Family Communication 9/05/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

What a wonderful first week of school we’ve had!  It is such a joy to see your children back at school and that joyful feeling is palpable in the school building!  I’d also like to welcome the many new families who have joined the Holy Rosary School community.  It is our great privilege to have you all here.

There’s been a lot of excitement around the building this week.  We’ve blessed the new big toy (see pictures below), are preparing for back-to-school night, are meeting new friends and reuniting with old friends, and have our big magazine drive kick off assembly on Friday.  And this is just the beginning!

Please do remember that these first few weeks of school are exhausting!  It takes a bit of time for kiddos to re-build their mental and physical stamina, and everyone may need a bit more downtime.  I for one certainly do!

See you all this evening at 6:30 in the gym.

In Christ, 



On Tuesday Pope Francis accepted Archbishop Sartain’s early retirement.  After three major back surgeries, he still had some mobility issues, but the greatest challenge was that his energy and stamina never returned.  Recognizing the great needs in the Archdiocese of Seattle, he asked to retire early, and to have his replacement appointed beforehand to allow for a smoother transition.  Earlier this summer, we formally welcomed Archbishop Paul Etienne as the new Co-adjutor Archbishop – the successor in waiting.  On Monday night, Archbishop Sartain went to bed as the Archbishop of Seattle.  On Tuesday morning, with the pope’s actual acceptance of his resignation, Archbishop Etienne woke up as the new Archbishop of Seattle. 

He has a blog, entitled Reflecting the Good News of Christ, that I would encourage you to follow.  It will be a good way to hear the voice of our shepherd.  I would also invite you to read the letter he wrote to the People of the Archdiocese on this important day.

Please keep him in your prayers as he shepherds and guides the flock entrusted to his care.  To do so, it will be helpful to know how to pronounce his name since it doesn’t follow the usual French pronunciation.  It is pronounced “A-chin.”  May God bless and guide him as he begins his ministry here in the Archdiocese of Seattle. 


In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • 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
  • October 9th – Parents’ Club meeting
  • October 11th – No School – Teacher Retreat (BASE open for registered students)


The New Big Toy Has Opened!

Yesterday we blessed our new big toy!  As you can see from these pictures, the day was filled with tons of excitement as kids had their chance to play on it for the first time!  It was incredible to see such joy on the faces of the children as they explored all the new big toy has to offer.  We’d like to thank everyone involved in this project, especially you, our parents and community members, for your love, prayers, and financial resources to make this project a reality.  We’d also like to thank  NW Playgrounds, all of the Holy Rosary staff and community members who gave of their time over the summer, the Wiegand foundation for the generous grant that allowed us to purchase the play equipment and surfacing, and Holy Rosary School parent Lindsey Heller who served as the Landscape Architect on the project.  Make sure you come by and see the new play area!

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.

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 tonight 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.


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.

Hot Lunch

Blue Plate Express will provide the hot lunch program again this year. Please visit their website here 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”.

Family Handbook

Our 2019-20 family handbook is available online here. Each school year we require parents to review the handbook and sign the online acknowledgement form. Please complete the handbook acknowledgement form by Sunday, September 15th. 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 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.

Summer Reading and Math Challenge

Don’t forget to turn in your summer reading and math challenge forms to the office by tomorrow at 3pm!  Our Pancake Breakfast celebration will be held on September 27th and will celebrate both our reading and math challenge. 

Library Volunteers (Service Hours Opportunity)

I’m looking for some consistent volunteers for our library this school year.  Volunteers would help with shelving books, processing new books, and general organization tasks.  Please contact me if you’d be interested.

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



Magazine Drive

The Magazine Drive will officially kick-off tomorrow (Friday) with the opening assembly. ALL sales are online through the site. Click here for information on how to set up an online profile and START SELLING!  By the end of the week you should have received an email with last year’s sales.

Students that complete all 3 steps, on, by Tuesday, September 10th at 9AM will receive a GATOR PLUSH.

  1. Register at use code: ROSARY.
  2. Personalize with an Avatar or photo.
  3. Send minimum 12 emails.

Our goal is for EVERY family to participate. 100% participation looks great on grant applications!

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities.

A Look Ahead at this Year’s Fundraising Events

Magazine Drive: September – October 10

WestFest (Community Carnival): September 20/21

Tree Lot: November 29 – December 15

Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch: January 29

Auction: March 14

Golf Tournament: May TBD

Annual Fund: School year, with Fall emphasis

Westfest Wristbands

Buy your WestFest wristbands now!  Order ahead of time for discounted prices, last day to order online is September 13th.  Wristbands will still be for sale at WestFest, prices go up after September 13th!

Westfest Shirts

Order your Westfest shirts now!  New style this year – tie-dye!  Wear your Westfest shirt on Friday, September 20th for Westfest Spirit Free Dress Day!

Westfest Needs Your Help!

WestFest weekend is almost here! 

Here are some important details and highlights:

– WestFest weekend is 9/20 and 9/21

– Yard signs will be available at Back to School Night – make sure to grab one! (please return to school after Westfest)

– Online Volunteer Sign-ups will be live in the next few days

– Pancake Breakfast is 9/15 from 8am – 12pm in the School Hall

– Want to Advertise your business at WestFest? We’re accepting Sponsorships!

Please visit the WestFest site for more details about Volunteering, T-Shirt & Wristband orders.

Questions, reach out to


CYO Fall Sports

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.


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 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

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 17. Our topic will be “Does God hear my prayers?”
  • 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 Please click here to read flyer on the Mary session:  

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

Holy Rosary Men’s Group

Men’s Group Invites New Members – Bishop Robert Barron has urged all of us in the Church to respond to the sexual abuse crisis by staying and fighting for ourselves, our families, and most especially the victims. Maybe you’re thinking, “Easier said than done.” Would you like to learn how other Catholic men are doing just that? On September 7 the Holy Rosary men’s group is discussing Bishop Barron’s book, “Letter to a Suffering Church.” On September 14 we will hear Tim Law’s testimony. On September 21 we will hear Robert Fontana’s testimony. If you have never attended a men’s group meeting, we invite you to come and check us out. We meet every Saturday at 7 am in the Parish Center. 

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we remember St. Peter Claver. Known as “The slave of the slaves,” St. Peter served in what today is Columbia. He met the African slaves as they arrived at the docks and ministered to them both physically and spiritually, encouraging others to see their humanity as well. We can follow his example by recognizing the dignity of every person we meet, and we can ask his prayers for the healing of divisions, especially racial injustice, in our society. His feast is September 9.


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):

  • 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

Sing With The Holy Rosary Children’s Youthchoir!

Practice starts September 11th. Come and be part of a Holy Rosary tradition: the children’s YouthChoir!

 *   Convenient Wednesday rehearsals from 2:30 to 3:15.

 *   Band students come right after band to choir!

 *   BASE kids are escorted back to HR BASE after choir!

 *   Dance starts right after choir!

YouthChoir! is open to all students in grades 3-5 from all schools in the parish neighborhood!

Practices begin September 11 on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:15 in chapel; 4-5th grade singers are eligible for advanced cantor practice from 3:15-3:40.

Register Online:

Parents: Volunteer time counts towards your school hours! Help support our YouthChoir! by volunteering your time and fun ideas or resources (t-shirts, video recording, website, field trips, community performances, pool/karaoke parties, etc.) Contact Paul Dolejsi, director at for more info.

Religious Education students are invited to participate, too! Some local schools are getting out earlier now. Even if your student can’t attend weekly Wednesday 2:30 rehearsals, maybe they can make the one Wednesday when they get out early for teacher in-service. They are also invited to the Sunday rehearsal at 9:30am before Mass. We’ll go over all the music so they can sing at the mass!

Remember: Music helps kids become better learners! Choir helps kids become more confident persons! Singing and serving helps them become closer to Christ!

Come And Sing With Our Awesome Junior High Choir!

First Practice Tuesday, September 10th. The Junior High Choir is ready to go! Let’s get our voices together to sing on Saturday, September 14 at the 5pm Mass! Singers from grades 6-7-8 will provide the music leadership, joined by a praise band of talented adult musicians! Teens take the lead-cantoring, singing solo’s and adding harmonies. This is a great praise & worship singing opportunity for our young teens! Many young church singers have gone on to a lifetime of singing in high school and college choirs and as performing artists in praise and secular music. Now is the time to invest in their musical development!


Weekly rehearsals are after school-usually on the TUESDAY prior to the Saturday mass. The JHC also rehearses one hour before Mass at 4pm in the chapel.

Jr Hi Choir upcoming schedule:

Sept. 10, Tue., practice 3-4pm in chapel.

Sept. 14, Sat., 5pm Mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.

(Come & sing Saturday at 4pm, even if you miss Tuesday.)

Sept. 18, Wed., 8:35am School Mass. Warm-up at 8:20 in church.

Students may offer to sing or play an instrument (some competency expected-a great learning experience!). Music will be geared to emphasize the talents and abilities of those involved.

Parents can assist (school parent volunteer hours):

 *   Video or audio recording of singers!

 *   Set-up before mass, storage after mass,

 *   Assist in organizing post-Mass treats (pizza, cookies).

Thanks for your support of our Junior High Choir!

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!