Family Communication 5/23/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I’ve been out of the building for much of this week, attending a family funeral and meetings at the Office for Catholic Schools, but the business of the end of the year continues! 

You’ve likely noticed the fencing up at the church, as part of the bell tower project beginning.  We will also have a work crew on site Friday and early into next week to begin the work of updating the exterior lighting in front of the school and church.  Please be patient during drop off and pick up on Friday in particular- you may have to park a bit farther down the block for pick up.

Additionally, we will have no Wednesday school Mass on 5/29 or 6/5 because of the work on the bell tower.  There is no school Mass on 6/12, as the final school Mass will be held on the last day of school as scheduled.

Enjoy this glorious week!

In Christ, 



Monday we celebrate Memorial Day.  It is not just another federal holiday from school and/or work.  It is not just a three day weekend.  It is not just (hopefully!) a beautiful, sunny day for a picnic or barbecue.  It is a day in which we remember those who paid the ultimate price so that we and others might be free.  Things that we often take for granted were won or protected at a very high cost.  We have a sacred duty to remember these individuals, their lives, their sacrifices, and the loved ones they left behind.  This Memorial Day, be sure and give thanks to God for the blessings we experience in this nation and those who fought to win or preserve them, who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  May God bless and preserve us and our world in liberty. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • 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


Field Day Tomorrow

Field Day is tomorrow! Please remember to send a water bottle with your child because they won’t have access to drinking water. Students should dress in their class colors which are listed below:

  • 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
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!

Bake Sale

The 4th grade classes would like to thank everyone for their generous support of the bake sale last week.  We raised over $1,000 to support the Holy Rosary chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

2019-2020 School Calendar

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

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.

Incomplete Volunteer Hours Billed June 1st  

Pease submit your volunteer hours through our online system by the last day of school, June 14th.  Incomplete hours will be billed beginning June 1st, payable June 30th.  If you receive a bill from FACTS for incomplete hours, make sure to submit any completed volunteer hours by June 14th and notify the Front Office ( so your billed hours can be adjusted.  Thank you!  Information about volunteer hours can be found here.

Milk Volunteers

We are looking for milk volunteers for next year.  Hours are 11AM to 1PM Monday through Friday.   We are hoping to get each day covered.  You can do as many days as you like but we would like a quarterly commitment.  If you are interested, please contact Karla Lawson in the office.

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.


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!

Golf Tournament

This past weekend golfers descended on the West Seattle Golf Course to play a shotgun tournament to benefit the Fr. Mallahan Endowment Fund.

Thank you to the event chair Erik Ricard for organizing the Golf Tournament! He couldn’t have done it without Paul Leonardo and Mike Curran’s assistance.

Special shout out to Alki Lumber and Transcon Company (The Tish Family) for their generous sponsorship. Also, to West Seattle Golf Course for hosting us. Finally to all the golfers who hit the links.

The green jackets go to:

  • Holy Rosary “Blue Blood” Champions: Sam Reed, Jeremy Kuhlmann, Travis Duty, & Evan Soderquist
  • Low Net Champions: Jack Hertzberg, Mike Dullum, Brian O’Brien, & Shane Doig
  • 2nd Place: Anthony Chavez, Tom Lazar, Mike McMurray, & Darby English
  • Low Mixed: Chris Clarke, Christina Clark, Chuck McLean, & Trisha McClean

Please remember to turn in auction receipts for reimbursement by the end of May. A reimbursement form may be printed here or pick up in the main office.


CYO Track and Field BBQ, Tuesday, June 4, 6:00pm Lincoln Park

The end of the year BBQ to celebrate another great season will be held on Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Park shelter near the wading pool.

  • We are asking for $10 per family to cover cost of hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, plates, charcoal and condiments.  
  • COACHES’ GIFTS: We are also collecting for coaches’ gifts ($5 or $10 per runner). 

Please RSVP via email to Deyette at by Friday, May 31 with the number of people attending so we can purchase correct amount of food. 

PAYMENT:  You have 3 Options to pay:

  • Paypal by going to this link: note this is current link even though it says 2018).
  • Drop off cash in an envelope to the Holy Rosary School Office (please mark your name on the envelope with amount paid).
  • Pay Lynn Pederson or Jessy Beardemphl before or after any of these practices (Thursday–May 23, Tuesday–May 28 or Thursday–May 30.
CYO Soccer Registration

Spring may be in the air but Holy Rosary Parish CYO Soccer registration is now open for next Fall! Come join us on the soccer pitch for one of Holy Rosary’s most popular sports. Teams are being formed for all grades and genders (K-8) for all parish members. Go here  to register and select the ‘Enroll’ button next to soccer. Registration is through TeamSideline which is provided to us by the Seattle CYO. This is a new system from previous years so you may have to create a new account.

Interested in sharing your passion for the game and providing a positive soccer experience for kids? If so, we are looking for coaches next fall at several grade levels. We need volunteers for K and 1st grade and 5th to 8th Boys. Please reach out to Neil Smith at if you are interested.


 Holy Rosary Church Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, May 31, 5:00pm-7:00pm

If you and/or a family member has volunteered for a Holy Rosary Church ministry this year, you are invited to our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in the Gym on May 31 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Church staff will be cooking and serving a delicious Italian dinner.  There will be gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options.  

To help us better plan for the dinner, please RSVP with number of guests and their names (adults and children) to  

Holy Rosary Sunday Nursery Open May 26!

Holy Rosary Nursery is open during 8:30am and 10:30am masses this Sunday.  Nursery for children should be ages 1 and walking up thru Preschool.  To drop off, please go to the door of the Parish Center that faces, Genesee St and ring the doorbell. One of our two caregivers will answer the door.  Our Nursery is  fun and safe place for your child to play during Mass and is open every Sunday.  For questions, email

Children’s Liturgy of the Word  (CLOW) at 10:30am Mass, this Sunday, May 26

At 10:30am Mass, children (preschool–4th grade) are invited to join CLOW.  It’s free, no registration and a fun way for children to hear, learn and participate with the scripture readings. Children are dismissed from Mass during the readings and return prior to celebration of the Eucharist.  CLOW is scheduled for most Sundays.  For questions, email

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! 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, June 4. Our topic will be “What Does Being Catholic Mean?”
  • 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
  • Monday Night Rosary – Because of the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no Rosary on Monday, May 27

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. Philip Neri. St. Philip saw that Italians, and Romans in particular, had a strong Catholic culture, but a weak personal faith in Christ, which left them vulnerable to rigorous heretics on one side and permissive secularists on the other. He invited young adults in 16th-Century Rome to join him for music, preaching, and service to the poor. His Congregation of the Oratory was later instrumental in the conversion of John Henry Newman and J.R.R. Tolkien. We celebrate his feast on May 26.


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.

Bishop Blanchet High School Summer Camps

Athletics, Arts and Academics. All Camps with available spots are on flash sale through May 31st! Find out more and take advantage of a great discount here. We hope to see you this summer! 

O’Dea High School Summer Camp

Fighting Irish Football Camp

  • Dates: June 18, 19, 20
  • Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Location: Genesee Playfield
  • Ages: Boys entering 4th-9th grade (Fall of 2019)
  • Click HERE to register and complete the medical release form.

Fighting Irish Basketball Camp

  • Dates: June 17-20, June 24-27, June 30-July 3
  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Location: O’Dea High School
  • Ages: Boys entering 4th-8th grade (Fall of 2019)
  • Click HERE to register and complete the medical release form.

Little Irish Program

This program is designed to match a young student with a football player at O’Dea High School.  This program encourages the responsibility in our players to be positive role models and for the young student to flourish under the wings of a mentor. Participants can be both boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the Fall of 2019. Click HERE to register.

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!


Northwest Girlschoir

Northwest Girlchoir transforms the lives of girls and young women through outstanding music education, dynamic choral performances, and an enduring community. Servince over 250 girls every year in the Greater Seattle area, we want every girl who loves music to know about the opportunities to sing, tour, and learn with Northwest Girlchoir.

Registration and audition information is available on our website at