Saints Speak - April 6, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

The Power of Prayer

Two of our amazing junior high teachers, Maria Kazlauskas and Kathy Moore, brought a new idea to us that they learned about at an in-service that they attended at the beginning of the school year.  They were very excited to introduce a new prayer initiative called the 'Power of Prayer' this Lenten season.  Six of our 8th grade students were chosen to become leaders, and attended training at the Catholic Schools Office.  The students' instructions were to go back to their school and share the lessons that were built around a book entitled Dear Pope Francis - The Pope Answers Lettersfrom Children Around the World by Pope Francis. The students visited each homeroom in pairs to introduce the program that included a PowerPoint presentation, with each talk taking about 15-20 minutes.  

 

Students who decided to participate in the program have been meeting in McSherry Hall during their lunch recess with their student leaders every Thursday during Lent.  I would like to commend these student leaders for stepping forward in this spiritual leadership role.   One of our kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Hauser, shared the following about her students and their feelings about attending the Power of Prayer sessions:  'My students absolutely love this! The past 2 weeks, every one of my students attended...they will be so sad when it is over:(  Thank you for providing this wonderful opportunity for the students  :)

 

The student leaders had an opportunity to attend a Devotional Closing Mass with the Bishop this past week.  The Bishop encouraged these young men and women  to continue their spiritual leadership as they leave their elementary schools and continue on to high school.  While the academics that our children are learning here at ASCA are excellent and important, the young women and men that are being formed by Christ and in Christ to become His loving hands, feet and hearts here on Earth is even more important.  Thank you to our student leaders. Thank you also to our students who said 'yes' to deepening their prayer lives, and as a result, were spiritually fed this Lent.   Some thoughts shared by our prayer leaders at our school mass this past Wednesday in the Communion Reflection:

 

Many of you from Kindergarten up to 5th grade have joined us in a special journey this Lent in a prayer group called the Power of Prayer.  Our group has been praying for each and everyone of you.  We have been praying for the students, the teachers and the families of All Saints Catholic Academy.  The group was inspired by a book written by Pope Francis.  Children from around the world wrote letters asking the Pope questions.  The book is filled with his responses.  Reading this book with your family would be an excellent way to spend the rest of Lent.

 

This Lent has given us the opportunity to experience God's grace which supports and nurtures our faith.  We have had an opportuntiy to raise money for the childen in the orphanage in Mexico.  Our service projects have helped us surpass our goals.  We are now only days away from Palm Sunday that begins the holiest week of our year.  Our last few days of Lent leads us to the Triduum.... from sundown on Holy Thursday through sundown on Easter Sunday.  These days are not meant to stand alone, rather they are one great celebration and vigil that we keep, a time that strengthens our faith.  And this all comes to a conclusion on Jesus's glorious resurrection, Easter! 
 

If you are not aware of Pope Francis' book, I highly recommend it.  Let me share one of the tender questions from a child named Luca, and our Holy Father's response:

 

Dear Pope Francis,

My Mum is in Heaven.  Will she grow angel wings?

 

Dear Luca,

No, no. no!  Your mom is in heaven - beautiful, splendid, and full of light.  She hasn't grown wings.  She is still your mom, the person you know, but she is more radiant than everl.  And she watches you and smiles at you as her son.  Your mom is happy whenever she sees you behaving well.  And if you don't behave, she still loves you and asks Jesus to help you become a better person.  

Think of your mother like this:  beautiful, smiling and full of love for you.

Francis

 

Saints News

Resurrection Egg Sale

Deadline to turn in your orders is Friday, April 7.  Click here for the order form!

 

2017-2018 School Calendar 

Please click here to view our 2017-2018 School Calendar. 

 

Family Fundraising Obligation (FFO) Statements

FFO statements are going out tomorrow, Friday, Apirl 7 via backpack mail with all oldest and only students.  Please look for the large envelope.  If your family has a balance due, it will be noted on the statement.  All payments should be sent to the office in an envelope marked "Fundraising Obligation".  The deadline for your payment is 8AM on Tuesday, April 18.   All unpaid balances at that time will convert to tuition, divided in half, and loaded into your FACTS agreement to be paid on Thursday, April 20 and Monday, May 22.   If you have any questions about your statement or the FFO, please email Patty Bajek at pbajek@ascacademy.org.   

 

SHPP 2017-2018 Nomination Forms

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.  We also sent bright pink copies of the nominating form home with oldest and only students.  Please contact Mrs. Santos at (630) 961-6125, or msantos@ascacademy.org with any questions.  Nomination forms are due by 3:00 pm on Friday, May 5

 

SHPP Meeting this coming Wednesday, April 12 at 9:15 am

All are invited to attend this month's SHPP meeting after mass on Wednesday, April 12.  If you have any questions about SHPP or how to become involved, please attend.  Younger children are ALWAYS welcome!!!

 

Jr. High Spring Musical - The Little Mermaid - Ticket Order Form

Ticket order forms are going home with all oldest and only students for our upcoming production of The Little Mermaid Jr.  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 world of musical theatre.  Family Packs are available for two adults and all children for only $25!!!  But only through presale. 

 

Click here for the form, and be sure to turn it in by the Wednesday, April 19 deadline.   We look forward to seeing everyone Under the Sea.

 

Jr. High Spring Musical - The Little Mermaid - Program Book

First of all, we hope that you have reserved the date for either Friday, April 21 or Saturday, April 22.  These are the performance dates for this year's Junior High Spring Musical, The Little Mermaid Jr.  Do you have a business you would like to promote to the All Saints families?  Do you know a cast or crew member in the Jr. High Spring Musical?  What better way to do so than to place an ad in our professionally designed "Playbill"/Program Book for our 9th annual Jr. High Spring Musical production of the Little Mermaid!  Take advantage of this opportunity as Ads are now being accepted!  

 

We will print just over 300 copies of these books that will be be placed directly in the hands of All Saints families and friends. Many of these books will become a keepsake as well, increasing the number of views!  Simply click here for the form, and return it with payment to the ASCA office in an envelope labeled Little Mermaid Musical Ad.  All ads, including photographs or stock art must be received no later than Wednesday, April 12th in order for the book to go to print.  Please contact Debbie Kosmach with any questions at nolkos@aol.com.

 

Lenten Rosary Prayer

As we continue our Lenten journey, all are invited to join us each Wednesday throughout the Lenten season for our Rosary prayer, which will be recited at 7:50 am prior to our school masses IN THE GYM.  We pray for the intentions of Pope Francis, our school, our schools intentions and any you may wish to offer. You do not need to know the rosary.  We offer cheat sheets and rosaries for any who need them.  We are also very child and baby friendly! Please bring your younger children, visiting grandparents or friends for 15 minutes of prayer for our Pope, our children, teachers, administrators and loved ones.  Please feel free to contact Christi Kluzak at dkluzak@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions.  

 

Grandparents Day Update

The invitations have gone out.  If you did not receive an invitation, it is not too late to respond.   To RSVP for the May 4 event, please send an email to ascagrandparents@gmail.com.  Be sure to provide the first and last name of each grandparent, and their home address (so we can send thank you's and a picture).  Also, please include each student name and homeroom.

 

Second Annual STEM Fest at ASCA

Save the date and plan 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 stemfestasca@gmail.com.

 

Saints Having Fun

 

ASCA All School Family Fun Day at Players - Sunday, April 30  

We are excited to announce an opportunity for our students and their families to come together for an afternoon of fun at Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville from Noon to 3 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, so don't worry about your 3 or 4 year old being run over by a 13 year old!

 

The cost is only $14 for one child, with a $25 max for 2 or more children for three hours of non-stop fun.   Registration is online, and couldn't be easier!  Our event coordinators will be visiting all classes this Friday (Tuesday for the preschoolers) with event flyers. We have special fun baskets that we have put together (three in all - one for preschool through grade 2, one for grade 3-5, and one for junior high) with all kinds of goodies.  Students who register and come to Players on April 30 will be entered in a drawing to win.  Ask your student what kind of goodies were in the basket.  Meanwhile, talk to your friends and get everyone on board and registered.

 

To register, please click on the following link:  https://login.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=924&GroupID=230457.  

 

Raging Waters Form Due Next Week

This is just a reminder that all Raging Waves forms need to be turned in by Wednesday, April 12.  They will not be accepted after this date.  Please make sure that the form is signed by a parent as well.  For all those who have turned them in already, passes will be distributed in May. 

 

Saints Helping Saints

No Cookin' in the Kitchen - April and May

  • Chili's - April 14 - April 21 - Click here for the form.
  • Aurelio's - Tuesday, May 9 - Click here for the form.
  • MOD Pizza - Monday, May 15 - Click here for the form.  

The Class of 2018 thanks you for your support throughout this school year.  

 

Easter Candy Collection

Have too much Easter Candy?

SHPP Community Outreach will have a volunteer collecting candy outside Door 9 at school on Wednesday, April 19 in the morning at drop off and again in the afternoon at pickup.  Donations will be sent to Operation Support Our Troops for care packages, and also to local elder care facilities.

***Reminder*** Save your aluminum soda pop tabs, and send them with your children to school. Each classroom collects these all year long to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.

 

3rd Grade Lollipop Fundraiser April 24th – 28th

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. 

 

Celebrate Earth Day throughout April with Ideas from WT Cafe

A healthy planet is essen­tial for a healthy com­mu­nity. No mat­ter where you live, con­serv­ing our nat­ural resources means secur­ing a sus­tain­able food future for future gen­er­a­tions. What can you and your family do to pro­mote the health of Mother Earth?  Sur­pris­ingly, some of the most pow­er­ful state­ments begin in the kitchen with the food we serve and the habits we teach.

Here are some tips on earth-friendly things to do at home with your family:

Go Meat­less on Mondays

Did you know that the meat industry is responsible for approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? In fact, producing one calorie of meat requires nearly twenty times the amount of energy as one plant calorie! 

The "Meat­less Mon­day" trend has inspired Amer­i­can fam­i­lies to cook from scratch, to use only fresh and sea­sonal ingre­di­ents, and to reduce meat con­sump­tion.  Making these kinds of dietary choices will have a positive impact on your family's mood, health, and longevity. 

A vegetarian lifestyle can help your family live a longer, healthier life.


Reduce Your Footprint

There is a lot you can do as a fam­ily to take care of Earth.  Here are a few that will also instill a sense of duty and pride in your children:

Eat local and seasonal food (farmer's markets are perfect for this)
Plant an herb garden  (easy and a fun family activity...plus you have herbs for dinner!)
Turn off lights when you leave the room (make signs if you have to until its habitualized)
Ditch the disposable bags for reusable bags (pick some out as a family and keep in your trunk)
Reduce your footprint - walk or bike to school/work (Did you know people who bike to work/school have slimmer waistlines?)
Compost (call your city to see if you can get one for free)

Plant a Tree or Donate to Plant a Tree

Planting Trees is one of the easiest and most important ways to fight climate change. Deforestation contributes to species extinction, poverty, and is responsible for up to 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change.  Plus, planting a tree as a family is so rewarding!  Year after year as you and your children watch your tree take root, you will be reminded of the growth we all experience along our journey on this planet, and how being healthy and strong helps us all weather the many storms of life.

Pick up a tree and a shovel at your local landscaping spot for a rewarding family activity this Earth Day.  


We at WT Café are com­mit­ted to help­ing you and your fam­ily live a health­ier life.  That’s why we pre­pare and serve your chil­dren only the fresh­est, purest, from scratch meals avail­able.  When you order from us, you can trust that your food was pre­pared by local chefs who value the del­i­cate rela­tion­ship between our envi­ron­ment, our food, and our bodies.

Have a Wholesome, earth-friendly month!  - WT Cafe, ASCA's Lunch Program Provider.  To find out more, go to http://wtcafe.com/

 

Saints in the Classroom and Beyond

Congratulations to our ASCA Cadette Troop

Elliana Arnold, Sarah Gas & Isabella DeRosa sold 2,088 (WOW!) boxes of cookies as a troop with 120+ boxes donated to the St. Thomas Care Pantry.  Isabella also came in as one of the top 5 in the region at 1,074 boxes.

 

Musician Passes Illinois State Achievement Exam

Congratulations to Kate Vilbar for successfully passing the 2017 Illinois State Achievement in Music Examination (AIM) for piano. The program covers twelve levels of testing.  Examinations include testing of Music Theory as well as Technique and Performance. Many hours of practice and study go into preparation for this testing.  

 

Swimming champion at ASCA

Cameron Censullo recently qualified for 12 individual events at the Illinois State Meet and 2 team relays.  His achievements earned him placement on the podium in 1st Place (Gold Medal) with his team on a relay and then 9th place in the 100 back.  Not only has he achieved time standards that qualify him in the 11/12 age group bracket, but he is now ranked in the state of Illinois in the following events:  9th -100 Back, 11th - 50 Back, 16th -200 Free, 17th -50 Free, 19th -500 Free, 20th - 100 Free, 21st - 100IM

Cameron won 2 of his events at Regionals, and now competes in the Age Group Junior Nationals with the top swimmers in the country. It is like the Olympics for Age Group swimmers. 

 

 

Saints in the Summer

Physical Education Spirit Camp at ASCA

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.  

 

Saints in Competition 

 

Track & Field season is underway!  Official practices began this week.  Good luck to all our runners and competitors as you begin your season!  For 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.

IMPORTANT NEWS

ATTENTION Parents of 4th graders……Please join us as we host a meeting for all new families & 4th grade parents interested in learning more about the athletic program, Wednesday April 19th at 7:00 pm in Cafeteria #1.  We will have information on how to get involved, athlete registration and local summer camp information.

 

2017-2018 SPORTS REGISTRATION will run from 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 jnebaka@gmail.com.  


DON’T MISS OUT….Tickets are still available 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!  Detailed information is attached and will be coming home in your student’s backpack.  You can also click here for the flyer.  This is an adults only event.

UPCOMING DATES:

April 19    4th Grade & New parent Athletic Meeting
April 20    2017-18 Sports Registration opens 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

GO SAINTS!!