Wednesday Parent Newsletter 8.26.20

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF 2020-21!

Health Screeners and Playground Angels 

In order to ensure the safety of our students and teachers both inside school and on the playground, we need your help!  

PLEASE NOTE: 

  1. Volunteers are required to complete a self health screening before coming onto campus every time.  A checklist will be provided via email prior to your “shift”.  

  2. Current “Protecting God’s Children” training and background check required (*see below for upcoming class offerings)  

  • At morning drop off (7:40-8:10), we need Health Screeners to take temperatures and help maintain adequate social distancing between students as they come through the traffic loop and head into the building.   

  • We’d ask Health Screeners to sign up for a week at a time or the same day each week if possible. Those with a medical background are especially encouraged to volunteer. 

  • As always, we need Playground Angels at lunchtime (11:25-12:30) each day to assist with outside play supervision. This will now include reminding students to stay in designated areas and maintain proper distance so they can have a break from wearing masks. 

We are so grateful for your support to bring your children back to school as safely as possible!   For volunteering questions, please contact our PTC Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Sidhu: volunteer.assumption@gmail.comThank you! 

 

School Bus, Walkers, and Bikers 

  1. We are trying to understand which of our families will be riding the school bus if we run it this year. If you are a current family interested in riding the bus or you are new to the school and you want your child(ren) to ride this year, please fill out the attached survey by this Friday. https://bit.ly/34CEVoq  

  2. If your child will be walking or biking to/from school, please fill out this form(survey) so that we can have record of this for the office and for teachers to know who has permission to do so. https://forms.gle/WrftSD5m5QC6dv4N6  

 

Playground Help

The playground is almost finished. Thank you to everyone who has come in the past two weeks, especially the Knights of Columbus who sent five of their members for the installation. The new drain will be installed on Thursday and the dirt will be leveled just after that. We need help spreading the bark on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Let’s have it ready for the first day of school! No need to sign up, just come with a wheelbarrow, rake and shovel any time on Sunday afternoon (after 2 pm), Monday or Tuesday and help spread it out. 

School Supplies 

Since we won’t have the Back to School Reception this year, parents are welcome to drop off their child(ren)’s school supplies any time on Tuesday, September 1st between 9 am and 3:30 pm. If you leave them at the entryway labeled with name and grade level, we will make sure they get to the classrooms before the first day of school.  If you don’t want to avoid the health screening process to come inside, please just call the office (360-733-6133) and let us know you’re leaving supplies outside the doors.

Reminders for the first day of school: 

Students can arrive any time after 7:40 am. Pull through the traffic loop and up to the gym doors. There will be a series of questions the screener will ask as students get out of the caand his/her temperature will be taken. From there, students should walk towards the entrance to the school (keeping six-foot distance) and will be let into the school (siblings together). For the first day only, parents may also park and come to the gym doors to be health screened before lining up with their children to enter the school.  

School prayer service will begin at 8:30 am through Zoom. Students will join from their classrooms and middle school students will help lead it. Parents are welcome to join by clicking this link:  

First Day Prayer Service 

Time: Sep 2, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 810 5154 4246 

Passcode: S8Utyv 

 

Dismissal on the first day is at 11:45 am, without EDP. Students will be dismissed by grade level starting at 11:30 am.

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grades: come any time after 11:30 am
  • 3rd-5th: 11:35 am
  • 6th: 11:40 am 

If you have multiple children, pull through the traffic loop and back around the circle to get older children from other grade levels. 

Seventh graders should be here at 8:15 am on Wednesday, September 2nd in the gym, also screened at the entrance to the gym and sitting on the floor six feet apart. They should bring a laptop, binder, pen/pencil, and notebook for taking notes. The middle school teachers will meet them there with textbooks, classroom materials, and provide information for the first few weeks of school. 

Note: Thursday and Friday have a 2:05 pm dismissal. (Temporary dismissal for September will be: 1:45, 1:50, 1:55. Thursday is orientation for eighth grade class, Class 8R and Friday is orientation for Class 8D. (Class lists for these eighth grade classes will be sent separately to individual families.) 

Regular school uniform can be worn for the first three days of school. (Shorts are o.k.) Students should plan to wear their dress uniform on Friday for the first School Mass of the year, which will be Friday, September 4th for 6th and 8th grades, and September 11th for grades 3-5.  Students only need to wear dress uniforms on the Friday their class will attend Mass.

 

Traffic Loop reminders

Remember that the speed limit is 5 MPH inside the traffic loop. Please help us to keep children safe.  

Also, please remember to enter the parking lot before and after school from the Virginia St. side of the school, and exit on the Kentucky St. (Bellingham H.S.) side of the school. This helps with flow of traffic, especially while construction is going on at the Hope House. 

This year students walking or riding their bikes are encouraged to leave the school through the gate to Cornwall behind the cross. 

 

Class Lists 

For parents of children in grades K, 2, 4, 6, and 8, you should be receiving an individual email from Mr. Anderson on Wednesday or Thursday of this week with your child’s homeroom teacher. Although this identifies the classroom and cohort your child will be in for the beginning of the school year, the classrooms may have different teachers working with all students and the cohorts could change throughout the year. The class lists are complete, and we won’t be making any changes to placement for now but if you have any clarifying questions you are welcome to email the office or Mr. Anderson directly. 

 

Sixth Grade Substitute 

We will be hiring a retired middle school language arts and literature teacher to be the long-term substitute for 6th and 8th grades this year. Her name is Lorrie Demry, but she will not be available until October 5th. Since this coincides with when we hope we will have 7th and 8th grades back in person, we have hired Julia Bonsignore to be the short-term sixth grade substitute with Mr. Costanza for the month of September. Ms. Julia has worked as a sub for us for the past three years and we are confident that she will be a great support to Mr. Costanza during this time.  

 

Safe Environment Training 

All new volunteers are required to take the initial Safe Environment training class.  Normally this class is held in person, but there is one opportunity left in August to take this class via Zoom.  If you have not yet completed your profile and background check, go to www.virtusonline.org and set up your profile. You will be prompted to sign up for a class.  If you have already completed a background check, log into www.virtusonline.org and select the Training tab, then “Live Training”.

The remaining class is:        8/29/2020           8:30 am               St. Louise School – Bellevue 

 

Seventh and Eighth Grade Families– Confirmation 

On Friday, September 11, 6pm-7pm in the Assumption Gym there will be a Confirmation info meeting for all incoming 7th-12th graders who wish to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation (receiving in spring 2021) Wear a mask and bring your own chair if you’d like to sit. ONE parent only plus the Confirmation candidate – please don’t bring extra guests as we are limited on how many people we can have. Contact April Jordan-Hulsey with questions or to RSVP: aprilj@assumption.org 

 

PTC Update 

In years past, we have enjoyed a wonderful first-day reception where ACS parents were able to sign up in advance for volunteer opportunities for the year. As we will not be able to hold our reception in-person this year, we will have a few news ways for parents to sign up for volunteer hours.  

  • The PTC will have a table set up outside the gym during drop-off on the first day of school (7:50 – 8:30 am). Keeping social distancing in mind, please feel free to stop by (one at a time) to chat about the various opportunities and sign up for the volunteer roles you want.   
  • For anyone unable to stop by on the first day of school, we will send out a Signup Genius link via email to all families that will include detailed information on each volunteer opportunity and time slots we currently need filled. Please consider signing up in advance as it helps us to better plan for each event (and helps you get the volunteer roles you want!)  

All PTC fundraising efforts rely on the help of many volunteers and we will have plenty of remote and after-hours positions to fill. Remember, each two-parent household is required to complete 40 hours of volunteer work per school year (with at least 20 being designated “fundraising” hours) and each single-parent household must complete 20 hours for the year.  

We can’t wait to see you! 

On behalf of our PTC Board we thank you for your support of Assumption Catholic School and welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! 

As a Parent Teacher Club we exist not only to fundraise for the school, but also to support our students, parents and teachers.  We all know this is an unprecedented year and as the school year begins the PTC is working on ways to help everyone adjust to the new procedures.  

Our Assumption faculty and staff always give our students 110%.  This year they continue to go above and beyond by giving our students their best whether it’s in person for preschool through 6th grade or from a distance (for now) with 7th and 8th grades…. In order to show our teachers and staff an extra measure of our love and support this year we are starting a “Letters of Love” campaign from now through the first few weeks of school. (Read more in the attached letter.)  

 

Upcoming Calendar Items:   

Monday, August 31st– Preschool and Pre-K orientation and required training for ALL families at 6 pm through Zoom. 

September 2nd– FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for K-6; Orientation in the gym at 8:15 for Seventh Grade 

September 3rd– First day of Preschool (and 5-day Pre-Kindergarten students) 

September 4th– First day of Pre-Kindergarten (3-day per week students) 

September 4th– School Mass at 8:15 am for 6th and 8th graders only. (Eighth graders who came for orientation on Thursday are welcome to come again for Friday’s Mass. Please check in at the entryway for health screening.) 

September 16th– Not an Early Release Day. Curriculum Night and Tech Training at 6:00 pm through Zoom. More information to follow.