Summer Staycation 2019: Registration Now Open

Weekly Themed Camps – June 10- August 16

This summer your children can enjoy enriching adventures, engaging activities and lasting friendships in the safe and loving environment of Ascension Lutheran School. Here are some important things to know about camp this year:

  • Camp hours are from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Registration Fee $45, 
  • Whole Week Rate: $245 Day Rate: $65
  • Extended care is provided in the mornings from 7:30-9:00 AM and 3:00-5:30 PM for an additional charge.
    • Fees $3.00 per 1/2 hour.
    • Extended Care will be charged through TADS.
    • Campers will be signed into extended care at 3:00 if pickup has not arrived.
    • For late pickup after 5:30 there will be a charge of $10 per 15 minutes.
  • Campers will need to bring their own sack lunch each day. A small snack will be provided each day.
  • Campers need to wear closed toe shoes. No sandals, flip flops, slippers, etc.
  • Sunscreen – each child must provide their own sunscreen with name written on container.
  • To change or sign up for additional days, a new registration form must be filled out and submitted 2 weeks in advance.

Please call (805) 496-2419 with any questions.

Theme Weeks

Summer Staycation 2019 Available Weeks:

In addition to exciting activities centered around the week’s theme, each week will incorporate S.T.E.A.M learning components, community service projects, and faith-building activities, as well as on-site activities and field trips to complement the themes.

Daily Schedule

Each day will provide some familiar structure for campers while introducing fresh new activities:

  • Nutrition and Free Play
  • Activity
  • Lunch Time
  • Activity
  • Free Play
  • Activity
  • Wrap Up

Activities will be customized based on age groupings of camp attendees.

Counselor in Training Program

This year, we are excited to be offering a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for middle-grade participants (incoming 6th-9th). These campers will be asked to complete an application and will be given leadership opportunities to assist with Staycation in alignment with their interests and gifts. Our CIT participants will develop leadership goals, public speaking skills, and begin building their resume. Download the CIT Flyer

Meet the Director

Sommer Barwick ( is the Director for Summer Staycation. She is ecstatic to be part of the Ascension Lutheran family where she can combine her love for Christ and kids! Mrs. Barwick is an experienced educator teaching computer and technology skills and has worked as a paraeducator for students preschool-12th grade with special needs. Prior to that, Sommer served as a public servant for almost 20 years, creating public policy and providing community services for all ages, including serving at the Executive level. Sommer earned her Master of Public Administration degree from CSUN, along with her Bachelor of Sociology degree with a Minor in Business Administration from California Lutheran University. Sommer loves being actively involved in the community with sports, church, and non-profit organizations. She has served as the director for multiple summer camps She has planned an exciting summer packed full of fun adventures that all children will love! Sommer and her enthusiastic staff will ensure that campers have a fantastic time growing, learning, and playing in a positive Christian environment!


Fun Run 2018

FUN RUN 2018 is Nov 16! Support our students as they participate in this Track and Field Challenge that provides them with an opportunity to test themselves physically while raising money for Ascension Lutheran School! The events are intended to inspire a well-rounded show of physical ability while building motivation and competitive spirit.

We invite you to support an Ascension Student with a flat donation.


Don’t Miss the Fall Fiesta

All Ascension families and friends are invited to join us at the Fall Fiesta on October 6, from 4-7 PM, for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship! Free admission includes carnival games and activities. Bring cash for additional fun: Catered Taco Dinner $15 per person, raffle tickets for fabulous prizes, bake sale, petting zoo, cake walk, and bounce houses! Please RSVP below:

Fall Fiesta

Join us on October 6, 4-7 PM for fun, food, and fellowship at the Fall Fiesta!
  • Dinner will be catered by Fiesta Tacos and includes tacos, rice & beans, quesadillas, and a beverage.


Summer Spotlight on Staff – Mr. Cahill

Today, the spotlight is on Mr. Cahill, our multi-talented middle school math teacher! This summer he has enjoyed spending quality time with his family, taking a trip to visit friends and family out east, and camping in the Redwoods. He is gearing up for the coming school year and, in addition to teaching math again he is excited to expand the Hand Chime Ensembles he introduced at our school last year and extending it to more grade levels. Mr. Cahill loves working in an environment where is able to learn and grow in his faith along with the students. His favorite thing about Ascension though is the community. “Everyone is always looking out for everyone else,” he says, “it doesn’t matter if you are a student, parent, teacher, staff, church member, or visitor – everyone is willing to lend a helping hand to make sure everyone is included.”

Summer Spotlight on Staff – Ms. Farrell

Mrs. Farrell has over 20 years of teaching experience, and she will be starting her 3rd school year here at Ascension as a middle school teacher and the 5th-grade homeroom teacher. She says her favorite thing about Ascension is the community stating, “I feel at home and that I belong at Ascension Lutheran School.” This summer she is enjoying spending time with friends and family and catching up on some reading! For the upcoming school year, she is looking forward to helping a new group of 5th graders to be successful in middle school!

Learn more about Middle School at Ascension

14 Reasons Middle School Students Thrive at Ascension

At Ascension, we truly believe that middle school should be a time for students to flourish, not to fear. It is our joy to see our students grow into bold, compassionate, and confident leaders through their middle school years. Our comprehensive approach, with a focus on educating the whole student in a caring Christian community, produces graduates who go on to excel in high school and beyond. Highlighted below are 14 ways we help ensure middle school students thrive at Ascension:

  1. Exceptional teachers who truly know and genuinely care for each student.
  2. Small class sizes (20 average class size) foster close relationships, lifelong friendships, and facilitate academic excellence.
  3. Hands-on service learning projects build compassion as students gain an understanding of some of the issues facing our world and how they can be part of the solution.
  4. Spanish class is incorporated in the schedule for all students. When students graduate from 8th grade they have completed the high school Spanish I curriculum and are prepared to advance to Spanish II if they choose.
  5. Leadership opportunities abound including athletics, student council, student ambassadors, leading worship, performing arts, and more.
  6. Music education is offered for all grade levels providing exposure to music history, composers, instruments, vocal performance, and more.
  7. Athletic teams are offered for grades 5-8 in football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and co-ed volleyball. Ascension participates in the Tri-Valley Christian Athletic League.
  8. True electives where students choose from a different slate of courses each trimester.
  9. Annual Outdoor Education Trips provide students with enriching learning experiences that encourage them to grow personally, academically, and socially. These trips culminate in an 8th-grade class trip to Washington DC.
  10. Time learning outside! Our Outdoor Classroom and Organic Teaching Garden provide students with learning and growth opportunities beyond the classroom.
  11. Small peer advisory groups offer an avenue for leadership development, study skills, and deeper friendships to emerge.
  12. Valuable mentoring experience as our older students are paired with a younger buddy who the older students mentor and lead in a variety of learning activities and get to attend chapel together every week.
  13. Access to technology including our one to one iPad program, a mobile computer lab, and the Makerspace equips students as 21st-century learners and problem solvers with skills in coding and robotics.
  14. A strong faith foundation means students leave here grounded in a knowledge of who and whose they are.

Learn more about Ascension’s Middle School Program:

Summer Spotlight on Staff – Mrs. Payne

Our wonderful Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Payne truly loves the families at Ascension! As a teacher here since 2016, she has been blessed to have wonderful families each year and is looking forward to meeting and connecting with our newest families. She believes that it takes a village to raise a child, and she can’t wait to get our new village connected by sharing updates about the upcoming school year and getting acquainted at the Kindergarten Meet and Greet on August 23! She herself is also a parent of an Ascension student, so she experiences first-hand just how significant that strong community support is in a student’s life!

Learn more about Kindergarten at Ascension.

School Supply Lists 2018-2019

We hope all our Ascension families are enjoying a wonderful summer! As you prepare to come back to school (the first day is August 27!) be sure to download the school supply list for your child’s grade level:

Also, remember to mark your calendar with the key dates for the 2018/2019 School Year!