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Week of January 27, 2019
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JANUARY 2019     
27-31:  Catholic Schools Week & ASB Spirit Week (see themes below)
31:       ASB School Open House, 9-10:30 am
            Catholic Schools Week Mass, 1:30 pm at Assumption Gym

FEBRUARY 2019
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)
            Pennies For Patients (Feb 4-14; see details below)
8:         Middle School Ski Bus, 3:30 pm
            Midterm
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 30, 2019
 
Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Parishioners, and Friends of ASB School,
 
Happy Catholic Schools Week!  We’ve had a wonderful celebration of our Catholic school so far and look forward to continuing it throughout the week.  On Sunday, our PreK and 8th grade students did an excellent job of leading mass at Assumption and St. Bridget parishes.  I always love to see to our oldest students helping our youngest.  It is a reminder to me of the incredible gift of having a PreK through 8th school. We get to watch them grow up, help shape who they will become, and witness them grow from first-time learners asking for help to student leaders providing that help.  Talk about moments of incarnation!  Our 4th annual Bulldog Bash was also a hit.  Our 7th and 8th grade teams played well and our Bulldog Cheer Squad entertained us all!  Thank you to Student Leadership Team, Kelley Kane, Bryan Van Pelt, and Dylan Pouley for all their work on this event. 
 
On Monday, we celebrated community and dressed in our comfy clothes.  As school families, we gathered to focus on one of the most critical elements of our Catholic school: service.  We decorated nylon string bags for the homeless at the winter shelter our parishes host in partnership with Our Lady of the Lake.  Our staff donated new hats, socks, gloves and hand warmers, filling the bags with essentials for those battling homelessness.  I love starting our week focused on giving back and truly living as Jesus call us to live.
 
Yesterday, we celebrated our terrific students.  As they dressed to represent their favorite decades, they also had chocolate milk at lunch and received a free dress coupon.  We ended the day gathered in the gym for a fun-filled assembly with the Rhythm Ambassadors.  I think the students’ favorite part was probably a tie between watching the teachers have to all get up to perform a dance and the student volunteers who got to learn the Fortnite dance. 
 
Today we celebrate our families – the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and more who do so much to support our students and our school.  I hope you were able to swing by for a latte and a donut this morning.  The collaboration and partnership with our families makes us who we are and strengthens our school each day.  We are so grateful to you and could not do this important work of Catholic education without you.
 
Tomorrow, we will have our final Open House of the year from 9-10:30.  We will also celebrate mass at 1:30 in the gym.  We would love to have you join us!  We will also focus on vocation and our gratitude for Fr. Oliver, Fr. Kyle, the Dominican sisters, and all who have chosen a vocation to further the mission and teachings of Jesus.  We are blessed by their example, expertise, and guidance.
 
Finally, on Friday we will celebrate our faculty and staff.  I am not exaggerating when I say we have one of the most dedicated, caring, knowledgeable, and genuine staffs in Seattle.  They bring expertise, commitment to excellence, a desire to always learn more, and authentic care of students every day.  If you can, please let them know how grateful you are to have them at ASB.
 
I want to close with a reflection that shows exactly why Catholic schools are so important.  I often read a daily reflection and today’s was the perfect fit.  From the book, Fragments of Your Ancient Name by Joyce Rupp:
              Holy One, how distant some have placed you, apart and out of reach from our ordinariness, Yet, your presence breathes life into creation, brings to birth the most common of things.  You are the Holy One, familiar with earthiness.  Your touch of life-giving, creative artistry assigns the sacred to every facet of existence.  You gaze upon what composes each particle and choose to call it good.  Bow to you, I will.  But set you at a distance? That I refuse to do.
 
Catholic schools allow us to find the Holy One in the ordinary.  They allow us to keep Jesus central and close in all that we do. 

Thank you for choosing Catholic school and thank you for choosing to be here at ASB.
 
Best,
Kathleen Conklin

The 4th Annual Bulldog Bash kicked off Catholic Schools & ASB Spirit Week!

Thank you to all of our families that came out for our 4th Annual Bulldog Bash. This year's event was the most attended and most exciting in the history of the event.  One of the highlights was undoubtedly the inaugural performance of the Bulldog Cheer Squad.  Those girls gave an inspirational and impressive display of Bulldog Spirit. A big thank you to Tracy Erickson, Heidi Bruch and Honey Phillips, our Bulldog Cheer Squad coaches.

I would also like to thank Kelley Kane, Bryan Van Pelt and the ASB Student Leadership Team. Without each of them this event would not be possible.  


Yearbook Team Photos Needed!  
Team pictures from soccer and basketball are needed for the yearbook.  Please email them ASAP to Christa Caballero





Th. 1/31:         ASB Spirit Day & Open House (mass uniforms, please)
Fri. 2/1: 
         Sports Day (wear your favorite team's logo-wear)
 
Baseball News: 
ASB CYO Baseball Registration is now open. Registration for baseball is open to all boys grades 5th through 8th and will run from Wednesday, January 30, through Wednesday, February 13 at 11:59 pm.  Late registration will begin at midnight on February 14 and run through February 15, at 11:59 pm.  No registration will be accepted after February 15. ASB School has enough equipment and uniforms to field three CYO  baseball teams.  This means that one or more of the teams will be a split team of multiple grade levels.  
 

Registration for Baseball is now open,  CLICK HERE



Basketball News:
Basketball season has come to a close for many of our ASB teams.  Congrats to all those teams that are finished and good luck to all the teams with games this weekend.  A HUGE congrats to the following teams that made the CYO playoffs and will be competing in playoffs this week and this weekend: 6th grade boys and girls varsity teams, 7th grade boys and girls and 8th grade boys and girls.
 

Below are the PLAYOFF game times for each of our ASB teams,
please come out and support our teams in their games this weekend.

 

  • 6th Grade Girls vs. winner of TBD: Sunday, 2/3, 12:00 pm at St. Anthony
  • 6th  Grade Boys vs. TBD: Sunday, 2/3, 1:15 pm at St. John
  • 7th Grade Girls vs. St. Monica: Saturday, 2/2, 11:30 am at Our Lady of Fatima
  • 7th Grade Boys vs. Our Lady of Fatima: Saturday, 2/2, 9:00 am at St. George
  • 8th Grade Girls vs. Lakeside: Saturday, 2/2, 2:00 pm at St. Francis
  • 8th Grade Boys vs. St. Joe's: Saturday, 2/2, 10:15 am at St. Joe's
 

For a full list of all the playoff games and brackets, click HERE


Volleyball News:
Volleyball registration is now closed and we are now in the process of finalizing coaches and arranging teams. If you are interested in coaching, please do not hesitate to contact Emilie O'Connor (Volleyball Coordinator) or Dylan Pouley.  

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 on Monday, February 11, and Wednesday, February 13. 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.

 

Volleyball Assessments 2019:  

 
7th Grade Girls

Monday, Feb. 11, from 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8:30-9:45 p.m.

8th Grade Girls

Monday, Feb. 11, from 8:30-9:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 7:00-8:15 p.m.
 
  
The following are the times for the CYO volleyball coaches meetings and Play Like a Champion Today training.  CYO requires at least one coach from every team attend a coaches meeting.  I will update individual coaches on their needs for PLACT training.

Archdiocesan Coaches Meetings:
  • Tuesday, February 12:  7:00-8:30 pm @ Isaac Orr Conference Center
  • Saturday, February 16: 9:30 am-11:00 am @ TBD
  • Wednesday, February 20: 7:00-8:30 pm @ Isaac Orr Conference Room
PLACT Sports as Ministry Coaches Trainings
  • Wednesday, February 20: 8:30-11:00 p.m.@ Isaac Orr Conference Center

  

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. 

 
See everyone TOMORROW! Tell a friend!

 

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 raised over $5 million of our $6.5 million goal! 

Find out more about the campaign and building project in our Campaign Newsletter Issue 2.  Read Here

Every gift of every size 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 cbarker@asbschool.org.
 

Together We Can Reach Our Goal - $6.5 million
 

Scrip News

Sign up for a standing order and we will deliver your custom order to you once a month and the payment is automatic!  Sign Up Here 

Questions? Email us at scrip@asbschool.org
 

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! 
 

Thank you to all of those who supported A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools.  More than $716,000 was raised from 6,289 donations to 424 schools in 112 dioceses.  We raised over $1100 to go toward ASB operating expenses.   Thank you! 
 
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!

 

Remember at the beginning of the school year your ASB Parent Board sponsored a coffee hour to showcase Parent and Volunteer opportunities? Well, we decided to highlight some of the latest volunteer roles that could be a perfect fit for you in the weekly newsletter here! 
Parent Board is currently looking for parents to join the 2019-2020 Board as 
•School Services Lead
•Secretary 
•Vice President 
Also, the School store is looking for someone to lead the store initiative. 
We also are looking for help in development with upcoming parent and child events and the Walk-a-thon. 

These volunteer positions give parents new opportunities to have an impact and be a part of this amazing ASB community. Each role is unique and allows you and your skills to shine. 
Please reach out to your ASB Parent Board President, Cat Burns, with any questions/comments. 

School Store has great new items! 
Stop by the store Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon, or order your bulldog gear by sending in a check with the order form in your Wednesday Envelope. Store parents will fill the order and send it back home with your student as soon as possible. Go to HERE for more information.

RIDGE RECEIPTS RAISING MONEY FOR ASB
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 30th - February 6th
(Thank you Seventh Grade and 8th Grade Families!)
Thursday, 1/31: Loop - Hyde, Johnson, Juric-Sekhar, Merriman; Big Toy - King, Kizzier
Friday, 2/1: Loop - Breedlove, Calapristi, Cardwell, Stonich; Big Toy - Dermody, Diefendorf
Monday, 2/4: DiMartino, Dougherty, Droppelman, Dunn; Big Toy - Eldred, Frosaker
Tuesday, 2/5: Gallaudet, Greenberg, Gurry, Hall;  Big Toy - Hamblett, Pierson
Wednesday, 2/6: Loop -  Hirst, Hofmeister, Johnson, Kannier;  Big Toy - Knowles, Krueger


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 extended@asbschool.org 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 

BISHOP BLANCHET YOUTH CAMPS
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 www.NESLL.net to start the registration process.  For questions about registration, please email NESLL's registrar atregistrar@nesll.net ."

 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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