On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day...We Remember Service to Others
So often in this time of COVID, it is easy to get focused on just getting through each day with all of the changes that this virus has brought to us. Changes in jobs, schools, and even how we shop at the grocery store. We are asked to keep to ourselves and stay in our own bubble. Many are struggling with depression at this time because "alone" is not how God created us to exist. We are meant to live in community with one another. We hope that the vaccine will bring immunity to us, but we cannot wait to live in community and service to others. This Monday, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The focus of this day is on service to others. Even in a state of partial lock down in society, we should think of what we can do to serve others. After all, this was one of the most important messages from the Gospel and is so evident in Jesus' works. Here are some simple ways that we can get away from focusing on ourselves and focus instead on service to others:
- Make someone breakfast
- Leave a note in someone's lunch...offering a positive comment or thoughts of love
- Do the dishes, make dinner, or do another chore that you don't normally do
- Take the kids out for a while to give your partner a break
- Hold the door open
- Write a note to someone you haven't seen for a while, just to say you are thinking of them
- Send a thank you email to someone (a teacher, janitor, office colleague, etc.)
- Offer to watch your friends' children to give them a night out
- Donate to a worthy cause
- Organize a clean up day in your neighborhood
- Volunteer to welcome people at church
There are so many ways that we can serve others and it makes us feel good, too. They are simple and take very little time and effort. They do make a difference, though. Know that you have the power to change lives through your ability to serve others in your community and around the world. What will you do this week?
Have a wonderful (and wet) week. Please make sure to read this entire newsletter as there are many important pieces of information, including a "goodbye" from Sarah McKinney and important links for Trimester 2 conferences, as well as a reminder of the plan for next week.
- Thurs, Jan. 14th - All School Mass at 11 am in the Church (Please join us in person or online)
Meeting ID: 974 9100 2103 Passcode: Mass
- Mon, Jan. 18th - No School for Dr. MLK, Jr. Day
- Tues, Jan. 19th - Return to In Person Instruction/Hybrid for 1 - 8
- Sun, Jan. 31 - Sat, Feb. 6th - Catholic Schools Week (Change from calendar)
- Thurs/Fri, Feb. 4th and 5th - Noon Dismissal for Conferences (Sign up for conferences below)
- Fri, Feb. 12th - No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development)
- Mon/Tues, Feb. 15th-16th - No School for President's Day
- Thursday, Mar. 11th - End of Trimester 2
- Friday, Mar. 12th - Archdiocesan Retreat Day (No school for students)
- Friday, Mar. 19th - Report Cards go Home
Intent to Return
"The Plan" Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19th
Here is the plan:
Pre-K and K: On site full time
1st and 2nd Grade: On site full time (entire class)
3rd/4th Grade: On site 1/2 time (every other day, remote when not on campus)...see detailed schedule from Ms. Iverson (3rd grade in person M/W and 4th grade in person T/Th)
5th - 8th Grade: Remote in the morning, on site in the afternoon (students may attend the afternoons every day)...see schedule attached.
This will be the plan until we can get the COVID numbers under 350/100,000. Currently, we are at 444/100,000.
Mr. Farias' Schedule (Below)
Conference Sign-Up Links for Feb. 4th and 5th
Ms. Patty/Pre-K 3: https://signup.com/go/zsJohzp
Ms. Raquel/Pre-K 4: https://signup.com/go/zNcaMLR
Ms. Madi/1st Grade: https://signup.com/go/coPWPBD
Ms. Josie/2nd Grade: https://signup.com/go/OcAthPs
Ms. Iverson/3rd and 4th Grade: https://signup.com/go/wShXMmM
Mr. Ivan/5th - 8th Grade (Science, Math, and Spanish): https://signup.com/go/jFttTXU
Mr. Farias/5th - 8th Grade (Language Arts, Religion, and Social Studies): https://signup.com/go/jQXhBgi
Goodbye (and Thank You) to our Development Director!
We want to give Sarah our heartfelt gratitude for a job well done...and wish her well on this new chapter. Fortunately, she will stay with us as co-chair of the auction (as a parent volunteer) with Gina Cole this year.
From Sarah McKinney:
It is with both excitement and a heavy heart that I will be leaving my development role at HRBA. Holy Rosary has been my home for many years. We became a part of Holy Rosary School community back in 2011 when Halle started Pre-K. This year she will graduate and head to SOTA High School! I began working at the school in 2014 when Avery started Pre-K. I first worked in the office, and then I transitioned into the development role.
I have accepted a role with Tacoma Rescue Mission. My new position will be responsible for fundraising and I will work on creating events for their organization. They have also recently taken over the old Holy Rosary School building, so I will be back near our old stomping grounds which is exciting.
Through the years I have met so many phenomenal families that have taught me so much. Our events would never have been the success that they were without you. Our committee is tasked with raising funds to support tuition assistance and our budget. Before every event I was both nervous and excited to see where the night would take us. We are blessed to have amazing donors and families that support our mission. My favorite part of the night was when the event was complete and I could kick off my shoes and dance in celebration of our success.
I will take these memories and many lifelong friendships with me. Our community is a very special one and I am so happy we could be a part of it.