Family Communication 09/03/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
This has been a wonderful first week of school.  It has been so fulfilling to see you and your children back on our campus again!  The meetings this week have been all about establishing strong relationships and ensuring you have all you need to get your children off to a strong start as we begin remote instruction on Tuesday morning.  Walking around and listening to these meetings fills me with great hope of what is to come this school year.  This is certainly a year unlike any other- and we don’t yet know what’s to come.  But what I do know, is that with faith in God, nothing will be impossible!   
Thank you for being a part of the Holy Rosary Community.  We are blessed because of you, and I know together we will do incredible things this school year.
In Christ, 

PS- Don’t forget to tune in at 7:00 pm tonight (during what would have been our Open House time) to hear a short message from me and from Father Oakland as we begin this year.  You can access this through the parish Vimeo link-


It has been a great week on campus as our families have been on site for meetings with their teachers.  It has been fun to walk through and say a quick hello.  While we look forward to a time when it will be safer to resume in-person education, thankfully we have dedicated teachers, a thought out remote plan, and care packages that you received at your meeting to aid the transition.  One of our School Commission members recommended including a cross.  We also wrote a prayer to unify and draw us together with God, and with one another, even when we are apart. 
During this time as many are establishing new schedules and routines, be sure and include daily prayer, and look for ways to celebrate the Lord’s Day each week, including by coming to Mass by preregistering, or watching online if you are avoiding interactions or outings because of personal risk.
Sweetest Jesus,
help me to see you always and in all things,
in joys and in sorrows,
that I may grow in your grace and your love. 
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Request to Parent and Guardian for a Remote Learning Release 

During this time of remote instruction, Holy Rosary School will be utilizing online resources to provide continuing classroom instruction to students. In order to ensure that every child in the class receives the instruction, the online instruction may be video and audio recorded so that it can be accessed at a later time. The primary focus of the video and audio recording will be on the instruction and the teacher, not on the students in the class. However, questions and comments asked and spoken by students will be part of the recording. Student faces may be captured during online recordings as well.  Only students assigned to that specific class will have access to the video recording, and only for a short period of time. Otherwise, the recordings will not be made public by the online vendor or the Holy Rosary School in any capacity. 

If you do not give your permission for your child to be recorded in this capacity, please sign the attached form and email it to Forms may also be dropped at the school office during business hours or mailed.

Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band Program

The Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band Program is enjoying the 37th year in partnership with Holy Rosary School!
There is a song written in the 1800’s that has a wonderful title – “The Band Played On!”  Indeed, it does, even in 2020!  Remote does not mean removed from the joy of playing an instrument. Music is the heart and soul of education!
Starting September 1, Miss McKamey will hold weekly recorded music sessions on Flipgrid, a simple, free, and accessible video discussion experience for education. To sign-up, just go to flipgrid.com and register. Students can use their school email, google or MSN email address to setup their free account!  Reduced tuition during Remote Learning/$5.00 per month. – Private Zoom lesson/An additional $5.00 per month.  Please contact your school for payment directions.
Weekly recorded sessions on
Sch. Band (Gr. 6-8) CODE – 06ba63ff
Beg. Band (Gr. 5) CODE – 8210465f
Grade 6 – 8 Private Lessons – Via Zoom
Email Miss McKamey at (Please make sure your email is one that can accept email responses as some school accounts block that option.)
5th Grade Beginning Band
Instrument Rental Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe – Sat., Sept. 12 @12:00p.m.
Walmesley Center Entrance (Gym)  All safety protocols will be in place. 
More excitement is in the works – let’s make music! The band not only plays but lives on!
Thank you for supporting the band program!
Miss McKamey
Elementary Band Program Director
Kennedy Catholic High School

Parents Of Students In Grades 6-8

We updated your child’s Google account/email address last Friday to make them more user friendly. Their new account name/email address will be their first initial, last name, dot, graduation year. For example: Their passwords will remain the same. When logging into Google, they will need to enter their new account name and the password they have been using. They will continue to receive email at their “old” address ( if anything is sent to it, but they should begin using the new format as soon as this Friday at noon. New students will receive instructions on logging into their school Google account.
Contact Mr. Barker if you have questions about this. Thank you! 

Gator Dress Friday and Half Day on 9/18!

Friday, September 18th.  Wear your Gator Gear, any CYO gear, or your favorite sports team!  Let’s show our school spirit! Remember, 9/18 is a scheduled half day.  Remote instruction will end after your scheduled lunch/recess time on this day.  

In Your Tool Kit: Cross, School Prayer, Prayer “corner”

At your Meet the Teacher meeting your student will receive a tool kit which includes a cross and school prayer.  Father Oakland has blessed the cross and selected the prayer for this school year.  Please have your student keep the cross by his/her remote school-work area for morning school prayer.  We also suggest creating a prayer or reflection corner, or area in your home, to enrich the Domestic Church in your homelife.  This “prayer corner” can be a place to keep the cross and school prayer during non-school hours or on the weekend, since the cross is a special item that has been blessed. The “prayer corner” can be as simple or fancy as you like.
It doesn’t have to be a corner. It can be any surface – top of a side table, a shelf, a mantle, a desk corner, the back of your piano… just find something that works for your family.
Place some faith-based items in the area. The Bible, some battery powered candles, rosaries, statues of saints, crosses, prayer cards, medals, pictures, palms from Palm Sunday, but be sure to have the cross and school prayer card at a minimum.
Some other possible details:

  • Provide some “kneelers or cushions or a chair in or near the area for praying. When a family member is in the area praying, others may ask to join, so make a rule to give the family member in the prayer area some space for quiet prayer and reflection.
  • Prayer jar: Have a small jar or container and label it “prayers,” place some small pieces of paper next to it, and tell family members that they can write their prayers or intentions and place them in the jar so that everyone will pray for them.
  • Liturgical Colors: Gather different colored sheets of cloth, napkins, scarves, felt, art foam, paper or placemats in liturgical colors (green, purple, pink, red, and white) and switch them out throughout the year to match the current liturgical season.
  • Use this place to display the latest religious craft your children have made throughout this school year.
  • Include a chalk board or dry-erase board to display a new scripture verse each week.
  • Choose a patron saint for your family and display a statue, candle, or prayer card.
  • Add a box or basket of religious children’s books, children’s bibles, plastic statues, and rosaries for the youngest members of the family.
  • Include a holy water font or a bottle of holy water.
  • Switch out the objects to fit the liturgical year. Maybe during Advent have a nativity set without baby Jesus (add baby Jesus at Christmas). During Lent add a crown of thorns, and during Easter add a resurrection set. For May, you can add mostly Mary items, and whatever Saint statues you have can come out for the month of that saint’s feast day.
  • Make a novena counter with something that gets added each day, or something that moves each day to denote your novena.

Let your creativity run wild. We can’t wait to see your prayer corners!  Please email pictures of your family’s prayer area/corner to: to share with our Holy Rosary Community.  Keep an eye out in future efcs throughout the year for prayer corner ideas.  Though we are currently not able to celebrate together as we have in the past, know that as a community we are joined together in our faith and through our hope and prayers, “for nothing will be impossible for God.” Luke 1:37

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.

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:

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 and Reading Challenge Turn In!

Did you forget to turn in your summer math or reading challenges at your meet and greet?  No worries!  Bring them by the school office by next Friday (9/11).  There is a bin labeled for the challenges on the counter as you walk in.

Mrs. Heuer and Ms. Corrigan are entering in the students and will be in touch soon with the prize information.

Thanks for your hard work!

Request Library Books Now!

Are you looking for some new books to read?  Holy Rosary will be operating a remote check out system for our library to get books into the hands of our students as soon as possible.  To check out books please follow these steps:

  1. Using the following website for our online catalog browse for and choose books you’d like to check out.
– Select Holy Rosary School West Seattle 
– Select Catalog
– Search for books using subject, title, author, etc.
– Be sure to note how many copies are available. 
– Choose your titles you’d like to check out.  Limited to:  5 picture or non-fiction books, 2 chapter books, and 1 comic book at a time.  Grades 4-8, you may only check out only one Battle of the Books title at a time. 

  1. Email a book request (one email per student) to using the format below. Requests received by Friday, August 28 at midnight will be available at conferences.  We will do our best to fulfill orders received after this date. Another pick up will be available in late September.

– Subject Line: Student’s name and date of book request
Ex:  Sara Weythman September 2nd
– Email should include: Student’s name and title and call number of each book.
Ex. Sara Weythman 
Tiger Sharks – 597 WEL
Bear Can’t Sleep – E WIL
– Limit 1 request per time between pick-up / drop-off days.

  1. Be patient and flexible as our librarian assistants work through requests.  Book requests will be taken in the order they are received.  So be understanding if a book is not available at this time.  There are no holds available at this time.  But you can request the book after our next pick-up / drop-off day.
  2. Librarian assistants will notify you of book availability, when books are checked out, and what date you can pick them up.
  3. Pick up books at our next pick-up / drop-off date.  Return them at the following pick-up drop off day.
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).


Magazine Drive

Our annual Magazine Drive will officially kick-off a few weeks later than usual in mid-September. Renewal notices are arriving, so let your customers know that HRS will once again be selling magazines.  New subscriptions and renewals count towards our goal. Last year we raised over $120,000. Exciting changes are on deck for this year’s Magazine Drive, stay tuned to upcoming efc emails for additional details.

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.


Youth Confirmation Program Postponed! 

After much discussion and prayer, the Holy Rosary Parish staff decided to postpone the start of the Youth Confirmation Program to second semester. We plan to jumpstart the program in January 2021 and conclude the program with the Confirmation Ceremony in May of 2021. For those who have not registered yet, we will keep online registration open until December 6, 2020.
Click here to register for the Youth Confirmation Program:
If you have any questions about your child joining our 2020 – 2021 program, contact Bridget Bicek at or 206-937-1488 ext. 299.

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


Free Piano

Do you have a child who would like to learn to play the piano? Gently used and in great condition, but will probably need to be tuned. Contact me if you’re interested

Violin Lessons

Caitlin Kelley is a professional violinist based in West Seattle. She performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, and received a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in NYC.
She is an active violin teacher, and is currently accepting new students of all ages. She would be happy to offer a free trial lesson to Holy Rosary students that are interested in trying out violin lessons, or who might prefer to switch to a West Seattle-based teacher. At the moment, all lessons are being held online via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, but she will return to in-person lessons at her studio in West Seattle once it’s safe to do so. She may be reached at 206-245-7025 or

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.