Family Communication 6/2/22


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Tonight our 8th graders graduate!  We celebrate these wonderful young adults as they embark on this next stage in their lives, some leaving us after 11 years!  Please hold these wonderful people in your prayers as they receive their diplomas tonight!
We are also in our final days of the school year and that is unbelievable in and of itself!  Next week we will follow our usual school schedule Monday-Wednesday and then we will have a noon dismissal on Thursday. Next Friday we will dismiss after our school Mass, around 10:00 am.  The COVID counts in the community seem to be stabilizing and we’d love for our school to join together for one school Mass all together this year.  Giving thanks to God for our school community and for the gifts of this school year all together is the best way to close this year!  Mass will be at 8:45 am next Friday and students are asked to come dressed in their Sunday best for Mass.  We also strongly suggest all students wear masks in the church for Mass next Friday because we will fill the pews with all of us attending Mass together.    It will be the first time we’ve all been together in person for Mass (minus our K students and 8th graders who will have both already graduated) since before COVID.  We are looking forward to this very special day!
Finally, one staffing note.  We say goodbye at the end of this year to David Jerge. David has faithfully served our BASE and CYO programs for more than a dozen years and is planning to move from the area.  Thank you, David, for your service.  You will be missed!
In Christ, 


The end and the beginning.
Today is Graduation Day for our 8th graders – a day many years in the making.  We celebrate with them and give thanks to the Lord, as we also look forward to what is to come in and through their lives.
We are nearing the end of the academic year for all of our students, who are very much looking forward to summer and all it entails.  Some things end and begin, but the walk of faith never does.  If you are travelling this summer, it is always a fun experience to visit a parish church near you – – not just living the faith always and everywhere and every day, but also being reminded of the universal nature of the Church.  So much beauty and goodness in so many places, especially in the gift of one another.  Summer can be filled with opportunities.  I know my schedule is a little freer, and I always enjoy getting together with families for a meal, so please drop me a line so we can arrange something.  I am a fair weather fan when it comes to kids’ sports, but always up for a game if I am free – so feel free to forward invites to their games, shows, etc. too.  Its great to see all the ways our students are learning and growing and support them in these many endeavors. 
Finally, if your children have enjoyed our CYO camps or are looking forward to them for summers or school trips, if you want to support our Newman centers for our young adult Catholics at UW and Western, if you want to help support ministry to the sailors who visit our shores on those big ships we see so often, Catholic chaplaincy at First Hill hospitals, ministry to those in jail or the immigration detention centers, support the homeless and the hungry, the formation of future priests and deacons, and much more, consider a pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal if you have not already made one.  These important works of the Church must continue, but can only do so with all of us banding together to make them happen – otherwise they will come to an end.  Thanks to those parishioners who have already given as we are now at 66% of our parish goal, and have another 40k to go.  Everything over our goal comes back to us to help bring the light of Christ – literally as we upgrade our lighting, upgrading to more energy efficient LED lights and fixtures and adding lights to the shrines and other parts of the church that are often a bit dark.
Let us finish the race well!
In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland


In this week’s Counselor’s Corner, I have included some social emotional summer resources. If your child has borrowed any social emotional books this school year from me, please return them before the end of the year. I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing summer! Keep reading…


  • Jun 2nd – 8th Grade Graduation
  • Jun 7th – Kindergarten Graduation
  • Jun 8th – New Parent Orientation
  • Jun 9th – Noon Dismissal
  • Jun 10th – Last Day (10am Dismissal)


Class Group Pictures

Class group pictures should arrive in the next few days for students that ordered individual pictures in the fall. If you did not order an individual picture but would like to order a group picture, use the following link. Group prints are $10 and these orders will be shipped to homes. Online code: 2122HOROCG

Lost & Found

All lost and found items will be put out on the street on Wednesdays and Fridays at pick up.  After school is out for the summer, all items not claimed will be donated.

Summer Math Challenge

It’s almost summer, which means time for fun and relaxation!  Students also have the opportunity to keep their math skills sharp by participating in the summer math challenge.  Students should fill out and record their time as the summer progresses and be ready to turn it in during the first week back at school.  It will be due on Sept. 9th!  Both the summer math and reading challenges are optional.

Immunization Requirements for 2022/23

Per the State Department of Health, all required vaccinations must be up-to-date by the first day of school. If a student is missing any of the required vaccinations, they will not be able to start school until those doses have been administered. There is no longer a thirty day grace period. The only accepted exemption is medical. You can access your child’s state immunization records at My IR Mobile. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler in the school office.

COVID Update

We continue to experience cases of COVID in the school with community levels where they are right now.  In certain classes masks are currently required indoors, when there are multiple cases popping up within a short window of time.  We are sharing this update with you from Public Health of Seattle and King County, which includes important information regarding masking as well.  Number of COVID Cases in the school this week as of Thursday am: 13


Missing Library Books

Please take a look around your house and in your child’s backpack for any Holy Rosary Library books! All library books were due back by Friday, May 27th. Book fines for lost or missing books will be submitted to FACTS accounts on tomorrow, June 3rd. 

4th, 6th & 7th Grade Room Parents Needed

Be a room parent for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at Thank you!


CONGRATS CLASS OF 2022!!! Thanks to the over 30 families departing HRS with their last child that have put in countless volunteer hours to make HRS a community. Keep in touch and let us know all the great things your children are up to in the coming years. Alumni information may be found here.


With the move to School Admin, access to FACTS will cease to exist after this school year.  Please download any tax documentation you may need by logging into your account by July 15.

Any questions you may call the FACTS help desk at 866.441.4637.

Spring Book Fair

THE BOOK FAIR IS BACK! That’s right…the book fair is back and will be held in our library! It runs from Tuesday, May 31 through Monday June 6. Mrs. Wallace is seeking volunteers to help with the Book Fair. Click here to sign up

New this year is the Scholastic eWallet, which allows parents to set up an account with funds ahead of time for their child/ren. This makes purchasing easier and faster. We are still accepting cash and cards. A safe alternative to cash, BOOK FAIR eWALLET is the best way to fund your student’s wish list! It can be used at the in-school Fair or online to shop from 5,000+ products. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund an eWallet for a future Fair. Please click here to set up an eWallet for your child/ren. Contact Mrs. Wallace with questions.

The responses from people interested in helping out with Westfest have been fantastic!!
Right now we are in need of a Activities Chair. If interested, please reach out to Marianne at the email below for details.
If you were previously in charge of something and will need a replacement because you have a graduating 8th grader, or if there is a position that you’d like to know more about, please reach out to Marianne Wintermute (


KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP – If you have an incoming Kindergartener, then mark your calendars for June 8. The students will get to spend an hour in the Kindergarten classrooms and meet the teachers, starts at 9am.  Parents will be in the School Hall for a new parent orientation.


The auction committee is looking for a few parents to serve on the Executive committee.  Parents in this role are considered co-chairs and thus automatically fulfill their 50 hours. These are integral roles leading up to the auction, but let you attend the party as a guest.
IT – detailed oriented and can manage database software, then this position is for you.  Plan on shadowing next year to take over the fall of 2023.
Procurement Chair – lead business and family procurement.  Work on creating a strong live auction. 2022/23 would be a shadow/co-procurement chair year to train.
Business Procurement – work off the list provided to coordinate a group of volunteers in procuring at local businesses.
Room Parent Coordinator – Coordinate each grade’s room parents. Distribute information and provide links to special projects.  The 2022/23 school year will be a shadow year to take over the following year.
Contact Beth Martin ( for details on any of the above positions or to be put in touch with the current parent volunteers for further details.

Coffee and Donuts Needs Help

Earn volunteer hours over the summer! Coffee and Donuts Needs Help! Our beloved Coffee and Donuts ministry has returned, but we need volunteers and leads.  Please consider participating in this fun ministry. If you like coffee and you like to socialize, this is a perfect fit!

In the past, students have joined us in the kitchen but due to health and safety issues, we ask for adult volunteers only who are ok wearing masks and gloves while handling and serving the food/drinks. If you are interested in signing up for a shift, please visit our sign up page at  Make a note in the comment section if you’d like to be a lead/lead-in-training! Questions? Contact Libby at

Uniform Closet

Are you short volunteer hours?  The uniform closet is getting full and we need your help getting items into the homes of returning students.  We would like to put the uniforms out several afternoons at dismissal for students and parents to shop.  Time slots are for a half an hour but feel free to make it longer if you’d like.  It does take about 10 minutes to get everything outside.  Sign Up Here Thanks for your help!

Do You Love To Weed

Our gardeners have not been able to come to the school recently. If you love to garden, weeding in the flowerbeds at the school, parish and the round-about is a great way to earn volunteer hours. You get to pick your days and hours. Vaccination is not required

After School Playground Volunteers

We have opened our playground on Thursdays and Fridays until 4:00 to students that are supervised at all times by an adult. If you are interested in volunteering on the playground, please sign up here.

Volunteers Needed For Westfest

Please see the Events and Fundraisers section above for a list of the positions to be filled.



Fall CYO Soccer Registration Now Open! 

Come join us out on the soccer pitch next fall! CYO soccer is one of the most popular sports at Holy Rosary and registration is now open. Please go to and select the enroll option for soccer to register. Registration is open to all grades (K-8) in the school and parish. We welcome all abilities from experienced players to those that have never tried the sport before. Last year we had 18 teams and over 200 participants so come join the fun! Please reach out to the CYO Soccer Coordinator Neil Smith – with any questions.


Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children 7-18 years of age who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If you or your children are interested to know more about RCIA, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (

Sacramental 2 Preparation (First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion) 

Holy Rosary parish follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding children’s preparation to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Registration is already open online: 2021-2022 Sacramental 2 (
If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental 1 of our Faith Formation program and are regularly attending the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these sacraments or for more information about First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation, please contact Sr. Stella at



Hoops4Life is back in full swing with 4 sessions at Seattle Lutheran HS and Holy Rosary gym this summer! High quality basketball/life skills camp in its 25th year. 9am-4pm M-F for $199. Still room in Session 2 (July 18-22) for 2nd-4th graders and room for all grades through 8th in recently opened Session 3 (July 25-29). Register now!!

Summer Yoga for Teens

This six week series invites students ages 12-16 to explore how yoga can build confidence, manage stress, and promote self-awareness.  We will explore yoga postures, breath techniques and simple forms of meditation. No experience necessary and all teens welcome.   Teen Yoga (

Summer Band

Join The Musical Fun!  July 11-15/ Elementary Summer Band!!  12:15 – 2:00P.M.  Just click the link to sign-up!! 

Girls Rock Math

Girls Rock Math (GRM) is a non-profit offering STEAM summer camps. Our mission is to provide thought-provoking, creative experiences in math, empowering girls to develop confidence in their skills, and a life-long interest in mathematics.
Intern-Counselors are a very important part of our GRM program – they wear a staff shirt and name badge. They attend Staff Meetings with our Counselors-in-Training (CITs), teachers, and Site Director. Intern-Counselors work with teachers to ensure campers are having an enriching summer experience. Throughout the week, they work with mentors to guide them in leading, collaborating, and planning activities for campers. They reflect on their experience with other Intern-Counselors as well as their college-aged mentors. Reflection coupled with hands-on experience builds great leadership skills all while having fun and earning service hours. (One week of camp plus training is approximately 40 hours of community service.)
Here are some other things Intern-Counselors do at camp: 

  • Sing, play games and do outdoor activities with campers
  • Assist the teacher as needed
  • Ensure campers are safe
  • Work with younger campers on games, projects and problems
  • Be responsible, reliable, and punctual
  • Have fun during recess and lunch
  • Follow camp rules

If you know of female-identifying students who would be interested in being a part of this summer’s Intern-Counselor program, please pass along our website:

Bishop Blanchet Summer Camps For Rising K-9th Graders

Soak in the summer fun at Bishop Blanchet! Registration is open for in-person camps in athletics, academics, and the arts at BBHS.
Athletics Camps run throughout the summer and include cross country, cheer (K-8), basketball, flag football, freshman football, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. 
The Discovery Learning Camp (gr 5-8) runs July 18 – 22. This is a full-day immersive experience where students choose to attend three class sessions in STEM, art, music, drama, social justice, outdoor activities, and more. Lunch supervision is provided.
The BBHS Study Skills Camp (gr 5 – 9) runs August 15 – 18. This camp helps students develop time management, organization, study strategies, and planning skills to increase success in the classroom.
Multi-camp and sibling discounts are available. 
Register Here:

Preschool-Age Summer Camp

A Child Becomes Preschool has openings in their preschool-age summer camp offerings for students age 3-4!  View more and sign up on their website:

HNA Summer Camps

Holy Names Academy invites young women entering Grades 4 through 8 or starting Grade 9 at Holy Names Academy in the fall of 2022 to participate in our summer camps. Athletic camps are designed to offer quality instruction from the HNA coaching staff, players, and alumnae in a fun, welcoming environment. Art Explorations and Leadership camps are a great way to meet HNA teachers and students and learn more about Art and Leadership Programs at HNA. Please find more information and sign up at


Junction Hot Yoga Summer Events

June: Sound Meditation – Saturday, June 18th, 7:00pm-8:00pm ($30 member/35 non-member)  


  • Kids ages 5-7 (all genders) Friday, August 19, 11:00a.m. -11:45a.m. – $35 includes fun, bright, water bottle 
  • Kids Yoga ages 8-12 (all genders) – Mondays, August 8, 15, 22 and 29, 9:30a.m. -10:30a.m., $100 for four session package
  • Tweens/Teens Yoga ages 12-18 (girls) Mondays, August 8, 15, 22 and 29, 11:00a.m. – 12p.m., $100 for four sessions

All Summer: Adult Intro Package – 3 weeks unlimited for $59.00

Yoga | Junction Hot Yoga – West Seattle | Seattle

1-1 Tutoring

I am a certified teacher from pre-K to 12 & adult learning and a regular substitute teacher at Hope Elementary and SLHS. With my Master’s degree in Education, Learning and Literacy and over two decades of experience, I’m passionate about guiding students to understand their learning styles, incorporate learning strategies in their academic transitions, gain academic confidence, and improve outcomes. I am located in West Seattle, a practicing catholic and happy to consider virtual platforms to improve accessibility. Please reach me Alexandra Morgan via email at:

Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Event and Auction

This celebration will include an auction, fun activities, and an informative program about the impact your donations have made in the community. Option to participate in person (ticket includes dinner) at the Seattle Design Center or remotely from your own home (with or without delivered dinner). 
Join us in celebrating our community, and raise funds to continue keeping our neighbors safe, fed, healthy, and housed during these challenging times. Share an evening with some of your most caring neighbors.

Rainbow Parrot Art Classes for HRS students – Online art enrichment program

These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Free/donation based class