Wednesday Parent News 12.12.18

Posted in Principal's Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:  Volunteer Opportunities at the Church of the Assumption, Distinguished Graduate Award Nominees, Christmas Eve Choir, Lost and Found, Extension Camp for January, PTC Scrip Incentive and General Meeting Information, Fulcrum Tuition Assistance, Calendar Items

Christmas Program and Attire

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.  A special invitation is extended to our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten families!
Students participating in the Christmas Program should come dressed in performance attire. Girls may wear a dress, skirt, or slacks/pants, (no jeans please), blouse/shirt/sweater/jacket. Boys may wear slacks/pants (no jeans please), collared shirt or jacket/sweater. A tie is optional. It is not required that families go out and purchase new Christmas clothes for the program. There are many options. The stairs going up to the Altar in the church can be slippery with certain types of shoes, so for safety reasons, students may want to wear non-slip shoes.

New Volunteer Opportunity:

The teachers in grades 1-4 would love to have their libraries leveled in their classrooms so that students can pick the appropriate reading level. To help with this, you can take home a stack of books from the teachers’ libraries and look up the titles online. Once you know the level, you would then write it on the binding of the book and the inside cover. Please email the office if this is something you’d like to do from home starting in January.

Church Hours Volunteer Opportunities:

Tuesday, December 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 December 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!

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 theoffice@school.assumption.org 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:  Steve Mura, Pat McIntyre, Jeff Reinert, JoAnn Bellefeuille, Catherine Finkbonner, Phoebe Vanderboom, Teri Treat, JoAn Siden, and Lou St. Hilaire.

Prayers for Meryluz Duque and her family

The school has recently learned that Meryluz Duque (mother of Daniel (Gr. 6) and Bernardo (Gr. 4)) has been diagnosed with cancer and will be undergoing surgery on Monday, December 17th. We couldn’t put together a meal train document in time for this Wednesday Envelope, but we will be sending one by email later this week. Please keep the Torres-Duque family in your prayers this Christmas and if you can help with a meal or two, the family would greatly appreciate it.

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 susanroland@hotmail.com

Absences and Late Arrival

Please review the Attendance Procedures, Absences, and Make-Up Work in the Parent Handbook which is on the school’s website. We are near the end of the semester by the time we return from Christmas break.

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 aey@angeli.org

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 bwilliams@school.assumption.org.

PTC News

RIGHT NOW on shopwithscrip.com, several retailers are offering additional rebate percentages for our school. Starbuck’s, Barnes and Noble, and Red Robin, to name a few. Check some gifts off your list while making a few extra bucks toward your Scrip commitment! Remember to mark “Scrip Now” to be sure it is sent to your device and not physically sent to the school if you want it by Christmas.

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 aking@school.assumption.org and let me know if you are interested in selling Scrip and what days you are available!

Non-fundraising Commitment Hours

  • WORK FROM HOME! If you need to get your hours from the comfort of home, email theoffice@school.assumption.org to help us level books from teacher classroom libraries. You can take a stack of books home starting in January. To level the book, visit scholastic.com and put in the title of the book. Return the books to the teacher when you’re done. We’ll start with grades first through fourth.
  • 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 dwdennis72@gmail.com.

FACTS Tuition Management

All families will be required to register for FACTS Tuition Management starting in early February. This will be the new system for collecting tuition and fees in the 2019-2020 school year. FACTS will also accept payments for incidentals like EDP, Hot Lunch, and co-curricular activities. Please look for announcements starting in January that will explain how this process will be combined with registration for the 2019-2020 school year. The cost to families will be an annual fee of $46 (per family, not per student) or $20 if you pay everything at the start of the school year. Families will still have the option to pay cash if they choose, but all payments will be processed through FACTS. If you already have an account with FACTS for tuition assistance, you will be able to link this to the new system.

FACTS Fulcrum & Assumption Tuition Assistance Applications

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.

Upcoming Calendar Items:

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 8thFirst day of middle school snow sports (skiing, snowboarding, and skating)

January 9thPTC General Meeting at 7 pm in the gym. Officer Eric Osterkamp will be here to discuss emergency preparedness for the school and surrounding areas.

January 11thPTC Movie Night in the gym at 7 pm