Family Communication 5/16/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

It’s the middle of May (yikes!) and we’re nearing the beginning of the many summer construction projects on the schedule.  Included are the bell tower seismic upgrades, the playground, and the new exterior lighting in front of the school.  Much of this will either begin or be staged in the coming weeks, so I encourage you to read Father Oakland’s message carefully this week and pay attention to any upcoming email blasts that come out.  It is very likely that drop off or pick up may be affected, and we will provide ongoing communication regarding this.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s very exciting to see these projects get off the ground!  Stay tuned….

In Christ, 



Holy Rosary:  Under Construction

We have a lot of construction happening on site this summer – some of which needs to start early before the end of school.  Next week we will be mobilizing and starting our Bell Tower Retrofit.  The top fifth of the tower is made up of unreinforced masonry – bricks and mortar with no structural support.  This is the type of structure that is most liable to collapse in an earthquake.  This project will ensure the life and safety of our campus buildings and those who use them in such an event.  This project has been three years in the making, and is now finally beginning!

We are working hard with our general contractor to ensure as much campus safety and utilization as possible during construction, while at the same time maximizing their access to ensure the timely completion of the project.

Construction fencing will likely block off the breezeway between the Church and the Parish Office – so you will no longer be able to use this as a passageway to get to the school.  Also, it will restrict use of the east entrance to the Church during the week.  Daily Mass Monday-Saturday will be moving to the Chapel.  We hope to still be able to have School Masses on Wednesdays – though using just the doors on Genesee for the greatest safety.

We will send out email notifications with construction updates that will affect traffic flow.  At times we will need to have a flagger on 42nd Avenue in front of the Church.  Though we will be working around pickup/drop off, please do not show up too early on these days.

Visit  for more information, or to make a donation in support of our Bell Tower project.  Thank you for your generosity—past and present, as well as your patience and cooperation. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • May 15th-22nd – Spring BOGO Book Fair
  • May 16th – 4th Grade Bake Sale
  • May 17th – Talent Show
  • May 23rd – Wax Museum
  • May 24th – Noon Dismissal, Field Day
  • May 27th – No School, Memorial Day
  • June 2nd – Baccalaureate Mass & Dinner
  • June 6th – 8th Grade Graduation
  • June 11th – Kindergarten Graduation
  • June 12th – New Parent Orientation & Kindergarten Round-Up
  • June13th – Noon Dismissal
  • June 14th – Last Day of School, 10am Dismissal


Free Dress Friday!

To help us get in the spirit of the Talent Show, Friday will be Free Dress! Disney theme – Minnie/Mickey, Cinderella, Snow White, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Ariel, Simba, Nala, Shrek, Belle, the Beast, Flounder, Aladdin, Mulan, Jasmine, Cruela de Vil, Dalmatian, Robin Hood, Alice, etc., etc. You can wear a costume or keep it simple with ears or a graphic tee. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the theme!

BOGO Book Fair

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read. 

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our BOGO Book Fair this Spring.

Book Fair dates: May 15th – May 22nd

Shopping hours: 3:00 – 4:00 (Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30)

NEW digital payment option: Book Fair eWallet!

Now your student can shop the Fair cash-free! 

  • No cash on hand the day of the Book Fair? No worries – Scholastic Book Fairs® is now offering Book Fair eWallet as a new payment option.  Simply set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure – it’s easy shopping with Book Fair eWallet.

Visit our Book Fair homepage or use the “how it works” link below to learn more and to create an account.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! 

Field Day-Friday, May 24

Class colors: KA-white, KB-purple, 1A/1B-red/white/blue, 2A/2B-gray/blue, 3A/3B-neon, 4A-green/white/blue, 4B-blue/green, 5A-light blue, 5B-green/blue, 6A/6B-black/blue, 7A/7B-black/blue, 8A/8B-8th grade class shirts.

MAP Testing

Over the next week, the students will be participating in MAP Testing in their homeroom classes.  Please make sure they are rested and well fed to start the day.  Also, please let the office and teachers know if your child will be coming in late or leaving early.

Library Accepting Book Donations

Spring cleaning is a great time to assess what books are still being used around our home.  Do you have any books you’d like to donate?  The library will be accepting donations of books to be considered as an addition to our library collection through the end of May.  Please feel free to bring your donations by the library before or after school any day in the coming month.  Thanks!

2019-2020 School Calendar

Next year’s K-8 calendar and Preschool calendar are now available.

Ambassador Families for 2019/20

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades!  Earn some volunteer hours this summer for 2019/20.  Details can be found here.

Holy Rosary Custom Glassybaby

A perfect gift for Easter/Graduation/HRS alum!  We still have a number of our first custom glassybaby made for Holy Rosary School.

Proceeds of the sale of these special handblown glassybabys go to our school.  It is a perfect celebratory gift for any occasion!

“Blessed are the Peacemakers” are “Cherish” opaque white with gold-filled etching of the School’s logo, and are available for $100-.  

Order you commemorative glassybaby online here.  Payment will be charged to your FACTS account.  Questions? Or need a different option to pay?  Contact Michelle Chan (Gabby Betzer – 8A) at


Tiny House

The Tiny House elective is looking for a quart or more of bright white paint for the trim of the house. We could also use a partial gallon of a darker colored paint for the floor. If you have any to donate please contact Mr. Ritscher. Thanks so much.

Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2019-2020 school year! If you enjoy planning and attending classroom parties, parent’s 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 2019-2020 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at Thank you!

Recess Duty Sign Up

Sign up here to volunteer for fall 2019-20 recess duty.

Holy Rosary Float Rides Again!  

Each HRS student who walks in the parade earns 2 free dress passes!  The West Seattle parade is Saturday, July 20th – walk/scoot/or ride on the float for some or all of the parade!  Parents get in 2019/20 fundraising volunteer hours before the busyness of next school year starts!  More information/sign-ups

Jumpers/Skorts/Skirts for the Uniform Closet 

Time to clean out your closet!  Looking for MacBeth Plaid items, red cardigans or cadet collar sweatshirts your student(s) has/have outgrown for the Uniform Closet.  Gray collection bin in the Lost & Found room by 1A.


Talent Show

Come see Holy Rosary’s talented students perform Friday at the Talent Show.  Be sure to wear your Disney gear.

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

The Holy Rosary Golf Classic is taking place Saturday, May 18th at the West Seattle Golf Course. Teams of four person scrambles compete to raise money for the Father James Mallahan Endowment FundClick here to go to the event page for information and specifics on this year’s Golf Tournament. 

6th Grade Wax Museum

Come and witness ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman gods, goddesses, and mythic heroes come to life in the 6th Grade Wax Museum next Thursday, 5/23 from 9-2 p.m.  This is a culminating project for their Ancient Greek unit.  We hope to see you there!


 We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Monday Night Rosary – Celebrate Mary in the Month of May! Everyone is welcome to stop by to pray the rosary on Monday’s, Chapel at 6:30pm. No experience necessary, rosaries and prayer aids available.
  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you or someone you know, has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is the ideal preparation for  those interested in Becoming Catholic or RCIA. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 21. Our topic will be “Religion, Spirituality, and Church”
  • Wednesday Morning Study Group – This Easter season, we’re studying Jennifer Fulwiler’s “Something Other than God”. We’ll meet every Wednesday at 9:30am in the Parish Center. If you are interested, please register and find our reading schedule at

For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or


Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint’s life. This week, we look at St. John the Evangelist, youngest of the Twelve Apostles, and author of the fourth Gospel, the book of Revelation, and three letters in the New Testament. He was the only one of the Twelve who accompanied Jesus to his crucifixion, and he was the only one of the Apostles not to be executed as a martyr—despite attempts to poison him and to boil him alive! He is often symbolized by an eagle, or by a chalice with a serpent. We celebrate his feast on December 27.


WestSide Baby Bin

Thank you to the Holy Rosary School community for your generous donation of gently used children’s clothes. Your donations go directly to families in need and make a positive difference in their lives. With the end of the school year approaching, we wanted to reach out with a special need for clothing size 5 to 12 – with a special need for size 10 and 12. Please bring your donations to the WestSide Baby bin in the patrol room or drop them off at our location in White Center at 10002 14th Ave SW.

Kennedy Catholic Elementary Summer Band Camp!

July 8-12th from 12:15 – 2:00p.m./Jim Paynton Music Room – Kennedy Catholic High School taught by Miss McKamey. Go to     Cost: $25.00      One year experience is required

Second Annual Summer School At St.George

Summer school registration is open to all students currently attending a Catholic school. All students who apply must come with a positive, cooperative attitude ready to learn. Students must submit their Spring MAP Student Progress Report along with a teacher recommendation for areas of focus before the end of school. Please contact your child’s teacher for those documents.

Any parent who wishes to enroll his or her student are REQUIRED TO ATTEND A PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT on June 12th at 6:30 p.m. ALL FEES are due in full then. Summer School requirements will be clarified along with various research-based strategies to support your child’s academic growth at home.

Dates: June 24 through July 26 with the exception of July 4th and 5th

We offer a 5 week academic summer school program with Certified Teachers, NOT a summer camp. It’s an all or none program in order for students to make the most gains academically. There will be up to15 spots per K-8 class. Fliers are available in the Holy Rosary Office.

Holy Names Cougar Soccer Camp

June 24 – July 27, 2019

Grades 4, 5, 6 – 9:00am – 11:00am, $150.00

Grades 7, 8, 9 – 9:00am – 12:00pm, $195.00

After a strong 2nd place finish at state this year, the HNA coaching staff, varsity team players, and other members of the program are excited to invite you to Cougar Soccer Camp. Camp is open to any young woman entering grades 4-8 and to any student starting grade 9 at Holy Names in the Fall of 2019. Cougar Soccer Camp is designed to create a positive environment, one that will encourage players to be imaginative and creative players, without undue pressure. The camps will provide training in technical skills, tactical patterns of play, speed and agility training, positional awareness, and camp will also include many small-sided games. For more information or to register for the camp, please visit:

Holy Names Leadership Academy 2019

August 5 – August 8, 2019

9:00am – 12:00pm


“Inspiring young women to grow as leaders through practical skills training and real-life examples.”

Holy Names Academy is excited to offer HNA’s very own Leadership Academy for young women entering Grades 7 or 8, and any student starting Grade 9 at Holy Names in the Fall of 2019. We will be discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama and developing leadership skills so young women can increase their opportunities to lead, achieve, and succeed within their own communities. Space is limited to 30 participants, register early! For more information or to register for the camp, please visit:

Holy Names Academy Summer Camps

Holy Names Academy offers summer camps for young women entering Grades 4 through 8, and to any student starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall.

2019 offerings include:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Coding
  • Leadership Academy

Please visit for additional information and registration instructions.

Part Time Preschool Teacher

A Child Becomes Preschool is looking for two part time teachers for this coming school year (2019-20) at the three year old level (replacing Teacher Hope who is retiring and Teacher Mariah whois becoming an Interior Designer).
If you just love the preschool age, are a certified teacher, and would enjoy a 3 day a week and 5 hours a day schedule, then this might be the job for you! Hourly wage starts at $20.00/hour.
Please email me at

Summer Nanny

Looking for a job as a Summer Nanny or SAD (Summer Activity Director) – I am a 2015 Holy Rosary alum and a senior at Seattle Prep interested in a summer nanny position. I am a responsible driver with access to a family car and happy to be your family’s SAD (Summer Activity Director) coordinating activities and outings. I can be reached by email or phone 206 909-3578. References available. Thank you! Laurel Gary

A Child Becomes Summer Camp

A Child Becomes offers summer camps for children ages 3-11.  There is a camp for every age group – Preschoolers, Early Elementary and Big Kids. Visit our website for a detailed description of each camp and available dates. Sign up online at:

CYO Summer Camps

Summer CYO Camp dates and registrations are now available. CYO Camps open to grades 1-12, day and overnight camps at Don Bosco and Hamilton as well as Tatonka Adventure for high schoolers. There is a CYO Camp for every child and teen…Register Now!