Family Communication 5/2/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

The risen Christ is upon us, Alleluia!  

I do hope your family had a restful break and a blessed Easter.  We’re back in the swing of it and the days are busy- both finishing up this year and planning for next year.  Please remember that next year’s calendar has been posted to our website for your reference.

As we finish up these final weeks (and move into next year), I wanted to ask for your help with something.  As you know, our school has been a part of the West Seattle community for over 100 years, and we try hard to be good neighbors.  Our neighbors try to do the same, especially when balls end up in their yards and traffic gets congested.  Lately we have received concerned calls from neighbors regarding the alley that runs alongside the playground and behind the school.  Though this area is often used as a load/unload zone, it is a public alley and not our property.  Therefore, we should not be parking there to wait for kids after school, blocking driveways and access for residents to enter their homes.  

I do realize that there is no perfect solution to the drop off/pick up piece, and it is frustrating. Recent high density building in the area has reduced the available parking, and people use Genessee and 42nd to avoid the congestion of Alaska and California.  This has absolutely impacted available pick up parking.  We appreciate your patience in navigating and dealing with a very challenging situation.  One idea, particularly if you have older students, is to stagger your pick up time.   We have supervision out in front of the school until at least 3:15 (2:30 Wednesdays) and it works well sometimes to just wait 5-10 minutes and swing by the front of the school to pick up kids.  Or, perhaps consider parking a bit farther down the block and have kids walk to meet you or walk down to pick up.  

As it is a public alley, it is quite possible parking enforcement may issue tickets to those who are parking there, blocking access.  

Thank you for helping attend to this matter.   

I hope to see you at Parents Club next week!  Not only do we have a great speaker,  we will award the Parents Club Distinguished Service Award and also will be  taking input on the final color choices for the new play structures.  

Have a blessed week.

In Christ, 



On Palm Sunday someone asked about my Easter plans and I said I didn’t have any.  That wasn’t entirely true – going into Easter we had four separate plans, we just weren’t sure which one would be the final plan.  Normally I gather with my mom’s side of the family at my parents’ house for a big dinner.  However, with my nephew still in the hospital, we informed the rest of the family they wouldn’t be hosting this year.  Saturday afternoon, we decided to have Easter brunch at my house with my parents, and my brother and five of his kids.  His wife stayed at the hospital.  It was good to take a break from the hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and we spent the afternoon hiding Easter eggs of varying colors for each child with varying difficulty depending on each of their ages.  Easter was different this year. 

Except, Easter is always different.  It is different than every other day of the year.  And it should be!  Jesus Christ has risen from the dead!  It was a singular and unique day in all of history, which we commemorate every year in a special way.  But commemorating this glorious occasion once a year isn’t enough.  In fact, if that is all we do, we shouldn’t do it at all.  Christ’s Resurrection should change our lives – the way we live each and every day.  It should alter the manner of our lives, the choices we make, and how we live in relationship with each other.  It should also change the way we worship.  Every Sunday is a little Easter, and should be celebrated as such – the Lord’s Day.  Just as we rearrange our schedule to celebrate Easter in a special way– we must rearrange our lives entirely so that the celebration impacts our every day, and our every week. 

I will see you Sunday at Mass as we celebrate a little Easter!

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • May 3rd – Father-Daughter Glow Bowl
  • 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


Class Picture Forms

If your child didn’t turn in their picture form on Tuesday, they must be returned to the office by Friday at 12pm.  If you ordered online, an order form is still required.

Free Dress Friday!

As a thank you for the students’ back being safe, responsible and respectful, we will have free dress tomorrow!

The Final Parents’ Club Meeting

The final Parents’ Club meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, May 8.  Our speaker will be Sarah MacKay. She will be teaching on team building across the grades and fostering a meaningful sense of belonging for HRS families.  This should be an enjoyable and interactive meeting with Sarah leading us in small group activities to enhance compassion and connection across our community. Sarah MacKay is a Holy Rosary school parent focused personally and professionally on strong communities. Her life philosophy is to ask questions, meet people where they are and seek to understand. Sarah is the owner of Life Lens Leadership & Coaching, a Dale Carnegie Trainer, the author of the West Seattle Herald column, The Kindness Quotient and is pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  Her work is a creative expression of her life philosophy. 

Sarah’s company, Life Lens Learning specializes in helping people determine their best course of action to reach their desired goals. As a Dale Carnegie Trainer, she supports organizations in facilitating change.  Her style is inquisitive and interactive with a focus on developing skills to achieve performance shifts. She works throughout the Puget Sound area with teens and adults in guiding and facilitating positive change. More information at or

We will also be announcing the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

Social hour begins at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7 in the school hall.  Complimentary childcare is provided. 

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! 

MAP Testing

Over the next three weeks, 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.

BASE Drop-Ins

At this time, we do not have any availability on Wednesdays in BASE. We are not able to take Drop-Ins.  If your child comes to BASE on a Wednesday without a contract, we may be contacting you to pick them up.

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! 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


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!

Field Day Nurse Needed

A nurse is needed on Friday, May 25th from 8:45-11:30 for field day at Hiawatha playfield. It’ll be the most fun you will ever have earning your volunteer hours! Contact Sue Southerland at

Parade Lead Volunteer Opportunity

The Holy Rosary Float rides again July 20th!  Last year we had over 50 participants walking with our float.  We are looking for a parent to lead the float design, build, and supervision of the float on the day of the parade. This role and walking in the parade counts towards fundraising hours. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis if interested in the role or hearing more information.

Volunteers Needed in the Library

Are you looking to fill the last of your Holy Rosary volunteer hours?  I am looking for volunteers to help run our Scholastic Book Fair this spring.  Volunteers will be asked to monitor book fair and process purchases during their shift.  If you are interested in donating your time, please use the following sign-up genius link to sign-up.

I am also looking for volunteers to help periodically shelve books in our library.  Please email me using the contact info below if you are available to help out.


Development Directives

Our fundraising focus for the remainder of the school year will be the ANNUAL FUND. If you have already contributed to the Annual Fund, thank you. If not, 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. Click to donate to the ANNUAL FUND.

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.

We will be participating in GiveBig on May 8th. GiveBig is a one-day online giving campaign across the Puget Sound. If you’d like to make a one-time donation through their portal, then please do so HERE. 

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

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the Holy Rosary Golf Classic taking place May 18th at the West Seattle Golf Course. Teams of four person scrambles compete to raise money for the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund. New this year, the event will be held in the spring instead of our normal fall event. Click here to go to the event page for information and specifics on this year’s Golf Tournament. 

Also new this year is the ability to use your FACTS account to register! You can also still use your credit card if you prefer. Find the two links below: 

Father-Daughter Glow Bowl

The annual Father-Daughter Glow Bowl event at West Seattle Bowl is this Friday, May 3rd  from 5-8pm. Theme: Seattle Mariners.


Volunteer for SunDance

We are excited to offer DOUBLE hours for adults volunteering backstage to help the SunDance performance!  This is a two-night commitment.  Sunday May 5th 6:00 – 9:00 and Monday May 6th 6:15 – 9:15.  You will receive 12 hours of volunteer time but only work six!  Sign up information here.

General volunteer hours are earned for helping SunDance in other positions.  All school parents are able to earn volunteer hours helping at the SunDance Production of Charlotte’s Web (rehearsal May 5th and performance May 6th).  Sign up information here.  Thank you for helping us put on another amazing dance show.


Opportunities for Adults

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

  • 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! We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7. Our topic will be “What does it mean to be saved?”
  • Upcoming Study Group – This Easter season, we’re starting a new book study! Our Wednesday Morning group will be 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
  • Women with Purpose – …

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. This week, we look at Pope St. John Paul II. Many of us remember the papacy of John Paul II, who was Pope from 1978 through 2005, the second-longest reigning pope in modern history. Raised in a Poland that was occupied first by Nazis and then by Communists, he proclaimed Christ as the solution to our social problems. Though an athletic sportsman in his youth, in his later years he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and gave an example of how even suffering can draw us closer to Jesus. We celebrate his feast on October 22.


West Seattle High School Parents Night Out

Babysitting service put on by the Sophomore Class ASB- Sitters are CPR trained

Date: Saturday, May 4th Time: 5:30pm-10:00pm

Pricing:kids ages 3(potty trained) – 11 years old

-$30 per kid if you bring two canned goods for WS food bank, $35 without canned food – Prices includes pizza, movie, games and crafts

Tell your friends and reserve your spot today!

Check in at the Historical Entrance on the left side of the building.

3000 California Ave SW, Seattle, 98116

We’d Like To Hear From You

We’d like to talk to parents of youth, ages 12 to 17, in Washington state about communicating with young people on sensitive topics, including marijuana.  This will help inform outreach to parents about these issues. Interested? Sessions will be conducted through an online discussion board during about one week.  If you qualify, you can access the discussion board from any computer, at a time that is convenient to you. Contact us by 5/8/2019 at (206)489-2363 or  Reference: Parent Study

Cross Out Cancer 5K Fun Run on May 11

Three Holy Rosary graduates, (Maddie C.  – Bishop Blanchett, Lauren R. – Seattle Prep, and Catherine E. – Holy Names) have been working all year to raise money for families of children battling pediatric cancer.  The Cross Out Cancer 5K is now less than TWO WEEKS AWAY! Please sign up soon to have a wonderful morning with family and friends while supporting a great cause.  All proceeds will go directly to their guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Let’s make this year the biggest race yet!   (If you can’t come, this link also goes to a donation page) Dogs and strollers are welcome!!

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 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.

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!