Family Communication (eFC) 5-19-2016

Moment Of The Week

The final Parent’s Club meeting was a great success. We celebrated George’s retirement. The children made a farewell video posted on this link and the teachers also had a little video send off for George, shown below.

Marti McGaughey received the Distinguished Service Award for all of her years of going above and beyond as a volunteer at Holy Rosary. We also thanked our board members who finished their term, Treasurer Laura Meyer and Secretary Claire Fitterer.

Pizza Lunchpizzalunch

Remember tomorrow is an 8th grade pizza lunch day!

Principal For The Day

1ALilly from first grade was the top seller from last fall’s magazine sale. For that honor she became principal for a day yesterday. Her first call of action was to declare pajama day (with a stuffie included!) for all first graders. Here’s a picture of Blakely working hard, while Giraffe quietly works along with him.

Parent Commitment Hours Reporting Reminder

All commitment hours need to be completed by May 31st and entered into the hour tracker by the end of the school year? Here is the link to report your hours.

Field Day

FIELD DAY IS COMING on Friday, May 27th! Please send a water bottle with your child/ren that day. Class clothes colors are as follows:

  • KA – white
  • KBblue
  • 1Ayellow/white
  • 1Bred/white/blue
  • 2A/2Bblue
  • 3A/3Bgreen/blue
  • 4A/4B – black/neon
  • 5Ablue/green
  • 5Brainbow
  • 6A – black/pink
  • 6Bblue/pink
  • 7A – black/red
  • 7Bpink/black
  • 8A/8B – black
Class of 2012 Reunion

Recently, more than 45 students from the class of 2012 returned for a reunion with their grade school classmates. They are ready to graduate from high school and exemplify the spirit of our SLEs. Here are some of the colleges they will attend this fall: St. Martins, Gonzaga, Marquette, Creighton, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, Loyola Chicago, University of Washington, Bellevue College, Western, Montana State, United States Air Force, Cal Poly, USC, NYU, WSU, University of Arizona, Cal Poly SLO, and West Point. Congratulations and best wishes.

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!


GATOR GEAR – Have you gotten your new duffel or spirit day-approved uniform youth Gator jackets yet? Final orders for the year are due on May 23rd. CYO would like to thank you for all of your support! Order forms are available at the bottom of the CYO page at this link.

cyoK-3 cyo4-8CYO CROSS COUNTRY FALL 2016 REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Hello Holy Rosary Running Gators! As we near the end of the school year, take a moment to click this link and get your children registered for cross-country in the fall. This is a short season that comes on fast after school starts. We’ll be running from September 6th to October 9th. Practice will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. at Lincoln Park beginning on September 6th. We’ll have children grouped by grades and running to their proper levels. Let me know if you have any questions! We have a fresh coaching staff ready to help your kids burn off back to school energy. See you in the fall! ~ Coach Charise at


ANNOUNCING MINISTRY SCHEDULER PRO – We are pleased to announce that Holy Rosary Church is putting into place a new system that will make liturgical minister scheduling much easier for everyone! It’s called Ministry Scheduler Pro! Using this online system you’ll be able to specify exactly what times do and do not work well for you to serve. You’ll also be able to check your schedule from anywhere and easily find a substitute when you can’t make one of your scheduled dates. We’ll be sending you more information about how to use this new system in the near future. For now, we’d like you to please ensure that the information we have on file for you is accurate. MSP also integrates your whole family’s serving schedule!

Current volunteers have already been sent their email invitation – including altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and sacristans.

New volunteers are welcome! Contact Paul Dolejsi for information on various church ministries. 

Current volunteers are asked to please login to the “Web Terminal” using the link in the email and update their general information, service preferences and unavailable times. Volunteers should make sure that they enter all the dates they are not available between June 1 and August 31. The email provides a link to the online MSP web terminal, and provides a username and password for access. Once logged in, you can click on the “Help” tab at the top of the screen to see a short video and printable guide that will explain step by step how to update your information. 

If you have an iOS or Android device, you can download a free app that will make it easier to view your scheduled dates, request and accept subs, and update your profile from your mobile device!

NOTE:  You must submit your updated preferences and availability for the next schedule (June 1-August 31) by Monday, May 23 in order for them to be considered. 

If you have any questions, you may contact me. We look forward to sharing more information about the benefits of this new system with you in the coming weeks. 
Thank you so much for your service! ~ Paul Dolejsi

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 – During the Jubilee year, we focus on a mercy for each month and in May it’s to shelter the homeless. There is a great opportunity in our parish to focus on this mercy, by volunteering at the Women’s Shelter. There are lots of different roles to support the women who stay in our parish shelter each weekend, September through end of June and we are always in need of volunteers to be overnight hosts, hospitality or drive a small bus. Come learn more about what we do to support this ministry of mercy after mass this weekend and next Wednesday. May 25th from 8-9 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering, contact JoAnn Tobin or Maria Tally.

Community Notices

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

MUSIC LESSONS – My name is Corey Zarkowski and I am offering beginning trombone, piano, and general music tutoring this summer. Most music programs take a break over the summer, and as a result you start the school year playing catch-up with your skills. I can help your child keep their music skills fresh over the summer. We can work out of your existing music books, or I have several books of my own. We can work on classical, jazz, or pop music. I have experience playing both solo and ensemble arrangements. It will be fun! I charge $15 for a 30-minute session.

About myself – I am a Holy Rosary graduate, and will be a Junior at Kennedy Catholic High School next year. I play trombone in the Symphonic and Jazz Bands at Kennedy, and have been in private lessons since 7th grade. In 2014 I was awarded the Cambronero Music Scholarship at Kennedy Catholic, and in 2016 I was an alternate to state in the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

I have also studied classical piano since 1st grade. Every summer I play ensemble music with Music Northwest’s Chamber Music Camp, and last year I also performed several solo pieces at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival.

You can contact me at 206-719-4525 (call or text) or at to talk about how your child and I can make music fun this summer!

CAMP GALLAGHER, located on Case Inlet in the southern Puget Sound, is opening this summer with overnight camp sessions for middle schoolers and high schoolers. This beautiful camp was formerly a CYO camp for teens and will now re-open as a non-affiliated camp. Programs will maintain many of the special traditions that make Camp Gallagher an amazing experience centered on friendship and being outdoors. With a focus on waterfront activities, Gallagher will feature kayaks, canoes, sailboats of every size, and a big water trampoline. There are hiking trails, an extensive stock of craft supplies, and a brand new ropes course. The website,, has helpful information. Marypat Smucker, a Holy Rosary parent, is on the board of Camp Gallagher. With a friendly competition between board members underway, if Marypat wins the most camper referrals (put Marypat’s name on registration site), she will choose a name from those referrals for the prize: your choice of a week at Suncadia or a week at Seabrook!

NANNY SHARE – I am looking for a nanny share during the summer for two toddlers. We ideally need someone Monday through Friday, but at the minimum Wednesday-Fridays from 11:30-3:30 p.m. The kids will need to be picked up from school at least three days a week. Transportation will be needed. Please contact Zoe Meagher at 206-265-9112.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 5/21 – 8th grade Baccalaureate Mass and dinner
  • 5/27 – Field Day – noon dismissal
  • 6/2 – 8th grade graduation
  • 6/7 – Kindergarten graduation
  • 6/8 – New parent orientation/Kindergarten round up
  • 6/9 – Noon dismissal
  • 6/10 – Last day of school – dismiss after Mass