In this week’s news you’ll find information about next week’s Curriculum Night, revised COVID guidelines for 2021-22, a need for Playground Angels, a reminder to send water bottles to school, how to access the FACTS Family Portal, volunteer considerations for the year, an open position on the EDP staff, a last call for summer readers, a note from Miss McIntosh, an opportunity to sell Scrip before or after school, this week’s school Mass schedule, PTC News including several volunteer opportunities, info on the delicious upcoming Italian Dinner To Go, and upcoming calendar items. Thanks for reading!
Curriculum Night will be next Wednesday, Sept. 15th at 6:30 pm through Zoom. You will receive a Zoom invite from each of your child’s classroom teachers directly, but we’ve also put most of them into this attached schedule (and will email again next Wednesday).
There will be three presentations for each of the homeroom grade levels (grades K-5) so that if you can’t make the first one (because you have multiple siblings), you can join a later one. The middle school schedule is a little bit different based on teacher availability and the fact that homeroom teachers teach multiple grade levels. Please review the attached schedule and contact the office or the teachers directly if there are any questions.
COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for the 2021-2022 School Year
Please see the attached document “Health Protocols- All Revisions 2021-2022” and some changes in language regarding our protocols that were originally sent in the August 25th Wednesday Newsletter. This revised document includes information about vaccination requirements for volunteer “workers” and a small change to the mask requirements during drop-off and pick-up.
Thank you to families who provided feedback and asked for clarification in this document. It continues to be dynamic as we receive different recommendations from the CDC, mandates from the Department of Health, or requirements from the Archdiocese. We are aware that some families hope we keep with a mask requirement and distancing throughout the school year, but others are ready to move past these things right away (and many families are somewhere in the middle). It may seem that some of our current policies are stricter than what the CDC or WA DOH is requiring, this might be because we are also adhering to the recommendations from the Archdiocese. Per a parent request, we have highlighted the document in red to show the difference between requirements and recommendations, and whether it has come from the CDC, the WA DOH, the Archdiocese, or from the school only.
We have an ongoing need to keep these safety positions filled. There are no volunteers for tomorrow’s (Thurs, 9/9) lunch recesses at the moment, so please sign up if you can!
Please remember to send your child(ren) to school with a water bottle. We have two filtered fountains for chilled refills, but the spout for mouth drinking will remain disabled due to COVID protocol.
FACTS Family Portal
If you are new to the school OR have a Sixth Grader this year, we want to help you access family information and middle school grades/assignments via the FACTS Student Information System! Please see the flyer in the physical envelope that came home with your child today for information on how you can create an account.
- The directions for all parents explain how you can create a profile to view and make changes to your personal information (those with middle school children can also access grades and assignments)
- The directions for middle school students explain logging in to their own accounts to track grades, assignments, etc.
Please call or email the office if you have any technical difficulties logging in!
Due to the new vaccine requirement for volunteers, we will do our best to give preference for work at home or after-hours volunteer opportunities to parents who are not vaccinated. Please let us know if you want to be considered for this. If you have questions about this information, please call the school or email Mrs. Dennis: firstname.lastname@example.org
EDP Staff Needed!
We are looking for qualified college students or other child care professionals who want to work with children and have the flexibility in their schedules to work from 3 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Ms. McIntosh and Ms. Brumfield will be our permanent EDP staff this year, but we need at least two more employees to make it run. Please get the word out and let people know that Assumption is hiring for these positions. Thank you!
Summer Reading forms- LAST CALL!
If your child(ren) met the summer reading requirement for their grade level, please fill out and return the confirmation form on the back page of the “Summer Reading List K-8″ by Thursday (tomorrow). If you don’t have your copy handy, extra forms can be found here.
Students who return their completed forms will receive a celebratory treat at lunchtime on Friday, August 10th!
Note from Miss McIntosh
Welcome back to school! I have loved meeting all the students in PE. I need your help! I need photos of our ACS students moving their body and being active. Whether it’s in a sport like cross country or football or just going for a hike or biking around the neighborhood. I would appreciate it if you could send pictures of your children being active to Miss McIntosh either printed or via email (email@example.com). I will accept pictures all year! So, when you start to learn a new activity or do a new sport, share with me so I can update our PE bulletin boards.
Scrip Office Grand Re-Opening
We’re happy to report a return to regular Scrip selling hours on campus! Hours will be posted as soon as a team of sellers is assembled. If you’re interested in selling scrip at either school drop off or pick up times, please sign up or contact our Scrip Coordinator, Tam Bratt: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Mass this Friday
This Friday, Sept. 10th, grades 2-5 will go to the church for Mass. Parents are welcome to attend the weeks that their children are attending, and community members are also welcome to Friday School Masses. We ask that visitors sit in the north and south transepts instead of with the students. Masks are required of everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
The Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle has required all schools to use a standard format for the Family Handbook. You’ll notice that this year’s handbook is much more comprehensive than last year’s and includes a number of policies and procedures that are additions. We apologize, in advance, for the legal language and the overall strict tone of this new document, but it is something that all families will need to review and sign. This is posted to the website , so please review it and sign the paper form included in last week’s Wednesday Envelope.
Congratulations to Clint Richmond, Olivia Meza, and Nicola Repanich. They are the winners of our Volunteer Fair early sign-up raffle from the first day of school! And a big THANK YOU to all of the event chairs who helped make our Volunteer Fair a success!
Italian Dinner Take and Bake is just around the corner! September 18th! Order forms are due by September 13th. This is one of our three major fundraisers for the year – please help spread the words to friends, neighbors and fellow Parishoners! We are still accepting wine and basket donations, please contact email@example.com for donation guidelines. Donations can be brought to the office anytime before Monday, Sept. 13th. Looking to get your fundraising volunteer hours early? Sign up here to help make and distribute meals! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-italian3
We are still in need of at least one Room Parent for 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Never been a room parent before? The PTC will guide you through the process. It’s is a truly great way to get to know your child’s teacher and friends while earning school volunteer hours.
Interested? Sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-room
Another Fundraising Hours opportunity… selling SCRIP! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f45aba723a6fe3-scrip.
The sun is shining and the temperatures are mild. Be a Playground Angel this month! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-september1
Upcoming calendar items:
September 10th– Ice Cream Treats for those who met the Summer Reading Challenge
September 11th– Protecting God’s Children class for volunteers, 9 am, Assumption gym
September 15th– Early Release at 11:45 (Casual Uniforms); Curriculum Night via ZOOM at 6 pm (see above for ZOOM info by class)
September 18th– Italian Night To-Go!
September 20th– MAP testing begins (2nd-8th)
September 23rd– Individual Picture Day, Preschool & K-8
September 24th– Individual Picture Day, PreK
October 15th– NO SCHOOL, Staff Retreat