Family Communication 4/19/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

The big event is nearly here! I’m looking forward to this weekend’s auction, which is sure to be a fun-filled, exciting evening. Our auction raises essential funds towards our operating budget so thank you for all of your support of this important event!

I’d also like to thank the Auction Chairs, who exceed their 50 volunteer hours, for planning a wonderful evening and to the 50+ volunteers who make the event happen. Our school is lucky to have volunteers who step into chair roles for a multi-year commitment and the following parents have my sincere gratitude:  Kate McGovern, Marcia Metcalf, Wendy Mowat, and Molly Ward. I’d also like to thank our Development Director, Beth Martin, who oversees all of our fundraising, for all of the work she put into the event.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

In Christ,



On May 31 after the 8:35 Mass I am going to go for a walk with Jesus – and I invite you to join me!

It will be the traditional feast of Corpus Christ, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Formerly instituted  700+ years ago, this feast celebrates the presence of God in our midst in the Most Holy Eucharist. Over the years, one of the traditions that emerged was annual processions.  The priest would carry the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance, and would process from the Church into the streets accompanied by the people.  A baldachino – a veil – was carried over his head, a symbol of the presence of the Holy. It is a great act of witness to our faith to our neighbors.  It is a celebration of God’s presence in our midst. It is an invocation of His blessings upon our lives and our community.  It is a reminder that as we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist at Mass, we are called to carry Him with us as we go – and be Christ to others.

So after Mass on Thursday, May 31, the Altar Servers will lead us out the side door of the Church. I will follow, with a baldachino carried above.  And then all the school children and all others present.  As we go around the block, we will sing hymns of praise to God.  We will return to the grassy beside the church where an altar will be set up, and will have Benediction, or the formal blessing. If you are interested in assisting with the procession, please contact Robert King at

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland


Bingo Bash Success
Congratulations to all for our most successful and largest attended Bingo Bash ever! There were 189 grade K-4 students, and 134 grade 5-8 students for a total of 323 students, and we grossed $9,690! Thank you parents for sending your children for a night of fun, and thank you teachers for your time, energy, and enthusiasm! A special shout out goes to our teacher bingo chairs — Mrs. Corrigan and Ms. DeFeo — for leading and organizing the entire event, and a special thank you to Mr. Bruno Tarabochia for his special prizes and enthusiastic commitment to making bingo fun for all!
School Commission – Seeking New Members

The School Commission is seeking new members for the 2018-19 school year. The School Commission advises the principal and pastor on policy development and long-term planning. The upcoming year will be exciting, as we will be implementing a new strategic plan!

We are looking for parents with education, accounting, facilities, technology and marketing skills that will expand the commission’s overall capability. Examples of ongoing projects include school budget, enrollment, Catholic identity, fundraising, technology, and the marketing of Holy Rosary School.

The School Commission meets the first Thursday of the month, starting in September. Each member is typically assigned one or two subcommittees that meet throughout the school year. Commission members serve a three to four-year term and hours conducting School Commission business count toward fundraising commitment hours.

The School Commission application is found on the School Commission page on our school website. If you have questions about becoming a member or the application process, contact the recruiting team listed below.

  • Sarah Katsandres –

Or contact the current leadership team:

  • President: Mike Curran –
  • Vice-President: Brendan Kolding –

Applications are due to Sarah Katsandres by April 30.

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 21 – HEART auction – SSCC Brockey Center, 5 p.m.
  • April 27 – Father/Daughter Glow Bowl – West Seattle Bowl
  • May 15 – Eighth grade pictures
  • May 18 – Talent Show – all day
  • May 25 – Field Day – noon dismiss
  • June 2 – Baccalaureate Mass and Dinner
  • June 7 – Eighth grade graduation
  • June 12 – Kindergarten graduation


Ambassador Families

We need Ambassador Families in all grades! Start accumulating volunteer hours for 2018/19 this summer – help welcome new families into our school community. Click here to sign up.

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

The school’s largest fundraising event is Saturday. Thank you to the entire school community for coming together to make this event possible. Now let’s raise some $$$!

FUND-A-NEED – This year’s Fund-A-Need is new SmartBoards, to replace our 10-year old SmartBoards in four classrooms, as well as aging SmartBoards in other classrooms. The newest models are flat panel (no projector needed!) and feature simultaneous touch points (so up to eight students can use it at at time), LED 4K Ultra HD images, text, and video, with unsurpassed brightness and clarity, built-in Chrome browser, built in device-to-board sharing, and simultaneous tool recognition. We’re looking to purchase the 75″ 6000 series. Be sure to check out the demo unit on Friday at the auction, and give to our Fund-A-Need!

All AUCTION related questions might be answered here.

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS! The spotter role is crucial in the live auction. The auctioneer needs assistance identifying bidders, especially in a large room. Please sign up today here!

The GLASSYBABY MYSTERY BOX purchase will now be at check in, so get there early if you want a chance to win two Seahawks pre-season tickets and take home a beautiful glassybaby votive holder.


Pack 793 Open House and Bottle Rocket Activity

On Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the School Hall, Pack 793 will host an open house for anyone interested in learning more about Cub Scouts. This coincides with our April Pack meeting featuring bottle rockets. We will meet in the school hall at 6:30 where Scouts and guests will create rockets using 2-liter bottles and launch them out in the school yard. The pack will provide some 2-liter bottles but feel free to bring any you may have as well. For additional details contact George Panger ( or visit the Pack website.

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


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 21.
  • 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 25.
  • Walking With Purpose is hosting a six-week discussion for women on “My Sisters the Saints” by Colleen Carroll Campbell on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 in the Parish Center. For more info, contact Deyette Swegle. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 25.
  • Sunday School for Grown-ups meets on the first and third Sundays of each month. Our next topic is “Catholic Prayer 101” on May 6.

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.

Tennis Lessons

Hi, I’m Eliot Evans, son of Holy Rosary preschool teacher Tauna Evans. I played varsity tennis at Seattle Prep before moving on to the University of Notre Dame where I play tennis for my hall. I have played tennis most of my life, training at Amy Yee Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club. I have coached private tennis lessons the past few years and will be back for the summer between May 15 and August 15. I am happy to coach any age. I charge $30 per hour. Please contact me if you are interested! 206-470-9711 or email