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Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy

Message from the Principal - Aug. 8, 2018


We are just a couple of short weeks before school is back in session. Can you believe it? I hope that everyone is rested and has gotten some Vitamin D from that beautiful sunshine! We have been busy at the school. The hallway is coming together with all new sheetrock and will soon have brand new lighting to brighten everything. It will be close, but it should be done just in time for school to start.

As you all know, we have a number of new members in our Holy Rosary family. In fact, we have been able to hire for Mrs. Silva’s position in 2nd and 3rd grade. Thank you, God!! The teacher’s name is Engelbert Kelah. Mr. Kelah comes to us from Cameroon, via Mexico and Texas. He is fluent in English and French and understands quite a bit of Spanish. He will be a great addition to our school. He is even a certified soccer coach. I will be sending out a bio and a photo of Mr. Kelah in the next few days, but wanted to let everyone know that we do have an English teacher for grades 2 & 3. We are such a global community here at Holy Rosary. We have teachers from Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cameroon, and Peru, as well as the United States. What a fantastic way to bring not only language to children, but also a diversity of cultures and traditions. This creates an amazingly rich learning environment. Here is a reminder of who is who for 2018-19:

Pre-K 3: Ms. Marseille (Lead Teacher). We only have 10 students, so there is no assistant. Mgrimaldi@holyrosarybilingual.org

Pre-K 4A: Ms. Juliet and Ms. Wendy (Class of 20) Jquintero@holyrosarybilingual.org

Pre-K 4B: Ms. Patty (Class of 10) Pmontes@holyrosarybilingual.org

Kindergarten: Señora Raquel (Lead Teacher) and Señora Santos (Asst. Teacher)


1st Grade English: Mrs. Allen Dallen@holyrosarybilingual.org

1st Grade Spanish: Señora Williams Cwilliams@holyrosarybilingual.org

2/3 English: Mr. Kelah Ekelah@holyrosarybilingual.org

2/3 Spanish: Señora Sonia Sceballos@holyrosarybilingual.org

4 & 5/6 English: Mr. Anderson Janderson@holyrosarybilingual.org

4 & 5/6 Spanish: Señor Ivan Iachata@holyrosarybilingual.org

7/8 English: Mr. Farias Gfarias@holyrosarybilingual.org

7/8 Spanish (1 block daily): Mr. Anderson Janderson@holyrosarybilingual.org

Music: Mr. Wolfert. Dwolfert@holyrosarybilingual.org

Pre-k Extended Care/Pre-K 3 PE: Ms. Hazel Htate@holyrosarybilingual.org

Extended Care/PE: Ms. Heidi Hgamez@holyrosarybilingual.org

Kitchen Director: Ms. Lizbeth Lduran@holyrosarybilingual.org

Kitchen Assistant:. Ms. Erika Egaribay@holyrosarybilingual.org

Custodian: Ms. Gricelda Ggonzalez@holyrosarybilingual.org

Development Director: Sarah McKinney Smckinney@holyrosarybilingual.org

Bookkeeper: Kelly Robertson Finance@holyrosarybilingual.org

Office Manager: Berenice Williams Office@holyrosarybilingual.org

Vice-Principal: Amparo Farias Afarias@holyrosarybilingual.org

Principal: Katie Dempsey Kdempsey@holyrosarybilingual.org

The teachers will be back at the school starting on the 20th (except for Mr. Kelah who is moving from Texas and will be here on the 22nd), so feel free to email them at their new email addresses, if you have any questions. Everyone is getting their emails switched over, so please be patient. :)

It will be wonderful to see all of you and hear the laughter fill these halls. It has been a pretty quiet summer around the school, with the exception of our little Pre-K Summer Camp.

If you have any questions about uniforms, school supplies, or anything else. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Berenice is here regular hours (7:30 - 3:30, Monday through Friday).


Katie Dempsey


Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy


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Tuition Payments Start NOW!

Don’t forget...tuition payments go from August through May. The only payments due in June are Extended Care, meals, or other past due charges. So, if you have not made your August payment, please take care of that. If you are on FACTS, you are all set. The payments are deducted on the 10th, the 25th, or split between the two dates (depending on what you selected). Thank you to all who have signed up for FACTS. You make life so much easier for all of us and hopefully, you as well. If you still want to sign up, it’s not too late. Just go to: https://online.factsmgt.com/sign in/4CD0S. It is easy to do and takes one important item off your mind this school year. If you need help with your account or FACTS, contact Kelly at finance@holyrosarybilingual.org or to make a payment, call Berenice at 253-272-7012. Thank you for your attention to this!
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Calling All Volunteers

In the next two weeks, we will be in need of help around the school. Here are some options:

  • Painting the ceiling in the 2nd floor hallway (no one who is afraid of heights, please)
  • Clean-up from all of the dust during construction
  • General dusting and cleaning around the school
  • Help moving desk and setting up classrooms
  • Decorating bulletin boards

If you can help us, please contact Berenice at office@holyrosarybilingual.org or 253-272-7012. Thank you!!

School Schedule for the Beginning of the Year

Week 1:
  • Monday, Aug. 27th: 8 am - 12 pm (No before or after school extended care)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 28th - Thursday, Aug. 30th: Regular school hours (8 am to 3 pm) with drop off from 7:45 and until 3:15. Extended Care is in the mornings from 6:30 am and in the afternoon until 6 pm.
  • Friday, Aug. 31st: School hours are from 8 am - 12 pm. Before and after school extended care is available.

Week 2:

  • Monday, Sept. 3rd: No School for Labor Day
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4th and going forward: Regular hours with morning and evening extended care

Don’t forget to check the school calendar for important dates!

Other Important Items...

  • Don’t forget to shop Tommy Hilfiger or Land’s End for uniforms. There is more info on the school website at: http://hrrsjda.org/wordpress/?page_id=361
  • Our first day back is Monday, Aug. 27th. (Noon dismissal and no extended care)
  • Friday, Aug. 24th is Teacher Meet and Greet and supply drop off from 8 am to noon.
  • Back to School BBQ for all school families is from 1 pm - 3 pm on Sunday, Aug. 26th.
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Job Opportunities at the Church


JOB DESCRIPTION: We are seeking a part-time Choir Director, 15-20 hours per week, to lead music at 2 Masses each weekend and on Holy Days. Weekly hours include evening rehearsals, Sunday morning Mass and Saturday evening Mass, as well as preparation and administration time. The ideal candidate is a competent musician capable of confidently leading, developing, and encouraging others in a positive ministry environment in order to provide quality music that draws the faithful into prayerful worship. The Choir Director reports to the Pastoral Coordinator is a key participant in executing the PC’s vision for reverent, transformative, and inspiring liturgy. There may be a possibility, of additional hours and Masses at a second parish. Mass times would include Sundays at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM, as well as additional Holy Day Masses. This is yet to be determined. To apply please go to the following web link. For inquires please contact Laurie Halte parish@holyrosarytacoma.org.
Application is available at http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Assets/HR/6652_EmploymentApp2016Parish.pdf


JOB DESCRIPTION: Holy Rosary Parish has an opening for a custodial worker to work 8 - 10 hours per week. Major duties include Custodial services for the church and office buildings, bathroom, and kitchen cleaning, vacuuming/floor cleaning. Event setup/cleanup and opening/closing duties. For inquires please contact Laurie Halte parish@holyrosarytacoma.org.
Application is available at http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Assets/HR/6652_EmploymentApp2016Parish.pdf

Parish Picnic after Noon Mass

Sunday, Aug. 12th, 1pm

520 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

The annual parish picnic will be held after the noon mass this weekend. Come on over to the Convent garden and meet Deacon Jim Fish and Fr. Martin Bourne. Enjoy some good food and sunshine.

Teacher Meet and Greet (Supply Drop Off Day)

Friday, Aug. 24th, 8am-12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Come and visit with your teacher and drop off those pesky school supplies so that you don’t have to deal with them on Monday. The teachers will be working in their rooms on Friday from 8 am to noon so feel free to stop by!

Back to School BBQ

Sunday, Aug. 26th, 1-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

We will have our annual potluck bbq to welcome everyone back to the new school year. The school will provide the burgers and hot dogs. We will send out info to have people bring drinks, side dishes, and desserts, based on your last name. Plan to join us. We will also have some used uniforms, as well. It is a wonderful time for people to get together, for the kids to play, and to ease anxieties for the first day of school!

First Day of School - Noon Dismissal and No Extended Care

Monday, Aug. 27th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

School is from 8 am - 12 pm.

Dismissal for Pre-K begins at 11:45 and all students in all grades must be picked up by 12:15.

Noon Dismissal for Labor Day Weekend

Friday, Aug. 31st, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

This is a noon dismissal but extended care is available. You can pay for drop in or register for a lower priced hourly rate. See Ms. Hazel, Ms. Heidi, or Ms. Berenice for assistance.

No School for Labor Day

Monday, Sep. 3rd, 8am-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA