July 2019
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.

July 26, 2019

Happy Summer from All Saints Catholic School!

The word “summer” is an interesting one. When used as a noun, it conjures up wonderful images of relaxed schedules, cookouts, vacations, family reunions, the Fourth of July and fireworks.

But when summer is used as an adjective as in “Summer Reading” the resulting images may be very different for some. Personally, the summer time and in particular vacation at the beach, is time to enjoy summer reading. Typically, my summer reading selections include a variety of novels, a professional book or two and some spiritual reading. Often, it is the novels…stories of people’s lives that are the most thought provoking and inspirational. This summer it is The Guest Book by Sarah Blake that has me pondering.

As a history teacher at a prestigious college, one of the main characters asks her students to consider:

“If you worked at the World Trade Center, and you were told to go back to your desk in the second tower after the first tower had been hit, would you?... What would you have done? It is the thing I ask myself over and over. Would you have gotten up from your desk and started walking down the stairs? That panicky feeling, what to do, what to do, meeting head-on with a supervisor saying go back to your desks, go back and wait for the firemen to come. That’s the procedure – Would you have kept walking? Or would you have turned around and gone back to your desk?”

And again she asks,

“If a Jew came to your door in 1939, and asked to be hidden, would you?

These questions inspire us as Catholic Christians to ask:

If present in Jesus’ time would I have shouted, “Crucify him!” Would I have declared myself a follower of Jesus or in fear for my life would I have denied him?

Defining Characteristics of a Catholic school (Catholic Schools Standards Project)

"Catholic school education places an emphasis on the school as community—an educational community of persons and a genuine community of faith. (Lay Catholics in Schools, 22, 41) Catholic schools should do everything they can to promote genuine trust and collaboration among teachers, with parents as the primary educators of their children, and with governing body members to foster appreciation of different gifts that build up a learning and faith community and strengthen academic excellence (Lay Catholics in Schools, 78)."

Don't Miss these
Important Dates!
Thursday, August 22nd
New Family Orientation
4 p.m. for PK & K (in classrooms) Everyone LLEB (5:00 pm)

August 26th-29th
Faculty & Staff Professional Development

Tuesday, September 2nd
First day of School for K-8
PK 1/2 Day Orientation

Friday, September 6th
HSA's Back- to-School Picnic/Potluck
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

We all make our best decisions in hindsight! And we all know what others should do in any given situation. But in the moment, each of us makes the best decision we can with the information and conviction that we have.

Every day, each of us is required to make decisions for ourselves, our families and in the workplace. Twenty-eight new families have chosen All Saints Catholic School for their child(ren). Eight families have chosen to entrust a second or third child to our care. We welcome all to our school community!

Education and Catholic education in particular calls for trust among us. At its best, it is not only a partnership between home and school but a communal relationship among us. In that communal relationship, we are called to respect one another’s decisions as we can never fully grasp another’s perspective. And as Jesus reminds us; we are “to remove the log from our own eye before trying to remove the splinter from our brother’s.”

As we begin the transition into a new school year, let us commit and recommit to trusting relationships among us that model for our children kindness and respect so that…

Together, we may truly be All Saints strong!

School News
New Family Orientation
All Saints Catholic School welcomes our new families for the upcoming 2019 -2020 academic year!
There will be a New Family Orientation on
Thursday, August 22, 2019 .
PK & Kindergarten families will meet the teachers in the classrooms at 4:00 pm for a meeting specifically oriented
to our early childhood program.
A session for ALL new families will be held
in the Lower Level of the Elementary Building (LLEB)
from 5:00 - 6:00 pm.
All new families are highly encouraged to attend
this important meeting.
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.
Athletic Association - Fall Sports Registration Deadline -August 15th
Fall Sports Registrations are now open. Please click on this link to register. Registration ends on 8/15/2019 ; any received after that date will be assessed a $25.00 late fee.

Go Crusaders!
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 to Mrs. Chase in Advancement. Entries may be submitted to the school office. The accompanying photographs feature designs from previous years.
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 & K - TBD
Teacher Aide PK4 - Mrs. Charlene Ryan
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 - Mrs. Jeannie Celano
Maintenance Supervisor - Mr. Milton Santiago
Custodial Services provided by Mr. Jack Reed and County Building Services

Our gratitude, appreciation and best wishes are extended to
Mrs. Michelle Budd and Mrs. Vi McLaren
as they embark upon
new adventures in their professional careers.
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

The entire faculty participated in a 6 hour training on the Science of Reading presented by The Reading Assist Institute.
Back -To School Potluck
The Home and School Association will be hosting a
Back To School Potluck Block Party
for all families on
Friday, September 6th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fall Theatre Production - Seussical Jr.
"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 in August. A parent orientation meeting will be held just before the Potluck Block Party on September 6th.
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!
Rainbow Splash 2018
Golf Tournament 2019
Field Day 2019
Bunny Breakfast 2019
Photo by Leah Beverly
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. Each family will receive an email in August with a link to your account. When you receive this email, 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.
Alumni/Alumnae News
ASCS recently learned that alumae attending Padua Academy have earned honors for the 2018-2019 school year:

Distinquished Honors
Gianna Britton, '17
Alaina Russo, '18
Claire Taggart, '18

High Honors
Lynnea Bakanas-Garcia, '16
Anna Cleary, '15
Madeline Dickerson, '17
Sara Papillo, '15
Elizabeth Trujillo, '18

Jordan Bennett, '17
Lydia Faries, '18

We are proud of our alumnae/i, and we want to hear from you! Please send your news to advancementdirector@ascsde.org.
Corpus Christi High School alumnae from
Class of 1964 Visit ASCS
Members of the class of 1964, Corpus Christi High School visited
All Saints Catholic School recently:
top row, left to right: Nancy Billingsley Hoag, Elsie (Cissy) Kaiser Briggs, Mary Ellen Senn O’Neill, and Katherine Durham Connell. Kathleen C. Hays is on the front row.
Female members from the Corpus Christi High School Class of 1964 visited All Saints Catholic School one recent morning. Gathering and reminiscing, they talked of wonderful times at the high school. Kathleen (Kay) C. Hays, had her school blazer, along with her student government pin, which featured the Corpus Christi logo, and names of dear friends who had autographed it. Mrs. Hays donated it to the school.
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
ASCS Summer Office Hours
Our summer office hours will be Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Welcome New Students to Fall 2019
We are already looking to welcome 40+ new students to our school community. We are pleased to share that our Early Childhood (PK3 - K) enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year reflects a 70% increase. We will be opening a second PK4 classroom!

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.

It is not too early to order uniforms!
Visit Rush Uniform on line to order school uniforms. Rush Uniform is located at 101 Harrison Ave, New Castle, DE 19720, (302) 328-5444
2019-2020 School Calendar
Advancement News
Annual Fund Update
Approximately 338 donors gave to our Annual Fund this year, resulting in $53,600 in contributions,
which averaged about $158.58 per gift .
We are grateful to our board of directors, our parents, alumni, parishioners, grandparents, faculty and staff, and friends
who gave to the ASCS Annual Fund.
Thank you. Because of your time, talent and treasure,
We are All Saints Strong!
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).
Community News and Summer Camp Opportunities
Need a place to cool off this summer and relax? Check out Yorklyn Swim Club, Hockessin's 'Friendliest Pool'. www.yorklynpool.com
Crestmoor Swim Club's Special Deal for New Families!
Crestmoor Swim Club is continuing the $299 special for families this summer! Many All Saints families are members, and Crestmoor always support the Annual All Saints Golf Auction.
Keiki Klub Summer Camp
Looking for summer camp opportunities for your children? Try Keiki Club Summer Camp.

Grades 3-5 ('19-'20 SY)
DATE: July 29-31
TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LOCATION: Volleyball Performance Academy; 98 LaCrue Ave, Glen Mills
Cost: $145

Grades K-2 ('19-'20 SY)
DATE: August 1-2
TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
LOCATION: Volleyball Performance Academy; 98 LaCrue Ave, Glen Mills
Cost: $100
To register, please go to the website at www.KeikiKlub.com
Any questions, please e-mail Casey Pyszczymuka at keikiklub@gmail.com
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