Parent Handbook and Family Directory
Hard copies of these items will be coming home today, September 12th. If you are a new to the school family, you will receive (or have already received) a navy binder with everything in place. Otherwise you will only receive the 2018-2019 contents to add to your existing binder. A digital copy of the Parent Handbook 2018-2019 is in this week’s digital envelope. It is also available online at school.assumption.org under Parent Resources –> Forms and Documents. Thank you volunteer parents Brandy Arévalo and Bridget Adams for completing this huge project!
Picture Days are September 18th and September 19th
Individual pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 18th for Preschool and K-8 students. Pictures for Pre-K are on Wednesday, September 19th and any make-ups. Students may come in free dress for pictures, but all current free dress expectations apply on picture day.
Letter from Archbishop Sartain
Please see the attached letter that was read at the parishes this past weekend referring to the recent news in the Catholic church out of Pennsylvania and now places like Missouri, New York, and New Mexico.
September 30th “Season of Creation” presentation at Church of the Assumption
Greetings! You are invited to a very important presentation on Sunday, September 30 following the 9:30 mass. As you know we are in the Season of Creation, September 1 to October 4, a season to reflect, study, pray and act around issues identified in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. The sixth chapter of the encyclical is titled “Ecological Education and Spirituality” and focuses on families and communities and invites us to make a difference in ways that are within our area of control and influence such as consumer choices, reducing wastefulness, and environmental education of our children. Watch for additional information here and in other parish/school sources. (Flier is attached to this week’s newsletter.)
Prayer group began Monday, September 10th
For the past two years, a group of school parents has met every Monday morning to share their intentions for the school; pray for students, teachers, and parents; and to pray the Rosary together. Parents from all grades are invited. This group meets in the school library at 8:15 am every Monday morning. Come and join them any time!
Traffic Loop reminders
Attached to this week’s newsletter is a map for the traffic in both the mornings and afternoons (front and back). We are focusing on child safety and will refer to these maps at Curriculum Night to ensure we are doing all we can to keep traffic moving and students safe before and after school. Other than the 5 MPH speed zone, please remember to hang up your cell phone and be vigilant about keeping your children close when walking on the sidewalk. The biggest changes include one lane of traffic in the morning at drop-off and two lanes of traffic depending on your place in the alphabet for the afternoons. Thank you for your attention to these things and for helping us meet this goal.
Fundraising Commitment Hours
- Sign up to help with the Spaghetti Dinner at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044dacad2ba0f58-2018
Non-fundraising Commitment Hours
- September Playground Angels HELP! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4aa9aa28a3fd0-august
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Saturday, 9/15
Huge thanks to everyone who answered the call to sign up! We’ve had a super response and just have a couple more spots to fill. To sign up to help or check that your info is accurate, please open: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044dacad2ba0f58-2018
We’re very excited to share that our 8th grade students are partnering with the PTC in this year’s dinner to help fund their class trip to Washington D.C. You will see them serving, helping sell desserts, entertaining the little ones, busing tables and selling raffle tickets. We plan to work them pretty hard, so please come out to support both our school and the exceptional students of this class!
Here’s where we could still use some help:
- BAKE! Please consider making cakes, pies or anything whole for families looking to split at their table or take home. You’ll earn a volunteer hour credit for this effort. We can never have too much dessert. Whatever is left will be offered for sale after Masses on Sunday while folks peruse the Ministry Fair.
- PLEASE BUY TICKETS! Tell extended family, neighbors and co-workers! Our event has been added to our school Facebook page, so please like it and share! https://www.facebook.com/AssumptionEagles
Some fun features of this year’s dinner (bring your cash & checkbooks):
- Beer donated by Boundary Bay (if you want to bring an empty growler, we’ll sell leftovers at the end of the night)
- Great selection of wine
- Activities for the younger kiddos so you can sit and enjoy previously mentioned beer & wine! After they eat, sign your potty-trained children into the Library where our 8th graders will offer them a movie and fun board games!
- We’ll have outside play for the kids as well, also supervised by our 8th graders (with a couple of parent volunteers). Enjoy dessert and coffee knowing your kids are playing safely.
- Delicious desserts: Chocolate cheesecake, tiramisu, cakes, pies, cookies and SO much more!
- 50/50 Raffle
- Photo booth
- ACS Swag for sale
- Rousing games of trivia: starts at 7:00, prize to the winning team!
Extracurricular Fund: Kids develop self-confidence when they have opportunities to find their talents! However, when families are already sacrificing to afford tuition, extras can fall to the wayside. Because of the generosity of our parents and other supporters of our school, the PTC had a very successful 2017-18 fundraising year. It was announced on the first day of school that some of those funds have been set aside to assist families with the additional expense of extracurricular activities (sports, after school sport camps, clubs, etc.). Please route requests through the school office if your family could use a little help providing this opportunity.
Scrip Online Incentive: We know it can be difficult to plan ahead to have Scrip when you need it. Who hasn’t been empty-handed in line at the grocery store and realized you could be making a few bucks toward your Scrip commitment?
We believe that as a school, we could be benefiting even more than we are from this program. We also believe that when it’s easier to buy, families will generate more Scrip revenue for the school and will actually be less stressed meeting their obligation. For this reason, we’re offering the following incentive:
- Complete the registration process for shopwithscrip.com by Sept. 30th (instructions are attached to this email)
- One winner will have their Scrip commitment waived for this school year!
Please note that some local businesses are available only through our physical gift card sales program at school, but the vast majority offer online purchasing.
Please see Angie King in the office if you have any questions or concerns.
Pizza Lunch Coordinators: We need a couple of parents to continue providing this very popular monthly lunch for our kids:
* Available on the Mondays that we have our pizza lunch
* Pick up from Little Caesars at 10:50/bring to the school
* Fill the pizza lunch orders/deliver to the classrooms
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Fatima Peralta, if you’re interested or have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wondered how you can purchase Scrip outside of office hours or during the summer months?
Did you know that you can purchase Scrip online anytime?
While paper order forms may be in the comfort zone of some families, ordering through ShopWithScrip allows you to personalize your Scrip experience and get instant access to hundreds of gift cards online! By purchasing Scrip online, families can order ScripNow electronic gift cards or reload previously purchased gift cards and receive their scrip in minutes!
Plus, families can access both ScripNow and reloads on ShopWithScrip’s mobile website, MyScripWallet.com. With MyScripWallet™, families can order ScripNow or reload a card, use PrestoPay when they checkout, and access their Scrip right then and there on their smartphone. This means that families can shop for Scrip whenever and wherever they need to, no planning ahead necessary!
- To place your Scrip orders, you need to create an account at https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/Login and click “GET STARTED” or “REGISTER”.
- Click “Join a Scrip Program” and enter our enrollment code which is BEA4L5E11126.
- Fill out information as required.
Set up your Presto Pay account:
- Login to your “Dashboard” at shopwithscrip.com/Login and click the “Presto Pay” link under Family Functions on your Dashboard and enter your checking account information
- Complete the steps to verify your information and you will receive a secure approval code to share with your Scrip coordinator.
Gardening with Common Threads
Hello! My name is Lindsay Williams. I’m delighted to join the Assumption community as the new Common Threads AmeriCorps Food Educator. This fall, students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will explore and learn in the garden classroom as they help build healthy soil, save seeds, plant cover crop, and enjoy the harvest! A huge THANKS to all who helped care for the garden during the summer! If you’d like to volunteer in the garden (for lessons or garden maintenance) email me at email@example.com. Also, save the date for the 9th Annual School Harvest Dinner (hosted at Whatcom Middle School) Thursday, October 25th, 5-7pm. All are welcome!
Upcoming Calendar Items:
September 12th– Curriculum Night (TONIGHT) at 6:30 pm beginning in the gym
September 15th– Spaghetti Dinner… Two seatings, one at 5 pm and one at 6 pm. Childcare provided.
September 17th– Bus routes begin to Ferndale and Birch Bay today. See the map attached for pick-up and drop-off locations.
September 18th– Picture Day for Preschool and K-8 students. Free dress expectations apply!
September 19th– Early Release Day. Casual Dress (t-shirt with logo and jeans or shorts); Picture Day for Pre-K (and make-ups)
September 28th– Multicultural Principal’s Coffee- Bring a favorite pastry or snack to share at 8:30 am in the library. This town hall format doesn’t have an agenda. It’s just a chance to ask questions of the principal and learn about the vision of the school.