Family Communication 5/30/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We had a wonderful field day last Friday at Hiawatha Park.  Many thanks to Sue Southerland for all of her hard work organizing the event and for our wonderful 8th graders who assisted in running the events!  I also hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

After a 9+ year journey for many of our 8th graders, it’s sadly nearing the time that we send them off on their next steps, confident in their readiness to accomplish amazing things.  This Sunday we will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass with our graduating 8th graders and the following Thursday they will officially graduate.  Please join me in wishing them well, celebrating their successes, and praying that they will continue to follow Christ as they journey beyond Holy Rosary.  I also want to congratulate the parents and families of our graduating 8th graders.  Their success is truly a testament of your hard work, dedication, and support.  

Things are busy these final few weeks of school.  Summer projects are already underway and we’re already receiving supplies and books for next year.  It’s hard to believe we have just a couple of weeks left!  Remember, our final school Mass will be on the last day of school- no Mass until then for students.

Finally, I’m thrilled to say that we’ve hired a wonderful 4th grade teacher to take over as we say goodbye to Mrs. Podell.  Our new teacher will be Katie Benson.  Katie is a local WS resident, a Holy Rosary Parishioner, and comes to us with over 10 years experience teaching in public and charter schools.  She enjoys volleyball and running, and is excited about the possibility of coaching.  We’re thrilled to have her join our community and are certain she will be a wonderful addition to our talented teaching staff.  

Have a blessed rest of the week. 

In Christ, 



Our ability to be the presence of Christ in the world depends on you in several ways.  On the one hand, through your life and here in our parish community.  But also, by your support of larger efforts.  Every year CYO campers descend Camp Hamilton and Camp Bosco for  a week of faith and fun.  The camps are also used for Environmental Education classes for elementary school students, Confirmation retreats, and much more.  All Catholic schools are supported by the Superintendent and the central office – which supports principals and teachers, offers professional development, assists with governance, marketing and development, strategizes with schools in need, and much more.  At the First Hill hospitals, there is a full time priest chaplain as well as a part time priest chaplain, who visit patients and provide spiritual care for them and their families.  There is a similar arrangement in several other urban areas.  We have 19 seminarians studying to be priests in service to the people of God in the Archdiocese of Seattle.  All these things are subsidized by your donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal.  They are ministries which are bigger than any one parish – and so it is that all parishioners are asked to support them.  They would be radically different in what we are able to provide and accomplish without your participation and help.  If you have not yet done so, prayerfully consider making a pledge this year to the Annual Catholic Appeal

Our goal at Holy Rosary is $121,577.  Anything over that goal will come back to us.  We are going to upgrade the Parish Center Reception Room to make it more user friendly – with a projector and speakers – for greater utilization by the many groups who use the space – faith formation, dance class, Girl Scouts, any many more.  After that, we will upgrade the parish staff computers, many of which are 10 years old, but even older in terms of technology since they weren’t high end at the time.  We experience regular difficulties related to this, which impacts time and energy in service of others.  Finally, any extra funds will be used to replace our carillon bell system in the Bell Tower.  When construction is over, the 20+ year old current system may or may not start up again.  A new system will also be safer since it won’t require climbing part of the tower every time we need to make adjustments for holy days and new seasons. 

Thank you to those who have already made a pledge in support of the above works and ministries, and our Holy Rosary community.  We are over halfway to our goal. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • 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


Final 8th Grade Pizza Lunch!

Tomorrow is the final 8th grade pizza of the year!

Lost and Found

The lost and found will be set out on a table Monday, June 3rd.  Anything not claimed will be donated to charity on Thursday, June 6th at 12pm. Please come in and take a look!

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.

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


Looking for 2019-20 Auction Project Coordinators for Each Grade

We are already planning for next year’s auction and looking for anyone interested in taking on the project lead for each grade. Not only is the project fun but a great way to fulfill your fundraising commitment hours. 

If interested or have questions email the Action Project Coordinator Brittiony Borges @

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.



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.To: Deyette Swegle
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

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 “Why is Jesus so Important?”
  • Ongoing 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
Adult Scripture Study | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | Seattle,
”Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ” – St. Jerome. One of the best ways to improve your relationship with God is to read the Bible. Although the Bible can be difficult to understand, we offer guided study groups where you can understand what the words of Scripture really mean, and discuss what you are reading with others.

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 St. Charles Lwanga, who was a servant of the king of Uganda in the nineteenth century. When Christians chose to honor and obey God above him, the king began putting them to death. St. Charles was inspired by their example, was baptized, and helped baptize others who wanted to follow Christ. He was only 26 when the king burnt him to death. He is a patron of African youth, and of victims of abuse and torture. We celebrate him, along with his companions, on June 3.


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 Camps

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