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Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy

Happy Wednesday!


I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who helped with our Cross Country team this year. It was remarkable to see all those kids participating at the meets. I know that it takes a lot of coordination and follow through for us to be able to have approximately 60 kids participating in something like that. We could not do this without you and we are so grateful. A special thanks to Coach Jessica for taking the lead, as well as Coach Craig, Coach Josh, Coach D.C., and our Athletic Director, Jason.

Please say some prayers that we have a wonderful retreat on Friday! No school for students. Don't forget to read through this long, but important Smore.

Have a great week!


Katie Dempsey


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Upcoming Events!

  • Wednesday: MAP Testing Grades 2 - 8
  • Thursday: Spirit Gear, MAP Testing Grades 2 - 8, Chocolate Award Assembly at 2 pm in the auditorium (time change), Tuition due if you are not on FACTS.
  • Friday: No School - Staff Retreat (Seattle Archdiocese)
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Snow Day Survey

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Snow Day Survey. We got 101 responses!! Yeah!! Here are the results:

Support for HRBA making its own call on late starts/days off: 39%

Support for following Tacoma Public School District Snow Info: 21%

Support for Either Answer: 40%

So, we will go ahead and make our own call for any late starts or days off due to snow and/or icy conditions. We will post to KIRO and King 5 and our Facebook page. If you do not follow us on FB, please do so. We always have cute photos so it is well worth following us just for that! :) https://www.facebook.com/HolyRosaryTacoma This is also a way that we send emergency info such as snow days. In the next 2 weeks, we will have a detailed Snow Protocol posted to the front page of our website. This will be in English and Spanish.

Again, we appreciate your vote!

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Note from the Bookkeeper:

This is a friendly reminder that tuition paid through the office is due on the 10th of the month (Thursday). Statements will be emailed on Thursday. All other monthly charges (i.e. Extended Care and Meal charges for the prior month) are due by the end of the month. If you still are not set up on FACTs and want to be so that you can auto pay on the 10th and/or the 25th of each month, please contact Kelly at finance@holyrosarybilingual.org.
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From the Development Director:

Our Annual Fund Appeal kicked off in September and ends on November 15th. This is our first major fundraiser of the year. The goal for this fund is $100,000. Your gift towards this fund provides a quality educational program for your student(s), new curriculum and materials, staff training, financial aid, and many other initiatives. There is a minimum donation of $25 for each family. If a donation is not made by November 15, 2019 a $50 charge will be billed out.

You can choose to make a one time donation or you can pledge a monthly amount. Consider giving $25 a month for ten months which provides a total donation of $250. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can easily be made online by visiting the following link: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew

Thank you to the staff and families that have already donated!

Nuestra recaudación de fondos, Apelación al Fondo Anual, inicia en septiembre y concluye el 15 de noviembre. Esta es nuestra primera gran recaudación de fondos del año. El objetivo de esta recaudación es de $ 100,000. Su donación a este fondo proporciona un programa educativo de calidad para su/s estudiante/s, nuevo plan de estudios y materiales, capacitación del personal, ayuda financiera y muchas otras iniciativas. Un donativo mínimo de $25 por familia es requerido. De no realizar una donación a más tardar 15 de noviembre del 2019, se le facturará a la familia un cargo de $50. Puede optar por hacer un solo donativo o comprometerse a hacer la donación mensual. Considere hacer una donación de $25 al mes por un periodo de diez (10) meses lo cual será una donación total de $250. Todas las donaciones son deducible de impuestos. Puede hacer una donación facilmente en el siguiente enlace: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew ¡Gracias al personal y a todas las familias que han donado!

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How do I Track my Volunteer Hours?

Thanks again to all of our wonderful volunteers at the school, assisting staff to enrich the education of our students. Your assistance by volunteering is indispensable to the operation of Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. We want to make sure all of your volunteer hours are logged correctly, so you get the proper credit to fulfill your commitment to the school. Once again this year, there are two methods from which you can choose to help us track your volunteer hours. You can log onto your Renweb account and list the volunteer hours for each volunteer/parent in your household. Or, you can fill out the paper copy, turn it into the office, and we will input it into the Renweb database. Whichever way you choose, we recommend you log your hours each month, so you do not forget to account for any hours. Each trimester, we will be reporting to families their total volunteer hours reported/accrued to date, and how many are required in their commitment. Please reach out with any questions regarding this process to Colleen Thomson, casmt@comcast.net or by cell at 253-389-9606.
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Rules Regarding Volunteering and Attending Field Trips!

All adults who volunteer with (or around) children must complete a 3 hour Virtus class and a background check. We are being very strict about enforcing this so NO parent/family member will be allowed to go on field trips without a cleared background check and being current on their Virtus class, even if you are not officially a chaperone. It is easy to take care of this requirement, so if you intend to volunteer as a chaperone or just want to be a part of a field trip or volunteering at the school, please get these items taken care of. The class is good for 3 years!! Here is a list of upcoming classes in the area and the background check is completed online, when you register for your class:

10-12-19 All Saints Catholic Church, Puyallup @ 9:30 AM

10-24-19 Holy Cross Catholic Church, Tacoma @ 5:30 PM

10-26-19 St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tacoma @ 10:00 AM

Go to virtus.org to register for a class and complete your background check.

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Conferences...Have You Signed Up Yet?

If spots are full, please email the teacher directly.


Ms. Wendy (Pre-K 3): https://signup.com/go/VjrwkYA

Ms. Patty (Pre-K 4): https://signup.com/go/iQRESJU

Ms. Raquel (Kinder-A): https://signup.com/go/FQujWZg

Ms. Sonia (Kinder-B): https://signup.com/go/ijUbrBa

Mrs. Farias/Ms. Juliet (1/2 English): https://signup.com/go/VOXHhJK

Mrs. Williams (1/2 Spanish): https://signup.com/go/VQgZiNQ

Mrs. Allen (3/4 English): https://signup.com/go/UwwzfhR

Mr. Rodriguez (3/4 Spanish): https://signup.com/go/kMKjYai

Mrs. Donoso (5th Homeroom, Middle School Science and SS): https://signup.com/go/GizgesD

Mr. Ivan (6/7 Homeroom, Middle School Spanish and Math): https://signup.com/go/yzDOeEm

Mr. Farias (8th Homeroom, Middle School Rel and Lang Arts): https://signup.com/go/pPLChVr

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MAP Testing Window for Grades 2 - 8 (Reading, LA, and Math)

Monday, Sep. 23rd, 8am to Friday, Oct. 18th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

For more information on the testing, which is done through Ipads or computers, click on: https://www.nwea.org/map-growth/

No School for Archdiocesan Retreat Day

Friday, Oct. 11th, 8am-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Progress Reports Go Home

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Extended Care is available for the regular fee.

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Friday, Oct. 25th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Extended Care is available for the regular fee.

Harvest Festival

Sunday, Oct. 27th, 1pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Contact Nina Tatum, our Social Chair, if you would like to volunteer for this event! Her email is: ntatum@holyrosarybilingual.org.