Hawk Happenings: Sept. 20th

Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy Community

Message from the Principal - Sept. 20, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Thank you so much to all the parents who were able to make it to last night's Back to School Night. It was great seeing all of you and being able to introduce the teachers, hear from the Parent Service Club, and give an update on the construction project, as well as have everyone visit their child(ren)'s teachers. Remember, you get to claim 2 volunteer hours for each parent who attended last night! If you weren't able to make it, don't worry. The teachers will send home any pertinent information and will be keeping you informed every week with their newsletters. As always, feel free to check in any time that you have questions about curriculum, routines, or anything else at the school.

Have a wonderful week.


Katie Dempsey


P.S. We will NOT be sending home Communication Envelopes today since we only have digital information to go home this week.

Upcoming Events:

This Week:

  • Thursday, Sept. 21st - Spirit/Seahawks Gear
  • Friday, Sept. 22nd - All School Mass at 9 am

From the Development Director:

Thank you so much to our AMAZING Capital Campaign donors. Thanks to you, we have been able to add:

  • Additional rooms for Pre-K and Kindergarten to accommodate the growing demand for our school
  • New and additional bathrooms on floors 1 and 3
  • Additional office space and a staff room
  • A brand new elevator
  • Fire and and life safety systems throughout the entire building

Here is a list of the donors who made this all possible:

Tom Bischel

Mary Ann Boulanger

John & Angela Connelly

Dignitas Foundation

The Ferry Family Foundation

Frost & Margaret Snyder Foundation

Darrell & Anne Jesse

Patriot Fire Protection

Roller Family

Michael & Mary Jo Tucci

Do I Need to Pay the Bill on My Statement?

Some of our families have signed up for FACTs to pay their tuition, but not other fees. If you receive a statement with an amount due, that means that this has not been paid via FACTs. So, please make sure to pay the amount due on the statement. If you have any questions or concerns about your statement, please don't hesitate to contact Kelly at finance@hrrsjda.org or call the office at 253-272-7012. She will also be moving back to the front office on Friday, so you can visit her in her office in the school! :)

What do I Need to do to Volunteer at the School?

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. New volunteers should go online to VirtusOnline.org to register. Here is the procedure:

  1. Go online to Virtusonline.org to create an account
  2. Register for a local safe environment class
  3. Read and acknowledge policy documents
  4. Complete the steps for a background check to be performed.

We suggest you set up your account using a desktop computer or laptop, rather than cell phone or tablet computer, as the Virtus system seems to work best in this manner. An in-person/live safe environment class, called "Protecting God's Children for Adults", is initially required, but thereafter, renewals can be completed online once every three years.

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 253-389-9606if any questions regarding this process or if you have other concerns regarding volunteering, whether you be a new volunteer or are a returning volunteer. We value all of our volunteers!


Chocolate Sale!

Friday, Sep. 15th, 2pm to 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!

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.

Jamba Juice

Thursday, Sep. 28th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

We will, once again, be selling Jamba Juice after school once per month. It will be on the last Thursday of each month. The cost is $3.00 and only cash is accepted. This is a fundraiser for the school.

Photo Day for Students

Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Progress Reports Go Home

Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please review, sign, and return the cover sheet

No School - Date Change

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

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please remember that we are IN SCHOOL on Friday, Oct. 6th and OUT OF SCHOOL on Friday, Oct. 13th. There will be no extended care on Friday, Oct. 13th. Thank you for your understanding on this date change!

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.