In this week’s news, you’ll find a new Hot Lunch date for January, a Save-the-Date for this year’s State of the School Meeting, planned events for School Choice Week and Catholic Schools Week, Auction invite efforts, our winter Open House, the parent-led Mass on Feb 7th, continued support for the Lewis Family, Track & Field coach posting, two ways to help our 8th Graders fund their trip to Wash. DC, an opportunity for an ACS group at CYO camp this summer, PTC News including a recap of the General Meeting held last week, support for our Sunnyland Elementary friends, volunteer opportunities, notes from Mr. Anderson’s Coffee on Dec 11th and upcoming calendar items. Thank you for reading and please stay safe and warm!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6
Did you know?
The Liturgical Year…
Ordinary Time in our Catholic liturgical calendar comes from the Latin word ordinalis, which means “numbered.”
As the Christmas Season ends, we enter into Ordinary Time on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Ordinary Time continues through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and then the holy season of Lent begins.
Easter Season follows Lent and culminates on the Feast of Pentecost. Ordinary Time resumes on the Monday following Pentecost and ends on the final Sunday of the liturgical year: the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Advent and Christmas follow, as the Liturgical Year begins anew.
January Hot Lunch rescheduled for Thursday, Jan 23rd
Due to today’s now, this month’s Hot Lunch has been rescheduled for next Thursday, Jan. 23rd. If you placed an order, it will transfer to the new date. If you missed it and would like to place an order, please email the office for a copy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and return it to the office by Tuesday, Jan. 21st (can also be returned via email).
We are in great need of parent helpers this month! 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! JanuaryHLsignup.com
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 continued 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.
Our winter weather has thrown a wrench in this week’s Auction plans. New dates to stuff and mail invitations will be shared ASAP to keep this important event on track. Please continue to read your Weekly Newsletters and/or check our school social media to stay informed. Thank you!
School Choice Week
School Choice Week is a national celebration for families who have chosen Catholic schools like ours, other independent/private schools, public schools outside of home zip codes, and homeschooling. Selecting a school is the most important decision we can make for our child(ren)! This week is also a great time to start conversations with friends and neighbors, about how our schools have changed our lives.
1) Scarf Contest!
Grab a cheery, yellow, fleece scarf (outside of Mrs. Dennis’ office); snap a photo of your child or of your child with school friends; and e-mail email@example.com to have it posted to our school Instagram and Facebook pages. Or, post it yourself to the hashtag #schoolchoiceweek2020 You might see your pic on Assumption’s Facebook/Instagram accounts! Bonus points if you snap a pic of your child and his/her and seventh or eighth-grade buddy, wrapped in these festive scarves! Winner of the contest receives a $10 gift card to Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, or Subway.
2) Yard Sign Contest!
Grab a yard sign (outside of Mrs. Dennis’ office), stage creatively, take a picture, and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it yourself to the hashtag #schoolchoiceweek2020. Your pic might be posted on the school’s Facebook/Instagram accounts! Winner of the scarf contest also receives a $10 gift card.
Note: Photos are also welcome even if you don’t give permission to post to social media. Send the photo, write “Do not use for social media post,” and it may end up in the yearbook or on our new tv display in the entryway but not on the web.
Catholic Schools Week January 27th through January 31st
What is Catholic Schools Week? This is a week celebrated across the country and organized by the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) to promote the wonderful things about Catholic education. It happens in January because this is the month in which new families begin looking to enroll for the upcoming school year. See the list of events and activities going on throughout the week. All parents of PS through 8th grade students are invited to any of the activities listed, but parents are particularly encouraged to come and share a bag lunch with their children on Tuesday, January 28th. (Note: See the next announcement regarding the Open House on Sunday, February 9th.)
Monday- Honoring Human Life in our Community
- Parents are invited to the assembly for organizations that support families in Whatcom County. Assembly begins at 10 am in the gym. (Some of these organizations may include: Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic, Family Promise, and Skookum Kids.)
At the start of CSW, bins will be placed in the entrance way to collect new items for parents of babies, adopted or foster children. We will collect these items throughout the week and distribute them to these organizations.
- Each class will be responsible for making cards to give to new mothers or parents of an adopted or foster child. These cards will have a prayer or scripture verse stating the importance of human life.
Tuesday- Honoring Parents and Families
- Students get to appreciate and thank their parents today for the gift of Catholic education.
- Parents are invited to have lunch with their children in the classrooms this day. We will have one lunch time at 11:30AM followed by an extended recess time from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Students bring a bag lunch or parents provide the lunch when they arrive.
Wednesday- Honoring Faculty, Staff and Vocations
- Students are asked to think of a person who has inspired them through their vocation of service. They may dress as this influential person today (modified free dress). Teachers will allow for a time during the day for students to share their thoughts about the chosen person and his/her profession.
- Parent Teacher Club provides lunch for teachers today.
Thursday- Honoring Students
- Students may wear pajamas or clothing representing a college today (modified free dress).
- Buddy Class Activity- From 1:45-2:45PM, classes will buddy up and spend time doing and activity together. The activity is the choice of the teachers involved. Suggestions include: buddy reading, an art project, games, movie, etc.
- Buddy classes will be: K-8, 1-7, 2-4, 3-5, PreK-6
Friday- Honoring Alumni and Variety Show
- We will participate in a Mass honoring our Distinguished Alumni at 10:45 am. All parents are invited to attend. Peacemakers will also be honored and the theme is kindness this month.
- Variety Show “rehearsal” will begin in the gym at 1PM but all parents are invited to attend. A snack will be provided for the students by the PTC. The final performance of the Variety Show will be at 7 pm in the gym for those parents who couldn’t make it during the day.
Open House on Sunday, February 9th
Following Catholic Schools Week, the school will open its doors on Sunday February 9th from 2 pm to 4 pm specifically to welcome prospective families. Current families are invited to attend, meet next year’s teachers, and see student work. Current families are also encouraged to invite a prospective family to see the school. Families that attend (and sign in at) the Open House on February 9th will receive credit for one volunteer hour of service, AND… families who bring another family to the Open House for a visit will receive credit for two volunteer hours- one for attending and a second for bringing a friend. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Anderson directly. We hope to see many of you here on February 9th.
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-441-9099.
Help Send the 8th Grade to Washington DC
Reminder: The 8th grade Value Village clothing drive is currently on! 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
8th Grade MOD Pizza Fundraiser is coming January 29th
Support the 8th graders again on January 29th at MOD Pizza in Barkley Village. To receive the 20% donation, you MUST name Assumption when you are placing your order (and encourage your friends to do the same). Thank you! https://www.groupraise.com/events/126576
Archdiocesan Overnight Summer Camps
Did you know that the Archdiocese of Seattle has the oldest Catholic summer camp program in the country? Our Archdiocese has been helping our young people experience faith and fun in the outdoors each summer at our CYO camps since 1950.
This year, Fr. Moore (who was a CYO counselor in 2010 and 2011) is trying to send a large group of Assumption students down to experience the joy of Catholic camping with other campers from all across the Archdiocese. If we can get enough campers on the same week, the Archdiocese will even send a bus up to Assumption to pick up and drop off our kids. We are looking at July 27 – Aug. 01, Aug. 03 – 08, or Aug. 10 – 15. If you would like to send your child to CYO camp this summer, and have a preference for a specific week, please let Fr. Moore know at email@example.com. Once we pick a week, Fr. will be advertising it to the parish and the school as Assumption Week at CYO camps. Hopefully, Whatcom County campers can all go together, so that the friendships they develop there can continue when they return home.
More information about the camps and pricing can be found at http://cyo.camp
Thank you to all who braved the weather and joined us for our PTC Meeting last week. If you missed it and wanted to hear what Father Moore discussed with us, you are able to go to www.FRMOORE.com. On the right hand side you will see Father’s podcast’s. Click on Benefits of a Catholic Education and enjoy the presentation!
School’s around the area have embraced Sunnyland Elementary after the sudden horrific loss of their Principal over the Christmas Break. During the month of January PTAs around Bellingham are adopting a day and are providing lunch, snacks, drinks and/or comfort items to the Faculty of Sunnyland to show our support and love! We are showering Sunnyland with our love on January 23rd. See the SignupGenius to see how you can help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044dafac2aa3f85-lunch
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
Principal Coffee Notes from 12/11/19
Seven parents attended and the following questions came up. Answers are in bold at the end of the questions.
- Parent Survey- Discussed many of the parents’ comments for what they love about Assumption Catholic School, then reviewed some of the “What would you change about the school?” A summary of both of these will be included in the Wednesday Envelope in early January.
- Playground Angels- Could there be a training for people who do this so there is consistency? One of the students in sixth grade has wanted to spend more time indoors at recess because he feels he is told too often what he isn’t allowed to do. Lisa Cornwell offered a training on the Hot Lunch day in December but didn’t have any volunteers attend. We will try to do this again in March for newer “Angels.”
- In the notes from the Principal Coffee, the questions and answers will be given 3-4 weeks after the actual coffee time so that Mr. Anderson can gather answers to the questions before publishing them and can provide context from the PTC meeting or other Commission meetings, as needed.
- School Bus- We discussed what will happen with this next year. Mornings may continue to be an option, but at the least it will be used for more field trips. Lynden Christian has used their buses as a fundraiser- charge $60 per person for a ride to Seattle for the day. Is this something to explore? The bus is costly and we need to be prudent about the money we spend on gas and drivers. We need approximately 25 students to ride to break even and currently have about 13-15 in the mornings.
- Security- A general “No Trespass” has been filed with the BPD to patrol every night for people sleeping on the campus in different areas. This has been much less of a problem. We do still have people wandering onto the campus during the school day, so the facilities plan is considering a 4-foot fence and gate across the traffic loop to inhibit people walking onto the campus.
- Tuition structure- The Commission continues to look at long-term changes to how tuition is charged. Do the low-income families know about possible help from the PTC for incidental charges? One parent shared how much she benefited from the help of the community and how needs could be made known by the family so that the school can help as needed. It’s our hope that parents come to Mrs. King or Mr. Anderson with financial needs- help is available upon request in addition to tuition assistance.
- Half-Day Kindergarten- Would the school consider a half-day option for Kindergarten? In the past, the decision was intentionally made to offer full-day Kindergarten even before it was done by the public schools. To provide the academics needed for the upper grades, the school wants to keep with a full-day Kindergarten, but it is something that could be discussed with the Commission? The parent who asked thinks that some of the children may be too young for such a long day. This is not likely an option since we compete with the public schools where Kindergarten is offered full day. For siblings and working parents it would be hard to offer something less.
- Staffing- One parent has suggested looking for nuns to teach at Assumption. Specifically, are there Dominicans that would send a group of 2-3 nuns to be here at the school. It’s something we are exploring and praying about.
- Club de Lectura- Wasn’t this supposed to begin at the start of the school year? Will it still be happening? Maestra Cristina wants to run it but there weren’t enough students interested to justify the after school program. There also may have been a conflict with the day. But Mr. Anderson will follow up with her to see when we can get this started. Could we consider the option of meeting fewer times after school, but sending home literature and writing for students from the teacher (more likely to be completed than if given by the parent)? Maestra Pavon (Cristina) will be starting this the week of January 13th on Mondays.
- Parking lot- Could we have the parking blocks painted so they are easier to see and less likely be tripped over? How about the lines in the parking lot? One parent thought that if they re-paint the lines it would mean fewer parking spots. Mr. Anderson will talk with the parish staff about this.
- Barbara Hicks works in EDP, but has done workshops on writing before. Could we get her into the classroom by doing an assembly and then following it up in the classrooms? Would the teachers be open to this? This is something the school is exploring for the second semester. Missoula Children’s Theater will not be offered this year because the weeks didn’t match up. In addition to Barbara Hicks for workshops, we are looking at BAAY in Schools to do a performing arts program once per week.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
January 7th, 14th, 21st- Middle school winter sports
January 13th-17th– 8th Grade collecting items for Value Village fundraiser
January 17th– Principal’s Coffee, 8 am in the Library (All families invited. Spanish translation available.)
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 (At least one parent is required to attend. Childcare provided.)
February 9th– Open House 2 pm to 4 pm. All current families are asked to bring a prospective family for a visit. Receive two hours of credit towards your volunteer hours for attending.