Weekly Mailing

Weekly Mailing Archive

November 15, 2017

Upcoming events:

11/16/17 – Grade 4 Field Trip to Concordia University 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

Grade 8 Trip to the Art Institute 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

11/17/17, 12 Noon: Parent-Teacher Conference Pick a Time Scheduler Closes. If you miss the deadline or all times are full, please contact the teachers via email to schedule a conference.

Report cards will go home with children today.

11/18/17: Blue Tie Auction – Enjoy! Thank you for supporting our School!

11/19/17: Choristers sing at 9AM Mass

11/20/17 11:45 AM Dismissal – Parent-Teacher Conferences from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM Charleston Wrap orders can be picked up in the Pine Room from

3:30 to 6:30PM

11/21/17 11:45 AM Dismissal – Parent-Teacher Conferences from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Prayer Service and Food Drive at 11 AM in Ascension Church. All are welcome.

Charleston Wrap orders can be picked up in the Pine Room from 1:00 PM to 3PM

11/22, 11/23 & 11/24/17: Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

11/29/17: Grade 5 Reading Olympics competition from 1:30PM to 2:45PM in the Pine Room.

Auction Volunteers still needed!

Looking to help with this year’s Blue Tie Auction? Then please sign up through the link below. There are many available times and jobs. Not attending the auction this year but would like to still help in a BIG way...then sign up to be a spotter for our live auction. By being a spotter you can still participate in the silent auction that evening and attend the after party in the Pine Room. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Degnan at kms1942@hotmail.com

Thank you! Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/YKJzWbi

Split the Pot Tuition Raffle is still open!

We’ve raised over $2,500 for this year’s Split-the-Pot tuition raffle. That means, the winner will receive at least $1,250 in tuition! If you or a loved one wants to participate, please submit the attached form. Good luck! Submission deadline is Friday, 11/17/17 at 3PM.

Home and School Directories are HERE!

The Ascension Home & School Directories are going home today to Members of Home & School -- make sure to check your child's backpack! If you did not receive a directory and have paid H&S dues, or would like an extra copy (for sale to H&S Members for $5 each), please contact kay.tamillow@gmail.com. If you have not yet paid your dues, there is still time! Please send a check for $25 made out to "Ascension Home & School" via backpack mail to Kay Tamillow, and she will send you a directory.

Extended Day Services during Parent-Teacher Conferences

EDP will be open to registered families until 6PM on Monday, 11/20/17 and until 3PM on Tuesday, 11/21/17. Families need to register for EDP on those days and and give an estimated time period services will be needed.

Home and School Gift Wrap Order News

Charleston Wrap orders will be available for pick up on Monday, November 20. Orders can be picked up in the Pine Room at the following times: Monday, November 20 from 3:30PM to 6:30PM and Tuesday, November 21 from 1:00PM - 3:00PM. Unclaimed orders will go to your student's classroom on Tuesday afternoon at the conclusion of conferences. Thank you for your support of Ascension Home and School activities and programs!!


Thanksgiving Food Drive next Tuesday

Student Council is organizing a Thanksgiving Food Drive as part of Tuesday’s Thanksgiving prayer service. Students in Pre-K 3 through 2nd grade are asked to bring in dinner items. Students in grades 3 through 5 are asked to bring in lunch items. Students in grades 6 through 8 are asked to bring in breakfast items. Please join us as we serve others during this special time of the year.

Drivers Needed for Tuesday’s Food Drive

Student Council is seeking 2 to 3 drivers to deliver food to St. Martin de Porres Parish after next Tuesday’s 11 am prayer service. St. Martin de Porres is located at 5112 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago. Please email Mr. Sengstock if you are able to lend a hand and a vehicle for this important annual event.

Fr. Bob Hutmacher to share the stories behind the stained glass windows in Ascension Church

All are invited to visit the Church after 8:15AM Mass on Friday, November 17 to hear Fr. Hutmacher tell the stories behind the beautiful stained glass windows, and some of the saints and prophets depicted in them. Coffee and cake will be served afterwards in the choir (Cry) room. If you have any questions, please call Carole Woods at 708-848-9254.

Ascension School Science Team Takes 2nd Place at Fenwick High School Science Competition!

Mrs. Szot, moderator of the Ascension School Science Team is proud to announce that the Ascension Science Team came in 2nd place at the Fenwick Science Contest on 11/8/17. Congratulations go to Finley Huggins who came in 2nd place, Zachery Steinhofer who came in 5th and Rocco Sennello who came in 13th place! Thank you to Mrs. Szot and congratulations to all!

Ascension School Math Team Takes 3rd Place at Fenwick High School Math Competition!

Mr. Schlueter, moderator of the Ascension School Math Team is proud to announce that the Math Team took 3rd place in the small school division on 11/11/17. Finley Huggins came in 1st place in the small school division. Thank you to Mr. Schlueter and congratulations to all!

Mark Your Calendar!

Are you ready? The Religious Education Board is sponsoring an Advent Sale after the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses on Sunday, November 19. Advent candles, wreaths, chocolate and paper Advent calendars, books and other items will be on display in the East Avenue vestibule of the church, the lobby of the school & outside on Van Buren (weather permitting). Please plan on stopping by and supporting Religious Education in this fundraiser.

Advent Wreath-Making Party

On Sunday, December 3, from 11:10 am and 12:10 pm, everyone is invited to the gym to learn about Advent and assemble a wreath to use in your home. A $20 donation covers the cost of everything needed: wreath, candles, and decorations.

Please register for this event by November 19, by printing and returning the attached registration form to your child’s classroom or at the annual Advent Sale on Sunday, November 19. Any questions, please contact Diane Moriarty or Kathy Marifjeren at the Religious Education Office 708-848-3099 All are welcome!


Americans use 500 million straws daily; plastic straws are not recyclable and are a major source of plastics pollution in oceans and on coastlines. The No Straw November campaign is calling on people to stop using plastic straws and for businesses and schools​to stop automatically handing them out. If you really want to use a straw, reusable varieties made from stainless steel, bamboo and even glass are widely available.

Deadline for Gift Card Orders is 9 a.m. on Fridays, with payment (cash or check).

Orders may be dropped off at the Parish Center or School Office. Orders will be ready for pick up, one week later, Fridays at the Parish Center. As a special holiday promotion, we are bringing back a great opportunity to raise money for Ascension while you shop! From now through December 15th, order gift cards from all of your favorite stores and Ascension School will receive a percentage of your sale. See the attached form to place orders. No orders will be placed online or without payment. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Lyons at (m.lyons@ascensionoakpark.com) or Katie Vanaria (k.vanaria@ascensionoakpark.com). We are attaching an order form to this Mailing.

Ascension Goes Gold

Starting Thursday, November 9, Student Council will be raising money for Pediatric and Childhood Cancer Awareness with a Gold Pencil Sale. To maximize our donation for this important cause, the cost of each pencil will be $1.00. Be a part of Ascension’s commitment to go gold and fight cancer. Student Council members will be visiting classrooms to sell pencils, and pencils will be for sale after school in Mr. Sengstock’s classroom (206).

Annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Market

Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 am- 1 pm., select your own assortment of delicious homemade cookies and shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from local crafters and artisans. NEW this year -- whole cakes & pies will also be available for an additional purchase. Each box of cookies cost $10 (cash/check) and there will be refreshments available for purchase.

The Ascension Women's Cooperative needs you! Please consider baking for the annual AWC Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 2, 2017! We are asking for 3-4 dozen holiday cookies -- and we also need bakers to make cakes & pies this year! Please place them in a disposable container -- we cannot return them. Baked goods can be dropped off at the curbside delivery at the gym off Clarence Avenue during the following times: Friday, December 1 from 4:30-6:30PM and Saturday, December 2 from 8:00-9:30 am. To sign up, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/cookiewalk2017

This is the link to the Ascension Dome where you can find Mass times and information about the Parish.



For information on non-Ascension sponsored Community Events that may be of interest to your family, go to the school website’s “Community Events” site. Visit all listings from School site> News and Events> Community Events


Attached to this Mailing:

Advent Sale Flyer

Advent Wreath Making Party Registration Info

Gift Card Order Form

Split the Pot Tuition Raffle

Pick a Time Instruction Sheet

November 2017 Calendar with graphics