January 13, 2020
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.

Merry Christmas

“What?!” you might say. “Christmas is long over…if you’ve been in any store, you can clearly see that we have moved on to Valentine’s Day.”

As is frequently the case, our Church recognizes that one day to celebrate the significance of a holy day, in this case Christmas…Emmanuel…God is with us…is insufficient. According to the Liturgical calendar and tradition, we recognize the following:

The Christmas Octave – eight days beginning with the vigil of the Nativity ending on January 1 st the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
The Twelve Days of Christmas – twelve days beginning with Christmas Day and concluding on January 6 th , The Epiphany (some refer to this day as “Little Christmas.”
The Season of Christmas – all of the days from Christmas through to our celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord on the Sunday after Epiphany.

And some maintain a practice of 40 days of Christmas celebration until the celebration of the Presentation of Jesus on February 2 nd , also known as Candlemas.

At the Christmas program, I shared a quote from a homily that I had heard the previous weekend, “Christmas is not about presents but about presence.” We wanted to be present to our children and the presence of Jesus in each as they reminded us so beautifully that Christmas is about the coming of Jesus into our world both historically as a baby and each and every day through one another.

God IS with us each and every day. Are we present to His presence in our lives?

Doug Newton in his book, “Fresh Eyes on Jesus’ Miracles” speaks of “spontaneous ministry”, the experience of being sent to do something for someone at a particular moment. Any one of us may have been on either side of a “spontaneous ministry” moment. Maybe we were in need and someone miraculously appeared to assist. Or maybe we felt drawn to do something contrary to what we had planned only to discover that we were present at the right moment to help someone in need. We were present to God’s presence in our lives such that we could participate in “spontaneous ministry.”

May we experience God’s presence and share it
not just on Christmas day or in the Christmas season
but each and every day!
Don't Miss these
Important Dates!
January 13
Breakfast-Lunch Menu/Orders
Close for 1/20/2020 to 1/31/2020

January 14
1000 Degree Pizza
Community Night
4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

January 17
Computer Kids Club
3:25 p.m.

January 18
Future Cities Competition

January 19
Martin Luther King Day
School Closed in observance of
MLK Holiday

January 22
Breakfast-Lunch Menu/Orders
open for 2/3/2020 to 2/14/2020

January 24
Middle School Dance
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

January 27
Breakfast-Lunch Menu/Orders
close for 2/3/2020 to 2/14/2020

January 27-31
Catholic Schools Week
Believe, Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed

January 28-29
National Catholic Schools
Day of Giving

January 31
Sock Hop/Pajama Party
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

February 1
Re-Registration Deadline

February 9
HSA Breakfast
8 a.m. until 12 noon
Open House
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Gifts of the Magi, by Britany, ASCS Kindergartener, 2020
School News
Students Recognized for Virtuous
Action of Helping Others
During our January 7th school-wide assembly, two students from each class were recognized for their virtuous actions of helpfulness, care and compassion for their fellow students. The following students were honored for the months of November and December:

PK3 - Julia Dzielak; Salvador Flores
PK4A - Abraham Fox; Genesis Almanza
PK4B - Tony Alvarez; Savannah Zoladkiewicz
K - Olivia Fountain; Josue Romero
1 - Luka Pohorylo; Angelina Piorkowski
2 - Noah Zickgraf; Jacob Carpenter
3 - Avery Orr; Cristian Silvestre
4 - Liliana Guadarrama-Fuentes; Jasio Piorkowski
5 - Skyler Lindenbaum; August Zickgraf
6 - Brendan Tracy; Olivia Piorkowski
7 - Ava Amato; Olivia Justison
8 - Will Moffitt; Dana Esterline
Virtue runs in the Piorkowski family: Olivia Piorkowski, Jasio Piorkowski, and Angelina Piorkowski were each selected by their peers.
Zickgraf brothers share virtuous habits: Noah Zickgraf and August Zickgraf each were recognized for their helpfulness and compassion.
ASCS Basketball Champions
A hearty Shout-Out to the All Saints Girls Varsity Basketball and the Boys Junior Varsity Basketball teams for their respective great seasons and tournament wins! The Boys team won all five of their 'Santa Shoot-Out' Games, played on December 30th.
Re-registration for 2020-21 (English)
Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year has begun. We strive to make the process as simple as possible. All students will be automatically rolled over for the 2020-2021 school year on January 15, 2020. Re-registration fees will be managed automatically through FACTS. Details are available in the letter sent home in last week's Wednesday Communication Folder.

New student inquiries have been abundant. We will begin to accept new applications for the 2020-2021 school year on February 1st. If you have a sibling who will be joining us, please be sure to complete the sibling form.

We will once again be implementing our $500 referral grant program. If a family identifies you as a referring family and they complete the registration process and enroll in our school by July 1, 2020 a $500 tuition grant will be applied to your tuition account. The referral form may be used for this purpose as well.

The Re-registration Letter and Forms are available here as well as through our school website .

**Information about Tuition assistance was also provided. Please be aware that participation in school volunteerism and fundraising activities will be considered
when financial aid is awarded.**

Re-registration for 2020-21 (Espanol)
La planificación para el año escolar 2020-2021 ha comenzado. Nos esforzamos por hacer que el proceso sea lo más simple posible. Todos los estudiantes serán automáticamente registrado para el año escolar 2020-2021 el 15 de enero de 2020. Las cuotas de reinscripción se administrarán automáticamente a través de FACTS. Los detalles están disponibles en la carta enviada a casa en la Carpeta de Comunicación del miércoles de la semana pasada.

Interés para el próximo año ha sido abundante. Comenzaremos a aceptar nuevas solicitudes para el año escolar 2020-2021 el 1 de febrero. Si tiene un hijo(a) adicional que quisiera inscribir, asegúrese de completar el formulario para hermanos.

Una vez más, implementaremos nuestro programa de subvención de referencia de $ 500. Si una familia lo identifica como una familia de referencia y completan el proceso de inscripción y se inscriben en nuestra escuela antes del 1 de julio de 2020 , se aplicará una subvención de matrícula de $ 500 a su cuenta de matrícula. La forma de referencia también se puede utilizar para este propósito.

* *La información sobre la ayuda financiera de matrícula fue proporcionada. Por favor esté consciente que el voluntarismo y la participación en las actividades de recaudación de fondos para la escuela se considera
cuando la ayuda financiera se concede.**

Catholic Schools Week 2020
Catholic Schools Week, celebrated nationally during the last full week of January (January 25 - February 1), highlights the values of a Catholic education.

Lead ~ Learn ~ Serve ~ Succeed ~ Believe

Monday - SERVE
Service Project - Collect Items for St. Catherine of Siena, Gulu, Uganda
Cardboard Challenge Project Sharing
Uniform - Add on Day

Tuesday - SUCCEED
DelDot STEM Assemblies
8:30 am - Middle School
9:45 am - Intermediate Grades
Eighth Grade High School Reveal Day
Geography Bee

Wednesday - LEARN
Uniform - STREAM Shirts and Gym Sweatpants
Spelling Bees
8:30 am - Grades K - 3
9:45 am - Grades 4 - 8
HSA/Student Council Faculty & Staff Lunch
Class Dance Demonstrations
(12:45 pm -2:45 pm)

Thursday - BELIEVE
Catholic Schools Week Mass (10:00 am)
Prayer Buddy Lunch/Recess/Games
(11:30 am - 1:00 pm)

Friday - LEAD
Spirit Day
Uniform - Spirit Wear Jerseys/Sweatshirts/T-shirts
with Gym Sweatpants
Student/Faculty/Staff Relay Races and Basketball/Volleyball Game
(12:45 - 2:45 pm)
Pajama Party Sock Hop (6:00 - 8:00 pm)

All are Welcome for all of our special events!
Open Houses Scheduled for All Saints Catholic School
Mark your calendar for our Winter/Spring 2020 Open Houses

Student and Parent Volunteers are needed to assist with these events.
Please contact Mrs. Chase (advancementdirector@ascsde.org)
if you are available and interested in assisting.

Sunday, February 9, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 7, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Register by calling (302) 995-2231, ext. 108/e-mail

Give the Gift of An All Saints Education
Where we are engaging minds and strengthening faith.
Knights of Columbus Competition

Knights of Columbus 17th Annual Catholic Youth Chess Tournament Championship

Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:30 a.m.
St. Anthony of Padua Grade School Cafeteria
10th Street near Scott Street, Wilmington, DE

Tournament played in three sections: K-3, K-6 and K-8

Registration $12 per play if postmarked by February 15th, $17 if after this date.

For more information, contact Felix Spitelle at (302) 658-2713 or fspiette@yahoo.com

In Service to One, in service to all.
(scroll down past flyer
for registration form)
Computer Kids Club
Scenes from Christmas Celebrations
Christmas memories are ones to cherish, especially those made here at All Saints.

On December 20th, the last day before the Christmas break one of our youngest students, Gael Silvestre accompanied by one of our oldest students, Owen Cardwell, Student Council President placed Baby Jesus in the manger during a special morning prayer.

Intermediate and Middle School students went Christmas Caroling throughout Elsmere, spreading Christmas Joy while our youngest students were treated to a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Christmas Concert
Our Elementary School Christmas and Instrumental Concert was a joyous occasion, from our littlest Saints performing with glee to our band students performing Christmas music with Principal, Dr. Muir.
Our PK3 students perform in the All Saints Christmas Program.
Instrumental Music Teacher, Ms. Herb, Dr. Muir and 8th grader Casey Corcoran perform.
Casey Corcoran on the clarinet.
International Peace Light
Maksym Pohorylo, Aubrie Nowak, Mason Jones and Savannah Zoladkiewicz initiated the passing of the flame with their grade level schoolmates.
The lantern, which holds the special flame that originated from Bethlehem. The flame is carried in a special container and flown all over the world.
Just before the Christmas break, the All Saints Catholic School community shared with each other the gift of the International Peace Light, brought to us by Anna Pohorylo, mother of Maksym, Larysa and Luka
Mrs. Pohorylo, a member of the Ukrainian Scouts, brought the flame to us in a lantern. This flame, which has traveled all over the world, originated from an oil lamp that has burned for centuries in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Students passed four candles, lit from the special flame, while “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” played in the background.
Dr. Muir and Mrs. Dzielak share the flame with PreK4 student and light bearer, Savannah Zoladkiewicz.
Boxtops Information
Box Tops for Education has entered the digital age 

Historically, families have helped All Saints by clipping the Box Tops for Education off of products like cereal boxes and sent them to school.

Now, however, the program has launched an app designed to eventually replace the old system. A new smartphone app, simply called “Box Tops for Education,” allows users to scan their receipts whenever they buy participating products at any store. With each valid receipt scanned, the program donates 10 cents to the school of your choice. 

The most popular items will have the new branding on the package by August, 2019.

The Box Tops for Education app is available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play store .

While traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, they may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and send them to school. 
Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢ for our school. Make sure each one has a clearly visible product acronym and expiration date.

Box Tops for Education will continue to honor all clipped Box Tops until they expire, so please continue to send in your clipped box tops to school. Simultaneously, please download the app to your phone and start scanning your receipts as you identify All Saints as your school to support!
Our School Community
Home and School Association
1000 Degree Pizza Night January 14
Please show the flyer below to restaurant personnel when you order and pay.
Hispanic Dinner
Top 'chefs', Noe Trujillo-Medina, Jarenni Romero and Maricela Almanza prepared meat and other items for the HSA Hispanic Dinner.
Karla Flores and her father Rigoberto Flores managed the spicy pozole soup station.
Desserts included flan, cake and colorful gelatin cups.
The Social Hall at All Saints Catholic School was the place to be this past Saturday, where our Home and School Association hosted the first Annual Hispanic Family Dinner. Delicious homemade hispanic foods, such as tamales, tacos, street corn, and quesadillas were available for friends and families to purchase. The fellowship warm and wonderful, and the food - well, Fantastic!

"A beautiful aspect of All Saints Catholic School is its diverse environment, of which the Hispanic community is a very important part," said Lucy Mondragon, HSA president. "Events such as our Hispanic Family Dinner, brings the entire community - from our school, our parishes and the greater Elsmere area - together. It is a great time to gather together, prepare delicious foods from scratch, and eat together."
The Ahmadpour family enjoyed a Saturday evening out at our HSA Hispanic Dinner.
The Rodriguez family served
homemade tamales.
Middle School Dance Friday, January 24

All Saints is hosting its ever popular Middle School Dance
Friday, January 24, 2020
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets $10 per person
All Saints Social Hall

(must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade to attend)

Pajama Party/Sock Hop Friday, January 31
Please see the sign-up genius to
donate and RSVP

Wear your PJ’s to the party!
Valentine Family Breakfast February 9
The Valentine Family Breakfast Fundraiser will be held in the All Saints Catholic School Social Hall, which is diagonally across from the school and directly across from Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Entrance to the social hall is from the Kirkwood Highway side of the parking lot.
This event benefits ASCS's Home and School Association.
Open House Tours will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Guest Bartending Event 02-20-2020!


Binary Coding is
cool and fun!

But so is sponsoring and attending the ASCS Guest Bartending Event on February 20, 2020!

Join the All Saints Community for our Guest Bartending Event at BBC Tavern and Grill in Greenville, DE. We're calling it our 02-20-2020 event, and it is sure to be an evening full of entertaining friends, family members, and our All Star Line-
Tom Riccio, alumni parent, Al Drushler, parent, and Dr. Muir at ASCS's Guest Bartender Night last May!

Up of Guest Bartenders from our community of parents, faculty, staff and friends of All Saints. Please sponsor our bartenders and come out that night and tip generously!

Come to BBC on 02-20-2020!

Annual Golf Tournament May 4, 2020
Join us for our 8th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction
Monday, May 4, 2020
Hartefeld National Golf Course, Avondale, PA

Proceeds benefit the continued enhancements to the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) curriculum including art integration, computer applications, materials, teacher training, and curriculum resources.

Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner at St. Marks High School February 21, 2020
Alumni News and Advancement
Calling All Alumni!
All Saints Alumni and alumni from Corpus Christi, St. Catherine's, Our Lady of Fatima and St. Matthews- Please send us your news! Contact Lisa Chase at advancementdirector@ascsde.org with special things going on in your life. We are also looking to develop an alumni association; please let Lisa know if you are interested in being involved.
All Saints may benefit from
2019-2020 United Way Campaign

Our friends at the United Way of Delaware have assigned us a Book Number! If your company is hosting a United Way Campaign, and you are contributing to that fundraising effort, consider having All Saints Catholic School benefit from your donation. Our Book number is 13834 . Donors wishing to designate their contributions to All saints Catholic School should “write-in” our name (All Saints Catholic School) and full mailing address (907 New Road, Wilmington, DE 19805) and/or book number 13834 on their United Way of Delaware Pledge Form in the Specific Care area.  Online contributions are directed only for the United Way Community Funds, of which All Saints does not benefit.
Important Reminders and other News at
All Saints Catholic School
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Support All Saints Catholic School through our
Annual Fund Campaign

Consider making a financial contribution to All Saints Catholic School through the 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.
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