Family Communication 6/13/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

It is hard to believe, but this is the last eFC message of the year.  This year has been wonderful, full of surprises!  Our theme for this year was “Blessed are the Peacemakers” and we have worked hard this year to become Safe, Respectful, and Responsible students.  We will continue our work towards more fuller implementation of a school wide PBIS framework next year, moving into the classrooms as well with common Safe, Respectful, and Responsible classroom expectations building wide.

Summertime should be a time for fun and relaxation and a time to spend with family and friends.  I’d also like to encourage you to engage your children in regular reading, writing, and math practice. The “summer slide” is a real phenomenon, and hard earned progress can be quickly lost if our brains are not exercised everyday. Here are some ideas on how you may keep your kiddo’s mind fresh!

  • Purchase a blank notebook and have students’ journal daily about summer activities and trips.
  • Spend time using math skills- cooking, projects that involve measuring, mapping trips, budgeting spending money, or similar activities are all great applications of math skills.
  • Practice basic facts- even five minutes a day of math fact practice and running through word lists and phonograms can go a long way. Participate in the summer math challenge!
  • Read, read, read- anything and everything. Participate in the summer reading challenge! Work with your local library or ask your child’s current teacher for recommendations if you need help finding “just right books” that help push reading skills forward, without being too hard.

Spending 15-20 minutes each and every day will pay off immensely when we see your kids in the fall!   

I do hope you have a wonderful summer. I hope we will see you at the West Seattle Grand Parade marching with Holy Rosary School’s float on July 20th.

Above all, may the peace of Christ fill you all during our summer break!

In Christ, 



As we celebrate the end of school this week, and the accomplishments and successes of this year, it is always good to remember that learning and growing in faith never ends. Growing up, summer was always a time of trips – vacation in Idaho, camping at Ike Kinswa, etc. That is true for many. Continue to put Jesus first and include Him in your life and in your plans – in prayer together as a family, and in worshipping God with the community of the faithful on the Lord’s Day. The beauty of the Catholic Church is that there are churches everywhere. Visit to find a church wherever you go as you continue to model for your children the life of a disciple. It’s also a great opportunity to see the breadth of the Catholic Church. If you are coming back late Sunday afternoon to West Seattle, remember that St. Bernadette’s has Mass at 6PM and St. James and St. Joseph have Mass at 5:30PM. The local “last chance Mass” is usually 9PM at the UW Newman Center.
I will be around for most of the summer and Fr. Dunstan will be arriving on July 1st from Kenya. I know some people like to catch up with him when he is in town. I also know that some of you have been wanting to have me over for dinner but scheduling during the year can be challenging. To make arrangements, please reach out to Melissa.
Have a blessed summer. I’ll see you at Mass!

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • June 14th – Last Day of School, 10am Dismissal 
  • June 28th – School Office Closes 
  • July 20th – West Seattle Parade 
  • August 19th – School Office Opens 
  • August 28th – New Family Ice Cream Social 
  • September 3rd – 1st Day of School


Dress Reminder And Early Dismissal

Friday is Sunday best dress and we dismiss right after mass, which will be about 10:00am. The Office will be closing at 10:30am and reopening at 8am on Monday morning.

Medications In The Office

Please pick up your children’s prescription and over the counter medication by the last day of school. Medications cannot be sent home with children; parents must pick items up from the office.

Congratulations 8th graders!

We graduated our 8th graders this past Thursday and wish them well on their next steps in high school.  Off to high school we send:

10 students to Bishop Blanchet High School

2 students to Holy Names Academy

1 student to O’Dea High School

15 students to Seattle Preparatory School

2 students to West Seattle High School 

19 students to Kennedy Catholic High School

May God bless them all!

Congratulations To The Following 7th Grade Students

                                                   7th grade High Honors (A/A+)                                             7th Grade Honors (A/A-)

                                                   Madeline B              Carter C                                               Robbie F             Will M

                                                   Elena D                   Jake H                                                   Alison C              Grace M

                                                   Justin N                   Mia P                                                    Hailey V               Drew V

                                                   Kyrah S                   Julia B

                                                   Steele G                  Dane H

                                                   Jack H                     Amelia K

                                                   Eamon M                Eli P   

                                                   Matthew M                        


Congratulations to our 8th grade yearbook elective, who designed our yearbook using skills they’ve learned in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. A yearbook is not only a memory book, but a record and history book, a reference book, and a public relations book; not to mention an educational experience for everyone involved. We hope you enjoy it!

Immunization Law Changes

In May, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1638, which removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine required for school and child care attendance. The new law will take effect on July 28, 2019. What this means for us at Holy Rosary, is that all students are required to have the MMR vaccine to attend school unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

Booster Seat Law Changes

Effective January 1st, 2020, Washington state will have a new booster seat law.  Children must be 4 foot 9 inches to ride in a vehicle without a booster seat.  Age will no longer be a determining factor. We will have more information on how this impacts field trips when we return in the fall. For now, keep your booster seats handy.

School Supplies

School supplies will be purchased by the school again this year. A supply fee of $50 will be charged per child via FACTS in the fall. We will still ask that a few supplies (headphones, calculators, comfort kits, etc.) be handled at the family level. A full list will be posted on the website at the end of June.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

Summer Reading Challenge

Here is our challenge to each student, parent, teacher, and staff member at Holy Rosary School: Read at least 20 minutes each day of summer vacation! Use this calendar to keep track of your reading time. Return the completed calendar by Friday, September 7th and you will receive your invitation to our “Summer Reading Challenge Pancake Breakfast”. Challenge calendar will be sent home in students’ report card envelopes.  More information and resources for summer reading can be found on our Library web page.

Summer Math Challenge

Summer is all about fun and relaxation.  It is a time to spend time with family and friends and recharge between school years.  We hope that you can find some time for math this summer, too! To meet the Summer Math Challenge, you need to complete 15 hours (or 900 minutes) of math over the summer. Teachers will be handing Math Challenge sheets out to students. You can also print them from here.

End of the Year Book Return

This week all students with books checked out will receive a list of all the titles they currently have checked out from the library.  Please help your child locate these books and have them returned to the library by Thursday, June 13.  Any book not returned by this point will be given a notice with their report card of all the remaining titles they are missing.  Families will be given till the following Wednesday, June 19 to return these books.  All books not returned by this point will be billed through FACTS.

Parent’s Club

Are you looking for a way to get involved and give back to the school? Parent’s Club is looking for a Vice President for 2019-20. If you are interested, please contact Martina Phelps 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.

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.


Met Market Gift Cards

There are still Metropolitan Market gift cards($50, $100) available in the office. We will be selling them through June 21st. Bring in cash or a check.

Looking for 2019-20 Auction Project Coordinators for Each Grade

We are already planning for next year’s auction and looking for anyone interested in taking on the project lead for each grade. Not only is the project fun but a great way to fulfill your fundraising commitment hours. 

If interested or have questions email the Action Project Coordinator Brittiony Borges @


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 Soccer Registration

Spring may be in the air but Holy Rosary Parish CYO Soccer registration is now open for next Fall! Come join us on the soccer pitch for one of Holy Rosary’s most popular sports. Teams are being formed for all grades and genders (K-8) for all parish members. Go here to register and select the ‘Enroll’ button next to soccer. Registration is through TeamSideline which is provided to us by the Seattle CYO. This is a new system from previous years so you may have to create a new account.

Interested in sharing your passion for the game and providing a positive soccer experience for kids? If so, we are looking for coaches next fall at several grade levels. We need volunteers for K and 1st grade and 5th to 8th Boys. Please reach out to Neil Smith at if you are interested.

Wanted – CYO Athletic Director

Holy Rosary is looking for someone to come forward and become the Athletic Director of CYO. In this position you will assist the head coaches of the CYO sports to ensure the CYO mission is being implemented. The mission being: “To develop the whole person, we teach that success is not measured solely by the scoreboard, but by the effort, team play, and fun of the experience.”  

You will not be alone. You will have the support of the previous Athletic Director, the Parish PAA, and the Archdiocese CYO Director. We recognize that this is a commitment of your time and talent. It has been decided that the AD will be given a subsidy in recognition of the effort put forth.

If you are interested, please contact Ted Krembs, PAA – Holy Rosary to discuss the possibilities. 206-935-8358 ext 213 or

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ted Krembs
PAA – Holy Rosary


Request For Volunteers – Summer Projects

Dear Members of Holy Rosary

This summer Holy Rosary will be in a full-scale transition and every now and again we will need a “work crew” to help. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. We do not intend that you sit around. We will have specific tasks and times so that when you leave, you will know you have helped and not wasted your time. If you would be willing to get on the “list” Would you please email me at or call 206-937-1488 Ext 213 and leave your contact information.

Sincerely, Ted Krembs PAA – Holy Rosary

Interested in Baptism for Your Child

If you are interested in or have questions about baptizing your child whose under age 7, please email Deyette Swegle at  You can also complete the online Baptism Registration form here:

For children age 7 and older who are interested in Baptism, please email Sr. Stella at

First Reconciliation and First Communion for Children–Registration Open!

Children who are baptized Catholic and have been receiving religious education thru Holy Rosary School or our Sunday Faith Formation may be prepared for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion in Second Grade. Please register for the Sacraments here: 

If you have an older child who has not yet received either of these two sacraments, please email Sr. Stella at

If your child has been baptized in another Christian religion and is now wanting to be Catholic and receive First Reconcilation and First Communion, you can email for more information.

Confirmation for Youth!

 The Seattle Archdiocese is lowering the normal age of Confirmation! By 2020, the normal age for Confirmation will move to 7th Grade. To make sure that no one “falls through the gaps”, Holy Rosary is offering Confirmation Preparation for all Catholics in Grade 7 and higher (including High School) during the Fall of 2019. You can register on the parish website ( While the full schedule is still being developed, we have set an Info Meeting and Orientation for September 8, 2019 at noon.

Those who register before the end of June will be charged our Early Registration Fee of $90. (If cost is an issue for your family, please contact Robert King; we have a limited number of scholarships that we can offer.) 

Of course, anyone who has already “fallen through the gaps” or, for whatever reason, did not receive Confirmation at the normal time is still invited to receive the sacrament. If you have not received Confirmation yourself, or if you think your child would fit better with an adult-level program, please see our Adult Confirmation page. If you were Baptized in another Christian tradition, or if you have never been Baptized, please see our Becoming Catholic page.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Robert King ( or 206-937-1488 x203).

Summer Women With Purpose Session-July 10-August 14, 7:15-9:00pm

Join Women with Purpose for a summer session in the Parish Center Reception Room as we read Henri Nouwen’s, “Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World”.  Nouwen’s account of the power and invitation of Christ is a meaningful guide in today’s world.  Register at:  For questions or if you would like to purchase a book for $14.00, email Deyette at

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we remember St. Aloysius Gonzaga. As the eldest son of a noble Italian family, Aloysius (or Luigi, as he was known in Italian) was expected to become a soldier and to lead the family as Marquis. But the violence and debauchery of Renaissance Italy disgusted him, and he found inspiration in the stories of Jesuit missionaries. Against his family’s wishes, he joined the Society of Jesus. While still a student, he ministered to plague victims in Rome, and before he was ordained he died of the plague himself. He was only 23 years old. We celebrate his feast on June 21.



Watts Basketball Summer Camp – CYO Offer

Watts Basketball would like to honor its special relationship with CYO Athletics by extending a 10% discount toward registration in any of its 2019 Summer Basketball Camps. This discount applies to students and families in all CYO affiliated schools. Use code CYO10 when registering.


With locations throughout Seattle, getting to us is easy. Our dynamic coaching staff is experienced and dedicated to working with athletes of all ages and skill levels. Classes, camps, and clinics are a great way to learn basketball in a positive and encouraging environment. Our camps are tailored by age group:

  • Little Dribblers (grades K – 3rd)
  • Future Stars (grades 4th – 6th)
  • All-Stars (Grades 6th – 8th)

Watts Basketball Camp fills up fast so register for those classes that work best for your family ASAP!

Grade 6-8 (and high school) girls – Microsoft is hosting a (free, +lunch!) DigiGirlz Day Camp, together with Seattle University, on Saturday, June 29 from 8:30-3:30. More information below and on DigiGirlz here. The day camp consists of a workshop, panel session with Microsoft women who are working in various orgs and fields, and a closing keynote from a leader or visionary in the field. Lunch will be provided! The event is free. Register here. We highly recommend signing up ASAP, as there is limited space.

DigiGirlz Day

“DigiGirlz Day is a one-date event, held at multiple locations worldwide, that is designed to provide middle school and high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in a STEM field is all about. During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it’s like to work at Microsoft. This exciting event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting Microsoft product demonstrations. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can find out about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths”

Kennedy Band Camp

Have you signed up for  Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band camp yet?  July 8-12th/ 12:15 – 2p.m.

Miss McKamey is looking for you!

Make music……learn and have fun!  See you there!

Seattle Prep Basketball Camps

This is an opportunity for your child to receive instruction and have fun with the coaches and players of the tradition rich Seattle Preparatory School boys and girls basketball programs. Campers will participate in 5×5 games including tournament, fun and competitive individual skill competitions, mechanics of shooting, attacking with the dribble, catch and passing, and an emphasis on aggressive man-to-man defensive fundamentals.

Boys (entering 5th – 8th grades): July 1-3; 8:30 – 11:30 am each day for $120

Girls (entering 5th – 8th grades): July 1-3; 12:00 – 3:00 pm each day for $120

Financial assistance is available. Click here to register:

For more info and registration, email Brian Elsner at

Brian M. Elsner ‘97

Athletic Director

Girls Basketball Program Head

AP Econ


Bishop Blanchet High School Summer Camps

Athletics, Arts and Academics. All Camps with available spots are on flash sale through May 31st! Find out more and take advantage of a great discount here. We hope to see you this summer! 

O’Dea High School Summer Camps

Fighting Irish Football Camp

  • Dates: June 18, 19, 20
  • Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Location: Genesee Playfield
  • Ages: Boys entering 4th-9th grade (Fall of 2019)
  • Click HERE to register and complete the medical release form.

Fighting Irish Basketball Camp

  • Dates: June 17-20, June 24-27, June 30-July 3
  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Location: O’Dea High School
  • Ages: Boys entering 4th-8th grade (Fall of 2019)
  • Click HERE to register and complete the medical release form.

Little Irish Program

This program is designed to match a young student with a football player at O’Dea High School.  This program encourages the responsibility in our players to be positive role models and for the young student to flourish under the wings of a mentor. Participants can be both boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in the Fall of 2019. Click HERE to register.

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!



Northwest Girlschoir

Northwest Girlchoir transforms the lives of girls and young women through outstanding music education, dynamic choral performances, and an enduring community. Servince over 250 girls every year in the Greater Seattle area, we want every girl who loves music to know about the opportunities to sing, tour, and learn with Northwest Girlchoir.

Registration and audition information is available on our website at