Family Communication 1/17/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

It’s hard to believe we are in mid-January!  How can that be?

Yesterday you received an email with information on registering students for next year. Registration runs through January 31 and this early process is essential in our budgeting and staffing for next year. Additionally, if you are applying for financial aid for next year and have yet to complete your application, please do so ASAP. Thank you so much for your prompt attention to this.

Last Friday our students had the wonderful opportunity to learn more about the students in Uganda we support through our donations.  Two Sisters from the Daughters of Mary visited our school, sang and drummed for our students, and thanked our students for their generosity. Our students also had the opportunity to watch a slide show and learn how each of the students we support are growing in their education! These wonderful children in Uganda rely on our generosity to support their education and Holy Rosary has been providing support for nearly 13 years! If your children have not yet been able to bring their $10 in (the equivalent of $1/month over the course of the school year), it would be wonderful if they could do a few extra chores and earn a little money to support this wonderful cause.  We and they are so grateful for your generosity.

Tomorrow morning one of our second grade classes will lead the school in honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior during the Friday prayer service. Students have been studying his life and his incredible impact on the world these days leading up to the holiday on Monday. During this time in our world where all feels so unsettled, his message of peace rings loud in my heart this year. As we continue to pray for peace in our hearts, homes, and in this world, please join me in the prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

-St. Francis of Assisi

In Christ, 



On Sunday at Mass we will hear the story of the wedding at Cana. Weddings were important – not just the joining of two individuals, but two families, and something the entire community truly celebrated. Wedding parties lasted for 5-7 days. Imagine five days straight of wedding receptions?! Hence, when the crisis happens (“They have no wine!”), at Mary’s instructions Jesus makes 120-180 gallons more. In the scriptures, wine is a symbol of joy, happiness, friendship, celebration and blessing. For the couple, human planning and effort isn’t enough – they needed Christ and His blessing. This is something we see in our own lives, and in our own relationships. Where have you run out of wine in your own life or marriage after your own best efforts? Where do you need an abundance of divine intervention and blessing? 

Reminder/Invitation:  Sunday Mass — 5 p.m. Saturday Vigil, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland





  • 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
  • February 22 – Bingo Bash with the teachers!


Grandparents Day – Blue Plate Lunch Availability

Blue Plate lunches will not be served on Wednesday, January 30. If your child is not eating lunch with a grandparent or special person, please send them to school with a lunch.

Holy Rosary Custom glassybaby – A Perfect Gift For The Grandparent/Special Friend

We are very excited to offer Holy Rosary School’s first custom glassybaby! Available in limited quantities, the proceeds go to our school. It’s a perfect celebratory gift for any occasion — grandparents and special friends! — or your favorite Holy Rosary glassybaby collector.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers” will be “Cherish” opaque white, with gold-filled etching of the school logo for $100.

Order your commemorative glassybaby online here. Payment will be charged to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer-8A) at


Re-Enrollment Is Underway!

Re-enrollment for 2019/20 was sent out Tuesday, January 15 and is due by January 31. Please help us by completing the online form as soon as possible. Registration fees remain the same as last year — $300 per K-8 student and $200 per preschool student. Registration fees will be charged on February 15; due February 28.

Red Cadet Sweatshirts

We have red cadet sweatshirts available on a first come, first serve basis in the school office. They are $35 for youth sizes and $40 for adult sizes.

youth – 1 XS, 8 S, 5 M, 3 L, 1 XL

adult – 1 S, 2 M

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!


 Second Annual Crab Dinner

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

Development Directives

GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS LUNCH – All invitations have been mailed or emailed. Please encourage your guests to RSVP by tomorrow, January 18, either by sending the RSVP card or by emailing

The lunch will be on Wednesday, January 30 at 11:30 a.m., with the church doors opening at 11 a.m. A full itinerary will be posted in next week’s eFC.

Volunteers are needed please sign up here.



AUCTION UPDATE AND KEY DETAILS – A reminder to turn in ALL items and certificates by Friday, January 18 at 3 p.m. If you have something oversized, please contact Beth Martin.

  • 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


Volleyball Sign Ups Are Open
Volleyball season is coming!
Register for Volleyball Today!  The deadline for CYO volleyball signups is tomorrow, January 18th.  To register your player, go to:
We need coaches! To register as a volleyball coach, go to:
and come to our coaches’ meeting tonight in 7B at 7PM. 
If you have a volleyball jersey from last year, please bring it into the main office asap.
And if you have any questions, contact Dino Annest at
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!

Welcome Back! Holy Rosary offers opportunities to grow in your faith!

The New Year is a perfect time to revitalize your faith! We have a number of opportunities for you, but we recommend starting with:

  • MONDAY ROSARY — Join Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Dominic Chapel in the Parish Center for a Rosary! This is a simple yet profound way to deepen your prayer life and to relieve stress. Our next Rosary will be on Monday, January 14, and all are welcome!
  • INQUIRY — 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 every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 22.
  • WOMEN WITH PURPOSE — All women are invited to a new series, “Beholding Your King”, looking at how the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ as the King of kings. Sessions on Friday mornings at 9:15 (childcare available); or on Wednesday evenings at 7:15. Questions, email Deyette at Please register here.

For more information, contact Robert King (PA for Adult Evangelization) at evangelization@holyrosaryseattle.orgor 206-937-1488 x203.

Saint Of The Week – St. Paul the Apostle

Every week we highlight a particular saint. This week we celebrate St. Paul the Apostle. St. Paul was a Pharisee who saw Christianity as a betrayal of his Jewish heritage, and he participated in the arrest and martyrdom of early Christians. But an encounter with Jesus convinced him that Christ had not rejected the Jewish covenant but had fulfilled it. So St. Paul became an apostle himself, and helped establish Churches throughout the Roman Empire. He was martyred in Rome around AD 64, and we celebrate his Conversion on January 25.

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.

West Seattle Little League Registration

Registration is OPEN for youths aged 4-12! Join us — your West Seattle neighbors — in the bleachers for another incredible season of hot dogs, cool drinks, sunny afternoons, and fun moments that your child and your family will cherish forever! See the flyer here for more details

CYO Summer Camps

Is your child ready for a summer of a lifetime? Summer CYO camp dates and registrations are now available for grades 1-12 — day camps and overnight at Don Bosco and Hamilton, as well as Tatonka Adventure camps for high schoolers. There is a CYO camp for every child and teen. Register here! Click here for camp dates.