Family Communication (eFC) 10-27-2016

Principal’s Message

We’re rolling into November and approaching conferences and Thanksgiving. And that means we’re heading towards Christmas! I wanted to remind all families that we receive a portion of each Amazon sale made through the Amazon link on our website. With all of the holiday shopping coming up, it is a great time to remind your friends and family to shop with Amazon via the Holy Rosary webpage. Simply go to and then click on the Amazon icon on the lower right corner. You’ll have to do it on a computer, rather than using a mobile version, to ensure we get the credit. Thank you so much for spreading the word!

Remember, if you have a kindergartener entering school next year, to please begin the application process before November 15th. Our new online application is up and running! Take care and stay dry!


Message From Fr. Oakland

I would like to thank those who came last night to the Listening Session as we look toward our future as a deanery and what that might look like for us as a region and us as a parish. The Core Team has put together their proposals and is now seeking feedback – what do you like, what would you change. I would encourage everyone to take a look at the PowerPoint presentation with the information and to participate in the survey. The demographics information in the beginning is particularly informative. We are going to be impacted one way or another. These recommendations will be finalized in just under two months and sent to the Archbishop, who will accept them in whole, in part, or come up with a different plan. But, make no mistake, we will be impacted. The current recommendations have our Deanery going from 14 priests to 8. So please be informed. And please share your thoughts. The link to the information and survey is here.

Development Directives

There are still families that have not responded to the ANNUAL FUND. Please pick up a form from the office, email or visit

Seeking MATCHING FUNDS! If you work for a company that matches time or money donated to nonprofit organizations,  then please submit prior to year-end. Direct questions to Beth Martin.

Conference Sign Up

The conference signup was email blasted yesterday afternoon. Please let the office know if you didn’t receive it. The signup links are here.

8th Grade Pizza Lunch

Tomorrow is the first eighth grade pizza lunch!

Deep, Dark Forest of Doom

FIFTH GRADER ELI P. HOSTS A WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK FUNDRAISER – Attention all fifth through eighth graders; are you looking for a Halloween activity to do tomorrow evening? Look no more and come support the West Seattle Food Bank by taking a guided walk through Schmitz Park — otherwise know as the Deep, Dark Forest of Doom. See this flyer for more information.

Holy Rosary Halloween Celebration

Holy Rosary’s first Halloween Celebration is this Saturday, October 29th, in the School Hall from 6:15 p.m. (right after Mass) to 8:00 p.m. This event is for kids preschool age on up, and is open to the West Seattle community so please invite your friends! The event is put on by the Holy Rosary Youth Group (grade 6-8 students and high school. If your child is in this age group and would like to volunteer to help, sign up here. Details further down this eFC).

There will be:

  • Halloween games!
  • photo booth!
  • face painting!
  • fun and spooky house!
  • treats!

Cost is only $2(!) and all proceeds will go to the Youth Group. For questions, email Deyette at  If you have a 6-8 grade student and/or high schooler, please encourage them to sign up here! Details further down this eFC.


Monday is Halloween. The students may wear orange and black to celebrate Halloween, but no face paint please.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair returns for a fall visit that coincides with the Student-Parent-Teacher conferences. The library will be transformed. You will find books and other treats for sale and selected to appeal to all — youngest children through adults. In order to provide a pleasant shopping experience, we need volunteers to help during set-up; selling during lunch recesses and after school; then packing up after the last sale. Use this SignUpGenius link to volunteer for this official fundraising activity. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Harris. Thank you.

Art Supplies Needed

Call for art room materials! Tissue 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 tissue pretty quickly in the art room. If you would like to donate boxes of tissue to our art department, please bring them by the school office. Thank you!

Please check out this link of Holy Rosary’s art page for updates about all the amazing projects that Holy Rosary students are working on in art class!

Parents’ Club

DATE CHANGE for the November Parents’ Club meeting. Due to the conflict with election night, we are changing the date of the Parents’ Club meeting to Thursday, November 17th. Please update and mark your calendars! We have a great speaker from Food/Sense Nutrition coming to talk about kids and nutrition. More details to come.

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.


CROSS COUNTRY – Hello Running Gators! We had our final meet on Sunday and the Holy Rosary Gators showed their running spirit. I was proud of all of the finishers! This year has come to a close. I appreciate your time dedicated to getting your children to practice and to the meets. For results of Sunday’s meet, please click here. We had front-runners in nearly every age group.

The Holy Rosary Cross Country Gators took home trophies for first place in fourth grade boys, fifth grade boys, seventh grade boys, and overall second place AAA champions. WAY TO GO! You will see this proudly displayed in the case in Lanigan Gym soon.

This year there was one child who really stood out to me. Jack H — fifth grader — not only took first place in his race, but he stood on the sideline for every other race and cheered on his teammates; giving them high fives as they ran by and kept them moving across the finish line. I am so proud to see his determination and sportsmanship and to have watched him grow these last three years. Congrats Jack! I can’t wait to see how far you will go.

Pictures that were taken by Lysen Photography will soon be dropped at the office and sent home with your children.

Finally, this is my final year as head coach. I have had a fantastic experience watching the kids grow in their running, but it is time for me to pass the baton. You’ll hear from your new head coach, Dave Wagner (father of second grader Leighton) in the spring when it’s time to register for next season. I know he will do great things for this team. Thank you all for this humbling experience. It’s been my pleasure to serve as your head coach. Run far, run fast, run hard! ~ Charise

SOCCER – We’re coming up on the last week for most CYO soccer teams. Team and individual pictures are arriving this week, so connect with your coaches on when they’ll be distributed. The first grade soccer team playing in the south division and enjoyed a “home” game against Holy Family, Kirkland. Our soccer stars continued to develop their game, focusing on passing and defending. They’re also mastering the art of the through-ball, with much success! The eighth grade girls won their match with St. Anthony 5-1!


ALL SAINTS DAY – November begins with the twin feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day; feasts in which we call to mind our brothers and sisters who now share in the triumph and glory of Jesus Christ in Heaven, and those who are undergoing a time of preparation and purification before entering there. If we truly love one another, and those who have died, we will uphold one another in prayer. Here on earth, we know that Jesus says that few will be saved (Matthew 7), so it is important to intercede for one another as we face the obstacles of life, never taking for granted the gift of salvation. In the Book of Revelation (21:27) we read that nothing unclean can enter Heaven. Just as God purifies us with the fire of His love here below, so too when we die, should there be any stain of sin or the remnants of its effects in our lives, in His goodness and love He purifies it so that we can enter into Heaven and be with Him forever. As death and judgment do not accomplish this, a special place has been created for this purpose – Purgatory. As St. Catherine of Genoa, the great mystic, said, “These rays purify and then annihilate. The soul becomes like gold that becomes purer as it is fired, all dross being cast out. Having come to the point of twenty-four carats, gold cannot be purified any further; and this is what happens to the soul in the fire of God’s love.” It is important that we aid and support those in their final journey, especially those forgotten by others. Likewise, in our love and care for the dead, it is imperative that we commend them to God with a Christian burial, keeping in mind the great dignity of the body, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Vatican recently issued an instruction on this very topic, reminding us of the importance of burying the dead, laying their bodies to rest in the earth, as they await the Resurrection.

NOVEMBER MERCYPray For The Living And The Dead

M2M (MASS TO MISSION) – Holy Rosary Youth Ministry presents Mass to Mission. These are formation sessions for teens from ages 13-18 about the Mass — “Become what you receive!” – St. Augustine.

Is Mass exciting or boring? A source of energy or an obligation? Be part of From Mass to Mission and blow open your experience of Mass. The From Mass to Mission experience will be a series of five sessions about the Mass. Come empty, leave full. See how Mass makes us ready for action.

  • November 5, December 10, January 21, April 8, and May 27
  • Start at 5 p.m. Mass then meet in the School Hall until 8:30 p.m.
  • Youth will share a meal: they not only will break bread together, but also break open the parts of the Mass.
  • This youth ministry event is limited to 20 participants.
  • Click here to register. Questions? Please email

HOLY ROSARY YOUTH GROUP (GRADES 6-8) HALLOWEEN LAUNCH – Calling all students in grades 6-8 and high school. Sign up to help with this Saturday’s Halloween Celebration in the School Hall. We are so excited for our very big Halloween youth event, this Saturday, October 29th in the School Hall! Not only will our sixth through eighth graders and high schoolers run all sorts of fun Halloween activities, but they will have their own youth event later in the evening. This is an awesome opportunity for our kids to have fun right here in West Seattle.

  • We have kids signed up and we want more to come and join the fun.
  • Youth are welcome to bring a friend — please sign up here through SignUp Genius.
  • Eighth graders and high schoolers can receive five service hours!
  • For any youth who want to come but can’t stay for the entire time, that is fine too…just sign up and come for what you can.
  • This event will be well supervised by Parish staff members and those volunteers on our Youth Team.

Schedule for the sixth grade through high school student volunteers:

  • 3-5 p.m. – Youth help set-up the Halloween activities, including creating a haunted house in a hallway. They’ll receive dinner.
  • 5-6 p.m. – Attend Mass together.
  • 6:15-8 p.m. – Youth help run all the Halloween activities:  haunted house, Halloween cookie decorating, face-painting, photo booth, and more.
  • 8-9 p.m. – Clean-up
  • 9-11 p.m. – Youth group will watch a movie and eat some treats!

If you have questions or concerns, please email Deyette at We are excited to bring such a fun event to Holy Rosary!

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 SignUpGenius 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

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.

WINEFEST AT SEATTLE CENTER – Holy Rosary alumni, Christopher Chan and partners, presents Holiday Wine Fest at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th. The 2016 Holiday Wine Fest is poised to be the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most popular tasting explosion. This all-day Saturday and Sunday event features a world-class line-up of local, regional, national and international wines, ciders, spirits, gourmet cuisine, and artisan vendors.  The Holiday Wine Fest is the perfect occasion to tempt you and yours with the flavors of fall and the finest offerings of the season. Enjoy yourself with a spouse, partner, or group of friends at one of the three fun and relaxing wine and gift shopping experiences. Proceeds benefit the City Fruit mission charity. Festival tasting sessions are:

  • Saturday, November 12:  12-4 p.m. $40 admission
  • Saturday, November 12:  5-9 p.m. $45 admission
  • Sunday, November 13:  12-4 p.m. $40 admission

For more Information, ticket purchase, list of vendors, or to read more about the City Fruit mission charity, visit:

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.

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
  • 10/28 – preschool trick-or-treat Holy Rosary classrooms (1-2:30 p.m.)
  • 10/30 – Holy Rosary booth at the Junction Harvest Festival, across from Husky Deli (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • 11/05 – Holy Rosary fall 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 – Christmas program