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In this week’s news, you’ll find Parent Satisfaction Survey results, Hot Lunch volunteer needs, Auction news and volunteer opportunities, Snow Day procedures, January early release EDP info, a SAVE-THE-DATE for State of the School, thanks for volunteers, an assortment of fundraising events/opportunities, tonight’s PTC General Meeting reminder, your SCRIP questions answered and upcoming calendar events. Thank you for reading and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6
Volunteers Needed for December Hot Lunch
Wednesday, January 15 is our next Hot Lunch and we need parent helpers (please see your physical envelope for order forms)! The continued success of our Hot Lunch Program is only possible with enough volunteers to keep it running.
Please sign up for a shift and help support this student and family favorite! January SignUp
We can’t believe the Auction is just two short months away! Thank you to everyone who has turned in their Auction Procurement/Donation form! Physical items (basket, wine, gift card, paintings, quilts etc.) are due no later than January 24th, but the form stating donation(s) was due on December 6th.
REMINDER: Any family who has not met their donation obligation ($200 value or higher) will be charged $200 via their FACTS account on February 1st. Thank you for doing your part to make this critical fundraiser a great success!
Prep for the Auction is in full swing! The following volunteers are needed (all earn fundraising hours):
January 13th– we need 5-6 volunteers to help assemble the invitations. We will be meeting in the St. Cecilia room from 3-5 pm
January 14th– we need 5-6 volunteers to help assemble the invitations. We will be meeting in the Stafford room from 8-10 am.
Please feel free to bring your kids if needed. We can set up a little play area.
We are looking for someone who can help us create a short video for the live portion of the Auction. Any help with this would be truly appreciated and also earns you fundraising volunteer hours.
If you are available for any of the above, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earn volunteer hours by donating a bottle (or 10!) to the Auction. Earn two volunteer hours for every bottle worth $20 or more. Please bring all wine to the School Office for Angie King to collect.
Thank you all so much for your help us make this event what it is!
Courtney + Jen
Snow Day Reminders
Since the forecast is predicting snow beginning this Sunday and through next week, we want to remind families that we follow the Bellingham School District for school closures. You can tune into any of the local radio stations or watch the local Seattle news to see district closures or late starts. Additionally, we send a text message to all families in PS-8, and we post an alert to the top of the school’s webpage. Sometimes, we will have a late start beginning at 10 am if the roads are icy. This may not follow the school district decision, so you will also want to look each morning for text messages or alerts on the webpage from the school directly for a late start.
Benefiting from technology… NOTE: Please look each morning of the school closure for communication from your child’s teacher(s) for work to complete while they are at home on snow days. Teachers would like to try emailing assignments to families (grades K-4) and to students (grades 5-8) to keep instruction going during the days off. Expectations will be 30-60 minutes per day for the younger grades and 60-90 minutes for grades 5-8, but each teacher may be different. These hours completed at home will be used to offset any instructional hours needed to be made up at the end of the school year. But really, we hope the children have work to complete and ways to stay sharp while enjoying the snow!
January Early Release in EDP!
Mark your calendars for a fun afternoon of skating with friends! EDP will be using the bus to bring students up to Lynden Skateway on Friday, January 24th. Pack a lunch and we will take care of the rest! Contact Bev Williams if you have questions.
State of the School on February 5th at 7 pm
Some families missed this important event in the 2018-2019 school year, so please mark your calendars that this is a required evening for Assumption families in Pre-K through 7th grade. Mr. Anderson reviews successes from the current school year, shares continue goals from the Strategic Action Plan, provides a financial update, and explains context for a tuition increase. Childcare is provided so that at least one parent from each household can attend. It’s important that everyone in our community shares in the long-term health of our school, so thank you for making this a priority. Please email Mr. Anderson if you have questions or concerns. Enrollment packets for the 2020-2021 school are given this evening so that families can secure a space in the class by the March 1st deadline when spaces become available for new families.
A BIG THANK YOU to the many people who helped to make this happen financially and with the gift of their time (especially around the holidays). The school would like to offer its sincere thanks to the following families for all they did in this process: Staci and Mark Johnson, Casey Trosin, Jeff Holmes, Sara and Rob Rush, Kyle Dennis, Stephanie and Devin Wolf & Family, Jennifer Stiff, Stephanie and Andrew Cramer, Diego Ayala, Jessica Sidhu, Shanae Strayer, Kevin Streeter, Olivia Meza, and Jack and Lynette Machinski. We are so grateful for your commitment to our school! A special thank you goes to Matthew Bui and his sons Andrew and Martin (both alumni) from M&M Hardwood Floors for donating multiple hours to lay the new floor. As an alumni parent, Mr. Bui is a blessing to our school community and we are so grateful for his gift. (Look for new furniture and a tv monitor with revolving student photos. Coming soon!) “We have different gifts, according to the grace given by God.” Romans 12:6
Distinguished Graduate Award for Catholic Schools Week
The school likes to honor and alumnus of Assumption Catholic School on the Friday of Catholic Schools Week (January 31st). If you know someone who graduated from Assumption before 1995, is a practicing Catholic, and continues to be involved in Catholic education, please email the name of the nominee to email@example.com by January 10th. The award honors a graduate of Catholic schools who has contributed to American life and the Catholic church. We will ask the nominee for three accomplishments as well as a personal statement on his/her view of Catholic education and its value in our community. That’s it! We then present the alumnus with a certificate and gift on Friday, February 1st. Previous honorees include: Pat Nelson, Pat McIntyre, Jeff Reinert, JoAnn Bellefeuille, Catherine Finkbonner, Phoebe Vanderboom, Teri Treat, JoAn Siden, and Lou St. Hilaire.
LAST CHANCE- Fulcrum Foundation Tuition Assistance Deadline is TODAY, January 8th
If you are applying for tuition assistance for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the application no later than Wednesday, January 8th. You can access the FACTS website via the link on Fulcrum’s website (HERE). All families should already have a login and password for FACTS since we use this to collect tuition now. Use that information to log in to your account and follow the instructions for Tuition Assistance Grants.
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found bins will be cleaned out and unclaimed items will be donated. Please encourage your child to have a look in the bin or on the hooks in the first-floor hallway for any missing items. A table will be set up in the entryway for browsing of the contents during pick up on Monday, January 13th.
Don’t forget our USED UNIFORMS! If your kids are growing out of those dress uniform white shirts, we have plenty in stock for only $5! All proceeds go back to the school. Come browse anytime to see what is available!
Parent Led School Mass
On Friday, February 7 at 10:45, the parents will lead the School Mass.
We will need parents serving as a reader for the Welcome, Lectors for the First Reading and for the Prayers of Intercession, gift bearers and greeters. The School Choir will sing at this Liturgy.
Please email Susan Roland (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to serve at this School Liturgy. I will provide you with what you need to practice. Thank you for your help!
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
Track and Field Coach Wanted
ACS is seeking a coach for the upcoming Track and Field season.
- Season runs from mid-March through mid-May 2020.
- Team will practice most weekdays after school from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
- Seeking someone with knowledge and enthusiasm for Track and Field who can create and enforce a safe environment both physically and emotionally for everyone in the program.
- Position offers the head coach $500 for first year, $750 for second year and $250 for an assistant coach.
If you are interested in the position or have any questions, contact Assumption Catholic School Athletic Director, Audra Rosen at email@example.com, 360-441-9099.
Help Send the 8th Grade to Washington DC
Reminder: The 8th grade Value Village clothing drive is next week. Collect items listed below and drop off in the school foyer the week of Jan 13 – 17. Please share this message with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Additional collection bags are available at the school office.
Seeking the following items for donation:
- HATS, MITTENS, SCARVES, TIES, SOCKS, PURSES, WALLETS, BAGS, BELTS, JEWELRY, BACKPACKS
Please join us for our next PTC General Meeting TONIGHT in the School Library starting at 7pm. We will run thru some PTC business, give an update on the upcoming Auction and then Father Moore will give us a talk on “The Benefit of a Catholic Education, even for Non-Catholics”. EDP will provide childcare and your younger children are welcome to stay with you during the meeting if you like.
SCRIP Questions Answered:
*You can fill out a SCRIP form and send it back in the Wednesday envelope to be filled. Please check return order in following Wednesday envelope or check will pick up in the school office on ___ Date. Orders over $250 will not be delivered in Wednesday envelope unless arrangements are made ahead of time with Mrs. King, related to liability if they get lost. Order must be paid in full before it is sent home.
* If you are unable to make the SCRIP selling times, the school office staff will be happy to assist you in purchasing SCRIP cards if they are available. It may take them a little time to get it filled if it’s a busy day, but they will ensure you get your SCRIP if we have it in stock!
* ShopWithScrip is the best way to get access to gift cards that we may not have on hand. You can purchase immediate eCards, you can reload your Safeway card while you are in the store or you can purchase physical gift cards to be delivered to the school. You can also track how close you are to your $200 Assumption obligation when you purchase online (the tracking does not include those cards bought at school).
* Did you know that after your $200 obligation is met to the school, 25% of what is made for the school after that from your purchases will be credited back to your account in June?
Please make a change to your Calendars that the Hot Lunch that was originally scheduled for Wednesday February 26th will be moved to Tuesday February 25th instead of having it on Ash Wednesday.
Non-Fundraising Commitment Hours:
The New Year is upon us and our kiddos need our help supervising them out on the playground. Thank you to all who have already signed up! January Angels
Upcoming Calendar Items:
January 7th, 14th, 21st- Middle school winter sports
January 8th– General PTC Meeting, 7 pm in the Library
January 13th-17th– 8th Grade collecting items for Value Village fundraiser
January 17th– Principal’s Coffee, 8 am in the Library
January 20th– MLK Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL
January 21st– Volleyball season begins
January 24th– Early Release at 11:45 am, casual uniform
January 25th– 31st– Catholic Schools Week
January 27th– Wrestling season begins
January 29th– 8th Grade MOD Pizza Fundraiser- You must mention the school by name!
February 5th– State of the School Address at 7 pm