Family Communication (eFC) 2-19-15

February 19, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter

What is STEM?

STEM is a curriculum, based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM education does not teach these all separately but blends them together as students solve real-world problems, engage in collaborative learning and use hands-on skills.

Why focus on STEM?

These four areas are a key aspect of many careers and currently there is a shortage of graduates who are properly trained to fill those jobs. Projections estimate that by 2018 there will be a need for an additional 8.6 million workers in STEM-related fields. Employment in STEM areas is expected to grow 70% faster than non-STEM fields.

Is STEM all that will be taught?

While these areas will have added emphasis, Holy Rosary firmly believes that students will still need to be proficient in understanding their Religion, Language Arts, Social Studies and the Arts too. Our faith is the lens through which we view all learning and it allows us to decide on the moral value of any project, design or even career path. Graduates will still need to be able to communicate clearly, understand the social/political world that they live in and be skilled in elements of design to be effective in any future jobs; even as a full-time engineer or scientist.

How does STEM fit in with the Washington State standards?

On the first of October 2013 Washington adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards encompass four areas: physical science, life science, earth science and engineering/technology. There is added emphasis on problem solving and designing solutions to science issues. STEM dovetails nicely with this new emphasis.

How does STEM fit in a Catholic School?

Rather than conflict, Catholic values enhance a STEM education. From a Catholic viewpoint, STEM provides a focus for us to appreciate God’s creation. The STEM approach encourages investigation and creativity as responsible, moral, ethical stewards of the world.

How does STEM fit in at Holy Rosary?

We have always had these elements in our school, but there will be an added emphasis on combining them as we work on real-world projects. Project based learning will allow the students to think critically, work collaboratively and be hands-on with their learning. Across the curriculum, students will be trained to be faith-filled, effective communicators, lifelong learners, respectful and responsible students as they bring these aspects to their STEM work. By the end of eighth grade, our graduates will be able to put together diverse content to develop solutions for problems, answer complex challenges and investigate global issues.

Father John’s Newsletter

Lent 2015

REBOOT: A familiar term for all of us with computers.

REFRESH: A familiar term for many things—for example: refresh your beverage.

RESET: As familiar a term as the others in many aspects of life

Why not select one of these, or another similar term, to guide your direction and choices for Lent this year?

The Christian life of faith in God is a wonderful life, though not an easy one to live: we have to grow into it. There are many things in each of our lives that suggest a lot of growing is still needed, but if we are still alive, God is allowing us the time needed.  The world around us has been challenged and tempted by the opposite to the God-Life, from the beginning of time up to today. Jesus came to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is so hard to follow his Way, but he has given us all the support and encouragement we need and continues to do so. All of us baptized members of his Body, the Church, are tasked with reflecting his Way.

When we get off track,

  • like our computer, we have to REBOOT or restart it when it gets messed up;
  • when our beverage goes off, we REFRESH it;
  • when Russell Wilson comes off the field after a bad series, he says that he RESETS his mind.

When our faith is not serving our lives as individuals and in community we can REBOOT, REFRESH or

RESET— choose a word that works for you and can be an easy reminder all through Lent.

Wednesday, February 18, was Ash Wednesday: the beginning of Lent. Make Lent count in your spiritual life this year. Don’t let it pass by without some intentional choices that will help you make the most of it.

Check the bulletin; check the tables inside the church doors; most of all, check your heart to see where it needs rebooting, refreshing or resetting.

Let us journey together.

Fr John

St. Martin de Porres

During Lent, our students will be participating in a variety of service outreach and prayer opportunities. The details for our annual Lenten Brown Bag lunch program with St. Martin de Porres can be found below. Please watch your child’s classroom newsletter and website for details about our upcoming Holy Thursday Service Outreach.  The six weeks of Lent give us ample time and opportunity for service outreach.  Pick and choose the activities that work for your family.

BROWN BAG FRIDAYS FOR ST. MARTIN de PORRES SHELTER will begin Friday, Feb. 27th. Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to bring a lunch or two and a toiletry item on designated Fridays during Lent. These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

**If you are interested in driving a few students to deliver the lunches one Friday in Lent, please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the school office.

Please keep the toiletry items separate from the lunches:

Feb. 27 – men’s gloves

March 6 – men’s socks

March 13 – disposable razors/shaving cream (sample size)

March 20 – no School due to Archdiocesan In-service Day

March 27 – travel size toothpaste and disposable toothbrush (singles)

Thank you!

School Play – FAIRY TALE NETWORK DramaPlay72dpi

Come to our School Play!

Ms. Weythman, Ms. Reuter, and the students of Holy Rosary School’s Drama Elective proudly announce the upcoming debut of their play, FAIRY TALE NETWORK!

Please invite your family members, friends, and neighbors to join us for this very special event, which will take place in the School Hall on the evening of Wednesday March 4 and Thursday March 5, at 7:00pm!

While there is no charge for this event, there will be a suggested donation of $7 per person. In asking for donations, we hope to not only raise money for our school, but also raise funds to help pay for next year’s school play. Delicious treats and refreshments will also be available from our very own concession stand, the Starfish Cafe (run by no other than the Little Mermaid herself!).

Fun & Awesome Art Opportunity: Your child can help us design and make sets for our upcoming school play!

The dates of our school play are rapidly approaching (March 4 and 5 at 7pm). Drama elective students are working very hard to prepare for this event, but we need your help!

Open invite to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to attend the following Set/Props After School Work Parties with Ms. Reuter in the Art Room:

  • Friday Feb. 20 from 3:10-6:00pm
  • Monday Feb. 23 from 3:10-6:00pm

All attendees will:

1) Earn extra credit points toward their Art grade.

2) Enjoy snacks and music while they work.

3) All 8th grade attendees will receive volunteer hours for their time!

If your chiId would like to attend any of these work parties, please send Ms. Reuter an email indicating which date(s) they would like to attend. *Number of attendees at each work party will be limited to 12 students!* Spots will be held on a first come, first serve basis. This is a super special and unique opportunity for your child to express their creativity, learn about set-building, make great art, and have a blast with their peers!

*Note: Self-motivated, hard-working 5th graders will be considered for participation on a case-by-case basis 🙂


Hi Holy Rosary Families,

So far only one parent from our Drama elective class has come forward and offered to help orchestrate the logistics for our School Play’s Concession Stand.

Are there any other HRS parents who stand out in your mind as being fundraiser-savvy and/or having Bake Sale organizing experience? We don’t want to limit our helpers to parents of Drama students: This would be a fabulous chance for any HRS parent(s) to earn volunteer hours. It is also a very exciting fundraiser opportunity for the school!

Father/Daughter Glow Bowl

Mark your calendars for the upcoming annual Father/Daughter Glow Bowl! This event is scheduled for Friday, March 6 from 5-8pm at West Seattle Bowl. Bright yellow copies of the registration form for Glow Bowl were distributed at school for your convenience. There are extra copies in the school office too. Complete and return the bottom of the form to the office with payment. This event fills up quickly. To download a form, go to this page on the school website father-daughter glow bowl form 2015


Tickets to the Auction will be available soon! Save the date! April 25, 2015.

Visit the Auction Page at


To get fundraising hours and help us with the auction, log into the link below. Keep in mind that more shifts will be added, as we get closer.

To sign up, go to:

Auction item donations are closed. Only cash donations can be accepted at this point. Remember that ALL families must give to the auction.

If you did not donate yet, please make a monetary donation of $175 or more via this portal:


2/27 – FRIDAY ALL DONATIONS ARE DUE TO SCHOOL!  Two ways to turn your item(s) in:

  • Bring your physical donations to the school office with your family name and brief item name (in case the label is separated from the item) attached.
  • CURB-SIDE DROP OFF – Friday 2/20 and Friday 2/27.  Auction staff will be at the curb at drop off to take your items.

If you have any questions please contact Charise Addicks or Jody Maas at

Great job team!

Charise Addicks & Jody Maas, Procurement Chairs

Visit the auction webpage for more details at

Extra Recess Patrols.

EXTRA RECESS PATROLS. Thank you 7th grade for covering this short week. Calling all 8th grade families – please use the link below to sign up for the extra recess patrol for next week 2/23-27. 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.


Youth Ministry, Next Meeting February 22 (6th, 7th and 8th Graders)

Our next Youth Group meeting for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders is February 22nd in Holy Rosary’s School Hall from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  Join us for fun, friends, faith and fellowship.  Questions about Youth Ministry…go to our website, or email Ruth Reiser at for more information.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Junior High Youth Rally, March 7, 2015 at St. James Cathedral and O’Dea!

All Parish 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Graders are welcome. Come join 600+ Youth from all over the Archdiocese for an all-day energizing Faith-filled event with games, music, praise, and so much more.  The Rally is from 8:30am-6:30pm and the $50 registration fee covers the entire event, lunch and T-shirt.  Please click on this link to register

For more information about Youth Rally 2015 click on this link:  For more inspiration check out the Youth Ministry Facebook page

IMPORTANT:  On the Registration form, please type in Ruth Reiser as the Coordinator and also select Parish, Holy Rosary-Seattle.  Scholarships are available…please choose “check” as method of payment but don’t pay and let Jennifer know at   For more information about the Youth Rally, you can also visit our Youth Ministry page at or call Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251.


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 10 at the 10:30am Mass. Please contact JoAnn Tobin at or 206-937-1488, Ext. 203 for more information or to register.


Each month, Holy Rosary provides a dinner for homeless teens and young adults. We do this through the Orion Center, which is dedicated to serving homeless teenagers and young adults to help them stay off the streets and complete their high school education. The Orion Center also provides meals, shelter and tutoring. We need help preparing dinner on Thursday, March 5, 1-3pm. Dinner prep will take place in Lanigan Gym, and we need help with making a salad and fruit platter. If you can assist, please contact Chris Dormaier; her email is or call her at 206.412.0168. Thank you for considering!


Want to do something fun and holy with your little girl (aged 5-13)?  Teach her that she is a princess, a daughter of the King!

Daughters of the King: Catholic Princess Retreat

Teaching Girls Their Dignity in Christ and their Place in the Kingdom of God

May 1-3, 2015 * Led by: Camille Pauley

For more information visit:  or call: (206) 274-3130

Community Notices


Seattle Prep Drama presents the Tony Award winning musical Pippin! A cast of 45 talented Prep students bring magic and intrigue to life in this beloved coming-of-age musical comedy written by Stephen Schwartz (creator of Wicked and Godspell). February 20 – March 1, 2015  Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm Sundays 2:00pm.  Tickets available


Volunteer hours needed? The St. Patrick’s Day Dash, a 31 year Seattle tradition, is looking for a few volunteers to work shifts at West Seattle Runner. Duties include registering runners and distributing bib number packets.

This is an approved HRS volunteer shift and will count toward fundraising hours. A great parent/child volunteer opportunity since 7th and 8th graders are welcome to volunteer with a parent. Shifts are in two hour blocks from March 7-10. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation, producer of the St. Patrick’s Day Dash, will donate $1000 to HRS for covering these volunteer shifts at West Seattle Runner!

For additional details and to sign up:


Please see the flyer for the description of Spring Break day camps being offered by MODE MUSIC STUDIOS.


3/4/15 – School Play 7:00 pm

3/5/15 – School Play 7:00 pm

3/20/15 – Deanery Curriculum Day – No School

4/3/15 – Good Friday Noon Dismissal

4/6-10/15 – Easter Break No School

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