Family Communication 1/5/23

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


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Welcome back to 2023!  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing break.
Much is happening around here this week!  Notably, we celebrated our school building’s 100th birthday on Tuesday with an all-school picture.  I hope you saw the email that was sent out to families and the post on the West Seattle Blog! 
This time of the year, we start to live in two school years.  We’re still busy with this year, but we’re actively planning for next year.  Right now we’re drafting next year’s calendar, which will be released no later than the first part of March, and we will launch re-enrollment for the 23-24 school year next week!  
We also celebrate the great Feast of Epiphany on January 6th, the 12th day of Christmas (which will be celebrated this coming weekend at Mass). This celebration commemorates the arrival of the Magi, as they arrived to pay homage to the newborn King.  This feast represents the manifestation of Jesus’ divinity as the Magi followed the great light of the star to find Him.  We are then called to be this light in our world.
One of the traditions of Epiphany is to bless our homes, as an invitation to Jesus to visit our homes.  One way to do this is to use chalk and to write this above your entryway:  20 + C + M  + B + 23.  The letters C, M, and B are the names of the three Magi (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar) and 20 + 23 refers to the year. The letters also mean:  Christus mansionem benedicat (May Christ bless this house).  A prayer you can use to complete this blessing can be found here
In Christ, 


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


Christmas Wishes

Thank you to all of the families who sent us a Christmas card. Students love to see them displayed on the staff room door. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas season.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Please help us with the traffic congestion on Genesee. Always pull forward when space allows and please do not exit your vehicle. Our goal is the have students arrive for and depart from school in the safest, most efficient way possible. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Catholic Schools Week Book Fair

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

Inclement Weather

With temperatures dropping, it’s a good time to review what we will do in case of dangerous roads due to snow or ice.  We will notify families as early as possible if a closure or late start is needed via email, social media, the school website, and the West Seattle Blog.  We do not always follow what Seattle Public Schools is doing because they must make decisions for the entire district and we are able to make more localized decisions.  If there is a late start, there will be no AM BASE.  If there is a school closure, there will be no BASE.

COVID And Health Screening

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


Catholic Schools Night At Climate Pledge Arena

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

View Your Student’s 5th-8th Grade Schedule

We have added a new feature to our Alma Student Software. You can now view your student’s 5th-8th grade class schedule through Alma. This may be helpful when scheduling appointments. Log into your Alma account. Select your student on the left-hand side. Click the Classes tab and then click on the “Grid View” on the right-hand side.



Save The Date! Drop off your auction donation on Friday, January 13th volunteers will be accepting donations at the BASE front entrance. Please turn in certificates and items on this date.  Mark with your family name.

 Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

We are working on developing an alternative experience to celebrate our Grandparents & Special Friends, stay tuned!

Good Society Night Out

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



Still accepting applications for the 23/24 school year. If you know anyone interested in HRS, have them schedule a tour.

Financial Aid – Last Call

Last call for financial aid applications for the 23-24 school year, the deadline is 1/6/23. Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.  Questions, please contact


Re-enrollment will launch next week.  Stay tuned for details.

Champion Of HRS Award

We are currently taking nominations for the 2022 Champion of Holy Rosary School award. This can be an alum, teacher, or a parent in our community. Do you know someone whose support of our school is above and beyond? Or someone who has made their mark in part because of the Catholic education they received here?  Send in your nominations to (name here) by January 10th ( With your nomination please send the individual’s name, their affiliation with our school, and why you believe they are a “Champion” of Holy Rosary School. 


Register For CYO Sports Today

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


Event Tear Down This Sunday

We need 10 volunteers to move tables and chairs out of the gym. Volunteers would meet Scott Stoefen in the gym at 5pm on Sunday, January 8th. The clean up should be done by 7pm. If you have any questions please contact Scott Stoefen 206-409-0355

Volleyball and Track & Field Coordinator

Holy Rosary CYO is searching for a Volleyball and Track & Field coordinator. If interested, please email Mark Webb @ for more information

Volunteer Hours Requirement Change

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

Holy Rosary CYO Snack Shack Is Back! 

We are looking for volunteers to help run the snack shack for all HOME Basketball games.  All volunteers must be up to date on their Virtus/Safe Environment and have a completed background check.  Come cheer on the Gators and get your HRS volunteer hours at the same time!
Sign ups:
Please reach out to Mark Webb @ with any questions.

Lunch And Milk Duty

Lunch and Milk volunteer opportunities.  We are looking to cover Milk and lunch shifts for 2nd trimester.  Shifts are one day a week 10:45-12:15.  Here are the days we need to fill:
Milk: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays
Lunch: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Also, we are looking for someone to pick up Junior high lunches from Coastline Burger on Wednesdays and Nikko Teriyaki on Thursdays.  This involves driving to these restaurants and picking up the meals at 11:10 and delivering to the school hall by 11:15.  Please email Karla at if you are interested in picking up one or two shifts.

School Parents: Sing For Your Volunteer Hours!

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

Reporting Volunteer Hours

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

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

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

Traffic Patrol

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

Playground Volunteers

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



NEW 2023 Women With Purpose Session

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

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

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

RCIA Adapted for Children and Youth

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

Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children

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


Southwest Lacrosse Club

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

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

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

After School Art Classes for HRS students – In-person 

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