In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find a principal’s letter to school families, a chance to vote for ACS, ongoing coronavirus preparation and distance learning Q & A, a call to order yearbooks, a very happy baby announcement, a few tips for livening our days, a new teacher announcement and employment opportunities for 2020-21, 2020 Census info, parish Lenten activities, host families needed for Catholic exchange students, a Mother’s Day flower basket sale, a request for yearbook and social media photos, PTC News including an opportunity to lead ACS in the Jr. Ski to Sea Parade, a Swag leader, how to Shoparoo, a placeholder for April Playground Angels and upcoming calendar items. Thank you for reading!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6
Please see this letter from Mr. Anderson with an update for families on distance learning and general school functions.
WE NEED ALL PARENTS TO VOTE! We have 209 votes thus far, but our lead is decreasing. Please send this to everyone you know!
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. Vote with multiple emails. Send it to all your friends.
Vote for private schools to receive
CAPE (Council for America Private Education) is encouraging us to contact our senators and make sure that private schools are included in the coronavirus relief funds. Please visit the link to contact our senators. http://action.capenet.org/ctas/equitable-services-non-public-schools-in-cares-act
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Remember to please communicate with us about COVID-19 by using this form and adding your stories about successes, as well: Questions, Concerns, Comments, and Feedback.
We’ve created an FAQ page on our website so that families can go to one place and see what other questions people are asking. There is so much we don’t know yet to ask, but as we learn more, we will update this page daily.
Keep the 2019- 2020 school memories for a lifetime by purchasing your yearbook now! Your student will receive a hardback yearbook with 100 color pages of school life.
Yearbooks are $20 each and will come home in the Wednesday, June 3rd Parent Envelope.
Orders are due by April 28th. You can print and mail or scan/email this order form or fill out the linked form below to communicate your choices. Payment options are listed.
The best of gifts: new life
Our Assumption family has grown! The Mills family (Mila, 3rd Grade) welcomed daughter Evangeline James on March 20th at 7:26 pm. She was 6 lbs. 7 oz. and has made big sister Mila very happy (and given her plenty to do at home)!
We’re thrilled for them and so look forward to meeting this little one in person. Please keep Ryan, Taylor, Mila & Evangeline and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Keeping our sanity!
Here are a few more ideas for unique ways to enrich these days and provide some family entertainment.
Please feel free to submit other ideas you come across in the coming weeks that we may share with our entire ACS community!
- Making elephant toothpaste is a great science experiment. Using the laws of both chemistry and biology, this recipe will cause an enormous foaming reaction, fit for an elephant. Check Scientific American for a how-to.
- There’s a beluga whale webcam set up at the Georgia Aquarium, so you can see what your whale friends are up to at anytime (along with various other sea creature cams).
- Transport you and your family to Paris, France by taking a digital tour of one of the most famous international museums, the Louvre.
- Bake something! Cookies, cakes, bread- anything! Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious goodies.
- Virtually visit the Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more with a digital field trip to Yellowstone.
- Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera.
- Break out the envelopes, the stamps, the pens, and paper. No, we’re not talking e-mails; we’re talking old-fashion snail mail. Write a mail a letter to someone you love, like grandma and grandpa, or a family member who lives far away.
- Sequoia National Park is a national park in California. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, and click on places of interest.
- MommyPoppins has some great coding resources for kids just getting into the ins and outs of coding.
Announcing a new Middle School Languge Arts/Literature/Social Studies teacher
Please join me in welcoming our new eighth grade homeroom teacher for next year, Elizabeth Reyes. She has been in the Archdiocese of Seattle off and on for the past 23 years and has worked at various schools in Western Washington. Most recently, she has been teaching 5th through 8th grade literature, social studies, and religion at St. Edward in Seattle (with our own Fr. Scott Connolly!). She brings many years of experience with these grade levels and we are thrilled that she has accepted the position for next year. In 2020-2021, she will be teaching eighth grade religion, social studies, language arts, and literature, as well as seventh grade literature and language arts. Job postings are still open for a part-time art teacher and a part-time physical education teacher for next year. Please visit “Employment Opportunities” on the school’s webpage for listings of current vacancies.
Parish Lenten activities
Assumption’s Lenten Soup Suppers each Friday during Lent are canceled, along with all other parish activities. This is a precaution being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect the vulnerable in our community. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by illness and/or caring for those who are sick.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother’s Day flower baskets
Order forms for that Mother’s Day baskets benefitting our 8th Grade are due by April 3rd. Since school will be closed, please feel free to print and mail an order form to the school with payment or scan and email it to Mrs. Dennis (email@example.com). Please note we’re unable to bill fundraisers via FACTS, so will need payment submitted via check.
- The gorgeous baskets are $50 each and will make any mother very happy! 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
The very talented Staci Johnson is once again putting our yearbook together. We are so lucky to have Lee Eberhart’s excellent professional photos for our use! Since Lee can’t be at every event, Staci would love more photos of your children. Pictures she is requesting are:
- Siblings – new page this year!
- Field trips
- Parent volunteers
Please ensure the pictures are high quality photos.
We are also trying to increase our social media presence as we all learn from home, so if you have pictures to share of your children e-learning please also share those with Staci as she runs our social media.
Thank you in advance for your help. Pictures can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 360-303-8408.
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 or decorate 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 to the school 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 email@example.com
Looking for a SWAG Leader for all our SWAG gear! This job entails keeping accountability of the inventory and reordering items as needed, coordinating volunteers to help sell at events and picking out new inventory as needed. If interested please contact Stephanie Wolf 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
Non-Fundraising Commitment Hours:
We will be posting a sign up for April Playground Angels when we know more about how the month will take form. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to keeping our children safe outside.
Upcoming Calendar Items (subject to change):
May 1st– Art Display and Art Walk for K-8 at 6 pm; Donor thank you event in the library 5 pm to 6 pm
May 13thth– Class Picture Day (Preschool 3’s, K-8)
May 14th– PreK Class Picture Day
May 14th– Annual Fun Run (tentatively postponed to this day)
May 15th– Jr. Ski to Sea Parade with Beer & Brats fundraiser starting at 4 pm
May 15th– Volunteer Appreciation and Spring Concert 11:30 to 3 pm (Changed from May 22nd)