Family Communication 8/11/22


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!  I would like to welcome back our returning families and offer a warm welcome to new families joining our school community.  We are blessed to have each and every one of you as part of the Holy Rosary Family.  This eFC marks the beginning of our weekly newsletters for the 22-23 School Year and I encourage you to read these newsletters carefully.  Each will contain important information regarding school happenings, activities, development, and ways to get involved and volunteer.  I promise, reading this newsletter will be a valuable few minutes spent each week!
While you will hear much more from me in the coming weeks, this week I would like to introduce our theme for this school year.  As we come through this COVID time and embark on this new school year, we look to this year with a rejuvenated spirit and an open heart as we begin anew.  This year in particular signifies newness in a sort of different way, because we welcome back some of the traditions that were halted during the past few years.    Though COVID is certainly not behind us (and you will certainly hear more about our COVID planning for this year in the coming weeks), it is so important that we renew our focus internally on our Catholic school and root ourselves in Christ.  We will be writing our self-study this year as we take a deep dive into our entire program and we will place a strong emphasis on building connections as a community.  I am thrilled we’re rounding the corner towards school starting and cannot wait to see each of you in the near future.  So as we begin anew……the Holy Rosary School 2022-23 school year theme is:  Behold, I make all things new. (Revelation, 21:5)
If we can be of any service to you in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to reach out.
May the peace of Christ be with you all these final weeks of summer!
Anna


UPCOMING DATES


  • August 26th – Class Lists Posted
  • August 31st – Meet The Teachers (K-8)
  • September 6th – 1st Day of School (K-8)
  • September 8th – Parent Night
  • September 23rd-24th – WestFest
  • September 27th – School Pictures

NOTES & REMINDERS


Holy Rosary School and Parish Are Hiring!

Current Openings:
BASE aid (before/after school care aid)- 15-20 hours/week, Monday-Friday after school beginning in the fall
BASE Assistant Director- assist with program operations- 20-25 hours/week Monday-Friday after school beginning in the fall
Custodian- 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, shift hours are negotiable
Pastoral Assistant for Administration- this is a full time, administrative level position that assists with the management of the parish (and school’s) human, financial, technology, and capital resources.  

First Week Of School Schedule

 

Junior High Summer Reading List And Battle Of The Books Competition
Keep your reading skills sharp by choosing some of these great books to read over the summer. In Junior High you will all take part in Battle of the Books, a fun academic team challenge where you will collectively read a list of books for a competition in the spring. You can get a jump start by reading some of the books off our Battle of the Books list this summer. You might also enjoy reading some great titles that have been nominated for book awards. No matter what books you choose, the most important part is to have reading be a part of your summer routine. Take your books with you on all your summer adventures and enjoy! Book List
Calendar Updates & Schedule Changes

One change has been made to the 22-23 school calendar per the Office for Catholic Schools:  January 2 is now a non-student day. There will be no BASE on that day. We are also adjusting our start time in the morning. The first bell will ring at 8:15 for students A-L. The second bell will be at 8:25 for student M-Z. Classes will begin at 8:30am each day for all students. We will continue to have our current pick up times of  2:55/3:05 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 2:00/2:10 on Wednesdays.
Save the Date–  August 31, 2:00 – 3:00, optional Meet The Teacher time.  Stop by and say hello to your child’s teacher for next year once class lists are posted in August!

Summer Math & Reading Challenge

It’s almost summer, which means time for fun and relaxation!  Students also have the opportunity to keep their math skills sharp and their imagination active by participating in the summer math and reading 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.

Medication Policy

Washington State Law requires in order to dispense medication, prescription and over the counter, your child must have an oral medication/prescription permission form authorized by a licensed healthcare provider, who has prescribed the medication and the parent/legal guardian. The parent/guardian must also provide the medication, which is from a licensed healthcare provider in its original labeled container from the pharmacy. The container must include the name of the student, medication, dosage information, and enough medication to be administered at school. For non-prescription medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen the school also needs an oral medication/prescription form signed by a health provider and parent. No medication will be given to a child without an oral medication/prescription form on file.


ACTION ITEMS


School Uniforms!

Our vendors are working hard to deal with potential supply chain issues, but we encourage families to purchase uniforms early.  LandsEnd is offering a 20% discount  on School Uniforms until August 24 using CODE: BREEZE  PIN: 7193

You may also purchase uniform items through Dennis Uniform

To help with your planning and purchasing, here is an abbreviated version of the uniform policy (full policy can be found in the Family Handbook):

General Uniform Requirements For All Grades

  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. 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 available through the school office. 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 the 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. 8th graders 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 8th graders) 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 the kneecap and may not be rolled at the waist.  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. 
  9. Shoes must have heels/straps; laces must be tied. No platform shoes or flip-flops are allowed. The only exceptions are on special spirit/theme days. Parents must ensure that students wear matching shoes that are safe for the playground. Shoes/boots with high heels are considered unsafe. Students must wear tennis shoes on the days that they have Health & Fitness.
Classroom Supplies And Comfort Kits

Student classroom supplies have been ordered. A fee of $50 per student will be charged via SchoolAdmin on the 10th 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.

Moved Or Changed Your Email?

If you have moved or changed your contact number, please update that information in Alma. https://holyrosaryws.getalma.com by August 19th. It is very important that we have current contact information for you. If your email address has changed, please contact Kristin Bentler. She will update the group email list.

Red Cadet Collar Sweatshirts

The Main Office currently has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts in stock in various sizes.  An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.  The Main Office is open M-F from 9am-3pm.

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 joellyn17@hotmail.com.


EVENTS & FUNDRAISING


Magazine Drive

Our annual Magazine Drive will officially kick-off in September. Renewal notices are arriving, so let your customers know that HRS will once again be selling magazines.  New subscriptions and renewals count towards our goal. Last year we raised over $120,000. Stay tuned to upcoming efc emails for additional details.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING

Anna Horton is leading a Safe Environment/Protecting God’s Children Training class on Friday, August 12. All volunteers need to have this class in order to volunteer at the school.
Steps:
1. Log in to the Virtus web site 
2. Create an account
3. Select Archdiocese of Seattle from the dropdown
4. Then select Holy Rosary Seattle

WestFest

It’s back…Holy Rosary’s Carnival of Community is the weekend of September 23 and 24. Get ready for carnival style rides, games, food booths, live music and a beer garden.  This is a huge volunteer event, check future efc newsletters for volunteer positions.

Thank you to everyone who responded, we now have filled our chair positions for Westfest! There will continue to be more volunteer opportunities for Westfest. If there is something in particular you’d like to volunteer for, or just want to know more, please reach out to Marianne Wintermute (mmwintermute@gmail.com).


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Seeking Skilled Painter(s)!

The school has a large painting project behind the school that needs to be done.  It involves pressure washing and painting a large area including doors, door frames, and concrete walls.  Before hiring a professional painter, we thought we’d see if there is anyone skilled in painting and pressure washing who might be interested in the job for volunteer hours.  The school will provide all materials.  There’s work for multiple people if schedules can be coordinated and the work can be done during the day or evening hours.  If you are interested in learning more about this project, contact Anna Horton at ahorton@holyrosaryws.org 

Furniture Builders

We have a few new pieces of furniture (teacher desk and shelves) that need to be assembled. We are looking for one or two people who might be interested in doing this for volunteer hours. Hours are flexible, and can be done anytime between now and August 15. Contact Anna Horton (ahorton@holyrosaryws.org) if you are interested.

Used Uniform Volunteer

Volunteer hour opportunity!  We are looking for volunteers to organize the uniform closet and set the items out on the street 2-3 times per week until school starts.  You can team up with another parent, grab your 8th grader and get their service hours in, or tackle it on your own.  Clothes need to be sorted and hung up.  Shopping can take place on weekdays or weekends.  You make your own schedule.  Please email Karla at klawson@holyrosaryws.org to get started.

Auction Committee

The auction committee is looking for a parent 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.
Business Procurement – work off the list provided to coordinate a group of volunteers in procuring at local businesses.
Contact Beth Martin (bmartin@holyrosaryws.org) 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 athttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4AA5A82AA02-coffee1.  Make a note in the comment section if you’d like to be a lead/lead-in-training! Questions? Contact Libby at parishoffice@holyrosaryseattle.org.

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

REMEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE ALSO LISTED HERE!


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


Fall CYO Soccer Registration Now Open!

Come join us out on the soccer pitch this fall! CYO soccer is one of the most popular sports at Holy Rosary and registration is now open. Please go to https://www.teamsideline.com/sites/seattlecyo/current-programs 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! 

Coaches Needed

Interested in coaching soccer? We are looking for coaches for the following teams: 4th Boys, and 8th Boys. No experience necessary. Just bring your passion for the game. Please reach out to the CYO Soccer Coordinator  Neil Smith – neilsensmith@gmail.com with any questions.

Cross Country Registration

Cross country registration is open for all Holy Rosary grades https://www.teamsideline.com/sites/seattlecyo/home

This is a fun and quick season that gets runners outside exercising, burning energy, and having fun.
We are still looking for coaches/assistant coaches to ensure this season can take place!
Cross country practices will be Tuesday and Thursday 4-5pm at Lincoln Park through mid October. Practices will start on Tuesday, September 13th – we will meet at the south lot of Lincoln Park. You can do both cross country and soccer – making all practices isn’t required.
Meets are held at Woodland Park. Preliminary meets are Sunday Sept 18th and Sept 25th with K-3 Championship Oct 2nd and 4-8th grade Championship October 9th – times to be determined. Every runner must participate in one of the preliminary meets in order to run in the championship race.
Please email Lisa Nooyen (ldnooyen@yahoo.com) if interested in coaching or with any questions.


PARISH NEWS


Baptisms

Congratulations to Adrianna M. and Maddox L. baptized this summer! We welcome you to a life with Christ.

If you are interested in having your child baptized, please email Deyette at dswegle@holyrosaryseattle.org. You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, https://holyrosaryseattle.org/infant-baptism-registration.

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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (formsite.com)

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 (formsite.com)
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 srstella@holyrosaryseattle.org


COMMUNITY NOTICES


Westside Baby

Please join us in supporting WestSide Baby during their “From the Bottom Up” (formerly Stuff The Bus) diaper drive. We will be collecting WSB’s most needed items from 9/6-9/30.  You can drop off your items at the WSB bin during school hours.  You can also give online by donating dollars or by purchasing items that will be directly delivered to WSB.

This donation drive matters because few people realize that unlike other essentials such as food or health insurance, there is no federal assistance for purchasing diapers.  Additionally, diaper prices have risen at alarming rates since the beginning of the pandemic, becoming more expensive and inaccessible to working families.  This has a tremendous negative effect on the health of families in need in our community.  Thank you for helping babies stay healthy and happy!

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 www.rainbowparrotart.com