Family Communication 5/20/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
This week has been filled with joy and excitement as we move closer to the end of this month.  We see the glimmer of summer excitement in the eyes of our students (and maybe a little bit in the eyes of their parents as well???).
We celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with our 7th grade students this past Monday and Wednesday.  This special Sacramental Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mueggenborg, is one of the pivotal moments in the faith life of our young adults.  I’m confident the Holy Spirit will work through these incredible young adults and guide them as they continue to learn and grow. Please hold them in your prayers!
This coming weekend we begin the big send-off of our 8th graders who will officially graduate on June 3rd.  It is bittersweet, and this year has certainly been one filled with twists and turns.  I am proud of all of our students, but especially proud of the ways our eighth graders were the leaders in this school, through a host of challenges.  Like many things due to COVID, many of the special eighth grade events have been adjusted, changed or rescheduled, and the students have handled this with grace and perseverance. I am confident in the places they will go as they continue to grow.   Please hold these special young adults in your prayers as well, and I encourage you to join the live streamed Baccalaureate Mass this Sunday at 3:00 pm. It can be accessed through the Holy Rosary Parish site.In Christ,


This week began a number of transitions, as our 8th graders celebrated their Marian dance with the school community and had their retreat and began the various graduation celebration, and as our 7th graders gathered together for Mass as well and begin to look ahead to when they will soon be the new 8th graders!  Transitions are a part of life – it is only a question of how we celebrate, and where we are ultimately going.  Hopefully it is always with and to and for the Lord, in all of those endeavors. 
We are no longer taking advance registrations for Sunday Mass – simply come to the 5PM Vigil, or 8:30AM and 10:30AM Sunday Masses.  Is there really anywhere else more important to be as the Lord gathers His children together, comes to us, and gives us the gift of the Eucharist?  It is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian, as the many parts of the one body gather in a real and tangible way for our good and the good of all His holy Church.  See you 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 is Hiring!

Holy Rosary School is hiring for three open positions:  Spanish teacher (shared position with OLG), Before/After School Care Program Director, and Admissions/Development Associate.  Each of these positions can be found through the Archdiocese of Seattle Frontline system:  Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools – Frontline Recruitment ( or you can contact Anna Horton to learn more.
Note:  Beth Martin will move into the position of Advancement Director overseeing Admissions, Development, and Marketing.  The associate position we are hiring for will provide overall support for both development, admissions, and marketing. 

Cambronero Music Scholarship Winner

The Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band Program is VERY proud to announce that the Cambronero Music Scholarship has been awarded to JACK STRAND!  Congratulations!!!!!
Miss McKamey

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.


Before/After School Care

As we continue planning for the fall, it will help us to know when families are in need of care.  Please complete this form if you would like to utilize care at HRS next year.  We will reach out to families who complete this form in the near future.

Field Day-Friday, May28

There are 11 really fun activities this year and you probably have most of the equipment you will need already at home. The following are a few items you may not have at home that you may want to pick up before field day: Oreos (or cookies of similar size), water balloons, a few regular balloons and a can of whip cream. I hope you get out and have fun with your kids on field day and please email me your videos and pictures of all the fun!

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 has borrowed 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 will be wrapped and sent home over the next week.
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.


Covid Vaccine

From City of Seattle: Here are the different ways kids 12 and older can become fully vaccinated before summer begins!

  • The City of Seattle is setting up sites for private school 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.  Holy Rosary’s assigned location is Holy Family Bilingual School in White Center at the assigned time of 9:30 am for HRS students.
  • If you or someone you know attends an SPS middle or high school, or a charter school, SFD will offer in-school vaccinations during the school week. More information here.
  • If you or someone you know attends aprivate school, they can attend one of three pop-up vaccination clinics SFD is hosting at private schools across Seattle. More information here
  • If the above opportunities do not work for your family, you canwalk into our family-focused clinics at the Lumen Field Event Center Saturday, May 22 or the family-focused pop-up clinic at Franklin High School on May 22. More information here.

You can always go to our three fixed vaccination sites at the Lumen Field Event Center, Rainier Beach, and West Seattle. More information – including hours – is available here

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.


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