Family Communication 5/17/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Hello! What a glorious spring week!! We’re moving swiftly towards the end of the year. It’s bittersweet- while I’m sure we’re all excited about summer and a chance to slow our pace a bit, it’s been such a wonderful school year. It’s hard to see it end! Listening to our students singing in Mass yesterday morning was glorious- it has been my great privilege to walk the journey of this year with your children and your family.

As we do move towards next year, a few reminders that will be helpful for your planning-

  1. Next year’s calendar will be posted to the website early next week.
  2. This school year is the last year the old logo (schoolhouse) will be allowable on sweatshirts and sweaters. Please make the transition next year to the new logo. And remember to order your school uniforms early! Last year Dennis uniform got a bit backlogged and it ended up taking 8+ weeks to receive summer orders. We spoke with them about this and they did state they’ve taken steps to rectify it….but it is good to plan ahead! I’d also encourage you to stop by the uniform exchange room before school is out to bring in items your kids have outgrown and look for sizes for next year.
  3. This year many parents requested that we consider handling school supplies on our end, rather than crafting lists for you to purchase. After comparing pricing options and looking at vendors, we’ve realized we can pass some savings on to families by using our wholesale vendor to purchase school supplies for your children. So next year, we’ll charge a supply fee per child rather than sending you out shopping with a long list. This will also ensure that students have the same supplies, which is easier as well. The fee will be charged via FACTS in the fall. We’ll still ask that a few supplies (headphones, calculators, comfort kits, etc.) be handled at the family level.

Thank you for all that you’ve done to support this successful school year! I tell people over and over again what sets Holy Rosary School apart is its community. We’re all in it together for the success of our kids and I am so grateful for all of your tremendous support.

In Christ,


ONE ADDITIONAL NOTE – On May 31, we’ll be taking our students on a short procession to follow Mass, in celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. We are in need of parent volunteers to assist with this. We’d ask that you attend Mass with us from 8:35-9:30ish on Thursday, May 31, then assist with the procession to follow. The whole event should conclude around 10:30. If you are able to help with the procession (crowd control, helping walk with classes)- please contact Kimberly Tish at



I’m not sure if you have noticed the bus or not, but it is dead. On the windows can be seen:  RIP, 2010-2018. It has served us well for eight years, transporting women for our onsite homeless shelter, transporting homebound parishioners to Mass who couldn’t come otherwise, and used for the occasional field trip or retreat for the school or other parish groups. It has several issues, including a new one, which will alone cost over $10,000 to fix. So we need a new bus. This year, our rebate for the Annual Catholic Appeal will help us buy one. On top of supporting ministry to the poor, Catholic college students, Catholic school students, summer campers, our future priests, and many others, your donation will also help us restore these important ministries in the parish with a new parish bus with a wheelchair lift. Please consider a pledge/gift of $1 a day, or $365 total – or more if you are able. Our Archdiocesan goal is $128,146, but to purchase a new bus with a wheelchair lift, we have set a parish goal of $185,000. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generosity in support of the ways the Church gives life to countless individuals.

And don’t forget – this Sunday, as we celebrate Pentecost, we celebrate the birthday of the Church. So, consider a special treat of a red birthday cake with some candles for the flames of the Holy Spirit that came down upon the disciples.



Sue Harris Appreciation

Holy Rosary School will be honoring Sue Harris, our beloved librarian, on Wednesday, May 30 from 8:30-9:15. If your family would like to send a note or card to school, we’ll be presenting these to her on the thirtieth. Mrs. Harris is retiring after 27 years of service at Holy Rosary!

Talent Show Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Holy Rosary’s talent show! This year’s theme is beach vacation, and all students can wear beach attire, including flip-flops!

We look forward to students sharing their diverse talents with us. The first act begins at 9:30 with the Holy Rosary band, and continues with our kindergarten through fourth grade performers. Our second act begins at 1:15 with all of our grade 5-8 performers. The eighth graders will conclude our show with their annual eighth grade dance! The dance might be earlier than normal, so make sure to arrive a bit early if you are an eighth grade parent.

Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at Thank you!


  • May 18 – Talent Show – all day
  • May 25 – Field Day – noon dismiss (BASE Open)
  • May 2-31 – BOGO Book Fair
  • June 2 – Baccalaureate Mass and Dinner
  • June 7 – Eighth grade graduation
  • June 12 – Kindergarten graduation
  • June 13 – New parent orientation and kindergarten round-up –  9 a.m.
  • June 14 – Noon dismissal (BASE Open)
  • June 15 – Last day of school. School dismisses after Mass. (BASE Open)


Address Changes

Please remember to notify the office of any address, phone or email changes in order to have the most up-to-date information in our school directory for next year. Thank you!

Library Reminder

Please remember to return all library materials by tomorrow, May 18. All books must be returned (or fees paid) in order to get report cards on June 15. Thank you!

Scholastic Book Fair!

The book fair returns for three days on May 29-31! It’s a highlight for students and parents alike, and this fair is double the fun and twice as nice, because its BOGO! When you buy one item, you get the second lower cost item free! We’re looking for just one more volunteer – Tuesday, May 29 from 2:55-3:45 – and you can sign up here. Thank you! Questions? Contact Mr. Barker at

Ambassador Families Are Needed

We need ambassador families in all grades! Start accumulating volunteer hours for 2018/19 this summer – help welcome new families into our school community. Click here to sign up.

Recess Duty Sign Up

Here is the link to volunteer for 2018-19 recess duty. Interact with students, fulfill volunteer hours, and get fresh air — thank you!


Holy Rosary School Scrip

Holy Rosary School has updated and re-launched its Scrip program. This is a wonderful way to shop as you usually do and earn money back for our school!

Q: How does Scrip work?

A:  You already spend a big portion of your monthly budget on groceries and other expenses for your family. By using Scrip to pay for your regular purchases, you can earn funds for our students every time you shop. You pay face value for a gift card to the stores you frequent, and your gift card is worth face value – but our school earns a rebate on every gift card you purchase, benefiting our students. Cards will be available for pick-up in the school office or after the 10:30 Mass during summer vacation. More information can be found on this .pdf.


  • Use enrollment code BA545D5F59484 when enrolling.
  • Currently we support only PrestoPay for online ordering. Your order payment is transferred securely via ACH electronic debit. You won’t have to drop off­ any more checks!
  • To enroll in PrestoPay, you’ll need your bank account number, routing number, and account holder information. Once submitted, two small deposits will be made within 1-2 days in the account for verification. Log back in and enter those two amounts to receive an approval code to send to your coordinator. PrestoPay will be activated for your account once your coordinator approves you. Further information can be found online here.
  • During summer vacation, ordered cards can be picked up following 10:30 Mass in the school hall until 12:30. You will also be able to purchase cards from Metropolitan Market and Thriftway, with cash only.
  • Please email questions about our Scrip program to:
Westfest Volunteer Openings!

NEW WESTFEST FOOD BOOTH – Westfest is looking for new and tasty food to add to our fantastic menu. It’s a great way to be part of this annual community festival and earn fundraising hours. If you’re interested in opening a food booth at Westfest this coming fall, contact Melissa Ardales at or 206-619-0686 for more information.

WESTFEST COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR – Easy behind-the-scene position to gain your volunteer hours! The bulk of the work is sending out emails and job shadowing the current Coordinator. If interested or want full details, contact or 206.356.2999.

Italian Dinner

The Holy Rosary Italian Dinner has been a part of our community for over 27 years! During that time many wonderful volunteers have stepped up to make this treasured event happen. Most recently, Holy Rosary parents Maria and Mike Taylor, Tim Williams, and Lynn Harper have been coordinating the event and keeping the “Mangia!” alive! However, after seven years on the job they are ready to pass this opportunity to the next generation! But don’t worry — the team will still be there making it happen for the next Italian Dinner this fall. But after that….? How can you help? We are looking for a few good cooks, and another team to take it over. You would be welcome to join in on the up coming Italian Dinner this fall to see how the current team makes it happen, so you’ll be well-prepared to take it over in the fall of 2019. It’s a great opportunity to meet new families and reunite with those you know. And incidentally, you wipe out all your hours with one event! (But who’s counting?!) If you have any questions please call Maria Taylor at 206-909-3736.

Development Directives

ANNUAL FUND – If you made a pledge at the beginning of the school year, and you are not making payments, please fulfill that pledge NOW. If you have NOT had an opportunity to make an annual fund donation, I urge you to help us reach 100% participation in the ANNUAL FUND. No amount is too small. When applying for grants, a higher percentage of family participation informs the granting committee that we have exhausted our internal resources and increases our chances of obtaining additional funds from outside sources.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Tired of figuring out how you will get those hours in? No more tracking hours when you sign on as a chair, a one-time Auction Chair click will fulfill your hours. We have a few chair positions available:

  • AUCTION DECORATIONS – Are you creative? Love to choose colors and décor? Then chairing the auction decorations sound like the perfect fit for you. During the months leading up to the auction evening meeting attendance is required as well as a few Saturday work parties. The day of the auction you will lead set up, but may still attend the event that evening.
  • AUCTION PROCUREMENT – Are you organized? Does the word NO not deter you? Then you may be just who the auction committee is looking for to take charge of procurement. A team of volunteers is in place to do the legwork and make follow up calls, but a leader is needed to coordinate the catalog details. And keep the group moving.


Parent Volunteer Hour Opportunity!

We’re looking for 3-4 strong people and a truck/trailer to move some stage sets from the stage in the school hall to Miss Dawn’s garage in Arbor Heights! Janitor Scott would love to have them moved ASAP! Please contact Angel Joy at if you are interested.

Holy Rosary School Parade

The Holy Rosary School parade float rides again on July 21! Kindergarten through eighth grade student participants will earn two free dress passes, and parents walking in the parade or helping with float set up earn fundraising hours towards the 2018-2019 school year. Details can be found on the signup page.


Concert time!! Here’s the band checklist for grades 5-8:

  • May 18 – Holy Rosary Talent Show – required graded performance
  • 2018 Honor Band members have their concert schedule information.
  • Kennedy Catholic High School – Elementary summer band camp is July 9-13 this year!! Time:  12:15-2 p.m. Tuition:  $25. Discount for siblings available! One year band experience required. Held in the music room of Kennedy Catholic High School. Online registration here only. Miss McKamey wants to see YOU there!!


Children’s Ministries Corner

We welcome your child to a Life with Christ!

  • Baptism  Interested in your child (birth up to age 7) becoming Catholic, please contact Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or
  • RCIA – For those children 7 years and older who are interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or
  • First Reconciliation and First Communion – Registration will be open for First Reconciliation and First Communion by the end of May on the Parish website. Children who have been baptized Catholic and will be in grade 2 or older next year are welcome register. For those children who are not Baptized and are interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) – Your child (preschool through grade 4) is welcome to join CLOW at 10:30 a.m. Mass to learn about the readings of the day. Children start Mass with you and are dismissed after opening prayer and return before Celebrating Communion. Free and no registration required.
  • Sunday Nursery – Holy Rosary Church offers free childcare (age 1 and walking up to age 5) on Sunday morning during 8:30 and 10:30 Masses in our Parish Center basement preschool space. Please go to the door facing Genesee St. and ring the doorbell. For questions, please contact Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251.
Rosary Making For Youth – Sixth Graders To High Schoolers

Holy Rosary is offering Rosary making with youth; sixth graders through high schoolers. Please join us on Wednesday, May 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Parish Office conference room. There’s no cost and all Rosary materials are provided as well as pizza! You are also welcome to bring something else to eat if you like. For questions, please contact Sr. Stella at email or 206-937-1488, ext. 251.

Opportunities For Adults!

Join us as we grow together in our faith!

  1. Curious about Catholicism? We have ongoing programs for adults from any background who want to learn more about the Catholic faith. Contact Robert King for more info.
  2. Sunday School for Grown-ups – This week’s topic is: “What’s a Pente Cost?” Discover how the Church was born on Pentecost Sunday, and how the Spirit of God can change your life! Join us Sunday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m. in room 7A in the the school.
  3. Monday Rosary – Join us every Monday evening to pray the Rosary in the Chapel from 7 to 7:30. For more information, contact Deyette Swegle.
  4. Jesus:  A Pilgrimage – Come follow in the footsteps of Jesus with James Martin, SJ’s book on discovering Jesus in the Holy Land. We meet Wednesday mornings at 9:30 in the Parish Center! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 23.
  5. Walking with Purpose – Due to popular demand, WWP is hosting a book discussion for women on My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Campbell, not only Wednesday evenings at 7:15, but also Friday mornings at 9:15 through June 8 in the Parish Center reception room. If you can’t attend all sessions, drop in as your schedule allows. For questions or if you need childcare, email Deyette at
  6. Unlock the Mystery of the Bible! Join us for an eight-week overview of the entire Bible on Saturday mornings at 9:30 in the Parish Center! Great for beginners or for review! Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 26.
  7. Young Adult Softball – We’re forming a team with Christ Our Hope to play in the CYO Adult Softball League. Games will be on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, from June 5 through August 2. Contact David at to register. All skill levels welcome!
  8. Walking with Purpose – Save the date for our next book discussion, Heaven Starts Now by Father Ricardo on Wednesday evenings at 7:15, June 6-July 25. For questions email Deyette at

If you would like more information, or if you have any suggestions to make, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Annual Catholic Appeal

The Archbishop of Seattle is asking all parishioners to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal, supporting our CYO summer camps and youth and young adult programs, college campus ministries, Catholic Community Services and their ministry to those in need, the formation of our future priests, and many more ministries throughout the Archdiocese. Everyone’s support is crucial. Please consider the gift of $1 a day, $365 total, or more if you are able. Any money we receive over our goal will go toward replacing the broken parish bus, which is used for our women’s shelter, to transport homebound parishioners to Mass, and field trips for the school and Seniors group. Thank you for your generosity.


Summer Camps

Summer camps are listed on our summer camp page here. It’s updated as needed. Holy Rosary will be offering our own summer camps too. Stay tuned!

Holy Rosary Alum College Student Available To Nanny

College nursing student looking to nanny for a family over the summer from May/June through August 10. Lucy Ridgeway is entering her third year of nursing school, CPR certified, and has extensive experience with nannying children. Looking to work between 35 and 40 hours per week. If interested, please call Lucy Ridgeway at 206-940-3795 or email

St. James Cathedral

St. James Cathedral announces its annual summer Choir Camp! This year, we have simultaneous programs for singers (girls and boys) entering grades 1-2 in the fall (Junior “Scholettes”) and those entering grades 3-8 (Schola Cantorum). The camp will run from August 6 through 12, and the theme this year is “Gaudete et Exultate! Rejoice & Be Glad.” If you would like to receive information please email or call 206-382-4874.

Northwest Boychoir

The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for boys who love to sing, on Saturday, June 2, or at a time convenient for you. Classes for new members begin in September. Boys who are currently in grades k-3 are invited to sign up to audition and no previous music training is needed. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of music training and serious fun. For more than 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has trained young singers to be fully skilled musicians and perform in professional settings with confidence. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. The Northwest Boychoir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information, call 206-524-3234 or visit the website hereClick here for the Northwest Boychoir flyer.

Vocalpoint! Seattle Girls Prep Choir

Seattle Girls Prep is holding auditions for female vocalists who will be in grades 7 or 8 in the fall. Girls Prep is a training program for Vocalpoint! Seattle, designed specifically for highly motivated middle school-age girls with strong music talent and aptitude. Successful graduates of Girls Prep move into Vocalpoint! Seattle, an ensemble of high-school-age students with an emphasis on performance of popular music. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Vocalpoint! Seattle is the affiliate of the prestigious Northwest Boychoir, and is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization, which is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information, call 206-524-3234 or visit the website here. Click here for the Seattle Girls Prep Vocalpoint! flyer.

West Seattle Drums

West Seattle Drums offers private lessons on drum set and snare drum. Call Mike Grueter at 206-938-3563 for lessons or visit our website for more information. Special offer for Holy Rosary students – get one introductory lesson for free! Click here for more information.