Family Communication 04/30/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this message finds you well during this Easter time.
First, I want to thank you all for your incredible support of this year’s auction. I hope you were able to view the video message sent out Sunday evening. The auction exceeded our expectations.  This would not have been possible without each of you, our Development Director Beth Martin, and our amazing auction chairs.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!
I’d like to ask, in these coming weeks, that you keep our eighth graders in your prayers.  We’re moving forward with remote plans to celebrate them, and we longingly look forward to the time we can celebrate them in person.  Many of our graduating students have been with us since our preschool opened, so graduation marks the end of a long journey at Holy Rosary School.  I know they are grateful for the support, love, and prayers.  
Though we’re working remotely, we’re continuing with our planning for next year.  I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve hired Angelene Arciaga to fill our third grade vacancy. Angelene is an experienced Catholic school and third grade teacher, having spent the last six years teaching third grade at St. Paul School.   Angelene is excited to join the Holy Rosary family and we look forward to you meeting her! 
Speaking of planning for next year, I also want to remind you to reach out to me if you find yourselves in a time of financial uncertainty and are worried about tuition for the remainder of this year or into next year.   Even if you’re not positive you’ll need help, but are worrying about it,  please reach out to me to talk (email me at  
Finally, at the last School Commission meeting I shared some thoughts behind the design of our remote learning program and I’ve recorded the presentation for you to listen to.  We thought it would be informational to give you some of the background on the design of our program.  I hope it provides useful information.  Please let me know if you have questions.

A couple of other questions have come up, that I thought I’d address here as well:
Will there be an adjustment to this year’s calendar?
The answer is no.  Part of the agreement in obtaining a waiver with the state is that we adhere to this year’s scheduled days and make all efforts to support continuous learning.
Is there any chance BASE can reopen?
Sadly, not at this time.  Much of our BASE staff falls into a vulnerable group so we are unable to appropriately staff to open up and maintain required social distancing.
In these remaining weeks of the school year know we’re here to support you and your family.  We have some fun things planned- see the rest of this eFC for information on theme dress up days and a virtual field day!
I look forward to the time we get to see each other in person again!!

In Christ, 


I would like to echo Anna’s words of gratitude for all of those who helped make the auction a success – those who donated their time and effort and energy, and those who donated their resources, whether it be auction items, or auction bidding.  Thank you for your incredible generosity which sustains the life and work of our community, as well this year through the Fund a School for Holy Family, that of our neighbors.
Tomorrow is the first day of the month of May, a time dedicated to our Blessed Mother.  On Wednesday, May 13th at 9:30AM, we will livestream Mass with the crowning of Mary and her son Jesus.  This is normally something that we celebrate together every year – and we can this year as well, just in a different way.  You can join in the livestream Mass on our Facebook page.  We are also setting up a parish Vimeo page and hope to be streaming there, as well.  In tomorrow’s bulletin you can find information about celebrating your own crowning of Mary in your home.
Tomorrow, at noon, the bishops of the United States and Canada will join together to renew our consecration to our Blessed Mother, asking for strength in the struggle against COVID-19.  We have long been entrusted to her care, under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception.  If you wish to join in the prayers, you can print the worship aid.    You will note that just as there are prayers for bishops to consecrate their dioceses and priests to consecrate their parishes, there is also a prayer for individuals and families to consecrate themselves and their homes.  You can also join in the prayers live by watching the Archdiocese of Seattle Vimeo page.
May we all experience that same embrace that Jesus experienced, as we entrust ourselves to Mary and ask for her help and intercession.

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


As we reach this mark in our at-home learning, I am really going back and reviewing what Holy Rosary educators were teaching us about growth mindset before we left school. Much of this is seeing hardships as opportunities, understanding that not everyone is given the same thing, but we can ALL grow. Instead of causing division, or sadness, this outlook fosters contentment and inspiration.
While all of us are in the same situation in the big picture, on a smaller scale our households have all been given different strengths and challenges during this time. I think teaching our kids about growth mindset amidst this is going to give them more tools to handle it, and stretch their capacity for a positive outlook.
So what exactly is a growth mindset? Individuals who believe their talents can be developed through hard work, practice, and good strategies- have a growth mindset. They tend to have more contentment and achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset. Those who believe their talents and resources are innate gifts- you either have it or you don’t outlook. We are either doing great or we are not.
While we don’t all feel the same, or start out with everything the exact same… we can have growth and gratefulness from what we do have and what we can accomplish. 

  • Growth says skills come from practice.
  • Growth views challenges as opportunities.
  • Growth replaces “failing” with “learning”.
  • Growth values the process over the end result.

A growth mindset is shown to lower stress, anxiety and depression. We can leave behind a fixed mindset that can often give us ultimatums, definitive thinking, comparisons, and stifle motivation to look on the upside. 
I’ll leave you with one of my long time favorite verses for positive thinking. 
Philipians 4:8, “Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Selena Borne ~School Counselor


Parent Commitment Hours!

Because of the current pandemic, many families were not able to finish their parent commitment hours.  Please document any hours you did complete. The school commission has voted to waive any remaining hours not completed and families will not be charged.

Dress Passes

If you find yourselves with dress passes for this year, hang on to them!  We will honor any 2019-20 dress passes until December 2020.

2020-2021 School Calendar

The 2020-2021 school calendar has been approved and is posted here.  It can also be found on the Holy Rosary School website under the calendar link. Preschool calendar

Safe Environment

Twice a year, all students throughout the Archdiocese receive important instruction through the mandatory Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program.  We were set to provide this instruction in March/April.  With the sudden closure, many teachers were unable to do so.  We’ve been asked to provide this information to families and ask you to discuss this important material with your children.
Here is the link to the box where the lessons are provided:
Click on Parent or Teacher Resources to access the introductory videos.  There are other resources available there as well including an “opt out” form if you choose to not have your child(ren) participate.  These forms can be emailed to
Click on the folder labeled English (or Spanish) lessons, whichever you prefer.  You can access the lessons for your child(ren)’s grade level there.  
Thank you for taking the time to review this material with your children.

Theme days
In trying to keep things fun, staff has decided to implement the following optional dress up days for the remainder of this year.  Join in the fun and send us your pictures!

Holy Rosary Remote Learning Theme Days




May 5th

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta


May 12th



May 22nd

Field Day

Wear your class colors!


May 28th

Wild West


June 2nd

Animals / Animal Print


June 10th

Wacky Hair / Facemask /”Masq”erade ball?

Save The Date For Field Day!

Field Day is coming! We will be having a Virtual Field Day on Friday, May 22nd. More information will be coming soon.
KA-white     KB-blue
1A/1B-red, white, blue
4A-blue,green   4B-rainbow/tie dye
5A-pink, white   5B-blue, green
6A-green.   6B-black
7A/7B-red, black
8A/8B-class t-shirts


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.

Yearbook Distance Learning Insert Photos

Our yearbook is tentatively scheduled to arrive at the end of May. Ironically it contains no information about Covid 19 nor distance learning due to our March 6 deadline. Herff-Jones (our yearbook publisher) will include a Covid 19 insert with this year’s book that has information on the virus, but our yearbook staff would also like to include a more personal Holy Rosary insert with pictures of students learning from home. This is totally optional, but if you would like to send one or two high quality pictures that may be included in our Covid 19 insert, please send to Mr. Barker at We are looking for pictures of Holy Rosary students and siblings working or playing together during this quarantine time including close-ups, unique angles, Zoom meetings with teachers, students wearing their Gator gear, and/or other creative pictures. We will try our best to include a variety of images into our insert. Please send by next Thursday, May 7. Thank you!


School Commission Seeking New Members

The Holy Rosary School Commission is seeking new members for the 2020-2021 school year. The School Commission is an advisory group to the principal and pastor on school policy and long-term planning, and has openings for several new at-large members starting next school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a voice for all Holy Rosary parents, and to be a leader in our school community. It’s also a very exciting time, as we are in the process of finalizing a new strategic plan for the School.

Each School Commission member serves a 3 to 4-year term and hours spent on School Commission business count toward fundraising volunteer hours. For the upcoming year, we are looking for parents with backgrounds and expertise in finance and planning, fundraising and development, diversity, equity and inclusion planning, marketing, technology, or facilities.

The entire School Commission meets one Thursday evening each month between September and May (typically the first Thursday). In addition, each member is also assigned to one or two subcommittees based on his/her background and interest. This subcommittee work is done outside of the regular meeting and includes: 1) Planning & Finance, 2) Fundraising, 3) Alumni Relations, 4) Marketing, Communication & Governance, 5) Catholic Identity, and 6) Buildings & Grounds.

Holy Rosary School Commission members must meet the following criteria:

  • Interest in and commitment to Catholic education and to the School’s philosophy and mission.
  • Availability to attend the Thursday evening School Commission meetings and other periodic events, and to participate in subcommittee work.
  • Willingness to voice opinions and to listen respectfully to the opinions of others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to view issues with the good of the entire school community in mind.
  • Ability to put the interest of the school before personal interest.

If you are interested in joining the School Commission, the application is found on the School Commission section of our school website. If you have questions about becoming a member or the application process, contact any member of the Nominating Committee listed below. Please send all completed applications to by May 22, 2020. Applicants will subsequently be contacted for interviews.

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!


What an amazing auction!

What an incredible four days of community and generosity! Thank you for supporting HRS during the online silent and live auction.  We raised over $250,000 during the long auction season that started in February with our first online auction and ended this past Sunday.  

Included in the $250,000 are proceeds from the Fund A Need, which will go towards scholarships for students in our community whose families are facing financial hardships. The Fund A Need raised $41,000 and counting. 

In addition, the Fund A School supports our neighbors 4 miles south at Holy Family Bilingual School and raised $35,000.

if you didn’t get a chance to support either Fund, it is not too late.  You may donate here, under student name please indicate Holy Rosary or Holy Family. Questions please contact Beth Martin at 

A few notes:

  1. Matching Funds – If your company offers matching funds be sure and submit your auction receipt.  In addition to cash donations, all money spent over Fair Market Value is eligible to be matched.
  2. Distribution – Once the stay at home lifts, you will be notified via email when your items will be available for pick up.
  3. Raffle – As a reminder, no one was charged for raffle tickets this year.
  4. Sponsors – Please support our sponsors, listed on the auction web site.

The winners of the two incentives are:

Angel Cakes mini cupcakes – Jennifer & Jet Lin

Shug’s Ice Cream Family Sundaes – Neil Smith & Lisa Ingalls-Smith

Last, but not least THANK YOU to the auction committee.  These parents started working on the auction in October and still haven’t stopped. HRS is so grateful for your dedication to our largest fundraiser. It truly is a team effort!!!

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

After discussing with the leadership team at Holy Rosary and at the West Seattle Golf Course, we have decided to cancel the Holy Rosary Golf Classic for 2020. The Holy Rosary Golf Classic has always been focused developing community and fellowship within the Holy Rosary family and the current restrictions under which golf courses are allowed to operate make that nearly impossible. It is also a way to help raise money for the Father Mallahan Endowment Fund which is focused on making a Catholic education possible for all those that want to attend HRS. If you are able, you can still support this fund by sending a check to the church or through the online giving portal – using your existing account or the one-time Quick Give option.
We are considering a lightweight version in the summer when more of the restrictions are lifted and we can gather together again. Until then, we want to encourage you to play! Support our friends at WSGC now that things are opening on next week by making your tee time here. Please follow the guidelines set forth by the state and be safe. Look for more information in June if we decide to play as a small group this summer. Thank you all for your continued support of the Holly Rosary Golf Classic. We will plan on doing this again in May 2021! 
 Finally, I want to give a huge thanks to our sponsors Advanced Traffic Control (the Tish Family), Alki Lumber, The Grove West Seattle and Sean Crowder and Allstate Insurance for their support.


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!


Re-consecration Of The United States To The Care Of Our Blessed Mother

Archbishop Etienne will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother. It will  be livestreamed  from the Archdiocese Facebook page on Friday, May 1 at noon. The Archbishop  is inviting families, students and staffs  to join the service from their homes
As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother. Through a collective dedication or entrustment of a nation to Mary, an act of consecration is meant to be a reminder to the faithful of the Blessed Mother’s witness to the Gospel and to ask for her effective intercession before her Son on behalf of those in need.

USCCB On A Coronavirus Vaccine

The USCCB is encouraging everyone to advocate for an ethical vaccine for COVID-19. Bishops recently sent a letter to the FDA Commissioner expressing strong support to develop an effective, safe, and widely available vaccine that “ensure that fundamental moral principles are followed in the development of such vaccines, most importantly, the principle that human life is sacred and should never be exploited.” Read more here and encourage your parishioners to take action here.

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