In this week’s news, you’ll find Parent-Teacher Conference reminders, MAP test results, rolling out family directories, a food collection to support Hope House, parent volunteer needs to ensure school safety, a FINAL opportunity to support our 8th grade with gorgeous holiday trimmings, PTC news including free dress for those who attended the general meeting last week, ways we plan to honor Grandparents, several volunteer opportunities, an invitation to our Christmas Bazaar, and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!
Reminder: To accommodate Parent-Teacher Conferences (don’t forget to secure a slot below!), we will have Early Release/Casual Uniform at 11:45 on Thursday, November 4th and no school on Friday, the 5th. Have a great weekend!
Last chance to sign up for Parent-Teacher Conferences!
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 4th from 12:30 to 7:30 pm and November 5th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. They will be a combination of Zoom and in-person meetings this year, depending on parent preference. Parents are not required to be vaccinated to schedule an in-person conference. Please click on the link for your child(ren)’s teacher(s). If you prefer a Zoom call, sign up for a slot that is dedicated to a Zoom call. If all of these slots are filled, please sign up for another (in-person) time and note “prefer a Zoom call” in your comment/notes. The teacher will contact you with a link. Conversely, if all in-person conference times are taken, you can sign up for a Zoom time and note your preference for “in-person” instead.
Kindergarten / Mrs. Whelan Whelan – Kindergarten Conference
1st Grade / Mrs. McClurg McClurg – 1st Grade Conference
2nd Grade / Mrs. Kushner Kushner – 2nd Grade Conference
3rd Grade / Mrs. Martin-Zender Martin-Zender – 3rd Grade Conference
3rd Grade / Mrs. Williams Williams – 3rd Grade Conference
4th Grade / Mrs. Thomas Thomas – 4th Grade Conference
5th Grade / Mrs. Blas Blas – 5th Grade Conference
6th Grade / Mr. Costanza Costanza – 6th Grade Conference
7th Grade / Mrs. Ernest Ernest – 7th Grade Conference
8th Grade / Mrs. Eusebio Eusebio – 8th Grade Conference
Miss McIntosh McIntosh – Physical Education Conference
Mrs. Santos Santos – 4th-8th Spanish / K-8th Art Conference
Mr. Mendoza Mendoza – Kindergarten – 3rd Spanish Conference
Mrs. VonFeldt VonFeldt – Algebra & 7th Grade Math Conference
Mrs. Evans Evans – 5th, 6th & 7th Grade Math Conference
Mrs. Beshara Beshara – Music Conference
Grandparents’ Day- November 19th
We’ll be holding another virtual Grandparents’ Day this year on Friday, November 19th because we don’t have the Book Fair and we are still limiting the number of people in the church and school. However, grandparent cards will be created by your children for their grandparents starting this week and will come home with envelopes in the Wednesday Envelope on November 17th. It will be up to you to send these to your child’s grandparents or hand the cards to grandparents in person. The Grandparents’ Day Mass will be streamed online starting at 8:15 am on Friday, November 19th and all grandparents will be celebrated by our Kindergarteners as they lead us in worship that morning. To stream the Mass (and share it with grandparents), please visit the school’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AssumptionEagles.
Veterans and Scouts welcome at Mass on November 12th
All scouts, please come in uniform on the day of our Veteran’s Day celebration, Friday, November 12th! After Mass, you will be able to lead the flag into the church to honor our veterans.
Halloween Candy Donations!
Our third-grade classes are preparing care packages for military men and women shipping out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. They are asking for donations of Halloween Candy to include in these boxes. All donations can be brought to the school lobby or sent directly to Mrs. Williams or Mrs. M-Z. A collection bin will be out beginning tomorrow. We will be collecting these until November 19th.
Thank you for your generosity!
MAP Test Results
This week, second through eighth grade parents will find the Family Report of your child(ren)’s MAP test results in the Wednesday Envelope. These will be helpful in the discussion with your child’s teacher in conferences next week, but for more information on how to read the report you can also visit the NWEA site for parent resources here.
2021-22 Family Directories
This week’s physical envelope contains updated directories for the new year for you to refill your small navy ACS binders (new families- please check your youngest child’s backpack for this!). Please note that we purposely didn’t print the Parent-Student Handbook in an effort to save paper and because it’s available anytime on our website. Let us know if you have any questions!
LAST CALL for the 8th Grade Class Poinsettia and Wreath Fundraiser!
The holidays are just around the corner and the deadline to submit order forms has been extended to this Thursday, November 4th! Please help support the 8th grade class by purchasing lovely poinsettias from Vanwingerden Gardens and lush greenery from Sherwood Farms in Lacey for your holiday decor. All proceeds support our 8th grade spring retreat and graduation and will be delivered to the school for pick up. Thank you in advance for supporting the class of 2022!
Free Dress for PTC Meeting Attendees
If you attended the PTC General Meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 27th at 7 pm by Zoom, your child(ren) receives a free dress privilege. In the future, this will be the Thursday on the day after the PTC General Meeting, but since we missed it last week, your child(ren) can have a Free Dress Day on Monday, November 8th. We have the list of students who have permission for this based on the chat recording from the meeting. However, if your chat name on the call doesn’t match your family name, please let the office know or send your child with a note on Monday and we’ll confirm that. Thank you!
Earn Volunteer Hours By Assisting in the Assumption Parish Office
The parish office needs volunteers willing to answer the doors and phones, and sometimes complete small tasks, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The preferred shift times are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., but adjustments can be made. Covering a specific shift weekly is preferred but we are happy to work out a different arrangement.
This is a great opportunity for school parents–especially those unable to volunteer around the school children–to cover their required five church hours, AND any volunteer hours in the parish office worked beyond those five will count toward non-fundraising hours, too!
Please contact Gina DePalma at email@example.com with any questions or to sign up. Thank you!
Food Needs for Hope House by Monday, November 22nd
The students are preparing for the Human Food Chain on Monday, Nov. 22nd and Cheri from the Hope House has requested the following items to be donated. The school has provided so much wonderful food in years past, so thank you for your contributions again this year.
Please do not bring glass jars of spaghetti sauce, etc. Too fragile and heavy. They do NOT need beans of any kind right now. You are also encouraged to bring stuffing mix, pumpkin for pies, etc. for holiday cooking.
- Tomato sauce and diced tomatoes
- Spaghetti noodles
- Mac and cheese
- Packets of cheese or peanut butter and crackers
- Small packs of cookies
- Tuna or chicken salad kits
- Bottled water/juice/non-refrigerated milk
- Fruit cups
- Pudding cups—non refrigerated
- Ramen noodles
- Granola bars
FREE entry to concert at Assumption Church
Bellingham Chamber Chorale, under the direction of Assumption School’s Choir teacher Dr. Mabalot, is offering FREE entry for ALL Assumption School students to their concerts on Saturday, November 13th at 8PM and Sunday, November 14th at 5PM in Assumption Church. Students must be accompanied by parents who would need to purchase tickets for entry to the concert. Tickets can be purchased here in advance: https://www.bellinghamchamberchorale.org/tickets or available at the door on the day of the concert.
The concert entitled I AM LOVE will present sacred and secular choral music that delves into the various manifestations and expressions of love. The choir has not performed since November 2019, so they have been so inspired and working hard to share the healing power of music to our local community. We hope that you will come and support BCC and Dr. Mabalot. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have an ongoing need to keep these safety positions filled. Thank you for your help in keeping recess fun and safe!
Thanks to all who attended our first PTC General Meeting of the year last week. Children of those in attendance are allowed to wear free dress on Monday, Nov 8th (see above).
We are looking for one volunteer to help with Pizza Lunch on Monday, Nov 22nd from 10:45-11:45 (counts as a fundraising hour). Please contact Jessica Sidhu for details. Jsidhu@school.assumption.org.
Get ready to get festive! Our PTC Christmas Bazaar will be December 5th from 9 am until 3 pm in the gym. See the flyer in today’s envelope.
We are still accepting donations of gently used books– especially adult fiction. There is a box in the school foyer for donations. We will also need some extra tables for the event. Do you have a 6-8 foot rectangular folding table we can borrow? Your family will earn 1 volunteer hour for each table loaned to the PTC for the weekend. Please contact Sara Rush (email@example.com) for information on table loans.
We are calling all bakers to contribute to the bake sale for this event. Baked good should be whole cakes, pies, breads or cookies by the dozen. All baked goods need to be packaged for individuals to take home.
In person SCRIP sales have changed for November! The SCRIP office will be open Tuesday and Thursday (2:45-3:15 pm) and Friday (7:45-8:15 am) only. We are continuously looking for SCRIP sellers. Please check the school website for sign ups! Current Volunteer Opportunities – Assumption Catholic School
Upcoming calendar items:
November 4th– Early Release for Parent-Teacher Conferences (11:45 am dismissal)
November 5th– NO SCHOOL to accommodate Parent Teacher Conferences
November 11th– NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day
November 12th– Veterans’ Day Mass (2nd-5th), 8:15 am. Boy and Girls Scouts may wear scout uniforms.
November 22nd– Human Food Chain/Prayer Service 8:15 am, Pizza Lunch
November 24th– Early Release for Thanksgiving (11:45 am dismissal), NO EDP today
November 25th-26th– NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving holiday
November 29th– Boys’ Basketball begins, 6th-8th (registration forms will come home on Wed, Nov. 10)