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Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy

Message from the Principal - Nov. 15, 2018

Happy Thursday!

We are quickly heading towards the Thanksgiving break. Can you believe it?? Tomorrow, we are sending home report cards. You will have an opportunity to review them before meeting with the teacher(s) on Monday or Tuesday for Parent-Teacher Conferences. It is not too late to schedule a conference, if you haven't already done so. The links are listed below. We have noon dismissals on Monday and Tuesday for conferences and no school Wed - Fri for the break.

Please join us for Mass tomorrow in the auditorium for our first school Mass...in the school! It is still at 9 am. Also, thank you for your generosity with the St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive. We brought a lot of bags over to the parish building today and will bring the last bags tomorrow. Feel free to still drop off bags tomorrow morning. The families who benefit from these are very grateful!


Katie Dempsey


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Upcoming Events:

Friday, 11/16 - Last Day for St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive, All School Mass at 9 am, Report Cards go Home*

Next Week:

Monday, 11/19 - Noon Dismissal with Book Fair and Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon! Extended Care is available.

Tuesday, 11/20 - Noon Dismissal with Book Fair and Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon! Extended Care is available.

* VERY IMPORTANT: People who have an outstanding tuition balance for November and are not on FACTS will not have Report Cards released until the acct balances are paid.

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When you receive your child's report card, you will notice that our school uses Standards Based Grading. This means that instead of giving a percentage or letter grade for Math or Language Arts, your child will receive several "power standards" that are assessed within each core subject and those are identified with a 1, 2, 3, or 4 (Kindergarten and up). Here is the key:

  • 1 means that the student is lacking adequate progress towards the standard or that the concept is new and the skill is just emerging.
  • 2 means that the skill level is progressing toward the goal of meeting the standard.
  • 3 means that the standard has been met sufficiently (and consistently).
  • 4 means that the student's skill level far exceeds the standard (this is rare).

It is not uncommon for skills to still be emerging early in the year and for students to have 2s instead of 3s at this point. Please do not be concerned if this is the case. The purpose of Standards Based Grading is to give more specific information and feedback. You should definitely check in with the teacher at the conferences if you have any questions on the report cards. Also, the teachers will be giving out MAP data for grades 2 - 8, as well.

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Potluck for Staff during Conferences!

If you would like to sign up to bring a little something to treat our teachers during conference days, that would be wonderful (and very much appreciated). Please sign up using the following link: SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/347008513161770043

They will say goodbye to the kiddos by 12:15 and have from 12:15 until 1 pm (when conferences begin) to eat lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Nina Tatum at nina.tatumm@gmail.com. Thank you to Nina and our Parent Service Committee for supporting the staff with these special events!

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From the Development Desk

Annual Fund

Please show your support with a donation to the school’s Annual Fund Appeal! We have a lofty goal as we hope to raise $100,000. Many thanks to an anonymous donor who contributed $20,000 in matching funds. This is a great time to get your donation in as the funds will be matched dollar for dollar. We need 100% participation from our families and staff to make this goal. This fund is important to our school as it helps fund curriculum, staff training, financial aid, and many other initiatives. A fee of $50 will be billed to any family who does not make a donation by January 1, 2019.

You can easily make a donation online at:https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew or you can fill out the pledge envelope and return to the office. Any questions, please email:smckinney@holyrosarybilingual.org.

Thank You!

Finally, we want to thank the families/staff who have already sent in their pledges/payments.

Desde la Mesa de Desarrollo

Fondo Anual

¡Por favor muestre su apoyo con su donación a la campaña anual del colegio Annual Fund Appeal! Tenemos una meta ambiciosa ya que esperamos recaudar $100,000. Muchas gracias a nuestro donador anónimo quien aportó $20,000 dólares en fondos coincidentes. Esta es una gran oportunidad para donar y que cada dólar de su donación sea multiplicado. Necesitamos una participación del 100% de las familias y el personal del colegio para llegar a la meta. Este fondo es importante para nuestra escuela porque ayuda a financiar el plan de estudios del colegio, la capacitación del personal, la ayuda financiera y muchas otras iniciativas. Cada familia que no haga una donación antes del 1ero de enero de 2019 recibirá un cargo de $50.00 a su cuenta.

Usted puede hacer una donación fácilmente en línea en el enlace https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatewo puede llenar el sobre de compromiso de recaudación y regresarlo a la oficina. Si tiene alguna pregunta escribale a Sarah asmckinney@holyrosarybilingual.org ¡Gracias!

Finalmente, queremos agradecer a todas las familias y al personal que han enviado su donación.

Prana Briggs

Matt & Janelle Costanti

Peterson/Failla Family

Josh & Patrea Fernandez

Justin & Rebecca Inouye

Patrick & Sarah Johnson

Casey & Sarah McKinney

Michael & Julie Milasich

Jesse & Amanda Schweickert

Katie Dempsey

Amparo Farias

Kelly Robertson

Gabriel Farias

Richard & Cheri Brandt

Catlin/Houk/Manning Family

Alissa Farias

Monika Filipova

Jesus & Gloria Gomez

Jared & Christina Matheson

Efrain & Patty Montes

William & Jennifer Pickles

Foanuu Setefano & Tiffiny Yi

Jeff Smith & Bridget Yaden

Daryl & Raquel Lambrecht

Travis & Jennifer Perkins

Sofia Zapata

Robert Tran & Ngoc Anh Nguyen

Rodney Wilson & Johanne Pozas

Ken Clifton & Heather Young

Hugo Bernal & Nina Tatum

Archer/Carroll Family
Dave Boynton & Melissa Kennedy
Diane Follett
Daniel & Bridget Proctor
Melissa Prusinowski
Sonia Ceballos

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups!!

Don't forget to sign up for 1st trimester Parent-Teacher Conferences! Here are the links:

Ms. Marseille (Pre-K 3): http://signup.com/go/dErgQYj

Ms. Juliet and Ms. Wendy (Pre-K 4A): http://signup.com/go/ZRovnSp

Ms. Patty (Pre-K 4B): http://signup.com/go/VLAUtJc

Señora Raquel and Señora Nilsa (KG): http://signup.com/go/gbOFRKB

Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Allen (1st): http://signup.com/go/wufEWhh

Mr. Kelah (2nd/3rd English): http://signup.com/go/GzVQSRX

Señora Sonia (2nd/3rd Spanish): http://signup.com/go/XosVJvr

Señor Ivan (4th/5th/6th Spanish, 8th Math): http://signup.com/go/pDXDRYV

Mr. Anderson (4th/5th/6th English, 7/8 Spanish): http://signup.com/go/RaGSiEr

Mr. Farias (7/8 Homeroom and 5/6 Religion): http://signup.com/go/yJaZEQf

Thank you for signing up. It is important to keep communication open and for teachers, students, and parents to all be working together as a team!

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Late Charges for Tuition and Fees!

Thank you to all who are on FACTS for their monthly tuition and fee payments. This helps our school out immensely because we know when the money is scheduled to be in and we don't have to spend a lot of time with our limited staff (and resources) tracking down payments. If you are not on FACTS, it is never to late to get signed up. It does not cost anything and you can make your payments on the 10th, the 25th, or split them between the 2 dates.

******To register for FACTS, visit:https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4CD0S********

Last spring, due to a large number of people frequently making late payments, we added language to the registration packet which included a late fee. This fee is $50 for any payment made after the 10th of the month, unless you are on FACTS. Some people seem surprised by these late fees, so here is a reminder of the language from the Tuition Payment Preference Form in the registration packet families completed for enrollment/re-enrollment:

Important Information Regarding Late Payments:

  • Tuition payments received after the due date (10th of the month, unless you are on FACTS) will be assessed a late fee of $50.
  • Any family who is late 2 times during the contract year will be required to use FACTS for their payment of tuition/fees.
  • Extended Care and meal charges are due within one week of statement (emailed/sent home in the weekly envelope). Parents who are more than one month behind on either of these will lose those privileges.
  • An early termination fee of $150 will be required of all contracts that are terminated before the end of the contract.
  • Families with checks returned for insufficient funds are required to pay any fees incurred by HRRS and the account will be considered late.
  • Families who have an account that is past due 60 days or more will be unenrolled from the school. Written notice will be provided to the family at least 2 weeks prior to unenrolling the student(s).

We hope that people understand that when you are a small school who has to pay all bills on time (and especially our staff salaries), we need to make sure that people fulfill the commitment that they agreed to when they signed and submitted the registration documents. So, if you would like to pay after the 10th of the month, please sign up for FACTS and you are welcome to pay on the 25th. If you have any questions or concerns about your account, please contact Kelly our Bookkeeper at finance@holyrosarybilingual.org. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Katie Dempsey.

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Noon Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Monday, Nov. 19th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 19th, 1-5:45pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parents can sign up through the online signup.com link

The Book Fair will be held in the portables

Noon Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Book Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 20th, 1-5:45pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parents can sign up through the online signup.com link.

The Book Fair will be held in the portables

No School for Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 8am to Friday, Nov. 23rd, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA