Family Communication (eFC) 5-5-2016

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.

Sundance Dance And Pizza Party!

TOMORROW NIGHT! – Friday, May 6th from 6-8 p.m. The SunDance season may be over, but we’re not finished yet! Don’t miss out on our big end-of-year Dance and Pizza party! All proceeds go to the Holy Rosary HEART Auction. Give yourself a two-hour break while we feed, entertain and tire your kids out! We’re in the Lanigan gym; there is plenty of room so bring a friend! $35 per child. Payments can be made at the door! Lets make this the biggest and best dance party EVER!

Holy Rosary Attending Robotics Extravaganza

IMG_8808Who doesn’t love Legos? And who doesn’t love Lego robots?! Holy Rosary has many teams attending the Seattle Prep Robotics Extravaganza this year. Both our First Lego League (FLL) and our Lego Robotics elective, led by Ms. DeFeo and Mr. Barker, will be attending, so come on down, stop by, and say “Hello!” Contact Mr. Barker for more information.

Parents and children welcome – bring everyone you can think of to this fun and creative day. Saturday, May 7th from 9-11 a.m. at the Seattle Prep McHugh Gymnasium. It’s free for all, and includes face painting, crafts, and robots running wild! It’s an amazing experience for the entire family.

This year’s Robotics Extravaganza is wilder and wackier than ever! There will be robots and drones, creations and contraptions — magnificent worlds with robots just about everywhere! But don’t just look — come to put them in motion yourself! Drive them on a course, race them against your friends, and dodge them as they buzz through the air — it will be a day of robots moving everywhere! If you have future scientists, budding tinkerers, or just plain creative geniuses in the family, this is the place for them! It will get everyone in your family falling in love with science and robots!

STEM+ in Music Class

Grades 1 – 3 have been working on the creation of musical instruments and have finished. Before I send the kids home with the items – I’d really like to display them for a day or two so the rest of the grades could view them. I’m truly impressed with the process that involved the kids from the minute “go” in every aspect of problem-solving…what’s more is they did a marvelous job with the esthetics as well. So proud of these kids! Click on the picture to enlarge.

Moment Of The Week

Here are pictures from our All School Mass honoring Mary.

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. Complete this form and return to Mrs. Judd by May 26.

Fourth Grade Annual Charity Bake Sale

ZZ6298B481Thursday, May 12th, the 4th grade classes are sponsoring the annual charity bake sale. All proceeds from the sale go directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The bake sale will be open during all lunches. Most items cost between 25 cents and $1.00. There are always some delicious treats, so don’t forget to bring in some spare change! Thank you in advance for your support.

Parent’s Club

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

1% RECEIPT REBATE PROGRAM WITH THRIFTY – As we are getting close to the end of the school year, please drop off all your Thriftway receipts in the office ASAP.  Don’t let them go to waste! If you have questions, please contact Irene Merz at Thank you for all your support.


NEWS FROM THE BAND! SPRING MEANS CONCERT TIME! Here’s the line-up for ALL band members (gr. 5-8): Talent Show – May 13th/Morning Slot

BAND FESTIVAL – May 18, 7 p.m. Kennedy Catholic High School – Information sheets and permission slips went home with your child last week. And we will be treating our 4th graders to a mini concert May 23rd during the day. Parents of School Band (gr. 6-8):  Starting Wednesday, April 26th, students will be joining our fifth graders. Release time will now be at 3:00 p.m. Thank you! Elementary Summer Band Camp with Miss McKamey is set for July 11-15! Go to to see details and register!


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. 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
  • 5/4 – 8th Grade Graduation Pictures
  • 5/13 – Talent Show
  • 5/21 – 8th Grade Baccalaureate Mass & Dinner
  • 5/27 – Field Day – Noon Dismissal
  • 6/2 – 8th Grade Graduation
  • 6/7 – Kindergarten Graduation
  • 6/8 – New Parent Orientation/Kindergarten Round-Up