Family Communication 9/27/18


Dear Holy Rosary Families,

Earlier this week, you received an email message from me regarding the Called to Serve as Christ Campaign.  I am including additional information in this week’s message, and some FAQs you may be pondering. I am also pleased to state that we have received confirmation that The Carmelite Sisters of our Lady (the order Sister Juanita and Sister Stella are a part of) are officially included as part of this campaign as well.  Thank you for reading this important information.

To give you some background on this campaign: 

The primary purpose of this $100 million Archdiocesan campaign is to fully fund the priest pension plan for the Archdiocese for the long-term future.  The Archdiocese has a responsibility to support priests who have dedicated many years of spiritual service to support the faith family in Western Washington.  Since its creation in the 1960s, the priest pension fund was never funded.  Instead, priest retirement has been paid for as a “pay as you go model” where local parishes pay an assessment annually to the Archdiocese to fund retirement, and a significant portion of your Annual Catholic Appeal monies are also used for this purpose.  At present, this totals about $39,000 a year from Holy Rosary – an amount which has been increasing every year, and will continue with people living longer, more senior priests retiring, and healthcare and retirement costs that continue to increase each year.  The goal of this campaign is to establish an “endowment” of sorts, which will allow the Archdiocese to utilize the investment earnings to cover the ongoing costs, thereby reducing or even eliminating the burden on local parishes like ours.  Without a campaign like this, the increasing cost of retirement is going to fall back on local parishes (us!) thereby affecting local ministries.  With this campaign, we will have more money to spend on our own ministries.  It should be noted that no funds raised through this campaign will be used in any way to fund past or present abuse settlements, nor will any individuals who have been credibly found to have abused a minor receive retirement benefits that are funded through this campaign.  This campaign and the pension fund itself have been set up separate from regular operations of the Archdiocese of Seattle, so that the funds are specifically restricted from any other use. 

Additionally, this campaign will support the retirement of religious women, who have dedicated their lives faithfully to this Archdiocese.  Women religious have been a part of our Archdiocese from the very beginning.  Holy Rosary School owes a particular debt of gratitude to the Tacoma Dominican Sisters who started Holy Rosary School in 1913 and served faithfully here for 60 years!  The Carmelite Sisters of our Lady began their ministry in our school in 2005 and Sister Juanita and Sister Stella continue their faithful service in our community today.

Finally, each parish will receive a 15% rebate on all monies pledged up to its goal.  The Holy Rosary Parish Community received a goal from the Archdiocese to raise $1.411 million.  This campaign asks individuals to consider a pledge, payable over the next 3 years.  We’ve added a local goal to raise additional funds. Our total goal is to raise $2 million through this campaign over the next three years.  We will receive 15% of all monies raised up to the Archdiocesan goal, and 85% of all monies raised beyond that.  We will spend this local rebate to fund a number of important projects.


For 60 years, the stained glass in our beautiful church has reminded us of those who have gone before us in faith. Two decades ago, most of the stained-glass windows received needed work and new exterior covers. There are more than a dozen remaining windows that still need work. Half of these are bulging and breaking. This campaign will help complete the work to ensure the windows will continue to radiate the light of God for another generation.


The playground is a center of activity on our campus – whether during recess, after school or on weekends. The beloved Big Toy, the heart of much of this play, is slowly falling apart and has reached the end of its useful life. Through a successful campaign, we will replace the Big Toy and install a new safer, durable surface underneath. These changes will keep our campus a space for safe and fun play for all our community’s children.


While never exciting work, tuck-pointing our buildings is necessary to maintain the beautiful brick of our campus. The mortar can erode over time, and must be replaced and sealed to protect the structural integrity of the buildings.

I urge you to carefully read the campaign materials, watch the campaign video here, and prayerfully consider making a pledge to support this effort.  This is an extraordinary ask, beyond your regular school and parish giving, and support of the ministries of the Archdiocese of Seattle through the Annual Catholic Appeal.  It is also extraordinary in its size – there is no doubt about that.  But there will be a significant local benefit from this campaign, as we will use the rebate to fund some campus projects that have been a long time coming.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Father Oakland or me with any questions you may have.  Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration of this essential campaign.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland and Anna Horton


What will the campaign accomplish?

The $100 Archdiocesan campaign will establish long-term funding for the medical needs of senior priests and will provide them with a stable, modest retirement. It will also significantly increase the ability of communities of women religious to care for their senior sisters and allow active sisters to continue their ministry in the Church. It will also return a small portion of each gift (15%) to each parish for its own needs.

Why now?

We need this campaign because the funding model (pay-as-you-go) was never adequate and was flawed from the time it was first established in the 1960s. That model worked when there were a large number of active priests paying into the plan, and only relatively small number receiving benefits. Now, with the severe shortage of priests in active ministry – and a large and growing number of retired priests who are living longer – the pay-as-you-go model no longer works. As a result, parishes (us!) have to pay more and more into these plans each year through increased billings and through the Annual Catholic Appeal. The campaign will also raise funds for women religious, who have played a crucial role in the history of our Church’s mission in Western Washington and continue to. Because these sisters served for decades in our schools, hospitals, and parishes with almost no compensation, the campaign will raise funds to recognize, acknowledge and thank them for their sacrifice and service.

What about the timing?

Many have asked why we are going ahead with the campaign in the midst of the revelations that are appearing in the news these days. This campaign started almost two years ago. Archbishop Sartain has decided to go forward with it because he is aware how urgent the need is, and believes people will be grateful for the opportunity to express their support for the vast majority of faithful priests and sisters who have given, and continue to give, generous service in our parishes. There is still a great deal to celebrate and be grateful for. The Archbishop is also confident about the transparency and accountability of the campaign itself and the handling of the funds that are donated.

What assurance can the Archdiocese of Seattle give to donors that no funds from the campaign will be used to pay future settlements in abuse cases, or for pensions for those credibly found to have abused children?

The campaign has been established as a separate Washington State non-profit corporation whose funds can only be used for the purposes designated in the campaign. Similarly, the Priest Pension Plan is a qualified pension plan whose funds can only be used to pay pension benefits.  Both undergo annual independent audits to assure they are conforming with all legal and ethical requirements.  A separate fund has been established by the Archdiocese of Seattle, primarily funded through real estate sales and using no parishioner donations, to pay for settlements, counseling for victims, and required pensions for these priests.

Where did the amount of my “ask” come from?

Obviously, coming up with an “ask” is an inexact science. The amount of the “ask” is based on your past generosity to the parish and to the Archdiocese, as well as on the amount the Archdiocese needs to raise. But the Archbishop, of course, has no way of knowing your particular circumstances or commitments.  If he has asked for too much, we apologize for that, and if you are able to commit to more, we’re thankful for that!   It’s kind of like Goldilocks.  We encourage you to consider a monthly gift over the next three years.  A gift of any size is welcome.

Additional campaign materials can be found here.


Safe, Responsible, Respectful Gators At Drop Off

The safety of your children is our top priority to and from school. Staff provides supervision at a number of points along 42nd Ave SW, Genesee, and Dakota during the morning drop off. The only approved and supervised drop-off locations are along 42nd Ave SW and in the back alley by the playground. We recognize people may choose to drop off elsewhere. Please know that the school cannot provide supervision at these other locations, which is why we have discouraged their use. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not use the alley behind the church as a throughway. We cannot provide adequate supervision in the alley to ensure children are safe while being dropped off.

42nd Ave Drop-Off – Please drop off only along 42nd Ave SW and children should exit the car quickly on the curbside.

Alley Drop-Off – Please pull all the way forward to drop off, just before the two auction reserved parking spots and children should exit the car quickly on the side closest to the building. Do not park your car for any reason in the alley and walk your children to the school building during drop off or pick up.

If your child needs extra assistance getting out of the car or needs help getting to school, or if you choose to park and walk your children into school, please park somewhere north of Dakota, south of Genesee, or along one of the neighboring side streets. Drivers are encouraged to not turn right onto Dakota St. after dropping children as it impedes westbound traffic from pulling into the alley. Please continue north on 42nd Ave. to the next block to turn right onto Andover St. This will allow better access for drivers using the alley for drop-off. Thank you for your patience as we all navigate this together.

Summer Math Challenge – Ice Cream Social

Over the summer, Holy Rosary students were challenged to complete 15 hours of math and keep track of their work on a calendar. Almost 100 students from grades K through 8 completed this challenge! This is the most students we have had in the four-year history of the challenge! These students got to enjoy delicious ice cream from West Seattle’s Husky Deli in the warm afternoon sunshine. The student who completed the most summer math was Drew H. in the fourth grade. He will get to enjoy a lunch off campus with a friend of his choice later this month. We are all very proud of all of our summer math participants!

Summer Reading Challenge – Pancake Breakfast

This year Holy Rosary had more than 130 students complete the Summer Reading Challenge! Today we gathered to celebrate these students and their love of reading at the annual Pancake Breakfast. The students had a blast and left with fun treats, full bellies, and big smiles. Cheers to another great school year full of reading!

Preschool And Kindergarten for 2019-20

The priority application period for our current school and parish families is now ongoing (September 15-November 15). All students entering kindergarten for 2019/20 at Holy Rosary must fill out an application for our K-8 school. If you have a new student entering our preschool (2s, 3s, or PreK), this is also the time to submit an application. There are very few available spots in our preschool 3s and PreK class; early submission is highly encouraged! Reenrollment for current students (except kindergarten) will happen in January. Our fall Open House is on Saturday, October 27 from 10-1. We have our kindergarten testing day scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019. Any questions about the process, how to set up a tour, or our preschool through eighth grade school, contact Jennifer Kokkonis, Admissions Director,

Attendance Reminders From The Main Office

Please notify the main office at, as well as your homeroom teacher, if your child is home sick or has an appointment and will be arriving late to school. All students arriving after the tardy bell must sign in at the main office for a tardy slip. Thank you!

We would like to remind parents of school guidelines should your child be sick. It is our goal to keep the school environment as healthy as possible for all children.

A child should be kept home from school in the following situations:

  • A temperature over 100°F (must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Motrin or Tylenol before returning to school).
  • Vomiting or diarrhea during the night or in the morning (child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode).
  • Red, swollen eyes that itch and are draining, or have a crusty appearance upon awakening. A physician will need to evaluate him/her for “pink eye”.
  • A productive cough not controlled by medication. A child who has been diagnosed with a communicable illness (e.g. chicken pox, impetigo, ringworm, or MRSA) may not return to school without a note from the physician.
  • A child with live lice should remain home till until no live lice are seen on the child’s scalp.
Lost And Found

Please check the lost and found items in the main hallway by the end of this week. Students have been reminded to check the tables during recess and after school. Everything left behind will be donated to charity. Thank you!


Mother-Son Glow Bowl

Please join us on Friday, October 19 for the Mother-Son Glow Bowl. Complete the online registration today! This year’s theme is PAJAMA BOWL – so put on your favorite and coziest pajamas and join us for a night of bowling, pizza, and fun! The glow bowl will be held from 5-8 p.m. at West Seattle Bowl.


  • October 3 – High school regional night
  • October 8 – Magazine Drive ends
  • October 11 – Magazine Drive closing assembly
  • October 17 – Parents Club meeting
  • October 19 – Mother/Son Glow Bowl
  • October 25 – Picture retake day
  • 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 TOMORROW. Thank you!

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.

Volunteer Opportunity

We have two upcoming information events for the school — our Open House on Saturday, October 27 and a booth at the Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 28. Time spent will count towards fundraising hours. We are looking for parent and eighth grade volunteers (grade 8 service hours). Please look at the event signups for more details — Open House and Harvest Festival. Contact Jennifer Kokkonis with any questions at


Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE – Two weeks left in the MAGAZINE DRIVE. Keep selling those magazines. The last day to take orders/renewals is Monday, October 8. Remember donations accepted and $25 = one subscription. Donate here and share the link with family and friends!

Congrats to the top selling grades:

  1. Fifth grade
  2. First grade
  3. Eighth grade
  • The top seller for this week is Zach B.!
  • The $money$ machine winner for week 2 is Gabe W.
  • The $money$ machine winner for week 3 is Jason A.!

These students will enter 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.)

We strive for 100% participation, please sell at least ONE subscription!

Earn free dress passes by selling three NEW subscriptions. Last week’s dress passes will be sent home today!
NEW INCENTIVE – The top selling class for this week earns a pizza party on Friday, October 5. Sell, sell, sell by October 1 at 9 p.m. to qualify.
FAMILY FUN CENTER DATE – The date for the Family Fun Center prize trip is Friday, November 2. Reminder all students who sell 25 subscriptions (families that sell 40) are eligible to attend. We are in need of volunteers to chaperone this trip.  Please contact Beth Martin ( if interested.  Must have Safe Environment clearance.

CLASSROOM AUCTION PROJECT LEADS NEEDED – Looking for ways to fulfill your fundraising commitment hours and make a personal contribution to the success of your child’s year? Then leading the Heart Auction project for the grade might be for you. This is a chance to get creative, leave your mark on your child’s school year and fulfill your family’s commitment hours.

Start rallying the troops (creative or not) to help create a project you’d love to see displayed at the auction to commemorate the 2018-19 school year.

If interested or if you have questions, email the Action Project Coordinator Brittiony Borges at

AMAZON – Remember to shop through the Amazon portal on the Holy Rosary homepage.  The past few years Amazon has donated over $10,000 annually. Shopping through the app does NOT apply.

DID YOU ENJOY WESTFEST? – Do you have some ideas on how to make it even better? We’re already planning for next year and want to get a head start! We need to fill lead roles in the following positions.

  • WestFest Chair
  • First Aid Booth
  • Face Painting
  • Book Sale
  • Food Booth Setup
  • Volunteer Sign-ups Organizer

For full details on each opening, please contact Jodi Sherwood at 206-356-2999 or


Chess Club

Thank you for your interest in Chess Club. We are currently full and not taking any more new students at this time.

Coding With Kids

STARTS TODAY! Robotics with 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.


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:

  • ADULT CONFIRMATION – Confirmation completes your membership in the Church. It is required to serve as a Godparent or sponsor, and is a powerful foundation for your Christian life. If you were baptized as a Catholic, but have never been confirmed, we can prepare you to receive confirmation this spring. Please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203 for more information.
  • HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMATION – This year, Holy Rosary Parish will offer preparation for the sacrament of confirmation to all high school students. If you have a child who will be in grades 9-12 and who has not yet received confirmation – or if you are an adult who has not been confirmed yourself – please contact Robert King for more information and registration. Our first session for high school students will be on Sunday, September 30 at noon.
  • 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. Our first sessions are this week! Teens on Tuesday, September 25, adults on Wednesday, September 26, and children on Thursday, September 27. For children and teens, please contact Sr. Stella at or 206-937-1488 x252, and adults please contact Robert King at or 206-937-1488 x203. Also, all are welcome to learn more at our weekly inquiry sessions every Tuesday evening.
  • We also offer a variety of offerings for both children and adults! Find more information on our website at and in future eFC’s!

We offer a variety of offerings for both children and adults! Find more information on our website at 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.

Saint Of The Week

Every week we highlight a particular saint. This week we focus on St. Thérèse of Lisieux. St. Thérèse lived less than 25 years, having suffered from tuberculosis, and was hardly known to anyone in her lifetime. But her memoirs of her spiritual struggles as a young girl and as a Carmelite nun described a “Little Way” of profound trust in God’s love for her and for all, so many call her “The Little Flower”. She is a patron of missions and of those seeking holiness in everyday life. Her feast is October 1.


Panther Pride Night – October 4 At West Seattle Stadium

Mark your calendar! Seattle Prep is sponsoring a Panther Pride Night on Thursday, October 4 at West Seattle Stadium. The Seattle Prep football team takes the field versus Bishop Blanchet at 7. We hope our entire community joins us for a night of Panther Pride. We will have prizes to give away during the game. Admission is free for middle school students and families who are wearing CYO or school gear, or with student ID card. Join us for a fun and exciting night of football! Click here to RSVP. Questions, contact Melissa White at

West Seattle Music Studio

Nows the time! Call Lizette at 206-349-5499 or go online here to find out more about piano, guitar and voice lessons — children, adults, classical, jazz, etc. Beginners are welcome!

West Seattle Earthquake Preparedness Sessions

Join us for either of these two identical preparedness sessions:  Sunday, October 7 from 2-5 at High Point Community Center, or Saturday, November 3 from 9-12 at Hiawatha Community Center. Learn about and discuss what we should do in West Seattle in case of an emergency. Hosted by the West Seattle Hubs and West Seattle Be Prepared.