Family Communication 12/5/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy Advent!  
This Advent season is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to slow down and prepare ourselves for the Incarnation of our Lord.  Advent is a time for waiting and a time for prayer.  It is easy to get caught up in the business that is the month of December, but I hope we don’t lose sight of this important time of preparation.  I’m sharing with you a website that has some ideas of activities your family could engage in as part of your Advent season if you’re looking for ideas: 
We will also continue our tradition as a school of engaging in class outreach service activities, specific information on this will come from homeroom teachers.  
Finally, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with an all school Mass on Monday, December 9th at 8:35 am.  There will be no school Mass on Wednesday December 11th.  
Have a blessed start to Advent!



It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Last week I had a successful trip to my parent’s house for Thanksgiving.  For the first time in three years my Thanksgiving did not include a car accident, my first measure of success.  It was also good to see half of my mom’s side of the family (some are distant, and some were with their other branches of family).  But it was also a good day because I got to see my nephew outside of the hospital for the first time since Father’s Day, and even got to hold him as well!  He has been home now for three weeks.  He has mostly good days and a few bad ones, and still requires near constant attention/holding/rocking when awake.  There is still a big question mark with regard to his neurological state after his cardiac arrest this summer, and his heart is working better but still has some issues.  But we have much for which to be thankful.  As my brother often says, “The answer is in a story, and the story is still being told.”
We all have our sorrows and sufferings.  We all know the experience not only of those aches, but of the longing for salvation from these crosses.  The dawn of that salvation is upon us as our Savior now draws near.  He brings peace and joy, hope and love – things we desperately need in our life.  He will be God with us.  He can only save us if we surrender our crosses to Him.  He can only enlighten our lives and banish the darkness if we embrace Him and keep Him close, God with us.
Mary and Joseph are getting ready to go to Bethlehem.  Let us join them, as during these days of Advent we prepare well for the coming of our Savior, that in the manger we may discover the fulfillment of our heart’s greatest longings.

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. 
Online Donations:  Must be made on December 31st or earlier.
Donations in Person:  Must be handed over on December 31st or earlier to the office or placed in the collection basket. 
Mail:  The postmark must read December 31st or earlier.
Even if the mail doesn’t arrive or your check isn’t cashed 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 in support of Priest and Religious Retirement with a Parish Rebate
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 stock?
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.
Thank you for your support of the work and ministry of Jesus Christ!  We couldn’t do it without you!



  • December 6th – Prayer Service-5A / Wreath Blessing (8:30am)
  • December 9th – Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8:35am) (no school mass on Wednesday)
  • 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 20th – No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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!

Cadet Zip Up Sweatshirts

We have received our fall order of red cadet zip up sweatshirts.  If you have already ordered one, please come into the office and pick it up. If you would like to buy one, we will be selling them out of the school office and charging your Facts account. Based on availability.

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!


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! 


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 complete this form by December 16th. 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.


Conference Collection: Thanks for all the wine/liquor, we collected over 170 bottles that will be packaged with Auction items.

Need some wine for the holidays? Precept Wine Brands is offering up some reds and whites at a great price, with a portion of the proceeds donated back to HRS. Download the form here, return to the front office by December 9th at 9am or email to Beth Martin ( Pick up will be from the Szalay House (5608 SW Charleston St.) on December 12th, between 4:30-6:30pm. Or you may pay to have the product shipped directly to family/friends across the nation. Payment is via credit card only. Either record your card # on the form or call our Precept contact with your card number.
Four Reasons to Purchase Precept Wine:

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. Biggest need for volunteers are weekends and tear down on Sunday, December 22. Slots still available for this SATURDAY, sign up here!



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.

Amazon Shopping Portal

No amazon shopping portals this year as we are no longer grandfathered into the 7% rebate program and have been enrolled in the Smile program. Please shop through this link and bookmark on your browser:
0.5% of your purchase price will be directed to HRS.

Free Dress Passes

If you brought wine/liquor to conferences or entered your auction donation by November 25, then dress passes will be sent home today or Friday.


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. All families that enter their donation before December 6th will be entered to win a wreath from the HRS Tree Lot.
Make your CASH DONATION here.
Make your ITEM DONATION here.




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.     


Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:
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?”

Wednesday Morning Bible Study – We’re reading Pope-Emeritus Benedict’s book on The Infancy Narratives of Jesus. If you have wanted to join us, this is a perfect time! Join us at 9:30am (or after Mass) on Wednesday mornings in the Parish Center! If you are interested in Bible Study, but can’t make it Wednesday mornings, please contact Robert King.
For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we look at St. Lucy. St. Lucy lived in Sicily when Diocletian was Emperor. Her mother betrothed her to a wealthy Roman pagan, but Lucy wanted to give her dowry to the poor. Her suitor reported her to the Roman authorities as a Christian, leading to her torture and execution. Because her eyes were gouged out as part of her torture, she is patron of the blind and anyone with eye ailments. We can also ask her prayers so that we might see clearly God’s love for those in need around us, and how we can help with their needs. Her feast is on December 13.

You’re Invited…Advent Gathering, Sunday, December 8, 9:30am-1:00pm, School Hall

All are welcome to our fun and festive Advent Gathering on Sunday December 8 in the School Hall. Stop by after Mass or anytime between 9:30am-1:00pm for Advent activities for children and adults, Coffee and Donuts and more!  Come celebrate the “Reason for the Season”

Needed Youth (6th grade-high school) and Parents Volunteers for Advent Gathering

Looking for a fun way to volunteer during our Advent Season? Join us by helping at our festive Advent Gathering on December 8.  There are setup slots on Saturday evening, December 7 as well as two different time slots for helping with Advent activities and Coffee and Donuts on Sunday, December 8.  Click here for signup link. For questions, email Deyette at

St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive on Saturday, December 8, School Hall

Drop off any non-perishable food items on Sunday, December 8 in the School Hall from 9:30am-1:00pm during our Advent Gathering.  Holy Rosary’s St. Vincent de Paul ministry is helping forty-nine West Seattle families with food and other items for Christmas. Any non-perishable food and cash donations are appreciated!


Kennedy Catholic Arts & Craft Fair & Bakesale

Come join us for our Annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Kennedy Catholic on Saturday, December 7th 9am to 4pm. There will be baked goods and over 100 vendors. 140 S 140th St, Burien.

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.