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Week of October 13, 2019
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OCTOBER
16:       Standing Scrip orders home
            Screenagers: The Next Chapter, 7pm, Assumption Fellowship Hall
17:       Parent Board meeting, 6pm, Middle School
20:       ASB-led Parish Mass (6th gr. leads), 9:30am at St. Bridget 10:30am at Assumption
21:       ASB basketball assessments, GIRLS (see CYO section of newsletter for specific times)
22:       ASB basketball assessments, BOYS (see CYO section of newsletter for specific times)
23:       Open House, 9:30-10:30
24:       Diverse Learners Parent meeting, 7pm, Gunter home
26:       ASB Cross Country Bulldog Fun Run: Magnuson Park 9:45 am -12:00 pm
27:       Halloween Carnival, 4-7pm
30:       Noon dismissal, Conferences, Extended Care available 
31:       Noon dismissal, Conferences, Extended Care available

NOVEMBER
1:         Noon dismissal, Conferences, Extended Care available
11:       Veterans'Day: No School (No Extended Care)
12:       Guest speaker Beth Peterson, 7pm, Middle School (details below in ASB News)
14:       Open House PreK-8, 9:30am
20:       Standing Scrip orders home
23:       40th Annual Dinner & Auction



2019-20 Calendar

October 16, 2019

 
Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Parishioners, and Friends of ASB School,

Congratulations to our 1B teacher, Mrs. Brousseau!  On Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Brousseau welcomed their first baby, son Remy, into the world.  He is happy, healthy, and they are all doing well!
 
At our staff retreat on Friday, we talked about the importance of cultivating peace in our personal lives, in our classrooms, and in our school community.  It was an important reminder that everyone is living a different experience, facing different challenges, celebrating different milestones, and all of those shape who they are and what they need.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Dyslexia and ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, National Depression Prevention and Emotional Awareness Month, and more. When you read the list, it can be overwhelming, but it is also eye-opening.  All of the above – and more – can be going on in people’s lives at any given time.  How we cultivate peace, how we support each other, how we build up others, and how we model this for our children makes all the difference in people’s lives.  At the midpoint of this month and midpoint of this trimester, I ask all of us to reflect on how we are cultivating peace in our community and how we will continue to do so throughout the year.
 
In the spirit of education and increasing awareness of mental health, we hope you plan on joining us tonight for Screenagers: The Next Chapter at 7:00 PM in the Assumption Fellowship Hall. We will show the film, then we will have experts on hand to answer your questions!  Check out this parent guide for additional information.
 
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for fall conferences.  This Friday marks the midterm of the first trimester.  Conferences are an important time to check in with teachers, note successes, and plan for areas needing improvement.  Please sign up for a conference if you have not yet done so.  Also, please remember that students in grades 3-8 attend conferences with you.
 
A few good reads for the week: Have a great rest of the week and relaxing weekend!
 
Best,
Kathleen Conklin
 

Screenagers: The Next Chapter - Tonight at 7:00 PM in the Assumption Fellowship Hall
Join us to watch Dr. Delaney Ruston's new film, focused on anxiety and mental health in children.  Age appropriate for grades 5th grade and up if you would like your child to attend with you.  Following the film, three mental health providers will be available for questions.  Hope to see you tonight!

Guest speaker Beth Peterson: Understanding your child's executive function skills profile to help create successful management systems and build healthy habits to counter procrastination. Grades PK-8 November 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the ASB Middle School
Executive functions are a set of complex mental processes that enable us to regulate our behavior, make decisions and achieve goals.  You aren’t born with these skills but they can be taught. Beth will explain where she sees the most common breakdowns with these skills as it pertains to time and materials management and procrastination. She will offer take-home strategies to help you and your child  improve those executive function challenge areas today.  Beth is an executive function coach for students in grade three through college. She and her team coach students how to plan, organize and prioritize to achieve school success, maximize their strengths, and boost self-confidence.  She is a former classroom teacher, mother of three boys and coach trainer. 
More info HERE 
Please Read!
ASB, did you know that a group of teachers are climbing the stairs of the Columbia Tower to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society? For the 5th straight year, ASB teachers will be raising money and climbing the stairs of the Columbia Tower to help fight blood cancer. If you would like to donate to the ASB Bulldogs team, or to one of the teachers climbing, visit the team page here. Thank you in advance for your donations. If you have any questions about the Big Climb please contact Mark Hastings.  

ASB Traffic Reminders

  • Please do not hold, or park on 62nd street, east of 33rd Ave NE.
    • This street is an exit for cars heading towards 35th Ave NE.
  • Please do not block, or hold on city streets.
    • This is illegal. Our afternoon traffic has been reported to the Seattle Police Department.
    • It disrupts non-ASB traffic and neighbors and reflects poorly on ASB.
    • If a driver is unable to enter the traffic loop, they should drive around the block until there is an opening in the traffic loop.
  • School gets out at 3:00 pm (2:00 pm on Mondays). 
    • With the new and extremely condensed loop, there is no benefit to parents showing up early to pick up their children. 
    • If families can refrain from arriving at school to pick up their children until 2:50 or 3:00 pm the loop process will run more efficiently.
    • This is especially true for families with middle school students. 

Attention, all Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders! 
ASB Theatre Ensemble is changing course for our winter musical, and we wanted to extend an invitation to all of you to join us for "Narnia."  Based on the beloved novel by C.S. Lewis, this musical faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan.  This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. 
If you are interested in joining us for callbacks for "Narnia," please contact Ms. Olsen 
 

Cross Country NewsCongratulations to the ASB Cross Country Team for finishing another hugely successful season of cross country.  A special acknowledgement is needed to highlight those participants that placed in the championship meet, and one group that won the championship for their age group!!
 

Congrats to the 5th grade girls team for winning the CYO championship for their grade!!

 

Flora Lovejoy
Sedona Hartvigson
Hannah Bazzi
Olivia Bennett
 

And congrats to the following individual performers:

 

1st Grade: Madison Davis - 2nd Place
2nd Grade: Grant Davis - 1st Place 
5th Grade: Flora Lovejoy - 4th Place; Sedona Hartvigson - 6th Place
6th Grade: Lila Hutcheson - 7th Place
8th Grade: Elena Lovejoy - 1st Place; Joe Flora - 8th Place 
 


ASB Cross Country is hosting the first ever
ASB Cross Country Bulldog Fun Run!

Saturday, October 26, from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm.  ASB Cross Country is hosting a 1 mile or 5K event at Magnuson Park.  Please join us, and please click on the link below for more information.
Bulldog Fun Run  



Basketball Assessments for Middle School Students

 
In middle school, basketball teams are split into varsity and junior varsity divisions. This requires an assessment process that allows assessors to determine the best fit for each player. We started this process on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  I am always very impressed with how team oriented and encouraging our students are to each other.  Although assessments are a lot of work, it is a great experience getting to watch our students go through this process.  

The second round of basketball assessments will be held on Monday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 22.  In order to be eligible for the varsity team, students need to attend at least one of the assessment nights, and two would be preferred.  

The assessors will be looking at a wide variety of the skills including, ball handling, passing, shooting and court awareness.  This process is designed to place each student on the team that will allow them to have the most success during the basketball season and we strive to create an environment that is low stress and lots of fun. Parents and coaches are not allowed in the gym to watch the assessments.  Please see our Athletic Handbook here regarding assessments and policies on page 12.
 
Boys:  
Tuesday, 10/22
7th Grade: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
8th Grade: 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm


Girls:  
Monday, 10/21
6th Grade: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
7th Grade: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm
8th Grade: 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm
 
 
 
Soccer News:
Soccer season for all teams has begun. Good luck on the season to all of our teams. 
Coaches of 5th-8th grade teams, please remember to submit your scores to CYO.
 
Thank you to all of our coaches, coordinators and volunteers.  It is through your willingness to contribute and volunteer, that ASB achieves great success as a community and in athletics.

Please contact Dylan Pouley with CYO questions. 
 
Coordinator Contacts:  
Kelley Kane, Basketball – grades 4-8
Lincoln Davis, Soccer Coordinator – grades K-4
Emily Childress, Soccer Coordinator – grades 5-8  
Lincoln Davis, Cross Country Coordinator – grades K-8 

 
We still need a few parents of MIDDLE SCHOOL students to serve as Parent Ambassadors during Open House on Wednesday 10/23 or Thursday 11/14. No prior experience necessary! I will provide talking points & tips.

Please email if you are able to help:
  • Greet prospective families and accompany Student Ambassadors on tours (9:00am to 10:30am).
 
 



Grandparents and Friends Day is on November 27th!
 
We would love to know who to invite as your guests.  Your guests will receive a mailed invitation to the event.   Please fill out the FORM HERE.  You will need to complete a form for each set of Grandparents/Friends.  The deadline to submit the form is Wednesday, October 23.
 


  

 


Our students are so excited to have a brand new library.  The library will also serve as an innovation center where students can expand their STEM skills and apply learning in a creative atmosphere.   

We are in the final million of our $6.5 million goal.  Please consider making a gift to help us cross the finish line.  Pledges can be paid through 2021 -  annually, quarterly, or monthly. 
Make Your Pledge Here

For questions and more information please reach out to Development Director,
Courtney Barker, at cbarker@asbschool.org

Together we Can Reach Our Goal - $6.5 million

Scrip 

Scrip is a great way to raise money for ASB by using gift cards to make purchases at the places you love!

Standing Scrip orders go home in today's Wednesday envelope.  Contact us by Friday if there are any errors scrip@asbschool.org



New standing orders are always encouraged to help keep the program running.  To sign up, attach a VOID check to the Scrip EFT Authorization, write down your order and return it to the office in your Wednesday envelope.  Once we have your authorization, any changes can be made by emailing scrip@asbschool.org.

Sign up Here  for your Scrip or use your Wednesday envelope!

Questions? Email us at scrip@asbschool.org
 

 Cheers to 40 Years! November 23, 2019

 Our 40th Anniversary of the ASB Auction is just around the   corner.  Make sure to get your tickets before it's sold out! 
 Buy Your Tickets Now


 Thank you to the families and businesses who donated and   procured items.  Thank you also to our generous sponsors   for helping underwrite our event.  This is going to be an   amazing evening of celebration and fundraising!


For everything Auction, Visit Our Website Here

Cheers!
Courtney Albertini, Michelle Cahill, and Tracy Erickson

Parent Board Meeting
All are welcome to join the Parent Board at the next Parent Board meeting, this Thursday, October 17th, at 6 pm. Location: Middle School Building, 8th grade classroom.


ASB Halloween Carnival!

Don’t miss out on this Spooktacular event on Sunday, October 27th from 4-7pm at St. Bridget’s Parish. Last chance to pre-order your tickets is Wednesday, October 16th.  Ticket price increases at the door, so order now!   All tickets will be sent home this week.  See you there!  

We are also looking for volunteers to donate baked goods, help staff the bake-sale booth on the day of the carnival.
Donate Baked Goods:
To sign up to donate bake goods, please click the Signup Genius link HERE
You may drop off your baked goods at St. Bridget Parish between 3:00pm and 4:00pm the day of the carnival.
Work the Booth:
To sign up for one or more 30-min shifts in the Bake Sale booth, please click the Signup Genius link HERE
COOKIE & CUPCAKE DECORATING CONTEST OPEN TO ALL GRADES Pre-K through 8th GRADE
One lucky winner from each grade will receive a prize! Click on the attached flyer HERE for more information. 
ASB Ski Bus Update
Does your middle schooler (6th, 7th and 8th Grade) love to ski or snowboard? Would they like to learn or improve your skiing/boarding skills?  Do they like to be outdoors and have fun with their friends and classmates outside of the classroom!? If so, the ASB Ski Bus would be a great option! 
We are now enrolling for 2020 ASB Ski Club program (registration closes 10/18/19).  Please read the informational letter, complete the registration/release form, and return paperwork to the front office.  Questions? Email Dave Cullop   
Diverse Learners Parent Group Meeting: October 24th, 7 pm
Our First Diverse Learners Parent Group Meeting of the school year is coming up next week! All are welcome to join us on Thursday, Oct 24th at 7 pm. Location: The Gunter Home at 6801 44th Pl NE. Meet up with fellow parents and caregivers to socialize and share resources, discuss a topic of interest, and feel free to bring a friend (for this meeting, we'll focus on the role of parents as partners with educational support plans and positive communication strategies). Questions?  Email Alethea Westover 

School Store Hours: Wednesdays: 8:30-9:15 am and Thursdays: 2:45-3:15 pm
  • All Back to School & Open House orders have been sent home
  • The credit card machine is working again in the school store – we apologize again for the inconvenience
  • If you have an outstanding IOU, we will send out a reminder email
  • Future IOU’s will not be taken
  • All orders must be submitted through the office and include order form and payment
  • If you are missing any item from a prior order, please send an email to the school store (address located on website)



Volunteers Needed!

Click HERE  for all the details about these FOUR great volunteer opportunities.
Scrip Volunteers
*Help with monthly St. Bridget scrip sales. Sign up HERE 
Contact: Lisa Bekins VanDerhoef
Halloween Carnival
* K-5 Families - help with your class Halloween Carnival booth
Contact: Your class room parent 
Class Auction Projects
* Help with your class auction project (varies by class)
Contact: Your class room parent or the auction committee 
Auction Dessert Dash
* Donate a dessert to the Dessert Dash 
Contact: Rachel Guidon
For more information about volunteering at ASB, visit the Volunteering page HERE on the website. Questions about volunteering in general? Email HERE with "volunteering" in the subject line.
Traffic Duty, October 17th -- October 23rd
(Thank you Fourth Grade Families! Please Note: Drop-off Location is on 62nd St. next to cones)
Thursday, 10/17: Loop -- Branham, Tandog, Hartvigson, Larson;  Drop-off -- Bowers, Wierenga
Friday, 10/18: Loop -- Stewart, Touw, Jones, Nieswandt; Drop-off -- Blits, Zweifel
Monday, 10/21; Loop -- Dierks, McKinley, Eckart, Blake; Drop-off -- Einfeld, Gustav
Tuesday, 10/22: Loop -- Langer, Neumann, Nieswandt, Kizzier; Drop-off -- Melia, Bowers
Wednesday, 10/23: Loop -- Kelly, Nelson, Abrams (Hupf), Pritchard; Drop-off -- Westover, Kane

ASB Extended Care is hiring!


Assumption-St. Bridget School’s Extended Care program is currently looking for applicants to fill openings for our morning shifts, with hours up to five days a week.  Morning shifts are 6:45 am to 8:45 am.

The primary goal of ASB Extended Care is to offer a safe environment for our students that can allow them a variety of activities and a continuation of the support and help they receive at our school.  Previous childcare experience is a plus.  Wages are competitive and based on previous experience.

If interested in applying for one of these openings please contact: Dylan Pouley

If you have not registered for ASB Extended Care, please do so at your earliest convenience. You may find all registration materials and information on the ASB School Extended Care web page.  If you have any questions about Extended Care, please do not hesitate to contact Dylan Pouley or Kai Bond we are happy to assist you in whatever way that we can. 
Extended Care reminders:
  • Extended Care registration forms can be found HERE
  • Extended Care opens each morning at 7:00 am.
  • Extended Care closes at 5:45 pm each afternoon.





Assumption Parish:

Assumption Parish Children's Choir
Is open to all ASB School students in 1st though 8th grades.  Learn tons about healthy singing technique, sing beloved tunes, and learn challenging and exciting musical literature.  We meet every Tuesday at 3:05 at the Big Toy. Rehearsals (3:15-4:15) are in Assumption Church.  You can register for Children's Choir by going HERE

Youth Group at Assumption is getting a whole new look!  This year, co-Youth Ministers Kai Bond and Julie Olsen will be offering a wide variety of activities and service opportunities.  Watch this space for further announcements! 

Do you know someone searching for God and community?
Do you know someone not baptized or baptized in another Christian   tradition, who is curious about becoming Catholic?
 Do you know someone already Catholic but has not yet received   Confirmation & Communion? They may be a spouse, co-worker, neighbor or other family member. Please invite them to our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) -  a path for welcoming new inquirers into our community of believers. It is for a place to ask questions and seek understanding. 
  • New Mass Time - Starting Wednesday, September 4th, we are starting new morning Mass times.   Beginning September 4th, St. Bridget’s morning Mass time is moving from 8am to 9am.  
  • Starting September 9th, join starting at 8:30 before Mass for coffee and fellowship. Parents, this is a great opportunity to join us after dropping off your kids at school!
St. Bridget Pumpkin Carving Contest
St Bridget's Pumpkin Carving Contest at St. Bridget's Parish Hall: Sunday, Oct. 20th, 4:30-7 pm 
info HERE

1st Communion & 1st Reconciliation Sacramental Prep
@ St. Bridget Registration is now available on-line for students in 2nd grade wishing to receive these sacraments for the first time.  Go to the First Communion page under the SACRAMENTS HERE  for all the details.  Classes begin Monday, October 28.  *If you have a child older than 2nd grade wishing to prepare for these sacraments, please contact Carla by September 23.
 

Seattle Prep News
Middle school families, learn more about Seattle Prep HERE 
 Bishop Blanchet News
Middle school families, learn more about Bishop Blanchet HERE 
8th grade visit info HERE
Open House info HERE
Brave access pass info HERE
Holy Names News
Middle school families, learn more about Holy Names Academy HERE
Join Us for Upcoming Events at Holy Names Academy!  info HERE
Fall Open House on Sunday, October 27 from noon - 3 p.m. No RSVP necessary.
HNA for a Day! info HERE
O'Dea News
Middle school families, learn more about O'Dea HERE
  Roosevelt HS News
Middle school families learn more about RHS HERE
ROUGH RIDER GIRLS FEEDER BASKETBALL TRYOUTS!!!  information HERE or HERE
 Archbishop Murphy News
Middle school families, learn more about Archbishop Murphy HS HERE
Bethany Bear’s Preschool teaching position opening
Bethany Bear’s is a non-profit, Christian preschool in Wallingford, and is looking for a certified teacher to be lead teacher for our 5-day Pre-K class. The position opening is for the Fall of 2020. The position involves 30 hours a week including teaching and prep.
For more information or to receive an application please email HERE or call Cheryl Stratton at (206) 632-1902.
40th Annual St. Brendan School Holiday Craft Fair 
information HERE
My name is Connor Sullivan and I am an ASB Alumni who is currently working as a member of a student start-up team based out of the University of Washington. 
We are doing some market research and looking for a handful of parents with children that have airborne allergies or airborne related illnesses who would be free for a 5 minute phone survey.  It would be a brief call to discuss the following questions. 
  1. Does your child or a child you know have any airborne allergies or health conditions impacted by air quality?
  2. In what scenario would you be most concerned about your child’s exposure to airborne allergens or airborne diseases? 
  3. What information would help you feel less concerned in this scenario?
  4. When or how often would you ideally like to be able to access this information?
  5. In what ways would you like to access or be notified of this information?
 Please let me know if there are any interested parents who would be free to talk in the next few days.  It would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, 
Connor Sullivan
206-713-3009
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