Mad Minute?

A. The Mad Minute is a timed math proficiency test in the four functions (+, -, x, ÷). It is used to develop mental mastery of math facts and to supplement to the Everyday Math program. This allows practice on more traditional math computation. The Mad Minute is used in first through fourth grade.

Q. What standardized testing methods does ASCA and the Diocese of Joliet use?

A. For Grades K-2, ASCA uses two assessments, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and AIMSweb. DIBELS and AIMSweb are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development (meaning kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades). The measure is designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading, early reading skills and math skills.

For Grades 3-8, ASCA uses the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and CogAT assessments. These scores are intended to be used for curriculum planning and decisions on a student’s individual programming. Our school finds these results very important and we are proud of the fine job that our students did. You have given us good learners and they have proven that with their fine test results. The Diocese of Joliet does not post scores by individual school but rather by the entire diocese. The purpose for testing as stated is not for competition between schools but rather seeking our individual bests. Please see www.dioceseofjoliet.org for recent scores.

Q. Where can I go to get more information on Curriculum related topics?

A. Curriculum information can also be found on the school website under the Curriculum tab.

Q. What is a Differentiated Instruction? How can I learn more?

A. Differentiation is a teaching technique to address different learning styles and abilities. We are learning more everyday how to better meet students needs. Please visit www.caroltomlinson.com  to learn more.

Q. What is ASCA doing to provide extra help for children who need it?

A. All Saints has a resource staff for math and reading. Also District 203 offers direct services for qualified students.

Q. What is ASCA doing to provide enrichment to gifted students?

A. ASCA seeks to meet these needs through differentiation within the classroom. Students in the 95th percentile do have some special programming, as needed.

All Saints has a gifted student program for grades K-8.  Grade 3-8 students qualify based on their standardized test scores.  We also offer qualified students an accelerated math program in grades 4 – 8.

Q. Who do I contact if I have concerns about curriculum related topics?

A. Start with your teacher and follow-up with the principal if needed. As a reminder, part of signing the handbook includes the FOCUS document from the Diocese of Joliet. This document outlines the appropriate communication channels, and can be found on the school website under the Facts and Forms tab.

Q. Does ASCA have the ability for parents to go to the school’s website and get info on their child’s work so they can follow along and keep up with what they are working on and how they are doing?

A. This only pertains to grades 6 – 8. Parents of Junior High Academy Parents can view this online grading information via SchoolSpeak, our online student data base. 

Q. What is ASCA’s approach to science?

A. ASCA science program is problem-based, interactive, and scientific focused. Research is strong that problem-based learning is most effective in science. Illinois Math and Science Academy advised us to select and implement a problem-based program.

Q. How does ASCA teach about the sacraments? How does that relate to the sacrament preparation we do at the parishes? Why can’t the children make their First Communion together at the school?

A. Sacraments are a function of the child’s parish. We do prepare students and offer catechesis. Once the students receive their First Communion, we have a wonderful celebration here at the school for our students.

Q. What sports and activities are available?

A. Students in grades 5 and above can participate. Fall sports include cross country and volleyball. Basketball is the winter sport.  Track and Field is the spring sport.

 

After-school activities include:

We also have Girl Scouts, and a Competitive Chess and Math Team, a school choir, and a spring musical.  Boy Scouts is offered through our parishes.  Piano, Voice, Band and Orchestra lessons are offered during the school day.

Text Books

Lunch/Snacks Questions

Q. How do I order hot lunch for my child?

A. Hot lunches are provided by Pancake Cafe, and are ordered monthly.  Every Wednesday is Pizza Wednesday, with ice cream cups available for purchase.  

Q. Can my student pack a lunch and buy milk at school?

A. Yes; milk is available daily.

Q. Is there a daily snack time? 

A. Classroom teachers will advise parents if there is snack time in their classrooms. Snacks are to be healthy, should not include beverages, and must be in accordance with the approved school snack list.

Inclement Weather/School Closings Questions

Q. Does ASCA conduct fire drills and emergency evacuation procedures?

A. Yes. Regular fire drills are required by state law and are conducted at All Saints Catholic Academy. Tornado, emergency, severe weather and lockdown drills are also held. Safety and emergency exits are posted and explained to students.

Q. What is the procedure for school lineup due to inclement weather?

A. Generally, lineup is held outside. In inclement weather such as rain or when the temperature is below 20 degrees with the wind chill, the students will line up inside the school.

Q. Is there outside recess during inclement weather?

A. In inclement weather such as rain or when the temperature is below 20 degrees, the students will not have outdoor recess.

Q. How can I find out if ASCA is closed due to the weather?

A. School closing information for All Saints Catholic Academy will be communicated via the following methods:

  • automated outcall via phone
  • email
  • posting on the home page of the school website
  • TV / radio emergency school closing list
  • school phone message update

As a general rule. if District 203 closes, ASCA will also close.

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