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Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy

Happy Wednesday!


It has been a busy couple of weeks with all the MAP testing in grades 2 - 8. The students did a great job focusing and trying their best. You will have an opportunity to see the results for the Fall growth test (in reading, language usage, and math) at the Fall conferences next week. Remember, we are doing conferences earlier this year (after progress reports and in the middle of the term) instead of after the report cards are sent out. This gives everyone a better opportunity to see how their child/ren is/are doing while there is still time to make adjustments (if needed) before the trimester 1 report cards are completed. For many students, it is a simple..."keep up the good work!" For a few, however, we have the opportunity to work as a team with our parents to turn things around for students who are struggling academically and/or behaviorally. Progress Reports will go home tomorrow. Don't hesitate to let the teacher know if you have any questions about the progress of your child and if anything has changed in your life. Those changes are important for us to know so that we can help to support you at the school. This is why conferences are so important. If you haven't signed up, please do so asap. The link is at the bottom of this page. Also, if you haven't had a chance to sign up to bring a little something for the staff potluck on those long conference days, you can sign up here: https://signup.com/go/VXOfCeh We really appreciate it!

Thank you for partnering with us as we all work together towards a bright and successful future for each child!

Have a great week! Sorry for the super long Smore, but there is a lot of good info...so take your time reading this! :)


Katie Dempsey


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Upcoming Events!

  • Wednesday: MAP Testing Grades 2 - 8
  • Thursday: Spirit Gear, MAP Testing (Make-ups), Progress Reports go Home
  • Friday: Final Day of MAP Testing (Make-ups), School Mass at 9 am (5th grade to host), Pre-K to the Pumpkin Patch (rain boots!)
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(Mini) Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Once again, we will have a pumpkin decorating contest but this year, we are going mini!! You can use the regular orange mini pumpkins or the ghost (white) mini pumpkins, or a small version of the regular pumpkin. Please keep it small, though (no bigger than 5 inches or so). We want to display them all on a table together. You can decorate them however you like, with paint, cloth/fabric, sequins, popsicle sticks...get creative! Please do not carve them, though. Here are the categories:

  • Scariest
  • Most Creative
  • Best Look Alike (put a picture of the child with the pumpkin)
  • Best Pet-Themed Pumpkin!

Please have them turned in no later than Tuesday, Oct. 29th. The sooner the better, though, so we can enjoy them for longer! We will display them on a table near the office.

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The Harvest Festival...Save the Date!

The annual Holy Rosary Harvest Festival is right around the corner. It is on Sunday, October 27th from 1pm - 3pm in the school auditorium. We need some helpers to make this, once again, a fun and successful event. It is a wonderful and safe way for us to get together with the kids, have some treats, play some games, and stay safe indoors on a Sunday afternoon. Will you help us with a candy donation, a cake for the cake walk, operating a game booth, or something else like set up or clean up? Just check out our signup page for all of the options. Click on: https://signup.com/go/vtmVgOv

Thank you for helping us put this important event on...did we mention that there is a caramel apple bar again? YUMMY!

By the way, weekend masses will be moved to Visitation on this weekend and other weekends throughout the year, which conflict with a school event.

Ms. Nina Tatum

Social Chair/Office Manager

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Very Interesting Article on the Growth Children Achieve Through Struggles!

Check out this interesting article on the value of teaching children how to advocate for themselves and the growth achieved through struggling.


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CYO Sports

If your child is interested in basketball or volleyball, we are asking for sign-ups now. Both sports are available for only grades 4 - 8. Basketball is done in the winter and volleyball in the spring. We would like to see if we have enough interest to make a team (basketball is boys or girls and volleyball is co-ed). If you are interested in either sport, please sign-up in the main office or send an email to office@holyrosarybilingual.org. If you are interested in coaching or have questions about the season or the sport, please contact me at: cyo@holyrosarybilingual.org

-Thank you from Mr. Jason Blessing (CYO Athletic Director)

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Need Spirit Gear?

Ink, Inc. (our Spirit Gear vendor) will be by to pick up orders on Monday. If you would like to place a new order (for the kids or the adults), just pick up a form in the office and place the order by the end of the day on Friday for the next shipment. Make checks payable to Ink, Inc.
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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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Old (but Good) News! Read Below...

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:

10-24-19 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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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.