Wednesday Parent Newsletter 11/2/2022

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“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 this week, Lost and Found, the season schedule for girls’ basketball, a reminder to apply for tuition assistance, Christmas wreaths and flowers fundraiser extended for the 8th grade, a great opportunity to hear from a college admissions expert,Lisa Fisher, the Fall Open House, plans for the Christmas Bazaar, gathering used books, Procurement/Donation news for the auction, a PTC Movie night in November, Grandparents Day invites are here, Christmas Art Contest and more upcoming calendar events, along with this week’s featured saint. Thanks for reading!

On this Day Commemorating All Souls’….

We regret to let the community know that one of our photography volunteer teachers, Ham Hayes, passed away on Saturday, October 29th. He will be greatly missed. Mr. Hayes started his involvement with the school in 2005 when we partnered with a school in Cambodia and returned to help with our photography classes in 2018. He was always impressed with our students and their sense of adventure in photography class.  He believed that photography is a wonderful way to discover more about who we are – how we see the world and how we express what we see.  Mrs. Evans has a card that she is circulating to the students so that they can write messages to his wife, Gloria, who was also part of our photography program for a while. Please keep his whole family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Eternal rest grant upon Ham, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

The Lisa Fisher Event is next Wednesday, November 9th at 6 pm!

We’d like to provide childcare for our Assumption families who are planning to attend this event. Please fill out this survey so we might determine if a need exists. Middle school students are welcome to attend with their parents. Thank you!


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.

We could use a parent volunteer to help set up chairs and refreshments from 5-6 pm. To offer a hand or for questions, please contact Dayna Dennis:

Development News

Dear ACS Families,

Thanks to the love and support of many, this year’s Annual Fund campaign is off to a strong start! Thank you to all who have already given- your generosity makes all the difference. Every gift, whatever the amount, helps us meet our goal, which means we all continue to benefit from affordable tuition and make the gift of Assumption accessible to more children!

I plan to send an update on our progress toward the total goal of $120,000 every couple of weeks, which you can also see on our beautiful “giving tree” as you drive through the traffic loop. Assumption students painted each lovely leaf, which are so cheerful to see as November takes hold and the real trees become bare.

Your copy of this year’s Annual Report was sent home today in each family envelope. The report summarizes our accomplishments and financial picture from last school year but is also intended to be a celebration of what makes Assumption such a special place to be. I want to publicly thank Lee Eberhardt for his always-outstanding photography and Justin Dalton for his mad design skills! Both totally made the publication, which we greatly hope you enjoy reading!



Fall Open House

On Sunday, November 20th, from 11:30 to 1:30pm, we will host an Open House with an emphasis on our preschool and kindergarten programs. This one is much more low-key than our Spring event, but current Assumption families are welcome, and we encourage you to share the information with your friends and family who may be interested.

You’ll find a flyer in today’s Wednesday envelope to share. (Please disregard the 11:00 am start time on the calendar- thank you!)

2022 Assumption School Conferences 

It is 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.  Also, if parents and students could check the LOST AND FOUND while attending conferences. Thank you.

Volunteer at the Book Fair!

This is a fun way to earn fundraising hours and raise money for our school! Volunteers needed to help during sales by running the cash register, assisting students and parents with finding books, and restocking displays. Volunteers also needed to help repack books and products after the book fair and assist with clean up. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Smith at

Click here to volunteer:

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.

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

Basketball Middle School Program

The season for the girls will be 10/24 – 12/9.  Please come to a home game if possible.  All games begin at 4pm and the second game is at 5pm. Thanks for supporting our girl’s basketball teams. Home games are in Bold type.

Girls’ Season Schedule is Here:

  • November 7: Meridian at Assumption 
  • November 14: Assumption at Vista
  • November 16: Nooksack Valley at Assumption 
  • November 18: Assumption at Franklin
  • November 21: Assumption at Lyndon
  • November 28: Assumption at Horizon
  • November 30: Assumption at Blaine 7A/Assumption at Lynden 7B
  • December 5: MB at Assumption 
  • December 9: Lynden Christian at Assumption

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.

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 Day 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 orders have been extended until November 3rd, Thursday!  

PTC News

Movie Night

Plan for a great event on November 18th, Friday at 6:30pm in the gym.

The movie will be The Bad Guys!

Doors open at 6:00pm. Bring your blankets & pillows!
Donations appreciated! Free popcorn with a nonperishable food item for the Hope House!

Concessions for sale!

Christmas Bazaar News!

November is here, so that means the Christmas Bazaar is only a month away!! 🎄 

Set up will be December 3rd and the Christmas Bazaar is December 4th from 9 AM to 3 PM.

We need lots of volunteers to make this a success. Please see the sign-up genius link for all of the volunteer opportunities. Click Here to help

 And Registration is filling up, so don’t wait to register! registration form There are five spots left***

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 Church

-Assumption School entryway

-Sacred Heart Parish Office

THIS WEEKEND! Bellingham Chamber Chorale’s Fall 2022 Concert

“Wings” at Church of the Assumption

Saturday, November 5th at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, November 6th at 5:00 p.m.

Our School Choir teacher and Assumption’s Director of Liturgy and Music is also BCC’s artistic director and conductor —Dr. Mabalot— will conduct a program entitled “Wings” inspired by literal and figurative wings.

For something that we lack, wings have always been a source of fascination for human beings. In the natural world, wings are the means to flight, all the more desirable to us earthbound.

This concert will feature a Renaissance masterpiece of polyphony –Palestrina’s Archangel Gabriel Mass, and pieces inspired by the waggle dance of a bee, a runner’s high, angels heralding a birth, a bluebird, a blackbird, and the desire to fly and be free.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets online. 

Tickets will also be available at the door before each performance.

Listen to the choir’s recent rehearsal here:

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!

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. 

If you need more invites, they are 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!

Christmas Art Contest

Attention Artists!  Every year our school sends out Christmas Cards to our families and donors that support our school in so many ways.  Please see the entry form in today’s Wednesday envelope for more details.  All entries are due November 22, 2022!  No late entries will be accepted.  Thank you and good luck.

Parent Satisfaction Survey 2022

Please look for this survey in the next newsletter, and try to have it completed by Friday, November 25th. This is valuable feedback for us and helps with future planning, so thank you for taking the 15 minutes to complete and submit it.

Upcoming calendar items:

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.

November 11th – No School / Veteran’s Day

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

November 18th – Grandparents’ Day and Mass at 10:30am and PTC Movie Night

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

November 23-25th – Thanksgiving Break

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. Therese of the Child of Jesus (aka: The little Flower)

The winner is Di Nguyen. Congrats Di!  

New Saint:    She was an English princess born in 1046.  She and her mother sailed to Scotland to escape the king that overruled her land.  King Malcom of Scotland welcome them.  Eventually, he fell in love with the princess, and they were married.  Even though he was a good man, he was harsh with the people. 

As queen now, Malcolm observed her kindness and wisdom when dealing with the people of his kingdom.  He began to take her advice and follow her example.  She helped him to learn to control his temper and it was not long before they were wonderful Christian models for everyone.  She and her husband, the King, worked to attain good teachers for the people, built churches and she hand embroidered many vestments for the priests.  She did things right to please Jesus.  Let us ask this saint to help us attain those virtues that help us get to heaven.

Who is this saint?  ________________

Update on New Babies in the family

Edmund and Mateo

Congratulations to the Cade family. Their new baby arrived on Friday October 21st, 2022.  Edmund Cade was born 9lbs 2 oz. He came home from the hospital on Saturday and the family is so happy to have him home now!  Siblings include Thatcher(5th), Koa(3rd), Lael (1st) and Mateo. 

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