Family Communication 5/5/22


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
It’s auction week!  This is especially exciting because this in person auction is two years in the making.  Thank you to all of our families for supporting this event, our largest fundraiser of the year.  It’s going to be a wonderful party! Check out our class auction projects as well, available for online bidding through tomorrow night!
Currently there is an uptick in COVID case counts in our school and in the greater community, but it will not get in the way of a fantastic auction.   If you are attending our auction, help us keep our entire community safe.  Please consider testing yourself for COVID prior to attending.   A few of you have asked about the length of isolation/quarantine if you’ve recently been impacted by COVID yourself, so I’m linking the Department of Health Isolation guidance here.  Working together we can ensure a safe and healthy evening!
In other news around the school, I wanted to give you one additional hiring update.  As you know, Vice Principal Mary Jo McFaul has made the decision to retire in June.   She lives big shoes to fill!  As we look at the longer term needs of our school, I have decided to head in the direction of hiring an Interim Vice Principal for next year and will continue looking at how the position should be filled longer term.  I’m thrilled to say that Lauren Samson has accepted an offer to be an Interim Vice Principal next year.  You likely remember that Lauren moved and is looking to work closer to home long term, but we’re very lucky to have her with us for one more year.  She will assume this new role August 1st and will be in it through June 30, 2023.   Welcome (back) Lauren!
In Christ, 
Anna


COUNSELOR’S CORNER


Teaching your child to advocate for themselves 
Self-advocacy is defined as being able to identify and ask for what you need to thrive. As parents help children to grow, it is important to encourage kids to become more comfortable with expressing their needs. Kids who learn self-advocacy skills will eventually become more confident, independent, and self-aware adults. Voicing what you need and speaking up can be a tricky skill to master, so here are some concrete ways to work on self-advocacy. Keep Reading…


UPCOMING DATES


  • May 5th – Open School Commission Meeting (6pm)
  • May 7th – Auction
  • May 20th – Talent Show
  • 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


The Band Festival Is Back!

May 11th will mark the return of this annual musical event!  Kennedy Catholic High School is the location, and the concert begins at 7:00p.m.
All band members (gr. 5-8) and Honor Band join the incredible Kennedy Catholic Band for an evening of music. This is a graded performance.  Attendance is required.  All Field Trip forms should be turned in at this time.  Parents that have signed-up to volunteer for the dinner hour, please arrive in the gym at 5:45p.m.  Thank you for your help! We are looking forward to sharing our music!
Miss McKamey

School Calendar For 2022/23

The calendar for next year is on the school website. Over the summer there will be a few updates so check back before the start of the school year. You can also look at the Google calendar, which is updated regularly.

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.

Masking Update/Changes in Mass 

We continue to ask our students to have a mask available, in case they find themselves in a situation where distancing is challenging or if they need to work closely with someone.  Thank you for making sure your child has a mask in their backpack.  Number of new COVID cases in the school this week (as of Thursday am) = 28


ACTION ITEMS


Talent Show Auditions – Next Week

Students who turned in a permission slip will get an invitation, but we wanted to share our schedule.  We plan on downloading any music needed that was on the permission slips from Apple Music, but if you’d rather send me (Megan Heuer – mheuer@holyrosaryws.org) an audio file ahead of time, we can try to use that.  Students will audition during their lunch time, so they’ll bring over their lunch (hot or cold) to the gym.  They will also want to bring any props needed for the audition.  No change of clothes needed.  Dress rehearsals are the following week.  More information in next week’s eFC on rehearsals.
Auditions in Gym
Tuesday, May 10th:
10:40 – K
11:10 – 2nd
11:40 – 4th
12:10 – 6th
12:40 – 8th
Wednesday, May 11th:
11:10 – 1st
11:40 – 3rd
12:10 – 5th
12:40 – 7th

Talent Show Spirit Day

Every year, the leadership elective chooses a free dress theme day for the talent show.  This year our theme is “Welcome to the Jungle!”  Students will be able to come to school on Friday, May 20th, decked out in any jungle gear.  This could include animal prints, safari type outfit (khaki clothes, hat, boots, and binoculars), tropical shirts, jungle animal ears, etc.). Get creative or keep it simple!  We just want to see your spirit!

Scholastic Book Fair

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.
After missing out on many beloved traditions, our spring Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from May 31 through June 6, 2022 at Holy Rosary Library.
Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet. This will be accessible on May 16 though the book fair homepage. Stay tuned for more information.
If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. More information to come!
We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!

BASE Registration For 2022/23

BASE registration for the 2022/23 school year will be opening May 12th. Current BASE families are asked to register as soon as possible as we make our plans for staffing.  School families, that have not previously used BASE but are interested in utilizing it, may also register. Space is limited and registration is not a guarantee of availability. You will receive notification by June 10th. BASE registration will open to New Families on May 19th. If you have any questions, please see the updated BASE page or contact Rachel Hagenson at rhagenson@holyrosaryws.org

Parent Club 8th Grade Parent Award

It’s that time again!  We are seeking nominations for the 2022 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 Cheryl Binetti, Cb4708@comcast.net!  


EVENTS & FUNDRAISING


CLASS/GRADE PROJECTS
Let the bidding begin. Bidding for CLASS PROJECTS opens on TUESDAY, MAY 3RD at 9AM and closes FRIDAY, MAY 6TH at 9PM.  Students and parents have worked hard to create some very unique projects to commemorate this school year. 
Watch this video to see behind-the-scenes of these special projects.
THANK YOU to all the parents who took on this role!

VOLUNTEER:  There are still volunteer shifts remaining. SIGN UP HERE. Positions that really need volunteers:

GREETER – 5-7pm
SILENT CLOSER – 6-7pm
DESSERT AUCTION – 6:30-9:30pm
DISTRIBUTION – 7-11pm
You can work multiple shifts.  Happy to have you assist, even if attending.
TICKETS: SOLD OUT
AUCTION CATALOGS: Get your groups together to bid on the larger group items.  Preview the catalog here. Catalogs will be distributed at the auction.
DRESS PASSES: Haven’t forgotten, these are being completed and will be sent home.
All AUCTION related questions may be answered here.

Westfest

Thank you so much for the responses that we’ve received regarding Westfest!! We are almost there with the main leads. Don’t worry, there will be PLENTY of volunteer options later. Remember, these count as the coveted Fundraising Volunteer hours.
We are in need of a Activities Chair. If interested, please reach out to Marianne at the email below for details.
We have a lead for the Italian Booth, but we need someone to volunteer to shadow & assist and be a lead the following year.
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 (mmwintermute@gmail.com).


ADMISSIONS


Ambassador Families

Looking for about 10 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 volunteer hours during the summer for the 2022/23 school year.  Details here.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Auction Volunteers NEEDED

VOLUNTEER:  There are still volunteer shifts remaining. SIGN UP HERE. Positions that really need volunteers:

GREETER – 5-7pm
SILENT CLOSER – 6-7pm
DESSERT AUCTION – 6:30-9:30pm
DISTRIBUTION – 7-11pm
You can work multiple shifts.  Happy to have you assist, even if attending.

Field Day Nurse Needed -Volunteer Hours

After two years, in-person field day is back! We are in need of a nurse to manage of our “first aid” table. It’s way more fun than any one person should have. It will be held at Hiawatha on Friday, May27, 9:00-11:30AM. If you have questions or are interested, please email Sue Southerland at ssoutherland@holyrosaryws.org.

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.

Volunteer Hours

Enter your Volunteer Hours asap.  The auction will need volunteers to set up on Saturday, May 7 as well as during the evening. The sign up genius will come out within the next few weeks.

Volunteers Needed For Westfest

Please see the Events and Fundraisers section above for a list of the positions to be filled.

REMEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE ALSO LISTED HERE!


PARISH NEWS


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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org 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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org


SUMMER CAMPS


Summer Band

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:
https://www.girlsrockmathematics.com/volunteer.php

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/


COMMUNITY NOTICES


1-1 Tutoring

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: alexan1234@icloud.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.
REGISTER NOW

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