Wednesday Parent Newsletter 9.11.19

Posted in Principal's Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find information re: Corrected family contact data, counseling services, a Scrip bonus day, Protecting God’s Children classes, EDP for our upcoming early release day, PTC news including the Spaghetti Dinner on Sept 21 and various ways to support our school, a Girls Scout meeting, Holy Hoops, Tackle Hunger Bellingham and Curriculum Night.

Spaghetti Dinner Ticket Order Form

Tackle Hunger Bellingham

Open Gym Permission Form

Girls on the Run

Parent and Emergency Contact Data 

As you’ve heard, the system our school uses for tracking student data has recently changed the way contacts are managed.  Some of this information didn’t transfer into the new system, so we want to ensure that all parent and emergency contact information is accurate.   

If you haven’t already done so, please include the form when you return your envelope on Thursday. Thank you for your assistance! 

Counseling Services 

We have been fortunate since 2016 to have a part-time counselor available to students on Thursday mornings. Ms. Pamela Fuller has been a tremendous blessing to our school and has worked with small groups of students and with teachers to offer student support. Because of the tools she has provided, the teachers have been well-equipped to work with students in their individual classes. Therefore, due to budget constraints this year because of a lower enrollment, we have decided that we will not provide counseling services in the same capacity. However, Ms. Fuller has agreed to be available for consulting, as needed, and we will continue to work with her in that capacity. Be assured that students will still receive the support they need in social/emotional health and we recognize the need for this ongoing education. Please email Mr. Anderson with any questions. 

ThankScriping Day is Thursday, September 12 

Mark your calendar because ThankScriping Day is coming Thursday, September 12. You can earn up to 21% on eGift cards and reloads just in time for fall shopping. Set up online payments to receive your eGift cards and reloads faster*. You can also pay by check if you place your order during the 1-day promotion. You’ll receive your eGift cards and reloads when your coordinator releases the order. If you don’t have the option to pay online, see your coordinator about enabling online payments.  See shopwithscrip.com 

Protecting God’s Children Class – for any parent wanting to volunteer in the school!  

Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., School Library  

Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm in the Teachers’ Lounge 

Any adults 18-years and older who are looking to volunteer in the School or with any parish ministries serving children or vulnerable adults must take this course if they have not yet done so.   You cannot volunteer until you have taken this class and completed the background check.  If you miss this class, then you will need to find another class, most of which are in the Seattle area.   

You must register online before attending the class— the number of spaces is limited.  

Please go to www.virtusonline.org, click first time registrant, click Begin the registration process, and then click Seattle, WA Archdiocese on the drop down menu.  

From there you will create a username and password and select the class that you want to take.   

You will need to take a class so why not do it here at Assumption!    

If you have taken this class before you do not need to attend, however you will need to take an online class to continue your ministry with youth or vulnerable adults.  If you have questions, or need help signing up, please contact Angie King at 360-733-6133 or aking@school.assumption.org. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you previously completed this training, you will receive an automated message from Virtus when an online refresher is due.  No news is good news! 

Early Release in EDP 

Next Wednesday, September 18th will be our next Early Release with dismissal at 11:45.  Please note; if your child is attending Extended Day you must fill out the digital form sent to your email as we will be leaving campus.  Please pack a lunch, good walking shoes, and a water bottle.  Contact Bev Williams if you have any questions: bwilliams@school.assumption.org.   

SCRIP SELLERS NEEDED BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL! 

Selling Scrip is an easy way to earn your fundraising hours. We need sellers for the following times: 

Tuesday              2:45 3:15 

Wednesday       7:45 8:15 

Thursday            2:45 3:15 

Friday                 7:45 8:15 

You don’t have to be available every week to sell.  Sell on one day a week or one day a month.  Our schedule is flexible!  Please email Angie King at aking@school.assumption.org and let me know if you are interested in selling Scrip and what days you are available! 

PTC News 

  • Fun features of this year’s dinner:
  • (please bring your cash & checkbook)
  • Beer donated by Boundary Bay
  • Great selection of wine
  • Supervised outside play for kids
  • Chocolate cheesecake, tiramisu, cakes, pies, cookies and SO much more!
  • Trivia 

 We’re very excited to share that our 8th grade students are partnering with the PTC again this year to help fund their class trip to Washington D.C. You will see them serving, helping sell desserts, busing tables and selling raffle tickets.  We plan to work them pretty hard, so please come out to support both our school and the exceptional students of this class! 

Here’s where we could still use some help: 

  • PLEASE BAKE!  Please consider making cakes, pies or anything whole for families looking to split at their table or take home. You’ll earn a volunteer hour credit for this effort.  We can never have too much dessert.  Whatever is left will be offered for sale after Masses on Sunday.  Sign up here!  Spaghetti signup 2019 
      
  • PLEASE BUY TICKETS!  You’ll find an order form in this week’s physical envelope home. Tell extended family, neighbors and co-workers!  Our event has been added to our school Facebook page, so please like it and share!  https://www.facebook.com/AssumptionEagles 

Non-Fundraising Volunteer Hours 

  • September Playground Angels Come enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and help us keep the kids safe out on the playground! Sign up here. 
  • Our Friday school mass Sacristan, Tashie, is always looking for assistance for School masses. Show up at 9:30 to assist her in preparation for mass and earn school or church volunteer hours 

Fundraising Volunteer Hours: 

PANT SALE: As many of you know October 1st means the students can no longer wear shorts as part of their school uniform. The PTC is going to do a Used Pant Uniform Sale to help you with this transition! We have a large stock of navy and khaki pants in stock so come check us out on Sep. 20th. All pants are only $5.00 and all proceeds go directly back into the school. We will need some energetic parents to help run this, so if you are interested in earning volunteer hours please click here: Pant Sale SignUp 

It is with sadness that the PTC announces that we must look for a new PTC Vice President for the 2019/2020 school year. The Strayer family has received an amazing job advancement and as many of you know will be moving to Chicago this winter. With that Shanae will need to transition out of her role from Vice President and hand over her duties to another Assumption parent who is just as excited and passionate about our school and mission!   

VP duties are:  

  • Supporting and working 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  

Please think about this, discuss it with your family and pray about it. It is a very worthwhile commitment to your school community and a very rewarding one at that. If you are interested, please send an email to Sara Rush at sara.m.rush@gmail.com and cc Shanae Strayer at shanaeastrayer@gmail.com by September 13, 2019  

Is your Fred Meyer card giving back to Assumption Catholic School? Log into your Fred Meyer account online. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Community —> click Fred Meyer Community Rewards —> click Link your Rewards card now —> choose Assumption Catholic School (FW772). You are now earning free money towards Assumption– Congratulations!  

Do you shop Amazon? Who doesn’t anymore (OK, maybe there are a couple who don’t)? When you do, log into  AmazonSmile.com and are you are supporting Assumption!  At no additional cost to you, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of almost all purchases to Assumption. Just select ‘ASSUMPTION CHURCH Bellingham, WA’ as your charity. You need only do this once- as long as you always shop using the AmazonSmile.com address, the donation will be automatically made going forward. For further information please click on this link About Amazon Smile or feel free to contact Sara Rush at sara.m.rush@gmail.com   

Girl Scout Meeting 

Girl Scout troop 46484 which meets at Assumption is considering expansion!  If you have a girl in grades K-5 who is interested in joining our troop, please plan to attend a parent info meeting on September 12th from 6-7:30pm in Room 1 (located below the parish offices).  This meeting is for parents only.  In order to have enough informational material, please text Tiffany Schuman (troop leader) at 360-739-2742 to let her know if you are planning to attend.  Hope to see you there! 

Holy Hoops

This is a 4-on-4 basketball tournament which runs for four days in October. There will be boys and girls team, and all are invited to come and play. Students are welcome to the Open Gym times every Thursday after school for September and October and there will be a special Open Gym for Holy Hoops on Monday, Oct 14th. Sign-ups will be due on October 8th so look for information in the upcoming Wednesday Parent News. 

Tackle Hunger Bellingham 

If you are looking for a way to serve or for students in middle school to get their service hours, here is a great way to partner with Generosity Feeds, MOD Pizza, and Wood Stone. See the flier in today’s Parent News and register to join the event on September 28th. 

Curriculum Night Agenda 

6:30 pm– Message from Mr. Anderson in the school gym.  

K- 5 families in homeroom classrooms (Maps available in the office. Find a Student Ambassador). 

7:00 pm– First presentation by homeroom teacher in your child’s classroom  

7:25 pm– Same presentation, done a second time for parents with multiple children  

7:50 pm– Same presentation, done a third time for parents with multiple children  

7:00-8:15 pm– Meet with specialist teachers (drop-in basis):  

  • Mrs. Beshara: Library 
  • Mrs. Campbell: Foyer 
  • Maestra Pavon: Spanish classroom, 3rd floor 

Middle School  

7:00 pm– First presentation by homeroom teachers  

Specialty teacher availability: 

  • Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans for 7th Grade Math in Mrs. VonFeldt’s room 

7:25 pm– Same presentation in homeroom classes, done a second time for parents with multiple children 

Specialty teacher availability: 

  • Mrs. Evans available for 6th Grade Math in the Makerspace room (2nd floor) 
  • Mrs. VonFeldt available for 8th Grade Algebra students in her classroom (3rd floor) 

7:45 to 8:15 pm– Meeting for school bus families with Mr. Anderson in the library.  

7:45-8:00 pm-  

Specialty teacher availability: 

  • Ms. Gottschalk for 7th Grade Literature 
  • Mr. Costanza for 7th Grade Social Studies 
  • Mrs. Ernest for 6th Grade Science 
  • Math with Mrs. VonFeldt or Mrs. Evans 

8:00-8:15 pm 

Specialty teacher availability: 

  • Ms. Gottschalk for Art 
  • Mr. Costanza for 7th Grade Language Arts 
  • Mrs. Ernest for 8th Grade Science 
  • Math with Mrs. VonFeldt or Mrs. Evans 

7:00-8:15 pm– Meet with specialist teachers (drop-in basis):  

  • Mrs. Beshara: Library 
  • Mrs. Campbell: Foyer 
  • Maestra Pavon: Spanish classroom, 3rd floor 

8:15 pm- Evening concludes 

Upcoming Calendar Items  

September 11thCurriculum Night (TONIGHT) at 6:30 pm beginning in the gym 

September 16thPre-Kindergarten Individual Photo Day (Free Dress) 

September 17th– Preschool – 8th grade Individual Photo Day (Free Dress) 

September 18th– Early Release Day. Casual Dress (t-shirt with logo and jeans or shorts)  

September 21th– Spaghetti Dinner… Two seatings at 5 pm and 6 pm. Childcare provided for preschool and up! 

September 23rdGirls on the Run begins today for girls in grades 3-5 

September 25thHot Lunch 

October 22nd-25th– Holy Hoops 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament for all students in grades 5-8. Information will be in the Wednesday Parent News starting on September 18th.