Wednesday Envelope News 10.31.18

Posted in Principal's Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:  Parent Satisfaction Survey, Fulcrum Tuition Assistance, Washington State Catholic Conference, Common Threads, Basketball Study Hall, Archery Registration, Extension Camp, Trunk or Treat, November Conference Sign-ups, Auction, Grandparents Day, Poinsettia Fundraiser, Box Tops, Computer Science Club 

Parent Satisfaction Survey for 2018-2019 

Please fill out the attached Parent Satisfaction Survey (K-8) or Preschool Satisfaction Survey by Friday, November 16th so that we can evaluate our programs and activities to see areas in which can improve. If you have children in both Preschool and K-8, please fill out one of each. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes and is very helpful for the School Commission, PTC, and Foundation, in planning for future years. Last year we had 67 people fill it out but the year before we had 92. We hope for 100 responses this year. Thank you, in advance, for your participation.

Parent Satisfaction Survey 2018-19 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XJ5H2ZJ

Preschool Parent Satisfaction Survey 2018-19 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XRY8L2F

New Monitors for the Tech Lab 

Do you have a flat-screen monitor that you no longer use? If you’re thinking of upgrading or have an old one laying around, please donate it to the school. We are not paying to replace technology in the lab since most of it will be repurposed in the next school year, but we need to use the computers while they are still functioning. If you have a monitor to donate, please drop it at the school office any time.

Day of the Dead Altar

Maestra Wisniewski would like to extend a huge thank you to the 5th and 6th grade parents who set up the altar for the Day of the Dead. It will remain in the school lobby this week and will be moved to the gathering space of the church on Friday afternoon for the month of November. Thank you to Marta Herrera for her vision, and to Enriqueta Vazquez, Adriana Viggers, and Maria Rodriguez for their help.

FACTS Fulcrum & Assumption Tuition Assistance Applications 

All school families who would like to apply for either Fulcrum Foundation or Assumption School Tuition Assistance need to fill out an application through FACTS.

Tuition assistance applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now available online to complete. The website is https://online.factsmgt.com/aid. As a reminder, submitting the application online is just the first step. All applicants must also provide supporting documentation, like tax forms and W-2’s. Applications can only be verified and processed once all necessary documentation is submitted. It takes FACTS about 14 business days to process applications once paperwork is received, so the sooner it’s submitted, the better. Each family will pay a $29 fee to FACTS to apply for Fulcrum tuition assistance. Each family will be fully reimbursed if their child(ren), regardless of whether they are awarded a Fulcrum grant or not, enroll(s) in a Catholic school for the 2019-2020 school year.  The deadline for applications to be submitted and documents to be uploaded into FACTS is January 4, 2019. If you need help completing the application or uploading your documents, please contact Angie King at 733-6133 ext. 4313 or email her at aking@school.assumption.org.

Cooking with Common Threads and Our Garden Educator 

Cooking in the classroom begins on November 20th! Classes will enjoy cooking lessons once each month through March 12th. In November students will prepare and taste a fresh kale salad with carrots and radishes, as we talk about seasonal vegetables that are available in Washington State this time of year. Volunteers wanted! If you’re interested, please contact: lindsay@commonthreadsfarm.org – For more information about Common Threads please visit www.commonthreadsfarm.org.

SCRIP SELLERS NEEDED! 

Selling Scrip is a great way to earn fundraising hours. We need sellers for the following times:

  • Tuesday                    2:45 – 3:15
  • Wednesday              7:45 – 8:15
  • Thursday                  2:45 – 3:15
  • Friday                        7:45 – 8:15

You don’t have to be available every week to sell.  Sell on one day a week or one day a month.  Our schedule is flexible!  Please email Angie King at aking@school.assumption.org and let me know if you are interested in selling Scrip and what days you are available!

4th Grade Pet Drive

The 4th grade is collecting pet food and pet supplies for the Whatcom Humane Society. Please bring them to the fourth-grade classroom before November 22nd.

Washington State Catholic Conference

At the most recent principals’ meeting for the Archdiocese, we learned about the Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) which advocates on behalf of Catholic Schools to the Washington State Legislature, as well as administrative groups like OSPI and the State Board of Education.  When state lawmakers go back to work in January, we want to ensure that the voices of Catholic school leaders and families are heard.

Two ways you can learn more about the WSCC:

1) View the attached pdf in digital copy before this Friday!

2) Visit WACatholics.org to join the network and stay connected.

Tonight!ASSUMPTION “TRUNK” OR TREAT 

Assumption Church is hosting their very first “Trunk” or Treat event on Halloween (All Hallows Eve) from 6-8pm.  Cars will be lined up and trunks will be open ready and decorated to pass out candy to children dressed in their Halloween Costumes.  Please see the flier from last week’s Wednesday Envelope for more information.  There will be a bonfire, roasting marshmallows, hot chocolate/cider, and wonderful fellowship for all!  Invite your friends and we’d love to see you there!

November Extension Camp

Our next activity for the month of November is Dance.  Students will be taught different forms of dance such as fox trot and swing by our very own, Shanae Strayer!  We are hoping to have two other volunteers (no dance experience necessary).  If you are interested in helping, please email bwilliams@school.assumption.org.  Also, please note that this extension camp will only be November 5, 6, and 7th due to our new conference schedule.  Look for the sign up in your inbox or email the above address and remember this is open to our whole school community from K-5 (boys and girls) whether your child regularly attends EDP or not.

Basketball / Archery Registration Forms 

Basketball sign-ups are closed for the season but please note that boys and girls practice times have changed from the registration form. Girls now practice from 3:15 to 4:30 pm and boys’ practice is from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. Study hall for those with the later practice is available with the following teachers:

  • Mondays- Lisa Blas
  • Tuesdays- Shelly Kushner
  • Wednesdays- Nancy Smith (Makerspace classroom)
  • Thursdays- Andy Pryor
  • Friday- Betsy Gottschalk

Archery forms (grades 4-8) were in last week’s Wednesday Envelope. The due date for archery registration is November 1st. Cost for all after-school activities is $75 per season. Mrs. Campbell is the coach and the program is at 7:00 am.

Grandparents Day is November 16th! 

Please invite Grandparents or Grand-Friends to come join us on the morning of November 16th. The reception will start promptly at 9:30am with a prayer, a few songs by our 1st graders and coffee and pastries. For all our new families, this is a wonderful opportunity for your students to show grandparents around their school! The reception and classroom show and tell is followed by Mass and all Grandparents are invited to attend.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and serve as well and donations of baked goods and fruit. Please visit this link to sign up!

November Conference Sign-up

Conferences are on November 8th from 12:30 to 7:00 and November 9th from 8:00 to 3:00.  Please sign up for a conference time with your student’s teacher on one of those days.  Please note that all middle school students must attend their conference as well as 3rd and 4th grade students.

All parents MUST sign up for a conference with their student’s homeroom teacher.  

If you have any questions or are having problems signing up please contact Angie King at 360-733-6133.

Kindergarten Conference 

1st Grade Conference

2nd Grade conference

3rd Grade Conference

4th Grade Conference

5th Grade Conference

6th Grade Conference

7th Grade Conference

8th Grade Conference

Middle School Specialists Conferences 

  • Algebra & 6th Grade Math with Mrs. VonFeldt – November 9th from 8:00am to 12:00pm Conference with Mrs. VonFeldt
  • 6th Grade & 7th Grade Math with Mrs. Evans – November 9th from 8:00am to 12:00pm Conference with Mrs. Evans
  • Physical Education – Mrs. Campbell – November 8th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm Conference with Mrs. Campbell
  • Spanish Class – Dr. Wisniewski – November 8th 12:30pm to 7:00pm/November 9th 8:00am to 3:00pm Conference with Dr. Wisniewski
  • Music Class – Mrs. Beshara – November 8th 12:30pm to 3:30pm/November 9th from 8:00am to 12:00pm Conference with Mrs. Beshara
  • 8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor – If you would like to schedule a conference time to speak to Mr. Pryor about 8th grade math or sixth or eighth-grade science, please contact Angie King to schedule a time.  All of his 7th grade homeroom students must sign up for a conference time before we can schedule a time for 8th grade math students.

Growing Great Kids Auction–Donation Ideas 

We are now one month away from our family donation deadline for the Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala. Each family must complete a procurement form no later than Friday, November 30.

  • Step 1: Decide what you would like to donate. This can be anything from cash, Scrip, a timeshare stay, sporting event tickets, item valued at $200 or more (in its original packaging please), a donation from your business*, etc.
  • Step 2:  Fill out a procurement form. A hardcopy form can be printed from the website and was included in the Wednesday envelope a couple of weeks ago. You can also always grab one from the office. Alternatively this year, you can fill out an electronic form found on the website on the Donate an Auction Item page!
  • Step 3: Return the completed procurement form to the office by November 30. Procured items must be submitted by February 1.

*Reminder: Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $200 and can be used to fulfill your family’s obligation. More information on sponsorship opportunities is coming soon!

Please contact the Auction Chairs, Shanae and Courtney, with any questions at growinggreatkidsauction@gmail.com.

8TH GRADE CLASS POINSETTIA AND WREATH FUNDRAISER 

It’s that time of year again… the 8th grade class is selling poinsettias and wreaths to help raise money for their upcoming retreats and events. We have a big 8th grade class this year – let’s reach out to our friends, co-workers, local businesses and help them fill their home /office with beautiful poinsettias and wreaths. An order form will be in this week’s Wednesday envelope or you can email Sonia Hayes at Sonia@tctradingcompany.com to place an order. Order deadline is Friday, November 9th.  Poinsettias and wreaths will be delivered on Thursday, November 29th and Friday, November 30th from 7:45 am-8:15 am and 2:45 pm-3:15 pm in front of the school gym. If you have questions, you can also call Sonia Hayes at 360.224.2087 or Brandy Arevalo at 360.393.0685.

Box Tops Competition – The Winner is…. ?

The “Box Tops All School Challenge” ended last week on October 26th. The winner is 8th grader, Evan Jabbora! For every 10 Box Tops turned in per student/family, a raffle ticket went into a drawing for $25.00 worth of the SCRIP of your choice! Please continue to save Box Tops for the next competition or turn them into the office for the class competition. Ask neighbors, friends, relatives and co-workers to help us meet our goal. Our goal for this competition was $200 and we made $300! Way to go… ready, set, snip! Watch for expiration dates. If you have any Box Tops with the expiration date of 11/1/18, PLEASE turn them in through tomorrow’s envelope!

Scholastic Book Fair:  November 14th – 20th 

This is a fun way to earn fundraising hours and raise money for our school! Volunteers needed to help during sales by running the cash register, assisting students and parents with finding books, and restocking displays. Volunteers also needed to help repack books and products after the book fair and assist with clean up. Sign up HERE! If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Smith at nsmith@school.assumption.org

CS First Computer Science for Girls in Grades 4-8  

This club will begin on Wednesday, November 7th. Parent volunteers are needed to help Anna Thomas with the class and the class size is limited to 20 students. Please click here https://goo.gl/forms/MjVFNliIrjspJRnC2 if your child is interested in participating in this free club. Click here for more information about the program:  https://storage.googleapis.com/files.cs-first.com/marketing/fashion.mp4

PTC News 

Scrip Online Incentive: We believe that as a school, we could be benefiting even more than we are from this great program.  We also believe that when it’s easier to buy, families will generate more Scrip revenue for the school and will be less stressed, meeting their obligation.

Purchase Scrip online anytime in October (today is the last day!) and have your name entered in a drawing to win a $25 coffee card of your choice (Woods or Starbucks).  A winner will be announced on Wed, November 7th.

If you need directions for how to register on shopwithscrip.com, please find them in the forms boxes outside the office OR ask Angie King if you have any questions or concerns.

Fundraising Commitment Hours 

  • Scholastic Book Fair – Help is needed with sales during the Book Fair and packing up afterwards from November 14-20. Sign up HERE!
  • Grandparents Day is November 16th!  Volunteers are needed to help set up and serve as well and donations of baked goods and fruit. Please visit this link to sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080545AAAA2EA75-grandparents1
  • The Auction team is looking for 1-2 individuals to help with the planning and procurement of thank you gifts for our event sponsors. If you are interested in helping, please contact the auction chairs at growinggreatkidsauction@gmail.com.

Non-fundraising Commitment Hours 

  • October, November and December Playground Angels HELP! Sign up here:   November Sign-Up     December Sign-Up
  • Parent volunteers to help with the ACS First Computer Science Club every Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:15 beginning on November 7th.
  • Technology Committee- Thank you to Ashley Vincent and Dan Smith who will be continuing in this committee. We are looking for 2-3 more parents with a software and/or educational technology background willing to help us form our technology plan for the next 3-5 years. Meetings will be monthly at 7 am (day to be determined by the group) and we are asking for a two-year commitment. If you are interested, please email Fatima Peralta at fsperalta@me.com

Upcoming Calendar Items: 

October 31stEarly Release (11:45 am), Orange and Black Day (Follow guidelines in Parent Student Handbook)

October 31st “Trunk” or Treat, 6 pm in Traffic Loop

November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, 10:30 am, Dress Uniform (Note:  No school mass on Friday, Nov. 2nd)

November 8th– Early Release Day- Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:30 to 7 pm

November 9thNo School for students– Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 am to 3 pm

November 15th, 16th, 19thScholastic Book Fair

November 19th– Human Food Chain beginning at 8:30 am in the church