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January 31st begins Catholic Schools Week in the United States.  Our theme across all states is, “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”    The mission of our school signals our daily focus:   Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Elementary School, united in Christ and guided by the spirit of our Blessed Mother, is rooted in the Gospel message of love and acceptance.  In educating the whole person, "Mind, Body, and Spirit", we transform each student through the power of faith and knowledge, inspiring each to bring Christ to the world. In celebrating Cat...

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Arlington, VA – On October 30, 2019 the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, released its findings for math and reading for grades 4 and 8. NAEP is considered the most consistent measure of U.S. student achievement over time. While most of the nation is facing tough questions on assessment scores in decline for public schools, Catholic school scores continue to trend higher. “The NAEP results prove what the families of nearly 1.8 million Catholic school students already know,” said Dr. Thomas Burnford, NCEA President/CEO, “that Cath...

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For 2020, the Knights of Columbus sponsored an essay contest.  The topic for students was to discuss how trusting in God during a difficult time has helped the student or someone the student knows find the strength and hope to endure it. They were asked to consider especially those times when it was a challenge to understand why something was happening and sharing any lessons about faith and hope that may have learned from this experience.  The basis of the essay is from the words of St. Peter, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are fi...

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Each year, the Knights of Columbus ask our students to participate in a program known as the “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest.  Students throughout our school participate in designing a poster with that they believe best represents the theme.  On December 4th, Mr. Ken Thornhill came for the entries and a team of KC members will be judging. Entries are judged based on grade levels, so the Knights might have Gr. Kindergarten and 1 compete together, while grades 5 and 6 compete.  From the entries this year, I can confidently say that students took the theme and “ran with it&rdquo...

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Thanksgiving Prayer for Families

Posted on November 23, 2020 in: General News

Loving God, who created and sustains the universe, who loved us all into being, and who gives us every good thing, we thank you for the blessings that you bring into our lives. We thank you for the gift of life itself, which you gave us in our mothers’ wombs. We thank you for the fresh start of each new day, which is a sign of your renewing and creative love. And we thank you for our friends, our families, our neighbors and our coworkers, whose human love is an image of your divine care. that you bring into our lives. We thank you for the gift of life itself, which you ...

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Assumption School Newspaper

Posted on November 18, 2020 in: General News

Assumption school is proud to announce that a school newspaper is coming! Recently, a group of five seventh grade girls came up with the idea to form a newspaper. Immediately, they established a plan, arranged meetings and researched information on how to create a school paper. After about a month of working the editors for the upcoming newspaper, Ava Grossman, Madison Huff, Gabby Keithley, Anna Kleckner, and Sydney Moore established everything required to set their plan in motion. Their goal is to create a student run newspaper that would be distributed online to grades 3-8, and would be written by students of grades 7 an...

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Veteran's Day Essay Contest

Posted on November 10, 2020 in: General News

                  The St. Barnabas Holy Name Men’s Group sponsors a Veteran’s Essay Contest each year at Assumption.  The group determines a question(s) which need to be addressed in the essay and requires a minimum of 100 words.  Spelling and grammar are important in the process of their review and selection of the winners.  Both our 7th and 8th grade students have participated this year’s contest.  The question:  What do the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance mean to you? Following the end of our Veteran’s Day Pray...

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6th Grade Vocations

Posted on November 05, 2020 in: General News

The 6th graders are asked to pray with their families in search of a vocation, whether religious life, single life, or married life. Research supports that those choosing religious life first considered these vocations around 6th grade.  We provide information on what a “vocation” is and how to discern so that each 6th grader may best serve God and others. Who’s Entering RELIGIOUS Life? Just who is considering religious life is tracked by a number of different organizations, including the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USC...

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Prayer Chalice

Posted on November 05, 2020 in: General News

Throughout fall, on a weekly basis, one second grade student in each class takes home a Prayer Chalice so it may be “filled with prayers”.   As members of the class receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist this year, students also receive a binder of prayers to help each family deepen their appreciation for the Eucharist.  All families review of materials with their child and discuss the importance of Eucharistic Adoration, as well as some worship aides that help our students discover the meaning in this beautiful devotion. Here is one of the “Celebrating First Eucharist” pray...

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2020 Student Council

Posted on October 13, 2020 in: General News

The Assumption Student Council provides students leadership experience by being involved in the school community. Our 6th – 8th grade students have been designated by their peers and their teachers as leaders in the school. Student Council’s main mission is to serve the student body and facilitate programs and projects that promote service. They are dedicated to providing opportunities for Assumption students to serve the school community, the neighborhood community, and our global community. This year’s tallies are in and our Student Council (StuCo) has the following leadership: Ethan Dowdy, President...

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Pope Benedict XVI recommended that children be taught to appreciate spending time in the presence of the Eucharist as part of their preparation for First Communion.  Likewise, Pope Francis has used Matthew’s verse, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them; for it is such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Mt 19:14) to promote having children attend Eucharistic Adoration. The first week of each month, our students attend Eucharistic Adoration.  Of course, this year is a bit different, so last week students watched a video that explained what Adoration is and why it is impo...

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Blessing Bags

Posted on October 05, 2020 in: General News

During the past weeks, our 4th grade classes have been discussing service and  how to help others, during Religion classes. Students and teachers brainstormed some ideas on ways they might help others in our community.  “Blessing Bags” were decided upon, which required the students to bring in donations.  Within days, our students had donations of toothpaste, deodorant, socks, and snacks. Since these items were going to another group of people, students wore masks and gloves and assembled over fifty (50)  hygiene bags and over fifty (50) snack bags! These bags will be handed out, by a vol...

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If you would talk to our 2nd grade scientists, they would tell you that objects (matter) can be sorted and classified by properties and that those properties include color, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency.  2nd graders also studied how the properties of materials determine their use. Here are some of the investigations they completed in class: While looking at the properties of straw, sticks, and bricks, they had to determine what properties made bricks the best suited to build a house.  Working together they brainstormed a list of possible structures that could be built with different mat...

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Frog Legs aren't just for eating!

Posted on October 02, 2020 in: General News

They always say frog legs taste like chicken, and I would have to agree.  However, at school, we’re not eating those frog legs, we are dissecting them.  Yes, our Middle School students have studied the various systems of the human body: muscular, circulatory, skeletal, digestive and reproductive systems and are now investigating these systems in frogs. We use grass-frogs that are formaldehyde-free and we have them injected with dye so that the veins are blue and arteries are red. This helps our students identify easily the circulatory system.   It is interesting for our students because, when dissec...

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Patriot Day and 8th Graders

Posted on September 15, 2020 in: General News

8th Graders attend Patriot Day Ceremony We were honored that our 8th graders were asked to participate in the Patriot’s Day Ceremony at O’Fallon’s City Hall on September 11, 2020.  The ceremony was held at the location where salvaged steel from the New York City’s World Trade Center had been destroyed on 9-11-2001. When our 8th graders arrived, they were asked to distribute long-stemmed white and red carnations to all visitors to the ceremony. You’ll notice that our students were out of out of uniform because it was “picture day” at school.     &nb...

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Assumption Full Safety Plan

Posted on August 10, 2020 in: General News

See below our full safety plan at Assumption:

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Crusader tells us "How to wear masks and other COVID procedures" . . . see below:

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For Written Guide click on the related file below.   Click Here for Video      

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The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is an international student organization that consists of chapters in middle schools (grades 6–8).  Assumption initiated an NJHS chapter in November 2019 and is now in its second year of existence.  Founded by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the NJHS has chapters in the United States, other U.S. Territories, and around the world.   As with all other chapters, membership is a faculty conferred honor, meaning faculty within the school review each candidate’s academic record, referred to as &lsq...

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On Sunday, January 26th, Fr. Sichko was a guest speaker at Mass.  While speaking, he asked one of our students, Aiden, to join him.  Fr. Sichko, pulled from his pocket Pope Francis' zucchetto (white skull cap) and let Aiden wear it, while they tweeted the Holy Father!

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Celebrate Parents!

Posted on January 27, 2020 in: General News

Beginning Catholic Schools' Week, we thank our Montessori, PreSchool, and K-8 parents for the the gift of sharing their children with us and the financial sacrifice made in the name of Catholic Education.  Muffin Monday is our way to say, "Thanks!".  At drop-off this morning, each parent received a muffin from one of the teachers (pictured:  Mona Mudd and Kris Bohn), the pastor (Fr. Nick), Deacon Richard, or principal (Dr. Hensley).     

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Robotics at ABVM

Posted on December 11, 2019 in: General News

   STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is seen throughout Assumption during the day, however, the ROBOTICS teams actively engage in competitions.  One competition that  Assumption Robotics teams participate in is the FIRST® LEGO® League. This global robotics competition is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 14 in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering.  Each team had to build and program (code) their robot, and also create a "core values" activity and presentation. Then, each team competed in several qualifying rounds....

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"Imagine" Contest Winners

Posted on November 13, 2019 in: General News

Schools throughout the St. Charles area were able to participate in the St. Charles County Library Essay Contest, where students were given this writing prompt: "Imagine you find a big box outside your door with your name on it, what's inside?"   In the Middle School age bracket, Assumption had ten (10) winners.  Congratulations to the following students:  M. Huff, S. Moore, G. Arrowood, C. Doriman, S. Gray, Z. Igo (not available for photo), D. Dang, J. Fesser, L. Roberson, and A. Fontana.  The awards ceremony will be held on November 16th at Spencer Library.

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Thank you, Omu!

Posted on November 11, 2019 in: General News

     Read for the Record is a national program that encourages literacy throughout the nation.  For the 2019 school year, the program selected, Thank you, Omu!,as their reading choice.  The idea is that each school across the nation have guest "readers" read the book to students and then follow-up with an activity based upon the concept of the book.  The Assumption guest readers were our Middle School students.    Thank you, Omu! tells the story of a Nigerian Grandma ("Omu" means "grandma" in  Nigerian) who makes the most delicious stew, whi...

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Three ABVM students, Mia Felix, Cooper Lawrence, and Mariah Lewis, respectively, were honored as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the "What it means to be a Veteran" Contest sponsored by the St. Barnabas Men's Club.   Based on a maximum of 100 words, there were over 80 contestants, all needing to be concise and meaningful in their understanding and value of  veterans.  The awards ceremony was hosted by the Veterans' Museum of O'Fallon at 800 East Elm, a newly designed location for this memorial to veterans.  Several veterans were present at the ceremony, where...

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Crusader - Our Therapy Dog

Posted on August 28, 2019 in: General News

CRUSADER - ASSUMPTION'S THERAPY DOG      will enjoy a second year as our favorite mascot and therapy dog!    Teachers and principal have witnessed the effects Crusader has on students and themselves. The benefits of having Crusader in the classroom and at school include: ●  Interaction with Crusader has been  promoting  self-esteem and focused interaction with other students and teachers. ● Crusader lifts the mood  in classrooms, often provoking laughter, and also brings smiles to those who are around him. We have also observed Cr...

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This summer, Brandon D. joined other elementary school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, Junior National Young Leadership Program in Washington D.C. JrNYLP is one of the Envision family of programs (www.envisionexperience.com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom. Brandon was nominated to attend the forum by his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Wyatt, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Brandon has been ranked among the top in his class excelling in both academic progr...

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One of the ways ABVM hopes to facilitate educational success, in 2019-2020, is through our school library. First, our entire library of resources is now on the "CLOUD", with the ability to send links for students to research topics of a teachers choice.  In addition, the Library has been "weeded" of 500 books that were no longer being selected (these were given to a local Children's Hospital) and 500 new books replaced them. Every two weeks, students will be visiting the library, as a class, to check out books and build a foundation in literacy and library skills.  The second goal ...

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Model UN for Middle School; 4 ABVM Students chosen for  Honor Model UN
The 9th session of the Model UN for Middle School students was hosted on April 25th by Civitas, a St. Louis-based not-for-profit organization. The Assumption 8th graders attended the session, along with Mrs. Chassiniol, Mrs. Clasen, and Parent Chaperones.   Thd Model United Nations programs and activities promote active citizenship and world awareness for high-school and middle-schools students attending public, private and parochial schools. The program encourages both adolescents  to engage in compassionate critical thinking.  Th...

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Dan Killeen, author and illustrator of five (5) children's books, visited Assumption on Thursday, April 11.  Three groups of students, K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 gathered in Hall C to meet Mr. Killeen, hear about his journey to become an author and illustrator, then listen to a story and watch him draw a character from his books.                    Dan grew up in the St. Louis area, attended Catholic schools, and after graduating from Desmet Jesuit in 1989, attended Indiana University, where he studied Business.  During his grade school years, Dan had been t...

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Over the last month, our 5th graders have been studying the skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers.  In order to show their expertise in the area, they were given a project.  Students were grouped into teams of two, and each team was given a variety of recipes.  Each recipe had  incorrect ingredient amounts - as an example 3 and 1/3 eggs. THE CHALLENGE?  For each ingredient in the recipe, the team was expected, as an example: to add 1/3, subtract 1/5, multiply by 3/8 and divide by 3/7 which would result in the actual ingred...

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This year, we piloted and partnered with St. Dominic High School to offer Spanish to our 7th and 8th graders after school on the SD campus.  Seven of our students, after their year of classes, took the Spanish Advanced Placement Test at St. Dominic and seven (7) of the eight (8) placed in Honors Spanish I next year, with one (1) student placing in Honors Spanish II. The Placement Test included both written and verbal abilities and was the Semester I final exam for the High School.  In order to place in Honors, a student must achieve above a 90%. For 2019-2020, we will again partner with ...

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On Tuesday, March 26th, Assumption sent sixteen 7th & 8th grade students to compete with othert area Catholic Middle School teams in the Academic Bowl  held at St. Dominic High School. Our sixteen students were mixed to form two teams with  7th and 8th graders on each.  The total teams in attendance was 17 with  a variety of  trivia questions  being posed to all.  The trivia questions ranged from academia to entertainment.    Here are a few sample questions: This phenomenon is transmitted through all materials by molecular collisions. The speed n...

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Robotics has captured students from 2nd grade through 8th grade at Assumption.  The RoboBandits,6th, 7th, and 8th graders, competed throughout the 2018-2019 season and ended in 9th place in a field of 32 teams.  What is most amazing is that our team competed against High School Robotics Teams!  The only Middle School in the top 10, Assumption's RoboBandits proved themselves to be confident, talented, and "ready to rumble". As members of F.I.R.S.T. ( For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the RoboBandits were a Tech Challenge team (grades 7-12) that was...

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The National Junior Honor Society of Assumption Elementary School celebrated the inaugural induction of its first members on March 4, 2019.  The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, these five main purposes have guided local chapters since 1929: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of middle and high schools. Today, more than one million stu...

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