Family Communication 1/9/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!  I hope this message finds you well and that you had time during the break to slow down and immerse yourselves in the joy of Christmas!
It was wonderful to see your children this week as we returned from break and are back in the full swing of things. 
This month we are focusing schoolwide on a study of the Mass, with the hope of helping students understand more fully how to participate in the Mass and more deeply understand the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of Christian Life.
In this light, I will share a bit over the next four weeks of what we are learning.  If you are available, I encourage you to join us for the school Masses this month!
In Christ, 

Understanding The Mass-  Information taken directly from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (
Part I- The Introductory Rites
The Mass begins with the entrance chant/song. The celebrant and other ministers enter in procession and reverence the altar with a bow and/or a kiss. The altar is a symbol of Christ at the heart of the assembly and so deserves this special reverence.
All make the Sign of the Cross and the celebrant extends a greeting to the gathered people in words taken from Scripture.
The Penitential Act follows the greeting. At the very beginning of the Mass, the faithful recall their sins and place their trust in God’s abiding mercy. The Penitential Act includes the Kyrie Eleison, a Greek phrase meaning, “Lord, have mercy.” This litany recalls God’s merciful actions throughout history. On Sundays, especially in Easter Time, in place of the customary Penitential Act, from time to time the blessing and sprinkling of water to recall Baptism may take place.
On Sundays, solemnities, and feasts, the Gloria follows the Penitential Act. The Gloria begins by echoing the proclamation of the angels at the birth of Christ: “Glory to God in the highest!” In this ancient hymn, the gathered assembly joins the heavenly choirs in offering praise and adoration to the Father and Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
The Introductory Rites conclude with an opening prayer, called the Collect. The celebrant invites the gathered assembly to pray and, after a brief silence, proclaims the prayer of the day. The Collect gathers the prayers of all into one and disposes all to hear the Word of God in the context of the celebration.  


This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. At His baptism, Jesus heard the words from Heaven spoken by His Father: “Behold my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” At that point Jesus hadn’t worked any miracles, he hadn’t started proclaiming the Kingdom of God, nor had He accomplished the mission for which He was sent, the salvation of humanity. And yet the Father was well pleased. As every parent knows, you love your children simply because they are your children. Imagine the joy and delight that filled Jesus hearing those words – that He was loved!
Your children come to know the love of God through you – personally through your words and actions to them, and as a model, what they witness in your interactions with each other and others. They need that personal affirmation and love to grow, to be confident in themselves, to enter life well, just as those words at His baptism helped Jesus as He prepared for His mission.
Life can get busy at times. Life can get frantic. Holidays with their lack of schedule and extra sugar are not always conducive to best behavior and/or patience. This week, make sure your children hear loud and clear, over and over again, with meaning and intention, the same message that Jesus heard: “Behold my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased.” It will be a greater gift than anything that was under the tree.
In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • January 15th – Parents Club Meeting, 6:30pm
  • January 20th – No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 26th – Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • January 29th – Grandparents Day
  • February 7th – Kindergarten Testing – no school for kindergarten
  • February 8th – Crab Dinner (6pm)
  • February 14th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 17th – Presidents Day – no school
  • February 18th – Mid-Winter Break – no school


Blue Friday

Students can wear their Seahawks gear or Seahawks colors on Friday to support the team. No face paint please.

Pizza Lunch Friday

Tomorrow is our first 8th grade pizza lunch of the new year!



Parents Club Meeting

Please mark your calendar and join us on January 15 from 7:00-8:00 pm, and hear from Anna Horton and Selena Borne, our school counselor. They will share information about the “Gator Gold” PBIS and how it helps motivate our kids at school. Selena will also share some more information about her services, and when and how you reach out to her. It is an evening to learn more about how your student is motivated and supported at Holy Rosary.

The evening begins with social time from 7:00-7:15, and then we will hear from Anna and Selena Until 8:00. Childcare is provided. We look forward to seeing you!

Inclement Weather Policy

As we near the start of winter, it is a good time to review our  inclement weather policy.  Generally, we follow the Seattle Public Schools in terms of late starts and closures.  However, there may be times we deviate, especially if weather conditions are poor in other parts of the city but not here in West Seattle.  In the case of a delayed start or closure, we will notify families the following ways:

1)  Email to the HRS families distribution list (the list that is used to distribute the eFC each week).

2) Posting to the Holy Rosary website.

3)  Posting to the Holy Rosary FaceBook page.

4)  Posting to the West Seattle Blog.

We will no longer be using the app to communicate closures and delays.  The program has changed and the cost has gone up exponentially.  

Please remember- in the case of a delayed start, there will be no am preschool or am BASE.  In the case of a closure, BASE will be completely closed as well.

Cold Weather Ahead

With the extra cold weather coming next week, please make sure your child is dressed warmly. We will be making every effort to go outside for recess and a warm coat will be necessary.

West Seattle Baseball Forms

Time to get ready for spring activities. If you have a baseball form that needs to be signed by the office, please have it completely filled out before you bring it in.  The office staff cannot fill out the form for you.

Band News!  

Happy New Year!  School Band (gr. 6-8), it is time for Honor Band 2020!!  Auditions are set for :
Monday, January 13th/5:00-7:15P.M./Clarinets/Saxes/Drums
Tuesday, January 14TH/5:00-7:15P.M./Flutes/Bells/All brasses
All auditions are held in the Kennedy Catholic Music Room.  Auditions are on a first come basis.  Specific details were handed out to all band members prior to Christmas break.
Eighth graders:  These dates coincide with the Cambronero Band Scholarship Audition to Kennedy Catholic High School. A formal letter from Mr. Ruiter was provided to all 8th graders before the vacation.
Looking forward to an amazing season!

Girls On The Run!

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

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

Here are details for Holy Rosary’s GOTR team:

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

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

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

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


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

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


Volunteer Opportunity

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

Champion Of Holy Rosary School

Every year, during Catholic Schools’ Week, we honor a champion of our school. Winners of this award are individuals who have been champions of Catholic Education and Holy Rosary School and may be alumni, community members, staff, parishioners, or parents. 
This is the last opportunity for 19-20 ‘Champion of Holy Rosary School’ award. Do you know someone who is a true champion of our school? 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 Monday, January 13, to 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.

Winter Open House

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

Financial Aid

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

Support HRS Students with GatorAid Today!

Did you know that HRS has a community chest to support students and their families?  This chest is funded by families, for families.  GatorAid is used to support students who need financial support to participate in fun school activities like SunDance and Chess Club or even yearbook orders or pizza lunch requests.  Support GatorAid today by clicking here.  You can also request GatorAid or make a request on behalf of another HRS Family.  Learn more about GatorAid! 


Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

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

You may also RSVP for them here.

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

Auction Update

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


Coding With Kids Winter Registration

Grade 3-6 families,
We are currently holding registration for Intro to Python. Class is Thursdays from 3:10-4:10 from January 16 – April 2. Note there is no class on Jan. 30. The 11-week sessions are $270 and will be charged to your FACTS account.
Register at Visit Coding with Kids website here. Download information sheet here. Questions? Email Mr. Barker at or Coding with Kids at

Are you a Scratch expert who wants to try something new? Take your programming to the next level with this class! Come learn this language while making fun games. Python is a very versatile programming language that is widely used in the professional world. Still learning to type? No worries. We will use Codesters in this class, which is an environment that allows you to transition drag-and-drop items to typed code.

CYO Volleyball

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


Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers needed to take down and haul the trees adorning the church.  Meet after the 10:30 mass in the church this Sunday. You can submit hours under Tree Lot (fundraising). Thank you for your help!

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:
Monday Night Rosary –  Please join us Mondays, 6:30-7:00pm in the Chapel for Prayer, Rest and Renewal! Note: No Monday Night Rosary on January 20th..
Bible Study – We’re starting a new study: “The Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible” with Dr. Brant Pitre. This is a great time to join our Bible Study community! For more information and to sign up, please see our website:
Inquiry – Do family or friends ask you about Christianity or your Catholic faith at this time of year? Invite them to Inquiry: an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is also the starting point for anyone interested in becoming Catholic. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 14. Our topic will be “New Year’s Resolutions”.

Women With Purpose

Join us for our new session “The Story of Ruth: Twelve Moments in Every Women’s Life” by Joan Chittister starting Wednesday, January 8 and Friday, January 10.  Meetings are Wednesday evenings, 7:15-9:00pm or Friday mornings, 9:15-11:00am. Both groups meet in the Parish Center Reception Room and childcare is provided for the Friday group. For registration: go to  For questions or to order a book, email Deyette at
For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Anthony of the Desert. John the Baptist wasn’t the only one to seek holiness in the desert! St. Anthony heard God’s call to give all he owned to the poor and to follow him as a hermit in the Egyptian desert. Followers gathered around him and, by forming them into a community, he became the Father of Christian Monasticism. He reminds us that God is always speaking to us, and that God challenges us to change our lives, sometimes in small ways, and sometimes in large ways. How is God asking you to change your life this year? His feast is January 17.

CYO Summer Camp Registration is Open Now

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


West Seattle Music Studio

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

Winter Baseball Camps

US Baseball Academy’s Spring Training is a unique concept that provides young players an opportunity to take their game to the next level. USBA camps are designed to develop skills in all facets of the game with an emphasis on teaching proper fundamentals and techniques. Sessions are available in hitting, pitching, fielding and catching. Call us at 866-622-4487 or visit

Hosted by: Seattle University

Week 1: January 18th-19th

Week 2: January 25th-26th