Family Communication 5/24/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

What a glorious spring week!!
Last week I sent you an email requesting your input on the development of our new strategic plan. We’ve received some excellent input so far, and are seeking more! I completely understand this time of year is busy, so I thought I’d send the message again, in hopes more families will be able to participate in this brief survey. Please know, your input is valued and appreciated.
Thank you!
Your Input is Needed on our New Strategic Plan!

This year, the School Commission embarked on the beginnings of a new Strategic Plan for our school. We are in the final process of gathering feedback and then will begin crafting the draft of our action plans that will drive our work to achieve our goals.

The pillars that will become part of our plan align with the Strategic Plan for the Office for Catholic Schools. The OCS has one additional pillar, focused on academic programs. We will not include this pillar in our Strategic Plan because we have action plans related to our academic programs that are a part of our ongoing accreditation work.

At the May 2nd Parents Club meeting, we provided the opportunity for people to provide feedback on the three pillars that will become part of the new Strategic Plan and the goals associated with each.  These are:

Pillar 1:  Strengthening Catholic Identity

Goal areas:

  • Strengthen efforts with the non-Catholic community in the school and larger WS community
  • Strengthen the relationship between the parish and school community
  • Outreach and collaboration with other parishes and schools within the larger West Seattle community

Pillar 2:  A Welcoming and Accessible Community

Goal areas:

  • Maintain an affordable tuition and plan for aid for those who truly need it
  • Focus on increased ethnic and socioeconomic diversity
  • Become more accessible to diversified learners
  • Maintain/increase community outreach

Pillar 3:  Wise Planning through Stewardship, Planning, Governance, Funding, and Marketing

Goal areas:

  • Increased partnership with other schools including shared resources
  • Long term fundraising plan to include grants
  • Continued/focused marketing and enrollment efforts
  • Alumni outreach and relationship
  • Plan for long term financial stability including salaries and health care costs, savings, and facility needs
  • Plan for long term technology needs

We would like to provide everyone the opportunity to share individual feedback, if you were not able to attend the Parents Club meeting, or even if you were! You can provide as much or as little feedback as you’d like, and you may do so with or without your contact information.

Would you please take a few moments and provide us some feedback using this Survey Monkey link?

I’d ask that you submit your responses by Friday, June 1. Thank you so much for your support of this important work!

In Christ,


ONE ADDITIONAL NOTE – On Thursday, May 31, we’ll be taking our students on a short procession following 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



REPLACE THE PARISH/SCHOOL BUS – 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.


Bake Sale Thank You!

$1,269 raised for the bus!

Thank you to grade 4 and their families for the bake sale donation of $1,269 to replace our bus! Last Thursday our fourth graders were hard at work selling baked goods to raise money to replace our Parish bus. If you haven’t noticed our bus, after eight hard years of service, it has died. The bus has transported Holy Rosary children to camps, parishioners to Mass, teachers to professional developments, and women to our Women’s Shelter. If you too would like to donate money for a new bus, please return your envelope for the Annual Catholic Appeal. You can also donate directly here.

Sue Harris Appreciation Day

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! Mrs. Horton has granted the students a Star Wars spirit day in Mrs. Harris’ honor. Students can dress in Star Wars clothing next Wednesday.

Field Day Tomorrow

Field Day is tomorrow! Please remember to send a water bottle with your child because they won’t have access to drinking water. Students should dress in their class colors, which are listed below:

  • KA – white
  • KB – purple
  • 1A/1B – red, white, blue
  • 2A – blue
  • 2B – blue
  • 3A & 3B – neon
  • 4A -green, black, pink
  • 4B – pink & light blue
  • 5A – white & pink
  • 5B – black & blue
  • 6A – pink & black
  • 6B – black & white, tie dye
  • 7A/7B – black & blue
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 25 – Field Day – noon dismiss (BASE Open)
  • May 29-31 – 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)


Uniform Closet Collection Time

Use this three-day weekend to collect, wash, and bag any uniform pieces your child has outgrown! Pieces must be in great condition for someone else to use. We do not collect shirts, except for sweatshirts (only turn in those with the new logo, please!). Drop off in the bin in the lost-and-found area marked for uniform turn-in.

Lunches of Love

The Lunches of Love pantry needs replenishment to last throughout the summer. If you are able to contribute, there will be a box in the main office until the end of the school year. Please remember, all items should be non-perishable. Thank you!

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

Library books and materials were due last week. 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 next week, from 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. Please stop by and stock up on your summer reading!

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.

REIMBURSEMENTS – 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 – June 5 At Lincoln Park

It’s the track and field end of year BBQ to celebrate another great season!  Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Park shelter near the wading pool.

We are asking for $10 per family to cover the cost of hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, plates, charcoal, and condiments. Please RSVP via email to Deyette at by Friday, June 1 with the number of people attending so we can purchase the correct amount of food. We are also collecting for COACHES GIFTS ($5 or $10 per runner).

PAYMENT should be cash only, placed in an envelope marked with your last name and the amount enclosed, e.g. “Swegle BBQ-$10, Coach Gift-$10“. There is a yellow envelope in the school office marked “Track BBQ”, or you can pay Deyette before or after practices and at the track meets. Thank you!

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.


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 will have its last meeting of the spring on June 3. The topic will be: “The Creed: Why We Say It”. Discover the history of the Creed we say every Sunday, and how it still challenges us today!
  3. Monday Rosary – No Rosary this Monday, May 28 due to Memorial Day. Join us the following Monday evening, June 4, 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 30.
  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 last meeting of the spring 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
  9. Young Adult Day Hike – We’re planning a day-hike on either June 30 or July 7. If you’d like to join the fun, contact David or Robert at!
  10. Interested in Bible Study? We’re wrapping up our Saturday morning Bible Study for the summer, but are already planning for the fall! Suggestions are: Acts of the Apostles, Psalms, or the Gospel of John. If you’re interested, have any suggestions or questions, please contact Robert King!

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!

Cub Scout Pack 793 BBQ at Lincoln Park
The May Pack Meeting is our annual BBQ at Lincoln Park. We will be meeting at Picnic Shelter #1 (south end of the park near the south parking lot) on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30. This is the final pack meeting of the school year. We will be cooking hamburgers and hotdogs. There will be a special advancement ceremony and we will wrap up the evening with s’mores. Family and friends are welcome. For more information contact George Panger at or visit the Pack 793 website.
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.