From the Principal

January, 2019

 

 

 

Dear Ascension School Parents and Guardians,

Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead and Succeed.

 

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week! Starting with yesterday’s Catholic Schools Week Sunday Parish Mass and Ascension School Open House, we have a week of activities planned to show what the Ascension students are accomplishing and to celebrate the Ascension School community!  

The National Catholic Schools Week theme focuses on the key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service. Ascension School embraces these qualities which help set our school apart from other educational options. Faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service are why Ascension families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education.  Thank you for making the sacrifice and choosing Catholic education for your children. We are blessed to have you and your children as part of our faith-filled learning community.

Wonderful things are taking place at Ascension School. These initiatives allow us to continue to provide a quality education in an updated learning environment. The following are some of our most recent initiatives:

  • The Ascension School’s Early Childhood Center has a bursting enrollment of 105 PK 3 to kindergarten students. Ascension offers full day PK 3 and PK 4 classes, full day kindergarten classes, morning PK 3 and PK 4 classes, and an afternoon PK 4 class. The early childhood classrooms have been remodeled and updated for exploration and high-quality early learning experiences and development.
  • The Ascension School Ursuline Center is now open. It is being used for a variety of purposes, including library classes, technology classes and research/stem classes. The space provides students and staff with quality resources, guided access to information, and instruction in order to support the Ascension curriculum, enhance teaching and foster a lifelong love of reading and learning!
  • The Ascension School has picked a new website which will be introduced in the fall of the 2019 – 2020 school year. The website will make communicating with school parents and guardians simpler and will offer the most comprehensive and easy-to-use communication package. The website will be able to be accessed on smartphones, tablets, or laptops and desktops.
  • Mrs. Beth White is our Learning Behavioral Specialist LBS1 for the Ascension School community. Mrs. White observes, assesses and provides support to students with learning concerns. She also works one-on-one or in small groups to meet student need.
  • Ascension School has also created a Student Support Services Committee that meets monthly to provides strategies and interventions to the faculty and staff to help support students with learning differences.
  • Ascension School has a new English Language Arts program that was adopted after a full year of research and review. The faculty and students have found the new ELA series to be rigorous but are excited for the challenge!
  • PK 3 to grade 3 have adopted Wonders! by McGraw Hill.  
  • Grade 4 to grade 5 adopted ReadyGEN published by Pearson.
  • Grade 6 to grade 8 adopted MyPerspectives also published by Pearson.
  • The Ascension kindergarten - grade 3 teachers have created a K - 3 Learning Community. The learning community is exploring the new reading series, ELA standards, student achievement and areas of needed improvement. The K – 3 Learning Community gives the teachers the opportunity to collaborate, assess student progress and improve teaching skills.
  • ACT Aspire Reading and Math Interim assessments, Dibels Benchmark assessments and ESGI assessments have been administered and the faculty and staff are using the results to help track student progress and identify strengths and areas of concerns. 

The Ascension faculty and staff are amazing professionals. Collaboration, data and evaluations give the faculty important insights on how to continue to improve classroom instruction and support student achievement at Ascension School!

Registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year is now open. Your child(ren) will be bringing home an Ascension School Registration Envelope. All current school families may register their currently enrolled students by updating and returning the Ascension School PowerSchool Student Data Check Form (one per child). The Student Data Check Form must be returned to school with a $300 registration fee no later than Monday, February 4, 2019. This year, current school families may pay the registration fee by check or have it charged to their FACTS Tuition Management Account.  

For all current Ascension School families with a student new to Ascension School, please contact the school office for a New Student Registration Form. Return the Registration Form and include a copy of the new student’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate.

Happy Catholic Schools Week! I am grateful every day for the faculty, staff, board members, parish staff, parents, guardians and volunteers that make Ascension School a success. Thank you for your dedication, service and love for the children of Ascension School!

Blessings,

Maryanne Polega, Principal