Family Communication 11/15/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

With Thanksgiving upon us, this week’s message is a short one. I simply would like to give thanks. I thank God for our community, for our wonderful families, and for your special children. It is truly by great privilege and blessing to work with you all and to see your children grow in our midst. I am truly grateful. May God bless you and your families this Thanksgiving.
In Christ,


Commitment Weekend

This weekend, everyone at Holy Rosary is being asked to make a commitment to the Called to Serve as Christ campaign. This campaign is important for a lot of reasons. It fully funds our priest and religious sisters retirement obligations and lifts the ongoing burden from our parishes – meaning they will have more money for ministries. It is also a way to say ‘thank you’ to those who give their lives in service and dedication to God and His people, who live their lives in sacrifice for others. The everyday sacrifices of priests and sisters don’t make the news, just like the everyday sacrifices of moms and dads. This campaign is also allowing us to accomplish some much needed work on our campus.  Our stained glass window refurbishment is fully funded by the rebate. The campaign portion of the new Big Toy is almost fully funded, and after that, we will use our rebate for structural repairs of the mortar of our beautiful brick buildings.

If you have already made a pledge – Thank you!  We are on the doorstep of $1 million in pledges!  If you haven’t yet made a pledge, please do so this weekend, as we still have a ways to go. This is a big ask, which is why we are given 3-4 years to pay off our pledges – but we are accomplishing a lot of good. And that can only happen if each of us is willing to make equal sacrifices, not equal gifts. Please use the pledge card sent home on Tuesday, and return it to the parish or school office or collection at Mass.  You can also fill out the pledge card online, where you can also set up online payments. 

Called To Serve As Christ Update

Parish Goal:  $2.0 Million

Pledged to Date: $943,485 — 47% of Parish Goal          Total Pledges:  182

15% Rebate to Parish:  $141,523 

Separate Donations with Corporate Matches:  $94,150*

Total Parish Benefit:  $235,673

*Some companies do not match religious donations, but will if it is not used for church purposes.  The Archdiocese is allowing us to offer these parishioners the option of splitting their pledge, donating some directly to the campaign school projects, allowing us to take advantage of some of the company’s matching donations.  Talk with Anna Horton or myself if you have questions.


Pizza Lunch Friday

Eighth grade pizza lunch is tomorrow!

Welcome To Our New Counselor

My name is Selena Borne and I am the new school counselor at Holy Rosary! I will be working two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am so excited to be joining this community! My background is in both public and private school counseling. I have a very special place in my heart for the community within Catholic education and cannot wait to build relationships here.

A school counselor can wear many hats, but in general focuses on three main areas:  classroom guidance teaching, small group skills training, and individual student support. Classroom guidance lessons address broad developmental topics; self-esteem, social skills, problem-solving skills, and anti-bullying. I will work with the classroom teacher on specific lessons that can be helpful for that classroom.

Small group counseling are for those students that share concerns that are similar to others (e.g. children of divorce, grief groups, assertiveness training, impulse control, and friendship groups). Small groups offer students the opportunity to share experiences with others, have support, and learn from students who are dealing with similar issues.

Individual counseling is available for students who have specific needs that need private one on one support. I will take opportunities to be out on recess and throughout the school to help with solution focused problem solving.  Counseling referrals may be received from students, teachers, and parents/guardians.

I look forward to working at Holy Rosary and getting to know these wonderful kids.  

Selena Borne
School Counselor

Preschool And Kindergarten Application For 2019-20

The priority application period ends tomorrow, November 15. All students entering kindergarten for 2019/20 at Holy Rosary must fill out an application for our K-8 school. If you have a new student entering our preschool (2s, 3s, or PreK), this is also the time to submit an application. There are very few available spots in our preschool 3s and PreK class; early submission is highly encouraged! Reenrollment for current students (except kindergarten) will happen in January. We have our kindergarten testing day scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019. Any questions about the process, how to set up a tour, or our preschool through eighth grade school, contact Jennifer Kokkonis, Admissions Director,

Emergency and Weather Notification

Even through the weather is not freezing yet, it’s a good time to remind you about our emergency notification system. Generally, Holy Rosary School follows Seattle Public Schools. If SPS closes or has a delayed start, so will we. If there is a delayed start, there will be no AM BASE and no BASE in case of a full closure.

As early as possible on the morning of a delay or closure, we will notify families in the following ways:  email to school families, post to our website and Facebook, notify the West Seattle Blog, and through the app (available for smart phones and devices). Attached are the directions to sign up for if you have not already done so. We also use in case of any other emergency notifications, so it’s a good system to be signed into.


  • November 19-21 – Parent/Student/Teacher conferences (regular school not in session, BASE open)
  • November 22-23 – Thanksgiving break, no school (BASE closed)
  • November 23 – Tree Lot opens
  • December 7- first trimester report cards
  • December 18 – Preschool Christmas program
  • December 20 – K-8 Christmas program
  • December 21 – noon dismissal, Christmas break begins
  • January 7 – school resumes


Wine Collection At Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

After the success of collecting wine at conferences last year — 140+ bottles! — the auction committee is again asking parents to donate a bottle of their favorite wine at next week’s conferences. This wine will be used to complete auction packages. A table will be set up across from the staff lounge to drop off bottles. Additional details will be sent home today or tomorrow. Each child in your family will receive a free dress pass for bringing in one bottle of wine!

Parent/Teacher/Student Conference Signup Schedule

Conferences are held next week and school will not be in session, but BASE will be available November 19-21. Students in grades 1-8 are required to attend the conference with their parents. Sign up for a conference time here. Conference signups will close tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. After that, parents will have to contact the teacher directly to schedule or to change a conference time.

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.

Medications At School

Tis the season for coughs and colds. If your child is in need of a cough drop or other over-the-counter medication during the day, the school office needs an Oral Medical Form signed by a doctor.


Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair opens today, November 15, and runs on November 16, 19, 20, and 21 (during conferences). It’s a reading event that brings kids the books they want to read. We’ll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases benefit our school! Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits, so please come to our book fair and help shape your child’s reading habits. Click here to view our book fair homepage for more details. See you soon!

Development Directives

The TREE LOT is a fun way to get your FUNdraising hours in, as well as meet members of the community, so sign up to volunteer here! There are plenty of slots available as the tree lot will remain open an extra week this year. The lot opens Friday, November 23 and closes Sunday, December 16.

Need some WINE for the holidays? Precept Wine Brands is offering up some reds and whites at a great price, with a portion of the proceeds donated back to our school! Download, print, complete, and return this order form with a check to the front desk by December 4. Pick up will be at the Szalay House – 5608 SW Charlestown St. – on December 13 between 4-7 p.m., or you may pay to have the product shipped directly to family/friends.

AUCTION family donations are due by December 21. Remember that all families are required to contribute a minimum of $175 to the auction. A flyer will be sent home with additional details; please read for donation ideas. If you already know your donation, please enter here:  CASH DONATIONS here and ITEM DONATIONS here.

The BUSINESS COMMITTEE could use a few more VOLUNTEERS to help in contacting businesses in West Seattle for donations, as we have already started working on the 2019 auction. You can do as much or as little as you like, by phone or in person, and on your own time. If you are interested, please email Giulia Canali at for more info.

The annual AMAZON competition is back! A flyer will be sent home with all the details prior to Thanksgiving break. Classrooms compete for a weekly top prize between November 19 and Christmas Day. Last year we received over $7,000 by shopping through the Amazon link at the bottom of the homepage or through the links below! Gift card purchases through Amazon or purchases made through the Amazon app will NOT provide a donation to the school.

HRS custom glassybaby We are very excited to introduce Holy Rosary School’s first custom glassybaby! These will be produced in limited quantities with proceeds going back to the school.  Perfect celebratory gift for Christmas, graduation or your favorite Holy Rosary glassybaby collector.  Blessed are the Peacemakers” will be “Cherish” opaque white with gold filled etching of the HRS logo.

First 100 sold will be guaranteed delivery before Christmas break.
Please complete this form by 12/10 to reserve and order your commemorative glassybaby.  Payment will be charged to your FACTS account.
Contact: Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer-8A) at:


No extracurricular news this week.


Faith Formation At Holy Rosary Parish

Our parish offers many opportunities to grow in your faith beyond the school day. We’d like to highlight a few.

  • Advent Mission — Mark your calendar for our Advent Mission! Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM, will join us December 1-6 for a mission to help us answer the question, “Why Be Catholic?”. He will preach our Sunday Masses, and offer morning and evening sessions Monday through Thursday, including Eucharistic Adoration, confessions, and reflections that will revitalize your family’s faith! Morning sessions will follow the normal morning Mass; evening sessions will start with Confessions at 5:30, and Mission Presentation beginning at 6:30.
  • Bible Study — We would like to offer a Bible Study for adults, especially for parents. We’re trying to find the ideal time to offer such a study. If you are interested, please contact Robert King (evangelization@holyrosaryseattle.orgor 206-937-1488 x203) and let him know what the best time for you would be. Thanks!
  • Inquiry is an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! A perfect preparation for RCIA or adult confirmation, or a chance to deepen your understanding of Christ and the Church. All are welcome, and no topic is off limits! We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 20. Please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203 for more info.
  • New time (6:30 p.m.) for Monday Rosary — Join us to pray the rosary on Monday evenings at our new time of 6:30 in the Chapel! With just 25 minutes, praying the Rosary is a fantastic way to relieve stress and connect with your faith. Rosaries and prayer aids provided. All are welcome!
  • Baptism for infants up to age 7 — If you are interested in having your child (infant up to age 7) baptized Catholic, please contact Deyette at We also offer a variety of offerings for both children and adults! Find more information on our website (, and in future eFC’s!
  • Save the date — Advent Gathering, Sunday, December 2, School Hall, 9:30-noon. You’re invited to our Advent Gathering as we prepare for Advent with crafts for all ages, Advent wreaths & candles, St. Vincent de Paul Food drive, Coffee & Donuts and more! View the flyer for more details or contact Deyette at with questions. 
Saint Of The Week

Every week we highlight a particular saint. This week we celebrate St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. St. Rose helped rebuild the Catholic church in France after the French Revolution, especially by founding schools as a sister in the Society of the Sacred Heart. She then brought her care for children’s education to the growing United States, where she helped develop Catholic Schools along the western frontier of our country. She is an excellent patroness for Catholic education, as well as for those needing great perseverance in the face of difficulties. We celebrate her feast on November 18.


West Seattle High School Parents Night Out

Let the WSHS sophomore class students watch your kids while enjoying an evening out! View the flyer here.
What:  This event is for childcare for kids ages 3 (potty trained) to 11 years old and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, games, movies, and crafts.
When:  Saturday, December 8 from 6-10 p.m.
Where:  West Seattle High School, 3000 California Avenue SW. Check in by main entrance on the school courtyard.
Cost:  $30 per child or $25 with two cans of food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank.
RSVP:  Email or for more information.

Mini Cheer Camp

The WSHS cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp on Saturday, November 17 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10-1. K-8 grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. See this flyer for more details

University of Washington, College of Education School Psychology Program

COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS – The University of Washington’s College of Education is offering free weekly therapy sessions for children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18 years old. Those experiencing anxiety, depression, attention-deficit, social skills, and behavior problems are examples of appropriate referrals, although we will assess for your individual needs. Please see this flyer for more information.

TESTING FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN – The University of Washington’s College of Education invites you and your child to participate in the school psychology graduate’s assessment testing course. The tests administered by graduate students (under the supervision of licensed psychologist/faculty), are designed to identify strengths, weaknesses, and learning disabilities that may be influencing the child’s academic performance. Please see this flyer for more information.

Holiday Bazaar At St. Francis Of Assisi

Vendor spaces are still available for our holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 17 at 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. See this flyer for more details. Saturday, November 17th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi (15216 21st Ave. SW, Burien, WA 98166). Please contact Paula Hall at 206-552-6652 or to reserve your space today!