Family Communication (eFC) 1-21-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

Catholic Schools Week is right around the corner. Click here for a broad overview of the activities for the week.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK MASS – If your child would like to participate in a special way during Mass, please sign up here by January 22 if your child would like to be a part of these special Masses. Note that the Children’s Choir and the Distinguished Alumni Presentation will be at the 10:30 Mass. We are encouraging as many school families as possible to attend the 10:30 Mass, but student volunteers are needed for all the Masses that weekend.

Grandparent’s Day

February 3rd, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. We are excited for the luncheon and we’re looking forward to hosting our guests. There will be over 250 guests at our school that day! Volunteers are still needed at the luncheon. Sign up here to help out.

Click here for more information on the luncheon.

Scholastic Book Fair

Highlights from the Scholastic Book Fair that opens on January 29:

  • Open after Mass and during the Open House on Sunday, January 31.
  • Moved to the school hall on Wednesday, February 3rd for Grandparents’ Day — more room, no stairs, additional cash registers!
  • Open during lunch recesses for student purchases.
  • Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until 4:00 p.m.
  • Fun activities all week long!
  • Share the joy and excitement of reading!

Volunteers are still needed during Sunday’s Open House and Wednesday’s Grandparent Day. Use this SignupGenius link to access the volunteer schedule. Thank you.

Facts Tuition Management System

Complete your family profile online now! Last week we launched the FACTS Tuition Management System for the 2016-17 school year. Families have until January 28 to create a profile and set up a tuition payment plan.


  • When creating your FACTS profile, keep in mind that this is for the 2016-17 school year. When adding students to your profile, please be sure to place them in the correct grade for next year, NOT this current school year.
  • If you already have a username and password with FACTS, due to another child attending high school that uses FACTS, you do not need to create a new account.

To add a payment schedule for Holy Rosary to your existing FACTS account, please be sure to follow the link to FACTS specific to Holy Rosary School. Once you click on the link, log into FACTS using your existing username and password. Holy Rosary School should show up in our profile. Then, set up a payment plan for your Holy Rosary student.

FACTS Steps:

  • January 7-28: Create a FACTS profile and set up a payment schedule for the 2016-17 school year.
  • January 14: Registration paperwork comes home with your eFC carrier. Please sign and return all of the contracts to the main office by January 28.
  • February 8-12: HRS will finalize agreements, add tuition amounts to each profile and confirm that all students are in the system.
  • Process FACTS fee: The FACTS fee will be automatically processed within 14 days of the agreement being finalized by HRS.
  • February 15-29: The 2016-17 registration fee will be paid online within your FACTS account.

The cost for using FACTS is based on whether you plan to pay tuition in full or make 12 monthly payments. Payment in full is $20 per family and 12 monthly payments is $46 per family

If you feel that your family cannot afford the once a year fee for this service and needs the school to help, please contact Mr. Hofbauer or Kimberly TishMore FACTS information can be found here.

2016-17 Registration Fees and Tuition Rates
K-8th Grade Registration Fee – $275 per student
Preschool Registration Fee – $175 per student
K-8th Grade In-Parish Rates
1 Child $6,499
2 Children $11,886
3 Children $15,628
4 Children $19,509
K-8th Grade Out-of-Parish Rates
1 Child $8,622
2 Children $17,243
3 Children $25,865
4 Children $34,485
Preschool, One Child Attending HRS
3/4’s Class (3 days a week) $3,737
PreK Class (5 days a week) $4,994
Preschool, Sibling Attends HRS
3/4’s Class (3 days a week) $3,552
PreK Class (5 days a week) $4,755
2016-17 Registration Contracts

Please check those backpacks, Registration Contracts were sent home today with your eFC carrier. Please sign and return the Enrollment Contract, Parish Stewardship Contract, Parent Commitment Hours Contract, and HEART Auction Contract. Contracts are due back to the main office by January 28.

DO YOU HAVE A NEW STUDENT APPLYING FOR NEXT YEAR? – All NEW students entering HRS for Preschool – 8th grade will need to complete an application. The application and fee are due to the main office by Friday, February 5. Please remember to provide a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate. If you have a child applying for 1st-8th grade, you’ll need to provide a copy of their most recent report card with the application. Please contact Kimberly Tish if you have questions.

HEART Auction

The Auction needs your commitment! Only 1/3 of our school families have made a donation to the HEART auction at this point. Remember that HRS is counting on you and that this is a contractual obligation.


Having trouble choosing an auction donation? Click here to view the Auction wish list at Please note that if you choose to purchase from the Amazon wish list, ship the item to your home. Purchases still need to be entered in the donation website here.

Questions about donations? Please contact us at

Visit our Auction webpage for more information.

The link with volunteer opportunities will be available soon.

School Accreditation Update

As we look ahead to the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, we are mindful of the privilege of serving our parish community through the ministry of Catholic education. A rigorous academic curriculum infused with the solid foundation of our Catholic culture and spirituality is at the heart of Holy Rosary Catholic School. Our Self Study this year is helping us to strengthen our school and renew our commitment to serving our students and families. Thank you to all who are contributing to this process toward our re-accreditation!

Chromebook Implementation

IMG_1337The implementation of the 5th, 6th, and 7th grade Chromebooks has gone extremely well. After receiving them just two weeks ago, students have been using them daily in their classrooms for research, for writing, for online math and language arts curriculum, and for other learning. Two teachers attended an all-day workshop on Tuesday on how best to use Google Apps in the classroom, and three more teachers are attending an all-day workshop this Saturday on using Google Classroom in their classroom. Google Classroom will allow, among many other things, teachers to efficiently share out documents to their class, pose “focus” questions, create tests and forms, give lessons electronically, and receive homework digitally. Holy Rosary truly has entered an exciting time and there is no doubt that our students will be better prepared and more well-rounded in using technology effectively upon entering high school.


Looking to make a BIG impact for the families of Holy Rosary School and Parish, PLUS build ties with the greater West Seattle Community? Step on up to be the Ring Master of the ultimate Carnival of Community! The position of WestFest Chair 2016 is open and ready for you! Sign on now and get loads of help, resources, and a solid transition to the Greatest Show!  This is a perfect fit for a project manager (or a pair who works well together), who has time over the summer to oversee the committees and provide direction. Interested? Talk to Kara Klem before the curtain closes! Contact her at


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES – Looking for ways to be involved with your Church and have it fit in your busy schedule? Holy Rosary’s Children’s Ministries is the answer.  We have many volunteer opportunities either in Mass or outside of Mass, on the weekend or during the week – whatever your schedule, we can use your help. All volunteering counts towards School General Commitment hours. Please email Deyette at to learn more.

ADULT CONFIRMATION – Holy Rosary is offering a series of sessions to prepare adults who are practicing their faith but have not yet been confirmed on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., beginning February 4, until Confirmation Mass. Contact JoAnn Tobin at either 206-937-1488, ext. 203, or to register and/or for more information.


REGISTER NOW FOR 2016 CYO BASEBALL – Hello Holy Rosary parents and CYO baseball players, It’s time to defend our championship title! Last year we had one team and this year we are shooting for three – 8th, 7th and a 5th/6th combo team! Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to play baseball. Online registration is now open; register your player for the 2016 baseball season here. Registration closes on February 12th. Any registrations after February 12 will be accepted on a space-availability basis, as final rosters are due. Registration fees are $100 per player.

The season is eight games on Sundays (which fits in well with league teams) with a tournament at the end for each grade level. Games start March 20 and the end of the year tournament is May 22 – June 5. Click here for more information about CYO Baseball

Baseball coaches are needed for the 5th/6th combo team. If you would like to coach, please sign up as coach when you sign up your player.

CYO HATS! – We still have some hats available to sell. These hats are going to pay for new catchers’ gear for all the teams. I will be asking the boys to help sell hats as the season gets going. Please contact Nathan Thomas if you have any questions about CYO baseball! 206.450.4861 –

Community Notices

PIANO LESSONS – Danny McMahon is an experienced music teacher who has been teaching in the West Seattle area for over 15 years. He teaches piano and drum lessons to all ages and ability levels out of his private studio in the Arbor Heights neighborhood. Danny’s first student was a Holy Rosary student, and he has continued to nurture the love of music in many more in the Holy Rosary community (as you may have witnessed in a few Talent Shows over the years). If your student is interested in trying out piano or drum lessons with a veteran teacher who (has a passion for music/inspires his students to have a love for music), please contact Danny at (206) 852-8564 or by email at

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 1/31 – Open House – Kick off to Catholic Schools Week immediately following 10:30 Mass
  • 2/3 – Grandparent’s Day
  • 2/4 – Outreach Day for Catholic Schools Week
  • 2/11 – Noon dismissal – Magazine Drive goal reward
  • 2/12-16 – No school – winter break
  • 2/19 – No school for Kindergarten – incoming Kindergarten testing