From the Principal

May 2018


May 21, 2018




Dear Ascension School parents and guardians,

The month of May affirms the reason why our Catholic faith is so important for our children and their families! The Sacrament of First Holy Communion was celebrated the weekends of May 5 and May 12 at the Ascension Parish liturgies. Ascension School had 28 children receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. A very special thank you for those that prepared our students so they can truly taste and see the goodness of the Lord. On Friday, May 4, Ascension School celebrated our Grandparents’ Day Liturgy. The day began with grandparents and grand friends joining our students during our morning Grandparents’ Day Open House. Thank you to Fr. Hurlbert and the fifth grade for leading us in glorious prayer and song! On Tuesday, May 8, Fr. Hurlbert celebrated the May Crowning of Our Blessed Virgin Mary Liturgy. The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary and May is considered the season of the beginning of new life. The statue of Mary was honored with a wreath of flowers to indicate Mary’s virtues that are to be imitated by the faithful. Our Student Council Representative, Lola Reech, crowned Mary and our grade 2 students served as the honor guard. On Thursday, May 10, Ascension School set time aside during religion classes to honor the Feast of the Ascension and commemorated the Ascension of Christ into heaven.

ACT Aspire Summative testing took place the week of April 16. The ACT Aspire was given to grades 3 to 8. The ACT Aspire will provide important information that will allow us to determine how the students are progressing at their current grade level, as well along their overall path toward future college and career readiness. The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic School has informed us that there will be a delay in the return of the test results this year. Our students will receive their test results in late July or early August. Ascension School faculty and staff look forward to receiving the test results to help guide our efforts to improve student achievement in the 2018– 2019 school year.

On April 27, the early childhood parents, guardians and students took part in the Ascension Step Up Program. The early childhood students visited the raising grade for a first-hand classroom experience. Transitioning to the next grade is an important milestone for students and this readiness exercise provided the children with an opportunity to visit the classroom, take part in an activity and gain the confidence and excitement of stepping up into the next grade! This opportunity also gave the parents and guardians a chance to see the wonderful Ascension early childhood programs in action! 

Construction of the Ascension School Library Resource Center is about to begin! 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 goal of the new space is to support the Ascension School curriculum, enhance teaching and foster a lifelong love of reading and learning! Thank you to the school families, parish families, alumni and friends of Ascension School for providing the private donations and outside funding sources to help make this project become a reality! If you would like to be part of this important project, please consider donating! For more information, please contact or call 708-434-1558.

We are proud of our Ascension School grade 8 students. Congratulations on your high school choices!
•    16 attending Fenwick High School
•    4 attending Trinity High School
•    5 attending St. Ignatius High School
•    2 attending Nazareth Academy
•    1 attending St. Francis High School 
•    15 attending Oak Park River Forest High School
•    1 attending Riverside Brookfield High School
•    1 attending Morton High School
•    1 attending Lincoln Park High School
•    2 undecided

Please continue to keep our grade 8 students in your prayers. May is a busy and eventful month filled with Sports Awards Night and Ribbon Ceremony. As we turn the calendar to June, we look forward to the Graduation Dance, Graduation Liturgy and Six Flags Great America Field Trip!

As the Early Childhood to grade 7 students and families look ahead to the 2018 -2019 school year, I have included three important attachments that I know parents and guardians will find interesting and useful. 

•    The Archdiocese approved Ascension School 2018 – 2019 calendar.
•    The introduction of the new Common Sense Media Page on the Ascension School Website.
•    Notification Letter Concerning Asbestos Content & Management Plan for Ascension School

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you,

Maryanne Polega


2018-19 School Calendar Common Sense Media Letter Asbestos Content & Management Plan