Family Communication (eFC) 3-3-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

SCHOOL ACCREDITATION UPDATE – Our school faculty has been working diligently these past few months, studying the various aspects of our school and writing the chapters of our Self Study document, Improving Student Learning: A Self Study Process for Catholic Elementary Schools.

We are currently on schedule. First drafts have been submitted and are currently under review by the Accreditation Leadership Team. Following first round revisions, these drafts will be submitted to Kristin Dixon, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle, for further review and 

On March 10th, the Accreditation Leadership team will present a more detailed overview of the Accreditation process at the Parents’ Club meeting. Please join us if you can and continue to hold the school community in your prayers as we undergo this important process for our school improvement and accreditation.

LENTEN BROWN BAG FRIDAYS FOR ST. MARTIN de PORRES SHELTER began Friday, 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.

  • 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!

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 Families should have received an incidental bill from FACTS stating that the registration fee would be automatically withdrawn from the account you provided within your FACTS profile.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.

Holy Rosary After-School Coding Class

We are working with Coding with Kids to bring an after-school coding class to our computer lab. There are three levels: grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Classes would be after school from approximately 3:10-4:10, once a week. The programs would run eight weeks starting the week of April 11 to the last week of May/first week of June. Cost would be approximately $160. Coding with Kids requests a minimum of six children per level in order to run the classes. Please contact Mr. Barker if this is something you’d be interested in or have questions. If there is little or no interest then we’d be unable to bring this to our school.

Museum of Flight

FREE MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM FOR KIDS AGES 5-18. Click here to learn more about this program which allows students and one adult unlimited free visits to the Museum of Flight.


Reservations will be open next Thursday, March 10 for the April 16 Holy Rosary Annual Auction.

SAVE THE DATE FOR ONLINE AUCTION: April 2 – 9. Over 150 amazing items, experiences and getaways will be available through the Holy Rosary Online Auction. Stay tuned for more information.

Disco Theme Free Dress Day Friday March 11! Wear disco clothes to school to get in the disco spirit!

Lots of volunteer shifts available! Work party this Saturday!

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.

DECORATION WORK PARTIES – Saturday opportunities to earn fundraising hours

  • 3/05 (in two days)
  • 3/19
  • 4/9

Follow this link to sign up

WE NEED YOUR TALENTS – 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.
  • Cleanup lead – night of the event. A volunteer coordinator for this area.

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 8.49.28 AMAUCTION SPONSOR OF THE WEEK: Metal Solutions – Steven Northey, Holy Rosary parishioner and school parent

Metal Solutions LLC, 5212 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Parents Club

The next Parents Club Meeting is Thursday, March 10th.  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 and 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 – One volunteer needed.

Magazine Drive Update

Thank you for all your efforts during the Magazine Drive Fundraiser. This was the first year we did 100% of our sales online. We are pleased to announce that we surpassed last year’s net proceeds, thanks to YOU! Holy Rosary School keeps $67,264.25 from this fall fundraiser (2015-16).

A huge thank you goes to the many volunteers and to the Magazine Drive Chairs:  Ally Aldrey Dolan and Mandy Peterson.

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:

Applications are due April 1, 2016.

Holy Rosary Gator Cheer Contest

Please see this flyer for information about the Gator cheer contest!

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. **The deadline to turn in the completed forms has been extended**.  Please return all completed forms with payment to the office no later than Friday, March 4th.

*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.


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:


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

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 age 6 to 15.  Practice begins in mid-March and games begin in April.  Please follow the link to our website to register your daughter(s) now.  Questions – please email

A CHILD BECOMESMarch 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
  • 3/18 – No school – Deanery Curriculum Day
  • 3/25 – Noon dismissal – Good Friday
  • 3/28-4/1 – No school – Easter vacation
  • 4/12 – Class pictures (Perfect Uniform)