Saints Speak - May 25, 2017

From Mrs. Santos 

Summertime

It seems as if we are all so busy these days!  There are communions, graduations, and parties of all kinds.  Everyone is working at a breakneck pace to bring a sense of celebration and closure to the current school year.  What beckons beyond, though, is a little bit of heaven on earth known as Summer Vacation.  Just saying it evokes memories of my own childhood.  

 

Summer break should be just that - a break from routine that looks different from the other nine months of the year.  First of all, the summer weather in Chicago (especially when there is no humidity) makes up for dreary weeks of snow, sleet, rain and mud.  Be outside every moment that you can, and enjoy the warmth and the sun.  Visit Centennial Beach in downtown Naperville, your local pool or an area water park.  Play flashlight tag with your family or friends.  Attend a band concert in the park.  Take advantage of the longer days, and wait for the fireflies (or lightning bugs when I was younger) to come out.  Then, sleep in on a day where you have nothing planned.  Attend a vacation bible school.  Enjoy eating outside.  Ride your bicycle all day long.  Try something new - through a summer camp experience, or just on your own.  Read for pleasure, not for a grade.   Plan a 'staycation' and become a tourist in your own backyard.          

 

Also, don't forget everything that you learned this past year.  Be sure to work on your Summer Reading List, which will be coming home next week, or the math packet that you might receive from your teacher.  Chip away at your work over the summer break; and don't put it off until the week before you return to school!

 

Most of all, enjoy time with and make time for each other.  We are so often caught up in our work, in our activities and in our devices that we lose the opportunity to build those connections, bonds and ties that will last a lifetime.  When we were brand new expectant parents, the advice that was most often shared with each one of us was to enjoy this time with our children because it passes much too quickly.  I am sure that the parents of our Class of 2017 students who will be graduating tomorrow evening would echo those very sentiments knowing that their time here at ASCA is coming to an end.  So, whether you are taking a car or a plane trip together, going to a museum or a baseball game in Chicago (Go Cubs!), or simply having a picnic dinner or playing in the park - embrace and appreciate this summer.         

 

Our last day of school for grade 8, preschool and kindergarten is tomorrow, May 26.  Next week, we are out of uniform for the last week of the school year.  On Friday, June 2, we will be celebrating mass with our grade 1-7 students, and then dismissing at 9:30 am.  Students should wear church appropriate clothing on the last day of school.  If you need to contact the school, our summer office hours at ASCA will be 9 am to Noon, Monday through Thursday.   

 

Stay tuned for news of upcoming changes and other important information in our summer mailing and emails.  We will have our State of the School Address coming this fall that will present our new Strategic Plan, new Mission Statement, results from our Parent Satisfaction Survey and other news about the direction of All Saints Catholic Academy moving into the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.  

 

Lastly, tomorrow evening, Friday, May 26, the ASCA community celebrates the Graduation of the Class of 2017 at 7 pm in the school gym.  All Are Welcome to join us!

Saints News

 

School Supply Lists

School supply lists and supply packet ordering information will be communicated to school families this week.  We apologize for the delay.  Families will have until mid-June to place their supply orders.  

 

Yearbooks

Yearbooks are being sent home tomorrow with all students who preordered books.  There are additional books available for purchase in the school office for $25 per book.  If you have any questions about your order, please contact Patty Bajek at pbajek@ascacademy.org.   

 

Lost and Found Table 
 
Please come and take a look at the lost and found table outside the school office.  There are a lot of nice items just waiting to be found.

 
End of the Year Medication Pick Up 
 
Please pick up any medication that has been kept in the Health Office by Friday, June 2nd.   Medications WILL BE DISPOSED OF after that date, unless prior arrangements have been made.  Please contact Pat Ann Rotko with any questions or concerns - (630) 961-6125 or protko@ascacademy.org. Please note that medications must be picked up by an adult and can not be sent home with students.  

 

2017-2018 School Year News

Thank you to all of the families who responded with a resounding 'Yes' that you will be returning to ASCA for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will begin activating FACTS agreements this coming week for the coming school year, loading tuition and fees.  Note 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 in June. 

 

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 pbajek@ascacademy.org

 

Financial Aid 

 

Financial Aid awards are being finalized, and will be communicated to families once they have been completed.  

 

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 last Thursday. 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 

Thanks to all of the All Saints Alumni who joined us for our alumni reunion this evening.  We are thrilled with the turnout.  We hope that you had a great time reconnecting with our teachers and with each other.  We look forward to more opportunities to come together in the future.

 

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 http://nicaricoliteracyfund.org/glow/ 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

This is the last week to 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 - http://www.ascacademy.org/SupportOurSchool/StThereseGraduatePlaza/tabid/106/Default.aspx.  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 and to see samples.  

 

Saints Helping Saints

Second Annual Stinky Shoe Drive

The Cadette Girl Scouts want your tired, stinky sneakers!  Sarah, Elliana, & Isabella will keep them out of the landfill by delivering them to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program in Aurora. Nike will de-stink-ify your sneakers, grind them up, and turn them into athletic and playground surfaces.  How cool is that!  Give us the sneakers from your school locker and even others from your siblings, parents, and grandparents!  But, before you donate anyone’s shoes to the boxes near the locker bays or your classroom, ask your mom or dad! Your contribution will help Cadette Troop 51102 care for God’s creation and reduce your carbon footprint.  

 

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 jwojcik@ascacdemy.org

 

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.  

 

Summer Camps at Rosary High School

Please take advantage of these summer camp offerings at Rosary High School! Registrations still being accepted! Contact Rosary at 630-896-0831 for more details or register at www.rosaryhs.com/summer.

Jumpstart Your Summer Fun at Rosary! Specialized camps with a variety of activities for girls entering grades 4-5. Camps will have two sessions June 5-9 from 8-10 AM and/or 10:15-12:15. Creative, physical fitness, cooking and much more!  Girls entering grades 6-7-8 are invited to join us at Rosary High School this summer for a variety of camps. Theatre/Choral, Coding, Creative Writing, and Art Camps will be held at Rosary June 12-23.  

Grade School Summer Sports Camps at Rosary High School is on going! Join us for Basketball, Golf, and Soccer (June 12-16); Volleyball Camp is July 17-28.  Visit www.rosaryhs.com/sports_camps for more details.  

 

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 Nick Madden on his 1st Place finish in the 75m at last week’s League Championship meet, and also to Eddie Muller as he tied the league record in High Jump at the Divisional Meet!  Other top finishers in the League Championship were:

 

Nick Madden (5th gr)            1st – 75m; 5th – 100m; 5th – long jump

Eddie Muller (5th gr)             4th - High Jump; 4th – 200m; 3rd – Triple Jump

Anthony Nolan (5th gr)          4th – Javelin

Aaron Vivar (5th gr)              4th – Shot Put

Harriet Ghapson (5th gr)       4th – 100m; 3rd – 200m; 3rd – High Jump;  2nd – Long jump

Nadia Thomas (5th gr)          2nd - 75m

Nicolas Posada (6th gr)        4th – 100m Open

Ellie Glab (6th gr)                 3rd - 200m

Elliana Arnold (7th gr)          3rd – 200m

Anna Muller (7th gr)             2nd - High Jump

Alyssa Noworul (7th gr)       3rd – Long Jump

KJ Glab (8th gr)                   5th - High Jump

Katherine Coleman (8th gr)   3rd – 1600m

5th Grade Boys                     2nd – 4x100m (Major); 3rd – 4x100m (Minor);  3rd – 800m Medley

6th Grade Boys                     5th – 4x100m (Major); 5th – 4x200m

6th Grade Girls                      3rd – 4x100m (Minor)

7th Grade Boys                     5th – 4x100m (Major)

8th Grade Girls                      5th – 4x100m (Minor)

8th Grade Boys                     4th – 4x100m (Minor)

Special Shoutout goes to Joey Coleman for his 6th Place finish in the 5th Grade Boys 100m Open!

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. RSVP ARE DUE TODAY, May 25th!

IMPORTANT NEWS

REGISTRATION FOR 2017-18 athletic season is CLOSING TODAY, 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 www.asca.SIPlay.com TODAY! If you have any questions about the athletics program or registration process, please email Erika Baka at jnebaka@gmail.com or Keith Glab at kglab@ascacademy.org  

 

Have you seen the new championship banners on display in the ASCA Gym? Be sure to check out the Legacy Gift left behind by our graduating 8th grade class!  A special thank you to our 8th graders for such a memorable gift commemorating the athletic successes of All Saints!

 

UPCOMING DATES:

NOW – May 25  2017-18 Sports Registration open on SIPlay.com

May 31st   Track & Field Banquet

 

GO SAINTS!!