News from the Nest
Principal's Newsletter
Volume:2    Issue: 24 February 26
Upcoming Events

Monday, February 27

Gym Day for:
PK3, PK4, 1, 2, 4, 7, 8

Quarter 3 Progress Reports Sent Home

Tuesday, February 28

Gym Day for:
PK3, PK4, K, 3, 5,6,7,8

Burning of the Palms with Father Cipriani @ 9:30 AM

Jump Rope for Heart Event - During Gym Classes

Wednesday, March 1

Ash Wednesday Mass @ 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 2

Gym Day for:

Friday, March 3

Full calendar of events available online.

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Dear Friends,

This week marks the start of Lent.  On Tuesday, Father Cipriani invites all students to join him in a prayer service as we burn the palms to prepare the ashes that we will receive during the Ash Wednesday Mass the next day.

The season of Lent is one of the most important times in the Catholic year. Unlike Advent in which we are anticipating and celebrating the arrival of the Lord, Lent is about preparing our hearts and souls for the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. 

The Catholic Encyclopedia explains the purpose of Lent as...

"the real aim of Lent is, above all else, to prepare men for the celebration of the death and Resurrection of Christ...the better the preparation the more effective the celebration will be. One can effectively relive the mystery only with purified mind and heart. The purpose of Lent is to provide that purification by weaning men from sin and selfishness through self-denial and prayer, by creating in them the desire to do God's will and to make His kingdom come by making it come first of all in their hearts."

Starting this week Assumption will work to model this behavior for our children and I ask that you do the same at home. On Monday and Tuesday, I will visit each class to discuss the purpose of Lent and to distribute "Rice Bowls" from Catholic Relief Services. 

The purpose of these Rice Bowls is simple, I ask that each family make a small sacrifice each day for the 40 days of Lent. This could be not eating out or skipping dessert. You are then asked to put the money you would have spent on that luxury into the Rice Bowl. At the end of Lent I ask that you return the Rice Bowl to school and the money will be donated to Catholic Relief Services to help feed starving families around the world.  Twenty-five percent of all money we raise will stay right here in the Diocese of Bridgeport to help hungry families at home. The bowl comes with a calendar and information to make the Lenten sacrifice real for you and your children.

Personally, I am vowing to give up Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee for the 40 days of lent. I will then donate the $3 per day I spend on coffee to the Rice Bowl for a total donation of $120. This will be a small sacrifice for me personally, but will grow exponentially to help many families around the world.

Please consider participating on this journey with your children.

Many Blessings,

Steven J. Santoli

Financial Assistance Night
Thursday, March 2
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Assumption Catholic School 
Computer Lab

Bring a copy of your 2015 or 2016 tax return and 2016 W2 forms. We will assist you in scanning and uploading those documents to the FACTS website. 

To attend this event please RSVP by February 28 to or or call 203-334-6271.

Mohegan Sun Casino Bus Trip 
Supporting the Eighth Grade Class 

Arrival and Dismissal Parking Lot Procedures
Simple Guidelines to Keep Everyone Safe

Morning Arrival 
  • When dropping a student before 8:20 am please use the art room doors near the playground.
  • All families are encouraged to pull ahead to the flagpole in front of the school when dropping a student at the curb. 
  • If you choose to park in the lot, please walk your child through the lot and to the curb.
  • Do not pass stopped cars at the curb that are dropping students.
Afternoon  Dismissal

New cones and signs will be in place this week. Please abide by the traffic patterns and procedures for a safe and expedited dismissal process.

No cars should be moving through the parking lot after 3:oo pm!


Enter the parking lot through the driveway between the Church and the hall. Drive down toward the school, turn left and park in the designated area facing the church.

Pre K Pick-Up
  • Park in the area behind the rectory garage and close to the school between 2:45 pm and 3:00 pm. Enter the school to retrieve your child and exit the parking lot before 3:00 pm.
  • Pre K students will be held by their teachers in the Pre K room until 3:15 pm.  After that time they will be delivered to the After School Room to be picked up.
  • If picking up a Pre K and older student, follow the K-8 procedure.
K-8 Pick -Up
  • Park in the large coned in parking area, facing the church.
  • Wait for your student on the sidewalk or grass, not in the parking lot or driveway area.
  • Students will be walked out of the building and line up on the sidewalk with their teachers. Please walk over to your child, make contact with the teacher and walk your child back to the car.
  • Once all students are safely in cars the cones will be lifted and cars can exit in an orderly fashion.
This process only takes 10 - 15 minutes if the procedure is followed correctly. If you have an urgent need to get back to work or expedite this process please contact Mr. Santoli to make other arrangements.  

The safety of our students and staff is paramount, following this procedure will ensure that safety.
2017-18 Bishop Scholarship Fund Applications
BSF Application Process  is Ongoing

All families should have received a registration packet for next year. Included in that packet was the application for the Bishop's Scholarship Fund. 

Any family seeking financial assistance of any kind must complete the paper application and the online FACTS financial needs assessment to be considered for financial assistance in 2017-2018.
Financial assistance is granted on a yearly basis.  

No BSF application can be submitted for consideration without a signature from the school principal certifying that the students have been accepted and enrolled at the school and the $200 fee has been paid.

The deadline for the BSF application is April 1.  Notification of awards will begin on April 15.  Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.

Assumption will host a financial assistance night to help with the application process later in February.

Please feel free to contact Karen Guastelle with any questions or concerns at 203-334-6271 or

Uniform and  Spirit Wear  Clarification
Items Purchased Through Dennis Uniform can be Worn During the School Day  

The official school uniform is outlined on our website, click here for a link to the uniform section of the homepage. Below are some guidelines to remind you of the uniform expectations.


Only the 8th grade has permission to wear hooded sweatshirts as part of the official uniform. 

All other students may wear their spirit wear sweatshirts to school, but they will be asked to take them off during the school day.  There are several options available through Dennis Uniform if your child is cold in the traditional uniform during the day.  

On dress uniform days girls can wear the cardigan sweater and boys can wear the sweater or sweater vest over their shirt and tie. Both boys and girls can wear the long sleeve or fleece vest throughout the day.

Shoes and Sneakers

Casual shoes such as loafers, boat shoes, Mary Janes, or lace up dress shoes are to be worn on dress uniform days.  Boots or sneakers are not acceptable!

Modest sneakers are to be worn on gym days.  Sneakers should be of a solid color, preferably black, white, blue, or gray.  Bright, flashy, neon, or light up sneakers are not permitted. 

Gym Uniform

During the colder months students must wear the sweatpants for gym days.  Stunts should also wear the gray gym shirt with the logo on gym days. Should they choose to wear the gray sweatshirt, the official tee shirt should be work underneath.  

The tie dyed spirit wear shirt is not acceptable for gym days. Only the pink breast cancer shirt may be worn as an alternative to the official gray tee shirt.

Spirit Wear

Spirit wear can be ONLY worn to school with an official dress down pass or on designated Spirit Wear Days.

Please make every effort to acquire the proper uniforms through Dennis Uniform or the school uniform store.  Contact the HSA at to inquire about uniform store access.

Virtus Registration and Training
All Adult volunteers  must be Virtus Trained 

To register with Virtus and be eligible to volunteer, coach, or chaperone in school or at a school sponsored event you must register with Virtus, complete a training and agree to a background check.

Click here to visit the Virtus website.  Remember to select Assumption School as your primary location.  Please contact the office with questions or concerns.

Mission Statement
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.