Wednesday Parent Newsletter 5.18.2022

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter



In this week’s news, you’ll find Fun Run highlights and earnings, an opportunity to join a Bellingham High School running camp, more staffing updates for next school year, a reminder to return library books, a new member of the ACS family, how to participate in the Family Promise Bed Race, PTC news including fundraising efforts and volunteer opportunities, how to be involved and lead this important group into the future, a reminder to pick up your delicious chicken dinner orders this Thursday, an invitation to attend a FANTASTIC Missoula Children’s Theater performance this Saturday, 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 success! 

ACS students, teachers, staff, and parents…YOU DID IT! Together, we raised $21,067.40 for the 38th Annual Ellen Anderson Fun Run, topping our (stretch) goal of $20K! We are thrilled with this outcome and so incredibly grateful to everyone who helped in big and small ways, particularly our Fun Run Co-Chairs Natalie Milligan and Shannon Zebrowski, Eloisa Townsend, and Melissa Hanson. Thank you everyone for supporting this wonderful event. Please note that top earners and raffle winners will be announced in next week’s news. Thank you for your support of this great PTC event! 



BHS XC Camp 

The BHS Cross Country team (in partnership with Bellingham Parks and Recreation) is hosting a Cross Country Camp from June 27-30 for students with and without running experience entering grades 5 – 8 in the fall. In the past, we have had great representation from ACS at our camp, and we hope to soar with the Eagles again this summer. 

Please see the digital flyer for details! 



Staffing Update 

We want to let parents know of a recent change to staffing for next year. Mr. Armando Mendoza, the current K-3 Spanish teacher, will not be returning in the fall. Mr. Mendoza started with us at the beginning of the school year and has incorporated art and music into his lessons throughout the year to make it engaging for students. He is always so kind with them, and he has been such a positive addition to the staff. We are grateful for his ministry and wish him all the best in whatever comes next.  

We are also pleased to announce that Veronica Flores has been hired as the preschool assistant teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Mrs. Flores received her B.A. in Sociology this spring and has always wanted to work with children. She’ll be continuing her education towards a Masters in counseling this fall, and while she is working on that degree she is excited to be a part of our preschool program. Mrs. Flores is also the mom to Armani in the third grade with Mrs. Martin-Zender. Please join us in welcoming her to the staff. 



Library Book Return  

It is time to start rounding up any books checked out from the school library. A list of all books currently checked out to your child(ren) can be found in today’s parent envelope. All items are due back by Friday, May 27. If there are any items not returned by the end of the school year, you will be billed a replacement fee. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

Thank you,  

Your Librarian, Nancy Smith 



Celebrating our alumni- Volunteer service and scholarships 

This week, we want to recognize Sam Pacheco (‘12) (brother to Santi in eighth grade) who is graduating from University of Washington with a degree in civil engineering. Continuing with the servant leadership he first experienced at Assumption, Sam is traveling to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland in Southern Africa) with a program called Engineers in Action to help build a footbridge. Sam has also worked in Guatemala and Nicaragua as a volunteer with Engineers without Borders. We want to celebrate Sam’s efforts to give back to his community. Please see the video he put together explaining his volunteer service and if you’d like to give to his project, you can click on the link for his GoFundMe page at  

We also want to congratulate Aidan Anderson (‘16) and Alexandra Streeter (‘16) for being the recipients of the first annual Alumni Scholarships for graduating high-school seniors. Thanks to our alumni from the Ziels family, and to Financial Plan (Twining and Wolf alumni) who are funding the first three years of these two- $1,000 annual scholarships. Congratulations to the other alumni who applied for the scholarship and are doing great things after graduation from high school: Daniel Maeda, Marjorie Sotelo, Madeline Reyes, and Emma Balogh



Expanding family 

Kelly and Jeff Segel welcomed their sixth child on Sunday, a boy! Big sisters Estela, Daniela (4th), Clara (1st), Chrissella (PreK), and Olivia chose his first name. We think they did a beautiful job! 

Noah Albert Segel  

Born May 15th, 2022 at 11:18 am 

Weight 8 lbs., 10 oz., length 21” 

Congratulations to the entire Segel family on the birth of your beautiful baby!  



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

Family Promise of Whatcom County is starting its 5th year of serving the needs of this community to assist children and their families experiencing homelessness 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



PTC News 

Don’t forget to pick up your Take and Bake Picnic, this Thursday, May 19th at 3:00.  We will have curbside pickup, or you can walk into the gym to pick up your meal, however, please be aware that Missoula Children’s Theater will also be using the gym at 3:00.  There may be extra meals available. Contact to inquire on availability. We could use more hands to help prep and distribute our meals tomorrow (Thursday)! Please sign up if you can- the time counts toward fundraising volunteer hours: 


Missoula Children’s Theater is happening this week!  Plan to come an support our actresses and actors in their performances of Johnny Appleseed on Saturday, May 21st.  Shows will be at 3:00 and 5:30pm.  Admission is by donation and concessions will be available before and after the show!   


We will be celebrating our volunteers on Friday, May 27th!  That means YOU! Every parent (and grandparent, sibling or friend volunteer) plays a vital role in our school community and we’d like to honor each and every one of you with a special blessing at our Volunteer Appreciation Mass and a reception to follow from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.



Earn volunteer hours as a Playground Angel! 

There are two more weeks to earn volunteer hours for this school year!. 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! 

MAY sign up 



School Mass 

This Friday, May 20th, our Kindergarten class will be leading our 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: 

May 16th-21stMissoula Children’s Theater after school; performances on Saturday at 3 pm and 5:30 pm 

May 16 – June 3rd MAP testing, grades 2-8 

May 23rd Fun Run T-shirt Day 

May 27th– Volunteer Appreciation and Volunteer of the Year Award announced. Join us for a reception hosted by the teachers and staff from 11:30 to 1 pm in the gym. 

May 30th– NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day 

June 6th- Free Dress (#1 of 2) w/ $100 earned in Fun Run pledges 

June 9th Eighth grade graduation 

June 13th- Free Dress (#2 of 2) w/ $100 earned in Fun Run pledges