Family Communication 11/17/22

The mission of Holy Rosary School is to help each child discover and fully develop their God-given talents. As a Catholic School community, we strive for excellence in our students’ spiritual, academic, physical, mental, aesthetic, and social-emotional growth. It is our intention that those who attend this institution mature into active citizens leading a committed faith life and reaching out to help others locally, nationally, and internationally with their wisdom, time, talent, and financial resources.


Dear Holy Rosary Families.
As we approach this time of Thanksgiving, I want to take the time to give thanks for all of our school families.  The gift of your special children is a blessing we cherish every day.  On behalf of the entire Holy Rosary Staff, we thank God for all of you! 
Lord God, we assemble around this table to humbly thank You for all that You have given us this past year – not just what is on this table, but who is sitting around it. Thank you for giving us life and joy, health and pleasure, connections and memories. Thank you for the lessons we’ve learned and the tears we’ve shed as a result of Your ability to grow us through them. Thank You for Your comfort and presence in the midst of good and difficult days. Thank You for what we have today, what we had yesterday, and what You will continue to provide for us tomorrow. Let us never take anything for granted, but rather be grateful for every good and perfect gift that You give us. May we have grateful hearts not only today, but every day of our lives. These things we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Amen.
~5 Best Catholic Prayers For Thanksgiving (
In Christ, 


Next week as a nation we celebrate Thanksgiving.  We are blessed.  Those blessings are different sometimes, but we are all blessed.  These things bring joy to our lives.  And hopefully we frequently pause to thank the Lord.  And hopefully we also look for ways to share those blessings with others – as we choose to make the love of God real in our midst.  Thank you for the ways in which are a blessing to others!
Every year at this time, we invite our parishioners to reflect upon the stewardship of their treasure.  In our reading at Mass yesterday Jesus reminded his hearers that they are accountable to the King for how they used that which was given to them.  In the same way, it is always good to reflect on how we use the financial blessings in our lives – both that part that we dedicate to continuing His mission, and the rest as well. 
During this time of thanksgiving, we ask parishioners to renew their commitment to helping continuing the work of Christ at Holy Rosary by filling out a pledge card for the coming year.  It’s not binding, but helps us in our budgeting.  But its also a great opportunity for you to pray and talk as a family about that portion that you dedicate fully to the Lord, and whether you wish to increase your proportional support over the previous year – taking a step.  Where does Jesus fit into your budget?  This is truly a household expense – our household, the Church, as we take responsibility for the work of Christ in our midst.
Every year, families must select which tuition level applies to them at the school.  Families are eligible for In Parish Tuition if they actively engage in the life of the community by attending Sunday Mass regularly, participating in our wider community life and financially support the parish.  Holy Rosary has a long history of supporting our parish families and investing in the school, and we are able to do so because our parishioners support the parish.  Regular tuition of course would then apply to everyone else.  In Parish Tuition families should be participating in this stewardship renewal – either filling out a card at Mass or online.  If you are changing your contribution level and give online, please remember you have to log in and make the updates – we can’t change it, even if you indicate so on your card.
In Thanksgiving!
Fr. Oakland


  • November 21st-23rd – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences(regular school not in session/BASE Open)
  • November 24th-25th – Thanksgiving Break, No school (No BASE)
  • November 25th – Tree Lot Opens
  • December 1st – School Commission Open Meeting
  • December 9th – 8th Grade Pizza Lunch
  • December 9th – 1st Trimester Report Cards
  • December 15th – Christmas Program
  • December 16th – Noon Dismissal (No BASE)
  • December 19th-January 2nd – Christmas Break
  • January 3rd – School Resumes


The Return Of The Christmas Program!

December 15th, Our Christmas Program begins with the Holy Rosary School band at 6:00 pm. All classes K-8 will have a chance to perform.  We’re excited to see this tradition return. Please have your child to their classroom between 5:30pm and 5:45pm. Students need to arrive in “Sunday Best” attire.

Uniforms And Lost & Found

Uniforms and Lost & Found will be in the front entry hall during conferences.  Please look through the uniforms if you are in need of anything. If your child is missing anything, please go through the Lost & Found Take only what is yours.

Inclement Weather

With temperatures dropping, it’s a good time to review what we will do in case of dangerous roads due to snow or ice.  We will notify families as early as possible if a closure or late start is needed via email, social media, the school website, and the West Seattle Blog.  We do not always follow what Seattle Public Schools is doing because they must make decisions for the entire district and we are able to make more localized decisions.  If there is a late start, there will be no AM BASE.  If there is a school closure, there will be no BASE.

Park For Safety

We appreciate those parents that are parking and walking their child to the school if they need assistance in the morning. Please follow ALL LAWS when parking. Avoid parking in front of curb skirts, fire hydrants and driveways. If you are parking on 41st, behind the school, please drive slowly. With cars parked on both sides of the street, it makes it very hard to see children.

Uniform Closet

We have new protocols in place for finding an item in the uniform closet.  Our volunteers have been working diligently in organizing, sizing and inventorying uniforms.  If you are looking for an item in the Used Uniform donation closet, please email Karla at with specifics and your request will be submitted to our Chairperson and delivered to your student.  We are no longer allowing parents down in the basement to find items as this will have an impact on our inventory spreadsheet.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  As always, if you have any Holy Rosary Branded items to donate, please drop them off in the office.

Upcoming Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 21-23. The Book Fair will be held in the school library during conference hours: Monday 8-3:30, Tuesday 10-6:30, and Wednesday 8-12:30. Scholastic is sending new books, posters and other fun merchandise. This might be a great opportunity to find some holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. We look forward to seeing you there!

COVID And Health Screening

Please find the latest COVID screening flowchart on our website and linked here. We have testing available on site and can test any student, parent or family member if needed.  NOTE- parent permission will always be obtained prior to testing at any time. This permission slip can be found here and should be returned to the school office. 
Please contact the office as soon as possible if anyone in your family tests positive at any time at or  Kristin Bentler will work with you then on protocols and next steps.  
Students who have a family member test positive may remain in school, but should engage in a Test to Stay Protocol testing prior to attending school each day.   Per the Department of Health (DOH) guidance, students are asked to mask at school if a family member tests positive until that family member is no longer contagious.  If a student tests positive, he/she should wear a mask until day 10 even if returning to school on day 6, per DOH guidance as well.  
Due to the disruption it causes to the learning environment, Zoom instruction will not be offered building-wide this year.  Individual teachers will share protocols for addressing COVID-related absences.  Number of new COVID cases in the school this week (as of Thursday am) = 3

Holy Rosary School and Parish Are Hiring!

Holy Rosary is currently looking for a Custodian- 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, shift hours are negotiable


Schoolwide Advent Service Project

Every year we engage in an Advent service project to assist students with developing their understanding of Catholic Social Teachings and the obligation we have as Catholics to be of service to others.
This year we have two schoolwide projects going on and families are encouraged to participate as you feel comfortable and are able.
For the preschool – grades 6, we will be collecting diapers, pullups, wipes, and new or gently used coats and kids clothing for Westside Baby and other local organizations that support families in our Seattle Community.
The junior high will also be collecting adult coats and a few other items to support outreach ministries at St. James Cathedral. 
Information will also come from your child’s teacher.  Items can be dropped at the school in the front hallway between November 28th and December 14th.  Items will be delivered on December 14th after they are blessed at our school Mass that day. 

School Commission Open Meeting – Thursday, December 1st 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Join us for the School Commission’s first open meeting of the year, Thursday, December 1st 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Come learn about more of what the School Commission does!  At this meeting School Commission members will share information about the budget development process and factors considered when establishing the tuition numbers for the following school year.  Come learn more, provide input, and consider volunteering as a commission member!

November Food Drive

In the spirit of giving thanks, please join us in supporting our local community struggling with food insecurity. Holy Rosary School will host a schoolwide November food drive to support our local Saint Vincent de Paul chapter, who serves families in West Seattle.
The following items are needed most and may be dropped off on the table inside the school entry:
Peanut butter (16oz)
Macaroni and Cheese
Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna
Boxed Cereal, Boxed Oatmeal (instant packets)
Pasta including canned pasta (spaghetti’o etc.)
Tomato Sauce/Spaghetti Sauce/ Packaged Sauce mixes
Hearty Soups
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruit
Crackers (Ritz, Saltines, etc,)
Pork and Beans, Chili
Rice, Rice a Roni, Knorr Rice Sides 
Instant Mashed Potatoes, Gravy Mix
Stovetop Dressing

December Spirit Days!

As we move through this fun and festive time of the year, we are planning three schoolwide spirit days!  Mark your calendars and bring your festive spirit out for the following free dress spirit days:

  • Friday December 2nd:Sports Day- dress up to show your favorite sport or sports team!
  • Friday December 9th: Comfy Cozy/PJ’s Day- come to school in your coziest clothes!
  • Friday December 16th: Christmas Colors Day- don those Christmas colors!
Red Cadet Collar Sweatshirts

The Main Office currently has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts in stock in ALL sizes. An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.



Family donations need to be entered by December 2nd through one of the links below, but do not bring the donation to school until instructed to do so in January. Remember all families are required to contribute a minimum of $225 to the auction in the form of cash or tangible items. Already know your donation, then please enter through the links below.
Make your CASH DONATION here.
Make your ITEM DONATION here.
Ideas for donations may be found on our auction web site.

I know we’re all busy with the holidays approaching, but a little extra thought could really multiply in value when it comes to raising paddles at the auction. Think of unique ways your family (and friends! don’t be shy – what better time to ask for a favor to support our school) can bring items nobody else could. And don’t forget that you can combine efforts with another family as long as you each meet the minimum! Some ideas to get the gears turning:


– “Backstage” or behind the scenes experiences (adults and kids alike LOVE these special events)
– “How it’s made/done” factory/workplace tours
– “Just for you” wine tasting / private dining
– “Meet the Star” players, coaches, celebs…
– “Field Trip for just us” Guided museum visits – no field trips right now but small groups can still have a fun day with friends
– “Go team!” Signed memorabilia
– “My faves” Curated experiences – this can be as simple as “these are my favorite bars, let’s crawl them!”
– “Would You Kindly…” Time with a personal assistant (because we can all use a helping hand from time to time!)
– “Work it!” Personal trainer time.
– “Getaway to our Getaway” Your family cabin for the weekend
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Jet Lin, auction procurement chair, with your ideas and questions. I’m looking forward to hearing all your ideas!

Wine/Liquor Donation

The auction committee is seeking donations of your favorite wine/liquor to be used as part of the spring auction.  Bottles will be used to complete auction packages and supply prizes for the wine game at the auction.  Each family that wishes to participate may bring in your donation during conferences and leave it in the main office.  This is voluntary, not a requirement  Families who choose to participate will receive one free dress pass for their children.

Tree Lot

November means it’s time for the Tree Lot, a Holy Rosary tradition for 40 years.  The lot opens Friday after Thanksgiving and will close December 19th.  Volunteers are crucial for the success of this event.  Please sign up here.  It is a great way to earn hours and meet other HRS families. There are also slots for Junior High and High School volunteers.  All volunteers over age 18, even students, need to be Safe Environment cleared.
As a reminder, each K-8 family is required to complete 50 volunteer hours this school year, 35 for first-year families. Working the tree lot is a fun way to knock those out.

Amazon Smile

Did you know Holy Rosary School benefits from Amazon Smile? Click here to select HRS as your designated school.  This doesn’t cost you anything additional and the school will receive .5% of your purchase.

Parents Club-Online Cooking Class

In lieu of the typical Parents Club Meeting in December, we would like to invite you to join us for a community-building, fundraising, family-oriented event. We have arranged for a family friendly cook along class through PCC. Sign up and arrange to meet your friends on Zoom and create some yummy treats for your family to enjoy all while supporting the Parents Club. 
Below are details for the class. Cost is $50 per family to attend. All proceeds will go to support the Parents Club and classroom parties, teacher gifts, etc. (If your family would like to attend and cost is a concern, please contact Anna.)
By signing up here you agree to have your School Admin account charged the non-refundable fee. Enrollment is limited to 50 families- sign up now to ensure your family can participate! 
Approximately one week prior to the event, you will receive the Zoom link and a packet of information which will include an ingredient list, prep instructions and the recipes. You will also get a video recording of the class afterwards.
Snowman Cupcakes
December 10, 10:00-11:30 AM
Cam Zarcone- Instructor
In this class kids will learn how to turn a cupcake into a snowman! They’ll learn to make vanilla-orange cupcakes from scratch, then decorate them with vanilla frosting, chocolate-cookie snowman hats, coconut “snow” and orange gummy-candy carrot noses. As darling as they are delicious, these cupcakes are fun for the whole family.”

Good Society Night Out

Third Tuesday of the month is HRS night at The Good Society! Grab a pint and a bite at The Good Society and 25% of your sale goes to HRS. Social time, great beer and fundraising for HRS…it’s a WIN-WIN!  Be sure to mention you are there to support Holy Rosary!


Applications Now Open For New Preschool – 8TH Grade Students

Spread the word to friends and family that HRS is the place to be.  Click here to applyPriority application period for current families, with siblings they’d like to enroll at HRS, ends November 15th.
Pre-K families will need to apply for Kindergarten, all other preschool students will complete re-enrollment in February. Current K-8 students will complete re-enrollment in February, only those new siblings need to apply.

Financial Aid

Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2023-June 2024 school year is now open.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 6, 2023.  Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.  Questions, please contact


Volunteer Hours Requirement Change

In the spirit of encouraging Catholic Community and to simplify the program, the volunteer hour requirement that half of any required hours must be fundraising activities is now removed.  This years, 50 required hours may be Fundraising or General hours in any proportion.  See the Volunteer Hours Program page for full complete program details as well as the 2022-2023 Family Handbook.
Looking for Volunteer Hours?  See the Volunteer Opportunities page for Tree Lot, Auction, and many more activities that need your help.

Holy Rosary CYO Snack Shack Is Back! 

We are looking for volunteers to help run the snack shack for all HOME Basketball games.  All volunteers must be up to date on their Virtus/Safe Environment and have a completed background check.  Come cheer on the Gators and get your HRS volunteer hours at the same time!
Sign ups:
Please reach out to Mark Webb @ with any questions.

Lunch And Milk Duty

We are looking for Milk and Lunch duty volunteers starting January 3. Shifts are from 10:45-12:45pm. We have several open spots. If you are interested, please contact Karla at

Auction Procurement Team

Goal: Connect with local businesses to help secure funding to support Holy Rosary
How: Become a procurement team captain and run your own Neighborhood Zone. Send procurement letter, email, walk-in etc. to local businesses asking for their support to donate to the Holy Rosary auction. Follow up and provide tax form documentation to each business. Track progress and confirm procurement in Google doc. Auction items can come in various forms i.e. Gift Cards, Wine/Beer, Art, cooking class, etc.
When: Procurement will take place take place Oct-Jan; All auction items will need to be in hand by Feb 1st.
 – approximately 10-20 hours

Auction Spreadsheet Master

Goal: complete our master spreadsheet
How: email Lisa directly at for more information
When:  ASAP 🙂
 – approximately 3-5 hours

Tree Lot

Tree lot looking for families of younger students (K-2) to be on the leadership committee.  Contact Jeff Meagher.

Nurses & Doctors

It’s time to administer vision and audiology screenings. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kristin Bentler in the school office. Screenings will take place during the school day.

School Parents: Sing For Your Volunteer Hours!

Did you know that you can sing for your volunteer school hours? Participation in a parish adult choir for Sunday Mass qualifies for “non-fund-raising/general volunteer hours.” Come and sing with one of our choirs – Saturday 5pm, Sunday 8:30 or 10:30! Singing with choir is a fun thing to do for yourself once a week. Imagine an evening away from the family on a Wednesday or Thursday! You can have fun and claim up to 25 valuable volunteer hours! Singing with the choir can also give you a spiritual boost, as we not only sing together, but pray together and support each other in many ways. You can sing every week or arrange per your schedule.
Paul Dolejsi directs the choirs for Saturday 5pm and Sunday 10:30 Masses. Both of these groups are SATB choirs with piano and guitar accompaniment. You can sing melody or parts per your ability. We rehearse together on Wednesday evenings.
Mary Ann Lee directs the music for the Sunday 8:30 Mass. Their SATB choir sings from the loft and features organ and piano accompaniment. They rehearse on Thursday nights and are a very joyful and welcoming group!
For more info on this opportunity for volunteer hours, contact Paul at the parish office or drop by after Mass!

Reporting Volunteer Hours

The volunteer hours portal is ready for the 22/23 school year.

  • Go to ‘Report Volunteer Hours‘ (also a red hyperlink on our home page.)
  • New families:  If you haven’t set up a volunteer log-in yet, you will need to do that first, use the same link!  Remember, only one account per family, NOT per parent
Safe Environment Training

There are many opportunities to help out this year. All of our volunteers are required to take Safe Environment training prior to volunteering with the school or church. If you have not taken the class, please sign up as soon as possible. There are in-person as well as online classes. **It can take a couple of weeks after you’ve taken the class for you to be cleared to volunteer.**

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 12th – March 24th
March 27th – June 16th
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.

Playground Volunteers

We are looking for playground volunteers to help us during lunch recess. Shifts are Monday through Friday from 10:55am to 1:05pm. If you have one or two days available each week, please contact Maggie Judd. Prompt arrival and a full shift are needed. Covid vaccination is not necessary.



Parent Volunteer Hours Available: Candle & Pew Ministry

Volunteers are needed to tend the candles and pews in the church, and you can get Parent Volunteer hours by joining our Candle & Pew Ministry team! This important ministry cares for our altar and votive candles, which illuminate our celebration of the Eucharist and our personal prayers. We also tidy up the pews as needed, keeping songbooks and envelopes in order. Volunteer time in the church counts for Holy Rosary School volunteer hours! Flexible scheduling and training available. For more info, contact Paul Dolejsi <> in the Parish Office.

Advent Celebration

Save the Date…Advent Celebration, Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 9:30am-12:30pm, School Hall
All are welcome to our fun and festive Advent Celebration on Sunday, November 20, 2022 in the School Hall. Stop by after Mass or anytime between 9:30am-12:30pm for Advent activities for children and adults, Coffee and Donuts and more! Come prepare for Advent and celebrate the “Reason for the Season”!  For questions, please email Deyette at

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for Youth (6th grade-high school) at our Holy Rosary Advent Celebration
Looking for a fun way to volunteer during our Advent Season? Join us by volunteering at our festive Advent Celebration on November 20, 2022 in the School Hall.  There are setup slots on Saturday afternoon, November 19, 2022 as well as two different time slots for helping with Advent activities and Coffee and Donuts on Sunday, November 20. Click here for Signup link Volunteer for Advent Gathering for Parish: Holy Rosary Advent Celebration November 20, 2022 ( For questions, email Deyette at

Donations & Food Drive

Advent St. Vincent de Paul–Donations & Food Drive, November 20, 2022
Help those in need in our West Seattle Community by contributing non-perishable food for our St. Vincent de Paul Food pantry.  You may also make a cash donation which is used for Emergency assistance for rent, paying a utility bill, car repair, etc.  Drop by your donations at the Advent Celebration on Sunday, November 20, 2022, anytime between 9:30am-12:3pm in the School Hall. Thank you for support to those in need!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is now running on Sundays at the 10:30AM Mass. We welcome our young children from preschool thru 3rd grade to join the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW).  This is a great opportunity for our children to hear God’s message in a way they can participate and helping them apply the Word of God to their own experiences and actions. Come and join us!

RCIA Adapted for Children and Youth

We just started our RCIA sessions with children and youth. If your child/children/youth expressed their desire to know about the sacraments and Catholic faith you are welcome to join us! We have room for more! Contact Sr. Stella for more information 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 (


Watts Basketball Camp

As you know school breaks can be idle time for a lot of kids, but we have a great alternative that will keep them engaged, active and growing! Registration for our Schools Out Camps and Winter Basketball Teams is now open and space is limited. At Watts Basketball, we focus on FUN, FRIENDS, & FUN-da-Mentals and are extending a special invitation to your students to join us!  Our next camps are this Friday and Conference Week and have just a few spaces left, we would love to complete the rosters with some of your students! Here’s our flier. PLUS more information can be found on our website at:

West Seattle Lacrosse Club

Attention young ladies of West Seattle! Looking for a fun team sports opportunity for the Spring 2023 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 Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, and a new High School Team! No prior experience is required.
So, if you’re between third and twelfth grade come check it out and get your questions answered. Casual Fall Ball get-togethers happening on Sunday 11/20, and 12/11 from 9:30am to around 11:00am at A.T. Milo Park next to the Southwest Tennis Courts and Pool at 30th and Thistle. More events coming after the holidays. No RSVP, 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 2023 season which starts in February!
For more information or to register visit: or reach out to with questions, and we look forward to seeing you out there!
WSLC also fields a High School Boys program. For youth boys lacrosse, please visit our friends with the

After School Art Classes for HRS students – In-person 

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Classes are held in-person at Hope Lutheran, and all HRS students are welcome to join. (This is not a Holy Rosary School program.)