Family Communication 5/13/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
This has been another big week- our final large transition of this school year.  We are thrilled to have welcomed our 5th and 6th graders back to full day instruction Monday-Thursday for the remainder of the year, so no more hybrid instruction for these grade levels.  We also continue to offer remote instruction for families choosing to remain remote as well for the remainder of this year.  These days are busy, but it is so exciting to have nearly all of our students back on campus now!
In other exciting news, you have also likely heard that 12-15 year olds are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.  The City of Seattle is setting up sites for students to be vaccinated and have designated May 26th (dose 1) and June 16th (dose 2) for south end Catholic School students ages 12 and up.  Our assigned location is Holy Family Bilingual School in White Center and the assigned time for our students is 9:30 am.  Additional information was sent directly to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents.  But if you missed this, or would like to receive the parent consent form and more information to vaccinate an older child or a child attending school elsewhere, please contact the office (  It looks like there is a good chance vaccines will be available for younger students in the fall, if not sooner.  
A few have asked about whether vaccination will be mandatory.  At this time, we encourage students to be vaccinated for the greater good, and to help us all resume a sense of normalcy. But at this time, we have not received any direction from the Office for Catholic Schools regarding COVID-19 vaccination being mandatory.  My guess is that the Office for Cathiolic Schools will set policy down the road that is in alignment with what the state policy is regarding COVID-19 vaccination, but we are a ways away from that.  
We continue to await information from the State Department of Health regarding next year so we can move forward fully with our planning.  I did want to share with you again the information from a few weeks back regarding fall planning:
The school calendar for the 21-22 school year is posted on our website.  Barring any unforeseen surprises, we plan to return to 5 days of in-person instruction/week.    I highly encourage (and ask) all families to refer to the school calendar and make all efforts to plan trips and vacations in alignment with school vacation time.  
Instructional Mode:
The primary model of instruction for the 2021-22 school year will be in person instruction.  Remote instruction will be available for families who have a COVID-19 related safety need (i.e. documented medical need) or for those required to quarantine given the COVID-19 protocols at the time.  Please reach out to me ( to discuss remote instruction for next year if you believe this need is present for your family. 
Before/After School Care:  
We do intend to offer some before/after school care at the school in the fall.  Depending on the extent of cohorting required, we will likely have to limit the grades we serve and the hours open (may be until 5 rather than 6pm).  We will gather information from families interested in utilizing before/after school care in the near future to guide the design of the program.  Look for a survey to be included in next week’s eFC. 
We know that it is likely desks will be placed 3′ apart in the fall, so we will return to our two class per grade level configuration.  Right now, students are still required to be 6′ apart for eating.  We do not yet know whether the 6′ for eating will remain in place for the fall. If this is required, we will likely have to install a semi-permanent tent outside to facilitate this.   We also do not know whether we will have to remain cohorted at recess in the fall as we are now.  We will likely continue a staggered entry/dismissal, though the times may be reduced a bit and we will likely still be screening students upon entry.  At this point it appears everyone will remain wearing masks next year.  
Much like the preparation for this year, there will be much we will be working on over the summer and we will communicate changes and plans to you as we finalize details.  We also will be releasing a new family handbook to families in August that will communicate procedures for next year.  I also wanted to draw your attention to our uniform policy (see below) as you prepare over the summer.  
Thank you all for your continued support.  Our Holy Rosary Families are the best!!
In Christ,


Every year at this time Catholics throughout western Washington are asked to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal which funds many of the important works and ministries of the Archdiocese – helping run our CYO camps and athletics programs to keep fees down, funding chaplaincy programs to serve patients and their families at hospitals, assisting Catholic Community Services with their work in service of the poor and those in need, helping train youth and young adult leaders and fostering some of the regional programming, paying for the education and training of our future priests, and much more.  These things only happen because individuals choose to support the Annual Catholic Appeal.  They are beyond the ability of any one parish, and yet all working together we can accomplish great good!
Our parish goal this year is $118,532.  Anything over that will be returned to us, to be used to improve the lighting in the church around the shrines, to upgrade to LED for energy and cost savings, and improve the experience for those joining via livestream.
Thank you to those who have already made a pledge for this year.  To date we have received pledges totaling $41,565 from 84 individuals and families.  If you would like to make a pledge and/or donation towards your pledge, you can do so online or this weekend at Mass.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • May 28th – Virtual Field Day, Noon Dismissal
  • May 31st – Memorial Day, No School
  • Jun 3rd – 8th Grade Graduation
  • Jun 8th – Kindergarten Graduation


Holy Rosary School Uniform Policy- Plan now for the fall!
  1. For perfect uniformin grades K-7th, shirts must be white knit, polo or oxford style with a collar or turtleneck (8th graders may also wear navy blue shirts/turtlenecks). White camp shirts purchased from the uniform store are allowed. Shirts must have long/short sleeves (no ¾-length or rolled-up sleeves) and may not be oversized, baggy, or tight. T-shirts worn under uniform shirts must be plain white (no emblem, logo or color). Shirts must be long enough to stay tucked in.
  2. Red sweaters (cardigans/pullovers/vests purchased at uniform store) may be worn; Holy Rosary logo red sweatshirts purchased through the Lands’ End Uniform Store may also be worn as can the cadet red zip jackets. Eighth graders may wear Holy Rosary logo navy or Holy Rosary logo grey sweatshirts purchased through Lands’ End Uniform Store. On perfect uniform days, students must wear proper uniform sweaters, sweatshirts or vests as defined in the policy. All school Mass days are perfect uniform days.
  3. In K-7th, red knit, polo style shirts with a collar purchased through Lands’ End Uniform Store or Dennis Uniform may be worn on non-perfect uniform days.
  4. Gator gear may be worn to school each Friday, except on perfect uniform days, in place of regular uniform sweatshirts or sweaters. Nicknames written on the back of Gator gear must be appropriate.
  5.  Red polar fleece vest with HRS logo purchased from the uniform store may be worn instead of uniform sweaters, sweatshirts or vests. Students may not wear any other type of fleece vests, coats, or jackets in the classrooms. Red polar fleece vests with HRS logo can be worn on perfect uniform days.
  6. Pants must be dark navy corduroy or cotton twill (ankle length, no contrast stitching or brads). No navy jeans or sweatpants are allowed. 8thgraders may also wear khaki pants. No sagging, oversized, cropped or tight pants may be worn. Pants with extra pockets, such as cargo or painters pants, may not be worn to school. Pants must have zippers, not buttons.
  7. Navy shorts (or khaki for 8thgraders) can be worn to school year round. All shorts must be navy blue cotton twill. Shorts may not be shorter than 6 inches above the top of the kneecap and cannot be sagging.
  8.  Girls (Gr. K-4th) may wear Macbeth plaid jumpers or skorts; (Gr. 5th-6th) may wear Macbeth plaid jumpers, skirts or skorts, and (Gr. 7th-8th) may wear navy skirts or skorts. All jumpers/skirts/skorts must be purchased from the uniform store, may not be shorter than 3”above kneecap and may not be rolled at the waist.
  9.  Socks for boys and socks or tights for girls must be worn. Socks/tights must be mostly solid colors—white, black, gray, red or navy—and can be knee-high or ankle length and must match. Lands’ End approved uniform leggings may be worn in navy or black under jumpers or skirts.  
Calendar Dates

Please refer to the school calendar closely for the remainder of this school year.  As a reminder, June 10th is a noon dismissal from school.  June 11th is an asynchronous Friday, so there will be no in person attendance at school.  There will be a whole school Mass live streamed at 8:45 am on June 11th and we ask all families to watch this important celebration from home.  You can also join in and watch our 8th grade Baccalaureate Mass (live streamed at 3:00 pm on 5/23) and 8th grade Graduation (live streamed at 7:00 pm on June 3rd).

Parents Club is looking for Officers!

The Parents Club is seeking a President and Secretary for next year.  This is a wonderful way to get involved and support the school.  Please reach out to Rebecca Lawrence for more information (

Also, Parents Club will award its Service Award this year at our 8th grade Virtual Baccalaureate Dinner.  We will announce the winner after May 23rd!

Used Uniforms

If you know what size your child needs, send an email to Karla will try and find what you need and send it home with your child.

2021-2022 School Calendar

Start planning for next year! 2021-2022 K-8 school calendar has been approved and posted. It can also be found on the Holy Rosary School website under the calendar link. Preschool Calendar

Yearbooks Have Arrived!

Yearbooks have arrived and will be distributed in the coming weeks if you ordered in the fall. If you didn’t order then don’t miss out! Email Mrs. Bentler ( or Mr. Barker ( to get on the waiting list. Include how many you want, the names of your children and their homeroom teacher. We have a limited supply and once they are gone, they are gone! Yearbooks are $30 and will be taken from your FACTS account. 

We are extremely proud of our yearbook program at Holy Rosary. It’s one of the few K-8 school yearbooks designed by 7th and 8th graders, who are skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A yearbook is not only a memory book, but a record and history book, a reference book, and a public relations book; as well as an educational experience for everyone involved. This year’s yearbook was extra challenging as it was done completely remotely but we are excited for everyone to see it! Thank you for supporting our yearbook program.



Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2021-2022 school year! If you enjoy planning and attending classroom parties, parent nights out, and spoiling the teachers with birthday gifts, then this job is for you! Room parents fill such an important role in each class and help take a little weight off our teacher’s shoulders. This time spent also goes towards your family commitment hours. If you are interested in being a room parent during the 2021-2022 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at Thank you!
Please note: I am moving forward with the intent that we will be able to resume all or most of the duties. But please know there could be modifications depending on guidelines from the school as we get closer to the Fall.

HRS Glassybaby Sale

Perfect for graduation and first communion gifts or to add to your collection. Glassybabies are $100 each, order here.

Return Library Books

Please return any library books that your child is done reading to the school.

Elementary Summer Band Programs

Dust off your instrument and join Miss McKamey in person this July for music fun and learning! Learn to play or strengthen your playing skills to have an edge on School Band. Make new friends while you make music and enrich your summer with musical learning! Register Now!

Ambassador Families for 2021/22

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades!  Earn some volunteer hours during the summer for 2021/22.  Details can be found here.


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.



A big thank you to those that have participated in the Annual Fund for 2020/21! Every dollar helps us reach our $200,000 goal!

Why support the Annual Fund?

Tuition and fees do not fully cover the school’s expenses.  Fundraisers, including the Annual Fund, are needed to make up the 20% difference.

If you have not had a chance to participate, then please do so below.

Click to donate to the ANNUAL FUND.

If you are interested in setting up a payment plan for next school year’s Annual Fund, contact Beth Martin.

TEACHER BOOKS are being signed over the next couple weeks, then they will be wrapped and sent home with students.

Don’t forget to apply for MATCHING FUNDS through your company. If you need another copy of your auction receipt, please let Beth Martin know. 

Thank you for all you’ve done for HRS!  If you have any fundraising questions, please contact Beth Martin.


Spring Track Is Running

Run, Gators, Run!

Good luck to all Gators participating, virtually, in CYO track events this spring. Student runners and their helpers are responsible for running and timing events and submitting final event times by 2:00 Friday each week through the school website. Times will be submitted to CYO each week for inclusion in the weekly virtual meets.

Event submission deadline: May 14, May 21, and June 4 by 2:00 PM.

All event times will be recorded here by 2:00 pm, Fridays.

Special thanks to April Smith, virtual track coordinator!


Covid Vaccine

Any King County resident age 16 years or older can access vaccination appointments at the West Seattle vaccination site by visiting .  Holy Rosary is still available to help if you or someone you know needs assistance navigating the online registration process.  Call Libby at the parish office at 206-937-1488 ext. 209 or email at

Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


HNA Original Production, Common Threads

While we at Holy Names Academy miss welcoming you and your students for our Spring matinee, we are excited to invite you to our first ever HNA Original Production, Common Threads. Please share the links below with your families.
The viewing is free to our Catholic schools. No need to purchase tickets! 
If you have any questions, please contact HNA’s Director of Theatre & Film, Sarah Wahlen, at Enjoy the show!
HNA Original Production Common Threads
Common Threads Playbill 2021

CYO Summer 2021 Day Camp Registration is Open 

Start Planning for Summer! Campers spend their days enjoying the outdoors and finding God there. Plus, swimming in the pool, making crafts, and much more before going home in the evening to rest up for the next day of fun! For camp dates and other information:  Register — CYO Summer Camp
To register: CYO Camp Services – Seattle ( 


Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

The Grove West Seattle Inn

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs.
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.Thank you,James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)

Doyle’s Automotive Service

Doyle’s is owned and operated by one of our Holy Rosary Families. It is located at 4607 37th Ave SW. Please call (206) 935-2600 for an appointment. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours are M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website