Hawk Happenings

News for the HRRS/Juan Diego Academy Community

Principal's Message - Oct. 14th (English)

Happy Wednesday!

We have a lot of exciting assessments beginning in October. Last week, the Woodcock-Muñoz testing began on all new students in grades K - 3. This will help us to determine current levels of language acquisition/comprehension. In the spring, we will test all students, so that we can compare the numbers and look at the growth of students in both languages. Additionally, starting tomorrow, all students in grades 3 - 8 will begin taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). This test measures students in a variety of areas including math and reading, providing very detailed results in a matter of 4 - 6 weeks. Here is the website for more info on the test: http://www.riverpub.com/products/itbs/details.html.

During the testing period (which ends Oct. 30th), we ask for your support with the following:

  • Please make sure that your child arrives ON TIME to school every day.
  • Limit any interruptions such as medical appointments to non-testing times.
  • Make sure that your child has a good breakfast before coming to school.
  • Get the kids to bed at a reasonable hour so that they are well rested.
  • Encourage your child(ren) to do their best, but not to stress about the tests. They are simply a way of providing information to us, so that we can better plan/refine our instruction for the year, making sure to address individual learning goals for all students.

If you have any questions/concerns about the testing, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

Have a wonderful week!

Katie Dempsey



Important Reminders for this Week!!

  • Today is a half day. Dismissal is at NOON. Extended Care will be available.
  • Thursday - Join us for All School Mass at 9 am.
  • Spirit Gear on Friday - Teachers will indicate eligibility to students.

Development News!!

Calling all Grandparents & Alumni! If you know of any alumni or current grandparents (and other community members) who would like to be included in our mailing list, please let us know. We are beginning to send out Annual Campaign letters and will soon be sending out information on upcoming events, such as the Annual Crab Feed & Auction and the Celebración. We want to make sure we are connecting with all of our supporters! Please contact Sarah at smckinney@hrrsjda.org with contact information.

Basketball Sign-Ups for Grades 4 - 8!

Basketball Registration will be held after school with three in-person registrations in the first grade Spanish classroom from 3- 3:30pm on October 16th, 19th, and 21st. Cost is $60 per player, which includes a jersey (not shorts). Registration is for grades 4-8 for boys and girls. By signing up, there is no guarantee your child will be playing on a team. Teams will need to have at least 8 players and have a coach. The basketball season is from Nov - Jan. Email Athletic Director, Ralph Thomson, at CYO@hrrsjda.org with any questions.

Coaches Wanted!

We are looking for a girls' Basketball, boys' Basketball and co-ed Volleyball coach. Both sports are offered to students in Grades 4 - 8. If you are enthusiastic and willing to teach our kids about these sports, please volunteer. All coaches will need Safe Environment clearance. The Basketball season is from November - January and the Volleyball season is from February - April/May.

Please contact Athletic Director, Ralph Thomson, at CYO@hrrsjda.org.

Adult Spanish Classes Begin Nov. 2nd!!

Our adult Spanish classes will be held on Monday evenings beginning Nov. 2nd. They will be from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Holy Rosary School. The fee is $20/month. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending. You can just send a note to office@hrrsjda.org or call the office at 253.272.7012. We hope to see you there!!

Holy Rosary Book Fair - Volunteers Needed

The Book Fair will be held on the Conference half days (Nov 23rd & 24th). If you would like to help with this event, please contact Natalie Scott at nscott@hrrsjda.org.

Ms. Dempsey to Chair an Accreditation Visit in Montana the Week of Oct. 19th!

Ms. Dempsey will be off campus the week of Oct. 19th because she is chairing an Accreditation Team for WCEA at Pretty Eagle Catholic Academy in Montana. If you need any assistance during that time, please feel free to contact either Ms. Margetts or Señora Farias.

Curriculum Corner!!

Tips for Success:
  • Read every night with your child in whatever language you feel most comfortable.
  • Ask your child about his/her day..identify one new thing s/he learned.
  • For more information on bilingual education, check out the following website: http://www.nabe.org/bilingualeducation


Please submit questions for the next Curriculum Corner to Dr. Yaden at BYaden@plu.edu.

Upcoming Events!!

Professional Development - Noon Dismissal for Students

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Extended Care will be available from noon to 6 pm.

ITBS - Standardized Testing

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 8am to Friday, Oct. 30th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Students in Grades 3 - 8 will be taking the Iowa standardized test during this 2 week window. More information can be located at: http://www.riversidepublishing.com/products/ia/learnmore.html

Pre-K 3 & 4

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 12:30-2:30pm

Wild Hare Organic Farm, Tacoma, WA, United States

Tacoma, WA

Pre-K 3 & 4 Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Students should be in free dress and be ready to get grubby!

Virtus Class for Volunteers

Saturday, Oct. 24th, 9am

503 3rd Street Southwest

Puyallup, WA

Please register online at:


Click on the Registration link. If you have questions, please contact Colleen Thomson at casmt@comcast.net.

Halloween Carnival

Sunday, Oct. 25th, 1-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Join us in the auditorium, which will be transformed into a haunted house and carnival, filled with fun and games. If you would like to volunteer, please contact: Nina Tatum at Nina.Tatumm@gmail.com.

Picture Day

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 8am-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Individual and Group Photos

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 6-8pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

This is an amazing event with the niños and niñas performing wonderful dances and families bringing their favorite dishes from Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain! If you would like more information about the event, please contact Ms. Lizbeth at eduran@hrrsjda.org.

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 1-5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1 pm - 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The Book Fair will be held these days, too. Schedules will be coming out soon.

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 1-5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1 pm - 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The Book Fair will be held these days, too. Schedules will be coming out soon.