Family Communication (eFC) 1-8-15

January 8, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter


That is correct. It is a brand new year. A great adventure awaits each of us. There will be many decisions that will be made by everyone before this year comes to an end. And those decisions will impact more lives than we can possibly imagine. Resolutions have been made, and the majority of them have probably already been broken. But that is no reason to give up. All we have to do is recommit. You see, it is a new year but every day in this new year is a new day offering hope and filled with possibilities. Each day we have the ability to recommit — to begin anew — to make better choices.

That is the most important message we have to help our children understand, hold on to, and believe in. That is the truth that lights up the road to self-improvement — to self-awareness — to success. It helps child build self-confidence as it inspires them to reach further than their perceived grasp. It is at the root of the belief structure held in the beating heart of our community. So join us and “teach your children well.”


A team of people have been working on the construction of our new website. It will be up and running within the next week. The project has taken five months. Make sure you take some time to look at it and travel through it. “Let your fingers do the walking,” as you rediscover what Holy Rosary School is. It is still in the process of being reconstructed. Not everything has been transferred over. There is a purposeful attempt to do some trimming down believing that, in the long run, less may be more. We will see how that goes.

Five members of the staff are going to be responsible for different areas on the site. Thankfully Mike Go (or Saint Mike as we call him) is still willing to help where he can when some emergencies come up. But because of all this newness the deadline for having articles to Jennifer Hazzard has moved up considerably. Articles for publication in our weekly newsletter must be in to Jennifer by Friday at noon if they are to be considered for the following Thursday’s publication. Please make note of that. We will not be able to make any exceptions. Sorry about that.


The altar area of the church was filled with donations for a variety of outreach activities. There were gifts for Westside Baby, families from the parish, Giving Tree, Seattle Animal Shelter, Francis House, Chief Seattle Club, and Saint James’ Cathedral. Money was brought in by the students for Saint Vincent DePaul, Saint James Kitchen, Uganda, and the Seattle Animal Shelter. Over $2,000 was brought in to help those in need. Additionally a great amount of food was brought in for the Holy Rosary Food Bank. It was a wonderful day and it was a wonderful sight. Eighth graders spent the day delivering goods throughout the city, counting the money and filling the shelves of our food bank. Stewardship and community service are integral to the Holy Rosary education program. Truthfully, it is an integral aspect of all Catholic School education.


Remember there is no school on Monday, January 19th. That is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Then Catholic School Week starts with our OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, January 25th. As principal, I will have the privilege of preaching on the 24th and 25th at every mass. Please come and join us for the liturgy and for the Open House. And PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring your whole family, your neighbors, alums and potential new students. There will be tours and refreshments. It will be a great day. All the teachers and staff will be here on site. This Sunday event is followed by Catholic School Week. Each day will have a special emphasis. The week comes to a celebratory closure for all Catholic Schools with the “Gift of Light Celebration” which is a dinner put on by the Fulcrum Foundation for Catholic Schools. It takes place at the downtown Seattle Sheraton and it usually generates well over $1,000,000 in net income for financial aid for families and for financial help for struggling Catholic Schools. A number of parents from our community go each year. If you are interested in attending please call the Fulcrum Foundation for tickets.


Tuition 2015/2016

  • In-parish (K-8)
    • 1 child $6,131
    • 2 children $11,213
    • 3 children $14,743
    • 4 children $18,405
  • Out-of-parish (K-8)
    • 1 child $8,371
    • 2 children $16,741
    • 3 children $25,112
    • 4 children $33,481

We have rounded monthly fees up to the closest dollar to cover periodic monthly administrative and secretarial costs amounting to between 7 and 87 cents.


We have received 80 new iPads. This is part of our strategic planning and STEM preparation. They have been distributed in grades two and four. That means we now have a one-to-one ratio of technology to students in grades two, three and four. Within the next two months we will be deploying a few iPads in Kindergarten and First grade. To start out we are going to have these in those classes more for individualized activity and small group work. I see these as areas for higher funding for the 2015-2016 academic year once we see how it works into the program. All this new technology will prove to be a great enhancement for our educational programs.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to pay for it. I have faith. I mean, after all, if faith moves mountains it certainly should be able to move some additional funding towards the direction of the school. So everybody — start praying.


Everybody on the staff has been doing a great deal of research into STEM. The Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education has also been studying the concept. Some states have actual STEM certification. Washington State is not one of them however. We are studying the states that have the certification while using the “Common Core” expectations as a foundation in building our program and making our selections in science for next year.

Around the country there are interesting variations or enrichments to STEM coming up. Some of it is, I believe, simply trying to “package” things better in an attempt to create the perception that other programs offer more and have more. The idea is almost a STEM+ (plus). But there is something to it.

STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Inserting the “a” for STEAM is a reflection that things like art, drama, vocal music, and band are in the curriculum. That seems to be easier for private schools to demonstrate at the grade school level. The “R”, however, is for religion, or the demonstration of a faith based school. When I look at the Arts Program at Holy Rosary School, and add on the fact that we are a Catholic School I see we really are STREAM oriented, which is an embellishment upon basic STEM. We are adding to our technology program in a major way. We updated math last year and our new language arts program this year integrates a good deal of science and math into it. The big area we will have to tackle is engineering and I see that easily taking place with, among other things, a major investment in robotics.

Marketing is important. The perception of the public can be as important — and sometimes more important — than the reality. So how we explain ourselves is vital. Even though STEAM and STREAM are being talked about and promoted I am leaning more towards the concept of STEM+ (plus).

What is important is that people realize we are not stagnant. We are heading in a direction. We are striving to maintain excellence. It is just of paramount importance that each of us realizes that we are the “ambassadors of the school to the public”. We have to tell the story. We have to promote ourselves. We have to sell the program. We have to be positive and excited about the magic of this place. I am doing as much as I can. Please do whatever you can. Tomorrow is almost here. Let’s make it great.


Last but not least, Friday will be a Seahawks free dress day. Come to school wearing Seahawk’s colors or Seahawk’s garb. No face paint please.

Parent’s Club

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 15th, the next Parent’s Club meeting. Our social hour will be from 6:30-7 pm. The business portion of our meeting begins promptly at 7 pm; please join us in a special Internet safety presentation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Special agents assigned to HSI cyber-crimes and computer forensics will provide parents with Internet safety tips to include popular apps used by youth, parental controls, as well as a special emphasis on Skype. Case examples will be discussed to assist in the dialogue presented. Handouts will be provided as well as information on how to talk to talk to your kids. We hope you will come and join us in this an amazing opportunity. Childcare will be provided in the school library.

Pizza Lunch Reminder!

Tomorrow is pizza lunch.

Band News

Honor band auditions are here! Kennedy Catholic High School Band Room

  • Monday, January 12th: 6:00-7:30 pm – clarinets/saxes/drums
  • Tuesday, January 13th: 5:00-7:15 pm – flutes/bells/all brasses

All school band members have been given a detailed information sheet.

Questions? Contact Miss McKamey at Kennedy Catholic: 206-246-0500/ext. 370


Please find the Sundance spring dance 2015 registration form attached at the end of this eFC.

If you are hoping to add classes be sure to re-fill out the form!

Sundance spring 2015 schedule


  • Jazz level I: Grades K-3 – 3:15-4:15 pm
  • Jazz level II: Grades 4-8 – 4:15-5:15 pm


  • Crew: Grades 4-8 – 3:30-5:00 pm

Please note: Crew is the Sundance Company. Crew members must be in grades 4-8 and take at least 2 level ii classes to qualify. If you are signing your dancer up for Crew, you are making dance your priority activity/sport. Please look at your schedules to be sure you have no conflicts. We are anticipating a large Crew this season, and we need to be on the same page as far as expectations of the dancers. We are looking for maturity in behavior as well as physical technique. We will be in close touch with parents if we feel a dancer is not quite ready for Crew. Adults class: 5:00-6:30pm


  • Hip-hop level I: Grades K-2 – 3:15-4:15 pm
  • Hip-hop level II: Grades 3-5 – 4:15-5:15 pm
  • Hip-hop level III: Grades 6-8 – 5:15-6:15 pm


  • Open hip-hop: Grades K-8 – 3:05-4:05 pm
  • Preschool: ages 3-5 4:05-4:45 pm

The prices for Friday classes are $30 due to varying Fridays off in the spring.

Price chart

1 class – $50

2 classes – $80

3 classes – $110

4 classes – $140

5 classes – $170

Friday classes are $30

Please pass this along to anyone that would like to join the Sundance community! And mark your calendars – Sundance spring dress rehearsal is Wednesday, April 29th. The show is April 30th!


Xīnnián kuàilè! Happy New Year! Here at sponge, we’re looking forward to a new year full of language immersion and learning, and there´s still space in our classes at Holy Rosary. Language is such a gift, and we’re very excited to share it with each and every one of you. We could say, zhè shì lǐ wù! Xiè xiè! Here´s a present! Thank you!

Mandarin class for grades K-5 is held after school from 2:20-3:20 on Wednesdays. Contact Mary Simpson at to register. Go to for more information, and contact us by email at or give us a call at (425) 274-5188 with any questions. Register now and secure your spot in class! We´d love to see you in the new year!


2015-16 registration for CURRENT students

Registration packets came home this week. The registration timeline for current students has been moved up from March to January. This allows us to confirm placement of current students for next year prior to accepting new students. Tuition contracts and the registration fee of $275 per student will be due to the main office by January 23rd.

Tuition assistance deadline

The DUE DATE for application paperwork to be turned in to Fulcrum is Tuesday, January 20th. All application paperwork needs to be in the Fulcrum office by no later than this date to be considered.

The application for tuition assistance for the 2015-16 school year is now available online. A link to the application is on the school website under ‘School Forms & Other Downloads’. Please follow the instructions and note that in addition to submitting an application on-line to Fulcrum, paper copies of the completed application must be delivered to Rufina at Holy Rosary School by January 20th, 2015.

The Fulcrum application is a prerequisite for Holy Rosary tuition assistance; please remember the January 20th deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Rufina at

Tuition assistance for the 2015 2016 school year

The application for tuition assistance for the 2015-16 school year will be available on-line at on November 3, 2014. (A link to the application is on the school website under ‘School Forms & Other Downloads’.) Please follow these instructions and note that in addition to submitting an application on-line to Fulcrum, paper copies of the completed application must be delivered to Rufina at Holy Rosary School by January 20th, 2015:

Online Application Procedure

  1. Be sure your computer is connected to a working printer. You can test this by pressing the print button below and printing these instructions for future reference.
  2. Make a copy of page 1 and 2 of your 2013 federal IRS 1040, 1040a, or e-file printout for the financially responsible parent(s) or guardian(s). Note: 2013 W-2 forms are not acceptable. Do not send originals. If you do not have 1040 documentation, have your school principal approve a letter of special circumstances (see part D-3 of the application). Be sure to sign your tax forms. This is often overlooked, especially with e-filing. Fulcrum will not accept unsigned forms.
  3. If you have non-taxable income (part c-3), copy the applicable documents such as 1099, federal or state aid, alimony or child support.
  4. Under ‘School,’ select Holy Rosary, Seattle and enter your information in Part A to D. A printout is produced at the end of the submission process. If you discover an error after submission, submit a new application and destroy the incorrect printout. Please do not enter names in ALL CAPS.
  5. Sign the online printout in part E.
  6. Staple the signed application, in front of copies of the financial documents from step 2 and 3.
  7. Make a copy for your records, if desired. Copies will not be returned by the Fulcrum Foundation.
  8. Deliver or mail the complete application package to Rufina at Holy Rosary School by January 20th, 2015.
  9. If you have students in both elementary and high school, you will need to complete the elementary (k-8) and high school (9-12) application forms. These grants are awarded separately by the Fulcrum Foundation.
  • Fulcrum does not accept handwritten applications. If you need help completing the application or you have questions, ask Rufina Miller to assist you. She may be contacted at (206) 937-1488, ext. 211 or email:

Thank you.


Youth Ministry Bowling Party Kick-off!

We’re beginning our Youth Ministry at Holy Rosary Parish and want you to be part of it!

  • Who: 6th, 7th and 8th graders
  • Where: West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave SW, in West Seattle
  • When:  Sunday, January 25th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: Free! Come and bring a friend

Call Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or email us at if you’re able to come or have questions!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – CLOW at 10:30AM Mass this Sunday, January 11th. All children Preschool thru 4th grade are welcome.  Any questions, please email Sr. Stella at

Walking with purpose – open to all women

Do you feel you are doing so many things that you are doing none of them well? Have you ever struggled with fitting faith and prayer into your hectic daily schedule? Or maybe you don’t have much scripture knowledge, and would like to see how God’s word applies to your everyday life? If so, we invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose, a national Catholic women’s group that is now at our Parish!  Learn more, register, or connect with us!

God Bless and Happy New Year!



Hello HR parents & CYO volleyball players,

I know it seems like basketball just started, but volleyball will be here before you know it. CYO volleyball 2015 is just around the corner and it is time to register for another exciting season.

Online registration is now open. Please go to this link to register your child for the 2015 volleyball season. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to play volleyball.

Registration for volleyball will close on January 16th. Any late registrations after January 16th will be accepted on a space availability basis.

When registering, please pay attention to the uniform options. If you have a uniform from last season and plan to use that again, please indicate this on the form and let us know what jersey number you have. If you plan to order a new uniform, please indicate this on the form and note what size you will need.

All parents who are interested or are planning to coach volleyball as a head coach or an assistant will need to register on-line as a coach. If no coaches register for a particular grade, we will not be able to register a team for that grade.

The volleyball 2015 registration fees will be $90 per player if you order a jersey, or $15.00 discount if you have a jersey from last year, this fee also includes the pre-season kick-off clinic in early February.

Matches begin February 21st and run through April 18th. Tournament runs April 22nd- may 3rd.

If you have any question about the upcoming season, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can also review the season schedule at this link.

I’m looking forward to a fun and exciting season.

Patrick Dowd – volleyball coordinator


Children’s Choir


Everything’s changing! We’re changing the name and times for Children’s Choir. We will now be called the Holy Rosary Youth Choir! Rehearsal time and date is changing too! We will now rehearse after school on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:15 pm in the Parish Center chapel. Youth Choir is open to all students in grades 3-5.

All should come directly to the Parish Center chapel after school at 2:15. Fifth graders who are in band can come directly to the chapel at 2:30. Parents can pick up their students at 3:15 from the chapel. Cantors in 4th or 5th grade may stay longer to rehearse solo and harmony parts. They will be picked up at 3:40. Here’s the upcoming schedule:

Holy Rosary Youth Choir

Rehearsal: Wednesdays, January 14, 21 in chapel 2:15-3:15. Cantors until 3:40.

Mass: Sunday, January 25 at 10:30. Arrival on Sunday at 9:30 in chapel for pre-mass practice.

February-May schedule to be determined.

We hope this new schedule will work better to allow more of our young singers to participate in choir! On Christmas Eve, we had 17 kids in the choir and hope to build on that even more!

Let me know if you can help to support our revamped Youth Choir with time and fun ideas! Contact Paul Dolejsi, Director at to register, volunteer or for questions. Volunteer time counts towards school hours! Thanks for your support of the new Holy Rosary Youth Choir!


1/19/14 – MLK Day – no school

1/25/14 – open house for Catholic Schools Week – 9:30 – 12:30

1/28/14 – Grandparent & Special Friend Day

1/30/14 – Registration due