Family Communication (eFC) 11-10-2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Holy Rosary families,

Thank you for all you did to get the message out about our fall open house this past weekend; we had 23 prospective families attend!

As I sit in my office writing this, it’s a glorious day. It isn’t raining, the sun is shining, and the many colors of fall fill the street. Pausing for a moment and reflecting on this day, filled with moments of wonder, I am grateful. Grateful for our school, for our community, and for the many blessings God has bestowed upon us.

As we move towards Veteran’s Day, I thought I would share with you a prayer we started this school week with. We give thanks for all those who have served our country, and continue to pray for peace and unity in our divided world.

Yours in Christ,


Heavenly Father,

We ask for blessings on all those who have served our country in the armed forces. We ask for healing for the veterans who have been wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray especially for the young men and women who are serving around the world today. We ask that you bring solace to them and that they may feel your love and peace. We pray for an end to wars and conflict around the world and the dawning of a new era of peace, as a way to honor all the veterans of past wars. We pray for the leaders of the world and for our country; that our country and world may unite for the greater good and that peace will fill our divides. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Now Accepting Financial Aid Forms

Applying for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year is now available through FACTS. Click on this link to sign-in/or create an account to begin the application.

Also, the window to apply for Fulcrum financial assistance is now open. In the financial aid application, there is a section titled “Additional Questions from Fulcrum Foundation”. By selecting “yes” to applying for Fulcrum assistance, your information will then be shared with Fulcrum for consideration. Please have your applications submitted to Fulcrum by December 1st.

To be considered for Fulcrum assistance, families would fit at least one of the following guidelines:

  • Received Fulcrum assistance previously
  • Would qualify for a reduced lunch program in a public school setting
  • Receive any federal or state assistance
  • Make less than $50,000 a year for their adjusted gross income

Families, who meet the above guidelines, must apply for Fulcrum aid to be considered for Holy Rosary financial aid.  Any questions, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis at

Development Directives

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

1469466847311LULAROE SHOPPING FUNDRAISER – Get your Christmas shopping done early and raise money for Holy Rosary School! Starts November 19th at 10 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Rosary School and LuLaRoe will match that donation. LuLaRoe is known for their buttery soft leggings, and other fabulous apparel. Hurry because this shopping experience ends November 20th at 8 p.m. You can shop Alma’s LuLaRoe Boutique on Facebook here.

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 through 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. Additional details will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Bishop Blanchet Math Contest

liligOn Saturday, November 3rd, sixteen schools competed in the 43rd Annual Bishop Blanchet Mathematics Contest. This is a three-hour competition with seventh and eighth graders from Seattle area Catholic grade schools. The test consists of a written, group, and oral exam. Holy Rosary sent four participants this year:  Matt A., Bella N., Lili G., and Ava P. Our seventh grader, Lili, placed 5th out of all of the seventh grade participants. She received a gift certificate to Math ‘n’ Stuff!  We are proud of each of our Holy Rosary School participants.

Yearbook Order Form

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-9-39-16-amIt’s time to order the 2016-2017 yearbook! The order form, designed in Adobe InDesign by eighth grader Patrick S., went home last week 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! Thank you for supporting the Holy Rosary yearbook elective!


Committee members needed:

Business Procurement:  The Auction Committee is looking for volunteers to help with business procurement for the 2017 auction. Job entails contacting a list of businesses in your chosen area of West Seattle to see if they’d like to donate and following 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.

Auction Office Lead:  Looking for a dynamic manager to operate at the heart of the auction by running the office. After managing guest registration, the office lead oversees real-time recording of the auction bids. A very reliable and experienced office volunteer team is already in place to staff the office. The outgoing office lead will be out-of-town on auction night but will be on-hand every step of the way to train the incoming lead and help with all details of set-up. Contact Lara Wingle at or 206-437-7245.

Holy Rosary Christmas Tree Lot

Be looking “fir” an email from the tree lot committee to sign up for volunteer shifts in the next week. This is a great opportunity to meet other school families and to earn your fundraising hours.

Scholastic Book Fair

comelg_tobookfairTraditionally, the Book Fair is held during Student-Parent-Teacher conferences. It celebrates reading; gives siblings a safe place to browse and shop while parents are attending another child’s conference; is a fund raiser for the library program and let’s you shop for Christmas gifts. Additionally, this year you can shop online. Follow this link to find more information about “all things book fair”. Mrs. Harris is happy to answer any book fair questions you might have. The Scholastic Book Fair at Holy Rosary School.

Accreditation Update

As you are aware we have been in the process of an extensive Self Study over the past year and a half. The School Commission members and Kristin Dixon — Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools — are currently reviewing the polished draft of our Self Study document. There are several hard copies available for check out in the main office. We encourage parents to read through the draft. Any feedback can be emailed directly to our principal, Anna Horton. We aim to send the final copy to our site-visit chairperson by November 15th.

Ski Bus

The Holy Rosary ski bus is now open for registration. Click here to register. The deadline to register is November 25.

  • We will leave from Holy Rosary Friday at 3:15 p.m. and return to the school at approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • We will need a minimum of 30 skiers.
  • Kindergarten through fifth grade students must have a chaperone (one parent to three kids maximum). That parent is responsible for their skier, their equipment and dinner.
  • Sixth and seventh grade students can ride the bus without a parent chaperone, but without a designated chaperone, they must take a lesson at the mountain and be able to carry and manage their equipment and dinner.
  • Eighth grade students can ride the bus without a parent chaperone and do not need to take a lesson.
Gator Accessories – Catch The Spirit!

hrs_waterbottlehrs_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. The Parents’ Club meeting is rescheduled for 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.

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 – Congratulations to the eight grade girls soccer team on winning the CYO playoffs on Saturday. After being down 1-0 to a tough St. Francis team, Holy Rosary finished strong to win 2-1. Thank you again to the coaches and families for helping to make this season possible.


screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-56-59-amADVENT SOCIAL – Your family is invited to our Holy Rosary Advent Social on Sunday, November 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the School Hall. Please join us for Advent activities and crafts, treats, and time with your fellow parishioners. Any sixth grade through high school student can also assist in helping. Please email Deyette at with questions. Download information flyer here.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR – Rehearsals for Christmas will begin on Wednesday, November 16 and 30. Sing with the angels! Children’s YouthChoir! prepares to sing on Christmas Eve! Christmas is coming! Come join YouthChoir! and sing with the angels on Christmas Eve! Register online hereYouthChoir! is open to all students in grades 3-5 from all schools in the parish neighborhood!

PRACTICES : November 16, 30, and December 7, 14. Wednesdays – whole choir from 2:30-3:15 in the chapel. Fourth and fifth grade cantors may continue from 3:15-3:40. We have convenient Wednesday rehearsals that start at 2:30 and conclude at 3:15—a convenient pick-up time similar to the rest of the week. What about band? Fifth graders, who are in HR band, can come directly to the chapel at 2:30 when band practice ends. What about BASE? We also escort kids back to HR BASE after choir!

MASS:  Christmas Eve, Saturday 12-24 at 5 p.m. Mass

PARENTS:  Please volunteer! Volunteer time counts towards your school hours! Help to support YouthChoir! by volunteering your time and fun ideas or resources (video recording, website help, t-shirts, field trips, community performances, pool/karaoke parties, etc.) Contact Paul Dolejsi, director at to register, volunteer or ask questions. Thanks for your support!

NOTE:  Religious Education students are invited to participate, too! Some new schools are getting out earlier now. And some have Wednesday teacher in-service once a month. Contact Paul Dolejsi to work out a rehearsal schedule for Christmas Eve.

Music helps kids become better learners! Choir helps kids become more confident persons! Singing and serving helps you become closer to Christ! Come and sing with the angels!

Paul Dolejsi, Director:  YouthChoir!

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.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 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