Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hatching Chicken Eggs

21 Days and Counting

Students in Mrs. Anderson’s Pre-K 3 and Mrs. Livingston’s 4th grade classes are anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby chicks. But first, they’ll have to exercise the virtue of patience and learn a little something about the life cycle. It typically takes 21 days for the eggs to hatch. In the meantime they’ll be in the incubator where it is between 90 and 100 degrees. 

“We can use candles to illuminate the chicks while inside the eggs to see their development.” 
Mrs. Anderson explained. She has been doing this project with her classes even before her time at ASA. 

“First they are going to be wet like in a bathtub.” Grace explained. “Maybe we’ll get to give them names.”

A second incubator was purchased through the generosity of Eaglefest donors. Now students at both campuses can experience the anticipation of new life this spring...even if it doesn’t feel like it outside!

Students in 4th grade will make scientific observations and collect data as they monitor their 18 eggs over the next 21 days. 

The 8th grade class proposed chickens as a possible addition to our ASA Community Garden work. They will partner with the 4th grade and work to locate forever homes for chicks once they hatch. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

After School Clubs at ASA

Ski Club

Hello my name is Nicholas Moll and I want to tell you about an ASA club I enjoy called ski club.  Ski club takes place mainly at Cannonsburg ski area every Wednesday after school from about January 1 to March 10.  Ski Club is a free club and is open to all students whether they ski, snowboard or due neither.  We encourage anyone who skis, snowboards, or is interested into learning how to ski or snowboard to come see what our club is all about.

Here are some fun facts about Ski Club:

. Ski Club creates new friendships
. You can enjoy Ski Club with your family and friends
. Ski Club builds confidence
. Ski club gets you outside during the winter months
. Ski Club builds school spirit

At the end of the season Ski Club takes a trip to Crystal mountain where we have a whole day of fun.

If you want learn more about Ski Club stop me in the hall and ask any time.  I hope I see you at Ski Club in 2019.

Ski Club

Hey, my name’s Cassandra Sisk. Ski club is super fun. It is a club on Wednesdays that is for girls or boys, skiers or snowboarders, you don’t have to pay the school to do it but do keep in mind that you need to buy a lift ticket. My whole family skis and I can tell you that it is a great experience.

Ski club is mostly at Cannonsburg but one of the highlights of ski club is when we go up to Crystal Mountain and spend the weekend skiing all together.  Ski club is a great way to create some new friendships, have fun, let loose, give yourself more confidence, and spend time with your family and friends. I highly recommend trying ski club. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find out that you really love to ski! If you have any questions then you can talk to me, Ms.Giroux, Nick Moll, or Grace Ellis. Hope to see you skiing next year!

Monday, April 9, 2018

2nd Grade Top Ten List


2nd Grade Top 10 List April 2018

10.  Going to Mass
9.    Learning
8.    P.E.
7.    Building structures in science
6.    Art
5.    Taking off shoes and socks while working
4.    Field Trips
3.    Box Top Prizes
2.    Teachers
1. Friends!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Classroom Learning Labs

We Can All Grow 

You may have noticed some visitors at the Elementary Campus on Friday March 9. About 20 teachers from throughout the diocese were here to participate in a classroom learning lab with our host teachers Mrs. Wendy Bowman and Mrs. Jane Reeves. After joining Blessed Sacrament Church for morning Mass half the teachers had the opportunity to observe a lesson taught by either Mrs. Bowman or Mrs. Reeves. Our visiting teachers then gathered together with their host teacher and were then asked to reflect on the lesson. 

Monday March 12 All Saints Academy k-8th grade teachers were out visiting other schools around the diocese to learn from and collaborate with other Catholic school teachers. Throughout the day teachers had the opportunity to visit a classroom or watch a recording of a lesson. After the observation teachers gathered together to discuss things they noticed during the lesson and things they wondered about. Through this collaborative discussion teachers took away some short and long term goals of ideas they could implement into their own classroom. 

Upon returning to school on Tuesday, teachers were very excited to have had such a positive experience throughout the diocese. There is a lot of anticipation and excitement about the next opportunity to visit and collaborate with other teachers from our local catholic schools. 

Teachers shared that it’s nice to break routine occasionally to have a chance to learn together with colleagues. For example ASA teachers reflected that: 
“It was great to get little, procedural, management ideas.”
“It was helpful to see how other teachers prep classes for group work.” 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Matlak's Marauders

Simulating Valley Forge at ASA Middle School

By Gael Silvestre and 7th Grade 

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the 7th grade left the middle school after lunch, and we went to the baseball diamond. The fires were there in fire ring parents brought, and there were pancake mix boxes and toilet paper rolls. 

“I enjoyed wearing my captain's hat. I learned about the steps to load a musket. It was hard deciding who to write my letter from Valley Forge to.” - Kalem
We were called up in groups Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta. Each group had their own fire ring. I was placed in the Bravo group. The first thing we did was marching in a perfect straight line. It was pretty, hard but I thought it was pretty fun. Our social studies teacher was our commanding officer. We called him Colonel Matlak. I thought it was pretty funny calling him that because i’m so used to him as Mr. Matlak. 

After our marches Colonel Matlak told us to go to our fires. He called up each group to go up learn how to load a musket gun. Obviously we aren't going to use real muskets but instead we each had a big toilet paper roll that had tape on the bottom of it. And for gun powder we had sand and for musket balls we used rocks and the ramrod was a meter stick. We put sand in the roll and put in the rock bullet ball and we went BANG! It was pretty cool Mr. Matlak also told us cool facts about the musket and how to fire as well which was super cool. 

After that we had firecakes and they tasted really bad. They were bland and tasteless but I had 3 for some reason. 

After that it was time to pack up and go back inside. After that we had hot chocolate and it tasted really good. After that is was time to go home and to leave school. And that's the adventure we had at valley forge.

Additional student reflections from the day: 

What was your favorite part about the afternoon: 

  • The drills
  • Getting to make and eat flour cakes
  • Sitting around the fire

What did you learn? 

  • The soldiers at Valley Forge sat through a very cold weather
  • The effects of smallpox on the army 
  • I learned about the women at Valley Forge that aren’t talked about much and their important roles

What was the hardest part of the experience? 

  • Staying warm - the wind was making it much colder, it got hard to write and we kept getting smoke in our eyes 
  • Marching inline and doing push ups 

“I thought it was really fun. And it was really cool hanging out with my friends and camping out with my favorite social studies teacher”

“I liked how Mr. Matlak called everyone private and then their last name.” 

“I loved the experience and would love to help or do it again any time.”

“Honestly, I just had a great time.”

“Next year there should be senior officers helping out.” 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Looking to The Easter Vigil 2018

We Are One Body in Christ

And we continue to grow!

One of the many beautiful elements of The Easter Vigil is welcoming new members into the Catholic community of faith!

Please consider joining the All Saints Academy extended family for the Easter Vigil on Saturday March 31, 2018 at 8:30 pm at either Blessed Sacrament or St. Jude this year as we have three ASA families join the Church! Charlie (4th Grade) and his family, as well as Chris and Justine Bohan (Parker in Kindergarten and Lennon in Toddler Care) will be celebrating the sacraments of initiation at Blessed Sacrament, while Kalem (7th Grade) and his family will be celebrating the sacraments of initiation at St Jude.

“We are so grateful for the love and support shown to Charlie and our entire family since we have joined the All Saints Academy and Blessed Sacrament Community!!

We truly feel that we have been led to this through that support and the kindness and love demonstrated to us and are incredibly excited to be “making it official” this coming Easter weekend!” - Sam

“I am looking forward to my baptism” - Kalem
“I am excited for confirmation.” - Mandi
“I wanted to say how thankful my family is for all of the love, support and prayers given to us from the church and school.  It has been a more then welcoming environment and showed us all how great people can be through and with God’s love.  Thank you to all that have been there for us and helped us on our journey, you know who you are.” - Ryan

Please offer these families, and all catechumens and candidates for entry into The Church, up in prayer these last few days of lent!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Saints in The ASA Entryway

We Are One Body in Christ

Forming Saints to Serve All 

Artist John McCoy has completed the digital version of the new Saint Art for the entryway a the middle school campus. He will now begin transferring his vision to canvas. 

At the center of the piece we see The Blessed Sacrament with St Jude, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St Isidore and St Alphonsus on either side. 

As All Saints Academy we wanted to include a number of other Saints to represent the entire Body of Christ. Students and ASA staff were given an opportunity to suggest additional Saints for the artwork. Ultimately we landed on 8 additional Saints who both exemplify ASA’s Core Values and who were commonly mentioned by community members. 

Our additional Saint exemplars of Faith, Learning, Loving, Serving are: 
  • Cecilia - The patroness of musician
  • Sebastian - Patron of athletes and soldiers 
  • Albert the Great - A Doctor of the Church and a “Universal thinker” whose interests included science, ethics, logic, philosophy, psychology, theology and demonstrates the  pursuit of truth
  • Joan of Arc - Defender of faith, and an example of both contemplation and action 
  • Juan Diego - A native to Mexico and a convert, new of his encounters with Our Lady of Guadalupe caused thousands to convert to Christianity  
  • Kateri Tekakwitha- The first Native American to be canonized a Saint, the patroness of ecology and the environment, she is also inspiration for missionaries, those in exile and those adopted 
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton - First native born American Saint and founder of the nation’s first Catholic girls’ schools, Elizabeth was a prolific reader and both a wife and mother and also a religious sister and foundress of the Sisters of Charity 
  • Teresa of Calcutta - Foundress of the Missionaries of Charity and a modern exemplar of a life lived in loving service to others 

Check out John's first video about his work so far: