Family Communication 2/18/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Wow!  What a busy short week it has been.  We started the long weekend with unexpected snow, moved swiftly into Lent with an early Ash Wednesday, and began the transition of our junior high students back for some in campus instruction.  It is hard to believe, but we’re going to blink and be in the middle of March and into our third trimester.  
Father Oakland spoke during Ash Wednesday Mass yesterday about the importance of making the most of Lent.  Lent can be a time of great spiritual preparation as we walk in the desert with Jesus towards Easter.  But this will only happen if we make a conscious effort to engage in the practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving these 40 days.  In this light, I’m sharing some ideas with you on ways your family might engage in Lent together from home.
In Christ, 
Return to School Status
February 18, 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 Returned  In Person/ Remote Hybrid Monday – Thursday


During this holy season of Lent, we are invited to become holy by drawing closer to Christ and embracing Lent fully.
We journey with Him into the desert, allowing us to focus more intently upon Him as we leave other things behind through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Jesus alone can give us that water which quenches our thirst, the water which wells up to eternal life.  God wants to give us life.
“I will take you away from among the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you back to your own soil.  I will sprinkle clean water over you to make you clean; from all your impurities and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them.  You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.”  Ezekiel 24:28
God can renew us and give us new life—but only if we follow Him.  Only if we are willing to let go of our idols, of our sins.  Only if we are willing to show Him the hardened parts of our hearts, and open them ever more fully to His mercy.  Only if we cooperate with the spirit of God, and follow where He leads.  Only if we acclaim Him as our God by our words and deeds.  Only then can Lent be a journey in which we receive new life, as we more fully realize and live out our identity as the children of God created in His image and likeness. 
A Lent lived well can be our gift to God.  A Lent lived well can also be a gift to ourself, as well.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • March 12th – Teacher-In-Service – No School
  • March 19th – Noon Dismissal, 2nd Trimester Report Cards
  • April 2nd – Good Friday-noon dismissal
  • April 5th-9th – Easter Break


21-22 School Calendar

The 2021-2022 school calendar will be approved by the Office for Catholic Schools sometime after March 1st.  Once approved, it will be posted to our website and shared in a future eFC.  

Serving Learners Of All Abilities 

The  Archdiocese of Seattle is committed to responding to the call to serve diverse learners.  In continuing this work, the Office for Catholic Schools is gathering information from parents, staff, and teachers on how needs are currently being met and where support and professional development are needed system wide.  We encourage you to read this letter and to complete the survey embedded. 

Welcome Back Junior High!

Our hardworking junior high teachers have put together a video to help students with their return to in-person learning.

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 

Prayer “corner” Idea

40 days, 40 crosses, 25 ideas
Ash Wednesday, February 17, marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for the Easter season when Christians are called to deepen their spiritual lives through the practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. The belief is that our consistent participation in these practices — like exercise we do for our physical health — improves our spiritual well-being by stripping away all that is unnecessary and becoming more mindful of how God is working in our lives. Challenge yourself this year and go beyond the usual practice of “giving up” something. Now is a great time to take stock of your spiritual life and to grow in it. Not sure where to start? Check out these 25 ideas. For a 40 day activity that the whole family can participate in check out the 40 coloring crosses project.  Maybe leave your coloring sheet in your prayer corner.
Prayer corner idea: Get ready for Lent. Switch out the objects to fit the liturgical year. Maybe during Lent add purple cloth and your rice box.
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!


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.


There are still some donations that haven’t been dropped off. 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!

Support West5 and Holy Rosary School


Stations Of The Cross–Fridays During Lent

Starting this Friday, February 19, Father will lead the Stations of the Cross in the Church starting at 7:00pm, for all Fridays during Lent.  You are welcome to join in person (no reservations needed) or to watch via Livestream.
You can view the livestream and the archived video on our Vimeo page at as well as on our Facebook page at
Attached is PDF of the Stations of the Cross booklet for you to follow the prayers and responses.  The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. Stations of the Cross Pamphlet Feb 2021

Adult Confirmation Program at Holy Rosary Parish

Are you a Catholic adult who has not yet been Confirmed? Jesus has much more love, life, and grace he wants to offer you – the completion of the gifts God promised in your Baptism! The Sacrament of Confirmation:

  • Strengthens your relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in you
  • Perfects your communion with the Church
  • Is required to be a godparent or sponsor, and
  • Is strongly recommended before being married in the Church

Holy Rosary offers a Confirmation preparation course taught by Fr. Oakland via Tuesday night 7:00pm Zoom classes for adults culminating with Mass of Confirmation in May. Classes have just started and it’s not too late to join.  Please register by completing our online registration form at Adult Confirmation | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | Seattle, WA (

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:

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.


Registration for the Lacrosse Spring 2021 Season is now OPEN! 

Do you have kids looking for a fun, new sport to get involved with? The SW Titans, our local lacrosse league is recruiting, and we want to help kids get back into activities using the best available safety protocols while balancing the need to get kids active and outdoors again. If you’re interested in finding out what is so fun about the “fastest game on two feet”, keep reading and reach out to us!
Lacrosse is one of the world’s oldest sports, with its roots coming from indigenous peoples of North America, including what’s now the Northeast U.S. and Southeast Canada. It is now the fastest-growing youth sport in the U.S! Lacrosse is a mashup of hockey, soccer, and football. It’s fast, dynamic, physical, and exciting to watch. For athletes playing soccer or football in the early spring, Lacrosse is the perfect complementary late spring sport. The Southwest Lacrosse Club (SWLC) serves youth and high school boys in the general areas of West Seattle, Burien, Normandy Park, Seatac, Des Moines, Tukwila, Renton, and Federal Way. Below is a breakdown of the upcoming boys season. Further details for the girls 3rd-8th program through the West Seattle Lacrosse Club (WSLAX) is shared via a link below.
Season: April– June 2021
Grades, fees, practices, games 
Co-Ed K-2 – $80 – Practice Sundays in May/June
Boys 3/4 – $175 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys 5/6 – $275 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys 7/8 – $325 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys HS – $450 – 2-3x/week – 2x/week
Next Steps:

  1. Register with US Lacrosse($30)
  2. Register for your local club:

High School Boys  (Chief Sealth and south areas)
HIgh School Boys (West Seattle High School area)
Girls 3rd-8th (all areas)
Boys 3rd-8th (all areas)
Co-Ed K-2 (all areas)

  1. Enjoy the season! – Practices begin the week of March 15th
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