Family Communication 4/4/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

As we continue into this first full week of April, and on our Lenten journey, the days are flying by.  Easter is two weeks away from this coming Sunday, with spring break to follow.  After that, we will move swiftly towards the end of the year!

In these fast moving days, we might lose sight of this Lenten season as a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  I know that I’ve struggled with that at points during these busy days. But I find hope in the promise of Easter, a time of rebirth and renewed hope, and that helps keep me on track.   May the peace of Christ fill your heart during these final days of Lent and be your compass on this ongoing journey.

In Christ, 



Holy Week is almost upon us – the most important week of the year.  Which means that now is a good time to start planning for your family how you will celebrate these holiest of days, how you will enter not just into the Resurrection of Christ at Easter, but authentically share in it by entering into His Passion and Death as well.  Come on Palm Sunday, April 14, and join with Jesus as He enters the Royal City.  Come to the Living Stations of the Cross with St. Stephen the Martyr Youth Group on Holy Wednesday,  April 17, and join with Jesus as He prepares to offer all for us.  On April 18, Holy Thursday, come and join Jesus in the Upper Room.  On April 19, Good Friday, come and join with Jesus on the Cross.  On April 20, consider coming to the Great Easter Vigil, where we join with Jesus in His glorious Resurrection.  It’s my favorite Mass of the entire year.  It begins after sunset, and it is long, but it is truly glorious.  Also, on April 21st, Easter Masses are at 8:30AM or 10:30AM.  Or visit if you are traveling. 

How will your family join with Christ during these holiest of days?

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • April 19 – Noon Dismissal, Good Friday
  • April 22 – 26 – Easter Break
  • April 30th – Class Pictures
  • May 3rd – Father-Daughter Glow Bowl
  • May 15th-22nd – Spring BOGO Book Fair
  • May 16th – 4th Grade Bake Sale
  • May 17th – Talent Show
  • May 23rd – Wax Museum
  • May 24th – Noon Dismissal, Field Day
  • May 27th – No School, Memorial Day


Talent Show Permission Slips in Office

The annual HRS Talent Show is coming up on Friday, May 17th and will be a Disney theme!  We are looking forward to seeing the students sharing their talents with our school.  Permission slips are now in the front office, so pick one up today!  Please make sure to read the directions carefully and turn in completed and signed slips into the office.  Group acts need to turn in their slips together.  The last day to turn in permission slips is Tuesday, April 30th.

Musical Note From The Band!

ALL band members (gr. 5-8) are preparing for upcoming concerts!  Please take note that these following dates are graded/required performances!

Wed., May 15th : Band Festival/Kennedy Catholic H.S./7P.M.  More details to come!

Fri., May 17th :  Holy Rosary Talent Show

Please make sure your student is on time for class, brings their instrument to rehearsals and practices in between!!

Spring is in the air!  It’s concert time!!

Important Dates For Next Year

First Day of School – Tuesday, September 3rd

Fall Conferences – Monday, November 25th-Wednesday, November 27th

Christmas Break – Monday, December 23rd-Friday, January 3rd

Winter Break – Monday, February 17th-Tuesday, February 18th

Easter Break – Monday, April 13th-Friday, April 17th

Last Day of School – Friday, June 12th

Holy Rosary Custom Glassybaby

A Perfect Gift For The Grandparent/Special FriendWe are very excited to offer Holy Rosary School’s first custom glassybaby! Available in limited quantities, the proceeds go to our school. It’s a perfect celebratory gift for any occasion — grandparents and special friends! — or your favorite Holy Rosary glassybaby collector.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers” will be “Cherish” opaque white, with gold-filled etching of the school logo for $100.

Order your commemorative glassybaby online here. Payment will be charged to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer-8A) at


Emergency Communications To All Schools

Dear Catholic School Parents, Guardians and Stakeholders:

A bill that would require law enforcement to provide critical emergency communications to all schools needs your help! 

Your state representatives are considering a bill (SSB 5514) that would require law enforcement to provide critical notifications to a school (whether public or private) when an emergency necessitating a lockdown or evacuation is happening in the school’s vicinity.  This practice is not currently required by state law and there are many examples of Catholic schools, non-Catholic private schools, and even public schools not receiving notifications of ongoing threats to students and staff.

Please contact your representative today and encourage them to protect all children!  Visit the Washington State Catholic Conference’s Action Center to connect directly to your local representative (based on your address) and provide an email message encouraging their support of the bill.  You may use the message provided as it is already written or personalize it for greater impact!  

SSB 5514 has received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Senate and needs only a full vote of the House of Representatives to send the bill to the Governor for his signature.

Please take action now!


The WSCC Team

The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in our state.  Representing the Catholic Bishops of Washington, we advocate for public policies that promote the common good.  For more information on the WSCC and to keep up to date on important state and federal issues, sign up at

Brown Bag Fridays For St. Martin de Porres Men’s Shelter

Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to help pack and bring a lunch along with an additional item on designated Fridays during Lent.

These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

Please note the collection dates below. It is most helpful if the additional items are kept separate from the lunches.

April 5 – Lunches only

April 12 – Lunches + additional Items:

Last name A-M: disposable razors and travel size shaving cream

Last name M-Z: travel size toothbrush and toothpaste

Holy Rosary School is Hiring

Holy Rosary School is hiring for an instructional aid and recess assistant for the 2019-2020 school year.  Position is approximately 25-28 hours per week when school is in session.  More information can be found at:


Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the Holy Rosary Golf Classic taking place May 18th at the West Seattle Golf Course. Teams of four person scrambles compete to raise money for the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund. New this year, the event will be held in the spring instead of our normal fall event. Click here to go to the event page for information and specifics on this year’s Golf Tournament. 

Also new this year is the ability to use your FACTS account to register! You can also still use your credit card if you prefer. Find the two links below: 

Father-Daughter Glow Bowl

Save the date! Our annual Father-Daughter bowling at West Seattle Bowl is on Friday, May 3rd.


Last Week to Register: Holy Rosary CYO Track & Field 

Registration for Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field will close on Monday, April 8.  Registration is open for Parish girls and boys in 4th-8th grade.  No prior Track and Field experience required!  Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, NEW TIME 5:45pm-7:15pm at Hiawatha Track.  Head Coaches, Larry Swegle and Ken Smith, and Track Coordinator, Andrea Geraghty are looking for parent volunteers and high school students to help at practices which counts towards volunteer hours.  If you would like to help, you can email Larry Swegle at so that Larry, Ken and Andrea can plan ahead. We are looking forward to another great season!  

To register, please click on this link and select Holy RosarySeattle:  This is a new system from last year so you may need to register as a New User.

Meet dates:

  • Preliminary: Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 10:00am or 2:30pm (Renton Stadium)
  • Relay: Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:00am or 3:00pm (Renton Stadium)
  • 8th Grade Pentathlon: Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 12:30pm (West Seattle Stadium)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10:00am or 3:00pm (Highline Stadium)
  • Championship: Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 10:00am (All-Comers) & 12:00pm (Highline Stadium)
Volunteer for SunDance

All school parents are able to volunteer for the SunDance Production of Charlotte’s Web (rehearsal May 5th and performance May 6th).  We have a need for parent helpers backstage both nights. Sign up information here.   These are general volunteer hours.  Thank you for helping us put on another amazing dance show.


Opportunities for Adults 

As we enter the desert with Jesus this Lent, here are a couple ways to grow closer to Christ and to those he loves:

  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you, or someone you know, has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! All are welcome, and no topic is off limits! We meet every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 9. Our topic will be “Justice, Mercy, and Suffering”.
  • Upcoming Bible Studies – This Easter season, we’ll be starting two new Bible Studies! Our Wednesday Morning group will follow an 11-week study of First Corinthians, and our Facebook Group will use an 8-week introduction to the whole Bible. If you are interested, please register at
  • For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or
Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we look at St. Maria Goretti. In 1902, Maria’s family was poor and had to share another family’s house. One of the family’s sons frequently threatened Maria, but she resisted him. When he attacked her with an awl, she warned him of his sin. He stabbed her multiple times, but she forgave him just before she died. She was only eleven. Later, in prison, he repented based on a vision of Maria. She is patron of abuse and rape victims as well as all young women. Her feast is on July 6.



Antique (Late 1880’s) Upright Kimball Piano

Shoulder to Shoulder is working with Sister Stella and Sister Juanita on their house renovation. They have a lovely antique (late 1880’s) upright Kimball piano that needs a new home. It is a beautiful wood with carving, amazing sound (but needs tuning). Are you in need of a piano or know someone who does? Free to whomever can move it out. Please contact Maggie Hooks if you have any questions about it. Email-

Easter Egg Hunt

Kennedy Catholic is excited to announce our annual community Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 12 from 3-4pm! I wanted to extend the invitation to members of your school community to join us. The event will start in our cafeteria, with snacks, games and more, and the Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 3:30pm. Baskets are provided.

An Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ

Experiencing Kinship on the Margins: Changing the way we look for Happiness

All are invited to an Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, May 8 from 7-9pm in the Walmesley Center (7000 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126).  Fr.”G” is founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.  He is also a best-selling author of two books, Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir.  In his talks, Fr. G shares stories and much wisdom about difficult realities, humanity, restorative justice, community and God’s boundless love and compassion.  Learn more and get tickets at  Tickets are also on sale at OLG parish, school and after weekend Masses.  Contact Jennifer with questions: 206-935-0358 x.120.    

Holy Names Academy Summer Camps

Holy Names Academy offers summer camps for young women entering Grades 4 through 8, and to any student starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall.

2019 offerings include:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Coding
  • Leadership Academy

Please visit for additional information and registration instructions.

A Child Becomes Summer Camp

A Child Becomes offers summer camps for children ages 3-11.  There is a camp for every age group – Preschoolers, Early Elementary and Big Kids. Visit our website for a detailed description of each camp and available dates. Sign up online at:

CYO Summer Camps

Summer CYO Camp dates and registrations are now available. CYO Camps open to grades 1-12, day and overnight camps at Don Bosco and Hamilton as well as Tatonka Adventure for high schoolers. There is a CYO Camp for every child and teen…Register Now!