Family Communication 03/26/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We’re in our second week of remote learning and I do hope things are settling, as best they can during these ever-changing and uncertain times.  

We’re continuing to learn each day about how to refine and improve our remote learning experiences and are so grateful for your partnership right now.  Please tell your kids how proud I am of each of them and what incredible learners they are to be working so hard from home!  And I absolutely know how hard you all are working as parents too- so thank you for all of your support.

A few updates as of today:

1)  Report cards will not be mailed home because of the current “Stay Home, Stay Safe” mandate. Homeroom teachers will email them to families next week.

2)  We have decided we will continue with the planned Spring Break in the calendar.  While there may be  some work that spans the break as may have happened had we been in school, we will pause our daily remote learning instruction during Spring Break so families can celebrate Easter. 

3)  It is looking like the State Board of Education is going to grant private schools who are participating in remote learning a waiver for the lost instructional time due to this prolonged closure.  If it all falls into place as I expect, we should be able to end our school year on time.  Now let’s just pray hard that we get back to school on April 27th!

You all will remain in my heart and in my prayers and I am counting down the days until we see each other in person.

In Christ,



I talked to a few students this week, and they all said the same thing.  These children, who often pray for snow closures and long for breaks, want to be back in school. These days are difficult – for our children, and for all of us.  There is much we can’t control or change.  But the question is, what will be our response?  Give into temptations for despair, discouragement, fear and all the rest, or do what we can to celebrate and live in and fight for the goodness of our lives and families which is always there.
The words of Samwise Gamgee have been running through my head these past few weeks, only partway through his journey with Frodo to Mordor, and I think he provides some true wisdom for us all:
“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something. That there is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland

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.


This week I have been thinking so much about all of the kids! It has been so fun to see the videos from the staff, the Zoom calls, emails, and FaceTime opportunities. I was reading many articles about the fact that we keep saying ‘social distancing’, but in reality it can be ‘physical distancing social connectedness’.  That is a mouthful to say, but fits the theme of taking this time to stay connected while really focusing on the family.

I have also been thinking a lot about the students overall well being, and how we, as a staff,  are here for you as resources to help. Many of the subjects that they are not being able to participate in have been taken away. I highly urge you to check our specialists web page for more information on how to incorporate art, music, movement, reading, and language during the week.  All of them are SO important for our kids overall emotional health. You can contact each one of our specialists directly to ask questions, get ideas, and extra guidance.  

I know that many kids and adults are anxious right now. Please reach out at any time to talk about your child. I have been setting up phone calls and FaceTime with kids to check in on them too. Two websites that have legitimate information regarding children and our current crisis is the National Association of School Psychologists and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

If you have Instagram Mrs. Helling and Mrs. Weythman are posting resources on there as well! Their handles are: @hrs_library @holyrosaryschoolart . Our school handle is @holyrosaryws . There will be updates throughout our time at home, and is another way to stay connected.

I miss the kids terribly, and am sending love and prayers your way,

-Mrs. Borne

Selena Borne

School Counselor


Come To The Scholastic Book Fair … Online!

Even though our school is not open, we want the Book Fair to be available for our students and parents to get great books! Online shopping is available from March 26th through April 8th and our school benefits from every online order. All orders will ship directly to you, and book-only orders over $25 will ship free to the shipping address that you designate.  So please support the Book Fair and our school.  You can start shopping by clicking on the link to our book fair homepage and then clicking on the SHOP NOW button.

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 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!


Amazon Shopping Portal

A lot of us are ordering online these days, please shop through the school’s smile program link.  Bookmark on your browser:

0.5% of your purchase price will be directed to HRS.



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


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.

CYO Summer Camp Registration Is Open Now

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

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. Isidore of Seville. Perhaps we should pray to St. Isidore more these days, since he is the patron saint of the internet. His Etymologiae, compiled around AD 625, was the first serious attempt to collect all the information known to humanity in one place, and to link it together through cross-references. He reminds us that truth and understanding is one of the ways we connect to God and to each other. As we use the internet to work, to play, and to keep in touch, let’s be grateful for this powerful tool we have, and use it according to the love and truth that unites us in God. St. Isidore’s feast is April 4.

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:

  1. Go to in any web browser
  2. Click the “Sign Up” button in the middle of the screen
  3. Click the “I belong to a Parish or Organization” button
  4. 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
  5. Enter your name and email address in the boxes; click the “Sign Up” button
  6. 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 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

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


Helping To Support Each Other

Holy Rosary Families- let’s support one another during this difficult time.  If you own a small West Seattle business that is open to serve others during this time, please send a brief description of hours and information to Kristin Bentler (  We’ll run it in our community section so we can all help support each other during this difficult time. 

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

Add a little sweetness to your time at home with an ice cream sundae making kit!  Visit Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Pop-Up Window at 3800 California Ave SW, on the corner of California Ave SW and Charlestown.  All kits come with ice cream and toppings to create your own masterpieces at home with your families. Thursday-Friday-Saturday 2-5pm Instagram: Shug’s Soda Fountain 

We appreciate you supporting our small family business.

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House offering our beer in 32 oz crowlers to-go or for West Seattle delivery! We also have glassware, shirts, and gift cards.  We are open 3-7 PM Monday through Friday, 12-7 PM Saturday and Sunday.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) or visit our website at for updates and new beers being tapped! As always, we are so very appreciative and often overwhelmed by the community support we have received.  A heartfelt thank you for that.  Let’s keep it rolling.

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

Hand washing
Safe Practices

Experiential Learning

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

WSPA Day Camps

  • 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 or contact Ann at (206)880-3455 for more information about classes and doula services.

Message From CYO Summer Camps

We are starting a new web page 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
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.

~Shaune Randles

CYO Camps Director