From the Principal

April 1, 2019




Dear Ascension School Parents and Guardians,

Happy Spring! I hope your families had a restful and relaxing break!  

Thank you to Mrs. Katie Brunick, Mrs. Meg Nelligan and Mr. Bill Skalitzky for giving their time and guidance to the Ascension School Board. Their years of service and support of Ascension School are greatly appreciated. Congratulations and welcome to Mrs. Jane Healy Brown, Mr. Ruston Broussard and Mr. John Carney, our newest school board members. We are lucky to have such dedicated parents willing to give their time and expertise to help support Ascension School!

The month of March was filled with 2019 – 2020 registrations, Lenten mission and the Illinois State Evaluation!  It is exciting to see new families interested in Ascension School. The new families are looking at Ascension School because of its rich tradition and history, faith-based Catholic education, challenging academics, highly motivated and high achieving students, strong parent/guardian support, but most importantly a school community that lives the mission of love, kindness, respect and service.

Registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year is now open to new families. If your family has not registered, please review the Power School Data Check Form sent for each child. Sign and date the Registration Form and return it to the school office with the registration fee. If you have misplaced the forms, contact the school office and new forms will be sent home with your child. Please notify the school office if your family will not be returning to Ascension School in the fall.

The Ascension Parish and School Lenten mission project was announced when Fr. Hurlbert celebrated the 62nd Ascension School Mission Day Prayer Service. The prayer service focused on the Ascension Children’s Lenten Project – The Journey Continues.  Mr. Mark Jacobs, co-founder of His Chase Foundation traveled from Texas to Oak Park to speak and visit with the Ascension students. Mrs. Katrina Vainisi traveled again to Rwanda during spring break and delivered donated school supplies, hygiene supplies and prescription eyeglasses to the His Chase Foundation. This foundation is committed to educating the 250 + children left after the Noel Orphanage in Rwanda was closed. It is a worthwhile cause to raise funds so former Noel orphans can receive food, medicine, clothes and an education! 

Last month, Ascension School also took part in the Illinois State Board of Education Nonpublic School Evaluation. All Archdiocese schools must be registered with the State of Illinois and be recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. School communities and their principals must comply with these requirements annually to maintain ISBE recognition.  

The State of Illinois visiting team looked at the areas of: Administrative Requirements, Educational Programs, Personnel and Health and Safety. The visiting team highlighted the following noteworthy items in the form of commendations:

  • School physical plant was attractive and inviting,
  • Student work on display,
  • Students were on task,
  • School had organized materials well to aid the team in its work,
  • Student and staff files were well organized,
  • Staff was pleasant and helpful,
  • School has a well-considered bullying policy,
  • School provides instruction in American patriotism, principles of representative government, proper use and display of the American flag

To prepare for the visit, the school needed to organize files, review policies, update the school handbook, evaluate curriculum and assess the school facilities. The State of Illinois team visited the classrooms, reviewed the files and met with the Ascension Administration Team. The teachers, staff and students made Ascension School proud!  

Mark your calendars…

April 5 Kathy Adams Run-a-thon

April 9 – 12 ACT Aspire Summative Assessments

Grades 3 to Grades 8

April 18 Ascension Triduum Prayer Service

April 19 – 24 Ascension Easter Break

April 26 Ascension Home and School Buddy Bowling Event

As we enter the fifth week of Lent, let us remember that we are all made in God's image and likeness. This means that every human being has a special value and a purpose. We need to care for each other so we can be the people God calls us to be. As a family, please take time to pray, fast and give alms during the Lenten season.

Prayer - How can we improve our relationship with God?

Fasting - What do we need to give up to be a better disciple of Christ?

Almsgiving - How can we give to others as Jesus did?


Maryanne Polega, Principal