From the desk of the principal, Mrs. Brouse

November 1, 2017

Ho Ho Ho!                            All Saints STEAM Academy                      Last Parent letter of 2017

Dear Parents,

I hear Christmas music in the Primary classrooms, I see the middle school students making Nativity bracelets with Kindergarten, I welcome the elementary team back from singing at the St. Clare’s Nursing Home, and the whole school is smiling remembering the Bishop Stang High School Jazz Band performance.  The gifts of our time and talents are shared all around!

As we end this year together at All Saints STEAM Academy, I am blessed to share our good news with each of you. These past months have been most productive for our students- the report cards and STAR testing shows progress on many levels, and their collaboration and communication skills have blossomed in the STEAM project initiatives.

Our PTO events have been more successful than what we projected in both attendance and any funds raised.  Since December 1, we celebrated Saint Nicholas with our wonderful Christmas Pageant, and hosted the Santa Breakfast, Book Fair, Craft Fair, and the fourth regional First Lego League qualifying competition where we won the Champion Trophy and Project Award! Our Architectonas robotics team will go on to compete at the RI State event in January! It is a  testimony to the success of our AS²A inclusive community  that our Mindstorms Mayhem team were all first year robotics members who came from over 11 different school systems from all over the world, who collaborated together to win the project award for their innovation to stop water fountain germs- called the Clean Stream 17!  Congratulations to all the parents, all the volunteers, all the students and all the buyers who made each of these events a memory to cherish.

Over the Christmas holidays, please encourage your students to share the gift of themselves in helping others. Remind them to read each day, and let the middle school students practice their science Fair speeches to you- ask them questions!

Enjoy every minute of your time together. On behalf of our wonderful Faculty and Staff, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Mrs.Brouse


P.S. Check your child’s backpack for a special card from Mrs. Brouse





All Saints STEAM Academy                          Parent Update                  Happy All Saints Day!

Dear Parents,

As we ended October, the students laughed through the halls when Trick or Treating from classroom to classroom- STEAM innovated doorbells and all! So many saints paraded around the campus and enjoyed their class parties afterwards- thank you to all who sent in treats! And thank you to the thirteen cars that shared treats with Trunk or Treaters on Saturday- stop by the Multi-Purpose room and check out the fun photos!

Today is our school Feast Day– we began with Mass and spent the day working hard to be the best student we can!

Today is also the last cross country meet- to be held here at AS²A at 4pm- join us if you can! Thank you to Coach Vidotto and Coach Hatef for your generosity in training the students this season. At AS²A we are truly scholar athletes!

Speaking of physical activity- Coming up is the basketball season- do we have any willing adults to coach?? Please contact the office ASAP if you can assist!

The A in STEAM stands for Art, and Ms. Dawn is busy with our many students preparing a grand Christmas pageant to be presented at St. Lucy’s Church on the Feast of St. Nicholas- December 6. It is a seasonal tradition and a treat for the whole family!

As we move into the season of thanks, the students learn daily to pray for those in need, and to practice the Catholic Christian values recited every morning in our school Mission Statement. We care for God’s creations, we take care of our neighbors, we show respect for all, and we live responsibly. These are part of our faith teachings, and our students, Faculty, and staff strive to follow them throughout our school community. We have been collecting foods throughout the past month for the local food pantry, thank you for sharing.

Our November Calendar Raffle raised over $9,400. , and dad Paul Nevitt of Paige in grade four won the first day’s prize of $100.! Congratulations!

We have so much to be thankful for at our wonderful school!             Peace, Mrs. Brouse

Down the Halls- Conference Day went smoothly for all- and the work carries on!

Pre- Team- Alphabet letters, numbers counting, and the cycle of life with decay studies going on!

Primary– Seasonal spelling terms, math place value counting, and engineer design in doorbells!

Elementary- Novels are drawing the student readers interests into lively discussions!

Middle School– Math, Social Studies, Science fair experiments, Writing source cards, you name it, the students are hard at work completing their assignments!






AS²A              Parent Update                                                BOO!                 October 10, 2017

October Greetings Parents and Guardians,

The world is turning away from the sun into fall, and the color of orange is all around us! Do you know that the word orange has no other rhyming words to it? It is unique, as God is unique. Father Peter Damien shares this thought with us, and adds that the blend of the colors of red and yellow make orange, three colors together , like the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So this month as you find orange, remember that God is truly there with you!

October 16-20 will be our first of three online Renaissance STAR Math and Reading  testing  times this year. These tests will provide progress monitoring for skill mastery and will be reviewed at the October 27 conference. Please remember that this provides one piece of the whole learning for your student. Daily efforts on homework, classwork, independent projects, and assessments provide the whole picture of the learner

The Family Paint night was a super fun event for the parents and children alike- so many masterpieces! Thank you Terri and crew for handling all the details!

Twelve students and their parents helped us STEAM into ’17 last Saturday shooting their designed cars with carbon dioxide canisters down a 20 meter raceway! Thank you to Professor Matt Peoples and N.A.P.S. students for all your guidance and support!

The CALENDARS are quickly being sold by all! Each day prizes are $100. or more in value- try to sell your family’s 10 this weekend and get some more from the office! Please remember this is our ONE major fundraiser that supports all of our student’s learning experiences!

Tuesday students return in their winter uniforms– long pants, no more shorts. Please review the handbook for the uniform protocol.

We are assuming that if you are one of the 15 parents who signed up for Trunk or Treat on the 28th – your car will be a decorated one. Please notify the office if you do NOT intend on being one of the cars- we need at least 15 cars to hold this event.  Thank you!

There are six families who have not returned their handbook /media/ computer use forms. These children will bring them home to you today- they are due back to the office Tuesday. Thank you.                         Enjoy these golden, orange days!                            Peace, Mrs. Brouse

Upcoming Dates– *Oct. 9- No School, *Oct. 18-9am Grade 8 Liturgy- all invited, *Oct. 24- Flu clinic, *Oct. 27- Parent- Teacher conferences, No School, *Oct. 28-Trunk or Treat, *Oct. 31- Trick or Treat in school, *Nov. 1- All Saints Day- 9am Liturgy

Down the Halls

Pre-3, 4, 5- Ms. Teri and Ms. Dawn are preparing for the Escobar hay ride and pumpkins!! What a great way to learn through the senses!

Primary-Applesauce, apple anatomy, and apple counting- all with math, science, and art!

Elementary- Fantastic webs and spider creations were created in the STEAM collaboration! Teams spun with yarn and popsicle sticks throughout the rooms and halls!

Middle  School-  Science Fair topic research is this month- lots of sources to read and annotate! Very interesting topics are selected this year to be presented in January!





All Saints STEAM Academy                                             Parent Update

                                               Good Bye Summer- Hello Fall!

Dear Parents,

The AS²A rocks are coming your way tomorrow- please place them in your environment, take a picture, and post it on your Facebook. Our wonderful name will go far and wide for all to see! Thank you for supporting this simple marketing effort, and for joining us in the many events to plan for the year ahead- the sign up board is almost complete! Tomorrow night, the first event of the year- the family paint night– has a sold out crowd! What a terrific way to  make fun memories with your child and support the Pre and Primary classes! I can’t wait to see the masterpieces!

Car Race–  We have a fun opportunity to create, design, and  STEAM into ’17!  Working with the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) math and chemistry students, we will be sanding balsa wood car designs and sending them down a car race track, hopefully on September 30weather permitting! The cars will be propelled with small carbon dioxide canisters, and it is a perfect STEAM opportunity to work with your child in creating and racing a car! Monday, September 25, from 3-5pm, you are invited to come with your child to make the car design- we will provide the wood and sandpaper. You may then take the car home and paint and decorate it and bring it back on Saturday, September 30, to be raced! Because this involves your attendance and help, please notify the office by tomorrow, Friday, September 22, if you and your child will join us.

Media release forms, emergency contact forms, and health concerns forms are LATE. Please send them in tomorrow- we appreciate your cooperation !

Peace, Mrs. Brouse

Down the halls-

Pre-3, 4-5– Ms. Teri and Ms. Dawn are taking the students to Save The Bay, Newport next week. What a wonderful experience for our young learners!

Primary– The cup towers were climbing to the sky at the Engineer Design challenge this week- everyone was involved in the learning!

Elementary- Multiage groups of grades 3, 4, and 5 used collaboration, cooperation and categorization skills to create science materials kits- let the experiments begin!!

Middle school– Cards to Atria Assisted Living residents for donated school supplies were created by the students and much appreciated! The students are hard at work with science project choices!





All Saints STEAM Academy                              Parent Update September 2017


Greetings All – As we are ending our first two weeks of school, there is much to share with you! I am sure your children have excitedly told you already about new friends, new teachers, new classrooms – every morning we begin in prayer thanking God for all that we have at our wonderful school! Our ice cream social welcomed over one hundred sweet treat lovers on September 1, and our Grand People breakfast on September 8 will be another well attended event!


Please mark your calendars for the mandatory Parent’s Night coming Wednesday, September 13, ALL families are requested to come. At this meeting we will pray for a rewarding year of partnership in your child’s education, introduce teachers, review school events, and allow you to step into your student’s world at school.


Before this meeting, please go onto the All Saints sign up genius and commit to an event to help with this year. 100% family involvement is what is required to make our year successful. Presently, we need room parents in grades 4-8, and help with our PTO fun events!


All are welcome!


Mrs. Brouse

Pre-S- Ms. Teri and Mrs. Brady are spinning the world of 3’s- more smiles everyday! Look for the hand-print Friendship tree – new friendships every day!

Pre-K- Ms. Dawn and Mrs. Perez are moving the 4-5 year olds right along the apple tree way- counting and identifying fruit plant parts!

Primary Team- Mrs. Hatef, Mrs. Green and Mrs. Banal just finished the first Engineer Design Challenge of the year- longest paper chain!!

Elementary Team- Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Gullison are organizing grades 3, 4, and 5 students into multi-age teams to tackle future investigations!

Middle School Team– STEAM activities started- and beach field trip planned! First of 20 service hours earned designing dress out posters for Hurricane Harvey victims!

** September 15 is DOT DAY- students may add dots to their PE uniforms! Creativity shines in our STEAM academy!!**




All Saints STEAM Academy                                                           Parent Update  2017- 2018

Let Your Light Shine

Dear Parents,

Our wonderful school community welcomes YOU to be a part of all events! All gifts of time, talent and treasure are much appreciated and put to best use for the benefit of every child at All Saints STEAM Academy. Funds raised go to support the teacher’s wish list, technology equipment, and super school wide events.


This year we are trying a new meeting schedule in response to parent survey ideas from last year. After our mandatory Parent meeting on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 pm, in place of monthly PTO meetings, we will meet in event committees to organize the activity. Please sign up on the Sign Up Genius and put your name in for any and all events you would like to help with.

As you can see on the calendar, each trimester a team will host a school wide event and the funds raised will go for field trips and teacher wish lists. This year there will be a separate Drama Club with fundraising events. Look for it!

Please note that the November Raffle Calendar is our ONE major school wide fundraiser to support the budget. We are asking that each family sell ten calendars at $10.00 each. The daily prizes are wonderful, and the top three sellers win gift cards.

In the Fall of 2018, All Saints STEAM Academy will host a Visiting Team from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for our ten year accreditation process. We are planning Pride Days when we clean and organize our campus. Please join us in preparing for this exciting event! In addition to physical help, you will be asked to complete surveys which the team will review to access our accreditation. It will be an exciting year to get ready! WE are blessed to work with you this year. Your families remain in our prayers for continued blessings ahead.

See you soon,

Mrs. Brouse


2017- 2018 All Saints STEAM Academy PTO Events

Let’s shine our light this year sharing time and talents with others! Please join in – we are aiming for 100% family participation!

August 28 – Raffle Calendar meeting at 5:30pm – All come and help!

Fall- *Pre and Primary teams host – Yearbook help needed

Friday, September 1-Tuesday, October 31- NOVEMBER RAFFLE CALENDAR sales- each family sells ten calendars at $10.00 each – sell more- top seller prizes!

Friday, September 1- Ice cream social (faculty treats you- just come and enjoy)

Friday, September 8-Grandparents Breakfast-8-9am –need set up, serve and clean

Saturday, September 22-* Parent-Child Paint Night-need set up, clean up

Saturday, October 28- Trunk or Treat- need 15 cars minimum- just sign up

Winter- *Elementary team host – Drama Club help needed

Saturday, December 2- Breakfast with Santa- need set up, serve and clean up

Monday,December 4 -Monday, December 11-Book Fair-need unpack, pack, selling

Saturday, December 9-* Craft Fair- need set up, cooks, clean up Friday,

December 15- Parents Night Out-older student babysitters- just enjoy!

Thursday, January 11- AS²A Family Dinner Out at Papa Gino’s- just sign up!

Friday, February 2- Teacher Appreciation Lunch for CSW- need set up, clean up

Spring-* Middle School team host

Friday, March 9-* Pasta dinner/Family Talent Show-need set up, clean up, MC

Monday,March 19- Friday, March 23- Book Fair-need unpack, pack, selling

*TBD-Spring Scholarship Tea- need set up, raffle sales, and clean up

Monday, April 30- Friday,May 4- Teacher Appreciation Week – need daily organization and Friday lunch set up and clean up




All Saints STEAM Academy                                                                  Parent Update~ June 2017
                                                          It’s SUMMERTIME!!!!
Dear Parents,
You can hear it in their voices, and see it in their energetic moving around, the summer is calling to one and all! The students have earned a rest, and the adults have as well. Now will come the time to reconnect with family and friends. We hope that there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and reflection for you this summer. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
Before we leave, I want to thank each of you for the support and encouragement you have shared with our community over this year. Your smiles, kind words of praise and volunteer efforts created a happy and positive environment for students and faculty alike. You remain in our prayers throughout the summer and always.
The teachers are sent home report cards and summer packets, please review them with your students. Learning cannot take a two month break, so find opportunities for reading and math wherever you go. Explore the back yard with a magnifying lens to see the smaller creatures of life, observe the sky for weather changes, and watch the wave action at the beach. Let them cook with you, clean the house with you, garden with you and be your buddies. Childhood is fleeting, catch every moment you can to cherish your beautiful children.
Please tell your friends and spread the word- we are filling up our Pre- School 3 year old class, and our Pre-Kindergarten 4-5 year old class is filling fast as well! Sign up on the PTO Sign-Up Genius for Next year’s FUN events!
We will be doing our heavy housework this summer, so look for a fresh new face next year! If you want to help – call the office!!
Little STEAMers Camp promises to be a blast – have you signed on yet for the themed weeks?
Summer Office hours – 8-2pm Monday through Thursday, Friday the office is closed, please leave a message.
To quote Ms. Bartlett – Be well and be blessed.
Peace, Mrs. Brouse




All Saints STEAM Academy            End of May                Parent Update~ May 2017
What a beautiful month we have enjoyed together! We began with a well – attended Student Council movie afternoon with MOANA, and followed up that first week with the 10th SCRATCH Birthday party on Saturday! Our fellow SCRATCH enthusiasts joined us from the Met School, Thompson School, and EBC. We then hosted our first Ties and Tiaras dance on the 12th, another well enjoyed event! The Student Council sponsored SPIRIT WEEK on May 15- 19, was a great success! And over 60 students made the hills come alive with The Sound of Music on May 19 and May 20 at Portsmouth Middle School.


As we prayed the Rosary each day in honor of Mary, the students also created a May altar on Ascension Thursday, May 25. It remains in the lobby for all to view. During this month the Eighth Grade embarked upon their NYC adventure May 23 and 24th, and Grade Five spent a busy science night at the Boston Museum of Science. Other trips and end of the year events are coming up, so look for the teacher’s notes!
Here is the link to the PTO Sign Up genius for next year’s fun! Get involved!
STEAMing Around the Halls-
Pre-K- Ms. Dawn’s newsletter informs her folks on every single event coming up! One to look forward to is Medieval Day- the children will be Knights and Princesses for a day and relive the excitement and pageantry of the feudal times. The students love hearing Ms. Dawn read from King Arthur!
Primary Team- What do you do when you’ve read your fairy tales? At our STEAM Academy the K-grade 3 students used newspaper and tape to create the strongest chair for Goldilocks to sit in. The team that did not use scissors but only folded the paper had the strongest chair!
Elementary team-Grades 3-4 used manipulatives to learn fractions creating hamburgers and fraction strip displays. They are eagerly finishing up their reading novels, and beg to read more! Grade 5 has fantastic sequence book report creations- come read them displayed in the hall!
Middle School Team-Grade 6 is using the Noise Kit to study sound waves, Grade 7 is studying human body systems and will get to complete a frog dissection lab! Grade 8 is studying the motion of the ocean, and will enjoy the views from Ft. Adams Park in June!
As we look forward to next year, please note that some classes are nearing full capacity so waiting lists will be started. Be sure to have your paperwork secure with the office. Thank you to our many families who recommended AS²A, you will receive the $300 tuition discount. Remember- the new families must enroll and give your name on the application.
God Bless you and your wonderful families, and our brave Military heroes.

Mrs. Brouse








All Saints STEAM Academy            May Blessings                    Parent Update~May 2017
Thank you to all who made our Teacher Appreciation Week so special, every teacher has remarked how grateful they are for your delicious kindnesses. It is our privilege to work with your wonderful families, and an added pleasure when we are showered with kindnesses.

Sincerely, Mrs. Brouse
April showers bring May flowers- I would like to share our school blessings this spring, they are as numerous as the blooming flowers!
* SCRATCH 10th Birthday Party Saturday- all are welcome! Come join in the tech fun!
* The hills are alive- do you have your May 19-20 Sound of Music tickets yet? It will be a spectacular show!
*MOANA fun- 37 students sang along, made flowers and crafts yesterday with the Student Council and moderator Mr. Vidotto- thanks to all the older student help!
* PTO survey response- thanks to Denise Oliveira for the creation and Terri Tomaszewski for sharing the results- your ideas have formed an exciting year ahead for all! Watch for the calendar to come!
*Ham radio welcomes five new voices- thank you to Coach Mike Cullen for the hours of instruction to achieve success! Bravo to all who worked hard!
*Parade Float design- congratulations to all who submitted ideas, grade 7 student and Student Chaplain Maya Ruggiero was chosen by our School Board to share her design, runners up Gianna Wesling and Paige Bell will assist in the painting!
Field trip fun- what exciting travel plans are coming! The Zeiterion theater, Sturbridge Village, Fort Adams Park, Boston Museum of Science, KVH Industries, and the wonderful New York City adventure! We are on the road again!
*Friendships- so many made this year. Remember- friends meet in a moment, know for an hour, cherish forever. Staying with us or moving on- you all remain in our prayers always. Feel welcome to join us in the lobby this month for our morning Rosary decade







All Saints STEAM Academy                                                    Parent Update~ March 2017         


Dear Parents,

Have you experienced the Best Lent Ever? There are many resources to guide us along the path of Jesus to Easter. The Third Grade led the Lent liturgy for our school this week and they did a wonderful job We remind the students to fast from- possibly a negative action, thought, or word, and to feast onpossibly a kind act, praying more, or reading the Bible. Every day we can make the life of someone else better.

In school, the students are encouraged to do their best work at all times. The monthly assemblies are an opportunity to celebrate those Students of the Month and Terrific Kids who have earned notice for their efforts. I appreciate your review and discussions with your child about their report card performance this week. Your efforts in preparing your student to arrive on time, well rested, and with assignments and food packed is key to their academic success along with their teacher’s facilitation in the classroom. Frequent tardiness and absences directly hinders a child’s school performance, and we applaud our many AS²A students who are ready to go in the morning!

Moving ahead:

The Bunny is hopping down the trail on April 8– do you have your Breakfast tickets yet?

Our Spring Scholarship Tea on April 23 has less than ten tickets left-we are thrilled! 100% of all monies go directly to tuition help for those in need.

When we return from vacation it will be time for Our 4th Annual STEAM NIGHT on April 27. What a fantastic showcase for our project based, blended learning. All will be amazed!!


Down our halls:

  •  Pre- K- Students are preparing for their Roman festival and at the end of Lent their Passion Play. They are strengthening their social and academic skills as spring blooms.
  •  Primary students are continuing their studies while enjoying the season. Many are involved with the Sound of Music drama in May, as well as presenting their robotics learning at the Brown University Robot Block party this month.
  •  Elementary students are determined to construct their squirrel proof bird house outdoors, and to continue improving their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
  •  Middle school students are advancing their understanding in their subjects while they move towards completing their google 20X projects to be presented on STEAM NIGHT. I have had the privilege of observing the faculty at work this month and continue to be convinced that All Saints STEAM Academy is blessed with the most collaborative professionals around! And your good families are the fortunate recipients!

I wish each of you a Blessed Easter, full of hope and joy!


Mrs. Brouse

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