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.