Family Communication 3/15/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this message finds you well! I am hopeful that spring is on the way with the beautiful weather we had last weekend!

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 Alexandra, Charlotte, David, Audriella, Brody, Delaney, Evianna, Gunnar, Jackson, Justin, Kevin, Lauren, Leighton, Waverly, Reilly, Sophia, Hayden, and Quincy as they walk this journey and prepare for Baptism, First Communion, and/or Confirmation at the Great Easter Vigil and Divine Mercy Sunday. 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 on Initiation for yourself, please reach and I’ll put you in touch with the right people.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

In Christ,


March 24 March for Our Lives

St. James Cathedral is sponsoring a prayer opportunity prior to the March 24 March for Our Lives. Please see this PDF if this is a cause you are interested in supporting.


529 Plans and K-12 Education

Did you know that 529 Education Savings Plans could now be used to pay for K-12 education — including Catholic school tuition? Changes approved in the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act extend the use of 529 Education Savings Plans — traditionally meant to cover college or other post-high school education and training cost — can now be used for approved K-12 education expenses. Check out this resource to learn more about the changes.

Lenten Brown Bag Lunch

There is no school tomorrow due to an Archdiocesan Teacher In-Service, so no lunches will be collected, however, remember to bring lunches next Friday and men’s socks. More details below in Lenten Outreach.

Parents Club Meeting

Come hear guest speaker, Chris Harnish from Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, speak about how extra-curricular involvement and other “pro-social” activities help our kids make good choices! Social hour starts at 6:30 and meeting presentation at 7.

Added bonus – Come learn about our new SCRIP program, a fundraiser for the school. SCRIP cards from Thriftway and the Metropolitan Market will be available for cash sale in $50 and $100 increments and the school gets 5% back on all cards sold. Every card sold at this week’s Parents Club will come with one free dress pass!

Also, please note that the May meeting is being moved to Wednesday, May 2 in order to solicit input from parents regarding our Strategic Plan.

Stop by, grab a beer or a glass of vino, and we will see you in the School Hall tonight!

Milk Volunteer

The office is looking for a volunteer to help distribute milk during lunch times every Monday. The time commitment is approximately an hour and a half.

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.


  • March 16 – Deanery Curriculum Day – no school – BASE open
  • March 30 – Good Friday – noon dismiss – BASE open
  • April 2-6 – Easter break – BASE open
  • April 21 – HEART auction – SSCC Brockey Center, 5 p.m.
  • May 18 – Talent Show (all day)
  • May 25 – Field Day – noon dismiss


Lenten Outreach

During Lent, our students will be participating in a variety of service outreach and prayer opportunities. The details for our annual Lenten Brown Bag lunch program with St. Martin de Porres can be found below. Please watch your child’s classroom newsletter and website for details about our upcoming Holy Thursday Service Outreach. The six weeks of Lent give us ample time and opportunity for service outreach. Pick and choose the activities that work for your family.

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 bring a lunch or two and a toiletry item on designated Fridays during Lent. These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

Please keep the toiletry items separate from the lunches.

Thank you!

  • March 16 – no school due to Archdiocesan In-service Day
  • March 23 – men’s socks
Recess Monitor Volunteer

Recess monitor volunteers needed for third trimester starting next week. Click here for more information and to sign up.


Development Directives

AUCTION QUESTIONS might be answered here on our dedicated auction page.

AUCTION TICKETS can be purchased here. Less than 75 tickets remain.

ONLINE AUCTION has some choice items to bid on! Place five bids and receive a free dress pass for each child in your family! Online auction closes Sunday at 8 p.m. Go to the online auction here.

Some of the items up for bid:

  • Restaurants – Husky Deli, Canlis, West City Kitchen
  • Tickets – 5th Ave, Mariners, Seattle Symphony, Seattle U, Admiral Theatre
  • Apparel – Cabi, Funky Jane’s, Lika Love, Carmelia
  • Services – hair cuts, spa services, music lessons, house cleaning
  • Electronics – karaoke, Echo, MiP Robot, Nintendo Labo
  • Hotels – Westin, Sheraton, The Grove
  • Getaways – Sunriver, Alderbrook, Portland
  • Parties – Mission for Ladies, Carmelia & Lika Love Night Out, Mission for Guys, Bingo Bash with the teachers
  • School/Church – church parking spot, Blue Plate lunches, Dennis Uniform, free dress passes.

RAFFLE TICKETS are selling fast. Don’t miss out on $5,000 towards tuition for one year. Only 100 tuition raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. New this year is a raffle for 50 volunteer hours for $50. Don’t miss out on having all your volunteer hours erased for the year. Please return the purple raffle sheet to the office or pick up a new sheet there. Please contact Kristin McMahan at with raffle questions.

SWEET CHARITY – The dessert committee is seeking your donations of a homemade or bakery purchased dessert. Maybe you have a famous family recipe or know someone who does. We are always looking for new, creative desserts! All proceeds from the dessert auction benefit Holy Rosary’s tuition assistance program. You will receive fundraising hours for your efforts! (Volunteer hours vary depending on time spent making or purchasing and delivering a dessert – there’s a maximum of four total hours you can earn per year donating food items.)

To sign up to donate a dessert, email your name, phone number and what type of dessert you are thinking of donating, to Sarah Mosley (Vincent (4B) and Dominic (2B) Bucci’s mom) by email: or phone/text 206-849-7977. If you need ideas we are happy to make suggestions. We hope to receive all submissions ASAP. Dessert delivery will be from 11-2 on the day of the auction – April 21 at South Seattle Community College.

DANCE PICTURES WANTED – Please send your dance pictures to April Sunderland at by March 28. All decades accepted and pictures will be used to decorate the auction venue.

Bingo Blast With The Teachers!

ATTENTION ALL FUN-SEEKERS – It’s time to sign up for the annual Bingo Bash with the teachers! It’s a very fun night for the kids to spend with their classmates and teachers playing bingo, eating pizza, dancing, games, and winning prizes! Parents drop children off at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 13 and pick them up at 8, so it allows you time to have some fun yourselves while the kids are here at school! $30 per child, all-inclusive. Your child will definitely want to be part of the fun 😉

Look for the permission form coming home today with your child for you to sign and return. Please indicate on the form if you paid for bingo via the online auction. Send all completed forms back with your child or drop them at the office. THANK YOU! Download a form here if needed.

Gator Accessories

Strideline Socks, with the Holy Rosary logo, have been approved as uniform compliant. There are two sizes available: Small (fits shoes size M1-5 W3-7) Standard (fits shoe size M6-13 W8-15) Click here to order.

Annual Fund

Please pay your ANNUAL FUND pledges here, or via check made out to Holy Rosary School. Didn’t participate in the November Annual Fund drive? It is not too late! DONATE HERE! Fundraisers, along with the Annual Fund, help close the gap between the cost to educate vs. tuition charged.


Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field

Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field registration is open for Parish girls and boys in grades 4-8. No prior track and field experience required! Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 5:45 – 7:15 at Hiawatha track. First practice is Tuesday, March 27. Larry Swegle and Ken Smith 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 and Ken can plan ahead. Register here. Meet dates below.

  • Preliminary – Saturday, May 5 at 10 or 2:30
  • Relay – Saturday, May 12 at 10 or 3
  • 8th Grade Pentathlon – Sunday, May 13 at 12:30
  • Qualifying – Saturday, May 19 at 10 or 3
  • Championship – Saturday, June 2, at 10 (All Comers) and 12
Sundance Gear

It’s time to order your Sundance gear! In appreciation of all of your hard work, all dancers will be allowed to wear their Sundance gear to school on May 7, the day of performance! For those new to CREW, make sure you add CREW to your name on your hoodie! Please note that we have changed the pants to the same style as the Gator cotton pants. All sizing is the same as the cotton Gator sweats.

All gear is black with a choice between the pink Sundance logo with the dancer, or a white Sundance title with no logo. We only order once a year so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Please fill out this form and deliver it to the school office with payment by March 26.

Please make checks payable to “Kathy Eckelkamp”.


Nursery Open On Easter Sunday

Holy Rosary Parish Nursery is open on Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8:30 and 10:30 in the basement of our Parish Center. The nursery is open to children aged one and walking, up to kindergarten. If you have not had an opportunity to use our nursery, we have two caregivers who are experienced caregivers. They are also background checked and Virtus compliant. If you have any questions, please email Deyette at

Volunteer Opportunities For High Schoolers And/Or Adults

Does your high schooler need volunteer hours, as well as a way to share her/his leadership skills? We have many opportunities at Holy Rosary Parish. Contact Deyette at with questions or to volunteer.

A Few More Volunteers Needed For Helping With Laundry After Easter Vigil Service

Good news — we already have two volunteers, but are looking for a few more to help with laundry. We have a record number of children, 25 to be exact, receiving their Sacraments at Easter Vigil Service at 8:30 p.m. on March 31. This is wonderful news and we welcome all to come witness and celebrate their becoming Catholic. We also need help with laundry after they are baptized that evening.  We will have many loads of washing white towels, burgundy and white gowns and it will not be possible to do with our one washer and dryer at our Parish Office.  We are looking for several people who could take home one or two loads to wash and return.  If you can help or if you have any questions, please contact Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or email at

Upcoming Events To Help You Grow In Your Faith
  • PRAY THE ROSARY – Monday evenings on March 19 and 26 from 7 to 7:30 we will pray the Rosary in the Parish Center chapel. Whether this is your first time to pray the Rosary, or you are a regular at praying the Rosary, all are welcome to join. If you have questions, email Deyette at
  • LENTEN PRAYER AND MEDITATION – Every Tuesday in Lent we will gather for a half-hour of prayer and meditation in the presence of the Eucharist. Our next meeting will be on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Chapel. Feel free to invite a friend!
  • BIBLE STUDY – We have started a new study on the book of Exodus! Our current group meets on Wednesday mornings after the morning Mass, starting between 9:30 and 9:45. The next session will be March 21. 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.
  • WALKING WITH PURPOSE – Women of all ages and stages of life are welcome to learn more about Women in the Bible at our Friday morning group at 9:15 in the Parish Center reception room. Childcare is provided. Also, W.W.P. will host a six-week discussion on the book, My Sisters the Saints, by Colleen Carroll; each Wednesday, starting April 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center reception room. If you have questions, call or email Deyette at 206-935-8353 or
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ADULTS 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), in the 7A school classroom. This weekend’s 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 (206-937-1488 x203 or

Spring Cleaning? Choose To Donate!

Here’s how you can declutter your house and help others:

  • DONATE TO CLOTHESLINE – You can drop off all ages clothing, shoes, and accessories for Clothesline at the back of the church in the Clothesline bin or at our Parish Office.  Clothesline, a non-profit, is part of the West Seattle Helpline and serves those in need in West Seattle.
  • DONATE TO WESTSIDE BABY –  Donate children’s (aged 0-12 years) items to WestSide Baby. You can drop off children’s clothing, toys, equipment etc. for Westside Baby, in the box in the used uniform closet at the back of the Church at the Parish Office.
  • STUFF THE TRUCK – Holy Rosary’s St. Vincent de Paul Society will be sponsoring a Stuff the Truck event on May 12 from 9-5 in the Holy Rosary School parking lot. We will be happy to take your no longer needed clothing, books and small household items. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any large furniture or appliances. Your donation of goods will help restock our St. Vincent de Paul stores which help the needy in our area. If you have any questions regarding the event you can call Julie Reagan at 206-935-5914 or Dave Sherwood at 206-919-2633. A tax receipt will be provided.


Summer Camps

Summer camps are listed on our summer camp page here. It’s updated as needed.

Kennedy’s High School Musical On Stage

Please join us for the Kennedy Catholic spring musical, High School Musical on Stage, at the Highline Performing Arts Center March 15-18. Tickets are available at the door or online here. We hope to see you at this exciting production for all ages!

Art Workshop Classes With Ms. Reuter

Now enrolling for after school art workshop session B5!

  • Dates:  April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
  • Time:  3:15-5:00 p.m. Doors open right at 3 p.m.
  • Cost:  $175
  • Location:  Seattle Lutheran High School. An easy walk across the courtyard, right behind Holy Rosary School.
  • Ages: K-6
  • Projects: Puff paintings, flying plaster pigs (wahoo!), TP coy fish, wacky hats, straw engineering, and loads of other super fun stuff.
CrossFit LOFT

HIIT bootcamp classes are offered at CrossFit LOFT (your neighbor and Holy Rosary auction donator behind the church and rectory)! Come try a week out for FREE. Classes are offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., and 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Our hour long HIIT class includes a fully instructed warm-up, workout, “kicker” and cool-down. We keep it simple and fun with body weight exercises, fun weight implements and lots of fun functional movements to keep your workout interesting and super effective.

Email to start your free week! See this brochure for more information and our website at