Dear Holy Rosary Families,
This is a big week for our nation and a big week for our school! Pope Francis has called for unity this week. In this light, I wanted to share a prayer the Superintendent of Catholic Schools provided schools to start this eFC message:
Prayer for Unity and Healing
Lord our God, we come to you this day with broken hearts and
We are in need of your healing.
A healing that recognizes our own sinfulness.
A healing that proceeds from inexhaustible love.
A healing that summons us to recognize everyone in our
society as brother and sister.
A healing that leads us from division to unity, from animosity
The motto of our nation is “from many, one.”
Let this motto be our pathway forward as a nation in these
so that the spirt of Washington, Lincoln, and King might reanimate our nation
with the greatness of which we are capable.
And let us entrust these petitions to our God in union with the
the ultimate example of discipleship rooted in love.
We welcomed our preschool – second grade students back to campus for in person instruction this week. We look forward to welcoming our third and fourth grade students next week. As many of us were at the school this past weekend, putting the final touches here and there to ensure everything was ready for this week, I found myself in awe of all that our collective community has accomplished since this unpredictable journey began March 12, 2020. I’m profoundly grateful for your partnership and support as we’ve worked to support our students. This journey is far from over, but it does feel as if this week is a turning point as we reopen to in person instruction. During this next phase, we will continue to support students at home and students at school, which looks slightly differently at each grade level. Thank you for all your family continues to do to make this year a success. As we embark on the second half of this year, I commit to you we will continue to do all we can to support each of you and your wonderful children, no matter what the days bring.
I thought it would be helpful to re-share some of the risk mitigation efforts in place for in person instruction, along with the physical changes to our campus that made this week possible!
Masks/Uniforms: Masks are required of all staff and students. Students must wear a clean mask after lunch each day and should come to campus with a clean uniform each day. Plastic baskets will be used, along with student coat hooks, to ensure that student belongings do not touch each other during the school day. Students are instructed to take all belongings home at the end of each day. No toys are allowed at school or out at recess at this time.
Hand washing and sanitizing: Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed in all classrooms and at all entrances to the building. All students sanitize upon entry to the building and upon entry to the classroom. Four new hand washing stations have been installed (3 in the school and one in the gym). All drinking fountains have been converted to bottle fill stations. Classrooms that have faucets have been serviced to ensure proper flow of hot water. No touch paper towel dispensers have been installed throughout the campus.
Cleaning: We have purchased electrostatic sprayers which can be used to quickly and effectively clean high touch and frequently used spaces (such as door knobs and restrooms) multiple times per day. A professional cleaning company cleans and sanitizes all classrooms with students present every night.
Social distancing: All classrooms are set up with 6′ between students and all desks are facing forward. Plastic dividers are provided for students to use while eating. Class sizes are established based on the numbers each grade level can accommodate with social distancing in place. Grades K-4 are returning fully in person Monday – Thursday, grades 5-8 are returning in a hybrid model Monday-Thursday. Socially distant markers are placed throughout the campus to remind students where to stand as they wait for pick up, wait to wash their hands, etc.
Ventilation: All fresh air blowers in classrooms were professionally serviced and new high filtration filters are in place. The HVAC system on the school roof and gym roof were also professionally serviced with new high filtration filters. Mechanical engineers assessed the entire campus for air flow and additional stand alone units were installed in classrooms without fresh air blowers. All classroom, hallway, and and bathroom windows are open while students are present.
Bathrooms: There is a cleaning and sanitizing schedule for bathrooms throughout the day. Bathroom capacity is limited at one time to ensure proper social distancing and students are encouraged to used the bathroom throughout the day to avoid crowding.
Health screening: All staff and students are screened daily for COVID symptoms including raised temperatures. Prior to arriving at school families will need to complete a daily temperature check and a health attestation for each child. We are adhering to a strict sick policy in alignment with King County Public Health and ask all families returning or in person instruction to pledge to engage in COVID-safe behaviors.
Arrival and dismissal: Arrival time and dismissal times are staggered to avoid crowds gathering in the hallways. Students remain with their cohort throughout the day.
Specialists/Core Instruction: Music and Spanish are taught remotely to all students, whether in person or not. PE is taught outside, socially distanced. In grades where students learn from more than one teacher, the students remain with their cohort and the teachers move. Teaching spaces are established in each classroom distanced from students. There is no re-mixing of students in grades 5-8 for math at this time.
Recess: The playground is divided and students must remain with their class cohort while at recess in their assigned area. Shared equipment and high touch areas are sanitized between groups. All students sanitize their hands upon re-entry to the building after recess.
Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders
When dropping off/picking up, please do not park in the parking lot at Seattle Christian School, in the Heart Auction Spaces, or in the Alley behind the school waiting. The alley is only to be used for active pick up/drop off so we remain good neighbors. Please establish a pickup location with your students so they know where to expect you each day.
Inclement Weather Policy
It is still possible that we will experience snow this winter. In the case of a necessary closure because staff or students cannot make it safely to campus, the school will make all efforts to notify families of any changes as early as possible through email, social media, and on our website.
Catholic Schools Week Masses
We will celebrate our school during the Masses as we kick off Catholic Schools Week, January 30th and 31st. You can sign up to attend Mass in person here, or watch the Masses live online. Students are encouraged to wear their uniforms to Mass if attending in person.
It has been a joy this week to see lots of children back on our campus. A second grader on Tuesday told me that the best part of her day was “Everything!” Who knew, learning how to wash your hands and walk down the hall and move about the classroom could be so exciting? There is no way to do everything perfectly this year, and provide for all needs in all environments. I am so grateful for the dedication of our parents, teachers, staff and student, for the ways they have supported learning, shared ideas, and helped with the extra work, all with the incredible amount of grace required by the extra stressors and changes.
On this day after the inauguration of our 46th President, I call to mind the relevant part of the Prayer for Our Government written by Archbishop John Carroll in 1791. Our civic duty extends beyond elections, and even beyond prayers for our leaders, as we work with them in pursuit of the common good.
“We pray O God of might, wisdom and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the president of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality.
Let the light of your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.”
- January 22nd – Asynchronous for grade K-2
- January 27th – Parent’s Club Meeting (Date Changed)
- February 12th – Noon Dismissal
- February 15th – Presidents Day – No School
- February 16th – Mid-Winter Break – No School
NOTES & REMINDERS
Asynchronous Learning for K-2
Our Kindergartners, 1st graders and 2nd graders will be asynchronous tomorrow, Friday January 22nd.
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 (fulcrumfoundation.org) We are grateful for all Fulcrum does to support Catholic education and I encourage you to support them if you are able.
Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders
When dropping off/picking up, please do not park in the parking lot at Seattle Christian School, in the Heart Auction Spaces, or in the Alley behind the school waiting. The alley is only to be used for active pick up/drop off so we remain good neighbors. Please establish a pick up location with your students so they know where to expect you each day. As we bring more students to campus next week, it will be increasingly important that you leave campus immediately after picking your child(ren) up. We need to make space for the next group of pick ups. Thank you for understanding.
- Last names A-I: Dropoff at 8:10-8:20, pick up 2:45-2:55 (1:45-1:55 Wednesdays)
- Last names J-Q : Dropoff at 8:20-8:30, pick up 2:55-3:05 (1:55 – 2:05 Wednesdays)
- Last names R-Z (and am/pm preschool families): Dropoff 8:30-8:40, pick up at 3:05-3:15 (2:05-2:15 Wednesdays)
If your child needs to leave school early for an appointment, please email or call the office ahead of time. We will do our best to have your child waiting for you in the office when you arrive. It is also less disruptive to the class if the teacher is aware in advance. When sending absence and tardy announcements to the teacher and copy the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The office records the attendance and this will avoid us from having to call you to find out the reason for the tardiness or absence.
If your child forgets their lunch, coat or homework, please leave the item with your child’s name on it in the box outside the main office doors. It will be delivered to your child as soon as possible.
Parent’s Club Meeting
Our next Parent’s Club meeting is Wednesday, January 27 at 7:09 pm. The topic is “Parenting in the Time of COVID”. Our speaker is Mari Stevens, MEd. Mari is skilled in Coaching, Early Childhood Education, Educational Consulting, and Classroom Management. She is a social services professional with a Bachelor’s degree and MEd from the University of Washington.
Mari is up beat, practical and ready to talk with us for 40 minutes, and then answer questions. Main themes are self care, identifying what we can and cannot control, knowing what our kids need now, trouble signs to look for and also how to process this all.
Holy Rosary Is Hiring!
Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization
Pastoral Assistant for Communications and Technology
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
What has become clearer as the year continues to unfold, is that there are divergent thoughts and beliefs that inform, or in some opinions uninform, movements and actions. It is apples to oranges, but in the end we are all fruit! The week of January 18-25 is the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The followers of Jesus did not always get along and had many arguments. In time the community broke into many different and separate churches. In some cases, jealousy, anger, and even warfare broke out between groups. Through this there has always been a desire to remain united and live more clearly as one body of Christ. In the 1960’s Pope John XXIII invited the leaders of all the Christian churches to visit him at the Vatican. From this event Catholics have been encouraged especially during this week to put aside differences and prejudices and work toward loving and respecting one another regardless of faith practice and tradition. We are encouraged to pray for better ways of living out our lives in unity.
Prayer corner idea: Make a promise as a family to pray for unity. Place two bowls or jars of beans or some other uniform objects in your prayer corner. Make a novena counter moving “one bean” representing each day, or each prayer.
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:https://mycatholicschool.org/for-catholic-schools/personnel-policy/substitute-management/frontline-absence-management-overview-for-substitutes/
If your child needs to take medication during the school day, whether is it daily or on an as-needed basis, please fill out the Archdiocese form. Have your doctor sign it and return it to the office with the medication clearly labeled with your child’s name. Medications such as ibuprofen, antacids and even cough drops cannot be administered without the official form.
Re-enrollment Is Open Now
Please make sure to complete re-enrollment of your student(s) for Sep 2021-June 2022. Re-enrollment ends January 31st. Any questions, please contact email@example.com. Registration fees ($300 per K-8 student/$200 per Preschool student) for 2021-2022 will be charged Feb. 15th, due Mar. 1st
Financial Aid Applications Due Jan. 31st
All financial aid applications must be in by Jan. 31st. Financial aid decisions will be communicated in February. Families who have applied for financial aid will have their registration fees charged in March after aid decisions have been sent out.
Earn up to 10 volunteer hours toward next year’s requirements to those that lead a grade auction art project. A 7th grade lead is still needed. There is an idea, just need a parent to coordinate. Please reach out to Brittiony Borges (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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: https://www.cscsisters.org/ways-to-give/#stamp
Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.
- youth sweats and hoodie
- youth Sport-Tek fleece jacket, hoodie pullover, and duffel
- adult Sport-Tek fleece jacket, hoodie pullover, and duffel
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.
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
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.
GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS LUNCH
We will celebrate Grandparents & Special Friends remotely on February 3 with a video. Once the link is released, please forward to Grandparents & Special Friends who normally would’ve been in attendance. Read the efc and teacher newsletters for additional ideas to celebrate those special people in our lives!
ANNUAL FUND 2021-22
As you complete re-enrollment, please consider participating in the Annual Fund. This is for the 2021-22 school year. The Annual Fund is important as it helps us bridge the gap between the cost to educate vs. tuition charged. In years’ past the Annual Fund has garnered nearly 80% participation and $200,000.
When applying for grants, which are highly competitive, applications often require statistics on fundraising participation. The higher participation rates show that we have exhausted our internal resources and are in need of external funding. Any amount you can give above tuition is appreciated. Thank you!
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 email@example.com
Sacraments Of Reconciliation And Holy Communion
Sacramental 2 preparation is in full swing. Second Grade and/or Sacramental 2 is the year in which most children prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion (Eucharist). We are grateful to our parents who devote their time teaching the Family Learning Classes for First Reconciliation with their child/children at home. We are blessed with 41 children who are eager to embark the next page of their faith journey, as they start to explore and learn more about God’s indescribable love in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Let us remember them in our prayers as they eagerly await to receive Jesus’ Body and Blood for the first time at the Easter Season. This is a special and exciting time as they continue to grow deeper in their love for Jesus and as they look forward to that day where they will be nourished by the food of eternal life in the Holy Eucharist.
For more information about First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion preparation, please email Sr. Stella: SrStella@holyrosaryseattle.org
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: httpshttps://holyrosaryseattle.org/youth-ministry
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 westseattlebaseball.com 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 email@example.com
Live Online Art Parties!
A supportive space to create dazzling art, socialize and have fun. RainbowParrotArt.com
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!https://www.seattlegentlebeginnings.com/Giulia Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 (email@example.com | 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.
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.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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 https://www.goodsocietybeer.com 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 https://shop.goodsocietybeer.com. 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 ( https://joe.coffee/ ) 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 https://www.westseattlegrounds.com/