Weekly Update
May 6, 2020   
From the President's Office

Dear Families,

In this unprecedented public health emergency, we have been forced to reimagine everything, from the way we learn and interact, to how we live our day to day life. Along with all these changes, we are also experiencing an economic downturn unlike anything in a century.

I want to acknowledge the financial hardship being experienced in our Brave Family - and I want to make clear our commitment as a school to support you through these unexpected economic challenges.

We are already working with many families facing unforeseen financial hardship, but with this message, we wanted to directly reach out to our entire Brave Community to make sure everyone is aware of our commitment to support you through this time.  

If you are currently facing job loss or a change in income, or if you do in the future, please contact Tom Ramsey, BBHS Director of Finance, at tramsey@bishopblanchet.org or by calling  206-527-7705,  and our Finance Office will work with you on a plan. Please know that we have much experience working with families through sensitive and difficult times and we are always committed to supporting you with great care and confidentiality.  

At Bishop Blanchet, we are constantly focused on being good stewards of our financial resources. Facing this current crisis, we have been actively seeking the generosity of our donors, applying for available grants, as well as reallocating funds to support emergency assistance.  

While our resources are not unlimited, we have been working hard to put our school in a position to help you through the unforeseen circumstances your family may face. We appreciate the sacrifices you make to give your students the gift of a BBHS education and we are committed to unity through hardship as One Brave Family.


Tony DeSapio

From the Dean's Office

Students will receive an email with parking application details on Monday, May 18. In order for applications to be processed, students must complete and submit the online form no later than Wednesday, May 20

On-campus parking assignments for students will be based on the following criteria: seniority, carpool and the time the registration form is submitted. Students will be required to provide carpool information - no applications will be accepted without a carpool. Payment of $150 will be collected after parking spaces have been assigned. In order to be eligible for on-campus parking, students must have their driver's license prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. If you have questions, please contact the Dean's Office.

Chris Bilanko
Dean of Students

From the Athletic Department

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who will be continuing their athletic careers at colleges and universities all across the country. Enjoy this video and slideshow  celebrating our Braves and  their accomplishments

Cody Dreis
Washington State University
Wes Harkins
University of Puget Sound
Henri Draper
Olympic College
Nathan Prinz
Lower Columbia College
Jarek Woodward
Grand Canyon University
Minnie Miller Basketball Wiley College
Nicky DiMartino
Cross Country
Gonzaga University
Michael Lewis
Cross Country
Gonzaga University
Kai Gundlach
Cross Country
Claremont McKenna College
Tait Rowley
Cross Country
University of Portland
Connor Stutz
Sacramento State University
Alex Johnson
Elmhurst College
Alex Oximana
Illinois Wesleyan University
Jacob Van Der Hyde
The College of Wooster
Corrado Moy
Santa Clara University 
Evy Alveno
Northwest University
Brady Minor
Seattle University
Emma Mulligan
Linfield College
Katherine O'Kane
University of Washington
Steven Ortiz-Ortiz
Soccer Manhattan Christian College
Chris Dyckman Track and Field Chapman University

The Booster Club is awarding $2,500 scholarships each to two senior boys and two senior girls who have been participants in our Athletic Program. In order to be considered for these scholarships, students must write a 300-350 word essay on how participation in our sports program has positively influenced their lives. All essays should be submitted to Mr. Gaskill via email at sgaskill@bishopblanchet.org. The deadline for the submission of the essays is Friday, May 8. The scholarships will be awarded virtually at the end of May. 

Sean Gaskill
Director of Athletics

From the Performing Arts Department

The cast and crews of The Addams Family pulled out all the stops last week to commemorate what would have been tech and performance week at the Moore Theatre. Each day, the Thespian Council threw the spotlight on a different aspect of all the hard work that goes into staging our spring musical. 

All week, members of the performing arts community, both students and teachers, shared pictures and videos on the Drama Google Classroom highlighting what Bishop Blanchet Theatre means to them, culminating in a moving tribute from numerous alumni of the program.  Check out this awesome video from the head of our marketing crew, Dr. Twi McDonell. You can look forward to other videos from our Special Tech Week!

The Improv Team has also remained active during distanced learning! When SNL's Weekend Update meets the Weekly Update, you get  Brave News.

Robert Bergin
Drama Director

From the Activities Office

If your student hasn't already signed up for the Student Life Google Classroom, they are missing out! Please encourage them join and start participating. To join, use Google Classroom code eqi42lg.

The Virtual Talent Show is coming soon! Help us celebrate the amazing talents shared with us by the students in our community.  The  link will be emailed to students soon - ask your students to share it with you to view the video performances.

Congratulations to Jack Kleiss '20, for recently earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Did you know that Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the BSA program, and that only 4% of Scouts have earned this rank? We are proud of you, Jack!

Do you know someone looking for a full time summer job working to combat hunger in King County as a result of the pandemic? The AmeriCorps program at United Way of King County is seeking 100 full-time members to help between May 26 and August 3. The application deadline is May 12.
COVID-19 HungerCorps members will be assigned to a food bank or meal site, where they will prepare and serve meals, pack boxes of food, engage with community members and conduct grassroots community outreach to get the word out about available resources. Duties include delivering meals to families' front doors, serving grab & go meals at a park or community center or distributing groceries to families at neighborhood a food pantry. Click here for more information or to apply.
Chuck Bocian

Vice Principal of Student Activities



From the Office of Campus Ministry

Current BBHS sophomores with a demonstrated commitment to community service are invited to apply for the  Mother   Joseph  Leadership Through Service scholarship award. This award recognizes exemplary sophomores who have served children, people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty, the elderly and sick, and sought to improve the environment through service. Two tenth-grade students will be selected to receive a $250 scholarship award toward 2020-2021 tuition. Applications have been emailed to the all sophomores and are due on  May 12 Please contact the Office of Campus Ministry with questions.

Service essays are due on Friday, May 15. All students must submit an essay to fully satisfy their service requirement for 2019-2020. Given the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, students with fewer than the minimum of 12 service hours have the option of submitting an alternate essay for service credit. Please contact the Office of Campus Ministry with questions.

Manon Cypher
Campus Ministry Service Coordinator

From The Bradburn Library

If you're in need of something new to read, please see our list of e-Books available  through The Bradburn Library. 

Jodie Purcell

From the Development Office

Thank you to all those who participated so generously during the 2020 7 Days, 7 Ways Week of Giving event! Today, you have another chance to support BBHS through an exciting giving event. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, GiveBIG Washington has partnered with #GivingTuesdayNow on  May 5-6 for a 48 hour giving event! Your gift will immediately assist our students during this challenging and uncertain time.

When you make a gift by clicking  here , you're participating in a global movement for generosity and can inspire others to join in. Your generous gift to the Bishop Blanchet High School Brave Fund makes it possible for all our students to Be True, Be Kind, Be Brave and BE STRONG!

For those who forgot to pick up their auction items, we will schedule another distribution  day  later this month.   Please stay tuned for information. 

Sheryl Welch
Event Manager

From the Counseling Center

Our Alumni network has come together virtually to support our current BBHS Juniors and Seniors navigating the college search and decision process, by making themselves available to answer questions about their college and university choices, majors and post BBHS experiences. BBHS Juniors and Seniors can access this database and reach out directly to alums. Many of the alums have written encouraging messages to the Class of 2020 and 2021; encourage your student to check it out. Do you have a recent Brave grad in your family that hasn't joined the database yet? They can click here to complete the short survey form. Thank you Brave Alums!

Please check out the  BBHS Counseling Department's resources and updates for students and families. Our counselors are available via email and Zoom (video conferencing) if students have questions, concerns or just need a little help. 

The testing scheduled for April 4, 2020 was rescheduled for June 13 by state mandate. There is also a July 18 date scheduled. 

College Board update on April 23, 2020, regarding the SAT:
"We've added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available.  Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity."

Despite distance learning, college conferences for Juniors and their parents will still take place though May via Zoom video conferencing. Juniors received signup instructions from 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. 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 the 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
Our counselors are available via email and Zoom video conferencing if students have questions, concerns or just need a little help.

Student Last Name A-E: Meghan MacIntyre - mmacintyre@bishopblanchet.org
Student Last Name F-La: Erin Camden - ecamden@bishopblanchet.org
Student Last Name Le-Ri: Stephen Russell -
Student Last Name Ro-Z: Heather Rabe - hrabe@bishopblanchet.org
International Students: Janah Valenzuela - jvalenzuela@bishopblanchet.org
Counselor: LouElla McGaughey - lmcgaughey@bishopblanchet.org
Counseling Administrative Assistant - Janice Moehring - jmoehring@bishopblanchet.org

The graduate's final transcript will be sent to the "College Attending" that students have listed in Naviance. If plans change, seniors need to speak with their counselor immediately. Students may not submit enrollment deposits to more than one school. In compliance with NACAC best practices, BBHS will submit each student's final transcript to only one college.

As your student moves on to their college campus at the end of the summer, there are many issues that will be important to consider during this significant life change. Take a look at some ways to support your student here. Another great resource is nakedroommate.com, with guides for both students and parents.

From the Office of Diversity and International Student Services

Interested in learning more about becoming a host family next year for one of our International Students? Please click here for more details. The monthly stipend for the 2020-21 school year is $1,100 per month (for a 10 month stay.) You do not need to have a BBHS student to be a host family.

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