Family Communication (eFC) 11-03-2016

Principal’s Message

Happy November! I know many of you were able to join us for the All Saints Day Mass on Tuesday- wasn’t it a wonderful celebration? I am so proud of our students, and all they did to prepare. It was a blessed event!

We are hosting our first fall Open House, this Saturday from 10:00-1:00. This is an opportunity for prospective families to visit, engage in an interactive scavenger hunt around the building, and to ask questions about our school and community. We’ve had fliers and signs up all over West Seattle, and have reached out to many preschools to invite families. But please help spread the word if you have friends or family who might be interested.

A few interesting pieces of information about our Catholic schools, worth celebrating and sharing with prospective families include:

  • Catholic schools provide a high quality academic education, aligned to the state and national standards, in fully accredited schools with tuition lower than our local private independent schools.
  • Catholic school curriculum includes teaching of religion and living our Catholic faith through daily prayer and service.
  • Over 99% of students in Catholic high schools graduate.
  • Over 98% of students in Catholic high schools go on to college
  • Students in Catholic schools consistently outperform our public school counterparts on standardized assessments.
  • Students in Catholic schools have opportunities to receive the sacraments and engage in spiritual retreats with other students.
  • The families and community at Holy Rosary School are tremendously supportive and the best around!

Thank you for helping us to continue to spread the word about the great things happening at Holy Rosary School!

Have a great rest of the week! ~ Anna

Development Directives

Two easy ways to raise funds for Holy Rosary are on the horizon:

LULAROE SHOPPING FUNDRAISER – If you don’t have the buttery, soft LuLaRoe leggings, then you’re missing out. Luckily there will be an online shopping opportunity November 19-20 for you to scoop up a pair as well as other fabulous items. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Rosary and LuLaRoe will match that donation.

AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL – Back by popular demand is the Amazon shopping competition. Amazon donates 7% of all sales through the classroom portals back to the school. You can shop all year long using the Amazon portal on the Holy Rosary website, but from November 20-Christmas Day you can shop using the following classroom links.  Please pass along to family and friends because there will be weekly prizes and a pj/pizza party in January for the top selling class.

AUCTION NEWS – The Auction Committee is looking for volunteers to help with business procurement for the 2017 auction. The job entails contacting a list of businesses in your chosen area of West Seattle to see if they’d like to donate and follow up. You will be surprised at how friendly and eager most of the businesses are to participate . . . and it’s great advertising! This can be done on your own time via phone or in person. Sign up immediately to get your spot! Contact Jessy Beardemphl at or 206-769-3232.

FAMILY FUN CENTER – Students who sold 25 magazine subscriptions or siblings who sold 40 will be heading to the Family Fun Center tomorrow. The 120+ students and chaperones will depart about 10 a.m. and return by 2 p.m. This is a FREE DRESS DAY.

Free Dress Day

Tomorrow is a free dress day for everyone!

Yearbook Order Form

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-9-39-16-amIt’s time to order the 2016-2017 yearbook! Look for your order form, designed in Adobe InDesign by eighth grader Patrick S., to come home today with your eFC carrier. We are so proud of our yearbook here at Holy Rosary because it’s one of the few yearbooks created entirely by eighth grade students, using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, Comic Life, and the Herff-Jones’ online software. We’re going to MAKE OUR MARK this year, so don’t miss out and order today! This is the only time to order and guarantee a yearbook for your child/ren. Forms are due by Friday, December 2nd, but if you return your order to the office by Wednesday, November 23rd, you’ll be entered to win a free yearbook! They are $30 for grade 8 (includes student name-stamping on cover) and $25 for grades preschool through seventh. This will be billed entirely through FACTS – no cash or check needed!

Scholastic Book Fair

comelg_tobookfairThe Scholastic Book Fair returns to Holy Rosary School on November 18 and runs through November 28. It will be open during all the Student-Parent-Teacher conferences. It is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. Remember that all purchases benefit our school. Thank you.

Gator Accessories – Catch The Spirit!

hrs_waterbottle hrs_cardecalFor sale are 20-ounce bike water bottles with the Holy Rosary logo. Made in the USA, ECOsmart plastic and BPA free. Great stocking stuffers! Bottles sell for $5. In addition, custom Holy Rosary car decals (no adhesive – static cling) with our logo – perfect for your front window (for those who have tinted windows) or back window. Help spread awareness of our great school!

Water bottles – $5 and car decal – $2. Order one of two ways. No cash or check needed because your FACTS account will be billed. Available immediately in the front office or through our online order form here.

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.


SOCCER – For most teams, last weekend was the last weekend for soccer. Congratulations to all the Gator soccer players on another successful year, both on the field and as one community representing Holy Rosary School. Thank you to all the parents for your consistent support of the program. Of course, special shout-outs to the coaches/volunteers who helped to make this season happen.

Wrapping up the Kindergarten season:  The Kindergarten soccer teams played their last game of the season on Sunday, and both were great games. Team KW shared the ball well, with many kids scoring goals. Team KB was terrific too, playing great on both sides of the ball. We were very proud of the teams and hope everyone had a fun season!”

Sounds like first grade took “advantage” of the weather:  The first grade south team finished its season in fine fashion! They enjoyed running around in the mud and the rain, and kicked the soccer ball around too!

Please come out to support the eighth grade girls team in the playoff finals this Saturday, November 5th, at 4:00 pm at Bishop Blanchet High School! On Sunday, they won their first playoff match against OLF; final score was 3-1. Monday afternoon, the team pulled out a 1-0 victory after 70 minutes of regulation time and two overtimes. Good luck on Saturday, Gators!


JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR AND M2M PROGRAM PAIRING UP THIS SATURDAY! – Junior High Choir and the new M2M program for teens will be pairing up for monthly teen nights! Starting this Saturday, the program begins with 5 p.m. Saturday Mass, where teens can sing with the Junior High Choir, and then go across the street to participate in Mass 2 Mission program, which includes dinner. See below for M2M details. We’ll continue pairing up each month: Nov. 5, Dec. 10, Jan. 21, etc.

Junior High Choir sings this Saturday, November 5. Singing practice starts at 4 p.m. in the chapel. If you’d like to sing a solo or cantor the psalm, please come to the Thursday, November 2nd, rehearsal after school in the chapel from 3-4 p.m.

Come to JHC and M2M! Bring a friend! Sing-socialize-supper with your friends this Saturday!

NOTE: Eighth graders get volunteer service hours for practice and Mass. Come and sing – score volunteer hours! Please RSVP for Thursday and/or Saturday. Peace! ~ Paul Dolejsi

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION UPDATE – Holy Rosary’s Halloween Celebration last Saturday was a huge success with 300+ attending throughout the night. Thank you to the 45 youth – sixth grade thorough hgh school – who served at this event; we could not have done it without their leadership and teamwork. Thank you to our Youth Ministers:  Andrew Hanson, Seth Johnson, Ruth Reiser and Nicole Warren, along with help that night from parents Michelle DeFeo, Kara Marion, Larry Marion and Susan Thom, for all their hard work to make this event happen. We look forward to doing this event next year and of course would welcome any help. If you are interested in helping next year, please contact Deyette at

M2M (MASS TO MISSION), HOLY ROSARY THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 5:00 P.M. – M2M is coming to Holy Rosary and is for any teen in grades 6 through high school. We will go to Mass together and afterwards share a meal and conversation. This program is free but we need you to sign-up for meal count purposes. RSVP here. For questions email Jennifer at or

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 MERCY – Pray For The Living And The Dead

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

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:

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 11/05 – fall open house
  • 11/11 – no school – Veterans Day (B.A.S.E closed)
  • 11/17 – Parents Club Meeting *NEW DATE*
  • 11/21-23 – Parent/Student/Teacher conferences (school not in session)
  • 11/23 – first trimester ends
  • 11/24-25 – no school – Thanksgiving break
  • 12/9 – first trimester report cards
  • 12/15 – Christmas program
  • 12/16/16-1/1/17 – Christmas break (noon dismissal on the 16th)
  • 1/2/17 – school resumes (Monday)
  • 1/16/17 – no school – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday