Have you ever wondered if your child’s school is the best fit? Take 30 minutes of your spring break next week to find out if Ascension could be a better choice for your child!
OPEN TOUR DAYS: next Tuesday and Wednesday (the 16-17th) from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. No appointment necessary- just stop by!
*We will waive the $90 application fee for anyone who attends Open Tour Days and submits an application.
Now Forming at Ascension Lutheran School
Our first wave of Life Group Hosts (leaders), are trained and ready for action! Seeking fellow parents and families who want to…
Connect Develop Grow
In a most authentic way.
A Life Group is a small group that gathers to enjoy time of fellowship, scripture, and prayer. Life Groups meet different days of the week, at various times and locations. Ascension Lutheran Church and School encourages everyone to be a part of an active Life Group.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about Life Groups. Interested in connecting to a Life Group? Click the button below to complete the form:
What is a life group? A life group is a gathering of approximately 6–12 people who meet regularly. Though groups will differ in how they do things from week to week, most groups spend time catching up with one another at the beginning, then move into a time of Christian study, and conclude in prayer. Occasionally, groups also enjoy getting together socially outside of the regularly scheduled group time. We think of it as “Doing Life Together.”
What do Life Groups study? All studies are rooted in the Christian Faith but their topics vary greatly based on the interests and needs of the group. Raising children, strengthening marriage, caring for elderly parents, or study a book or topic from the Bible are some examples. The formats range from book club like discussions where participants read between sessions to video‐based studies with no expectation of “homework” outside of meeting.
Why would I want to join a life group?
- Connection – By seeking deeper connections we develop a stronger sense of community and belonging. Meeting regularly creates opportunities for deeper friendships and creates an authentic bond between members. You’ll discover the joy of experiencing life with genuine friends who accept you for who you are and for who you are becoming.
- Encouragement – As parents, we all have our ups and downs. Meeting with people who are traveling
on the same path and in the same life stage, allows sharing of struggles and celebrating of good times.
Spiritual Growth – a small group environment is a safe place to explore, ask questions and grow in your faith.
Where do we look for guidance? We believe the Bible has a lot to say about the world in which we are raising our children. By sharing in the Word, we grow in our Faith.
How much Bible knowledge do I need? None. A life group is a safe place for individuals to learn and grow together through group discussion. People are at various points in their relationship with God and knowledge of the Bible, and we believe that is what makes the time together rich and enjoyable for all.
How often do life groups meet? The actual day and time of life group meetings are determined by each individual group. Most groups meet weekly or bi‐weekly. Often groups take a break over summer and near Christmas when school is out.
Where do life groups meet? Most groups meet in homes, but some meet at Ascension, coffee shops, etc.
Is it okay to check out a life group and not join? Certainly, you may check out a group and your decision to join can be made after your visit. No obligations.
How long does a typical life group stay together? Life groups stay together for the time period they chose
and this can vary from 6 weeks to years.
How do I join a life group? Life groups are being formed for Ascension School parents this fall. We encourage you to complete a sign‐up form (available at the school office) and return it to your child’s teacher. You will be contacted shortly by one of our life group leaders.
Questions? Use the button below if you have questions or would like more information.
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:
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.”
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
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.
Our principal, Mrs. Jonas, can list many reasons she loves Ascension Lutheran School. Her favorite thing though is our emphasis on preparing bold, compassionate leaders to serve in a Christ-like manner. Looking ahead to the coming school year, she is excited about continuing to make the Makerspace and Outdoor Classroom integral parts of the learning experience.
Mrs. Jonas is looking forward to celebrating special milestones with her family this summer! She and her husband are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary! Her oldest daughter is also getting married in August. She is looking forward to having many friends and relatives join them in the celebration!
An interesting fact that you might not know about Mrs. Jonas is that she absolutely loves to fish! She has fond memories of her grandpa teaching her. While she prefers trout fishing over bass, she says that so long as she’s got a pole, bait/lure, and a lake… she’s good!
The 2018/19 School Calendars for both the Early Childhood Center (ALECC) and TK-8 campuses are now available! We are pleased to announce that, as a convenience to our families, we have aligned the start date as well as holidays and breaks throughout the year. The calendars listing these key dates can be downloaded here. Remember, the website calendar is the source for specific event dates.
Deanne Phillips has over 20 years of teaching experience and has been instrumental in developing our Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs. Ms. Phillips currently serves as Assistant Principal. She shares that the thing she loves most about teaching at Ascension is the people, finding that it is truly a family here where teachers, as well as students, are encouraged to discover and cultivate their passions and gifts.
Ms. Phillips is a champion of developing our Nature Explore program. She is excited to continue expanding this program next year with the goal of obtaining Nature Explore Certification for our TK-8 campus. An integral part of this vision is the new garden space, which is now in planning stages, and will include an outdoor kitchen, greenhouse, and much more! Ms. Phillips is looking forward to more time teaching and learning outside with all of the classes TK-8, integrating all aspects of our curriculum and taking it outdoors. “I hope to develop an appreciation and respect for nature in all of our students and to connect them in new ways to God’s creation,” says Ms. Phillips, “It could be summarized perhaps by these words: Discover, Learn, Appreciate.” She loves being out in nature and learning about wildlife in different areas. This summer she is going to Ireland and England and exploring all there is to see in a camper!
Coach Clem serves as our middle school PE teacher, health teacher, and athletics director here at Ascension. Each year, Coach Clem looks forward to having excited students participate in a sport or two and encouraging the athletes as they progress through their season. Ascension participates in the Tri-Valley Christian Athletic League and offers Girls Volleyball and Flag Football in the fall, Boys and Girls Basketball in the winter, and Boys and Girls 5 v 5 Soccer and Co-Ed Volleyball as winter sports.
All three of her own children are alumni of Ascension Lutheran School who attended here Kindergarten through 8th grade. She loves this school and the individual attention that each teacher gives to their students! She also finds it special that our elementary teachers know students all the way through their middle school experience. The caring community that allows parents to be involved and feel welcome on campus for all grades is another aspect she feels to be valuable.
This summer, Coach Clem is excited to go house boating on Lake Powell with friends and family – something she’s always wanted to do. An interesting fact that you might not know about Coach Clem – Somewhere along her family tree, she is related to Ulysses S Grant (18th President of the US).