Weekly Update
March 4, 2020   
From the Principal's Office

Dear BBHS Families,

We continue to closely monitor the impact of  the respiratory illness COVID-19, caused by novel coronavirus (SARS CoV-2), as it is changing daily in our area. To consolidate information and updates that affect our school into one location, we have added a new page to our website for your reference:   

We currently have no cases of COVID-19 at our school and have not cancelled any school events/activities. If an event/activity does get cancelled or postponed, we will notify those directly impacted by email, and will post the information to our COVID-19 web page. 

Our faculty have been reviewing our digital distance learning plan in meetings both yesterday and this morning, and we are equipped to continue teaching should a school closure be required. A Google slideshow presentation was reviewed in 5th period yesterday with all students, to reinforce our strategy on handling a pandemic and ensure education continues. Distance learning options include the use of Google Classroom websites for posting and submitting assignments as well as teaching through video conferencing. We currently have no plans to close school.

As President DeSapio mentioned in his letter to families on Monday, we ask that you keep students home if they are not feeling well or have any flu-like symptoms. Please email attendance@bishopblanchet.org with any student absences. Please direct any safety questions on COVID-19 to our Dean of Students, Chris Bilanko, at cbilanko@bishopblanchet.org.

Sincerely,

Sam Procopio
Principal
 
Brave Venture Auction

ATTEND THE AUCTION
The last day to register for the auction this Friday, March 6. Don't miss out! Please register
here .
Tables seat 8 or 10 guests.

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
Check out the amazing list of live auction items that will be available.

POKER TOURNAMENT AT 'THE SHOP' 
Poker aficionados and car lovers, this one's for you! Join your hosts Matt Bell (Owner - The Shop Clubs), Jason Hagens '88 and Courtney Touw on Saturday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. for an evening of poker, drinks, food and cars at the exclusive members only club. For more information and to register, please click here.   

FUND A NEED - ERNIE ROSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LOBBY UPDATE
For details on this update and to donate, please click here .

DESSERT DASH
We need desserts for the Dessert Dash. 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.

BE BRAVE $5,000 CASH RAFFLE
$100/ticket - Only 100 tickets will be sold - Need not be present to win! If you cannot attend the auction, please click  here to enter your contact information and a BBHS representative will contact you for payment.

PROCUREMENT
At this time, we can only accept cash
donations.

 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We need your help! Please consider volunteering the week of the auction and/or the night of the event.  Sign up here. Thank you!
 
From the Campus Ministry Office

SERVICE UPDATE FOR THE JUNIOR CLASS
Our Juniors are asked to serve the elderly, individuals with physical or intellectual challenges, or people (or their families) living with illness.   We are aware that coronavirus is presenting a challenge and concern to students trying to volunteer in nursing homes and some hospital settings.  

With this in mind, the service focus area for the Junior class has been expanded for the remainder of this school year. From March 3 until May 1, 2020, their focus area will also include organizations that protect the environment and serve the hungry. Here is a list of approved sites where students may volunteer. If students would like to serve at an organization not on this list (but that still meets the requirements of their expanded focus area), please submit the approval request form. Students still have until May 1, 2020 to complete 20 hours of service.  
 
From the Athletic Department

SPRING SPORTS PICTURES
Lifetouch sports photography will be on campus taking our spring sports team and individual pictures on March 9 and 13. If you would like to order prints, please click here .

2019 SPRING SPORTS GAME SCHEDULES 
Please click here and select the team for information on game/match/meet schedules. 
Schedules are subject to change, please check the calendar regularly. You may also call our recorded Brave Sportsline at 206-985-3747 or check Twitter for last minute information about game times, locations and any changes or cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.

SUMMER CAMPS
The schedule for our Brave Summer Camps has been released. We are offering 14 different camps for rising K-9 students in basketball, cheer, STEM, study skills, soccer, flag football and more! Please share this information with grade schoolers in your life! More information and registration are available here.

From the Activities Office

WOMEN'S WEEK - MARCH 2-6
March is Women's History Month and this week is Women's Week at BBHS. There will be events throughout the week to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of women.
 
GRADUATION GOWNS AND PHOTO
Senior parents, during CP on Friday, March 6 , we will be distributing graduation caps and gowns to all seniors. We will also be taking their class photo for the graduation program. Please do your best to make sure your senior is in class that day.

From the Performing Arts Department

DEMIERO JAZZ FESTIVAL
Bishop Blanchet High School's Jazz Choir has been invited to participate in the annual Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival, happening this Friday, March 6 in Edmonds. Featuring numerous area schools - activities of the day include performing for world class vocal jazz musicians and educators, engaging in workshops and clinics to improve our skills, mentoring young singers from Holy Rosary Edmonds choir program, and enjoying two-time GRAMMY nominated jazz vocalist Kate McGarry, the all-female vocal quartet säje and Seattle's own Greta Matassa. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to hear these fabulous performers all on one stage! Go Brave Singers!

THE ADDAMS FAMILY - SPRING MUSICAL 
Bishop Blanchet High School is excited to welcome you to the historic Moore Theatre May 1-3 as we recount in song and dance the escapades and wisdom of The Addams Family! Fasten your seatbelts for a fun-filled and captivating evening with Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, as well as all the ancestors that will leave the family (and us!) all charmed and changed forever.  

As part of our mission of service, Bishop Blanchet High School has opted to partner with Operation Nightwatch for our telling of The Addams Family For over 50 years, Operation Nightwatch , a grass-roots, volunteer-led group of people, has dedicated themselves to loving and serving neighbors who are poor and homeless. Through the years, as the downtown Seattle community has changed, Operation Nightwatch has also shifted their focus to meet emerging needs. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting partnership!

The Middle School Matinee, on May 1 at 11:30 a.m., has room for more at the Moore! If you know a middle school teacher at one of our local Catholic Grade Schools, please share this information with them. Please c lick this link for more information. Together we will FILL THE HOUSE!


From the Office of Diversity and International Student Services

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED
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.


From the Counseling Center
 
JUNIORS - COLLEGE CONFERENCES
This week Juniors will be receiving an email inviting them to sign up for their college conference with their counselor. Parents and guardians are invited to these meetings: please speak with your juniors and have your student sign up for a time that works for your family. Meetings will take place through May 2020. The goal of this meeting is to discuss the student's plan for their college search and application process, regardless of where they may be along this journey. In the meeting, please be ready to discuss some of these topics:
  • possible majors or career interest areas
  • priorities for your college search (locations, majors, cost, size, etc.)
  • standardized testing plans and results
  • potential list of colleges
  • using Naviance in the college search process
  • one or two possibilities for teacher recommendations
COLLEGE KICK-OFF NIGHT FOR JUNIORS  
Juniors parents/guardians, if you were unable to attend last evening's College Kick-Off Night, any materials that can posted will soon be added to the Counseling page of the BBHS website.

SCHOLARSHIP OFFER LETTERS
As your senior receives scholarship offers from colleges, please send a copy of all scholarship offer letters to Ms. Moehring in the Counseling Center so we can recognize their achievement in the end of the year programming. 

SAT AND ACT TEST PREP
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.
From the Parent Association 
 
FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCHEON DONATIONS
St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and so is our next BBHS Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon. On  March 10 , let's show them how lucky we are to have them! Please join our Freshman class hosts in providing a sandwich and salad bar for the March luncheon. 
Please click  here  to sign up! 

SPRING TOLO VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed to help chaperone the Spring Tolo on Saturday, March 21 , 2020. This dance will be held from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Pacific Science Center, located at 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle. Duties for parents include bag and coat check, and watching the doors. Faculty will oversee the dance floor. Please click 
here 
to volunteer.



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