In this week’s Newsletter, you find: Updated Family Directory info, Principal’s Coffee notes, reminder of change to daily Mass times, Holy Hoops tournament info, this week’s Cross Country meet hosted by Assumption, Emergency Preparedness items, Common Threads news, October EDP Extension Camp (Lacrosse!), MAP Testing and sacrament preparation reminders, and PTC News including volunteer opportunities. Thank you for reading!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6
Did you know…?
Our Holy Father Pope Francis took the name “Francis” after St. Francis of Assisi, the Founder of the Franciscans (Order of Friars Minor). In 1215 AD, at the Fourth Lateran Council, St. Francis met St. Dominic, the Founder of the Dominicans (Order of Preachers). At that council, the Catholic Church affirmed transubstantiation and papal primacy, among other things.
Parent Handbook and Family Directory
Hard copies of these items are coming home today, October 2nd. If you are a family new to the school, please stop by the office at your convenience to pick up your navy binder, complete with contents. Returning families will receive just the 2019-2020 contents to replace last year’s in your existing binder.
Here is a digital copy of the Parent Handbook 2019.2020. It is also available online at school.assumption.org under Parent Resources –> Forms and Documents.
Notes from Principal’s Coffee on September 27th
Maria Rodriguez took notes at the Principal’s Coffee on Friday, September 27th. Five parents attended the time together. Preschool parents received a personal invitation to attend.
Talent Show/Variety Show
- Could the organization of it give more time for rehearsing and checking lyrics of songs
- Is there a parent(s) who could help organize it with Mrs. Whelan?
- Frederick and Mrs. Beshara should be a part of it during that week. They have been in previous years, but last year was confusing because the multi-cultural day had been canceled. Those performances were moved to June.
- The Variety Show will be in January this year, during Catholic Schools Week, not in June. It will have a dress rehearsal during the day and performances at night.
Starting time for Principal’s Coffees
- Move these to 8 am, right after drop-off instead of 8:30 am.
- Can we put the minutes in the Wednesday Parent Newsletter? (We’ll add them to a page on the website after they have happened and they can be archived.)
Follow up more with preschool families…
- Both in the beginning and in the end of the school year, not just the end. Invite the families to participate in the class rather than in the library for a “coffee.” Allow them to see what is going on more in the classroom and encourage them to stay for Kindergarten.
- Make sure they are included in everything PS-8 rather than separating them out.
Field trips/service projects in the county parishes
- Show the students in uniform out in the county rather than just at Assumption.
- Instead of the weekends, could two classes go to a daily mass in uniform once per month?
School safety is still a concern
- Good that the door is locked, but adults are still able to wander onto campus.
- What is the school/church considering- a fence around the traffic loop and over to the gym?
- More training needed for Playground Angels.
- Are there cameras on campus? Yes, they are outside the church and outside the gym. Should we put up signs that tell people they are being recorded?
Changing Daily Mass Times
Reminder: Daily Mass times will be changing starting this week (October 1st). Every Wednesday and Thursday only, if you would like to drop off your child by 7:15 am for daily Mass (now beginning at 7:15 am), we are working to have adult supervision in the church those two days each week. Please check before leaving your child at the church to be sure an adult is present. Please see the attached letter from Father Moore explaining the change: Daily Mass Letter 9.2019
There will be NO SCHOOL MASS this Friday, Oct 4th, but rather a Blessing of the Animals at 8:00 in the traffic circle. Bring your pets at drop off- on a leash or otherwise contained, please!
Faith – Love – Basketball
We need players!
Our 5th annual Holy Hoops 4 on 4 basketball tournament is just around the corner – October 22nd – 25th. This tournament is FREE, and we are encouraging all 5th – 8th grade students to participate. No basketball experience is necessary. All players will receive a TEC Holy Hoops t-shirt, be invited to the end-of-event BASH, and they will build life-long memories with teammates and competitors.
We need coaches!
We are also looking for Assumption Alumni to help coach! Whether it’s for the whole week or one day, we need YOU! We are able to work around school and sports schedules. This is a wonderful way to give back to your school and also get high school service hours. Coaches also receive TEC Holy Hoops t-shirts; the music room is open for studying and food will be provided by the Holy Hoops committee.
We need sponsors!
The running of this free community event relies upon support in the form of sponsorships from local families and businesses. Your generous donations go toward purchasing t-shirts for the teams, food and support for our coaches and referees, and prizes for winning teams. Please feel free to pass this onto your employer, friends and family who may want to sponsor. Our hope is that this event continues to be a long-standing tradition at our school, encouraging teamwork, good sportsmanship and community building.
Let’s continue to make Holy Hoops a tradition that Assumption families can enjoy for years to come! If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lisa Twining at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the fun new posting on our school’s social media platforms as well!
Cross Country Update: Assumption Eagles Cross Country team is about halfway through the season. Runners have been working hard to improve form, endurance, and speed. Our boys have placed 2nd as a team for all three races. Last week students ran at Nooksack Middle School. Each of our runners improved on their 1.5 mile times from the start of the season. This Thursday, October 3rd, Assumption and Franklin Academy will be hosting our home meet at Cornwall Park. Families and XC fans will be gathering around 4pm to watch. The boys run first at 4:15, then the girls at 4:45. Volunteer (see below) or just come out to cheer on our runners. Go Eagles!
XC Meet Hosted by Assumption
Our own Cross Country meet is fast approaching and we need volunteers! It’s Thursday, October 3rd at Cornwall Park. Volunteers need to check in at the big field between 3:30 – 3:45pm and the race starts at 4:15 pm. We need at least eight volunteers to help along the route and at the finish line. Here are the areas where we need help: parking, race route (directing runners) and the finish line. We’d love to let the parents of runners watch their kids and enjoy the race, so extra hands are greatly appreciated. To help, please contact Audra Rosen at email@example.com
Just a reminder: If you took a red cross on Curriculum Night to purchase an item for our classroom go bags, thank you! Please bring the item to the office by Monday, October 14th. We would like to have these bags stocked and distributed to the classrooms before the end of the month. Thank you for your support.
EDP Extension Camp: Lacrosse
We are very excited to welcome back the coaches from Bellingham Youth Lacrosse and the Warriors for our next Extension Camp! Remember all students can participate in these camps by contacting Bev (firstname.lastname@example.org) and there is no cost for this week. Look for the sign up in your email and mark your calendars for October 7-11, with pick up at 4:15.
Gardening with Common Threads
Fall is such an exciting season in the garden: Kids are harvesting, seed-saving, and learning about different ways to build healthy soil. If you are interested in volunteering during fall gardening or winter cooking please contact: email@example.com. Save the date: Make a Difference Day is October 26 and we will be hosting school garden work parties around Whatcom County. Check the Common Threads Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com/CommonThreadsFarm
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.
REMINDER: Last Opportunity for Protecting God’s Children Class at Assumption– Thursday, October 3, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm in the Teachers’ Lounge
If you have questions, or need help signing up, please contact Angie King at 360-733-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST EUCHARIST REGISTRATION for the 2019-2020 school year will end on October 13 for Church of the Assumption. The first class is on Sunday, October 13 beginning at 11 am in the Church. They would very much appreciate registrations BEFORE that day, but please note that October 13 is the deadline. Please contact Kathy Ernst or Adriana Estrada at the Pastoral Center Office with questions: 360-733-1380.
The PTC would like to thank all those who were interested in sharing their time and service as Vice President for the PTC Board. We are happy to announce that Stephanie Wolf will be taking the place of Shanae Strayer when the Strayer family moves to Chicago in December. Shanae will continue to serve on the Board until she feels it is time to step back and focus on her move and her family. We are blessed to have so many people at Assumption willing to step in and serve!
Please mark your calendars for the first PTC General Meeting of the year on October 9th at 7pm in the School Library. EDP will offer childcare for all ages. Smaller children are welcome to stay with you for the meeting. Free dress on Thursday for kids with a parent attending. We will give you an update on PTC events and finances followed by Mr. Anderson who will give a briefing on the Technology Boot Camp for 5th-8th graders that was given earlier that day. Hear what your children learned about safely navigating social media, protecting their passwords, and discerning fact and fiction on the Internet.
Non-Fundraising Commitment Hours:
October Playground Angels We have lots of empty slots on our October schedule! Please help us out and put your name down for a time or two! Oct Playground 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.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
September 23rd– October 11th– MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) for grades 2-8
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 9th- General PTC Meeting- all parents welcome! 7:00 in the ACS Library
October 11th- NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day observed
October 22nd-25th– Holy Hoops 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament for all students in grades 5-8.
October 26th– Trunk or Treat (times TBD) (pre-Halloween festivities at Church of the Assumption)