Wednesday Parent Newsletter 9.18.19

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find: 5th Annual Holy Hoops, Girls Basketball Coach opening, MAP testing info, Math Olympiad and middle school electives, PTC News including Spaghetti Dinner needs for this weekend, Hot Lunch next week and many other ways to support our school, Tackle Hunger Bellingham and upcoming calendar items.  Thank you for reading!


“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6 

Did you know…?  

(Look here in future weeks to discover what your children are learning about the Catholic faith- including what you may have known and forgotten, or what you learned long ago and you have always loved.) 

Open Gym Permission                                                     Parent Volunteer Skills Survey

Raiders Basketball Club Grades 4-8                           Update for School Bus Families                                           Tackle Hunger Bellingham


Holy Hoops- Love, Faith, and BASKETBALL 

HOLY HOOPS is back and starting SOON! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 22nd  through Friday, October 25th. Holy Hoops is a FREE four day, 4-on-4 basketball tournament intended for EVERY 5th-8th grade student at Assumption Catholic School.  Once again, there will be two divisions: a boy’s league and a girl’s league. Each team will be comprised of students from 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th and one or two Assumption alumni coaches.   In order to build fun and community around a sport we all love, it is critical that ALL eligible students participate- prior experience NOT required! Participants will receive their team t-shirt, an end-of-event BASH, and build life-long memories with teammates and competitors. Let’s continue to make Holy Hoops a tradition that Assumption families can enjoy for years to come!  Paper copies of registration forms are in today’s take home envelope. Permission slips for eligible students to access open gym time on the Thursdays leading up to Holy Hoops can be accessed above. If you have any questions or concerns contact Lisa Twining at  

Basketball coach needed for girls 

Assumption Catholic School is seeking a girls basketball coach for the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • Season runs from October 28 – December 20, 2019. 
  • Practices held most weekdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. 
  • Approximately eight games during the season 
  • Stipend pay:  $500 for coach’s first year, $250 for assistant coach 

If you’re interested in the position or have any questions, contact Assumption Catholic School Athletic Director, Audra Rosen., 360-441-9099 

MAP Testing- September 23 through October 11th 

Starting the week of September 23rd, all 2nd through 8th graders will participate in the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) bi-annual testing. Please don’t make appointments or schedule vacations through which your child will miss school during these important three weeks of testing. Most tests, approximately one hour in length, will be administered between 8:15 am and 11:30 am, but some days might have an afternoon test.  

All students in grades 3-8 take four tests: science, language, reading, and math. Second graders take three tests (all but science). Make-up testing, if needed, will be done the week of October 7th. This test is not meant to rank students or compare them to the national average, but it is used for students to set their own academic goals for the school year in the form of a RIT score. Teachers also use this important data to inform instruction and collaborate with each other on school-wide essential standards. 

Middle school electives and Math Olympiad for 5th-8th grades 

There has been some confusion about 5th-8th grade electives because we made changes after the sign-up went out at the beginning of the school year. For the month of September, while school Masses are still at 10:30 am, there will be no electives on Fridays. The one exception is Choir which needs to rehearse for Mass and will meet in the church on Fridays at 9:45 am. Starting on October 4th, Mass times will change to 10:45 am and electives will begin at 10 am every Friday.  

Additionally, Math Olympiad was given as an option for 5th and 6th graders after the sign-ups went out. Therefore, any student in 5th or 6th grade enrolled in Math Olympiad elective will only meet on Thursdays and Fridays during their regular elective time. There is no after-school Math Olympiad time for 5th and 6th grades- just elective time. However, 7th and 8th grade participants who are in Math Olympiad on Thursday and Friday during electives will also be after school on Friday afternoons with Arpad Benyi. There will be no charge for this, but registration is required and students enrolled in Math Olympiad are ALL encouraged to participate in the competition in February (all grades 5-8). 


PTC News 


WE COULD STILL USE SOME HELP! Please go here to sign up: Spaghetti signup 2019 

  • Bake Sale items (earn a volunteer hour for making a goodie)  
  • Servers (two lines to get people through quicker means we need extra hands) 
  • And the biggest thing you can do is… ATTEND!  All are welcome. With delicious food, cold beer, fine wine and scrumptious treats, a great time is practically guaranteed.  Our event has been added to our school Facebook page, so please like it and share!  

We look forward to seeing all our Assumption families there this Saturday!   

Our first Hot Lunch this year will be a little different, as we are still working with the Whatcom County Health Department to approve our permits for our monthly Hot Lunch. We are going to support a local business who provides a discount to local schools for purchasing from them. We will be catering sandwiches thru Port-of-Subs for our “Hot Lunch” on September 25th. Please see the flyer in the Wednesday envelope and we hope to be back to a Hot Lunch by October! 

Fundraising Commitment Hours:  

Grant Writer: We are looking for anyone who may be interested in assisting us with writing a grant or two for a couple of projects that we are hoping to work on. If you have experience in writing grants or have a knack for acquiring money for a cause, please contact Sara Rush at 360-556-2271 or 

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 Friday, Sep. 20th. All pants are only $5.00 and all proceeds go directly back into the school. If weather permits we will be outside, if it rains look for us in the gym! We are especially looking for help setting up from 9:30-11:00. So if you are interested in earning volunteer hours please go here: Pant Sale Sign UpParents who volunteer are welcome to bring their younger children. 

Don’t forget to download the Box Tops App and scan your receipts to earn money on those Box Tops! From Sept 12-22, all eligible receipts scanned will earn double box tops for Assumption Catholic School!  


Non-Fundraising Commitment Hours: 

September Playground Angels! Just a couple slots are still needed- please sign up here: September signup 

October Playground Angels Schedule is ready and there are plenty of openings! There is bound to be a little sun left over for October since it seemed to be hidden for September! October signup 

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. 

If you haven’t already, please return the Parent Skills Survey that went out last week.  In case you need another copy, one is attached above! 

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 above and register to join the event on September 28th. 

Upcoming Calendar Items  

September 21th– Spaghetti Dinner… Two seatings at 5 pm and 6 pm. Outside supervision for the kids provided! 

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

September 23rd– October 11th– MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) for grades 2-8 

September 25th– Hot Lunch 

October 3rd Protecting God’s Children class in the ACS Staff Workroom 

October 4th- Blessing of the Animals, no school Mass today 

October 7th- Pizza Lunch 

October 11th- NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day observed 

October 22nd-25th– Holy Hoops 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament for all students in grades 5-8.