Family Communication (eFC) 5-28-2015

May 28, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter

THIRD atorRADE AWARD – We are happy to announce that our third grade classes and teachers – Mrs. Helling and Mrs. Meland – have won “Honorable Mention” for a STEM DuPont Science Challenge. The students did extensive research using QR codes and their IPads. They then broke into small groups using the Comic Life app in the lab to turn their research into an informal comic book telling about Earthquakes and how to stay safe during their occurrence. Students drew the artwork and scanned the images and/or used the Kid Pix app in the lab. This is really amazing. Only five schools received an honorable mention. Yes the staff at Holy Rosary is taking a very serious approach to STEM. Next year will be very exciting. See both 3A’s and 3B’s entries here!

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING – As we come to the end of another year of fundraising at Holy Rosary School it seems like it is a good time to review all of our activities and results. It gets better each year because of the dedication and generosity of so many of our parents, school staff, friends and alumni. I thank all of you —- on behalf of all of you. We are about to launch our Annual Fund for next year 2015-2016. It seems important, as you decide upon your commitment to it —– to reflect on all of the activities we hold throughout the year and why we have to do all that we are doing.

Hopefully this information will allow you to really think about your financial commitment over the year and plan it out so you do not feel like you are not prepared for the asks and just suddenly reacting to one more financial obligation. It really can help if we make our decision way ahead of time. And remember all of our parents are helping your child. They, in return are counting upon you to help their child. That is a fundamental building block of a community.


Annual Fund

  • A follow up letter goes to parents who have not yet responded with a pledge to the School Annual Fund Drive.
  • Earnings – $200,000
  • Funds balance the Operating Budget

The School Magazine Drive is launched.

  • Earnings – $60,000
  • Funds Balance the Operating Budget


  • Earnings – (net) $33,000 (split between school and parish)
  • Funds used to balance the Operating Budget
  • This is completely run by parent volunteers

Golf Tournament

  • Earnings — different each year — dependent upon participation —-Funds are placed in the Endowment Fund for the School


Parish Stewardship Renewal

  • For those who are members of the Parish the yearly stewardship pledge is made.


Alumni Appeal is mailed

  • Earnings – $13,000 (Net) of Annual Fund
  • Donations go into the Annual Fund and help the operating budget

Christmas Tree Lot (Christmas Party)

  • Earnings – $31,000 (Net)
  • Funds are placed in the operating budget


Grandparent Lunch

  • Earnings – several thousand
  • Funds are placed in operating budget as part of Annual Fund


Heart Auction

  • Earnings – $200,000 (Net)


The Annual Fund Drive is launched for the approaching school year

  • Earnings – $200,000
  • Funds are placed in the operating budget


Thank You letter

  • Letter is sent to those leaving the school — especially graduating families, inviting them to make a gift of appreciation
  • Earnings – letter was sent last year for the first time, earnings went into Annual Fund.
  • Funds are placed in the operating budget


Earnings – (Net) $25,000

A special volunteer committee is constantly writing grant applications to individuals and foundations to solicit funding for our needs.

Centennial Capital Campaign
This is a five-year project. Basically that means that pledges will be taken over a five-year period and payments on those pledges will be accepted over a five-year period. All the funding generated from this pays for areas that are not covered in the normal yearly operating budget. The total goal is $2,000,000. As of May 2015 the school has received $511,000 in pledges and around $300,000 in payments.

The areas that need funding are:

  • SCHOOL WINDOWS – $60,000
  • SCHOOL ROOF – $300,000 (will be done during the summer of 2015)
  • PLAY STRUCTURE – $125,000
  • TECHNOLOGY – $115,000 (cameras for the playground security will come out of here)
  • STAFF IN-SERVICE – $200,000
  • ENDOWMENT – $1,100,000
  • CAMPAIGN EXPENSES – $100,000

BEQUESTS – From time to time Holy Rosary and/or Holy Rosary Church are recipients of generous bequests. We have been written into a will or a life insurance policy. At times we receive entire estates or portions of those estates. Some individuals leave it to the institution to use as they see best. Sometime people make a restriction with the donation determining how it must be used. Any directives are followed. These, usually unanticipated financial injections, are a major source of much needed funding. Hopefully more and more people start writing the school into their final requests and directives.

SACRIFICIAL GIVING – Sacrificial Giving is a theological concept. When families employee it — it can make their giving simpler. You just look at your last year’s income tax return. Reflect on what you donated to and how much you gave. Decide on the appropriate amount of money you want to give away to charities. Then list all the charities you intend to give to. Decide upon the total amount you are going to give to each. When one of those charities is a school like Holy Rosary look at all the giving opportunities and decide what you are going to give to each. List everything out on a piece of paper or an excel spreadsheet and —– stick to it. When we do not really plan our giving out we always feel like we are getting hit with something that we are not prepared for. We can then feel tense and angry, when giving should make us feel good. Through our giving we are helping others. We are making the world a better place. We are easing the pressure non-profits feel and the poor are experiencing. It is truly a Holy Act through which we sanctify others and ourselves.

WHY DO WE FUNDRAISE? – Simple math can explain why we fundraise.

EXAMPLE A – The total of our expenses in next year’s budget (2015-2016) is presently: $4,021,918 The total amount of money we have budgeted to come in —- in next year’s budget —– from tuition and fees is: $2,995,543
That means we realize a shortfall of: -$1,026,375
Our biggest donor Holy Rosary Church gives a donation (subsidy) of $255,676
We still have a shortfall of: – $770,699

EXAMPLE B – Another bit of math to ponder is that our tuition and fee income of $4,021,918 does not cover much more than our salaries and benefits of — $3,083,221 so for everything else we have only $938,679. Happily, however, this is an improvement. We did not even collect enough to take care of staff compensation in the past.

BU1A5430Where There’s a Will There’s a Way – Getting your house in order? Give yourself some peace-of-mind and make a lasting legacy by including the Fr. Mallahan Holy Rosary School Endowment Fund in your will. It is a great way to help the kids at our school, now and for generations to come. For additional information on including the Fr. Mallahan Endowment in your will or estate plan, contact Kamila Kennedy, Development Director.

Alumni News – Former HRS students who are graduating from Seattle Prep received recognition at the Seattle Prep Senior Awards Assembly. The following students were recognized:

  • Siena Jeakle, received Scholar awards from the National Hispanic Recognition Program placing her in the top 2% of all Hispanic students who took the PSAT in 2013.

Department Awards for Excellence

  • Physical Education: John Roach

School Awards and other Recognitions

  • Publications Siena Jeakle,
  • U of Rochester Honorary Science Award: Michelle Nguyen
Bake Sale Thank You

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The fourth grade students would like to thank Holy Rosary for their generous support of our bake sale last Thursday.  With your help we raised over 800 dollars.  All proceeds will be going to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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.


Centennial Campaign – This summer the Centennial Capital Campaign will help fund:

  • Security cameras around the playground
  • A new roof for the school

Have you pledged yet? Click here to participate and help fund these very needed updates. To read more about the Campaign, visit this page: For questions relating to the Capital campaign feel free to contact the school principal or the development office.

SAVE THE DATE – HEART AUCTION 2016 – Saturday, April 16, 2016. Would like to get involved? Let us know.

ANNUAL FUND 2014-15 Update

  • Goal $200,000 by June 2015
  • Pledged – $ 199,492
  • Paid – $ 175,000

If you have not yet pledged this year or would like to pledge again, let us know. Click here for a pledge form and contact the development office. The Annual Fund is made up of unrestricted annual gifts from parents, alumni and friends. Donations to the Annual Fund allow us to continue our goal of keeping tuition at a level that allows all parish families to attend the school if they so desire. Annual Fund donations allow us to close the gap between the actual cost of educating each student and what is charged for tuition. Donations also support the school’s operating budget, provide essential resources for educational opportunities for students, financial aid for students and competitive salaries for teachers.

The Annual Fund is a year-round program, commencing July 1 and concluding June 30. Gifts to the Annual Fund can be made by check, online payments or transfer of stock and may be tax deductible as allowable by law.


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, and for staffing purposes, we need to have the calendars returned to the school office by Friday, May 29. We are flexible if dates change for you; early notification is helpful and appreciated.

Registration papers for the 2015-16 new B.A.S.E. school year are available in the school office. Current families have received theirs, and we are asking for all registration papers to be returned to the school office before Friday, June 12.

New rates for B.A.S.E. will go into effect July 1. On the web, the rate sheet can be found under Forms and Downloads/ B.A.S.E. Forms and Information. Questions, please contact Janise Jordan, B.A.S.E. Bookkeeper, 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 – 2pm. for all current band members! Don’t miss out on this great experience! Hard copies have been given to band members and they can also be located on Kennedy Catholic H.S. website. See Miss McKamey for additional information! Learning and fun: What an awesome combination!!


Zaijian! We’re wrapping up language classes for the year, and looking ahead. Registration for Sponge classes in the 2015-2016 academic year will open at Holy Rosary by early next fall for classes beginning in October. We’re planning classes in Mandarin for next year.

If you’d like to jumpstart a new language, or keep up the learning over the summer, we have lots of engaging, culturally themed camps running from June 22 – July 24 in Bellevue and Seattle. For more information and to register for camp, visit us online at Contact us by email at or give us a call at (425) 274-5188 with any questions.

We’re hiring too! If you are a native Spanish, Mandarin or French speaker, and would like to teach with us next year – get in touch! Let us know why you’re interested by emailing us at

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.


NEW HOLY ROSARY GATOR BAGS – Introducing our new Holy Rosary Gator bag! Show your support for our Gators with the new nylon Gator bag in addition to our adult weather tech jackets. Options for names are available. All profits benefit our CYO sports. Gator Bag Order form

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 4-5pm 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 8 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


OUR NEW HOLY ROSARY PARISH APP COMING SOON! – In the coming weeks Holy Rosary will launch our own app for iPhone and Android smart phones. This will allow us to better communicate with you throughout the week and keep you updated with relevant parish news or updates. The app is very well designed and very intuitive. It will be a great resource for parishioners by providing daily Mass readings, Catholic news and prayers, convenient prayer and Confession reminders, our bulletins and more. We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at Holy Rosary and better engaging the New Evangelization. You can download our app by going to myparishapp.

MAKING A MARK! – Five Hours to Make your Mark!
Jr. High Youth Ministry Lock-in
Friday June 5, 2015
6 PM – 11 PM (no overnight… although we hope to plan one in the future)
Who: Holy Rosary School and Parish Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 during the 2015-2016 school year
Also, High School Students may attend as youth mentors. We will start with a spaghetti feed in the gym, followed by games, fun projects and end with Rosary in the Chapel! Join us for a night of Faith, Fun, and Service! Make your Mark! (Inspired by the Gospel of Mark; Bring your Rosary & Bible.)
In order to participate you must register. To register please contact Ruth or Deyette at (206) 937-1488 ext. 251 or visit the Youth Ministry Page at

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:

Upcoming Dates To Remember

  • 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 – dismissal after Mass about 10:00 am