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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Forms & Flyers

Things to Know

Student Services and Hot Lunch Program

Boosterthon 2019 - Run With The Saints IS HERE!!

 

Dear Parents and Families,

Pledging is NOW OPEN for the RUN WITH THE SAINTS!

 

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC ACADEMY GOALS

  • 100% of families get pledges from sponsors   
  • 5 pledges per student
  • $20,000 School Profit for the Restoration of the Concrete Recess Pad to Ensure the Safety of the Students.

 

The easiest way to help us reach our goals is through our easy SHARE features on FUNRUN.COM.

  • Make a Student Star Video to share with Facebook friends!
  • Copy and paste the email template and then send to family, friends, and local businesses.
  • Go to FUNRUN.COM from your mobile device, click share, and send texts to friends and family.

 

EVERY PLEDGE COUNTS. THANK YOU!

 

PARENTS!   All Saints Catholic Academy is hosting a fundraiser, and our goal is to raise $20,000 for the Restoration of the Concrete Recess Pad to Ensure the Safety of the Students!

Please join us on the recess pad for our Fun Run on Thursday, October 24:
 
  • 10:30 AM - Preschool
  • 1 PM - K - 5
  • 2 PM - Junior High
 
 
 
 

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Important Dates 

  • Pledging Opens - Tuesday, October 8 (10/8)  Log on to FUNRUN.COM
  • Pep Rally - Tuesday, October 15 (10/15)
  • Fun Run Event Day - Thursday, October 24 (10/24) - SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!

 

Lunch Order Forms  - November 2019 Lunch Orders

 

All Saints Catholic Academy is pleased to once again partner with Pancake Cafe, a venerable Naperville institution in fresh dining, presenting great tasting and nutritious lunch options for our preschool through grade 8 students and staff. 

 

Ordering is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3

 

November Hot Lunch Orders will be accepted through Friday, October 18.  

Late Breaking News:  The Detroit Style Pizza was a hit! After an informal poll with the students, we have decided to put it on the menu twice a month, alternating Wednesday's with the round pizzas. 

Click here for the Preschool Lunch Order Form.

Click here for the K- 8 Lunch Order Form.

Please remember the following:

  1. Make a copy of your order form prior to turning it in.  A picture on your phone works great!
  2. Include your payment with your order form.  Checks should be made out to All Saints Catholic Academy or ASCA.
  3. Turn in your order by the order deadline.  Late orders will not be accepted.    

Please don’t be disappointed – turn in your order and payment early.  Questions?  Contact Cristine Shaw at cshaw@ascacademy.org.  

 

Important Announcement For All School Families

The State of Illinois passed a bill this past year which has become a requirement for schools who are recognized by the State.  

The law is as follows:

Public Act 100-996 recently amended the School Safety Drill Act to require all schools in Illinois to conduct at least one (1) annual active shooter or active threat drill, effective January 1, 2019. The drill must occur within 90 days after the first day of each school year, meaning the 2019-2020 school year.  Pursuant to the amendment, these drills are to be conducted in order to evaluate the preparedness of school personnel and students in response to a school shooting threat, which has unfortunately become all too common in recent years.


This requirement previously provided that drills could be conducted on days and times when students were not present in the school building.  Following the amendment, the Act now requires active shooter drills to be conducted on days and times when students are typically present in the school building, and the drills must involve participation from all personnel and students present at the school at the time of the drill.  The Act does provide that administrators or school support personnel may, in their discretion, exempt students from participation in the drill.  Finally, the Act now provides that the appropriate local law enforcement agency must observe administration of the drill.

What does this mean for All Saints?

Since this is new to All Saints Catholic Academy this year, we have invited Sergeant Tim Erdman from the Naperville Police Department to address the parents about what to expect during the drill; and how to best speak to your children about the drill. 

Sergeant Erdman will be at All Saints Catholic Academy on Wednesday, November 13th to train our staff after school; and will then come to speak to our ASCA parents on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:00 - 6:30 pm.  Sergeant Erdman’s presentation will take place just before Detective Wistocki’s presentation on Cyber Safety which will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

Please be aware that our preschool students will not be involved in the active shooter portion of our drill; they will, however, take part in the lockdown portion of the drill.  Also, note that all safety information presented to students with respect to the active shooter portion of our drill will be done in an age appropriate way.

 

All parents are strongly encouraged to attend these two presentations.  Please note that students will NOT be allowed to attend either presentation or be in the building on the evening of November 19.  This is a parent only presentation.  Teachers will also be in attendance on the 19th.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER

Returning to ASCA in November – Detective Rich Wistocki

Tuesday, November 19 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm     

Thank you to our All Saints Parents Association (ASPA) for sponsoring this event.  Naperville Police Department employee and child crime expert, Detective Richard Wistocki has dedicated his career to helping children by tirelessly pursuing, apprehending and prosecuting child predators; and he will be at All Saints on Tuesday, November 19 to help us! 

We are living in a different age with our children than the world that we grew up in.  Our children and young people have access to powerful technology and information as close as the palms of their hands.  

We must be informed, vigilant, and engaged with our children and students to keep them safe in the cyber world that extends far beyond our home, school, and neighborhoods. 

ASCA welcomes retired Naperville Police Department Detective and child crime expert, Detective Richard Wistocki, who has dedicated his career to helping children by tirelessly pursuing, apprehending and prosecuting child predators.  As an active Cyber Crimes Detective, he educates Law Enforcement using cutting edge investigative techniques, and parents and students on responsible digital activity.

We need all school parents who are able to come, to be present to hear our speakers

in the ASCA School gym on Tuesday, November 19 from 6 - 8:30 PM. 


 

More about Detective Wistocki –

  • 30 year, decorated member of Law Enforcement
  • 23 year SWAT team member
  • Authored the State of Illinois Sexting Law
  • Authored the State of Illinois Sexual Exploitation of a Child Law
  • Member of The United States Secret Service Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force (CECTF)
  • Member of The Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC)
  • High Technology Crimes Detective, Naperville IL  
  • Formed the Will County Illinois States Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit that made over 90 sexual predator arrests in its first 3 ½ years.
  • ​Created Juvenile Justice Online, a first of its kind diversion program redefining the future of positive juvenile reform.
 

Fall Book Fair

A huge thank you to all of the school families who supported our recent Fall Book Fair. As you know, we far surpassed our goal of $9,100, with over $10,000 in sales - our most successful fair EVER.  We would like to recognize and sincerely thank the following:

  • Kathy Kokkinos and Christine Shaw who coordinated the fair.
  • To all of the many volunteers who helped with set up and take down, who manned the registers, and who assisted students and school families throughout the sale.  
  • To our school families who supported the fair (and our school library) with your purchases and generosity.  

As noted in the weekly reminders, all students have earned and will enjoy an out of uniform day on Tuesday, October 15 (the day after the Columbus Day holiday).   Bravo, ASCA!!!

 

All Saints Collects Box Tops for Education and Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

As the Box Tops for Education program has now gone ‘electronic’, see the attached flyer for more information on downloading the App, and earning cash for ASCA.   You may still send in paper box tops that have not expired; we will be collecting them in the classrooms. 

 

We also are collecting your pop can tops for Ronald McDonald House.  Questions?  Contact Gretchen Muller at bandgmuller@comcast.net.  Thank you in advance for your help!

 

Last Day for Summer Uniforms – Tuesday, October 1

The last day to wear your summer uniform shorts and gym shoes in 2019 will be this coming Tuesday, October 1.   Uniform shorts and gym shoes can again be worn in May, 2020.

 

Move Your Feet to Give a Child a Seat - Friday, October 4

Thank you to our school families for your support of the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) of the Diocese of Joliet, All Saints will once again be participating in the Move Your Feet to Give a Child a Seat campaign on Friday, October 4.  The CEF is instrumental in raising funds that assist families in affording a Catholic school education in the Diocese.  They have been very generous to All Saints, awarding almost $30,000 in awards for the 2019-2020 school year to ASCA families. 

 

On Friday, October 4, students will have the opportunity to be out of uniform in support of the CEF.  It will cost $1 to wear an out of uniform top; and $1 to wear an out of uniform bottom.  If a student wishes to be totally out of uniform on the 4th, it will cost $2.   There will be NO SPIRIT WEAR FRIDAY on Friday, October 4.  All students who are not participating in this event are expected to be in uniform.   No Out of Uniform Passes may be used on this day.  This event raised over $500 for the CEF.

 

Please bring your money on the 4th.  All monies collected will be sent to the Catholic Education Foundation.  Know that these resources are put to good use both here at All Saints and throughout the diocese.  You are most welcome to donate more than $2 to this worthy cause.  Each contribution will be greatly appreciated.    

 

Grandparents Day - Tuesday, November 26

We are pleased to announce that Grandparents Day will once again be held just prior to Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 26; and we look forward to welcoming all Grandparents and Special Guests into our school community.  Invitations are currently in the works but we need your help.  If you are new to ASCA or if your grandparent or special guest has moved within the past year, PLEASE take a minute to click here to complete the attached address form, or send an email to ascagrandparents@gmail.com and provide us with their name, complete mailing address and their respective students' names and grades.  Forms have also gone home in hard copy to all youngest and only students.  Completed forms may be returned to the office or front desk by the form deadline of Wednesday, October 9.

 

Also, we are in need of a volunteer to help compile a photo montage that will play on a loop during the event.  Photos will be provided and this can be done from home at your convenience.  We do ask that the montage be produced on a PC for compatibility purposes.

 

Lastly, this event is exclusively for grandparents or VIP’s in our children’s lives however, we encourage any parents that wish to be part of the day to volunteer in one of the many capacities available.  Volunteer sign up will take place in early November and as always all volunteers must have completed the PGC and background check.

 

Bernies Book Drive Book Drive - September 23-27

Thank you ASCA families for donating over 1,000 books to Bernie's Book Bank last week during the Book Fair!  These books are going to Chicago-area school children, helping to fuel their love of reading.  Thank you for your generosity and support of this wonderful organization!

 

Other Upcoming Events:

(Please mark your calendars for the following)

  • November 4-6: Post Halloween Candy Collection for Operation Support Our Troops
  • November 18-22: Shoe Drive for Cradles to Crayons
  • November 18-22: Coat Drive for Button and Zipper
  • December 2-20: School-wide Advent Collection for Hesed House
  • January 20, 2020: MLK Day of Service - Many philanthropic opportunities will be made available on this day of service.  More information will follow!

Questions? Please email Anne Soto at anneponcesoto@gmail.com or Robin Beck at robindbeck24@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

 

8th GRADE MORPHING VIDEO PICTURE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

It is time to start creating the annual graduation morphing video of our graduating class. It is presented at the graduation dinner and is a very touching, beautiful and emotional tribute to all families by watching our kids’ transformation over the years. We need your help to provide the first four photos of your child’s life as soon as possible. This is a very time intensive project.

 

PLEASE TURN IN YOUR CHILD’S FOUR (4) PICTURES as soon as possible but no later than MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th.

 

The following photos requested below are suggestions.  If you don’t have the exact timing requested still please provide 4 pictures showing their growth progression from infancy.  Remember the goal of the video is to show how your child has grown through the years:

 

Photo 1: Newborn photo or from first year

Photo 2: Toddler

Photo 3: Kindergarten or 1st grade

Photo 4: 4th or 5th grade

Photo 5: We will use the 8th grade photo taken at school in the graduation gown.  You do not need to supply this one.

 

Some helpful hints:

  • Photo should clearly show your child’s face. The full head must be shown.  Do not have part of their head or hair cut off.  Portrait shots work best.  Head must be facing forward so both eyes and cheeks are visible.  Eyes should be open.
  • Your child’s head should not take up more than 75% of the photo.
  • Another person can be in the photo if they are next to your child, as long as your child’s entire head is shown.  The other person’s face will not appear in the video.
  • Please only use color photos.

 

Submission Process:

Digital Photos:

  1. Email ONE photo per email to 8thgrademorphingvideo2020@gmail.com  If you include multiple photos in one email, they may be compressed and the quality could be lost. 
  2. Include your child’s name and either their age in the photo or a number to indicate the order of the photos in the subject of the email.  Send them at the largest size (highest resolution) possible. 
  3. Copy them to a Flash drive in order from youngest to oldest.  Complete the Morphing Photo Submission Form and send to the school office in an envelope marked Morphing Video. Flash drives will be returned.

For Printed photos:

  1. Use at least 4X6” photos for best resolution
  2. If you scan at home, be sure the resolution is at least 200dpi.
  3. You can send the printed photos along with a Morphing Photo Submission Form to the All Saints office labeled Morphing Pictures NEED SCANNING.  The office staff will assist by scanning them to a removable drive at school.  All photos will be returned.

Please click here for the Morphing Video Photo Submission Form.

Thank you in advance for your timely cooperation.  If you have questions please contact Alma Alvarez or Monica Risdon at 8thgrademorphingvideo2020@gmail.com

 

2019-2020 School Supply Online Ordering/Lists

Online ordering continues through the end of September. Complete your order on line at www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks, and use the school's account number which is ALL233.  

 

Orders placed after July 7 will be sent directly to school families within 3-5 business days.  Please retain a copy of the order confirmation email for your records.

 

Please click here for ordering information and pricing. Please note that Educational Products Inc. (our school supply kit provider) uses descriptions that match their inventory. You certainly have the option to purchase similar supplies elsewhere.  Please click here if you wish to view the 2019-2020 school supply lists.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kokkinos at kkokkinos@ascacademy.org.

 

Please click here for ordering information and pricing. Please note that Educational Products Inc. (our school supply kit provider) uses descriptions that match their inventory. You certainly have the option to purchase similar supplies elsewhere.  Please click here if you wish to view the 2019-2020 school supply lists.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Kokkinos at kkokkinos@ascacademy.org.

 

The following are available for sale in the school office, or by contacting Maryanne Higdon at mhigdon@ascacademy.org.  

Grades K-8 Headsets - $25.00

Preschool and Kindergarten Nap Mats $25.00 

Replacement Assignment Notebook $5.00

Replacement Pencil Case $5.00

ASCA Car Decals and magnets $5 each.  

 

Field Trips

Field trips offer All Saints Catholic Academy students a wonderful opportunity to find out more about what they are studying and the world around them.

The 1st grade classes will be going to North Central College for a performance of Beauty and the Beast on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9:30 am - Noon.  

  • Students will be in uniform for the event.
  • Students will eat lunch in school.  

Click here for the field trip form.  

 

The 7th grade classes will be going to the Called By Name conference on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 8:15 am - 2:30 pm.  

  • Students will be in uniform for the event.
  • No cell phones.
  • Lunch is provided.

Click here for the field trip form.  

 

The 3rd grade classes will be taking a Naperville Trolley ride on Tuesday, October 21, 2019 from 8:30 - 10:45 am.  

  • Students will be in uniform for the event.

Click here for the field trip form.  

 

Kindergarten students will be traveling to Kuipers Family Farm on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

  • Students will NOT be in uniform for the field trip.
  • Students should bring a brown bag lunch to eat at the event – no lunch boxes.  


Click here for the field trip form. 

ASCA 8th grade students will be visiting Mundelein Seminary on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:05 AM to 2:00 PM.   

  • Students WILL be in uniform for the field trip.
  • Students may NOT bring their cell phones.
  • Students will eat lunch at the event (no brown bag lunch needed) 

Please click here for the field trip form.  

ASCA 6th grade students will attend Field Day at Montini High School on September 25, 2019 from 8:35 AM - 2:00 PM.   

  • Students will not be in uniform for the field trip
  • can not bring cell phones on the field trip
  • will have cheese pizza for lunch.  Students with allergies should brown bag their lunch

Click here for the field trip form.  

 

Past Year All Saints Field Trips

  • The 7th grade visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago to review weather concepts and to explore body system which ties in with our science curriculum. 
  • 6th Grade visited the Field Museum in Chicago learn more about natural history which ties in with their social studies curriculum. 
  • 2nd Grade students visited the Morton Arboretum today to enhance their study of plants, animals,and their habitat.
  • ASCA's Honors ELA 7th and 8th Grade students attended the Crosstown Debate at SS Peter and Paul.
  • ASCA's 5th grade students took a trip to the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet.
  • ASCA's 1st grade students took a trip to see a live performance of Junie B. Jones.
  • ASCA's preschool students enjoyed a visit from Mother Goose.
  • ASCA's 8th grade students took a trip to Marmion Academy for a class retreat.  
  • ASCA's 7th grade students took a trip to Called By Name to study vocations.  
  • ASCA's 4th grade students took a trip to Naper Settlement to take part in living history.  
  • ASCA's 8th grade students took a trip to Mundelein Seminary to explore church vocations.  
  • Kindergarten students visited Kuipers Farm in Maple Park to learn more about pumpkins.
  • Grade 6 students traveled to Montini High School for a field trip.

Special Programs, Schedules and Forms

After School Enrichment Activities

 

ASCA Junior High Math Club

The ASCA Junior High Math Club is open to all grade 6 - 8 students, offering an enrichment opportunity that encourages students to explore a wide range of problems.

6th and 7th grade students meet from 5 - 6:15 pm.  8th grade and Mathcounts competitors from the 2018-2019 school year meet from 5:45 - 7 pm.

The team meets at the St. Margaret Mary Parish Center, located at 1450 Green Trails Road in Naperville, 60540.

For more information, contact Justin Budd at jbuddfamily@gmail.com.  

 

Chess 

Chess for Beginning and Intermediate Players

Studies have shown that students who play chess do better in school.  Chess has shown to enhance the analytical, critical thinking, and visualization skills.  This program will teach the students, through lessons that build on each other, to play the game of chess.

Dates:  9/19, 9/26, 10/3 and 10/24 (all Thursdays)

Time:  3:30 - 4:30 pm

For:  Students entering Grades 1-8

Cost $40 (four sessions)

Click here to register online.  

 

Art Enrichment Class

Does your child want to expand their artistic vocabulary, motor skills and drawing and painting skills? Then this is the perfect after school class! Under the amazing direction of ASCA Art Teacher, Mrs. Paula Breunig, students will be will be exploring different mediums each session as we create self portraits, landscapes, contemporary art pieces and more. Each session will focus on different skills to improve each participants skills and knowledge of different art materials.

  • Who is this class for?  This class is for ages: K+
  • When is this class?  Tuesday afternoon from 3:35 - 4:35 pm in the art room.    Session begins on September 24, and runs through October 29.
  • What will we be doing?  Session One: Charcoal Animal Portraits
 

Out of Uniform fundraiser to benefit the ASCA Class of 2021

Information about this optional fundraiser to benefit the ASCA Class of 2021 has been sent home with all youngest and only students.  You can also view the form by clicking here.   Out-of-Uniform fundraiser days are offered by the current 7th grade class (Class of 2021) to raise money for its 8th grade trip next year.  By participating in this fundraiser, your child can enjoy a total of 5 Out-of-Uniform days.  The Class of 2021 thanks you for your generous support!

 

Out-of-Uniform fundraiser days are:

•           Friday, October 18, 2019

•           Thursday, December 19, 2019

•           Friday, February 21, 2020

•           Friday, March 20, 2020

•           Friday, May 15, 2020

 

The cost to participate is:

•           $20 (per child) to participate in the Prepaid Package for all 5 Out-of-Uniform days (with a $50 MAXIMUM per family)

•           $10 (per child) Drop-in Rate for each individual Out-of-Uniform Day

 

To take advantage of the Prepaid Package, please return the form below by Friday, August 30, 2019 to the school office.  Payment will be made via cash or check (payable to ASCA). 

Please note that NO OTHER OUT OF UNIFORM PASSES CAN BE USED ON THESE DAYS.  Students who have not paid for the package, or paid the $10 on the morning of the scheduled day WILL BE EXPECTED TO BE IN UNIFORM.  

 

If you prefer to pay for each Out-of-Uniform day separately, your child must bring in $10 cash the morning of the scheduled Out-of-Uniform day.  Any questions, please contact Tracy Coleman at tracytroy@aol.com or Kendra Kirchgessner at kirchette@yahoo.com.

 

ASCA NOW News

ASCA Now News - 2019-2020 School Year

  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 30, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 23, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 16, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 9, 2019.
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 2, 2019.
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from September 25, 2019.

ASCA NOW News from 2018-2019 School Year

  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from September 26, 2018.
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 2, 2018.
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 9, 2018.
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 15, 2018.
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from October 22, 2018.
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from November 5, 2018. 
  • Click here for the very special Grandparents Day edition of the ASCA NOW News.
  • Click here for the ASCA Now News from December 3, 2018 (New Feature - ASCA Question)
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from December 10, 2018
  • Click here for the Christmas edition of the ASCA NOW News
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from January 14, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from January 22, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from January 28, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from February 11, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from February 19. 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from February 25, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from March 4, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from March 11, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from March 18, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News (April Fools Day Edition) from April 1, 2019)
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from April 8, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from April 15, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from April 29, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from May 6, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from May 13, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from May 20, 2019
  • Click here for the ASCA NOW News from June 3, 2019

 

Sticky Fingers Cooking Class

  • Click here to register for the Fall 2019 session.   This after school activity takes place on Wednesdays from 3:35 to 4:35 pm.    Click here for the informational flyer.  Click here to check out the recipes.  

 

Fun Fair 2020 will be on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 5:30 – 8 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2019-2020 Parent Student Handbook

Please click here for the 2019 - 2020 Parent Student Handbook for more detailed information.  

 

ASCA Summer Reading

Summer Reading Program

At All Saints, we keep learning all summer long!  

To view the Kindergarten Reading List - CLICK HERE.  

To view the Grade 1 - 5 Reading Lists and Projects - CLICK HERE.

To see the Junior High (Grades 6 - 8) Reading Lists on our website with Live Links to the ASCA Summer Book Chat  - CLICK HERE (be sure to scroll down the page to find).  To view the Junior High Reading List packet, CLICK HERE.  

Summer Parent Reading List - CLICK HERE.

 

ASCA Junior High School

Summer Reading

WHY SUMMER READING?

 

  1. It promotes and supports reading for pleasure.
  2. Reading everything and anything raises achievement.  
  3. Research shows that students who read over the summer actually gain reading skills at all grade levels.
  4. It keeps students from losing what they’ve learned – summer learning loss is a real phenomenon in which students can lose up to 1-2 months of knowledge during the summer.
  5. Reading over the summer months has been shown to counteract that learning loss.
  6. It gives students access to new knowledge and points of view – one of the overarching benefits of reading is what people can learn from the content they read. They can be exposed to other cultures, new places, unique ideas and so much more.
  7. It improves student performance in the classroom. The only way to get better at reading is to read more. Reading skills take a long time to develop and can’t be taught in preparation for a test or assignment. Instead, students should include reading on a regular basis as part of their lifestyle.

 

2019 ASCA JUNIOR HIGH SUMMER READING GUIDELINES

 

  • This summer, all junior high students must read at least 2 books, however, only of one of the books must come from the ASCA Junior High Summer Reading list on the following  pages.
  • Students are encouraged to read as many of these books as they wish.
  • Pick books that you will enjoy as well as those that will challenge you.  
  • If you find the book to be too easy or too difficult to read, chose another. One great way to find this out is to read a few pages to see how many words you do not recognize.  If you cannot find any words you do not know, it is probably too easy for you. 
  • Also, check out your local library for more suggestions to locate books that match individual interests and reading levels.
  • The selected book should be a book you  have not previously read. Let your conscience be your guide.
  • Students will read a book and then complete a Google Form entitled “ASCA Summer Book Chat” where they will answer four questions about their book which include:

 

  1. How did the main character change in the book?
  2. How did the setting of the book (location, time period or both) impact the story?
  3. What was your favorite moment in the book? Least favorite moment?
  4. Who would you recommend this book to and why? 

 

  • Information on expectations of how the questions should be answered can be found in the following pages. Students should read over the prompts before they read each book.
  • When kids return to ASCA after summer break, they will be working in their ELA class on an activity based on the books they read over the summer and discuss the answers to the prompts they wrote on each of  their “ASCA Summer Book Chat” forms.
  • Books are available at Naperville Public Library and can be found in a variety of formats (print, digital, audio). All formats are acceptable to complete summer reading, but  students who listen to an audio version of the book follow along with a print or digital copy as well.
  • When visiting the Naperville Public Library or a library in your own hometown, don’t forget to  sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

 

Here are the individual links for each teacher’s ASCA Summer Book Chat form:  

                     

Entering 6th Grade ELA - https://forms.gle/kpDir4Cs3J5gUQ747

Entering 7th Grade ELA -  https://forms.gle/5tgMmKqPcDSmm3Wt7

Entering 8th Grade ELA -      https://forms.gle/hwhDHWHk9wPVguNZA

**Please fill out a form using your future ELA teacher’s link only. 

 

Here is the link to the entire Rebecca Caudill 2020 Listhttps://www.rebeccacaudill.org/images/2020/2020CaudillAuthorList.pdf

Here is the link to the ASCA Read-A-Palooza Summer Reading Contest Video. You can also find it on the Google Forms.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17gYG3TEqvWU9tHLhTY_-1OL7rhCdLjPE/view?usp=sharing

 

ASCA Junior High

Summer 2019 Suggested Reading List

 

Fiction Titles                                                                                                  Author

The Book Scavenger                                                                    Bertman, Jennifer

The War that Saved My Life                                                        Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street                                         Currie, Kindsay

The Hour of the Bees                                                                   Eagar, Lindsay

It all Comes Down to This                                                             English, Karen

Space Case                                                                                  Gibbs, Stuart

The Inquisitor’s Tale                                                                     Gitwitz, Adam

When Friendship Followed Me Home                                          Griffin, Paul

The Paper Magician                                                                     Holmberg, Charlie

House Arrest                                                                                 Hold, K.D.

The Great Trouble                                                                         Hopkinson, Deborah

All’s Faire in Middle School                                                           Jamieson, Victoriah

You Go First                                                                                  Kelly, Erin Entrada

Amina’s Voice                                                                               Khan, Hena

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere                                        Lamana, Julie

The Boy on the Wooden Box                                                         Leyson, Leon

A Night Divided                                                                              Nielsen, Jennifer A.

The Boundless                                                                               Oppel, Kenneth

Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu                                            Prince, Karen

Track Series (Ghost, Patrina, Sunny, Lu)                                       Reynolds, Jason

The Blackthorn Key                                                                        Sands, Kevin

The Keepers                                                                                  Sanders, Ted

Falling Over Sideways                                                                   Sonnenblick, Jordan

Beneath                                                                                         Smith, Roland

Three Bird Summer                                                                       St. Antoine, Sara

The Secret Keepers                                                                       Steward, Trenton

Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow                                        Townsend, Jessica

Timebound (The Chronos Files)                                                    Walker, Rysa

Beyond the Bright Sea                                                                   Wolk, Lauren

 

 

Non Fiction Titles                                                                                                  Author

Unbroken (adapted for young reader copy available too)                   Hillenbrand, Laura

Swifter, Higher, Stronger                                                                     Macy, Sue

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr   St. George, Judith

Samurai Rising                                                                                    Turner, Pamela S

I Am Malala                                                                                          Yousafzal, Malala

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DESCRIPTION AND EXAMPLES OF HOW TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMER READING PROMPT

 

*Please look over the directions and examples below to see teacher expectations of how students should answer the SUMMER READING PROMPTS on the Google Docs Form.

 

  1. You should write in complete sentences using proper spelling and punctuation.
  2. Please incorporate the question in your answer.
  3. Include your name, the title of the book, and the author on each form.
  4. Be descriptive in your answer and write a minimum of 3 (three) sentences that really answer the question asked in the prompt.
  5. When answering your question, be sure the answer shows your future ELA teacher that you read and understood the book.

 

EXAMPLES OF RESPONSES

 

PROMPT 1: How did the main character change in the book?

 

You should give evidence and examples from the book about how the main character behaved in the beginning as compared to later in the book or at the end of the book.

 

Example: In Masterminds, the main character, Eli, changed in this book because in the beginning he was very comfortable with and accepting of his life in Serenity. He did not question his environment or surroundings at all and accepted most everything the way his dad and other adults explained it. As the book progressed, Eli began to search for information online, sneak out of his house and explore the warehouse, which shows that he was starting to think for himself and was questioning and challenging the ideas and behavior around him.

 

PROMPT 2: How did the setting of the book (location, time period or both) impact the story?

 

You should describe the setting in the book and how it impacted the storyline or characters using evidence or an examples from the book.

 

Example:  The the book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the setting plays a very important part of the story.  This story takes place in the 1930’s  in rural Mississippi. The story’s setting is  in during the height of the Great Depression. This accounts, in part, for why so many of the characters are poor, and provides an account of how blacks fared during the Great Depression. But the characters in the novel aren't just poor because of the Depression. They're also poor because of racial inequalities in America, and particularly in the South. This was still years before  the Civil Rights movement, and still firmly in the era of open racism and segregation.  The characters lives revolve around this injustice and makes the conflicts between characters very strong.

 

PROMPT 3: What was your favorite part of this book? Least favorite part.

 

This is your opinion.  Be as detailed as you can to explain these two parts.  If you did not have a least favorite part, explain why.

 

Example: My favorite part of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, was when the Reverend Sykes tells Scout to “Jean Louise. Stand up, your Father’s passin’”.  I thought this showed the great respect the Reverend Sykes had for Atticus Finch and how Atticus tried to help clear Tom Robinson’s name in court.   On the other hand, my least favorite part was when Tom Robinson was shot.  I feel he was set up and was killed without any justice. If he had lived, Atticus might have been able to appeal his guilty verdict.  With Tom being dead, there was no need for the appeal and everyone will forever think he was guilty of hurting Mayella Ewell.

 

PROMPT 4: Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?

 

This can be a hard question to answer well. If you choose to answer this, you need to give specific evidence that shows you read the book in your recommendation (or lack of recommendation) to others. It’s not enough to say, “It was funny” or “It was really good”. That does not show that you read the book. What happened in the book that made it funny or good or action-packed!?

 

Example: I would recommend the book House Arrest to anyone who enjoys a novel in verse and appreciates a “fast” read. The story of Timothy and his little brother, Levi, who was very medically fragile, was touching and also suspenseful as you follow along to see if Levi will get the medical help he needs and if Timothy will get out of the terrible trouble he made for himself trying to solve his family’s problems. This is a great book not only for the compelling story of the brothers, but also for the way K.A. Holt connects you to Timothy and develops his character.

 

Additional Challenge.  How many books can you read in 11 weeks?  Everytime you read a book, fill out an “ASCA Summer Book Chat” Google Form using your particular ELA teacher’s link.  The students who read the most books and/or read more than their ELA teacher will enjoy a surprise the first week back to school in August.

 

From time to time over the summer, each teacher will post on SchoolSpeak how many books they have read to let their students know.  Each teacher will also be filling out an ASCA Summer Book Chat form for each book she reads as well.

 

My Summer Reading Checklist

 

  • Read 2 books of my choice.
  • Fill out an “ASCA Summer Book Chat” form using my ELA Teacher’s link for each book read- you must have at least 2.
  • Read more books and fill out more “ASCA Summer Book Chat”forms to enter into our reading contest (Can you read more than your ELA teacher?)
  • Be ready to discuss the books the first week back in August.
  • Relax and have a great summer!

 

May your summer reading be just the beginning of what hopes to be a wonderful and successful 2019-2020 school year here at All Saints Catholic Academy. Have a fabulous summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August!

 

            Mrs. Barnhart        Miss Selvick          Mrs. Fodor           Mrs. Galise

 

 

 

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