Family Communication 06/25/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I hope your family is doing well this start to summer and that you’ve been able to enjoy this beautiful weather!
I wanted to share with you where things stand in terms of our fall planning.  Based on the survey data submitted, it is clear that we all desire to have children back in school in a safe way.  It is also clear that families prefer a full day schedule as opposed to a half day schedule.  As a staff, we feel it’s important that we have as much face-to-face instruction with students as safely possible, in case we do find ourselves back out in a remote setting at some point next year.
Based on all of the feedback, in consultation with the Office for Catholic Schools, and other Catholic Schools in our area, we are moving forward with a plan to bring all K-8 students back to school in the fall for full days.  All Catholic schools in our vicinity are also moving forward with the same plan.   This is, barring any unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.  A lot can still happen between now and the start of school, so I cannot say 100% this is the way school will look in the fall.  But we’re moving forward with planning for this scenario and we’re also moving forward with planning for a full remote start, if for some reason we do find ourselves mandated to move in that direction.  
I am sharing this with you now, so you know this is our intention.  I also want you to know that in order to do this,  school will look different.  Because of required social distancing, most grade levels will be broken into smaller groups, pods of sort, spread throughout the campus.  All staff will be working collaboratively to teach our students. This means the structure of the day will look different.   There is just no safe way for us, at this point, to resume business as usual and follow all mandated health and safety measures.   The school structure would remain this way, until it is safe for us to resume things as we had done before.  This plan applies to the K-8 school primarily, though we will also be working to develop a parallel plan for the preschool.
There is much to be worked out and we’re going to be busy all summer planning.  There will be a newer, stricter sick policy, and likely assigned drop off and pick up times so we can stagger screening as students enter the building.  All students and staff will be required to wear a mask or face covering.  Please continue to work on this with your child(ren) over the summer.  
We’re working right now on assessing our space and assigning where classes will go.  It is my hope, if we can make the space work, to run BASE in some capacity, though its structure will also be different. I’ll be able to share more information with you on our planning in July.
Though the prospect of school looking different may seem a bit daunting, I think it’s important to see this as an opportunity.  It’s a chance for us to continue to teach our children about resilience, perseverance, and flexibility. It’s a chance for us to all to bring some routine back into our daily lives, something especially important for children. And it’s a great chance to promote collaboration, creative thinking and problem solving.  
In this light, I am sharing with you a letter written by the Superintendent of Catholic schools, being shared with all families throughout the entire Archdiocese.
Please know you all remain in my thoughts and in my prayers!
In Christ, 


“Life is changed, not ended.”  It is a quote that I often call to mind from a prayer that is sometimes used at Mass.  Life is changed.  Change can be good.  Sometimes change is hard.  There are always blessings and joys that fill our days for which we can be grateful.  Sometimes I have to look harder, past the noise (the emails…the documents and spreadsheets…the piles of work).  Sometimes I don’t feel like looking for the blessings and the joys.  But they are always there.  God is always faithful in His love for us.
This past weekend we reopened for public Masses for our regular Sunday schedule, and it was so good to see people in the church!  It is amazing how much some of the children have grown in these past few months.  Because of our capacity limit, everyone has to signup to come to Mass.  You can do so on Signup Genius, or by calling or emailing the Front Office (206-937-1488 x200).  Initially we asked individuals to only sign up for one Mass every two weeks, but it looks like many are still staying home because of their own risk, plus we have extra Masses for First Communion and RCIA the next few weeks, so feel free to sign up weekly if you desire.  We will continue to livestream as some aren’t able to come yet because of their own risk.
I am starting to take Communion to these individuals who aren’t able to come to Mass yet.  The Parish Staff will continue to telecommute until the beginning of August.  If you need anything, give us a call or shoot us an email.
Let us always remain united in the love of God.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


A big part of my job as a counselor is social and friendship skills for kids. Two of my favorite quotes for kids this week have been, “I came. I saw. I made it awkward.” and, “My life is a series of awkward moments separated by snacks”. I couldn’t stop laughing. I think that as things are opening up we need to remember for some kids this is what it is going to feel like. Children have not had the freedom to be around other kids in months. For developing kids social skills are like a muscle… and ours are in severe atrophy!  
If you find your child acting different from before around kids they have known for a long time, acting confusing, or otherwise behaving in a manner that gives you pause – then you are not alone. All of that is very normal for kids right now. They may need you to help them come up with things to talk about with friends they have had for a long time. Even more so as we continue to socially distance, but may see more people. Kids are trying to figure it out. Can we hug now? Do I high five? Do I stare and wave with a face mask? Why do we have to see them, we can’t play! They will need you to help them socially navigate what that looks like for your family, amidst still being safe. 
I was talking about this to a family member, and they said…”Well I have that happen every day. A neighbor walks by, and I feel like I have lost all of my social skills! I just walk away like, WHY am I so awkward!! I used to be awesome.” HA. Everyone is going through some of that. For the most part we have been on electronic devices, FaceTime and Zoom. When you see someone in person it can feel stilted for a while. So here are some tips for kids (and maybe us too!):

  • Know that everyone is going through some form of this.
  • It’s ok to call it out that an interaction felt funny or off. This will give you and your family some humor and doesn’t mean anything or reflect negatively about the relationship.
  • This is a great time to laugh with your kids, and find out what works for them in friendships. Use it as a teachable moment for life skills.
  • Try to have a lot of social grace for others.
  • Remain relaxed. This has been hard on everyone.
  • If your kids are frustrated that everything can’t just go back to “normal”, remind them that we are all in this together. Some things are opening, but we are like a team working to continue to make everyone safe. Kids understand this language.
  • If your child makes a true statement about how they feel, you don’t have to have an answer. Say, “I hear you. It’s hard for me too”. Sometimes that really is all any of us need.

Huge love and prayers toward the Holy Rosary community. Have a wonderful, safe, and awkward summer 🙂
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:32
Selena Borne
School Counselor 


Books Of Interest

As your librarian, I would like to share a list compiled of (mostly contemporary) children’s books featuring Black protagonists created by a fellow archdiocesan librarian.  This list is by no means comprehensive, nor is it designed to educate students about racism, though anti-racist education is vital for all age groups. Rather, this list aims to connect families with children’s literature that centers and affirms varied Black experiences. Children of all racial backgrounds need to see Black people as protagonists, and not just during Black History Month.
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop said that books can serve as mirrors and windows. “Mirror” books reflect our identities and experiences back at us. “Window” books show identities and experiences that differ from our own. Children need both mirrors and windows in order to see their lives and others’ as unconditionally, equally important.
Whether they serve as mirrors or windows, these hopeful, tender, adventurous, funny, and magical books are for everyone to enjoy. If you have questions or thoughts you’d like to share, feel free to connect with me by email.
Sara Weythman

Subbing In Catholic Schools!

Have you ever considered subbing in our Catholic Schools?  Subbing can be a great way to work part time!  More information can be found here:

Holy Rosary School Is Hiring!

Sadly, our beloved instructional aid in Kindergarten, Mrs. Madsen, has decided it’s time to make a change.  Mrs. Madsen, we will miss you and thank you for all you’ve done for our school!!
In this light, we are currently hiring for two positions:
Preschool Aid and Kindergarten Aid.  More information can be found here:

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!


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

LAST CALL FOR REIMBURSEMENTS:  Auction expense reimbursements must be submitted to Beth Martin by the end of this week. No exceptions.  Please complete this form and email with receipts.

GOOD NEWS FOR AMAZON APP USERS: Do you shop on Amazon through their app? Now all purchases make money for your favorite nonprofit (HRS).  It is really easy to set up.  Follow the steps below on the mobile app:

  1. Join the Amazon smile program
  2. Download the mobile app
  3. Go to settings on the app (bottom right 3 lines, next to the shopping cart), find AmazonSmile in the drop down menu. Click and follow the instructions to register.

No charge to you and HRS receives a small percent of all your purchases.


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


2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Registration Now Open!

Are you a baptized Catholic in the 7th – 12th grade and have not yet been confirmed? Then the Holy Rosary Youth Confirmation Program invites you to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the year of 2020 – 2021. 
Click here to register: 
Visit our website more information about the 2020 – 2021 program:
To help us prepare a meaningful program for our middle school and high school students, please register no later than August 9. If you are able, please be ready to upload a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate at the moment of registration. 
The payment for the program includes the curriculum, a teen bible, and a journal. If we are able to host a retreat, an additional retreat fee will be added.
Early Bird Fee: $90 (June 28 – July 12) 
Regular Fee: $120 (Until August 9) 
No family or young person should be deprived of the graces of the sacrament of Confirmation. If your family needs financial assistance of some sort, please reach out to Bridget Bicek at, and together, can we can figure out the best financial plan for your family’s needs. 
Contact Bridget Bicek at with any questions about the 2020 – 2021 Confirmation Program. 

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?  Are you interested in learning about becoming Catholic?
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. For more information and questions regarding Adult programs, please contact Robert King and for Baptism for children from birth up to age 7, please contact Deyette Swegle.
Baptism for Children under age 7
Registration Link:
Email:  Deyette Swegle at
RCIA for Children (ages 7-18)
Registration Link:
Email:  Sr. Stella at
RCIA for Adults
Registration Link:
Email:  Robert King 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.