Family Communication 10/11/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending two days with my fellow Catholic school principals and the leadership from the Office for Catholic Schools as we engaged in a retreat on the Great Mysteries of our faith:  The Incarnation, The Trinity, the Pascal Mystery, and the Eucharist. The purpose of this annual retreat is to strengthen our faith as Catholic School Leaders, and prepare us to lead the same retreat with staff. This retreat will occur this Friday, October 12, which is why there is no school for students this coming Friday.

God gives us the great gift of relationships and community, because it is only through relationships with one another that we are truly able to be our best selves. It is a privilege for our staff to have this chance to strengthen our faith together, and we are grateful to be able to build this time into our calendar. By providing staff with opportunities to strengthen their own faith lives, staff is renewed and brings new energy to teaching the faith to our students. Beginning next week, I will include a short parent education piece on each of the Great Mysteries, so as parents you will have the opportunity to share in our learning as well.

One other note:

Looking ahead, student-led conferences will be held the week of Thanksgiving, Monday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 21. Based on your feedback, the schedule will be as follows:  Monday from 8-5 (last session at 5), Tuesday from 10-7 (last session at 7, break from 1:30 – 3), and Wednesday from 8-11 (last session at 11). Please note:  A tremendous amount of work goes into the preparation for these conferences, on the part of staff and students. This week is specifically set-aside for conferences and this schedule is published each spring when the following year’s calendar is released. Please make every effort to schedule a conference time during these allocated times, as it may not be possible to reschedule before or after Thanksgiving week. The sign up schedule will be released in early November.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

In Christ,



Parish Goal: $2.0 Million
Pledged to Date: $359,975 — 18% of Parish Goal Total Pledges:  49
Rebate to Parish: $53,996.25
Separate Donations with Corporate Matches: $40,000*
Total Parish Benefit: $93,996.25
*Some companies do not match religious donations, but will if it is not used for church purposes. The Archdiocese is allowing us to offer these individuals the option of splitting their pledge, donating some directly to the campaign school projects, allowing us to take advantage of some of the company’s matching donations.

This is good news! We are on our way, with just 49 individuals and families participating thus far. Imagine where we will be if everyone participates—and how much good will be accomplished!

You should have received a packet in the mail three weeks ago with information and an ask from the Archbishop. Some of you will be receiving yours directly from a Cabinet Member, if you haven’t already. The mailing will also be resent in a week. I am inviting everyone to participate in this important campaign. It is a challenge and sacrifice because you cant take away from your parish or school giving, or giving to the Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Appeal, in order to support this effort—because these ministries need to continue. You can turn your pledge card to the school or parish office, or into the collection at Mass—an offering to the Lord, which will allow us to record it and forward it. Or you can mail it directly using the envelope provided. Right now, you can not fill out a pledge on the website. However—that option will return in a few weeks. At that time, you will also be able to start setting up online payments. If you wish to start immediately, you can contact Ann Shikany through the website and she will set it up over the phone. If your company offers matching to connected schools but not directly to religious organizations, I would ask you to please contact Anna or myself directly to talk about the option available to you. Thank you for prayerfully considering what your pledge will be.

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


No School Tomorrow – Friday, October 12

There is no school tomorrow, as our teachers will be attending the Christ in the Classroom retreat. BASE will be open for current registered families.

Parents Club Meeting – October 17

Wednesday, October 17 is the first Parents’ Club meeting of the year. The topic is Internet Safety, which will be presented by Captain Mike Edwards, from the Seattle Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Division; and Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Hampton, United States Attorney’s Office, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator. More details about our first meeting can be found on the Parents Club website.

Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. in the School Hall. Attend the meeting and earn one general volunteer hour. Each family will receive one free dress pass per student for attending the meeting and there will be a raffle prize, too! Complimentary childcare is provided.

Preschooler’s Trick-or-Treat!

Calling all age five and under trick-or-treaters to come to Holy Rosary School on Friday, October 26 from 10:30-12! There will be a mix of candy and non-candy items given out from Holy Rosary classroom teachers. This free event is open to all preschool-aged children.

You’re Invited! School Commission Open Meeting November 8

My name is Brendan Kolding, and I am the 2018-2019 School Commission President. Growing up in Davis, California, I attended Catholic schools K-12. I have a BA from Gonzaga University (Go Zags!!) and an MA from Marquette University. My wife, Danielle, and I have three children:  Bren (2A), Greg (KA) and Ann (P3). I have worked for the Seattle Police Department since 2008. I have had many assignments across the Patrol Operations Bureau and the Compliance Bureau over the past decade, and currently serve as a lieutenant at the North Precinct. Prior to becoming involved with the School Commission, I was involved on several different Fulcrum Foundation committees.

Have you ever wondered what the School Commission does? The School Commission is an advisory body that assists the pastor and principal in policy development and long-range planning for the School. Members serve a 4-year term, attend monthly Commission meetings, and participate on at least one standing committee in support of the school’s mission and goals. For 2018-2019, our group’s focus is finalizing the School’s strategic plan, which many families contributed to through last year’s focus groups and survey. Once complete, we will identify how the Commission can best support the implementation of the plan over the next five years and get to work! The lion’s share of these efforts will be done by our standing committees:  Alumni Relations; Buildings & Grounds; Catholic Identity; Fundraising; Marketing, Communications & Governance; and Planning & Finance.

Importantly, the School Commission works together to ensure that Holy Rosary is on stable footing to continue to provide our children with a top-notch Catholic education. Part of this process involves a continuous conversation about finances, wherein we discuss non-tuition revenue sources (e.g., fundraising) as a means to keep tuition reasonable, without compromising school programs or staff compensation. The legislature’s response to McCleary has created an environment where private schools need strong, forward-thinking leadership. At Holy Rosary, we are blessed to have an incredibly talented and devoted group of parents who are working with our principal and pastor to provide that leadership. They are:

Alumni Relations Chair
Buildings & Grounds Liaison
Catholic Identity Chair
Fundraising Chair
Marketing, Communications & Governance Chair
Planning & Finance Chair
Parents’ Club President
Parents’ Club Vice-President

Julie Leonardo
Mary Ann Fessler
Kamila Kennedy
Molly Ward
Amanda Roberts
Alison Morton
Karin Hansen
Tara Martin
Dino Annest
Jackie Bryan
Ben Gauyan
Elena Gruner
Sarah Katsandres
Libby Pickthorn
Barbara Spiering
Ann Baker
Martina Phelps

The School Commission has three open meetings a year. I would like to invite anyone who is interested in learning more to attend our first open meeting on Thursday, November 8, at 6 p.m. in 7B.

Preschool And Kindergarten for 2019-20

The priority application period for our current school and parish families is now ongoing (September 15-November 15). All students entering kindergarten for 2019/20 at Holy Rosary must fill out an application for our K-8 school. If you have a new student entering our preschool (2s, 3s, or PreK), this is also the time to submit an application. There are very few available spots in our preschool 3s and PreK class; early submission is highly encouraged! Reenrollment for current students (except kindergarten) will happen in January. Our fall Open House is on Saturday, October 27 from 10-1. We have our kindergarten testing day scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019. Any questions about the process, how to set up a tour, or our preschool through eighth grade school, contact Jennifer Kokkonis, Admissions Director,


  • October 11 – Magazine Drive closing assembly
  • October 12 – No School – Teacher Retreat (BASE Open for registered students)
  • October 17 – Parents’ Club meeting
  • October 19 – Eighth grade pizza lunch, Mother/Son Glow Bowl
  • October 25 – Picture retake day
  • October 26 – Preschool Trick-or-Treat, 10:30-12
  • October 27 – Fall open house
  • November 3 – Italian dinner
  • November 8 – School Commission open meeting
  • November 12 – No school, Veteran’s Day (BASE closed)
  • November 19-21 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (regular school not in session, BASE open)
  • November 22-23 – Thanksgiving break, no school (BASE closed)


8th Grade Pizza Lunch Fundraiser

Eighth grade pizza lunch sign-ups are here! There is an option to sign up for all 10 lunches on set dates throughout the school year or pick and choose dates you would like to participate – $5 for a single cheese slice or $7 for two slices. Each lunch includes pizza, chips, and a treat and is delivered to classrooms by our eighth grade students. Proceeds go to support eighth grade events (retreats, Fun Day, Baccalaureate Dinner, Graduation Reception, etc.). All pizza lunch days fall on Fridays — 10/19, 11/16, 12/14, 1/11, 2/1, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12, 5/10, and 5/31. Sign up here!

Mother-Son Glow Bowl

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the Mother-Son Glow Bowl! Join us on Friday, October 19 from 5-8 at West Seattle Bowl for a fun night of moms, sons, food, and bowling! Complete the online registration here. The theme is PAJAMA BOWL – so put on your favorite and coziest pajamas and be ready to roll!

Alternative New Perfect Uniform Option For Grades K-7

The last chance to order the cadet-collar full-zip sweatshirt is Monday, October 15. Order online here and your order will be available for pickup in the main office in mid-November. The next ordering window won’t be January-February 2019, so don’t miss out!

Volunteer Opportunity

We have two upcoming information events for the school — our Open House on Saturday, October 27 and a booth at the Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 28. Time spent will count towards fundraising hours. We are looking for parent and eighth grade volunteers (grade 8 service hours). Please look at the event signups for more details — Open House and Harvest Festival. Contact Jennifer Kokkonis with any questions at

Financial Aid Applications For 2019-20

Financial aid applications for Fulcrum and school aid (one application form) are now available. Please submit your applications by January 1. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at with any questions.


WestFest Expenses

It’s the last call for WestFest expenses! Please turn in your WestFest receipts and reimbursement forms to the main office by Friday, October 19. Thank you!

Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE sales are officially over! Thank you to all the families who sold magazines. We exceeded our goal of $120,000 and ended with 93% participation!!! THANK YOU!!! This will truly help when applying for grants.

Congrats to the following top selling grades this week:

  • First place – grade 5!
  • Second place – grade 3!
  • Third place – grade 7!
  • Top seller for this week is Luke P.!
  • $machine$ winner for week 4 is Emmy L.!

Students enter the money machine and grab fistfuls of cash. (All students who made a sale will be entered each week, with one student drawn to enter the money machine at the closing assembly.)

A HUGE thank you to our co-chairs — Jennifer Wong and Jenni and Dwight Rowley. This is the school’s second largest fundraiser and it wouldn’t be successful without volunteer support.

The closing assembly took place at 2 p.m. today, and prizes were distributed at the end of the day. Inside the free dress pass envelopes is a list of all prizes. Be sure to check that you received everything. The prize list may also be found here. The prize coordinator will be stationed after school in the school hall foyer for those with questions regarding their prizes. Thank you to all the volunteers and families who participated!

Finally, the FAMILY FUN CENTER is scheduled for Friday, November 2nd. 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 9:30am and return by 2:00pm. Permission slips will go home soon, please return as quickly as possible. Sign up here to chaperone the Family Fun Center trip, counts towards fundraising hours.

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

Mark your calendar for our 24th Annual Italian Dinner on Saturday, November 3, following the 5 p.m. Mass. Seating will begin at 6:15 in Lanigan Gym. Gather friends and enjoy an evening of good food and good cheer. Plan ahead as tables fill up quickly. Reservations link coming soon!

Volunteers are needed to set-up and serve for this event. Please contact Cathy Volpone at


CYO Basketball

BASKETBALL registration closes tomorrow, October 12, so sign up now! Registrations after October 12 will be accepted on a space availability basis. Registration also includes the cost of the uniform. If you have a previous years’ uniform that is usable, you have the choice to forgo ordering a new uniform which reduces the registration fee by $15. You’ll need to input the uniform number during the registration process in order to forgo the new uniform order.

The registration fees are $85 for grade 4 and $100 for grades 5-8.

Dates to note:

  • October 12 – registration deadline
  • October 19 – team’s practice schedules posted
  • October 22 – practices begin
  • November 17 – games begin

Grade 3:

  • Boys – registration closes January 18. Games begin on February 23.
  • Girls – registration closes March 1. Games begin March 30.
  • Registration fees TBD.

For more detailed information about the overall CYO basketball season, visit this link. Questions regarding the Holy Rosary program please send me an email or give me a call.


Faith Formation At Holy Rosary Parish

Our parish offers many opportunities to grow in your faith beyond the school day. We’d like to highlight a few:

  • MONDAY ROSARY – Looking for a way to renew your Faith? Stressed and need a break? Join us for only 25 minutes to pray the Rosary on Monday evenings at 7 in the Chapel! Rosaries and prayer aids provided. All are welcome!
  • ADULT CONFIRMATION – If you are a Catholic over 18 and have not received the sacrament of confirmation, now is your chance! Not only does confirmation strengthen you to bring Christ’s love to the world, it is also required for godparents and sponsors, and is strongly recommended before getting married. Contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203. Also, all are welcome to learn more at our weekly inquiry sessions every Tuesday evening.
  • BECOMING CATHOLIC – THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN (RCIA) – Are you or your child interested in becoming Catholic? If you or your child have not been baptized, or were baptized in another Christian tradition, we are happy to help you learn more. Sixth graders to teens meet on Tuesday evenings, and children on Thursday evenings. Please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488, x252.

We also offer a variety of offerings for both children and adults! Find more information on our website at, and in future eFC’s!

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 she never compromised her passion for Jesus, she is an excellent patroness for all those who are driven toward perfection. Her feast is October 15.


Piano And Drum Lessons

Danny McMahon, who has taught lessons for over 20 years, with many Holy Rosary students as students, is looking for more students to teach on the piano and drums! Contact Danny at

University of Washington, College of Education School Psychology Program

COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – The University of Washington’s College of Education is offering free weekly therapy sessions for children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18 years old. Those experiencing anxiety, depression, attention-deficit, social skills, and behavior problems are examples of appropriate referrals, although we will assess for your individual needs. Please see this flyer for more information.

TESTING FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN – The University of Washington’s College of Education invites you and your child to participate in the school psychology graduate’s assessment testing course. The tests administered by graduate students (under the supervision of licensed psychologist/faculty), are designed to identify strengths, weaknesses, and learning disabilities that may be influencing the child’s academic performance. Please see this flyer for more information.

Ingraham High School Open House For Private School Families

Ingraham High School is holding a general information night in its library on November 7 at 7 p.m. It’s open to parents and students new to the Seattle Public Schools. Ingraham staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs, and student life at Ingraham. More information is posted on the Ingraham High School website.