Hawk Happenings

News for the HRRS/Juan Diego Academy Community

Principal's Message - Nov. 18th (English)

Happy Wednesday!

Last week, I sent out information about the opening of the Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Program application for the 2016-17 school year. This is imperative information. In order to receive the Fulcrum assistance of $1100 per student, families must apply. Also, however, parents who expect to negotiate ANY financial assistance through our school (during tuition contract meetings) for next year MUST show that they have first applied through the Fulcrum application. If you need assistance with the application or technology, please contact Berenice at the office. She is happy to schedule time to walk you through the process...in English or in Spanish! For more detailed information, see the section below entitled "Fulcrum Tuition Assistance for 2016-17". Applications are due December 4th!!

Have a wonderful week!

Katie Dempsey



Important Reminders for this Week!!

  • Thurs, Mass at 9 am
  • Fri, Report Cards go homes for Trimester 1!!
  • Fri, Pre-K & K Thanksgiving Feast!!
  • Fri, Spirit Gear (based on teacher's notification)

Upcoming Events:

  • Mon, Nov. 23 and Tues, Nov. 24: Conferences, Noon Dismissal, Book Fair, Extended Care is Available.


Please make sure to attend the conference for your child on either Monday, Nov. 23rd and Tuesday, Nov. 24th. If you have any concerns about your time and you absolutely cannot adjust your schedule, please contact Berenice at the office (office@hrrsjda.org or 253.272.7012), so that we can try to accommodate a new time. Just a reminder, these are only 15 min conferences to update you on your child's progress. If you need additional time to meet with your child's teacher, you will need to schedule it for a different day.

Fulcrum Tuition Assistance for 2016 - 2017!!

The window of time has opened for next year's tuition assistance application. This is an opportunity to receive $1100 for each child in grades K - 8, based on a family's income level. You can apply at: http://www.fulcrumfoundation.org/apply-for-grant/assistance/. This application is available in both Spanish and English. As we prepare for tuition contract meetings this Spring, please note that families will not be eligible for any financial assistance through Holy Rosary school UNLESS they have first applied through the Fulcrum Foundation. This means that no contracts will be negotiated without applying first through Fulcrum. Berenice (at the Front Desk) is happy to help parents complete the online application. If you need to schedule a time to meet with her to go through the application, please email her at office@hrrsjda.org. Applications must be completed by Friday, Dec. 4th.

A Prayer Request

Please hold in your prayers the school family at Holy Family Bilingual School in White Center. Their principal, Mike Bacigalupi, passed away rather suddenly last week, after a very quick bout with cancer. Our students will be making cards to send to the school community. Also, Sue Mecham, Managing Director of the Fulcrum Foundation passed away unexpectedly this past weekend. Her presence will certainly be missed and we offer prayers for her family, as well. Her commitment to the community was inspiring.

Volunteers Needed!!

Babysitting During Spanish Classes:

2 Adults are needed to babysit children during the adult Spanish classes on Mondays from 5:30 pm - 7 pm. If you can commit to helping with this and have already been cleared through Virtus/Safe Environment (and completed your background check), please contact Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org.

Representative for the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council:

If you are interested in representing Holy Rosary Regional School at the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council Meetings, please contact Florian Tamayo at floriantamayo@yahoo.com.

Teacher Luncheon - Meals Needed:

If you would like to bring a dish for the teachers to enjoy during lunch on the two half days, Nov 23rd and 24th, please contact our Social Chairs Rosalind Arango at rosalindarango@gmail.com or Gloria Soto at gomezrsoto@aol.com. Lunch will be from 12:15 - 1 pm, followed by conferences until 5 pm.

Book Fair:

The Book Fair will be held on the Conference half days (Nov 23rd & 24th). If you would like to help with this event, please contact Natalie Scott at nscott@hrrsjda.org.

Lunch Room/Recess Helpers:

As the winter weather sets in and rainy day recess becomes a daily reality, we are in need of volunteers to look after the kids during lunch and recess time, so that teachers can have a brief break. If you are interested, please contact Colleen Thomson at casmt@comcast.net for more details.

Thank You to our Wonderful Volunteers!!

  • All of the outstanding parents transforming our hallway on the first floor. If you haven't seen the progress on the walls, check it out!
  • The fantastic members of our Parent Service Club: Amanda, Ralph, Colleen, Shanan, Florian, Gloria, and Rosalind. Thanks for all of your hard work!

Support the Book Fair - Order Online!!

Please support our book fair by purchasing online, as well as at the fair on Nov 23 and 24. Here is the link:


Adult Spanish Classes Weekly on Mondays

Our adult Spanish classes are held on Monday evenings. They are from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Holy Rosary School in the 7th/8th grade classroom. The fee is $20/month. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending. You can just send a note to office@hrrsjda.org or call the office at 253.272.7012. We hope to see you there!!

Fundraising - An Easy Way to Help!!

Please link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to our school through the following link: www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. Our non profit number is 87909. Each time you shop, Fred Meyer will donate money to our school and it doesn't cost you a thing!

Development News!!

Crab Feed/Auction Details:
We are excited to announce our date and location for this year’s Crab Feed and Auction. The Crab Feed and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th and will be held at Holy Cross Church, located in Tacoma. We are looking forward to hosting our community event at this new location.

Each family is responsible for supplying an auction item valued at $100. You can either pay the fee directly to the school or these items can be donated from a business. Some examples include: gift certificates to an experience, museum, family outing, or a professional service. Do you own a business or know someone who owns a business? This is an opportunity to ask for a donation. Businesses are often willing to donate as they can write the donation off on their taxes. Procurement/donation forms will be available in the office soon. The procurement deadline is: Friday, February 12th. If an auction item/ payment is not received by February 12th, the auction fee will increase to $150 per family, which will be billed to your school account.

This is a very important fundraiser for our school. Your participation and assistance will help us reach our $100,000 fundraising goal.

Curriculum Corner!!

Check out this article on the benefits of bilingual education: http://www.opb.org/news/article/study-portland-immersion-students-become-better-readers-english-speakers/#.VkOZ8lYcYu8.mailto

Questions about Curriculum?

Please submit questions for the next Curriculum Corner to Dr. Yaden at BYaden@plu.edu.

School Store Now Open!

The Student Council, led by Mr. Gabe Farias, has opened a student store to raise money. Items are sold during break time and range in price from 50 cents to $3.00 per item. For sale are small things like erasers, bookmarks, pencils, and such. Feel free to send a couple dollars in with your child, if they would like to shop at the student store. It is open every day.

Upcoming Events!!

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 1-5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1 pm - 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The Book Fair will be held these days, too. Extended Care will be available. Please RSVP if you will need Extended Care these days.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 1-5pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1 pm - 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

The Book Fair will be held these days, too. Extended Care will be available. Please RSVP if you will need Extended Care these days.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

No School - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 27th, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Picture Re-Takes

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA