Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Congratulations 8th Graders!

Recently, our former 8th grade students at ASA graduated and are now incoming freshmen in high school. But they wouldn’t be where they are today without their families, friends, their time at All Saints Academy, and the support of our community. Their last year at ASA was unique and unforgettable, a year that could not have been predicted or expected, and it was a wonderful year, nonetheless.

 
As the 2021-2022 school year started, we were in a transition period for COVID restrictions, which was a change for everyone. And, regardless of COVID restrictions changing, our school began to change as well. Students were now able to move around the building, have classes with students from other grades, sit next to each other, eat lunch and play at recess together, and their sports, band class, and other extracurricular activities began to resume into a state of normalcy. Besides all of these changes, the makeup of our 8th grade changed as well.

 
To start the school year, there were 8 students who were in the building last year. We welcomed back two students who were virtual in the previous school year. One student participated in the bridge program offered at ASA and one student who was homeschooled during the most severe part of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also welcomed a new family who had an 8th grade student added to our 8th grade class. The school year started with 11 students, and they were all boys. But that was not all of the changes we would see to our 8th grade student body. Come November, we welcomed another family to ASA who had an 8th grade student to add to our mix, and she walked into a classroom full of boys.

Now our class is complete! Our 8th grade family would now grow together, learn together, and become closer than ever.

 
Throughout the year, our 8th graders were able to experience more “normal” things that our ASA 8th graders had been privileged to experience in the past. Field trips were back on the table and we fit in as many as possible! The class of 2022 went to Artprize, Camp Roger, traveled to the Lower Campus to participate in Via Dolorosa and Alleluia Day again, as well as experience an 8th grade fun day like no other. Besides the ASA sponsored field trips, many of our former 8th grade students went on an organized East Coast trip together after their graduation. Their connections and friendships with each other continue to grow and develop outside the walls of All Saints Academy.

 
Despite all of the changes, adjustments, and additions to our school and school community, the 8th grade students took everything in stride and did not let the good or the bad stop them from having the 8th grade year they wanted. Any challenge or request that was placed in their way allowed them to work together, grow, and come out the other side stronger. When it came down to participating or planning important events such as: leading the music in church, planning the all-school masses, preparing and performing the Stations of the Cross, working with younger students in various roles, or stepping out of their comfort zone, these 8th graders met and exceeded all expectations. It was amazing to see how, despite these challenges, they were able to work together, take it seriously, and use these experiences to become the students they are today.

 
Whether or not their 8th grade year started as the way they wanted, it could not have ended on a better note. The Class of 2022 are now beyond us, moving on to high school, but they will continue to have a home at All Saints Academy.


 

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! We send you our prayers and blessings for your future adventures.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Second Grade Visits Upper Campus

On Thursday, May 26th, the second graders spent the day at the Upper Campus. It was great seeing what life as a third grader will be like next year. The students had a question and answer session with the current third graders, listened to the third grade poetry presentation, picked up trash around the campus, and went on a tour of the Upper Campus with Mr. Gietzen. It was a great day!







Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Early Childhood Grant

This fall, Governor Whitmer signed a legislature that included over $700 million in child care grant funding. The Child Care Stabilization Grant is provided to stabilize child care operations and support early childhood educators. There were two rounds of the grant, one this fall and one this spring. All child care providers who applied received the award.



All Saints Academy was awarded over $100,000 for various much needed upgrades in our early childhood and child care rooms. The Saints and Eagles club received the biggest upgrade with new paint and brand new furniture. Our toddler rooms also had their couches replaced, and there are plans for upgrading the toddler playground. The wood chips will be replaced with a solid rubber surface and additional play equipment will be purchased. Several of the preschool classrooms will be receiving additional furniture pieces too and we hope to have kiosk stations for signing students in and out by the 2023-2024 school year.

Below you will find some before and after pictures of the Saints club room. Students were very excited to see the upgrade!











Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Chicks Hatching

We began the Easter Season with a special delivery from the Poultry Farm. Three dozen fertilized eggs were delivered to our school and the eggs were divided up among the preschoolers, kindergarteners and fourth graders. 

The eggs were put in three different incubators with temperature and humidity closely monitored. Although we could not see all the growth inside the eggs, the students enjoyed counting days and following the growth chart each day. After a 21 incubation period, the baby chicks were ready to hatch! 

 




There was great excitement as these tiny little wet chicks pecked their way out of their shells. We observed them in the incubator until they were fully dry and then moved the baby chicks to their Brooder Box. It is amazing to watch the chicks grow and change each day! 



The students had a chance to pet, hold and observe them eating and drinking. Springtime is full of so many beautiful gifts from God. The baby chicks remind us of the miracles all around us!



Wednesday, May 18, 2022

May Crowning

At the Lower Campus on May 18, K-2 students honored our Blessed Mother through May Crowning after our weekly Wednesday Mass. May Crowning is a traditional Catholic ritual during the month of May that honors Mary as the Queen of Heaven. The second graders were able to wear their First Communion attire or their Sunday Best on this special day. Each 2nd grader processed from the back of the church to the front where they gave Mary a tulip flower. Lastly, Finely Z. and Waylon S. crowned Mary together.



The Upper Campus had their own May crowning, led by the 8th graders and Monsignor Hankiewicz earlier this month.



May Mary be our intercessor as we finish the last month of school together! Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

ASA's Golden Tickets

Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th is a national celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week! At ASA, Home and School finds ways to celebrate all of the staff in our community this week. 

This year's theme is Willy Wonka! Our staff is truly the golden ticket to imagination and adventure at ASA. Home and School has provided fun themed goodies for our staff throughout the week: Monday was chocolate bars from Augustus Gloop. Tuesday was mini blueberry muffins from Violet Beauregarde. And today was golden eggs with a lottery ticket inside from Veruca Salt. 

We also have had a daily golden ticket drawing for a $25 Meijer gift card! You can watch Willy Wonka draw the winner daily on our Instagram and Facebook page. 


We are truly grateful for all the staff members at ASA and their dedication to helping our students learn and become who God created them to be! If you haven't already, make sure to send a note of gratitude to your favorite ASA staff members!







Thursday, April 28, 2022

Easter Joy

 There has been a lot of Easter joy at All Saints Academy this week! As Pope John Paul II said, "We are the Easter People and hallelujah is our song."

Baby Ducks

As a follow-up to our Holy Week & New Life post, the baby ducks were born this week! We counted 10 baby ducks, and Mom has already relocated her nest with her new babies.  Our toddler classes were very excited to see the new life!



Eat Pray Run

After being sidelined for two years, Eat Pray Run returned to celebrate our faith and school community. Our 7th annual Eat Pray Run unfortunately turned into Eat Pray as the race portion was cancelled due to storms. 

The morning started with Pack the Pews at St. Jude and then continued into lunch and Kona Ice at the Lower Campus. We announced our raffle winners and kids were able to play on the playground before the rain came. The race will be rescheduled for our students.

The purpose and energy behind Eat Pray Run is to support our tuition assistance program, Tuition Angels. Each year ASA along with our founding parishes provide assistance to one out of four of our school families. Rooted in our core belief that We Are One, families are asked to raise $50 for Eat Pray Run and Tuition Angels. Below is a testimony from an ASA family who previously benefited from Tuition Angels:

Our family can not even begin to tell you how much of an impact Tuition Angels has had on our lives. A few years ago, we were struggling to figure out how we were going to continue Catholic education. I had a change in employment which caused me to have to take a significant pay cut. Money was extremely tight and we had bills piling up as well. We approached ASA with our dilemma and were met with open arms. There was no judgment and the school was there to help get us through this trying time. I can say, without a doubt, that without the help of Tuition Angels, we would not be able to still be members of the ASA family. ASA has become our home and we feel truly blessed that we were given this opportunity. We never knew how much an impact the money raised from Eat, Pray, Run had on our school community until then and are extremely grateful.

Thank you for the hard work of our students and families and the generosity of all our donors. Together, we raised over $16,688, with a net income of $11,706.45 for Tuition Angels! 

Alleluia Day

Alleluia Day is a day where our students celebrate the Easter promise of eternal life with God, the joy of the creation of ASA, a new school born from four founding parish schools, and the new life we see popping up all around us in spring! After smaller celebrations last year, this year we finally celebrated as one school joined on one campus. 



Students started the morning with Mass at Blessed Sacrament. They then practiced for their afternoon Praise Concert before breaking into their classes for various activities. Our 3rd - 8th graders read to the preschoolers in the morning and then had various specials classes. After lunch and recess, they went bowling at Northfield Lanes. Our Kindergarten - 2nd graders started their activities with bowling and then returned for recess and specials. 



All K-8 students participated in our annual Praise Concert at the end of the day. This concert was a perfect way to sing loud for the Easter promise of eternal life. Overall, our students had a fun-filled day, and you could see the Easter joy on students faces throughout the entire day.



May we all rejoice in the joy of Easter for the remainder of the Easter season!