Family Communication 10/7/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Fall is more in the air this week, with the cool mornings and shorter days upon us. We’re rolling into mid-October next week and I want to remind you that next Friday is a non-student day for staff training and retreat time. With these cooler and wetter days, please be sure to send students to school with a coat that has a hood. We are making every effort to get kids outside during the day, even when it’s wet, and sometimes students may want a coat in their classroom if it’s a bit chilly. We have the heat running, but continue to have all windows open to promote good ventilation in the classrooms. 
Next week we also begin the long anticipated replacement of the Lanigan gym roof. You may not know, but the roof on the gym is original to the building, dating back to 1986! It is in dire need of replacement. Like many things due to COVID, this project was delayed because of materials availability. Though this is not the best time of year to complete this work, replacing the roof on the gym is absolutely critical. The roof is already well past it’s lifespan and without replacement a wet winter would most certainly result in significant water damage. We’re assured the work will be completed around Thanksgiving, as we’ve made it clear the tree lot must open on time!  
Let us continue to offer our prayer intentions to Mary during the month of October. Mary Mother of God, pray for us!
In Christ, 


Happy Feast Day!
Today is the feast of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary – our patroness whom we ask to lead us closer to Christ.  How will you celebrate today?  Because it is important to celebrate!  Thank you for the ways in which you make our community the blessing it is for so many.  And thank you for the ways in which you instill in your children a love for our Blessed Mother in Heaven who watches over us from above.  If you do not have the practice of praying the rosary together as a family, I can’t encourage you enough to do so.  It might not be the most quiet or reflective or distraction free with younger children, but it will be pleasing to the Lord, and the children will learn and grow into the life of prayer as they take part and lead the family in the various prayers.  
May our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, continue to bless us on our way to Heaven.
In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland


    • October 15th – Teacher In-Service (no school)
    • October 18th – Picture Retakes (email your teacher)
    • October 20th – Parents Club Meeting
    • October 23rd – Fall Open House
    • November 1st – All Saints Mass


Drop Off And Pick Up

As a reminder, there is NO EXITING YOUR VEHICLE in front of the school or in the alley during drop off or pick up. If your child needs assistance, please park in the neighborhood and walk them in. The auction parking spots have been generously purchased by school families that use them every day. Please do not block them at anytime.

Hot Lunch Is Back!
Lunch Ladies Catering will provide hot lunch Tuesday through Thursday. If you are interested, please review their ordering information and instructions. **Any meal, ordering or billing questions must be handled through Lunch Ladies Catering**
Volunteer Hours
Volunteer opportunities will be made available throughout the year in the school and in the parish.  As a reminder, you must be fully vaccinated to volunteer in any way when students are present.  We do recognize that some major volunteer opportunities are not available this year, such as West Fest.  The School Commission manages the volunteer hours program and will discuss this topic and whether adjustments are necessary in October.  But keep up the volunteer work, we depend on you!
Pets On The Playground
Help us keep our playground clean and safe.  After school care uses the playground each day following dismissal.  Please keep pets off of the playground at dismissal.
Conferences Are Coming
Mark your calendars for conferences the Monday-Wednesday of Thanksgiving week.  During this week, families will have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with your child’s teacher.  More information on signing up for a time in early November.  As a reminder, students do not follow the regular school schedule this week and are only present for their conference (with the exception of kindergarten where students do not attend).
Missing Items

Please make sure your child’s name is clearly written on sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, water bottles and any other personal items. We have many students who have the same backpack, water bottle or sweatshirt. If your child is missing a red cadet jacket, have them check with the office staff. We are making every effort to return items to the correct person.

Red Cadet Collar Sweatshirts

The Main Office has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts for those that have ordered them. Please come into the office and pick them up. Some sizes are on backorder. Karla Lawson will let you know if your order is not ready. If you would like to place an order, An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.  The Main Office is open M-F from 9am-3pm.


Parent Club Meeting – October 20

Join us for the first Parents’ Club virtual meeting of the school year on Wednesday, October 20th at 7:00pm. Don’t miss these important updates and opportunities:
–          Update on the start of school year
–          Development
–          Meet the new school counselor, Lauren Samson, and hear about her role in supporting HRS students and family, what we can all do to care for our wellness and community 

Please email to RSVP. A zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting. 

Financial Aid 2022/2023
Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2022-June 2023 school year is now open.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 7, 2021.  Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.  Questions, please contact
HRS Social Media

Calling all HRS familes! We want to put a spotlight on all the amazing things going on in our community. Did your kid accomplish something awesome? Do you have some cool pictures from extracurricular activities? Updates from HRS alumni? Or anything else fun to share that is HRS related? Please send it to us at so we can feature you on our social media channels! Visit for more info about submissions. Children need to be masked and following COVID protocols per the Archdiocese.

Volunteer Vaccination Information

Per Governor Jay Inslee’s directive, all volunteers working in proximity to students must be vaccinated. In accordance with this, please fill out the attached form and include a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination card. If we do not receive a vaccination card from you, you will not be able to participate as a volunteer where students are present. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler.

Student Vaccination Information (6th-8th grade only)

On the recommendation of Public Health, and in order to support us in making decisions regarding programming, we are seeking information on the percentage of eligible students (12 and over) who are vaccinated. Individual student information will be kept confidential. The aggregate data will help us with programming decisions and mitigation efforts.
Please fill out the attached survey. If we do not receive a response from you, your child will be counted in the category of unvaccinated. Decisions around our programming and activities will be based on the percentages of vaccinated students. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler.

Priority Application Period Now Open

The priority application period for parish members and current school families opened September 15th and goes until November 15th for the September 2022 – June 2023 school year.  If you have a new student for our Holy Rosary Preschool or new to our K-8 school program, please complete our online application at:  All prospective Kindergarten students are required to submit an application. Any questions, please contact:
For students currently enrolled in Kindergarten-7th grade, Preschool 2s and 3s, re-enrollment will occur in mid-January.


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized. Orders will be submitted on the 15th of every month.


Magazine Drive Ends October 12th @ 11:59pm
Congrats to the Townsend Family!  They are the winners of 5 FREE DRESS PASSES for selling at least 5 subscriptions this last week.
The next incentive is for a $25 Menchies gift card. All families that sell 5 or more subscriptions between October 5 and October 12 @ 11:59PM will be entered to win. Plus all families that sell at least 2 subscriptions/donations between the above dates will receive 1 FREE DRESS PASS per K-8 HRS student.
Donations count toward sales too.  $25 = 1 subscription.
As of today, HRS we are over $110,000 sold!!! You are amazing, but don’t stop short of our $125,000 goal.
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. Donate here, feel free to share with friend and family.
Our goal is 100% participation.  Additional questions, contact Beth Martin or view the Magazine Drive web site.
Why participate:

1. The grade with the highest participation wins a special prize for their teachers.

2. The higher our overall participation in school fundraisers assists us when applying for grants. As you can imagine, grant money is extremely tight.  If we can show high participation rates, then this shows granting organizations that we have exhausted our internal resources and are looking for external funders.


Traffic Patrol

We are looking for parent/guardians to do traffic patrol duty this year for volunteer hours. You would need to be fully vaccinated, and available to arrive on time and stay until your duty is complete. This would be a trimester obligation.
Start Date:
October 2nd – December 12th
December 14th – March 18th
March 21st – June 10th
2:45-3:15pm   1:45-2:15pm (Wednesdays)   11:55-12:20pm (1/2 days)
You could choose to do one day per week, AM or PM, or both AM & PM on the same day if you wish. Please contact Maggie Judd if you are interested.



CYO is looking for soccer referees to referee games at the 4th and 5th grade level. Referees are paid and must be at least 14 years of age and either be certified already or obtain a WA State Referee certification. Please reach out to Neil Smith ( for more details if you are interested in becoming a CYO soccer referee.


Important Update For Youth Confirmation Program!  

​The 2021-2022 Youth Confirmation Program is rescheduled to start during the Spring Semester. We will kick-off the program in January 2022 and conclude the program in May 2022 with the Confirmation Liturgy. For important updates, continue to visit our website at:

Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children 7-18 years of age who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If you or your children are interested to know more about RCIA, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (

Sacramental 2 Preparation (First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion) 

Holy Rosary parish follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding children’s preparation to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Registration is already open online: 2021-2022 Sacramental 2 (
If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental 1 of our Faith Formation program and are regularly attending the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these sacraments or for more information about First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation, please contact Sr. Stella at

Adult Volunteer Team 

Do you have a heart for young people? Do you recognize how much our young people need God’s love and presence? Then God might be calling you to join our adult volunteer team. Volunteer responsibilities can include leading confirmation small groups, assisting with office work, or helping with hospitality at youth confirmation events! 
Contact Bridget Bicek at to learn more about volunteering with the Confirmation Program.


Hi-Liners Musical Theatre

We have acting and dancing classes. You can join even if a class has already started. In January our production will be High School Musical, starring Holy Rosary’s own Enzo Kennedy.  Visit our website. Sign up for classes here.

St. Brendan Holiday Craft Fair

This outdoor event features 50+ craft vendors, home-baked holiday treats and refreshments to purchase. We will be open Saturday, November 13th from 9am to 4pm at the St. Brendan Catholic School parking lot 10049 NE 195th St, Bothell.

Rainbow Parrot Art Classes for HRS students – Online art enrichment program

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Free/donation based class

Host an International Student

Please consider hosting an international student from Kennedy Catholic High School. You would be providing an important and valuable experience by offering a true glimpse into an American family’s life. If you are interested in learning more about being a host, read more and fill out this inquiry form. Our housing coordinator will contact you. Send questions to Ms. In Vilai at  A generous stipend is provided. We appreciate your support of Kennedy Catholic High School. Please contact Ms. In Vilai at 206.972.3291 if you have any questions or other suggestions for how we might promote our homestay program within your school.

Mountain To Sound Ski Swap

Where: West seattle VFW hall, 3601 S. West Alaska Street
When: October 16-17, 10am – 5pm Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun
Drop off Friday night, pick up Sunday afternoon. Please see website for more details

Junction Hot Yoga

Hi Neighbors! We are NOW OPEN and would love the opportunity to welcome you in.
We hope you find our Grand Opening Special irresistible.
Single Class – $14
Monthly Unlimited Intro – $47
Auto Monthly Unlimited – $89*
20 Class Pass – $260
Yearly Unlimited – $899
Specials must be purchased by 10/31/21
*per month/contract applies
Proof of vaccination is required at JHY. Pre-registration is highly recommended.
Learn more at or through Mind Body
4747 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

West Seattle VFW Essay Contest

Congratulations to last year’s winners from Holy Rosary:  Aidan I, Alec R, and Anastazia G.
Young writer(s) in the house? Need college money? This year’s VFW essay competition – three categories, for 3rd graders through high-school seniors. See rules and awards here. Turn into the school office by 28th of October.

Kids Salsa With Balorico Dance

Salsa for ages 7-12. Develop an appreciation for Latin music. Please arrive by 4:15pm with your child to complete the health screening and in-person registration form. Dancing begins at 4:30pm. No late admissions. Masks required of child and their caregiver at all times inside the studio. Sneakers recommended or dress shoes that secure the ankle. Viva Art Studio in West Seattle.

Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

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)