Weekly Update
January 29, 2020   
From the Principal's Office

Dear parents and guardians,
As many of you know, Bishop Blanchet has joined dozens of other King County high schools in partnering with Forefront Suicide Prevention, a center of experts affiliated with the University of Washington. We are very fortunate to have Forefront's support and to be on the leading edge of preventative care. Our work with Forefront includes expanding our curriculum on student mental health, trainings on suicide prevention for parents and faculty, and refining our crisis response plan.  

Please consider attending a parent-to-parent training in the Norcliffe Student Commons on February 6, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. or on February 11 from 8:15-9:30 a.m. The training aims to empower those who attend with tools to recognize and address the warning signs of a potential crisis, looking out for our own children as well as their friends, classmates and neighbors. 

Our 9th grade students will be receiving the LEARN™ Suicide Prevention Training on February 5/6 or February 11/12 in their health course.  We are aware that this training may be upsetting for some students and we will be provide a safe-space for opting out. Our hope is that all students will receive this training. However, if you and/or your student feel that they need to opt out, please contact the student's counselor and/or PE/health teacher. There is more information available here.

Lastly, I cordially invite you to join Tony DeSapio and me at the parent/guardian coffee this Friday, January 31 from 8:15-9:30 a.m. in the Brave Cafe in honor of all you do to make our school great. You are welcome to join us for our all school mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week following the coffee at 9:35 a.m. in the main gym.


Sam Procopio

From the Academic Office

Report cards for first semester will be available by the end of the day, Wednesday, February 5, in Skyward. You can access your student's report card by logging into your Skyward account and selecting "Portfolio". We do not mail first semester report cards. 

Athletic Department

The next Spirit Bag order deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020. Please click here for the order form. 

Brave Venture Auction

Procurement deadline:  Monday, February 3.
You can fulfill your commitment in the following ways:
  • Make a monetary donation of $350 here. 
  • Donate an auction item(s) with a value of $350 here. Please turn in items to BBHS's main office by February 3.
  • Donate desserts for our Dessert Dash, see information below
Gentlemen, grab your fedoras and skinny ties. Ladies, dust off your pearls and party dresses. Come enjoy an evening at the Brave Piano Lounge followed by dinner and auction. Tables can seat 8 and 10 guests. Please r egister for the auction here.  

We are in need of desserts for the Dessert Dash the night of the auction. If you have not met your procurement obligation, this is a great way to contribute. Please consider baking or purchasing desserts. Please click  here to sign up.

$100/ticket - Only 100 tickets will be sold - Need not be present to win!  If you cannot attend auction, please click  here  to enter your contact information and a BBHS representative will contact you for payment.

Help underwrite the expense of the auction by becoming a sponsor. There are a variety of sponsorship levels, many which would fulfill your procurement obligation. Learn more about sponsorship levels and/or become a Sponsor  here.

This custom glassybaby  was specially designed for our Brave Venture Auction. Each one is unique! "Be Kind" is yellow with green swirls. They make wonderful graduation and teacher gifts. You can purchase one for $100 in our main office.

From the Activities Office

On Monday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m., the Archdiocese of Seattle is proud to present the Annual Festival of Catholic High School Choirs, celebrating its 20th year at Benaroya Hall! The festival features choirs from 10 area Catholic High Schools performing distinctly and together as a choral community. Each year we are honored to host some of the world's great choral conductors. The guest conductor for the 2020 Festival is composer and conductor Mr. Jim Papoulis of New York . Tickets are $13 per person at the door or available online here.

Teens In Public Service (TIPS) is now accepting teen intern applications for their 2020 summer internship program. TIPS hires teens, ages 15-19, and provides them with paid summer internships working at a selection of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Seattle area, supporting community based initiatives and participating in leadership trainings, service activities and public speaking events. The application is available online here. Applications are due by February 28 . For more information, please refer to their Program For requirements and internship FAQ  here .

The deadline to sign up for the Saturday, February 8 trip to Summit Central at Snoqualmie Pass is Monday, February 3. Please click here for more information and link to registration paperwork.

From the Languages Department

I f you are interesting in traveling this summer to a Spanish speaking country to practice Spanish, learn about culture and have fun activities, please click here to learn more about the BBHS chaperoned trip to Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula. If you have any questions, please contact 
Profe Pietrzak at vpietrzak@bishopblanchet.org

From the Performing Arts Department

The WHOLE Addams Family, cast and crew, kicked off their new endeavor on Thursday, January 9 with a great dinner featuring foods that any good Addams would love:  lasagna, hot dogs, salads culminating in a bona fide pie eating contest! There was fabulous representation from freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and even Director, Mr. Bergin. That being said, there was no contest because freshman, Joey Fesalbon, took the cake!

This gathering is a Bishop Blanchet Theater tradition because the work of the show is the work of us all. Cast and crew are busy learning songs and lines, building sets, gathering props, learning make-up techniques, sewing and marketing. Now is a good time for you to carve out some time on your calendar. The show runs at the Moore Theatre, May 1-3. Ticket information will be released soon and we are already urging our BBHS family to get your tickets settled early.  This promises to be a show that the whole family will enjoy and we want to see you all there!

From the Office of Diversity and International Student Services

Mámì Tran food truck will be on campus to help celebrate the Lunar New Year on Friday, January 31, during both lunches with some delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Bring your wallets and your appetite! (cash/credit card/Apple pay accepted)

A number of our international and local students celebrate the Lunar New Year, which fell on January 25 this year. Lunar New Year is also called many other names, including Spring Festival, or in Chinese  Chunjie , Vietnamese Tet , Korean Solnal , Tibetan Losar,  and is typically celebrated in China and other Asian countries with the first new moon of the lunar calendar - and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, 15 days later. The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, so the dates of the holiday vary slightly from year to year, beginning some time between January 21 and February 20, according to Western calendars.  Happy Lunar New Year!

The Bishop Blanchet International Program is in need of host families for the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in a cultural experience, are excited to welcome a high school student into your home, can provide a private bedroom and quiet study space for your host student to study, this could be for you! A generous monthly stipend is provided. (The 2019-2020 stipend is $1075 per month.) Current international students are from China, Chile, Italy and Vietnam. 

Host families do not need to have a student at BBHS - so please pass this information on to anyone you believe would make a good host. Please click here for more information or contact Janah Valenzuela at jvalenzuela@bishopblanchet.org or 206-527-7718.

Class of 2020

Attention Class of 2020 parents! L ocated in the section of the yearbook reserved for the senior class, Senior Tributes give parents a chance to honor their child's accomplishments over the last 18 years.
The yearbook still has 11 pages available for senior tributes, but time is running out to get your spot. Please click here for information on how to place your order. The final deadline is February 21, 2020. 

From the Counseling Center
Forecasting for 2020-21 and PSAT Review: Parents/guardians of 9th/10th/11th graders are invited to join BBHS Counselors on Wednesday, February 12  at 7:00 p.m. in the Norcliffe Student Commons to review the course selection procedures including graduation and college entrance requirements and instructions for completing the steps in the forecasting process. There will also be time spent reviewing PSAT results that were returned to students on January 10. Watch your email for details and registration information.
College KickOff Night for 11th Graders and Parents/Guardians: Juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to join BBHS counselors and a variety of college presenters on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ernie Rose Main Gym . Students will also receive an email with details and registration information.

Senior parents, per our policy, BBHS will submit Common Application Mid-Year Reports and 7th Semester Transcripts to all schools that received an initial transcript, unless the student expressly declines this service prior to the end of the first semester of their senior year. 7th Semester Transcripts will also be added to the NCAA portal for those students who have registered. These will be submitted in early February, once the first semester grades are finalized.

Some of our seniors are already receiving admission decision letters from colleges. As your senior receives scholarship offers, please send a copy of the scholarship letter to Ms. Moehring in the Counseling Center so we can recognize your senior's achievement in the end of the year programming.

There are several different organizations that offer test prep for both the SAT and ACT. Here are a few:
  • Mazor Test Prep sessions are beginning soon. Please see their website for information on classes and tutoring for upcoming SAT and ACT administrations. BBHS students receive a $100 discount!
  • Test prep sessions are also offered through the University of Washington Women's Center. Please click here for more information.   
  • ACT Academy provides students with personalized study plans to help them prepare for the ACT.
The Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy (SLCDA) is a week-long immersive experience for sophomores and juniors at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA. While exposing students to a diverse range of peers and Marine Corps leaders, the academy challenges them to step outside their comfort zone and strengthens their confidence and leadership skills. This year's academy runs June 15-20. Applications close January 31, 2020. Please apply here.

Colleges and universities offer a variety of summer programs for high school students at all grade levels. Students can stop by the Counseling Center to find out more about these fun enrichment opportunities. They can also check out the Job Board in the Norcliffe Student Commons and the Service Opportunities listings outside of Campus Ministry.

Volunteers Needed

Valentine's Day is coming soon and so is our next BBHS Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on February 4! Let's celebrate our faculty and staff sweethearts by letting them know how much we adore them. Please sign up 
to join our Sophomore Class hosts in providing a Taco Bar Fiesta for the  February 4 luncheon. Thank you!

Job Openings

Please  visit our  website to view open positions and for details on how to apply.

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