Family Communication 3/18/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I hope this fourth week of Lent finds you well!  
These weeks are moving swiftly by and before we know it we will find ourselves in April.  I know you are likely anxiously awaiting information about next year, as are we! We anticipate guidance for schools moving towards the next school year should be made available in the next month.  Once we have this information, we will be able to plan for our next steps.  We are also awaiting approval of our calendar for next year and will release it once approved by the Office for Catholic Schools.  But I can tell you for your own planning our first day of school will be Monday August 30th and next year’s calendar is very similar to this year’s calendar.  More to come on this!
We continue this week as a staff reading and discussing the Pastoral Letter Open Wide our Hearts.  I share a summary of this week’s reading with you here (password 7UV.cGN%)  along with a few thoughts.  I hope you are enjoying being a part of this journey along with us.  
Reflection Questions for this week:

  • How may the Holy Spirit be speaking to you in your own examination of conscience about your attitudes on race?
  • How are you “opening wide” your heart and responding to Jesus’s command of love?
  • Does your prayer life reflect a response to Jesus’s command of love?
  • Do you believe that Jesus really can heal the divisions and wounds caused by racism in an individual? In a community? On a national level?
  • How might you be called to help others recognize racism affecting our communities?
  • In what ways does combatting racism require overcoming racial prejudice and challenging social structures that subtly embody and reinforce racism?
  • How do the stories of Ven. Augustus Tolton and St. Katharine Drexel inspire or challenge you? How can you follow their example in your own journey to be a disciple ofChrist?

To learn more about the Venerable Augustus Tolton.
To learn more about Saint Katharine Drexel.
I hope you continue to have a blessed week.
In Christ, 


We are almost there!  How’s it going?  Have your Lenten practices helped you and your family draw closer to God?  If not, there is still time, but be sure  to use it well.  As with all time, we always end Lent closer to God or further away – but never the same.  This season is a great opportunity – don’t waste it.
The signups for Easter are posted along with other Sunday Masses.  Since June, we have celebrated over 40,000 public Masses in the Archdiocese of Seattle without any of them being a known spread event, despite the fact that we have known after the fact people were present with asymptomatic or presymptomatic COVID.  We take the risk mitigation protocols seriously – in the school, and at Mass, and invite you to come and join us in the weekly worship of God as a community of faith.
This past Fall and again in February, after a review of data from the last several years, we reached out to all of our in-parish families who have not been meeting the outline of expectations of what it means to be an active parishioner of Holy Rosary who benefits from a lower tuition rate from the parish, even accounting for the difficulties of this past year.  A few people did note that the email went to their spam filter – so you might want to check yours.  We will be transitioning individuals to full tuition this summer if need be.  If you have questions, or wish to update us about your particular circumstances, reach out to  
During Lent, in this Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Seattle, we are inviting parishioners to join together in reflecting upon the Eucharist, this great mystery of our faith, using a series of 4 videos on Formed, an online platform which is free to all of our members through our parish subscription.  
Just now starting?  Its not too late—you can still reap the fruit of reflecting on the Eucharist through the resources provided.  A study guide is available along with the videos for those interested with fuller explanations and reflections.  We encourage you to talk about these as a family, or with a small faith sharing group you are already in or one you form with a few friends for this season as you grow in faith together.
Episode 4:  Biblical Foundations of the Eucharist (in 3 Parts)
The Eucharist is central to our faith, and we should always be eager to discover and appreciate and understand this mystery more fully.  Unfortunately, not all Christians have believed in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and there have been some divisions and outside objections in history.  Our journey should always be marked by faith and love, and work for more of each, as we open ourselves up to God.

  1. Was there anything new in the video that you hadn’t heard before?  What stood out to you?
  2. Have you heard any of these objections before?   Did you respond at all, and if so, what did you find that was helpful to others?
  3. Do any of the objections sway you? 
  4. How does the teaching on Passover deepen your appreciation for the Eucharist?
  5. What from St. Paul helps understand Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist as metaphysical, not metaphorical?
  6. Are “reasonable standards” often reasonable?
  7. What is the heart of accepting the doctrine of the Eucharist, and given to us by Jesus Christ and continually taught by the Catholic Church?  What will you carry with you to help others in their own journey of faith in the Eucharist?

Beloved Lord, in the Book of Revelation it is written: “I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.” We, the members of your Body, the Church, say “Come.”  Come to us in the Eucharist, come to us in the Scriptures, come to us with the fullness of life.  Through the intercession of your Mother, Mary, may we always treasure the Word within us and make that Word known and loved in time and in eternity.  Amen.
New To Formed?
Follow these steps to join Formed for free with Holy Rosary’s parish account! 

  2. Under “Create An Account”, search “98116” or “Holy Rosary Seattle”, then select our parish.
  3. Enter your name and email address in the boxes; click the “Sign Up” button.
  4. Check your email at the address you gave; you should have a message from FORMED with a link to confirm your registration; click the link.  If it asks you for a credit card, you are creating a personal account, not logging in under our free account.
  5. This will bring you to the home page of FORMED. In the future, visit and click on  the “Sign In” link for instant access.  Formed has lots of great resources to grow in faith for children of God of all ages!

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • March 19th – Noon Dismissal, 2nd Trimester Report Cards
  • April 2nd – Good Friday-noon dismissal
  • April 5th-9th – Easter Break
  • April 23rd – Auction


Drop Off & Pick Up
  • As the days get nicer, it’s tempting to stand in front of the school and visit with friends we haven’t seen since before Covid. We ask that when dropping off and picking up, you leave the campus as soon as possible. This allows room for the next group of arrivals and departures and helps keep all of us safe and healthy.
  • We also ask that you do not drop off or pick up in the middle of the street. Children running between parked cars to quickly get into a vehicle in the street is a recipe for disaster.
  • Help us be a good neighbor by not parking in the alley. The alley is only for active drop off and pick up. If your child is not waiting for you when you arrive, circle around. Most likely they’ll be there when you come by again.
Parent’s Club March Meeting

The Parent’s Club meeting on March 24th has been cancelled.

Cadet Sweatshirts are IN!!

We have received our most recent order of cadet sweatshirts and we have all sizes from youth extra small to adult extra large! To order and pay for the sweatshirt go to If you ordered one already that was out of stock, please contact the office at

Travel Guidance

Many of you have asked if we will change our travel guidance/restrictions/need to quarantine after out of state travel to more closely align with the CDC.  In a call with King County Public Health Monday, schools were reminded that the CDC guidance also states that local guidance, if different, should be followed.  Right now, the 14 day quarantine remains in effect for Washington state for any out of state travel.  The only exception to this travel guidance is that individuals who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine provided it has been at least two weeks since the second shot, but not more than three months, and the individual is symptom free after travel.   
Since children are not yet able to be vaccinated, we will continue to enforce the 14 day quarantine and ask families to bear this in mind as you approach spring break regarding your own travel plans.  Please do communicate with the office and your child’s teachers if you will be traveling out of state and needing to quarantine after spring break or if your spring break plans might involve large gatherings which are contrary to our family pledge.  Because the COVID counts continue to decline, and we trust families to quarantine if traveling out of state,  we do not plan on reverting to remote instruction at this time to follow spring break as we did at Christmas time.  But please remember, we are not in the clear yet.  COVID -19 is still active in our community and all of our actions right now collectively help keep our school safe and open for in person instruction! 

In-Person Attendance Information

We have tried to put information in one place about in-person attendance.  This information is on our homepage under our COVID-19 Info menu.  You will find a listing of drop-off/pick-up times, as well as which entry/exit doors are assigned for each grade.  


Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year! If you have uniform plaid, sweatshirts or sweaters that no longer fit your child, bring them to the school office. We have a bin outside the front door. We will be putting used uniforms outside sporadically through the spring. (No polo shirts, pants or shorts)

Lunches Of Love

Please join your fellow Holy Rosary families in supporting those who need a helping hand. Bring Lunches of Love to the school office March 11th through March 31st.

Join School Commission

We are actively looking for new School Commission members for the 2021-2022 school year. The School Commission is an advisory group to the Principal and Pastor on school policy and long-term planning. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a voice for all Holy Rosary parents and to be a leader in our school community.
Each School Commission member serves a 3 or 4 year term, and hours spent on School Commission business count towards fundraising volunteer hours, which will be required again starting with the next school year. For the upcoming year, we are looking for parents with backgrounds and expertise in Catholic Identity, Alumni, Fundraising, or Diversity & Inclusion.
If you are interested, please fill out the application and submit it to by April 15, 2021. 

Ambassador Families for 2021/22

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades!  Earn some volunteer hours during the summer for 2021/22.  Details can be found here.


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.


Our Auction theme is IN THIS TOGETHER, GATOR STRONG! Additional details will be coming out weekly in the efc.  We are in need of a raffle volunteer and sponsors.
We will be holding the $5,000 towards tuition raffle this year and are in need of a parent to manage the process.  Hours toward next year will be earned.  Contact Beth Martin if interested.
For Auction Sponsorships, contact Beth Martin for additional details. Our sponsorship levels are:
Title Live Sponsor (1 available) – $5,000
Presenting Sponsor (2 available) – $2,500 SOLD OUT
Dessert Auction (1 available): $1,000
Silent Auction Sponsor (4 available)- $500
Video Recognition- $300
Logo Recognition $200


Parent Like A Champion Today Workshops

The next scheduled Parent Like A Champion workshop is scheduled for Thursday, March 18th at 9:30am. We have also added the following options, which are now available for parents to register for on Team Sideline.
–          Wednesday, March 24 – 7:00-8:30pm
–          Saturday, April 3 – 9:00-10:30am
–          Tuesday, April 6 – 7:00-8:30pm

Spring Track IS RUNNING!

Calling all Gator Runners!
We ARE participating, virtually, in CYO track events this spring. You may sign up here
Student runners and their helpers will be responsible for running and timing their events and submitting times each week through the school website. Times will be submitted to CYO each week for inclusion in the weekly virtual meets.
Event date deadlines are: May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4. Cost is $25 per athlete.
Events offered are:
 4th/5th Grade Events
–          50m Race
–          100m Race
–          400m Race
–          Shuttle Relay (4 x 60m)
6th / 7th / 8th Grade Events
–          100m
–          400m
–          800m
–          4 x 100m Relay
This is a great opportunity to get outside, exercise, and safely participate in athletics with friends.
If you need scholarship information please contact Jeanne Flohr – we are happy to help all gators participate in CYO.
Special thanks to April Smith who will coordinate this virtual track opportunity!


Lenten Journey—The Mystery of the Eucharist online series

Episode 4:  Biblical Foundations of the Eucharist FORMED video link:Presence – Episode 4: Biblical Foundations with Dr. Tim Gray – Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist – FORMED 
The Eucharist is central to our faith, and we should always be eager to discover and appreciate and understand this mystery more fully.  Unfortunately, not all Christians have believed in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and there have been some divisions and outside objections in history.  Our journey should always be marked by faith and love, and work for more of each, as we open ourselves up to God. 
Family discussion Questions after watching the video: 

  1. Was there anything new in the video that you hadn’t heard before?  What stood out to you? 
  2. Have you heard any of these objections before?   Did you respond at all, and if so, what did you find that was helpful to others? 
  3. Do any of the objections sway you? 
  4. How does the teaching on Passover deepen your appreciation for the Eucharist? 
  5. What from St. Paul helps understand Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist as metaphysical, not metaphorical? 
  6. Are “reasonable standards” often reasonable? 
  7. What is the heart of accepting the doctrine of the Eucharist, and given to us by Jesus Christ and continually taught by the Catholic Church?  What will you carry with you to help others in their own journey of faith in the Eucharist?  

Follow these steps to join FORMED  for free with Holy Rosary! 

  1. Visit 
  2. Under “Create an Account”, search “98116” or “Holy Rosary Seattle”, then select our Parish. 
  1. Enter your name and email address in the boxes; click the “Sign Up” button. 
  2. Check your email address you gave for a registration link from FORMED, click the link to confirm. 
  3. This will bring you to the home page of FORMED. In the future, and click on the “Sign In” link for instant access.
Stations Of The Cross–Fridays During Lent

On Fridays, Father will lead the Stations of the Cross in the Church starting at 7:00pm, for all Fridays during Lent.  You are welcome to join in person (no reservations needed) or to watch via Livestream.
You can view the livestream and the archived video on our Vimeo page at as well as on our Facebook page at
Attached is PDF of the Stations of the Cross booklet for you to follow the prayers and responses.  The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. Stations of the Cross Pamphlet Feb 2021

Baptisms at Holy Rosary Church during COVID19
We are happy to be able to safely baptize children during COVID-19.  For baptisms, everyone attending age 2 years and older wears a mask and follows all COVID-19 screening and protocols. We currently schedule one family for Baptism at a time on Saturday mornings.  If you are interested in having your child baptized and they are under age 7, please email Deyette at You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, For Baptism for Children older than age 7, please email Sr. Stella at
Service Available for 7th-12th Graders

If you have a 7th-12th grader, consider signing up for our Welcome Table Lenten Service Project! Families can either prepare and drop off a meal or serve the meal outside while wearing masks.  If you have any questions, contact Bridget Bicek at You can sign-up for a volunteer spot here:

Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. 

If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


Registration for the Lacrosse Spring 2021 Season is now OPEN! 

Do you have kids looking for a fun, new sport to get involved with? The SW Titans, our local lacrosse league is recruiting, and we want to help kids get back into activities using the best available safety protocols while balancing the need to get kids active and outdoors again. If you’re interested in finding out what is so fun about the “fastest game on two feet”, keep reading and reach out to us!
Lacrosse is one of the world’s oldest sports, with its roots coming from indigenous peoples of North America, including what’s now the Northeast U.S. and Southeast Canada. It is now the fastest-growing youth sport in the U.S! Lacrosse is a mashup of hockey, soccer, and football. It’s fast, dynamic, physical, and exciting to watch. For athletes playing soccer or football in the early spring, Lacrosse is the perfect complementary late spring sport. The Southwest Lacrosse Club (SWLC) serves youth and high school boys in the general areas of West Seattle, Burien, Normandy Park, Seatac, Des Moines, Tukwila, Renton, and Federal Way. Below is a breakdown of the upcoming boys season. Further details for the girls 3rd-8th program through the West Seattle Lacrosse Club (WSLAX) is shared via a link below.
Season: April– June 2021
Grades, fees, practices, games 
Co-Ed K-2 – $80 – Practice Sundays in May/June
Boys 3/4 – $175 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys 5/6 – $275 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys 7/8 – $325 – 2x/week – Weekends
Boys HS – $450 – 2-3x/week – 2x/week
Next Steps:

  1. Register with US Lacrosse($30)
  2. Register for your local club:

High School Boys  (Chief Sealth and south areas)
HIgh School Boys (West Seattle High School area)
Girls 3rd-8th (all areas)
Boys 3rd-8th (all areas)
Co-Ed K-2 (all areas)

  1. Enjoy the season! – Practices begin the week of March 15th
Live Online Art!

A supportive space to create dazzling art, socialize and have fun.



Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Violin Lessons

Caitlin Kelley is a professional violinist based in West Seattle. She performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Opera, and received a graduate degree from the Juilliard School in NYC. She is an active violin teacher, and is currently accepting new students of all ages. She would be happy to offer a free trial lesson to Holy Rosary students that are interested in trying out violin lessons, or who might prefer to switch to a West Seattle-based teacher. At the moment, all lessons are being held online via Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, but she will return to in-person lessons at her studio in West Seattle once it’s safe to do so. She may be reached at 206-245-7025 or

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

The Grove West Seattle Inn

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs.
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.Thank you,James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)

Doyle’s Automotive Service

Doyle’s is owned and operated by one of our Holy Rosary Families. It is located at 4607 37th Ave SW. Please call (206) 935-2600 for an appointment. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours are M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website