Family Communication 1/14/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I find myself reflecting on many things these days, especially guiding our children as we cope with the state of COVID-19 and the unrest in our country.  These days are challenging, and yet we must not lose hope!  This Monday, we honor the life of a great man as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. 
These are difficult days, but we must find example in the life of Dr. King, which he modeled after the life of Christ.  King’s legacy- a life of service, a life of charity, and a life grounded in the Corporal Works of Mercy, is a model for us all.  So as we approach this weekend, and honor the incredible work of a man whose life was cut short, I challenge us all to think broadly about what Christ asks of us in this world.  How are we living a life of service to others? How are we modeling this for our own children?  How do we respond to injustice?  How will we respond to what is happening in our country in a way that honors the legacy of Dr. King and his example following the teachings of Christ?  I know I intend to spend time with my three girls this coming Monday using the day to pray for peace in our world and engaging in service to support others.  We have much work to do in our country to continue moving towards equality for all and I commit that as a school we will continue to push our students to grow as disciples who live their lives focused on service, love, kindness, and charity to one another and in our broader world.  
May the peace of Christ be with you all these days.  I close with a prayer for humanity, written by Dr. King:
We thank thee, O God, for the spiritual nature of man. We are in nature, but we live above nature. Help us never to let anybody or any condition to pull us so low as to cause us to hate. Give us strength to love our enemies and to do good to those who despitefully use us and persecute us. We thank thee for thy Church, founded upon thy Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray, but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon thee. Then, finally, help us to realize that man was created to shine like stars and live on through all eternity. Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace; help us to walk together, pray together, sing together, and live together …. in the kingdom of our Lord and of our God, we pray. Amen. 
– The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
In Christ, 
Anna Horton


This weekend we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. after a year of heightened tensions and awareness around the sin of racism.  Just a few months ago we had our first black cardinal elevated here in the United States, Wilton Cardinal Gregory in Washington, DC.  It is a moment rather late in coming for Sr. Thea Bowman, who spoke at the annual US Bishops Conference about what it means to be black in the United States and in the Church with her characteristic joy and faith. 
I would encourage you to take some time this weekend to listen to her words, just as relevant 31 years later, and to ask how you can more fully embrace her invitation to us all:  “to walk together in a new way to that land of promise, and to celebrate who we are and Whose we are.” 
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr Day – No School
  • January 27th – Parents Club Meeting (Date Changed)
  • February 12th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 15th – Presidents Day – No School
  • February 16th – Mid-Winter Break – No School


Return to School Planning

We continue to follow the guidance of Governor Inslee and the King County Department of Health. We are excited to welcome back our preschool- second grade students for in person instruction beginning Tuesday and will be communicating subsequent return plans for students in the near future.  As students return to school, we are asking all families to commit to supporting COVID-safe behaviors through an updated Family Pledge. This is being shared with families as each grade level is asked to make a commitment to return to in person instruction or remain remote.  Look for this to come when it is time for your child to return to in person instruction. Continue to pray for reduced COVID activity in our greater community and for those who are ill.
Return to School Status 
January 14, 2020

Grade Start Date* Instruction Return Model Schedule
Preschool Returning 1-19 In Person Whole Class Monday – Friday
Kindergarten Returning 1-19 In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
1 and 2 Returning 1-19 In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
3 – 4 Pending, next to return  Remote Whole Class Monday – Thursday
5 – 6 Pending Remote Hybrid Monday – Thursday
7 – 8 Pending Remote Hybrid Monday – Thursday

*Start dates based on King County COVID-19 Activity guidelines—Moderate Levels
** Grade levels will be added one or two at a time, beginning with preschool and kindergarten.  Each grade will have a unique transition plan (up to 1-2 weeks) based on class sizes, class location, and developmental need to learn and practice health and safety protocols.  
King County Public Health Health Screening
Please take time, prior to your child returning for in person instruction, to review the updated King County Health Screening Flowchart for schools.  Please reach out to the office with any questions you may have.  This provides important information when screening your own children for illness and how to handle any potential COVID-like symptoms and how to handle quarantining after any potential COVID exposures.

Plexiglass – $11 Per Student Charge

Preparation for an in-person return to school this year will include a one-time $11 per student charge for plexiglass dividers.  This is part of our efforts to support the safest environment for our students in returning to school.  All students will be charged regardless of choosing to return in-person or stay remote as these will be tools that may continue to be used next school year.  Please contact Kristin Bentler ( with any questions.


Support The Fulcrum Foundation!

The Fulcrum Foundation will hold its largest (and most inspiring) fundraiser, the Celebration of Light, remotely this year on January 29th.  The Fulcrum Foundation has done a lot to support our school in the past years, providing tuition assistance, funding towards our fire alarm upgrade, and most recently providing COVID-19 relief for our school.  Please consider attending this inspiring event or supporting the Fulcrum Foundation.  There is no charge to attend, though the event is intended to be a fundraiser.  Holy Rosary has a remote table.  Join us, or consider creating your own remote table!  More information can be found here:  Celebration of Light 2021 (  We are grateful for all Fulcrum does to support Catholic education and I encourage you to support them if you are able.

Holy Rosary Is Hiring!

Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization
Pastoral Assistant for Communications and Technology 
Weekend Janitor-Custodian
Please visit our jobs page for full job description, job ad and application.  
For questions or further information please contact Jill Carr. 

Prayer “corner” Idea

This coming weekend is a “long weekend” wherein we have a holiday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.  This famous civil rights leader once made a speech in which he said, “I have a dream…”  He dreamed of a world where there would be justice for black, indigenous, and all people of color and no more prejudice. A world where ALL people would work together to help each other.  We have much to think about, pray for and work on when it comes to race discussions. If you would like to learn more please visit the link below to the Archdiocesan resources on racism, media on this page is organized by suggested age-appropriateness.  Scroll down to find your student’s age. 
Liturgically, the church enters into “Ordinary Time”, which is represented by the color green for hope and growth. While these are not ordinary times that we are living in, we can all use some hope and have areas we need to grow in.  Ordinary Time will continue until Ash Wednesday.
Prayer Corner ideas:  
Celebrate MLK Holiday: Ask your student about a project or other homework they may have done on Dr. Martin Luther King in class.  Place your student’s work in your prayer corner.  Have discussions as a family about racial issues and pray.  You can also include a prayer jar and some paper for family members to place personal prayers.
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.
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

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:


Re-Enrollment for the Fall

Thank you for submitting in December your ‘Intent to Return’ survey.  Next week will start our official re-enrollment period.  We will send out the link to re-enroll your student for next school year (Sep 2021-Jun 2022) on Monday, January 18th.  This will be a 1-step process for those re-enrolling current students (exception graduating 8th graders).  It will be a 2-step process for those adding new students (siblings new to the school). Re-enrollment will close Jan. 31st.

Tuition rates for next school year will be sent out prior to or in conjunction with re-enrollment. Please note that families must be current with their FACTS account in order to re-enroll. Please contact Anna Horton ( with any questions regarding past-due balances.

Auction Projects

Earn up to 10 volunteer hours toward next year’s requirements to those that lead a grade auction art project. 1st, 3rd, 7th and 8th-grade leads are still needed. Please reach out to Brittiony Borges  ( with questions and to sign up as a project lead and to help make this year’s auction a success.

Support Those In Need, Collect Stamps

Please consider supporting The Sisters of the Holy Cross in Indiana.   They collect stamps – even cancelled ones – and use them to raise funds for their Ministry with the Poor.  If you would like to collect stamps to support this project please save them!  An end of the year drop off will be coordinated by 8th grader Shelby Hamilton and her family.  More information about the program can be found here:


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.

Request Library Books

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.


The auction date has been moved to the end of April. Stay tuned for additional details.
If you haven’t dropped off your auction donation, please do so before the end of January. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 – 3:30.
Even though families donated amazing items we are still looking for connections to items for the live auction.  We have money to spend and are looking at purchasing a few live worthy items. If anyone has connections to accommodations or experiences in the Northwest or any connections to businesses on the list below or have other fabulous live auction ideas, the please reach out to Beth at I’m hoping businesses will get creative with a buy one get one or offer up some unique extras to attach to our purchase.
Alaska Air
Costco Travel
Cruise Ship
Dude Ranch
Food Trucks
San Juans

It’s not too late to apply for matching funds for donations made to HRS in 2020.  Contact your HR Department or Beth Martin for details.


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



Congratulations to Anastasia B. who was baptized on December 20, 2020! We welcome you to a life with Christ. 
We are happy to be able to safely baptize children during COVID-19.  For baptisms, everyone attending age 2 years and older wears a mask and follows all COVID-19 screening and protocols. We currently schedule one family for baptism at a time on Saturday mornings.  
If you are interested in having your child baptized and they are under age 7, please email Deyette at You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, For Baptism for Children older than age 7, please email Sr. Stella at

2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Update!

The requirements and important dates for the 2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation program are now available for review on our website! Please keep in mind that dates, locations, and times might change due to the uncertainty of future COVID-19 safety protocols. 
Click here to access requirements and dates 
Click here to complete Youth Confirmation Survey 
Click here to register your baptized 7th-12th grader for the program 

West Seattle Catholic Youth Ministry 

Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe are excited to collaborate and offer faith events, service opportunities, and fun activities for our middle school and high school students and their families! Join of us for any and all events below and meet other Catholic teens in the West Seattle area!  All 7th-12th graders are welcome! 
Click here for a list of events 
Click here to sign-up for any and all events! 

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


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


West Seattle Baseball Opens Registration for 2021 Spring Season

Registration is officially open for the West Seattle Baseball Spring Season!  Be a part of the 60-year tradition in West Seattle.  We welcome boys and girls ages 4-18.  Please visit to reserve your child’s spot!    

West Seattle Baseball, the largest youth recreational baseball league in the area, has a 60-year tradition of serving the youth of West Seattle and its neighboring communities. As an affiliate of PONY Baseball, West Seattle Baseball does not have residency requirements for participation, so your child can play their spring baseball with friends from different parts of the area.

As was the case for so many, our volunteer-run organization was presented with many challenges in 2020 and is looking forward to giving the children of our community the best baseball season possible this year! In order to be prepared to start as soon as we are allowed, we have changed how parents will register their players this year.

Due to lingering uncertainty with regard to state-mandated restrictions:

  • All registrants will be “waitlisted” until we have the go-ahead from local officials to play. Your registration is a reservation.
  • NO MONEY will be collected until we know with certainty that we will be playing.
  • The league will publish and follow a comprehensive safety plan based on state and local guidelines.

Please spread the word to family and friends. Even in a typical year, registration for spring baseball starts much earlier than many expect. Many parents of first-time players miss the tee-ball season, not realizing the registration deadline is actually in winter! If you have any questions, please email our registrar Lisa at

Live Online Art Parties!

 A supportive space to create dazzling art, socialize and have fun.


Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

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

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs.
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 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