Family Communication 5/12/22


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Thank you for an incredible auction!   We’re still tallying the final numbers with the class auction projects closing last night, but we can confidently say this is the most successful auction we’ve had during my time here.  It was truly a momentous evening to be together and I know an incredible amount of volunteer work happened behind the scenes to make the event happen.  Thank you so much for the time, talent, and treasures you contributed to the auction! Thank you for your generous support of our Fund-an-Item.  With over $75,000 pledged at the auction, we were able to secure a generous matching donation, and now have over $150,000 towards updating our little toy area and asphalt playing surface.  We are excited to do this work this summer!  
In campus happenings:  
Yesterday we gathered in prayer as a school community to honor our Blessed Mother Mary, praying a decade of the Rosary together as a whole school.  We were then able to return to one of the many special traditions that happens each May, as our 8th graders performed their Liturgical Dance to honor Mary.  This special tradition is certainly something to look forward to when your child reaches 8th grade!  We will celebrate our soon-to-be graduates with a Baccalaureate Mass and awards dinner on May 22nd and then we roll into the graduation festivities!  Please join me in continuing to pray for our 8th graders who are on the cusp of embarking on the next steps in their educational journey.  
With us into mid-May, we’re into fun spring activities.  The Talent Show returns on May 20th and we’re planning for a return of our school wide field day on May 27th!  Many of our students have not experienced a field day with us, so it is sure to be an exciting day filled with fun activities.  Many thanks to Mrs. Southerland who spearheads this event.  She is looking for volunteers to assist!  If you are interested in volunteering to support this fun day, please email her at  This is a great way to get some volunteer hours if you are still in need of hours!
Finally, we continue to see increased COVID cases in our school community, which is not surprising given the increase in cases in the greater school community.  On the recommendation of public health, we have returned to required mask wearing in a couple of grade levels short term, to assist in preventing additional spread at school. We continue to monitor the situation closely and do encourage mask wearing indoors, especially if your child is in a class where multiple cases have popped up.  Our goal is to finish the year strong and for all of our students to be able to participate in the many, fun, year end activities!  
In Christ, 


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  • May 20th – Talent Show
  • May 27th – Field Day (Noon Dismissal)
  • May 30th – Memorial Day (No School)
  • Jun 2nd – 8th Grade Graduation
  • Jun 7th – Kindergarten Graduation
  • Jun 8th – New Parent Orientation
  • Jun 9th – Noon Dismissal
  • Jun 10th – Last Day (10am Dismissal)


Talent Show Streaming

We are excited to have our school’s talent show next Friday. K-4 performances will be in the morning starting at 9:30 with our school band.  5-8 performances will be in the afternoon, likely starting around 1:30/1:45.  (More specific times will be given after our dress rehearsals next week.). 
Unfortunately, we will not be able to have parents attend the talent show this year because we are making space for students to watch their grade level groupings performances.  Mr. Barker will stream it live on Holy Rosary’s vimeo account.  
Dress Rehearsals 
The talent show is on Friday, May 20th!  
Here is the schedule for the dress rehearsals.  The students will also get a dress rehearsal slip with details.  Kids will change into their costume before it starts but can come to school in their uniforms.  If your student doesn’t have a costume, he/she can stay in uniform.
Dress Rehearsals
Monday, May 16th
11:30 – 1 – 5th-8th
Tuesday, May 17th
11:30 – 1:20- K-4th  

School Calendar For 2022/23

The calendar for next year is on the school website. Over the summer there will be a few updates so check back before the start of the school year. You can also look at the Google calendar, which is updated regularly.

Immunization Requirements for 2022/23

Per the State Department of Health, all required vaccinations must be up-to-date by the first day of school. If a student is missing any of the required vaccinations, they will not be able to start school until those doses have been administered. There is no longer a thirty day grace period. The only accepted exemption is medical. You can access your child’s state immunization records at My IR Mobile. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler in the school office.

Masking Update/Changes in Mass 

We continue to ask our students to have a mask available, in case they find themselves in a situation where distancing is challenging or if they need to work closely with someone.  Thank you for making sure your child has a mask in their backpack.  Number of new COVID cases in the school this week (as of Thursday am) = 23


Parents Club Wants You

Interested in taking an active role at Holy Rosary? Consider joining Parents Club. We are currently looking for a Vice President and a Secretary. If you are interested, please email Cheryl Binetti or Sacha Copeland.

Talent Show Spirit Day

Every year, the leadership elective chooses a free dress theme day for the talent show.  This year our theme is “Welcome to the Jungle!”  Students will be able to come to school on Friday, May 20th, decked out in any jungle gear.  This could include animal prints, safari type outfit (khaki clothes, hat, boots, and binoculars), tropical shirts, jungle animal ears, etc.). Get creative or keep it simple!  We just want to see your spirit!

The Easiest Way To Shop

A safe alternative to cash, BOOK FAIR eWALLET is the best way to fund your student’s wish list!
eWallets can be used at the in-school Fair or online to shop from 5,000+ products. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund an eWallet for a future Fair.
Please visit to set up an account for your student. 

BASE Registration For 2022/23 OPEN!

BASE registration for the 2022/23 school year is now opening. Current BASE families are asked to register as soon as possible as we make our plans for staffing.  School families, that have not previously used BASE but are interested in utilizing it, may also register. Space is limited and registration is not a guarantee of availability. You will receive confirmation of you BASE contract by June 10th. BASE registration will open to New Families on May 19th. If you have any questions, please see the BASE page or contact Rachel Hagenson at

Parent Club 8th Grade Parent Award

It’s that time again!  We are seeking nominations for the 2022 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 Cheryl Binetti,!  Please submit your nominations by 5pm on Friday, May 13th.


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:  Iwona Konarski, Jet Lin, Wendy Mowat and Jamie Soderquist.  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.
Expenses are still coming in, already we know this is the most successful auction to date!!!  The Fund A Need alone brought in $75,000 towards the Little Toy playground upgrades, with 15% supporting Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School.  If you missed out on giving to this much needed improvement 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. If you are unsure if your company has matching funds, check this web site for easy to follow steps to match your donation.
AUCTION PURCHASES are available for pick up in the main office, please pick up asap.  The exceptions are BUYBACKS and TEACHER BOOKS, these will be sent home as they are completed.
DRESS PASSES are coming home today for placing 5 bids or more in the online auction or for bidding at the highlighted line during the silent.
LOST ITEMS If you are missing the following from auction night, please pick up in the main office. Items not claimed will be donated next week.
-black women’s size XL John S Bay sweater
-black women’s size S Bobeau sweater
-brown fabric felt
-black hydroflask Rat City bike sticker


Thank you so much for the responses that we’ve received regarding Westfest!! We are almost there with the main leads. Don’t worry, there will be PLENTY of volunteer options later. Remember, these count as the coveted Fundraising Volunteer hours.
We are in need of a Activities Chair. If interested, please reach out to Marianne at the email below for details.
We have a lead for the Italian Booth, but we need someone to volunteer to shadow & assist and be a lead the following year.
If you were previously in charge of something and will need a replacement because you have a graduating 8th grader, or if there is a position that you’d like to know more about, please reach out to Marianne Wintermute (


Kindergarten Round Up

If you have an incoming Kindergartener, then mark your calendars for June 8. The students will get to spend an hour in the Kindergarten classrooms and meet the teachers, starts at 9am.  Parents will be in the School Hall for a new parent orientation.

Ambassador Families

Looking for about 10 more families. Want to share all you know about HRS? Then we need YOU! Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades!  Earn volunteer hours during the summer for the 2022/23 school year.  Details here.


West Seattle Grand Parade- Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for a family or group of families willing to organize and design the Holy Rosary Float for the Grand Parade on July 23rd.  The school will cover the costs of this event.  This is a wonderful way to support your school and fulfill most, if not all, of your volunteer hours before school even starts next year!  If you are interested in helping with this, please email Anna Horton (  Every year we have a number of families who walk alongside the float in the parade, so it is a very fun project and event!

Uniform Closet

Are you short volunteer hours?  The uniform closet is getting full and we need your help getting items into the homes of returning students.  We would like to put the uniforms out several afternoons at dismissal for students and parents to shop.  Time slots are for a half an hour but feel free to make it longer if you’d like.  It does take about 10 minutes to get everything outside.  Sign Up Here Thanks for your help!

Do You Love To Weed

Our gardeners have not been able to come to the school recently. If you love to garden, weeding in the flowerbeds at the school, parish and the round-about is a great way to earn volunteer hours. You get to pick your days and hours. Vaccination is not required

Coffee & Donuts Return May 15!

Our beloved Coffee and Donuts ministry returns after the 8:30 and 10:30 am masses starting Sunday, May 15, but we need volunteers and leads. Our previous lead is with us for a few more weeks and is willing to train a new lead before she goes! Please consider participating in this fun ministry.  It is a great way to meet members of our community after so much time apart.  

In the past, students have joined us in the kitchen but due to health and safety issues, we ask for adult volunteers only who are ok wearing masks and gloves while handling and serving the food/drinks. If you are interested in signing up for a shift, please visit our sign up page at  Make a note in the comment section if you’d like to be a lead/lead-in-training! Questions? Contact Libby at

Field Day Nurse Needed -Volunteer Hours

After two years, in-person field day is back! We are in need of a nurse to manage of our “first aid” table. It’s way more fun than any one person should have. It will be held at Hiawatha on Friday, May27, 9:00-11:30AM. If you have questions or are interested, please email Sue Southerland at

After School Playground Volunteers

We have opened our playground on Thursdays and Fridays until 4:00 to students that are supervised at all times by an adult. If you are interested in volunteering on the playground, please sign up here.

Volunteers Needed For Westfest

Please see the Events and Fundraisers section above for a list of the positions to be filled.



First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our students who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this Easter Season!

Sawyer Victoria A Kahyla Zose K Meredith Grace Louise R
Ryder Matthew A Julie Alexandra K Jonah Michael S
Aiden James B Alex Bennett K Jillian Toni S
Noelle Brooke D Thomas Paul K Emory Jean S
Connor John D Max Russell K Isabelle Pauline S
Anora Sun E Zoe Frances K Lainey Grace S
Albert Geoffrey E Kennedy Anne L Taylor Rae S
Estella Marie F Amelia Marie M Claire Charlotte Rose T
Elsa Jean G Lochlan Joseph M Phoebe Jo Lillian T
Mackenzie Marie H Curtis Joseph M Rachael Mari T-R
Coleman Reed H Benji Minh N Henry Max T
Ellie Florence H Lawrence Duke P Teddy Alexander W
Cole William H Quinn Teagan P London Anne Isabella W
Nicola Rose I Olivia Conde P Molly Jo W
Basilio Rex I Luke Bradley P Walton Thomas Z
Isak Brett J  Sophia Grace R  
Rylee Elizabeth J Liliana Emma R  
Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children 7-18 years of age who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If you or your children are interested to know more about RCIA, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (

Sacramental 2 Preparation (First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion) 

Holy Rosary parish follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding children’s preparation to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Registration is already open online: 2021-2022 Sacramental 2 (
If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental 1 of our Faith Formation program and are regularly attending the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these sacraments or for more information about First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation, please contact Sr. Stella at


Summer Band

Join The Musical Fun!  July 11-15/ Elementary Summer Band!!  12:15 – 2:00P.M.  Just click the link to sign-up!! 

Girls Rock Math

Girls Rock Math (GRM) is a non-profit offering STEAM summer camps. Our mission is to provide thought-provoking, creative experiences in math, empowering girls to develop confidence in their skills, and a life-long interest in mathematics.
Intern-Counselors are a very important part of our GRM program – they wear a staff shirt and name badge. They attend Staff Meetings with our Counselors-in-Training (CITs), teachers, and Site Director. Intern-Counselors work with teachers to ensure campers are having an enriching summer experience. Throughout the week, they work with mentors to guide them in leading, collaborating, and planning activities for campers. They reflect on their experience with other Intern-Counselors as well as their college-aged mentors. Reflection coupled with hands-on experience builds great leadership skills all while having fun and earning service hours. (One week of camp plus training is approximately 40 hours of community service.)
Here are some other things Intern-Counselors do at camp: 

  • Sing, play games and do outdoor activities with campers
  • Assist the teacher as needed
  • Ensure campers are safe
  • Work with younger campers on games, projects and problems
  • Be responsible, reliable, and punctual
  • Have fun during recess and lunch
  • Follow camp rules

If you know of female-identifying students who would be interested in being a part of this summer’s Intern-Counselor program, please pass along our website:

Bishop Blanchet Summer Camps For Rising K-9th Graders

Soak in the summer fun at Bishop Blanchet! Registration is open for in-person camps in athletics, academics, and the arts at BBHS.
Athletics Camps run throughout the summer and include cross country, cheer (K-8), basketball, flag football, freshman football, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. 
The Discovery Learning Camp (gr 5-8) runs July 18 – 22. This is a full-day immersive experience where students choose to attend three class sessions in STEM, art, music, drama, social justice, outdoor activities, and more. Lunch supervision is provided.
The BBHS Study Skills Camp (gr 5 – 9) runs August 15 – 18. This camp helps students develop time management, organization, study strategies, and planning skills to increase success in the classroom.
Multi-camp and sibling discounts are available. 
Register Here:

Preschool-Age Summer Camp

A Child Becomes Preschool has openings in their preschool-age summer camp offerings for students age 3-4!  View more and sign up on their website:

HNA Summer Camps

Holy Names Academy invites young women entering Grades 4 through 8 or starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall of 2022 to participate in our summer camps. Athletic camps are designed to offer quality instruction from the HNA coaching staff, players, and alumnae in a fun, welcoming environment. Art Explorations and Leadership camps are a great way to meet HNA teachers and students and learn more about Art and Leadership Programs at HNA. Please find more information and sign up at


1-1 Tutoring

I am a certified teacher from pre-K to 12 & adult learning and a regular substitute teacher at Hope Elementary and SLHS. With my Master’s degree in Education, Learning and Literacy and over two decades of experience, I’m passionate about guiding students to understand their learning styles, incorporate learning strategies in their academic transitions, gain academic confidence, and improve outcomes. I am located in West Seattle, a practicing catholic and happy to consider virtual platforms to improve accessibility. Please reach me Alexandra Morgan via email at:

Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Event and Auction

This celebration will include an auction, fun activities, and an informative program about the impact your donations have made in the community. Option to participate in person (ticket includes dinner) at the Seattle Design Center or remotely from your own home (with or without delivered dinner). 
Join us in celebrating our community, and raise funds to continue keeping our neighbors safe, fed, healthy, and housed during these challenging times. Share an evening with some of your most caring neighbors.

Rainbow Parrot Art Classes for HRS students – Online art enrichment program

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Free/donation based class