Family Communication (eFC) 11-17-2016

Principal’s Message

Hello Holy Rosary families!

As of Tuesday, we have officially opened for rolling admissions for new students and families outside of the Holy Rosary community. That means admissions are open to the public now and we’ll be filling classes at this point on a first come, first served basis for the ’17-’18 school year. If you are a current family who has an incoming student coming in next year, and you have not applied for admission, please contact Jennifer Kokkonis ( ASAP to secure your spot. This is not for students rolling up to the next grade, but rather for new incoming students. Please spread the word to friends and family who are interested in our school! We’d love to invite them in for a tour!

A few weeks ago I shared with you some of the many long-term benefits of a Catholic education. One additional piece I would like to highlight, is that students who attend Catholic Schools are ten times more likely to attend Sunday Mass, on a regular basis, throughout their lives. And research shows us, that children who regularly attend Sunday Mass:

  • Have increased life expectancy
  • Are less likely to use and abuse alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Have a dramatically lower risk of suicide
  • Rebound from depression 70% faster
  • Are less likely to commit a crime
  • Are more likely remain married
  • Are more likely to attend college and graduate

As you can see, there are many great benefits of attending Catholic schools and Sunday Mass on a regular basis!

Thank you for continuing to spread the word about the great things happening at Holy Rosary School and the tremendous benefits of a Catholic Education.

I am so appreciative of all you do to support Holy Rosary School!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Gratitude,


Scholastic Book Fair

Which came first — conferences or book fairs? We don’t care because we know they go together so well. The library is a safe place for siblings to wait while you attend the conference of another child. Plan to stop by the library and join in on the fun:  celebrate a successful conference, find new books to browse and purchase, enter a contest, shop for early Christmas gifts, donate a book to a classroom, learn your “pirate” name etc. etc. See you soon.

The Book Fair schedule:

  • Friday, November 18:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 21:  10:00 a.m. – 7:55 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 22:  10:00 a.m. – 7:55 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 23:  10:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
  • Monday, November 28:  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Scholastic Book Fair at Holy Rosary School web link.

Now Accepting Financial Aid Applications

Applying for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year is open and 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 financial aid applications submitted by December 1st to be considered for Fulcrum assistance.

Families should apply for Fulcrum aid if they fit any 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

Pizza Lunch

Tomorrow is eighth grade pizza lunch!

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.

WINE COLLECTION AT PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES – The Auction committee is trying something new this year. We are asking each family to bring a bottle of their favorite wine to parent-teacher conferences. A table will be set up across from the staff lounge to drop off bottles. This wine will be used to complete auction packages. Additional details will be sent home tomorrow. Each child in your family will receive a free dress pass for bringing in one bottle of wine.

TREE LOT – The SignUp Genius link was emailed out earlier this week. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up, then please do so now. The CHRISTMAS TREE LOT is a fun way to get your fundraising hours in, as well as meet members of the community. Fundraising hours may not be as available in the spring, so get yours done NOW. The TREE LOT opens Friday, November 25th. Sign up here.

DECK THE HALLS TREE BLESSING – Join the Holy Rosary School community for a little Christmas spirit. Come to the School Hall after 10:30 Mass on Sunday, December 4th for hot cocoa, coffee and sweet treats. This wonderful family event will conclude with Fr. Oakland blessing the tree lot trees.

Remember the beautiful and creative wreaths from last year’s event? They will be available again. The Deck the Halls committee is still looking for a few individuals to decorate a wreath. Wreaths will be provided free of charge once the tree lot opens. If you are crafty and looking for fundraising hours, then contact Diana Szalay at

It’s also a perfect stocking stuffer opportunity! Our brand new logo water bottles and window clings will be available for sale as well as the coveted dress passes. Dress passes are only available to purchase in person at the Deck the Halls event, limit one per child.

Need some wine for the holidays? Precept Wine Brands will be on hand again selling wine to benefit our school.

Parents Club Meeting This Evening!

We look forward to having Danielle VenHuizen, Registered Dietitian, from Food/Sense Nutrition here to speak about Kids and Nutrition. She will focus on healthy meals, picky eaters, and working around food allergies.

  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. – social hour
  • 7:00-7:05 p.m. – welcome and opening prayer – Joellyn DeRonghe
  • 7:05-7:15 p.m. – principal report – Anna Horton
  • 7:15-7:20 p.m. – fundraising upcoming events – Beth Martin
  • 7:20-7:50 p.m. – kids and nutrition – Danielle VenHuizen
  • 7:50-8:00 p.m. – Q & A

See you Thursday! Thank you! Joellyn

3D Printing Gallery

Our 3D printer has been getting a lot of use lately! View the gallery to see what our 2D/3D Design elective students have been designing and printing in class. Students use the free SketchUp Make to design their objects, which are then printed on a Flashforge Dreamer that we received in a grant. Click on the pictures to view larger.

Printing a sphere:

“One-On-One” Ugandan Students Update

On October 17, Tim Law – Holy Rosary Parish’s International Mission Leader – visited with and went clothes shopping in town with four of the five students sponsored by our school:  Judith, Rose, Brenda, and Betty. The students are doing well in school and know they are blessed in the extreme to be provided their education by the students of Holy Rosary. They asked to share their gratitude to Holy Rosary. Not pictured is the fifth student, Sam (14), who attends the sister’s school for the hearing impaired. He was home sick with malaria. So thank you for continuing to send in $1 on the first of the month!


Holy Rosary School Website

Seeking parent(s) or college students. Our goal is to increase engagement of our current and future Holy Rosary community through further development of our website. We need help partnering with school staff and School Commission. It’s a few hours a month and will definitely count towards commitment hours. Volunteers can work from home on your own hours. This is an immediate need! Do you have:

  • WordPress experience
  • Revolution Slider/Photoshop skills
  • Website development/writing skills

Contact Brett Conway at

A Musical Note From The Band!

Our young musicians are hard at work! School Band members (grades 6-8) are rehearsing Christmas music for their performance next month! The eager fifth graders in Beginning Band are exploring the world of instrumental music! They are now in the method book and many exciting adventures await them!

All band members are asked to report their home practice efforts each week. Reviewing at home, being on time for class and being prepared by having their instrument, music and stand with them twice a week is vital to their progress!

Parents: On band days, PLEASE make sure they have their equipment with them when they get in the car for home! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Miss McKamey

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.


As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is important that we take a moment to look at all of the blessings in our lives from God. Each and every one of them should be used for our good to help us on the way to Heaven, as well as the good of others as we realize we are not alone in that journey. We are called to make a “return to the Lord for all the good that He has done for us.” (Psalm 116) One important way of doing that is through supporting our parish with our time, talents and treasure. Every year at this time, the parish asks her members for their pledge for the year ahead to help us in our budgeting, but to also help you as you continue to make faith a priority in your life. If you have already filled out a pledge card, thank you! If you have not, please do so online here, or by using the cards in the pews at Mass. Thank you for responding to God’s call.

In Christ,

Fr. Oakland

END OF THE YEAR OF MERCY – The Feast of Christ the King this weekend marks the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Hopefully, during this last year, you have not only experienced anew the mercy of God, but have also been Merciful Like the Father.

And hopefully that mercy will continue, as we:

  1. Clothe the Naked
  2. Visit the Sick
  3. Feed the Hungry
  4. Shelter the Homeless
  5. Ransom the Captive
  6. Give Drink to the Thirsty
  7. Bury the Dead
  8. Comfort the Afflicted
  9. Admonish Sinners
  10. Counsel the Doubtful
  11. Forgive Offenses Willingly
  12. Bear Wrongs Patiently
  13. Instruct the Ignorant
  14. Pray for the Living and Dead

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD DRIVE AT THE ADVENT SOCIAL THIS SUNDAY – Please support our St. Vincent de Paul food drive at our Advent Social on Sunday, November 20th in the School Hall by bringing non-perishables. Our Vincentians help feed the hungry in our West Seattle neighborhood. Here are some suggestions for what to donate:

  • rice
  • pasta and spaghetti sauce
  • mac and cheese
  • canned meats or tuna
  • chili
  • canned stews or soups
  • ramen
  • oatmeal and cereal
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • brownie, cookie or cake mix
  • canned fruit
  • crackers

Thank you for your support!

ADVENT SOCIAL – Sunday, November 20th, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., School Hall. You’re invited to our Holy Rosary Advent Social this Sunday, November 20th from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Please join us for fun, family and faith filled Advent activities and crafts, treats and time with your fellow parishioners. Any 6th thru high schooler or parent can also assist and receive volunteer hours…see below. For questions, please email Deyette at

SIXTH GRADE THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – Volunteer this Sunday, November 20th for the Advent Social. Sign-up your youth to help with our very fun Advent Social this Sunday. Please click on this link to sign up. Please email Deyette at with questions.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 11/20 – Advent Social in the School Hall from 9:30 – 1:30
  • 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 – 12/30 – Christmas break (noon dismissal on the 16th)
  • 1/2/17 – end of break, school resumes on Monday
  • 1/16/17 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday