Family Communication 8/12/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

As I sit in my office today, amidst the beginning of another heat wave, I see fallen leaves on the ground outside, as a reminder the trees are preparing for fall.  It is hard to believe the summer is winding down.  And while there is always a sense of sadness as the days shorten, there is a tremendous amount of anticipation and excitement with the start of the school year upon us!
We recently received some guidance from the Department of Health to help us update our back-to-school planning.   We are updating our comprehensive COVID plan based on the new guidance, and will publish it in the eFC next week after a call with King County Public Health this coming Monday morning.  But I wanted to share a few important details with you today so you know we continue to do all we can to minimize and mitigate risk, while at the same time making all efforts to maintain a comprehensive academic program.  
Masks:  Masks will be required of all staff, students, parents, and volunteers while on campus at all times to start the year, regardless of vaccination status.  Each child will need two per day- one for before lunch and one for after lunch.
Vaccination: We strongly encourage all eligible students to receive the COVID vaccine. The more students we have vaccinated the safer we will all be and the more opportunities we will have to mix students together.  Per public health, we will begin the process of verifying whether age-eligible students are COVID vaccinated. More information to come on this next week.  We will also be required to verify the vaccination status of volunteers as well. 
Mass:  We will continue to hold our school Mass on Wednesday mornings and will continue to live stream the Mass as well.  Different classes will rotate through attending Mass in the church in person.  At this time we will not be able to hold full school Masses in the church, but we hope sometime this year to be able to return to this.  
Hand washing and sanitizing:  Hand sanitizer dispensers remain in all classrooms and at all entrances to the building.  We continue to have additional hand washing and bottle fill stations in the hallways.   Students will be required to sanitize hands upon entry to the building and to wash and/or sanitize before and after eating.  
Cleaning:  We will continue to sanitize high touch and frequently used spaces (such as door knobs and restrooms) multiple times per day.   Any classrooms or areas that are used by more than one group of students will be sanitized during the transition.  A professional cleaning company will clean and sanitize each evening.  
Social distancing:  All classrooms will be set up with 3′ between students and desks in classrooms will be facing forward.
Ventilation:  Windows will be kept open and blowers that bring fresh air into classrooms have all been professionally serviced and all have MERV 13 filters installed (as does the system on the roof of the school and gym).  Additional stand alone air purifiers are also in place in all classrooms.  PE will be held in the gym, but students will be spread out to utilize the large space and students will remain masked.  Outdoor space will also be utilized as necessary.  
Eating:  For the time being, we will use the school hall as an overflow space for eating each day.  For most classes, half of their students will go to the school hall each day to eat and the other half will remain in the classroom. This will allow us to maintain 6′ of distance while kids are maskless indoors. 
Health screening:  All staff and students are asked to screen themselves daily for COVID symptoms including raised temperatures. We do not believe we will be requiring attestations this year, but are asking families to check their child’s temperature prior to sending them to school each day.   A strict sick policy will remain in effect and no child who is demonstrating any symptoms of illness will be able to attend school in person until healthy again.  The comprehensive screening flowchart is on our website under the COVID tab.  
Arrival and dismissal:  We will have a staggered arrival time and dismissal time, with arrival windows from 8:15-8:25 (last names A-L) and from 8:25 – 8:35 (last names M-Z).  We will continue to have different entry points for students by grade level, this will be published next week.  If you have a carpool and need to move to a different group, please just communicate this with your child’s homeroom teacher.  Students will be dismissed at 2:55 (last names A-L) and 3:05 (last names M-Z) and Wednesday dismissal windows will be 2:00 (A-L) and 2:10 (M-Z).  
Recess:  Students will remain masked outside at recess to start the year.  This year we will allow class cohorts to mix at recess so students will have the opportunity to see and play with friends.  We will also run mixed grade level recesses in order to ensure all of our students get recess as we were not able to do last year.  In order to facilitate this, and stay as safe as possible, students will remain masked at recess and will sanitize as soon as recess is over upon re-entry to the building.    
Back to School Parent Night:  This will be held remotely this year the evening of September 2nd.  More information to come on this.  Because of the remote Back to School Night, we are offering an informal “Meet the Teacher” event on August 25th from 11:00 – 1:00.  This is not required, but will be an opportunity to find your child’s entry door, drop off comfort kids, and say hello to your new teacher.  More information to come next week, but mark your calendars if you plan to stop by.  Note- there are no assigned times, it will just be informal and you can come anytime during this timeframe.  
I know this is a lot to take in, and it’s likely you have other questions. Feel free to reach out to me at any time. Much more to come with our comprehensive plan next week.  
We are so excited to see your special children soon!

In Christ,


    • August 30th – First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
    • September 2nd – Parent Night
    • September 3rd – Noon Dismissal
    • September 6th – Labor Day (No School)
    • September 14th – Picture Day


Welcome New Staff!

We are thrilled to welcome a number of new staff members to our school this year.  Please join us in welcoming:
Tommy Williams:  Homeroom teacher 6B and 5th grade English/Language Arts (not new, but new to his position)
Vivette Nofrietta:  Spanish
Bev Nett:  Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
Rebecca Wallace:  Teacher Librarian (not new, but new to her position)
Audrey Mullin: Art
Lauren Samson:  Counselor 
Rachel Hagenson:  BASE Director
Natalia Swegle:  BASE staff
Sophia LeBel:  Admissions/Development Assistant 

A Note From Our Counselor

Holy Rosary Families, 
My name is Lauren Samson and I will be the new school counselor. I have worked in the Archdioceses of Seattle for 12 years as a teacher and counselor. I have a calling to help students develop into well-rounded individuals that have the tools and strategies to face academic and social challenges.  I feel so fortunate to be part of an incredible faith-based community of students, families, and faculty members. Throughout the year, I will support students socially and emotionally during regular one-on-one meetings. I will be coming into the classrooms on a weekly basis to teach classroom counseling lessons that utilize both the second step and Kelso’s choice curriculum. The Second Step curriculum helps students with listening, following instructions, and problem-solving. The Second Step bullying prevention curriculum supports students by teaching them about the 3 R’s- Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying. The Kelso’s choice curriculum gives students 9 basic strategies to deal with issues and become life-long problem solvers. I will be present and available throughout the school day to help students navigate issues in the classroom and on the playground. I will also be hosting lunch bunch groups to help students develop socially and connect with peers. I will be a resource for families who need support and guidance. I look forward to getting to know you all this school year. I hope you are having a wonderful summer. 
Thank you so much!
Ms. Samson 

Class Assignments And Letters

A letter from your child’s teacher will be sent home at the end of next week with their class assignment and other important information. Class assignments are determined by teachers and staff with a lot of thought put into the educational and social needs of the class and each student. Once class assignments are sent out, they are final.

Classroom Supplies And Comfort Kits Lists

Student classroom supplies have been ordered. A fee of $50 per student 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.

First Week Of School Schedule

The first day of school is Monday, August 30th. Dismissal is at 11:55/12:05pm for grades 1-8 and at 10am for kindergarten. On Tuesday, August 31st, school dismisses at 2:55/3:05pm for grades 1-8 and at 12pm for kindergarten. On Wednesday, September 1st, school dismisses at 2:00/2:10pm. Wednesday is also opening Mass at 8:45. Please wear Perfect Uniform. On Thursday, September 2nd, school dismisses at 2:55/3:05pm. Friday, September 3rd is 11:55/12:05pm dismissal.


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 (

Used Uniforms

Do you have uniforms that are in good condition, but don’t fit your child anymore? Drop them off at the school and we’ll pass them on to another family. The Used Uniforms will be out in front of the school on Friday, August 20th from 10am to 3pm.

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.

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.


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.

Change Of Address

Our school directory will be printed in late August. If your family has moved and you have not notified the office, please email Kristin Bentler with your updated information by August 15th. Class assignments will be mailed out mid-August to the address we have on file.

4th & 5th Grade Parents

Still looking for additional volunteers for 4th and 5th 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.

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. 


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized and are usually ready within a week or two of ordering.


Attention All CYO Cross Country Runners!

CYO CROSS COUNTRY IS VIRTUAL THIS YEAR! Even though all meets will be virtual and there will be no school organized practices you can still participate. Student runners and their timing helpers will need to submit running times by the deadline each week to be considered in the week’s event.

Cost for XC has decreased to $25 due to it being a virtual season. If you have already signed up you may receive a refund or choose to donate your refund to CYO. Please let Jeanne Flohr know what you wish to do.
THANK YOU to Lisa Nooyen who will be our XC coordinator this season. She will have more information to share with participants after her coach meeting on September 8.
XC virtual meets are as follows: 
Meet 1 – September 19
Meet 2 – September 26
Meet 3 – October 3
Meet 4 – October 10

Soccer Information

THANK YOU to Neil Smith who is coordinating soccer this year. He will have more information regarding locations and times of matches after the 4-8 Grade coach meeting on September 1, at 7:00 pm, and the K-3 coach meeting on September 14, 7:00 pm. (If you are coaching, please add the Coach Meeting dates to your Zoom calendar. At least one coach from each team must attend)
Soccer game schedule is as follows: September 11 (4th-8th Grade only), 18 (K-3rd Grade start), 25 and October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  Times of matches will be determined later.
You may sign up here for Cross Country and Soccer. (once there, scroll down to find the sign up links) If you need help with the cost of registration, please let Jeanne Flohr know, we have funds available to ensure all who want to play may play.

Coaches Wanted
Calling all soccer players! Registration is still open for CYO soccer. Go to scroll to soccer and click ENROLL. Practices start next week so get signed up now! CYO Soccer is also a great way to try out the sport if you have never played before. We are also short coaches and players for the following teams and really need more signed up so the kids can play: 
– 5th grade boys team coach and players
– 6th grade girls players
– 6th grade boys players
– 8th grade boys players


Rosary Making

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders join Sr. Stella for our Rosary Making on Wednesdays, August 25th from 2:00-4:00PM. She will meet students in the parish office basement. Contact Sr. Stella with any questions.

Altar Server Training

Use the SignupGenius link below to sign up early and reserve your place!
Altar Servers: Altar Server Training (
Time for Altar Server training! This is for new and returning altar servers. Training is required in order to serve.
Girls and boys in grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and High School can serve the holy people of God during Mass. When we join in the Mass, we remember Jesus and give thanks and praise for all the good things that God does for us.
Altar Servers assist the whole church in praying. They carry the crucifix, candles and books at Mass. They prepare the altar so that bread and wine can become the Body and Blood of Christ!
The priests and the other ministers who help us celebrate the Mass rely on the altar servers so that we can all receive Christ by hearing the Word of God and receiving the Eucharist. Servers are trained after school or in the evening. Current altar servers receive follow-up training.
Older altar servers can learn to lead the other servers at Mass!
Altar Server Training (2 sessions required)
Training Series A

  • Aug 24 – 7-9pm
  • Aug 25 – 3-5 (pick only one 8/25)
  • Aug 25 – 6:45-8:45 (pick only one 8/25)
  • Sept 1 – 2:30-4:30 
  • Sept 3 – 3:15-5:15 (12:15-2:15) School out at noon

Training Series B

  • Sept 15 – 2:30-4:30pm (pick only one 9/15)
  • Sept 15 – 6:30-8:30 (pick only one 9/15)
  • Sept 17 – 3:15-5:15
  • Sept 22 – 2:30-4:30
  • Sept 23 – 6:30-8:30

We will train all altar servers together–new and old. This helps the new servers learn quicker and helps refresh older servers. We’ll sign up about 10 servers per session.
Location: Church Sacristy

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

Youth Confirmation 2021-2022 Registration Open!

Age of Confirmation
All baptized Catholics in the 7th-12th grade who have not yet been confirmed can register for the 2021 – 2022 Youth Confirmation Program. The program includes 10 Sunday Sessions starting with a Kick-Off Event on September 26thfrom 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the School Hall and concluding with the Confirmation Liturgy in mid-February. Holy Rosary 7th grade students will receive a portion of their confirmation preparation in the classroom.
Visit our website to learn more about the Confirmation requirements.  
Click here to Register for the 2021 – 2022 Program

Adult Volunteer Team 

Do you have a heart for young people? Do you recognize how much our young people need God’s love and presence? Then God might be calling you to join our adult volunteer team. Volunteer responsibilities can include leading confirmation small groups, assisting with office work, or helping with hospitality at youth confirmation events! 
Contact Bridget Bicek at to learn more about volunteering with the Confirmation Program.


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