Dear Holy Rosary Families,
We continue to honor our 8th graders who will graduate in just over a week. We celebrated a lovely and prayerful Baccalaureate Mass and dinner this past Sunday and one week from today they will officially graduate from Holy Rosary School. Please continue to hold them in prayer these final days as they work hard to complete their finals and projects and then celebrate with one another.
We’re looking forward to field day Friday, and I want to thank Mrs. Southerland for all of the work she put into planning this fun day. It’s been three years since we’ve had an in person field day and I know our students are excited! So are the teachers!
Transitions are always hard for kids—they crave and need consistency and routine, and so the end of the school year can be challenging anyway. But if big changes (or even medium-sized ones) are on the horizon, it can be even harder on kids.
The best thing we can do for kids is to talk openly about upcoming and ongoing changes. If they are starting a new afterschool activity, talk about what will happen at the end of the day, how they will get there, what it will look like, and who else will be there. Continue reading…
- 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
Field Day Tomorrow!
Your child should wear their class color (see class newsletters), bring a water bottle and be ready for fun! Students will be dismissed at 12pm at the school.
Lost & Found
All lost and found items will be put out on the street on Wednesday and Fridays at pick up. After school is out for the summer, all items not claimed will be donated.
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.
We continue to experience cases of COVID in the school with community levels where there are right now. In certain classes masks are currently required indoors, when there are multiple cases popping up within a short window of time. We are sharing this update with you from Public Health of Seattle and King County, which includes important information regarding masking as well. Number of COVID Cases in the school this week as of Thursday am: 15
Missing Library Books
Please take a look around your house and in your child’s backpack for any Holy Rosary Library books! All library books are due back by Friday, May 27th. Book fines for lost or missing books will be submitted to FACTS accounts on June 3rd.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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 to apply. This is an easy way to raise additional dollars for HRS.
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!
The responses from people interested in helping out with Westfest have been fantastic!!
Right now we are in need of a Activities Chair. If interested, please reach out to Marianne at the email below for details.
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 (email@example.com).
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 5more 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.
The auction committee is looking for a few parents to serve on the Executive committee. Parents in this role are considered co-chairs and thus automatically fulfill their 50 hours. These are integral roles leading up to the auction, but let you attend the party as a guest.
IT – detailed oriented and can manage database software, then this position is for you. Plan on shadowing next year to take over the fall of 2023.
Procurement Chair – lead business and family procurement. Work on creating a strong live auction. 2022/23 would be a shadow/co-procurement chair year to train.
Business Procurement – work off the list provided to coordinate a group of volunteers in procuring at local businesses.
Room Parent Coordinator – Coordinate each grade’s room parents. Distribute information and provide links to special projects. The 2022/23 school year will be a shadow year to take over the following year.
Contact Beth Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details on any of the above positions or to be put in touch with the current parent volunteers for further details.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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/
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: email@example.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.
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