Wednesday Parent News 3.13.19

Posted in Uncategorized, Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:   Garden with Common Threads, Family Tech Night on March 27th, Snow Day Make-ups, Webpage Updates, WCEA Accreditation Visit, Track and Field Coach, Kids Heart Challenge, Non-Profit Give-Away, CRS Rice Bowls, Parish Volunteer Hours, Volunteer Opportunities, PTC News, FACTS Tuition Management, Calendar Items, Salmon Fundraiser flier, Mother’s Day Baskets flier

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.

Family Tech Night on Wednesday, March 27th

As a part of our school wide technology plan, we will plan two Family Tech Nights per school year- one every fall and another every spring. Both sessions will begin with logistical “how-to” for families new to the program with regards to the device, ordering, navigating, and some tech tools. The second half of the session will have theme around digital citizenship. Our first presentation will be this spring on Wednesday, March 27th.

March 27th at 5:30 pm in the gym- For current 4th grade parents (going into 5th grade in 2019-2020) and all families new to the one-to-one device program in grades 5-7. This will be about device ordering and other practical information for the one-to-one program.

March 27th at 6:00 pm in the gym- The “practical” and logistics session will be followed with information about online safety and digital citizenship. The program this year is Digital Resiliency for Parents and Children. One of our school parents, Aimee Bachmeier, will partner with Kelsey Ottum from Ferndale on Wednesday, March 27th at 6 pm. They will be providing tools for device restrictions and privacy for devices, challenges and benefits of social media, trends in high schools and middle schools, and ways to talk about technology with your child. See their biographies below. The students will have a presentation by Mr. Anderson during the day, but this evening session is just for parents.


  • Kelsey Ottum, Prevention and Intervention Specialist.  She is a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional.  Prior to working in the schools, she worked in treatment programs.  She has been in this field for the last 8 years.
  • Aimee Bachmeier, High School Counselor for the last 9 years.  She is a National Board Certified School Counselor.  Prior to Counseling, she was a middle school teacher for 10 years.

Webpage Updates- See the flier in this week’s envelope about the Volunteer Portal. Learn about the translation button.

We’ve created a screencast here that explains how to navigate two new things on our website- the volunteer portal where you can log your volunteer hours, and the new translation button in the upper right that allows website information in other languages.

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.

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.

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.

Kids Heart Challenge – Physical Education service-learning project!

Wednesday March 13th, the students will jump rope and travel through the heart course in Physical Education class.  This American Heart Association (AHA) supported event is an opportunity to learn more about our healthy heart and to donate to this national organization. Each student is encouraged to raise $15.00 to contribute to the American Heart Association. The goal this year is to raise $3,000.00.  A donation envelope from AHA (for your child) was sent home in the Wednesday Parent Envelope last week. Please take time to read the AHA donation information.  ~ Mrs. Campbell 

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 submit your vote with your email address. First place is $2000 towards our School Foundation. Thank you! Any email is good.

“Protecting God’s Children” Class

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.

Need Parish Volunteer Hours? 

You can help the Assumption parish staff prepare newsletters for mailing on Tuesday, April 2nd at 9 am. If you can do this, please RSVP directly to the office at 360-733-1380 and refer to “helping with the newsletter mailing.”

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.

Rice Bowls Second Week of Lent

Encounter Annet

In Uganda, we encounter Annet and her family, children forced to flee violence, searching for stability. How are we called to welcome the stranger in our midst? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit for more.

PTC News

2019 Growing Great Kids Auction:  Good News! We need to correct last week’s announcement regarding the auction success. The evening actually raised $215,000 (not $205, 000 as we previously wrote). 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.

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

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 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

  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 all 4th grade parents and anyone new to to the device program in grades 5-7. This is for parents and students regarding the one-to-one program in 2019-2020. This will be 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 10thParent Teacher Club General Meeting