In this week’s news, you’ll find a convenient new way to donate to the Fun Run, PTC news including the latest on the Fun Run, how to join tonight’s General Meeting for all parents, picking up and helping with the Multi Cultural Meal this week, appreciating our teachers, needed safety volunteers, a unique plan to take class pictures, celebrating ACS student excellence, uniform reminders, continued support for the Salcido family, several opportunities to earn school volunteer hours, school job postings for 2021-22, a call for extraordinary student ambassadors, a way to earn a few extra SCRIP dollars, this week’s school Mass schedule, and upcoming calendar items. Thanks for reading!
NEW THIS YEAR! Did you know you can easily share the following PayPal link with family and friends near and far for the Fun Run this year? It’s an easy way to collect pledges from those who are not local! There is a note section available for students to get credit for the pledges (first and last names, please!). Please share this and spread the word!!
The 37th Annual “Ellen Anderson Fun Run” is happening on Thursday, May 13th! Keep those pledges coming in and help your student and their class earn fabulous prizes and raffle tickets (each $10 pledged earns a raffle ticket for your student). Need more info about the Fun Run? Check out this week’s flyer or contact the event chairs, Shannon and Natalie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
There are still plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the day to help this event run smoothly. Please sign up if you are able! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-funrun
Take-and-Bake Meal On Friday, April 30th
Remember to pick up your fabulous Multicultural meal to-go on April 30th between 3-4 pm in the gym. If alternate pickup plans need to be arranged, please contact Lynette Machinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few (fundraising) hours are still available! Please sign up to help in the kitchen or with meal packaging and distribution here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-april1
Join our next General PTC Meeting TONIGHT
Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 PM
Everyone is encouraged to attend to hear important updates from the school and the PTC. Any parent who attends: your child(ren) will receive a coupon for a free dress day of their choice!
Topic: PTC General Meeting
Time: Apr 28, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 833 6611 9925
May 3-7 is TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!
Keep an eye out for a note from your Room Parents on ways to show your appreciation for our wonderful teachers all week long!
Health Screener and Playground Angel Volunteers
We’re in the home stretch! 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!
Given our ongoing safety restrictions, we thought a little outside-the-box on how we might provide class pictures to our families this year. Our 8th Graders have been taking a Photography class with Mrs. Evans and have new skills to practice. All of our students and teachers would love a tangible keepsake of this unforgettable school year, done in a safe environment. It’s a win-win!
- WHEN: Friday, May 7th, 2021 (PK3 class will be on Thursday, May 6th)
- WHERE: Photos will be taken outside throughout the day, one class at a time
- HOW: Students in each cohort will be arranged by their photographer and may take their masks off briefly for the photo
We plan to share digital files of the photos taken with the families of each class, FREE OF CHARGE. If you’re a fan, you’ll be able to order as many prints on your own as you like!
The May crowning of Mary will be celebrated at Mass that morning. All uniformed grades should wear DRESS UNIFORMS. After Mass, 8th Graders may change into free dress for their photo, as is tradition!
Huge thanks to Mrs. Evans and her group of shutterbugs for providing this service to our school families!
Congratulations Peyton E., Callum L, and Genevieve W.!
These sixth-grade students submitted winning entries is this year’s Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Winning poems will be published in a chapbook collection, as well as displayed on the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk outside the Bellingham Public Library and/or inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses, and other places around Whatcom County. Poems and placards will appear on the Sue C. Boynton WordPress blog, and images of the placards are shared on Facebook.
Congratulations to the VFW Art Contest Winners, Conor and Sabreen!
Mrs. Santos encouraged many of her art students to submit entries for the VFW Art Contest this year and there were two winners from Assumption:
Sabreen P. was chosen as the winner for Post #1575. She will be receiving a $50 check from the post. She also was chosen for 1st place for the district and will be moving onto the state finals!!
Conor R. was chosen as the winner for Post #1575. He will also receive $50 from the post. He placed 2nd in his age group at district.
Uniform Reminders and Free Dress Expectations
Due to our focus on health protocols this year and with so many families new to our school, the teachers and staff have been more lenient with uniform expectations. We know it’s late in the year to be doing this but starting next week we’ll be asking students to adhere to the uniform dress code and for parents to keep these things in mind when purchasing uniforms for next school year. If a teacher talks to a student (grades 4-8) or emails a parent (grades K-3) about a uniform issue and it continues to happen, the teacher may later follow up with an “Out of Uniform” slip. Thank you for your attention to these items we’ve noticed recently:
- Hair accessories should be school colors or match the uniform.
- Hair should be trimmed, well-groomed and out of the child’s face and eyes.
- No make-up or jewelry except for small earrings
- No fingernail polish.
- Shoes should be solid school colors (red, black, navy, white). If students wear rain boots or other boots, they need to bring other shoes to change into in the classroom. (Skate shoes and slip-ons are ok on non-P.E. days but should be in solid school colors.)
- Socks should be white or black, matching colors and in good condition
- Sweatshirts and sweaters should have the school logo. Non-uniform jackets and sweatshirts can be worn outside.
- Skirts, shorts, and pants should be navy blue; khaki pants for middle school should be purchased from Dennis Uniform)
- Leggings should be navy blue.
- Shirts and pants should be clean and without holes or tears.
- Belts for boys on Dress Uniform days
Mr. Anderson has put together a short video with reminders in this week’s newsletter.
Free Dress Days
We love to provide Free Dress Days for students as a special way to celebrate them, but we ask for the following things to be remembered:
- Leggings should be worn under a skirt or shorts and not by themselves. Jeggings (jeans like leggings) are ok.
- No sleeveless shirts
- No make-up, but jewelry is ok
- Jeans or sweatpants without holes in the knees
Support for the Salcidos
As you know, Dora Salcido continues to fight her battle with cancer. Because of a limited ability to work and travel to Seattle for treatment, we’ve learned that her family would benefit most from Fred Meyer gift cards (groceries and gas) or monetary donations. If your family is able to share a little extra, we would love to support this family as they have been such an important part of Assumption (their fourth daughter is in 4th grade). Scrip order forms may be printed from here to order Fred Meyer on their behalf. To give a monetary gift, feel free to send back in your envelope on Thursday marked for the Salcidos. Checks can be made payable to Manuel Salcido.
Additionally, our Care & Concern Ministry will continue to coordinate meals to support the family. To sign up for a meal, please visit the link here: https://mealtrain.com/rw14nw
- Fun Run Volunteers needed (May 13): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-funrun
- Take-and-Bake meal help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-april1
It’s time for spring cleaning at our school and a great opportunity to finish those last few volunteer hours! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA5AA23A1FEC25-spring
We would greatly appreciate a few volunteers to help tackle a few bigger projects around the school. Pick a day and time that works best for you. For more details, please email Jessica at email@example.com.
The third-grade position for 2021-2022 has been filled and we are pleased to announce that Beverly Williams will be the other third-grade teacher next year with Paula Martin-Zender. Mrs. Williams was a teacher at Assumption before having children, and she has been the EDP Director for the past seven years. She has been teaching second grade this year with Mrs. Kushner and has been a tremendous asset to our school in multiple ways. For those who don’t know, Mrs. Williams is also the creativity behind the social media posts you see on Facebook and Instagram for Assumption. Please join us in welcoming her into this position for next year. We are still determining how the current second-grade classes will be split between Mrs. M-Z and Mrs. Williams next year but will let those families know as soon as decisions have been made.
The following positions are still 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 the following link.
Part-Time General Maintenance (NEW! to begin May 2021)
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.)
We missed having our student ambassadors this year for assemblies, tours with families, and overall leadership. We’d like six total student ambassadors for the 2021-2022 school year, and already one of our current seventh graders will be moving into an eighth-grade role. That leaves five spots- one for eighth and two for seventh and two for sixth grade. Applications for students went home last week (a copy can be found here) for all 5th-7th grade students this week and should be returned no later than tomorrow, Thursday, April 29th. We will be interviewing students on May 6th and 7th with a decision to be made by May 10th.
School Mass on Friday, April 30th
K-2nd 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.
Earn bonus SCRIP $!
Mark your calendar for this Thursday and Friday. Our SCRIP program is offering bonuses for over 100 businesses! This is a great time to stock up on gifts and spring projects! If you haven’t loaded the easy app, RaiseRight, check it out! You can also access these great deals at shopwithscrip.com.
Upcoming Calendar Items:
April 28th– TONIGHT! General PTC meeting (Zoom)- all are encouraged to attend
April 30th– PTC Take-and Bake Meal (see above for more details!)
May 7th– Class Picture Day (details above)
May 10th– Pizza Day
May 13th– 37th Annual Fun Run!
May 19th– Early Release Day @ 11:45, casual uniform
May 21st– Fun Run pledge money due