Family Communication (eFC) 10-22-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

MAYOR MURRAY VISITS HOLY ROSARY – Mayor Murray paid a visit to Holy Rosary on Tuesday. The mayor attended H20151020_142105oly Rosary as a third grader in 1963 before moving to Lacey. While visiting, he was being filmed by a crew from Ireland who is making a documentary about the Irish in Seattle. Mayor Murray was able to walk the halls and watch many students engaged in exciting activities. He met with a group of junior high students, and was impressed by their maturity and thoughtful questions. Photo credit: Mayor Murray’s Office.


TREE SCIENCE IN THE ART ROOM – Kindergarteners and first graders recently did a project that integrates art and science. We discussed how scientists use their five senses to observe the natural world. We then used our sense of sight and sense of touch to make observations about different parts of a tree such as tree bark, branches, and leaves. After observing the bumpy texture of tree bark, we recreated the appearance of this bumpy texture by coloring sideways with our crayons on paper. We also discussed the role that leaves play in making “tree food”, and why deciduous trees change colors and lose their leaves in the fall. We recreated an impression of these changing fall leaf colors with tempera paint, using a simple sponge printmaking technique. The results were quite beautiful!

Pizza Lunch

Tomorrow is 8th Grade Pizza Lunch Day!

2015 Tree Lot Kickoff Meeting

The Holy Rosary Tree Lot is right around the corner! If you are interested in getting involved a little more than the regular shifts, please attend the meeting next week on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the staff lounge. We need your help with organizing and running the tree lot this year under the guidance of Bill Skibitzke and Russ Foisy! If you are interested in shadowing to become a chair or want to get some guaranteed hours as a lot manager, please attend this meeting and join the Tree Lot Team!   If you have any questions, please email us at or or, otherwise we will see on Tuesday!

Band News

Don’t be surprised if you are hearing Christmas music coming from the School Band (grades 6-8!) Yes, preparations are underway for our December program! Hopefully parents are hearing those same carols at home! Beginning Band is working on their warm and fuzzy note and rhythms! Music stands are now needed and the method book should be waiting in the wings! Parents: Please make sure your child brings and takes home their instrument each band day! Thank you!

AND OVER AT KENNEDY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL – So proud to see our class of 2015 graduates – Tanner E., Will M., and Marissa T. in the Kennedy Catholic Band!

A warm welcome to our new high school instrumental director, Daniel Fischer. A marvelous addition the Music Department. Congratulations to longtime music director at Kennedy Catholic, Jim Paynton, for receiving the Sr. Mary Taylor Award for service to the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools! A well deserving tribute; Mr. Paynton and his wife are enjoying retirement immensely. Thank you parents for supporting music in the schools! ~ Miss McKamey

Annual Fund

WHY GIVE TO THE ANNUAL FUND? – The Annual Fund at Holy Rosary is critical to our mission of bringing out the best in each student. The Annual Fund supports classroom and building infrastructure, as well as curricular programming and faculty and staff development. Our goal this year, a minimum of $200,000, 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 school’s yearly budget. Please consider a gift to the Annual Fund*.

The 2015-2016 Annual Fund provides funds for the following:


*Pledge commitments are due now. Payments can be collected through June 2016.

Participate by taking these three simple steps:

  1. Fill out the Annual Fund pledge form and send it to the school office or email the Development Office at
  2. Make or schedule a payment – via check, credit card or schedule a payment.
  3. Fulfill your pledge payment before June 30, 2016.
Magazine Drive

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OH WOW! Talk about going BIG, Holy Rosary! $125,460…and still growing! You earned that half-day off in February! All your hard work and dedication to our amazing school paid off in a BIG way. Congratulations to all of you! We’re SO proud to be part of this wonderful community!

Special thanks to the amazing team that worked so hard to make this fundraiser happen: Carl Baber, Jamie Boswell, Sarah Hartog, Holly Christenson, Jody Maas, Kamila Kennedy and Lisa Ingall-Smith. To all the parents, teachers, staff and students, thank you for your support!


Family Fun Center Magazine Award Trip

For those students who sold 25 or more magazines, or siblings that sold 40 or more magazines, the Family Fun Center field trip is scheduled for Friday, November 13. We have 109 students who qualified for the Family Fun Center! Field trip forms went home on Tuesday and are due back by Monday, October 26. If your student did not receive one and you think he/she should have, please let us know. Forms need to be returned ASAP, so we can start working on the chaperone’s list.

Please volunteer to chaperon this event for FUNdraising hours. We need enough chaperones to supervise EVERY child at EVERY grade level to make this a fun and safe event. Chaperones need to be compliant with the Safe Environment training and background check. Thanks! ~ Mandy Peterson ( & Adrianela Aldrey (, your 2015 Magazine Drive Chairs ,

Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth

The 2015-16 Center for Talented Youth (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 qualify, a student must score in the 95th percentile or higher on a subtest of a nationally normed test, such as IOWA. Qualified students are offered the opportunity to register for the SCAT test (grades 2-6) or for the SAT or ACT (grades 7-8). A variety of services and opportunities are offered to students after they test. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity for your child, more information can be found by visiting the website: Registration and payment information can be found on the website and in the brochures located in the main office.

Select Music Workshops At Bishop Blanchet For 6-8th Grade Students

WORKSHOPS – Bishop Blanchet High School is once again offering the Select Music Workshop to all interested and capable 6th – 8th grade choir, orchestra and jazz band students throughout the Seattle area beginning this November. Each program offers nine rehearsal sessions and culminates in a showcase performance.

Rehearsals begin the week of November 3 and run weekly through January 19. The showcase performance, giving family and friends the opportunity to come and see the show, is on January 20 at Bishop Blanchet High School.

SELECT CHOIR – The BBHS Select Choir workshop has been successful for the past twelve years and we are excited to continue the tradition. Focusing on intermediate and advanced techniques, the Select Choir is open to students who demonstrate a strong interest and talent for singing. The Choir is lead by BBHS Choir Director, Dr. Twila McDonnel. The program focuses on the fundamentals of vocal training -posture, support, and projection and multi-part singing. The workshop will meet every Tuesday from 4-5:30 in the BBHS Choir Room from November 3 to January 19.

SELECT STRING ORCHESTRA – At a time when string programs are vanishing from the grade schools, we are proud to offer all string players the opportunity to step out of their lonely practice rooms and gain valuable large ensemble experience in the BBHS Select String Orchestra Workshop. The orchestra is open to every player with at least one year of playing experience. BBHS Orchestra Director, Gabriel Glennie, leads the orchestra. As both a Classical and Jazz Bassist, Mr. Glennie brings a unique perspective to orchestra performance and focuses heavily on the techniques of musical interpretation and expression specific to string instruments. The workshop is open to all Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass players as well as two piano players to accompany the ensemble.  The class will meet every Tuesday from 4:45 – 6:15 in Haggerty Hall at BBHS from November 3 to January 19.

SELECT JAZZ BAND – The Jazz Band is led by BBHS Grade School Band Director, Alex Dugdale. With an extensive Jazz and Tap resume that extends the globe as both a sideman and featured artist, the Jazz Band concentrates on a study of the vernacular of Jazz and the fundamental concepts behind soling and improvisation. The Jazz Band is a Big Band so the ensemble is open to all Alto, Tenor, and Bari Saxophone players, as well as all Trombone and Trumpet players, and Guitar, Piano, Drums, and Bass (Acoustic or Electric) musicians. The workshop will meet every Friday from 4:30 – 6:00 in Haggerty Hall at Bishop Blanchet beginning November 6th and ending January 15.

REGISTRATION – The cost of the workshop is $60 per student. Classes will not be held during the holiday break from December 21st through January 1st. For more information and registration packets please contact:

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!

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. Hats will be available to purchase at the Mother Son Glow Bowl Click here to download the order form.


REQUIRED PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT FOR 1ST RECONCILIATION AND 1ST COMMUNION PARENTS – One parent per family must attend one of the following meetings listed below. The same meeting is being offered three times, however,  you only need to attend one.

  • Tuesday, October 27, Holy Rosary School, School Hall from 6:30-8:00
  • Wednesday, October 28, Holy Rosary School, Room 7B from 6:30-8:00
  • Thursday, October 29, Holy Rosary School, Room 7B from 6:30-8:00

Please click here to sign up for a Parent Information Night if you have not done so.

REQUIRED FAMILY LEARNING CLASS (FLC) FOR 1ST RECONCILIATION – For those children receiving the Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion, you must sign-up for a FLC. Both Parents and Child attend together, childcare provided for siblings.

  • Sunday, November 15, Holy Rosary School Hall from 1:00-3:00
  • Thursday, November 19, Holy Rosary School Hall from 6:30-8:30
  • Saturday, November 21,Holy Rosary School Hall from 10:00-12:00

Please click here to sign your family up for FLC if you have not done so. For questions regarding the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 252 or at

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW) – This Sunday, October 24, 10:30 Mass. Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is a wonderful way for your children to experience the Liturgy of the Word at our 10:30 Mass.  Children, preschool through age 4th grade, are dismissed from Mass with a Blessing and then return during the Offertory.  There’s no registration and it is free.  If you have any questions about CLOW, please contact Sr. Stella at

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES – Children’s Ministries has many wonderful volunteers but we welcome more.  All volunteer hours count towards Holy Rosary School Commitment hours. We can use your help as a Sacramental Greeter, administrative help, hospitality, safety, or teacher. We welcome volunteers whether it is every week or a couple of times a year.  Please contact Deyette at for more information.

WALKING WITH PURPOSE REGISTRATION – Walking with Purpose is for all women and is a scripture based program that’s fresh, relevant and easy to fit in with a busy schedule. Women of all ages are welcome! No prior experience necessary. It is not too late to sign up for Wednesday evenings or Friday mornings (childcare provided Friday morning). To register or find more information, visit Scholarships available; please email We hope you’ll join us!

Community Notices

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR – Auditions on November 7 for boys aged 6-9 years old. To make an audition appointment, go to Brochures are available in the office.

JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL – Sunday, October 25 the Junction will be hosting a Harvest Festival from 10:00 – 2:00. For more information, brochures are available in the office.


  • WHAT: The program will focus on player and team development and will work in conjunction with CYO or other grade school programs. School CYO teams will take precedence over the Kennedy Select team when game conflicts or practice times conflict. This is an opportunity for players to compete at a different level while continuing to play on their school team.
  • WHO: This is a competitive program for 4th–8th grade boys and girls who seek to play basketball at a high level.

Tryouts will be Saturday the 24 and Sunday the 25. Please see this attached flyer for more details.

ARTSY AUTUMN ACTIVITIES AT BISHOP BLANCHET – Free for all 6th Grade students join us for a Night of Creativity to explore your Artistic Ambitions. Tricks and Treats will be provided. Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 – 6:00. RSVP to Ms. Mikesell:

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
  • 10/23 – Mother/Son Glow Bowl
  • 10/29 – Picture Retake Day
  • 11/11 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/23-25 – No School – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
  • 11/26-27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break