Family Communication 10/31/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy Halloween week!   

With it being the last week in October, we have a lot happening around the building.  I hope you will join us for the All Saints Day school Mass at 8:35 Friday- the 4th grade “Saints” will be in attendance! 

We also have our fall Open House this Saturday for prospective families from 10-1.  Thank you for spreading the word with your family and friends!  I also hope to see you Saturday evening for the Italian dinner- a guaranteed good time with exceptional food.  Thank you in advance to the Volpone family who is spearheading this event!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend, as daylight savings time will end.  I’m looking forward to the short window when it’s not so dark in the mornings!  

Hope to see you around this busy week.

In Christ, 



Tonight is much more than just a time to dress up and collect candy. Tonight we celebrate the anticipation of tomorrow’s feast on this All Hallows Eve.
Tomorrow is All Saints Day, a day in which we celebrate all of those who are now victorious with Christ in Heaven. Like every Sunday of the year, it is also a Holy Day of Obligation – a special day for our family of faith, and so we gather all together in worship of our God. Masses tomorrow will be at 8:35AM with the school, or 7PM. Besides doing so on Friday, the 4th graders will also be joining us for the 10:30AM Mass on Sunday dressed up as their chosen saints. I would encourage you to share with your children the stories of some of the saints who inspire you, as we look to imitate their virtues and one day share in the glory of Heaven.
Saturday is All Souls Day, a day in which we pray for our loved ones who have died as we commend them to the love and mercy of God. Mass will be at 8:35AM. We also have our school Open House from 10-1, and the Italian Dinner after the Saturday evening 5PM Mass.
The next couple of days will be very full days here at Holy Rosary. But then, that is always true as we celebrate the goodness of our God to us – of what He gives us here below, and what awaits us in the fullness of His Kingdom.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland




  • November 1st – All Saints Mass
  • November 1st – Pizza Lunch
  • November 2nd – Fall Open House
  • November 2nd – Italian Dinner (following 5pm mass) (Double Volunteer Hours Available)
  • 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 15th – School Play 7pm
  • November 20th – Book Fair Begins
  • November 25th-27th – Parents/Student/Teacher Conferences (regular school not in session, BASE open)
  • November 28th-29th – Thanksgiving break, no school (BASE Closed)
  • November 29th – Tree Lot Opens


Perfect Uniform Tomorrow

Tomorrow is All Saints Day. Students need to be in perfect uniform as we celebrate with our 4th grade saints.

Pizza Lunch Friday

Tomorrow is our 3rd Pizza Lunch this year. The dates for the rest of the year are Nov.22nd, Dec.13th, Jan. 10th & 24th, Feb. 28th, Mar. 27th, Apr. 24th and May 14th & 29th.



We continue our support of students in Uganda through our monthly One-On-One program, and as part of our Catholic identity and compassion for the world around us. Since September we have collected an average of about $240 a month. With over 400 students in our school, we are hoping that every student can bring in $1 for each collection so we can raise closer to the $400 a month needed. We hope you can think of creative ways to donate $1 — a bill, or four quarters, or even ten dimes — each month for the rest of the year. 


If your child needs to have access to medication of any kind during the school day, please bring this signed form from their doctor. Students are not allowed to take any medication during school without the office having an official form. This includes epipens, inhalers, over the counter and allergy medications. Please contact the office with any questions.

Safety On Our Streets

Please help your children remember to use the crosswalks at all times. They should not be crossing the street anywhere but a crosswalk. Drop off and pick up are very chaotic. We ask that all adults demonstrate proper safety as an example to our students.

Scholastic Book Fair: November 20th – December 3rd

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.  Please use this link to visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more about all the noted items below.

Try our awesome digital payment option: Book Fair eWallet!

No cash on hand the day of the Book Fair? No worries – Scholastic Book Fairs is now offering Book Fair eWallet as a new payment option.  Your student can shop the fair cash-free!  Simply set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure – it’s easy shopping with Book Fair eWallet. Visit our Book Fair homepage link above or use the “how it works” link below to learn more and to create an account.

Seattle Dennis Uniform Location Closed

Dennis Uniforms is still selling uniforms online, but no longer has a physical store in Washington.  Their closest store location to us is Portland, OR.  We have been told that Seattle customers have a 15% discount off of prices at all times (not to be combined with other online offers) and free shipping to offset the lack of a physical store location in our area.


Candy Drive For Soldier’s Angels

Dear Parents, 

 Hello my name is Matthew Metcalf  and I am from our 8th grade class here at Holy Rosary. I am putting together a Halloween Candy drive to benefit the Soldier’s Angels. This is a local non-profit that helps with aid comfort to the United State Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families and the growing veteran population.  

 Soldiers’ Angels sends comfort kits to troops overseas.  Soldiers’ Angels is now donating candy over to the troops because they don’t get any candy for the Halloween season. This helps the soldiers overseas make them feel like home.

The goal of the candy drive is to have each student bring any Halloween Candy that they would like to donate. My goal for the school is to donate 50 pounds of candy. I will make a decorative box and put in the Main Office so kids can donate their candy. One pound of candy is approximately 20 pieces of candy depending on the size. 

The candy drive will start November 1st and last through November 6th. 

Yearbook Order Time!

It’s yearbook order time! This year’s theme is Life In Color, and this year’s yearbook will surely brighten up your day, so order below! $25 for grades preschool through 7, and $30 for grade 8. Grade 8 includes student’s name stamped on the cover. Your FACTS account will be billed.

We are extremely proud of our yearbook program at Holy Rosary. It’s one of the few K-8 school yearbooks designed by eighth graders, who are skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A yearbook is not only a memory book, but a record and history book, a reference book, and a public relations book; as well as an educational experience for everyone involved. Thank you for supporting our yearbook program. Order yours here.

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.  We still need 1 more parent volunteer. Parent volunteers will receive fundraising hours and 8th graders will receive service hours.  More information or sign up available here.

Volunteer Opportunity – Nov.18-22nd

1-2 volunteers needed for help with moving a set for the drama program. The set must be moved during the day on any day the week of November 18-22nd. The set is currently at St. Joe’s school in Capitol Hill and needs to be moved to Holy Rosary, you will need a truck to do this. You can earn volunteer hours for this! Please contact Sara Weythman to coordinate at:

Volunteers Needed at the Book Fair – Nov. 20th – Dec. 3rd

Are you looking to fill the last of your Holy Rosary volunteer hours?  I am looking for volunteers to help run our Scholastic Book Fair this spring.  Volunteers will be asked to monitor book fair and process purchases during their shift.  If you are interested in donating your time, please use the following sign-up genius link to sign-up. – /signup/ZtIhANCB5

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



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.

The Cleanup Crew will receive double hours! Sign-up soon and knock those volunteer hours out.

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.


Join the Auction Team

Auction Procurement is swinging into season! Come help out with the engine that drives our biggest fundraiser of the year. Join Giulia Canali and Jet Lin for an orientation/social hour at The Nook on Nov. 7 (counts as your first volunteer hour for us!) E-mail for more info!

6th GRADE is in need of a 2019-20 Heart Auction Project Coordinator 

Calling on 6th grade parents!  We are looking for individuals to lead the 6th grade Auction project. We need to fill the post soon. A reminder to all that a group of individuals can lead the project as well. 

Please reach out to Brittiony Borges with questions or to volunteer. 



Holy Rosary’s Drama Elective Presents: The Elves & The Shoemaker And Aw, Shucks!

Mark your calendars for the evening of November 15 and plan on bringing the whole family to enjoy Holy Rosary Drama Elective’s debut of The Elves and the Shoemaker and Aw, Shucks! Come indulge your imagination in an evening filled with fun, humor, whimsical entertainment, and community building!

When: Friday November 15th @ 7:00 pm

Where: Holy Rosary School – School Hall

Cost: Donations warmly accepted at the door

*Delicious treats & refreshments will be available from our snack shack!

Math Games At Seattle Prep

On Saturday, October 26th, two teams of 8th graders participated in the Math Games at Seattle Prep alongside 177 8th graders from 21 different schools!  It was a collection of math brainpower that nearly blew the roof off the Seattle Prep gym!  Our students were Eamon M., Jack H., Dane H., Alison C., Gabe D., Steele G., Nick T., and Martin T.  We appreciate their great enthusiasm for math!


Base Calendar

What days are covered under my contract? Is BASE open during Christmas Break? What about the end of the school year? The BASE calendar should answer your questions. If you need more information, please contact Donna.

Last Chance To Name The Rover

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:


Opportunities for Adults

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

  • Monday Night Rosary–join us Monday evenings 6:30pm-7:00pm in the Parish Center Chapel to Pray the Rosary.  If you have never prayed the Rosary or it’s been a while, no worries…we have Rosaries and Prayer aids available.  
  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you or someone you know has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 5. Our topic will be “Why do we worship God?”
  • 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, please contact Robert King for details.
  • 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!

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 remember St. Charles Borromeo. Charles (or Carlo, in Italian) came from a wealthy family, but he was frustrated by the corruption in Italy – especially the corruption in the Church. As Archbishop of Milan, he reformed his diocese and established some of the first seminaries. He also helped with reforms in Rome, especially in the papal conclave. He reminds us that, even when the powerful act unjustly, God strengthens us to stand for what is true, good, and right. His feast is November 4.



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.


Kids/Teens On-Camera Acting & Action Class

Get the best of both worlds, Acting and Martial Arts! Super educational and super fun. This 2-day workshop will include: Basic skills for on-camera auditions, Onset etiquette and terminology, Improvisation, Tae Kwon Do, Action Choreography, Intro to Meisner acting technique, Nunchucks and more!

Saturday, November 16th (1:00-4:00) & 17th (11:00-2:00)

Freedom Martial Arts Academy

2908 Meridian Ave E #107

Edgewood, WA 98371

You are Cordially Invited to the Seattle Prep Open House!

Seattle Prep’s Open House is Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00PM. Our annual Open House is an opportunity to tour our beautiful campus, hear presentations on curriculum, learn about student activities and meet faculty, administrators and students. Stop by and stay for as much of the Open House as you would like. Please click here for more information and to register for Open House!

Upcoming O’Dea Events! Join the Brotherhood!

Fall Open House is Wednesday, November 6th from 6pm to 9pm. No RSVP required.

Visitation Days give prospective students an opportunity to experience a day at O’Dea High School. Schedule online

Youth Football Night is Friday, October 25th, 7pm at West Seattle Stadium. You are invited to spend the evening with the #1 ranked football team in the state, the O’Dea Fighting Irish. All youth football players gain FREE admission with their jersey and can join the team on the field after the game!

WSHS Parents Night Out 11/15/2019

Let WSHS Junior class students watch your kids while enjoying an evening out!

What: This event is for childcare for kids ages 3(potty trained) to 11 years old and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, games, movies and crafts.

When:Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:30-10:00pm

Where: West Seattle High School, 3000 California Avenue SW. Check in at the historical entrance on the left side of the building.

Cost: $35 per child or $30 with 2 cans of food, if you sign up 2 or more kids it becomes 25$ per kid 

cans of food will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank.

For more information and to RSVP contact. email:

 Thank you so much for your support!

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.

Performance at Holy Names Academy!

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