Family Communication 3/14/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around the school!  We’re deep into budgeting and planning for next year, and there’s many bustling about in preparation for the auction this coming Saturday night.  I’d like to thank the many, many volunteers who make this event happen, our largest fundraiser of the year!  I’d especially like to thank our Development Director Beth Martin, and the volunteers who stepped into chair roles including Kate McGovern, Jet Lin, Wendy Mowat, and Molly Ward.  And if you’re still looking for fundraising hours, the auction is the last major opportunity to earn hours- and there are still volunteer positions available!  Reach to Beth Martin, for more information.

As we complete this first full week of Lent, I’m sharing one resource today, that you might use with your family as you strive to increase prayer during this time of preparation:  CRS has a wealth of resources available to use with your children (and for you yourself!).  More to come each week!

In Christ, 



This weekend we will be hosting our 40th annual Heart Auction.  If it is like its predecessors – it will be a great success!  That will be in part because of generous donors.  But it will also be because of the gift of time and talent by a great many people – some who have been working for months, others who helped in the home stretch.  Our community is only what it is because of those who share what the Lord has given to them.  Thank you to those who are going to help make our auction this year a great success – as well as the many other events and fundraisers and programming throughout the year!

This is true of our school community, as well as our wider parish community.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the many opportunities, consider taking a peak at our Parish Ministry and Apostolate Guidebook.  For the members of the parish receiving In-Parish Tuition, you can also make your annual commitment to the Stewardship of your Time and Talent by indicating ministries you are active in, as well as any you are interested in finding out more about.  The Body of Christ only functions and has life if its members serve not just themselves, but the whole.  Thank you for the many ways in which you give life to our community. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • March 15 – No School, Deanery Curriculum Day
  • March 16 – Heart Auction
  • March 22 – Noon dismissal, 2nd Trimester Report Cards
  • April 19 – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
  • April 22 – 26 – Easter Break
  • April 30th – Class Pictures
  • May 3rd Father – Daughter Glow Bowl


Sickness Policy

The past three weeks we’ve had considerable sickness around the building.  We are working diligently to sanitize daily.  We would like to stress our sickness policy, which comes directly from the Office for Catholic Schools.  Students MUST be free of fever, vomit, and diarrhea for a full 24 hours (without fever reducing medication) prior to returning to school.  This is critical in stopping the spread of illness.  We will work with you to provide work while students are home sick if necessary.  Please follow this policy and help stop the spread of the illness going around the school.  

Overdue Library Books

All students with overdue books will receive a notice via their homeroom teacher this week.  Any books not returned by Friday, March 22nd will be billed through FACTS as missing books.  Any book on the billed list returned after March 22nd should be brought to the office first to ensure the cost of that book is removed from their FACTS bill.  The FACTS bill will be processed on March 31st and there will be no refunds after this date. 

Drone And Pilot Needed

Holy Rosary Parish is in need of photos of the top of the tower; tiles and cross. We need a view that lets us see the tiles and their condition. If anyone is able to provide this we would be truly grateful.

Please contact Ted Krembs at (Note: attempted Google earth, but it does not provide a clear picture.)

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


Last Cadet Collar Sweatshirt Order for the Year!

Please use this link to order the Cadet Collar Red Sweatshirt.  Last day to order is March 31st.  Orders will be available for pick up in the main office 4-6 weeks after 3/31.

Brown Bag Fridays For St. Martin de Porres Men’s Shelter

Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to help pack and bring a lunch along with an additional item on designated Fridays during Lent.

These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

**If you are interested in driving a few students to deliver the lunches one Friday in Lent, please contact Kristin Bentler in the school office. 

Please note the collection dates below. It is most helpful if the additional items are kept separate from the lunches.

March 8 – Lunches only

March 29 – Lunches +additional Items:

Last name A-M men’s gloves

Last name M-Z men’s socks

April 5 – Lunches only

April 12 – Lunches + additional Items:

Last name A-M: disposable razors and travel size shaving cream

Last name M-Z: travel size toothbrush and toothpaste

Please check your Volunteer Hours

Volunteering for the upcoming Auction is the last widely available opportunity to obtain fundraising hours.  Please check your volunteer hours balance online to make sure you are meeting your hours requirement.  Unfulfilled hours are charged at a rate of $50 per hour on June 15th.   


Development Directives

All AUCTION related questions may be answered here.

The school’s largest fundraising event is Saturday. Thank you to the entire school community for coming together to make this event possible. Now let’s raise some $$$!

ONLINE AUCTION: Pick up your items in the main office.

VOLUNTEER: Sign up here. Still a few open positions. LAST CHANCE TO EARN FUNDRAISING HOURS.

AUCTION CATALOGS: Get your groups together to bid on the larger group items. Preview the catalog here.


The glassybaby mystery box purchase will now be at check in, so get there early if you want a chance to win 2 Seahawks pre-season tickets or 2 Apple Cup tickets and take home a beautiful glassybaby votive holder.

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the Holy Rosary Golf Classic taking place May 18th at the West Seattle Golf Course. Teams of four person scrambles compete to raise money for the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund. New this year, the event will be held in the spring instead of our normal fall event. Click here to go to the event page for information and specifics on this year’s Golf Tournament. 

Also new this year is the ability to use your FACTS account to register! You can also still use your credit card if you prefer. Find the two links below: 

Father-Daughter Glow Bowl

Save the date! Our annual Father-Daughter bowling at West Seattle Bowl is on Friday, May 3rd.

Registration for Summer Camps Now Open!

We are offering 2 summer camps for incoming Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students.  Each camp is limited to 12 students.  Registration information can be found here.


Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field

Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field registration will open soon for Parish girls and boys in 4th-8th grade.  No prior Track and Field experience required!  Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm-7:15pm at Hiawatha Track. First practice is Tuesday, March 26.  Head Coaches, Larry Swegle and Ken Smith, and Track Coordinator, Andrea Geraghty are looking for some parent volunteers to help at practices which counts towards volunteer hours.  If you would like to help, you can email Larry Swegle at so that Larry, Ken and Andrea can plan ahead.

Meet dates:

  • Preliminary: Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 10:00am or 2:30pm (Renton Stadium)
  • Relay: Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:00am or 3:00pm (Renton Stadium)
  • 8th Grade Pentathlon: Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 12:30pm (West Seattle Stadium)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10:00am or 3:00pm (Highline Stadium)

Championship: Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 10:00am (All-Comers) & 12:00pm (Highline Stadium)


“Protect and Heal” Website

As part of an effort to improve how the Archdiocese communicates on the sexual abuse crisis, we will be launching a special website on Monday addressing the topic. As Archbishop Sartain says in a video message found on it, the new “Protect and Heal” site is a vehicle to “communicate sincerely and openly” about the crisis.

The site offers facts about the abuse crisis and the Archdiocese of Seattle’s response to it, including resources for victims. It gathers into one easily accessible website information that was previously located in various locations.
Key features include the Archdiocese of Seattle’s disclosure list of clergy and religious brothers and sisters who have been credibly accused of abusing minors (originally published in January of 2016); a timeline showing when reported abuse occurred; and information about the actions the Archdiocese has taken over the past three decades to respond to the crisis, such as implementing a Safe Environment program of background checks and abuse-prevention trainings for employees. The site also provides information about the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted in 2002; and the Archdiocesan Review Board, a group of mostly lay subject-matter experts that advises the archbishop on matters pertaining to clergy sexual abuse.
As essential Church leaders in our Archdiocese, we wanted to share the new Protect and Heal web site with you today before it is shared with a broader audience starting early next week. On Monday, we will share it with all Chancery and parish employees followed by sharing it via our NW Catholic communication channels, including social media.
We welcome any feedback that you have. Thank you for all that you do on behalf of the Catholic Church in Western Washington!

Golden Outreach 2019

Back by popular demand, we will be honoring Holy Rosary parishioners over age 80 on Saturday, March 30.  Shoulder to Shoulder volunteers will be preparing meals, delivering them and reminding our Golden parishioners they can turn to us whenever they need help.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email The event this year will have volunteering opportunities on March 28, 29, and 30th. If you are interested in serving (and earning service hours), go to:   If you know of a parishioner over 80 who would like to be included or have questions or comments, please email   

Opportunities for Adults

As we enter the desert with Christ this Lent, here are a few ways to grow closer to Jesus and to the people he loves:

  • No Greater Love – Join us for a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. You can join our regular Wednesday morning Study Group, or you can join our Facebook-based on-line study group! Please register at org/adult-scripture-study. The Wednesday Morning Study Group will meet next on March 20.
  • 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 For questions or need a book, please email Deyette at Join us for this 5 week session!

For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Saint of the Week


Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we celebrate St. Patrick. Little is known for certain about St. Patrick, except that he was born in Britain in the fifth century, and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped, became a priest, and returned to Ireland to become the island’s first Bishop. His feast is March 17.




WSHS Parents Night Out 3/30/2019

Let WSHS sophomore class students watch your kids while enjoying an evening out!

What: This event is for chilcare for kids ares 3(potty trained) to 11 years old and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, games, movies and crafts.

When: Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 5:30-10:30pm.

Where: West Seattle High School, 3000 California Avenue SW. Check in at the historical entrance on the left side of the building.

Cost: $35 per child or $30 with 2 cans of food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank.

For more information and to RSVP contact email:

Thank you so much for your support!

Easter Egg Hunt

Kennedy Catholic is excited to announce our annual community Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 12 from 3-4pm! I wanted to extend the invitation to members of your school community to join us. The event will start in our cafeteria, with snacks, games and more, and the Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 3:30pm. Baskets are provided.

Calling all actors 4th – 8th grade!

Seattle Luthern High School’s drama program invites community members for an amazing opportunity to be included in the spring production of Wizard of Oz.  The production calls for 12 actors to appear as Munchkins who may or may not have a speaking part.  Ms. Zandi, the director, is excited to welcome all who are interested.  Please contact her right away for an immediate need.  Performance dates are April 26, April 27 and April 28. Please contact Ms. Zandi at

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!