Family Communication 9-14-17


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

It’s our first full week, and we’re in the swing of things! It’s amazing how our students get back into the full routine of things – lunches, milk, and recess; like they’ve been here all summer!

A lot happens this first month of school. As a staff, we’re working hard on setting a good foundation for the year, learning routines, and focusing on building community in the school and in the classroom. We have a building-wide focus this month on talking about empathy and how we can support one another and be kind to one another by showing empathy.

WestFest is this weekend, Friday night and Saturday. It’s a wonderful and fun celebration of our community with games, food, and entertainment. I encourage you to come and to bring your friends!

Included with the newsletter this week are two important pieces of information I encourage you to review. One is a letter from the Bishops of Western Washington in response to the recent announcements about DACA. It speaks to the Catholic church’s role in addressing this important issue. The second is information on signing up for remind.cominformation on signing up for, our emergency management notification system. Many of you are already signed up for this, but if not, I encourage you to do so. It’s another way we will communicate to you in case of emergency or closure.

Finally, we started this week on September 11th. Each Monday morning, I make morning announcements and lead the school in prayer. This Monday, September 11, we used a prayer from St. Francis and prayed for peace in our world. Many of you know it, but I thought I would share it, as it’s one that challenges me each time I hear it.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Have a wonderful rest of the week, and see you at WestFest!

Action Items
Events & Fundraising
Parents’ Corner
  • Don’t miss Pete Carroll’s Executive Assistant, Ben Malcolmson, at the first Parents’ Club meeting on 9/20!
Extracurricular Activities
Parish News
  • RCIA, Faith Formation, Walking With Purpose
Community Notices
  • After School Art Program
  • Washington State Fair Children’s Tickets
  •  Parenting Strategies
Dates To Remember
  • September 15 – Noon Dismiss WestFest set up
  • September 15 – WestFest starts 6:00 p.m.
  • September 16 – WestFest
  • September 19 – Picture Day
  • September 20 – Parent Club Meeting
  • September 30 – Golf Tournament
  • September 30 – Italian Dinner


Family Handbook
Our 2017-18 Family Handbook is available online here. Each school year we require parents to review the handbook and sign the acknowledgement form. Please complete the handbook acknowledgement form by Friday, September 29. Thank you!
Parking And Drop Off Reminders

Today there will be trucks delivering items to the playground for WestFest. Please don’t park on 41st — the street by the entrance for the playground. If there are cars parked on that street it is difficult for trucks to maneuver into the parking lot.

Drivers, when approaching the traffic circles please slow down and follow directions of the patrol students. Walkers, please use the cross walk when crossing the street and stay inside the white lines on the cross walk. Safety is of the utmost importance. Thank you for keeping our students safe. Also, please note the drop off policy from the school handbook:

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 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 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 spot is always reserved for the family who purchased it; please do not park in or block that space at any time. If you are bringing your child to school after the 8:25 tardy bell, your child will need to be signed in.

Cake Needed for Cake Walk at WestFest

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 15 starting at noon. Each item will count as one fundraising hour with a maximum of four donations (hours). Treats can also be delivered Saturday morning after WestFest opens at 10 a.m. If you have questions please contact Krista Zeissel at or Julie Cahill at

Priority Application

2018-19 priority application period is 9/15 through 11/15. We will be accepting applications from current school and parish families for preschool and kindergarten beginning 9/15. There will be an Open House on October 21 from 10-1. Please help spread the word!

School Pictures

Picture day is September 19. Flyers to order pictures will be sent home, or use this link to pay for your pictures. 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 Jennifer Hazzard in the front office at Thank you.


Golf Tournament

We have 20 spots — five foursomes left open for the 2017 Holy Rosary Fall Golf Classic. We are playing on Saturday, September 30 with tee times starting as early as 7 a.m. so you can have some of your day back this year. This is our 16th year and we want to invite you to join us. You don’t need a foursome to play — just sign up and we will match you with other players. No skill required! Click here for more information and to register today!

Italian Dinner

Mangia Bene, Vivi Felce – “Eat Well and Live Happy”. Mark your calendar! Our 22nd annual Italian Dinner will be on September 30 in Lanigan gym. Seating will begin at 6:15, right after Saturday evening mass ends. Gather friends together and enjoy an evening of good food and good cheer. Plan ahead as tables fill up quickly. Reservations are accepted online here!

Volunteers are also needed to serve, contact Maria Taylor at

Magazine Drive

Congratulations to fourth grade on selling the most subscriptions this first week! Remember to STAY ON TARGET and sell, sell, sell! Fidget spinners were sent home this week for those that completed the three 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 one 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!

Our goal is 100% participation from all school families!


Parents’ Club

From Parents Club President Dino Annest:  Ben Malcolmson, Pete Carroll’s Executive Assistant for the last eight years will be speaking at our first Parents’ Club meeting about personal GRIT and the magic it can bring. Ben’s story is a pretty incredible one — Did you like the movie, Rudy? — and he spends most of his free time supporting and motivating kids in our area. The meeting is September 20 at 7 p.m. Social hour starts at 6:30 and there will be kidcare upstairs in the computer lab and library, so you don’t even need a sitter. Hope you can make it for this inspirational and educational talk.

Parents Club welcome letter is here, with upcoming dates. The goal of Parents Club is to provide support and answers to make your job as parents a little bit easier. We invite you to participate in the five scheduled meetings throughout the year to learn about ways to support our school, volunteer opportunities, connect with other families and learn from some excellent guest speakers.


CYO Sign-Ups For Cross Country And Soccer

Sign-ups are ongoing for CYO cross country and soccer. Any questions about soccer, contact Lori Ho. Questions about cross country, contact coach Dave Wagner.

Children’s YOUTHCHOIR!

YOUTHCHOIR! starts September 13. WEDNESDAY REHEARSALS are 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Come and sing with a Holy Rosary tradition:  the children’s YouthChoir! Convenient Wednesday rehearsals start at 2:30 and conclude at 3:1 — a convenient pick-up time similar to the rest of the week. What about band? Fifth graders who are in Holy Rosary band can come directly to the chapel at 2:30 when band practice ends. What about BASE? We also escort kids back to Holy Rosary BASE after choir!


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

  • Practices: September 13, 20, 27
  • Wednesdays, whole choir 2:30-3:15 in chapel
  • Grade 4-5 cantors may continue 3:15-3:40

SING: Sunday, October 1 at 10:30 Mass.  Sunday rehearsal 9:30 in chapel

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 that they get out early for teacher in-service. They are also invited to the Sunday pre-mass rehearsal at 9:30 on October 1 in the chapel. 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!

— Paul Dolejsi, Director YouthChoir!

Junior High Choir

First Mass September 16 at 5 p.m. Saturday. Please RSVP. Thanks! The Junior High Choir is ready to go! Let’s get our voices together to lead the music on Saturday, September 16 at the 5 p.m. mass! Singers from grades 6-7-8 will provide the music leadership, joined by a praise band of talented musicians! Teens take the lead—cantoring, singing solos and adding harmonies. This is a great praise and worship performance opportunity for our young teens!


Weekly rehearsals are available after school on the Thursday prior to the Saturday mass. The JHC also rehearses one hour before mass at 4 p.m. in the chapel, then moves to the church to set up.

JHC fall practice and performance schedule

  • 9/14, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • 9/16, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40. Come and sing at 4, even if you miss Thursday. Cantors must rehearse Thursday
  • 10/12, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices & instruments.
  • 10/14, Saturday, 5 p.m. mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • 11/2, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices & instruments.
  • 11/4, Saturday, 5 p.m. mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • 12/7, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices & instruments.
  • 12/9, Saturday, 5 p.m. mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.

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 and receive school parent volunteer hours for:

  • Video or audio recording of singers!
  • Set-up before mass, storage after mass,
  • Assist in organizing post-Mass treats (pizza, cookies).

RSVP your student’s participation (sing/play) to

Thanks for your support of our Junior High Choir!


Faith Formation Opportunities at Holy Rosary Parish

You are the first teachers of your children! Prepare yourself to help them discover and understand the Catholic faith – and grow in your own faith in the process! Contact Robert King at, or 206-937-1488×203, or visit our website, for information about:

  • Sunday School for Grown-ups
  • Bible Study
  • Adult Confirmation preparation
  • Becoming Catholic (RCIA)
  • … and other opportunities coming soon!
Walking With Purpose Fall Session

Registration is now open for Walking with Purpose (WWP), a women’s Catholic Bible study here at Holy Rosary this fall through spring. WWP is for all women of all ages and stages of life. It’s a great way to connect with women of our Parish as well as Our Lady Guadalupe and Holy Family.

Do you feel that you are doing so much but long to be more balanced and effective? Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? Come join WWP starting on the following dates:

Evening session – Meets on Wednesday evenings, starting September 20, from 7:15-9:00 in the Parish Center.


Morning session – Meets on Friday mornings, starting September 22, from 9:15-11 in the Parish Center. Free childcare available.

We will be using the book Discovering our Dignity which gives us modern-day advice from the women of the Bible. The sign-up process is easy and involves two steps:

  1. Order the study guide from the Walking with Purpose website. Order the guide for Discovering our Dignity. Cost of the book is $40 plus shipping.
  2. Register for the session on the Holy Rosary website. The registration fee is $25.00. Scholarships are available.

For questions about WWP or needing a scholarship, please contact Deyette Swegle at

Baptism For Children

If you are a practicing Catholic and would like Baptism for your child (up to age 7), please contact Deyette Swegle at If your child is older than seven, please contact Sr. Stella at regarding RCIA for Children.

RCIA For Children

If your child is seven years or older and has not been baptized and is interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella for an appointment at or 206-937-1488, x252. Click here to register or for more information.

High School Confirmation Orientation

High school confirmation orientation is September 17 from 12-1 p.m. All juniors and seniors along with parents who are interested in high school Confirmation are invited to attend our orientation meeting on Sunday, September 17, from 12-1 in the Parish Center reception room. Confirmation classes will be during fall through January.

For questions, contact Robert King at 206-937-1488, x203 or Click here to register.


Art Workshops At Seattle Lutheran

Ms. Reuter is so excited to be offering after school Art Workshops at Seattle Lutheran. These workshops offer an invaluable opportunity for your child to explore outside the box and unleash their creative power through art! There will be two simultaneous Art Workshop sessions happening throughout this school year. One of them will happen on Tuesdays (Session A), and the other one will happen on Thursdays (Session B). We hope your child will be able to join us!

It starts soon! If you’re interested in enrolling, go here to Rainbow Parrot Art and register or email Ms. Reuter at Please note that the Art Workshop is not a Holy Rosary School program.

Additionally, Ms. Reuter will soon be offering Art Nights for grown ups. That means you! Time to unleash your inner child and have some fun! Stay tuned. Please show your support for Ms. Reuter programs by liking Rainbow Parrot Art on Facebook and help spread the word!

Washington State Fair

The front office has free student tickets for the State Fair in Puyallup. Please pick up from the front office if interested.

Parenting Strategies For A Faith Filled Home

Parenting a child is an awesome responsibility. It can also be an amazing gift for one’s faith. How can you effectively share your faith with your children? Join us for an informative and affirming interactive workshop where you will explore practical ways to live faith as a family, and meet others who are trying to do the same. With humor and wisdom, Tricia Wittmann-Todd, MDiv, MSW will engage your faith and your imagination in a lively conversation about bringing out the best in your precious family time. Bring your ideas and questions, and join us for this exciting workshop. All parents and guardians are welcome.

  • Saturday, October 7 from 9:30-noon
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Walmesley Center
  • 7000 35th Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98126
  • To RSVP or questions, call Vicki Quinn at 206-935-0358 x 115
  • Babysitting is available. RSVP required for planning purposes. To reserve a spot call Vicki 206-935-0358 or email