Wednesday Parent Newsletter 10.9.19

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In this week’s Newsletter, you’ll find: Change of seasons on the playground, call to Lost & Found, upcoming Grandparents/Grand-Friends Day, ACS Best of the Northwest recognition, a makeover for our entryway, Lockdown procedures, applying for Tuition Assistance for 2020-21, Holy Hoops volunteer opportunities, Emergency Preparedness items, a KOMO Kulshan Ski Club meeting, Common Threads news, PTC News including tonight’s meeting and volunteer opportunities 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…?  

When you enter a Catholic church, the Blessed Sacrament is located where we see a lit candle (usually red) which is why we genuflect at the Blessed Sacrament (Jesus’s body) but bow toward the altar. 


Trunk or Treat Flier

Time to break out the coats 

Although we’d all like to prolong the balmier temperatures, Fall has definitely arrived on the playground! We’ve had a few days where the morning looks promising but takes a turn for the worse by lunchtime.  As long as the rain isn’t pouring down, we like to get students out for fresh air and play, so please be sure to send your kids with a warm jacket.  Thank you! 

Speaking of coats… 

Our Lost & Found bin is already runneth over!  If your child is missing an item (lots of sweaters and jackets), please have them check.  The bin is clearly marked and is located on the classroom (west) side of the first floor, between Kindergarten and 1st Grade. 

Grandparents/Grand-friends Day on November 22nd 

We’d like to be able to send invitations to Grandparents Day from the students this year, along with a copy of the school’s Annual Report. Please fill out the half-sheet in this week’s envelope and return it by Monday, October 14th if you’d like us to send an invitation. We will take care of addressing and sending! 

 Best of the Northwest

Thank you for voting Assumption the Best Private School for 2019. Look for us in the Bellingham Alive! October issue.  



Ideas for a new entryway? 

You will soon notice that we will be remodeling the inside entrance to the school to add some color and more student work! This began on Tuesday by taking down the photos of former classes and teachers to put into smaller albums. Thank you to Jessica Sidhu and Sara Rush for taking on this project and updating alumni stories (this hasn’t been done for about 10 years). We also plan to move the large painting and current student tiles, to allow for more wall space for student work. Things to come… more inviting furniture and space in the waiting area, a different color floor with warmer tones, and a tv monitor with revolving student photos. If you have additional ideas for this space, please email or share with one of the office staff. 

Lockdown procedures 

We had our first lockdown drill on Monday, Oct. 7th and many of the children had really good questions about what to do if someone entered the building without permission. Even in a drill, we don’t prepare the students because we want the scenario to be authentic. The students were reminded on Monday of the Run-Hide-Fight protocol which means that in the event there is an “intruder” on campus, they don’t always necessarily stay in a locked classroom if it is safer to leave the building. The reunification point for students and their families (if there is no communication from the school) will be the First Congregational Church on Cornwall Ave. However, in the case of an emergency, all communication will be sent via email and text through the SwiftReach system with directions for parent pick-up.  


Fulcrum Foundation Tuition Assistance Applications 

Fulcrum Foundation tuition assistance applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available online to complete.  

  • The website is  Log into your current FACTS Tuition management account.  
  • In the bottom left corner there is a box that says “FACTS Grant & Aid”, from there click on the “Start Application” link and click the option for 2020-2021.  It will take you to a new page: click the “view application”.  
  • From there most of your information will already be populated into the lines, please look over the information and then continue to the next page until you get the end of the application.  Each family will pay a $29 fee to FACTS to apply for Fulcrum tuition assistance.  

As a reminder, submitting the application online is just the first step. All applicants must also provide their 2018 tax forms and 2018 W-2’s. Applications can only be verified and processed once all necessary documentation is submitted. The deadline for applications to be submitted and documents to be uploaded into FACTS is January 8, 2020.  No late application will be accepted.   

Tuition assistance is only available to Kindergarten through 8th grade students. 

If you need help completing the application or uploading your documents, please contact Angie King at 360-733-6133 ext. 4313 or email her at   


HOLY HOOPS NEEDS YOU! Volunteer Opportunities  

The players are registered and the teams are formed; now we need your help to make this event even more memorable. We have created a volunteer website on SignUpGenius: Holy Hoops volunteers

Please visit the site and sign-up for a variety of volunteer opportunities. Some of the positions that we are looking for are: 

  • Officials/referees 
  • MC 
  • Scorebook or Clock  
  • Providing Coaches/Volunteer meal 

If you or someone you know has a love for the game or just wants to be part of this great event, please sign-up as soon as possible.   

-Holy Hoops Committee 


Emergency Preparedness 

Just a reminder: If you took a red cross on Curriculum Night to purchase an item for our classroom go bags, 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. 


Winter Ride Program to Mt. Baker 

The KOMO Kulshan Ski Club is offering an informational meeting about their Winter Ride program on Tues, October 15th at Kulshan Middle School from 6:30-9:30 pm.  This meeting is mandatory for middle schoolers and their parents who want to participate in that program this year.  Check out their website for more information: Please note this is completely separate from our middle school Winter Sports dates and NOT an Assumption-sponsored event.   


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: 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:

PTC News 

Please mark your calendars for the first PTC General Meeting of the year on TONIGHT 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. 


Calling All Crafters! 

On December 1, 2019, ACS will be partnering with Assumption Catholic Church to present a Holiday Craft Bazaar in the Assumption gym! This event will be open to all students, parents and parishioner crafters and will be your chance to sell your handmade goods to the broader Bellingham community. Watch for more details in the Wednesday envelope next week about securing your vendor table! 

Are you interested in helping plan this event? Please contact Shanae Strayer via email: 


Our first deadline to submit traditional clipped Box Tops is November 1.  Please be sure to have them to the school office or to your classroom by Friday, Oct. 25th! 

Remember that Box Top$ is going digital. Please download the app and scan your receipts to instantly add cash to our school earnings online. Thank you! 


Fundraising Commitment Hours:  

Great opportunity for fundraising hours from home! We are looking for a parent volunteer to address annual reports and invitations for Grandparents Day (about 100 addressees). They will be ready for pick up on Friday, October 18th and we will need them back to the office by Wednesday, Oct. 23rd ready to mail. Please email if you are interested.  


Hi everyone, we’re in need of a few volunteers to stuff envelopes for mailing. Please follow the link below to sign up to help.

Auction mailing signup

Thank you so much!     -Courtney & Jen        

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

Muscle wanted!  Since Craig Lingbloom (maintenance and custodian) is out with an injury until October 16th, the school could use help with small projects. One of these includes mounting a 75″ television in the teacher workroom on the north wall. Basic construction know-how is required and because of the weight of the tv, two volunteers would be needed. Please contact the office if you are able to help with this. 

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 9th- General PTC Meeting- all parents welcome!  7:00 in the ACS Library 

October 11th- NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day observed 

October 16th– Early Release Day, 11:45 am dismissal, Casual Dress 

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

October 22nd and 29th- Health screenings at school 

October 23rdChess Club begins 

October 26thTrunk or Treat 6:15 to 7:30 pm (pre-Halloween festivities at Church of the Assumption) 

November 1st- All Saints Day school Mass at 10:45 am