Family Communication 11-2-17


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

How can it be, that November is upon us? In three short weeks it will be conference week and Thanksgiving! Please remember that conference week is an important time for us to come together with you and your child (with the exception of kindergarten) to talk about his or her growth and progress so far this year. Please do make sure you have signed up for a time slot for this important meeting! Sign ups are available here.

We recently held our fall open house, and are nearing the end of the priority application period for NEW school students for the 2018-2019 school year. This is not registration for next year for current students, but a priority application period for siblings of current students and for parish families. Our families are our best champions of the wonderful things happening at our school- so thank you for all you do to champion Holy Rosary School! I thought this would be a good opportunity to share the benefits of Catholic education in case you have friends who are interested. After November 15th, we will begin considering applications from the public.

A few interesting pieces of information about our Catholic schools:

  • Catholic schools provide a high quality academic education, aligned to the state and national standards, in fully accredited schools with tuition lower than our local private independent schools.
  • Catholic school curriculum includes teaching of religion and living our Catholic faith through daily prayer and service.
  • Over 99% of students in Catholic high schools graduate.
  • Over 98% of students in Catholic high schools go on to college
  • Students in Catholic schools consistently outperform our public school counterparts on standardized assessments.
  • Students in Catholic schools have opportunities to receive the sacraments and engage in spiritual retreats with other students.
  • The families and community at Holy Rosary School are tremendously supportive and the best around!

Thank you again for helping us to continue to spread the word about the great things happening at Holy Rosary School!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!



  • November 10 – Veteran’s Day – no school – NO BASE
  • November 17 – Book Fair Opens
  • November 20-22 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences (regular school not in session) BASE Open
  • November 23-24 – Thanksgiving break – no school
  • December 14 – Christmas Program (begins at 6:30)
  • December 19 – January 1 – Christmas Break (begins at noon dismissal)


Book Fair Needs Volunteers

Fall conferences mean a Book Fair and a Book Fair needs volunteers. Can you help with setup, or cashiering, or closing the fair? The SignUpGenius here lists the exact times and activities.

Priority School Application For Current Families Adding A NEW Student

Click here for the 2018-19 online application for current school and parish families who are enrolling a NEW student to Holy Rosary (into preschool and/or grades K-8). Priority application runs until November 15. Re-enrollment for current Holy Rosary students will occur in January.

Accepting Financial Aid Applications

Applying for a Fulcrum Foundation tuition grant and Holy Rosary financial aid for the 2018-19 school year is open and available through FACTS. Click here to sign-in/or create an account to begin the application. Applying for Fulcrum aid and HRS aid uses the same FACTS application, please check Fulcrum to be considered for Fulcrum Foundation aid. Please complete your application before December 15. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at

Safe Environment Update

The Archdiocese Safe Environment Office is simplifying the process of determining when an online refresher module is required and assigned. Currently the internal system coding in Virtus is using two dates to determine when the online refresher module is assigned.

  • The date of the initial Live Training
  • The date of the most recent background check

Due to the necessary complexities to accommodate both of these dates, the system misses 20 – 30% of the needed prompts or prompts inappropriately.

To simplify this, the Safe Environment Office is separating the online refresher from the date of the most recent background check. This will leave the online refresher tied to the most recent class date and increase the system’s accuracy to 100%. The Go Live date of this new coding is Monday November 6.

Please be aware that you might receive a notification from the Virtus helpdesk, regarding your online update, on November 6. If this is the case, you can trust that it is accurate and it is indeed time to take your renewal class.


Development Directives

ANNUAL FUND PLEDGE TIME – The ANNUAL FUND is a very important campaign that requires the entire school community to be successful. Our goal is to raise $200,000. This $200,000, combined with other development and fundraising activities, closes the $750,000 gap between the cost to educate and tuition charged.

This year’s ANNUAL FUND has a new look and strategy. First, it is all online. No more paper pledge forms, instead you can make a pledge here. Then you may make a payment here as a one-time gift or by installments via a credit card. Payroll deductions and checks are still accepted; please indicate your desired payment method on the pledge form.

As for the strategy, the month of November will be an ANNUAL FUND BLITZ. Multiple times each week during the month of November you will hear from me reminding you to get your pledge in, then I will leave you alone for the rest of the year! Only emails will be sent to those still requiring payment. Payments do NOT need to accompany the pledge. Parents have also been enlisted to assist with reminding peers to get their pledges in. All parents are volunteering their time and will not have access to detailed giving records. Any questions, please direct to Beth Martin.

You may wonder why the Annual Fund has a new strategy and the reason is other schools have seen a 20% increase in participation by using a blitz method. If HRS can increase by 20%, then we will be at 96% participation!

Why is participation important? The ANNUAL FUND has two goals. The first to raise $200,000 and the second is to reach 100% participation. When HRS applies for grants, one of the questions frequently asked is the percent of participation in annual giving. Higher percentage rates alert a granting committee that we have exhausted our internal resources and are now looking for external funding. Please help HRS achieve 100% participation!!!

Every dollar counts, so make your pledge today. 100% participation, it’s for the kids!!!

FAMILY FUN CENTER – Students who sold 25 magazine subscriptions or siblings who sold 40 will be heading to the Family Fun Center tomorrow. The 120+ students and chaperones will depart about 10 am. and return by 2 p.m. This is a FREE DRESS DAY for ALL!

Gator Gear

Have you geared up for sports? Order your Gator Gear and duffel bags to hold all your gear. Make sure you place your Christmas orders early! All orders must be received prior to the 15th of each month. Thank you for supporting our Gators! Gator Gear order forms can always be found on our CYO page here or our Forms and Downloads page here

Please note that CYO Sport-Tek Gator Gear and the cotton Gator sweatshirts/pants orders are run separately. Please do not combine orders or checks for accounting reasons. All CYO Sport-Tek proceeds benefit the CYO scholarship program for students in need.


News From The Bandwagon

We are off and running! The fifth graders are excited now that the instruments are together! Reading rhythms and notes have begun!! Our School Band members (grades 6-8) are preparing for the Christmas Concert on December 14! Busy times in the music world!

Parents – Please make sure instruments are going home on band days! PRACTICING is so important!! Your child’s home efforts will be recorded each week, starting in November! Thank you! Miss McKamey

CYO Holy Rosary Ski Bus (through Mohan Ski School)

Holy Rosary School ski bus is here! Departing Saturday mornings at approximately 7:15 from Holy Rosary and returning in the late afternoon/early evening. We need a minimum of 30 skiers registered to commit. We are working with a local ski outfitter to organize equipment rentals.

  • Kindergarteners through fifth graders must have a chaperone (one parent to three kids maximum). That parent is responsible for their skiers, their equipment, and their lunches.
  • Sixth graders can ride the bus without a parent chaperone, but without a designated chaperone, they must take a lesson at the mountain and be able to carry and manage their equipment and dinner.
  • Seventh and eighth graders can ride the bus without a parent chaperone and do not need to take a lesson.
  • Some parent organizing suggestions – Buy one bus ticket between three parents and trade off weeks. Carpool with other parents, and meet the bus at the mountain.

Click here to register. Thank you!

Discovering Chess

Once again this year I’m pleased to teach an after-school chess class. I keep seeing studies where chess playing is linked with Academics; helping kids with spatial ordering, forethought, and pattern recognition. I personally enjoy the mix of right brain creativity and left brain logic and order. It has been fun for me to see the kids at Holy Rosary steadily improve as they grow.

Just like past years, I will be teaching the class in my room (7A) from 3-3:45 on Thursdays. The cost will be $15 per student. No need to send money; the school will bill your FACTS account at the end of the month. I am open to all ages, but I’ve noticed that many young kids really can’t sit and play a quiet game after a long day at school, so I leave that up to you to gauge. I’d like to keep it pretty informal — no need for an official sign-up. Just send your child when they want to start and we can go from there. Do email me with any questions here at Thank you, Mike Ritscher, 7A


Holy Rosary Women’s Shelter Opportunity

At the November 7 Women’s Shelter open house at the third floor of the parish center, you can get your Noel House holiday cards for a suggested minimum donation of $10 per card. Each card lets the recipient know a donation has been made in their honor supporting shelter, meals, and community for women experiencing homelessness.

Or email your order to and we can arrange delivery to you. Cards are also available online at You create the light to help women find their way home.

Volunteer For Holy Rosary Sunday Coffee & Donuts

Volunteering for C&D is easy, fun and social!

  • Shifts are on Sunday morning from 8:15-10:30 or 10:30-12:45 including set-up and cleanup time.
  • You can work the first or second shift or both.
  • Sign-up with a group, just yourself or with your family.
  • It’s easy to attend mass and also volunteer at C&D.
  • School parents can use C&D for general service hours.
  • Everything you need is provided including the donuts and there will always be a Lead Volunteer with you.
  • Sign up here for Holy Rosary Sunday Coffee & Donuts.

Thank you for volunteering for Holy Rosary Parish!


Donations To Westside Baby
Holy Rosary School has a donation bin for Westside Baby in the lost and found area. Westside Baby is a social service agency in West Seattle that collects, inspects, and distributes diapers and clothing to children up to age 12 years. They have an ongoing need for Size 4-6 diapers and pull-ups, wipes, hygiene items, and gently used clothing for kids up to 12 years old.  You are welcome to bring any of these items into our bin and they will be picked up by Westside Baby volunteers.  Thank you for your generosity!
Watts Basketball Camps

As you are aware, basketball season is right around the corner and there is probably still a lot to do to prepare. Watts basketball is big on helping players gain the confidence and life skills it takes to be the best player they can be. We are excited to help you and your players prepare for the season by hosting confidence and skill building camps and clinics in your community on days off from school!

Veteran’s Day Clinic

  • When:  November 10 from 9-3.
  • Grades:  3-8
  • Where:  Salvation Army White Center, 9050 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
  • Fee:  $70
  • Click here to register

Holiday Hoop Camp

Holiday Wine Fest

Holy Rosary School Alum Christopher Chan and the Chan family invite school families and parishioners 21+ to a day of sipping, sampling, and shopping at the 2017 Holiday Wine Fest, Saturday, November 11 at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Enjoy local and international wine, beer, cider, spirits, food, and artisan gift shopping at this comfortable and festive affair. Proceeds benefit Washington state wine and spirits industry educational scholarships. Holiday Wine Fest information is here and ticket purchase is here.

Northwest Boychoir

Auditions will be held on November 4 for boys aged 6-9. For more information, contact Northwest Boychoir at 206-524-3234.

West Seattle High Cheer Camp

The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp on Friday, November 10 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please see attached flyers for more details.

West Seattle Soccer Uniform Donations

Hello my name is Avery B. and I am in eighth grade. I am collecting West Seattle soccer uniforms and other soccer related items to donate to young soccer players in third world countries. A box will be set up in the main hallway for you to place your donations. I am collecting WSSC jerseys, shorts, and socks. I will also take shin guards, goalie jerseys, goalie gloves, cleats, soccer balls, and ball bags. Any items can be new or used. Your help is very much appreciated. Thank you, Avery B.

Here is the link to the passback organization website to tell you more.

After School Art Workshops!

Another fabulous six-week Art Workshop session (B2) is scheduled to begin today. This art workshop happens right next door to Holy Rosary School, at Seattle Lutheran High School, and is taught by Ms. Reuter (former Art Teacher at Holy Rosary). We’ll be creating ceramic totem poles, splatter paint masterpieces, balloon animals, illuminated manuscripts, and much more! Grades 1-6 are welcome to join. Please note that the Art Workshop is not a Holy Rosary School program. Register online here or email Ms. Reuter at

Additionally, Ms. Reuter will soon be offering Art Nights for grown ups. That means you! It’s time to unleash your inner child and have some fun! Please show your support for Ms. Reuter programs by liking Rainbow Parrot Art on Facebook and help spread the word:

Ingraham High School Open House For Private School Families

November 8 at 7 p.m. in Ingraham Library. This is a general information night open to parents and students new to the Seattle Public Schools. Ingraham staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham. More information is posted on the Ingraham website here.