Family Communication 2/11/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
This has been a fun and busy week!  Not only is there excitement in the air about the possibility of snow, we welcomed our 5th and 6th grade students back for hybrid instruction.   We look forward to welcoming our junior high students as they begin to return for hybrid instruction next week as well.  
It is hard to believe, but next week also marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday on February 17th.  Lent snuck up on me this year, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one?  
The good news is that we have a week to prepare, so there is still time before next week to really ponder Lent, especially Lent this year in the reality in which we are living.  I know this time feels like a time where much has been taken.  But it is also a time where much has been given.   Lent is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on where we are and we need to grow as individuals, fasting as we walk alongside Jesus in the desert during the 40 days of Lent.  If we take the time to prepare, we can truly make the most of these 40 days.  Perhaps we all need Lent this year, more than ever.  
In Christ, 

In the words of Pope Francis:
Do You Want to Fast This Lent? 
Fast from hurting words …and say kind words 
Fast from sadness …and be filled with gratitude 
Fast from anger …and be filled with patience 
Fast from pessimism …and be filled with hope 
Fast from worries …and have trust in God 
Fast from complaints …and contemplate simplicity 
Fast from pressures …and be prayerful 
Fast from bitterness …and fill your hearts with joy 
Fast from selfishness …and be compassionate to others 
Fast from grudges …and be reconciled
Fast from words …and be silent so you can listen

Return to School Status
February 11, 2021

Grade Start Date* Instruction Return Model Schedule
Preschool Returned  In Person Whole Class Monday – Friday
Kindergarten Returned  In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
1 and 2 Returned  In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
3 – 4 Returned In Person Whole Class Monday – Thursday
5 – 6 Returned In Person/


Hybrid Monday – Thursday
7 – 8 February 17th/18th  Remote Hybrid Monday – Thursday

Sacramental Steps
Please pray for these Holy Rosary students and their families as they progress on their faith journey to receive the Sacraments of Initiation this coming Easter Season and beyond!
Brynn K  (2nd grade ) and Liam K  (kindergarten)
Carter K  (2nd grade) and Samuel K (kindergarten)
Malcolm L  (3rd grade)
Adeline K (2nd grade)
Andrew O  (2nd grade)
Seeley Y (4th grade) and Carter Y (6th grade)
Harry K (4th grade), Archer K (3rd grade), Alex K (1st grade)
Pixie H (4th grade)
We also continue to pray for our second graders who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist this Easter Season and for our seventh graders who continue to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

A few notes about illness and vacations:
1)  Our school policy is that we encourage all families to travel outside of school times and make all efforts to follow the school vacation calendar.   We recognize that this year is unique with access to a remote educational program and we will do our best to support families who may be traveling during school days by providing materials so your child can Zoom in remotely.   Due to the nature of flexible planning and responding to student academic needs as they arise, it is likely that some lessons may not be accessible to students who are traveling and may need to be excused or made up upon your return.  Thank you for your understanding of this and for following the school’s travel policy if you travel outside of state.
2) Likewise, we will make all efforts to support students who are home ill and we thank you for your strict adherence to the COVID screening flowchart.  If your child goes home sick or has a sudden sickness in the morning when they wake up, they are welcome to join remotely if they feel up to it and if you would like for them to do so. However, they will likely not have all of their materials to begin with and we will encourage them to just participate as best they can.  We will gather materials for sick students to work from home if they are up for it, but will need at least one day to prepare these items.  We will communicate with families when they are ready to be picked up.  
Questions about vacations or illness can be directed to the office (


Lent always sneaks up on me.  It is a season for growth – at least it can be.  But that usually means coming up with a plan for our own prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  During Lent, we will be sharing reflections from myself and school parents on each of these pillars of the season, but I would encourage you start talking now as a family about individual and family sacrifices, and plans for Lent, to get the most out of this holy season. 
For Ash Wednesday next week, in-person Masses will be at 6:30AM or 7PM, and preregistration online is recommended.  We will also have an 8:45AM Mass for the 7thgraders on the first day back, which will be livestreamed as our school Mass that day, as well.  Finally, for those opting to limit all of their public interaction and are therefore not attending Mass, I will be distributing ashes outside from 1:45-2:30PM during pickup, just for school families, or from 4-5:30PM open to all.  This will be walk up only, and we ask you to please wear your masks and social distance.
Have a penitential Lent!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • February 12th – Noon Dismissal
  • February 15th – Presidents Day – No School
  • February 16th – Mid-Winter Break – No School
  • March 12th – Teacher-In-Service – No School
  • March 19th – Noon Dismissal


 Drop-Off Reminder

As a courtesy to our neighbors and fellow parents, please DO NOT park and exit your car in the drop-off areas. The front of the school (42nd) and the alley way are for pulling up and letting children out. If you need to assist your child or walk them to their door, please park in the surrounding neighborhood and walk in. Also, remind your child that crosswalks MUST be used at all times. We appreciate everyone’s help as more students return to in-person learning.

Encouraging Social Media ‘Comments’

We will do a drawing for a HRS cadet collar sweatshirt this month! To be in the drawing, comment on one of our social media postings on Facebook or Instagram. (@HolyRosaryWS). Every comment = 1 drawing entry
We will announce the winner on Feb 26th!  Comments help our social media reach exponentially!  Be an advocate for Holy Rosary – Thank you!

School Band

During these unique months of Covid, the band program feels somewhat like the early Church underground.  What is incredible is like the faithful, the band is still thriving!  Dedicated musicians throughout the schools are challenging themselves, exploring Music History and expanding their knowledge of this special gift called Music!  Special salute to our young fifth graders that have that sincere desire to learn, despite it all!  I am humbled by the band members commitment!  HOPE!  The light is slowly piercing through! 
The Cambronero Music Scholarship will be again offered to 8th graders coming to Kennedy Catholic High School and are currently enrolled in their school’s band program.  Audition details will be forthcoming! 
Miss McKamey 


If your child needs to leave school early for an appointment, please email or call the office ahead of time. We will do our best to have your child waiting for you in the office when you arrive. It is also less disruptive to the class if the teacher is aware in advance. When sending absence and tardy announcements to the teacher and copy the office at  The office records the attendance and this will avoid us from having to call you to find out the reason for the tardiness or absence.

Forgotten Items

If your child forgets their lunch, coat or homework, please leave the item with your child’s name on it in the box outside the main office doors. It will be delivered to your child as soon as possible.

Prayer “corner” Idea

Valentine’s Day: Love is Patient, Love is Kind…
This is the last Week of Ordinary Time (color green).  Next week the Liturgical Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  Before Lent begins, we celebrate the holiday of Valentine’s Day on February 14.  Some households are enthusiastic about this holiday and others may object to the “Hallmark-driven” nature of the holiday.  The main objection being that a “forced” show of romance on February 14 is no substitute for real romance all year long. No matter how your family chooses to celebrate Valentine’s day, it is not a bad idea to take it as an opportunity to reflect about the definition of love.  True love cannot be limited to one day.  There is no conditional limit on love.  Love is not passive; it is an active engaged relationship.  Love is about friendship and shared family and community. Instead of closing ourselves off from others, love calls us to open to others. Think about those closest to you and apply the concept of active engaged relationship to your thoughts, words, choice of actions toward them as you celebrate your version of Valentine’s day. One step further, apply this reflection to your relationship with God.  Children form ideas about love by watching the adults in their lives. How do you treat others especially those you love when your children are watching? How do you model love for Jesus and your relationship with God?  If your family does decorate and share valentines put some in your prayer corner. Use these as a conversation starter.
Prayer corner idea: Get ready for Lent. Switch out the objects to fit the liturgical year. Maybe during Advent have a nativity set without baby Jesus (add baby Jesus at Christmas). During Lent add a crown of thorns, and during Easter add a resurrection set. For May, you can add mostly Mary items, and whatever Saint statues you have can come out for the month of that saint’s feast day.
Keep an eye out in future eFCs for prayer corner ideas.  Though we are currently not able to celebrate together as we have in the past, know that as a community we are joined together in our faith and through our hope and prayers, “for nothing will be impossible for God.” Luke 1:37

Subbing In Catholic Schools!

Have you ever considered subbing in our Catholic Schools?  Subbing can be a great way to work part time!  More information can be found here:


Volunteer Opportunity!

We are looking for individuals who would be willing to be present at the roundabout at 42nd and Dakota each morning from 8:10 – 8:40 to assist with crossing students who are walking to school.  You would need to be screened in the school office first, then proceed to the duty on your assigned day.  The position is open Monday – Thursday.  An ideal situation would be an individual who could commit to the same day each week for continuity.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Kristin Bentler in the office (

Parents Club – Need your ideas for March (and beyond)!

The Parents Club has been happy to welcome so many families to two interesting and helpful presentations so far this 2020-2021 school year.  Now we need your help!  We are looking for ideas and/or connections for our March meeting and beyond.  Do you know an inspirational speaker?  A local author?  A burgeoning stand-up comic?  We are looking for presentations that appeal to parents of all ages of kids, that can take place over Zoom, that will take about an hour, and that further our bond together.  Please e-mail Jen Crisera:  And thanks!

Medication Form

If your child needs to take medication during the school day, whether is it daily or on an as-needed basis, please fill out the Archdiocese form. Have your doctor sign it and return it to the office with the medication clearly labeled with your child’s name. Medications such as ibuprofen, antacids and even cough drops cannot be administered without the official form.


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.

Request Library Books

Are you looking for some new books to read?  Holy Rosary will be operating a remote check out system for our library to get books into the hands of our students as soon as possible.  To check out books please go to the Library page.


Volunteer Hours                                                                                                                             If you volunteered during the 2020-21 school year, please keep track of your hours and enter starting July 1. The hours tracking system is not set up for next year yet.

The auction date has been moved to the end of April. Stay tuned for additional details.
If you haven’t dropped off your auction donation, please do so during school office hours, weekdays from 8:30 – 3:30.

As you complete re-enrollment, please consider participating in the Annual Fund.  This is for the 2021-22 school year. The Annual Fund is important as it helps us bridge the gap between the cost to educate vs. tuition charged.  In years’ past the Annual Fund has garnered nearly 80% participation and $200,000.
When applying for grants, which are highly competitive, applications often require statistics on fundraising participation. The higher participation rates show that we have exhausted our internal resources and are in need of external funding.  Any amount you can give above tuition is appreciated.  Thank you!

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Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021–Masses and Receiving Ashes 

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is next week. Holy Rosary Parish is offering a variety of ways for you and your family to participate. 

For those who are not able to attend an Ash Wednesday Mass we are offering “Walk-up Ash Receiving” outside the Church. 
Fr. Oakland will sprinkle ashes on the crown of the head outside the Church on Ash Wednesday during two different timeframes. No reservations needed, just walk up, wear a mask, follow social distancing and all COVID-19 protocols. 

  • For Holy Rosary School families only 1:45pm-2:30pm. 
  • For the public 4:00pm-5:30pm. 

For questions, please email Deyette at

Sacraments Of Reconciliation And Holy Communion

Sacramental 2 preparation is in full swing. Second Grade and/or Sacramental 2 is the year in which most children prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion (Eucharist). We are grateful to our parents who devote their time teaching the Family Learning Classes for First Reconciliation with their child/children at home.  We are blessed with 41 children who are eager to embark the next page of their faith journey, as they start to explore and learn more about God’s indescribable love in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Let us remember them in our prayers as they eagerly await to receive Jesus’ Body and Blood for the first time at the Easter Season. This is a special and exciting time as they continue to grow deeper in their love for Jesus and as they look forward to that day where they will be nourished by the food of eternal life in the Holy Eucharist.  
For more information about First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion preparation, please email Sr. Stella:

2021 Youth Confirmation Program

The 2021 Youth Confirmation program began on January 24 with our Kick-Off Event on zoom and will conclude in May with the Confirmation Liturgy. If you have any questions about the Confirmation Program, please contact Bridget Bicek at or at 206-937-1488 ext. 203. Please pray for our 37 Confirmandi and follow us on Instagram andFacebook for photo updates!

West Seattle Catholic Youth Ministry

Family Scavenger Hunt
Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe are joining forces to host a Mardi Gras Themed Family Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, February 13 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. All families with a 7th – 12th grader are invited to register for a day of family bonding, adventure, and fun! The winning family will receive a Fat Tuesday prize!

Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. 

If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


West Seattle Baseball Opens Registration for 2021 Spring Season

Registration is officially open for the West Seattle Baseball Spring Season!  Be a part of the 60-year tradition in West Seattle.  We welcome boys and girls ages 4-18.  Please visit to reserve your child’s spot!    

West Seattle Baseball, the largest youth recreational baseball league in the area, has a 60-year tradition of serving the youth of West Seattle and its neighboring communities. As an affiliate of PONY Baseball, West Seattle Baseball does not have residency requirements for participation, so your child can play their spring baseball with friends from different parts of the area.

As was the case for so many, our volunteer-run organization was presented with many challenges in 2020 and is looking forward to giving the children of our community the best baseball season possible this year! In order to be prepared to start as soon as we are allowed, we have changed how parents will register their players this year.

Due to lingering uncertainty with regard to state-mandated restrictions:

  • All registrants will be “waitlisted” until we have the go-ahead from local officials to play. Your registration is a reservation.
  • NO MONEY will be collected until we know with certainty that we will be playing.
  • The league will publish and follow a comprehensive safety plan based on state and local guidelines.

Please spread the word to family and friends. Even in a typical year, registration for spring baseball starts much earlier than many expect. Many parents of first-time players miss the tee-ball season, not realizing the registration deadline is actually in winter! If you have any questions, please email our registrar Lisa at

Live Online Art!

A supportive space to create dazzling art, socialize and have fun.


Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Violin Lessons

Caitlin Kelley is a professional violinist based in West Seattle. She performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, and received a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in NYC. She is an active violin teacher, and is currently accepting new students of all ages. She would be happy to offer a free trial lesson to Holy Rosary students that are interested in trying out violin lessons, or who might prefer to switch to a West Seattle-based teacher. At the moment, all lessons are being held online via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, but she will return to in-person lessons at her studio in West Seattle once it’s safe to do so. She may be reached at 206-245-7025 or

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

The Grove West Seattle Inn

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs.
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.Thank you,James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)

Doyle’s Automotive Service

Doyle’s is owned and operated by one of our Holy Rosary Families. It is located at 4607 37th Ave SW. Please call (206) 935-2600 for an appointment. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours are M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website