Wednesday Parent Newsletter 10/26/22

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

   “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.” (Joshua 1:9)

In this week’s news you’ll find info about our Annual Fund update so far, reminder to sign up for teacher conferences soon, Trunks and Treat is coming this Saturday, Orange and Black free dress on Monday, the season plans for girls’ and boys’ basketball, a reminder to apply for tuition assistance, Christmas wreaths and flowers fundraiser extended for the 8th grade, yearbooks for sale at a great price, a great opportunity to hear from a college admissions expert, PTC news including the first general meeting in the gym, plans for the Christmas Bazaar, gathering used books, Procurement/Donation news for the auction, Grandparents Day invites are here and more upcoming calendar events, along with this week’s featured saint. Thanks for reading!

ACS Annual Fund

It’s our mission to make an Assumption Catholic School education accessible to any family who wants it. Your gift to the GROWING WITH GRACE Annual Fund helps make that possible, as we rely on non-tuition revenue to keep costs to families affordable.

We’re so grateful to our school families who have already donated. Please remember that every gift, whatever the amount, makes a difference! Thank you for your selfless giving and continued support of our school’s ministry. We are well on our way to the $120,000 goal for this year with contributions thus far totaling $34,100 as of October 26, 2022.

2022 Assumption School Conferences 

Now is the time to schedule a meeting with each child’s teacher.  Please click on the link below and find a time that works for you on November 3rd or November 4th.  If you have any questions, please kindly email the teacher directly for information.  Thank you.

Kindergarten = Mrs. Whelan 

1st Grade =              Mrs. McClurg 

2nd Grade =           Mrs. Town 

3rd Grade =            Mrs. Williams 

4th Grade =            Mrs. Thomas 

4th Grade =            Mrs. Martin-Zender 

5th Grade =             Miss Copeland 

6th Grade =            Mr. Costanza 

7th Grade =             Mrs. Ernest 

8th Grade =            Mrs. Eusebio 

Algebra/6th Grade Math = Mrs. VonFeldt 

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math = Mrs. Evans 

Physical Education = Miss McIntosh 

Music =      Mrs. Beshara 

Art/Spanish =   Mrs. Santos 


Assumption Family Ministry needs YOU on Saturday, October 29th (event begins at about 6:15; after the 5 pm Mass)!  Our parish and school are filled with children ready for Halloween fun and some well-deserved treats!

We are coordinating our annual parish Trunk or Treat and are looking for families willing to open their trunks and pass out candy (decorated tables are also an option)! This is a SUPER fun event! Please sign up if you’re able:

If you can’t provide a trunk but would like to donate treats, please drop candy off at the school office any weekday. Thank you in advance for helping us provide this great event for the children of Assumption!

The Pumpkin Carving Contest is Here!

Monday, October 31st, 2022…Bring your carved pumpkin to the gym between 7:30 and 8:00am.  Each entry is $2.00, or donations accepted.  This activity is sponsored by the Student Ambassadors.  Categories include Spooky, Funny, Creative and School Spirit.  It is a spooky good time!!!

Growing Great Kids Auction

How do we provide items for the Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala?

It’s all done through procurement. Procuring is the process by which we locate donations of goods and services which are then packaged up into exciting silent and live auction items. They come from individual family donations, businesses and from group projects created by classroom teams. Each school family is required to procure an item or make a donation with a minimum value of $200.

Procurement (other than the individual contribution) takes many helping hands.  See today’s Wednesday Envelope for more details on being a part of the procurement team. Volunteer hours add up quickly in this role! Please come to our first meeting Thursday, October 27th @ 6:30pm (location TBA).  To join the team, email

Use the link here if you need another procurement form:   Procurement Form Here   

Auction Timeline

*Sponsorships Open November 1st, 2022

*Gala Tickets Go on Sale early January 2023

*Family Donations/Procured Items due January 27th, 2023

If you have any questions for the auction team, please email them to  Thank you!  Lisa Twining and Torry Dechert

Co-Curricular Activities

Eagle XC

The Cross-Country Team finished up their season with an awards lunch on Monday, October 24th. Congratulations to all the students that worked so hard throughout the season.

Basketball Middle School Program

The season for the girls will be 10/24 – 12/9.  Practices started Monday with Coach Anna Whelan.  The team is excited to carry all the fun from Holy Hoops into the next level of competition against other schools.  Stay tuned for the Whatcom County middle school schedule for the girls. 

For Boys:     The season for the boys will be 11/28 – 1/27. Practices will start the Monday after Thanksgiving break.  Please make sure to get your physical form in to Mrs. Angie King. Registrations are due now so that sweatshirts can be ordered.

Tuition Assistance Applications

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now open with the Fulcrum Foundation. They must be submitted by January 6, 2023.

Families can apply here:

Last Week for Orders!!!

Eighth-Grade Class Poinsettia and Wreath Fundraiser

The holidays are just around the corner!  Please help support the eighth-grade class by purchasing lovely poinsettias from local nurseries for your holiday decor. All proceeds support our eighth-grade spring retreat and graduation. Thank you in advance for supporting the class of 2023!

 Use the link here if you need a form: Form here

Please note the turnaround is quick and orders have been extended until November 3rd, Thursday!  The products from these suppliers have been consistently beautiful and long-lasting.

Yearbook orders for early bird pricing, due by October 31

Order your yearbook now and receive the early bird rate of $26 per yearbook. Prices go up to $30 starting on November 1st but can still be purchased until the end of April. Follow the link to get your yearbook for the 2022-2023 school year.

School code is: 189029

The College Admissions Expertise of Lisa Fisher- Tell your friends!

Lisa Fisher, author of the book Admissions by Design, is a multi-award winning educator, former international teacher, college counselor, and educational consultant. We have a great opportunity to have her speak about her practical guide to college admissions on Wednesday, November 9th, 2022, at 6:00 pm in our gym. Parents and students are invited to attend this free event, which we are opening to the public. For questions, contact Development Director Dayna Dennis:

PTC News

October meeting

General meeting. The first PTC General Meeting will be the evening of Wednesday, October 26th at 7 pm! This meeting is for ALL Assumption parents and teachers.  Plus, it’s in person in the school gym! There is no enrollment or signup- all parents/guardians are members of our Parent Teacher Club!  Please join us to learn about this year’s finances, auction, and other school events that we plan for the year! 

All parents in attendance will earn FREE DRESS for their student(s) the following day. More details to come.

Secure a Spot in the PTC Christmas Bazaar!

The PTC Christmas Holiday Bazaar is back again this year.  Holiday Goods & Crafts, Bake Sale and Used Books!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 4th from 9am until 3pm in the school gym.

This is a chance to get special Christmas crafts and goods or to be a vendor. Registration is now open with $55 by October 31st or $65 after October 31st! Students encouraged to participate! 

Please see the hard copy of the registration form that went home this week if you would like to be one of our vendors.  Students are encouraged to participate!  Share this form with family and friends. Registration is filling up, so don’t wait to register!

Vendor Questions?  Call Melissa Hanson or send to:

Used Book Sale for Christmas Bazaar

Drop your gently used books off for the Christmas Bazaar Used Book Sale on December 4th. Donation boxes will be at 3 convenient locations through November 21, 2022! 

  • Assumption School entryway
  • Assumption Church gathering space
  • Sacred Heart Parish Office

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated already to the book fair!


Yay for not having to pack a lunch! Next Pizza Lunch is on October 31st!!! Get your order forms and payments in by Friday October 28th to ensure a smile on your child’s face.  Forms are in today’s Wednesday envelope! Thank you so much. 

Holy Hoops – Faith, Love and Basketball

Thank you to all participants, parents, sponsors, and volunteers for making Holy Hoops 2022 such a huge success! Thanks to our Holy Hoops committee led by Lisa Twining, 56 5th- 8th graders enjoyed a full 4 days of basketball. Everyone played hard all week, showed great sportsmanship, and built memories with their teams and classmates. We are incredibly proud of these students and grateful to our wonderful school community who showed up to support the event.

Congratulations to our tournament champions!

Boys Champs: Saint Sebastian (Joey, Caleb, Timmy, Yuri, Graedon and Nick coached by Cooper Vincent and Kieran Jacobs)

Girls Champs: Saint Ann (Genevieve, Fatima, Lexie, Terra, Mila, Morgan, coached by Jack Viggers & Sebastian Dales)

And to our individual competition winners:

Free Throw: Daliah Strutz & Taylor Rush

Three-Point: Finley Twining & Sebastian Benyi

Dribbling: Genevieve Whelan & Caleb Vincent

This event would also not have been possible without the support of our awesome alumni coaches and announcers as well as our volunteer referees: Anthony Petz, Drew Zender, and Brad Walterskirchen (who flew all the way from Arizona to ref our games)! Thank you all!

Playground Angels Needed!

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!

October sign up link

November sign up link

Grandparents’ Day 2022 is coming!  

Save the date of November 18th.  We will have a reception beginning at 9 am when visitors will be able to enjoy a light breakfast and browse the book fair with their students.  Mass will be held at 10:30 am on this day in order to accommodate the reception and book fair. 

Look for invites in your Wednesday Envelope.  These can be used to invite grandparents or grand friends.  If you need more invites, they will be available at the school office.  We encourage the students to personalize the invitation using the blank side!

Grandparents’ Day requires your help!  We are looking for donations of food/drink items as well as help with set up and clean up.  All donations help you fulfill your required volunteer hours.   Please see the following link to discover how you can help us celebrate!

Sr. Joyce Cox, BVM

We would like to let the community know that Sr. Joyce Cox, died on October 23rd in Iowa at the home of her congregation, the Sisters of Charity for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sr. Joyce had a huge part in the formation of Catholic education in Western Washington as a teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Schools. Many of you may have known her or had interactions with her in the past. Please see the attached additional information to learn more. Click here for Sr. Joyce info.

Upcoming calendar items:

October 26th – PTC meeting in the Gym 7pm

October 31st – Orange & Black Day- Happy Halloween! AND Pizza Lunch Day

November 3rd Early Release for Parent-Teacher Conferences (11:45 am dismissal)

November 4th No School to accommodate Parent Teacher Conferences

November 9thLisa 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:

November 17th, 18th, and 21st – Book Fair

November 18th – Grandparents’ Day

November 21st – All School “Human Food Chain” starting at 8:15 in the church

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. 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. King in the office if you have a guess.

Last week: St. Francis of Assisi/ Evelyn White is the winner for last week.

New Saint: She was born on Alecon, France and was the youngest child of five girls.  Her sisters entered the monastery at Carmel of Lisieux.  Her pious parents and her sisters had a strong influence over her.  She was three years old when she began to yearn for the monastery.  At the age of fifteen she was granted permission to enter Carmel.  This was the beginning of her test of virtue.  While she had the responsibility of washing dishes in the kitchen, she was next to a nun who frequently managed to splash her with soapy dish water. As annoying as this saint found this to be, she never said a word.  In fact, she treated this nun with great charity.  She once wrote in her diary, “I know of one means only to attain perfection: Love!”  By loving in little things, this saintly woman attained holiness. 

At the young age of 24, she died of tuberculosis.  Yet, she made a lasting act of surrender, confidence, and love to our Lord.  Her feast is celebrated in October in the Catholic church.    

Who is this saint?  ________________

Two New Family Members are Here

Congratulations to the Cade family. Their new baby arrived on Friday October 21st, 2022.  More info soon.  

And Congratulations to the Shoff family. Little Crew Dominic Shoff arrived on Monday, October 24th, 2022.  He was born at 8am at 8lbs, 1oz.  Big sisters Emery and Finley love their new brother very much.