Family Communication (eFC) 2-11-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

I am very happy to print the following letter that I recently received from O’Dea.

Dear Mr. Hofbauer,

The following Holy Rosary, West Seattle graduates have achieved Honors at O’Dea High School for the first semester of the 2015-16 school year:

  • Nicholas C – 2019
  • Lawrence L – 2019
  • Dylan M – 2019
  • Alexander P – 2019
  • John S – 2019
  • William Y – 2019
  • Steven C. – 2018
  • Zachary G – 2017
  • Henry N – 2016

Congratulations to these students! ~ Barbara

Lenten Brown Bag Fridays For St. Martin De Porres Shelter

Beginning next Friday, February 19th, Holy Rosary students provide brown bag lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to bring a lunch or two and a personal item on designated Fridays during Lent. These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine. Please keep the personal items separate from the lunches.

  • Feb. 19 – men’s gloves
  • Feb. 26 – men’s socks
  • March 4 – disposable razors/shaving cream (sample size)
  • March 11 – travel size toothpaste and disposable toothbrush (singles)

We are looking for drivers to take a few students to deliver the lunches on collection Fridays during Lent. If you are able to help out, please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the school office. Thank you!

Facts Tuition Management System

Thank you to everyone who has created a FACTS profile and set up a payment schedule for the 2016-17 school year. If you still need to create a profile please go online NOW and create a profile. Note that registration fees will be collected online within your FACTS account at the end of February.

FACTS Customer Care Representatives are available to assist you 24/7 at 866-441-4637.

HRS Is Accepting Applications!

Spread the word! We will continue to accept applications for the 2016-17 school year until all of our classrooms are full. Currently we have openings in Kindergarten – 8th grade. Our preschool is full for the 2016-17 school year but we encourage families to ask to be added to the wait list. Talk with your neighbors, bring them by the school for a tour or provide them with a copy of our At-A-Glance document. For more information about applying to HRS, please contact Kimberly Tish at or 206-937-7255 ext. 219.

Parent’s Club

PASSIVE FUNDRAISER AT PIZZERIA 22 – Wednesday February 24, enjoy dinner at Pizzeria 22 and earn money for our school! This is a great opportunity to socialize with school families and earn money for Holy Rosary. Pizzeria 22 has generously offered to donate 10% of its sales from Holy Rosary families dining on Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 8.44.05 AMWednesday, February 24th, after 6 p.m. to Holy Rosary School! They will set aside a large private dining area just for Holy Rosary families dining that night at the restaurant. They are also extending the offer to take-out orders. Whether dining in the restaurant or ordering take-out, please remember to identify yourself as a Holy Rosary family. Pizzeria 22 is located at 4213 SW College Street. We hope you can make it to this fun event sponsored by the Holy Rosary Parents’ Club!


EARN FUNDRAISING HOURS AND HELP WITH THE AUCTIONClick here to go to the Auction volunteer sign up page. Then click on the Volunteer Sign up tab at the top of the page, which will take you directly to SignUpGenius in a new window. Keep in mind that as the auction date gets closer, more shifts may be added.

ARE YOUR ITEM/S SITTING AT HOME? Please keep bringing your great donations in! We are right on target with item drop-off. All items are due to the school’s main office by February 19, 2016.

THANK YOU TO THE BUSINESS PROCUREMENT TEAM. Holy Rosary has received dozens of donations from businesses both local and statewide for the auction. In order to ensure that these donations come through, a dedicated group of parent volunteers have been working for a couple of months on calling, door-knocking and following up with letters. This is a tireless effort! A big thank you goes to the business procurement team lead, Jessy Beardemphl, for taking on this tremendous task and being responsible for thousands of dollars donated to the school. We also greatly thank their “feet on the street” canvassing team who helped us retain donations and find new ones! We couldn’t do it without you all! Great job team!

  • Lindy Taylor
  • April Smith
  • Lisa Nooyen
  • Asha Ioven
  • Lisa Debiec
  • Sarah Mackay
  • Leah Zielinski
  • Joven Yount
  • Kate McGovern
  • Sandy Brown

Auction item donations are closed. Only cash donations at this point. Remember that ALL families must give to the auction. If you have not donated yet, please make a monetary donation of $175 or more by visiting this link.

Visit our school auction link for more information. Read the Introducing the Auction letter here.

Father Daughter Glow Bowl

Mark your calendars for the annual Father/Daughter Glow Bowl at West Seattle Bowl! It’s Friday, March 11th from 5-8 p.m. Registration forms will be posted and distributed soon, and as always, extra copies will be available in the school office.

St. Patrick’s Day Dash Volunteer Opportunity

logo.phpVolunteer hours needed? The St. Patrick’s Day Dash, a 32-year Seattle tradition, is looking for a few volunteers to work shifts at West Seattle Runner. Duties include registering runners and distributing bib number packets.

This is an approved HRS volunteer shift and will count toward general hours. A great parent/child volunteer opportunity since 7th and 8th graders are welcome to volunteer with a parent. Shifts are in two-hour blocks from March 5-10. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation, producer of the St. Patrick’s Day Dash, will donate $1,000 to HRS for covering these volunteer shifts at West Seattle Runner! For additional details and to sign up click here.

Annual Fund Update

Goal – $200,000
Pledged – $155,719
Paid – $107,140

247 total givers. Out of those are:

  • 23 staff members
  • 201 families (out of 299 K-8 school families)
  • 23 alumni/parishioners/grandparents

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 Annual Fund. Pledge commitments are due now. Payments can be made through June 2016.

The 2015-2016 Annual Fund supports:


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

Centennial Capital Campaign

Celebrate Our Future, Todayclick here to view the Campaign brochure.

The Centennial Campaign has taken care of our roof, windows and surveillance security system. The next campaign priority is our technology plan. Click here to view the technology plan.

Funding for this will be provided through the Centennial Campaign and grants. We have received many new pledges and gifts to go towards the technology phase of the campaign.

We have raised $689,114 in pledges toward our Centennial Capital Campaign. Over $12,550 in donations have been received since November from families in grades 5, 6 and 7 to help fund the new Chromebook computers.  If you have not pledged yet, please consider taking part in this exciting stage of the campaign. Download the pledge form here.

Have you seen the West Seattle Blog piece on the arrival of the Chromebooks?

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. Click here to pledge online!


GATOR DUFFEL BAGS –  Are you geared up for spring sports yet? Don’t forget to order your new duffel bag to carry all your gear! Parents, don’t forget to order your adult Gator jackets to help show your support. All orders will be submitted monthly on the last day of the month. Download the order form here. Thank you for supporting CYO Sports!

REGISTER NOW FOR 2016 CYO BASEBALL – Hello Holy Rosary parents and CYO baseball players, It’s time to defend our championship title! Last year we had one team and this year we are shooting for three – 8th, 7th and a 5th/6th combo team! Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to play baseball. Online registration is now open; register your player for the 2016 baseball season here. Registration closes on February 12th. Any registrations after February 12 will be accepted on a space-availability basis, as final rosters are due. Registration fees are $100 per player.

The season is eight games on Sundays (which fits in well with league teams) with a tournament at the end for each grade level. Games start March 20 and the end of the year tournament is May 22 – June 5. Click here for more information about CYO Baseball

Baseball coaches are needed for the 5th/6th combo team. If you would like to coach, please sign up as coach when you sign up your player.

CYO HATS! – We still have some hats available to sell. These hats are going to pay for new catchers’ gear for all the teams. I will be asking the boys to help sell hats as the season gets going. Please contact Nathan Thomas if you have any questions about CYO baseball! 206.450.4861 –


VISIT THE SICK – Our Corporal Work of Mercy for the Month of February is to Visit the Sick. Whom are we called to accompany and visit as they are enjoined to the sufferings and Passion of Jesus Christ? With whom can we share the mercy of God by our presence?

Please take a look at this attached flyer, which will also be in the bulletin on Sunday. Please circulate it to the ministries, apostolates and groups you are connected with as we look for ways in which we can be ‘Merciful Like the Father.’

HIGH YOUTH RALLY / KNOW MERCY – Saturday, March 12th. Save the date and register! Youth Rally is an amazing, fun and faith-filled day that includes lunch, t-shirt, live music by Popple, games, faith breakout sessions, speakers, and Mass with Archbishop Sartain and more!

  • For:  Holy Rosary Parish/School 6th-9th Graders
  • Date:  March 12, 2016
  • Time:  9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (can be picked up earlier)
  • Location:  Bellevue, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
  • Cost:  $50
  • Transportation:  We will be using the Holy Rosary bus and drivers to event. Parents arrange carpools for pick-up
  • Supervision: Youth Rally is well supervised by Youth leader, Ruth Reiser, HR Staff, Deyette Swegle and other Youth Ministry leaders
  • Scholarships:  Available before February 12 thru Archdiocese and Holy Rosary. Contact
  • Online Registration: (For Coordinator, please type Ruth Reiser)

PARISH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Here are two volunteer opportunities to help with children receiving First Communion this spring. Sign up here to volunteer for the First Communion Banner Social. It’s also a fun and great way for your high school student to volunteer and receive service hours. Sign up here to volunteer for the First Communion Family Learning classes. If you have questions, please email Deyette at

Community Notices

WEST SEATTLE BASEBALL – Registration for the 2016 Spring West Seattle baseball season is open! Join many from the Holy Rosary community by registering today. A tradition in West Seattle since 1957, we have leagues for every age at Holy Rosary – including Kindergarten! Visit our website to register today. You can also contact Erik Ricard, President of West Seattle Baseball (fellow parent and parishioner) at

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 2/11 – noon dismissal – Magazine Sale goal reward
  • 2/12-16 – no school – winter break
  • 2/19 – no school for Kindergarten – incoming Kindergarten testing
  • 3/18 – no school – Deanery Curriculum Day
  • 3/25 – noon dismissal – Good Friday
  • 3/28-4/1 – no school – Easter vacation