Hawk Happenings

News from the Holy Rosary/Juan Diego Community

Message from the Principal: Sept. 28th

Happy Wednesday!

We are having a great start to the school year. Thanks to all the parents who came to Back to School Night. We were able to talk about some of our big successes: our lead teachers returning from last year to provide consistency for the kids; our Parent Service Club taking on another year of fundraising and community building events; after school orchestra and drama club; band, music, and PE classes for all students in PK through 8th grade, and new technology classes, for kindergarten through 8th grade. Did I also mention the new construction...especially those fantastic new bathrooms for the kids?! All of this and we have reached an enrollment of 200 students for the first time in almost a decade! We are doing an amazing job creating a wonderful atmosphere where kids are growing and thriving academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. All of this would not be possible without the support of families and supporters like you. So, thank you. Join in with all of us as we celebrate a vibrant future and a wonderful start to the year!

Have a wonderful week!


Katie Dempsey


Reminders for the Week:

Thursday - All School Mass at 9 am. Friends and families are welcome to join us!! Jamba Juice after school by the "planting tires". Cost is $3.00.

Friday - Pay to Dress ($2 for free dress...to support our NPH orphans in Mexico and Honduras).

Sunday - CYO Cross Country Meet at Mt. Tahoma (Starts at 2 pm)

Tuesday (Oct. 4th) - Pet Blessing with Father Wichert in the School Parking Lot at 3:15 pm.

CYO Cross Country..Go Hawks!!

Calling All Volunteers!

Here are some volunteer opportunities for the week:
  • Recess Duty - If you can come to the school between 12 pm and 1 pm any day of the week, we would love to have recess helpers to supervise the kids. Extra eyes are always appreciated!!
  • Halloween Carnival - See message below for more info.

We Love our Volunteers!

Thank you to:
  • Herman Rosas for cleaning up and organizing the mezzanine, the modular, and the outdoor storage area. Outstanding!!
  • Jesus Gomez for painting the new crosswalks and the bike frame. Safety first!!
  • Shanan O'Driscoll Hedges and Erin Kirkendall for the Chocolate Sale.
  • Lisa Hepfer for taking our beautiful new staff photos!
  • Maria Cordero for being the "Carnival Queen" for the Halloween Carnival.

Chocolate Sale - Almost Over!!

The chocolate sale has been amazing!! We went through all boxes...and an additional 100 boxes that were purchased after the sale began. Thanks to all the families who did a fantastic job selling! A special thank you to Shanan O'Driscoll Hedges for leading this effort and Erin Kirkendall for assisting with the money counting. All money should be sent in by next Monday. No boxes can be returned.

From the Bookkeeper: Free Month of Tuition??

Referral Credits:

If you referred a new family to HRRS and that family is enrolled, then you are entitled to a one month credit on tuition. If you believe that you are entitled to a tuition credit, please email the Bookkeeper, Kelly Robertson, at finance@hrrsjda.org. Please give the name of the family that you referred and the month you prefer to receive your tuition credit.

From the Development Desk!

The Annual Fund Appeal is underway! Letters went out to families in last weeks communication envelopes. We have also mailed letters to Holy Rosary parishioners, alumni, and Holy Rosary School supporters. This year’s goal is $100,000! The funds raised support curriculum and materials, along with funding teacher’s salaries. No donation is too small. 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. We are hoping for 100% support from our school families and staff at amounts appropriate to their individual abilities.

To donate please see the following secure link on our website: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew

Please choose the drop down for Annual Appeal. All donations are tax deductible. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thank you to the following Holy Rosary School families that have donated to this year's appeal:

Dr. Bridget Yaden & Jeff Smith
Casey & Sarah McKinney

Katie Dempsey

As a reminder, if you have not liked our Facebook page yet, please do! You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/HolyRosaryTacoma/
We post school/event information along with photos of our students having fun at school. It is also a great way to share school information with extended family and friends.

Are you an Amazon shopper? If so, here is an easy way to raise funds for our school with your purchases. When you shop through Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to our school. To choose our school as your organization to donate to, please visit the following link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-1454901. Just remember that when you shop, you need to go to smile.amazon.com, versus the main amazon page. We are listed under Academia Juan Diego. This ensures that your purchases are eligible for donation.

Halloween Carnival

Halloween Carnival is right around the corner! This is a fun family event held every year so we can come together as a community and play games, earn prizes, and get some wear out of our children’s costumes! This year it will be held on Sunday, October 23rd, from 1-3pm in the school cafeteria.

The Carnival is also a great way to earn some volunteer hours while you meet and socialize with other parents, and ensure the kids have a great time. There are many opportunities to volunteer:

o Participate in the planning meetings and help out along the way;

o Set-up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the event;

o Take-down and clean-up on Sunday immediately after the event;

o Assisting in the kitchen to prepare and serve food and drinks;

o Working one of the many booths during the event (available in 30-minute shifts); and,

o Other (I will post new opportunities as they arise).

Please email mariacor2@yahoo.com with your availability and area of interest for earning some volunteer hours leading up to, or during, the event.

The first planning meeting is this Friday, 9/30, at 4pm, in Ms. Dempsey’s office. I expect to finalize the games and assign tasks to volunteers at this meeting, so please come and help us make this a great Halloween Carnival!

Maria Cordero-Reutebuch

Pet Blessing

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 3:15pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Bring your pet (secured) to the school's back parking lot at 3:15 for a blessing. This is in honor of St. Francis.

Picture Day for Students

Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 8am-1pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Students will wear uniforms for this picture day. Parent helpers needed. Please contact Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org to volunteer to help with this event.

No School - Archdiocesan Professional Development Day

Friday, Oct. 7th, 8am-3pm

7112 South 12th Street

Tacoma, WA

There will be no school in observance of Teacher Excellence Day. No Extended Care.

Noon Dismissal - Holy Rosary Professional Development for Teachers/Staff

Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

No school, but Extended Care will be available.

Halloween Carnival

Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 1-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Join us for this fun family event. There is no admission fee and kids can win candy and prizes. If you would like to volunteer to assist with this, please contact Carnival Queen, Maria Cordero at Mariacor2@yahoo.com.

Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy

Contact Me:

Berenice Williams, Office Manager