Family Communication 12/17/20


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy third week in Advent!  We are filled with JOY this week, as we move closer and closer towards the Incarnation of Christ on Christmas day.  I think we can all safely say that we need Him now, more than ever!
Yesterday, Governor Inslee released the revised Decision Making Tree and guidance for schools.  I am pleased to see that the new scientifically based guidance allows for increased flexibility for schools to reopen to in person instruction.   I encourage you to review the updated information.   I’m happy to say that we will begin to return students to campus for in person instruction beginning January 19th.  We are waiting until January 19th to give us a full two weeks past the end of the holiday break, important for us in case there are any manifestations of COVID-19 in our school community from activities that occur during the break.   We will release more details on our return planning the first week we are back in January, but we plan to begin with our youngest learners again and continue with the plans to return older students to campus following the younger students by grade level. We had great success when we returned students to campus for in person learning earlier in the year and I am confident in our health and safety measures and risk mitigation strategies moving forward.  More to come, but I am thrilled that we will be able to move forward with these next steps.  We will maintain a remote option for families who prefer this at this time.  
I wish you all a blessed, and safe Christmas and holiday break. Thank you for your continued hard work, partnership, and support!  I realize Christmas will likely be different for most of you this year. It will be for me as I won’t be able to spend Christmas day celebrating with my own extended family.  I know we are all striving to make the necessary sacrifices that will allow us to make the return to in person instruction  so on behalf of the entire Holy Rosary staff, please know you have our sincere gratitude!
May the peace of Christ fill you all this remainder of Advent and the blessings of His Incarnation bring great hope as we proceed into 2021.
In Christ, 
Anna Horton


Today marks the beginning of the end of the Advent season.  These days are famous for the O Antiphons, which highlight the titles of the Messiah who is almost here.  We are always in the midst of some transition – of some ending, and some beginning.  The question always becomes where are we heading?  Next week we will celebrate Christmas, and the arrival of Christ our Savior into the world – as a little babe.  May these final days of the Advent season find us, like the Magi and the Mary and Joseph, journeying to Bethlehem, that when He arrives we may worship and adore.  For most of the world, the day passed as any other.  But for those who encountered the Christ child, they received the gift of new life.  May you have a blessed Christmas, and experience anew the presence of God in your life as you draw near to Him.  May we all experience that peace and joy that He has come to bring to us and our world, as we are renewed in Jesus for whatever is to come.
If you would like to join us in person for Christmas Mass – please be sure and RSVP online as individuals must preregister to make sure we are within capacity.  Several of the Masses are already full.  We will also livestream the 4PM Vigil and 9AM Christmas morning Masses for those unable to join us in person.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland



  • December 18 – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break Begins
  • January 4th – School Resumes
  • January 8th-9th – Materials Pick Up
  • January 13th – Parents Club Meeting
  • January 18th – Martin Luther King Jr Day – No School


Congratulations To The Following Junior High Students

8th Grade High Honors (A+/A)

8th Grade Honors (A/A-)

Addison G

Aaron D

Zach H

Shelby H

Clara H

Maks K

Molly N

Adam K

Oscar O

Eva K

Reese P

Finn L

Liz R

Will M

Ollie R

Jonah P

Mia S

Catie S

Jordan Z

Jack S


Natalie T


Nick Y


Addison Z


7th Grade High Honors (A+/A)

7th Grade Honors (A/A-)

Joseph B

Vincent B

Grant B

Zooey C


Nora C

Felix C

Cameron F

Franca I

Paula O

Enzo K

Saeyoung S

Aria K

Melia W

Kaitlin M

Natalie Y

Luke P


Ian R

Virtual Choir Festival – Advent Concert

Join our Catholic High Schools as they celebrate the season, virtually tomorrow night! Catholic School Virtual Choir Festival – Advent Concert – My Catholic School


Please remember when sending absence and tardy announcements to the teacher to copy the office at  The office records the attendance and this will avoid us having to call you to find out the reason for the tardiness or absence.

Holy Rosary Is Hiring!

Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization
Pastoral Assistant for Communications and Technology 
Weekend Janitor-Custodian
Please visit our jobs page for full job description, job ad and application.  
For questions or further information please contact Jill Carr. 

Prayer “corner” Idea

Third Week of Advent
Did you know that each week of Advent has a “theme” or idea to think about?  The third week is about HOPE.    
Think about hope.  What is hope? It is like a spark of joy inside you that brightens the view of the world telling you that things are going to be ok and will get even better! This year especially, we are wary and even “burnt out” on all that has kept us housebound.  During Advent and Christmas preparations we feel like this season has demanded so much from us, and yet our faith asks us to pause, reflect, prepare. Why?  To make space for the birth of Christ in your hearts and our lives. This year we’ve canceled major events or travel and even been inspired to physically declutter by certain streamed home-edit shows.  Advent is kind of like the process of decluttering there is a process which includes the “edit”, “categorizing” and creating “zones”, but the part that brings joy is the “highlighted” area.  This third week of Advent focus on your “highlighted” area and the hope it brings to each day leading up to Christmas.  Even looking for the little bit of extra sunlight each day is a gift. It’s hope. 
“Lord, when I am overwhelmed by a difficult holiday season, help me to find hope in the little things and to appreciate the gifts you offer me, both big and small. To Ponder: Where do you find hope during the tough seasons?”  Barb Szyszkiewicz, O.F.S. The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. Ave Maria Press. 
Prayer Corner idea: “Highlighted” area – During the school year, your student has been using a little hand cross for daily class prayer, weekly all-school prayer, and school Mass.  Father Oakland has blessed this cross at the beginning of this school year.  During the upcoming school break if your student doesn’t keep the cross with them, may we suggest creating a prayer or reflection corner or a small area in your home as a place to keep the cross. When school resumes in January your student will know exactly where to find the cross. The “prayer corner” can be as simple or fancy as you like. It does not have to be a corner. It can be any surface – top of a side table, a shelf, a mantle, a desk corner, the back of your piano… just find something that works for your family.  You could also use this place to display the latest religious craft your children have made throughout this school year. Many blessings for the Christmas Season!
Keep an eye out in future efcs for prayer corner ideas.  Though we are currently not able to celebrate together as we have in the past, know that as a community we are joined together in our faith and through our hope and prayers, “for nothing will be impossible for God.” Luke 1:37

Subbing In Catholic Schools!

Have you ever considered subbing in our Catholic Schools?  Subbing can be a great way to work part time!  More information can be found here:


Submit Champion Of HRS Nominations

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 Jennifer Kokkonis 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.

Financial Aid

Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2021- June 2022 school year is now open.  Please complete your financial aid application by January 8, 2021. Information about financial aid and the link to the application can be found here.

Auction Projects

We are looking for Heart Auction Grade Art Project Leads for all grades except, K, 6th & 8th.  The art project leads will help create items that will be auctioned off as part of our online auction. We’re envisioning kid-crafted projects that can be made up of individual pieces that kids can create at home and then send back to school to be put together as one art piece. There are a number of cute ideas online to get you inspired and we’re here to help.  We’d love your help to make this year’s auction a success. If interested please reach out to Brittiony Borges  ( with questions and to sign up as a grade lead.

Bishop Blanchet Pinewood 

We have an exciting opportunity for your 6th – 8th grade students!  (Also accepting interested 5th graders) Bishop Blanchet High School is holding its first annual Pinewood Derby presented by their school’s Robotics Team.  If you are interested, please register  Parents will register their own child. For more information see the flier.

Support Those In Need, Collect Stamps

Please consider supporting The Sisters of the Holy Cross in Indiana.   They collect stamps – even cancelled ones – and use them to raise funds for their Ministry with the Poor.  If you would like to collect stamps to support this project please save them!  An end of the year drop off will be coordinated by 8th grader Shelby Hamilton and her family.  More information about the program can be found here:

Polar Bear Challenge

We would like your help by participating in the West Seattle Polar Bear Challenge. 

Here is the central idea of the Polar Bear Challenge: 

  • Create a fun activity for the West Seattle community – A Polar Bear Scavenger Hunt (much like the teddy bear one that took place earlier this year) 
  • Collect food for the West Seattle Food Bank at Polar Bear Locations (there will be bins placed at some locations to collect canned goods) 
  • Build awareness about “supporting local” and drive business into local stores & restaurants for take out  

For more details, please take a look at our webpage- Polar Bear Challenge – we will be officially launching on December 1.
Ways you can help: 

  • Place a polar bear in your window so it is visible from the street, or you can be extra and place one in your yard! 
  • Follow us on instagram @polarbearchallenge 
  • Take a picture with your polar bear and put it on your story along with our tag!!! 
  • Reach out to your friends and local businesses you know that would like to take part in this challenge.
  • If you have a polar bear, and or a donation box for the Food Bank, send us your address so we can add it to the map. (don’t worry, your address will not be leaked or provided, we are doing it by latitude and longitude)
  • Want to help in other ways? We will need people to pick up and take food to the food bank, update the map if we get a lot of participants, deliver bears to businesses and more.

Go Polar Bears! 
-Catie S. , Mia S., Reese H., and Clara H. (8th Graders)


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.

Request Library Books

Are you looking for some new books to read?  Holy Rosary will be operating a remote check out system for our library to get books into the hands of our students as soon as possible.  To check out books please go to the Library page.



Tree Lot
So many tree sales!  It was the perfect pandemic fundraiser and gave a sense of normalcy to this time. A big shout out to all of you that purchased a tree, wreath or garland and helped us exceed our fundraising goal! Thank you to the Tree Lot volunteers, especially those that stepped up into lead roles. A special thanks to co-chairs Tony Colagrossi and Adrian Lyons, as well as committee members: Stephanie Doull, Jeff Meagher and Ken Tews! Our chairs are stepping down after a great run, thank you for all your hard work and dedication Tony & Adrian!
Thank you for fulfilling your action commitment.  A lot of fabulous items were donated!  Thank you for supporting local businesses. Remember that all items should be dropped off on the next work pick up day in January. 
Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch
As you may have guessed the Grandparents & Special Friends in-person lunch has been cancelled. We are working on developing an alternative experience for our Grandparents & Special Friends, stay tuned!
Precept Wine
HRS and Precept Wine have partnered together for the past 5 years to deliver cases at a discounted rate. It has been a win-win for both organizations.  Precept Wine is once again offering wine by the case, but with easier ordering and delivery options…one positive of COVID. If none of the options work for you, then please reach out to Kendall Danzer and she will assemble a case perfect for you to receive or gift.   Here are 4 reasons to purchase wine through this link.

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

Two Notes:
You must sign up to receive the discounted pricing.
Use referral code: HOLYROSARY (all caps, no spaces)
Please pass this along to friends and family.  The more that is purchased, the higher donation we receive.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Coding With Kids

Coding with Kids has moved online, with live instructors. Visit the Coding with Kids website here. Download the information sheet here. Questions? Email Coding with Kids at


2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation Update!

The requirements and important dates for the 2020 – 2021 Youth Confirmation program are now available for review on our website! Please keep in mind that dates, locations, and times might change due to the uncertainty of future COVID-19 safety protocols. 
Click here to access requirements and dates 
Click here to complete Youth Confirmation Survey 
Click here to register your baptized 7th-12th grader for the program 

West Seattle Catholic Youth Ministry 

Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe are excited to collaborate and offer faith events, service opportunities, and fun activities for our middle school and high school students and their families! Join of us for any and all events below and meet other Catholic teens in the West Seattle area!  All 7th-12th graders are welcome! 
Click here for a list of events 
Click here to sign-up for any and all events! 

Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. 

If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream is back for Christmas!

Offering festive gift boxes to add a little sweetness to your holidays. Pints of candy cane, egg nog, and classic chocolate ice cream accompany a tin of home-made speckled hot cocoa mix, Shug’s marshmallows, and holiday sprinkles to create your own hot cocoa and ice cream creations.  If you are looking for more of an adult spin on dessert, we have a couple different options for you as well!  
The boxes are gorgeous and will make a wonderful gift for anyone on your list. We appreciate your support this holiday, and wish everyone a healthy 2021!  
Dates & Hours of operation:
December 17th-December 23rd 2-7pm 
December 24th 12-4pm
3800 California Ave SW at SW Charlestown St. 
Preorders and delivery available.  More information to be found on our Instagram account @Shug’s Soda Fountain or on our website-

Live Online Art Parties!

 A supportive space to create dazzling art, socialize and have fun.

Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and 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.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Violin Lessons

Caitlin Kelley is a professional violinist based in West Seattle. She performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, and received a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in NYC. She is an active violin teacher, and is currently accepting new students of all ages. She would be happy to offer a free trial lesson to Holy Rosary students that are interested in trying out violin lessons, or who might prefer to switch to a West Seattle-based teacher. At the moment, all lessons are being held online via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, but she will return to in-person lessons at her studio in West Seattle once it’s safe to do so. She may be reached at 206-245-7025 or

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

The Grove West Seattle Inn

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs.
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And 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)

Doyle’s Automotive Service

4607 37th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126      (206) 935-2600 We are open as automotive repair is an essential service during the stay at home. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours will be M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website