Saints Speak - May 11, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

STEM Education and All Saints

This past week, our students have explored STEM activities in different ways and places.  

ASCA second graders Sydney Dieter and Kasey Glynn represented our school at the Illinois Computer Educators’ Tech 2017 technology fair in Springfield on Tuesday, May 9. The purpose of the event is for students to show the public and members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement. From elementary to the high school classrooms, TECH 2017 highlights the crucial role that technology plays in education -- ranging from increases in collaboration and critical thinking, to promoting learning beyond the limits of the school day -- by creating a space for students to share their learning and innovative uses of devices, the internet, and digital curriculum.

Sydney, Kasey and their families traveled to the Illinois State Capitol Building to share how ASCA uses the Seesaw app in our second grade classrooms. Sixty-three schools from around the state had displays set up in the rotunda of the Capitol. Kasey and Sydney spoke with lawmakers and visitors, confidently explaining how we use Seesaw to document our learning. They were poised and knowledgeable as they showed how they add videos, drawings, photos and writing to their Seesaw files. They also demonstrated how they can share comments and receive feedback from others.  2nd grade teachers Colleen Catalano and Margaret Bergquist were amazed, but not surprised, to see how articulate, well prepared and self assured the girls were in this important forum.

To add to their exciting day, the girls, their families and teachers also were given a wonderful tour of the Capitol building. In their visit to both the House and Senate chambers, they heard many details about this beautiful historic building, and had their photos taken with our local legislators, Representative Wehrli and Senator Connelly. On behalf of ASCA, Sydney and Kasey also received a Catholic Schools Week Proclamation from Representative Wehrli, which we hope to frame and display for all to see very soon.   I would like to acknowledge Sydney and Kasey and their families, their teachers Ms. Catalano and Mrs. Bergquist, and our IT Director, Mrs. Deborah Thomson, for all of their hard work.  We are proud of you!


It is important that we provide the technological tools for our All Saints students to not only learn, but to be able to put their knowledge and understanding into practice.  Our students also hone and develop their public speaking and presentation skills through their participation in our weekly school liturgies, as well as many different opportunities in their classrooms - from show and tell or Star Student of the Week for our youngest students, to biography presentations in 3rd grade, to science fair projects in 7th grade, just to highlight a few examples.    


Another highpoint of this past week was our 2nd Annual ASCA STEMFest, also on May 9. On this evening, All Saints was swimming with over 100 eager scientists, engineers, mathematicians and those interested in technology.  Frogs were dissected, cool math solved, the science of forensics explored, and infared imaging systems investigated - just a few of the many options among the exhibits, with many hands on experiences to bring STEM to life. I even enjoyed a close encounter with a frog.  

Why is STEM important?  In reflecting on this question , I came across the following explanation that aptly illustrates the 'why':   What would make you most interested in becoming a National Park ranger? Reading about forests, attending a lecture on what a park ranger does, watching a video called 'A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger' or frequently hiking through national forests? The experience of actually hiking and the pleasant memories associated with the experience, more than any of the other choices listed, would probably spark your interest in learning more about rangers. This is the theory behind STEM education. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue further education and potentially a career in a STEM field.  


I want to thank school parents Dr. Christine Platt and Dr. Deborah DeRosa for putting this event together, as well as all of the volunteers.  I look forward to the 3rd annual ASCA STEMFest.    


I would also like to touch on a few new offerings at ASCA this past school year and coming next year.  We have a newly formed Junior High Math Club that will be in place for the 2017-2018 school year.  The club will compliment and dovetail nicely with our Competition Math Team.  This year, Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Lori Hauser offered an extracurricular STEM class for our younger K-2 students that was very successful in introducing STEM concepts to our younger students.   I also eagerly anticipate putting into practice what we learn over the next two years from our participation in Project SMILE (Science and Math ILine with Engineering), in which our staff will gain a better understanding of the practices in math and science and how they are applied in industry to engineer everyday objects.  If you would like more detailed information about Project SMILE, please see last week's Saints Speak (May 4, 2017).  


On a separate note, we celebrated 8th Grade Ribbon Day this past week at mass.  The Class of 2017 will be graduating two weeks from tomorrow.  This class is my First Graduation class as Principal of All Saints Catholic Academy.  At All Saints, our mission is clear:  we are here to "nurture future leaders".  We are here to grow and encourage Saints.  I will forever remember this class, my first class.  I will cherish all of the memories, the stories and the adventures.  I pray that each one of our 59 graduates will continue to grow into who they are becoming, with each graduate using the Gospel as their guide, staying true to the values that we and their families have instilled in them, and allowing Jesus through the Holy Spirit to walk with each one of them in their life's journey.  Our community is proud of you; and I am proud of you.  


Saints News


Uniform Information

If you were unable to attend our Schoolbelles Uniform Fitting Day, you can still place your order at their website - -  or via phone.  Our school number is S2105.  Don't forget that there is currently 20% off all jumpers, skirts and hosiery through May 13.  For more information on uniform requirements and offerings, please see the following: 2017-2018 School Uniform Dress CodeSchoolbelles Buying Guide and and Lands' End Ordering/Price List.   Please note that there was an error in the Schoolbelles flyer with regards to boys polo colors.  They are Navy and Grey for boys (not white as noted in the flyer, which is only offered for girls).  This has been corrected at their website.  


School Supply Lists

School supply lists and supply packet ordering information will be coming soon!  Stay tuned.


End of the Year SCRIP Ordering 

The last day to order physical SCRIP cards for the school year will be Monday, May 22. Physical cards ordered by May 22 will be delivered on Wednesday, May 24.  There will not be any SCRIP orders processed through school over the summer months. ScripNow and Reloads will still be available and the only payment method will be via your Presto Pay account.  Physical gift cards will be available again once school begins in the Fall.   If you have any questions please contact Lauren Giroux at


Daddy Daughter Dance Update

What a great night the Daddy Daughter Dance was. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves.  A special thank you to the Haas family for the donation of Simply Delish cookies, to the Kiesler family for the donation of Nothing Bundt cakes, and the Barrile family for the beautiful flowers.

Also, I must thank the many volunteers who helped with décor, favors, floral design and clean up.  This dance would not be a success without each of you! Today, the professional photos will be sent home with the oldest and only child.  In the next week check out the area outside the front office for casual photos from the dance.


WT Cafe  - Win $50 in Free Lunches

Would you like a chance to win $50 in free lunches.  Please take the following survey:

Did you know that all WT Cafe lunches are made from scratch with quality, fresh and tasty foods each day! To place an easy online order, go to 


Good Standing Letters to come home next week

Good Standing Letters will be coming home with all St. Thomas, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Margaret Mary and Holy Spirit families next week.  


Benefits for Bringing New Families to ASCA

It is not too late to participate in our Bring a Buddy to All Saints referral program.  How does it work?  If you are successful in bringing new students to ASCA for the 2017-2018 school year, you could potentially earn a $250 fundraising obligation credit and/or a $500 credit toward your tuition.  Click here to find out more about the Bring a Buddy to All Saints referral program.  


Also available for the 2017-2018 school year is the Tuition Transfer Grant Program from the Diocese of Joliet.  This grant is extended over two school years for a total of $1,500 ($1,000 for year one and $500 for year two), and will be applied to offset the current school tuition for students who transfer into Grades 1-7 at All Saints.  Tell all of your friends about what an All Saints education means to your student and family.  Invite them to take the next step to find out more.


ASCA Alumni Reunion - Thursday, May 25

Calling all All Saints Alumni from the Classes of 2009 through 2016.  We are having a Pizza Party Reunion at ASCA on Thursday, May 25 from 5 - 7 pm. If your graduate has not been contacted and would like more information, please contact Patty Bajek at, and we will connect you.  Come hungry and ready to catch up!!!


Last SHPP Meeting of the 2016-2017 School Year - Friday, May 12

Our next SHPP (School Home Parish Partnership) meeting will be held on Friday,May 12th at Egg Harbor located at  
175 W Jackson Ave
Naperville, IL  60540

Please  join us at 8am/ after drop  at Egg Harbor for our last meeting of 2016-17. SHPP is a great place to become involved at All Saints, and to share your thoughts and ideas. Please join us and meet our new SHPP officers and members of 2017-18. 
Younger siblings are welcome.please RSVP to or 630 670 7288 so that we can make the reservations accordingly. Looking forward to see you all. 


Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund Glow Run

You may have seen the Glow Run signs popping up around town.  You dont want to miss out on this family oriented event!  All Saints Catholic Academy was selected to receive a very generous literacy grant for the fifth consecutive year by the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy fund!  It is a highly energized night that includes fun activities and entertainment while simultaneously promoting reading.  Our grant entitled, Everyone Reads!  Propelling Students' Reading Skills Forward will have a positive impact on our entire student body through staff professional development in literacy and related reading materials.  This event is not just for runners, Some of our teachers - Margaret Bergquist, Megan Barnhart, Emily Morris and Jacqui Snyder - will be in attendance running or walking.  So, come join us for the grant award ceremony by 7:25 pm on Saturday, June 3rd and support this great cause!  Go to to find out more about the event, or to register.  This has been a popular and sold out event in years past, so don't procrastinate!


Create a Family Legacy at ASCA – Sponsor a Paver Brick for the St. Therese, The Little Flower, Graduate Plaza

Purchase a Paver Brick to commemorate your child’s years at ASCA, or honor a special student, First Communion, graduation, teacher or coach!  This is also a great way to memorialize a loved one, or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary with a gift that will last a lifetime.  The sponsorship of a Brick costs $175 for 6” x 6”, $250 for 6” x 12”, or $500 for 12” x 12”.  Also, there are many religious and other icons available to enrich the message and appearance of paver bricks.  Click here to view the icons.  


For an order form and to see available icons, go to the St. Therese Plaza page on the ASCA website -  Please click here to see a copy of the brochure, which is also available in the school office.   All St. Therese Plaza order forms are due by Friday, June 2. Please stop by the brick table outside the school office for more information.  


Change in Extended Care Payments for the Last Two Weeks of School

Because all accounts need to be paid in full before report cards/diplomas can be distributed, we will be going back to pre-billing for Extended Care for the last two weeks of school. If you pre-register and believe your child will be picked up by 4:00 pm, please note that on your registration form so that you get billed the proper amount. Pre-registration for the last two weeks of school for students in grades 1-7 will be due by the start of school on Thursday, May 18. For students In preschool, kindergarten and grade 8, that due date would be Thursday, May 11.


Any drop in service during your child’s last two weeks of school will need to be paid when your child is picked up from After Care or dropped off for Morning Care. You can submit payment by either check or cash along with the registration form.


Please note that the report cards/diplomas will be held for any student whose account is not in good standing.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Thomson at  


Saints Helping Saints

Pop Tab Collections - Please bring your tabs in by Friday, May 12

On Saturday, May 13, we will be delivering all of the pop tabs that have been collected to Ronald McDonald house at Edward Hospital. All of the tabs donated on that day directly benefit the Naperville location. If you have been collecting pop tabs, please be sure to bring in all pop tabs on or before Friday, May 12. Last year, ASCA collected 37 pounds of tabs. We hope to beat that number this year.  Also, don't forget about our Box Top collections!  Feel free to send in your box tops with your pop tabs.  And don't forget to keep collecting over the summer. 


No Cookin' in the Kitchen - May

  • MOD Pizza - Monday, May 15 - Click here for the form.  

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


ASCA 6C Book Drive

6C is still collecting books.  Donate your new, slightly used books or audio books - please no textbooks or reference books. Proceeds collected from Half Price Books in Naperville will be donated to the Hogar del Porbre Orphanage in Mexico.  Drop box locations can be found throughout the school with daily pickup.  


Saints in the Summer


ACSA Summer Art Camp - NEW

For students Entering 4th Grade to Graduating 8th Graders for school year 2017-2018 (Or Pre-Approved, Artists Younger than 4th Grade)

When:  Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 from 12:30-2:30 pm

(Mrs. Wojcik will be available to supervise lunch in the school cafeteria for any students, with written permission, to stay at school after Mr. Busche’s Spirit Camp)

Where: ASCA Art Room

Cost: $100 for ASCA Students ($5 Discount for Siblings); $120 for Non- ASCA Students

All Students must complete the following:  Art Camp Registration Form and Hold Harmless/ Indemnity Agreement.  

This price includes Art Camp Time and ASCA Art Room Supplies Fee  (If there are materials that we do not have in the Art room, students are welcome to purchase those products and bring them to the first day of camp.)

*Please direct any questions or concerns to


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 about the camp.  Click here for the hold harmless agreement.  


Saints in Our Parishes

VBS at St. Elizabeth Seton

All are invited to participate in SES's Vacation Bible School Program - Treasures from the Greatest Storyteller  June 12-16, 2017  9:00- Noon  Incoming Kindergarten - 5th Grade.  Please click here for more information.  


The Choice Wine Live at St. Elizabeth Seton

Paradisus Dei is happy to announce an evening of marriage renewal. The Choice Wine Live conference helps couples fully enter into the mystery of God’s incredible love and mercy, expressed through marriage. Couples will have an opportunity to entrust their marriages to Our Lady of Lourdes during a moving prayer experience. The evening concludes by putting couples on the path to experience the joy of kind of marriage God intended from the beginning.

The Choice Wine Live
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

Designed to take marriage to the depths of love, The Choice Wine Live infuses couples with a new understanding of the kind of love God intended for their marriage from the beginning. Join many other couples and affirm the hope in your heart that this new understanding brings. Then, live the promise of Love!  Live the Love. It’s Real!  To find out more, go to choice-wine-live-naperville/



Saints in Competition 


For meet and individual results for last week’s meet, please visit This week our Track & Field athletes will compete in the league Divisional Championships at Elmhurst College.  Best of luck to all our athletes competing. 

***Parents of T&F athletes, if you have not fulfilled your volunteer obligation, please sign up ASAP at SignUp Genius or communicate your availability to help with timing, scoring, measuring, etc. to the coaches.  Track & Field is dependent upon the support of all registered parents.


Why All Saints Athletics?  

•    Physical and social development - Our athletics program is a great way for students (grades 5-8) to be active in a fun, competitive and social atmosphere.  There are many advantages for children who are involved in organized sports.
•    “NO CUT” Policy – ALL students (grades 5-8) have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic league play
•    Fosters school spirit

Time is running out!!!!  SPORTS REGISTRATION FOR 2017-18 IS NOW OPEN THROUGH May 19th. If your child will be in 5th – 8th grades for the 2017-2018 school year, be sure to access the registration website at,  establish an account and register for the sport of choice.  All students (grades 5-8th) are welcome to join the athletics program.  All Saints offers volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, basketball and track & field. If you have any questions about the athletics program or registration process, please email Erika Baka at or Keith Glab at   

PARENTS YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TOO! Our Athletics program cannot be successful without the help of our parents.  If you are looking for a way to become more involved, please consider joining our Boosters organization. We are looking for parents interested in helping grow school spirit, plan/organize social events (including “Blue Out”, Trivia Night), etc.  For additional information, contact Erika Baka or Keith Glab.


NOW – May 19  2017-18 Sports Registration open on
May 13    Track Divisional Championships
May 20    Track League Championships
May 31st    Track & Field Banquet