Family Communication (eFC) 6-11-2015

June 11, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter
The summer has arrived, and with it comes the end of another school year. This is the end of the 101st school year for Holy Rosary. That says a great deal about any institution. A multitude of individuals have been served over a long period of time. It is really difficult to calculate those numbers. Just think of the impact all those alumni are having on the world in which we live. Now that is the truly important impact.
We continue to march on, calling out to others to join us on our journey. This year has been an amazing year for institutional advancement. WE finalized our “Strategic Plan”. Some of the specific actions that were initiated as a result of that were the launch of our iPad program, the initiating of a multiyear curriculum update which saw us bring on a new Math Program last year, a new Language Arts Program this year, and next year —- our evolution into a STEM (plus) school. Holy Rosary continues its vibrant march into the future.
But, the center of everything we do is for our children. We are dedicated to the holistic development of the whole child. We are preparing them for the tomorrow they are emerging into with each day of their lives. It is an increasingly complex world in which we all need anchors of stability so that we are not simply swept away by the trivialities of life. Family, faith, community and personal excellence are the beacons we must all help our children see and be drawn to. Those basic ingredients offer joy, success and fulfillment, which is what we really want for every child who enters the doors of Holy Rosary School.
I thank all of you for joining us on this holy quest, this sacred mission. We are a community. We are a family. It takes all of us to make it work. Enjoy the summer months. Take advantage of the extra time you have with your children. Come to know one another even better.
I am in my office throughout the summer if anyone wants to get together and talk. Getting ready for the next school year, working on some major building projects, and trying to increase our funding through the Annual Fund and the Centennial Campaign will be my major areas of concentration. There is a certain “bitter sweetness” as I realize that next year will be the end of my 44-year career in Catholic education with the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese. (And yes, that means we will also be hiring a new Principal next year who will start in the 2016-2017 academic year.)
Originally I came here for three months, but when I leave I will have spent three years and three months with you. They were dynamic and high-energy months. And this will be a wonderful community to spend the final 12 months of my career with. The staff, the children, and the parents are truly inspirational and energizing. I thank you for all you have done, and I thank you for —— all you are about to do!
Now go out and enjoy the sun as you refresh your body and soul, and rekindle the important relationships in your life.

Attached is a copy of the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. There is also a monthly calendar posted on the website. 2015/16 calendar

Consider 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. “Holy Rosary School provides an excellent Catholic education needed in our world today. The school is so strong because we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Now it is our turn to pay it forward for future generations,” Terry Burns, School Commission, Endowment Committee and current Holy Rosary parent. For additional information on including the Fr. Mallahan Endowment in your will or estate plan, contact Kamila Kennedy, Development Director. (insert picture of children)

Please see the two attachments. One attachment is a 2015/16 Archdiocesan High School Admissions Calendar and the other is a flyer about high school regional information nights next fall. Here are the flyers HS info night.pdf 2015-16hs admissions calendar.pdf

Parents of Holy Rosary, it takes an amazing village to put on a production like WestFest, and without someone to promote it, Holy Rosary cannot put on a true Carnival of Community.
I am appealing to those of you who have a background in promotion and communication. WestFest needs YOU to turn all the details of WF into directed information so folks around West Seattle 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!
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 your HELP!!! 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!

All school families should have received the annual fund letter with a pledge form for the upcoming year.
If your family did not receive the letter in the mail, please contact the development office.
For the Annual Fund 2015-16 pledge form click here: Form

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If you made a donation to the Auction, Annual Fund, Centennial Capital Campaign or Endowment fund please consider checking with your HR department to see if your employer will match your donations. Here is a list of companies to help you Company List and a matching guide Donation Guide
After submitting for a corporate match to Holy Rosary School, please notify Kamila Kennedy

Room Parent
Be a room parent for the 2015-2016 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. Volunteering for this role also satisfies family commitment hours. If you are interested in being a room parent during the 2015-2016 school year, please email me at Thank you!

Summer Math Challenge
Summer is almost here! We know that summer is a time to relax and recharge, but we hope the students find some time to do some math, too! 🙂
A calendar is attached here. The students can fill out the calendar throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, the students will turn in their calendars with their full name, grade, totaled hours (15 or more), and parent signature into either the office or Mrs. Heuer. These students will get an ice cream party during the school day in the fall.
Last year we had almost 80 participants. We hope to have even more this year!

Seattle App Academy
Summer@SAA flyer is attached with enrollment information online. SAA-Summer2015
Holy Rosary School is working on a partnership with the Seattle App Academy.
Included is a PowerPoint deck of their classroom/activities. They are also recruiting for their fall Robotics Team and have published a fun video: check it out!

***************Free class for Holy Rosary students (6/25)************** Simply select ‘Bootcamps’ and ‘book’ For Holy Rosary Students – Keyboarding & Minecraft Bootcamp (Thursday, June 25th from 1-3pm). AppAcademyCamp

West Seattle See Dogs
Thank you to West Seattle See Dogs for its recognition of Holy Rosary School for its support of the Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Puppy Raising Program. We would like to recognize Samantha Schrantz for her dedication and service to the program.

The Kennedy Catholic Elementary Band Program wishes to thank all the band students and their parents for a wonderful year! God’s blessings to you all!
Miss McKamey
P.S. Hope to see many of you at camp!! If you have not registered…. the time is NOW! Be a part of something special!!

Congratulations to the 7th / 8th grade CYO baseball team for winning the CYO Baseball Championship.

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 available. All profits benefit our CYO sports.
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Registration for 2015 CYO Soccer is now open for the Fall Season!
The CYO organization at Holy Rosary offers the amazing opportunity for all K – 8th graders in the parish to:
• Build school spirit by participating in organized sports with classmates and peers.
• Represent our school and parish in friendly competition with other Seattle area parishes.
• Develop new friendships while having fun and working towards a shared goal.
• Become involved with CYO Sports and the Holy Rosary community (esp. for new Kindergarten families).
For those already playing organized soccer in the Fall, CYO can be:
A low-pressure environment to refine skills or learn a new position in game-type settings.
An opportunity to play with friends that are otherwise on different teams/leagues.
Last year, we had over 133 players and 15 volunteer coaches participate. Let’s make 2015 an even bigger year for participation.
COACHES NEEDED – Please consider offering your skills, experience, and leadership in service to coaching one of our teams. Not only are community service hours are available, but volunteering provides great connection with the Holy Rosary families/larger community.
REMAINING THE SAME FROM LAST YEAR: The fee is $60. If you would like to reuse your 2014 black and blue striped Holy Rosary jersey, you will receive a $15 discount off the registration cost. Any late registrations after this open registration period will be accepted on a space availability basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Russell Nishimoto, Soccer Coordinator for Holy Rosary at

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

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Most of the time while driving through Seattle on I-5 I am so fixated on not getting into an accident that I don’t spend much time taking in the beautiful setting. A few weeks ago, however, I looked to the west as I left the downtown corridor. My eyes scanned the horizon and there was the bell tower of Holy Rosary Parish. Like a lighthouse it stood – a beacon of the Light of Christ. The tower itself and the peal of bells has served not just as a call to prayer and worship, but a reminder of the presence and action of God in the world for all who hear – Catholic and non-Catholic alike.
For over 100 years Holy Rosary Parish has served the Catholics and wider community of West Seattle and beyond. The physical churches as well as the people who worshipped in them have embodied the revelation that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) It is incredible to think of the countless number of people impacted by Holy Rosary over the years, the many ways in which the parish community and its school have helped her members and neighbors draw nearer to Jesus Christ and to share His love here on earth.
As of July 1st, Archbishop Sartain has appointed me to be the pastor of this community – your pastor, your shepherd, to aid in continuing that work. I am excited for what God has in store for me personally and for us as a community together. His graces, His blessings are unending to those who are faithful to Him and open to receiving them. I look forward to getting to know you and the community, and the many wonderful ways in which your love for God and for one another is manifested. I look forward to celebrating the Holy Mass with you, and bringing you Jesus in His Word and in His Sacraments.
I found out that I was being named your pastor during the 4th week of Easter. On the preceding Sunday we had celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday. It was this image that was before my mind and in my heart as the Archbishop was telling me about Holy Rosary. This is what I will strive to be for you – a good shepherd. A shepherd who knows his flock, who loves them, who leads them, who guides them. A shepherd who seeks after those that have gone astray. A shepherd that brings into the flock those wandering about the countryside. A shepherd that keeps away the wolves. I am not, however, the true Good Shepherd, and therefore I can also tell you now that I will fail you in the years ahead. I will err and make mistakes and get things wrong. There will be things about Fr. John Madigan that you prefer, just as there may be things about me that you prefer to him.
What I ask from you is that same love of Jesus Christ. It is the mark of Christians – their love for God and for one another. It is in this love that we are united, and in this love that we help one another on the journey to the Promised Land.
Though I am not yet with you, we are still joined together as members of Church, and especially united in the Holy Mass. Let us continue to uphold one another in prayer. I remain, always and everywhere
Yours In Christ,
Fr. Matthew Oakland

Come with your family (or without!) and join in the Family Fun Choir this summer! Just show up one hour before mass for the Saturday 5pm or Sunday 10:30 masses on July 18 or 19. We’ll have a short rehearsal in the chapel and then have fun leading the singing during mass! Songs will be familiar and easy to sing or play. This is a great opportunity to be musical together!
Bring your Mom, Dad, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, grandparent, niece, nephew or even someone who just feels like family to you! The idea is to have fun singing and/or playing songs in church. You can also bring an old (or new) instrument—ukulele, guitar, djembe, flute, harmonica, balalaika, etc.
Family Fun Choir dates are Saturday, July 18, 5pm mass (arrive 4pm in chapel), and Sunday, July 19, 10:30 mass (arrive 9:30am in chapel). After a short rehearsal, we’ll go across the street and set up the choir area. Bring a camera: after mass we’ll take a commemorative photo with Fr Oakland!

For info or to RSVP, contact Paul Dolejsi, <>.

Community Notices
Hello! My name is Julia Dolejsi. I was a member of the Holy Rosary class of 2011, and I just graduated from Holy Names Academy in May. I will be a nursing student at the University of Portland in the fall, and I’m looking for a fairly regular babysitting or parent’s helper position for the summer. I have 5+ years of experience sitting for kids of all ages, from infants to middle schoolers. I’ve worked in the Holy Rosary nursery during masses, and recently completed the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training. I do not yet have a driver’s license, but would be able to arrange my own transportation to anywhere in West Seattle. There are a few days when I am out of town in late June and mid July, and I will be leaving for college at the end of August. Additionally, I have a commitment Friday mornings in July, but could make alternate arrangements, if needed. Other than that, my schedule is very flexible. I would be available mainly on weekdays, but I could also sit on weekends as needed.
If interested, I can be reached by email at References and other contact information can be provided upon request. Rate $10+/hour, dependent on number of children, hours, etc.
May you all have a wonderful summer!
Julia Dolejsi

Half-Day Sports Camps with One on One!
Join us towards the end of summer for some excellent camp experiences at Delridge Community Center! One on One has been at the forefront of youth athletic development since 1992. Our programs focus on teaching the essential motor-skills of sports in the proper progression in a positive and fun environment. We guarantee your child will learn, sweat and HAVE FUN!

Delridge Community Center
Boys and Girls Grades K-6th
August 17-21
Multi-Sport Camp (9AM-12PM)
Basketball Camp (1PM-4PM)
August 31 – September 4
Soccer Camp (9AM-12PM)
Flag-Football Camp (1PM-4PM)

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.
Grades: 7, 8, 9 (as of Fall 2015)
Dates: August 10 – August 12, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 10:30am
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 07, 2015
Cost: $100.00
Register Online:
Questions? Contact: Ms. Kristin Kuzmanich,

6/11/15 – Noon Dismissal
6/12/15 – Last Day of School (dismiss after Mass 10:00 am)
8/31/15 – First Day of School (noon dismissal)
9/3/15 – Back to School Night