Family Communication 05/28/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
It is with great sadness that I share with you that our beloved former teacher-librarian Sue Harris died peacefully on Saturday May 23rd after battling cancer for the past few years. Sue died at home surrounded by her family, who were the center of her world. To the end Sue was a faithful mother, grandmother, friend, and daughter of God and of the Church. We have missed her presence in the school these past few years, and will miss her even more now. 
Sue literally spent her entire life connected to and dedicated to Catholic education. She herself attended Catholic Schools, attending St. Paul grade school, Forest Ridge High School, and then Seattle University. She dedicated countless summers during her youth working at Catholic summer camps, and often shared her fond memories of those days. Sue met her dear husband Joseph one summer while working at Camp Gallagher. 
Sue joined the Holy Rosary Community where all five of her children attended our school. Sue was a very active volunteer from the beginning and continued doing so throughout the time all of her children attended school. In fact, when her youngest CJ was born, she did not skip a beat when it came to her volunteer responsibilities. She just brought CJ to school with her, dropped him off in then Principal Kris Brown’s office, and went about her duties volunteering in the classroom and on the playground.
Sue later joined the Holy Rosary Staff as a Kindergarten aide and then became our devoted teacher-librarian where she served our community for 26 years, earning her Master’s Degree along the way.
Something truly noteworthy: Mrs. Harris actually read most of the books in our library, always proving to be a fabulous resource for all things related to Children’s literature.
After her children graduated, Sue began an annual senior high reunion where 8th grade alumni gather together each year before graduating high school. This tradition still continues today. It is an incredible opportunity for graduating seniors to come back together and reminisce about their grade school days before going their separate ways, all because of Sue’s care and inspiration.
Sue was always a teacher leader. Whether it be accreditation, media literacy, technology or as a CYO boys’ basketball coach, she always found herself in a leadership role, both at the school and in the larger Archdiocese. Sue was a founding member of the Catholic Archdiocese Librarian’s Consortium. In 2018 she was awarded the Champion of Holy Rosary School Award because of her unwavering dedication to literacy and to the facets of Catholic education. Sue filled thousands of young minds with a joy of reading and learning and was an inspiration as she lived a life of faith filled service.  
She will be missed tremendously and I am grateful to have been able to call Sue a friend, colleague, and mentor. Funeral arrangements will be shared at a later date when it is safe to hold large group gatherings.

Eternal rest grant unto her  O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.  Amen.
May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

In Christ, 


Yesterday Governor Inslee issued his rules governing the resumption of public worship.  Being deprived of the Eucharist has been one of the hardest parts of this time for many.  The staff and I will now be writing the required comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan for the Mass, the other Sacraments, reopening the office, etc. The Governor’s Order requires this comprehensive plan to be in place before restarting Masses, and the Archdiocese is asking our local Dean to approve it as well.  It isn’t as simple as just opening the doors again – we have to make sure that we are doing so in a way that manages and mitigates the health risks as much as possible. This will take a little bit of time to put together.  The Governor has indicated that in Phase 2 we can resume indoor Mass with a limited capacity of 50 – so we have a little bit of time.
Because of the capacity limits, we will be using a reservation system for people to sign up for Masses, and will also have several volunteers at Mass who help sign people in and manage the social distancing during the various movements of the Mass, especially Communion.
We also know that some individuals will not feel comfortable coming back for some time because of their own personal risk level.  We will continue to livestream the Masses, and are looking at mounting a permanent system in the church, which we can also use for the Christmas program, Grandparents Day, graduation, etc.   
If you would like to help in any way organizing our resumption of Mass, volunteering in this new model, or have a particular knowledge or industry access for our audiovisual undertaking, please reach out to Paul Dolejsi as this will take a fair number of people to do well. 
Stay tuned for more information, and I will see you soon!

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


This week I want to give you some important resources on grief. Our staff is grieving the loss of a dear friend, Sue Harris, who was a beloved member of the Holy Rosary community, and on staff for many years. During this time I know some of you have lost loved ones, and have gone through loss and grief in many ways.  We have been impacted with stress and loss through a prolonged stretch of uncertainty, and I want to give you some tools for kids, family, neighbors, and yourself. 
Grief comes in all shapes and sizes, for reasons big and small, and supporting each other is the most important thing we can do to show love right now. When we support others it lessens our anxieties, builds our relationships, encourages emotional health, and gives us a better sense of well being.  So reach out to that person you have been thinking about, it will be good for both of you!
The first website can be used to support kids. I really like that you can walk through tips for different ages, and it is set up as a short class for parents and caregivers. Listed below it are several more websites to visit with a wealth of information. Remember that any time people talk about any stages of grief, they are general guidelines to help support what many people go through, but they are not carved in stone. Your grief is as unique as your loss, yet you are not alone. There is a community for you.

I want to encourage you to not lose HOPE! I learned quickly when I moved here that Seattle and the Holy Rosary community is resilient, strong, and resourceful. You will get through this. A mentor of mine gave me this verse when my younger brother died in a car accident, and I want to share it with you. 
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” -Revelation  21:4
Selena Borne ~School Counselor


Preschool-8 Materials Drop Off And Pick Up

On Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th, we will be collecting school materials that the students have taken home and RETURNING their personal items. This will be an involved process as parents and students are not able to come into the school at this time. To assist everyone in social distancing, a staff member will come to your car to collect textbooks, library books, electronics, CYO uniforms and anything else your child’s teacher has requested. You will then be given a bag with your child’s items. Below, you will find your assigned time listed by the first two letters of your last name. We ask that you arrive during your 30-minute window and park in front of the school.  Please have your child’s school items in a bag labeled with their name.  If you have more than one child, please put their items in separate bags labeled with each of their names. You will receive more detailed instructions from your child’s homeroom teacher. Thank you for your patience during this process.

Thursday, June 11th     Friday, June 12th  
9:00a AD-AR   10:30a MC-MI
9:30a AS-BA   11:00a MO-MU
10:00a BE-BO   11:30a N-O
10:30a BR-CA   12:00p PA-PE
11:00a CH-CO   12:30p PH-Q
11:30a CR-DE   1:00p RA-RO
12:00p DO-EL   1:30p RU-SI
12:30p EN-FR   2:00p SK-SO
1:00p GA-GU   2:30p SP-SZ
1:30p HA   3:00p TA-TU
2:00p HE   3:30p U-WE
2:30p HO-JA   4:00p WH-Z
3:00p JO-KA      
3:30p KE-KL      
4:00p KN-KU      
4:30p LA-MA      
Families Outside of West Seattle

If you are a family that lives ‘off the island’ of West Seattle, either on the other east side of the WS Bridge or in the South Seattle area that would be interested in being put in contact with other families living in your proximity, please email Jennifer Kokkonis (  We will put you in touch with one another, now is a good time to plan for next school year.

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.

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.

7th Grade Missionary Disciples

This year our 56 7th graders participated in the Missionary Disciple Institute program. Students chose to research the needs of immigrants and to make a response as a class. Despite our Covid isolation, we were still able to respond as missionary disciples. Each student prayed for immigrants – there were lots of prayers –  and many students wrote letters to immigrant families through the International Rescue Committee. Students also utilized Amazon delivery to AIDNW, an organization that works with immigrants in detention in Tacoma, and to the International Rescue Committee in SeaTac, providing clothes, toys, Safeway gift cards, and other needed items. It is a blessing during these challenging times, that students and families were able to share God’s love in tangible ways. Blessings on each 7th grade missionary disciple and our families!

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 28th

Wild West


June 2nd

Animals / Animal Print


June 10th

Wacky Hair / Facemask /”Masq”erade ball?


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.


The 2019-2020 yearbooks have arrived! Eighth grade received their books earlier this week in a surprise delivery. We are working out distribution for the rest of the school and are including a Holy Rosary Quarantine/Distance Learning insert and a Herff-Jones COVID19 insert, because the yearbook was sent to the publishing plant just days before school went “home”. If you did not order a yearbook in the fall and would like to purchase one, email Mr. Barker ( with your child’s name and classroom. Your FACTS account will be charged $30 per book. Quantity is limited so first come, first serve.

Congratulations to our 8th grade yearbook elective, who designed our yearbook using skills they’ve learned in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A yearbook is not only a memory book, but a record and history book, a reference book, and a public relations book; not to mention an educational experience for everyone involved. We hope you enjoy it!


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 Thank you!

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!


Development Directives

Reimbursements for auction expenses must be submitted to Beth Martin by June 12.  Please complete this form and email with receipts.

Remaining TEACHER BOOKS and class BUY BACKS will be available on June 11/12 when equipment is returned to school.

Don’t forget to apply for MATCHING FUNDS through your company. If you need another copy of your auction receipt, please let me know. 

Thank you for all you’ve done for HRS!  If you have any fundraising questions, please contact Beth Martin.

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 Summer Opportunities
CYO camps are, sadly, closed for the summer, but CYO has a plan to Bring Camp Home. Go here to register. There are some fun plans in store!
As summer progresses and we have a better idea of available athletic opportunities in fall, we will let you know. When registration for fall soccer and cross country opens we will let you know.
Questions, please contact Jeanne Flohr, HR CYO Director.


CYO Camp Message

Dear CYO Camp Community,
I hope you and your families are doing well during this unprecedented time. I have spent the last few days drafting and deleting and redrafting this message. I am trying my best to articulate what needs to be said, and to be honest I’m struggling. I have had the pleasure of being the CYO camp director for the past six years. During that time, with the help of countless staff and volunteers, we have revitalized the program, and we were set to have record summer in 2020. Then COVID-19 hit.
We have spent the last month repeatedly redrafting staffing plans, sanitation schedules and camper programs based on constantly changing guidelines. We were holding on to hope that there would be adequate testing and treatment prior to the start of summer camp. As you are all aware, at this point there is not. I consulted with all our health care professionals, the American Camp Association and the leadership of the Archdiocese of Seattle. With their guidance, we have made the decision to cancel summer camps this year.
This decision is heartbreaking for me as the director, but even more so as a parent of campers in our programs. My son has been so excited about camp. This would have been his first summer at resident camp. I haven’t told my kids yet, but I will tonight. Unfortunately, this will be another hard conversation in an endless list of hard conversations we’ve had as a family this spring.
If you were registered for summer camp 2020, you will receive an email next week outlining your options. If you are in the position to donate part or all of your camp fees, we would greatly appreciate that, as this decision does put camp in a difficult financial position. We are also more than happy to apply your funds toward the 2021 summer. We also know this is a tough time, and if you need a full refund, we are happy to make that happen for you.
I know you are disappointed. I’m disappointed too. This would have been our 70th season of CYO summer camps. However, we will get through this. I encourage you to do what we do: lean into your faith during these times.
Yours in Christ,
Shaune P. Randles
Director of CYO Camping

A Child Becomes Summer Camps

Check out the 6 sessions of Summer Camps being offered this year. Don’t wait! Sessions fill up quickly.


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.