In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find a thank from and to Soy House, mental health resources, a call to order yearbooks, a Mother’s Day flower basket sale, employment opportunities for 2020-21, 2020, a request for yearbook and social media photos, PTC News including an invitation to lead, show our gratitude for our healthcare community and various ways to support ACS through regular purchases 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?
Divine Mercy Sunday (this coming Sunday) is a day when incredible graces are offered for every soul. “Jesus, I trust in you!”
Learn more about this opportunity and the devotion at this podcast: https://www.abidingtogetherpodcast.com/podcastarchive/s07-e13-divine-mercy?fbclid=IwAR1rAqyT0SzOrguV89dauCTKaCi3h49b3Awyl-TDw5BINgGCTKZYEgHI0vc
Soy House Thank You:
Thank you to everyone who purchased their Easter brunch from Soy House restaurant last weekend. After accounting for expenses, the amount raised for Assumption Catholic School from the day was $2130! As promised, this will go to support tuition assistance for families struggling in the current school year.
The owners of Soy House really appreciate the outpouring of support this weekend, and they feel very happy and feel lucky to be part of the Assumption Catholic School family. The school is so grateful to them for their continued generosity! Please remember to visit Soy House and our other school family businesses in the upcoming weeks for takeout. We support our local businesses while we stay home and stay healthy.
Check out these news stories featuring our parish and Catholic education:
KIRO7 news story on Catholic education during the pandemic– https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/thousands-washington-students-havent-missed-day-instruction/DB2ONQSX4RFMBICVQ2MDPV3ISY/
Article in the Herald highlighting Church of the Assumption during the Easter season– https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/coronavirus/article241862921.html
Mental Health Resources- Managing stress and anxiety during the pandemic
The outbreak of the coronavirus and COVID-19, combined with the need for most of us to shelter at home, may be stressful for you and your family. Dr. Dan Mordecai, a Kaiser Permanente national expert on mental health and wellness, offers these tips for managing stress and anxiety in challenging times
- Keep up social connections
Maintaining social connections is one of the most important things you can do to support your own mental health as well as others. Make a point of reaching out to those you love to keep your relationships strong even as we keep our physical distance. This is especially important for those with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Ask them how they are doing—offer to lend an ear and let them know you care.
- Offer to help others
Simple gestures can mean a lot, like offering to shop for a neighbor or friend who may be more vulnerable, or letting people know you are available to help. Not only will they feel less isolated and alone, you will likely feel better as well.
- Take a media break
If you find yourself spending significant time reading or watching media coverage and notice it’s making you anxious, consider limiting yourself to checking the news at just one or two times per day, and for a limited amount of time.â€¯Use trusted sources to stay up to date, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website [cdc.gov], then take a break. The CDC also has good resources on stress and coping [cdc.gov].
In addition to these great tips/resources, Calm, a mindfulness and meditation website, has made its platform available to all at no cost during this challenging time. After the crisis, Kaiser Permanente will be offering the platform to all Kaiser Permanente members. Interested in finding out more? Use your PC or mobile device to access the webpage.
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 on Wednesday, June 3rd at the final materials pick-up/drop off.
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.
We would like every student who wants a yearbook to be able to get one and understand that the cost might be a hardship for some families right now. Please fill out the form (attached) if you would like your child(ren) to have a yearbook but cannot afford one. Indicate on the form that you would like assistance and your family will receive one at no cost.
Supporting ACS through Scrip
As you purchase essentials for your family, we wanted to remind you about utilizing Scrip to help financially support our school. Scrip is practically the only fundraiser we know that doesn’t cost our families anything extra- it’s money you’re already spending. Think of all we can raise on toilet paper and baking supplies alone!
- Other than local-only retailers, most Scrip is available 24/7 on shopwithscrip.com. Much of those offer Scrip Now!, which is available to use within minutes via your device. If you aren’t yet registered for the site and want to, please reach out for help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our teachers are planning another drive-thru pick up of materials on Monday, April 20th. If you’d like to purchase physical gift cards, please fill out the attached order form and mail it with check payment to school: 2116 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA, 98225.
- These pre-orders must be received no later than Friday, April 17th in order to be filled on the 20th. All orders are limited to quantity on hand and will be based on a first come, first serve basis (please note “out of stock” items on the form). Remember that Amazon and Visa are always available at shopwithscrip.com!
- All pre-orders must be paid for in full. Please understand we won’t be able to fill Scrip orders from your car. We will only be handing out homework and any pre-ordered Scrip on April 20th.
- Remember that Safeway gift cards can now be redeemed at Haggen! If you have a physical Safeway card, it can also be reloaded via shopwithscrip.com.
We still want your stories for social media and the school’s website!
Please send your family stories on distance learning (successes or funnies!), news on what you’ve been doing to keep your family busy while you stay at home, and photos of either! We’ll post them to our Family Stories page on the website for all to enjoy.
Check out what’s been shared so far: https://school.assumption.org/about/welcome/
Open school positions for 2020-21
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.
Mother’s Day flower baskets
Families are being especially careful about spending during this uncertain time. If you are able to support our 8th Grade Mother’s Day basket fundraiser, we would love to help bring you the joy and beauty of flowers!
We will collect orders until the last week of April. Since school will be closed, please feel free to complete this form and mail a CHECK to the school: 2116 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225
Please note we’re unable to bill fundraisers via FACTS, so payment must be 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
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We are still in need of yearbooks photos!
Since we do not have spring sports and no Fun Run, Staci is being creative by adding a few new pages.
My Favorite Things – My Favorite Teacher, My Favorite Subject, My Favorite Movie, My Favorite Snack Food, My Favorite Day of the Week, My Favorite Color, My Favorite Holiday, My Favorite Superhero, My Favorite Animal, etc.
“Goals and Dreams” – Places I Want to Visit, People I Want to Meet, Sports I Would Like to Try, Movies I Would Like to See, Where I Would like to Live, Museums I want to Visit….
“What I Read” – for those avid readers (and we know we have them). Please share a picture of your student reading his / her book (s).
If your child would like to be showcased in one of these pages, please provide the text and a picture to Staci.
Please ensure the pictures are high quality photos (blurry pics will not print).
Thank you in advance for your help. Pictures can be emailed to: email@example.com or text 360-303-8408.
PTC needs YOU!
Are you interested in serving your school and being part of the Assumption PTC? We are looking for those interested in serving their Assumption community. Open positions for the 2020–2021 school year include the Vice President (2-yr commitment) and the Treasurer (2-yr commitment). Please pray and talk with your family about this service to our school. Please contact Stephanie Wolf firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Rush email@example.com with any questions you may have or if you are interested in these positions.
Help us thank St Joseph’s PeaceHealth Team for all they are doing to care for our COMMUNITY!
Let’s thank those in our community who are taking care of the sick during this time! Make a heart out of colored paper or whatever you may have on hand and write them a thank you note or let them know you care! You may drop this off at school on April 20th, you can mail it to The Rushes (3778 Toad Lake Rd Bellingham, WA 98226) or drop it in our mailbox.
Collected hearts will be taken to the hospital and distributed throughout, so the providers know that Assumption Catholic School CARES! All necessary precautions will be taken to prevent the transfer of contaminants.
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
Don’t forget to use shopwithscrip.com while you are shopping from home! You can reload those Starbucks and Safeway gift cards online. Did you know you can use your Safeway gift card at Haggen? Are you doing some
home improvement projects while stuck at home right now? Print off Scrip Now! for Lowes and Home Depot! So many ways to use shopwithscrip.com! If you haven’t signed up and need help, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get set up.
Are you ordering toilet paper, hand sanitizer and flour from Amazon because you can’t find it in the grocery stores? Don’t forget to make sure you are using AmazonSmile and have chosen Assumption Church as
your charity! By using Amazonsmile.com and choosing ASSUMPTION CHURCH when prompted, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of most purchases to Assumption. When you save the AmazonSmile link into your devices and always remember to shop from that link, all your purchases will make a donation to Assumption.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
April 20th- Pick-up/drop-off materials from 8 am to 10 am and again from 1 pm to 4 pm
April 24th– Mother’s Day flower orders due
April 28th– Yearbook orders due
May 6th– Pick-up/drop-off materials from 8 am to 10 am and again from 1 pm to 4 pm
May 20th- Pick-up/drop-off materials from 8 am to 10 am and again from 1 pm to 4 pm
June 3rd– Pick-up/drop-off materials from 8 am to 10 am and again from 1 pm to 4 pm