Saints Speak - January 19, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

In a little over a week, we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, the most fun week of the school year.  If you click here, you will see a copy of our calendar for the week.  Do not be overwhelmed.  There will be additional details coming that will answer any questions that you might have.  


Over the next few weekends beginning this Sunday, there will be celebrations held in our sponsoring/supporting parishes of St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Margaret Mary and Holy Spirit Catholic Community.  We hope that you are planning on attending and participating in these celebrations - connecting as a school community within your parish, sharing your pride in being a Saint, and saying thank you to your parishes for their generous prayerful and financial support.  Be sure to wear your uniform or spiritwear if you do.   


Then on Sunday, January 29, we will kick off Catholic Schools Week with an Open House from 1-3 pm here at ASCA.  All of our teachers will be here on this day, and there will be something interesting to see in every room.  ALL are invited, so please plan on attending!!!  There will also be a huge Knights of Columbus free throw contest on Open House day for boys and girls age 9-14.   


We also will be welcoming new families who are interested in finding out more about All Saints and how they might register for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you have any friends who would like to come to ASCA, PLEASE INVITE THEM TO THE OPEN HOUSE. Most of all, share with them why you love All Saints, and why they will love All Saints too!  We know that the word of mouth and recommendations of happy current school families are the very best source of new school families.  All Saints offers classes for Preschool through Grade 8


This week, we began praying a Novena for the sick children in our Diocese  We are saying this Novena, which is derived from the Latin word "novem" which means "nine", through the 27th of January. .  A novena is nine days of devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces. Our Novena is being prayed for children who are suffering from a debilitating disease.  Please keep them and all of our children in your prayers. 


Saints News


Re-enrollment Information for 2017-2018

Information about re-enrollment of our current families will be going home next week.  Stay tuned for more information to come.


FACTS Financial Aid Application – Deadline to File is March 1, 2017 

The FACTS financial aid application at FACTS Tuition Grant and Aid is used for ALL financial and scholarship assistance, which includes Catholic Education Foundation Diocesan scholarships at the grade school and high school levels, parish assistance, and all school and foundation awards. 


All families who have received any type of assistance in the past, and who wish to apply for assistance for the 2017-2018 school year MUST complete this application and submit all required paperwork by the March 1 deadline.    


The financial aid process begins with your online application at .  Please do not delay – begin the process TODAY!  Please contact Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125 with any questions.  


Report Card Day

2nd Quarter report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, January 25.  


Martin Luther King Day of Service 

All we can say is WOW!  We are so very proud of all of the people that our Saints helped during the Martin Luther King Day of Serivce.  Besides the many creative ways that families chose to spend their day of service, we had arranged the following philanthropies that families came together to support on MLK day:

The numbers are approximates.............


  • 20 at Scarce, Community Assistance and Recyclying in Glen Ellyn
  • 38 people at St. Margaret Mary Church for clean up
  • 60 people at Holy Spirit for clean up 
  • 28 at ASCA making home made cards for the St. Elizabeth Seton Caring Cards minstry
  • 24 at the West Suburban Food Pantry in Woodridge
  •  36 At the Naperville Police Station making homemade Valentine's Day cards for housing residents at 360 Youth Services, which offers housing and counseling to homeless youth
  • 130 people at Feed My Starving Children food packing service

If you did not have a chance to complete service yet, you are able to do this throughout the remainder of this month.
If you took some pictures of your day, please email some to Amy Drake at to compile and share with the students.


To receive credit for attendance on January 16th, students will be asked to identify their act(s) of service, and write a paragraph of reflection on how this service has helped others in the community and what it felt like to contribute in this way.  All students have received a copy of the form (Click here for an electronic copy). Copies will also be available in the school office.  To qualify the service can be performed any time during the month of January, 2017. Forms will be due on or before Wednesday, February 1.  


Fat Tuesday Spiritual Celebration 

Please join us for a Fat Tuesday Spiritual Celebration in preparation for Lent!  On Tuesday, February 28, SHPP and ASCA’s Faith Formation will be taking a special pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Therese in Darien, IL, only 25 minutes from ASCA’s school campus.   Enjoy a tour of the shrine, Mass, lunch, and a special talk on how to imitate St. Therese’s little ways in our own daily life.  Tour is from 10:00-2:30 pm, and the cost is $25.00/person.  Transportation is not provided.  Must book at least 20 participants to reserve the date at the Shrine.  Please RSVP to Molly Donovan at with payment by Tuesday, January 31 at the latest.   For more information on St. Therese and the shrine, please visit  

Saints Having Fun

Fun Fair T-Shirt News 

Orders for the 8th Annual Fun Fair t-shirt have ended.  We have ordered a small quantity of additional shirts that are available for purchase. The cost is $15.  You can secure a shirt for your student by contacting Regis Watson ( or Amy Drake (  

Please note the 8th Annual Fun Fair t-shirt is the only t-shirt that may be worn with jeans or other out of uniform bottoms on Friday, February 3rd.   All other students will be required to be in uniform on Friday, February 3 (it is not a Spiritwear Friday).


Fun Fair Cake and Soda Pop Donations

The Fun Fair Committee is seeking donations of both unopened 2-liter soda pop bottles as well as cakes and pies for the cake walk.  We need many donations in order to make both the carnival games as well as the cake walk a success.  Any questions for the cake donations can be directed to Linda Gas at  Soda pop donation questions can be directed to Regis Watson at

Cake and baked good donations can be dropped off at the school either Thursday, February 2 or Friday, February 3.  Soda pop donations can be dropped off at any time.  PLEASE help us make the 8th annual Fun Fair a huge success!


Fun Fair Admission Wristbands on Sale NOW!

Come join us for the 8th Annual Fun Fair on Friday, February 3!  Preschool - Kindergarten families get an early bird bird admission from 5:30 - 6 pm.  ALL are welcome from 6 - 8 pm. PreK-5th grade enjoy carnival games in the gym, Junior High enjoy a DJ and a dance party in McSherry Hall.  NO MORE TICKETS this year!  A flat entrance fee of $20 per child ($60 family max) gets you into the Fair.  Prices will raise to $25 the night of the Fair.  Join us for dinner as well!  Concessions will include hot dogs, pizza, popcorn; and many other treats will be available for purchase.  Gluten free options also available.  

The order form for your wristband is going home this week with oldest and only students.  You can also click here for the fun fair order form.   The DEADLINE FOR LOWER PRICE ENTRY IS FEBRUARY 1 @ 3:30PM.  Any questions?  Contact Regis Watson ( or Amy Drake (  


Mother-Son Event 2017

Please join us for the 5th annual ASCA Mother-Son Date Night with the Chicago Wolves on SUNDAY, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm.  The Wolves are playing the Manitoba Moose at the Allstate Arena. Tickets this year are only $16.50 per person and include an ASCA/Wolves customized T-shirt, a Wolves winter knit hat, and a special ASCA seating section. A hotdog/drink coupon is available for $6 per coupon. Please click here for the event flyer, which will also be sent home with all boys and will also be located on the school website.  Payment will be done via FACTS. Signed forms with details filled out are due to the ASCA office by Thursday, January 26, 2017.  If there are any questions, please contact Betsy Knox at  Please understand this is an “ordered event” (tickets and tees) and this deal will NOT be available after the deadline.  We hope to see all moms and sons at this fun event!


Benet Academy Cheer Clinic

Benet Academy cheerleaders are holding a winter youth clinic on Wednesday, February 8th.  The participates are welcome to perform their skills learned during a half time performance of the varsity boys basketball game being held on Saturday, February 11th.  The clinic is open to Kindergarten through Third grade.  During the week of the clinic, BA Cheer will be sponsoring a hat & glove drive for the benefit of Chicago youth.  There will be collection boxes present at the school.  Click here for more information.  


Dinner Dance Auction (DDA) News 


This is a big week !  Our 12th Annual Dinner Dance Auction, “A Night in Hollywood” on Saturday, March 18th is fast approaching. Donations and advertising forms are due tomorrow, Friday, January 20.  

Item Donation

Please consider an item donation to this year’s auction.  You will receive fundraising credit (up to $500 for this school year) for the amount your item sells for at the auction. Best sellers are: vacation getaways, concert and theater tickets, sporting event tickets, airline miles, and hotel points.  The attached form and item donations are due tomorrow, Firiday, January 20th.


Saintly Spot Ad

 A terrific way to celebrate your child’s Graduation, First Communion, or School Musical is with a Saintly Spot Ad in the auction catalog.  Is your child part of an ASCA sports team, Brownie, or Girl Scout Troop?  Place a photo ad in the catalog!  Multiple families can participate together.  The ad costs $50. Please see the attached form for more details.  The deadline for submission is  tomorrow, Friday, January 20th.


Sponsor and Advertising Opportunities

More than 300 parents and members of Naperville and the surrounding communities are expected to attend our annual Dinner Dance Auction.  Do you own a business, or know someone that owns a business, that could benefit from getting their company name in front of this excellent target market?  It pays to advertise!  Please consider becoming a Sponsor or an Advertiser - it can benefit both your company and our school!  See the Sponsor and Advertising opportunities. 

Sponsors and advertisers receive recognition via professional posters and screen displays at the event, an ad in the auction catalog, your name and link to your business on the school website, and your name highlighted in a letter that goes home to school families asking them to patronize our generous supporters.

New this year is an opportunity for year round advertising exposure! As a Blue and Gold Sponsor, at a commitment level of $1,000 or above, your name and logo will be on a professionally made banner that will be hung in the gym all year. The banner will be seen not only by All Saints families attending sporting events, but also families of the visiting schools. The banner will also be seen by anyone who attends other functions, such as Grandparents Day, in the gym throughout the year!

Support All Saints and promote your business at the same time!  The deadline for commitments is  tomorrow, Friday, January 20th. For questions regarding sponsorship or advertising, please contact Michelle Yacullo at


Celebrate with a Party!

Looking for a fun way to host a party with old and new friends AND fulfill your fundraising obligation?  HOST A PARTY!  You pick the theme, the date/time and the amount of people you would like to host.  See the following examples:

Example #1 
Cookies and Canvas Party (choose your child’s grade)
A masterpiece created by you!
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2016 2:30-4:30pm
Place: Pinots Palate
Price: $15 per person Limit 12 kids
Donor: The John Doe Family
Value: Priceless!
Example #2 
Mardi Gras
Dancing, feathers, beads and masks!
Celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans style, and taste the best Jambalaya around!
Adults only, please.
Date: February, 12, 2017 7:30pm
Place: Doe home
Price: $100/couple Limit 25 couples
Donor: The Doe and Smith Families
Value: Priceless!
Here is how YOU can help - We need families to host parties. One family, two families, or more can host a party. It can be at your home or any venue of your choice. It can be as extravagant or as casual as you’d like.
Questions? Want to host a party?
Contact: Lindsay Augustine at or (612) 747-2148.  A list of examples for party themes is available as needed!


Saints Helping Saints

No Cookin’ in the Kitchen - January 

No Cookin’ in the Kitchen, benefitting the ASCA Class of 2018 and their 8th grade trip has a great meal opportunity coming up on the 24th.    

  • Tuesday, January 24 from 5 - 8 pm - Enjoy a personal 11" pizza pie at Pie Five.  Click here for the flyer.     


8th Grade Fundraiser - Nothing Bundt Cakes!

Just in time for Valentines Celebrations!  The Class of 2017 is raising money to help fund their 8th Grade Legacy Gift of sports banners to hang in the ASCA gym. Nothing Bundt Cakes are a delicious way to help us toward the goal!  


If you aren’t familiar with Nothing Bundt Cakes, they are luscious concoctions of premium ingredients including fresh eggs, real butter, and delicious cream cheese frosting!  These will be available for pick up Feb. 10th ……..just in time for Valentine’s celebrations.
Available flavors are: Red Velvet, Lemon, White Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Chocolate Chip!
Please click here for the order form, which needs to be returned by Thursday, February 2nd.


Saints Making News


  • Bennett Smith, ASCA Class of 2013, is performing in the Magical Starlight Theatre presentation of Seussical this weekend, January 20-22 at Naperville Central High School.  Visit for more information.  
  • Rebecca Bajek, ASCA Class of 2012, has made the Deans List at the University of Missouri with a 4.0 GPA for the 2016 Fall Semester.    


Saints In Competition 


From the Saints Sidelines . . . WOW!  Our Saints had an unbelievable weekend bringing home lots of wins this past weekend!  Teams with a “W” for last week were Girls 7B; Boys 5A, 5B1, 5B2, 7A, 7B1, 7B2 and 8B.  Great job dominating the nets, Saints!


Current standings have several ASCA teams in top places.  Our Boys 5B2 is currently in 1st place with Boys 5B1 following in 2nd!  Other 2nd place standings currently are Boys 5A & Boys 7B2 while our Boys 7B1, Girls 6A, Girls 7B & Girls 8A are currently holding 3rd place in the league standings.


The ASCA gym has plenty of seats and treats so come out and spread your ASCA spirit and cheer on your favorite teams! You can stay on top of the league standings and schedules by visiting the league website at


ATTENTION BOYS & GIRLS ages 9-14 years old – Don’t miss the Knights of Columbus Youth Free Throw Championship to be held on Sunday, January 29 at All Saints!  

Basketball team/individual pictures can be ordered online through Wednesday, January 25.  To order, go to

We still have a few remaining ASCA Basketball and new Track & Field car decals…be sure to pick up one today and show your team spirit!


LAST CALL for Track & Field Registration! If your athlete would like to participate in Track & Field this spring registration can be completed at  If you have questions, please email Erika Baka at  


Stay Calm and Dribble On!!!