Wednesday Parent Newsletter 10.7.2020

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

 

Reflections on COVID-19

 

We are now in Week 5 of being open in person and we now welcome back the seventh and eighth graders for a couple days each week. I tell people that each day gets a little easier with our health protocols and procedures. We have learned our routines while students and their parents understand the expectations around health screening and social distancing. You have done so well! We have had over 30 students with symptoms in the past four weeks (some moved to the isolation room when needed), but each tested negative for the coronavirus. And for parents who don’t want to do the test, they have chosen a 10-day isolation at home, still with no coronavirus outcome. Overall, we have re-opened with success and we have avoided an outbreak on our campus. Each day we are open is a blessing and a gift. We can do this because you take extra precautions at home, as well as at school. You limit social gatherings and parties and limit time with friends and family outside of your “quarantine circles.” You wear a mask even when you don’t have to because you want your child(ren) in school. It’s because you take these extra measures outside that we can be inside with students. The longer this goes on, the more we want to loosen the measures and go back to our own normal. Thank you for remembering that what you do at home and in the community will also affect whether we continue to remain open. Thanks again for your diligence and your patience. Continue to pray for an end to the coronavirus and the devastation it causes and pray for a return to normalcy for all our sakes.  

This, too, shall pass… 

Blessings,  

Dan

 

Friendly Reminders
This Friday, October 9th, is a NO SCHOOL day! 
Shorts are no longer part of our uniform as of October 1st.  You can break them out again in March! 

 

Supporting ACS Families

Please keep our two ACS families battling cancer in your thoughts and prayers.  If you’d like to offer them your support, it will be greatly appreciated!
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. 

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

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

 

4th Grade Pet Drive 

Our Fabulous Fourth Graders are collecting items for their Annual Pet Care Drive through Monday, October 12th.  Please see the flyer for needed items.  Thank you for supporting this class with their service project and the Whatcom Humane Society! 

 

 

Share your photos! 

The office is collecting images of our students (preferably in uniform) without their masks to put on display in the entryway.  We have many new friends who would love to see the smiles underneath as a way of getting to know each other!   

Please just be sure your mask-less photos are taken under safe conditions: at home with family members or socially distanced outside.  Please send them to Mrs. Dennis: ddennis@school.assumption.org 

 

Scrip Sold this Thursday

This Thursday, October 8th, 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!  You can print an order form and have it filled out ahead of time if you like. 

  

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 ginad@assumption.org or (360) 733-1380 x4222. Thank you! 

 

PTC Update  

 

 Italian Night To-Go: October 23rd  

Please see the order form in this week’s physical envelope to order your family an exceptional Italian feast! Completed order forms are due to the school by Friday Oct. 16th. Please spread the word as this event is open to family and friends! Call the office to request additional order forms or print them out from the attachment included in this digital newsletter. 

  • Call for Wine! We know you stocked up during quarantine, and now your “extra” wine can serve a higher purpose. For each bottle of wine (valued at $15 or higher), receive one hour of volunteer service! Reds, whites, we love them all so bring your bottles to the school office before Friday, October 16th and mark “wine donation” through your volunteer portal.
  • Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets! As part of our Italian Night, we will be giving away TWO large baskets packed full of gourmet treats, all the fixing for a delicious pasta dinner, and over $100 worth of gift cards to local area restaurants. Raffle tickets can be ordered on the Italian Night Order Form. 

 

Skills 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QL2HWJ9 

 

Please remember to log your volunteer hours so they are counted! Go to the Volunteer Portal on the school website to track all fundraising and volunteer hours: https://school.assumption.org/volunteer-portal/.  

If you have any questions, you can contact Rob Jacobs at commitmenthours@school.assumption.org 

 

Upcoming PTC 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! Please return your order forms to the office by Friday, October 16th! Plan to pick up your meal(s) on the 23rd between 2-6 pm.  

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  

October 9thNO SCHOOL– Teacher Professional Development 

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

October 21st Early Release at 11:45, casual uniform (ACS tee and jeans) 

October 23rd– PTC Italian Night To-Go! 

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

October 29th- Orange & Black Day