“Wrap Up” Meeting.

During our reaccreditation process, amplifying student voice is one of the goals we developed at ACS. We administered surveys to gather information about what our students want and ways to make our school even better! Every Friday we have a “Wrap Up” Meeting where students can share their successes and things we need to work on. The meetings are meaningful and opens honest conversations about what he all need to work on. This week our ACS Dance Team gave a performance during the meeting and WOW the school spirit was intense!! Attached is also pictures from our sewing club. A club developed purely out of student interest. They learned necessary tools; a running stitch, a backstitch and how to sew on a button. The students put it all together to make pencil cases. They even coordinated the thread and buttons with their fabric! We are so proud of each of our students and proud to say that ACS continues to grow and flourish.

School Grammar Competition

Hard work has payed off!! 
Recently, ACS participated in the Annual St. Thomas Aquinas High School Grammar School Competition and guess what? We placed in three of the six categories: Forensics, Spelling and Drama. Congratulations to our students and their teachers. WE ARE SO PROUD!

Bazaar Mega Prize

Big Bazaar Mega Prize worth over $2,000. Come join us for our annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, November 17, 11- 5 pm and Play to win this amazing hockey prize and other exciting prizes!
 

Christmas Bazaar and Gift Auction – November 17, 2019

Assumption Catholic School will hold their  annual Christmas Bazaar and Gift Auction on Sunday, November 17, 2019. There will be a full kitchen featuring homemade traditional ethnic foods; wheels of chance and games; face painting and activities for kids; vendors and crafters; gift auction; and 50/50. Admission is FREE. Hours: 11am-5pm.  Over the years, this traditional event has brought our community together for a day of family fun and friendship. All proceeds of this fundraiser will go towards supporting school programs. Your support will allow the  purchase of many resources and add extras to enhance the learning environment at ACS. The FSA Festival Committee is currently soliciting donations from area merchants, parishioners and friends of the school. We are now collecting new and never used items for the gift auction. Please bring items to the church or school office. Any donation is greatly appreciated no matter how big or small! Come spend an enjoyable afternoon!

Coding Club

Mrs. Garcia’s Coding Club was loud and AWESOME!! About 25 students were creating music using Make Code – the excitement of creating a beat was exciting and could be heard throughout the school. Next week the group will be using Scratch and will acquire the skills to use our Sphero Robots. They can’t wait. Exposure to different programs and tech skills enables our students to build skills for the future and spark an interest in technology …. now if they can create a program to grade papers!

Fire Department Visits ACS

The Perth Amboy Fire Department visited ACS this morning to teach fire safety lessons. They talked to students about having a working smoke alarm, making an escape plan, and using 911 appropriately. Students watched and listened attentively as the firemen explained what their job is like, how they use their equipment, how the fire pump truck works and how to stay safe.Thank you Perth Amboy Fire Department for all you do for the community and our school.

ACS Education Technology

14 Chrome books arrived yesterday. What does this mean to Assumption Catholic School? It means the completion of a three year technology plan goal! We officially announce that ACS students in grades 3 to 8 all have a chromebook to use on a one to one ratio. Kindergarten to second grade has a one to one ratio of ipads.
 
This last purchase was possible through Perth Amboy Board of Education Technology Money provided to non-public schools. Prior to this purchase, ACS directly purchased over 21 chromebooks in order to ensure that our teachers can continue to integrate technology into lessons and giving students the opportunity to expand their skills. Technology provides a different opportunity to make learning more fun and allows our students access to information on a bigger broader scale.
 
We tried out the new Chromebooks during our MAP Testing, and they were perfect! In addition to this major accomplishment, ACS has installed Access Points in each classroom to make sure that our internet and infrastructure is able to handle all the new devices. This has been a long process yet has been worth it.
 
By planning, having vision, creating student centered goals and God’s amazing blessings we have reached this milestone. We ask our Blessed Mother to guide us as we develop our next set of Technology goals so that we may continue to bring 21st Century tools and opportunities to our students.

Cooking and Arts/Crafts clubs

What do ACS students do on a rainy Wednesday afternoon? Cooking club and Arts and Crafts club! Today the middle school made chicken meatball, rice and potato soup – Mrs. D’s special recipe and with Mrs. Pickering’s assistances. Their soup was delicious and they have one more recipe to add to their collection. Their next stop was Arts and Crafts with Miss Martinez and Mrs. Lawrence and they finished that fall projects and they look amazing! 21st Century Grant continues to bless our kids.

ACS Awarded a Federal Grant.

About 20 years ago a hundred million dollar Federal Grant was created, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), in order to provide students with an enriched afterschool program. Today, that grant is $104 billion dollars and available to schools who apply and meet their criteria. 
This year and for the next five years (I plan on re-applying!), Assumption Catholic School with the Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School have been awarded. Based on our enrollment, this means approximately $100,000 to offer a FREE aftercare program (3 to 6pm) for grades 3 to 8. This is such a blessing for our school! We have been given the opportunity to design clubs to meet the interests of our students, and offer our parents free child care and an enrichment program with tutoring and homework help for every student – we are extremely excited.
So far we are offering: Culinary Club, Ukrainian Dance, Arts and Crafts club, Soccer, Dance/Jazzercise, Chimes, Sewing, Cultural Club, STEM, Coding, Bull Dog News (newspaper, podcasting), Book Club, Drama and Performing Arts ….. and this is just the beginning! Stay tuned for high-lights of each activity!