Wednesday, April 17, 2019

March was Reading Month at ASA

"You are never too old, to wacky, too wild, 

to pick up a book and read to a child." - Dr Seuss

March certainly WAS reading month at the All Saints Academy!  There were scheduled schoolwide times for all to Drop Everything and Read, literature related projects as well as various guest mystery readers--including moms, dads, grandparents, cousins, friends--even firefighters and a police captain! 

We enjoyed special themed dress days, such as Favorite Book Character and Comfy Reading Clothes Days. 

Incredibly, we were blessed by Kiwanis Club members with a donation of two bicycles that were raffled following an elementary campus reading challenge.  Our lucky winning ticket holders were Leo Z. and Isabella S.!  Congratulations to them and a great big THANK YOU to the Kiwanis Club for their generous donation!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Putting the Pieces Together

One Body Together in Christ 

“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good work that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” Ephesians 2:10

At All Saints Academy we believe that we can ALL grow! Students and staff at ASA have been reflecting on their unique individual set of strengths and particular areas to grow. When you put those strengths and areas to grow onto a puzzle piece in pink and green it quickly becomes obvious that we were made to work together, to help each other grow! Our areas to grow can be supported by someone else's strengths, and we can also support others in their area to grow with our personal strengths. We can even work alongside others with similar strengths to continue to grow. Reflecting on all of the various pieces of ASA's puzzle, it's not hard to believe that through Christ we were brought together to grow in faith, learning, loving, and service as one community!

There are various puzzle piece displays in both of our buildings posted to serve as visual reminders to staff and students that their unique creativity and innovative gifts can be used to help others grow. These displays are also a reminder that there is always someone in the community with a strength that can help each of us grow! It is inspiring to consider what these puzzle displays would look like if we could add pieces for members of all of our families. These puzzles also provide a visual reminder that there is always room for our community to grow!

Imagine the puzzle God is creating as He continues to build the Body of Christ! 

At ASA we rely on the Holy Spirit as we work to prepare all learners to make a positive impact on others. O
ur teachers are tasked with supporting the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and physical development of all our students at all levels. Our partnerships with Christian Learning Center and the Program for Inclusive Education provide valuable strengths to our puzzle of learners. Programs like MobyMax and Osmo, opportunities that allow our 7th and 8th grade students to take classes at our local Catholic high schools or take placement tests for Algebra and Spanish II, all the individualization effort teachers invest, partnerships with Aquinas College, middle school homework club, Early Birds, math and reading smart groups and passion projects are just a few examples of how our teachers continually strive to meet the wide range of strengths and areas to grow of ALL of our individual learners!

As we engage in a strategic planning year it is valuable to evaluate programs and systems,  and also gather feedback and ideas so we can continue to strengthen and grow our All Saints Academy puzzle! 

“Now the body is not a single part, but many. 
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. 
If an ear should say, “Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. 
If the whole body were an eye where would the hearing be? 
If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 
But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. 
If they were all one part, where would the body be? 
But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” 
1 Corinthians 12:14-20

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Inspired by Changes...

To Make Dreams Possible 

For this week's blog we are sharing a very special reflection written by Brian and Marcie Schaab for the Program for Inclusive Education (PIE) at the University of Notre Dame about their experience at ASA and their dream to have all of their children learning together at a Catholic school.

You can read more about their story by clicking here. We are so blessed to have entire the Schaab family as part of the ASA family, and PIE as one of our community partners as we continue to strive to meet the needs of all learners at All Saints Academy. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

God is Love:

6th Grade Retreat: The Trinity 

In February the 6th Grade participated in a day long “in-house” retreat that focused on the Holy Trinity.  The objects of the retreat were…

  • Explore the Mystery of the Trinity, specifically how the Trinity reveals that God is love
  • Experience the joy of the faith and make plans for how to share that with others! 

One aspect of the retreat that students really seemed to enjoy was our Saint Plays.  These plays, meant for reader’s theater focus on a particular virtue and highlight a life of a saint that exemplifies that virtue.  We randomly choose roles for these plays. Students really enjoy performing them for each other.  One student commented:

"One of my favorite parts of our retreat was our saint plays. It was a lot of joy to practice with different people and use our performing abilities. Wearing costumes and bringing in makeup and props also was fun. We had a great time practicing and a even more fun performing in front of others. Although some groups had the same play, it was fun to see other people do the same play."  -Mei Moore

We began with some activities that explored the idea of the trinity, including some team building games to practice working together in partnership and relationship with others. 

Then made a pretzel snack to symbolize the 3 parts of the Holy Trinity.

And packaged a pretzel snack for other middle school students with a message to teach them about The Holy Trinity. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Building Empathy

Empathy Puzzles

The fourth graders had a chance to grow their empathy skills through escape room puzzles! While in their groups, they were having fun working together to solve five puzzles and earn hearts to uncover the secret message about empathy. They showed off their ability to work as a team, listen to each other’s ideas, encourage one another, take turns trying ideas and celebrating each other’s accomplishments. The final challenge allowed the students to discover the secret message, Empathy can change the world! 

Before we did the wax museum we did a puzzle game. It would mostly help us with teamwork. Most of the puzzles were challenging but our group got through. We were happy when we finished it. ~Adam

We had to share our ideas. It was challenging and fun to get to the next puzzle. ~Elizabeth

It was really fun because we got to work as a group and get to know each other more. I learned Shannon is really good at puzzles! ~Jada

It was challenging but we worked together! ~ Liam

It was fun! We had to work as a team to get to the next puzzle. ~ Tommy

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

4th Grade Wax Museum

Career Wax Museum

The fourth graders hosted a career wax museum at our elementary campus. They researched and became an expert about a specific career. They were able to show off their poster presentations and shine with their sharpened public speaking skills for the museum goers, students in kindergarten through third grade, staff, family and friends. 

I liked the wax museum because I was able to present what I want to be when I grow up. Then I had a chance to see all the different careers. Then all the people got to listen to our careers. ~ Sam

The wax museum was a really fun day. We played career bingo with the third graders. ~Elizabeth

At the wax museum it was fun because everybody liked my button. ~ Jack

The wax museum was fun! Everybody liked my animals. ~ Tommy