Family Communication 9/23/21


Dear Holy Rosary Families,
Happy Fall!  
This morning, we had the wonderful experience of being able to celebrate Mass with our third and fourth grade students in person.  Our fourth graders received their new Bibles, a special tradition for students on their faith journey through our school.  Father Oakland blessed their Bibles at Mass and reminded students that these Bibles are one way to always stay connected with Jesus.  
This afternoon, I spent some time visiting classrooms.  It feels as if we’re finally in the full swing of things, with kids engaging in much of the “normal” school business throughout the day.  I do recognize that we’re living in a time that is far from normal, but it was lovely to just walk around to hear and see many of the usual school sights and sounds.   It’s such a joy to have your children here!
A few hiring updates:  We will be hiring a long term substitute in music in the near future, as Ms. Mudge is currently taking a leave.   Please hold her in prayer.  We are also hiring for an Instructional Aid in the grade school (likely 5 days/week), and will also be filling a leave position in 4th grade in the near future for Mrs. Benson.  The parish also has a number of open positions which are available on their website.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please reach out to me!  
As we roll into October, things will continue to be busy.  But for now, I’m taking the moment to savor a wonderful Wednesday with your children in our school.  Thank you for your commitment and support each and every day.
In Christ, 


    • October 15th – Teacher In-Service (no school)
    • October 18th – Picture Retakes
    • October 20th – Parents Club Meeting


Hot Lunch Is Back!
Starting October 5th, Lunch Ladies Catering will provide hot lunch Tuesday through Thursday. If you are interested, please review their ordering information and instructions. **Any meal, ordering or billing questions must be handled through Lunch Ladies Catering**
Day Of The Doughnuts!!

Thank you to all of the students who completed the math and/or reading challenges!  Here is how we will celebrate.
What: A celebration of doughnuts, refreshments, music, trivia, and raffle prizes to reward the students’ hard work
Date:  Friday, 9/24
Where: Socially distanced in the school hall
When:  Two morning sessions for grades K-4 & two afternoon sessions for grades 5-8 
Additional details:
-We will have a variety of doughnuts for the kids to choose from, served by Mrs. Heuer, Ms. Wallace, and other friendly HRS staff! For students with any food allergies, we also will provide tasty gluten-free and dairy-free/vegan options available from Flying Apron.
-We will lead the students in some fun trivia as they enjoy their doughnuts and refreshments. We will hand out some prizes for completing each of the challenges.
-Students who completed each challenge will get their name in a hat for a surprise grand prize at each session! So if a student did both, they will have his/her name entered twice.
-Homeroom teachers will share the list of participants with the students ahead of time and we will make sure participants come at their designated times.
-Volunteer teachers/staff will help greet, serve, make sure students remain distanced, and clean/sanitize between sessions. We look forward to the first annual Day of the Doughnuts! 
Mrs. Heuer and Ms. Wallace

Missing Items

Please make sure your child’s name is clearly written on sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, water bottles and any other personal items. We have many students who have the same backpack, water bottle or sweatshirt. If your child is missing a red cadet jacket, have them check with the office staff. We are making every effort to return items to the correct person.

Red Cadet Collar Sweatshirts

The Main Office has the red Cadet Collar sweatshirts for those that have ordered them. Please come into the office and pick them up. Some sizes are on backorder. Karla Lawson will let you know if your order is not ready. If you would like to place an order, An order form must be completed to pick up a sweatshirt.  The Main Office is open M-F from 9am-3pm.


Volunteer Vaccination Information

Per Governor Jay Inslee’s directive, all volunteers working in proximity to students must be vaccinated. In accordance with this, please fill out the attached form and include a copy of your Covid-19 vaccination card. If we do not receive a vaccination card from you, you will not be able to participate as a volunteer where students are present. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler.

Student Vaccination Information (6th-8th grade only)

On the recommendation of Public Health, and in order to support us in making decisions regarding programming, we are seeking information on the percentage of eligible students (12 and over) who are vaccinated. Individual student information will be kept confidential. The aggregate data will help us with programming decisions and mitigation efforts.

Please fill out the attached survey. If we do not receive a response from you, your child will be counted in the category of unvaccinated. Decisions around our programming and activities will be based on the percentages of vaccinated students. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Bentler.

Last Call For Milk

Last call to sign up for the Milk Program!  Milk will start Oct. 4 and we encourage everyone who wants milk to sign up now. Order milk online here for your student for the entire school year. The 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.

BASE Is Hiring

BASE is looking to add another staff member in order to accept more families!  Looking for a fully-vaccinated individual (16+) who is looking to work 15-20 hours each week, M-F 2:30 – 6pm.  Duties include supervising playground, doing arts & crafts, assisting parents at pick up.  Please reach out to Rachel at 206-937-1488 ext 228 or if interested!

Priority Application Period Now Open

The priority application period for parish members and current school families opened September 15th and goes until November 15th for the September 2022 – June 2023 school year.  If you have a new student for our Holy Rosary Preschool or new to our K-8 school program, please complete our online application at:  All prospective Kindergarten students are required to submit an application. Any questions, please contact:

For students currently enrolled in Kindergarten-7th grade, Preschool 2s and 3s, re-enrollment will occur in mid-January.


Need some GatorGear for your student? Sweatshirts and sweatpants can be personalized. Orders will be submitted on the 15th of every month.


Magazine Drive
Congrats to the Reed Family!  They are the winners of a dozen cupcakes from Angel Cakes for selling at least 5 subscriptions this last week.
The next incentive is a $25 Bakery Nouveau gift card and a favorite coffee/tea delivered to each HRS students’ teacher. All families that sell 5 or more subscriptions between September 21 and September 27 @ 9pm will be entered to win. Donations count toward sales too.  $25 = 1 subscription.
As of today, HRS we are over halfway to our goal of $125,000 sold. Don’t stop yet.  Great job HRS!  
Check the Magazine Drive web site for instructions on how to sell and buy.
CASH DONATIONS Cash donations, in lieu of magazine orders, are welcome! $25.00 donation = 1 magazine order.  100% donations come back to HRS.
Our goal is 100% participation.  Additional questions, contact Beth Martin or view the Magazine Drive web site.


Traffic Patrol

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.
Start Date:
October 2nd – December 12th
December 14th – March 18th
March 21st – June 10th
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.



CYO is looking for soccer referees to referee games at the 4th and 5th grade level. Referees are paid and must be at least 14 years of age and either be certified already or obtain a WA State Referee certification. Please reach out to Neil Smith ( for more details if you are interested in becoming a CYO soccer referee.


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 or 206-937-1488 ext. 252 or you can register online: RCIA for Children (

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. Registration is already open online: 2021-2022 Sacramental 2 (
If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental 1 of our Faith Formation program and are regularly attending the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these sacraments or for more information about First Reconciliation/First Communion Preparation, please contact Sr. Stella at

Youth Confirmation 2021-2022 Registration Open!

Age of Confirmation
All baptized Catholics in the 7th-12th grade who have not yet been confirmed can register for the 2021 – 2022 Youth Confirmation Program. The program includes 10 Sunday Sessions starting with a Kick-Off Event on September 26thfrom 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the School Hall and concluding with the Confirmation Liturgy in mid-February. Holy Rosary 7th grade students will receive a portion of their confirmation preparation in the classroom.
Visit our website to learn more about the Confirmation requirements.  
Click here to Register for the 2021 – 2022 Program

Adult Volunteer Team 

Do you have a heart for young people? Do you recognize how much our young people need God’s love and presence? Then God might be calling you to join our adult volunteer team. Volunteer responsibilities can include leading confirmation small groups, assisting with office work, or helping with hospitality at youth confirmation events! 
Contact Bridget Bicek at to learn more about volunteering with the Confirmation Program.


Cub Scouts

Is your family interested in joining or resuming involvement in the exciting world of Scouting?  Cub Scout Pack 793 will be holding a short informational gathering for any parents interested in having their children participate during this school year.  The gathering will be held at the Northeast corner of Hiawatha Park, near the wading pool, on Wednesday, September 29.  Drop in any time between 6:00pm-6:45pm to hear the plan and get your questions answered.  Children are welcome to attend – there will be supervised activities to keep them entertained during the gathering.

Host an International Student

Please consider hosting an international student from Kennedy Catholic High School. You would be providing an important and valuable experience by offering a true glimpse into an American family’s life. If you are interested in learning more about being a host, read more and fill out this inquiry form. Our housing coordinator will contact you. Send questions to Ms. In Vilai at  A generous stipend is provided. We appreciate your support of Kennedy Catholic High School. Please contact Ms. In Vilai at 206.972.3291 if you have any questions or other suggestions for how we might promote our homestay program within your school.

Mountain To Sound Ski Swap

Where: West seattle VFW hall, 3601 S. West Alaska Street
When: October 16-17, 10am – 5pm Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun
Drop off Friday night, pick up Sunday afternoon. Please see website for more details

Luna Park Rabbitry

Luna Park Rabbitry is a small local business focused on producing high quality Holland Lop & Netherland Dwarf Rabbits. We focus on lovely temperament and stunning good looks in all our animals, and this summer we had quite the baby boom. Several young rabbits (both Hollands and Netherlands) are looking for great homes, and we would love to gift some to Holy Rosary families. Please text Sophia LeBel at 425-647-6339 or Amanda Roberts at 425-922-2834 for more information and pictures! 

Junction Hot Yoga

Hi Neighbors! We are NOW OPEN and would love the opportunity to welcome you in.
We hope you find our Grand Opening Special irresistible.
Single Class – $14
Monthly Unlimited Intro – $47
Auto Monthly Unlimited – $89*
20 Class Pass – $260
Yearly Unlimited – $899
Specials must be purchased by 10/31/21
*per month/contract applies
Proof of vaccination is required at JHY. Pre-registration is highly recommended.
Learn more at or through Mind Body
4747 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

West Seattle VFW Essay Contest

Congratulations to last year’s winners from Holy Rosary:  Aidan I, Alec R, and Anastazia G.
Young writer(s) in the house? Need college money? This year’s VFW essay competition – three categories, for 3rd graders through high-school seniors. See rules and awards here. Turn into the school office by 28th of October.

Kids Salsa With Balorico Dance

Salsa for ages 7-12. Develop an appreciation for Latin music. Please arrive by 4:15pm with your child to complete the health screening and in-person registration form. Dancing begins at 4:30pm. No late admissions. Masks required of child and their caregiver at all times inside the studio. Sneakers recommended or dress shoes that secure the ankle. Viva Art Studio in West Seattle.

Art Classes

Rainbow Parrot Art Classes for HRS students – Online art enrichment program
These super fun art classes are taught in 6-week installments by former Holy Rosary art teacher, Lacey Reuter.
Session A1 (Recommended for grades 1-3): Tuesdays Sept. 21-Oct. 26 @ 4-6pm
Session B1 (Recommended for grades 4-8): Thursdays Sept. 23-Oct. 28 @ 4-6pm
Projects: Starry Night, jungle drawings, Cubist faces, haunted houses, Northern lights, dandelion paintings.
Cost per 6 week session: $215 Early bird price (register by Sept. 15th with coupon code: RAINBOW). After Sept. 15th, the cost is $255.

Tram’s Salon (Profession hair care and nails)
  • Full-service salon (trim, cut, wash, perms, color, highlights, and more for children and adults)
  • Nail salon next door for manicures and pedicures
  • Open 7 days a week, 9:00am-7:00pm

Appointments only, please call 206-935-2970
Address:  4110 California AVE SW
COVID protocol:  everyone wears a mask and is screened with temperature check and COVID questionnaire.

Counseling For Children, Adults And Families

I am a licensed mental health counselor. I provide mental health counseling to children and families and adults. In response to COVID-19, and the social distancing protocols I am providing my services to patients using zoom, Skype, FaceTime.  This includes new intakes. Please note if finances are a barrier to accessing counseling services please let me know as I offer sliding scale.Thank you,James Bederaux-Cayne, MA, LMHC3618 California Ave SWSeattle, WA 98116Office (206) 898-9366Fax (888)