Saints Speak from Mrs. Marshall - 1/25/2024 - Learning to See Others as Jesus Sees Us
Today’s message from Pope Francis reminds us that each one of us is made in His image:
“Let us gaze upon the Lord in prayer, in the Eucharist, in Confession, in our brothers and sisters, especially those who feel excluded or abandoned. May we learn to see them as Jesus sees us. Let us share his tenderness and mercy with the sick, prisoners, the elderly and families in difficulty. Again and again we are called to learn from Jesus, who always sees what is most authentic in every person, which is the image of his Father.”
Pope Francis reminds us here that each of us is made in God’s image and likeness, and that we are called to act more and more like him and learn from his example. May we see his image in those around us and treat each person we encounter in a way that recognizes Christ in them.
Catholic Schools Week
Next week is one of our most exciting weeks of the year – Catholic Schools Week!! We’ll begin with Open House on Sunday from 1-3pm. If you know someone considering Catholic education for next year or just interested in learning more about our school, please encourage them to visit the Open House!
Then, next week is packed full of events, treats, and themed days. Click here for the full schedule – this is your child’s guide of what to wear and what to expect each day. We look forward to celebrating our Catholic school together next week.
I have had multiple parents reach out this week to express concerns about arrival and want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the procedures and expectations for all at morning arrival:
- Students will unload from cars at 7:35am at Door 7 and at 7:45am at Door 1 each morning. Please use both doors (go to the shorter line) and DO NOT block the driveway while waiting for Door 1.
- At Door 7, students should unload around the entire safety zone. Please PULL ALL THE WAY UP to the first available position along the safety zone. We are vigilant in clearing snow and salting that space so it is safe for your child to walk throughout the safety zone to reach school. It can be extremely dangerous if you stop by the electronic sign, as cars are then attempting to pull around you to use the open space and potentially endangering kids who are trying to get out of cars.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus safe and keep arrival efficient!
Earlier this week, you should have received an email from the Diocese of Joliet titled “2023-24 School Effectiveness Survey.” All parents are encouraged to complete this survey and provide feedback to our All Saints team. We value your opinion and suggestions as we strive for continuous improvement. The survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!
Before Christmas, several of our students participated in MATHCOUNTS, an after-school optional math contest. Congratulations to the following students who earned top scores and will be representing ASCA at the regional competition: James Budd, Aubrey Chernick, Chase Deckard, Mary Devine, Gavin Foley, Clare Hruby, Abbie Ling, Lucas Ling, Eain Sawko, and Nathaniel Tan. Evan Bauer and Zachary Wojtowicz earned Honorable Mention. Special congrats to James Budd, who earned the top score at ASCA!
Last weekend, several junior high students participated in the St. Francis High School Math Contest. Our Saints A Team (Alex Creedon, Chase Deckard, Alex Lam, Clare Hruby, Abbie Ling) earned 2nd place in the Team Contest, and our Saints B Team (James Budd, Gavin Foley, Lucas Ling, Nathaniel Tan) earned 1st place in the Team Contest. Way to go! Congratulations to several students who also placed in the individual contest:
- Gavin Foley – 9th place in the 7th grade individual contest
- Clare Hruby – 7th place in the 7th grade individual contest
- Abbie Ling – 3rd place in the 7th grade individual contest
- James Budd – 1st place in the 7th grade individual contest
- Alex Lam – 1st place in the 7th grade individual contest
We will recognize these students’ accomplishments at Mass tomorrow as well!
February Virtue & SEL
Our virtue for the month of February is cheerfulness! This is one that I’m sure our students will enjoy practicing as they spread cheer to others. Click here for some ideas of how you can discuss and practice cheerfulness at home.
Our February social-emotional learning topic is diversity and inclusion. Click here for more information. The lessons on diversity and inclusion are in line with teachings of the Catholic Church and fit well with our message from Pope Francis today, calling us to see God in others and celebrate the ways He has made each of us unique and special.
Supporting our ASCA Families
I shared previously that 8th grader Matthew Strawn’s mother passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. Thank you all for your prayers and generous support to date. Ms. Strawn was a single parent, and Matthew’s grandparents have created a GoFundMe to help with some of the upcoming expenses they will have to support Matthew. Please click here if you would like to contribute. Your generosity and support of Matthew is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized today for their recent Saintly Acts: Sarah B. (5th grade), Jagger C. (2nd grade), Sam C. (4th grade), Micah F. (5th grade), Brynn K. (Kdg), Albert L. (Kdg), Isabella R. (4th grade), Ella S. (5th grade), Everett J. (5th grade), Edison L. (5th grade), Rishan M. (2nd grade), Evie C. (4th grade), Nathan E. (5th grade), Brady K. (5th grade), Lillian C. (1st grade), Bennett F. (Kdg), Ariana L. (1st grade), Ellie C. (7th grade), Matthew S. (8th grade), Eain S. (6th grade), Brandon F. (8th grade), Liam H. (8th grade), and Molly S. (8th grade). Keep being saintly!
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