Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We’ve worked hard over the summer to get our campus and classrooms ready and staff has been busy in training this week. In a few short days, we’ll be welcoming your wonderful children through our doors. It is going to be an exceptional year!
You’ll hear much more about the things to come this year in the coming few weeks, but I wanted to mention one important item as we start this year.
Our theme for this year is “Blessed are the Peacemakers” and one of our focuses will be continuing to implement the action plans in Social Emotional Learning that are part of our Accreditation goals. As part of this, we will utilize a PBIS framework (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) to implement a system wide approach to teach towards positive, expected behaviors throughout our campus. You will be learning more about this, but I encourage you to talk with your children during the first few days of school to hear what they are learning about how to be Safe, Responsible, Respectful Gators in classrooms, at recess, and in common areas. As a whole school, we are going to teach to common expectations the first month of school and support our children in being peacemakers with one another.
Rest up; enjoy these last waning days of summer.
We’ll see you on September 4!
SCHOOL NOTES & REMINDERS
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.
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 6, school 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.
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.
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.
Blue Plate Express will provide the hot lunch program again this year. Please visit their website at www.blueplateseattle.com and enter our school access code HR4. You can also access the website through the school homepage under “Forms and Downloads”. You will find it halfway down the page under “Hot Lunch Forms and Links”.
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.
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.
Parents Club Volunteer Opportunity
Parents Club is looking for two hospitality volunteers to help with setting up for Parents Club meeting and other events throughout the year. Please contact Ann Baker at email@example.com for more information.
- 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 – BASE closed
- September 14 and 15 – WestFest
SCHOOL ACTION ITEMS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Picture Day
Picture day is September 11. Flyers to order pictures will be sent home during the first week of school, or use this link to order online with our school ID# LS118072Q0. 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, email@example.com. Thank you.
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.
New Cadet Collar Zip-Up Sweatshirt
The new cadet collar zip-up wweatshirts are now available for pick-up in the main office if you placed an order online in June.
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.
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
MAGAZINE DRIVE – Now that teacher assignments are out, take some time before school starts to log in and set up an account to sell magazines. 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 APMags.com site. Click here for information on how to set up an online profile and START SELLING!
Students who complete all three set-up steps on APMags.com, by Tuesday, September 11 will receive a custom Holy Rosary glow bracelet.
A LOOK AHEAD AT THIS YEAR’S FUNDRAISING EVENTS
- Magazine Drive — September – October 8
- WestFest (Community Carnival) — September 14 and 15
- Tree Lot — November 23 – December 16
- Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch — January 30
- Auction — March 16
- Golf Tournament — May TBD
- Annual Fund — School year, with fall emphasis
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 coming soon!
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 9 and 10. More information can be found on the band website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
CROSS COUNTRY is now open for registration for all Holy Rosary grades – kindergarten through grade 8. 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 email@example.com 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!
There are still some open spots in the preschool and Mini Crew classes for SunDance this fall. 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 (drop-ins welcome)
- Thursday, August 30 – 6:30-8:30 (drop-ins welcome)
- Wednesday, September 26 – 2:20-4:20 (time moved earlier)
- Thursday, September 27 – 6:30-8:30pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 206-937-1488 x252, and parents please contact Robert King at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!
Job Opening – Child Caregiver For Holy Rosary Sunday Nursery
Holy Rosary Parish has an opening for our Sunday nursery to play with and take care of children from age 1 and walking, up to age 5 years old at both Sunday Masses. Looking for a person with experience taking care of small children, Safe Environment compliant, and 1st Aid/CPR for children certified. This position is paid hourly with no benefits. Perfect for juniors and seniors in high school, local college students, adults who wouldn’t be bringing their own children or other relatives to the nursery program. Please contact Deyette at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested or have questions.
Art Workshops At Seattle Lutheran!
Ms. Reuter – former Art Teacher at Holy Rosary – is so excited to be offering after school art workshops next door at Seattle Lutheran. These workshops offer memorable opportunities for children to explore authentic expression and unleash their creative power through art. We’re going to have so much fun!
Session 1: Tuesdays 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, and 10/23.
Times: 3-5 p.m.
Open to all students in grades 1-6. Exceptionally mature kindergarten students are also welcome.
Please note that the art workshops are not a Holy Rosary School program.