Wednesday Parent News 3.6.19

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:    Snow Days, WCEA Accreditation Visit, Garden with Common Threads, Track and Field Coach, Non-Profit Give-Away, CRS Rice Bowls, Volunteer Opportunities, PTC News, FACTS Tuition Management, Calendar Items

Snow Days, Make-up Days- March 20th and May 15th

In the state of Washington, districts may choose to use 180 days or 1000 instructional hours as their required minimum contact time with students. The Archdiocese of Seattle uses the 1000 instructional hour minimum as its basis for all schools. Consequently, with six snow days we would still have more than 1000 hours of instruction scheduled for the year and we aren’t required to make up any of the six snow days in February.

However, our staff believes it is important and necessary that we cover the required material in the curriculum. We can make modifications to cover the content for the five missed days, but once we are past five snow days, it’s a school decision to add instructional hours. Instead of extending the school year, the teachers and staff have agreed to do this by converting the early release days on March 20th and May 15th into full school days. Please note in your calendars that these two days will now be FULL SCHOOL DAYS. We will send text reminders the day before in both instances. Please email Mr. Anderson if you have any questions about these additional hours.

WCEA Accreditation Visit

Remember that the accreditation visiting team will be here Tuesday, March 12th through Thursday, March 14th. They will be meeting with student panels, visiting classrooms, and meeting with school leadership (including PTC, School Commission, and Foundation) throughout the school. Note: The library will not be available for other meetings these three days while the team is working in there. If you see any of the visiting team members around school, you are welcome to talk with them and share your story of your experience at Assumption. This is a time to celebrate what we’ve done and share what we continue to work on as a school community.

To that end, you will see two copies of the self-study, critical goals, and action plan – one on the table outside Mrs. Vanderboom’s window, and the other on the prayer table in the entry way. You are welcome review the document and ask any questions that you may have by emailing Mr. Anderson or anyone on the leadership team (Mrs. Gottschalk, Mrs. McClurg, or Mrs. Thomas). We’ve also attached a digital copy here in this email.

Garden with Common Threads

Hello and happy March! This month, we are preparing Three Sisters Stew, our final cooking lesson with students, before transitioning back outside to the garden. We at Common Threads are looking for tarps for our garden projects. If you’re able to donate a tarp or are interested in getting involved with garden lessons, please contact me: If your student enjoys gardening and cooking, check out Common Threads’ spring and summer break camps! Visit for more info.

Track Coach Needed

Assumption Catholic School is seeking at track and field coach for the 2018-2019 school year. This stipend position starts at $500 for a head coach, increasing incrementally by $250 for each consecutive year of coaching. However, school parents may waive the stipend to use parent volunteer hours instead. Coaches must be at 21 years old and have the flexibility to work afternoons from 3:30 to 4:45 pm. Practices are held Monday through Friday, and meets are also held during the week. The season runs for approximately nine weeks beginning in early April 2019. Please email Audra Rosen at if you are interested in learning more and submitting an application.

Non-Profit Give-Away

Each year, Bob Wallin Insurance gives money to non-profits in Whatcom County based on the number of votes received for the nomination. This year, the Assumption School Foundation has been nominated. We need at least 600 votes, so we are asking all school families, their families and friends, and parishioners to submit a vote for the school. After March 1st, go to and submit your vote with your email address. First place is $2000 towards our School Foundation. Thank you!

“Protecting God’s Children” Class

The Wednesday evening last month may have been hard for people to attend, so there is a new class scheduled for another Protecting God’s Children class at Assumption in the school library, on Saturday, March 30th from 9-12. Please register under “live training” on .  If you’d like to volunteer for the school or parish, this class is required for all volunteers.

Friday Lenten Soup Suppers

Join parishioners in the Assumption gym for Lenten Soup Suppers each Friday during Lent! Suppers are at 6:30 pm beginning March 8th and they continue each Friday until April 12th.  Bring a pot of meatless soup or some bread and join Father Scott and your fellow parishioners for this community-building event! If you are going to 6 PM Stations of the Cross, drop your soup off at the gym beforehand and we’ll be sure it stays warm. We’ll look forward to seeing you. 

Youth Stations of the Cross – Student Volunteers Needed

Assumption Family Ministry is looking for youth to help as altar servers and read (in both English and Spanish) on Friday, March 22nd at the evening Stations of the Cross (beginning at 6pm).  This will be a special night designed for the children with special youth booklets and lead completely by the children.  After the stations, a family-friendly meatless dinner will be held in the gym.  Thank you in advance.

From the Archdiocese…

As part of an effort to improve how the Archdiocese communicates on the sexual abuse crisis, they have launched a special website that addresses the issue. The site offers facts about the abuse crisis and the Archdiocese of Seattle’s response to it, including resources for victims. It gathers into one easily accessible website information that was previously located in various locations. You can visit the site here: []

Rice Bowls – First Week of Lent

Encounter Norma

In Guatemala, we encounter Norma, who as a young mother, supports her family and shares her skills with her community. Reflect on the importance of family in your life. How can you contribute to support families in your community? Visit for more.

Box Tops Competition Winner

Our quick turnaround one-week competition brought in $117.00… that’s a lot of 10 cent Box Tops coupons! Start saving up for one more competition in the late spring. The 6th grade students brought in the most coupons and will have a pizza party! We will let 6th grade parents know the day of the party so they don’t have to make lunch that day! Congratulations to Mr. C’s sixth grade class!

PTC News

2019 Growing Great Kids Auction:  The PTC would like to extend a HUGE thank you to every single person who had a hand in making our Auction a giant success on Saturday!  Every volunteer hour, procured item, shared talent and financial support came together to make a great night for the future of our school.

An extra special thanks to Shanae Strayer and Courtney Twining, our unflappable Chair and Co-Chair for their dedication.  Taking on these roles is a great responsibility and honestly, a lot of pressure. We are beyond grateful they found a way to say yes! They, and their team, make us all proud.

After filling the room with a sellout crowd of 240 guests for the dinner, and 30 more for the silent auction, the evening raised over $205,000. This total includes the $43,350 that everyone contributed to this year’s “Fund the Need” for new audio/visual equipment in the gym. We are so grateful for your incredible support of this event and the money that it provides the Parent Teacher Club to subsidize the school. Every dollar goes to keep tuition affordable and make Catholic education accessible for families in Whatcom County.

And don’t forget corporate matching! If your company matches non-profit donations, be sure to submit your auction giving!

Assumption Business Directory:  The PTC would like to make it easier for parents to support each other in business! This will be a FREE service.  If you have a business or offer a service and would like to have it included in the new directory, please contact Dayna Dennis: When we have an idea of how many families are interested, we’ll be able to determine how it will be organized and distributed. Thank you!

Non-fundraising Commitment Hours

  • School Clean-up Day- DOUBLE VOLUNTEER HOURS! Please come from 9 am to 12 pm this Saturday, March 9th and receive double volunteer hours for helping to clean the school. Bring cleaning supplies and rags! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. (Note: It’s just school clean-up since the ground in the garden is still frozen!)
  • March Playground Angels are needed!  Sign up here:   March Sign-Up    April Sign-Up
  • CLASS PHOTOS for PreK-8 will be taken on Tues, March 19.  We could use two parents to assist with coordinating classes and aiding the photographer.  If you’re able to help, please sign up here:

FACTS Tuition Management (Updated information as of 2/20/19)

Please remember to sign up for a FACTS plan payment before March 15th (the sooner, the better). Some parents had asked if it must be automatically be withdrawn from a person’s bank account. This is only one of the payment options. You can set up to be invoiced and then pay it online or submit a payment when you are ready. You can pay by credit card (fee is charged to you), a personal check to FACTS, cash to the school office, or an automatic debit. This needs to be done by March 15th so that you can be charged the $250 registration fee per child. If the registration isn’t paid, then your child won’t be on next year’s class list so please do this as soon as you’ve turned in your registration paperwork. Remember, if you already have an account in FACTS because you apply for tuition assistance, you will not need to set up a new account.

Upcoming Calendar Items:

March 9th – School Day, 9 am to 12 pm. Lunch will be provided.

March 11th – Pizza Lunch

March 12th-14th – WCEA Accreditation Visit

March 15th – No school. Teacher professional development day.

March 19 – Class Pictures, PK – 8th (Dress Uniforms)

March 20th – Class Pictures, PS

March 27th – Hot Lunch

March 27th–  Family Tech Night and 7th Grade Washington D.C. Meeting

  1. Parent meeting for current 7th graders going to Washington D.C. in spring 2020 at 5 pm in Mrs. Gottschalk’s classroom;
  1. Family Tech Night beginning at 5:30 pm in the gym for a 4th-7th grade parent and student meeting regarding the one-to-one program in 2019-2020. This is followed by a K-8 parent-only meeting at 6:00 pm with presenters for online safety and digital citizenship.

March 29th – Film: “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” will be shown in the school gym at 7 pm during Lenten Soup Suppers

April 10th– Parent Teacher Club General Meeting 7 pm in the gym. Childcare provided.