Family Communication 4/22/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Auction week is upon us and the main event tomorrow night is sure to be exciting.  Thank you so much for your generous support of our largest fundraiser of the year.  I also want to thank you for supporting our Fund an Item and for supporting our Fund a School. Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School is so grateful for the support they have received in the past. Your support this year will be instrumental in launching their free/reduced lunch program next year.  As we all thrive, we all succeed, so thank you for supporting a partner in Catholic education! 
I would like to thank our Development Director Beth Martin and the entire auction committee for all that went into planning the auction.  Our auction committee members went above and beyond this year fulfilling this important role, even without required parent commitment hours.   Please join me in thanking these individuals:
Auction Support:
Charie Addicks, Brittiony Borges, Giulia Canali, Molly Harmon, Iwona Konarski, Jet Lin, Sarah Mosley, Wendy Mowat, Lisa Nooyen, Jamie Soderquist, Steffanie Zazulak, Ryan McLean 
Thank you also to our many sponsors for their generous support of the auction. I encourage you to support these small businesses:
Advanced Traffic Control (The Tish Family)
All State (The Crowder Family)
Sorensen Orthodontics
Gator Bites Dessert Sponsor:
Bay Equity Home Loans (Robert Jack)
Almost Live & Class Projects:
The Johnsons at Windermere Real Estate (The Johnson Family)
Silent Auction Sponsor:
ARES Tool Company (The Desimone Family)
Bishop Blanchet High School
Fitterer Construction (The Fitterer Family)
Sandy Brown – Windermere Real Estate  (The Brown Family)
Joe Chocolates (The Keckemet Family)
Kamila Kennedy Homes – Windermere (The Kennedy Family)
Lirhus, Keckemet, Annest PLLC (The Keckemet Family & The Annest Family)
O’Dea High School
Finally, I know many of you have questions and are eagerly awaiting information about what next year will look like. We’re anxiously awaiting information as well, but in next week’s eFC I will share with you the updates I have at this point.  I do want to share that we have hired a new school counselor for next year, Ms. Lauren Samson. Lauren comes to us as a former teacher at St. Louise in Bellevue and counseling intern and counseling substitute at Sacred Heart in Bellevue.  She brings a wealth of Catholic school and social-emotional learning experience and is eager to become a part of the Holy Rosary family!
In this challenging year, my greatest gift has been this school community.  I am profoundly and eternally grateful for each and every one of you and your incredible children and look forward to all that is to come.
Enjoy the auction!
May the peace of Christ be with you all,


This time of year is always filled with lots of special celebrations in our community – First Communions, Confirmations, Baptisms, Weddings.  Graduation is not far off.  And this week we celebrate our school auction, as well.  It is our 2nd annual and hopefully last online-only auction.  We always have much to celebrate and be thankful for, including the gift our community and God’s blessings.  Thank you to those who have already started to join in this week, and thanks to those who will be joining us in the days ahead, especially on Friday night for our almost-live program.  See you tomorrow night online!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


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


2021-2022 School Calendar

Start planning for next year! 2021-2022 K-8 school calendar has been approved and posted. It can also be found on the Holy Rosary School website under the calendar link. Preschool Calendar

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. 



Elementary Summer Band Programs

Dust off your instrument and join Miss McKamey in person this July for music fun and learning! Learn to play or strengthen your playing skills to have an edge on School Band. Make new friends while you make music and enrich your summer with musical learning! Register Now!

Parents Club Service Award

It’s that time again!  We are seeking nominations for the 2021 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 Rebecca Lawrence, no later than May 7th!  

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.




EVERYONE IS INVITED to our largest fundraiser tomorrow at 7PM.  The next 2 days are jam packed with auction openings and closings.  Be sure to read on for all the details.


9AM                Additional AUCTION items open, view them here.

9PM                GATOR BITES Dessert Auction closes

9PM                ONLINE AUCTION Part 1 closes


11 – 4PM         Pick up dinner, if ordered

3 – 6PM          GATOR BITES Dessert Delivery, if winning bidder

6PM                SILENT AUCTION closes

6:30PM           Jump on a Zoom with friends

6:45PM           Log in to the auction bidding site early so you are ready to bid

7:00PM           LIVE AUCTION SHOW STARTS, view here

7 – 8PM          Live Items 1-13 close, RAFFLE winner announced, Fund An Item

9PM                CLASS PROJECTS & ALMOST LIVE close

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.

Questions?  Please contact Beth Martin 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.  

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our students who received their First Holy Communion this weekend, April 17 & April 18
Andrea L.
Beau S.
Brennan D.
Cal R.
Daniel C
Dominic P.
Emily D.
Gregory K.
Isabelle T.
Jack B.
Lucas E.
Nona A.
Parker N.
Skyler K.
Soren Z.
Vanessa M.

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