Wednesday Parent Newsletter 9.23.2020

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s news you’ll find information on how we are staying safe through COVID testing, EDP reopening news, school families who need our love, a continued need for safety volunteers, a reminder for Friday’s school Mass, a letter to middle schoolers from Mrs. Twining, MAP testing information, a request to share photos, an invitation from Church of the Assumption, PTC news including a survey to unearth volunteer talents, some great and convenient food events, news from the Care & Concern committee, a call for Room Parents and other ways to help, and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading! 

 

COVID Preventative Measures 

We are taking every measure for prevention of the coronavirus at school. You can assume that if your child has any symptoms, we’ll recommend testing for COVID-19. You can save us and your family time by scheduling a COVID-19 test as soon as your child stays home sick. Please see the attached “Why testing is required 9/23/2020” for information on how to do this and to read more context for this decision. 

Thank you for your partnership to keep our students, teachers and staff healthy and able to attend school in person. 

 

Extended Day Program (EDP) 

We will begin EDP on Monday, September 28, but unlike years prior we are unable to take drop in or last minute students right now.  Attendance is based on a true need for after school care and all additional information was emailed on Friday, along with the calendar. Please contact Bev with any questions: bwilliams@school.assumption.org

 

Supporting ACS Families

We have two families in need of prayers and support in our ACS community. They are both fighting cancer. Any families willing to help and donate will be greatly appreciated! The families express their gratitude for this extended support in their fights to battle cancer. Thank you!
The Salcido Family has three daughters. Their two older daughters, Dayana and Aline have graduated from Assumption and their youngest daughter Brianna is currently in 4th grade. Their Mom, Dora is battling cancer. The family is asking for prayers and welcome any gift cards to places such as Target, Costco, or any gas station gift cards. Families can send cards through the Wednesday Envelope and they will be routed to the family. Manuel and Dora both express their gratitude for your support. No Meal Train is organized for this family at this time.
The Hebert Family has a son, Ben, who is in 8th grade. His Mom, Jennifer, is also battling cancer. They would also appreciate our prayers and support. They welcome anyone who can sign up for a meal on their Meal Train and any cards or gift cards as well. The Meal Train link includes the address of where to drop off meals at this time:
Sincerely,
Kelly
Care & Concern Committee

 

 

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. 

SEPTEMBER: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-september  

OCTOBER: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-october 

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: volunteer.assumption@gmail.com. Thank you! 

 

School Mass on Friday, September 25th 

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students should plan to wear their dress uniform this Friday for School Mass. Parents of children in these grades are welcome to attend/sit with them.  Only students attending Mass in person need to wear dress uniforms; regular uniforms for all other grades. 

  

Middle School Physical Education 

For our families participating in distance learning only, please see the letter from Mrs. Lisa Twining that went home in today’s physical envelope.  She included some great ideas for activities students can do to keep moving and stay healthy! 

 

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. 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.  

All students in grades 3-8 take four tests: science, language, reading, and math. Second graders take three tests (all but science). Each test is untimed, but takes approximately 45-60 minutes. It is all done on a device (iPads for second grade, computers for 3rd through 8th). Make-up testing, if needed, will be done the week of October 5th. This test is not meant to rank students or compare them to the national average, but it is used for students to set their own academic goals for the school year in the form of a RIT score. Teachers also use this important data to inform instruction and collaborate with each other on school-wide essential standards. Results of the test will be shared with you at conferences on in November. 

Families MAP testing remotely: please see this document for instructions. 

 

WANTED: Your Photos for the Yearbook

Please see this flyer 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 Update  

Thank you to everyone who has taken our Volunteer Skills Survey. This quick survey helps us best match you (the volunteer) with your interests and passions. Please take 5 minutes to let us know a little more about yourself to aid us in this process: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QL2HWJ9  

    

Volunteer Needs: 

There are still openings for October Morning Health Screeners and Playground Angels. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-october  

 

We only need a few more Room Parents! Please consider signing up if you have a student in these grades:  

  • Preschool (1 more parent needed) 
  • Kindergarten (2 more parents needed) 
  • 7th Grade (1 parent needed)
  • 8th Grade (1 parent needed) 

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-classroom  

 

Assumption Cares 

Assumption Catholic School has our own Care and Concern Committee! This committee was started years ago by a former parent, Trisha Lewis. Sadly, Trisha passed away earlier this year from breast cancer. We will continue this tradition as she started it with the hope of supporting families who are going through life changes or significant challenges. These may include welcoming a new baby, a sudden illness, or death in a family. We want to show ways to support our families. Our committee can set up a meal train or provide ways of showing support for families through the donation of gift cards. Any other ideas are welcome for ways to care for these families. 

Please contact parent Kelly Segel if you have any requests or needs in your family and would love some support! Krsegel5@gmail.com or call (360) 303-8277. 

We know of a few families who could benefit from support at this time and details will come next week for ways you can help support! We appreciate this greatly! God bless! 

 

Upcoming PTC events: 

TODAY: Take-and-Bake Dinner today! Don’t forget to pick up your ready to bake BBQ dinner! Everyone who pre-ordered should have received pickup instructions. If you did NOT receive pickup instructions, please contact Lynette Machinski at lynette_machinski@yahoo.com 

Friday, October 23rd: Italian Night To-Go. Don’t miss this delicious opportunity to leave the cooking to us and bring home a full Italian dinner and wine! More details and order forms coming soon!

Wednesday, October 28th: Mark your calendar for our first General PTC Meeting. Space will be limited to preserve social distancing, so families will need to register prior to the meeting. All current families are encouraged to attend at the following times: 

  • 6:00 -7:00 PM Preschool- 3rd Grade families 
  • 7:00-8:00 PM 4th- 8th Grade families 
  • Have kids in both groups? Choose the time that’s best for you! 

 

Upcoming Calendar Items  

September 23rd– PTC Take and Bake Dinner 

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

September 25th– School Mass for 3rd through 5th graders. Parents of these students may also attend Mass and sit with their children. 

September 30th– School Commission meeting 

October 14th– Parent Technology Information Night, 6 pm in the gym 

October 23rd– PTC Italian Night To-Go! 

October 28th First PTC General Meeting 6 pm to 8 pm