October 7, 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.

October 7, 2019

“Pray as though everything depends on God. Work as though everything depends on you.”

This quote, typically attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola highlights the dual importance of work and prayer: two values that are hallmarks of a Catholic education. There are some that claim that the quote actually reads, “Pray as though everything depends on you. Work as though everything depends on God.”

Whichever way you choose to read the quote (both can have significant impact), work and prayer are identified as essential life values. They work in concert with one another. Success is not achieved by hard work alone nor by prayer alone.

In our society, “busyness” has taken on a badge of honor. Even our children are over scheduled in an effort to offer them every opportunity. But in the busyness, it is easy to lose the value of being, of praying. We honor, “The work as though it all depends on you.” But we miss the, “Pray as though everything depends on God.” And “Pray as though everything depends on you.”

The key phrase then is, “Work as though everything depends on God.” At first glance this may appear to affirm a level of laziness, but quite the contrary. If we see ourselves as God’s workers and we depend on God for the strength to do the work, we can trust that God will bring success to the work of our hands.

St. Theresa reminds us:

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

Through persistent work and fervent prayer, let us be Christ for one another!
Don't Miss these
Important Dates!
October 9
Breakfast/Lunch Menu Opens
for October 21 to November 1

October 11
Trimester I Interim

October 10-13
Fall Festival
St. Catherine of
Siena Catholic Church

October 14
Columbus Holiday - No School

Breakfast/Lunch Order
Closes at midnight

October 19
HSA Inside Yard Sale
Corpus Chrisi Social Hall
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

October 23
Breakfast/Lunch Menu opens
for November 4 - November 15

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

October 24-25
Noon Dismissal
Parent/Teacher Conferences

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

October 28
Breakfast/Lunch Order

Winter Dress Code Begins

School News
Eighth Grade Student Finalist
in National Writing Contest
Eighth grader Maksym Pohorylo has been selected as a finalist in the annual Young Writers’  Survival Sagas: Mission Catastrophe   Contest. At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, Maksym submitted his story, “Page 47”, to Young Writers for review. His entry has been chosen to be published in the Survival Sagas: Mission Catastrophe anthology. Students were required to create an original Dystopian style story that was no longer than 100 words. This is no small feat! Congratulations Maksym!
Maksym Pohorylo
High Growth and High Achievement
on STAR Testing
Our fall STAR Early Literacy, Math and Reading assessments are complete. Parent Reports have been distributed. If you did not receive your child's results, please contact your child's teacher.

We are pleased to share that our returning students in grades K-8 have demonstrated both HIGH GROWTH and HIGH ACHIEVEMENT on all three assessments when comparing student performance data from September 2018 to September 2019!
The Winning STREAM Logo for T-Shirt!
The 2019-20 Winning STREAM T-Shirt Design, by Vincente Santoyo*
*Shirts will be printed in colors chosen by each individual class at ASCS
Drum roll please...

And the winner of this year's logo design contest for our 2019-2020 STREAM T-Shirt is Vincente Santoyo ! Not only is our logo winner a gifted guitar player, who shares his talents at Mass and morning prayer, he is a creative designer too!"

This great design will be featured on our STREAM T-shirts; we are looking for sponsorships for this one-of-a-kind T-Shirt, which will be worn by 300+ people. There are four spaces left for sponsorship - if interested, please contact Lisa Chase at

Your support helps us to be
All Saints Strong !
Eighth grader Vincente Santoyo and
Mr. Bob Colligan, Music teacher
October Morning Prayer Assembly
Student Recognitions
Monthly, the ASCS school community gathers for morning prayer, student recognitions and periodically a guest speaker or presentation.

The first gathering of the year was held on Tuesday, October 1st. Since it was the beginning of the month of October, we prayed a decade of the Rosary led by Kaydn Carpenter, Student Council Treasurer, Mr. Brandon Dougherty, 4th Grade Teacher and Mrs. Lori Watts, Third Grade Teacher.

Our students are to be commended for their full participation...even the youngest among us!

Following the rosary, a student from each class was recognized for "Listening Responsibly," our September "Faithful Action". This is based on the Miracle at Cana, when Mary told the wedding groom's staff to "do what Jesus asks them to do," thus resulting in a great miracle!

Throughout September, ASCS students and staff focused on listening carefully to teachers, classmates and schoolmates! We hope you found your children listening more responsibly to you at home as well!
The following students were selected by their teachers and/or classmates for demonstrating responsible listening during the month of September:

PK3 - Luca Parsio
PK4A - Avery Towers
PK4B - Mason Patton
Kindergarten - Abigail Blum
First Grade - Adamari Castaneda-Vergara
Second Grade - Julia Barone
Third Grade - Zachary Morales
Fourth Grade - Estrella Morales
Fifth Grade - Brayden Gryan
Sixth Grade - Zoe Heidingsfelder
Seventh Grade - Ariel Garcia
Eighth Grade - Kate Messinger
Two fantastic Open Houses planned at ASCS this fall!
Invite your friends and families! Please register by e-mailing advancementdirector@ascsde.org , or
by calling (302) 995-2231
CDOW High School Open House dates and admissions
It is never to early to begin planning for high school! We have important information or 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.
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. 
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:

  • 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.

  • 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
As of Friday, October 4th, ASCS middle school students have earned 232,570 grains of rice to feed the world's hungry! They use the online learning tool FreeRice.com , that tracks students' progress and raises grains of rice to to be distributed. According to the organization's website, more than 10,500,000 grains of rice may be earned in a single day.
ASCS Students Participate in NCC's Reading Challenge
This past summer's New Castle County (NCC) Summer Reading Challenge was a great success, with 8,322 children spending 144,607 hours reading during the months of June, July and August. Children and teens were asked to choose and read books that were appropriate to their individual reading level. Those too young to read were also able to participate in the program by having someone read to them. Each participant who read at least ten hours received a free book, as well as a certificate of completion signed by Governor John Carney, County Executive Matthew Meyer, and the local librarian.

Congratulations to the following All Saints students who participated in the NCC Reading Challenge:

Genevieve Bower
Liam Bower
Dominic Cutrona
Allison Drushler
Anna Drushler
Julia Dzielak
Mark McKenzie
Katherine Ruedo Nieto
Sergio Rueda Nieto
ASCS Athletics - Go Crusaders!
Those students wishing to play for ASCS Basketball can sign up between October 7 - October 25. Each student must register with CYM and All Saints . Check out our athletics website!

Our ASCS Varsity Girls volleyball participated in the Viking tournament and went 2-1! Well Done!
Drama Club Announces Seussical Cast!
Congratulations to the students who are cast in our upcoming performance of Seussical Jr. - The Musical! Mrs. LeBeau, Drama Club moderator, said that "a uditions were absolutely amazing and we were impressed by the talents of each and every student!" Performance dates are November 23 and November 24, 2019.
Middle School Dance - Friday, October 25th
Sixth through 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. Cost is $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. The Blood Drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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

October 21, 2019
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, October 19th
Our Gigantic Yard Sale has an Event Page on Facebook.
Like yard sales? Do we have one for you!

The HSA's first big event for the ASCS community is the gigantic yard sale on Saturday, October 19, 2019, in the Corpus Christi Social Hall. From 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., come shop for clothing, housewares, antiques, furniture, toys and more! There will be food, beverages and a raffle too! For more information, please call Alicia Marascio, (302) 562-7531. If you have items you want to donate to the sale, please call Mrs. Marascio. We need volunteers for set-up (Thursday/Friday), and day of. Find the Sign-Up Genius here to sign up to help out!
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.

Advancement and Alumni/Alumnae
Anthony Penna Charitable Fund underwrites Dancing Classrooms
The Anthony Penna Charitable Fund has awarded All Saints Catholic School a generous grant to help underwrite a partnership with Dancing Classrooms Philly for fifth and eighth grade students. "We are profoundly grateful to the Anthony Penna Charitable Fund and Dr. and Mrs. Penna for their generosity to and support of our students and families," said Dr. Mary Elizabeth Muir, ASCS principal. "This significant gift allows us to provide a resident artist from Dancing Classrooms Philly, a program enjoyed by our students. “Dancing Classrooms Philly substantially advances and improves a range of behavioral skills that are proven to provide long-term benefits to health and well-being including decision-making, goal-setting, communication, relationship building, confidence, attachment and motivation, civility and respect, self-esteem, teaming skills, focus, self-control, determination, and joy in the children.” (dancingclassroomsphilly.org)
The Anthony Penna Charitable Fund hopes to inspire a lifelong passion for the performing arts by supporting students involved in their school's band, choral, and theatre programs within our local community.

Anthony was strong in academics and sports, but his passion and what really shaped him as a fine young man was his participation in band, choir, and theatre. It was through these programs that he gained confidence in his abilities, developed strong relationships of trust and respect, and took pride in being part of a "team." It is in the spirit of Anthony's life that the Anthony Penna Charitable Fund seeks to help others realize their full potential through participation in these programs.
2018-2019 ASCS fifth grade students compete in a dance contest in Philadelphia in May.
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 book signings here at All Saints on October at our Fall Festival and Trunk and Treat, and at our Vendor Event in December.
St. Catherine of Sienna Fall Festival October 10-13
Sponsoring ASCS parish St. Catherine of Siena will hold a fall festival, Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th. There will be face painting, pumpkin painting, hayrides and more! Line dancing will be available Friday night, and there will be a Garage-Craft sale on Saturday! Jellyroll will be
playing Thursday night!
Extra-curricular Activities
Chess Club
Research shows that playing Chess improves logical and critical thinking skills in young people, and helps with overall learning. ASCS is pleased to announce our association with Metropolitan Chess. Chess Club for all levels will be offered on Thursdays, starting October 10th, from 3:15-4:15. For more information and for registration, please go to their brochure on our website. Interested families may register here.
Computer Kids Club
There's still room to join!
Is your child a budding video or animation designer? Give them a chance to work on those skills by enrolling them in our after-school program, Computer Kids Club. Computer Kids Club meets on Monday afternoons, from 3:25 p.m. until 4:25 p.m.,and there is still space for a few more students! Interested families can register here , e-mail computerkidsclub@aol.com or call Ms. P. at 302-438-1318.
Want to register your child for Computer Kids Club? Find the registration form here!
Lego Club is open to students who are in grades 1 - 5. join the club today and let your building creativity blossom!
Scenes from Fall Soccer Shots
Future Cities STEM Program
This fall, ASCS is offering Future Cities. 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.
Important Reminders and other News at
All Saints Catholic School
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.

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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