Family Communication 6/24/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
By now you’re probably settling into the summer rhythm around here.  Though it’s a bit quieter around here, things remain busy!  We’re well on our way to replacing a few classroom floors and completing a lot of refreshing around campus in preparation for the fall.
Next week we’re expecting updated guidance for schools from the state that should assist us in finalizing our fall planning.  The guidance we’re waiting on specifically relates to things like social distancing and eating, as we work on our schedules for the fall.  Hopefully the updated guidance will allow us to refine our procedures for the fall as we return to a 5-day school week.  We have a committee of dedicated teachers who are working with me over the summer to ensure we are all prepared!
As a reminder, the primary model of instruction for the 21-22 school year will be in person instruction.  Remote instruction will only be available for families who have a COVID-19 related safety need (i.e. documented medical need) or for those required to quarantine due to COVID exposure.  Please reach out to me ( to discuss remote instruction for next year if you believe this need is present for your family.   We strongly encourage families to utilize our school calendar (available on our website) to make travel plans, and to travel during school breaks as much as possible, as remote instruction will not be available for vacations.  If you plan to travel outside of the state in mid to late August, please connect with Kristin Bentler in the office (  We do not know yet what the quarantine needs will be at that time for out of state travel for non-vaccinated individuals, but we will communicate more as we know.  
Our next eFC will be on July 15th, and by then we should be able to provide more updates regarding the fall.  
In the meantime, may the peace of Christ be with you all these summer days!!
You remain in my prayers,


I will be meeting today with some of the parish and school staff as we spend a number of hours mapping out the year and creating a calendar to manage all of the things that normally happen in the life of a parish and school.  Some things won’t be returning quite yet, others will be – tentatively, of course, based on the unknown future.  But it is exciting to think about the future, about being able to reconnect in person with some of those things that are so dear to us, and in new ways too.  As the state “reopens” next week, as restrictions are eased in yet to be announced ways, what lessons will you carry with you from this past year?  It has been a time when we are reminded of the essentials, of how good and important family time is and connection.  As you put together your own calendars, and your own hopes and plans, don’t lose sight of that which is most important.  Which includes the Lord Jesus, who is always with us, and whom we should always be drawing closer too.  
In the last year and a half, a number of our families have moved into new homes in the area.  A few asked about home blessings early on but I was only making home visits for sick calls at the time.  As we begin reopening, and with summer schedules being a little lighter, if you would like me to come over for a house blessing, or just for dinner, let me know and we will get it on the calendar! I am always up for a game, too, from cribbage to Catan, Connect Four to Sorry, and anything in between.
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland



    • August 30th – First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
    • September 2nd – Parent Night
    • September 3rd – Noon Dismissal
    • September 6th – Labor Day (No School)


Classroom Supplies And Comfort Kits Lists

Student classroom supplies have been ordered. A fee will be charged via FACTS on the 15th of September. Please note there are a few items we are still asking families to provide. Click here for details.  Students should bring comfort kits to their classrooms on the first day of school.

Holy Rosary is Hiring!

We are currently hiring for a Spanish teacher and a kindergarten instructional aid.  For more information contact Anna Horton ( or visit the Office for Catholic Schools’ hiring page.  

7th Grade Missionary Disciples

As part of their 2020-2021 religion curriculum, HRS 7th grade students learned how they can be lifelong missionary disciples. They researched 5 justice topics and voted to study one of the topics, Care For God’s Creation, in greater depth. As part of their missionary disciple formation, students enjoyed an immersion experience meeting in Advent with migrant farmworkers (on Zoom) to learn about their lives. In Easter Season, students made a missionary disciple response as a class by donating personally messaged journals and art supplies to farmworker family children; the children can enjoy these supplies while their parents are working in the fields. Our students also collected items for three gardening kits to make it possible for impoverished families to enjoy gardening in God’s creation. In all this, they were guided by Catholic Community Services and the Missionary Disciple Institute, answering Pope Francis’ call to encounter God’s love and take it to others.


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.
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.


3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Parents

Still looking for additional volunteers for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade!  
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.

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

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.


Congratulations To Austin And Ryder

Congratulations to Austin A. and Ryder A. baptized on June 19, 2021! We welcome you to a life with Christ. If you are interested in having your child baptized, please email Deyette at You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, Baptism Registration | Holy Rosary Catholic Church | Seattle, WA (  


Is Your Child Interested in Becoming Catholic and is Older than Age 7?
Holy Rosary Church welcomes all children no matter their age to a life with Christ. The Church prepares older children (age 7-18) and adults for all three sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Those children who have never been baptized will participate in the RCIA process adapted for children and celebrate their sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
RCIA is a special journey for children ages 7-18 along with their families to prepare for Initiation into the Catholic community. For more information or questions about RCIA for Children, please contact Sr. Stella.
RCIA for Children (ages 7-18) email:
Sr. Stella at
RCIA for Adults email:
Jill Carr at
Baptism for Children under age 7 email:
Deyette Swegle at

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.


Experienced Nanny/Household Manager Available in the Fall!

My name is Jill Mullen. I have 6 years of professional nannying experience. I am very skilled in taking care of multiple children, ages newborn and beyond! I am looking for a family with one or two children who love to play, learn, and explore the outdoors. My ideal work week would be 35-40 guaranteed hours per week with daily hours negotiable based on family needs. I am fully vaccinated, as are my husband and parents whom we see regularly. 206.300.4295  Click here for more information

Watts Basketball Summer Camp

At Watts Basketball, we have an entire Summer of FUN, FRIENDS, & FUN-DA-MENTALS planned at our Summer Camps. Register by 7/1 to save $40 with “specialinvite” Find more information on our website at:

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

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