Family Communication 2/14/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 

What a past few days this has been!  I’ve never seen snowfall like this in the city during my lifetime.  I hope you’ve all made it through  safely.  I’d especially like to thank our maintenance staff, including Scott Stoefen, for their hard work keeping the campus safe.  And a special thank you to the impromptu work party that showed up Tuesday afternoon to clear all of the very wet snow!  This is what community is all about! 

With the snowstorm last Friday, the Fulcrum Foundation had to cancel their annual Celebration of Light at the last minute.   The Celebration of Light is a night to celebrate the many accomplishments of our Catholic schools. The event is also a fundraiser and annually the Celebration of Light raises over $800,000, which is used to provide grants directly back to our Catholic Schools. Founded in 2002, the Fulcrum Foundation leverages the resources of the entire community in innovative and strategic ways to sustain and strengthen Catholic schools in western Washington. The Fulcrum Foundation’s three core programs are: Tuition Assistance, School Partnerships, and Leadership Development.    Holy Rosary receives over $20,000 tuition assistance annually to support families in need, and recently received $25,000 from Fulcrum towards our fire alarm upgrade.  Fulcrum also covered nearly the entire cost of our new wireless access points that were installed a year ago. Cancelling their annual fundraiser is devastating, and has the potential to adversely affect available funding. 

If you are able, I encourage you to support the Fulcrum foundation  as it continues to strive to support our students, schools and leaders.  Thank you for your consideration.

To learn more about Fulcrum’s programs, here is a link to their website:

Please click here to donate

Thank you for your generosity to our school and to the Fulcrum Foundation.  

In Christ, 



While today is Valentine’s Day, the festivities and practices of the celebration bear little resemblance or connection to St. Valentine.  Little is known for sure about St. Valentine, a 3rd century Roman citizen, other than that he was a martyr.  He was willing to die for Christ – for love of God.  As we celebrate the secular Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to love in its many forms, whether romantic or friendship, let us always ensure that we are too are living above all for the love of God, as we share the love that He gives to us with others.    

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • 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!
  • February 23 – Crab Dinner
  • March 7 & 8 – School Play
  • March 15 – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 16 – Heart Auction
  • March 22 – Noon dismissal


Noon Dismissal

School will be dismissed at 12pm tomorrow (2/15) and there is no school on Monday and Tuesday (2/18 and 2/19) for winter break/President’s Day.

Re-Enrollment Complete For 2019/20

Congratulations to KB, Mrs. Crockett’s class for completing re-enrollment first! All students in KB will be sent home with a free dress pass. Registration fees will be billed February 15; due February 28. 

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 at ! 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 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 FriendWe 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


School Commission Seeking New Members

The Holy Rosary School Commission is seeking new members for the 2019-2020 school year! The School Commission is an advisory group to the principal and pastor on school policy and long-term planning, and has openings for several new at-large members starting next school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a voice for all Holy Rosary parents, and to be a leader in our school community. It’s also a very exciting time, as we are in the process of finalizing a new strategic plan for the School.

Each School Commission member serves a 3 to 4-year term and hours spent on School Commission business count toward fundraising volunteer hours. For the upcoming year, we are looking for parents with backgrounds and expertise in finance and planning, fundraising and development, diversity, equity and inclusion planning, marketing, technology, or facilities.

The entire School Commission meets one Thursday evening each month between September and May (typically the first Thursday). In addition, each member is also assigned to one or two subcommittees based on his/her background and interest. This subcommittee work is done outside of the regular meeting and includes: 1) Planning & Finance, 2) Fundraising, 3) Alumni Relations, 4) Marketing, Communication & Governance, 5) Catholic Identity, and 6) Buildings & Grounds.

Holy Rosary School Commission members must meet the following criteria:

  • Interest in and commitment to Catholic education and to the School’s philosophy and mission.
  • Availability to attend the Thursday evening School Commission meetings and other periodic events, and to participate in subcommittee work.
  • Willingness to voice opinions and to listen respectfully to the opinions of others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to view issues with the good of the entire school community in mind.
  • Ability to put the interest of the school before personal interest.

If you are interested in joining the School Commission, the application is found on the School Commission section of our school website. If you have questions about becoming a member or the application process, contact any member of the Nominating Committee listed below. Please send all completed applications to by March 10, 2019. Applicants will subsequently be contacted for interviews.

Nominating Committee

  • Brendan Kolding, President (
  • Julie Leonardo, Vice-President (
  • Karin Hansen, Member-at-large (


King Crab Dinner – Now Saturday, Feb. 23rd

The new King Crab Dinner date is Saturday, February 23rd. If you have ordered tickets and this date will not work for you, please contact the school office before February 15th. On Feb. 15th, we will be charging your FACTS account for your tickets. The last day to purchase tickets is Thursday, Feb. 21st.  Tickets can be purchased here.


Crab Dinner Volunteers Needed – Saturday, February 23rd

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 Parties With The Teachers!

It’s that time of year again! Sign your child/ren up now for the annual BINGO BASH/BLAST WITH THE TEACHERS! Friday, February 22 from 6-8pm. It’s your chance to drop off your kids for a night of fun while you enjoy a break. Kids enjoy pizza, snacks, prizes, music and, of course, lots of BINGO!

Holy Rosary students look forward to this event all year. “Bingo with the Teachers” has been the highest grossing auction item for the past nine years!!! 

Students in grades K-4 gather in the gym for Bingo Bash. Students in grades 5-8 gather in the school hall for Bingo Blast. Tickets are also $30 per child, all-inclusive. Payment is billed through FACTS. 

Please be sure you or a designated adult signs your child in and out of the event! Pick child/ren up promptly at 8pm. We encourage carpooling, due to the large number of attendees. THANK YOU for your help and thank you for supporting the auction!

Development Directives

Our largest fundraising event is about a month away! This event annually raises nearly $275,000, which is needed to help close the gap between tuition charged and the cost to educate. Please participate by bidding in the online auction, attending the event or volunteering.

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. 

Tickets: On sale now. tables and individual tickets available here. Over 150 SOLD!



February 22: Bingo Bash

February 28: Online Auction Opens

March 3: Online Auction Closes

March 5-7: Online Auction Item Pick-Up (times vary)

Cash for volunteering: Did you know that some companies match your volunteer hours with cash donations? A few that come to mind are the Gates Foundation, Microsoft and Starbucks. Check with your HR Department to see if your company matches volunteer hours.


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

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.


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:

  • No Greater Love – For Lent, we offer No Greater Love,a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. You can join our regular Wednesday morning Bible Study, or you can register to study from home and join a Facebook-based on-line study group! In either case, please register before March 1 at, so that we can order your book and send you an access code for the video presentations!
  • 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 19.
  • Women with Purpose– All women are invited to a new series for Lent starting March 13 and 15, Matthew Kelly’s “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity”. Sessions on Friday mornings at 9:15am (childcare available); or on Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm.  Matthew Kelly is a founder of Dynamic Catholic, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and has dedicated his life to helping people bring their faith alive.  Dynamic Catholic will be offering a free daily email reflection based upon this book “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity” to help you have the Best Lent ever!  Please register at   For questions or need a book, please email Deyette at  Join us for this 5 week session!
Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate two: Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin. St. Louis Martin was rejected from a monastery, and became a watchmaker. St. Zelie was rejected from a convent, and became a lacemaker. They met, married in 1858, and eventually had nine children together, including St. Therese of Lisieux. Zelie’s lacemaking business was so successful that Louis quit repairing watches to become her business partner. They are patrons of marriage and of self-employed people. We celebrate their feast on July 12.


Looking For Afternoon Help

We are a Holy Rosary family looking for a person to pick up our child from school Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm, take her home (a block away from the school), give her a simple meal (we will have something frozen ready to be microwaved) and take her to Mercer Island Park and Ride (off I-90 exit) for her 3 pm ski team van pick up until May.  We will pay $120 per week. If you are interested please contact Ania at 206-817-3342 or at

Holy Rosary Women’s Shelter

The Holy Rosary Women’s Shelter is seeking new volunteers for drivers and over-night hosts.  The shelter hosts up to ten women on Saturday and Sunday nights from September through June.  It’s’ an amazing (and relaxing) way of giving back. I have hosted for about three years and found it personally rewarding to not only meet our guests who are always so appreciative, but also get to know the other volunteers in our community. 

Bus Drivers:  Bus drivers use the church bus to pick up the ladies in downtown Seattle – leaving West Seattle around 7:30pm and deliver them to the HRS shelter by 8:15 or so.  The following morning a driver takes the women from the HRS shelter and drive them back downtown.  Don’t worry if you can only volunteer for evening pickup or morning drop offs, we break up the shifts.  I’ve also heard the church bus is easy to drive and no special driver’s license is needed.

Over-Night Hosts:  Volunteers can be a married couple, female friends, neighbors etc… and do not need to be members of the parish.  You can sign-up as a couple or solo and you’ll be paired with another volunteer.  Also, new this year, mothers and daughters (age 16+) can host together. So what’s a typical host experience?  For me, I typically host Sunday evenings.  I arrive about 7:45 PM and ladies arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 PM. We welcome the ladies, place the hearty snack provided by the hospitality person on the table, offer towels or other toiletries as needed.  After some conversation, we retire to the host room.  I’m typically in bed by 9:30 but there’s wi-fi in case work or other needs to be done.  The hosts are up on Monday at 5:45 AM (Saturday is an hour later), wake the ladies and set out breakfast items.  The ladies are picked up by 6:30 AM and after emptying garbage and a few light tasks, I’m home by 7:00 AM to wake up my kids for school. 

The experience is truly rewarding, and it’s also a fantastic way to get service hours.  If you have interest in giving it a try –we’d love to have you.  Requires you pass Safe Environment training and a brief host or driver training. 

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

A Child Becomes Summer Camp

A Child Becomes offers summer camps for children ages 3-11.  There is a camp for every age group – Preschoolers, Early Elementary and Big Kids. Visit our website for a detailed description of each camp and available dates. Sign up online at:

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

Jump Rope for Fun & Fitness

“Jump Rope for Fun & Fitness” is a highly acclaimed youth Jump Rope program designed by 5 Time World Rope Jumping Champion, Cirque du Soliell performer and motivational speaker, Rene Bibaud. She’s is an educator with a special focus on youth fitness and growth mindset. 

Learn developmentally appropriate jump rope skills in a motivating and encouraging atmosphere; Personal, best effort, patience, practice and goal setting are the key character education pieces of our program that guide our teaching strategies and classroom management. 

Our extensive experience in the sport and art of jumping rope provides students with expert instruction and optimal learning.

Participants of all skill levels will learn: single rope skills, partner routines, long rope jumping, double dutch, choreography and more.

We play loads of skill building games and activities and work to create a performance for friends and family. Students may choose to enroll for just a season, or enroll throughout the year. Our program offers variations on skill development and varied themes each season.

Our program has been offering jump rope classes and teacher training programs around the greater Seattle area for over 20 years with high praise from parents and participants and the schools we work with.

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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