Family Communication (eFC) 1-12-2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Holy Rosary Families,

As I write this, I sit looking outside of my window on a dark, cold morning. It’s hard to imagine on a freezing January morning, that I am writing to talk about next year; but it is time to begin the re-enrollment process. At this moment, I find myself reflecting on my first six months here, and why we chose Holy Rosary School for our kids, long before I ever imagined I would be principal. For me, it boils down to the fact that I wanted my children to receive an exceptional student-centered academic education, with staff that knew my kids inside and out, who loved my children, and who were champions for their success. I wanted my kids to be part of a community that looked out for and supported one another, that is part of a team to continually do what is best for everyone. And I wanted my children to receive an education rooted in the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ, which would help them learn and grow into global citizens who understand their role in making the world a better place. And that’s what we found here!

I know you share these values and beliefs, which is why we are so blessed to have your family as part of our school community. Now it is time to commit to another year, with re-enrollment for next year.

Early re-enrollment is essential in assisting us with budget development for next year, financial award decisions, and long range planning. As you will read about below in Jennifer Kokkonis’ message, enrollment will open on January 16th and we are hoping to have all re-enrollment complete by January 31st. We are also asking that all financial aid requests from current families be completed by then as well.

Thank you so much, for your prompt attention to this, and for all you do to make Holy Rosary School the amazing place it is!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Pastor’s Message

On Thursday, January 19th at 7 p.m. I am going to start a series of classes on Catholicism 101. There is such a richness and beauty to this gift of faith that we have received, the God who loves us and this wonderful Creation. It will last for six weeks, although there will be no class on February 2nd. The first class will be a general introduction to the Revelation of God, with a focus on Creation, a quick overview of the Old Testament, and the Incarnation of Christ. The first night I will ask a very important question: What do you want to learn more about and explore? The remainder of the classes will be principally decided by you – to answer the questions you have long held, to fill in the large gaps that we all have to the faith formation we received as children. Faith is a gift – one we should never take for granted. Come and see, and go deeper together as a community of faith.

In Christ

Fr. Oakland

Re-Enrollment Time!

This school year we will be re-enrolling current students for the 2017/18 school year and new students of current families online. A link to the online form will be emailed out to families on Monday, January 16th.

The re-enrollment period will be from January 16-31st. The school will charge the registration fee of $300 per student to your FACTS account on February 15th. For preschool students, the registration fee will be $200 per student.

FACTS charges an annual fee based on your selected payment plan. Families who choose to pay monthly will pay an annual FACTS fee of $46. The Pay-in-Full option has an annual FACTS fee of $20, families can opt to pay one payment for the year or two semi-annual payments. FACTS has increased its credit card fee to 2.85% from 2.75%, for the 2017/18 tuition payment plan year. This will apply to all amounts charged to a credit card.

For those families who have submitted Kindergarten applications, we have begun scheduling Kindergarten classroom assessments, which will be held on February 10th. Please contact, if you have not received a sign-up notification for your incoming Kindergartener.

Any questions on the re-enrollment process can be directed to

Marketing Help Needed!

The school is looking for three volunteers to help put up posters around West Seattle advertising our Open House on January 29th. This counts as fundraising hours. Please contact in the school office if interested. Thank you!

Blue Friday!

Ms. Horton has granted tomorrow a Seahawks free dress day again! Wear Seahawks logo or colors to celebrate the playoff game on Saturday.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair opens in 13 days — January 25! “S’more fun with books!”

Volunteers are still needed to help at the Book Fair. The goal is to provide a pleasant shopping experience for everyone, especially the Grandparents. Use this link to learn more about volunteering. If you have any other questions, please email Mrs. Harris. Thank you.

Development Directives

Tomorrow (1/13) is the LAST DAY to donate your AUCTION item. Thank you to those that have met this deadline. If you do not donate by 8 p.m. Friday, then we will be contacting you for a $175 contribution. If you are working on an item, then please notify Kate McGovern (Brown), procurement chair, at  If you choose to donate cash, remember to complete the matching funds form at your company.  You could double your gift!

Top 10 ways YOU can help the 2017 Holy Rosary Heart Auction

  1. Contact your favorite business to ask if they would donate an item to our auction. This can count towards your family donation commitment.
  2. Become a sponsor – contact Beth Martin at for a sponsor package.
  3. Collaborate with others to donate a larger item. 4 or 5 families can pitch in to donate.
  4. Donate a bottle of winefor the Wine Game or Wine Table. Must be more than $10.
  5. Donate an itemfor the silent auction. Must be new and unopened.
  6. Buy raffle tickets. Win free tuition!
  7. Be on a committee. Help with plans, signs, callbacks or promotions.
  8. Volunteer on auction daywith set up, decor, distribution, check-in/out.
  9. Make a monetary donation. No contribution is too small!
  10. Attend! Invite at least two friends to join you!

Do you have special talents like woodworking, sewing, baking, etc. and would like to donate something custom? Please contact Kate McGovern at

CONGRATULATIONS to the Tucci-Ringstat family on winning one free entry to BINGO BASH on Friday, February 24th. All families that had donated by 1/6 were eligible for this prize.

The AUCTION is Holy Rosary’s largest fundraiser! VOLUNTEERS will be needed to make this event a success. A sign up genius will be available in the coming weeks to sign up for a variety of positions. If you are interested in getting involved early, or earning fundraising hours from home, then please contact Beth Martin at

Invitations went out for the GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS LUNCH, please let Beth Martin know if your child’s guest did not receive one. The program will start at 11:30am on Wednesday, February 1. The Book Fair will be open at 10:30am that day for Grandparents & Special Friends to shop early. 15% of all sales come back to HRS as well as bonus books.

Catholic Schools Week Volunteers

Student volunteers are needed for all three Masses January 28/29th, 2017. Please follow this link to sign your child up. The signup will close on January 19th. Thank you!

Coat Drive

During Catholic Schools Week, the seventh and eighth grades will be collecting used coats in good condition. The coats can be for adults or children and will be distributed through St. James Cathedral outreach. There is a collection box in the main hallway just past the front office. Thank you!


CYO VOLLEYBALL – CYO volleyball and player registration is open until January 23. Boys and girls in grades 4-8 can play. Please follow this link to register. There will be a coaches meeting on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. in 7B. Parents who might be interested in coaching are welcome to attend. Contact Katherine Gudgel at or 206-799-2366 with questions.


WORLD YOUTH DAY PARENT INFORMATION MEETINGS tonight, January 12 or Friday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. If you are the parent of a child in grades 6-12, a college student, or a young adult, come learn about World Youth Day in Panama 2019 at one of our information sessions. We will be hosting two meeting dates for you to choose from – tonight (January 12) or Friday, January 20; both at 7 p.m. in the Holy Rosary School Hall. You will hear testimony from others who have made the trip, answers to frequently asked questions, and how to get involved. During tonight’s meeting you will hear from Joe Cotton, who led the St. James Youth Group last summer for WYD in Poland. There is also an informational web page by the USCCB here. Please contact Nicole Warren or Ruth Reiser with questions at

YOUTH MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Are you a baker, project manager, carpool aficionado, or a catechism leader? We are searching for a variety of volunteers in Youth Ministry at Holy Rosary. Help enlighten the youth in our parish by becoming a member of our Team. We meet every first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Parish Center in room 203. Our upcoming meeting is Wednesday, February 1. Please contact Nicole Warren or Ruth Reiser with questions at

HOLY ROSARY PARISH SUNDAY NURSERY – Our Parish Nursery is open on Sundays at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the basement of the Parish Center. The Nursery is run by two caregivers who are experienced and enjoy taking care of young children. There is no registration and is for children walking up through Preschool. Please go to the door that faces Genesee St. and ring the doorbell. If you have any questions, please email Deyette at

Community Notices

JUNIOR CHEER CAMP AT KENNEDY CATHOLIC – On Sunday, January 22, Kennedy is hosting a Junior Cheer Camp for students in grades K-8. Please see this attached flyer for more details and registration.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 1/29 – Kick off to Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:30
  • 2/1 – Grandparent’s Day
  • 2/10 – Kindergarten testing
  • 2/17 – Noon dismissal for Magazine Drive
  • 2/20 – President’s Day – no school
  • 2/21 – Winter Break – no school
  • 3/10 – Teacher In-Service – no school
  • 3/31 – Auction Set-Up – noon dismissal