Wednesday Parent Newsletter 4.14.2021

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s news you’ll find an update on our auction success, gratitude for your votes and our win for best non-profit, the continued need for safety volunteers for April and May, a final chance to purchase a yearbook for 2021-21, employment opportunities for next school year, celebration of our student sacrament recipients at the Easter Vigil, remembering Mr. Frank Albano, a review of our mask policies at school, a spotlight on School Commission member Mauri Ingram and a need for future members, this Friday’s Mass schedule, continued support for our beloved Salcido Family, PTC news including great information re: our 37th Annual Fun Run honoring modern heroes and needed volunteers, a delicious Take-and-Bake meal celebrating our school diversity, a need for new PTC members, an invitation to the next General Meeting for all parents and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!

 

Auction Update 

We are still getting donations for the Growing Great Kids Auction after an appeal went out to participants just before Spring Break. With these additional donations and huge savings in expenses, here’s how we did compared to last year. (Note: These numbers are still approximate with a few outstanding expenses still being tracked.) 

  • Revenue (includes Fund the Need) -> $158,000 in 2021 compared to $213,000 in 2020 
  • Expenses -> $15,000 in 2021 compared to $41,000 in 2020 
  • Net Income -> 143,000 for 2021 compared to $172,000 in 2020 (only $29,000 less!) 

We want to extend another huge thank you to Tiffany and Jennifer for their work in this unique year, and we are so pleased with the result. The PTC provides an important subsidy each year for operations, and we can’t do it without the success of the auction. In case you missed it, there’s a wonderful article from the Fulcrum Foundation highlighting our school (and the auction…) 

https://www.fulcrumfoundation.org/news/assumption-catholic-school-overcomes-pandemic-hurdles  

 

Assumption Voted Best Non-Profit 

We’re so grateful for the win from Bob Wallin Insurance- $2,000 (Thank you for your votes!) A huge thank you to Sara Rush and Bill Zang for talking this up and getting in those last-minute votes. We had 275 total votes, over 100 more than the second place winner. 

 

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!  

APRIL: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-april 

MAY: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-mayhealth 

 

Last chance for yearbooks

Get your yearbook now!  If you haven’t ordered your child a yearbook yet, there is still time!   Please see attached flyer (hard copy went home today) and turn in by April 23rd.  If you didn’t receive an order form in your Wednesday Envelope, you’ve already ordered one for this school year. Your family will surely enjoy the 100 color pages of memories for years to come! 

 

 

Employment Opportunities 

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.) 

 

Neophytes in the Church 

Neophyte, which means “new plant” is a term given to those who have been baptized. In the last twenty years or so, the Catholic Church has returned to its original tradition of conferring the sacraments of initiation—baptism, confirmation, and first holy communion—at the Easter Vigil on those who are aged 7 and older who were previously never baptized. The Church has defined 7 as the age of reason and therefore views children of this age or older as “adults” who can choose for themselves to receive these sacraments.  On Saturday, April 3, seven children joined us sacramentally at Assumption’s Easter Vigil Mass. Two of those seven were Assumption Catholic School students Malone Glenovich McLeod and Sabreen Pilon. Congratulations, girls! We can’t wait to see how the Lord leads you! 

 

In memory of Frank Albano 

Frank Albano, a generous supporter of our school and parish, passed away on March 30th. Frank was such an important part of Assumption Catholic School, especially for our annual Spaghetti Dinner each year. Despite not having children or grandchildren at our school, he was always willing to lend a hand or use his many connections to score us a freebie or donation! His smiling face and wonderful generosity will be missed by our whole school community. May he rest in peace. 

 

Masks update 

Some parents have asked if students can begin taking off their masks at recess now that teachers have been vaccinated and the case count has been more steady. The weather has been beautiful and we want to see the children’s smiling faces. Mr. Anderson did more research into the CDC and DOH guidelines, and found the linked .pdf documents on outdoor recreation and activity guidelines that might be helpful in understanding the school’s decision-making process. Additionally, the health/safety team and the leadership team have made their recommendations. Until the CDC changes its guidance about masks outdoors, they all agree that eight weeks is a short period of time to keep with our current protocols and they value the added protection of students at recess. Teachers can’t ensure that they remain six feet apart at recess and with the new variants, the school will wait until the DOH or CDC changes their recommendation for outdoor activities before making a change. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this process. 

 

School Commission members needed for 2021-2022 

Four new volunteers are needed for the 2021-2022 School Commission, and candidates are especially valued with 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: danderson@school.assumption.org

 

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 (lynette_machinski@yahoo.com) to find out how you can spread the word and earn volunteer hours!  

 

Friday, April 16th  

Reminder that there is NO SCHOOL for Kindergarteners this Friday so that teachers can assess incoming students for next school year. 

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. 

 

   

Get to know the Commission: how year-one member Mauri Ingram excels at raising funds and falling off logs (and, well, a lot of other things) 

 

Mauri Ingram is an expert philanthropist at the national level, talented chef, and parent whose love spans the world. But these attributes never come from her. Her husband (servant of the year, professional photographer Lee Eberhardt) humbly alludes to his partner’s talents in everyday conversations at afternoon school pick-up with other Assumption Catholic School (ACS) parents. Luckily, Principal Dan Anderson asked Mauri to serve on the School Commission (when she had time to cycle off her national duties). 

Peyton and Helen Eberhardt’s (6th grade) mom is in her first year of Commission service. Mauri and her husband value the faculty committing to excellence, nurturing every child, and fostering a caring community. Like Lee, Mauri enjoys photography. She also loves reading and travel, and she walks every chance she gets. 

Mauri is the CEO of the Whatcom Community Foundation, where she has the honor of leading a phenomenal team, to realize that “Everyone Who Lives Here Thrives.” Inspiring others toward that vision is Mauri’s work. In her first year on the Commission, Mauri is working to increase non-tuition revenue, following the impressive work of the Parent-Teacher Club and ACS Foundation. She is promoting major gift opportunities, so that others who value the ACS experience find giving as easy as falling off a log (which is another of Mauri’s skills). 

 

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 

 

PTC News 

Get Ready for the Fun Run! 

 Our Annual Ellen Anderson Fun Run is happening on Thursday, May 13th! In today’s physical envelope, you’ll find a pledge sheet for your students to start collecting pledges from family, friends, and random acquaintances. For each $10 earned, students earn a raffle ticket to go toward their choice of fabulous prizes, which will be announced soon and put on display in the school lobby. Start collecting pledges early!  

  • It’s not too late for your business (or any local business you frequent) to sponsor the Fun Run! See details here: Become A Sponsor 
  • Don’t forget to turn in your tee-shirt order forms by this Friday, April 16! Order form can be found here: T-Shirt Order Form 
  • Want more FUN RUN Info? Check out our flyer:

This awesome and energetic event requires a variety of volunteers to ensure it “runs” smoothly. Please visit our Volunteer Sign Up Genius and help wherever you’re able! Don’t forget to log all your volunteer hours for the year to make sure they are counted! Volunteer at the Fun Run: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-funrun 

 

Take-and-Bake Meal On Friday, April 30th 

In celebration of our diverse, Assumption school community, we are offering a very special to-go dinner option this month: A curated collection of small plates and recipes graciously prepared by a variety of our school families from cultures around the globe! Please see the order form attached here and included in your physical envelope. We hope your family enjoys this unique experience and opportunity to explore other cultures!  

Order by April 23rd 

Pickup on April 30th between 3-4 pm in the gym. If alternate pickup plans need to be arranged, please contact Lynette Machinski at lynette_machinski@yahoo.com.  

Volunteer (fundraising!) hours are available for this event. Please sign up to help in the kitchen or with meal packaging and distribution here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-april1 

 

Open PTC positions are still available for next year (2021-2022 school year). If you are interested in serving your school in a fun and meaningful way, we hope you will consider joining the PTC executive board or becoming an event chairperson! We still have a small number of positions available, so if you are interested in learning more, please contact Stephanie Wolf at stephwolf922@gmail.com.  

 

Join our next General PTC Meeting on Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 PM

Hear important updates from the school and PTC from the comfort of your home. All are encouraged to attend- sweatpants and slippers encouraged!  

Topic: PTC General Meeting
Time: Apr 28, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83366119925?pwd=S1dUTExldGNoR3pqV2gvazN4cXhidz09

Meeting ID: 833 6611 9925
Passcode: h1T9r8

 

 
Upcoming Calendar Items:   

April 16thNO KINDERGARTEN (teachers are assessing incoming Kindergarteners for next school year), Fun Run t-shirt orders due! 

April 19thPizza Day 

April 23rdLast chance to order a 2020-21 yearbook! (extra order forms) 

April 28th General PTC meeting (Zoom) at 7:00 pm- all are encouraged to attend  

April 30thPTC Take-and Bake Meal (see above for more details!) 

May 13th Fun Run!