August 16, 2019
NEWSLETTER
All Saints Catholic School, a regional faith-based community, focuses on academic excellence while ensuring the dignity of each individual. While modeling Gospel values, the school incorporates a STEM approach to teaching and learning in order to prepare its population for the challenges of a global society.


“The paramount duty of the Church and the faithful is… to bring all…
into communion with God, through Christ, and into the fullness of the Kingdom.”

It is from this mission of the Church that All Saints Catholic School derives its mission to partner with parents and families to make God known, loved and served through high-quality Catholic education.

And it is to this mission that 55 new students and 45 new families
join us for the 2019 – 2020 school year!

But what does this mean and how will we know if we are living our mission effectively? The Catholic School Standards Project provides us with benchmarks and standards rooted in nine defining characteristics to guide us. The nine defining characteristics include:

Centered on the Person of Jesus Christ
Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church
Distinguished by Excellence
Committed to Educate the Whole Child
Steeped in a Catholic World View
Sustained by Gospel Witness
Shaped by Communion and Community
Accessible to All Students
Established by the Expressed Authority of the Bishop

As we move through this school year, we will reflect on each of these characteristics and identify ways in which they are present and well-lived and ways in which we might grow and enhance them in our school.

Additionally, we are guided by our diocesan theme:

Believe and see
the glory of God.

Through this theme, we will explore some of the miracles of Jesus. Each month, we will focus on a different miracle and a way in which we might grow to be the people we are called to be through those miracles. In September, we recall the Wedding Feast at Cana and the miracle of water being changed into wine. We will Listen Responsibly and do what Jesus asks of us. Jesus asks and teaches us to love God and one another. Miracles happen when we follow the direction of Jesus .
Many interpret the Ten Commandments, school rules and the laws of our society as confining and in opposition to self-expression. As a Catholic Christian community, we respect the commandments, rules and laws because we understand the why? Why do we follow the Ten Commandments? They help us to know best how to love God and one another. Why do we follow school rules? They ensure that each student can access a high quality Catholic education. And we follow the laws of our society because they provide order and freedom for all.
Don't Miss these
Important Dates!
Thursday, August 22nd
New Family Orientation
4 p.m. for PK & K (in classrooms) All New Families LLEB (5:00 pm)

August 26th-29th
Faculty & Staff Professional Development

Tuesday, September 3rd
First day of School for K-8

Wednesday & Thursday, September 4th & 5th
1/2 day Orientation schedule for PK3 & PK4 students

Friday, September 6th
HSA's Back- to-School Block Party
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, September 9th
Hot Lunch and Breakfast Service Begins

Tuesday, September 10th
Drama Club Parent Meeting (5:00 pm)
Instrumental Music Parent Meeting (6:00 pm)

Thursday, September 12th
Opening of School Mass & Commissioning of Student Council (10:00 am)

Back-to-School Night
PK3 - Grade 5 Classroom Visits
5:00 - 6:00 pm
General Meeting 6:00 pm
Middle School Classroom Visits
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 15th
Parish Connection Mass
St. Mary of the Assumption

October 23, 2019
Fall Festival
Trunk or Treat
Open House


As we begin the school year, please be sure to read our Parent/Family Handbook to best understand our school policies and procedures. We ask that you give particular attention to punctuality, arriving at school on time in the morning (all students settled in homeroom by 7:45 am) and to our uniform policy. Attention to these items demonstrates respect for ourselves, our learning and those with whom we learn. Being on time and dressed appropriately will set your child(ren) up for spiritual, social and academic success.

Thank you for choosing All Saints Catholic School where, Together, we are All Saints strong!
School News
New Family Orientation
New Offering - Breakfast
We are happy to announce that All Saints Catholic School
will now offer Breakfast.
Students attending Before School Care (now available beginning at 6:30 a.m.) will have the option to purchase breakfast
between 6:30 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.
Students not attending Before Care may purchase breakfast between 7:20 a.m. and 7:40 a.m.
Additionally, healthy snacks may be purchased
during this time for "snack time" during the school day.
Breakfast will be available and must be pre-ordered through the same system as our lunch orders.
Ordering Breakfast or Lunch at ASCS
Ordering Breakfast and Lunch at All Saints is easy!

Want to help ease the morning rush and have breakfast and/or lunch available at school? Click on this link , and find the information for ordering breakfast and lunch. If you do not have a family account, you will be prompted to establish one. Orders are made for two weeks at a time, and each child's order must be submitted separately. Print out each order for confirmation. Breakfasts and lunches will be billed through FACTS. Remember to use the ASCS School Code: 325ASCSDE
Back-To-School Block Party
The Home and School Association will be hosting a
Back-To-School Block Party
for all families on
Friday, September 6th, 6 pm to 8 pm
There will be food trucks, a bouncy house,
music and more!
Parish Connection Mass - St. Mary of the Assumption
Join the All Saints Catholic School Community for a special
Parish Connection Mass,
Sunday, September 15th at 11:30 am
at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin.
All are invited and encouraged to stay and enjoy a
Parish-wide Picnic immediately following Mass!
DRAMA Club - Fall Theater Production
"Oh the Places You'll Go and the Thinks You can Think" will come alive, as students will perform the musical Seussical Jr. this fall. Some of the characters from one of world's most beloved children's author will be on stage performing song and dance here at ASCS!
 
Our performance dates will be November 23 and 24, 2019.
Information for students interested in participating in Drama Club will be available soon.
 
Please note that the Parent Information meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10th at 5:00 pm
Latino Families Potluck - Fiesta Mucha Diversion!
Our August 8th Latino Potluck Dinner/Fiesta was mucha diversión! F amilies brought delicious food to share, and rising 8th grader Vincente Santoyo and the Serrano-Flores families provided music.

After enjoying food and conversation, children enjoyed doing the Cha Cha Slide, the Hokey - Pokey and learning how to do the Chicken Dance and the Cupid Shuffle. We closed with a Macarana!
STREAM T-Shirt Design Contest
STREAM T-Shirt design for 2018-19
(Anna Drushler, 7th grade)
STREAM T-Shirt design for 2017-18.
(Ryan Dalton, Class of 2019)
Calling all creative and artistic gifts for STREAM T-Shirts!

Do you want your child's design on this year's STREAM T-Shirt?

Have your child work on the design now (during the summer) and bring it in on the first day of school. The winning design will be featured on the front of the T-Shirt. Please submit your design for the T-Shirt by Monday, September 16, 2019 . Entries may be submitted to the school office. The accompanying photographs feature designs from previous years.
Back-to-School Night Schedule

Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 12, 2019
PK3 - Grade 5 Classroom Visits
5:00 - 6:00 pm
General Meeting 6:00 pm
Middle School Classroom Visits
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Student Information Update Request
As we begin a new school year, we ask for your kind assistance in updating your child(ren)'s information in our school data system. All forms (health/medical, emergency contact, photo release, etc.) will be completed electronically.

An email with a "snapcode" link to your account has been sent . Your immediate attention is appreciated to ensure that all student information is up to date before the school year begins.
Please note that information must be updated each year.
Please contact the school office
if you have not received the email.
Safe Environment - School Clearances

As a school community, we love to have parent volunteers. Completion of For the Sake of God's Children is necessary for chaperoning and interacting with our children in a volunteer capacity.

Please attend to meeting these standards to allow for your active participation in our school community.
  • Conducting Background Checks
  • Ethical & Behavioral Standards
  • Safe Environments
For more information, please go to this section of our website .
Summer Work

In an effort to prevent summer learning loss, our teachers have prepared summer work to keep students reading and math skills sharp.

Summer work is posted to teacher pages via the website. Please click on this link and find your child's/children's grade(s) and follow the instructions.


Teacher Summer Work
It is not only students who complete summer work.
Many of our teachers have attended summer Professional Development sessions and courses to hone their craft of teaching in service to our children.
Mrs. Hughes - Math Centers on Autopilot; Elevate! Taking Teaching to New Heights; Wilson Reading - Fundations Training
Ms. Bridget Szymanski - Wilson Reading - Fundations Training
Mr. Dougherty - The Democracy Project, a week long focus on civics education; Weather Forecasting, a study of Atmospheric Science; Money Matters, a financial education seminar
Mrs. Persinger - The Democracy Project, a week long focus on civics education
Mrs. Stinchcombe - ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference; Common Sense Media Certification Program; Coursework toward the completion of a Master's Degree
Mrs. LeBeau - Comics and Graphic Novels as Primary Sources through The University of the Arts

Our teachers will spend four days
in spiritual and academic preparation
for the coming school year during the week of August 26th
ASCS 2019-2020 Faculty & Staff

PK3  - Ms. Alexis Cazier
PK4A  - Mrs. Lesa Boyle
PK4B - Mrs. Jessica Dzielak
Kindergarten  - Mrs. Diane Hughes
First Grade  - Ms. Bridget Szymanski
Second Grade  - Mrs. Katie Parsio
Third Grade  - Mrs. Lori Watts
Fourth Grade  - Mr. Brandon Dougherty
Fifth Grade  - Mrs. Shannon Denhof
Sixth Grade  - Mrs. Esther Haller (Science & Math)
Seventh Grade  - Mrs. Sheryl Persinger (Social Studies & ELA)
Eighth Grade  - Mrs. Amanda Stinchcombe (Technology & ELA)
and Ms. Brandy Luce (Math & ELA)
Art  - Mrs. Alicia LeBeau
Library/Spanish  - Mrs. Brenda Tracy
Music  - Mr. Robert Colligan
Physical Education  - Mrs. Lisa Smith
School Counselor - Mrs. Kristina Bocanegra
School Nurse - TBD
Teacher Aide PK3 - Mrs. Nurani Mohana (Miss Mona)
Teacher Aide PK4 - Mrs. Charlene Ryan
Teacher Aide PK4 - Mrs. Denise Drushler
Advancement Director - Mrs. Lisa Chase
Administrative Assistant - Mrs. Nancy Swayne
Business Manager - Mrs. Sandy Still
Cafeteria Manager - Ms. Sheena Hudson
Aftercare Director - Mrs. Lisa Smith
Before Care Coordinator and Aftercare Assistant - Ms. Sheena Hudson
Housekeeping - Ms. Jeannie Celano
Maintenance Supervisor - Mr. Milton Santiago
Custodial Services provided by Mr. Jack Reed and County Building Services

Home and School Association Events
All Saints Home and School Association is busy planning a plethora of fun and exciting events for 2019-2020! We are grateful for parents and grandparents who have agreed to serve for 2019-2020:

Mrs. Dina Blum, Mrs. Luzdary Mondragon, Mrs. Alicia Marascio, Mrs. Janeth Nieto, Mr. and Mrs. Denny and Flossie Skirvin and Mrs. Cynthia Smith.

The new board, will include the following returning members Mrs. Jen Cutrona , Vice-president; Mrs. Lori Carpenter , Treasurer and Mr. Joe Skipski , Athletic Association Representative.

2019-2020 HSA Board Meeting Dates
are scheduled on Mondays as follows:

September 16
October 7
November 4
December 9
January 13
February 3
March 2
April 6
May 11
June 1

Meetings will begin at 5:30 pm and will be held in the Conference Room of the school.
All are welcome to join as Together, we are All Saints strong!
Field Day
BBC Night
McDonalds Night
Sock Hop
Thank you Miss Jeannie and Mr. Santiago
The dynamic duo of Miss Jeannie and Mr. Santiago, Housekeeping and Maintenance, respectively, worked incredibly
hard and long hours over the summer in collaboration with the staff of County Building Services to clean, paint rooms, wax floors and prepare All Saints Catholic School classrooms and facilities for the new school year!

We are grateful for your efforts! Thank you!
Best Wishes Ms. DeShields
All Saints Catholic School bids a sad farewell to Ms. Cheyenne DeShields, one of our Reading Assist instructors, who has begun a Masters in Social Work in Ohio. Ms. DeShields was an AmeriCorps volunteer with Reading Assist. We are grateful for her devotion to our students, and for her literacy coaching. Ms. DeShields worked with students here at All Saints during the school year and over the summer, and moved to Ohio to begin graduate school in mid-August.
Ms. DeShields was named the Service Member of the Year with AmeriCorps, DE!
Ms. Cheyenne DeShields with a student. Photo Credit: Jen DeGrosky, Reading Assist, Wilmington, DE

Congratulations
and
thank you for your service.
May God bless your future!
Computer Kids Club Campers learn how to Code and Build Characters
During Summer Camp
Students in Ms. P's Computer Kids Club summer camp had a great time learning to code, build Mine Craft characters and learn about Google programs.

Computer Kids Club will be offering after school programs at All Saints Catholic School. Information will be available soon to interested students.

Looking ahead to Fall 2019
STEM Programs at All Saints Catholic School
for 2019-2020
The 2019-2020 School Year at All Saints Catholic School will include exciting new after school engineering programs for ASCS Middle School students. The STEM programs include architecture/city planning, underwater robotics, and bridge design. 

Future Cities   is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle schoolers to develop their interest in STEM. The  Future City Competition  engages more than 40,000 middle school students each year throughout the United States and abroad. This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center,  Future City  is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills.

SeaPerch  is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in a school setting. Students learn best with hands-on activities. During the process of building a SeaPerch, they follow an established curriculum to completely assemble the ROV, test it, and then participate in launching their vehicles.  Students will then compete in the regional competition at Temple University in Philadelphia, and hopefully on to the nationals in Washington, D.C. 

The  Bridge Design Competition  is sponsored by the Delaware Department of Transportation. The program is designed to encourage middle school students to address real-world problems and inspire them to consider careers in transportation and civil engineering. Students will use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3-D modeling software to design and detail plans for a truss bridge. They will use their design to create a balsa wood model.  
Extracurricular Activities for Elementary Students
Computer Kids Club will be offered to students Kindergarten through 5th Grade . More information available soon!
Lego Club will be available for students Kindergarten through 5th Grade . Stay tuned for more information!
Once again, All Saints is partnering with Soccer Shots to offer a soccer program after school for students in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade .
More information will be available soon.

Instrumental Music Lessons
All Saints Catholic School will once again partner with
Northeastern Music Programs
to offer Instrumental Music Lessons for our students.
We welcome Ms. Deanna Herb, as our resident musician.
We look forward to our experienced Band Members returning and welcoming new members for this school year.

Important Reminders and other News at
All Saints Catholic School
Find and Friend us on Facebook!
All Saints Catholic School has a very active Facebook presence, and we would love for you to share our page with your friends and family. Please consider recommending this wonderful school to the community by providing a tribute to our school on Facebook, by clicking here. 
Gently-Used Uniforms are Downstairs in Lower Level of School

Gently used uniforms are in the Lower Level of School. For a donation of $1-$2, families can find shirts, pants, shorts and jumpers to outfit their children. Please consider donating your child's uniforms when he or she has outgrown them.
Still Need to Order Uniforms for 2019-20?
Visit Rush Uniform on line to order school uniforms. Rush Uniform is located at 101 Harrison Ave, New Castle, DE 19720, (302) 328-5444
Advancement News
Annual Fund Update
Our 2019-20 Annual Fund is now underway! You may support All Saints Catholic School Annual Fund by mailing a check to: ASCS Annual Fund, 907 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805, or click here to be directed to our secure giving portal. More than 330 individuals and families gave to the 2018-19 Annual Fund, raising about $53,600. If your company has a matching gift program, let us know and we can provide the information for the company’s match. If you would like to donate stocks or other investments to the school please call Lisa Chase, Advancement Director, at (302) 995-2231, ext. 108, or e-mail her at advancementdirector@ascsde.org to receive more information. 
Create a Legacy for All Saints Catholic School
This spring, All Saints Catholic School (ASCS) received a bequest of $114,000 from a donor who was a member of one of our sponsoring parishes, and who named us as a beneficiary of his will. This generous bequest was not anticipated and was a very timely blessing. This significant gift helped ASCS meet the need for scholarship support provided to our students. This significant gift helped to strengthen our school and helped students and their families access the All Saints Strong experience. 
 
What a legacy this kindly man created in supporting students whose education and lives, have been enhanced through his thoughtful estate planning! 
 
Should YOU be interested in leaving a legacy that has such a meaningful impact, it is very easy to include All Saints Catholic School in your will. The following language can be shared with your estate planning professional:
 
  • Bequest of a Specific Dollar Amount:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath [$Dollars] to All Saints Catholic School, a non-profit organization located at 907 New Road, Wilmington, DE, 19805 Federal Tax ID: 45-2700248, for All Saints Catholic School's general use and purposes (or tuition assistance).

  • Bequest of Percentage of an Estate:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath [Percentage of Your Estate] to All Saints Catholic School, a non-profit organization located at 907 New Road. Wilmington, DE 19805 Federal Tax ID: 45-2700248, for All Saints Catholic School’s general use and purposes (or tuition assistance).
Don't need your mandatory IRA Distribution? Consider giving it to All Saints Catholic School!
There are ways retirees may be able to give to All Saints Catholic School through a traditional IRA, and create a favorable tax situation. When individuals reach the age of 70 1/2, they must take a mandatory distribution from their traditional IRA, but sometimes they don't need the income because of other investments. One option is that they can give it to charity! For information on how you might give to All Saints through your traditional IRA or other investments, please contact Lisa Chase, at advancementdirector@ascsde.org, and (302) 995-2231, ext. 108.

When you donate to All Saints Catholic School, you help us to be "All Saints Strong!"
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