Saints Speak - March 16, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

Strength, Courage, Fortitude and Generosity

We have spent the better part of this school year studying a different virtue each week.  We hope that our knowledge of and commitment to embodying the traits of these virtues will help to make us better people in our words and our actions. Sometimes, this is not easy and takes some work.  But when it does work, it is truly heaven on earth.    


This past weekend, I attended a basketball playoff game.  Typically, All Saints would be playing another school like SS Peter and Paul or St. Michael.  On this afternoon, however, All Saints was playing All Saints.  One thing for certain, we all knew that All Saints was going to win and advance to the next round of playoffs.  We also were aware that All Saints was also going to lose, with one team's season and championship dreams ending.


The game was a nail-biter, with the lead never more than 2 or 3 points for either team.  Every spectator and fan was cheering for both teams equally - there was no favoritism or partisanship - only All Saints.  A collective roar from the crowd accompanied every pass, shot and basket.  Even though each team was fighting hard to win, there were high fives and "Great shot"s exchanged between the boys in white jerseys and those wearing blue.  As the time ticked off the clock, and the game neared its inevitable conclusion, there was not a dry eye in the gym - tears of joy mixed with a little bit of sadness about the outcome.  To see all of the players and coaches huddled up at the end really told the story of their journey.   


On this chilly sunny Sunday, we celebrated an All Saints sports victory, to be sure.  But the greater victory that is so sweet is in how the athletes and fans alike supported and cared about each other throughout the process.  This is what we pray that our virtue study will plant in each of us - the ability to live out the virtues we have learned about.  It is how Jesus wanted and wants us to treat each other.  Thank you 7th grade students, athletes and parents for reminding us that we can.  


Om a different note, our thanks to all of you who have been called to donate money to the Hogar del Pobre orphanage.  Your generosity has made a substantial difference in the lives of others.  Please know that every donation, no matter how large or how small is greatly appreciated.  If you have not made a donation yet, we have a truly wonderful opportunity that has the potential to make a huge impact on our collections.  


For all donations that are made on Friday, March 17, we have an anonymous donor who will match dollar for dollar, all donations that are brought in by students and/or staff!!!!  WOW, WOW, WOW!  That means that if you can donate $1, then it really counts as $2 for the orphanage.  If you donate $3, then it counts for $6 (even for your class goals).   This is a one day only match.  If you planned on contributing to this Lenten Service Project, Friday, March 17 is the day!


Friday, March 17 - St. Patrick's Day, is double donation day for a good cause, the Hogar del Pobre orphanageGod bless you!


Saints at the Dinner Dance Auction (DDA) - A Night in Hollywood  


The Dinner Dance Auction on March 18th is almost here!!

Tuition Credit Raffle

Buy NOW for your chance to win the $5,000 tuition credit. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased via the website: ascadda.orgor through a check made out to ASCA. Tickets will be sold through today, Thursday, March 16th. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Glab at


School Wide Baskets

**Winners will be drawn at the Dinner Dance Auction. Winners need not be present to win.** The tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Cash and checks are accepted.

Six Different Baskets Are Being Raffled:  

  1. Amazon Echo Basket (value: $470)
  2. Xbox One Basket (value: $465)
  3. Disney Basket (value: $285)
  4. Outdoor Movie Party Basket (value: $475)
  5. Star Wars Basket (value: $300)
  6. Pokemon Basket (value: $265)

Click here for the raffle ticket order form.

Live Auction Items

1. First in Line for Pick Up

Breeze past the other vehicles waiting in the pick-up line every day for the entire 2017-2018 school year! You will park in the "Reserved" spot located at the front of the car line by the first Safety-Zone gate. (Rules to note: You must be in place by dismissal and before the car line begins to load. You may parallel park into your spot. You may not drive past the car line to enter the spot. If you are late, please park in lot or go to end of line. You may not sell or give away your spot.)


2. World Series Champions Chicago Cubs

No need for the celebration to end at Wrigley Field with the reigning World Series Champions! Four tickets to a Chicago Cubs game at the "Friendly Confines". You will have the option to choose out of fifteen games to watch the Cubbies! Tickets are located in Section 139, Row 5 Seats 101-104 along the first base line.


3. Bon Jovi Concert

Grab your paddle and you're halfway there! Who wants to go hear Livin' on a Prayer live with Grammy Award winning Bon Jovi? Bon Jovi's latest tour, "This House is Not for Sale," is visiting the United Center on Sunday, March 26th, 2017. Enjoy four tickets with first class amenities and perfect views of Jon Bon Jovi from a theatre luxury box. Included is an exclusive reserved table with chef prepared cuisine and two bars. Seat wait service is also a part of this package; a fresh drink is always available. No need to worry about driving since transportation is also provided.


4. Hamilton Tickets and City Package

Worldwide phenomenon, Hamilton, is the hip-hop musical about the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and the American Revolution. Hamilton has won eleven Tony awards and is currently in Chicago at the Private Bank Theatre. This is your chance to score four tickets to the hottest show in town on Friday, June 9, 2017. Show is at 7:30 p.m. Section Mezz-L Row H. Enjoy dinner before the show at RPM Steak with two $50 gift certificates. Complete the night with a one night stay in a deluxe room at JW Marriott Chicago Hotel with breakfast included.


5. Student vs. Staff Basketball Game

Your child will not want to miss this! Get a group of parents together to bid on creating a ten player student team. Your team will play the ASCA staff team at the 3rd Annual student vs. staff basketball game. The game will be on April 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the ASCA gym. It will be our very own end to March Madness. Who will win? Go Saints!


6. Escape to Cabo San Lucas

Seven night stay in a stunning two bedroom ocean front condo in Cabo San Lucas. You can’t get any closer to a beach or town than Hacienda, part of the prestigious Hacienda Beach Club & Residences. This well-appointed hacienda looks out to the beautiful Sea of Cortez. Floor to ceiling glass doors open in the common living areas offering breathtaking views of the water and the famous lands end. Comfortably sleeps four with two king size beds, full kitchen, and washer and dryer. Pictures and more details can be found on, listing #318433. Complete the package with a $500 Southwest Airline gift card to purchase airfare. Valid July 1, 2017 - October 31, 2019. Excludes November 1 - April 30 and the weeks before and after Memorial Day and Labor Day. Subject to availability.


7. Beautiful Retreat in La Quinta, California

Villa Ravenna is a newly remodeled, lakefront luxury villa ideally located near Old Town La Quinta, Indian Wells Tennis Pavilion, PGA West, and countless other desert attractions. Some of the more prominent features are the inside and out wall to wall travertine pavers, soaring ceilings, and lanai style doors which open to jaw dropping lake and mountain views. With three well appointed Master Suites, an open floor plan, and resort inspired outdoor amenities, including a heated pool and a hot tub, you will find it difficult to leave. Sleeps eight. See auction table for pictures. Some blackout dates will apply, specifically around the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals in April.


8. Principal for the Day

Be the first student to try and step into the shoes of our new principal. We are excited about the addition of Mrs. Santos to All Saints, however, she will have to step aside for the day! One lucky child will make the daily announcements, work in the office, supervise recess, have lunch with Mrs. Santos, and much more! Date TBD.


9. A Night at Ravinia

Ravinia's gorgeous sprawling lawn makes for one of the best outdoor musical venues in the country. With limo transportation to and from, you can enjoy Ravinia with a picnic basket full of wine and treats. Includes four lawn tickets, wine and treats, and limo transportation for four.


10. Private Chef Dinner for Eight

Host a dinner party your guests will never forget! Private celebrity chef of Chicago, Aram Reed, will prepare dinner for eight in your home. A multi-course dinner party using fresh, organic and local products. Chef Aram will do all the shopping, cooking, serving, and even do the dishes so you are able to be a guest in your own home. Chef Aram has been seen on Food Network, ABC, CBS, Fox and WGN. $200 Binny's gift card is also included.


11. Night at the School

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the school to yourself with twenty of your best friends? Here is your chance to do so with Mrs. Santos during a fun-filled evening! Who doesn't want to be running through the school at night playing "Glow in the Dark", Tag, or Hide and Seek? An evening of fun, games, and food will be planned. The night will run from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on a date TBD.


Almost Live Auction Items

  • Wine Dinner for Six at Hugo's
  • Billy Joel Concert Tickets
  • Hilton Head Vacation
  • Behind the Scenes Tour of CBS 2
  • Blackhawks Team Signed Hockey Stick
  • Jimmy Butler Autographed Shoes
  • Behind the Scenes Tour of WGN Studio

We thank everyone for their support, and look forward to an evening of celebration this Saturday night.

The Dinner Dance Auction Committee 

Saints News

Saint Patrick's Day Wearin' O The Green

This Friday, March 17, the entire school will be out of uniform to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.  

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Irish Blessing  


Happy Camper Book Fair Ends Today

Thank you to everyone for your support of our Happy Camper Spring Book Fair......s'more fun with books!  This morning is your last opportunity to visit and make a purchase!:  

  • Thursday, March 16 - 8 am - 10 am


Lenten Rosary Prayer

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 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  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


Janor Spiritwear Orders

Spiritwear orders will be coming home today, Thursday, March 16.  Thank you to everyone who placed an order.  We look forward to seeing everyone in their new clothes on Spiritwear Fridays.


Saints Having Fun


Registration Now Open!

ASCA All School Family Fun Night 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 cost is only $14 for one child, with a $25 max for 2 or more children.   Registration is online, and couldn't be easier!  To register, please click on the following link:  


All Saints Women's Basketball League Starts Tonight 

Ladies, you've sat in the stands all winter long watching your kids play basketball and cheering them on.  Now that their season is finished, it is time to dust off your high tops and put your game face on!  Join your fellow All Saints moms, teachers and friends in the gym for some fun on the following dates:

Thursday, March 16:  7-9
Tuesday, March 21:  6:30-8:30
Thursday, April 6:  7-9
Thursday, April 20: 7-9
Tuesday, May 2:  6:30-8:30
Thursday, May 11:  7-9
Thursday, May 18:  7-9

Cost to participate will be $50 for new players (includes a jersey).  To sign up or get additional information, please contact Chris Gambs ( or Dana Menendez (


Night at the Lab/Meet an Astronaut at Lewis University


The Lewis University Physics and Chemistry Departments will be hosting Night at the Lab / Meet an Astronaut on Monday March 20, 2017. There will be hands-on STEM activities and demos, the opportunity to meet astronaut Dr. Linda Godwin, a presentation by Dr. Godwin, and stargazing (weather permitting). Please click here for the information flyer.  The event is free and open to the public.  The activities will be geared toward students in 4-8th grade and high school though there will also be some activities for families with younger children.   


Saints Helping Saints

No Cookin’ in the Kitchen - March 

No Cookin’ in the Kitchen, benefiting the ASCA Class of 2018, has an event at Aurelio's this coming week:      

  • This Tuesday, March 21 - Aurelio's.  Please click here for more information.  


Saints in the Classroom and Beyond


ASCA Graduates Coming Home

For graduates of ASCA in the Classes of 2009 through 2016:  We are in the early stages of planning for an event to bring all of you back together at All Saints.  Would you like to be involved in the planning?  If so, please contact Mrs. Santos at  For our graduates who have moved on to college, who have graduated from college, or who will be attending college this fall:  Please send us a pennant from your college!  Thank you to those who have already sent in a pennant.  We can not wait to hang them in our halls for all to see!  We are proud of all of our ASCA grads.  


We would love to hear about what our students and graduates are doing!!!  Please contact us so we can share the good news with our All Saints school community.


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 the Parishes

Fish Fry at St. Elizabeth Seton this Friday, March 17

All are welcome to attend St. Elizabeth Seton's Annual Fish Fry on Friday, March 17th.   Dinner will be served from 5 pm - 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.  Children that are 2 years and younger are free.  The menu will consist of Beer Battered Cod, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Cheese Pizza, Soda Bread, Beverages and Dessert.  The McNulty Irish Dancers will also be on performing.  Tickets are available at the door. So, join us for a St. Patrick's evening filled with food, fun and friends!


Saints in Competition 

From the Saints Sidelines . . . Congratulations to our Boys 7B1 team who will be playing in the Semi-finals on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 pm at St. Joan of Arc.  Should our team win, the Championship game will be held on Saturday, March 18th, 12:45 pm at Montini Catholic High School.  Be sure to come out and share your All Saints spirit as we cheer on our remaining team! Best of luck boys as you continue your playoff journey! 

Thank you to all our families and fans who came out to support our 8th graders at Blue Out last Friday!  We had a lot of fun as we honored our players for their years of dedication to our athletic program.  Good luck as you move on to high school.

RSVPs for the Basketball Banquet are due tomorrow, Friday, March 17th, no late RSVPs will be accepted.  Contact Erika Baka at if you did not receive your invite.


Let’s hope the sun comes and to melt the snow and warm the air as track season will soon begin!  Be on the watch for the Track & Field meet schedule to be released.

Parents of track & field athletes…. information will be coming soon on meet job assignments. 

ATTENTION Parents of 4th graders……is your child interested in participating in our athletic program next year?  We will be hosting a meeting for all parents interested in learning more about the athletic program.  The date is TBD but will be shortly after break, watch your email for information.  


Stay Calm and Dribble On!!!