In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find feedback wanted for a virtual tour of our school, a planned materials pick up next week, help with child device control at home, direction for picking up Mother’s Day flower order, opportunities to get involved in the School Commission, an incredible opportunity for our students to take part in writing and art workshops with our own Ms. Hicks, a chance to recognize those who serve our school, many thanks for tuition assistance support, PTC News including an invitation to lead, various ways to support ACS through regular purchases, bringing your good-quality used uniforms to the May 6th pick up and upcoming calendar items. Thank you for reading!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:8
In order to help with admissions and enrollment, we’ve created a virtual tour to post to our website. Before making this public, we’d like all families to review it and let us know if we DO NOT have permission to use any of the photos in this video. Thank you.
Materials pick up on Wednesday, May 6th
- Remember that next Wednesday, May 6th, is our next pick-up day for families. Please drive through the traffic loop and the materials will be brought out by a teacher or staff member. Bins will be set up to drop off things like athletic uniforms, library books, and classwork.
- You may also drop off school uniforms in good condition for our uniform sale. Look for the bin to place them in.
- Scrip pre-orders will be included with your child’s packet of materials as long as they are received by mail in the office no later than Monday, May 4th.
Be sure to check your email for details on some fun Spirit Week events (May 4-8) sponsored by the PTC and judged by our middle school Student Ambassadors! When submitting photos for the contests, please be sure to also indicate if we have your permission to also share them on the school website and/or social media pages.
Filtering and controlling your child’s device from home
Some families have asked about controlling access from home on their child’s device and limiting screen time for certain applications. Thank you to Mr. Milligan for the following recommendation.
A Circle device (https://meetcircle.com/) and a one-year subscription is $129. This device allows you to filter content and control apps and websites from one mobile device or tablet for every device being used in your house. If you have a Netgear Router (https://www.netgear.com/landings/circle/default.aspx), it may already have built-in support for this and you just pay the subscription fee. We hope this is helpful!
Mother’s Day flower pick up on Wednesday, May 6th
Thank you for your support of our 8th Grade Mother’s Day Basket fundraiser. Baskets will be delivered next Wednesday May 6th and will be available for pick-up during the scheduled homework pick-up and drop-off times, 8:00 – 10:00 AM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
Mother’s Day flower basket orders will be laid out under the eaves in front of the gym. Please pull forward in front of the gym after you’ve collected your child’s items and stay in your car until instructed by the parent volunteers to get out and select your basket. We would like only one person out of the car making the selection at a time to preserve social distancing. Thank you!
Note: The pick-up time has changed from the May 7th pick-up originally noted on the order form to help families limit trips.
If you purchased a basket, you’ll receive another reminder email with instructions.
School Commission Discernment
This time of year, we begin to fill vacancies for positions on the School Commission. Each term is three years and we will have three vacancies for the 2020-21 school year. The “discernment” for these positions will happen at our Zoom meeting on Wednesday, May 20th.
The School Commission is the principal’s advisory board with regards to the school’s long-term planning. The subcommittees include: Facilities, Admissions and Retention, Finance, Parish Liaisons, and Strategic Planning. We are currently looking for parents who have expertise in building and construction, marketing, development/fundraising, and education (public or private). Being a member of the School Commission fulfills your 40-hour volunteer requirement for your family. The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, and subcommittees meet 1-2 times per month at a pre-arranged time
Please view the pdf application here. You may email it to Mr. Anderson or send it to the office if you are interested in being a School Commission member.
Extension Opportunities for Families in May with Ms. Hicks
Barbara Jean Hicks, EDP Employee is offering two “camps” in the month of May (students may participate in both if interested). They begin this Friday, May 1st.
1. Professional Writer’s Workshop. GRADES 3-8. Students can submit writing pieces for feedback and learn how to become a Young Author.
2. Experience in Art. GRADES K-8. Get feedback on written responses to local art pieces.
Sign up here for either or both: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=gomPHyuTtUSyd6bqU847nufeoh0DfT1GnrG_M6rhuEZURERVQ0tPUVFBSE40TkEzSjNVMlhUOUhDTC4u
If you have questions please email Bev at firstname.lastname@example.org
MS. HICKS’S BIO: An award-winning author, storyteller, speaker and educator, Barbara Jean Hicks began her professional writing career with a series of thirteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Her eight most recently published works of fiction are picture books, including ONCE UPON A PARSNIP (Mascot Books), MONSTERS DON’T EAT BROCCOLI (Knopf), and FROZEN: A SISTER MORE LIKE ME (Disney Press).
Volunteer of the Year Award
Every year we honor the Ellen Anderson Volunteer of the Year at an appreciation reception in mid-May. This year it had been planned for May 15th. Although we can’t have a celebration in person, we’d still like to thank all our volunteers. In the process, we would also like to recognize this year’s recipient of the award.
Please nominate a volunteer in our school community who has given above the family’s required 40 hours and led programs or activities that our school may not have been able to have otherwise. Remember we have volunteers that are parishioners and grandparents, too. All names are welcome. The nomination survey is linked here. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=gomPHyuTtUSyd6bqU847njzlmdPe5ThEjoyXJJ5QcRBUNzEyVVhITVRDTzNSRjBTMjJZNlpRWVoxUy4u
After the request to school families and parishioners in early April for tuition assistance, we have received $8,200 in donations and $7,000 in pledges to help support families this year. Thank you for your generous support and thoughtfulness. If you are a family in need and would like help with tuition payments in May and June, please email Angie King and include a letter with your current financial situation and the amount you are requesting. We are committed to keeping all our families enrolled into the next school year!
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). Please pray and talk with your family about this service to our school. Please contact Stephanie Wolf email@example.com or Sara Rush firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have or if you are interested in this position.
Gently Used Uniforms
If you have gently used uniforms that you would like to donate to the school for the Uniform Sales, you may bring them to the school on May 6th. Please have them in a bag for drop off.
We do not know what the future holds as far as our BIG fundraisers for the next school year, so please support us in these little efforts that can truly add up if we all pitch in!
Did you know you can scan your online receipts also? We are all cooking more at home and doing more grocery shopping, so please scan your receipts and help us earn those points! 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 your ScripNow! for Lowe’s and Home Depot! So many ways to use shopwithscrip.com! If you haven’t signed up and need assistance, please reach out 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, Amazon will donate $0.5% of your purchase to Assumption. When you save the AmazonSmile link into your devices and always remember to shop from that link, your future purchases will make a donation to Assumption.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Is your Fred Meyer card giving back to Assumption Catholic School? By connecting your Fred Meyer Rewards card, you will automatically be giving back to ACS every time you shop.
Follow these easy instructions to earn money for Assumption:
- Log into your Fred Meyer account online.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Community
- Click Fred Meyer Community Rewards
- Click Link Your Rewards Card Now
- Choose Assumption Catholic School (FW772)
You are now earning free money for Assumption!
Upcoming Calendar Items:
Friday, May 1st– School Mass at 9 am. Fr. Moore’s live Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/catholicjeffreyhmoore/
May 6th– Pick-up/drop-off materials from 8 am to 10 am and again from 1 pm to 4 pm. (Remember to bring your library books, used uniforms and athletics uniforms if you have them!)
May 15th– Virtual Appreciation of Volunteers and presentation of Volunteer of the Year Award (TBD)
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