Family Communication 1/12/23

The mission of Holy Rosary School is to help each child discover and fully develop their God-given talents. As a Catholic School community, we strive for excellence in our students’ spiritual, academic, physical, mental, aesthetic, and social-emotional growth. It is our intention that those who attend this institution mature into active citizens leading a committed faith life and reaching out to help others locally, nationally, and internationally with their wisdom, time, talent, and financial resources.


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
We’re into mid-January which means we’re really into the planning process for next year.  School start dates will be released in early February at the latest.  
Tomorrow you will receive an email with a video presentation regarding next year’s tuition.   I ask that you watch it and reach out to me with any questions you may have.
Re-enrollment for next year is an essential step in our budget development for next year.  In order for us to hire this spring , renew our staff covenants, and plan for next year, we need to know what our tuition revenue is going to be.  Our tuition and fees account for nearly 80% of our budget, so accuracy in planning is important!
Our plan for re-enrollment of current students will be:

  • January 13th:  Video Message from Anna Horton released
  • If you know you will not be returning, or your plans are uncertain, please contact Beth Martin ( by Friday January 20th.  
  • Financial aid awards for the 23-24 school year will be sent out between January 17th and January 20th.
  • Beginning January 23rd, enrollment contracts will be generated for the 23-24 school year. Families are asked to accept these contracts and enter your payment information as soon as you receive your contract.  
  • Registration fees for next year ($350/child K-8, $250/child in the preschool) will be charged on your tuition pull date in February.  This will hold your spot for the 23-24 school year.

This should be a more simplified process from years past.  There are no forms to fill out for returning families other than accepting the contract and adding in any additional annual fund donations you wish to make.  Families who elect to receive the in-parish rate are asked to review the requirements (including the minimum tithing to the church, $95/month next year) and make sure you fulfill all requirements.  
If you have any questions or concerns about this process, or if you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or to Beth.
Finally, our 3B students will lead us in a prayer service tomorrow to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life we honor this coming Monday.  A wonderful way to spend this day off of school and to honor this great man might be to engage in some community service.  Perhaps consider making some lunches of love or doing some community clean up?
Have a wonderful rest of the week! 
In Christ, 


The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which ends the Christmas season, almost always falls on a Sunday.  Almost always.  But not this year.  Because of the long Advent with Christmas falling on a Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord fell on the day after Epiphany – this past Monday.  I didn’t realize this until a couple of weeks ago, however, so our Christmas decorations in the church are still up through this Sunday.  It’s a fitting reminder, however, that every day should be Christmas – seeking the Christ child of Bethlehem.  Every day, Christmas should disrupt our lives.  We don’t just reorder them for that main Christmas Day, but all the days in which our Lord Jesus Christ is coming into our lives, inviting us to live with him, to spend time in prayer, to gather with the community for worship, to continue his works of mercy.  When the angel appeared to the shepherds, of course they left their flocks behind to go up the street to find Jesus, who was at that moment in their own neighborhood.  So to we continue to disrupt our lives for the Lord, as we place Him first and above all things – and seek him wherever he is to be found.  I’ve heard a number of times during these days how happy people are to be back on routine after the break.  And that can be a good thing – as long as our routine is one that is still Christmas focused.  May we always rejoice in the nearness of our God.
In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland


  • January 16th  – No School, Martin Luther King Jr Day (No BASE)
  • January 18th – Parents Club, 7:00pm
  • January 29th – Open House (11:30am-1pm)
  • January 29th-February 5th – Catholic Schools Week
  • February 10th – No School (Teacher In Service)
  • February 16th – Kindergarten Testing – no school for kindergarten
  • February 17th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 20th – Presidents’ Day – No School/No BASE
  • February 21st – Mid-Winter Break – No School



Let’s celebrate the Seahawks making it to the playoffs! Wear your Seahawks gear, Seahawks colors, or your favorite sport team gear tomorrow!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Celebration

“The Time is Always Right to do What is Right”
Monday, January 16, 2023
11:00 a.m. – Mass
Celebrant: Most Rev. Frank R. Schuster, D. D. 
Seattle University – St. Ignatius Chapel
901 12th Avenue | Seattle, Washington
The Black Catholic Advisory Circle of the Archdiocese of Seattle, in partnership with the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and Campus Ministry at Seattle University will host a Mass celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker is Malcolm Nelson, Principal of St. Therese Catholic Academy. For more information, please contact the office of Multicultural Communities at (206) 382-4828 or the Black Catholic Advisory Circle at

Wet Weather

With the wet weather, please make sure your child is dressed warmly. We will be making every effort to go outside for recess and a warm coat will be necessary.

Band News!  

Time for HONOR BAND 2023!!
Auditions for this special performance (gr. 6-8) will be held at Kennedy Catholic High School Music Room the following days:
Wednesday, January 18th – 5:00-7:00PM Clarinets, Saxophones and Drums
Thursday, January 19th – 5:00-7:00PM Flutes, Bells, Trumpets and Trombones
Auditions are based on a first-come service.  All students have received an information sheet about this wonderful opportunity! Conflict with the specific date assigned to your instrument? Welcome to attend the other evening! Time to expand your musical horizon!

West Seattle Baseball Forms

Time to get ready for spring activities. If you have a baseball form that needs to be signed by the office, please have it completely filled out before you bring it in. The office staff cannot fill out the form for you.

Catholic Schools Week Book Fair

We are so excited for the return of the Book Fair during Catholic Schools Week. This is a great way to earn some volunteer hours. Email Ms. Wallace if you are interested in helping work the fair. The dates are January 20- February 3.   Teacher-Librarian, Rebecca Wallace, at 

COVID And Health Screening

Please find the latest COVID screening flowchart on our website and linked here. We have testing available on site and can test any student, parent or family member if needed.  NOTE- parent permission will always be obtained prior to testing at any time. This permission slip can be found here and should be returned to the school office. 
Please contact the office as soon as possible if anyone in your family tests positive at any time at or  Kristin Bentler will work with you then on protocols and next steps.  
Students who have a family member test positive may remain in school, but should engage in a Test to Stay Protocol testing prior to attending school each day.   Per the Department of Health (DOH) guidance, students are asked to mask at school if a family member tests positive until that family member is no longer contagious.  If a student tests positive, he/she should wear a mask until day 10 even if returning to school on day 6, per DOH guidance as well.  
Due to the disruption it causes to the learning environment, Zoom instruction will not be offered building-wide this year.  Individual teachers will share protocols for addressing COVID-related absences.  Number of new COVID cases in the school this week (as of Thursday am) = 3


Parents’ Club Meeting

Join us for the next Parents’ Club virtual meeting Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00pm.  The subject is internet security. We’ll be hearing from Kelly Crouch, Strategic Advisor with the Seattle Police Department, and Laura Harmon, King County Prosecutor and Assistant US Attorney. Both are members of the WA Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Please click this link to RSVP. A zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting. Don’t forget- you can get one volunteer hour for attending!

Catholic Schools Night At Climate Pledge Arena

Join Catholic School families across Western Washington and cheer on the Redhawks! Bring your school friends, wear your school swag and get ready for an interactive evening celebrating Catholic Schools Week! Seattle University Men’s Basketball will take on Abilene Christian at 7pm on Wednesday, February 1st  Click here for tickets.



Drop off your auction item/certificate donations tomorrow (Friday, January 13th) at drop off, at the BASE front entrance. If you pull up out front of the BASE doors (doors just north of the red main entrance doors), a volunteer will even run out to your car.  Mark with your family name.

Volunteer positions available for the auction, please reach out to Beth if interested in the following:

  1. Raffle Lead (need 1)  Collect and track raffle forms leading up to auction night.  Provide reports for Beth prior to and during the live event. Minimal work during and post the event.
  1. Online Auction Descriptions (need 2)  Verify auction item descriptions for spelling, grammar, details and restrictions.
  1. Procurement Chair Shadow (need 1)  Shadow our current chair, Jet Lin, to take over next year.  This composition fulfills all volunteer hours as a chair role. Sort items into live vs silent.  Write live descriptions. Assemble catalog details. Manage a team of volunteers.
  1. Auction Item Collection – NEEDED TOMORROW for 1-2 hours starting at 8:15. Meet by BASE doors (doors just north of the red main entrance doors). Collect items from family, make sure names are on donation, assist with logging and taking to storage.
Recognizing Grandparents & Special Friends

We are working on developing a small gift to celebrate our Grandparents & Special Friends during Catholic Schools Week. Unfortunately due to lack of parking and school space, we will not be having an in-person Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch.

Good Society Night Out

Third Tuesday of the month (see dates below) is HRS night at The Good Society! Grab a pint and a bite at The Good Society and 25% of your sale goes to HRS. Social time, great beer and fundraising for HRS…it’s a WIN-WIN!  Be sure to mention you are there to support Holy Rosary!

  • January 17th
  • February 14th
  • March 14th
  • April 18th
  • May 16th



Re-enrollment will launch next week.  Please read Anna’s efc message for additional details.

New Student Applications

We are in the process of accepting news students, starting with the youngest grades and progressing through to 8th grade.  Once we hear from families that may not return by January 20th, we will be contacting applicants in those grades.

Winter Open House

Our winter open house will kick off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January  29th.  After mass invite friends and family to come to the School Hall for a treats and a tour of the school.  Our students work very hard to decorate and display their work for this special day.  Come celebrate with us!  8th grade volunteers are needed, please sign up here.


Register For CYO Sports Today

*3rd grade basketball registration is open. Boys season starts February 24, girls season starts April 23. 
*4th-8th grade volleyball registration is open. Season starts February 25th.
*4-8th grade track and field registration is open. Season starts May 6th.
 We are looking for volunteer coaches for: 4th grade coed volleyball, 5th grade volleyball girls and boys, 3rd grade boys basketball and track and field.
 If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to coach, please email Mark Webb:
Register here:


Lunch And Milk Duty

Hello parents. Are you needing to fulfill your hours?   I am still looking for Lunch, milk and delivery help.  Lunch and Milk is a 2 hour commitment once per week through 2nd trimester.  I have several days available.  Delivery is 2x per week where you pick up meals at Coastline Burger and Nikko Teriyaki (Jefferson Square) at 11:10 and deliver to the school by 11:15.  You will get 2 volunteer hours for each one.  I need Wednesday (Coastline) and Thursday (Nikko) coverage for this.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact me at If you previously sent us an email, please resend it to The email previously listed was incorrect.

Church Decorations

The time to take down all the beautiful decorations and trees/florals is rapidly approaching.  Next Sunday, 15 Jan, is The Baptism of Jesus, our traditional time when we take down Christmas.  We will start around 12p/noon, or after the 10:30 Mass has ended.

Tasking will include:

  • Remove and coil lights from the trees, store in marked container, and bring to choir loft
  • Remove real trees, garland and wreaths, and dispose on west side of church near the alley; a small saw might be helpful to take down the big tree
  • Take down artificial wreaths and sconce swags, and bing to choir loft
  • Remove lights from choir loft garland and tress, pack up in marked container, and leave in choir loft
  • Pack up interior creche and store in basement
  • Take down and pack up exterior creche and store in basement
  • Fold up and store green fabric; save packing paper please
  • Leave poinsettias in place as they are still in very good shape
Volunteer Hours Requirement Change

In the spirit of encouraging Catholic Community and to simplify the program, the volunteer hour requirement that half of any required hours must be fundraising activities is now removed.  This years, 50 required hours may be Fundraising or General hours in any proportion.  See the Volunteer Hours Program page for full complete program details as well as the 2022-2023 Family Handbook.
Looking for Volunteer Hours?  See the Volunteer Opportunities page for Tree Lot, Auction, and many more activities that need your help.

School Parents: Sing For Your Volunteer Hours!

Did you know that you can sing for your volunteer school hours? Participation in a parish adult choir for Sunday Mass qualifies for “non-fund-raising/general volunteer hours.” Come and sing with one of our choirs – Saturday 5pm, Sunday 8:30 or 10:30! Singing with choir is a fun thing to do for yourself once a week. Imagine an evening away from the family on a Wednesday or Thursday! You can have fun and claim up to 25 valuable volunteer hours! Singing with the choir can also give you a spiritual boost, as we not only sing together, but pray together and support each other in many ways. You can sing every week or arrange per your schedule.
Paul Dolejsi directs the choirs for Saturday 5pm and Sunday 10:30 Masses. Both of these groups are SATB choirs with piano and guitar accompaniment. You can sing melody or parts per your ability. We rehearse together on Wednesday evenings.
Mary Ann Lee directs the music for the Sunday 8:30 Mass. Their SATB choir sings from the loft and features organ and piano accompaniment. They rehearse on Thursday nights and are a very joyful and welcoming group!
For more info on this opportunity for volunteer hours, contact Paul at the parish office or drop by after Mass!

Reporting Volunteer Hours

The volunteer hours portal is ready for the 22/23 school year.

  • Go to ‘Report Volunteer Hours‘ (also a red hyperlink on our home page.)
  • New families:  If you haven’t set up a volunteer log-in yet, you will need to do that first, use the same link!  Remember, only one account per family, NOT per parent
Safe Environment Training

There are many opportunities to help out this year. All of our volunteers are required to take Safe Environment training prior to volunteering with the school or church. If you have not taken the class, please sign up as soon as possible. There are in-person as well as online classes. **It can take a couple of weeks after you’ve taken the class for you to be cleared to volunteer.**

Traffic Patrol

We are looking for parent/guardians to do traffic patrol duty this year for volunteer hours. You would need to be fully vaccinated, and available to arrive on time and stay until your duty is complete. This would be a trimester obligation.
Start Date:
December 12th – March 24th
March 27th – June 16th
2:45-3:15pm   1:45-2:15pm (Wednesdays) 11:55-12:20pm (1/2 days)
You could choose to do one day per week, AM or PM, or both AM & PM on the same day if you wish. Please contact Maggie Judd if you are interested.

Playground Volunteers

We are looking for playground volunteers to help us during lunch recess. Shifts are Monday through Friday from 10:55am to 1:05pm. If you have one or two days available each week, please contact Maggie Judd. Prompt arrival and a full shift are needed. Covid vaccination is not necessary.



Book Study

Fr. Oakland is planning a book study on one of his favorite books, Les Miserables, the theatrical production of which is coming to town this spring.  It’s a great work filled with all sorts of Christian themes.  If interested, email him at   

NEW 2023 Women With Purpose Session

“What We Believe: the beauty of the Catholic Faith”. What does it mean to be Catholic, what do we believe and how do we live it?  Would you like to understand more about the Catholic Faith? Please join us for our Women with Purpose (WWP) Winter2023 session on “What We Believe: the beauty of the Catholic Faith” as we learn more about Jesus, “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Ignite your faith life as we read scripture, discuss the book, and pray with Women in WWP. “What We Believe” Session will meet on Thursday Evenings starting January 12 thru March 30, 2023 at 6:00pm-7:30pm. More information at For questions email Deyette at

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is now running on Sundays at the 10:30AM Mass. We welcome our young children from preschool thru 3rd grade to join the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW).  This is a great opportunity for our children to hear God’s message in a way they can participate and helping them apply the Word of God to their own experiences and actions. Come and join us!

RCIA Adapted for Children and Youth

We just started our RCIA sessions with children and youth. If your child/children/youth expressed their desire to know about the sacraments and Catholic faith you are welcome to join us! We have room for more! Contact Sr. Stella for more information at

Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children 7-18 years of age who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If you or your children are interested to know more about RCIA, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (


Knights of Columbus Free Throw Shooting Championship

Our Lady of Guadalupe Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring the annual free throw competition for all boys and girls age 9 to 14. Please come to shoot baskets and enjoy pizza on Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 PM. The competition will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym, 3410 SW Myrtle St., Seattle. Please see our website for more detaiis:

Southwest Lacrosse Club

Did you know that all Seattle Metro Catholic High schools have boys and girls lacrosse? Are you looking for a fun and fast-paced team sport for your K-8th grader? Registration is currently open for the 2023 Seattle Metro Youth Lacrosse Season. 

Founded in 2008, the Southwest Lacrosse Club is dedicated to promoting, organizing, and developing K-8 youth lacrosse from West Seattle to Federal Way. Our mission is to teach lacrosse fundamentals and good sportsmanship while emphasizing the importance of discipline, teamwork, and physical fitness. Players of all skill levels can develop their game, and we will prepare each athlete for the next level of play. No prior lacrosse experience is required, the club can provide all equipment if needed. We offer full and partial scholarships for those who qualify and have equipment available to loan.

Practices begin mid-February, and games run from March through the end of May. You can check out our website or contact us at  with any questions.

After School Art Classes for HRS students – In-person 

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Classes are held in-person at Hope Lutheran, and all HRS students are welcome to join. (This is not a Holy Rosary School program.)