Family Communication 09/24/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 

I hope you all are having a good first week of fall. The rain this week has certainly been a welcome sight! I’m enjoying having the windows back open in my office again and listening to the rain fall.

I want to thank you for completing the survey that was sent home on Monday.  We had a tremendous response, and the data is very helpful in terms of planning for a return.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting with King County Health, along with the other Catholic schools in our region.   One of the biggest takeaways from the call, is that this is an ever-evolving situation.  Every week we learn something new- as KC health phrased it- the science behind COVID keeps telling us more and it changes our response.  So while we have done a ton in terms of planning to reopen, we find ourselves having to consistently revisit our plans in real-time, fine tuning details to ensure we are doing all we can to promote the safety and well-being of staff, students, and families.  Remember, when we planned for a full return early last summer, the case counts were lower and we were hopeful they’d continue trending in that direction, which did not happen.  

During our call, they shared a number of important pieces of information that I felt it would be helpful to pass along:

1)  The Department of Health Decision Making Tree should remain the guiding document regarding timelines and planning for a return to school.  Though King County remains in the moderate-COVID-19 activity level, and is hopefully stabilizing and trending down, community spread remains present.  Because of this, and a concern that we could see a second wave of cases like Europe is experiencing, a slow return that emphasizes proper mitigation strategies, social distancing, and preparation for contact tracing will be essential.   

2)  Every site has to have a unique return to school plan that takes into account their own size, mitigation needs, and social distancing measures, bearing in mind the levels of COVID-19 present in the greater county.  

3)  Schools opening will increase community spread- the goal is to slow the spread and be prepared to address any contact tracing needs.  

4)  Any COVID like symptom needs to be treated as a potential COVID case, until a negative COVID test or a doctor’s note states otherwise, or a set number of days at home since the onset of symptoms has passed.  There will be an updated sick policy coming out regarding this.  In short, KC health encourages schools to not put themselves in the position of making health decisions and to always err on the side of caution.  

Where we are right now in terms of our planning:

1)  We have a plan for how to implement the necessary mitigation strategies, including organizing classrooms, signage throughout campus, new hand-washing stations, health screening, and staggered entry/dismissal times.  We have installed new hand washing stations and have serviced faucets in classrooms.  Our fresh air blowers have been serviced and new filters have been installed.  We’re working with our HVAC company to increase air flow in parts of the building where necessary.  We’ve installed hand sanitizing dispensers at all entrances, and will be demarking hallways and stairs in certain locations as directional. We have purchased significant PPE to ensure staff and students all have what is needed and have an ongoing sanitizing schedule in place, for all locations on campus, especially high touch surfaces and restrooms.  

2)  A School Commission work group met yesterday morning to continue planning for a return, and we are in the process of disaggregating the survey data family by family, grade level, and homeroom class.  Specifically we are looking at the numbers of families who prefer for an in-person return versus a remote return, so we can make our very best effort to serve everyone’s needs.  

3)  Like the other Catholic schools around us, and following the Decision Making Tree, we will prioritize returning younger students first.  We are looking towards mid-October as a timeframe to begin a phase in of younger students, if the case counts continue to trend down.  More information to come regarding this next week.

Thank you for your continued support and communication. I know we are all eager to have students back at school in person.  I encourage us to remember that approaching this slowing and collectively as a community is critical in doing all we can to keep one another safe.  Along those lines, I encourage you all and your children to get flu shots. The Department of Health states these will be critical this year, so we’re not in the situation of having to figure out what is a flu symptom versus a COVID symptom.

Thank you for all you’re doing!

In Christ, 



Summer Math Challenge Update from Mrs. Heuer!

Please watch this video from Mrs. Heuer who would like to congratulate our participants for completing 15 hours of math this summer, quiz you in a little ice cream trivia, and raffle off a winner of a delivered lunch of your choice for one of our challenge participants!  All of our summer math participants will receive a prize in their October supply pick up.  Thank you for your hard work!

Attendance Policy

Parents/guardians are required to phone or email the school office ( with any absences, tardies or early dismissals.

Parents and students are expected to make every effort to assure punctual and consistent attendance during remote school. An absence may be categorized as excused or unexcused. An absence due to personal illness or injury, medical or dental appointment, a funeral, or a special circumstance recognized by the principal is considered an excused absence. All other absences are considered unexcused (see family vacations). Teachers will work with parents to help children complete missed work for an excused absence. For an unexcused absence, parents and students must assume the responsibility of completing and turning in missed work. Any student who misses ten days of school during one trimester may be subject to action deemed appropriate by the administration. This may include tutoring, summer school, or possible retention. 

Family Vacations
Parents are asked to follow the school calendar when planning family vacations. Parents should make every effort not to plan appointments or vacations during the time students are taking standardized tests. Teachers will work with families to provide make-up work as they are able. Given the nature of planning and adjusting to student needs, work may not be available until after your student returns from vacation.


There are excused and unexcused tardies. Parents will be notified after a student receives five unexcused tardies in a trimester. Tardies are only excused for illness, doctor appointments, or other appointments which cannot be scheduled at other times. All other tardies are considered unexcused. Students may receive disciplinary action for ongoing tardies.

Saying Goodbye

Donna Jerge-Nass, has made the difficult decision that it is time for her to retire as BASE Director.  I know this is sad news, and we will miss Donna greatly. She has dedicated a number of years to providing quality care for the children in our community.  She has developed strong relationships and will be missed tremendously by staff and students alike.  I know that I will miss hearing her laugh and her joyful spirit in the school hall during after-school care.  We wish Donna all of the best on her new adventures!

Volunteer Hours and Community Commitment- A Note From the School Commission 

Many parents have asked about volunteer hours for this school year. Our community matters more than ever right now, but how we maintain that sense of community looks a lot different this year. Many of our major community events and fundraising efforts will have to be cancelled or restructured this year (e.g. WestFest, Italian Dinner).   At this time, the School Commission has made the decision to suspend the requirement for volunteer hours for one year.

There will still be many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year, if and when you are comfortable.  Though the requirement has been suspended, we will still need you!   For example, we know we will still have the tree lot and our auction, both are important fundraisers for our school, especially at a time when our budget is tighter than normal due to increased costs related to COVID.  

We hope that you will still join as a community to volunteer or donate if you can. We know many of you are ready to jump in and be involved however you can.  Please consider donating to the  Annual Fund if you are able- your donations will go a long way, with the changes in some fundraising events.   

Thank you all for weathering through this unusual year. We will rise above and get through this stronger than before. 

Materials Pick Up

Mark your calendars for our next Supply/Materials Pick Up, October 2nd (12:00 – 4:00) and October 3rd (9:00 – 12:00).  Your student’s teachers will communicate with you if there are items to pick up! 

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

Band News

Band members and parents!  Make sure you have check-listed two items to participate in band during the remote learning stage:

We are in week two of distance learning!

  1. Signed-up on the online band form.
  2. Visit weekly my flipgrid site.  Instruction changes each Monday!

       Questions?  Contact 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:

Holy Rosary Parish Hiring

Holy Rosary Parish is currently looking to fill 2 positions in the parish office, Pastoral Assistant for Communication & Technology and Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization. For more information please click on PA Communication & Technology or PA Adult Evangelization

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.


Annual VFW Essay Contest

Our VFW Post in West Seattle is encouraging students to participate in the annual patriotic essay contest.  They can do it individually or a teacher, for example an English, History, or Civics teacher can make it one of their projects as many schools do.
For grades 3-5 Youth Essay contest information, go to the Washington State Department web site for details:  From that website, go to the Programs pull down menu and scroll to ‘Youth Essays’ and get the Rules and Eligibility Requirements, and the 2020-21 entry form application.
For grades 6-8  Patriot’s Pen contest, please to the VFW national web site: . Select ‘Community’, then ‘Youth & Education’, and scroll down to Patriot’s Pen.
The essays are due Oct. 31, 2020.  Students should bring it to Holy Rosary School office and I will pick them up on Friday Oct. 30 or mail to:

Ben Skwiercz
VFW Post 2713
3601 SW Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98126
Cell: 425-941-4651

VFW Post 2713 Scholarship competition award:
Patriots Pen          Youth Essay
Grades 6-8             Grades 3-5
1st –  $150              1st – $100
2nd – $100             2nd –  $75
3rd  –  $75              3rd –  $50


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

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.




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),
  4. Click Programs & Features,
  5. Find AmazonSmile in the drop down menu,
  6. Click and follow the instructions to register.

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


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


Holy Rosary Blessing of Pets, Sunday, October 4, 2020 between Noon-1:00pm

In celebration of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day on October 4, Fr. Oakland will offer a Blessing for your beloved pet or pets between Noon-1:00pm on the grassy area outside the Church.

We welcome all cats, dogs, birds, fish, frogs and all pets great or small.  Please have your furry, feathery or scaly pet on leash, in cage or carrier.  Click here to signup for a Pet Blessing.

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