Wednesday Parent Newsletter 9.30.2020

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s news you’ll find a reminder on COVID prevention, updating your family information in FACTS, school families who need our love, a continued need for safety volunteers, a reminder for Friday’s school Mass, MAP testing information, Blessing of the Animals news, a 4th Grade service project, a fitness challenge from Mrs. Twining, an opportunity to purchase Scrip, an invitation from Church of the Assumption, PTC news including delicious Italian Night news, a survey to unearth volunteer talents, a call for Room Parents and other ways to help/earn volunteer hours, and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!


COVID Preventative Measures 

Please remember that sending children to school with even mild cold symptoms can translate into many students having to be tested and missing school.  Thank you for your partnership to keep our students, teachers and staff healthy and able to attend school in person. 


Personal Information in FACTS SIS 

We need your input!  If you haven’t already done so, please create a FACTS Family Portal account (instructions provided again in today’s envelope) and check your personal information.  Any updates you make yourself will be saved in the database for office use.  If you move, change a phone number or need to make an emergency contact change for your child in the future, you’ll be able to make those changes at your convenience. 

Please complete changes by Friday, Oct. 2 as the information will be used to create our Family Directory, going out next Wednesday.  Thank you! 


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:
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. 


Please note that we now have three recesses for students to accommodate extra, smaller classes, and two Playground Angel shifts from 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! 


School Mass on Friday, October 2nd 

6th and 7th grade students should plan to wear their dress uniform this Friday for School Mass. 8th Graders are encouraged to join and parents of children in participating grades are also welcome to attend/sit with them.  Only students attending Mass in person need to wear dress uniforms, and regular uniforms for all other grades. 


MAP Testing continues this week 

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 will finish testing all students this Thursday and will do make-up tests next week for those who were absent. 

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). 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 last week’s document for instructions. 


All families are welcome to join us on Tuesday, Oct. 6th for the annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. Please bring only small animals, no bigger than a large dog. Reptiles and animals not on a leash should be in a cage or terrarium. This year, we will need to spread out for social distancing.  

Remain in your family groups with your animal and find an “X” in the traffic loop to stand on. These are six feet apart. Students without animals should line up with their classes on the perimeter of the traffic loop near the grass or large cross. Find your teacher with the class sign when you arrive. If there are too many families for the number of “X”s, any open space on the grass will work. 

We will need to screen students for the school day so please enter through one of the two open gates to get the health screening from one of the volunteers. The large rolling gates will be closed to traffic. When you enter the gates, go to the “X” or to a child’s class if he/she doesn’t have an animal. The prayer service will begin promptly at 8:15 am so the gates will be closed at that time. 

You can look at the attached map for a visual of where families and students can go. 


4th Grade Pet Drive 

Our Fabulous Fourth Graders are kicking off their Annual Pet Care Drive, which will run from October 5th-12th.  Please see the paper flyer in today’s envelope for needed items.  Thank you for supporting this class with their service project and the Whatcom Humane Society! 


30 Day Fitness Challenge 

Greetings from your Assumption Physical Education Program! I hope this finds you and your family healthy and happy.  It has been a fun and active month in Physical Education. Unfortunately, with the current hybrid plan for PE, I don’t get the opportunity to teach all grade levels each week so have been brainstorming ways to reach all ACS students and help them stay active at home. 

I am challenging all Assumption Catholic School students to complete this 30-Day Challenge! The exercises from this October challenge offer a unique combination of physical exercises to help promote strength and endurance. 

A copy of the October Challenge as well as a log sheet for tracking your fitness journey went home today. Students should check off each day as they complete the activity on the calendar and when needed, log their results in the log sheet.  Be honest and only check off the day if you performed the full activity.  If you forget a day, DO NOT go back to complete it and mark it off.  At the end of the month, turn in your calendar and log sheet. All students who complete the challenge will get their name posted in the gym to share their accomplishment with our school community.  

If you have any questions, you can always email me at

Good luck!
Mrs. Twining

Assumption PE Teacher


Scrip Sold this Thursday 

This Thursday, October 1st, Mrs. Sara Rush will be outside selling Scrip from 1:40 to 2:15 in front of the Scrip office (look for the sign).  All cards normally stocked in the box are available, so please stop by if you plan to do some shopping!  An order form went home today for your convenience. 


Are you interested in having your child baptized in the Catholic Church? 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for Children (RCIA/C) process is geared toward children aged 7-years-old and older who have never been baptized and would like to learn more about the sacraments of initiation and teachings in the Catholic faith. Children meet in the Stafford Room on Sundays from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. If you have any questions, please contact Gina DePalma at or (360) 733-1380 x4222. Thank you! 


PTC Update  

The PTC would like to extend a huge thank you to all who supported our first ever Take-and-Bake Dinner!  It was a massive success and brought in almost $1,400 in profit for our school.  Our hot lunch program typically serves 100-115 individual meals, but Rob Viggers and his team of volunteers cooked for a total of over 300 people last week!  Many thanks to all who prepped, cooked and packaged those meals. We learned some valuable lessons through this process that will help make our next take-and-bake endeavor even better!   


Italian Night To-Go: October 23rd 

Speaking of which…. we are finalizing the menu for our Take-and-Bake Dinner on October 23rd.  It will be extra special in lieu of our in-person Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.  We’ve teamed up with our friends at Drizzle to add some delicious touches to this meal and we’re hoping to offer an additional wine pairing and special dessert since we can’t hold our usual bake sale. Stay tuned for all the details and order form coming next week! Remember that this fundraiser will be open to friends and family of Assumption, so please spread the word! 

Many helping hands are needed to ensure a smooth fundraiser. Please sign up to help with our Italian To-Go Night here:  


Other Volunteer Opportunities: There is still a need for October Morning Health Screeners and Playground Angels. Sign up here:  


Annual Report proofreading– We are looking for “editors” to proof and review content for the Annual Report being published in October. Currently, we have one parent who is able to help, but more readers ensure that we haven’t missed anything. You can do this from home, but we would have a deadline of Friday, October 9th. If you have a background in editing/proofing and believe you would be an asset in this area, please email Mr. Anderson directly. He will email you a link to the folder with the copy for proofing. 


7th and 8th Grade Room Parents needed:  


Survey: 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:   


Upcoming Events: 

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 next week.  

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 30th– School Commission meeting 

October 6th– Blessing of the Animals at 8:15 am 

October 9th– No School- Teacher Professional Development 

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