Family Communication 10/10/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7th and we continue to honor Mary throughout the month of October.  In addition, this October, Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to pray the Rosary for healing and renewal.  As a school, we are beginning each Monday this month praying the Hail Mary all together.  Additionally, we will come together as a school to pray the Rosary through a “Living Rosary” in the Church at 8:35 on Friday October 18th.

If you are not familiar with how to pray the Rosary, I would encourage you to follow the links below from the USCCB on how to pray the Rosary.  The gentle repetition of the prayers make the Rosary accessible to individuals at all ages.  Depending on their age, your children will be familiar with many of the prayers of the Rosary or be able to lead your family in praying the Rosary themselves.  If you have questions, let me know! 

In Christ, 



One of the challenges in the age of rapidly developing technology is using it for good – for ourselves, and for our children.  Its so easy to get caught up just browsing or playing.  With this in mind, we are now making available to all Holy Rosary families access to an online platform to help you and your families grow in faith.  Think of FORMED as Amazon Prime for Catholics.  There are free books, movies, programs and much more.  There are even options for children.  Whether you are looking for a movie about one of our Catholic heroes (aka Saints) for you or your kids,  an audiobook for the bus ride, some reflections on the Sacrament of Marriage to enrich your family, or during this month of October to learn more about Mary – the opportunities might not be as endless as Amazon Prime – but are plentiful.

Holy Rosary has purchased a subscription – which means that it is free to you.  I would encourage you to sign up today at!  Take advantage of this great opportunity.  For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King ( or 206- 937-1488 x203 ).

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • October 10th – Magazine Drive Assembly
  • October 11th – No School – Teacher Retreat (BASE open for registered students)
  • October 16th – Academic Interests Parents Group Meeting
  • October 24th – School Commission Open Meeting
  • 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)


Happy Safe Mornings

Please remember that our first priority in the mornings is to welcome your children safely to school. With that in mind, we ask that you refrain from using cell phones while in the drop off line.

School Commission Open Meeting – Thursday, October 24th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for the School Commission’s first open meeting of the year, Thursday, October 24th 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Come learn about more of what the School Commission does!  At this meeting School Commission members will share information about the budget development process and factors considered when establishing the tuition numbers for the following school year (which the School Commission will begin working on soon!).  Come learn more and provide input!

Academic Interests Parents group

Are you a parent that is interested in extracurricular academic activities for your child (and maybe yourself)? Do you want to help Holy Rosary School put on more science, math, engineering type events? Do you just want to know more about science and engineering summer camps? If you answered yes to any of these then come to the first meeting of Academic Interests Parents group Wednesday October 16 at 6:30pm in 7A.  Chris Paulus will host a meeting and discussion about how we as parents can support our children, our school and our community. If you have any questions you can contact Chris Paulus at

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.

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. 


Safe Environment Class

We will be offering a Safe Environment class Monday, October 21st at 10am in the parish center. This is a 3 hour class that is required for participation in the classroom, on field trips and as a coach.

To participate in the class you will need to login to the VIRTUS site and register by completing a profile, submit a background check, read and ‘sign’ off on education documentation, Class registration is required

Volunteer Opportunity – Nov. 2nd Open House

We will have our Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 2nd from 10am-1pm.  Parent volunteers will receive fundraising hours and 8th graders will receive service hours.  More information or sign up available here.

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 Heart Auction Project Coordinator for 4th & 6th grades

Calling on 4th & 6th grade parents!  We are still looking for individuals to lead the 4th and 6th grade Auction projects and would like to have the positions filled by late October. If interested or have questions email the Action Project Coordinator Brittiony Borges @


Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE sales are officially over! Thank you to all the families who sold magazines. We exceeded our goal, of $125,000, and ended with 94% participation!!! THANK YOU!!! This will truly help when applying for grants.

Congrats to the:

Overall Top Selling Grades:

1st Place = 6th Grade (earned a movie in the School Hall)

2nd Place = 3rd Grade (earned an ice cream party)

3rd Place = 1st Grade (earned a popsicle party)

Overall Top Sellers:

1st Place: Luke Porth

2nd place: Luke Brown

3rd Place: Maddy Addicks & Will Dunnigan

All the Top Sellers sold over 100 subscriptions…AMAZING!

A HUGE thank you to our Co-Chairs: Renee Jones and Rose Nichols as well as the volunteer support.

The closing assembly took place today (Thursday) at 2pm. Prizes were also distributed at the end of the day. Inside the free dress pass envelope will be a list of all prizes. Be sure to check that you received everything.   The prize list may also be found here. Sarah Hartog, the prize coordinator, will be stationed in the School Hall Foyer after school for those with questions regarding their prizes. If you miss her, then please contact her at Thank you to all the volunteers and families who participated!

Finally, the FAMILY FUN CENTER is scheduled for Friday, November 8th. This is the reward for those who sold 25 subscriptions individually/families that sold 40. Approximately 20 volunteers are needed for this reward.. We will depart HRS at 10am and return by 2:00pm, which earns 4 fundraising hours. Permission slips will be emailed soon, please return as quickly as possible. Contact Beth Martin to chaperone the Family Fun Center trip. You may chaperone even if your student is not attending.

Mother/Son Bowling

Please join us on Friday, Nov 8th for the Mother/Son Bowling event!  Please click here to sign up.  This year’s theme is College Fan Gear- put on your favorite College team’s colors and fan gear and join us for a night of bowling, pizza, and fun!  The Bowling event will be held from 5-8pm at West Seattle Bowl.

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:


School Parents: Sing for Your Volunteer Hours!

Did you know that you can literally sing for your volunteer school hours? Participation in a parish adult choir for Sunday Mass is a qualified “non-fund-raising/general volunteer hours” actual thing! Not only that, it is fun and you can be with other singing, fun-loving adults—completely separate from your wonderful school kids. Imagine an evening away from the family on a Wednesday or Thursday—time just for you! You can have this much fun, and claim up to 25 valuable volunteer hours. Not only that, you can give your spiritual life a boost, as we not only sing together, but pray together and support each other in many ways. You can either sing every week, or arrange per your schedule to sing on a seasonal basis. And we do understand that conflicts arise one week to the next.Paul Dolejsi directs the music for Saturday 5pm and Sunday 10:30 Masses. Both of these groups are SATB choirs (you can sing melody—you don’t have to be a pro!), with piano and guitar accompaniment. We rehearse together for both Masses on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:45. You can choose which Mass (5pm/10:30) you would like to sing at each weekend.Mary Ann Lee directs the music for the Sunday 8:30 Mass. Their SATB choir sings from the loft and features organ and piano accompaniment. They rehearse on Thursday nights at 7:30pm, and are a very joyful and welcoming group!If interested in this sweet opportunity for volunteer hours, contact Paul at the parish office Tue-Wed-Thu, or drop by after Mass!

Opportunities for Adults

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

  • 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!
  • 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! First session on Oct 19 at OLG. Register:
  • 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 29 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!
  • Inquiry – There is no Inquiry for the rest of October; the next Inquiry will be November 5.

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. Teresa of Avila: St. Teresa was educated by nuns, and entered the Carmelite convent in 1535. But she longed for a deeper way to follow Christ in prayer. In 1562, at the age of 47, she began a reform of the Carmelites, ultimately founding the Discalced (shoeless) branch of the Order. Because never compromised her passion for Jesus, she is an excellent patroness for all those who are driven toward perfection. Her feast is October 15.


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 for an appointment: or call at 206-937-1488 ext. 252.

Sacramental 2 Preparation

Next week, October 15 & 17, we will be having our Sacramental 2 Parent Information Night. This is part of the preparation for our children both in the school and parish who are preparing themselves to receive the sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion. If you wish for your child to receive the sacraments, please contact Sr. Stella.

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


Little Lancers Trick-or-Treat

Bring your little Lancers to Kennedy Catholic on Friday, October 25 from 3-4pm for a spooky, fun-filled event! Little Lancers can wander the halls and trick-or-treat with some of our wonderful teachers. Then, make sure to stop in the Dillman Center to try out the Halloween themed activity stations put together by our Science Club. Alumni, parents, and members of the community are welcome!

Join Us for Upcoming Events at Holy Names Academy!

Fall Open House on Sunday, October 27 from noon – 3 p.m. No RSVP necessary.

HNA for a Day! Schedule a visit day online and experience a day in the life of an HNA student.

Fall Play: Radium Girls November 7, 8, 9 at 7 p.m. and November 10 at 2 p.m. Free admission for middle school students.

40th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

St.Brendan School is have their 40th Annual Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, November 9th from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, November 10th from 11am to 4pm. Featuring over 100 returning and new craft vendors, holiday gift raffle, refreshments, baked goods and a guest appearance by Santa! Free Admission. 10049 NE 195th St, Bothell

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.