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News for the HRRS/Juan Diego Academy Community

Principal's Message - Nov. 4th (English)

Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe that we are already in November? Wow! Time is flying in this school year. November is full of events. The Hispanic Heritage Festival is happening this Saturday night in the school Auditorium. It is an amazing event which showcases fantastic dancing by our very own students, incredible costumes made by the extremely talented Jackie Lemus and Erika Ruelas, and flavorful food from all around Latin America and Spain. Come and join us in the auditorium from 6 - 8 pm. Tickets are $7/person. For more information, contact Lizbeth at Eduran@hrrsjda.org.

Also, we are celebrating Veteran's Day on Monday, Nov. 9th at 2 pm in the Auditorium. The students will be singing some special songs and we will be honoring service members and veterans from our community. If you are a current or former member of the military or know someone who is, please join us on Monday afternoon. Military members are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Please remember that we will be closed on Wed, Nov. 11th in honor of this special day!

Have a wonderful week!

Katie Dempsey



Important Reminders for this Week!!

  • Thursday - Mass has been cancelled for this Thursday!
  • Pay to Dress - $2/Student
  • Sat, Nov. 7th - Hispanic Heritage Festival from 6 pm - 8 pm in the auditorium.

Upcoming Events:

  • Mon, Nov. 9th - Veteran's Day Celebration in the Auditorium at 2 pm.
  • Mon, Nov. 9th - Adult Spanish classes from 5:30 pm - 7 pm at the school.
  • Tues, Nov. 10th - 2nd and 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Pacific Science Center
  • Tues, Nov. 10th - Parent Info Night. Topic: Helping Students be Better Organized and Responsible for their Learning.


The schedule went out at the beginning of this week for Parent-Teacher Conferences. They will be held on Monday, Nov. 23rd and Tuesday, Nov. 24th. Please make sure to check the time we have scheduled for you and do your best to fit that in to your schedule. We did our best to address any requests that came to the office. These are very important, so please make sure to attend your child's conference. If you have any concerns about your time and you absolutely cannot adjust your schedule, please contact the office, so that we can try to accommodate a new time.

Fulcrum Tuition Assistance for 2016 - 2017!!

The window of time has opened for next year's tuition assistance application. This is an opportunity to receive $1100 for each child in grades K - 8, based on a family's income level. You can apply at: http://www.fulcrumfoundation.org/apply-for-grant/assistance/. This application is available in both Spanish and English. As we prepare for tuition contract meetings this Spring, please note that families will not be eligible for any financial assistance through Holy Rosary school UNLESS they have first applied through the Fulcrum Foundation. This means that no contracts will be negotiated without applying first through Fulcrum. Berenice (at the Front Desk) is happy to help parents complete the online application. If you need to schedule a time to meet with her to go through the application, please email her at office@hrrsjda.org. Applications must be completed by Friday, Dec. 4th.

Volunteers Needed!!

Babysitting During Spanish Classes:

2 Adults are needed to babysit children during the adult Spanish classes on Mondays from 5:30 pm - 7 pm. If you can commit to helping with this and have already been cleared through Virtus/Safe Environment (and completed your background check), please contact Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org.

Representative for the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council:

If you are interested in representing Holy Rosary Regional School at the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council Meetings, please contact Florian Tamayo at floriantamayo@yahoo.com.

Teacher Luncheon - Meals Needed:

If you would like to bring a dish for the teachers to enjoy during lunch on the two half days, Nov 23rd and 24th, please contact our Social Chairs Rosalind Arango at rosalindarango@gmail.com or Gloria Soto at gomezrsoto@aol.com. Lunch will be from 12:15 - 1 pm, followed by conferences until 5 pm.

Book Fair:

The Book Fair will be held on the Conference half days (Nov 23rd & 24th). If you would like to help with this event, please contact Natalie Scott at nscott@hrrsjda.org.

Thank You to our Wonderful Volunteers!!

  • Sergio Hernandez...For Teaching our Adult Spanish Classes on Monday Evenings!!
  • All of our Hispanic Heritage volunteers for working on the dances, creating costumes, lining up the food, and organizing the entire event.
  • The room parents and other volunteers who helped with class parties for Halloween.

Curriculum Corner!!

Parents are critical members of a child's educational team. Only so much learning can occur at school, without reinforcement in the home. Because of this, we are committed to strengthening that partnership at Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy. In order to do this, we will be hosting Parent Information Nights on an assortment of educational topics this year. The first one was held on Wed, Sept. 30th. The focus was on bilingual education with a viewing of the film Speaking in Tongues and a parent discussion afterward.

Our next Parent Info Night will be held on Tues, Nov. 10th. The topic will be Student Organization. The focus will be on how to help your child become better organized and more involved in owning their educational experience. It will be from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the 7th/8th grade classroom. Please join us!!

Questions about Curriculum?

Please submit questions for the next Curriculum Corner to Dr. Yaden at BYaden@plu.edu.

Development News!!

Crab Feed/Auction

It's that time of year to start thinking about auction/crab feed procurements/donations. Each family is responsible for supplying an auction item valued at $100. You can either pay the fee directly to the school or these items can be donated from a business. Some examples include: gift certificates to an experience, museum, family outing, or a professional service. Do you own a business or know someone that owns a business? This is an opportunity to ask for a donation. Businesses are often willing to donate as they can write the donation off on their taxes. Procurement/donation forms will be available soon. We are still in the process of securing a location and finalizing a date, so we will communicate this as soon as it is available. This is a very important fundraiser for our school. Your participation and assistance will help us reach our $100,000 fundraising goal.

Annual Fund Appeal
Recently, we sent out letters to each family talking about our Annual Fund Appeal that just kicked off. This year we are hoping to raise $150,000 for this fund. The funds raised help offset the costs of the curriculum upgrades and new music/band program that we rolled out this school year. As school families, you make a great sacrifice of time and money to send your children to Holy Rosary School. Catholic schools are unique as the partnership and dedication to student growth is a shared mission. We are asking you to make a donation to the Annual Fund Appeal. We are hoping for 100% support from families. A one time donation can be made or please consider a monthly pledge. Consider giving $25 a month for ten months which provides a total donation of $250. No amount is too small to make a difference. Thank you for your consideration in helping our school. We are about to turn an important milestone and your help can make a difference in the quality of the program we can offer!

Adult Spanish Classes Weekly on Mondays

Our adult Spanish classes are held on Monday evenings. They are from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Holy Rosary School. The fee is $20/month. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending. You can just send a note to office@hrrsjda.org or call the office at 253.272.7012. We hope to see you there!!

Upcoming Events!!

Pay to Dress!

Friday, Nov. 6th, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

$2.00 for "free dress" to support our orphans. Please make sure that all clothing choices are appropriate to wear at a Catholic school. Nothing short, tight, torn, low-cut, or tank tops, please.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 6-8pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

This is an amazing event with the niños and niñas performing wonderful dances and families bringing their favorite dishes from Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain! If you would like more information about the event, please contact Ms. Lizbeth at eduran@hrrsjda.org.

Veteran's Day Celebration

Monday, Nov. 9th, 2pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please join us for this musical celebration honoring our current and former members of the military. It will be held in the auditorium.

Adult Spanish Classes

Monday, Nov. 9th, 5:30-7pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

  • Classes will be held on Mondays
  • Cost is $20/month
  • Contact Office@hrrsjda.org to sign up
  • Instructor is Sergio Hernandez

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2nd/3rd Grade Field Trip

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 8am

200 2nd Avenue North

Seattle, WA

Parent Info Night: Student Organization

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 5:30-6:30pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Join us for our second Parent Info Night of the year. The focus will be how to help your child be better organized and able to take greater ownership of their education.

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Veteran's Day - No School!

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

No school, no extended care.

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 1-5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1 pm - 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The Book Fair will be held these days, too. Extended Care will be available. Please RSVP if you will need Extended Care these days.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 1-5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1 pm - 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The Book Fair will be held these days, too. Extended Care will be available. Please RSVP if you will need Extended Care these days.

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