Family Communication 12/20/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

The end up Advent is nearly upon us, which means the Nativity of our Lord is drawing near. I wish you a prayerful final few days of Advent and a blessed Christmas!

Have a wonderful and restful break and we’ll see you in January!

In Christ, 

One other announcement: Fraud Alert!

Cybercrime is hitting dioceses nationwide. If you receive a message from someone acting as if they are from the parish or school (particularly from a @gmail address) asking for help or requesting you to purchase a gift card, please delete it. It is a scam! This email scam is happening across the country. When in doubt, verify the origin of the email (from either or or contact the parish or school office to verify the legitimacy of any request you receive from the parish.


With children in the house, there is no mistaking that Christmas is almost here. We could all learn a lesson from their excitement – from their hope. The birth of Christ into the world is the dawning of our salvation – as God draws near to us. That is something we should never forget – God is with us. His nativity should fill us with hope and joy as we encounter His love, His presence in our midst.

If you are joining us for the Christmas celebrations, Masses are at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm Christmas Eve, and 9am Christmas morning.  If you are travelling, please visit to find a Church near you.  One of the beautiful parts about the Catholic Church is that we are all united in the Eucharist – near and far – the presence of God in our midst.

May you have a blessed Christmas, and may you know always the presence of Christ in your life and in your home.

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • 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
  • February 15 – noon dismissal
  • February 18 – President’s Day – no school
  • February 19 – mid-winter break – no school


My How They’ve Grown!

We’re all likely to hear that familiar phrase at some point over the holidays! The two-week break ahead provides a great opportunity for parents to check uniforms and make any necessary adjustments. Remember that items your children have grown out of can be exchanged for larger sizes in our uniform storage area. We ask you to review the uniform policy on our website, including the guidelines for hair length and styles.

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 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 ( 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 with your phone number, child/s name, and homeroom.

Visit Coding with Kids website here. Questions? Email Mr. Barker at or Coding with Kids at


 Parents Club – Wednesday, January 9
Deacon Eric Page from the Archdiocese of Seattle will join us to speak about how to have the difficult conversation with your child about the sexual pressures often present in modern society, the teachings of the church, and how to support parents in teaching their kids about chastity. We will also make available the resources used in the school for teaching on this topic. Social hour starts at 6:30, business and updates at 6:45, with the presentation to begin promptly at 7. See you there to discuss this important topic!
Annual Christmas Program

Our annual Christmas program, Lessons and Carols, will be held tonight 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 – – 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!

Concert Time Is Upon Us!

The Holy Rosary School Band (grades 6-8) will be performing tonight in the Christmas Program 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 and we will contact you when registration opens.

Development Directives

ALL family donations are due 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

TREE LOT — It was a record-breaking year at the Tree Lot. A big shout out to all of you who purchased a tree, wreath, or garland and helped us exceed our fundraising goal! Thank you to the Tree Lot 

volunteers, especially those who stepped up into lead roles. A special thanks to co-chairs Tony Colagrossi and Adrian Lyons, as well as committee members Sandy Brown, Anthony Chavez, and Jeff Meagher!

AUCTION DECORATIONS – The Auction is looking for a Decorations Chair. If you have a flare for decorations or just love St. Patrick’s Day, please contact Beth.

AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL — Congrats to 1A, the week four 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 – The custom glassybaby has arrived! Pick yours up before, during (except while eighth grade sings), or after the concert TONIGHT! If you want to check them out before buying, please stop by. Michelle Chan will be on hand selling for a last minute Christmas gift. Please complete this form to reserve and order your commemorative glassybaby. Payment will be charged to your FACTS account. Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer-8A) with inquiries at If you can’t pick up tonight, please reach out to Michelle asap.


We know we ask a lot of our parent community and are so thankful you chose HRS. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2019!


SunDance Winter/Spring Session

SunDance sign ups for the January-May season are live. Sign up here.


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.

Parish Nursery Open For All Sundays In December And Christmas Eve, 5 PM Mass

Our Parish nursery will be open to children ages one and walking up through preschoolers all Sundays of December (12/23 and 12/30) at our 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. We will also be open on Christmas Eve for the 5 p.m. Mass only. Nursery will open at 4:30 p.m. The nursery is located in the Parish Center basement. Ring the doorbell outside the door facing Genesee and sign your child in at the table then drop off in the nursery. We always have two paid caregivers and your child will have a chance to play, have a snack and be well taken care of while you attend Mass. Email with questions.

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

Women With Purpose (WWP), New Session…Beholding Our King

Women with Purpose (formerly Walking with Purpose) is starting a new nine-week study on the book, Beholding Our King, beginning the week of January 6. Women with Purpose is available for all ages and stages of life. There are two meeting options and both classes meet in the Parish Center.

  • Wednesday evenings beginning January 9 at 7:15
  • Friday mornings beginning January 11 at 9:15 (free childcare is available)

In Beholding Our King we will be studying King David, select psalms, the temple, and many Old Testament prophets to see the ways in which they all point to the coming King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

For questions, or if you need a scholarship, please email Deyette at

Join us and rediscover your faith!

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.


Watts Basketball Holiday Hoops Camp

Watts Basketball Holiday Hoops Camp on December 26-28 and January 2-4 at Villa Academy or Watts SODO Gym

$145 for the week or $55 per day. More information available here. Flyers available in the main office.

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!