Family Communication (eFC) 2-18-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

THE GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY was a huge success. We hosted over 270 people and the energy and excitement through3291-HRGrand out the school was palpable. A big thank to the many parent volunteers who helped throughout the day! A special thank you to Lisa Speltz and Julie Roy for the many hours put towards the planning of the event. Download pictures from Gail Ann Photography by clicking on this link.

LENTEN BROWN BAG FRIDAYS FOR ST. MARTIN de PORRES SHELTER will begin tomorrow, Feb. 19th. Each Lent, 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 earnScreen Shot 2016-02-04 at 8.44.05 AM 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 Wednesday, 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 AUCTION – Click 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 tomorrow!

AUCTION ITEM DONATIONS ARE CLOSED. Remember that ALL families must give to the auction and only cash donations are accepted at this point. If you have not donated yet, please make a monetary donation of $175 or more via this portal.

Click here for more information on the Auction.

Father Daughter Glow Bowl

Sign up for the annual Father*-Daughter Glow Bowl at West Seattle Bowl! The event takes place on Friday, March 11 from 5-8 p.m. Click here for a PDF of the registration form. Forms are also available in the office and will be distributed to the classrooms. Please return all completed forms with payment to the office no later than Friday, February 26th.

*Uncles or grandpas are welcome! Another parent can also “adopt-a-daughter” to attend with that family. See the registration form for details.

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.

Centennial Capital Campaign

Celebrate Our Future, Today – click 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!


TRACK AND FIELD 2016! The following dates are for your convenience as you plan your spring and late May schedules. Signups on BONZI begin March 14th. Deadline is April 22nd.

FYI: Track and Field is for 4th-8th grade girls and boys. 3rd grade may practice but not run meets. The first practice is Tuesday, April 5th. All practices will be Tuesday and Thursdays from 5-6:15 p.m. at Hiawatha track. With a later start time, we will avoid conflict with the high school track team. I hope to have all coaches return, but can always use new help if you have a track/field background!

There are four meets plus an 8th grade pentathlon. Dates of meets: April 30, May 7th, May 14th, May 21st. (May 8th will be the 8th grade pentathlon.) All meets are required for participation. Times will be 10:30 or 2:30. (some exceptions may be made for kids doing multiple sports). Awards party at Lincoln Park on May 23 at 6 p.m.

The last meet will be in the morning at 10:30 a.m. if we are AAA, so we will need at least 50 participants to make that happen and allow the 8th grade to compete as it is their Baccalaureate Mass. Start running! Contact with questions.

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!


MEET JESUS, HE IS WAITING FOR YOU – Whether your Lent has been fabulous or painful, consider spending an up close and personal Holy Hour with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the Parish Center Chapel from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. Guided adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be provided by Voices for Life. Do you sometimes feel like you are not as near the Lord as you would like? What a chance to get close! All are joyfully welcome! Please contact Karen Robel with questions at 999-5027 or

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 the attached flyer, which will be in the bulletin on Sunday.  Please also 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.’ (attach flyer)

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

SCOUTING OPPORTUNITY – Come experience the Scouting program at its best! Aquila District is proud to offer a fun-filled Boy and Girl Scout event called Youth Outdoor Adventure Day. The event will be held on March 5th at Camp Long from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join hours of non-stop outdoor fun! Click here for more details.

WEST SEATTLE BASEBALL – West Seattle Little League is still open for registration for the spring season. All ages from T-ball to 50/70 (intermediate) are open. You can register on our website, Join us as we enter a season full of energy, learning, fun, and friends! Registration is open ‪until February 15th!

CLASSES FOR PARENTS – A Child Becomes is excited to launch Parent Information Nights at our school beginning on Monday, February 29th. We’ll start the night with a little social time, 20 minutes for a beverage, dessert and interaction then start our presentation promptly at 7 p.m. Childcare will be available for up to 10 students. Please RSVP to

  • February 29th, 6:40 – 8 p.m. – Gun Safety with Moms Demand Action (MDA) – We’ll kick off the first series when we welcome Andrew Conley, a former public school teacher and member of Mom’s Demand Action (MDA). MDA is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit founded by the families affected by the Sandy Hook shootings. Andrew is here to start a conversation about kids, guns and safety. Did you know that more American children live in homes with guns that are unlocked and loaded than kids who play high school football each year? Andrew will share information on how you can keep your children safe. Come talk with other preschool parents and join us for this important discussion.
  • March 21st, 6:40 – 8 p.m. – Author Night! Come with your younger elementary aged kids P-3! – Ben Clanton: Children’s author and illustrator. Ben has written numerous children’s books including titles: Mo’s Mustache, Max Has a Fish, Rex Wrecks it, Vote for Me and more. Ben will read from his books and will have books on hand for sale and autographs. You can visit Ben at his website:
Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 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