Family Communication 4/28/22


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy Easter!
I hope you had a wonderful spring break and that your family was able to spend some good time resting and rejuvenating.  We are now moving swiftly towards the end of this school year, it’s hard to believe we’re nearly in May!
I wanted to give you a hiring update, as we’ve been fortunate to hire a number of wonderful people to join our school community next year.  
We have hired Danielle Kolding to teach Kindergarten next year.  Danielle has been teaching kindergarten at OLG for the past two years and we are excited to have her join us to fill the vacancy in KB.  
We have hired a veteran teacher, Cathy Woods, to teach second grade filling the vacancy in 2A.  Cathy joins us most recently teaching 5th grade at Sacred Heart. School in Bellevue.  
We have hired an OLG parishioner and local West Seattle resident, Megan Choitz, to fill our counseling vacancy.  
HRS parent and former Sundance Teacher, Dawn Holmes, will join us as a regular instructional aid in the school, primarily supporting Kindergarten.  
We welcome a PACE Teacher (from the University of Portland’s Alliance for Catholic Education Program), Julia Beck, to teach music.  
Finally, Mrs. Benson (4B) has made the difficult decision to leave us and go to graduate school.  We will miss her tremendously!  We welcome our student teacher from this year, Kate Tyler, who will join us to teach 4th grade next year in 4B.
More to come as we continue our work this spring to prepare for next year, but we are well on our way to a strong start in the fall!  We are excited for the upcoming auction and the chance to celebrate together.  There are many opportunities to still get volunteer hours at this event and help is still needed!  See the development section in this eFC for more information.  I’m excited to see you there, it’s sure to be a wonderful event!
In Christ, 


As children work on their goals and plans, it is inevitable for them to experience challenges and perhaps disappointment. Remember that failure is an important and valuable part of learning.  Keep reading…


  • May 5th – Open School Commission Meeting (6pm)
  • May 7th – Auction
  • May 20th – Talent Show
  • May 27th – Field Day (Noon Dismissal)
  • May 30th – Memorial Day (No School)


Class Pictures

In a few weeks class pictures will be sent home to all students who ordered individual pictures in the fall. If you did not order your child’s individual picture but would like a class picture, please contact Yeun Lui Customer Service at

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.

Masking Update/Changes in Mass 

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) = 7

Summer Band

Join The Musical Fun!  July 11-15/ Elementary Summer Band!!  12:15 – 2:00P.M.  Just click the link to sign-up!! 


Talent Show Permission Slip

The deadline to get the permission slips in for the Talent Show was extended to this Monday, May 2nd!  Attached is a copy of the permission slip, or you could have your child pick up a copy from the office.  Looking forward to seeing the talented students at HRS!

Talent Show Spirit Day

Every year, the leadership elective chooses a free dress theme day for the talent show.  This year our theme is “Welcome to the Jungle!”  Students will be able to come to school on Friday, May 20th, decked out in any jungle gear.  This could include animal prints, safari type outfit (khaki clothes, hat, boots, and binoculars), tropical shirts, jungle animal ears, etc.). Get creative or keep it simple!  We just want to see your spirit!

Scholastic Book Fair

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

After missing out on many beloved traditions, our spring Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from May 31 through June 6, 2022 at Holy Rosary Library.

Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet. This will be accessible on May 16 though the book fair homepage. Stay tuned for more information.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. More information to come!

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!

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

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,!  


All AUCTION related questions may be answered here.

TICKETS: SOLD OUT! Contact Beth Martin to be added to the waitlist.

VOLUNTEER:  There are MANY volunteer shifts remaining. This event can’t happen without volunteer support. LAST CHANCE TO EARN FUNDRAISING HOURS. SIGN UP HERE.


Don’t miss out on $5000 towards tuition for next school year.  Only 100 $5000 tuition raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. Also, purchases tickets for the 50/50 raffle.  You keep half the pot and HRS keeps the other.  Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Need not be present to win either raffle.  Please return the raffle sheet to the office or download here.  Please contact with raffle questions.

AUCTION CATALOG: Get your groups together to bid on the larger group items.  Preview the catalog here.

DRESS PASSES: Haven’t forgotten, these are being completed and will be sent home.


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 (


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.


After School Playground Volunteers

We have opened our playground on Thursdays and Fridays until 4:00 to students that are supervised at all times by an adult. If you are interested in volunteering on the playground, please sign up here.

Volunteer Hours

Enter your Volunteer Hours asap.  The auction will need volunteers to set up on Saturday, May 7 as well as during the evening. Auction sign-up here.

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.



Baptism, Confirmation & First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our students who received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil:
Claire T
Phoebe T
Jonah S
Julie K 
Lainey S
Taylor S 
For more information about RCIA, please email Sr. Stella at

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 or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (

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 (
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


Girls Rock Math

Girls Rock Math (GRM) is a non-profit offering STEAM summer camps. Our mission is to provide thought-provoking, creative experiences in math, empowering girls to develop confidence in their skills, and a life-long interest in mathematics.
Intern-Counselors are a very important part of our GRM program – they wear a staff shirt and name badge. They attend Staff Meetings with our Counselors-in-Training (CITs), teachers, and Site Director. Intern-Counselors work with teachers to ensure campers are having an enriching summer experience. Throughout the week, they work with mentors to guide them in leading, collaborating, and planning activities for campers. They reflect on their experience with other Intern-Counselors as well as their college-aged mentors. Reflection coupled with hands-on experience builds great leadership skills all while having fun and earning service hours. (One week of camp plus training is approximately 40 hours of community service.)
Here are some other things Intern-Counselors do at camp: 

  • Sing, play games and do outdoor activities with campers
  • Assist the teacher as needed
  • Ensure campers are safe
  • Work with younger campers on games, projects and problems
  • Be responsible, reliable, and punctual
  • Have fun during recess and lunch
  • Follow camp rules

If you know of female-identifying students who would be interested in being a part of this summer’s Intern-Counselor program, please pass along our website:

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:

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:

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


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

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 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)