Family Communication (eFC) 3-30-2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Holy Rosary families,

We wrapped up our accreditation site visit last week, and I’m pleased to say that everything went very well.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the things we do well and a great chance for us to receive feedback on the areas we have self-identified for growth.

I would like to thank everyone for their support during this process.  Every six years we complete the accreditation process, and it is no small undertaking.  This was truly a team effort, and the Report of Findings is something we all can celebrate.  While we won’t receive the final answer as to the six-year renewal of our status until June, all indications are that we should receive the full renewal.  The eight most significant accomplishments the visiting team shared about our school, through the Report of Findings are:

  1. The school has a strong Catholic Identity.  They have faith-filled students and staff who actively connect to the parish through participation in Liturgical and community events and a pastor who has a strong presence in the school.
  2. Throughout the community of Holy Rosary School, there is a strong sense of tradition and legacy that includes annual retreats for grades 5-8 and continued involvement by alumni.
  3. The school is committed to a student-centered approach.  They have adopted many hands-on, project based instructional methodologies to support student learning and growth.
  4. Adoption of a STEM plus program, including a well-developed Technology Plan, an interactive computer and robotics lab, the addition of seventh and eighth grade electives, and grade-level capstone projects.
  5. Holy Rosary School has a highly dedicated, committed staff that is devoted to the education of the whole child.
  6. Enhanced development and marketing strategies to increase enrollment, parent communication, community building, and to bridge parent-school relations.
  7. Well-developed service learning and stewardship opportunities for the students, parents, and staff.
  8. Increased transparency of the school and parish financial situation and budget development, resulting in positive variances in the past school years.

Wonderful things to celebrate!!  Here is a video our accreditation team put together for us.

I am so proud of what we have done, and the many great things to come!!

As we continue our journey in Lent, the resource I want to share with you this week comes from the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program.  Their website will provide your family with some wonderful ways to “Encounter Lent” including daily prayer ideas.  I hope you will take a look.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!  I hope to see many of you at the auction this weekend!

Yours in Christ,


Principal for a Day!

Yesterday, Ms. Horton had the privilege of hosting student principal and vice principals for the day.  Students Keegan and Zach filled these roles, and we had a great time!  They had the opportunity to attend important meetings with Ms. Horton and Father Oakland, tour behind-the-scenes places in the church, ride the elevator, visit classrooms to remind students about Lunches with Love and St. Martins donations for tomorrow, and participate in a curriculum evaluation.  When asked about their day and what was the best part they said……lunch out at Husky Deli with the principal!  A great day was had by all.

News from the Band

Truly a busy time for our young musicians as we prepare for spring concerts! Details will be coming! Noteworthy dates:

  • May 12 – Talent Show — ALL band members involved!
  • May 17 – Band Festival, Kennedy Catholic High School — ALL band members involved!

Registration is open here for the Elementary Band Camp on July 10-14. Click to the NEXT page. One-year experience is required! Join the fun with Miss McKamey!

Congratulations to Kennedy Catholic Percussion Ensemble!  Go Sal Crockett!  They were selected to attend the State Competition!  Also alumni, Corey Zarkowski, will be participating at State on his trombone!!

Development Directives

There is not a dress code or theme to the Auction, other than Country Club. The committee has been asked WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Ladies, pull out a fancy dress and clasp on your pearls. Gents, don a suit and tie. If you’re feeling adventurous, get creative.

There are still VOLUNTEER positions available! This is a huge volunteer event. Please sign up by clicking here.

Buy those RAFFLE TICKETS now! Don’t miss out on a $5,000 tuition voucher. Only 100 tuition raffle tickets will be sold. Please return the raffle sheet to the office or pick up a new sheet there. Tickets for church parking are also still available for only $20!

BUYBACKS AND TEACHER BOOKS will come home in April or early May.

The auction NEEDS BOXES to move items to Rainier on Friday and Saturday next week. Please bring any large boxes (case of paper size to wardrobe box size) to Beth’s office or place on the stage. The auction committee will need to carry the boxes, so please nothing exceptionally large or odd shaped.

Parents Club

JOIN THE 2017/2018 PARENTS CLUB LEADERSHIP TEAM AS VICE PRESIDENT – We are already looking ahead to a fantastic 2017/2018 school year. Before you know it, September will be upon us bringing new teachers, new friends, and a fresh start to a new year of memories. Have you considered being a part of the Parents Club leadership team? Get to know new families, learn more about the inner workings of the school and lend your talent to our incredible school by representing our parent community.

We would love to have you join Parents Club as next year’s Vice President. Click here for a full position description. Please contact Joellyn DeRonghe ( or Dino Annest ( with questions.

Still need more convincing? Volunteer hours…that’s right; Parents Club leadership positions fulfill the entire 50-hour requirement by being a leader in our community.

EIGHTH GRADE “PARENT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR” AWARD – Nominations are now open for the Parents Club “Volunteer of the Year” award. This annual honor is given to an 8th grade parent (with no younger children) who has given their time, talent and treasure for the school and our many programs. Know a parent(s) that has consistently shown up for all of our HRS efforts and will be graduating onto high school? If so, please email Joellyn DeRonghe at with your nominee name and tell us why they deserve the recognition. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 21st. Award will be presented at our last Parents Club meeting on May 11th.

School Commission

SEEKING NEW COMMISSION MEMBERS – The School Commission is seeking new members for the upcoming 2017/18 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.

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, commitment hours, 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 4-year term and hours conducting School Commission business count towards commitment hours.

The School Commission Application can be found here. If you have questions about becoming a member or the application process, contact the recruiting team:  Kevin McMahan (Member at Large) or Mike Curran (Vice-President):

Brown Bag Fridays For St. Martin De Porres Men’s Shelter

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 31 – men’s socks
  • April 7 – disposable razors/shaving cream (sample size)

Thank you!

‪Thriftway One Percent Receipt Rebate Program

If you have any Thriftway receipts lying around, please bring them to the school office.  We can get 1% back from all the Thriftway receipts.  Don’t let them go to waste. If you have any questions, please contact Irene Merz at Thank you for all your continued support.


Upcoming Youth Group events for sixth through eighth grade students. High schoolers are invited as leaders.

YOUTH MINISTRY PALM SORTING – Saturday, April 8. 3-5 p.m. Youth are invited to help our Church on Saturday, April 8, from 3-5 p.m. by sorting palms for Palm Sunday.  We will meet in the School Hall and will have a movie playing, plus pizza available, while sorting. Any eighth grader needing service hours; these count.  Please sign up your youth by clicking here.

YOUTH TO HELP AT OUR WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY MEAL – April 30 at Our Lady of Guadalupe. – Youth from grades 6 through high school are invited to help at our West Seattle Community Meal that is hosted by Holy Rosary at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, April 30th from 1-3 p.m.  Please click here for more information and SignUpGenius.


  • Field trip and dinner with Sisters of St. Joseph at Providence Mount Saint Vincent’s. Sunday, May 7, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Youth Group Study Hall. Thursday, May 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the School Hall.
  • Youth Group End-of-Year Youth Ministry Picnic at Alki. Sunday, June 4, from 5-8 p.m. at Alki Beach.
Community Notices

dressSPECIAL OCCASION DRESS EVENT – Holy Family Parent’s Club is hosting a Special Occasion Dress Event — perfect for First Communion — on Sunday, April 12, after the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Rosary Masses. Come to the School Hall and find beautiful girl’s dresses at a reasonable price. Most dresses are brand new in a variety of sizes and styles! You won’t want to miss this event! No returns or exchanges; all sales are final. Proceeds benefit Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School.

SUMMER CAMPS AT KENNEDY CATHOLIC – Please see this flyer for summer camp options at Kennedy Catholic.

MS. REUTER’S ART WORKSHOP – There are still a few spots available in the super fantastic Art Workshop session which will begin April 13th, taught by Ms. Reuter. Note:  This is not a Holy Rosary School program.

  • Time:  3:15-5:00 p.m. on Thursdays
  • Dates:  April 13th, April 27th, May 4th, May 5th, May 18th, May 25th. No Art Workshop on April 20th (Spring Break)
  • Cost:  $170
  • Location:  Seattle Lutheran High School
  • Eligibility:  All 1-5th grade students welcome
  • Projects:  ceramic dragons, treasure boxes, 3D mini house landscapes, nature mobiles, pet rocks, and more 😉
  • Register:  Email

MS. REUTERS SUMMER ART CAMPS – Ms. Reuter is gearing up to host two spectacular summer art camps next door at Seattle Lutheran. Summer Art Camp #1 will take place from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day on June 12th-15th. Summer Art Camp #2 will be held from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day on June 19th-22nd. Each camp will include the following projects:  rainbow cookie dough sculpture, 3D plaster birds, mini garden landscapes, inventors’ lab, TP monster apparel design, polymer clay figurines, canvas painting, and UFO crop circles. Cost per camp session is $210. Eligibility:  Students who have completed first grade are eligible for this camp. To reserve a spot for your child, please email Note: This camp is not a Holy Rosary School program.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 3/31 – noon dismissal – Auction setup. BASE open.
  • 4/1 – HEART Auction
  • 4/14 – noon dismissal – Good Friday – BASE open
  • 4/17-21 – Easter break
  • 5/12 – talent show
  • 5/20 – eighth grade baccalaureate Mass and dinner
  • 5/26 – noon dismissal – Field Day – BASE open
  • 5/26 – Sundance Dance Party 12:00-3:00
  • 5/29 – no school – Memorial Day
  • 6/1 – eighth grade graduation
  • 6/6 – kindergarten graduation
  • 6/7 – new parent orientation/kindergarten round-up
  • 6/8 – noon dismissal – BASE open
  • 6/9 – last day of school – dismissal after 8:30 Mass