Family Communication (eFC) 12-10-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

TRADITION – Please drop off your family photo Christmas card, if you have one. We love to post them on the door of the staff room. Everybody enjoys watching the families grow and mature. Please encourage any of the graduate families to do the same thing. We keep them up until the Open House. It is a great way to remember and reminisce. Make sure you stop by and check it out. The staff are placing their photos on the door also.

OUTREACH DAY – Our first Outreach Day is coming up. It will take place on Thursday December 17 at 8:35 in the Church. Everyone is welcome to attend. The students will come in and place their donations of items, along with their financial offerings and food in the altar area. All the donations of food go to our parish outreach for food to the poor.

We have this program in Advent and Lent so we are connecting it to these two very important times in the Church year. It is a teaching moment connecting our faith with action that helps those in need. It is true social action that helps raise awareness in the minds of our children —– tomorrow’s leaders. This is especially poignant this year because the Pope’s “Year of Mercy” started this month. So it is also a way that we can actually team up with the Pope in his challenge to have mercy on those in need. But that mercy must lead to action. Some of the actual “action” that is taking place next Thursday:

  • Kindergarten is bringing money for education of children in Uganda, items like booties and socks for Westside Baby Corner and food for the parish food bank.
  • First Graders are bringing money for the education of children in Uganda, personal items for women in the Holy Rosary evening Women’s Shelter and food for the parish food bank.
  • Second Graders are bringing money for the education of children in Uganda, items for Westside Baby Corner and Family Service and food for the parish food bank.
  • Third Graders are bringing money for the education of children in Uganda, items for the “Adopt a Family for Christmas” program at Holy Rosary Parish and food for the parish food bank.
  • Fourth Graders are bringing money for Saint Vincent DePaul, scarves gloves, hats, warm weather clothing for Saint Vincent DePaul and food for the parish food bank.
  • Fifth Graders are bringing money for the education of children in Uganda, items for the parish Adopt A Family for Christmas program and food for the parish food bank.
  • Sixth Graders are bringing money for Emerald City Pet and Rescue, items for Emerald City Pet and rescue and food for the parish food bank.
  • Seventh and Eighth Graders are bringing money for Holy Rosary Shoulder to Shoulder Ministries to assist parishioners experiencing financial difficulties in meeting basic needs, items for Southwest Youth and Family Services in West Seattle Food for the Parish Foodbank.

If anyone wishes to bring items or offerings feel free to do so. Father Oakland will preside over the prayer service. The entire program will be 15-20 minutes long. Come and join us. Get into the real “Spirit of the Season”!

SNOW DAY REMINDER – Holy Rosary School follows the Seattle Public School system when it comes to announcing closure for snow. BASE will be closed on days that Holy Rosary School is closed. If the Seattle schools announce a late start, Holy Rosary School will start one hour later than it usually does. BASE will not open on late start days.

FINANCIAL INCENTIVE FOR FAMILIES -The School Commission decided that parents should be given one free registration fee for the 2017-2018 school year for every child they bring into the school as a newly enrolled student in grades K-8 for the 2016-2017 school year. The goal is to grow the HRS community via a registration coupon for next year (meaning February of 2018). This was decided at the December meeting of the School Commission. The newly enrolled child cannot be a member of the family offering the referral. The referred child’s family must pay a registration fee for themselves, full tuition and remain for the entire school year, meaning 2016-2017. But we will apply the benefit, to the referring parent, during registration time for next year —- which would be in January or February of 2017. The newly enrolled child must be from a family that is new to the school and that newly enrolled family must pick up a form from the registrar, fill it out and return it to the registrar by the end of March of 2016 where they state the name of the one family they are crediting with recruiting them for the school. If you have any questions please contact Kimberly Tish at —– our school registrar.

2015 IOWA STANDARDIZED TEST RESULTS – Test results for students in grade 3-8 will be included with the first trimester report cards. Please check out these links for information about these standardized tests. The IOWA FAQ is here. A video explaining these results:

INTENT TO REGISTER FORM – This year we are asking all of our current HRS families to complete an Intent to Register Form online for the 2016-17 school year. Your response will help us with our budget work and also capture new siblings applying to HRS next year. This form will only take a few minutes of your time. Please contact Kimberly Tish if you have any questions, thank you!

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.

Computer Science Education Week / Hour Of Code

This week is Computer Science Education Week and the third year of the Hour of Code. We are very excited to participate in our third year of coding! Every class has been busy going through the tutorials and learning pieces of computer language. They can continue learning at, which, by the way, is based in Seattle. Two representatives from will be visiting the school tomorrow and observing the students in Ms. Walder’s 4th grade classroom as they code their way through a Star Wars and/or Minecraft tutorial. Class Competition

Shopping for the holidays? Use the Amazon class links below. In the past year we raised $10,000 through the Amazon link and $3,300 during the 4 1/2 weeks of Christmas alone! Help drive 7%+ of all Christmas purchases back to Holy Rosary School at NO additional cost to you!
 Time frame is Thanksgiving – Christmas Day. There are weekly prizes for the top selling classrooms and also a  January PJ and pizza party. Flyers went home last week.

The Week 1 winner was 2A and the top five classrooms were: 2A, 2B, 3B, 3A and 7B. Thanks to Cathy Moran, our parent volunteer, overseeing the competition!

Annual Fund

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 school’s yearly budget. Please consider a gift to the Annual Fund. Pledge commitments are due now. Payments can be collected through June 2016Visit this page for more information on the Annual Fund.

The 2015-2016 Annual Fund supports the following:


Easy as 1-2-3. Participate by taking these three simple steps:

  1. Complete the Annual Fund pledge form and send to the school office or email to the Development Office –
  2. Make or schedule a payment – via check, credit card or schedule a payment.
  3. Fulfill your pledge payment before June 30, 2016.
Grandparents and Special Friends Lunch

catholic_schools_weekFebruary 3, 2016 – the Wednesday of Catholic School’s Week. Please check the attached list to make sure we have your invitation request. Click here to request invitations. Volunteering opportunities will be available in January via sign up genius

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Christmas Program News

Our annual Christmas Program is tonight in the church, beginning at 6:30 with the school band performance. Following the band, each class will perform. Church doors will open at 5:30. Please see that your child reports to their classroom no earlier than 6:00 p.m. – teacher supervision in the classrooms will not begin until 6:00! Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – no jeans, etc. – please consult the handbook for general guidelines. Seats will be reserved only for those who bid for the front row at the HEART Auction last year. Please contact the school office if this is your family. Special request: if you plan to videotape the performance, please do so from the sides of the church so that all are able to see and enjoy the program. Finally, this is a graded performance with required attendance. If for some reason your student is unable to attend, or for any questions, please contact Ms. Mudge at or the office. Thank you and blessings to you and yours for a very happy Advent!


sundancers logoHoly Rosary after-school dance program SunDance presents “A Christmas Dream”, next Monday, December 14th, at Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. Theater opens for seating at 5:30 and show starts at 6:00. Tickets available in the Parish Center after school this Friday or at the theater the night of the show. See you there!

Parent’s Club

Save the Date! The next Parent’s Club meeting is Thursday, January 14, 2016. Come start off the New Year with Parents Club! We hope everyone was able to come to the Deck the (School) Hall Christmas Party last Saturday night! Thanks so much to Diana Bezmalinovich and all of the wonderful volunteers who made the night so magical! Volunteers are still needed for Parents Club childcare on January 14 (one volunteer needed) and May 12 (two volunteers needed). Click here for more information and to sign up.

Deck the Hall Thank You

Oh what fun…It was a fun night for all who came to Deck the Hall! Festivities included Christmas treats, Santa photos, kid crafts, adult beverages, gourmet dogs and another epic snowball fight in the gym! New this year was the addition of a silent auction on beautiful wreaths.

We are grateful for all that attended and brought with you the spirit of the Christmas season…it was a fun evening to mingle with friends and support our school. Many thanks to all of you that donated your time and talent by baking desserts, making crafts, serving beverages to young and old, taking photos, etc. A special thanks to our Santa, Eric Hampton, our MC for the evening, Mike Solan and everyone working the tree lot on that rainy night!

The Deck the Hall party committee also wants to thank these special friends of Holy Rosary that contributed to the success of the evening: Filmateria, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, Precept Wines, Hilliards Brewery, Elliott Bay Brewery, Mack and Jacks Brewery, CMB Design, Flower Lab, Jardin Nouveaus, Seattle Mariners, and the Seattle Sounders.

Santa pictures can be viewed here:

Band News

The Holy Rosary School Band (grades 6-8) will be performing in the Christmas Program on December 10th! Band members are asked to arrive in the Church at 6:00 p.m. This is a graded performance and attendance is required. We look forward to sharing our music during this special season!

Reserved Auction Parking Spot In Teacher Lot

The reserved auction parking spots belong to the families that won the bid to have that spot for the school year. The family who wins that spot owns it for the entire year – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please respect this policy even if you think you will be using the spot for “just a minute”. It is very frustrating and disappointing for the families who have purchased the spot to not be able to park there. Thank you.

HEART Auction

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – The procurement team is looking for five motivated volunteers to follow up with businesses that regularly donate to Holy Rosary School. Each volunteer will be assigned a specific area such as Alki, Admiral, Morgan, Junction and Fauntleroy. Contact Jessy Beardemphl at This is a great and flexible way to earn fundraising hours!

The portal for family donations will be open soon! Start thinking of donation ideas. Keep in mind that each school family has a contractual obligation to donate a new item (or two) or cash in the amount of $175 or more. Already have the item? Bring it into main office, labeled with your student’s last name. Please use a paper triplicate form (in office) if items are brought in prior to online entry. For general Procurement questions and suggestion please contact Kate at Need Ideas for auction donations? Pick one of the routes below:

Announcing A Golden Outreach Event

The Holy Rosary community is our home…we are family. When someone in our family is in need, we are there. Shoulder-to-Shoulder ministry is hosting our Parish’s first Golden Outreach on Saturday, January 23 for parishioners over 80 years old. On this day a meal will be personally delivered to a Golden Parishioner by a Holy Rosary volunteer, including a letter from Father Oakland reassuring the recipient that their parish family is always and only a phone call away. Our goal is for our seniors to know that they can rely on their parish family for help, conversation, and togetherness; no one is alone.

Nearly 150 parishioners over age 80 have been identified. An outreach event of this nature requires many volunteers to cook meals and prepare them for delivery. Our intention is to have enough volunteers to reach as many as 50 of our Golden Parishioners. Please join us. Here’s how you can help:

  • Thursday, January 21 6-9:00: Cook meals in School Hall kitchen
  • Friday, January 22 6-9:00: Complete & package meals for delivery
  • Saturday, January 23 10:00 -1:00: Deliver the meals to Golden Parishioners

If you are a parishioner who would like to help cook or deliver meals, please click here to sign up as a volunteer. If you know of a parishioner who would benefit from this outreach, please contact the organizers Nancy Tyler and Terry Williams at

Everyone has a gift, be it conversation, cooking, doing odd jobs or just being there in a time of need. Please share your gift.


REGISTER NOW FOR CYO VOLLEYBALL 2016 – Hello Holy Rosary parents and CYO volleyball players, I know it seems like basketball just started, but volleyball will be here before you know it. CYO volleyball 2016 is just around the corner and it is time to register for another exciting season. Online registration is now open. Please go to this link to register your child for the 2016 Volleyball Season. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to play Volleyball.

Registration for volleyball will close on January 16. Any late registrations after January 16 will be accepted on a space availability basis. The volleyball 2016 registration fees will be $90 per player for grades 5th-8th and $80 per player for 4th graders who have a shorter season.

This year we will be purchasing new uniform shirts for all players. Please make sure to indicate the correct size when registering.

COACHES NEEDED! – All parents who are interested or are planning to coach volleyball as a head coach or an assistant will also need to register on-line. If no coaches register for a particular grade, we will not be able to register a team for that grade. Matches begin weekend of February 20 and run through April 16. Tournament runs April 20- May 1. If you have any question about the upcoming season, please don’t hesitate to ask. Click here for additional information about CYO volleyball. Also, new kneepads make great stocking stuffers!

We are looking forward to a fun and exciting season. Sincerely, your volleyball coordinators – Patrick Dowd ( and Katherine Gurgle (

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 12/10 – Christmas program begins at 6:30. Doors open at 5:30. Students report to classrooms no earlier than 6:00.
  • 12/11 – Report Cards and IOWA Test results sent home.
  • 12/18 – Noon Dismissal – Begin Christmas Break
  • 1/4/16 – Back to School – End of Christmas Break
  • 1/18/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No school
  • 1/31/16 – Open House Kick off to Catholic Schools Week immediately following 10:30 Mass
  • 2/3/16 – Grandparent’s Day