Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the 2016-2017 school year! It feels like our “Red Carpet” first day of school was only yesterday! As we begin the second semester, I wanted to share some great successes with you so you can be a part of the joy together.
One of the goals for our school this year was to increase the opportunities for service that we provide to our students. From donating meals for Thanksgiving and toys for Christmas, to creating Angel Kits, and collecting money for those in need, our families have gone above and beyond to provide to those less fortunate in our community. As developing a deep Catholic faith in our students is our first priority at Assumption, we continued on with traditional events while also adding new experiences, such as praying the Our Lady of La Leche Novena in October.
Food & Farm Festival was another exciting event this year! Students were able to practice sailing techniques, taste unique fruits and vegetables, practice kickboxing techniques, have fun with farm animals, and much more! Our garden projects have been truly amazing as we now have butterflies in the courtyard every day and our new vegetable garden is rapidly growing into quite a remarkable place to visit!
Our annual Jog-a-thon was another event that did not disappoint. Not only did our students receive free t-shirts and raise money while exercising, but we also had winners of Apple Watches and an Xbox 360! The event raised over $18,000 and we are in the process of ordering new digital signage to replace our outdoor marquees.
Our fabulous music program, pioneered by Mrs. Barnes, had a tremendous semester. The Glee Club hosted a Christmas performance for the first time with special guests, the Handbell Choir! Remember auditions for our school play, “Esther” are just around the corner starting January 31st!
Also, our girls and boys basketball teams had another tremendous season! The girls Varsity team began the year by winning the Preseason Mendenhall Tournament for the first time in over 12 years and ended the season with a successful 6-3 record after making it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Our boys’ Varsity team made it to the first round of the playoffs where they ended with a very exciting win of just three points over the fourth seated team! Cross country teams had quite the exciting first semester traveling to the state championship for the 2nd year in a row and bringing home trophies in many races, including diocesan champs! Our Assumption Soccer League had 153 students play this year including our newest divisions of two and three years old’s from the Assumption Early Childhood Learning Center!
We began the Christmas season with our annual Advent Retreat. The 8th graders worked in various grade levels to plan and implement lessons from Kindergarten to 6th grade in order to give them a more hands-on experience of Advent. I think the 8th graders had just as much fun as the little guys playing Advent games and working on crafts! We concluded December with the stellar performance of The Nativity by our lovely 1st grade students! What a special event for these precious children, especially as the show was written by Sister Clare!
In the next few weeks, you will receive the Catholic School’s Week calendar. The theme this year at Assumption is “Faith in Action: For the Glory of God”. We have planned many authentic and meaningful activities to further the growth of our students’ faith. You will also be receiving the Re-Enrollment packet for the 2017-2018 school year on January 20th. We will have a new online process this year that you will access through your ParentsWeb account.
We look forward to a wonderful semester of growth and laughter. Thank you for all you do to make Assumption the amazing place it is every day.