Family Communication 02/13/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this email finds you well, this second week in February!

As a reminder, we will dismiss school at noon on Friday and there will be no school Monday or Tuesday.  Many of you have asked about our school calendar for next year.  We cannot officially release the calendar until it is approved by the Office for Catholic Schools in March.  To assist with summer planning, I do want to share that we will have a pre-Labor Day start, likely Monday August 31st or Tuesday September 1st.  This is because Labor Day is so late this coming September.  

More to come when the calendar is released. Have a wonderful long weekend!

In Christ, 



Almost 10 years ago, Archbishop Alexander Brunett ordained me to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood.  Yesterday we laid him to rest. Two weeks before he died, he celebrated his birthday.  A resident at Mt. St. Vincent, his birthday wish was to go to Mass, a man of great faith until the end.  Unfortunately, due to age and infirmity from his stroke seven years ago, he wasn’t able to get to the chapel in time for the 9:30AM Mass I celebrated there.  So later that day I arranged with one of the volunteers to celebrate Mass in his room.  Though he had started to decline physically and mentally, he remembered every prayer and gesture of the Mass.  It was a beautiful celebration, one of the Masses that I will always treasure.  At my first Mass, I joined him.  In his last Mass, he joined me.  May he now rest in peace.  
May we always be grateful for those who have shared the grace of God with us, and may we always share His grace and love with others.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


Student Safety To And From School

In the past two weeks, there have been a number of child luring attempts in the greater Seattle area.  The West Seattle Blog reported on 1/30/20 a child luring attempt near Fairmount Park Elementary.  There were two attempts in the Newcastle area around the same time.  KOMO news is also reporting two attempts within the last week near Hawthorne Elementary in Columbia City. 

I wanted to share these safety tips the West Seattle Blog published and ask that you speak with your children, especially if they walk to and from school, about safety, awareness, and strangers.

General Safety Tips:

Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid “automatic pilot.”

Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.

Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.

Stick to well-lit areas.

Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.

If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and run in the opposite direction- get home, back to school, or to a public building and ask for help.

Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.

Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.

Always plan your route and stay alert to your surroundings. Avoid shortcuts. Walk confidently. Scan your surroundings and make eye contact with people, do not talk to strangers.

Avoid distractions like cell phones and music while walking.  

Walk with a buddy or in a group at all times.


  • February 14th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 17th – Presidents Day – no school
  • February 18th – Mid-Winter Break – no school
  • February 21st – Bingo Bash
  • March 13th – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 14th – Auction
  • March 20th – Noon Dismissal


Valentines Free Dress

To celebrate Valentines Day, students may wear red, pink or white on Friday.

Noon Dismissal

School will be dismissed at 12pm tomorrow (2/14). There is no school on Monday and Tuesday (2/17 & 2/18) for Presidents Day/winter break.

Catholic Schools Week Bookmark Competition

Thank you to all our students who participated in the Catholic Schools Week Bookmark Competition this year.  We were blown away by the time and creativity put into each entry, and it definitely made it hard for us to choose a winner.  The winning bookmarks will be on sale for $1 each in the front office and the proceeds will go to benefit our Uganda mission. Take a look at the work of our talented students. Bookmark Winners       Honorable Mentions


Bingo Bash And Bingo Blast

It’s back!! Mark your calendars for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm. It’s your chance to drop off your kids for a night of fun while you enjoy a break. Kids enjoy pizza, snacks, prizes, music and, of course, lots of BINGO!! Sign up here

Holy Rosary students look forward to this event all year. Bingo with the Teachers has been the highest grossing auction item for the past 10 years!!! 

Students in grades K-4 will gather in the gym for Bingo Bash. Tickets are $30.00, all-inclusive. Billed through facts. 

 Students in grades 5-8 will gather in the school hall for Bingo Blast. Tickets are also $30.00, all-inclusive. Billed through facts. 

Both events occur simultaneously from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm so you can sign up all your HRS children and enjoy some time to yourself. *However, please be sure you or a designated adult signs your child in and out of the event!! We encourage carpooling, due to the large number of attendees. Thank You for your help on this matter.

Sign up all your children at once using this link: Sign up here! (no paper sign-ups this year). 

Also, we will not be able to take walk-up registration. In fact, Bingo Bash/Blast registration will CLOSE on Saturday, February 15th in order for staff to have an accurate count in so we can prepare food, prizes, etc. Thank you!!


Development Directives
Crab Dinner

This past weekend Holy Rosary School held a Crab Dinner. It was a wonderful evening of community building! Thanks to the Tucci Ringstad family for a great time.

Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

We are happy to share with you a photo memory of your day provided by Gail Ann Wodzin, who has been supporting Holy Rosary School for many years.  Please send this link to your family and friends that attended or better yet download for them.

Download your complimentary photo from the event here.



Auction Update

Key Details:

Date: March 14, 2020

Location: Brockey Center, South Seattle College

Tickets: On sale HERE

Volunteers: The AUCTION VOLUNTEER sign up genius is live.  This is a huge volunteer event.  More positions will be posted so keep checking back.


February 21: Bingo Bash

February 27: Online Auction Opens

March 1: Online Auction Closes

March 3 – 5: Online Auction Item Pick-Up (times vary)

Cash for volunteering: Did you know that some companies match your volunteer hours with cash donations?  A few that come to mind are the Gates Foundation, Microsoft and Starbucks.  Check with your HR Department to see if your company matches volunteer hours.

Matching Funds: Don’t forget to apply for matching funds through your company’s HR Department. It is usually a quick and easy online form. Last year HRS made nearly $50,000!



Holy Rosary 5th-8th Grade Baseball

CYO baseball – 5th-8th grade registration is open. Scroll down the registration page past basketball and volleyball. This is CYO so if you haven’t played in a couple years, are already on a league team – no worries.

Time commitment – (optional practices) Games on Sunday!

Cost is $110, which includes Jersey and hat.

7th/8th graders – Click here for more information or contact Nathan Thomas at 503-956-7910


Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus is very similar to vacation bible school, but so much more! Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith. For more information and to register, visit our website at

Dates: August 2 – 7, 2020
Location: Holy Rosary Parish
$35/child (Grades 1-6)
$25/youth (Grades 7-12)
Discount: The total cost is $80 for families that register 3 or more kids
Register online at 
Totus Tuus Contact:
Bridget Bicek
206-937-1488 ext. 299

Opportunities for Adults

Mark your calendars for our Lenten Mission with Fr. Bartholomew Hutcherson, OP on the theme of “Metanoia: Ongoing Conversion”.

  • March 21-22: Fr. Bartholomew will preach all weekend Masses
  • March 23-26: Morning Mission session follows morning Mass, with confessions following the Mission session
  • March 23-26: Evening Mission sessions preceded at 5:30pm with Adoration and confessions; Mission sessions begin at 6:30pm

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Inquiry – Do family or friends ask you about Christianity or your Catholic faith at this time of year? Invite them to Inquiry: an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is also the starting point for anyone interested in becoming Catholic. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 11. Our topic will be “Does God Love Me?”
  • Bible Study – We’re studying “The Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible” with Dr. Brant Pitre. There’s still time to join our Bible Study community! For more information and to sign up, please see our website: 

For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Peter Damian. In the Tenth Century, both Church and European society were becoming increasingly corrupt. Peter Damian was a scholar who became a diplomat and a reformer of monasteries, even an advisor to popes, as he tried to rein in the greed, lust, and ambition of leaders in both the Church and city-states of Italy. As a corrective to excessive indulgence, he promoted voluntary austerity: prayer, fasting, and penance; but he also recognized human limits, and invented the siesta. We can follow his example by increasing our self-discipline in one small way this week, and offering our growth in virtue to God. His feast is February 21


Youth And Social Media Presentation

On Thursday February 20th, Kennedy Catholic Parent’s Club is excited to host Ms. Kelly Crouch, Strategic Advisor with the Seattle Police Department.  Kelly is well-versed on the topic of Social media and all the positive and negative implications for our kids.  Although the Internet is an amazing tool we use each day for fun, school and work, this presentation will look at the unintended consequences of our actions on-line and ways to avoid them.  Kelly will help parents understand more about the social media our kids are using and provide tips on keeping them safe. Please join us in the Kennedy Catholic Library from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday February 20th.

A Child Becomes Summer Camps

Check out the 6 sessions of Summer Camps being offered this year. Don’t wait! Sessions fill up quickly.

WSHS Volleyball Camp

West Seattle High School Volleyball Teams will be hosting a one-day volleyball camp on February 22nd from 10am – 2pm in the West Seattle High School Gymnasium to help middle schoolers get ready for their upcoming volleyball seasons!

Boys and Girls 6th-8th grade are welcome!! The cost of the camp is $35 (paid at the camp on 2/22) and includes 4 hour of fun learning of volleyball skills and strategies as well as a camp t-shirt. Please email West Seattle Volleyball Coach Abby West at Space is limited.

Finding Peace at the End of Life

Catholic Perspective on Dying – The Holy Rosary Voices for Life ministry group is hosting a presentation addressing end of life issues from a Catholic perspective. Whether you are thinking of your own end of life care, or that of a loved one, feel free to bring questions.  Our speakers, Cathy Nilon and Pam Sipos, are dedicated workers in this field at Providence Mount St. Vincent, and Cory Baker is a chaplain at the University of Washington Medical Center.  Tuesday, March 10, 6:15-8:00 PM. (program begins at 6:30PM). Questions? 

Fertility Education & Postpartum Doula Services

Holy Rosary School parent Ann Baker is a trained Symptopro Fertility Educator (Natural Family Planning method) and a DONA trained doula specializing in postpartum care.  Visit or contact Ann at (206)880-3455 for more information about classes and doula services.

Registration For Southwest Lacrosse Club Open

The Southwest Lacrosse Club is a growing club that offers boys (3rd/4th grade; 5th/6th; 7th/8th and high school) and girls (3rd/4th and 5th/6th), as well as a co-ed, non-contact team for K-2nd grade. The club is planning to field two boys 3rd/4th and 5th/6th teams this year, and is pushing to increase girls participation, particularly for the 3rd/4th team (click here for a flyer about the girls teams).  Please visit the club website for more information about the club and to register.  Go Titans!

3 On 3 Youth Basketball Tournament

The Salvation Army of White Center is hosting a “3 on 3 Youth Basketball Tournament” for Kids 3rd grade – 8th grade.

No matter your skill level, grab your shoes and your friends and come join!

Day:     Saturday, March 7th

Time:   9am – 4pm

Place:   Salvation Army of White Center (9050 16th Ave SW, Seattle, 98106)

Cost:    $10 per team

CYO Summer Camp Registration is Open Now

Give the gift of fun experiences and lifetime memories.  CYO Summer camp registration is open!

West Seattle Music Studio

In home guitar and piano lessons for children and adults. Beginners are welcome. Classical/Rock/Jazz. Twenty-five years of experience performing and teaching. Call Lizette at 206-349-5499 or