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Week of February 24, 2019
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FEBRUARY 
28:       Bulldog Bibliophiles (ASB Parent Book Club), 8:40am at Bryant Cafe

MARCH
1:        CYO Middle School Dance (gr. 7-8), 7:00-9:30pm at Assumption Gym
4:        Free Dress Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul pantry (1st Monday of the month)
6:        Ash Wednesday Mass (gr. 3-8), 9:00am at Assumption
           Ash Wednesday Prayer Service (PreK-2), 10:30am at Assumption
6-8:     5th Grade Camp, North Cascades Institute
8:        Middle School Ski Bus, 3:30pm (reschedule)
12:      Conferences:  Noon Dismissal/Extended Care available
13:      Conferences:  Noon Dismissal/Extended Care available
           Standing Scrip orders home
14:      Conferences:  9:30am Late Start & Noon Dismissal/Extended Care available
12-14  Usborne Books & More Book Fair, 12:00-5:00pm
15:      End of Trimester 2
           Archdiocesan In-Service:  No School/No Extended Care
22:      Report cards home via Alma
24:      ASB-led Parish Mass (4th gr. leads), 9:30am at St. Bridget and 10:30am at Assumption
25:      Lenten Prayer Service (gr. K-8), 1:20pm at Assumption
27:      State of the School (evening session), 6:30pm at Assumption Fellowship Hall
28:      State of the School (morning session), 7:45am at Assumption Fellowship Hall
           State of the School (lunch session), 12:00pm at Assumption Fellowship Hall
29:      Assumption Parish Fish Fry, 5:30pm at Assumption Gym

View the entire 2018-19 ASB Calendar here
February 27, 2019
 
Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Parishioners, and Friends of ASB School,
 
Happy Wednesday!  It’s a full week (yay!) and a full newsletter.  Thank you in advance for reading through and paying attention to all of the information provided.
 
Today, our neighbors will receive this letter from the school.  As you may remember, we were able to mediate one of the neighborhood appeals on our construction project and the focus of that appeal was traffic.  It is important that we remember that while we are a school, we are also a part of a residential neighborhood and have a responsibility to act as respectful, conscientious members of this neighborhood.  As a result of the mediation and to improve our relationship with the neighborhood, we will be taking a more diligent approach to enforcing our traffic and parking plans.  We need your help with this to not only avoid future issues, but also to improve our reputation as respectful members of this neighborhood.
  • Follow the approved traffic pattern.  The updated visuals and description will be on the website by Friday, but the main points are:
    • Enter the drop off/pick up patterns from 65th.
    • Drive slowly and do not break the law by being on your phone.
    • Take the fastest route back to an arterial.
      • Turn left at 62nd and 33rd to head back to 35th.
      • Follow the Big Toy line around the school back to 65th.
    • Don’t run the red light on 65th.  Pay attention.
    • Drop-off and pick-up in the designated areas only.
    • Be respectful of our crossing guards, staff, and parents on duty.  Cross at the correct intersections, follow the patterns, and don’t put them in the position to have to correct you.
    • Park legally. Don’t block driveways and be sure you are the legal distance from intersections.
  • Turn in the form in that will go home next week (3/6) in your Wednesday envelope.  One of the agreements of the mediation was that we would have information on file for all vehicles regularly dropping off/picking up students at ASB.
  • Help each other.  If you see something, say something.  We are all responsible for the safety of students and each other.
  • Act like it is your own neighborhood.  Drive like it is your children and families at risk.
 
As we look towards next year, we are fortunate to have the majority of our staff returning and continuing to build consistency at ASB.  Moves, retirement, and new opportunities are always a part of any business, including schools.  While we are blessed to have almost everyone returning next year, we do need to say one additional farewell.  Caitlin Dietz, one of our second grade teachers, will be moving on next year.  Caitlin came to us from the charter school system and after a few years’ hiatus, she is called to return to charter schools and fully utilize her special education training.  We are grateful to Caitlin to the care and expertise she brought to our students.  While we are sad to see her go, we are also blessed to be able to have Rachel Zolotusky, 2A instructional aide, move into the second grade teacher role.  Rachel came to us three years ago as a certified teacher who wanted to work at ASB and has patiently waited for an opportunity to become a homeroom teacher.  While working in second grade the last three years, she has not only completed her Masters’ degree but had multiple opportunities to team and teach with the current teachers.  This will be a smooth transition for the second grade team and a great teacher for our students.
 
Please keep our 8th graders in your prayers this week.  They have received notifications from high schools and are in the midst of making final decisions.  Tomorrow, they will head to St. Bridget for their mid-year retreat, focusing on the legacy they’ve made and the legacy they want to leave as they head into their final months at ASB.  This is a special time for them and they and their families appreciate the continued support of our community.
 
A quick correction to last week’s newsletter – I wrote the wrong dates for State of the School.  Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 PM and Thursday, March 28th at 7:45 AM or 12:00 PM.  Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory prior to registering for next year. 
 
At this point, we will not be making up student days for the snow.  March 15th will remain a no school/staff professional development day. 
 
One of my favorite things is hearing about the accomplishments of our graduates.  Here are some outstanding students deserving of congratulations:

              Congratulations to Seattle Prep senior and alum Hugh Killalea!  Hugh was just named a National Merit Finalist, which is a tremendous honor and exemplifies his hard work.

              Congratulations to Charlie Horey, big brother of Frances and Albert, who made honor roll his first semester as an O’Dea freshman!

              Congratulations to all of our alums at Bishop Blanchet who made the honor roll for the first semester!  Check out the list here.

If you hear of outstanding accomplishments of our alumni, please pass them our way so we can give them a proper shout out!
 
As if I didn’t give you enough to read in this letter, here are a few great articles for you: Have a terrific rest of the week and a wonderful weekend!
 
Best,
Kathleen Conklin
                                                                       

SAVE THE DATES!
The 8th grade class will be hosting TWO parents’ nights out for its annual fundraiser this year.  Students in grades PK-4 are invited to join their favorite 8th graders in the Assumption gym on Sunday March 3rd, 5:00-8:00, and Friday March 22nd, 6:00-9:00, while their parents enjoy an evening out.  Attend either or both!  Pizza, crafts, and games included.  Registration information will be coming soon. 


Book Fair
Come visit our Usborne Books and More Book Fair during Parent-Teacher conference week
March 12-14th from (12-5pm).  Shop for your ASB student's home library, choose books for gifting or fulfill an ASB teacher's wish list! 
Books available on site or shop online HERE: "ASB Book Fair" 
 

 

ASB Parents: help us spread the word!
We are looking for more Kindergartners and middle schoolers for 2019-20! Please tell the families with young children in your neighborhoods & at work about ASB! We have openings for 2019-20 in all grades (some more than others) - so PLEASE inquire! 
 
All prospective families should email me to arrange a tour!
 

 
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)

  
 



 The teachers and staff at ASB are all so committed, and inspire our kids daily. Our facility should reflect the quality of teachers and education they provide to our kids.   We are very excited about the new state-of-the-art Technology and Innovation Center, which will offer all of our children improved STEM curriculum and academic challenges .  We are so close to reaching our campaign goal and every donation matters, I hope you will consider joining our efforts, thank you!  - Shawn & Michelle Cahill 
Reilly (4th Grade), Connor (2nd Grade), and Ellie (Kinder).

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

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

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

Rushing around during this busy pre-spring season, and planning to eat out?  Consider supporting one of our local vendors that give 20% back to ASB through scrip - Varlamos, Ridge, and Wedgwood Broiler.  Click Here to get yours today!

Questions? Email us at scrip@asbschool.org
 

Due to your generosity we surpassed our goal by over $45,000, an incredible accomplishment.  Congratulations to our dedicated Auction Chairs - Jenni Volk, Diane Othman, and Melissa Malley and all of our committee members.  Thank you for your support of the 2018 Auction!

Sign Up Parties: Last chance to sign up for parties!   - 8th Grade Parties, Movie Night in the Gym, Sip & Draw Night.  Sign Up Here

Auction Items: Have you picked up your winning items?  Please pick up at Mary House after drop off or before pick up.

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Auction!   Questions?  Email auction@asbschool.org

 
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!

Have you been interested in Parent Board? Looking for a fun way to get involved after your work day? Searching for an easy way to log some volunteer hours? Look no more! 
Parent Board is currently offering exciting opportunities for parents to join the 2019-2020 Board with the following positions: 

Vice President 
Treasurer
Secretary
School Services Lead

This week, we're highlighting two of these great and important jobs: Treasurer and School Services! This could be a good fit for my schedule and skills, you may be thinking--but what do these jobs entail?

Both are two-year commitments, and include attending a monthly parent board meeting. In addition:

Treasurer: prepares and presents a monthly financial report, creates an annual Parent Board budget, and oversees School Store managers

School Services Lead: Serves as lead, with support from additional team members, parent volunteer services throughout the year, including Room Parents, Hospitality, Faculty Appreciation, Welcome Program, Parent Ambassadors, and 8th Grade Graduation events (breakfast and reception).  


And believe it or not, the School Store is still in need of someone to lead the store initiative. Could this be you?
Or would you prefer focusing in on a single event? We are looking for a volunteer to lead the Mother/Son event this spring! Development Lead Tracy Erickson would love to tell you more about how you could help be part of this special event.
Intrigued? Have questions? Email your ASB Parent Board President, Cat Burns, to discuss any of the positions listed above. 
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 through the rest of February. Please remember to save your receipts and turn them in at the main office!
Thank you to everyone who has participated up to this date, we have been able to raise over $300!

Traffic Duty, February 28th--March 6th
(Thank you Eighth Grade and Second Grade Families!)
Thursday, 2/28: Loop -- Roske, Schultze, Sevilla, Shelton; Big Toy -- Slavin, Eldred
Friday, 3/1: Loop -- Acosta, Glover, Griffith, Grus; Big Toy -- Halls, Hartsock
Monday, 3/4: Loop -- Hieger, Hofmann, Jackson, M. Johnson; Big Toy -- T. Johnson, Jones
Tuesday, 3/5: Loop - Kirk, Kois, Laskey, Arralde; Big Toy -- Matlock, McKinley
Wednesday, 3/6: Loop - Chawes, Moriarty, Okada, O'Mahony; Big Toy -- Erickson, Anderson

Camp ASB 2019 Registration is now OPEN!

Click HERE to download the registration forms

Camp ASB registration forms are now available.  We are still working on the summer calendar, and that information will not be available until around the start of April. However, registration forms and camp dates are now official and we are ready to start accepting registration forms.

This summer, Camp ASB will return to its traditional schedule.  We will be open for 7 weeks in June and July, with the month of August closed for maintenance and faculty in-service work.  We are anticipating construction activities over the course of the summer, and the same cautiousness in which we entered last summer will also guide our plans for this summer.  As we plan for this coming summer, we are always looking to add more activities and new experiences to our schedule, as well as trying to shape our program to best meet the needs of all of our families.  In this regard, we are planning on revising our Camp ASB policies on the use of personal electronics.  We still want to allow students to have freedom and choice in their summer experience, but we also want to respect those families that limit screen time or have specific rules about screen time.  We will have more information on our new plan, when everything is finalized.

I am also happy to announce that Camp ASB will again be partnering with Hoopaholics Basketball to offer a Camp ASB Basketball Camp the week of July 22-26. 2019.  
 

 

The full Camp ASB calendar and KinderCamp information for 2019 will be available by the beginning of April.

 

Tax Information for Extended Care families is available in each families FACTS account. From each family's FACTS account, one has the ability to  create a report of the hours paid for and used during a specific time frame.
The Tax ID # for Extended Care is 911934765
Extended Care reminders:
  • Camp ASB Registration forms are now available.  Please go to the Extended Care page on the ASB Website, to get more information.
  • Tax information is available to each family via their FACTS account.  The Tax ID # for ASB School is: 911934765
  • 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.
Volleyball News:
Volleyball games begin this weekend! Please look to the CYO Team Sideline website to find the complete game schedule for each team.  GO BULLDOGS!!

CYO Volleyball Schedules

Basketball News:

Uniform returns: Basketball uniforms should be returned to each teams head coach or one parent or family designated by the head coach.  Do not send your uniforms into ASB or to Dylan Pouley.  It is very important that each uniform is returned as a set that was given out to each team.  Thank you.  

Equipment returns: Basketball equipment can be returned mornings or afternoons at ASB Extended Care.  There is a wire shelf next to the Extended Care office on which coaches can return their equipment bags.  

Baseball News: 
Stay tuned for more information on practice times and schedules for each of the ASB Baseball teams.  
 

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. 
 
Assumption Parish:

March 4th Free Dress Food Drive
PreK – Paper Towels and small Laundry Soap
Kindergarten -  Kleenex
1st Grade – canned Pears and Peaches, fruit cocktail 
2nd Grade – Applesauce 
3rd Grade – granola bars/protein bars
4th Grade – Peanut Butter
5th Grade – Jelly or Jam
6th Grade – Crackers, Saltines, Ritz, Wheat thins etc
7th Grade – canned hams and canned salmon
8th Grade – canned peas, canned green beans  

Thank you to all the ASB students and their families. Your monthly donations are making a huge difference in the lives of those we serve within our Assumption and St. Bridget boundaries. Last Months toiletries and cleaning supplies drive was amazing. One of the volunteers was holding a small jug of laundry detergent and remarked, "this is like GOLD" to those we serve. 
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.   If you wish to make a monetary donation at any time to St. Vincent de Paul please use the following link 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, April 1st
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!

On March 18th, Archbishop Murphy High School will be hosting a screening of “Angst,” a film documenting personal experiences with anxiety, interviews with Mental Health Professionals and how to reach out for help. Our hope is to provide a evening where families can become more informed about the daily experiences of youths, access necessary resources to aid in building positive coping skills and empower families to continue the conversation about mental health at home.
Community Screening of "Angst"
When: Monday, March 18th
Doors open at 6:30 PM, Screening begins at 7:00 PM
Where: AMHS Gym
*There is no cost to attend the event.

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