ASCENSION EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Welcome to Ascension! 

As you begin your journey as a new Blue Gator family, here's a list of things you will need to know to get started. 

All of this information is also available for you on the Resource Board after logging into Blackbaud. 

  • Carpool & Buses

    All morning bus transportation between our three campuses is available for a fee. Afternoon buses to The Bayou Church are available at no cost, however, students riding the bus to our SMP campus will be charged a fee. All students must sign up ahead of time to ride buses. An email form will be sent out in mid July for bus signups.

    Afternoon bus service provided by LPSS from Downtown is scheduled to begin this Tuesday, September 8. Due to COVID group size restrictions, buses are at capacity at this time. If you have not already signed up and would like to be included on a waitlist, please email jhernandez@ascensionbluegators.org.

    Specific information on carpool and bus routes can be found when logging into your Blackbaud parent account or by clicking below.

     

  • Drop Off & After Care

    The Downtown Campus offers Drop Off starting at 7:05 a.m. for no charge, and After Care is available each school day until 5:30pm for a fee. During After Care, students can work on homework and enjoy supervised and unstructured time with friends on the playground.

    After Care registration happens at the start of each school year. If you need to sign up your child at any other time during the year,  please use the links below:


    Please note, due to COVID protocol, After Care may be limited and modified in order to maximize student safety. 

     

  • Gator Shack

    A variety of Ascension fan gear, spirit shirts, and uniform-approved outerwear can be purchased through our retail store, the Gator Shack. Please take a moment to check out all we have to offer using the link below. A Mini-store is set up in our main office of the Downtown if you would like to see some of the merchandise in person.

     

  • Lunch Options

    All Ascension students can either bring their lunch to school or participate in the Lagniappe Lunch program through a third party vendor.

    If you choose to order lunch through Lagniappe Lunch, you will first need to set up an account for your child. Meals ordered through Lagniappe Lunch will be delivered to the appropriate campus at your child's scheduled lunch time. Click below for more information about the program, including online registration and payment options.

  • Orientations

    Downtown Visiting Day:
    Visiting day is held the day before the first day of school on our Downtown Campus.  All students and their parents are invited to campus to meet their teachers/advisors during a specific time frame during visiting day. 

    You will be contacted via email in late July with the specifics of when you and your child can visit campus. Uniforms are not required for visiting day. Please note that due to COVID protocol, DT Visiting Day may be modified in order to maximize student safety.

    Classroom Orientation:

    Classroom Orientations are for parents only and typically happen during the first weeks of school in the evening. Lower School (grades 1-4) parents meet their child’s teacher(s) and review a typical day in that grade. Middle School (grades 5-7) parents walk through their child’s schedule and meet each of their teachers. Please see the school calendar for the exact dates and times of this year's orientations.

  • School Calendar

    Our Important Date list is a snapshot of the school year on all three campuses. It primarily includes information related to school opening, holidays, and scheduled days off, but also notes several other important events.

    Throughout the year, parents should rely upon our "live" Google calendar to confirm dates and times of events, as it includes a comprehensive schedule of events and is updated regularly. Our "live" calendar can be accessed by logging into your Blackbaud parent account.

     

  • School Handbook

    The school's handbook is revised each summer and all students and parents are required to read and digitally sign it on Blackbaud at the start of school.

    The 2021-2022 school handbook will be added here soon

     

  • School Hours

    Downtown Campus (Grades 1-7): 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.  

    Students can be dropped off beginning at 7:00 a.m.

    Pick Up Times are:

    Grades 1-3     2:10 p.m.
    Grades 4-7     2:20 p.m.

     

    After Care is available for a fee until 5:30 p.m. 

     

     

  • School Supplies

    On our Downtown Campus, school supplies are provided to each student at the beginning of the school year. Other than a backpack, students are not required to purchase any additional items.

    Summer reading books are provided to all Downtown students at the conclusion of the previous school year. Please note: only the required summer reading title is provided. Depending on your child's grade level, additional summer reading books of your child's choosing might be required and your responsibility to acquire. If your child did not receive their required summer reading book, please call Shelly at 337-233-9748, ext. 202. 

    For a List of DT Summer Assignments for the 2020-2021 school year, please see the link below.

     

  • Summer Camps & Classes

    Members of Ascension's Faculty and Staff offer several summer camps and grade specific prep classes during the summer months for students of all ages. Click below to learn more about summer offerings across all three of our campuses. Due to COVID-19, all Summer at Ascension activities have been canceled for this year. 

  • Summer Reading

    Summer reading is required for all students in grades 1 through 12. On the Downtown campus, required summer reading books are provided to all students at the conclusion of the previous school year. Please note: only the required title is provided. Depending on your child's grade level, additional summer reading books of your child's choosing might be required and your responsibility to acquire. If your child did not receive their required summer reading book, please call Shelly at 337-233-9748, ext. 202.

    Click on the link below to learn more about summer reading specifics for our Downtown Students.

  • Uniform Policy

     

    Uniforms are required on all three Ascension campuses. As students transition from campus to campus, there are slight differences in dress codes and uniform requirements. Please refer to the link below for more details. This information can also be found on the Back to School Resource Board on Blackbaud.

     

  • Before & After Care

    Before and After School Care is available on our River Ranch Campus. Before Care begins at 7:00 a.m. and will be offered at no charge. The window for Earlybird dropoff will be from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. To allow time for transitioning students to class from Earlybird Care, we will stop accepting students at 8:00 am, and our entry gates will remain closed until regular arrivals begin at 8:10 am. It is challenging to intake children at the same time we are getting others ready for class. Therefore, if you have not dropped off your child by 8:00 am, please be prepared to wait until our duty teachers open the carpool and walker gates at 8:10 am.  

    After Care is offered until 4:00pm, and Extended Care is offered from 4:00 to 5:30pm each day. After Care is held in the Ark on the River Ranch Campus.

    When you arrive to pick up your child from After Care, please call 337-278-9254 to have your child brought out to you. 

    Before and After Care Registration is available in Blackbaud or Before, After, and Extended Care and will close on August 1. If you need to sign up your child at any time during the year, please contact your child's Campus Director. 

    Please note, due to COVID protocol, After Care may be limited and modified in order to maximize student safety.

     

  • Carpool & Buses

    All morning bus transportation between our three campuses is available for a fee.

    Afternoon buses from DT campus to The Bayou Church are available at no cost, however, students riding the bus to our SMP campus will be charged a fee. All students must sign up ahead of time to ride buses. An email form will be send through your Blackbaud parent account in mid July for bus signup.

    Afternoon bus service provided by LPSS from Downtown is scheduled to begin this Tuesday, September 8. Due to COVID group size restrictions, buses are at capacity at this time. If you have not already signed up and would like to be included on a waitlist, please email jhernandez@ascensionbluegators.org.

    Specific information on carpool and bus routes can be found by logging into your Blackbaud parent account or by clicking below.

     

     

     

  • Gator Shack

    A variety of Ascension fan gear, spirit shirts, and uniform-approved outerwear can be purchased through our retail store, the Gator Shack. Please take a moment to check out all we have to offer using the link below. A Mini-store is set up on in the main office on our Downtown Campus if you would like to see some of the merchandise in person.

     

     

     

     

  • Lunch

    River Ranch students have the option to bring their own lunch or participate in the Lagniappe Lunch program, provided by a third party vendor.    

    A semester plan and “pay as you go” option are offered by Lagniappe Lunch, and orders must be placed by 5:00 pm to ensure your child will receive their lunch on the following school day.

    Children who do not participate in Lagniappe Lunch will need to bring a packed lunch from home (no peanut products, please). Please help us keep our students with peanut allergies safe by checking labels carefully and not packing nor sending food containing peanut products of any kind (even traces). Packing lunches can be a fun and creative activity, and most children love being helpful and involved in making choices!

    Please click below for more information from Lagniappe Lunch.

     

  • Orientations

    Home Visits:

    Home visits with teachers are scheduled for grades Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 only. Postcards are sent to parents in late July with the dates and times of these scheduled visits. Home visits usually last approximately 15 minutes and provide the opportunity for Pre-K teachers to meet their students and get to know a little about them outside of the classroom before school begins in mid-August.

    Kinderview:

    Kinderview is for Kindergarten students only and typically happens the week before school begins. Kindergarten students are grouped and attend one 2 ½ hour session. Parents walk their children to their classrooms and return when it is over to pick them up. If you have a Kindergartener, your child's teacher will be in contact to let you know what day and time your child should attend Kinderview. Please check the online school calendar for exact dates of Kinderview.

    Gator Greetings:

    This is a  campus-wide orientation that is offered for all parents on the River Ranch campus. Held on the first day of school right after drop-off, this orientation will cover basic information regarding the school day at the Preschool.  All parents are invited to attend after dropping off your child that morning. Please check the school calendar for the date of Gator Greetings for this school year.

    Classroom Orientation:

    Classroom Orientation is for parents only and typically happens the week after school starts. These orientations last approximately one hour at the end of the school day. Your child’s teacher and/or Room Parent will let you know the date and time of your classroom orientation. 

     

     

  • School Calendar

    Our Important Date list is a snapshot of the school year on all three campuses. It primarily includes information related to school opening, holidays, and scheduled days off, but also notes several other important events.

    Throughout the year, parents should rely upon our "live" Google calendar to confirm dates and times of events, as it includes a comprehensive schedule of events and is updated regularly. Our "live" calendar can be accessed by logging into your Blackbaud parent account.



     

     

  • School Handbook

    The school's handbook is revised each summer and all students and parents are required to sign it digitally via Blackbaud at the start of school.

    The 2021-2022 school handbook will be added here soon

     

  • Summer Camps & Classes

    Members of Ascension's Faculty and Staff offer several summer camps and grade specific prep classes during the summer months for students of all ages. Click below to learn more about summer offerings across all three of our campuses.

     

  • Uniform Policy

     

    Uniforms are required on all three Ascension campuses for all grade levels. As students transition from campus to campus, there are slight differences in dress codes and uniform requirements. Please refer to the link below for more details. This information can also be found on the school website in the Parent Portal under Uniforms.

     

     

  • School Hours

    River Ranch Campus (Grades Pre-K3 through K): 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Available for a fee:

    • Before Care beginning at 7:00 a.m.
    • After Care until 4:00 p.m.
    • Extended Care from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

     

  • School Supplies

    On the River Ranch Campus, school supplies are provided to students at the beginning of the school year. Other than a backpack, students are not required to purchase any additional items.   

  • Carpool & Buses

    All morning bus transportation between our three campuses is available for a fee. SMP students can ride for free in the afternoons from SMP campus to The Bayou Church as a service to our SMP families. All students must sign up ahead of time to ride buses. An email form will be sent out in July on Blackbaud for bus signups.  

     If you have not already signed up and would like to be included please email jhernandez@ascensionbluegators.org.

    Specific information on carpool and bus routes can be found on Blackbaud Resource Boards or by clicking below.

     

     

  • Dress Code

     

    Uniforms are required on all three Ascension campuses. As students transition from campus to campus, there are slight differences in dress codes and uniform requirements. Please refer to the link below for more details. This information can also be found on the Back to School Resource Board on Blackbaud.

     

  • Fine Arts

    Ascension provides a full array of fine arts offerings for students at every grade level. For more information on Fine Arts, please contact Director of Fine Arts, Joshua McClymont at jmcclymont@ascensionbluegators.org
        

  • Gator Shack

    A variety of Ascension fan gear, spirit shirts, and uniform-approved outerwear can be purchased through our retail store, the Gator Shack. Please take a moment to check out all we have to offer using the link below. Mini-stores are set up on our Downtown and SMP Campuses if you would like to see some of the merchandise in person.

     

     

  • Technology Handbook & Laptop Program

    Laptop Program
    Following two years of evaluation and discussion, Ascension recently moved to a 1:1 Mac laptop environment at the Sugar Mill Pond Campus, where every student and teacher has access to an Apple laptop. Since 2018, SMP students need access to an Apple laptop at school. Students may either bring a personal Apple laptop or the school will have them available through an annual lease program. 


    Please feel free to reach out to techsupport@ascensionbluegators.org with any questions or concerns.


  • Lunch Options

    All Ascension students can either bring their lunch to school or participate in the Lagniappe Lunch program.

    If you choose to order lunch through Lagniappe Lunch, you will first need to set up an account for your child. Meals ordered through Lagniappe Lunch will be delivered to the appropriate campus at your child's scheduled lunch time. Click below for more information about the program, including online registration and payment options.

  • Orientations

    New Student Orientation:

    New SMP Student Orientation is held at noon the day before the first half-day of classes. All eighth grade students and students in grades 9 through 12 who are new to Ascension attend. At orientation, students receive their locker assignments, take a campus tour, meet members of the Administrative Team, and engage in ice-breaker activities with SMP Class Leaders and Prefects.


    Classroom Orientation:

    Classroom Orientations are for parents only and typically happen during the first weeks of school in the evening. Parents are able walk through their child’s schedule and meet their teachers. Please refer to the school calendar for this year's exact dates for orientation.

    Please see the school calendar for the exact dates and times of this year's orientations

  • School Calendar

    Our Important Date list is a snapshot of the school year on all three campuses. It primarily includes information related to school opening, holidays, and scheduled days off, but also notes several other important events.

    Throughout the year, parents should rely upon our "live" Google calendar to confirm dates and times of events, as it includes a comprehensive schedule of events and is updated regularly. Our "live" calendar can be accessed by logging into your Blackbaud parent account.



     

     

  • School Handbook

    The school's handbook is revised each summer and all students and parents are required to read and digitally sign it on Blackbaud at the start of school.

    The 2021-2022 school handbook will be added here soon

  • School Hours

    Sugar Mill Pond Campus (Grades 8-12): 8:00 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

    Academic classes end at 2:50 p.m.

    Athletic PE, study hall, and an after school choral class end at 3:40 p.m. 

  • School Supplies

    For Sugar Mill Pond students, a list of required school supplies is posted and shared via email when academic schedules are released in July. Additionally, students are asked to purchase items such as consumable books and scientific calculators on an as needed basis. 

  • Summer Camps & Classes

     

    Members of Ascension's Faculty and Staff offer several summer camps and grade specific prep classes during the summer months for students of all ages. Click below to learn more about summer offerings across all three of our campuses. Due to COVID, Summer at Ascension for 2020 has been canceled.

     

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