Ascension Lutheran School Receives National Recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom


Ascension Lutheran School’s TK-8 campus has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Nature Explore program, which is a division of nonprofit Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. This is the second Certified Nature Explore Classroom for Ascension Lutheran School. The Early Childhood Center Nature Explore Classroom received certification in 2010.

This certification confers on Ascension Lutheran School a number of benefits, including membership in an ever-expanding network of more than 450 like-minded spaces nationwide. Certified Nature Explore Classrooms foster highly effective, nature-based outdoor learning. 

“Ascension Lutheran School’s commitment to providing research-based and nature-rich learning offers a wonderful example to programs and educators throughout the country,” said Heather Fox, director of communications and outreach for the Nature Explore program. “These spaces inspire hands-on activity, creativity, play and plenty of time exploring the natural world for children of all ages.”

These unique outdoor classrooms offer interactive, open-ended materials and elements that allow them to use their creativity, imaginations and initiative. Research consistently shows that children who learn and grow in Nature Explore Classrooms exhibit enhanced concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving techniques, manage stress in healthy ways and develop skills across the spectrum of academic and creative learning.

Nature Explore Classrooms have been developed by a team of master educators, landscape architects and researchers in response to the documented growing disconnect between children and nature. The classrooms help fill this void by integrating research-based outdoor learning opportunities into children’s daily lives. Classrooms that are designed according to standards and principles described in Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s Learning With Nature Ideas Book are eligible to become Certified Nature Explore Classrooms.

Read more about the certification on the Nature Explore website. https://certified.natureexplore.org/ascension-lutheran-school/

About Dimensions Educational Research Foundation: The mission of the Dimensions Educational Research Foundationis to transform children’s lives through meaningful daily connections with nature. Its Nature Explore team provides research-based outdoor classroom design services, educator workshops and natural products. More information about Dimensions is available at http://www.dimensionsfoundation.org/

Blue – A Feature Documentary


BLUE is an important feature documentary that takes us on a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing a critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice. Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, BLUE takes us into their world where the story of our changing ocean is unfolding. We meet those who are defending habitats, campaigning for smarter fishing, combating marine pollution and fighting for the protection of keystone species. This film comes at a time when we are making critical decisions that will decide the legacy we leave for generations to come. BLUE shows us there is a way forward and the time to act is now.      

Ascension Lutheran Church and School invites you to a special screening of Blue on April 17, at 7 PM in the sanctuary.

As a church and school committed to finding ways that we can come together to protect God’s beautiful creation, this film provides a great way for us to engage with our community in conversations about how we can be part of the solution. “Our program at Ascension Lutheran School teaches our students to be good stewards of the Earth,” says Middle School Science Teacher, Katie Gerrans, “In science class, we have conversations about caring for our planet that have led the students to take actionable changes in their habits such as an extensive recycling program on campus. We are excited to continue learning and discovering how we can protect the oceans for future generations and doing so in a forum that invites our neighbors in the community to consider these issues as well.” 

Annual Tomato Sale!


Our annual tomato plant sale kicks off today, April 5, from 2:30- 5:30 p.m. in the Ascension garden! We have hundreds of tomatoes, with nearly 30 varieties of heirloom & hybrid tomatoes, all planted by our students! Sales will also be held Sundays the 7th & 14th from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. All earnings go towards our school garden and outdoor programs. Hope to see you there!

Ascension Lutheran School Referral Program


Friends wanted! We know that our best marketing comes from parents talking to other parents about our school. To reward your efforts we are offering a new incentive program. Current families who refer another family for a tour will receive a $40 Dennis Uniform gift card. The tour must write the referring family’s name on the interest form at the tour to receive credit.

If the family enrolls, then the referring family will receive $1,000 off tuition. The $1000 will be applied in $100 increments for each month the new family is enrolled until the 10 months is reached, for a total of $1,000. If the new family leaves the school before the 10 months is complete, then the referring family will receive $100 month for the total number of months that the new family was in attendance. For example, if the new family attends six months, the referring family would receive $600 off tuition.

If you have any questions, or require further information please contact Tamara Nowlin at tnowlin@alschool.org. Thank you!

Hill and Woolsey Fires – How Can We Help?


The Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire have greatly impacted our community. We want to mobilize our Ascension family to be able to help one another in this time of need. Please take a moment to complete this form and let us know what your needs are.
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Welcome to Your House!


Today our school launched a new initiative to further enhance the already amazing climate and culture of our school.

We are implementing the “House System” in which every student and staff member will take part to create a strong community of learners. Through this initiative, each student will be sorted into a house. These houses will have students of all grade levels in them as well as a variety of staff members. Students and staff will stay in the same house for the duration of their time here at Ascension Lutheran School.

Students and staff will work together throughout the year and beyond, to build strong bonds and relationships that will allow them to feel more connected to our school. Our goal is for students to feel as if they truly know all the staff and students in our school and that we are united as one.

Each house represents a specific fruit of the spirit.  Our four houses are JOY, PEACE, KINDNESS, and FAITHFULNESS and will work together to represent the quality they represent with pride. Houses will meet throughout the year to participate in team bonding activities, work on Habitudes and complete special projects together.

Students will also be earning points for their houses. Points are a way that we will be reinforcing the positive behavior exhibited by our amazing students. There will even be some friendly house competitions throughout the year to see who will be our eventual “House Champion” for the school year.

We encourage families to participate in this experience as well. Ask your children about their house, show pride in their house by wearing house colors or coming to our assemblies and get involved in our awesome community. Our school community is not just the students and staff, but you, the parents, as well!  We look forward to working together with you to grow our community.

Take a look at the link below for our introduction video that we premiered to all of our students!

Join Us at our 4th Annual High School Fair!


Choosing the Right School for You – Ascension Lutheran School is hosting its 4th annual “High School Fair” on Wednesday, November 14, from 7:00-8:00 PM in Founder’s Hall. This is a great opportunity to get information on private, public, and online high schools as you determine which school is the right fit for you! This event is open to our school families, church families, and the community. Come and take advantage of this great opportunity to explore over a dozen high schools in a short time frame!

High Schools in Attendance: Oaks Christian, Louisville, Crespi, Chaminade, Vista Del Real Charter, Century Academy School, Newbury Park High School, Thousand Oaks High School, Westlake High School, Villanova Prep, Grace Brethren, La Reina, Saint Bonaventure High School, Newbury Park Adventist.

 

Summer Spotlight on Staff – Ms. Milligan


We are thrilled to introduce our new Music Teacher, Ms. Milligan! Ms. Milligan is a graduate of California Lutheran University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Education and a minor in Biology. She has been worship leading at churches and ELCA events for the past five years, including serving as Praise Band Director at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Camarillo. Additionally, she has been teaching music at a private studio for the past two years. Ms. Milligan has a passion for teaching vocal and instrumental skills to youth, inspiring students to use their musical gifts in worship and their daily life. Outside of music and worship, she loves to spend her time outside rock climbing, hiking, and trail running with her wonderful dog, Dakota! Ms. Milligan, who grew up attending church at Ascension, is extremely excited to be working here knowing first-hand what a supporting, nurturing, and encouraging community it is!

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:

Find Where You Shine at the Back to School Fair


We are so excited to welcome all our students on campus at the Back to School Fair on Thursday, August 23. Here is a schedule for the day:

  • TK-4 Teacher Meet and Greet, 11:30AM-12:00 PM on the School Playfield
  • Grade 5 Locker Assignment and Orientation, 11:30AM-12:00 PM
  • Grade 6-8 Locker Assignment, 12:00-12:30 PM
  • Back to School Fair, 12-1:00 PM in the Gym – You won’t want to miss this opportunity to check out all the exciting programs we have to offer. This is your chance to find where you’ll shine this school year! Learn about choir, student council, athletics, enrichment opportunities and more.

First Community Service Project of the Year! We will be collecting bars of bath soap for Lutheran World Relief – helping people who live in poverty-stricken nations to stay clean, keep germs at bay, and present themselves with dignity. Bring your donations to the Community Service Table at the back-to-school fair!