“Let all you do be done in love.”
1 Cor 16:14
In this week’s newsletter you can find out about cross-country meets, St. Frances of Assisi Blessing of the Animals, Middle School Bellingham Coding and Robotics, Scrip Sales, Early Dismissal Wednesday Tshirt days, prayer group and adoration times, Christmas Bazaar Crafters info, Holy Hoops coming up, Playground Angel signups for October, Whatcom Humane Society Drive, pick up reminders for traffic loop, other volunteer opportunities, PTC news, youth group activities, Mid Autumn Chinese event, saint of the week and much more.
St. Francis of Assisi Animal Blessing
Mrs. Thomas’s fifth grade and Fr. Moore held the annual Animal Blessing this morning at 8:00am. There was a wonderful turnout of pets, from dogs, rats, a chicken, and other critters, brought to the blessing.
Thank you, 5th grade, for organizing this!
Secure a spot as a vendor in the PTC Christmas Bazaar!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm in the school gym. The PTC Christmas Bazaar is back again this year. Holiday Goods & Crafts, Bake Sale and Used Books!
~New this year! Free Pictures with Santa from 1-3pm~
This is your chance to show off your craft! Registration is now open with Early Bird prices until October 15th! Students are encouraged to participate!
See the flier that came home today on how to become one of our vendors this year. Share this flier or REGISTRATION LINK with family and friends. Registration filled up within the first two weeks last year, so don’t wait to register!
Vendor Questions? Visit our FAQ on the VENDOR SITE
Bellingham Coding and Robotics (looking for more participants)
CODING, ROBOTICS and STEM Classes for Assumption students
We are looking for 5th-8th graders to form a robotics team. Please register if your child is interested!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACS T-Shirt/Casual Dress on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
Since every Wednesday is an early release day this year, students have missed out on Casual Dress Wednesdays. We have decided to make the second Wednesday of every month a Casual Dress day. Starting next Wednesday, October 11th, students can wear a t-shirt or sweatshirt with the Assumption logo and jeans. This is not a free dress day, so please review the Uniform Policy if you have questions about what this looks like.
Also, please remember that the time for shorts or skorts has ended on September 30th. Refer to the Family Handbook if you have any questions or email the office. Thank you.
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. This is true if they are going to the gym for Band or any other activity in the afternoon. Thank you.
The students with last name “C” are now lining up at the A-B sign. 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 child.
Animal Donation Drive
Mrs. Thomas’s fifth grade class is conducting this drive for the Whatcom Humane Society from September 25th through October 6th. You can still drop off items for the drive until this Friday! There are two big boxes waiting to be filled. Thank you to all who have donated so far. The animals will be happy!
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.
Monday was National Custodian Day, where students celebrated Mr. Partlow’s hard work at ACS! Each student signed a shining star as a note of gratitude for keeping our school sparkling!
Thank you, Mr. Partlow for all you do!
Holy Hoops is coming in two weeks! This exciting basketball tournament will be held on October 17th – 20th. 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. We are still looking for sponsors. 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.
Variety Show: This evening of entertainment is an occasion for your child to share their talents, ambitions, and artistic side. This event takes place in late April and students will have a chance to sign up in early March 2024.
We need a few hands from parents to make this evening smooth. If you have an interest in helping our kids shine on stage, this is a rewarding opportunity to fulfill your volunteer hours. We need assistance from parents with organizing student acts, help with auditions and practices, approving music, and attire, transitioning to and from the stage, as well as technical support with music and sound. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with this event.
Cross Country News
Come out and watch your Eagles Cross Country Team race at the Peace Arch Park Thursday! Girls start at 4:15 followed by the boys. It’s going to be a beautiful day to run so come enjoy the sun and cheer on your runners at the border!
Cross Country schedule:
- 10/5 Blaine Pipeline Fields
- 10/11 Horizon/Vista Hovander Park
- 10/16 Lynden Lynden High School
Youth Ministry Fridays!
After speaking with families on Friday September 22nd 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
Mid-Autumn Chinese Event
The Bellingham Mei Hua Chinese school will host this event in which some of our students will participate. It is the 20th Anniversary Celebration with performances, raffles, mooncakes and a bake sale on Sunday, October 8th. Please see flyer here for more details.
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.
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.
Picture Retake Day October 10th
If your child(ren) need to have individual pictures taken, please remember to have them bring their uniforms to change for after pictures. The photographer will be here right in the morning from 8:00 to 8:45am. And then look for an email from Donette Studios a couple of days later to access photos and order forms.
“Walking with the Saints” of the Day Trivia
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. Padre Pio, This week’s winner is Emery Shoff, Congratulations!
New Saint: Her name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the Divine Mercy prayer recited each day at 3 p.m. by many people.
Born in what is now west-central Poland, this saint was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener, and porter in three of their houses.
In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, generously serving the needs of the sisters and the local people, this Sister also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary at the request of Christ and of her confessors.
Because she knew that the revelations she had already received did not constitute holiness itself, she wrote in her diary: “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection. My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God.”
This holy woman died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland, on October 5, 1938. She was only 33 years old. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993 and canonized her seven years later.
Upcoming calendar items:
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, coaches and fans.
Oct. 25th – PTC General Meeting @6:30pm
Oct. 28th – Family Trunk or Treat @ 6:15pm in the Loop
Oct. 30th – Pizza Lunch Day
Oct. 31st – Orange and Black Day! Happy Halloween…Boo!
Nov. 1st– Solemnity of All Saints Mass @12:30pm…Dress Uniform Today
Nov. 5th – Open House Sunday 11:30 to 1:30pm