Week of September 15, 2019
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18:       Standing Scrip orders home
            Drama Auditions (gr. 6-8), 3:40-6:30pm at Assumption Fellowship Hall
20:       Mass of the Holy Spirit, 1:30pm at Assumption Gym - all parents are welcome!
22:       ASB-led Parish Mass (7th gr. leads), 8:30am at Assumption & 9:30am at St. Bridget
23:       MAP Testing Window (Sept. 23-Oct. 18)
25:       “Instrument Petting Zoo” for new band students, 7:00pm at PAC/5th gr. room
            Parent Board meeting, 6:45pm at Assumption Fellowship Hall
26-27:  8th Grade Fall Challenge Retreat
30:       Parent Ed Night, Author Andrew McPeak, 7:00pm at Assumption Fellowship Hall

1:         Picture Day/Individual pictures (Free Dress)
4:         ASB Family Dance: 7-9 pm in the Assumption Gym
11:       Auction Family Procurement Deadline
16:       Standing Scrip orders home

2019-20 Calendar

September 18, 2019

Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Parishioners, and Friends of ASB School,
Happy Wednesday!  It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Curriculum Nights this past week.  Thank you for warmly welcoming our new staff, new families, and new start to the year.  We are blessed with incredible professionals dedicated to making this the best place for your children and I know they enjoyed seeing many of you as well. 

Last Wednesday, I told the Pre-K through 5th grade parents we were about $150K away from $5.5 million pledged to our capital campaign. Due to the generosity of a St. Bridget parishioner, I was able to tell the 6th-8th grade parents last night that we are now only about $10K away!  We are so excited to be working on that final million and will need it to finish this project. Thank you to the 62% of current families who have donated as well as parishioners, alumni, and alumni families.  If you haven't yet been able to support the campaign, please help us with that final million goal.  If you have made a pledge, we appreciate your timely payments as we are definitely generating costs now that construction is underway.  This is a huge team effort and I appreciate everyone's willingness to see this important project through.
At both Curriculum Nights, I mentioned our continued focus on safety and improving our practices to ensure we are best prepared for anything that may come our way.  Specifically, I spoke about the work we’ve been doing around family reunification.  I want to make sure all parents have an overview of what has been accomplished thus far as well as where we are headed.

Completed to date:
  • Established staff Reunification Team (Fall 2018)
  • Training for staff Reunification Team (Winter 2019)
  • Completed ASB Reunification Handbook (Spring 2019)
  • Introduced Reunification Release Forms to registration process (Spring 2019)
  • Tiered roles and release procedures finalized (Spring 2019)
  • All faculty and staff reunification training with City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management (September 16, 2019)
Next steps:
  • Staff reunification drills (Fall 2019)
  • Completion and publication of instructional video for parents and families (Fall 2019)
  • Student and staff reunification drill (Winter 2019)
  • Full scale reunification drill with all staff, students, and parents (Spring 2019)
  • Yearly drills moving forward
I know that this subject can be challenging to think about and as a parent, I understand that.  What research and our training have reinforced time over time is that being prepared and having a solid reunification plan is the best thing we can do in the case of an emergency.  We were also told by our trainer from the Office of Emergency Management that our reunification plan is one of the best she’s ever seen, so we are feeling like we are on the right track.  We will continue to keep you informed of our progress and potential dates for our all-school drill as we have that information.
You know I love to share these, so here are some great articles and resources to read:
  • Unselfie by Michelle Borba – I referenced this book at Curriculum Night and we will be using it with students throughout the year as we focus on building empathy skills in our Self-Regulation curriculum.  Check out this clip of Michelle Borba on the Today show.
  • Join us Monday, September 30th at 7:00 PM in Assumption Fellowship Hall for Andrew McPeak!  Check out this flyer for our event and this article from their website!
If you are able, please join us on Friday at 1:30 in the gym for Mass of the Holy Spirit!

Have a great rest of the week and relaxing weekend!
Kathleen Conklin

ASB Traffic Reminders

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the parents, neighbors and community of ASB.  We know that this years pick-up and drop off is new and can sometimes be challenging.  We really do thank you for your patience and flexibility.  Here are some reminders that we hope will help to make our mornings and afternoons more efficient. 
  • 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. 
  • Please do not walk through loop. 
    • It is EXTREMELY dangerous. 
    • Please stay on the sidewalks around the campus.
  • Please do not block, or hold on city streets.
    • This is illegal.
    • 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.
  • Please stay off you cellphones.
  • Please keep your dogs at home.

ASB Theatre Ensemble
ASB Theatre Ensemble announces auditions for ASB School's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music!  Auditions are open to all ASB 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Auditions will take place on September 16th and 18th in the Assumption Fellowship Hall.  To sign up for your ten minute audition slot, go HERE The Sound of Music opens at Nathan Hale High School on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 and closes on Sunday, February 2nd.
You can find audition information on the Drama Webpages.  For an audition packet, see Ms. Olsen or go to the Drama page.

We are looking for Parent Ambassadors to help BEFORE and DURING Open House events!

Please email if you are able to:
  • Distribute yard signs the first week of October
  • Distribute posters to local businesses, libraries, community centers, and preschools. 
  • Help at an Open House, greeting prospective families and accompanying Student Ambassadors on tours (9:00am to 10:30am). Thank you!


  Thanks to the generosity of a St. Bridget parishioner we are now only $10,000 away from reaching our next big milestone, $5.5 million.  Every gift helps us reach our goal of $6.5 million.  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

Thank you to all of our generous donors! 

Together we Can Reach Our Goal - $6.5 million


Scrip News

Calling all Gene Juarez Fans!
We are looking for a few more families to add Gene Juarez to their Scrip standing order.  Gene Juarez is a local business that is very supportive of Scrip, giving 10% to ASB.  We need enough people purchasing Gene Juarez Scrip regularly to help us meet the mininum order.  If you frequent Gene Juarez, consider adding $50 or more to your monthly standing order.

Scriptember Update
1A remains in first place.  Keep sending in your standing orders! If you signed-up this month for a standing order, but it was less than $250, you can still increase your order to $250 before September 30 and get points.  Winning class gets a donut party!

Sign up Here before September 30 or use your Wednesday envelope!

Questions? Email us at

  Cheers to 40 Years! 
  Click Here to Purchase your tickets today!

 Family Procurement deadline is October 11.
 Click Here More Details
 Need volunteer hours? Email us

 For everything Auction, visit our website - Click Here

Courtney Albertini, Michelle Cahill, and Tracy Erickson

Basketball News:  
Registration for the 2019-2020 CYO basketball season is now open.  Boys and girls in grades 4 – 8 are eligible to participate. Families may register for basketball by clicking the link below:

Register for 2018-2019 CYO basketball

Basketball Registration: 

Regular Registration begins September 18, 2019, and ends October 2, 2019.  
Late Registration will begin on October 3, 2019 and ends October 9, 2019.
After October 10, no registrations can be accepted.

ASB has a new Basketball Coordinator! 

I am very happy to announce that Kelley Kane has offered to take on the role of Basketball Coordinator for ASB School.  Kelley brings a new and very welcome perspective to ASB Basketball as well as her lengthy coaching background, which includes two CYO Basketball Championships!!  I am very excited to have Kelley as a partner for ASB Basketball and am incredibly grateful for her willingness to take on this role.  Thank you Kelley!!

Cross Country News:

Practices for ASB Cross Country started this Monday, September 9, it was great to have all the kids out preparing for the season.

  • Grades K-3 will practice, September 23, 30 
  • Grades 4-8 will practice, September 23, 30, and Oct. 7
  • We'll meet at the Magnuson playground
  • Head to fields 1-4 (the grass field with the dirt track) for all ASB team warm-ups 
  • Break into grade specific teams for individual practices
  • Return to playground for parent pick-up
Cross Country Meet Schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2019 -  3:15 pm
K-3 Final: Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019 - 1:00 pm
4-8 Championship Meet: Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2019 @ 1 pm 

Soccer News:
Game schedules are available now on the Team Sideline website.

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 
Fall Clubs Registration -REGISTRATION OPEN NOW until Fri., Sept. 27th

Art Club - / Grades 1-4

Mondays, 2:00-3:30pm
October 7 - December 2 (no class 10/28, 11/11)
Cost is $171 / 7 sessions
The Wonders of Watercolors: Join the popular Smart with Art to learn brush techniques, working with liquid and solid watercolors, working with a wash as well as developing and exploring inner creativity! We will look at Monet and his blending techniques, discover the ancient Chinese lantern designs, discover Edward Hopper and his infatuation with lighthouses as well as design and paint a colorful parrot. As skills build, artists will explore all that watercolor has to offer in this exciting after school program.  HARD COPIES OF REGISTRATION FORMS ONLY (no emailed forms, please)

Chess Club /Grades K-8

Mondays, 2:00-3:15pm
October 7 - December 16 (no class 10/28, 11/11, 12/9)
Cost is $130 / 8 sessions
Back by popular demand, Chess Club is on a new day!  It’s time for your child to flex their mental muscles.  The study of chess has been shown to increase math skills, memory, and self-confidence and improve patience, concentration, and sportsmanship.  The Chess4Life curriculum, designed by national master Elliot Neff, will enable students of all skill levels to increase their knowledge of chess through instruction and match play.   HARD COPIES OF REGISTRATION FORMS ONLY (no emailed forms, please)    

ASB Family Dance is on Friday, October 4th!

 ASB's first Family Dance will be held on Friday, October 4th in the ASB Gym. Here are some additional details about the event: 

- The dance will be from 7:00 - 9:00 PM (snacks provided, but please make sure to have dinner beforehand)
- All are welcome - tickets will be $20 per family (see link below)
- Anyone interested in getting volunteer hours can help at the event (double volunteer hours for help with set-up & clean-up!) - see link below
- There will be a rockin' deejay, lots of dancing and good fellowship!

To purchase your family's ticket ($20/family) in advance and be billed via FACTS, please sign-up via this SignUp Genius HERE - include your name, email and a name of one of your children (for billing confirmation purposes only):  . Please sign up by Wednesday, Sept. 25th in order to be billed via FACTS. 

If you would like to volunteer to help out with the dance (before or during), we have several volunteer opportunities - they can be found via this SignUp Genius HERE
Looking forward to seeing you all on October 4th!
Any questions, please contact: Holly Gray   or Tracy Erickson
Next Parent Board Meeting: Wed, Sept. 25th, 6:45 pm
All are welcome to join the Parent Board at our first official meeting of the year at Assumption Church's Fellowship Hall.
ASB Diverse Learners Parent Group: Fall Meeting Save the Date! 
You're invited to join us on Thurs, Oct 24th from 7-9 pm for our first Parent Social/Education meeting of the year. Dedicated to celebrating and supporting kids who may learn a little differently, the group allows time for socializing, sharing of resources, and some Parent Ed focused on a topic of interest. Meetings are held every other month along with bi-yearly speaker events. All are welcome. Location will be in NE Seattle. Details to come! Reach out to
Alethea Westover with any questions, comments, ideas
Hot Lunch Program Sign-ups
"The hot lunch program has updated its name to "The Lunch Ladies."  Parents who have used the hot lunch program in the past need to use their new URL  Accounts and passwords have been retained, all that is needed is for parents to assign students to their new classrooms.
New parents, instructions on setup of an account can be found on the ASB website under Parents Board -->HOT LUNCH PROGRAM – Cafe Boonli"
School Store Hours: Wednesdays: 8:30-9:15 am and Thursdays: 2:45-3:15 pm
  • If you ordered a hoodie at the Open House/BBQ, they will be sent home next week with your child.
  • If you had an IOU (due to payment processing issues at Open House) I have sent an email with the amount. Please submit to Mary Patneaude in the main office as soon as possible. We can’t send orders home without payment, and apologize for any inconvenience

Volunteers Needed!

Click HERE  for all the details about these FOUR great volunteer opportunities.
ASB Family Dance Coordinators - this is coming right up!
* Help organize the first ever ASB Family Dance on October 4th. Contact Holly Gray 

Scrip Volunteer - 3 different job opportunities! Do as many as you like!
* Help with weekly scrip order filling. Contact HERE
* Pick up scrip from local vendors once a month. Contact HERE
* Help with monthly St. Bridget scrip sales. Sign up HERE 
Contact: Lisa Bekins VanDerhoef

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, September 19th -- 25th
(Thank you Third Grade Families! Please note: Drop-off Location is on 62nd St. next to cones)
Thursday, 9/19: Loop --  van der Ven, Slavin, Carey, Hofmann;  -- Drop-off -- Kirk, Dreis
Friday, 9/20: Loop -- Childress, Volpone, O'Mahoney, Rasmussen; Drop-off --  Bruch, Phillips
Monday, 9/23; Loop -- Simonds, Wickens, Falon, Yeend; Drop-off -- Hieger, Halls
Tuesday, 9/24: Loop -- Eagan, Erickson, Chawes, Vitulli; Drop-off -- Meldahl, Griffith
Wednesday, 9/25: Loop -- Trepanier, Sloan, Eagan, Taylor; Drop-off -- Romey, Conner

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. 

Assumption Parish: Weekly “no obligation” inquiry sessions begin Wednesday, September,18 7-8:30pm in the St. Joseph meeting room. Any questions?  Email Ellen Bollard . We hope to see you there.
Daffodil and tulip bulbs will be sold at Assumption Parish on the weekend of September 21st-22nd!
-    10 hardy varieties from the premiere bulb company in Skagit Valley.
-    $10 per dozen, available from the ladies of Frances Hoffman Circle after all Masses.
-    Think beautiful blooms! Think spring. Think of the children and families in crisis who will benefit from your purchase!
*** You can also order bulbs on the attached flyer HERE, if you contact us in advance we can have your order ready for you!

  • 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!
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.
Want to Learn more about Becoming Catholic?  Join us on
Sundays September 8, 15, or 22
Stop by St. Bridget parish hall after the 9:30am mass on September 8, 15, or 22 to learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  This is the process by which individuals explore Catholicism, grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, and discern their calling to join the Catholic Church.  RCIA classes at St. Bridget will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning October 9.  Contact Carla for more info.  At Assumption parish, classes begin September 18th and your contact is Ellen .
Seattle Prep News
Middle school families, learn more about Seattle Prep HERE 
Youth Football Camp information 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
O'Dea News
Middle school families, learn more about O'Dea HERE
  Roosevelt HS News
Middle school families learn more about RHS HERE
 Archbishop Murphy News
Middle school families, learn more about Archbishop Murphy HS HERE
Cub Pack Information
Join the adventure of Cub Scouts! Pack 167 is a family-run, co-ed Pack and all boys and girls in grades K-5 are welcome to join. Scouting is a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills, go camping and get engaged with the community. We meet Monday nights from 7-8 in the University district. If you are interested or have any questions please contact HERE, or Erik Selberg (Charlie's dad) - .
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