Dear Father Eamon,
As you know, with the exception of myself, our family was non-Catholic when we enrolled our two children at Ascension Catholic School. In fact, my husband was philosophically against the idea of religion and education being mixed. Despite that, we did finally agree to try it out.
Our experience has been nothing but positive. One of the things that I think is the most important is that children are taught to respect their teachers and adults and all people. This is nurtured through respecting the child as well and always holding them accountable to God as the higher source of the rules of good conduct. I love the fact that morality (regardless of your individual religious views) is at the forefront of every day. The children hear a positive message each day over the announcements and recite the pledge of allegiance. They pray before each class. Again, regardless of your religion, hearing positive messages and universal truths about love and helping others inspires us to be our best and strive to be better.
My son was in the fifth grade when we came to Ascension. He was good at reading, but didn’t read much, to be honest. The AR program at Ascension motivated my son to read and the children developed a healthy competitiveness with each other to see who was reading the most and achieving the highest AR points as they accomplished their reading goals. I really saw my son blossom at the school and his self esteem grew enormously.
The children at Ascension are respectful and well behaved because that is the expectation. The bar is set and the children rise to that.
My daughter started in kindergarten and just loves Ascension Catholic School. The fact that she enjoys it there so much, means everything.
My children and I decided to join the church eventually. We attend mass as a family now and it is a nice ending to our week. No matter how busy we get and how wrapped up in the crazy flurry of activities, we enjoy coming to that 5:30 mass and getting back to the message of why we are here and what God wants us to do and what is truly meaningful in our lives.
In summary, I feel like our lives have a lot more depth and meaning attending a Catholic School like Ascension. We always are grateful we found the school and feel we made a great decision which has truly effected our lives for the better in many ways.
With much thanks and appreciation -
Linda, Gabor, Andrew and Audrey Tamasy
Dear Father Tobin:
Thank you for you continued interest in making the children’s education experience what it is. My two children are thriving in the enriching environment provided by Ascension Catholic School. In addition to the excellent academic education, they are receiving what I consider exceptional education in music and art, as well as continued education in religion. I feel they are getting all the skills and knowledge they will need throughout their lives.
My daughter, Katie, has memories of fun with schoolmates on and off the playground, in the classroom, and in preparation for Holy First Communion. She is proud of her participation in the church and enjoys the Wednesday weekly mass.
Both my children have enjoyed Ascension’s participation in programs like “Camp Invention” and the Vacation Bible School every summer. The fact that so many teachers volunteer to participate in these programs shows their dedication to the students and their love of teaching.
Participation in the science fair last year was exciting for Katie and her brother, Joey, is already trying to think of a “cool” science experiment he can do when his class gets to participate when they hit third grade.
Every year the Christmas Bazaar run by volunteers in the cafeteria to let the kids “shop” for their families with help from the older kids (eight graders) is such a special time for the kids. I think the eighth graders really enjoy helping their younger schoolmates. I know both my children have developed special relationships with their “book buddies” too. Having the older grades help the younger grades is an excellent way for the kids to interact and learn.
Book Fair every year is also one of my children’s favorites. They love the excitement of browsing the isles picking out new books to read and books to share with their teacher and classmates.
The aftercare program has been very helpful to me. Being a working parent is very challenging. The fact that there is an aftercare program alone is wonderful; to have it full of opportunities such as dance classes or tutoring sessions with teachers is really a plus as well. My daughter benefited from the math tutoring provided and I am grateful.
I have also been pleased with the attentiveness of the teachers. The parent-teacher meetings held regularly keep me up to date with what’s happening with my children and provides me a chance to ask questions. My kids’ teachers have also been responsive to communication with emails answering me promptly with questions. This year I have also started utilizing “EDLINE” and have found it an excellent way to keep track of what’s going on with my kids’ grades as well as school activities.
This is the fifth year my family has been with Ascension and I can’t say enough about how grateful I am for the support everyone has provided to myself and my children. I really feel like they are well cared for and well loved when they are at school. I feel so blessed to have the kids in a safe, fun, academically challenging environment that Ascension provides.
Thank you for all you do.
Thank you Ascension Catholic Community for your outstretched arms, genuine Christ-like love, and acceptance. Our family recertty moved to Indian Harbour Beach from Atlanta Georgia. We have two Sons at Ascension Catholic School.
As a Christian family our faith walk is very important to us. In our church, First Baptist of Smyrna, we were very involved both in the church body and in our community. Our son Noah had professed the Lord of his life and was baptized just two moaths prior to our move.
When we knew the move to Florida was in our future we were concerned about Noah’s education. Noah had been attending Whitefield Academy, a Christian non-denominational school in Georgia since kindergarten. We loved the education he was getting academically and more importantly spiritually. We planned a trip in October to visit the four Christian schools we had our search narrowed do to (or so we thought). After spending a day touring the schools we were still no closer to deciding where Noah should attend school. Over the weekend my mother-in-law mentioned that she attends Ascension Catholic Church periodically and they had a school. So, the day we were drivingback to Georgia I called Ascension Catholic School to gather some information.
The moment we walked through the doors at Ascension Catholic School the love of Jesus was felt. As we walked through the hallways I noticed Scripture verses on the walls, pictures of Jesus, bulletin boards that had a spiritual basis, and just felt an overwhelming spirit of peace. This school was different. Not just because it was a Catholic school and we were a Protestant family. It was different because everyone we met that day was genuinely kind, not because that wanted to impress us. After speaking to Mr. Workman about the academic standards and learning that Ascension students tested in the top 10% nationally in reading and math, this school had me hooked.
It truly is amazing how the Lord directs our path if we follow His lead. As the Lord reminds us in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths”.
Noah started in Ms. Finnegan’s second grade class November 11, and is adjusting very well. He has had and will continue to have some questions regarding the Catholic faith compared to our Protestant beliefs. But we focus on the major cornerstones of Christianity — Jesus, born of virgin mother Mary, the Trinity, the Crucifixion, Burial, Resurrection and coming again of our Savior Jesus.
When I think about Jesus with his arms open wide waiting for anyone it reminds me of Ascension Catholic School — open to all who want to attend.