In this week’s newsletter you can read about our Grandparents Day is Friday, Book Fair info, Growing Great Kids Auction, Soy House Fundraiser, girls basketball schedule and update on season, Bright Futures Annual Fund, Playground Angels for November and December, take and bake dinner, Christmas Bazaar needs books, desserts and volunteers, The Vigil Project @ Assumption Church, PTC news, veteran’s day slideshow, conferences coming up, tuition assistance applications, volleyball coach needed, Human Food Chain collecting items, yearbook wants your pictures, WSCC’s Fall newsletter, childcare opportunity Dec. 15th, pediatric resources, Winter Ride info, the saint trivia and much more.
Thank you for reading!
Grandparents’ Day 2023:
Grandparents’ Day is right around the corner! If you need more invitations, they are available in the front office. Grandparent’s Day is this 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, photo booth 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.
Veteran’s Day Thank you’s
If you missed our Veteran’s Day prayer service or slideshow, Mrs. Caitlin Creech has made this available for all to see. Thank you, Mrs. Creech and Mrs. M-Z, for a wonderful day honoring our veterans!
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 3 more volunteers for bazaar flyer distribution this week throughout the county: Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine and Everson.
- We need rectangle folding tables. Loan us your folding tables and receive 1 volunteer hour per table.
- 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.)
- For the full list of volunteer opportunities please see the sign up below. (For questions please email: bazaar@Assumption.school.)
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
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.
Thank you, Soy House!
The eighth graders received $891 from Soy House after 20% of the proceeds from last Sunday, 11/12, were given towards the Washington D.C. trip. Thank you to Soy House for their continued generosity and to all Assumption families who participated this fundraiser by enjoying the wonderful Vietnamese food this past weekend.
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 email@example.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 DINNER ORDERS
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.
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.
The yearbook team is looking for photos from basketball games, All Saint’s Day, Veteran’s Day service, and anything from the fall activities! Please send your photos to: email@example.com
Playground Angels through Christmas break!
Thank you for your help on the playground! Sign up below…
We are just about a third of the way to our Annual Fund goal of $140,000! We’re 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. We budget for about 20% of our income to come from fundraising each school year in order to keep base tuition as low as possible for everyone. This 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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT!
The Book Fair is Here!
Movie Night: It is Minions!!!!
At the end of Grandparents’ Day come and enjoy a movie with friends and family in the gym. Showcasing Minions! Movie starts at 7pm.
Please help us before, during and after the movie.
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, November 17th, to the office, send them back in your Wednesday folders, or donate online right now through this link: https://assumptionschool.ejoinme.org/classdonations
The 24th Annual Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala Sponsorships are officially open! This event is made possible with the help and support of many businesses and organizations. We have sponsorship levels ranging between $10k to $500 and offer many levels of visibility and community engagement. Sponsorship Packets with all details and benefits are available in the office. If you would like to sponsor or know of a business we should send one to, let us know and we’ll gladly mail one out. For Sponsorship questions, please email our Sponsorship Lead Dayna Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or for Auction questions and company logos, send them to Torry Dechert at email@example.com
Auction Procurement News:
Each family at Assumption has committed to an item, service, or cash donation worth $200 for the Auction. If you are ready to go with your contribution, you may use our online donation form via the link below or wait for the printed donation form to come home in your Wednesday folder after the Thanksgiving holiday. Items or checks may be dropped off at the school office with Angie King.
The Lady Eagles basketball season is off to a fantastic start with both teams (referred to as “white” and “blue”) growing in skill and confidence! With three games under their belts, the coaches have seen tremendous improvement with each game.
Our white team (comprised of 6th and 7th graders) had a tough loss to Lummi at the beginning of the season but followed up with two huge wins against Nooksack (28-16) and Horizon (48- 4). Top scores put up by Sophia Gage and Finley Twining. Assumption’s “Blue” team (made up of 8th and 7th graders) is on a roll with three wins: vs. Franklin (25-15), an overtime game against Nooksack featured Stella Wolf with the game-winning shot for a 15-13 finish, then a nail-biter of a game against Horizon where our Eagles trailed most of the game but came back to win 20-19!
Come cheer on these exciting teams as they face off against Blaine tonight (@Blaine, games at 4 and 5 pm) and at home on Friday against Mount Baker. Go Eagles!
|17-Nov||Home Game||C||W/Mount Baker||4:00|
|7th||@ Franklin Academy||4:00|
Winter Ride 2024
Middle school students at ACS will have an opportunity to try skiing or snowbaording this winter. Please look for the packets that went home today in your Wednesday envelopes for grades 6-8th. If you have any questions, contact Kristi Eager at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Note: Parent Meeting is November 27th @ 7pm in the Gym**
WSCC’s Newsletter Fall 2023
In an effort to guide public policy, the Washington State Catholic Conference serves and supports Catholic schools throughout WA state via interaction with legislators at the state and federal levels. They would like to share an update on their continued work in Olympia. Please see the link here. (Insert pdf)
Please find attached a pediatric resource for parents/guardians “When to Keep Your Child Home School” from the Whatcom County Health Department. It lists symptoms and specific conditions to help guide families in the decision to keep a child home and mitigate the spread of disease.
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.
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.
Student ID cards
Please check your Wednesday envelopes today for your child’s picture ID card from the photographer at Donette Studios. Thank you.
“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.Rita of Cascia.
Abril Diaz Vargas was the winner this week from fifth grade. Congratulations!
New Saint/Blessed: This saint was born on July 15, 1850 in Sant’ Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Italy. She was born two months premature and the youngest of thirteen children. Unfortunately, only three of her siblings survived past adolescence and she would live most of her life in a fragile and delicate state of health. As she grew up, she became dedicated to living a life for religious work from a young age and received a convent education at a school ran by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart. She graduated with high honors and a teaching certificate.
When she was 18, she applied for admission to the religious congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, but was turned down because of her poor health. Instead, a priest asked her to teach at the House of Providence Orphanage in Cadagono, Italy. She taught at the girls’ school for six years and drew a community of women in to live the religious way of life. In 1877, she finally made her vows and took the religious habit, also adding Xavier to her name in honor of St. Francis Xavier.
When the House of Providence Orphanage closed, her bishop asked her, along with six other women from her orphanage in Cadagono, to found the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for the poor children in both schools and hospitals. In its first five years, the institute established seven homes and a free school and nursery. On March 31, 1889, this saint arrived in New York City along with six other sisters ready to begin her new journey. However, right from the beginning she encountered many disappointments and hardships. The house originally attended for her new orphanage was no longer available, but Frances did not give up, even though the archbishop insisted she return to Italy.
After she refused, Archbishop Michael Corrigan found them housing with the convent of the Sisters of Charity. She then received permission to found an orphanage in what is now West Park, New York. Filled with a deep trust in God and endowed with a wonderful administrative ability, she founded 67 institutions, including orphanages, schools, and hospitals, within 35 years dedicated to caring for the poor, uneducated, sick, abandoned, and especially for the Italian immigrants. Her institutions were spread out in places all over the United States, including New York, Colorado, and Illinois. This extraordinary woman was known for being as resourceful as she was prayerful. She was always able to find people to donate their money, time, and support for her institutions. In 1909, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Eight years later, on December 22, 1917, she passed at the age of 67, due to complications from dysentery at the Columbus Hospital, one of her own hospitals, in Chicago, Illinois. This saint was beatified on November 13, 1938, by Pope Pius XI and canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 7, 1946, making her the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her feast day is celebrated on November 13, and she is the patron saint of immigrants.
Hint: One of the classrooms at ACS has her name above or near the door.
Upcoming calendar items:
Nov. 15-16-17th– Book Fair is 12 – 4pm Wed; 8-4 pm on Thursday and Friday
Nov. 17th – Grandparents’ Day with a reception in the gym starting at 9am 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- Pick up wreath orders before and after school
Dec. 2nd – Pick up wreath orders 8-10am at the gym entrance
Dec. 11th – Pizza Lunch Day
Dec. 13th – Casual Uniform Day
Dec. 14th – Christmas Program K-8th grade 7pm in the Church
Dec. 15th – Early Release at 11:45am (B Day) Childcare offered by 8th graders &parents 12-5pm