Family Communication (eFC) 1-7-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had a nice restful break. Now it’s onto 2016, looking forward to all the great things that 2016 has in store for us!

cbChromebooks for grades 5, 6, and 7 were distributed on Tuesday morning! View the presentation and special surprise video by Mr. Barker by clicking here. The West Seattle Blog was in attendance, as well as Father Oakland, who led a blessing, and many parents. View the West Seattle Blog’s write-up here. Students have already begun using them in their classrooms.

Snow Day Reminder

Holy Rosary School will follow the Seattle Public School system when it comes to announcing closure for snow. BASE will be closed on days that Holy Rosary School is closed. If the Seattle schools announce a late start, Holy Rosary School will start one hour later than it usually does. BASE will not open on late start days.

Pizza Lunch and Seahawks Spirit Dress

Tomorrow you can eat your pizza while dressed in Seahawks gear (or other favorite team!)

Principal Search Update

As reported earlier we are underway in our search for the next principal of HRS. An important step is the posting of the position, which occurred just before Christmas. “Holy Rosary School – Spirit and Mind Ignited. – Holy Rosary School is looking for its next great leader. Building on a foundation of academic excellence and 102 years of tradition, we are seeking an educator with a passion for Catholic education who can effectively communicate a clear vision, shaping our future as we begin our second century.” Full ad posting is here.

The Committee will continue to provide information regarding the search as it develops, as well as opportunities for providing input. Please pray for the Committee as it carries out its mission of helping to identify the individual that will best lead our school, and begin to pray for him or her as well.

HEART Auction

HEART AUCTION GALA – SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016 – IT’S FAMILY DONATION TIME! – Each family should have received a letter via your eFC carrier student. Click here for a copy of the “Introducing the Auction 2016”

AUCTION ITEM DONATION “HOW TO” – Follow the new auction software link here. Then follow these steps:

  1. Enter an accurate and detailed description of the item(s). This will be used as part of the catalog description. Auction committee members will not always be able to verify your description to your item.
  2. Notes section should be used to list any restrictions, expiration dates, etc.
  3. Choose Individual Donor. ** In the case of an individual or family soliciting a donation from a business and using it as their donation commitment, please choose “Individual Donor” and click Yes for “solicited a business for your family donation”. In the following fields give the business name, address, and contact name and phone that you worked with. DO NOT choose the Business Donor box for your family donation. Your personal contact information goes in the “Contact Info” boxes at the bottom of the screen. You should receive a confirmation email.
  4. Deliver your item(s) to the school’s main office by February 19, 2016.

Check out the Auction wish list 2016 at

Note: If you choose to purchase from the Amazon wish list, please ship item to your home. Amazon wish list purchases still need to be “entered” in the donations software.


  • One-of-a-kind family or couple’s experiences and getaways
  • Sports and Camping Gear
  • Electronics and Appliances
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • A fine piece of jewelry
  • Themed dinners in private homes
  • Seahawks, Huskies, Mariners, Sounders
  • Box seats, meet coaches or players
  • Vacation homes
  • Sun Valley, San Juan Islands, Whistler, Lake Chelan, Hood Canal, Whidbey Island
  • Mexico and Hawaii condos or homes
  • Parent’s night out or weekend away – Seattle, San Francisco, Napa
  • Local theatre or shopping packages, ballet tickets, 5th Avenue
  • Sports Clinics or camps; any element of celebrity a bonus

HAVE AN IDEA THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT FOR THE LIVE AUCTION? – Contact procurement chair Kate McGovern, at

ARE YOU PROCURING FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS? LET US KNOW. – The procurement follow up team is starting to contact local businesses for auction donations. If you intend to procure from a local business, for your family donation, please contact Jessy Beardemphl at That way we can try to avoid asking the same business twice.

Question about donations? Please contact us at


  • Distribution – Help double check inventory and hand out purchases and gift certificates to patrons. Auction weekend, from Friday afternoon to Sunday. For more details contact Development Office. This position does not allow one to attend the live auction but can fulfill of all of your fundraising hours in one weekend!
  • Silent Tables Closer lead – lead a small team during the silent auction in “closing” the auction per table. This position allows one to attend the event.

Question about donations? Please contact us at

Facts Tuition Management System

Complete your family profile online NOW! We are ready to launch the FACTS Tuition Management System. Over the next couple weeks, each family will need to go online to create their profile for collecting tuition for the 2016-17 school year. The cost for using FACTS is based on whether you plan to pay tuition in full or make 12 monthly payments:

  • Payment in full – $20 per family
  • 12 monthly payments – $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 Tish.

2016-17 Registration Fees & 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
Fulcrum Foundation Hossfeld Tuition Assistance Program – January 15 Deadline!

Families applying for financial aid for the 2016-17 school year will need to complete an application online through FACTS and submit the necessary supporting documentation by January 15, 2016. Apply online now.

You should apply to Fulcrum if:

  • Your family has been awarded Fulcrum tuition assistance grants in the past and your financial situation is relatively unchanged.
  • Your family qualifies for benefits through federal or state assistance programs such as SNAP or Medicaid.

You should apply for Holy Rosary Financial Aid if:

  • Your family has applied for Fulcrum tuition assistance in the past, has never been awarded a grant, and your financial situation is relatively unchanged.
  • Your family size is 4 or fewer with a current adjusted gross income greater than $50,000, and you have no extraordinary financial circumstances (major medical expenses, loss of employment, etc.)

Once an application has been completed online, the following information will need to be sent to FACTS to complete the application process:

  • Copies of your most recent Federal Tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
  • Copies of your 2015 W-2 form for both you and your spouse.
  • Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.

All supporting documents can be uploaded in .pdf format online to FACTS. Each family will pay a $24 fee to apply for Financial Aid through the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment. Please contact Kimberly Tish if you have any questions or need assistance completing the application and uploading documents.

Grandparent’s Day

Grandparents and Special Friends Lunch is February 3, 2016 — the Wednesday of Catholic School’s Week. Grandparent’s invitations were mailed a couple of weeks ago. We have received about 80 RSVPs to the grandparents lunch. Please remind your guests to send in their responses. A small batch of invitations will be mailed out today to those who requested after the deadline.

Click here to request invitations. RSVPs are required, so we can plan the food accordingly.


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Centennial Capital Campaign

CELEBRATE OUR FUTURE, TODAY! – Click here to view the Campaign brochure. The Centennial Campaign has taken care of our roof, windows and surveillance security system. The next campaign priority is our technology program. Click here to view the Technology Plan.


Funding for this will be provided through the Centennial Campaign and Grants. We have received many new pledges and gifts to go towards the technology phase of the campaign.

We have raised $689,114 in pledges toward our Centennial Capital Campaign. Over $12,000 in donations was received since November from families in grades 5, 6 and 7 to help fund the new Chromebook computers. If you have not pledged yet please consider taking part in this exciting stage.

We continue to need your help. Now is the time to ensure our school’s financial future and achieve our vision to be recognized as community leaders in education. More information can be found on the following page:

Annual Fund Update

Wow! We appealed to our parents and you came through! The Annual Fund has $147,369 in pledges — an increase of $40,000 since November! Many new pledges and gifts were received during the month of December. Let’s keep the momentum going and get 100% participation from school families.

Our goal of $200,000 by June 2016 cannot be met without your support. Make the difference in how Holy Rosary provides its unique educational experience. The Annual Fund is an intrinsic and important component in the schools yearly budget. Please consider a gift to the Annual Fund. Download the pledge form here or donate directly through our website here.

Why give to the annual fund? For more information visit the Annual Fund page or contact the Development Office at

Amazon Christmas Class Competition

Thank you all that shopped at Amazon during the holidays and used Holy Rosary School’s Amazon portal. The winner of the last week AND of the whole contest is Mrs. Robel’s 2A classroom! They will enjoy a pajama and pizza celebration! A huge thank you goes to parent Cathy Moran for driving the excitement and prize coordination to make this happen!

Parents’ Club

Save the Date! The next Parent’s Club meeting is Thursday, January 14, 2016. Come start off the New Year with Parents Club! Minutes from the November 12th meeting are posted here. Volunteers are still needed for Parent’s Club childcare. Use this link for additional information and to sign up.

  • January 14, 2016 – 1 volunteer needed
  • May 12, 2016 – 2 volunteers needed
Band News

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Why? It’s Honor Band time! Auditions are set for:

  • Monday, January 11 – 5:00-7:15 p.m.: clarinets, saxes, oboe and drums
  • Tuesday, January 12 – 5:00-7:15 p.m.: flutes, bells, trumpets, baritone and trombones

All auditions are held in the Kennedy Catholic High School Music Room. A detailed information sheet has been given to all band members in grades 6-8.

Eighth graders bound for Kennedy Catholic – Don’t forget that this year the Cambronero Scholarship auditions are in conjunction with the Honor Band auditions!!

A letter from Mr. Fischer was handed out to all current eighth graders. Questions? Contact Miss McKamey at or (206) 957-9777.

Ski Club Survey

Happy New Year Holy Rosary families! Thank you in advance for taking this quick survey. We are looking to see what kind of interest there would be in organizing a ski club at our Parish/School. At the very least, we would like to hold a ski swap in the next week or two. Click here to take the Holy Rosary Ski Club Survey.


YEAR OF MERCY – Comforting the Afflicted in January. Continuing with our reflections for the Year of Mercy, in January we will focus on Comforting the Afflicted. There are many who suffer silently. Let us seek them, that we may accompany them amidst life’s hardships and struggles. Please click here to learn more about the Year of Mercy and how we can take action right to help those afflicted.

PARISH MOVIE NIGHT – The Parish is hosting the movie, Molokai, the story about Father Damien, this MolokaiFlyerSunday, January 10 at 6 p.m., for adults and students 4th grade and older. Please join us for potluck dinner and movie in the Holy Rosary School Hall. The potluck dinner theme is comfort food! The Parish will provide popcorn and movie time treats! Also, we lay out a carpet area so feel free to bring some pillows, sleeping bag and/or camp chairs. The Saint of the Month is Maryanne Cope – also from Hawaii!

Sign up for the potluck by clicking here. This is a family event so parents are welcome, but Youth Ministry members can attend without parents. The usual peer ministers, adult volunteers, and Parish staff will be there. The movie is rated PG and we are recommending it for students 4th grade and older. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jennifer at or Deyette at

PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS – Meeting is Saturday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. Are you a parent of a special needs kid (any age, any need) and are looking for fellowship, sharing, prayer time and of course coffee? Please stop by this Saturday, January 9th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Center Reception. For questions, please email Jennifer Rowley at

WALKING WITH PURPOSE – You’re invited to Walking With Purpose, Friday, January 8, 9:15 a.m. at the Parish Center. Have you heard about Walking With Purpose (WWP) and would like to learn more? Join us on Friday for coffee, treats and conversation at our monthly “Connect Coffee” at 9:15 a.m. (childcare provided). WWP is a program that helps fit Faith into your hectic schedule and connects you to other women (of all ages) at Holy Rosary. To learn more about Walking With Purpose, visit The event is FREE and there is NO exercise involved! We hope to see you there!

ANNOUNCING A GOLDEN OUTREACH EVENT – The Holy Rosary community is our home…we are family. When someone in our family is in need, we are there. Shoulder-to-Shoulder ministry is hosting our Parish’s first Golden Outreach on Saturday, January 23 for parishioners over 80 years old. On this day a meal will be personally delivered to a Golden Parishioner by a Holy Rosary volunteer, including a letter from Father Oakland reassuring the recipient that their parish family is always and only a phone call away. Our goal is for our seniors to know that they can rely on their parish family for help, conversation, and togetherness; no one is alone.

Nearly 150 parishioners over age 80 have been identified. An outreach event of this nature requires many volunteers to cook meals and prepare them for delivery. Our intention is to have enough volunteers to reach as many as 50 of our Golden Parishioners. Please join us. Here’s how you can help:

  • Thursday, January 21 6-9:00: Cook meals in School Hall kitchen
  • Friday, January 22 6-9:00: Complete & package meals for delivery
  • Saturday, January 23 10:00 -1:00: Deliver the meals to Golden Parishioners

If you are a parishioner who would like to help cook or deliver meals, please click here to sign up as a volunteer. If you know of a parishioner who would benefit from this outreach, please contact the organizers Nancy Tyler and Terry Williams at

Everyone has a gift, be it conversation, cooking, doing odd jobs or just being there in a time of need. Please share your gift.


REGISTER NOW FOR CYO VOLLEYBALL 2016 – Hello Holy Rosary parents and CYO volleyball players, I know it seems like basketball just started, but volleyball will be here before you know it. CYO volleyball 2016 is just around the corner and it is time to register for another exciting season. Online registration is now open, but will close on January 16th. Any late registrations after January 16 will be accepted on a space availability basis. The registration fees are $90 per player for grades 5th-8th and $80 per player for 4th graders (who have a shorter season.) Please click here to register your child for the 2016 volleyball season. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to play volleyball. This year we will be purchasing new uniform shirts for all players. Please make sure to indicate the correct size when registering.

COACHES NEEDED! – All parents who are interested or are planning to coach volleyball as a head coach or an assistant will also need to register on-line. If no coaches register for a particular grade, we will not be able to register a team for that grade. Matches begin weekend of February 20 and run through April 16. Tournament runs April 20- May 1. If you have any question about the upcoming season, please don’t hesitate to ask. Click here for additional information about CYO volleyball. Also, new kneepads make great stocking stuffers!

We are looking forward to a fun and exciting season. Sincerely, your volleyball coordinators – Patrick Dowd ( and Katherine Gurgle (

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 1/18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No school
  • 1/31 – Open House kick off to Catholic Schools Week immediately following 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • 2/3 – Grandparent’s Day
  • 2/4 – Outreach Day for Catholic Schools Week
  • 2/11 – Magazine drive goal reward – noon dismissal
  • 2/12-16 – Winter break – no school
  • 2/19 – Incoming Kindergarten testing – no school for Kindergarteners