Dear Holy Rosary Families,
These longer days bring great hope to me, especially seeing the sunshine!!
Every morning I begin my day with a 7:30 am conference call with the Office for Catholic Schools, where we learn about pertinent issues related to this crisis and its impact on the operation of our schools. Monday, rather than rushing through the business of the day, we began pausing to bring to mind gratitude, or things we are grateful for, especially during this challenging time. I found this to be especially helpful in getting the week off to a good start, and I wanted to share the exercise we went through with you in hopes it may help you and your family. This might be especially helpful if you’re struggling with worry, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty as this pandemic continues. It only takes a few minutes, but I’d encourage you to go through the steps and to do so with your children. It’s really uplifting!!
You all remain in my heart and in my prayers.
Let us Rejoice and be GLAD!
G.L.A.D. is an acronym for ways of finding joy and balance. It works by paying attention to certain positive aspects of life that are around you all the time, but which frequently go unnoticed. Sound easy? It is!
To begin, look over each of the letters to get familiar with what each stands for. Then, use the guidelines below for starting your own G.L.A.D. practice.
G–One Gratitude that you’re thankful for today • This can represent the most basic gratitude, such as having food and water, sunlight, a body that works well enough, a roof over your head, etc. • Your gratitude might also be about appreciating those truly significant things in your life—such as a devoted relationship, meaningful work, a caring community of friends, and robust health that allows you to experience life to the fullest, etc.
L–One new thing you Learned today • This can be something you learned about yourself today, such as noticing an insight or wisdom that you possess. • It could mean having an open attitude so that you can discover something new and interesting about another person (even someone you have known for a long, long time). • This might just have to do with learning a new fact or gaining a new perspective on something—and that might make you happy because it is fun to be curious and to learn.
A–One small Accomplishment you did today • Often, we mistakenly believe that an accomplishment has to be something super-sized. In truth, an accomplishment can be that ordinary act of self-care that you did for yourself or another. Examples might be: – Getting enough sleep. – Not skipping meals and getting enough nourishment. – Getting dressed in the morning . – Doing anything that moves you (even slightly) toward reaching a long-term goal.
D–One thing of Delight that touched you today • Consider anything that makes you laugh, smile, or brings you joy. • This can be a thing of beauty that you notice during the day. – Examples could be hearing a bird chirp, seeing a colorful flower, laughing at a funny joke, tasting food, returning a smile, noticing the pleasant sensation of water on your hands while washing the dishes, etc.
G.L.A.D. Practice Guidelines:
Use a journal, mobile device, or an index card to keep track of those G.L.A.D. items that you notice or share them with another person or your family during dinner! To really get in the practice, try to do this each day for the next week. If possible, try to notice an entirely new and unique gratitude, learning, accomplishment, and delight for each day.
While you can do this daily, you can also do a G.L.A.D. practice on a weekly basis. One important consideration is to write these down and keep them to look at in the future. One idea is to keep your G.L.A.D. items on an index card or some other portable device so that you can write these down the moment you notice them.
Teachers and school staff have this incredible opportunity to make an impact in the lives of the children that you entrust to their care. We all (hopefully!) have those memories of teachers who made a truly lasting impact on us – whether it be through their passion and dedication, their ability to teach the material come alive, those fun moments in the classroom or on field trips, or their personal investment in our lives. We are blessed to have some incredible staff at our school, and in this Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to say thank you to them all for their ministry in our community. I have heard from so many of you how appreciative you are of their work during this time, and I hope that you have taken the time to share that affirmation with them, as well.
I am also grateful to you parents who are helping in an extra way with Schooling from Home right now. At baptism, one of the prayers calls to mind that parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith. While our teachers continue to provide excellent education, there is no question that you are helping out, as well. Thank you for everything you do for your children to show them your love, and the love of God.
I was meeting with a little girl on Zoom the other day and she was showing me how her Wreck it Ralph character was going to give her Lego a lift in his truck. I couldn’t help but think that we are all probably feeling like we could use a little “lift” from all the little “daily wrecks” right now! Hey Ralph give me a lift! HA.
There have been several reminders to me of two very simple, but important tools to use for stress reduction. Breathing and journaling. I know… it is not shock and awe, but they are two of the most important skills (especially learning to take deep breaths), that we can use right now. I ask kids all the time, “How do you take a deep breath?”. Nine times out of ten they breathe in and out through their mouth.
To actually take a deep calming breath you must inhale through your nose and exhale out of your mouth. I tell the kids, “Smell the cake, and then blow out the candles!”. I also use the same imagery with them for hot chocolate that needs cooling. The trick is to do it three times. When you do this it affects your central nervous system and leads your brain to release chemicals that have a natural calming effect. It is one of the THE most important things you can practice with your children, and for yourself for stress.
Journaling is powerful because it combats what the therapeutic world calls cognitive distortions. In real life terms what some people call “negative self-talk,” or “stinkin’ thinkin’”. If you can take a few minutes to sit down, relax, write, and express your thoughts… it can help you and your kids to let feelings out. Journaling releases the emotional valve and gives space to assess what is true and right for you. It can increase positivity. Make it fun by purchasing a new journal and pens for your kids (or yourself!).
Lastly, here is a class for parents online coming soon about sibling rivalry. I just sensed all your eyes go big! I know. Being home this long brings out the very best and worst in siblings. If you have siblings in your home it is worth checking out. I will be doing it along with you.
Here are some free positive thinking journal pages for kids.
https://gostrengthsftp.s3.amazonaws.com/Printables/CompassionJournal_GoZenPrintables.pdfI am REALLY missing all the kids!
Sending prayers and love your way,
email@example.com ~School Counselor
NOTES & REMINDERS
2020-21 BASE registration will open for current BASE families tomorrow. The deadline to register will be May 15th. If your child has not used BASE before, but you are interested for the upcoming school year, email Kristin Bentler for more information. *Please Note* BASE activities and pricing are based on a normal school Fall opening. If government mandated social distancing measures are in place, BASE may not be able to operate due to spacing and logistical issues. BASE 2020/21 Calendar
Faith Family Books!
Next week your children (K-7th grade) will receive directions from their homeroom or LA teacher on how to create their letters to our graduating 8th graders. This is an important tradition and a gift we provide our graduating students. It is usually done in Faith Families at school, but since we can’t do that, we would like students to do this at home (and siblings will be able to work together to complete this important task). You will also receive specific directions on how to get these letters back to us at school. Thank you so much for your help with this.
Library Book Return
Some families have asked about returning library books. You are welcome to return books in June at the time all school materials are returned (still TBD). Or, if you’d like to return them sooner, this Friday from (1-3) and Saturday from (9-11) we will have a cart out in front of the school for library book return. This is during the time that some classes will be picking up additional work materials (grade levels with work for pick-up have been notified by teachers).
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Holy Rosary Remote Learning Theme Days
Wear your class colors!
Animals / Animal Print
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.
1A/1B-red, white, blue
4A-blue,green 4B-rainbow/tie dye
5A-pink, white 5B-blue, green
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 (www.holyrosaryseattle.org) 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.
Room Parent Recruitment
Be a room parent for the 2020-2021 school year! If you enjoy planning and attending classroom parties, parent’s nights out, and spoiling the teachers with birthday gifts, then this job is for you! Room parents fill such an important role in each class and help take a little weight off our teacher’s shoulders. This time spent also goes towards your family commitment hours. If you are interested in being a room parent during the 2020-2021 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at email@example.com. 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org Please send all completed applications to email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
- A colorful and cheery front of the card
- A greeting (Nicole will distribute the cards) “Dear QP resident”
- A few things about you: grade, what you’re learning in school, favorite color/holiday/food/school subject/etc.
- A couple of questions for the QP resident: What’s your favorite holiday/food/color/song/book/movie/season?
- 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:
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. email@example.com. 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!
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
- 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.
- Distribution – Auction items will be available for pick up tomorrow (Friday) for K-4 only. Items will be mixed in with your children’s school work or in a bag/box next to their work.
- Receipts– All cards have been charged and receipts sent, please contact Beth Martin with questions.
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: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-0567736 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.
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. 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
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 PAYouth@Holyrosaryseattle.org
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com | 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
Alkilumber.com 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.
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
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
www.shugssodafountain.com 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 https://www.goodsocietybeer.com 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 ( https://joe.coffee/ ) 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 https://www.westseattlegrounds.com/
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 email@example.com (206)880-3455 for more information about classes and doula services.
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