Family Communication 9/13/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

It’s WestFest time! Our wonderful carnival of community starts tomorrow, and will run Friday night and all day and evening on Saturday. I would like to thank the many, many WestFest chairs and volunteers who have invested countless hours to organize this weekend’s wonderful event. WestFest would not be possible without our tremendous volunteers, a true testament of our community. I am so grateful for all of the hard work put into this incredible event.

I hope to see you all there! If you are new to the Holy Rosary family this year, come join us for a fun-filled weekend of carnival rides, food, games, bingo, and fellowship. It’s guaranteed to be an outstanding time!

In Christ,


The beginning of the school year is a time of joy – seeing old friends and making new ones – as the future excites us. Many of you heard me speak at Back to School Night about the looming cloud in the Church. The recent news stories outlining the sin and crime of sexual abuse by clergy, and bishops who returned abusers to ministry, is heartbreaking and enraging. Several of you have asked questions about the local Church’s response to this tragedy. On the parish newsfeed, you can find a letter from Archbishop Sartain as well as an outline of prevention background for the Archdiocese. Of particular note, in 1986, a review board was formed to examine cases. In the late 1980s, the personnel files were opened for law enforcement, and training programs and victim support efforts began. In 2016, the Archbishop freely published the list of credibly accused abusers of minors. In a different but relevant vein, four years ago a priest was accused of embezzlement. The Archdiocese hired an outside agency to conduct an audit. When theft was discovered, the audit was handed over to the local police – and the priest served time in jail. While this Archdiocese tragically has its own history of abuse, I would also say that things are drastically different today. The Archbishop has shown that he is not afraid to involve the police where criminal activity is concerned.

There are no words that can possibly excuse what happened, and I apologize to all victims of abuse, and all members of the Church who were failed by your shepherds. In the dawning of a new day, we need your help in particular to make sure the abuse of children does not happen in the first place– whether here in the church environment, or whether in public schools, scouting or camping organizations, with government agencies, etc. This is why we have Safe Environment Programs, this is why we insist on background checks, and this is why we try to establish good boundaries for all – for the sake of our children.

In Christ,
Fr. Oakland


Puyallup Fair Tickets

We have 150 student tickets for the Puyallup Fair in the main office. First come, first served. Parents must come to the main office to request the tickets. One ticket per student.

Parents Club Volunteer Opportunity

We have an open position on the executive board for a secretary. The primary responsibilities for this position include:

  • Meeting communication
  • eFC reminder to office administrator on theTuesday before the meeting week and a Wednesday email blast the week of the meeting.
  • Ensures accuracy of PC page on website
  • Minutes for meetings

2018-19 Parents Club meeting dates are 10/17, 1/9, 3/13, and 5/8

Social time is from 6:30-7 p.m. in the School Hall and the meeting is from 7-8 p.m. Childcare provided.

View the Parents’ Club mission statement here.

AHERA Update

We are in compliance. Read the letter here.


  • September 14 – Noon dismissal – BASE closed
  • September 14 and 15 – WestFest
  • October 3 – High School Regional Night
  • October 17 – Parents Club Meeting
  • October 19 – Mother/Son Glow Bowl
  • October 27 – Fall Open House


Family Handbook

Our 2018-19 family handbook is available online here. Each school year we require parents to review the handbook and sign the online acknowledgement form. Please complete the handbook acknowledgement form by Friday, September 28. Thank you!

Milk Volunteer Opportunity

The main office is looking for two more milk volunteers on Wednesdays and Thursdays to help distribute milk during the lunch periods. The commitment would be during all four lunches, from 11-12:45. If you are interested in helping, please email

Alternative New Perfect Uniform Option For Grades K-7

The cadet-collar full-zip sweatshirt is available now and can be seen in the main office. Order online here by October 15 and your order will be available for pickup in the main office in mid-November. The next ordering window will be January/February 2019.


Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE – Congratulations to the following:

  • Fifth grade on selling the most subscriptions this first week!
  • Melia Wong on being week one top seller!
  • Natalie Yanak enters the money machine and grab fistfuls of cash. (All students who make a sale will be entered each week, with one student drawn to enter the money machine at the closing assembly.)
  • Deyette Swegle for sending the most emails in support of the Magazine Drive. (We all know parents are the main supporters of this event, so thank you for your efforts!)

Remember to GLOW FOR IT and sell, sell, sell! Holy Rosary glow bracelets 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 will renew from the current subscription end date.
  • 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 Holy Rosary —
  • If you sell a subscription valued at $99+, then your student receives credit for four subscriptions.
  • New this year is when you sell a subscription valued at $200+, you receive credit for eight subscriptions.

Are you 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 ( or Patti Johnson ( to locate it. If you still can’t find your list, then please email with your family name.

Our goal is 100% participation from all school families!

WestFest Reminders

WestFest spirit day free dress is tomorrow! Students may wear WestFest t-shirts or fall colors instead of their uniforms. Please also remember that tomorrow is a noon dismissal.

Volunteer shifts are still available for WestFest. Sign up now and earn your fundraising hours!

Cake Walk – Please donate your non-perishable homemade or store bought items of cake, pies, brownies, cookies, etc. Deliver to the BASE art room in the Lanigan on Friday, September 14 beginning at noon. Each item will count as 1 fundraising hour with a maximum of 4 donations. Contact Krista Zeissel, with questions.

WestFest hours are Friday, September 14  from 6-10, and Saturday, September 15 from 10-10. Check out the activities and schedule on the WestFest page here.

WestSide Baby Diaper Collection At WestFest

Help us celebrate Holy Rosary’s Carnival of Community by collecting diapers for WestSide Baby! Bring in a package of any child size diapers — size 4 and up are most needed!  Drop them off at the collection bins located by the admissions/information table at WestFest

WHO IS WESTSIDE BABY? Click here to learn more about the incredible work this organization does across our great communities. For question regarding the diaper drive, please contact Kamila Kennedy at 206-406-6303 or


Chess Club

The chess club meets every Thursday after school until 3:45. All levels and ages are welcome, as long as the child can focus for the required amount of time. The chess club seeks to teach and hone the chess skills of our members. Chess club is $15 per month and will be charged to your FACTS account. The first class will be Thursday, October 4 and continue all year until the end of May. Please contact Mr. Ritscher at to sign up for chess club.

Coding With Kids

ROBOTICS FOR LITTLE CODERS with Ozobot is an opportunity for young children to develop their computational thinking skills, build their first programs, and have fun with new friends! Ozobot’s programming is designed specifically for early readers, taking into account the cognitive abilities and typical attention span of children ages 5-7. Students are introduced to basic coding concepts with simple tasks, such as customizing their Ozobot and assigning commands through different colors, then build up to more complex tasks with Ozobot’s simple drag-and-drop language. See the flyer here.

Robotics for Little Coders is offered to grades K-2 students on Thursdays from 3:10-4:10 from September 27 – December 13. There will be no class on November 22. The 11-week session is $270 and will be charged to your FACTS account. To register, email with your phone number, child/s name, and homeroom.


Altar Server Training – September Dates Added! – Fifth Graders Invited!

Come and server the Lord! 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 and candles 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 through the Word of God and through the Eucharist.

Training Information — Servers are trained after school or in the evening. Current altar servers receive follow-up training. Older altar servers can become acolytes, or head altar servers, and lead the younger servers at Mass!

Pick one of the following times. Sign up here to choose your session. Note that after-school sessions start five minutes after the end of school. All training is done in the church.

  • Wednesday, September 26 —  2:20-4:20
  • Thursday, September 27 — 6:30-8:30

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 20 servers per session and can accommodate more if needed.

School Bells Will Be Ringing!

Brand new! This year we are forming School Bells, a handbell choir for students in grades 4-8. School Bells will meet on Wednesday, September 19 from 4:00-4:30 in the Parish Center chapel and all grade 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 students are invited. Students from Holy Rosary and all area schools are welcome! We especially invite our religious education families to participate!

Handbells are easy and fun to play and NO musical experience is needed. Don’t want to sing? Ring a handbell! It’s easy!! As a member of School Bells, you’ll learn a new musical skill, and have fun as you add to the assembly’s celebration of the Mass.

Note: This program depends on there being enough interest to make it affordable for all. Cost will be determined based on participation.

Junior High Choir News – First Mass On Saturday, September 22 At 5. Please RSVP.

Come and sing! The Junior High Choir is ready to go! Let’s get our voices together to lead the music on Saturday, September 22 at the 5 p.m. Mass. Singers from grades 6, 7, and 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. Singing in church can give them experience, confidence and a spiritual boost! Register online here.

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

Fall practice and performance schedule –

  • 9/20, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in CHAPEL. Voices and instruments. Cantors must rehearse Thursday.
  • 9/22, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40. Come and sing at 4 p.m., even if you miss Thursday.
  • 9/26, Wednesday, 8:35 a.m. school Mass. Rehearse in CHURCH at 8:20. Come and sing Wednesday, even if you miss Saturday.
  • 10/11, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in CHAPEL. Voices and instruments.
  • 10/13, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • 10/17, Wednesday, 8:35 a.m. school Mass. Rehearse in CHURCH at 8:20.
  • 11/1, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in CHAPEL. Voices and instruments.
  • 11/3, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • 11/ 7, Wednesday, 8:35 a.m. school Mass. Rehearse in CHURCH at 8:20.
  • 12/6, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in CHAPEL. Voices and instruments.
  • 12/8, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • 12/12, Wednesday, 8:35 a.m. school Mass. Rehearse in CHURCH at 8:20.

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 (school parent volunteer hours):

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

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

Thanks for your support of our Junior High Choir!

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 songs, 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!

Faith Formation At Holy Rosary Parish

Welcome back to Holy Rosary! Our parish offers many opportunities to grow in your faith beyond the school day. We’d like to highlight a few:

  • First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Preparation – Each year, Holy Rosary prepares young parishioners (usually in the second grade) to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion for the first time. If your children are Baptized as Catholics and wish to receive the Sacraments – even if they are older than second grade – please register on our website. For more information, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 x252.
  • Becoming Catholic: the Rite of Christian Initiation for children and adults (RCIA) – Are you, or is your child, interested in becoming Catholic? If you or your child have not been Baptized, or were Baptized in another Christian tradition, we are happy to help you learn more. For children, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 x252, and parents please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203. Also, you are welcome to learn more at our weekly inquiry sessions every Tuesday evening.
  • Confirmation Preparation for High School Students – The Archdiocese of Seattle is transitioning to a younger age of Confirmation. Holy Rosary Parish is beginning the transition in the 2018-2019 academic year. This year, we will offer Confirmation to all high school Catholic teens in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. If you have children who will be in grades 9-12 this fall, please download our information sheet and register on our website. For more information, please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203.

We also offer a variety of offerings for both children and adults, ranging from Bible Studies to weekend Children’s Faith Formation to opportunities for prayer! Find more information on our website, and in future eFC’s!

Job Opening – Child Caregiver For Holy Rosary Sunday Nursery

Holy Rosary Parish has an opening for our Sunday nursery to play with and take care of children from age 1 and walking, up to age 5 years old at both Sunday Masses. Looking for a person with experience taking care of small children, Safe Environment compliant, and 1st Aid/CPR for children certified. This position is paid hourly with no benefits. Perfect for juniors and seniors in high school, local college students, adults who wouldn’t be bringing their own children or other relatives to the nursery program. Please contact Deyette at if interested or have questions.

New Walking With Purpose (WWP) Session Fall Bible Study Program

BEHOLDING HIS GLORY – For women of all ages and stages of life! Join us on our nine-week journey to face the everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church. No experience necessary and open to Catholic as well as those not Catholic but looking for something more.

Choose a group:

Wednesday evening, beginning September 19 at 7:15 p.m. OR Friday morning, beginning September 21 at 9:15 a.m.

  • Both groups meet in the Parish Center.
  • Free childcare for Friday morning group.
  • Order the book, Beholding His Glory, online here.
  • If you don’t want to order the book online, you can purchase through the Church.
  • Register on the Parish website here.

For questions about WWP or if you need a scholarship, please email Deyette at


Art Workshops At Seattle Lutheran!

Ms. Reuter – former Art Teacher at Holy Rosary – is so excited to be offering after school art workshops next door at Seattle Lutheran. These workshops offer memorable opportunities for children to explore authentic expression and unleash their creative power through art. We’re going to have so much fun!

Session 1:  Tuesdays 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16,  and 10/23.

Times:  3-5 p.m.

Open to all students in grades 1-6. Exceptionally mature kindergarten students are also welcome.

Register at or email

Please note that the art workshops are not a Holy Rosary School program.

Morning Childcare for PreK Families

Jeanette Swanson, who volunteered in the PreK class last year is offering childcare in the mornings and can drop off you child at PreK. Her contact number is 425-210-2606.

Help Give $10,000 To A West Seattle Non-Profit

Homestreet Bank, where Holy Rosary banks, is giving $10,000 to a West Seattle non-profit. Three charities have been selected, but it is up to the public to vote. Click here to learn more about the three charities and vote for one to receive $10,000. Second and third place will receive $5,000 and $3,000 respectively.

Calling All Potential Band Members — Selling Barely Used Trumpet

We have a used Antigua Vosi trumpet, including cleaning materials. Our daughter is in high school and not continuing with band. Please contact if interested.

Postpartum Doula

Hello Holy Rosary families! Welcome to a new school year and the busiest month for birth workers! Are you or someone you know pregnant and in need of support and care when you bring baby home? Have you heard of a postpartum doula? A postpartum doula offers physical and emotional support, evidence-based information and tips, and in-home assistance to families as they experience the early stages of this profound life change. And they are not just for first time parents!

Mary Killeen Peña is an Holy Rosary graduate and a West Seattle mom. She is a Bastyr-trained postpartum doula and certified Lactation Educator (CLE). You can learn more here at her website.

VFW Scholarship Competition

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713 of West Seattle is holding its annual youth essay competitions. All students in grades 3-8 attending private, public, or home schools are eligible to compete. Click on this link to view the .pdf for more details.