Family Communication 1/24/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Catholic Schools Week is nearly upon us, and I hope you are able to celebrate with us this weekend at Mass and at our open house and reception to follow the 10:30 Mass on Sunday. This is a chance for all current and prospective families to celebrate the great gift that is Catholic education. 

Holy Rosary School is a truly special place, a place where our children receive not only an outstanding academic education, but a place where all we do is rooted in the teachings of Christ. It is a joy and a privilege to walk this journey alongside you and to see all of our students grow as Disciples of Christ.

I hope to see you this weekend at the 10:30 Mass and strongly encourage your children to wear their uniforms to Mass (to whatever Mass you attend this weekend) as a sign of community and a celebration of our school.

In Christ, 



Today is the feast of St. Francis de Sales, a 16thcentury bishop.  During the time of the Protestant Revolution, he went door to door with his message of the faith in Calvinist strongholds.  And through his faith, persistence and wisdom, helped more than 70,000 of those who had left the fold of the Church of Christ return.  For this he became the patron saint of teachers.  We are blessed here at Holy Rosary not just with incredible teachers, but with a great wider staff as well, all of whom aid and support and carry out our mission – each day helping the children entrusted to our care to come to know and follow Jesus as good citizens of this world, and of the world to come.  They are an important part not just of who we are, but what makes Holy Rosary special, as well.  As we prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and our wonderful community, I want to take a moment to thank them for their dedication to Christ and those they serve in His name.

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • January 24 – Tuition Presentation, 6:30pm in 7B
  • January 27 – Catholic Schools Week Mass
  • January 30 – Grandparent’s Day
  • February 8 – kindergarten testing – no school for kindergarten
  • February 9 – Crab Dinner
  • February 15 – noon dismissal
  • February 18 – President’s Day – no school
  • February 19 – mid-winter break – no school
  • February 22 – Bingo Bash with the teachers!


Free Dress on Friday

Friday, we will be planting primroses around the school. Students can wear free dress. Don’t forget to bring a small shovel, if you have one.

Grandparents Day – Blue Plate Lunch Availability

Blue Plate lunches will not be served on Wednesday, January 30. All students need to bring a lunch to school with them.

Drop Off and Pick up Parking

When dropping off and picking up, please do not park in the Disabled Parking spots unless you have a disabled placard.  These spots are reserved for members of our community who need them.

Emergency and Weather Notification

Even though the weather is not freezing yet, it’s a good time to remind you about our emergency notification system.  Generally, Holy Rosary School follows Seattle Public Schools.  If SPS closes or has a delayed start, so will we.  If there is a delayed start, there will be no AM BASE and no BASE in case of a full closure.  

As  early as possible on the morning of a delay or closure, we will notify families the following ways:  email to HRS families, posting to our website, using the West Seattle Blog, Facebook, and through the app available for SMART phones and devices.  Here are the directions to sign up for if you have not already done so.  We also use in case of any other emergency notifications, so it’s a good system to be signed into.  

Note:  If you use Verizon as your cellular carrier, has notified us that Verizon will not support free text notifications.  Be sure to download the app and set your phone up for push notifications, or set your notifications to arrive via email. 

Calling All Gator Grads!

Are you a Holy Rosary alum or know someone who is?  Want to see what your fellow graduates have been up to and connect with old friends?  Then follow our Holy Rosary Alumni page on Facebook here! Take a minute to post pictures or share stories.  If you would like to know more about upcoming Holy Rosary events, we’d love to stay in touch! Click the link here to let us know the best way to communicate with you, and stay tuned for future Holy Rosary alumni events.  

Holy Rosary Custom glassybaby – A Perfect Gift For The Grandparent/Special Friend

We are very excited to offer Holy Rosary School’s first custom glassybaby! Available in limited quantities, the proceeds go to our school. It’s a perfect celebratory gift for any occasion — grandparents and special friends! — or your favorite Holy Rosary glassybaby collector.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers” will be “Cherish” opaque white, with gold-filled etching of the school logo for $100.

Order your commemorative glassybaby online here. Payment will be charged to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer-8A) at


Re-Enrollment Is Underway!

Re-enrollment for 2019/20 was sent out Tuesday, January 15 and is due by January 31. Please help us by completing the online form as soon as possible. Registration fees remain the same as last year — $300 per K-8 student and $200 per preschool student. Registration fees will be charged on February 15; due February 28.

Red Cadet Sweatshirts

We have red cadet sweatshirts available on a first come, first serve basis in the school office. They are $35 for youth sizes and $40 for adult sizes.

youth – 1 XS, 8 S, 5 M, 3 L, 1 XL

adult – 1 S, 2 M

Pirate Attire Needed For Drama Elective – TREASURE CHEST!

Holy Rosary Drama Elective is specifically looking for a large treasure chest for our play. We need it to be roughly 2ft tall by 2 1/2ft long and 1 1/2 feet wide. Please email Sara Weythman below if you might have something for us to use. If there are any other pirate theme decorations/items you’d like to offer but are unsure if they can be used, please email Sara Weythman at to discuss these items. Thanks in advance for your help!



Catholic Schools Week Overview
  • Sunday  – 10:30 Mass, Champions of Holy Rosary Award Presentation. Students wear uniform to Mass.
  • Monday – In Appreciation of Parents. Students may wear Gator/CYO gear.
  • Tuesday – In Appreciation of our Community. Students wear normal uniform.
  • Wednesday – Grandparent’s Day – 11:30 – begins in the church; students have lunch with grandparent/special friend student wear perfect uniform.
  • Thursday – In Appreciation of Lifelong Learning – grades 1-4 spelling bee from 8:30-9:15. Grades 5-8 spelling bee from 9:30-10:15. Students wear perfect uniform.
  • Friday – In Appreciation of our Students – Spirit assembly, 9:30-10:45. Volleyball games at 1:30 – Holy Rosary staff vs. grade 8. Students wear olympics theme clothing.
Second Annual Crab Dinner

Back for its second year, Saturday, February 9th at 6:15pm, join us for a Crab Feast! Tickets are $50 for adults, $40 for seniors, and $10 for kids. Kids have a crab or corn dog option. Wine and beer for sale separately.  There will be NO tickets sold at the door.  Last day to buy tickets is Thursday, February 7th.  Buy tickets here.

Crab Dinner Volunteers Needed – Saturday, February 9

Help is needed for kitchen prep, day-of help in the kitchen, servers and bussers on the floor, and staffing the cash bar.   Sign-up Genius here.

Bingo! Save The Date

Mark your calendars for the Annual Bingo Blast with the Teachers! Event will 6-8 pm on Friday, February 22. Bingo, music, prizes and more! $30 per student–all proceeds benefit the Auction! Sign-ups coming soon!!! 

Development Directives

GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS LUNCH – RSVPs must be received by tomorrow at noon or space can not be guaranteed.  RSVP by emailing

Itinerary for Wednesday, January 30:

  • 11:00am church doors open
  • 11:30am entertainment begins
  • 12:10pm lunch begins (school hall/gym)
  • 12:45pm school tours and pictures
  • 1:30pm    event ends
  • Students will get to eat with their Grandparents/Special Friends.
  • Sack lunch provided for Grandparents/Special Friends ONLY. Students will need to bring a lunch, as there will NOT be hot lunch service that day.

Volunteers still needed please sign up here.

Auction Items

AUCTION UPDATE AND KEY DETAILS – Please turn in all items as soon as possible to the front office. If you have something oversized, please contact Beth Martin.

  • Auction date – Saturday, March 16
  • Location – Brockey Center, South Seattle College
  • Volunteer – plenty of volunteer opportunities will be available, so watch the eFC for the signup link.Important volunteer coordinator roles available, please contact Beth Martin if interested in the following: Distribution – handing out silent/live auction items after the auction Saturday and on Sunday morning. Live Data Entry – Enter selling price and obtain signatures of live auction purchases. Must work the live auction.
  • Information – check out the Auction page HERE


Holy Rosary offers opportunities to grow in your faith!

The New Year is a perfect time to revitalize your faith! We have a number of opportunities for you, but we recommend starting with:

  • Monday Rosary – Join us Monday evenings at 6:30pm in the St. Dominic Chapel (Parish Center) for a Rosary! This is a simple yet profound way to deepen your prayer life and to relieve stress. Next Rosary will be on Monday, January 28, and all are welcome!
  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you’re interested in becoming Catholic, are thinking of returning to your Catholic roots, or just curious about some aspect of your faith, this is a perfect opportunity! All are welcome, and no topic is off limits! We meet every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 29.
  • Women with Purpose – All women are invited to a new series, “Beholding Your King”, looking at how the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ as the King of kings. Sessions on Friday mornings at 9:15am (childcare available); or on Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm. ?’s, email Deyette at Please register at

For more information, contact Robert King (PA for Adult Evangelization) at or 206-937-1488 x203.


Saint Of The Week – St. Thomas Aquinas

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Thomas was raised as the son of an Italian landowner who intended Thomas for a privileged position at a wealthy monastery. But instead, Thomas was attracted to the poverty and passion of the newly founded Dominican order. His family kept him prisoner for a year to keep him from joining the Dominicans, but his mother helped him escape. He was a quiet student, bullied by his classmates and called “the dumb ox”; but he eventually became one of the greatest theologians in history and the patron of students everywhere. We celebrate his feast on January 28.  


The Wizard of Oz

Seattle Lutheran High School is putting on a production of The Wizard of Oz. We are looking for 4th-8th grade students who might be interested in performing in the production as Munchkins. Click here to see flier

Free Writing Workshop

Children and preteens creatively explore and expand their sense of self by thinking and writing about their life – past, present, and future. Group activities, games, solitary writing, and illustrating provide for a fun and productive setting. Students receive individual attention and gradually realize how easy good writing can be when approached cooperatively. By May, participants will not only have contributed to our class’s collectively-written and illustrated book, they will also have written their own story and, if they work very hard, created their own illustrated book. View this flyer for complete information

West Seattle Dental Center Part-Time Job Opportunity

West Seattle Dental Center has a part-time job opportunity for parents. Please call JoAnn at 206-935-0100 for more information.

West Seattle Little League Registration

Registration is OPEN for youths aged 4-12! Join us — your West Seattle neighbors — in the bleachers for another incredible season of hot dogs, cool drinks, sunny afternoons, and fun moments that your child and your family will cherish forever! See the flyer here for more details

West Seattle Baseball

Baseball season is right around the corner and registration for kids ages 4-18 is open now at Join the 80 year tradition at the Pee Wee Fields and sign up your son or daughter today! WSBB is also home to the only local division exclusively for school-age players with special needs. Champions uses modified baseball rules to ensure the kids have fun on the diamond like everyone else. Please help us spread the word to anyone who may be interested. Click Here

CYO Summer Camps

Summer CYO Camp dates and registrations are now available. CYO Camps open to grades 1-12, day and overnight camps at Don Bosco and Hamilton as well as Tatonka Adventure for high schoolers. There is a CYO Camp for every child and teen…Register Now!

Looking For A Wonderful Home For Sam

Sam is a six (almost seven) year old blond 100% Labrador Retriever. He came from a breeder out of  Kansas known for training dogs to hunt (although he has never gone hunting). Since twelve weeks he has been raised by my folks in Kingston, WA. Unfortunately, health issues have forced my parents to move to an assisted living home and Sam is just too big to make the move. Giving up Sam has been the hardest part of the move and our hope is that we can find the perfect home for him.  

Sam is housebroken and understands sit, stay and down. He’s energetic but also mellows out; he would love a home that provides walks and attention. Although he has never lived with children full-time, grandkids (all ages) have been around Sam with no issues. He’s never lived with other animals but our sense is that he would acclimate quickly to other pets (cats, dog). We think Sam would be happy with a family, couple or individual – anyone who can give him some love and attention. He’s a big boy hitting the scales at about 70 lbs. He could probably stand to lose 5 pounds.

Sam does have some allergies to things but they are kept in check by an allergy medicine and a grain-free diet. We have complete medical history and he’s chipped and neutered. While he has been to training, he can use a refresher & consistency but he is a quick learner and eager to please. He’s a very sweet dog. If interested, please contact Christine Grienauer: Click here to watch a video of Sam.

2019 Free Throw Competition!

Show off your basketball skills! Our Lady of Guadalupe Council Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Free Throw Competition for all boys and girls ages 9 to 14. It will be held Sunday, February 17th at 1:00 PM. The competition will be held at The Walmsley Center Gym, 3410 SW Myrtle St., Seattle. Each boy & girl age group champion will be eligible to advance to the District Competition to be held in February. You must provide proof of age (birth certificate, etc.). If questions please contact Jim Tague at (206) 715-7909 or or Don Hill (206) 938-5701 or