Wednesday Parent Newsletter 11.6.19

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

Did you know…?  

We will be moving the painting of the Blessed Mother in the entryway when we remodel that space. The painting was done by Thomas Schlotterback (1929-2015) in 2000 when the new entrance was created for the school. The painting depicts the Blessed Mother after the Assumption as the protector of all children. To her left is Mary Magdalen, and to her right is Mary of Egypt. The three Maries “joined together by the golden edge signify a trinity led by…. the Queen of Heaven…” In order to honor the painter and his family, this painting will be moved to a wall in one of the stairwells. 


Annual Parent Satisfaction Survey 

For the past four years, we have collected information from parents annually to help guide decision-making for the school. Things like increased music classes, middle school electives, the new website, Scrip changes, and PTC events were created because of your feedback. Please take 15-20 minutes to fill out the annual survey by Friday, November 15th. If you have a child in the preschool and K-8 programs, please take the time to complete both surveys. 

K-8 Parent Survey  

Preschool Parent Survey 


Veterans Day Prayer Service- ALL SCOUTS WEAR THEIR UNIFORMS 

If you are a veteran or you have friends and relatives who are, all are invited to our prayer service to honor veterans on Thursday, November 7th at 10:45 am at Church of the Assumption. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be there with their color guard and there will be a special blessing for veterans at the end of the ceremony. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts should remember to wear their uniforms to school this day.  All other students should be in dress uniform.  All are welcome! 


Individual Student Picture Prints

Many parents are still waiting to receive their child(ren)’s photos from orders that were placed online in September.  We’ve escalated our issue with LifeTouch and are doing our best to get families their photos ASAP.  Thank you for your continued patience.


Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Conferences are on November 7th from 12:30 to 7:00 and November 8th from 8:00 to 3:00.  Please sign up for a conference time with your student’s teacher on one of those days.  Please note that all middle school students must attend their conference as well as 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.  

Please click on the links to sign up for a time slot.  All parents MUST sign up for a conference with their student’s homeroom teacher.   

Kindergarten:                      Mrs. Whelan Kindergarten Conference 2019 

1st Grade:                             Mrs. McClurg 1st Grade Conference 2019 

2nd Grade:                           Mrs. Kushner 2nd Grade Conference 2019 

3rd Grade:                            Mrs. Martin-Zender 3rd Grade Conference 2019 

4th Grade:                            Mrs. Thomas 4th Grade Conference 2019 

5th Grade:                            Mrs. Blas 5th Grade Conference 2019 

6th Grade:                            Mr. Costanza 6th Grade Conference 2019 

7th Grade:                            Mrs. Ernest 7th Grade Conference 2019 

8th Grade:                            Ms. Gottschalk 8th Grade Conference 2019 

Physical Education:            Mrs. Campbell Physical Education Conference 2019 

Spanish:                                Maestra Cristina Spanish Conference 2019 

Music:                                   Mrs. Beshara K-5 Music 6-8 Orchestra Conference 2019 

7 & 8 Math – VonFeldt:     Mrs. VonFeldt 7th and 8th Grade Math Conferences 2019 

6 & 7 Math – Evans:          Mrs. Evans 6th and 7th Grade Math Conferences 2019 

If you have any questions or are having problems signing up, please contact Angie King at 360-733-6133. 


Meal Train for the Strutz Family 

Many of you have asked how you can be of help to the Strutz family during this difficult time.  Mrs. Bev Williams, our Care & Concern leader, has created a Meal Train to provide the family with some support.  This is a great way to lend a hand when the tasks of grocery shopping and meal prep are the last thing the family wants to think about. 

If you aren’t able to cook a meal, the sign up also offers ways to contribute via online gift cards for food delivery. 

As always, our school is so thankful to all of our families who come together when one of us is in need.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions or concerns. 


Technology Reminders for Families 

If you missed the technology presentation for families in October, we wanted to remind you of a few things you may want to be checking on your child’s device. You can access the Parent Presentation for Online Safety here, but there are a couple of additional things to remember: 

1) Parental controls are easy to set up. Use this site to see a step-by-step process for your device by following 

2) Remember to review the browsing history on your child’s laptop. Sometimes the parental restrictions have been reset or students have found ways around blocked sites. 

3) Some students (younger than 13 years old) have created social media accounts with their school email addresses, but parents may have also given permission. This is blocked at school but can accessed when they are at home. If you’ve given permission for your child, are you familiar with the features of social media accounts such as Tik Tok, Snapchat, Instagram, Fortnite, Roblox, and Yubo? If you haven’t given permission, ask your child if he/she is on any of these apps. 

4) It’s best to keep the device in a common area when it is being used, and have your child plug in the device in an area you designate outside of his/her bedroom.  

6) Remember to restrict content on YouTube that is age appropriate. Double check these restrictions 2-3 times per month to make sure that they are still in place. 


MAP Test Results 

At your child’s conference this week, you will receive a copy of his/her most recent MAP testing scores. We have decided to administer this test three times this year (October, January, and April) to maximize the amount of data we will gather for the school. In this digital newsletter, you’ll find a Parent Guide to MAP growth, but if you’d like additional parent resources, you can also visit 


Cross Country Spirit Award 

Congratulations to this year’s Spirit Award winners for cross country: Evan Rush and Isabella Vargas. 


Scholastic Bookfair 

This is a fun way to earn fundraising hours and raise money for our school! Volunteers needed to help during sales by running the cash register, assisting students and parents with finding books, and restocking displays. Volunteers also needed to help repack books and products after the book fair and assist with clean up. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Smith at 


Family Movie Night on Friday, November 15th 

Toy Story 4! See the attached flyer for details. Donations are appreciated and concessions will be available for sale.  Bring your sleeping bags and pillows to camp out on the gym floor and spend some time with your school community!  Please note that this is a family activity and children must be supervised by parents.  Thank you! 


March for Life in Olympia/Lacey 

Last year, we took 7th and 8th graders to the March for Life rally and Archdiocesan Mass in Olympia. Although it was a great event and educational for our students to be a part of, we have decided to go every other year rather than every year. That way, 7th and 8th graders will get the chance to participate at least once as students at Assumption. The next time we’ll take students will be in January 2021. (We mention it now because you will would have seen a conflict with the January 21st date and the ski/snowboard program for middle school in the 2019-20 school year.) 


Safety in our Parking Lot 

It’s that time of year to remind everyone to please slow down and be watchful in our parking lot and traffic loop.  We often have preschoolers coming in after 8:00 and being picked up at 11:30 when there are parents in and out for meetings, Playground Angel duty, and church activities.  We appreciate your care and attention to the safety of all students! 


Sponsorship Opportunities at the GGK Auction  The Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala will be here before we know it and we have lots of great opportunities for businesses to sponsor this fabulous event (and largest fundraiser for the school). Our event attracts over 230 parents, parishioners, business owners, and community members from in and around Whatcom County. If you have or know a business who might benefit from engagement with our community, please fill out the sponsorship form here:  and return it to the school office.  

You will also find a hard copy of the form in this week’s physical newsletter along with details about package options. Feel free to share this information with any generous local businesses you love. You’ll see we have sponsorship packages available to suit any budget. As an added bonus, sponsoring at any level fulfills your family’s donation obligation! If you have any questions, please contact our Sponsorship Chair, Stephanie Wolf at 


PTC News 

Thank you to all who turned in Box Tops for our first submission this year! Please continue to clip those Box Tops and scan those receipts! Our next collection will be the last week of February 2020! 


Early Bird Deadline Extended For the Holiday Bazaar Sponsored by the PTC!  

Early bird rates have been extended until Friday, 11/15 for the December 1 Holiday Bazaar in the ACS gym! Just $25/booth! Hard copies of the registration form are available in the office, and you can find it here on the school website. This new event is open to all ACS students, parents and parishioner crafters and artists of Whatcom County, and is a fun way to connect with our school and parish communities! Fill out the form and return it in your Wednesday envelope or bring it into the school office with your registration fee. BONUS: ACS student vendors and artists receive a $10 discount on advertised table pricing when you mention you saw it in the Newsletter!   

We are also looking for a few volunteers to help with the event. Head on over to the Sign Up Genius and sign up for set up, clean up, selling or baking baked goods. All of the time spent on this event will count toward fundraising hours!    

Look for the flyer soon advertising this fun event supporting your PTC and school, and share the Facebook event on the school’s Facebook page! There will be a Bake Sale, Hot Beverages, a Photo Booth to take family Christmas Pictures, a Used Book Sale and of course all our Craft Vendors! Save the date:  December 1st, 9 am-4 pm   

Questions? Contact Shanae Strayer at 360-595-4191 or 

 Thinking about Christmas shopping?  Shop Local!  Visit Launching Success during the week of December 8-14 and mention that you are shopping for Assumption Catholic School. They will donate 10% of your purchase to the school!  Online purchases count as well, so please share this information with out of town relatives and friends.  Browse now from their great selection of educational materials and toys and make your purchases just in time for Christmas. 


Non-Fundraising Commitment Hours:  

November Playground Angels schedule is ready for you to sign up and get those volunteer hours in! Come out and enjoy the lunch hour with all our children and help keep them safe while getting some fresh air! November Playground 

 December is just around the corner believe it or not! Do you know what your child’s favorite lunchtime recess game is? Come be a December Playground Angel and find out while you help supervise that game and others! December Playground 


Fundraising Commitment Hours: 

Work from home! We need someone to label and attach stamps to approximately 175 invitations for our School Foundation event on December 5th. They should be ready to be picked up on Tuesday, November 12th and returned to the school by November 13th 


Upcoming Calendar Items  

November 7th– Veterans Day prayer service at 10:45 am at Church of the Assumption. All veterans are invited to attend and be honored. (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts wear their Scouting uniforms today. Other students in dress uniform.) 

November 7th-8th– Parent Teacher Conferences (Early Release Nov 7, NO SCHOOL Nov 8) 

November 11th NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day observed 

November 13th– Hot Lunch 

November 15th Family Movie Night in the gym, 6:30 pm 

November 21st-25th Scholastic Book Fair 

November 22nd– Grandparents/Grand-friends Day, 9:00 reception, 10:45 am School Mass 

November 24th– PS/Kindergarten Open House, but all are welcome. 11 am to 1:30 pm