Family Communication (eFC) 1-22-15

January 22, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter

NEXT WEEK IS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Start off the week by attending the special school Mass on Sunday, January 25th, at 8:30 in our beautiful church. The Principal will be delivering the sermon at each mass this weekend. Immediately following the Mass the school will be hosting an Open House. Refreshments will be served. Children’s work will be on display. Teachers will be available in their classrooms and tours will be given by our 8th grade students. The library will have its book sale. Come. Bring your neighbors. Bring alums. It will be a great day and the start of a fantastic week.

EMERGENCY PLANNING

During the last meeting, the School Commission went over our school’s emergency and safety protocols. While I will not discuss the details and specifics of these protocols in the interest of security, the Commission decided it would be a good idea to review a little bit of the subject.

Basically all doors are locked. The classroom doors have a new type of lock that can be set within the room, making it more difficult to break through the door. This is in addition to the regular lock. There is a camera at the front door that allows staff to see who is there before electronically opening the door. Additional cameras for the playground are being investigated.

We do have contingencies for anything that might take place at the school. The staff and students go through some of the school actions for specific occurrences like fire, lockdown and earthquake. We also have mental exercises with the staff and the administrative team in which they will be told of a specific event that has taken place at a specific time. They will think about exactly what they would be doing based upon where they were at the time and it will then be discussed.

The most important thing to know is that the school goes into a completely authoritarian mode of conduct. The Principal, if on site, is in absolute charge and if he is not present, a chain of command has been established. All actions are taken with the most important concern —– the highest priority — which is the physical and psychological safety of the children.

There are times when adult emotions can be quite high and they can trigger children’s emotions. That is why there will always be an attempt to deal with parents outside the building or in the main office, Church, or School Hall rather than in the classroom, or in front of the students.

I do not see us ever just dismissing the children to go home for any reason as there are many who would have no place to go. That could prove to be very unsafe.

We also do not want to have a parent go into a room and point out who he or she will be taking home with them. This can be very bad for those who are left in the room. Anxiety over a situation can be made worse for a child when they suddenly feel alone and excluded. We are not able to release a child to someone just because they say it is OK. We could be releasing them into a situation that the parent of the child being released does not agree with.

This is why it is good to have a note with the homeroom teacher stating who is OK to release your child to. That same note should be in the office. It will help if it is typed with the name of the child —– first, last, and homeroom number —-and is clearly printed at the top.

You probably get a general idea of the way I communicate by reflecting on what was done with the suicide incident last year, the potential power problem for this year’s Christmas Program, and the Flasher responses. We use email right away. T.V. Stations, when appropriate, are next. If time allows, and it is appropriate, we would attempt to enact the Parents Club as communicators to the Room Parents. A school’s communicating outward rather than being overloaded by incoming phone calls offers the most optimum possibility of contact and the best flow of information.

Hopefully none of this has to be employed but it is important to be ready and to be prepared. In crisis, we have to come together as a team for the good of all, realizing there is a Captain of that team.

Please, always feel free to stop by if you have any questions.

IRS TAX FRAUD REFUND UPDATE

Please see the PDF at the bottom of this eFC explaining the status of the Tax Fraud from last year.

Registration

2015-16 Registration Paperwork

Thank you to those who have already turned in the registration paperwork for the 2015-16 school year! Remember the due date is TOMORROW, FRIDAY JANUARY 23rd!!! If for some reason you need another packet or have questions, please contact Kimberly Tish ASAP.

Do you have a NEW student coming to HRS next fall?

Applications for NEW students applying for Preschool – 8th grade are due to the main office by Friday, January 30th. Applications are available online or in the main office. Please provide a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate (if applicable) and copy of their report card (students 1st-8th grade). Questions? Contact Kimberly Tish, thank you.

Spread The Word About Holy Rosary School!

School Commission has put together a Financial Incentive for current HRS families! For every new applicant that a current family brings into the school as a newly enrolled student in grades K-8th for the 2015-16 school year, that current family will be given one free registration fee for the 2016-17 school year! Talk to your friends and neighbors. Invite them to our Open House on Sunday, 1/25! For more information about this financial incentive, please contact Kimberly Tish.

IOWA Standardized Tests

Test results for students in Gr. 3-8 were included with the first trimester report cards. Please check out this link for FAQ about the new tests. Please see the PDF at the bottom of this eFC.

Scholastic Book Fair

Please see the link for more information about the Book Fair >> Book Fair Information

Grandparents And Special Friends Lunch

We are looking forward to it!

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED!

To sign up, log in here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094aa5ae2da1fa7-grandparents or email us at gplunch@holyrosaryws.org

Timeline of event:

11:30 – Lunch starts

11:40 – Students perform during lunch

12:30 – 12:45 – Students join their guests

12:45 – Pictures (optional)

12:45 – 1:45 – Book fair, school tour and pictures (in any order)

Father/Daughter Glow Bowl

Mark your calendars for the upcoming annual Father/Daughter Glow Bowl! This event is scheduled for Friday, March 6th from 5-8pm at West Seattle Bowl. Complete and return the bottom of the form to the office with payment. This event fills up quickly! Please see the flyer at the bottom of this eFC.

Auction

Auction date: April 25 – 2015

LAST WEEK TO DONATE TO THE AUCTION!

Tomorrow (Friday, January 23rd) is the last day to enter your donation!

To Donate/Commit:

http://events.readysetauction.com/holyrosaryschool/2015

The Auction Amazon wish list

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/LDSGW2JML31E/ref=cm_sw_em_r_wsg_Ym-Cub1JMCXZR_wblinkCode=ur2&tag=holrossch-20 is up and running!

If you choose to shop from the wish list:

  • Buy an item from the wish list
  • Ship the item to your home
  • AND, Enter/log donation(s) through the link at the top of the page before Jan 27th
  • Bring item to school no later than Feb 27th.

Contact Kamila Kennedy at kkennedy@holyrosaryws.org

Annual Fund 2014-2015

$172,000 pledged

$115,000 paid

We need your pledge – We have less than $30K to go!

The goal for the annual fund this year is $200,000. Donations will be allocated the following way:

  • $75,000 for curriculum
  • $25,000 for buildings and grounds
  • $30,000 for salary funding
  • $25,000 for financial aid
  • $20,000 for utilities
  • $25,000 for technology

Holy Rosary School depends on the generosity of families, alumni and friends to sustain its academic programs and mission. By donating annually, offering your time and skills, making a planned gift, or funding a leading edge initiative, your support strengthens our support of the children we serve.

The Annual Fund drive is the cornerstone of the school’s fundraising efforts. It is vitally important to the school’s ability to meet operating costs, balance the budget and to maintain the level of excellence we have at of Holy Rosary School.

Gifts to the Annual Fund provide unrestricted monies to help fill the gap that tuition alone does not cover.

No amount is too small. Gifts to the Annual fund are 100% tax deductible!

Download a pledge form here.

MATCHING FUNDS:

If you already made a donation to the Annual Fund, thank you!

Remember that hundreds of corporations match that donation through a corporate matching program. Please, check with your H.R department to inquire whether your employee is one of them. Here is a list of some of companies that will match employee’s charitable donations. These guidelines might help you get started.

Magazine Drive

Questions about magazine drive orders should be directed to:

A.P. HEARST Customer Service:

By phone: (1-800-284-9711)

Customers can also check the status of their order online at www.aphearst.com

Parents Club

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the Parents Club meetings on Thursday, January 15th. We had a very informative presentation on Online Safety for Youth by representatives from Homeland Security Investigations. Here is the location for the handouts that were given at the meeting: www.dropbox.com/l/U92kPrupKWocwjcFDlqyfp

In appreciation for having the most parents in attendance, the Parents Club Board will be donating a book from the book fair to both 2A and 3B classrooms.

Parents Club Upcoming Events

Friday March 6th – Father and Daughter Glow Bowl

Tuesday March 24th – Parents Club Meeting

Extra Recess Patrols.

Thank you Kindergarten for covering this week. Calling all 7th grade families – please use the link below to sign up for the extra recess patrol for next week 1/26-30. These extra patrols are outside the fence. Also, please do not forget to wear an orange safety vest. They are located in the patrol room and help identify you to the children and our HRS neighbors.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b44aaac23aa8-hrsextra

Parish

Holy Rosary Parish…Upcoming Youth Ministry Bowling Event for 6th, 7th and 8th graders!

Are you looking for a little fun? Do you want to meet new friends? Then come to the Holy Rosary Youth Ministry kick-off bowling/pizza party at West Seattle Bowl Sunday, January 25th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s free food! And don’t forget to bring a friend! Sign up on the Holy Rosary website at www.holyrosaryseattle.org/youth-ministry-1 or for questions please contact (206) 937-1488 ext. 252 or email at youth@holyrosaryseattle.org

Who: 6th, 7th and 8th graders 
Where: West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave SW, in West Seattle
When: Sunday, January 25th from 7:00PM to 8:30PM

What: Bowling and Pizza

Cost: Free!

RSVP: Please click on this link to register for the Bowling Event http://www.holyrosaryseattle.org/youth-ministry-1

PRAYER PARTNER REQUEST

If you would like to be a prayer partner for one RCIA students and/or one of our 1st Communicant families, please email Jennifer Wong at jwong@holyrosaryseattle.org

CHOIR

JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR WILL DEBUT JANUARY 31 AT SATURDAY 5PM MASS!

2015 is here and so is the debut of the Junior High Choir! Students in grades 6-7-8 will lead the music at the Saturday 5pm Mass on January 31st! We have many talented singers and percussionists, who will be joined by our adult band to lead us in joyful and celebratory song at the Saturday Vigil Mass. Students will sing together as a choir, and add solo’s and harmonies as able!

There are two rehearsal opportunities:

  • Wednesday evening, January 28 in CHURCH from 7:15-8:45
  • Saturday afternoon, January 31 in CHAPEL from 4:00-4:30, and CHURCH 4:30-4:50.

The JHC will sing about once a month at the Saturday 5pm mass, with a similar rehearsal schedule. Students may offer to sing or play an instrument (some competency expected—a great learning experience!). Music will be geared to emphasize the talents and abilities of those involved.

Parents can assist by:

  • RSVP your student’s participation (sing/play instrument) to: pdolejsi@holyrosaryseattle.org
  • Offer to assist in organizing activities (pizza, cookies, t-shirts, video), set-up, storage, etc.

Thanks for your support of the HR Junior High Choir!

ADULT CONFIRMATION SERIES

Were you aware that a Catholic is fully initiated into the Church with the reception of all three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Catholics also believe that there is a grace that comes with being fully initiated. Why full initiation? So that we may be ready to do the work the Spirit is calling us to. If you are an adult who has not yet been confirmed, Holy Rosary is offering a series of sessions, beginning Wednesday evening, Feb. 11 from 7-8:30 in the Parish Center, to prepare you to receive this sacrament May 10th at the 10:30 am Mass. Please contact JoAnn Tobin at jtobin@holyrosaryseattle.org or 206-937-1488, Ext. 203 for more information or to register.

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

1/22/15 – Holy Rosary School Information Night – 7 pm

1/25/15 – Open house for Catholic Schools Week – 9:30 – 12:30

1/28/15 – Grandparent & Special Friend Day

1/23/15 – Registration due for existing HRS families

1/30/15 – Registration due for new HRS families

2/6/15 – Kindergarten Testing no Kindergarten

2/12/15 – Noon dismissal magazine drive reward teacher in-service

2/13/15 – Mid Winter Break No School

2/16/15 – Mid Winter Break No School

2/17/15 – Mid Winter Break No School

2/18/15 – Ash Wednesday 8:45 Mass