Wednesday Parent Newsletter 9.16.2020

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s news you’ll find a continued need for safety volunteers, directions for how to access your family’s school information via the FACTS Family Portal, tips for dropping off and picking up your child(ren), a reminder for Friday’s school Mass, a FREE DRESS announcement for tomorrow, plans for the school bus and resuming some activities, MAP testing dates, a request to share photos, and invitation from Church of the Assumption, PTC news including some great and convenient food events, a call for Room Parents and other ways to help, ways to purchase Scrip, logging hard-earned hours, ACS masks for sale and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading! 


Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers 

We have an ongoing need to keep these positions filled.  Please check out the link for responsibilities and openings. 



Please note that we now have three recess shifts to accommodate extra, smaller classes, so the Playground Angel shifts are either 11:00 12:00 or 11:30 – 12:30. 

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: Thank you! 


Family Portal 

We’re excited to share access to our new FACTS SIS (Student Information System)! Please see the flyer in the physical envelope that came home with your child today for information on how you can create an account. 

  • The directions for all parents explain how you can create a profile to view and make changes to your personal information (those with middle school children can also access grades and assignments) 
  • The directions for middle school students explain logging in to their own accounts to track grades, assignments, etc. 

Please call or email the office if you have any technical difficulties logging in! 


Drop-off and Pick-up Reminders 

In the morning, we are getting false readings with the infrared thermometers because the heaters are on in the cars pulling through. Please turn off your heater while we do the screening to help us be more accurate. 

In the afternoon, remember that you now have permission to park and walk into pick up your children after school. If you are driving into the loop, please plan to arrive as close to 2:05 pm as possible. If you come earlier, the cars tend to be backed up onto Virginia St. and the pick-up takes longer. Thank you! 


School Mass on Friday, September 18th 

6th grade students should plan to wear their dress uniform this Friday for School Mass. Seventh and eighth graders are also able to attend with one parent and should also be in dress uniforms. When 7th and 8th graders arrive, please wait in the gym until 8:10 to enter the church.  Only students attending Mass in person need to wear dress uniforms; regular uniforms for all other grades. 


Free Dress for all students 

All students have been awarded a Free Dress this Thursday, September 17th by their Principal of the Day, Liam Daheim. Please reference the expectations for Free Dress in the Parent Student Handbook if there are any questions. Thank you! 


Update for EDP, Specialists, School Bus, and 7th/8th grade on campus 

We continue to review the numbers per 100,000 for Whatcom County to determine how soon to begin EDP and to open specialist classes schoolwide. We’re looking for a possible spike in cases from 14-21 days after Labor Day weekend. Currently, the rate for Whatcom County is 37.3. If it stays in this range, EDP will open on Sept. 28th. This number is also used to determine when/if we can bring 7th and 8th graders into the building. It will need to be below 25 cases per 100,000 to start in person for these grades. For now, we plan to continue with a 2:05 pm dismissal and to keep the specialists’ schedules dedicated to one grade every two weeks. 

The tentative plan is as follows (but can change from day to day): 

  • School bus may begin running for mornings only (we don’t have an afternoon driver yet) starting from Wednesday, September 23rd
  • EDP may open every day from 2:15 pm to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday starting on Monday, September 28th. This will be limited to 25 children and/or 12-13 families based on need. If you can get by without EDP, please allow other families to take advantage of this first until we can allow for more children. 
  • Specialist teachers will continue to be dedicated to one grade level (two cohorts) every two weeks on a rotation. 
  • Will likely keep with a 2:05 pm dismissal time for an extended period. This preserves teacher planning time and allows them to be in their classrooms from 7:40 am to receive students. 
  • We may bring back 7th and 8th grade students in person as early as Oct. 5th based on the rate. This may start with a hybrid model in which each class comes on alternate days for a while. The average will need to be below 25 cases per 100,000 for Whatcom County for all students to return. 


MAP Testing begins Thursday, Sept. 24th 

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is the standardized test given to 2nd through 8th graders at Assumption three times per year. The testing window for the fall begins September 14th and goes through October 16th. More information on this will follow, but we want families to know we plan to begin testing on September 24th (Thursday), and then again on Sept. 29th, 30th, and October 1st. All students in these grades whether in school or at home will be scheduled to test between 8 am and 10 am on these days. Make-ups will be the week of October 5th. All students (including all online students and 7th and 8th graders) will need to have the NWEA Lockdown Browser installed on his/her device before next Thursday. If a child doesn’t have this installed and is doing online learning, please email the homeroom teacher and make an appointment to bring in his/her device for installation of the browser. Students should be well rested and well fed on these mornings so they can do their best. For parents monitoring this at home, please do not help your child with any portion of the test. Remember that it is a measure of progress throughout the year so if you help them in the fall but not in the winter or spring (when they take it here at school), it will skew the results and compromise the integrity of the test. 


Volunteer Needed

We have two iPad carts that need to be assembled for our Kindergarten teachers. If you need hours and want to be able to do this from home, please email the office and let us know when you can pick up the boxes. These weigh about 40 pounds each and once assembled need to fit in the back of an SUV or truck to return them to the school. 


WANTED: Your Photos for the Yearbook! 

Please see the flyer that went home in today’s envelope for info on sharing your personal photos with our very talented Staci Johnson.  She’ll need lots of help capturing your child’s special moments for our 2020-21 yearbook! 


Jubilee for the Earth Season of Creation Novena 

Nine days of Prayer and Reflection on the Season of Creation and Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ Nightly beginning Friday, September 25th through Saturday, October 3rd from 6:30—7:00 p.m.  Please see the invitation and RSVP to the parish if you’re interested. 


PTC News 

Save the dates:  

  • Meals to-go! Since we are unable to offer our hot lunch program at this time, we will be planning a monthly take-and-bake family meal option that can be picked up after school. Our first meal of pulled pork BBQ will be offered on Wed, Sept. 23rd. Please look for the flyer in your physical envelope for details.  It can also be printed and scanned/emailed to the office for our families doing distance learning!   
  • Spaghetti Dinner (Originally scheduled for Sept. 19th) will now be held as an “Italian Night to-go” on Friday, October. 23rd. Stay tuned for more details. 
  • Our first General PTC Meeting will now be held on Wed, Oct. 28th at 6 pm in the gym (health regulations permitting). Everyone is encouraged to attend and join the discussion about all school events and happenings. Save the date!   

Many teachers are still seeking Room Parents for their class. This is a great way to get to know your child’s teacher, other parents, and be involved in the classroom! Please sign up via the link below or reach out to Jennifer Harbick ( if you’d like more information.  

Room Parent Sign Up: 



Today’s envelope contains a Scrip flyer that includes directions for how to purchase gift cards through the RaiseRight app.  If purchasing physical cards is more your thing or you need those local-only businesses, an order form is included with how to submit and receive an order through the office.   

Until were able to resume selling Scrip with parent sellers during school hours, we want to help you meet your family fundraising commitments as best we can.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust to all the changes this year has brought!

A BIG thank you to all the parents and volunteers who stepped up to serve as morning health screeners and playground angels this week! Please continue to sign up above as there is always a need for these critical roles. 


Now offering Assumption masks! You may have seen them around campus already, but if you’d like to purchase your own ACS mask, we have a limited quantity now available. We have two options, all are soft cotton, double layered (with a pocket for additional filters) and designed for all-day comfort.  

Youth (Grey with full color ACS logo on side) $10 

Adult (Navy with white logo on side) $12 

Contact Stephanie Wolf to place an order ( 


As you fulfill volunteer hours, please be sure to log them into the portal to earn credit! 

If you haven’t previously made one, just create an account and log away.  Hours worked from June 2020 – May 2021 count toward this school year.


Upcoming Calendar Items  

September 16thCurriculum Night Only (Tech Training on Wednesday, October 14th) at 6:00 pm through Zoom. Please see the detailed email from 9/15 with Zoom links specific to your child’s teacher. There will be three presentations for each of the grade levels so that if you can’t make the first one (because you have multiple siblings), you can join a later one. Middle school schedule will be available by the end of this week. 

September 17thFree Dress for all students today (Thanks to Principal for the Day, Liam D.) 

September 18th– School Mass for 6th-8th graders. All 7th and 8th graders may attend in person. Parents of these students may also attend Mass and sit with their children. 

September 23rdPTC Take and Bake Dinner 

September 24th– MAP Testing begins, continuing into next week 

October 23rd PTC Italian Night To-Go!