Family Communication (eFC) 5-21-2015

May 21, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter

WESTFEST – Parents and keystones of Holy Rosary, we are in the final few weeks of school and likely on some spectrum of being burned out on all the obligations we’ve been fulfilling all year long. I count myself among you, believe me! I ask you at this time to rewind your thoughts to last fall – remember the sunshine, the smiles, the smells of cotton candy, the shouts of BINGO!?! – I could go on and on! This wasn’t just your son or daughter, but also hundreds of children throughout West Seattle (and beyond!) squealing with delight! It takes an amazing village to put on a production like WestFest, and without someone to promote it or someone to drum up sponsorship to help pay for it, Holy Rosary cannot put on a true Carnival of Community.

I am appealing to those of you who have a gift of “gab” – turning all the details of WF into directed information so folks know all that Holy Rosary has to offer. Most of the communication happens behind the scenes and over the summer/early September. Your guidance is needed to help your team volunteers coordinate the t-shirts, raffle items, yard signs, the school website, and those informational fliers that let local online news sources, social media sites, area schools, and daycares, etc. know all the vital details of WestFest. They won’t come if they don’t know what they’re missing!

To make WestFest a viable source of fun AND funds, we are in need of a Sponsorship Lead. Part of the Communications committee, an energetic person who has strong community contacts and outstanding fundraising skills is essential to Holy Rosary. This person will work over the summer to secure the support from local businesses to fund WF and its activities.

PLEASE make the decision to keep making WestFest a successful fundraiser for Holy Rosary AND a strong builder of community ties for the school and the church. We need you!!! Besides earning most, if not all, of your commitment hours in these roles, this is a very fun and rewarding way to serve the school and the community at the same time! Please contact Kara Klem at Thank you!

STAND UP – The month of May has been —- yet —– one more extraordinary month for the students at Holy Rosary Catholic School. We had the Talent Show, the special Mass for Mary, First Communion and the Poetry Café. Students got out in front of people whether it was to proclaim their faith, perform in a liturgical dance, and offer their talents in song, dance, musical performance, joke telling, or reading a poem they had written. And this is in addition to the usual Friday prayer service where a class leads the student body in prayer. The importance of all of these actions cannot be stressed enough. Standing up in front of your peers and parents and staff takes a certain amount of courage. It takes a certain amount of confidence. It takes a certain amount of comfort. Many people have a lifelong fear of getting in front of a crowd of people to do anything. These types of undertakings and activities help to build a child’s confidence and basic belief in themselves. It is one more hidden treasure in the “Holy Rosary Experience”. It is one more powerful reason to send a child to our school. I thank and congratulate all those who participated in any way.

Technology Grant

IMG_89423D printing is coming to Holy Rosary! Congratulations to Mrs. Michelle DeFeo and Mr. Jon Barker on receiving a Fulcrum Foundation Star Grant in the amount of $1,500! A Flashforge Dreamer 3D printer has been purchased and is scheduled to arrive today. This will be an incredible addition to our computer lab and to our school. A very special thank you goes to Lisa Fernandez for the grant writing. Thank you Lisa!


Parents Club

Last Thursday evening, the Parents Club hosted our annual appreciation event to celebrate another fantastic year of volunteerism at Holy Rosary School. Whether you are chairing a major fundraising event, securing a Christmas tree to the roof of a car, or reading in a classroom, YOU make a huge contribution to this community and we say, THANK YOU! If you are a volunteer that participated in a Parent Club sponsored event but were unable to attend our event last Thursday, an envelope was sent home with your eFC carrier.

As we do each year, we honored volunteers from our graduating 8th grade. This year we honored three parents and amazingly, all of them served as President on the Parents Club Board – two of them twice! Please join us in thanking them for their tremendous contributions to the HRS Parents Club and community – Currie Baker, Meg Peterson and Melissa Witsoe. The three new members of your Parents Club Board were introduced – Alison Morton, President, Jo DeRonghe, Vice President and Emily Paulsen, Room Parent Coordinator. Our community is very fortunate that these very talented ladies stepped into these important roles. Please join us in giving them a huge welcome! Claire Fitterer, Secretary and Laura Meyer, Treasurer will be continuing in their roles next year. We would like to thank Jodie Underwood for her three years of service since the role of Room Parent Coordinator became a position on the Parents Club Board. Her experience and leadership has been an important role to the PCB, room parents and the administration. Thank you, Jodie!

As we end another year and finish our terms on the PCB, we would like to thank all of you for your support and participation. It has been our pleasure to represent you and serve as your Parent Club leadership as our wonderful school entered its 2nd century!

Sincerely, Tracy Honner and Cindy Wingo, Co-Presidents

BOGO Book Fair

Attention Shoppers: The Scholastic Book Fair BOGO edition returns to Holy Rosary for four days only. That’s right – Buy One and Get One FREE. The book fair opens on Wednesday, May 27 and closes at 3:30 Monday, June 1. This is the perfect time to stock up on needed supplies for summer reading, birthday gifts, and fun treats. The students are beginning to get excited because they get things FREE! Thank you for supporting reading. Volunteers help to make the book fair run smoothly by serving as cashiers during lunch recesses and to help set up and close the book fair. Follow this link to volunteer. Thank you.

Commitment Hour Program

The deadline to enter your volunteer hours online is coming up! Hours must be completed by May 30. The minimum hours required for each school family (in-parish or out-of-parish) is 50 hours per year. At least half of these hours should be fundraising hours. A family that fails to complete this number of hours by the end of May is expected to pay for uncompleted hours at the rate of $35.00 per hour. Families must pay for the uncompleted hours by the last day of the school year. Student transcripts and/or graduation materials may be withheld until a family pays for uncompleted hours. Please make sure you get your hours entered into the online system as soon as possible. On behalf of HRS, thank you for your volunteer time and support. It is what makes our school community a strong and vibrant place.


B.A.S.E. Summer Program
The summer program will run from June 15 – July 3, and August 3 – 28. June and August calendars are on-line and available for downloading. If you are interested in the summer program, we need to have the calendars returned to the school office by Friday, May 29 for staffing purposes. We are flexible if dates change for you, but early notification is helpful and appreciated. New rates for B.A.S.E. will go into effect July 1. On the Holy Rosary website, the rate sheet can be found under Forms and Downloads/B.A.S.E. Forms and Information. Please contact Janise Jordan, B.A.S.E. Bookkeeper, with any questions at or 206-937-7255.


Keep the music alive during the summertime! Kennedy Catholic elementary summer band camp is July 6-10 from 12:15-2 pm. for all current band members. Don’t miss out on this great experience! Hard copies have been given to band members. They can also be located on Kennedy Catholic H.S. web site. See Miss McKamey for additional information. Learning and fun – what an awesome combination!

Recess Duty 2015-2016

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 for this enjoyable task. 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.

Extra Recess Patrols

Thank you 2nd grade for covering this week. Calling all 3rd grade families (it’s your final week!) Please use the link below to sign up for the extra recess patrol for next week 6/1-5. These extra patrols are outside the fence. Also, please do not forget to wear an orange safety vest. They are located in the patrol room and help identify you to the children and our HRS neighbors.


CROSS COUNTRY – Attention HRS Running Gators! The fall schedule is out! We will begin practice at Lincoln Park (south lot) every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 pm starting September 8th. The preliminary meets will be September 20 and 27. The K-3 championship meet will be Oct 4, and 4-8 will be Oct 11. We will wrap up our last practice on October 8th with a big BBQ and awards for all participants! For you Seahawks fans, we only conflict with one home game day, so don’t let that stop you! Parents, we have at minimum 2 coaches for every age group, there will be no child left unattended at any time.

I have opened registration for the FALL season of CYO cross-country early. You can now register your child to run in the fall, and not have to worry about it during the chaos of back to school! It is only $20 to run, $10 additional if your child needs a shirt click here. We are very excited for the next season of cross-country, and we have many coaches and volunteers ready to cheer your children across the finish line!

Please contact me with any questions! Run far, run fast, run hard! ~Coach Charise


(From Father John)

As I print this announcement from Archbishop Sartain along with the photo of your newly appointed pastor who begins his ministry here on July 1, it happens to be the week of Pentecost when the church celebrated its beginnings. It began as a small group of very timid and fearful people who were set on fire by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Those small beginnings grew into a worldwide church becoming over time the largest religious denomination throughout the world. Ours is a church that has done wonderful things for the world from education to medicine, from leading huge gatherings to counseling and assisting the lives of individuals; to the most awful things from the Crusades to the Inquisition to the sexual abuse of children by some of its priests. We have scaled the heights and plumbed the depths through the centuries.

At the present time in history we are experiencing a great diminishment in church attendance throughout the world as religious fervor has cooled for a variety of reasons, with large numbers of people claiming to be “spiritual but not religious”.

Holy Rosary is no exception and it is in this milieu that Fr. Oakland has been appointed. I have given what I have to give and he will bring his gifts to this arena. He is a young priest, just five years ordained, and his first priest administrator role is in a small place like Camas; it is obviously the one with his training wheels on, whereas, Holy Rosary will be a plunge into the deep end of the pool.

Priest administrator is the title given until one is six years ordained and has a priest mentor overseeing him but who has all the responsibilities of a pastor.

This is a new Pentecost moment in Holy Rosary and in the church throughout the world. The numbers of people attending every Sunday are much smaller than they use to be and the number of priests available to serve is way smaller than it used to be. Many parishes worldwide are without priests; all of this calls for serious prayers from all of us.

If you believe the priesthood in the church should continue as it has been— you need to pray for many men to enter in.

If you believe there should be a different solution to this obvious problem — you need to pray for this to happen.

If you are a parishioner of Holy Rosary — you could begin your welcome of Fr. Oakland now by praying for him every day.

If you are a member of the Archdiocese — please pray for the parishes that will experience their priest being reassigned but no replacement announced – as is the case with Fr. Oakland’s parish at this time.

Pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit:

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people and kindle in us again the fire of your love;

Send forth your spirit and we will be recreated and you will renew the face of the earth”.

Fr. John.

HOLY ROSARY PARISH AT THE SEATTLE MARINERS – Holy Rosary Parish has a block of tickets for the Seattle Mariners vs. Astros game on Sunday, June 21 at 1:10pm. June 21 is Father’s Day so this is a perfect family friendly event to attend. Tickets are only $12.00! Don’t wait – tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Turn in this order form with check to Deyette at the Parish office.

WALKING WITH PURPOSE – Are you curious about Walking with Purpose, the new women’s group at Holy Rosary that is TRANSFORMING the lives of its participants? Walking with Purpose is for any woman who desires to grow in faith. It’s a scripture-based study that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart. Our next study, Living in the Father’s Love, begins this summer. It is a brief but powerful course meant to revive and refresh us as we discover just how much God loves us! We will learn how the Gospels are deeply relevant to our relationships; both with God and with those we love. Join us on Friday mornings or Wednesday nights in the Parish Center! Fridays at 9:30 – 11 am from June 5 – July 31 and Wednesdays at 7:30 – 9 pm from June 24 – August 12. Childcare is provided for Friday mornings only. The fee for the 8-week session is $40, which covers a study guide, childcare, and hospitality. No previous experience is necessary! Women of all ages are welcome! Register here or email us anytime with questions!

LITURGY COMMISSION – To the members of Holy Rosary Parish and/or School, The Liturgy Commission is looking for new members for the year 2015-2016. We are seeking people from diverse age groups and backgrounds, hence young adults to the well seasoned. The duties of this commission include advising our Priest on matters regarding the liturgy as well as represent ministries that take part in the Liturgy. Our meetings usually take place on Mondays once a month/early evening. If you have any inquiries or an inclination to join, please contact Patrick Barredo at the Parish office.

Community Notices

CAMPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AT SEATTLE PREP – Summer Prep at Seattle Prep – Inspiring camps for middle school students! Looking for outstanding academic, art, and athletic camps for your middle school student? Check out Seattle Prep’s offerings at Do not miss out! Sign up today before spots fill. If you have questions or wish to inquire about tuition scholarship opportunities, please email or call (206) 577-2114.

BISHOP BLANCHET LEADERSHIP CAMP – Interested in being a leader? Already a leader and want to learn more skills to help your team, class, or school? Then come to Leadership Camp! Students will gain valuable information about how to lead large groups, small groups, details about event planning, how to advertise events, fundraise, and much more!

  • Grades 5 – 9 (as of Fall 2015)
  • Dates: June 23 – June 25
  • Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, June 05, 2015
  • Cost: $75.00
  • Register Online:
  • Questions? Contact: Ms. Kristin Kuzmanich –

BISHOP BLANCHET STUDY SKILLS CAMP – Help ease the transition to the more demanding and time-consuming homework loads associated with middle school and the first year of high school. This camp will help students with time management, organization, study strategies, and planning skills to increase success in the classroom this fall.

4US – Attention Jr. High Students! You are invited to join for a 3-day weekend of fun, service, and ministry. The annual 4US summer festival takes place in Tacoma mid-August. Come camp and volunteer with other students, learn from ministry leaders in the Pro-Life movement, and participate in THE WORLD’S LARGEST SQUIRT GUN FIGHT! The organization “4US” is a local charity committed to raising funds for ultrasound machines (“4”-“U”-“S”) which go to pregnancy resource centers. Interested in learning more? Check out the website:

O’DEA FOOTBALL CAMP AND BASKETBALL CAMP – If you are interested in either of these camps, the flyers are in the office.

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR – The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for NEW members on Saturday, May 30, 2015 for September enrollment. We invite boys currently in Kindergarten to 3rd grade to audition, and no previous music training is needed. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of fun and music training, and if your child is interested in singing and music, the Northwest Boychoir is a great choice. For 40 years, we’ve been training Seattle’s children to sing and perform in public. We offer small group instruction, after school, in Seattle’s University District with convenient freeway and public transportation access. Call us today to set up an audition appointment at (206) 524-3234 or visit

ARTSWEST SUMMER PROGRAMS – ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery conveniently located here in the West Seattle Junction is excited to offer two Musical Theater Academy Summer Programs

  • Elementary Musical Theater Academy – Two Sessions: July 6-17 and August 3-14 10 am – 4 pm. Kindergarten – Grade 5, no audition. These two-week sessions will welcome our youngest students into the world of incredible story telling through the medium of musical theater. With an emphasis on acting skills, movement, singing and improvisation games, musical theater comes to life as our students take classes with some of Seattle’s best working professionals. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills, which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends. $400 per session. Email to register at
  • Middle School Musical Theater Academy – Two Sessions: July 20-31, August 3-14 from 10 am – 4pm. Grade 6 – 8, no audition. These two week sessions will welcome our middle school students into the world of incredible story-telling through the medium of musical theater, and also provide them with a safe place to explore and build self-confidence. With an emphasis on developing their facility as actors, dancers, vocal technicians and improvisers, musical theater exploration leads to teamwork, respect, and a sense of belonging. Students will be mentored by some of Seattle’s best working professionals, many of whom grace the stages of Seattle’s biggest theaters. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills, which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends $400 per session. Email to register at
Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 5/22 – Field Day – noon dismissal
  • 5/30 – Baccalaureate Mass and 8th Grade Dinner
  • 6/4 – 8th Grade Graduation
  • 6/9 – Kindergarten Graduation (Last Day of Kindergarten)
  • 6/10 – New Parent Orientation/Kindergarten Round Up
  • 6/11 – Noon Dismissal
  • 6/12 – Last Day of School (dismiss after Mass 10:00 am)