Wednesday Parent News 3.27.19

Posted in Principal's Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:   Vote for your favorite non-profit, Attendance, Parent-Led School Mass Volunteers, EDP Ultimate Frisbee, Movie- Unplanned, Gardening with Common Threads, Family Tech Night on March 27th, School Commission Discernment, CRS Rice Bowls, Parish Volunteer Hours, Volunteer Opportunities, PTC News, Calendar Items, 2019-2020 Important Dates Calendar, April Calendar

TONIGHT! 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. 

Rice Bowls – Fourth Week of Lent 

Encounter Kumba 

We encounter Kumba from Sierra Leone, who, through her education, is providing hope for her family and community. How has education given you opportunities in life? How do you use your education for the common good? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.  

SPRING BREAK:  Attendance and Parent Envelopes 

Please remember to email the school at theoffice@school.assumption.org or call the school voicemail (360-733-6133) 24/7 if your child(ren) aren’t going to be at school prior to or following Spring Break. It really helps with all the phone calls we need to make if your family is extending their spring break plans.  

Please remember to return your Wednesday Parent Envelopes tomorrow! Thank you!   

It’s the Last Week to Vote… 

We need at least 100 more votes to be in second place (400 for first), so we are asking all school families, their families and friends, and parishioners to submit a vote for the school. Go to http://www.bwicares.com/non-profit-giveaway/vote-for-your-favorite-non-profit/and submit your vote with your email address. First place is $2000 towards our foundation. 

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.    

Movie- Unplanned at Regal Cinema 

This is based on the true story of Abby Johnson who worked for Planned Parenthood until having a transformative experience and becoming a strong advocate for the pro-life movement. Showings begin on March 29th. If you are going to Regal Cinema in Barkley to view the Unplanned movie, you can benefit the school and save on your ticket by purchasing Scrip online at shopwithscrip.com. It’s easy to register if you haven’t already. Tickets are $10.50 each and 8% of the ticket price for Regal Cinemas comes back to Assumption Catholic School. If you need help setting this up, call the school office at 360-733-6133. Note:  This movie is rated “R” for some disturbing images and may not be appropriate for younger children. 

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   

Employment Opportunities 

If you have friends who might be interested in a great teaching position at Assumption, please direct them to the About page on our website and look under Employment Opportunities. Remember that we will be hiring next year for teachers in Spanish and middle school science/math. We are also looking for an elementary aide for preschool and kindergarten, and we are also hiring an office assistant. 

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 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. 

“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. 

PTC News 

The Assumption PTC is looking for energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated parents to join our team! Please consider joining our PTC Board next year and be part of a committed team working hard to make Assumption a place where our children continue to thrive and grow! We ask that you talk to your family and pray over the possibility of committing your time and energy in helping our Assumption Family! Volunteering for the PTC Board takes care of your service hour obligations. Please review the job descriptions below for the positions available. If you have ANY questions or are interested,  feel free to contact Sara Rush at sara.m.rush@gmail.com or Dayna Dennis at dwdennis72@gmail.com

The Vice President shall:

  • Support and work with the President for one year prior to taking office;
  • Assist the President and carry out the President’s duties in his or her absence or inability to serve, including attending executive and general board meetings;
  • Promotes the participation of the entire school-wide community;
  • Assist the President in developing the agenda for general PTC board and general meetings;
  • Work with the outgoing PTC board to facilitate the leadership transition; after completion of the one-year elected term, the Vice President will automatically assume the office of President the following year

The Secretary shall:

  • Keep and organize all records of the PTC;
  • Record all meeting minutes and share via email with the PTC executive board;
  • Complete PTC newsletter as requested by the President and/or Vice President;
  • Maintain all meeting notes, bylaws, amendments, rules, membership lists, and any other necessary supplies, and bring them to meetings;
  • Work with the incoming President to ensure PTC records are organized and ready to hand-off during leadership transition.
  • The Secretary is a two-year elected term.

The Depositor shall:

  • Make bank deposits of PTC funds;
  • Train new depositor(s) on office procedures, cash handling/recording and bank deposit procedures
  • The Depositor is a two-year elected term.

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 27th–  

  1. Parent meeting for current 7th graders going to Washington D.C. in spring 2020 at 5 pm in Ms. 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