Family Communication 6/7/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Summer is in the air, and there is excitement of what’s to come. But it’s sprinkled with sadness, as we’ve had a wonderful year and it’s hard to say goodbye for the break. And today we graduate our eighth grade students and send them on to new exciting adventures. We wish them well and pray that their next steps will be faith filled and joyous.

Summertime should be a time for fun and relaxation. But 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. 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.
  • 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.

Above all, enjoy!

In Christ,




The 2017-18 yearbooks have arrived! Sixty-four pages in full color, with a custom cover like we’ve never had before; you won’t want to miss it! If your child doesn’t come home with one this afternoon and you’d like one, please email Mr. Barker ( with the names of your child/ren and permission to charge your FACTS account for $30 per yearbook and we’ll make sure he/she receives one. Thank you! If you believe you ordered a yearbook but didn’t get one, please contact Kimberly Tish ( , who will check the FACTS records.

Dress Reminders And Early Dismissals For Next Week

Next Thursday, June 14 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 a.m.

Lunches of Love

The Lunches of Love pantry needs replenishment to last throughout the summer. If you are able to contribute, there will be a box in the main office until the end of the school year. Please remember, all items should be non-perishable. Thank you!

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. Thank you!


Dear band families, THANK YOU for another wonderful year of music! It has been a joy working with your children! It is so important to keep the practicing going over the summer. For if you don’t use it, you will lose it….far too easily, most especially the beginners!! Keep renting, take lessons, or COME TO BAND CAMP from JULY 9-13!! Visit and click on Academics, then Summer Programs, and look for the elementary summer band camp! Remember the deadline is JULY 1! Blessed summer to all! ~ Miss McKamey


  • June 7 – Eighth grade graduation
  • June 12 – Kindergarten graduation
  • June 13 – New parent orientation and kindergarten round-up –  9 a.m.
  • June 14 – Noon dismissal (BASE Open)
  • June 15 – Last day of school. School dismisses after Mass. (BASE Open)


Update On Parent Volunteer Hours Reported

Good news – volunteer hours completed in June 2018 can be reported towards this calendar school year (2017/18). Going forward, the calendar for volunteer hours will start the first day of summer vacation (June 16, 2018) through the last day of school (June 14, 2019). Parents please remember to report volunteer hours online by the last day of school, June 15, to avoid FACTS charges ($50/per unfulfilled hour).

Medications in Office

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

Preschool Request

Toys? Puzzles? Games? If you’re cleaning out your closets this summer, please keep the preschool in mind. We are always looking to update our materials. Our students range in ages from 2-5, and we love toys, games, and puzzles. We are also hoping to update our playground equipment, so if you have a structure or playhouse that your children are no longer using, please consider us. Thank you!

Milk Volunteer

The front office is looking for milk volunteers to help distribute milk during lunchtime. It is roughly an hour and a half time commitment during all four lunch shifts from 11:15-12:45. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jennifer Hazzardin the front office. Thank you.

Room Parent Recruitment

Be a room parent for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 school year or would like more information on room parent responsibilities, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at Thank you!


Heart Auction Quilt

Old uniforms — don’t throw them away! I’m making a quilt for next year’s HEART Auction and need your old t-shirts, sports uniforms, sweatshirts, and even unusable school uniforms — anything with an emblem, gator, logo, or the words “Holy Rosary” are welcome. I’ll be cutting them up and transforming them into a cozy quilt top. I’m hoping for some gray eighth grade sweatshirts, black and navy sports sweatshirts and tees, as well as anything else you can dig up! Drop them off in the office marked “Mrs. Davis.” I’m in the library every Thursday through June 14. Questions? Email (that’s J P S dot net, like John Paul Sam.) Thank you, Denise Davis, Substitute Teacher, Former HRS Mom, and Alumna.

Holy Rosary Scrip!

Plan your summer BBQs by purchasing Metropolitan Market and Thriftway gift cards – the school receives proceeds for each card sold! They’re available for sale in the school office and it’s so easy!

  1. Purchase Met Market & Thriftway gift cards from Holy Rosary School or online (see below).
  2. Pick up gift cards in the school office, or during summer vacation, after the 10:30 Mass.
  3. Use the gift card at Metropolitan Market or Thriftway and Holy Rosary gets a rebate!

Now that PCC is temporarily closed, what a great time to shop at Metro Market and/or Thriftway! Additional details:

Q: How does Scrip work?

A:  You already spend a big portion of your monthly budget on groceries and other expenses for your family. By using Scrip to pay for your regular purchases, you can earn funds for our students every time you shop. You pay face value for a gift card to the stores you frequent, and your gift card is worth face value – but our school earns a rebate on every gift card you purchase, benefiting our students. Cards will be available for pick-up in the school office or after the 10:30 Mass during summer vacation. More information can be found on this .pdf.


  • Use enrollment code BA545D5F59484 when enrolling.
  • Currently we support only PrestoPay for online ordering. Your order payment is transferred securely via ACH electronic debit. You won’t have to drop off­ any more checks!
  • To enroll in PrestoPay, you’ll need your bank account number, routing number, and account holder information. Once submitted, two small deposits will be made within 1-2 days in the account for verification. Log back in and enter those two amounts to receive an approval code to send to your coordinator. PrestoPay will be activated for your account once your coordinator approves you. Further information can be found online here.
  • During summer vacation, ordered cards can be picked up following 10:30 Mass in the school hall until 12:30. You will also be able to purchase cards from Metropolitan Market and Thriftway, with cash only.
  • Please email questions about our Scrip program to:



CYO Soccer

Get ready for Holy Rosary soccer this fall! Register here today.

CYO Track

Congratulations to the Holy Rosary track and field team on their second place finish at the CYO track and field championship meet on June 2. Approximately 30 teams competed in the CYO championships, which include girls and boys in grades 4 through 8.

There were many great performances and personal bests from our 60 Gators, which pushed Holy Rosary to the somewhat surprising second place, finish over some larger and very competitive teams in the most competitive division (AAA). Holy Rosary was awarded the following team trophies during the awards ceremonies that followed the championship meet.

  • First place – overall grade 5 girls AAA
  • First place – overall grade 7 boys AAA
  • First place – overall boys all grades AAA
  • Second place – overall team AAA

Thank you also to our dedicated coaches:

  • Larry Swegle – head coach
  • Andrea Geraghty – track coordinator
  • Dave Johnston – high jump, sprints asst. coach
  • Melissa Petty – long distance asst. coach
  • Ken Smith – sprints, long jump asst. head coach

Thank you to all the parents and returning high school students who helped out at the track meets and also at some of our practices. Consider having your fourth through eighth grader join Holy Rosary track and field next March when the next team signup occurs as the team is always looking for new members.

Holy Rosary School Parade

The Holy Rosary School parade float rides again on July 21! Kindergarten through eighth grade student participants will earn two free dress passes, and parents walking in the parade or helping with float set up earn fundraising hours towards the 2018-2019 school year. Details can be found on the signup page.


Kennedy Catholic High School – Elementary summer band camp is July 9-13 this year!! Time:  12:15-2 p.m. Tuition:  $25. Discount for siblings available! One year band experience required. Held in the music room of Kennedy Catholic High School. Online registration here only. Miss McKamey wants to see YOU there!!


Sacrament Of Confirmation For Youth – Now Available To Grades 9-12

Next year Holy Rosary Parish will offer preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation to all high school students. If you have a child who will be in grades 9-12 next fall and who has not yet received Confirmation, or if you have not been Confirmed yourself, please visit this link for more information and early registration.

Children’s Ministries Corner

We welcome your child to a Life with Christ!

  • Baptism  Interested in your child (birth up to age 7) becoming Catholic, please contact Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or
  • RCIA – For those children 7 years and older who are interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or
  • First Reconciliation and First Communion – Registration will be open for First Reconciliation and First Communion by the end of May on the Parish website. Children who have been baptized Catholic and will be in grade 2 or older next year are welcome register. For those children who are not Baptized and are interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) – Your child (preschool through grade 4) is welcome to join CLOW at 10:30 a.m. Mass to learn about the readings of the day. Children start Mass with you and are dismissed after opening prayer and return before Celebrating Communion. Free and no registration required.
  • Sunday Nursery – Holy Rosary Church offers free childcare (age 1 and walking up to age 5) on Sunday morning during 8:30 and 10:30 Masses in our Parish Center basement preschool space. Please go to the door facing Genesee St. and ring the doorbell. For questions, please contact Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251.
Opportunities For Adults!

Join us as we grow together in our faith!

  1. Curious about Catholicism? We have ongoing programs for adults from any background who want to learn more about the Catholic faith. Contact Robert King for more info.
  2. Monday Rosary – Join us every Monday evening to pray the Rosary in the Chapel from 7 to 7:30. For more information, contact Deyette Swegle.
  3. Jesus:  A Pilgrimage – Come follow in the footsteps of Jesus with James Martin, SJ’s book on discovering Jesus in the Holy Land. We meet Wednesday mornings at 9:30 in the Parish Center! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 13.
  4. Walking with Purpose – Our next book discussion, Heaven Starts Now, by Father Ricardo, meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 in the Parish Center. Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 13. For questions email Deyette at
  5. CYO Adult Softball – Our first game in the CYO Adult Softball League was on June 5 at St. Monica’s. There’s still time to join the roster, or just to come cheer your fellow parishioners! Contact David at youngadults@holyrosaryseattle.orgto register. All skill levels welcome!
  6. Young Adult Day Hike – We’re planning a day-hike on either June 30 or July 7. If you’d like to join the fun, contact David or Robert at!
  7. Interested in Bible Study? We’re wrapping up our Saturday morning Bible Study for the summer, but are already planning for the fall! Suggestions are: Acts of the Apostles, Psalms, or the Gospel of John. If you’re interested, have any suggestions or questions, please contact Robert King!

If you would like more information, or if you have any suggestions to make, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Sacrament Of Confirmation

Next year, Holy Rosary Parish will offer preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation to all high school students. If you have a child who will be in grades 9-12 and who has not yet received Confirmation – or if you have not been Confirmed yourself – please visit this link for more information and early registration.

Adult Catechists Wanted!

We are seeking volunteer catechists to help with our RCIA, Inquiry, Bible Study, and Confirmation programs. This is an opportunity to lead prayer and meditation activities, to welcome and connect with others as they grow in faith, and to bear witness to the ways Jesus Christ has touched your life! Safe Environment Certification, including background check, will be required. If you are interested, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Annual Catholic Appeal

The Archbishop of Seattle is asking all parishioners to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal, supporting our CYO summer camps and youth and young adult programs, college campus ministries, Catholic Community Services and their ministry to those in need, the formation of our future priests, and many more ministries throughout the Archdiocese. Everyone’s support is crucial. Please consider the gift of $1 a day, $365 total, or more if you are able. Any money we receive over our goal will go toward replacing the broken parish bus, which is used for our women’s shelter, to transport homebound parishioners to Mass, and field trips for the school and Seniors group. Thank you for your generosity.


Summer Camps

Summer camps are listed on our summer camp page here. It’s updated as needed. Holy Rosary will be offering our own summer camps too. Stay tuned!

Vocalpoint! Seattle Girls Prep Choir

Seattle Girls Prep is holding auditions for female vocalists who will be in grades 7 or 8 in the fall. Girls Prep is a training program for Vocalpoint! Seattle, designed specifically for highly motivated middle school-age girls with strong music talent and aptitude. Successful graduates of Girls Prep move into Vocalpoint! Seattle, an ensemble of high-school-age students with an emphasis on performance of popular music. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Vocalpoint! Seattle is the affiliate of the prestigious Northwest Boychoir, and is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization, which is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information, call 206-524-3234 or visit the website here. Click here for the Seattle Girls Prep Vocalpoint! flyer.

West Seattle Drums

West Seattle Drums offers private lessons on drum set and snare drum. Call Mike Grueter at 206-938-3563 for lessons or visit our website for more information. Special offer for Holy Rosary students – get one introductory lesson for free! Click here for more information.