Saints Speak – 1/10/2019 – The Virtue of Knowledge
The virtue we are studying this week is Knowledge. Each morning, I read a short lesson to the students about the Virtue of the Week. This past Monday, the lesson really resonated with me. The lesson began like this……….Knowledge is the gift of the Holy Spirit that brings us to learn more about God’s plan, and leads us to wisdom and understanding.
From the Book of Ephesians we read, “Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.” This passage got me thinking about some information/misinformation that has been going around for a while. I have previously tried to set the record straight with individual people; but the message still seems to be a topic of conversation among many school parents.
It is time to discuss this rumor about me. I have had many different people tell me they have heard this rumor. The rumor is that I am leaving All Saints, and not going to be principal any longer. There is not a shred of evidence to this, so I don’t know why it is still circulating. What has come back to me is that because my husband received a promotion and moved to Omaha, that we would be moving too. It is true that he moved to Omaha. What many may not know is that when he received the promotion, he moved from Fargo, North Dakota to Omaha.
Since moving here to Naperville, my husband has always lived away for work. It is not ideal or fun, but it is a decision that we made in the best interest of our children. We have four children at different places in their lives. Constantly moving isn’t good for anyone, and my husband’s job is one that can change year to year. Like many families have to do, he lives away and works, and then comes home a few times a month.
Our hope and prayer is that one day his job will bring him back to Chicago; but, that time is not now. So, while I can understand why someone may have thought we were moving, we are not. The reason I chose this moment in time to address this issue is because a rumor, however unsubstantiated, that the principal is leaving is not good for the culture and climate of a school. This is especially true as we begin to plan for our 2019 Open House, and open enrollment for the coming school year.
I have said it before and I will say it again – I am so proud of All Saints Catholic Academy. I am proud to have my son attend All Saints; and I am extremely proud to be the principal of ASCA. I am proud of the work that we have done these past three years; and we are just getting started. There is so much we still want to do as a community. So I hope we can put this rumor to rest, and move forward in truth, ready to take on all that 2019 will bring our way!
Speaking of moving forward in truth………….. While I am not leaving All Saints, one of our beloved staff members, unfortunately, is moving on. Two years ago, I was in line to purchase food at the Fun Fair. I struck up a conversation with a parent who informed me that she was looking for a job - as a nurse. Many conversations later (including an interesting encounter with her as she chased me down in the Jewel parking lot wearing her pajamas), All Saints Catholic Academy became the only Catholic School in the Diocese of Joliet to employ an actual nurse who was an RN to help take care of our students. Mrs. Tara Brophy came in to sub for us one day; and by the end of the day, we knew that we needed to do everything to keep her.
Tara and her husband Michael are moving to New York, where Michael has accepted a position as a University President. While this is a great loss to our school community, we are excited for the Brophy family, as moving back to New York (which is where they hail from) will bring them closer to family. Michael has already left for New York, but Tara and her children will remain to finish out the school year (whew!). I know that it will be a challenge to fill her amazing shoes; but, we are looking to hire another nurse.
Please let me know if you know anyone who might be interested. Also, take a minute to stop in to let Mrs. Brophy know how much we appreciate ALL she has done for us; and how much we will miss her.
New Parent and Tot Group at ASCA Begins Tomorrow, January 11
Beginning tomorrow, Friday, January 11 from 9 – 10 am, All Saints is launching a new Parent (Caregiver) and Tot Group at All Saints, geared to connect our youngest saints who are not yet ready or age appropriate for preschool and their parent/caregivers with each other here at ASCA in Room 108. It is time for you and your little one to come out of the cold, and make new friends in the new year! Please plan to join us tomorrow, and bring a friend.
Open House at All Saints – Sunday, January 27 from 1 – 3 PM
All of our current school families are invited to join us at this year’s Open House on Sunday, January 27 from 1 – 3 pm. There will be all kinds of excitement going on in each classroom.
There are SO MANY WAYS to take part in this year’s Open House. Please consider one (or more) of the following:
- Help Us Advertise the Open House - earn an Out of Uniform Pass for your student(s). Stay tuned for more information!
- Come Enjoy the Open House - All families who attend the Open House, and complete the Open House Scavenger Hunt will be entered in a drawing to win their re-enrollment/registration fee for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Refer a family to All Saints – invite someone new to find out more about All Saints, and potentially earn a referral credit toward your 2019-2020 FFO. Click here for more information.
- Volunteer to give a tour – share your love for ASCA by giving a tour to potential new families.
- Take part in the Knight of Columbus Free Throw Contest – it will be taking place in the ACSA gym on Open House day. Check in is at Noon.
Open House is the kick off to Catholic Schools Week, one of the most fun weeks of the school year.
Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year
The electronic re-enrollment email to current school families for the 2019-2020 school year will be sent next week on Friday, January 18. Additional details will be sent at that time to guide you through the process. Successful re-enrollment will guarantee your student’s spot for next school year.
New Emergency Notification System – Nixle Everbridge
All Saints will be doing another test of this new system tomorrow, Friday, January 11 at 7 pm. This will only be a test. There will be nothing further for you to do. Beginning next week, school families will have the opportunity to ‘opt in’ to future texts (no phone or email) for calendar reminders. Stay tuned for more information.
MLK Day – Monday, January 21, 2019
A SchoolSpeak message with details about MLK Day was sent earlier this week. It is a non-attendance day for students who will be out in the community doing service.
Please note that students are required to complete a Reflection Form (which is due no later than February 1) in order to receive attendance credit for the day. Please click here for the Reflection Form. Click here to find out more about MLK Day, and to sign up for service options.
February Hot Lunch Order Forms
Coming in this weekend's reminders!
Fun Fair 2019 – Friday, February 1 from 5:30 – 8 PM
Talking about Catholic Schools Week, plan to join us UNDER THE BIG TOP for our 10th Annual FUN FAIR!
When: Friday, February 1st from 5:30 - 8:00 pm
An email was sent out earlier today with lots of details. We missed a couple of really important items about our Saints Salon Sponsor, and the Cake Walk/Soda Pop Toss:
Solaia Luxury Salon and Spa Specials
We are SO excited to welcome and thank our SAINTS SALON Sponsor - Solaia Luxury Salon & Spa! In addition to generously, sponsoring the Saints Salon they are offering these specials to all ASCA families. Check out all of their services at http://www.solaiaexperience.com/
- Mother/Daughter Haircuts $59 for Both (*$33 savings)
- Mother/Daughter Manicure & Pedicure $99 for Both (*$79 savings)
- Mother/Daughter Spa Day (30 Minute Massage, Express Facial, Express Manicure, Express Pedicure and Blowout) $249 for Both (*$125 savings)
- 50% off one service for anyone new to Solaia Luxury Salon & Spa
To redeem, simply mention ASCA Fun Fair. All of these specials expire APRIL 1st, 2019
Fun Fair Soda Pop Toss and Cake Walk Donations
We are in need of donations for the always popular Soda Pop Toss and Cake Walk. Please contribute if you are able. All flavors of soda in 2 liter bottles and all types of baked goods are welcome. Soda bottles can be dropped off at Door 1 Welcome Desk from January 28-31st. Baked goods can be dropped off January 31st-February 1st, also at Door 1 Welcome Desk. Please click here for the Cake Walk Donation Form. Thank you in advance for your help in making the Fun Fair a success!
Click here to see everything you need to know about the Fun Fair! And yes, you want one of the cute limited edition teddy bears!
COMING HOME – ASCA’s 14th Annual Dinner Dance Auction
DDA 2019 IS ONLY EIGHT WEEKS AWAY!
Completed Auction Donation Forms Due This Friday, January 11th
Our gratitude to the many families and local business who made donations to our silent and live auctions! The January 11th deadline is fast approaching for submission of all completed donation forms, which must be received in order for the donation to be included in the auction line-up. If you made or secured a verbal commitment of auction items please be sure to submit your form – click here for the form - by TOMORROW Friday, January 11th. Committee members are happy to help complete forms if you have questions. Contact Christi Kluzak at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Congratulations to Joyce Davids, winner of the DDA Tuition Raffle Forms and Fees drawing!
Don’t miss YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $5,000 toward your 2019-2020 tuition. Fewer than 32 tickets remain!
For only $100 per ticket you have the chance to win $5,000 toward your 2019-2020 tuition. Only 150 tickets will be sold and fewer than 32 remain! DDA volunteers are available for ticket sales after Mass each week or you can purchase your ticket online by clicking here. Forms are also available at the Welcome Desk. Cash, Check (payable to ASCA) or FACTS (must be set up for auto-pay) will be accepted. Don’t miss your opportunity to win!
Saintly Spots and Program Advertising Deadline is Friday, January 18th
Saintly Spots and Program Ads are a terrific way to advertise your business or to celebrate your child’s graduation, First Communion, sports team or scout troop. Place a photo of your child’s band, choir or school musical participation. Saintly Spot ads are also featured on the ASCA TV in the main floor hallway – students truly love seeing their accomplishments being recognized by the school. Program Ad/Saintly Spot Ad submissions are due no later than January 18th. Time to find your favorite photo, take a team shot and create your Saintly Spot! Click here for the Saintly Spot form; click here for the Program Ad form.
Make it a Night to Remember! Special ASCA Rate Available at Hotel Indigo in Naperville on February 23rd
We’re sure you’ve already begun planning to attend the 14th Annual All Saints Dinner Dance and Auction (DDA) – Coming Home! – fabulous outfit, reliable babysitter, great group of friends to share the evening with. Why not keep the celebration going and treat yourself to a night at Hotel Indigo in Naperville? All Saints has been able to secure a special DDA booking price of just $119 at this beautiful boutique hotel. Hotel Indigo may provide free shuttle service to and from All Saints throughout the night. When is the last time you enjoyed such a great night out while supporting such an amazing cause? Just contact Hotel Indigo and tell them you are with ASCA when booking. Hotel Indigo’s phone number is (630) 778-9676 or use this link – click here - and then click the Book Now box. DEADLINE: January 25, 2019.
The 2019 DDA “Coming Home” celebrates the All Saints community and will be a great night of food, music, festivity and fun while supporting our children’s home away from home – All Saints Catholic Academy! Join us Saturday, February 23, 2019 6 pm-midnight at ASCA!
ASCA 14th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction – Coming Home!
Saturday, February 23, 2019 6 pm - Midnight at ASCA
The DDA Forms Finder
Looking for a form? Please see the following forms and links below:
What is this FFO?
Remember that all families are responsible for their Family Fundraising Obligation (FFO - $250 for preschool only families; $500 for K-8 families).
We encourage ALL SCHOOL FAMILIES to take advantage of each fundraiser that is offered that goes toward your FFO. For more information on fundraising opportunities at ASCA this year, please go to https://ascacademy.org/Portals/0/ASCA%20Fundraising%202018-2019.pdf. If you have any fundraising questions, please contact email@example.com
- Scrip – orders are placed each week. Orders made through the end of February will count toward the 2018-2019 FFO. Orders placed after February count toward your 2019-2020 FFO. Using Scrip is a GREAT WAY to purchase your Christmas gifts and other holiday needs, and earn money toward your FFO. Questions about getting started with Scrip? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DDA donations - item donations – deadline is tomorrow, Friday, January 11! Click here for the DDA Donation form. See the DDA Forms Finder for more information. Note – ticket/raffle purchases do not count toward the FFO.
March for Life – Sunday, January 13
This weekend, the March for Life – Chicago will take place on Sunday January 13 from 2 – 4 pm. All are invited to meet in downtown Naperville at the train station at noon. The train leaves at 12:30 pm. The planned return to Naperville is by 5:30 pm. This will be a peaceful gathering with speakers, and then a walk through the downtown area. For more information, go to http://www.marchforlife-chicago.org/.
Tecuatl Family Meal Train
If you are interested in volunteering to prepare a meal, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45a5ad28a20-tecault.
News from All Saints Athletic Association
Welcome YOGURT BEACH as our new Home Athlete of the Week sponsor. This week’s Athlete of the Week is Jamie Saran. Jamie lead her 6A team scoring 12 points to a 18-12 win over St. Mary Immaculate. Congratulations Jamie, enjoy your visit to the Beach!
From the Saints Sidelines . . . Our Saints didn’t let a few days off spoil their game! Congrats to the following teams who brought home wins this past weekend – Girls 5A, 5B, 6A and 8A; Boys 5A, 5B, 7A, 7B1, 7B2 and 8A.
Be sure to check the league website at http://www.dplbba.org for league standings and schedules.
Remember to pick up a new ASCA basketball car decal and show your team spirit!
SHOUT-OUTS now available! Does your athlete have a birthday to celebrate? Do you want to recognize your son/daughter’s team or your son/daughter for their academic/athletic performance? SHOUT-OUTS are now available for $25 through the Athletic Association. Shout-outs will be placed on the digital scorekeeper’s table at all HOME games for one weekend. Be sure to purchase a shout-out to recognize your child’s special moment! Contact Keith Glab at email@example.com
There is still time to show your team pride by placing a SAINTLY SPOT in the DDA booklet. Submission deadlines are due by January 19th. For further information, contact Catherine Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Tremendous Thank You to the Cornerstone Sponsors of
A Green Tie Affair, ASCA Dinner Dance Auction 2018
YOU COULD BE A SPONSOR OF THIS YEAR'S DDA!
For more information, please click on the Cornerstone Sponsor logos above. We encourage you to patronize these generous sponsors.