Wednesday Parent Newsletter 10.14.2020

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s news, you’ll find info on tonight’s tech training, rainy day drop off guidelines, free dress this Thursday, family directory info, thanks from the Salcido family, a call for health and safety volunteers, an extension on Pet Drive collections, plans for Parent-Teacher Conferences, an update on the October Fitness Challenge, plans to hold a safe parish Trunk-or-Treat, a call for fun photos, Scrip for sale outside on Thursday afternoon, PTC news including delicious Italian Night news, a survey to unearth volunteer talents, a great volunteer opportunity that will bring joy to our students, a reminder to log worked volunteers hours, and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!

 

Tech Night Reminder (Tonight!) 

Tonight is the Parent Tech Night for all families who want to know more about the technology we are using at the different grade levels, specifically if the school needed to go to a distance learning format in the future. You can find the Zoom links below broken into PS-3, 4-5, and 6-8 grades. 

PS-Grade 3 from 6 pm to 6:30 pm (Mrs. Whelan leading) 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85812348791?pwd=RHNpOEZVSHRlcDR6LzRxSis2RWpydz09  

Meeting ID: 858 1234 8791 

Passcode: WeAreKind 

Grades 4 and 5 (Mrs. Thomas leading) 6:30 to 7 pm 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9513508387?pwd=cm11TzhTeFJqWmhVK0huN0lOWkg1Zz09 

Meeting ID: 951 350 8387 
Passcode: 4P6db2 

Grades 6-8 from 7:00 to 7:30 pm (Mr. Costanza leading) 

Topic: Middle School Distance Learning 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83560122863?pwd=K3J6OUVzdmk2TnhNWjdidUVSdU4yQT09  

Meeting ID: 835 6012 2863 

Passcode: 9xs58w 

 

Drop Off on Rainy Days 

Going forward, on windy/rainy mornings, please have your child exit your vehicle and connect with a Health Screener under the covered area in front of the gym.  As usual, please wait in your car until receiving the thumbs-up from the screener before driving away.  We hope this helps keep our students (and parent volunteers) a little warmer and drier! In order to expedite the process and move cars quickly through the line every day, please have your child’s items ready to go so that they can exit the car quickly and keep the line moving. Thank you! 

 

Thanks to our Principal of the Day, Kyle Cramer, all students received a free dress for Thursday, October 15th. Please remember the free dress expectations, (especially regarding leggings for girls in the upper grades) found on our website. Eighth graders will have Free Dress on Monday, Oct. 19th since they are not at school on Thursday. 

 

2020-21 Family Directories 

This week’s physical envelope contains updated directories for the new year (8th Grade received on Tues, 7th will receive on Thurs). Please note that we purposely didn’t print the Parent-Student Handbook in an effort to save paper and because it’s available anytime on our website. Let us know if you have any questions! 

 

Shared Gratitude

Manuel Salcido and his girls asked us to express that they are very grateful to the school community for the support they’ve been shown these past few weeks. They are in a good spirits and ask for our continued prayers for Dora as she begins her next round of treatment in early November.

 

 

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 have extended their Annual Pet Care Drive collection through Friday, October 16th.  Please see the flyer for needed items.  Thank you for supporting this class with their service project and the Whatcom Humane Society! 

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, November 5th and all day on Friday, November 6th. Instead of in-person conferences, these will be scheduled Zoom calls with parents. For classes that have large numbers, teachers may be scheduling a few conferences before and after these dates in order to accommodate their teaching schedules and give families enough time. By next week, we will send out a Sign-Up Genius link for each of the grade levels and each specialist teacher, so please sign up for the most convenient times. Individual reports for MAP Testing (Grs. 2-8 only) will be coming in the Wednesday Envelope on Nov. 4th so that you will have that information in advance of the conference. 

 

October Fitness Challenge Update! 

We are halfway through our 30-day fitness challenge and I hope all students have had the time to participate to the best of their ability.  In the original challenge request, I ask that students don’t go back to complete a day that was missed; however, I know that some days are more difficult than others.  So, if students missed a day and still wants to try and complete the challenge, I will allow and encourage students to use their rest days as a make-up a day.   

It was been such a pleasure, seeing and hearing about students completing the daily fitness challenges. I have seen many of the students complete the activity in class or out at recess.  I have also had students send pictures of them completing the challenge at home. Keep up the hard work! 

As a reminder, I will be collecting all the calendar/log sheets the week of November 2nd – 6th to see which students completed the October challenge. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at ltwining@school.assumption.org 

Lisa Twining 

Physical Education Teacher 

 

Trunk or Treat, Keep 6 Feet! 

Assumption Family Ministry needs YOU on Halloween (Saturday, October 31st)!  Our parish and school communities are filled with children in desperate need of fun, treats, and some sense of normalcy on this most loved of all “kid” holidays. 
 

We are coordinating a socially-distant, drive thru Trunk or Treat this year and are looking for families willing to open their trunks and pass out candy (decorated tables are also an option)! Masks will be worn by all participants and volunteers will be in place to ensure everyone follows health protocols. Treats will be distributed safely without direct contact as well. 
 

If you can commit to passing out candy at this event, please follow the link to sign up and for a few more details: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4EADA92EABFC1-assumptions   
 

Thank you in advance for helping us make this idea a reality for the children of our Assumption community!   

 

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 15th, 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. 

 

PTC Update  

Please see the order form in this week’s physical envelope to order your family an exceptional Italian feast to go! Completed order forms are due to the school by THIS 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. 
  • There are just a few spots left to help pull off a perfect event. Please sign up to volunteer here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-italian 
  • 8th grade parents: Interested in raising funds for the end-of-year class trip? Sign up to help deliver meals here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-italian2 
  • 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. See flyer for more information. 

 

Skills Survey: This is the last week to turn in your volunteer skills survey! Thank you to everyone who has already completed it. This quick survey helps us best match you (the volunteer) with your interests and passions. If you haven’t already, please take 5 minutes to let us know a little more about yourself: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QL2HWJ9  

 

Volunteer Opportunity: The PTC is seeking a volunteer to coordinate our highly popular PIZZA LUNCHES! These happen once a month on Wednesdays or Mondays (but the dates could be flexible based on your schedule). Please reach out to Jessica Sidhu if interested: volunteer.assumption@gmail.com   

 

Please remember to log ALL 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 or problems submitting, 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. Tell your family and friends! 

Wednesday, October 28th: Mark your calendar for our first General PTC Meeting. This is a great chance to hear about the various events, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities around school. To encourage maximum participation, we have decided to host this meeting via Zoom. We want to see your (whole) face! New details: Wed. Oct. 28th via Zoom (link to follow) 

  • 6:00 -6:30 PM Meet-and-Greet (Casual! Come introduce yourself and meet the group without masks!)     
  • 6:30- 7:30 PM Principals update and PTC Meeting 

 

Upcoming Calendar Items  

October 14th– Parent Technology Information Night, 6 pm via Zoom (see Mr. Anderson’s Oct. 12 email for details) 

October 15thFree Dress for K-7 students, (Free Dress on Monday, Oct. 19th for 8th graders) 

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 – 7:30 pm 

October 29thOrange & Black Day 

November 5th– Early Release for Parent-Teacher Conferences (11:45 am dismissal) 

November 6thNo School to accommodate Parent Teacher Conferences