In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on: “Season of Creation” Mass on September 30th, MAP Testing, Girls on the Run, Protecting God’s Children classes, EDP Lacrosse Camp, Math Olympiad, Holy Hoops, and Shop With Scrip Online…
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, from September 1 to October 4- a season to reflect, study, pray and act around issues identified in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.
Elizabeth Murphy from the Community Peace and Justice Center will lead the gathering in prayer, learning, and brainstorming ways to support one another in living the vision of Pope Francis’s encyclical. This is a unique opportunity to bring the gift of spirituality into our lives in a practical and life-saving way. Please plan on attending with your children. This workshop will give you and your kids a new and deeper understanding not only of Laudato Si, but of the urgency associated with the Holy Father’s message.
Assumption School is forming a children’s choir to sing on Sunday, September 30 at the 9:30 Mass at Church of the Assumption. Children in grades 2 through 8 from the parish and school are welcome to come and sing to help celebrate the “Season of Creation”. First graders will also be invited to sing with the choir, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” after Communion if they are available. They will practice the songs on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:45 to 7:45 P.M. after Daily Mass. Please email Susan Roland if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Needed: Volunteer Assistant Coach for Girls on the Run
One of our coaches was unable to continue for the season, but thank you to Sarah Strutz for volunteering to help on Mondays with Monisha Brandt. They need one more parent volunteer for Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The season ends November 12th. If you are able please email Monisha directly at email@example.com. (If you can volunteer only a couple of Wednesdays, that also works, but you still must complete, “Called to Protect” this Saturday, Sep 22nd.)
MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Testing for Grades 2-8
Twice per year, the students participate in a standardized MAP Growth test (fall and spring) in order to set goals for themselves throughout the year in the areas of science, math, reading, and language. This test is computer-adaptive which means that questions get harder or easier depending on how the child answers. The results of the test will be provided to you at Parent/Teacher Conferences in early November, and keep in mind that the purpose of the test is not to compare your child with other students nationally but rather to measure growth using their own RIT score and compare them to the national Common Core standards or Next Generation Science Standards. Please see the Parent Guide included with this week’s digital envelope. The first day of testing will begin on Tuesday, September 25th. Parent Guide
Protecting God’s Children Class – for any parent wanting to volunteer in the school!
Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., School Library
Any adults 18-years and older who are looking to volunteer in the School or with any parish ministries serving children or vulnerable adults must take this course if they have not yet done so. You cannot volunteer until you have taken this class and completed the background check. If you miss this class, then you will need to find another class and most of them are in the Seattle area.
You must register online before attending the class— the number of spaces is limited.
Please go to www.virtusonline.org, click first time registrant, click on Begin the registration process, and then click Seattle, WA Archdiocese on the drop down menu.
From there you will create a user name and password and select the class that you want to take.
You will need to take a class so why not do it here at Assumption!
If you have taken this class before you do not need to attend, however you will need to take an online class to continue your ministry with youth or vulnerable adults. If you have questions, or need help signing up, please contact Angie King at 360-733-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lacrosse Extension Camp
Coaches from the local Whatcom Lacrosse Girls League (https://www.whatcomgirlsyouthlacrosse.org/) will be here October 1-5 to lead students in a one-week camp after school. This is a great chance for all students in grades K-8 to try something new and have fun doing it! (This may be the only time middle school is included in these camps.) Please contact Bev Williams (email@example.com) for more information or to sign your child up. Remember they don’t have to regularly attend EDP to participate.
This is a program for students in grades 4-8 and will begin on Friday, October 5th. Practices run every week from 3:15 to 4:30 pm and the cost is $75 per student. Scholarships are available from the Assumption PTC, if needed. Thank you to our coaches: Nancy Chen and Nathan Chen for 4th/5th grades, Arpad Benyi for 6th grade, and Mark Claret for 7th/8th grades. Look for registration in this week’s envelope. Note: Middle school students in the Math Olympiad elective still need to fill out the registration form and pay the fee.
Holy Hoops 2018
Assumption Catholic School is hosting its 4th Annual Holy Hoops 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament from October 23rd to 26th form 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. ACS students in grades 5-8 are the participants and ACS alumni are the coaches. Please see the fliers in today’s envelope for more information on participating, coaching and sponsoring. We encourage everyone to come cheer the players and coaches on. There will be an alumni vs. teachers, game as well!
“Prayer for Repentance and Healing” on October 4th at St. James Cathedral
Attached you will find an announcement of our “Prayer for Repentance and Healing,” to take place at St. James Cathedral, October 4, at 7:00 pm. If you cannot attend, you may consider praying the Novena for repentance and healing starting from October 4th instead. Both documents are attached to this week’s envelope. Event / Novena Prayer
Fundraising Commitment Hours
- 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 (once per month); 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
Non-fundraising Commitment Hours
- September Playground Angels HELP! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4aa9aa28a3fd0-august
Spaghetti Dinner Results from Dayna Dennis…
We had a super Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday with a net total of $6,100! Huge thanks to the many parishioners, families, alumni, school staff and friends of Assumption Catholic School who supported us with meal tickets, purchasing beverages, desserts, raffle tickets, team trivia and general donations. While the dinner isn’t our biggest fundraiser, it’s an important event as it kicks off each new school year, builds our school community and gives our parish opportunities to see the results of their support in action!
Very noteworthy thanks goes to:
- Rob Viggers and his inexhaustible kitchen crew for all the work that went into the meal. Bravissimo!
- Parishioners Frank Albano and Paul Ricci (and their awesome wives) for getting the beer and kegerator donations and managing the bar.
- Staci Johnson for the gorgeous fall centerpieces and for staging the baked goods tables. The already delicious treats looked even better!
- Teri and Matt Treat for managing the raffle. This included arming every 8th grader with tickets to presell and personally selling them after masses. The 50% raffle prize of $825 went to Jeff Ziels, a parent of ACS alumni and our longtime auctioneer. His win felt extra special since Jeff has provided that service for us out of the goodness of his heart for many years.
- Gina DePalma for running the very fun trivia games!
- Sara Rush for filling in the many gaps everywhere, heavy lifting, and cool photo booth and props!
- Sharon Patrick (Grandmother of a 1st grader and Kindergartener) for the festive balloon chef.
- And of course, so much gratitude to the many volunteers who helped run the evening with tickets, décor, food prep, serving, clean up, childcare, trucking tables around town, donated wine and for all the yummy baking.
There are too many volunteers to list, but our 8th graders and their families deserve a special note of thanks. These students agreed to provide extra support of the dinner in order to earn a portion of the proceeds toward their class trip to Washington D.C. The kids came to work and really came through for us, with great attitudes as well. You made us all proud!
Finally, thank you to Olive Garden for donating enough ingredients for 150 full meals, Boundary Bay for the generous beer donations, Drizzle, and our many families for providing so much wine that we have a stash started for the Growing Great Kids Auction in March.
The PTC board members are so proud to be a part of this school and we hope to keep the Spaghetti Dinner a family tradition for many years to come!
SHOP WITH SCRIP ONLINE!
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:
- Completethe 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.
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 www.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.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
September 24th– Oct. 11th– MAP Testing for all grades 2-8. Students will usually take one, one-hour test per day for a total of four tests over these three weeks (science, language, math, and reading).
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.
September 30th– Season of Creation Mass at 9:30- All students are invited to be a part of the children’s choir and attend the presentation at 11 am in the gym this day.
October 3rd– Room Parent meeting 2 pm to 2:50 pm in the school library (Led by Erin Hoelscher)
October 4th–Blessing of the Animals at 8:15 am in the traffic loop
October 6th/7th- “Support for a Century” at Church of the Assumption (all four Masses)- Even if you don’t attend the parish, please plan to attend one of the four masses this weekend with your child in uniform. Mr. Anderson speaks at each of the Masses about the School Foundation and the importance of “supporting our school for another century to come…”