Family Communication (eFC) 11-5-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

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 $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 Tish. More 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.

A Message from the Pastor

There are things that I have encountered in the priesthood which were never covered in seminary, and at times, I never really even contemplated being a part of my future life and ministry. Before I even arrived at Holy Rosary I was informed by Mary Simpson, our now retired PAA, that the school had been the beneficiary of an estate, and we had in the course of things filed a legal claim against Edward Jones Trust Company. These past five months I have worked closely with our lawyer, who represented us as well as another parish in Montana with whom we were splitting the funds. I am happy to say that the lawsuit has now been resolved. Per the instructions in the will, the estate has funded the Adolf V. Kolitsch and Mary Ann Kolitsch Scholarship for Deserving Students at Holy Rosary School, with a total of $219,573.13. I am sure you will agree that this is a very welcome gift!

If you have not yet done so, I would encourage you to write a will. I finished mine this past spring. It is important to put your last wishes in writing, and do to so clearly so that there can’t be disagreements, tearing the family apart. A will also enables you to continue the good work, which was a part of your life. While we often focus upon the needs of today, your estate is also a great opportunity to help with the needs of tomorrow as we invest in the next century of our school’s impact upon the lives of our students and our wider community. Whether your gift is large or small, if you would like information about leaving Holy Rosary School in your will, please contact Kamila Kennedy. Thank you for the consideration.

In Christ, Fr. Oakland

Seattle Prep Math Games

Top 3 Finish at Seattle Prep Math Games – Congratulations to our 8th grade students: Ethan G., Ulee H., Corey H., Kyla S. and Emma V. whose team placed in the top three at the Seattle Prep Math Games this past weekend. Over 120 8th grade students from 18 different Catholic schools participated in the event. Well done Gators!

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Check out the beautiful projects the students created in Spanish Class for the special “Day of the Dead” holiday celebrated in Mexico

Parents Club

Save the date for the next Parent’s Club meeting on Thursday, November 12th. All parents are invited to attend and children are welcome with complimentary childcare in the school library and computer lab.

Remember, you can always email us at or drop a note in our box located in the office 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 November 12th!!!!

Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire

Mr. Barker would like parents to know that Barnes and Noble locations are hosting a Makers Faire this weekend! We had a successful Makers elective last spring and we are continuing to expose students to the Makers movement in different ways. Watch the top video if you’d like more information on what the Makers movement is and attend the Barnes and Noble event this weekend. More information can be found by clicking here. Unfortunately Mr. Barker will be out of town this weekend and won’t be able to attend, but here are two of our Maker’s elective students from last spring in the bottom video. They designed and built a dog feeder and filmed their process.

School Commission

The School Commission’s next meeting is November 5th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 7B at the school. This is the first of three open meetings held throughout the school year. All are welcome and if you have an issue or question for the group, please contact Brett Conway at

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.”

Conference Sign-Ups

It’s time to sign up for parent/student/teacher conferences! See the links in today’s eFC email blast or click here to go to the sign up page. It’s first come, first serve and sign ups will close on Friday, November 20th. If you didn’t receive the links, contact Mr. Barker.


THE 2016 HEART AUCTION NEEDS YOU! – Every family should have received this flyer a couple of weeks ago. We are still in need of three very important positions.

  • Procurement Chair – the procurement team is strong and experienced. We are looking for a project management type person to keep it all together. Job description here.
  • Operations Co-Chair – Oversee the flow of the event and work closely with the decorations coordinator. Job description here.
  • Decoration Shadow – work closely this year with our decoration’s coordinator and team. Take over position for the 2017 auction.

If you have any questions regarding any of these roles, please contact Kamila Kennedy at

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We are still working on obtaining a response from each one of our supportive Holy Rosary families. Our goal for the Annual Fund is $200,000 and 100% parent and staff participation. As of today, we are at 50% of our goal in pledges.


Participate by taking these three simple steps:

  • Fill out the Annual Fund pledge form and send it into the school office or email to the Development Office
  • Make or schedule a payment – via check, credit card or schedule a payment
  • Fulfill your pledge payment before June 30, 2016

WHY GIVE TO THE ANNUAL FUND? – The Annual Fund at Holy Rosary is critical to our mission of bringing out the best in each student. The Annual Fund supports classroom and building infrastructure, as well as curricular programming and faculty and staff development. Our goal this year, a minimum of $200,000, cannot be met without your support. Make the difference in how Holy Rosary provides its unique educational experience. The annual fund is an intrinsic and important component in the schools yearly budget. Please consider a gift to the Annul Fund*.

The 2015-2016 Annual Fund supports the following:


Pledge commitments are due now. Payments can be collected through June 2016.

GRANDPARENT’S AND SPECIAL FRIEND’S LUNCH – Save the Date for the Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Lunch: February 3, 2016, which is the Wednesday of Catholic School’s Week. A link requesting that invitations be sent to your guest(s) will be available within the next couple of weeks. Again this year, 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 Book Fair. Note: Volunteering at the Grandparent’s Lunch now counts as fundraising hours.

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!

Seattle App Academy

Take a Kodu class and learn to code! Fill a Kodu class and everyone saves! Seattle App Academy is pleased to offer a special volume discount to Holy Rosary students this November. Grab a friend and help fill our Beginning Programming classes featuring Kodu the fun virtual robot. Classes are offered in Jefferson Square every Monday through Thursday from 4-5 p.m. ($200 for 8-week class; Grades 3-8). If 25 or more students enroll, SAA will give $50 back to every student enrolled! Spread the word and click here to enroll today! Contact


BREAKING CYO NEWS! GATOR BASEBALL HATS NOW AVAILABLE! – Coach 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.


HOLY ROSARY CHILDREN’S RCIA UPDATE – This year we have nine Holy Rosary Parish Children attending our Children’s RCIA program taught by Sr. Stella. This coming Sunday, November 8 at the 10:30 Mass, the following eight children will receive the Rite of Acceptance.

  • Zooey C.
  • Violet F.
  • Charlotte F.
  • Devon G.
  • Jack K.
  • Sam K.
  • Louella P.
  • Malia S.

This is the first step of their journey of becoming Catholic. After Sunday’s Rite they will be accepted into the order of Catechumen and they will be fully initiated Catholics thru Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation at our Easter Vigil Service, on March 26, 2016. Edrian M. will also receive the Rite of Welcome this Sunday, 10:30 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: 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.

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 11.26.48 AMTWO BROTHERS WINERY – Please join Two Brothers Winery for their Fall Release celebration this Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th from 1:00-5:00 in their tasting room located at 3902 1/2 California Avenue. Weekend Special: 50% off 2010 Vintage while supplies last and 20% off 2011 & 2012 for orders of 6 bottles or more. More information can be found here. Please call with any questions. 206-909-3694. Thanks, Mike and Maria Taylor.

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

PRESENTATION AT SEATTLE U HOSTED BY STUDENTS FOR LIFE – Come join the Seattle University Students for Life Club for a special event on campus next Tuesday, November 10th. Dr. Theresa Deisher, President and Founder of the Seattle-based Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, will provide a special presentation on the importance and viability of adult stem cells in scientific research while exposing the moral and scientific challenges of current embryonic stem-cell research practices. Dr. Deisher was a consultant to the Center for Medical Progress on their series of videos exposing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses for medical research. Learn more at and The event is free and open to all! Meet at the Bannan Auditorium, on the second floor of the Bannan Engineering building, across from the SU Law School and Library. The event begins at 7 p.m., doors open by 6:45 p.m. Please RSVP to

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
  • 11/11 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/23-25 – No School – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences (see eFC email blast for signup links)
  • 11/26-27 – No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/5 – Deck the Halls Treelot 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.