From the Principal

November 2017

 

January 30, 2018

Dear Ascension Parents and Guardians,

 

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  Catholic Schools:  Learn.  Serve.  Lead.  Succeed.

This week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States and the focus on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service!  

Ascension School proudly provides quality Catholic school education in the spirit of love, kindness and respect!  The Ascension School administration, faculty and staff create a positive learning environment where the Ascension children can grow not only academically but emotionally and spiritually in a safe, challenging and Catholic learning environment.  Parents and guardians have a choice of providing a Catholic education for their children.  Thank you for making the sacrifice and choosing Catholic education for your children.  Ascension School is a better place with your family as part of our Ascension School community!

I wanted to inform you of some important initiatives that are taking place at Ascension School.  These initiatives will enable us to continue to provide a quality education in an updated learning environment.

We are excited to announce plans to create the Ascension School Library, Learning Resource Center.  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 space will promote both project based learning and technology integration.  The goal of the new space is to support the Ascension School curriculum, enhance teaching and foster a lifelong love of reading and learning!  The Library, Learning Resource Center will be funded with private donations and outside funding sources.  We will keep you updated with remodeling plans!

New to the 2018 – 2019 school year, Ascension School will offer a full-day three and four-year old multiage preschool classroom.  After surveying the early childhood families in December, we have learned that Ascension families are interested in a full-day preschool program.  If you are an early childhood parent/guardian and are completing your Registration Contract 2018 - 2019, please list your first and second choice for your child’s early childhood programming. Ascension School will also offer a Drop-in option for preschool students enrolled in a half-day program who need an occasional morning or afternoon class.   If you have questions about the new programming, please contact me at ma.polega@ascensionoakpark.com or 708 386 7282.

Ascension School will also add a Learning Behavior Specialist to the 2018 – 2019 staff. The Learning Behavior Specialist will focus on the needs of students with learning concerns. This new faculty member will work with students and also provide instructional strategies and support to the Ascension staff.

As we move into February, the Ascension faculty and staff continue to prepare for the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools AdvancED External Review March visit. The AdvancED accreditation process is used to effectively drive student performance and continuous school improvement.  

Ascension School division teams have analyzed the ACT Aspire Assessments and created the Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP).  Ascension School early childhood to grades 8 teachers are now using the results of the DIBELS benchmarking, ACT Aspire Interim Reading Assessments and classroom assessments to determined their students’ level of proficiency of the skills assessed. The teachers have worked in their division teams to discuss student progress and possible re-teaching strategies.  This information gives the teachers just another piece of information to help improve their classroom instruction.  

Lastly, the Ascension faculty is in the process of evaluating new English language arts programs for preschool 3 to grade 8 to be adopted for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  The faculty will look for programs that offer quality literature and provide a high level of rigor that will meet English language arts standards. 

Exciting things are happening at Ascension School! Please remember to return your Registration Contract 2018 – 2019 by February 16 with your $300.00 non-refundable family registration fee. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at ma.polega@ascensionoakpark.com. Thank you for being part of the Ascension family!

Blessings,
Maryanne Polega
Principal