Family Communication (eFC) 4-28-2016

Parent’s Club

WESTFEST – We asked and you responded! Parent’s Club is thrilled to announce that we have a fabulous new event chair who is ready to keep our much-loved tradition alive! Mike Curran will be taking on the role of Chair for this fall’s event weekend. Please take a moment to thank Mike for stepping up for HRS and thank Kara Klem for providing such a smooth Chair hand-off of roles and timelines! Go Gators!

FINAL MEETING – Calling all Gators! Parent’s Club is gearing up for one more fun meeting to celebrate another successful year. Please join us! The theme will be a luau as we celebrate with principal Hofbauer and offer well wishes on his retirement. Thursday, May 12th starting at 6:30 p.m. Luau chic – grass skirts optional. Childcare provided at no cost! Still need hours? Calling one more volunteer for childcare. Please click here to sign up. Special thanks to EVERYONE who has made this year great!  We are happy to announce our new 2016/2017 Parent’s Club Executive Board:

  • Joellyn DeRonghe, President
  • Dino Annest, Vice President
  • Secretary, Maura McCann
  • Treasurer, Lisa Ingalls-Smith
  • Home Room Coordinator, Emily Paulson
  • Past President, Alison Morton

And, no words can express our gratitude for Claire Fitterer and Laura Meyer who will be hanging up their PC hats and moving on to new school adventures.  Thank you for your leadership, your friendship and your commitment to our school!

Holy Rosary Attending Robotics Extravaganza

Holy Rosary has many teams attending the Seattle Prep Robotics Extravaganza this year. Both our First Lego League (FLL) and our Lego Robotics elective, led by Ms. DeFeo and Mr. Barker, will be attending, so come on down, stop by, and say “Hello!” Contact Mr. Barker for more information.

Parents and children welcome – bring everyone you can think of to this fun and creative day. Saturday, May 7th from 9-11 a.m. at the Seattle Prep McHugh Gymnasium. It’s free for all, and includes face painting, crafts, and robots running wild! It’s an amazing experience for the entire family.

This year’s Robotics Extravaganza is wilder and wackier than ever! There will be robots and drones, creations and contraptions — magnificent worlds with robots just about everywhere! But don’t just look — come to put them in motion yourself! Drive them on a course, race them against your friends, and dodge them as they buzz through the air — it will be a day of robots moving everywhere! If you have future scientists, budding tinkerers, or just plain creative geniuses in the family, this is the place for them! It will get everyone in your family falling in love with science and robots!

Talent Show

80'sJONReady to get up and get your sweat on? Well, you are in luck because our 2016 talent show theme is 80’s workout! What can you wear? Bright colors, sweatbands, headbands, leg warmers, sweat suits, athletic clothes, side ponytails, scrunchies, tank tops, high socks, shorts over leggings, jerseys, etc., etc. We are pumped to see the spirit on May 13th!


NEWS FROM THE BAND! SPRING MEANS CONCERT TIME! Here’s the line-up for ALL band members (gr. 5-8): Talent Show – May 13th/Morning Slot

BAND FESTIVAL – May 18, 7 p.m. Kennedy Catholic High School – Information sheets and permission slips went home with your child last week. And we will be treating our 4th graders to a mini concert May 23rd during the day. Parents of School Band (gr. 6-8):  Starting Wednesday, April 26th, students will be joining our fifth graders. Release time will now be at 3:00 p.m. Thank you! Elementary Summer Band Camp with Miss McKamey is set for July 11-15! Go to to see details and register!



GIVEBIG – Support Holy Rosary School as part of Seattle’s biggest day of giving of the year! We are participating in The Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBIG on May 3! The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event where contributions from GiveBIG sponsors match a percentage of your individual contributions made through The Seattle Foundation website.

Help raise $15,000 to meet our 2015/16 goal for the Annual Fund. If you have already donated to the Annual Fund this year, please consider making an additional gift on May 3. Learn more about GiveBIG and support Holy Rosary School by clicking here.

MIOPOSTO PIZZA FUNDRAISER – Save the date, May 17, for eating out at Mioposto Pizza, where part of the proceeds from that evening will benefit Holy Rosary School. What an easy and delicious way to raise money for our school!

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 2.00.39 PMDETLEF SCHREMPF FOUNDATION THANK YOU! – For the second consecutive year the Detlef Schrempf Foundation partnered with Holy Rosary School for the St. Patrick’s Day Dash. Our parents volunteered prior and during the dash and were able to count those hours towards Holy Rosary’s parent commitment program. On May 21st, Holy Rosary School received a generous donation in the amount of $1,195! Thank you to the Foundation and to Holy Rosary parent, Beth Martin, for coordinating this effort.

1% RECEIPT REBATE PROGRAM WITH THRIFTY – As we are getting close to the end of the school year, please drop off all your Thriftway receipts in the office ASAP.  Don’t let them go to waste! If you have questions, please contact Irene Merz at Thank you for all your support.


MERCY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY: SHELTER THE HOMELESS – As you know Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine have declared a state of emergency in regard to homelessness here in Seattle. Our Mercy of the Month gives us a wonderful opportunity to look at those ways in which we as individuals are responding to the call of Christ to help others who find themselves without a home and all that it should entail. Much more than a mere shelter, home is supposed to be a place where our lives our nourished, where we can grow and thrive, where we can find rest, a place of security.

CCS and Catholic Housing Services do incredible work, as do a great many other agencies and organizations, whether directly with housing, or through various programs to feed the homeless and hungry as well. Here at Holy Rosary we operate a 10-bed women’s shelter two nights a week, with a host of volunteers who help in different ways. But it obviously still isn’t enough.

Two good questions to ask:  How am I sheltering the homeless? How am I merciful like the Father?

“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?” -James 2:15-16

Within your various groups and apostolates, please reflect on this Mercy of the Month during May, sharing this sheet with others as well.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR WELCOMES SECOND GRADERS TO SING ON MOTHER’S DAY! Every year, the Holy Rosary Youth Choir for students in grades 3-5, welcomes second graders into the choir to sing for Mother’s Day! It is exciting and fun to see and hear 15-20 new young singers learn about choir and the joy of singing together! And then even more fun and memorable to have them sing for their moms on Mother’s Day!

The choir will sing at the 10:30 Sunday Mass on Mother’s Day, May 8. Rehearsals are after school in the chapel on Wednesdays: April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, from 2:30-3:15. Teachers will escort kids from classroom to chapel. Pick-up is from the chapel courtyard at 3:15. Students will be escorted back to BASE as needed. They will also rehearse Sunday morning (May 8) in the chapel at 9:30 a.m. No cost for second graders to participate. Donations always welcome.

To have your second grader sing on Mother’s Day, please register online on the Holy Rosary Parish website by clicking here. Arrangements can also be made if there is a Wednesday rehearsal conflict. Our goal is to have as many second graders as possible join the choir to sing for their Moms!

MARINER GAME NIGHT Friday, May 13 at 7:10 p.m. bring your family to our Parish-wide offering for discount tickets to the Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels game on May 13, 2016 at 7:10 p.m. Tickets are $15 (normally $25) and we have 50 tickets available. Please turn in the attached form with check or cash payment no later than April 22nd to the Parish office.

The seats are view level seating behind home plate and the first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive replica socks. Additionally, $3 per ticket will go to fund Youth Ministry at Holy Rosary. For questions, please email Ruth 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
Community Notices

SUMMER CAMPS are listed on this separate page. We’ll continue to add as new camps are referred to us.

LEE’S MARTIAL ARTS PARENTS NIGHT OUT – This popular event keeps both your children and yourselves happy! Have a night out on us while we take care of your kids in a safe and fun environment. This event includes dinner and snacks. Call 206-938-3375 or email to reserve your spot. Please tell your friends about this event too because it’s open to the community. Must have at least 10 kids registered to hold this event.

  • When:  Friday, April 29th
  • Where:  Lee’s Martial Arts – 3270B California Ave SW
  • Time:  6-10 p.m.
  • Cost:  $30/child, $50 for two siblings
  • Activities:  Tae Kwon Do, games, music, dance, pizza, movie and popcorn!
Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 5/4 – 8th Grade Graduation Pictures
  • 5/13 – Talent Show
  • 5/21 – 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass and Dinner
  • 5/27 – Noon Dismissal – Field Day
  • 6/2 – 8th Grade Graduation
  • 6/7 – Kindergarten Graduation
  • 6/8 – New Parent Orientation/Kindergarten Round-Up