Family Communication 9-21-17


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We blinked and suddenly it became fall! I must admit, I found the rain to be a welcome sight, and a chance to help clear the air a bit!

We’re three weeks in, and into our first full week of school. Students are getting into a regular routine and it is a joy to see their smiling faces each day. I’d like to thank all of the amazing WestFest chairs and volunteers for an outstanding WestFest weekend. It was an incredible celebration for our community.

You’ve probably noticed now, especially since all of our surrounding schools are back in full routine, that drop off and pick-up are especially busy. We’ve stationed additional staff at the alley driveway hoping to help with the traffic flow in this area. As a reminder, please do not park your car in front of the school during drop off times and ensure students leave quickly through the curb side doors. As tempting as it is to park for a minute, it can cause cars to back up around the corner quickly making it hard for other parents to drop off.

Thank you for all you’ve done to get this school year off to a great start and for all you continue to do to support our community.

In Christ,



Last weekend we had WestFest – our Carnival of Community. It was a wonderful event, a great way to begin the year as we come together as a Holy Rosary and West Seattle community. I would like to thank all of those whose hard work and dedication made it possible. So many gave in so many ways. It is the sort of thing that makes us a community – people sharing what they have received for the good of all. This weekend at the parish we are having our Time and Talent Ministry Fair after all Sunday Masses. God has blessed each of us with so many gifts, and it is important to look for ways that we can use them to give Him glory and serve one another and our community. In the following weeks we will also have an opportunity at Mass to make a renewal of our commitment of our Time and Talent within the community. The Apostolate and Ministry Guidebook is always a great resource to find ways to be connected. Thank you for your generosity and the ways in which you serve.


  • September 30 – Golf Tournament
  • September 30 – Italian Dinner
  • October 6 – No School – Teacher In-Service
  • October 6 – Magazine Drive ends
  • October 13 – Closing Assembly Magazine Drive
  • October 20 – Mother/Son Glowbowl
  • October 21 – Open House
  • October 26 – Picture Retake Day


Attention Online Giving Users!

Holy Rosary Parish and School discontinued their relationship with Vanco Payments effective June 30. Any online contributions made through Vanco to either the School or Parish stopped on that date. If you would like to continue your giving online, you will need to set up an account with “Our Sunday Visitor” and re-enter all your giving preferences. It’s easy! Go to and click the “Support Us” button, which will take you directly to the OSV site. If you have not yet signed up, please think about it! You an also set-up your Annual Fund donation through OSV at the same time. Online giving helps you maintain your giving even if you cannot be here at Mass. If you did not make the switch, your parish giving has not been received toward in-parish tuition rate for the last few months. Please check your records and adjust accordingly. Any questions, please email

Priority School Application For Current Families

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!

Coming Soon – Pizza Lunch 2017-2018

Sign ups for the eighth grade Pizza Lunch fundraiser will be coming in next week’s EFC! Orders will continue to 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.

Each day your child participates costs $4 for one slice cheese pizza, chips, drink, and treat, and $6 for two slices cheese pizza, chips, drink, and treat. Sign up for all days, or only the days that work for you. All pizza lunch days fall on Friday!

  • October 27
  • November 17
  • December 15
  • January 19
  • February 2
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • June 1


Golf Tournament

Please join us for the 16th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament to benefit the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund on September 30. We will have a great day of golf at the West Seattle Municipal Golf Course. The event will include lunch, a 4-person scramble, and a chance to win prizes during the day. This year we are changing the format to allow golfers to start earlier and ensure we get out of there before the sun goes down. Sign up early to have your choice of tee times. You don’t need to join as a foursome and single players will get put into groups of fellow Holy Rosary families. There are about 20 spots left! Click here to sign up today! For any questions or opportunities to sponsor the event, please email us at

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! RSVP by September 27. Look in your child’s backpack for a flyer with additional details on the Italian dinner.

Join The Grant Committee

Are you interested in raising money for Holy Rosary School? Are you a wordsmith? The Grant Committee is looking for new enthusiastic members to join. This is an important committee that has raised needed funds for classroom education and building maintenance. If interested please contact Beth Martin at The first meeting will be held in early October, specific date TBD.


A huge THANK YOU to the WestFest Committee and all the volunteers for putting on a wonderful community event!

Magazine Drive

Another Tally/Turn in Tuesday for the MAGAZINE DRIVE has come and gone. Keep selling those magazines. Last day to take orders/renewals is October 6. Remember donations are accepted, $25 = one subscription. Donate here and share the link with family and friends! Congrats to the top selling grades:

  1. Sixth grade
  2. First grade
  3. Third grade

Missing your sales list? Previous year’s sales lists were emailed home at the beginning of September by two volunteers. Search under Mary Beth Logsdon at or Patti Johnson at If you still can’t find your list, then please email with your family name.

Amazon Fundraising Portal

Remember to shop through the Amazon portal on the Holy Rosary School website. The past few years Amazon has donated over $10,000 annually!


Parents’ Club

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s meeting! We hope to see you at the next meeting on Thursday, November 9.


Discovering Chess

Once again this year I’m pleased to teach an after-school chess class. I keep seeing studies where chess playing is linked with Academics; helping kids with spatial ordering, forethought, and pattern recognition. I personally enjoy the mix of right brain creativity and left brain logic and order. It has been fun for me to see the kids at Holy Rosary steadily improve as they grow.

Just like past years, I will be teaching the class in my room (7A) from 3-3:45 on Thursdays starting in October. The cost will be $15 per student. No need to send money; the school will bill you from the FACTS system at the end of the month. I am open to all ages, but I’ve noticed that many young kids really can’t sit and play a quiet game after a long day at school, so I leave that up to you to gauge. I’d like to keep it pretty informal — no need for an official sign-up. Just send your child when they want to start and we can go from there. Do email me with any questions here at Thank you, Mike Ritscher, 7A

Coding With Kids
Coding With Kids is back! Please note that Little Coders fall session is for grades 1 and 2 only. Kindergartners are invited to enroll beginning in the winter session. Billing will be done automatically through FACTS. Click here for flyer with more information. Send the following information to to enroll:
  • First and last name of each child you are enrolling
  • Coding class your child will take – Little Coders, Game Development B/I, or Game Development/Python I/II
  • Your (parent) phone number


  • Grades 1-2
  • Monday, 3:10 – 4:10
  • October 2 – December 4. No class on November 20.
  • $204 / 9-week session

Jump start your child’s STEAM education with Coding with Kids’ Little Coders class! Students will develop their computational thinking skills and build their own creative programs. Our curriculum combines a blend of fun activities – both “on-screen” and “off-screen” – to keep students engaged and excited about coding. This class will give students a strong foundation on coding basics, such as loops and conditionals, that can be built upon in our other classes. Kids will be introduced to these programming fundamentals in a variety of ways appropriate for this age group, from coding puzzles and board games to hands-on programming using online drag-and-drop tools, such as Scratch (


  • Grades 3-5
  • Tuesday, 3:10 – 4:10
  • October 3 – December 5. No class on November 21.
  • $204 / 9-week session

Do you play games and wonder how they are created? Would you like to build your own computer programs? Come learn how at the Coding with Kids Academy! In this fun after-school class, BEGINNERS will be introduced to the core concepts of computer programming, including loops, conditionals and variables. INTERMEDIATE students will move on to more advanced concepts, such as nested conditionals and functions with parameters. Using the Scratch development environment, you will learn how to create a variety of programs, from simple animations to multi-level games. With new projects each session, you will be able to express your creativity and advance as a coder!


  • Grades 6-8
  • Thursday, 3:10 – 4:10
  • October 5 – December 7. No class on November 23.
  • $204 / 9-week session

Would you like to build your own computer programs? Do you know coding basics and want to learn a new language? Take your programming to the next level with our Python class! Python is a very versatile programming language that is widely used in the professional world. Open to students of all levels, this class will teach you Python coding from the basic syntax to more complex concepts, such as object-oriented development. Throughout the class, you will build a variety of projects including games, such as tic-tac-toe or space invaders. (Those with no prior coding experience will start with a short introduction to coding concepts using Scratch.)

QUESTIONS? Email Coding with Kids at

Junior High Choir

The Junior High Choir is ready to go! 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! Register online here.

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!


Ministry Fair

All families are invited to our Parish Ministry Fair this weekend, September 23 and 24, after all of our weekend Masses (Saturday, 5:00 and Sunday, 8:30 and 10:30) in the School Hall. Come find out more about all the vital and diverse ministries that are offered at Holy Rosary Parish. Volunteering for our Parish Ministries is a great way to also get your volunteer hours. Stop by our Ministry Fair for a few minutes after Mass and…

  • Learn and ask any questions regarding our Ministries
  • Wine and cheese will be offered after Saturday’s Mass
  • Coffee and donuts after Sunday’s Masses
  • Fun children’s activities

It’s a fun Parish event!

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.

Parents! Faith Formation For Adults

As the school year begins, Holy Rosary Parish is offering opportunities for adults to continue growing in their faith. A couple I’d like to highlight:

  • Becoming Catholic – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for non-Catholics who are thinking about joining the Catholic Church as full and practicing members. We meet (almost) every Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the Parish Office. Our next meeting will be September 27.
  • Adult Confirmation – Confirmation is a critical step in your life as a Catholic. It gives you grace and authority to live a fully Catholic life, including full participation in the liturgy and ministry of the Church, and being a godparent or sponsor for someone else. If you were baptized as a Catholic, but have not received the sacrament of Confirmation, please complete this online registration and join us at our next meeting on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 in the Parish Office.
  • Bible Study – Matthew: The King and His Kingdom will meet to discover and discuss the Gospel of Matthew. This is an excellent way to get to know the Bible generally and the story of Jesus in particular. We meet (almost) every Wednesday mornings at 9:00 in the Parish Center. Our next meeting will be September 27.
High School Confirmation Still Open

There is still time to join the Youth Confirmation Preparation class! Confirmation is a critical step in your life as a Catholic. It gives you grace and authority to live a fully Catholic life, including full participation in the liturgy and ministry of the Church, and being a godparent or sponsor for someone else. If you know a teen who will turn 16 before February of 2018, and who is interested in receiving the grace of Confirmation, please complete this online registration and join us at our first meeting on October 8 at noon in the Parish Center.


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