Family Communication 12/2/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy first week of Advent.
This time is about waiting.  Waiting, preparing, and patience.  It is a time of longing, and a time to experience the rhythm of the days, urgently waiting for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. And so as we go through these days, patiently experiencing the preparations of the season, let us not short circuit the value of slowing down, of increasing our prayer, and of truly being present during this time of preparation.
Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

In Christ,


The Bambinos
On Sunday, December 12th, the children of the parish (and the not as young children of God) are invited to bring the baby Jesus from your own home nativity scenes to be blessed at Mass in a new tradition of Bambinelli Sunday.  And then, on Christmas, enthrone him in the manger!  Waiting for Jesus’ arrival is what Advent is all about – and don’t forget that the Magi are current journeying from afar, perhaps over bookshelves and windows – and will only arrive on Epiphany on January 2nd
Holy Days (of Obligation)
God commanded us to love Him above all else, and our neighbor before ourselves.  It’s sad that we must be commanded to do something good for us and our world, to live out our identity and who we were created to be.  But that is the point of God’s Laws—to show us how to live, to show us the way to Heaven—because He loves us and wants us to be with Him here and now and forever.
Echoing the third commandment of keeping holy the Sabbath, the Church has always held that Holy Days must include the celebration of Mass, unless we are precluded by sickness, caring for someone who is sick, or long distances.  Given that the CDC still encourages those over 65 to refrain from visiting public places, they still qualify as well.  This includes the 52 Lord’s Days of the year, plus a handful of other special feasts like Christmas.
Yes, at minimum we should go because we should.  That is sometimes how children behave in relation to their parents.  Hopefully, though, we go because we long to be with our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, Him whom our heart loves!  Hopefully we go because we have a deep longing within us for the Eucharist, that food by which we are truly fed, which wells up in us unto eternal life, which according to Christ is necessary for eternal life.  
On Wednesday, December 8th, as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Archbishop is lifting the dispensation he put in place at the beginning of the pandemic from this obligation.  That means that unless we meet one of the usual requirements, missing Mass on a Holy Day is now once again a mortal sin—a separation by our own free choice from God, as we choose to not be with God and His community of faithful in the celebration of the Mass on the Lord’s Day, as we choose to put other things first instead. 
Give yourself, your family and Jesus this gift—come to Sunday Mass!
In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland


Bullying Prevention:
At Holy Rosary, we are using the Second Step Bully Prevention Program and Curriculum. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn. Keep reading


  • December 10th – 1st Trimester Report Cards
  • 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 3rd:Sports Day- dress up to show your favorite sport or sports team!
  • Friday December 10th: Comfy Cozy Day- come to school in your coziest clothes!
  • Friday December 17th: Christmas Colors Day- don those Christmas colors!
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.

Traveling For The Holidays

If you are planning out of state travel, contact the office. There will still be a quarantine period of 7 days with a Covid test or 10 days without a covid test. If your child is vaccinated and has not been in a high risk area, they do not need to quarantine, but the office will need documented proof of vaccination. If you or your child has traveled in a high risk area or been exposed to high risk situations, please contact the office and we will discuss quarantine restrictions. Non-vaccinated children do not need to quarantine if an immediate family member traveled out of state, unless they were in a high risk area or involved in high risk activity. We are following the Department of Health guidelines for schools at this time. If the guidance changes, we will adjust our rules. If you have any questions, see our Covid 19 Info tab on the school site or email Kristin Bentler in the school office.


It’s Yearbook Order Time! – LAST WEEK TO ORDER!

This year’s theme is Time Flies, and the yearbook staff will be doing its best to showcase the theme. Yearbook price is $25 for grades preschool through 7, and $30 for grade 8. Grade 8 includes the student’s name stamped on the cover as well as other highlights. Orders are due by Friday, December 10, but why wait, because it’s quick and easy to order below. Your FACTS account will be billed. Yearbooks come out in late May and this is the only chance to order.
We are extremely proud of our yearbook program at Holy Rosary. It’s one of the few K-8 school yearbooks designed by 7th and 8th graders, who are skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A yearbook is not only a memory book, but a record and history book, a reference book, and a public relations book; as well as an educational experience for everyone involved. Thank you for supporting our yearbook program.

Click Submit only once. Thank you.

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

Food Drive

As we give thanks to God for the many gifts in our lives, we will once again host our November food drive to benefit our local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.  This local food pantry supports our neighbors here in the West Seattle community most in need.  This year they are most in need of:  
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Canned Chicken
Canned Tuna
Boxed Cereal
Instant Oatmeal Packets (boxed)
Tomato Sauce/Spaghetti Sauce
Peanut Butter (15-16 oz.)
Mac and Cheese
Hearty Soups
Rice/Rice Sides
Our Holy Rosary School community always goes above and beyond supporting our brothers and sisters in the community around us.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!  Food can be dropped off outside of the main office door or sent in with your children to leave on the table in the front hallway of the school.  

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.



TOMORROW is the cutoff to donate your auction item. All families need to donate a product valued at minimum $225 or cash prior to December 3rd.  Need ideas:

  1. Check the Amazon wish list for ideas
  2. A list of ideas may be found here. Or contact
  3. Unique experiences and getaways make great donations, combine with another family to make your donation go farther.

Enter your item donation here.
Enter your cash donation here.
All those that enter their donation by Friday, December 3 at 11:59PM will be entered to win a wreath from the tree lot.
 TOMORROW is also the last day to bring in wine for a dress pass.  Parents must drop off at the front office.

Tree Lot

The Tree Lot still has some shifts available.  Thanks to all those that have signed up this year.  Click here to reserve your shifts.  New to HRS?  This is a great way to meet families in all grade levels. 
You can also support the tree lot by buying your tree or holiday greenery.

Annual Fund

 2021 is winding down, but there is still time to make a year-end gift to the Annual Fund here.

Dress Pass Distribution

Dress passes for wine and auction donation, by November 22, will be sent home by the end of the week. Contact Sophie at with questions.

       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


Financial Aid 2022/2023
Applying for tuition assistance for the September 2022-June 2023 school year is now open.  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

CYO Basketball will ONLY happen if we are able to fill the below position.

*CYO recently announced that CYO basketball will begin in January, but we must fill the following critical position for Holy Rosary to participate.  Please contact Don Porth at if you are interested in applying.

Gymnasium Supervisor (paid position) – The Gymnasium Supervisor coordinates Holy Rosary Parish CYO activities on game days, normally Saturdays and Sundays, during the basketball and volleyball seasons (January through April). The Gymnasium Supervisor is responsible for opening and closing, ensuring all attendees are in compliance with any behavior and COVID protocols, assisting the referees and coaches as needed with supplies or information, and when allowed in the future, operating the Snack Shack and coordinating supplies and volunteers.  The full description is available on the Holy Rosary website.


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:
December 14th – March 18th
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.


Celebrate Advent—Drop by the School Hall on Sunday, December 5, 9:30am-12:30pm

Your invited to stop by our Advent Celebration event in the School Hall on Sunday, December 5 between 9:30am—12:30pm.  Pick up Advent crafts to do at home with your family. We will have brass Advent wreaths and Advent candles for purchase.  Drop-off non-perishable food items for our St. Vincent de Paul pantry. Stop by after Mass on Sunday or anytime between 9:30am and 12:30pm.  Let’s prepare for Jesus’s birthday!  For more information, see our flier. Questions, email Deyette at

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

Congratulations To William M

William was baptized on November 27, 2021! We welcome you to a life with Christ. If you are interested in having your child baptized, please email Deyette You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link,

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.


Kennedy Catholic High School Arts & Crafts Fair

Enjoy local Christmas crafts, art and baked goods on Saturday, December 4th from 9am to 4pm at Kennedy Catholic in the gymnasium and cafeteria. See our flier

WestSide Baby JOY Donation Drive

n order to help families over the holidays, Holy Rosary School will be holding a JOY drive to benefit WestSide Baby.  Please consider supporting families in need by donating new warm coats, gloves, hats and packages of diapers to donate. You can drop  off your donations at the office or students can drop them off at the WestSide Baby bin near the office inside the school.  Following the drive, we will be delivering all of the donations to WestSide Baby  You can also donate directly online using their Amazon WishList.  WestSide Baby works with over 100 social service organizations to help 40,000 local kids each year in King County. Your donation may seem like a small gesture, but it will help relieve a huge burden for families and provide warm memories for kids in need. Please contact Lauren Tomala ( for more information.  The drive will take place 11/29 to 12/10.  Thank you for supporting families in need in our community!
Most needed items:

  • Diapers (sizes 5 and 6)
  • Pull-Ups (all sizes)
  • Wipes
  • Baby Wash
  • Diaper Cream
  • Winter Coats (sizes Newborn to 6T)
  • Hats and gloves (all sizes)
  • Pajamas (all sizes)
  • Dental Care
  • Small toys/games/puzzles and board books
  • New underwear and socks (all sizes)
  • Bottles   
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

We have acting and dancing classes. You can join even if a class has already started. In January our production will be High School Musical, starring Holy Rosary’s own Enzo Kennedy.  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)