Family Communication 9-28-17


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

We’ve settled into the rhythm of the school year, and are almost into October. I’m having a wonderful time learning along with your children, and thank you for all that you do each day to help them come to school prepared and ready to be their best!

This year, we’ve moved away from the IOWA-E standardized assessment and are going to utilize the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) as our standardized assessment measure in order to track ongoing student growth and progress. The MAP assessment is the tool recommended by the Office for Catholic Schools and is widely used throughout the Archdiocese. Unlike IOWA, MAP will not provide a summative score, but rather will provide information on your student’s individual growth in reading, math, and writing throughout the year, and will be administered at three points in the year. This test is administered entirely online, to students in grades K-8. Look for more information to come on how to interpret your own student’s scores and how we can use the data to partner to individualize instruction to meet your individual student’s needs. The first testing window is September 25 – October 20, so we’ll be administering each assessment in the next few weeks during regular class time. More information on MAP can be found here.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

In Christ,



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


Pizza Lunch

Eighth grade pizza lunch sign-ups are here! There is an option to sign up for all 10 lunches on set dates throughout the school year or pick and choose dates you would like to participate – $4 for a single slice, $6 for two slices of cheese pizza. Each lunch includes pizza, chips, drink, and a treat that are delivered to classrooms by our eighth grade students. Proceeds go to support eighth grade events (retreats, Fun Day, Baccalaureate Dinner, Graduation Reception, etc.).

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!

Handbook Acknowledgement Sign-Off Required

Families, please complete the Handbook Acknowledgement sign off form online here. The main office will have to follow up with any families who have NOT completed the online form. More than 100 families still need to complete the Handbook Acknowledgement form.


Fundraising Volunteer Hours Available!

The Admissions Office is looking for 5-6 volunteers to post an upcoming fall event flyer in West Seattle, as well as set up Open House yard signs in high traffic areas. Please contact to volunteer.

Mother-Son Glow Bowl

Sign-ups are open for the 2017 Annual Mother-Son Glow Bowl, open to Prek-8th grade Holy Rosary School families. Glow Bowl takes place on October 20, from 5-8 p.m., at West Seattle Bowl. This year’s theme is football! $40 for mother and one son, plus $5 for each additional boy in the family. If you are “adopting” a son of another parent who is unable to attend, the cost is $20 for that boy. Call Cheryl Mauer at 206-786-2176 or Courtney Africa at 206-910-4560 with questions.

Recess Duty Signup

Signups for second trimester recess duty is open. By committing to once a week recess duty for a trimester (November 27 – March 9 from 11:15-1:15), you are eligible for double general volunteer hours. You can also join a sub list; those who have subbed for at least 10 sessions are also eligible for double hours. More information can be found here.

Italian Dinner

Grazie! The Italian Dinner is SOLD OUT! Thank you to all those who purchased advanced seats!

Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE – Two weeks are left in the MAGAZINE DRIVE. 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. fourth grade
  2. first grade
  3. sixth grade

FREE DRESS PASS for all students in the family who sell three subscriptions, or receive the equivalent in donations, by October 1.

AMAZON – Remember to shop through the Amazon portal on our school home page. The past few years Amazon has donated over $10,000 annually!


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 your FACTS account 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


Holy Rosary Family Halloween Celebration

Save the date – October 28 – for Holy Rosary’s Family Halloween Celebration. All are invited to our Holy Rosary Family Halloween Celebration on Saturday evening, October 28, from 6:15-8:00 in the School Hall; hosted by our Holy Rosary Youth Group. Halloween games, face painting, fun and spooky house, tasty treats, and more. We always welcome volunteers (adults, sixth through eighth graders and high schoolers) to help with this very fun event either on Friday night, October 27 for set-up, shopping, etc. and/or on October 28.

If you can help with these special requests, please contact Deyette:

  • Photo Booth equipment or connection for a reduced price or better yet…free.
  • Special deal on mini-pumpkins quantity of 150.
  • Special deal on sugar cookies, quantity of 200-300.

A Sign-up Genius for volunteering will be posted soon. For questions, please contact Deyette at or Youth Minister, Nicole Warren at

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 October 4.
  • 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 fill out the online registration ( and join us at our next meeting on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office.
  • Sunday School for Grown-ups – Each week, we’ll host a grown-up conversation on a different topic, focusing on real-world experiences of faith, thoughtful discussion of your questions, and how we can follow Jesus better in our lives. We meet first and third Sundays between the Sunday Masses (roughly 9:30 – 10:20) in room 7A in the school. Our topic for October 1 will be “The Rosary: History and Promise”.

For more information, please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203.

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.


Collection For Residents Of Puerto Rico

Collection of supplies for Puerto Rico at Hiawatha TODAY from 3-7 p.m. Local resident, Rey Delgado, is well known throughout the baseball community. Rey is originally from Puerto Rico and will be at Hiawatha TODAY (Thursday, September 28) from 3-7 p.m. collecting supplies, which he will carry to Puerto Rico on Monday. The biggest needs are:  water purification tablets, gloves, masks, bug spray, batteries and flashlights. In addition, gift cards to Home Depot, Walmart, and Walgreens are also encouraged.

If you can’t make it to Hiawatha, then order from Amazon to arrive no later than Sunday and send to:

Rey Delgado, 3254 56th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Note:  If anyone has pull with Alaska Air or Jet Blue to get Rey’s baggage fees waved, he would greatly appreciate this, as of now he will be spending at least $500 to take on extra bags.

For additional information, read this story on the West Seattle Blog.

Kennedy Catholic Open House
Kennedy Catholic High School Fall Open House is Wednesday evening, November 1 from 6:30-8:30. For more information and to register, visit this link or call/email Clare Spano, Admissions Associate at 206-957-9723 or
Bishop Blanchet Open House
Bishop Blanchet High School Fall Open House is Wednesday evening, October 25 from 5:30-8. RSVP online at this link.
Screenagers Viewing at Genesee Hill

Viewing on Thursday, October 5 from 7-9 p.m. You must register here to attend the FREE event. The award-winning film, Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age, probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.