Family Communication 3/21/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Thank you so much for all of your support, contributions, and volunteer hours to make this year’s auction a success!  Events like these are truly a team effort, and everyone played a part in making our largest fundraiser a success.   From the bottom of my heart, we are grateful!

As you know, the fund-an-item this year was the big toy area on the playground, and we continue our planning to update the big toy area this summer.  More to come on this!  Contact our development director Beth Martin if you are interested in supporting this fund-an-item.

Finally, we continue our journey through Lent.  I continue to focus on making this Lenten season one of prayer and growth in preparation for Easter renewal.   If you’ve encountered some bumps along the way in your Lenten journey, you’re not alone!  I encourage you to keep at it- for it’s far less about perfection than it is the journey.  

Here’s another resource that might support you in personal reflection as you continue on your Lenten journey- I encourage you to watch these short videos of  Bishop Barron speaking about the meaning of Lent.

In Christ, 



On Saturday, March 30th, we are having a special Marriage Enrichment Evening.  Ken and Nikki Kloeppel, HRS Parents, help with Engaged Encounter retreats and will be hosting this night.  After attending the 5PM Mass, you are invited to join us in the School Hall.  After dinner, Ken and Nikki will lead the evening reflections and activities. 

Marriage is a gift as couples are called to witness to each other the love of God.  But love is not easy—it is something that takes work and tending.  Give your spouse, yourself and your marriage a gift of this evening together.

Please call the parish office or email to RSVP to help us plan ahead for food. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • 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.

CYO  Gator Gear

Are you geared up for Spring? We will be running an extra order to get your athletes all gear up!  Please send your order in by March 27th to the school office.All proceeds benefit the CYO Scholarship fund. Youth Gear & Adult Gear

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

School Commission Seeking New Members

WE’VE EXTENDED OUR APPLICATION DEADLINE! 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 24, 2019. Applicants will subsequently be contacted for interviews.

Nominating Committee

  • Brendan Kolding, President (
  • Julie Leonardo, Vice-President (
  • Karin Hansen, Member-at-large (


Development Directives

Woohoo, our largest fundraiser is in the books! Holy O’Rosary Pub is officially closed! This truly is a community event and thank you all for helping to pull it off. A special thanks to the Chairs: Jet Lin, Kate McGovern, Wendy Mowat and Molly Ward. Also, thank you to all the leads that worked on this event for months and the day of 50+ volunteers. As you can tell this is a HUGE volunteer effort.

Expenses are still coming in, but it looks like we made more money than ever before! The Fund An Item alone brought in $60,000 towards the Big Toy playground upgrades. If you missed out on giving to this much needed improvement, contact Beth Martin.

Credit cards have been charged and receipts sent. If you didn’t receive yours, please contact Beth Martin. Don’t forget to apply for MATCHING FUNDS from your company. All money spent over Fair Market Value is eligible for matching.

AUCTION PURCHASES are available for pick up in the main office, please pick up asap. The exceptions are BUYBACKS and TEACHER BOOKS, these will be sent home in April or as they are completed.

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.



Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field 

Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field registration is now open for Parish girls and boys in 4th-8th grade.  No prior Track and Field experience required!  Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, NEW TIME 5:45pm-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 parent volunteers and high school students 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. We are looking forward to another great season!  

To register, please click on this link and select Holy Rosary Seattle: is a new system from last year so you may need to register as a New User.

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!

YouthChoir! Welcomes All Second Graders to Sing on Easter Sunday & Mothers’ Day!

First practice Wednesday, March 27 after school!

This year, for the first time ever(!), the Holy Rosary Children’s YouthChoir! welcomes Second Graders to sing for Easter Sunday! This is our most important Mass of the year and it will be exciting to see and hear all the new young singers join together with our YouthChoir! and sing for Easter Sunday 10:30 Mass! Second graders usually join the choir for Mothers’ Day Mass, but Easter is so late this year, that we are inviting them to start early. They will get to learn about choir and the joy of singing together! And they will still get to sing for their moms on Mothers’ Day! And there is no charge for second graders. 😉

We will sing at the 10:30 Masses on Easter Sunday, April 21 and also Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 12. Rehearsals are after school in the chapel starting next week on Wednesdays: March 27, April 3, 10, 17. We’re off for Easter break and then continue with double practices after school on April 30 and May 1, and May 7 and 8, from 2:30-3:15. Teachers will escort kids from classroom to chapel. Pick-up is from the chapel courtyard at 3:15. Students will be escorted back to BASE as needed. They will also rehearse before Mass Sunday morning (April 21, May 12) in the chapel at 9:30am. No cost for Second Graders to participate. Donations always welcome.

2nd Graders Join the Choir

To register your Second Grader to sing on Easter and Mothers’ Day, please register online on the Holy Rosary Parish website. Arrangements can also be made if there is a Wednesday rehearsal conflict. Our goal is to have as many Second Graders as possible join the choir and sing for Easter and for their Moms!

Inclusion Ministry Mass

All families with students with special needs are invited and welcome at the Archbishop’s Inclusion Mass this Saturday, March 23rd at 11 AM at St. James Cathedral.  Following the Mass will be a party-dance at the O’Dea HS gym! More information can be found here:  

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 27.
  • Women with Purpose— All women are invited to a new series for Lent, 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. Mary Magdalene. St. Mary Magdalene was an early disciple and supporter of Jesus, perhaps because he had cast seven demons out of her. She remained with him even through his crucifixion, and was the first person to bring news of his resurrection. Therefore, she is called “Apostle to the Apostles.” We celebrate her feast on July 22.




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!