Weekly Mailing

Weekly Mailing Archive

Summer Mailing, July 19, 2017

Meet the Principal – Sunday, 8/13/17 after 11AM Mass
Ascension School and Parish will hold a Hospitality Sunday on August 12th after the 11AM Mass to welcome Mrs. Maryanne Polega, our new principal to the Ascension community. All are welcome to stop by and meet Mrs. Polega. Light refreshments will be provided.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will be open throughout the months of July and August. Office hours will be 8 AM to 3 PM Monday through Thursday and 8 AM to Noon on Friday until August 1st. Office Hours will be 8AM to 3PM every day in August. Call or email the office to check on staff availability. School related paperwork can be dropped off at the Parish Center at 808 S. East Avenue if the school office is not open.

Medical, dental and eye examination reports

New families, families with children in kindergarten and grade 6 need to provide physical examination report forms to the school office by the start of school. New preschool students, kindergarten students and students entering grade 6 must provide a State of Illinois “Certificate of Child Health Examination.” The State of Illinois “Proof of Dental Examination” form must be submitted for students entering Kindergarten, grade 2 and grade 6. An “Eye Examination Report” must be submitted for kindergarten students. These forms are available on our website www.ascensionoakpark.com or at your doctor’s office.

Tuition Payment Information

By now every family should be registered with the FACTS Tuition Management Company no matter how you plan on paying tuition. If you are not registered please do so by clicking on the FACTS logo on the school's website. Tuition is billed August through June. Once all families are registered; the tuition amounts for each family are entered. Tuition will start to be withdrawn in early August per your individual requests. As always, should you have any questions please email m.fitch@ascensionoakpark.com

Home and School Association

The Ascension Home and School Association, your parent teacher organization, would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! New this year, we have created an online form for families to submit School Directory contact information, dues payment and to sign up for volunteer opportunities. ALL SCHOOL FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS FORM. Please click HERE to access and electronically submit the online form, or you are welcome to print the form attached to this email and submit it to the school office. Payment of dues can be made electronically or via cash or check. See the electronic or attached form for more information.

Home and School Association provides a tremendous variety of wonderful, helpful services to Ascension School. This Mailing has information about the services, dues, volunteer opportunities and the Family Directory. Please read the attached flyer and offer to help. ROOM PARENTS NEEDED: If you would like to volunteer as a Room Parent, sign on to volunteer at http://vols.pt/iLTNit.

The Home and School Association provides many programs for students, families and teachers, including our annual Buddy Bingo and Buddy Bowling, Early Childhood Spirit Night, Tea with Santa, Family Sock Hop, teacher appreciation programs, coordination of Room Parents and so much more! We could not do all of this without your support. Any questions, please contact us at homeandschool@ascensionoakpark.com. Thank you!

Emergency Information Form – One form is needed for each child enrolled in school

We have attached the Medical and Emergency Information Form to this Mailing. This is one of the most important documents in the school. If your child is ill or injured, it gives the school vital contact information. Please include an email address, and pertinent information about allergies, chronic health concerns, etc. Complete the form and return it to the school by August 7. If your child needs to have medication in the school building, you must have a “Medication Authorization Form” completed by your child’s physician. These forms are available in the school office and on the website. (Look under “Admission” tab and go to “Forms”.

Extended Day Program News

Please return your registration forms to the school office as soon as possible. The forms are available on the Ascension website or in the school office.

Homeroom Assignments

Student homeroom assignments are included in this mailing. Teachers carefully prepare homeroom lists for the next grade using important criteria. Ascension School does not change homeroom assignments once they have been set by teachers and reviewed by the administration.

Pizza Lunch for New Students and Families
New students entering kindergarten through grade 8 and their families are invited to our New Student Pizza Lunch on Thursday, August 17,at 11:30AM in the Ascension School Pine Room (lower level of the school). Come and meet new friends, tour the school and visit your classrooms. Representatives from Home and School, the Ascension School Board and our Principal, Maryanne Polega, will be there to answer your questions. Check your mail in early August for more information or call Marybeth Granholm at 707-434-1541.

The new school year begins on Monday, August 21

On Monday, August 21, students in Kindergarten through grade 8 will be in school from 8AM to 10 AM. Early childhood students (PK3 and PK4,) will have an open house from 8:30AM to 9:30 AM. This is the time to bring school supplies and get acquainted with fellow students, teachers and classrooms. The Extended Day Program will be open from 8 to 11AM. Stop by to get information or to register. The EDP room will not be open from 7AM to 8AM. The first full day of school is Tuesday, August 22.

Office for the Protection of Children and Youth – Compliance Guidelines

All volunteers including coaches and event chaperones must register with the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth and attend a Virtus Training session. A Virtus Training session is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7PM in Ascension’s Pine Room. You must pre-register online at www.virtusonline.org. Compliance information is being sent to all new Ascension School families.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Monday, August 21, 2017: The Home and School Association is having a “1st Day of School Coffee” at 8AM. They invite you to reconnect with families, make new friends and enjoy a cup of coffee, compliments of Two Brother’s Coffee. Stop by the coffee table outside the school entrance on the first day of school.

Thursday, August 24, 2017: Start out the new school year with some lovely wine and scrumptious appetizers at the Blue Tie Auction Wine Tasting Party starting at 6:30PM at the Meyer’s home at 300 Forest Avenue, Oak Park. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends while meeting new ones. A donation of $10 per person is suggested to support the Blue Tie Auction. More information will be available in mid-August.

Friday, September 1, 2017: School Photo Day for PK4, Kindergarten and grades 1 to 7. Students (except PK) are in uniform.

Saturday, September 9, 2017: Please join us for the annual Ascension Tailgate Party at 7:30PM. This is a fun, casual, free (and kid-free) night out for all Early Childhood and new Ascension parents, as well as Ascension Ambassadors. Drinks and appetizers will be served, and the games will be on! Come wearing your favorite team's gear, catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Book your babysitters now! More details to come!

Sunday, September 10, 2017: Ascension Oktoberfest will follow the 11AM Mass. Join us on the Parish Green and courtyard for delicious food and beer, live music, face painting, a bouncy house and a pie tasting contest. The event is co-sponsored by the Ascension Women’s Cooperative and the Advancement Office.

Saturday, November 18, 2017: This year’s Blue Tie Auction will be honoring Maureen and Walter Healy. This event is our biggest fund raiser of the year and you do not want to miss it! More details will be forthcoming.

Hot Lunch Order Forms for New School Families

August-September hot lunch orders are being mailed to all new students. Please complete the forms and return them along with payment to the school office by Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Current families who did not order for August/September in May can pick up an order form by August 9.

Uniform Reminders

Ascension students wear closed-toe, closed-heel soft-soled/gym shoes, which are predominately a neutral color. All shoes base color, sole color and trim color must be white, black, dark navy blue, brown, grey or beige. Colored trim and laces are not acceptable. Girls may wear headbands, barrettes, clips in the following colors: black, white, navy blue or brown, with no ornamentation. (School Belles provides uniform headbands, too.) Belts, if worn, must be solid black, navy or dark brown dress belts. A School Belles flyer will be mailed to new students, and those entering Kindergarten and Grade 5. Please refer to the attached Uniform Code.

Liturgy of the Word is coming to Ascension this Fall!

Parents of children approximately 3 to 9, we are excited to bring Children’s Liturgy of the Word to Ascension! What is this? At the start of the 9AM Mass, children age 3 to 9 will be invited to go with volunteer leaders to a nearby room to hear the scripture readings in a translation that the Church has approved for their age level. They will sing, pray and discuss the Sunday Gospel in age-appropriate ways. They will return to you during the offertory for the remainder of Mass. We are currently looking for adult volunteers to lead children in this beautiful ministry. We will train volunteers, and provide readings, prayers, and songs each week. Training will take place later this summer. Are you interested in volunteering? Please email Juliette Dols at juliettedols@gmail.com or call 708-434-5894. More information will be coming.

Code, Play Learn- Sphero Sprk+ programming class at Ascension School each Thursday at 3PM to 4PM from 9/7/17 to 10/26/17 (8 sessions) for $120.00 for students in grades 3 to 5

Sphero Sprk+ allows students to explore programming through play. With the SPRK+ we can learn the fundamentals of coding; events, if statements, loops, variables and more. The best part is that the kids can see how their code worked, immediately enabling them to evaluate what they did, what they thought would happen and what actually happened. This Problem Based Learning approach enables each child to develop his or her ability to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.

Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Mueller with any questions at m.mueller@ascensionoakpark.com

Registration link and password:

Page URL: https://www.codeplaylearn.com/ascension| Page Link

Page Password: ascensionfall17


Attached to this Mailing:

Medical & Emergency Notification Form (Please complete one for each student

and return to the school office by 8/7/17.)

Extended Day Program Registration Form

Home and School Association Registration Information

Homeroom Assignment List (not on-line for privacy)

Lunch Release Form

Photo/Academic Work Publication Permission Slip

Supply List

Tentative 2017-18 Calendar

Uniform Code Revised


New Families also receive: Please note you will receive the following information via email and via the postal service.

Medical & Emergency Notification Form (please complete one for each student), and return to the school office by 8/7/17.

Extended Day Program Registration Form

FACTS Tuition payment program letter

Home and School Association Registration Information

Lunchroom Release Form

Lunch Order Forms (one for each child must be submitted by 8/4/17) – via postal service

Photo/Academic Work Publication Permission Slip

Schoolbelles Uniform Flyer – via postal service

Supply Lists

Volunteer Compliance Information – via postal service

Tentative 2017-18 Calendar

Uniform Code