Saints Speak – 3/14/2019 - Reflection
This week, the focus of our virtues study is on the importance of Reflection. This is a virtue that has great practical meaning for me. It is a virtue that I try to incorporate into all of my actions so that I may not only listen better, but to hear. Our ASCA staff puts this virtue into practice most every day. Even our students, who may make a bad choice or stumble a bit from a discipline perspective, take the time to reflect on their personal choices, and to think about what they can and will do differently going forward.
When we are able to practice this virtue well, we can become a better person, more present to others, more present in our own lives, and more present to our loving and gracious God. Reflection gives us strength to give serious thought and consideration to the important things in life. When we are able to look inward and to contemplate the many experiences of life, we will become more aware of God’s presence, and seek and see Him everywhere, and in all things great and small. Also, one might think about reflection like a mirror – what do we see in the image that is reflected back to us?
In reflecting on this past week, there are so many successes and blessings to be thankful for. Three of our basketball teams – Girls 5A, Girls 8A, and Boys 8A - were triumphant in their final games of the season, and brought championships home to All Saints. We could not be prouder of the dedication, preparation and hard work of these student athletes and their coaches. We thank them, and all of our All Saints teams throughout the regular season and playoffs, for representing themselves and ASCA so well.
Six of our All Saints junior high students competed at the You Be The Chemist Challenge – Natalie Gianan, Maddie Kirchgessner, Payton Knox, Alexandra O’Rourke, Jamison Peebles, and Grace Petrina. This is our 2nd year of competing in this competition. We are so proud of these students. While they did not advance to the state level, they were well prepared, and defeated some tough competition from highly regarded area schools.
The following 7th grade students competed at the Region 11 Science Fair:
Bronze Award Winners
Andres Covarrubias, Taylor Dieter, Ashley Donovan, Jamie Juhas, Alexandra O’Rourke, and Sara Strohbeck
Silver Award Winners
Michael Budd, Thomas Galbraith, Emelia Kim, Mactzil Lopez, Kelsi Marriott, Hannah Novy, Grace Petrina, Ashley Tecuatl, and Jack Walsh
Gold Award Winners
Jack Healy, Zachary Hurd, and Katie Vilbar
Our Gold Award winners will be moving forward to the next level of competition.
All I can say in reflecting on all of these students is, well done Saints, well done! We are proud of you.
Earlier this week, we completed our State of Illinois Nonpublic Elementary School re-evaluation visit. The team was very impressed with our school, with our preparedness for the visit, and with our compliance with School Code and state regulations. I would like to thank my amazing teaching and administrative staff. All of their collective hard work translated into our success on this day.
On a deeper and more somber note, reflection can also bring us to our knees when we are faced with incomparable grief and great sadness. This very day, our hearts are broken, as we have lost a member of our All Saints school family and community. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Arias family - Daniela who is in 5B and Daniela’s mother, Elizabeth - on the sudden passing of their beloved father and husband, Ricardo. To Daniela and Elizabeth - please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers today, and in the coming days and weeks ahead. Know that you are loved and cared for by our All Saints family. Know that we are here for you, to help and to comfort you in any way we can.
Let us pray together for the Arias family, and our brother Ricardo: God of love and mercy, embrace all those whose hearts today overflow with grief, unanswered questions and such a sense of loss. Grant them space to express their tears. Keep them close through this difficult time, and in days yet to come. And hold Daniela, Elizabeth, and all who love this beautiful family, and are saddened by Ricardo’s death, gently and lovingly in the palm of Your hand.
ASCA Lenten Market
If you have visited the school in the last week or so, you must have seen the flyers posted throughout the school.
So, what is the ASCA Lenten Market?
Junior High has been busy preparing for the 2nd Annual ASCA Lenten Market, which will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, March 21 from 12:30 – 3 pm. Teaching students to be ‘others centered’ and philanthropic is an important part of our mission and curriculum. How to raise funds to accomplish the mission objective is what our students are learning how to do with the Lenten Market - attaining real world skills.
Students are making and creating products, doing design work, marketing and ad campaigns, and honing their sales expertise. This year, the market will be raising money for Hogar del Pobre Orphanage in Mexico, and also for U4Uganda, who will be building desks to lift their pen pals in Uganda up out of the dirt.
There will be over 50 booths at the market this year – here are just a few of the many offerings: products such as hair scrunches, candles and soap, and services. Your students will be able to throw a pie at their gym teacher, get their nails painted, enjoy a bowl of ice cream, or buy a handmade item. There will be all kinds of food products like delicious Oreo treats, a popcorn parlor, muffins, and cupcakes, and cookies, oh my! This year there will even be a Donut Wall! Mr. Moore will be selling raffle tickets for a beautiful charcoal drawing of Saint Theresa of Calcutta that he created.
Last year, I purchased lots of edible goodies (because I love to eat), and a pretty blue bracelet that you might see me wearing from time to time.
The students have been exercising their creativity, and are excited for the rest of the school to visit their booths. Most items can be purchased for only $1 to $2. So students - get ready for the ASCA Lenten Market next Thursday, March 21, and come prepared to purchase the many fun, useful, exciting, delicious, interesting items that will be offered, and in turn, support our Lenten almsgiving to Hogar del Pobre, and to U4Uganda.
April Hot Lunch Orders
April Hot Lunch Orders will be accepted through Monday, March 18. Questions? Contact Jennifer Thornton at email@example.com.
Click here for the Preschool Lunch Order Form.
Click here for the K- 8 Lunch Order Form.
Please remember the following:
- Make a copy of your order form prior to turning it in. A picture on your phone works great!
- Include your payment with your order form. Checks should be made out to All Saints Catholic Academy or ASCA.
- Turn in your order by the order deadline. Late orders will not be accepted.
Fun at ASCA
Sticky Fingers Cooking Class – Spring Session Starts Next Wednesday, March 20
Sign up for the spring session of Sticky Fingers Cooking Class by clicking here. It always smells delicious at ASCA on Wednesday afternoons after school.
ASCA Bingo Night – Tomorrow, Friday, March 15
Family Bingo Night is HERE – tomorrow, Friday, March 15th from 6 PM - 8:30 PM! This is a free event for all ages! Special prizes will be given out all night. Doors will open at 6 PM with the first game starting promptly at 6:30 PM. 10 games will be played. Concessions will be available- $5 dinner special-2 slices of pizza and 1 pop! All Are Welcome!
Spring Book Fair – Last Chance, Tomorrow, Friday, March 15
The book fair will be open for LAST CHANCE purchases tomorrow, Friday, March 15 in the morning after drop off.
News Flash - Reserve your copy of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
Reserve your copy of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid today!!! The All Saints Spring Scholastic Book Fair will receive credit for all orders placed during the fair. All pre-orders must be turned in to school by Friday, March 15th. Only Scholastic will have an exclusive paperback edition of this book. Books will be delivered to the school within 5-7 days of the release date. Click here for the pre-order form.
If you are unable to attend the Book Fair be sure to visit the Book Fair online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/allsaintscatholicacademy1. Orders can be placed until Wednesday, March 20. Feel free to reach out to Kathy Kokkinos firstname.lastname@example.org or Cristine Shaw email@example.com with any questions.
Daddy Daughter Dance – Payment deadline TOMORROW, Friday, March 15
Evites have been sent for the Daddy Daughter Luau, which will be held at ASCA on Saturday, April 13 from 6 - 9 pm. If you did not receive an invitation, but would like to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope that you will be able to attend. Please be sure to respond to the electronic invitation, and send in your payment by the March 15 deadline. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
ASCA NOW News
Be sure to check out the recent edition of the ASCA NOW News, produced by our 8th grade students. Click here for the ASCA NOW News from March 11, 2019.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be held every day during Lent at 7:50 am (except Wednesdays) in the Chapel. Join us for 10 minutes of quiet reflection and prayer to start your day during your Lenten journey. All are welcome! Prayer guides will be available. The Rosary will be held Wednesday’s at 7:50 am in the Chapel. All are welcome! The Rosary will be said bilingually. Guides are available. Check out Catholic Apps do download Chaplet of Divine Mercy or Rosary prayer guides https://catholicapps.com/13-best-catholic-apps-for-2017/. There are so many events happening in our parishes throughout the Lenten season. We encourage you to visit their websites to find out more.
News from All Saints Athletic Association
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Congratulations to the 2018-19 DuPage Parochial League Champions: All Saints Girls 5A, Girls 8A and Boys 8A teams! Congratulations to all our teams for a hard fought battle!
REMINDER…. The end of season banquet for basketball will be held on Thursday, March 21st from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Information was sent to your email on file with SI Play. RSVPs are DUE NOW!
UNIFORM RETURN . . . you can return your CLEAN uniform to the front desk. Please place uniforms in a Ziploc bag and be sure to put the athlete’s name and team on the bag.
Track & Field registration will be open through Sunday, March 17th. If your child has decided to participate, you can register at https://asca.siplay.com/site/
This will be the final opportunity to participate for this season so register today! Information on practice times and meet schedules will be forthcoming.
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A Tremendous Thank You to the Cornerstone Sponsors of
Coming Home, ASCA Dinner Dance Auction 2019
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We encourage you to patronize these generous sponsors.
Please share with them that you are an ASCA family, and thank them for their support of All Saints Catholic Academy.