Family Communication 2/7/19


Dear Holy Rosary Families, 

We had a wonderful Catholic schools week! Thank you all for the wonderful ways you and your children participated. It was a very fun (and tiring!) week for all!

The snow was a surprise this week- I’d convinced myself we were beyond any snow this winter with the mild weather we have been having. Boy was I wrong! It looks like some more snow may be coming, and I will alert you to changes as early as possible via email, alerts, on our website, using social media, and on the WS Blog. As a reminder, we follow Seattle Public Schools in terms of closures and late starts.

In case you’re wondering, as a state approved private school, our calendar is required to have 180 days or 1000 hours of instruction (public schools are required to have both). The Office for Catholic Schools requires a 180 day calendar and 1000 hours of instruction like public schools. The big difference is, so long as our instructional hours remain above 1000 (and in compliance with the state), we are not required to make up the snow days. So at this point, the two days we’ve missed will not be added on to the school year. That’s good news (provided we don’t have a major blizzard and miss many more days)!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

In Christ, 



Today starts National Marriage Week, leading up to Valentine’s Day. It is an invitation to focus on your relationship, so that it might be, as God desires, a fount of life for you and through you, others. Its challenging, with children, to put one another second after God alone. is a great resource if you are looking for some ideas or help. The greatest help that I recommend is prayer. The national divorce rate hovers around 50%. For couples who worship together each week, it is only about 20%. And for couples who pray together daily, it drops even more. Communion with God, who teaches us how to love, is important for us individuals, but it is also essential for marriage. Find the best time that works for you, pick a place in the home that is most conducive to turning toward the Lord, and talk about how to grow together in faith, as you help one another on the journey to Heaven.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


  • February 8 – Kindergarten testing – no school for kindergarten
  • 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 


No School For Kindergarten

No School Friday for Kindergarten students due to Kindergarten testing for incoming students.

What’s Shakin’?

A little known fact is that Holy Rosary has a seismograph in our KA classroom closet. Check out our newly added seismograph page here. You can view live seismogram data as well as visit other seismographs. 

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. 

Catholic Schools’ Week Spelling Bee!!!

Congratulations to all the students who competed in our Catholic Schools’ Week Spelling Bee!!!

Special recognition goes to Mariella G., winner of the Grades 1-4 Bee and runner-up Mari B.

In the 5-8 Bee, our winner is Eleanor N. with runner-up Olivia D. Wonderful job!!

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


Red Cadet Sweatshirts

We have red cadet sweatshirts available on a first come, first serve basis in the school office. They are $35 for youth sizes and $40 for adult sizes.

youth – 4 S, 2 L, 1 XL  adult -2 M

Pirate Attire Needed For Drama Elective – Treasure Chest!

Holy Rosary Drama Elective is specifically looking for a large treasure chest for our play. We need it to be roughly 2ft tall by 2 1/2ft long and 1 1/2 feet wide. Please email Sara Weythman below if you might have something for us to use. If there are any other pirate theme decorations/items you’d like to offer but are unsure if they can be used, please email Sara Weythman at to discuss these items. Thanks in advance for your help!


Crab Dinner – Postponed!

Due to our unexpected wintery weather, the Crab Dinner is being postponed. The new date is Saturday, February 23rd. If you have ordered tickets and this date will not work for you, please contact the school office by February 15th. At that point, we will be charging your FACTS account for your tickets. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Kokkonis.

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!

HRS 6th-8th Grade Ski Night at Snoqualmie on Friday, Feb 8 6:30-10pm

All 6th – 8th grade students and families are invited to join other HRS families for a night of skiing on Friday, February 8th at Summit Central. Meet at the base at 6:30pm. Central is open until 10pm. This is a social, unchaperoned event. All students and families are responsible for their own transportation, food, beverages, lift tickets, code of conduct and safety. More information is available at

Development Directives

Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

It was an exciting day for students at Holy Rosary School as they were joined by their Grandparents & Special Friends for lunch and showing off their school grounds.
More than 350 guests enjoyed the afternoon. Artwork abounded throughout the school and all enjoyed a special time with friends and family. 
We are happy to share with you a photo memory of your day provided by our
friend and local photographer, Gail Ann Wodzin, who has been supporting Holy Rosary School for many years.
Download your complimentary digital file from today’s event at:

If you ever need photography for a Baptism, 1st Communion, Birthday, family gathering, high school graduation or a wedding, please contact Gail Ann 206-371-0585 or


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. Important volunteer coordinator role available, please contact Beth Martin if interested in the following: Distribution – handing out silent/live auction items after the auction Saturday and on Sunday morning.

Tickets: On sale now. tables and individual tickets available here.


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:

Monday Rosary – Join us most Monday evenings at 6:30pm in the St. Dominic Chapel for a Rosary! is a simple yet profound way to deepen your prayer life and to reduce stress. Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 11, and all are welcome!

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 5.

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. Please register at Join us for this 5 week session!

For more information, contact Robert King (PA for Adult Evangelization) at or 206-937-1488 x203.

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Valentine. We don’t know much about St. Valentine. He was an Italian priest, maybe a bishop, in the third century when Christianity was outlawed. Stories of him performing illegal marriages and helping the poor of Rome are common. After his arrest, he is said to have healed the blindness of the judge’s daughter, which led to the judge’s family converting to Christianity. He was martyred on February 14, 269. It’s not clear how he became associated with romance, but he is now a patron of love and marriage. Happy St. Valentine’s Day!


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

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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