In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find a security update, continued coronavirus preparation, Auction success and thanks, teacher changes for 2020-21, a planned meeting for school bus families, a scheduled “Protecting God’s Children” class, class picture days, planned Church of the Assumption parish Lenten activities, a BAAY program coming to ACS, Interfaith Coalition needs, host families wanted for Catholic exchange students, a Mother’s Day flower basket sale, a concert invitation, a call for yearbook photos, PTC News including a contest to benefit ACS, an opportunity to lead ACS in the Jr. Ski to Sea Parade, how to Shoparoo, Multicultural Dinner news, a call for Playground Angels for March and upcoming calendar items. Thank you for reading!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6
Did you know?
The faithful are given this beautiful prayer to ask Jesus to come in a spiritual communion. It’s recommended for anyone unable to receive the blessed sacrament:
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Mr. Anderson received a call from the Bellingham Police Department on Tuesday letting the school know that the person who made the threat on the Roman Catholic Church in Bellingham has been located. He suffers from mental illness and is currently receiving treatment. We appreciate the follow up information and feel relieved that this has been resolved. Thank you for your continued prayers for the safety of the school.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Please see the attached letter from Bishop Mueggenborg for directions to church and school leaders in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Many of you have asked when/if the school will close and I am still waiting on that direction from either the Office of Catholic Schools or Bellingham Public Schools. Our workshop in North Seattle has been canceled for this Friday, but the teachers and staff will be working instead on this day to look at options for distance and online learning in the event that the school will need to close. Please stay posted for instructions on how this might work for families. In the meantime, we continue to use best practices for cleaning and sanitizing our school and classrooms. Students are avoiding shaking hands and are encouraged to wash their hands multiple times throughout the day. Any children with a dry cough or even mild fever are encouraged to stay home. Thank you.
Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala– SUCCESS!
The PTC Executive Committee and school staff would like to extend an extra special thank you to Courtney Twining and Jen Sheafor, our amazing Chair and Co-Chair, for their dedication to the Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala! Their vision came to fruition on Saturday night and our school is blessed to have them as part of our Assumption Family! Ladies, thank you for all your efforts and countless hours of work! The preliminary numbers show that the auction raised $207,000 this year and $42,000 of that was raised for Fund the Need (for the new playground and fence/gates). We are so grateful for the support of this community and your continued generosity.
If you weren’t able to join the festivities on Saturday, there are still some fun things available for sale:
- Teacher Adventures- several of our beloved teachers are offering FUN summer outings with them and a group of students. Please see the paper flyer in today’s envelope. Be sure to sign your child up before all the slots are filled!
- Portraits- super volunteer and photographer, Lee Eberhardt, created hundreds of beautiful images of our students for the auction. We still have many prints in the office (and a bunch that will be posted on the hallway bulletin board), available for $15 each. Come by anytime to take a look!
We’ve begun interviewing for the middle school language arts, literature, and social studies position for next year. We also have candidates for the part-time art position and will be interviewing for that at the end of this month. Additionally, Mrs. Regina Campbell has decided to resign her position at the end of this school year as the K-8 physical education teacher. We are so grateful for all she has done for our school in so many ways and she will be greatly missed. This is a 60% part-time position which we will begin posting for at the end of this week. If you know of anyone who may be interested in any of these three positions, please have him/her email a cover letter, three references, and a resume to email@example.com.
School Bus Meeting to decide for 2020-2021 school year
If you are interested in using the school bus for the upcoming school year, please plan to attend a meeting on Monday, March 16th at 8:15 am in the school library. We will be discussing options and routes for next year, including whether or not it will be needed for an afternoon route and what the cost will be to families.
Protecting God’s Children class
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm, School Library
All new volunteers to the parish or school must take this class if they have not done so or did not take the previous course, Called to Protect for Ministries. Please go to the Virtus Online to register in advance.
Class Picture Days
Lifetouch will be here on March 24th & 25th for class pictures in the Library.
- Tues., March 24th- Kindergarten-8th and Preschool (3)
- Wed., March 25th- PreK
8th Graders may wear free dress for class pictures, all other uniformed grades should wear DRESS UNIFORMS. Please see today’s physical envelope for order forms.
Children’s Stations of the Cross/Fish Fry
Assumption’s Family Ministry Council is hosting Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 13th. Students of all ages are asked to sign up to help. We need leaders, readers and candle bearers, no experience necessary! Readings will be emailed in order to practice prior to the date. We are excited to also combine with the Knights of Columbus and offer a Family Friendly Fish Fry! Lenten activities for the children will also be available in the gym during this time. Please join us for a fun, family friendly, Lenten evening!
Friday Lenten Soup Suppers
Come join us in the Assumption gym for Lenten Soup Suppers each Friday during Lent! Suppers are at 6:30 pm (±10 minutes depending on when Stations of the Cross ends) each Friday through April 3 (except on March 13, Fish Fry Friday). Bring a pot of meatless soup or some bread and join your fellow parishioners for this community-building event!
EduArts from BAAY program
There are still a few spaces left to participate in this program. Please fill out the Microsoft Form by Friday, March 13th to register for BAAY’s EduArts program. This is for grades K-5, but will open to 6th-8th grades if space is available. Follow the link here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=gomPHyuTtUSyd6bqU847njzlmdPe5ThEjoyXJJ5QcRBUM09WQzNHUkc5SEpJSllHWkU3QkcySldKSy4u
Times will be from 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
March 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 31st
April 2nd, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th
May 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st
Performance is tentatively scheduled for May 22nd at 6 pm
Interfaith Coalition Auction needs your Glassy Babies!
The Church of the Assumption is one of the founding members of the Interfaith Coalition and generously donates an item to their auction every year. This year we are excited to put together a Glassy Baby bouquet from the Assumption Community to be auctioned off. Do you have a new or gently used Glassy Baby to donate to support the Interfaith Coalition? Your Glassy Babies, or cash to purchase a Glassy Baby, will be collected after Masses the weekend of March 14th or can be dropped off at the Parish Office before March 23rd. Questions? E-mail Judy Ziels at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the amazing story of Glassy Baby, visit www.glassybaby.com.
Host families needed
ICES has several Catholic foreign exchange students needing host families for the 20-21 school year. Maria Julia (17) from Brazil, Huong (17) from Vietnam, Hyowon (15) from South Korea, and Fernando (15) from Spain all attend mass weekly, and I want to place them in families where they can continue to practice their faith in the US. Host families provide room, board, and loving support. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money. Your family gets to choose the student you host! We need host families for the first semester going from August through December/January. Interested? Want more information? Contact Helen Kennedy at email@example.com.
Mother’s Day flower baskets
Just a reminder the order forms for that Mother’s Day baskets are due by April 3rd. The gorgeous baskets are $50 each and will make any mother very happy! Please send the order form in with your Wednesday envelope or drop them off with Mrs. Dennis.
- Each 12” basket is hand-planted and maintained ensuring higher quality and greater uniformity than most local retailers can offer
- Baskets contain calibrachoa (Million Bells) and bacopa mix designed to bloom in full sun or light shade
- Each purchase includes a $5.00 coupon for Jack’s Classic Fertilizer redeemable at Vander Giessen Nursery in Lynden
Bellingham Chamber Chorale’s winter concert
I Am Love –Bellingham Chamber Chorale concerts are Saturday/March 14th at 7:30pm, and Sunday/March 15th at 5:00pm.
Our own Frederick Mabalot invites us to reflect on the manifestations of love in our lives in a program featuring choral music from various traditions.
For tickets, please visit: www.bellinghamchamberchorale.org. Tickets are also available at the door one hour before the concert. Thank you so much and we hope to see you there!
(Here’s a short video from their rehearsal on Sunday March 8th: https://www.facebook.com/BellinghamChamberChorale/videos/659847728115958/)
Contribute to the ACS Yearbook
Our talented and wonderful yearbook leader, Staci Johnson, is looking for parents to share their photos of various school events. For details, please see the flyer.
Archdiocesan Overnight Summer Camps (look for additional information to follow)
Assumption Catholic School Nominated to be Favorite Non-Profit of the Year for Whatcom County
The Bob Wallin Insurance Agency is again running a contest to determine Whatcom Counties Non-Profit of the Year. For the second year, Assumption Catholic School has been nominated and we need your help to win! The top three finishers win a cash prize of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively. The link is now active through through March 31st. You can vote by going to https://bit.ly/2TbnFQQ or click on the QR code to the left. You are entitled to one vote per email address you control. Please note that emails submitted will not be used for any solicitations by the agency. This has been confirmed through our experience last year and discussion with the agency.
Looking for an enthusiastic Chair for the JR Ski to Sea Parade on Friday May 15th! This entails registering our school for the parade and then creating your own idea on how you would like our school represented. You could have the kids decorate their bikes and ride them, decorate a trailer as a float/the back end of a truck, or maybe use the school bus! The opportunities are endless! This is great for someone who needs volunteer hours and has a tough time coming in during school hours to help. Most of the planning can all be done from home! If this sounds fun and exciting to you, please contact Jessica Sidhu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you scanning your receipts into Shoparoo? With the new changes to Box Tops, this is another easy way for us to recoup some of those lost box top dollars!
This is an easy way for our school to earn money without having to sell anything. Please support us in this program! The money all comes back to our school and the programs we provide. Click here for more info: http://www.shoparoo.com/howitworks.html
Save the Date!
Assumption School is planning the 1st Multicultural Potluck Dinner for April 24th. In preparation, we need your help in finding out the origin of all our families! If your family is from outside the United States can you please email Meryluz Duque at email@example.com and share with her your family’s country of origin AND/OR offer to help! We are excited to share and celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity that makes up our Assumption Family!
Non-Fundraising Commitment Hours:
March is upon us and the days are getting sunnier! We are in great need of recess help for the remainder of this month. Spend some time out on the playground helping keep our kids safe while earning those volunteer hours! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4aa9aa28a3fd0-march1
Upcoming Calendar Items:
March 13th– NO SCHOOL
March 16th– School Bus meeting for the 2020-2021 school year in the school library at 8:15 am
March 18th- Early Release at 11:45 am, casual uniform AND 7th Grade parent meeting on their Wash. D.C. trip for 2020-21, Ms. Gottschalk’s room @ 5 pm
March 23rd– Track & Field season begins
March 24th– Class Picture Day (Preschool 3’s, K-8)
March 25th– Hot Lunch AND PreK Class Picture Day
March 30th– Pizza Lunch (none in April)
April 3rd*– Prayer in the Garden followed by the Passion Play in the church AND Mother’s Day basket order forms due
April 6th-10th– Spring Break
April 18th– Campus Clean-up Day for church and school from 9 am to 12 pm (Saturday)
May 1st– Art Display and Art Walk for K-8 at 6 pm
May 15th– Volunteer Appreciation and Spring Concert 11:30 to 3 pm (Changed from May 22nd)
May 22nd– BAAY and EduArts performance
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to our school schedule, Lenten reconciliation for our students, the Prayer in the Garden/Passion Play on April 3rd and Spring Break, the next regular School Mass will be on Friday, April 17th.