Family Communication 5/6/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy May!  
We’ve entered the first week of May and the days are moving swiftly by.  We enjoyed crowning Mary at our school Mass yesterday, such a special tradition in our school community.  We will celebrate our graduating 8th graders with the upcoming Baccalaureate Mass on May 23rd at 3:00 pm.  While this Mass will not be open to the public, it will be livestreamed so families can participate from home.
We continue to be busy planning for the fall, working on schedules, class configurations, and planning for a number of different scenarios depending on the status of COVID in the community.   Please keep an eye on the eFC in the coming weeks as we will be communicating a lot of important information.  
There is wonderful news on the vaccine front, with the expectation that children 12 and up will be eligible for vaccination next week.  I am very hopeful with increased vaccinations for children and what it will mean for schools to operate in a more normal manner come September.  Please know we will excuse any absences for children that miss school to be vaccinated.  
Mary, Mother of God, during this month of May especially, pray for us!
In Christ,


Yesterday it was a joy to gather with our third graders at Mass to celebrate the beginning of the month of May, dedicated to our Blessed Mother, as we crowned the statue of Jesus and His Mother, Mary, and adorned her shrine with flowers.  If you have a statue of Mary at home, I would encourage you to do the same.  If you only have an image of her, you can still put some flowers in front of it, maybe moving it to your family altar for the month if it isn’t already there, and refreshing the flowers throughout May.  As we celebrate our earthly mothers this weekend, and their goodness and love which fosters our lives, it is important to not lose sight of the gift of Mary, our Mother in Heaven.  We are blessed with love!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


  • May 11th – Class Pictures (No Free Dress)
  • May 28th – Virtual Field Day, Noon Dismissal
  • May 31st – Memorial Day, No School
  • Jun 3rd – 8th Grade Graduation


Class Pictures Like No Other

Tuesday, May 11th, we will be taking class pictures. Please make sure your student is in PERFECT UNIFORM. We will be socially distancing and wearing masks. 8th graders please wear you graduation outfit.

Open School Commission Meeting Tonight

You’re invited to the May School Commission Meeting. Two School Commission meetings each year are open to the public where anyone from the school may attend. If you’d like to learn more about how the School Commission operates to advise Anna Horton and Father Oakland, we encourage you to join us. The meeting is on Thursday, May 6th at 6pm.
RSVP to Kristin Bentler in the office ( to obtain the Zoom invitation.

Virtual Band Festival

The Virtual Band Festival is on May 12, at 7:00p.m.  Specifics about this special get-together can be found on the band flipgrid site!  Plan on some prize drawings, the announcement of the Cambronero Scholarships and much more!!

Parents Club Meeting

Parents Club will be having a virtual meeting Wednesday, May 12th from 7:00-8:00pm. Join in to hear what’s new and what’s coming up. Email Kristin Bentler ( in the office for the Zoom invitation.

Used Uniforms

If you know what size your child needs, send an email to Karla will try and find what you need and send it home with your child.

2021-2022 School Calendar

Start planning for next year! 2021-2022 K-8 school calendar has been approved and posted. It can also be found on the Holy Rosary School website under the calendar link. Preschool Calendar


Gator Strong Students – Due By May 11th At Noon

Shirts are being ordered, for the entire school, to commemorate this year!  We need your help.  Please indicate your child’s name, homeroom teacher and size (YXS-AXL) on this spreadsheet. If we do NOT see your child’s names on the list, then the below sizes will be ordered for each grade.  Shirts are 50/50 and pre-shrunk. Sizes must be updated no later than Monday, May 10 at noon.
3s/PK – Youth XS
K/1 – Youth Small
2/3- Youth Medium
4/5 – Youth Large
6 – Youth XL
7 – Adult Small
8 – Adult Medium

Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at Thank you!
Please note: I am moving forward with the intent that we will be able to resume all or most of the duties. But please know there could be modifications depending on guidelines from the school as we get closer to the Fall.

HRS Glassybaby Sale

Perfect for graduation and first communion gifts or to add to your collection. Glassybabies are $100 each, order here.

Return Library Books

Please return any library books that your child is done reading to the school.

Elementary Summer Band Programs

Dust off your instrument and join Miss McKamey in person this July for music fun and learning! Learn to play or strengthen your playing skills to have an edge on School Band. Make new friends while you make music and enrich your summer with musical learning! Register Now!

Parents Club Service Award-Last Call!

It’s that time again!  We are seeking nominations for the 2021 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 Rebecca Lawrence, no later than May 7th!  

Ambassador Families for 2021/22

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Need families in all grades!  Earn some volunteer hours during the summer for 2021/22.  Details can be found here.

Cadet Sweatshirts Are IN!!

We have received our most recent order of cadet sweatshirts and we have all sizes from youth extra small to adult extra large! To order and pay for the sweatshirt go to If you ordered one already that was out of stock, please contact the office at


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.



CONGRATS LIN FAMILY on placing the most bids in the auction, you will receive a $25 Shug’s gift card. 

TEACHER BOOKS are in the process of being completed. If you ordered a book and have not replied to Amy Serabia’s email requesting your child’s name, please do so. BUY BACKS  for 6th and 7th are not quite ready yet.  Once those are done, you will be contacted.

Don’t forget to apply for MATCHING FUNDS through your company. If you need another copy of your auction receipt, please let me know. 

Thank you for all you’ve done for HRS!  If you have any fundraising questions, please contact Beth Martin.


Spring Track Is Running!

Calling all Gator Runners!
We ARE participating, virtually, in CYO track events this spring. You may sign up here
Student runners and their helpers will be responsible for running and timing their events and submitting times each week through the school website. Times will be submitted to CYO each week for inclusion in the weekly virtual meets.
Event date deadlines are: May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4. Cost is $25 per athlete.
Events offered are:
 4th/5th Grade Events
–          50m Race
–          100m Race
–          400m Race
–          Shuttle Relay (4 x 60m)
6th / 7th / 8th Grade Events
–          100m
–          400m
–          800m
–          4 x 100m Relay
This is a great opportunity to get outside, exercise, and safely participate in athletics with friends.
If you need scholarship information, please contact Jeanne Flohr – we are happy to help all gators participate in CYO.
Special thanks to April Smith who will coordinate this virtual track opportunity!


Covid Vaccine

Any King County resident age 16 years or older can access vaccination appointments at the West Seattle vaccination site by visiting .  Holy Rosary is still available to help if you or someone you know needs assistance navigating the online registration process.  Call Libby at the parish office at 206-937-1488 ext. 209 or email at

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all our students who received their First Holy Communion during the Easter Season.

May you remain in Jesus all the time. May you continue to grow in virtue and wisdom, may you always satisfy the longing of your heart with the most precious Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Service & Leadership Opportunity for High School Students

Peer Ministry: Allowing Your Light to Shine!

The Holy Rosary Peer Ministry program is a leadership and service opportunity for all high school students who have received their sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. A Peer Minister will use their unique gifts and talents to serve and lead with the Youth Confirmation students, alongside the Youth Minister and Adult Volunteers. If you have a high school student who needs to complete service hours and wants to develop and grow in their faith and leadership skills, visit our website to learn more about the Peer Ministry program: https


Holy Rosary Church welcomes children who are 7 years or older & TEENS and never been baptized along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call 206-937-1488 ext. 252.


HNA Original Production, Common Threads

While we at Holy Names Academy miss welcoming you and your students for our Spring matinee, we are excited to invite you to our first ever HNA Original Production, Common Threads. Please share the links below with your families.
The viewing is free to our Catholic schools. No need to purchase tickets! 
If you have any questions, please contact HNA’s Director of Theatre & Film, Sarah Wahlen, at Enjoy the show!
HNA Original Production Common Threads
Common Threads Playbill 2021

CYO Summer 2021 Day Camp Registration is Open 

Start Planning for Summer! Campers spend their days enjoying the outdoors and finding God there. Plus, swimming in the pool, making crafts, and much more before going home in the evening to rest up for the next day of fun! For camp dates and other information:  Register — CYO Summer Camp
To register: CYO Camp Services – Seattle ( 


Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

Postpartum Doula Services

Seattle Gentle Beginnings offers Postpartum Doula services in Seattle. Areas of support: maternal postpartum recovery and care, emotional and physical support, including PMADs, newborn education and care, breastfeeding education and support, sleep coaching, sibling transition, community resources and referrals. Overnight shifts available.Offering discount rates to Holy Rosary Families! Canali, BD, PDPhone 206.414.8070Email

Little Free Pantries

Our family has used some of this time amid the stay at home order, building Little Free Pantries. The idea, modeled somewhat on the Little Free Library concept, is simple: The pantries are filled by people in the community, and those in need are encouraged to come by and take what they can use. We’ve had one in our yard for years and it’s not only introduced us to neighbors to whom we may have never otherwise met but has helped many who are food insecure.  Food insecurity hits many in our neighborhoods, most of whom are housed and with the aftermath of COVID19, the numbers are quickly increasing.  These little boxes are not intended to replace the work of food banks but a way to support a neighbor or who may be in need of a meal. We have a few Little Free Pantries remaining which need a good home. They need sealing or painting before they are installed but do come with a mounting post.  If you need support installing we are happy to help here too.  If you’d like to place one in your yard please email me at Thanks! Molly Harmon and Dave Wilton

Helping The Hungry In This Time Of Need

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has been hard at work, trying to care for many people experiencing homelessness who have no place to go. In particular, there is a great need at the day center they operate in Federal Way. They welcome up to 75 people a day, many who come for both lunch and dinner. CCS is reaching out to local parishes and schools for support. They would prefer donations of hot casseroles, although cold sandwiches are also appreciated. Meals can be brought on Tuesday mornings to St. James Cathedral, which will handle delivery. If interested, email/text/call Patrick Barredo ( | 206-619-2879).

The Grove West Seattle Inn

Need office space outside your home? The Grove is currently renting guest rooms for private, secure and comfortable office space. Rooms can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Rooms are equipped with desk and office chair as well as Wifi and access to The Grove’s daily coffee and breakfast bar.
3512 SW Alaska St.

Alki Lumber

Per current guidelines, Alki Lumber remains open with limited capacity in our retail store. Call ahead orders and curbside service is available for all your lumber and hardware needs.
M-F 6:30-4:30
4422 36th Ave SW

West Seattle Local Foods: Food for pick up 

West Seattle Local Foods is a group of small business who produce/manufacture delicious take-away in West Seattle.  They usually sell to high end restaurants, grocery stores, farmers markets, coffee shops, and online.  The pandemic and the closure of the West Seattle bridge has negatively affected operations so they have banded together to provide their food to their neighbors. Order ahead meals and products for pick up across the street from the West Seattle YMCA.
4611 36th Ave SW

Counseling For Children, Adults And Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.Thank you,James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)

Doyle’s Automotive Service

Doyle’s is owned and operated by one of our Holy Rosary Families. It is located at 4607 37th Ave SW. Please call (206) 935-2600 for an appointment. Our lobby is temporarily closed, for the safety of everyone. Our hours are M – F, 8am – 4:30pm

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Good Society Brewery & Public House is open for both on-premise and to-go beers!  We have indoor seating for groups from the same household and outdoor seating weather permitting.  Along with our own small plates, we are offering pizzas from Slicebox Pizza down in SoDo.  Visit our website at for more information and hours.  Follow us on social media (@goodsocietybeer) to see as we release new beers as well as for other updates.  If you aren’t quite comfortable coming in for a beer, you can always place an online order at  Thanks as always for your support!

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop

West Seattle Grounds Neighborhood Coffee Shop is open for To-Go Service! We serve Caffe Umbria’s coffee and organic teas for beverages as well as fresh local pastries & sandwiches! Our address is 2141 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116Monday – Friday 6AM – 4PMWeekends 7AM – 4PMWe are so grateful to our community and all the wonderful people in it who have supported us & our neighbors through this strange time. We are working extra hard to ensure that when you visit our establishment you and your families feel at home and safe. Order online for pick-up with the Joe Coffee App ( ) or text ‘coffee’ to 474747 to download the app and find our shop to get the delicious coffee that you crave without having to wait! Questions? Call us at (206) 708 1018 or visit our website