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craig

AOL

#1 Nov 2, 2006
Is this school still standing? If so, any alumni from the mid sixties around?
teacher

AOL

#2 Jan 4, 2007
craig wrote:
Is this school still standing? If so, any alumni from the mid sixties around?
Yes it is! This year marks the 100th anniversary!
tevan

Parsippany, NJ

#3 Feb 4, 2007
craig wrote:
Is this school still standing? If so, any alumni from the mid sixties around?
yes,i go to that school.70 more days till its 100th birthday
Mike

Kirkland, WA

#4 Feb 22, 2007
tevan wrote:
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yes,i go to that school.70 more days till its 100th birthday
I'd like to add a photo of my first grade school to my family bookk, but not sure which school I attended.
Was Assumption a catholic elementary school in 1961? I attended first grade only a couple weeks when dad was sent to Germany for the Berlin Crisis.
I remember nuns, being dressed in white shirt and tie, and the boys were on the right side of the room, girls on the left. Mean nuns, with a "spanking machine!"
Is my memory right? So was Assumption a catholic elementary school in 1961?
Mary Jean

Harrison, NY

#5 Apr 2, 2007
The Assumption School does exist and will be celebrating 100 in a few weeks. It was definately an elementary school in 1961. My father attended the school in the late 1930's, early 1940's. I taught there through the 90's.
eddie

Hollywood, FL

#6 Nov 8, 2007
I lived in St.Joseph's home in peekskill,and i went to the Assumption for a few months in the 60's.
i think sister Eugene was my teacher.
pcsd

United States

#7 Dec 3, 2007
The speed limit signs on Oregon Road are a joke! The motorcyclists have a ball going 90+ miles an hour,[on one wheel yet!]passing over that double [no passing]line! And the cars.....rare sight when they do 30! Perhaps if that road was monitored more diligently residents would be paying lots less for taxes!How about putting up cameras, installing speed bumps and especially more monitoring by law enforcement? Also get rid of the noise pollution generated by those car speaker systems. Cortland Manor is a beautiful residential area & the residents deserve better for the outrageous high taxes.
Sford324

United States

#8 Dec 4, 2008
eddie wrote:
I lived in St.Joseph's home in peekskill,and i went to the Assumption for a few months in the 60's.
i think sister Eugene was my teacher.
Is your lastname Fair, related to Freddie? If so, I attended Assumption School from 68-70 and graduated and yes I do remember Sister Eugene.
Sonia
Beatrice Noelle Enterlein

Walkersville, MD

#9 May 5, 2009
I went to the Assumption till 7th grade when my parents moved to the other side of Peekskill. I'm pretty sure Mel Gibson was in school with us as he lived there till he was 12. Can't find any reference to that, does anyone know? Thanx and enjoy your day!
RevKev

New Milford, CT

#10 May 6, 2009
Let's see. Spanking machine? So went the rumor during the reign of Principal Sister Imelda and my time as an inmate from 1958-1967.

Unfortunately the "machine" was some of the nuns and elderly lay teachers. I vividly remember each face and name, but will show some restraint here in naming them.

During the nine years I was imprisoned there, I was beaten with pointers (one actually broken over my knuckles) and rulers, slapped countless times, knocked in the head with the large wooden and brass crucifix, once even drawing blood and staining the collar of my white shirt (that will endear a person to Jesus won't it?), poked and slapped in the back of the head by their knuckles and fists, and suffered a concussion when I was slammed in the back of the head with a thick geography book. Not to mention the constant daily verbal abuse and threats such as "you'll burn in hell for that", for simple infractions such as talking or chewing gum.

I have seen some of my classmates literally humiliated to tears as they defecated and urinated in their clothing because they were denied bathroom privileges.

Such was Assumption school from the late 50's to late 60's, at least for some of us more "difficult" students. I can't recall a single moment that I enjoyed. I hated waking up every day and facing the prospect of walking into that environment.

In spite if it all, I did find Jesus years later, and serve Him today. Over time I was able to forgive each person in my heart who abused me. Sure, I was one of the difficult kids. I was a talker, even a wiseguy, which I am sure was disruptive, and it was during a time when corporal punishment was acceptable. Even my own parents used to say "You must have deserved it" when I would come home and complain. The nuns could do no wrong.

Thank goodness it's not acceptable any more, and that no child regardless of how difficult they may be, deserves to have a single finger laid upon them.
Susan

Falls Church, VA

#11 May 7, 2009
I was there from "55 until "64.
How "difficult were you??????
In all those 9 years I never saw any abuse except for one girl who was slapped and that nun was gone in June.
There was no "spanking machine' in the attic. For heaven's sake.
I find it amazing that you were so abused and still found "Jesus" Wow! Any exxageration in your note at all?

My parents told me that I could have gone to public school for free but they were sacrificing to send my brothers and sisters there so we WOULD get into trouble at home if the school called.
My 8th grade nun called my mom to tell her that I was getting too close to the "common mob girls "in my class and to have a talk with me.
Those girls ended up in high school being the ones who dropped out, got pregnant as teenagers, etc. I never forgot her kindness in alerting my mom.I have gone on to college and a Master's degree and have been a special education teacher for many years.
I only feel sorry for you and your ungratefulness for all those nuns sacrificed in their lives to devote their lives to teaching us.
I am forever grateful to them for the excellent education I received there and for the fact that what was judged on the back of the report card was more important than what was on the front of the report card.It shaped my whole life. Too bad all you are left with is bitterness. Attitude is 90 percent of your every day life.
Susan

Falls Church, VA

#12 May 7, 2009
The people who have judged me, you are the ones who have no clue......
Clover

Port Washington, NY

#13 May 8, 2009
RevKev wrote:
Let's see. Spanking machine? So went the rumor during the reign of Principal Sister Imelda and my time as an inmate from 1958-1967.
Unfortunately the "machine" was some of the nuns and elderly lay teachers. I vividly remember each face and name, but will show some restraint here in naming them.
During the nine years I was imprisoned there, I was beaten with pointers (one actually broken over my knuckles) and rulers, slapped countless times, knocked in the head with the large wooden and brass crucifix, once even drawing blood and staining the collar of my white shirt (that will endear a person to Jesus won't it?), poked and slapped in the back of the head by their knuckles and fists, and suffered a concussion when I was slammed in the back of the head with a thick geography book. Not to mention the constant daily verbal abuse and threats such as "you'll burn in hell for that", for simple infractions such as talking or chewing gum.
I have seen some of my classmates literally humiliated to tears as they defecated and urinated in their clothing because they were denied bathroom privileges.
Such was Assumption school from the late 50's to late 60's, at least for some of us more "difficult" students. I can't recall a single moment that I enjoyed. I hated waking up every day and facing the prospect of walking into that environment.
In spite if it all, I did find Jesus years later, and serve Him today. Over time I was able to forgive each person in my heart who abused me. Sure, I was one of the difficult kids. I was a talker, even a wiseguy, which I am sure was disruptive, and it was during a time when corporal punishment was acceptable. Even my own parents used to say "You must have deserved it" when I would come home and complain. The nuns could do no wrong.
Thank goodness it's not acceptable any more, and that no child regardless of how difficult they may be, deserves to have a single finger laid upon them.
I went to Assumption from Kindergarten until 8th grade and know all about the "spanking machene" and all the other abuses described. Although I was not personally hit, I saw other many students who were. I recall a boy who sat in front of me in 6th grade who was repeatedly hit with a geography book. I thought his head would fly off or that he would go deaf because of the way the book slammed against his ear. This nun was not dismissed. In fact, she went on forbid girls from wearing slips or bras to school because "they caused vanity and sinful thoughts" My mother was so angry that she went to school confront her.
The first time I got in trouble was in kindergarden. The class was singing "I've Got Something in My Pocket" (the smile song) and the girl who sat next to me and I held hands and swung them back and forth with the music. We were forced to stand in the corner for being happy children who enjoyed the song.
There were, however, many nuns, such as Sister Gabriel and Sister Rosaria who taught us by their examples of love.
RevKev

New Milford, CT

#14 May 21, 2009
Clover wrote:
<quoted text>I went to Assumption from Kindergarten until 8th grade and know all about the "spanking machene" and all the other abuses described. Although I was not personally hit, I saw other many students who were. I recall a boy who sat in front of me in 6th grade who was repeatedly hit with a geography book. I thought his head would fly off or that he would go deaf because of the way the book slammed against his ear. This nun was not dismissed. In fact, she went on forbid girls from wearing slips or bras to school because "they caused vanity and sinful thoughts" My mother was so angry that she went to school confront her.
The first time I got in trouble was in kindergarden. The class was singing "I've Got Something in My Pocket" (the smile song) and the girl who sat next to me and I held hands and swung them back and forth with the music. We were forced to stand in the corner for being happy children who enjoyed the song.
There were, however, many nuns, such as Sister Gabriel and Sister Rosaria who taught us by their examples of love.
You're correct. There were some very nice nuns who were loving and compassionate to the kids. Sr. Antonio comes to mind (who I recall being the one who broke the news to us that Kennedy had been shot, and brought a radio into the classroom), and Sr. Joseph Michael, as well as Sr. Clare Marie. I won't mention the cruel ones, and make no mistake, they were indeed cruel with terrible tempers and mean streaks.

I am not writing this to grind any axes. However, this is really the first time I have let my feelings and emotions out on this issue in over 40 years. I find it cathartic. I apologize to those who find it difficult to read and accept. They are my experiences however, and they are as real and impacting as the experiences of those who had a great and wonderful time during their years there.

About ten years ago a former nun found my number and called me. She wanted to apologize for an incident where she had slapped me across the face. This had happened in the 5th grade or so. She explained that she had carried the guilt of that incident for over 30 years, and wanted my forgiveness. I explained that I certainly forgave her, but that I didn't even remember that it happened. She was not one of the nuns that I would have remembered as being cruel. I told her that I was slapped so often that it was all just a blur. There was also a nice lay teacher in the lower grades when I was there named Mrs. Johnson. There were however, two very elderly retired public school teachers who were well into their 70's at the time, who were absolutely brutal.

Overall, there were some kids who glided through the years without incident, and then there were those of us who just couldn't make a go of it, and struggled every day. I believe that some of us were "targeted" and were never going to receive any credit or encouragement. Simply put, we were just not liked by certain teachers, and they did not hide that fact. We were made the "examples" to the rest of the class, and suffered daily humiliations. My sorrow is that there was no real way to deal with those of us who struggled with academics or behavioral problems other than punitively.

I am glad to hear that it appears the parochial school experience today is much more pleasant and progressive.
rollerblade

Sauquoit, NY

#15 May 27, 2009
you have to be demented to become a Nun.
Pilots Best

Belmar, NJ

#16 May 27, 2009
rollerblade wrote:
you have to be demented to become a Nun.
Generally, people do the things they do because they are hoping to be happy. One might guess that you rollerblade for that reason, not because you are "demented." No matter what course in life a person takes, life will deal out challenges and sorrow, successes and joy. None of us ever gets it right all the time.
rollerblade

Sauquoit, NY

#17 Jun 13, 2009
Pilots Best wrote:
<quoted text> Generally, people do the things they do because they are hoping to be happy. One might guess that you rollerblade for that reason, not because you are "demented." No matter what course in life a person takes, life will deal out challenges and sorrow, successes and joy. None of us ever gets it right all the time.
Nuns are historically known for abuse ..physical sexual psychological. I rather rollerblade since Im not getting paid for a carreer of harming children in the name of a long dead all loving dude.
Susan

Falls Church, VA

#18 Jun 16, 2009
To Rev Kev, I was there at the same time you were. I remember those names very well. You forgot Sister Timothy Marie, Sister Raphael and Sister Rupert and of course , Sister Marie Therese, kindergarten nun. The covers all of my teachers. Sister Joseph Michael? a saint that I was lucky enough to have for two years in a row.
I still find it sad that you feel you were abused and cannot even mention the names of the nuns who abused you.They are probably all gone by now so where is the harm? The elderly public school teachers!!!! I thought you only suffered at the hands of the nuns.Now all of a sudden there are public school teachers involved?
There goes your credibility!
And if all this did really happen, shame on your parents for not intervening. I know my parents would have investigated if I came home hurt from being in school.
RevKev

New Milford, CT

#19 Jun 17, 2009
Susan wrote:
To Rev Kev, I was there at the same time you were. I remember those names very well. You forgot Sister Timothy Marie, Sister Raphael and Sister Rupert and of course , Sister Marie Therese, kindergarten nun. The covers all of my teachers. Sister Joseph Michael? a saint that I was lucky enough to have for two years in a row.
I still find it sad that you feel you were abused and cannot even mention the names of the nuns who abused you.They are probably all gone by now so where is the harm? The elderly public school teachers!!!! I thought you only suffered at the hands of the nuns.Now all of a sudden there are public school teachers involved?
There goes your credibility!
And if all this did really happen, shame on your parents for not intervening. I know my parents would have investigated if I came home hurt from being in school.
The reason I didn't mention their names was out of respect. I could care less if you think the story is credible or not.
rollerblader

Sauquoit, NY

#20 Jun 19, 2009
Susan wrote:
To Rev Kev, I was there at the same time you were. I remember those names very well. You forgot Sister Timothy Marie, Sister Raphael and Sister Rupert and of course , Sister Marie Therese, kindergarten nun. The covers all of my teachers. Sister Joseph Michael? a saint that I was lucky enough to have for two years in a row.
I still find it sad that you feel you were abused and cannot even mention the names of the nuns who abused you.They are probably all gone by now so where is the harm? The elderly public school teachers!!!! I thought you only suffered at the hands of the nuns.Now all of a sudden there are public school teachers involved?
There goes your credibility!
And if all this did really happen, shame on your parents for not intervening. I know my parents would have investigated if I came home hurt from being in school.
thats right blame the victim ..forgive the dead perps and get over it ..
are you for freaking REAL? That attitude is repulsive

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