Family Communication (eFC) 3-17-2016

Coding With Kids After-School Program

The class descriptions and registration URL is below. We recently learned that because of instructor availability, the maximum class size will be 15 students per class, not 28. The classes will fill up immediately so register asap if you are interested. If the program goes well we plan to bring it back in the fall, hopefully with more instructors. Click here for additional information on Coding With Kids.

LITTLE CODERS CLASS – Grades K-2. Thursdays from 3:10 – 4:10 p.m. 8-week session, April 14 – June 2. $159

Jump start your child’s STEM education with Coding with Kids’ K-2 class! Students will be developing their computational thinking skills and building their first creative programs. Our curriculum combines a blend of playful activities – both “on-screen” and “off-screen” – to keep students engaged and entertained. Kids will be introduced to programming fundamentals in a variety of ways, from coding puzzles and board games to hands-on programming, using online drag-and-drop tools, such as Scratch. Registrations:!/signup?loc=holyrosaryws-wa

GAME DEVELOPMENT – BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CLASS – Grades 3-5. Tuesdays from 3:10 – 4:10 p.m. 8-week session, April 12 – May 31. $159

Want to become a coding ace and write your own games? Join the Coding with Kids club! Both beginners as well as returning, intermediate level students are welcome! BEGINNERS will use fundamental coding concepts, such as loops, conditionals, and variables, to create fun interactive stories, quizzes, or simple games. INTERMEDIATE students will be introduced to more advanced concepts, such as nested conditionals and functions, which will allow them to build more advanced projects, for example multi-level maze or platformer games. Laptops will be provided.

The programming tool we use in class is Scratch, a drag-and-drop environment developed by MIT Labs for kids. No typing skills required. Scratch provides lots of creative outlets, such as backgrounds, characters, sounds and colors, which makes coding even more fun! To quickly see what kids can create in Scratch, watch this little video: Registration:!/signup?loc=holyrosaryws-wa

GAME DEVELOPMENT – BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CLASS – Grades 6-8. Wednesdays from 2:25 – 3:25 p.m. 8-week session, April 13 – June 1. $159.

Design and create your own games and websites in this cool coding club! In the first half of the session, each student will build a game at their experience level, from beginner to advanced. We will use Scratch for this project and practice most important coding and debugging skills. In the second half of the session, students will be introduced to web programming and each will program their own dynamic website, using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Ready to create? Join us to learn awesome coding tricks from your Coding with Kids instructor! Registration:!/signup?loc=holyrosaryws-wa


Check out our latest update of all the STEM learning that is happening.

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.


You are invited to the 37th Holy Rosary Auction! Reservations opened on March 10th. We will again hold an online auction prior to the auction event but new this year you’ll need to register to participate.

  • HRS online auction and HRS disco auction (Silent and Live)
  • Online registration Get all your tickets in one place
  • 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.
  • Requests should be entered in the special accommodations box or email
  • A free online auction ticket will need to be “purchased” to participate in the online auction. No worries though, it’s super simple!

PRIZES! Every family who has five or more bids during the online auction will get ONE FREE DRESS PASS per student/child.The person with the most bids will win a Kindle Fire.

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

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 12.44.17 PMAUCTION SPONSOR OF THE WEEK – Westside Dentistry – Dr. Christine Tweedy, Parishioner and Holy Rosary School parent.

Annual Fund Update 2015-2016

We are so close to reach our goal in pledges! $187,791 pledges to date and $142,415 payments to date! We need 100% participation to make this happen. We are currently at 75% participation from school families and 100% from staff members.

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 school’s yearly budget. Please consider a gift to the Annual Fund. Pledge commitments are due now. Payments can be collected through June 2016. Visit this page for more information on the Annual Fund.

The 2015-2016 Annual Fund supports the following:


Easy as 1-2-3. Participate by taking these three simple steps:

  • Complete the Annual Fund pledge form and send to the school office or email to the Development Office –
  • Make or schedule a payment – via check, credit card or schedule a payment.
  • Fulfill your pledge payment before June 30, 2016.
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

TRACK AND FIELD 2016! – The following dates are for your convenience as you plan your spring and late May schedules. Sign ups on BONZI are now live. Here is the link.  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:


EASTER SUNDAY CHOIR – Come and sing Alleluia! Easter Sunday! 10:30 a.m. Mass. This year we’re having a very special, one-time only…Festive Easter Choir, complete with handbell choir and praise band! Grades 3, 4, 5. Special school lunch rehearsals! Final rehearsal 9:30 a.m., March 27 in Parish Center Chapel before Easter Sunday 10:30 mass. RSVP: Paul Dolejsi at

MOM AND DAUGHTER, “CATHOLIC PRINCESS RETREAT” – May 27-29th at Palisades Retreat Center. This retreat is for mothers (or aunts, grandmothers, or Godmothers) and daughters (aged 5-10) and is led by Camille Pauley on May 27-29. The retreat is designed to instill in girls a sense of their dignity as daughters of the King, and to remind women of their beauty and honor as heirs to the Kingdom of God. The retreat will teach the girls that every person is made in the image and likeness of God, with a unique personal beauty. Click here to register. The weekend will include:

  • Talks for both the children and adults
  • May Day Marian crowning
  • Ladies’ tea with live harp music
  • Coronation ceremony
  • Celebration of the Mass

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.

Community Notices

KENNEDY CATHOLIC DRAMA DEPARTMENT PRESENTS HONK THE STORY OF THE UGLY DUCKLING – Highline Performing Arts CenterTickets are available on or at the door. Showtimes:

  • Mar 17, 7:00 p.m.
  • Mar 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • Mar 19, 7:00 p.m.
  • Mar 20, 2 p.m.

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

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)