Family Communication 6/6/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Tonight we will graduate our 8th grade students, it is a wonderful and bittersweet day.  We are proud of the people they are, and are confident they will continue on their journey and accomplish great things.  We wish them well and send our prayers that they will forever follow Christ in all that they do.

Construction on the playground is set to begin towards the end of June.  We are very excited to see this project finally begin (and I know you are too)!  I’d like to thank one of our parents, Lindsey Heller, for her dedication, support, and hard work on this project.  Lindsey is a landscape architect, and donated an incredible amount of her time to design the new big toy area and guide us through a few unexpected challenges.  Not only did Lindsey envision what we could do with our space, but she completed all of the meticulous design drawings and construction plans to get us where we are today.  Lindsey, I speak on behalf of the entire Holy Rosary Community when I say thank you- so much- for your dedicated to this project.   It truly would not be where it is today without your tremendous work, and we are SO excited to see the final product!

A couple additional notes, during this busy time of year:

  • BASE registration is open for next year for BASE families to re-register.  Current school families interested in using BASE next year should also register.  We are asking for all registration to be completed by Monday.  We are asking for a commitment to use BASE next year before school is out this year, so we can ensure we have appropriate staffing to start the school year.  We’ve also worked this year to implement some changes to the structure of BASE, to include new activities, to plan for a dedicated quiet space for homework, and to ensure students are able to get their wiggles out on the playground after snack.  We’re also offering a new hourly option for students in grades 5-8 next year.  This option is intended to help with gap coverage for students in grades 5-8 going to and from activities.  You may purchase an hourly punch card to be used for this purpose- however, you will still need to register students as drop ins, so we know to expect them.  Above all, we’re asking ALL families who intend to use BASE in some capacity to register by Monday, so we can plan accordingly.  
  • We’ve hired two more instructional aids to assist in the school and at recess next year.  Please join me in welcoming Cory Baker and Audrey Beyer to the Holy Rosary School community.

We have one more week left- it’s hard to believe.  Please join us for Mass on the last day of school- school will dismiss after Mass is over.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

In Christ, 



Today is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of the Normandy beaches.  As the invasion forces readied, General Eisenhower sent a message to the soldiers, sailors and airmen.  He began:  “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.  The eyes of the world are upon you.  The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.”

While D-Day would be the beginning of the end of World War II, it unfortunately did not secure a free world for everyone.  It addressed some of the greatest injustices of the day, while others continued.  Seven plus decades later, progress has been made, but there are still many deprived of authentic and complete liberty and justice, including here in the US.  While not everyone loves history, it is important to hand on these stories to our children.  There are several themes that you can talk about with them in a relatable way – the origins of the war in discrimination and bullying, and Allied teamwork and bravery necessary to overcome it.

Every year at this time, as we celebrate with our 8th graders their graduation, I pause to reflect upon the world we are sending them into.  It is the hope of every generation to give our children a better world.  However, while it is important that we do what we can to bring about greater freedom and justice for our own sake as well as theirs, it is also important that we form them with this same mission, that the future of humanity will be brighter than our past.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • June 6th – 8th Grade Graduation
  • June 11th – Kindergarten Graduation
  • June 12th – New Parent Orientation & Kindergarten Round-Up
  • June13th – Noon Dismissal
  • June 14th – Last Day of School, 10am Dismissal


Dress Reminders And Early Dismissals For Next Week

Next Thursday, June 13th is free dress for clean up day and also a noon 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.


The 2018-19 yearbooks have arrived! Eighth grade received their books on Thursday, grade 7 on Friday, and grades Pre through 6 on Monday. Our waitlist students will receive theirs today and we still have a few extras on sale now. Email Mr. Barker ( with your child’s name and classroom if you’d like one. FACTS will be charged $30. 

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


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

Milk Volunteers

We are looking for milk volunteers for next year.  Hours are 11AM to 1PM Monday through Friday.   We are hoping to get each day covered.  You can do as many days as you like but we would like a quarterly commitment.  If you are interested, please contact Karla Lawson in the office.

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.

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

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.


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.


A Message from Miss McKamey

Dear 8th grade Band Students and Parents:

I was overwhelmed by your kindness and VERY generous gifts!  For once, this teacher was SPEECHLESS!!

God Bless you all for your thoughtfulness!  It has been a complete joy to work with all of you!

With deep gratitude,

Miss McKamey

HR CYO Track & Field 2019-1st Place Overall for Team Championship

 Holy Rosary Track and Field team had an amazing Championship meet on June 1 and brought home the following three 1st Place Trophies!

  • 1st Place Overall for Team
  • 1st Place Overall Boys (4th-8th grade)
  • 1st Place 8th Grade Boys

It would appear to be the first time Holy Rosary has taken home the 1st Place Overall for Team trophy!  HR Track & Field 2019 had a 80 plus kids competing against qualifying kids from 34 teams.  The entire team performed well whether this was a child’s first year with Track or their fourth.  Amidst all the exceptional races, relays and field events, the boys 4x200m relay set and reset a CYO record at Qualifying and Championship Meets.  We also had a record year of 8th graders join the Team, 19 in total (15 boys and 4 girls). 

At the 8th grade Pentathlon on May 19, we had an impressive 13 participate in all 5 events–100m, 400m, 800m, long jump and shot put.  The following 8th graders,

Ethan A., Jake B., PJ B., Zach B., Jack C., Malia G., Torin H., Carter .J, Andrew M., Edrian M., Mackenzie M., Ryder M., and Keegan P., competed against 43 girls and 69 boys respectively.  They all had exceptional performances and to note, Ryder M., Edrian M. and Jake B. were awarded Top 6 Finisher Trophies.

Thank you to our volunteer Track & Field coaches and assistants who shared their love of coaching and the sport with our Holy Rosary Team!  Looking forward to 2020 Track & Field Season.

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


Happening this summer:  Holy Rosary Sunday Nursery and Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
  • Our Sunday Nursery is open for both Masses (8:30am and 10:30am) during the summer time.  The Nursery is in the Parish Center Basement and available to children age 1 and walking through Preschool.  Go to the Parish Center basement door facing the Genessee St. and ring the doorbell.  We have two paid caregivers who look forward to playing with your children. Any questions please email Deyette at

Children’s Liturgy of the Word at Sunday, 10:30am Mass, is a wonderful opportunity for your children (preschool-fourth grade) to receive and learn about the scripture readings.  They start in Mass with you and are dismissed to the Parish Center where they learn about the Gospel.  They return before Communion.  CLOW is free and no registration required. For questions email

Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you or someone you know, has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is the ideal preparation for  those interested in Becoming Catholic or RCIA. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 18. Our topic will be “What’s going on in the Mass?”
  • Bible Study – we are taking a break from Bible study for the summer, but we’re looking forward to starting up again in September. If you would like to join our Bible studies, or be on our mailing list, please contact Robert King!
  • Rosary – Join us Monday Nights in the Chapel at 6:30pm to Pray the Rosary.  We end by 7:00pm and no experience necessary.
  • Women with Purpose – New Summer Wednesday Evening Session:  Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M.  Meeting for 6 weeks (July 10-August 14). Register here: Email Deyette at with any questions.

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

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, as we celebrate Pentecost, we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Queen of the Apostles. After Jesus ascended into Heaven, Mary gathered with the Apostles and other disciples in prayer, and she remained with them as the Holy Spirit descended on them all, giving divine gifts and sending them (and us) forth to bring the Gospel to the whole world. Because Pentecost is the “birthday of the Church”, this is one more way in which Mary becomes the “mother of the Church.”


Kennedy Band Camp

Have you signed up for  kennedy catholic elem. 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