April 9, 2018
Dear Ascension School parents and guardians,
The season of Easter brings wonderful things! Beginning on Easter Sunday and continuing for 50 days, the season gives us the opportunity to remember who we are as Christians. We must remember to live with joy, live without fear and live with wonder.
During the season of Lent, the classroom teachers were asked to visit church and walk the Stations of the Cross with their students. The teachers were provided with children’s prayer supplements that helped the children understand the final hours and the tremendous love of Jesus Christ. The season of Lent concluded with the prayerful Holy Thursday Triduum Prayer Service presented by grade 8. The Holy Thursday prayer service remembered the last three days of Jesus’ life on earth, the events recalled the passion, death, burial and resurrections of Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospels. It is a blessing that our Catholic faith can be part of our school day!
The Ascension School community would like to welcome Elaine Mary Douglass, born March 22 to Mrs. Kathleen Douglass, our 4th grade teacher! Please join me in wishing the Douglass family good health, happiness and love! Welcome to Mrs. Katie Degnan, long-term substitute, to Ascension School and the fourth grade team!
On Friday, March 16 the Office of Catholic Schools AdvancED Internal Review Team visited Ascension School. The accreditation is a process of quality assurance designed to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards, for its ability to effectively drive student performance, and engage the Continuous School Improvement Plan (SCIP). To prepare for the visit, the school needed to collect and analyze data, set goals, plan, implement, and evaluate the school improvement efforts. Dr. Bridget De La Pena, Regional Director of Vicariate VI and Ms. Julie Martin, Principal of Old St. Mary’s School in Chicago, visited the classrooms and then met with the Ascension AdvancED Team. The teachers, staff and students made Ascension School proud!
Plans are underway to create the Ascension School Library Resource Center! The new space will house the school’s extensive library collection, provide flexible and collaborative learning space, allow access to technology with desktop computer stations and Chrome Books and provide comfortable seating for reading, studying and small group activities. The space will promote both project based learning and technology integration. The goal of the new space is to support the Ascension School curriculum, enhance teaching and foster a lifelong love of reading and learning! The Library Resource Center will be funded with private donations and outside funding sources. Hopefully, you have received the Library Resource Center Appeal Letter in the mail and you can help make this project a reality for the students, faculty and staff of Ascension School. Please give generously!
As the weather gets warmer and the flowers begin to bloom, please remember to live with joy, live without fear and live with wonder. Ascension School is a special place and I am so proud to be part of it! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.