Hawk Happenings

News from the Holy Rosary/Juan Diego Community

Message from the Principal: Dec. 7th

Happy Wednesday!

Thank you to all who met the Fulcrum financial assistance deadline last Friday. This is so important for our community, as we are typically awarded between $50,000 and $65,000 in individual scholarships every year!! It is the main reason that we are able to continue our commitment to educating all children, regardless of a family's financial ability. The Fulcrum Foundation is a huge supporter of our school and, with additional grants, provides over $125,000 per year to help fill the gap in tuition assistance within our annual budget.

If you still need to apply for the scholarship, please contact the office immediately so that we can see what the options are for getting you financial assistance for next year. For all families who applied, we will be scheduling financial aid contract meetings in the spring to get you signed up for the 17-18 school year. Remember, we will not be offering any financial assistance (or financial contract meetings) if you did not complete the application/verification process through Fulcrum. It does not matter whether you are awarded a scholarship, only that you submitted your application and made it through the verification process (with any necessary documents).


Katie Dempsey


Upcoming Events:

Wednesday: Parent Service Club Meeting, Lock-Down Drill

Thursday: All School Mass at 9 am, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Next Week:

Wed (12/14): Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Fri (12/16): Noon dismissal...no extended care.

Holy Rosary Hawks Start the Basketball Season!!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

We are so blessed to have amazing volunteers within our community. Thank you to the following people for bringing their gifts and talents to share with us:

  • Jeff Smith and Bridget Yaden for coaching the boy's basketball team for 4th grade.
  • Gabe Farias for coaching the 7th/8th grade basketball team.
  • Laura and Scott Puryear for procuring "new" (gently used) laptops for our technology lab, as well as a giant Christmas tree for our auditorium.
  • All the parents and staff who have helped decorate doorways, hallways, and the auditorium for Christmas...especially Jackie, Marseille, Sonia, and Gaby!
  • The people who so generously donated (no amount is too small) to our Annual Fund. Remember, we have a matching grant of $25,000 to use between now and the end of December. So, if you haven't donated, get that year-end tax gift in!

School Survey: Rate the School!

Thank you to all who have taken the school survey. Currently, we have only heard from 21 of you. I really want to find out your honest assessment of the work that we are doing at Holy Rosary. Please take the following survey of just 9 quick questions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6SBD8ZG

It should take less than 5 minutes and is completely anonymous! We appreciate the feedback! The survey will be open until December 12th.

Need Volunteer Hours?? Calling All Bakers!

We are still in need of some donated cookies for our Christmas Concert. We would like to have people commit to donating 2 dozen cookies for a small celebration immediately after the event. If you can help, please sign up at the following link: http://signup.com/go/ncZg4f

Remember, your baking time counts for volunteer hours, so add it to your monthly "volunteer hours" sheet!

How is Your Attendance??

Did you know that the number of days that a student is in school, out of school, and tardy has a DIRECT impact on both immediate and long-term academic and social success? Chronic tardiness may not seem like a big problem and it is sometimes hard to get out the door in the morning, but it can affect more than you think. Check out these facts about school attendance:


If you have gotten in to a habit of coming to school "just a few minutes late", please try to make a new start for the new year. Start a new habit and give your child/ren the best start you can each and every day...get them to school with plenty of time for them to get settled and be ready to learn by the time school begins! Their success depends on it!

Calendar Changes!! Please Make Note!!

There are two changes to the school calendar. Please note them:

  • Christmas Program Changed to December 14th (Wednesday). The survey results were overwhelmingly in favor of this change. Thank you for voting!
  • Monday, January 2nd - School Closed in Observance of New Year's Day
  • Adult Spanish Classes will now be held with Señora Nolting on Fridays from 4 pm - 5:30 pm.

From the Development Desk!

Crab Feed/Auction, January 28th

Crab Feed tickets are now on sale! We are excited to offer online ticket sales. Please visit the following site: https://hrrsjda.ejoinme.org/crabfeed2017tickets. You can purchase single, couple tickets, or a table. If you want to sit near someone in particular, please indicate that in the notes.

As a reminder, each family is required to provide an item valued at $100 for the Crab Feed/Auction. Are you looking for ideas for auction items? Please visit the event website for ideas: https://hrrsjda.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/AuctionCrabFeed2017/ProcurementDetails/tabid/825568/Default.aspx We have procurement forms in the office if you would like to solicit local businesses for a donation. Deadline for auction items is January 6th. After January 6th, families will be assessed a $150 fee.

In this week’s communication folder I am including business sponsorship opportunities. Do you work for a company that would consider sponsoring our Crab Feed/Auction? Or do you know a business who might? Sponsorships help make our event successful as it eliminates many of the event expenses up front which in turn provides more funds directly benefitting our school.

Auction questions/ideas email: smckinney@hrrsjda.org.

Annual Fund Appeal!

There is still time to donate to this important fund. We are excited to share that we are getting closer to our $100,000 goal. Our Annual Fund Appeal has raised $73,511! Through the month of December we will have matching funds available. So any donation made will be matched dollar for dollar.

Would you consider donating at a level that is appropriate to your family? Every gift counts!

To donate online, please go to www.hrrsjda.org and click on the yellow, "Donate Now" link at the top right corner or just click this link:https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew

We appreciate your support! Please consider an end-of-year gift today.

Thank you to all of the families, staff, and friends of Holy Rosary that have donated so far. Thanks to the following families that have recently donated to this fund:

Melissa Kennedy & Dave Boynton
Cami Catlin
Melissa Curtis
Stephen Barkley
Kaelyn Holguin
Jillian Sibblies

Susan Gonzalez

Our Lady of Guadalupe Painting Raffle!!!!!!

Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 8am to Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 6:30pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

The beautiful painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe done by our own Jakeline Lemus will be raffled off the night of the Christmas Concert. Buy tickets now for $10!! The painting is in the main office, so come and take a look.

Bilingual Rosary - St. Leo's Parish

Sunday, Dec. 4th, 11:45am

710 South 13th Street

Tacoma, WA

This Sunday, December 4th there will be a bilingual rosary celebrated after the 10:30 Mass at Saint Leo's Parish in Tacoma. All are welcomed! The rosary will start at around 11:45. Please meet us in the worship space for more details. We would love to have Holy Rosary families come to show off their Spanish and participate in a rosary during this advent season. We hope to see you there!

Tamale and Atole Sale

Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 6pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please support the school and get some amazing tamales and atole for the Christmas season. First come, first served...no pre-orders. Questions? Contact Lizbeth at eduran@hrrsjda.org.

Christmas Program - CHANGE OF DATE!!

Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 6:30pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Arrive early to make sure you have a seat for this popular event!!

Christmas Vacation - Early Dismissal (No Extended Care)

Friday, Dec. 16th, 12-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Christmas Vacation begins at noon on Friday, Dec. 16th. NO EXTENDED CARE will be available that day. We return on Tuesday, January 3rd.

No School in Honor of New Year's Day

Monday, Jan. 2nd 2017 at 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

We will return at the regular time on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy

Contact Me:

Berenice Williams, Office Manager