Family Communication 4/15/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy Easter!  
What a glorious spring week we are experiencing!  I hope your family had a restful spring break.
Next Friday is our Heart Auction, our largest fundraiser of the year.  I do hope you’re planning on joining us for this important community event – a wonderful time is certain to be had by all!  
Please pay careful attention the coming days to information you’ll receive about the auction, our fund-an-item (spoiler alert, it’s our special teachers!), and our fund-a-school to support Holy Family School as they launch their free and reduced lunch program next year.  It’s going to be a big event and an exciting night- you don’t want to miss it!
Thank you for your continued support of our school.  Our Holy Rosary families are the best!
In Christ, 


Happy Easter!  Just as it is important to live Lent well – it is important to live the 50 days Easter well, too (and beyond)!  During this great season of the Resurrection, let us celebrate the goodness of God in the new life He has died and risen to give us.  His blessings exist in abundance whether we realize it or not.  These gifts are for us, and through us, others, as we delight together in the love of God.
So keep celebrating Easter!  It isn’t just one day – but a whole season, and is something we should each and every Sunday which are little Easters, but it mark each and every day, as we live as witnesses to the Good News that Jesus is risen from the dead, and has brought us the fullness of life in Him.
We continue to follow all of the health directives in celebrating Mass.  Come and join us.  Register beforehand for Sundays and show up 10+ minutes early, or walkups as space allows, though capacity is more of an issue in these weeks when we celebrate First Communions with our second graders.  For daily Mass – just show up.  In the Acts of the Apostles in those earliest of days, we see the early Church gathering together to celebrate the Eucharist as one community of faith, centered in the Lord.  That is still true today – come and join us as we worship in Spirit and in truth.  It is who we – gathered together with the Lord.
Now that vaccine eligibility is open to anyone over 16, if you need help getting a vaccine, our Parish Office has partnered with the City to help sign people up for their vaccine site down at the Southwest Athletic Complex.  Reach out to Libby.  
Happy Easter, Day 12!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • April 18th – Online Auction Opens
  • April 23rd – Auction
  • May 11th – Class Pictures
  • May 28th – Virtual Field Day, Noon Dismissal
  • May 31st – Memorial Day, No School


Free Dress Passes

Don’t forget to use your 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 Free Dress Passes. They are good through this June only.

Mental Health Resources

It is important to remember that changes in routine can cause stresses for children and for adults.  This may be true now, more than ever.  We wanted to remind you there are a number of resources to support adults and children on our COVID-19 tab on our website (Family Resources).  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also has a wealth of resources on their website as well.  Staff is here to support you as well.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us for support or for assistance finding additional resources. 



Join School Commission Today!

We are actively looking for new School Commission members for the 2021-2022 school year. The School Commission is an advisory group to the Principal and Pastor on school policy and long-term planning. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a voice for all Holy Rosary parents and to be a leader in our school community.
Each School Commission member serves a 3 or 4 year term, and hours spent on School Commission business count towards fundraising volunteer hours, which will be required again starting with the next school year. For the upcoming year, we are looking for parents with backgrounds and expertise in Catholic Identity, Alumni, Fundraising, or Diversity & Inclusion.
If you are interested, please fill out the application and submit it to by April 15, 2021. 

Ambassador Families for 2021/22

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades!  Earn some volunteer hours during the summer for 2021/22.  Details can be found here.

Cadet Sweatshirts Are IN!!

We have received our most recent order of cadet sweatshirts and we have all sizes from youth extra small to adult extra large! To order and pay for the sweatshirt go to If you ordered one already that was out of stock, please contact the office at


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.


The ONLINE AUCTION opens Sunday, April 18th!
Due to COVID and the limitation of indoor events, our annual auction will once again be held online.  This is Holy Rosary School’s largest fundraiser and the great news is you don’t need a ticket to attend.  EVERYONE IS INVITED!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS and gather your friends on Zoom and log on here to watch the Live program on Friday, April 23.
Dinner & Dessert     
Special dinner menus are available from 3 local restaurants, view the menus, including a portion of the proceeds back to HRS. Bid on a dessert, to enjoy during the Live show, delivered by one of your favorite HRS teachers.
Online Auction
Sunday, April 18 (12PM)
Over 100 items up for bid
Live Auction
Friday, April 23 (7PM)
This is a LIVE show with 12 live items closing approximately every 5 minutes.
Class Projects close at 9PM
Almost Live closes at 9PM
Back this year are raffle tickets for $5000 towards 2021/22 tuition. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $100 by returning the blue raffle sheet, included in your invitation, or by emailing and indicating the following:

  1. # of tickets
  2. Okay to charge FACTS account $100 per ticket
  3. Name/classroom of youngest child

Class projects, buy backs and teacher books are also available to purchase throughout next week.
Preview items up for bid here.
Fund A Need
Through the Fund An Item this year, the Auction Committee and School Commission would like to recognize the teachers and school staff for the many ways they have supported students in learning, persevering, and shining this year.
In recognition of this, the Fund An Item this year is special pay for work that has gone above and beyond.  This one-time gift will go directly to our school staff as bonus compensation and acknowledges our staff’s commitment to the Catholic education of our students during these trying times.
In addition, the Fund A School will support our neighbors 4 miles south at Holy Family School establish a free and reduced lunch program.
In the meantime, if you have questions please contact Beth Martin at or visit


Spring Track IS RUNNING!

Calling all Gator Runners!
We ARE participating, virtually, in CYO track events this spring. You may sign up here
Student runners and their helpers will be responsible for running and timing their events and submitting times each week through the school website. Times will be submitted to CYO each week for inclusion in the weekly virtual meets.
Event date deadlines are: May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4. Cost is $25 per athlete.
Events offered are:
 4th/5th Grade Events
–          50m Race
–          100m Race
–          400m Race
–          Shuttle Relay (4 x 60m)
6th / 7th / 8th Grade Events
–          100m
–          400m
–          800m
–          4 x 100m Relay
This is a great opportunity to get outside, exercise, and safely participate in athletics with friends.
If you need scholarship information, please contact Jeanne Flohr – we are happy to help all gators participate in CYO.
Special thanks to April Smith who will coordinate this virtual track opportunity!


Holy Rosary Is Scheduling Vaccines!

Appointments available for the West Seattle Vaccine Clinic!
As of April 15th, every resident of King County, age 16 years or older, is now eligible to receive the covid vaccine! If you would like to make an appointment for the West Seattle vaccine clinic located at 2801 SW Thistle St, please email Libby at the parish office at and get scheduled! Register early as appointments fill quickly! Registration is open to all King County residents, regardless of parish affiliation.  

Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist

Congratulations to our students who received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
December D                     Pixie H 
Brynn K                            William K
Alex K                              Archer K 
Harry K                            Adeline K
Chase K                           Carter K
Samuel K                         Calvin L
Malcolm Li                       Andrew O
Carter Y                           Seeley Y
Congratulations to our second graders who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday, April 11.
David A                           Caroline A
Lyla P
For more information about RCIA for children and First Holy Communion please contact Sr. Stella at or call: 206-937-1488 ext. 252. For more information about Baptism for children under age 7, please contact Deyette Swegle at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 251.

Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


CYO Summer 2021 Day Camp Registration is Open 

Start Planning for Summer! Campers spend their days enjoying the outdoors and finding God there. Plus, swimming in the pool, making crafts, and much more before going home in the evening to rest up for the next day of fun! For camp dates and other information:  Register — CYO Summer Camp
To register: CYO Camp Services – Seattle ( 

Live Online Art!

A supportive space to create dazzling art, socialize and have fun.


Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and 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.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

The Grove West Seattle Inn

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs.
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And 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)

Doyle’s Automotive Service

Doyle’s is owned and operated by one of our Holy Rosary Families. It is located at 4607 37th Ave SW. Please call (206) 935-2600 for an appointment. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours are M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website