October 21, 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.


October 21, 2019

In the Gospel reading for the first weekend of October, we heard the apostles asking Jesus to increase their faith. Couldn’t we all relate? All of us at some time or another have asked Jesus in prayer to increase our faith. Interestingly though, Jesus doesn’t “give” them more faith, he tells them that the faith that they have, small as it may seem (the size of a mustard seed) is sufficient. Practice your faith!

“The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.”
 
This week in the Gospel we hear of the ten lepers who are healed and the one who returns to give praise and thanks. Jesus says to the one, “…your faith has saved you.” Jesus did not “actively” heal the lepers, they were cured by His word. Would my faith save me? Do I have faith in the transformative power of God’s word? Do I take time to read and know God’s word as given to us in the Bible? If I did, how would my life be different?

Again, in the parable of the ten lepers, we see that ten were healed and only one returned to give praise and thanks to God. Jesus says, “Were not ten healed? Where are the other nine?” Because Jesus healed them through the power of his word, it is possible and probable that the other ten may not attribute their healing to Jesus.

How often we can be like the other nine lepers…when life is challenging and we are faced with difficulties, we ask, “Where is God? Why has he abandoned me?” And when life is going well, we say, “Aren’t I doing a great job?”

We are challenged to live our lives differently and to teach our children to do the same as this is what sets us apart. The way of the world is to blame God and believe that He has abandoned us when we face challenges…and forget about Him when things are going well.

Don't Miss these
Important Dates!

October 23
Open House and Trunk-or-Treat
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Breakfast Lunch Menu Opens
for 11/4 - 11/15

October 24 - 25
Noon Dismissal
Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 24
Pink Dress Down Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 25
Middle School Dance
Corpus Christi Social Hall
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

October 28
Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Breakfast/Lunch Order
Closes

Winter Uniform Begins

Science Olympiad
Informational Meeting
3:15 p.m.

October 31
All Hallow's Eve (Halloween)
PreK 3 - Fifth grade costume Parade
8:15 a.m.

Poetry Recital by Second and Third grade students, LLEB
9 a.m.

November 1
All Saints Day Mass
with Bishop Malooly
10 a.m.

As Catholic Christians, we recognize the hand of God in all things…when things go well, let us praise and thank Him…when faced with struggles and difficulties, let us have faith and trust in the power of His transformative word.
School News
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Spirit Parish
Students from All Saints Catholic School joined hundreds of other students from the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Held at Holy Spirit Parish on October 7th, they prayed the Rosary with the Most Reverend Bishop Malooly.

After the recitation of the Rosary, each group of students posed with Bishop Malooly in front of the Marian statue, Our Lady Queen of Peace, for a photograph. The Marian statue was created by famed Delaware sculptor Charles Parks.  It stands alongside Holy Spirit Church and is visible to all who travel over the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Interstate 295. 

Charles Parks, considered “Delaware’s nationally treasured sculptor,” created three Madonnas, of which Our Lady, Queen of Peace, is one; each are more than 30 feet high. When the first Madonna, "Our Lady of Peace," was shown in Rodney Square, several thousand people visited it, left messages, prayers and donations. It is now in Santa Clara, California. The second Madonna, known as Our Lady of the New Millennium, is now at St. John's Passion Church in Indiana. (Information from Mr. Park's obituary published in the News Journal )
The Most Reverend Bishop Malooly prays the Rosary with students from the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington at Holy Spirit Parish.
Eight grader Maksym Pohorylo leads the congregation of students and teachers in prayers.
Students from All Saints Catholic School with Bishop Malooly at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Statue
The third Madonna, Our Lady Queen of Peace, was commissioned by the Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in New Castle, Delaware, and welcomes drivers daily crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Mr. Parks died in 2012 at the age of 95. 

Photo credits: Leah Beverly Photography
Interim Reports and Teacher Conferences
The conference schedule is available to families to schedule to meet with their children’s teachers Thursday and Friday, October 24 th and 25 th . The Interim Reports were sent home Monday, October 21 st

Click on Image to Schedule your meeting with your child (ren)'s teacher(s).
Open House Trunk or Treat - October 23rd
Important information about Trunk-Or-Treat/Open House Event on October 23rd

The parking lot will close following dismissal on Oct. 23rd. Trunk or Treat cars may enter the parking lot to begin set-up at 3:45 pm. Upon arrival, directions about where to park will be provided to those who have generously offered their car trunk for decorating. Tables will be available to set-up with your "trunk". 

Parents picking up aftercare students are asked to park on the street or in the gym parking lot to pick up students from
Aftercare and Drama Club. Parking for the event will also be on the street and in both gym parking lots.

We look forward to seeing the creativity of our "class trunks"!!

If coming to the Open House portion, please register by calling (302) 995-2231, ext. 108 or e-mail advancement director@ascsde.org . Thank you!

Pink Dress Down Day for Breast Cancer Awareness
On Thursday, October 24th Student Council will be sponsoring a  PINK  dress down day for breast cancer awareness. Students who have purchased a pink ribbon may dress down. The students may wear pink or white colored shirts, pink pants, pink socks, pink shoes, or any pink accessories. Our donations will be sent to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Information about Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition may be found  HERE .
All Saints Day - November 1st
We look forward to celebrating the Feast of All Saints, our school patronal feast day on November 1st . Bishop Malooly will celebrate Mass with us at 10:00 am and visit with students following Mass. Additionally, students will join in "Saintly" activities throughout the day with their "Prayer Buddies".

In anticipation of All Saints Day, we will enjoy  All Hallow's Eve  (Halloween - October 31st) with our annual Halloween Parade at 8:15 am in the parking lot adjacent to the school. Students in PK3 through fifth grade are invited to wear costumes to school over their "Fall colored" dress down clothes. This will be a FREE Dress Down Day. Please be reminded that we celebrate Halloween in a spirit of fun not fear...NO masks or weapons of any kind are permitted! Students will remove costumes following the parade. Middle school students will attend the parade in a spirit of support and encouragement of our younger students. 
Annual Poetry Recital
Our second and third grade students are actively preparing for their annual Poetry Recital to be held on  Thursday, October 31st at 9:00 am  in the Lower Level of the Elementary Building (LLEB). All are welcome to remain after the Halloween Parade for this most enjoyable event!
ASCS Athletics - Basketball Sign Ups!
Those students wishing to play for ASCS Basketball can sign up now until October 25. Each student must register with CYM and All Saints . Check out our athletics website!

Teams: Intramural K-2 nd ~ Jr JV 3-4 th ~ JV 5-6 th ~ Varsity 7-8 th ~ Senior team Fr-Sr High School
Open to ASCS students or parishioners from Corpus Christi, St. Mary’s, St. Matthew’s, OLF, and St Catherine’s!
Questions? Contact Athletic Association President Dennis Esterline @ dennisesterline@yahoo.com

Pulsera Project October 21 - October 28
Buy Gorgeous Pulseras (Bracelets)!
From October 21st through October 28th, All Saints Catholic School's Spanish Club will be selling hand-woven bracelets, or ‘pulseras’ in Spanish, to empower the artists who make them in Nicaragua & Guatemala. The sale was organized through the Pulsera Project, a Fair Trade nonprofit organization that empowers and educates people in the U.S. and Central America through pulsera sales. Each pulsera is $5.

Student and teacher volunteers raise funds that benefit fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability, and education, while learning about the culture, lives, and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a more just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.

CDOW High School Open House dates and admissions
It is never too early to begin planning for high school! We have important information for the Admissions and Testing process for the high schools in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington on our website , or you may find find that here on the CDOW site.
Science Olympiad Informational Meeting - October 28th
An informational meeting will be held
October 28th, 3:30 - 4:00 pm
in Mr. Dougherty's classroom (Room 24) in the Elementary Building for students in fourth through eighth grades interested in participating in Science Olympiad.
All Saints Best Catholic School in Wilmington!
ASCS - Best Catholic School in Wilmington, DE
All Saints Catholic School learned recently that it was named Best Catholic School in Wilmington for 2019. The Best of Wilmington Award Program was created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of businesses and organizations in and around Wilmington. Their mission is to raise the profile of exemplary companies and entrepreneurs among the press, the business community, and the general public. 
Picture Retake Day - November 15th
Picture Retake Day
will be on
Friday, November 15, 2019
for students who were absent or
students who wish to have a picture retake.
Any students having a retake will need to return their
entire picture package to school for the photographer.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Working together, we are settling into smooth morning drop off and afternoon dismissal routines. Some reminders and courtesies that support the safety and efficiency of both processes include:

Morning
  • Aim to arrive by 7:30 am.
  • Ensure that your child is on the passenger side of the car when dropping off in the car line (parents remaining in the car).
  • Using the parking and walk-up option if your child needs extra care from you as they transition to school.

Afternoon
  • Use the parking lot for the quickest dismissal ("walkers" are dismissed after the parking lot.
  • Leave the first lane open for "Rock Star" parking (families have paid for these spots.
  • Leave the last two lanes open for PK dismissal until 3:00 pm
  • Turn your car off and come to the front so your child(ren) can see you.
  • If you are at the end of the dismissal line, in front of the Rectory and dismissal has begun, remain in your car and pull forward for the "second round" of pick up.

Above all, please remain patient. We know that children learn what they live. If they hear you being understanding and patient of someone who has made an error or is having a difficult day, they will learn to be patient and understanding of others as well.
Winter Uniform to Begin
As the weather gets cooler, it will be time to put away our shorts, skorts and t-shirts
Winter Uniform will begin on Monday, October 28th.

Please see the uniform policy for details. All are reminded that students are asked to wear crew or knee socks (please do not wear "no show" socks as indicated at Back-to-School Night). Additionally, students are to wear belts.

Elementary students (PK-Grade 5) may not wear pull over hooded sweatshirts (even as a "jacket"). Middle school students may wear only the maroon All Saints pull over hooded sweatshirts.

As we are a month into school, all uniform items should be in place. Should your child be missing a uniform item, please send a note to the teacher. Seeing someone else out of uniform does not make an item or lack of item acceptable.
ASCS Students Learn and Help Feed the World's Hungry
Our Rice-Raising efforts are yielding bounty! As of Friday, October 18th, ASCS middle school students have earned 411,150 grains of rice, feeding someone for 21 days . According to Freerice.com, to fulfill the calorie requirements of an average person for one day, you need 19,200 grains of rice. Our next update will be November 24th. Track our progress!
Middle School Dance - Friday, October 25th
Sixth-eighth ASCS graders are invited to come to our October 25th Middle School Dance, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m ., in the Corpus Christi Social Hall. School dances are open to Middle school students and their friends, and cost $10 per person. Popular DJ Chris McGrath provides the music!
*Tickets will be available for
pre-purchase for ASCS students.

Please complete the necessary forms to attend the dance:

Red Cross Blood Drive
All Saints Catholic School is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and proud to be a part of all they do for our community, our country and around the world. Our blood drive, scheduled for Monday, October 28th, is important to patients in need, but the collection and distribution of blood is just a small part of all the Red Cross does.

Every hour of the day, more than 1,200 people in America are assisted by the American Red Cross. More than 17,000 people every day receive life saving Red Cross health and safety training. Every day, the Red Cross provides more than 1,100 services to military members, their families and veterans. About 170 times a day, Red Cross workers help families affected by a home fire or other disaster. From a blood supply standpoint: The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,500 platelet donations each day. The blood collected by the Red Cross helps millions of patients in over 2,500 hospitals and other facilities across the country. Eighty-four percent of blood donations are given at blood drives hosted by generous sponsoring organizations like ours. 
  
We have open appointment slots to fill for Monday, October 28th. You may sign up here online to donate. ( Please scroll down and choose All Saints Catholic School in Wilmington, DE ). Please join our volunteer team or help spread the work by promoting our drive on social media.
Box Tops for ASCS!
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!
Newsletter Circulation Dates
Fall Newsletter Circulation Dates

 November 4, 2019
November 25, 2019
December 16, 2019

Regular readership keeps us informed and
helps make us
"All Saints Strong!"
Our School Community
Home and School Association
In-door Yard Sale
Our annual In-Door Yard Sale was a fantastic event, raising funds for All Saints Catholic School through the Home and School Association. Expertly chaired and organized by parent Mrs. Alicia Marascio (Brayden - gr. 5 and Jacqueline - PK4B), the sale featured great items - treasures, jewelry, children's clothes, housewares, books, children's, men's and women's shoes, etc. Grandparent and Marketing volunteer Mr. Dennis Skirvin was on hand to sell Jubal's Christmas Gift , available on Amazon. Sales of Jubal's Christmas Gift benefit All Saints Catholic School.

Our HSA has wonderful events planned for the All Saints Community. From Vendor and Restaurant Nights, the Golf Tournament and a Night at BBC Tavern, HSA is an important aspect of All Saints, and is a terrific way to become involved in the school community.

ASCS Night at Panera Bread Co.
Our first Restaurant Night was held at everyone's favorite bread place - Panera's on Kirkwood Highway. Teachers, staff and families enjoyed eating delicious bread, soups, salads, and those scrumptious pastries!

Our next Restaurant Night will be November 13th at Buffalo Wild Wings on 501 Stanton Christiana Road. Stay tuned for more information!

For More Photographs, please check our Facebook Page!
BJs Membership Drive
HSA is continuing the BJs Membership Drive for All Saints friends and families. Please find the links below to the flyer and the application, which are on the ASCS website. Please sign up before October 31st. It is important to note that everyone must OPT OUT OF AUTO RENEW AT 800-257-2582 before submitting. Please print out your completed application and bring to the school by October 31, 2019. Any questions, please contact Shelly Cardwell at k.cardwell1@verizon.net.

Jubal's Christmas Gift Promotion
Perfect for Christmas Gifts!

Denny Skirvin, devoted volunteer and grandparent of All Saints Catholic School students, has written a gem of a Christmas story, with Jubal's Christmas Gift . All 2019 profit from sales will benefit All Saints Catholic School and St. Peter Cathedral School in Wilmington. The novella is available through Amazon. Please click on the photograph above or here , for a YouTube commercial. Mr. Skirvin will have a book signing at our Vendor Event in December.
Extra-curricular Activities
Scenes from Future Cities
Our Future Cities program, directed by Technology Coordinator Ms. Sue Small, is well underway with participating students learning how to design a city, from public works to neighborhoods. 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 school students to develop their interest in STEM, through the engineering design process.  With this at its center,  Future City  is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills.
Important Reminders and other News at
All Saints Catholic School
Shop on Amazon, and Support All Saints Catholic School

Shopping on Amazon through Amazon Smile helps to support All Saints Catholic School. When you shop on Amazon, please consider going through our website, and clicking here on Amazon Smile for All Saints Catholic School. We receive a percentage of purchases on qualified-only items.

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.
Find October 23rd Open House on Event Page in Facebook. Please share the event with your friends who are thinking of providing the gift of an All Saints education for their children, grandchildren or school-age children in their families. The November event will open soon.
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