In this week’s newsletter you can read about our Growing Great Kids Auction, boys’ basketball schedule, Playground Angels, Middle School Youth Group Christmas Party, PTC news, guest speaker at the PTC meeting, carpool opportunity, volleyball for moms, yearbook pictures, Super Bowl party upcoming, the saint trivia and much more.
Thank you for reading!
Playground Angels Schedule for January!
We understand it is a busy time for all! Thank you for your help on the playground!
The Feast of the Epiphany
On this feast, the Church celebrates the manifestation (epiphany) of Christ to the Nations (Gentiles) in the persons of the Magi—also known as the Wise Men or the Three Kings. In earlier times, this feast combined two other manifestations, that which took place at the Lord’s Baptism, and that which took place in Cana at the Wedding feast. This is still the custom in Eastern Christianity.
Although the date of the Epiphany on the General Calendar of the Church is January 6th, in the United States and some other countries it is celebrated on the Sunday after January 1st so more Catholics can participate. Thus, in 2024 the Solemnity of the Epiphany is Sunday, January 7.
Auction Procurement News: Please see flyer in your Wednesday envelope today!
Auction Family Contributions Due January 26th!
Don’t forget to get those family contributions into the office this month! Each family has agreed to contribute an item or service worth $200 ($100 for Preschool families, $100 for single parent families) for the auction. You can complete this in so many ways: provide a check to the office, donate an item or service worth $200, sponsor the auction, give through RaiseRight (provide a check to Angie King – this counts towards your Scrip fundraising total!), work together with other families to host a dinner experience, offer use of an AirBnB or vacation home, give tickets, or create a themed basket. Don’t forget to fill out the Procurement Form along with your donation so we can keep track of your contribution. The form is also available to print on the Auction tab of the school website. If you have already selected to be charged the $200, you can expect to see that reflected on your February statement. For Auction questions, contact Torry Dechert at email@example.com.
Sponsorships for the Auction are open and thank you to all our early sponsors! Sponsorships are available to purchase on the website link below, and sponsoring the Auction at any level also satisfies your auction obligation. For questions on sponsorship, ask Dayna Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send sponsorship logos to email@example.com.
We were blessed to welcome a new family to our school (and Bellingham) yesterday, who are interested in putting together a carpool for both morning drop off and afternoon pick up. If you live in the Whatcom Falls area and would like to explore this option, please contact Jorge: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP-SAVE THE DATE
All middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 can join us at Sacred Heart Parish Hall on January 5th!
The fun begins at 6:30pm and goes until 8:00.
What is happening?
- Games with prizes
- Competition for “best dressed” for most festive wear.
- Snacks and “treats” potluck so please bring a treat to share
It is the 12th Day of Christmas!
Contact Daniel Prenosil at email@example.com
- Our PTC General Meeting – Attention: this has moved from our previously scheduled date to welcome an exciting guest. Equity and inclusion strategist, Dr. James Knight, will be at Assumption on Wednesday, January 10th starting at
6:30 PM7:00pm. (Note the change in time.) Plus see flyer in today’s Wednesday Envelope for more. We hope all our parents can attend this General PTC Meeting (moved from January 24th).
The Fulcrum Foundation, the Office for Catholic Schools, and Assumption School are partnering to present Dr. James Knight, educator, coach/mentor, consultant, author, itinerant speaker/teacher, and equity and inclusion strategist. Much of his work revolves around leading with humility and partnering with other leaders to build dynamic and inclusive communities/spaces where people collaborate, innovate, and engage in fearless dialogue. He brings a Catholic perspective to his inclusion work. He has a passion for people and sees himself as a servant-leader. His personal mission is “education + empowerment = elevation,” and his number one goal in everything he does is to elevate those he serves through education and inspiration. Find out more about Dr. Knight here: https://www.leadwithhumility.org/
2. Catholic Schools Week – Jan 29 – Feb 2
Each day of the week will celebrate a different group of our school community. There is no school for families on Monday, January 29, so this will be a teacher appreciation day. More information will follow in January. Please remember to wear your uniform to Mass and receive a free dress pass- all county parishes on the weekend of January 27 and 28, and Church of the Assumption on February 3 and 4.
3. Used Uniform Sale – Feb 23, Friday
Winter break is an excellent time to check closets for outgrown uniforms. Please donate your gently used uniforms to the office any time after break to ensure we are well-stocked for our upcoming winter sale in February. You won’t want to miss out on our large inventory of heavily discounted uniform items.
Boys’ Basketball &Schedule(may change)
January 3, 2024 Home vs. Horizon
January 8 Home vs. Blaine
January 10 Away vs. Mt. Baker
January 17 Away vs. Meridian
January 18 Away vs. Lynden Christian
January 22 Home vs. Lynden MS
January 24 Home vs. Vista
January 25 Away vs. Franklin Academy
Thank you to Anthony Petz and Dru Sloan for coaching the teams this year. Please come and support our middle school boys’ teams especially at home games. Check back each week to see the schedule here as things may change, cancel, or get rescheduled for various reasons. Go Eagles!
Winter Ride Link to Pay
In case you missed it….
Access the Mt. Baker online via the unique Assumption link: Assumption Winter Ride
There are also scholarships available through the Mt. Baker office from generous donors. Please visit their website for the forms to fill out.
Super Bowl 8th Grade Class Fundraiser
The yearbook team is looking for photos of anything during fall and winter activities! Please send your photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Volleyball Club/Team
Attention Assumption Catholic School moms and friends! Join us for the women’s volleyball night every Monday starting at 7:15 am. For any questions, please contact Lisa Twining at (360)-393-5004.
“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. Lucy. Luke Shoff is the winner from last month. Congratulations!
New Saint/Blessed: He is known as the “Father of Monasticism.”
This saint retreated to the desert to embrace a life of solitude and prayer. His story challenges us to confront our inner demons and distractions while reminding us that true transformation often begins with solitude and introspection.
He lived from 251 AD until 356 AD. Born into a wealthy family in Egypt. His parents died when he was twenty years old and left him to care for his unmarried sister. Shortly thereafter, he decided to follow the gospel in Matthew 19:21, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven.” He sold everything, gave the money to the poor and left to live an ascetic life. In the meantime, his sister went to live with a group of Christian women. At this time, Christianity was still against the law in many places.
He lived a life of strict prayer, mortification and sacrifice, yet many people were drawn to his teachings and writings. At one point he hoped to become a martyr for the church. He lived until age 105. He is the patron of butchers, gravediggers and skin diseases.
Multiple Choice this week:
- St. Basil
- St. Anthony the Great
- St. Andre Bessette
Upcoming calendar items:
Jan. 8th – Pizza Lunch and MAP testing begins
Jan. 9th– Winter Ride begins for Middle school students
Jan. 10th – Casual Dress Uniform (can wear Assumption tshirt and jeans or regular uniform)
Jan. 10th – PTC General Meeting @ 7pm with Speaker Dr. James Knight
Jan. 15th– No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed
Jan. 16th – Winter Ride for Middle School
Jan. 19th – Fulcrum Celebration of Light Archdiocese Fundraiser Dinner 5pm Seattle
Jan. 22nd – Pizza Lunch
Jan. 26th – Re-enrollment for current families starts
Jan. 29th – No school/ Teacher Workday for end of semester
Feb. 4th – Open House for 1-8th grades
Feb. 7th – State of the School Presentation- Mr. Anderson
Feb. 11th – Superbowl Party Fundraiser 2-8pm in the gym
Feb. 16th – No school/ Curriculum Day for staff