Family Communication 4/12/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

The risen Christ is upon us, and with His resurrection we find ourselves filled with hope and joy. Coming back from Spring Break, it’s as if Easter was timed perfectly with the visual signs of spring. Spring is a time for renewal and as such, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you some changes for next year and some areas of growth and focus moving forward. This message is a bit longer than usual, but there is much to share.

Staffing Changes – Spring brings planning for the next school year, which will be upon us before we know it. With that, I’d like to share some personnel changes for next year:

Jennifer Hazzard will be leaving her position as the Office Administrator at the end of this year and moving to a similar position at her home Parish St. Anne, much closer to home. We thank Jennifer for all of her contributions–she will be missed! Kimberly Tish will be moving into the Office Administrator position and we will be hiring for the Office Assistant position.

Hannah Kooima, who came to us this year as a sixth grade homeroom teacher, will be leaving the Seattle area at the end of this year. We appreciate all of the hard work Hannah has put in this year wish her luck on her next steps.

Our longtime custodian, Phuc Phung has moved to a similar position much closer to home, and one of our after school BASE staff, Savohn Farstad, has moved from the Seattle area as well. I thank them both for their many years of service.

Finally, as you know, our dedicated Teacher-Librarian Sue Harris has been out on medical leave this year. At this point, Sue has made the difficult decision to remain out on leave for the remainder of this year and then not return next year. This will allow her to focus her energies on her health, healing, and enjoying time with her family. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Sue definitely feels them!

Strategic Planning – This year I have worked with the School Commission to craft the beginnings of a new Strategic Plan. The plan will be aligned to the Office for Catholic Schools Strategic Plan, and will be based on three main pillars: Strengthening Catholic Identity, An Accessible and Welcoming Community, and Wise Stewardship through Planning, Governance, Funding, and Marketing. We will not include any academic areas explicitly in our new Strategic Plan, as our academic planning is part of our ongoing accreditation work. I invite you to the May 2 Parents Club Meeting, where you will have the opportunity to provide feedback in these areas. It is my hope to have a new plan to work from as we move into fall 2018.

Safety and Security – In recent weeks many of you have asked about our efforts as a school to protect our students from outside threats and other emergencies in light of the tragic events of the past few months (and sadly, years). While there is no one perfect plan and no way we can plan for all unknowns, we continue to take all of the precautions we can to train our staff and practice so in the case of a real emergency, we are prepared to act.

The school has a detailed emergency plan, which includes specific plans for everything from a lockdown emergency to a fire or earthquake. Last year, we worked last year with some of our parents who are in law enforcement and emergency services to refine our procedures and are continuing to do so, specifically looking at best practices throughout the state and country. The plan is reviewed annually and improved as we learn more and continue to practice our regularly scheduled drills.

We also have emergency radios located throughout the campus, including in the Parish office, so we are able to remain in communication in case of emergency. These radios remain on during the day. Additionally, Seattle Lutheran High School houses one of our radios so we are able to remain in communication with them in case of emergency. As you know, all of our exterior doors remain locked during the school day. All visitors and parents are required to enter through the main office and sign into the office. The church and playground are checked prior to recess and Mass.

You may not know that we house significant emergency supplies in our emergency container and in our building. These include not only the emergency kits you have sent in with your students, but additional emergency supplies including blankets, makeshift toilets, sweatshirts, supplemental water, supplemental food, first aid, basic tools, and flashlights. All staff members are trained in First Aid/CPR and use of AED units, of which we have five on campus. The school is retrofitted for earthquakes. This work began in 1996 and was completed in January of 1997. School seismic improvements were designed to meet the 1994 UBC with City of Seattle Amendments, and you are welcome to contact me for a complete list of all that was done.


I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of the Holy Rosary Community and thank you for all you do to make our community the incredible place it is. I know this is a lot of information for a weekly eFC message, but I felt it a good opportunity to share with you some of the larger happenings as we plan for next year. More to come!

I look forward to seeing you at the auction (and I do believe there are still a few tickets available if you’ve been contemplating coming). It’s great fun, a wonderful community event, and a wonderful way to support one of the best schools around!

In Christ,



Picture Day Volunteer

Class picture day is Tuesday, April 24 and the office needs a volunteer to help bring the students to the School Hall from their classrooms. Contact the front office to volunteer.

Parent’s Club

The final Parent’s Club date has been changed from May 10 to May 2. Please update your calendars. Parent’s Club information can be found here.


  • April 13 – Bingo Bash with the teachers! 6-8 p.m.
  • April 21 – HEART auction – SSCC Brockey Center, 5 p.m.
  • April 27 – Father/Daughter Glow Bowl – West Seattle Bowl
  • May 18 – Talent Show (all day)
  • May 25 – Field Day – noon dismiss


Class Pictures

Class picture day is April 24 and picture forms will be sent home on Thursday. Please pay online here, or include a check in the envelope that went home. To order pictures, an envelope must be turned in for each student. Please write the online payment code on the envelope if payment is made online.

Talent Show May 18

The annual Holy Rosary Talent Show is coming up on Friday, May 18! We are looking forward to seeing the students sharing their talents with our school. Permission slips are now in the office, so pick one up today, or download one here! Please make sure to read the directions carefully and turn in completed and signed slips into the office into the Permission Slips bin. Group acts need to turn in their slips together. The final turn in day is Friday, April 27. Thank you!

Holy Rosary School Summer Camps

We still have spots available for summer camp taught by our Holy Rosary staff but the spots are filling up quickly, so please sign up right away if your family is interested in participating. Families who sign up will be billed through their FACTS account this spring. We look forward to seeing your kids this summer for some exciting learning experiences! Click here to sign up.

Volunteer Opportunity

Still need general hours? Sign up to volunteer at the spring SunDance performance – The Birds of Paradise – May 6 (dress rehearsal) and May 7 (performance night) at the Highline Performing Arts Center. Sign up on SignUpGenius here!.


Father-Daughter Glow Bowl April 27
Sign up here online for the Father*-Daughter Glow Bowl at West Seattle Bowl on Friday, April 27 from 5-8. The theme this year is Animal!

*Uncles and/or grandpas are okay. Also, another parent can “adopt” a daughter to attend with that family. Details are covered on the sign up page.

Development Directives

AUCTION QUESTIONS might be answered here on our dedicated auction page.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE BY TOMORROW to the 80’s Prom on April 21 at the Brockey Center.

RAFFLE TICKETS – DON’T MISS OUT! $100 each for $5,000 towards tuition and $50 each to wipe out volunteer hours. Please pick up a purple raffle sheet in the office or download here. Return to office by this Friday! Please contact Kristin McMahan at with raffle questions.

AUCTION CATALOGS are coming home in time for the weekend. Get your groups together to bid on large items.


BOXES NEEDED to move items to Brockey Center on Friday and Saturday next week. Please bring any large boxes (case of paper size to large Amazon box size) to Beth’s office or place on the stage. The auction committee will need to carry the boxes, so please nothing exceptionally large or odd shaped.

CORSAGE AND BOUTONNIERES are available at Flower Lab – corner of Admiral and California. They will create this perfect 80’s prom accessory, but you must call them at 206.935.2587 by tomorrow! Pick up on April 21.



Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field

Holy Rosary Parish CYO Track and Field registration is open for Parish girls and boys in grades 4-8. No prior track and field experience required! Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 5:45 – 7:15 at Hiawatha track. First practice was Tuesday, March 27. Larry Swegle and Ken Smith are looking for some parent volunteers to help at practices which counts towards volunteer hours. If you would like to help, you can email Larry Swegle at, so that Larry and Ken can plan ahead. Register here. Meet dates below.

  • Preliminary – Saturday, May 5 at 10 or 2:30
  • Relay – Saturday, May 12 at 10 or 3
  • 8th Grade Pentathlon – Sunday, May 13 at 12:30
  • Qualifying – Saturday, May 19 at 10 or 3
  • Championship – Saturday, June 2, at 10 (All Comers) and 12


Movie Screening

The St. Francis of Assisi School Parent Association has arranged for a showing of Angst next Wednesday, April 18, and are inviting parents from local Catholic schools.  The documentary has been very well received and deals with the issue of anxiety in our young people and families. Please see this flyer for more information.

Annual Inclusion Ministry Mass With Archbishop Sartain

Saturday, April 21, from 11-2:30 at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a reception and family dance
hosted by O’Dea High School. PARTY!  All are welcome!

Children’s Choir Welcomes All Second Graders to Sing on Mothers’ Day!

Every year, the Holy Rosary Youth Choir for students in grades 3-5, welcomes second graders into the choir to sing for Mothers’ Day! It is exciting and fun to see and hear all the new young singers learn about choir and the joy of singing together! And then even more fun to have them sing for their moms on Mothers’ Day!

The Choir will sing on Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 14 at the 10:30 Mass. Rehearsals are after school in the chapel on Wednesdays:  April 18, 25, May 2 and 9, from 2:30-3:15. Teachers will escort kids from classroom to chapel. Pick-up is from the chapel courtyard at 3:15. Students will be escorted back to BASE as needed. They will also rehearse before Mass Sunday morning (May 13) in the chapel at 9:45 a.m. No cost for second graders to participate. Donations always welcome.

To have your second grader sing on Mothers’ Day, please register online here 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 join the choir and sing for their moms!

Opportunities To Grow In The Catholic Faith!

Join us as we grow together in our faith!

  • Curious about Catholicism? We have ongoing programs for adults from any background who want to learn more about the Catholic faith. Contact Robert King for more info.
  • Unlock the Mystery of the Bible! Join us for an eight-week overview of the entire Bible on Saturday mornings at 9:30 in the Parish Center! Great for beginners or for review! Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 14.
  • Jesus:  Pilgrimage Come follow in the footsteps of Jesus with James Martin, SJ’s book on discovering Jesus in the Holy Land. We meet Wednesday mornings at 9:30 in the Parish Center! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 18.
  • Sunday School for Grown-ups is back this week! Our topic is “Render Unto Caesar: Church, State, and Taxes” at 9:30 a.m. in the school – room 7A.

If you would like more information, or if you have any suggestions to make, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or


Summer Camps

Summer camps are listed on our summer camp page here. It’s updated as needed. Holy Rosary will be offering our own summer camps too. Stay tuned!

Marriage Enrichment Seminars

Our Lady of Guadalupe is offering marriage enrichments workshop series. Please see this flyer for information.

West Seattle Music Studio

Piano lessons, guitar lessons and voice lessons for children and adults. Beginners welcome. Call Lizette at 206-349-5499 or check out our West Seattle Music Studio website.

Art Workshop Classes With Ms. Reuter – First Class Today!

Now enrolling for after school art workshop session B5!

  • Dates:  April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
  • Time:  3:15-5:00 p.m. Doors open right at 3 p.m.
  • Cost:  $175
  • Location:  Seattle Lutheran High School. An easy walk across the courtyard, right behind Holy Rosary School.
  • Ages: K-6
  • Projects: Puff paintings, flying plaster pigs (wahoo!), TP coy fish, wacky hats, straw engineering, and loads of other super fun stuff.