Family Communication 11/21/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to take a moment to say thank you to you and your family for being a part of the Holy Rosary School community. I know you make many sacrifices to send your child(ren) here, and we are truly grateful for all that you do.  I am honored and blessed to work with you and your family and thank God for the opportunity to know and serve you.  May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving time and may we remember and pray for those who need it most, for those without food, shelter, loved ones, and security.  May they find comfort in Jesus Christ.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, 



Conference Reminder!

The conference sign up will be shut off today! If you need to make changes, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher directly.


This past weekend I invited everyone at Mass to make a commitment for the coming year to support Holy Rosary Parish with a portion of the treasure that we have each received.  Tithing has been a part of our faith going back to the very beginning – starting with Cain and Abel.  It is a gift to God in gratitude for that which we have received, a gift which continues His work and mission in the world.  Your donations and support foster our life together.  About 15% of our parish offertory donations go to our cash subsidy of school operations each year.  Another 6% or so funds the indirect subsidy – costs the parish carries which are directly related to school operations.  For example, while some staff positions are funded proportionately by the parish and the school (administrator, bookkeeper, maintenance), the staff person who handles the entire Safe Environment Program is paid entirely by the parish, a not insignificant portion of her job.  Your donations also support our other ministries – the many educational and formational opportunities for the young and the not so young as we walk and grow in faith together; and our service of those in need, including our onsite weekend women’s shelter. 

If you haven’t had a chance to fill out a pledge card, you can do so at Mass this weekend or next, or online.  Please remember that all families receiving in-parish tuition are receiving subsidized tuition in recognition of their financial support for Holy Rosary Parish and our ministries, which includes the school.  Also remember that if you give electronically, you will need to log on yourself and change the amount if you are going to increase or decrease your offering to the Lord, as we are not legally allowed to do so – even if you indicate a change on your pledge card.

Thank you for your generous support which allows us to continue the family business of building up the Kingdom of God and sharing His love.  We all have much for which we should be grateful.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • November 25th-27th – Parents/Student/Teacher Conferences (regular school not in session, BASE open)
  • November 28th-29th – Thanksgiving break, no school (BASE Closed)
  • November 29th – Tree Lot Opens
  • December 13th – First Trimester Report Cards
  • December 17th – Preschool Christmas Program
  • December 19th – K-8 Christmas Program
  • December 20th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break Begins
  • January 6th – School Resumes


Friday Pizza Lunch

Tomorrow is eighth grade pizza Lunch!

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are on display in the main hallway of the school.  We are encouraging the students to look for items that belong to them.  Please stop by and see if your family is missing anything.

Cadet Zip Up Sweatshirts

We have received our fall order of red cadet zip up sweatshirts.  If you have already ordered one, please come into the office and pick it up. If you would like to buy one, we will be selling them out of the school office and charging your Facts account. Based on availability.

Inclement Weather Policy

As we near the start of winter, it is a good time to review our  inclement weather policy.  Generally, we follow the Seattle Public Schools in terms of late starts and closures.  However, there may be times we deviate, especially if weather conditions are poor in other parts of the city but not here in West Seattle.  In the case of a delayed start or closure, we will notify families the following ways:

1)  Email to the HRS families distribution list (the list that is used to distribute the eFC each week).

2) Posting to the Holy Rosary website.

3)  Posting to the Holy Rosary FaceBook page.

4)  Posting to the West Seattle Blog.

We will no longer be using the app to communicate closures and delays.  The program has changed and the cost has gone up exponentially.  

Please remember- in the case of a delayed start, there will be no am preschool or am BASE.  In the case of a closure, BASE will be completely closed as well.

Girls On The Run!

Girls on the Run is coming to Holy Rosary School this Spring! Girls on the Run is a program that teaches girls important life skills while creatively integrating running and walking. This program is 10-weeks long and is for 3rd-5th grade girls.  The program culminates in a celebratory, non-competitive 5K (3.1 miles).

We are looking for volunteer coaches to join us this season! Coaches lead the girls by following a given curriculum and motivating girls as they run. Coaches attend practices 2x per week, and they will be joined by Site Liaison, Ms. Benson.

Here are details for Holy Rosary’s GOTR team:

COACH APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, January 17th (link to apply:

NEW COACH TRAINING: Saturday, January 25th @ The Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle

SEASON DATES: March 2nd-May 18th, 2020

PRACTICE TIMES: likely 3:00-4:30, specific dates TBD 


END OF SEASON 5K EVENT: Sunday, May 17th @ Renton Memorial Stadium

Please learn more about the program on Girls on the Run’s website or by emailing Ms. Benson. We would love to have you volunteer with our Girls on the Run this Spring!

Scholastic Book Fair: November 20th – December 3rd

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.  Please use this link to visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more about all the noted items below.

Try our awesome digital payment option: Book Fair eWallet!

No cash on hand the day of the Book Fair? No worries – Scholastic Book Fairs is now offering Book Fair eWallet as a new payment option.  Your student can shop the fair cash-free!  Simply set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure – it’s easy shopping with Book Fair eWallet. Visit our Book Fair homepage link above or use the “how it works” link below to learn more and to create an account.

Christmas Program News!

Our annual Christmas program happens Thursday, December 19  in the church, beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the school band performance. Following the band, each class (Grades K – 8) will perform. The church doors will open beginning at 5:15. Please see that your child reports to their classroom no later than 5:45 pm – please note:  supervision in the classrooms will not begin until 5:45. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” for the performance – (no jeans, etc. – please consult the handbook for general guidelines). Kindergarten wear costumes so the homeroom teachers may advise differently on what to wear under their costume. Seats will be reserved for families of Kindergarten students, as well as those who bid for the front row seats at the auction last year. (Please contact the school office if this is your family.) Special request — if you plan to record the performance, please do so from the sides of the church so that all are able to see and enjoy the program. Special note: This is a graded performance with required attendance for both band and music classes. If for some reason your student is unable to attend please inform Ms. Mudge at and the office. Finally, since this is a prayerful event, we ask that you stay to the very end for the finale. Thank you for your support and blessings to you and yours for a very Happy Advent!

Holy Rosary Band Christmas Performance

The Holy Rosary Band members are taking off with their musical skills!  The fifth graders excitement is contagious!  

Band members of grades 6-8, please note an important performance date coming up:  Christmas Program/December 19th with the band starting at 6:15p.m.  This is a graded concert/attendance is required.  We look forward to sharing our music with you!


Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Signup Schedule

Conferences are coming up soon, and will be held the week of Thanksgiving on November 25, 26 and 27. Reminder that school will not be in session this week. The signups for conferences are now available. You should be able to select a time that works for you and your family using the SignUpGenius.

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you in need of volunteer hours? The office is looking for Milk Volunteers. Hours are 11am-1pm Monday through Friday. We have Mondays covered and are looking for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday help. Please contact the office, if interested. 206-937-7255 or This shift is a commitment through 2nd trimester.

Yearbook Order Time!

It’s yearbook order time! This year’s theme is Life In Color, and this year’s yearbook will surely brighten up your day, so order below! $25 for grades preschool through 7, and $30 for grade 8. Grade 8 includes student’s name stamped on the cover. Your FACTS account will be billed.

We are extremely proud of our yearbook program at Holy Rosary. It’s one of the few K-8 school yearbooks designed by eighth graders, who are skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A yearbook is not only a memory book, but a record and history book, a reference book, and a public relations book; as well as an educational experience for everyone involved. Thank you for supporting our yearbook program. Order yours here.

Financial Aid Applications For 2020-21

Financial aid applications for Fulcrum and school aid (one application form) are available online here. Please submit your applications by January 6th. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at with any questions.

Support HRS Students with GatorAid Today!

Did you know that HRS has a community chest to support students and their families?  This chest is funded by families, for families.  GatorAid is used to support students who need financial support to participate in fun school activities like SunDance and Chess Club or even yearbook orders or pizza lunch requests.  Support GatorAid today by clicking here.  You can also request GatorAid or make a request on behalf of another HRS Family.  Learn more about GatorAid! 


Amazon Shopping Portal

No amazon shopping portals this year as we are no longer grandfathered into the 7% rebate program and have been enrolled in the Smile program. Please shop through this link and bookmark on your browser:

0.5% of your purchase price will be directed to HRS.

Wine Collection At Parent Teacher Conferences

After the success of collecting wine over the last two years at conferences, the auction committee is again asking parents to donate a bottle. We are asking each family to bring a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor to parent-teacher conferences. A table will be set up across from the Staff Lounge to drop off your bottle. This will be used to complete auction packages and play a game at the auction. Additional details are being sent home next week. Each child in your family will receive a free dress pass for bringing in one bottle of wine.


Tree Lot

Slots are filling up fast, thanks to those that have volunteered. The TREE LOT is a fun way to get your fundraising hours in as well as meet members of the community. TREE LOT opens Friday, November 29th and closes December 21. Biggest need for volunteers are set up on Wednesday, November 27 and Sunday, December 22. Sign up to volunteer here.


Auction Family donations are due by December 13th. Remember all families are required to contribute a minimum of $175 to the auction. A flyer will be sent home this week with additional details, please read for donation ideas. Already know your donation, then please enter through the links below. All families that enter their donation before Monday, November 25 will receive a free dress pass for each child in their family.Make your CASH DONATION here.Make your ITEM DONATION here.The business procurement team is still looking for a few members to procure items within West Seattle.  Contact Giulia Canali at,, if interested.


School Commission has decided to halt the SCRIP program due to slow sales. We will no longer be using the Shop With Scrip/PrestoPay web site. The school office still has Metropolitan Market cards, so if you’d like to purchase some for the holidays please bring a check to the office. SCRIP cards may NOT go home with students. 


SunDance Presents The Velveteen Rabbit

SunDance presents The Velveteen Rabbit on Monday, December 16th at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.  We appreciate all of our volunteers and want to extend the Sign-Ups to the entire Holy Rosary Community.  These count as General Volunteer Hours. 

Big Show Volunteers:

Dancer Group Helpers:            


Advent Gathering

Save the Date…Advent Gathering, Sunday, December 8, 9:30am-1:00pm, School Hall
All are welcome to our fun and festive Advent Gathering on Sunday December 8 in the School Hall. Stop by after Mass or anytime between 9:30am-1:00pm for Advent activities for children and adults, Coffee and Donuts and more! Come celebrate the “Reason for the Season”!

Volunteer Opportunities

Youth (6th grade-high school) and Parents Volunteer Opportunities for Advent Gathering Looking for a fun way to volunteer during our Advent Season? Join us by helping at our festive Advent Gathering on December 8. There are setup slots on Saturday evening, December 7 as well as two different time slots for helping with Advent activities and Coffee and Donuts on Sunday, December 8. Click here for Signup link: For questions, email Deyette at

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:
Monday Night Rosary-No Rosary on Monday, November 25, please join us on Monday, December 2, 6:30-7:00pm in the Chapel for prayer and renewal!
Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you or someone you know has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 3. Our topic will be “Where did Christmas come from?”
Becoming Catholic – The formal process of becoming Catholic, The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is beginning! We meet on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm in the Music Room of the Parish Center. No commitment necessary! Come see what being Catholic is all about!
Wednesday Morning Bible Study – We’re starting a new study leading up to Christmas this week. If you have wanted to join, this is a perfect time! Join us at 9:30am (or after Mass) on Wednesday mornings in the Parish Center!

For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we remember St. Dismas. “Dismas” is the name of the “Good Thief” who hung on the cross next to Jesus, who said, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43) He is a reminder on this feast of Christ the King that Jesus’ rule consists of love and mercy, not of force or fear. It is never too late to join Christ’s kingdom, and it is likewise never too late to extend to others the forgiveness we have received. Maybe today you can participate in Jesus’ royal authority by forgiving someone who has hurt you in the past.

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Fall Fix-up

Fall is here and the rain is coming! Do you know a family member or neighbor who needs assistance raking and bagging their leaves? Are the storm drains near the house blocked? Let us help. Shoulder to Shoulder volunteers will come clear them and rake & bag your leaves for yard waste to pick up. 

What? A Fall Fix-Up Day! The goal is to help clear the storm drains of leaves. We aim to assist our parishioners and friends in need of help with this task.

Who? Did you just have a baby? Surgery? Arthritis? Having trouble getting outside? Needing assistance in any way? Or, do you know someone who does? Please let us be of service.

Where? Your home or the home of your friend or family member. 

When? Saturday, November 23, 2019. We will coordinate a time between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Why? Clear storm drains prevent street flooding and damage to personal property.

How? Contact Shoulder to Shoulder to sign up! 

All you need to do is send us an email at or call the Parish Office (206) 935-8353 to sign up.

Want to Volunteer? Add your name via email at We plan to do 2 sessions on Saturday Nov. 23rd 9:00am – noon/noon-3:00 pm. We will supply the lawn bags; please bring your rakes and gloves. We will follow up with more details for our volunteers.


Kennedy Catholic Arts & Craft Fair & Bakesale

Come join us for our Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Kennedy Catholic on Saturday, December 7th 9am to 4pm. There will be baked goods and over 100 vendors. 140 S 140th St, Burien.

Winter Camps At Bishop Blanchet High School

Calling all hoopsters and dancers! On Saturday, December 21, Bishop Blanchet High School will host basketball clinics for boys and girls in grades 5-8 and a dance clinic for anyone in grades K-8. All participants will have the opportunity to perform at halftime of a BBHS girls varsity basketball game. Please click here or visit for more information and to register. Thank you for sharing this within your communities!

Seeking Vendors For A Holiday Bazaar!

Vendor Spaces Are Still Available!- Saturday, November 23rd @ St. Francis of Assisi.

The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means the shoppers will soon be ready to shop! Looking to sell your unique art or newest craft? This is the perfect place to start selling to those early holiday shoppers! Whether you’re new to selling your wares or not, we’d love to have you at this wonderful community event.

Please contact Paula Hall at 206-552-6652 or to reserve your space today!

Event details:  Saturday, November 23rd, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  St. Francis of Assisi

                  15216  21st Ave. SW

                   Burien, WA 98166

Winter Baseball Camps

US Baseball Academy’s Spring Training is a unique concept that provides young players an opportunity to take their game to the next level. USBA camps are designed to develop skills in all facets of the game with an emphasis on teaching proper fundamentals and techniques. Sessions are available in hitting, pitching, fielding and catching. Call us at 866-622-4487 or visit

Hosted by: Seattle University

Week 1: January 18th-19th

Week 2: January 25th-26th

Northwest Girlchoir

Northwest Girlchoir is accepting new singers. We have openings in each of our five progressive choir levels for girls and young women entering grades 1-12. Registration and audition information is available on our website at