Family Communication (eFC) 10-8-2015

Principals Newsletter

FINANCES AND BUDGET – As you may know, our long-time and much loved Parish Administrator; Mary Simpson retired in early July. We have not; as of yet found the right person to take the, now vacant, position. Because of that, Fr. Oakland, Rufina Miller, and myself have had to take on some of those responsibilities. During the summer I have had to recreate the budget for this year taking into account some major changes. Fr. Oakland and I have restated the employee expenses in an exceptionally detailed format. And this has been done with a multitude of changes that the Archdiocese has instituted within the last few months. I am therefore, now, going to start to offer some information and reflections on what I presently have: Our grand total for tuition and fee income for this year is about $2,883,215. Our grand total for salaries and benefits for this year is about $2,950,000.

This means that we collect $66,785 less from our parents in tuition and fees the we pay out in salaries and benefits. But we also have to consider that the total budget is $3,924,839. That means that there is a total of $1,041,624 that we all have to pull together and bring in this year. Luckily the parish will be giving us a subsidy of $201,108. We also have a very generous donation of $131,878 from an estate to cover financial aid that has been given. Then there is the endowment that will hopefully give us $62,000 this year. So yes, there is hope that it will all work out as long as all of us once again do our best to help in all of our fundraising. So —– everybody —— please do your best to help —– for the sake of your child and everyone else’s child. That is what community is all about.

IOWA TESTS – Remember our Iowa Tests for grades three through eight will start on October 15, and they will go through the month, ending on October 30. Please do your best to make sure your child is rested and comes in with a good breakfast in their stomach. All studies indicate that these two simple things can make a huge difference in the scores.

BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR – Next year, once again the school year will start before Labor Day. This is usually about a four-year cycle that eats more and more into the month of August. Then as the placement of Labor Day changes it goes back into September. We basically do what the majority of Catholic Schools do. One of the reasons for this is that the Catholic High Schools are on the same schedule and we try to do the same thing the high schools are doing for the sake of the families who have children in both.

STEM PLUS Photo Gallery

Holy Rosary has started a STEM PLUS photo gallery, where we’ll post pictures from the previous weeks’ classroom lessons and activities. Visit our gallery by clicking on the “Our STEM PLUS Gallery” Quicklink on our webpage, or by clicking here.

Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day is Thursday, October 29. If you wish to have your picture retaken, or if you were not able to have your picture taken on picture day, you can pick up a new picture form in the office. Thank you.

Pizza Lunch

A reminder that tomorrow is the first pizza lunch of the year.

Annual Italian Dinner

Mangia Bene, Vive felice! – “Eat Well and Live Happy”. The Holy Rosary Annual Italian Dinner is this Saturday, October 10thEveryone is welcome! Please join us in the school hall for this annual event. There is still space at the 7:30 p.m. seating! Please mark your calendar and we look forward to seeing you. Click here to download a copy of the registration form. Please return by tomorrow (Friday)!

Golf Tournament

Please join us for the 14th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament to benefit the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund this Saturday, October 10th! It will be a great day of golf at the West Seattle Municipal Golf Course. The event includes a 4-person scramble, lunch, and an awards reception following the golf. The golf tournament is the primary “driver” of revenue for the Father Mallahan Endowment Fund! Learn more about the fund by clicking hereBook and reserve a spot today by clicking this link. We are always looking for new sponsors so contact the golf committee for more information on how you can sponsor.

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!

Magazine Drive

The Magazine Drive ends today, so get any last minute orders in! Did we Go Big?! Find out at our closing assembly on Friday, October 16th when we announce if we met our goal!

After School Art Workshop

A new six week after-school Art Workshop session will begin on Oct. 20! Projects will include: giant cookie frosting paintings, Sculpey figurines, the Upcycled materials inventors’ challenge, ceramic sculpture, and more! This class is held on Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. All 1st-5th grade students are welcome to join. The cost is $160 and includes all materials, snacks, and fun prizes. Scholarships are available based on need – please inquire at time of registration. This is an invaluable opportunity for kids to gain additional arts exposure, explore their creative side, and create lasting memories! For more information, or to register, contact Lacey Reuter:

Call For Art Room Materials

Kleenex 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 Kleenex pretty quickly in the Art room. If you would like to donate boxes of Kleenex to our Art department, please bring them by the school office. If you are interested in donating additional materials to the Art room, please contact Lacey Reuter at Thanks for your support!

Music Room Volunteer Opportunity

The 6th grade music classes need a few volunteers! Students have the opportunity to choose an instrument to learn to play during the school year. There are up to three different groups working at the same time for which supervision is needed. There is no musical talent required to assist – just a desire to help! The benefits? Our terrific kids will share their growing gift of music with you! You will get to hear the end result when the kids come together at the end of class to play as ensemble! Your brain chemistry will delight in the new pathways created by the energy of the kids and the music! And, you will be providing a wonderful service to Holy Rosary School! Volunteers are needed on Tuesday from 2:15-2:45 and Fridays from 10:45-11:15. Many thanks for your kind consideration! Please contact Janet Mudge, Music Specialist, at

Mother-Son Glow Bowl

The Mother-Son Glow Bowl will be Friday, October 23 at 5:00. See attached flyer here. The forms should be turned into the office no later than tomorrow, Friday, October 9th.

Sponge After-School Spanish and Mandarin Classes

Learning a language is like getting a passport to global citizenship. We want to help your student grow and learn, so they can achieve cultural competency and confidence in their ability to learn a language! Starting young is the best way to give your student an edge. We offer Spanish and Mandarin after school at Holy Rosary on Wednesdays from 2:20 – 3:20. Spanish is NEW for 2015-16! Classes begin on October 7 and there is still space! Register here. Payments will be made through your account on the Holy Rosary website.

Join us on Monday, October 12, from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Medina Elementary, or on Tuesday, October 13, from 7-9 p.m. in the library at Island Park Elementary. We’ll be discussing our program in detail and answering any of your questions during our Sponge Curriculum Night. Questions? Send us an email at or call 425-274-5188. We’re here to help!


BASKETBALL – Greeting Parents, It is once again time to get ready for the 2015-2016 basketball season. Please come join us for another exciting season of Gator Ball. The online registration site is now open for registration at The deadline to register is October 16. Any late registrations after October 16 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 2015-2016 registration fees are 4th Grade – $85.00, 5th Grade – $100.00, 6th thru 8th Grade – $100.00. Dates to remember:

  • October 16th – Registration Deadline
  • October 23rd – Team’s Practice Schedules will be decided
  • October 26th – Practices will begin
  • December 5th – 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. Kale Paulson, HRS CYO Basketball Director. 206-459-0539.

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. He will have a limited supply available at the Golf Tournament. Click here to download the order form.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (C.L.O.W.) – A children’s ministry that celebrates and teaches the Gospel at the first part of 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. During C.L.O.W., children are invited, blessed and sent forth to celebrate and witness the Sunday readings in ways that are meaningful and especially tailored to them. After C.L.O.W. all children return to Mass to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist. C.L.O.W. has started and will continue until June 5th. There is no cost nor registration for CL.O.W. Any questions should be directed to Sr. Stella at

GOT LUNCH? – Not everyone in Seattle knows what he or she will have for lunch today. But, Holy Rosary has a ministry that prepares fresh sandwiches for the homeless men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. If you have a couple of hours after morning drop-off on the first Tuesday of the month, then you can help out! To get involved, contact Susan Strmich at 932-8647.

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. We hope you’ll join us!

  • Women of all ages are welcome! No prior experience necessary!
  • The 22-week course starts October 14.
  • Two group options: Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings (childcare provided Friday morning).
  • $90 registration fee covers study guide and hospitality.
  • To register or find more information, visit here.
  • For scholarships, contact Deyette at
Community Notices

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT AT SEATTLE PREP – Wednesday, October 14th. Girls’ Night Out is an opportunity for 3rd-8th grade girls to gather together and take in a volleyball match between our Seattle Prep Panthers and the Bishop Blanchet Braves in McHugh Gymnasium on the Prep campus. Girls are encouraged to wear apparel in support of their own school, club or CYO teams. This event is for any girl in the 3rd-8th grade, it is not limited to volleyball players or athletes in general. Festivities will begin, along with the volleyball match, at 7 p.m. We are offering free admission to all attendees and are including a free t-shirt to the first 50 girls who arrive. We look forward to welcoming as many girls as possible to this fun event.

O’DEA HIGH SCHOOL – We are blessed with outstanding Catholic schools in the greater Seattle Area. I encourage our families to learn more about the O’Dea experience and our unique all-boy environment. Information can be found on our website at Fall Open House is November 5 and Winter Open House is January 7. Open House is a valuable opportunity for prospective students and families to learn more about O’Dea.

Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • 10/10 – Golf Tournament
  • 10/10 – Italian Dinner
  • 10/16 – Closing Assembly for Magazine Drive at 2 p.m.
  • 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