In this week’s newsletter you can read about our Veteran’s Prayer Service, Soy House Fundraiser, Hope House Christmas family adoptions, Bright Futures Annual Fund, Playground Angels for November and December, vocations week prayer, take and bake dinner, Christmas Bazaar needs books and volunteers, Veteran’s Day Wall of Honor, traffic loop reminders, Christmas card art contest, Grandparent’s Day and Mass, Scholastic Book Fair info, conference sign ups November 20 and 21st, yearbook committee needs your pictures, tuition assistance applications, volleyball coach needed, collecting food for Hope House this month, Auction class project donations, co-curricular activities, childcare offered on December 15th, the saint trivia and much more.
Thank you for reading!
Vocations Week and Prayer
We want to thank Miss Copeland for organizing such a wonderful week of guests in person and through Zoom. Thank you to Fr. Moore, Deacon Larry Kheriaty, Fr. Justin Ryan, Kendra Baker, Sister Claire (SDSH), Brother Hugh (Trappist monk), and Sisters of Mercy from Shaw Island (Sr.Marie Therese and Sr. Mary Elizabeth Ann) for being able to talk about vocations with the students. In addition, we have included a prayer for vocations that your family may wish to say together.
Lord, Jesus Christ,
You are the Savior of the world. Please manifest in Your Church
The Spirit whom You also abundantly bestowed on Your apostles.
Call many to the priesthood and religious life. May zeal for Your glory and for the salvation of the world inflame those that You have chosen. May they be saints in Your likeness. May Your Holy Spirit strengthen them. May they be priests and religious according to Your own Heart. Amen
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. There is still time to send in information about a veteran in your family.
We are honoring veterans at a prayer service on Thursday, November 9th at Church of the Assumption starting at 8:15 am. All families and veterans are invited to our Veteran’s Day prayer service organized by Mrs. Martin-Zender’s fourth grade class.
Tuition assistance applications are due December 31st
If you are applying for tuition assistance for the 2024-2025 school year, applications are due no later than December 31st for the Fulcrum Foundation. (Applications for Faith Community Scholarships and tuition assistance from the school are ongoing.) Please follow the link and fill out the application if you haven’t already at https://online.factsmgt.com/
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 families who want Tuesday evening to travel. Please click here to schedule your conference.
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.
Welcome student teacher, Christopher Merrifield!
The seventh and eighth graders will have a student teacher working with Mrs. Eusebio this year. Christopher Merrifield will be helping to teach seventh-grade literature, and eighth-grade history, literature, and language arts. He has a B.A. in U.S. History from U.C. Davis with a minor in Military Science. Mr. Merrifield is pursuing his teaching certification with Seattle Pacific University, and has interests in painting miniatures, hiking, and learning more about history (which he loves!). In addition to becoming a teacher, Mr. Merrifield is an intelligence officer with the Army National Guard and we thank him for his service. Please join us in welcoming him to Assumption with all the gifts he will bring to our community.
The middle school girls are looking for someone to coach their volleyball team this year starting January 29 through March 15. Students practice every day from 3:15 to 4:30 pm, and there are usually two games per week. Five are at home, and five are away. This could be a stipend position, or a parent can use it to fulfill their volunteer hours. If you are interested, please email Coach Eager at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact email@example.com before December 15th.
Human Food Chain is Monday, November 27th
Each year, we do a food drive for the Hope House in order to help stock their shelves before the winter. This has always been a great tradition at Assumption.
Starting this week and through November 21st, please bring non-perishable food items to the front entrance where there will be tubs to place the food. Please do not bring glass containers or beans (they have enough of these).
Hope House has asked specifically for the following “open and eat” items to support a greater need in the homeless population:
- tuna kits
- beans and franks
- fruit cups
- granola bars
- peanut butter crackers
- individual bags of chips/cookies
- fruit rolls
- bottles of water
- individually wrapped cookies
- individual packages of beef jerky
Take and Bake is Back!
All for just $45! Pick up in the gym after school on Thursday, Nov. 30th. Act quickly as quantities are limited! Order forms are in your Wednesday Envelopes today.
For one time only, the 8th grade class is bringing back the popular take-and-bake dinner fundraiser. Leave the cooking to us on Nov. 30th and purchase a meal your whole family will love all while supporting a great cause! The menu includes BBQ pulled pork with homemade Hawaiian rolls, beans, coleslaw, and dessert (each meal serves 4-6 people). Orders due Friday, November 17th.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Playground Angels through Christmas break!
Thank you for your help on the playground! It is a much-needed job, and we appreciate those parents and grandparents that can be here! Sign up below…
Once again, our Assumption community is showing up to support our mission and the children entrusted to our care! We are making progress toward our goal of $140,000. I’m so grateful to everyone who has given any amount. It’s amazing what we can do when our community comes together!
As current school families, every one of us is benefiting from the Annual Fund right now in the tuition rate we pay. The tuition Assumption charges is less than the full cost of running the school, which has big benefits:
- More families are able to afford an ACS education.
- Fundraising enables families to pay what they can (plus, all donations are tax-deductible).
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 or simply send a check via your Wednesday envelope made out to Assumption School with “Annual Fund” noted.
Grandparents’ Day 2023:
Grandparents’ Day is right around the corner!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. Grandparent’s Day is next week! On Friday, November 17, parents and grandparents are encouraged to join us in the gym at 9:00 AM for a reception, followed by a visit to your child’s classrooms and book fair. There will be a celebratory Mass at 10:30 for all to attend.
To make this event run smoothly and make it memorable, please consider helping and earning volunteer hours.
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 e-Wallet account for out-of-town grandparents and/or other loved ones if they want to contribute or if you don’t want to worry about carrying cash that week. If parents have ordered from Scholastic online before in the classrooms, the info links with the e-Wallet. Students and teachers will preview and create wish lists during the school day on the 15th and 16th.
More info listed in flyer: PDF HERE
Click: Book Fair volunteer
Movie Night: At the end of Grandparents’ Day come and enjoy a movie with friends and family in the gym. Showcasing Minions! Movie starts at 7pm.
Auction Class Projects
We appreciate your help in donating money towards the Auction packages our Room Parents are putting together to help raise money for our school. The suggested amount is $10 per student, and funds will be used to craft a unique experience, getaway package or special basket that will be sold at the Auction. Turn donations in by Friday to the office, send them back in your Wednesday folders, or donate online right now through this link: https://assumptionschool.ejoinme.org/classdonations
Christmas Bazaar 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 on 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
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.
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 have started practices this week and will be coming home with the co-curricular registration form at that time.
Girls’ Basketball Schedule Here
This year we have two girls teams and tonight is the first home game. Please come and cheer on our middle school girls as they compete against other county schools. See dates and times below. Thank you!!!
|Assumption Catholic School||Girls Basketball Schedule 2023|
|9-Nov||Home Game||C||W/Nooksack Valley||4:00|
|17-Nov||Home Game||C||W/Mount Baker||4:00|
|7th||@ Franklin Academy||4:00|
Eat Out this Weekend- Fundraiser- November 12th!
Childcare December 15th!
Save the Date!
- Who: Supervision provided by Mr. & Mrs. Blas & 8th grade volunteers
- What: Childcare for ACS students
- Where: School Library & School Gym
- When: December 15, 2023, 12:00 – 5:00 pm*
- Why: Proceeds go to the 8th grade WA DC
- Cost: $30 per student, or $75 for 3 or more
- Food: Food will be provided
*Please note that there is NO EDP provided on that day.
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 (families with 1-7 children) 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 12 noon on Monday, December 18th.
If interested, please email email@example.com. Thank you!!
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!
Partners in the Gospel Update
As the Archdiocese of Seattle works on finalizing the parish families throughout Western Washington, let us remember to pray for all the priests and our Bishops.
The following prayer is asked to be prayed over the next year for one or more priests!
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest, You offered yourself to the Father on the altar of the Cross and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave Your priestly people a share in Your redeeming sacrifice. Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood may be ever more conformed to You, the Divine Master. May they preach the Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience. Let them be shepherds according to Your won heart, single-minded in service to You and to the Church and shining examples of a holy, simple, and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother and ours, draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
O, Jesus, keep _________________ close to your heart, and bless him abundantly in time and eternity.
“Walking with the Saints” Trivia 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. Jude.
Evelyn White was the winner this week from fifth grade. Congratulations!
New Saint/Blessed: An Augustinian nun, also called Margarita. She was born in Roccaporena, near Spoleto, Italy, in 1381, and expressed from an early age the desire to become a nun. Her elderly parents insisted that she be married at the age of twelve to a man described in accounts of her life as cruel and harsh. She spent eighteen extremely unhappy years, had two sons, and was finally widowed when her husband was killed in a brawl. Both sons also died, and yet, she was still anxious to become a nun. Then she tried unsuccessfully to enter the Augustinians in their convent at Cascia. She was refused because she was a widow and because of the requirement that all sisters should be virgins. Finally, in 1413, the order gave her entry, and she earned fame for her austerity, devotion to prayer, and charity.
In the midst of chronic illnesses, she received visions and wounds on her forehead which resembled the crown of thorns. She died on May 22 at Cascia, and many miracles were reported instantly. Canonized in 1900, she is honored in Spain as La Santa de los Impossibles and elsewhere as a patron saint of hopeless causes.
Upcoming calendar items:
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 12 – 4pm Wed; 7:45-4 pm on Thursday and Friday
Nov. 17th – Grandparents’ Day with a reception in the gym starting at 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
Nov. 27th Pizza Lunch/Human Food Chain for Hope House/Boys Basketball begins
Nov. 30th – Archery Begins @7am and Take-Home Dinner Pick-up 3-4pm
Dec. 1st and 2nd – Pick up wreath orders
HAVE A GREAT EVENING AND THANK YOU FOR READING!