Family Communication 8/23/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

There was a crispness in the air when I walked in this morning, a reminder that the start of school is just around the corner. With the many hot summer days, I find the change to be a welcome presence. It’s a signal that the new year is coming, and with that my heart is filled with joy and enthusiasm for what is to come. This is my 19th start of school, and I look forward to seeing the shining faces of your kiddos as they return from their summer adventures. I can’t wait to see that God has in store for each of us as we embark on the 2018-2019 school year.

Thanks to your continued support and generosity, over the summer we’ve continued with some upgrades to our beloved school building. You’ll notice brighter hallways, classrooms, and the school hall- as all lights have been retrofitted to LEDs and a number of aging fixtures in the second floor hallways have been replaced. We’ve also replaced a few classroom floors, installed the new SMART boards that were funded through last year’s auction fund-an-item, and upgraded to a new wireless alarm system. None of this would be possible without you, our incredible families!

We’ve also hired two exceptional new sixth grade teachers- Caitlin Stroud and Nichole Chiodo. Caitlin comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland, where she spent the last two years teaching middle school in an alternative education program. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from James Madison University, with an emphasis on Middle School Education. She recently moved to Seattle and is excited to join the Holy Rosary Community. Caitlin will be the 6B homeroom teacher. Nicole Chiodo is a familiar face to many, as she spent the past two years as a substitute teacher in our school. She and her family moved to the Seattle area three years ago, and prior to that she and her family lived in New York for 15 years. Nicole has a Master’s Degree in Education from Long Island University and she lives in West Seattle with her husband and three sons. Nicole will be the 6A homeroom teacher. We are still hiring for one after school care position and for one instructional/recess aid, and continue our search for a part time school counselor.

As I pondered what our theme should be for this year, I was inspired as I witnessed many recount the life and ministry of Archbishop Hunthausen after his death. If you don’t know about the legacy that is Archbishop Hunthausen, I encourage you to learn more about his life, leadership, and pastoral ministry. He was a true living embodiment of The Beatitudes. In this light, we will be continuing our focus this year on supporting Social Emotional Learning, one of our Accreditation Goals. Last year we implemented updated Steps to Respect and Second Step Curriculumin all classrooms, and this year we are going to focus on the beginnings of a schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program (PBIS) to both teach to and support students in making peaceful, Christ-centered behavioral choices in all environments. In this light, our theme for this year will draw from The Beatitudes and will be “Blessed are the Peacemakers.”

More to come! As a reminder, all of our start of school material will be available online this year, via our website. Class lists will be posted to the kindergarten doors on the August 24. Our first Mass of the year will be the second day of school- I hope you will join us for this start of the year tradition.

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.

Yours in Christ,


In general, the homeroom teacher and/or specialist teacher (or Donna in BASE) is the first point of communication for questions or concerns at the classroom level.

For additional assistance beyond the homeroom teacher and BASE support:

Vice Principal supporting students K-4 – Mary Jo McFaul (
Seattle Public Schools liaison 

Vice Principal supporting students 5-8 – Ted Mohrbacher (
BASE administrator
Junior High/High School admissions

You are always welcome to reach out to me too- Anna Horton (


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.

Class Assignments

Letters to students from their classroom teachers were mailed earlier this week. Class lists will be posted on the kindergarten front doors tomorrow (Friday, August 24). There will be no changes to the classroom assignments.

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 And Volunteer Opportunity

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.

The main office is looking for milk volunteers to help distribute milk during the lunch periods. The commitment would be during all four lunches which run from 11-12:45. If you are interested in helping, please email

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 4. 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 4. Dismissal is at noon for grades 1-8 and at 10 for kindergarten. On Wednesday, September 5, school dismisses at 2:15 for grades 1-8 and noon for kindergarten. Wednesday is also opening Mass at 8:35. Please wear Perfect Uniform. On Thursday, September 6school dismisses at 3 for grades 1-8 and noon for kindergarten. Friday, September 7 is a noon dismissal for the entire school.

Professional Development For Staff

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

Back To School Night for Parents

Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 6 in Lanigan Gym. We will begin at 6:30 and the doors will open at 6. 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 (K & 6 only). 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.


Holy Rosary’s Before & School Enrichment (BASE) program provides a safe and nurturing environment for students prior to and after regular school hours. BASE Registration is now open for NEW BASE students for the 2018-19 school year. Please register online prior for the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4.

VIRTUS Safe Environment

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.

For parents of new students and any parent who has not done SE training, you will need to login to the VIRTUS site and register by completing a profile, submit a background check, read and ‘sign’ off on education documentation, and attend a Safe Environment Training Foundation Course (“Protecting God’s Children for Adults”) to be able to volunteer at any on-site school event. Click this link to proceed.

Upcoming Foundation course training dates for new registrants at Holy Rosary School on Wednesday, September 5 at 6 p.m. or Wednesday September 12 at 6 p.m., 9/5, 6 p.m.

When attending the course, please make sure to sign in as proof of attendance.

For returning parents who have already completed a registration and compliant requirements, please login to VIRTUS to check your current status. At this time the Archdiocese reports that background checks are good for three years, however, there is a required online refresher course (“Keeping the Promise Alive”). If you are due for a renewal background check, the system should require this when you login. If it is time for an online refresher course, under your ‘Compliance’ tab in the upper left hand corner, the class title will be listed. Click on the title and it will lead you to a second screen, click on the title again, and your course will begin.

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.


  • September 4 – First day of school
  • September 5 – Safe Environment Training 6 p.m., School Hall
  • September 6 – Back to School Night 6:30 (doors open at 6), Lanigan Gym
  • September 7 – Magazine Drive Kickoff Assembly
  • September 7 – Noon dismissal
  • September 9 – Pancake Breakfast after 8:30 and 10:30 Mass
  • September 11 – Picture Day
  • September 12 – Safe Environment Training 6:00pm, School Hall
  • September 14 – Noon dismissal
  • September 14 and 15 – WestFest


All action items can be found above in the SCHOOL NOTES & REMINDERS section.


Development Directives

Welcome back! This school year we are striving for 100% participation in all fundraising activities. If you have any questions regarding our fundraising events or volunteer hours, please don’t hesitate to contact Beth Martin at

MAGAZINE DRIVE – Let’s kickoff the school year with our annual Magazine Drive. Our theme for this year’s Magazine Drive is GLOW FOR IT! Holy Rosary has been the TOP SELLING school in the nation for five years; let’s keep that record going! The first fundraiser of the year officially kicks off on Friday, September 7. However, your child can begin selling magazines now. ALL sales are online through the site. Click here for information on how to set up an online profile and START SELLING!

All children that complete all three set-up steps, on, by Tuesday, September 11 will receive a custom Holy Rosary glow bracelet.

WESTFEST – Mark your calendars! WestFest will be September 14 and 15 this year! Please visit the WestFest site for more details. The WestFest Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday, September 9 in the School Hall following the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses. More information about WestFest t-shirt and wristbands sales to come next week.



FALL SOCCER – Register for CYO soccer by September 9. This fall we have teams for grades K-3, grade 4 girls, grade 5 girls, grades 4/5 boys, and grades 6/7 girls. Register online here. Contact Lori Ho at with questions.

CROSS COUNTRY – Cross Country registration will be available online soon for all Holy Rosary grades – Kindergarten through 8th grade. We will eBlast the link as soon as the registration site is available. Every participant scores one point for the team so we are looking for as many runners as possible!

Practice will start on Tuesday, September 11th, at the south lot of Lincoln Park from 4-5pm.  We will have practice every Tuesday and Thursday through mid October.  You can do both Cross Country and Soccer – practice attendance isn’t required! The K-3 Championship will be on October 7th, time to be determined. The 4-8th grade championships will be on October 14.  Please email Coach Dave Wagner at dave-wagner@hotmail.comif you have any questions about this great sport. We are also looking for some additional assistant coaches, please contact me if you are interested! It is a fun, quick season filled with great ways to burn off extra back to school energy!


Registration for SunDance opens tomorrow, August 24 at 9 a.m.!! Hip Hop and Jazz dance, classes available for Preschool 3’s through grade 8. Classes fill up quickly. Please find information about class schedules and costs here.


ALTAR SERVER TRAINING – Boys and girls 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 and candles 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 through the Word of God and through the Eucharist.

  • Training Information – Servers are trained after school or in the evening. Current altar servers receive follow-up training. Older altar servers can become acolytes, or head altar servers, and lead the younger servers at Mass!
  • Pick one of the following times. Use the Signup Genius link below to choose your session.

(Note: After school sessions start 5 minutes after the end of school. All training in church.)

  • Wednesday, August 29 – 3-5
  • Wednesday, August 29 – 6:30-8:30
  • Thursday, August 30 – 3-5
  • Thursday, August 30 – 6:30-8:30

Click here to register and choose a session. 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 servers per session, but can expand if necessary.

FAITH FORMATION AT HOLY ROSARY PARISH – Welcome back to Holy Rosary! Our parish offers many opportunities to grow in your faith beyond the school day. We’d like to highlight a few:

  • First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Preparation – Each year, Holy Rosary prepares young parishioners (usually in the second grade) to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion for the first time. If your children are Baptized as Catholics and wish to receive the Sacraments – even if they are older than second grade – please register on our website. For more information, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 x252.
  • Becoming Catholic: the Rite of Christian Initiation for children and adults (RCIA) – Are you, or is your child, interested in becoming Catholic? If you or your child have not been Baptized, or were Baptized in another Christian tradition, we are happy to help you learn more. For children, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 x252, and parents please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203. Also, you are welcome to learn more at our weekly inquiry sessions every Tuesday evening.
  • Confirmation Preparation for High School Students – The Archdiocese of Seattle is transitioning to a younger age of Confirmation. Holy Rosary Parish is beginning the transition in the 2018-2019 academic year. This year, we will offer Confirmation to all high school Catholic teens in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. If you have children who will be in grades 9-12 this fall, please download our information sheet and register on our website. For more information, please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203.

We also offer a variety of offerings for both children and adults, ranging from Bible Studies to weekend Children’s Faith Formation to opportunities for prayer! Find more information on our website, and in future eFC’s!


No community notices this week!