Family Communication 5/19/22


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
After a 9+ year journey for many of our 8th graders, it’s sadly nearing the time that we send them off on their next steps, confident in their readiness to accomplish amazing things.  This Sunday we will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass with our graduating 8th graders and on June 2nd they will officially graduate.  Please join me in praying for them these coming weeks as they are celebrated!  We not only celebrate the young adults they have grown into but we also pray they will continue to follow Christ as they journey beyond Holy Rosary.  I also want to congratulate the parents and families of our graduating 8th graders.  Their success is truly a testament of your hard work, dedication, and support.  We celebrate and honor you these coming weeks as well!
Things are busy these final few weeks of school.  Summer projects are already underway and we’re receiving supplies and books for next year.  We look forward to the talent show tomorrow and field day on the 27th. Both have been missed these past few years!
As we continue during this May time period, let us continue to honor our Blessed Mother.  Mary, mother of God, pray for us!
In Christ, 
Anna


COUNSELOR’S CORNER


Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and or fear. Although everyone feels anxious from time to time, approximately 10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries that can keep them from enjoying life (Helping Anxious Child 2nd Edition). It is normal for everyone to feel fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability.  Keep reading…


UPCOMING DATES


  • 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)

NOTES & REMINDERS


Talent Show Streaming

We are excited to have our school’s talent show this Friday, May 20th. K-2 performances will start at 9:00 with our school band.  Grades 3-4 starting about 10:15 and 5-8 performances starting at 2. 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. Check your email for the streaming links that were sent out Thursday evening from Mrs. Bentler.

Summer Math Challenge

It’s almost summer, which means time for fun and relaxation!  Students also have the opportunity to keep their math skills sharp by participating in the summer math challenge.  Students should fill out and record their time as the summer progresses and be ready to turn it in during the first week back at school.  It will be due on Sept. 9th!  Both the summer math and reading challenges are optional.

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) = 18


ACTION ITEMS


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.

Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at joellyn17@hotmail.com. Thank you!

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 https://www.scholastic.com/bf/holyrosaryseattle 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. Contracts are for a 10 month period, September through June. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible. Registration is not a guarantee of availability. You will receive confirmation of your BASE contract by June 10th. If you have any questions, please see the BASE page or contact Rachel Hagenson at rhagenson@holyrosaryws.org


EVENTS & FUNDRAISING


Thanks again for supporting the auction.  All receipts have been sent.  Please check this site to see if your company matches funds and then follow the steps. This is an easy way to raise additional dollars for HRS.
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.
Lost Items If you are missing the following from auction night, please pick up in the main office. Items not claimed will be donated Friday.
-black women’s size XL John S Bay sweater
-black women’s size S Bobeau sweater
-brown fabric belt
-black hydroflask Rat City bike sticker

Spring Book Fair

THE BOOK FAIR IS BACK! That’s right…the book fair is back and will be held in our library! It runs from Tuesday, May 31 through Monday June 6. Mrs. Wallace is seeking volunteers to help with the Book Fair. Click here to sign up

New this year is the Scholastic eWallet, which allows parents to set up an account with funds ahead of time for their child/ren. This makes purchasing easier and faster. We are still accepting cash and cards. A safe alternative to cash, BOOK FAIR eWALLET is the best way to fund your student’s wish list! It 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 click here to set up an eWallet for your child/ren. Contact Mrs. Wallace with questions.
Westfest

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 (mmwintermute@gmail.com).


ADMISSIONS


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 6 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.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


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 (ahorton@holyrosaryws.org).  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

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.

REMEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE ALSO LISTED HERE!


PARISH NEWS


Baptism


Congratulations to Haley M. and Madelyn M. baptized on May 14, 2022! We welcome you to a life with Christ. If you are interested in having your child baptized, please email Deyette at dswegle@holyrosaryseattle.org. You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, https://holyrosaryseattle.org/infant-baptism-registration.

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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (formsite.com)

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 (formsite.com)
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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org


SUMMER CAMPS


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:
https://www.girlsrockmathematics.com/volunteer.php

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: https://www.bishopblanchet.org/camps

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: https://www.achildbecomes.org/summer-camps-2022/

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 https://www.holynames-sea.org/athletics/summer-camps/


COMMUNITY NOTICES


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: alexan1234@icloud.com

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.
REGISTER NOW

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 www.rainbowparrotart.com