September 23, 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.


As we recently marked the 18 th anniversary of 9/11, we heard the stories of some of our own community members and the part they played in the recovery efforts. Lieutenant Commander Robert Tracy, father of Brendan (gr. 6) and husband of Mrs. Brenda Tracy (Librarian/Spanish Teacher) responded to ground zero and assisted in the search and rescue efforts. Mr. Todd Watts, husband of Mrs. Lori Watts (Third Grade Teacher) working for Lucent Technologies worked for five months to repair phone lines for businesses and homes in lower Manhatten in the vicinity of ground zero.

So often the words “Never Forget” accompany our acknowledgement of the events of 9/11. Unfortunately, though, I fear that we have forgotten…not that we have forgotten all those whose lives were tragically lost that day. We have forgotten who we became and what was most important on 9/12.

On 9/12, we came together in prayer
On 9/12, people put others before themselves
On 9/12, strangers helped one another
On 9/12, we listened to, consoled and comforted one another

“On 9/12, what mattered more was what united us, than what divided us.”
 
In Gander, Newfoundland, 7,000 people were welcomed and cared for by strangers when their planes were grounded and they were stranded. The musical “Come from Away” documents the remarkable story of trust, gratitude and friendships that were born out of tragedy that day.

We remember and honor those whose lives were lost that day by how we choose to live today, everyday! The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi provides beautiful guidance on how we might remember 9/11 in our daily lives:

“Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
 
O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
Don't Miss these
Important Dates!

September 23-27
STAR Reading, Math and Early Literacy Testing

September 23
Computer Kids Club
3:15 p.m.

September 24
Soccer Shots PreK 4 - 2nd Grade
3:30 p.m.

September 25
Breakfast and Lunch Menu
Opens for 10/7 - 10/18

September 26
School Picture Day
Students wear ASCS uniforms

Chess Club K - 5th Grade
3:15 p.m.

Friday, September 27
Middle School Dance
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Monday, September 30
Breakfast and Lunch Menu closes

Tuesday, October 1
Soccer Shots PreK 4 - 2nd Grade

Wednesday, October 2
Mass at Corpus Christi Parish
8:30 a.m.
(Students rotate by grade level)

Lego Club 1st - 5th grade
3:15 p.m.

Thursday, October 3
School-wide Mass
Corpus Christi
10 a.m.

Chess Club
K - 5th grade
3:15 p.m.
Each and every day in our school environment, we have the opportunity to remember, in how we choose to care for and support one another:

-We remember when older children assist younger children in the car, lunch and recess lines.

-We remember when we are patient with new members of our community and assist them as best we can.

-We remember when we are reverent at prayer.

-We remember in how we speak to one another.

-We remember when things don’t go our way and we aren’t first.

-We remember when we celebrate the successes of others.

-We remember when we listen responsibly.

Let us remember!
 

School News

Opening of School Mass & Commissioning of Student Council
What's in your backpack?

Our back-to-school Opening Mass was beautifully moving, with a thoughtful homily by Father Dillingham, reminding the school community to come well prepared for school. In addition to having our books and supplies in our backpacks, we were reminded to bring compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience to school, which will help make it a wonderful school year. After communion, our ASCS 2019-2020 Student Council officers and class representatives were inducted for their important leadership and service to the school.

Because of the fruits of the Spirit, we are "All Saints Strong!"

Student Council Members

President – Owen Cardwell
Vice President - Maksym Pohorylo
Secretary – Nicholas Tokarski
Treasurer – Kadyn Carpenter 
Public Relations – Isabella Burrows 
Health & Safety – Ariel Garcia
Historian – Gianna Lacombe
Religious Activities – Cecelia Costanzo
Eighth grade representative - Mia Terinoni
Seventh grade representative - Ava Amato
Sixth grade representative - Sarah Ross
Fifth grade representative - Aubrie Nowak
Back-to-School Night
Our Back-To-School Night was well attended by parents and grandparents who received great presentations by their children's teachers about this school year at All Saints Catholic School. From earliest letters being learned in Pre-K, thank-you letters by third graders to their parents, to review of the challenging STREAM curriculum, All Saints teachers sparkled!
ASCS Students learn and help feed the world
ASCS middle school students are participating in FreeRice.com, an online learning tool that tracks students' progress and raises grains of rice to feed the hungry. Every day, at the beginning of tech class, Mrs. Stinchcombe's technology classes participate in online warm-up exercises in a variety of academic subjects. As of Friday, September 20th, our students earned  143,960 grains of rice to help feed the hungry in the world! Just imagine how much that will be by the end of this school year! Follow our progress, which is indicated by grains of rice in the blue bowl in our newsletter!
Picture Day September 26th
Thursday, September 26th is Picture Day!
All students are to wear their ASCS school uniforms for this important day! Tipping School Pictures is once again providing the photography. Information about orders will be sent home in the Wednesday Communication Folders .
Back-to-School Block Party
Rain showers did not dampen the festive and fun spirit at our annual Back-to-School Block Party! The students enjoyed a bouncy house, inflated basketball challenge, pizza, ice cream and great music provided by our own Senor Milton!


Parish Connection Mass and Picnic at
St. Mary the Assumption Catholic Church
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, was the location for our September Parish Connection Mass on September 15th. Many of our families, faculty and staff attended. The readings from the Lectionary emphasized God's limitless love for His people. Father Dillingham gave a powerful homily based on Exodus 32:7-14, Luke 15:1-10 and 1 Timothy 1:12-17 on how God never gives up on us, provides second, third - multiple chances to get our lives right, and that He will always love us no matter how badly we mess up. If we are lost, God comes and finds us.

Father Dillingham offered a special blessing for the faculty and staff as well as all catechists present in recognition of Catechetical Sunday. After Mass, all were invited to the Parish Picnic, where All Saints had an informatio n table.
All Saints Remembers 911
The ASCS Library has an impactful and moving display of items worn by members of the All Saints community. On the left, is a hardhat worn by Todd Watts, Mrs. Lori Watt's husband, who spent months restoring phone lines around Ground Zero. On the right, are Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy's boots and uniform he wore as a first responder with the NYC police force. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who died, their surviving families, and for those who bravely served in this horrific event 18 years ago.
Welcome Reading Assist Teachers for 2019-2020!
All Saints Catholic School welcomes our Reading Assist Institute Reading Corps members Amanda Carriero and Grace Lancaster! Amanda and Grace join us through our partnership with the Reading Assist institute. We are pleased to be partnering with Reading Assist for a second year!
Amanda Carriero 

I really wanted to do a year of service and wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do after graduation so a year of AmeriCorps was the perfect opportunity for me to try something new and to help figure out what I want to do next. I hope to be the person that children feel as though they can go to and talk with if they are struggling or need any help. I know that a lot of kids in schools today don't really have a person they feel comfortable to talk with so I really want to be that person for my students.  




Grace Lancaster

I have always loved reading, and growing up homeschooled along with my two younger brothers, I often found myself helping my mother teach my siblings reading and writing. I hope to learn about the school system and find ways in which I might be helpful to not only the children I'm working with but the staff as well.



Welcome Nurse Bakshi!
We welcome Patti Bakshi, RN, to the All Saints Community! Nurse Bakshi graduated from Helene Fu ld School of Nursing in Camden, NJ in 1986. She has been a nurse for 34 years, working in a variety of settings in the hospital, focusing mainly on Intermediate Critical Care. She has also served as a substitute school nurse at Wilmington Friends and Saint Peter the Apostle. She has two children, a daughter who is in the US Navy, and stationed at the Reserve Center in New Castle, and a son studying biomolecular engineering at University of California - Davis. Nurse Bakshi is the proud grandmother of two beautiful girls, 4 and 8, and she enjoys doing a variety of arts and crafts, with counted cross stitch being her favorite. 
Drama Club Announces Seussical Cast!
Congratulations to the students who are cast in our upcoming performance of Seussical Jr. - The Musical! Mrs. LeBeau, director, 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.
Sacramental Preparation programs at St. Catherine's
Those families who are parishioners at St. Catherine's and who have a student in second grade or above who has not received his/her First Reconciliation or First Eucharist should call St. Catherine's to find out about their Sacramental Preparation programs. Please call (302)633-4903 for information.    
Middle School Dance at ASCS Friday, September 27th
All Saints is not only known for its academic excellence, it is also known for its wonderful
Middle School dances!

ASCS's first dance is Friday, September 27, 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 is providing the music again this year.
More particulars about the dance:

*Tickets will be available for
pre-purchase for ASCS students.

Please complete the necessary forms to attend the dance:

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
Our newsletter's mission is to provide timely information and connect our families and our supporters to All Saints Catholic School. Our regular newsletter is full of important information that is easy to access and provides links to other useful information.

Fall Newsletter Circulation Dates

October 7, 2019
October 21, 2019
November 4, 2019
November 25, 2019
December 16, 2019



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helps to 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!
ASCS Athletics
Our fall sports are underway, under the able direction of Athletic Director Joe Skipski!

The varsity volleyball's game schedule can be found here: Varsity Volleyball

The JV volleyball's game schedule can be found here:

ASCS also provides a coed, intramural volleyball clinic for students in grades K-3. The program will be held on Saturdays from September 21st through November 2nd (9 am - 10:30 am). It is not too late to register!

Interested parents can contact Tim Horgan at   thorganascs@gmail.com , or Joe Skipski at jskipski@ediscompany.com
Go Crusaders! We know that you will make us "All Saints" proud!

The cost is $50 per child. It is recommended that parents stay with the child during the games. Parents may also register their children on the ASCS Athletics website .
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.
Extra-curricular Activities
Computer Kids Club
Lego Club is open to students who are in grades 1 - 5. join the club today and let your building creativity blossom!
Fall Soccer Shots
Information is available on our website for the Fall Season of Soccer Shots, which starts Tuesday, September 24th. For children ages 3 and up. Find the information here , or go to newcastle.soccershots.com.
New Offering - Chess Club!
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Metro Chess Program to offer a Chess Club on Thursdays, after school, for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The first day is Thursday, September 26th. Flyers with registration information will be forthcoming.
STEM Programs
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; they are Future Cities, SeaPerch, and Bridge Design Competition . 
Important Reminders and other News at
All Saints Catholic School
Important Catholic High School Information Now Available on ASCS Website

It is never too early to begin thinking about high school, especially the outstanding Catholic high schools in our Diocese. Please find very important admissions, application processes and testing dates on our ASCS website. For a list of all the open houses in our Diocese, please check out their website .
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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