Within the week the school gathered for prayer on Ash Wednesday and for sports at Boys' Pack the Place! Students also studied measurement and regrouping in math, created Lenten projects, reviewed Charlotte's Web, learned about Creation and animals, and learned about famous women for International Women's Day!
Grades 1-8 gathered in church for our Ash Wednesday Prayer Service on March 6. Fr. Hurlbert compared the ashes and our 'dying and rising' to the mythical Phoenix. Grade 2 students provided the readers and Mr. Anderson lead us in songs reminding us to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.
February 14-21 was an extremely busy week at Ascension! Starting off with Valentine's Day, we had a wonderful Mission Day prayer service, followed by a very exciting Mission Day itself. Green Club met and as usual our classrooms were active with curriculum subjects, specials and STEM projects!
Mission Day formally began at the 9:00 Prayer Service today, February 15. We were happy to welcome Mr. Mark Jacobs, who explained his connection to Rwanda. and the His Chase Foundation, which will benefit from today's Mission Day. Mrs. Vaninisi also spoke about her visits to Rwanda and that special connection she has made with the children of Noel Orphanage.
Along with our regular educational activities, students are celebrating African American History Month. Through Dr. Martin Luther King we are learning ways of peace and love. We also are discovering noteworthy African Americans of the past and present. After Chinese New Year it's almost Valentine's Day!
Fr. Hurlbert, Faculty and students celebrated mass a week late due to the freezing cold last Wednesday. The introduction to mass and the readings and petitions were read with clarity and fluency by students from Grade 3. Ms. Rodde gave an inspired homily on last week Tuesday's theme of Heroes and Superheroes, relating them to Jesus and His powers.
Today was our final all-school mass of the year. Our first graders participated as readers, lectors, and petition readers. The story of St. Juan Diego's vision of Mary was presented by three 7th graders, from the vision to the visits to the local Bishop, concluding with the shower of roses from his cloak, now miraculously picturing the Virgin of Guadalupe. After communion, the first graders sang La Guadalupana in Spanish; trey had been prepared by Ms. Bowdy, Mrs. Blatner and Ms. Sefton.
Ms. Robak and Mrs. Coffman have been very busy these last weeks, rehearsing students for the Christmas Concert! The Concert takes place in Ascension church and starts at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 13. A long-standing Ascension tradition, the concert features songs and carols of the Advent and Christmas season and Scripture readings telling the Christmas story. Ms. Robak says the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders are ready and anxious to sing out – especially the finale! Mrs.