Saints Speak - January 26, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

Catholic Schools Week, the most fun week of the school year begins this Sunday, January 29 with our Open House at ASCA.  Everyone is invited!!!!  Plan on not only seeing your child's classroom, but take a look around and visit all of our classrooms.  Meet the teachers - they are looking forward to lots of visitors.  We even have a fun scavenger hunt planned.  If you answer all of the scavenger hunt questions correctly, and turn in your completed form before you leave on Sunday, you could potentially earn your Re-Enrollment Fee for the 2017-2018 school year.   


We are calling all 9-14 year old boys and girls who enjoy basketball, who like a good competition,or who would just like to try something new to participate in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Champioship at the Open House.  Check in begins at 1 pm.     


At the Open House, we also will be extending a very warm welcome to new families who are interested in coming to All Saints 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!  You would be the perfect tour guide.  All Saints offers classes for Preschool 3's through Grade 8.


So, let's take a closer look at next week.  Click here to view the Catholic Schools Week 2017 calendar for more details.  


On Monday, the theme is Color Wars and we are out of uniform.  Each grade has been assigned a color, so plan your ensemble NOW.  Our 5th grade 'Saints' have worked very hard on their presentations, and will be sharing their stories in full costume with all of us - during the school day and at night, as well.  The pep rally at the end of the day will feature class competitions and lot of fun.   In the evening, our 4th graders have a wonderful musical performance planned.  And that is just Monday! 


On Tuesday, we are out of uniform again for Pajama Day!  This includes students and teachers!   Bring your favorite book(s), and be ready to Drop Everything and Read!  A very special person will be coming on the intercom to announce when it is time to read; see if you can recognize their voice.  We are ALL looking forward to the Teacher Swap!  All of the students are wonderfing who will be coming into their homeroom???  We know.......


On Wednesday, we celebrate mass and our faith - together.  We are in uniform; although those students who purchased the CSW t-shirt may wear that shirt over their uniform.  I am so proud of how well so many of our classes have been actively participating in our weekly liturgies. Today, we unite, and celebrate!  In the afternoon, K-8 students will be competing in Academy Spelling Bees.  It is exciting and very, very competitive.  That spells F-U-N!


On Thursday, we are dreaming of Summer Daze, and the warm weather to come.  We are out of uniform in t-shirts, shorts (girls, they have to be finger-tip length - make good appropriate choices), flip flops, sun glasses, and more (who will be wearing a Hawaiian shirt???).  In the morning we experience one of the highlights of the week - the Talent Show.  All classes will be attending!  Your votes will not only crown a winner, but help the children of Hogar del Pobre Orphanage in Mexico. Each vote is $1.  If you would like to cast a vote or two, come prepared.  In the afternoon, we have academy games in the gym.


On Friday, we are jam packed with excitement from day into night.  Students will be in uniform; but, if you purchased the official 2017 ASCA Fun Fair T-shirt, you may wear your shirt with jeans or sweats.  In the afternoon, it is the ever popular Wheel of Wisdom.  The cheers at the 'Wheel' are so loud, that we can hear them all the way down in the school office.  At night, we come together as a school community for the 8th Annual All Saints Catholic Academy Fun Fair.  I hope that everyone is planning on attending.  I will be looking for you!  There is far too much fun to list here, so click here for all of the details, and order your wristbands TODAY!  No more running out of tickets - WOW, what a GREAT IDEA.  No more running out of fun.  Gather all of your friends, and plan your night at All Saints and the Fun Fair.    


Let's not forget our Change for Change collection , and Guess the Teachers' Baby Pictures (oh no!?!!!)


I would like to extend a huge and very grateful thank you to the Nirtaut family.  They have donated two Blackhawks tickets that all students and teachers will have an opportunity to win.  If you have been dreaming of seeing Kaner, Tazer, Crow or the Bread Man in person, you might be the lucky winner.  We will draw the winning ticket at the end of the day on Friday.  


Saints News


February 2017 School Calendar

Please click here for the February school calendar.


Re-enrollment Information for 2017-2018

We are very excited to announce that re-enrollment of our current families will be done electronically via SchoolSpeak.  We hope to have instructions to families within the coming week.  If you have a sibling who will be new to ASCA, there will be information on how to register him or her, as well.  Stay tuned.


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 wait as verification of your application by FACTS does take time – begin the process TODAY!  Please contact Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125 with any questions.  


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  


SAVE THE DATE - Puberty Presentations for Father/Son and Mother/Daughter 

The SHPP Faith Formation Committee has invited Dr. Coleen Mast, a leader in the field of chastity education, to offer her popular “Puberty Presentations for Father/Son and Mother/Daughter” to Fifth Grade students and their parents. This event will take place on Thursday, February 23 from 7 -9  pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for 5th grade families to prepare for their mandatory academic and ongoing puberty changes discussions. The talks consist of two simultaneous two hour presentations in two different rooms; the girls led by Dr. Mast, and the boys led by a pro-life man. The presentations will include videos and discussions on how to mature spiritually and emotionally while these physical changes are taking place. The presentation will include some theology and biology of the body, with practical advice for puberty and virtue challenges.

The Mother/Daughter session will be held in McSherry Hall, and the Father/Son presentation will take place in Cafeteria 1. While this is a 5th grade specific program, 4th grade parents are welcome to attend without their children. There is no cost to attend the event, and no food will be offered during these sessions. For more information about Dr. Mast, please visit    For questions or to RSVP by Thursday, February 16, please contact indicating names of parent and student and grade level.


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, sweatpants 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 on Friday, February 3 (not Thursday as previously noted).  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. Please note that wristband orders are by cash or check only.  No FACTS!   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 has been sent home with oldest and only students.  Click here for the wristband order form.  The DEADLINE FOR LOWER PRICE ENTRY IS Wednesday, FEBRUARY 1 @ 3:30 PM.  Any questions?  Contact Regis Watson ( or Amy Drake (  


Saint Valentine Day Parties

If your student will be sharing valentine cards here at school, we ask that no candy or food of any kind be brought or attached to your valentine.  


Naperville Litttle League Baseball Registration Now Open

Naperville Little League Baseball registration is now open - click here for more info.  All Saints Students (1st grade through 12 years old) are eligible to play. Go to for details. 


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.  


School Wide Auction Baskets

School-Wide Auction Basket Raffle: Raffle tickets for the School-Wide baskets will be on sale at our Catholic Schools Week Open House this Sunday, January 29 from 1-3 pm . Please stop by to purchase tickets and take a look at the wonderful baskets!  Some featured items include XBox One, Amazon Echo, Outdoor movie projector and screen, Starwars and Pokemon items.  The tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Cash and checks are accepted.  Tickets will also be on sale at the Fun Fair on Friday, February 3 from 5:30-8 pm. Thank you for your support of the Dinner Dance Auction!  

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, Friday, January 27th.


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 27th.


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 27th. 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

Box Top and Pop Tab Collections

We would like to remind you that we are still collecting pop tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House, and Box Tops for Education to benefit ASCA.  This is such an easy way to help.  If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Muller at


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 In Competition 

From the Saints Sidelines . . . It was another great weekend for our Saints!  Teams bringing home wins last week were Girls 6A and 8A; Boys 5B2, 7A, 7B1 and 7B2. Great job Saints!


Many of our teams continue to move up the ranks.  Our Boys 5B2 is currently in 1st place. 2nd place standings currently are Boys 5A, 5B1, 7B1 & 7B2 while our Girls 6A & 8A are currently holding 3rd place in the league standings. Whether on the courts or off, our Saints make us proud demonstrating skill and good sportsmanship!  Keep up the good work Saints!


Be sure to visit the league website at where you can stay on top of game schedules and league standings.  Make sure to come out and watch our Saints in action!

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! Registration begins at 1:00 pm in the ASCA gym.


Save the date . . . The end of season Basketball banquet will be held on Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.


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!!!