Weekly Update
February 24, 2021
From the Dean's Office
HEALTHSHIELD REMINDER
A parent or guardian must attest to their student’s health each morning the student plans to attend in-person learning.

TRAVEL ADVISORY
For students who are planning to travel out of the state, a parent or guardian must complete this form to establish a quarantine timeline. School personnel will communicate an approved return date. All students traveling out of state will be required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result, before they are able to participate in in-person learning or in-person activities. 

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
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALIST
We are extremely proud to announce that Gavin LaMotte ‘21, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

Gavin has advanced to the final round of consideration. Approximately 7,500 winners of the National Merit Scholarship will be named later this spring. Congratulations on your achievement, Gavin!


Nicole McCoy
Vice Principal of Academics
nmccoy@bishopblanchet.org
From the Activities Office
SENIOR CLASS LUMINARY LIGHTING: FEBRUARY 28
Seniors, please join us this 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 seniors are able to participate. Note: students or parent volunteers who have traveled outside the state in the 14 days prior to the event are not eligible to attend in person. Signup information was emailed to seniors last week.

SENIOR CLASS CAP/GOWN PICK UP AND CLASS PHOTO: MARCH 3
Seniors are invited to come to campus to pick up their graduation cap, gown and tassel next Wednesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Note: students who have traveled outside the state in the 14 days prior to the event are not eligible to attend in person.This event replaces their CP class that day, and registration information was emailed to seniors last week. After picking up their graduation items, students will walk to Mickey Naish Field to take their '21 class photo.

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 795 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
TRAVEL ADVISORY
Students who plan on participating in a Season 2 sport, please be aware of the dates of our Spring Break (April 2-11). If the travel advisory is still in effect, student athletes traveling out of state will be required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result, before returning to participate in their sport.

For students who are planning to travel out of the state, a parent or guardian must complete this form to establish a quarantine timeline.

LIVESTREAM ACCESS FOR BISHOP BLANCHET ATHLETICS
The Bishop Blanchet Booster Club has partnered with the National Federation of High Schools to provide livestreaming access for our entire community. All competitions on Mickey Naish Field and Gilligan-Wilkinson Court (main gym) will be available to watch online. Additionally, all games will be available to stream on demand. We have established our own student-led broadcasting club to announce the games.

How to sign up for NFHS Livestreaming Access:
  • Click here
  • Create an account
  • Search “Bishop Blanchet” and “Follow”

BOOSTER CLUB "FANS IN THE STANDS!" DEADLINE IS TODAY
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

The deadline is today, Wednesday, February 24, for all payments and image uploads. The cutout order information is also posted on the Athletic Page of our website.

Sean Gaskill
Athletic Director
sgaskill@bishopblanchet.org 
From the Campus Ministry Office
SOCKS AND SANITIZER DRIVE: MARCH 1-12 
BBHS is hosting a "Socks and Sanitizer" drive for Aurora Commons, a drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness in North Seattle. Aurora Commons is not far from BBHS, and directly serves members of our local community. Please send new socks and travel-sized bottles of hand sanitizer to school from March 1-12. Collection bins will be placed in the main entrance near the office. Thank you for your generosity! Questions? Email Ms. Cypher.

SERVICE EXPECTATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES 
Just a reminder that BBHS students are expected to complete 12 hours of service by Monday, May 3, 2021. Students may volunteer with approved nonprofit organizations or complete self-directed service projects. More information about service expectations is available on the BBHS website. BBHS is hosting service opportunities at St. Martin de Porres (Sunday, March 7) and Food Lifeline (Tuesday, March 9). Students may sign up to volunteer on NobleHour.

Rachel Longest
Director of Campus Ministry
rlongest@bishopblanchet.org
From the Development Office
FINAL COUNTDOWN: TWO WEEKS TO THE BRAVE VENTURE AUCTION
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 - ONLY 50 TICKETS LEFT
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 later this week:

Friday, February 26 from 8-9 a.m.
Saturday, February 27 from 10-11 a.m.

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
From the Diversity and International Programs Office
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
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, March 1 and/or Thursday, March 4. The deadline to pre-lunch for next week is tomorrow, Thursday, February 25 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 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. Please remind your student to check their email for their appointment time, instructions, and course selection deadlines.
 
Sophomores and juniors have already met individually via Zoom with their counselor, and now should be entering their course selections into Skyward. Freshman forecasting meetings are scheduled for March 4-5 via Zoom.

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 received an email with details and registration information last week. Each person who plans to participate in the evening needs to register individually.

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.

Stephen Russell
Head School Counselor
srussell@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 12-1 p.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!

MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS WORKSHOP
There is still time to sign up for the “Strategies for Connecting and Supporting Your Teen” workshop! The event is sponsored by Forefront Suicide Prevention and will take place virtually on Tuesday, March 2 from 6:30-8 p.m.
ANGST: VIRTUAL FILM SCREENING & PANEL
Join Forefront Suicide Prevention and a panel of experts in adolescent mental health for a screening of the documentary movie, Angst, which was designed to raise awareness around anxiety with an emphasis on youth and families. The screening is scheduled for Thursday, March 18 from 7-8:45 p.m. This free event is by invitation only, so please do not distribute outside the BBHS community. Sign up here!

Kaitlyn Overman
Social Emotional Counselor
koverman@bishopblanchet.org
From the Admissions Office
CLASS OF 2025: ACCEPTED STUDENT CELEBRATION 
We had a blast welcoming 300+ prospective members of the BBHS Class of 2025 to our reimagined Accepted Student Celebration on Sunday. They were treated to specially-designed, socially distanced outdoor campus tours via a fleet of tricked-out golf carts!

Thank you to the more than 45 BBHS students, faculty and staff, and Board of Directors volunteers, for helping extend a warm (although cold and windy!) BBHS welcome to the Class of 2025.
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE
BBHS families - please remind your friends and neighbors that the deadline to enroll their accepted applicant for the Class of 2025 is tomorrow, Thursday, February 25. Email Mr. Pierce if you have any questions or would like to talk with a member of the Admissions team.

Mike Pierce
Director of Admissions
mpierce@bishopblanchet.org
From the Business Office
RE-ENROLLMENT FOR 2021-22
Re-enrollment packets have been mailed 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: INCLUDE THE ARTS!
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
The filming continues… cast and crew, adults and students alike, are navigating a multifaceted learning curve presented by the filming of Some Enchanted Evening. Although the task is a new one, it has been filled with humor and discipline, laughter and joy! Cast and Crews are doing double duty working around inclement weather and the normal hustle and bustle of our busy school.  
We will soon announce our date for the in-person reveal of our very own “high school musical”, featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Stay tuned for show information!

Please consider placing an ad, or an affirmation for a cast or crew member in the program. The deadline to do so is next Monday, March 1!
STUDENT ART
Painting students created the free-choice sketches. Art below by (from left to right): Ava Abalos '24, Benjamin Michalske '23, Carter Curran '24, and Soleil Suplizio '23.
Photography students last semester experimented with forced perspective. Photographs below by (from let to right): Hannah Kahn '22, Olivia DeFeo '23 and Valerie Heckel '24.
Corey Eriksen
Performing & Fine Arts Department Chair
cerikesen@bishopblanchet.org
From the Archdiocese
DIVERSE LEARNERS PARENT SURVEY 
The Archdiocese of Seattle has done a tremendous amount of work advancing the programming for diverse learners within Catholic schools. The Matthew Project: An Implementation Plan for Addressing the Needs of the Diverse Learner in the Archdiocese of Seattle is a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University Chicago, and the Fulcrum Foundation. This multiphase project aims to use baseline data to develop a systematic plan or roadmap to advance efforts in meeting the needs of diverse learners over the next 3-5 years. 

Phase one of this project is to gather data about our current practices in meeting diverse learners’ needs. As part of this process, we are seeking the perspectives of teachers, parents and school administrators to help develop a comprehensive picture of our current practices. We invite you to participate in a short online survey about school practices for learners with disabilities in Catholic schools, by March 5, 2021.