Family Communication 3/28/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this message finds you well!  The sunny days of late are glorious!  

One of the greatest privileges we have as a Catholic school, is the ability to walk a faith journey with our students. We grow ourselves as we educate our children in the Catholic faith and it’s incredible to watch and see how students deepen their own relationship with Christ over the years.

As part of this journey, sometimes some of our non-Catholic students (and even sometimes their parents) feel called to join the Catholic Church. This year, it is our great honor to support students Perry, Grace, Nora, Eden, Charis, Kirra, Golden, Austin, and Jake as they walk this journey and prepare for Baptism, First Communion, and/or Confirmation at the Great Easter Vigil.  I ask that you keep them in your prayers during these remaining days of Lent as they prepare to receive the Sacraments.

And as a side note, if you’ve ever wondered about the process of joining the Catholic faith for yourself or your children, or completing the Sacraments of Initiation for yourself, please reach and I’ll put you in touch with the right people.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!



The Cross is always startling – a horrific instrument of agony and death.  And yet Christ embraced it – for us, for our salvation – sacrificial love.  And so it becomes beautiful.  In Christ Crucified we see the greatness of His love for us.  It is one of His many witnesses – like when He fed the hungry, raised up those down-hearted, welcomed the outcast, and stooped to wash the feet of others.  During these holiest of days, let us draw near to Christ and the Cross – that we may not only receive the gift of salvation, but that we might be changed and transformed by His love.  For only in this way can we be authentic witnesses to His love in the world.  With three weeks to go until Good Friday – how can you enter more fully into the mystery of the Cross during these Lenten days?  How can you help your children do the same?

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • April 19 – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
  • April 22 – 26 – Easter Break
  • April 30th – Class Pictures
  • May 3rd Father – Daughter Glow Bowl
  • May 15th-22nd – Spring BOGO Book Fair
  • May 16th – 4th Grade Bake Sale
  • May 17th – Talent Show
  • May 23rd – Wax Museum
  • May 24th – Noon Dismissal, Field Day
  • May 27th – No School, Memorial Day


Pizza Lunch Tomorrow!

Yum yum! Time for 8th grade pizza lunch this Friday

Overdue Library Books

All overdue books need to be returned by TOMORROW!! Any books not returned by Friday, March 31st will be billed through FACTS as missing books.  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.)

Musical Note From The Band!

ALL band members (gr. 5-8) are preparing for upcoming concerts!  Please take note that these following dates are graded/required performances!

Wed., May 15th : Band Festival/Kennedy Catholic H.S./7P.M.  More details to come!

Fri., May 17th :  Holy Rosary Talent Show

Please make sure your student is on time for class, brings their instrument to rehearsals and practices in between!!

Spring is in the air!  It’s concert time!!

Congratulations to the following Junior High students

8th Grade High Honors (A/A+)                                            8th Grade Honors (A/A-)

Gabby B                   Julia K                                                  P.J. B                        Ellen K

Jack C                      Ben L                                                    Zach B                     Andrew M

Olivia D                     Morgan M                                          Grace F                     Ella R

Jeffery G                   Mackenzie M                                   Georgia H                 Ella S

A.J. G                        R.J. P                                                   Gabriel K                  Hanna U

Sophia K                   Jimmy Z


7th grade High Honors (A/A+)                                             7th Grade Honors (A/A-)

Elena D                    Justin N                                               Madeline B            Amelia K

Blake H                    Mia P                                                    Alison C                 Grace M

Jake H                     Kyrah S                                                Carter C                 Ava P

Dane H                     Eamon M                                              Steele G                 Drew V

Eli P                                                                                             Jack H

Important Dates For Next Year

First Day of School – Tuesday, September 3rd

Fall Conferences – Monday, November 25th-Wednesday, November 27th

Christmas Break – Monday, December 23rd-Friday, January 3rd

Winter Break – Monday, February 17th-Tuesday, February 18th

Easter Break – Monday, April 13th-Friday, April 17th

Last Day of School – Friday, June 12th

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.

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

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

Holy Rosary School is Hiring

Holy Rosary School is hiring for an instructional aid and recess assistant for the 2019-2020 school year.  Position is approximately 25-28 hours per week when school is in session.  More information can be found at:


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.

Development Directives

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 should be eligible for matching.

Tired of figuring out how you will get those hours in?

We are looking for MAGAZINE DRIVE chairs. You will fulfill all your hours early in the school year. This is a great Co-Chair opportunity. One person would do the majority of work at home utilizing spreadsheets. Another could take on the role of theme, assembly and prizes. Our past chairs are happy to meet and train you. If interested in learning more, please contact Beth Martin.


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)
Volunteer for SunDance

All school parents are able to volunteer for the SunDance Production of Charlotte’s Web (rehearsal May 5th and performance May 6th).  We have a need for parent helpers backstage both nights. Sign up information here.   These are general volunteer hours.  Thank you for helping us put on another amazing dance show.


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

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 Gradeds as possible join the choir and sing for Easter and for their Moms!

Opportunities for Adults

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

  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you, or someone you know, has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! 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, April 3. Our topic will be “Holiness and Happiness”.
  • 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 if you 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 look at St. Lucy. St. Lucy lived in Sicily when Diocletian was Emperor. Her mother betrothed her to a wealthy Roman pagan, but Lucy wanted to give her dowry to the poor. Her suitor reported her to the Roman authorities as a Christian, leading to her torture and execution. Because her eyes were gouged as part of her torture, she is patron of the blind and anyone with eye ailments. Her feast is on December 13.


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.

An Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ

Experiencing Kinship on the Margins: Changing the way we look for Happiness

All are invited to an Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, May 8 from 7-9pm in the Walmesley Center (7000 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126).  Fr.”G” is founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.  He is also a best-selling author of two books, Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir.  In his talks, Fr. G shares stories and much wisdom about difficult realities, humanity, restorative justice, community and God’s boundless love and compassion.  Learn more and get tickets at  Tickets are also on sale at OLG parish, school and after weekend Masses.  Contact Jennifer with questions: 206-935-0358 x.120.    

Holy Names Academy Summer Camps

Holy Names Academy offers summer camps for young women entering Grades 4 through 8, and to any student starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall.

2019 offerings include:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Coding
  • Leadership Academy

Please visit for additional information and registration instructions.

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!