Family Communication 8/19/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

The weather change this week has further signaled fall is in the air!!  
We are busy putting the final preparations on the opening of school and will be meeting with staff Tuesday and Wednesday next week to finalize opening procedures.  August 30th will be here before you know it!
I would like to introduce this year’s theme, Rooted in Christ, which is inspired by Colossians 2:6-7:
“As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
During these challenging days, we must keep our eyes, hearts, and minds rooted firmly in Him.  He is our solace, our inspiration, and our true guide.   We give thanks to God for the many gifts we have received and through Him we will persevere!
I’d also like to share two important documents with you in this week’s eFC, and I encourage you to read both:
1)  Our updated family handbook (though it is all important, please especially review the uniform policy on page 36).  All families are asked to acknowledge you have read the handbook here.  
2)  Our updated COVID fall response plan.  We will open to in person instruction Monday – Friday beginning August 30th.  Details on our reopening plan are included in this document.
After you read both, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Much more information is to come, but in hoping that you’ll review both documents carefully I will keep this message short!
Looking forward to seeing you all 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


Class Assignments And Letters

A letter from your child’s teacher were sent home yesterday 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.

Kindergarten Playdate Reminder!

We will have a KA class playdate, meeting on the playground on Saturday, Aug 21st from 10-11:30am and a KB class playdate from 1-2:30pm. This will be an opportunity for families to meet one another in person, masks will be required.  We will also answer questions on drop-off and pick-up routes and door entrance locations at that time as well!

Vacation! Out Of State Travel

If you are planning out of state travel, there will still be a quarantine period of 7 days with a Covid test or 10 days without a covid test. If your child is vaccinated and has not been in a high risk area, they do not need to quarantine, but the office will need documented proof of vaccination. If you or your child has traveled in a high risk area or been exposed to high risk situations, please contact the office and we will discuss quarantine restrictions. Non-vaccinated children do not need to quarantine if an immediate family member traveled out of state, unless they were in a high risk area or involved in high risk activity. We are following the Department of Health guidelines for schools at this time. If the guidance changes, we will adjust our rules. If you have any questions, email Kristin Bentler in the school office.

Drop Off/Pick Up Times

Last names A-L:  Drop off at 8:15-8:25, pick up 2:55 (2:00 Wednesdays)
Last names M-Z:  Drop off at 8:25-8:35, pick up 3:05 (2:10 Wednesdays)
Contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you need to make other arrangements. 
Morning Entry Door Assignments:
Front Door: Parents / Staff / Visitors
Back Door by main boys’ bathroom:  3B, 5A, 5B, 4A, 4B 
Back Door by main girls’ bathroom: 1A, 3A, 6A, 6B
Front Door by 2B: 1B, 2A, 2B
Front Kindergarten Door:  7A, 7B, 8A, 8B  
Back Kindergarten Door: KA, KB

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 has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts for those that have ordered them. Please come into the office and pick them up. Some sizes are on backorder. Karla Lawson will let you know if your order is not ready. If you would like to place an order, An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.  The Main Office is open M-F from 9am-3pm.


Milk Order Form

Order milk online here for your student for the entire school year. The milk cost is $25 per student, with the option of 1% white milk all week, or 1% white milk Monday-Wednesday with 2% chocolate milk available on Thursday and Friday. Your FACTS account will be billed for your selection.

**We will not be offering milk until the 1st week of October**

Meet The Teacher

Join us for 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 to say hello to your new teacher.  Teachers will be located outside of the school near your child’s entry door assignment.  Reminder, masks are required while on campus.  There are no sign ups, come as you are available during this window of time for a brief hello!

Volunteer Opportunities: Milk Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to help distribute milk to students at lunchtime this year. This is a two hour commitment once a week. It’s a great opportunity to see the kids and earn volunteer hours. If you are interested, please contact Karla Lawson. *all volunteers are required to show proof of full vaccination*

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.

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

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
CYO is looking for soccer referees to referee games at the 4th and 5th grade level. Referees are paid and must be at least 14 years of age and either be certified already or obtain a WA State Referee certification. Please reach out to Neil Smith ( for more details if you are interested in becoming a CYO soccer referee.


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)
We have 10 altar server training dates, divided into two sessions, with five options in each. You will need to pick two times: one time from the earlier ‘A’ session dates: 8/24-9/3, and one time from the later ‘B’ session dates: 9/15-23. Thank you!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