Family Communication 04/23/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
It’s auction time!!
I’m thrilled to see our auction launch today and am so appreciative of all of the efforts to move this significant fundraiser to an online format.  Thank you to Beth Martin, our auction chairs, and countless volunteers for all of their efforts.  And thank you to our many sponsors! 
Our auction is our largest fundraiser of the year and this year there are over 125 items to bid on, including some very unique and special class projects.   I know that your family may find itself in challenging circumstances right now.   Don’t worry!  Please know how grateful we are for your participation, as you are comfortable and able. Every bid helps!
It is also very important to us that we continue to support families who are struggling right now, to ensure that all students are able to remain in our school.  Our strong community bonds are one of the reasons Holy Rosary School is so special!  The fund-an-item has changed to reflect this important need and money raised in the fund-an-item, through this portion of the auction, will be used for scholarships for students in suddenly in need for the 20-21 school year.  We are also continuing to raise funds to support Holy Family School through their fund-a-need as well, as their school has also been significantly impacted and is still hoping to complete their much-needed campus updates!
See you at the (online) auction!!
In Christ, 


Every year, we gather and do something incredible.  It is something that none of us can do on our own, but together we accomplish something extraordinary.  This year we will gather in a different way.  Some individual family circumstances have also changed.  And yet together – with our passion and love for our children and our community – I know that the outcome will still be incredible. 
Our auction is an essential part of funding our continuing operations and fostering our work and ministry.  Thank you for your support and dedication as we remain ever united.
This year, we have two special asks – one for individuals in our school community particularly impacted by COVID-19, and one for a neighboring Catholic School whose need is much more long-term. 
“So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.” (Galatians 6:10)
I’ve got my lei out and ready to go for the auction!  I’ll see you online!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


This week I have felt that we are grasping this new normal. Take heart that it will not be our forever. My favorite thing I heard over spring break from another counselor was that this time is, “The First Time Syndrome!”. I know that mantra has been flying around a lot these days. When you start to feel badly, remember this has never happened before in our generation! There is no right way, wrong way, up way, whatever way. There is only adjusting and supporting each other with our best effort.
So keep shame at bay. No good or bad here. Anxiety grows rapidly when we compare ourselves to others. Right now we need to focus on every healthy coping skill we have ever learned, and practice that. Talk to people who encourage you. Watch things that encourage you. Listen to things that encourage you. Do things that encourage you. There will be, obviously some things you have to do that discourage you, but if you make a concerted effort in this, you will feel better and more aware of what things you are allowing into your life.
A lot of anxiety is rooted in worrying about the unknown and waiting for something to happen – coronavirus is that on a macro scale.  Right now it is important to take one step at a time, and one day at a time.  Think of the things you are grateful for today and cling to those things. Below are simple steps that help to reduce anxiety on a daily basis to get us back on track after break.
1) Maintain a routine
If you’re not used to working from home, you may find the transition challenging. Creating a new “normal” routine will help you get into the right mindset, feel more productive and keep the boundaries between work and home from blurring. Designate a work area. 
2) Take reasonable precautions, but don’t go overboard
Use only reliable sources of information to inform and make a plan for your health habits. As hard as it is, it’s important not to give into compulsive behaviors. Follow the rules you’ve made in advance, so you don’t let anxiety dictate your behavior. 
3) Find ways to “get going” 
Now more than ever, you need to tend to your own health. Exercise is an excellent stress-reliever and mood-booster. 
4) Try not to fixate on sleep  
The changes in your usual schedule, coupled with anxiety, can wreak havoc on your sleep. If you’re resting, try not to stew about not sleeping — staring at the ceiling at 2 am will just create a cycle of worry and insomnia. If you find yourself lying in bed wide awake for more than 15 minutes, get up and change the mental channel by watching TV, reading a book or listening to music. 
5) Stick to consistent meal times
Sticking to consistent meal times, rather than stress-snacking throughout the day, can also help you maintain your mental and physical equilibrium. Nourish yourself with healthy foods. However, it’s also perfectly fine to build in some comfort foods, like freshly baked cookies. Now is not the time to start a restrictive diet.
6) Be honest with someone you trust about how you are doing. This is being kind to yourself.
To ease feelings of isolation, acknowledge your struggle with grace for yourself, rather than self-judgment, and recognize that millions of people world-wide are sharing your experience right now.
I am so grateful for this community. Please reach out if there is any way that I can support you, your kids, family, or feedback for me that you feel could be helpful right now.
Selena Borne ~School Counselor



During this time out of school, we still would like to continue our work as Missionary Disciples by supporting our students in Uganda.  If you are able, consider making a donation ($1/child/month, or perhaps consider making your donation for the remainder of the year) through the parish giving portal, OSV.  Visit the Holy Rosary Parish site ( click on “online giving.”  If you don’t have an account, you will have to create one.  You can then make a one time gift to the Daughters of Mary.

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.


Parents Club Service Award

It’s that time again!  We are seeking nominations for the 2020 Parents Club Distinguished Service Award.  This award is given annually to a parent who has dedicated considerable time and service, truly above and beyond, to make our school what it is!  This award is often given to a parent of a graduating 8th grader, but nominations are not limited to 8th grade parents.  Interested in nominating someone?  Send your nomination to Parents Club President Martina Phelps,, no later than May 8th!  

Outreach Opportunity with Quail Park Memory Care Residents

Residents of nursing homes all over the world are having limited or no visitors to ensure their health and wellbeing.  This can be challenging for these older people to not see family/friends.  HRS has a nice relationship with residents of Quail Park memory care facility.  Leadership students made weekly visits during 1st and 2nd trimester, and they developed wonderful relationships with the residents there.  These visits became many residents’ favorite part of the week!  It was truly heartwarming to see.  
Nicole Painter, Life Engagement Director at Quail Park, reached out to me to see if our HRS students (K-8) would want to send a letter to help spread joy and cheer.  Our leadership kids wrote letters since we were not able to visit on our last day, and Nicole said that these letters meant so much to the residents.  She’d love to be able to give these letters out again!  
What you could include in the letter:

  1. A colorful and cheery front of the card
  2. A greeting (Nicole will distribute the cards) “Dear QP resident”
  3. A few things about you: grade, what you’re learning in school, favorite color/holiday/food/school subject/etc.
  4. A couple of questions for the QP resident: What’s your favorite holiday/food/color/song/book/movie/season?
  5. Your first name only and grade (or you can just write HRS 4th grader or HRS student)

How to send:

  • Please make this your return address:

Ms. Horton, Principal’s Office
Holy Rosary School
4142 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

  • Please send the cards here:

Nicole Painter
Life Engagement Director
4515 41st Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116
If you do this, I would love for you to email me a picture of your card or your child and the card.  There are 24 current residents, and it would be awesome if each and every resident got a card.  
Thanks for considering.  I always appreciate the kind and thoughtful hearts of our students at HRS.  These QP residents saw this each week with our wonderful leadership students!


Auction Starts!

The Silent Online Auction is now open for bidding!
Due to school being cancelled for the remainder of the year, Holy Rosary School’s largest fundraiser, our annual auction, needs to be moved all ONLINE.  The great news is you don’t need a ticket to attend.  EVERYONE IS INVITED!
Today have your HRS student(s) dress up in Hawaiian attire for any scheduled ZOOM meetings. Then share those picture on the HRS facebook page.  On Saturday, parents get your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts on.  All those that tag HRS on facebook (HolyRosarySchoolWS) on Saturday, in your Hawaiian attire, will be entered to win a Shug’s Soda Fountain gift certificate.
Silent Auction
Thursday, April 23 (9AM) – Saturday, April 25 (two closings 6:30 & 7PM)
Over 100 items up for bid
Live Auction
Saturday, April 25 (7-8PM & 8-9PM)
Two closings each with over 15 items
Class Projects are in the 8-9PM closing
Fund A Need
All proceeds from this online Fund A Need will go towards providing scholarships for those students in our community whose families are facing financial hardships. We are blessed to be a part of an amazing community at HRS and communities take care of one another, so join us in supporting the Fund A Need this year. In addition, the Fund A School will support our neighbors 4 miles south at Holy Family School.
In the meantime, if you have questions please contact Beth Martin at or visit

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.

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Along with all of you, we are carefully watching the updates on Shelter-in-Place policies in Seattle and across the state. Currently, West Seattle Golf Course is closed as it not deem as an essential business. We have been in communication with the Golf Pro and have committed to making a decision about our date 2 weeks prior. We will send a broader update after Monday, May 4th which is also the current Shelter-in-Place end date (subject to change). While we technically have an open registration site available, it would be easier to wait until we have a solid plan to begin that process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Stay well and safe!


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


Holy Rosary Summer Camps – Cancelled

Unfortunately, Holy Rosary Summer Camps have been cancelled. For those who have already signed up, you have not been billed.

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.


Totus Tuus is Cancelled 

Due to COVID-19, the Diocese of Portland will be postponing Totus Tuus to the Summer of 2021, therefore Holy Rosary will be cancelling the 2020 Totus Tuus summer program. Holy Rosary hopes to offer this program in the Summer of 2021 and will have more information on our website come Winter of 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Bicek at

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 website, 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!


Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. 
We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton Helping The Hungry In

This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

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. 

The Grove West Seattle Inn & Alki Lumber

Both The Grove and Alki Lumber currently remain open as essential services during our normal business hours and we’d appreciate the support. We follow guidelines for sanitation and distancing and Alki offers will-call with curb side pick up (customers do have to sign in person for credit card purchases) and local delivery options are available. 
                                                                  Alki Lumber                                              The Grove West Seattle Inn
                                                                  M-F 6:30 to 4:30                                       206-937-9920
                                                                                                 3512 SW Alaska St.
                                                                  4422 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.
Thank you,
James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC
3618 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Office (206) 898-9366
Fax (888) 506-5242

Doyle’s Automotive Service

4607 37th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126      (206) 935-2600
We are open as automotive repair is an essential service during the stay at home. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours will be M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

  • Dropping your vehicle off: Please use the after-hours box (envelopes and pens provided, or use your own if you prefer)
  • When your vehicle is ready: We will call you to make arrangements
  • The only payment option at this time will be credit cards over the phone

Please feel free to call us with any questions: 206-935-2600. We appreciate your business; we are glad we are able to stay open during this difficult time for our customers. Please stay healthy and safe out there.
~Jon and the employees at Doyle’s automotive
Early Bird Night Owl Box Instructions:

  • Park your vehicle on the street or in front of Doyle’s (please do not block the access doors)
  • Inside the box, you will find envelopes & pens (or use your own if you prefer)
  • Follow the instructions on the envelope
  • Put your vehicle’s key in the envelope, slide the envelope thru the mail slot located in the big door

Tips for car care during Stay-At-Home Order

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.

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PM
Weekends 7AM – 4PM
We are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website

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