Love can mean different things to each one of us. We just celebrated a glorious Easter, where our Lord Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead. There can be no greater love than to give one's life for others. Jesus in his earthly life gave us the Greatest Commandment, which is “You shall love...God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength....You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31). Before his death on the cross, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34).
Jesus demonstrated for each one of us, the selfless act of love and how to love. He said that all the world would know who His disciples were by the love that they offered, the love that they showed. The virtue of love is the free self-giving of the heart to God and neighbor. Loving should be easy to do if we are true believers and followers of Jesus.
I have, however, been disappointed and saddened by the absence of love that I have seen exhibited by some of our students. One of the most beautiful forms of love is friendship. Friends care about each other. Jesus called his disciples friends, and shared with them the love of God.
My heart hurt when I recently heard about one of our students who had simply asked a question to fellow classmates about an assignment. This young person was then called 'dumb and stupid', told that they should 'pay better attention', and lastly was told 'no one cares if you don't understand something', all of this on social media for all to see.
Just another example is that of one of our students who I was told had no friends. I simply could not believe that one of students had no friends and no one to play with at recess. When I went out to recess, I expected to be doing the 'I told you so' dance..... until I saw this lonely soul sitting all alone, with no one to talk to. My heart overflowed with compassion. At that moment, at that recess, I was not the principal anymore. I became a friend; and we played.
We are all part of the body of Christ. When one of us hurts or suffers, we all hurt. We cannot talk about love with hollow words. If we do not embrace love, and practice it in all that we say and do, then are we really followers of Jesus? Are we truly the Catholic Christians that we profess to be?
This past week at our Wednesday liturgy, we were thrilled to welcome Father Burke Masters, who is the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Joliet, as well as the Chaplain for the Chicago Cubs. In his homily, he shared testimony of his journey from not even being Catholic, to receiving Holy Orders and becoming a Catholic Priest. What a story! There is an old saying that says, 'If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans'. Father Burke thought that he would marry and become a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox or the Chicago Cubs. This would be his vocation in life; however, in the silence of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, God spoke and Father Burke listened. He joked about still wearing white and black, just not on a White Sox uniform.
What impressed me most about Father Burke was the joy that he radiated in his priestly vocation. He was open to and accepting of God's plan for his life. So much so, that I and more than a few staff members and parents who also attended the mass were moved to tears. We all know that we can be better at our own life's vocation and the personal expression of our faith. Father Burke spent over an hour following mass speaking with our grade 5 through 8 students. I am sure that the students were not aware of what a busy man Father Burke is. No one would know, because of the kindness and love that he showed each and every one of them in the moment.
We all want that joy and love in our lives too. When we truly love the Lord - not just in words, but in our thoughts and actions toward God and others, then we will truly be followers and disciples of Christ. Our students and each one of us - parents, teachers and administrators - can work a little bit harder on that.
We hope that every one is planning on comming to see the Junior High Academy production of The Little Mermaid Jr. this Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, both performances at 7 pm. The students have been working very hard. Let's reward them with a full house and the support of our school community. If your student has never attended a theatre production, this would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce them to the wonderful world of musical theatre. We look forward to seeing everyone Under the Sea.
Our cast will be performing a little snippet of the musical for students tomorrow afternoon. We know that they will enjoy this teaser, so be sure to catch the entire show on Friday or Saturday night.
We hope that you are planning on joining us for an afternoon of fun at Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville from Noon to 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 30. This is an all ages event. The nice thing about coming to play at Players, is that it is the ultimate play date where you can come together with classmates and friends to enjoy the fun, but leave all the work to Players. There are age appropriate acivities for our youngest preschool students through junior high with segregated areas.
The cost is only $14 for one child, with a $25 max for 2 or more children. Registration is online, and couldn't be easier, but DON"T DELAY! The sign up deadline is Friday, April 21.
To register, please click on the following link: https://login.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=924&GroupID=230457.
Student Ambassadors are needed for Grandparents' Day. Any students who will not have a grandparent present on May 4, but will still be in attendance are warmly invited to serve as student ambassadors.
Ambassadors will serve as guides and helpers to our Grandparents' Day committee members, and also receive a special pin designating them as ambassadors. If your student is interested in serving, please contact Mrs. Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A farewell celebration has been planned for the Donovan family who will be relocating to North Carolina at the conclusion of this school year. All are invited to join us on Friday, April 28th for an Open House from 4-7 pm at Cress Creek Country Club, 1215 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville, 60563.
The Donovan's are a long time school family. This event has been planned to give everyone an opportunity to wish them the best as they get ready for their new home. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Contact Laurie Nirtaut at email@example.com or Amy Kiesler at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
SHPP our School Home Parish Partnership organization) needs you! Consider nominating yourself or someone you think would be a great fit for these positions that truly make a difference for our students and our school community. In addition to these positions, there are many ways to become involved with SHPP. Please consider sharing your time and talent. There are opportunities available for all levels of involvement.
Click here for the nomination form. Forms are also available in the school office. Please contact Mrs. Santos at (630) 961-6125, or email@example.com with any questions. Nomination forms are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, May 5.
We hope that you have saved the date and are planning to attend our 2nd Annual STEM Fest on Monday, May 8 from 6:30 - 8 pm. ASCA's STEM enrichment program needs a few good parent scientists, chemists, mathematicians, bankers, nutritionists, orthopedists, chemical engineers, marine biologists, astronomers, computer scientists, etc. We need enthusiastic and upbeat parents (or work colleagues) to present their STEM field to children through hands on activities. Adults will lead a 5-10 minute demo, and then allow for child interaction. If you are interested or know of an eager volunteer, please contact Dr. Deborah DeRosa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchase a Paver Brick to commemorate your child’s years at ASCA, or honor a special student, First Communion, graduation, teacher or coach! This is also a great way to memorialize a loved one, or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary with a gift that will last a lifetime.
The sponsorship of a Brick costs $175 for 6” x 6”, $250 for 6” x 12”, or $500 for 12” x 12”. Also, there are many religious and other icons available to enrich the message and appearance of paver bricks. Click here to view the icons.
Many Grandparents have shown interest in paver bricks to honor their family or an event, and we will have a St. Therese Plaza information table staffed by volunteers on Grandparents Day, as well.
For an order form and to see available icons, go to the St. Therese Plaza page on the ASCA website - http://www.ascacademy.org/SupportOurSchool/StThereseGraduatePlaza/tabid/106/Default.aspx. Please click here to see a copy of the brochure, which is also available in the school office.
All St. Therese Plaza order forms are due by Friday, June 2. Door 1 where the Plaza is located will become our main entrance in the 2017-2018 school year.
Because all accounts need to be paid in full before report cards/diplomas can be distributed, we will be going back to pre-billing for Extended Care for the last two weeks of school. If you pre-register and believe your child will be picked up by 4:00 pm, please note that on your registration form so that you get billed the proper amount. Pre-registration for the last two weeks of school for students in grades 1-7 will be due by the start of school on Thursday, May 18. For students In preschool, kindergarten and grade 8, that due date would be Thursday, May 11.
Any drop in service during your child’s last two weeks of school will need to be paid when your child is picked up from After Care or dropped off for Morning Care. You can submit payment by either check or cash along with the registration form.
Please note that the report cards/diplomas will be held for any student whose account is not in good standing. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Thomson at email@example.com.
This week an envelope will be sent home with a paper for your child to write a fan letter to their teacher. Please have your child write a note to their teacher and return it in the envelope we provided. Please have these back to the office no later than Friday, April 28. We will group them together and give them to the teachers on Fan Mail Day. If for some reason you do not get one please visit the school website where one will be available for you to print.
For more information about Teacher Appreciation Week, please click here to view the full flyer and schedule of events.
The deadline for teacher contributions is this coming Tuesday, April 25.
If you are a boy in preschool through grade 4 who is interested in scouting, there is a new member meeting for Pack 507 that will be held tonight - Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm at St. Margaret Mary, 1450 Green Trails Drive in Naperville. All are welcome!
The 3rd grade will be hosting a lollipop fundraiser “Spring into HOPE: Help Us LICK Cancer” in the safety zone after school on Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28th. They are raising money for Pancreatic Cancer, benefiting their selected philanthropy- The Lustgarten Foundation. They will be selling nut-free lollipops for $1.00. Make sure to look out for the posters for this event, they include pictures of the 3rd graders, 3rd grade teachers and even Mrs. Santos sticking out their tongues. Every dollar raised will go directly to Pancreatic Cancer research.
6C is collecting books during the week of April 24-28. Donate your new, slightly used books or audio books - please no textbooks or reference books. Proceeds collected from Half Price Books in Naperville will be donated to the Hogar del Porbre Orphanage in Mexico. Drop box locations can be found throughout the school with daily pickup.
All Saints Catholic Academy is excited to offer an opportunity to continue the fun from PE combined with a touch of grace for K-5 students. Under the instruction of Mr. Justin Busche, students will get the opportunity to enhance their learning of popular sports, fun activities and increased fitness with a focus on a Biblical theme each day. Think of it as one part Vacation Bible School, one part Fitness, one part Sports, and ten parts cool, all mixed in a blender for a week’s worth of FUN!!!
Who: Incoming Kindergarten – 5th grade students
What: Focus will be on a different activity each day
When: Monday, June 5th – Friday, June 9th and/or Monday, June 26th – Friday, June 30th
Time: K-2: 8:45 AM – 10:15 AM 3-5: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: All Saints Catholic Academy
Please click here for more information.
North Central College: https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/summercamps
YES Camp at Marmion Academy: http://www.marmion.org/s/1356/academy/index.aspx?sid=1356&gid=1&pgid=2319&cid=4419&ecid=4419&crid=0&calpgid=383&calcid=1152
Kaleidoscope Culture Camp: Click here for more information.
For Track & Field meet schedules please visit http://s-p-l.org/schedule.html
Parents of athletes, your assistance will be heavily relied upon at each meet. Please communication your availability to help with timing, scoring, measuring, etc. to the coaches. Track & Field is dependent upon the support of all registered parents.
2017-2018 SPORTS REGISTRATION IS OPEN April 20 – May 19th. If your child (current grades 4-7) has not participated previously, be sure to access the registration website at www.asca.SIPlay.com and establish an account. Please be sure to access your account and update your information (i.e. email contacts, sports physical information, PGC, etc) If you have questions, please email Erika Baka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST CHANCE….To purchase tickets for the ASAA sponsored Kentucky Derby Party on May 6th from 3:30 – 8:30 pm. Proceeds from this event will provide us the opportunity to purchase new volleyball uniforms. Be sure to come out and support this great cause! You can also click here for the flyer. This is an adults only event.
April 20 – May 19 2017-18 Sports Registration open on SIPlay.com
April 22 Track Meet @ Brooks Middle School
April 29 Track Meet @ Marmion Academy (Co-Hosted with St. James)
May 6 Co-ed Relays @ Marmion Academy
May 6 Kentucky Derby Party
May 13 Track Divisional Championships
May 20 Track League Championships
May 31 Track & Field Banquet