Family Communication 6/10/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Though this isn’t our last eFC for the year, this message brings with it a sense of finality, as it is the last message you will receive while students are still in session with us during the 2020-21 school year. 
This year has been filled with hope, love, faith, perseverance, and a deep and abiding appreciation for one another within our school community.  This year has also been filled with challenges, obstacles, worries,  and even some tears.  It was an emotional year.  There was sadness being apart and relief when we could come back together. Through all of this, I want to tell you how proud I am of our school community after this extraordinary year.  
It was our collective attention to our strict COVID protocols including sick policies, travel quarantine requirements, health screenings, social distancing, and mask wearing,  that allowed us to remain open for in person instruction for many, many months of this school year.  Unlike many schools around the country and even our local Seattle community, I’m proud to say that we did not find ourselves needing to shut down a single classroom once we were open for in person instruction due to COVID cases or transmission.  That is a huge accomplishment and this only happened because of the collective care and concern for one another within this Holy Rosary Community.  
Though none of us wanted a COVID school year, I will look back on this year with amazement and pride with what our Holy Rosary family achieved.  Your children are exceptional people who pushed through the challenges of this year with grit, determination, adaptability, faith, and love for their neighbor.  Your teachers were indomitable.  Our parents were remarkable.  I know that not everyone was happy all of the time, and trust me; I understand.  But we came through this year stronger, cared for, educated, and above all loved.  
You all have my most profound gratitude and my prayers for a restful, peaceful, healthy summer ahead.  I can’t wait to see you in the fall.
Please join us virtually on Friday for our last school mass of the year.
In Christ,


Tomorrow is the last day of school, and we will mark it by joining together for a livestreamed Mass at 8:45AM, thanking God for the blessings of this year, for helping us during difficulties and trials, and for His continued blessing and presence with us throughout the summer.  While the children will be taking a break from the academic classroom, they will continue to learn and grow wherever they are in the weeks ahead.  And while we do take a break from school, we never take a break from following Jesus and our life of faith.
Join us for Sunday Mass each week as we continue to gather together as a community.  No reservations required.  Distanced seating at all Masses under the present guidelines, with a non-distanced section at the 10:30AM Mass for those who feel their personal risk level is minimal at this time and are comfortable doing so.  We do expect some changes in the weeks ahead with some of the restrictions in place.  And if you are traveling, there will very likely be a church nearby – check out to find local Mass times. 
Make your summer blessed by remaining always with the Lord!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland



  • June 11th – Last Day of School
  • August 30th – First Day of School


Holy Rosary School is Hiring!

We wanted to share with you one more staffing change.  Our kindergarten aid, Gracie Ramirez, will be leaving us after this year.  Gracie has been a true gem when it comes to supporting kindergarten students- in person and on zoom.  We will miss her kind smile and positive spirit. Please join me in wishing her well!
Holy Rosary School is now hiring for four open positions:  Spanish teacher (shared position with OLG), Before/After School Care Program Director, Kindergarten Aid, and Admissions/Development Associate.  Each of these positions can be found through the Archdiocese of Seattle Frontline system:  Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools – Frontline Recruitment ( or you can contact Anna Horton to learn more.

Prayer “corner”

At the beginning of the school year your student received a wooden cross and school prayer.  Father Oakland blessed the cross and selected the prayer for the school year.  During our remote start we suggested creating a prayer or reflection corner area in your home, a place to keep the cross and school prayer during non-school hours or on the weekend, since the cross is a special item that has been blessed.  As we enter our Summer break, please consider that instead of taking a vacation from God as a family, consider instead how to vacation with God.

Some suggestions: based on

With your Children:  Think of a ritual to send your child off to sleep on a warm summer night.  Whether it is turning on a fan or singing a fun song.  Experiment until you find something you both like. For younger children it could be a reminder that you and God love them – no matter how challenging the day was.  Older children it could be a simple recap of what was the best part of the day and thanking God for that moment.

With your Spouse: Look for opportunities to attend educational or spiritual offerings through the parish.  Schedule a date-night! Consider doing some volunteering or service work together just as a couple.

As an Individual: Consider getting up a few minutes before everyone with the early morning light.  Having some time in solitude can open up time for mindfulness and perspective.  OR Choose a small place in your yard to be your sacred space and go there occasionally for some quiet time and prayer.

Though we will be apart during the summer months, know that as a community we continue to be joined together in our faith and through our hope and prayers, “for nothing will be impossible for God.” Luke 1:37  

Have a blessed and safe summer!


Given all of the challenges with COVID, we sadly will not be offering WestFest this coming fall.  We will continue to explore other ways to hold community events during the year, and will look forward to a full return in Fall 22!

Parents Club is looking for Officers!

The Parents Club is seeking a President and Secretary for next year.  This is a wonderful way to get involved and support the school.  Please reach out to Rebecca Lawrence for more information (

Holy Rosary School Uniform Policy- Plan now for the fall!
  1. For perfect uniform in grades K-7th, shirts must be white knit, polo or oxford style with a collar or turtleneck (8th graders may also wear navy blue shirts/turtlenecks). White camp shirts purchased from the uniform store are allowed. Shirts must have long/short sleeves (no ¾-length or rolled-up sleeves) and may not be oversized, baggy, or tight. T-shirts worn under uniform shirts must be plain white (no emblem, logo or color). Shirts must be long enough to stay tucked in.
  2. Red sweaters (cardigans/pullovers/vests purchased at uniform store) may be worn; Holy Rosary logo red sweatshirts purchased through the Lands’ End Uniform Store may also be worn as can the cadet red zip jackets. Eighth graders may wear Holy Rosary logo navy or Holy Rosary logo grey sweatshirts purchased through Lands’ End Uniform Store. On perfect uniform days, students must wear proper uniform sweaters, sweatshirts or vests as defined in the policy. All school Mass days are perfect uniform days.
  3. In K-7th, red knit, polo style shirts with a collar purchased through Lands’ End Uniform Store or Dennis Uniform may be worn on non-perfect uniform days.
  4. Gator gear may be worn to school each Friday, except on perfect uniform days, in place of regular uniform sweatshirts or sweaters. Nicknames written on the back of Gator gear must be appropriate.
  5.  Red polar fleece vest with HRS logo purchased from the uniform store may be worn instead of uniform sweaters, sweatshirts or vests. Students may not wear any other type of fleece vests, coats, or jackets in the classrooms. Red polar fleece vests with HRS logo can be worn on perfect uniform days.
  6. Pants must be dark navy corduroy or cotton twill (ankle length, no contrast stitching or brads). No navy jeans or sweatpants are allowed. 8thgraders may also wear khaki pants. No sagging, oversized, cropped or tight pants may be worn. Pants with extra pockets, such as cargo or painters pants, may not be worn to school. Pants must have zippers, not buttons.
  7. Navy shorts (or khaki for 8thgraders) can be worn to school year round. All shorts must be navy blue cotton twill. Shorts may not be shorter than 6 inches above the top of the kneecap and cannot be sagging.
  8.  Girls (Gr. K-4th) may wear Macbeth plaid jumpers or skorts; (Gr. 5th-6th) may wear Macbeth plaid jumpers, skirts or skorts, and (Gr. 7th-8th) may wear navy skirts or skorts. All jumpers/skirts/skorts must be purchased from the uniform store, may not be shorter than 3”above kneecap and may not be rolled at the waist.
  9.  Socks for boys and socks or tights for girls must be worn. Socks/tights must be mostly solid colors—white, black, gray, red or navy—and can be knee-high or ankle length and must match. Lands’ End approved uniform leggings may be worn in navy or black under jumpers or skirts.
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.

Macbeth Plaid

If your child has outgrown any Macbeth plaid or navy skirts and you would like to donate them to the Used Uniform Closet, please drop them off in the bin outside the Main Office.  The Used Uniform Closet is no longer taking any white/red polos or navy pants or shorts.

2021/22 Calendar Update

We have made a few small changes to the 2021/2022 calendar. Picture day will now be on Tuesday, September 14th. Our Regional Curriculum Day(no school) will be on Friday, February 11th. Kindergarten testing will be Monday, March 21st.


Nurse Needed – Earn Volunteer Hours

The office is looking for assistance from a nurse this summer. You can earn a couple of volunteer hours from home. Contact if you are interested.

Summer Math Challenge

Summer is almost here!  Summer is a time to relax and recharge, but we hope the students find some time to do some math, too! 🙂 The students can print and fill out the record sheet throughout the summer.  Students also received this calendar from their teachers.  At the end of the summer, the students will make sure they have their full name, grade, completed sheet, and parent signature into either the office or Mrs. Heuer by the first Friday of school.  These students will have a prize announced in the fall!

Summer Reading Challenge!

Find a shady spot in your yard or a comfy chair and grab a good book! Here is our challenge to each student, parent, teacher, and staff member at Holy Rosary School: make reading a part of your daily schedule this summer by reading for at least 20 minutes each day of summer vacation! Use this calendar to keep track of your reading time by coloring in each day you read. 

Safe Environment Training

Are you in need of your initial 3 hour Safe Environment training? All volunteers must pass a background check and complete Safe Environment training to volunteer in the school with kids, go on field trips, etc.  We continue to have the option for the foundation class to be taught online.  Anna Horton will be teaching a Virtual Class June 28th at 9:00 am.  More opportunities will become available, but this is a good chance to get it done early.  Sign ups can be done through Virtus

Before/After School Care

As we continue planning for the fall, it will help us to know when families are in need of care.  Please complete this form if you would like to utilize care at HRS next year.  We will reach out to families who complete this form in the near future.

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.

Return Library Books

Please return any library books that your child has borrowed to the school.

Stamps Collected For Shelby H

Any collected stamps for the Sisters of The Holy Cross project may be dropped off into the envelope at the front door of the school.  The envelope will be at school 5/31 – 6/3.  8th grader, Shelby H., will sort them and donate them to the charity managed by Sisters of The Holy Cross.  Thank you for supporting this service project.

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!


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


Development Directives

As we head into summer break, thank you for your continued support. Our final fundraising event, the annual auction, had 79% participation! Great news and something to build on during the 2021/22 school year.  If you have any fundraising questions, please contact Beth Martin.

Have a fun and safe summer!


Spring Track Wins Gold

Congratulations to our 8th grade girls. Reese H, Clara H, Reese P and Jordan Z competed in the “virtual” CYO track season this spring. They won GOLD in the 4×100 meter championship relay!


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.


West Seattle Reign Sports

We offer Volleyball and Basketball programs for all youth, kindergarten to high school. Clinics available for the summer.

Stage Struck in-person summer Dance Camp (Dance All Day!)

August 2–13, 2021
Ages: 8–16 (grouped by age & dance level)
IN-PERSON: Admiral Church in West Seattle
Learn or improve your Hip-Hop, Broadway Jazz, and Latin dance styles, moves, and techniques. In this camp, you will get a chance to work with three different professional dance choreographers/teachers —all of whom have amazing backgrounds in their respective dance styles — in a supportive environment while spending time with peers who share your love of dance. The camp will culminate with a presentation of all three dance styles! We will group students by age and dance level in small socially-distanced groups that they will remain with throughout the day. Two fifteen-minute and hour-long lunch breaks outside distanced with the whole camp. (30 students max – three groups of 10 each) Teachers and students will be masked.
MoTuWeThFr (10 days total)
9:30am – 3pm
Admiral Church (West Seattle): 4320 SW Hill St. Seattle WA
$150 checkout + 2 payments of $195
Extended care info:
Extra care is available to all campers who need to arrive early or stay later on a daily or weekly drop-in basis for $7 per hour. Payment (cash or check) is due at the end of the camp session. Before-care is available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. All students dropped off before 9:15 a.m. will be charged a before-care fee. After-care is available from 3-5 p.m. All campers must be promptly picked up by 5 p.m.
See the COVID-19 protocol 
REGISTER NOW! LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS LEFT!   Questions?  Contact Laura Drake at

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