In this week’s news, you’ll find Fun Run news and class colors, a middle school invitation to apply to be a student ambassador, planned summer fun from our parish youth group, upcoming class photo information, a way to help more families know about the gift of ACS, an exciting staffing update for next year, a reminder to come build community and admire your children’s work at the Science Fair and Multi-Cultural Potluck this week, PTC news including fundraising efforts and volunteer opportunities, how to be involved and lead this important group into the future, some wonderful events planned for April and May, a call for help to ensure safety at recess, a reminder about school Mass this Friday, and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!
Fun Run 2022!
The 38th Annual “Ellen Anderson Fun Run” is happening on Thursday, May 5th! 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 child). Need more info about the Fun Run? Check out this week’s paper flyer for details!
Need fundraising volunteer hours before the May 31st deadline? There are 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/4090a4da5af2aa5f94-2022
Student Ambassadors for 2022-2023
Applications for Student Ambassadors are now available for students in grades 5-7 (grades 6-8 for the 2022-23 school year.) Please see your Wednesday Envelope for the application and return to the school by next Thursday, April 28th if you are interested.
Summer events for middle school students
Middle school parents and students, please see the attached flyer from April Jordon-Hulsey regarding spring and summer events for students related to our church and the Archdiocese of Seattle. We love that students have the opportunity for service projects and conferences to learn more about their faith and be with other students from local faith communities.
Class Picture Days
Lifetouch will be here in the morning on April 26th and 27th for class pictures in the Library.
- Tues., April 26th: Preschool, K-8
- Wed., April 27th: PreK
8th Graders may wear free dress for class pictures, all other uniformed grades should wear DRESS UNIFORMS.
Return your order forms sent home this week or conveniently order online: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/. Our school code is EVTBZTZVD.
On Tuesday, 4/26 only, we could use two parents to help coordinate the flow of classes and help our students look their best! If you’re free from 8-11:30 am and would like to earn a few school volunteer hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Family Promise Bed Race on Sunday, June 26th from 2 pm to 4 pm
The Interfaith Coalition and Family Promise have moved their Annual Bed Race (typically in September) to June this year. This is a great way to raise money for those experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County while having a bit of fun with your closest friends. We would love to have a team represented by Assumption Catholic School. There is a frame and bed available, so we just need a group to assemble it by the Memorial Day Parade on May 28th and then use it for the race on June 26th. For more information about the race or to register your team, visit https://www.interfaith-coalition.org/familypromisebedrace .
Family Promise of Whatcom County is starting its 5th year of serving the needs of this community to assist children and their families experiencing homeless through meals, temporary housing and education with a goal to re-establish their independence. To date nearly 100 families have had a fresh start through Family Promise and the Interfaith Coalition. If you choose not to race, you can also sponsor the Family Promise Bed Race at http://bit.ly/bedraceentryfee2022 .
Social Media Challenge
It’s a great time of year to make sure you are following us on social media! We’re participating in a two-week Instagram Challenge and would love for you to make sure you are following us to get the latest happenings at ACS! Use the QR Code or go to Instagram or Facebook and find @assumptioncatholic.
As of last week, we had 30 students enrolled or with applications submitted for fourth grade for the 2022-2023 school year. The decision has been made to split the fourth grade into two classes for the next school year. Mrs. Kerry Thomas has agreed to postpone her retirement for one more year in order to teach the other fourth-grade class in partnership with Mrs. Martin-Zender. We are excited that she will be with us one more year and grateful that we have the space and the budget to keep these students in smaller class sizes for another year. Class assignments for students will be decided in mid-August with the help of this year’s third-grade teachers and other factors.
Interviews began last week for a part-time preschool teacher, and we will be interviewing this week for the office assistant position. The fifth-grade position is still open through this Friday, and we hope to make a decision in early May. Please click here to see the fifth-grade job posting on the school’s website: https://school.assumption.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Job-Posting-Fifth-Grade-Teacher-2022.23.pdf
Don’t forget our Science Fair this Thursday night in the gym from 5:30-7 pm. 3-D images to accompany tri-fold boards must be turned in by Thursday to be included in judging. Projects from all students will be on display for your perusal. We invite all our families to check out the great collection of work from these bright science minds!
Remember to come for the Multi-Cultural Potluck and stay for the science. We hope to see you there!
Don’t forget the Multi Cultural Potluck this Friday April 22nd!! We encourage you to make a dish to share or to come and sample new tastes! The potluck will take place side by side with the Science Fair viewing from 5:30 to 7 pm! We still need a few volunteers to make this event possible. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca5aa23a1fec25-multicultural We are also in need of folding tables to use for this event! Please see the sign-up to let us know if you are bringing food, a table or can help with the event!
Volunteer Coordinator role is a stipend position for 2022-2023
One of the roles in the PTC has been the Volunteer Coordinator. We decided last year that with the amount of work and the need for consistency in this role, there will be a stipend to do this work. Jessica Sidhu has done an excellent job of managing the past two years, and we are looking for someone new to fill this role. It is associated with the PTC, but a $2,000 stipend per year is paid by the school. The job description for this position is listed below. Please reach out to Lynette Machinski or Dan Anderson if you are interested in being considered for this position. We are asking for a three-year commitment.
- Expected hours per month: 4-5 hours
- Stipend paid in December in April: Two $1,000 payments
- Roles and responsibilities:
- Attend monthly PTC Executive Board meetings
- Participate in/coordinate the Back-to-School volunteer sign-ups on the first day of school
- Keep the volunteer page of the website current; includes creation of online sign-ups.
- Assisting families learning to use the volunteer portal- possibly a tutorial at orientation.
- Attending events as extra help if they don’t get enough volunteers (Spaghetti Dinner, Auction, Fun Run, Playground Angels) as your schedule permits.
- Being accessible to and patient with families. Respond to parent emails quickly and professionally.
- Manage hours for parents and ensure correspondence about tracking hours throughout the year
- Coordinate with the office for text message reminders to families
- Work with Room Parent Coordinator to make sure all classroom roles are filled
This is the last week to order a yearbook! Yearbooks are $30 and all orders are online https://www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/ . Our school code is 189029. The deadline for yearbook orders is tomorrow, April 21st! All yearbooks must be pre-ordered, there will NOT be extras available for sale at a later date.
Our next PTC General Meeting will be April 27th at 7 pm in the gym. Assumption alumnus Connor McGreevy from Litzia (the company that provides IT support for ACS) will give a presentation on online safety and security for kids and teens. We will also discuss parent strategies and tips in smaller, age-based groups. We welcome your questions in advance! Please submit them to Connor via this link: https://forms.microsoft.com/r/8bV27AmWVt Free Dress for students is offered on April 28th for all families with at least one parent/guardian in attendance! There will also be a door prize for those who attend! Childcare will be provided in the library. If you need childcare, please register ahead of time: https://forms.office.com/Pages/DesignPageV2.aspx?origin=NeoPortalPage&subpage=design&FormId=gomPHyuTtUSyd6bqU847nui-Ig19BGdJuq-9gx3J74xUOEJSQVpRR0lSUzNLUDRTNEgwMVhBQ0IwSy4u&Token=0783fa950d594deb9c67f8e991d4a4c6
Interested in helping to make PTC events possible? We are looking for a PTC Vice President and Treasurer for 2022-23! These important roles make it possible to FUNdraise for our school and keep our community strong! Please contact email@example.com with questions.
Assumption Catholic School Family Night at the Sportsplex is on Saturday, April 30, 4:30-6:30 pm. Admission and skate rental fees are covered and the soccer fields will be available for our school families only! Concessions will be available for purchase. Children must be supervised by a parent or other responsible adult.
Missoula Children’s Theater is coming to Assumption May 16-21st! Children of all grade levels are encouraged to participate. The wonderful directors from MCT will help out students audition, rehearse and perform Johnny Appleseed- all in one week! Keep an eye out for more information.
Still need volunteer hours?
The deadline to earn volunteer hours for this school year is May 31. Come earn a few while enjoying the Spring weather! Playground Angels help keep our students safe at recess and we cannot offer it without them. Thank you in advance for your help!
This Friday, April 22nd, our first grade class will be leading the all-school Mass. Parents are welcome to join and all students should wear dress uniforms. We ask that visitors sit in the north transept instead of with the students. Masks are now optional in the church.
Upcoming calendar items:
April 22nd– Science Fair, Multi-Cultural Night, 5:30-7 in the gym
April 26th– Class Photo Day: Preschool, K-8
April 27th– Class Photo Day: PreK
April 27th– General PTC Meeting at 7 pm in the gym. Connor McGreevy from Litzia will be here to discuss parental controls and Internet safety. Childcare will be provided in the library. (Please pre-register here if you will need childcare.)
April 30th– “Family Night at the Sportsplex” social for ACS families, 4:30-6:30 pm
May 5th– Space Race Fun Run!
May 16th-21st– Missoula Children’s Theater after school; performance on Saturday