Family Communication 10/08/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
As I write this today (Wednesday), it is the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  I was reminded during Father Oakland’s homily this morning, of the importance of taking regular time to engage in prayer.  Especially to pray the Rosary and to take time to talk to God.  It seems this is more necessary than ever right now, as each day brings with it unexpected challenges and changes in the landscape of COVID-19.  I find great comfort in seeing the incredible resilience and perseverance in our school community- in our staff, with our students, and in our wonderful school families.   If we continue to push forward, putting our faith in God, we will emerge through this time stronger than ever. I really do believe this to be true!
I know we are all eager to have students back on campus.  Staff and I share this eagerness, but we also have a bit of a concern wanting to make sure that rising COVID counts do not create an unsafe environment for a return.  The safety of our staff, students, and families has to come first and guide our decision-making.
In consultation with the Office for Catholic Schools and other Catholic schools in our area, we are at this point moving forward with our plans to open as scheduled.  That being said, the King County COVID activity counts are nearing the “high” range.  If they do not dip back down and enter into the high range in the near future and remain there, we will likely have to push pause on our return and remain remote a bit longer.  We’ve committed to follow the guidance of public health in our decision making- and therefore will do so. They are the experts.  
ALL of this being said, I do remain hopeful we will be able to return students to in person instruction in the near future. Please follow the below links to find our Reopening Plan, outlining the details of how this will happen. I ask that you please read the plan carefully.  Next week, I will share a short video with you that highlights the important points.  But please do read this document carefully.  I’ve included two versions in the interest of transparency- the Family Version (shortened) and the Staff Version (so you are able to see all of the additional layers of risk mitigation that staff are employing daily).
Thank you for your continued support and prayers that our entire community remains healthy.
In Christ, 
Anna Horton

Return to School Status 
(will be updated weekly in the eFC)
Updated October 8, 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.  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.


School Pictures – Save The Date

Yuen Lui will be taking our school pictures this year on Saturday, October 24th and Tuesday, October 27th. There will be a Signup Genius coming out soon for you to schedule a time that works best for your family. These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook, so we hope that everyone is able to make it.

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

Virtual Parents’ Club Meeting, October 14th at 7:00 PM

Please join us for our first Parents’ Club Meeting of the 2020-21 school year, which will be held virtually.  The topic is Online Safety, and our speaker is Captain Edwards from the Seattle Police Department.  You won’t want to miss it!

In order to ensure our own online safety during the meeting (i.e., no Zoom bombing!), you will need to e-mail Kristin in the office in order to obtain a Zoom invite.  Links will only be sent to those who request them.  Please contact Kristin Bentler at and a link will be sent to you shortly before the meeting.

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

“The rosary is the weapon for these times.”
Ringing true at every age, these words spoken by Saint Padre Pio are even more important today.  The Rosary is a powerful weapon in our times just as it was in his.  We just celebrated on October 7 the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of Victory. Commemorating a 16th century victory where in the Rosary was prayed to avoid invasion. The victory for this conflict was attributed by Pope St. Pius V to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the fervent praying of the Rosary.
Through our daily struggles, could you use a little more encouragement? Pray for victory over these challenges.  The simplicity and repetition of praying the rosary and asking for intercession can bring mindfulness to the present, giving comfort and possibly inspiration.
Don’t forget your prayer corner is a great place to display faith-based items. The Bible, some battery powered candles, rosaries, statues of saints, crosses, prayer cards, medals, pictures, palms from Palm Sunday, your student’s cross and school prayer card. Place your rosary in your prayer corner, but don’t forget to pray it first!
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.




Congrats to the Herbig Family!  They are the winners of a dozen cupcakes from Angel Cakes for selling at least 5 subscriptions this last week.

The next incentive is for a Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream family sundae kit.  All families that sell 5 or more subscriptions between October 6 and October 12 @ 9pm will be entered to win.


As of today HRS is halfway to our goal of $125,000 sold. Don’t stop yet.  Great job HRS!                                                   Check the Magazine Drive web site for instructions on how to sell and buy.

CASH DONATIONS                                                                                                    

Cash donations, in lieu of magazine orders, are welcome! $25.00 donation = 1 magazine order.  100% donations come back to HRS.

Our goal is 100% participation.  Additional questions, contact Beth Martin or view the Magazine Drive web site.


With Prime Day next week, the auction committee wanted to remind everyone to start thinking about their auction donation.  All HRS families are required to donate a minimum of $175 cash or an item valued at least $175.  We have put together a WISH LIST on Amazon, so shop the deals next week.

In light of the times, a few changes will be made to procurement this year.  One of the major changes is that we ask that families do NOT contact West Seattle businesses for a donation. We do however encourage families to PURCHASE a donation from local businesses.  After 40+ years of local businesses supporting HRS, this is the year for HRS to support them.

Stay tuned for additional auction details.

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

Last Sunday in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day, Father Oakland blessed the pets of some of our parish families.

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