Family Communication 9/12/19



Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Happy second week of school!  

It’s lovely to be in the rhythm of a full school week, this second week.  In many ways, it feels like we’ve been here for more than two weeks!  It was wonderful to see you at Open House last week.

We’re also a full week into the new big toy!  Kids have enjoyed learning the ins and outs of the new structure, and we’ve spent some time teaching students how to play safe on the big toy.  I’m sharing these “play safe” expectations, and ask you to talk with your children about them as well.  Thank you!

How to play safely on the big toy:

1) Climb only on areas intended for climbing (ladders) and not on the outside of the big toy or on the outside railings.

2) Use expected ways to get down (steps, slide)- no jumping from one structure to another.  No jumping from the top of the climber and no sitting on the very top of the climber.

3) One at a time on the slides.  Wait until the person ahead of you is at the bottom before going.  Always slide feet first.

4) Avoid running under the big toy itself.

5) Patiently wait your turn to go up ladders- one person at a time and wait for the person ahead of you to get to the top.  Use the lower ladders for the lower slides and the higher ladders for the upper slides.

Finally,  we’re nearing time for West Fest, our “Carnival of Community.”  This event is a chance to come together as one community to celebrate all that makes Holy Rosary special.  We begin with the West Fest pancake breakfast to following the morning Masses on Sunday.  We then move towards the big carnival Friday night and Saturday!  This is a wonderful chance to earn some volunteer hours and a chance to just have fun!  Don’t forget to order your t-shirts and buy wrist bands!  Students will be allowed to wear the t-shirts to school for West Fest spirit day on Friday September 20th.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

In Christ, 



Today is the Feast of St. Guido!  (More commonly known as St. Guy of Anderlecht)  He used to hang out at the church so much praying, that the priest put him to work.  That was his path to heaven – sweeping floors and ceilings, polishing altars, cleaning up candle wax and giving alms to those who came to the house of God.  Here at Holy Rosary, we have our own individuals who care for the church each and every week.  They are but some of the great many who give life to our community and make a difference for us all.

Next weekend we have our Carnival of Community – WestFest.  It is a wonderful event for Holy Rosary and our wider West Seattle community.  And it only happens because a lot of people share their time and talents to bring us together.  The life of our Holy Rosary community depends on you.  Our school is much more than just a place to teach curriculum to your child/ren.  It is a place where we can all learn and grow together as members of the human family, as children of God on our way to Heaven.  It is place where we celebrate with one another, and support one another in time of need.  It is a place where we should bring out the best each other.  St. Paul says that the Church is one body with many parts (1 Corinthians 12).  I have always been fascinated at the intricacy of the human body, and also what can happen when just one small thing goes wrong.

Thank you for the many ways that you have and/or will give life to our community – sharing what God has given to you for the benefit of us all.  Thank you for making one another a priority.  If you are interested in finding more ways to engage in the school and parish community, or simply want to look ahead to find opportunities, I would encourage you to visit our Volunteer page.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland



  • 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)


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.

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.

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.

Parking Near The School

The street behind the school, 41st, is a dead end street. To that regard, please do not park blocking any driveways on the east or west side. Those driveways, especially on the school’s side are used as turn arounds and pull outs when another car needs to pass. Thank you for working with us to maintain a friendly environment with the school’s neighbors.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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.

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.

Pizza Lunch

Signup for the eighth grade Pizza Lunch by Sunday, September 15th to get pizza on the 27th. 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




DriveAfter one week of selling 237 students have registered. This is more than the past three years. Thank you for taking the initial steps to sell. If you didn’t register yet, it’s not too late. Go to or the HRS web page to register.

Shout Out to the Kennelly family for sending the most emails! (We all know parents are the main supporters of this event, so thank you for your efforts!)

The prize will come home today for those that completed the 3 steps required to sell on Click here for additional information on all things Magazine Drive.

Important Reminders: Renewals may occur now, and your student receives credit, however the subscription would renew from the current subscription end date.  Also every $25 donation counts as 1 subscription.  We are taking donations via credit card this year! Please pass this link along to family and friends who wish not to order, but still support HRS!

Remember if you sell a subscription valued at $99+, then your student receives credit for 4 subscriptions. Also, new this year sell a subscription valued at $200+ and receive credit for 8 subscriptions.

Missing your sales list? Previous year’s sales lists were emailed home last week by Mary Beth Logsdon ( If you still can’t find your list, then please email with your family name.

Our goal is 100% participation from all school families!

Westfest Cake Walk

Calling all bakers, aspiring bakers, and even non-bakers – The Cake Walk at WestFest needs your treats!  Please bake (or buy) cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes,  pies, etc. for us to use Friday and Saturday.  Donate your non-perishable, homemade or store bought items to the BASE art room in Lanigan Gym on Friday, September 20th starting at noon.  Each item will count as one fundraising hour with a maximum of 4 donations (4 hours).  Treats can also be delivered Saturday morning after West Fest opens at 10am.  If you have questions please contact Krista Zeissel: or Julie Cahill:

Westfest Wristbands

Last day to order discounted wristbands online is tomorrow, Friday, September 13th!  After tomorrow, Wristbands will be for sale at regular prices on-site at WestFest on September 20th (6pm-10pm) and 21st (10am-10pm).

Pop-Up Westfest Shirt Sales Today (9/12) After School!

One of the last chances to grab your shirts for Westfest. Sizes and styles are limited to what is on hand.

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


Name the Rover Contest

NASA is sponsoring a contest for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to name the next Mars rover. The deadline is November 1st and entries can be submitted here:

Discovering Chess

Our Holy Rosary chess class will be offered again this year starting in October and running every Thursday through May. We will meet from 3-3:45 in room 7A. Cost will be $15 a month and will be charged to your FACTS account. I have room for 30 students. Please email to get on the class list. Thanks, Mr. Ritscher

Coding With Kids Fall Session

Get them started early! The Little Coders class provides young students with the basics of computational thinking skills, such as loops and conditionals, through a fun blend of hands-on activities. The curriculum is built specifically for this age group, with a mix of activities from coding puzzles and board games to easy-to-use, drag-and-drop programming tools. Projects are updated each session, so returning students will have new challenges to work through and advance their knowledge.

The course is offered on Thursdays from 3:10-4:10 and runs Sep 26, Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec 5, Dec 12. Note that there is no class on Nov. 28.

The 11-week session is $270 and will be charged to your FACTS account. To register, email jbarker@holyrosaryws.orgwith your phone number, child/s name, and homeroom.

Visit Coding with Kids website here. Questions? Email Mr. Barker at or Coding with Kids at

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. 


Youth Confirmation!

This year, Holy Rosary is offering Confirmation preparation for all youth in middle school and high school (grades 7 through 12). If you would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in February of 2020, please register them at Our first meeting will be on Sunday, September 29 at 6:30pm. 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 Bridget Bicek at

RCIA Adapted for Children

Holy Rosary Church welcomes children ages 7-18 years old who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. We also welcome children who are already baptized in another Christian Tradition and have the desire to become part of the Catholic community. If interested in RCIA and becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella at or call at 206-937-1488 ext. 252

Opportunities for Adults

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

  • Monday Night Rosary – Join us in the Parish Center Chapel, Monday nights, 6:30-7:00pm for the Rosary. Grow closer to God and relieve stress. Rosaries and aids provided.
  • 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 are starting a study of St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am in the Parish Center. Join us for this exploration of crisis in the early Church! Please register on our website: or just drop by! All are welcome!
  • 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

Saint of the Week

Every week, we highlight a particular saint. This week, we focus on St. Andrew Kim Taegon. St. Kim Taegon was the first Korean to be ordained a priest, and was martyred for his faith in 1849 by an imperial government that persecuted anything foreign, especially Christianity. He was known for his quick mind and his courageous will, so he is a good patron for students and problem-solvers. Like all martyrs, he is an example of faithfulness in the face of threats and opposition. His feast is September 20.


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. 

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.


VFW Announces Youth Essay Scholarship Competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713, in West Seattle, announces this year’s VFW’s Youth Essay competition.

This is a VFW Washington State Department competition for students in Grades 3-5. The theme is: How I would encourage respect to the Flag of the United States and be 250 words or less. Please see ‘programs’ at:

About 30 students from the following participated in 2018: Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Holy Rosary School, and home school.

VFW West Seattle Post 2713 increases awards for 2019/2020:

Youth Essay (grades 3-5)

1st – $100

2nd – $75

3rd – $50

This program is completely voluntary, a student (including home schooled) does not have to go through their school to participate.

Interested students and teachers should contact Bill Dwyer,, telephone (206) 938- 5719 or Ben Skwiercz,, telephone (425)941-4651.

All entries must be in to VFW Post 2713 by Oct. 31, 2019 at 3601 S.W. Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126.

Ask your teacher for an entry form.

VFW announces scholarship competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2713, in West Seattle, announces this year’s VFW’s Patriot’s Pen competition (grades 6-8). The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The essay patriotic theme is: “What Makes America Great” and be between 300-400 words. Completed entry form must be submitted to the VFW Post by Oct. 31, 2019. Local Post winners compete at the District level, winners advance to the state.

Patriot’s Pen web site:

Patriot’s Pen

is approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

There were about 30 students from the following who participated in 2018: Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Madison Middle School, Holy Rosary School, and home school.

VFW West Seattle Post 2713 increases awards for 2019/2020:

Patriot’s Pen (grades 6-8)

1st – $150

2nd – $100

3rd – $75

This program is completely voluntary, a student (including home schooled) does not have to go through their school to participate.

Interested students and teachers should contact Bill Dwyer,, telephone (206) 938- 5719 or Ben Skwiercz,, telephone (425)941-4651.

All entries must be in to VFW Post 2713 by Oct. 31, 2019 at 3601 S.W. Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98126.