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Dear Lancer Families,

As we get ready for Monday's return to campus with our Lancer Hybrid Learning Plan, I needed to share some important staffing information. In previous communications, I have shared how our faculty and staff have responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with flexibility, determination, and creativity. We truly appreciate your patience as we have navigated this path together, with the inevitable obstacles along the way. Yet, I must also ask for continued patience as we approach the new semester to address a series of staffing adjustments largely instigated by the return to in-person instruction...

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Students must check into one of the following places: Gym main doors (only 7:30am – 8:00am or 9:00am, depending on block day), B-Wing door, C-Wing basement door, or Main door. To ensure all students are screened properly for COVID-19 symptoms, there will be a staggered start each day. Entrance time is based on last name.

The Staggered start information previously mailed to all families attending Hybrid learning was incorrect. Please use the following information for reference:

Block A Days - 8:00 - 8:20am, last names A-E/M-Q || 8:20 - 8:40am last names F-L or R-Z

Block B Days - 9:00 - 9:25 last names A-E/M-Q || 9:25 - 9:50 last names F-L or R-Z

Students will then head directly to their first period of the day (1st period for A Block, and 5th period for B Block) for a study hall until class begins. Every day will begin with prayer and announcements.

Read more about Clarifying Student Arrival Procedure and Staggered Start Times

Academics

Activities

Each day of Catholic Schools Week celebrates a different facet of our lives. To help us celebrate, we've come up with the following Spirit Days:

Monday Feb. 1 - Celebrate Faculty/Staff Day (Tie-Dye attire)

Tuesday Feb. 2 - Celebrate the World and Environment Day (PNW or Seattle sports team attire)

Wednesday Feb 3. - Celebrate Parents Day (*no attire because no classes)

Thursday Feb. 4 - Celebrate The Lancer Family Day (Red/White/Blue attire)

Friday Feb. 5 - Celebrate Students Day (Pajama attire)

Read more about Spirit Days for Catholic Schools Week - February 1-5

Community Days will be opportunities for students to connect with other members of their class while participating in COVID-safe and socially-distant activities. Here are the first two scheduled:

Frosh - Wednesday, February 3, 9am-11am in the gym

Sophomores - Wednesday, February 17, 9am-11am in the gym

Please check back soon for further details!

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Admissions

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Advancement

Scholarship applications for aid in the 2021-22 school year will be open between February 22 and March 19. These scholarships are often established by Lancer families, just like yours, in memory of a loved one. All current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will attend Kennedy Catholic next school year are eligible to apply.

To view all of the available scholarships and to learn about applying, please visit our Scholarships page. Take a moment to read through each scholarship and the essay prompts. Students are encouraged to apply for as many as they like, as long as they meet the requirements. This year, a total of 18 students will win!

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Nuffer.
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Step Up to support Kennedy Catholic!

The procurement deadline is Thursday, January 28. Join your fellow parents in supporting Kennedy Catholic's biggest fundraiser of the year.

For more information on Procurement, Sponsorship and Advertising, or to make a donation, please visit our Auction Webpage.

If you need to drop off an auction item, please contact Katelyn Johnson to schedule a non-contact appointment.

Read more about KATCH Auction - Only 6 Days to Procure!

Fulcrum is a nonprofit organization that supports every school in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Over the past three years, Kennedy Catholic has received over $60,000 in grants and over half a million dollars in financial aid which supports 18% of our students. Read one Lancer Family's story here.

Join us Friday, January 29, at the Fulcrum Foundation Celebration of Light. Registration is free and all are welcome!

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Read more about Fulcrum Foundation Celebration of Light 2021

Athletics

Lancer Families,

The Athletic Department is excited about the first step in resuming our in-person schooling with our hybrid learning plan. We are also looking forward to having athletics as a part of our student experience once again.

As leagues around the state are coming up with alternative scheduling plans that best suit their community, our league, the NPSL, has just voted on the following schedule. Please keep in mind that the schedule is always subject to change. It is also dependent on our league school districts allowing athletes to participate in sports if they are not in at least a hybrid school environment with students on campus. Currently, our member school districts are in varying degrees of readiness to resume.

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Be sure your student-athlete has a current sports physical on file with the athletic office in order to be cleared for try outs/participation when sports resume. Sports physicals are valid for two years from the date of the exam and must not expire during the season of participation. Please contact the Athletic Office to check on the status of your student's physical. The Pre-participation Health History and Physical Examination forms may be downloaded HERE.

Once completed, please submit your form to Lancer Athletics in one of the following ways:

  • Mail to 140 S 140th St., Burien, WA 98168-3496
  • Scan and email to Tracey Umeda
  • Deliver to Lancer Athletics, room A108, during school hours.
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Business Office

New Registration

Registration is required for Bus Transportation. Anyone who has previously registered their student must do so again, even if you have previously done so in order for your student to ride the school bus. For more information and to register, please visit our Transportation page.

Changes to Routes and Schedules:

There will be no change to the basic route stops or scheduled pickup and dropoff times. On days when classes start at 8:00 AM (typically Mondays and Thursdays) the pickup times will remain the same. However, for those days when classes start at 9:00 AM (typically Tuesdays and Fridays), we will use the late start schedule, and add one hour to the posted pickup time. Please see our Transportation Options and Bus Routes chart to find the nearest stops to your home.

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Read more about Hybrid Bus Transportation, Registration, Routes/Schedules, and Tickets

Kennedy Catholic is pleased to introduce the new online cafeteria account management. This new system is replacing the Paypams system, effective the start of the 2nd semester, Monday, January 25. Any prior balances in the former cafeteria account will carry forward and show in the new system 2-3 days after registering in the new system. A letter with detailed instructions on how to register was mailed to all families last week.

Please contact the Business Office with questions.

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Campus Life

We are right around the corner from being back on campus. Please take a moment to brush up on acceptable masks and mask wearing etiquette. We will be following CDC guidelines. More information will come out regarding athletic guidelines. Any Lancer masks handed out by the school are CDC-approved. See you soon!

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Campus Ministry

Counseling

The new normal for millions of parents and caregivers across the country involves working from home, taking on new responsibilities for educating their children, and being isolated from the support of family, friends and loved ones. Join this dynamic duo of UW psychologists, Dr. Lizz Dexter-Mazza and Dr. Jim Mazza, for an up close and in-person virtual Q & A as they discuss their top social emotional education strategies for raising kids during a pandemic.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 7-8pm on Zoom. For more information and to register, please click here.

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Fine Arts

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Parent Groups

Beginning Friday, January 29, the Knight Stand student store will be open twice a week! Students can stop by at lunch Tuesdays and Fridays to purchase drinks, snacks, and spirit gear! Please note that only credit/debit cards will be accepted, with a minimum purchase of $1.

Parents who wish to purchase Lancer gear may fill out our online order form that will be ready soon! Please send any questions to Carrie Nelson.

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Senior News

Senior Grad Night is happening on Friday, June 4, 2021 to give seniors one last chance to be together as a class. Tickets are now on sale for $250 until Thursday, March 4. After that tickets will increase to $275 and be available until May 5.

We have financial aid available for any family who needs help purchasing a ticket. Please note that the deadline to to request financial aid is Friday, February 5.

For more information and to purchase your ticket, please visit our Grad Night Party page. Please contact Carrie Nelson with any questions or concerns.

Let's give the Class of 2021 a night to remember!

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Seniors!

It's hard to believe that your Graduation Day is just a few short months away! Now is the time to start planning for how you will commemorate and celebrate this major milestone in your life.

You have already overcome so many obstacles and you have so much to be proud of. Please go to the Senior Canvas page and click on the Campus Life link where you will find all of your Graduation information. Graduation cap and gown reservations and Graduation orders are due Sunday, January 31.

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