Family Communication 2/1/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

This week we celebrate the great gift that is Catholic education and our Holy Rosary Community. We began the celebration last weekend with our Sunday Masses, and honored our Champion of Holy Rosary School, Sue Harris, following the 10:30 Mass. There is a lot of fun and excitement around school this week, and I am reminded why I feel so blessed to be a part of the Holy Rosary Community. I’d like to share with you the words I read following the Masses this weekend and thank each and every one of you for all you do to make our school community the amazing place it is.

In Christ,


It is truly my great blessing and privilege to serve as the principal of Holy Rosary School.

Holy Rosary School is a beacon of light in West Seattle, a hallmark of academic excellence, and a community of prayer that forms children into disciples of Christ.

2018 marks the school’s 105th year. That’s remarkable in and of itself.

And we have the most dedicated staff I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.

Our students have their Spirits and Minds Ignited each and every day through rigorous and innovative classes that engage and challenge their minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math– our STEM curriculum, along with art, language, religion, music, Spanish, library, and PE; we truly believe in educating the whole child.

All you have to do is come visit our school when our 487 students are present to see what a faith-filled, exciting place, Holy Rosary School is.

Last week I walked into a meeting, and projected in the front of the room was a quote that I would like to share with you: “With Jesus as our model, we develop kind, compassionate hearts who collaborate for smart solutions to today’s challenges.”

Let me read that quote once more, as I think it really does sum up who and what we are at Holy Rosary School. “With Jesus as our model, we develop kind, compassionate hearts who collaborate for smart solutions to today’s challenges.”

That’s the essence of what makes our Catholic school such a magnificent part of the Holy Rosary Parish community.

And this is what makes our school different from others schools. We follow Jesus, the ever present and unseen teacher in our school, He is the reason our school exists. And it is only with His guidance that we are able to develop the compassionate hearts of our students into great people who can make a remarkable difference in our world.

I am so proud to be a part of Holy Rosary School as the school’s principal, as a fellow parishioner, and a parent.

Thank you for all you do as parishioners to support our school:

  • for your time,
  • your talent, and
  • your treasure. We could not do it without you!

As part of our celebration of our community, each year we honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to Holy Rosary School. This award, named the Champions of Holy Rosary Award, is given each year to an individual who has made a tremendous impact on Holy Rosary School, someone who is a true champion of Catholic Education. I am incredibly proud to announce the recipient of this year’s award is our beloved teacher librarian, Sue Harris.

Sue has literally spent her entire life connected to and dedicated to Catholic education. She herself attended Catholic Schools, attending St. Paul grade school, Forest Ridge High School, and then Seattle University. Sue dedicated countless summers during youth working at Catholic summer camps, and often shares her fond memories of those days. You may have been lucky enough to listen to Sue break out in a camp song or two! Sue even met her dear husband Joseph one summer while working at Camp Gallagher.

Sue joined the Holy Rosary Community as a young bride and mother when all five of her children attended our beloved school. Sue was a very active volunteer from the beginning and continued doing so throughout the time all of her children attended school. In fact, when her youngest CJ was born, she did not skip a beat when it came to her volunteer responsibilities. She just brought CJ to school with her, dropped him off in then Principal Kris Brown’s office, and went about her duties volunteering in the classroom and on the playground.

Sue later joined the Holy Rosary Staff as a Kindergarten aide and then became our devoted teacher librarian where she has served our community for the last 26 years, earning her Master’s Degree along the way.

Something truly noteworthy: Mrs. Harris has actually read most of the books in our library, always proving to be a fabulous resource for all things related to Children’s literature.

After her children graduated, Sue began an annual senior high reunion where 8th grade alumni gather together each year, and she still continues this tradition today. What an incredible tradition and opportunity for graduating seniors to come back together and reminisce on their grade school days before going their separate ways.

Sue has always been and continues to be a teacher leader. Whether it is accreditation, media literacy, and technology or as a CYO boys’ basketball coach, Sue is always found in a leadership role, both at the school and in the larger Archdiocese. Sue is a founding member of the Catholic Archdiocese Librarian’s Consortium.

Sue Harris is a true champion of not only Holy Rosary School, but of Catholic education. I cannot think of anyone who has touched so many facets of Catholic education in their career and is it my great pleasure to announce her as the recipient of this award.


Pizza Lunch Tomorrow

Friday – tomorrow – is eighth grade pizza lunch!

Animal Spirit Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is animal spirit day! We’re not kitten around; it’s going to be toadally fun! Students can wear anything animal related:  animal shirts, animal prints, fuzzy sweaters, animal hats/ears, animal costumes. The animals can be from the safari or forest, under the sea or in the sky, from the desert or Arctic, or even one you’d find at home. Leadership elective will be hosting the spirit assembly starting at 9:30, so come to school prepared to cheer on your fellow animal friends. Thanks, and looking forward to all of the great school spirit!

Annual Asbestos Reporting

Please see this link for the annual reporting information from the Archdiocese and the Office for Catholic Schools. Please disregard the date- we just received the letter for distribution and the information is current for this school year.

No Kindergarten 2/9

There will be no kindergarten next Friday due to testing for the incoming kindergarten class. BASE will be available for currently registered BASE families.

School Commission Meetings

The February, March, and April School Commission Meetings are open meetings to parents if they wish to attend. School Commission meets the first Thursday of every month.


  • February 9 – Kindergarten testing (no school for kindergarten)
  • February 16 – No School Teacher Retreat – BASE Open
  • February 19 – President’s Day No School – BASE Open
  • February 20 – Winter Break No School – BASE Open
  • February 24 – Crab Feed dinner
  • March 7 – School play 7:00 p.m.
  • March 8 – School play 7:00 p.m.
  • March 16 – Deanery Curriculum Day – no school – BASE Open


Parent’s Club Position Open

Be a room parent coordinator! Responsibilities include updating and distributing the room parent handbook and other pertinent materials, soliciting volunteers for and communicating with room parents. This position is a 2-3 year commitment. Please contact for more information. Thank you.

Catholic Schools Week Coat Drive

Do you have any gently-used adult coats to share? Seventh and eighth graders are collecting them for the needy guests at the St. James Cathedral kitchen. Coats can be dropped off during Catholic Schools Week in the labeled box in the hallway just past the front office. Thank you for sharing.

Bitmoji Answers!

Thank you to all the participants in our Bitmoji matching contest. It was a very challenging puzzle! Answers are here and the winner/s will be announced tomorrow before our spirit assembly.


Development Directives

The GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS LUNCH was yesterday. We had over 325 guests eat lunch, take a school tour, and have their pictures taken with their Holy Rosary students. Photos are available here. Thank you to co-chairs Julie Roy and Shelby Reed for all their planning and to all the volunteers for assistance.

AUCTION TICKETS go on sale end of February. This year tables of 10 may be purchased and reserved, so organize yours now!

Know a business that would like to sponsor or advertise in the auction catalog? Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Beth Martin. 

All family auction donations should now be in. Items/certificates need to be dropped off to the main office by February 28.KEY DETAILS OF AUCTION

  • Date:  April 21
  • Location:  Brockey Center, South Seattle College
  • Information:  check out the auction page here.
  • Donate An Item:  HERE
  • Donate Cash:  HERE


Holy Rosary King Crab Fest

Enjoy an evening with family-style served salad, pot of king crab, seafood varietal, corn and potatoes, ending with dessert! All served literally on the table from the pot, ready to dig into with your hands! All proceeds benefit Holy Rosary School – beer and wine available for purchase. Per person meal cost:  adults – $40, seniors – $35, children – $10. Children have the option of a corn dog or king crab for their main course. Saturday, February 24 at 6 p.m. in Lanigan Gym. Holy Rosary families can purchase tickets here.

Fundraising Hours Available!

If you would like to volunteer your time at the February 24 King Crab Dinner, we need kitchen help, servers, check-in people, and clean-up. Click here to sign up to help at the event. Hours available on Friday and Saturday.


Lego Robotics

Holy Rosary will be holding an information session for a Lego Robotics Club. While the meeting is being scheduled, a survey is available here to help gauge interest and availability. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Chris Paulus at

Sasquatch Reading Award

Calling all grades 4, 5, and 6 readers! Sasquatch Book Awards needs your help with this year’s Sasquatch Reading Award. It’s easy to do — stop by the library for information or click on the link below, read at least two of the listed books (a few are in our library), and complete a ballot in the library. Winning title is announced in April. Read about all the Sasquatch nominees here. Questions? Come see Mrs. Flohr in the Library. Happy reading!

Save the Date for the Father/Daughter Glow Bowl On April 27

Father/Daughter Glow Bowl on Friday, April 27 at West Seattle Bowl! All fathers and daughters welcome! Registration coming soon.


Adult Faith Formation

Here are some upcoming ways to grow in your faith:

  • The Question Box is back! We still haven’t chosen our topic for our next session, so ask any question you’d like and drop it in one of the Question Boxes at the entrances to the Church. We’ll answer them in a series of evening sessions through the winter and spring.
  • Bible Study! We’ll be starting a new study on the book of Exodus soon! Our current group meets on Wednesday mornings after the morning Mass, starting between 9:30 and 9:45. The next session will be February 7. If you would like to join the Wednesday morning group, or if you would like to join a group at a different time, please contact Robert King.
  • Sunday School for Grown-ups offers adult-level insights into our faith on the first and third Sundays of each month between the morning Masses (about 9:30-10:20 a.m.). Our next topic will be Faith, Football, and You, on February 4!

If you would like more information, or if you have any suggestions to make, please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203


Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Throw Contest

Show off your basketball skills! Our Lady of Guadalupe Council Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Free Throw Competition for all boys and girls ages 9 to 14. It will be held Saturday, February 17 at 9 a.m. The competition will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym, 3410 SW Myrtle St., Seattle. Each boy and girl age group champion will be eligible to advance to the District Competition to be held in February. Please be prepared to provide proof of age (birth certificate, etc.). If you have questions, please call Jim Tague (206) 715-7909 or Don Hill (206) 406-4329. See you there!

Sports At The YMCA

Registration for indoor soccer (Pre-K through grade 1) and basketball (grades 6 -8) at the YMCA has begun. Flyers are in the school office with more details.

Playhouse NW Acting Classes

Please see this flyer from NW Acting School for adult and children acting classes.

Art Workshop At A Child Becomes

Upcoming art workshops for tweens and teens – A Child Becomes is hosting a series of sessions in graphic design led by professional artist, Sean Williams. Each session meets three evenings and focuses on a different aspect of graphic design. This series of workshops is geared towards kids who are 9+ and interested in exploring graphic design techniques in a fun and creative atmosphere. The next session, Illustrations, Comics and Storytelling, begins Monday, February 5. Visit our website here to sign up.

Watts Basketball Clinic February 19

Leadership includes the right focus, being confident, honest and decisive, having positivity, and most of all, inspiring others. At Watts Basketball, we want to build as many athletes as we can into leaders! Join us for our President’s Day Clinic on February 19 at Salvation Army. Contact, call 206-467-1383, view this flyer, or visit our website here.

Private Violin Lessons

Take private violin lessons with Signature Violin Studios in West Seattle! We train in the Suzuki method. Your first lesson is FREE! Contact Claire Braby ( for more information or visit