Family Communication (eFC) 4-30-2015

April 30, 2015

Heart Auction

The HEART Auction was a huge success! The attendees really rocked around the clock and everyone was wearing fun attire. We had the pleasure of getting a visit from Elvis Presley to set the tone for the evening. Thank you all who volunteered and donated your time and treasure for Holy Rosary School. The numbers are getting crunched but they look very promising, thanks to you. There are two sets of candids picture which you can view here-1 and here-2.

The Fund-an-Item has surpassed the goal of $40,000 at $41,025 and counting. Watch the video here.

If you missed the auction, but would like to make a donation to the Fund-an-Item, contact the development office. We received four generous donations from parents, friends and staff that were not present.

Are you the winner of Reserved 8th grade parking/seating secret second? Please come forward! Contact Kamila Kennedy.

We still have a few auction purchases left behind. We will be sending them home with students, if they are not fragile. All other items can be picked up at the school main office,

Haven’t checked out yet? Use this page And go to > My account.

If you were mistakenly overcharged, we will be processing refund by next week. If you have questions regarding payments/billing please contact our auction finance chair, Cheryl.

The HRS 2015 Auction was a huge success, but we have a few items left to sell at fabulous prices. It all must go! Check the online catalog beginning May 3 through May 10. For this event we only accept credit cards, and you buy it once, no bidding required. You can pick up your items at school the following week.

A total of 69 people will be attending a lovely party at the home of Sandy Brown and Kate McGovern on June 6th. Thank you Kate & Sandy, Julie & John Cahill and Shawna and Petros Fotopoulos for putting this on and helping us raise $6,900 for the auction. Note: per the hosts’ permission, the party was oversold, therefore 29 people were charged after Saturday. Check List and let us know if you think your name should be there.

Marination Ma Kai Fundraiser Update

A couple of weeks ago one of our parents coordinated a passive fundraiser at Marination Ma Kai on Alki. Thank you Michelle Chan! Holy Rosary will receive a check for $567.45. Thanks to all of you who were able to participate.

Annual Fund

ANNUAL FUND 2014-15 Update – Goal $200,000 by June 2015

We are very close to meeting our goal for the Annual Fund. If you would like to upgrade your pledge or have yet to pledge to this years’ (2014-15) Annual Fund use this form pledge form. The Annual Fund is a year-round program, commencing July 1 and concluding June 30. Gifts to the Annual Fund can be made by check, online payments or transfer of stock and may be tax deductible as allowable by law.

Pledged – $187,825
Paid – $169,831

Centennial Capital Campaign

Celebrate Our Future, Today. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, we have raised $512,195 in pledges toward our Campaign goal of $2,000,000. That effort has allowed us to complete installation of the windows this past summer. We continue to need your help. Now is the time to ensure our School’s financial future and achieve our vision to be recognized as community leaders in education.

To inquire about the Campaign or make a pledge, please contact the Development Office or Mr. Hofbauer directly.

Pledged – $512,195


  • Individuals – 202,138
  • Grant – $20,000
  • Gala Proceeds – $19,885

Total Paid – $242,023

  • Expenses – $59,212

Total minus expenses -$182,811


Support Holy Rosary School as part of Seattle’s biggest day of giving of the year! We are participating in The Seattle Foundation’s fifth annual GiveBIG on May 5! The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event where contributions from GiveBIG sponsors match a percentage of your individual contributions made through The Seattle Foundation website. Help raise $20,000 to meet our 2014/15 goal for the Annual Fund. If you have already donated to the Annual Fund this year, please consider making an additional gift on May 5. Learn more about GiveBIG and support Holy Rosary School by clicking here.

Talent Show

The theme for this year’s talent show is Holy Rosary Olympics. Each grade has chosen a different country. The students can dress in the traditional or modern clothing from the country. Accessories are also welcomed. If a student doesn’t have any clothing of the country, they can simply wear one of the colors of the flag! We look forward to seeing all of your spirit!

Here are the grades with their chosen country:

  • K – South Africa
  • 1 – USA
  • 2 – Mexico
  • 3 – Brazil
  • 4 – France
  • 5 – Canada
  • 6 – Ireland
  • 7 – Jamaica
  • 8 – New Zealand

Tuesday, May 5
11:15-11:45 – 5th Grade
11:45-12:15 – K and 1st Grade
12:15-12:45 – 4th Grade
Wednesday, May 6
11:15-11:45 – 6th Grade
11:45-12:15 – 2nd, 7th, 8th Grade
12:15-12:45 – 3rd Grade
Dress Rehearsals:
Monday, May 11
11:15-12:45 – All K – 4th Grade
Tuesday, May 12
11:15-12:45 – All 5th – 8th Grade


Band News: Take “note”! It’s spring and it’s CONCERT TIME!! Catch the Holy Rosary Band in action. BAND FESTIVAL – MAY 13 7pm /Goodwin Gym – Kennedy Catholic High School. Band Parents: Please look for the permission slip from your child. Required/Graded performance. Holy Rosary Talent Show – May 15 Keep the music alive during the summertime! Kennedy Catholic Elementary Summer Band Camp: July 6 – 10. 12:15 – 2 pm Tuition is $25.00 and there’s a sibling discount. Check our web site at Join the fun making music with Mrs. McKamey!

Safe Environment

You may need to renew your Call to Protect training. Click on this link to check your refresher class status. The refresher class is required once a year and is completed online.

Recess Duty 2015-2016

Double your volunteer hours for next year. Now is the perfect opportunity to sign up for next year’s lunch recess duty. The time is 11:15-1:15 daily. Double volunteer hours are given for this enjoyable task. We ask that you choose one specific day per week for the entire year. Please complete this sign up form and return to Ms. Judd by May 26. Thank you.

Extra Recess Patrols

Thank you 6th grade for covering this week. Calling all 7th grade families (it’s your final week!). Please use the link below to sign up for the extra recess patrol for next week 5/4-5/8. 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.


Attention HRS Running Gators! I have opened registration for the FALL season of CYO cross-country early! You can now register your child to run in the fall, and not have to worry about it during the chaos of back to school! It is only $20 to run, $10 additional if your child needs a shirt. Please go to this site to register:
We are very excited for the next season of cross country, and we have many coaches and volunteers ready to cheer your children across the finish line! Please contact me with any questions! Run far, run fast, run hard! ~ Coach Charise

Do you have a high school aged child who would like to play volleyball with their former Holy Rosary buddies?! Holy Rosary Parish is participating in the 2015 CYO Co-Ed High School Volleyball League. Your high school age student is eligible to play, grades 9-12 only. Matches will be on Sundays, tentatively planned for May 3, 17, 31 and June 7, 14 with an end of season tournament on June 20th, no playoffs. This Co-Ed league is a very relaxed and players are not required to commit to attend every match, but are required to register. Non Holy Rosary players are also welcome, if their parish does not currently have a team. The price of registration is $45.00 and this includes a T-shirt. The price will be $45.00 regardless of how many matches your player is able to attend. Please register at this link – Registration will close on April 30th. Please register ASAP if your child is interested in participating. We will need at least 10 players in order to participate with a team. If you are interested in coaching a team, please sign up at the registration link as a coach. Please contact me with any questions. Katie Jergens, Holy Rosary CYO High School Volleyball Coordinator


There still has been no news regarding who the new priest will be. It will probably be several more weeks before this announcement will be made. The Archdiocese has assigned Pat Buckley to guide the Transition Team in our work. She will meet with us for the first time this Thursday, April 30. Members of the Transition Team are continuing to be present at the Church doors after the weekend Masses or you may email the Transition Team co-chairs, Karin Kovach ( or Virginia Radel ( or School Commission President Mike Hooks ( to address any questions and/or concerns you may have. We will be planning a Welcoming Event for the new priest after we know who has been assigned. If you have any ideas related to a Welcoming Event, please contact Virginia Radel.

Save the Date: Fr. John’s Farewell Party. Sunday, June 28. Lanigan Gym. Doors open after the 10.30 am Mass 
until 3:30 pm. More information related to Fr. John’s party and a request for volunteers to follow in the weeks ahead.

Farewell Gift: You may contribute towards Fr. John’s farewell gift, which will allow for his upcoming travels, by giving on-line, mailing your contribution to the Parish Office, or placing your contribution in an envelope marked “Gift for Fr. John” and placing it in the collection basket at Mass. When going on-line, be sure to indicate “Gift for Fr. John” in the space provided and if donating by check be sure to indicate “Gift for Fr. John” on the memo line of the check. We will accept contributions for the gift through June 15. Please watch for on-going information related to the activities of the Transition Team.

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Holy Rosary Parish has a block of tickets for the Seattle Mariners vs. Astros game on Sunday, June 21 at 1:10 pm. June 21st is Father’s Day so this is a perfect family friendly event to attend. Tickets are only $12.00! Don’t wait, because tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Please turn in this order form with a check to Deyette at the Parish office.

Walking with Purpose (WWP) is a national program that started at Holy Rosary last fall and is already TRANSFORMING lives of so many women. Are you looking for a way to make faith a greater part of your life, but struggle to fit prayer into your hectic daily schedule? Walking with Purpose reaches out to women who desire to grow their faith using a Scripture-based program that is fresh, relevant and focused on conversion of heart. (No, we are not an exercise group!) Our next study, Living in the Father’s Love, begins this summer. It is a brief but powerful course meant to revive and refresh us as we discover just how much God loves us! We will learn how the Gospels are deeply relevant to our relationships, both with God and with those who we love. Join us on Friday mornings! June 5-July 31 9:30-11:00AM in the Parish Center, childcare will be provided. The fee for the 8-week session is $40, which covers a study guide, childcare and hospitality. Women of all ages are welcome! Registration due by May 1st. For more information visit

To the members of Holy Rosary Parish and/or School, the Liturgy Commission is looking for new members for the year 2015-2016. We are seeking people from diverse age groups and backgrounds, hence young adults to the well seasoned. The duties of this commission include advising our Priest on matters regarding the liturgy as well as represent ministries that take part in the Liturgy. Our meetings usually take place on Mondays once a month/early evening. If you have any inquiries or an inclination to join, please contact Patrick Barredo at the Parish office.

Community Notices

ONE WEEK Service-Learning Mission Trips

These local mission weeks pair both service and learning, inviting participants into a transformative experience of the heart and deeper understanding of our call to discipleship. Each week is directed by local Co-Directors and costs include meals, supplies, housing, & one week t-shirt. Register by May 4th! Jr High Cost is $230 and High School Cost is $240.

  • July 5-9: Junior High Forks Site (19 spots open)
Co-Directors: Christopher Lezcano & Maryelyn Scholz
  • July 19-23: Junior High Hoquiam Site (4 spots open)
Co-Directors: Taylor Baar & Sr. Christine Still, OSF
  • July 26-31: High School Seattle Site (16 spots open)
Co-Directors: Ann LaBeck & Sr. Christine Still, OSF
  • August 9-14: High School Forks Site (22 spots open)
Co-Directors: Aires Patulot & Maryelyn Scholz

ASCEND High School Camp Flyer

  • July 12-15, 2015
 – Camp Hamilton – Monroe, Wa
Co-Directors: Joe Cotton & Kelsey Harrington
Bring your high school leadership team, send individual youth along with your adult leaders desiring to grow as servant-leaders to this amazing week of prayer, faith, and challenge! Register by June 1st! Cost is $220

Junior High Camp 4:12 (Leadership Camp)

  • August 17-19, 2015
Camp Don Bosco – Carnation, WA
Co-Directors: Sr. Christine Still, OSF & April Waldrop.

This is an exciting opportunity for youth entering grades 7-9 in parishes to celebrate their gifts, discover what it means to be a servant-leader and experience an amazing community of peers & leaders who desire to serve God. Register by June 1. Cost is $120.

For details or to register for any of the above events, please visit If you’re interested in any of these camps and would like to attend, please let Ruth Reiser know at–some of them require coordination with the parish youth ministry program.

ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery conveniently located here in the West Seattle Junction is excited to offer Musical Theater Academy Summer Programs:

  • Elementary Musical Theater Academy
  • Two Sessions: July 6-17 & August 3-14 (10am-4pm)
  • Kindergarten – Grade 5, no audition

These two week sessions will welcome our youngest students into the world of incredible story-telling through the medium of musical theater. With an emphasis on acting skills, movement, singing and improvisation games, musical theater comes to life as our students take classes with some of Seattle’s best working professionals. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends. $400 per session. Email to register:

  • Middle School Musical Theater Academy
  • Three Sessions: July 20-31, August 3-14, and August 17-28 (10am-4pm)
  • Grade 6 – 8, no audition

These two week sessions will welcome our middle school students into the world of incredible story-telling through the medium of musical theater, and also provide them with a safe place to explore and build self-confidence. With an emphasis on developing their facility as actors, dancers, vocal technicians and improvisers, musical theater exploration leads to teamwork, respect, and a sense of belonging. Students will be mentored by some of Seattle’s best working professionals, many of whom grace the stages of Seattle’s biggest theaters. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends $400 per session

Email to register:

Its time to register for Dance camp! This year dance camp will run July 13th, 15th and 17th from 9:00 am-12 pm. Students will learn three dances that they can perform behind our Holy Rosary float in the West Seattle Hi-Yu parade on Saturday, July 18th! Cost is $125 per child. A light snack and juice will be provided. To register please download and complete this registration form and turn it into the main office before the last day of school. For questions please email Miss Angel at

Kennedy Catholic is offering a variety of volleyball camps for girls going into 2nd grade up through 10th grade. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Hola! Ni Hao! Konnichiwa! Summer is almost here and we’re excited to offer immersion camps in Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese. This year, we’ll be exploring exotic destinations, stories, and celebrations from around the world. Our dynamic teachers will lead campers in crafts, games, cooking, science, drama and outdoor play. Camp is a great opportunity to continue language over the summer, or to try something new! Week-long camps are offered at Phinney Neighborhood Center, Mt. Baker Community Center, or in Bellevue from June 22 through July 24.For more information and to register for camp, visit us online at Contact us by email at or give us a call at (425) 274-5188 with any questions. Register by May 20 to reserve your spot!

Pecado Bueno West Seattle needs you, and maybe a friend for part-time work. You will start at 10:45am and be done around 12:30 pm, five days a week, excluding holidays. The person or persons (might be better for two people to take this on together so you can maintain your very flexible schedule needs) will help package a lunch delivery (no handling of direct food items) then deliver it to a one or two block area of downtown, no need to wait for payments just drop and go, and then you are done for the day. Drivers need insured car (large hatchback, wagon, minivan or SUV) and a smart phone. We will pay you $50 each day, approximately $12,350 per year. These deliveries are set up a week in advance so you and your partner can schedule your days in advance. Please e-mail if interested, this is a year-round commitment. Another reason to do this with a partner is to have the possibility of time off during the summer breaks and for family needs.

Holy Names Academy is offering a variety of summer camps. They are offering the following five camps: basketball, crew (rowing), soccer, volleyball and coding. Here is the link for the HNA website for links to the individual sign up forms and for more information.

Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • 5/15 – Talent Show
  • 5/30 – Baccalaureate Mass & 8th Grade Dinner
  • 6/4 – 8th Grade Graduation
  • 6/9 – Kindergarten Graduation (Last Day of Kindergarten)
  • 6/10 – New Parent Orientation/Kindergarten Round Up
  • 6/11 – Noon Dismissal
  • 6/12 – Last Day of School (dismiss after Mass 10:00 am)