Family Communication 1/16/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

 I hope you are well this cold winter week! 
By now you should have received a letter sharing information regarding next year’s tuition rates and an email explaining the process to re-enroll for the 2020-21 school year.  Thank you for your support of these efforts.  This will assist us greatly in  continuing our planning for the 20-21 school year.  
On a personal note, I just wanted to say that as a parent of children at our school, and as the principal, my goal is to ensure that we make budgetary decisions that allow us to maintain an outstanding educational program and that allow us to meet current needs and plan for the future.  We’ve made a two-tiered adjustment to the tuition rates for next year, with an overall rate increase and a decrease in the multi-child family discount.  It is likely we will make an additional adjustment to the multi-child discount for the 21-22 school year as well.  We are committed to continue offering this to in-parish families, but need to be up front with the fact that expenses in running our school continue to increase affecting the cost to educate each child.  As a parent of three children in our school, I too am affected by this adjustment and I wanted to make sure I was transparent in why this change is happening.
If you have any questions regarding next year’s tuition rates, or the adjustment ot the multi-child family discount that was made, please reach out to me.  
Finally, some have asked about the calendar for next year.  We will not officially release the calendar until March, but to assist you in planning, we are planning to have a pre-Labor Day start, the first week in September.  This is because Labor Day is not until September 7th.  More to come on this.   
Thank you for your commitment to our school community.  I am grateful for each and every one of you and your incredible children!


This past Sunday we celebrated the feast of the baptism of the Lord, which comes pre-printed on the new 2020 Holy Rosary calendars.  But have you added your own baptism to your calendar, and those of your family?
Our baptism, more than anything else, shapes and defines our lives as sin is washed away, as we become children of God and coheirs to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Baptism is something we should live out each day, and an annual celebration helps keep that in mind.  If you don’t know a baptism date, contact the church of baptism.
Pull out the baptism candle, say a special prayer of thanks, and have some special food or dessert to celebrate.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but marking the celebration of the most important day in life is important.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


  • January 20th – No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 26th – Catholic Schools Week Mass/Open House
  • January 29th – Grandparents Day
  • January 31st – Volleyball Signup Deadline
  • February 7th – Kindergarten Testing – no school for kindergarten
  • February 8th – Crab Dinner (6pm)
  • February 14th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 17th – Presidents Day – no school
  • February 18th – Mid-Winter Break – no school


Band News!  

Happy New Year!  School Band (gr. 6-8), it is time for Honor Band 2020!!  Auditions are set for :
Tuesday, January 21st/5:00-7:15P.M./Clarinets/Saxes/Drums
Wednesday, January 22nd/5:00-7:15P.M./Flutes/Bells/All brasses
All auditions are held in the Kennedy Catholic Music Room.  Auditions are on a first come basis.  Specific details were handed out to all band members prior to Christmas break.
Eighth graders:  These dates coincide with the Cambronero Band Scholarship Audition to Kennedy Catholic High School. A formal letter from Mr. Ruiter was provided to all 8th graders before the vacation.
Looking forward to an amazing season!

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.

Girls On The Run!

Girls on the Run is coming to Holy Rosary School this Spring! Girls on the Run is a program that teaches girls important life skills while creatively integrating running and walking. This program is 10-weeks long and is for 3rd-5th grade girls.  The program culminates in a celebratory, non-competitive 5K (3.1 miles).

We are looking for volunteer coaches to join us this season! Coaches lead the girls by following a given curriculum and motivating girls as they run. Coaches attend practices 2x per week, and they will be joined by Site Liaison, Ms. Benson.

Here are details for Holy Rosary’s GOTR team:

COACH APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, January 17th (link to apply:

NEW COACH TRAINING: Saturday, January 25th @ The Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle

SEASON DATES: March 2nd-May 18th, 2020

PRACTICE TIMES: likely 3:00-4:30, specific dates TBD 


END OF SEASON 5K EVENT: Sunday, May 17th @ Renton Memorial Stadium

Please learn more about the program on Girls on the Run’s website or by emailing Ms. Benson. We would love to have you volunteer with our Girls on the Run this Spring!


Re-Enrollment Jan. 15 – Jan 31st

After this school year, we are migrating to a new Student Information System, called ALMA.  New this year, re-enrollment is a 2-step process.  Step 1: completion of our school’s online form; Step 2: set-up of your ALMA account, submitting parent, student, emergency contact information for EACH student re-enrolling for the September 2020 – June 2021 school year. Remember TWO steps to re-enroll this year!  For the first class to complete re-enrollment, each student in the class will receive a free dress pass! Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week Art Showcase

Do you love making art? This is your chance to share your passion and gifts for art with our community. We are showcasing original art from Holy Rosary students during Catholic Schools Week, January 26th through February 1st. This showcase gives students the opportunity to share their artistic talents and appreciate the talents of their peers. Deadline: Wednesday, January 22nd to the front office with full name and class on the back.

Catholic Schools Week Bookmark Competition

This year Holy Rosary is hosting a competition to see who can design the best bookmark for Catholic Schools Week (CSW). The winning bookmark design will be reproduced and sold at our CSW Grandparent’s luncheon and all proceeds will go to benefit our Uganda mission. There will be an honorable mention announced from grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. Deadline: Turn in your whole entry form intact (do NOT cut out bookmark). Be sure to submit your entry to the front office by the morning of Wednesday, January 22nd.

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you in need of volunteer hours? The office is looking for Milk Volunteers. Hours are 11am-1pm Monday through Friday. We have Mondays covered and are looking for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday help. Please contact the office, if interested. 206-937-7255 or This shift is a commitment through 2nd trimester.

Winter Open House

We kick off Catholic Schools’ Week with our Winter Open House, January 26th – 12pm-1:30pm.  Current school families and prospective families are welcome to walk through the classrooms and see examples of student projects.  For prospective families, we will offer tours of the school from current 8th graders.  Many families have commented that meeting one of our 8th grade tour guides had been an influential factor in their school application.  We would love to have your 8th grader be part of that tradition!  Sign up can be found here.  

Financial Aid

Financial aid applications were due by January 6th.  The Fulcrum Financial Aid deadline has passed.  If you would like to be considered for Holy Rosary School Aid, completed applications are due by January 31st.  The financial aid application is the same form for both Fulcrum and HRS aid.  Completed applications must include required documentation (2018 tax return/W-2 forms). Applications can be found online here.  Any questions, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at


Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch Invitations to the lunch were sent over break. If your relative/friend did not receive one, please have them check their spam folder and then contact The lunch will be on Wednesday, January 29th at 11:30am, with doors opening at 11am.

You may also RSVP for them here.

Volunteers are needed please sign up here. Families providing baked goods (cookies, brownies, lemon bars) went over well last year, so we are once again offering this option. See link above to sign up.

Auction Update

Thank you for donating all those fabulous items! The Auction committee is well on their way to creating some awesome packages.
Key Details:
Date: March 14, 2020
Location: Brockey Center, South Seattle College
Volunteer: Raffle Chair needed.
Information: Check out the Auction page HERE
Donation Needed: The Auction committee is organizing a Hawaii item. Any leads on donated/discounted accommodations or excursions, please contact Beth. Drop off donations, in the main office, anytime between now and January 17th.Curbside item drop off will be available on Friday morning. Look for auction committee members loitering in the alley or by the crosswalk. Drive by and hand over your item.


CYO Volleyball

CYO Volleyball registration has opened! Go here to sign up to play and / or coach. CYO athletic programs are open to all members of the parish community. 
Deadline for volleyball registration is January 31.


Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus is very similar to vacation bible school, but so much more! Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith. For more information and to register, visit our website at
Dates: August 2 – 7, 2020
Location: Holy Rosary Parish
$35/child (Grades 1-6)
$25/youth (Grades 7-12)
Discount: The total cost is $80 for families that register 3 or more kids
Register online at 
Totus Tuus Contact:
Bridget Bicek
206-937-1488 ext. 299

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:
Bible Study – We’re starting a new study: “The Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible” with Dr. Brant Pitre. This is a great time to join our Bible Study community! For more information and to sign up, please see our website:
Inquiry – Do family or friends ask you about Christianity or your Catholic faith at this time of year? Invite them to Inquiry: an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is also the starting point for anyone interested in becoming Catholic. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 28. Our topic will be “The Life of Jesus”.
For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales. He is known for his patience, gentleness, and persistence, particularly in dialoguing with the Calvinists in Geneva, where he was bishop in the 17th Century. But perhaps his most important contribution was his book, Introduction to the Devout Life, which was the first spiritual guidebook written specifically for the laity – for ordinary Christians raising families and working secular jobs. He reminds us that, because God loves all of us, He calls all of us to holiness, that is, to deep love of God and neighbor; then he gives practical advice that is still helpful today. Try reading it! It’s not too long, and there are various good translations available, including on (Contact Robert King if you have any difficulty accessing Formed.) His feast is January 24.

CYO Summer Camp Registration is Open Now

Give the gift of fun experiences and lifetime memories.  CYO Summer camp registration is open!


West Seattle Music Studio

In home guitar and piano lessons for children and adults. Beginners are welcome. Classical/Rock/Jazz. Twenty-five years of experience performing and teaching. Call Lizette at 206-349-5499 or

Free Throw Competition

Show off your basketball skills
Our Lady of Guadalupe Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a Free Throw Competition for all boys and girls age 9 to 14. It will be held Friday, January 31st at 6:30 PM. The competition will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym, 3410 SW Myrtle St., Seattle. Each boy & girl age group champion will be eligible to advance to the District Competition to be held in February. You must provide proof of age (birth certificate, etc.).

Write YOUR Story! Now enrolling for Spring 2020

Theme: Unexpected Endings
What: Free story writing workshops for children ages 8-12. Join kids from local schools as we read and rewrite a classic children’s story. In the second half, children write their own stories and a great party is had at the end!
Where: Curious Kidstuff Toy Store, 4740 California Ave SW, in the West Seattle Junction area
When: 3:15pm to 4:15pm, every Wednesday from January 22 to April 29, 2020
Price: $0.00 free. In return for this unique opportunity, participants are expected to attend every class.
Who: Taught for kids ages 8-12, by West Seattle resident Julia Douthwaite Viglione, PhD (“Ms. Julia”)
Space limited! To enroll, contact Ms. Julia at: or text (574) 400-9362.
Write YOUR Story: We Read. We Write. And we have a lot of fun.

Stories we will read in Spring 2020:
Zhang Fuxin, the story of Wu Duan and the piglet in The Story of Zhuang Zi, trans. Zhang Tingquan (Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2002), 184-85.
Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, “Hans in Luck” from Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm, trans. Lucy Crane (New York: Dover Pub., 1963), 14-19.
“The Witch of Fife” from Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment, ed. Mirabelle Korn (San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2016), 45-49.