Family Communication 5/9/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

What a glorious week this has been! The incredible weather is such a treat, we’re basking in the Easter glow, and we continue to honor Mary during this month of May. So far I’d say we’re off to a great start after spring break!

These final weeks are going to fly by. Please make sure you reference next year’s calendar, posted to our website. For your own planning, we will once again be purchasing school supplies and charging families for the cost of the supplies at the start of the year. The charge is a bit more this year ($50/student in grades K-8) which will allow us to purchase replacement supplies as needed the second half of the year. We will also make sure the list of non-consumable supplies you purchase (calculator, headphones) is posted by the end of June.

Thank you for your attention to the alley by the playground and for not lining up there before dismissal. As a reminder, the alley should be used for active loading and unloading only, not waiting for pickup at dismissal. If your student is not present in the alley when you arrive, we ask you to circle back around the block and enter the alley again.

Finally, we welcomed Mrs. Podell back to work this week after her maternity leave. It’s nice to have the full staff back together, for the first time since the end of November! Upon returning, Mrs. Podell has made the difficult decision to work closer to home at the end of this year. She currently makes quite the commute to our school each day, and working closer to home will be the best thing for her family and her new daughter. We thank Mrs. Podell for her four years of service and wish her the very best!

In Christ, 



This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Thank you to those who have not only given life, but nourish it each and every day!

 This Sunday in the Church we also celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  All vocations are good and holy in that they come from God.  But on this Sunday, we focus in particular on vocations to the priesthood and men’s and women’s religious life.  These individual laborers in the vineyard share a particular role in continuing the mission of Christ.  It’s important to remember that such individuals do not come from incubators – they come from families and parishes.  I never even thought about the priesthood until the end of high school – it never crossed my mind, and was only mentioned by one or two people as a possibility.  It was only then that I started asking a very different question – not “What do I want to do with my life?,” an oft posed question, but “What is God calling me to do with the life He has given me?”  That is a very different question!

 If you want your children to be truly happy – the best thing you can do is encourage them to follow God.  Talk with them about each of the vocations – marriage, the priesthood and religious life, about the goodness of each, and the importance of listening for God’s guidance.  If you see seeds of a particular vocation, in them or their friends, affirm and encourage them.  Also, pray for them – that they discover their vocation, their calling from God, and that they have the courage to follow Jesus.

Happy Mother’s Day.  And Happy Good Shepherd Sunday. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • May 15th-22nd – Spring BOGO Book Fair
  • May 16th – 4th Grade Bake Sale
  • May 17th – Talent Show
  • May 23rd – Wax Museum
  • May 24th – Noon Dismissal, Field Day
  • May 27th – No School, Memorial Day
  • 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


Pizza Lunch Friday

A reminder that tomorrow is pizza lunch!

Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Brian and Holly Christenson, our Distinguished Service Award winners.  They have given thousands of hours of time to Holy Rosary School. From the time their eldest child, Maddie, started kindergarten through their youngest, Jack’s, 8th grade year Holly and Brian have volunteered for various HRS fundraising events. You may recognize Holly from leading WestFest t-shirt sales and organizing Magazine Drive prizes. Both have been active in Scouts while their children were at HRS, from leading troops to organizing Scout fundraisers. Brian was integral in getting the Lego Robotics after-school program off the ground. Outside of fundraising activities, Holly was a room parent, assisted with Sundance, drove field trips and coordinated Parents Club food. The Christensons have been a part of so many activities at HRS that I am sure some have been left out. We are so lucky to have the Christenson family as part of our community. Although they will no longer have students walking the halls of HRS, we will forever be appreciative of their years of service to our community.

BOGO Book Fair

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love 

for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection  

      routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.

  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose 

    their own books to read. 

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our BOGO Book Fair this Spring.

Book Fair dates: May 15th – May 22nd

Shopping hours: 3:00 – 4:00 (Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30)

NEW digital payment option: Book Fair eWallet!

Now your student can shop the Fair cash-free! 

  • No cash on hand the day of the Book Fair? No worries – Scholastic Book Fairs® is now offering Book Fair eWallet as a new payment option.  Simply set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure – it’s easy shopping with Book Fair eWallet.

Visit our Book Fair homepage or use the “how it works” link below to learn more and to create an account.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! 

MAP Testing

Over the next two weeks, the students will be participating in MAP Testing in their homeroom classes.  Please make sure they are rested and well fed to start the day.  Also, please let the office and teachers know if your child will be coming in late or leaving early.

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.

Ambassador Families for 2019/20

Volunteer and help welcome New Families to Holy Rosary School! Details can be found here.


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


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.

Parade Lead Volunteer Opportunity

The Holy Rosary Float rides again July 20th!  Last year we had over 50 participants walking with our float.  We are looking for a parent to lead the float design, build, and supervision of the float on the day of the parade. This role and walking in the parade counts towards fundraising hours. Please contact Jennifer Kokkonis if interested in the role or hearing more information. 

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.

Volunteers Needed in the Library

Are you looking to fill the last of your Holy Rosary volunteer hours?  I am looking for volunteers to help run our Scholastic Book Fair this spring.  Volunteers will be asked to monitor book fair and process purchases during their shift.  If you are interested in donating your time, please use the following sign-up genius link to sign-up.

I am also looking for volunteers to help periodically shelve books in our library.  Please email me using the contact info below if you are available to help out.


Development Directives

A big thank you to those that participated in yesterday’s GiveBIG and to all the families that have participated in the Annual Fund! Every dollar helps us reach our goal! Click to donate to the ANNUAL FUND.

Why support the Annual Fund?

Tuition and fees do not fully cover the school’s expenses. Fundraisers, including the Annual Fund, are needed to make up the 20% difference.

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

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the Holy Rosary Golf Classic taking place May 18th at the West Seattle Golf Course. Teams of four person scrambles compete to raise money for the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund. New this year, the event will be held in the spring instead of our normal fall event. Click here to go to the event page for information and specifics on this year’s Golf Tournament. 

Also new this year is the ability to use your FACTS account to register! You can also still use your credit card if you prefer. Find the two links below: 


 Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Monday Night Rosary – Celebrate Mary in the Month of May!  Everyone is welcome to stop by to pray the rosary on Monday’s, Chapel at 6:30pm. No experience necessary, rosaries and prayer aids available. 
  • 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, May 21. Our topic will be “Religion, Spirituality, and Church”
  • Upcoming 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
Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular figure from our past. This week, we look at Pope Leo XIII, who was Pope from 1878 through 1903, the third-longest reigning pope in modern history, right behind Pope St. John Paul II. Also like John Paul II, he was a prolific writer, authoring eighty-eight encyclicals, which he used to promote devotion to the Rosary and to establish the foundations of Catholic Social Teaching. Although he has not been canonized as a saint, he is one of the most influential figures on the shape of the Church today, and is worth knowing!


Cross Out Cancer 5K Fun Run on May 11

Three Holy Rosary graduates, (Maddie C.  – Bishop Blanchett, Lauren R. – Seattle Prep, and Catherine E. – Holy Names) have been working all year to raise money for families of children battling pediatric cancer.  The Cross Out Cancer 5K is now less than TWO WEEKS AWAY! Please sign up soon to have a wonderful morning with family and friends while supporting a great cause.  All proceeds will go directly to their guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Let’s make this year the biggest race yet!   (If you can’t come, this link also goes to a donation page) Dogs and strollers are welcome!!

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!