Family Communication 1/7/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
As I write this it is Wednesday afternoon on a day that our country is filled with unrest.  As a staff we spent time in prayer after school today, reflecting on the birth of Christ and that we must turn to Him during these truly unsettling times.  Father Oakland reminded us all that yes, it is important that we offer up our love, hope, and gifts to Christ.  But it is equally important that we offer up our worries, stresses, fear, and anxieties to Him.  He will guide us and carry us through difficult days.  And so, this afternoon as I find myself filled with worries, fears, and honestly a lot of questions, I choose to offer those up to Christ rather than letting them become all consuming.
I do hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas and that you were able to enjoy a bit of a slower pace.  As you likely remember, right before the break Governor Inslee issued renewed guidance for schools, broadening the threshold for when schools may open up for in person learning.  Bearing this in mind, we will begin the plan to return students to campus starting with our youngest learners on January 19th.  Specific information will come to families in these grade levels on the transition.  Once we have our youngest learners back, we do plan (barring anything unforeseen) to begin transitioning back the grades to follow and anticipate we’ll move more quickly with our transition this time.
One note regarding the transition:  even though schools have been given the go-ahead to resume in person instruction, that doesn’t mean that the level of COVID activity in the local community isn’t still high.  Because of health, safety, and mitigation measures schools like ours have been successful in preventing the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t still have cases pop up in our community, so it is extremely important that we all assist in doing what we can to follow prevention strategies.  This means that we will continue to enforce the Health Department recommended travel quarantine after being out of state and we are asking all families to commit to a family pledge prior to sending children back for in person learning.   Though the pledge will be something we will ask you to complete when your children return to school, it will be posted to our website under the COVID-19 tab next week.
Thank you for all that you’ve done and will continue to do to support us in safely reopening.
May the peace of Christ be with you all!
Anna Horton


Every day can be Christmas – an opportunity to encounter God with us.  As we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord this weekend, and the importance of heading into the water, I am reminded of one of my favorite Disney movies.  Moana keeps coming back to the water.  From her birth, it has called to her—she longs for it.  But she is the daughter of the chief—and the future chief herself—of an island people.  Even when she tries to do as her dad wants, to simply be happy where she is, she finds herself gazing upon the horizon, that intersection of the sky and the sea.
All is not well in the world.  Te Fiti, the first creation when the world was just water, who shared her heart with the world and brought about the rest of creation, had her heart stolen—and now a darkness reigns and is consuming the world with destruction and death.  While many don’t want to believe it, the darkness has reached their island, and is real.
Moana’s grandma, the village crazy lady, knows better about a lot of things, including that Moana’s calling is much more.  Because of her gentleness, kindness and openness, the ocean has given Moana the heart of Te Fiti, and it is her task to take it to the Demigod Maui, who stole it in the first place, so he can return it. 
For Christians, water is the symbol of baptism.  Waters which have been enlivened by the power of the Holy Spirit give new life as in them we discover our deepest and truest identity.  So it makes sense that Moana feels this calling to the water—to discover who she is, and the life that is greater than she could imagine.
It isn’t just a longing to get her feet wet.  No, Moana feels called to go beyond the reef—into the unknown.  Jesus uses similar language when He invited Peter to “put out into the deep,” into that place which requires faith and trust.  There really is no “good time” to go based on island time and island perspective—but go we must.  Granted, Moana doesn’t know where she is going.  She doesn’t know how to get there.  She doesn’t even really know how to sail, all of which are kind of important things to know if you are going to go out into the ocean!  But that isn’t how it works in our life of faith, either.  Jesus doesn’t ask us to buy into a plan, to rely on our strength, to find our own way.
And so, it is that Moana entrusts herself to the Ocean.  Jesus speaks about a special water, which has the ability to perpetually quench thirst and give life, similar to what the prophets spoke of when they reference the Holy Spirit.  The Ocean, like the Holy Spirit, sometimes moves with great force, and sometimes with great gentleness, but always respects our freedom, and at the end of the day, still requires our participation.  The Spirit is always calling to us, speaking to us, inviting us in.  The Spirit can give life.  The Spirit can lead us to where we need to go—even when we get mad at God because we don’t yet understand, or its different than we thought, or when we grow weary and ask that someone else be chosen.  
Thankfully, Moana is not alone.  She learns that her people are not truly islanders—but wayfinders who journey upon the Ocean.  This is who they are, but they have forgotten since they have been separated from this life, from the Ocean, despite being surrounded by it.  So too, if we don’t live the Christian life, in the grace of God, we forget, and get separated, and settle for something far less than can be ours in a life with God.  We might be kind of connected—with God around us as on an island, or even staying just inside the reef—but we are really still just islanders.  Moana is strengthened by this connection with her wayfinding ancestors, and in particular by her grandmother.  So too, we are strengthened by our ancestors in faith, and the communion of saints, as we discover Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. 
That doesn’t mean it’s easy.  Her journey is one fraught with danger.  In order to accomplish her mission, she must contend with personifications of pride, anger and vanity.  Pride’s body is literally imprinted with his victories, as he takes credit for everything as the great Hero of Men.  He is very insistent on this—as pride so often is.  In the end, pride humbles himself, is converted, and discovers new life and the fulfillment of his deepest longings through love and sacrifice.  Murderous anger, though, destroys itself, and Vanity is left to be consumed by a desire to steal, destroy and insecurity over the need to outshine. 
Despite the dangers, the difficulties, the failures and the steep learning curve, victory is sweet—because Moana finally learns who she is, something which she could only find upon the Ocean.  Which makes sense, since Moana literally means Ocean.  It is hard to discover our identity as the beloved children of God apart from Him.  So too, to be able to say, “I am Moana,” or “I am Ocean,” she had to leave the island.  As we seek our own identity, just as Moana set out upon the Ocean, and as her grandmother danced with joy in the sea and later fully immersed herself in it, so too we must put out into the deep
Moana has discovered that her mission wasn’t what she thought it was—it wasn’t to deliver the heart to Maui to restore, but to do so herself.  So often we get things wrong even when it seems right.  She is the chosen one!  Pride has fled in an attempt at self-preservation and the false allusion of holding onto power and strength, but she heads for the island where Te Fiti was, and must make it past Te Ka, the lava monster.  Te Ka is literally throwing everything possible at her to destroy her, as all evil ever wants to do is to destroy all of Creation (hence the problems back home on her island).  Moana’s first glimpse of a fuller understanding is not only that the Ocean is her helper, her friend and her strength—but that Te Ka cant touch it, for water quenches the fire.
Like most movies, and all Disney movies, Good triumphs over Evil.  But in Moana, this happens in the most Catholic of ways.  As the Prophet Ezekiel said, God will take away our stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh—a heart which gives life.  Light has the power to banish Darkness, Love can enliven all, even evil, because Evil is not a thing in itself—it is only the absence of Good.  The heart is everything!
Her victory is personal, but also through her, is victory for others.  She is a true chief in this regard, willing to give her life to give her people life, and even to lead them where they do not want to go.  She saves her people, and the whole world – through the gift of herself, through love.
 “There is more beyond the reef!”  So much more. Victory awaits us.  We are the chosen ones whom the Holy Spirit calls, our friend, helper and strength.  In truth, we can see a deep longing within us.  We don’t know how far we will go, or what it will entail, but we do know that we will find the fulfillment of all our desires as new life and love are opened up to us. 
Every day can be Christmas – an encounter of God with us – even in Disney movies.  As we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord this weekend, I’d recommend watching Moana with your children and having a conversation afterward.  Just as the Ocean was so important in defining Moana’s life, so too the Waters of Baptism for us – we who are called to be Wayfinders and to put out into the deep. 
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • January 8th-9th – Materials Pick Up
  • 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


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.


Blue Friday

The Seahawks are in the playoffs! Students can support their favorite team by wearing team gear or colors Friday. Go Hawks!

Materials Pick Up

We have our first materials pick up of the new year, tomorrow. Items will be available Friday from 12pm to 4pm and Saturday from 9am to 12pm. If you are not available during these times, please contact your child’s teacher to work out an alternative.

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.  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 (


Please remember when sending absence and tardy announcements to the teacher to copy the office at  The office records the attendance and this will avoid us having to call you to find out the reason for the tardiness or absence.

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

During this school year, your student has been using a little hand cross for daily class prayer, weekly all-school prayer, and school Mass.  Father Oakland has blessed this cross at the beginning of this school year.  We suggest creating a prayer or reflection corner, or area in your home, to enrich the Domestic Church in your homelife.  This “prayer corner” can be a place to keep the cross and school prayer during non-school hours or on the weekend, since the cross is a special item that has been blessed. The “prayer corner” can be as simple or fancy as you like.
Following the Light
This first week back to school in a new year includes two celebrations in the Church the Solemnity of the Epiphany and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  Epiphany is the feast of the Magi – or three Wise Men who followed the star and came from afar to find the baby Jesus. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is the Gospel account of Jesus’ baptism and the Father’s words proclaiming Jesus as his “Son in whom he is well pleased.”
We see many symbols of Epiphany including stars decorating buildings and for some the star on top of their Christmas tree.  Think about what a star and its light mean to each of us symbolically and emotionally: getting a “gold star” for your work in school; seeing the stars in the sky when you are camping; wishing upon a star.  How we each yearn for recognition, hope, and light. That is the gift of Epiphany it is about the bright star that lit the way for those who sought to find Jesus. Epiphany is about each of us following the light toward Jesus and more importantly that Jesus is that light.
In the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord there are many theological and spiritual lessons but focusing on hearing a Father saying “I am proud of you” to his son is sometimes overlooked.  Proud of his son for who he is and what he is about to do.  As we make new year’s resolutions think about these questions: Has a person in your life said they are proud of you?  What are you most proud of?  What are you most proud of in the life of your son/daughter/friend? Have you told them that? 
By virtue of our baptism, we have become members of the Church and we are called to be disciples.  Bishop Mueggenborg in his book “Come Follow Me” shares an analogy between what a wedding is to marriage and baptism is to Christian life.  Based on this analogy, how are you “following the light” in your Christian life?
Prayer Corner ideas:  
For Epiphany add figures of the three Kings and/or stars to your prayer corner. Share as a family your goals for the new year and how you plan to follow the light. 
For the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord you could place a bottle of holy water or your child’s baptismal candle in your prayer corner.  Discuss what it means to be baptized and what it means to be a disciple. Share with each other what you are most proud of about each other. 
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:


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.

Submit Champion Of HRS Nominations

We are currently taking nominations for the 2021 ‘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 Jennifer Kokkonis by January 8th (  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.

Financial Aid

Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2021- June 2022 school year is now open.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 8, 2021. Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.

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.



Thank you for fulfilling your action commitment. Remember that all items should be dropped off this week, Friday and Saturday, during the work pick up hours. Please write family last name on tape and affix to item.
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.
Drink all your wine over the holidays? The Precept Wine discounted rate is available year-round. Precept Wine is once again offering wine by the case, but with easier ordering and delivery options…one positive of COVID. If none of the options work for you, then please reach out to Kendall Danzer and she will assemble a case perfect for you to receive or gift.   Here are 4 reasons to purchase wine through this link.

  1. 10% back to HRS
  2. Free shipping for cases, $10 for quantities under 12 bottles
  3. 30% off retail
  4. It tastes GREAT!

Two Notes:
You must sign up to receive the discounted pricing.
Use referral code: HOLYROSARY (all caps, no spaces)
Please pass this along to friends and family.  The more that is purchased, the higher donation we receive.


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


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.


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