Family Communication 12/16/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
As we move through this third week in Advent, and into this Christmas season, I hope that the peace of Christ fills your homes and that this Christmas time brings with it joy and love.  This year, when there is much suffering in our world around us, I think we are in need of the Incarnate Jesus more than ever.  I share with you this short reflection on the quiet invitation that is the newborn Christ at Christmas.
We remain beyond grateful for you, our school families, and for all you do each and every day.   
You remain in our hearts and our prayers and I do hope this break is filled with much fun and rest. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
In Christ,


Next week we celebrate the joyous birth of Jesus Christ into the world, the dawning of our salvation.  There is truly nothing sweeter – God with us!  If you are in town, we look forward to having you join us for Christmas Mass:
December 24th at 4PM, 6:30PM or 11PM
December 25th at 9AM
We have a distanced seating section on a first come, first served basis, and everyone will be asked to wear a mask – the same practices we have in place for every Sunday.  If you are traveling, be sure and contact the church nearest to you and visit if you need help finding one.
December 26th is the Feast of the Holy Family.  Masses will be at 8:30AM an 10:30AM.  As we look forward to the joys of Heaven, we begin here and now – with our family, in God’s presence, with our wider family of faith, each and every Sunday.  Family is so important.  It is the place where we grow in God’s love and share that love with one another.  It is the place where we become better people – we become holy.  Sunday Mass is key.  So too is family prayer.  Even family meals – time together.  Maybe even invite your parish priest over – I always enjoy visiting with families.  And I’m always up for a game, as well, as its important to have some fun.  The house can be a bit crazy sometimes – there is beauty in that, even.  But let us be sure that we are always on our way to Heaven, together, putting God first and love of Him and our neighbor.
I hope you have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate Heaven come to us.
In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland


I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I wish you many blessings during this Holiday season. 
In this week’s Counselor’s Corner, I included more information and strategies for helping manage and deal with conflict. All students are learning how to problem solve solutions when issues arise with friends and family.  It is so important to talk about feelings and brainstorm a variety of ways that we could solve future problems. Keep Reading


  • December 17th – Noon Dismissal
  • December 20th-31st – Christmas Break
  • January 3rd – School Resumes
  • January 12th – Parents Club Meeting
  • January 17th – Martin Luther King Jr Day – No School


December Spirit Days!

As we move through this fun and festive time of the year, we are planning three schoolwide spirit days!  Mark your calendars and bring your festive spirit out for the following free dress spirit days:

  • Friday December 17th: Christmas Colors Day- don those Christmas colors!
Honor Roll Students

High Honors (A’s & A +’s)

Grade 8: Maddy A, Joseph B, Grant B, Vincent B, Felix C, Nora C, Cameron F, Lizzy G, Franca I, Enzo K, Elsa M, Kaitlin M, Luke P, Saeyoung S, Ella Y

Grade 7: Gavin F, Drew H, Lucy M, Parker R, Ella S

Honors (A’s & A-‘s)

Grade 8: Owen B, Nick B, AJ C, Tanner G, Paula O, Ian R, Francesca R, Siobahn, S, Melia W, Natalie Y

Grade 7: Bruce C, Colin D, Isabelle F, Blakely K, Grace M, Avery Q, Alex S, Claire T, Carter Y

Save the Date- Parents Club-January 12th!

Parents Club will host a virtual meeting the evening of January 12th.  Principal Anna Horton will present an update on the year, our current work to update our school Strategic Plan, and short/long term financial planning as we plan to re-enroll students in January.  Counselor Lauren Samson will also provide more wellness tips relevant to supporting your family during these winter months and Advancement Director Beth Martin will update you on our fundraising efforts.  We hope to see you there!  RSVP will be in early January.  Don’t forget- you can get one volunteer hour for attending!

Service Academy & ROTC Informational Forum

My name is Kristin Moore, Director of Enrollment and Marketing for the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. We are hosting a free virtual event for our parish and school families interested in learning more about the five United States Service Academies and/or ROTC programming.
We will have Catholic school alumni from each of the Academies and ROTC programs with us to share experiences and wisdom they have learned along the way.
As the mother of a son at the Naval Academy (’24), I remember clearly how daunting the application process was and how important it was to position yourself well. It would have been so amazing to have an opportunity to ask questions and hear all about life in one of these programs. My hope is that this evening is informational and inspiring for the families who join us. 
The plan is to have a short program (prayer & welcome) as a whole group, and then participants are invited to join breakout rooms where they will interact with the young men and women who represent the different programs. They will introduce themselves, share their story, and then open the floor for questions.
The date is Tuesday, December 21st from 7-8 pm on ZOOM.
Click HERE to register for the event. Click HERE to see our flier.

Livestream Mass Information

Our school Masses and Liturgies are live streamed so that families and parishioners can participate from home and so students not able to attend in person may participate from within the school building.  It is possible, due to the nature of the livestream, that student images may be present momentarily in the livestream.   The live stream of the Mass ends before students receive Holy Communion.  Questions regarding this, please contact Anna Horton.


Holiday Travel???

Email the office and let them know if your child will be absent. Submit their vaccination card to avoid quarantine restrictions, but remember it takes 2 weeks after their final shot to be fully vaccinated. Have a restful Christmas break.

Help During The Holidays!

Lucy M, Leighton W and Annabelle B are doing a book drive for the South Sound Reading Foundation. We are donating new or used children books for kids who can’t get books. To participate in the book drive all you need to do is bring in a new or gently used children’s book and drop it off in the donation boxes by the front office. Please help us raise books for children who can’t get access to books this Christmas!

Used Navy & Gray Sweatshirts

Used navy and heather gray eighth grade sweatshirts needed for this year’s (and future year’s) auction quilt.  I’ve got a design plan in mind, but need more navy (could be the gator sweatshirts) and gray (8th grade) shirts to make it happen.  If you clean out your closet this Christmas break, please send them into school and I’ll pick them up in the office.  Thank you, Denise Davis

Enjoy Some Holiday Cheer & Help Me Help The West Seattle Community!

Hi I’m 8th grader Izzy B and for one of my 8th grade community projects I am hosting a food drive to support the West Seattle food bank. Last year I collected over 700 lbs of food and this year my goal is 1000lbs. While you’re here enjoy our family Holiday light display between 2:30-11pm. Located between Stevens and Lander on 45th (just 2 blocks behind PCC)


January Is National Blood Donor Month

To create awareness and to help ensure an ample blood supply post-holidays for our community, Holy Rosary School is running a two week blood donation campaign with Bloodworks Northwest.
About the campaign: Give blood by visiting any Bloodworks Northwest Donor Center (fixed site) or Pop-up Donor Center (temporary site) that is conveniently located near you between Mon Jan 3 and Mon Jan 17 and upon arrival, check in (register) to give blood under donor code HRS.  We ask you to provide this code so the blood center can track our impact!  (Or mention to the registrar you are donating on behalf of Holy Rosary School).  Help us reach a goal of finding 30 folks to attend over the two-week time frame!  
To ensure social distancing, appointments are required. Please search for a blood donation location and make your appointment anywhere from Jan 3 – 17 HERE
If a West Seattle pop-up suits you best, please save your spot HERE
For help booking an appointment e-mail or call 1-800-398-7888.   For info on eligibility, donor incentives, the safety of donating blood during the pandemic, please visit


HRS Social Media

Calling all HRS familes! We want to put a spotlight on all the amazing things going on in our community. Did your kid accomplish something awesome? Do you have some cool pictures from extracurricular activities? Updates from HRS alumni? Or anything else fun to share that is HRS related? Please send it to us at so we can feature you on our social media channels! Visit for more info about submissions. Children need to be masked and following COVID protocols per the Archdiocese.

Volunteer/Parent Vaccination Information

Per Governor Jay Inslee’s directive, all volunteers working in proximity to students must be vaccinated. In accordance with this, please fill out the attached form and include a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination card. If we do not receive a vaccination card from you, you will not be able to participate as a volunteer where students are present. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler.

Student Vaccination Information (K-8th grade)

On the recommendation of Public Health, and in order to support us in making decisions regarding programming, we are seeking information on the percentage of eligible students (K-8) who are vaccinated. Individual student information will be kept confidential. The aggregate data will help us with programming decisions and mitigation efforts.
Please fill out the attached survey. If we do not receive a response from you, your child will be counted in the category of unvaccinated. Decisions around our programming and activities will be based on the percentages of vaccinated students. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler.


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Thank you for all you have done to support HRS thin 2021!

Tree Lot

Last Saturday for the Tree Lot, thank you to all the volunteers for a record-breaking year! We expect to surpass $150,000! A special shout out to the Tree Lot committee members who have all taken on extra duties to make this a great year.  THANK YOU TO CO-CHAIRS: Anthony Chavez & Jeff Meagher as well as COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Sandy Brown, Tony Colagrossi, Stephanie Doull, John Otey & Ken Tews.

Wine For Christmas

HRS and OK Somm, previously Precept Wine, have partnered together for the past 6 years to deliver cases at a discounted rate. It has been a win-win for both organizations.  OK Somm is once again offering wine by the case or bottle, but with easier ordering and delivery options.

Here are 4 reasons to purchase wine through this link.

  1. 10% back to HRS
  2. $10 for quantities under 12 bottles
  3. 30% off retail
  4. It tastes GREAT!

Two Notes:

  1. Use referral code: HOLYROSARY (all caps, no spaces)
  2. Today is the last day to order for Christmas delivery, code is good through December 20th.

View the step-by-step ordering process here.

Please pass this along to friends and family.  The more that is purchased, the higher donation we receive.

Year-End Donation

If you haven’t made your ANNUAL FUND donation yet, then a year-end gift is the perfect way to fulfill that goal. Donate here!

Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

Another year without the Grandparents & Special Friends in-person lunch. We are working on developing an alternative experience for our Grandparents & Special Friends, stay tuned!

Shug’s Show Stopping Baked Alaska

This delicious dessert will be the perfect centerpiece for your table this holiday season! Shug’s Baked Alaska includes layered Candy Cane Ice Cream, Classic Chocolate Ice Cream, Peppermint Candy, and Vanilla Soaked Chocolate Cake encased in a decorative Meringue. Take this dessert home, place in the oven for a couple of minutes, enjoy immediately, and watch the magic unfold! Beautiful crunchy warm meringue and cold ice cream make this unique dessert one your family and friends will not forget.
Start a new tradition this year, and try an American Classic, The Baked Alaska.
Serves 8-10
$55 and 10% goes back to Holy Rosary
Pre-order Here
for pick up in West Seattle December 18-21st * 1-4pm 3800 California Ave SW on corner of Charlestown

Good Society Monthly Night Out

Next Tuesday is our first HRS night t Good Society! Grab a pint and a bite at The Good Society every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 25% above nightly net back to HRS. Social time, great beer and fundraising for HRS…it’s a WIN-WIN!


Financial Aid 2022/2023
Applications for tuition assistance for the September 2022-June 2023 school year closes soon.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 7, 2021.  Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.  Questions, please contact

Last call for applications. We will be reviewing applications this month, so tell friends and family to get those in.

Champion Of HRS Award

We are currently taking nominations for the 2021 Champion of Holy Rosary School award. This can be an alum, teacher, or a parent in our community. 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 (name here) by January 8th ( 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. 


CYO Basketball

We are excited to announce that CYO basketball will begin in January* (see below)! Given the guidance from Washington State Department of Health, availability of our facilities and staffing resources, the CYO program will only be available for 6th – 12th graders. Below is the guidance for the 2022 CYO Basketball season:

  • All players/coaches will wear masks during practices and games.
  • In addition to the CYO Athletic Director, each program must have a healthcare coordinator to help teams comply with the health and safety guidance.
  • The healthcare coordinator must attend a CYO online training.
  • The healthcare coordinator must coordinate with all coaches to check the vaccination status of everyone involved:
    • All coaches, refs and volunteer parents MUST be vaccinated – your vaccination card must be on file with the school.
    • All student athletes must share vaccination status and proper documentation must be verified for vaccinated athletes
  • Per DOH guidance, unvaccinated students must be tested twice weekly, 
    • Unvaccinated student athletes must complete the test in a lab or testing facility and submit  results each time to the healthcare point person and/or coach 
    • Each program must track ongoing testing on a matrix to be sent monthly to CYO Director.
  • Once the healthcare coordinator is trained and all students have shared vaccination status or have a testing protocol in place, then basketball practices may begin.
  • Spectators must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. They will be seated in “family units” and those groups will be spaced 6 feet apart.
    • Each game must have a designated person assigned to ensure distancing and safety
    • Many gyms may not be able to hold all the fans who wish to support their student athlete.

Game dates: Jan 8/ 9, 15/16, 22/23 and 29/30 ;  Feb 5/6, 12/13


Traffic Patrol

We are looking for parent/guardians to do traffic patrol duty this year for volunteer hours. You would need to be fully vaccinated, and available to arrive on time and stay until your duty is complete. This would be a trimester obligation.
Start Date:
March 21st – June 10th
2:45-3:15pm   1:45-2:15pm (Wednesdays)   11:55-12:20pm (1/2 days)
You could choose to do one day per week, AM or PM, or both AM & PM on the same day if you wish. Please contact Maggie Judd if you are interested.


Spread Some Christmas Cheer

Hand Out Candy Canes at Christmas Masses. We are needing extra help from children, teens and families with the Christmas Masses to hand out Candy Canes after each Mass. Go to this Signup Genius to Hand Out Candy Canes Christmas Masses: 2021 Hand Out Candy Canes at Christmas Masses (

Did you know that the Candy Cane was made to symbolize the true meaning of Christmas…Jesus.  The Candy Cane is shaped like a “J” for Jesus.  The white stripes represent Jesus’s pureness and the red stripes represent Jesus’s sacrifice to save us. For questions, please email Deyette at

Important Update For Youth Confirmation Program!  

​The 2021-2022 Youth Confirmation Program is rescheduled to start during the Spring Semester. We will kick-off the program in January 2022 and conclude the program in May 2022 with the Confirmation Liturgy. For important updates, continue to visit our website at:

Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children 7-18 years of age who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If you or your children are interested to know more about RCIA, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (

Sacramental 2 Preparation (First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion) 

Holy Rosary parish follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding children’s preparation to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Registration is already open online: 2021-2022 Sacramental 2 (
If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental 1 of our Faith Formation program and are regularly attending the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these sacraments or for more information about First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation, please contact Sr. Stella at

Adult Volunteer Team 

Do you have a heart for young people? Do you recognize how much our young people need God’s love and presence? Then God might be calling you to join our adult volunteer team. Volunteer responsibilities can include leading confirmation small groups, assisting with office work, or helping with hospitality at youth confirmation events! 
Contact Bridget Bicek at to learn more about volunteering with the Confirmation Program.


Tutoring & Nanny Services During Christmas Break

Dear Holy Rosary Parents, my name is Grace Witsoe and I am an alumni of Holy Rosary.  I am currently in my junior year at Washington State University in the Elementary Education Program.  I am looking for work over the Christmas Holiday (December 18- December 31).  I am available to either nanny or tutor students of HRS or a combination of both.  I don’t mind working for multiple families or just one consistently over those two weeks.  I have a resume if you are interested and also referrals from Holy Rosary.  You can contact me via text at 206-696-0995.  Thank you for considering me to help over the holiday with your children.

Hi-Liners Musical Theatre

Two of HOLY ROSARY’s 8th grade Students are performing. Come and Support Aria Kim and Enzo Kennedy in Hi-Liners Musical Theater Performance of:
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Jock Troy and Brainiac Gabriella want to audition for the school musical, but will the cliques of East High convince them to stick to the status quo, or will they learn to break free?

Performance Schedule (@Glendale Lutheran School in Burien)

Saturday, January 1, 7:00pm
Sunday, January 2, 3:00pm
Friday, January 7, 7:00pm 
Saturday, January 8, 7:00pm
Sunday, January 9, 3:00pm
Purchase Tickets Here
Visit our website. Sign up for classes here.

Rainbow Parrot Art Classes for HRS students – Online art enrichment program

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Free/donation based class

Junction Hot Yoga

Hi Neighbors! We are NOW OPEN and would love the opportunity to welcome you in.
We hope you find our Grand Opening Special irresistible.
Proof of vaccination is required at JHY. Pre-registration is highly recommended.
Learn more at or through Mind Body
4747 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Kids Salsa With Balorico Dance

Salsa for ages 7-12. Develop an appreciation for Latin music. Please arrive by 4:15pm with your child to complete the health screening and in-person registration form. Dancing begins at 4:30pm. No late admissions. Masks required of child and their caregiver at all times inside the studio. Sneakers recommended or dress shoes that secure the ankle. Viva Art Studio in West Seattle.

Tram’s Salon (Profession Hair Care & Nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

Counseling For Children, Adults & Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.Thank you,James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)