Family Communication 4/27/23

The mission of Holy Rosary School is to help each child discover and fully develop their God-given talents. As a Catholic School community, we strive for excellence in our students’ spiritual, academic, physical, mental, aesthetic, and social-emotional growth. It is our intention that those who attend this institution mature into active citizens leading a committed faith life and reaching out to help others locally, nationally, and internationally with their wisdom, time, talent, and financial resources.


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Yesterday we had the incredible experience of having Dr. James Knight (author and speaker on the topic of Cultural Humility) come and speak to our 5th – 8th grade students and work with our staff.  The focus of the work he did with our students and staff was on the concept of what it means to be a culturally humble person and what it means to truly journey alongside one another.  He spoke on the differences between equity and equality, what Jesus teaches us about taking care of those who are marginalized, and the impact our actions can have on one another (think of the parable of the lost sheep).  His message was powerful and inspiring and I am hopeful we will be able to continue work with him in the future, as this work is so, so important.    
As we near the end of April, I wanted to share a couple of hiring updates with you.  We have hired for the open second and third grade homeroom positions for next year.  Joining us to teach second grade is Jennifer Burroughs.  Jennifer is currently teaching second grade at another Catholic school and we welcome her experience and passion for Catholic education as she joins the primary teaching team as the 2A Homeroom teacher.  Joining us to teach third grade (3A) is Ally Schmidt. Ally is a proud product of Catholic education herself and is currently finishing up her Masters in Teaching at Gonzaga.  She is excited to return to the Catholic school community and integrate her faith into her classroom.  We are excited to welcome both into our school community.
More hiring updates to come soon!
In Christ,


Do you like our school, and want our principal and staff to receive the support they need from the Archdiocesan offices to carry out their jobs well?  Do you want our youth to be able to experience CYO camps and sports, with opportunities for human and spiritual growth?  Do you want college students to have campus ministry programs to foster their life of faith here in Western Washington?  Do you want to help individuals or families in crisis and in need of housing?  Do you want to help feed the hungry?  Do you want to provide patients and their families in hospitals with lay, deacon and priest chaplains to visit and pray with them and bring them the Sacraments?  Do you want inmates at jails and immigrants in detention facilities to have access to spiritual care?  Do you want there to be future deacons and priests who can faithfully serve God and His people?
These things don’t just happen, and are bigger than any ministry of one particular parish.  They only happen when we work together as a wider Church.  This weekend we are kicking off the Annual Catholic Appeal, where Catholics throughout western Washington give life to these ministries by their financial support.  This year, with a wider campaign of over $11 million, our parish goal is $115,101, and anything over that will help us with our tuckpointing project this summer to ensure our beautiful brick buildings serve us well for another few decades.  You can fill out a pledge card at Mass, use the one mailed to you by the Archbishop, make a pledge and/or donation online, or use the pledge card I’ll be mailing out in a few weeks to those we haven’t heard from yet.  
Thank you for your generous support, and bringing life to our community and neighbors. 
In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland


  • May 4th – School Commission Meeting
  • May 19th – Talent Show
  • May 19th – Gator Bowl
  • May 26th – Noon Dismissal, Field Day
  • May 29th – No School, Memorial Day


8th Grade Pizza Lunch

Tomorrow is 8th Grade Pizza Lunch Day!


The Book Fair is coming May 1-5!  Be sure to get your books for summer reading at this BOGO fair. More information about the fair and eWallets will come home with your student soon. We need a few more volunteers to help on Monday and Tuesday in the afternoons. If you would like to help out, please contact Britnie O’Farrell at All volunteers need to be Safe Environment cleared prior to volunteering.

Check Your Volunteer Hours

We will be charging families for unfulfilled Volunteer Hours in June. Click here to enter any hours you have completed. log in your volunteer hours  If you are still in need of volunteer hours, see the Volunteer Section below or on the website.

Playground Use After School

With the warmer weather upon us, we wanted to remind families that our playground is available for play for 30 minutes after dismissal for closely supervised children.  There is the potential for many people to be out there with BASE students there as well, so please do assist us with closely monitoring all non-BASE students. No children should be there unsupervised and BASE staff are unable to supervise non-BASE students.   After half an hour, the BASE flag will go up and at that time the playground is reserved for BASE use only.  Thank you!

COVID And Health Screening

Please find the latest COVID screening flowchart on our website and linked here. We have testing available on site and can test any student, parent or family member if needed.  NOTE- parent permission will always be obtained prior to testing at any time. This permission slip can be found here and should be returned to the school office. 
Please contact the office as soon as possible if anyone in your family tests positive at any time at or  Kristin Bentler will work with you then on protocols and next steps.  
Students who have a family member test positive may remain in school, but should engage in a Test to Stay Protocol testing prior to attending school each day.   Per the Department of Health (DOH) guidance, students are asked to mask at school if a family member tests positive until that family member is no longer contagious.  If a student tests positive, he/she should wear a mask until day 10 even if returning to school on day 6, per DOH guidance as well.  
Due to the disruption it causes to the learning environment, Zoom instruction will not be offered building-wide this year.  Individual teachers will share protocols for addressing COVID-related absences.  Number of new COVID cases in the school this week (as of Thursday am) = 8


Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2023-2024 school year! If you enjoy planning and attending classroom parties, parent’s nights out, and spoiling the teachers with birthday gifts, then this job is for you! Room parents fill such an important role in each class and help take a little weight off our teacher’s shoulders. This time spent also goes toward your family commitment hours. If you are interested in being a room parent during the 2023-2024 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Nicole Henning at

2023/24 8th Grade Uniform Update

Starting in the 2023/24 School Year, 8th graders will now have the option to wear a blue zip-up Sport Tek sweatshirt. This option is identical to the current red zip ups, but will only be available to the 8th grade class. Orders can be placed starting April 28th. The order period will end on Friday, May 14th. The next order period will not be until October. The school office will not have the navy zip up sweatshirts available for purchase.  
Youth sized sweatshirts are $35 each.
Adult sized sweatshirts are $40 each.
Please use the attached form to place your order. Your School Admin account will be billed.
ORDER HERE >>…t-8th-grade-only/

School Commission Open Meeting

The May School Commission meeting will be an open meeting and we’re inviting anyone who would like to attend to come listen in and contribute to the Conversation. The meeting will be Thursday, May 4 at 6:00 pm in the school. At this meeting next year’s school budget will be reviewed and approved. This is an opportunity to learn more about the work of your School Commission. We hope to see you then!

Second Graders Time to Shine and Sing on Mothers’ Day!

Second Graders are invited to sing for Mothers’ Day! Every year, all parish Second Graders are invited to sing with the Holy Rosary Parish YouthChoir! for Mothers’ Day at Sunday 10:30 Mass. It is always fun and exciting to see and hear all the new young voices! They will get to learn about choir and sing for their moms on Mothers’ Day! There is no charge for Second Graders.😉 First practice is after school on Wednesday, April 19!
 We will sing at the 10:30 Mass on Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 14. Rehearsals are after school in the chapel starting after Easter Break, on Wednesdays: April 19, 26, May 3 and 10.
Choir practices are in the Chapel from 2:25-3:05. Kids have a snack and play in the Chapel courtyard until choir begins.
Teachers will escort kids from classroom to chapel. Pick-up is from the chapel courtyard at 3:05.
Students will be escorted back to BASE as needed.
No cost for Second Graders to participate. Donations to the YouthChoir! are always welcome. You may contribute via the online link.
To register your Second Grader to sing on Mothers’ Day, please register online on the Holy Rosary Parish website: Arrangements can also be made if there is a Wednesday rehearsal conflict. Our goal is to have as many Second Graders as possible come and sing for their Moms!

Looking For Alumni

Are you a parent who is also Holy Rosary School alumni? Have you stayed connected to your HRS class and can help us identify more alumni?  The HRS Alumni Committee has a goal this year to re-establish connection with our alumni so we can engage on a new level through communications and events.  If you are alumni or know of any alumni, please help us reach our goal by completing this quick alumni details form.

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!  The HRS Talent Show is on Friday, May 19th.  Attached is a copy of the permission slip.  We will also put some copies in the office.  Please read it over carefully.  Students who want to perform in our school-wide talent show will bring a completed permission slip to the office by Today!
More information to follow with audition and dress rehearsal dates.  (Both the auditions and dress rehearsals are ways for students to practice their acts and to finalize details.  Everyone “makes” the talent show.). 
Get your acts together!

BASE Is Hiring

BASE is hiring for the 2023-24 school year for both an Assistant Director (20-25 hours/week) and for BASE supervisor aids (15-20 hours/week).  These are great opportunities for individuals looking for part time employment or for high school (junior or senior) or college students.  Thank you for helping us spread the word!  If you are interested in learning more, contact BASE Director Rachel Hagenson (


Annual Fund

Our fundraising focus for the remainder of the school year will be the ANNUAL FUND.  If you have already contributed to the Annual Fund, thank you.  If you have NOT had an opportunity to make an annual fund donation, I urge you to help us reach 100% participation.  No amount is too small.  When applying for grants, a higher percentage of participation tells the granting committee that we have exhausted our internal resources.  Click to donate to the ANNUAL FUND.
 Why support the Annual Fund?
Tuition and fees do not fully cover the school’s expenses.  Fundraisers, including the Annual Fund, are needed to make up the 20% difference.

Gator Bowl

Sign-up for the first ever Gator Bowl – Friday, May 19 from 5 to 8pm at West Seattle Bowl benefitting The Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund. Rock and bowl at the 90s themed event by entering your team of up to 6 adult (21 and over) bowlers for $300 to compete for individual/team bowling and costume prizes (think flannel, Stussy, Dr. Martens, Hypercolor, etc.). Imbibe with food and drink specials, participate in the colored pin competition and try your luck at winning a raffle prize. Registration and happy hour from 5 to 6pm. Bowling from 6 to 7:30pm with a brief awards ceremony to follow. Space is limited so register now here!
We are also actively looking for event sponsors. If your business is interested in event sponsorship, please contact us at

Good Society Night Out

Third Tuesday of the month (see dates below) is HRS night at The Good Society! 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!

  • May 16th


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 2023/24 school year. Details here.


Spring Book Fair

Our Spring Book Fair is coming soon. The fair runs from May 1st to May 5th, 8:30- 4 pm. After school help will be needed! Contact Britnie O’Farrell if you are interested in helping. Email her your availability and she will put you on the schedule.  Must be Safe Environment cleared

Alumni Committee

Need to grab a few more volunteer hours this year? The Alumni Committee is looking for volunteers to help us strengthen our HRS alumni network and programs. The team is specifically looking for volunteers with Marketing or Social Media expertise. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to

Holy Rosary Soup Kitchen

The Holy Rosary Soup Kitchen group meets the first two Thursdays of the month to prepare soup for the Saint Martin de Porres center. The are looking for a couple of people who can commit to helping out for the rest of the school year.  If you are interested, please reach out to Chris Dormaier at 206-412-0168 or

Traffic Patrol

We are looking for parent/guardians to do traffic patrol duty this year for volunteer hours. You would need to be fully vaccinated, and available to arrive on time and stay until your duty is complete. This would be a trimester obligation.
Start Date:
March 27th – June 16th
Times: 8:00-8:40am
2:45-3:15pm  1:45-2:15pm (Wednesdays) 11:55-12:20pm (1/2 days)
You could choose to do one day per week, AM or PM, or both AM & PM on the same day if you wish. Please contact Maggie Judd if you are interested.

Playground Volunteers

We are looking for playground volunteers to help us during lunch recess. Shifts are Monday through Friday from 10:55am to 1:05pm. If you have one or two days available each week, please contact Maggie Judd. Prompt arrival and a full shift are needed. Covid vaccination is not necessary.

Safe Environment Training

There are many opportunities to help out this year. All of our volunteers are required to take Safe Environment training prior to volunteering with the school or church. If you have not taken the class, please sign up as soon as possible. There are in-person as well as online classes. **It can take a couple of weeks after you’ve taken the class for you to be cleared to volunteer.**

Reporting Volunteer Hours

The volunteer hours portal is ready for the 22/23 school year.

  • Go to ‘Report Volunteer Hours‘ (also a red hyperlink on our home page.)
  • New families:  If you haven’t set up a volunteer log-in yet, you will need to do that first, use the same link!  Remember, only one account per family, NOT per parent



Book Study

Fr. Oakland is planning a book study on one of his favorite books, Les Miserables, the theatrical production of which is coming to town this spring.  It’s a great work filled with all sorts of Christian themes.  If interested, email him at   


Musical Fun During The Summer Sun

The annual Kennedy Catholic Elementary Summer Band Program is set for July 10 – 14 at the high school! 12:15 – 2:00p.m./$30.00
Miss McKamey invites all current band students to this special week of music!  Click the link for details and registration!

Summer Camps For Rising K-9th Graders

Soak in the summer fun at Bishop Blanchet! Registration is now open for in-person camps in athletics, academics, and the arts at BBHS. Multi-camp and sibling discounts are also available. Please visit our website for more information and to register.

Holy Names Academy Summer Camps 

Open for registration! Holy Names Academy offers summer camps for young women entering Grades 4-8, and to any student starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall.  The athletic camps are designed to offer quality instruction from the HNA coaching staff, players, and alumnae in a fun, welcoming environment.  All skill levels are welcome.  HNA also offers summer camps that focus on areas of special interest, instructed by current HNA faculty members.  At this link, you will find details about the different camps we are offering this summer and which grade levels can participate.

Stage Struck Theatre Camps

Come celebrate Stage Struck’s 23rd summer of theatre camps, and Laura Drake’s last summer as Director.  There is still room in Annie, Grease, and Best of Stage Struck (a revue of material from our biggest shows!) For information and registration, visit: See you this summer!

Summer Programs At Seattle Prep

Seattle Prep is offering Summer Prep programs- inspiring camps for middle school students entering the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Fall 2023. Summer Prep – Seattle Preparatory School (

4th Annual Summer School At St.George Parish School

Dates: June 26 through July 28 with the exception of July 3rd and 4th
We offer a 5 week academic summer school program with certificated teachers
and instructional assistants for students currently in Grades K-5. It is not a
summer camp. It’s an all or none program in order for students to make the most
gains academically.
Summer School registration opens March 1, 2023 to all students currently attending a Catholic school.  Your own school uniform is the required dress code. All students who apply must come with a positive, cooperative attitude ready to learn. Your child’s teacher/principal will supply us with Spring MAP Student Progress Reports along with recommendations for areas of focus during summer school.
Registration opens March 1st and will be limited. If you would like more information and/or an application, please email Anna Horton ( ASAP.


Blanchet Buddies

Our Blanchet Buddies program offers an opportunity for local grade school students to be paired with a Blanchet junior or senior, in specific areas of interest. Please visit for more information. Go Bears and Go Buddies!

Bishop Blanchet Spring Musical

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth NightAll Shook Up! The show features such Elvis Presley hits as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Burning Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and many more. All Shook Up is surefire fun for rock ‘n’ roll rebels of all ages! Performances will be held at The Moore Theatre, April 28-30. Tickets will be available soon on the BBHS website.

After School Art Classes for HRS students – In-person 

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Classes are held in-person at Hope Lutheran, and all HRS students are welcome to join. (This is not a Holy Rosary School program.)