We wish all our students and families a very blessed, restful Christmas break together!
In this week’s news, you’ll find a school COVID update, how to enjoy this year’s Christmas Program, a 6th Grade sock collection, an opportunity for remote mental health services, ongoing safety volunteer needs, Soap for Hope results, a recap of this year’s Book Fair, an opportunity to purchase Scrip on Thursday, PTC news including past due Auction commitments, planning for the second general meeting to be held on January 27th, and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!
As we head into the Christmas break, parents have asked what January will look like for our return to in-person learning. The number of cases in Whatcom County climbed the way the WC Health Department had expected after the Thanksgiving holiday, but the trajectory now shows a decline in cases with a current, unofficial case count of 170/100,000 residents (as of December 14th). Without a single case in our school since the beginning of the school year, the Health Department has agreed that in-person learning can begin on January 4th as scheduled. They say our school size and the low transmission in schools give them confidence that we will not have an outbreak. However, to remain cautious, we plan to gradually bring back 7th and 8th grades in a hybrid model the week of January 4th but fully in-person the week of January 11th. This will include 8th grade on Monday/Tuesday (January 4/5) and 7th grade on Thursday/Friday (January 7/8). We expect that Christmas and the two weeks following may have increased cases, however with other private schools remaining open for 7th and 8th grades and with the agreement from the Health Department, we are confident for a healthy return.
Please continue to check your emails over the break for updates and remember to limit gatherings outside of your immediate household. Thank you.
Please join us on Thursday evening, December 17th at 6 pm, for our Christmas Program “Watch Party”. This year’s program was created, practiced and filmed ahead of time by many different teachers and classes, and expertly edited by Mr. Anderson into one big show for your enjoyment. We’d like to especially recognize our eighth-grade class, who wrote the Nativity play to creatively reflect our current events, along with guidance from Mrs. Reyes and Ms. Demry. We hope you enjoy it as much as your children did making it and we look forward to gathering together for the occasion next school year!
Visit our Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/channels/1661416 for both the K-8 and Preschool videos.
Our two fabulous 6th grade classes are having a sock war/challenge – collecting new and gently used socks of any kind – and donating them to the local shelters. If you’d like to help their cause, please bring your socks to their bin in the school entryway by TOMORROW, Dec 17th!
For parents looking for counseling for their children during this challenging time, WWU offers free tele-mental health counseling sessions with graduate students (supervised by faculty). If counseling is not offered with your insurance, this could be a great way to support your child’s mental health at this time. See the flier for more information.
Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers
Please help us start prepping for our return on January 4th. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so she can try to find a replacement volunteer.
Soap for Hope
Thanks to everyone who supported this service project conceived and executed by Addy and Grace, two very giving and thoughtful ACS second graders! They (and their moms!) made and sold over 400 total bars of soap for a profit of $1,286 toward Giving Tree gifts and groceries for those in need! We’re so proud of their generosity and success!
Thank you to the many families who purchased items this year. Sales totaled $1,636.89, much of which were items on our teachers’ wish lists and went straight into classroom libraries! From those sales, we raised $409.20 in book credit for our school library. Although this number is less than in previous years, we did well considering our fair was entirely online and didn’t have the bump that Grandparents Day always provides!
An extra big thanks to the wonderful Mrs. Courtney Twining and Mrs. Nancy Smith who ran our Book Fair and navigated a brand-new online store platform. We are so grateful for their support of our school and love for getting kids excited about reading. We look forward to seeing everyone at an in-person fair again next year!
School Mass on Friday, December 18th
3rd, 4th and 5th grade students should plan to wear their dress uniform this Friday for School Mass. 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.
Remember we will dismiss at 11:45 and there will be NO EDP so our staff may also begin to enjoy the holiday break. Thank you!
Care and Concern Ministry
There is 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
Scrip Sold this Thursday
This Thursday, December 17th, 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.
REMINDER: Time to turn in those Procurement Forms! They must be turned in no later than Friday December 18th.
Any family who has not met their donation obligation ($200 value or higher) will be charged for the $200 commitment via their FACTS account on January 5th. Thank you to the families who have turned in forms and for doing your part to make this critical fundraiser a great success!
PTC GENERAL MEETING: All parents encouraged to attend!
We would love to see you at our next General PTC Meeting on Wednesday, January 27 at 7 pm via Zoom (PJs and wine glasses encouraged!) We will begin with a presentation from Patti Hoelzle, a highly regarded school counselor (Ferndale School District) who will be speaking about trust-based parenting (TBRI) strategies and helping children navigate the current crisis.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
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!
January 4th– Welcome back!
January 11th– Tuition assistance applications due in FACTS for the 2021-2022 school year