Wednesday Parent News 4.17.19

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:   Lummi Nation Grant, Rice Bowl Weekly, Missoula Children’s Theater, FUN RUN, Student Portraits, Student Leadership Opportunity, Fred Meyer Scrip, Gardening with Common Threads, Middle School Retreat, Summer Youth Program at WWU, Volunteer Opportunities, Upfront Theatre Opportunity, 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. 

Palm Sunday – Rice Bowl 

Encounter Our Neighbors  

We encounter Jesus this week in Jerusalem, a community he knew well. We prayerfully enter our own communities too, encountering those who are hungry and thirsty, and those who need our help. How does our Lenten journey motivate us to serve those we meet in our daily lives? Visit for more. 

Missoula Children’s Theater 

Thank you to the Quinn family for volunteering to host one of the directors. We still need one more family if you have the room. If you can accommodate one of the directors for seven nights beginning on Sunday, May 12th, please email Mrs. Beshara directly at and let her know. Thank you for your help with this. Missoula Children’s Theater is presenting Gulliver’s Travels during the week of May 13th-17th with two performances on Saturday, May 18th 

RUN WILD!36th Annual Ellen Anderson Memorial Fun Run 

Are you ready to RUN WILD?!? Our school’s 36th Annual Ellen Anderson Fun Run is Coming up Fast!  Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 2nd. Important information, dates and deadlines and current class standings can be found in this week’s Fun Run Flier!   

There is still time to Sponsor the Event and Purchase T-shirts!  The Deadline is THIS Friday, April 19. This year’s Raffle Prizes are $100 Amazon, $100 Lego and $100 VISA gift Cards. So start getting pledges and earning raffle tickets!  Check out the WILD bulletin board by Mrs. Vanderboom’s office for Class Colors, Jungle Animals and Pledge Standings. Get Involved! Please visit our SignUp Genius page and help make this the Best Fun Run Ever!  RUN WILD!!! 

Sale! Sale! Sale! Last chance for student portraits! 

We are clearing out our collection of Lee Eberhardt’s amazing student portraits from the auction. Chances are we have a professional photo of your child, ready for hanging, beautifully mounted on sturdy black cardstock. If you have seen Lee’s portraits displayed at the auction, you are familiar with how wonderfully Lee captures the spirit of our children and our school through his photos. Stop by the office and choose yours for just $5 each. They would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!  

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. 

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.   

Thank you, Angie King  

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:   

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 

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 

A BIG thanks to the parents who were able to join our PTC General Meeting last Wednesday evening.  Some highlights were a review of Auction results, discussion of enrollment and teacher allocation for next year, and a review of the new parent self-serve portal to track volunteer hours. We’re especially grateful and blessed to have several parents answer the call to serve on the PTC Board next year!  It’s a very worthy cause as PTC events and programs help keep tuition costs affordable/our school accessible to more families and foster the close-knit community we all strive for! 

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10.  During this week at Assumption, the PTC sponsors a breakfast for our dedicated teachers. It’s become tradition for students to bring them a small token of appreciation.  It can be anything: a drawing, picked flowers, treats, a favorite coffee, small gift card, photo, etc. 

For those who care to (totally optional), the office will be offering the opportunity for parents to contribute to teachers’ Scrip accounts as one option for showing appreciation (as they do for Christmas). This is a great choice as we’re all running out of ideas by May and our dedicated teachers can choose how they’d like to use their credit! 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: We’ll be sponsoring a spring Family Movie Night on Saturday, May 11th in the gym, beginning at 6:00 pm. Movie is TBD. 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: Once again, the PTC would like to offer an incentive to utilize this great 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. 

 Volunteer Portal reminder-   

There are currently three ways to submit your volunteer hours.  We hope to accommodate 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   

Non-fundraising Commitment Hours   

  • Strong hands and a pick-up truck needed! We need 2-3 people and a truck to take the old scoreboard under the stage to the dump. If you are free and able to do this, please email Karen Zuther at the parish office to coordinate a time: 
  • Playground Angels are needed!  There are still several April days with openings 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 

Upcoming Calendar Items: 

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 3rdNO School Mass (reassigned to May 17th)

May 10th– No school for Kindergarten students (only today). Mrs. Whelan will be assessing rising Kindergarten students.

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

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

May 17th – May Crowning Mass 

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

June 23rd – Auction – The Upfront Theatre Opportunity! See the flyer here!