Family Communication 5/25/23

The mission of Holy Rosary School is to help each child discover and fully develop their God-given talents. As a Catholic School community, we strive for excellence in our students’ spiritual, academic, physical, mental, aesthetic, and social-emotional growth. It is our intention that those who attend this institution mature into active citizens leading a committed faith life and reaching out to help others locally, nationally, and internationally with their wisdom, time, talent, and financial resources.


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy end of May!  It is hard to believe June is upon us.  Fun and exciting things continue to happen these final weeks of school.  Our sixth graders went to camp this week, our second graders went to Pioneer Farms, and our eighth graders went on retreat to reflect on their upcoming graduation and their time at Holy Rosary.  Today is our sixth grade Wax Museum, a culmination of the study of ancient civilizations in the sixth grade.  Last Friday we had an epic, all day talent show, topped off with a very fun Endowment Bowling Event.  We have much to be thankful for in our school community!
I want to loop you in on a few changes to our COVID protocols based on updates from the Department of Health.  First, with the state of emergency ending, and because we do not have a registered nurse working on our campus, we are no longer authorized to administer COVID tests.  For the time being, we still have tests on campus we can share with families, but we can no longer do any testing ourselves.   This means that we will no longer engage in a testing protocol when a family member tests positive.   Rather will encourage families to follow the public health guidance and monitor their own families.  The guidance still recommends people with repeated exposures (such as in a household) continue to monitor and test until beyond the contagious period of the infected person.  We are also no longer recommended to notify families regarding single cases in classrooms or groups, but rather only when there is an outbreak (>20% or more than 5 cases in one group).  As of now, nothing has changed regarding quarantine and masking days from public health when someone does test positive, but we will continue to monitor that as we approach next year.   
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and draw a close to the Easter season.   Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle them the fire of your love! 
In Christ,


This past Friday was a night in which we focused on the past, the present and the future.  The 90’s theme of Gator Bowl made for a trip down memory lane as the soundtrack for the night played, and some of the clothes made me think back to my own closet.  It was a joy to gather with so many parents and community members as we left the kids at home and had a great time.  The purpose, of course, was to support the Endowment.  Since its inception in the 1980s, over $1 million has been contributed to the school from the Endowment.  Donations are permanently restricted and invested, and it is the market growth from which we make annual distributions.  There is currently just over $1 million in the corpus, and over $500,000 in current market earnings today.  Thank you to all who have invested in Holy Rosary students for generations to come.

If you didn’t get a chance to join us, but still want to support the mission, contributions can always be made online.


  • May 26th – Noon Dismissal, Field Day
  • May 29th – No School, Memorial Day
  • Jun 2nd – 8th Grade Pizza
  • Jun 8th – 8th Grade Graduation
  • Jun 13th – Kindergarten Graduation
  • Jun 14th – New Parent Orientation
  • Jun 15th – Noon Dismissal
  • Jun 16th – Last Day (10am Dismissal)


Photos Of Students

As the school year winds down, there are lots of student activities happening. The school follows very specific rules when posting photos of students. Please be respectful of parents’ wishing when posting photos on social media, especially if it include a child’s name.

Class Pictures

Our individual and class pictures are taken by Yuen Liu Photography. If you purchase a individual picture package in the fall, you automatically receive a class picture in the spring. Class pictures will be sent home with students that purchase individual pictures in the fall today or tomorrow.
Below is the group picture ordering link for those who did not purchase individual pictures in the fall, but would like a group print or would like additional prints.
online code: 23HOROCG

Spam Emails & Texts

Please be cautious if you receive an email or text from the school or parish asking for money or a favor. Scammers are becoming more and more savvy in the way they send out fraudulent messages. Fr.Oakland or Mrs.Horton will not send you a personal email or text asking for cash, gift cards or a favor in which you must respond back immediately.

Spring Dress

As we get further into spring and the warmer weather, a reminder about the dress code.  For students in free dress, shorts should be around finger tip length, and all clothes should be school appropriate (no mid-drift or stomachs showing, no spaghetti straps on tank tops).

Alley Reminders

A gentle reminder that the alley next to the playground is a public alley.  Please DO NOT stop and wait to pick up your child(ren).  The alley is for active loading and unloading.  Please circle the block if you are waiting for your child.

Field Day This Friday

Field Day Is Here! Dress in your class colors. KA white, KB blue, 1A &1B red/ white/blue, 2A blue, 2B red/blue, 3A red/white/blue, 3B neon, 4A blue/green, 4B pink, 5A pink, 5B pink/blue/green, 6A pink/blue, 6B-check with your teacher, 7A & 7B blue/white.

Check Your Volunteer Hours

We will be charging families for unfulfilled Volunteer Hours in June. Click here to enter any hours you have completed. log in your volunteer hours  If you are still in need of volunteer hours, see the Volunteer Section below or on the website.

Playground Use After School

With the warmer weather upon us, we wanted to remind families that our playground is available for play for 30 minutes after dismissal for closely supervised children.  There is the potential for many people to be out there with BASE students there as well, so please do assist us with closely monitoring all non-BASE students. No children should be there unsupervised and BASE staff are unable to supervise non-BASE students.   After half an hour, the BASE flag will go up and at that time the playground is reserved for BASE use only.  Thank you!


Parent Club 8th Grade Parent Award

It’s that time again!  We are seeking nominations for the 2023 Parents Club Distinguished Service Award.  This award is given annually to a parent who has dedicated considerable time and service, truly above and beyond, to make our school what it is!  This award is often given to a parent of a graduating 8th grader, but nominations are not limited to 8th grade parents.  Interested in nominating someone?  Send your nomination to Parents Club President!  Please submit your nominations by 5pm on Friday, May 26th.


Local author and artist, Ben Clanton, will be visiting the Holy Rosary School Library on Tuesday, June, 6. He will be talking about his books and art to our K-2 students.  Please visit Paper Boat Booksellers and purchase your book before our event so your student can get their book signed by the author.  Paper Boat Booksellers has partnered with Holy Rosary for this very special author event.  

ATTENTION! All Holy Rosary library books are due back by Friday, June 2. Overdue notices will go out on Friday. 

2023-24 BASE 

After completing enrollment for the 2023-24 school year, BASE is very full and the enrollment period is closed.  If your family is still in need of before/after school care, we invite you to join the BASE waitlist.  Our hope is that there might be some movement over the next few months and BASE could accommodate some families who are still in need of care for the next school year.
Please complete the application form: 
Password is:  NewFamily

Grades 2-8 Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2023-2024 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 toward your family commitment hours. If you are interested in being a room parent during the 2023-2024 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Nicole Henning at

Looking For Alumni

Are you a parent who is also Holy Rosary School alumni? Have you stayed connected to your HRS class and can help us identify more alumni?  The HRS Alumni Committee has a goal this year to re-establish connection with our alumni so we can engage on a new level through communications and events.  If you are alumni or know of any alumni, please help us reach our goal by completing this quick alumni details form.

BASE Is Hiring

BASE is hiring for the 2023-24 school year for both an Assistant Director (20-25 hours/week) and for BASE supervisor aids (15-20 hours/week).  These are great opportunities for individuals looking for part time employment or for high school (junior or senior) or college students.  Thank you for helping us spread the word!  If you are interested in learning more, contact BASE Director Rachel Hagenson (



WestFest is coming back Friday Sept 22nd and Saturday the 23rd. 
Do you have a talent you’d love to show off on the big stage? Do you know any unique entertainers or local artists we should reach out to? WestFest MC Steve Webster is looking for some great new acts to fill up our lineup and get the crowd hyped up! Please reach out to Cassandra Webster at or by cell 425-894-1148. All types of acts, big or small, will be considered. Sign-up today!

Gator Bowl 2023

Last Friday night was the first annual Gator Bowl. 150+ bowlers took to the lanes for a night of 90s style bowling. The Gator Bowl benefits the Father Mallahan Endowment Fund. Thanks to the Kuhlmann, Procopio and Reed families for co-chairing this fun event.


Ambassador Families

Last call for ambassador families. We need 8 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 minimum 4 volunteer hours during the summer for the 2023/24 school year. Details here.

Kindergarten Round Up

If you have an incoming Kindergartener, then mark your calendars for June 14. 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. See the email that was sent to you to RSVP.


Holy Rosary Soup Kitchen

The Holy Rosary Soup Kitchen group meets the first two Thursdays of the month to prepare soup for the Saint Martin de Porres center. The are looking for a couple of people who can commit to helping out for the rest of the school year.  If you are interested, please reach out to Chris Dormaier at 206-412-0168 or

Safe Environment Training

There are many opportunities to help out this year. All of our volunteers are required to take Safe Environment training prior to volunteering with the school or church. If you have not taken the class, please sign up as soon as possible. There are in-person as well as online classes. **It can take a couple of weeks after you’ve taken the class for you to be cleared to volunteer.**

Reporting Volunteer Hours

The volunteer hours portal is ready for the 22/23 school year.

  • Go to ‘Report Volunteer Hours‘ (also a red hyperlink on our home page.)
  • New families:  If you haven’t set up a volunteer log-in yet, you will need to do that first, use the same link!  Remember, only one account per family, NOT per parent



Confirmation 2023/24

You are invited to begin preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation!
What is Confirmation? Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church. We begin our journey when we receive baptism, and enter into “new life;” We  participate more fully when we receive the Eucharist and finally we receive the Holy Spirit more completely in Confirmation becoming a fully initiated member of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church founded by Jesus Christ.
6th & 7th grade parents, you will be receiving an email with more information. If you have an older child who is interested in being confirmed, please contact Carlos Palacian.


Summer LIFE At Kennedy Catholic

This summer, Kennedy Catholic is offering a wide variety of programs, to give our students and local area grade school students the opportunity for growth, enrichment, skill-strengthening, friendship-building, and just plain fun! Continue to further their strengths and encourage their passions today by joining a summer program!
Athletic summer programs are open to all skill and ability levels and are led by Kennedy Catholic head coaches, staff members, and current student-athletes. Participants learn from award-winning high school coaches and are mentored by some of the best and brightest student-athletes at Kennedy Catholic. Academic summer programs are being offered to current Lancer students interested in, or in need of, specific credits. 
For more information see our Website.

Vacation Bible Camp

Join us for a stellar time at Vacation Bible Camp! Preschool through Grade 5. July 11-14, 9:00 am – Noon at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, West Seattle. Registration at . Crew volunteers (6th grade through high school) Register at Adult Volunteers may register at Or contact Sarah (  or Molly (

Musical Fun During The Summer Sun

The annual Kennedy Catholic Elementary Summer Band Program is set for July 10 – 14 at the high school! 12:15 – 2:00p.m./$30.00
Miss McKamey invites all current band students to this special week of music!  Click the link for details and registration!

Summer Camps For Rising K-9th Graders

Soak in the summer fun at Bishop Blanchet! Registration is now open for in-person camps in athletics, academics, and the arts at BBHS. Multi-camp and sibling discounts are also available. Please visit our website for more information and to register.

Holy Names Academy Summer Camps 

Open for registration! Holy Names Academy offers summer camps for young women entering Grades 4-8, and to any student starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall.  The athletic camps are designed to offer quality instruction from the HNA coaching staff, players, and alumnae in a fun, welcoming environment.  All skill levels are welcome.  HNA also offers summer camps that focus on areas of special interest, instructed by current HNA faculty members.  At this link, you will find details about the different camps we are offering this summer and which grade levels can participate.

Stage Struck Theatre Camps

Come celebrate Stage Struck’s 23rd summer of theatre camps, and Laura Drake’s last summer as Director.  There is still room in Annie, Grease, and Best of Stage Struck (a revue of material from our biggest shows!) For information and registration, visit: See you this summer!

Summer Programs At Seattle Prep

Seattle Prep is offering Summer Prep programs- inspiring camps for middle school students entering the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Fall 2023. Summer Prep – Seattle Preparatory School (

4th Annual Summer School At St.George Parish School

Dates: June 26 through July 28 with the exception of July 3rd and 4th
We offer a 5 week academic summer school program with certificated teachers
and instructional assistants for students currently in Grades K-5. It is not a
summer camp. It’s an all or none program in order for students to make the most
gains academically.
Summer School registration opens March 1, 2023 to all students currently attending a Catholic school.  Your own school uniform is the required dress code. All students who apply must come with a positive, cooperative attitude ready to learn. Your child’s teacher/principal will supply us with Spring MAP Student Progress Reports along with recommendations for areas of focus during summer school.
Registration opens March 1st and will be limited. If you would like more information and/or an application, please email Anna Horton ( ASAP.


Cub Scouts

Join the Adventure of Cub Scouting at our sign-up event on Thursday, May 25th, from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Holy Rosary School gymnasium! Pack 793 Cub Scouting is fun in the outdoors with camping, crafts, friends, and much more. And yes – it’s for boys AND girls in K-5th grade from any local school. Stop by with your family and friends- we’ll have an exciting rocket building activity for the kids! Can’t come to the sign-up event? Contact George Panger at if you have any questions.

Art Walk

Kelsey Wong, who formerly taught art at HRS, invites you to visit her latest art display at Inner Spaces Design on California Ave.  There will be an art walk on June 8th from 5-8 pm where her work will be included along the walk as well as featured the rest of the month.  If you do not get a chance to see her work on display, you can check out her website at

Blanchet Buddies

Our Blanchet Buddies program offers an opportunity for local grade school students to be paired with a Blanchet junior or senior, in specific areas of interest. Please visit for more information. Go Bears and Go Buddies!

After School Art Classes for HRS students – In-person 

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Classes are held in-person at Hope Lutheran, and all HRS students are welcome to join. (This is not a Holy Rosary School program.)