23: Last Day to register guests for Grandparents Day
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
29: ASB Basketball coaches meeting, 7 pm, in the 5B classroom
30: Noon dismissal, Conferences, Extended Care available
31: Noon dismissal, Conferences, Extended Care available
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
October 23, 2019
Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Parishioners, and Friends of ASB School,
Happy Wednesday! This morning, we had our first Open House of the school year. One of my favorite parts of being principal is when prospective families visit. I love seeing them being impressed with our staff and students, welcomed by current families, and easily engaged in all that is happening at ASB. On Open House days, I am always particularly grateful for the parent ambassadors who spend time with our visitors. I also never cease to be impressed with our 7th and 8th grade student ambassadors. They are often the highlight of our visitors’ tours, and today was no exception. The comments I heard over and over were how polite, well-spoken, confident, and prepared our students were throughout the tour. Well done, Bulldogs!
Along the lines of admissions, I want to thank Kelley Kane, our previous Marketing & Admissions Director, for coming back to help with Open House today. It was also a great opportunity for the person taking on that role to learn alongside her. I am excited to announce our next steps in regards to this position. A committee of five staff members interview eight candidates for the open position, most of whom were from outside the ASB community. As we went through the interview process, we also looked at the initiatives that are coming out of our recent strategic plan, areas of growth identified by our Development Committee, the things we’ve learned from running a capital campaign, and our goals moving forward. After much discussion, the conclusion was made to restructure our approach in order to meet those goals.
Moving forward, previous roles will be restructured to form an Advancement Office. Courtney Barker, our current Director of Development, will now be the Director of Advancement, overseeing all marketing and development efforts. Kaitlyn Miller, who has worked closely with Kelley and Courtney over the last few years, will be the Enrollment & Advancement Officer, overseeing all admissions processes, registrar duties, and support marketing and development. Courtney and Kaitlyn will be a wonderful team and already have exciting ideas for building the future of ASB. Kaitlyn is particularly excited to work with the families of our future Bulldogs, so send them her way!
We will be hiring an Accounts Receivable/Business Office Assistant for some of Kaitlyn’s prior duties. The job description will be posted on our website soon. Please let me know if you have any possible candidates.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our annual Halloween Carnival this coming Sunday and all of you at conferences next week!
Have a great rest of the week and relaxing weekend!
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 PreK-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
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.
ASB Cross Country Bulldog Fun Run is this weekend!!
Cross Country News: Congratulations to the ASB Cross Country Team for finishing another hugely successful season of cross country. Last week we acknowledged some great individual finshers at each of the two final cross-country events. Unfortunately, we missed a couple of students that finished in the top FIVE for their grade level, sorry guys.
This 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
And congrats to the following individual performers:
Leighton Crile - 2nd Place
Rory Crile - 5th Place
Connor Cahill - 5th Place
Middle School basketball assessments concluded last night, thank you so much to all of our volunteer basketball assessors. I also want to thank all the students that came out to assessments. I know it is not an easy experience, it is highly stressful, and it can be overwhelming, but our ASB students handled themselves tremendously well and showed a lot of sportsmanship and commitment. Thank you to all that were involved.
By the end of this week, I should have all the teams finalized and coaches assigned to teams. There are a number of upcoming coaches meetings for CYO basketball, it is required that a coach from each basketball team attend the ASB basketball coaches meeting and one of the CYO basketball coaches meetings.
Our ASB School Basketball Coaches
meeting will be Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 pm
in the 5th grade classroom. At this meeting we will:
- Draft practice times
- Hand out equipment
- Review rules and expectations for the upcoming season
The CYO basketball coaches meetings, one coach from each team is required to attend, will be held on the following dates, times and at the following locations:
- Wednesday, November 6 - 7:00-8:30pm at Isaac Orr Conference Center (910 Marion St. Seattle, WA 98104)
- Saturday, November 9 - 9:00-10:30am at Our Lady of the Lake Multipurpose Room located next to the gym (3517 NE 89th St Seattle, WA 98115)
- Tuesday, November 12 - 7:00-8:30pm at Isaac Orr Conference Center (910 Marion St. Seattle, WA 98104)
Soccer seasons will start to conclude this weekend and we should find out the playoff schedules for our middle school soccer teams. I will update everyone as soon as I know the schedule for CYO soccer playoffs.
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.
Thank you to all of our Parent Ambassadors and volunteers who helped make this morning's Open House a huge success! Thanks also to our 7th and 8th grade Student Ambassadors, who did a fabulous job leading prospective families on tours.
Please continue talking with friends, neighbors & co-workers about our next event, coming up on November 14th.
Grandparents and Friends Day is on November 27th!
Today is the last day to register your guests for Grandparents Day
. 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 frame work has begun for our brand new building, which will include a Library and Innovation Center, mulitple classrooms, a new secure entrance, and more.
To fund this project we have to meet our $6.5 million goal. Currently, we have raised nearly $5.5. million. We are so appreciative of the donors who have helped us get this far. If you have been considering a gift, now is the time to make your pledge, before the end of 2019. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we Can Reach Our Goal - $6.5 million
Sweaters and Pants Season is Coming!
Get your Dennis Uniform scrip to stock up on warm sweaters and sweatshirts (and ASB plaid hair accessories). Dennis Uniform closed its Tukwila store at the beginning of the month, but is offering a 15% discount and free shipping (over $25) for ASB at dennisuniform.com. Using scrip on dennisuniform.com is easy and ASB gets 6% back!
Don't forget your Gap/Old Navy, Nordstrom or Target scrip before ordering uniform pants to replace the shorts.
Sign up Here for your Scrip or use your Wednesday envelope!
Questions? Email us at email@example.com
Cheers to 40 Years! November 23, 2019
Buy Your Tickets Now
Make sure to purchase your individual child head shot (new item!) and the class group photo. Order Here Now
We need your help on the day of the big event. Double your hours! Click here for volunteer opportunities
Missing Procurement Items
- we have two items that have been donated, but we can't identify the donor. 1) Rose gold hoverboard, 2) 2016 Ridge Vineyard Monte Bello wine. If this is your item please let us know so you get credit for the donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shopping for holiday WINE? Please consider donating a bottle(s) of wine valued at $25 or more. You can easily drop off at Mary House front door OR we will be at Loop every Thursday morning in November (7th, 14th, and 21st). We also have an account set up at McCarthy & Schiering - just call and give your payment details and they will do the rest - 206-524-9500. You can also venmo $25 or more to @Debbie-Turner-16 and we will do the shopping for you! Contact Megan Johnson, Lisa Hagain, or Debbie Turner with questions at email@example.com.
For everything Auction, Visit Our Website Here
Courtney Albertini, Michelle Cahill, and Tracy Erickson
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.
Diverse Learners Parent Group Meeting: October 24th, 7 pm
Our First Diverse Learners Parent Group Meeting of the school year is tomorrow. All are welcome to join us for all or part of the time Thursday, Oct 24th at 7 pm. Location: The Gunter Home at 6801 44th Pl NE. Meet up with fellow parents and caregivers to socialize, share resources, and discuss a topic of interest (for this meeting, we'll focus on the role of parents as school partners with student support plans and positive communication strategies). Questions? Email Alethea Westover
Also, interested in learning more about how to support a student with learning differences at home and at school? If so, mark your calendars for this upcoming Speaker Event: Ten Tips for Advocating For Your Child: Tuesday, Nov 12th
Join The Arc of King County's Parent-to-Parent Supervisor and IEP Parent Partner Program Administrator Rachel Nemhauser on Tues., Nov 12th at 7 pm at St. Bridget Parish's Fireside Room for a dynamic presentation describing information it’s helpful to know in order to engage with your child’s education. Topics include: brief overview of special education law, important definitions, the IEP process, evaluations, using data effectively, facing challenging behaviors, high school transition, conflict resolution, working with the IEP team, 504 accommodations, dual enrollment option for private-school families, and more.
Hosted by the ASB Diverse Learners Parent Group. Questions? Reach out to 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)
for all the details about these FOUR great volunteer opportunities.
*Help with monthly St. Bridget scrip sales
. Sign up HERE
Contact: Lisa Bekins VanDerhoef
* 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 24th -- October 30th
(Thank you Fourth Grade Families! Please Note: Drop-off Location is on 62nd St. next to cones)
Thursday, 10/24: Loop -- Lockwood, Hulett, Cohn, McCormick; Drop-off -- Rosellini, Westover
Friday, 10/25: Loop -- Gray, Davis, Laughery, Othman; Drop-off -- Watson, Franson
Monday, 10/28; Loop -- Blue, Barrett, Kheriaty, Volk; Drop-off -- Branham, Tandog
Tuesday, 10/29: Loop -- Hartvigson, Larson, Kane, Wierenga; Drop-off -- Stewart, Touw
Wednesday, 10/30: Loop -- Nieswandt, Blits, Zweifel, Dierks; Drop-off -- McKinley, Renna
Extended Care will be open
during half-days for conferences next week! If your family is in need of childcare during the ASB conference days, please contact Dylan Pouley and Kai Bond to let us know that you will need to use Extended Care. If you know specific hours of need, this is incredibly helpful for us to plan for staffing.
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 is OPEN during parent teacher conferences.
- 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.
Holiday Wreath Sale!
It's that time of year to think about buying a wreath. Don't fight the crowds at the big box stores, let us make it easy for you! What if you could just pick it up after Mass or after school? And, what if your wreath would support children and families’ charities at the same time?!!! Win-win. The Frances Hoffman Circle is selling 22 inch Mixed Noble Fir wreaths, fragrant and long lasting, for $20. Order now and pick up at ASB Tuesday November 26th or Assumption Parish the weekend of December 1st.
To order, contact Stephanie Read, or use the attached brochure HERE.
Order deadline: November 15th. THANK YOU!
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.
1st Communion & 1st Reconciliation Sacramental Prep
- 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 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
Seattle Prep Stages Award Winning Play - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time information HERE Buy tickets HERE
Open House info 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
Middle school families, learn more about O'Dea HERE
Fall Open House is Wednesday, November 6th from 6pm to 9pm. No RSVP required.
Visitation Days schedule HERE
Youth Football Night Friday, October 25th, 7pm at West Seattle Stadium
Roosevelt HS News
Middle school families learn more about RHS HERE
ROUGH RIDER GIRLS FEEDER BASKETBALL TRYOUTS!!! information 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
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.
- Does your child or a child you know have any airborne allergies or health conditions impacted by air quality?
- In what scenario would you be most concerned about your child’s exposure to airborne allergens or airborne diseases?
- What information would help you feel less concerned in this scenario?
- When or how often would you ideally like to be able to access this information?
- In what ways would you like to access or be notified of this information?
Girls Lacrosse information HERE