Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy second week of Advent! I hope you are all enjoying this time of preparation and that your hearts are filled with the peace of Christ. Our students are involved in many Advent activities, including preparing for our annual Christmas program, under the direction of Ms. Mudge and Ms. McKamey.
Our annual Christmas program, Lessons and Carols, will be held Thursday, December 20 in the church, beginning at 6:30 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 at 6. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” (no jeans, etc.). 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 with any questions, please contact Ms. Mudge (email@example.com) or the office. Finally, since the 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 continued blessings to you and yours this Advent season.
Today is the feast of St. Lucy. Growing up in the Christian faith, she experienced a great grace during a pilgrimage and decided to live as the spouse of Christ. The young man her parents had betrothed her too was so infuriated he denounced her to the governor as a Christian. In 304 AD this heroic young Sicilian woman was martyred.
Lucy means light, a very fitting image during these dark days of winter. While several cultures have special traditions connected to this day, my favorite is in Sweden, where the oldest daughter wears a white dress with a red sash and a wreath of white-lighted candles upon her head. At dawn, she wakes her family members with coffee and sweet rolls – the light which refreshes and renews us. In the evening, children would write ‘Lussi’ on doors, fences and walls – a word of warning to the demons of darkness and winter that Light would soon be victorious. St. Lucy is a little flame during this season of Advent, reminding us of the coming birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
- December 16 – Tree Lot closes
- December 18 – Preschool Christmas program
- December 20 – K-8 Christmas program
- December 21 – noon dismissal, Christmas break begins
- January 7 – school resumes
- January 21 – Dr. Martin Luther King holiday – no school
- January 27 – Catholic Schools Week Mass
- January 30 – Grandparent’s Day
- February 8 – kindergarten testing – no school for kindergarten
- February 9 – crab feed
NOTES & REMINDERS
Junior High Honors
Congratulations to the following junior high students!
Grade 8 High Honors – A+, A
Grade 8 Honors – A, A-
Grade 7 High Honors – A+, A
Grade 7 Honors – A, A-
8th Grade Pizza Lunch, Tomorrow!
Highway 99 Closure
The viaduct closure is currently planned to begin on January 11, 2019 and will have major traffic impacts for 3-6 weeks. View closure information here.
Financial Aid Applications For 2019-20
Financial aid applications for Fulcrum and school aid (one application form) are available online here. Please submit your applications by January 1. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Champion Of Holy Rosary School
Every year, during Catholic Schools’ Week, we honor a champion of our school. Winners of this award are individuals who have been champions of Catholic Education and Holy Rosary School and may be alumni, community members, staff, parishioners, or parents. Last year’s recipient was our own distinguished Sue Harris!
We are currently taking nominations for the 18-19 “Champion of Holy Rosary School” award. Do you know someone who is a true champion of our school? 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 11 (email@example.com). 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.
Coding With Kids Winter Registration
GAME DEVELOPMENT – GRADES 3-5 – This course introduces kids to computer programming through the fun and excitement of building video games. Working in Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming tool, students will create everything from animations to multilevel games. Beginner students will learn the core concepts of programming a game, such as loops, conditionals, and variables. Intermediate students will level-up to more complex concepts, like nested conditionals and functions with parameters. Projects are updated each session, so returning students will have new challenges to work through and advance their creativity and knowledge to the next level.
The course is offered on Thursdays from 3:10-4:10 and runs January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, and 14. This will be the only Coding With Kids class offered in winter.
The 10-week session is $245 and will be charged to your FACTS account. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number, child/s name, and homeroom.
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
Concert Time Is Upon Us!
The Holy Rosary School Band (grades 6-8) will be performing in the Christmas Program on Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 in the church. This is a graded concert and attendance is required. We look forward to sharing our holiday music with you!
Holy Rosary Golf – Save The Date May 18, 2019
We are pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019. We will have a great day of golf at the West Seattle Municipal Golf Course. More details to come including registration. If you would like more information or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email email@example.com and we will contact you when registration opens.
Just one week until ALL family donations are due. Reminder that a drawing will be held for an Echo Dot for all families who’ve donated by tomorrow! Unsure what to donate? Check out the auction web site for ideas or shop the Amazon wish list.
GRANDPARENTS LUNCH – The Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch is January 30. This is a special day for our students to share our school 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 a paper invitation to grandparents or special friends, then you must complete this form by tomorrow. By completing this form you are NOT RSVP’ing for your family/special friend, but only requesting an invitation be sent to them. Invitations will be mailed after Christmas.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – The Grandparents/Special Friends Lunch co-chairs are looking for shadows. If you are interested in chairing a turnkey event with minimal daytime commitment, except on the day of the event, then contact Beth at BMartin@holyrosaryws.org.
TREE LOT – It’s the last weekend of the TREE LOT and there are still a few volunteer slots left, so SIGN UP HERE! The lot is open through Sunday.
AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL — Congrats to 5B, the week three winners of the Amazon competition. Amazon donates 7% of all sales through the classroom portals back to the school; last year this totaled over $7,000! You can shop all year long using the Amazon portal on the Holy Rosary website, but from November 19 through Christmas Day you can shop using the following classroom links. Please pass these along to family and friends because there will be weekly prizes and a pj/pizza party in January for the top selling class.
HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL CUSTOM GLASSYBABY – We are very excited to introduce Holy Rosary School’s first custom glassybaby! These will be produced in limited quantities with proceeds going back to the school. Perfect celebratory gift for Christmas, graduation, or your favorite Holy Rosary glassybaby collector. “Blessed are the Peacemakers” will be “Cherish” opaque white with gold filled etching of the school logo, selling for $100.
SunDance Winter/Spring Session
SunDance sign ups for the January-May season will go live at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 20.
Coffee & Donuts
Holy Rosary Parish is in need of volunteers for this important ministry of hospitality! The commitment is once or twice a month, and we are specifically looking of people to volunteer for the 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday Masses and individuals or families who might be willing to take the lead on a given Sunday. The specific sign up times are 8:15 to 10:30 and 10:30 to 12:45. Not only is this a wonderful way to contribute to our time together as a community, but your hours will count towards school general volunteer hours. Click here for more information and to sign up.
New Name, New Logo, A Continuing Journey
Walking with Purpose, the women’s Bible study group that was started four years ago at Holy Rosary, has a new name and a new logo! Our new name is “Women with Purpose, Rediscovering Our Faith”. Going forward we will be using a variety of resources besides the ones offered by Walking With Purpose and we want our name to reflect our continuing goal of deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ.
We also have a new logo, pictured here, with the cross and rose depicting the growth in our faith. We will be offering scripture study, book studies and more opportunities for growing in God’s love. Our next session starts Wednesday January 9 at 7:15 p.m. or Friday, January 11 at 9:15 a.m. (child care available). For more information, please email Deyette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come Home For Christmas!
If you or a family member has been away from the Catholic Church, or if you know someone who is curious about Jesus Christ or about Catholicism, Christmas is a perfect time to come home to your spiritual family! We have a number of opportunities for you, but we recommend starting with:
- Come to Mass – Our Mass and liturgy schedule for the holidays is downloadable here, and listed on the parish website — holyrosaryseattle.org.
- Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If the holiday season is raising questions for you, or for a family member or a friend, or if you just want to deepen your understanding of Christ and the Church, please drop by! All are welcome, and no topic is off limits! We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office; our next meeting is Tuesday, December 18.
For more information, contact Robert King (PA for Adult Evangelization) at email@example.com or 206-937-1488 x203. Happy Holidays!
Help Needed To Pass Out Candy Canes At The Christmas Masses
We need help from children, teens, and/or parents who would like to spread some Christmas cheer by handing out candy canes after our Christmas Masses on Christmas Eve at 5, 8, and 11 and on Christmas Day at 9 a.m. If you are attending one of these Christmas Masses, all you need to do is pass out candy canes when Mass ends. Click here to sign up for this fun opportunity. For questions, please email Deyette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Of The Week – St. John Of The Cross
Every week we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. John of the Cross (or Juan de la Cruz). St. John was a Carmelite friar and priest in Spain who, inspired by St. Teresa of Avila, worked to focus his brother Carmelites on prayer and penance. Together with St. Teresa, he found the Discalced branch of the Carmelites in 1581. His poetry and essays describe the journey of the soul to its home in God, and is celebrated as some of the most beautiful Spanish poetry. We celebrate his feast on December 14.
Holy Names Academy Open House
Come visit Holy Names Academy on Tuesday, January 8 from 6:30-8:30 and meet teachers, students and parents! Register for the scholarship/placement make-up exam too! There are fun workshops for students, information sessions for parents, and a special student life assembly with great entertainment!