Greetings Families and Friends,
Today we are launching our 2020/21 Annual Fund. This year’s theme is “Deeply Rooted”. The Annual Fund helps to cover the gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student. The fund provides support for athletics, the arts, music, the latest technology, teaching tools and equipment, classroom renovations, and the continued development of our Nature Explore outdoor classroom.
Join us this week in celebrating all the ways our school is Deeply Rooted and please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated and are a direct investment in our students.
FUN RUN 2021 is Friday, February 19, 2021! Participants will run as many laps as they can in 10 minutes. Pledges are flat donations that can be made online by clicking on the “donate” button below, or by cash, or check. All money earned through Fun Run is used to improve the campus, and to support fun and fellowship for our families and students.
We invite you to support Ascension Fun Run with a flat donation today!
Fun Run 2021
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.
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:
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!
We often say that a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) year is truly a gift you can offer to your child. At Ascension, the appropriate candidate for TK is one who is a bit young to start Kindergarten but is excited and ready to begin exploring kindergarten concepts. At Ascension, we require that our TK students turn 5-years-old by the end of December. On the flip side, if your child is kindergarten age, but you feel that they need a little more time to mature socially, emotionally, and academically to ensure future success in school, then we also encourage you to consider a TK year. At the end of the TK year students are evaluated for placement in Kindergarten. Essentially, TK gives your child that extra time, assurance, and confidence that increases their readiness for the challenges that await them in subsequent grades.
Children at this age learn largely through play. At Ascension, Transitional Kindergarten students are provided with opportunities both inside and outside to learn math, language, art, and social concepts through play and discovery. We begin with an excellent creative curriculum that introduces the kindergarten standards at an age-appropriate pace while encouraging students to explore their interests and use their unique voice so that we instill a love of learning from a young age. We are in the process of becoming a Nature Explore Certified school and have developed an outdoor classroom space and teaching garden that allows our students to be inspired by nature as they create, learn, and explore the curriculum standards that are introduced.
Yes, our Transitional Kindergarten students enjoy a full school day from 8:30 AM-3: 00 PM. This affords them plenty of time for the introduction of academic lessons as well as play-based exploration, specialty classes, fun activities, and a read and rest time in the afternoon. Especially during the beginning of the school year, we find that students might take a nap during the read and rest time and that is absolutely fine! Built into each day are three opportunities for Outdoor Exploration Time. The majority of core lessons are presented during the morning hours. For TK students we do offer an option to pick-up at 1:00 PM, as we understand that some younger students may prefer a shorter day. We do find, as the year progresses, that most students want to stay the whole day as to not miss out on any of the fun!
Ascension offers Extended Care as a safe, fun, and flexible option for daily before and after school care for your children. The hours are 7-8 AM and 3:15-6:00 PM and the cost is $7 per hour. This service can be used on an as-needed basis. Additionally, the school offers a variety of afterschool enrichment classes that vary by trimester but typically include choir, art, woodshop, sports, and music classes.
At Ascension, we have credentialed teachers overseeing the curriculum and teaching our Transitional Kindergarten Class. The standards are introduced and taught in a way that helps ensure Kindergarten readiness. According to a Study, The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on California Students, TK gives students an advantage at kindergarten entry on a range of literacy and mathematics skills, including letter and word identification, phonological awareness, expressive vocabulary, problem-solving, and knowledge of mathematical symbols and concepts.
Teachers here have also noted social and emotional benefits to exposing students to the TK-8 campus environment. Students in our program benefit from attending weekly chapel services and establishing a special relationship with a “chapel buddy” a mentor from our 7th-grade class. TK students also participate in specialty classes including music, PE, and garden time. What we see from these interactions and operating within the larger school is a boost in maturity and confidence that dramatically eases the transition to the next grade levels.
We invite you to Schedule a Tour to get to know our TK and Kindergarten program better.
It was an exciting day of science learning for our TK-4th-grade students with an adventure to the California Mojave Desert in the Desert Dome. A program of the California Science Center, the Desert Dome is a fully immersive, inflatable dome where students learn all about ecology, adaptation, desert habitats, and observation skills. The engaging 45-minute program was facilitated by a California Science Center educator and touched on many of the California State Science Standards.
Interested in learning more about how Ascension instills a love of learning in students? Contact us to Schedule a Tour!
A Special Invitation for all Future TK and Kindergarten Students
Monday, April 23 from 8:30-9:30 at Ascension Lutheran School
Spring is shaping up to provide several performance opportunities that showcase our talented students. Parents, prepare to be impressed by the acting and singing talents of all our wonderful students in these productions. Come join us on one or all of the following dates:
Spring Musical Performances and Talent Show
2nd – 8th Grade
April 27th @ 5PM Pre-show Talent Performances, 6PM main show – Sanctuary
Each class, 2nd – 8th, has chosen a song to perform this evening. Various students will perform between each song showcasing their talent.
Gold Dust or Bust
May 9th @ 6 PM – Pederson Hall (Gym)
This musical review of the Gold Rush presents the highlights of the great stampede of 49ers to the California goldfields. From Sutter’s Mill to Mad Mule Gulch, Sacramento to Fiddletown, the land’s gone nuts with Gold Fever. Guiding us on our tour is the remarkable Luzena Wilson.
God Bless America
TK, K, & 1st Grade
May 18th @ 2PM – Sanctuary
This year the TK, Kindergarten and First Grade Classes are proud to present God Bless America! This musical presentation takes us through some interesting facts about our great nation and its history! This is done with favorite American songs, famous Americans and a little bit of humor! The children look forward to presenting a little piece of the USA to you!
During this season of Advent, we have focused our service learning efforts on giving gifts of hope. Students have had many opportunities to give meaningful gifts that make a difference in the lives of others:
Gifts of Hope Marketplace – Students grades 3-8 put their entrepreneurial spirit into full gear as they created crafts and projects to sell at the Gifts of Hope Marketplace on December 21. The marketplace offered a wide array of creative gifts and treasures – everything from ornaments, to baked goods, to slime, and painted rocks. All students had an opportunity to shop the market (parents were invited too!). We raised over $1000 that will all be donated to the South Sudan Juba Center and Clinic.
Donations for Fire Victims – In response to the outbreak of wildfires in our communities, we had a donation drive at our Christmas Show. Families brought over 500 toiletry items that were taken to Trinity Lutheran Church in Ventura and will be distributed to those who were evacuated and relocated due to the fires.
Cozy Christmas – On December 20, students tied over 30 fleece blankets for Project Linus to be donated to children in need of a big hug! We are grateful to Thrivent for the generous grant to help buy blanket supplies.
Turn Candy into Coins – At Trunk-of-Treat this year, students were given a canister of m&m’s and were challenged to turn candy into coins. They returned the canisters full of quarters to be donated to God’s Global Barnyard. This small gesture amounted to a donation totaling nearly $700! The funds will be used to buy animals that provide communities with food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops, and offspring to sell on the market.
Adopt-a-Family – As a school, we adopted 6 families in our community to shop for this Christmas. Families, who otherwise may not have received any Christmas gifts, will be blessed with an abundance of gifts this Christmas. We are grateful to all those who generously shopped for people they have never even met!
We have truly all been blessed to be a blessing this Christmas season! We pray that our students continue to grow as compassionate leaders who always seek ways to offer hope to others!