Family Communication 1/31/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy Catholic Schools Week! This week is a wonderful celebration of the great gift of Catholic education, and we’ve truly enjoyed the many events and adventures! We had a wonderful grandparents lunch yesterday with record attendance this year. Thank you to everyone who assisted with this lovely event, including chairs Julie Roy and Shelby Reed, Janet Shafi, and our development director Beth Martin.

It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow will mark the first day of February. We’re at the halfway point through this year and busy planning for next! Our K-2 classes are beginning their winter MAP testing. One important note- only K-2 classes will take the winter MAP tests this year. Winter MAP testing is optional to schools, and our K-2 teachers feel this test is an important formative measure mid-year, as the data can be used to drive instructional change mid-year in literacy and math. All grades will participate in spring MAP testing.  

Happy (almost) February!

In Christ, 



 St. Joseph of Cupertino wasn’t very bright. There was only one passage of the bible he could remember and explain. And when he went to join the monastery, the only suitable job they could find was caring for the animals. Yet he was the closest to God, even being given the gift of levitation. Altar servers had to keep pulling him down by his robes during Mass as he started to float into the rafters. While it is true that we have excellent test scores, God’s standards are very different. And that is why Catholic schools exist – to form not just the minds, but the hearts and souls of our children, as well; to help them on the path to Heaven. Thank you to all who make this work at Holy Rosary School possible—our teachers and staff, parents and grandparents and special friends, alumni and members of the community, and generous benefactors. Only together can we accomplish the work of the Lord, as one Body of Christ, doing great things. Nothing less than our children, and the future of our Church, society and world, are counting on it.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


  • 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!
  • March 7 & 8 – School Play
  • March 15 – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 16 – Heart Auction 


Last Day To e-Enroll For 2019/20

TODAY is the last day to complete re-enrollment for 2019/20. 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. 

8th Grade Pizza Lunch Is Tomorrow!

Yum yum! It’s pizza lunch tomorrow!

Honor Band 2019

Congratulations to the following band members selected for the 2019 honor band!!

Giorgio merca – Flute

Kathleen Slee – Clarinet

Olivia DeFeo – Clarinet

Jack Strand – Clarinet

Nick Yanak – Alto Sax

Justin Nguyen – Trombone

Jeffrey Go – Mallet Percussion/Section Leader

Daniel Dacanay – Mallet Percussion

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.

 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


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 – 4 S, 2 L, 1 XL

adult – 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!


Final Catholic Schools Week Activity

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.

Crab Dinner – Sat., Feb. 9th!

Back for its 2nd 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!!! 

HRS 6th-8th Grade Ski Night at Snoqualmie on Friday, Feb 8 6:30-10pm

All 6th – 8th grade students and families are invited to join other HRS families for a night of skiing on Friday, February 8th at Summit Central. Meet at the base at 6:30pm. Central is open until 10pm. This is a social, unchaperoned event. All students and families are responsible for their own transportation, food, beverages, lift tickets, code of conduct and safety. More information is available at

Development Directives

The Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch was yesterday. We had a full house, with over 350 guests. The day started with entertainment in the church followed by lunch, school tours and pictures with their HRS students. Photos will be available at the Gail Ann Photography web site, a link will be posted soon.

Thank you to Co-Chairs Julie Roy and Shelby Reed for all their planning and to all the volunteers for assistance.

Auction Update

Key Details:

Date: March 16, 2019

Location: Brockey Center, South Seattle College

Volunteer: plenty of volunteer opportunities will be available, watch the efc for the sign up 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.

Tickets: On sale Friday, February 1.  This event will SELL OUT.tables and individual tickets available here.


Calling all Soccer enthusiasts!

The Holy Rosary CYO soccer program needs you! We need a soccer program coordinator to run our CYO soccer sports program. Duties include registration, organizing coaches, ordering uniforms and equipment and scheduling. This will undoubtedly cover your 25 hours of volunteer work for the school year. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in taking on this opportunity 😀 Lisa Quinn

Free Volleyball Clinic!

Come to the Holy Rosary Gym this Saturday, February 2nd, from 10AM – 11:30 to learn basic volleyball skills or improve the ones you have. We will have lots of games and plenty of chances for you to get ready for this season – all grades are welcome. If you are coming, you don’t need to register, just email Dino Annest at to let us know. See you on the court!

CYO Volleyball Referees

Interested in being a CYO Volleyball Referee?  Click here.  They are hiring people as young as 15 to referee youth volleyball.  If interested please click here.



Congratulations to the children baptized on January 26 at Holy Rosary Church! Several of the children are students at Holy Rosary School. We welcome you to a life with Christ!

Lillian May C.

Daniel Lachlan C.

Alexander Akhtar C.

Cameron William C.

Emmelia May C.

Michael John F.

Mcallister Roy M.

Marlena Rae P.

Melisende Luz R.

If you are interested in having your child baptized and/or if you have any questions about Baptism, please contact Deyette Swegle at or 206-937-1488, ext. 251.

Opportunities for adults to grow in faith!

Holy Rosary Parish offers a number of opportunities for you to grow in your faith, but we recommend starting with:

  • Monday Rosary – Join us most Monday evenings at 6:30pm in the St. Dominic Chapel for a Rosary! is a simple yet profound way to deepen your prayer life and to reduce stress. Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 4, 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, February 5.
  • 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. Please register at

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

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Paul Miki and companions. St. Paul was the most prominent of twenty-six Japanese Catholics who were martyred in 1597 in Nagasaki. They were executed according to the faith they preached, being crucified and stabbed with lances. They gave a profound witness that their faith in Jesus’s promise of resurrection was more powerful than bribes, political coercion, imprisonment, torture, or even death. We celebrate their feast on February 6.


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

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!

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

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Class min:16 Class max:30 Fee: $14 pppc Season: -8-10 classes

Length: one hour Ages: 1st grade and older (I also offer separate “little skipper” programs for k/1)

Scholarship: One vendor scholarship for after 15 students are enrolled. 

Equipment needs: none. I provide equipment. Families may choose to purchase a $5 or $15 optional take home rope.

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