Family Communication (eFC) 10-6-2016

Principal’s Message

Fall is finally upon us; you can feel it in the air! I enjoyed seeing many of you at the Italian Dinner this past Saturday night- thank you to Maria Taylor and her team for such a fun evening!

We are in the full swing of things and are gearing up for our annual fall IOWA testing. The testing window this year will be October 17th -31st, right around the corner.

We are also in the last week of the magazine drive and asking everyone to give it one last push! Thank you so much for all of the work you have done. The revenue generated comes straight back to our operating budget and helps to offset the difference between our tuition and the full cost to educate students. As Beth Martin has said, we are striving for 100% participation, and I truly appreciate your generous support. As we apply for grants to support the school, we are asked for the percentage participation in our school fundraising efforts. The higher the number, the more likely we are to be awarded a grant; it shows the grant funders that the money we are asking for is above and beyond what we are able to leverage from within our local school community. Thank you so much for all you do and continue to do to support Holy Rosary School!

Have a wonderful week!!


No School Tomorrow

Reminder that there is no school tomorrow due to the Archdiocesan Teacher In-Service at Blanchet High School. BASE will be open all day. Have a great weekend!

It *Is* Rocket Science

adamrEarlier this week the 7th grade learned about aeronautical engineering as they designed two liter rockets, tested them and then improved their designs. They then had the opportunity to hear from Adam Rising, a 2008 graduate of Holy Rosary, who is currently working with NASA designing rockets of his own.


Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE – Woohoo, we are in the home stretch! Currently 76% of HRS families have participated; thank you! I know we can reach 100% participation and our goal of $125,000. If we reach our goal, then students will receive a half-day on February 17th.

We apologize for the web site issues over the weekend and into Monday, on the AP Mags site. Orders may still be placed through 8 p.m. this Friday to count towards prizes. In addition, all cash/check donations must be received by Thursday at 3 p.m. Good news: the FREE DRESS PASS incentive, for selling three subscriptions starting September 27, has been extended through this week.

Congrats to the following top selling grades this week:

  • 1st place = 7th grade
  • 2nd place = 6th grade
  • 3rd place = 3rd grade

ITALIAN DINNER – The gym was packed this past Saturday for another fantastic Italian dinner! Thank you to the chairs, especially the Taylor and Harper/Williams families, and all the volunteers of who work this community event.

DINE OUT FUNDRAISER – Mark your calendars for October 19th and dine out at Shelby’s Bistro & Ice Creamery in the Junction. 10% of the proceeds, when you mention HRS to your server, will go towards the school. Students should wear their HRS sweatshirts!

FACTS Online Payment System


  1. Emails received from FACTS that say ‘ACTION NEEDED’ include a breakout of any fees being charged (BASE, school supplies, milk, etc.) Even if you are on auto-pay – look at these emails to understand billing details.
  2. Reminder emails are just that – reminders that your account is about to be charged/debited for the listed amount. These do not include line item details.
  3. Families who sign up for items like ‘8th Grade Pizza Lunch’ will be billed via your FACTS account. This means the school will charge your FACTS account. Similar to tuition, you do not need to log on to select anything; the school will bill you through an “ACTION NEEDED” email.
  4. Keep your FACTS log-on handy. You can use it to look up details of upcoming tuition payments, incidental charges. and to make changes to your account (i.e., updating a credit card or changing a banking account). Log onto your FACTS account through here, select ‘View Details’, and you can view/edit account details from your Customer Profile screen.
  5. The FACTS Helpline number is (866) 441-4637.
Italian Dinner

Grazie! What a FANTASTIC night! A huge THANK YOU to Maria Taylor and Lynn Harper for all their hard work in coordinating the dinner. Three hundred and forty guests came out to support the event. The Lanigan gym was filled with the aroma of pasta and the bustle of HRS families and parishioners enjoying a delicious meal together. Of course a great event can’t be pulled off without the many volunteers it takes to make it happen. A big thank you to the kitchen crew, servers, bartenders, set up/cleanup crew and the 8th grade volunteers who did a fantastic job. Extra special thanks to Christo’s on Alki and Partners Crackers for donating and of course Tim Williams and Lynn Harper for the mouthwatering meatballs….they make the meal! Thank you to all for making the 21st Annual Italian Dinner a HUGE success! Click on the thumbnails to view larger.

Ski School Bus

Ski school bus at Holy Rosary is happening this ski season! We will have a customized program created for us by MOHAN ski school, but need some input in order to get started. We will have pricing and sign up information within the next 3-4 weeks. Please take a moment to take this brief survey. Thanks!


SOCCER – Fall weather = soccer weather. The Holy Rosary first grade south team played St. Bernadette on their home turf. The Gators showed true sportsmanship and played a fair game – it was nine Gators against only four Panthers. The Holy Rosary team scored a few goals, defended well, and probably most enjoyed running through a parent tunnel at the end of the game! The 7th/8th grade girls team continued their run of great play by winning 6-0 on Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY – Wow! Another amazing weekend by the Holy Rosary Gators! The weather was outstanding for running! Important things you should know for the next couple of weeks:

  • Our team BBQ is TODAY – October 6th – immediately following practice at 5 p.m. – all team families are invited. We will be at the picnic shelter right by the zip line on the south end of the park by the playground – please join us and skip cooking dinner for the night! Please bring chips, a salad or side, or a dessert. We will be BBQ’ing hamburgers and hot dogs. I could use one more person to man the BBQs, please let me know if you can help! Our coaches at this event will give out medals for ALL participants. Please take the time out of your busy schedule to thank the coaches for a great season. You don’t want to miss it!
  • The ribbon race this Sunday, the 9th, is for K-3 only! We are at lower Woodland Park again, please be there by 12:30 p.m. to check in, the races start at 1 p.m. No Seahawks game conflict for this race! K-3 will still practice through October 13th this year, so plan to come and run on the 11th and 13th!
  • The championship race next Sunday, the 16th, is for grades 4-8 only! Again we are at lower Woodland Park; please be there at 12:30 because the races start at 1:00. If your child places, please stay through the award ceremony. Top placers will get a t-shirt, several others will be given ribbons.

I am sorry we don’t yet have results from Sundays race or a Sign Up Genius for this weekend, I will send it as soon as I get it from the CYO office.

BASKETBALL – It is once again time to get ready for the 2016/2017 basketball season. Please come join us for another exciting season of Gator ball. The online registration site should be open for you to go in and register now (or by 10/7 at the latest) with this link. The deadline to register is October 14th. Any late registrations after October 14th 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 still use, you will have the choice to forgo ordering a new uniform and reduce the registration fee by $15.00. You’ll need to input the uniform number during the registration process in order to forgo the new uniform order.

The 2016/2017 registration fees are 4th Grade – $85.00, 5th Grade – $100.00, 6th thru 8th Grade – $100.00

Here are some dates to remember:

  • October 14th – Registration deadline
  • October 21rd – Team’s practice schedules will be decided
  • October 28th – Practices will begin
  • November 19th – Games begin.

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. Paul Barton, CYO Basketball Director, (206) 718-8036,


CELEBRATING OUR PATRONAL FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY on October 7th. This feast was instituted in 1571 to commemorate the Christian victory over the Turkish navy at Lepanto on this day. Pope St. Pius V had not only called for a navy to come to the defense of Christian Europe, but he also asked them to pray the Rosary and ask our Blessed Mother for her Heavenly Protection. In gratitude for the victory granted that day, he instituted this feast. Later on, the whole month of October was similarly dedicated to her honor and to the Rosary.

The prayers for the Rosary come from our Lord Himself, from the Sacred Scriptures and from the Church. And mysteries we meditate upon are the key moments in salvation history. In and through this prayer, we enter into the story of salvation, and spend time reflecting upon it in our own lives.

Some ideas for celebrating in your home this feast on October 7th and throughout the Month of the Holy Rosary:

  • Pray the Rosary, individually or as a couple/family. If this is a new prayer for you, just pray one of the five decades of the Rosary. Some choose to do this every night – a laudable practice. Consider this practice for the remainder of October (or beyond). For families with younger children, it helps to have visual aids. Consider having older children read a passage from the bible connected with each of the individual mysteries that are reflected upon. Younger children may not exactly sit quietly and cooperate – that is okay, they are young. It might be a chaotic prayer, but they will learn by your constancy and faithfulness, and as they grow older, will start to join you more and more. Family prayer is so crucial.
  • Lots of popes have written about the Rosary. Some of the documents are short, others are much longer. Consider reading what some popes have said to draw more fruit from this venerable prayer. This website here has all of the major papal documents on the rosary from the last 150 years, which include reflections on the various prayers and mysteries.
  • Read about the great Battle of Lepanto on this website, what some historians note as the greatest naval battle of the previous 1600 years. Or read about Pope Saint Pius V on this website who gave us our feast. Or read about Pope Leo XIII on this website , who wrote so many documents on the Rosary that he is called the Pope of the Rosary (he also wrote the first great modern social encyclical, and is the first pope to be recorded on video footage.
  • Its always fun to connect our heavenly feasts with earthly ones, making them extra special with meals connected to the day (for example, Mexican food on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) or some sugary treat. Since the origin of our feast today comes from a naval battle, consider making a cake in the shape of a ship. Here is a website which gives instructions for a pirate ship and island cake which can be adapted for this purpose.
  • If a ship cake seems a little daunting or beyond your time constraints, consider making twice baked potatoes and turning them into a little fleet of ships Here is the website Use toothpicks and paper-don’t forget to include crosses on your sails! If you are looking for another dessert idea, consider a Rosary made out of cupcakes, or just a decade if you don’t want to make too many. Even better-everyone prays the rosary together before eating them. Or you can always just make something blue-the color traditionally associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Learn how to make rosaries out of cord and beads. Many children love making different types of bracelets and necklaces. This is a wonderful way to tie their creativity to the faith and to this particular feast.
  • Spend some time looking at and reflecting upon the stained glass windows in the Church of the mysteries of the Rosary.

Happy Feast Day!

MERCY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER – Give Drink to the Thirsty. As Pope Francis said in his recent encyclical Laudato Si, “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.” (30) During the Month of October, we look for ways in which we can provide the poor and those in need with access to this basic right, which supports health care, agriculture and industry as well. We must also not take for granted our own access to safe drinking water, looking for ways to reduce our own consumption of this precious resource of the earth. Click here to download the Mercy Of The Month.

Community Notices

KENNEDY CATHOLIC OPEN HOUSE – You are invited to the Kennedy Catholic High School Fall Open House on Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call Clare Spano, Admissions Assistant at (206) 957-9723.

INGRAHAM HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT is on November 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ingraham Library. This informational session is designed specifically for families thinking about enrolling in public school for the first time. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to visit Ingraham and learn more about our academic offerings, student life and athletics. No need to RSVP for the event. Call Mary Smith at 206-252-3888 with questions.

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
  • 10/7 – No school – Archdiocesan Teacher In-Service
  • 10/14 – Closing assembly for Magazine Drive
  • 10/14 – Mother-Son Glow Bowl
  • 10/17-28 – IOWA fall testing window
  • 11/11- No school – Veterans Day (BASE closed)
  • 11/21-23 – Parent/Student/Teacher conferences (school not in session. BASE open)
  • 11/24-25 – No school – Thanksgiving break