Family Communication 10/15/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 
It has been an eventful week around here!  The significant windstorm on Tuesday severely damaged the beautiful tree behind the parish center, to the point that it has to be removed.  This tree has been loved by many, so it’s sad to see it go!  However, it was an adventure stabilizing it, as we dug out chainsaws from the tree lot supplies and then had to have an arborist come to finish the work.

If you have been watching the COVID-19 activity in King County, you’ve likely noticed that the case counts are rising and are now in the high range per the Washington State Decision Making Tree.  Yesterday, King County Health issued updated guidance recommending schools continue with a remote model for most students, with an allowance for “limited in-person instruction to be considered only for those with the highest need, such as students with disabilities, students living homeless, those farthest from educational justice and younger learners.”  They noted that “the state’s guidance recommends younger students be prioritized to return to schools for in-person learning because they tend to struggle the most with online learning and are in a critical stage in their development. Therefore, schools that are ready this week to begin bringing younger grades and students with special needs back into classrooms can continue cautiously, provided they are taking the precautions recommended by state and local health officials — that includes wearing masks, physical distancing in the classroom, improved ventilation, enhanced sanitation and grouping kids in cohorts to limit their exposure.”  
To update you on our plans, we brought our Preschool students back onto campus this week in small cohorts, and are planning to bring our Kindergarten and First Grade students back next week in a similar manner. However, given the rising COVID-19 case counts in King County, we are making some adjustments to our Kindergarten and First Grade return plans, and may have to make further adjustments if the case counts continue to rise.  These plans were communicated specifically with Kindergarten and First Grade families.  It is also important to note that if the case counts do continue to rise, it may impact the return to in-person instruction for students in grades beyond Kindergarten and First Grade.   Continue to pray that the trend in the coming weeks is for the counts to go back down, rather than continue to trend up.  I’d also ask that you please watch this video as well, which highlights additional important points in our return to school plan.  You will also find a new COVID-19 tab on our website, where you can find timely and helpful information on our school’s planning efforts.  
I am meeting with King County Health Monday morning to learn more about the situation in our greater county and how schools like ours can best respond.  

Thank you to those of you who attended our Parents Club meeting last night. We had a wonderful speaker on Internet Safety and learned a lot!
I continue to hold your families in prayer during these very challenging times and am grateful to each and every one of you.
In Christ, 

Return to School Status 
Updated October 15, 2020

Grade Start Date* Instruction Return Model Schedule
Preschool Returned 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 to1-2 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. 


This weekend Blessed Carlo Acutis was beatified.  Dying from leukemia in 2006 at the age of 15, he was like many of our own children – he liked playing on his Playstation or soccer with his friends, was a computer whiz who created a few webpages, and he sometimes didn’t turn in his homework or clowned around in class.  Holiness isn’t just for other people.  Holiness isn’t just for those in convent or a monastery, or foreign missionaries or martyrs.  Rather, Jesus invites all of us to follow Him as faithful disciples, coming to know and love Him more fully each day – to be holy, and help others do the same.  It was Carlo’s own faith that helped his parents grow in their theirs, and his funeral was attended by a great many who experienced his acts of hidden kindness and sacrifice unbeknownst to the rest.  His plan for his life was simple:  to always be close to Jesus.  It was this ambition that shaped everything in his life.  May we ourselves strive to always be close to Jesus, and help our own children do the same, like Blessed Carlo.  
The Archdiocese periodically works with priests to conduct a review of their ministry, and this year it is my turn!  Part of the process entails a survey of parishioners.  If you could take a few minutes in the next two weeks and fill out the survey reflecting back on my five years at Holy Rosary it would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


School Picture Sign Up

Yuen Lui will be taking our school pictures this year on Saturday, October 24th and Tuesday, October 27th. These are the pictures that will be used in the yearbook, so we hope that everyone is able to schedule an appointment. For students that have returned to in-school instruction, their picture will be taken on Tuesday the 27th during the school day. All other students will need to schedule a photo session either on Saturday, October 24th or Tuesday, October 27th. Students will have normal Tuesday class schedules. If a student misses class to have their photo taken, it will be considered part of their school day and not an absence. To schedule your photo session, click HERE and select your date and time. Click HERE to order picture packages!

Materials Pick Up

Mark your calendars for our next Supply/Materials Pick Up, October 23rd (12:00 – 4:00) and October 24th (9:00 – 12:00).  Your student’s teachers will communicate with you if there are items to pick up! 

VIrtual Parents’ Club Meeting Last Night

We had a great turnout for our virtual Parents’ Club meeting on Wednesday night. There was a lot of important information on internet safety. If you missed the meeting or would like to review what was discussed, here is the link for the recording. The password is +UyF$28n Please remember the type of information shared in this video changes daily.  The content is current as of 10/14/20.  The recording link will be good until 10/28

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

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


Financial Aid

Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2021- June 2022 school year is now open.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 8, 2021. Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.

Prayer “corner” Idea

Harvest Time
The sight of food gathered from the earth is organically pleasing.  Why not add some decorative fruit, vegetables, grains and flowers to your prayer corner! Seeing the autumn bounty from the earth celebrates the changing of the seasons and reminds us to be thankful. It also reminds us that during these times, while some people are able to bring in rich “harvests”, others go hungry.
Prayer idea: Have each member of your family pick a piece of fruit, vegetable, etc to decorate your prayer corner.  Then have a family sharing: 1) Something they are thankful for; 2) Discuss how weather, soil, political conditions vary in different places and how food is not always abundant. Close with this prayer:
Loving God, 
All that we have comes from your goodness and the work of those who love us. 
Bless us and the food we share.  Watch over those who care for us.  
Open our eyes to the needs of the poor during this time of harvest and thanksgiving.  
We ask this through Christ our Lord. 
– Elizabeth Mc Mahon Jeep, Blessings and Prayers through the Year.
Don’t forget your prayer corner is a great place to display faith-based items, especially your student’s cross and school prayer card. 
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 Fitch Family!  They are the winners of a Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Family Kit for selling at least 5 subscriptions this last week.

The next incentive is for a $25 gift card to Bakery Nouveau. All families that sell 5 or more subscriptions between October 13 and October 19 @ 9pm will be entered to win.


As of today HRS is three-quarters of the way 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.

AUCTION NEWS  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


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