Family Communication (eFC) 11-12-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

EXCITING NEWS IN TECHNOLOGY – The School Commission approved the plan that was submitted to them by the “Technology Committee”. This took place at their meeting last week. The committee was chaired by Michael Go and it is the last piece in our Strategic Plan. The finalization of this allows us to seek specific funding for a specific educational strategy.

Basically we are headed, or it might be said — continuing, on our path toward a one-to-one ratio between technology and student. It will take three or four years to get there. We will be investing in Chromebooks. This school year we will purchase one for each of the students in grades five and six. Our intent is to have each child keep the same Chromebook through to eighth grade. When they graduate it will be theirs to keep. A new batch of Chromebooks will be purchased each year for the incoming fifth grade class.

This technology will help develop greater collaboration between students and teachers as we work with a component called “Google Classroom”. It will allow for more productive on-line time for the students while enhancing research and keyboarding skills. More differentiation will take place, allowing the students to be academically challenged at the appropriate level. This will also help us access the increased amount of on-line components in our developing and updated curriculum areas. Teachers will spend less time in management and scheduling for technology use. Teachers look forward to planning for the responsible and productive use of this new technology. Eventually the present Computer Lab will become a “S.T.E.M. Activity Lab”. Supplies will be available there and teachers will be able to sign out the room for long periods of time or days as they design, create, and build projects.

Funding for this will be provided through the Centennial Campaign and Grants. The Centennial Campaign has taken care of our roof, windows and surveillance security system. The next priority is our technology program. Most of our parents have not yet had the opportunity to pledge to this. Hopefully now, as it impacts all of our students in a positive way the responses will increase.

To read the entire technology report/plan please feel free to click here for the plan.

FACTS – The Financial Aid part of the FACTS program appears to be working well. We have already had a number of families go on, fill everything out and submit. Do not wait until the last minute. And remember if you miss the deadline there will be not financial aid available. It is very important to address this issue as soon as you can.

FACTS TUITION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – Presently, over 40% of the Catholic Schools in this Archdiocese use FACTS as a collection system for tuition and fees. This systems allows parents to go online at any time to view their tuition payment plan, make payments for incidental invoices and update personal information. Starting in January, current HRS families will be asked to go online to FACTS and create their profile page and register their students for the 2016-17 school year. The cost for using FACTS Tuition Management System is based on wether you plan to pay tuition in full or make 12 monthly payments. For families choosing to pay in full, the yearly cost is $20 per family. If a family chooses the monthly plan, the yearly cost is $46 per family each year. If you feel that your family cannot afford the once a year fee for this service, and needs the school to help, please contact Mr. Hofbauer or Kimberly TishMore FACTS Information here.

FULCRUM FOUNDATION HOSSFELD TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – Families applying for financial aid for the 2016-17 school year will need to complete an application online through FACTS and submit the necessary supporting documentation by January 15, 2016. Apply online at by clicking here.

You should apply to Fulcrum if:

  • Your family has been awarded Fulcrum tuition assistance grants in the past and your financial situation is relatively unchanged.
  • Your family qualifies for benefits through federal or state assistance programs such as SNAP or Medicaid.

You should apply for Holy Rosary Financial Aid if:

  • Your family has applied for Fulcrum tuition assistance in the past has never been awarded a grant, and your financial situation is relatively unchanged.
  • Your family size is 4 or fewer with a current adjusted gross income greater than $50,000, and you have no extraordinary financial circumstances (major medical expenses, loss of employment, etc.)

Once an application has been completed online, the following information will need to be sent to FACTS to complete the application process:

  • Copies of your most recent Federal Tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
  • Copies of your 2015 W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
  • Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.

All supporting documents can be uploaded in .pdf format online to FACTS. Each family will pay a $24 fee to apply for Financial Aid through the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Please contact Kimberly Tish if you have any questions or need assistance completing the application and uploading documents.

Pizza Lunch

PIzza lunch is tomorrow! Keep in mind that it’s also the Family Fun Center field trip for the Magazine Sale students, so plan appropriately. Thank you.

Parent’s Club

Meeting – TONIGHT – Thursday, November 12. All parents are invited to attend and children are welcome with complimentary childcare in the school library and computer lab. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. Fr. Oakland will be our guest speaker. There are a few slots left for childcare volunteers. Please click here to sign up to volunteer for childcare.

Remember, you can always email us at, drop a note in our box located in the office or email if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you for sharing your ideas and for sharing our commitment to continuing the success and memory making at Holy Rosary! See you tonight!

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Signups are online here. The last day for conference sign up is next Friday, November 20th.

0421-HR2015Its time to rock the vote! The Auction Committee needs your input and its time to help us narrow down our theme for the 2016 HEART Auction. James Bond, Sci-fi, Disco? Our school auction raises between $175,000 and $200,000 in net proceeds for the school’s operating budget and we want to make it the best auction possible! Click here to choose your HEART Auction theme preference. Voting closes on Tuesday, November 17th at 10 a.m. Thank you. Thank you very much.
Holy Rosary Christmas Tree Lot

holy-rosary-tree-sales-2HO! HO! HO! It’s almost time to sell trees! The Holy Rosary Tree Lot will open in the same location – the lower playground – on Friday, November 27! Sign up here to volunteer in our tree lot.

Deck the Hall Christmas Party

Come one, come all, it’s time again to Deck the Hall! Let’s gather in our School Hall Saturday, December 5th to kick off the Christmas season with cheer and a special Christmas Tree Blessing with Father Oakland.

The festivities will start in the School Hall at 6 p.m., following 5 p.m. Mass. Join us for Santa photos, Christmas crafts, and treats for all. This year, Dante’s Inferno Gourmet Sausage Cart is back with three carts to feed us all, and is generously donating 10% of his profits back to our Tree Lot fundraiser. Beer, wine and another delicious Christmas cocktails, will be available for purchase as well.

Precept Wines is again offering a special discount to Friends and Family of Holy Rosary. Specially discounted cases of wine are for sale and in addition, Precept Wines is graciously supporting our fundraising efforts by donating back 15% of the proceeds. Come to the party to sample the wine and buy what you need for the holidays. Click here for more information on ordering and to purchase wine in advance.

New this year is a silent auction on designer Christmas wreaths from our tree lot! Specialty designers from our community have decorated beautiful noble fir wreaths from our Holy Rosary Tree Lot. They’ll go home that night with the highest bidders, so don’t miss out!

IMG_7820And wait because that’s not all! There is more to the night; it’s not complete without the Holy Rosary snowball fight! Once again Lanigan Gym will be transformed into a winter wonderland with hundreds of snowballs so tell your friends the game is on! Everyone is welcome! Stay tuned to the eFC for more details as the date approaches. Hope to see you there!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair returns to HRS as part of the Student-Parent-Teacher Conference week. The library will be transformed into a bookstore and prepared for the fun. Volunteers are needed to:

  • set up on Thursday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m.
  • take down on Monday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m.
  • cashier during lunch recesses on Friday, November 20 and Monday, November 30.

If you can help, please contact Mrs. Harris. Thank you.

S.T.E.M PLUS Gallery

Learning and creativity abound on the new updates to our S.T.E.M. PLUS gallery. Click here to view.

Grandparents and Special Friends Lunch


Save the date: February 3, 2016 – The Wednesday of Catholic School’s Week. To request invitations – submit your guest(s) information by clicking here.

Again, the school will be catering a lunch for our grandparents and special friends. During lunch, Ms. Mudge, our music teacher, and the students will provide entertainment for our special guests. This will be a memorable day during a very special week for Catholic schools.

Students will have lunch in their classrooms. They will then be called to meet their special guests. Together they will have the opportunity to take a tour of the school, visit their classroom(s) and the Scholastic Bookfair. Note: Volunteering at the Grandparent’s Lunch now counts as fundraising hours.

Accreditation Self-Study Update

Our school’s journey toward re-accreditation continues. Staff committees have begun working diligently on various aspects of the Improving Student Learning Self Study process. They are putting discussion questions out to various groups of shareholders to gather the information and data needed to assess our strengths and identify our areas for growth. In the coming weeks, various surveys will also help us to gather the data needed to assess our overall school program. A primary focus of this process is the assessment of our Catholic Identity as a school and how effective we are at infusing this Catholic Identity into our entire curriculum and school culture so as to enhance the high achievement of all students. Catholic Identity is defined as “the distinctive religious dimension found in Catholic schools which emphasizes message, community, service and worship centered in Eucharist as found in the Catholic tradition.”

Campbell’s Labels for Education

Dear Parents, each year Holy Rosary participates in the Campbell’s Labels for Education program. This is a great way for our school to earn FREE educational and athletic equipment for the kids. And it’s easy to help! Just save the labels and lids from a variety of Campbell’s products. Ask your friends, relatives, coworkers and neighbors to save too! Please send your labels and lids to the school office. There is a basket on the bottom shelf behind the office door. If you have any questions please contact Debbie James Petrusa, Labels for Education Coordinator, at Thanks for your support!

CYO News! Gator Baseball Hats Now Available.

HRhatsCoach 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 for the order form.


Holy Rosary Children’s RCIA Update
 – Congratulations to Zooey C., Violet F., Charlotte F., Devon G., Jack K., Sam K., Louella P., and Malia S. who received the Rite of Acceptance at 10:30 a.m. Mass on November 8, 2015. They are now accepted into the order of Catechumen and they will be fully initiated Catholics through Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation at our Easter Vigil Service, March 26, 2016.

Congratulations to Edrian M. who received the Rite of Welcome this Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. He has been baptized in a Christian tradition and will receive the Profession of Faith and Confirmation at Easter Vigil. Please pray for them as they continue to prepare for Sacraments.

FIRST RECONCILIATION/FAMILY LEARNING CLASS – For those children who are receiving the Sacraments 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion this year, please make sure you sign up for one of the upcoming Family Learning Classes. Childcare will be provided for siblings aged toddler through 6th grade. Parents only need to attend one of the following classes with their child:

  • Sunday, November 15, 1:00-3:00
  • Thursday, November 19, 6:30-8:30
  • Saturday, November 21, 10:00-12:00

For questions regarding childcare email Deyette. For questions about signing up for a class, please contact Sr. Stella

ADVENT SOCIAL – Sunday, November 22 after both Sunday Masses is the Parish Advent Social. Please come join us in the School Hall for activities and crafts to help you prepare for Advent. For questions, please contact Deyette.

PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP – Holy Rosary parents with children who have special needs; you are not alone! Please join us for coffee on Thursday mornings, Parish Reception Room, 9:00-10:30 for discussion, support, friendship, and prayer! We understand your journey. For questions please contact Jennifer Rowley at

PRAYER PARTNERS FOR THOSE RECEIVING SACRAMENTS – In our community, boys and girls, teenagers and adults are preparing to receive Sacraments, including Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Matrimony. The important symbol of Community is often overlooked while preparing for Sacraments of Initiation. As a Parish, one of the greatest ways we can support those who are receiving Sacraments is through our prayers. YOU are invited to become a prayer partner, to hold in your prayers one of our parishioners who is preparing for a Sacrament. All that is required is to include an extra prayer for your prayer partner during personal prayer time or when you are quietly praying at Mass. If you would like to be a prayer partner, please contact Patrick Barredo or Jennifer Wong.

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER ADVENT RETREAT AT PALISADES – December 11-13, 2015. Moms and daughters, spend a weekend this Advent preparing your hearts for the birth of Jesus, the Light and Hope of the world. Many times as women we feel tired and anxious about life. We struggle with past wounds and present difficulties. This retreat will bring mothers and daughters on a deeper journey of healing and freedom within their own hearts and with one another. Recommended for mothers and adult or teenage daughters aged 13+. Led by: Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T. at our Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way. Click on this link for more information.

Community Notices

KENNEDY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS MAJOR BARBARA – George Bernard Shaw’s plays are full of wit, wisdom and unforgettable characters, and Major Barbara is no exception. Barbara, a young woman who has committed her life to serving and saving the under-served, finds that life derailed by the arrival of her father, his money, and his questionable intentions. Join the Kennedy Catholic Theatre team as we share this delightful comedy about love, money and the search for meaningful work. Performed in the Kennedy Catholic Little Theater. Tickets are available in the school main office and online at Brown Paper Tickets. Adults – $10, Seniors – $8, Students – $8.

  • 7 p.m on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14
  • 7 p.m on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21
  • 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 15 and Sunday, November 22

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.

INFORMATION NIGHT AT INGRAHAM HIGH SCHOOL – Ingraham High School will be hosting an information night for 8th grade students and their parents on Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ingraham Library. Questions? Please contact Mary Smith 206-252-3888. No need to RSVP.

SEATTLE LUTHERAN LI’L SAINTS BASKETBALL PROGRAM – Seattle Lutheran High School is pleased to offer the Li’l Saints Basketball program for boys and girls in second through sixth grades. This program centers on skill and relationship building through the game of basketball. The program’s dates and times are listed below. Our high school athletes will work through different skills, drills and games with campers. As part of the program, campers will receive a Li’l Saints t-shirt, which they are encouraged to wear to SLHS games! Please register online at Completed forms may be brought the first day of camp. If you have questions please email Coach Kapels at

SIP AND SHOP EVENT – Join us at our West Seattle Sip and Shop Event! Enjoy snacks and beverages and get a jump-start on your holiday shopping by supporting local artists, photographers, crafters, and small business owners. Children are welcome and its a free event. Sunday, November 16th, 2-5 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. 3050 California Ave SW.

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

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 11/23-25 – No School – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
  • 11/26-27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/5 – Deck the Halls Tree Lot Party 6:00
  • 12/10 – Christmas Program begins at 6:30. Students report to classrooms no earlier than 6:00 p.m.
  • 12/18/15-1/4/16 – Christmas Break. Noon dismissal on December 18th.
  • 1/4/16 – End of Christmas Break