Family Communication 12/6/18


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We’re in the first week of Advent, and we’re working hard with students to prepare to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas. I thought it would be helpful to share with you a few resources you could use yourself and with your families during this Advent Season.

  • Dynamic Catholic– sign up for short daily video reflections that are sent directly to your email (or watch them online)- a wonderful way to pause for a few quiet moments of reflection.
  • Catholic Relief Services– Daily Advent calendar offering short reflections
  • USCCB– Daily Advent Calendar with readings, reflections, and ideas families can engage in this Advent Season

These are just a few of the many resources out there! Stop by the office and pick up a blue prayer book, filled with daily Advent reflections as well.

May the peace of Christ fill you all this Advent season,
Anna


UPCOMING DATES


  • December 7- first trimester report cards
  • 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

NOTES & REMINDERS


Overdue Library Books

Any books not returned by this afternoon (December 6) will be billed through FACTS for the missing books. Any book on the billed list returned after December 6 should be brought to the office first to process a refund for that book. Otherwise, all fees collected will be used to replace the books for our school library.

Attention All Sundancers!

In honor of your hard work on Merry Christmas Mary Poppins, Mrs. Horton has granted you the privilege of wearing your Sundance gear to school on the day of the performance, Monday, December 10. Break a leg!

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


ACTION ITEMS


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 jkokkonis@holyrosaryws.org with any questions.

Volunteer For SunDance Production!

All school parents are able to volunteer for the SunDance Production (rehearsal Dec. 9 and performance Dec. 10).  We have a need for eighth graders backstage as well. Sign up information here. Performance sales are listed under Events & Fundraising below.

Red Cadet Sweatshirts Are In!

If you ordered a zip up red sweatshirt, they are in the office. Please pick them up at your earliest convenience.

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 jbarker@holyrosaryws.org with your phone number, child/s name, and homeroom.

Visit Coding with Kids website here. Questions? Email Mr. Barker at jbarker@holyrosaryws.org or Coding with Kids at info-seattle@codingwithkids.com


EVENTS & FUNDRAISING


SunDance Winter Performance

Purchase tickets for the SunDance performance! Performance is Monday, December 10 at 6; location details in the ticket link. For SunDance families, with the exception of CREW, four tickets are already included per family as part of your class fees.

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 hrgolf@holyrosaryws.org and we will contact you when registration opens.

Development Directives

AUCTION family donations are due by December 21. Remember that all families are required to contribute a minimum of $175 to the auction.

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 December 14. 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 – Volunteer shifts are still available — SIGN UP HERE! The TREE LOT is a fun way to get your fundraising hours in, as well as meet members of the community. The lot is open through Sunday, December 16.

AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL — Congrats to 8B, the week two 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.

First 100 GLASSYBABY‘s sold will be guaranteed delivery before Christmas break. Please complete this form by December 10 to reserve and order your commemorative glassybaby. Payment will be charged to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer-8A) at michellemchan.home@gmail.com

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


SunDance Winter/Spring Session

SunDance sign ups for the January-May season will go live at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 20.


PARISH NEWS


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.

Saint Of The Week – St. John The Baptist

Every week we highlight a particular saint. This week we celebrate St. John the Baptist. St. John was a cousin to Jesus, born six months before Christmas. His whole life was devoted to preparing the way for Jesus, so that the people of Judea would be ready to receive the Christ. He challenged everyone from beggars to kings to reform their lives. King Herod murdered him because St. John pointed out that Herod’s marriage to his brother’s ex-wife was illicit. We celebrate his birth on June 24, and his martyrdom on August 29.


COMMUNITY NOTICES


 

West Seattle High School Parents Night Out

Let the WSHS sophomore class students watch your kids while enjoying an evening out! View the flyer here.
What:  This event is for childcare for kids ages 3 (potty trained) to 11 years old and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, games, movies, and crafts.
When:  Saturday, December 8 from 6-10 p.m.
Where:  West Seattle High School, 3000 California Avenue SW. Check in by main entrance on the school courtyard.
Cost:  $30 per child or $25 with two cans of food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank.
RSVP:  Email wshsco2021@gmail.com or for more information.

Holy Names Academy Open House

Come visit Holy Names Academy on Tuesday, January 8th 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!