Family Communication (eFC) 10-20-2016

Principal’s Message

Hello! Things are busy this week, as we have begun our IOWA-E testing! A few important reminders this week:

1.)  2017-2018 enrollment! If you are a current Holy Rosary family and are planning to enroll a kindergarten student next year, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis ( or 206-937-7255 to begin the application process. Our new online application will be up and running shortly as well. We want to make sure we give first priority to our current families before opening up enrollment to the public on November 15th. Again, this is primarily for students entering kindergarten next year, but you are welcome to contact Jennifer regarding any new students and this is not for roll-up registration for current students. That will be a separate process.

2.)  An important note from this week’s Parish bulletin:  The leadership of the South Seattle Deanery, comprised of the 17 parishes located in south Seattle has made it a priority to hold listening sessions across the Deanery and among our varied faith communities in order to be present to the wisdom and insights of the People of God. The purpose of these listening sessions is to share with you a draft of the pastoral planning recommendations that are intended to address issues related to our impending priest shortage, lay leadership, parish collaboration, community outreach, partnership with friends and allies, Catholic education, and more. Holy Rosary Parish will host one of these listening sessions today (Thursday, October 20th, from 6:30-8:00 in the School Hall). Every parish in our Deanery will be affected by the proposed changes, so I encourage you to attend and provide your feedback before the plan is submitted to Archbishop Sartain.

Have a wonderful week! Anna

Development Directives

MAGAZINE SALE – WOW, what a magazine assembly!  We made our goal of $125,000 and earned a half day off in February. 92% of families participated in the Magazine Drive and helped us reach our goal!

Congratulations to the TOP SELLING classes:

  1. Kindergarten wins the mini-doughnut food truck!
  2. Grade 3 wins the ice cream party!
  3. Grade 5 wins the Popsicle party!

Congratulations to the TOP SELLING students:

  1. Jacob L.
  2. Zach B.
  3. Connor M.

Top sellers by class:

  • KA:  Will D.
  • KB:  Elijah W.
  • 1A:  Audriella L.
  • 1B:  Joseph D.
  • 2A:  Jack P.
  • 2B:  Lilly P.
  • 3A:  Madelyn A
  • 3B:  Luke P.
  • 4A:  Ruben S.
  • 4B:  Will M. and Liz R.
  • 5A:  Martin T.
  • 5B:  Blake H.
  • 6A:  Ella R.
  • 6B:  Zach B.
  • 7A:  Jacob L.
  • 7B:  Ainsley P. and Jonathan S.
  • 8A:  Luca K.
  • 8B:  Connor M.

Thank you to Holly Christenson and her prize elves for sorting and distributing all the prizes brought home last week. Also, thank you to the data entry and money counters:  Carl Baber, Jamie Boswell and Jody Maas.

FAMILY FUN CENTER permission slips went home Tuesday. They are due to the office by tomorrow — Friday, October 21. We are still in need of 15 volunteers to accompany students to the Family Fun Center on Friday, November 4. This is a special prize for individuals selling 25 subscriptions or families who reach 40 or more subscriptions. Please contact Beth at immediately to volunteer.

Remember that friends and family may order or renew magazines year-round using the website and the code ROSARY. We still receive 51% of sales, although selling for prizes has concluded for this year.

TREE LOT – Our next fundraiser is right around the corner; the TREE LOT! The Tree Lot team is busy planning and getting organized for this three-week fundraiser that kicks off FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25. This is a HUGE volunteer effort, so be on the look out for opportunities.

2017/2018 Enrollment News for New Students and Incoming Kindergarteners

We have begun our rolling admissions process and have already sent out acceptance letters to families who have submitted applications. An online application form will be available tomorrow — Friday, October 20th — on our Holy Rosary website. Once accepted, families will have the option to secure their class spot for next school year by completing a registration packet.

2016_openhouse2Please share our Facebook post with your friends about our upcoming Open House on November 5th. First-hand recommendations drive a large portion of our interested families.

  • In yearly IOWA testing, students in grades 3-8 typically rank one to two grades higher than their peers.
  • Non-Catholics are attracted and value our school for the ideals of service, compassion, and social justice interspersed within Holy Rosary’s curriculum.
  • Encourage families to tour our school or visit our Facebook or Instagram site. Families who tour are impressed by the hands-on learning they see, the happiness of our students, and the meetings with our teachers.

Any questions can be directed to

Conference Sign Up

The Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are November 24, 25, and 26. Please look for an email blast on Wednesday, October 26 to sign up for conferences.

Safe Environment Classes At Holy Rosary School

The Safe Environment foundation course, “Protecting God’s Children”, will be offered Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the School Hall. Please register directly by following this link to the VIRTUS website or go to the Archdiocese website using this link. This site gives more of a breakdown and explanation of each of the requirements.

Picture Retake Day Is October 27

Picture retake day is on Thursday, October 27th. Your child/ren may wear free dress if they are retaking their picture, or if they need to have their picture taken because they missed picture day in September. For retakes, there is no charge — students just need to give the original pictures back to the photographers. We’re also looking for two volunteers to help on picture day. Please contact Jennifer if you are able to help. The time commitment is approximately 9:30-1:00. Thank you.

Mother-Son Glow Bowl

What a great night! Big thank you to Mary Ann Fessler and Courtney Africa for organizing another fun bowling night. Both moms and sons came out in their best dressed crazy outfits that included hair paint, glow necklaces, and highlighter tattoos. A shout out to all the volunteers (especially the moms of girls who allowed the boy moms to participate) who helped make the night a huge success.


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

CYO SKI CLUB – 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!


YOUTH MINISTRY – Attention sixth graders through high-schoolers:  volunteer to help with the Holy Rosary Family Halloween Celebration! It’s Saturday, October 29 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the School Hall. Come spend the day preparing and hosting the Holy Rosary Family Halloween Celebration! The Youth Ministers have planned a fun Halloween event that will be open to the community. Teens should be dropped off at 3 p.m. so that we can get ready for families and young children at our Holy Rosary School Hall for Halloween-themed games, treats, face-painting, and spooky house. We will attend Mass as a group and then run the games from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Then, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., you will enjoy your own spooky celebration with a movie and social. For teens and high-schoolers who need service hours this is a fun way to earn them! For questions, email Students must register to participate. Go to to register.

HOLY ROSARY YOUTH GROUP (GRADES 6-8) HALLOWEEN LAUNCH – The Holy Rosary Youth Group (grades 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

More Halloween Clip Art Illustrations at

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. Download the flyer here!

ESTATE SALE IN WEST SEATTLE – BENEFITS HOLY ROSARY PARISH AND SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER – October 22nd and 23rd. Sixty-five years of collectibles! Treasures from every decade including vinyl records; vintage dolls; vintage gloves, hats, purses, and clothes; vintage skis and bowling equipment; mid-century modern furniture; retro light fixtures; crystal, glassware, silver, and housewares; tools and yard tools; set of four ice cream stools; patio furniture; china hutch; twin bed; Frigidaire deep freeze and more. This Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3462 Belvidere Avenue SW. Sales are cash only. All valuables and money will be taken off the premises nightly. Security camera is monitoring the property. Please note that all proceeds will be generously donated to Holy Rosary Parish and Shoulder-to-Shoulder.

TIME FOR ALTAR SERVER TRAINING – This training is for both new and continuing altar servers. Boys and girls in grades 5-8 can serve the holy people of God during Mass. When we join in the Mass, we remember Jesus and give thanks and praise for all the good things that God does for us. Altar servers assist the whole church in praying. They carry the crucifix and candles at Mass. They prepare the altar so that bread and wine can become the Body and Blood of Christ!

The priests and the other ministers who help us celebrate the Mass rely on the altar servers so that we can all receive Christ through the Word of God and through the Eucharist. Servers are trained after school or in the evening. Current altar servers receive follow-up training. Older altar servers can become acolytes, or head altar servers, and lead the younger servers at Mass! Pick one of the following times and use this Signup Genius link to choose your session. Note:  after-school sessions start five minutes after the end of school. All training is done in the church.

  • Wednesday, November 9 – 2:20-4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10 – 3:05-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10 – 6:15-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 16 – 6:15-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 17 – 3:05-5:00 p.m.

We will do training together — new and old. This helps the new servers learn more quickly. We’ll sign up 20 servers per session and split into two groups of 10 each.

Community Notices

SEATTLE PREP PRESENTS FRANKENSTEIN – October 27-30. Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase here.

JOHN HOPKINS’ TALENT SEARCH – The 2016-17 CTY talent search sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth is underway. The purpose of the talent search is to identify, assess and recognize the academic abilities of highly capable students. To find out more about the variety of services and opportunities available to students, you can check out their website at: Registration and payment information for this optional opportunity can be found on the website. There are also a few brochures located in our main office.

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR – Auditions for the Northwest Boychoir are being held on November 5th or at a time convenient for you. For more information please see their website.

LITTLE LANCERS TRICK-OR-TREAT EVENT – Kennedy Catholic would like to extend an invitation to the Holy Rosary community for their annual trick-or-treat event on Friday, October 28 from 3-4 p.m. The teachers will open their classrooms to hand out candy, and we’ll have activities and snacks in our Dillman Center. If you have any questions or need any additional information please contact Rebecca Nuffer at

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
  • 10/17-28 – IOWA fall testing window
  • 10/28 – Preschool Trick-or-Treat Holy Rosary Classrooms (1-2:30pm)
  • 10/30 – Holy Rosary Booth at Harvest Festival, across from Husky Deli (10am-2pm)
  • 11/05 – Holy Rosary OPEN HOUSE
  • 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
  • 12/9 – First trimester report cards
  • 12/15/16 – Christmas program