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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)

This week, Mr. Anderson wants to highlight a special video that Mrs. Williams (third-grade teacher) created for other teacher leaders in the Archdiocese of Seattle. It is an instructional video related to her Super Improvers and Whole Brain Teaching. We were so impressed with her video-making and program highlights that we wanted to share it with all of you. It is seven minutes so if you don’t have time for the whole video, skip to start at 5:12 and view the students’ demonstration.

In this week’s newsletter you will read about the Track and Field schedule, Playground Angels needed for April, STUDENT OF THE WEEK, student pictures for sale, the saint of the week, Fun Run information, Pizza Monday coming, Father/Daughter(s) Dance ‘Under the Stars’, a preview for “Year of the Arts” and Multicultural Potluck in May, classroom pictures are soon, Yearbooks for sale, Mountain Bike club, a thank you to Soy House, employment opportunities at school, Upcoming events and much more!  

Thank you for reading.


Our children’s safety is a top priority! Thank you for your help in keeping recess fun and safe!

April sign up link

Daddy Daughter Dance – Under the Stars

Assumption’s PTC invites all ACS (preschool – 8th grade) girls to accompany their dads or father figures to the 1st Daddy-Daughter Dance.  The dance will be on April 22nd from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Assumption Catholic School gym.  The event includes DJ, baked goods, ice cream sundaes, raffles, and a photobooth.  Tickets are $25 per daddy and daughter or daughters. Flyer link here

We could use your help to make this evening special for our daddy and daughters. Please click on the link below to see how you can help.

Sign-Up Daddy Daughter Dance

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lisa Twining at or 360-393-5004

“Year of the Arts” and Multicultural Potluck

On Friday, May 19th, the school will be celebrating this “Year of the Arts” with a visual art show and performances by the students. See the flyer in this week’s Wednesday envelope too.

At the same time, the Parent Teacher Club is organizing a multicultural potluck to celebrate the cultural diversity we have as a school community. Both will give us a chance to bring families together and to sample different types of food.

The food will be served from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, and we encourage all school families to bring in dishes from or inspired by their culture and heritage. Students will perform from 6:30 to 7 pm on the stage. Walk through the gym with your plate of food and admire the artwork that has been produced by students and creatively displayed by their teacher, Mrs. Carolina Santos.

Please sign up to bring food/drinks or help with set up and clean up by clicking the Sign-Up Genius link or use the QR code here: Potluck

Yearbooks For Sale- Last Chance to Buy!


Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Enter your school code 189029 then click “Go to your school account login”

Step 3: Click on the link below your school’s name.

Step 4: Login if returning or new users click Register

Step 5: Buy a yearbook for $30.00 through April 21, 2023

**If you did order a yearbook, you should have gotten a confirmation email immediately after purchase. Again, it would be from “authnet” and please check their Spam folder or Junk folder for confirmation. 

Thank you, Soy House Restaurant!

It has been a tradition each year that Soy House Restaurant on Holly St. donates their proceeds from Easter Sunday to Assumption Catholic School. We are so grateful for their donation this year of $5,487 which will go to help pay for our new windows. Soy House is owned and managed by school parents, Tony Nguyen and Angie Huynh (children Hy and Dy), with the help of his sister (and school parent), Tam Bratt (children Caroline and Alison). The school is blessed to have these wonderful families as a part of the community and we are thankful for their ongoing generosity!

Mountain Bike Club

Enrollment is now open for parents to enroll their kids into the after-school spring mountain bike club. Enrollment can be found on the webpage for Whatcom Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) (link is below). The page takes you to 6crickets and you can click on Roosevelt’s bike club (we are teaming up with them). It may just say “Roosevelt” for now, which might be updated to Roosevelt/Assumption soon. Enrollment for each kid is $60 and we can take up to 30 kids, shared with Roosevelt’s enrollment. Each group is led by a certified ride leader, through the WMBC. All of the rest of the requirements are on the 6crickets page.

The club will begin on Thursday, 4/20 and go for five weeks. It meets every Thursday from 3:30-5:30. Drop off for the rides will be at 3:30 pm on the Galbraith south side parking lot near Lake Padden. Parents will pick up at the same location at 5:30 pm. The club has 3 ride leaders volunteering that are parents of Assumption kids: Sean Veldman, Chris Abbey, and Chad Perrin. If any of the parents want to volunteer as “sweeps” on ride days to follow the groups and make sure there’s no stragglers, they always welcome that!  We are hoping for a great biking season and excited to kick this program off! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact parent, Sean Veldman, at: (360) 305-4722 or at

Student of the Week

Congratulations Macie!

FUN RUN 2023! 

The 39th Annual “Ellen Anderson Fun Run” is happening on Thursday, May 18th.  Keep those pledges coming in and help your student and their class earn fabulous prizes and raffle tickets! The class with the highest dollar amount raised wins a Subway lunch for the whole class! 

Raffle boxes outside Mrs. King’s Office. 

 $10 raised = 1 raffle ticket 

  • Need fundraising volunteer hours before the May 31st deadline? There are plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the day to help this event run smoothly.  Please sign up if you can help: sign up genius here
  • Pledges due May 25th In your Wednesday envelopes today, each child should have received a pledge envelope to turn in daily or weekly with pledge money. Then tickets will be distributed for the student to enter into the 3 raffles we have outside Mrs. King’s office window.
  • Do you know a business that would like to Sponsor?  Do you have a family member that owns a business that may like to Sponsor?  Please have them send in their forms by Friday, April 21st  Sponsor Form Here
  • T-shirt Order forms are due to the office by April 27, 2023.  Use the link here if you need another form.  Remember we also have a scholarship section too.  
  • Please use the QR code below for those that want to pay online with PayPal or credit card/debit card.  Remember to note which student the funds go towards for the different contests.  Thank you! Or click the link here.


Track and Field

The team is off to a great start.!  The first team meet is today, Wednesday, April 12th out in Blaine.  Good luck to everyone.

If you have any questions, please call the office, or contact Mr. Costanza at

Meet dates:

April 12 at Blaine

April 19 at Lynden Christian

April 25 at Lummi Nation (Assumption co-hosts and needs volunteers!)

April 27 at Meridian (Assumption co-hosts and needs volunteers!)

May 2 at Mt. Baker

May 9 at Meridian


PTC General Meeting on Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm

Mark your calendars for the PTC General Meeting on April 26th. Patti Hoelzle, a school counselor from Ferndale, will be here to present on mental health issues affecting our children: anxiety, depression, and isolation. She’ll also discuss the effects of social media and how to work with children as they navigate this world. Childcare will be provided, so look for a sign-up from Ms. McIntosh in this week’s newsletter. The meeting will begin at 7 pm in the gym starting with PTC business followed by the presentation by Ms. Hoelzle.

Help us out and use this link for Childcare for the evening. Thank You. Ms.McIntosh

Yearbook Committee Needs Your Photos by Friday! 

Greetings to all families! If you have taken photos from the beginning of the year, we would love to compile them for the yearbook!  If you have sibling photos, too, send them our way! 

Thank you to all parents and teachers who have submitted photos for the yearbook! At this point we are specifically in need of additional, high-quality pictures from the Auction, Christmas Program, Holy Hoops, and the Variety Show.

If you have any to contribute, send them by the end of this week. 

Please… Please send them in jpeg format to 

Thank you from the Yearbook Committee!

Kelly Segel & Emily Hoza

Pizza Lunch Monday

This coming Monday, April 17th!!!

Thank you to all for helping us in the office by using the new forms.  Only a few families left need to fill out a form and you will find it in your Wedneday envelope today.

Class Pictures Around the Corner!

Next week in your Wednesday envelopes, look for the forms to purchase pictures.  April 26th is Picture day for K-8 and PreK.  Then April 27th is Picture day for preschool.  

Coffee and Donuts and SCRIP

The school families will be hosting this Sunday, April 16th,  after the 8:00am and 10:00am Masses in the gym.  If you are going to Mass at Assumption, come have a donut and buy some SCRIP!   

2024 Auction Co-Chair Position

Do you have excellent communication skills and enjoy planning large events? We are currently looking for a co-chair for the 2024 Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala. This is a two-year commitment and reports to the Parent Teacher Club. You will learn the process and assist in duties this coming school year, and then lead while coaching a new co-chair the following year. 

Duties include assistance in recruiting and managing several parent volunteer teams covering procurement and sponsorship, attending PTC meetings, assisting in the creation of print design, marketing and communication materials for Wednesday news updates and the Auction tab of the school website, creating and managing a separate auction website, working closely with school staff, parent volunteers and outside vendors, and overseeing all financial details and budget.

The selection process for this role will include an interview with the selection committee. To find out more information, please email Torry Dechert at


We still have employment opportunities for 2023-2024!

The school has been interviewing for some of the following positions, but they haven’t been filled yet. Please continue to pass the word during Spring Break if you know anyone qualified and interested in: Spanish K-5, Physical Education/EDP Director or Library Media Specialist. LINK HERE

Auction pictures of students are for sale

On the wall near the office and in a nearby box, you can find portraits of your children for sale.  Come and see how great your kids look in their school environment. Thank you to parent, Lee Eberhardt, for his photography throughout the year. 

Priced at only $15. 

Preschool Auction Project Opportunity (picture here )

With all the interest and love for our first preschool auction project, Prayer Hands, our wonderful photographer, Lee Eberhardt, created a print that is similar to the artwork created by the preschool class.  These prints are 20 x 30 and would be a great addition to anyone’s home. Each print is $25.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Lisa Twining at

New Life for Two Staff members over Spring Break!

Mrs. Martin-Zender, a fourth-grade teacher, became a grandmother on April 2nd. Clara Catherine was born at 3:42 am weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 2 inches long.  Brian and I were able to meet her before we flew to Georgia on Palm Sunday. Her parents, Drew and Johnna are elated as our family is too.

Mrs. Michele King, our office assistant became a grandmother on April 3rd at . Cooper James was 7 pounds and 14 ounces.  He was 19 inches long.  Jack and I were able to meet him for the first time a day after he was born.  Cooper’s parents, Jeremy and Katherine King, are thankful for a healthy son and can’t wait to see how he grows. 


We hope that you will enjoy learning about how saints are a great example of holiness, strength, and courage one day at a time. Please remember that your name and guess of each week’s saint needs to be in by Tuesday afternoon.  The drawing of all correct answers happens on Wednesday morning.  Thank you to all the students submitting their answers.

Last week: Here are the answers to How to become a Saint recognized by the Catholic Church?

  1. Wait five years after death. The Pope does have the authority to set aside this waiting period. Pope John Paul II began the process of canonization for Mother Teresa in 1999, just two years after her death.
  2. Become a “servant of God.” The individual’s life is studied to determine if he or she lived as a servant of God. If the person passes this test, the church moves to the next step.
  3. Show proof of a “heroic virtue.” This test investigates the candidate’s holiness. Did the person bring others to a life of prayer through his or her actions? If the Pope determines that this is the case, he bestows the title of “venerable” on this individual.
  4. Verify a miracle attributed to the individual, except in the case of a martyr. This step is called beatification, and once complete, the candidate is given the title of “blessed.”
  5. Canonization requires a second miracle unless an individual is a martyr. Following the second miracle, a ceremony is held that relates the history of the individual’s life. Prayers are said. The Pope declares the person a saint.

Congratulations to Baylen Richmond and Emery Shoff.  

They both did an excellent job researching the question.    

New Saint:  

One needn’t live a long life to leave a deep imprint. And she is proof of that.

As a young girl growing up in the early 1900’s in Santiago, Chile, Juana Fernandez read an autobiography of a French-born saint—Thérèse, popularly known as the Little Flower. The experience deepened her desire to serve God and clarified the path she would follow. At age 19 she then became a Carmelite nun.

The convent offered the simple lifestyle she desired and the joy of living in a community of women completely devoted to God. She focused her days on prayer and sacrifice. “I am God’s,” she wrote in her diary. “He created me and is my beginning and my end.”

Toward the end of her short life, this saintly woman began an apostolate of letter-writing, sharing her thoughts on the spiritual life with many people. At age 20 she contracted typhus and quickly took her final vows. She died a short time later, during Holy Week, in 1920.

Known as the “Flower of the Andes,” she remains popular with the estimated 100,000 pilgrims who visit her shrine in Los Andes each year. Canonized in 1993 by Pope John Paul II, she is Chile’s first saint.


The special graces given to her reflect the mysterious wisdom of God at work in individuals whether young or old. It appears God has his own logic when it comes to who gets what in the realm of grace. All we can say is; “Praised be the Lord.”

Who is this saint?  ________________


  • April 12thTrack Meet @ Blaine
  • April 17th – Pizza Lunch Day
  • April 17th – Principal’s Coffee Time @ 8am in the Library
  • April 22ndFather/Daughter Dance 6:30-8:30pm in the Gym
  • April 23rd – 10am Mass with School Choir
  • April 26th – Class picture days PreK – 8th grade
  • April 26th – PTC General Meeting @7pm in the GYM with speaker
  • April 27th – Class pictures Preschool only
  • May 1st – Pizza Lunch Day
  • May 1-6th – Missoula Children’s Theatre
  • May 3rd – School Mass @ 8:15am Dress Uniform (WEDNESDAY)May 5th – May Crowning for Blessed Mother Mary- Prayer Service 8:15