Family Communication (eFC) 2-4-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

Happy Catholic Schools Week. I appreciate our parents, I appreciate our students and I appreciate the staff. We kicked off the week with Mass on Sunday and an Open House immediately following it. At the Mass we recognized our Distinguished Alumni, Marianne McGah.

Congratulations to our 2016 Distinguished Alumni, Marianne McGah! Marianne attended Holy Rosary School with her siblings, Kindergarten through 8th grade. Many of you may know her parents, Joseph and Sue Harris.  Following Holy Rosary, Marianne excelled while attending Holy Names Academy for high school. She attended the University of Portland, graduating with a degree in Theology. Then continued her studies at Providence College, earning her Masters in Education. Marianne returned to the Pacific Northwest to attend Seattle University where she received her Doctorate in Education. Currently, Marianne is the Religion Teacher at Holy Names Academy and Assistant Campus Minister. Marianne is a board member for Shirts Across America, which provide young people experiences to become leaders as they build homes in communities affected by poverty and natural disasters. Holy Rosary School is honored to celebrate Marianne McGah as our 2016 Distinguished Alumni!

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.

FACTS steps:

  • January 7-29: Create a FACTS profile and set up a payment schedule for the 2016-17 school year.
  • January 14: Registration Paperwork came home with your eFC carrier. Please sign and return all of the contracts to the main office by January 28th.
  • February 8-12: HRS will finalize agreements, add tuition amounts to each profile and confirm that all students are in the system.
  • Process FACTS Fee: The FACTS fee will be automatically processed within 14 days of the agreement being finalized by HRS.
  • February 15-29: 2016-17 Registration Fee will be paid online within your FACTS account.
2016-17 Registration Contracts

Thank you to all of the families who returned their registration contracts on time last week. Please note that registration fees will be collected online within your FACTS account at the end of February.

Siblings Entering HRS – Applications Due Tomorrow!

All NEW students entering HRS for Preschool – 8th grade will need to complete an application. The application and fee are due to the main office by tomorrow, Friday, February 5th. Please remember to provide a copy of your child’s Baptism certificate. If you have a child applying for 1st-8th grade, you’ll need to provide a copy of their most recent report card with the application. Please contact Kimberly Tish if you have questions.

Spelling Bee

DSC_0026Congratulations to all the spelling bee finalists who represented their classrooms in today’s spelling bee! Congratulations to Giorgio M. who won the 1-4 bee and to Jonathan G. who won the 5-8 bee and will represent our school in the city bee!

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!


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.


Have auction items to bring into school? There will be a curbside drop-off on Tuesday morning, February 9! Bring your items in your car and an auction volunteer will meet you at the curb to carry your items into the school. All items are due to the school’s main office by February 19, 2016.


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
  • 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

RITE OF SENDING TO THE RITE OF ELECTION – This Sunday, February 7 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, we will have the Rite of Sending to the Rite of Election for all those children receiving Sacraments at Easter Vigil. Please continue to pray for these children who are preparing for these important rites:  Zooey C., Charlotte F., Violet F., Devon G., Jack K., Sam K., Edrian M., Louella P., and Malia S.

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

YOUTH FREE THROW COMPETITION – Our Lady of Guadalupe Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a Basketball Free Throw Competition for all boys and girls ages 9-14 as of January 1. The competition will be held Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Walmesley Center Gym (3410 SW Myrtle St., corner of 35th AVE SW & Myrtle St.). Holy Rosary, in years past, has had several State Champions.

Each boy and girl Council champion will be eligible to advance to the District competition to be held later in February. Participants are required to furnish proof of age (birth certificate, etc.).

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 2/10 – Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:45 a.m.
  • 2/11 – noon dismissal – Magazine Drive goal reward
  • 2/12-16 – no school – winter break
  • 2/19 – no school for Kindergarten – incoming kindergarten testing
  • 3/18 – Deanery Curriculum Day – no school
  • 3/25 – noon dismissal – Good Friday
  • 3/28-4/1 – Easter vacation