In this week’s newsletter you can find out about Cross Country meets, Bellingham Coding and Robotics, Scrip Sales, prayer group and adoration times, individual pictures ORDERING INFO, Holy Hoops sign up DUE Friday, pick up reminders, Holy Hoops event in October, playground angel’s signups for October, PTC news, youth group activities, helped needed for coffee and donuts on Sundays, Catholic High School zoom info tonight 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: https://codingandroboticsclub.com/join-now-bellingham-1-1 and find the class that matches for the times above or sign-up for transportation from Assumption. For answers to your questions, email email@example.com.
Help with coffee and get your volunteer church hours
“Get your church volunteer hours! Looking for more families to help with hosting Assumption Parish Coffee Hour on occasion. Training will take place the morning of October 1st. For more information, please email Holly Zech (Coffee Hour Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
High School Information Session (Virtual)- Tonight, Sept. 27th at 6 pm
If your child is interested in attending one of the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle, there will be a virtual information session tonight (Sept. 27) from 6-8 pm. You can register here to attend:https://s.visitdays.com/forestridge/ci/vftcvtnlwv
Some students leave with their parents before the supervising teacher has arrived at his/her sign. The teacher has a list and would like to check each student before they leave campus. There have been a couple incidents this year in which we were looking for a child because we didn’t know he/she had already left. Please have your child check in with the teacher at his/her sign before leaving school in the afternoon.
The students with last name “C” should now line up at the A-B sign, starting from this Thursday. We are trying to even out the number of students in each area.
Parents have done a good job of parking before the 3 pm time and walking or driving in once the gates open. To help with traffic further, please come at 3:05 if your child is in K-4, or at 3:10 pm if your child is in 5th-8th grade. If you have multiple children, you should come at the time of the youngest student. This will help with flow.
Finally, remember to only enter on the Virginia St. entrance to the parking lot, and exit on Kentucky by the high school.
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.
Holy Hoops is returning!
This exciting basketball tournament will be held on October 24th – 27th . Open to ALL 5th-8th graders, Holy Hoops is a highly anticipated 4 on 4 Basketball tournament. The kids have a blast! There are separate leagues for boy 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. This is a FREE tournament; however it relies solely on sponsorships from our generous community. Additional funds raised will go towards the growth of our athletic programs. If you have an ACS alumnus at home who is interested in coaching, please encourage them to sign up. Additional questions about this event or if you would like to join the committee, please contact the event chair, Lisa Twinning at: email@example.com
PTC general meeting
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00 PM for PTC’s Fall general meeting. This is a great opportunity to hear about some of the exciting things we have going on throughout year, be informed about the financial workings of the Parent Teacher Club, as well as get to know us personally.
We need help with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, May 13-17. The Missoula Children’s Theatre position involves overseeing the email correspondence between the theatre company and the school. They will send information about the event and then this parent volunteer will relay that information back to the school as well as any information applicable to the parents whose children will be in the play. During the week of the play, the two professionals who work for Missoula Children’s Theatre will need assistance with keeping the kids organized -making sure they eat their snacks and ensure they take care of their costumes. There will be more parents to help during the week of Missoula Children’s Theatre, however we need someone to oversee the organizational aspect. Remember, Missoula Children’s Theatre provides two professionals to orchestrate everything for the actual play. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PTC is also looking for some assistance with this year’s Variety Show, Friday April 26th. This event needs a parent volunteer to help the kids transition on and off the stage between their performances. If this is something you are interested in helping with please email email@example.com
Cross Country News/Schedule
Huge thank you to the parents and teachers who came out to help run our Cross Country meet at Cornwall last week. We put on a spectacular race thanks to all of you! Special thank you to Mr Costanza who kept us on course and to Ms Eager who completed her first meet as the Eagle Athletic Director! Our boys team again swept the race coming in first place in the boys team division and placing 6 out of the top 10 places. Our girls team was led by Luz Lane who cut her time down by 45sec from the prior week. Eagles will be out at the Deming Log Show Wed. Sept 27th. Girls start at 4:15 followed by the boys. Come cheer on your Eagles!
Cross Country schedule:
Date Host Location
- 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!
If you have a high school alumnus who loves basketball, or if you just want to help put on a fun school event (get those volunteer hours done early), please consider signing up to join the planning committee for this year’s Holy Hoops. We currently need a volunteer who can assist in recruiting alumni throughout the county to come back and coach our teams. Holy Hoops is a four-day, 4×4 basketball tournament that is free and fun for ALL Assumption 5th-8th graders.
This year’s event will take place in the school gym from Oct. 17-20. We encourage maximum participation, and the kids absolutely love this week of competition and camaraderie. For more information about Holy Hoops or to join the committee, please contact event Chair, Lisa Twining at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Ministry Fridays!
Middle School Youth Ministry
After speaking with families on Friday September 22 we have decided to change the middle school youth ministry times from Fridays 5:30-7:30pm to Fridays 6:30-800pm at the Sacred heart hall.
To get a full schedule with specific dates email email@example.com .
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 www.raiseright.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 From Donette Studios
This year we had Professionalschoolimaging.com at school which is a division of Donette Studio. Everything will be ordered online. Please look for an email from them in two or three days. In the email you will see your child’s picture and a way to order from the company and have pictures delivered right to your home. No need to wait to get them from school.
Donette Studios recommends ordering pictures within 10 days to avoid higher shipping costs. Please call them if you have any questions.
“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.
Last Week: It was St. Joseph of Cupertino
Born Francesco Forgione, he grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.
At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917, he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, 75 miles from the city of Bari on the Adriatic.
On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, and had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet, and side.
Life became more complicated after that. Medical doctors, Church authorities, and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924, and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned; he was not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to hear confessions. He did not complain of these decisions, which were soon reversed. However, he wrote no letters after 1924. His only other writing, a pamphlet on the agony of Jesus, was done before 1924.
Then this saint rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. Each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, he heard confessions until noon. He took a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; penitents had to take a number so that the situation could be handled. Many of them have said that he knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned.
He died on September 23, 1968, and was beatified in 1999.
Upcoming calendar items:
Sept. 28th– All-school assembly to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month starting at 1 pm in the gym.
Oct. 2 – Pizza Lunch Day
Oct. 4th – St. Francis Prayer/Blessing of the Animals @8am in the traffic loop
Oct. 10th – Picture Retake Day @8 am. And Holy Hoops Open Gym 3:30-4:30pm
Oct 13th – No School- Staff Retreat
Oct. 16th – Pizza Lunch Day/ Holy Hoops Assembly @ 2pm
Oct. 17-20th – Holy Hoops event! After school each day for teams and coaches.
Oct. 28th – Family Trunk or Treat @ 6:15pm in the Loop
Oct. 30th – Pizza Lunch Day