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Dear Lancer Families,

This week, I will keep my message brief. If you have not already, please read my letter from last week regarding updates on COVID-19, return to in-person learning, and Easter Break travel. Also, please remember all students will attend classes virtually through April 16 following the regular daily schedule.

Please select "Read More" to complete this week's message.

Read more about A Message from President/Principal Matthew Mohs - April 1

The Senior Grad Party is on! All venues are open and we are in the midst of planning a very special night for the Senior class. Today, Friday April 1, is the last day to purchase your ticket at $250, after this date the price will go up. Please visit our webpage to register. All attendees must sign up for bus transportation using this form. Questions? Email Carrie Nelson.

Read more about Senior Grad Party - Ticket Prices Increase After Today!

Academics

3rd Quarter Progress Reports are available for viewing. Log into Skyward Family Access from Kennedy Catholic's website and select Parent Reports (Informational) to view the report. Grades reflected on the progress report are a snapshot from the last day of the quarter – March 26, 2021. As always, we encourage you to access our learning management system, Canvas, for the most current, real-time reflection of your student's progress.

This report is intended for informational purposes only and is not reflected on a student's permanent transcript – only semester grades are documented. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student's grade, please contact your student's teacher or counselor.

Read more about 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Activities

Sophomores, your Community Day is approaching! Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 21, from 9-11am in the gym. ASB has a few fun hours planned with games, food, and lots of quality time! If you are joining virtually, please use the Zoom link for Community Day found on the "Student Life" page in your class Canvas page. Contact ASB or Ms. Cacabelos with any questions.

Read more about Sophomore Community Day

Admissions

Student Ambassadors are freshmen, sophomores and juniors dedicated to the positive promotion of Kennedy Catholic High School. Ambassadors attend events and host prospective students, fully immersing them in a typical school day.

All current students interested in representing Kennedy Catholic as a Student Ambassador during the next school year, please contact the Admissions Office or visit room C-177 for an application.

Read more about Be a Student Ambassador!

Advancement

Athletics

The first day of tryouts/practice for Baseball, Fastpitch, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Track & Field and Boys Swim & Dive is Monday, April 12. Lacrosse begins on April 19. Be sure your student is registered on the Kennedy Catholic website and has a current sports physical on file in order to participate. If you are traveling over Easter Break, know that travel quarantine protocols will be in effect. Team and schedule information may be found on the league website as it becomes available.

Read more about Spring Sports begin on April 12

Business Office

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Campus Life

If you plan to travel in the next few months, you must choose between the following two quarantine options before returning to in-person instruction:

Option #1: Those who have traveled are recommended to practice self-quarantine for 10 days from the date of arrival home and should not return to campus until those 10 days have passed. This is a Washington State Department of Health standard and our default expectation.

Option #2: In instances where remaining quarantined for 10 days creates an undue hardship, Kennedy Catholic will consider an appeal from a family to apply the current travel guidance published by the CDC. Under this guidance, an individual who traveled domestically should quarantine for 7 days after their return and provide evidence of a negative viral COVID-19 test administered on the 5th day after the return or later. Families interested in a hardship request should submit the following to Katie Burns via e-mail:

    1. Itinerary showing the date of return to the State of Washington
    2. Copy of negative viral COVID test dated 5 days or more after the return
    3. After review, Ms. Burns will then authorize a date for return to campus.

Please contact Katie Burns with questions.


Read more about Travel Quarantine - Update to State Regulations

Campus Ministry

Counseling

Stress is not a foreign concept to any of us. As humans, stress is a natural occurrence within the body that helps us to respond effectively to threats. We wouldn't survive without it.

However, when left unchecked, stress becomes chronic – and detrimental to our wellbeing. In a modern world that is moving faster and faster, it is important that we take time to slow down and reset. Without these breaks, neither body nor mind get the downtime that they need.

Meditation Scripts for Stress are one key resource we can turn to when looking to reduce the weight of the world we so often feel. These scripts are useful for deepening our own understanding of meditation, as well as for guiding others. Click here to read.

Read more about Eight Meditation Scripts for Stress from Mindfulness Exercises

For most of us, stress is an unpleasant part of our daily existence. However, just because stress is unavoidable doesn't mean it has to dominate your life. Relaxation meditation — which typically involves cultivating calm by using an object of focus, such as your breath or a visualization — can be one effective tool to help manage and ease stress. The best part? It's available to all of us, anywhere and anytime we need it.

In fact, many people find learning to consciously relax the mind and body through basic meditation techniques leads not only to reduced stress, but also to better mental and physical health, and a better quality of life. Visit Headspace to find everything you need to know about relaxation meditation to get started.

Read more about Relaxation Meditation for Stress Relief from Headspace

Because the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult or impossible for many students to take the ACT and the SAT, the vast majority of American colleges and universities chose to institute temporary (or, in some cases, permanent) test-optional policies. Spark Admissions has compiled a list of all participating colleges and universities, which can be found here.

Read more about Test-Optional, Blind, and Flexible Colleges and Universities

Fine Arts

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