In this week’s news, you’ll find a prayer for Advent, reminder to be safe in the parking loop, pickup times for the 8th Grade wreath and poinsettia sales, a Meal Train for the Lewis Family, an opportunity to clean out your closets in support of the 8th Grade, a Pajama Drive powered by the 2nd Grade, our school Giving Tree, Variety Show information, opportunities to sing in the Christmas Eve Youth Choir, deadlines for Auction donations, the annual Mass and March for Life, PTC News including gratitude for support of our first Holiday Bazaar, current ways to earn volunteer hours, supporting ACS by shopping at Launching Success in December, a Scrip bonus opportunity and upcoming calendar events. Thank you for reading!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6
Did you know…?
The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year, and the color of the season (purple) denotes penance. Traditionally Advent includes some form of fasting and increased prayer in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas. Consider adding this beautiful daily prayer during Advent:
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born
Of the most, pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires
through the merits of Our Savior
Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.
Safety in the Traffic Loop
Parents, please remember to drive 5 mph into and out of the traffic loop in the morning. Because we don’t have teachers out there guiding traffic in the morning, we’ve had concerns from other parents and children that cars are driving very fast in the morning. Additionally, it is for your child’s safety that they enter and exit the car from the “sidewalk side” of the vehicle. If you have another child in a car seat and your child can’t get in on that side, please park in the lot and walk to pick him/her up. Thank you for keeping our students safe!
Wreath & Poinsettia Pick Up
If you ordered any of the beautiful holiday items the 8th Grade had to offer in their sale this year, your wreaths and poinsettias will be available for pick up in front of the Gym at the following times this week:
- Thursday, December 5th, 2:45pm-3:15pm
- Friday, December 6th, 7:45am-8:15am
- Friday, December 6th, 2:45pm-3:15pm
Thanks again for your support of our 8th Graders!
Meal Train for the Lewis Family
Please consider providing a meal for Trisha Lewis and her family. Thank you to Bev Williams for setting this up. https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/74ln3n
8th Grade Value Village Fundraiser
Clean out your closets and support our 8th Grade class! Value Village and their FUNdrive program will help us earn dollars for our Washington DC trip. We will be collecting clothing, small toys under 18’’, and books the week of January 11th through the 18th. Value Village will share a portion of the resale value with our students. Acceptable items include clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, linens, hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, bags belts, jewelry, and backpacks. Information on drop off location and times following the Christmas Holiday break.
2nd Grade Pajama Drive
Our Second Grade class is doing a Service Learning Project collecting brand-new, cozy pajamas for Preschool through 8th Grade children. There are green bins located on each floor to drop off your brand-new pair of cozy pajama donations. These must be a complete set- a top and bottom or a onesie. Thank you in advance for your help! Scholastic Books will match a new book for every pair of pajamas that are donated. All donations will go to children in the Bellingham and Whatcom County communities. These donations will be picked up on Friday, December 13th at 3:30 p.m. Thank you or your generosity and support!
ACS Giving Tree
We’ve put up a few items to make our entryway festive for the season, including a tree! You will find it contains tags that state basic items needed in general and by specific families serviced by Hope House. If your family is able to share a little extra this Christmas, please take a tag for purchase and return your item to the school office by Monday, December 16. No need to wrap anything! We’ll deliver our collected items that week. Thanks so much for your generosity!
Variety Show has changed dates this year to January 31st (not in May/June)
Participant registration is due by Wednesday, December 18th.
Mark these dates in January for auditions and rehearsals!
Dear Assumption Families of talented children,
The time has come to start thinking about the Variety Show and planning our routines! Thank you, in advance, for helping us bring the kids together in this showcase of their accomplishments. Please mark the important dates below on your calendars.
This year’s performance will be held at the end of Catholic School’s Week, on Friday, January 31st. We will have both an afternoon and an evening performance, so that we can better accommodate the schedules of all families who want to come watch.
Entry forms for tryouts are in your Wednesday Parent Newsletter.
We ask that all interested students turn in their form for approval by Wednesday, December 18th.
We will meet after school, in the gym for tryouts on Wednesday and Thursday, January 8th and 9th.
There will be practice on January, 14th, 15th and 16th and again the following week on January, 21st, 22nd and 23rd after school, in the gym.
***It is important that you come to your first practice in your costume, or until you are checked off! All costumes must be approved by Mrs. Whelan. Once students costumes have been approved, they don’t need to wear them again until dress rehearsal.***
There will be a MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL on Thursday, January 30th, after school in the gym. It’s important that all our student performers be there for this. Running through the show, in costume, as a group makes a huge difference in how they feel about that final performance and bolsters their confidence.
We’re looking forward to another great show and we can’t wait to see what your amazing children will bring to this year’s talent show. Please email with any questions or concerns.
Jennifer Stiff and Anna Whelan
CHRISTMAS EVE YOUTH CHOIR
Mark Your Calendars! Inviting all youth in grades K-8 of Assumption Parish. Come be a part of the Christmas Eve Youth Choir at the 5:00 pm Mass on Tuesday, December 24th.
Practice dates and times will be MONDAYS December 9 and 16 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We need strong older voices as well as strong younger voices.
If you are interested, please contact Susan Roland at email@example.com
Auction Donation Deadline
Just a reminder that your auction procurement form is due this Friday, December 6th. Please fill out the form completely (attached here if you need it) with a detailed description on what your donation item is and bring it to Angie King in the office.
Here are a few ideas just in case:
- Grill basket
- Movie night basket
- Timeshare or airline points
- Lottery ticket basket
- Spa day basket
- Gift card to your favorite restaurant
- Night stay at your favorite bed and breakfast
- Handmade quilt
- All things Seahawks
- Outdoor family adventures
- Hosting a dinner or game nigh (Texas Hold ‘Em)
We’re still looking for someone to help make the video that plays during the live portion of the evening. If you or someone you know is interested, please let us know.
Your Auction Chairs,
Courtney and Jen
Archdiocese Mass and March for Life
The annual Mass for Life and March for Life will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Please see the attached letter for details.
Thank you to our 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team for helping change out all the hymnals in the Parish last Thursday before their basketball game. It was a huge help to your Assumption Community!
Our 1st PTC Holiday Bazaar has come to an end and it was a huge success! Thank you to Shanae Strayer and Monique Ransom for all your amazing work put into organizing this event! We appreciate Staci Johnson and Veronica Vincent for helping us decorate the gym! They made it look very festive and we couldn’t have done it without their personal touch! A special thank you also to our Assumption parishioners: Ann, Nancy and Fred Seeger, along with Susan and John Shuhler who spent many hours organizing our used book sale and running it all weekend. We are blessed to have you in our community! To all of our other volunteers who were vendors, helped set up, donated baked items, sold baked items and helped clean up, we THANK YOU! “We have different gifts, according to the grace given by God”, and it was very evident this weekend!
Launching Success Gives Back!
Thinking about Christmas shopping? Shop Local Next Week! 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 (a paper flyer went home and is attached here). Browse now from their great selection of educational materials and toys and make your purchases just in time for Christmas.
Shop your Holiday Gift Cards Online: December 5-6
For two days only, shopwithscrip.com is offering credit card use to purchase Scrip without paying the online fee. There will be no fee for purchases made on December 5th & 6th using your Discover, Mastercard or Visa credit card as payment. A paper flyer can be found in today’s physical envelope (or here), which also includes an order form to buy from the office (still cash and checks only, please). Please let us know if you have any questions or trouble with the site: firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy shopping!
Non-Fundraising Commitment Hours:
Looking for a volunteer to take home the wood shelf with hooks that the kids use for their coats and back packs in preschool over Christmas break. Hooks need to be removed, all sanded and stained, and the hooks put back on. We’ll provide the stain and would like it done by January 3rd, so we can hang it up that weekend. Please email the school office if interested at email@example.com
December is here! 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
Upcoming Calendar Items:
December 5th-6th– Wreath and poinsettia sale pick up (times listed above)
December 9th– Pizza Lunch
December 9th– Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Church of the Assumption, 7:15 a.m. Mass (Not a Holy Day of Obligation this year because it falls on a Monday.)
December 11th– Principal’s Coffee, 8 am in the library
December 18th– Hot Lunch
December 19th– Christmas Program in the church, 7 pm
December 20th- School Mass @ 9:00 am (dress uniform), Early Release @ 11:45 am, NO EDP