Family Communication 06/18/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I hope this message finds you well this first full week of summer break!  Our usual routines for closing up the school are different this year, as we’re in full swing planning for the fall!  Thank you for taking our family survey last week.  You provided very important feedback we are considering as we plan for the fall, and also as we plan for the possibility at some point we may find ourselves back in a fully remote situation. 
You may be aware that the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in partnership with the department of health (DOH), released guidelines for schools to open up in the fall last Friday.  These guidelines are for both public and private schools.  We are working diligently to look at what those guidelines, especially the social distancing requirements, mean for our school size, our campus, and our available resources.  I will continue to communicate with you as our plans for the fall unfold.  The first consideration we’re grappling with is how many students we can accommodate on our campus at once, with our staffing, and given the need to socially distance ourselves.  
I also want to bring to your attention the requirement that all staff and students K-8 wear a face covering of some sort when on campus in the fall.   This decision is not one that we’re making locally, but one that has been required by OSPI and the DOH and supported by the Office for Catholic Schools.  We are awaiting direction on preschool students, but we would anticipate, given the CDC recommendation that those over 2 wear face masks whenever able, this will also be required of preschool students.  In accordance with state guidelines, there will be allowances for students with disabilities that prevent effective wearing of face coverings.  I’m sharing this with you now so you have time over the summer to work with your child(ren) to find out what type of mask/face covering works best and what your child is most comfortable in.  
There is certainly much more to come.  Remember we will continue to run the eFC throughout June, twice in July, and then weekly again beginning in August.  This will be the primary communication tool, so I encourage you to check the eFC each week for updates.  Additionally, a couple of families have asked about the possibility of continuing to pay tuition for next year but making a choice to remain fully remote at home with their children regardless of what our return to school program looks like.  We’re looking at our resources to see if we would have the capacity to run two programs at once (running an in-person program and a fully remote program as well concurrently). I’d like to see how many families are interested in this as an option.  If your family would be interested in this, please email Kristin Bentler ( by Tuesday, June 23rd.  
Thank you all for your continued support.   I wish you all a wonderful rest of the week!  Report cards will be mailed Friday.  
Stay tuned to information from the parish regarding the reopening of public Masses!
In Christ, 


It is with great joy that I share the news with you that the Archdiocese of Seattle has approved our 42 page control, mitigation and recovery plan for the reopening of Holy Rosary Parish for public Masses!  Feel free to hop on over to our parish VIMEO page to watch a video announcement about this weekend.   This week, King County has applied to enter into Phase 2, and we expect that permission to be granted by the state tomorrow as is their usual practice.  In Phase 2 we are limited to 50 people per Mass, so we are opening up tentative reservations for this weekend’s Masses so we are ready in the event of that happening.  You can sign up via SignUp Genius, or for those not adept at the internet, you can email the parish office at or call in at 1-206-937-1488 x200.  Once we get ministers scheduled for future Masses through our MSP program, we will post additional Masses for individuals to sign up.  If you are interested in volunteering as a Hospitality Minister, EMHC, Lector/Sacristan, or basic AV Tech please connect with Paul Dolesji so that we can keep Masses open. 
Things will be different.  Everyone over the age of 2 will have to wear a mask the entire time they are on campus or in the church.  Everyone will need to socially distance and remain 6’ from other households.  But we will be able to be together again for the Eucharist!! 
To help us in our planning, we would also greatly appreciate individuals taking our reopening survey as we look to meet your needs as best as possible.  
We will continue to livestream all Masses since not everyone will be able to come, and there are also those who cant because of their own vulnerability or that of someone in their household.  The Archbishop’s dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place at this time for everyone.  
I look forward to seeing you at Mass in the weeks ahead!!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Congratulations To The Following 7th & 8th Grade Students
7th Grade High Honors (A/A+) 7th Grade Honors (A-/A)
Shelby Hamilton Quinn Bundy
Reese Hansen Daniel Dacanay
Zack Hansen Julianna Flores
Clara Henzke Addison Grienauer
Ava Karman Maks Karman
Eva Kokkonis Adam Kloeppel
Will Martin Katie Leonardo
Molly Newman Jonah Paulus
Oscar Osten Ollie Ricard
Reese Pedersen Nolan Ward
Louella Purdie Vivian Yount
Liz Raleigh  
Catherine Smolinski  
Marianna Sprague  
Jack Strand  
Mia Szalay  
Nick Yanak  
Addison Zeissel  
Jordan Zimmer  
8th Grade High Honors (A/A+) 8th Grade Honors (A-/A)
Sydney Beaty Madeline Burke
Julia Bentler Blake Harris
Alison Choi Jack Henzke
Carter Curran Giorgio Merca
Elena Dolan Matthew Metcalf
Steele Guthrie Ava Petty
Jacob Hartog Tyler Sunderland
Dane Hansen  
Emmy LaFazia  
Grace McMahan  
Eamon Mohrbacher  
Justin Nguyen  
Kyrah Smith  
Drew Velling  
School Supplies

School supplies will be purchased by the school again this year. A supply fee of $50 will be charged per child via FACTS in the fall. We will still ask that a few supplies (headphones, calculators, and  comfort kits) be handled at the family level. Your child’s teacher will advise you of any additional supply needs in August. We ask that in addition to the above items, you also supply your child with a cloth face mask to be warn each day.

Address Changes

Please remember to notify the office of any address, phone or email changes in order to have the most up-to-date information in our school directory for next year.


WestFest, our fall festival, usually draws a huge crowd to campus.  Given it is likely that the social distancing requirements will still be in place this fall, and the fact the city is not issuing any Special Event permits until at least Labor Day, we are sad to say that WestFest is not going to happen this fall.  We do look forward to the time our Carnival of Community can return safely, hopefully in the fall of 2021!


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


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


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.