November 19, 2021
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient enough; my power is made perfect in weakness.'” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Each year, the school chooses a scriptural theme to guide our decisions and to keep the community focused on a common vision. It gives us direction and reminds us that Christ is the reason for our school. This year the common vision focuses on the power of God’s grace.
Grace is what we’ve needed through this pandemic and what fosters a strong community when the larger community feels fractured or divided. This small school community, including only one class for most grades, is why many parents choose Assumption. And the school continues to grow. We enrolled 46 new students in 2020-2021, and another 37 new students in this current school year. During an extremely difficult time, this growth in our small community can only be explained by God’s grace and His power to be made known in challenging times.
With new enrollment and funding through grants, we are positioned to support students in different ways. We’ve been able to hire for two newly created positions- a school counselor to support the social and emotional needs of students, and a development director to focus on advancement. We have new instructional aides and a reading specialist so that we can meet the needs of all students through intervention. All of these new positions allow us to provide quality instruction like we always have with an average student/teacher ratio of 19:1. The positions allow for intervention around reading and math, but they also create an environment of enrichment for the students ready for the next challenge. High school teachers in Whatcom County tell us that students from Assumption are well prepared for the rigor of high school instruction.
The health protocols around social distancing have created challenges for providing extra curricular programs and activities like we have in the past. However, our mission is still to provide an education that fosters the whole child. This year, the middle school students can participate again in things like basketball, volleyball, and cross country. The younger students, through a partnership with Bellingham Coding and Robotics, are able to learn about engineering and design. The curriculum still includes art, music, Spanish, and physical education- all of which augment the academics done in the general education classrooms.
We encourage every family in Whatcom County to schedule a tour and see into our amazing classrooms. We are a Catholic school, and we welcome children from all faiths and backgrounds. We are so proud of what we do and how we serve the children in this community with compassion, fairness, and joy.
Dan Anderson, Principal