Dear Holy Rosary families,
We have entered Advent, a time of preparation, a time of waiting, a time for us to listen to God’s call and fill our hearts with hope as we prepare for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ and as we remember Christ’s second coming at the end of time.
During our start of the week prayer this week, I asked students to consider the importance of slowing down during Advent, to increase our prayer, and to focus on “the Lord Jesus as the only Light, the only Star, the only Guide” (Archbishop Sartain).
I know this time of year is busy and hectic- to say the least!! I can even feel the bustle around the building. Because of this, I thought I would share the prayer we started the week with. It would be a lovely prayer to pray as a family each evening, as we wait for the Light of Christ.
Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in us a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive our prayer as part of our service to the Lord who enlists us in God’s own work for justice. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in us a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in our homes, peace in ourselves. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in us a joy responsive to the Father’s joy. We seek His will so we can serve with gladness, singing and love. Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in us the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of our Lord. Amen
Have a wonderful week!
Fr. Oakland’s Tips For A Good Advent
Our celebration of Christmas begins on December 25th as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. The next four weeks entail our period of preparation for that celebration, as Jesus has not yet been born. Our culture and society neglect this period of preparation, and instead move to instant indulgence. But as people of faith we are called to live differently – we are called to live Advent as a season of waiting for Jesus’ coming, of preparation, of excitement and anticipation. Here are a few ideas:
- Put an Advent wreath on the family dining room table and light the appropriate candles each night at dinner.
- Get an Advent calendar to help you count down the days. Or use a book – here’s a link – to read your children a different story each night.
- When you put your manger scene out, wait to put baby Jesus in until His actual birthday, December 25th.
- Invite children to put in a piece of grass or straw every time they do a good deed or an act of kindness or sacrifice as a way to prepare a soft bed for Jesus, in the crèche and in their hearts.
- The Magi arrived on the Feast of Epiphany, journeying from afar. Have the magi move about the house, journeying towards the manger, to arrive there on January 8th.
- If you put your Christmas tree up early, start out with a Jesse Tree – here’s a link – making ornaments that represent and tell the story of our salvation. When Christmas gets closer, replace them with your usual decorations.
- Advent is the season of waiting and anticipation. Hold off on listening to Christmas music.
- Celebrate the Feasts. There are several feasts and traditions in Advent and during Christmas. On December 6th, for example, we celebrate St. Nicholas, who tossed three bags of gold through a family’s window for the three daughters. Have your children leave a pair of shoes in the hallway and at night St. Nicholas might visit, delivering some treats (perhaps even some gold coins!).
- Go to confession. There is no better way to prepare for Jesus than to shed some of the things that divide us from Him.
- The Christmas season lasts until the Baptism of the Lord, January 9th this year. The Christmas tree and Manger in St. Peter’s Square are taken down on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple on February 2nd. Be sure to celebrate Christmas throughout, and consider leaving your decorations up longer this year to help you. It is important to prepare well during Advent. But it is also important to celebrate well once the feast actually arrives.
DECK THE HALLS TREE BLESSING – Join the Holy Rosary 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. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer opportunity! Our brand new logo water bottles ($5) and window clings ($2) will be available for sale as well as the coveted dress passes ($10 each). Dress passes are only available to purchase in person at the Deck the Halls event – limit one per child.
Beautiful and creative wreaths will be available for bidding via an online auction. Click here to register and bid. A few of the wreaths up for auction:
PRECEPT WINE CASES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE – Precept Wine cases are back to order at a discounted rate. Not only do you get a deal, but also Holy Rosary receives 15% back! Download and complete this order form and turn it into the office, or place your order at the Tree Blessing event this Sunday after 10:30 Mass. There are three options for receiving your wine: 1) pick up at the Precept Wine offices on Lake Union 2) pick up from the Szalay’s home on Charlestown or 3) mail to your home for $15. All orders must be placed by December 5.
WINE COLLECTION AT PARENT/TEACHER/STUDENT CONFERENCES – Thank you parents for bringing wine to the school conferences. We collected over 110 bottles. One free dress pass will be sent home today for each child in the family that donated.
AMAZON SHOPPING PORTAL – Don’t forget to shop using the Amazon links below. The classroom with the highest totals win weekly prizes and the overall highest classroom will enjoy a pj and pizza party in January. Shop NOW through Christmas Day! The winner for the first week of the Amazon competition was 6A, but the top five classrooms are…6A, 3B, 6B, 1B, 8A. Congrats to 6A, a free dress pass will be going home with each student.
Grandparent’s and Special Friends lunch is on February 1, 2017. If you would like us to send a paper invitation to Grandparent’s or Special Friends, then please complete the information at the following web address: https://1drv.ms/xs/s!Av80Cw92eJMRiItqFTkheqahSJphuA.
Information went home prior to Thanksgiving on how to donate and AUCTION item. Check out the Auction page here https://holyrosaryws.org/give/auction/ if you need a refresher.
TO DONATE, CLICK HERE. https://holyrosaryws.ejoinme.org/donations All donations must be entered by January 13th!
Auction rumors and available positions will be addressed shortly. There will be plenty of fundraising hours available.
Yearbook Orders Due Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the last day to order the 2016-2017 yearbook! The order form, designed in Adobe InDesign by eighth grader Patrick S., went home last month 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 tomorrow! 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!
Exciting Event For Holy Rosary Student
Drop Off Update
We understand mornings can be very hectic as everyone is in a rush to get the students to school on time while dealing with increasing congestion in West Seattle, especially the intersection of Genesee and 42nd where many vehicles are converging. Thank you for following the drop off protocol to keep the traffic flow moving. We have contacted the City of Seattle to request a review of signage near our school.
BASE will be open to all Holy Rosary students over Christmas break. I have a lot of children that say they wish they could go to BASE, so here is your chance to send them for a day or two one of the weeks. The cost is $54.00 per day for each child. We will be making Christmas presents, making cookies and playing a lot of games. We may go for a field trip locally, but we want to keep it simple and fun. All BASE parents should fill out the calendar and all other parents can do the same. Download the December calendar here. Hope to see you and relieve you of some of that Christmas stress. Thanks, Donna
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.
The window to apply for Fulcrum financial assistance will be closing soon. 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 15th 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 email@example.com.
Tomorrow is eighth grade pizza lunch!
A Reminder From The Band!
It’s concert season! The Holy Rosary School Band (grades 6-8) is eager to share their Christmas music on December 15th at 6 p.m. This is a graded performance and attendance is required. Thank you parents for your help! Looking forward to the magical music of this special season! Miss McKamey
Mark your calendars! SunDance presents “Home for the Holidays” December 12 at Highline Performing Arts Center. Doors open for seating at 5:30 and the show starts at 6:00. Tickets can be purchased in the Parish Center after school during dance classes or at the door of the theater the night of the show. $10 adults, $5 children. Ages 5 and under are free.
As we celebrated Thanksgiving last week, we took 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
SING AT SAFECO FOR THE MARINERS! SING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE! For the first time ever . . . The Holy Rosary YouthChoir! has been invited to audition to sing the National Anthem at a Seattle Mariners’ game! We are also looking for a few more singers to sing on Christmas Eve at the 5 p.m. Mass. Boys and girls in grades 3, 4, and 5 are eligible to participate in YouthChoir! Please RSVP ASAP by emailing Paul Dolejsi, Choir Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have special lunchtime rehearsals prior to the application deadline December 7. We will rehearse first for the National Anthem, and then continue on with Christmas songs. If we pass the audition, we will be scheduled to sing at a Mariners game in April, May or June! And in the meantime, we may end up with the largest Christmas YouthChoir! ever!
I will need a parent volunteer or two available during the day with a quality phone and/or digital recorder. We will need to download the sound file or video and email it to the Mariners by December 7. If we are accepted, I’ll also need parent volunteers to help coordinate. Let me know if you can help! School activity, so volunteer hours count. Thank you!
SEATTLE GIRLS’ CHOIR – The Seattle Girls’ Choir’s premiere choir Prime Voci would like to invite you to a lovely concert we are presenting the evening of Sunday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church. Carmina Angelorum is an evening of music composed for the moving pairing of harp and women’s choir and is a lovely celebration of the season. The core of the program is Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, with harp accompaniment by Juliet Stratton. This year, we are pleased to also present John Rutter’s Dancing Day cycle of Christmas carols. Holy Rosary is the perfect setting for both sets of music that are based on Medieval English Christmas texts and are a celebration of joy to hear. Information about Prime Voci is on this .pdf here.
Tickets are available here at Brown Paper Tickets. Holy Rosary School students may get in free with an accompanying adult ticket. Enter the password code “student”.
Upcoming Dates To Remember
- 12/4 – Deck the Halls blessing of the Christmas trees after 10:30 Mass
- 12/9 – First trimester report cards
- 12/15 – Christmas program
- 12/16 – 12/30/16 – 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
- 1/29/17 – Kick off to Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:30
- 2/1/17 – Grandparent’s Day during Catholic Schools Week
- 2/10/17 – Kindergarten testing