Family Communication 3/22/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope this message finds you well and that these last couple of weeks of Lent are a prayerful time for you and your family. As we move towards Holy Week, I encourage you to pay attention to the Holy Rosary Parish Holy Week Schedule, available on the Parish website to fully participate in the most important week in the Liturgical Year.

When we return from Spring Break, we’ll be well into April and on our way to the end of the year. It will be a busy time, so in preparation I’m sharing a few important pieces of information with you now for your planning:

Summer Camps: Holy Rosary School will offer a few summer camps this year, the first two weeks in August. We’ll have exciting offerings including beach-themed artwork, Harry Potter Camp, Lego Simple Machines, and exciting STEM activities including designing your own popsicle insulator! Space will be limited, but we’re hoping to have at least one option for kids in each grade level and sign-ups will be with next week’s eFC. Stay tuned for more information!

Uniform Logos: This is the last year that the “old” Holy Rosary logo (the schoolhouse image) will be an allowable part of the uniform. Beginning next year, we’ll ask that all logos be the new circular logo available through Dennis Uniforms and Lands End. You’ll start seeing sales soon, so I encourage you to keep an eye on those. Many of you will remember that Dennis Uniform got a bit backlogged last summer. They’re supposed to have fixed the issue, but I encourage you to order early!

18-19 Calendar: The official calendar will be posted later this spring once we finalize the dates of a few events, but for your planning purposes here are the major dates:

  • First Day of School: September 4, 2018
  • Thanksgiving Week (Student conferences): November 19th – 21st (No School November 22nd and 23rd)
  • Christmas Vacation: December 24th – January 4th (noon dismissal on December 21st, school starts again January 7, 2019)
  • Mid-Winter Break: Noon dismissal February 15, 2019, no school February 18-19, 2019
  • Spring Break: April 22-26, 2019
  • Last Day of School: June 14, 2019

I hope this is helpful for you.

Have a blessed rest of the week,


Holy Week Information

Next week we celebrate the mysteries of our salvation – the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for us and our salvation. Come and join with Jesus Christ during these momentous days, that you may share in the fruit of His great victory!

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, March 25
Join Jesus as He enters Jerusalem
Saturday Vigil at 5 p.m.; Sunday Mass 8:30 and 10:30

Wednesday of Holy Week, March 28
School Mass 8:35
Living Stations of the Cross by the St. Stephen Youth Group at 8 p.m.

Holy Thursday, March 29
Come and Join Jesus as He Celebrates the Last Supper and Gives us a Model of Charity
Morning Prayer at 8 in Church
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m.
Adoration at the Altar of Repose in the St. Dominic Chapel until 10 p.m.

Good Friday, March 30
Come and Join Jesus as He goes to Calvary, and Dies for Us
Morning Prayer at 8 in Church
School Living Stations of the Cross at 11:10 in Church
Stations of the Cross at 3pm, followed by Confessions until all are heard (last Confessions before Easter)
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, March 31
Come and Join Jesus as He Rises from the Dead
Morning Prayer at 8 in Church
The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night at 8:30 p.m. with Rites of Initiation for the Elect

Easter Sunday , April 1
Masses at 8:30 and 10:30

March for Our Lives On March 24

Join Catholic churches and schools as they pray for an end to gun violence and peace in our world, joining in the March 24th March for Our Lives. More information can be found here.


Pizza Lunch Reminder

Tomorrow is Pizza Lunch Friday!

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

Bring lunches tomorrow for St. Martin de Porres. The toiletry item is men’s socks. More details below in Lenten Outreach.

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 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 23 – men’s socks
Recess Monitor Volunteer

Recess monitor volunteers needed for third trimester starting immediately. 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 50 tickets remain!

DECORATION COMMITTEE needs your help to decorate our auction venue. Please send your prom/homecoming pictures (any decade) to April Sunderland by March 28.

ONLINE AUCTION purchases need to be picked up asap. See the front office. While the online auction is closed, BINGO BASH and FUND-A-NEED can still be purchased here.

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.

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.


Coding With Kids Spring Session

The Coding With Kids spring session enrollment is open. See our Coding With Kids page for more details and how to register.

Pack 793 Pinewood Derby

The annual Pack 793 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby racing extravaganza happens on Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 in Lanigan Gym. For those participating, the gym will open at 12:30 for registration and trial runs. For those wishing to watch, races begin at 2:30. There will be awards for race winners and for several categories of car design. Additional details are available on the Pack 793 website. Please direct any question to Eddie Osten at

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

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”.


Living Stations of the Cross Dramatic Presentation At Holy Rosary, March 28, 8 PM

During Holy Week, on Wednesday, March 28 at 8 p.m., Holy Rosary Church will once again host a dramatic presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross, with lighting, live actors and music, all recreating each scene of the Passion of Christ. This production is put on by the St. Stephen’s Youth Group. Holy Rosary has hosted them for about 10 years now, and this is a powerful and prayerful way to begin Holy Week. The St. Stephen’s Youth Group teens recreate each scene from the Passion and provide narration and live contemporary Christian music for each tableau setting.

A free will offering is suggested at the end, to help offset the cost of renting a truck to deliver all the staging and lighting gear. Here is a Northwest Catholic article from last year about the production, now in its 30th year.

Please Pray For The Elect And Candidates

Please pray for the following Elect and Candidates as they prepare for receiving their Sacraments at Easter Vigil, March 31, 8:30 p.m. or at Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Alexandra A. (grade 2)
Caroline A.
Charlotte A. (grade 2)
David A. (kindergarten)
Brody B. (grade 5)
Delaney B. (grade 2)
Evianna B. (kindergarten)
Hayden B. (kindergarten)
Jackson B. (grade 5)
Lauren B. (grade 3)
Reilly B. (grade 2)
Quincy D. (grade 2)
Waverly D. (grade 4)

Phoebe F. (grade 3)
Zechariah F. (grade 6)
Gunnar H. (grade 2)
Lucia J. (grade 4)
Reed J. (grade 2)
Audriella L. (grade 2)
Justin M. (grade 6)
Kevin M. (grade 4)
Sophia M. (grade 2)
Cole S. (grade 10)
Sophie S. (grade 7)
Leighton W. (grade 3)

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 – Every Monday in Lent, we will pray the Rosary in the Parish Center Chapel from 7:00-7:30 p.m. Join us March 26. 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 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Chapel. Feel free to invite a friend!
  • STUDY GROUPS – We have two study groups starting this Easter season! Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible is an introduction and overview of the entire Bible in eight weeks, and is a great way to jump into reading, praying, and studying the Bible. We’ll meet on Saturday mornings at 9:15 – after the morning Mass – starting April 14. Second, our Wednesday morning study group will start a new book study on April 11 at 9:30 – after the morning Mass. The book will be announced next week. Please sign up by contacting Robert King, so that we can order materials.
  • 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, WWP is hosting a book discussion for women; more information below.
  • 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. Our next session will be on April 15; the topic will be “Render Unto Caesar: Church, State, and Taxes”.
  • 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

WWP Hosting Book Discussion, My Sisters the Saints, April 11-May 16

Walking with Purpose is hosting for women, a six-week discussion on the book, My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell starting Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we discuss Ms. Campbell’s compelling spiritual memoir as she delves into the lives of six extraordinary women saints and how they provided inspiration and guidance in her life. Join us for all six weeks or drop in as your schedule allows. See this flyer for more details. For more information or questions, email Deyette at

Coffee & Donuts Signup for 8:30 And 10:30 Masses

It is a known fact that we have an amazing community at Holy Rosary Parish. How about grabbing some friends or family members and sign up for a Coffee & Donuts slot? Its super easy to do; you can go to Mass and also catch up with family and friends. It’s also a great way for kids to get involved and support our Parish. Sign up here.

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. Holy Rosary will be offering our own summer camps too. Stay tuned!

Watts Spring Break Basketball Camp

Join Husky and Sonics legends Donald and Slick Watts this SPRING BREAK to make tremendous strides in the game of basketball. Watts Basketball will teach your athletes four major aspects that are necessary to become successful in life:

  1. How to fall in love with the work
  2. How to build on strengths and correct flaws
  3. How to set goals and achieve them
  4. How to be creative

Scholarships are available. Please contact Chelsea in the office at 206-467-1383. Sign up here now while there is still room!

Kennedy Catholic High School Easter Egg Hunt – Tomorrow From 3-4!

Bring your little ones and stop by the Kennedy football field tomorrow between 3 and 4 for the Kennedy Catholic annual Easter egg hunt.  If we have spring showers, the event will move inside. There will be snacks, face painting, and of course the super fun Easter egg hunt with treasured filled eggs. Baskets are provided and event is free!

Free Guardian Nomination Workshop

Who would take care of your kids if something happened to you? Seventy percent of parents haven’t named guardians for their kids, and of the 30% who have, many have made one of six common mistakes. During this free workshop, you will be walked through the process of naming a guardian and receive fully executed documents naming legal guardians for your children! Come join us!

The workshop is totally free but we ask parents to register. Click this link to view upcoming dates and locations, and register for a limited spot.

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.