Hawk Happenings

News from the Holy Rosary/Juan Diego Community

Message from the Principal: Nov. 16th

Happy Wednesday!

Today started with a bit of unintended excitement. The electrical cord on the milk refrigerator began sparking, which caused smoke in the auditorium. The breaker was immediately turned off, the kids were evacuated from the building, the refrigerator unit was unplugged, and the area was aired out. We are working with an electrician and are happy to report that all is well and the kids did a fantastic job of evacuating. Today actually happened to be our scheduled fire drill day!

Report cards also go home in the envelopes today. Conferences are next Monday or Tuesday. If you have still not signed up, we will be assigning slots, so please make sure you sign up to get the time and day you want. Also, the deadline for financial assistance through the Fulcrum Foundation is approaching very soon...Dec. 2nd!! ANYONE needing ANY financial assistance (anyone who is not a full pay family) MUST apply for Fulcrum before being considered for financial aid. If you need any help with the process, contact Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org or 253-272-7012. Remember to include all expenses and have last year's tax documents available so that the application can be easily verified. The link is: https://fulcrumfoundation.org/grants-and-programs/tuition-assistance

Have a wonderful week!


Katie Dempsey


P.S. I know that today's mailer is long, but please scroll through it as there is a great deal of excellent information.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday: All School Mass at 9 am. Families, please come and sit with your children!

Friday: Thanksgiving Feast for Pre-K

Saturday: Karaoke Potluck Fundraiser for the Drama Club

Monday: Food Drive ends, Noon Dismissal, Conferences

Tuesday: Noon Dismissal, Conferences

This Week in Pictures...

We Love our Volunteers!

Thanks to our Amazing Hispanic Heritage Volunteers!!

  • Dancing Coaches - Lizbeth Duran, Jakeline Lemus, Maria Martinez-Perez, Ilianit Hernandez, Erika Garibay, Maricela Vasquez, Manuela Bosteder, Leonor Ramirez, Monica Anaya.
  • A complete list of volunteers has been printed out in a thank you note for today. Check the flyer for a complete list of all of the amazing volunteers for this festival!! We couldn't do it without all of you!

Fulcrum Scholarships!! Do You Need $1200???? Apply NOW!


The window for 2017-18 Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Grant Program (TAP) applications officially opened on October 1st, 2016. Here is the link to apply: https://fulcrumfoundation.org/grants-and-programs/tuition-assistance

VERY IMPORTANT: Any family seeking ANY financial assistance from Holy Rosary Regional School MUST first apply through the Fulcrum Grant Application.

Parent-Teacher Potluck

Hello, Everyone. The Parent Service Club has organized a potluck for the teachers on the two conference days (next Monday and Tuesday). Please show your support for the teachers by signing up to bring an item on either Monday or Tuesday. Monday's theme will be Tacos and Tuesday's theme is Chili/Baked Potatoes.Here is the online signup: http://signup.com/go/N1trSA

Thank you!!

-Parent Service Club

First Trimester Conferences are Mandatory! Sign-Up Online Now!! !

This year, we are doing an online sign-up for conferences so that you can choose a time that works best for you. Please click on a link for each class in which you have a child. For classes that are partnered in English and Spanish, you may select one teacher or sign up for two slots if you need to talk with both teachers. You will be able to select either Nov. 21st or Nov. 22nd and a time that works for you (from 1 pm - 5 pm). Contact Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org if you need any help with this process. Here are the links:

Pre-K 3: http://signup.com/go/NzYZHW

Pre-K 4A: http://signup.com/go/bqP9i2

Pre-K 4B: http://signup.com/go/VqwJGJ

Kindergarten: http://signup.com/go/kMN3Ra

1st/2nd Grade (Holguin): http://signup.com/go/KfGSq8

1st/2nd Grade (Williams): http://signup.com/go/Vg7JKr

3rd/4th Grade (Nolting): http://signup.com/go/cN3jfA

3rd/4th Grade (Silva): http://signup.com/go/cRjL9S

5th/6th (Mr. Downing): http://signup.com/go/AFHZoV

7th/8th (Mr. Farias): http://signup.com/go/hdPeFD

Mr. Ivan (Math): http://signup.com/go/nvUzpa

Mr. Nolting: http://signup.com/go/65pcmA

Simply enter your name, email address and phone number. Then, you will be confirmed in your spot. Conferences are very important, so please make sure to sign up and to make your conference time on the day/time that you chose. First Trimester conferences are REQUIRED! Thanks!!

Calendar Change!! Please Make Note!!

Since Monday, January 2nd is an observed holiday, our school will be CLOSED that day. Originally, that was going to be our first day back from Christmas break. We will instead return on Tuesday, January 3rd. Christmas vacation begins on Friday, Dec. 16th at NOON.

Christmas Program...Date Change???

With the Seahawks playing a home game against the Rams on Thursday, Dec. 15th, we have received a few requests to change the Christmas Program to Wed, Dec. 14th. Please vote for your preference at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TJSPY8B

The options are Dec. 14th, Dec. 15th, or "Doesn't Matter". Make your voice heard and your vote count! :)

From the Development Desk!

Matching Funds Available for Annual Fund Appeal!

Our Annual Fund Appeal has raised almost $60,000 with a goal of hitting $100,000. We have secured matching funds up to $25,000. So any donation will be matched dollar for dollar through December! We have had 26% of school families participate so far! Thank you so much for your support of this important appeal.

Would you consider donating at a level that is appropriate to your family? Every gift counts! Family participation is key because it helps strengthen your child’s school. Last year, the Annual Fund provided:

  • New curriculum and materials

  • Helps fund teacher salaries

  • Funds for teacher professional development

We appreciate your support!

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. You can also use the envelopes that you received with the recent Annual Appeal letter in your communication envelopes.

Thank you to the following families/staff that have donated:

Jeff Smith & Dr. Bridget Yaden

Casey & Sarah McKinney

Katie Dempsey

Amparo Farias

Nuria Olmos Rodriguez

Sandra Spadoni & Daniel Krebs

Jeff & Claudia Klein

Kelly Robertson

Marseille Grimaldi

Raquel Lambrecht

Sonia Ceballos

Scott & Laura Puryear

Father Nicholas Wichert

Jesse & Amanda Schweickert

Steve & Rhonda Kristoff

Morgan & Lisa Hepfer

Sid Chaloner

Christian & Nichole Gerling

Gabe Farias

DC & Analy Grant

Matthew Hedges & Shanan O’Driscoll Hedges

Lizbeth Duran

William & Jennifer Pickles

Shane & Valerie Pettit

James & Rhodora Johnson

Anssel & Melanie Lopez

Celine Williams

Gricelda Gonzalez

Epitacio Garibay & Erika Ruelas

Eduardo & Rocio Castrejon

Oscar & Diane Mendez

Carl Tweeten & Sofia Zapata

Richard & Stephanie Hernandez

Craig Smith & Meg Lee

Tomas & Theresa Ramos

Doris Silva

Berenice Williams

Darin & Cheryl Borden

Ralph & Colleen Thomson

Leianna Perkins-Muse

Bradley & Naomi Smith

Christian & Jessica Jordan

John Downing

Carina Walker

Julio & Alyssa Illich

Erik & Juana Gallegos
Dave Boynton & Melissa Kennedy
Camai Catlin


Auction/Crab Feed

The Crab Feed/Auction is right around the corner! This is a very important fundraiser for our school. Each family has a commitment to provide a $100 item. This may include a payment to the office in the form of cash or check, gift cards to local restaurants, businesses, sporting events, or places of interest. Families may also provide vouchers for goods and services such as catering, lawn maintenance, baked goods - etc.

Another way to get donations is to solicit local businesses. Because we are a 501c3, businesses can write off these donations. If you want to ask your grocery store, hair salon, or local restaurants we have procurement forms in the office. Check-in with Berenice if you would like to do this option.

New this year; you can enroll in Amazon Smile and purchase items that will be used to make up auction gift baskets!

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your existing Amazon account, or create one.

  2. Enter Academia Juan Diego as the charitable organization you wish to support. From the upper right corner, select the “Lists” drop-down menu; scroll down to and select “Find List or Registry”

  3. Type smckinney@hrrsjda.org into the search box and press “Search”

  4. There are several items at different price points and can be sent directly to the school at: 504 S 30th St. Tacoma, 98402.

  5. Complete your purchase and send a copy of the receipt to smckinney@hrrsjda.org.

The deadline for turning in auction items is Friday, January 6th. If an item is not received by this deadline, your family will be charged $150 on your invoice. If you would like to assist on the committee please contact: smckiney@hrrsjda.org.

Need a Warm Coat??

The Lion's Club and the Knights of Columbus have graciously donated warm winter coats in a variety of sizes for children. We have about 15 coats. If your child needs one, just email Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org.

Karaoke Potluck Drama Club Fundraiser

Saturday, Nov. 19th, 6:30-10pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Bring your favorite dish and support the Drama Club while having fun with karaoke!!

Conferences - Noon Dismissal (Extended Care is Available)

Monday, Nov. 21st, 12pm to Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Conference times will be sent out very soon. If you need to adjust your time/day, please contact the office at office@hrrsjda.org. Thank you!

Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 21st, 12pm to Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

The Book Fair will be held in the modular building behind the school from noon to 3 pm Monday and Tuesday.

No School - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 8am to Friday, Nov. 25th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

No school and no extended care

Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy

Contact Me:

Berenice Williams, Office Manager