Family Communication 2/4/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy Catholic Schools week!  It is incredible to think that just one year ago we stood on the precipice of a life-changing pandemic.  I share with you this week an excerpt from my address at the Masses last weekend, with gratitude for each and every one of you!
The past year has been a journey none of us will forget in our lifetime.  It has been a year filled with a myriad of emotions- joy, sadness, excitement, loss, anticipation, worry, but above all, we’ve tried to hold onto hope.  I think back to February 26, 2020- the day we first sat as a staff in our school library to brainstorm how we might support students if we were forced to close our school, the business of our minds pondering how to prepare.  And I think back to March 2, 2020 when the first communication went out to families about COVID-19 and its potential impact on schools- reassuring everyone not to worry, but to take precautions and that we were preparing.  I think back to March 11, 2020 the day we announced the first two week closure of our school, the last day our whole staff sat together in the library as one group.  We wondered what would come next and how long we would be closed (and if you remember two days later they announced the closure of the West Seattle Bridge).   And then I think about August 31, 2020 of this year, our first day of school and how our incredible teaching staff sat outside all around the campus and met 1:1 with every family to make sure they had what they needed to start the year remotely and ensuring that every child established a personal relationship with his or her teacher.  
This has been a journey.  One not without hardship, but one also filled with wonder of all that has been accomplished.  
We have learned and experienced more in the past year than we could ever have imagined.  You know, one of my biggest worries used to be when to make the call to close school due to snow!   This year has done nothing if not create some perspective for me, and probably for all of us.
So as I write this, I am profoundly grateful for Holy Rosary School.  God continues to bless our community with a talented, can-do staff that has wrapped their arms around our children this year in ways that truly reflect the love of Christ.   We are blessed with parishioners who support us and pray for the success of our school.  And we have the most incredible school families- past and present- who have been with us since this journey began, educators at home, helping to teach our children, and supporting their community.   
Every year during Catholic Schools Week we honor a Champion of Holy Rosary School.  Someone who is a true champion of our school and of Catholic education, someone who has given considerable time and effort to support our community, and someone whose faith is a model for others.  It is my privilege to share this year’s award recipient: 
The Holy Rosary School staff is profoundly grateful for the support we have received from you, our spectacular school families.  Your care, concern, commitment, and partnership has been unparalleled.  We would not be where we are today without every student, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or caregiver….all of our families.  In what is the toughest school year in decades, you have—in a very special way—made possible this great Catholic school education. 
On behalf of the Holy Rosary School staff, I am proud to share that this year’s Champion of Holy Rosary School award is presented to our Holy Rosary School Families.  We simply would not be where we are today without each and every one of you.  
May God bless you all!
In Christ,
February 4, 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 February 8th-11th  Remote Hybrid Monday – Thursday
7 – 8 February 17th/18th  Remote Hybrid Monday – Thursday

*Start dates based on King County COVID-19 Activity guidelines—Moderate Levels

** Each grade will have a unique transition plan based on class sizes, class location, and developmental need to learn and practice health and safety protocols.  


An important part of Catholic Schools Week is our celebration with our Grandparents and Special Friends.  We weren’t able to gather in person this year, but we did put together a video for them and an invitation to reach out.  This weekend, Pope Francis created an annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, close the feast of Jesus’ grandparents Joachim and Anne on the 4th Sunday of July.  He noted that the voice of the elderly “is precious because it sings the praises of God and preserves the roots of the peoples.”  “Grandparents are the link between the different generations, to pass on to the young the experience of life.”
Catholic Schools Week is all about celebrating our school family.  More than an institution to hand on curriculum, we are and must be a community who are all living and growing together on the way to Heaven.  It is important that we understand what life is all about – that is the most important lesson of all, and it is one that the wisdom of our grandparents and special friends can teach us.  If you haven’t already yesterday, I would encourage you to make some time for your children to connect with these important individuals in their lives.  And do so yourself!  Do so just for fun, or because you are thinking of them, or because you need it – or they do.  The most important lesson of all is putting first things first in a world and life filled with so many demands.  That includes our Lord and God, and that also includes one another.
Thank you for the many ways in which you give of yourselves in love and service to one another and our wider Holy Rosary Family.
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


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. 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

Catholic Schools Week: See with the heart and with gratitude!
This week we celebrate our Catholic Schools. We at Holy Rosary attribute the foundation of our school to the Tacoma Dominicans, those religious sisters who originally taught in and ran the school. These women gave so much to the Church and its future generations. Saint Angela Merici, whose feast was last week, was one such sister. During a trip to the Holy Land Angela lost her sight and this blindness deepened the vision of her heart. When her sight returned, she saw more clearly how education, particularly education for women and the poor, was necessary for unlocking their full human potential. She believed in seeing with the heart.  Families have a unique opportunity to nurture this learning, teaching their children how to love God and love neighbor.
As we express gratitude during Catholic Schools Week to all the different groups that have contributed to the strength and success of our school, let us remember the goals of our school and what it means to give and receive a Catholic education. 
Prayer corner idea: Provide some “kneelers” or cushions or a chair in or near the area for praying. When a family member is in the area praying, others may ask to join, so make a rule to give the family member in the prayer area some space for quiet prayer and reflection. Some questions for reflection: How do we look upon the poor or uneducated? How do we resist turning a blind eye and instead raise our children in solidarity with others, keeping clear view of the world’s greatest needs?
The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. Ave Maria Press. 
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

Holy Rosary Is Hiring!

Pastoral Assistant for Adult Evangelization
Pastoral Assistant for Communications and Technology 
Weekend Janitor-Custodian
Please visit our jobs page for full job description, job ad and application.  
For questions or further information please contact Jill Carr. 

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.


Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch
If you didn’t get a chance to watch the Grandparents & Special Friends video check it out here.  Please pass along to Grandparents & Special Friends.         

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!


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

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent is just a few weeks away. 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