Family Communication (eFC) 10-15-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

IOWA TESTS – The students start to take their national tests this week. They will continue for the entire month of October. These are nationally normed tests and they are very important. Each teacher sets the testing schedule for his or her class over the days left in the month and at different times during the day. It is not good to crowd them into a short period. We encourage parents to keep this in mind. The important preparation considerations are rather simple and easy to understand. A good solid nightly sleep of eight or more hours along with healthy eating —- especially a good nutritious breakfast are very important and contribute to successful test results. It is also helpful if there is little or no emotional turmoil taking place at home. So, let’s all have a lovely and healthy end to the month and then celebrate on Halloween!

A TYPICAL HOLY ROSARY SATURDAY! – Last weekend was full indeed. There were the normal soccer games. We had the “Father James Mallahan Endowment Golf Tournament”. Then we capped off the evening with a fantastic Italian Dinner right after mass. This type of community activity is at the heart of who we are. And we are all deeply indebted to those who volunteered so much of their precious time to provide these activities for us. Make sure you thank them for a job well done because besides making for a tightly knit community they directly helped your child and all the children enrolled in this school. We could not do it without people like that really putting themselves out for everyone’s sake. They truly are part of the strength in the hands that hold our little Holy Rosary world.

A LITTLE MORE ON OUR FINANCIAL PICTURE – Last week I wrote a short piece basically explaining that we do not have enough income from the money that is paid by our parent population in tuition and fees to cover our salaries and benefits. I stated that I was going to write a little something about our finances in a number of eFC articles rather than one long article on the topic that I fear people would not read.

Today I am going to write about everything that is not covered by tuition and fees. The numbers portraying that picture are rather straight forward and bit scary.

Our total budget for this year is projected at $3,904,839. Our total projected tuition and fee income is: $2,883,215. That means we have to bring in: $1,021,624 in extra funds, which is about $2,255 per student! That is one big reason for all the fundraising we do.

Luckily we have a yearly gift from Holy Rosary Church in terms of a subsidy of $201,108 that helps put a major dent in our deficit. We also have an income from our endowment that will hopefully be $62,000 this year. But the fact remains that we are very dependent upon the generosity of our parents and many outside of our parent community to address the financial needs of the school.

We really need your help with the Magazine Sale, the Annual Fund, and the Auction and on and on and on and on and on. So again —- Thank you for all you do. And thank you for all you are about to do! And please encourage others to give and feel free to give me and the names and contact information of anyone you think I should talk to. We have to do this for our sake — for the children’s sake.

Dissecting a Lima bean

Dissecting a Lima bean

STEM ACTIVITY – Second grade scientists have been studying seeds. We dissected a lima bean, identified and labeled the 3 parts and observed the seed using a magnifying glass. We then planted a seed in four different environments: seed/water, seed/soil, seed/water/soil and seed/water/soil/covered with no sunlight. After a few days, students made observations of these seeds and used the iPad to record their findings. See our STEM PLUS Gallery for this and other pictures from last week.

Italian Dinner

Mille Grazie! A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who helped make the Italian Dinner such an enormous success! 340 guests came out in support of the event and enjoyed food, fun and community comraderie. Extra special thanks goes to Petros Fotopoulos, Christos pizza, Stan and Lisa Debeic and of course – Tim Williams and Lynn Harper for the mouthwatering meatballs. Shelly and Ralph Pooler are the backbone in the kitchen that make it all come together seamlessly. We think this might have been Shelly’s 18th year! Last but not least, we thank the many volunteers who stay until the end without whom this dinner would not be possible. Kudos and a last shout out to the 8th graders who happily and energetically worked hard throughout the entire evening… Fino alla prossima volta!  – Maria Taylor

Golf Tournament

Thank you to all the golfers and volunteers who braved the weather this past Saturday for the 14th Annual Holy Rosary Fall Golf Classic. We had over 120 participants and 20 volunteers who made it possible. Thanks to Colin Gants and the fine folks at West Seattle Golf Course for hosting us. We may have set a record with the amount of rainfall during a Fall Golf Classic! Finally, we would like to recognize our generous sponsors who make it all possible!

Premium Sponsors:

  • Fitterer Construction Services, LLC
  • Sandy Brown – Windermere Real Estate
  • Championship Tee Sponsor:
  • Skanska USA Building

Hole Sponsors:

  • Alki Lumber
  • The Grove West Seattle Inn
  • Continental Mills
  • West Seattle Eagles Aerie 2643, FOE

In-Kind and Raffle Donations:

  • Fauntleroy Chiropractic
  • Georgetown Brewing
  • Juice Plus Company, Don Roberts
  • Puetz Golf
  • Second Gear Sports
  • Sundance Dance Company
  • West Seattle Baseball
Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day is Thursday, October 29. If you wish to have your child’s picture retaken, or if you your child was not at school on the first picture day, retake forms are available in the office. The office is looking for a volunteer to help with picture retake day. Please call Jennifer in the office if you are able to help. Thank you.

Deck The Hall Christmas Party 2015

Save the date and mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th after 5 p.m. mass. From 6-9 p.m. Lanigan Gym will be filled with more food, more drinks, more Christmas cheer, and, of course, more SNOWBALLS than ever before! Hope to see you there!

Magazine Drive

DID HOLY ROSARY GO BIG? – Thank you to the Holy Rosary community that took the challenge to “GO BIG” and support the magazine drive! We have continued to count all those orders, and the results as they stand will be announced at tomorrow’s Celebration Assembly at 2:00 in Lanigan Gym. Did we make our goal to earn that half-day off in February? Please be sure to watch out for those valuable free dress passes and other prizes tomorrow! We hope to see you at 2:00.

The Fun Center award is for individual students selling 25 orders or families selling 40 orders or more.

The Fun Center field trip is scheduled for Friday, November 13. Please volunteer to chaperone this event for FUNdraising hours. More information coming soon to those who qualify. We need enough chaperones to supervise EVERY child at EVERY grade level to make this a fun and safe event.

Prizes! As mentioned, prizes will be distributed tomorrow. Please email Holly Christenson with any prize related problems. She can fix anything, so there’s nothing to worry about!

Still selling? You can continue to support our school and make your sales online at Use our school code ROSARY.

After School Art Workshop

A new six week after-school Art Workshop session will begin on Oct. 20! Projects will include: giant cookie frosting paintings, Sculpey figurines, the Upcycled materials inventors’ challenge, ceramic sculpture, and more! This class is held on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. All 1st-5th grade students are welcome to join. The cost is $160 and includes all materials, snacks, and fun prizes. Scholarships are available based on need – please inquire at time of registration. This is an invaluable opportunity for kids to gain additional arts exposure, explore their creative side, and create lasting memories! For more information, or to register, contact Lacey Reuter:

Call For Art Room Materials

Kleenex is the perfect consistency for wiping out the lids to our watercolor trays when we are finished with the colors we have mixed. For this reason, we tend to go through Kleenex pretty quickly in the Art room. If you would like to donate boxes of Kleenex to our Art department, please bring them by the school office. If you are interested in donating additional materials to the Art room, please contact Lacey Reuter at Thanks for your support!

Mother-Son Glow Bowl

The Mother-Son Glow Bowl will be next Friday, October 23 at 5:00. Flyer and registration form are here. The registration deadline has been extended to Monday, October 19!

Sponge (After-School Spanish and Mandarin Classes)

Learning a language is like getting a passport to global citizenship. We want to help your student grow and learn, so they can achieve cultural competency and confidence in their ability to learn a language! Starting young is the best way to give your student an edge. We offer Spanish and Mandarin after school at Holy Rosary on Wednesdays from 2:20 – 3:20 p.m. Spanish is NEW for 2015-16! Due to low enrollment, we are postponing class until October 21. Register here. Payments will be made through your account on the Holy Rosary website. Questions? Send us an email at or call (425) 274 – 5188. We’re here to help!


BASKETBALL – Last call for Bonzi registration! It closes tomorrow, Friday the 16th! Please come join us for another exciting season of Gator Ball. The online registration site is open to register at Any late registrations after October 16 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 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. For more detailed information about the overall CYO basketball season, go to Any questions regarding the Holy Rosary program, please send me an email or give me a call.

The registration fees are: 4th Grade – $85.00, 5th to 8th Grade – $100.00.

Dates to remember:

  • October 16 – Registration deadline
  • October 23 – Team’s practice schedules will be decided
  • October 26 – Practices will begin
  • December 5 – Games begin

CROSS-COUNTRY – Hello CYO families! Thank you for all of your participation and support this cross-country season. We finished strong, bringing a trophy back to Holy Rosary for overall best scores in 4th grade boys, and Overall 3rd place in the AAA division. I am so proud of this team! We had fantastic finishes in every grade, 4th through 8th at the championships. Jack H. came in 2nd place of all schools in 4th grade! Drew V. was 11th, fantastic! Morgan W. came in 11th for the 4th grade girls! Carter J. placed 5th among the 5th grade boys, great job! Zach B. took 3rd for 6th grade boys. Andrew K. rounded out in the top 20 at 19th. This is a big group! Great job. Emma V. cruised across the finish line in first place for the 8th grade girls! I have the full list; email me if you’d like it!

A special thanks to all of my coaches this year. The program would not have run smoothly without you: Clara O’Brien, Nikki Kloeppel, Kevin Padon, Ty Hansen, Matt Simmons, Sarah Mackay, Neil Shannon, Lindy Taylor, Dave Karman/Anne Smiley, Kathy Eckelkamp, Tammy Simmons, Zoe Meagher, Melissa Carlstedt, Jennifer Colazzi and Teresa Whaley. That’s a wrap! See you next year!

NEW HOLY ROSARY GATOR BAGS – Gator Gear! Are you geared up for sports? Don’t forget to order your new Gator Gear Duffel Bag and show your support with an adult Gator Gear Jacket! We are currently taking orders. All proceeds benefit our CYO sports and scholarships! Find the order form here.

BHRhatsREAKING NEWS! GATOR BASEBALL HATS NOW AVAILABLE – Coach Nathan Thomas has proudly brought back CYO Boys Baseball and all proceeds from the hats will go towards helping purchase new catcher’s gear for the teams.  Click here to download the order form.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (C.L.O.W.) – Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a children’s ministry that celebrates and teaches the Gospel at the first part of 10:30 a.m. Mass. During CL.O.W., children are invited, blessed, and sent forth to celebrate and witness the Sunday readings in ways that are meaningful and especially tailored to them. After CL.O.W., all children return to Mass to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist. C.L.O.W. is in session until June 5th. There is no cost and no registration! For any questions, please contact Sr. Stella at

Community Notices

SEATTLE PREP OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday, November 10 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. As you know, our Open House provides an opportunity for parents and students to get a close look at our facilities and programs.

O’DEA HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – Fall session is Thursday, November 5 and Winter session is Thursday, January 7. Open House is a valuable opportunity for prospective students and families to learn more about O’Dea. Additional information can be found on our website at

BISHOP BLANCHET OPEN HOUSE – Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. All interested families are invited to attend and tour the school. This is a great opportunity to interact with teachers and students, learn more about the curriculum and co-curricular programs, and see all the great facilities. Please note that this is our only Open House this year.

KENNEDY CATHOLIC LANCER VOLLEYBALL MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT – Join us for “Middle School Night” on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Catholic gym. Boys and girls in 6th-8th grade are invited to come and cheer on the Kennedy Catholic Varsity Volleyball team as they face Hazen High School. Go Lancers! Meet your favorite players following the game. Enter a drawing to win Kennedy Catholic gear! Future Lancers (Middle School students) receive free admission with a Middle School ID! Regular Admission: Adults – $6, Visiting Students with ASB ID – $4, Children (ages 5-12) – $4, Seniors – $2, Home Students with ASB ID – No charge

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL MINI-CHEER CAMP – The WSHS Cheer Team is holding our annual Mini Cheer Camp again this year. We would like to welcome students in grades K-5 on Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day) in the WSHS Gym from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The cost is $60 per camper and registration forms are due by October 26th to be guaranteed a shirt. More information and registration form here.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY SKI AND SNOW BOARD SWAP – West Seattle community ski and snowboard swap on October 24th and 25th at the VFW West Seattle. Details here.

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 schools 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. Hard copy entry forms are available by request. All submission must be received by November 1, 2015. The competitions are:

  • Youth Essay – Grades 3-5
  • Topic “Why is America my favorite country?”
  • Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd $25, and 3rd $15
  • Rules and entry forms
  • Information and entry form here.
  • Patriots Pen – Grades 6-8
  • Topic “What Freedom Means to Me”
  • Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd $25, and 3rd $15
  • Rules and entry forms
  • Information and entry form here.

CAAT SWIM CLUB – Year Round Swim Club, CAAT, is here in West Seattle – Join Us! The Central Area Aquatic Team is an established, year-round swim club that provides competitive, fitness and fun swimming opportunities for swimmers from 6-18 years.

With our mission to provide an inclusive community committed to exemplary performance, we’re seeking new members for our new West Seattle site based in the West Seattle Health Club. If you are looking for a diverse, fun, challenging environment for your children to learn and train while meeting other great kids and lifelong friends, then CAAT is for you.

Our trained, professional staff is dedicated to creating an environment in which your child will gain both swimming and life skills. Swimming is our medium for helping kids learn responsibility, accountability, commitment, teamwork, goal setting, and, of course, swimming skills.

So why choose swimming for your child? The reasons are extensive: Water safety, full-body fitness, participating in a lifelong activity, and lasting friendships are just some of the reasons why swimming is a great sport for kids to be in. Also, in swimming, everyone always plays – no one sits on the sidelines. Practices run 3-6 days a week from 1-2 hours each, depending on the swimmer’s group. Younger swimmers will often start off coming a few days a week and then build up as desired.

For families in West Seattle and further south, we are very conveniently located at the West Seattle Health Club (WSHC) and Southwest Pools. Schedules and more information can be found on our website.

We’re proud to be based at The West Seattle Health Club. You don’t have to be a member to participate in CAAT, but CAAT families do get to join the WSHC at corporate rates with no sign-up fees. West Seattle Health Club is 56,000 square feet of completely remodeled and renovated fitness resources for the whole family. Over $1 million in new equipment has been invested in building an unparalleled work out facility in the heart of one of Seattle’s most vibrant and conveniently located neighborhoods.

We’ve already been serving the families of West Seattle for some time. They’ve have joined our community and organization and made it better, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to share what makes us great with the rest of West Seattle.

Come check out our website for more information and contact info. We’re happy to answer any questions. GO CAAT!

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 10/16 – Closing Magazine Drive Assembly in Lanigan Gym at 2 p.m.
  • 10/23 – Mother/Son Glow Bowl from 5-8 p.m.
  • 10/29 – Picture Retake Day
  • 11/11 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/23 – 11/25 – No School – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
  • 11/26 -11/ 27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break