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News for the HRRS/Juan Diego Academy Community

Principal's Message - Nov. 12th (English)

Happy Wednesday!

Thank you to all who helped put the AMAZING Hispanic Heritage Festival together. This event takes a TON of work, but it is well worth the effort. It is very well attended and everyone has a fantastic time eating the delicious food and watching our extremely talented little dancers! So many people are responsible for putting this special evening together, but I want to say a special thank you to the following people for spending countless hours coordinating the event and working with the dancers: Lizbeth Duran, Jakeline Lemus, Erika Garibay, Sofia Zapata, Iris Valdez, Griselda Talavera, Gloria Aparicio, and Manuela Bosteder. Thank you also to the people who procured items, sold tickets, set up, decorated, cleaned up after the event, cooked the food, and did a million other things to make this happen! Once again, we see that our community is critical to our success as a school! We are a richly diverse school in so many ways and it is important to celebrate this!

Have a wonderful week!

Katie Dempsey



Important Reminders for this Week!!

  • Thurs, Mass at 9 am
  • Fri, Spirit Gear (based on teacher's notification)

Upcoming Events:

  • Mon, Nov. 23 and Tues, Nov. 24: Conferences, Noon Dismissal, Book Fair


The schedule went out last week for Parent-Teacher Conferences. They will be held on Monday, Nov. 23rd and Tuesday, Nov. 24th. Please make sure to check the time we have scheduled for you and do your best to fit that in to your schedule. We did our best to address any requests that came to the office. These are very important, so please make sure to attend your child's conference. 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.

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.

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.

Thank You to our Wonderful Volunteers!!

  • All of our Hispanic Heritage helpers!!
  • Colleen Thomson for all of her work coordinating our volunteers and walking people through the Virtus system and background checks!!
  • Bryan Cole and Jeff Smith for coaching the Basketball Team.
  • Jeff Klein for procuring new kitchen equipment from Bellarmine!

Curriculum Corner!!

Check out this article on bilingual education featuring our own Stephanie Margetts: https://ace.nd.edu/news/dual-language-immersion-fosters-good-fit-with-students-catholic-school-identity

Questions about Curriculum?

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

Development News!!

Crab Feed/Auction

It's that time of year to start thinking about auction/crab feed procurements/donations. 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 that 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 soon. We are still in the process of securing a location and finalizing a date, so we will communicate this as soon as it is available. This is a very important fundraiser for our school. Your participation and assistance will help us reach our $100,000 fundraising goal.

Annual Fund Appeal
Recently, we sent out letters to each family talking about our Annual Fund Appeal that just kicked off. This year we are hoping to raise $150,000 for this fund. The funds raised help offset the costs of the curriculum upgrades and new music/band program that we rolled out this school year. As school families, you make a great sacrifice of time and money to send your children to Holy Rosary School. Catholic schools are unique as the partnership and dedication to student growth is a shared mission. We are asking you to make a donation to the Annual Fund Appeal. We are hoping for 100% support from families. A one time donation can be made or please consider a monthly pledge. Consider giving $25 a month for ten months which provides a total donation of $250. No amount is too small to make a difference. Thank you for your consideration in helping our school. We are about to turn an important milestone and your help can make a difference in the quality of the program we can offer!

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. 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!!

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.