Wednesday Parent News 4.10.19

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:   Lummi Nation Grant, Student Leadership Opportunities, Missoula Children’s Theater, Rice Bowl Weekly, Parent-Led School Mass This Friday, FUN RUN, EDP Camps, Fred Meyer Scrip, Gardening with Common Threads, School Commission Discernment, Volunteer Opportunities, PTC News and General Meeting, Calendar Items 

Lummi Nation Community Contribution 

The school applied for a grant through the Lummi Nation back in January and we were just informed last week that we were approved for the grant. This $15,000 grant for the 2019-2020 school year will be used to subsidize the cost of the bus and help us to serve more students outside of the Bellingham area. Mr. Anderson will be receiving the grant at a reception on Thursday, April 18th. Thank you to the Lummi Nation for their generous support of Catholic education and for non-profits in Whatcom County. 

Student Leadership Opportunity for 6th-8th grade boys at O’Dea High School in Seattle 

O’Dea High School is offering its first Student Leadership Summit for Middle School Boys! The Summit partners with the current O’Dea student leadership team to deliver an engaging learning experience centered on the development of leadership skills. It is open to current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and takes place on Saturday, May 11th from 9 am to 2 pm at O’Dea High School. Registration is free! It should be a great day of team-building, games and camaraderie, led by current O’Dea students! Please visit the school’s website for more information and to register. 

Rice Bowls – Fifth Week of Lent 

Encounter Ona – We encounter Ona in Gaza, where despite lack of economic opportunity, people pursue their dreams by building businesses to better their lives. How do your daily choices impact others throughout the world? How can your choices support the dignity of workers? Visit for more. 

Missoula Children’s Theater 

Missoula Children’s Theater is coming again this year thanks to the PTC and last year’s auction. They are presenting Gulliver’s Travels during the week of May 13th-17th with two performances on Saturday, May 18th. Mrs. Beshara is helping to coordinate the MCT this year and she sent an email earlier this week requesting host families for the two directors. If you can accommodate one or both of the directors for seven nights beginning on Sunday, May 12th, please email Mrs. Beshara directly at and let her know. Thank you, in advance, for your help with this. 

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 Thank you for your help.  

RUN WILD! 36th Annual Ellen Anderson Memorial Fun Run 

It’s that time of year to get your athletic shoes ready and your pledges collected for our much-anticipated annual FUN RUN on Thursday – May 2nd, 2019.  Packets coming home today in your child’s Wednesday envelope with all the details.  They will include a T-Shirt order form, Sponsorship Form and a pledge sheet for your child to keep track of all the generous support they are collecting.  T-Shirts will be different this year from last and this is also a part of how we raise funds so please consider purchasing one for your child (and possibly even yourself).  Important to note: T-Shirt orders and Sponsorship forms are due in 1 week – Wednesday April 17th , so we have time to get them over to the printers.  More details to follow in the coming weeks of all the fun changes we have in store for this year’s run.  Let’s come together and STOMP out our goal of earning 15K for Assumption Catholic School as we RUN WILD on May 2nd!   

Extension Camps! 

The kids are having a blast this week with Ultimate Frisbee and we are thankful for the weather breaks (remember to let me know if you want to purchase a frisbee by Wednesday).  We wanted to let you know that our May camp will be Tennis.  Coaches from Bellingham Tennis Club will be here to lead the students the first week of May (May 6-10).  Please note that there will be a $30 fee for the week and that there is a limited number of spots so please watch for the sign up.  Thank you!  

Fred Meyer Scrip Availability 

Fred Meyer is changing the way that all schools purchase scrip from them.  Instead of purchasing the gift cards through our local Fred Meyer, we now have to purchase it directly from their headquarters.  Unfortunately, they did not give us any notice that this was happening, so we were unable to stock up on Fred Meyer scrip before this change.  We now need to go through an approval process in order to purchase the scrip cards through their headquarters and this could take up to 2 weeks and then another 2 weeks just to get inventory.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause families.  In place of the Fred Meyer Scrip, we are bringing in Visa scrip cards.  Visa scrip pays 1.25% and you can use it wherever Visa is accepted, including Costco.  We will let families know when Fred Meyer is back in stock. 

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:   

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. 

Parish Middle School Retreat with April Waldrop and Trisha Prenosil 

Join the parishes of Whatcom County for a Middle School Spring Retreat hosted by our local youth ministers! On April 27th, all 6th-8th graders are invited to join us from 8:30am-6:00pm in the Assumption teen center (pastoral center third floor) for an action packed, day-long retreat. The retreat will focus on four concrete ways we live out our faith – service, prayer, Sacraments, and community – and will include aspects of all four. The first part of the retreat includes an Earth-day service project, the middle of the retreat will be focused on fellowship, community, and prayer, and the last part of the retreat will include Reconciliation and Mass. Please contact the Assumption youth minister, April Waldrop, with any questions or to register at (360)734-2850, ext. 305 or 

Favorite Non-Profit Results 

Thank you to everyone who helped us spread the word and voted for the favorite non-profit in Whatcom County through Bob Wallin Insurance. Unfortunately, we fell short by 85 votes from reaching third place but it wasn’t for lack of effort. We want to especially thank Bill Zang and Monisha Brandt for their work collecting votes and keeping us in the running. You can see the final results of the competition at 

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. 

Summer Youth Programs at Western Washington University: 

Western welcomes students in grades 1-12 to learn and explore in a college setting this summer. Youth program focuses include science, art, camp, leadership development and even intergenerational learning where children and their grandparents can take a course together. Please visit or call (360) 650-3308 for a full list of summer youth programs and details.  

PTC News 

Please plan to join the PTC General Meeting TONIGHT at 6:45 in the Library.  Auction results, school news and open discussion are among the agenda items planned.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: We’ll be sponsoring a spring Family Movie Night on Saturday, May 11th in the gym. Donations are appreciated and concessions will be available for sale.  Bring your sleeping bags and pillows to camp out on the floor and spend some time with your school community!   Please note that this is a family activity and children must be supervised by parents.  Thanks! 

Scrip Online Incentive: We believe that as a school, we could be benefiting even more than we are from this great program.  We also believe that when it’s easier to buy, families will generate more Scrip revenue for the school and will be less stressed in meeting their obligation. 

Once again, the PTC would like to offer an incentive to use this program! Purchase Scrip online anytime in April or May and have your name entered in a drawing to win a $25 card of your choice (from the ACS box OR online).  A winner will be announced on Wed, June 5th. 

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. 

Non-fundraising Commitment Hours  

  • April Playground Angels are urgently needed!  There are still ten days this month without any coverage to assist Mrs. Town outside. Please don’t stop now! It’s more important than ever to have more eyes on our students at play. Sign up here: April Sign-Up       May Sign-Up      June Sign-Up 

Volunteer Portal reminder-  

As of 3-13-19: There are three ways to submit your volunteer hours.  We hope to accomodate all families with these options.  For each entry, choose just one of the methods below: 

  1. New as of 3-13-19:  Enter hours into the volunteer form “Portal”.  (Do not re-enter hours previously sent via paper or e-mail, into the new “Portal”. Those entries are already documented.) 
  1. Submit a Green Paper form to the school office. 
  1. Submit an e-mail to,   

Upcoming Calendar Items: 

April 9th-11thACRE Testing for 5th and 8th graders only  

April 10thParent Teacher Club General Meeting 

April 16th – 18th– Sixth graders at Camp Hamilton 

April 19th, Good Friday– Prayer in the Garden at 10 am in the gym; Passion Play at 10:30 am in the church 

April 22nd REMEMBER there will be school on Easter Monday this year! 

April 29th through May 17th– MAP testing for all grades 2 through 8 

May 2nd– Fun Run 

May 6th-10th– Eighth graders in Washington D.C. 

May 8th-10th– Seventh graders in Portland, OR 

May 13th-18th– Missoula Children’s Theater for K-8