Family Communication 4/29/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
I want to thank you all for your incredible support of our school auction.  We are thrilled with how well it went, and are so appreciative of your generous support of the fund-an-item and the fund-a-school.  Holy Rosary Families are the best!
I wanted to provide you with an update on our planning for the 2021-22 school year, as I know many of you are anxiously wondering what things will look like.  
First, let me say that nothing is set in stone at this time. A lot can certainly happen between now and September and we’ll be working over the summer to adjust to whatever additional guidance we receive.  Though some updates have been shared with schools, we have yet to receive comprehensive guidance on protocols for the 2021-22 school year.  Here’s where we are so far:
We have filled our vacant 6th grade position, hiring Tommy Williams, one of our current instructional aids.  Tommy is a Holy Rosary alumni and an experienced classroom teacher, spending the last six years teaching in the Auburn School District and Highline Public Schools.  Tommy brings a wealth of skills to sixth grade, including a tremendous ability to connect with students and a wide variety of instructional strengths. 
We have hired a new school counselor and are in the process of filling the open art teacher position.  Sadly, we have two new open positions we will now be filling.  Our Spanish teacher Maria Brodahl will be leaving to take a position elsewhere and Jennifer Kokkonis, Admissions Director, has made the difficult decision to leave us towards the end of September.   Both Maria and Jennifer have made strong contributions to our school community and will be greatly missed.  We will be celebrating and thanking Jennifer, Maria, and Caitlin Stroud at a later date.
The school calendar for the 21-22 school year is posted on our website.  Barring any unforeseen surprises, we plan to return to 5 days of in-person instruction/week.    I encourage all families to refer to the school calendar and make all efforts to plan trips and vacations in alignment with school vacation time.  
Instructional Mode:
The primary model of instruction for the 2021-22 school year will be in person instruction.  Remote instruction will be available for families who have a COVID-19 related safety need (i.e. documented medical need) or for those required to quarantine given the COVID-19 protocols at the time.  Please reach out to me ( to discuss remote instruction for next year if you believe this need is present for your family. 
Before/After School Care:  
We do intend to offer some before/after school care at the school in the fall.  Depending on the extent of cohorting required, we will likely have to limit the grades we serve and the hours open (may be until 5 rather than 6pm).  We will gather information from families interested in utilizing before/after school care in the near future to guide the design of the program.  
Some Unknowns:
We know that it is likely desks will be placed 3′ apart in the fall, so we will return to our two class per grade level configuration.  Right now, students are still required to be 6′ apart for eating.  We do not yet know whether the 6′ for eating will remain in place for the fall. If this is required, we will likely have to install a semi-permanent tent outside to facilitate this.   We also do not know whether we will have to remain cohorted at recess in the fall as we are now.  We will likely continue a staggered entry/dismissal, though the times may be reduced a bit and we will likely still be screening students upon entry.  At this point it appears everyone will remain wearing masks next year.  
Much like the preparation for this year, there will be much we will be working on over the summer and we will communicate changes and plans to you as we finalize details.  We also will be releasing a new family handbook to families in August that will communicate procedures for next year.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions you may have and I will keep you apprised as we continue to plan. 
In Christ,


As we find ourselves now more than a year into this pandemic, Pope Francis invites us this year to pray for something in particular during this month of May as we turn to our Blessed Mother—an end to the pandemic.  On May 1st and 31st, he will be leading the Rosary and it will be telecast around the world.  Each day, the Rosary will be broadcast from a different major Marian shrine around the world.
Calling to mind that scene from the early Church in Acts 12, the theme for this initiative of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization is “The whole Church was fervently praying to God.”  Praying the Rosary or even a decade as a family with young children is not always the calmest or quietest in my experience.  And that is okay!  Its still a wonderful gift to our Blessed Mother, even with distractions.
In turning to Mary, ask her to comfort us as only a mother can, and to take our prayers to her son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.  We will be praying a decade of the Rosary before our Sunday Masses, and I encourage you to take up this devotion each day—to waste some time with the Lord and His Mother, imploring their help and salvation in our time of need.  May we fervently pray to God together as the Church, united with our Holy Father in turning to our Blessed Mother.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • May 11th – Class Pictures
  • May 28th – Virtual Field Day, Noon Dismissal
  • May 31st – Memorial Day, No School
  • Jun 3rd – 8th Grade Graduation


Annual Inclusion Mass

Join Bishop Mueggenborg at the annual Inclusion Mass to celebrate people with disabilities in our Catholic community.  The event will be live streamed here.  

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.



Woohoo, our largest fundraiser is in the books!  A special thanks to those that stayed on the committee and stepped up to join this year:  Charie Addicks, Brittiony Borges (Wilkins), Giulia Canali (Olson), Molly Harmon (Wilton) Iwona Konarski, Jet Lin, Ryan McLean, Sarah Mosley (Bucci), Wendy Mowat, Lisa Nooyen, Jamie Soderquist, Steffanie Zazulak (Yee).  Also, thank you to all the parents who led a class/grade project!

Expenses are still coming in, but this was a successful event!  The Fund An Item alone brought in a record amount for our teahers and school staff.  If you missed giving in honor of our teachers & school staff you may still donate here.

Credit cards have been charged and receipts sent.  If you didn’t receive yours, please contact Beth Martin. Don’t forget to apply for MATCHING FUNDS from your company.  All money spent over Fair Market Value is eligible for matching.

AUCTION PURCHASES are available for pick up this Friday (12-4) and Saturday (9-12).  The exceptions are BUYBACKS and TEACHER BOOKS, these will be sent home in May or as they are completed.

Thank you for all you’ve done for HRS!  If you have any fundraising questions, please contact Beth Martin.


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!


Covid Vaccine

Any King County resident age 16 years or older can access vaccination appointments at the West Seattle vaccination site by visiting .  Holy Rosary is still available to help if you or someone you know needs assistance navigating the online registration process.  Call Libby at the parish office at 206-937-1488 ext. 209 or email at

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our students who received their First Holy Communion on April 24 and 25.
Sydney S
Emily V
Jason A
Rory B
Henry R
Julianna W
Paige D
Eleanor S
Oliver E
Connor M
Conor C
Nora T
Simon B
Kirra S
Serena G
Matthew K
Evan K

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.


HNA Original Production, Common Threads

While we at Holy Names Academy miss welcoming you and your students for our Spring matinee, we are excited to invite you to our first ever HNA Original Production, Common Threads. Please share the links below with your families.
The viewing is free to our Catholic schools. No need to purchase tickets! 
If you have any questions, please contact HNA’s Director of Theatre & Film, Sarah Wahlen, at Enjoy the show!
HNA Original Production Common Threads
Common Threads Playbill 2021

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