Family Communication 12/12/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy second week of Advent!!  This week I’m working hard to calm my mind and my heart and to bring myself back to prayer to remain focused on the meaning of the season of Advent.  This week, I’m sharing with you an Advent message from the Bishops of Seattle. It’s a short message, but nicely captures the meaning of this season.
In Christ, 



This summer I filled out some paperwork for one of the couples at my last parish who have been married for about 9 years, and trying unsuccessfully to have a child ever since. This summer they started the adoption process. Yesterday I received a text with several pictures – on Tuesday, a baby boy was born, and on Wednesday they adopted him. There life will never be the same.
The birth of children has a way of doing that. In a few short weeks, we will celebrate the birth of Christ into the world. That pivotal moment should change our lives. How has your life changed as a result of the birth of Christ into the world already? And what new will His birth mean this year for you?
May these holiest of days bring your families the hope, the peace, the joy and the love that Christ has come to bring.
In Christ,

Fr. Oakland

Year-End Donations

Any gifts you want credited to the 2019 calendar year for tax purposes need to be received by December 31, 2019. 
1.  Online Donations:  Transaction must be completed and posted to your statement on December 31st or earlier
2.  Donations in Person:  Must be handed over on December 31st or earlier to the office or placed in the collection basket. 
3.  Mail:  The postmark must read December 31st or earlier.
Even if you haven’t paid off your credit card yet, the mail doesn’t arrive or your check doesn’t clear your bank account until after January 1st, the above qualify as tax year 2019 donations under IRS guidelines. 
Please click below for the appropriate online giving portals:
Holy Rosary Parish or School
Annual Catholic Appeal
Called to Serve as Christ Capital Campaign
Called to Serve as Christ Capital Campaign – Direct to School Major Projects for Corporate Matching Only 
Donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal or Called to Serve as Christ Campaign can be mailed to:
Archdiocese of Seattle
710th Ave, Seattle 98104 
Donating by Other Means?
Donating stock to a non-profit can save you from paying capital gains tax of the appreciated value if you’ve held the stock for at least year.
Call 206-382-4845 for further instructions/details on donating stock to the parish or an archdiocesan campaign.
If you are 70½ or older, there are potential tax benefits when you transfer funds from your IRA directly to a charity – contact your IRA plan administrator for information.
Thank you for your support of the work and ministry of Jesus Christ!  We couldn’t do it without you!



  • December 13th – First Trimester Report Cards
  • December 13th – Prayer Service-4A (8:30am)
  • December 17th – Preschool Christmas Program
  • December 19th – K-8 Christmas Program
  • December 20th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break Begins
  • January 6th – School Resumes
  • January 15th – Parents Club Meeting, 6:30pm
  • January 20th – No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Pizza Lunch

Tomorrow is 8th grade pizza lunch!

Christmas Program News!

Our annual Christmas program happens Thursday, December 19  in the church, beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the school band performance. Following the band, each class (Grades K – 8) will perform. The church doors will open beginning at 5:15. Please see that your child reports to their classroom no later than 5:45 pm – please note:  supervision in the classrooms will not begin until 5:45. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” for the performance – (no jeans, etc. – please consult the handbook for general guidelines). Kindergarten wear costumes so the homeroom teachers may advise differently on what to wear under their costume. Seats will be reserved for families of Kindergarten students, as well as those who bid for the front row seats at the auction last year. (Please contact the school office if this is your family.) Special request — if you plan to record the performance, please do so from the sides of the church so that all are able to see and enjoy the program. Special note: This is a graded performance with required attendance for both band and music classes. If for some reason your student is unable to attend please inform Ms. Mudge at and the office. Finally, since this is a prayerful event, we ask that you stay to the very end for the finale. Thank you for your support and blessings to you and yours for a very Happy Advent!

Holy Rosary Band Christmas Performance

The Holy Rosary Band members are taking off with their musical skills!  The fifth graders excitement is contagious!  Band members of grades 6-8, please note an important performance date coming up:  Christmas Program/December 19th with the band starting at 6:15p.m.  This is a graded concert/attendance is required.  We look forward to sharing our music with you!

Book Fair Thank You

Our fall book fair was a huge success!  Thank you so much for all the volunteers who donated their time and services to making this event run smoothly.  We earned over $3000 in Scholastic dollars and All for Books donations to be put towards adding new books to our school and classroom libraries.  

Inclement Weather Policy

As we near the start of winter, it is a good time to review our  inclement weather policy.  Generally, we follow the Seattle Public Schools in terms of late starts and closures.  However, there may be times we deviate, especially if weather conditions are poor in other parts of the city but not here in West Seattle.  In the case of a delayed start or closure, we will notify families the following ways:

1)  Email to the HRS families distribution list (the list that is used to distribute the eFC each week).

2)  Posting to the Holy Rosary website.

3)  Posting to the Holy Rosary FaceBook page.

4)  Posting to the West Seattle Blog.

We will no longer be using the app to communicate closures and delays.  The program has changed and the cost has gone up exponentially.  

Please remember- in the case of a delayed start, there will be no am preschool or am BASE.  In the case of a closure, BASE will be completely closed as well.

Girls On The Run!

Girls on the Run is coming to Holy Rosary School this Spring! Girls on the Run is a program that teaches girls important life skills while creatively integrating running and walking. This program is 10-weeks long and is for 3rd-5th grade girls.  The program culminates in a celebratory, non-competitive 5K (3.1 miles).

We are looking for volunteer coaches to join us this season! Coaches lead the girls by following a given curriculum and motivating girls as they run. Coaches attend practices 2x per week, and they will be joined by Site Liaison, Ms. Benson.

Here are details for Holy Rosary’s GOTR team:

COACH APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, January 17th (link to apply:

NEW COACH TRAINING: Saturday, January 25th @ The Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle

SEASON DATES: March 2nd-May 18th, 2020

PRACTICE TIMES: likely 3:00-4:30, specific dates TBD 


END OF SEASON 5K EVENT: Sunday, May 17th @ Renton Memorial Stadium

Please learn more about the program on Girls on the Run’s website or by emailing Ms. Benson. We would love to have you volunteer with our Girls on the Run this Spring!


Overdue Books

Thank you so much for your help with locating overdue / missing books for our school library.  Students received their first end of the trimester overdue notice last Friday, their second notice on Tuesday, and they will receive their final notice with their report card tomorrow.  Any books not returned within a week of the final notice will be billed through FACTS.

Volunteer Opportunity

Are you in need of volunteer hours? The office is looking for Milk Volunteers. Hours are 11am-1pm Monday through Friday. We have Mondays covered and are looking for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday help. Please contact the office, if interested. 206-937-7255 or This shift is a commitment through 2nd trimester.

Submit Champion of HRS Nominations

We are currently taking nominations for the 20/21 ‘Champion of Holy Rosary School’ award.   Do you know someone whose support of our school is above and beyond?  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 January 10th (  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. 

Financial Aid Applications For 2020-21

Financial aid applications for Fulcrum and school aid (one application form) are available online here. Please submit your applications by January 6th. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at with any questions.

Support HRS Students with GatorAid Today!

Did you know that HRS has a community chest to support students and their families?  This chest is funded by families, for families.  GatorAid is used to support students who need financial support to participate in fun school activities like SunDance and Chess Club or even yearbook orders or pizza lunch requests.  Support GatorAid today by clicking here.  You can also request GatorAid or make a request on behalf of another HRS Family.  Learn more about GatorAid! 




ALL family donation commitments are DUE TOMORROW DECEMBER 13TH.  All those who enter their donation by tomorrow’s deadline will be entered to win a Pharmaca gift basket and bottle of wine.

Auction family donations are due by December 13th.  Remember all families are required to contribute a minimum of $175 to the auction. Already know your donation, then please enter through the links below. Your tangible donation does not need to be brought to school until January.

Make your CASH DONATION here.

Make your ITEM DONATION here.

Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

The Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch is January 29. This is a special day for our students to share HRS 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 an email invitation to Grandparents/Special Friends, then you must by December 16th.   Sign up for digital invitation here. By completing this form you are NOT RSVPing for your family/special friend, only requesting an invitation be sent to them.  Invitations will be emailed after Christmas.


School Commission has decided to halt the SCRIP program due to slow sales.  We will no longer be using the Shop With Scrip/PrestoPay web site.  The school office still has Metropolitan Market cards, so if you’d like to purchase some for the holidays please bring a check to the office. SCRIP cards may NOT go home with students.

Tree Lot

The TREE LOT is a fun way to get your fundraising hours in as well as meet members of the community. TREE LOT closes December 21 or when trees run out. Biggest need for volunteers are weekends and tear down on Sunday, December 22. Sign up to volunteer here.

Precept Wine

If you ordered Precept Wine, pick up tonight between 4:30-6:30 at the Szalay residence, 5608 SW Charleston St.


SunDance Presents The Velveteen Rabbit

SunDance presents The Velveteen Rabbit on Monday, December 16th at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.  We appreciate all of our volunteers and want to extend the Sign-Ups to the entire Holy Rosary Community.  These count as General Volunteer Hours. 

Big Show Volunteers:

Dancer Group Helpers:      

Winter/Spring SunDance Registration

Registration for the 2nd session of SunDance for the Winter/Spring will be Friday, December 20th at 10am.  Information on class times and costs can be found on the SunDance page.     


Children to Hand Out Candy Canes at Christmas Masses

We are looking for Children/Families to hand out Candy Canes at the end of our Christmas Masses on December 24 (5:00pm, 8:00pm and 11:00pm) and at Christmas Day Mass at 9:00am. This is a very easy and fun way for children to help at Christmas.  Questions, please email Deyette at Sign up here.

Holy Rosary Parish Nursery

Holy Rosary Parish Nursery Open for Christmas Eve 5:00pm Mass as well as all Sundays in December (8:30am and 10:30am Masses)
Our regular Parish Nursery will be open for children age 1 and walking up to Kindergarten at our Christmas Eve 5:00pm Mass. Nursery is located in the Parish Center basement and we use one of the Preschool rooms. Ring the doorbell at the door facing Genesee St.  We will also be open all Sundays in December at our 8:30am and 10:30am Masses. We always have two childcare givers who are background checked and CPR/1st Aid certified. For questions regarding the Nursery, please email Deyette at

CYO Summer Camp Registration is Open Now

Give the gift of fun experiences and lifetime memories.  CYO Summer camp registration is open!

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:
Monday Night Rosary-Join us for our Monday Night Rosary in the Chapel, 6:30-7:00pm on December 9 and 16.  Praying the Rosary is  great way to grow closer to Jesus and release some stress!
Inquiry – Do family or friends ask you about Christianity or your Catholic faith at this time of year? Invite them to Inquiry: an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is also the starting point for anyone interested in becoming Catholic. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 10. Our topic will be

“Where did Christmas come from?”

Bible Study – We will be starting a new study in the new year! If you are interested in Bible Study, please sign up on our website:
For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

New Women with Purpose Session starting in January
The Story of Ruth

All women are invited to join our next Women with Purpose session as we read a scripture study on the Story of Ruth. The session is 6 weeks long and starts the second week of January.  We have two sessions available, Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm or Friday mornings at 9:15am (childcare provided).  Please see attached flyer for more information.
Learn More about Women with Purpose at
Register online at
Questions or need a book, email

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. John of the Cross (or Juan de la Cruz). St. John was a Carmelite friar and priest in Spain who, inspired by St. Teresa of Avila, worked to focus his brother Carmelites on prayer and penance. Together with St. Teresa, he found the Discalced branch of the Carmelites in 1581. His poetry and essays describe the journey of the soul to its home in God, and is recognized as some of the most beautiful Spanish poetry. Can we set aside some time each day, maybe fifteen minutes, to read the Bible or to sit in silence with God? We celebrated St. John’s feast on December 14.


Teddy Bear Toss with the Tacoma Stars

On Sunday December 15th, the Tacoma Stars will host our second annual Teddy Bear Toss. This event will benefit Toys-For-Tots and is both fun and amazing. When the Stars score their first goal, fans in attendance will be ENCOURAGED to throw their new or slightly loved teddy bear on to the field. The bears will be collected and given to Toys-For-Tots so they can provide them to children in our area in time for the Holiday season. This season, we are making it even easier on you. We will provide the bear. For $18.00 you get a reserved ticket and a bear. If you have a bear (or 5) and want to bring your own, that’s cool too – the ticket is only $12.00. To get this special ticket price, simply click here: You will receive the tickets via email, and you can pick up the bears at Stars fan information (located next to the merchandise stand, just in case you want to purchase more bears) when you arrive at the game. In addition to this important cause, Jermaine Jones and the Ontario Fury will be in town to take us on. This should be a great match up, and we are excited to get back on the field in front of our home fans. To join us for this Sunday afternoon affair, click here for tickets. So, gather your friends and some bears, and join us on December 15th for Teddy Bear Toss!

Winter Camps At Bishop Blanchet High School

Calling all hoopsters and dancers! On Saturday, December 21, Bishop Blanchet High School will host basketball clinics for boys and girls in grades 5-8 and a dance clinic for anyone in grades K-8. All participants will have the opportunity to perform at halftime of a BBHS girls varsity basketball game. Please click here or visit for more information and to register. Thank you for sharing this within your communities!

Winter Baseball Camps

US Baseball Academy’s Spring Training is a unique concept that provides young players an opportunity to take their game to the next level. USBA camps are designed to develop skills in all facets of the game with an emphasis on teaching proper fundamentals and techniques. Sessions are available in hitting, pitching, fielding and catching. Call us at 866-622-4487 or visit

Hosted by: Seattle University

Week 1: January 18th-19th

Week 2: January 25th-26th

Lands End Scholarship

2019/2020 Lands End Scholarship application information can be found here.  The application is due December 13, 2019.  Scholarship application is for grades 6-12.