Weekly Update
February 17, 2021
From the President
Dear Bishop Blanchet families,

Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season when we are called in a special way to turn our hearts toward God to become more loving and merciful to ourselves and our neighbors. Although this year we are not assembled together to begin this Lenten journey, my prayer is that we always remember to carry the mark of Christ’s love in our hearts and extend His grace in service to others. Please also keep in prayer the newly accepted BBHS Class of 2025 - may every member if the incoming freshman class feel the warmth and welcome of the Bishop Blanchet community!

Blessings,

Tony DeSapio
President
tdesapio@bishopblanchet.org
From the Dean's Office
HEALTHSHIELD REGISTRATION
All students and families must participate in Bishop Blanchet’s health screening protocols, which include a parent or guardian attesting to their student’s health. Students will not be permitted on campus or allowed to participate in any school sponsored activity without a verified and current health screening. If you have not yet registered your student, click here to learn more about the registration process. If you have any questions, please email Chris Bilanko, Dean of Students. 

As a reminder, the Bishop Blanchet HealthShield number is (855) 952-3601. We encourage all parents and guardians to save this as a contact in their cell phone.

REQUIRED REPORTING OF POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19
If a student or member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, families must notify the Dean’s Office by contacting Chris Bilanko, Dean of Students, and follow the BBHS COVID-19 Community Protocols prior to returning to campus or participating in any school sponsored activity. This information will remain confidential and allow the school to initiate its communication protocols. Any student who does not follow BBHS COVID-19 Community Protocols will face disciplinary consequences and may be prohibited from participating in on-campus learning and extracurricular activities. In the event of a positive case in our student body, faculty or staff, Bishop Blanchet will communicate to the entire community and work directly with families if their student is impacted.  

Chris Bilanko
Dean of Students
cbilanko@bishopblanchet.org
From the Academic Office
HONOR ROLL 
The 2020-2021 Semester One Honor Roll has been posted to the Academics page of our website. Congratulations!

Nicole McCoy
Vice Principal of Academics
nmccoy@bishopblanchet.org
Lunch Service Pre-Order Form
PRE-ORDER LUNCH SERVICE FOR GREEN DAYS
The BBHS Cafeteria Team is providing box lunches for purchase on Green Days. The box lunch includes a sandwich or entree salad, chips, and dessert for $6.00. Students must bring their own water bottle or beverage each day.

Please click here to pre-order lunch for Monday, February 22 and/or Thursday, February 25. The deadline to pre-lunch for next week is tomorrow, Thursday, February 18 at 12 p.m.
 
Lunches will be charged to the student's RevTrak Food Service account. If you anticipate purchasing lunches, please ensure funds are available on the account. Families can access their Food Service account (or create a new one) by clicking the RevTrak icon on the BBHS website Parents tab.

Katy Mathews
Director of Food Service
kmathews@bishopblanchet.org
From the Development Office
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Online Silent Auction
Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00 a.m.-Saturday, March 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Brave Venture Virtual Live Auction
Saturday March 13, 2021
6:30 p.m. Pre-Show
7:00 p.m. Live Auction

50/50 CASH RAFFLE
Win up to $5,000! Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each. The Washington State Gambling Commission does not allow us to sell raffle tickets over the phone or through the mail, so plan to purchase your raffle tickets in the BBHS parking lot on the following days:

BBHS parking lot during morning drop off between 8-9 a.m.  
Friday, February 19
Tuesday, February 23   
Friday, February 26      

BBHS parking lot on Saturdays between 10-11 a.m.
Saturday, February 20
Saturday, February 27

Click here to reserve your raffle ticket(s). If these dates don’t work for you, we will come to you!

AUCTION PROCUREMENT
Thank you to all the families who donated items or cash for our auction procurement. At this time we are accepting cash donations only.

Please email Sheryl Welch with any questions.

Mary Beard
Development Director
mbeard@bishopblanchet.org
Social and Emotional Health
STRESS AND ANXIETY SKILLS GROUP
The Counseling Department is excited to offer a Stress and Anxiety Skills Group for Freshmen and Sophomores beginning Wednesday, March 3. This group is open to 9th and 10th graders who are interested in learning new ways to cope with anxiety while connecting with others. Together we will learn about anxiety, explore ways to manage anxious thoughts and feelings, and experiment with facing fears in a supportive environment. This group will meet virtually on Wednesdays from 12-1p.m.

If your student is interested in participating, please fill out this survey. A counselor will reach out to your student directly to inquire about their interest and to assess for fit. Please note that space is limited, but we hope to run this group again in the future!

FRESHMAN LUNCH GROUPS
Is your student interested in joining a Freshman Lunch Group this semester? These groups are a great way for freshmen to get to know one another and connect. The exact format of these groups will depend on the level of interest, so please encourage your student to fill out this survey if they’d like to participate.  

Kaitlyn Overman
Social Emotional Counselor
koverman@bishopblanchet.org
From the Office of Diversity and International Programs
DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT REGISTRATION: BE THE LIGHT
ALL students are invited to register for BBHS’ third annual Diversity Leadership Summit! DLS will be hosted via Zoom on Friday, March 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please click here to register by Monday, February 22.
This year, the DLS is getting even bigger and better with the return of spoken word artist Christian Paige plus amazing new speakers, including national award winning educator Erin Jones, Vishavjit Singh (better known as Sikh Captain America) and more! We are also inviting students from other local Catholic high schools to join us for an even more epic DLS experience.
 
This summit is designed for ALL students from ALL grades and ALL backgrounds. Students who are interested in developing their leadership skills through understanding diversity, equity and identity are encouraged to register. Returning DLS participants are welcome to attend again.
 
Please complete the registration form by Friday, February 22. Registration is $15. Financial assistance is available. We hope to see you at DLS this year- don’t miss out! Please email questions to our DLS Co-Chairs, Ms. Meaux or Ms. Valenzuela.

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The BBHS Diversity Equity and Inclusion team has compiled a variety of events and resources to help celebrate Black History Month. Check back often, as we will continue to update these resources through the month!

Janah Valenzuela
Director of Diversity and International Student Services
jvalenzuela@bishopblanchet.org
From the Counseling Department
FORECASTING FOR 2021-22
Parents/guardians of Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are invited to review the course selection procedures including graduation and college entrance requirements, and instructions for completing the steps in the forecasting process. Please visit the BBHS Counseling Page to view a presentation by the Counseling Team. 
 
Students received their forecasting materials and instructions during CP and via email last week. Please remind your student to check their email for their appointment time and instructions. 
 
Students will be meeting individually via Zoom with their counselors over the next few weeks. Forecasting meetings are scheduled for: 
  • Juniors - February 18-19
  • Sophomores - February 22-23
  • Freshmen - March 4-5

SCHOLARSHIP OFFER LETTERS
Some of our seniors are receiving admission decision letters from colleges. Please email a copy of any scholarship letter received to Ms. Moehring in the Counseling Center, so we can recognize your senior's achievement in the end of the year programming. Please send copies of all award offers, whether or not your senior plans to attend the college.

COLLEGE KICKOFF NIGHT FOR JUNIORS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to join the BBHS counselors and a variety of college presenters on Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Students and parents/guardians will receive an email with details and registration information this week. Each person who plans to participate in the evening needs to register individually.

Stephen Russell
Head School Counselor
srussell@bishopblanchet.org
From the Activities Office
SAVE THE DATE: SENIOR CLASS LUMINARY LIGHTING
Seniors, please join us Sunday, February 28 for a Class of 2021 Luminary Lighting at BBHS, from 4:45-7 p.m. The event will include activities in the quad, a walk around Green Lake with four activity stations and culminate on Mickey Naish field with the lighting of luminary lights! We hope that all of our senior students are able to participate.

SENIOR CLASS CAP AND GOWN PICK UP AND CLASS PHOTO
Seniors, please plan to come to campus to pick up your graduation cap, gown and tassel on Wednesday, March 3 between 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Stay tuned for details about the class photo, also scheduled for Wednesday, March 3.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT ORDERS
Parents, if you would like to order official BBHS graduation announcements, now is the time! Order online by clicking here.

BBHS YOUTUBE: PLEASE FOLLOW!
Have you subscribed yet? We need 1000 subscribers to our BBHS YouTube channel in order to use this platform to livestream events. We currently have 760 subscribers and we would love to make it to 1000! Please click here and give us a follow. Please also share this link with your students, and ask them to subscribe as well. Follow @bishopblanchet on all our social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Chuck Bocian
Vice Principal of Student Activities
cbocian@bishopblanchet.org
From the Athletic Department
METRO LEAGUE SEASON 1 UPDATE: TRYOUT/PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 
Season 1 begins on Monday, February 22. Please check the Bishop Blanchet calendar for practice times and locations. All student athletes must have a completed and approved FamilyID registration for their specific sport as well as a health attestation done through HealthShield for each practice. The Athletic Office will confirm each registration through FamilyID to ensure all materials are completed for eligibility.  
 
The WIAA recently changed the practice requirements for a number of our Season 1 sports. All student athletes must attend a specific number of practices in order to be eligible to compete in competitions. The practice requirements for our Season 1 sports are below:
 
Boys Cross Country: 5 practices
Girls Cross Country: 5 practices
Football: 10 practices
Girls Soccer: 5 practices
Girls Swim and Dive: 5 practices
Golf: Does not have a requirement 
Volleyball: 5 practices

BOOSTER CLUB SPONSORS "FANS IN THE STANDS!" 
Even though in-person fan attendance will not be permitted during Season 1 per the Metro League, the BBHS Booster Club and Athletic Department are teaming up to provide you the chance to "get in the stands" as a cutout! You've seen this in NCAA and professional sports leagues - now it's BBHS's turn! The Booster Club is subsidizing the cost of cutout, to make it easier to "get you in the stands!"
 
If interested, please:
  • Upload an individual, front angle photo of yourself (head and shoulders). Sorry, no group photos can be accommodated.
  • Name the file your first and last name.
  • Indicate where you'd like your cutout displayed (Mickey Naish Field or Gilligan-Wilkinson Court).
  • Click here to upload your image and pay for your cutout
 
Images must be received and paid for by Wednesday, February 24. The cutout order information will also be posted on the Athletic Page of our website.

TRAVEL ADVISORY RETURN TO PLAY PLAN
Student athletes who have traveled or are planning to travel out of the state or country after November 13 must complete this form to establish a quarantine/return to play plan. 

Students who plan on participating in Season 1 or 2, please be aware of the dates of our Spring Break (April 2-11, 2021). If the travel advisory is still in effect at that time, student athletes will need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to participate in their sport, if traveling outside of Washington State. 

SEEKING STUDENT ANNOUNCERS FOR LIVESTREAM PLAY-BY-PLAY
Do you dream about becoming a sideline reporter or sports announcer? The Athletic Department wants to hear from you! We are seeking students to do play-by-play for various athletic events on campus for our live stream audience. Interested students, please click here and fill out this survey. We will follow up with more information.

Sean Gaskill
Athletic Director
sgaskill@bishopblanchet.org 
From the Admissions Department
CLASS OF 2025: ACCEPTED STUDENT CELEBRATION
Do you know a student who was accepted to the BBHS Class of 2025? Please remind them to join us for our Accepted Student Celebration, this Sunday, February 21 from 3-5 p.m. They won’t want to miss this specially-designed, socially-distanced outdoor campus tour and opportunity to experience what Bishop Blanchet is all about! Accepted students and up to one parent/guardian must RSVP and reserve a 20-minute time slot. Please also look for additional parking and health screening information in a reminder email which will be sent Friday.

2021-22 ENROLLMENT DEADLINE
The enrollment deadline for the Class of 2025 is Thursday, February 25. Please email if you have any questions or would like to talk with a member of the Admissions team.

Mike Pierce
Admissions Director
mpierce@bishopblanchet.org
From the Business Office
EASTSIDE AND WEST SEATTLE BUS ROUTES: DEPARTURE TIME CHANGE
We are adjusting our departure times for the morning Eastside and West Seattle bus routes. Effective Monday, February 22, the Eastside bus will depart the Bellevue Burgermaster at 7:30 a.m., and the West Seattle bus will depart Holy Rosary School at 7:30 a.m. and Admiral Safeway at 7:35 a.m.

RE-ENROLLMENT FOR 2021-22
Re-enrollment packets were mailed last week to all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade families. The deadline to re-enroll for the 2021-22 school year is Thursday, February 25. Please email the Business Office if you have any questions.

Tom Ramsey
Director of Finance
tramsey@bishopblanchet.org
From the Performing and Fine Arts Department
CLASS FORECASTING
Did you know? Students who take four years of performing or fine arts in high school have higher SAT scores! Check out Bishop Blanchet’s Performing and Fine Arts class offerings, and how to fit four-years of the Arts into your schedule.


SOME ENCHANTED EVENING UPDATE
Lights, camera, action... CUT! It’s snowing! While the weather might push us indoors, it can’t keep us down! We are now four weeks into rehearsals and production for Some Enchanted Evening with music from Rogers and Hammerstein. From now through April, the cast and crews will be rehearsing, building, and filming this epic story right here on our BBHS campus. 
We are planning the public debut of our film on the big screen on campus, before school is out in June. Check out our latest marketing minute video to see the faces that bring to life all the places and spaces of our BBHS home… it is truly enchanted!

The Marketing and Publicity Crew welcome your participation in advertising in the program for this historic performance. Please click here for ad information.
Corey Eriksen
Performing and Fine Arts Department Chair
ceriksen@bishopblanchet.org
BBHS Summer Camp Update
SUMMER CAMPS FOR RISING K-9TH GRADERS
Soak in the summer fun at Bishop Blanchet! Registration is now open for in-person camps in athletics, academics, and the arts at BBHS. Tell a friend!

Athletics Camps run June 21-24 and include cross country, cheer (K-8), basketball, flag football, freshman football, soccer, volleyball, and even choir.

The Discovery Learning Camp (gr 5-8) runs July 12-16. This is a full-day immersive experience where students choose to attend three class sessions in STEM, art, music, drama, social justice, outdoor activities, and more. Lunch supervision is provided.

Space is limited, and early bird pricing ends Monday, March 1. Multi-camp and sibling discounts are also available. We are fully committed to student and employee safety and following public health guidelines. Cancellations due to COVID-19 will be fully refunded. Click here for more information and to register.

Nick Padrnos
Brave Summer Coordinator
npadrnos@bishopblanchet.org