In this week’s news, you’ll find thanks from the Magaña Family, advice for helping kids deal with world events, physical education structure for next year, an invitation to discuss how we’re planning flexibly for next school year, 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, 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
Thank you from the Magaña Family
Javier, Enriqueta, and Tony Magaña would like to thank the faculty, staff, and all the families of Assumption Catholic School for their support of the recent tamales sale to help their restaurant, Sabores de Mexico, located in downtown Bellingham.
Talking with your children about racism and violence in the news
Archbishop Etienne published a letter last Friday as a follow up to the pastoral letter against racism from all the Catholic bishops. You can read the full letter attached to this week’s newsletter. In it he says, “The senseless taking of life defies the fundamental principles of justice, every notion of dignity and the fact that all of our lives are connected. As human beings, we are responsible for each other.” (https://parish.stbens.net/documents/2020/6/Archbishop%20Etienne%20Statement%20on%20Racism%20May%202020.pdf)
The following YouTube video was recommended in the Principals’ Meeting on Tuesday. Helping Kids Process Violence, Race, and Trauma in a World of Non-Stop News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhjMyOqu2G8
In it, Common Sense Media interviews a panel of doctors and a child psychologist to help us understand the best ways to talk with children about what they are hearing and seeing in the news this week, regarding the recent death of George Floyd and the protests that followed. Additionally, one of the doctors recommends this site as a resource for how to talk to children. http://www.raceconscious.org/
For adults looking for ways to address the issues and take a stand, the National Catholic Reporter published an article by Fr. Bryan Massingale (theology professor at Fordam University) about being white and being Catholic- https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/assumptions-white-privilege-and-what-we-can-do-about-it
Physical Education for 2020-2021
We plan to offer physical education two times per week for all of grades K-8 in the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Regina Campbell is officially retiring, but she will return in 2020-2021 to work in partnership with our new physical education teacher, Lisa Twining. Mrs. Twining is a certified elementary teacher who taught multiple grades at Assumption between 2006 and 2011. She has been our Athletic Director, substitute teacher, Holy Hoops coordinator, and girls’ basketball coach. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Twining and in thanking Mrs. Campbell for returning one more year for this partnership. Mrs. Campbell will teach grades 2-5, and Mrs. Twining will teach K, 1, and grades 6-8. As a reminder, if we are in an online-only format when school begins, physical education will not be offered remotely as it has been this current school year. The physical education program will begin once all students are meeting on campus.
2020-2021 School Year
We’ve begun to look at possible models for next year and what the beginning of the school year might look like. If you are available, please log in to our Zoom call this evening at 5:30 pm to get a summary of our thoughts and ask any questions you may have. A survey will follow on Friday morning 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.
Topic: Town Hall Meeting with Assumption Families
Time: Jun 3, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 872 2021 6708
New School Commission Members
Thank you to three of our parents who discerned at our last meeting 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. We have received commitments for all three new members- Catherine Streeter (parent of George in 4th grade, Jack in 8th grade, and two graduates of Assumption); Sharon Newbold (parent of Molly in 6th grade); and Mauri Ingram (parent of Helen and Peyton in 5th 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 attached survey by this Friday. 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.
JK 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 signup genius form for volunteers to use to reserve slots.
The PTC would like to thank ALL the Assumption Families for their generous support throughout the past school year! Without YOU we would not be able to do all we do for Assumption! All of us together make up the Assumption Family, UNITED AS ONE! “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:8
Please continue to save your summer reading book club books, children’s books, nonfiction books and any other books that find their way into your readers hands this summer that you may be ready to pass on. We would love to have them for our Book Sale next December!
Used Uniform Sales will be announced over the summer, stay tuned!
Our points accrue thru August 31st! Please continue to scan thru the summer! 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
Just a reminder that the deadline to earn toward your Scrip commitment has been extended to June 30th. We are happy to sell you what we have in stock when you drive thru for the “Moving Up” ceremony on June 10th or email email@example.com to order in advance. As always, shopwithscrip.com is available 24/7 and most retailers offer instant access to your purchases.
Fred Meyer gift cards should arrive next week. Please email Mrs King (firstname.lastname@example.org) next week if interested in purchasing.
- Don’t forget to use shopwithscrip.com this summer!
- Did you know you can use your Safeway gift card at Haggen?
- Reload your gift cards online! (not all gift cards are eligible)
Are you ordering toilet paper, hand sanitizer and sugar 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, June 5th – School Mass at 9 am. Fr. Moore’s live Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/catholicjeffreyhmoore/
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!