Dear Holy Rosary Families,
We have entered the Sacred Triduum, and we are walking with Jesus during His final days and towards His glorious resurrection at Easter. Today all classes in the school participated in a Holy Thursday prayer service, where students learned about and prayed about the Last Supper. Tomorrow all students will go into the church to experience the Living Stations of the Cross, a powerful Good Friday tradition. You can watch this live streamed from home, we will pray two Living Stations, one at 9:30 and one at 11:10. Students should be in perfect uniform Friday and at noon (11:55 and 12:05) we will have a silent dismissal. Thank you for assisting us with this powerful tradition on Good Friday.
I wish you all a blessed Easter and a relaxing spring break! When we return we will definitely be in the end-of-the year countdown!! We encourage all families to test your children for COVID-19 prior to returning from spring break, especially if you are traveling. If you do not have a rapid test at home, you can bring your child through the office our first day back from break. If your child is unvaccinated and you will be traveling, please contact the office so we can set up testing the week we are back from break.
May the peace of Christ be with you this Easter!
“Let us go with him to die.” The words of the Apostle Thomas just two weeks ago as they neared Jerusalem. So too, we go with Jesus to die – in hopes of rising to new life. Life isnt perfect. It has its aches and pains and sufferings – physical, mental, spiritual; amidst relationships, communities and nations. Our own solutions always eventually fail. Christ alone can set us free – and does – in His Passion, Death and Resurrection. But only if we join him in that journey. As he will ask the Apostles tonight in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Could you not watch with me for just one hour?” Be with Jesus during these days. Enjoin your sufferings to His. Die with Christ. That Easter might truly mean something new for you this year – new life.
Have a blessed Easter. If you are in town, be sure and join us for these wondrous celebrations:
Holy Week Schedule: Joining with Jesus in the Journey
April 14th, Holy Thursday—Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7PM
Join with Jesus in the Upper Room as He gives us His very Body and Blood, and a model of charity
Remain with Jesus after in the Garden of Gethsamane in the St. Dominic Chapel in the Parish Center
April 15th, Good Friday—Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 7PM
Join with Jesus in His Passion and Death as we venerate the cross of our salvation
April 16th, Easter Vigil—Mass at 8:30PM, with the Liturgy of Light, extra readings as we hear the story of salvation and Christian Initiations
April 17th, Easter Sunday—Masses at 8:30AM and 10:30AM
Having shared with Jesus in the Lenten journey unto His death,
Join with Jesus as He rises from the dead!!
Travelling? Visit www.masstimes.org to find a church near you, and check their website for the Mass times just to be safe. Jesus is Lord not just here in Seattle, but throughout all space and time, and it is important to celebrate with Christ the most important event in all of human history no matter where you are.
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- April 15th – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
- April 18th-22nd – Easter Break
- April 26th – Class Pictures
- May 5th – Open School Commission Meeting (6pm)
- May 7th – Auction
- May 18th – Parents Club Meeting
NOTES & REMINDERS
Tuesday, April 26th we will have class pictures. Perfect Uniform is REQUIRED. Please avoid scheduling appointments on that day if possible. There will not be retakes. The day’s schedule is very fluid so the office will be unable to give you the time for your child’s class picture. Volunteer help needed. See the volunteer section below.
School Calendar For 2022/23
The calendar for next year is on the school website. Over the summer there will be a few updates so check back before the start of the school year. You can also look at the Google calendar, which is updated regularly.
Immunization Requirements for 2022/23
Per the State Department of Health, all required vaccinations must be up-to-date by the first day of school. If a student is missing any of the required vaccinations, they will not be able to start school until those doses have been administered. There is no longer a thirty day grace period. The only accepted exemption is medical. You can access your child’s state immunization records at My IR Mobile. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler in the school office.
This week was our third week with masks being optional. We continue to ask our students to have a mask available, in case they find themselves in a situation where distancing is challenging or if they need to work closely with someone. Thank you for making sure your child has a mask in their backpack. Number of new COVID cases in the school this week (as of Thursday am) = 5
Lands End Sale
Sale on Lands End uniform items. Order early and be ready for next year.
Just in time for families to stock up on fresh products and sizing, we are launching a 40% sale on all uniforms – the sale will take place April 14 through April 27. This link is to marketing assets you may use to share across your platforms. I’ve also included the PDF flyer for the sale with this email.
Cub Scout Pinewood Derby
Holy Rosary School families in Kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to race in the Cub Scout Pack 793 annual Pinewood Derby! There’s nothing better than crafting the coolest, fastest, car around and racing it at top speed against all your buddies. Girls and boys are invited to a fun day of competition and prizes against other racers. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each grade. Food and other fun prize opportunities will also be available.
To participate, pickup a free Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby kit after school any day next week (April 11-15) in front of the school. Then shape, color, and attach the wheels to your car, and get ready for the exciting race in the Holy Rosary Gym on April 30th at 11am. You don’t need to be a Cub Scout to participate.
Please contact George Panger 206-579-9329 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Join The Musical Fun! July 11-15/ Elementary Summer Band!! 12:15 – 2:00P.M. Just click the link to sign-up!!
Playground Use After School
On a trial basis, we have adjusted our after-school playground policy and will allow non-BASE students to play on the playground after school on Thursdays and Fridays until 4:00, on days when our BASE numbers are lower. We are trying this until Spring break (with the exception of Good Friday) and are hoping this will work well for everyone. We want everyone to be able to share the space and gather together and know the importance of this! We also must ensure that we have a safe playground area and that the number of people out there are manageable, so everyone is able to safely play and be supervised. All students playing on the playground who are not in BASE must have a parent or adult present actively supervising them at all times. Parent volunteers will be present to ensure that all non-BASE students have someone there providing supervision and to answer any questions you may have about these adjustments.
If you are in town this Tuesday, head over to The Good Society for HRS 3rd Tuesday of the month! Grab a pint and a bite at The Good Society and 25% of your sale goes to HRS. Social time, great beer and fundraising for HRS…it’s a WIN-WIN! Be sure to mention you are there to support Holy Rosary!
Talent Show Permission Slip
Have you been practicing the piano? Do you want to try out your joke routine? Do you and your classmates want to choreograph a dance to your favorite song? You are in luck! We are excited to bring the tradition of the spring talent show back to Holy Rosary! Attached is a copy of the permission slip. Please read it over carefully. Students who want to be an act in our school-wide talent show will bring a completed permission slip to the office by Wednesday, April 27th. The talent show is on Friday, May 20th.
More information to follow with audition and dress rehearsal dates. (By the way, both the auditions and dress rehearsals are ways to finalize details. Everyone “makes” the talent show.)
Get your acts together!
BASE Registration For 2022/23
BASE registration for the 2022/23 school year will be opening May 12th. Current BASE families are asked to register as soon as possible as we make our plans for staffing. School families, that have not previously used BASE but are interested in utilizing it, may also register. Space is limited and registration is not a guarantee of availability. You will receive notification by June 10th. BASE registration will open to New Families on May 19th. If you have any questions, please see the updated BASE page or contact Rachel Hagenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Club 8th Grade Parent Award
It’s that time again! We are seeking nominations for the 2022 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 Cheryl Binetti, Cb4708@comcast.net!
Lenten Food Drive
Holy Rosary School will hold a schoolwide food drive this Lent, in addition to our ministry to St. Martin de Porres shelter. This local food drive will benefit our neighbors most in need in the West Seattle Community through the Holy Rosary St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Help us stock the food pantry up for summer! Items can be brought directly into the school and left on the table in the front hallway. Items they currently need are:
FOOD ITEMS: Peanut Butter (16oz,), Canned Chicken, Canned Tuna, Tomato Sauce, Canned Fruit, Crackers (Saltines, Ritz)
HOME AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS: Paper Towels, Liquid Dish Soap (small/medium size), Toothpaste, Single Packaged Toothbrushes,
Individually wrapped bars of soap (unscented if possible), Shampoo.
Thank you for your generosity as we take care of our neighbors!
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
Free Dress Passes
Teacher Books & Buy Backs
Teacher Books and Buy Backs will be sent home in May.
Auction Tickets – Invitations were sent home with the youngest child in the family last week. This is a party over 2 years in the making. Our last in-person auction was in March 2019. We hope to see YOU there! Less than 100 tickets left.
Tuition and 50/50 Raffles are back! Only 100 Tuition Tickets will be sold. Winner receives $5000 towards tuition. $100 per ticket. 50/50 Raffle winner receives half the pot of total sales. $25 per ticket or 5 tickets for $100. Complete the form that came home with the invitation and return to the main office.
Volunteers Needed – contact Beth Martin (email@example.com)
All positions are available as a multi-year commitment, not a requirement though. Training will be provided. Thanks for the wonderful response for auction volunteers. A few key positions left to be filled are below.
8th Grade Tribute – Have an 8th grader? Gather/solicit large/small group pictures from the Class of 20200 throughout their time at HRS. Assemble into a powerpoint. Background slide will be provided.
Auction Volunteers Needed
Volunteering at the auction is a great way to be a part of the action, while fulfilling your volunteer hours.
Are you known for your baking? Then we need you to create a fabulous creating for the auction donation. Looking for donations to the dessert auction. Contact Sarah Mosley (Bucci) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for the responses that we’ve received regarding Westfest!! We are almost there with the main leads. Don’t worry, there will be PLENTY of volunteer options later. Remember, these count as the coveted Fundraising Volunteer hours.
We are in need of a Activities Chair. If interested, please reach out to Marianne at the email below for details.
We have a lead for the Italian Booth, but we need someone to volunteer to shadow & assist and be a lead the following year.
If you were previously in charge of something and will need a replacement because you have a graduating 8th grader, or if there is a position that you’d like to know more about, please reach out to Marianne Wintermute (email@example.com).
First payments have been debited for the April – March payment plans. Please log in and review your account under billing management. Contact Beth Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Pay attention to the following:
-payment plan start date
-discount for in-parish siblings
-financial aid, if applied this has been added to your account
Still looking for Ambassador families. Want to share all you know about HRS? Then we need YOU! Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades! Earn volunteer hours during the summer for the 2022/23 school year. Details here.
FACTS Credit Card Fee Increase
Effective April 25th the fee charged to credit card payments on the FACTS system will increase to 2.95% from 2.85% (a FACTS company increase). Billing for 2021/2022 through FACTS will end June 30th, after which all 2022/23 billing and payments should be occurring on our new SchoolAdmin system. The only exception is that financial aid applications will still utilize the FACTS platform. Any questions, please contact Beth Martin (email@example.com).
Final Call For Track And Field Registration!
Registration (Seattle CYO Athletics (teamsideline.com) ) closes at 8 am on April 22, 2022 so if your gator is interested in joining the Holy Rosary Track and Field team, now is the time! Coaches are still welcome to join us and earn those volunteer hours! Coaches/volunteers need to be fully vaccinated and have completed the Safe Environment training. Have questions about the sport? Ready to coach? Reach out to Andrea Geraghty at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All of these are excellent ways to fulfill your volunteer hours!
Class Pictures Help
We need 2 volunteers to help organize the students for class pictures on Tuesday, April 26th starting at 9am. Pictures will be taken all day. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and up-to-date on their Safe Environment Training. If you are interested, please contact Kristin Bentler.
Enter your Volunteer Hours asap. The auction will need volunteers to set up on Saturday, May 7 as well as during the evening. The sign up genius will come out within the next few weeks.
Volunteers Needed – contact Beth Martin
Auction positions available are Live Data Entry, Volunteer Coordinator, In-Person Distribution Lead and 8th Grade Tribute and Live Powerpoint. For more information see the Events and Fundraisers section above.
Volunteers Needed For Westfest
Please see the Events and Fundraisers section above for a list of the positions to be filled.
Altar Servers Needed For Good Friday & Easter Vigil
We have openings for Altar Servers at some of our most solemn and important Holy Week Masses! Altar Servers are integral to the flow of these special, once-a-year Masses during the Triduum, April 14-16. We currently need additional Altar Servers for our 7pm Good Friday Service on April 15, and for our most important Mass of the year, the 8:30pm Easter Vigil Mass, on April 16. There also may still be openings at our Easter Sunday Masses.
Current trained Altar Servers can sign up using your MSP app, or contact Paul Dolejsi in the parish office. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in our holiest liturgies of the church year!
Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children
Holy Rosary Church welcomes children 7-18 years of age who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If you or your children are interested to know more about RCIA, please contact Sr. Stella at email@example.com or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (formsite.com)
Sacramental 2 Preparation (First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion)
Holy Rosary parish follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding children’s preparation to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Registration is already open online: 2021-2022 Sacramental 2 (formsite.com)
If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental 1 of our Faith Formation program and are regularly attending the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these sacraments or for more information about First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation, please contact Sr. Stella at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Blanchet Summer Camps For Rising K-9th Graders
Soak in the summer fun at Bishop Blanchet! Registration is open for in-person camps in athletics, academics, and the arts at BBHS.
Athletics Camps run throughout the summer and include cross country, cheer (K-8), basketball, flag football, freshman football, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.
The Discovery Learning Camp (gr 5-8) runs July 18 – 22. This is a full-day immersive experience where students choose to attend three class sessions in STEM, art, music, drama, social justice, outdoor activities, and more. Lunch supervision is provided.
The BBHS Study Skills Camp (gr 5 – 9) runs August 15 – 18. This camp helps students develop time management, organization, study strategies, and planning skills to increase success in the classroom.
Multi-camp and sibling discounts are available.
Register Here: https://www.bishopblanchet.org/camps
Preschool-Age Summer Camp
A Child Becomes Preschool has openings in their preschool-age summer camp offerings for students age 3-4! View more and sign up on their website: https://www.achildbecomes.org/summer-camps-2022/
HNA Summer Camps
Holy Names Academy invites young women entering Grades 4 through 8 or starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall of 2022 to participate in our summer camps. Athletic camps are designed to offer quality instruction from the HNA coaching staff, players, and alumnae in a fun, welcoming environment. Art Explorations and Leadership camps are a great way to meet HNA teachers and students and learn more about Art and Leadership Programs at HNA. Please find more information and sign up at https://www.holynames-sea.org/athletics/summer-camps/
Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Event and Auction
This celebration will include an auction, fun activities, and an informative program about the impact your donations have made in the community. Option to participate in person (ticket includes dinner) at the Seattle Design Center or remotely from your own home (with or without delivered dinner).
Join us in celebrating our community, and raise funds to continue keeping our neighbors safe, fed, healthy, and housed during these challenging times. Share an evening with some of your most caring neighbors.
Rainbow Parrot Art Classes for HRS students – Online art enrichment program
These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Free/donation based class www.rainbowparrotart.com
Junction Hot Yoga
Hi Neighbors! We are NOW OPEN and would love the opportunity to welcome you in.
We hope you find our Grand Opening Special irresistible.
Proof of vaccination is required at JHY. Pre-registration is highly recommended.
Learn more at junctionhotyoga.com or through Mind Body
4747 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Kids Salsa With Balorico Dance
Salsa for ages 7-12. Develop an appreciation for Latin music. Please arrive by 4:15pm with your child to complete the health screening and in-person registration form. Dancing begins at 4:30pm. No late admissions. Masks required of child and their caregiver at all times inside the studio. Sneakers recommended or dress shoes that secure the ankle. Viva Art Studio in West Seattle.
Tram’s Salon (Profession Hair Care & Nails)
- Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
- Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
- Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm
Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address: 4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol: everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.
Counseling For Children, Adults & Families
I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime. This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.Thank you,James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888) email@example.com