Family Communication 4/26/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

What a glorious spring week this has been! We had a wonderful time at last weekend’s auction- thank you so much for your generous support of our school. I’d also like to thank our chairs and all of the many, many volunteers who made it happen. The auction is truly a team effort, and everyone’s support is essential. Thank you again!! For those that couldn’t make it, we’ll see you next year!!

This eFC and the newsletters the next few weeks will contain important information regarding end of the year activities and planning for next year. Stay tuned and read closely!

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


Pizza Lunch Reminder

Tomorrow is eighth grade pizza lunch!

Parent’s Club – Last Meeting Of The Year!

It’s the last Parent’s Club meeting of the year – Wednesday, May 2. Social hour at 6:30; meeting at 7. Join us to celebrate the year, for a chance to provide input on the draft of the school’s new strategic plan, and to purchase SCRIP (Metropolitan Market and Thriftway) to support our fundraising efforts! See you then! Parent’s Club information can be found here.

Eighth Grade “Parent Volunteer Of The Year” Award

Nominations are now open for the Parents Club “Volunteer of the Year” award. This annual honor is given to an eighth grade parent (with no younger children) who has given their time, talent, and treasure for the school and our many programs. Know a parent(s) that has consistently shown up for all of our Holy Rosary School efforts and will be graduating onto high school? If so, please email Dino Annest at with your nominee name and tell us why they deserve the recognition. Deadline for submissions is noon this Monday, April 30. Award will be presented at our last Parents Club meeting on May 2.

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.


  • 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
  • June 13 – New parent orientation and kindergarten round-up –  9 a.m.


Father Daughter Glow Bowl Reminder

Sign-ups are closed for the Father-Daughter Glow Bowl this Friday, April 27th from 5-8pm at West Seattle Bowl.  Email confirmations were sent out to families who have registered for the event before 1pm today.  Please have your email confirmation ready on your phone to show at check-in.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, you are not signed up for the event.  Thank you to all that signed up!  Questions: contact Laurel Zimmer at

Ambassador Families Are Needed

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.

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 At Holy Rosary

Sign up deadline is tomorrow, April 27. After Friday we will open spots to students outside the Holy Rosary community. 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.


Development Directives

Woohoo, our largest fundraiser is in the books! This truly is a community event and thank you all for helping to pull it off. A special thanks to the Chairs:  Kate McGovern, Marcia Metcalf, Wendy Mowat, and Molly Ward. Also, thank you to all the leads that worked on this event for months and the day of 50+ volunteers. As you can tell this is a HUGE volunteer effort.

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 in the main office, please pick up ASAP. The exception are BUYBACKS and TEACHER BOOKS, these will be sent home in early May or as they are completed.

MISSING ITEMS – A few auction items may have made their way home with the incorrect bidder. Please review your receipt and make sure it matches your items. Specifically looking for a black Kate Spade purse, Family Portrait Experience and On-site Massage Sessions.

Now that the auction is in the books, our focus for the remainder of the year will be the ANNUAL FUND. If you made a pledge in November, and you are not making payments, please fulfill that pledge before the end of May. If you have NOT had an opportunity to make an annual fund donation, I urge you to help us reach 100% participation. No amount is too small. When applying for grants, a higher percentage of participation tells the granting committee that we have exhausted our internal resources. button on the right hand side of the home page to participate.


Lego Robotics

We are planning for a re-launch of the Holy Rosary Lego Robotics program for the 18-19 school year. We will hold an information session to discuss parent interest in supporting this and availability, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 in the Holy Rosary library. Students in Lego Robotics learn design, programming, and working on projects with fellow students. If you are a parent and might be available to help with this, please come to the meeting on May 3. If you have any questions or comments please contact Chris Paulus at


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 28.
  • Monday Rosary – Join us every Monday evening to pray the Rosary in the Chapel at 7. For more information, contact Deyette Swegle.
  • Jesus:  A 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, May 2.
  • New on Fridays at 9:15 a.m. – Walking With Purpose book discussion – My Sisters the Saints. Due to popular demand, Walking with Purpose is hosting for women, the book My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Campbell, not only Wednesday evenings at 7:15, but also starting this Friday morning at 9:15 in the Parish Center reception room. Join us as we discuss this compelling spiritual memoir about the lives of six extraordinary women saints and how they provided inspiration and guidance to the author, Colleen. If you can’t attend all sessions, drop in as your schedule allows. For questions or need childcare email Deyette at
  • 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!

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