Weekly Update
March 3, 2021
From the President
Dear BBHS families,

We are feeling especially blessed to be into our fifth week of in-person, hybrid learning on campus. We appreciate every effort you and your students are taking to closely follow our health and safety protocols and our COVID-19 Community Pledge. The health and safety of our community and our ability to remain in person depends on our collective commitment.
 
Out of State Travel Updates
Effective Wednesday, March 3, Bishop Blanchet is adopting CDC guidelines for all out of state travel. Those returning from out of state have two quarantine options:
  1. Forgo a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days upon return from out of state travel. After day 10, eligible to return to in-person learning and in-person activities.
  2. Get tested 5 days after travel and stay home/self quarantine for the full 7 days after out of state travel, even with a negative test. 
  • Those that decide to return after 7 days are required to submit their negative COVID-19 test result to the Dean's Office prior to returning to in-person learning and in-person activities. 
 
Families traveling out of state are required to complete this form. School personnel will communicate a return date for in-person learning and in-person activities. We feel it is important to reiterate that public health guidance is to avoid non-essential travel. This protocol has been developed to address the occurrence of essential travel. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean’s Office
 
Calendar Update - Change to Remote Learning Model April 12-16
For the week of April 12-16, we will be shifting to remote learning for all students. We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution to allow for adequate time for quarantining and testing before resuming in-person, hybrid learning following Easter Break. Our plan is to resume in-person, hybrid learning on Monday, April 19.  

As a reminder to all, whether on campus or at home, whether on the weekends or over a break, we are all committing to follow our COVID-19 Community Pledge. Failure to follow these expectations may result in the loss of in-person learning and activities. Over these first five weeks of in-person learning, we have been pleased with everyone’s commitment and our expectation is that we all do everything we need to do to remain healthy and safe through the remainder of the year.

Sincerely,

Tony DeSapio
President
adesapio@bishopblanchet.org
From the Dean's Office
HEALTHSHIELD UPDATES
To align with our revised quarantine timeline for all out of state travel, the HealthShield will now ask:
  • In the last 10 days, or 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test, have you:
  • Traveled outside of the state of Washington?
  • Been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis?
  • Been notified that you may have been exposed to COVID-19?

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
PROGRESS REPORTS
Progress Reports will be posted by the end of the school day on Friday, March 5. To view your student's progress report, please select the Portfolio Tab in Skyward. 

Nicole McCoy
Vice Principal of Academics
nmccoy@bishopblanchet.org
From the Activities Office
SENIOR CLASS CAP/GOWN PICK UP
It was wonderful to see so many seniors on campus today! Everyone who came received their graduation gown, cap and tassel. If your senior did not attend today’s event, please have them email Mr. Bocian to make arrangements to receive their items.

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 917 subscribers and we would love to make it to 1000! Please click here to subscribe. 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!

VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW
The BBHS Virtual Talent Show is coming up on Wednesday, March 24. Please encourage your student to share their talents with the BBHS community! Registration information was emailed to all students last week.

THANK YOU PARENT VOLUNTEERS
We are extremely grateful for all the volunteers that assisted us in February with the morning HealthShield checks. Our student check-in went very smoothly, because of your presence and assistance. 

A special shout out to all the volunteers who joined us at the Senior Class Luminary Event last Sunday. What a great night for the Class of 2021! A special thank you to parents Kari Hatlen and Michelle Summers for spearheading this event, along with Mr. Grassechi and the Senior Class Cabinet. 

DRIVERS ED CLASSES: UPDATE
After the completion of the current session, we will not be hosting additional Drivers Ed sessions for BBHS students this school year. Shield Driving Academy continues to offer a variety of classes. If your student is interested in attending a Drivers Ed class, please click here to register your student with Shield Driving Academy. Please note that we anticipate continuing our relationship with Shield, and hope to offer classes for BBHS students next year.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY & FEBRUARY
Congratulations to the January Students of the Month:
Georgia Ambrose ‘22, Tiffany Blanco ‘22, Maggie Bratrud ‘24, Christine Cainglet ‘23, Celia Connor ‘21, Clare Fesalbon ‘21, Hannah Kahn ‘22, Matt Lampkin ‘22, Maddie Matson ‘23, Rachel McAllister ‘24, Audrey Mitchell ‘24, Erika Murphy ‘22, Gabriel Rochefort ‘21, Spencer Schornak ‘22, Mary Spain ‘24, Isaac Stevens ‘22, Lucash Uniak ‘23, and Ella Zarek ‘21,

Congratulations to the February Students of the Month:
Haley Blair ‘22, Tiffany Blanco ‘22, Lauren Brown ‘21, Stella Cox ‘23, Claire Dubendorf ‘21, Francisco Gahan ‘24, Audrey Hamilton ‘22, Isabella Jacobson ‘23, Joseph Kane ‘24, Madeline Matson ‘23, Audrey Mitchell ‘24, Saundra O’Connor ‘22, Andrew O’Connor ‘23, Daniel Pruin ‘21, Maia Seeley ‘22, and Olivia Zinsmeyer ‘21.

Each of these students were recognized in CP this morning, and will receive their commendations and certificates in the mail. 

The Student of the Month program at Bishop Blanchet is designed to recognize those students who work hard in their classes and would benefit from this recognition. Not the students who are already being recognized and honored - the 4.0 student, or the highly recognized athlete - but the student who is trying hard and making progress. Examples for award recipients are academic excellence, service/volunteering, academic improvement, attitude (focus, helping others, tutoring, demeanor) or effort.

CELEBRATING WOMEN'S WEEK
March is Women’s History Month and this week is Women’s Week at BBHS! The purpose of these events is to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of women. The BBHS Feminism Club will host women’s history trivia every day this week. 

Chuck Bocian
Vice Principal of Student Activities
cbocian@bishopblanchet.org
From the Athletic Department
SEASON 1 ALL SPORTS VIRTUAL PARENT MEETING
Please join the Athletic Department, from the comfort of your own home, for our Season 1 All Sport Virtual Parent Meeting. Click here to watch and learn about the Season 1 League protocols and eligibility requirements for Bishop Blanchet student athletes. 

METRO LEAGUE FAN POLICY 
As our student athletes prepare for competition, this is a reminder that the Metro League will not be allowing spectators during Season 1 for all sports. We understand the disappointment and emotion that this decision causes. We are hopeful that the current progress continues, and that COVID-related restrictions may decrease as the season progresses. If so, we will alert the BBHS community right away.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY GRADE CHECK 
The next Athletic Eligibility Grade Check will be on Friday, March 5. In order to be eligible, an athlete cannot be failing more than one class and must be maintaining a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.

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 on Gilligan-Wilkinson Court (main gym) will be available to watch online. Additionally, all games will be available to stream on demand. 

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

SEASON 1 SCHEDULE INFORMATION
Schedules for all of our teams competing in Season 1 are listed here. Select Bishop Blanchet, the sport, and then select “schedule.”

Sean Gaskill
Athletic Director
sgaskill@bishopblanchet.org 
From the Campus Ministry Office
SOCKS AND SANITIZER DRIVE: MARCH 1-12 
Thank you to everyone who has already participated in our socks and sanitizer drive for Aurora Commons, a drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness in North Seattle. There is still time to contribute items!  Please send new socks and travel sized bottles of hand sanitizer to school by Friday, March 12Collection bins are in the main entrance near the office. You may also order online and ship directly to BBHS (c/o Manon Cypher). Aurora Commons is not far from BBHS, and directly serves vulnerable members of our local community. Thank you for your generosity! Questions? Email Ms. Cypher.

Rachel Longest
Director of Campus Ministry
rlongest@bishopblanchet.org
From the Development Office
FINAL COUNTDOWN: AUCTION BIDDING BEGINS IN ONE WEEK!
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

REGISTER FOR FREE TODAY TO PREVIEW OUR AMAZING PACKAGES!
Register To Bid & Watch the Live - Registration is FREE! Registering allows you to watch the virtual live auction and bid on both the online items and live auction items. From the BBHS bidding page, create your account using the "Get Started" button (right side of the bidding page).The link to access the Live Auction on March 13 will be embedded on the right side of the bidding page.

FUND A NEED
For those who are not able to participate in the online or live auctions, you can still donate to our Fund A Need: Creating New Experiences While Ensuring a Safe and Special High School Experience for All!

50/50 CASH RAFFLE, WIN $5,000 - ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT!
These last tickets will be available on a first come, first sold basis.
Purchase a raffle ticket in the BBHS parking lot on one of the following days:
Friday, March 5,  8-9 a.m.
Saturday, March 6, 10-11 a.m.
 
Thank you to our Brave Venture Auction sponsors for their generous support. Please support their businesses!

Mary Beard
Development Director
mbeard@bishopblanchet.org
From the Diversity and International Programs Office
MAC VIRTUAL PARENT NIGHT: MARCH 16
The MAC (Multicultural Affairs Council) invites all BBHS parents to the next Virtual Parent Night on Tuesday, March 16. The first virtual parent night last fall had a great turnout and attendees expressed an interest in more events. This casual Zoom hour will include community building, updates on Bishop Blanchet’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion efforts, and an opportunity for parents to engage in our Brave Conversations program. Please click here to RSVP by Monday, March 15. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants ahead of the event. Again, this event is open to all BBHS parents. Please join us!
“THE MAC” NEWSLETTER VOLUME 2
The MAC has published its second community newsletter. Check out the latest and greatest news and information from the MAC here!

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY WEEK
Next week, March 8-12, is Celebrating Diversity Week! Students from our various clubs and affinity groups will be sharing their reflections each morning, and many of our students will end the week by attending our annual Diversity Leadership Summit. Thank you to the Diversity Club for the beautiful banner in our main hallway, inspired by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb.”

Janah Valenzuela
Director of Diversity and International Student Services
jvalenzuela@bishopblanchet.org
Summer Camp Registration
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
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 8 and/or Thursday, March 11. The deadline to pre-lunch for next week is tomorrow, Thursday, March 4 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 should now enter their course selections into Skyward if they have not already done so. Freshman forecasting meetings are scheduled for March 4-5 via Zoom. Counselors have sent reminder emails to all Freshmen with their appointment times and instructions.

COLLEGE KICKOFF NIGHT FOR JUNIORS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Juniors parents/guardians, if you were unable to attend last evening's College Kickoff webinar, any materials that can be posted will soon be available on the Counseling page of the BBHS website.

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
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 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
Exciting news! We are planning for an in-person screening of Some Enchanted Evening on Tuesday, May 25 with the on-demand broadcast to follow the weekend after! Please pencil it into your calendars, and stay tuned!
 
Meantime, check out our Marketing Video and catch a glimpse of the wonderful progress we have made in bringing Some Enchanted Evening with the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein to you!  

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING PROGRAM AD
STUDENT ART
Painting students created a Neo-Expressionist painting in the style of Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrating a topic or idea meaningful to them, while incorporating Basquiat's trademark x-ray imagery and mixed media techniques. 

Art by (top to bottom, left to right): Soleil Suplizio '23, Lauren Thomas '22, Nolan Touw '23, Carter Curran '24, and Ava Abalos '24.
Students in Photography from fall semester creatively explored extreme angles. Photographs by (left to right): Noelle Brems '21, Taliyah Clark '21, and Catherine Herber '23.
Corey Eriksen
Performing & Fine Arts Department Chair
cerikesen@bishopblanchet.org