Wednesday Parent Newsletter 3.17.2021

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In this week’s news, you’ll find information on much-needed safety volunteers, a chance to purchase beautiful Mother’s Day flowers and support our 8th grade, Stations of the Cross in the church, a bit about our dedicated School Commission and how to reach them, plus a spotlight on member Mike Harbick, help needed to keep our school and church grounds looking good, our current travel precautions, this Friday’s school Mass schedule, another way to support ACS (with someone else’s money!), continued support for our beloved Salcido Family, PTC news including a delicious Hot Lunch option later this month, a chance to buy the freshest of salmon (and benefit ACS), an opportunity to earn fundraising hours from home, part two of our conversation with Patti Hoelzle and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!


Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers 

Please dig deep and sign up wherever you can. We truly rely on these positions to have our students here safely. Thank you in advance for your support!  

Please note: We have restructured our lunch recess times in order to have fewer kids on the playground.  The schedule is: 

 11:25-11:55  2nd-4th grade 

11:55-12:25  5th-8th grade 

12:25-12:55  Kindergarten and 1st Grade 

Please pick two half hour shifts in order to get your full volunteer hour. Thank you!  




Mother’s Day flower baskets 

Please support the class of 2021 by purchasing Mother’s Day Baskets delivered before Mother’s Day (order forms went home today). Funds raised will support the class spring retreat and graduation. This year we are excited to partner with Van Wingerden Greenhouse in Blaine. They offer many different varieties of baskets which include full sun and full sun part / shade to fit every need. Pick up early for best selection! If you have questions, please contact Staci Johnson at   

The class of 2021 thanks you in advance for your support. 



We need you!  On Friday, March 26th (in person), our Assumption Family Ministry Group is hosting the Stations of Cross, specifically geared toward children.  Students will be reading the various parts and we need both English and Spanish Speakers. 

We hope you can be a part of this important Lenten tradition.  Please click on this easy Microsoft Form to sign up! 


School Mass on Friday, March 19th   

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. 


Assumption Lawn Maintenance Needed 

Assumption Parish is looking for a yard maintenance business to consistently mow and edge all of the grassy areas for both the school and church.  If you know of a good company, please contact Karen Zuther at


Travel plans for Spring Break

We have heard that some of our families may be traveling out of state during Spring Break. So far, 22 of our parents have completed the attached survey. If you haven’t done so, please fill this out today so that we have an idea of how many students will need to quarantine the week of April 12-16. 


Get to Know the Commission: Servant-Leader Mike Harbick 

Mike Harbick is completing his third and final year as a School Commission (SC) team member. With his down-to-earth approach and great sense of humor, Mike is a direct communicator and a bringer-together of people, just like his wife Jennifer, and their children, Joey (sixth grade) and Maggie (fourth grade). Like Mike, if you love offroad, you can easily spot this family’s vehicles in the traffic loop! 

At his day job, as president of VMI Offroad, Mike’s signature promise is if we are going to build it, we will build it to last. Who could be more fitting to lead the SC facilities subcommittee and help create the recent facilities plan for our 108-year-old school building? In his facilities role on the SC, Mike often jokes, “The Parent Teacher Club (PTC) excels at fundraising, and I’m good at spending.” Last year, Mike was the lead in sourcing and overseeing the gymnasium install of state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, possible because of 2020 auction donations from Fund the Need. At the recent 2021 auction, Fund the Need brought in almost $37,000 for repair and finish work for our school building. Once again, whether advising on roof repair or window replacement, Mike will make sure donations are wisely invested. 

A Shout-out for Jennifer Sheafor and Tiffany Schuman   

One more appreciation for our PTC: with our school’s first virtual fundraiser–the Growing Great Kids Auction—successfully wrapped, the SC team gives a shout-out to auction co-chairs, Jennifer Sheafor and Tiffany Schuman. The auction was a perfect extension of this year, an innovative way to gather and celebrate. In a pandemic year, you and your team brought the vibrancy and love for our school into our homes, for one brilliant, lights-out event! 

Have insight, feedback, or questions? Write to SC Chair Tara Gilligan Reimer at Want to find out more about our work or the experience of serving? Find us on the school website at Reach out to any one of us. We are happy to serve our beloved school! 


Vote for ACS!

The Bob Wallin Insurance Agency is again running a contest to determine Whatcom County’s Non-Profit of the Year. For the third year, Assumption Catholic School has been nominated (we won $2000 last year!) and we need your help to win again! The top three finishers win a cash prize of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively. The link is now active through March 31st.  WE ARE STILL IN THE LEAD WITH 192 VOTES! 

Please vote by going to You’re entitled to one vote per email address you control. Please note that emails submitted will not be used for any solicitations by the agency. This has been confirmed through our experience last year and discussion with the agency.  


Care and Concern Ministry 

The Salcido Family deeply appreciates your continued prayers and the meals they’ve received as Dora continues to fight her battle with cancer. If you’re able to provide them with a meal in March, there’s a cooler outside the school doors on Mondays and Thursdays for them. Please drop your meal off by 2:30 pm so that their daughter can bring it home at pick up. To sign up for a meal, please visit the link here: 



PTC News 

Stock up on Salmon  

It’s back by popular demand! Michael Jackson of Fall Line Fisheries has offered to provide his amazing Sockeye Salmon to us at a discount AND contribute $1 per pound back to the school! See attached flyer for information and to order. Please return these forms to the office by Thursday, March 18th and pick up your salmon after school the following Monday (March 22).  Note: You will be contacted prior to pick up with instructions and your total payment amount that is due at pick-up.  


Special Hot Lunch!  

Do your kids miss hot lunch? Of course they do! One of our very favorite local (and ACS parent-owned!) restaurants is providing an awesome hot lunch for our students on Monday, March 22nd. You can find the order form in this week’s newsletter- please return them by Friday, March 19th. Thank you, Soy House, for your generosity in providing these lunches for the students AND donating profits back to the school!  


Earn Fundraising Hours from HOME 

We have 4 spots available on our Fun Run Sponsorship Team. This team is responsible for distributing sponsorship materials (digitally and by mail) to local businesses as well as conducting follow-up via phone and email. The time of day is on your schedule with outreach conducted primarily in mid-April. Please contact Shannon if you’d like to be part of this important effort: 


Join us for a follow-up Zoom presentation from Patti Hoelzle on Wednesday, March 24th

Last month, many of you joined us for Patti’s (a highly regarded child therapist) presentation on parenting through a pandemic. She will now be presenting part 2, and diving deeper into ways we can help our children navigate difficult situations and best practices for communicating with children in different age groups. This presentation is provided by the PTC and all are encouraged to attend!

Zoom link for presentation: 

Topic: PTC General Meeting Follow up with Patti Hoelzle 

Time: Mar 24, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting  

Meeting ID: 874 8763 9310 

Passcode: Za0A01 


Upcoming Calendar Items:   

March 19th– Salmon orders due today for PTC fundraiser (see today’s physical envelope for order forms!) 

March 22ndSoy House Box Lunch (see today’s physical envelope for order forms!) 

March 24th– Part II with Patti Hoezle at 7 pm (This is a follow-up to the presentation on social/emotional learning from the General PTC Meeting in January. All are invited!) 

March 29th Pizza Lunch 

April 2nd– Good Friday and Early Release Day 

April 5th-9th Spring Break