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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Patty Bajek
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Saints Speak – 5/10/18 – We Appreciate Your Appreciation

It has been an incredible week to be a teacher at All Saints Catholic Academy.  Each one of us came to school on Monday, and were greeted by colorful, decorated entrances to our classrooms and offices.   We could tell that great planning and thought went into each door, as not only was each door striking visually, but also reflected our personalities and likes.  This also was a week to forget about any diets, as you (SHPP) have treated us to a continental breakfast, and a sumptuous luncheon buffet filled with all things delicious.  Tomorrow, we are all looking forward to the afternoon pick me up coffee cart.   You surprised us with lovely and personal gifts; we even had an opportunity to unwind and relax with a chair massage.  Ah, take me away……………………  


Our staff and students also enjoyed an assembly with Matt Wilhelm.  Matt is a talented BMX bike rider who has enjoyed great success in competition with three X Games Medals, two National Championships, and a silver medal earned at the World Championships.  He also has competed in Season 6 of America’s Got Talent, advancing to the semi-final round where he was eliminated.  His bike and stunt riding abilities are legendary; but it was the man who stood before our school community that touched hearts and opened eyes.  He shared his personal story of being bullied and made fun in his youth, and how the words that we use have meaning.  When you share ‘nice words’, they have currency (and who doesn’t like money). Hurtful words cannot be taken back.  One can not erase unkind words with an, ‘I’m sorry’.  They will always be there, even if you try to cross them out or remove them.    I hope that Matt’s stories and experiences had an impact on our students.  They certainly did on me.


Since we are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, I must acknowledge the great teachers that that are leading our children.  I truly appreciate our staff every single day.  Their accomplishments, and the impact that they have on our students is incredible.   You will not find a more talented, professional and experienced group of educators than the teachers at All Saints Catholic Academy.  I am so proud and humbled to lead, collaborate, and work with my colleagues.  They are a big part of the success of ASCA and our students.


I would just like to share but a few of the many, many recent successes of our students:


  • On April 27 and 28, three 7th graders (Nico Kazlauskas, Carlos Lomena, and Ethan Meyers) participated in the Illinois Junior Academy of Sciences State Science Fair in Peoria. Between them, they received two silver medals, and one bronze medal.  We are very proud of these students participating in their first state competition. 


  • 8th graders Maddie Beck, Millie Ghapson, Kaili Marriott, Annie Watson, Lauren Walsh, Elliana Arnold, Francesca Arquiza, Maddie Beck, and 7th grader Lexi Oblon all received honorable mentions for their letter submissions to the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian writing contest “Letters for Literature”.  They each wrote a letter to an author stating specifically how the author's style of writing has inspired them. This contest is nationwide, but the state of Illinois received the most entries from students this year with over 6,900.


  • All Saints recently participated in the Crosstown Literary Debate competition against SS Peter and Paul and St Raphael.  The ASCA team took 1st place overall. Elliana Arnold tied for 1st individual. Brynn Drake and Annie Watson tied for second place.  Brenna Davidson, Brynn Drake, Annie Watson and Francesca Arquiza won individual team awards. 


  • Our students are now reporting the ASCA NOW News weekly, honing their anchoring, camera and reporting skills.  What a tremendous opportunity to flex their creative and technical muscles, and provide an informative and entertaining resource to our school community.  Check out one of their recent news programs at  


  • Our 1st grade students recently raised $415.20 for their class philanthropy, Alex’s Lemonade Stand with their Reader’s Theatre performances.  Bravo, 1A!


A huge thank you to Mrs. Barnhart, Mr. Wilson, and Mrs. Porlier for helping our students to realize these victories and growth.  Similar triumphs are happening in every classroom at every grade level at All Saints.  All students at ASCA have opportunities to grow their leadership skills. 


Students are also encouraged to grow in wisdom, which was this week’s virtue focus, and one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Wisdom will help them to choose what is right from wrong, and to know and recognize God’s will in their lives.  Wisdom helps each of us to follow the way of God’s love.     


I would also like to recognize our school nurse, Mrs. Tara Brophy, since we are also celebrating National Nurses Week.  We are so blessed to have such a caring, experienced, and professional individual on staff like Mrs. Brophy.  We may very well be the only Catholic elementary school in the Diocese to have a registered nurse on staff.  Just like we care about the academic growth and personal formation of our students, their health and wellbeing are equally important.    


Boosterthon Update

I am happy to report that I will be spending some time on the All Saints roof in the very near future, as we were successful in reaching our $25,000 fundraising goal through our recent Boosterthon.  Again, thank you to our school families and our far reaching All Saints school community for supporting these efforts.  We could not have done it without you!


Father Rocky Visit to All Saints Catholic Academy

Our 5th, 7th and 8th grade students were part of a live radio broadcast of the Relevant Radio show Go Ask Your Father with Fr. Francis “Rocky” Hoffman.  We were honored to be part of this 40th live broadcast of the show from a Catholic school.  Students were able to ask Father Rocky the questions that they themselves wrote, and hear his answers.  Father Rocky was so good at engaging our students this afternoon, complimenting them on their creative and thoughtful questions.  The broadcast closed out with our Mass Choir singing one of our favorite songs, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).  It was a great day to be a Saint!


To check out the podcast of this broadcast direct from All Saints Catholic Academy, go to, and you can see all the student questions.  


Preschool Preview Day

Our Growing Saints Early Childhood Academy preschool program is looking for a few more saints for this coming fall.  Do you know someone who is looking for:


  • Excellent, challenging academics
  • A wide variety of activities that include art, Spanish, music and physical education
  • Character, virtues building and faith formation in an elementary school setting with degreed and certified educators.
  • Flexibility and choice that includes full and half days, and extended care


We will be hosting our Growing Saints Preschool Preview Day on Friday, May 18 from 9 – 11 am.  If you have a friend, relative or neighbor who is still looking for the perfect preschool for their child, please invite them to attend our preview day next week. 


Click here for more information about the Preview Day.  Give a flyer to a friend.  


Open House BBQ Recap

Even though the night started out a little bit rainy, it was delightful to open our doors for our Open House BBQ last night.  It was so nice to see a lot of our current school families, as well as new families who have registered for the 2018-2019 school year, new families who have toured recently and are still thinking about registering, and some brand new families who were at All Saints for the very first time.


A huge thank you goes out to our amazing hot lunch provider, Pancake Café, for their generous donation of brownies and hot dogs.  We have formed a great partnership with Pancake Café, and our students and staff have really enjoyed the fresh and delicious food that they have provided throughout this year.  If you visit their restaurant near 75th and Rickert Drive, please be sure to thank them for their generosity to All Saints, and tell them how much you enjoy the food here at ASCA. Thanks also to our master griller, Mr. Tuttle, and his team who kept the burgers and cheeseburgers coming


While this is our last scheduled open house for the current school year, we are still scheduling tours and shadow days for families interested in coming to ASCA this fall.  


Pop Tab and Box Top Collections

If you have been collecting pop tabs or box tops, please bring them in by tomorrow, Friday, May 11, as this will be our final collection for this school year.  We need to collect 3,855 more Box Tops to reach our goal of 10,000 or $1,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. The homeroom with the most Box Tops will win an out of uniform day.

No expired tops please.  If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer or coordinate the collection next year, please contact Gretchen Muller at    Thanks!!  There is also a fun event at Edward Hospital for the Pop Tab collection this coming Saturday, May 12 from 9 – 11 am.  Click here for more information. 


News from All Saints Athletic Association

Track and Field News


Congratulations to athletes competing in last week’s meet. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers were:

5th Grade

Emily Coleman               1st – High Jump; 2nd – 600m; 1st – 800m; 3rd – 4x100m Relay

Dylan Kokkinos              1st – Javelin; 3rd – 800m Medley Relay

Sarah Meyers                 2nd – Javelin; 3rd – 4x100m Relay

Zoe Girard                       3rd – 800m Medley Relay

Casey Glassman           3rd – 800m Medley Relay

Gianna O’Brien              3rd – 800m Medley Relay

Isabella Wojtowicz         3rd – 4x100m Relay

Ava Crowder                   3rd – 4x100m Relay

Johnny Coleman           1st – 600m; 1st – 800m Medley Relay

Will Yacullo                     1st – Long Jump; 3rd – 200m; 2nd – 4x100m Relay;  1st – 800m Medley Relay

Payton Knox                   1st – 800m; 3rd – 400m; 2nd – 4x100m Relay

Keegan Glynn                3rd – Triple Jump; 2nd – 4x100m Relay

Quinn Knox                    3rd – 800m Relay; 1st – 800m Medley Relay

Sebastian Knox             3rd – 800m Relay

Adam Dbila                     3rd – 800m Relay

Nathan Hajek                 3rd – 800m Relay

Colin Leonard                2nd – 4x100m Relay; 1st – 800m Medley Relay

6th Grade

Harriet Ghapson            1st – High Jump; 1st – Long Jump; 1st – 75m; 1st – 100m

Brendan Fenlon            1st – 600m; 3rd – 800m Relay; 3rd 800m Medley Relay

Nick Madden                  1st – Long Jump; 1st – 400m Relay; 2nd – 75m;    2nd – 100m

Kyle Zediker                    1st – High Jump; 1st – 400m Relay

Dimitri Rousonelos        1st – 400m Relay

Jack Healy                      1st – 400m Relay; 3rd – 800m Relay; 3rd – 800m Medley Relay

Aaron Vivar                     2nd – Shot Put; 3rd – 800m Relay

Leo del Toro                    3rd – 800m Relay

Thomas Galbraith          3rd – 800m Medley Relay

Chris Rojas                     3rd – 800m Medley Relay

7th Grade

Ellie Glab                         3rd – Long Jump; 3rd – 200m; 3rd – 100m

8th Grade

Ana Muller                      2nd – 75m Hurdles; 3rd – High Jump

Isabella DeRosa            3rd – 75m

For additional meet and individual results, please visit

Good luck to all participants in this week’s meet to be held at Geneva Middle School South! 

Important News

2018-2019 SPORTS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN THRU May 20. If your child will be in 5th – 8th grades for the 2018-2019 school year, be sure to access the registration website at  establish an account and register for the sport of choice.  All students (grades 5-8th) are welcome to join the athletics program.  All Saints offers volleyball, cross country, basketball and track & field. If you have questions, please email Erika Baka at

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



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 volunteering within our organization. We are looking for parents interested in coaching, helping to grow school spirit, plan/organize social events (including “Blue Out”, Alumni Night, Car Wash, banquet video production, team photography, etc.)  For additional information, contact Erika Baka or Keith Glab.

Upcoming Dates:

Thru May 20  2018-19 Sports Registration open on

May 12           Track Divisional Championships @ Geneva Middle School South

May 19           Track League Championships @ Bolingbrook High School

May 31           Track & Field Banquet




A Tremendous Thank You to the Cornerstone Sponsors of 

A Green Tie Affair, ASCA Dinner Dance Auction 2018




For more information, please click on the Cornerstone Sponsor logos above.  We encourage you to patronize these generous sponsors.  






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