Family Communication 11/11/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Today we honor our Veterans.  We thank our Veterans for the sacrifice they have made for our county throughout history. We remember and honor their service, especially on this day, but also on all days.  
We pray that their service continues to move our country and our world towards greater peace, and unity with one another. In this light, I share this prayer today with you.  
A Prayer for Unity 
In this century and in any century,
Our deepest hope, our most tender prayer,
Is that we learn to listen.
May we listen to one another in openness and mercy.
May we listen to plants and animals in wonder and respect.
May we listen to our own hearts in love and forgiveness.
May we listen to God in quietness and awe.
And in this listening, which is boundless in its beauty,
May we find the wisdom to cooperate with a healing spirit, a divine spirit
Who beckons us into peace and community and creativity.
We do not ask for a perfect world,
But we do ask for a better world.
We ask for deep listening. 
-Jay McDaniel, Professor of Religion, Hendrix College, Arkansas  
May the peace of Christ be with you this day and all days.  
God bless our Veterans!
In Christ, 


Stress Management

Stress has many negative effects on a child’s socio-emotional health and on the learning process. Parents and teachers must try to find out the cause of stress as soon as they can.  Parents should know the ways to reduces stress in their children’s lives. The following are the most effective stress management techniques for children that enable children to reduce stress in their daily lives. Continue Reading


  • November 22nd-24th – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (regular school not in session, BASE open)
  • November 25th-26th – Thanksgiving Break, no school (BASE closed)
  • November 26th – Tree Lot Opens
  • December 10th – 1st Trimester Report Cards
  • December 17th – Noon Dismissal
  • December 20th-31st – Christmas Break
  • January 3rd – School Resumes


School In Session Friday

As previously scheduled, we will have school on Friday, November 12th.

Traffic Reminders For Your Child’s Safety

For everyone’s safety we ask that you:
-ONLY let your child out of your car after you have pulled up to the curb
-ONLY let your child cross the street at the crosswalk, never between parked cars
-ONLY park in legal parking spots, never in the crosswalk

Livestream Mass Information

Our school Masses and Liturgies are live streamed so that families and parishioners can participate from home and so students not able to attend in person may participate from within the school building.  It is possible, due to the nature of the livestream, that student images may be present momentarily in the livestream.   The live stream of the Mass ends before students receive Holy Communion.  Questions regarding this, please contact Anna Horton.

Safe Environment Training

A background check and Safe Environment training is required to volunteer at any school activities including the Tree Lot.  Right now, it’s taking longer than usual for the courts to process the background checks.  If you have not logged into your Virtus account recently, please do so and verify that you’re up to date.  If you are new and have not established a Virtus account and taken the initial 3 hour class, Holy Rosary School Principal Anna Horton will teach the initial 3 hour class on Friday November 12th at 9:00 am VIA ZOOM.  You can sign up through Virtus. If this timeframe doesn’t work for you, there are a few other Zoom offerings available right now at different parishes/schools and you can see those through your Virtus account as well.  No matter where you attend the course, you must sign up ahead of time in order to receive credit for the class.  Questions- please contact Melissa Tuthill ( or Anna Horton (  Thank you for your assistance with this Archdiocesan requirement.  

Scholastic Book Fair

We will be participating in the Online Scholastic Book Fair this year. The dates are November 13th through November 26th. Orders will be shipped directly to your home. Please us this link.

Holy Rosary School Is Hiring

Holy Rosary School is currently hiring for an instructional aid in the grade school and for a long term substitute teacher for fourth grade.  More information can be found here or by contacting Principal Anna Horton (

Traveling For The Holidays

If you are planning out of state travel, contact the office. There will still be a quarantine period of 7 days with a Covid test or 10 days without a covid test. If your child is vaccinated and has not been in a high risk area, they do not need to quarantine, but the office will need documented proof of vaccination. If you or your child has traveled in a high risk area or been exposed to high risk situations, please contact the office and we will discuss quarantine restrictions. Non-vaccinated children do not need to quarantine if an immediate family member traveled out of state, unless they were in a high risk area or involved in high risk activity. We are following the Department of Health guidelines for schools at this time. If the guidance changes, we will adjust our rules. If you have any questions, see our Cocvid 19 Info tab on the school site or email Kristin Bentler in the school office.


Emergency Voice & Text Messages

Tuesday’s power outage was a new experience for us. We had not yet utilized our voice and text messaging in Alma. Its a great feature, but does require individuals to opt in. Please take a few minutes to update your Alma account before winter weather arrives. Attached are the Steps To Receive Text Notifications From HRS

  1. Log in to your Alma account
  2. Click on your initials, located top right of page 
  3. Select MY INFO
  4. Click on PHONE
  5. Make sure your cell # is in the first box
  6. Check CAN SMS
  7. SAVE
  8. Then, back to your initials and select NOTIFICATION PREFERENCES
  9. Select TEXT MESSAGE
  10. SAVE

Each Parent must log in to their Alma account individually.

Food Drive

As we give thanks to God for the many gifts in our lives, we will once again host our November food drive to benefit our local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.  This local food pantry supports our neighbors here in the West Seattle community most in need.  This year they are most in need of:  
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Canned Chicken
Canned Tuna
Boxed Cereal
Instant Oatmeal Packets (boxed)
Tomato Sauce/Spaghetti Sauce
Peanut Butter (15-16 oz.)
Mac and Cheese
Hearty Soups
Rice/Rice Sides
Our Holy Rosary School community always goes above and beyond supporting our brothers and sisters in the community around us.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!  Food can be dropped off outside of the main office door or sent in with your children to leave on the table in the front hallway of the school.  

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.


Annual Report

You can find the Annual Report for the 2020-21 school year here.


Family donations need to be entered by December 3rd through one of the links below, but do not bring the donation to school until January. Remember all families are required to contribute a minimum of $225 to the auction in the form of cash or tangible items.  The auction web site has additional details.  Already know your donation, then please enter through the links below. All families that enter their donation before Monday, November 22 will receive a free dress pass for each child in their family.
Make your CASH DONATION here.
Make your ITEM DONATION here.

Wine/Liquor Donation

The auction committee is again asking parents to donate a bottle during conference week. We are asking each family to bring a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor to parent-teacher conferences. Drop off in the main office. This will be used to complete auction packages and supply prizes for the wine game at the auction. This is NOT mandatory, but a request. Each child in your family will receive a free dress pass for bringing in one bottle.

 Tree Lot

November means it’s time for the Tree Lot, a Holy Rosary tradition for nearly 40 years. The lot opens Friday after Thanksgiving and will close December 18. This lot is truly a volunteer effort! It is a great way to earn hours and meet other HRS families. All individuals 18+ must be Safe Environment cleared and wear a mask during their shift. Anna has offered to hold a Zoom class on November 12, starting at 9am. Register through the site. If this is your first time logging in, then select first-time registrant. Otherwise log in and search for classes. If November 12 does not work for you, there are other Zoom classes available next week. Working the tree lot is a fun way to knock those out. Sign up HERE.

Good Society Monthly Night Out

Next Tuesday is our first HRS night t Good Society! Grab a pint and a bite at The Good Society every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 25% above nightly net back to HRS. Social time, great beer and fundraising for HRS…it’s a WIN-WIN!


Priority Application Period Ends Soon

The priority application period ends MONDAY, so spread the word. We are accepting applications in Pre-School – 8th grade. Even if you already have older students in the K-8 program, you must apply for your younger children.  Apply here.

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


Volunteers Needed For Candle Ministry

Holy Rosary Parish is looking for 1-2 people to assist with its candle ministry.  This ministry maintains the candles on the altar and polishes the brass.  It’s a wonderful way to be of service to the parish on your own schedule and get volunteer hours that are counted in the school!  For more information if you are interested, contact Paul Dolejsi (  

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:
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 Basketball

Please read the attached letter about the upcoming CYO Basketball season.


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.


West Seattle Lacrosse Club

Attention young ladies of West Seattle! Looking for a fun team sports opportunity for the Spring season? Search no more! The West Seattle Lacrosse Club wants YOU to join the growing group of girls taking advantage of this awesome local sports community! Team options for third through middle school grades, with a new high school level team planned for the 2023 season as well. No prior experience is required.
Come see what it’s all about and get your questions answered. Casual Fall Ball “Throw Arounds” happening NOW on Sundays 9am to around 10:30am at Hiawatha Soccer Field through November 28th. No reservations, ongoing commitment, or equipment is required to participate in Sunday Fall Ball. So, just bring a friend or two, and come check it out! Loaner equipment is available for use.
Registration is open now for the 2022 season which starts in February!
For more information:
To register:
Feel free to contact with questions, and we look forward to seeing you out there!

Bishop Blanchet STEM Day

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Bishop Blanchet STEM Day for middle schoolers!  Bishop Blanchet’s Robotics Team will be hosting a Pinewood Derby AND a Drone Race time trial! The Pinewood Derby will be 100% remote with kits available to be picked up and dropped off at BBHS at any time.  This year we’re adding a drone race where students will be given the controls for a small quad style drone to fly FPV through our obstacle course in a race to set the fastest time! The Drone Race will take place on our campus on November 6. All necessary equipment will be provided, but to participate in the Drone Race students must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 72hrs. Space is limited so sign up soon.

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

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.
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

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)