Family Communication 1/28/21

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Time is moving swiftly by- it’s hard to believe we’re near the end of January!  
It has been a joy this week to welcome our third and fourth graders back to campus.  As of today, we have in person instruction occurring for students in preschool – fourth grade, AND we have some students learning at home as well in these grades.  The kids in person are enjoying seeing their classmates on the screen in the classrooms- it’s truly amazing.  Sometimes I look at all we’ve learned and accomplished in the past year and am filled with wonder.  Thank you to each one of you for all you’ve done to make this year successful.
A few reminders I want to highlight in my message regarding the return to in-person instruction:
1)  Everyone must wear a two-layer mask while on our campus at all times.  Masks are preferable to gaitors, as they must be doubled over to create two layers.  This includes when you are outside while picking up students at the curb and in all other areas.  Students should exit cars with a mask already on.  
2)  At the end of the day, please pick up your student(s) and leave swiftly. I know there is a desire to see one another as it’s been such a long time!  But we must avoid crowds and we are working hard all day to cohort students.  This means the playground, big toy, and little toy are NOT available after school for kids to play on.  Thank you for your understanding with this.  
3)  If your family travels out of state, we are enforcing whatever the current travel guidance is at the time.  Right now, it is a 14 day quarantine upon return from non-essential out of state travel.  That means that any student who travels out of state will need to revert to remote learning for two weeks.
4)  Please complete your attestation at home prior to arriving  on campus with your students.  It’s imperative you check your child’s temperature and do a symptom check prior to their arrival.  We do a secondary screening at the door as well, but the goal is for anyone who has symptoms to never make it onto our campus.
Thank you again for all of your support. I know things are different, but I’m confident all of us working together will help us keep things as safe as they can be.  
Finally, I hope you’ll be able to join us online for one of the Masses this weekend to celebrate the start of Catholic Schools Week.  If you are unable to sign up to attend in person, I encourage your family to watch the 10:30 Mass via livestream.  And if you’re coming in person, please have your kids wear their uniforms!  More information on CSW provided below.
In Christ, 
Anna Horton

Return to School Status 
January 28, 2021

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

*Start dates based on King County COVID-19 Activity guidelines—Moderate Levels
** 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.  

Catholic Schools Week is Next Week!
Just because things are a little different this year, doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun!  More information will come from your child’s teachers, but here is a summary of the events:
Sunday:  In Our Faith Community- Holy Rosary Celebrated at the Masses on the weekend.  The Champions of Holy Rosary School Award presented after the Masses.  
Monday:  Celebrating our Parent Community:  Honoring our families- Students encouraged to wear CYO, Gator Gear, or Athletic Gear.  We’ll play some all school bingo this day.
Tuesday:  Celebrating our Larger Community- Honoring local businesses and completing student service projects.  
Wednesday:  Honoring Grandparents and Special Friends- We’ll be sending home a special message.  Perfect Uniform- Mass Day
Thursday:  Celebrating Life Long Learning- All school read-in in the afternoon.
Friday:  Celebrating our Students- More to come from HR teachers.  
Sunday:  Celebrating our Parish Community 
 
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. 


PASTOR’S MESSAGE


Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of universities and students, among other things, because of his towering intellect.  His writings are still today a great fount of wisdom and knowledge.  But he surpassed his fellow students not just in learning, but in virtue as well, which he prized above all else – growing in the love of God.  As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week starting this weekend, we are reminded that our true purpose is not just the pursuit of wisdom, but growth in virtue and love, as well. 
As we reopen for in-person instruction and continue to serve families at home, our risk level on-campus is mostly tied to the choices of our staff and families present in the school – not the wider King County statistics.  If we are individually making choices to ignore the current directives of no in-home gatherings with those we don’t live with, that increases not just your own personal risk, but that of our school community, as well.  Anna and I and the staff have taken countless steps to mitigate risk within the school – but we can’t do that without everyone’s help and buy in for the sake of all our children.  Thank you for everything you have and continue to do in love for your children and our community.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


UPCOMING DATES


  • January 29th – Materials Pick Up (12pm-4pm)
  • January 30th – Materials Pick Up (9am-12pm)
  • February 12th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 15th – Presidents Day – No School
  • February 16th – Mid-Winter Break – No School

NOTES & REMINDERS


Materials Pick Up This Friday And Saturday

Student’s materials will be available for pick up Friday from 12pm to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 12pm. Your child’s teacher will let them know if they have items to pick up. Please make sure your student writes their name on any assignments they will be turning in.

Support The Fulcrum Foundation!

The Fulcrum Foundation leverages financial aid to support and strengthen the 72 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle primarily through tuition assistance, school partnership grants, and leadership development. Fulcrum also provides funding for diversity and inclusion efforts, IT modernization, and early childhood education.
Since its founding in 2002, Fulcrum has disbursed over $38 million in grants!
Did You Know:
Fulcrum has supported Holy Rosary School West Seattle in the following ways:

  • Provided $65,100 in tuition assistance grants to school families over the last 3 years
  • Provided $60,000 in COVID-19 relief to Holy Rosary School
  • Provided $25,000 in grants to support the Holy Rosary School fire alarm upgrade

In the past year alone, Fulcrum provided:

  • $2.45 million in tuition assistance grants
  • $3.45 million in school partnership grants
  • $84,000 in leadership development grants

Despite a record-breaking year of giving, Fulcrum still saw unmet needs. Almost 62% of tuition assistance requests and 48% of school partnership requests went unfunded.
You can make a difference for Catholic schools and students in the Archdiocese of Seattle by making a donation to Fulcrum. Please join us in supporting Fulcrum’s Celebration of Light.
https://give.fulcrumfoundation.org/holyrosaryws

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)
Parents Club Presentation

Last Night, Mari Stevens, Positive Parenting and School Coach, presented to the Parents Club on how to support children in times of stress, especially during these COVID times.  
Her presentation is linked here and will be available for two weeks for anyone who would like to watch it.  Note- there is one technical difficulty that happens in the middle, it is resolved to keep watching through it!
https://zoom.us/rec/share/4LVt0yCuNYX7YNQ4hrrzbRWIqirP-tmO2JMU2nvNGnoYLjaYtCNbJFddsVP343tJ.GLnIiAOgMm9gINO3
Password:  &%Dp.3kq

Other Videos from Mari

Attendance

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 office@holyrosaryws.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.

Forgotten Items

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.

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. 

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/


ACTION ITEMS


Re-enrollment Due Sunday

Re-enrollment for all Preschool – 7th grade students is due by this Sunday, Jan. 31st.  This form is required of all families re-enrolling for the upcoming Sep 2021-Jun 2022 school year.  There are waitlists forming for many grades, please confirm your student’s space by Sunday.  Any questions, please contact jkokkonis@holyrosaryws.org

Financial Aid Deadline Sunday

For families needing to apply for tuition support for the Sep 2021-Jun 2022 school year, applications are due by Sunday, January 31st.  Any questions, please contact jkokkonis@holyrosaryws.org

Medication Form

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.

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

GatorGear

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.


EVENTS & FUNDRAISING


DEVELOPMENT DIRECTIVES
Volunteer Hours
Those that have and will accrue fundraising volunteer hours during the 2020-21 school year, to put towards next school year, please keep track and enter them starting July 1. The hours tracking system is not set up for next year yet.
Auction
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!


PARISH NEWS


Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021–Masses and Receiving Ashes 

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent is just a few weeks away. Holy Rosary Parish is offering a variety of ways for you and your family to participate. 

For those who are not able to attend an Ash Wednesday Mass we are offering “Walk-up Ash Receiving” outside the Church. 
Fr. Oakland will sprinkle ashes on the crown of the head outside the Church on Ash Wednesday during two different timeframes. No reservations needed, just walk up, wear a mask, follow social distancing and all COVID-19 protocols. 

  • For Holy Rosary School families only 1:45pm-2:30pm. 
  • For the public 4:00pm-5:30pm. 

For questions, please email Deyette at Dswegle@holyrosaryseattle.org

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

2021 Youth Confirmation Program

The 2021 Youth Confirmation program began on January 24 with our Kick-Off Event on zoom and will conclude in May with the Confirmation Liturgy. If you have any questions about the Confirmation Program, please contact Bridget Bicek at PAYouth@holyrosaryseattle.org or at 206-937-1488 ext. 203. Please pray for our 37 Confirmandi and follow us on Instagram andFacebook for photo updates!
 

West Seattle Catholic Youth Ministry

Family Scavenger Hunt
Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe are joining forces to host a Mardi Gras Themed Family Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, February 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. All families with a 7th – 12th grader are invited to register for a day of family bonding, adventure, and fun! The winning family will receive a Fat Tuesday prize!
 

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

RCIA

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  srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


COMMUNITY NOTICES


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 wsbbregistrar@gmail.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 giulia@seattlegentlebeginnings.com

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 caitlinkelleyviolin@gmail.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 mkharmon2@gmail.com. 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 (pbarredo@stjames-cathedral.org | 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.
206-937-9920
Grovewestseattle.com
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
206-932-7700
alkilumber.com
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.
westseattlelocalfoods.com
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) 506-5242jamesebc@comcast.netwww.emersoncounselingandconsultation.com

Doyle’s Automotive Service

Doyle’s is owned and operated by one of our Holy Rosary Families. It is located at 4607 37th Ave SW. Please call (206) 935-2600 for an appointment. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours are 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/