Family Communication 11/4/21


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I hope this message finds you well this first week in November.  We enjoyed celebrating All Saints Day this past Monday and prayed for our dearly departed Tuesday on All Souls Day.  These are two important feast days in the Liturgical Calendar of the Church.  Congratulations to our fourth graders who were wonderful, shining examples of the Saints this past Monday!
We are excited to conference with families on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.  This will be an important opportunity to celebrate your child(ren)’s progress and successes!  Each family is invited to join teachers for a twenty minute parent-teacher-student conference.  (Note that kindergarten students do not attend conferences).
Monday November 8th at 10:00 am, an email will be sent to all HRS families with a link to set up a conference for your child.  You will have two options to choose from: an in-person conference or a Zoom conference to accommodate different needs, comfort levels, and family situations.  We ask that you choose one option or the other, and if two parents are attending the conference that both parents utilize the same format at the same time (either both on Zoom or both in person at the same time).  If your family is one with two households, we ask that you coordinate a time to conference together as one group so your child can showcase his or her growth this year!
Consistent with the current requirements for schools, we are asking that in-person conferences this fall be limited to parents who are fully vaccinated.  As these conference days are counted as school days, and out of care and concern for the safety of our teachers, staff and the families they go home to, if you have not already done so, please submit your vaccination verification here if you wish to conference in person.  
I recognize that we continue to live in challenging and unsettling times, and this pandemic is unfortunately not yet behind us.  Case count declines have plateaued and we remain in a phase of high transmission.  I am confident that we will get to the day soon when we’ll be able to freely open our doors for many in-person events without having to have a conversation about vaccination status.  With more widespread vaccine access, that day is coming soon!   
It is very important to me that, though we have to take safety precautions, we also make sure that our school community remains connected and that we partner fully with all families.  Therefore, if you are a family who perhaps is electing not to be vaccinated, and/or if you do not wish to share your vaccination status with the school, and you feel strongly that conferencing in person is best, please contact me directly.  I will work with your family and your child’s teacher to try to find a solution that will work for everyone.
Please know you have our profound thanks for your tremendous support as we continue to navigate this pandemic.  
Above all, let us remember that even in unsettling times we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).  
In Christ, 
Anna


COUNSELOR’S CORNER


Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner! I will frequently post relevant social-emotional ideas, tips, and strategies. I have enjoyed getting to know your kids through classroom counseling lessons, one-on-one meetings, and small groups. I feel so lucky to be working at Holy Rosary. I would be happy to meet with your child one-on-one to discuss any social-emotional concerns that they are currently experiencing. Please reach out via e-mail lsamson@holyrosaryws.org. Read about “Helping You Child With Anxiety”


UPCOMING DATES


    • November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day
    • 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

NOTES & REMINDERS


Traffic Reminders For Your Child’s Safety

For everyone’s safety we ask that you:
-ONLY let your child out of your car after you have pulled up to the curb
-ONLY let your child cross the street at the crosswalk, never between parked cars
-ONLY park in legal parking spots, never in the crosswalk

Remembering Those Who Have Been Lost To COVID-19

On November 8th at 7:00 pm Archbishop Etienne will celebrate a special Mass of Remembrance of all those who have died from COVID-19.  All are welcome to attend at St. James Cathedral or join via the livestream. More information and the livestream link can be found here.  To submit a name of a loved one lost to be included in the Book of the Dead that will be carried in during the Mass, follow the link here.  Let us also continue to pray for the many members of our school and parish community who have lost loved ones during this pandemic and for the faithful departed.    

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.

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 Friday November 12th at 9:00 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 (muthill@holyrosaryseattle.org) or Anna Horton (ahorton@holyrosaryws.org).  Thank you for your assistance with this Archdiocesan requirement.  

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. The link will be available soon.

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 (ahorton@holyrosaryws.org).

Out Of State Travel

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

Hot Lunch Update *Monday-Friday*
Lunch Ladies Catering will provide hot lunch Monday through Friday starting on November 1st. If you are interested, please review their ordering information and instructions. **Any meal, ordering or billing questions must be handled through Lunch Ladies Catering** Place all orders by 5pm the previous evening.
Update on Volunteer Hours

The School Commission, which oversees the volunteer hours program, decided at its last meeting to temporarily reduce the volunteer hour requirements for this year with the absence of Westfest and reduced opportunities.  We will also work to communicate remote volunteer opportunities as they come available via the eFC.  For this year only, the required hours will be 30, with no required split of fundraising or general hours.  Hours can still be submitted to the appropriate category, but we will not require you to complete 15 hours of each.
Volunteer hours completed last school year (up to 10 hours) can be submitted under the current school year for credit.  Login to your Volunteer Hours account, select August 1st and record your hours.  Multiple entries can be submitted for the last school year (2020/2021) under Aug. 1, 2021  Example: If you did 2 shifts at the Tree Lot, totaling 6 hours, you can select 12am-6am on Aug. 1, 2021, Fundraising Hours, Christmas Tree Lot.  Put in Notes: 2020/2021  
The volunteer software will still reflect that 50 hours are due. When you reach 20 hours due, you have completed your commitment.
There are many opportunities to volunteer still ahead of us and we’ll need everyone’s help!  Many shifts will be available at the tree lot, starting Thanksgiving week!  Keep an eye out in the eFC for additional information.
Questions can be submitted to office@holyrosaryws.org

Conferences Are Coming
Mark your calendars for conferences the Monday-Wednesday of Thanksgiving week.  During this week, families will have the opportunity to meet 1:1 with your child’s teacher.  More information on signing up for a time in early November.  As a reminder, students do not follow the regular school schedule this week and are only present for their conference (with the exception of kindergarten where students do not attend).

ACTION ITEMS


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
Pasta
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 socialmedia@holyrosaryws.org so we can feature you on our social media channels! Visit http://holyrosaryws.org/social-media/ for more info about submissions. Children need to be masked and following COVID protocols per the Archdiocese.

Volunteer 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 (6th-8th grade only)

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 (12 and over) 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.


EVENTS & FUNDRAISING


Auction

The Auction date is now March 26. This is the largest fundraising event at HRS. Remember all families are required to contribute a minimum of $225 to the auction in the form of cash or tangible items.  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. 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

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.
All individuals 18+ must be Safe Environment cleared and wear a mask during their shift. Anna has offered to hold a Zoom class on November 12, starting at 9am.  Register through the virtusonline.org site.  If this is your first time logging in, then select first-time registrant. Otherwise log in and search for classes. If November 12 does not work for you, there are other Zoom classes available next week.
As a reminder, each family is required to complete 30 volunteer hours this school year. Working the tree lot is a fun way to knock those out. Sign up HERE.

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!
 


ADMISSIONS


Priority Application Period

The priority application period ends November 15, so spread the word. We are accepting applications in Pre-School – 8th grade. Even if you already have older students at the school you must apply for your younger children.  Apply here.

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 bmartin@holyrosaryws.org

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Volunteers Needed For Candle Ministry

Holy Rosary Parish is looking for 1-2 people to assist with its candle ministry.  This ministry maintains the candles on the altar and polishes the brass.  It’s a wonderful way to be of service to the parish on your own schedule and get volunteer hours that are counted in the school!  For more information if you are interested, contact Paul Dolejsi (pdolejsi@holyrosaryseattle.org).  

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
Times:
8:00-8:40am
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.


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


CYO Basketball

Please read the attached letter about the upcoming CYO Basketball season.


PARISH NEWS


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: holyrosaryseattle.org/youth-confirmation.

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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (formsite.com)

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 (formsite.com)
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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org

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 PAYouth@Holyrosaryseattle.org to learn more about volunteering with the Confirmation Program.


COMMUNITY NOTICES


Cub Scouts

Is your family looking for a youth program that combines FUN with educational activities and lifelong values?  Cub Scouts, which is open to boys and girls, grades K-5 from any school, provides these aspects while supporting and encouraging family and community involvement.  Pack 793 is holding a join night for families interested in registering or learning more about the program on Wednesday, November 10th at 6:00pm in the Holy Rosary Church.

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:  https://westseattlelaxclub.sportngin.com/home
To register:  https://westseattlelaxclub.sportngin.com/register/form/201231120
Feel free to contact westseattlelax@gmail.com with questions, and we look forward to seeing you out there!

Bishop Blanchet STEM Day

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Bishop Blanchet STEM Day for middle schoolers!  Bishop Blanchet’s Robotics Team will be hosting a Pinewood Derby AND a Drone Race time trial! The Pinewood Derby will be 100% remote with kits available to be picked up and dropped off at BBHS at any time.  This year we’re adding a drone race where students will be given the controls for a small quad style drone to fly FPV through our obstacle course in a race to set the fastest time! The Drone Race will take place on our campus on November 6. All necessary equipment will be provided, but to participate in the Drone Race students must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 72hrs. Space is limited so sign up soon. https://www.bishopblanchet.org/stem-day

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.

St. Brendan Holiday Craft Fair

This outdoor event features 50+ craft vendors, home-baked holiday treats and refreshments to purchase. We will be open Saturday, November 13th from 9am to 4pm at the St. Brendan Catholic School parking lot 10049 NE 195th St, Bothell.

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 www.rainbowparrotart.com

Host an International Student

Please consider hosting an international student from Kennedy Catholic High School. You would be providing an important and valuable experience by offering a true glimpse into an American family’s life. If you are interested in learning more about being a host, read more and fill out this inquiry form. Our housing coordinator will contact you. Send questions to Ms. In Vilai at housing@kennedyhs.org.  A generous stipend is provided. We appreciate your support of Kennedy Catholic High School. Please contact Ms. In Vilai at 206.972.3291 if you have any questions or other suggestions for how we might promote our homestay program within your school.

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 junctionhotyoga.com 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) 506-5242jamesebc@comcast.netwww.emersoncounselingandconsultation.com