School children hear the message of Fire Prevention Week

Each year, children set more than 100,000 fires, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA). And children make up nearly a quarter of all fire-related deaths. About 40 percent of fires that kill children under 5 years old are set by children playing with fire.

Two weeks ago, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, firefighters  spent the day at the Assumption school teaching the children the do's and don'ts of fire safety. The firefighters taught the students how to properly dial 911 to report an emergency along with teaching each student how to identify and correct hazards throughout the home. The students were  engaged in fire safety activities that helped them to talk and learn about the dangers of fire.

Why Assumption School:

Comments by parents….
•    Assumption school has a rich history and long tradition.
•    This school is definitely the best kept secret in the Perth Amboy area.
•    Classes are small, so that helps develop the child learning ability. They offer pre care and  after for a small fee.
•    The teachers strive for academic excellence for all students. They truly care about the success and well being of each child.
•    The rules are strict, but not harsh.
•    Teachers have an average of more than 10 years of experience.
•    Excellence, individual attention, small class sizes, a very fair and reasonable price!
•    My son's entire Kindergarten class was reading by the time they finished K. Many of the students are honor students.
•    The religious education is part of the program, but it is not overbearing
•    The Pastor and the Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God play an important role in our children’s religious formation.
•    There are so many blessings at Assumption. It is truly a wonderful place!

Special Guest Visits ACS

Mr. Chris Godfrey, a former Giants football lineman, spoke to grades five through eight on October 15.  Mr. Godfrey is president of an organization of 300 professional and Olympic athletes (called Life Athletes, Inc. – www.lifeathletes.org) that teach and inspire young people to live lives of virtue, abstinence, and respect for life.  A lawyer now, Mr. Godfrey spoke about relationships with our peers, our family, and with God.  He spoke about always trying to do the right thing and not giving up and he showed the students his Super Bowl ring – his reward for not giving up.  Mr. Godfrey, a member of the “Gentle Giants” offensive line, earned his Super Bowl ring in 1987 and also played in three Rose Bowl games with the University of Michigan.  Chris and his wife Daria live in Indiana with their six children.

Assumption students get lesson in how ‘very lucky’ they are

The students at Assumption Catholic School had many questions for their new Pastor and Chief Administrator, Fr. Ivan Turyk when he visited the different classes at the parish school this week. He went room-by-room, greeting the children, inquiring about their secular and religious studies, discussing sports and lightly quizzing them on religion. Fr. Ivan spent about 30 minutes answering questions in the classrooms from fourth through eighth graders. He answered questions like:  What was your  favorite subject in school? How many languages do you speak? What is your favorite food?  What do you like best about being a priest?

Since Fr. Ivan was born and raised in Ukraine, questions from school children included those about what children do in Ukraine ( play soccer and read books), do they eat fruits and vegetable (yes, apples and carrots), and whether they dance and sing (yes, a lot). He talked to children about the differences between the past and the present, especially “how in his school they had chalkboards and erasers, and how now they have Smart Boards in their classrooms!”

"You are very, very lucky to live and go to school in the USA," he told the children, because in other countries children walk to and from school, typically don’t have enough books and receive a much lower quality of education. Fr. Ivan reminded children to be appreciative of their school and go home and tell their parents, ”Thank you for sending me to Catholic School and giving me the opportunity to learn about God and the opportunity to seek God’s will in everything that I do”.

He also pointed out that spiritual and academic achievements in the parish school are a result of the dedicated commitment of school teachers, religious sisters, staff, pastors, board members, lay volunteers, parents and parishioners who for almost 50 years continue to contribute their time, treasure, and talents to the prosperity of the parish school. At the end of his visit, Fr. Ivan asked children to pray for him and he promised to pray for them.

School Spirit Pep Rally!

When have you ever been in any school where a teacher has encouraged you to scream? That is exactly what happened at Assumption Catholic School one September afternoon at our School Spirit Pep Rally! It all started with the Class of 2011 building excitement by visiting classrooms in the days leading up to the rally. They gave short animated hints about what was to come. You might have heard: “I’m going to be there. Are you going to be there?” with no further information. By Friday many students had solved the mystery of where they should be. This led to the start of a highly -charged gathering of all classes, kindergarten through eighth grade.

You might be thinking that it was a sports oriented pep rally, but it wasn’t. Students were there because they are excited about being part of the ACS community. Each class was announced and all other classes cheered them on as if they were the stars of a team. Following this every new student came forward and introduced themselves. These students were given welcoming cheers that made them feel right at home.

As the rally continued, Mrs. Shumny touched on some of the things that make a good school family. One of the main things she addressed was that coming to school prepared and ready includes a proper uniform. Several students were asked to come to the stage to model their appropriate fall/spring and winter uniforms. These students also received many cheers from their schoolmates and teachers.

After all of the enthusiastic cheering, may have left with strained vocal chords, but all had a feeling of school pride.

Cross-Curricular Johnny Appleseed Day

It might have been the day after John Chapman's birthday but Mrs. Lawrence's third grade honored the folk hero on Monday, September 27, 2010. All students worked hard at creative writing, making a timeline of his life, and using a map to locate the states in which Johnny Appleseed spent most of his time. Even a homework assignment following directional clues had Johnny in its theme.

The morning began with apple peeling using an "apple-peeler-corer-slicing" gadget.  It was a fascinating experience for all because the gadget does what its name suggests. Mrs. Lawrence's handy seasonal tool had everyone's attention as each student took his/her turn. Then the peeled and sliced apples were put into a slow-cooker.

Fuji, Gala, Mclntosh, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious were on the menu in third grade for the afternoon Johnny Appleseed apple tasting project. Appropriate vocabulary was developed and a numerical rating system was used to grade sweetness, tartness, and texture. Students observed, tasted, judged, and documented the five different apple types and noted their results on a data collection chart. It was definitely a yummy assignment.

Yet the perfect ending to their exciting day had to be when all the students tasted the apples that they had previously prepared. After cooking all day, the apples were now applesauce.  It might be a simple thing, but the hands-on experience of preparing and eating food will be a memorable third grade moment.

Mosaics for Assumption Catholic School

Two weeks ago, mosaics depicting the words “to know, to love, and to  serve God”  were installed over the main entrance of Assumption Catholic School.  (Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.) These words were chosen for the mosaics, because our goal is to know, love and serve God in this world in order to be happy with Him in the next life. That is, with each school year, both we teachers and our children continue in the school of life – we are teaching (but so are the children!), they are learning (and so are we), and hopefully, all of us are praying and advancing, bit by bit, in our spiritual lives. We pray and study and work through one year and, before we know it, we're planning the next.

The mosaics are a beautiful and inspirational addition to our school building. We hope that they will inspire our children to know, love, and serve God and each other, through academic pursuits, spiritual development, and community involvement.   We thank our  teacher, Mary Ann Makar, for sponsoring the mosaics in memory of her parents.

Back to School Barbecue

Assumption Catholic School has been part of the fabric of Perth Amboy for the past 47 years. As part of the parish of the Ukrainian Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it has been quietly educating children of Perth Amboy and the surrounding areas.  During those years it formed many traditions that graduates make time in their schedule to come home and celebrate with present students and families. Among these traditions you will find a very young celebration, the Back to School Barbecue.

After a successful spaghetti dinner sponsored by the faculty during a Catholic Schools Week a few years back, the teachers wondered what they could do the following year to welcome new families to the school as well as welcome home many of the alumni and their families.  They also wanted to find a way to help parents defray the cost of field trips. Since this conversation took place in June, the idea of a barbecue sounded like a good idea. So, this year Assumption Catholic School faculty will host the fifth annual Back to School Barbecue.

The barbecue is held at the school’s playground on Paderewski Avenue(?).  In attendance you will find school children with their families, parishioners, alumni, and even families from the neighborhood. While families sit and enjoy a good old fashioned barbecue meal, faculty members, with the help of the principal and vice principal, make sure that plates are filled with a variety of foods that they prepared themselves.  You will find choices of everything from burgers and dogs, to potato salad, Spanish rice, and a variety of other tempting side dishes. If there is still enough room, guests can make their way to the dessert table and choose many offerings.

This year parents and children will have a chance to welcome our new pastor to the school. Father Ivan Turyk has been assigned to the parish and he also takes on the responsibility of our school.  Father Roman Dubitsky, pastor of almost 30 years retired on September 1st.  We are looking forward to at least thirty more years with the help of  Father Ivan in serving the Perth Amboy community!

If you have been looking for a place for your child to receive an education in a safe, caring environment, come and visit our school any time. We are a Kthrough 8th grade community.  If you would like to receive more information about our school, you may call our office at 732- 826- 8721. Ask for Sister Yosaphata.  You can also find us on the web at: assumptioncatholicschool.net   Assumption Catholic School – growing daily in wisdom, virtue, and understanding.