Saints Speak - February 9, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

It is hard to believe that we are already into the 3rd quarter of this school year.  While overall it has been a mild winter, we have certainly been on a roller coaster with the temperatures and precipitation as of late.  If the weather allows, we will be doing our morning walk and recess outside in the fresh air.  Please make sure that your students are prepared with the appropriate outerwear, gloves and hats.  It is still chilly out there!

 

Also, just a reminder that if your student is going to be absent, or arriving late due to an appointment or other reason, please call the school at (630) 961-6125, or email attendance@ascacademy.org by 8 AM.  You can even call in an absence or late arrival the night before.  Simply call the school number, and select extension 121 to get to the absence hotline.   There is alot of office follow up that is required when we do not know why a student is not in school.  We thank you for your help.  Please refamiliarize yourself with the procedures below to report an absence or late arrival. 

 

To report a student absence or late arrival, please remember the following procedures:

  1. Call the school at 1-630-961-6125, X121
  2. Email both the student's homeroom teacher and attendance@ascacademy.org
  3. The following information should be included in your phone call or email:
  • Student's Name
  • Student's Homeroom
  • Date of the Absence/Late Arrival
  • Reason for the Absence/Late Arrival (if student has a fever, please mention in reason for absence)

 

Our St. Valentine's Day classroom parties will be held this coming Tuesday, February 14.  The 14th is also the next Out of Uniform Day Fundraiser benefitting the Class of 2018.  If you did not purchase the prepaid package earlier in the school year, you may elect to participate by bringing $10 to school on the 14th to be out of uniform.  Our out of uniform theme on Tuesday, February 14 is Pink and Red.

 

I would like to express my appreciation to all of the school families who have completed the Diocese of Joliet Parent Satisfaction Survey.  It is important to our administrators, teachers and board members to gain an understanding of how our families are feeling about our school. Your participation in this process will help us to continue to provide excellence in Catholic education. The CSO is using a third party to perform, collect and analyze the data provided, which will protect all participants’ anonymity. 


I assure you that I will share the results of the survey with you. If there are common themes expressed by our families, I will address action step(s) to alleviate any concerns. I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to share your thoughts with us.  Whether there are areas in which we can improve, or areas in which we are doing well, I thank you for taking the time to have your voice be heard. 
 
Please click the link below to access the survey, and complete it no later than Monday, February 27, 2017. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Parent_Satisfaction_2017

 

Lastly, I hope that you have all received an email about re-enrolling your student(s) for the 2017-2018 school year.  As a school parent myself, I am thrilled that the process is so easy.   We are asking that you complete the re-enrollment process via the instructions provided in the email you received by this Friday, February 10.   If you have any questions about the re-enrollment or SchoolSpeak, please contact us.  We are happy to help!  
 

Saints News

 

FACTS Financial Aid Application – Deadline to File is Wednesday, 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 https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3FG0M .  Please do not wait as verification of your application by FACTS does take time.  Please contact Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125 with any questions.  

 

Re-Enrollment Information for 2017-2018

On Wednesday, February 8, a SchoolSpeak email was sent to current families in which we asked you to respond if your student(s) would be returning to All Saints this coming fall for the 2017-2018 school year.  An additional email with log in and password information was sent to parents new to SchoolSpeak who have never logged in.  

 

Re-enrolling your student(s) will not take more than a couple of minutes.   The deadline for your response is this Friday, February 10.  If you did not receive an email or if you have any questions, please contact Patty Bajek at (630) 961-6125, or pbajek@ascacademy.org.   If you have any new students who will be joining your current ASCA student(s) in the fall, please contact Mrs. Bajek for additional information.   

  

Grandparents Day 2017

We want to make sure that we extend an invitation to all of our wonderful grandparents and any special guests to join us for Grandparents Day on May 4.  Please click here for an information form that we would like for you to complete and return it by Friday, February 10th to ensure that the special people in your life receive their invitation.  We will also be sending home hard copies with oldest and only students.  Please note we are simply gathering names and addresses of those you wish to invite and do not need confirmation of their attendance at this time.  It is so fun to welcome our Grandparents and other special people into our school and we appreciate your help in making it happen!

 

D203 Busing Update

Please note that there will be no busing home from school on Friday, February 17.  There will also be no busing to or from school on Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24.  Please find alternate means of transportation for your student on these days.  

 

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 www.sexrespect.com.    For questions or to RSVP by next Thursday, February 16, please contact ascapubertytalk2016@yahoo.com indicating names of parent and student and grade level.  We would like to clarify that this is not the “birds and bees” talk, but rather a great starting point for further upcoming discussions.  

 

Saints Having Fun

ASCA Fun Fair

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the 8th Annual ASCA Fun Fair this past week.  It was a tremendous success, and we hope that everyone had a good time.  Thank you also to all of the volunteers who worked many hours before and during the event!!    

 

ASCA Competitive Chess Team

ASCA students recently competed ant the Wheaton Christian Chess Tournament.  It was the first tournament for half of the team.

In the K-1st Grade Group, the ASCA team took 5th place out of 12 teams/26 players.  Congratulations to  Ren Lutfiyya - 2nd Place, won 4/5 games, and Andrew Santos - 15th place, won 2/5 games.  

In the 4-5th Grade Group, the ASCA team took 1st place out of 19 teams/74 players.  Congratulations to Hudson Lutfiyya - 2nd place, won 5/5 games, Camden Kirchgessner - 5th place, won 4/5 games, Chris Rojas - won 3/5 games, Charlie Watson - won 2.5/5 games, Mactzil Lopez - won 2/5 games, Leo Del Toro - won 2/5 games, Donovan Watson - won 1/5 games

In the 6-8th Grade Group:  Congratulations to Pierce Salbego who won 2/4 games.

 

Bingo Night at St. Margaret Mary

All are invited to Bingo Night at St. Margaret Mary on Friday, February 17 from 7 - 10 pm.  It's an evening of Bingo, with fun and prizes. Beverages and light refreshments will be available.  Admission is free.  The event will be held in the Parish Center, located at 1450 Green Trails Drive, Naperville, 60540.  Please click here for the flyer.  

 

Saints With Spirit

 

Janor has just opened their Spring Online Store.  You will be able to place your order through Tuesday, February 21.  Items will be delivered on Monday, March 10 (not the 13th as previously communicated).

There are a few new items - v neck t-shirts for women, crew neck sweatshirts, cotton polos for men and women, and cotton t-shirts - along with some familiar favorites.  Most are offered with our ASCA logo or our athletics logo.

To place an order, please go to janorsports.net.  The password is allsaintsspring2017.

Also, take another at our Lands' End spiritwear offerings by going to http://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=900173949
 
There are lots of great sweatshirts, fleece, sweaters, and more!  Remember that you can purchase SCRIP gift cards for Lands' End (with a 16% rebate that will go toward your Family Fundraising Obligation), and use your gift cards for your spiritwear purchases.  A terrific way to earn and show your ASCA spirit!

 

Saints at the Dinner Dance Auction (DDA)  

 

Invitations have been sent.  Please be sure to return your response card and payment to school on or before Friday, March 3rd.  You can also register online at ascadda.org .  

 

Saints Helping Saints

 

8th Grade Legacy Gift Fundraiser - Savers Donation Drive

Clean out your closets and help us raise funds for the 8th grade Legacy gifts of Banners for the Gym!

You can help us by donating your no longer needed clothing and household goods starting next Wednesday 2/15 through Saturday 2/18.

You have one week to clean and the rest is easy…


After dropping off or picking up, just follow the car line, look for the ASCA tent then…  STOP, POP (the trunk) AND DROP
Volunteers will be at the sidewalk to take your donations directly from your car!


On Saturday the 18th, volunteers will be in the parking lot near Door 1. (look for the Savers truck)

Donate gently-used clothing, shoes, household items, stuffed animals, toys, books and more! Please no large appliances and no furniture. If you have a large donation, please contact Susan Glab at ks4glab@yahoo.com to arrange separate drop off. For any other questions about what is accepted please check the Savers’ website www.savers.com.  


Our school (and the Class of 2017) will receive money for everything we collect. Besides helping pay for our Legacy gift, you will be good stewards of the environment by recycling and you also provide a chance to help those less fortunate.

 

Donation Drive drop off times:


Wednesday 2/15: 2:45-4:00 pm
Thursday 2/16: 7:30-8:15 am and 2:45-4:00 pm
Friday 2/17: 7:30-8:15 am and 2:45-4:00 pm
Saturday 2/18: 8:30 am-2:00 pm

 

DON’T STOP AT ONE BAG – FILL A WHOLE BUNCH! THE MORE YOU DONATE, THE MORE WE EARN!

Thank you very much for your support!
-The Class of 2017

 

All goods collected through the Donation Drive fundraiser program are sold to Savers, the parent company to great thrift stores like Value Village, Unique, and Savers. They pay us by the pound for every qualifying donation received. In turn, these items help keep their floors freshly stocked. Items donated are tax deductible.

 

Nothing Bundt Cake Delivery Information - Pick Up Friday, February 10

Thank you to everyone who supported the Class of 2017 and their 8th Grade Legacy Gift fundraiser.  Orders may be picked up outside Cafe 1 tomorrow, Friday, February 10 after 3 PM.  

 

No Cookin’ in the Kitchen - February 

No Cookin’ in the Kitchen, benefitting the ASCA Class of 2018 and their 8th grade trip is back with some great events planned in February.    

  • Monday, February 20 (Presidents' Day) - Chuck E. Cheese is the place to be from 3 - 9 pm.  Gather your friends on this day off of school for some fun with Chuck E.  Click here for the flyer.   
  • Monday, February 27 - Culvers from 10 am - 10 pm.  Please click here fore more information.  

Saints In Competition 

From the Saints Sidelines . . . Congratulations to our Boys 5A, 5B2, 7B1, 7B2 and Girls 6A & 8A teams who brought the heat and took the “W” this past weekend.  With only 3 weeks remaining in the regular season, our Boys 5B2 team is still holding strong in 1st place.  

 

Be sure to visit the league website at www.dplbba.org where you can stay on top of game schedules and league standings.  Be sure to come out and cheer on our teams as they battle the buckets!

 

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

 

Spiritwear Update:  Visit the spring online store from Janor Sports with new spiritwear offerings.  And don’t forget to check out Land’s End for all your “non-athletic wear” spiritwear options.


LAST CALL for Track & Field Registration! If your athlete would like to participate in Track & Field this spring registration can be completed at www.asca.SIPlay.com.  If you have questions, please email Erika Baka at jnebaka@gmail.com.  

 

Practice and meet schedules will be released and communicated to all registrants soon.

 

Stay Calm and Dribble On!!!