From the Principal


November 2018




Dear Ascension School Parents and Guardians,

We enter the month of November with gratitude and thanks! Sunday, October 21, Fr. Hurlbert celebrated the Mass and Dedication of the Ascension School Ursuline Center. A year ago, the library resource center was just a dream, but with the support, donations and hard work of so many the Ursuline Center is now open for various classes, including library classes, technology classes and research/stem classes. The Center was named after the Ursuline Sisters who founded Ascension School in 1912. I want to thank Fr. Hurlbert, the Ascension School Board, the Ascension faculty and staff and the Ascension community for their support of the Ursuline Center. The space will provide students and staff with quality resources, guided access to information, and instruction in order to support the curriculum and foster a lifelong love of reading and learning! 
We are also excited to again expand the technology curriculum with 30 new Chrome Books that will be housed in the Ursuline Center. The Chrome Books have been purchased using money that was donated to the Library Learning Resource Center and Technology Fund. The Chrome Books will help our Ascension students to use technology to enhance and support their learning.  
On Thursday, October 4, Fr. Hutmacher celebrated the St. Francis of Assisi Liturgy. The liturgy was prepared by the third grade and the students led the school in a prayer for peace – peace among nations, peace among one another and respect and care for God’s creation. The third grade extended the liturgy theme by serving as the Ascension School Zero Waste Ambassadors. 

Tuesday, October 16 marked a new tradition at Ascension School! October was the month of the Holy Rosary. The seventh grade helped the school celebrate the devotion to the Rosary by leading the school in a Living Rosary Prayer Service.  Each seventh grade student represented a bead of the rosary and lead the school in prayer. 
On Saturday, October 20, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey and Fr. Hurlbert celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation Liturgies. Bishop Casey asked the 2018 Confirmandi to go out into the world and share their faith, remember that they are a people of communion and help in the transformation of the church. Our students are an amazing group of young people and we must pray that the Holy Spirit continues to guide their faith.

On Thursday, October 25, Ascension School was proud to present its first lecture in the Ascension Parent Lecture Series. Ascension was fortunate to have Mona Stepansky, Ph.D. speak on the topic of Positive Parenting. Dr. Stepansky discussed various topics from childhood stages of development to handling difficult childhood behaviors. Parents learned that positive attitudes and our Catholic faith can help make parenting more manageable and joyful!  

On Monday, October 29, the Ascension Home and School Enrichment Committee presented Jess Godwin - Songs fight Shame. Ms. Godwin is a Chicago singer/songwriter who uses her music as an outlet to inspire students. Her workshop taught the students the power of not letting others define them and encouraged students to find their own identity. Ms. Godwin used music, improvisation and audience participation to help the students learn strategies to handle challenging and difficult peer situations.  Ms. Godwin’s workshop was an excellent complement to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that is used in all kindergarten to grade 8 classes at Ascension School!

The month of October concluded with Halloween fun provided by the Ascension Home and School Association! The students enjoyed an afternoon of Halloween bingo with their Ascension buddies. Thank you to the parent/guardian volunteers that took the time to organize, prepare and supervise the day! 

Please mark your calendar….

Trimester 1 Ends November 9, 2018
Trimester 1 Report Cards Go Home November 16, 2018
Ascension School Blue Tie Auction November 17, 2018    5:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Parent/Teacher Conferences November 19, 2018    3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ascension School Early Dismissal November 20, 2018 11:45 a.m. Dismissal
Parent/Teacher Conferences November 20, 2018    12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   
NO School November 21, 2018
NO School/Thanksgiving Holiday November 22, 2018
NO School November 23, 2018

Office of Catholic School Asbestos Management Program
As part of the Asbestos Management Program, Ascension School is required to send a Notification Letter Concerning Asbestos Content & Management Plan. Attached you will find the notification letter. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

As you enter the Thanksgiving season, please remember to count your blessings. Every day, I count your children as Ascension School’s greatest blessings. Thank you for making Catholic education a priority and sending your children to Ascension!


Maryanne Polega, Principal

Asbestos Content and Management Plan