Wednesday Parent News 3.20.19

Posted in Principal's Newsletter, Uncategorized

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:   Volunteers for Stations on March 22nd, Accreditation Report Update, Parent-Led School Mass Volunteers, EDP Ultimate Frisbee, Gardening with Common Threads, Family Tech Night on March 27th, School Commission Discernment, Webpage Updates, Track and Field Coach, Credit Card Fees with FACTS,  Non-Profit Give-Away, CRS Rice Bowls, Parish Volunteer Hours, Volunteer Opportunities, PTC News, Calendar Items, Mother’s Day Flower Basket order form

IMPORTANT!– Don’t forget to vote for Assumption School Foundation as your favorite non-profit. Register your email address at https://goo.gl/Y6sZqW to receive a ballot. Then go to the link and click on the Foundation to vote. Thank you! We are only 25 votes from third place…

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.  Please email Bev Williams with questions at bwilliams@school.assumption.org. Thank you in advance. They need at least 25 more students to help as servers and readers. Sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F4EAFAC2AA13-youth 

Accreditation Report Update 

The school had a wonderfully positive three-day visit with the accreditation team last week. Their Report of Findings is a summary of how we are rated in all areas from Catholic Identity to School’s Purpose and Organization for learning. We’re pleased to report that we achieved effective or highly effective in all 12 areas of the report. The areas in which we rated highly effective include: Catholic Identity, Mission and Philosophy statements, measuring student achievement of the Schoolwide Learning Expectations, modeling Catholic values, integrating technology into teaching and learning, and using community resources and parents to support students. We also received highly effective ratings in using surveys to collect and analyze data, and notable improvement in the area of school communications. 

Much of the report had very positive things to say about our school, but the following summary statement is the best reflection of the overall tone: 

The Visiting Committee has enjoyed our time at Assumption Catholic School and has felt welcomed by everyone we have encountered, especially the parents, faculty, staff, students and administration. Assumption Catholic School is led by a dedicated, inspiring Catholic leader who has the full support of all of the shareholders at the school. He works closely with his pastor who is very supportive of Catholic education. The Visiting Committee observed a professional staff whose efforts, dedication, and hard work have produced a strong Catholic school with a bright future. We were very impressed by the passionate parents, who clearly love their school and appreciate the high-quality Catholic education their children receive. The students clearly reflect the beauty of the Gospel message they learn at ACS. The Visiting Committee has witnessed a loving, nurturing and Christ-centered school. ACS is a school where Catholic Identity permeates every corner of the classroom and across all curriculum areas. The community of Bellingham is blessed to have this ministry in their midst that helps develop disciples of Christ who will go forth and make a lasting difference in the world. 

Open Positions for Next Year

In addition to the openings for next year that families may have seen in Monday’s email, the Spanish teacher, Dr. Wisniewski, will also not be returning to Assumption for the upcoming school year. We are grateful for the work she has put into the Spanish program this year and wish her all the best in whatever comes next. We didn’t want to send a separate email, but wanted families to be aware of this when they saw the posting on the website later this week. Please email Mr. Anderson directly if you have questions about the open positions for next year or you have recommendations for candidates. We are now looking for: a teacher’s aide, office assistant, middle school science/math teacher, and K-8 Spanish teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.

Parent Led School Mass 

On Friday, April 12 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 susanroland@hotmail.com. Thank you for your help.  

EDP Ultimate Frisbee!   

EDP is excited to bring coaches from Bellingham Youth Ultimate for our next Extension Camp.  Remember these are open to the whole school community!  Please see the sign up sent in your email.  Camp will run April 8-12, the second week of April and open to grades K-5.  Please contact Bev Williams if you have any questions.    

Gardening with Common Threads 

Happy Spring! We’re delighted to be back in the garden! Students are cultivating and planting garden beds with peas, lettuce, broccoli, radishes, and much more! Come celebrate school gardens at Common Threads’ 5th annual Dirt Fest on Wednesday, April 24th: Join the Common Threads team for a community-wide garden party at Carl Cozier Elementary 2:30 – 4:30pm.  For more info, please contact me: lindsay@commonthreadsfarm.org   

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. See below for details: 

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. 

Presenters: 

  • 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.

School Commission Discernment Meeting on April 17th 

The School Commission will have its annual discernment meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 7 pm in the library. Come and find out if this is your ministry and a way to serve the school. Remember that serving in this leadership capacity is a way to obtain all of your volunteer hours for the entire school year! It’s a lot of work, but you can help build momentum and drive decisions about the direction of our school. If you are interested, please fill out the attached School Commission Application and return it to Mr. Anderson no later than Monday, April 15th. 

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. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Nftp7ZgthFK0NeR3sBehb7NY08Vbg0hp/view 

HELP! Assistant Track Coach Needed 

Assumption Catholic School is seeking an ASSISTANT track and field coach for the 2018-2019 school year. This stipend position starts at $250 for an assistant coach. However, school parents may waive the stipend to use parent volunteer hours instead. Coaches must be at 18 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 late March 2019. Please email Audra Rosen at arosen@school.assumption.org if you are interested in learning more and submitting an application. 

Mid-semester Parent Conferences 

The early release day in March would have been a chance to schedule progress conferences with parents. Since this became a make-up snow day, the teachers would like to schedule conferences after school on March 27th again on April 17th. Please connect with your child’s teacher(s) if you would like to set up an appointment for either of those afternoons. Thank you. 

Credit Card Fees with FACTS  

Thank you to everyone with your patience while we implement FACTS for managing tuition and fees. Families should have seen the $250 registration fee and $46 fee to be charged on 3/25/19. You may have noticed on your invoice that there is a “processing fee” other than that $46 fee to FACTS. This fee is assigned to those who signed up with a credit card and should come to approximately 2.85% of your total amount (higher if you are using American Express). If you’d like to avoid this fee, you may sign up for automatic withdrawal or for the invoice option. We apologize if this was not made clear up front in the distribution of information, but this is a fee that is given to us and to FACTS from the credit card companies that we can’t control. 

“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 https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ .  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.” 

Rice Bowls – Third Week of Lent 

Encounter Dhathcroos family 

The Dhathcroos family returned home, after fleeing violence in their country, to build a prosperous farm and become a vital contributor to their community. How can you assist refugees in your community to rebuild their lives? How can you support refugees worldwide who are fleeing violence in their country? Visit crsricebowl.org for more. 

PTC News 

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:  dwdennis72@gmail.com. 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 

  • March Playground Angels are needed!  Please don’t stop now! More important than ever to have more eyes on our students at play. Sign up here: March Sign-Up    April Sign-Up 

Upcoming Calendar Items: 

March 22ndMulticultural Principal’s Coffee 8:30 am in the library 

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 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 1st through April 5thNo school. Spring Break. 

April 10thParent Teacher Club General Meeting