Hawk Happenings

News for the HRRS/Juan Diego Academy Community

Principal's Message - Mar. 23rd

Happy Wednesday!


Holy Week. This is the most important week in the church's calendar. It is the week where we reflect on the fact that Jesus took up his cross for each and every one of us, overcoming sin and death. It is a difficult concept to get across to our students, especially the young ones. The main points that we want to focus on for all of our children, however, are these:

  • We are loved, beyond measure, by God and that love is demonstrated through Jesus' actions.
  • Though we do our best to live lives of faithfulness, love, and respect, we all fail. That is not the end of the story, though, as God has redeemed us through the cross. His mercy is enough.
  • The Passion reminds us that there will be difficult times for each of us, times where we feel we want to give up, but God is always there to help us...we just need to turn to Him in prayer.
  • Ultimately, this sad, but beautiful story ends with rejoicing. On Easter, we celebrate that Jesus is risen, overcoming sin and death forever and the Holy Spirit lives within each of us.

I want to wish all of you a reflective Holy Week and a wonderful Easter. Please take time to join us in the liturgical celebrations, which I have noted below. May you spend time refreshing and renewing your spirit next week, as you get together with loved ones to celebrate the beautiful mystery of Easter.

With Blessings,

Katie Dempsey



Important Reminders for this Week!!

  • Holy Thursday - No All School Mass
  • Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper will be held at Visitation Church at 7 pm.
  • Good Friday - Living Stations of the Cross at 10:30 am in the auditorium.
  • Good Friday - Noon Dismissal. We are going to have a quiet dismissal in honor of Good Friday.
  • Good Friday - Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 7 pm at Holy Rosary Church.
  • Holy Saturday - The Easter Vigil will be held at 8:30 pm. at Holy Rosary.
  • Easter Sunday - Mass at 8 am and 10 am at Visitation, noon at Holy Rosary.

Upcoming Events:

  • Easter Vacation (No School) - March 28 - April 1

Prayer Requests

Please hold in your prayers:
  • All who are ill with cancer and other diseases.
  • Father Wichert, who has a very busy week ahead of him and who is amazingly generous with his time, as he leads two schools and two churches.
  • The second and third graders who are receiving their First Reconciliation and are on the path to celebrating the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in May.

Crab Feed: An Amazing Success! (Development News)

Thanks to all of our fabulous families and community supporters, as well as the outstanding leadership of Sarah McKinney (and the Crab Feed Committee), we raised almost $70,000 at this year's Crab Feed! Yeah!! That money will be used to pay for instructional materials, tuition assistance, teachers' salaries, and much more. Thank you for your support of this amazing event.

Next up?? Our annual gala fundraising dinner on May 7th. Please contact Sarah at smckinney@hrrsjda.org for more information on the event and/or to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

We Love our Volunteers!! Thank You!!

Thank you to:
  • All who have supported the Read-a-Thon. We need your help to make our goal of $10,000!!

Volunteer Needs!!

If you are available to help with recess from 12:30 - 1 each day, it would really help our teachers!! Contact Berenice at office@hrrsjda.org to sign up for this. Thank you!!

Deadline for Registration Fees is THIS FRIDAY!!

Registration Fees* for 2016 - 17:

  • $125 (1 Student), $250 (2+ Students) before March 25
  • $150 (1 Student), $300 (2+ Students) after March 25
  • *Reminder: Your spot is not "locked in", until all registration fees are paid and the registration packet is completed.
  • All accounts must be in "good standing" and paid off by June 1st to re-enroll for the 2016-17 school year.

Thank you to all who have registered!!!


Please support your child(ren) in the Read-A-Thon. You can sponsor by page, by book, or by number of minutes read. We have a goal of $10,000 and will be offering awards to the class that does the best. So, get reading!! Questions? Contact Shanan O'Driscoll Hedges at sohedges@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events!!

Graduation Photos for Kindergarten and 8th Grade ONLY

Wednesday, March 23rd, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please come dressed in "Sunday Best".

Noon Dismissal - Good Friday

Friday, March 25th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

NO Extended Care Available!

Easter Vacation (No School)

Friday, March 25th, 12pm to Friday, April 1st, 3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Sports/Spring Photo Day!!

Wednesday, April 6th, 8am

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please come dressed in "Sunday Best" if you are getting a Spring photo taken. Also, if you are taking sports photos, come dressed in a Basketball or Cross Country uniform. These photos are optional.

Noon Dismissal - Teacher Professional Development

Wednesday, April 13th, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Extended Care WILL be Available.

Junior Daffodil Parade

Saturday, April 16th, 9:30am

3901 North 28th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please join us for the Junior Daffodil Parade in the Proctor District of Tacoma. ALL Students and parents are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Students must be in the formal uniform and parents must be in school colors (navy blue/royal blue/yellow/white). The theme is "Fun in the Sun!", so let's hope for some sun. For more information, please contact Ron Nolting at rnolting@hrrsjda.org.

Spring Fling

Saturday, April 30th, 6pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Please note that the date has changed for this event. It will now be held April 30th. Shannon Hopkins is working hard to create an amazing even of fun and festivities. Stay tuned for more info...