Family Communication 10/4/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy October!

We’re in the full swing now, fall is finally in the air, and we’re heading into the home stretch of our magazine drive fundraiser. Thank you to Jennifer Wong and Jenni Rowley for heading up this important fundraiser for another year, and thank you to our families for your support. Fundraising is an important part of our annual operating budget, as fundraisers help to cover part of the gap between tuition and the cost to actually educate each student. We strive for 100% participation in all of our fundraisers, which not only helps us avoid raising tuition higher than we’ve needed to in past years, but this also helps us as we apply for grants to support our school as well. When we apply for grants, grantors ask us what percentage of our population is supporting our local fundraising efforts- and the closer we are to 100%, the more likely grantors are to award us funds. Thank you for all you’ve done to support this very important fundraiser, and for one last push this week to continue selling!

Two other notes-

HAPPENINGS IN THE OFFICE – Kimberly Tish has made the difficult decision to leave her position in the office at the end of October. We wish her well and thank her for all of her hard work! Kristin Bentler will become the new Office Administrator and the Office Assistant Position has been posted.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL – All visitors to the school must sign in and out in the office; no matter how short your visit to the school is going to be. Please stop into the office and do so as soon as you enter the building. Not only is this an important safety and security piece, but should there be an emergency such a fire or an earthquake, this helps us quickly account for everyone during an evacuation.

Thank you for your understanding!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

In Christ,



On Sunday we will be celebrating our patroness, the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, to whom the entire month of October is dedicated throughout the Church. The rosary is a wonderful prayer made up of other prayers, and an invitation to mediate and reflect on the mysteries of our salvation – those key moments in the life of Christ, and the one through whom He entered the world. I would encourage you to find some ways to celebrate our patroness on Sunday, or during this month of the Rosary.

  • Pray the Rosary together as a family, or perhaps just a decade – like we will be doing before Mass throughout the month.  Together, ask Mary to watch over and protect your family.
  • To prepare, have your child/ren color some pictures of the mysteries of the Rosary that you are going to use, or of Mary herself.
  • Perhaps afterwards, make a rosary out of cupcakes or cookies, or other sugary or not so sugary treats.  Bottom line – celebrate!
  • Pray/Learn the Memorare together – my favorite Marian prayer.
  • The next time you are at Mass, point out to your children the painting of Mary in the sanctuary, to the left of the cross, and see if they can figure out what she is holding.
  • And be sure and stop by the statue of Mary.  She always leads us to Jesus, and in this case, it is Jesus who is giving us the Rosary to lead us closer to Him and our Heavenly home.

May our Queen watch over and protect us all, and lead us always closer to her son, Jesus.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


Parents Club Meeting – October 17

Wednesday, October 17t 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. Social hour begins at 6:30 and the meeting begins at 7 in the School Hall. Complimentary childcare is provided.

Safe, Responsible, Respectful Gators At Drop Off

The safety of your children is our top priority to and from school. Staff provides supervision at a number of points along 42nd Ave SW, Genesee, and Dakota during the morning drop off. The only approved and supervised drop-off locations are along 42nd Ave SW and in the back alley by the playground. We recognize people may choose to drop off elsewhere. Please know that the school cannot provide supervision at these other locations, which is why we have discouraged their use. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not use the alley behind the church as a throughway. We cannot provide adequate supervision in the alley to ensure children are safe while being dropped off.

42nd Ave Drop-Off – Please drop off only along 42nd Ave SW and children should exit the car quickly on the curbside.

Alley Drop-Off – Please pull all the way forward to drop off, just before the two auction reserved parking spots and children should exit the car quickly on the side closest to the building. Do not park your car for any reason in the alley and walk your children to the school building during drop off or pick up.

If your child needs extra assistance getting out of the car or needs help getting to school, or if you choose to park and walk your children into school, please park somewhere north of Dakota, south of Genesee, or along one of the neighboring side streets. Drivers are encouraged to not turn right onto Dakota St. after dropping children as it impedes westbound traffic from pulling into the alley. Please continue north on 42nd Ave. to the next block to turn right onto Andover St. This will allow better access for drivers using the alley for drop-off. Thank you for your patience as we all navigate this together.

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,

Attendance Reminders

Please notify the main office at, as well as your homeroom teacher, if your child is home sick or has an appointment and will be arriving late to school. All students arriving after the tardy bell must sign in at the main office for a tardy slip. Thank you!

We would like to remind parents of school guidelines should your child be sick. It is our goal to keep the school environment as healthy as possible for all children.

A child should be kept home from school in the following situations:

  • A temperature over 100°F (must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Motrin or Tylenol before returning to school).
  • Vomiting or diarrhea during the night or in the morning (child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode).
  • Red, swollen eyes that itch and are draining, or have a crusty appearance upon awakening. A physician will need to evaluate him/her for “pink eye”.
  • A productive cough not controlled by medication. A child who has been diagnosed with a communicable illness (e.g. chicken pox, impetigo, ringworm, or MRSA) may not return to school without a note from the physician.
  • A child with live lice should remain home till until no live lice are seen on the child’s scalp.


  • October 8 – Magazine Drive ends
  • 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 27 – Fall open house


Fall Conference Feedback
We are considering changing the fall parent/teacher/student conference schedule this year in trying to be responsive to requests to open up more morning slots, so we are asking for feedback. The one question survey should take less than a minute, and closes tomorrow at midnight. Thank you!
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

Please join us on Friday, October 19 for the Mother-Son Glow Bowl. Complete the online registration today! This year’s theme is PAJAMA BOWL – so put on your favorite and coziest pajamas and join us for a night of bowling, pizza, and fun! The glow bowl will be held from 5-8 p.m. at West Seattle Bowl.

Alternative New Perfect Uniform Option For Grades K-7

The cadet-collar full-zip sweatshirt is available now and can be seen in the main office. Order online here by October 15 and your order will be available for pickup in the main office in mid-November. The next ordering window will be January-February 2019.

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.


Development Directives

We are in the home stretch of the MAGAZINE DRIVE! Currently 82% of Holy Rosary families have participated, so thank you! I know we can reach 100% participation AND our goal of $120,000!

The Magazine Drive ends Monday, October 8 at 9 p.m. Orders may still be placed after this date, but will not count toward prizes. Our prize committee needs time to organize all those prizes.

Our last Turn in Tuesday, for cash/credit donations only, will be Wednesday, October 10.

Congrats to the following top selling grades this week:

  • 1st place – grade 7
  • 2nd place –  grade 3
  • 3rd place – grade 8

Top seller for this week is Zach B.! 

$$$ Machine winner for week four is Martine S.! Students will enter the $money$ machine and grab fistfuls of cash. All students who make a sale will be entered each week, with one student drawn to enter the $money$ machine at the closing assembly.

FAMILY FUN CENTER – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – All students who sell 25 magazines, (or if 40 are sold, all K-8 children in family attend), earn a trip to the Family Fun Center on November 2. We NEED a lot of chaperones to make this happen. Please sign up here. All volunteer chaperones earn fundraising hours and must be Safe Environment cleared.

Incentive for this week:  Top Selling student receives 5 free dress passes.  All sales between 10/1 @ 9pm and 10/8 @ 9pm are eligible.

Classes with 100% Sales over the course of the Magazine Drive earn donuts for the class and a coffee/tea beverage for their teacher.  

CLASSROOM AUCTION PROJECT LEADS NEEDED – Looking for ways to fulfill your fundraising commitment hours and make a personal contribution to the success of your child’s year? Leading the Heart Auction project for the grade might be for you! This is a chance to get creative, leave your mark on your child’s school year, and fulfill your family’s commitment hours. Start rallying the troops (creative or not) to help create a project you’d love to see displayed at the auction to commemorate the 2018-19 school year.

If interested or if you have questions, email the Action Project Coordinator Brittiony Borges at

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

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 3 following 5 p.m. Mass for our 24th Annual Italian Dinner. Gather friends and enjoy an evening of good food and good cheer. Look for more information in the eFC in a few weeks regarding volunteer opportunities and ticket purchase. A big “thank you” to our new seventh grade parents — Cathy and Kenny Volpone — for chairing this event!

Amazon Portal

Remember to shop through the Amazon portal on the Holy Rosary homepage.  The past few years Amazon has donated over $10,000 annually. Shopping through the app does NOT apply.


Chess Club

Thank you for your interest in Chess Club. We are currently full and not taking any more new students at this time.


Faith Formation At Holy Rosary Parish

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

  • WALKING WITH PURPOSE – For women of all ages and stages of life! Join the journey to face the everyday challenges of life by getting to know Jesus and your fellow Catholics! Two groups available. The next meeting dates are tomorrow, October 5 from 9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. or next Wednesday, October 10 from 7:15 p.m.-9 p.m. Both groups meet in the Parish Center reception room. We offer childcare for the Friday group. Contact Deyette at for more info.
  • SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION FOR GRADES 9-12 – If you have not yet registered your teen, please contact Robert King at as soon as possible. Our next session is on Sunday, October 14 at noon in the school library.
  • LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION – Each year Holy Rosary prepares young parishioners (usually in the second grade) to receive the sacraments of reconciliation and communion for the first time. If your children are baptized as Catholics and wish to receive the sacraments, even if they are older than second grade, please register on our website. For more information, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 x252.
  • BECOMING CATHOLIC: THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS (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. Teens meet on Tuesday evenings, adults on Wednesday evenings, and children on Thursday evenings. For children and teens, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 x252. For adults, please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203. All are welcome to learn more at our weekly inquiry sessions every Tuesday evening.
  • ST. MONICA PERSISTENT PRAYER – Have you been praying for a loved one to return to the faith? You are not alone! St. Monica prayed for her son Augustine for 32 years, a prayer that was answered abundantly. Let us join together in prayer for this very special intention that is at the very heart of Jesus, “that they may all be one.” (Jn17:21) Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m. in the church by the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Call Vicki Quinn (206-331-5063) for more information.
  • MONDAY NIGHT ROSARY – You are invited to pray the Rosary at 7 p.m. on Mondays in our Parish Center chapel. Whether it’s your first time or you pray the Rosary frequently, all are invited. We are finished by 7:30 and prayer aids and rosaries are available. Please contact Deyette at with questions.

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 our Parish’s patronal feast, Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. We honor the Blessed Virgin Mary under different titles for the different ways she has helped us through the years. The title “Queen of the Most Holy Rosary” comes from the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, when a massive Ottoman armada outnumbered the rag-tag navy mustered by Pope Pius V from various European nations. The Pope also asked the faithful to pray the Rosary, and credited the unexpected victory over the Ottomans to Our Lady’s intercession. Her feast is October 7.


Panther Pride Night – TONIGHT At West Seattle Stadium

Mark your calendar! Seattle Prep is sponsoring a Panther Pride Night on Thursday, October 4 at West Seattle Stadium. The Seattle Prep football team takes the field versus Bishop Blanchet at 7. We hope our entire community joins us for a night of Panther Pride. We will have prizes to give away during the game. Admission is free for middle school students and families who are wearing CYO or school gear, or with student ID card. Join us for a fun and exciting night of football! Click here to RSVP. Questions, contact Melissa White at

West Seattle Music Studio

Nows the time! Call Lizette at 206-349-5499 or go online here to find out more about piano, guitar and voice lessons — children, adults, classical, jazz, etc. Beginners are welcome!

West Seattle Earthquake Preparedness Sessions

Join us for either of these two identical preparedness sessions:  Sunday, October 7 from 2-5 at High Point Community Center, or Saturday, November 3 from 9-12 at Hiawatha Community Center. Learn about and discuss what we should do in West Seattle in case of an emergency. Hosted by the West Seattle Hubs and West Seattle Be Prepared.