Family Communication (eFC) 4-6-2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Holy Rosary families,

We had an amazing auction last weekend, and I am so appreciative of everyone’s help and participation. Money raised during the auction is critical to our operating budget, so I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed.

There is still a chance to give to a much-needed cause if you were not able to attend, by supporting our fund-an-item.

Our Fund-An-Item at this year’s auction had a lofty goal. The fire alarm system, while still functional, is nearing the end of its useful life. Replacing the system has become an urgent need, as repairing has become nearly impossible. The project cost is around $160,000. The grant committee has already secured $50,000, but that leaves a substantial amount to go. While our auction night goal was $60,000, we fell short by $12,000. If YOU did not attend the auction, YOU can help raise additional funds toward the fire alarm replacement!

I ask you to click here and make a donation to help keep our kids safe. Maybe the $160 you were going to spend on a couple’s ticket could be placed toward this Fund-An-Item, or a larger donation if you are so inclined? You will receive a receipt for this 100% tax-deductible donation.

Thank you for participating and supporting HRS! Below is the video that was shown during the Fund-An-Item segment.

This weekend, we’re going to embark on our big playground dig-out project! If you are still in need of volunteer hours, there is still time to sign up at this link! We’re offering double hours for this important project, so please join us if you can (and bring a shovel and wheelbarrow if you have one)!

As we move closer to Holy Week, I hope this Lenten time continues to be one of prayer for you and your family. I will close, sharing our prayer that we used to start this week.

God of love, 
We know that you are the source of all 
that is good and graced in our lives. Help us to move from the life of sin to which we so often cling, 
and into the new life of grace you offer us. Help us to prepare for your kingdom, 
and Bless us with those gifts.
Guide us as we continue our Lenten journey,
As we continue in this time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving,
So that we may be worthy to join in the Easter celebration.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

A Message From The Pastor

Next week we celebrate Holy Week, and the key events in our salvation won for us by Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice of His own life. Throughout His ministry, Jesus invited us to walk with Him and to share in His Passion and Death if we wish to share with Him in His Resurrection. We can only receive the gift of new life if we are willing to give up our old lives – to instead choose to live with Him, to seek the path that He sets before us, to follow His teachings, to share His Words, to show His love, to strive for Heaven. This is what it means to die to ourselves, and instead choose Jesus Christ. Next week, as we enter into this great mystery, the Church’s Liturgies are very rich, and I would encourage you to come as we journey with Jesus.

Join with Jesus on Palm Sunday as we celebrate the His entry into Jerusalem.

Regular Sunday Masses on April 8 at 5 p.m.

  • April 9 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Join with Jesus in the Healing Sacrament of His Mercy and Love

  • April 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Second to last opportunity before Easter for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Join with Jesus on Wednesday as we see His Passion acted out before our very eyes.

  • April 12 at 8 p.m., by the St. Stephen the Martyr Youth Group

Join with Jesus on Holy Thursday in the Upper Room, as He gives us the Eucharist, the Priesthood, and model of Charity.

  • April 13 at 7 p.m., followed by Adoration in the St. Dominic Chapel of the Parish Center until 10 p.m.

Join with Jesus on Good Friday as we enter into His Passion and Death

  • April 14: 11 a.m. Living Stations of the Cross by the HRS eighth graders

3 p.m. Stations of the Cross, followed by Confessions until all are heard (last opportunity before Easter)

7 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, as we venerate Jesus crucified

Join with Jesus as He rises from the Dead and we celebrate His Resurrection!

  • April 15 at 9 p.m: The Great Easter Vigil (Lots of smells and bells and candles. Includes Christian Initiations, and lasts 2.5 hours)
  • April 16: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m Masses

If you are traveling for the Triduum Liturgies, I would invite you to look up the local parishes here. is always a good tool, although a general search online for Catholic Churches and the city should also yield the desired information. It is always wonderful to see the universality of the Catholic Church, as we come together as one body of Christ worshipping our God.

Have a blessed Holy Week, and a joyous Easter!
In Christ,
Fr. Oakland

Coding With Kids Late Spring Session Registration

It’s the last session for Coding With Kids this year. See our Coding With Kids page for more information and contact Janise Jordan to register.

Class Pictures

The class pictures will be on Tuesday, April 25. Picture forms will be sent home this week. Please have your student wear Perfect Uniform. Thank you. We are looking for a volunteer to help bring the students to the School Hall from the classrooms. Please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the school office if you are able to help.

Talent Show Permission Slips in Office

The annual Holy Rosary School Talent Show is coming up on Friday, May 12! We are looking forward to seeing the students sharing their talents with our school. Permission slips are now in the office, so pick one up today! Please make sure to read the directions carefully and turn in this completed and signed slip to the office in the morning between 8:15 and 8:25. Group acts need to turn in their slips together. The final turn in day is Tuesday, April 25. Thank you!

Development Directives

Woohoo, our largest fundraiser is in the books! This truly is a community event and thank you all for helping to pull it off. A special thanks to the Chairs: Jody Maas, Cheryl Mauer, Kate McGovern, Marcia Metcalf and Molly Ward. Also, thank you to all the leads that daily worked on this event for months.

Receipts will be sent via email this week, after all credit cards have been charged. Don’t forget to apply for MATCHING FUNDS from your company.

AUCTION PURCHASES are available for pick up in the main office; please see Jennifer Hazzard. The exception are BUYBACKS and TEACHER BOOKS which will be sent home late April/early May.

The annual auction FIRE SALE starts now and will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 9. There are some great deals to be found. CLICK HERE to shop the fire sale.

STILL NEED HOURS? Contact Beth as there are a few auction wrap-up opportunities:  fire sale distribution, procurement thank you writing. We are also looking for Magazine Co-Chairs. Great opportunity to get your hours out of the way early!

annual-fund-badge (1)Now that the auction is in the books, our focus for the remainder of the year will be the ANNUAL FUND. If you made a pledge at the beginning of the school year and are not making payments, please fulfill that pledge before the end of April. If you have NOT had an opportunity to make an annual fund donation, I urge you to help us reach 100% participation. No amount is too small. When applying for grants, a higher percentage of participation allows the granting committee to know that we have exhausted our resources at the family level. Click the ANNUAL FUND button on the right hand side of the home page to participate.

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

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 this Friday, please contact Jennifer Hazzard. This will be the final week for the St. Martin de Porres outreach.

Please keep the toiletry items separate from the lunches:

  • April 7 – disposable razors/shaving cream (sample size)

Thank you!


Congratulations to the following Gator volleyball teams for making it to the playoffs:  sixth grade girls, seventh grade AA girls, eighth grade girls, and eighth grade boys. Way to go and hope to cheer you on in the championships!


HOLY ROSARY PARISH VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER, FRIDAY, APRIL 28 – All Holy Rosary Church volunteers are invited to attend our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Friday, April 28, at 5:30 in Lanigan Gym. We will be having a buffet dinner so if you can’t make it until 6 or 6:30 that works, too. We will have a prize drawing at 7. Children are invited. Please RSVP with number of guests and their names to

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 30 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

KEEPING YOUR CHILD’S SKILLS SHARP OVER THE SUMMER CAN BE FUN! My name is Katie Hooks and I am a 2013 graduate of Holy Rosary School. I will graduate from Holy Names Academy in May 2017, with honors. I am available this summer to tutor your student in reading, math and/or Spanish. I have worked for the City of Seattle as a reading tutor through the TeamRead program, and have been a peer tutor at Holy Names for the past two years in Spanish. I have taken math and Spanish all four of my high school years, including AP/college level Statistics and Spanish this year. I have transportation and can come to your home. Tutoring rates: $10 per half hour for one student/$15 per half hour for two students. I am also available for babysitting, errand running, taking the kids to swim lessons, etc. References available. Please feel free to contact me at or 206-465-6566.

CODING WITH KIDS THIS SUMMER – Our Lady of Guadalupe in West Seattle is excited to offer Holy Rosary students access to their extracurricular programs this summer. OLG is offering Coding with Kids and other camps this summer from June 14-16 and June 19-23. Find information about these programs on the OLG web site. Register here to sign up your child! Questions? Email Laura Wong.

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 13, taught by Ms. Reuter. Note:  This is not a Holy Rosary School program.

  • Time:  3:15-5 p.m. on Thursdays
  • Dates:  April 13, April 27, May 4, May 5, May 18, May 25. No Art Workshop on April 20th (Spring Break)
  • Cost:  $170
  • Location:  Seattle Lutheran High School
  • Eligibility:  All grade 1-5 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 12-15. Summer Art Camp #2 will be held from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day on June 19-22. 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
  • 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 12-3
  • 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