In this week’s news, you’ll find an Auction update, COVID awareness, options for free counseling services, yearbook photo gathering, January needs for health and safety volunteers and a wonderful new addition to that team, an opportunity to help the ACS music program, the January Fitness Challenge, school Mass scheduling for this week, PTC news including their upcoming Take & Bake Dinner and General Meeting for all parents (both on January 27th) and upcoming calendar items. Thank you for reading!
JOIN US FOR THE AUCTION ON SATURDAY, MARCH 6th!
With the new COVID vaccine being distributed, we are hopeful that our teachers and staff will be in line for the next round starting at the end of this month. The vaccine is giving us hope for an end to the pandemic, but we also know that we are still in the middle of something very pervasive. After a decline in new cases a few days ago, Whatcom County is now back up to 224.6 per 100K residents (invalidated data thru Jan 4). During Christmas break, the coronavirus affected many of our families indirectly and two of our families currently have children who tested positive for COVID. We want to preserve their privacy and since the children tested positive outside of school being in session, none of our students or staff at Assumption were affected. However, this reality is a reminder that it is still here and very contagious. Please do not gather indoors with people from outside your household. Wear masks, both outdoors and indoors when you are around anyone outside your household.
We’d like to pray for Mrs. Reyes and her family since her sister died from COVID on Christmas Eve. Additionally, Mr. Anderson’s sister tested positive in Colorado (and has since recovered after 24 days), and both of Mrs. Dennis’s in-laws tested positive two weeks ago and are still hospitalized in Pennsylvania. We all have people we know and recognize that it affects all people differently, so thank you for doing your part.
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.
Individual student photos for the yearbook
Thank you to Mrs. Evans for taking all of our student photos this year for the yearbook. If your child is an online learner and hasn’t been on campus, please email her a photo to be included at email@example.com no later than Friday, January 8th. Seventh grade student photos will be taken by Mrs. Evans this Thursday, January 7th between 10 and 11:30 am. Students should be in uniform. Eighth grade student photos will be taken by Mrs. Evans on Monday, January 11th between 10 and 11:30 am and eighth graders (only) may have free dress this day for photos.
Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers
Please help us fill many remaining vacant spots in January! 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.
Donate a set of drums
Mrs. Beshara has been finding creative ways to teach music since the students are not able to practice singing. She would love to purchase a class set of drums so that students may learn rhythm and percussion. Each set of seven drums costs $230 with tax and we will need two sets to have enough for a class. If you would like to purchase a full set or donate a portion of the cost, please email Mrs. Beshara directly for more information at email@example.com. Thanks in advance for your consideration and generosity!
Welcome our new Duty Supervisor, Jessica Sidhu
We want to thank Mrs. Smith who has coordinated health screenings and Playground Angels since the start of the school year. She will be returning to her part-time librarian duties at the end of January and will no longer be working in this role. Instead, one of our parents, Jessica Sidhu, has been hired as the part-time duty supervisor for the morning recess and lunch recess. She’ll continue to help find and organize Playground Angels (thanks to all of you who help with this!), while helping in the office for a few hours each week with health screenings and other duties.
January Fitness Challenge
Happy New Year from Assumption Physical Education Program! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able be active and have fun over break.
Over the break, the December Fitness Challenge concluded. Please turn in your December Calendars to the office by January 8th by 2:00 pm. I will be posting names on the December Fitness Banner over the weekend. (Don’t forget to take a look at the October and November banners in the gym).
I hope you all enjoyed the challenge and are ready for the January Challenge! It is a new year, and great time to start a new challenge if you haven’t tried in the past. We will be starting the January Fitness Challenge next week, Monday, January 11th. 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 (provided to the students in classes) the first week of February.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
School Mass on Friday, January 8th
6th-8th 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.
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
Wednesday, January 27th is our next Take-and-Bake meal AND General PTC meeting!
2 pm- 4:30 PM: We’ve got dinner covered! Pick up your meal (menu announced soon) from the gym.
7 PM: Grab your dessert/tea/wine and join us on Zoom to hear a presentation by Patti Hoelzle, a highly-regarded school counselor, and other news from the Parent Teacher Club.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
January 7th– Seventh grade photo day with Mrs. Evans
January 8th– Tuition assistance applications due in FACTS for the 2021-2022 school year
January 11th– PIZZA LUNCH & Free dress for eighth grade only (Pictures taken for eighth grade today)
January 18th– NO SCHOOL, MLK Jr. Day
January 20th– MAP Testing begins for grades 2-8 and continues through January 28th
January 27th– PTC General Meeting, 7 pm via ZOOM
January 29th– Early Release @ 11:45 am