Week of September 1, 2019
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9:         Kindergarten Full Days begin
11:       Curriculum Night (PreK-5th), 7:00pm at Assumption Gym
13:       CYO Dance (7-8th), 7:00pm at Assumption Gym
17:       Curriculum Night (6-8th), 7:00pm at Assumption Gym
18:       Standing Scrip orders home
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)
26-27:  8th Grade Fall Challenge Retreat
30:       Presenter & Author Andrew McPeak - Parent Ed Night, 7:00 PM in Assumption Fellowship Hall

2019-20 Calendar

September 4, 2019

Dear Students, Families, Alumni, Parishioners, and Friends of ASB School,

I am so glad you are all here!  Whether you are a student, parent, family member, parishioner, alum or alumni family, neighbor, or friend, each of you is such an important part of our community.  While I love summer, I am always excited to start another year.  I am so glad each of you is her, a part of our community, ready to continue the important work we have to do.
As we start this year, you will notice our bulletin board by the main office reads, "Welcome one another, for the glory of God, as Christ welcomed you" from Romans 15:7.  Each year is an opportunity for us to reaffirm our commitment to the values and expected behaviors that shape our community.  The beginning of the year can be a fresh start for committing to inclusiveness, trust, honest communication, and partnership, not only between families and the school, but also amongst each other.  At our in-service last week, we focused on the fact that all students are all of our students, from the moment they enter ASB until the moment they graduate.  The same is true for us as parents and families.  This is our community and each of our responsibility for the duration of our time at ASB – and often, even beyond that.  It is in this spirit that I ask each family to take some time to read the updated Family Handbook, available on our website.  In your Wednesday envelope today, there is a form that all families are required to sign to acknowledge their commitment to the policies outlined in the handbook.  If you are a two-parent household, we ask that both parents sign the form.  Please return these to the main office.
In the spirit of welcome, I have attached a letter from our new counselor Mrs. Christy Dahl.  I know many of you were able to meet her at the Open House and BBQ and/or yesterday.  Please read her introduction here and join me in welcoming her in this important role!
As we all know with the start of the school year, there a million details to which we all pay attention and try to manage.  Uniforms, lunches, snacks, homework, drop off and pick up, supplies, earlier bedtimes, and more.  One of the things I have found we do well at ASB is communicate the many things you need to know as a family, from events, dates, locations, and other items that help you navigate the year.  We will continue to communicate these on a regular basis and the most common way is this newsletter. I am asking that everyone make the effort to read the newsletter each week.  Generally, everything you need to know is right here.  This is particularly important this year, as we have to rearrange and be flexible on the fly in order to have construction continue smoothly.
I am looking forward to the many opportunities we have to see each other in the next few weeks.  Fall is busy, but all of these events are more than worthwhile!
  • Curriculum Nights – Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 11th (PreK-5) and Tuesday, September 17th (6-8) for 7:00 PM in the gym.  We will begin promptly with an overview of the year, then head to classrooms for two sessions with your children’s homeroom team. The Ridge is ready for you to head over after Curriculum Night to visit and connect with your fellow families.
  • Parent Education – We have two awesome opportunities coming up this fall.  I would love to see as many parents as possible at both.
    • Monday, September 30th – We have the privilege of having Andrew McPeak, co-author of Marching Off the Map, coming to Seattle.  He will be doing a workshop with staff in the afternoon, then offering a parent education evening at 7:00 PM.  He will be speaking about Generation Z – our kids! – and the strengths and challenges they face in a very different world than the one in which we grew up.  He is a well-renowned author and speaker, and this is truly an unique opportunity.
    • Wednesday, October 16th – Dr. Delaney Ruston, creator of the film Screenagers, will be releasing her sequel, The Next Chapter, at the beginning of October.  We are fortunate to be piloting this film focused on mental health, anxiety, and depression.  Please join us for this screening. 
  • Community Building – We have some important events to help build community and connection this fall.
    • Assumption Parish Picnic – Sunday, September 8th
    • St. Bridget Elephant Stampede & Picnic – Sunday, September 15th
    • ASB Family Dance – Friday, October 4th
    • Halloween Carnival – Sunday, October 27th
Finally, while the beginning of the year is generally time for welcome and not good bye, we do have a good bye to say in our community.  Kelley Kane, our Director of Marketing & Admissions, will be moving on to a new role at Bishop Blanchet High School.  This is a wonderful opportunity for her family, particularly as they prepare to have three students in high school next year.  I am so grateful to Kelley and all she has done to build our marketing and admissions programs.  We are lucky she will still be around as a parent and will help transition whomever we hire to ensure we continue to do excellent work.  Kelley has written a note of thanks to the community, please read it here.  Also, please join me in congratulating her and supporting her in this next adventure.  Kelley will finish her role in two weeks and I hope to have the position posted by the end of this week. Feel free to send any qualified candidates my way!
Thank you to each of you for a great start.  I hope everyone has time for rest, relaxation, and a wonderful end of the week and weekend.
Kathleen Conklin

Construction is in full swing and we are approaching $5.5 million in fundraising.

Donate Now Here to get us to the next milestone and support this exciting project for ASB.  Every gift makes a difference!  Pledges can be paid through 2021.
Thank you to our generous donors

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

Together we Can Reach Our Goal - $6.5 million


Scrip News

 Standing Orders 
If you did not pick up your August Standing order, your scrip will go home in today's Wednesday envelope.  Email by Friday if there are any errors.

Scriptember is Back!
Help us build our Scrip Fundraising Program for another successful year with our September contest!
  • All new standing Scrip orders $250+, existing standing order $500, receive a free dress coupon for each child
  • The class with the greatest percentage of famlies with a standing order wins a Top Pot Donut pary
  • Any Scrip order placed during Scriptember will enter you in a drawing for $100 in generic scrip
Sign up Here before September 30 or use your Wednesday envelope!

Questions? Email us at

 Make sure to mark your calendars for November 23!  Tickets on sale next week!

Sponsor Opportunities -   You can support the 40th Auction and promote your business. Check out the new sponsorship opportunities and benefits.  
Click Here for Sponsorships

Volunteering - We are looking for a volunteer to pick up auction items that have been donated by local businesses.  A great way to get in volunteer hours!
Email us at

For everything Auction, visit our website - Click Here

Courtney Albertini, Michelle Cahill, and Tracy Erickson

Soccer News:
The first weekend of games for CYO Soccer 2019 is this weekend! Grades 4-8 will begin games this weekend, with all games taking place on Saturday. Game schedules are available now on the Team Sideline website.    

Games for grades K-3 will start next weekend, September 14-15.  Game schedules for these teams will be released sometime this week. Coaches will contact their teams with their game schedules as soon as these schedules are released by CYO. 

There are two mandatory CYO Soccer Coaches meeting scheduled in the next two weeks, September 4 and September 10.  Every team must have at least one of its coaches attend one of the mandatory preseason coaches' meeting. Failure to have coach representation will result in game forfeiture (grades 5-8) and a game suspension by coach to be determined by CYO Athletics.

CYO Soccer Coaches Meetings:

4-8 Grades - Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 2019 - 7:00 pm (910 Marion St. Seattle, WA 98104)
   Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 2019 - Satellite Site Option - 7:00pm 
   (Kent Evans Auditorium - Lakeside Upper School - 14050 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125)

K-3 Grades - Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 2019 - 7:00 pm (910 Marion St. Seattle, WA 98104)
   Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 2019 - Satellite Site Option - 7:00pm
   (St. Louise School Library - 133 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007)

*PLACT Training at ASB School: ASB School will be hosting a PLACT training on Sunday, September 8 from 5-8 pm, in the 5th grade classrooms.  

Cross Country News:

Practices for ASB Cross Country start this coming Monday, September 9.  

  • Grades K-3 will practice, September 9, 16, 23, 30 
  • Grades 4-8 will practice, September 9, 16, 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 - Group A @ 1:00 pm & Group B @ 3:15 pm
Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2019 - Group B @ 1:00 pm & Group A @ 3:15 pm
K-3 Final: Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019 - Group A @ 1:00 pm & Group B @ 2:30 pm
4-8 Championship Meet: Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2019 @ 1 pm 

CYO Cross Country Coaches Meetings:
7:00 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Isaac Orr Conference Center (910 Marion St. Seattle, WA 98104)

Please contact Dylan Pouley with CYO questions. 
Coordinator Contacts:  
Lincoln Davis, Soccer Coordinator – grades K-4
Emily Childress, Soccer Coordinator – grades 5-8  
Lincoln Davis, Cross Country Coordinator – grades K-8 
Extended Care is up and running for the 2019-2020 school year. I think it is very important to recognize and thank the families at ASB that regularly use Extended Care. The families that use Extended Care are really the reason that our program is as successful as it is. 

Thank you to all of the ASB Extended Care families.

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.  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.
  • Afternoon Extended Care WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE for Kindergarten students the first  week of school, September 3-6.
Open Parent Board Treasurer Position: Please Vote
Over the summer, the Treasurer position, voted on last spring, was resigned due to an out-of-town move. Michael McCarthy, a current ASB parent with a finance background, was recommended by the outgoing Treasurer as a candidate to fill the position; last week, the Parent Board voted to move forward to a general vote. Please take the time to vote by clicking the link HERE 

Hot Lunch Program Update
"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"
Information About Fall Clubs
ASB will hold clubs this Fall, but there will some changes due to construction constraints, including:
  • Clubs will run, from 2:00 or 2:15-3:30 pm on Mondays.
  • Clubs will start the first full week of October on Monday, October 7.
Specific clubs for the Fall will be announced after school commences. 

Back to School Store/Gear Update

What to expect at the Open House BBQ:
  • BTS orders will be available for pick-up in Mary House
  • Stocked items will be available for purchase
  • Orders can be taken for all other items (including cotton hoodies); turn-around time is 2 weeks
To Place  An Order:
  • Print online order form online, submit with payment (checks to office -payable to ASB, credit cards in-store only)
  • Most orders can be filled through the store and will be sent home
  • Store Hours: Starting in September (Tues. mornings 8:30-9 am; afternoons 2:45-3:15 pm)
More information can be found HERE or HERE
ASB Family Dance Save the Date! 
Party planners are hard at work organizing an ASB Family Dance the evening of Friday, October 4th. This will be a great way to meet new families, connect with those you already know, and celebrate the start of another school year. Please get this exciting event on your calendar, and we hope to see you there. More details to be shared in next week's newsletter.
Traffic Duty, September 5th -- 11th
(Thank you Parent Board and Third Grade Families!)
Thursday, 9/5: Loop -- Gray; Spratley, Kirschner  -- Drop-off -- Guidon, Carson
Friday, 9/6: Loop -- O'Donnell; Collup; Gunter; Drop-off -- Hull; Erickson
Monday, 9/9; Loop -- Anderson, Eastwood, Arralde Miller, Hartsock; Drop-off -- Grus, Jackson
Tuesday, 9/10: Loop -- Sleeth, van der Ven, Slavin, Carey; Drop-off -- Hofmann, Kirk
Wednesday, 9/11: Loop -- Dreis, Childress, Volpone, O'Mahony; Drop-off -- Rasumussen, Bruch

Assumption Parish:

Monday, September 9, 2019   Free Dress Food Drive
Thank you one and all for helping to serve our neighbors in need.  Please help feed those who do not have enough.  The requests to the Assumption St. Bridget St. Vincent de Paul conference have increased significantly this past year.  Please be generous as the shelves in the food pantry are very low.
Pre K– Boxed breakfast cereal and Macaroni and Cheese
Kindergarten- Canned fruits—your favorite kinds!
1st Grade– Pasta Sauce and dried pasta
2nd Grade- Granola Bars and small Laundry Soap
3rd Grade– Jam/Jelly and canned vegetables
4th Grade–Canned Spaghetti/Ravioli or canned beef stew
5th Grade- Toilet paper and liquid dish soap
6th Grade– Pasta Sauce and dried pasta
7th Grade- Canned Meats, chicken- turkey- ham or canned tuna
8th Grade-- Cleaning supplies—(Clorox/Lysol type wipes, Dawn-type liquid dish soap—(not dishwasher soap), 409), etc.   
Always in need… deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies!  None of these items may be purchased with food stamps.
Do you have Hotel size soaps and other toiletries, send them in, they will go to help the homeless!
Next Free Dress Food Drive Day is Monday, October 7th.

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 will gather for rehearsal every Tuesday at 3:05 on the steps of the main entrance to Assumption Church on 33rd Ave. NE.  Rehearsals (3:15-4:15) and pick-up are in Assumption Church.  You can register for Children's Choir HERE

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.
  • Our Annual Parish Picnic and Elephant Stampede sign up and letter HERE
  • 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 
Host family information 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
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