On Tuesday, November 7, Ascension Lutheran School was honored to welcome the Mayor of Thousand Oaks, Claudia Bill-De La Peña, to our campus for a special presentation, “Ask the Mayor”. In recognition of Election Day, Mayor Bill-De La Peña, shared information about Thousand Oaks, and answered thoughtfully posed questions from each grade level. It was a great experience for our students, as they gained an understanding of the importance of elections and voting, how decisions are made in the city, and what the Mayor and City Council members do. Ascension is grateful to the City of Thousand Oaks for providing this experience and to Mayor Bill-De La Peña who is truly a shining example of someone who leads, inspires, and serves in her community each day.
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.
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
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!
Tuesday’s, 7:00-8:30 PM, July 25, Aug 8, Aug 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Questions: Contact Kaylee Searway – (804) 495-0406, email@example.com
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 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!
- Recommendations from our Kindergarten Teachers
- The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
- Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel
- Ish by Peter H Reynolds
- Louise and Andie: the Art of Friendship by Kelly Light
- Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox
- Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty,
- Enemy Pie by Derek Munson,
- The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village by Francis Chan,
- Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis
- I took the Moon For a Walk by Carolyn Curtis
- Recommendations from our 1st-Grade Teacher
- Recommendations from our 2nd-Grade Teacher
- Recommendations from our 3rd-Grade Teacher
- The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
- American Girl series
- I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
- The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
- Bunnicula series by James Howe
- Who am I? “Bobblehead” Biographies
- Geronimo and Thea Stilton series
- All picture books by Peter H. Reynolds, Kevin Henkes, and Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- Recommended Authors: Roald Dahl, Kate DiCamillo, Katherine Applegate, Gail Gibbon
- Recommendations from our 4th-Grade Teacher
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