Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Meet Ms. Baese!

Hi, happy 2022-2023 school year! My name is Madison Baese, and I'm so excited to be a new second-grade teacher at All Saints Academy and work with all the wonderful staff here!

I'm originally from a small town near Lansing called Elsie, where we have more cows than people. After high school, I went to Aquinas College (Go Saints!) where I studied Elementary Education and Language Arts. I've really enjoyed being able to work with various different schools and districts throughout Grand Rapids while being at school. I was also on the dance team all four years at Aquinas and was named an All-American in my sport. To be able to continue my passion and love for dance, I am also going to be a co-coach for the Rockford Middle School dance team this year.

I'm looking forward to a great year!

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Meet Mrs. LaFramboise!

Hello! My name is Alixe LaFramboise and I am excited to be joining the All Saints Academy family as the middle school English language arts teacher! I was born in metro Detroit, but I lived in Utah and New Jersey as a child before moving back to metro Detroit as a teenager where I completed high school. I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Major in Language Arts from Oakland University in 2011 and then moved to Colorado where I began my teaching career. Having lived in 3 of the 5 U.S. regions, I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to see a lot of our beautiful country, and I love sharing my experiences with others - especially my students!

I am married to my husband, Adam, and together we have two children - Vivian and Everett. Both of my children will be joining ASA this year as well. Vivian will be starting Kindergarten and Everett will join the toddler class. My husband was born and raised Catholic, and I completed the RCIA process last year where both my children and myself were baptized in the church, I was confirmed, and my husband and I had our marriage blessed. It was a very significant and special moment in our family’s life. After completing this journey, I feel incredibly blessed that God then led me to ASA where I will be able to intertwine my faith and passion for teaching.

I have been teaching for nearly 10 years. I taught 3rd grade, 5th grade and 7th and 8th ELA in a small town in southern Colorado for a few years before moving to the Denver area and teaching 5th grade for another few years. About three years ago, we moved back to Michigan where I continued to teach middle school ELA. I am an avid reader and writer, and I love having the opportunity to read, discuss and respond to novels with students. I can’t wait to get started!

Friday, August 19, 2022

If you build it, they will come!

Hardhats were required if you visited the Upper Campus this summer as construction crews were busy working on the field project.

Last November at Eaglefest our community raised $33,448 to make upgrades to our Upper Campus ball field and play area. Our first phase is focusing on the ball field itself. Over the years, the infield and dugouts became overgrown with weeds and we began to lose some of the grass in the outfield. Part of this had to do with the natural grade of the space as well as having no irrigation for the field. Problem solved! In the last two months Dykema Excavators took out dying trees and trimmed others in the way. They graded the area for better drainage and playability. The field dimensions were lengthened in the outfield. Hitting homeruns got a little harder! The infield was replaced with new stone dust. In the next couple of weeks Waterworks Irrigation will be installing an inground sprinkler system. We also extended the dugout fences from four to eight feet for the safety and protection of our students. The project is really starting to take shape. Once the irrigation is in we will plant grass seed and let mother nature take it from there.


Many thanks to Mark Wrona for his efforts in leading this project. Mr. Wrona is a Blessed Sacrament parishioner and retired landscape architect. He previously worked for Grand Rapids based firm, AMDG where he helped design Catholic Central’s C.A.T. facility. His expertise and passion were instrumental this past spring and summer.

We are so excited about the physical changes we are making to our school. Look for an update on the next phase of this project this fall!