In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on: Volunteer Opportunities at the Church of he Assumption, Christmas Eve Choir, Lost and Found, Social Media Reminders, Extension Camp for January, Holiday Childcare, Cooking with Common Threads, PTC Scrip Incentive and General Meeting Information, Fulcrum Tuition Assistance, Calendar
This year’s Christmas program will be on Friday, December 14th at 7 pm. The doors to the church open at 6:30 pm. Students should meet their teachers in the classrooms at 6:30 and the teachers will walk them to the church for the concert. Eighth graders write the script for the program, but all classes have a part in singing throughout the evening. Kindergarten and First Grade will sit on the south side of the altar with their teachers. All other classes will be in the back half of the church. Note: There is no reception following the program this year as we’ve done in the past due to limited volunteers.
Church Hours Volunteer Opportunities:
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:00 a.m.: Help with the mailing of the Church’s quarterly newsletter. This project often takes 3-4 hours depending on the number of volunteers. Please contact the Pastoral Center with any questions at (360) 733-1380.
Date TBD for week of Dec. 10: Labeling project for Christmas Masses distribution. Please contact the Pastoral Center with any questions at (360) 733-1380. Note: this project could be taken home to complete!
Youth Ministry Present Wrapping Fundraiser – See flyer here!
Distinguished Graduate Award for Catholic Schools Week
The school likes to honor and alumni of Assumption Catholic School on the Friday of Catholic Schools Week (beginning January 27th). If you know someone who graduated from Assumption before 1995, is a practicing Catholic, and continues to be involved in Catholic education, please email the name of the nominee to email@example.com by January 11th. The award honors a graduate of Catholic schools who has made a contribution to American life and the Catholic church. We will ask the nominee for three accomplishments as well as a personal statement on his/her view of Catholic education and its value in our community. That’s it! We then present the alumnus with a certificate and gift on Friday, February 1st. Previous honorees include: Pat McIntyre, Jeff Reinert, JoAnn Bellefeuille, Catherine Finkbonner, Phoebe Vanderboom, Teri Treat, JoAn Siden, and Lou St. Hilaire.
Christmas Eve Children’s Choir
We are inviting all children in grades K-8 of Assumption Parish to come be a part of the Christmas Eve Children’s Choir at the 4:00 P.M. Mass on Monday, December 24th. Practice dates and times will be MONDAYS December 10th and 17th from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. We need strong older voices as well as strong younger voices. If you are interested contact Susan Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost and Found
It’s time to clean out the Lost & Found bins. We have a lot of sweatshirts, coats and all sort of miscellaneous items. If your student is missing anything, please stop by or have your student stop by to go through the containers. The two containers are located in the hallway near the 1st grade classroom on the 1st floor. Mrs. Angeli will be
displaying all the lost and found items on a table in the entryway by the office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday December 11-13. Any unclaimed items will be donated. You can help reduce the number of
unclaimed items by labeling your students’ items with their name. Items that are labeled with a name are returned to the appropriate classroom. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Aey Angeli at 360-592-0123 or email@example.com
Social Media Reminders
Please remember that some of our families have not given permission for their child’s photo to be published on our website or through school social media accounts. This also means that if you take a picture that includes someone else’s child, please don’t post that picture unless you have parent permission. Even if you have permission, we recommend you don’t put a child’s name or location in the post. We love to promote our school through social media, but we want to be careful about how we do this and respect parent requests. Thank you!
January Extension Camp -BASKETBALL!
We have the gym reserved and will lead a week-long basketball skill camp the week of January 7-11. This is open to students in grades K-5 but we would love middle school basketball players to run some of the stations! Mark your calendars and more information will be coming soon. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooking with Common Threads and Our Garden Educator
Classes will enjoy monthly cooking lessons through March 12th. Starting in December and into mid-January, students will prepare and taste fresh applesauce with apples harvested from local farms. We will explore a variety of spices including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. Students will bring the recipe home: Look for it! If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact: email@example.com – For more information please visit www.commonthreadsfarm.org
Holiday Childcare Available
Time for a Date Night? Need time to do some Christmas shopping? The 8th grade class is providing child care so you can get an evening out without the kids. The eighth graders are raising funds for their Washington D.C. trip.
The remaining time is Friday, December 7th from 6:00-9:00 PM. The childcare will be held in the Assumption School Library. Please look for the flyer in your Wednesday Envelope.
Any questions? Please contact Sarah Cierebiej at 360-932-9290 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE! Next Parent’s Night out is Valentine’s Day, Friday February 14th!
Scrip Online Incentive: Last year, our school made $24,000 on Scrip. 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 actually be less stressed meeting their obligation.
Shopping season is upon us! Purchase Scrip online anytime in December 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 Wednesday, January 9th.
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.
Please note: the PTC is working on a video tutorial for how to register and use Scrip online. Please stay tuned for more info.
Please plan on joining us for our next PTC General Meeting on January 9th at 7pm in the gym. We will be joined by our local Neighborhood Police Officer Eric OsterKamp. He will be discussing how the Bellingham Police Department is prepared to handle a school crisis at Assumption or how a crisis at Bellingham High School would affect Assumption and how it would be handled. We look forward to seeing you at our meeting and hearing from Officer OsterKamp! Childcare will be provided this evening by our EDP staff. Please bring your child(ren) to the library any time after 6:45 pm.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: We’ll be sponsoring a winter Family Movie Night on Friday, January 11th in the gym (movie title TBD). Donations are appreciated and concessions will be available for sale. Bring your sleeping bags and pillows to camp out on the floor and spend some time with your school community!
Fundraising Commitment Hours
- 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 pm
- Wednesday 7:45 – 8:15 am
- Thursday 2:45 – 3:15 pm
- Friday 7:45 – 8:15 am
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 email@example.com and let me know if you are interested in selling Scrip and what days you are available!
Non-fundraising Commitment Hours
- December Playground Angels HELP! Sign up here: December Sign-Up
- January Playground Angels sign up here: January Sign-Up
- Save Angie from the cold/rain and help accomplish her to-do list! Earn one weekly volunteer hour! We’re looking for a parent to hang out until 8:10 each morning and secure the traffic loop chain when the bell rings. Perfect for working parents in need of volunteer hours that have a few extra minutes. If you’re able, please contact Dayna Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
December 6th– Seventh grade field trip to the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement program on the school bus!
December 7th– Multicultural Principal’s Coffee 8:30 am in the library
December 11th– Sixth grade field trip to Cornwall Park for service project/clean-up
December 12th– Kindergarten field trip to Bellingham Senior Center
December 14th– Preschool Christmas (LMC) at 11 am
Christmas Program at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for seating. NOTE: There will be no reception in the gym after the Christmas Program this year due to limited volunteers in previous years.
December 17th through January 1st– No School for Christmas Break; return on Wednesday, January 2nd
January 9th– PTC General Meeting at 7 pm in the gym. Officer Eric Osterkamp will be here to discuss emergency preparedness for the school and surrounding areas.