Family Communication (eFC) 11-19-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – Thanksgiving will be here next week. It is a very special time of the year. It is important to pause and to give thanks for all we have at all times, but especially during this season. Unfortunately for me, it was not until I started to travel to and become involved in service work in very poor parts of America and in third and fourth world countries that I really started to appreciate all that I had as an American. We are truly a blessed country in more ways than I could ever detail. And within those blessings an institution like Holy Rosary is even more blessed because of the generosity and friendship of a multitude of generous individuals and families. We are prayed for. We receive immense financial support. We benefit from huge amounts of volunteer work. We simply would not exist without all of that. And, for us, it has all been going on for over 100 years! Those of you who are reading this fall into those categories. I just want to take a moment here to express my deepest and most sincere appreciation for all you do — and for all I know you are about to do. I wish you a holy, joyful, and peaceful Thanksgiving. God bless you. God bless Holy Rosary. God Bless the Catholic Church. And God bless America!

CHRISTMAS CARDS – One of the Holy Rosary traditions is to post family Christmas cards we receive on the outside of the door to the staff room. So please send us any family cards you have put together and please enjoy dropping by to see everyone’s family photo. It is a delightful little community builder. Feel free to either mail the cards or drop them off at the main office. “Tis the Season!”

ADVENT OUTREACH – Advent will be here in the blink of an eye. It is a very special time of the year. It is looked upon as a time of waiting and preparation. Admittedly in our culture the waiting and preparation seems to center on Christmas Break and Vacation, and Feasting. But it is a bit more than that —- especially in a Catholic School like Holy Rosary.

We are truly preparing for the rebirth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ —- into our lives. We here at Holy Rosary do that in many ways, but one special element is our “Outreach Program”. Through our “Outreach Day” we prepare to make life a little better, a little easier for those who have very little, and in some cases nothing. We want them to feel the care and concern others have for them in a real and tangible way.

During Advent each classroom selects three groups they want to help in three different ways. They bring in money to give to the cause of their choice. They bring in food to stock the West Seattle Food Bank we have right here at Holy Rosary. Finally, each class selects a specific needy cause and they bring in items for that cause. In the past St. Vincent de Paul, Chief Seattle Shelter, Westside Baby, and Francis House have been among the outreach activities the school has supported.

All of the donations are brought to school on the final Thursday before Christmas Break. The students bring them over to the Church at a special prayer service in the morning, which the Pastor presides over. The offerings are all placed around the altar. After the prayers and blessings the eighth graders help deliver the food and all the items. They count the money and help with the deposits.

It is a way to ignite the spirit and the mind of our students in a way that stimulates them into action that helps those in need —- those who are less fortunate. It is at the heart of what Catholic education is all about.

Although we are very happy to receive checks supporting this from our parents and friends, it is very important to allow and encourage those children who do have some money of their own through allowances or gifts —– to give from that source. The more a child learns to give from what they have, the more meaningful the activity and the more likely it is that the spirit of giving is instilled.

TECHNOLOGY – MORE GREAT NEWS —- In marching along with the Holy Rosary School Plan to eventually achieve a one to one ratio of technology to every student, we are going to take an even bigger step than we had originally planned this year. This January we will be giving one Google Chromebook to each student in grades 5, 6, and 7. They will remain in school, but our intention is to allow a student to use the same computer as they travel through the school and then when they graduate the computer will be theirs.

This will be funded through our Centennial Campaign. One of our families is actually increasing their pledge to the campaign so we can accomplish this —- this school year. “Google Apps” will be used in teaching with these devices, which means anything that is being worked on at school can be picked up and worked on at home on any device.

Hopefully those parents who have not, as of yet, had the chance to pledge to this campaign will do so SOON — ESPECIALLY THOSE IN GRADES 5, 6, AND 7. This is all great news, and our intention is to purchase a new set of Chromebooks every year for the incoming fifth grade class.

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 whether 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 now.

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 form 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 and Aid Assessment. Please contact Kimberly Tish if you have any questions or need assistance completing the application and uploading documents.

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

The Student-Parent-Teacher conference signups on SignUpGenius will close tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. After that, you must contact the teacher directly to make any changes.

Yearbook Order Form

YearbookOrderForm2015It’s time to order the 2015-2016 yearbook! Look for your order form, designed by 8th grader Zoe F. with InDesign, 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 8th grade students, who design it using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Comic Life, and the Herff-Jones’ online software. It’s going to be OUT OF THIS WORLD, so don’t miss out and order today! Forms are due by Friday, December 4th, but if you return it to the office by Wednesday, November 25th, you’ll be entered to win a free yearbook. $30 for grade 8 and $25 for grades Preschool through 7th. The 8th grade book includes student name-stamping.

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

It is time to welcome the Scholastic Book Fair back to Holy Rosary. Hopefully, each family will drop by before or after your Student-Parent-Teacher conference. Browse the available books and other resources. You may decide to do some early Christmas shopping or celebrate a student’s conference with a book. Remember that school age siblings are welcome to remain at the book fair during their sibling’s conference.

The theme for this book fair is “Monsters” so prepare for some “monster” fun: games, contests, class donations, see friends, visit with neighbors, or meet someone new. Use the link for other book fair news including a link to shopping online. Thank you for supporting reading and thinking at HRS. More Book Fair information here.

Grandparents and Special Friends Lunch

catholic_schools_weekPlease provide your guest’s information through this form to request invitations. February 3, 2016 – the Wednesday of Catholic School’s Week. Invitations will be mailed soon. Please submit information for your guest(s) through the above link so that we can officially invite them to lunch at our great school. Husky Deli will be catering lunch. During lunch, students will provide entertainment for our special guests. This will be a memorable day during a very special week for Catholic schools. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms. They will then be called to meet their special guests. Together they will have the opportunity to have their photo taken, tour the school, and visit the classroom(s) and the Scholastic Bookfair. Note: Volunteering at the Grandparent’s Lunch now counts as fundraising hours.

HEART Auction

Drum roll! And the theme for the 2016 Auction will be: DISCO! The parent community voted and we listened. We’re excited to introduce the newly recruited Auction Procurement Chair: Kate McGovern. We thank you for taking this important and exciting position! If you have any questions regarding any of these roles, please contact Kamila Kennedy at

  • Marcia Metcalf and Molly Ward – Logistic Co-Chairs
  • Jody Maas – Auction Software/ Online auction
  • Kate McGovern – Procurement chair
  • Erin Anderson – Operations chair
  • Cheryl Mauer – Finance Chair
  • Erin Piegari – Decoration Coordinator
Annual Fund 2015-16 Update

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.33.42 AMOur Annual Fund goal is $200,000 with 100% participation from enrolled families by June 2016. We still would like to hear from 132 families. We need the full participation of the Holy Rosary School community and beyond to not only meet, but also hopefully exceed this goal. If you would like to upgrade your pledge or have yet to pledge to this years’ 2015-2016 Annual Fund, use this pledge form.

2015-16 Annual Fund donations as of November 13: Pledged – $104,497 and Paid – $64,249. The Annual Fund is a year-round program, commencing July 1 and concluding June 30. Gifts to the Annual Fund can be made by check, online payments or transfer of stock. Gifts may be tax deductible as allowable by law. Visit this page for more information.

Grant writing Committee

The Holy Rosary grant writing committee has been working diligently since last spring to raise funds from foundations for our school. The committee is made up of parent volunteers who meet once a month and share their talents and passion for education. Last spring, Mrs. DeFeo received the Fulcrum Star Grant in the amount of $1,500 that funded our 3D printer. During the summer we received another $50,000 grant from the Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation to the Centennial Campaign that helped to literally “put a new roof on our heads”. And, as announced at the Parent’s Club meeting last week, we just received a $25,000 grant from the Elizabeth A. Lynn Foundation for the Capital Campaign.

Committee Members – Lisa Fernandez (chair), Len Henzke, Mike Hooks, Anthony Chavez, Alison Morton, Beth Martin, Maureen Barton, Rafat Naqvi, Kamila Kennedy, Mary Jo McFaul, George Hofbauer and Patricia Harris. For information or suggestions for this group, contact Lisa Fernandez at

Centennial Capital Campaign

Celebrate Our Future, Today. Click here for the Campaign brochure. The Centennial Campaign has taken care of our roof, windows and surveillance security system. The next campaign priority is our technology program. Click here to view the Technology Plan. Funding for this will be provided through the Centennial Campaign and Grants. As mentioned above, we just received a $25,000 grant for the technology part of our campaign. We have raised $579,364 in pledges toward our Centennial Capital Campaign. If you have not pledged yet, please consider taking part in this exciting stage. We continue to need your help. Now is the time to ensure our school’s financial future and achieve our vision to be recognized as community leaders in education.


GATOR DUFFEL BAG – Have you geared up for Christmas? Announcing the new and improved Gator duffel bag! Please place orders for jackets and duffels as soon as possible to arrive in time for Christmas! Allow up to four weeks for delivery. Order form is here.


PARISH ADVENT SOCIAL is on Sunday, November 22, after the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses. Please join us after 8:30 or 10:30 Sunday Masses in the School Hall. There will be activities and crafts to help you prepare for Advent. Advent wreaths and candles are for sale and coffee and donuts will be available too. For questions, please contact Deyette at

FOOD AND CLEANING SUPPLY DRIVE – Food (non-perishable) and Cleaning Supplies Drive for St. Vincent de Paul. Our St. Vincent de Paul cupboard needs your help. Please bring to our Advent Social we are collecting non-perishable food items and/or cleaning supplies for St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you for your supporting this very important ministry.

1ST RECONCILIATION, FAMILY LEARNING CLASS – For those children who are receiving the Sacraments of 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. Toddlers through Preschool age go to the Parish Center Nursery and Kindergartners – 6th grade go to the Holy Rosary Computer Lab.

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 at For questions about signing up for a class, please contact Sr. Stella at

BAPTISM FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN UP THROUGH AGE SIX – We are happy to welcome you and your family to the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism at Holy Rosary Parish. The Sacrament of Baptism is such a great gift, not only for the newly baptized, but also for their entire family and the parish community. If you are interested in Baptism for your child who is under the age of seven, please complete this online registration form at this link. Contact Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 to set-up an appointment to discuss Baptism.

BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN AGE SEVEN OR OLDER – Holy Rosary Church welcomes children of catechetical age (age of reason), on a journey of preparation for initiation into the Catholic community. Holy Rosary Church prepares older children for all three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). If your child is seven years of age or older and is interested in becoming Catholic please contact Sr. Stella to learn more at 206-937-1488, ext. 252 or email at

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 in the Parish Reception Room, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 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 or Jennifer at

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

HI-YU is hosting an online survey to hear from the West Seattle Community. With the influx of new residents and the amount of change happening in West Seattle, it is more important than ever for the Hi-Yu Festival to identify with the community. Families are a huge part of the festival and your voice is important to making sure Hi-Yu is successful in the future. Thank you for your time in completing this survey.

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
Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 11/22 – Advent celebration – 9:30-12:30
  • 11/23-25 – No School – Parent/Teacher/Student conferences
  • 11/26-27 – No School. Thanksgiving break.
  • 12/5 – Deck The Halls Tree Lot Party at 6:00 p.m.
  • 12/10 – Christmas program begins at 6:30. Students report to classrooms no earlier than 6:00.
  • 12/18 – Noon dismissal. Begin Christmas break.
  • 1/4/16 – End Christmas break