Family Communication 09/10/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
We’ve embarked on our first full week of remote learning!  I do hope things are starting smoothly for your family.  It has been a surreal experience to walk around the building this week, hearing all of the instruction happening, seeing empty seats.  I look forward to visiting the remote classrooms in the coming weeks and saying hello to your children.  I sure do miss them!  Please do stay in touch with us and let us know how we can support you.  I know there will the inevitable bumps along the way, but please know we are committed to make sure you have all you need to help your children succeed.  We will be checking in on you too!!
You’ve likely been tracking the COVID-19 counts in King County, as I have.  We are nearing the point where we’re close to entering the moderate phase.  As you may recall, the guidance we were given is that we need to enter the “moderate” phase and stabilize there (at least 2 weeks-28 days), and then we may begin to phase some students back onto campus provided it looks clear that the case counts are indeed trending down.  We are awaiting guidance on recommended cohort group sizes and if there are recommendations as to where we need to be in the moderate range.  I will certainly keep you apprised as we learn more and continue to make specific plans.  In the meantime, I encourage everyone to continue to do their part to wear masks and to limit exposure to groups outside of your homes.  Our collective actions will go a long way to helping us get our students back into the school building!
In Christ, 


On September 1st we began the Season of Creation, a period leading up to the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th.  It is a time during which Christians call to mind the goodness of this Creation which God has given to us, and the responsibility that is ours to be good stewards.  
The theme for this year is Jubilee for the earth.  As Pope Francis said in his opening message, “In the Holy Scriptures, a Jubilee is a sacred time to remember, return, rest, restore, and rejoice.”  As I read his brief introduction, I couldn’t help but feel that those were some themes that we need a lot of in our lives right now:  remembering the goodness of God and His blessings; returning to that which is most important in a time of change and uncertainty; rest in the midst of extra work and anxiety; restoration as we are renewed in the Lord; rejoicing in God our Father and His love for us – and one another.
Let us celebrate this Season of Creation well – joining in prayer and reflecting upon Pope Francis’ call to each of us individually and as a society on this fifth anniversary of his encyclical Laudato Si.  But let us also reflect on the importance of these wider themes in this time of pandemic.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Permanently Change Your Student’s Zoom Name

The Archdiocese has mandated that students on Zoom platforms must not show their last name, therefore please follow the steps below. These steps should fix the last name permanently, instead of using rename every time they log in.

1. Log in to zoom through your web browser, not a link or the app.
2. Scroll down and select SIGN IN with GOOGLE (If already signed in, then please sign out and resign in using your student’s HRS email account.)
 * Your student MUST use the sign in with google option and their school email
3. On left side, select PROFILE
 Select EDIT on the right in the first box (you should see your student’s name)
4. Delete last name
Unsure what your student’s HRS email is?  Contact their teacher or Jon Barker at

A video will be posted by the weekend showing these steps on Mr. Barker’s Zoom page, found here.

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.

School Calendar

As a reminder, Holy Rosary School will follow the established school calendar at this point.  This also means adhering to established half days.  

Mass With Catholic Schools Of The Archdiocese Of Seattle

At the beginning of this school year like no other, when most of our schools are not able to gather in person, let’s join together in prayer, virtually! Archbishop Etienne will celebrate Mass and offer a special blessing for all the students and families, faculty, and staff of our Catholic Schools. School communities are invited to join in live at 11:00am on Monday, September 14. If this time does not work with your schedule, you can always join in later in the day at the link provided.
Mass with Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle
Archbishop Etienne, presider
September 14, 2020, 11:00am livestream
September 14 is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Cross you have redeemed the world.”
We thank all those who have taken a part in helping us organize our first virtual archdiocesan school mass. We especially thank Archbishop Etienne for his labors on our behalf.

Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band Program

The Gator Band is off and running!  Thank you for the wonderful response so far!  IT IS NOT TOO LATE!
Remember, weekly visit to the flipgrid site on your own time will keep you in the action!
School Band (gr. 6-8)
Beg. Band (gr.5) 
The Walmesley Center (Gym entrance) is directly across the street from the church –  35th and Myrtle St.
Not sure what instrument to play?  Miss McKamey will be there to help!!
Miss McKamey – 
Frances McKamey
Elementary Band Program Director

School Mass

We will celebrate Mass as a school each Wednesday at 8:45 am.  This will be livestreamed on Vimeo and Facebook and can be accessed through the Holy Rosary Parish Website:  The direct Vimeo link is:
We hope you can join us!  

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.  

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 School Office.



GatorAid was established by our School Commission in 2018/2019 to support families struggling to cover school expenses and activities that fall outside of tuition.  The community chest program is largely funded by families for families. GatorAid can be used to support items such as a student’s school supplies, a purchase of a cadet collar sweatshirt, activity fees (when we can offer extracurricular activities again).  Or, it can fund a student’s yearbook fee or night at Glow Bowl.  Families can request aid or you can make a request on behalf of a family. GatorAid requests are sent directly to HR Principal, Anna Horton, and are granted confidentiality.  Interested in supporting GatorAid? Use this link to donate.

Final Call Summer Math/Reading Challenge!

Final Call to Turn in Summer Math and/or Reading Challenges!
If you still haven’t had an opportunity to turn in your challenges, you are in luck!  They are due tomorrow! (Friday, 9/11)
Here are your options:
-Drop it by the main office into the bin on the counter
-Email a picture of the challenge to Mrs. Heuer ( for the math challenge or Ms. Corrigan ( for the reading challenge.

Prayer “corner” Idea

Welcome Back To School!  A time for hope and a time to grow.

This family prayer corner is on a ledge by the kitchen window.  We included some grass to represent the liturgical color of Ordinary Time, which is green.  Green represents hope and growth. The word “ordinary” comes from the Latin word ordinalis, which refers to a series of numbers, reflecting the way the Sundays are numbered.

Ordinary Time started after Pentecost Sunday and will continue until the First Sunday of Advent.

Prayer Corner Idea – 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.

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

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 go to the Library page.

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 kick-off at the end of next week. Our theme this year is GATOR STRONG!  Our community makes HRS strong and by working together we will have a successful fundraiser. Now more than ever fundraising is a key to our school’s success, please help us reach our goal. 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 next week’s efc and emails for additional details.


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

Finding Calm In The Storm

Join Dn. Eric Paige with the Office of Marriage and Family Life for our September 24 parents’ presentation: Finding Calm in the Storm: Practical Ways to Find Peace at HomeIt uses principles and practices from the Rule of St. Benedict to help busy families make small changes in their routines that really help provide peace at home. The presentation is by Zoom and there is no charge.


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 
3800 California Ave SW Thursday – Sunday 3-7pm
We appreciate you supporting our small family business.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.
Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families!
Giulia Canali, BD, PD
Phone 206.414.8070

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

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