Family Communication 8/22/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope your summer has been filled with a blend of fun, family, relaxation, and learning!  Holy Rosary’s campus is buzzing with construction projects, and I am thrilled to see the progress on our big projects.  The new lighting around the campus, the big toy renewal and the structural work on the church – to name just a few of our projects – will serve us well this year and in generations to come.   Thank you all for your generosity and support!

The 2019-2020 school year marks my 20th “start of school” as an educator. I know God has many great things in store for us as we embark on another year full of promise.  We welcome a new 4th grade teacher, Katie Benson, along with two new instructional aids: Cory Baker and Audrey Beyer.  And we welcome many new families.  The Holy Rosary community welcomes you, and we look forward to your journey with us.

Our theme for this year will be I am the vine, you are the branches.”  We will be working with teachers and students to more fully understand the Missionary Discipleship model, moving beyond isolated acts of service and towards connecting our service to our growth as disciples of Christ.  We are not just part of a church, and church isn’t just a place we go on Sundays.  We are the church as members of the baptized!  We are the eyes, hands, and feet of Christ for others, particularly those who live on the margins.  That is our goal, direction, and purpose as disciples of Christ.  We are the branches!

This year we also continue to more fully implement our building-wide Safe, Respectful, and Responsible expectations and will continue teaching to expected behaviors throughout the building.  We will also continue with our common voice levels throughout the building and will implement common classroom expectations this year as well.   Look for more information to come on this in our family handbook and at back-to-school night.

Finally, I want to call your attention to a very important matter:  drop off and pick up.  As you are well-aware, the parking situation and traffic patterns around our campus remain problematic.  I anticipate it becoming increasingly challenging with the increased construction in close proximity to the school.  I ask that you pay close attention to the details sent in your letters regarding drop off and pick up. We need everyone to assist with some changes in practice in order to keep things safe during drop off and pick up times.  Thank you for your attention to this.

We are constantly in a state of reflection and renewal as we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us, and each new school year brings a wonderful chance to establish new habits, to set new goals, to establish new relationships, and to be of service to one another.  As we embark on another year, I feel so blessed to be able to do so as Holy Rosary School’s principal.  Please know I am here to support each of you, and I do hope you will stop by and say hello!

I’ll be seeing you soon.  In the meantime, enjoy those last bits of summer.  

In Christ, 



“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49)

These words of Jesus opened our Gospel this past Sunday, and I think them fitting as we get ready for the start of the school year.  In them, Jesus’ tells us what He wants for our world, and for us individually.  They are a reminder of our mission here at Holy Rosary:  Spirit and Mind ignited. 

God appeared to Moses in a burning bush.  The bush was not consumed or destroyed by God’s presence, but made brilliant by the fire of God’s love.  The same can be true of us.  The same must be true of us.  God, in His goodness and love, draws near to us.  But He also respects our freedom.  It is up to us to fill our lives with the fire of His love.  We ourselves become ablaze by entering into the very life of God – and remaining there.  It’s not enough to stand outside the fire and warm our hands.  Its not enough to step inside every once in a while.  Jesus’ desire is for us to be always afire.  Not salt that has lost its taste.  Not a light under a bushel basket.  But in Jesus’ words, “blazing!”

Parents often tell me at this time of year that they are looking forward to getting back to the routine of the school year.  Make sure that Jesus is first in that schedule and routine in real ways.  If not already there, include daily prayer time – personally, and together as a family.  Every day – Jesus first.  Include daily acts/habits of goodness, kindness and generosity.  Every day – Jesus first.  Include weekly worship at Sunday Mass with other members of the Body of Christ – whether here at Holy Rosary, or anywhere else in the world as the Catholic Church is everywhere.  Every Sunday – Jesus first.  Recreation is a good thing.  Sports and the arts are good things.  Enjoying God’s Creation is beautiful.  Time with family and friends is important.  But when those things separate us from God and what He asks of us – they lose their goodness. 

The present moment is the beginning of eternity.  So let us strive to be always ablaze with the fire of God’s love, and help those children entrusted to us to be always ablaze as well.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland




  • August 28th – New Family Ice Cream Social
  • September 3rd – 1st Day of School
  • September 5th – Back to School Night(doors open at 6pm), Lanigan Gym
  • September 6th – Magazine Kickoff Assembly
  • September 6th – Noon Dismissal
  • September 15th – Pancake Breakfast after 8:30 and 10:30 Mass
  • September 17th – Picture Day
  • September 20th – Noon Dismissal
  • September 20th-21st – WestFest


Communication From the School

Again this year we will be communicating with families entirely through our website at Every Thursday a newsletter from the school will be posted on our website and will be the primary means of communication from the school to the family. We strongly encourage you to read these communications.

We have an email “blast” that is sent out to parents regarding last minute information. For example, if there’s a free dress day, last minute notices, or an important reminder for meetings. This email blast is also a way that the school can contact families regarding snow closure or early dismissal. To subscribe, please send an email to either: or Put the word “subscribe” in the subject field and include any other email addresses in the body that you would like subscribed.

Immunization Law Changes

In July, House Bill 1638 took affect. This removed the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine required for school and child care attendance. The new law took requires all students to have the MMR vaccine to attend school unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

Classroom Assignments

Class letters were mailed out on Tuesday.  The full lists will be posted on the front kindergarten doors on Friday at 9am.

Classroom Supplies And Comfort Kits Lists

This year we’ll charge a supply fee per child rather than sending you out shopping with a long list. The fee will be charged via FACTS at the end 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.

Playground Blessing Date Change

Due to a few construction hiccups, we have had to delay our playground blessing scheduled for Thursday, August 29th.  Right now the blessing and official opening of the playground is scheduled for Sunday, September 1st at noon, to follow the 10:30 Mass.  We hope to make this a celebration of the new big toy and a welcome back, just a couple of days before school starts!  Save the date, to be confirmed in next week’s eFC.

Milk Order Form

Order milk online here for your student for the entire school year. 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.

Media Release Form

The media release form from last year has been retained in the student files. If you wish to change consent, or are a new family, please complete a form and return to the main office.

Back to School Coffee

Parents Club will be hosting coffee for all parents on the first day of school — Tuesday, September 3rd. Please stop by the school hall starting at 8:15 for coffee and conversation.

First Week of School Schedule

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. Dismissal is at noon for grades 1-8 and at 10am for kindergarten. On Wednesday, September 4th, school dismisses at 2:15pm for grades 1-8 and noon for kindergarten. Wednesday is also opening Mass at 8:35. Please wear Perfect Uniform. On Thursday, September 5th, school dismisses at 3pm for grades 1-8 and noon for kindergarten. Friday, September 6th is a noon dismissal for the entire school.

Professional Development For Staff

School dismisses at 2:15pm every Wednesday for staff meetings and professional development.

Back To School Night for Parents

Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 5th 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.

Drop-off/Pick- up

We ask that you observe the following for everyone’s safety and convenience. Please DO NOT EVER park along 42nd Avenue in front of the school during morning drop off between 8 – 8:30. Drivers should never leave their vehicles when dropping off in front of the school or in the alley. Please use the crosswalks. If the traffic manager directs you please follow the instructions immediately. Also, please remember that the HEART Auction parking spots are always reserved for the families who purchased it; please do not park in or block those spaces at any time. If you are bringing your child to school after the 8:25am tardy bell, your child will need to be signed in at the main office.

Important School Forms

Please complete and return the following forms by the first day of school:  1) Field Trip Driver 2) Certificate of Immunization Washington State law requires that all schools keep accurate immunization records on all students.

Uniform Policy

Students should be in perfect uniform on the first day of school. A copy of the policy and information about purchasing school uniforms can be found on the school website under Students and Parents > School Uniform. Your full support of this policy helps the staff maximize the educational environment. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.  For sizes not in stock, a bulk order will be placed October 15th. 

VIRTUS Safe Environment

Interested in Volunteering at the School? Are you compliant with our Virtus program? Safe Environment training is required for all school volunteers. This training educates our volunteers on how to keep our school and students safe. Please note that the VIRTUS platform will not work on phones or tablets. All data entry must be done on a computer.

Current Volunteers are required to take updated online training courses every three years and renew their background check.

New Volunteers are required to complete a background check and take a one-time 3 hour class.

Holy Rosary will be offering this course twice in September:

  • Saturday, September 7 at 9:00am in the School Hall
  • Wednesday, September 11 at 6:00pm in the School Hall

Class registration is

Questions, please call Parish Office at 206-935-8353.

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. 


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.

Room Parent Recruitment

Still looking for room parents for the following grades:  

  • 1st grade
  • 3rd grade
  • 4th grade
  • 7th grade
  • 8th grade

Be a room parent for the 2019-2020 school year!  If you enjoy planning and attending parties, parent’s nights out and spoiling the teachers with birthday gifts – 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 goes towards your family commitment hours. 

Room parents are responsible for the coordination of the following events/items:

  • Halloween Class Party
  • Valentine’s Day Class Party
  • End of Year Class Party
  • Teacher Birthday Gift from Class
  • Assigned Specialist Birthday Gift
  • Keeping track of classroom funds/budgeting
  • Hosting of one school event per grade
  • Help recruit Auction Grade Project Lead volunteer by sending out communications for the Auction Project Lead
  • One Sunday Coffee and Donuts hosted per class

If you are interested in being a room parent, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe at  Thank you!

Westfest Needs Your Help!

Event Dates: September 20th and 21st, 2019

We have some very important volunteer roles to fill as we go into Fall and prepare for this year’s festival. Please consider one of these positions:

  • Communications/Publicity Chair Shadow
  • Volunteer Coordinator Lead
  • Sponsorship Chair
  • Finance Chair
  • First Aid/Info Booth Lead
  • Set-Up/Take Down Lead
  • Chicken Wing Food Booth Shadow
  • Italian Food Booth Co-Chair

If interested or have questions, please contact Jodi Sherwood:  206.356.2999

Get Your Gator Gear

Do you want to order Gator Gear for you or your child? Forms can be submitted to the office.

Sweats and hoodies

Youth Sport-Tek fleece jacket, hoodie pullover and duffel

Adult Sport-Tek fleece jacket, hoodie pullover and duffel



2019 Magazine Drive

The 2019 Magazine Drive kicks off when school returns. Last year HRS raised over $120,000 during the 6 weeks of the Magazine Drive. Some of you, or your customers, may be receiving renewal notices. I urge you to communicate to your customers to renew through HRS. Watch for an eblast next week on how to set up your account to sell this year.


CYO Fall Sports

CYO Soccer and Cross Country sign ups are happening now. If your student attends Holy Rosary School or is a member of the parish, she or he is eligible to join CYO teams at Holy Rosary. Go here to register: Team Sideline is new to us, so creating a new account may be required. 

Volunteer Coaches are needed for soccer and cross country. Please contact our Soccer coordinator, Neil Smith at or Cross Country coordinator, Lisa Nooyen at if you can help.

Go Gators!

Cross Country

Cross Country registration is open for all Holy Rosary Grades. This is a fun quick season that gets everyone outside exercising and burning energy. 

Cross Country practices will be Tuesday and Thursday 4-5pm at Lincoln Park through mid October. Practices will start on Tuesday, September 10th – we will meet at the south lot of Lincoln Park. You can do both Cross Country and Soccer – making all practices isn’t required. 

Preliminary meets are Sunday Sept 22nd and Sept 29th with K-3 Championship Oct 6th and 4-8th grade Championship October 14th – times to be determined. Every runner must participate in one of the preliminary meets in order to run in the championship race.

We are still looking for coaches/assistant coaches for the younger grades. Please email Lisa Nooyen ( with any questions. 

SunDance Registration

Sundance registration for the September through December season opens Wednesday, August 28th at 10am.


Youth Confirmation!

This year, Holy Rosary is offering Confirmation preparation for all youth in Middle School and High School (grades 7 through 12). If any of your Middle School and/or High School children would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in February of 2020, please register them at Information Meeting will be Sunday, September 8 at 12:00 Noon in the Church. We’re also looking for parents to assist as volunteers. This counts toward your General Volunteer Hours! If you have any questions about Confirmation, please contact Robert King at

Time For Altar Server Training

Time for Altar Server training–for new and continuing altar servers. Training is required in order to serve. You can sign up now using our Signup Genius link:

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.

NOTE: Older altar servers can become MC’s (Master of Ceremonies) and lead the other servers at Mass!

Please pick one of the following times (and sign up via the Signup Genius link above):

  • Thu., August 22  6:30-8:30pm
  • Wed., August 28  6:30-8:30pm
  • Thu., August 29  3:00-5:00pm
  • Wed., September 25  2:20-4:20pm
  • Tue., October 1  6:30-8:30pm

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 10-20 servers per session.

Location: church sacristy


No community notices this week!