Family Communication 8/18/22


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
As I look outside my office window today, there are leaves starting to fall from the trees that line the street in front of the school.  That signals fall is coming!!
Our teachers officially report back the last week in August, though many are already in the building getting the ball rolling.  We continue our construction on the little toy area and a number of other projects are in the works around campus including new classroom floors, carpeting, and paint.  It’s very exciting!
We are waiting for additional clarification regarding COVID policies for the fall and as soon as we have that we’ll update volunteer requirements and any pertinent COVID policies for this fall.  That should be coming in the eFC within the next two weeks.   I would encourage everyone to login to your Virtus account to ensure you don’t need any updated background checks or online refresher courses so you’re ready to volunteer this year.  We’re excited to have more regular volunteer opportunities throughout the year!  
I want to call to attention our optional Meet the Teacher Day that is August 31st from 2 – 3 pm.  This is not required, but it is a chance to come in and say a quick hello to your child’s teacher for this year.  Teacher letters will be mailed Wednesday next week and class lists will be posted on Friday next week to the kindergarten doors in the morning at 9:00 am.  I do want to note that it takes weeks of work every spring to craft the class lists. Teachers look at the end of the year assessments, academic balance, social-emotional needs, and boy-girl balance to craft the lists each spring.  New students are carefully placed as well.  Because of all of this, there are no changes that will be made to the class lists once they are posted.  
Enjoy those last bits of summer, and please keep an eye on the eFC for a lot of information the coming weeks.  There’s an excitement around the building and I hope you all are starting to feel it as well!!
In Christ, 


  • 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


Back To School Night For Parents

Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 8th in Lanigan Gym. We will open the doors at 6pm and begin at 6:30pm. The evening provides the best opportunity for you to meet your children’s teachers and find out about classroom goals and learning expectations.

Puyallup Fair Tickets

We have 500 student tickets for the Puyallup Fair in the main office. First come, first served. Parents must come to the main office to request the tickets. One ticket per student.

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. K-8 Calendar
Save the Date–  August 31, 2:00 – 3:00, optional K-8 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.


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. 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 ALL sizes.  An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt. If you purchased one over the summer, they are ready for pick up in the office starting Monday, August 22 between 8am and 4pm.

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


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.


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 (

Westfest Sponsors Needed

Westfest is back and just around the corner! Holy Rosary is looking for sponsors to help support this family friendly community event.  With all in person events on hiatus for the last two years, we expect a great crowd this year.   If you own a small business or your family is looking for a fun way to support our community, please consider a sponsorship.  I’ve included the information in the attached flyer and happy to discuss other ways to activate a sponsorship.  If you have a personal connection to additional business owners, please feel free to pass the information along or connect them with us.  I can be reached at or feel free to give me a call (206) 226-4046.


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 

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 ( if you are interested.

Traffic Patrol

We are looking for parent/guardians to do traffic patrol duty this year for volunteer hours. You would need to be fully vaccinated, and available to arrive on time and stay until your duty is complete. This would be a trimester obligation.
Start Date:
September 12th – December 9th
December 12th – March 24th
March 27th – June 16th
2:45-3:15pm   1:45-2:15pm (Wednesdays) 11:55-12:20pm (1/2 days)
You could choose to do one day per week, AM or PM, or both AM & PM on the same day if you wish. Please contact Maggie Juddif you are interested.

Lunch & Milk Duty

Volunteers needed for lunch and milk duty.  This is a one day a week commitment.  Hours will be approximately 2 between 11am-1pm.  

We need a total of 10 volunteers.  5 for lunch and 5 for milk, one day a week.  This is for the first trimester only.  If I don’t get enough volunteers and you want to do multiple days, we can work that out.  Please email Karla at in interested.

Playground Volunteers

We are looking for playground volunteers to help us during lunch recess. Shifts are Monday through Friday from 10:55am to 1:05pm. If you have one or two days available each week, please contact Maggie Judd. Prompt arrival and a full shift are needed. Covid vaccination is not necessary.

Lost & Found

Lost and found volunteer needed.  This position will need to come to the school once a month and set out the lost and found.  You will look for items with names on them and return them to their owner and set what is not marked outside at the end of the day on a Friday for parents and students to filter through.  If interested please email Karla at

PSA:  Does your child constantly lose their items at school?  Are you in need of a creative way to mark your items?  Here is a link to Sticky Monkey.  A fabric sticker that can be personalized with your name on it.  When an item is found, this is a really easy way to get your item back.  Once you decide you no longer need the item you can actually peel the sticker off before donating it.  No more sharpie pens on your clothes!

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 ( 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 at  Make a note in the comment section if you’d like to be a lead/lead-in-training! Questions? Contact Libby at

Do You Love To Garden

Our gardeners have not been able to come to the school recently. Pulling weeds near in the back Preschool area, 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.



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 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 – with any questions.

Cross Country Registration

Cross country registration is open for all Holy Rosary grades
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.
4th/5th Grade and Kindergarten/1st Grade Coaches needed! We are still looking for coaches/assistant coaches to ensure this season can take place for these grades.
Please email Lisa Nooyen ( if interested in coaching or with any questions.


Altar Server Training

Use this SignupGenius link to sign up early and reserve your place!  
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 (One class from each session required)
Training Session 1

  • Wed, Aug 31st – 3-5 pm (pick only one 8/31)
  • Wed, Aug 31st – 6:30-8:30 pm (pick only one 8/31)
  • Fri, Sept 9th – 12:15-2:15 pm
  • Thur, Sept 15th – 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Sun, Sept 18th – 12-2 pm

Training Session 2

  • Wed, Sept 28th – 2:30-4:30 pm (pick only one 9/28)
  • Wed, Sept 28th – 6:30-8:30 pm (pick only one 9/28)
  • Fri, Sept 30th – 3:15-5:15 pm
  • Sat, Oct 1st – 9:30-11:30 am
  • Sun, Oct 2nd – 1-3 pm

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


Pearl Drum Bell Set For Sale

Child in band who needs a bell set? $100 for pretty much brand new/barely used for one year Pearl Bell Set with case and stand. Retails for much more $$$. Contact Mr. Barker at 

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