Family Communication 06/11/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
We have reached our last week of school and I find myself with mixed emotions writing this week’s eFC message.   We have much to celebrate as we end the 19-20 school year!   And then we look to the future and there is uncertainty.   We are wondering how and when we will be able to resume our usual activities?  We wonder when we can return to Mass?  We are experiencing the world events around us and are speaking to our children about issues of race, privilege, and social justice.  I continue to pray for a new infusion of the Holy Spirit that will transform the hearts of many.  And of course, there is some sadness that we are not together to live these shared experiences in person right now.  But I have hope!  God is good and a good and gracious God means there are great things to come.

Last Thursday we held our Baccalaureate Mass and honored our graduating eighth graders with an awards ceremony.  Tuesday, our graduates picked up their diplomas and were celebrated by staff as they drove throughout the campus.  We are especially proud of our graduates this year, the people they have grown into, and what they have accomplished especially given the abrupt turn of events in the spring of their eighth grade year.  It is hard to see these incredible young adults leave us, many after 9+ years with us!  To our incredible graduating families, thank you for all you have done to support our community.  Please know how much you will be missed!  To all of our graduates, please know that you will always have a special place in our hearts and we wish you the best on your next steps in high school.

The last three months have pushed us all in ways we never imagined.  We’ve reimagined teaching and learning in ways we never thought we could.   And we’ve persevered through adversity and have accomplished some pretty amazing things.  I’m so proud of our students and how hard they’ve worked during this remote learning time.  I’m grateful for you, our families and for your tremendous partnership. On behalf of the entire Holy Rosary Staff, we would like to say thank you for all you’ve done to make this last trimester a success!  
As we continue planning for the fall, I want to thank you for your survey feedback.  We anxiously await directives from the state and the department of health.  Once we have those, and your survey feedback, we will begin planning for different scenarios for the fall.  As this summer is a unique one, and it is more important than ever that we maintain open lines of communication, our eFC will continue running throughout the summer.  We will continue the eFC weekly during June and August, and will run a bi-weekly eFC in July on July 9th and 23rd.  Please keep an eye on the eFC for important information.  
Finally, I just want to wish your family peace, rest, and rejuvenation over this summer break.  I encourage all of our students to participate in the summer reading and math challenge and to keep exercising their brains during this time away from school.  If you’re struggling to access books or resources for reading, I encourage you to check out the Seattle Public Library website to access their books and ebooks (  There is a wealth of good reading material available, including some excellent books to read with your child(ren) about issues of race, privilege, and social justice.   I continue to pray for healing, peace, and an awakening to issues of race and inequity in our greater world community and want to restate my commitment to continue this essential work in our school community.  
I hope to see you all for our closing school Mass tomorrow at 9:30 am, streamed on through the Holy Rosary Parish website (
May God bless you all.
In Christ, 

Dearest Lord,
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.
~St. Ignatius Loyola 


“May God, who has begun the good work in you, bring it to fulfillment.”

St. Paul spoke these words to the Philippians (1:6).  They are also spoken by the bishop during the ordination Mass after the promises to the soon-to-be deacon, priest or bishop.  They are words that have come to mind often as we celebrated our 8th graders and their commencement at Holy Rosary this past week.  Ordination, like graduation, is an ending and a beginning – the threshold of what has been, and what is to come. 
I would like to thank all of the teachers and staff who have played such a monumental role in the formation of our graduating class – and the parents, who love and serve not only their own children, but their classmates and friends as well.  The good work is first and foremost the work of God, but one that He invites us to share in, as well.  I am eternally grateful to all of you whose love and dedication and sacrifices nourish the lives of all of our students.  We have much to be thankful for, and these children have bright futures filled with hope – because of you.  May God, who has begun the good work in them, bring it to fulfillment.
I look forward to hopefully seeing you all soon as we reopen for Mass with the start of Phase 2!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Normally at the end of the school year I like to talk about how to have closure for this season of life, and relationship repair. This is a large part of my job with kids, and during this time of all the “togetherness” as a family, I know that most of us need a little closure.  Below are some ways to end the year well and commemorate such a transitional time.  The more the adults in kids’ lives can model this process, the more they will learn from the experience with you. 

  • Sit down and have a meeting about what went well, and new “fun” goals for the summer!
  • During family meeting here are some ideas: 
    • Is there anyone you want to say thank you to? 
    • Is there anyone that you want to say goodbye to one on one before next year? 
    • Is there someone you think you need to apologize to in the family, or something still on your mind? 
    • What are you proud of yourself for? This one is a really good question for everyone in the family to answer.
  • Say a prayer of thanks for the year, pick a family verse, or have a new mantra for the summer. For example, “Forget the mistake, remember the lesson”! Or “Perseverance not Perfection are keys to success”. Little things like this can be surprisingly meaningful for kids going through tough times.
  • End with a household high five, hug, yell, whatever works for you- because WOW we all made it! Don’t just move on, everyone worked SO hard! Take a moment to wrap it up! I promise you will feel good, and so will the kids in your home.

For my closure, I wanted to tell you all how much I will miss Holy Rosary as the Borne family makes the move to be near our family. I have truly loved getting to know your children. I have only gratitude when I think of all of you at HRS. I believe that God has truly blessed and had his hand on this community. My husband and my children are so happy for the life they have had in Seattle because of the community at Holy Rosary. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Please tell your children that I will miss them so much, and how proud of each of them that I am. 

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~Winnie the Pooh

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      


Field Day Fun

What a great Virtual Field Day we had! Thank you to everyone who participated. Take a look at the pictures and videos your classmates sent us.


If you have any reimbursements that need to be turned into the school, please do so no later than Friday, June 19th.  We are nearing the end of our fiscal year and need all reimbursements turned in so we can move forward with the year end processes.

A Virtual Talent Show!

Graduating 8th grader Maya Boswell has offered to create a virtual talent show for HRS students to showcase their talents. If your child would like to participate, complete this form.  It should be emailed to Maya using her school email address which is on the form.  Completed acts can be sent to Maya at the same email address.  If you need to utilize a drop box, contact Maya for access. Entries are due by the end of the day June 8th.  We hope to share the video with the whole school in next’s week’s eFC.  So know that in participating the video will be shared with the whole school.

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


The 2019-2020 yearbooks have arrived! Eighth grade received their books a few weeks ago in a surprise delivery. A Holy Rosary Quarantine/Distance Learning insert and a Herff-Jones COVID19 insert will be included, 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 you can pick one up today or tomorrow. 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!

Summer Reading Challenge

Here is our challenge to each student, parent, teacher, and staff member at Holy Rosary School: make reading a part of your daily schedule this summer by reading for at least 20minutes each day of summer vacation! Use this calendar to keep track of your reading time by coloring in each day you read. You may have up to 10 free (blank) reading days.  Return the completed calendar by Friday, September 4th and you will receive your invitation to our “Summer Reading Challenge Pancake Breakfast”. Challenge calendar will be sent home in students’ report card envelopes.  More information and resources for summer reading can be found on our Library web page.
** IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may have 10 free days for the summer reading challenge.  Meaning they can have up to, but no more than 10 books/dates not colored on their sheet and still will be able to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge Pancake Breakfast in September. **

Summer Math Challenge

Summer is all about fun and relaxation. It is a time to spend time with family and friends and recharge between school years. We hope that you can find some time for math this summer, too! To meet the Summer Math Challenge, you need to complete 15 hours (or 900 minutes) of math over the summer. Hope you all have a wonderful summer! Math Sheets


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.

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 Update

Greetings Holy Rosary Athletes and Families,
We have had lots of questions regarding CYO activities, both camp and athletics, so we want to give you all the information we have at this time. Camps have been cancelled this summer, fall athletics are on hold for the time being as we determine the safest and best  way to continue while meeting state mandated safety measures. Stay tuned!
If you are interested in summer activities to help fill the gap caused by cancelled camp, please go here for CYO Bringing Camp Home activities this summer.
CYO Fall Athletics registration for soccer and cross country will, of course, need to follow whatever plans are set forth by the state to ensure the safety of student athletes and supporters. Once a plan is developed we will let our school and parish families know immediately so you may sign up your athletes.
Coaches – returning and new – we will be in touch with plans once they are communicated. We hope you will be able to enjoy some fall fun with your student athletes.
Parents who are eager to sign up – once available, we will publish information and sign ups.
Student Athletes, please continue to exercise regularly to keep your body in good shape. Physical conditioning will help with mental conditioning too!
Your patience as we all continue to move forward while adhering to practices to keep us all safe is appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Go Gators!
Jeanne Flohr
HR CYO Coordinator


Called to Accompany: Seeking Youth Confirmation Volunteers!

Do you desire to come closer to God and His Church?
Do you want to give back to your parish community?
Do you want to walk with young people on their faith journey?

Holy Rosary Youth Confirmation programThen God might be calling you to serve in the Holy Rosary Youth Confirmation program. This summer, join our online adult volunteer training program, “Called To Accompany” and learn how to evangelize, mentor, and teach middle school and high school students in the Holy Rosary Youth Confirmation program.
Online trainings will be on the following Sundays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm:
June 14 
June 28 
July 12 
July 26 
August 9 
August 23
If you’re interested in learning more contact: Bridget Bicek at or complete the Volunteer Interest Form:

1st Communion Registration Is Open

Sacraments are gifts from God and First Sacraments are a very significant part of your child’s faith journey.  Second Grade is the year in which most children prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion (Eucharist) for the first time.  Our Children’s Ministry Team facilitates Children’s Sacraments for Holy Rosary Parish.  Even with the pandemic that we are now facing, Sacramental Preparation is still ongoing.
If your child has been baptized Catholic and missed First Holy Communion during second grade, you can register them as well for 1st Communion. And if your child was baptized in a different faith tradition and you want him/her to receive Holy Communion, please discuss with Sr. Stella.
Please register your child/children for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion no later than July 1, 2020.  This will allow us to better plan for and to communicate with you in a timely manner information about the parent meetings, classes and sacramental preparation.
To register your child/children click on this link,
For those families whose Sacraments of Baptism, RCIA and First Communion were placed on hold due to COVID-19 we are looking forward to celebrating when we can do so in the future.
If you have any questions, please email Sr. Stella at
We are looking forward to working with your family in the upcoming school year 2020-2021.

RCIA For Children And Adults

Is Your Child Interested in Becoming Catholic and is Older than Age 7?
Holy Rosary Church welcomes all children no matter their age to a life with Christ. The Church prepares older children (age 7-18) and adults for all three sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Those children who have never been baptized will participate in the RCIA process adapted for children and celebrate their sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
RCIA is a special journey for children ages 7-18 along with their families to prepare for Initiation into the Catholic community. For more information or questions about RCIA for Children, please contact Sr. Stella.
RCIA for Children (ages 7-18) email:
Sr. Stella at
RCIA for Adults email:
Robert King at
Baptism for Children under age 7 email:
Deyette Swegle at

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.

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

Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

Add a little sweetness to your time at home with an ice cream sundae making kit! 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.