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Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy

Happy Wednesday!

Dear Families,

It is that time of year again...time for a staffing update for the following year! Here is the plan for the classroom teachers for 2019-20:

Pre-K 3: Ms. Wendy (Lead Teacher)

Pre-K 4: Ms. Patty (Lead Teacher) and Ms. Nilsa (Asst Teacher)

Kindergarten A: Ms. Raquel

Kindergarten B: Ms. Sonia

1/2 English: Ms. Juliet

1/2 Spanish: Mrs. Williams

3/4 English: Mrs. Allen

3/4 Spanish: To be Hired

5 Homeroom & Middle School Science: Ms. Donoso

6/7 Homeroom, Middle School Math & Spanish Language Arts: Mr. Ivan

8 Homeroom, Middle School English & Religion: Mr. Farias

We want to say a special thank you to Ms. Marseille and Mr. Anderson who are leaving our school to pursue new and exciting opportunities. We hope you will join us in wishing them well and we feel blessed by their service at Holy Rosary. Ms. Donoso is coming to us from another school in the Seattle Archdiocese and has a strong background in (and love of science). I will have more info on her in an upcoming Smore issue. We are very excited to welcome her to the team, though. It is going to be a great 2019-20!

There is a LOT of important info in this newsletter, so please scroll all the way through. Thanks!!


Katie Dempsey


Very Important Upcoming Items:

  • Wednesday, March 27th: Communication envelopes (check inside for the 2019-20 calendar and other exciting items)
  • Thursday, March 28th: Pay2Dress ($2 per student or Spirit Gear for free)
  • Friday, March 29th: Mass at 9am

REMINDER: Next Tuesday, April 2nd is a noon dismissal day for Professional Development.

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The Kentucky Derby is Coming!

Please join us to celebrate, our annual Auction on Saturday, May 4. Please note our annual auction has moved to May (formerly Crab Feed). Please join us for a Kentucky Derby themed event; Hats for Ladies and Ties for Gents. Enjoy southern cuisine, beer, wine, auction, and dancing. This is a very important event for our school uniting current school families, alumni, and Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy supporters.

Date: May 4, 2019
Doors Open: 5:00 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church

5510 N 44th St. Tacoma

We could use your help! Please see the dedicated auction website for all of the details. You can purchase tickets and sign-up to volunteer. There are multiple volunteer opportunities from set-up, event assistance, clean-up, to baking desserts, or donating wine. Please check it out: https://hrba.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/Auction2019/tabid/1032992/Default.aspx

Any questions, please feel free to call or email: Sarah McKinney smckinney@holyrosarybilingual.org
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Thank You!

A special thank you to Jeff Klein and Greg Klein for getting us access to 75 refurbished laptops from the GSA. This is fantastic news so that we can focus Ipads in the younger grades and laptops in the older grades.
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School Calendar

Thank you for your input on the start date and Easter vacation dates for the 2019-20 calendar. We had many responses and the overwhelming results were in support of:

  • Starting after Labor Day
  • Taking Easter Vacation with Tacoma Public School

We have included a copy of next year's calendar in the envelopes for this week. Let us know if you see any errors!

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Parent Service Committee

Thank you so much for your responses with respect to the PSC and the time/day of our meetings. We received 62 responses on the survey! Many people voiced interest in being able to attend an evening meeting. Because of this, we will give it a try in April. Our April meeting will be held on April 4th from 6 pm - 7 pm. We hope you can join us!
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Alice in Wonderland

The school is excited to announce that we have the Missoula Children’s Theater coming to our school to work with the students (K-8th) on a production of Alice in Wonderland. This will be an intensive week long production. Two professional actors will be coaching the students and will provide two workshops during the week for the entire school. The cost to participate will be $50 due May 1st. Forms to participate will be provided.

Please save these dates if you are interested in participating.

  • Practices will be from 3pm-5pm and 5:15pm -7:15pm, May 13-May 17th. Not all students will be needed at both practices.

  • Performances will be on Friday evening, May 17th at 6:30pm and Saturday, May 18th at 3pm. Students will need to arrive by 1:30pm for the Saturday performance.

VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We need volunteers.

  • Two host families to host each actor from May 12th – May 19th. The only requirement is that they have their own room. However, one of the actors is allergic to cats.

  • 1 or 2 parents to help during the practices to make sure the students are in the correct location. Sign up will be provided for each session.

Please contact Amanda Schweickert, amanda.p.schweickert@gmail.com or Claudia Klein,carmen-klein@hotmail.com to volunteer.

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Touching Safety

In the next couple of weeks, students in kindergarten through grade eight will be having their second and final Touching Safety class of the year. Each year, we do one lesson in the fall and one in the spring. These lessons are focused on making sure students understand how to stay safe and maintain personal boundaries. Each family will receive an opt-out notice, as you did in the fall. If you wish for your child to opt-out of the one day lesson, simply complete the form and return it to the teacher. If you are fine with your child receiving the lesson, you do not need to do anything...no need to complete a form. The teachers will provide a due date for the forms. For more information on the program, click on this link: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/touchingsafetyprogram.cfm
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Statements for April

The statements for April will come out a week late in April. They will go home on April 17th, instead of April 10th. Tuition is still due by the 10th, unless you are on FACTS. This should only impact charges for meals and extended care.
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Virtus Classes for Volunteering!

If you are interested in volunteering around children at the school or going on field trips, you need to take a Virtus/Safe Environment class. Here is a list of some that are offered in the next couple of months:

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Tacoma: Thursday, March 28 at 5:30 PM

St. Joe's Catholic Church, Tacoma: Saturday, March 30 at 1 PM

St. Ann Catholic Church, Tacoma: Sunday, March 31 at 10:00 AM **this is offered only in Vietnamese**

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Tacoma: Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 PM

St. Columban Catholic Church, Yelm: Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 PM

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Tacoma: Thursday, May 23 at 5:30 PM

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Noon Dismissal - Staff Professional Development

Tuesday, April 2nd, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Extended Care is Available

Noon Dismissal for Good Friday (No Extended Care)

Friday, April 19th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

No School - Easter Vacation

Monday, April 22nd, 8am to Friday, April 26th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA