Friday, February 19, 2021

4th Grade Collaborative Rube Goldberg

 

It was really fun - Myles

While exploring motion, forces, and energy in science 4th grade students designed their own Rube Goldberg machine. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist known for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. 


After presenting their designs to the class the group took on the challenge of linking all of their ideas together into one machine: 


Students' reflections on the experience: 
  • It was pretty easy to set up - Leo
  • There were alot of energy transfers moving through the steps of the machine - Mary
  • It was FUN - Grayson
  • It was hard work but fun to watch - Edmund
  • There were many ideas and it was fun all together - Lucas
  • It was hard and very fun - Lexi
  • It was tricky at times but fun - Elly
  • It didn't work the first two times, but then it work on the third try - Tristan 
#Creativity and #Innovation 


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Celebrating 100 Day

 

Every year, we celebrate the 100th day of school! This year is a little different because we celebrated the fact we’ve been able to grow our brains together in person for 100 days! 


We celebrated the 100th day of school for the 2020-2021 school year on January 29th! 



Kindergarteners made their special 100th day of school capes.  The capes had 100 objects on it ranging from stickers to baseball cards. One cape even had 100 packages of fruit snacks! 


In the morning, the kindergarteners counted by tens completing a dot-to-dot of Zero the Hero! Throughout the day, the kindergarteners joined the Count to 100 Club! They worked on writing numbers to one hundred and did a 100 dot project!


The Kindergarten classes sang the Day 100 song, practiced writing and counting from 1 to 100, wrote about what we would do if we had 100 dollars and finger painted 100 dots!  The students really enjoyed their pizza and cookie party which is a tradition here at ASA!


Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12)

A Message from the Principals

Day 100 is always a fun celebration at All Saints Academy, especially for our younger students.  Projects on display throughout the school, such as capes, jars, and models, not only signify we’ve been in school for 100 days, but also the tremendous growth that has taken place thus far.  Think about your child back in August. Think about what they knew (or didn’t know). If you are like us, you are probably asking yourself how they got so smart and so old so fast. 


Day 100 this year signifies so much more in the midst of the pandemic. What we are celebrating today is something that is nothing short of a miracle. As Nelson Mandela reminds us, “It always seems impossible until it is done.”  In some ways, reaching day 100 seemed impossible on day 1. Maybe it even seemed impossible on day 50.  But here we are. Day 100. And for the first time since the beginning of October, All Saints Academy has exactly zero staff members or students in quarantine or isolation (this has been the case since Tuesday!).


We have reached these milestones because of our belief that we are one. Parents, students, and staff members have sacrificed so much to allow for learning to happen effectively and face to face.  We have said “no” to social gatherings and other fun events, we have continued to wear our masks (as annoying as they are), and we have worn skin off our hands from washing and sanitizing tirelessly, all out of the love and care for our community.  

Please celebrate with your children this weekend in some way. They deserve it. They’ve persevered through so much.  Yet at the same time, we know we aren’t quite done. If we want to make the next 80 days as fruitful as the first 100, we will need to keep our guard up and continue to press on.  As challenging as this pandemic may continue to be, we believe all things are possible through Christ. Thank you for your partnership in making these first 100 days a success. We look forward to finishing this school year with you together!




Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Farm Days with the Fifth Grade


The fifth grade was blessed to enjoy three educational and fun-filled days in Lowell at the Franciscan Life Center a few weeks ago. 


What I enjoyed most was learning about the animals. Cows are easily scared, goats can be really loud, and the chicken’s poop can actually keep their house warm in the winter. Can you believe that?” Chloe shared when thinking back on the experience. 


Isa really enjoyed feeding the animals, too. “Yeah, I didn’t expect to get licked by a cow or get my zipper almost chewed off by a goat either. The animals were amazing!”



But the animals were not the only draw. “My favorite thing to do was the games that Sister played with us that also taught us about the animals we were learning about. One game taught us how animals can survive, or not survive, depending on what it had in its habitat over the winter. It was so much fun,” shared Leah H.



Spending lots of time outside was a big part of this adventure. An hour and a half hike was a high point for some students like Alex. “The hike was crazy fun. We found a hole and I wanted to explore it because I was hoping to find a racoon in it. But I also loved the art projects, too.”


Leah K agreed the outdoor time was the best part of the experience. “One of the things I liked best was the Little Portions where we got to pick a small piece of the land and go and sit there every day. My group sat in the tree there and watched the birds.”




Add sledding, making butter from an antique churn, and hot cocoa and that about sums up the three day adventure. “It was just such a comfortable place to be,” reflected Grant.





Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Welcome Ms. Ring, 3rd - 8th Grade Art


 I was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area. I started my schooling at a Catholic school called Sacred Heart of Jesus (now Sacred Heart Academy). I ended up moving to the Coopersville School district which is where I graduated from in 2015. Immediately after high school I started college at Eastern Michigan University. In April 2020 I graduated from EMU with my Bachelor of Art Education. My favorite forms of art at painting, photography and printmaking. 

Becoming a teacher wasn’t as easy as I had expected, but there is nowhere else I’d rather be. The fulfillment and joy that teaching brings out weighs all the hardship.I enjoy teaching my students new art techniques and skills, but not as much as I love learning from them. I’ve found through my practice that learning how students use artistic materials is far more interesting than anything the way that I was taught. I hope to discover more about media and subject matter while in this school environment. 

 

I’m very lucky to have found my way back to my Catholic roots by being ASA Middle’s new art teacher. I look forward to learning more about the school community and becoming a part of a great team. 

 

Cheers!

Ms. Ring

Thursday, January 21, 2021

4th Grade Virtual Career Museum

 



The fourth graders engaged in a career awareness project that was presented virtually this year. The fourth grade students explored their interests and hobbies then discovered a variety of careers that connected within their personal interests. They explored Michigan’s six Career Pathways and discovered many careers falling into each category: Arts & Communication, Business Management, Marketing and Technology, Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology, Health Sciences and Human Services. 



The students put their research skills to work to investigate more about, and become an expert about, their identified career to present virtually. Students dressed for their chosen career and were ready with their sharp presentation skills! With our virtual format, students were able to share their presentations to family members and other grade levels. 



The students' creativity shined through with their tri-fold poster presentations they made for their virtual presentation. It also created an avenue to raise career awareness for our 5-8th graders as students enjoyed a gallery walk to view, read and learn about many careers. 


Visit the fourth grade Virtual Career Museum:

Virtual Career Museum


Quotes from some of our fourth grade students:


Edmund: “Researching my career was fun.  It was fun because you learned things that you didn't know.  Presenting was fun!”


Max: “I learned that I like engineering in the end.”


Cooper: “I am so surprised that I had lots of things to work with as an artist.” 


Evelyn: “When I was researching my career it was fun.”


Mary: “I was not surprised I got a teacher.  It was fun to research.  I didn’t know that teachers had that much work.” 


Sam: “We were all excited for presentation day.” 

Special thanks to Mrs. Livingston and Mrs. Stoner who worked hard with students to complete this project and make some updates to allow for appropriate social distancing. 

With the addition of a technology element this we are are excited to be able to share the 4th grade's work with a wider audience! Enjoy: 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Thank you!

 


 

Dear ASA community, 

 

Thank you for coming together as a community. We don’t let uncertain times get in the way of serving others and this year it showed through your generosity of providing our most needed items for our center with your Advent collection. Many families will be helped by the many diapers, bottles, formula and infant clothes. HELP happens because of your dedicated support and together we will create a ‘culture of life’ for everyone.


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas season and may the blessings you bestow on us return to you a hundredfold.

 

Thank you,

Paula Veneklase

Paula Veneklase, Executive Director

HELP Pregnancy Aid

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Welcome Mr. Lee

 


I have been a Grand Rapids resident for the past 6 years, but I am originally from Riverside, California. I was excited to move back to my mother’s hometown, she grew up on the Westside of Grand Rapids. In May 2020 I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a double major in Art Education and DrawingAs a working artist I have a natural love for learning and teaching. I find it is important to seek beauty in the practical as well as the ornate. 


As All Saints Academy’s new Technology Teacher (3rd-5th grade), I want to ensure our students receive skills and knowledge that helps them thrive in our changing world. The student’s study of visual culture, computer literacy, and software navigation will allow to become adept technological problem solvers. The repetition of skilled tasks like typing, hotkey commands, and coding, gives students a broad base of applied knowledge they can build on throughout their lives.  

 

It is my honor and pleasure to work with such an animated and creative group of students. I look forward to creating the ideal educational environment for all! 

 

Best wishes, Mr. Lee