7th Grade Newsletter

May 25, 2018

Hello families –

Many thanks to those that drove and captained boats yesterday!  The kids had a good time – it was a nice day on the water. See our Instagram for some pictures.

The kids have been doing awesome work this week wrapping up the tough academics.  There will be some academic classes on Tuesday and Wednesday to wrap things up. Our 7th graders will then step into some leadership roles as the head of the school on Thursday and Friday – they are ready for the challenge, and we are so proud of them!

Wednesday:  Please send an extra sturdy grocery bag (paper or reusable) as we will send ALL locker items home this day and backpacks are not usually enough to carry it all.  They will not need a backpack on Thursday – just field day needs and maybe a pen for signing yearbooks.

Free Dress Next Week: PLEASE help us with following free dress guidelines next week.  No yoga pants unless a shirt is well past the rear, nothing too tight, too short (including anything that shows the midriff), no sweats, shorts must be at least mid-thigh.   Friday 6/1 free dress should be “nice” free dress for mass. Thank you!

Important Dates to Note:

Monday 5/28 No School Memorial Day

Wednesday 5/30  Step-Up Day **Envelope coming home with MAP, Summer work, and other important docs.  Please watch/ask for it!

Thursday 5/31 Field Day Noon Dismiss, no extended care

Friday 6/1 Last Day of School – Noon Dismiss

Have a great three-day weekend!

Tia & Mitch

May 18, 2018

Happy Friday Families!

Next week marks the last full week of academic work and there will likely be a lot of final tests, quizzes, and due dates.  See what you can do to help your child manage the week and chunk up studying over several days in smaller segments rather than large cram sessions.

From our school counselor, Mrs. Riggle:


Please be aware that the second season of 13 Reasons Why was released on Netflix today. Based on the first episode alone, it is safe to assume that this season will also include graphic and upsetting topics, as well as unhealthy messaging about death. Leading experts in the fields of mental health, suicide prevention, education, and healthcare are collaboratively discouraging adolescents from watching this series. For more detailed information regarding recommendations for viewing and/or discussing this show with your adolescent, please visit the online parent toolkit at https://www.13reasonswhytoolkit.org/parents

Important things to note:

  • Color Wars Monday for the 8th grade vs faculty basketball game.
  • End of the year Boath Trip on Thursday – details to come early next week.
  • Friday May 25 is a full day of school with a few tests and due dates – plan accordingly and early.
  • Walk-a-thon free dress coupons are coming home with the youngest student in the family on Friday.  These may be used next week or during the 18-19 school year.
  • All students may have free dress May 29-June 1, the last week of school.  Free dress guidelines must be followed per the uniform policy: sweats, Lululemon/yoga pants, open toed shoes, spaghetti straps, etc. are not allowed.
  • Field Day Food Drive,To everyone who participated this school year, many thanks on behalf of those we as a community serve.
  • 7th Grade- Toilet Paper- Paper Towels
  • This year with school ending on June 1st, we will again have a Food Drive on Field Day.  The collection of food, cleaning supplies and toiletries will help our neighbors in need through out this summer.

Please see the following from the Student Support team:

Due to ASB’s long summer, we are highly recommending consistent practice in both reading and math skills.  Next week, we will walk students through signing up for online summer support options with KAHN Academy and Your Reading Path. These resources will create individualized suggested practice based on your student’s spring MAP scores.  Please look for your student’s individualized scores and directions for these resources on Wednesday, May 30th.

Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch

May 11, 2018

Dear Families –

Happy Friday!  Thank you so very much for the treats and notes of appreciation this week – you all make it easy to be a part of this wonderful school and this group of kids.

Hard to believe that in three weeks, it will be the final Friday of the year!  That being said, there is still so much to do in these final weeks. Encourage your kids to stay on top of it all for just a little longer.

If you are planning on enrolling in Mr. Hostetter’s class this summer, please return the registration form by Friday so he can get a head count.

Congratulations to everyone that has put so much time and effort into the musical (parents, students, and staff alike).  It was an excellent opening night. There are still tickets for tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday – go see it!

Please see this message from our school counselor:

Since 1949, May has been recognized in our country as Mental Health Awareness Month. Many organizations try to spread awareness of mental health during this month through the media, local events, and screenings. We were fortunate enough to welcome back the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to present their program Ending the Silence to both our 7th and 8th grade students. This program is aimed to teach middle school students about the normalcy of uncomfortable feelings (e.g. feeling anxious before a big test, feeling depressed after a death), the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and what to do if you notice warning signs in yourself or someone else.

If you’d like more information on the services and programs that NAMI offers parents, families, and students, please visit their website https://www.nami.org/

Jennifer L. Riggle, MS, EdS

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mitch & Tia

May 4, 2018

Greetings Families –

May the 4th be with you!  We wrapped up MAP testing today – yay!  If your child missed a test, we will do everything we can to get it made up.  The window is short and proctors limited but we will do our best.

ASB Library:  With the end of the year rapidly approaching, all books need to be returned by Wednesday, May 9th.  

  • Final notices of missing books will go out on Tuesday, May 8th. (Please check backpacks/folders.)  
  • Lost book fees will be processed through FACTS on May 11th.  
  • Please direct questions to Ms. Prewitt.  

Field Day is May 31  – Volunteers Needed!!!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A48ACAB2EA2F94-field

Library Walk info for next week:  Here’s the link to sign up for Wednesday’s library walk:  LINK

If you are new to this, email me for more details.


Upcoming Dates:

Monday, May 7 Final Free Dress/Food Drive for this year!  7th grade: paper towels

ASB Musical The Music Man May 10-13  Tickets still on sale here

Wednesday, May 16 Mass – mass uniform please

Thursday, May 24 Boat Trip (email with link to Sign-Up Genius sent this morning)


Friday, May 25 is a FULL DAY going into the Memorial Day weekend


Have a wonderful weekend!

Mitch & Tia

April 27, 2018

Dear Families –

While the sunny weather the last few days was nice, the cooler weather made for less sweaty Walk-A-Thon kiddos today.  We certainly appreciated that in the classroom following the event.

With five weeks to go, there is still a lot of learning to do!  Help your child out by continuing to make sure they get proper rest, food, and exercise to keep their focus and energy on these final days.  It is time to put on the gas for the final stretch, not coast to the finish.

MAP testing begins next week.  Please try to avoid scheduling appointments during these times if you can – tests may not be able to be made up as the testing window is a little tight this time.  We will make every effort to do so and students will likely miss class to make them up, and then have class to make up.

Tuesday 5/1  8:35-10:05  Reading

Wednesday 5/2  1:20-2:50    Math

Thursday 5/3  11:00-11:45  Science

Friday 5/4  8:35-10:05  Language

Final Dances for the year:

May 4 @ St. Matthew

May 18 @ St. Catherine

End of Year Boat Trip!!  Check your calendars!  The annual end of the year Lake Union Electric Boat Company boat trip is coming up on Thursday, May 24!  Year after year, this is a favorite by parents and students alike and a fun way to wrap up Washington State History and bond as a class.  We will need 8 sets of captains & carpool drivers (well, two or three drivers may ride with captains). Please note that one of the two captains will be the main driver and will need to put a personal credit card down for damages incurred.  They are gentle boats with a top speed of about 8 knots so you should be just fine! The school just can’t take on all the boats’ liability. It is really a great trip – any day on the water is a good day! Make some plans and look for the Sign Up Genius soon.

Supplies: Some students are missing the basics – pens, pencils, correcting pens, paper… Please check with your child about their needs. They will need these things until the end of May!

Have a terrific weekend

Mitch & Tia

April 20, 2018

Hello families,

Happy sunny Friday. We have enjoyed the opportunity to embrace springtime this week, and we hope it continues through the weekend!

Attached is a drama camp program summary. This summer, ASB has a number of camps and classes aimed to sharpen and retain critical skills through the long summer, including for rising eighth graders. Mr. Hostetter, for instance, will be teaching a history and literature class with Ms. Lowe; details will be shared soon.

Wednesday library field trips with Ms. Prewitt have been an exciting opportunity to dive into the world of books. If you are interested, permission forms are attached.

Our Washington State History Museum field trip is next Thursday. Students have been extremely diligent in their Pacific Northwest history studies, and we are excited to go to Tacoma for the day and use their history lab.

Upcoming Dates:

4/20 Midterm, ASB Dance

4/21 Earth Day

4/25 Halffman’s are Principal for the Day – Free Dress!

4/26 WSHM trip

4/27 Walk-A-Thon  (7th grade is in 2nd place for pledges!  Good job! Keep it up!)

Interesting parent education article about 4/20



Have a great weekend!

Mitch & Tia

April 13, 2018

Hello families,

Happy Friday the 13th. Be wary of black cats, ladders, mirrors, and any other superstitions.

Today is midterm of the final trimester. Gradebooks will be updated by next Friday. Encourage your student to check the gradebook to see if he or she has any missing assignments.

Our field trip to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma is coming up on April 26. Mr. Hostetter will be contacting drivers soon to check in. If circumstances have changed and you can no longer drive, please let him know.

Spring is here and your child has grown a lot since the start of the school year.  We see – and sometimes smell – their growth! Please make sure your child is wearing clean clothes to school, taking showers regularly–many need it daily–and wearing a good amount of deodorant.

Upcoming Dates:

4.20 ASB Dance

4.26 Field Trip to WSHM

5.1 MAP testing begins


Enjoy the weekend,

Mitch and Tia

March 23, 2018

Hello families!

Happy Spring!  Hard to believe that with the crazy hail and snow of the last 24 hours.  Winter isn’t giving up easily! Excitement is mounting as we head toward spring break.  Encourage your kids to hold on tight and buckle down next week – there is a lot of learning to do each day before we are out at noon on Friday.  Midterm is the Friday we return from break so checking in on ALMA next week might be a good idea.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Friday 3/30 Good Friday/Noon Dismissal

April 2-6 Spring Break

Monday 4/9 School Resumes/Free Dress Food Drive (7th Grade: canned veggies)

Friday 4/13 Midterm  (4/20 Midterm reporting)

Have a good weekend!

Tia & Mitch

March 9, 2018

Hello 7th Grade Families –

Thank you for your time at conferences – it was nice to see many of you!  While the half days seemed short to the kids, we packed a lot of learning into these days.  This final term is a great chance for our 7th graders to hone their skills as they get ready to be 8th graders.  The time is going to go fast!

Just a few quick reminders:

Sunday 3/11:  Spring Ahead an Hour!

Wednesday 3/14: National Walk Out 10:00-10:17 (optional; students can choose to stay in classrooms)

Thursday 3/15:  Pennies of Patients final day of collection

Friday 3/16:  No school (Archdiocese In Service)

Tuesday 3/20: State of the School 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall*  

Wednesday 3/21: State of the School 7:45 am in Fellowship Hall*
*you must attend one


Have a great weekend!

Tia and Mitch

March 2, 2018

Happy March, Seventh-grade Families!

Hard to believe but the first week of spring term is already in the books!  The kids have been working hard as they realize that this final term of 7th grade prepares them to be our strong leaders next year.  It is a time to put on the gas and refine efforts and practices to be ready to succeed next fall.

Free Dress Food Drive: Monday is a free dress food drive. Seventh-grade is encouraged to bring in soups, stews, rice dishes, and instant potatoes.

VIRTUS opt out letters are due next Monday. Students will automatically be included in the lesson without them.

Conferences:  From those we have heard from about conference times, so far Wed. at 12:30 is looking popular.  Not terrible but there may be some waiting.  If you have not yet given your homeroom teacher an email with a possible time window you are coming, something more like the hour you want to come in the windows offered would be helpful for tracking.

Good Friday Attendance:  Please let your homeroom teacher know if your child will NOT be here for Good Friday.  Traditionally, 7th grade leads stations that day and Mrs. Cunningham has asked us to help her track this as she plans with them for leading this event.  It would be great if you could get us this information by next Friday, 3/9.

Upcoming Dates

March 5 Free Dress Food Drive

March 7 Report Cards electronically sent home

March 7-9 Conferences

March 9 Late Start (9:30 am)

March 16 Teacher In Service.

Hope to see many of you at conferences next week!

Mitch and Tia

February 23, 2018

Hello families,

We hope your kids enjoyed the two hour snow day delay leading up to the last ski bus of the year.  Snow is always so exciting!

Today was the end of the second trimester. Final grades will be added and calculated next week, and report cards will be delivered electronically March 7, the week of conferences.

Please respond to homeroom teachers with conference scheduling priorities. An email describing conferences was sent last Friday.

This Monday, February 26th, Prep will be showing a screening of the film Angst. Erin Luby, Prep’s Principal will be giving a short introduction to the film. The screening will be in the Fr. Healy Chapel & Theater in McDonnell Hall beginning at 7:00 PM. Angst is a virtual reality and film experience about teens and how they are dealing with and can manage anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. This is a free event, adults and teens are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Dates:

February 23 – End of Trimester 2

March 5 –  Free Dress Food Drive

March 7 – Report Cards home

March 7-9 – Conferences, noon dismissal, late start (9:30) on 3/9

March 16 – No School, Teacher Inservice

Have a terrific weekend – stay warm!

Mitch & Tia

February 9, 2018

Happy Friday, 7th grade families!

It’s been a busy and productive week in 7th grade with a lot of solid critical thinking.  There are a lot of bad germs going around so remind kids to wash hands, cover coughs, and get good rest in order to stay healthy.  We are doing a lot of extra washing of surfaces and hands at school as well.

We need ONE more driver for the Washington State History Museum trip on April 26.  Contact Mitch if you can drive for this trip.  Be sure to have Virtus and insurance information up to date.

Valentine’s Day: Since Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day this year, we have been asked to celebrate on Tuesday 2/13 instead.  We will have a small celebration with lunch.  It is perfectly fine for kids to bring Valentine’s but in the spirit of inclusion, please bring for all (either all homeroom (30) or all 7th grade (total 60) or not at all.  When students bring for just a few, feelings are hurt, which we hope to avoid on St. Valentine’s Day.

The office shared that health screenings will be held on 2/21, for grades K, 1 & 2 and on 2/28 for grades 3, 5 & 7.  Your students hearing and vision will be tested by trained volunteers. There will be no make up sessions for missed testing. If you plan a vacation or are absent on the health screening dates please make sure that you have the testing done on your next visit to your pediatrician.

If your child wears glasses or contacts please make sure they have them with them on the screening dates as they will only be tested if they are wearing them.

Attached to this email is more information and an opt-out form.  Only print, fill out & return this form if you do not want your child’s vision or hearing tested.

Subject updates:

ELA: We begin our exploration one of the first English novels, Robinson Crusoe. Students proved to be ready for the challenge while encountering The Tempest this week, and I applaud their astuteness in drawing connections and criticism regarding colonialism. Similar critiques will continue with the novel.

SS: We are beginning our last world history unit about medieval Europe. We have examined changes in politics and agriculture, and the rest of the unit will focus on social structure, and finally the role of religion.

Math:  Current topic is Ratios and Proportional Reasoning.  Mrs. Halffman sent a more detailed email about this earlier in the week if you need more detail.

Science: We began our final Earth History section this week “Mountains & Metamorphic Rocks” and will likely wrap it up by the end of next week.  We will have a short cumulative project putting all of the pieces together and then move onto our study of Weather & Water.

Religion: 7th grade is studying the Book of Revelation and its symbolic literary style. To conclude our study of the New Testament in Trimester 2, the students will have a cumulative exam on Friday, February 23.  **Missionary Discipleship hours are due 2/23**

Spanish: In Spanish we are nearing the end of our novel, Esperanza, and continuing to discuss Guatemala and emigration.  In the last few weeks, in addition to being assessed on their comprehension of the novel, students have been assessed on the Prayer of St. Francis, time, and verb conjugating.

Upcoming Dates:

February 13 – Valentines Day observed (Valentine’s Free Dress)

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Mass

February 16 – Half Day

February 19 – Presidents Day

February 23 – End of Term

March 7 – 9 – Conferences (details to come next week)

Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch

February 2, 2018

Hello families,

What a fun spirit week! We were happy to see so much participation in our classes.

We are very close to filling all the necessary spots for our field trip this spring to the Washington State History Museum. If you can drive on April 26, please email Mr. Hostetter to confirm with how many empty seats you have in your car.

Monday is free dress food drive. 7th grade is encouraged to bring in instant mashed potatoes and rice dishes.

Attached is an intent to return form for your student. Please return it to the school office.

Upcoming dates:

2/14 Ash Wednesday Mass  (please note we will celebrate Valentine’s day the 13th – this should be a mass uniform day)

2/16 Noon dismissal

2/19 Presidents Day – no school

2/23 End of Tri 2

3/7 – 3/9 Conferences

Have a great weekend!

Mitch & Tia

January 26, 2018

Hello families!

Another solid week is in the books!  The kids have been busy with learning, tests, and projects and are accomplishing good things!  Be sure to check into ALMA sometime this weekend to see how they are doing for the winter term.  End of term is going to come up quickly on Feb. 23.

We have about a third of the drivers necessary for our field trip to the Washington State History Museum on  26 April. Please consider driving. We cannot do it without you!

Next week is Catholic Schools Week – AND spirit week!  Dress up days are as follows:

Mon., Jan. 29     Character Day – dress as your favorite book, movie or TV character

Tues,, Jan. 30    Tropical Tuesday – bring the aloha spirit!

Wed., Jan. 31     Cozy Day/PJ Day – dress in sweats or jammies

Thurs., Feb. 1     Open House Day, dress in Mass uniform  **especially important for tour guides!

Fri., Feb. 2          Fan Friday – wear your favorite team’s gear or ASB spirit wear

It would be especially great if students wore uniforms to mass this weekend to show pride for our Catholic school.


Upcoming Dates:

January 27: Bulldog Bash

January 28 – February 23:  Catholic Schools Week and Spirit Week

January 28: ASB led Parish Masses


Have a great weekend,

Tia and Mitch

January 19, 2018

Hello families,

What a quick, short week. Students returned from the long weekend rested and ready to return to with enthusiasm to rigorous coursework. Their attention and interest is greatly appreciated!

Midterm ended today, marking the halfway point through the year. Reporting will be completed by next Friday.

Seventh grade’s annual Washington State History Museum field trip is scheduled for 26 April. We will need drivers and chaperones for the drive down to Tacoma, so please check your schedules and consider volunteering. Contact Mr. Hostetter if you can volunteer with the number of seats available in your car.

Parents are invited to view the film Angst Tuesday, January 23, for $10 admission at 6:30 at Assumption Parish Hall. Students will be viewing the film that day during school. Remember that opt out forms are due by Monday (see eamil from earlier this week)

Each class’s current coursework is available below:

ELA: Student’s largely independent work with explicating a personally selected poem was astonishing. Our next unit will focus on the role of the Western Canon, with investigation into parts of The Tempest and  Robinson Crusoe. We will return to the themes of first trimester, that is the power, privilege, and consequences of storytelling to emphasise the importance of narrative.

Social Studies: We wrap up the Latin American prehistory through the era of exploration next week with an exam following. Our last world history unit will focus on medieval Europe through the renaissance, tying nicely with the canonical literature of our ELA unit.

Science:  This week, we moved into discussing volcanoes & igenous rocks.  If you are local, share your memories of the Mt. St. Helens eruption.  We will study earthquakes as a part of this study.  Sometimes discussing our active volcanoes and earthquakes can make kids a little anxious so check in with your child and how they are feeling.

Math: We continue through units focused in identifying and solving equations.

Spanish: WIth Esperaza, we focus on Guatemalan history and culture, examining not only the language but also the content. Class time is used for comprehension and contextualization. Students performed excellently on their St. Francis prayer exam. Well done!

Religion: We just completed their study of the Acts of the Apostles and understanding the critical roles of St. Peter and St. Paul in Church history. We now move on to Paulestine Epistles

Fine Arts: We are practicing the Dutch art of paper carving to emphasize the role of negative space. Next, we will use a colored pencil medium to draw a chapel in the snow.

Upcoming dates:

January 23: Angst screenings

January 27: Bulldog Bash

January 28 – February 23:  Catholic Schools Week and Spirit Week

January 28: ASB led Parish Masses

Have a great weekend,

Tia and Mitch

January 12, 2018

Hello families –

Happy Friday going into a three day weekend!  Just a few things to note today – we’ll give a curriculum update next week.
– Monday 1/15 is a no school day
– Friday 1/19 is the school GeoBee at 2 in the gym (all are welcome)
Friday 1/19 is midterm (a good time to remind students to check Alma for missing work – they have their own accounts)
– Tuesday 1/23 Middle School will screen the documentary “Angst” (see attached flyer for details)

– Wednesday 1/24 grades 6-8 attend morning mass (Mass uniform please)​

Have a great weekend!
Tia & Mitch

January 5, 2018

Hello families,

Happy New Year! Students were very successful in working hard during this shortened week after break. We hope that they enjoyed relaxing with you and others during the holiday season and that the break proved to replenish their academic energy.

During ski season, some of the uniform restrictions have been modified: Ski Bus sweatshirts may be worn on Ski Bus Fridays only. If under armor is worn under uniform, students still need to look as if they are in uniform (so if colors are not navy, white, red, or black, they should not be worn with the uniform). If a student is using free dress, they should not be wearing sweats, including sweats that have a cuff. Ladies with leggings must have a shirt that comes at least mid-thigh.

The seventh grade Geo Bee will be held on Tuesday January 15th. If students are interested in participating, they should work to familiarize with the United States and global geography including locations, borders, and natural features. The school Geo Bee will be held that Friday.

Midterm is approaching. Encourage students to make check the online gradebook and follow up about any missed assignments. Gradebooks for Mr. Hostetter’s classes will be significantly updated after this weekend.

Monday, January 8 is Free Dress Food Drive.  7th grade has been asked to bring Canned Fruit, applesauce, Canned Peaches, Pears, Fruit cocktail etc.  Alternately, They can always use Kleenex, toilet paper,  Paper towels, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shampoo, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, Hotel size soaps and other toiletries.


Monday 1/8 – Free Dress Food Drive

Monday 1/15 – No School for MLK, Jr Day

Wednesday – 1/17 Monthly morning mass – mass uniform please

Friday – 1/19 All School GeoBee & Midterm


Have a great weekend!

Mitch & Tia

December 15, 2017

Happy Friday, Families!

It has been a very busy and intense week for the seventh graders but they rose to the challenge and finished the week well! We’re proud of the efforts we’ve seen in classes this week as holiday excitement builds up.

Thank you for all the Christmas family donations of coats and toys!  The response was overwhelming and will serve others well.

Thank you as well for the generous scrip gifts.  It is a privilege to work with your children each and every day. We are consistently astounded by their readiness to grasp difficult concepts and quickly learn to apply them.  

Next week is short but filled with some fun events.  Academics will still be going on for the short week so tell your kids to hang in there!  If you have kids that are out early for vacation or illness, please have them be diligent in checking teachers resource pages as well as the homework page over the break.

WINE GLASSES are here!  They will be available for pick up at Mary House M-W during school hours next week.  Glasses will be charged through FACTS if you didn’t go to the auction.  Need help or different pick up arrangements?  Contact Julie Barber at jvdbarber@hotmail.com

Wednesday will be our Christmas breakfast and party. We will be having a White Elephant gift exchange to celebrate together as a whole 7th grade class, and welcome but do not require student participation. A couple of rules apply:

  • Gift must be wrapped and unlabeled. Students do not provide gifts for a specific person.
  • Gifts must be valued at a maximum of $10.
  • Silly gifts are welcome, with the catch that they are appropriate desirable. Gift selections reflect the values of the school and not overtly be trash.

Looking forward to see what everyone brings!

Important Dates to Note:

Monday 12/18 Kinder Posada at 1:00 in gym

Wednesday 12/20  Christmas free dress.  7th grade Christmas breakfast & White elephant exchange; noon dismissal

Wednesday 1/3/2018 School resumes

We wish you a wonderful vacation, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy 2018!

Tia & Mitch

December 1, 2017

Hello families,

We had a great week this week. Your children showed their maturity through rich engagement of course material. Well done!

Monday is Free Dress Food Drive.  7th grade is responsible for bringing liquid hand soap, liquid dish soap, small laundry detergent, and other supplies. Other donations of nonperishable goods are welcome. They are always in need of Kleenex, toilet paper,  paper towels, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and cleaning supplies.

Monday is also our advent prayer service, and you are welcome to attend. It will be at 1:20 in the church.

Report cards will be sent home electronically as a PDF on Wednesday afternoon 12/6 through ALMA. Print report cards are available by request, but we ask that you help us reduce waste and costs to streamline reporting student achievement.

Enjoy the weekend!


Tia and Mitch

November 17, 2017

Hello Seventh Grade Families!

School is abuzz with the excitement of the play this week.  Everyone involved has done an excellent job.  We hope you are able to find time to go and enjoy it this weekend if you haven’t already.

WINE GLASSES!  The final deadline for ordering is Wednesday 11/22.  Don’t let these great keepsakes designed by your kids pass you by!   https://goo.gl/forms/s2UoT0Vo3FlVkVjc2

Apple Cup Free Dress on TUESDAY 11/22

Please encourage your child to work on self-advocacy when absent.  One of the biggest things the high schools want to see of our graduates as they enter high school is self-reliance and self-advocacy.  Your job as parents are to notify teachers, fill out the preplanned absence form (if it is not an illness), and encourage your child to talk with teachers in a timely fashion.  Work may not be available ahead of time for preplanned absences as most teachers plans are a guideline, changing as they see how their classes understand the work.  Students should email or visit teachers before or after school, at break or lunches, or at recess to find out what they did or will miss and to make a plan for getting caught up.  Work or tests due on the first day of their absence will usually need to be turned in the day they return.  Clear communication is the key to kids not getting overwhelmed and feeling successful.

Important Dates To Note:

11/21 Picture Retakes

11/22 “Grand” Day, End of Term, Noon dismissal

11/23-24 No School – Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch

November 9, 2017

Hello families,

Thank you for all of your children’s excellent participation in Free Dress Food Drive this month!

A few reminders before the long weekend:

Picture retake day is November 21st. If your child was absent on picture day, they will have the opportunity to have their picture taken at this time. If your child would like their picture to be retaken, please be sure he or she has their original photos on hand that day.

Mrs. Cunningham shares that there is a missionary discipleship opportunity next week: “See the attached fliers for a film viewing at Seattle Prep of Black Girl in Suburbia on Monday, Nov 13 at 7 pm. Mrs. Riggle and I will be attending, and will honor 2.5 Missionary Discipleship hours for students who attend and complete a brief written reflection. If your child plans on attending, feel free to let me know so  can get an idea of group size. Parents are welcome to attend – it is free of charge.”

Grand-friends day is November 22nd. Students are welcome to bring their grandparent or older person to school to see what amazing things their child is encountering each day.

End of term is Nov. 22 so please be checking Alma for missing work.  

If you are leaving early for Thanksgiving, please get those preplanned absence forms in to the office – forms can be found online.  Your child should also be talking to teachers to find out that they are missing, especially paying attention to work for the end of the term.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday 11/10 No School (Veteran’s Day Observed)

Wednesday 11/15 Monthly parish mass (Mass Uniform please)

Tuesday 11/21 Picture retake day

Wednesday 11/22 Grand-friend/family day, noon dismissal

Thursday & Friday 11/23-11/24 No School – Happy Thanksgiving!


Have a great three day weekend!

Mitch & Tia

November 3, 2017

Hello families!

It’s been a fun, busy week, and everyone seems to be ready for some rest this weekend!  Please remember warm clothing for recess – there have been a lot of kids without coats or proper outdoor wear for the cold.

Recently, some conversations around reassessments have come up.  Each teacher has their own policy, but there are overall commonalities throughout the middle school.  

  • Generally, some remediation work (independently or with the teacher) is required so that we can be sure to address the learning that didn’t quite make it to the assessment. Students often have to fill out forms or make meetings on certain dates and remember to show up to these and the retest on their own.  
  • Reassessments are not for students that just forgot to study, but rather for those that genuinely struggled.  This is an informal agreement between students and teachers and we take kids at face value when working with them.  
  • Please be sure to watch the homework page – most of us put due dates, meetings, and reassessment dates here though sometimes it is on the handouts given out or in Google Classroom.  Engage with your child in conversations around this as you check scores in Alma.

If you still haven’t gotten onto ALMA and have lost your log in information, contact the office for a new link.  End of term is Nov. 22.

Monday is Free Dress/food drive.  7th grade suggestions include liquid hand soap, liquid dish soap, small laundry detergent.  Kleenex, toilet paper,  paper towels, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies are always needed.  Of course, any donation is always helpful.  Thank you!

It seems like a good weekend to make some comfort food and catch up on a good book or movie!  Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch

October 27, 2017

Hello Families-

It was nice to see so many of you at conferences last week!  Thank you for making time to discuss your child’s progress and what is to come.  If you were not able to come, we know not everyone can make it work so please talk with your child about their progress (they have an outline of progress and goals that they can share with you).  Everyone, please continue to monitor progress on Alma about once a week/10 days and reach out with questions.  End of term is right at the Thanksgiving break.

We like to take time once a month to share academics from classes.  Our newsletters were so filled with beginning of the year things that we haven’t been able to do this yet.  Please see updates from classes below.  It makes for a little longer newsletter – please be sure to see important upcoming dates and updated dance schedule at the end of the letter.

Executive Function

We have continued to reinforce the idea of Blame vs Responsibility – a great topic to continue at home!  We all have moments of blaming others or things for our frustrations or trouble but growth only happens when we accept our role & responsibility in situations and then trouble shoot to move our way through those events.  We’ve also been focusing on the SLE “I am a competent and confident learner” by discussing ideas of critical thinking & creativity and how those thought processes can work together.


The topic of Weathering & Erosion have been at the forefront of our studies for the last few weeks with a quiz over that information yesterday.  We did quite a bit of in class prep on how to study for the quiz on Tuesday & Wednesday.  Today, we begin the unit on Deposition of soil and how rock layers form.


Students should have mastered verb conjugating; if their scores are still low they need to study and set up a time to retest with me.  We have now started studying how to ask for and give the time.  We also are starting this year’s novel, Esperanza, next week.  It is set in Guatemala, so if you have any stories or experiences in Guatemala, please share them with your child-I’d love to hear your/their stories to make the setting more real!  Heather  <hfairbank@asbschool.org


In the past few weeks, students have revisited the Real Number System, with the primary focus on examining Rational Numbers – Any number that can be expressed as the quotient or fraction p/q of two integers, a numerator p and a non-zero denominator.  In decimal form – any repeating or terminating decimal represents a rational number.

Students used properties of operations to add and subtract rational numbers with different signs as well as practiced real-world problems. This week, we focused on multiplying fractions and decimals.  Students were introduced to the idea of multiplying fractions with cross-cancellation.  We pulled everything together, with students making the connection that the same rules for multiplying integers apply to multiplying all rational numbers.  We’ll finish off the unit with dividing rational numbers and solving real-world problems where they have to decide which rational number operations to use.

Social Studies

Students just finished their unit on African civilization. Students will begin to study Asian civilizations of the medieval period. Students will focus on the Mughal dynasty of India, and the dynastic cycles of China and Japan. The primary focus of these world history units are economics, history, and geography; civics will be addressed and assessed in the second trimester.


In ELA, we move close to finishing our unit on The Outsiders. In the conclusion of the novel, we will watch the film and begin writing our first major paper between the two mediums. In about two weeks, we will begin the fourth unit of the trimester about contemporary, marginalized voices. Students will read and report on a Native American short story author and we will address similar historical themes detailed in the their narratives and that of the Greasers.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Tuesday 10/31 Halloween!  Costumes ok – no face paint, blood/gore, masks, weapons or

other inappropriate gear for a Catholic school

Wednesday 11/1 All Saints Day Mass 9 am – Mass Uniform please

Thursday 11/2 Candy Drive for Shelters – send in your left-overs!

Monday 11/6 Free Dress/Food Drive

Friday 11/10 No School – Veteran’s Day Observed


Revised Dance Schedule (To adjust for hosting school or other conflicts)

November 3 – St. John

January 12 – OLL

February 9 – St. Al’s

April 20 – ASB

May 4 – St. Matthew

We hope you enjoy this beautiful fall weather this weekend!

Tia & Mitch

October 13, 2017

We had a WONDERFUL time with your kids out here on retreat!  Excuse our brief letter today as we wrap things up.
A few reminders:
  • Picture day Tuesday 10/17 (Free Dress)
  • Conferences 10-18 to 10/20 – please contact your homeroom teacher with preferred times.  All time slots don’t look overly full
  • MAP scores – with Mitch & I at retreat, administration is distributing scores to the kids for us.  If for some reason your child does not get theirs (especially girls) in the confusion of returning from retreat, please let us know and we will take care of it on Monday.
Have a great weekend!
Tia & Mitch

October 9, 2017

Hello families!

It is retreat GO time this week!  We are so excited to spend time with your kids at retreat later this week. Today, your kids will come home with the behavior contract for you to go over with them and sign.  We need this back tomorrow.  They also have a hard copy of the packing list I sent last Friday.
ALL MEDICATIONS need to be delivered to a teachers hand the day your child leaves (or if you are driving, handed to a teacher there).  PLEASE include instructions for dispensing and your signature.
Thursday that medication person will be Elee McCarthy in the 7A classroom.
NO PHONES or electronics, no extra food in bags.  A regular camera is fine.
The kids had a presentation from the SPD today on internet and social media safety.  Please see the attached documents from our presenter.  This is a GREAT opportunity to follow up these conversations with your kids at home today.
Tia & Mitch

October 4, 2017

Dear Families,
For middle school students and their families, we will continue the format adopted two years ago. Instead of meeting with just the homeroom teacher, families will have the opportunity to meet with any of their child(ren)’s teachers. 
To accomplish this, parents will not sign up for middle school conferences using SignUp Genius. Instead, parents will come to the middle school at a time that is convenient during the schedule hours (see below). If you have a child in grades PreK-5, you can use SignUp Genius to schedule their conference, and then plan to meet with 6-8 grade teachers before or after that scheduled time. Middleschool conference times will be limited to 10 minutes per teacher. To allow teachers to fully prepare to discuss your child(ren)’s progress, please email the subject area teacher any specific questions or concerns you would like to address. 
Again, you do not need to meet with every teacher, only with the teachers you feel it is necessary. Homeroom teachers will send home a pre-conference sheet on Friday 10/13 that will be the only homework for the weekend. This will further outline the conference structure and allow for productive use of time. Conferences will be held in middle school classrooms, and there may be more than  once conference happening in each room. 
Please email your homeroom teacher the day and time window that you think you will attend along with teachers you would like to see.  This will allow teachers to track high volume times so they can let you know if window seems full so you are not waiting for long periods of time.
We will respect the teachers’ time by ending the conference sessions on time. If you feel that you will need more than 10 minutes with a teacher (or a more privateconference), please email the teacher directly to schedule an alternative conference time.
Thank you!
WEDNESDAY, October 18
THURSDAYOctober 19
FRIDAYOctober 20
Tia & Mitch

September 29, 2017

Hello families,

I hope you enjoyed one of the last months of summer sunshine. Now, we settle into the delightful season of fall, but here’s to hoping it’s full of perfect crisp days for walks around Green Lake, pumpkin patch visits, and, of course, apple cider!

Next Monday is our monthly Free Dress Food Drive. Please see the attached flier to see what type of materials each grade is responsible for contributing.

If you have the time during retreat, please volunteer to dive – many thanks to those that were able to sign up already. We require drivers for all directions and for both boys and heading TO camp for girls. Please see your room parent Sign Up Genius to sign up.  If you have signed up already, please check that you have submitted necessary requirements, including Virtus safe environment training.  Permission slips are not quite ready – we’ll get them out early next week.  Hard Dealine for your parent summer homework is Thursday, October 5.

As we approach midterm (10/5) please check online gradebooks through ALMA to track your students proficiency and progress.

**Please note that there are no Science content grades yet due to incorrect standards entered in ALMA.  They are working on it and say they will have it fixed early next week.  I do have things to enter! ~Tia

Looking forward to the rest of the trimester, Heather Fairbank is leading 7th and 8th graders to Skagit Valley to volunteer with the Youth Migrant Project. This is a fun way to serve communities on the margins, and all parents and students are welcome. Available days to serve are November 11 and December 16.

Upcoming Events

10/5 Midterm

10/6 – No school/no extended care (teacher in service)

10/11-12 – Boys Retreat (regular classes on Friday)

10/12-13 – Girls Retreat (regular classes on Wednesday)

10/13 – Midterm grades posted

10/18 -10/20 Conferences (half days)


Have a great weekend!

Mitch and Tia

September 22, 2017

Happy Friday, Families!

It was so great to see so many of you Wednesday.  We know it isn’t always easy to get here so no worries if you couldn’t make it.  Look through the slides and information emailed out Wednesday night and contact your homeroom teacher with questions if you have any.  Keep working on that summer homework – it helps us organize for retreat if you can get it in sooner rather than later!

As a follow up to the “cell phone parking lot” idea for homework time, here are two a great articles related to what was mentioned about cell phones, attention, and studying if you are interested in that kind of thing.



Mindset focus this week was to embrace mistakes and failures and see them as opportunities to grow and learn.  Here is an interesting video about people who did just that!  https://youtu.be/aHmmA3SCXVo

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Tuesday 9/26 MAP Math 1:20-3

Wednesday 9/27  Monthly morning mass – Mass Uniform please

Thursday 9/28 MAP Science 11:45-12:30


Have a great weekend!

Tia & Mitch

September 15, 2017

Happy Friday, Families!

It has been another full and productive week – it’s beginning to feel as if we never left!  The kids are putting in some great effort and engaging in lessons.  The kids did a great job with mass uniform today – good job!

Please be sure to check in with your kids about chunking up study time and assignments.  For many, they still have the tendency to see a due date that is many days away as something they don’t need to work on right away.  For example. In ELA, they had 7 nights to read a 30 page assignment (due today).  Some put this off for a bit too long and ended up with a lot of homework last night, Help them come up with a plan – 4-5 pages a night would have made this much more manageable.  This is a skill they will increasingly need to work on this year and next in order to do this successfully in high school.  The homework page keeps work from past weeks below the current week if you ever need to go back in time!  https://www.asbschool.org/academics/grade-7/homework/

Here are our MAP tesing dates and times.  Please try to avoid appointments and absences.  If a student misses a test, we will do our best to have them make it up but know that this will involve missing class time which will then have to be made up.

Tuesday 9/19  Reading 8:30 – 10

Thursday 9/21 Language 8:30-10

Tuesday 9/26 Math 1:20-3

Thursday 9/28 Science 11:45 – 12:30

Please see the following  note from Mrs. Conklin about Free Dress:

We had our first free dress day this week.  Please remember that sweatpants are not allowed, jeans and pants should be in good condition (no holes or tears), and open back and low cut shirts are not allowed.  Please also check your child’s uniform.  Skirts should not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee and cargo or sweat type pants are not uniform.  Thank you for your attention to this.

Here is the official dance schedule for the year:

September 15 – St. Catherine

October 13 – Blanchet

November 3 – St. John

December 1 – OLL

January 5 – St. Matthew

February 9 – St. Al’s

April 20 – ASB

May 11 – OLL  

Hope everyone has fun at the dance! We look forward to seeing you at curriculum night next Wednesday with your secret summer homework!

Tia & Mitch

September 8, 2017

Hello Families –

Week two of the school year complete!  We are really getting into the swing of routines and understanding expectations.  The kids are engaged and asking great questions.

Please help your kiddo with homework by making sure to check that you have good home internet connections and printer ink – a lot of things we do are digital but occasionally students are asked to print.  The assigning teacher doesn’t mind printing occasionally but we want to use our time for instruction, planning, and assessment, not printing work.

The first dance of the year will be here next Friday, September 15!  It will be at St. Catherine’s and permission slips will go out next week.  Everything you will need to know is a part of the permission slip.  7th grade has long had a tradition of trying to have all girl or all boy pre-dance parties to have pizza and carpool to the dance – it’s a great way for everyone to feel included, get out the pre-dance giggles & jitters, and have fewer cars head to the event.  This is an outside of school event so coordinate amongst yourselves – or not! It is not mandatory, just a nice thing to encourage.

Please see the attached flier about this Monday’s Free Dress Food Drive. They are trying to get more varied items of need for the pantry.  Thank you!  Not sure what kids should wear for free dress?  Brush up on the uniform & free dress policies here:


Continue working on your parent homework for retreat!  Not sure what we mean?  Email your homeroom teacher.

Have a great weekend!

Mitch & Tia

September 1, 2017

Parents and families,

What a fast week it’s been! We are so impressed with the behavior and abilities of the new seventh grade class. Your students are set for a very fun, engaging, and rigorous year, and we are excited to get to work. Thank you for your preparation, support, and encouragement– integral parts of your children’s education and success.

As we start a new year, please remember to help your children set good study habits like occasionally asking about homework completion and checking the homework page with them (Find it at https://www.asbschool.org/academics/grade-7/homework/). Instructions for gradebook viewing through Alma, our new reporting system, will be sent when its settings are finalized, so you and your children should be able to check in on grades and missing work very soon.

Uniform:  Those of you with young ladies should check the hem of the skirts!  The should not be shorter than about 3 inches above the knee.  Check that when they bend forward, modesty is still being had in the back.   For those of you with gentlemen, please be sure that pants are not falling down to reveal undergarments – belts help!  Thanks for helping out with this so we can focus on teaching your kids rather than policing uniform.

Please continue to the work of your responsibilities (from the summer letter from Mrs. Birmingham on July 5 – email your homeroom teacher if you don’t know what we are referring to) for Fall retreat. It will be here before you know it!  Shoot to have as many as you can by curriculum night – it helps keep the suprise!


A couple upcoming dates to remember:

9/4 Labor Day, No School

9/11 Free Dress/Food Drive

9/15 Mass of the Holy Spirit at Assumption Gym (Mass Uniform)

9/23 Curriculum night 6-8, 7pm

9/18-10/13 MAP Testing (specific days/time to follow soon)

10/11-13 Retreat

Enjoy the heat this weekend before it’s gone!

Tia and Mitch