Wednesday Parent News 1.16.19

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:  Safe Schools and Lockout Procedures, Auction, Catholic Schools Week, Multicultural and History Fair, Winter Carnival, Volunteer Opportunities, PTC News, FACTS Tuition Management, Calendar Items

Follow up to Officer Eric Osterkamp’s presentation from Wednesday, January 9th

Thank you to everyone who attended the presentation by Officer Osterkamp last Wednesday evening. Included with this week’s digital envelope are his PowerPoint titled “Active Shooter Response” and the Safe Schools document that he referenced. We will provide information to families as applicable, but as a reminder please note that our “rally” point if there were ever a need to evacuate campus is the First Congregational Church at 2401 Cornwall Ave.  All teachers and students know that this is where they should meet if there were a need to evacuate our campus.

Growing Great Kids Auction Information

The Auction is approaching quickly, and we are looking for volunteers to help stuff envelopes. This will go towards your fundraising hours if you are interested. Dates and times are TBD so check your Wednesday envelope next week for more details.

We are also in need of volunteers for the day of the Auction please contact Shanae and Courtney at for more information.

Just a reminder all donation items are items need to be brought to the school by January 31st. If you need help getting your item(s) to school, please let us know.

Parent Led School Mass

On Friday, February 8th at 10:30, the parents will lead the School Mass. We will need parents serving as reader for the Welcome, Lectors for the First Reading and for the Prayers of the Faithful, gift bearers and greeters.  The School Choir will sing at this Liturgy. Please email Susan Roland if you would like to serve at this School Liturgy. I will provide you with what you need to practice.  My email is Thank you for your help.

Assumption Business Directory

In order to provide referrals and support families who own businesses in our school community, the Parent Teacher Club will be putting together a business directory. This won’t be paid advertising but rather a chance to support families in our community who own a business or service. Look for information to follow from the PTC for ways in which you can include your name in this directory.

Catholic Schools Week- “Catholic Schools:  Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

January 26th/27th- Attend mass at your local parish with students in dress uniform. Students can be greeters and help bring up the gifts. Frederick invites all students to be part of the youth choir at the 8 am and 9:30 am masses at Assumption

January 28th– Celebrate families. Parents can bring a bag lunch to share with your children.

January 29th– Celebrate students. Free dress and movie in the afternoon today.

January 30th– Celebrate teachers. Parents provide lunch for the teachers and staff.

January 31st– Celebrate community. Assembly to honor first responders in the gym at 12:30 pm

February 1st– Celebrate alumni. Help us honor and celebrate this year’s Distinguished Alumni recipient, Pat Nelson (‘53) at the 10:30 am school mass

Multicultural and History Fair- Mark Your Calendars!

All school families should mark their calendars for Sunday, February 10th to celebrate the Multicultural and History Fair from 2 pm to 4 pm. Every student will be participating. A Sign-up Genius is included ( so that you might sign up to bring a favorite food from one of the many cultures around the world. Beginning at 2:00 pm, food will be shared, and students will perform songs and dances in the gym and will then be expected to present their work in their classrooms beginning at 3:15 pm. This is also an Open House for families outside of our school community, so please invite your friends and family. Thank you, in advance, for helping us make this a success.

Photography Club

We have 12 seventh and eighth graders participating in IMAGEination- the first photography club at Assumption. Thank you to Ms. Gottschalk for coordinating this with our volunteers: Hamilton Hayes, Gloria Harrison, Doug Banner, Kristin Boyes, and Dennis Gaither. The students had a great first class last week and will be continuing every Thursday from 3:15 to 5:15 for the next five weeks. Look for their completed projects at the Multicultural and History Fair on February 10th.

Thank you for Movie Night!

We want to extend a huge thanks to all who came out to join the PTC for Movie Night last Friday, January 11th! What a great evening to spend with the Assumption School Community! Hope House will be so excited to receive all the wonderful food donations you brought! We want to give a huge shout out to Dayna Dennis, Sara Rush, and Tara Gilligan Reimer for pulling this together for our families! Look in the video newsletter for photos from the event.

Winter Carnival! 

Please see the flier from last week’s Wednesday Envelope and spread the word while inviting your friends!  There will be a variety of carnival games, cake walk, train rides, and more!  Pizza, concessions, as well as beer and wine will be available.  All tickets will be one dollar (some items will be more than one ticket) and all proceeds will go directly to the Lewis Family.  If you would like to help or want more information please contact Bev Williams, 360-920-7592 or Thank you in advance.

Nine Days for Life

On Monday, the students began praying the Novena for the Nine Days for Life (January 14th through January 22nd) as recommended by the USCCB. You can visit the link here to find daily reflections and to learn more about how students are preparing for the January 22nd visit to the State Capitol (7th and 8th grade only). Catholic Social Teachings remind us that all life is valuable and it’s important to preserve the dignity of each person in our world. Ask your child what the Nine Days for Life is about and how they are doing the daily reflections in the classroom.

PTC News

Scrip Online Incentive: We compiled a list of all the families who purchased Scrip online in December.  It was exciting to see that 25 families utilized the online option- that’s up 40% over the previous month! The winners of the $25 coffee card (Woods or Starbucks) by random drawing are Veronica and Ashley Vincent. Congratulations!

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

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 and let her know if you are interested in selling Scrip and what days you are available!

Non-fundraising Commitment Hours

  • Urgent Need! January Playground Angels sign up here: January Sign-Up  We need at least ONE playground angel at recess and there are 6 days in January that are empty. Playground Angels are there for the safety of your children on the playground. Please sign up for a shift today. Thank you!
  • 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

Parent Satisfaction Survey

The results of November’s Parent Satisfaction Survey are included again this week and will be posted on our website. Thank you to everyone who responded. We had 71 responses from the K-8 families, and 13 responses from Preschool. Much of this information was used in the creation of our self-study and goals, thanks to your feedback. The good news is that we are improving in almost all areas of communication, safety, faith development, and subject areas. Our Net Promoter Score (NPS) is at 76! (If you don’t know what an NPS is, scroll to the bottom of the survey results to find out…)

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 next week 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.

Upcoming Calendar Items:

January 18th– Schoolwide photo for the yearbook after the 10:30 am school mass

January 21st– No school in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

January 22nd– Seventh and eighth grade field trip to Mass for Life in Lacey, March for Life in Olympia

January 26th/27th– Kick off Catholic Schools Week at the parishes in Whatcom County. All students attend church in their dress uniform this weekend! Youth choir needed at Assumption for the 8 am and 9:30 am masses.

February 2ndWinter Carnival!

February 10th– Multicultural and History Fair for all current families and prospective families 2 pm to 4 pm