Thursday Thoughts is a weekly communication for current HRS families. It includes important school news, event information, community updates, and more. Stay up-to-date by reading Thursday Thoughts!
Tuition assistance applications for the 2024-25 school year are available now for interested families. The deadline to submit a tuition assistance application (currently enrolled families) is January 19, 2024.
HRS will be hosting a tuition assistance (TA) application support evening on Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm, in the Lower School Library. Join Max Beron, Director of Business & Operations, and Juli Rangel, Director of Admissions, to start your application and ask questions. HRS laptops will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own devices to access the TA application. Please register in advance for this in person event.
Additional dates to note: HRS re-enrollment opens February 15, 2024 and closes February 27, 2024.
You may have heard from your students, or seen as you drive by the school, that several windows in the Lower School were broken over the Thanksgiving break. This is sad and heartbreaking for all of us. Understandably, our students have had many questions. Jessica Ruger, Head of Lower School, talked about the incident at the lower school assembly on Monday.
At assembly, Jessica Ruger shared that our building is safe, and that the windows are very thick, with multiple layers and special film to keep them from breaking open. In addition, we have security cameras and were able to see what happened. One person broke the windows with a hammer. They did not try to enter the building. We are working to have the windows replaced as quickly as possible. Many of our students have felt confused, surprised, worried, or curious about this incident. We let them know that these feelings are normal, and it is okay to feel this way. We have reassured them that the building continues to be a safe place. We also shared that our Facilities team came to the building right away to help prepare and clean up for our return. They are helpers, so please thank them.
On Thursday, December 7 at 6pm, join us virtually for the first HRS Speaker Series event of the year! Headlined by Josh Clark, President of the International Dyslexia Association and Head of School (Landmark School), this event will focus on how AI has already begun shaping daily life as well as how it might impact students who learn and digest classroom concepts differently and outside of traditional teaching methods and tools.
View full details and register today on the HRS Speaker Series webpage.
We look forward to welcoming grands to campus for this year's 2023 Grands Days! Registration is now open for all. Please note that each Grands Day is for students from specific levels. Register for the day - or days - that correspond with your HRS student(s). Each event will begin promptly at 9am. Street parking will be open on 20th Avenue South and State Street after the buses leave, starting at 8:30am. Both buildings have elevator access to classrooms.
Middle School Grands Day (Levels 6-8)
- Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 9am-11am
Intermediate Grands Day (Levels 4-5)
- Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 9am-10:30am
Primary Grands Day (Levels 1-3)
- Friday, December 15, 2023 from 9am-10:30am
As 2023 comes to a close, we're ready to open another chapter in the story of HRS. Will you join us?
If you have not yet had a chance to participate in this year's Annual Fund, we hope that you will consider a year-end gift during the month of December. Your support will provide the critical resources HRS needs to deliver the educational program that our students and families rely upon. Every gift matters! Together, we can write the story of HRS for another 40 years.
If you're searching for the right school fit for your family, the Families of Color Fair hosted by Puget Sound Independent Schools offers an in-depth view of many schools, with knowledgeable representatives available to answer questions. Registration is open now for this event on Sunday, December 3 at 12pm.