Family Communication (eFC) 5-12-2016

Moment Of the Week

Pictures from our Lego Robotics elective at the Robotics Extravaganza. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Robotics Extravaganza Results!

This year’s Robotics Extravaganza had it all — creativity, robotics, science, art, and engineering! Not to mention the 200+ phenomenally articulate Catholic school students from 20 different schools! They displayed amazing creations on the floor and in the sky. There were robot dancers, sumo wrestlers, baseball players, and drones. Volcanoes, bowling alleys, danger zones, and robot dogs! In one corner of the room, Robot Harry Potter clashed in an epic battle against Robot Voldemort, and in another, a candy dispenser noisily popped and churned out sweets. It was a day where all students could shine and enjoy one another’s brilliance!

Special shout outs went to:

  • Holy Rosary – West Seattle – Wow Factor!
  • Holy Rosary – West Seattle After-School group (the Gator Bots) – Excellent use of science and materials!
  • Assumption/St. Bridget – Great articulation and demonstration of Newton’s Laws!
  • St. Joseph Issaquah – Creativity and Fun!
  • St. John’s (sumo robots) – Sophisticated use of programming!
A Message From The Development Office

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that I will not be returning to Holy Rosary next fall as the school’s Development Director. I am proud of the incredible progress we have made in raising the awareness and level of fundraising in this community. It has been an honor to work for people that are as committed as I am to this amazing Holy Rosary education. Even though I will not return to my current role I will remain a proud proponent of Holy Rosary. I plan to focus my time and energy, in the near future, on my family — which includes three busy Holy Rosary students. “Obrigado” (thank you) for your wholehearted support these last few years and I look forward to seeing all of you on campus! ~ Kamila Kennedy

A Message From the Principal

I want to welcome Beth Martin to the Holy Rosary School staff. She will be our Development Director for the 2016-2017 School Year. I look forward to the community working with her and supporting her in all of our funding programs. Our new Principal, the Pastor, and I all met with her separately and we are all very happy to have her on board. The school is very lucky to have found Beth.

Kamila will be passing the torch to Beth Martin. Beth has nearly 20 years of development and event fundraising experience as the Associate Director at the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. She is excited to lend her expertise to HRS, and build on the foundation that Kamila has established. Beth and her husband, Corey, have been Holy Rosary parishioners since moving to West Seattle 12 years ago. They have two boys attending HRS, Will is in 3rd grade and Luke is in kindergarten.

Beth Martin

I am very sorry to announce that Kimberly Tish, who has served as our Registrar for a number of years, will be leaving us at the end of this school year. She is leaving to be able to spend more time with her family. Kimberly has done a fantastic job for the school as Ambassador #1. She has brought on the FACTS system, promoted the school, conducted tours and enrolled new families. Her position is part-time, even though she puts in more hours than expected. We are looking for someone, or perhaps two people to replace her. If anyone is interested I invite them to contact Kimberly to get an idea of the responsibilities and flow of activity. If after meeting with Kimberly you are still interested in the Registrar position, please contact me at ~ George

Update Family Contact Information

Please be sure to let the main office know if you have had a change of address, updated your email address or added any new phone numbers for your family. It is very important that we always have the most up-to-date information for our students and families! Also, be sure to check your family’s entry in the current School Directory. If you have any updates or changes, please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the main office:

Annual Fund 2015-2016 Update
  • $202,699 Pledged
  • $180,075 Paid

We have surpassed our goal in pledges, and are so close to our $200,000 goal in payments! We still have 75 families who have not responded to the Annual Fund this year (2015-2016). No amount is too small! Let’s raise the percentage of participation! If you already made a donation to the Annual Fund, thank you!

How can we make to our goal?

It’s possible! Here’s a hypothetical scenario.

# Of Families Gift Level Total
5 $1,000 $5,000 = 100% Participation
20 $500 $10,000
10 $200 $2,000
25 $100 $2,500
15 $50 $750
75 $20,250


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 schools yearly budget. Please consider a gift to the Annul Fund*.

The 2015-2016 Annual Fund supports the following:


Payments to the 2015-16 Annual Fund can be made through June 2016. Did you know that $19,300 of the Annual Fund total comes from corporate matching programs? Wow! Please do check with your H.R department to inquire weather your employee is one of them. Here is a list of some of companies that will match employee’s charitable donations. These guidelines might help you get started.

Room Parent Opportunity

Be a room parent for the 2016-2017 school year! If you enjoy planning and attending classroom parties and parent’s nights out, and spoiling the teachers with birthday gifts, then this job is for you!  Room parents fill such an important role in each class and help take a little weight off of our teacher’s shoulders.  This time spent also goes toward your family commitment hours. If you are interested in being a room parent during the 2016-2017 school year, please email me at Thank you!

Parent’s Club

FINAL MEETING TONIGHT – Calling all Gators! Parent’s Club is gearing up for one more fun meeting to celebrate another successful year. Please join us tonight! 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!

MiopostoScreen Shot 2016-05-05 at 10.05.02 AMMioposto Pizza Fundraising

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! Located in North Admiral, just a few blocks north of the Admiral Theater, on California Avenue on the left.

Recess Duty 2016-2017

Double your volunteer hours for next year. Now is the perfect opportunity to sign up for next year’s lunch recess duty. The time is 11:15-1:15 daily. Double volunteer hours are given to those who complete a full two hours on their assigned day. We ask that you choose one specific day per week for the entire year. Please complete this sign up form and return to Ms. Judd by May 26. Thank you.


BAND FESTIVAL – Please join us in an evening of musical celebration of Catholic schools! The Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band Program presents its annual BAND FESTIVAL on May 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Kennedy Catholic High School in Goodwin Gym!

Support our young instrumentalists! This night will feature not only the combined mass band of nine elementary schools but also the 2016 Honor Band and the incredible Kennedy Catholic Band! Music will fill the air! See you there!

BAND CAMP – Keep music in your summer! Attend the Kennedy Catholic High School elementary band camp! Miss McKamey promises a fun-filled week of learning, creating and growing on your instrument! July 11-15 from 12:15-2:00 p.m. Only $25 and a sibling discount is available! You will not want to miss this! Please go to and look for summer programs. The elementary band registration is on the second page! The deadline is June 10th.


FIRST COMMUNION – Congratulations to our second graders who celebrated their First Communion last Saturday. 1stCommunion


MOTHER’S DAY MASS – The children’s choir for the Mother’s Day Mass on Sunday was a great success. There were many children who turned up to sing in the choir. Click on pictures to enlarge.

A Message from Father Oakland

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL – Every year Catholics throughout the Archdiocese are asked to support the Annual Catholic IMG_1865Appeal, an $11.5 million campaign which supports over 60 ministries and programs throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle, including Catholic Education, CYO programming, campus ministries, seminarian and deacon formation, priest and religious retirement, social outreach, and so much more. Everything over our Holy Rosary goal of $139,091 comes back to us. Our rebate this year will go towards our Bell Tower Project, as this structure is in need of repair to maintain its structural integrity and safeguard it and all buildings and people around it. See this attachment for more information. This project will require $315,000 in funding, some of which will come from our Facilities Reserve savings. Thank you for your support of the Archdiocese, and our parish – ensuring that together we will have a future full of hope. Click here for the donation link.

YEAR END YOUTH GROUP PICNIC AT ALKI – June 5, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Alki Beach. Come to the EOY youth group picnic! We’ll have the surreys/bikes to ride, hamburgers, hotdogs, lemonade and s’mores for dessert. Please bring a side dish to share. Parents and siblings are welcome. Come prepared to eat, play, and have fun! We will have a signup genius sent out closer to the event date or you can RSVP to  Fr. Oakland is planning to be there too! See flyer for more details.

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.

Community Notices

SUMMER CAMPS are listed on this page. New camps are added weekly at the top.

A CHILD BECOMES PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT – Our next event will be for parents only on Monday, May 16th from 7 – 8 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan on attending this event.  Alex Williams – a real rocket scientist and a student from the inaugural class at A Child Becomes Preschool – will discuss the importance of math and engineering for kids, both boys and girls, and how we as parents and educators can lay the groundwork with our preschoolers. He will share his experiences with building rocket ships and the race to space. These are incredibly exciting times in space exploration! Please RSVP to

THE SEATTLE PREP PULSE DANCE TEAM will be hosting a hip-hop dance clinic on May 14, 2016 for 1st-8th graders. Students will explore various aspects of movement, learn hip-hop choreography, and end the day by hitting the main stage with a performance for their friends and family! The classes will be divided by grade and taught by the 2015-2016 Pulse captains. Emma Connell (’15) from Holy Rosary is on the team and would love to see you there! Through this fun and active clinic, participants will be able to gain experience in dance, build confidence in performance, and make many new friendships! Date:  Saturday, May 14th, 2016 on the Seattle Prep Campus from Clinic 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

PARENTING KIDS WITH ADHD – Seven-week workshop with Jill Forsberg, begins Thursday May 26. More information available in the office.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 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