As the 2020 calendar year comes to a close and we reflect back on the last twelve months, we all will agree, without hesitation, that 2020 has been a year unlike any other. As an ASCA community, and as a nation, we have experienced a great deal of change, challenge, and hardship. However, we also have been the recipients of many blessings for which we are eternally grateful.
At All Saints, we have been providing our students with in-person instruction, five days per week, since mid-August. We have been so blessed to have our students back in classrooms, where we can grow and learn together as a faith community. Our students will tell you how happy they are to be in class, learning and praying alongside their friends and receiving in-person instruction from their teachers. Personally, I have enjoyed getting to know the students, seeing their joy to be in school, and watching them support and welcome new members of our school community.
Preparing for our students’ return and maintaining a safe learning environment for them has been no easy task. As the newest leader of All Saints Catholic Academy I have been continually impressed by our faculty and staff and their willingness to come together, going above and beyond to ensure each one of our students receives a high-quality, faith-based education. To achieve these goals, we have:
- Repurposed common areas of the school building and redesigned classroom spaces to allow for proper social distancing throughout the day
- Adjusted daily procedures to allow for additional cleaning and sanitizing, temperature checks, and enhanced arrival and dismissal procedures, which required extra duties for teachers and support staff
- Increased cleaning personnel
- Upgraded our tech capacity and virtual instruction capabilities to reach students who are home for various reasons, and prepared ourselves to pivot to virtual learning if needed at any time
Our motto this year has been “Together We Can,” and our success can be attributed to each person’s dedication to living out this motto.
We are proud of all we have accomplished over the last few months, and we are continually looking forward with hope to an even brighter future. As 2020 draws to an end, I ask you to consider supporting All Saints Catholic Academy and our continued efforts to provide a safe, excellent, faith-based instruction to our students. We cannot undertake this endeavor alone, but I firmly believe that Together We Can continue to move our school forward, creating an even stronger All Saints community. No gift is too small, as each helps us fulfill our mission. To make an contribution to our Annual Fund Appeal, please click here. It will only take a few minutes of your time; and your contribution will truly make a difference!
May God bless you and your family this holiday season!
Mrs. Margie Marshall
How Your Annual Fund Appeal Contribution Can Make a Difference
Your gift of:
► $25 will help us buy sidewalk chalk and jump ropes for a socially distant outdoor recess.
► $50 will help us buy a plastic desk shield to further protect students from the spread of COVID-19.
► $100 will help us buy books to upgrade and improve one classroom library.
► $150 will help us buy art supplies for one classroom.
► $200 will help us buy health office supplies and personal protective equipment to aid our school nurse.
► $300 will help us buy one student IPad or Chromebook.
► $500 will help us buy one year's supply of COVID-19 cleaning products for one classroom.
► $1,000 will help us provide a professional development session for faculty and staff.
► $2,000 will help to provide an annual school license for interactive learning resources (such as Discovery Education or IXL).
► $2,500 will help us buy a UV Ozone Generator to assist with air purification in common areas.
► $3,500 will help us buy a new interactive SMART Board for a classroom.
► $5,000 will help us purchase audio visual equipment (camera, wireless microphones, lights) to allow for high-quality recording and streaming of weekly mass and other school productions.
Additionally, the Annual Fund Appeal helps us to make and keep Catholic education affordable to all families in our community. The tuition that you pay each month is only one piece of what it takes to ensure that our students are receiving the excellent education in a safe environment that they need. Our surrounding public school districts are spending considerably more dollars per pupil than our tuition cost, with NCUSD203 spending 167% more per pupil, and IPSD204 spending 117% more per pupil. Your contribution to the appeal ensures the continued excellence of All Saints and helps us to fund various school needs, including academic enhancements, faculty development, classroom technology, supplies and equipment, and operating expenses. Every dollar raised is used to enrich the lives of our students in their pursuit of academic and spiritual development, so that they may be the future Catholic leaders that our world so greatly needs.
We know, and have shown in the challenging months of 2020, that together we can accomplish great things. We hope that you will join us in supporting this year's appeal. Each contribution to the Annual Fund Appeal, no matter how great or small, is affirmation of your belief in our mission. For that, we thank you!