Hawk Happenings: Sept. 13th

Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy Community

Message from the Principal - Sept. 13, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

We are really starting to settle in to the new school year. The chocolate sale is all set to kick off this Friday with an afternoon assembly. Next Tuesday is our annual Back to School Night, where you will have a chance to meet the members of our Parent Service Club, meet our entire staff, and find out about exciting, upcoming events at school this year. I hope you can join us. It is a busy start to the year, but things are going well. We are 2 - 3 weeks from having our elevator working. Also, the tree planting from our Depave project will be at the end of October. It will be wonderful to see a beautiful wall of trees instead of the gray freeway wall! Good things are happening at HRRS/JDA. We couldn't do it without you, so thank you for all you do to support our community.

Have a wonderful week.


Katie Dempsey


Upcoming Events:

This Week:

  • Thursday, Sept. 14th - Spirit/Seahawks Gear
  • Friday, Sept. 15th - Federal Meals Application DUE TODAY, 9 am All School Mass, Chocolate Sale Kick-Off Assembly at 2 pm (EVERY child will receive a box of chocolate to sell)

Next Week:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19th - Back to School Night at 6pm (see below for more info), Electives begin for Middle School students

  • Don't forget, Father Wagner is having mass on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:15 am every week!

Statements Go Home Today!

Please make sure to check your communication envelope for your monthly statement. If you have any questions or concerns about your statement, please contact Kelly at finance@hrrsjda.org or call the office at 253-272-7012. Remember, tuition payments are due the 5th of each month. If you are on FACTS, then your pay date is either the 5th or the 20th. Thank you for staying current on your bill, so that we can pay our bills! :)

Meal Billing

Remember that all students who do not qualify for Free/Reduced meals, but are receiving meals, will get billed in October. If you do not qualify and want to pack your meals, you may certainly do so. Breakfast costs $2.50 per day and lunch is $3.75 per day, so it can really add up quickly if you purchase both meals daily. If you want to apply to receive Free/Reduced Meals, you must complete the application (which went home last Wednesday in the communication envelope) and return it to the office by THIS FRIDAY, Sept. 15th.

Drop Off and Pick Up Concerns!

For the most part, things are going well at drop off and pick up, but we have a few important concerns. Please make sure to follow the parking lot rules for the safety of all children. Here are the issues that we have noticed:

  • A handful of students are being dropped off before 7:45 am and being left UNATTENDED in the back parking lot. This cannot happen. It is unsafe. Students cannot exit cars and go to the safety square until a staff member is outside at 7:45 am. No exceptions, please. Also, if you drop off students before 7:45 am or pick up after 3:15, this is a reminder that you will be billed for Extended Care. The drop in rate for Extended Care is $20 per hour with a 1 hour minimum.
  • If parents need to exit their car for any reason (even to let a child out), you must park your car and walk the child to the safety square. This slows down the other cars who are doing quick drop offs/pick ups.

Thank you for your understanding. We need to all work together to make things safe and efficient.

Volunteer Hours

In today's Communication Envelope, you will find a double-sided sheet for tracking volunteer hours. You have 2 options this year for tracking your volunteer hours:

  • You can fill out the paper form each month and send it in for us to enter and track
  • You can enter your hours directly on RenWeb by following the step-by-step instructions (thanks, Berenice!)

Back to School Night is Tuesday, Sept. 19th

Back to School Night is an important event for all parents/guardians. It is an opportunity to find out more about exciting events this school year, as well as volunteer opportunities and "who's who" at the school. Here is the schedule:

When: Sept. 19th

  • 6 pm - 6:25 pm Presentation of Staff and Parent Service Club Members (Auditorium)
  • 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm Round 1 of Teacher Presentations in Classrooms
  • 6:50 pm - 7:05 pm Round 2 of Teacher Presentations in Classrooms
  • 7:10 pm - 7:25 pm Round 3 of Teacher Presentations in Classrooms
  • 7:30 pm Depart for Home

You will have the opportunity to attend up to 3 different classroom sessions. If you only want to attend one, you are welcome to leave after the first one. Unfortunately, child care will not be provided. This is an ADULTS ONLY event.

Each parent who attends, will receive 2 service hours for the 17-18 school year.

From the Development Director:

Welcome back to all of our returning families and a warm welcome to the new families joining our school community. My name is Sarah McKinney and I am the Development Director for the school. I am responsible for the school's large fundraising events, which include the Annual Fund Appeal, Crab Feed/Auction, and the Gala. You will hear more about these events throughout the year and I often solicit families to help volunteer. Some of this information will be repetitive to returning families, but I wanted to be sure that our new families were aware of the following:

Like us on Facebook! We share a lot of great information here along with posting photos of our wonderful students. You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/HolyRosaryTacoma/

Do you shop on Amazon? If so, there is a very simple way to support our school. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose Academia Juan Diego https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1454901

The school receives a portion of any purchases made. Just be sure when you shop you login at smile.amazon.com

Sick Students (Please Read)

Now that the kids are all back together, we are noticing illnesses being transmitted. We have already started seeing cough/cold symptoms, as well as 2 cases of the stomach flu. We do our best to keep things disinfected at school and we have the kids wash their hands frequently throughout the day. Here is a reminder of the school policy on illnesses:

The health and safety of every individual in our school community is of utmost importance to us. Considering these issues, the school has the following policies and programs in place to meet most health and safety issues for our community.

Students should not be sent to school if any of the following symptoms are present: fever, diarrhea, severe cough, vomiting, and headache. Children should not return to school until 24 hours after running a temperature over 100 degrees. All cases of lice must receive treatment prior to returning to school.

Chocolate Sale Begins!!

Friday, Sep. 15th, 2pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

We will have an assembly to kick off this fall fundraiser at 2 pm on Friday, Sept. 15th.

All students will receive one box of chocolate that they need to sell. We will have prizes for the top 3 sellers in the school:

1st Place - Drone

2nd Place - Wild Waves Pass

3rd Place - Movie Tickets


Each box of chocolate is valued at $60 and each family is responsible for selling at least $100 for the fall fundraiser. If you only have one child at the school, you will either need to sell two boxes or sell one box and pay the remaining $40. If you would like more boxes to sell, please just send an email to Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org or send a note in to the office.

Thank you to Leianna Perkins-Muse for running this major fundraiser and to Shanan O'Driscoll Hedges for your assistance!

Back to School Night

Tuesday, Sep. 19th, 6pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Join us for information about the new school year, including volunteer opportunities, fund raising, and much more!! The event will be held in the school auditorium.

4US Fundraiser

Sunday, Sep. 24th, 1:30pm

520 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

4US raises money for ultrasounds to encourage pregnant women to carry their babies to term instead of choosing an abortion. Come out and support this worthy cause at a spaghetti feast immediately after the noon mass on Sunday, Sept. 24th. The event begins at 1:30 pm in the convent building.

Pay2Dress - Support our NPH Orphans

Thursday, Sep. 28th, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Students are welcome to wear "free dress" instead of Spirit Gear on the last Thursday of each month (it changed from Fridays, due to mass). They simply pay $2.00 (per child). This money goes to support our NPH orphans, Bryan and Kenia in Mexico and Honduras. Children may wear their Spirit Gear without paying the $2.00.