Another Successful Parish Festival!

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.

Delicious Investigating in ACS Middle School

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.

End of School Year Fun

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.

Teacher Professional Development

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!

Pre-K 4 Graduation Ceremony

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.

Annual ACS School Picnic

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!

2018 Kindergarten graduation

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.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

On Saturday June 9, 2018 after celebrating Liturgy of Thanksgiving, the diplomas and awards were presented to seventeen graduates of Assumption Catholic School in Perth Amboy, NJ. Congratulations to each of our graduates for their hard work and accomplishments so far. Best wishes in high school and beyond. Always remember, we believe in you!

ACS Bids Farewell to School Sisters.

On June 8, 2018 the Assumption Catholic School community bid farewell to the Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God at the Divine Liturgy ( Mass) and a reception held in their honor. At the reception Sisters  were honored  with  a slide s featuring them over the fifty  years they have been a part  ACS.

The celebration was an opportunity for the school to come together and show our appreciation for Sr. Yosaphata and Sr. Thomas and all the Missionary Sisters for the work they have done over 50 years at ACS. Earlier this month they announced that they will be returning to their motherhouse in Philadelphia on July 1, 2018 due to decreased vocations and a desire to strengthen community life. While giving her farewell speech Sr. Yosaphata  thanked the students, staff members for their role in making her spiritual journey at Assumption school  a very enjoyable and memorable one. On this occasion , Fr. Ivan thanked sisters for being an “icon of God’s presence” in Perth Amboy and “a light shining in the darkness” to so many parishioners and students of the Assumption family.

Field Day at ACS

The rain could not put a damper on recent field day activities at ACS. With puddles on the ground and more rain predicted for the day, activities were moved indoors. Students spent the morning competing in different games. They dribbled basketballs, raced on scooters, and stacked cups, as well as moving a beach ball with a partner, using no hands across the auditorium. After lunch students were treated to a movie. So, despite the rain, AS students enjoyed a fun field day.