Family Communication 2/21/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

How can we be near the end of February? With all of the snow, things have felt disjointed and I don’t know where the month went!!

I’m re-running this important message from last week’s eFC, in case you didn’t have a chance to see it with all of the snow craziness.

Because of the snow, the Fulcrum Foundation had to cancel their annual Celebration of Light scheduled for February 8th, 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, 



This week at Mass, including yesterday with the school children, we have been hearing the story of Noah. As a result of great wickedness in the world, God decided to start over – hence the flood. Since Noah and his family were righteous, still counting themselves as God’s people, they were saved through the Ark, along with two of each of the creatures of the earth. One of the images of the Church, the People of God, has always a ship, known as the Barque of Peter. It is even one of the small symbols in the big rose window in the Church, though it can only be seen from up close. It is a common practice in such windows to include an intentional error, because only God is perfect. Hence the image of the ship next to the angel is upside down.

It’s a rather fitting image right now given the turmoil in the Church. While we have made great progress here in the United States since the revelations about clergy sexual abuse in 2002, there is still work to be done. In many other countries, the Church hasn’t done as much, hence the meeting in Rome this week. And as a nation, the #MeToo Movement and the recent articles about the Southern Baptist Convention continue to reveal a much deeper problem than just within the Catholic Church. 

Even when it feels like things are upside down, it is still the Barque of Peter, the Church, the Body of Christ, whom Jesus calls to Himself for all eternity. It’s difficult to get there on our own – especially when you have to swim in the murky waters of the world, and even more so when storms rage. The ship might flip, but will right itself and resume course, because it was founded by Christ and is ultimately guided by the Spirit. It is His ship – not ours. There is only one Body of Christ, one People of God – so there aren’t any other ships around. We don’t do so because life is easy – because Jesus sets a high standard. We don’t get on board because her members are perfect – because none of us are. We get on and stay on because it is there that Christ is found, and it is there that God continues to save His people and give us New Life as He leads us to Eternal Paradise. And so we stay – in the boat – with Jesus.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • 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


Seuss Yourself Day – Friday, March 1, 2019

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Read Across America, and the celebration of literacy we will dress up as our favorite Dr. Seuss character next Friday. Dr. Seuss created dozens of memorable characters: the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sam-I-Am, and the Lorax, to name a few. Which Dr. Seuss character is your favorite? Suess yourself! It can be as simple as a wacky hairdo, mismatched clothes, or fun hat. Be creative, and share your spirit for reading with our Holy Rosary Community!

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 (


Last Day To Buy Tickets To The King Crab Dinner

Thursday, Feb. 21st is the last day to purchase tickets for the King Crab Dinner! Enjoy an evening with family-style served salad, steel pot of Crab, seafood varietal, corn and potatoes, ending with dessert. Tickets are on sale per person: Adults – $50, Seniors – $40, and Children (Corn Dog or Crab) – $10. Seating will begin at 6:15pm. Beer and wine available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Holy Rosary School. Tickets and more information can be found at here.

Bingo Parties With The Teachers! Tomorrow Night

Sign up by 3pm today! 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!

Holy Rosary’s Drama Elective Presents
 The Fearsome Pirate Frank

Mark your calendars for the evenings of March 7th and 8th, and plan on bringing the whole family to enjoy Holy Rosary Drama Elective’s debut of The Fearsome Pirate Frank. Come indulge your imagination in an evening filled with fun, humor, whimsical entertainment, and community building!

When: Thursday, March 7th & Friday, March 8th @ 7:00 pm

Where: Holy Rosary School – School Hall

Cost: Donations warmly accepted at the door

*Delicious treats & refreshments will be available from our snack shack!


Development Directives

All AUCTION related questions may be answered here.

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.



Date: March 16, 2019

Location: Brockey Center, South Seattle College

Tickets: On sale now. tables and individual tickets available here. Less than 100 remain!

Volunteer: Sign up here. This is a huge volunteer event, please sign up to earn fundraising hours.

RAFFLE TICKETS: On sale now. Don’t miss out on $5000 towards tuition for next school year. Only 100 $5000 tuition raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. Back by popular demand is the 50/50 raffle. You keep half the pot of gold and HRS keeps the other. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Need not be present to win either raffle. Please return the green raffle sheet, coming home today, to the office or pick up a new sheet there. Please contact Kristin McMahan at with raffle questions.

Online Auction: Fabulous items may be found in the ONLINE AUCTION, opening Thursday, February 28. Stay tuned for a preview of items up for bid.


February 22: Bingo Bash

February 28: Online Auction Opens

March 3: Online Auction Closes

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


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.


For Adults, Grow Your Faith During Lent
  • 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!\
  • 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 Stop by the Ministry Fair on Sunday March 3, School Hall after morning Masses to learn more, ask questions and/or pick up a book. For questions or need a book, please email Deyette at Join us for this 5 week session!

Save the date…Holy Rosary Parish Ministry Fair, Sunday, March 3 after 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses in the School Hall.

Everyone is invited to our Ministry Fair on Sunday, March 3, School Hall after the 8:30 am and 10:30 am Masses during our Coffee and Donuts Hospitality time. Our Ministry Fair is a wonderful way to learn more about all the amazing faith and service ministries that Holy Rosary Parish offers to our Parishioners as well as to our broader community. We will also have activities for children!


Mioposto Fundraiser, Tuesday, 2/26

4 Holy Rosary graduates, current students at Holy Names, Bishop Blanchett and Seattle Prep, are leading Cross Out Cancer, a completely high school student run non-profit raising money for families of children battling pediatric cancer. All money raised goes directly to our guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital. (feel free to check out our website to gather information, sign up for our 5K run, or donate to our cause – )

Next Tuesday, February 26, Mioposto will generously be donating 70% of the evening’s profits to Cross Out Cancer. This includes dining in, gift card sales, and to go orders (use the app Caviar for free delivery) Hours are from 4pm-10pm.

Thank you for your support!

Preschool Summer Camps

This year, we will offer two summer preschool summer camps. These will be for children ages 3-5. Teacher Tammy and Teacher Tauna will be teaching and would LOVE to have your children join us. Sign ups will be coming out soon, but for now, here are the dates:

Session #1 – June 17 – 21, 9:00-1:00

Splash Into Summer

Session #2 – June 24 – 28, 9:00-1:00

Soar Into Space

Keep an eye out for sign ups in the next week or two!

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!


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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