In this week’s news, you’ll find information on much-needed safety volunteers, updates to our COVID precautions, reporting of earned volunteer hours and Scrip earnings, a chance to purchase beautiful Mother’s Day flowers and support our 8th grade, Stations of the Cross in the church, a spotlight on School Commission chair Tara Gilligan Reimer and a need for future members, this Friday’s school Mass schedule, youth Stations of the Cross and Holy Thursday bell ringers, a contest to support ACS (with someone else’s money!), a great introductory to ACS Kindergarten, continued support for our beloved Salcido Family, PTC news including gratitude for Soy House, an opportunity to earn fundraising hours from home, part two of our conversation with Patti Hoelzle TONIGHT 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 First Grade
Please pick two half hour shifts in order to get your full volunteer hour. Thank you!
COVID Update- Travel, Online Learning, and Health Screening
On March 19, Governor Inslee revised his proclamation from November to now be consistent with the travel guidelines from the CDC. Since there is no longer specificity around out-of-state travel, we ask that all families read the attached guidelines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html. Certain types of travel (planes, buses, trains), even within the state, may require the seven-day quarantine and a negative test between Day 3 and 5. If you are with crowds, in places without masks, or in places with increased exposure, we ask that you still quarantine. On the other hand, out-of-state or in-state travel by car may no longer require the quarantine if you are camping or staying in a house with only with your immediate family. We are asking families to make the determination in the best interest and safety of all our students. Portions of the CDC travel guidelines on the link above that are most helpful will be: Considerations for Types of Travel and Considerations for Considerations for Staying with Family and Friends. When in doubt, please call the school and we will advise you with our recommendations.
Many families who travel will still quarantine and need to be online for the week after Spring Break (April 12-16). This will likely be the last time that online learning is offered this year. We may make a few exceptions based on health concerns related to COVID or necessary quarantines in April/May. However, the teachers will no longer be offering an online option for children who are home sick for 1-2 days with another illness or who miss school for non-COVID reasons. Thank you for respecting this. All make-up work will be provided as it has in previous years and will be due when the child returns to school.
Finally, starting on Monday, April 12th, we will no longer need the same number of health screeners in the mornings. Mrs. Dennis and two parent volunteers will screen students as they wait in line to enter the building and the parent dropping off may be called to come back if we discover a child has symptoms. Since we have rarely discovered children with symptoms this year, we are confident that you are checking these things at home and we only need to confirm this once they are at school. Thank you for being so transparent with us this year about your children’s illnesses.
With multiple variants, there is still a risk for spread and especially among those who haven’t been vaccinated. Please continue to be vigilant. We will continue with our mask requirement for now until we have word from the CDC or WCHD that they have removed the requirement for masks outside in public. The new social distancing requirement for three feet instead of six feet will wait to take effect until the 2021-2022 school year since it holds variables, and the current setup works for us this year.
In today’s envelope, you’ll find a “report card” of your family’s volunteer hours and Scrip income earned to date for this school year. As always, thank you for your support for both efforts. It helps keep our tuition as affordable as possible so more families might be able to choose Assumption for their children!
Along with the PTC, we’ve tried to come up with opportunities for families to earn hours in this unique year. Because it is so different and there have been fewer opportunities, we’ve decided to update the ratio requirement. For this year, rather than asking for 50% of your worked hours be dedicated to fundraising, we’re asking for just 25% (for a two-parent family, this would be 10 of your total 40 hours).
If you still need hours of any variety, here are some upcoming needs:
- As always, we need parents in the Screener and Playground Angel daily health and safety roles (see above). Although not very glamorous, we cannot be at school in person without these vital positions!
- We’re thrilled to welcome back the Fun Run on May 13th and another PTC Take-and-Bake dinner will be happening in late April. Both are fundraisers and both will need volunteers to be successful! Please watch for detailed needs to be announced in newsletters to come.
Thank you so much for your dedication to our school!
Spread the Word
For our non-Catholic families- do you attend a church of another denomination with families that would benefit from Assumption Catholic School’s caring community? Please let us know if you would be willing to share the wonderful things that happen every day at Assumption with your faith community. Contact Lynette Machinski (email@example.com) to find out how you can spread the word and earn volunteer hours!
Mother’s Day flower baskets
Please support the class of 2021 by purchasing Mother’s Day Baskets delivered before Mother’s Day. Funds raised will support the class spring retreat and graduation. This year we are excited to partner with Van Wingerden Greenhouse in Blaine, please see the order form for details. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your orders before Spring Break! The class of 2021 thanks you in advance for your support.
Youth Stations of the Cross
This Friday, join many of your fellow families at Assumption Catholic Church’s annual Youth Stations of the Cross. This year our 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. M-Z will present on the topic of how to pass on the faith to your children and this will be at the end. Stations begin at 6:00 pm and we hope you are able to attend this important Lenten tradition. (Thank you to all the students who have signed up to read!)
Student Bell Ringers for Holy Thursday evening Mass
The church needs about seven students who will be at Holy Thursday Mass on Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 pm. They will ring their bell during all of the Gloria, while it’s being sung.
Each bell will be in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel. They will be handed out at the beginning of Mass and collected at the end. If your child is interested in participating, please email Mrs. Susan Roland: email@example.com
School Mass on Friday, March 26th
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.
Vote for ACS!
We are currently in 1st place with 2nd place close behind! For every five emails and votes you get for Assumption we will enter you into a raffle for a $20 gift card to Mallard Ice Cream in Bellingham! Please return the bottom portion of the flyer that went home today, filled out for each five votes you get from March 24th – 31st! Drawing will be on April 1st.
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 $2,000 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.
Please vote by going to http://www.bwicares.com/non-profit-voting-form/. You’re entitled to one vote per email address you control. So vote with all your email addresses! 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.
School Commission positions open
This is the time of year when we reach out to school parents and ask you to discern whether there are positions in any of our leadership groups that you’d like to be a part of. We are currently looking to fill four positions on the School Commission and it’s helpful to have people with experience in finance, marketing, facilities, or strategic planning. Remember that this is a way to fill all of your volunteer hours for the school year while being a part of bigger picture planning for our school’s future. If you think you might be interested, please email Mr. Anderson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to know the Commission: a thousand thank-yous from Tara Gilligan Reimer
School Commission (SC) members are always a little tentative in their first year, learning how things run and trying not to cause any early disruptions. Tara Gilligan Reimer was no different, but she was always an invaluable member. She took time to observe in meetings, mindful of sharing the important work done by the Admissions and Retention Committee for which she had been so instrumental. By her third year on the Commission, Tara became the Chair and organized the meetings so that everyone had a voice. She was gracious in the way she obtained reports from everyone in the group and made prayer a central part of our meetings. We have been so impressed by her incredible insight, her positive way of making everyone feel included, and her love for our school community.
Tara said what she values most about Commission service was what surprised her. “I turned to prayer more often, because of the Reverend Jeffrey Moore. I became a much better collaborator, thanks to Dan Anderson’s emphasis on all pulling together.” She became more appreciative of others’ teamwork, especially from the current year-three team. “Meryluz Duque-Soto showed us all that we wouldn’t have a school without the Parent-Teacher Club. Matt Daheim led at every SC meeting with his finance presentations. Mike Harbick and his team launched a master facilities plan.”
Tara is most grateful for her husband, Al, and their 10-year-old fourth-grader, Nikolai, who led the family to Assumption and to the faculty who changed their lives, in Christ. In Irish, Tara wishes “míle míle buíochas,” or a thousand thank-yous to Assumption Catholic School!
Have questions or feedback? Write to SC Chair Tara at email@example.com. Want to find out more about the experience of serving? Find us at https://school.assumption.org/about/commission/. Reach out to any one of us. We are happy to serve our beloved school!
New Kindergarten “Tour” Video
A couple of weeks ago, we published a Kindergarten “Day in the Life” video, but needed to revise some of the photos and content. It has now been updated and is even better! To see some of our Kindergartners in action (or share with friends who are considering Assumption), you can visit the link here: A Glimpse into Assumption Kindergarten 2021.mp4
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 the next few weeks, 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: https://mealtrain.com/rw14nw
Thank you, Soy House!
We want to extend a HUGE thank you to the Soy House Restaurant for providing our students with a wonderful hot lunch this week! They also helped raise $375 for the school. We are so grateful!
We still have two spots available on our Fun Run Sponsorship Team. This team is responsible for researching local businesses, distributing sponsorship materials (digitally and by mail) to select businesses as well as conducting follow-up via phone and email. The time of day is on your schedule with outreach conducted primarily in early-April. Please contact Shannon if you’d like to be part of this important effort: Shannonaquino@icloud.com
Join us for a follow-up Zoom presentation from Patti Hoelzle TONIGHT at 7:00 pm
Last month, many of you joined us for Patti’s (a highly regarded child therapist) presentation on parenting through a pandemic. Tonight, Patti will again be joining us on Zoom to dive deeper into ways we can help our children navigate difficult situations and best practices for communicating with children in different age groups. “See” you tonight!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 874 8763 9310
Upcoming Calendar Items:
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 (11:45 dismissal)
April 5th-9th– Spring Break
April 28th– General PTC meeting (Zoom)- all are encouraged to attend AND the next PTC Take-and Bake Meal (this one is going to be unique and a lot of fun- stay tuned for more details!)
May 13th– Fun Run!