Support Ascension Students in the Fun Run!

Our students are looking forward to the 2017 Fun Run on November 17! The Fun Run is an exciting track and field challenge that serves as an opportunity for students to test themselves physically while raising money for the school. Money raised through donations to the Fun Run from parents, family, and friends will be used to enhance programs at Ascension Lutheran School including our Makerspace and the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom Areas.


Fun Run is sponsored by PALS (Parents of Ascension Lutheran Students), an organization that supports the school, students, and teachers while promoting fellowship among the Ascension Lutheran School families.

View Fun Run 2017 Flyer for additional details for participants.

Athletic Equipment Drive – In conjunction with the Fun Run, PALS is sponsoring an Athletic Equipment Drive. Beginning November 1, bring in a piece of new or gently used Athletic Equipment to earn your first bracelet for this year’s Fun Run! View  Athletic Equipment Drive Flyer for additional details and a list of requested items.


Deeply Rooted – Annual Fund 2017/18

Greetings Families and Friends,

Today we are launching our 2017/18 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. There is a suggested donation of $75 per student to help us reach our overall goal, and there are giving levels offering additional benefits as a sign of our appreciation (including complimentary tickets to the Spring Auction – See Giving Levels).


Community Goal: If, as a community, we reach our goal of raising $50,000 by December 22, then EVERYONE who contributed to the Annual Fund at ANY LEVEL will receive a Free-Dress Week, the week prior to the Annual Spring Auction!

We also encourage you to join us for Family Night at California Pizza Kitchen this Thursday Night – 20% of all proceeds will be donated back to the Annual Fund. I hope to see you there!

Friday morning we will celebrate with Chick-Fil-A on campus offering a free breakfast treat to our students (you may want to drop off a few minutes early Friday so your student(s) can enjoy the fun!) Please know that we are deeply rooted in gratitude for your commitment to the future of our school.

In His Service,

Karen Jonas, Principal

Join Us for Kindergarten Science Exploration Night

Thursday, October 26, 5:30-7:00 PM

Pre-K Students and their Parents are invited to get a glimpse of the wonderful world of kindergarten! Parents will learn from our experienced kindergarten teachers as they share insights on kindergarten readiness, keys for a successful year, and the potential benefits of a transitional kindergarten year. Children are invited next door to explore age-appropriate science centers run by pre-school teachers. It will be a time of discovery and fun! Pizza dinner will be served. There is no charge, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

Join us for Garden Gatherings!

Garden Gatherings
Tuesday’s7:00-8:30 PMJuly 25Aug 8Aug 22
Come work, rest, and pray together in the Ascension garden!  We will spend the first half of our time tending  the garden together.  Then we will share a healthy snack (bring something to share) as we rest together and share garden ideas and inspirations, and then we will close our evening in prayer.  For more information, contact Pastor Chamie at [email protected].

Come Help Renovate, Restore, and Refresh our Campus!

Ascension’s Property Committee has identified key projects that will have an immediate impact on beautifying and restoring our campus. We are inviting all church and school members to come together to make this wish list a reality! We’re hoping many volunteers will come out and join us for “Campus Work Weekends”! It’s a great opportunity to get to know others in our community as we all partner to help with these much needed projects! Whether you can join us for just a couple hours or the entire day, mark your calendars and come help make a difference for our church and school!

What: Our first Campus Work Weekend project is to paint all facility doors!

When: Campus Work Weekends will take place one weekend of every odd month beginning July 15. This first project requires some sanding before we can paint.

  • Wednesday, July 12 – 4 PM –7 PM: sanding and prepping doors – please bring your sander, coarse sand paper, and extension cord.
  • Thursday, July 13 – 8 AM – 12 Noon: sanding and prepping doors – please bring your sander, coarse sand paper, and extension cord.
  • Saturday, July 15 – 8AM-4 PM – painting doors – please wear clothes you can paint in

Who: Open to all volunteers (age 14+) from church and school and friends are welcome too!

Where: Meet on the patio in front of the sanctuary. No experience required.

What to bring: We will have light snacks and water for all volunteers, and lunch on Saturday. Please bring your sanders, sandpaper, and extension cords to the sanding days, and wear clothes you can paint in on the painting day.

Questions: Contact Kaylee Searway – (804) 495-0406, [email protected]

Ascension Lutheran School K-8 Campus on the Path to Nature Explore Certification!

At Ascension, we place a strong emphasis on educating the whole child as we create unique results-oriented experiences both in and beyond the classroom. We have seen the many benefits our children experience through the Organic Teaching Garden, and it is our desire to expand this capability by creating nature-based play and learning spaces throughout the campus. Partnering with Nature Explore to develop these spaces ensures that we are applying research-based, field-tested design principles to create a nature-rich outdoor learning environment that our entire student body can benefit from.

The goal of the Nature Explore program, a collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, is to help nature become an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning. Nature Explore Classrooms established across the country have shown to be highly effective in accomplishing this goal. On May 29, and May 30, a specially trained Nature Explore designer and education specialist team came to work with Ascension Lutheran School in a two-day design consultation to develop a unique concept plan that embodies the research-based guiding principles and specific vision and goals of Ascension Lutheran School. Staff and educators had the opportunity to attend a Nature Explore workshop that focused on using the outdoor classroom and age-appropriate methods for reconnecting children with nature on a daily basis.

The resulting deliverable of this two-day workshop was a detailed concept plan by their landscape architect designed specifically with the needs of Ascension in mind. We hope to begin implementing the plan this summer with the first area of focus being the space in front of the kindergarten classrooms. This will not only provide a safe and engaging play and exploration area for our younger students, but our older grades will also utilize the space for observation, group work, and science learning.

In 2010, our Early Childhood Center was the 4th preschool in California to receive Nature ExploreCertification. The program has since expanded to include 375 certified sites throughout the nation, 19 of those being elementary and middle school campuses. Having experienced the benefits here at the Early Childhood Center, Ascension is again leading the way as an early adopter in the state of California for elementary and middle school campuses.

The Nature Explore initiative will unite us as an entire campus as members of our church and school will all benefit from the beautiful areas. We also feel passionately that Nature Explore will help enforce every aspect of our vision of helping students to lead, inspire, and serve – to serve as they care for God’s creation, to be inspired by the beauty and vastness of that creation, and to grow as leaders as they explore their talents in dynamic, nature-based learning spaces. Watch this summer for updates as we move through this process!



Summer Reading Suggestions from Elementary Teachers

Summer is quickly approaching and you will likely be looking for ways to keep your little ones engaged and entertained for the coming months. What better way to expand their love of reading than to stock up on great books? Whether they are reading on their own or enjoying story time with you, we encourage you to make reading an inviting activity for them this summer! To get you started, our elementary teachers provided a few of their favorite book recommendations for young readers. Look for these titles and many more at The Happy Camper Book Fair  May 18-24! 

Learn about the elementary program at Ascension.

Help Fight Hunger in Our Community

Project Response Food Drive
Project Response is an effort in collaboration with Ascension Lutheran Church to address the issue of hunger in our community. Each student will receive a collection bag that can be brought back filled with grocery items. Add a few extra items to your grocery list and bring your filled bag back to your classroom the week of May 1.  The donated food will be distributed between the Ascension Food Pantry, Lutheran Social Services, and Manna.

Reminder for Grades 5-7: Please bring your items on Monday before you depart for Outdoor School!

Most Needed Items for Food Drive: Paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, coffee/tea, oatmeal, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, canned beans (all types), canned chili, peanut butter, jelly or jam/honey, ketchup/mustard/mayo, crackers, pasta sauce, instant soups and meals, cereal (hot/cold), rice (white/small bags), pinto beans (small bags), canned meats (tuna, chicken, roast beef, ham), spaghetti (1 lb.)

Family Volunteer Opportunity on May 6, from 8-11 AM – Come help us sort food donations for distribution! 

Great Gatsby Gala Sneak Peek – A Vacation of a Lifetime!

Donated by The Yvonne Miller Family.

  • World-class property in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • 12,000 square foot oceanfront villa
  • Chambermaids, houseman, and English speaking concierge
  • Infinity pool
  • Koi ponds, tropical gardens, and waterfall
  • Private cinema with an art deco bar, WIFI, Netflix and satellite system
  • Unlimited calling to US and Canada

Four night stay for up to 12 guests—July through October 2017 based on availability. Children over the age of eight are welcome. Airfare not included.

Relax by the Infinity pool, tropical gardens, and elegant dining room. Enjoy the entire villa, seven bedrooms, two en-suite spas, private cinema, WIFI, Koi ponds, and fountains. Elevator to all levels. Private chef, transportation to and from villa, tours and spa treatments can be easily arranged for additional fee.

Villa Balboa Website


Pre-K Students and Their Parents are Invited to Kindergarten Exploration Night!

What skills are important for kindergarten readiness?

Would your child benefit from a transitional kindergarten year?

What are factors you should consider when selecting a kindergarten?

Kindergarten Exploration Night is an excellent opportunity to get answers to these and other questions you might have as you also get a glimpse of the wonderful world of kindergarten!

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5:30-7:00 PM at Ascension Lutheran School, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks

Parents will gain insights from our experienced teachers on kindergarten readiness and keys for a successful year. Children are invited next door to explore fun science centers. Pizza dinner will be served. There is no charge, but space is limited so reserve your spot today!
Learn  more about our TK/Kindergarten Program.