Family Communication 2/8/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

How can it be February? We just wrapped up an exciting and fun filled Catholic Schools week and now we’re moving full speed into Lent. Thank you for your support of Catholic Schools Week, and for all you did to make the week and the events a success!

Lent will officially begin February 14, and I invite you to join the school community for the Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:35 a.m. Lent is a time of preparation, a time for us to open our hearts and walk alongside Jesus in the desert, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Easter Mysteries. Lent is a time for us all to increase our prayer, to fast, and to consider how we can increase our service to the needy in our community and world.

Often Lent is seen as a time to simply “give something up.” How many of us (myself included) have given up sweets or other temptations during this period of fasting? While fasting is an important of part of our Lenten journey, it’s important to consider why we are abstaining from something. That act of denying ourselves something is really an opportunity for self-reflection, self-renewal, and to draw ourselves closer to God. For if we simply give up TV during this time, but don’t use the time we’d be watching TV to engage in some sort of activity that deepens our relationship with God, then I think we miss the mark. If we give up sweets, but don’t see the denial of our favorite snacks as a an opportunity to eat a bit more simply in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have less, then we’re missing the meaning.

So I encourage us all, as we approach the start of Lent, to prayerfully reflect on what we are going to do during the 40 days to draw ourselves closer to God. What will you abstain from, and why? What can you add to your life during Lent? How can you increase your daily prayer and service to one another? And how can all we focus on really using Lent as a focused time of kindness and forgiveness in preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord?

It seems to me, with the busy nature of our lives, it might be helpful to use the next week to prepare ourselves for Lent. I know I will be thoughtfully considering what I will “give up” and why, and how I can consciously use this time to slow my own pace, to prepare, and to show that little extra bit of kindness to those I encounter.

In Christ,



No Kindergarten Tomorrow – February 9

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

February 13 Dress And Parties

Dress in red, pink, white on Tuesday, February 13. Valentine’s Day parties will be on Tuesday due to Ash Wednesday on February 14.

No School On February 16

There will be no school next Friday, February 16 due to a staff retreat day.


  • 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.


Development Directives

AUCTION TICKETS go on sale March 1. Tables of 10 may be purchased and reserved, so organize your table group now!

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

Auction 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 14. 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.). Because of the Presidents’ Day weekend, we will not have SSGU on February 18. Our next session will be on March 4, and the topic will be “Making a Good Confession”
  • Curious about Catholicism? Been away from the Church, but want to return? We have ongoing programs for adults who want to learn more about the Catholic faith. Please contact Robert King for more information.

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


Community Meal At Our Lady of Guadalupe

Please help feed 150 of your neighbors in need. Holy Rosary will be hosting the Community Meal on Sunday, February 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will need help with set-up, serving, and cleanup. A donation of a dessert is a wonderful addition to the meal! Holy Rosary parents get General Hours for Community Meal Service. Please sign up by clicking clicking­ here.

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