My message this week is a video message- you can also view it at this link.
Today at 1PM PST, Pope Francis is inviting all of us to join with him in praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. In these difficult and challenging days, and this season of Lent, we are extra mindful of our need for the Light of the Son of God to banish the darkness. It is always easy to see the darkness and be overwhelmed by it. But do we see the Light as well? When was the last time you had this many family dinners together in a single week? When was the last time you had this much time together to play in the yard, read a book or go for a walk? Yes, this new way of living is challenging. Yes, there is a sadness and sorrow with regard to what we are missing out on – for our own sake, and that of one another – as we severely limit our social contact. But there is always goodness, too. Sometimes we have to look harder. Sometimes it is different than what we would expect. But light always overcomes the darkness.
It is not uncommon for children to turn to their parents in times of distress. And so it is in this moment that we turn to our Blessed Mother in Heaven, asking Mary to wrap us in her mantle of protection, to guard and protect us, to heal our wounds, and accompany us through this storm. On this feast of St. Joseph, let us ask the intercession of the patron of the whole Church, as well, that he who so carefully and tenderly watched over Jesus might watch over us as well.
If you need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna or one of the other staff. If you haven’t read my letter from last week, I would encourage you to do so. Know that you remain in my prayers.
Social Distancing is Real and Important!
During this time we all can feel isolated. It can be tempting to gather with familiar people and to feel safe. What we know is that each day the COVID-19 crisis is rapidly changing, and the need for social distancing is becoming more and more important as a way of flattening the curve and protecting those most vulnerable. We are sharing the following information with you in hopes it will assist in making informed decisions for your family on appropriate social distancing. FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype are just a few of the many electronic methods of communication available to stay in touch with people and there are free options available for all of these right now. Please see the following link for important considerations and explanations on this. While this article is opinion, it is from a reputable source and provides good food for thought. https://www.ariadnelabs.org/resources/articles/news/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day/
In late 2019 I was talking to another staff member about the New Year. We talked about how 20/20 stands for perfect vision, and that we could look at this next year with clarity about what is the most important to us. I think this perspective still greatly applies to us in our current situation. We can use this time to self-reflect, realign our priorities, and be grateful for our loved ones more than ever.
I know that teaching from home is challenging… as one of my friends so eloquently put it, “The worst Groundhogs day ever!”. Home schooling myself this past few days I find that I am using what I teach as a counselor… 1. Walk Away 2. Take deep breaths 3. Make sure you are calm 4. re-engage and use your words. HA!
Remember that kids are going to show up different for home, than they would for school. If you find yourself saying, “You wouldn’t do this to your teacher!”. You are not wrong. They probably wouldn’t, and that is ok. They are going to have a lot of emotions and breakdowns. They are nervous and stressed too. They miss their teachers and friends, and every one of them is going to manifest this in a different way.
Use this as a time to have more family meetings around what it means to have patience for one another. Talk about places in your home that everyone knows to go when they need some space. Feel ok sending them there when you see things escalating. Show them they can have a fresh start. Even if it is in the middle of the day, “We are going to take some deep breaths and start over. How can we do that?”. This can help so many kids re-set, as well as all of us adults.
For our sanity as parents I encourage you to get on a text string or email with other parents for support, ideas, and laughs. FaceTime for certain subjects, and break them up together if you can. Reach out to other parents that you feel you could encourage. We have to do what we tell our kids… do the best you can, walk away and come back later, build grit, take a break, put one foot in front of the other, and sometimes just be done for the day.
This is GUILT FREE zone,
Email me any time to set up a phone conference or FaceTime.
NOTES & REMINDERS
Overdue Library Books
Please do your best to keep track of any books that have been borrowed from the school library. They may be returned when school reopens. All fines have been suspended at this time.
Ambassador Families For 2020/21
Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades! Earn some volunteer hours during the summer for 2020/21. Details can be found here.
Volunteer Hours for 2019/20
School Commission will review the topic of volunteer hours for 2019/20. For those that signed up to volunteer for the auction, the auction has been rescheduled for May 9th (questions – contact email@example.com). During this time, it would be helpful to submit your volunteer hours completed so far for the year. You can do that here. Thank you!
CYO Athletics Update
CYO Athletics will cancel the spring sports season, based on the latest recommendation from the CDC to limit events and activities for the next 8 weeks. This includes:
- 5-8 Baseball season is cancelled.
- 4-8 Track and Field season is cancelled.
- 3rd Grade Girls Basketball season is cancelled.
- Coed HS Volleyball season is cancelled.
If you have questions or need more information please contact Jeanne Flohr, CYO Athletic Director for Holy Rosary Cyo@holyrosaryseattle.org.
Summer Art Camp For 5-8th Graders!
Calling incoming 5th-8th graders! Spend a 3-day creative-filled time (June 15th-17th) with Mrs. Helling for an incredible art camp! Stimulate your brain with inventive 2D and 3D art projects. More information can be found here.
A Child Becomes Summer Camps
Check out the 6 sessions of Summer Camps being offered this year. Don’t wait! Sessions fill up quickly. https://www.achildbecomes.org/summer-camps-2020/
CYO Summer Camp Registration Is Open Now
Give the gift of fun experiences and lifetime memories. CYO Summer camp registration is open! www.cyo.camp/summer
Lake Samish Music Camp
An incredible opportunity for music students to participate in an inclusive, rigorous, and fun summer camp experience. Our focus is on improving each camper’s skills as a musician and performer in an inspiring environment. Now in its tenth year, LSMC is an overnight camp where students participate in small and large ensembles and have individualized instruction on their primary instrument by highly qualified instructors. In addition, the camp experience is unmatched in the Northwest with all of the unique adventures that Lake Samish has to offer, including water and nature activities. With an excellent lineup of music staffers, we are excited to welcome students who are ready to learn. This camp is aimed at students who will be starting their second year of study on their instrument and entering 6th through 12th grade. See our website for more information.
Saint of the Week
Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Oscar Romero. One of our most-recently-canonized saints, St. Oscar is the martyr of San Salvador well-known for his commitment to the rights of the poor and the obligations of governments to justice and peace for all people. In this tense and divisive political year, he shows us that our politics must always be formed by our faith – by Christ’s love for all and particularly for those in need. Those of us who are citizens and voters have a responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable to promote what is good and just for all, not merely what is good for some – even when it means going against the tide of current culture or the powers that be. St. Oscar’s feast is March 24.
Free Online Resource for Parents and Kids–FORMED
FORMED is like Amazon Prime for Catholic content! Find videos, audiobooks and podcasts, ebooks, and other inspiring content!
Find daily Lenten reflections, video series on Confession or the Eucharist, or stories of the saints. There are options for adults, kids, or the whole family!
Formed is FREE to Holy Rosary parishioners! If you haven’t signed up for Formed, follow these steps:
- Go to www.formed.org in any web browser
- Click the “Sign Up” button in the middle of the screen
- Click the “I belong to a Parish or Organization” button
- Search for Holy Rosary Seattle or 98116, then click on “Holy Rosary 4139 42nd Ave SW Seattle WA” to select our parish; click the “Next” button
- Enter your name and email address in the boxes; click the “Sign Up” button
- Check your email at the address you gave; you should have a message from Formed with a link to confirm your registration; click the link
This will bring you to the home page of Formed. In the future, just go to formed.org and click on the “Sign In” link for instant access.
Once you have signed up for FORMED on the webstie, you can also download the Formed app for your smart TV, smartphone or tablet from your app store.
This will give you access to the full range of Catholic content wherever you go!
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 https://holyrosaryseattle.org/totus-tuus
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 https://holyrosaryseattle.org/totus-tuus
Totus Tuus Contact:
206-937-1488 ext. 299
Message From CYO Summer Camps
We are starting a new web page www.cyo.camp/bringingcamphome to help you. It will have content and mock schedules for you to use with your family. I know I am personally overwhelmed with the amount of resources I’ve been given without anyone saying this works or doesn’t work. We’ll help sift through this for you and give content that you can use with your family. We’ll also add new content to help you during this time period to bring camp home. If you have ideas/video/content please send it to us so we can share it through direct message on our Facebook account. If you don’t have Facebook please send it firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly at campfire we talk about the circle of family, friendship, and support. I think this world needs more of this than ever right now. We here for you in prayer and solidarity.
CYO Camps Director
WSPA Dancers and Families
In response the the Governor’s press conference today ( March 11th) WSPA will continue to hold classes as usual. High risk groups of Seniors and individuals that have compromised immune systems or live with those at high risk should consider their choices and decide what is best for their families.
WSPA is committed to a clean environment
In response to Seattle Public Schools closure for a we have had several inquiries about offering day camps for students. We are now opening up 35 spots for families that would like to enroll their K- 8 school age children in our 40 hour weekly camps. We do need a minimum number of full day registered camp students ( 15). Feel free to register online and pass this email on to friends or families that may want to take advantage of our offering. Teen age High School Students may contact the office if they would like to volunteer and sign off on volunteer hours. ( 206) 935-3777 or email email@example.com
WSPA Day Camps
- March 16-20th $500
- March 23- 27th $500
- March 30-April 3 $500
WSPA will continue offering weekly camps until schools reopen.
WSPA Day Camp Schedule:
- 8:00-8:30- Drop Off
- 8:30-9:30- Academic Support for school work or craft time.
- 9:30-10:30- Group time ( topics of the day and interactive games)
- 10:30-10:45- snack ( provided by WSPA)
- 10:45- 11:45- Movement/ Acting/ Story- Telling
- 11:45- 12:30- Lunch ( Brown Bag)
- 12:30-1:45- Movie Time ( popcorn)
- 1:45-3:00- Hands on Interactive crafts.
- 3:00- 3:30 – Pick up time.
Additional school work time can be arranged for those in a quiet space
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 www.yourchangingseasons.com or contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org (206)880-3455 for more information about classes and doula services.