Family Communication (eFC) 10-29-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

FINANCIAL AID/FACTS/REGISTRATION FOR 2016-2017 – In an attempt to avoid throwing out way too much information for financial aid, fees, registration and FACTS, I am going to write a little bit on each issue of the eFC. Hopefully, last week everyone was able to read information concerning our switch to FACTS as a collection system.

FACTS will also be the system we will be using to apply for financial aid. FACTS will be collecting the information, making the recommendations and giving them to Fulcrum. Fulcrum will then make the decisions and inform the recipients. There will, however, be a few changes. It is important to understand them before the Financial Aid process opens on November 2. This financial aid application process will end on January 15.

This year everyone applying for financial aid will have to pay a $24 fee with their application, and that application must be completed online with FACTS. At the beginning of the process there is a VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT IS ASKED. The question asks if you are applying through Fulcrum, or through Holy Rosary. No family that is earning over $50,000 as their adjusted gross income for 2014 should apply to Fulcrum. Those with an AGI of over $50,000 should apply to Holy Rosary. All families who applied and received aid through Fulcrum this year should reapply for next year with Fulcrum.

If you choose to apply through Fulcrum and make over the $50,000 AGI you will not receive aid through them and you will miss the opportunity to be considered by Holy Rosary. Fulcrum and Holy Rosary will be considering applications at the same time. Holy Rosary will not be able to consider your application if you choose to apply to Fulcrum and earn more than $50,000 AGI. SO, make sure that — if you apply for financial aid and make over $50,000 adjusted gross income — you check the box that states “Holy Rosary Aid”.

Those who pay the $24 to Fulcrum and receive the aid through Fulcrum will receive their $24 back in October of 2016 if they are still enrolled in the school.

Please contact either the Registrar or the Principal if you have any questions.

A Message From Father Oakland

Dear Parents,

This is a year of change at Holy Rosary Parish and School. I myself started as the new pastor July 1st. I am beginning to find my routines, and am enjoying getting to know the community and visiting the school children.

This past July Mary Simpson retired after many faithful years of service here at Holy Rosary. I am happy to announce that we will soon have a new Pastoral Assistant for Administration!  Our new PAA is Gary Samaniego and he comes to us from a similar position at Holy Family in White Center. In order to give him some time to transition there and leave Holy Family in a good condition, he won’t be beginning here full-time until November 30th.

The Pastoral Assistant for Administration wears many hats, serving in similar capacities for the parish and the school. The PAA is responsible for the fiscal administration and oversight of the money that comes in an out. To help the PAA we have a Bookkeeper, Rufina Miller. The PAA is responsible for working with all of our employees to help them onboard when they are new, working with them on their benefits, and running payroll through the new Archdiocesan system that requires an increased amount of time. The PAA is responsible for working with our Facilities Manager, Scott Stoefen, to ensure our facilities are in good working order and will continue to serve us for the centuries to come. There are other responsibilities too, such as ensuring we are in compliance with state and federal laws, but these are the main components. With an annual budget near $7 million between the parish and the school, with over 100 staff members including substitute teachers, and with all of the beautiful buildings that we have – this is no easy task. But we welcome Gary, and I know that he can count on the assistance of a great many to serve us well.

Lastly, in the coming months you will be hearing more about the principal search. As we all know, George will be retiring at the end of the year after a life spent in service of Catholic education. I am in the midst of putting together a committee of people to help me with the process of finding his successor. While more information will follow in the months ahead, I thought I would give a brief outline of what this looks like. Our first task will be to write a job announcement and post it in December. January will bring some opportunities for our wider school and parish community to reflect on our hopes for the school and the qualities that we need the most at this time from our new principal. We hope to begin interviewing in February, with the new principal starting July 1st.

Please keep myself, Gary, our future principal and our entire community in your prayers during this time of transition. While only God knows who he or she is, it is good to begin praying for this individual now as God prepares and equips them. Transitions can be difficult and challenging, but there is also a great hope as we await the blessings and graces that God has in store for us in the years to come!

In Christ, Fr. Oakland

Orange and Black Day

Tomorrow is an orange and black free dress day. No face paint.

School Commission

The School Commission’s next meeting is November 5th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 7B at the school. This is the first of three open meetings held throughout the school year. All are welcome and if you have an issue or question for the group, please contact Brett Conway at

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.
Seattle App Academy

Take a Kodu Class and Learn to Code! Fill a Kodu Class and Everyone Saves! Seattle App Academy is pleased to offer a special volume discount for Holy Rosary students this November. Grab a friend and help fill our Beginning Programming classes featuring Kodu – the fun virtual robot. Classes are offered in Jefferson Square every Monday thru Thursday from 4-5 p.m. ($200 for 8-week class; Grades 3-8). If 25 or more students enroll, SAA will give $50 back to every student enrolled! Spread the word and click here to enroll today! Contact:

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.

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!


GATOR GEAR! – Are you geared up for sports?  Show your support with an adult Gator Gear jacket! We are currently taking orders. All proceeds benefit our CYO sports and scholarships!

HRhatsGATOR GEAR BASEBALL HATS 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.


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.

  • 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

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.

Community Notices

KENNEDY CATHOLIC – HOMESTAY FAMILIES NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Are you interested in opening your lives and sharing your American culture with a student from another part of the world? Kennedy Catholic High School is looking for host families for our international students for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year. International students are excited to experience family life in America, learn English and to share their culture and traditions with their homestay family. If you would like more information, please visit our website at or contact Teri Crosswhite at 206.246.0500. Financial stipend is provided.

ST. BRENDAN SCHOOL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – Come to the 36th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at St. Brendan School. The fair will be November 14th and 15th. St. Brendan is located at 10049 NE 195th Street Bothell, WA 98011.

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:

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.

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.

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.
Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 11/11 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/23-25 – No School – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
  • 11/26-27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break