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Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy

Message from the Principal - Oct. 10, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you have noticed all of the wonderful changes happening at our campus lately. In addition to the new playground equipment and the restoration of the basketball hoops, one of our amazing families donated a Gagaball pit. They purchased the structure and Gray Lumber donated the wood for the frame. Then, this weekend (in the rain) several families came out and put everything together. It looks fantastic and the kids are having a blast...even though they haven’t all determined the rules yet. Beyond that, we had a large group of people out to install irrigation for the field and it was hydroseeded this morning (thanks to the Depave grant). The irrigation was done by a professional group and the services were procured by another of our families. The company got all of the equipment donated from their vendor so the cost was greatly reduced to us! As I look around both inside the building and outside on the campus, I am reminded of how much our school relies on the generosity of each and every member of our community. Thank you for the time you give, as well as the donations that allow us to grow our program. We greatly appreciate it!!

In this week's mailer, you will find a very special envelope. It is the launch of our Annual Fund. It features a special story about the Peterson and Lorella-Kuzu families, as well as pictures of some of our beautiful children. Please take time to look through the information and determine at what level you can support this campaign, which is vital to the annual budget of our school. Again, thank you for your support of Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy!

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget that there is NO SCHOOL on Friday due to a staff retreat for the entire Seattle Archdiocese. We will see everyone back, with spiritually refreshed souls, on Monday!


Katie Dempsey


Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, 10/10 - Communication Envelopes go home today - Check for statements, Annual Fund Info, and a special spirit gear order form, MAP Make-Up Tests

Thursday, 10/11 - Communication Envelopes due back to the office, Last Day for MAP Make-Up Tests

Friday, 10/12 - Staff Retreat/Professional Development (No School for Students)

Sunday, 10/14 - Last CYO Cross Country Meet at Mt Tahoma from 2 - 4 pm. Come out and show your support!

Thank you!!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers:

Gaga Ball

  • Heather Young, Ken Clifton, and Ian Clifton
  • Nadia, Ezdras, and Aidan Gordon
  • Josiah, Lucia, and Meera Peñalver
  • Shane, Addie, and Theo Pettit

Irrigation System

  • McKinney Family
  • DeLong's Landscaping
  • 2M Company


  • DePave
  • Pierce Conservation District

Annual Fund Kicks Off!

Holy Rosary’s Annual Fund Appeal kicks off this month and runs through January. This year, we are asking for 100% participation (which is part of each family's signed commitment) from all families with a donation to this fund. We hope that you will prayerfully reflect on what is the appropriate amount for your family. This fund is important to our school as it helps fund curriculum, staff training, financial aid, and many other initiatives. Please check your weekly communication folder to read more about our Annual Fund which features the Peterson family (school supporters) and the Lorella-Kuzu family (current school family) to learn why they support Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy. This year’s goal is $100,000. Donations will be accepted via the pledge envelope or you can easily donate online at: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/o5kPfZnwU-9YPZxE8gatew

If you have questions about this or any of the development initiatives, please contact Sarah McKinney at smckinney@holyrosarybilingual.org

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Limited Time Spirit Gear Option

When Mrs. Silva passed away so suddenly, it really caught our staff by surprise and was hard to process. As the school's principal, I looked for a way to find a symbol to show our staff unity for Mrs. Silva this year. Since no one had more spirit than her and she loved yellow, I had our spirit gear vendor, Ink, Inc. create a special shirt for us. It is the same design on the front of the long-sleeved spirit shirt, but it is in yellow with blue lettering and it says Team Silva on the back. When our staff wore this, many of the children who had Mrs. Silva as a teacher asked if they could also purchase one. Therefore, we sent home a special order form today for anyone who wants to purchase this shirt. We will collect orders for the next couple of weeks. Again, it is available only as a long-sleeved t with Team Silva on the back and is yellow with blue lettering. Please see the picture below. The cost is $19.

-Katie Dempsey

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Are You Cleared to be a Chaperone for the Year?

We have a lot of field trips and events coming up and will be calling on chaperones. We need to make sure that adults who are working with children have received Virtus training and a background check. If you have, that's great! It is good for 3 years! If not, no worries, you can sign up for a one-time class and you are good to go for 3 years. After that, you just do a 20 minute online renewal in three years. Here are some upcoming classes, as well as the link for more info or to sign up:

10/13/18: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Covington)--9:00 AM

10/14/18: Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs (Tukwila)--1:30 PM *this is presented in Vietnamese

10/14/18: St. James Cathedral (Seattle)--2:00 PM

10/17/18: Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Lacey)--1:00 PM

11/08/18: St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in Bellevue- 6:00 PM

11/15/18: St. Michael Catholic Church (Olympia)--6:00 PM

12/20/18: St. Nicholas Catholic Church (Gig Harbor)--6:00 PM


Listening Session for Holy Rosary Parishioners

Holy Rosary Church is hosting a special listening session for parishioners to share their thoughts regarding the recent events occurring in the Catholic Church as a whole, as well as desires and concerns you have for our specific parish. You are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

Wednesday, October 17th at 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 21st 1:30 - 3:00 pm

These will be held in the school auditorium and the information will be recorded and provided to the Archbishop.

Archdiocesan Retreat Day - No School for Students

Friday, Oct. 12th, 8am-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Harvest Festival

Sunday, Oct. 21st, 1-3pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Family fun in the school auditorium. The contact for this event is Nina Tatum (nina.tatumm@gmail.com).

Teacher Professional Development (at Holy Rosary) - Noon Dismissal

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 12pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Noon Dismissal, extended care is available

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 6-9pm

504 South 30th Street

Tacoma, WA

Join us for a wonderful night of traditional Hispanic dancing and dining. More details to follow. If you would like to volunteer, contact Ms. Lizbeth at lduran@holyrosarybilingual.org