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!
Thank you to our wonderful Tree Lot organizers and the many, many volunteers who signed up for shifts. As you can imagine, setting up a tree lot quickly is a massive undertaking. We are grateful for everyone’s efforts!
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 reread a message I stumbled across last year, written by Pope Francis. His reflection is on the season of 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).
In this busy time of year, let us not lose site of the real purpose of Advent. Rather, let us see it as a time of prayerful preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 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!
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
It’s here! It is finally here! No, I am not talking about Christmas. That is still 27 days away. No — it is Advent!
As a child (and even still today), anticipation brings about a joy all its own. Maybe it was looking out the window, waiting for someone to arrive, or waiting for that trip to grandma and grandpa’s house. As it approached, the excitement increased. The Christmas season starts on December 25 with the arrival of Christ. Advent reminds us to slow down and get ready — not just for the meals, the trips, the gifts, the celebrations, the decorations and all the rest – but for Christ Himself to come into our world. In the midst of the many other things, don’t forget to prepare spiritually with your family for Christ to come into your lives anew. Check out some ways to live Advent well.
Next week we have our Parish Mission, one way to do that. Fr. Ken Geraci, of the Fathers of Mercy, will give the same 45-minute reflection twice a day to give people lots of opportunities to attend. His theme is ‘Why be Catholic?’. Even if you can only come to one or two, I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities!
Sunday, December 2 — 6:30 p.m. Mission
Monday, December 3 — 7:45 a.m. Mass, 8:30 a.m. Mission; 6:30 p.m. Mission
Tuesday, December 4 — 7:45 a.m. Mass, 8:30 a.m. Mission; 6:30 p.m. Mission
Wednesday, December 4 — 8:35 a.m. Mass, 9:30 a.m. Mission; 6:30 p.m. Mission
Thursday, December 5 — 7:45 a.m. Mass with Mission; 6:30 p.m. Mass with Mission; Social to follow
Fr. Geraci will also hear confessions each day from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and after each Mission until all are heard. This is a great way to get ready for the coming to Christ — to unload and unburden ourselves as we receive the grace of God. Visit the parish website for a reminder of how to go to Confession or an Examination of Conscience.
Called To Serve As Christ Update
Parish Goal: $2.0 Million
Pledged to Date: $1,090,578 — 55% of Parish Goal Total Pledges: 255
15% Rebate to Parish: $160,716
Separate Donations with Corporate Matches: $109,650*
Total Parish Benefit: $270,366
*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.
Thank you to everyone who has responded to the Called to Serve as Christ campaign! If you have not yet made your pledge, you can do so at www.calledtoserveaschrist.org. You can also make or setup donations there, fulfilling your pledge over the next three years.
- December 7- first trimester report cards
- December 16 – Tree Lot closes
- December 18 – Preschool Christmas program
- December 20 – K-8 Christmas program
- December 21 – noon dismissal, Christmas break begins
- January 7 – school resumes
- 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
NOTES & REMINDERS
Safe, Responsible, Respectful Gators At Drop Off And Pick Up
The safety of your children is our top priority to and from school. Staff provides supervision at a number of points along 42nd Ave SW, Genesee, and Dakota during the morning drop off. The only approved and supervised drop-off locations are along 42nd Ave SW and in the back alley by the playground. We recognize people may choose to drop off elsewhere. Please know that the school cannot provide supervision at these other locations, which is why we have discouraged their use. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not use the alley behind the church as a throughway. We cannot provide adequate supervision in the alley to ensure children are safe while being dropped off.
- 42nd Ave Drop Off – Please drop off only along 42nd Ave SW. Children should exit the car quickly on the curbside.
- Alley Drop Off – Please pull all the way forward to drop off, just before the two auction reserved parking spots. Children should exit the car quickly on the side closest to the building. Do not park your car for any reason in the alley; walk your children to the school building during drop off or pick up.
If your child needs extra assistance getting out of the car, needs help getting to school, or if you choose to park and walk your children into school, please park somewhere north of Dakota or south of Genesee, or along one of the neighboring side streets. Drivers are encouraged to not turn right onto Dakota St. after dropping children as it impedes westbound traffic from pulling into the alley. Please continue north on 42nd Ave. to the next block to turn right onto Andover St. This will allow better access for drivers using the alley for drop off.
Please be respectful of our neighbors and others in our community. We ask that crosswalks be used at all times. Thank you for your patience as we all navigate this together.
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 Remind.com app (available for smart phones and devices). Attached are the directions to sign up for Remind.com if you have not already done so. We also use Remind.com in case of any other emergency notifications, so it’s a good system to be signed into.
Overdue Library Books
All students with overdue books will receive a notice via their homeroom teacher this Friday, November 30. Any books not returned by Thursday, December 6 will be billed through FACTS for the missing books. Any book on the billed list returned after Thursday, December 6 should be brought to the office first to process a refund for that book. Otherwise, all fees collected will be used to replace the books for our school library.
Lost & Found
All Lost & Found items will be on display in the hallway outside of 1A Monday and Tuesday. Anything remaining on Wednesday, will be given to charity.
Volunteer For Milk Distribution
We are looking for someone to help us with milk distribution on Mondays from 11-12:30. If you are interested, please contact the office at email@example.com.
Volunteer For SunDance Production!
All school parents are able to volunteer for the SunDance Production (rehearsal Dec. 9 and performance Dec. 10). We have a need for eighth graders backstage as well. Sign up information here. Performance sales are listed under Events & Fundraising below.
Red Cadet Sweatshirts Are In!
If you ordered a zip up red sweatshirt, they are in the office. Please pick them up at your earliest convenience.
Yearbook Order Time
It’s yearbook order time! This year’s theme is And So The Adventure Begins…, so put your adventurous foot forward and order online here! $25 for grades preschool through 7, and $30 for grade 8. Grade 8 includes namestamp. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Coding With Kids Winter Registration
GAME DEVELOPMENT – GRADES 3-5 – This course introduces kids to computer programming through the fun and excitement of building video games. Working in Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming tool, students will create everything from animations to multilevel games. Beginner students will learn the core concepts of programming a game, such as loops, conditionals, and variables. Intermediate students will level-up to more complex concepts, like nested conditionals and functions with parameters. Projects are updated each session, so returning students will have new challenges to work through and advance their creativity and knowledge to the next level.
The course is offered on Thursdays from 3:10-4:10 and runs January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, and 14. This will be the only Coding With Kids class offered in winter.
The 10-week session is $245 and will be charged to your FACTS account. To register, email email@example.com with your phone number, child/s name, and homeroom.
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
SunDance Winter Performance
Purchase tickets for the SunDance performance! Performance is Monday, December 10 at 6; location details in the ticket link. For SunDance families, with the exception of CREW, four tickets are already included per family as part of your class fees.
Concert Time Is Upon Us!
The Holy Rosary School Band (grades 6-8) will be performing in the Christmas Program on Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 in the church. This is a graded concert and attendance is required. We look forward to sharing our holiday music with you!
WINE COLLECTION AT CONFERENCES – Thanks for donating wine; we collected over 150 bottles!
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.
GRANDPARENTS LUNCH – The Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch is January 30. This is a special day for our students to share our school with their loved ones. Grandparents/Special Friends are entertained with musical performances by select grades, a catered lunch by Husky Deli, tours, and pictures.
If you would like us to send a paper invitation to grandparents or special friends, then you must complete this form by December 14. By completing this form you are NOT RSVP’ing for your family/special friend, but only requesting an invitation be sent to them. Invitations will be mailed after Christmas.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – The Grandparents/Special Friends Lunch co-chairs are looking for shadows. If you are interested in chairing a turnkey event with minimal daytime commitment, except on the day of the event, then contact Beth at BMartin@holyrosaryws.org.
TREE LOT – Volunteer shifts are still available. The TREE LOT is a fun way to get your fundraising hours in, as well as meet members of the community. The lot is open through Sunday, December 16.
AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL — Congrats to 5B, the week one winners of the Amazon competition. Amazon donates 7% of all sales through the classroom portals back to the school; last year this totaled over $7,000! You can shop all year long using the Amazon portal on the Holy Rosary website, but from November 19 through Christmas Day you can shop using the following classroom links. Please pass these along to family and friends because there will be weekly prizes and a pj/pizza party in January for the top selling class.
HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL 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 school logo, selling for $100.
Need some WINE for the holidays? Precept Wine Brands is offering up some reds and whites at an excellent price (AND NO TAX!), 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.
No extracurricular news this week.
Advent Gathering, Sunday, December 2, School Hall, 9:30 – 12:30
Please join us for our fun annual Holy Rosary Parish Advent Gathering as we prepare for Advent with activities and crafts for all ages, Advent wreaths and candles to buy, St. Vincent de Paul Food drive, Coffee & Donuts, and more! Stop by for a few minutes or stay for a while; this is fantastic way to begin Advent.
Volunteer Opportunities For Youth (Grade 6 – High School), Sunday, December 2 for Advent Gathering In School Hall
We need youth volunteers — sixth grade through high school — to volunteer at our fun Advent activities at our Advent Gathering this Sunday in the school hall. Sign up your youth to help with one or two shifts. Start time varies. All volunteering counts toward their school volunteer hours. Questions? Email Deyette at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click here to sign up. Thank you!
Volunteer Opportunities For Adults, Sunday, December 2 For Coffee & Donuts At Our Advent Gathering, December 2
We need a few more adults to help with serving treats at our Advent Gathering on Sunday. Sign up for one or two shifts. All volunteering counts toward general school hours. Please click here to sign up.
Donate Non-Perishable Food To St. Vincent De Paul
Help us fill our St. Vincent de Paul cupboard with non-perishable food items. Drop off food and cash donations at our Advent Gathering on Sunday, December 2 anytime from 9:30 and 12:30. You can also drop off anytime in the St. Vincent de Paul boxes in the church.
Next week begins 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, will give a Sunday evening conference, and will offer morning and evening conferences 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.
- Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 — “God’s Mercy-Church or Spirituality” – All Sunday Masses, and Evening Conference at 6:30
- Monday, Dec. 3 — “Why Do We Do That as Catholics” – Mass at 7:45 a.m., Morning Conference at 8:30; Evening Conference at 6:30
- Tuesday, Dec. 4 — “Jesus, The Divine Mercy” – Mass at 7:45 a.m., Morning Conference at 8:30; Evening Conference at 6:30
- Wednesday, Dec. 5 — “Two Obstacles to Healing” – Mass at 8:35 a.m., Morning Conference at 9:30; Evening Conference at 6:30
- Thursday, Dec. 6 — “How to Pray the Mass” – Mass with Mission Conference at 7:45 a.m.; Evening Mass with Mission Conference at 6:30
Confessions will be available daily at 5:30 p.m., and after the Mission Conferences until all are heard.
Saint Of The Week – St. Nicholas of Myra, Feast Day, December 6
Every week we highlight a particular saint. This week we celebrate St. Nicholas of Myra. St. Nicholas is the inspiration for our modern “Santa Claus”. He was bishop of Myra, a city in Turkey, in the Fourth Century, around the time Christianity was made legal in the Roman Empire; and he attended the Council of Nicaea, from which we get our Nicene Creed. He was known for his miraculous healings, especially of children, and for his anonymous gifts, especially to poor families. Following his example, it became traditional in many cultures to give gifts on his feast day, December 6.
West Seattle High School Prospective Student Night
Tonight — November 29 — from 6:30-8. Learn about course offerings at WSHS, hear from current students, and tour the school. See this flyer for more details.
Kennedy Catholic Arts And Crafts Fair
You’re invited to the annual Kennedy Catholic Arts & Catholic Crafts Fair this Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9-4 in the cafeteria and gym. Fun and creative booths to explore — pick up something for friends, family, and yourself! Grab soup and sandwiches from 11-3 at the café in the gym, and then pick up dessert at the bake sale in the cafeteria!
The Knight Stand will be open for Christmas presents for your Lancer or Lancer to be. We have blankets, scarves, hats, and so much more! Also, Knight Stand gift cards make excellent stocking stuffers. We can’t wait to get in the holiday spirit with you at Kennedy Catholic on Saturday!
Save The Date! Girls Night Out On December 5
Seattle Prep will be celebrating our female athletes during Girls’ Night Out on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 in McHugh Gymnasium. The Seattle Prep girls’ basketball team hosts Ingraham, with varsity taking the court at 7:30 and JV on the court at 5:45.
Special events and recognition include:
- Pulse, Prep’s dance team, performing at halftime
- Recognition of our female athletic achievements from fall sports
- Raffle for Seattle Prep basketball spirit wear
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 email@example.com or for more information.
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.