Week of January 20, 2019
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JANUARY 2019     
24:       Bulldog Bibliophiles (Parent Book Club-All are welcome!), 8:40am at Bryant Cafe
            Screenagers + Q&A with filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston, 7:00pm at Assumption Fellowship Hall 
25:       Middle School Ski Bus, 3:30 pm
27:       ASB-led Parish Mass (8th & PreK), 9:30 am at St. Bridget & 10:30 am at Assumption
            4th Annual Bulldog Bash, 7th gr. boys Varsity-3:45 pm & 8th gr. boys JV-5:00 pm
27-31:  Catholic Schools Week & ASB Spirit Week (see themes below)
29-30:  National Catholic Schools Day of Giving (noon to noon) 
29:       Volleyball open gym for 7th and 8th grade girls.
30:       Thanks-a-Latte Parent Appreciation, during morning drop-off at Loop & Big Toy
31:       ASB School Open House, 9-10:30 am
            Catholic Schools Week Mass, 1:30 pm at Assumption Gym

1:         Middle School Ski Bus, 3:30 pm
            Parent Bunco Night, 7:-9:00pm at St. Bridget Parish
4:         Free Dress Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul pantry (1st Monday of the month)
8:         Middle School Ski Bus, 3:30 pm
13:       Standing Scrip orders home
15:       Staff Retreat: No School/No Extended Care
            Midterm reporting via Alma
18-19:  President's Day Holiday: No School/No Extended Care
22:       Middle School Ski Bus, 3:30 pm
24:       ASB-led Parish Mass (1st gr. leads), 8:30am at Assumption & 9:30am at St. Bridget

View the entire 2018-19 ASB Calendar here
January 23, 2019
Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Parishioners, and Friends of ASB School,
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!  Like the weekend, this week’s letter is long but it’s all important so please take the time to read the whole newsletter thoroughly.
While it is great to have an extra day off, it is also important to remember why we take that day.  Martin Luther King, Jr. had a profound impact on the Civil Rights Movement and his work should be an example to all of us.  In our own lives, how do we work for justice? How do we reach out to the marginalized in our own communities? How do we ensure the dignity of all people?  One of the ideas that is central to our missionary discipleship teachings is the notion of disturbance.  Being disturbed, being uncomfortable in a way that forces us to reflect on a situation and how to react in a way that creates for a positive impact on others and ourselves, is critical to each of our abilities to truly live the lives Jesus calls us to each day.  MLK, Jr. and many others like him modeled that in their work and teachings.  May they continue to be examples to each of us.
A huge thank you to our 4B class who are modeling this type of inclusion in our own school! After noticing that recess can sometimes be lonely for many kids, 4B decided they would like to add a buddy bench to our playground.  This is a place where students can go if they can’t find someone to play with or something to do, and other students can see that and go invite them to play.  The 4B class will be painting the bench this week so that it is bright and noticeable, and they will be teaching the other classes about how to use it.  Way to go, 4B!
Change challenges all of us.  It disturbs us in the sense that we have to adapt and move forward in a new way.  While change is often difficult, it also teaches each of us something important and provides a critical opportunity to model appropriate and positive ways for dealing with change to our children.  As is often true this time of year, change is happening for a few of our faculty and their families.  I remind you that while it is natural for us to react with how these changes are going to affect us, please remember these changes are about their families and lives and our job is to support them.
First, I want to let you know that longtime third grade teacher Chris Eusebio will not be returning next year.  As she and her husband, Manny, look towards retirement and new adventures, they will be moving to Bellingham this summer. While we will miss Chris and her many gifts, we are also so excited for her as she takes on this new chapter in her life.  She has been a wonderful member of our community – both as a parent and a teacher! – and we are so grateful for all she’s done for our students and families.  As she heads off, I am delighted to announce that Ms. Arali Flores, current 3A instructional aide, will be taking over next year as the 3A teacher.  Arali is a certified teacher who has spent the last few years teaching alongside Chris, working with her on curriculum, and being an active member of our faculty.  Arali is a fantastic teacher and will continue to be a stellar member of our third grade team as she takes on this new role!
Our incredible counselor, Jenny Riggle, will also not be returning next year.  Jenny is so sad to be leaving the community, but looking forward to supporting her husband as he accepts a wonderful opportunity for their family.  Her husband will be graduating from his medical residency in surgery this June and has been offered the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.   This is an important step for their family and we wish them all the best as they move to a new community.  I know there will be a great deal of concern and I assure you we are committed to finding the best possible person to take on this important role.  Jenny has been and will continue to be integral in the process of designing an updated job description and counseling philosophy for our potential candidates.  It’s also important to know that this is a two-year fellowship and we are keeping our fingers crossed that Jenny will be able to rejoin our staff soon!
I am looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend to kick off Catholic Schools Week!  Please join us for 9:30 mass at St. Bridget or 10:30 mass at Assumption as our 8th grade and PreK students lead us in celebration.  ALL students should proudly wear their ASB uniforms to mass.  Then, join us in the gym for our 4th annual Bulldog Bash!  7th grade boys’ varsity will play at 3:45 followed by 8th grade boys’ JV at 5:00.  In between games, you’ll see our first Bulldog Cheer Squad perform.  It will be a great way to kick off the week. See below for more details about CSW and Spirit Week – it’s going to be full of fun and appreciation for the gift of being in a Catholic school!
It’s that time of year – tax time!  Please read the attached PDF about 2018 giving statements and how to access what you need.
Some great articles for you this week!    
Kathleen Conklin

Yearbook Team Photos Needed!  
Team pictures from soccer and basketball are needed for the yearbook.  Please email them ASAP to Christa Caballero
Also, if you do not wish to order a yearbook please look in the Wednesday envelope for the Yearbook Opt-out form.  


Donations will be accepted at the door to help offset costs. 


Are you watching your kids scroll through their lives, with their rapid-fire thumbs and six-second attention spans? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney explores struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
WHO:     All Parents, Friends, and Guests - parents & kids are welcome 
WHAT:    A special screening of SCREENAGERS documentary film and in person Q&A session with filmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston
WHEN:  Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Assumption Parish Fellowship Hall
WHY: ASB has the unique opportunity to welcome Dr. Delaney Ruston on campus to present the film and lead a Q&A session. This is a MUST SEE film and MUST ATTEND parent event - don't miss it!
This is a FREE event but we do need everyone to RSVP. Reserve your spot today

Kick of Catholic Schools Week by attending Mass at either Assumption or St. Bridget Parish! Both Masses will be lead by our ASB 8th grade and PreK students.  

All families are encouraged to attend and build up our community! ASB students throughout all grades should wear their school uniforms. 

Join the fun of the 4th Annual Bulldog Bash, featuring 2 great CYO baketball games and a performance by the first-ever Bulldog Cheer Squad!


Mon. 1/28:      Comfy Day (PJ's or sweats - shoes must be suitable for PE & recess
Tues. 1/29:     Timeline Tuesday (dress from your favorite decade)
Wed. 1/30:      Disney Day (dress as your favorite Disney character or in Disney wear)
Th. 1/31:         ASB Spirit Day & Open House (mass uniforms, please)
Fri. 2/1: 
         Sports Day (wear your favorite team's logo-wear)

Volleyball news:
Volleyball OPEN GYM for 7th and 8th Grade Girls 
ASB will be hosting an open gym for 7th and 8th grade girls on Tuesday, January 29, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This open gym is designed to allow the 7th and 8th grade girls to get reacquainted with volleyball prior to volleyball assessments. 7th and 8th grade girls are welcome to join us during these two one-hour sessions. Thank you to Julie Matz and Emilie O'Connor for volunteering their time.  
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

7th Grade Girls 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm 

8th Grade Girls 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Volleyball Assessments
In 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball, the 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.  Assessments will be held the week of February, 11-14, times and exact dates TBD. 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 the skills of each student and will focus on serving, passing, setting & spiking and court play.  Overall, it's pretty low key and we strive to create an environment that is low stress and lots of fun. Parents are not allowed in the gym to watch the assessments.
Basketball News:
Basketball games conclude for many teams this weekend.  Good luck to all our basketball teams and congrats on a great CYO basketball season.  Please look to the CYO Team Sideline Website for game schedules.

This weekend will also determine which of our ASB teams make the CYO playoffs.  We should have announcements on CYO playoffs this weekend.  Look for the playoff schedules in the ASB Newsletter next week.  

Coordinator Contacts:  
Emilie O'Connor, Volleyball Coordinator - grades 5-8 
Steve Kelly: Baseball Coordinator - grades 5-6
Eric Simmons, Baseball Coordinator - grades 7-8

Please contact Dylan Pouley with CYO questions. 

Calling all ASB Parents - I need a few more volunteers for the 1/31 Open House!

Please email me if you are able to help greet prospective families, and assist with student-led tours from 8:30am-10:30am on Thursday, Jan. 31. Parents representing all grades are welcome to help! 
Save the date for State of the School/Registration meetings! 

Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30pm (evening session)
Thursday, March 28 at 7:45am (morning session)
Thursday, March 28 at 12:00pm (lunch session)


 We have reached the $5 million milestone!  Check out the Campaign Newsletter Issue 2, and discover why this important project will make an impact for decades to come.  Read Here

Every gift makes a difference.  Pledges can be paid over a period of up to three years. Download the Pledge Form Here  Donate Online

Thank you to all of our generous donors! 

For more info please Click Here or contact Development Director, Courtney Barker at

Together We Can Reach Our Goal - $6.5 million

Scrip News

Generic Scrip is a great way to thank those wonderful basketball coaches.  We can have a generic Scrip certificate back to you on Thursday in time for the final weeks of games!

Questions? Email us at

Sign Up Parties: Deadline to sign up for all parties is February 15   - 8th Grade Parties, Movie Night in the Gym, Bunco Night, Sip & Draw Night.  Sign Up Here

Auction Items: Please pick up your items and wine at Mary House this week after drop off or before pick up.  

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Auction! 

Save The Date: National "Day of Giving" on January 29-30 (9AM - 9AM PST)
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week by giving a gift to ASB to support our operating expenses, teacher salaries, enrichment programs and more!  Our goal is to raise $5000, can you help us reach it?  Click HERE for details on how to give on "Day of Giving"!
Thank you for supporting ASB throughout 2018.  Contributions to ASB School are deemed charitable under Sec. 501 (c)(3).  For 2018 giving receipt information please Click Here.   We appreciate your generosity!

Get your ASB gear for the Bulldog Bash!
Stop by the School Store in the basement at Mary House to get everything you need to cheer on ASB at the Bulldog Bash. New t-shirts and sweatshirts are available in both youth and adult sizes, along with hats, socks, water bottles and much more.  See flyer HERE
Go Bulldogs!

School Store is open Wed. 8:15-9:00 and Thurs. 2:45-3:15, or you can always print an
order form and send it in your Wednesday envelope with a check. Store parents will fill your order and send it home with your student as quickly as possible. 

The Ridge has generously offered to give 20% back to ASB when you dine on any Saturday or SUNDAY in the months of January or February. Please remember to save your receipts and turn them in at the main office!
Thank you to everyone who participated in October and November, we were able to raise $300!

Reminder to all ASB families that hot lunch is available to order for your student through Cafe Boonli at the link below:
Too Tasty Catering Online Ordering 
Traffic Duty, January 24th - 30th
(Thank you Seventh Grade Families!)
Thursday, 1/24: Loop - Edwards, Ernst, Flora, Genovese ; Big Toy - Gilbert, Goetz
Friday, 1/25: Loop - Hanson, Kane, Link, Lockwood ; Big Toy - Lovejoy, Ludwick 
Monday, 1/28: Marquardt, Marshall, McCormick, Myers; Big Toy - Navone, Novak
Tuesday, 1/29: Loop -O-Donnell, Perez, Salerno, Sburlino ;  Big Toy - Smith, Stapleton
Wednesday, 1/30: Loop -  Torgesen, Uffelman, Volpentest, Watson;  Big Toy - Hartsock, Horner

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.  If you email that email account will forward your email to both Kai and Dylan.  

Extended Care reminders:
  • Extended Care opens each morning at 7:00 am.
  • Extended Care closes at 5:45 pm each afternoon.
  • Please turn in your Extended Care registration forms for the 2018-2019 School year.
Assumption Parish:
Monday, February 4--Free Dress Food Drive
The pantry coordinators would like to have a "SPRING CLEAN"  Free Dress drive for February...
Concentrating on Soaps and toiletries    Below is the list of items requested:
PreK –  Liquid Hand Soap (small size- Not large refill size)
Kindergarten –Liquid Dishwashing soap (for handwashing dishes)
1st Grade –Toothpaste and Toothbrushes 
2nd Grade – Shampoo and Conditioner
3rd Grade – Lotion 
4th Grade – Laundry soap 
5th Grade –Deodorant for Men and Women
6th Grade – Mouthwash Combs and Brushes
7th Grade –Razors and Shaving Cream for Men and Women
8th Grade – Scrub Sponges 
None of these items may be purchased with food stamps.  We can always use non-perishable foods. 
Last calendar year, Thanks to school families and parishioners we provided over $74,000.00 of assistance to our neighbors in need in the Assumption Parish and St. Bridget Parish Boundaries.  St. Vincent de Paul will assist Federal Employees in need because of the furlough.  They may call 206-767-6449. 
If you wish to make a monetary donation at any time to St. Vincent de Paul.  Donate HERE 
You may give as a guest!
(If you bought a large quantity that your child can not carry- give them one or two items and please drop the rest at the Assumption Parish office).
Next Free Dress Food Drive is Monday, March 4

St. Bridget Parish:

Children’s Faith Formation, Family Nights, and Sacramental Preparation

On Monday evenings from 7-8pm we offer a program for children in grades 1-5 that involves fun, faith formation, and fellowship.  Younger students will have the opportunity to get paired up with older student "buddies" in the Junior High EDGE program, meets at the same time.  

EDGE Middle School Youth Group
Monday nights at 6:30pm! Open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Come join the fun!

Neighborhood Rental Available
For Rent - 8008 42nd Ave NE - $2,600/mo. + util.
3 bedrooms, 1 bath
Great location. Energy efficient home.
Seeking a short term lease (approx. 6 months)
Contact Jean at 206-605-6858

Seattle Prep News
Middle school families, learn more about Seattle Prep HERE 
 Bishop Blanchet News
Middle school families, learn more about Bishop Blanchet HERE 

BASEBALL: Sunday, January 27th, 2019 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at Bishop Blanchet HS

The Bishop Blanchet preseason baseball camp is designed to get young players aged 10-12 excited and prepared for the upcoming baseball season and ready for evaluations. BBHS Varsity Baseball coach Mike Finnegan and current BBHS varsity players will lead campers through a series of stations which will focus on infield and outfield defensive skills, pitching techniques, and batting.

CHEER: Tuesday, February 12th from 5:00- 7:00 pm at Bishop Blanchet
All students K-8 are invited to spend the evening with the BBHS Cheerleading Squad where they will learn cheers, chants, and dances! Each camper will receive a set of poms. We hope you can join us!

Click HERE to register for Baseball and/or Cheer Camp

Holy Names News
Middle school families, learn more about Holy Names Academy HERE
O'Dea News
Middle school families, learn more about O'Dea HERE
  Roosevelt HS News
Middle school families learn more about RHS HERE
Roosevelt High School - Open House on January 31st, 7pm in the RHS gym.  Information HERE
 Archbishop Murphy News
Middle school families, learn more about Archbishop Murphy HS HERE
Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is now open for the 2019 Season
"Spring is just around the corner so it’s time for kids to gear up for baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL)!

For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.
Please go to to start the registration process.  For questions about registration, please email NESLL's registrar ."

 Looking for on-going training that builds confidence, skills and guaranteed results? Whether your child is a kindergartner picking up a basketball for the first time, or is a high school star who is looking to play in college, we offer a class that is right for them! CLICK HERE for schedule.

Are you looking for more personalized attention for the youth basketball player in your family? Watts Basketball’s offers private, semi-private and small-group training at our SoDo gym and the Washington Athletic Club. Learn more details HERE
Information on Winter Hoop Camps HERE
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