In this week’s news, you’ll find information on Friday’s Early Release/No EDP, much-needed safety volunteers, updates to our COVID precautions, reporting of earned volunteer hours and Scrip earnings, school employment opportunities, a chance to purchase beautiful Mother’s Day flowers and support our 8th grade, an enrollment update for 2021-22, continued generosity from our Soy House families, a spotlight on School Commission member Catherine Streeter and a need for future members, Good Friday’s schedule for solemn worship, a contest to support ACS (with someone else’s money!), a call for shutter bugs, a great introductory to ACS Kindergarten, continued support for our beloved Salcido Family, PTC news including a recording of part two of our conversation with Patti Hoelzle and a need for new members, and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!
Important Notice- No Extended Day Program offered this Friday, April 2nd
From Bev Williams:
We only had one family sign up to use EDP on Friday, so Mr. Anderson and I have decided to cancel it for this Friday, Good Friday (April 2nd) the Early Release Day. I’m sorry for any inconvenience. Please let me know if you have any questions.
If you have not filled out the April Calendar for EDP, please click here reserve the dates your child will be attending the program for the month. Remember, this is required for attendance.
LAST CHANCE to 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 $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 active through TONIGHT, 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.
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 last week (more here), filled out for each five votes you get from March 24th – 31st!
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: In addition to paring down to two Health Screeners each morning, we’ve 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!
The following positions have been posted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you know anyone who might be interested in applying for any of these, please refer them to the “Employment Opportunities” section of our school website or send this link. (Please note that Mrs. Martin-Zender is not retiring from third grade, but we are adding another third-grade section for the upcoming school year to fill the demand for that grade.)
Third Grade Teacher (new position)
Development Director (new position)
Physical Education Teacher (Mrs. Twining is resigning.)
Part-Time Extended Day Program Director (Mrs. Williams is resigning.)
School Counselor (new position)
Activities Coordinator (Mrs. Rosen resigned from this position in December and it hasn’t been filled.)
COVID Update- Travel, Online Learning, and Health Screening (same information as last week for your reference)
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.
Soy House Easter Donation
Our wonderful Bratt and Nguyen school families, owners of Soy House Vietnamese Restaurant, are carrying on their generous tradition of donating all proceeds made on Easter Sunday to the Church of the Assumption.
Let Soy House do the cooking for you on Sunday, enjoy more time with family eating great food, and support our parish!
Easter Sunday, April 4th, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
400 W. Holly Street
Bellingham WA 98225
The restaurant is offering dine in or take out options. Their extensive menu of fresh dishes can be found here: http://www.soyhouserestaurant.com/menu. Thank you for supporting our parish!
As you know, we weren’t able to have LifeTouch take individual school pictures this year due to COVID restrictions. We’d like to find a way that we could still capture the school year memories with class pictures for our families!
An outdoor photo would be both fun and safe. We’d shoot for a Friday morning when the weather forecast looks good and our students are in dress uniforms. If you have photography skills, a somewhat flexible schedule, and would like to donate your time to this cause, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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- TWO MORE DAYS!
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 by this Friday, April 2nd! The class of 2021 thanks you in advance for your support.
Enrollment updates for 2021-2022
160 of the current PK-7 students are registered for the 2021-2022 school year. This means that 96% of our current families are returning, including 41 out of 46 new students who started at the beginning of this year.
12 new students for 1st through 8th grades have been assessed, and 11 new Kindergarteners are scheduled to be assessed on Friday, April 16th… and we’re getting new inquiries every day for all grade levels.
We are so pleased with the number of referrals you’ve brought in and the love that families are showing for our school community. This is a huge testament to the work that the teachers and staff are doing this year! We are so grateful for all their effort.
Good Friday events on Friday, April 2nd
We will commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus on Friday in two ways, splitting grade levels up to keep students safely distanced. All grades should wear dress uniforms this week.
Kindergarten & 8th grades: Stations of the Cross at 9 am
1st, 2nd & 6th grades: Prayer in the Garden and Last Supper at 10 am
3rd, 5th & 7th grades: Stations of the Cross in the church at 10:30 am
From the School Commission Team
Get to know the Commission: year-one members, like Catherine Streeter, make team anew
Four new volunteers are needed for the 2021-2022 School Commission, and candidates are especially valued for experience in finance, marketing, facilities, or strategic planning. (Being a SC member is a way to fill all volunteer hours—for a three-year term—while being part of bigger-picture planning.) If you might be interested, please email Mr. Anderson: email@example.com.
First-year members—Catherine Streeter, Mauri Ingram, Nikki Lockhart, and Sharon Newbold—make the Commission anew, with fresh ideas and experience. But Catherine Streeter, especially—on her second Commission tour—can attribute that the real work happens outside of monthly meetings. As a teaching professional in Catholic and public school for 25 years, Catherine is using her experience, outside of Commission meetings, to make the upcoming 2021-2022 family directory accessible, readable, and personable.
She emphasizes, “Catholic education should be accessible and affordable to any family.” Catherine and her husband, Kevin, have George in 5th grade and three Assumption Catholic School graduates: Charles (2016), Alexandra (2018), Jack (2020). The Streeter family belongs to St Anne’s Parish in Blaine. In her free time, Catherine gardens, walks, and reads.
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
Get Ready: Assumption’s HERO Fun Run is happening on May 13th!
Recording from Patti Hoelzle last Wednesday evening
In case you missed Part II of Patti Hoelzle’s presentation on social/emotional learning and executive functioning, you can view the Zoom call here:
Use this passcode to access the recording: +67@mp3C
PTC needs YOU!
Are you interested in serving your school and being part of the Assumption PTC? We are looking for those interested in serving their Assumption community on the executive board. Please pray and talk with your family about this service to our school. Please contact Stephanie Wolf firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynette Machinski email@example.com with any questions you may have or if you are interested in learning about open positions.
School Commission also needs YOU!
Are you interested in serving your school and being part of the School Commission? There will be four vacancies this year and we are looking for people with a background in finance, marketing, strategic planning, and maintenance/facilities. If you would like to serve in this capacity, please email Mr. Anderson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
April 2nd– Good Friday, Early Release Day @ 11:45 AND Mother’s Day basket order forms due
April 4th– Happy Easter!
April 5th-9th– Spring Break
April 16th– NO KINDERGARTEN (teachers are assessing incoming Kindergarteners for next school year)
April 19th– Pizza Day
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!