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Happy Wednesday!

A few of our families have asked whether or not we will be having Extended Care this year. The answer is not as simple as you would imagine. With COVID-19, the health department has directed us to keep classes separate while on campus. The reason for this is simple. It limits the potential for spread of COVID. We are even limiting the number of teachers with whom the students interact, as well as volunteers/parents on site in and around students/classrooms. This means that we are having students eat in their classrooms, instead of the cafeteria. Also, they are not doing electives, PE, or music classes outside of their own classroom/teacher. Library classes are being implemented with strict cleaning protocols. The idea is that, if a COVID case is identified, keeping kids in their own separate groups limits the potential impact on the community and allows for a greater ability for the school to remain open.

So, how does this impact Extended Care? Extended Care in a normal year is typically a mixture of students in grades K through 8 with as many as 30 kids together in a classroom. This year, that is not possible, since we cannot mix students who are not normally together and we need to maintain social distancing and have less students in a classroom. Financially and in terms of staffing, however, it is not possible to run several separate, smaller Extended Cares. So, we need to identify if we have a large enough need in any one class that we can try to run an Extended Care for those students. This also means that it will be more expensive to run, as there will be fewer children. So, we will not be able to offer financial assistance for this. With all of that being said, I would like to have families complete this survey by Monday, Sept. 28th so that we can see what the families' needs are with respect to Extended Care. My previous surveys for Pre-K and K showed that only a couple of people wanted to consistently use it. Please take the following quick survey (4 questions) to help us with our planning: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WJLX5M

Stay dry in this crazy wet weather. At least the air quality is better!! :) Pretty soon, you will get to see our lake where the geese hang out on the field. Have a wonderful rest of the week.


Katie Dempsey


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Development Corner

I hope that everyone is transitioning well back into the school schedule and routine. It is so great to have all of our students on campus. If I haven’t met you, my name is Sarah McKinney and I am the Development Director for the school. I am responsible for the school's large fundraising events, which include the Annual Fund Appeal, Gala, and Auction. You will hear more about these major fundraising events throughout the year as I solicit families to help volunteer.

Annual Fund will be kicking off shortly. I will send out more details about this fund via the newsletter. This fund is important to our school as it helps fund curriculum, staff training, financial aid, and many other initiatives. As it states in the Parent Commitment Form that each family signed with their registration packet, every family is expected to donate to the Annual Fund with a minimum contribution of $25. A fee of $50 will be billed to any family who does not make a donation by November 15, 2020. Thank you for supporting this very important fundraiser.

If you haven’t done so already, like us on Facebook! We share a lot of great information here along with posting photos of our wonderful students (and emergency closures). You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/HolyRosaryTacoma/

One last item…..do you shop on Amazon? If so, there is a simple way to support our school. Go to: smile.amazon.com and sign-in with your amazon credentials. Search for Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. Once registered, the school receives a portion of any purchases made.

Any questions or comments, you can reach me at: smckinney@holyrosarybilingual.org.

Meet Ms. Sarah, Our Development Director

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Still Need Uniforms??

Since school resumed for in-person instruction quicker than most of us thought, we wanted to offer a uniform sale through Tommy Hilfiger. Just go to www.globalschoolwear.com and enter our school name and city and you can begin shopping. Please see the details below. We will offer our used uniform sale on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 2-4 pm in the gym.
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