Family Communication 10/17/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We have reached the end of the magazine drive.  Thank you so much for your amazing participation (94% of families participated- incredible!).  You may not know this, but our school is the highest selling school in the nation!  I’d also like to thank our Magazine Drive chairs- Rose Nichols and Renee Jones, the many volunteers who assisted, and our Development Director Beth Martin, for all of their hard work.

Sometimes I get asked why we have so many fundraisers during the year, or why we’re always fundraising for money. The simple answer I give is that we do it to try to keep our tuition accessible to families.  I know that we live in an expensive city, and that you make sacrifices to send your kids to Holy Rosary School- and we are grateful for that!  In any given year, approximately $750,000 of the income that is part of our operating budget comes from all of our fundraising endeavors (sometimes more, like in FY 18-19, when we received a large sum of grant money).  If we were to just end all fundraisers (the big ones and the small things like pizza lunch), we would have to pass the income lost onto families- which would mean an additional cost to each family in the range of $2500, on top of the yearly tuition increases.  So we continue our fundraising efforts in order to avoid this and we are grateful for all of your participation and support.  

If you are interested in learning more about our budget and our long term goals as they relate to the cost of tuition, I’d encourage you to attend the open School Commission meeting from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on 10/24.  

In Christ, 



This last weekend at Mass parishioners were invited to make a pledge of their time and talents for the coming year.  How has God blessed you – and through you, others?  We are one body of Christ – and without each of the parts, our life and what we are capable of providing is greatly diminished.  Families who regularly financially support Holy Rosary Parish, and are engaged in the wider parish community through ministries or apostolates, are eligible to receive in-parish tuition – tuition that is subsidized by the parish in light of their support of our wider works and ministries to help individuals grow in faith, nourish our community life, help those who are in need, and foster our life of worship.  At present we are focusing on being good stewards of the time and talents which god has given us.  To see our updated Guidebook of Ministries and Apostolates, visit the website.  You can also fill out on online commitment form there if you didn’t get a chance to do so at Mass on Sunday.

In November, we will reflect on being good stewards of another of the gifts God has given to us – our financial resources.  The parish relies on its members to continue it’s good works, including our school.  Besides the direct cash subsidy from the parish to school operations every year of 15% of our offertory income, many parish staff who are paid solely by the parish support the school as well.  The administration of the Safe Environment Program for all parents and volunteers, for example, is managed by a parish staff member.  The parish relies on the support of all parishioners to continue is work and mission, not just financially, but through the gift of their time and talents as well.  Thank you the many ways that you give life to our community!

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • October 18th – Eighth grade pizza lunch
  • October 20th –  CYO Basketball Registration Closes
  • October 24th – School Commission Open Meeting
  • October 24th – Picture Retakes
  • October 31st – Preschool Trick-Or-Treat, 10:30-12
  • 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)
  • November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day (BASE Closed)
  • November 25th-27th – Parents/Student/Teacher Conferences (regular school not in session, BASE open)
  • November 28th-29th – Thanksgiving break, no school (BASE Closed)


Pizza Lunch Friday

Eighth grade pizza lunch is tomorrow!

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!


Living Rosary

We will be celebrating the Living Rosary tomorrow with our seventh grade classes! All students need to be in Perfect Uniform. Please join us if you are available. The service begins at 8:30am.

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

Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Signup Schedule

Conferences are coming up soon, and will be held the week of Thanksgiving on November 25, 26 and 27. Reminder that school will not be in session this week. The signups for conferences will be posted at 11am Thursday, November 7 on the Holy Rosary School website. You should be able to select a time that works for you and your family using the SignUpGenius that will be posted.

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.

2020-2021 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 an incoming 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 @


Italian Dinner – Mangia Bene, Vivi Felice – Eat Well And Live Happy

Buon Appetito! Come enjoy our annual Italian Dinner on Saturday, November 2nd beginning after the 5pm evening Mass (start time approximately 6:15pm-9pm). It’s a family friendly event which serves a delicious Italian pasta meal with dessert. Purchase tickets here.

Interested in volunteering for the Italian Dinner? We need prep cooks, servers, bussers, and a cleanup crew. Sign-up through the Sign-up Genius and earn fundraising hours.

Current 8th grade parent co-chairs of the Italian Dinner, Kenny & Cathy Volpone are looking for another parent team or teams to takeover as chairs for next year’s Italian Dinner.  Interested?  Please contact if you would like more information or to shadow the event this year.


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.

Oct. 31st Preschool Trick-or-Treat

Calling all preschool children age 5 and under to come trick-or-treat at Holy Rosary School!  Thursday, Oct. 31st, 10:30am-12:00pm.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, and can trick-or-treat at our 16+ classrooms.  A mix of candy and non-candy items will be handed out.  A great community event!

Family Fun Center

Family Fun Center permission slips have been emailed to parents. Please return to Beth ( or to the main office by Monday, October 21st.  If you did not receive one for child, please let Beth know.  This is a special prize for individuals selling 25 subscriptions or families that reach 40 or more subscriptions sold.

Still need 5 volunteers to chaperone the Family Fun Center on November 8th. Ideally 3rd or 5th grade parents will be able to join us, as we only have one parent committed from those grades, and these are children you would know.  You may chaperone even if your child is not attending. All volunteers will receive 4 fundraising hours, as the time commitment is 10am – 2pm, and must be Safe Environment cleared. Please contact Beth Martin. No need to drive as we ride Kennedy High School buses to/from the Fun Center.

Remember friends and family may order/renew magazines year around using the web site and the code ROSARY. We still receive 51% of sales, although selling for prizes has concluded for this year.




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 20th so please register soon; we often have multiple teams per grade.If you have questions about CYO please contact Chris Delaney, CYO Basketball coordinator:

CYO Cross Country

Thank you for all your support to make this season successful – we are so proud of all your runners and their hard work. Our athletes ran hard last weekend with a lot of our runners clocking their best times of the season. Over and above great performances by individual runners here are team highlights:

6th grade girls and 7th grade boys bringing home 1st place trophies for being top in grade/gender

Holy Rosary running gator team coming home with a trophy for #3 overall AAA team! 3rd place was earned as a team with points scored for all K-8 runners in the program along with points based on how all our 4th-8th graders ran – what a team accomplishment!

Thank you and your kids again for a great season – looking forward to seeing everyone again next fall!

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:


Interested in Baptism for Your Child?

Are you interested in Baptism for your child? Holy Rosary Church welcomes your child to a life with Christ!  For children ages infant up to age 7, please contact Deyette at For children ages 7-18, please contact Sr. Stella at about RCIA adapted for Children.

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 while you decrease stress!
  • 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. Jean de Brebeuf and his companions, who were Jesuit missionaries to North America and the Native Americans who adopted the Catholic faith. St. Jean was particularly known for his dedication to learning the Huron language. His example teaches us that, to love people as Christ teaches, we must begin by listening and understanding who they are. We celebrate the North American Martyrs on October 19.

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!


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.


Seattle Prep’s Drama Performance

Seattle Prep’s Drama Program would love to invite you to our presentation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Please extend this invite to your community. Attached is a flyer that includes how to purchase tickets for the show and below is a quick description. We hope to see you there! 

Performances: Oct. 25-Nov. 2, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher Boone is a 15 year-old with an extraordinary brain and exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Christopher has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening and thrilling journey that turns his world upside down. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling and heartwarming adventure story featuring an unforgettable and unexpected young hero.

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

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.