January 13, 2021
“Be joyful in hope, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Starting in March 2020, schools throughout the country and everywhere in the world looked much different than they had before the pandemic. In a matter of days, teachers were forced to change how they delivered curriculum, and parents became their children’s teachers. This was the context for moving into the current school year and we spent the summer looking at ways we could open our classrooms while preserving the health of our students and staff. We opened for in-person learning on September 2nd and with a combination of luck and prayer, the school has been open since.
Assumption Catholic School has always been a place of rigorous learning, spiritual development, and community gathering. This has looked different during the current pandemic, but the core values still exist. Students are well-prepared for the challenges of high school. New families find ways to connect with veteran families and children still foster their friendships in the classroom and on the playground. It’s because of this community that children feel nurtured and included. Due to the school’s small class sizes and one class for every grade, students are able to get individual attention from their teachers. Children who have struggled in other environments find resiliency and perseverance because the teachers believe in them. They feel safe to make mistakes and they take risks every day which lead them to improved confidence and greater performance.
Even though we’re a small school, we give students opportunities for visual and performing arts. We celebrate the school’s ethnic diversity through art, music, and extra-curricular activities like Math Olympiad and sports camps. For four years, we’ve had a full-time Spanish teacher so that students can begin learning this language in Kindergarten and be ready for Spanish II in high school by the time they finish eighth grade.
Families consistently share the reasons they choose Assumption and what they love about our school. From the parent survey in November 2020, 100% our families rated faith and spiritual development as “meeting” or “exceeding” expectations, and 95% rated health and safety with the same measure. When responding to, “The value of the education is worth the tuition,” 98% say they “agree” or “strongly agree” with that statement. On greatschools.org, Assumption Catholic School has the most reviews of any school in Whatcom County, all of which are positive testimonials for their experiences here.
We hope that every family from Whatcom County has scheduled a tour and seen our classrooms. Although we are a Catholic school, we welcome children from all faiths and backgrounds. We are so proud of what we do and how we serve the children in our community.
Dan Anderson, Principal