Dear Holy Rosary Families.
Westfest is back! I am so excited for this Carnival of Community! Thank you to all of our Westfest volunteers for the incredible number of hours that go into this event. Thank you to our many sponsors for their support of this event. This truly would not happen without this community coming together to put this event on. Again, thank you!
This event is all about community and celebrating with old friends and making new friendships. I hope to see you all there throughout the weekend! It’s guaranteed to be a wonderful time!
- September 23rd – Noon Dismissal
- September 23rd-24th – WestFest
- September 27th – School Pictures
- October 14th – No School (Teacher In-Service)
NOTES & REMINDERS
Free Dress Friday
Wear your WestFest Gear Friday to show your HRS spirit! If you don’t have a Westfest shirt, wear fall colors. Don’t have a t-shirt yet? Last minute, in person sales will be available at pick up Thursday in front of the school!
Help us be a Good Neighbor- Alley Reminders
Remember that the alley behind the school is a public alley. Please do not stop in the alley and do not block the driveways of our neighbors. Pull all of the way forward to load and unload. The alley is for active loading and unloading only. If your child is not there for pick up when you drive through, please circle around the block. Please do not exit your vehicle while in the alley.
My sincere gratitude to the parents that were able to attend the instrument rental meeting. Thank you for your support, sacrifice, patience and understanding! It was wonderful to meet you and share in your child’s excitement! Let the learning begin!
Who Do I Contact?
We have a number of support staff here to help at any time.
To reach our office: firstname.lastname@example.org
To reach our school counselor, Megan Choitz: email@example.com
To reach our Vice Principals:
Lauren Tipton (grades K-6): firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Mohrbacher (grades 6-8): email@example.com
** Our Vice Principals are here to help in a number of ways. If you have a problem that has not been resolved after speaking with the homeroom teacher, for a sudden or immediate need, or a need of a serious nature that needs more support, please reach out to one of our Vice Principals at any time. Note- there is some overlap with the VPs with grade 6. You are welcome to contact either and they will work with each other.
Principal Anna Horton can be reached at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
Playground Use After School
The Holy Rosary School playground is a popular place after school. Most days we have over 100 students a day in our BASE program and it is important that we are able to safely supervise BASE students while out on the playground. Therefore, the playground is open for general use/play (supervised students only please) for half an hour after school each day. At 3:30 each day (2:30 Wednesdays, 12:30 on noon dismissal days) the playground will close to general use and be available only for BASE student use. Thank you for your understanding with this.
COVID And Health Screening
Please find the latest COVID screening flowchart on our website and linked here. This should be used to help families determine how to screen symptoms for school attendance.
All students are asked to return a COVID testing permission slip this fall, which will allow us to test students at school if needed. We have testing available on site and can test any student, parent or family member if needed. NOTE- parent permission will always be obtained prior to testing at any time. This permission slip can be found here and should be returned to the school office.
Please contact the office as soon as possible if anyone in your family tests positive at any time at email@example.com or COVID@holyrosaryws.org. Kristin Bentler will work with you then on protocols and next steps.
Students who have a family member test positive may remain in school, but should engage in a Test to Stay Protocol testing prior to attending school each day. Per the Department of Health (DOH) guidance, students are asked to mask at school if a family member tests positive until that family member is no longer contagious. If a student tests positive, he/she should wear a mask until day 10 even if returning to school on day 6, per DOH guidance as well.
Due to the disruption it causes to the learning environment, Zoom instruction will not be offered building-wide this year. Individual teachers will share protocols for addressing COVID-related absences.
Holy Rosary School and Parish Are Hiring!
Holy Rosary is currently looking for a Custodian- 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, shift hours are negotiable
Picture Day -Tuesday, September 27
Yuen Lui Studio will photograph individual portraits of students. It is free dress for all students, so come looking your best. No hats or sunglasses allowed. Students who order an individual picture package, will receive a class picture in the spring for free.
- Families can save on shipping and preorder photos here: 2022-23 Holy Rosary School Picture Day 9/27
- Print preorders will be shipped to the school and distributed to students at school within three weeks after the picture day
- Digital preorders will be sent via email from firstname.lastname@example.org within three weeks after the picture day (use “email@example.com “ to search your inbox/spam folders if you don’t see the email come through)
- Photos will be available to view after the bulk order is placed (about a week after picture day) — families can view and order photos using their student’s school ID number — these print orders are shipped directly to students’ homes (+ a shipping fee) within 10-14 business days after the order is placed; digital images will be sent via email from firstname.lastname@example.org to the address provided within 10-14 business days after the order is placed
- Retake day is scheduled for November 3rd
- If you need to print a form instead of ordering on line click here
- For questions, please contact email@example.com
We Need Your Forms
The office needs your help. It’s a new year, so new forms are needed. Please submit the following forms to the office.
Volunteer Agreement form
Family Handbook Acknowledgement form
Rapid Covid Test Permission
Photo/Media Form (new families only)
Ideas For Our Lunch Program
Do you have lunch items you would like to see Lunch Ladies provide? We are looking for input from you on what your child likes to eat. Contact Karla Lawson
Red Cadet Collar Sweatshirts
The Main Office currently has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts in stock in ALL sizes. An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
So far we have sold nearly $50,000 in magazines!!! Congrats to the Kress Family who have won a dozen cupcakes from Angel Cakes for selling 5 + subscriptions this past week. No incentive this week as we all enjoy ourselves at WestFest.
You should’ve received a sales report from last year via email. Please check your junk folder and search for firstname.lastname@example.org. If you didn’t receive, contact Beth.
Our theme this year is IN THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY! Community makes HRS strong and by working together we will have a successful fundraiser. Fundraising continues to be key to our school’s financial success, please help us reach our goal. Renewal notices are arriving, so let your customers know that HRS will once again be selling magazines. New subscriptions and renewals count towards our goal. Even renewals that weren’t initially purchased through HRS count towards our goal of $125,000.
You will be selling as a family unit, no need to create individual accounts for each of your HRS children. Don’t worry, all HRS students will receive individual prizes at whatever level your family reaches, up through 50.
Cash donations, in lieu of magazine orders, are welcome!
$25.00 donation = 1 magazine order.
ONLINE FAMILY REGISTRATION WITH FUNDERWORKS
- Go to www.funderworks.com
- Click on REGISTER A PARTICIPANT
- Enter ROSARY in the code field and submit
- Follow the steps to create the account
- Once account is created, familiarize yourself with the various selling tools available. These include avatars, e-mail blasts, printable flyers, social media, etc.
Our goal is 100% participation. Additional questions, contact Beth Martin or view the Magazine Drive web site.
WestFest is coming up and below are some links to help make the Carnival of Community unforgettable. FREE ADMISSION!
Volunteers still NEEDED. Would be great if every family took at least 1 shift. Sign Up Here!
- Missed purchasing ride wristbands and ticket punch cards? Don’t worry you can buy onsite at the TICKET BOOTH.
- 8th graders get your services hours by signing up here.
- Show your WestFest pride, t-shirts on sale after school today.
All food, ride, game booths will use the ticket punch card. NO CASH ACCEPTED AT ANY RIDE, GAME OR FOOD BOOTH! BINGO will still accept cash.
Do you have a special talent? Are you part of a band? We are looking to book acts for our Westfest stage. Contact Cassandra Webster for more information.
Please join us in support of the WestFest raffle! We will be raffling off 3 gift baskets – women’s, men’s, and children’s, and want to load them up with desirable items donated by businesses and HRS families. Think gift certificates, bottles of wine, sports equipment, jewelry, games – anything in new or excellent shape would be wonderful. To donate items please contact email@example.com. Come find us at back to school night to purchase your raffle tickets – just $1 each!
Westfest Sponsors Needed
Westfest is back and just around the corner! Holy Rosary is looking for sponsors to help support this family friendly community event. With all in person events on hiatus for the last two years, we expect a great crowd this year. If you own a small business or your family is looking for a fun way to support our community, please consider a sponsorship. I’ve included the information in the attached flyer and happy to discuss other ways to activate a sponsorship. If you have a personal connection to additional business owners, please feel free to pass the information along or connect them with us. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to give me a call (206) 226-4046.
The volunteer hours portal is ready for the 22/23 school year.
- Go to ‘Report Volunteer Hours‘ (also a red hyperlink on our home page.)
- New families: If you haven’t set up a volunteer log-in yet, you will need to do that first, use the same link! Remember, only one account per family, NOT per parent
Covid Volunteering Protocols
The COVID Protocols for volunteering in the school and around children have been updated for the new school year. COVID vaccinations are not required, but ALL volunteers working with or around children will need to complete the School Volunteer Agreement. Whether you are volunteering in the next few weeks or in the next few months, please fill out the School Volunteer Agreement now and return it to the school office.
Safe Environment Training
There are many opportunities to help out this year. All of our volunteers are required to take Safe Environment training prior to volunteering with the school or church. If you have not taken the class, please sign up as soon as possible. There are in-person as well as online classes. **It can take a couple of weeks after you’ve taken the class for you to be cleared to volunteer.**
Auction Project Volunteer
Need a creative and fun way to engage with your child and their classmates, documenting the memory of the 2022-23 school year as well as, fulfilling your fundraiser hours?
As we plan for the 2023 Heart Auction, we are seeking out individuals interested in leading each grade’s auction project. These are important fundraising projects that, year over year, bring in a sizable amount of fundraising dollars while also delivering beautiful and memorable art and experiences created by your child and their classmates. If interested or have questions, email the Action Project Coordinator Brittiony Borges @ email@example.com.
We are looking for parent/guardians to do traffic patrol duty this year for volunteer hours. You would need to be fully vaccinated, and available to arrive on time and stay until your duty is complete. This would be a trimester obligation.
September 12th – December 9th
December 12th – March 24th
March 27th – June 16th
2:45-3:15pm 1:45-2:15pm (Wednesdays) 11:55-12:20pm (1/2 days)
You could choose to do one day per week, AM or PM, or both AM & PM on the same day if you wish. Please contact Maggie Judd if you are interested.
We are looking for playground volunteers to help us during lunch recess. Shifts are Monday through Friday from 10:55am to 1:05pm. If you have one or two days available each week, please contact Maggie Judd. Prompt arrival and a full shift are needed. Covid vaccination is not necessary.
We are excited to kick-off our 2022 CYO soccer season. We are in search of enthusiastic and qualified referees for our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade games. Starting pay is $35 an hour. An entree level referee license is required. Age level is 14 and above. This is a great opportunity for high schoolers to use their soccer experience and give back to the game. Please reach out to the Jihanna Ness at CYO Athletics if interested and to find out more information: Jihanna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the following children baptized on September 17, 2022! We welcome you to a life with Christ.
If you are interested in having your child baptized, please email Deyette at mailto:email@example.com. You may also complete our Baptism Registration form by using this link, https://holyrosaryseattle.org/infant-baptism-registration.
NEW Fall Women With Purpose Study Session-The Friendship Project
Looking to deepen your friendships? Want to explore your faith life with other women? Please join us for our Women with Purpose Fall 2022 session on a personal journey with authors, Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet, as we discover in their book, The Friendship Project, how to develop and deepen Christian friendships. Renew your faith life as we study scripture, discuss the book, learn about friendships among Saints, and pray. The Friendship Project Study Session will meet on Thursday Evenings starting September 29 thru December 1 at 7:00-8:30pm. More information at https://holyrosaryseattle.org/wwp For questions email Deyette at DSwegle@holyrosaryseattle.org.
Friday Morning Women With Purpose
In addition to the Thursday evening Women with Purpose group, we are looking to begin again a Friday Morning Women with Purpose group. Friday meetings would take place from 9:15-11:00am in the Parish Center Reception room. At this time, this would not include childcare. For interest or questions regarding a Friday Women with Purpose group, please email Deyette Swegle at DSwegle@holyrosaryseattle.org.
Altar Server Training
Use this SignupGenius link to sign up early and reserve your place!
Time for Altar Server training! This is for new and returning altar servers. Training is required in order to serve. 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. Older altar servers can learn to lead the other servers at Mass!
Altar Server Training (One class from each session required)
Training Session 2
- Wed, Sept 28th – 2:30-4:30 pm (pick only one 9/28)
- Wed, Sept 28th – 6:30-8:30 pm (pick only one 9/28)
- Fri, Sept 30th – 3:15-5:15 pm
- Sat, Oct 1st – 9:30-11:30 am
- Sun, Oct 2nd – 1-3 pm
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 about 10 servers per session.
Location: Church Sacristy
Sacramental 2 Preparation
(First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion)
Holy Rosary parish follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle regarding children’s preparation to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Children who are Baptized Catholic and in Grade 2 can receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Registration is open online: 2022-2023 Sacramental 2 (formsite.com)
If you have older children who have not yet received either of these sacraments or for information about First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation, please contact Sr. Stella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 – 937-1488 ext. 252.
Youth Confirmation kicked off last Sunday September 11th. We have received some feedback that Mondays were very hard for school families to attend. To make things more convenient, we will meet on Sundays before Mass. Youth Confirmation will meet Sundays from 9:30 am till the end of 10:30 Mass. Registration is now open.
Adult Confirmation will start November 3rd and will meet Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. And for anyone interested in becoming Catholic or wanting to learn more about the Catholic Faith, RCIA kicks off on September 14th and will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.RCIA Flyer
Rite Of Christian Initiation Adapted For Children
Holy Rosary Church welcomes children 7-18 years of age who have never been baptized, along with their families, on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic Church. If you or your children are interested to know more about RCIA, please contact Sr. Stella at email@example.com or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (formsite.com)
Pearl Drum Bell Set For Sale
Child in band who needs a bell set? $100 for pretty much brand new/barely used for one year Pearl Bell Set with case and stand. Retails for much more $$$. Contact Mr. Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us in supporting WestSide Baby during their “From the Bottom Up” (formerly Stuff The Bus) diaper drive. We will be collecting WSB’s most needed items from 9/6-9/30. You can drop off your items at the WSB bin during school hours. You can also give online by donating dollars or by purchasing items that will be directly delivered to WSB.
This donation drive matters because few people realize that unlike other essentials such as food or health insurance, there is no federal assistance for purchasing diapers. Additionally, diaper prices have risen at alarming rates since the beginning of the pandemic, becoming more expensive and inaccessible to working families. This has a tremendous negative effect on the health of families in need in our community. Thank you for helping babies stay healthy and happy!
Rainbow Parrot Art Classes for HRS students – Online art enrichment program
These super fun art classes are taught by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter. Free/donation based class www.rainbowparrotart.com