Merry Christmas Assumption Families and Friends!
It is hard to believe that it is December already! The Christmas season is upon us and with it comes a time for a deep reflection of our faith.
I want to thank you for your partnering with our teachers and school to ensure quality Catholic education. We value our partnership with you and look forward to a continued rela
tionship throughout the remainder of the school year and beyond.
The Christmas spirit of compassion has been pervasive throughout the school community. The students have been preparing for Christmas pageant’s, collecting food items for those in need, making tree decorations and preparing for our annual Advent retreat.
In an effort to refine teaching skills to serve students most effectiv
ely, our staff has participated in several professional development opportunities. In November, many of our teachers spent the day at a workshop focused on providing for the needs of students with special needs. Several other teachers attended workshops to improve their practice and keep up with the current changes in education. As a faculty we have been researching and discussing the best practices in math from PK-8th and debating the value of homework. In additi
on, our month
ly faculty meetings have provided us with an introduction to Kagan Learning Strategies. I am so grateful to our teachers for their enthusiastic pursuit of excellence. How fortunate our students are!
Our Scriptures give us a strong and clear message for this Advent season: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” We hear it at our Advent Masses and we sing it in our Advent hymns. This message seems to tell us to reflect, pray and focus on this great event of Christmas which is about to take place. Our preparations for Christmas often find us racing through concerts, shopping, meetings, parties, baking etc. At Assumption, we seem to be on this same path as well! Our goal, though, is to remind the students and ourselves that we want to always “Keep Christ in our Christmas”. May this sacred time be blessed for you and your family. You all continue to impress me daily as I experience your generosity, incredible spirit, faithful support and endless enthusiasm. Your contributions are what make our school and community so special, and you are making a difference in the lives of our children.
On behalf of the teachers and staff at Assumption, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all you do and for the gift that you are to our school. Our wish is that you may know the joy, hope, and peace of the Nativity this Christmas Season. We share with you the words of Luke, and hope you find strength in the words of the angel:
Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
In Christ’s Name,
Assumption Catholic School is centrally located near downtown Jacksonville and adjoining to Bishop Kenny Catholic High School’s campus. Founded in 1923, Assumption is a thriving school with over 600 students in preschool through 8th grade. Assumption’s curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Christian community where children feel loved and respected by their peers as well as their teachers. United with each other in meaningful liturgy and prayer, the students can further come to an understanding of the Christian life.
The curriculum is marked by current content and fresh approaches to methodology. There is emphasis on principles rather than fact, on learning through problem solving rather than by precept. We offer our students an array of reading, research, multimedia resources, and technology options so that they may succeed in the rapidly changing world.
In addition to these formal studies, Spanish, art, drama, music, media research and technology, and physical education are woven into the curriculum. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in team sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, softball and cross country. Together, with the Assumption families, we strive to build the student’s character and Christian values, leadership abilities, and dedication to service through daily religious prayer and instruction by teachers, priests and sisters.