Family Communication 8/29/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

I hope you’ve had a wonderful last week of summer! Staff has been busy in inservices and preparing, and we are thrilled to see your children next week!

A few important reminders as we prepare to start the year:

1) Open House for K-8 students will be Thursday, September 5th beginning at 6:30 in the gym. This is a required event and we ask that at least one family member attend. It is not an event for children, but rather an opportunity for you to meet and hear from your child’s teacher. We look forward to seeing you!

2) Thank you so much for your attention to our revised drop off and pick up procedures that we mailed home with your class letters. It will take all of us working together to help solve the traffic problems surrounding drop off and pick up. As a reminder- NO parking in the alley while waiting for pick-up and please do not exit your cars when dropping off in front of the school in the morning.

3) We’re looking for a parent volunteer or team of volunteers who would be interested in coordinating a “walking school bus” for the school. This would mean coordinating volunteers who would meet students at a drop off location on the surrounding blocks of the school in the morning and walk groups of kids to school. If you have any interest in coordinating such a program, please reach out to me at

4) And finally, the playground. We learned yesterday that the playground is now not going to be done by the first day of school. All will be fine, we will work around it the first week. This will require us to once again postpone the playground blessing scheduled for this Sunday. We will confirm a new date as soon as construction is complete.

It is our great privilege to serve your children and your family and we are so excited for the first day!

In Christ, 



This week we welcomed back all of the teachers, and have been busy making final preparations for the arrival of the students next Tuesday!  It has been a busy summer – perhaps even a bit over-ambitious.  I know the children have been greatly looking forward to using the new Big Toy which they have been looking longingly at through the fence for some time now.  Unfortunately they are going to have to wait a few more days.  Construction will be wrapping up next week.  Stay tuned for a re-scheduled grand opening/blessing celebration as we inaugurate the Big Toy that will serve the next generation of Holy Rosary students and neighbors.  Be assured that plans will be in place to assure the safety of students, as well as a thorough cleanup of the site in preparation for use.  In these final days – it is very exciting as it takes shape!

Thank you to those who donated to the 2019 School Auction Fund-an-Item to help make this a reality, as well as all of those who are making pledge payments to the Called to Serve as Christ Capital Campaign.  This important campaign which supports priests and sisters in their retirement for generations to come includes a rebate to the parish.  The first project being funded by the rebate is the repair of the 20+ breaking and bulging stained glass windows in the church, which started this week.  The second project being funded is this new Big Toy.  After that, we will use the remainder of the rebate funds for tuckpointing our beautiful brick buildings to ensure their long term use.  Thank you for helping make these a reality for your children – and countless others. 

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • September 1st – Playground Blessing (Postponed)
  • September 3rd – First 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 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.


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. 

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.

Picture Day

Picture day is September 17th. Flyers to order pictures will be sent home during the second week of school, or use this link to order online with our school ID# LS119030Q0. Students may wear free dress on picture day. The office is looking for two volunteers to help shuttle the kids from their classrooms to the School Hall. If you can help, please contact the main office, Thank you.

Junior High Dance

Mark Your Calendars! Holy Rosary is hosting a Junior High (7th and 8th grades only) Back to School Dance Friday, September 13 at 7 – 9:30 pm in Lanigan Gym. Details will be disseminated in class.


Join the Band!

Join band! Come learn about the joys and benefits of learning to play an instrument! Playing an instrument strengthens memory and reading skills, musicians can process multiple things at once. It strengthens the brain’s executive function, and can reduce stress. Band is offered to grades 5-8 as an extra activity. Cost is $15 per month, not including instrument rental. Families will be billed through FACTS on a monthly schedule Sept-May. First class/screening – Monday, September 9th. More information can be found on the band website. If you student is new to band his year, there will be a parent meeting and instrument rental on Saturday, September 14th at 12pm in the School Hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Old Magazines Needed

Please donate any old magazines you have to the art room for use in collage projects.  There will be a box in the office for drop off.

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:

  • 1A & 1B
  • 3B
  • 7A &7B
  • 8A & 8B

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!

Pizza Lunch

Signup for the eighth grade Pizza Lunch! Orders will be processed through the FACTS payment system, similar to last year. The eighth grade pizza fundraiser helps pay for the many events throughout the year for the graduating class. Events include retreats, fun day, baccalaureate dinner, graduation, and the graduation reception.


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

Magazine Drive has begun. Help HRS each our $125,000 goal. Register to sell at For further instructions check the eblast sent earlier this week.

WestFest shirt

WestFest shirt sales begin next week! We have new styles available in men’s, women’s and children including a tie-dye option for kids. Shirts will be available for purchase the first day of school and back to school night. Forms will also be available in the office. And don’t forget, WestFest spirit free dress day is Friday, September 20th!

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


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 13th – 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 is open.


Opportunities for Adults

We offer several ways to celebrate and grow closer to the risen Christ:

  • Inquiry – an open-ended discussion of life, the universe, and everything from a Catholic point of view! If you or someone you know, has questions about the Catholic faith, invite them to come! All are welcome and no topic is off limits! This is the ideal preparation for  those interested in Becoming Catholic or RCIA. We meet twice a month in the Parish Office, and our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 3. Our topic will be “How can I know God loves me?”
  • Bible Study – We will begin a study of St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Join us for this exploration of crisis in the early Church! Please register on our website:
  • Formed – It’s like Amazon Prime for Catholics, and it’s free! For a wealth of videos, audiobooks, ebook, and other resources, sign up at today!
  • Women With Purpose – Join us for a new series this fall as we learn about Mary in “A Scriptural Journey with Mary” by Jeanne Kun.  Meetings are Wednesday evening, 7:15-9:00pm beginning September 18 or Friday mornings, 9:15-11:00am beginning September 20. Both groups meet in the Parish Center Reception Room and childcare is provided for the Friday group. For registration: go to org/wwp-registration.  For questions or to order a book, email Deyette at

For more information, or if you have any suggestions, please contact Robert King (206-937-1488 x203 or

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we remember Pope St. Gregory the Great. Most commonly known today for his musical reforms (known as Gregorian Chant), Pope Gregory I also established systems of charity for the poor in Rome and wrote theological treatises that impacted the whole medieval Church. He is a great example of how the Mass, care for those in need, and personal devotion to prayer all work together in the Christian life. Following him, we can make sure we include all three in our own lives. His feast is September 3.

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 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

2019 Church Directory

Holy Rosary is thrilled to announce we have invited Lifetouch Photography back to create our 2019 Church Directory. The first session dates are October 7-12th. The second session dates are October 21st– 26th.The session times are Monday thru Friday from 1:00 pm until 8:10 pm, Saturday sessions are 10:00 am until 5:10 pm. Schedule your Photography Session. Use this link, the link on Holy Rosary Parish Website or sign up before and after mass in the Church

Once you are logged into this site click on login in, this will enable you to create an account. From here you can choose an appointment time. This site is active Monday afternoons thru Friday mornings to allow us time to enter paper session request from the weekend masses. Lifetouch has kindly offered to return in November during the week of Thanksgiving to give those families with college age children the opportunity to be included in the portrait session. In order for this to happen they will need a significant number of families to show interest in a third session.


No community notices this week!