Family Communication 11/18/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
This is our last full week of school before conferences next week.  It’s hard to believe, but the first trimester of the 21-22 school year is nearly behind us!  What a trimester it has been, as we’ve settled back onto campus and into the routine of full in person learning this year. To say it is a joy to have our whole school together this trimester would be an understatement.  It has been amazing!
The success of this trimester has not come without a lot of hard work on everyone’s part.  And that especially includes you, our incredible school families. We are beyond grateful for your partnership. During this time of Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for the joyful noises that fill this building each day and for the safety and well-being of our community.
I did want to mention, as we head into this holiday season, that we continue to have a collective responsibility to support each other in keeping our school safe and open!  Though we are all likely “done” with COVID-19, unfortunately COVID-19 is not done with us.  With more widespread vaccination, case counts do seem to be stabilizing.  And our mitigation efforts and strategies are working!  However, this week at the direction of King County Public Health, we did have to send two classes home for remote learning and to quarantine a number of students due to a pretty significant COVID exposure that happened outside of school that spilled over into the school environment.  This could certainly happen at any time even with everyone’s best efforts to stay safe, and what happened this week is certainly no one’s fault.   We were prepared to quickly pivot and respond to this change and as of today, we have had no transmission of cases in the school.    
But I mention this to you now as we enter this holiday season of potential gatherings and travel, as a reminder that our actions outside of school do have the potential to significantly impact the functioning of the school.  Bearing this in mind, I ask that if you are traveling out of state and your students are unvaccinated, and/or if you find yourself in a high risk activity, that you reach out for guidance regarding quarantine requirements.  Together we can all collectively keep our school community safe this holiday season.
Our Holy Rosary families are the best! Again, you have my profound thanks and the thanks of the entire Holy Rosary staff for all that you do each and everyday.   
We are looking forward to celebrating your outstanding children at conferences next week.  Please let me know if I can support you in any way.
May the peace of Christ be with you all at this time of Thanksgiving!
God bless,


It is a busy time of year, which much to be thankful for.  Our parish families should have received a letter inviting them to participate in our annual Stewardship of Treasure renewal – our recommitment to the Lord and the parish to continue our support of God’s work here at Holy Rosary Parish.  It is something you will hear more about at Sunday’s Mass, so please take some time to pray about the gifts you have received, and what your offering to the Lord will be in return this coming year.  
Advent is soon upon us, starting just after Thanksgiving.  How will you prepare for the coming of the Christ child this year?   For an added celebration this year, we are going to start something begun by Pope John Paul II in Rome.  On December 12th, the Third Sunday of Advent, the children in particular, but all parishioners, are invited to bring the Christ child from their mangers at home to Mass – where we I will bless them.  It is a great way to connect our manger here at church with that at your home, and to remember the purpose of this holy season.  So put it on your calendar and plan to come to Mass with you own Bambinelli!
On Wednesday, December 8th, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Mary was prepared from the moment of her conception by a singular grace, kept free from sin, to be the Mother of God.  It would be a grace that she would have to cooperate with in her own life, by her own love, living in God’s goodness.  When the pandemic started, the Archbishop gave a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and the other Holy Days.  As God’s children, we place him first in our lives, and gather as a community of faith each Lord’s Day, and on those other days of importance to our Lord.  It is what defines us as Christians, that we are always with the Christ, in particular as He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist to help us on our pilgrimage toward Heaven.  On December 8th the Dispensation is being lifted by the Archbishop.  We have celebrated over 100,000 public Masses in the Archdiocese of Seattle since reopening, with two cases of spread of COVID at Mass (to one other person) – both in choirs some time ago.  We have distanced seating areas for those who are still concerned about transmission.  Everyone is wearing masks.  So not only is it pretty safe to come, but it is also good and necessary for our souls.  Livestreaming is nice, but it isn’t meant to replace real participation as a member of the Church.  It is meant for those who are homebound, who are sick, who must stay home from everything because of a severe risk of COVID, etc.  So, come join us for Sunday Mass as we celebrate together God’s goodness.  Anywhere you are, there is likely a Catholic Church nearby, meaning even when traveling you can celebrate and live your faith with the wider Church, and with the Lord on His Day.  It’s such an important part of who we are – it is literally the Third Commandment.  If we want to be with Him in Heaven, how can we really be anywhere else than with Him here and now in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?
In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland


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Praise the Process
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  • 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


Uniform Closet / Lost And Found

Items from the Lost and Found will be set out in front of the school at pickup on Thursday, Nov 18th. Please stop by and see if your family is missing anything.
We will also have a bin set out for uniform closet donations. If your child has outgrown any of their skirts/skorts, jumpers, sweaters, sweatshirts or cadet jackets, you can donate them to the uniform closet! If your child needs any uniform items, please email with the size you need and we will let you know if we find it! 

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.

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. Use 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 Covid 19 Info tab on the school site or email Kristin Bentler in the school office.


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 Wednesday November 24th at 8:00 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. 

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/Parent 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 (K-8th grade)

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 (K-8) 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.



Families! While we all appreciate getting that envelope of cash at Christmas, the ones I remember years later are the personal and thoughtful gifts… and the same goes for Auction Donations! 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
Or Purchase from the Amazon Wish List.
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!
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.
Working the tree lot is a fun way to knock those out. Sign up HERE.

Shug’s Show Stopping Baked Alaska

This delicious dessert will be the perfect centerpiece for your table this holiday season! Shug’s Baked Alaska includes layered Candy Cane Ice Cream, Classic Chocolate Ice Cream, Peppermint Candy, and Vanilla Soaked Chocolate Cake encased in a decorative Meringue. Take this dessert home, place in the oven for a couple of minutes, enjoy immediately, and watch the magic unfold! Beautiful crunchy warm meringue and cold ice cream make this unique dessert one your family and friends will not forget.
Start a new tradition this year, and try an American Classic, The Baked Alaska.
Serves 8-10
$55 and 10% goes back to Holy Rosary

Pre-order Here
for pick up in West Seattle December 18-21st * 1-4pm 3800 California Ave SW on corner of Charlestown

Good Society Monthly Night Out

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!


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


CYO Basketball

We are excited to announce that CYO basketball will begin in January* (see below)! Given the guidance from Washington State Department of Health, availability of our facilities and staffing resources, the CYO program will only be available for 6th – 12th graders. Below is the guidance for the 2022 CYO Basketball season:

  • All players/coaches will wear masks during practices and games.
  • In addition to the CYO Athletic Director, each program must have a healthcare coordinator to help teams comply with the health and safety guidance.
  • The healthcare coordinator must attend a CYO online training.
  • The healthcare coordinator must coordinate with all coaches to check the vaccination status of everyone involved:
    • All coaches, refs and volunteer parents MUST be vaccinated – your vaccination card must be on file with the school.
    • All student athletes must share vaccination status and proper documentation must be verified for vaccinated athletes
  • Per DOH guidance,unvaccinated students must be tested twice weekly, 
    • Unvaccinated student athletes must complete the test in a lab or testing facility and submit  results each time to the healthcare point person and/or coach 
    • Each program must track ongoing testing on a matrix to be sent monthly to CYO Director.
  • Once the healthcare coordinator is trained and all students have shared vaccination status or have a testing protocol in place, then basketball practices may begin.
  • Spectators must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. They will be seated in “family units” and those groups will be spaced 6 feet apart.
    • Each game must have a designated person assigned to ensure distancing and safety
    • Many gyms may not be able to hold all the fans who wish to support their student athlete.

Game dates: Jan 8/ 9, 15/16, 22/23 and 29/30 ;  Feb 5/6, 12/13

  • 6-8 Basketball Registration Deadline: November 29th

CYO Basketball will ONLY happen if we are able to fill the below positions by November 29th.

*CYO recently announced that CYO basketball will begin in January, but we must fill the following two critical positions before November 29th for Holy Rosary to participate.  Please contact Don Porth at if you are interested in applying for either or both jobs.

Gymnasium Supervisor (paid position) – The Gymnasium Supervisor coordinates Holy Rosary Parish CYO activities on game days, normally Saturdays and Sundays, during the basketball and volleyball seasons (January through April). The Gymnasium Supervisor is responsible for opening and closing, ensuring all attendees are in compliance with any behavior and COVID protocols, assisting the referees and coaches as needed with supplies or information, and when allowed in the future, operating the Snack Shack and coordinating supplies and volunteers.  The full description is available on the Holy Rosary website.

CYO Healthcare Coordinator (volunteer position) – The CYO Healthcare Coordinator is responsible for ensuring all CYO basketball participants and coaches adhere to all Washington State Department of Health and CYO Covid protocols.  This person must attend CYO online training and coordinate with coaches to check the vaccination status of all coaches, volunteer parents, and players.  All coaches and volunteer parents must be vaccinated.  The CYO Healthcare Coordinator must also ensure that unvaccinated players provide proof of a negative Covid test twice each week and submit a tracking matrix to the CYO Director monthly.


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.


Celebrate Advent—Drop by the School Hall on Sunday, December 5, 9:30am-12:30pm

Your invited to stop by our Advent Celebration event in the School Hall on Sunday, December 5 between 9:30am—12:30pm.  Pick up Advent crafts to do at home with your family. We will have brass Advent wreaths and Advent candles for purchase.  Drop-off non-perishable food items for our St. Vincent de Paul pantry. Stop by after Mass on Sunday or anytime between 9:30am and 12:30pm.  Let’s prepare for Jesus’s birthday!  For more information, see our flier. Questions, email Deyette

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.


Tutoring & Nanny Services During Christmas Break

Dear Holy Rosary Parents, my name is Grace Witsoe and I am an alumni of Holy Rosary.  I am currently in my junior year at Washington State University in the Elementary Education Program.  I am looking for work over the Christmas Holiday (December 18- December 31).  I am available to either nanny or tutor students of HRS or a combination of both.  I don’t mind working for multiple families or just one consistently over those two weeks.  I have a resume if you are interested and also referrals from Holy Rosary.  You can contact me via text at 206-696-0995.  Thank you for considering me to help over the holiday with your children.

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!

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.

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)