Family Communication 09/17/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
I hope all is well with you, this smoky week!
With the COVID-19 infection rates in King County holding steady in the moderate COVID-19 activity range, we can now begin planning in earnest for a transition back to school.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Department of Health and the Office for Catholic Schools that state when in the moderate range,  schools may “consider expanding in person learning to elementary students. Over time, consider adding hybrid in person learning for middle or high school students if limited COVID transmission occurs in schools.”  The goal is to continue trending towards a low COVID-19 activity range, where schools are encouraged to have “full-time in person learning for all elementary students and hybrid learning for middle and high school. Over time, if physical space allows, consider full-time in person learning for middle and high school.” The Catholic Schools in our region are trying to set up a call with King County Health this week to discuss this and the current case counts further.
Last Thursday night, the School Commission met and began the discussion of what it may look like, as students are phased back into the building.  We all recognize remote learning presents limitations for students, but especially limitations for younger students who are unable to access learning in the remote environment as well as older students can.  We also recognize that we need a deliberate, phased approach to ensure that sufficient time is allocated to teach students the new procedures in the building.  Everything from staggered entry into the building, to using the restroom, to consistent and proper hand-washing with a rotation to the sinks, to heading out to recess in a staggered way, will have to be taught again to students with the current safety precautions in place.  It is going to take time to properly accomplish this and it will be time well spent to ensure that the safety of students and staff remains paramount.   
The School Commission felt strongly that the re-entry plan be a slow, measured phased in approach, like the turning of a dial, rather than the flipping of a switch.  Students will gradually re-enter, with an emphasis on younger students returning first.  We are actively working on the timeline with staff and the School Commission and will keep you apprised of this work.  We anticipate at least two weeks’ notice before any change at any grade levels, to give you time to prepare.  And of course, this is all dependent on the case counts trending downward and staying this way.
Thank you for your continued support and for all of the efforts you are making to support your children!  We are so grateful for your partnership!  Please mark your calendars for our next materials pick-up dates- October 2nd and 3rd.  Your student’s homeroom teacher will communicate with you if there are additional materials to pick up.

May the peace of Christ be with you all, 

PS- Check out our new handwashing stations!  


This week Pope Francis continued his series of Wednesday reflections entitled “Healing the world.”  You can find the full text of this week’s audience here, in which he reflects more on the Season of Creation, but he begins with some thoughts on the pandemic:
“To emerge from a pandemic, we need to look after and care for each other.  To look after and care for each other.  And we must support those who care for the weakest, the sick and the elderly.  Ah, there is the tendency to cast the elderly aside, to abandon them.  And this is bad.  These people – well defined by the Spanish term ‘cuidadores” (caretakers), those who take care of the sick – play an essential role in today’s society, even if they often do not receive the recognition and recompense they deserve.  Caring is a golden rule of our nature as human beings, and brings with it health and hope (cf. Encyclical Laudato Si’ [LS], 70). Taking care of those who are sick, of those who are in need, of those who are cast aside: this is a human, and also Christian, wealth.”
Who are you called to look after and care for right now?  Who can you call?  Who can you have your children send some cards or drawings too to brighten their day, or some flowers left on a doorstep, or whatever it might be?  Social distancing is necessary to help us minimize risk and overcome the pandemic – but it is still important that we remain together even when we are apart.

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Incoming Kindergartener Or New Preschooler?

The priority application period for parish members and current school families opened September 15th and closes November 15th.  If you have a new student to Holy Rosary interested in the September 2021 – June 2022 school year for either Preschool, or grades Kindergarten – 8th grade, please complete our online application at:  Any questions, please

Gator Dress Friday and Half Day Tomorrow!

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.

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.

Band News

My sincere thanks to the Holy Rosary parents that attended the Band Instrumental Rental meeting last Saturday.  Through smoke and all, you showed your dedication and loving support of your child!  It was a joy to meet you!

Miss McKamey

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.  

Parents Club Meeting

Save the date for our first Parents Club meeting of the year, which will take place virtually on the evening of Wednesday, October 14th.  Stay tuned for information about our anticipated presentation, which you can attend from the comfort of your home.  You won’t want to miss it!

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: hope you can join us!    

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.

Prayer “corner” Idea

What Do You Want To Pray For?   

Day to day living can be challenging, especially during these times.  It helps to sometimes focus on the present and write out our intentions and gratitude. A prayer jar could help with that.  

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.

Some ideas:  We can pray to bless our families or a specific family member or friend, who is facing a challenge.  We can pray praising God. We can pray for something specific or to ask for forgiveness.  We can pray to Mary and/or Saints to intercede on our behalf. Finally, we can pray prayers of gratitude for our many blessings.

Bonus activity: Gather your family regularly and read the prayers together and pray together for each prayer.

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 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. WE NEED: Peanut Butter, Proteins, Granola Bars, Tomato/Pasta Sauces, Canned Fruit, Jams (not homemade), Chili/Stew, Cereals, Crackers, 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

It is time to kick off our first fundraiser of the year! The Magazine Drive site is ready for registrations and sales.  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. Last day to sell magazines, to be counted toward prizes, is October 26th at 9pm! If we meet our fundraising goal, over $60K will go back to Holy Rosary! The good news is that it won’t take much of your time!  Past year order records will be sent to the primary parent’s email, so you can contact those supporter’s again.


A few exciting changes should be noted for this year’s Magazine Drive:

  1. Registration will now be per family, register under your oldest child.
  2. Each HRS K-8 child, in your family, will receive the prize at the level reached.
  3. Introducing a donation to Gator Aid in your family’s name, to assist our school families with  extras.
  4. Subscriptions $99 and over are worth 4 subscriptions and $200+ are worth 8 subscriptions!
  5. Top Seller chooses prize first!


  1. Go to
  3. Enter ROSARY in the code field and submit
  4. Follow the steps to create the account
  5. Once account is created, familiarize yourself with the various selling tools available. These include avatars, e-mail blasts, printable flyers, social media, etc.
  6. Complete all steps needed to quality for the bonus incentive!
  • Register by Tuesday, September 29 at 9am for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Husky Deli. All families who complete the 3 steps by 9am will have their name entered to win. 


Friends or family aren’t interested in buying a magazine?  For every $25 donated, we will count that as 1 subscription towards prizes.  


Our goal is 100% participation.  Additional questions, contact Beth Martin or view the Magazine Drive web site.



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.

Coding With Kids

Coding with Kids has moved online, with live instructors. Visit the Coding with Kids website here. Download the information sheet here. Questions? Email Coding with Kids at


Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. 

If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https

2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation 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 2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Program:

Contact: Bridget Bicek, Youth Minister at or 206-937-1488 ext. 299.

New Women With Purpose Session Fall 2020

Grounded in Hope: A Study of the Letter to the Hebrews

Holy Rosary’s Women with Purpose is offering a scripture study of the Letter to the Hebrews from the New Testament starting this fall and finishing right before Lent. This 17 week session connects you with scripture, provides lessons from Hebrews on perseverance, and reminds us Jesus is here with us now, always and forever, grounding us in hope. Click here for more information.

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 7Registration Link:  Deyette Swegle at dswegle@holyrosaryseattle.orgRCIA for Children (ages 7-18)Registration Link:  Sr. Stella at srstella@holyrosaryseattle.orgRCIA for AdultsRegistration Link:  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 3-7pmWe 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! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

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, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)

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 is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

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 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe 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