St. Anastasia Catholic School

629 Glen Flora Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085

St. Annie's Announcements - 3/8/18

Live your life for an audience of one - and that one is God. ~ Matthew Kelly, Dynamic Catholic (from The Best Lent Ever)
If you have applied for a Tax Credit Scholarship, either through Big Shoulders, Empower Illinois, or both, can you please take two minutes to
complete the following survey?
There are only 5 questions.
We have received another donation through Empower Illinois for St. Anastasia students and I want to ensure that these monies are being used for our families.
Thank you.
The Boy Scouts will be collecting canned goods for the food pantryTHIS WEEKEND after masses.
Please read the attached flyer for more information.
iCook will be hosting a cooking class for students in kindergarten through 5th grade starting March 21st through the end of May.
Cost of the class includes TWO recipes each week and all the supplies - as well as a copy of the recipes
so your students can make them at home!
See the flyer for more details and registration information.
March 22 from 3:00PM - Close
See flyer for details
The Cub Scouts will be hosting an
all you can eat pancake breakfast on March 25th.
See flyer for more details.
Our4th annual theater residency for 1st – 8th 
graders and registration is now open!
Play practice will be Mon-Fri, March 12-16th 
with performances on March 16th and 17th . 
So mark your calendars for the week of March 12th 
and register your little actor/actress today! 
Open to all students, no past play experience required.
Please complete your re-enrollment form for the upcoming school year and return to the school office with your
$100 family registration fee. The fee goes up May 1st.
If you are not planning on returning to St. Anastasia,
please let me know.
Class incentives start next week!
We NEED volunteers to help for pizza and hot dog lunch for the remainder of the year. If we do not have volunteers we will have to cancel the remaining lunches.
A special thank you to Mrs. Carina Vega who is running the program for us this year - but she cannot do it alone!
Please sign-up using the following link:
And don't forget about...
Is your child interested in piano lessons?
Lisa Jacobs, wife of Jim Jacobs, our band director, is willing to teach our students piano here at school on Friday afternoons.
For more information or if you are interested,
please contact Jim Jacobs.
Lessons will be $20 for 30 minutes.
Reduce your Tuition w/SCRIP
 Don’t buy gift cards at CVS or Walmart, order them through our SCRIP program. The school receives a rebate for each gift card purchased and 50% of that rebate gets posted towards your tuition. Please read through the attached information and call Judy Galarza at 847-271-2036 to learn more about SCRIP.
-To order lunches, click here Boonli Lunch
Pizza/Hot Dog Day Forms
Looking to get involved in your child's school? FSA is in need of some new board members! What a great way to get involved and help plan fun activities that happen throughout the year.
4/5/6 Boys - Mon/Wed 5:30-7PM
4/5th Girls - Thurs/Fri 3-4:30 PM
6th Girls - Thurs/Fri 6-7:30 PM
Thursday, 3/8/18 6th grade girls @ Frassati @ 6:00 pm
Saturday, 3/10/18 5th grade girls @ East Lake Academy in Lake Forest @ 1:00 pm
Monday, 3/12/18 5th grade boys @ St. Joseph Round Lake @ 6:00 PM
Tuesday, 3/13/18 5th grade boys @ HOME vs. Frasatti @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, 3/17/18 5th grade girls @ Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest @ 9:00 am
If you have any questions or concerns please contact
Jennifer Beltrame (312) 375-7803 or 
3/9 - Stations of the Cross
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
3/11 - Family Formation
3/16 - Stations of the Cross
Peter Pan evening performance
3/17 - Peter Pan afternoon performance
3/18 - 11:00 Family Mass hosted by 7th grade
3/21 - Hot Dog Lunch
3/22 - Chuck E Cheese FUNdraiser
3/23 - Living Stations 1:00
3/26 - 4/2 Spring Break
4/3 - School Resumes
With all the technology devices in the hands of our students, and all the media apps available to our students, it is imperative we keep on top of what our children/students are doing with technology. This section will be a resource for parents to learn more about digital citizenship so that together we can ensure our children/students are using technology safely.
Parents' Ultimate Guide to Fortnite
Are your kids caught up in the Fortnite frenzy? Here's everything you need to know about this popular video game. By Frannie Ucciferri 3/6/2018
The Fortnite frenzy seemed to come out of nowhere -- almost as if it dropped from a party bus in the sky. And now many parents are taking notice of this rollicking game where players fight to the death. With Fortnite's millions of players and sudden success, you might be wondering: What's it all about -- and is it OK for my kids?
This survival-action game is a bit like what you'd get if you combined a sandbox-building game like Minecraft with an action shooter like Call of Duty. On one hand, it's getting major points with kids and parents alike for building teamwork and thoughtful collaboration. On the other hand, it's a combat-based zombie game with tons of guns and violence. 
Read Common Sense Media's full review of Fortnite, and learn more about how it works. Then find answers below to parents' most frequently asked questions about the game and how to use it safely.
Fortnite is a video game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Mac that takes elements from sandbox-building games and adds the fast-paced action of a third-person shooter. There are two modes to the game: a solo version called Save the World and the hugely popular multiplayer version called Battle Royale.
If your kids say they're playing Fortnite, they're probably talking about Battle Royale, the free-to-play multiplayer offshoot of Fortnite. In this version, up to 100 people participate in a match together. Players are dropped onto the game map and must compete to be the last one standing by killing every other player in the game. During the game, players collect weapons, build safe structures, and try to avoid the Storm that damages all players outside of a safe zone. Unlike the Save the World version, there aren't any zombies to kill, which makes it a less scary version to play. However, players can buy items to make themselves look like a zombie or another creepy character.
There are three modes of play in Battle Royale: Solo, Duo, and Squad. In Solo mode, you're dropped into the game alone. In Duo, you're dropped in with a partner. In Squad mode, you play on a team of four. Duos and Squads can either be friends choosing to play together or randomly matched players. All players in a match are playing in the same mode
Save the World is the traditional solo campaign in the game Fortnite. Unlike in Battle Royale, where players compete against each other, players in the Save the World mode are survivors of an apocalyptic storm where the few remaining humans must band together to defeat creepy zombie-like creatures called husks.
There are many reasons why Fortnite has taken off with kids. One is that it combines two other genres that are big winners with young gamers. Another is that it has a more cartoonish look than some other more gory video games, so younger gamers are drawn to it. Kids can play with friends in Duos and Squads, creating a more social element. And popular YouTube and Switch gamers like DanTDM have also taken to playing the game on streaming sites. Plus, in the case of Battle Royale, it's free (although it does have in-app purchases -- more on that below).
For some parents, the cartoonish, bloodless style of the action in Fortnite makes the violence less problematic than the aggressive gore in other popular shooter games. But the game's online chat feature -- especially in Battle Royale -- could expose younger players to offensive language or mature content from random strangers. Common Sense doesn't recommend games with open chat for kids under 13, but with the right controls and parental guidance, this can be a tween-friendly alternative to violent first-person shooters.
Common Sense recommends Fortnite for teens 13 and up, primarily because of the open chat and action violence.
The current cost of the full Fortnite is $39.99, although the developer, Epic Games, has suggested it will make the game free-to-play sometime in 2018. But players can currently download Fortnite: Battle Royale for free.
There are frequent opportunities for players to spend real money on items in the game. Fortnite encourages purchases such as upgrades to editions such as Deluxe and Super Deluxe, as well as in-game currency to buy bonus items. There's also the Premium Battle Pass, a $10 subscription that lets players compete on more levels and win exclusive game skins/costumes
Fortnite is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Mac. Users need an internet connection to play.
There is live, unmoderated chat possible between users in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Both voice chat and on-screen text chat are options. This exposes players to random strangers and the likelihood of profanity.
Open the Settings menu in the top right of the main Fortnite page by selecting the three bars, then the cog icon. Choose the Audio tab at the top of the screen. From there, you can adjust several audio features, including voice chat. Turn the setting from on to off by tapping the arrows.
Each match in Battle Royale lasts about 20 minutes, although players who are killed early play for less time.
When each match only takes 20 minutes, it's easy to fall into the trap of "just one more" -- sort of how you end up binge-watching an entire season of Stranger Things. But you can take advantage of the quick matches by using them as a natural stopping point in gameplay. Some kids benefit from using a timer, limiting themselves to a certain number of matches per day, or using one of these tips for finding a balance between gaming and other activities.
For more information about internet safety and kids, go to Common Sense Media at There is a link to their website on the St. Anastasia home page.