News from the Nest
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Monday, 9/4
Gym Day for Grades:
PK3, K, 2, 3, 4

NO SCHOOL
Labor Day
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Tuesday, 9/5
Gym Day for Grades:
PK4, K, 1,4,5,6/7, 8

NO SCHOOL

Teacher Convocation
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Wednesday, 9/6
  • First Day for PreK 3&4
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Thursday, 9/7
Gym Day for Grades:
1, 2, 3, 5, 6/7, 8
  • Cross Country Form Due
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Friday, 9/8



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Planning Ahead

Thursday, 9/14
EARLY DISMISSAL @ 11:15 AM

Septemberfest Set-Up
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Friday, 9/15
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Septemberfest Set-Up
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Tuesday, 9/19
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
7:00 PM

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Volume:3   Issue: 1 September 3
Dear Friends,

Welcome back to another fantastic year at Assumption Catholic School. To our new families this will be your first edition of the News from the Nest, my weekly newsletter.  You can expect this newsletter every Sunday throughout the school year.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our theme for the 2017-18 school year. Each class will be using R.J. Palacio's bestselling book, Wonder , as the foundation of our kindness campaign. All students from PK to grade 8 will experience an age appropriate reading of the story and participate in activities and service projects to reinforce the main themes of the book.  Each month I will speak after First Friday Mass about one of the ten precepts presented in the book. These precepts come from many sources, but each reflects the love God has for us and showed to us through the teachings of Jesus.  It is this connection between the gospel teachings and the relatable experience of a fifth grade student trying to be accepted for who he is and not what he looks like that make this the perfect vehicle to reinforce the Catholic message of love.

The first precept of Wonder is, in my opinion the most important. That is why I had Mrs. Scarlato paint it on the main office window to remain for the entire school year.

When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.
-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Father Cipriani spoke, during Mass on Friday, about the quest for each of us to become holy and to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. When he asked the students how we could do that, the first answer was to be kind. 

By always choosing kindness, our children, choose to not only let the Holy Spirit in, but to spread the message of love to others.  It is easy to argue our point, to insist that everyone see things our way. We can point fingers and make sure that we are right and we prove others wrong, but what is the good in that? Sure we may prove our point, but at what cost? Being right may leave others sad, hurt, or angry, but being kind can only leave those around us felling better, happy, and fulfilled.

Kindness (like the Holy Spirit) can spread from person to person like glitter...once it's out of the bottle there's just no way of putting it back. It's the same with kindness. Once it pours out of your soul, there's no way of containing it.
-365 Days of Wonder, Mr. Browne's Precepts

I hope you will join me on this journey of not only developing the mind and body of our children, but developing their soul to continue the mission of spreading the Holy Spirit through Kindness.

Many Blessings,

Steven J. Santoli
Principal
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures



It is our goal to have all students arrive and leave school in a safe and orderly fashion.  This is impossible without you strictly following these simple procedures.  The time you might save by cutting corners is not worth the potential of hurting someone. 

Morning Drop-Off
  • The safest and quickest method of drop off is to pull in front of the school and pull forward as far as possible up to the flag pole.  When your car is parallel to the curb, allow your children to leave on the curbside of the car and walk behind the cones to the main door.
  • If you choose to park and help your child carry a large project or other materials, park inside the coned area and cross at the painted crosswalk to the main door.
  • Kindergarten and PK parents should park on the far side of the cones and walk their children into the flagpole doors and to the classrooms.
Afternoon Pick-Up
ALL CARS MUST PARK INSIDE THE CONED AREA
  • Drive forward to the basketball hoop and turn left in front of the school.  Drive to the furthest available row and pull all the way up to the car in front of you facing the church.
  • If you arrive after 3:00 PM, pull forward to the basketball hoop and form a neat straight line to the left and facing the school.
  • Exit your vehicle and walk to the grass area. Your children will be lined up on the sidewalk with their teachers. Make contact with the teacher to indicate you are taking your child. walk your child back to your car and wait for the cones to be lifted to exit the parking lot safely.
NO CONES SHOULD BE MOVED OR CARS MOVING WHILE STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE WALKING IN THE LOT.

When everyone follows the procedure our entire dismissal process takes no more than 15 minutes. If you have extreme circumstances and need to return to work or you are physically unable to walk to pick up your child, notify the main office and accommodations will be made for you.
Relief Effort for Hurricane Victims
School Wide Dress Down Day, September  14


Our hearts and prayers are with Catholic schools and all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. In keeping with our mission to serve others, we have heard from many in our school family asking how they can help. 

On Thursday, September 14, all students and staff are invited to dress out of uniform and wear their own clothes to school.  Students are asked to donate at least $1 for this privilege.  Students donating $5 or more will receive a special thank you gift.  All proceeds will be donated directly to students and schools like ours affected by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has launched a campaign to help Catholic schools impacted by the storm to rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students. "Student to Student: A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey" is a powerful opportunity to engage students in living the Gospel message of compassionate service and generosity to others.
Teacher and Staff Contact Information

Listed below you will find the teacher and staff email list for the 2017-18 school year.  Open communication is paramount to a successful home and school relationship.

Phone messages can be left for all teachers by calling the main office at 203-334-6271.

Position
Name
Email
Principal Steven Santoli principal@oloaffld.org
Administrative Assistant
Jessica Navarro office@oloaffld.org
Director of Enrollment
Karen Guastelle kguastelle@oloaffld.org

School Nurse Jennifer Staecker nurse@oloaffld.org
Bookkeeper Melissa DiLauro bookkeeper@oloaffld.org
PK 3  Mary Reihl mreihl@oloaffld.org
PK4  Jean Blaze jblaze@oloaffld.org
Kindergarten Rosa Ferreira rferreira@oloaffld.org
First Grade  Melinda Gremse mgremse@oloaffld.org
Second Grade Kathy Andrade kandrade@oloaffld.org
Third Grade Lisa Kozlowski lkozlowski@oloaffld.org
Fourth Grade Lauren Korres lkorres@oloaffld.org
Fifth Grade Elizabeth Cahill ecahill@oloaffld.org
Sixth Grade/Science Laurie Strazza lstrazza@oloaffld.org
Seventh Grade/English Sunita Yashavant syashavant@oloaffld.org
Eighth Grade/SS/Music Theresa Yoney tyoney@oloaffld.org
Math/Computers
Stephen Ambrogio sambrogio@oloaffld.org
Spanish/Art Monica Scarlato mscarlato@oloaffld.org
Algebra Ken Moran kmoran@oloaffld.org

New Sport Offered at Assumption
Cross Country Team Starts September  11


Assumption Catholic School is starting a Cross Country team for 5th - 8th graders!  The team will practice on Mondays and Thursdays after school from  3-4pm .  The team will participate in some middle school cross country races with other local schools.  We have a few interested students, but we need at least 10 students to start the team.  Consider joining to make new friends, stay healthy and have fun!  Cost to join the team is $120.  Our Physical Education teacher, Heather Ferullo, will be the coach.  Email Ms. Ferullo with any questions at  HFerullo@oloaffld.org .  Those wishing to join must turn in the sign-up form and payment to the office by Thursday morning,  September 7th .  Practices begin on  Monday, September 11th


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Assumption Catholic School provides an education of academic excellence, rooted in the Catholic Faith, which fosters the spiritual, physical, moral, and intellectual development of all students, so they may realize their full potential as responsible, caring, and contributing citizens of the world.