Family Communication (eFC) 3-10-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

SNOW WHITE – The junior high students put on a fabulous production of Snow White last week. The young actors and actresses invested their hearts and souls in the production and the results were amazing. I hope everyone got a chance to see it. It is another example of helping our young men and women be able to get up in front of a large number of people and speak and perform and feel comfortable while doing it. A great deal of self-discipline goes into any dramatic production and our students demonstrated all of them in spades. A special thanks goes out to the teacher coordinators Sara Weythman and Lacey Reuter along with all the parents and grandparents who helped them.

PRESIDENTS – Another example of children getting up in front of others to speak took place last week when the first graders offered their reports on the Presidents. They all gathered together to say the Pledge Of Allegiance. They then sat down on chairs in a big circle in the School Hall. Parents, friends, and staff went from child to child and listened to the students give a report of the President they had researched. Each student was dressed up like the President they were reporting on. They all did very well and this gave them another opportunity to speak in front of people and offer facts they had discovered and learned. It was a great experience.

OUTREACH DAY – Remember Holy Thursday, which is on March 24, is only three weeks away. It will be our last Outreach Day for the year. It is a culmination point for our Lenten activities as a school. Each classroom is bringing in money for some need they have identified. They are also bringing food for the food bank, and something for a particular outreach the class has decided upon. These are all gathered round the alter in the Church at a special prayer service led by Father Oakland at 8:30 in the morning. Then staff and some eighth graders deliver the items throughout the day. It can be a great reason to do some spring cleaning. You probably have many things around the house that you have not used for years. I guarantee they will be treasures for needy people if you bring them in. Think about it. Help Lent become truly real for the entire family.


  • Remember there is no school on Friday, March 18th because all the teachers in the Catholic school system are at workshops.
  • Remember School will end at noon on Good Friday, March 25.
  • Remember Easter Break starts at noon of Good Friday, March 25 and ends on Monday, April 4 at 8:25 a.m.

MATH – The staff at Holy Rosary School has been studying our national test scores from the IOWA tests we took in September.  The overall results are quite good —- as usual.  But we noticed one important factoid when comparing test scores across grade levels and with past scores.  This year we had five of our students in the 5th grade score in the 90th percentile or above in math.  We had 12 of our students in the 6th grade score in the 90th percentile or above in math.  We had 17 of our seventh grade students score in the 90th percentile or above in math.  We had 19 of our eighth grade students perform in the 90th percentile or above in math.  This is all great and amazing.  But what is even more amazing is that we see this same pattern over the last three years since we adopted our new math program and added on more on line math activity and work. It demonstrates the great progression of our students over their years at Holy Rosary.  Additionally, we have even come to the realization that next year we will have to purchase an 8th grade level Pre-Algebra book for a section of our 7th grade class so they can progress at a truly advanced rate.

DISCO SPIRIT FREE DRESS DAY (and pizza lunch!) – Tomorrow is a Disco Spirit Day! Get down on it and turn the beat around and get in the auction spirit and wear your disco clothes and eat some pizza while you’re at it!

Lenten Brown Bag Fridays

Tomorrow will be the last day to bring a lunch and a personal item – travel size toothpaste and disposable toothbrush (singles) – for the St. Martin De Porres Shelter. Thank you for your generosity.

After-School Coding Class

Thank you to all the parents for the overwhelming feedback on the after-school coding classes. We easily have enough interest in levels K-2 and 3-5, and will probably just meet the minimum requirement for 6-8! We’re tying up some loose ends and will hopefully have registration information sent out before spring break. Refer to the upcoming eFCs for the latest information.


AUCTION INVITATIONS SENT HOME TODAY! You are invited to the 37th Holy Rosary Auction! Please check the backpack of your eFC carrier to find your auction invitation. Registration instructions are here.

We will again hold an online auction prior to the auction event, but you will need to register to participate on the online auction! A free online auction ticket will need to be “purchased” to participate in the online auction. No worries though, it’s super simple!

Get all your tickets in one place:

  • HRS Online Auction
  • HRS Disco Auction (Silent and Live)
  • Enter a quantity of 1 for the online auction registration (it’s free!).
  • If you plan to attend the Disco Auction, enter the number of Silent/Live tickets you’d like to purchase.
  • Click the box to save your credit card info (this will also get you through the check-in line faster on auction night)
  • Proceed with the registration process
  • When the online auction opens you will receive a welcome text/email with a link to the online catalog.

PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES! Every year the auction parties raise between $13,000-$15,000 for Holy Rosary School! The Bingo Blast with the teachers and the Sundance Dance Party are not only fun for the students, but a fun night out for the parents too! To purchase tickets to these events, click here! Party dates are:

Student Parties
Bingo with Teachers! – Friday, April 8 from 6-8. $30 per student. K-4 in Lanigan Gym and 5-8 in the School Hall. Look for the information and registration form to come home tomorrow with your eFC carrier. You can also register online at the link above.
Sundance Dance Party – Friday, May 6

Parent Parties
8th Grade Parents Fish Fry – Friday, May 13
7th Grade Parents Barbecue at The Kennedy’s – Saturday, June 4. NEW! See flyer here for more details.

WE NEED YOUR TALENT! Lots of volunteer shifts available! Earn fundraising hours and help with the auction.

Aside from the many shifts available through the portal above, we need help with the following:

  • video creation – whether you are a professional videographer or an enthusiast, the auction needs your talent in creating a 2-3 minute video for the event.
  • clean-up lead – night of the event. A volunteer coordinator for this area

sorensenbannerAUCTION SPONSOR OF THE WEEK – Sorensen Orthodontics: Dr. Travis is a big supporter of every single fundraising effort at Holy Rosary School. Sorensen Orthodontics has supported the HEART auction for many years. Sponsors like him help make a difference by offsetting the costs of the event. Thank you!

Website Assistance

Mr. Barker is looking for someone with experience working with Slider Revolution, the WordPress plugin used for the rotating photo banner on This plugin can do more than it currently is and an expert is needed to show how. This person will meet with Mr. Barker on how best to use it and also do some initial work setting it up to fit the website needs. Contact Mr. Barker at

A volunteer is also needed to review the website and make sure all information is up-to-date and easy to find. Contact Sarah Katsandres at

Registration Update

FACTS TUITION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – Family profiles have been finalized within FACTS by Holy Rosary School. Families should be receiving verification of 2016-17 tuition payment schedules from FACTS. The FACTS fee will be processed within 14 days. Families will be receiving notification from FACTS for paying Registration Fees within the next couple of days. Thank you to everyone that has created a FACTS profile and set up a payment plan for next year! FACTS Customer Care Representatives are available to assist you 24/7 at 866-441-4637.

2016-17 REGISTRATION FEES – Holy Rosary School assigned 2016-17 registration fees to family profiles last week. Families should have received an incidental bill from FACTS stating that the registration fee would be automatically withdrawn from the account you provided within your FACTS profile. Please contact Kimberly Tish with any questions. Thank you.

Parents Club

The next Parents Club Meeting is tonight.  Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting promptly at 7:00 p.m.


  • Accreditation Self Study Process – Leadership Team – Mary Jo McFaul, Sue Harris, Christina Clarke & Autumn Helling
  • Iowa Testing Summary – Sue Harris

Volunteers are still needed for Parents Club childcare. Use this link for additional information and to sign up.

  • May 12, 2016 – 1 volunteer needed

See you there!

Archdiocese Robotics Extravaganza

Saturday, May 7th from 9-11 a.m. Holy Rosary wil have many students attending; our after-school Lego robotics team and our junior high Lego robotics elective! See this flyer for more information and click here to register for the event.

Safe Environment

We are offering Safe Environment classes here at Holy Rosary School Hall on Tuesday, April 5th at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m. Click here to sign up for the class.

School Commission

SEEKING NEW COMMISSION MEMBERS – The School Commission is seeking new members for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. School Commission members advise the principal and pastor on policy-related issues that affect our school; you are the voice of Holy Rosary parents. The upcoming year is exciting as we welcome a new principal to the school community.

We are looking for parents with education, accounting, facilities, technology and marketing skills that will expand the commission’s overall capability. Examples of ongoing projects include school budget, enrollment, Catholic identity, fundraising, technology, and the marketing of Holy Rosary School.

The School Commission meets the first Thursday of the month. Each member is typically assigned one to two subcommittees that meet throughout the school year. Commission members serve a four-year term and hours conducting School Commission business count towards commitment hours.

The School Commission Application is found on the school web site at the following location: If you have questions about becoming a member or the application process, contact the recruiting team listed below.

Or contact the current leadership team:

Please submit by April 1 to the school office in person, or to School Commission President at scp@holyrosaryws.or

Applications are due April 1, 2016.

Father Daughter Glow Bowl

Sign up for the annual Father*-Daughter Glow Bowl at West Seattle Bowl! The event takes place tomorrow evening from 5-8 p.m. *Uncles or grandpas are welcome! Another parent can also “adopt-a-daughter” to attend with that family.

Lost On Kindergarten Testing Day

A BLUE DIAPER BAG was left behind in the School Hall after Kindergarten testing. Please come pick it up in the school office if it belongs to you.


TRACK AND FIELD 2016! – The following dates are for your convenience as you plan your spring and late May schedules. Sign ups 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 4 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 5/23 at 6 PM.

The last meet will be in the morning 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! Email for more information or questions:


MASS FOR THE DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY – Children needed! Sandy Lea, a parishioner, is working with Father Oakland on a special Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday. Fr. Oakland would like children to each bring a flower from home and place flowers into vases beneath the Divine Mercy picture. The children need to arrive at the church by 1:45 p.m. to practice. The event is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be said at 3:00 p.m. It would be nice if the children and parents could stay until the end of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. This would be a wonderful time for them to learn how to say the Chaplet on their Rosary beads. It is not very complicated and will bring the children and their parents great graces from St. Faustina and St. John Paul II. If they wish to leave early they can leave after the Chaplet, about 3:15 p.m. If you could help us out, please contact Karen Robel 999-5027 or

MARCH CORPORAL WORK OF MERCY – Our Corporal Work of Mercy for the Month of March is to Feed the Hungry.  Each and every day most of us are blessed to have our stomachs filled. Yet there are those for whom this is a luxury. While some we might see on the streets or serve in our shelters, others sit next to you at Mass, at work and at school. How are you Merciful like the Father?

MARCH SPIRITUAL WORK OF MERCY – Our Spiritual Work of Mercy for the Month of March is to Admonish the Sinner. We must first admonish ourselves as we turn from sin and open ourselves up to the mercy of God. But we should also work with others to leave sin behind as we all join on the way of salvation, not in arrogance or judgment, but in truth, in charity, and in all humility. How are you Merciful like the Father?

Please take a look at this 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,’ and help others in our parish and school to do so as well.

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)
Community Notices

SEATTLE APP ACADEMY – Spring class and summer camp registration is now open. Click here for more information.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT – West Seattle High School. Friday, March 11th, 5:30-10:00 p.m. $20 per child (ages 3-11). Price includes pizza, drinks, snacks, movie, games and crafts. Reserve your spot today! Text Gabby at 206-852-0004 or email The proceeds from this event go towards buying audiobooks for learning disabled students at WSHS. Thank you for supporting WSHS students.

SUMMER LEAGUE SWIM TEAM WITH CENTRAL AREA AQUATICS TEAM – Please see the attached flyer for more details.

WEST SEATTLE GIRLS SOFTBALL – Register now for West Seattle girls softball – open to girls ages 6 to 15. Practice begins in mid-March and games begin in April. Please click here to go to our website to register your daughter(s) now.  Questions – please email

A CHILD BECOMES AUTHOR NIGHT (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!) – March 21st,  6-8 p.m. (NOT 6:40-8 as previously indicated.) 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
  • 3/18 – No school – Deanery Curriculum Day
  • 3/25 – Noon dismissal – Good Friday
  • 3/28-4/1 – No school – Easter break
  • 4/12 – Class Pictures (Perfect Uniform)