Family Communication 11/12/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Yesterday, we celebrated Veteran’s Day in honor of those who have made sacrifices in service of our freedom.  We are grateful for their service to our country and we give thanks for the sacrifices many have made.  May God continue to bless them and their families.  And to our Holy Rosary Veterans, may the peace of Christ fill you these days and always.  
As we move towards mid-November, we find ourselves in the midst of challenging days.  Not only are we all reaching a point of “pandemic fatigue,” we’re reaching this when the COVID activity in the community around us (greater West Seattle and King County) is increasing at a rapid rate.  Schools like ours are grappling with how to respond during this time, especially with transmission rates very high and other Key Indicators of COVID activity on the increase.  Based on the guidance of public health, we know that it is much more likely that schools will see cases in the student population when community transmission is very high, which we have seen in other nearby schools.  Though cases in our school are inevitable at some point, we’re more likely to have multiple cases pop up when transmission is very high.  I don’t know if this quick upward trend is a result of Halloween or if it’s a trend that is simply happening.  But it is certainly worrisome with Thanksgiving around the corner.  If you watched the urgent public health briefing this past Tuesday, you would have seen significant concerns expressed.
Bearing all of this in mind, we have decided that our current in person students will revert to be fully remote beginning Monday, November 16th.  I want to be clear this decision has not been made because we’ve reached any particular threshold, but rather because we are taking into account a myriad of factors including the rapid increase in case counts locally, the increased test positivity rate, staff input, and the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner.  We feel it is prudent to reduce the number of individuals on our campus at any one time right now.  We will remain remote through Christmas break and will evaluate the numbers in early January.  But as of now, we tentatively plan to return to in person instruction in January.   All of this being said, we are still exploring ways to bring small groups of students on campus in the near future, including those who have not returned for in person instruction.  We will coordinate these visits to ensure that we can fully sanitize between groups, and so that we maintain relatively small numbers on campus at a time. 
Thank you for doing your part to turn these case counts around and for all you continue to do to support our students during remote instruction.  We all desire to return to in person instruction soon, and to continue to expand in person instruction beyond our second graders.  Collectively we can make a difference through our own choices and actions.  I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Finally, not to sound redundant to previous messages, but now is the time that we need to turn to God more than ever in prayer.  These days are exhausting and we cannot do it alone.  Make time for prayer, and offer your fears, worries, stresses, and anxieties up to Christ.  If you struggle with how to start with prayer or what to say, simply begin talking!  It need be no fancier than that!
In Christ, 

Return to School Status (will be updated weekly in the eFC)
Updated November 12, 2020

Grade Start Date* Instruction Return Model Schedule
Preschool Tentative January 2021 Remote Whole Class Monday – Friday
Kindergarten Tentative January 2021 Remote Whole Class Monday – Friday
1 Tentative January 2021 Remote Whole Class Monday – Friday
2 Tentative January 2021 Remote Whole Class Monday- Friday
3 – 4 Tentative January 2021 Remote Whole Class Monday – Friday
5 – 6 Pending Remote Hybrid Monday – Friday
7 – 8 Pending Remote Hybrid Monday – Friday


Every year as we approach Thanksgiving it is a good time to reflect on the gifts we have received and how we share those blessings.  At this time Holy Rosary also asks our parishioners to prayerfully reflect on their financial support for the ongoing work of Christ for the year ahead, as we ask that question of the psalmist, “How can I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?” (116:12)  Parishioners should have received a letter in the mail this week with a pledge card, which can also be filled out online.  The Scriptures remind us often of tithing, giving 10% of the first fruits to the Lord as a sacrificial offering.  Generosity may look the same for everyone, but the amounts may differ.  Parish families are eligible for a discounted tuition level in recognition of their support of Holy Rosary Parish, which funds part of school operations.  The minimum giving level is $1,080, or $90 per month.  It is true that some aren’t able to afford the tuition and receive financial aid, and may not be able to give this full amount, either.  It is also true that others are able to give much more.  The Lord calls us to faithful stewardship, which means we look at how we use all that God has given to us for our good and the good of others.  There is no question that some have been more financially impacted by COVID-19 than others.  As we experience a 15% decline in collections, we are grateful to all who continue to support us, and those who step up their own giving mindful that others can’t.  Thank you for prayerfully considering where Holy Rosary fits in as one of your household expenses as we care for one another and continue the work of Jesus. 
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland



  • November 13th – Materials Pick Up (12p-4p)
  • November 14th – Materials Pick Up (9a-12p)
  • November 23rd-25th – Parents/Student/Teacher Conferences (school not in session)
  • November 26th-27th – Thanksgiving break, No School
  • November 27th – Tree Lot Opens
  • December 21st-January 1st – Christmas Break


Materials Pick Up

Supply/Materials Pick Up is tomorrow, November 13th (12:00 – 4:00) and November 14th (9:00 – 12:00).  Your student’s teachers will communicate with you if there are items to pick up! 

Parent Student Teacher Conferences!
Conferences will be held November 23rd – 25th, remotely.  The sign ups are now! Please sign up for a time that works for your family. If there is a scheduling conflict, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Priority Application Period Closes November 15th

The priority application period for parish members and current school families opened closes November 15th.  If you have a NEW student to Holy Rosary interested in the September 2021 – June 2022 school year for either Preschool, or grades Kindergarten – 8th grade, please complete our online application at:  Re-enrollment for current students will occur January 15th-January 31st.  Any questions, please

Holy Rosary School Sick Policy

As noted in the Return to School Handbook, we have a very strict sick policy in place to promote the health and well-being of students. If your child is sick, or you even suspect they are getting sick, they cannot attend school in person.  Please contact the office ( or 206-937-7255 to discuss the appropriate next steps. The screening and sick policy flow chart can be found here.

Protecting Your Family From COVID-19: Information And Resources 

Holy Rosary School and Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) want to be sure that you have the information you need to help keep your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. PHSK has answers to many commonly asked questions about COVID-19, such as: 

  • What are the signs and symptoms? 
  • What do I do if I think I’ve been around someone who has COVID-19? 
  • How do I care for someone in my family who has COVID-19? 
  • When can my child return to school and my household members be around others again if they have COVID-19? You may find the answers to these questions and more by This information is available in 33 languages. 

For questions about COVID-19 testing, we recommend the following: 

•Contact King County’s COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977. The call center is open between 8am – 7pm daily. Interpreters are available.

Youth Suicide Prevention / Mental and Emotional Well-being

Local data and disaster research suggest that suicide rates throughout our population may rise as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.   Seattle & King County Public Health issued a health advisory to encourage those who work with youth/those with children to check in with your youth and make sure that they have connection and support. This is a difficult time for everyone. The on-going pandemic and the corresponding exhaustion and emotional fatigue that we are feeling continues, combined with seasonal changes and more difficulty connecting with the people and supports that typically help us cope.
Seattle and King County Public Health encourages parents to talk with your children about emotional health and coping with stress. It is okay to ask explicitly about suicide risk, particularly with adolescents. Public Health suggestions also include ensuring all firearms and medications in homes are secured.  Make a safety plan if there are any concerns about suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Reach out to others, make positive connections – connectedness is a key protection factor against suicide.
Remember you are not alone. Here is a link to Mental Health America which provides a wonderful resource on recognizing mental health concerns in kids and teens. And below are links to suicide prevention and mental and emotional well-being resources in our community:

  • King County Community Supports and Well-being webpage:

Subbing In Catholic Schools!

Have you ever considered subbing in our Catholic Schools?  Subbing can be a great way to work part time!  More information can be found here:


Social Media ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’

The school posts often on Facebook and Instagram pictures of Holy Rosary School happenings. (@HolyRosaryWS) When you like our pictures on Facebook or ‘heart’ our posts on Instagram, you help share the story of Holy Rosary School.  This is especially important during COVID, when we are not able to have our normal admissions events.  Do you love your teacher?  Share a comment about them in a Facebook Holy Rosary School review – or an HRS Facebook post when your class is shown.  Pleased with all the remote efforts?  Another great piece to comment about!  Comments help our social media reach exponentially!  Be an advocate for Holy Rosary – Thank you!

Financial Aid

Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2021- June 2022 school year is now open.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 8, 2021. Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.

Request Library Books

Are you looking for some new books to read?  Holy Rosary will be operating a remote check out system for our library to get books into the hands of our students as soon as possible.  To check out books please go to the Library page.



MAGAZINE DRIVE                                      

Watch the video to get answers to all these questions:

  1. Did we make our goal?
  2. Who is our Top Seller?
  3. Who sold 100+ subscriptions?
  4. Who sold 75+ subscriptions?
  5. Who sold 50+ subscriptions?
  6. Are we still the top selling school in the nation?

Prizes will be sent home with the oldest student tomorrow for remote students and Thursday for in-person students.       

Prize Recap:
1-9 subscriptions = 1 free dress pass
10-19 subscriptions = Bun Bun collectable stuffed animal
20-49 subscriptions = Gaiter Gator + 2 Free Dress Passes
50-74 subscriptions = Gator Aid donation, T-shirt & 5 Free Dress Passes
75-99 subscriptions = Family Fun Pack to support local businesses
100+ subscriptions = Choice of Cash, AirPods, Nintendo Switch Lite, Bellingham excursion
Thank you HRS!

Tree Lot                                                                                                                     

Holy Rosary has hosted a Tree Lot for 30 years and this year is no exception.  We will follow all the social distancing rules, but we need your help to pull it off.  This is another major fundraiser, raising over $100,000!

Some changes for this year:

  1. Contactless delivery offered, for an additional fee.
  2. Shopping from your car: drive through the lot and the Tree Lot elves will bring over a couple choices for you to purchase.
  3. Spacing clearly marked.
  4. Fully masked volunteers.

The Tree Lot sign up is ready, click here to reserve your shifts.  New to HRS?  This is a great way to meet families in all grade levels.  Missing other parents? Make it a night out volunteering at the Tree Lot.

Tree Lot set-up takes place on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, with the lot opening on Friday, November 27. Additional information may be found here.


All families need to donate $175 cash or a product valued at minimum $175 prior to December 4th.  Check the Amazon wish list for ideas or purchase products from a local West Seattle business. Reminder: please do NOT ask local businesses for a donation, after 40+ years supporting us, this is our year to support them.

Although typically cash is appreciated, this year item donations would be especially appreciated.   Since we are not contacting small businesses for donations, the auction will need items to bid on.  Think experiences, home décor, restaurants and more. A list of ideas will be sent home next week.

Enter your donation here.


Coding With Kids

Coding with Kids has moved online, with live instructors. Visit the Coding with Kids website here. Download the information sheet here. Questions? Email Coding with Kids at



Congratulations to Javier D. and Estella F. who were baptized on November 7, 2020! We welcome you to a life with Christ. 

If you are interested in having your child baptized and they are under age 7, please email Deyette at You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, For Baptism for Children older than age 7, please email Sr. Stella at

Holy Rosary Parish Hiring

Holy Rosary Parish is looking for a new janitor/custodian for a 24-hour per week Friday through Sunday position.  For more information and a complete job description please go to:
Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. 

If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https

2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Postponed!

After much discussion and prayer, the Holy Rosary Parish staff decided to postpone the start of the Youth Confirmation Program to second semester. We plan to jumpstart the program in January 2021 and conclude the program with the Confirmation Ceremony in May of 2021.For those who have not registered yet, we will keep online registration open until December 6, 2020. Click here to register for the 2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Program:

Contact: Bridget Bicek, Youth Minister at or 206-937-1488 ext. 299.


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 at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.

“Remembrance Family Tree”

November is the month of Remembrance. We dedicate this month to pray, honor and remember our loved ones who died ahead of us. One of the highlights of our celebration is putting up our “Remembrance Family Tree” in the church. The names of our loved ones will be prayed during our November Masses. You can email Sr. Stella the names of your loved ones or make a list, bring to church and drop it in the “Remembrance Family Tree” basket at the sign in table.


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.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Violin Lessons

Caitlin Kelley is a professional violinist based in West Seattle. She performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, and received a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in NYC. She is an active violin teacher, and is currently accepting new students of all ages. She would be happy to offer a free trial lesson to Holy Rosary students that are interested in trying out violin lessons, or who might prefer to switch to a West Seattle-based teacher. At the moment, all lessons are being held online via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, but she will return to in-person lessons at her studio in West Seattle once it’s safe to do so. She may be reached at 206-245-7025 or

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

The Grove West Seattle Inn & Alki Lumber

Both The Grove and Alki Lumber currently remain open as essential services during our normal business hours and we’d appreciate the support. We follow guidelines for sanitation and distancing and Alki offers will-call with curb side pick up (customers do have to sign in person for credit card purchases) and local delivery options are available. 
                                                                  Alki Lumber                                              The Grove West Seattle Inn
                                                                  M-F 6:30 to 4:30                                       206-937-9920
                                                                                                 3512 SW Alaska St.
                                                                  4422 36th Ave SW

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)

Doyle’s Automotive Service

4607 37th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126      (206) 935-2600 We are open as automotive repair is an essential service during the stay at home. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours will be M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website