Family Communication 1/10/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and that 2019 is starting well for you. 

With the new year upon us, we’re actively planning for summer projects and the 2019-2020 school year. Time is flying! You’ll hear more soon, but registration for current students (and siblings entering) for next year will begin January 15 and will be complete by January 31. This early registration helps tremendously in developing an accurate budget for next year and planning staffing. You’ll receive more information regarding next year’s tuition numbers in a letter coming home soon. Stay tuned for an email to come next week regarding the registration process and more information will be in next week’s eFC as well.

Happy 2019!
In Christ, 

Archdiocesan Fraud Alert!

Cybercrime is hitting dioceses nationwide. If you receive a message from someone acting as if they are from the parish or school (particularly from a @gmail address) asking for help or requesting you to purchase a gift card, please delete it. It is a scam! This email scam is happening across the country. When in doubt, verify the origin of the email (from either or or contact the parish or school office to verify the legitimacy of any request you receive from the parish.


This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Do you know your baptism date? Or your child/ren’s? I was baptized on May 15, 1983. 

Every year, we make a point of celebrating birthdays, especially those of our child/ren. It’s a day of rejoicing and fun, with family and friends, as we give thanks for the gift of life. Our baptism day is just as important – if not even more. On that day we became the adopted sons and daughters of God as we share in the life of Jesus Christ Himself. That is something worth celebrating every year, marking in some way, this day which defines the rest of our lives, our choices and actions – or at least, that which should, as we live in His peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, goodness and love.

If you are looking for a baptism date, I would encourage you to contact the church of baptism – that you might celebrate appropriately each year, calling to mind the words of St. Augustine: “Stand in awe and rejoice, for we have become Christ!”

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland

Capital Campaign

During the final months of 2018 we conducted the Archdiocesan Called to Serve as Christ Capital Campaign. This will fully fund the archdiocesan priest retirement obligations for the long-term future, lifting the annual burden from parishes and parishioners. It will also make significant contributions to the religious orders that have a presence here in Western Washington to help with their own retirement needs. 324 individuals and families, including 73 parish families who are also school families, pledged $1,212,580 towards our Archdiocesan Goal of $1.411 million. 15% of these donations will be returned to us at Holy Rosary for our own needs—$181,887. We have also received $130,250 in direct pledges to our projects to take advantage of matching gifts, for a total direct parish benefit to date of $312,137. These funds will be used to repair our breaking stained glass windows and fund the campaign portion of the Big Toy replacement, which you might have read about in the NW Catholic Magazine this month. The remainder of the funds, and any more raised, will go toward repairing the mortar of our beautiful brick buildings which erodes from time and weather. Once we reach our archdiocesan goal, then we will receive an 85% rebate. We set a $2 million goal to accomplish all of these needed works. If you would like to make a 3-year pledge, or a payment on your pledge, you can do so at


  • January 21 – Dr. Martin Luther King holiday – no school
  • January 27 – Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • January 30 – Grandparent’s Day
  • February 8 – kindergarten testing – no school for kindergarten
  • February 9 – crab feed
  • February 15 – noon dismissal
  • February 18 – President’s Day – no school
  • February 19 – mid-winter break – no school


8th Grade Pizza Lunch Is Tomorrow!

Yum yum! It’s pizza lunch tomorrow! 

Highway 99 Closure

The viaduct closure is currently planned to begin tomorrow at 10 p.m. and will have major traffic impacts for 3-6 weeks. View closure information here.


Financial Aid Applications For 2019-20

Financial aid applications for Fulcrum and school aid (one application form) are available online here. Please submit your applications by January 1. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at with any questions.

Champion Of Holy Rosary School

Every year, during Catholic Schools’ Week, we honor a champion of our school. Winners of this award are individuals who have been champions of Catholic Education and Holy Rosary School and may be alumni, community members, staff, parishioners, or parents. Last year’s recipient was our own distinguished Sue Harris!

This is the last opportunity for 18-19 ‘Champion of Holy Rosary School’ award. Do you know someone who is a true champion of our school? Or someone who has made their mark in part because of the Catholic education they received here? Send in your nominations to Jennifer Kokkonis by tomorrow, January 11, to With your nomination please send the individual’s name, their affiliation with our school, and why you believe they are a “Champion” of Holy Rosary School.

Pirate Attire Needed For Drama Elective – TREASURE CHEST!

Holy Rosary Drama Elective is specifically looking for a large treasure chest for our play. We need it to be roughly 2ft tall by 2 1/2ft long and 1 1/2 feet wide. Please email Sara Weythman below if you might have something for us to use. If there are any other pirate theme decorations/items you’d like to offer but are unsure if they can be used, please email Sara Weythman at to discuss these items. Thanks in advance for your help!


 School Commission Meeting Tonight

The School Commission will be having an open meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in room 7B. Any interested parent is welcome to attend! The School Commission has three open meetings each school year. The first one was in November, and the third one will be held later this spring.

Second Annual Crab Dinner

The second annual crab feed dinner is Saturday, February 9. Save the date! 

Holy Rosary Golf Tournament

We are pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 18. We will have a great day of golf at the West Seattle Municipal Golf Course. More details to come including registration. If you would like more information or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email and we will contact you when registration opens.

Development Directives

GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS LUNCH invitations went out over break. If you did not reply to the previous requests for addresses please email with your grandparents/special friend’s name and email address. Due to the lateness, all invitations will now be sent via email. The lunch will be Wednesday, January 30 at 11:30, with doors opening at 11. Volunteers are needed. Sign up here.

The Grandparents Lunch chairs are stepping down and looking for shadows to assist with this year.  If interested, please contact Beth Martin.  Chairing this event wipes out your fundraising hours for the year!

AMAZON CHRISTMAS COMPETITION – Congrats to 8B on winning the AMAZON competition and a pj/pizza party this month! Don’t forget the Amazon button on the school homepage gives 7% back all year long, so please make purchases through this link. The Amazon app does NOT give money back to the school. By shopping through the Amazon button on the home page we made $7,378 in 2018! Thank you Amazon!

AUCTION UPDATE AND KEY DETAILS – Thank you for donating all those fabulous items! The AUCTION committee is well on their way to creating some awesome packages. Drop off donations in the main office before next Friday, January 18.

  • Auction date – Saturday, March 16
  • Location – Brockey Center, South Seattle College
  • Volunteer – plenty of volunteer opportunities will be available, so watch the eFC for the signup link. A decorations chair is still needed. Contact Beth Martin ASAP.
  • Information – check out the Auction page HERE


Honor Band Auditions

Information regarding Honor Band auditions has been handed out to all band students, grades 6-8. Auditions will be held at Kennedy Catholic High School on January 14 and 15 from 5 – 7:15 p.m. In addition, all eighth graders have received details about the Cambronero Band Scholarship to Kennedy Catholic High School. Those auditions occur in conjunction with the 2019 Honor Band auditions.

Volleyball Signups Are Open
Your daughter or son (grade 4 and up) can now sign up for volleyball by going to and signing up or logging in. We will have coed teams at the grade 4 level, and gender-specific teams for the upper grades. ALSO, if you want to coach or assist, please email Dino Annest at to offer your services. 
High School Students – Mr. Mo Needs Volleyball Volunteers
Mr. Mohrbacher is looking for some enthusiastic high school/college volleyball players to assist with our seventh grade boys’ team. Season runs mid-February through March. Practices are held in Holy Rosary gym. Time is still TBD but will be during the afternoons or evenings during the school week and games will be on Saturday/Sunday. We would love any volunteers to help with drills and training. Check with your high school to see if they would approve it for service hours. There will be an adult coach at practices and games, but any/all that you could attend would be great. If any parents are interested in helping out with coaching, we’d love to have you! Please contact Mr. Mo if you are interested:


Opportunities For Adults!

Holy Rosary Parish welcomes you home for Christmas! Whether you are taking a fresh look at the Catholic Faith or are a long-time parishioner, we hope you will find a place of peace, comfort, and joy here as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ together!

When Jesus comes into our lives, he always invites us to stay with him, to get to know him better, and to grow in his love. At Holy Rosary, we have a number of opportunities for you to connect with Christ and with the community here. Here are a few highlights that you might try in the new year:

  • Inquiry – Come to an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you’re interested in becoming Catholic, are thinking of returning to your Catholic roots, or just curious about some aspect of your faith, this is a perfect opportunity! All are welcome, and no topic is off limits! We meet most Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 15. Our topic for the evening will be Human Rights and Dignity!
  • Monday Rosary – Join us Monday evenings at 6:30 in the St. Dominic Chapel for a Rosary! This is a simple yet profound way to deepen your prayer life, to meditate on the life of Jesus, and to connect with others in the Holy Rosary community. All are welcome, no experience necessary.
  • Bible Study – We are planning a new Bible study on the Covenants of the Bible as a way to understand the Bible as a whole, and to form a foundation for further reading and prayer with God’s word. If you are interested, please contact Robert King, and let him know when a good time to meet would be (weekend or weeknight? particular time of day?) Thanks!

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

Women With Purpose, New Session…Beholding Our King

Women with Purpose (formerly Walking with Purpose) started a new nine-week study on the book, Beholding Our King, this week, but it’s not too late to join. Women with Purpose is available for all ages and stages of life. There are two meeting options and both classes meet in the Parish Center.

  • Wednesday evenings beginning January 9 at 7:15.
  • Friday mornings beginning tomorrow, January 11 at 9:15 (free childcare available)

In Beholding Our King, we will be studying King David, select psalms, the temple and many Old Testament prophets to see the ways in which they all point to the coming King of Kings, Jesus Christ. View this flyer for more details

Join us and rediscover your faith!

Saint Of The Week – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Every week we highlight a particular saint. This week we celebrate St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. St. Elizabeth is the first native-born citizen of the U.S. to be canonized as a saint. She was born in New York in 1774, and raised as an Episcopalian at a time when anti-Catholic laws remained on the books in New York. She married a prosperous merchant and had five children. After her husband died of tuberculosis, she became Catholic and founded the first free Catholic school for girls. She then formed the Sisters of Charity and developed what has become the Catholic parochial school system. She is patroness of all Catholic education, and we celebrated her feast on January 4.

Looking For Toy Trains For Our Sunday Parish Nursery

If you are decluttering after Christmas and happen to have any toy trains to donate, our Sunday Mass Nursery program would gladly appreciate them. We don’t need any tracks; just need the trains (wooden or plastic). You can drop off at the School Office or Parish Office, attention to Deyette Swegle. Thank you!


Free Writing Workshop

Children and preteens creatively explore and expand their sense of self by thinking and writing about their life – past, present, and future. Group activities, games, solitary writing, and illustrating provide for a fun and productive setting. Students receive individual attention and gradually realize how easy good writing can be when approached cooperatively. By May, participants will not only have contributed to our class’s collectively-written and illustrated book, they will also have written their own story and, if they work very hard, created their own illustrated book. View this flyer for complete information

West Seattle Dental Center Part-Time Job Opportunity

West Seattle Dental Center has a part-time job opportunity for parents. Please call JoAnn at 206-935-0100 for more information.