Wednesday Parent Newsletter 11.13.19

Posted in Principal's Newsletter

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

Did you know…?  

November is traditionally dedicated to remembering departed souls and for offering special prayers to aid the souls awaiting heaven in purgatory.  Our Catholic practice of praying for those who have entered eternity stems from Jewish roots.  The church triumphant (Heaven), the church militant (Earth) and the church suffering (Purgatory) are one in the communion of saints, and we need each other! Make the Sign of the Cross when passing a cemetery and pray, “Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.” 

Two great links with more: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/11_1.cfm
https://stjosemaria.org/podcast-the-commemoration-of-all-souls/?mc_cid=9f5bf4b918&mc_eid=da0aca5d1d 

 

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Assumption1920  

Preschool Parent Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AssumptionPS1920 

 

Human Food Chain Food Collection for Hope House 

Between now and Friday, November 22nd, our school will be collecting food donations for Hope House.  Donations should be placed under the statue of Mary on the right side of our entryway.  A lovely poster adorns the drop off area- if we cover it entirely with donations, students will receive free dress!  

Hope House can accept all unexpired, non-perishable, non-glass items. On Monday, November 25th, our students will form a Human Food Chain that will line the sidewalk from the church to Hope House, passing food down the line. A prayer service and blessing of the food will begin at 8:30 am in the church. All parents are welcome!  

Please see the attached flyer for suggested/appreciated items.  Thank you so much for your support in assisting our community members in need! 

 

Family Movie Night this 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! 

 

Principal’s Coffee Notes from Wednesday, Nov. 6th 

The Principal’s Coffee moved to 5 pm this month to accommodate more working parents. Five parents attended and we met from 5 to 6 pm. 

  1. Market the school to multicultural families outside of the school through videos in other languages (I.e. We are Assumption because we…) 
  1. Volunteer Hours- What’s the best way to track these hours? Will a reminder come from the school sooner than just the end of the year? There is way on the website through the volunteer portal to sign up and to log your hours. Reminders go out from Mrs. King four times per year- November, February, April, and June. There was an idea to have someone call those families who may not be seeing opportunities and help them to fulfill their hours. 
  1. We are trying to better understand why we lose students from PK to Kindergarten. This year, we will survey parents who tour and don’t enroll or survey PS families who don’t continue so that we can collect this data from year to year. Idea- would it be better to survey both sets of these families in person or over the phone instead of with a digital survey? 
  1. Follow up from the last Principal’s Coffee- 
  1. Crisis Management Team will be meeting on Nov. 19th to discuss how the crisis was handled on Oct. 23rd and what we could do differently next time. This includes placement of the AED kit and First Aid/CPR items. 
  1. Look at procedures that they do at other schools which include a different check-in system for visitors and lockout/lockdown response. Do we identify it as a “drill”? 
  1. Police are patrolling nightly for people that may be sleeping in places on the campus. We are still considering the fencing around the playground area and traffic loop. 
  1. Talent Show- this will be the Variety Show and will be held on Friday, January 31st. There will be a rehearsal in the afternoon and the show in the evening. Ensure that students know the expectations far in advance for lyrics and costumes. Give plenty of time to sign-up. 
  1. Auction- Has the school considered cutting costs on this for this year? It seemed during the clean-up last year that a lot of things were thrown away (blue folders with school stamp). What is done with the leftover food? 
  1. Projects for this school year include: re-doing the entryway. The discussion recently has been around the tiles and how to preserve them. There is no way to salvage them completely but we will do what we can. The other project is a new playground. This money will be raised as “Fund the Need” at the auction. There is already some seed money to pay for this ($5000-$7500) and we’ve applied to the Fulcrum Foundation for a grant to help cover the additional costs. 

 

Assumption School Foundation Fundraising Update 

By now all families have received the school’s Annual Report with a remittance envelope to support the Assumption Catholic School Foundation. In previous years, “Support for a Century” was a required donation for all school families- $100 each school year that would go to the Assumption School Foundation. We no longer call it “Support for a Century” (this was very confusing for donors), and we removed the $100 mandatory donation from the registration last year.  Instead, we asked families on the 2019-2020 registration form to designate ANY amount. The goal this year is 100% participation. There were 44 families that designated a donation to the Assumption School Foundation (“Support for a Century”) on the 2019-2020 registration form. If you were one of these and you haven’t paid already by check, you will see this listed on your December tuition statement.  

If you didn’t designate an amount on the registration form in the spring and would like to donate, please fill out the remittance envelope included with the Annual Report and return it to the school by Friday, December 13th. You may also want to look on our Facebook page for ways to donate on #GivingTuesday (December 3rd) for matching donations or on the school’s website. On December 5th, we hold our annual Assumption Foundation Reception at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us reach our goal. So far, we have 36% participation from current families and we’ve met $46,800 of our $120,000 goal. 

 

 

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 https://bark-o-matic.com/. 

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. 

 

The Book Fair is almost here!  Get ready to shop for lots of fun books at your school soon. The book fair will be open Nov. 21, 22, and 25 in the school library from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Add to your home library, get a head start on your Christmas shopping, and be sure to look for your teacher’s wish basket and buy a book for your child’s classroom. Remember, the money we raise helps fund our school and classroom libraries. 

 

Welcome to the Assumption Family, Olivia! 

The Segels welcomed a new addition to their family last week. Future Eagle, Olivia Cristina, was born on November 7th at 10:30 am. Congratulations to Jeff and Kelly, and her four sisters who are doing so well to care for her.  

 

ALL FAMILIES INVITED! 

The wonderful season of Advent is approaching, and you are invited to a Family Advent Social!  This event is going to be held on Sunday, November 24th at 11 am and sponsored by the Family Ministry Council and Whole Family Catechesis.  Come learn how to make this season a holy time of preparation for your family and a time to socialize and share ideas with others.  Coffee, and hot chocolate will be served in addition to a bake sale hosted by Catholic Daughters.  It will a fun family event fit for children of all ages! 

 

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:  https://school.assumption.org/giving/auction/  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 stephwolf922@gmail.com. 

 

PTC News 

IMMEDIATE NEED THIS WEEK! CAN YOU HELP???? 

We are starting the remodel on the entryway this week and parent, Casey Trosin, needs help Thursday (11/14) starting at 5pm to start removing the wall tiles from the entryway. This project will continue Friday after school at 3:30 and again on Saturday. He needs one person each day to assist him in this project. If you can assist him in this labor-intensive project any of these days, please email theoffice@school.assumption.org! 

 

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

Last chance for Early Bird Rates!! Sign up by this Friday for the early bird special rate 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 paper flyer in this week’s envelope advertising this fun event.  Please support your PTC and school by sharing 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 ShanaeAStrayer@gmail.com  

 

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 (found in this flyer) 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:

Many spots for November Playground Angels are still needed. 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 

 

Assumption Parent, Casey Trosin, needs help Thursday starting at 5pm to remove the tiles from the entryway wall. This project will continue Friday after school at 3:30 and again all day on Saturday. He needs  one person each day to assist him in this project with debris removal and demolition. If you can assist him in this labor-intensive project any of these days, please email theoffice@school.assumption.org. 

 

 

Upcoming Calendar Items  

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 

November 25thPre-K Thanksgiving Feast; Human Food Chain 8:30 am starting in the church 

November 26thPreschool Thanksgiving Feast 

November 27th– Early Release, Casual Uniform 

November 28th-29th– Happy Thanksgiving! NO SCHOOL 

December 1st– PTC Holiday Bazaar, 9 am – 4 pm in the Gym