Weekly Update
January 8, 2020   
From the Principal's Office

Happy New Year! I hope the last few weeks have been restful and rejuvenating. As we begin the new year, co-curricular activities for the winter are in full swing. Basketball, swimming, wrestling and ultimate frisbee are entering the middle of their schedules. Our actors are preparing for the One-ActsPlay Festival on January 16-18, and our Spring Musical, The Addams Family, is in its early stages of student production. Please come out and support the Braves whenever possible!

Our students will be taking first semester finals January 21-24. Students, families, faculty and staff provided positive feedback about the newly adopted final exam schedule we piloted last year, spreading finals over four days instead of three. We hope that it gives students ample time to rest, prepare and meet with faculty during office hours before and after school. 

Given the current forecast for snow next week, we recommend students bring home this Friday all review material, notes, devices, books in preparation for finals - and to regularly monitor Google classroom and email for communication from teachers. If there is any change to our schedule due to weather, we will follow our established procedures that were sent out in the October 9, 2019 Weekly Update. Our website will always be the first communication tool updated in the event of a closure.

Additionally, this is an exciting time for the 8th graders in our extended community as today is the deadline to submit an application to become a Brave in the Class of 2024!


Sam Procopio

From the Advisory Board

The minutes from the December 16, 2019 Advisory Board meeting have been published. Please click here to review.

From the Athletic Department
Congratulations to senior Connor Stutz who was recognized by the Seattle Times as the punter of the year. Connor averaged 43 yards per boot and had nine punts inside the 15 yard line. Please click here for the article. Congrats Connor!

Come out to support the BBHS Basketball program this Friday as we take on Roosevelt. There will be a half time shooting contest, a taco truck, a middle school information table plus some great hoops. It's a WHITE OUT! Want to wear the white "Family B" t-shirt? They are still available in the Brave Cave and will also be available for purchase at the Friday's games.
JV Girls 4:00 p.m.
JV Boys 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Girls 7:00 p.m.
Varsity Boys 8:30 p.m.

Join us on Monday, January 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Norcliffe Student Commons for the next event in our Women in Athletics Series. The BBHS Athletic Department and the BBHS Feminism Club are excited to welcome Jenna Moser to our campus. Jenna walked on to the UW Women's Basketball team and earned her position as a two year starter for the Huskies. She is now the Coordinator of Player Development at UW. Come out and hear about her inspiring journey!

Bishop Blanchet had a terrific athletic and academic Fall Season. Currently, the Braves rank 7th in all of 3A. The Braves look to continue the success into the winter season.  " The WIAA Scholastic Cup recognizes performance in the classroom as well as on the playing surface.  Schools that finish at the top of their respective classifications in state athletic competition receive points, as do schools that finish at the top in team academic performance."

Bishop Blanchet is currently looking to fill the following positions: Varsity Assistant Girls Softball Coach, Head Girls Swimming Coach, Head Boys Swimming Coach, Varsity Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach, JV Girls Head Lacrosse Coach and JV Girls Lacrosse Assistant Coach. The jobs are posted on AppliTrack and WIAA . If you know someone that would be a great fit, please encourage them to apply. 

With the support from the BBHS Booster Club, all basketball games and wrestling matches that are played in the MAIN GYM at Bishop Blanchet will be streamed live through the NFHS network (National Federation of State High School Associations). Please click here to find information about subscriptions. 

The next Spirit Bag order deadline is Friday, February 7. Please click here for the order form.
The schedule for our Brave Summer Camps has been released! Offering 14 different camps for rising K-9 students, there is something for everyone: Sports, Art, Study Skills.  Please share this information with grade schoolers in your life! More information and registration are available here.

From the Office of Diversity and International Student Services

Last summer we read the book together. This January, let's go see the movie together!  The Multicultural Affairs Council (MAC) is excited to host a private viewing of Just Mercy , based on the book by Bryan Stevenson. The movie screening will be on January 27 at the AMC Oaktree Theater.

$10 pre-sale tickets will be available next week - and the event will sell out. Save the date for a night of community and connection (and popcorn and prizes)! Students, parents and ALL members of the BBHS community are welcome!


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. 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.

From the Performing Arts Department

Come check out the One-Act Festival next weekend in the Marge Bradburn BlackBox Theatre. 
A joint production between the Advanced Acting and Advanced Theatre Production classes, the One-Act Festival performs at 7:00 p.m. on January 16, 17 and 18. Admission is free!

In  Twitch, Nancy and Don are a bit suspicious that their new neighbors, Aiden and Emma, are hiding something, and when Aiden and Emma invite themselves over, things get more and more peculiar in this out-of-this-world comedy by Stephen Gregg.

by Eric Coble, centers around the three characters: Leela, Danielle, and Jordan, and what happens one day at Leela's new business, "Swagger." Throughout the play, the audience will watch the story unfold as it builds up to the horrific incident, which will change all three character's lives forever.

Members of Advanced Acting and Advanced Theatre Production recently went on a field trip to a production of The Great Moment at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Students had the chance to meet with the actor Greg Mullavey, from iCarly, pictured below.

From the Activities Office

The calendar on our website will always have the most up to date information.

Winter Ball is on Saturday, January 25 , at the Nile Country Club in Shoreline. Dress for this dance is semi-formal. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 13 and will be sold during both lunches in the Commons. Tickets are $20 per person. Guest pass requests for non-BBHS students are available online and in the Counseling and Activities Offices. Completed forms must be received prior to purchasing guest tickets. Please review the BBHS student handbook for dance guidelines and dress code. Parent assistance is needed for this dance; please sign up here to volunteer.

BBHS students who earn an Athletic, Academic, Performing Arts or other school Honors now have two options for showing their school pride! In addition to the traditional Letter jacket, we are pleased to now offer the Honor jacket, a black fleece jacket that comes with the Blanchet "B" on the left chest and "Braves" on the right sleeve. The traditional Letter jacket starts at $275. To order the Letter jacket, or for more information, please call National Achiever Services at 425-357-1338.

Honor Jacket
The new Honor jacket starts at $80. The order form for the Honor jacket is available here and should be sent directly to National Achiever Services to place your order.
Please consider donating blood at our blood drive this Saturday, January 11 from  10-4 in the Ernie Rose Activities Gym. Drop-ins welcome - every drop counts!

The next ski and snowboard trip is Saturday, January 18. The deadline to sign up for this trip to Steven's Pass is Friday, January 10. Please click here for more information.

From the Campus Ministry Office

On Saturday, February 8  at 10:00 a.m. there will be a special World Day of the Sick mass at Mount St. Vincent nursing home in West Seattle. This mass is an opportunity for residents of the Mount to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and be blessed with holy water from Lourdes. Volunteer roles for BBHS juniors include greeting guests as they arrive to the chapel and transporting Mt. St. Vincent residents to mass (many are in wheelchairs and need help getting to the chapel).  

Students may sign up on Noble Hour and bus transport is available from BBHS. Please send any questions to Manon Cypher at  mcypher@bishopblanchet.org.

International Travel Opportunity

There are only a few spaces left for the tour of Greece and Italy. Registration closes next month. If you are interested, please check out the trip website here or contact Kori Boyd at  kboyd@bishopblanchet.org.

Brave Venture Auction

Procurement is underway! Per the enrollment contract, each family has agreed to donate and/or procure items(s) of $350 or greater in value by January 15, 2020. You can fulfill this commitment in the following ways:
  • Make a monetary donation of $350 or apply your monetary donation to an amazing package created just for our auction. Please click here to make a c ash donation.
  • Donate an auction item(s) with a value of $350 or greater. Complete an online procurement form here, which will be electronically sent to the Development Office. 
  • Shop our  Amazon Gift Registry and your purchase will be sent directly to BBHS in your name.
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, teacher and Christmas gifts. You can purchase one for $100 in our main office.

Class of 2020

The 2019-2020 has yearbook set aside 24 pages for senior tributes. This gives parents of the Class of 2020 a chance to honor their child's accomplishments over the last 18 years. We still have 13 pages to fill.  Since all of the proceeds from these tributes go to reducing the price of Prom, We would love to sell every available space. This is a first come, first served opportunity.

Please fill out the order form and send in the payment, then either create the tribute yourself or send the materials via email to Mr. Grasseschi at cgrasseschi@bishopblanchet.org who will create it for you. Please click here for more information.  The deadline for all orders and materials is February 24

From the Counseling Center

During CP on January 10 students will be taking an optional, anonymous needs assessment survey from the BBHS Counseling Department. This survey was created in accordance with best practices from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and includes questions from ASCA and OSPI's Healthy Youth Survey. The data received will help us plan our counseling services and provide resources based on the social/emotional needs of our students.

Parents/Guardians of 9th graders are invited to join us for an informal gathering with our counselors on the morning of Thursday, January 16 , from 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. in the Norcliffe Student Commons. We will have a brief conversation about studying for finals and how to have a successful 9th grade year. The primary focus of the morning will be parent Q&A.

Please sign up via this  link to help us with planning. While we hope you can join us, please know that the information shared at this gathering is presented during our parent night programming and directly to students throughout the year. Please check in at the Main Office before coming to the Student Commons Conference Room.
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.

Student scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are available online. Students who provided their email address on their PSAT answer sheet should have received an email from College Board on December 10 , explaining where and how to view their scores. Please click here for more information or if your student is having trouble accessing their PSAT scores. Students can set up a free College Board account at any time.
Parents who want to better understand their student's PSAT Score Report can follow this  link for a helpful guide.
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.
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.

Job Openings

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

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