Hawk Happenings

News from the Holy Rosary/Juan Diego Community

Message from the Principal: Nov. 9th

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday night is one of our biggest events of the school year. It is the Hispanic Heritage Festival. It has authentic food, music, and dancing from different Latin American countries. The kids have been working VERY hard on their dances, with the help of some outstanding parents. These parents have put together the dances, led practice for many weeks, and even made the authentic costumes. The event is always packed, so make sure to buy tickets now! Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children 7 - 14, and free for children under 7. You can also get a family pack (up to 5 people) for $40.00. Dinner is included in the cost of the ticket. Contact the Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org, 253-272-7012 or stop by the office to buy a ticket. You can also purchase tickets at the door. Please join us. It is an AMAZING evening!


Katie Dempsey


Upcoming Events:

Thursday: All School Mass at 9 am.

Friday: No School in Observance of Veteran's Day!

Saturday: Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Tickets on Sale NOW!! Event is from 6 - 8 pm!

VERY IMPORTANT: Don't forget to apply for the Fulcrum scholarships for next year. Remember...if you need ANY financial aid, you are REQUIRED to apply through Fulcrum first. See the information below for more details.

Hispanic Heritage Festival!!

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We Love our Volunteers!

Thanks to our amazing volunteers!!

  • Lisa Hepfer - Our Outstanding Photographer!!
  • Mary Jane Long - 3rd/4th Spanish
  • Dr. Bridget Yaden - 3rd Grade Spanish

First Trimester Conferences are Mandatory! Sign-Up Online Now!! !

This year, we are doing an online sign-up for conferences so that you can choose a time that works best for you. Please click on a link for each class in which you have a child. For classes that are partnered in English and Spanish, you may select one teacher or sign up for two slots if you need to talk with both teachers. You will be able to select either Nov. 21st or Nov. 22nd and a time that works for you (from 1 pm - 5 pm). Contact Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org if you need any help with this process. Here are the links:

Pre-K 3: http://signup.com/go/NzYZHW

Pre-K 4A: http://signup.com/go/bqP9i2

Pre-K 4B: http://signup.com/go/VqwJGJ

Kindergarten: http://signup.com/go/kMN3Ra

1st/2nd Grade (Holguin): http://signup.com/go/KfGSq8

1st/2nd Grade (Williams): http://signup.com/go/Vg7JKr

3rd/4th Grade (Nolting): http://signup.com/go/cN3jfA

3rd/4th Grade (Silva): http://signup.com/go/cRjL9S

5th/6th (Mr. Downing): http://signup.com/go/AFHZoV

7th/8th (Mr. Farias): http://signup.com/go/hdPeFD

Mr. Ivan (Math): http://signup.com/go/nvUzpa

Mr. Nolting: http://signup.com/go/65pcmA

Simply enter your name, email address and phone number. Then, you will be confirmed in your spot. Conferences are very important, so please make sure to sign up and to make your conference time on the day/time that you chose. First Trimester conferences are REQUIRED! Thanks!!

From the Development Desk!

Annual Fund Appeal, Matching Funds Available Now!

Our Annual Fund Appeal has raised $57,000 with a goal of hitting $100,000. We are very excited to announce that we have secured matching funds up to $25,000. So any donation will be matched dollar for dollar! We have had 23% of school families participate so far! Thank you so much for your support of this important appeal.

Will you please consider giving to our Annual Fund? The cost to educate one child is over $7,000. Full pay tuition is $5,650 and families, on average, pay $2,900 per child. This leaves us with quite a gap that needs to be filled every year.

Every gift counts! Family participation is key because it helps strengthen your child’s school. Last year, the Annual Fund provided:

  • New curriculum and materials

  • Helps fund teacher salaries

  • Funds for teacher professional development

  • Tuition assistance funds

We appreciate your support!

To donate online, please go to www.hrrsjda.org and click on the yellow, "Donate Now" link at the top right corner or just click this link:https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew. You can also use the envelopes that you received with the recent Annual Appeal letter in your communication envelopes.

Thank you to the following families/staff that have donated:

Jeff Smith & Dr. Bridget Yaden

Casey & Sarah McKinney

Katie Dempsey

Amparo Farias

Nuria Olmos Rodriguez

Sandra Spadoni & Daniel Krebs

Jeff & Claudia Klein

Kelly Robertson
Marseille Grimaldi
Raquel Lambrecht
Sonia Ceballos
Scott & Laura Puryear
Father Nicholas Wichert
Jesse & Amanda Schweickert
Steve & Rhonda Kristoff
Morgan & Lisa Hepfer
Sid Chaloner
Christian & Nichole Gerling
Gabe Farias
DC & Analy Grant
Matthew Hedges & Shanan O’Driscoll Hedges

Lizbeth Duran
William & Jennifer Pickles
Shane & Valerie Pettit
James & Rhodora Johnson
Anssel & Melanie Lopez
Celine Williams
Gricelda Gonzalez
Epitacio Garibay & Erika Ruelas

Eduardo & Rocio Castrejon
Oscar & Diane Mendez
Carl Tweeten & Sofia Zapata
Richard & Stephanie Hernandez
Craig Smith & Meg Lee
Tomas & Theresa Ramos
Doris Silva
Berenice Williams
Darin & Cheryl Borden
Ralph & Colleen Thomson
Leianna Perkins-Muse
Bradley & Naomi Smith
Christian & Jessica Jordan
John Downing

Carina Walker

Julio & Alyssa Illich

Erik & Juana Gallegos


Auction/Crab Feed

Save the Date! Our annual Auction/Crab Feed is scheduled for January 28th and before we know it, it will soon be here! This is a very important event for our school uniting current school families, alumni, and Holy Rosary School supporters. It is a great opportunity to get your volunteer hours in and support your child(s) school. Tickets and additional information will be available soon.

Date: January 28th

Doors Open: 5:00 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Location: Bellarmine Preperatory School, Connelly Center

2300 S Washington St. Tacoma

Reminder: all families have a $100 fundraising requirement to fulfill. You can solicit donations from a business, provide a gift card, or pay the $100 fee directly in the office. If you want to volunteer for the auction committee or have questions, please feel free to call or email: Sarah McKinney smckinney@hrrsjda.org.


Sign up for Amazon Smile today.

With holiday shopping just around the corner, this is a great way to support your student(s) school. Go to the following link to select Academia Juan Diego: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1454901

Once you select Academia Juan Diego as your organization to support, the school will receive 0.5% of your total purchases donated from Amazon. Just be sure that each time you shop on Amazon you sign into smile.amazon.com to ensure that your purchases are eligible.

Fulcrum Scholarships!! Do You Need $1200???? Apply NOW!


The window for 2017-18 Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Grant Program (TAP) applications officially opened on October 1st, 2016. Here is the link to apply: https://fulcrumfoundation.org/grants-and-programs/tuition-assistance

VERY IMPORTANT: Any family seeking ANY financial assistance from Holy Rosary Regional School MUST first apply through the Fulcrum Grant Application.

Thanksgiving Meals

Do you know someone who could use a donated Thanksgiving Basket Meal from our church? If so, please email Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org. We will get your confidential information over to the Holy Rosary Parish Office.

Need a Warm Coat??

The Lion's Club and the Knights of Columbus have graciously donated warm winter coats in a variety of sizes for children. We have about 15 coats. If your child needs one, just email Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org.

No School - Observance of Veteran's Day

Friday, Nov. 11th, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

No School and No Extended Care.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, Nov. 12th, 6-8pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Join in the fun with this amazing night celebrating Hispanic dancing and food. The cost is:

  • $ 5 per child (Children from ages 7 - 14)
  • $ 10 per person (ages 15 and up)
  • Family rate for a family of 5 is $40
  • Children under 7 are free

Karaoke Potluck Drama Club Fundraiser

Saturday, Nov. 19th, 6:30-10pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Bring your favorite dish and support the Drama Club while having fun with karaoke!!

Conferences - Noon Dismissal (Extended Care is Available)

Monday, Nov. 21st, 12pm to Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Conference times will be sent out very soon. If you need to adjust your time/day, please contact the office at office@hrrsjda.org. Thank you!

Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 21st, 12pm to Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

The Book Fair will be held in the modular building behind the school from noon to 3 pm Monday and Tuesday.

No School - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 8am to Friday, Nov. 25th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

No school and no extended care

Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy

Contact Me:

Berenice Williams, Office Manager