Family Communication 12-14-17


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this message finds you well and that you’re enjoying a prayerful Advent season. The time leading up to Christmas is busy, and the holidays can be times of great joy! But they can also be times of great stress, hardship, and sadness. We may know individuals in our own families, neighborhood, or community that experience hardship or sadness this time of year (or perhaps even ourselves), so it’s important to also see this time as a time to care for ourselves and for each other.

Long breaks from school that cause a break in the normal routine can also be times where kids may be exposed to or tempted by at-risk behaviors. Breaks like this can also be a good opportunity to talk with our children about good communication, values regarding risky behaviors, and staying safe if they find themselves in a difficult situation. Because of this, I thought this would be a good time to share some resources both on talking with kids about risky behaviors, accessing resources, and self-care during the holiday season.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Get Smart About Drugs

Underage Drinking Prevention

Pathway To Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Take your loved one seriously:  Some people feel that kids who say they are going to hurt or kill themselves are “just doing it for attention.” But if your child, friend, or family member confides thoughts of suicide, believe them and get help.

Listen with empathy and provide support: A fight or breakup might not seem like a big deal, but for a young person it can feel immense. Sympathize and listen. Minimizing what your child or friend is going through can increase his or her sense of hopelessness.

Don’t keep suicide a secret:  If your friend is considering suicide, don’t promise to keep it a secret. Tell him or her you can help, but you need to involve other people, like a trusted adult. Neither of you have to face this alone
. Learn the warning signs: Friends sometimes let friends know if they are thinking about suicide or dying. Other times, changes in behavior may show that someone is struggling.

Self-Care During the Holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult and stressful time for many. That’s why it’s so important to stop and listen to your own needs, too. Here are some self-care ideas for December and beyond.

  • Take a walk outside
  • Write about something you are grateful for in your life (it can be a person, place, or thing)
  • Treat yourself to a favorite snack
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Forgive someone
  • Forgive yourself
  • Say thank you to someone who has helped you recently
  • Reach out to your support system
  • Cuddle with your pets or a friend’s pet
  • Take the time to stop, stand and stretch for 2 minutes
  • Take a 5-minute break in your day
  • Compliment someone (and yourself, too!)
  • Give yourself permission to say no
  • De-clutter your mind: write down 5 things that are bothering you, and then literally throw them away

May the peace of Christ be with you all this Advent season!


Father Oakland’s Message

These last days of Advent are always busy, with school projects wrapping up before the break, special concerts and programs and performances, preparations for Christmas, and then all the usual events and activities of life. In the midst of it all – don’t forget the motto of Advent:  Prepare the way of the Lord. Jesus is coming, and is almost here – and that is the most important part of our preparations. I know that some of you will be travelling for the Holy Days, but I look forward to celebrating with many of you the birth of Jesus Christ into the world – our Savior and Redeemer! On December 24, Masses will be at 5 p.m., 8 p.m., and 11 p.m. On Christmas morning, Mass is at 9. May the joy and peace and love of God, who will soon draw near to us in Bethlehem, be yours this Christmas and always.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland

Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following junior high students who made the first trimester Honor Roll.

Seventh Grade High Honors – A’s & A+’s

Gabby B.

Jeffrey G.

Sophia K.

Mackenzie M.

Seventh Grade Honors – A’s & A-‘s 

P.J. B.

Alex B.

Jack C.

Jack C.

Olivia D.

Gabriel K.

Julia K.

Ben R.

Ella S.

Hanna U.

Jimmy Z.

Eighth Grade High Honors – A’s & A+’s

Jacqueline C.

Ryan C.

Jack K.

Molly M.

Michael N.

Ainsley P.

Ava P.

Dylan S.

Daniel S.

Kate S.

Riley W.

Eighth Grade Honors – A’s & A+’s

Avery B.

Peyton B.

Violet F.

Emma H.

Andrew K.

Rosalyn K.

Luisa S.

Jonathan S.

Payten S.

Jack V.

Jayce W.

Karina Z.

Christmas Program

Christmas program news! Our annual Christmas program, Lessons and Carols, happens Thursday, December 14 in the church, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the school band performance. Following the band, each class will perform. Doors will open beginning at 5:30. Please see that your child reports to their classroom no later than 6 – please note:  supervision in the classrooms will not begin until 6. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – (no jeans, etc. – please consult the handbook for general guidelines).

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. This is a graded performance with required attendance for both band and music classes. If for some reason your student is unable to attend, or for any questions, please contact Ms. Mudge at or the office. Finally, since this format is that of a prayer service, we ask that you stay to the very end where you will await a special finale song! Thank you and blessings to you and yours for a very Happy Advent!


The Holy Rosary School Band (grades 6-8) will be performing in the Christmas Program on December 14 at 6:30 p.m. Band members are asked to arrive at 6. This is a graded concert and attendance is required. We look forward to sharing the music of this special season with all of you!

Red And Green Day

Free dress on Tuesday, December 19 in festive holiday red and green gear!


  • December 14 – Christmas Program (begins at 6:30)
  • December 19 – January 1 – Christmas Break (begins at noon dismissal)
  • January 12 – Noon Dismissal Magazine Drive reward
  • January 15 – Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday (no school)
  • January 28 – Start of Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • January 31 – Grandparent’s Day
  • February 9 – Kindergarten Testing (no school for Kindergarten)
  • February 24 – Crab Feed Dinner


Accepting Financial Aid Applications

Applying for a Fulcrum Foundation tuition grant and Holy Rosary financial aid for the 2018-19 school year is open and available through FACTS. Click here to sign-in/or create an account to begin the application. Applying for Fulcrum aid and HRS aid uses the same FACTS application, please check Fulcrum to be considered for Fulcrum Foundation aid. Please complete your application before December 15. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at


Need Stocking Stuffers for Christmas?

Holy Rosary School water bottles and Strideline socks are for sale, pictures and order information available here.

Development Directives

THE GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS’ LUNCH – Today is the last day to submit names/addresses for the Grandparents/Special Friends lunch. Invitations will be prepped and mailed over break. If you haven’t done so already, please complete this form with guest names and addresses. Save the date for January 31!

AUCTION – Time to revisit your childhood closet and pull that prom dress out! We are going retro 80’s. All auction details may be found here. A reminder that each family is responsible for procuring an auction item valued at $175 or making a cash donation of $175 to Holy Rosary School. If you choose to donate cash, then the auction committee will combine funds to purchase unique items and experiences. We are kicking off auction procurement in case you want to shop the post-Christmas sales. Additional information will be sent home the first week in January. Deadline is January 31 to enter your donation.

Are you creative? Love the 80s? The Auction committee is in need of a DECORATIONS chair. Come join our totally awesome group! Contact Beth Martin if interested.

AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL – Don’t forget to shop using the Amazon links on the homepage. You must use these links, not the mobile app, for money to be donated back to our school! The classroom with the highest totals win weekly prizes and the overall highest classroom will enjoy a pajama and pizza party in January. Shop NOW until Christmas Day!

TREE LOT – A big shout out to all of you that purchased a tree, wreath or garland at the tree lot. If you haven’t purchased a tree yet, the lot will be open through noon on Sunday, December 17. We beat last year’s numbers!!! Thank you to the Tree Lot volunteers, especially those that stepped up into lead roles. A special thanks to co-chairs Tony Colagrassi and Adrian Lyons, as well as committee members:  Sandy Brown, Anthony Chavez, Jeff Meagher, and Katy Samiljan for pulling together this fundraising event!

Campbell’s Labels For Education
The Campbell’s Labels for Education program will be ending this year. If you have any label to turn in please send them to the office by tomorrow!. We will still be collecting Thriftway receipts and Box Tops.


Coding With Kids

Coding With Kids winter registration is live. Registration and class information is here.

Discovering Chess

Due to such popular demand we are going to have to close the after-school chess class to new members until further notice. Numbers usually fluctuate as the year goes on and I anticipate being able to open the class again. I will post any changes in the eFC. Thanks for understanding, Mr. Ritscher

Ski Bus Volunteers Needed

Ski Bus volunteers needed!!! Free ride to the mountain! Commit to one, two, or all eight trips up to the ski resort. Your ride will be paid for in exchange for making sure everyone who gets off the bus at the mountain, gets back on the bus at the mountain, (or has been signed out by a parent/guardian). Every Saturday starting January 6, 2018. Bus goes to Summit Central. Please see a recap below for details of the program.

Please contact Lisa Quinn – – as soon as possible for dates and more Information. Thanks!

CYO Holy Rosary Ski Bus (through Mohan Ski School)

Holy Rosary School ski bus is here! Departing Saturday mornings at approximately 7:15 from Holy Rosary and returning in the late afternoon/early evening. We need a minimum of 30 skiers registered to commit. We are working with a local ski outfitter to organize equipment rentals.

  • Kindergarteners through fifth graders must have a chaperone (one parent to three kids maximum). That parent is responsible for their skiers, their equipment, and their lunches.
  • Sixth graders can ride the bus without a parent chaperone, but without a designated chaperone, they must take a lesson at the mountain and be able to carry and manage their equipment and dinner.
  • Seventh and eighth graders can ride the bus without a parent chaperone and do not need to take a lesson.
  • Some parent organizing suggestions – Buy one bus ticket between three parents and trade off weeks. Carpool with other parents, and meet the bus at the mountain.

Click here to register. Thank you!


Rosary Makers

Want to learn how to make a rosary? Already an expert, but want to make rosaries for the missions? Come learn to make rosaries every first Saturday in the Parish Center. We’ll make corded rosaries for the missions, and all materials will be provided. Our next session will be January 6, after the morning Mass (about 9:15)!

Sunday School For Grown Ups

Discover your faith at a level suited to adults! Sunday School for Grown-ups meets on the first and third Sundays of the month between the morning Masses (roughly 9:30-10:30 a.m.). Upcoming sessions include:

  • December 17 – Advent: Celebrating Christ’s First and Second Coming with Robert King
  • January 7 – Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist with Darlene Chan
  • January 21 – Voices for Life: What the Church Teaches on Life and Why with Karen Robel


After School Art Workshop Awesomeness at Seattle Lutheran High School

Ms. Reuter is super excited for our next Art Workshop session (B3), which will begin on Thursday, January 4 and run for six consecutive weeks. We’re going to be making ceramic birds with melted glass, finger paint masterpieces, magical miniature altoid tin scenes, tinfoil sculpture, monochromatic collages and more! For more information visit my website – Rainbow Parrot Art. Please note that this is not a Holy Rosary School program.

Community Meal At Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Please help feed 150 of your neighbors in need. Holy Rosary is hosting the community meal at OLG on Sunday, December 17. We need help with serving and clean up. You can also donate a dessert.

Please check out this link to SignUpGenius and find something that works for your schedule. It is a great opportunity for kids to volunteer with an adult and adults can get general volunteer hours!

Watts Basketball Camps

As you are aware, basketball season is right around the corner and there is probably still a lot to do to prepare. Watts basketball is big on helping players gain the confidence and life skills it takes to be the best player they can be. We are excited to help you and your players prepare for the season by hosting confidence and skill building camps and clinics in your community on days off from school!

Holiday Hoop Camp