From the Principal

September, 2017



Dear Ascension School Parents and Guardians,
As we move into October, I look back at the first month of this school year with such pride and gratitude.  We welcomed 435 Ascension School students to the 2017 – 2018 school year!  Mrs. Christine Ondrla presented our faculty inservice Living as Missionary Disciples – Practicing Love, Kindness and Respect and Fr. Hurlbert presided and welcomed the staff and students at our Welcome Back & Commit the New School Year to God prayer service.   Ascension School has the gift of our Catholic faith, church teachings and the leadership of Fr. Hurlbert as the cornerstone of our school.
On August 22, a project manager of Facilities and Construction for the Archdiocese of Chicago visited Ascension School.  After touring the school, safety recommendations were made and are now followed by the Ascension School faculty and students.  All classroom, gym, hallway and Pine Room doors must be in the locked position.  The middle stairway on the Clarence Avenue side will stay unlocked, allowing students to use the stairway to move from the first floor to the second floor.  The front office staff will continue to greet and ask visitors their business.  All visitors will sign in and be given a visitor badge before leaving the front office.  It is important to be vigilant and keep our students safe.
On September 7 and September 14, the Ascension School faculty and staff welcomed our early childhood and grade 1 to grade 8 parents and guardians back to school! Back to School Night included presentations from the Ascension School Board, Institutional Advancement and Ascension Home and School Association.  Each family also received a gift of an Ascension School yard sign to proudly display in their yards!
Ascension School has received the ACT Aspire results for grade 4 to grade 8 students. 
As partners in your child’s education, it is important to ensure that your child is prepared for each step along their educational journey.  Ascension School students continue to perform well on the ACT Aspire!   The Ascension School faculty takes pride in preparing students for college and career readiness.  We are continuing to review and analyze the test results to help guide our efforts to improve and strengthen student achievement at Ascension School!
On September 12, Ascension School along with the Archdiocesan of Chicago kicked off the Soup-er Stadium Challenge.  The Soup-er Stadium Challenge invites schools and communities to donate enough non-perishable food items to fill the seats of Soldier Field in order for the Catholic Charities Pantries to have enough food and resources to offer the hungry and poor during the upcoming winter months.  Please help your child support this charitable cause by donating non-perishable food items.
Finally, 44% of our Ascension School families have completed the Household Income (HHI) survey to determine potential student and school eligibility for additional federal funding.  The HHI survey will take only five minutes to complete and is CONFIDENTAL.  The survey can be accessed using We need 100% participation from the Ascension School community.   If you have not yet completed the HHI survey, please complete it as soon as possible.
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.
Maryanne Polega