In this week’s newsletter you’ll see this year’s Scriptural theme for our school, our section about “Walking with the Saints”, the Playground Angels schedule for October is ready, our Cross Country Schedule, Results from last week and the meet tomorrow hosted by our school, Individual Picture Day is coming up soon, an invitation to school Mass this Friday, a reminder about the MAP testing, guidance for dropping off and picking up your children, Our Annual Holy Hoops in October, times for scrip, PTC News including the many hands and volunteers it took for the success of Harvest Festival and Spaghetti Dinner, our principal’s recognition for his work during covid, yearbook information, Cub Scout Information Night, our principal’s coffee time and upcoming calendar events. Thanks for reading!
“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous;
do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Calling Playground Angels!
We have an ongoing need to keep these safety positions filled. You get to earn volunteer hours and it’s a great way to see your child during the day while getting to know their friends. Thank you for your help in keeping recess fun and safe!
Announcing the 2022 Peace Builder Award Recipients
The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) invites the community to join in honoring five remarkable individuals, organizations, programs, and projects at the 19th annual Peace Builder Awards on October 21st. In facing the challenges of the past year, each of the award winners represent unique, collaborative, and important efforts to elevate equality, promote healing for the community, foster positive connections between individuals and cultures, and contribute to a more peaceful world.
Our principal, Dan Anderson, was nominated and given the Education Peacebuilder Award for his dedication in balancing the needs of students, families, and the school impacted by COVID. Thank you, Mr. Anderson, for your leadership and commitment to our school community! Here is the media release for more information about the event: Click here
PTC News from Jennifer Harbick, PTC President
HARVEST FESTIVAL / SPAGHETTI DINNER: Thank you everyone for coming out and making this a great come-back event! The Harvest Festival was well attended, atmosphere was jovial, kids were smiling and the Corn Hole Tournaments were a blast. I wanted to extend a warm thank you to Lynette Machinski for being brave enough to tackle this event. I also wanted to thank Sara Rush and Rob Viggers for being determined machines in the kitchen to ensure this event was a success. Thanks also to Nancy Smith for spearheading BINGO to help raise funds for the 8th grade DC trip this coming May.
Room Parents - Thank you to all the parents that agreed to be room parents! This is very exciting to have these roles filled so quickly! Remember your Room Parent Coordinator is Catie Sullivan. If you have questions about your role as room parent, please email her at email@example.com.
Yearbooks – The school year may have just begun but start thinking about yearbooks! Keep an eye out for an order form coming by text at the end of this week and get your orders in before October 20th for early bird pricing. The price will be $26 in advance, or $30 per book after October 20th.
Scrip Times to Buy
Welcome to another wonderful year at Assumption Catholic School. The schedule to sell Scrip is Thursday 2:45 to 3:15 and Friday 7:45-8:15 for the first few months, more days might be added if needed in the future.
8th Grade Goodwill Fundraiser
Our 8th graders will be collecting items to give to Goodwill. The proceeds will help fund their trip to Washington D.C. in the spring. It is a win-win. Clean out closets and help the 8th graders!
Here is the link to the flyer: Goodwill Fundraiser 2022
The first three weeks were great for traffic, but this week, more parents are coming earlier at dismissal and it’s creating congestion coming into the parking lot. Remember to park if you are here before 3:05 pm and wait for the gate to open. Otherwise, arrive at 3:05 pm for K-4th grade students, and 3:10 pm for 5th-8th grade students. Help us to keep Virginia St. Clear for our neighbors. Thank you!
Cub Scout Informational Night
Come by the Assumption gym tomorrow evening (Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm) to hear about our Church of the Assumption Cub Scout program. They’ll have some fun activities, treats, and seasoned Scouts will be on hand to answer your questions. Boys and girls are all welcome!
XC Meet hosted by Assumption
Our Eagles Cross Country Team got off to a great start last week at Bellwood Acres! Our Boys Team took 1st place with 4 of our runners placing in the top 15 and one of our runners finishing his first race running with his shoe coming off for half of the course. Talk about determination! Our girls team did not have the required 5 runners to be able to score as a team, but 2 of them started out the first race of the season with a personal record! Come out and cheer on your Eagles Cross Country Team this Thursday September 22nd. Boys race starts at 4:15 followed by the girls race. Go, Eagles!
The next cross-country meet is fast approaching, and we need volunteers! It is Thursday, September 22nd at Cornwall Park. Volunteers need to check in at the big field between 3:30 – 3:45pm and the race starts at 4:15 pm. We need at least eight volunteers to help along the route and at the finish line. Here are the areas where we need help: parking, race route (directing runners) and the finish line. We would love to let the parents of runners watch their kids and enjoy the race, so extra hands are greatly appreciated. To help, please contact Ryan Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross Country Schedule:
Thurs. Sept 22 Assumption/Franklin Acad Cornwall Park 4:15pm
Wed. Sept 28 Nooksack Valley MS Nooksack Valley MS 4:15pm
Thurs. Oct. 6 Blaine MS Pipeline Fields 4:15pm
Wed. Oct. 12 Horizon/Vista MS Hovander Park 4:15pm
Tues. Oct. 18 Lynden Christian MS LCMS 4:15pm
**Boys race first, followed by the girls
Faith – Love – BASKETBALL
Get ready for Holy Hoops!
We need players!
Our 7th annual Holy Hoops 4 on 4 basketball tournament is just around the corner – October 18th – 21st. This tournament is FREE, and we are encouraging ALL 5th – 8th grade students to participate. No basketball experience is necessary. All players will receive a Holy Hoops t-shirt, the end of event BASH and build life-long memories with teammates and competitors. Look in today’s Wednesday Envelope for participation forms and more information.
We need coaches!
We are also looking for Assumption Alumni to help coach! Whether it’s for the whole week or one day, we need YOU! We can work around school and sports schedules. This is a wonderful way to give back to your school and get high school service hours. Coaches also receive Holy Hoops t-shirts; the music room is open for studying and food will be provided by the Holy Hoops committee.
We need sponsors!
The running of this free community event relies upon support in the form of sponsorships from local families and businesses. Your generous donations go toward purchasing t-shirts for the teams, food and support for our coaches and referees, and prizes for winning teams. Please feel free to pass this onto your employer, friends and family who may want to sponsor. Our hope is that this event continues to be a long-standing tradition at our school, encouraging teamwork, good sportsmanship and community building.
Let’s continue to make Holy Hoops a tradition that Assumption families can enjoy for years to come! If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lisa Twining at email@example.com.
Assumption Parent Prayer Group is back
One of our parents, Mary Cade, has volunteered to lead the Assumption Prayer Group this year for all parents in preschool through eighth grade. Mary will be leading prayer for anyone who wants to attend in the library starting at 8:15 am every Tuesday morning. We look forward to seeing you there. Younger children (not in school yet) are welcome to attend with their parents. If you’d like more information, please email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Picture Days are September 27th and September 28th
Individual pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 27th for Preschool, 5-day PreK, and K-8 students. Pictures for 3 day PreK are on Wednesday, September 28th (and for those absent on Tuesday). Students may come in free dress for pictures, but all current free dress expectations apply on picture day. Please see the flyer in today’s Wednesday envelope. Please look for your order forms in today’s Wednesday envelope if you plan to order pictures.
School Mass this Friday
This Friday, Sept. 23rd, our 5th graders will be leading Mass. All grades should wear dress uniforms and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Seating for visitors will be on both sides of the alter now with a few pews in the very back behind the students. All students will be seated in the main part of the church.
This weekend: Sunday Mass for 6th Grade and featuring the 5th/6th Assumption Choir
Once per month, the Assumption School Choir will sing at the 10 am Sunday Mass at Church of the Assumption. On the same day, we will invite one class from Assumption to attend and sit together in the church. This weekend, we invite all of our sixth-grade families. Additionally, all 5th through 8th graders are invited to join the choir just for these Sundays but need to attend the rehearsal on Thursday at 3:15 pm in the church. This Sunday, 9/25, is our first of the year. We hope to have many voices in the choir loft, and many others in the pews to celebrate the first month of this exciting new opportunity for worship. (Look for a reserved section of the church when you arrive.)
Volunteer opportunities (at home or after hours)
Volunteer from home!
We are updating the school iPads and need someone to take home 8-10 iPads each night (60 total) and reset them to be part of our new mobile device management. You don’t need to be tech savvy (instructions are simple), but it does help if you have a Macbook laptop and are familiar with the Apple platform. Please email email@example.com if you want to do these hours from home.
Installation of Wifi access points
The school needs someone with maintenance skills to take down its old Wifi access points and attach new ones to the ceiling. No tech experience is needed (just plug in the new device) but attaching to the ceiling with screws and brackets may take some basic construction skills. This could be done on evenings or weekends. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Clean-up of tech office
The school has a new phone system, so all the old phones need to be donated or resold. We are looking for a volunteer to clean up that space and take old technology for recycling. It is likely 2-3 hours’ worth of work and can be done any time. Email email@example.com if you are interested.
Wednesday Office Help
The office could use someone on Wednesdays to help collate and stuff Wednesday envelopes to go home with papers for various things. The time would be mornings from 10-11:30am. It may be more or less depending on the week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Thank you.
Walking in Holiness With the Saints
We hope that you will enjoy learning about how saints are a great example of holiness, strength, and courage one day at a time. This is a whole family activity and conversation starter. Below is a description of a saint but their name is withheld. See if you can guess who the saint is and get your name put in for a prize drawing.
See Mrs. Michele King in the office if you have a guess.
Last week’s Saints: St. Jacinta and Fransisco Marta(brother and sister) No prize was given out.
New Saint Hint: God blessed my life with many miracles. When I was a young boy, I could see guardian angels. Then, one day while I was hearing confessions, another miracle happened. The wounds of Jesus appeared on my hands and feet. Through my life, I brought many people closer to God. I would tell them, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry!” I was born in 1887 and died in 1968. I lived in Italy and was an Italian friar and priest. My feast day is Sept. 23rd.
Who is this saint? ________________
LOST AND FOUND REMINDER
It is that time of year when the weather is cold in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. Please make sure that your children have their names in jackets and sweaters. If you are missing anything at this point, you are welcome to check the lost and found during school hours. Thank you!
Upcoming calendar items:
September 19, 21, 27, 29, and Oct. 4th– MAP testing for grades 2-8
Sept. 25th- Assumption Choir sings at the 10 am Mass at Assumption, all sixth grade families are invited to attend Mass together and sit together.
Sept. 26th– Principal’s Coffee @ 8:00 am in the library
Sept 27th– Individual Picture Day, Preschool & K-8 (free dress for those students)
Sept 28th– Individual Picture Day, Pre-K (free dress for those students)
Oct. 4th – St. Francis Animal Blessing (8am in the parking / traffic loop)
Oct. 14th – No School
Oct 18th – 21st – Holy Hoops Tournament
Nov. 9th– Lisa Fisher will be here for a parent event starting at 6 pm in the gym. More information is coming regarding the event and highlights from her book, Admissions by Design: Stop the Madness and Find the Best College for You with a review here: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/admissions-by-design/