“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 newsletter you will read about Catholic Schools Week activities and information, Distinguished Alumni Award nominees, volleyball starting soon, Boys’ Basketball games, First Responders assembly invite, January and February Playground Angels, Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala, PTC information, a SWAG SALE coming, a mothers and children group with Deacon Larry, Superbowl party fundraiser for the 8th grade class trip, The Variety show, the saint of the week, Upcoming events calendar and much more! Thank you for reading.
Distinguished Alumni Award during Catholic Schools Week
During Catholic Schools Week each year, we honor an alumnus/alumnae from Assumption who has continued to be a leader in the community and a supportive member of the Catholic church. If you know someone who graduated from Assumption in the year 2005 or earlier, please fill in the attached Microsoft Form with his/her contact information and we will vote as a staff on January 17. https://forms.office.com/r/nrfWi2NiwZ
Rubik’s Cubes and other toys at school
We have always asked students to keep toys at home since they may get lost or broken at school, and sometimes they create a distraction. Recently, there has been a Rubik’s Cube phenomenon at Assumption. The teachers have been asking students to leave these and other toys at home unless specifically asked to be brought for a purpose. Students may first be asked to put these in their backpacks, but if teachers see them again, they may collect and hold them until the end of the school day. Please remind your children to leave all toys and Rubik’s Cubes at home. Thank you.
Mothers and Children Group
There is a new group for mothers. We meet in the Stafford Room on the first and third Fridays of each month at 9:00 am, immediately after the 8:15 school Mass. Please join the group for a casual time of support and fellowship. We will visit and share our experiences of raising our children in the faith. If you have little ones not yet in school, bring them along. Any questions, please contact the parish office or Deacon Larry at 360-733-1380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting dates through June 2023 are:
- January 6 and 20
- February 3 and 17
- March 3 and 17
- April 21
- May 5 and 19
- June 2
Catholic Schools Week
Please see the attached calendar for the events and activities each day of the week starting on Saturday, January 28th. School flyer here
February 1st is Catholic Schools Night at the Seattle University men’s basketball game at the Climate Pledge Arena. The flyer has a QR code as well as a promo code to purchase highly discounted $15 tickets. All families are welcome. (link for flyer)
Welcoming First Responders at an assembly
For the Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week, our assembly will honor first responders, medical personnel, military, and immigration/customs officers. If you are part of this list or know someone who is, please email the person’s name to the office so that we can send an invitation for our assembly on Wednesday, February 1st starting at 2:00 pm.
More Playground Angels Needed!
We really could use help during January and February. Consider taking just one recess if you are able.
Thank you for your help in keeping recess fun and safe!
Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala
Assumption Catholic School’s PTC invites you to attend the 23rd Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala Saturday, March 4th. Please check-out your Wednesday envelope for your personal invite to this exciting and fun community event.
Pickleball for ALL
Use the QR code to check out the auction website for our online family drawing as well as glassybaby sales, and to RSVP as an individual or create a table with all your friends.
Donations Due January 27th
Just a reminder that procurement of items and sponsorships for our auction continues. All items and sponsorships are due by January 27.
Ways you can fulfill your obligation are:
*Scrip donation of $200. You will be given a 10% credit to your scrip obligation. These donations can be used to build amazing auction packages while you earn money toward your obligation!
*Cash donation of $200.
*Donation of item or service worth $200.
*Sponsorship of $500.
If you need more time or have questions about a specific item, please reach out to Lisa or Torry at email@example.com
It takes many hands and talents to make all the planning come together for this incredibly important event! Below is a link to sign up for auction volunteer opportunities that all count toward fundraising volunteer hours. We hope you’ll join the team to help make it a wild success.
Please use the Sign-Up Genius provided to see how you can help! Sign-Up 2023 Auction
Please use the Sign-Up Genius provided to see how you can help! Sign-Up 2023 Auction
Don’t forget, you may still donate funds for wine at the gala and earn fundraising hours. For every $20 donated above your auction commitment, you will earn one fundraising volunteer hour. (Please make sure you label or use the designated envelope for your wine donation)
Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala invites go out next week! We hope you all can attend this exciting community event!
For more information visit https://assumption.maestroweb.com
Today in the Wednesday envelopes are the sign-up forms for volleyball. The forms are due by Friday, January 20. Practices will begin on Monday January 30th. Please be sure to have a current physical that is on file in the office with Mrs. Angie King.
This month our middle school students will get to experience skiing on Mt. Baker or ice skating at the Sportsplex. Here are the remaining Tuesday dates: Jan. 24 and 31st. Thank you so much to all our parent and staff volunteers to help make this program run smoothly.
Please email Miss McIntosh with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys Basketball Season
Hey everyone, there are only a few games left to see. Check out the schedule and watch Assumption Middle school boys play some home games in the gym! Concessions will also be there for snacks. Please come and support our team! Families are most welcome.
Here is the schedule for the season:
- January 18th: 4pm Home vs. Horizon
- January 19: 4:00 pm Home VS Blaine
- January 23: 4:45 pm Away @ Mount Baker Junior High School
- January 25: 4:00 pm Home VS Vista Middle School
SWAG SALE – on January 20th, Friday, the PTC will be selling items such as hats, jackets, tumblers, water bottles and scarves. Look for a table under the cross before and after school. Come see what we have. Cash and checks accepted.
PIZZA LUNCH – the next pizza lunch will be Monday, January 23rd. Look for the order form in today’s envelope.
GENERAL PTC MEETING – Mark your calendar for the general meeting on Wednesday, 1-25-22, at 7pm. It will be via ZOOM with the hopes for great attendance while you sip your wine from the comforts of your couch or while you prep dinner and assist with homework. Your attendance will gain your child(ren) free dress the next day! We will provide you with updates on business, upcoming PTC events and a quick reference for local summer programs.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – This fun filled week is approaching at the end of the month, 1-28-23 thru 2-3-23. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities that we will highlight in the next couple weeks of newsletters.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Continue to check the school volunteer website for volunteer opportunities. I know it’s cold outside, but we still need to keep the children safe, and we need our Playground Angels! Link here
Missoula Children’s Theater
Missoula Children’s Theater will be back at Assumption this spring! Mark your calendars for the week of May 1st, 2023. We are looking for two host families for the guests to stay with during that week. If you are interested, please contact Tia Entrikin at email@example.com.
Other News from School
SAVE THE DATE! SUPER BOWL PARTY – CHILI FEED
8th grade DC Trip Fundraiser
Want to celebrate the Super Bowl game but don’t want to host or cook?
Join us at the Assumption Gym Sunday 2-12-23. Doors open 2:30pm.
Advance ticket sales will begin Saturday, 1-21 after weekend Masses at Assumption, Sacred Heart and St Joseph Ferndale!
Advance tickets $5 cover, kids 6 & under are free!
Tickets at the door $7.
Enjoy homemade chili with accompanying nachos, baked potatoes & hotdogs with additional various toppings!
Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
Entertainment will be available for your children to help pass the time for them (however it is not a drop-off event).
So, save yourself the stress and join us to watch the game and support the 8th grade class trip to Washington DC!
Employee – Part-time
Assumption Parish seeks a part-time, bilingual receptionist who has excellent communication skills, and the ability to read, write and speak in both English and Spanish. Some computer experience is required. Familiarity with Microsoft products such as Word and Excel are preferred. The job is 24 hours per week. Go to www.assumption.org to see the job description and application. Send your application or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Volunteers Needed!
- Anyone willing to help close the gates after the 8:10am bell each morning, please call or email the office and contact Mrs. Michele King or Mrs. Angie King. Thank you.
2. Mrs. Santos needs help putting together some large office walls for art displays. If one or two parents can help on January 27th, please email her at email@example.com or Mr. Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Office Reminders
- The best communication for reporting absences or doctor appointments to the school is by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can call the school office and speak with Mrs. Michele King or Mrs. Angie King at 360-733-6133. Also, please contact the office by 10:00 am as it helps with daily attendance. 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. Below is a description of a saint but his/her 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 Xavier
Congratulations ……. Alden Kerstiens in Mrs. McClurg’s room!
New Saint: This saint is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Catholic Church, and one of the youngest saints to be canonized. She was born to a farming family. Her father died when she was nine, and the family had to share a house with another family. She took over household duties while her mother, brothers and sister worked in the fields.
When she was 11 years old, a young man known to her family, made advances towards her, and wanted to do her harm. She refused to do what he wanted and fought back and screamed. This young man was so angry that he then stabbed her 14 times. This brave saint later died after forgiving him of his sinful actions.
The man who killed her served time in jail. He became a monk after his conversion. And when he was released, he attended the canonization of this saint along with her mother in 1950. She is the patron saint of chastity, teenagers and victims of crime and also forgiveness.
Who is this saint? ________________
Upcoming calendar items:
January 17 – February 3rd – MAP Testing
January 23rd – Pizza Day
January 24th/25th – Hearing and Vision Screening Days
January 23rd – Principal’s Coffee 8am in the Library
January 25th – PTC meeting on Zoom 7pm
January 27th – Last Day of the Semester / Early Release (A) Day
January 29th – School Choir at 10am Mass at Assumption Parish
January 29th to February 4th – Catholic Schools’ Week (calendar of events TBD)
February 8th– State of the School Address from 7 pm to 8 pm in the gym. (At least one parent is required to attend this event in order to receive enrollment information for the 2023-2024 school year. Updates for the current year and financial picture for the school will be provided.)
February 12th– Open House for all NEW families 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Current families are welcome with a friend and show them around.