“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 the summer office hours, Harvest Festival planning needs your input, registrations for sacraments in 2023-24, Beginning Band 5/6th graders, 7/8th grade electives survey, summer reading programs, Agape Pre-help in June, Used Uniforms Sale in August, Catholic Bible Camp in July, Agape service week in August, please check LOST & FOUND, pick up medicines in the office, volunteer help needed with summer jobs, and much more! Thank you for reading!
Congratulations to our middle school students achieving Honor Roll for the second semester! We honored these hard workers at our prayer service this morning. Please see the complete listing and be sure to give them a pat on the back if you have a chance.
School Choir (3rd-7th)- Thank You!
Thank you so much for the beautiful choir at the graduation Mass last Thursday. Special thanks to Dr. Mabalot for his time and teaching and to all the parents supporting our student singers!
Fifth and Sixth Grade Music Choices for 2023-2024
Students and parents, please fill out the attached survey to provide your preferences for music next year. We will be adding an option for Beginning Band, so be sure to check out the description in the survey before completing it. Please have this done by Friday, June 16th.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Electives for 2023-2024
For parents of these children, we want to make you aware of how this will be framed in the new school year. All electives will be held two times per week and will continue to be reserved for seventh and eighth graders. Choices include visual art, engineering/design, photography, and drama. They will be able to choose again for the second semester.
Please have your child select his/her top three choices of electives for the fall semester of the upcoming school year. The deadline to complete this is Friday, June 16th, but we will be accepting responses throughout the summer for new families.
Don’t forget to work on your ACS Summer Reading Lists. Bring the filled-out slip back to school in September for a special treat.
Check out these great reading programs in our community as well. Prizes include free books and more! Check the websites below for more details and have fun reading!
Bellingham Public Library: Summer Reading – Bellingham Public Library
Whatcom County Libraries: Summer Reading – Whatcom County Library System (wcls.org)
Barnes and Noble: Summer Reading Program | B&N INC (barnesandnobleinc.com)
Get volunteer hours early this year!
The school has a number of important projects this summer and we can use all the help we can get. Please let us know by clicking this link if there are times you are available to help us move furniture, assemble bookshelves, tear out carpet, and more! Many hands make light work.
Planning for the Harvest Festival has begun!
Planning is beginning now for the Harvest Festival and Spaghetti dinner next fall! If you are interested in kickstarting your fundraising volunteer hours for 2023-24 we have all levels of jobs for you! Currently we are looking for help at the planning level and specifically with advertising, raffles, bake sale and bounce houses. Please contact Lynette Machinski if you are willing to help make next year’s event an even bigger success!
Thank you. Lynette_machinski@yahoo.com.
Gently Used Uniforms
Please bring in your gently used uniforms in good condition that no longer fit! We are always in need of navy dress sweaters, ties, and quarter zip sweatshirts for our sales! Office hours during June will be from 8-3pm. Drop them off any time.
The dates for Used Uniform Sales this summer will be August 9th/10th in the school library. Thank you for your donations- all the profits come back to the school!
Lost and Found Items
Please continue to check the lost and found. Many items include water bottles, lunch bags and jackets as well as uniform clothes. All uniforms not claimed by Friday June 16th will be put in the Used Uniform Sale in August. Thank you.
2023-24 Supply Lists
In your final Wednesday envelope today, we included Supply Lists for next school year. If your child was not at school today, the lists can be found here.
PLEASE NOTE that specialist classes have their own required supplies, so be sure to read the whole sheet.
Plastic Wednesday envelopes can be recycled- no need to return!
Medication at School
If you authorized us to administer medication at school this year, please pick up your child’s medicine no later than Friday, June 23rd between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Anything unclaimed after that will be disposed of as it will expire shortly.
DON’T FORGET TO SHARE YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURES!
Summer Youth Camps and Programs
Bellingham Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Bellingham School District coaches to offer a wide variety of fun, skill-based sports camps. Each camp registration includes a t-shirt unless otherwise noted. A full list and link to registration can be found on the City of Bellingham activities page: https://apm.activecommunities.com/bellingham/Activity_Search?Page=1
Registration Open for Sacraments 2023-24
Registration Now Open for First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion Prep at Church of the Assumption. All ACS families who are parishioners at Assumption and have a child/children who are baptized Catholic and will be in grades 2-6 in the 2023-2024 school year, are welcome to register for sacramental prep. (If you attend a different parish, please contact that parish directly about their first reconciliation & first holy communion prep process.)
Or if you are interested in exploring a Catholic baptism for your child in Pre-K through 8th grade, please contact Gina DePalma at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you!
THANK YOU, PTC Board for a great year of hard work keeping everything running! It was a pleasure working with all of you. Being on the PTC board was a great experience, pushing me to stay organized and pressing on every day. Stay the course for 23-24!
THANK YOU, event chairs for your dedication to producing quality events for our whole school community to enjoy! This is part of what keeps our families here at ACS. Your hard work does not go unnoticed! Thank you!
Finally, we are always looking for new people to join our team and help make next year’s events equally successful. The PTC is a fun way to get involved, meet other parents, and contribute to the school in a meaningful way. If you have any questions or would simply like to discuss what any of these roles entail, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playground Angel gratitude
We are all beyond grateful to the parents and grandparents we consistently counted on to help out as Playground Angels this school year. We realize that work and life schedules don’t allow everyone this option and so appreciate those who sign up for multiple shifts per month or come to our rescue when slots are left vacant. We count on these roles to offer safe recesses, which are so important for growing bodies and minds. Thank you for being true angels!
Welcome to our new staff!
Caitlin Creech has been hired as our full-time first-grade aide for the 2023-2024 school year. Mrs. Creech has been a band director and teacher in Texas and is now moving with her husband to Bellingham this June. We are excited to announce that in her role, Mrs. Creech will also be teaching our first ever Beginning Band Class to 5th and 6th graders starting next year. Look for the sign up in the newsletter today. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Creech next year!
Life Changing Agape Service Project Needs Help Preparing Food Bank!
Assumption has been asked to help the Agape staff prep and run their first Food Bank of the summer as their youth groups don’t arrive to help until the following week. Prep help is needed on Tuesday, June 20th from 9:30-11:45 am and Wednesday, June 21st from 8:30 am-6:30 pm. We are seeking any Assumption alumni or rising middle school students to help with this extremely rewarding service project.
Parents are also welcome to pitch in! See the flyer Here!
- Please go to http://archseattle.org/registration
- In the drop-down menu under ‘Required Forms’ please download and fill out the following:
o Youth – Parent/Guardian Consent Form & Liability Waiver
o Youth – Code of Behavior & Norms
o Adults – Release of Liability/Medical Release
o Adults – Code of Behavior & Norms
Please send all forms and questions to Sara Rush at email@example.com (360-556-2271). More information to follow after signing up!
The Agape Service Week
There are still spots open for this summer’s Agape week for the Assumption/ Sacred Heart youth group. Would you like to be a part of something “life changing”?
Agape Service Project encounters the farmworker community of Whatcom County, facilitates weeklong middle and high school service-immersion, and empowers young adults to be servant leaders. Through service-learning experiences, participants learn about human dignity, issues affecting farmworkers and why we as Catholics are called to serve. Through our food bank, community support and time spent with the migrant families, we have the ultimate goal of building personal relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Assumption and Sacred Heart youth group will be participating in the Agape Service Project 08/06/23-08/10/23. This is for 6th-12th grade. We still have five spots left for this week. There is a link below that will take you to a place to sign up. We need $50.00 from everyone now. The rest of the amount $350.00 will be due before the end of May for a total of $400.00 (Scholarships are available). Please send money to Assumption 2116 Cornwall Ave Bellingham, WA 98225 in care of Daniel Prenosil. Checks may be made out to the Church of the Assumption. If your child would really like to go, but there is a problem financially or you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Do not hesitate in signing up, space is limited, and it is first come first serve.
To sign up use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040549AAA92FA6FE3-agape.
Sacred Heart of Jesus is Celebrated in June
A Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
“O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.” Amen
Why do we pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
Devotion to Jesus’ Sacred Heart is a celebration of the reign of Christ’s infinite love. Sharing the love of Christ this month might include doing acts of kindness for friends or family members, spending extra time in prayer, or helping someone in need. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received visions of Jesus asking her to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart in 1673. It is always celebrated now 19 days after Pentecost which this year is June 16th, 2023.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR.
HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER!