Family Communication 10/01/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
The beautiful weather this week is life giving and rejuvenating!
It has been a joy seeing students in their remote classes and we are marveled at their flexibility, perseverance, and savvy technical skills!  A lot of this has to do with all of the hard work you’re doing as families to establish positive learning environments at home, which we are so grateful for.
Though remote learning is going well, we look forward to the opportunity to begin to return students to campus as we follow the guidance set forth by the public health department.   Thankyou for completing the survey last week.  The data was very informative and assisted us in our planning.   In reviewing the data, in consultation with the Office for Catholic Schools, the King County Department of Health, other Catholic school principals in the region, and our own School Commission, we have developed a return to school plan that we believe will allow us to transition students to campus in a slow and measured way, and employ all necessary safety precautions.  This slow approach will allow us to carefully monitor any potential cases that arise within our community, with the hope of opening and being able to remain open!  This being said, it is important to note that any return to school is predicated on the case counts in King County remaining in the moderate range and hopefully moving down into the low range.  If the case counts rise, we will follow the guidance of King County Health and the Office for Catholic Schools if it becomes necessary to pivot back to a fully remote plan.
 Based on current case counts, we share with you this return plan and Return to School Status:

COVID-19 Activity Level King County

COVID-19 Activity

In Person Instruction Remote Instruction
Mandated Shutdown   N/A All Preschool/K-8 Instruction Remote
High COVID Activity > 75 cases/

100,000/14 days

N/A All Preschool/K-8 Instruction Remote
Moderate COVID Activity 25-75 cases/

100,000/14 days

Preschool M-F

K-4 (phased in)

Monday through Thursday

K-4 asynchronous* Friday,

5th – 8th grade M-F

Moderate-Low COVID Activity <25 cases/

100,000/14 days

Preschool, K-4

Monday through Friday


5th – 8th Hybrid (phased in)

5th – 8th on days when not in person

*Asynchronous Friday:  Students will be sent home with materials for independent work time

Return to School Status (will be updated weekly in the eFC)

Updated September 30, 2020

Grade Start Date* Instruction Return Model Schedule
Preschool 10-13-2020 In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
Kindergarten 10-19-2020 In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
1 10-19-2020 In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
2 – 4 Pending Remote Whole Class Monday – Thursday
5 – 6 Pending Remote Hybrid Monday – Friday
7 – 8 Pending Remote Hybrid Monday – Friday

*Start dates based on King County COVID-19 Activity guidelines—Moderate to Low levels

** Grade levels will be added one or two at a time, beginning with preschool and kindergarten.  Specific transition plans to be communicated by grade level teachers.  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.  Grades 5-6 will be phased in before grades 7-8.

Notice that as students return to campus (Kindergarten and up) they will be on campus for four days of in person instruction and will have one day of asynchronous instruction at home.  On these “asynchronous” Fridays, teachers will provide materials to work on while at home for the day, but there will not be live instruction on those days (although prerecorded specialist instruction may still be available, depending on the grade level).  Teachers will use Fridays for planning time.   As we strive to keep classes in cohorts and properly socially distanced, many of our grades will be split into three classes instead of two.  Thankfully several of our great specialists can step into these roles to continue to provide high quality education for our students.  However, less specialist instruction results in less planning time each day for teachers, so the asynchronous Friday will give them important planning time.  Additionally, as a staff we feel that as students make the big transition back to school, with all of the changes that will be in place as we start, by Fridays they will be exhausted!  And since younger classes won’t be on campus on Fridays, it provides us with opportunities to consider how we can bring older students on to campus for small group activities in accordance with the public health guidelines.
We are also working to determine how significant the need is for after school care  at this point.  Because we will work hard to keep students in cohorts during the day, after school care will look very different.  We will be issuing a survey to families who signed up for BASE to see whether or not your needs have changed.
Finally, though we are releasing this first round of dates regarding the transition, how the actual transition will look is going to differ by grade level.  More specific information will be coming out from individual grade level teachers in the coming days.  Next week, we will also reach out to confirm families who indicated they would prefer to remain remote at this time, so we can plan accordingly.  
The full reopening plan will be shared in next week’s eFC.  In it you will learn all of the details regarding procedural changes at school, risk mitigation, drop off/pick up, etc.   Finally, we are sharing two important documents with you that I ask for you to review at this time.  Each of these can also be found in the reopening plan you will receive next week.  The first, is the new sick policy and how to handle suspected cases of COVID-19 that King County Health has drafted for schools.  In essence, any COVID-like symptoms must be treated as a potential COVID case for the safety and well-being of the entire community.   The second document, found here, is the new Communicable Disease Policy that has been issued for all Catholic Schools.   It details family responsibilities as we collectively approach this new phase of schools opening.
We are excited to welcome students back to campus soon! 

In Christ, 
Anna Horton and Father Oakland 


Materials Pick Up

Supply/Materials Pick Up, Friday, October 2nd (12:00 – 4:00) and Saturday, October 3rd (9:00 – 12:00).  Your child’s teacher will communicate with you if there are items to pick up! 

Summer Math Challenge Update from Mrs. Heuer!

Please watch this video from Mrs. Heuer who would like to congratulate our participants for completing 15 hours of math this summer, quiz you in a little ice cream trivia, and raffle off a winner of a delivered lunch of your choice for one of our challenge participants!  All of our summer math participants will receive a prize in their supply pick up.  Thank you for your hard work!

Attendance Policy

Parents/guardians are required to phone or email the school office ( with any absences, tardies or early dismissals.
Parents and students are expected to make every effort to assure punctual and consistent attendance during remote school. An absence may be categorized as excused or unexcused. An absence due to personal illness or injury, medical or dental appointment, a funeral, or a special circumstance recognized by the principal is considered an excused absence. All other absences are considered unexcused (see family vacations). Teachers will work with parents to help children complete missed work for an excused absence. For an unexcused absence, parents and students must assume the responsibility of completing and turning in missed work. Any student who misses ten days of school during one trimester may be subject to action deemed appropriate by the administration. This may include tutoring, summer school, or possible retention. 
Family Vacations
Parents are asked to follow the school calendar when planning family vacations. Parents should make every effort not to plan appointments or vacations during the time students are taking standardized tests. Teachers will work with families to provide make-up work as they are able. Given the nature of planning and adjusting to student needs, work may not be available until after your student returns from vacation.
There are excused and unexcused tardies. Parents will be notified after a student receives five unexcused tardies in a trimester. Tardies are only excused for illness, doctor appointments, or other appointments which cannot be scheduled at other times. All other tardies are considered unexcused. Students may receive disciplinary action for ongoing tardies.

Volunteer Hours and Community Commitment- A Note From the School Commission 

Many parents have asked about volunteer hours for this school year. Our community matters more than ever right now, but how we maintain that sense of community looks a lot different this year. Many of our major community events and fundraising efforts will have to be cancelled or restructured this year (e.g. WestFest, Italian Dinner).   At this time, the School Commission has made the decision to suspend the requirement for volunteer hours for one year.
There will still be many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year, if and when you are comfortable.  Though the requirement has been suspended, we will still need you!   For example, we know we will still have the tree lot and our auction, both are important fundraisers for our school, especially at a time when our budget is tighter than normal due to increased costs related to COVID.  
We hope that you will still join as a community to volunteer or donate if you can. We know many of you are ready to jump in and be involved however you can.  Please consider donating to the  Annual Fund if you are able- your donations will go a long way, with the changes in some fundraising events.   
Thank you all for weathering through this unusual year. We will rise above and get through this stronger than before.

Incoming Kindergartener Or New Preschooler?

The priority application period for parish members and current school families opened September 15th and closes November 15th.  If you have a new student to Holy Rosary interested in the September 2021 – June 2022 school year for either Preschool, or grades Kindergarten – 8th grade, please complete our online application at:  Any questions, please

Parents Club Meeting

Save the date for our first Parents Club meeting of the year, which will take place virtually on the evening of Wednesday, October 14th.  Stay tuned for information about our anticipated presentation, which you can attend from the comfort of your home.  You won’t want to miss it!

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:

Holy Rosary Parish Hiring

Holy Rosary Parish is currently looking to fill 2 positions in the parish office, Pastoral Assistant for Communication & Technology and Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization. For more information please click on PA Communication & Technology or PA Adult Evangelization


Prayer “corner” Idea

Everything is coming up Roses!
October 1st is the Feast of St. Therese, which is her “birthday in heaven” (the day after the anniversary of her death, September 30).  This prayer corner is celebrating St. Therese.  Her life story is a great example of sacrifice and what it means to love Jesus. St. Therese is often remembered for her many beautiful quotes about roses and flowers, so celebrating her is a great excuse to add some flowers to your prayer corner!  If anyone asks about the flowers you can share: 
St. Therese was known as the “Little Flower” because of her humility.  She did not see herself as elegant as a rose or a lily, but rather as a small wildflower.
At her deathbed St. Therese said: “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…” The aroma or appearance of roses were often associated with miracles of St. Therese. 
Prayer corner idea: Choose a patron saint for your family and display a statue, candle, or prayer card.
What Is A Saint?
A saint is anyone who is in heaven with Jesus. When the Catholic church “canonizes” a Saint, they are recognizing, that after researching thoroughly, based on the life and death of the individual and noting miracles, etc, that this person is indeed in heaven with Jesus.
What Are Saint Feast Days?
A Saint feast day is a day that is designated to celebrate the life a of a Saint. A feast day is often on the day that the saint died. Some Saints have more than one feast day. Saints can also be celebrated on the date of an important event of their life or on their canonization anniversary.
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

Annual VFW Essay Contest

Our VFW Post in West Seattle is encouraging students to participate in the annual patriotic essay contest.  They can do it individually or a teacher, for example an English, History, or Civics teacher can make it one of their projects as many schools do.
For grades 3-5 Youth Essay contest information, go to the Washington State Department web site for details:  From that website, go to the Programs pull down menu and scroll to ‘Youth Essays’ and get the Rules and Eligibility Requirements, and the 2020-21 entry form application.
For grades 6-8  Patriot’s Pen contest, please to the VFW national web site: . Select ‘Community’, then ‘Youth & Education’, and scroll down to Patriot’s Pen.
The essays are due Oct. 31, 2020.  Students should bring it to Holy Rosary School office and I will pick them up on Friday Oct. 30 or mail to:
Ben Skwiercz
VFW Post 2713
3601 SW Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98126
Cell: 425-941-4651
VFW Post 2713 Scholarship competition award:
Patriots Pen          Youth Essay
Grades 6-8             Grades 3-5
1st –  $150              1st – $100
2nd – $100             2nd –  $75
3rd  –  $75              3rd –  $50


GatorAid was established by our School Commission in 2018/2019 to support families struggling to cover school expenses and activities that fall outside of tuition.  The community chest program is largely funded by families for families. GatorAid can be used to support items such as a student’s school supplies, a purchase of a cadet collar sweatshirt, activity fees (when we can offer extracurricular activities again).  Or, it can fund a student’s yearbook fee or night at Glow Bowl.  Families can request aid or you can make a request on behalf of a family. GatorAid requests are sent directly to HR Principal, Anna Horton, and are granted confidentiality.  Interested in supporting GatorAid? Use this link to donate.

Request Library Books Now!

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.



Magazine Drive

Congrats to the Serabia Family.  They are the winner of the $25 Husky Deli gift card for completing the 3 registration steps.
The NEXT INCENTIVE is for a dozen cupcakes from ANGEL CAKES.  All families that sell 5 or more subscriptions between September 29 and October 5 @ 9pm will be entered to win.
Usually the Magazine Drive kicks off with an assembly.  This year our prize guru assembled an 8 minute video.  Your children may have seen this in class, but feel free to view again to see some of the COOL prizes offered for selling subscriptions.  WATCH THE MAGAZINE DRIVE VIDEO!  WE SELL FOR PRIZES, SO CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINE DRIVE PRIZES!
Check the Magazine Drive web site for instructions on how to register
Monetary donations, in lieu of magazine orders, are welcome! $25.00 donation = 1 magazine order.  100% donations come back to HRS. Donate here.
Our goal is 100% participation.  Additional questions, contact Beth Martin or view the Magazine Drive web site.


Do you shop on Amazon through their app? Now all purchases make money for your favorite nonprofit (HRS).  It is really easy to set up.  Follow the steps below on the mobile app:

  1. Join the Amazon smile program,
  2. Download the mobile app,
  3. Go to settings on the app (bottom right 3 lines, next to the shopping cart),
  4. Click Programs & Features,
  5. Find AmazonSmile in the drop down menu,
  6. Click and follow the instructions to register.

No charge to you and HRS receives a small percent of all your purchases.


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


Holy Rosary Blessing of Pets, Sunday, October 4, 2020 between Noon-1:00pm

In celebration of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day on October 4, Fr. Oakland will offer a Blessing for your beloved pet or pets between Noon-1:00pm on the grassy area outside the Church.

We welcome all cats, dogs, birds, fish, frogs and all pets great or small.  Please have your furry, feathery or scaly pet on leash, in cage or carrier.  Click here to signup for a Pet Blessing.


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

2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Postponed!

After much discussion and prayer, the Holy Rosary Parish staff decided to postpone the start of the Youth Confirmation Program to second semester. We plan to jumpstart the program in January 2021 and conclude the program with the Confirmation Ceremony in May of 2021. For those who have not registered yet, we will keep online registration open until December 6, 2020. Click here to register for the 2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Program:

Contact: Bridget Bicek, Youth Minister at or 206-937-1488 ext. 299.

RCIA For Children And Adults

Is Your Child Interested in Becoming Catholic and is older than Age 7?  Are you interested in learning about becoming Catholic?Holy Rosary Church welcomes all children no matter their age to a life with Christ. The Church prepares older children (age 7-18) and adults for all three sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Those children who have never been baptized will participate in the RCIA process adapted for children and celebrate their sacraments at the Easter Vigil.RCIA is a special journey for children ages 7-18 along with their families to prepare for Initiation into the Catholic community. For more information or questions about RCIA for Children, please contact Sr. Stella. For more information and questions regarding Adult programs, please contact Robert King and for Baptism for children from birth up to age 7, please contact Deyette Swegle.Baptism for Children under age 7Registration Link:  Deyette Swegle at dswegle@holyrosaryseattle.orgRCIA for Children (ages 7-18)Registration Link:  Sr. Stella at srstella@holyrosaryseattle.orgRCIA for AdultsRegistration Link:  Robert King at


Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream

Add a little sweetness to your time at home with an ice cream sundae making kit! Instagram: Shug’s Soda Fountain 3800 California Ave SW Thursday – Sunday 3-7pmWe appreciate you supporting our small family business.

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 & Alki Lumber

Both The Grove and Alki Lumber currently remain open as essential services during our normal business hours and we’d appreciate the support. We follow guidelines for sanitation and distancing and Alki offers will-call with curb side pick up (customers do have to sign in person for credit card purchases) and local delivery options are available. 
                                                                  Alki Lumber                                              The Grove West Seattle Inn
                                                                  M-F 6:30 to 4:30                                       206-937-9920
                                                                                                 3512 SW Alaska St.
                                                                  4422 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