Wednesday Family Newsletter 09.20.23

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“Let all you do be done in love.” 1 Cor 16:14

In this week’s newsletter you can find out information about Cross Country meets, Bellingham Coding and Robotics, Scrip Sales, prayer group and adoration times,  MOD pizza fundraiser for the 8th grade class, individual pictures coming next week, Holy Hoops coming in October, playground angel’s signups for September and October, many volunteer opportunities, PTC news, youth group activities, last chance to order pizza and much more.

Thank you for reading!

Bellingham Coding and Robotics

CODING, ROBOTICS and STEM Classes for Assumption students

  • K-5 Coding and STEM classes meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:45 pm.
  • 5-8 Middle School Robotics Team meets on Fridays 3:30 to 4:45.
  • Pick-up is available for $25/month on Tuesdays or Fridays between 3-3:30 at Assumption.

Monthly membership includes Wednesday Club Night and Saturday Drop-in for $200 per month, but this is discounted by $35 for Assumption families ($165 per month instead). More information about the classes and times can be found by opening this pdf from Robin Smiley.

To register for the classes, visit the link: and find the class that matches for the times above or sign-up for transportation from Assumption. For answers to your questions, email

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! Remember to get your training done with Virtus Online. 

September sign up link

October sign up link

TONIGHT- MOD Fundraiser for eighth graders

Enjoy a night (or lunch) off cooking and help send Assumption’s 8th Graders to Washington DC at the same time! MOD pizza will donate 20% of sales on Wednesday, Sept. 20th for any orders that present this flyer (Spanish and English) or use coupon code MODGIVES20 to order online. Your 8th grade class appreciates your support! And the top 3 highest net sales will get an extra $1000 for their school. 

PTC News  

Harvest Festival:

 What a fun time we had this weekend! For those of you who missed it, we had a field full of kid’s games and bouncy houses, a spaghetti dinner, and Bingo! It was great to see our friends, old and new! We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers and supporters for our Harvest Festival. Our spiritual theme this year is, “Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Cor 16:14) This resonated strongly with the energy Lynnette Machinski brought to this event. May our love and appreciation for you, Lynette, be extended in this message through our sincere thanks. This event brought so much joy to so many families. The dedication you shared with us was felt beyond measure. It was an ENORMOUS success! We are so grateful to you and to our school, parish, and communities for the camaraderie this Saturday brought us.

Extra special thanks extended to Jennifer Harbick, Jessica Lane and Krissy Abbey for organizing games, Dayna Dennis and Michelle Richmond for decor, Geraldine Nuetzman for the bake sale, Carrie and Sean Veldman for the bar, and Rob Viggers for managing the kitchen. A shout out to those who worked extra volunteer shifts to fill in the holes keeping games, the serving line running, and washing a mountain of dishes! It takes many hands to make this great! How wonderful it was to have our kids jump and play together for the first event of the school year. They had so much fun, and it was a wonderful turn out! Thank you to all the parents who came to celebrate!

Cornhole Adult winners: Dan Anderson and Jack Machinski !!!!

If you were at the Harvest Festival this weekend, we would LOVE to see your photos. Please email with your pictures. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Missoula Children’s Theatre! Coming in May 2024…many hands make light work! Two Missoula Theatre experts teach and plan the whole play to the children.  We just need a couple parents to help them organize and supervise events.

Gate Closing in the morning: We still need someone to close the gates in the morning between 8 and 8:15 am. Contact the school office if interested.  360-733-6133

Variety Show: Does your child play an instrument, take part in ballet, gym, dance, find joy in martial arts, or love a good comedy sketch? It is important to give our children an opportunity to share their talents with their parents and friends. Once a year we host a Variety Show to showcase these talents. Please keep your children’s interests and talents in mind as we reach out about this further in the coming months. If you are a parent interested in volunteering, please reach out to

Cross Country News/Schedule

The Eagles Cross Country Team had a great meet at Bellewood Acres last week. We had 6 of the top 8 places in the boys’ race which created a first-place win for the boys’ team! Our girls’ team does not have enough members to score as a team, yet they all ran strong for their first race of the season.

Come out and cheer on your Eagles at Cornwall Park on Thursday Sept. 21st at their home meet! Girls run at 4:15 followed by the boys. Let’s go Eagles! 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏼‍♂️ Assumption is co-hosting this meet on Sept. 21st at Cornwall Park and we need volunteers to make it a successful race for all the schools participating. We need volunteers from 3:45 until the end of the meet. If you are available to assist, please email Ms. Eager at and let her know you want to support the cross-country meet.

Cross Country schedule:

  • Date        Host           Location
  • 9/21  Assumption/Franklin      Cornwall Park
  • 9/27       Mount Baker                         Deming Log Showgrounds
  • 10/5       Blaine                                      Pipeline Fields
  • 10/11   Horizon/Vista                      Hovander Park
  • 10/16     Lynden                               Lynden High School

Holy Hoops is coming! And we want YOU! 

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct. 17th– Friday, October 20th.

Holy Hoops is a highly anticipated fall tradition at Assumption. This FREE four day, 4-on-4 basketball tournament is open to ALL Assumption 5th-8th graders. There are separate leagues for boys and girls and each team includes at least one 5th grader, 6th grader, 7th grader and 8th grader, plus two alumni coaches. All participants receive a T-shirt, a pizza party at the end of the event, and build lifelong memories with friends and alumni.

Note for 5th-8th students: Sometimes, students are hesitant to sign up because they are new to basketball. That’s OK! This tournament includes participants of ALL skill levels and that just adds to the fun. Encourage your friends and classmates to participate! Whether basketball is your favorite sport, or you’ve never shot a basketball- sign up to have fun with your friends after school and learn something new. We always have a great time (plus, you get a pizza party at the end)!

Note for parents: This tournament is free, and the kids have a blast. We understand there are other after-school commitments, and the coaches will always work around them (all teams will have subs so it’s not critical for each player to be at every single game. Just let your coach know!) We also encourage you (parents) to come to the gym after school whenever you can to cheer on your favorite teams. If you have an ACS alumnus at home who is interested in being one of our awesome coaches, please encourage them to sign up.

A note to the ACS community: To keep this tournament free for all participants, we rely solely on event sponsorships from our generous community. There are levels to fit any budget and all proceeds go toward putting on a great tournament for the students. Additional funds raised support the growing athletic program at ACS.

Please see the sponsorship form and consider making a donation to Holy Hoops:

For more information about Holy Hoops or to join the committee, please contact event Chair, Lisa Twining at




Youth Ministry Kick Off Night Friday!

The Assumption and Sacred Heart middle school youth ministry will be having a kick-off night on Friday September 22nd, from 5:30-7:30 in the Sacred Heart Hall. There will be food, fun, and games! There will be a parent meeting at 7:00pm with Daniel Prenosil, our youth minister, to discuss a few things about the upcoming year. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Prenosil by emailing




Scrip Sales Reminder

Scrip is a school fundraiser that is as easy as using a gift card!  If you shop at grocery stores, need to buy clothes, gifts, or dinner out: don’t forget to buy scrip through the office or download the RaiseRight App.  Go to for more gift card ideas. 

Parent volunteers are selling scrip on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-3:30pm and Fridays @ 7:50-8:10am.  Thank you, Tam Bratt, for heading up this fundraiser. 

Church of the Assumption- Partners in the Gospel listening sessions

Partners in the Gospel is the upcoming change to parish communities in July 2024 from the Archdiocese of Seattle. The draft “parish families” will be announced this weekend at the Masses, so if you are a part of the Church of the Assumption, you are invited to any of four listening sessions at the church. These will be held at 6:15 on Tuesday, 9/26; 6:30 on Saturday, 9/30; 2:15 pm on Sunday, 10/1 (Spanish); and Tuesday, 10/3 at 6:15 pm. If you come, please bring a laptop to help transcribe and take notes on the conversations.

Parent Prayer Group Tuesdays and Adoration on Wednesdays

Tuesday Prayer: Everyone is welcome to come and pray with other parents/grandparents in the library at 8-8:45am. We pray for each other and people in the school community.  Small children welcome also. For more information, please contact Anne Patelli at

Adoration Time: Please join with other ACS family members for Adoration each Wednesday from 8am-9am in the church sanctuary. Adoration at Assumption Parish is 24 hours, but this hour will be designated as a time for school families to come pray together for the school and their own intentions. You don’t need to be Catholic to participate. All are welcome! Come for the whole hour, just a few minutes, or whatever works for you. Feel free to bring a bible, a journal, prayer book or devotional, and whatever is on your heart. Then find a space in the sanctuary and settle into the stillness of personal prayer with Jesus. Everyone is welcome to be part of this intimate and sacred prayer time. We will meet in the gathering space of the church from 8-8:15am to share school prayer requests and discuss any questions about Adoration.

Please contact Katie White –, or Emma Fisher – for more information. God bless!

Welcoming New Babies to our School community

If you and your family are expecting and/or had a baby recently, please send the office pictures and any information you would like to share in the digital newsletter.  Send to

We all want to congratulate you in a timely manner. Babies are a gift from God!  Thank you. 

ACS Pet Care Drive

Mrs. Thomas’s fifth grade class is conducting this drive for the Whatcom Humane Society from September 25th through October 6th.  Please see flyer in today’s Wednesday envelope for more information. 

Individual Pictures Coming Soon!

Get out those fancy dresses and suits for picture day!  This year we will have at school next week, which is a division of Donette Studio.  Everything will be ordered online.  No pre-orders necessary!  For more information: Please see flyer in your Wednesday envelope today. 

“Walking with the Saints” of the Day Trivia Guess is Back!

If you think you know who this saint is below, then write your name, grade, and guess on a piece of paper and turn in to Mrs. King in the office.  This is a great way to learn about saints and their lives. Each saint is unique, just like each one of us.  And maybe one or two saints may inspire you as you grow in your relationship with Christ. 

New Saint:

He was born in 1603 at Cupertino, in the Kingdom of Naples. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave himself up entirely to a life of devotion to the Lord and his church. His deep devotional life led him to the kind of holiness which is forged through humility, voluntary mortification, and obedience. He was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and promoted devotion to her among all classes of people as wonderful path to a deeper Christian life and love for Jesus Christ.

It is said that his mother often considered him a nuisance and treated him harshly. Even though he was purported to be slow to learn and absent-minded. He was said to frequently wander aimlessly, with his mouth gaping open. And, he had a bad temper, so, he was not at all popular. He tried to learn the trade of shoemaking but failed. He asked to become a Franciscan, but they initially would not accept him. Finally, he did join the Capuchins. However, for a very short period of time. He dropped piles of dishes and kept forgetting to do what he was told. His mother was not at all pleased to have the eighteen-year-old Joseph back home again, so she finally got him accepted as a servant at the Franciscan monastery. He was given the friars habit and put to hard work taking care of the horses.

About this time, Joseph began to change. He grew in humility and gentleness, fruits of the Holy Spirit at work in a person. He became more careful and successful at his work. This saint also began to pray more do more voluntary acts of penance. Finally, he was able to enter the Franciscan order and, eventually, study for the priesthood. Although he was a good and holy friar, he had a very hard time with studies. During his seminary exams, the examiner happened to ask him to explain the only thing he knew well, and so he was ordained a deacon, and later a priest.

After this, the Holy Spirit began to work many amazing miracles through this holy man. Over seventy times, people say they saw him rise from the ground while offering mass or praying. Often, he went into ecstasy and would be caught up in talking with God. He fell so deeply in love with God that everything he saw only drew him into a deeper union. He is the patron saint of air travelers, pilots and learning disabled.

The life of this saint was marked by ecstasies and levitations. The mere mention of God or a spiritual matter was enough to take him out of his senses; at Mass he is said to have frequently floated in the air in rapture. Once as Christmas carols were being sung, he soared to the high altar and knelt in the air, in ecstatic prayer. The people flocked to him in droves seeking help and advice in the confessional, and he assisted many in living a truly devout Christian life. However, this humble man had to endure many severe trials and terrible temptations throughout his life.

Upcoming calendar items:

Sept. 18th-29th – MAP TESTING- Get students prepared with plenty of sleep & a good breakfast.

Sept. 20th– MOD pizza fundraiser for the 8th grade class

Sept.25th – Principal’s Coffee 8:15 (Come and get all your questions answered. Translation provided.)

Sept 26thIndividual Picture Day, Preschool & K-8 and Staff

Sept 27th– Individual Picture Day, Pre-K only and any other K-8 students

Sept. 28thAll-school assembly to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month starting at 1 pm in the gym.

Oct. 4th – St. Francis Prayer/Blessing of the Animals @8am in the traffic loop

Oct 13th – No School- Staff Retreat

Oct. 17-20th – Holy Hoops event!  After school each day for teams and coaches.