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Monday, 12/11

Gym Day for Grades:
PK3, PK4, K, 2, 3, 4

Tuesday, 12/12

Gym Day for Grades:
K, 1,4,5,6/7, 8

Kindergarten Christmas Party @ NDHS

Wednesday, 12/13

Middle School Field Trip to NYC

Thursday, 12/14

Gym Day for Grades:
1, 2, 3, 5, 6/7, 8

Christmas Boutique
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Friday, 12/15

Christmas Boutique

Planning Ahead  
Friday 12/22

School Mass at 9:00 AM

11:15 AM Early Dismissal

Full calendar of events available online.

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Volume:3   Issue: 15 December 10
Dear Friends,

This past weekend the HSA hosted my favorite event of the year, the Breakfast with Santa. This has become a fantastic holiday tradition that I look forward to as much as the children do. Of course I enjoy a visit from the big guy and a chance to see our kids light up when Santa arrives, but what I like most about this event is how it brings our community together.

So many volunteers help to make this event successful, it is impossible to list them all and I apologize if I miss anybody, but know all of your hard work is appreciated.  There were also the generous donations of food that poured in from our families.  

I would like to send a special thank you to the HSA leadership, especially Mrs. Gourley, for their hard work organizing the event.  The Monahan family set the scene with beautiful decorations and music. Many of our craft tables were staffed by alumni and their friends doing service projects as students at St. Joseph High School. Father Cipriani, Deacon Ray, and the Parish donated a lot of the food and allowed the use of the Hall as well as attended the event along with several Parish families and we thank them.
Last, but not least I need to thank the Kitchen Crew of Dads that worked all morning to prepare the food, serve, and clean up after the event. Every year the crew gets a little bigger and works a little better. This year the introduction of power tools made for a more efficient and entertaining cooking experience. This is not an exclusive club, if you want to volunteer to help in the kitchen for this event or Easter Bunny Brunch or just be with a group of Dads that gather to contribute to their children's educational experience please let me know and we can plan other fun events.

Thanks to all and Merry Christmas!
Many Blessings,

Steven J. Santoli
Lifetouch School Picture Retakes
Tuesday, December 12

Lifetouch will be at school on Tuesday for school photo retakes.  If your child was absent on school picture day or you would like a second chance at getting that perfect picture Tuesday is the day. 

Picture forms are available in the main office and must be brought in on Tuesday. Send the previous photo package back to school if you are requesting a retake. 

Christmas Boutique This Week
Thursday, December 14 and Friday. December 15

Students are invited to shop for holiday gifts for the special people in their lives this week at the Christmas Boutique sponsored by the Home School Association. All items are priced from 25 cents to $10.  

The shopping schedule will be distributed to teachers early this week and students should plan to bring money to purchase those special holiday gifts. 

We need your help with this event. Volunteers needed to help set-up on Wednesday afternoon and help at the event on Thursday and Friday during the day. 

To volunteer please email 

Soup Drive for Homes for the Brave
Halfway to Our Goal: 550 Cans All Ready Collected

Mrs. Riehl, Mrs. Loreng, and the PK3 class will once again collect canned soup for Homes for the Brave. Every Monday, until the Super Bowl, students and staff are asked to donate canned soup. As a thank you, Mr. Santoli will allow anybody that donates to wear their favorite football (or any sport) jersey over their uniform. 

Homes for the Brave provides emergency shelter for homeless veterans as well as counseling, housing, and career guidance.

Photos of the Week

Our Three Kings - Alex C. Je'Meir, and Derrick.

Fifth through eighth grade singing at the Christmas Concert.
First through fourth grade singers at the Christmas Concert.

Visits with Santa at the Breakfast with Santa.
Rediker Parent Plus Portal Open
Monitor Student Progress Online

All parents should have received an email with instructions on how to login to the Parent Plus Portal. This portal allows you to track the academic progress of your children. 

Teachers will update all grades on the 15th and 28th of each month. Please create your account and take the time to check this site frequently.  Once your account is created you may wish to download the Parent Plus App for Apple or Android phones.

If you have not received your instruction email or you need assistance logging in, please contact Mr.Ambrogio at
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

  • 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.

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.
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.

Principal Steven Santoli
Administrative Assistant
Jessica Navarro
Director of Enrollment
Karen Guastelle

School Nurse Jennifer Staecker
Bookkeeper Melissa DiLauro
PK 3  Mary Reihl
PK4  Jean Blaze
Kindergarten Rosa Ferreira
First Grade  Melinda Gremse
Second Grade Kathy Andrade
Third Grade Lisa Kozlowski
Fourth Grade Lauren Korres
Fifth Grade Elizabeth Cahill
Sixth Grade/Science Laurie Strazza
Seventh Grade/English Sunita Yashavant
Eighth Grade/SS/Music Theresa Yoney
Stephen Ambrogio
Spanish/Art Monica Scarlato
Algebra Ken Moran

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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.