In this week’s news, you’ll find a recording of the PTC General Meeting last week in case you couldn’t make it, a request to spread the good news about our school, Auction invitations coming home today, resuming a 3:00 dismissal time on Feb 16th, an invitation to join our annual State of the School meeting, this year’s Kids Heart Challenge info, a number of volunteer opportunities, and upcoming calendar items. Thanks for reading!
PTC Meeting Recording (for Feb. 3rd)
Spread the Word
Do you know a family that would benefit from the welcoming Assumption community and caring learning environment? Please share our “Invitation to Tour” with a friend or neighbor and receive a $250 referral discount on your own enrollment fee if they enroll at Assumption for the 2021-22 school year. A hard copy is in your Wednesday Envelope.
In addition, Assumption’s Admission and Retention Committee is looking to extend our outreach to local preschools and share the “Invitation to Tour” with a broader audience. If your child attended another local preschool that you think we should contact please share that information with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer and Tiffany hope you enjoy the invitations to the Auction this year that went home in today’s Wednesday envelope. Please sign onto the website noted on the invite and register early!
Once registered, you can purchase raffle tickets online for your convenience. We are really excited about the raffle prizes this year, so please look for more information to come in next week’s news. You can win wonderful prizes and help our school in the process!
Change in dismissal time
Starting on Tuesday, February 16th, we will return to our regular 3:00 pm dismissal time (Monday, the 15th is Presidents’ Day). As you’ll remember, we changed this dismissal time at the beginning of the school year to provide planning time for the teachers at the end of the school day. We will remain with the current specialist rotation every two weeks for one grade level but want to bring back those instructional minutes from 2:05 to 3 pm for the classes that have been missed. EDP will also resume for after-school care from 3 pm to 6 pm starting on February 16th. Middle school students will begin a rotation of music, art, pe, and additional Spanish. They will have two sessions per week, per grade level for one month each.
A couple of other changes will also take effect.
- Doors to the school will open beginning at 7:55 am instead of 7:40 am. Students may be screened and line up outside starting from 7:40 am, but teachers will need that extra 15 minutes in the morning with the later dismissal time to prepare. Prayer begins at 8:15 am instead of 8:10 am, and students will be tardy starting at 8:15 am.
- Lunch will return to 11:30 am to 12:25 pm for all classes. There will no longer be an 11 am to 11:25 am lunch for the younger grades.
- Dismissal is 3:00 pm. Students will be lining up before that time in staggered groups, but please plan to arrive as close to 3:00 pm as possible to limit traffic on Virginia Street. The gates will be opened to let cars in at 3:00 pm.
State of the School next Wednesday, February 10th at 7 pm
In previous years, the State of the School event was required for all PK-8th grade families. Childcare would always be provided so at least one parent could attend and paper re-enrollment packets would be given out that evening. For this year, our re-enrollment will be done online, and we can’t meet in person because of social distancing. However, we will still be holding the State of the School event on February 10th at 7 pm through Zoom. As a reminder, this is a one-hour presentation in which we share the successes from the current school year, financial updates, budgeting process for the upcoming year, facility upgrades, and a 3-5 year plan for the overall growth of the school. The information is always well received, and it helps to foster our partnership with families who care so much about our future successes. Thank you in advance for attending.
Topic: Assumption State of the School
Meeting ID: 894 5848 3201; Passcode: Ju5hty
Kid’s Heart Challenge
Kid’s Heart Challenge starts today! Keeping with our 14-year tradition, Assumption is excited to support the American Heart Association once again. Today, the American Heart Association hosted a live Zoom assembly and told the students about this year’s challenge. In this week’s Wednesday envelope, you will find the AHA donation envelope and registration/ app instructions. This event will run for 4 weeks and close on February 26th. Please turn your sponsorship money into the office, using the donation envelope or using the AHA online donation link!
Our goal for the whole school is to raise $1,800. If we reach our goal, the whole school will receive FREE DRESS! Our second goal for the school is 100% participation. The class with highest participation, will get to SILLY STRING their teacher, Mr. Anderson or Mrs. Twining. To be counted toward the class participation percentage, students will need to turn in at least $1. All donations count toward class participation whether online or turned into the office.
Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers
Please help us fill in many open February slots! Check out the link for responsibilities and openings. Please note we’ve added a spot for help with duty for the morning recess from 9:45-10:15 am. You can earn one full volunteer hour for only working these 30 minutes. Thanks for your help.
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.
Need Volunteer Hours? Help us with maintenance and cleaning!
Immediate need- If you want to earn two volunteer hours, please arrange to take away our old bathroom mirror and sink basins. You can keep them for yourself or take them to the Re-Store or Habitat, but we’d like it if they didn’t get put in the landfill. The mirror is about 60” long and 48” tall. Email the office if you’d like to earn these hours at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long-term need- Taylor King, our fantastic custodian, needs help with maintenance and cleaning as the needs are piling up. We are looking for a parent volunteer to help for 3-4 hours each week from now through the end of April with a variety of needs. If you are available and interested, please mail Mr. Anderson directly at email@example.com.
School Mass on Friday, February 5th
We will honor our Distinguished Alumni family for Catholic Schools Week at this week’s school Mass! 3rd-5th grade students should plan to wear their dress uniform. 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.
Catholic Schools do it best
An interesting article was published in the Wall Street Journal this week, and with perfect timing to thank our teachers during Catholic Schools Week. You can see the article here: Catholic Schools are Beating COVID
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
Meal pick up was today! If you were unable to be there between 2-3 pm, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser, and we look forward to seeing you again next month for a very special to-go meal option on the night of the Growing Great Kids (virtual) Auction. On March 6th, dinner is covered!
Volunteer Opportunity: Please help us keep our student-favorite monthly Pizza Lunch going! We are seeking a volunteer to help coordinate this effort. It takes place one Monday per month from about 10:30 – noon. Please reach out to Jessica Sidhu if interested: email@example.com
Upcoming Calendar Items:
January 31st-February 5th– Catholic Schools Week
February 3rd– Jump for Heart! kick off, virtual assembly at 1:30 pm
February 10th– State of the School at 7 pm tonight through Zoom.
February 12th– NO SCHOOL– Professional Development Day for Teachers and Staff
February 15th– NO SCHOOL- Presidents Day
February 16th– Return to our regular 3:00 pm dismissal time; EDP resumes 3 pm – 6 pm starting today
February 17th- Ash Wednesday (Lent begins), prayer service and distribution of ashes in the classrooms.
February 22nd– Pizza Lunch
March 2nd– “Read Across America” Day from 12:30 pm to 3 pm