Family Communication (eFC) 10-13-2016

Principal’s Message

We are moving right through October- and the weather tells us the same! It looks like we may have some rough weather on the horizon this weekend; stay safe and hope the power stays on!

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the magazine drive, and for that last push. Every subscription and donation helps us- both to help bridge the gap between tuition and the full cost to educate and in terms of helping us apply for grants. I cannot thank you enough for your continued heart-felt support!

And now that we are into October, it’s time (yikes!) to start thinking about next year! We are changing our admission process this year, and will be opening rolling admissions to the public mid-November. In preparation for this, we are going to open closed admissions to our current families, parish families, and preschool families between October 15th and November 15th. This is primarily for students entering Kindergarten next year, but you are welcome to contact Jennifer Kokkonis regarding any new students.  Before we open admissions up publically, we want to ensure we have given priority to incoming siblings, preschool students, and parish families.  If you are a current school family and have a kindergartener entering next year, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis ( or 206-937-7255 to discuss the process to secure your Kindergarten spot for the 17-18 school year. Please note- this is not for roll-up registration for current students. That will be a separate process.

Enjoy the blustery weekend! Anna

Development Directives

The MAGAZINE DRIVE is officially over! Thank you to all the families who sold magazines. We did not reach 100% participation, so if you didn’t get a chance to participate please consider dropping off a check for $25 with the office.

A HUGE thank you to Ally Dolan, Mandy Peterson and the rest of the Magazine Drive volunteers. This is the school’s second largest fundraiser and wouldn’t be successful without volunteer support.

The closing assembly is tomorrow at 2 p.m. Prizes will also be distributed Friday. A volunteer will be stationed in the School Hall for those with questions regarding their prizes. Did we reach our goal? Did we earn a half-day in February? Join us at 2 p.m. tomorrow to find out.

Finally, the FAMILY FUN CENTER is scheduled for Friday, November 4th. Approximately 20 volunteers are needed for this reward. We will depart HRS at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Permission slips will go home soon; please return as quickly as possible. Contact Beth at if you wish to volunteer.

Picture Retake Day

Picture retakes are on Thursday, October 27.  Forms are in the front office.

Call to Protect Class

The Call To Protect class is at Our Lady of Guadalupe this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Commitment Hours

First quarter commitment hours are due by midnight, October 31st. Follow this link to report your commitment hours.

Teacher/Parent/Student Fall Conferences Sign Up

A conference sign up will be sent out in the next couple of weeks in a separate email blast. More details to follow in next week’s eFC.

Ski Bus Update

We’re bringing a ski bus, through Mohan Skiing and Boarding, to Holy Rosary School! Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. As a result of your feedback, here are the program details so far:

  • We will leave from Holy Rosary Friday night after school ends (exact time tbd).
  • We will need a minimum of 30 skiers.
  • Kindergarten through fifth grade students must have a chaperone (one parent to three kids maximum). That parent is responsible for their skier, their equipment and dinner.
  • Sixth and seventh grade students can ride the bus without a parent chaperone, but without a designated chaperone, they must take a lesson at the mountain and be able to carry and manage their equipment and dinner.
  • Eighth grade students can ride the bus without a parent chaperone and do not need to take a lesson.

We will have registration and start date information shortly. Also, we do not have a plan for equipment rentals at this point, but more to follow. Thanks!

Computer Monitors Wanted

We’re in need of one or two VGA computer monitors, 17″ or larger. Contact Mr. Barker if you have one you can spare. Thank you!


SOCCER – The Gators are in full swing! The first grade South team faced off against the Bulldogs of Our Lady of Guadalupe this past weekend and played a tremendous game. They continued to improve on their passing, played great defense, and scored a bunch of goals. And they availed themselves of both post-game celebration tunnels, probably their favorite part. The week-to-week progress they are showing is a treat to watch.

The Holy Rosary fifth and sixth grade girls played a tough match against a talented Sacred Heart team on Saturday but came up short at the end. The difference was an Olympic goal (goal scored off a corner kick) by the Sacred Heart squad. Ava Petty was awarded the “Play Like a Champion” wristband from the other team for her hustle and effort on the pitch.

The seventh/eighth grade girls team had a good competitive match with St. Joseph on Saturday. Final score was St. Joe’s, 3 – Holy Rosary, 2. St. Joes is a good team and the Gators will look forward to a re-match.

CROSS COUNTRY – “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance,”  – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Cross Country 2016 is coming to a close with our final race on October 16th. We expect to bring home many trophies to the school with the fantastic group of kids running! I will update next week with results.

Please take a moment to recognize the coaches. When you see them at school, at church, or at other events, let them know they are appreciated. They were dedicated to your kids through sunshine and rain and really went the extra mile!

  • 6th – 8th grade coaches – Kevin Padon, Cara Marion, Clara O’Brien
  • 4th – 5th grade coaches – Dave Wagner, Ty Hansen, Nikki Kloeppel
  • 2nd – 3rd grade coaches – Neil Shannon, John Kim, William McGaughey
  • K-1st grade coaches – Kathy Eckelkamp, Andy Hoven, Lauren Hesse, Jennifer Calozzi, Wendy Mowat

Thanks Running Gators for another great season!

BASKETBALLIt’s the last call for basketball registration. Registration closes tomorrow, October 14th! Please join us for another exciting season of Gator Basketball. The online registration site is open for registration on this link.

The deadline to register is tomorrow. Any registrations after tomorrow will be accepted on a space availability basis. Registration will include the cost of the uniform. If you have a uniform from last year that your son or daughter can still use, you will have the choice to forgo ordering a new uniform and reduce the registration fee by $15. You’ll need to input the uniform number during the registration process in order to forgo the new uniform order.

The 2016-2017 registration fees are: grade 4 – $85, grade 5 – $100, grades 6-8 – $100.

Dates to remember:

  • October 14 – Registration deadline
  • October 21 – Team’s practice schedules will be decided
  • October 24 – Practices will begin
  • November 19/20 – Games begin.

Here is a link for more detailed information about the overall CYO basketball season. Any questions regarding the Holy Rosary program, please send an email to Paul Barton or give a call.

GATOR GEAR – With fall sports in full swing, have you stocked up on your Gator jackets or your duffel bags to carry all of your gear? CYO Gator Gear jackets and duffel orders are processed on the 15th of every month.  Please make sure you submit orders before the 15th of the month. Thank you for supporting CYO. Order forms can always be found on the CYO page and the Forms and Downloads page, or you can click on these links: youth jacket form and adult jacket form


HOLY ROSARY CHILDREN’S RCIA UPDATE – Congratulations to Henry S. (second grade), Blakely K. (second grade), Henry S. (second grade), Connor B. (second grade) , Olivia H. (sixth grade), and Kylie B. (sixth grade)  who received the Rite of Acceptance at 10:30 a.m. Mass on October 16th. They are now accepted into the order of Catechumen and they will be fully initiated Catholics thru Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation at our Easter Vigil service. Santino S. in seventh grade received the Rite of Welcome at the same Mass. He will be fully initiated at a Mass in Easter season. Please pray for them as they continue to prepare for Sacraments. If you have questions about the children’s RCIA process here at Holy Rosary, please contact Sister Stella at If you would like to be a prayer partner for one RCIA student and/or one of our First Communicant families, please email Jennifer Wong at

HOLY ROSARY YOUTH GROUP (GRADE 6-8) HALLOWEEN LAUNCH – The Holy Rosary Youth Group (grade 6-8) is launching our new school year! The Youth Ministers have planned fun team-building activities, a movie and social, and a spooky house (spooky house is open to the community)! Drop your teen off from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. (That’s right – eight hours! They will go to Saturday night Mass together as well!) What is required: 1.) RSVP to this event for your teen, 2.) send your teen with a spooky/scary Halloween-themed snack that will be shared during the social. Please direct all questions to You can RSVP for you teen here!

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION – Save the date! Bring your kids to Holy Rosary’s Halloween celebration on

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Saturday, October 29th, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event will take place in the School Hall.   There will be Halloween games, face painting, spooky haunted house, treats, and lots of fun! It’s organized by the Holy Rosary Youth Group and is appropriate for preschoolers up to middle school. This event is open to the West Seattle community as well, so please spread the word. It’s only $2(!) and all proceeds go to the Youth Group. Email Deyette at with questions.



Community Notices

SEATTLE PREP GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Seattle Prep will be celebrating their volleyball seniors and hosting a Girl’s Night Out event on Thursday, October 20th at 6 p.m. The Seattle Prep Panther volleyball team will be hosting Bainbridge in their final home game of the season. They invite all CYO teams to attend and encourage them to wear their team or school apparel. Please join Seattle Prep in honoring the seniors and celebrating the womens’ sports teams! Click here to RSVP.

LITTLE LANCERS TRICK OR TREAT EVENT – Kennedy Catholic would like to extend an invitation to the HRS community for their annual trick or treat event on Friday, October 28th from 3-4 p.m. The teachers will open their classrooms to hand out candy and they’ll have activities and snacks in the Dillman Center. Contact Rebecca Nuffer at with questions.

WEST SEATTLE HIGH CHEER CAMP – The WSHS cheerleaders will be holding a Mini-Cheer camp on Friday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day) in the West Seattle High School gym from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See the attached pdf for more information and registration form.

VFW YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713 of West Seattle is holding its annual youth essay competitions. All students in private, public, or home schooled are eligible to compete. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each grade while first place winners will advance to state and possibly national levels with greater prizes. Please click on this PDF for more details.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 10/14 – Mother-Son Glow Bowl
  • 10/14 – Closing assembly for Magazine Drive
  • 10/17-28 – IOWA fall testing window
  • 11/11- No School – Veterans Day (B.A.S.E closed)
  • 11/21-23 – Parent/Student/Teacher conferences (school not in session)
  • 11/24-25 – No School – Thanksgiving break