In this week’s news, you’ll find a reminder to return library books, how we’re planning flexibly for next school year, a tailor/seamstress needed for making masks, our newest School Commission members, information on our technology program for grades 5-8 next year, help wanted to install our new playground this summer, a message from Dennis Uniforms, an incredible opportunity for young artists, assisting in the school garden, PTC news including various ways to support ACS by donating items and your regular purchases and upcoming calendar items. Thank you for reading!
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:8
You’ll be receiving an email from Mrs. King in the next few days if your child has an outstanding library book. We know that sometimes these have been returned to the public library, but please do everything you can to have these returned by Wednesday, June 3rd on pick-up day. You may see a charge on your July statement for unreturned books, and you can direct all questions to Mrs. Smith or Mrs. King. Thank you.
2020-2021 School Year
We’ve begun to look at possible models for next year. Because of the small size of four of our classes (fewer than 15 students), we think that we will be able to have regular full school days by splitting our larger classes (2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grades) into two classrooms with extra adult supervision. Instead of an A/B schedule in which half the students would come every other day, we expect that we will be able to have all students here every day by hiring these four additional adults as long-term substitutes. The one exception to this may be Kindergarten in which it might be a half-day program until we are able to open the classrooms to more than 15 students. Preschool and Pre-K may only be available as a three-day per week (Pre-K) or a two-day per week (Preschool) for those first few months of the school year to limit class sizes.
Keep in mind, there is still a chance that the governor will extend the stay-at-home order and we could be in an online format completely. The teachers and staff are planning for this possibility as well. Yet, we continue to remain optimistic that we’ll be back in the classrooms in some capacity. Please look for a survey to follow next week with more information regarding school set-up, your use of EDP in 2020-2021, the school bus, and whether an earlier start to the school year might be possible for your family.
Masks needed for the 2020-2021 school year
We’ve been told that all children over the age of 2 may be required to wear a mask during the school day. Since cloth masks can be laundered, each child will need 4-6 masks starting at the beginning of the year. Mrs. Whelan has additional fabric, so if you are interested in sewing masks for our students and receiving volunteer hours, please email Mrs. Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Whelan (email@example.com) and we’ll put it in your pick-up items for June 3rd.
New School Commission Members
Thank you to three of our parents who discerned last Wednesday whether they would like to be a part of the School Commission starting in the 2020-2021 school year. This is such a valuable advisory board which helps to determine the future of our school in many important areas like finance, marketing, facilities, and strategic planning. Thus far we have confirmation for two new members- Catherine Streeter (parent of George in 4th grade, Jack in 8th grade, and two graduates of Assumption); and Sharon Newbold (parent of Molly in 6th grade). Please join me in welcoming them!
Fourth Grade Families (and New Families in Grades 6-8 for 2020-2021)
Typically, we’d have a parent meeting about devices at school and our technology program, but since we weren’t able to meet this year, we need families to fill out the linked survey. Please let us know if you will be purchasing a device for your rising fifth grader (or new 6th-8th grader) from the school or purchasing it on your own. Remember that iPads (Generation 3 or newer) are also allowed for Grades 5-8 in the 2020-2021 school year. (If you received this already by email, you do not need to fill it out again.)
Thank you to everyone who contributed to Fund the Need at this year’s Growing Great Kids Auction, providing $41,000 to install the new fence and gate in our traffic loop, and a new playground for the children of our parish and school. Because this playground will be enjoyed by everyone, we are asking for volunteers from the wider community to help us with the demolition and construction of the new playground. School families may receive volunteer hours for their help.
We plan to start demolition on Saturday, July 25th and go through Wednesday, July 29th . Construction/installation will begin on Saturday, August 1st . If you have the expertise and the desire to help with this project, please sign up here. Thank you!
A MESSAGE FROM
Our company has developed a shopping three-phase approach to ensure: (i) Parents feel safe shopping; (ii) Our employees feel safe and confident serving customers; and (iii) Students are in uniform on the first day of school.
Phase 1: E-commerce Only. All stores remain closed to customer foot traffic. Present Day to June 15
- We are anticipating a natural and substantial “shift” to online shopping. In preparation for this shift, we have made the following enhancements to our digital shopping experience: a refreshed customer interface, live chat and new “easy to use” tools to help select the “right fit and size”.
- All on Campus School Selling events are cancelled.
Phase 2: E-commerce with Curbside Pickup. June 15 until safe to open our stores to customer foot traffic
- Stores remain closed to customer foot traffic, but open for curbside pickup.
- Virtual Fitting Appointments prioritized for New students.
- All on Campus Selling events remain cancelled.
Phase 3: Stores open. When Safe to open to customer foot traffic (State and City specific)
Some of the planned changes to our normal store operations will include:
- Modified hours of operation to ensure enhanced cleanliness and safe social distancing
- Reduction of fitting rooms
- Keeping tried-on/returned merchandise off the sales floor longer than normal
- Health screenings for employees
- Providing face coverings for employees and recommending that customers wear a face covering when shopping.
To support our three-phase approach, we have added additional phone lines, staff, and extended hours to our Portland-based National Customer Service Team. We will be ready to answer questions and process an anticipated increase in phone orders and inquiries.
We thank you for your partnership, support and understanding. Over the coming days and weeks, we will communicate clear and consistent updates with parents through email, social media and our website.
J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series) is releasing a new book, “The Ickabog”, chapter by chapter, at the website below. The print book will be published in the fall, and her publisher is going to use illustrations from kids! The reading level for the new book is apparently ages 7-9, but it’s designed as a read-aloud for anyone who loves the worlds Rowling creates. The illustrators have to be between ages 7 and 12. The first link goes to the home page, the second link to the chapters, and the third link is about the competition.
The volunteers from Common Threads are looking for families to help organize the garden from now throughout the summer. Many hands are needed to keep it watered, weeded, and ready for the fall. If you have a green thumb and want to get a head start on hours for next year, please sign up to help. For reference, here is Assumption’s Garden Care Info. This is a document for volunteers, including COVID-19 safety protocols, as well as the SignUpGenius form for volunteers to use to reserve slots
Gently Used Uniforms
Please bring in your gently used uniforms that are in good condition for drop off on June 3rd. We are always in need of the navy sweaters and ¼ zip sweatshirts for our sales! We will keep you posted on when our Used Uniform Sales will be this summer. Thank you for your donations!
Have you been cleaning?
If you have any gently used books that you would like to donate for the PTC’s Christmas Bazaar Book Sale next year, please bring them to the June 3rd drop off! Please place these in a clearly marked bag or box so they don’t get mistaken for or mixed in with library books.
We don’t 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! If you have any ideas of additional fundraisers that may help next year related to how we may have to change how we fundraise, please reach out to the PTC Board.
Grandparents’ Day Leader
We are looking for someone to chair Grandparents’ Day on November 20th next school year. This is a beloved and longstanding ACS tradition that all our students look forward to! Please email Jessica Sidhu at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in further details.
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
Scrip will be available for sale in front of the gym during the final materials drive thru on June 3rd.
In the meantime, a few Scrip Tips:
- Ask Grandma, Auntie and neighbor Betty to buy SCRIP and let them help you meet your SCRIP obligation!
- Buy your Dennis Uniform SCRIP now for 2020/2021 school year!
- Don’t forget to use shopwithscrip.com!
- Did you know you can use your Safeway gift card at Haggen?
- Stock up on Fred Meyer SCRIP now for this summer!
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 29th – School Mass at 9 am. Fr. Moore’s live Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/catholicjeffreyhmoore/
June 3rd– Pick-up/drop-off materials from 8 am to 10 am and again from 1 pm to 4 pm
June 10th– Drive through between 10 am and 11 am and wave goodbye to your current teacher and hello to next year’s teacher. (Our “Moving Up” ceremony)
June 10th– If you were given technology to use that belongs to the school, please return it no later than Friday, June 12th. (The office will be open all day Thursday and Friday, but it’s easiest if you bring it during the “Moving Up” ceremony on Wednesday, June 10th.)
July 1st– 8th Grade Graduation!