Family Communication 10/03/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Our theme this year, I am the vine, you are the branches, focuses on the importance of Missionary Discipleship as we live and strive to grow closer to Christ and follow His teachings.  We have an obligation to do His works on Earth, to be the eyes, hands, and feet of Christ as members of the Body of Christ!

In this light, this Friday is our first 1:1 Uganda collection for the year, where we will ask all students to contribute $1 to support the education of six students in Uganda.  Our school and parish has a long relationship with these students.  While $1 may not seem like much to us, $1/student/month goes a long way to support these students in continuing their education so they are able to contribute to the growth and stability of their families and community.  We will collect funds on the first Friday of every month (although students can continue to donate at anytime in the containers in classrooms).  Perhaps you might consider having your child do a little something “extra” to earn the $1, so they have a hand in earning the money and understanding the value in making a donation others.

Here is a little bit about the students we support:

Sam and Helen are siblings- Sam is 16, Helen is 5.  They are both deaf and are attending the school for deaf children on the property with the church.

Betty and Brenda are in 11th grade.  Betty wants to be a nurse and Brenda wants to be a doctor.  Both are doing very well.  They are both at school on the property where their church is.

Judith is 20 and is studying to become a nurse.

Rose is 22 and is studying to be a teacher.

We are currently helping to support all of these students and the money raised goes to directly pay their school tuition. These students have written letters to our students thanking them for their support, and we will be sharing those with students.  

Thank you for your support as we continue the good work started many years ago!

In Christ, 



If all goes according to plan, today the new carillon bell system will be installed.  And if all goes according to plan, on Sunday at noon we will bless the new bell system and all who hear its daily chimes.  For four months our tower as been silent.  With the end of construction, it is with great joy that we celebrate our parish’s patronal feast of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary with the return of these joyful hymns.  I hope you will join us for the blessing of the bells and some bell shaped cookies.  We will also be having our ministry fair after both Sunday Masses, an opportunity to learn about the many things happening in the wider parish community.  And you can come take a selfie with a miniature version of the bell tower!

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of our Guardian Angels.  From the moment of our Creation, these angels watch over and guide us.  Praying to them is a great way to end your night with your children as you put them to bed.

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

to whom God’s love commits me here,

ever this day be at my side,

to light, to guard, to rule and guide.


In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • October 9th – Parents’ Club meeting
  • October 10th – Magazine Drive Assembly
  • October 11th – No School – Teacher Retreat (BASE open for registered students)
  • October 24th – Picture Retakes
  • November 1st – All Saints Mass
  • November 2nd – Fall Open House
  • November 2nd – Italian Dinner (following 5pm mass)
  • November 8th – Family Fun Center (reward for selling 25+ magazines)
  • November 8th – Mother/Son Glow Bowl (5pm)


Parent Club Meeting – October 9th

Our first Parents Club meeting is quickly approaching.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next Wednesday, October 9th, from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. The evening will begin with a parents social time from 7:00 PM-7:15 PM followed by our speaker from 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM. Complimentary refreshments (including wine) are provided at the social and child care is provided in the library and tech room during this fun gathering. You can also earn a volunteer hour for attending as well!

We hope to see you next Wednesday as Chris gives a presentation on an overview of books, articles, and research related to keeping students engaged and excited about learning. We’d love to get your opinion and insight on possible future academic clubs for Holy Rosary. Click here for a link to a survey monkey for Parents Club.  If you could take a few minutes of your time to answer a few questions, it would really help us make this club a success!

School Directory

Over the summer, PowerSchool did a system update. Unfortunately, we have been unable to print the directory.  We are actively working on the situation.

Thriftway Receipt Program

This is a reminder to Holy Rosary parents that we are still collecting Thriftway receipts to earn a percentage of your shopping back for Holy Rosary School through their ongoing Receipt Program.  Please start shopping more often at Thriftway, which means more money back to our school.  You may drop off the receipts in the school office.  There is a box placed on the shelf behind the door. Thank you for your continued support.

AHERA Update

We are in compliance. Read the letter here.

Red Cadet Collar Sweatshirts

The Main Office currently has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts in stock in various sizes.  An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.  The Main Office is open M-F from 9am-3pm.  For sizes not in stock, a bulk order will be placed October 15th. 


Family Handbook- MUST COMPLETE

Our 2019-20 family handbook is available online here. Each school year we require parents to review the handbook and sign the online acknowledgement form. Please complete the handbook acknowledgement form by Monday, October 7th. Thank you!

Incoming Kindergartener Or New Preschooler?

September 15th-November 15th is the priority application period for parish and current school families for next school year (September 2020-June 2021).  If you have a Kindergarten or new Preschool (2s, 3s, PreK) student that you would like to enroll into Holy Rosary School, applications are now due.  Holy Rosary prioritizes siblings, but we cannot allocate a spot for your student if we do not have an application by November 15th.  All Kindergarten students must have an application submitted.  Our Fall Open House is Saturday, November 2nd, 10am-1pm.  Any questions, please contact

Looking for 2019-20 Auction Project Coordinators for Each Grade

We are planning for this year’s auction and looking for individuals interested in leading each grade’s Auction project. These are important fundraising projects that collectively bring in a sizable amount of fundraising dollars while also delivering beautiful art or experiences created by your child’s grade. This is also a  fun way to fulfill your fundraising (25) commitment hours.

We are currently ISO the following grades: K, 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th 

If interested or have questions email the Action Project Coordinator Brittiony Borges @


Development Directives

We are in the home stretch of the MAGAZINE DRIVE! Currently 83% of HRS families have participated, thank you!

Keep selling those magazines. Click here to register and sell. Last day to take orders/renewals is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th. Remember donations accepted, $25 = 1 subscription. Donate here and share the link with family and friends!

Congrats to the top selling class:

1st Place = 6A

2nd Place = 7B

3rd Place = 8A

Congrats to Luke Porth, he is the winner of the PLINKO drawing. He’ll get a chance to win AirPods, a Nintendo Switch, amazon gift card and other great prizes.

The Magazine Drive ends October 6th at 9pm. Orders may still be placed after this date, but will not count toward prizes. Our prize committee needs time to organize all those prizes.

The LAST DAY to accept cash, check, credit card donations is Monday, October 7th at 9am!

Family Fun Center: (Volunteers Needed)

All students who sold 25 magazines (40 sold, all K-8 children in family attend) earn a trip to the Family Fun Center. November 8 is the date. We NEED a lot of chaperones to make this happen. Please contact Beth Martin if interested in volunteering. All volunteer chaperones earn fundraising hours and must be Safe Environment cleared.

Thanks to the Leadership Class (7th/8th Grade Elective) for assisting with posters and announcements during the Magazine Drive!

NEW INCENTIVE: All classes with 100% participation will receive donuts and a coffee/tea for their teacher. Also, the TOP SELLER for this week only (9/30 at 9pm – 10/6 at 9pm) receives 5 FREE DRESS PASSES.

Volunteer at the West Seattle Harvest Festival

Holy Rosary School will again be hosting a booth at the West Seattle Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 27th.   Parent and 8th grade volunteers are needed.  Opportunity for fundraising hours!   More information can be found here.


CYO Basketball

CYO Basketball registration for players in grades 4-8 is open and all registrations are through Team Sideline. Go here if it is your first time registering: You will need to scroll down past soccer and cross country.

Please go here if you already have an account. 

Basketball team registrations are due by October 11 so please register soon; we often have multiple teams per grade.

If you have questions about CYO please contact Chris Delaney, CYO Basketball coordinator:

Name the Rover Contest

NASA is sponsoring a contest for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to name the next Mars rover. The deadline is November 1st and entries can be submitted here:


Holy Rosary Parish Ministry Fair

Join us this Sunday for Holy Rosary Parish Ministry Fair, October 6, School Hall after both 8:30am and 10:30am Mass.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about all the amazing ministries at Holy Rosary Parish.  Did you know that volunteering at your Church counts towards School general hours.  There will also be Coffee and Donuts along with children activities.

Bell Tower & Bell System

Blessing for our Bell Tower and new Bell System, October 6 at Noon.Thank you to all who have contributed to our retrofitting and repair of our Holy Rosary Bell Tower!  Come celebrate our new Bell System during the Ministry Fair on October 6.

Youth Confirmation!

It’s not too late to sign up up for Youth Confirmation preparation for youth in middle school or high school (grades 7 through 12).  To receive the sacrament of Confirmation in February of 2020, please register at Registration remains open through October 13.  We’re also looking for parents to assist as volunteers (This counts toward your general volunteer hours!). If you have any questions about Confirmation, please contact Bridget Bicek at

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Catechetical Certification Program – Holy Rosary and OLG are hosting a one-year program to be certified as a teacher of the faith: a Catechist! This is a foundational, sequential, and pastoral program for parish staff, volunteers, adult learners, and parents of homeschoolers! It provides a foundation for knowing, living, and teaching our Catholic faith for only $75! More info and registration at
  • Becoming Catholic – The formal process of becoming Catholic, The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is beginning! We meet on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm in the Music Room of the Parish Center. No commitment necessary! Come see what being Catholic is all about!
  • Adult Confirmation – Confirmation strengthens you for doing Christ’s work in the world, and qualifies you to be a sponsor or godparent for others. If you were baptized as a Catholic but never Confirmed, it’s not too late! Our next meeting will be October 8 at 6:30pm
  • Bible Study – We are studying St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am in the Parish Center. Join us for insight into Christian living in a secular culture! Register on our website: org/adult-scripture-study or just drop by! All are welcome!
  • Monday Night Rosary 6:30-7:30pm – join us on Monday evenings in our Parish Center Chapel as we pray the Rosary.  Increase your prayer life and decrease stress!

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 is our patronal feast, Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary. This title of the Blessed Virgin Mary comes from the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, when a massive Ottoman armada outnumbered the rag-tag navy mustered by Pope Pius V from various European nations. The Pope also asked the faithful to pray the Rosary, and credited the unexpected victory over the Ottomans to Our Lady’s intercession. Ever since, the Rosary has become a prayer we can pray – ideally as a community – especially when we are overwhelmed or afraid. Her feast is October 7, but we’re celebrating it this Sunday.

Shoulder to Shoulder

Shoulder to Shoulder is a community of Holy Rosary parishioners who help each other when it is needed. When one of our parishioners is ill, grieving, homebound, struggling to get by, living independently over age eighty, or simply overwhelmed–we work together, shoulder to shoulder. This flyer illustrates ways in which we work together to provide assistance, as needed. To request assistance, call the church office at 206-935-8353 or email

RCIA Adapted for Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children ages 7-18 years old who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. We also welcome children who are already baptized in another Christian Tradition and have the desire to become part of the Catholic community. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call at 206-937-1488 ext. 252

St. Catherine of Siena Mental Health Ministry Team Educational Forum

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7-9 pm, St. Catherine of Siena Parish victoria hall music room

Bullying across the lifespan: using non-violent communication to prevent and deal with it

Please join us for this interactive presentation from Stephanie Hindman. She received her Masters in Social Work from University of Washington and graduated from a 6-month intensive life coaching program at Seattle Life Coaching Training. She specializes in coaching around interpersonal communication conflicts within relationships and cultivating compassionate approaches when challenges arise. Stephanie has extensive experience using Non-violent Communication skills in various settings such as schools and in work settings. Stephanie is passionate about the topic of bullying and using effective strategies to help those on the receiving end of an act of bullying and also those who do acts of bullying. RSVP: Trez Buckland, Call or text at 206-930-2739 or email


Seeking Vendors for a Holiday Bazaar!

Vendor Spaces Are Still Available!- Saturday, November 23rd @ St. Francis of Assisi.

The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means the shoppers will soon be ready to shop! Looking to sell your unique art or newest craft? This is the perfect place to start selling to those early holiday shoppers! Whether you’re new to selling your wares or not, we’d love to have you at this wonderful community event.

Please contact Paula Hall at 206-552-6652 or to reserve your space today!

Event details:  Saturday, November 23rd, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  St. Francis of Assisi

                  15216  21st Ave. SW

                   Burien, WA 98166

Ski Swap

Mountain to Sound Outfitters, our local West Seattle Ski Shop, is having a ski swap the weekend of Oct. 12-13 at the West Seattle VFW post, 3601 SW Alaska St. Doors open at 10 AM and close at 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.  Drop off for sellers is Friday, October 11 at 3 – 7 PM. More details on their website: including how to register and sell your gear.  Get Ready For Snow!!!

Write “Your Story” Workshop Enrolling Now

What:  Free story writing workshops for children ages 8-12

Where: Curious Kidstuff Toy Store, 4740 California Ave SW, in the West Seattle Junction area

When: 3:15pm to 4:15pm, every Wednesday from September 25 to December 18 (no class Nov. 13)

Price: $0.00 free.  In return for this unique opportunity, participants are expected to attend every class.

Who: Taught for kids ages 8-12, by West Seattle residents Julia Douthwaite Viglione, PhD (“Ms. Julia”), and Greg Estes (“Mr. Greg”)

New This Fall: We will compose stories on manual typewriters from the collection of Mr. Greg Estes!  Join kids from local schools as we read and rewrite a classic children’s story. In the second half, children write their own stories and a great party is had at the end!  Space limited!  To enroll, contact Ms. Julia at:  or text (574) 400-9362.

Write YOUR Story: We Read. We Write. And we have a lot of fun.

VFW Announces Youth Essay Scholarship Competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713, in West Seattle, announces this year’s VFW’s Youth Essay competition.

This is a VFW Washington State Department competition for students in Grades 3-5. The theme is: How I would encourage respect to the Flag of the United States and be 250 words or less. Please see ‘programs’ at:

About 30 students from the following participated in 2018: Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Holy Rosary School, and home school.

VFW West Seattle Post 2713 increases awards for 2019/2020:

Youth Essay (grades 3-5)

1st – $100

2nd – $75

3rd – $50

This program is completely voluntary, a student (including home schooled) does not have to go through their school to participate.

Interested students and teachers should contact Bill Dwyer,, telephone (206) 938- 5719 or Ben Skwiercz,, telephone (425)941-4651.

All entries must be in to VFW Post 2713 by Oct. 31, 2019 at 3601 S.W. Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126.

Ask your teacher for an entry form.

VFW announces scholarship competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713, in West Seattle, announces this year’s VFW’s Patriot’s Pen competition (grades 6-8). The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The essay patriotic theme is: “What Makes America Great” and be between 300-400 words. Completed entry form must be submitted to the VFW Post by Oct. 31, 2019. Local Post winners compete at the District level, winners advance to the state.

Patriot’s Pen web site:

Patriot’s Pen

is approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

There were about 30 students from the following who participated in 2018: Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Madison Middle School, Holy Rosary School, and home school.

VFW West Seattle Post 2713 increases awards for 2019/2020:

Patriot’s Pen (grades 6-8)

1st – $150

2nd – $100

3rd – $75

This program is completely voluntary, a student (including home schooled) does not have to go through their school to participate.

Interested students and teachers should contact Bill Dwyer,, telephone (206) 938- 5719 or Ben Skwiercz,, telephone (425)941-4651.

All entries must be in to VFW Post 2713 by Oct. 31, 2019 at 3601 S.W. Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126.