Wednesday Parent News 5.1.19

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s envelope, you’ll find information on:    Device Order for Fourth Grade families, Photography Club Displays, FUN RUN, Root Beer and Brats Fundraising Hours, Box Tops, Vacation Bible School in Ferndale, Summer Youth Programs, Volunteer Opportunities, PTC News and Volunteering, Calendar Items 

New Office Assistant Hired! 

As you’ve probably heard, after 21 years of service, Phoebe Vanderboom will be retiring from her “desk” at Assumption Catholic School this June. We are so grateful for her time at the school- first as an alumnus, then as an alumni parent, and most recently as an employee. Her wonderful sense of humor, care and compassion, and institutional memory will all be greatly missed. We welcome Dayna Dennis as the new office assistant for the 2019-2020 school year. She has been a parent of the school for three years and most recently finished her term as the Parent-Teacher Club President. As an analyst for Nordstrom, Dayna gained over 18 years of experience in project management, customer service, and organizational skills. She has been a huge asset to the school in a volunteer role already and we are excited for what she will bring to this position. 

RUN WILD!36th Annual Ellen Anderson Memorial Fun Run 

Are You READY to RUN WILD?? The 36th Annual Ellen Anderson Fun Run is Tomorrow, Thursday May 2nd from 1:15-3:00! It’s also a FREE DRESS DAY! Students are encouraged to wear their FUN RUN T-Shirt or class color shirt to school and bring their costume (tights, tutus, crazy socks, wigs, animal masks, beads etc.) to change at lunch. The class colors and animals are:  

  • Kindergarten – Pink Giraffes  
  • 1st Grade – Electric Blue Elephants 
  • 2nd Grade – Lime Green Rhinos 
  • 3rd Grade – Silver Antelopes 
  • 4th Grade – Hot Pink Zebras 
  • 5th Grade – Maroon Gorillas  
  • 6th Grade – Safety (Neon) Yellow Tigers 
  • 7th Grade – Hot Coral Cheetahs 
  • 8th Grade – Royal Blue Lions   

Money isn’t due until Friday, May 17th so there is still time to Get Pledges! We are currently half way to our goal of $15,000. If everyone brought in $50 in pledges, we would reach our goal! We all win when we support our school!

BREAKING NEWS!!  This just in from Principal Anderson….ALL Classes with 100% participation will WIN popsicles and extra recess!  Now the race is on to see which class with 100% participation and brings in the most money wins the Grand Prize:  Pizza Lunch for the whole class!  So, get your pledge money, not the sheets, in to Mrs. Vanderboom! 

For the latest classroom tallies, check this week’s Fun Run Flier #4 (although it changes by the minute!). The forecast is for sun so come out and cheer our runners on! We are still in need of Costume Judges (2) and Lap Counters in 2nd, 3rd and 8th Grades.  Check out our volunteer sign-up link for more details.  We invite all those helping with the event to please arrive at the school no later than 12:30. Thank you! Fun Run Co-Chairs Natalie Milligan and Shannon Zerbrowski.

Fun Run Schedule of Events: 

  • Lunch:  Students change into their costumes during lunch/recess with teacher permission.
  • 12:30 Set up begins
  • 1:00 Students congregate in their color groups on the grass around the traffic loop (leave backpacks in gym) 
  • 1:15  Prayer begins in traffic loop (in front of gym doors) 
  • 1:20  Classes get to their starting positions at various stations around the Fun Run loop (not all start in the parking lot) 
  • 1:30  Horn blasts to START the Fun Run 
  • 2:00  Horn blasts to END the Fun Run 
  • 2:10  Gather in the gym for awards/festivities 
  • 3:00  Event concluded 


Oh, my goodness! There are many nice jackets and sweatshirts in the Lost & Found barrels. I counted 8 ties! Please claim your items. 

Device Order Form 

All current fourth graders and any students new in 2019-2020 for grades 5-8 will need to fill out a device order form. Even if you are purchasing the device on your own, please fill out the digital survey so that we know what the school will need to order. Please note that iPads will be allowed as an option for students in fifth grade, and any older who students who would like to begin using an iPad are allowed to do so beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The order form is due Friday, May 3rd. 

Math Curriculum Review 

This year, a team of six teachers and Mr. Anderson are reviewing the current Go Math curriculum. We are considering a change to one of three math programs: Envision 2.0 (Pearson), McGraw-Hill, and Singapore Math. In the final stages, we will be inviting two parents who are math teachers to be a part of the review process, but we also welcome any feedback from other parents who may know these programs and have suggestions or feedback. You can email Mr. Anderson if you’d like to add anything to this discussion. 

Support our IMAGine Photography Club 

All seventh and eighth graders who participated in the IMAGEine photography class in January will have their work displayed in the Children’s Gallery Walk on the evening of May 3rd and for the rest of the month of May. Allied Arts saw the photography that the students made during their IMAGEine photography class and were so impressed that their work has been chosen for the Allied Arts Gallery space at 1418 Cornwall Avenue! Come and check it out…  


Do you still have fundraising hours you need to fulfill? Please sign-up and help out with the Root Beer and Brats Fundraiser on May 17th in the school gym. Click on the sign-up-genius link to see what time slots are available! Thanks for your help!  

Last Box Tops for Education Contest This Year! 

This year Assumption has earned $696.40 for our Box Tops submissions. Thank you to everyone for making this happen, it is an easy way to get money (10 cents for each one) for our school and students.   

Our goal is $1,000 so if each classroom collects 340 Box Tops before June 14th (lofty goal but we challenge you to make it happen!) we will make our goal!  Ask family, friends and others to clip and collect! Let’s see what we can do! Turn your Box Tops in at the office in a ziploc or envelope with you name on it. Mr. C’s class won a pizza party for the last contest… happening in June! Congratulations! 

Make Jesus Day Camp the “MANE” Event this Summer! 

This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. July 8-12 from 9:00A.M. – Noon. at St Joseph, Ferndale. Here is the link! 

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 gift for moms, grandmothers, and godmothers this Mother’s Day!  

Fred Meyer Scrip Availability 

The new Kroeger/Fred Meyer gift card site is up and running and we should have more Fred Meyer scrip in stock on May 8th!  Again, we are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused. Thank you, Angie King  

Gardening with Common Threads 

Hello families! Our students are enjoying gardening this spring! Now’s the time to look ahead to summer:  We are seeking families to help with summer garden care so that students can return to a well-tended, bountiful garden in the fall. Please contact me at if you are interested in helping with summer garden care, let me know your availability. (This counts toward your commitment hours!) 

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.  

Congratulations to the Winners of the Catholic Daughters of America Art Contest: 

  • Bu Seong, 6th grade   
  • Ava May, 6th grade 
  • Malia, 8th grade 
  • Johnny, 8th grade 
  • Vincent, 8th grade 

PTC News 

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, a flower, 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!  An order form was sent home last week in your physical envelope and here if you need to print another! 

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. 

Fundraising Commitment Hours  

  • RUN WILD! Our school’s 36th Annual Ellen Anderson Fun Run is fast approaching on Thursday, May 2nd. Collect pledges and win fun prizes!  Our team needs lots of hands to pull this off, so please consider signing up to help: Volunteer Sign-Up LINK

       Non-fundraising Commitment Hours   

  • Playground Angels are needed!  There are still opportunities in April and coverage needed for the remainder of the school year. Please sign up here:   May Sign-Up      June Sign-Up 

Upcoming Calendar Items: 

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

May 2nd – Fun Run 

May 3rdNO School Mass today 

May 9th – Mother’s Day Flower Basket order pick-up (7:30-8:15 and 2:45-3:15 in front of the gym) 

May 10th – No school for Kindergarten only today. (Mrs. Whelan will be assessing rising Kindergarten students.) Bilingual Mass today at 10:30 am. 

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 

May 17th – May Crowning Mass 

May 17th – Jr. Ski to Sea Parade at 4 pm with the Root Beer and Brats fundraiser from 4- 8 pm 

June 7th– Variety Show (1:30 pm to 3 pm). See flier in this week’s envelope. 

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