Saints Speak - May 18, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

21st Century Learning, Technology and Safety

We are living in an age where the knowledge and use of technology has become married to the mastery of traditional core curriculum - the three 'R's of 'reading, writing and arithmetic', as well as the four C’s of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.  It is no longer enough for students to go to the computer lab once a week.  One to one technology is expected.   Students do not simply learn keyboarding skills, but how to successfully apply technology to every curricular discipline.  Students should be able to code and decipher code, create webpages, and become increasingly savvy in a digital world. STEM based learning opportunities have become quite desirable. Current times are fast paced, and technology is continually changing how we learn, work and communicate.  


Technology is a wonderful tool that connects us with each other and with the world.  We must, however, be ever vigilant to the proper uses of technology in the 21st Century.  More importantly, we must teach our students how to be good stewards of technology resources, and exercise good, safe, responsible choices.


Earlier this week, we invited Detective Rich Wistocki, a 27 year veteran of the Naperville Police Department (with the last 20 years as an Internet Crimes Investigator), to address our 5th - 8th grade students about how to navigate the cyber world safely.  We learned that there is no anonymity on the internet.  There are bad people all over the world who take advantage of young people.   Parents need to be 'in' their child's technology and online activity.  Students should know and verify every single person that they are talking to online.  Students need to know that they can come to their parents without fear if something happens.  Det. Wistocki suggested applying the '3 'P' Test' to anything that students send to or share with others online.  If you wouldn't send or share it with your parent, principal or priest, it is probably not a good idea to send to someone else.  The information that Det. Wistocki shared with our students and staff made us all aware of the dangers that technology can pose.  Ignorance of these dangers and not following the laws can jeopardize our safety and well being.  We will be inviting Detective Wistocki back to All Saints this fall to address and educate our parents.


Maintaining the safety of students and staff on our campus is probably the important thing that we do at All Saints, something that we all take very seriously.  A couple of days ago, the office became aware that one of our 2nd grade students did not board the bus at the end of the day, and we did not know where the student was.  We have a bus pass system in place where we can track which students are riding the bus on any given afternoon.   This student's pass was not turned in, so we know that they were not on the bus.  Our staff members who supervise bus boarding did not see this student.  When students miss the bus, they come into the office to make a phone call to a parent, and then remain in the office until they are picked up.  This student did not do this. If a student's end of day transportation changes, the parent/guardian should email the teacher and office to advise the school of the change, or make a phone call if it is too late for email communication.  We did not receive an email or phone call.    


With all of the rules and safeguards that we have in place, none of them were followed.  Upon calling the student's parent, we learned that another school parent found out that the student missed the bus, and ended up bringing the student home.  While this was a very kind action by this parent, the office was not notified.  Imagine for a moment my three office staff members and the teacher who had bus duty that day who were trying to find this student - reaching out to homeroom teachers, checking extended care, walking the parking lot, and making phone calls to the bus company and to the parent of the student.  


Sometimes, we think that rules are inconvenient, or that they only apply to others; however, we must be ever watchful and put the safety of our students, staff and school families first.  It is incumbent upon the entirely of our All Saints school community to be aware of school rules and policies that help us to be safe, and how we can all work together toward these ends.      


Saints News


School Supply Lists

School supply lists and supply packet ordering information will be communicated to school families via SchoolSpeak on Friday, May 19.  Families will have until mid-June to place their supply orders.  Stay tuned.


Tuition and Fees for the 2017-2018 School Year

Our school board approved tuition rates and fees for the 2017-2018 school year this past Tuesday evening. We are pleased to inform you that there will be no increase to tuition rates for the coming school year, and only slight fee increases. 

Our Fees and Forms procedures have changed this year. Tomorrow, Friday, May 19, we will be sending out a SchoolSpeak email to all current school families similar to the re-enrollment email that was sent to families in January. In this email, we will be confirming that your student(s) will be returning to ASCA for the 2017-2018 school year. 
We ask that each family respond yes or no for each student in this email no later than Wednesday, May 24.  Returning families who respond to this email by 4 pm on the 24th will receive a Pick a Day Out of Uniform Pass for each student to be used in the 2017-2018 school year.  

Also, when you electronically reply yes for your student(s) in this email, we will reactivate your FACTS account for the 2017-2018 school year,  add your 2017-2018 tuition charges, and invoice your 2017-2018 student fees to your FACTS account. Note that the annual charge for a FACTS agreement with 1 payment is $20, and the cost for FACTS agreement with 4 quarterly , or 11 monthly payments is $50. The FACTS annual charge is typically withdrawn from your account within two weeks of account activation. Tuition payments begin in July, 2017. All fee payments will be due within 10 days of invoice.
Be aware that all student fees are non-refundable. Any exception to the All Saints fee refund policy must be an extraordinary circumstance that will be evaluated on a case by case basis, and must be presented in writing to the School Principal and the Pastoral President.
There will be a summer mailing sent to all families with other important information that traditionally was part of the Fees and Forms packets. The mailing will include your Pick A Day Out of Uniform Pass for families who met the May 24 deadline noted above.  

Our Back to School mailing with classroom assignments will be done electronically this summer prior to our Meet and Greet in August.  Please make sure that you contact the office from now through August with any changes or updates to your personal information (home address, phone numbers and email addresses).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patty Bajek at


End of the Year SCRIP Ordering 

The last day to order physical SCRIP cards for the school year will be this 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


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 

Good Standing Letters were sent home with oldest and only students whose families are members of St. Thomas, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Margaret Mary and Holy Spirit families on Thursday, May 18.  Please follow the instructions with your parish by the deadline noted in your letter.    


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 Moira Nolan at Come hungry and ready to catch up!!!


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 

Thank you ASCA for helping the Ronald McDonald House at Edward Hospital.  We collected 43.3 pounds of pop tabs.  We beat last year's collection by 6 pounds!!!  


No Cookin' in the Kitchen - May

  • Culvers - Tuesday, May 30 - Click here for the form.  

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


Used School Supply Collection

ASCA will once again be collecting used school supplies for SCARCE.  Click here for more information on the collection.  Click here for the used school supply checklist.  


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.  



Saints in Competition 

Track and Field Results

Congratulations to our first place finishers in last week’s Divisional Championship meet: 
    Nick Madden (5th grade)       75m & 100m
    Eddie Muller (5th grade)        High Jump
    Nadia Thomas (5th grade)     75m
    Harriet Ghapson (5th grade)   High Jump
    Ellie Glab (6th grade)            200m
    Anna Muller (7th grade)         High Jump
    KJ Glab (8th grade)              High Jump

Best of luck to these athletes as they compete in the League Championship this Saturday, May 20th at Bolingbrook High School!

Congratulations to ALL our athletes on an awesome season! 

The Track & Field Banquet will be held Wednesday, May 31st from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the ASCA gym.  Please be sure to submit your RSVP no later than Thursday, May 25th.


REGISTRATION FOR 2017-18 athletic season has been extended through May 25th. This will be your final opportunity to register your son/daughter for our athletic program 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 in grades 5-8 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.

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


NOW – May 25  2017-18 Sports Registration open on
May 20    Track League Championships
May 31st    Track & Field Banquet