Family Communication 08/20/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
We’re nearing the start of the school year and are getting excited for our family meetings.
As a reminder, as outlined in our Remote Learning Plan, we will be conducting family/student/teacher meetings the week of August 31st – September 4th.  Information for scheduling these is contained in this eFC.  More information will be shared next week regarding what to bring to these meetings.  We ask that you make all efforts to meet during this scheduled time, as we want to be prepared for the start of remote instruction the day after Labor Day.  Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding this.  We are excited to see you and your children! 
We are also working diligently to have devices prepared for students so we can ensure every child has a device available if needed.  Though we are making all efforts to set devices up for every student, there is delay in shipping of some products.  We also recognize that some students may prefer to use a device they already have at home.  If you do not have a device at home you’d like to use, please contact Kristin Bentler in the office ( so we can ensure we have a device prepared for you. 
Finally, I want to thank you all again for being such exceptional partners as we begin this school year remotely.  It is so important that we start the year well and that we remain positive.  This will not be forever!   I know my own children are disappointed not to be returning to school in person right now, and I’ve been trying to help them see the positives in this- especially that we all have a part in ensuring the well-being of one another.  We’re talking about the routines we can set-up at home to provide support, and the little things we can do to make this time seem special.  Perhaps a cup of cocoa or a tea each morning to start the day!  I truly believe that children follow our lead as adults and I’m striving to work with my own children to help them see that all is going to be fine and that we will move through this time as a community.  I thought this might be helpful to share.  Though I do continue to pray that we will move swiftly towards the time we can begin to have students on campus again!  
May the peace of Christ be with you all, 


Yesterday as our principal and I had our daily check in I asked her a question:  Can you name one thing that isn’t different somehow because of COVID?  After she thought for a moment, she responded:  Jesus!
When I ask the children a question in class, there are always those who raise their hand and answer ‘Jesus’ no matter what the question is.  In some ways, yes, Jesus is always the answer – directly or indirectly.
Jesus, who came down from Heaven and shares in our humanity.  Jesus, who knows what it is to work (carpentry), who knows what it is to migrate or flee (Egypt), who knows what it is to be a part of a family and of life with all of its blessings and challenges.  Jesus, who embraced suffering and the Cross.  Jesus, who was victorious over sin and death, and gives us the grace to do the same.  Jesus, who ascended to the Father, and invites us to follow to the Kingdom of Heaven.
During the good days, and during the challenging ones, it is important for us to discover the presence of Christ – who is always with us – as we follow Him on the way to Heaven as experience His blessings which sustain us along the way.  Where have you encountered Jesus today?  And where have you looked for Him, or turned to Him, or invited Him in more intentionally?
 “Jesus Christ, yesterday and today, the same forever.” Hebrews (13:8)
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Class Lists

Class lists were provided to families with our mailing this week because we cannot do our traditional “post the lists on the doors” this year.   Some families have asked the school if we could help facilitate groupings of students to work together from home during this remote time period.  Please know that, though we sympathize with a desire to provide support, the school cannot participate in arranging groupings for families.  We also encourage families to minimize contact with individuals outside of your home as much as possible, so we can collectively strive to move the King County COVID-19 counts down in order to begin the process of bringing students back to campus.  

Teacher Meeting Sign Ups!

All families are asked to attend individual meetings with your child’s homeroom teacher the week of August 31st – September 4th.  Due to a delay in mailing, the Sign Up Genius will be provided Friday at 3pm to schedule your time.  These meetings will take the place of teacher presentations during the usual open house time.  Father Oakland and Principal Anna Horton will speak during the usual open house time, Thursday September 3rd at 7:00 pm, live streamed.  This will be a time for us to share our hopes and speak about the start of the year.

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:

Used Uniforms

All donated branded Holy Rosary uniforms will be available to you during your scheduled Teacher/Student meet and greet.  Feel free to bring uniforms to donate and peruse the uniforms available.  
We are only taking Holy Rosary branded and Macbeth plaid Dennis uniform donations.  

Cadet Sweatshirts 

New Cadet Sweatshirts are available online for purchase.  We have some stock on hand that can be picked up at the Teacher/Student meet and greet.  If we do not have one on hand, an order will be placed in September.  

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 September 15th. We will still ask that a few supplies (headphones, calculators, and  comfort kits) be handled at the family level. Comfort Kits will not be needed until we return to school in-person. 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 two cloth face masks to be warn each day.


Summer Math Challenge! Summer Reading Challenge!

Did you complete the summer math challenge?  How about the summer reading challenge? If so, then please bring in your completed sheets to your teacher meeting in the first week of school!  Make sure to put your first and last name, your grade level, and a parent signature.  We will collect the sheets from the homeroom teachers and let you know of our modified prize.  It is sweet. 🙂  Thank you for all of your hard work!!

Room Parent Recruitment 2020-2021

I am still in need of a Room Parent Volunteer for 3rd and 4th grade.  Room parent responsibilities will look a little different this year.  Currently teacher/specialist birthdays are all that is required.  As we phase back into on-site learning, there may be some additional responsibilities added so I am asking for flexibility and will communicate as we navigate this year together.  As of right now, 1 volunteer per grade will be sufficient. If additional help is needed as the year goes on, we will adjust accordingly.  If you are interested in volunteering this year, please contact me at  Thank you!  Joellyn DeRonghe  

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Need Your Help!

SVDP has requested the following items to re-stock their food pantry which is in high demand right now. Please remember- items need to be in the original, sealed packaging. Shelf stable items only. No restaurant-sized cans/boxes as these are difficult to find homes for please. Thank you!
(Items can be left inside the church in the marked boxes during open hours which are currently Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-4, and Saturdays 12-2.)
Peanut Butter
Granola Bars
Tomato/Pasta Sauces
Canned Fruit/Jams (not homemade)
Canned Veggies

Lunches of Love

Do you miss making school lunches?  If so, “Lunches of Love” needs your help.  Right now, there are several local groups that SVDP is passing out lunches to, but they are running low. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Please note that brown bag lunches should be non-perishable only.  Items that make good lunches include nuts/trail mix, fruit cups, protein bars, individually packaged chips/crackers, Vienna sausages, jerky, ritz cheese/crackers (shelf-stable only), and a plastic spoon/fork.  WATER is the drink of choice. Please bring non-perishable lunches to the school office, Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (starting on August 10th).


Development Directives

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.


Fall CYO

Holy Rosary Parish has made the difficult decision to not participate in Fall CYO sports.  Based on the guidance we received from the CYO office, fall sports would not be able to compete until King County enters Phase IV.  Given the likelihood that we won’t be in Phase IV soon, meaning students wouldn’t be able to compete, we feel it is therefore prudent to minimize risk that would be associated with practicing.  We will re-evaluate prior to Winter sports beginning.  We encourage families to utilize the time students would have been participating in fall sports to engage in healthy physical activities and to spend time together as a family.


Hearing And Living God’s Word

“Jesus Christ Not Only Transmits God’s Word; He Is The Word Of God.”

The family is the “domestic Church” it is how the Gospel is transmitted to our children. This short reflection guide on the Sunday Gospel is designed to help parents, talk about their faith, engage their children in the life of the Church and share the love of God with them. We do this in our families through the care and respect we show one another, appreciating the richness of our faith life, and by accepting the mission to share the Good News to others. 
Hearing and Living God’s Word
August 23 – – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read the Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
In our gospel today, Matthew recounts a story of a time when Jesus was walking along with his disciples. Jesus questioned them about who he really was. Simon Peter answered,
“You are the Christ. You are the
Son of the living God.”

Jesus was delighted and he told Peter that he had been blessed. Jesus told Peter that God had revealed this information to Peter. Jesus then gave Peter a special role as the rock, the foundation of the Church for it was Peter’s faith that gave the Church its initial foundation. It is the faith of all of us and our church leaders that provide its foundation today.
Activities to do at home:
Children: Who’s who? Review with your child the names of your pastor, bishops, and the pope.
Teens/Adults: If Jesus asked you, “Who do you say I am?” What would you say?
“How strong is your faith?” Together as a family, talk about the things that you do to keep your faith strong. Each member of the family can pray for a specific member in our church community such as: The Pope, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Nuns, Teachers, Grandparents, Parents, Godparents, Children.

2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation 

Youth Confirmation Registration is 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. 
Visit our website for more information and to register: -confirmation 

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:
August 23
If you’re interested in learning more contact: Bridget Bicek at or complete the Volunteer Interest Form:

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


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).

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.