Family Communication 4/11/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We’re near the beginning of Holy Week.  This Sunday, we commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday.  As we proceed through Holy Week, we will celebrate our Lenten service opportunities during the school Mass on Wednesday.  

Holy Thursday, the day we commemorate the Feast of the Lord’s Supper, marks the beginning of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil).  During the school day, students will participate in a Faith Family activity that allows them to learn about the institution of the Eucharist celebrated at the Feast of the Lord’s Supper.  I encourage your family to attend the Mass of the Lord’s Supper that evening at 7:00 pm.  It is during that Mass that you will witness some having their feet washed, reminiscent of Christ washing the Apostles’ feet, a model of cleansing, service, and humility in the Church.  

Friday, Good Friday, is a dark day- the anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion and death.  The lights will be down in the school and students will participate in living Stations of the Cross at 11:10.  I encourage you to join us for this powerful tradition.  School will end with a SILENT dismissal at noon.  Please help us maintain a reverent silence as students leave the church and the school.   Friday night, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be held in the church at 7:00 pm.  

At nightfall on Holy Saturday (8:30 pm), we celebrate the great Easter Vigil- the beginning of the Easter Liturgies.  We begin in darkness and celebrate the glorious light that is Jesus’ resurrection.  It is during this Vigil Mass that we celebrate the Rites of Initiation for the children in the school joining the church.  

I hope you have a blessed and prayerful Holy Week and hope to see you around!

In Christ, 



Next week is the holiest week of the year.  In order for us to become holy, we must join with Christ during these difficult days if we wish to truly share in the joy of the Resurrection at Easter.

Spy Wednesday

St. Stephen Youth Group Living Stations of the Cross, 8PM

     This incredible drama, with costume, makeup and staging

      brings the Passion to life with prayer and song as well.

Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7PM

      Adoration follows as we keep watch with Jesus in the Garden

      in the Saint Dominic Chapel in the Parish Center

Good Friday

Stations of the Cross followed by Confessions, 3PM

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 7PM


Great Vigil:  8:30PM

      This wondrous Liturgy celebrates the culmination of what

      we have longed and waited for:  Christ the Light,

      who banishes the darkness.  We also welcome our

       new members through Christian Initiation.

Easter Morning:  8:30AM and 10:30AM 

Also, visit if you are traveling to find ways to celebrate these mysteries with the Church wherever you are.

I hope you have a blessed Holy Week.

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! Pizza lunch tomorrow!

Talent Show Permission Slips in Office

The annual HRS Talent Show is coming up on Friday, May 17th and will be a Disney theme!  We are looking forward to seeing the students sharing their talents with our school.  Permission slips are now in the front office, so pick one up today!  Please make sure to read the directions carefully and turn in completed and signed slips into the office.  Group acts need to turn in their slips together.  The last day to turn in permission slips is Tuesday, April 30th.

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!!

2019-2020 School Calendar

Next year’s K-8 calendar and Preschool calendar are now available.

Ambassador Families for 2019/20

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Details can be found here.


Holy Rosary Custom Glassybaby

A perfect gift for Easter/Graduation/HRS alum!  We still have a number of our first custom glassybaby made for Holy Rosary School.

Proceeds of the sale of these special handblown glassybabys go to our school.  It is a perfect celebratory gift for any occasion!

“Blessed are the Peacemakers” are “Cherish” opaque white with gold-filled etching of the School’s logo, and are available for $100-.  

Order you commemorative glassybaby online here (insert link).  Payment will be charged to your FACTS account.  Questions? Or need a different option to pay?  Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer – 8A) at


Parents Club Service Awards

It’s that time again!  We are seeking nominations for the 2019 Parents Club Distinguished Service Award.  This award is given annually to a parent who has dedicated considerable time and service, truly above and beyond, to make our school what it is!  This award is often given to a parent of a graduating 8th grader, but nominations are not limited to 8th grade parents.  Interested in nominating someone?  Send your nomination to Parents Club President Ann Baker,, no later than April 19th!  

Volunteers Needed in the Library

Are you looking to fill the last of your Holy Rosary volunteer hours?  I am looking for volunteers to help run our Scholastic Book Fair this spring.  Volunteers will be asked to monitor book fair and process purchases during their shift.  If you are interested in donating your time, please use the following sign-up genius link to sign-up.

I am also looking for volunteers to help periodically shelve books in our library.  Please email me using the contact info below if you are available to help out.

Emergency Communications To All Schools

Dear Catholic School Parents, Guardians and Stakeholders:

A bill that would require law enforcement to provide critical emergency communications to all schools needs your help! 

Your state representatives are considering a bill (SSB 5514) that would require law enforcement to provide critical notifications to a school (whether public or private) when an emergency necessitating a lockdown or evacuation is happening in the school’s vicinity.  This practice is not currently required by state law and there are many examples of Catholic schools, non-Catholic private schools, and even public schools not receiving notifications of ongoing threats to students and staff.

Please contact your representative today and encourage them to protect all children!  Visit the Washington State Catholic Conference’s Action Center to connect directly to your local representative (based on your address) and provide an email message encouraging their support of the bill.  You may use the message provided as it is already written or personalize it for greater impact!  

SSB 5514 has received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Senate and needs only a full vote of the House of Representatives to send the bill to the Governor for his signature.

Please take action now!


The WSCC Team

The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in our state.  Representing the Catholic Bishops of Washington, we advocate for public policies that promote the common good.  For more information on the WSCC and to keep up to date on important state and federal issues, sign up at

FINAL Brown Bag Friday For St. Martin de Porres Men’s Shelter

Friday is your last opportunity to participate in our Lenten Outreach. We will be delivering lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter Friday morning. Students are asked to help pack and bring a lunch along with an additional item.

These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

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

Sign-up form now available! The annual Father-Daughter Glow Bowl event at West Seattle Bowl is on Friday, May 3rd  from 5-8pm. Theme: Seattle Mariners. Sign-ups close EOD Tuesday, April 30th. Click here to register; this event fills up fast!


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.


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:

  • Monday Rosary–Join us during Lent for Monday evenings at 6:30pm in the St. Dominic Chapel, Parish Center for a Rosary.
  • 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 16. Our topic will be “What is Easter All About?”
  • Upcoming Bible Studies – This Easter season, we’ll be starting two new Bible Studies! Our Wednesday Morning group will be studying a book (to be determined), and our Facebook Group will use an 8-week introduction to the whole Bible. If you are interested, please register at
  • Women with Purpose – All women are invited to a new series for the Easter Season starting May 1 and 3, Judith Valente’s How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. 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 6 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. John the Apostle. St. John was the only one of the Twelve who was present at the crucifixion of Jesus, and he describes this critical moment vividly in his Gospel. Because of this, he is the only one of the Apostles who died naturally, despite the Romans trying to murder him by poison or boiling oil. We celebrated his feast on December 27.




Antique (Late 1880’s) Upright Kimball Piano

Shoulder to Shoulder is working with Sister Stella and Sister Juanita on their house renovation. They have a lovely antique (late 1880’s) upright Kimball piano that needs a new home. It is a beautiful wood with carving, amazing sound (but needs tuning). Are you in need of a piano or know someone who does? Free to whomever can move it out. Please contact Maggie Hooks if you have any questions about it. Email-

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.

West Seattle High School Parents Night Out

Babysitting service put on by the Sophomore Class ASB- Sitters are CPR trained

Date: Saturday, May 4th Time: 5:30pm-10:00pm

Pricing:kids ages 3(potty trained) – 11 years old

-$30 per kid if you bring two canned goods for WS food bank, $35 without canned food – Prices includes pizza, movie, games and crafts

Tell your friends and reserve your spot today!

Check in at the Historical Entrance on the left side of the building.

3000 California Ave SW, Seattle, 98116

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.

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!