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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Student Life

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The following are available for sale in the school office, or by contacting Maryanne Higdon at  

Grades K-8 Headsets - $25.00

Preschool and Kindergarten Nap Mats $23.00 

Replacement Assignment Notebook $3.00

Replacement Pencil Case $3.00

ASCA Car Decals and magnets $6 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.

Please see the following forms with information about upcoming field trips:


  • 8th Grade students will be going on their Bueller Day field trip to Chacago on Wednesday, May 23.  Please click here for the field trip form and more information.  
  • 7th and 8th grade students will participate in the Crosstown Debate on April 23.  Click here for the field trip form.  


Parking Lot Information

Please see the ASCA  Parent Student Handbook for more detailed information.  


ASCA Junior High School - Summer Reading


ASCA Junior High School

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.




  • 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:  


Mrs. Barnhart - Honors 8th Grade -

Mrs. Galise - 8th grade/Honors 7th Grade -

Mrs. Fodor - 7th grade -

Ms. Selvick - 6th grade  -


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


Here is the link to the entire Rebecca Caudill 2019 List -


ASCA Junior High

Summer 2018 Suggested Reading List


Fiction Titles                                                                                           Author


Rebound                                                                                    Alexander, Kwame

Booked                                                                                      Alexander, Kwame

The Girl Who Drank the Moon                                                   Barnhill, Kelly

The Book Scavenger                                                                  Bertman, Jennifer

The War that Saved My Life                                                       Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook                                    Connor, Leslie

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street                                       Currie, Kindsay

Raymie Nightingale                                                                     DiCamilo, Kate

It all Comes Down to This                                                            English, Karen

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (or any other in series)      Evans, Richard Paul

I Will Always Write Back                                                               Ganda, Martin

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

Paper Things                                                                                  Jacobson, Jennifer Richard

All’s Faire in Middle School                                                             Jamieson, Victoriah

Amina’s Voice                                                                                  Khan, Hena

Hello Universe                                                                                 Kelly, Erin Entradan

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere                                          Lamana, Julie

A Night Divided                                                                               Nielsen, Jennifer A.

The Boundless                                                                                Oppel, Kenneth

The Seventh Most Important Thing                                                 Pearsall, Shelley

Pax                                                                                                  Pennypacker, Sara

Switch! The Lost Kingdoms of Karibu                                             Prince, Karen

Ghost                                                                                              Reynolds, Jason

The Keepers                                                                                   Sanders, Ted

Falling Over Sideways                                                                    Sheinkin, Jordan

Beneath                                                                                          Smith, Roland

Three Bird Summer                                                                        St. Antoine, Sara

The Secret Keepers                                                                       Steward, Trenton

The Goldfish Boy                                                                           Thompson, Lisa

Nevermoore the Trials of Morrigan Crow                                      Townsend, Jessica

Timebound (The Chronos Files)                                                    Walker, Rysa

Beyond the Bright Sea                                                                  Wolk, Lauren


Non Fiction Titles


Fiction Titles                                                                                                          Author


The Boys in the Boat (adapted for young reader copy available too)     Brown, Daniel James

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

Swifter, Higher, Stronger                                                                         Macy, Sue

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football           Sheinkin, Steve

Sachiko:  A Nagasaki Bomb Survivors Story                                           Stelson, Caren

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

Samurai Rising                                                                                         Turner, Pamela S.




*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.




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 Schools Speak 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!


Mrs. Barnhart        Miss Selvick          Mrs. Fodor           Mrs. Galise

Special Programs, Schedules and Forms

Support for Javier and Team Tecuatl

The support and love that has been extended to the Tecuatl family from our All Saints Catholic Academy school community is truly inspiring.  Javier graduated from All Saints in 2015 (sister Ashlee is currently in 6th grade).  Javier Tecuatl is a typical 17 year old high school student. He is a junior at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.  He enjoys learning, especially math class, and dreams of one day becoming a doctor. Javier is a member of his school’s football, wrestling, and track and field teams. Like many teens, he has a part time job (Dunkin Donuts) and dreams of fancy cars. He helps his dad around the house, assists with translating and communicating for his parents, looks out for his little sister, Ashlee, and cheers on the Chicago Cubs and Bears.


Everything changed a couple of months ago when Javier was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Three of four childhood cancers are classified as ALL (American Cancer Society). It is a cancer of the bone marrow, blood, and white blood cells. This diagnosis was a dramatic change in the life of the Tecuatls. The family discovered his condition when he continued to come home tired and with headaches. Mom insisted they go to Central DuPage Hospital where Javier was diagnosed. He is anticipated to have three to four years of chemotherapy treatment. He has already started receiving treatments via a port. Javier continues to stay upbeat and positive when he can, maintaining his “rock of the family” outlook. Because of the treatment needed and his depleted immune system, Javier is not anticipated to return to school this year.


When one of our ASCA family is in need, we all rally together, and step up to help.  Here are a few of the ways that you and your family can be involved:


1. If you like to cook--please consider hopping aboard The Meal Train: Please go to to sign up.

2. If you are able to donate monetarily--The GoFundMe Page is at

3. April 25th Special Mass & Anointing of the Sick. A Living Rosary will be said prior to the 8:15 Mass at ASCA.

4. April 28th ASCA Blood Drive & Cookout with Live Music! Please click to schedule your preferred donation time!  Walk ins are welcome.


Please consider helping in whatever ways you feel comfortable. We are an All Saints family, and it is this family and our faith that is sustaining the Tecuatl Family!


Sticky Fingers Cooking Class


  • Click here to register for the Spring 2018 session.  


Teacher Appreciation Week - May 7 through May 11

Teacher appreciation will take place the week of May 7th through May 11th. Please click here for more information.  We are looking for your support in a few different ways.


All Saints 2018 Summer Sports Camps


All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) is excited to offer summer sport camps for students age 5-14.  Under the instruction of Mr. Justin Busche, students will get the opportunity to enhance their learning of popular sports, fun activities and increased fitness.  The goal of each camp is to enhance skill level and provide for a fun week of activity for all students.  There are five camps being offered.  Fpr more information, please see the following:



ASCA Chess Club

Note:  Chess Club will not be meeting in Spring 2018.  

All Saints has a chess club for both K-5 students, and grade 6-8 students.  Students also compete in local area tournaments.  


Kindergarten through Grade 8 Students -

Meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:35 - 4:35 pm 


  • Click here for Junior High Registration and Chess Club rules.
  • Click here for Junior High Hold Harmless Agreement

Note:  Junior High students are now meeting on Wednesdays.



Windy City Rampage FC Soccer

Our All Saints Catholic Academy fields are now home to this soccer club that has programming for all who are interested in the game - from beginners to more seasoned players. 

At W.C. Rampage, their mission is to develop young athletes individually in a competitive team environment, with a primary focus on individual foot skills. They work to not only develop players as athletes but as people. In their developmental curriculum, pride is taken in accomplishing and emphasizing skill development and perseverance.

Click here for more information.




ASCA MLK Service Project Form





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