Hawk Happenings: Oct. 11th

Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy Community

Message from the Principal - Oct. 11, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Progress Reports are going home today in the Communication Envelopes. As you may already know, we use the Standards Based Grading System at Holy Rosary. The purpose of this is to have more detailed information for the report cards, while also measuring ongoing academic progress of children in specific standard areas. Children will receive a number for their current progress in the subject areas:

1 - Lacking adequate progress

2 - Progressing toward standard

3 - Meeting standard

4 - Exceeding standard

It is very common for your child to receive 1s and 2s in the first trimester, with very few (if any) 3s. As they progress throughout the year and begin to master the standards, they should be earning more 3s. 4s are very rare, as it indicates that the student has not only mastered the standard, but they have exceeded the expectations of mastery. If you have any questions or concerns about the Progress Report or how your child is doing at any point throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher. In order for children to succeed, it has to be a 3 part effort: the child, the parent, and the teacher.

I also want to let you know that I will be having surgery next Thursday, October 19th. I begin my medical leave on Wednesday afternoon, October 18th. I will likely be out between 2 - 4 weeks, perhaps a little longer. During this time, Mrs. Farias will be in charge.

Don't forget that chocolate money is due on Thursday and there is no school on Friday! Have a wonderful week.


Katie Dempsey


Upcoming Events:

This Week:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11th - Progress Reports and Statements go home!!
  • Thursday, Oct. 12th - Spirit/Seahawks Gear, MAP Testing, Chocolate money is due TODAY!
  • Friday, Oct. 13th - No school for students (Professional Development Day for Teachers)
  • Sunday, Oct. 15th - Final CYO Cross Country Meet at Mt. Tahoma from 2 - 4 pm (Go Hawks!)

Next Week:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18th - Noon Dismissal (Extended Care is Available)


  • Apply for the Fulcrum scholarship...directions went out last week (via Smore) in English and Spanish!

Congrats to Our Honesty Award Winners!

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From the Development Office:

Don’t forget to support our Annual Fund Appeal. We are hoping for 100% support from our school families and staff at amounts appropriate to their individual abilities. This year’s goal is $146,000! The funds raised support curriculum and materials, along with funding teacher’s salaries, and new playground equipment. No donation is too small. You can choose to make a one time donation or you can pledge a monthly amount.

To donate please see the following secure link on our website:https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew

Please choose the drop down for Annual Appeal. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is greatly appreciated!

A big thanks to the following families/staff for your Annual Fund Appeal/Playground Equipment donations:

Bridget Yaden & Jeff Smith
Richard & Stephanie Hernandez
Jeff & Claudia Klein
Jesse & Amanda Schweickert
Daryl & Raquel Lambrecht
Javier & Anita Lemus
Paul & Janel Martin
Juliet Quintero
Katie Dempsey
Casey & Sarah McKinney

Epitacio Garibay & Erika Ruelas

Sergio & Carrie Hernandez
Aldo & Patty Montes
Doris Silva
Alberto & Amparo Farias

Bill & Jennifer Pickles

Auction/Crab Feed

On February 10th we will host our annual Crab Feed/Auction. You will hear more about this wonderful event in the coming months. There is a committee of parents and staff that put this event together. This group is in charge of putting together auction procurements, securing donations and sponsorships, set-up, event execution, and more. If you would like to serve on the Crab Feed committee please email Sarah McKinney at: smckinney@hrrsjda.org. We usually meet once per month and as the event gets closer twice a month.

Fall Festival Time!!

Once again this year, we are having our Fall Festival (formerly the Halloween Carnival). It is a fantastic afternoon of fun with costumes, games/prizes, food, and the chance to socialize with HRRSJDA families! We're using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for a volunteer slot at the Fall Festival 2017!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/login/entry/407001086512690066
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. My email is:

Thank you!

Nina Tatum

Safe Environment for Volunteers!

All volunteers working with or alongside children at the school are required to complete Safe Environment requirements, as mandated by the Archdiocese of Seattle. ****This would include any volunteers assisting in the lunchroom, at recess, in the classroom, accompanying classes on field trips, etc.****

Here are the steps:

  1. New volunteers should go online to VirtusOnline.org to register for an account
  2. Register for a local safe environment class
  3. Read and acknowledge policy documents, and complete the steps for a background check to be performed. An in-person/live safe environment class, called "Protecting God's Children for Adults", is initially required, but thereafter, renewals only need to be completed online once every three years.

You can also get a handy reference sheet in the office, if you would like.

Thank you for your cooperation with this process and for your commitment in keeping our school safe and healthy for our children. Please feel free to contact Colleen Thomson at casmt@comcast.net or 253-389-9606 if you have any questions regarding this process. We value all of our volunteers!

Cross Country: Top 10 Finishers!

Race #1:

Emmanuel Walker

Rowan Jordan

Claire Pickles

Elena Pickles

America Hernandez

Lauren Pickles

Jonathan Hadley-McCarthy

Race #2:

Emmaunel Walker

Rowan Jordan

Claire Pickles

Evelyn Klein

America Hernandez

Congratulations to all of our runners!


Progress Reports Go Home

Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please review, sign, and return the cover sheet

Chocolate Sale ends October 13th!

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Don't forget to SELL, SELL, SELL that chocolate. 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!

No School - Date Change

Friday, Oct. 13th, 8am-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

We are OUT OF SCHOOL on Friday, Oct. 13th. There will be no extended care. Thank you for your understanding on this date change!

CYO Cross Country Meet

Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2-4pm

4634 South 74th Street

Tacoma, WA

Meets are from 2 - 4 pm at Mt. Tahoma H.S.

Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

We have a noon dismissal for teacher professional development. Extended Care IS available. Any student not picked up by 12:15 will be sent to Extended Care.

Depave Tree Planting

Saturday, Oct. 28th, 9am-12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Join us as we plant beautiful new trees all along the freeway wall (on the school side). This will really beautify our campus. The trees are part of the Depave grant!