Last Sunday, 49 pilgrims on the bus and many more in their own cars returned safely after a wonderful trip to the Holy Dormition Pilgrimage in Sloatsburg, NY. The highlight of the pilgrimage was undoubtedly the Pontifical Divine Liturgy presided by His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk and celebrated by many hierarchs of our Ukrainian Catholic Church in America and thousands of faithful from other parishes praying together. After a nearly an-hour drive filled with prayer and the recitation of the Rosary, our bus arrived at Mary’s House in Sloatsburg, where we were personally greeted with a smile, handshake and even hugs by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, who organized this beautiful pilgrimage. It was a day of peace, prayerful reflection, spiritually uplifting and joy filled
On Saturday, June 23, 2018 the Assumption Parish in Perth Amoy, NJ held its 6th Annual Ukrainian Cultural Festival on the grounds of the parish. The Festival was a huge success, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, the support of our sponsors, and the joy and energy of everyone who attended. We are truly blessed at Assumption parish to have so many parishioners who give of their time, talent, and treasure to support us. We estimate that well over 1000 parishioners and guests joined us for a fun-filled day that included delicious homemade Ukrainian food and deserts, Ukrainian beer, a church tour, a Beautiful Baskets raffle, money loterey and more.
This year our parish was honored with the presence of Wilda Diaz, a mayor of the City of Perth Amboy and His Excellency Bishop Andriy Rabiy, the Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, PA who visited the festival for the first time. Thank you again to all that attended and supported the Festival, and we are looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year.
ACS Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 closed out their science school year with a few extra activities. The Class of 2019 spent time putting their studies about DNA into practice. Students worked in pairs to remove DNA from strawberries. They were amazed with their accomplishment. Meanwhile, the Class of 2020 studied and tested the melting point of chocolate containing different amounts of cacao. The students happily consumed the left over chocolate from their investigations. Finally, all three classes made solar ovens out of pizza boxes. They cooked s’mores in their ovens and ended the school year consuming the results of their solar cooking attempts. This was a delicious ending to a busy, happy school year! Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer.
What better way is there to celebrate the end of the school year than with a morning dance? While the older students in grades five through eight held their spring social earlier in May. ACS Student Council made sure that the younger classes of Pre K though Gr 4 also had time to celebrate. They were treated to a morning of dancing to the many of the same songs that the older students had danced. Student Council also treated the younger grades to chips, popcorn, and fresh fruit. The finished their day of celebration with refreshing ice pops also provided by Student Council.
The teachers of Assumption Catholic School spent this past Friday afternoon learning new strategies for using cooperative learning in the classroom. New activities were introduced that require each group member to depend on one another for information and help build teamwork. Other activities allow one student to coach other students. Structure and teaching proper teamwork and social skills to students was stressed as the most important part of making cooperative learning work. Dr. Garrett, a professor at Rider University and private consultant was excellent. Summer time is almost here BUT we are still learning and already planning for 2018-2019!
ACS recently held a graduation ceremony for students completing pre-kindergarten 4. The adorable graduation ceremony was very fun for students and helped commemorate their learning achievements throughout the year. Pre-K teacher Mrs. Cuff prepared students well with the skills they need as they prepare to enter Kindergarten in the fall.
And just like that – it is June and time for our Annual ACS School Picnic! Today all students, teachers, and administration enjoyed a beautiful day at Warren Park. The FSA cooked some delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. For over forty years this has been a tradition at our school and an event that students look forward too all year. This year we had a competitive basketball game, four hikes led by our teachers, baseball, and a giant ball chasing activity that was a hit. ACS has had an exciting year and this was the perfect way to end it!
ACS kindergarten students completed one step toward their academic path Monday evening. Graduation ceremony was held at the school auditorium complete with music and poem recitals before proud parents, grandparents and other relatives.After the program, the school principal Mrs. Shumny offered thanks to their wonderful teacher Mrs. D and to the music teacher Miss Anna Lawrence for teaching kindergarteners the great songs for the program.