In this week’s newsletter you can read about our Open House on Sunday, Ridwell Recycling, Soy House Fundraiser, Hope House Christmas family adoptions, Bright Futures Annual Fund, Playground Angels for November and December, many volunteer opportunities, Christmas Bazaar needs books and volunteers, Veteran’s Day Wall of Honor, business directory link for ACS community, traffic loop reminders, Archery, Christmas card art contest, PTC news, praise and worship Sunday, conferences coming up, ACS hosting coffee and donuts weekend, yearbook wants your pictures, the saint trivia and much more.
Thank you for reading!
Traffic Loop reminders
When dropping off in the morning, please follow the car in front of you and wait for them to exit the lane first. Some cars are trying to exit behind without waiting, and cones are being knocked over in the process. Alternatively, if you are the car in front and it takes longer for your child to gather his/her things, please consider parking and walking into the school to allow for more time and to keep the cars from backing up behind you. We are trying to maintain a balance between moving cars quickly through the loop quickly while keeping children safe. As a reminder, students should only be exiting the car on the passenger side of the vehicle, so they are not walking in between cars or in front of your car. Thank you for your attention to these things.
Support the Ridwell Project to help the environment
Friday, November 3rd, is the last day to bring in your hard-to-recycle plastics drive with Ridwell! Bring in the remaining Multi-Layer Plastic items to one of the boxes by the end of the week. Thanks again for all we have collected so far!
Preschool/Kindergarten Open House this Sunday
We will host a school Open House this Sunday, November 5, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, with an emphasis on our preschool and kindergarten programs. Current Assumption families are welcome, and we encourage you to share the information with your friends and family who may be interested. Parent and student ambassadors will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions.
PreK families- please look for the special invitation to visit kindergarten in your yellow envelopes. Thank you!
Conferences- November 20th and 21st
We moved conferences this year to the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week in order to give Wednesday as a holiday and allow for families who want Tuesday evening to travel.
As a reminder, the teachers put a lot of time into planning conferences, and this is the one time each year that they can meet with each of you individually. Scheduling 20+ conferences is busy and takes a lot of preparation. We ask that you honor their time by making your travel plans around these conferences. It is difficult for them to schedule multiple conferences on other days (before or after school) when these days are already scheduled.
If you’ve already made non-refundable travel plans and will be gone on Monday and Tuesday, we will work with you to set up a virtual conference by Zoom. However, if your plans are still flexible, we ask that you wait to leave for your vacation until after a scheduled conference on Monday or Tuesday. Look for a Signup Genius on Monday, November 6th to book a time for your conference. Thank you.
Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 3, 2023
The PTC Christmas Bazaar is back Sunday, December 3rd! The hours are 9am- 3pm in the Assumption gym. There will be a used book sale, bake sale, raffle baskets and 40 local vendors. Santa will even be there for free pictures from 1pm-3pm.
We need your help! There are many volunteer opportunities on both Saturday, 12/2 and Sunday, 12/3. There are also several volunteer jobs that can be done at home prior to the Bazaar. Also, we need many baked goods for the bake sale, which can be done at home anytime! (Drop off baked goods Sat 12/2 from 10am-2pm in the gym.)
Gently Used Books Wanted!
Support the PTC for the Christmas Bazaar Used Book Sale. Drop your gently used books at three convenient locations through November 28th.
1. -Assumption School entryway
2. -Assumption Church gathering space
3. -Sacred Heart Parish Office
The yearbook team is looking for photos from Holy Hoops, Trunk or Treat, Orange and Black Day, and All Saint’s Day! Please send your photos to: email@example.com
Volunteer For Playground Angels
Thank you for your help on the playground! It is a much-needed job, and we appreciate those parents and grandparents that are able to be here!
Mrs. Eusebio and Mr. & Mrs. Dennis are so excited to welcome archery back this winter! All 5th-8th grade ACS students can register by November 24th, but please note that we are limiting the club to 20 students. We had to make this difficult decision in order to provide enough time and practice for ACS Archers to be able to qualify for competition this season!
Registration forms were included in today’s physical envelopes (please see Mrs. Michele King for extras). Our first club meeting will be on November 30th, and each Thursday morning thereafter until the state tournament in approximately mid-March (excluding school breaks). Due to gym usage in the afternoons, we meet before school from 7 – 7:50 am
Archery is a super fun sport that also teaches great life skills like patience, teamwork, and focus. We look forward to an awesome season with your children!
Dear ACS Families,
Thanks to the love and support of many, this year’s Bright Futures Annual Fund campaign is off to a strong start! Thank you to all who have already given- your generosity makes all the difference. Every gift, whatever the amount, helps us meet our goal, which means we all continue to benefit from affordable tuition and make the gift of Assumption accessible to more children!
I plan to send an update on our progress toward the total goal of $140,000 every couple of weeks, which you can also see on our lovely “candle” banner as you drive through the traffic loop. It reminds us that our purpose at Assumption (and of the fund to help make it more affordable) is to help our students find their gifts and see their lights shine!
Help us spread Christ’s love in the world by making an Assumption education accessible to more children!
Use the envelope attached to our Annual Fund mailer that went home last week or simply send a check via your Wednesday envelope made out to Assumption School with “Annual Fund” noted.
Grandparents’ Day is right around the corner! In your Wednesday envelope today, you will find Grandparents’ Day invitations as well as envelopes to mail the invitations out. Please encourage your children to write notes in them before they are mailed out. If you need more invitations, they are available in the front office. Also keep an eye out for next week’s newsletter which will contain sign ups to volunteer or donate items to Grandparents’ Day.
We are excited to announce that it will coincide with our Book Fair. You and your child will have a chance to look at a celebratory selection of books in our school library for purchase and fundraising. Return to school that same evening at 7:00PM for our seasonal movie Night! Further details will become available in our upcoming newsletters. This is a day you and your family will not want to miss!
Book Fair: will be open Wednesday the 15th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and on Thursday the 16th and 17th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parents can create an ewallet account for out-of-town grandparents and/or other loved ones if they want to contribute; or even if you just don’t want to worry about cash that day/week. If parents have ordered from Scholastic online before in the classrooms, the info links with the ewallet. Students and teachers will preview and create wish lists during the school day on the 15th and 16th.
Business Directory: Please sign up! PTC is creating an updated business directory this year to expand the support of our Assumption community. So far only six families have registered their businesses through this new link. If you own a business and would like to promote it in the community, fill out the attached link. We want to support and acknowledge our ACS families who own businesses.
MCT: We are still looking for someone to help with coordinating this incredible week, hosted by the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Attached is a flyer detailing further information regarding what is involved. Missoula Children’s Theater Event Chair Flyer (4) (1).pdf
PTC is looking for a parent to help us with some of the organizational aspects for Missoula Children’s Theatre. We are also looking for families who would be willing to host one or two actors from the theatre company. This is a great opportunity to earn a lot of volunteer hours. The actors will need to stay locally for the week while they work with our children to put on an impressive stage play. The actors from the theatre company will be here from May 12th-18th.
Co-Curricular Activities and Sign-Ups
Chess Club- We do not have a coach for this club. If interested, please call or email the office for details about what is involved. This would be open to students in grades 2-8.
Archery (see announcement above)- This is open to 5th-8th graders.
Academic Decathalon- We have a team of ten students who will be attending the competition on March 2nd. Thank you to Karen Evans and Karen Schaper who will be coaching the students starting next week. Students will have their first practice next week and will be coming home with the co-curricular registration form at that time.
Veteran’s Wall of Honor and Prayer Service
We want to feature the ACS Communities’ veterans by creating a “wall of honor”.
Please fill out this link about your veteran and upload a picture or bring it in to the office.
And all families and veterans are invited to our Veteran’s Day prayer service.
We are honoring veterans at a prayer service on Thursday, November 9th at Church of the Assumption starting at 8:15 am.
Mrs. Eszter Caulfield works with our ACS students on a variety of topics and issues. Here is a link about bullying that she would like to share with parents. Feel free to contact her by email if you have any questions or comments for her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8th Grade Soy House Fundraiser November 12th!
HOPE HOUSE Christmas Gifts
Hope House is looking for people to adopt families this Christmas. You tell us what size family you are willing to adopt (anywhere from 1-7 kid families) and we match you up with a family in need. You will receive names, ages, and wish lists for each kid in the family under 18 years old, along with their clothing size, and are then in charge of buying and wrapping their gifts and returning them to Hope House no later than 12pm on Monday, December 18th.
If interested, please email email@example.com. Thank you!!
Help with editing
One of our parishioners is writing a book and looking for someone to help him with editing. He is willing to pay for the work and suggests that someone follow up with a call to see if this might be a good fit. His name is Jack Westford and he can be reached at (360) 733-5858.
Christmas Card Art Entries 2023
Last week the office sent home in the Wednesday envelopes the form to fill out with your amazing artwork. We are still in need of more artwork entries for the school’s annual Christmas cards. They will be sent out in December.
No late entries will be accepted past November 14th. Thank you!
Coffee Hour November 5th @Assumption Parish
If you need to fill those 5 hours of church commitment hours, then sign up to help this weekend for Coffee and Donuts. Chad and Megan Perrin will be there to train and teach you how easy it is. Plus, you can visit with friends or meet new folks.
“Walking with the Saints” 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. Anthony Mary Claret.
Adele Jones was the winner this week from third grade. Congratulations!
You can prayer for a miracle in difficult or hopeless situations and cases. He is also known as Thaddeus, was one of the twelve Apostles. The Catholic Church celebrates his feast day in October.
In the Bible Mark (3:18) and Matthew (10:3) refer to him as Thaddeus, distinguishing him from Judas Iscariot, Jesus’ betrayer. John 14:22 calls him “Judas… not the Iscariot” in the last supper.
He preached the Gospel, traveling and building the foundations of the early Church in Mesopotamia, Persia, and Libya. His activity converted many people to Christianity. The best-known episode is when he cured King Abagar of Edessa by giving him a cloth with the image of Jesus’ face on it. Yet, he died a martyr’s death in Persia.
This saint is one of the most known saints we ask for intercession in difficult and hopeless situations. In the Catholic Church, he is the patron of Hope and impossible causes.
When asking a saint for intercessions?
Saints are also members of the Church, as everyone of us, but it is believed that they are in Heaven by the grace of God. We can ask the Saints to intercede and pray to God for those still on earth. According to Church teaching, Saints don’t have the power to change or influence our situation, but only that granted by God.
Upcoming calendar items:
Nov. 5th – Open House Sunday for Preschool and Kindergarten 11:30 to 1:30pm
Nov. 6 and 7th– Health Checks K-8
Nov. 6th, 7th, and 8th – “Vocations Awareness Week” with guest speakers and guests from the Fulcrum Foundation. Welcome, Fr. Justin Ryan (Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Seattle)
Nov. 8th– Casual Uniform Day (T-shirt/sweatshirt with school logo and jeans)
Nov. 9th – Veteran’s Day prayer service 8:15am
Nov. 10th – No School – Veteran’s Day Observed
Nov. 12th – Soy House Restaurant Fundraiser- Eat Out!
Nov. 13th – Pizza Day
Nov.14th – Christmas Card Art DUE TODAY
Nov. 15-16-17th– Book Fair is 7:45 am – 4pm
Nov. 17th – Grandparents’ Day with a reception 9 am and Mass beginning at 10:30 am
Nov. 17th– Movie Night starting at 7 pm
Nov. 20-21st – Conferences
November 22,23,24th– Thanksgiving Break