Wednesday Parent Newsletter 03.06.24

Posted in Wednesday Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter you can read about

  • Academic Decathalon results
  • Staffing for 2024-25
  • Growing Great Kids Auction update
  • March playground angels
  • PTC news
  • Variety Show
  • Chipotle fundraiser
  • School Commission discernment/application
  • ACS soup supper in March
  • Stations and fish dinners at Sacred Heart or St. Joseph’s/Ferndale
  • Work Party on the school and parish grounds for Easter!
  • Lenten trivia, and much more. 

Thank you for reading!

Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala 2024

Academic Decathalon results:

Thank you to Karen Evans and Karen Shaper for coaching our Academic Decathletes this year and for taking them to the competition at Kennedy Catholic HS this past Saturday. Congratulations to the individual winners:

Sebastian Benyi– 1st place in Science

Stella Wolf– 2nd place in English

Ava Patelli– 2nd place in Social Studies

Camille Antonio– 3rd place in Fine Arts

The team overall won third place among the nine teams.

Staffing for 2024-2025

Departing Staff

During this time of the school year, teachers and staff are making decisions about the upcoming year. We like to let families know as we get this information.

Mrs. Eszter Caulfield, our school counselor, will be resigning her position at the end of this school year when her family will likely be moving out of Bellingham. We are grateful for her wonderful service to our students, her deep faith and commitment to Assumption. She has done so much for our community in her short time here.

Mrs. Paige McClurg has submitted her retirement from Assumption after 23 years in the classroom as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. Mrs. McClurg is loved by her students for many reasons, but she will be missed most for her concern for ALL students and her focus on helping so many learn to read. She said, “I’ve done everything I had wanted to do in my time at Assumption and it is time to move on to the next chapter in my life.” 

Mrs. Kerry Thomas officially retired three years ago but she graciously stayed on when we needed her during the COVID split classes and then as the Class of ‘27 remained extra-large. She will really be retiring this year to take time to travel and be with family. Mrs. Thomas has an incredible way of forming relationships with students and preserving dignity in each one. We have been blessed by her gifts these additional three years and wish her all the best in this next stage.

All our outgoing staff members will be truly missed by their colleagues, and we wish them the best in the coming months and years ahead. 

To see all the current job openings or share them with friends, please visit Employment Opportunities on the school’s website.

School Commission Discernment 2024-2025

Each year, one third of our School Commission members complete their term and we are looking for new members to join the Commission. We look for people in career fields such as law, real estate, education, finance, and maintenance in order to provide expertise to Mr. Anderson around school-wide decisions. The School Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month, and members of the Commission meet all of their volunteer hour requirements by participating. If you are interested in considering this for the 2024-2025 school year, applications will be due April 11, 2024. Applicants are invited to the School Commission meeting on Wednesday, April 17th. (Include application)

Playground Angels Needed!

Thank you for supervising the playground!

March Sign Up  

Variety Show Information!

We are excited to announce that our Annual Variety Show will be held on Friday, April 26th, 2024! This is a student led variety show, open to all Assumption Catholic School students.

  • All acts need to align with the mission and values of Assumption Catholic School.
  • On Monday, March 11th, we will be holding an audition for students to demonstrate their routines and for teacher approval.
  • Time: 3:15pm   
  • Where: school gym
  • If unable to make it this day, please make arrangements with Mrs. Creech.  
  • Beginning March 18th, additional rehearsal times will be provided for students to gain confidence in themselves and their acts. TBD
  • We will have a school-wide dress rehearsal after lunch on Friday, April 26th.
  • Please, remember you are representing yourself and our Assumption Catholic School. Character is important! Most importantly, have fun!

PTC News  

Auction Wrap-Up: PTC’s largest fundraiser of the year was last Saturday. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of generosity received from our community and Assumption School families. Our Growing Great Kids Auction and Gala was a wonderful success. As we celebrate our auction’s success, we would like to give a shout out to Dayna Dennis our Development Chair, Veronica Vincent our Décor Lead, and the many helping hands who put this event together. PTC would especially like to thank our Auction Chair, Torry Dechert and Co-Chair, Krissy Abbey, for their exceptional leadership, positivity, and vision. We are grateful to you both for sharing your incredible talents! 

Thanks to the work of everyone involved, the gross proceeds from the evening came in at $223,000. In addition to this, we had a $10,000 donation from Jim and Jean Gibson at the end of the evening, and $40,000 in anonymous donations in the week leading up. The total of $273,000 is the most that our auction has raised in the school’s history! We are thrilled that $79,000 will go for Fund the Need to remodel four of our classrooms this summer. We want to give another shout out to our auctioneer, Jeff Ziels, for his great energy and fun spirit. The evening ended with a full dance floor and the sounds of 90’s hip-hop. What a great event!

Summer Activities: Everything from CYO camps to golf clubs and reading activities. Click here for fun across Whatcom County and the Seattle Archdiocese: Summer Activities 2024

Upcoming Events:

Chipotle Fundraiser: Saturday, March 16th, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm Stop by Chipotle, at the mall at 4 Bellis Fair Pkwy in Bellingham, mention the fundraiser at checkout and they’ll donate 33% of the proceeds to the Assumption! Don’t miss out on this incredibly simple way to make money for Assumption School!  Fundraisers Social Portal (

Movie Night: Mark your calendars for Movie Night! This month we will showcase The Mario Brothers Movie on Saturday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM.

Remember we have a General PTC Meeting on Wed, April 24th, at 7:00PM!

Co-Curricular Activities

Volleyball: Come and cheer on ACS in the last 3 games

Home Games: start time 4pm

March 6th Wednesday

March 7th Thursday

March 13th Wednesday


Meets AWAY

March 7th Thursday vs. Nooksack

March 13th Wednesday vs. Lynden

Movie “Cabrini”

Coming March 8th, Friday, to Bellingham Regal Theater is a new movie about the life of St. Francesca Cabrini. Cabrini is an upcoming American biographical drama film directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and written by Rod Barr, based on a story by both.  The film details the life of famous Catholic missionary and future saint Francesca Cabrini.  She encounters resistance to her charity and business efforts in New York City and the movie highlights her faith and determination in helping the poor during the late 19th century.  Produced from Angel Studios, which also produced Sound of Freedom starring Jim Caviezel.  It is rated PG-13.  Here is the trailer… Cabrini trailer.

Calling all families!

ACS Soup Supper at Assumption Parish

Please come, pray together at the Stations of the Cross at 6pm, and enjoy a meal at 6:45pm in the gym.  March 8th, Friday!!

Here is the link to volunteer with setup, serving, cleanup and bring a soup!  Click Here  Thank you for helping. 

Get Your Yearbook Here!

Please follow the directions carefully below to order your copy of the 2023-2024 yearbook.  All books are $30 each.  And you will need to purchase by April 19th, 2024.  Please order as soon as possible.  If you want to purchase one for each child in your family, you can do that, too.   

This is the link that will take parents to the online pay site:
School Code: 189029M

All users will have to register the first time they access the site.

Please send your photos or questions to:

Thank you, Emily Hoza, for helping work on this for the school students and community.

Parish Job Opportunities:

Assumption Parish has several parttime job openings that will be starting soon.  Please see the description and more information on the church website.

A link is here if interested: Job Openings

Whatcom County Parish Information

Fridays During Lent at Assumption:

  • School Mass at 8:15am
  • Confessions 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Stations of the Cross (Bilingual) 6:00 p.m.
  • Soup Supper 6:30 p.m. (following Stations)

Fridays During Lent at Sacred Heart:

  • Mass at 9am
  • All day Adoration: 9:30 until 6pm
  • Reconciliation 5pm
  • Stations of the Cross 6pm
  • Salmon Dinner in Parish Hall 6:30pm

Fridays During Lent at St. Joseph’s Ferndale:

  • Knights of Columbus Fish Fry 5pm
  • Stations of the Cross 7pm

Do you need volunteer hours still?

  • March 16th, Saturday, from 9-12pm is a work party to help clean up the school and parish campus before Easter.  If you can come and help with raking, pulling weeds, prepping for mulch and other general yard work, then this is for you.  Bring your favorite tools and gloves. If anyone has a rototiller, please bring it this Saturday to help with the bark around the playground structures.

Thank you to Janis Jacobs, parish grounds coordinator doing this for us.

Missed Photos of your child at the Auction?

Photos were up all around the venue of Assumption students, and we have brought them back to school! If you see a photo and would like to buy one or two, they cost $15 each.  Please pay cash or check to Assumption School.  All the pictures are on the front bulletin board or in a box near the office to look through.  There are individual and some great group shots too.  Thank you to Mr. Roberts for stepping up and doing such a great job at the last “minute”!

Lenten Question of the Week!

If you think you know the answer to the question below, then write your name, grade, and guess on a piece of paper and turn it in to Mrs. King in the office.  We are lifelong learners of our Catholic faith.  There is so much to learn!

Last Week: No entries at all!  The answer is B. the 4th station is where Jesus met His Mother Mary.    

Question of the Week: The “Crowning of Thorns” is which Mystery of the Rosary?

  1. 3rd Sorrowful Mystery
  2. 4th Sorrowful Mystery
  3. 5th Luminous Mystery
  4. 2nd Luminous Mystery

Upcoming calendar items:

March 8th – Soup Supper ACS hosting with Stations @6pm and Supper @6:30

March 8th – No School

March 13th – Casual Dress Uniform

March 14th – Pi Day…Scientist/Mathematician Dress Day

March 16th – Need volunteer hours? Work party for parish/school grounds from 9 am-12

March 16th – Chipotle Fundraiser at the Bellis Fair Mall

March 18th – Track and Field starts

March 29th – Good Friday, Early Release @ 11:45am

March 29th – 6th and 7th grades Prayer in the Garden and Stations of the Cross starting at 10 am

April 1st to April 5th – Spring Break/Easter Break

April 16/17th – Class pictures with dress uniforms/ 8th grade has free dress (see guidelines in handbook)

Have a great Wednesday!