Friday, October 19, 2018

Pulaski Days

Each year, on the first full weekend of October, the city of Grand Rapids celebrates Pulaski Days. Pulaski Days was founded in 1973 by Ed Czyzyk and Walter Ulanch as a way to support the local social clubs by sharing Polish culture with the entire Grand Rapids community.  The annual event has now grown into a week-long celebration to be shared with friends, family, and strangers alike.

All Saints Academy joined the fun this year as we entered the parade, an annual tradition every Saturday of Pulaski Days weekend. Over 20 participants walked the mile route down Michigan St. from College Ave. down to Diamond Ave.

Even more ASA families lined the road to watch the parade, waving and collecting candy. Even though the weather forecast wasn’t the best there was a brief window that allowed us to have a great time celebrating the All Saints Academy community.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Blessing of the Pets

Celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Blessing of the Pets 

Almighty and everlasting God, Creator of all things and giver of all life, let your blessing be upon all these animals. May our relationships with them mirror your love, and our care for them be an example of your bountiful mercy. Grant the animals health and peace. Strengthen us to love and care for them as we strive to imitate the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and God’s servant Francis. 

Each year, Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Francis on October 4. St. Francis’ devotion to God was shown through his love for all of God’s creation.  He cared for the poor and sick, preached sermons to animals and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God.  Francis chose to live a simple life in the midst of God’s creation in order to be more like Christ. 

The students at the Elementary Campus honored St. Francis in a special way by offering a prayer service and “blessing of the pets.”  Monseigneur Ed Hankiewicz presided.  Msgr. reminded the students, staff, and families present that while the blessing certainly reached the pets present, the blessing also extends to those pets and animals throughout the ASA community. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Meet our Newest Saints

Meet the Babies of ASA & Class of 2033! 

Our school community has grown over the past eighteen months!  And while this is true for our student population, the focus of this week’s blog is introducing you to our newest saints...the babies of ASA and graduating class of 2033!

Meet Finley!

Finley is the newest member of the Weir family, born on March 9, 2017. He is the youngest of four. Grayson is in 2nd grade, Jackson is in Kindergarten and Josie is in preschool.

Meet Hannah!

Hannah is the newest member of the Hulett family. She was born on June 24, 2018. Elly, her older sister, is in kindergarten.

Meet Lindsey!

Lindsey is the third member of the Hekman family, joining Lauren in kindergarten and Leah in 3rd grade. She was born on July 17, 2018.

Meet Nicholas!

Nicolas is the newest member of the Urcia family and most recent baby with a birthdate of September 9, 2018. He’s not even a month old! He has an older brother, Joseph, in kindergarten.

Please welcome these other babies to ASA!

Logan Michael Budnick
Siblings: Elysia (PK-4/5)

Oliva Malecki
Siblings: Lucy (PK-4) and Andy (Toddler)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"...for we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Cor 5:7

8th Grade Camp and Class Retreat 2018

The Paschal Mystery

8th grade at All Saints Academy starts of each year with 4 special events tied to our 4 Core Values to kick off their "leadership year!"

Faith: The 8th grade class retreat in the fall focuses on The Paschal Mystery and verse the class has selected as their theme for the year.

In their own words: On retreat we learned...
"we have so many great memories about ASA!"
"dying to self means we must make small sacrifices for others"

Learning: Student spend time working with Mr. Matlak and Mrs. Zimelis to set a series of goals for their 8th grade year that they share with parents during a special meal after camp.

Loving: Students spend a day at Camp ManitouLin practicing team building skills to develop bonds and habit of encouragement as they support each other through challenges throughout the day. 

In their own words: At camp we learned to...
"face noting with fear"
"sometimes you just have to trust your friends"
"encourage others"
"overcome fears and do what seems scary because I may end up loving it"

Serving: Students are invited to help serve at the Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run by manning an aid station in Riverside Park on and early Sunday morning in September! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Celebrating Elementary Bucket Fillers at Mass

Bucket Fillers at Weekly Mass! 

If you have attended an elementary Mass at Blessed Sacrament in the last two week, you might have noticed something new at the end of our celebration...honoring exceptional “Bucket Fillers!”

These following four students were brought up to the altar so that their stories could be shared with the entire school community. 

Amelia B. (1st Grade)
When Mrs. LaPonsie came to pick up Kyle to have his tooth pulled at the dentist, Amelia stopped in line and turned to give Kyle a hug and wish him good luck. This kind bucket filling action inspired the rest of Kyle's friends to also give him hugs and well wishes. It really made Kyle feel special and confident heading into his appointment. Amelia and all the first grade friends filled Mrs. LaPonsie’s bucket too in their kindness. 

Harry D. (Kindergarten) 
Harry heard Lucas ask his teacher to help tie his shoe.  Harry jumped right in and said, "I can help you".  He worked and worked on the shoelace which happened to have quite a few knots in it, but couldn't get it tied.  Mrs. Bowman ended up having to tie the shoe but Harry really stepped up and did his best to help!

Fletcher M. (2nd Grade)
Mazie fell in the hallway on the way to recess. Fletcher got out of line came back and asked if she was ok. He stayed until she got up and was able to go outside. 

Mason R. (1st Grade)
A student arrived back in the classroom after we greeted each other at morning meeting, Mason reached his hand very politely toward the student upon his return and made sure he was greeted saying,  "Good Morning Elijah".  Elijah of course returned the greeting!

Please join us for Mass when you can. We celebrate every Wednesday at 10:30 in Blessed Sacrament Church. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Congratulations, Mr. Debri!

"We need each other more than relying on any one individual." - Mr Debri

Michael Pressley Award for Excellence 

in Catholic Education Recipient 

Did you hear that our own Mr. Debri was honored this past summer at the University of Notre Dame for his commitment to Catholic Education at All Saints Academy? 

Take a few minutes to read the inspiring story written by Audrey Scott from The Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame to celebrate this award and share a little about Mr. Debri's "why!" 

"Education has the ability to change the trajectory of someone's life, and Catholic education can change the trajectory of your soul." 

Friday, September 7, 2018

We Are One Community of Math Learners!


We Can All Grow

We are excited to share that we have entered into an "Adopt a School" partnership with the Aquinas College Mathematics Department!  Professor McCarty and her Elementary Math Methods class are meeting at the middle school on Wednesdays this semester.

The class meets at 9:00 in our Middle School Spanish Classroom to discuss course work. Then they join our 4th, 5th & 6th grade math classes at 10:15 for 1-on-1, or small group supports. AQ students will also create special interactive math stations for teachers to incorporate into our math programs!

This mutually beneficial learning opportunity allows pre-service teachers to get hands-on experience learning by collaborating with our teachers. It provides our students with an additional layer of individualized support. It also enhances coaching opportunities for our teachers through their collaboration with Professor McCarty and our friends from the AQ Math Department! 

We are excited about continuing to develop this partnership with Aquinas College beyond this semester!