Family Communication (eFC) 3-12-15

March 12, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter


The last month has been amazing here at Holy Rosary School. But then I think every month is amazing here. There is high energy mixed with a positive “can do” attitude that permeates the hallways and classrooms. To say it is impressive would be a gross understatement.

It was around President’s Day the 1st graders dressed up as a president of their choice. They then sat in a large circle as adults went up to them to listen to their personalized presentation on the life of a president they had researched. They projected their voice as they read with feeling and commitment. And they did it over and over and over again as each new adult came to listen.

Then there were the 4th grade prayer services where the entire 4th grade participated by leading the school in prayer. Each child had a reading part and some had acting parts as they portrayed a very important section from scripture while the entire student body —– along with parents and grandparents watched. It was powerful.

Then, of course, the “pièce de résistance”, which was the 7th and 8th grade play. Hundreds watched and were entertained while the students offered their dramatic and comedic presentation. It was lively, entertaining, and filled with energy.

I am not sure that we realize how often we get our children into positions where they are speaking in front of large audiences. That is a very powerful experience for children, and it helps them become leaders —- as well as people who are willing to literally speak out. It is a very important part of the education program at this school.

One of our parents, (Brian Christenson) who works with the schools robotic team, recently brought two of his team members (6th grader Ethan Maas and 7th grader Garrett Psycher) to speak to all the teachers. They taught us. They gave us an in-service on robotics. Now that can be an intimidating audience, but they made great presentations. They were exceptionally articulate and well at ease. It was simply a byproduct of part of our approach to education.


The staff team that helps to coordinate our planning and explanation of our IOWA tests did a short video to review the undertaking at the school. As has been written before —- our results are great. We are using them to plan, and at the end of this month the staff will be writing something in their classroom newsletters about the test. This is also the first of a series of videos that the staff will do over time to help explain the school to the public. We will be posting them on our web site. Watch the video here.

IOWA Test Scores from Holy Rosary School on Vimeo.


Remember Holy Thursday is almost here. That is when we bring our offerings —— financial; food; items for the class-selected project —— to the Church for the prayer service in the morning. Then we go and deliver them. Let this be an important part of your Lent experience. Ask your children about it.


Come to school in free dress if you are wearing green! No face paint or hair color please.

Heart Auction

HEART AUCTION – Rock Around The Clock!

April 25th at 5 o’clock at Holy Rosary School

The HEART Auction is right around the corner and the excitement is rising!

Have you started calling other parents to arrange a table for the auction? Or, maybe you have been browsing online for inspiration on the theme?

Invitations will go home in backpacks by March 16th. Tickets will cost $75 per person; or $25 for Silent Auction attendance only.

THANK YOU – to all of the parents that are working so hard to create the amazing “class projects” for the auction. This is a huge undertaking; so make sure to thank your child’s room parents when you have a chance.


Have you signed up to help with the auction yet?

There are still many spots available on the night of the auction, for those who will not be attending. Wait Staff and Distribution (of auction items) have many open spots.

Click on this link to volunteer

ONLINE AUCTION – SAVE THE DATE: April 4 – 18 (Online Auction)

Starting on April 4th, over 150 items will be up for bidding online. The link for the online auction will be “eBlasted” to families and posted on our school website. All items will need to be picked up at Holy Rosary School, since shipping is not available. Make sure to share the link for the online auction with friends and relatives to support our school.


Every year we have extra events that are connected to the auction. We call these the “Auction Parties”. The Dance Party and the Bingo with the teachers are both great events for the students. Flyers are going home in your eFC carrier’s backpack. All proceeds support the Auction.

If you have any questions regarding these events please contact Marti McGaughey


Turn in those RAFFLE tickets – they go fast!

The tuition raffle has a limited number of tickets being sold, be one of the 100 ticket holders. You do not need to attend the auction to win the year’s $5,000 in tuition!

The 50/50 raffle is not a new raffle but has been around for many years. This year, the 50/50 raffle tickets will be selling for only $25.00 per ticket or 5 for $100.00, an unlimited number of tickets will be sold but you will need to attend the auction to win!!! Last year’s winner won over $1,800!

Questions regarding Auction Raffles? Contact Kristin McMahan

Summer Technology Camps – a message from Mr. Barker

It’s summer camp sign-up season and I wanted to let you know about some tech camps that I’ve recently come across. ID Tech is by far the largest camp and has been around for about 17 years. I was one of their first counselors back in their humble beginnings at University of Washington. This year they’ve added some other camp options – a girls-only camp and a mini half-day camp designed for ages 6-9, in addition to their full-day camps. They offer a wide variety of tech classes for every skill level. The ID Tech camps are expensive, but I’ve heard they’re excellent. I’ve also learned that they will be offering 100 free camp tuition scholarships for girls only. Information on the girls’ camp scholarship is here: Please contact me if you’d like a flyer for one of the ID Tech camps. Their website is here:

Seattle Parks and Rec West Seattle locations (Hiawatha, Alki, etc.) are offering several Lego Robotics camps during the day. Follow the link and choose the West Seattle brochure.

Seattle App Academy is right here in West Seattle. They also have after-school programs.

West Seattle’s own A Child Becomes Preschool is offering a Lego Robotics camp as well as some other camps. Ages 5-11.

Pizza Lunch

Remember, tomorrow is pizza lunch day.

St. Martin de Porres

During Lent, our students are participating in a variety of service outreach and prayer opportunities. The details for our annual Lenten Brown Bag lunch program with St. Martin de Porres can be found below. Please watch your child’s classroom newsletter and website for details about our upcoming Holy Thursday Service Outreach. The six weeks of Lent give us ample time and opportunity for service outreach. Pick and choose the activities that work for your family.

BROWN BAG FRIDAYS FOR ST. MARTIN de PORRES SHELTER is underway. Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to bring a lunch or two and a toiletry item on designated Fridays during Lent. These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.

**If you are interested in driving a few students to deliver the lunches one Friday in Lent, please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the school office.

Please keep the toiletry items separate from the lunches:

  • March 13 – disposable razors/shaving cream (sample size)
  • March 20 – No School due to Archdiocesan In-service Day
  • March 27 – travel size toothpaste and disposable toothbrush (singles)

Thank you!


Once again the Christmas Tree Lot was a huge success. Thanks for your support! Back in December, many elves under the direction of three amazing dads, Bill Skibiztke, Russ Foisy, and Pat Galvin, came through for Holy Rosary selling over $90,000 in trees and wreaths.

New this past Holiday Season was the “Deck the Halls” event. The new and improved event was the brainchild of Diana Szalay, Anne Smiley and many other 2nd grade parents. It brought hundreds of people to Holy Rosary on a Friday night. There were Santa Pictures, Precept Wine sales, a food cart, a raffle AND the much-acclaimed “Snowball Fight”. The event was sponsored by Precept Wines and Holy Rosary’s Parent Club and brought in almost $2,000.

All these efforts not only brought us together but also raised over $42,000 to Holy Rosary School and $7,468, which will be divided between three local charities.

Thank you and until Christmas 2015!

Annual Fund

2014 – 2015 Annual Fund

We’re almost there! Through your generosity, we have raised 92% in pledges of the overall goal of $200,000. We would love to close out the year by meeting our goal.

As of March 6th, 250 of our 299 families have pledged to the Annual Fund. Our goal is 100% participation! Remember, no amount is too small.

If you haven’t yet donated to the Annual Fund, or if you have and would like to increase your donation, please use this form, or contact the Development Office directly by calling 206-937-7255 or emailing.

The Annual Fund is a year-round program, commencing on July 1 and concluding on June 30. Gifts to the Annual Fund can be made by check, online payments or transfer of stock and may be tax deductible as allowable by law.

Annual Fund donations to date (as of 3/05/2015)

Pledged – $185,050

Paid – $146,403

Centennial Campaign

Centennial Capital Campaign – Celebrate Our Future, Today

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, we have raised more than $498,000 toward our Campaign goal of $2,000,000. That effort has allowed us to complete installation of the windows this past summer.

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.

Campaign Pledge Update (as of 3/05/2015):

  • Total Pledges $498,861
  • Total Paid $153,000

*Included are: parents, grandparents, HRS staff members, a grant from the Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation, companies that provide matching gifts and the net proceeds from the Centennial Gala held in the fall of 2013.

To inquire about the Campaign or to make a pledge, please contact the Development Office or Mr. Hofbauer directly.

Extra Recess Patrols

Thank you 4th grade for covering this week. Calling all Kindergarten families (it’s your final week!). Please use the link below to sign up for the extra recess patrol for next week 3/23-27. These extra patrols are outside the fence. Also, please do not forget to wear an orange safety vest. They are located in the patrol room and help identify you to the children and our HRS neighbors.


Track and Field is right around the corner!

4th-8th grade only. (Third grade can practice with us but are not guaranteed the meets.)

Sign ups are on the BONZI link click here this week. $40.00.

Please use last year’s racing t-shirt if you still have one.

All athletes will receive an End of the Season t-shirt at the Picnic on June 2nd.

Practices begin: May 31, 2015 – Tuesday.

Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 pm

All meets are on in May: 2, 9, 16, and 30. Eighth grade pentathlon is on Mother’s Day – 5/10.

No meet on Memorial Day Weekend.

End of Season picnic will be back at Lincoln Park at 6 pm on 6/1-Monday.

Contact Jenny Halpin if you can help with this fun event.

Questions? Contact head Coach: Shelley Neal



Last eFC we introduced Sister Stella and Ruth. Come and meet Sister and Ruth at our Lent Parish Family Event: Sunday, March 22, after the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses in the School Hall.

Visit our Reboot, Refresh, and Reset commitment stations. Learn more about Lent through family and children focused activities and crafts. Come and Reboot, Refresh, and Reset your faith this Lent.

Various ministries and learning opportunities come under the umbrella of Children’s Ministries and in our efforts to reboot, we have re-organized in the following way:

Sister Stella’s area of focus will be:

  • Children’s Sunday Faith Formation (CFF)
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
  • RCIA (for Children)
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • 1st Reconciliation
  • 1st Communion
  • Children’s Confirmation (Profession of Faith)

Deyette Swegle’s areas of focus will be:

  • Baptism for babies and young children
  • Young Family Welcoming and support
  • Volunteer recruitment and support
  • Supervising Parish Childcare givers
  • Sacramental Record keeping
  • Communications
  • Youth Ministry

Jennifer Wong’s areas of focus are Children Ministry Program development and administration.

Ruth Reiser’s area of focus is launching and fostering our Youth Ministry program.

Also part of our extended Children’s Team: Mary Conolly, (Children’s Liturgy of the Word & substitute Catechist); Alice Rose Cuchinotto helps with our catering and 1st Communion classes and events; and last, but definitely not the least part of our team, we want to acknowledge our caregivers in our nursery, and our Children’s Ministry Volunteers… The true Body of Christ in action!

Community Notices


A Child Becomes offers a wide variety of Summer Camps beginning June 17th for ages 5-11. New this year: Robotics, Modern Artists, and Italian Cooking.

Hiking, Marine Science, Kayaking are returning favorites!

Please visit our website for more information.


The Fine Arts Department at Kennedy Catholic High School is pleased to present the spring musical Good News. The show will run Thursday, March 19-22 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. Ticket information can be found at brown paper tickets online and may also be purchased through the main office at Kennedy Catholic High School 206.246.0500.


Please join us on Wednesday, April 1, 3:30pm for the first annual Kennedy Catholic Red-White-Blue Easter Egg Hunt on our new field! That’s right! 1000 filled red, white and blue plastic eggs will be hidden in the turf and at 3:30 children of all ages will on be set loose with their baskets to fill! And….a surprise visit from the E. Bunny himself!

Everyone is welcome – invite your friends and neighbors. For more information:


The “Lady Lancers” at Kennedy Catholic High School are Proud to Present “FINDING KIND” 
A MOVEMENT AND A DOCUMENTARY FOR ALL 5-12 GRADE GIRLS AND THEIR MOTHERS to bring awareness and healing to the effects of meanness within the “girl world.”
 Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00 PM on the Kennedy Catholic Campus

Contact Sue Strong ( for complimentary tickets


The West Seattle High School Baseball Team will be playing a baseball game at Safeco Field on March 28, 2015, 12:30pm and would like to invite you to attend. The game is free to everyone and is always fun to see boys you know from the West Seattle Little League and West Settle Pony Baseball playing on the Mariner’s field.

To keep the 9-year tradition of playing at Safeco, the WSHS Baseball team is selling discounted Mariner’s tickets to a game on Monday, June 22, 7:15pm, against the Kansas City Royals. Can’t attend, buy a ticket to support the team and it will be donated to local youth organizations. Email with questions or to purchase tickets.


Catholic spring break soccer camp now open. Early sign-up rate when registered by April 1! Plus free camp scarf and Nike gym/string bag when registered by April 1! In addition to your free soccer ball and camp t-shirt!

Day camps for ages 5 – 13 years old; sign up now at:

Phone: 206-547-4143. Please see flyer at the bottom of this eFC.


When: Aug 10th – August 14th. Camp 101 Intro to acting

Aug 17th – August 21st Camp 102 Acting for the camera

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Doors open at 8:45 a.m.)

Where: Playhouse Northwest Acting School. 3270 California Ave. S.W.

Instructor: Lisa Skvarla.

Price: $600 /child for the 2 weeks (Scholarships available on request)

Camp (101) Beginner – *Can be taken alone. $300

Camp (102) More Advanced. Those with experience only can do this camp by itself. $300

This is a courtesy reminder that the *Early Bird Special* goes only until March 31st to take advantage of this fabulous 2 week camp offer. After March 31st the price will be as follows.

Now – March 31st     $525

April – May 31st         $550

June – July 31st         $575

August                       $600

To register for this camp and for more details, please call Lisa Skvarla at 206-938-3375. Space is limited!


3/13/15 – Pizza Lunch

3/17/15 – St. Patrick’s Day Mass 8:45

3/20/15 – Deanery Curriculum Day – No School

3/27/15 – 2nd Trimester Reports Cards

4/3/15 – Good Friday Noon Dismissal

4/6-10/15 – Easter Break – No School

4/24/15 – Noon Dismissmal – Auction Set Up

4/25/15 – HEART Auction