Family Communication 11-30-17


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. It was lovely seeing so many of you during conferences!

There are many things happening around the building right now! You’ve likely seen (or perhaps visited) our tree lot- thank you for your support! Perhaps if you came by the tree lot in the evening, you noticed the new lighting on the side and back of the school, as well as on Lanigan gym. Thanks to careful budgeting and your continued generous support, not only were we able to install a new fire alarm last summer, but we’ve planned (and begun) some much needed lighting upgrades on our campus. These upgrades should make our campus a much safer place during these dark winter nights. We couldn’t do any of this without your support, so again, thank you!

The next few weeks will be fast, as we move into Advent and await the Incarnation of Christ. I’ve been reading Advent messages, trying to pause and center myself in the purpose of Advent as a liturgical season…as it is easy to get caught up in everything else! In doing so, I came across a message about Advent from Pope Francis, reflecting on Advent and how this season should be seen as a season for awakening hope. “Let us rediscover the beauty of being together along the way: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and the whole of humanity, the people, the civilizations, the cultures, all together on the paths of time” (Pope Francis, 2013). I know this time of year is very busy, and it is hard to avoid the commercial nature of it all. But if we lose site of the real purpose of Advent as a time of prayerful preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus, then we distance ourselves from our common faith as we walk our journey towards the Kingdom of God. I am going to work hard this Advent to increase my daily prayer, and to pray with my family that we use this time as a time to awaken ourselves more fully to the message of Jesus Christ.

Happy (almost) Advent!

In Christ,


Christmas Program

Christmas program news! Our annual Christmas program, Lessons and Carols, happens Thursday, December 14 in the church, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the school band performance. Following the band, each class will perform. Doors will open beginning at 5:30. Please see that your child reports to their classroom no later than 6 – please note:  supervision in the classrooms will not begin until 6. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – (no jeans, etc. – please consult the handbook for general guidelines).

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. This is a graded performance with required attendance for both band and music classes. If for some reason your student is unable to attend, or for any questions, please contact Ms. Mudge at or the office. Finally, since this format is that of a prayer service, we ask that you stay to the very end where you will await a special finale song! Thank you and blessings to you and yours for a very Happy Advent!


The Holy Rosary School Band (grades 6-8) will be performing in the Christmas Program on December 14 at 6:30 p.m. Band members are asked to arrive at 6. This is a graded concert and attendance is required. We look forward to sharing the music of this special season with all of you!


  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception – all school Mass at 8:35</li
  • December 14 – Christmas Program (begins at 6:30)
  • December 19 – January 1 – Christmas Break (begins at noon dismissal)
  • January 12 – Noon Dismissal Magazine Drive reward
  • January 15 – Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday (no school)
  • January 28 – Start of Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • January 31 – Grandparent’s Day
  • February 9 – Kindergarten Testing (no school for Kindergarten)


Volunteer Opportunity

The office is looking for a volunteer who can help distribute milk during lunch times on Friday. The time commitment is from 11-12:45. If you are interested please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the front office. Thank you.

Conferences Feedback

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Yearbook Order Time!

It’s yearbook order time! This year’s theme is Growing Memories, so put the petal to the metal and ORDER ONLINE HERE TODAY! $25 for grades preschool through 7, and $30 for grade 8. Your FACTS account will be billed. The last day to order is next Friday, December 8. There won’t be another chance to get a yearbook, so order today.

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.

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


Development Directives

ANNUAL FUND – This is the last mention of the Annual Fund this year. Your patience in receiving numerous emails during this blitz is truly appreciated. Thank you for your pledges and donations, we are halfway to our overall goal of $200,000 and 100% participation. If you didn’t get a chance to participate, please do so today. No amount is too small! Last incentive, pledge or donate by tonight at 8 p.m., and be entered to win a wreath from the tree lot!



PRECEPT WINE CASES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE – Precept Wine cases are back to order at a discounted rate, plus NO TAX. Not only do you get a deal, but also Holy Rosary School receives 15% back! Download the form here and turn in to the office with a check. There are two options for receiving your wine: pick up from the Szalay’s home (5608 SW Charlestown St on December 13, between 4 and 7) or mail starting at $15. All orders must be placed by December 6. Check payment only, payable to Precept Wine.

WINE COLLECTION AT PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES – Thank you parents for bringing wine to your parent-teacher conference(s). We collected over 81 bottles. One free dress pass will be sent home next week for each child in the family that donated.

AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL – Congrats to 7B, week one winners! Don’t forget to shop using the Amazon links on the homepage. Last year we received $10,700 by shopping through the Amazon portal! All purchases, with the exception of gift cards, made through the links below send money back to the school. Classroom with the highest totals win weekly prizes and the overall highest classroom will enjoy a pj and pizza party in January. Shop NOW until Christmas Day!

TREE LOTThe SignUpGenius is live, volunteer NOW. The TREE LOT is a fun way to get your fundraising hours in as well as meet members of the community. There are plenty of slots available, as the tree lot will remain open an extra week this year. TREE LOT opened last Friday and closes December 17. Sign up to volunteer here.

AUCTION – Auction details, including theme, location, family donation, volunteer hours, etc., will be in the December eFC. Save the date for April 21, 2018!

Holy Rosary School will be launching a ShopWithScrips program. This will be an opportunity for families to shop at businesses as you normally would, but earn money back for the school. We are looking for committee members to join and support the program. Time spent will count towards fundraising hours and volunteers must be Safe Environment cleared. Please contact Mike Curran at if you are interested.
Earn General Volunteer Hours with SunDance Performance on 12/10 & 12/11

SunDance is having its holiday performance and needs parent and eighth grade volunteers for its rehearsal on December 10 and performance on December 11. You do not need to have a child in dance to volunteer with the show! Click here to volunteer using SignUpGenius.

Need Stocking Stuffers for Christmas?

Holy Rosary School water bottles and Strideline socks are for sale, pictures and order information available here.


Discovering Chess

Due to such popular demand we are going to have to close the after-school chess class to new members until further notice. Numbers usually fluctuate as the year goes on and I anticipate being able to open the class again. I will post any changes in the eFC. Thanks for understanding, Mr. Ritscher

Ski Bus Volunteers Needed

Ski Bus volunteers needed!!! Free ride to the mountain! Commit to one, two, or all eight trips up to the ski resort. Your ride will be paid for in exchange for making sure everyone who gets off the bus at the mountain, gets back on the bus at the mountain, (or has been signed out by a parent/guardian). Every Saturday starting January 6, 2018. Bus goes to Summit Central.

Please contact Lisa Quinn – – as soon as possible for dates and more Information. Thanks!

Cub Scout December Pack Meeting

Make Christmas tree ornaments with the Cub Scouts on December 6 at 6:30 in the school hall. Come make your own Christmas tree ornaments. The pack provides the supplies and tools and you bring your creativity. Refreshments will be served. Wear your Class B shirts, as it might get messy. This meeting is for the entire family. Everyone is welcome to join in making ornaments. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in scouting to participate and learn more about Pack 793. Please direct any question to Eddie Osten (



We are reaching out to Parish and School families with young children to make sure you know about an impactful ministry called PREPARES. PREPARES is a program that Holy Rosary is involved in and is led by the Catholic Bishops of Washington State to support poor and vulnerable families with children from birth to age five. We support these families–not because they are Catholic, but because we are.

At Holy Rosary, we have two specific requests:

  • For everyone: If you have a heart for poor and vulnerable families with young children, please join our online community It will take less than a minute to sign-up and then you will know when there are people like Terra who need a helping hand.
  • For 1-2 people: If you are an organizer, we need one person to be a liaison between Holy Rosary School, Parish and PREPARES. You will stay in touch via the online community and then determine whether to organize any special assistance for a family. The time will count toward general volunteer hours. If you are interested learning more about this role, contact Deyette Swegle at

Following is an example of how PREPARES was able to help a Mom in need.

Terra is a mom that turned to a local Catholic Church when her son was born prematurely. Her baby was in a Seattle hospital intensive care unit, she lived in Tacoma, and she could not afford to drive back and forth to be with her baby. Through PREPARES, her need was vetted and posted to the PREPARES GroopIt app online. Our caring online community of Catholics in Western Washington provided gas vouchers to lessen Terra’s burden and the next day she had what she needed to be with her newborn baby. Often PREPARES families need practical support along with items that families with young children already have, like extra crib sheets, a winter jacket, or a word of advice. Our community has started to work together online to support people like Terra.

PREPARES is special program and an opportunity to make direct and a long-term impact in peoples’ lives. Thank you for your support!

Advent Social December 3 – This Sunday

After Sunday Mass or drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Advent starts this Sunday, December 3. Not sure how to prepare for Advent as a family? Come to our Advent Social this Sunday, December 3. Open from 9:30-1:30 in the School Hall.

Please join us for fun, family and faith-filled Advent activities and crafts, treats and time with your fellow parishioners to help you prepare for Advent. Our Advent Social activities will be hosted by our Sunday Faith Formation and Children’s RCIA Classes.

  • Advent activities and crafts
  • Coffee, donuts and more!
  • Advent candles and Advent wreaths for sale
  • Cards supporting Noel House Women’s Shelters
  • Food drive (non-perishable) for our St. Vincent de Paul cupboard
  • Any sixth through high schooler or parent can also assist and receive volunteer hours…see below.

For questions, please email Deyette at

Rosary Makers

Want to learn how to make a rosary? Already an expert, but want to make rosaries for the missions? Come learn to make rosaries every first Saturday in the Parish Center. We’ll make corded rosaries for the missions, and all materials will be provided. Join us this Saturday, December 2, after the morning Mass (about 9:15)!

Sunday School For Grown Ups

There will be no Sunday School for Grown-Ups this weekend, due to the Advent Social. Our next session will be on December 17, on Advent: Celebrating Both Christ’s First and Second Coming.


Art Workshops For Tweens And Teens

Upcoming Art Workshops for Tweens and Teens: A Child Becomes is hosting a series of classes in graphic design led by professional artist, Sean Williams. Each session focuses on a different aspect of graphic design:  Screen Printing, Creative Lettering/Fonts, and Illustrations and Comics. This series of workshops is geared towards kids who are 11+ and interested in exploring graphic design techniques in a fun and creative atmosphere. Sign up for one or all three! The first session starts Monday, December 4. Visit our website here to sign up.

Community Meal At Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Please help feed 150 of your neighbors in need. Holy Rosary is hosting the community meal at OLG on Sunday, December 17. We need help with serving and clean up. You can also donate a dessert.

Please check out this link to SignUpGenius and find something that works for your schedule. It is a great opportunity for kids to volunteer with an adult and adults can get general volunteer hours!

Kennedy Catholic Arts And Craft Fair

Kennedy Catholic High School Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 9-4. Please join your Kennedy Catholic High School neighbors as they present their annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Enjoy holiday music, raffles and a delicious lunch. Shop from over 140 high quality vendors and artists presenting unique and one-of-a-kind items, a holiday bake sale and more. This festive event is one not to be missed! Located at Kennedy Catholic High School gymnasium and cafeteria – 140 S. 140th Street in Burien.

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!

Holiday Hoop Camp