In this week’s news, you’ll find a school COVID update, reminders about car safety, a continued need for health and safety volunteers, an incredible project by two ACS second graders to give to those in need, a contest for student artists, various Advent activities, a Giving Tree to share your blessings, instructions for picking up your poinsettia and evergreen orders next week, Merry Fitness, special school Masses next week, an addition to Mrs. Town’s (and the ACS) family, a way to gift faculty & staff and help our school, a PTC update on family Auction contributions, and upcoming calendar items. Thank you for reading!
The updated official case numbers for COVID-19 in Whatcom County through November 19th show a rate of 194/100,000 residents and a projected increase to 204 on November 20th. As mentioned in the email last week, if this number is consistently above 200 for more than 14 days AND the health department recommends distance learning for elementary school ages, we will have to consider the recommendation. Depending on the degree of the recommendation, we will have some flexibility in our decision. It seems unlikely at this time that we will go to distance learning in December with such a short time until Christmas, but please be prepared. We will keep you updated as we hear more from the health department this week and next week.
Car Safety Reminders
The teachers and staff have noticed in the traffic loop that not all students (under 4’ 9”) are in booster seats, and some students under 13 years old are riding in the front seat of the car. Although it is not our job to enforce these recommendations, we want to remind families of the state code for child restraint systems. Please remember that in Washington State, children 4 and older must ride in a car or booster seat until they are 4′ 9″ in height. All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat when it is practical to do so.
If you’ve made arrangements for an alternate person to pick up your child at dismissal, please be sure to provide a car seat or booster seat (whichever is appropriate based on age and height). If you’re unable to plan ahead for the situation, the school has a booster seat available for emergency use. Please just call the office to make arrangements to borrow it. Thank you!
Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers
Please help us fill up December safety slots! Please check out the link for responsibilities and openings.
We are so grateful for the support Health Screeners and Playground Angels bring to our students and Duty Teachers. Please keep in mind that we count on these safety roles when you sign up, and last-minute deletions send us scrambling for help. If you must cancel a sign up, please email Jessica Sidhu at email@example.com so she can try to find a replacement volunteer.
Soap for Hope
Addy and Grace, two of our wonderful second graders, are making specialty soaps to raise money to buy Christmas gifts for families in need. Along with their parents, we are incredibly proud of their charity and service to others!
If you’d like to support these young ladies and their honorable cause by buying their lovely and fragrant soap, we’re collecting pre-order forms which went home in today’s physical envelope. Please contact Catie with questions or for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Christmas Card Art Contest
Things have been a little crazy and we’re behind in preparing for this year’s school Christmas cards! Our cards go to current families and many others who support ACS. In today’s envelope you’ll find a form in which your child can submit artwork to be featured on the front of our cards (Distance Learners can find the form here– please scan and email back by the deadline: email@example.com).
Turnaround time is quick! We need to receive drawings by this Friday, December 4th at 3 pm in order to get them back from the printer in time. Mr. Anderson will choose three winners from the bunch. Please remember that religious themes are preferred. Have fun and thank you!
Advent Wreath Invocation
Fr. Moore has blessed our lovely school Advent wreath in the entryway. If your family is celebrating Advent at home with your own wreath, Father has provided the attached invocation (a “blessing” that can be done by a layperson). We hope it helps make this a holy time of preparation for Jesus and brings your family joy.
ACS Giving Tree
In addition to our school Advent wreath, we have a tree in our entryway! You’ll find it contains tags that state basic items needed in general and by specific families serviced by Hope House. If your family is able to share a little extra this Christmas, please have your child take a tag for purchase and return your item(s) at the main school doors (at either drop off or pick up) by Wednesday, December 9th. If your family is currently distance learning and you’d still like to help, feel free to contact Mrs. Dennis to have a tag drawn on your behalf. No need to wrap anything! We’ll deliver our collected items at the end of next week. Thanks so much for your generosity!
Poinsettia & Evergreen Pick Up
The 8th grade class would like to thank everyone who purchased poinsettias and greenery for their support. We were very successful and are happy to have the funds for our spring retreat and graduation expenses.
Like the last few PTC fundraisers, pick up will be on the Kentucky Street side of the gym. Pickup is next WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9th and THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10th any time in the mornings between 7:45 – 8:30 and in the afternoons between 1:45 – 2:30. If these times do not work for you, please email Staci Johnson @ firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements.
Please follow school COVID procedures by wearing your mask and keeping your distance. Eighth grade parents will be there to help you load if needed.
Advent Family Resources
We began the Advent season on Sunday, where we prepare for Jesus’ arrival. The term “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus which means “coming.”
It’s a wonderful time to choose a tradition to start with your family. The fruits will be when your child(ren) make this a holy time of preparation for Jesus.
Saint Nicholas Day! –https://www.stnicholascenter.org/who-is-st-nicholas
Read the story of St. Nicholas on his Feast Day, December 6th! Set your children’s shoes out by the fireplace or door and place small chocolate coins in their shoes. (The school will celebrate this on Monday, December 7th with all of our students who have the root Nicholas in their first, middle, or last names.
https://www.catholicicing.com/ -Make the liturgical year fun, engaging, and meaningful for young children. This site offers, crafts, costumes, printables, and many ideas to put the “icing on your Catholic Faith.” A must for young Catholic families!
https://www.holyheroes.com/ -Sign up for “Advent Adventure” and receive a short video directly to your email every day. The videos are created by kids and are very engaging! This site contains so much more and hosted by a faithful Catholic family. Most of the resources are free, including all the daily emails and videos, but they also have amazing items to purchase. Great for Christmas gifts!
Hands-On Fun Family Activities:
Advent Wreath –Light a candle each night at the dinner table. Short prayers can accompany the lighting, and/or sing a verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
Nativity Set –Have a set the children can play with and make it hands on!
Jesse Tree –The basic concept behind a Jesse Tree is that you have one ornament for each day in December, and it counts down to the coming of Christ on the 25th. Each ornament stands for a person or event from the Old Testament that leads up to the coming of Christ. Every evening, you hang an ornament on the tree that symbolizes that biblical event and do a small reading or devotional about that Bible story. Easy, printable ornaments are found free on the resources above and children have fun being creative and making them.
Sacrifice Manger –Make a simple manger out of clay, popsicle sticks, or anything around the house. Cut up pieces of yellow yarn or paper to resemble the straw. When children make a sacrifice throughout Advent they are told to “put a piece of hay in the manger.” By the end of Advent, the manger is soft and cozy for Jesus to come.
Christmas Morning –Wrap the Jesus up from your nativity set and have the children open it first! Read the Nativity Story and place Jesus in the manger before opening any presents. Jesus is the most important present!
Advent Calendar –A spin off the traditional chocolate ones. Place a small token, task, or good deed to perform in each envelope, drawer, or box. There are many options for calendars, but it creates the count down and children anticipate the coming of Jesus. (Examples: A pencil, “make cards for the homeless”, “watch a Christmas movie together”, “do something nice without being noticed today.”)
Donate to a person or family from Hope House –Every year Hope House has a variety of names or families that need donations for their Christmas celebration. Have the children pick the names then shop as a family for their gifts first before your family gifts.
Read Luke 2:1-7 together – Have children summarize the story or act it out. Draw or color pictures. Compare it with other nativity children stories.
Make cards – A wonderful year to bring joy to someone who is lonely or alone by sending a card or virtual hug/video!
December Fitness Challenge
Greetings once again from Assumption Physical Education Program! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to go outside and enjoy the nice weather.
This Monday was the last day of the November Fitness Challenge. Congratulations to all the students who completed it. Please turn in your November calendars to the office by December 4th by 2:00 pm. I will be posting student names on the November Fitness Banner over the weekend.
I hope you all enjoyed the challenge and are ready for the December Challenge! We will be starting the December Fitness Challenge today, Wednesday, December 2nd. Once again, you should check off each day as you complete the activity and when needed, log your results. Be honest and only check off the day if you performed the full activity. However, if you forget a day, you can make up that day on a rest day. Also, if you miss a day due to a practice/game and you were physically active for more than 30 minutes, you can check off that day. We will be turning in our calendar and log sheet when we return in January.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Lisa Twining, Physical Education
PS – If you are able, please send me pictures of your child completing a challenge. I would like to post pictures of students being active from afar on my bulletin board.
Special School Masses the week of December 7th
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Tuesday, December 8th and although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, we will still celebrate Mass at 12:30 pm that day with grades 6-8. Since there will also be no Mass that Friday (December 11th), Fr. Moore is offering a special Daily Mass for K-2 on Monday, December 7th. Parents are invited to both Masses on December 7th (K-2 families) at 8:15 am and December 8th (6-8 families) at 12:30 pm.
NOTE: 7th and 8th grade students and parents are still encouraged to attend Mass on December 8th even though students are doing distance learning.
Mrs. Jane Town, one of our wonderful 4th Grade teachers, welcomed her (lucky) seventh grandchild on Tuesday, December 1st! Grandson Forrest Samuel Loe weighed in at 8 lbs 11 oz. Congratulations to Kateri and Tanner Loe (Jane’s daughter and son-in-law), big sister Amelia, and Nana and Grandpa Town!
Care and Concern Ministry
There’s a cooler outside the school doors on Mondays and Thursdays for the Salcido Family. Please drop your meal off by 1:30 pm so that their daughter can bring it home at pick up. To sign up for a meal, please visit the link here: https://mealtrain.com/rw14nw
Staff Christmas Scrip
If you’d like to show your appreciation for a faculty or staff member this Christmas, this special Scrip order form may be just what you’re looking for! Contribute any amount (minimum $1) to an individual’s account and they can use it to purchase the Scrip they most enjoy. Your recipient gets what they want for Christmas and 10% of your total purchase is credited to your annual commitment! Deadline to submit these orders is December 11th.
Just a reminder that your auction procurement form was due Tuesday, December 1st. Please fill out the form completely (attached here if you need it) with a detailed description on what your donation item is and bring, e-mail or put it in the Wednesday envelope attn: Angie King in the office.
Here are a few ideas just in case:
- Grill basket
- Movie night basket
- Timeshare or airline points
- Lottery ticket basket
- Spa day basket
- Gift card to your favorite restaurant
- Night stay at your favorite bed and breakfast
- Handmade quilt
- All things Seahawks
- Outdoor family adventures
- Hosting a dinner or game night (Texas Hold ‘Em)
Thank you supporting our school!
Jennifer Sheafor and Tiffany Schuman
Upcoming Calendar Items:
December 7th– Pizza Lunch today.
December 7th– Special Daily Mass for K-2 today. Parents are invited to join their children.
December 8th- Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass (6th-8th), 12:30 pm
December 17th – Virtual Christmas Program “Watch Party”. The Christmas program will be videoed ahead of time this year for all to enjoy. Be prepared to watch together from home at 6 pm on Thursday, December 17th.
December 18th– Early Release @ 11:45 am
December 21st– January 1- NO SCHOOL, Merry Christmas and SO LONG, 2020!