In this week’s news, you’ll find updated COVID news, results of this year’s Parent Survey, Auction needs, an opportunity to take “Protecting God’s Children”, options for free counseling services, January and February needs for health and safety volunteers, an opportunity to help the ACS music program, 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!
As expected, cases have been climbing rapidly since December 30th and the current seven-day average is twice what it was when we gave this update a week ago. The unvalidated case count in Whatcom County is now at 440/100,000 residents through January 10th (https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3427/COVID-19-Data). Still, the Health Department uses multiple data points to make decisions for businesses and schools. The Health Department submitted a media release today which provides helpful information about where in the county the cases have been occurring.
We trust that families are doing everything they can to limit social gatherings and interactions outside their immediate households. The probability is now significantly higher that we would have a case inside our school, but we still trust with our mitigation strategies that transmission would be limited and at the least, a cohort may need to quarantine for 14 days. With a three-day weekend coming, we know you may be inclined to spend more time with extended family and friends. For the month of January, it may get worse before it gets better but we continue to remain hopeful for a decrease in case counts. Your communication with us and with the Health Department is extremely important, so thank you for continuing to notify us if anyone in your family is showing symptoms of if you have been around anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
2020 Parent Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who participated in the parent survey last November. We are so grateful for the feedback. Many of the things that happen in our classrooms and on our campus are a result of parent suggestions. Please take a few minutes to review the testimonials and to see how this year compared to previous years’ data. We still have areas for growth, but we’ve also come a long way with improvements. You can access the survey summary here.
Protecting God’s Children Class
Current “Protecting God’s Children” training and background check are required for all volunteer positions. Church of the Assumption is offering the training on January 30, 2021, at 9:00 am via Zoom. Please sign in to virtusonline.org to enroll and contact Angie King at email@example.com with any questions.
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 flyer for more information.
Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers
Please help us fill several 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 need one more set 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!
Friday, January 15th
3rd-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.
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
Mark your calendar for our next take-and-bake meal on Wednesday, January 27th. Please fill out and return the order form that went home in today’s envelope by Friday, Jan. 22nd to get your delicious, completely homemade chicken pot pie dinner and dessert! Don’t forget to share with your family and friends!
January 27th is also the date of our next General PTC meeting. We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, January 27th:
- 2 pm- 3:00 PM*: Pick up your ready to heat and serve dinner (chicken pot pie with salad and brownies) from the gym. *If you need to pick up outside of that window, please email Lynette Machinski at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 important school updates from the Parent Teacher Club.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
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 (casual uniform), first semester ends
January 31st-February 6th– Catholic Schools Week
February 3rd– Jump for Heart kick off
February 12- NO SCHOOL