Family Communication (eFC) 6-2-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

HaoFAREWELL HAO! Hao Duong, one of our janitors, is retiring at the end of this year. His last day will be the 6th of June. Hao has worked here since 1998. He has had an interesting life. Growing up in Viet Nam in the 1950’s and 60’s you could imagine what he saw. As a member of the South Vietnamese Military, he was in a difficult situation when Viet Nam fell to the communists. Depending on rank and other criteria you would be executed or given prison terms. Hao was sentenced to five years in a North Vietnamese prison. After release he managed to get to the United States. Due to his status with the communists he can never return to his homeland. He has embraced his new country and made a go of it. Hao and his wife, a seamstress, have forged a comfortable living against many odds, with a reward of graduating two children from college this year. We will all miss Hao a great deal.  It is interesting to reflect upon the many rich stories behind the lives of so many who work for the good of our children here at Holy Rosary School.

LAST WEEK – Last week, like every week was busy and filled with life giving activities here at Holy Rosary. Greek Gods lined out hallways telling anyone who stopped by about their lives and their relationships with one another. They were dressed in their authentic clothing and they gave their presentations with great energy. Parents, grandparents, parishioners, and staff were in a constant procession waiting to hear the masterful presentations. On Tuesday the students put on a farewell prayer service for the Principal and his family. It was very meaningful and powerful, and well done. Paige, Dane, Debra, and George Hofbauer were very appreciative to be present to witness and listen to the wonderful presentation.

MS. SEMANDIRIS’ GREEK GODS WAX MUSEUM – Click on picture to enlarge.

NEXT WEEK – Remember next week is the last week of the school year. That is hard to believe. It went by so fast. Keep in mind that school ends at noon on Thursday and after Mass (about 10 a.m.) on Friday.

Moment of the Week

Last Friday, our Health and Fitness teacher Sue Southerland once again organized our yearly Holy Rosary School Field Day. It was fantastic. A good time was had by all. Luckily they had a long weekend to rest and recover. Click on picture to enlarge.

$5,000 Literacy Grant Awarded! Congratulations!

This Spring, Holy Rosary School was made the proud recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Tulalip Tribe. The grant was inspired by Ms. Corrigan, one of our reading teachers. Our talented and dedicated Grants Committee crafted a proposal and application and sought funding for the past year before being awarded this grant. It allows for the purchase of educational iPad apps that target instruction in reading and language arts. Ms. Corrigan and Mr. Barker have compiled a list of the some of the most effective apps for student use in grades K-5 and these will be fully implemented in the coming school year!

FROM MS. CORRIGAN: The classroom teachers and I are thrilled to put these tools into the hands of our students as soon as possible. We are truly excited to continue to develop lessons and implement instruction that motivates and supports all of our students. It’s fun to think of the new ways in which we will be able to reach and teach individual learners. We are most grateful for the diligent work of our Grant Committee, the generosity of the Tulalip Tribe and of all those who support Holy Rosary School! Many, many thanks!


The 2015-2016 yearbooks have arrived and they are OUT OF THIS WORLD! Sixty-four pages in full color and custom cover, you won’t want to miss it! Both 7th and 8th graders have received their book and K-6 grades receive their books today. If your child doesn’t come home with one and you believe you ordered one, please contact Mr. Barker ASAP at Extras will go on sale tomorrow morning at 8:15 for $30, cash or check. First come, first serve. Thank you for supporting our Yearbook program!


Westfest 2016 planning is already in full swing! The Carnival of Community will be held on September 16th and 17th this fall! There are several open key positions that we need to fill. This is a GREAT chance to get a jumpstart on commitment hours for 2016. The website has been updated with all new information so head there to check out the committee, see what’s needed, and take a look at photos from last year’s event.

We are looking for families to step on up and help cover costs if they have connections to:

  • A refrigeration truck (to be onsite during the event Friday and Saturday)
  • Printing services (for advertising fliers and onsite information)

Contact Kara Klem at if you can help! We have an open slot if someone is wanting to bring something fresh and new to the culinary offerings at WestFest, or to take over the teriyaki and noodles food booth and continue bringing delicious “yaki-fare” to WestFesters. Please contact Melissa Ardales at

School Commission

The School Commission is pleased to announce the addition of the following new members:

  • Ben Gauyan
  • Amanda Roberts
  • Julie Leonardo
  • Bill Skibitzke
  • Mary Ann Fessler
  • Tara Martin

These members bring valuable experience to the Commission including; finance, marketing, sales, corporate communications, public secondary school administration, and university administration. In addition, the School Commission sincerely thanks its outgoing members who have served their full terms:

  • Maritherese Thomas
  • Ken Tews
  • Mark Golubiec

Each has made a significant contribution to the Commission and school with its advisory work with the Principal and the Pastor. Finally, the School Commission’s Leadership Team for the 2016-17 academic year is as follows:

  • President:  Christy Tobin-Presser
  • Vice President:  Mike Curran
  • Secretary:  Brendan Kolding
Patrol Schedule

Attached here you’ll find the patrol schedule for next year. If you know you are going to be gone during your duty, you are responsible for finding your replacement. 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! 🙂 Attached is a calendar. The students can fill out the calendar throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, the students will make sure they have 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 over 75 participants and we hope to have even more this year! Summer Math Calendar is here.

BASE Year End and Summer 2016 Information

To BASE parents:  A reminder that your contract will end June 10th. You will have coverage for the noon dismissals on Friday, May 27th, Thursday, June 8th and the 10:00 dismissal on Friday, June 10th. Please provide lunches for your children these three days. There is a tradition of going to Alki Beach the last day of school, dependent on decent weather.

June summer BASE begins the 13th and goes thru the 30th. Daily rates per child are $54.00 for a full day and $39.00 for a half day. Please provide lunches for your children.

August Sewing Camp will take place from Monday the 15th thru Friday the 26th. We will take a trip to Pacific Fabric on 4th Ave to learn about various fabrics and patterns. The students will learn garment construction and use of the sewing machine. Contact Terri Killeen or Donna for details.

Kennedy Catholic Elementary Summer Band Camp

July 11-15. 12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Tuition: $25.00/sibling discount – $20.00. Location: Jim Paynton Music Room/Kennedy Catholic High School. Instructor: Miss McKamey

  • Strengthen your playing skills!
  • Have an edge on School Band / Honor Band next year!
  • Meet new friends!
  • Make music with your current BF’S!
  • Enrich your summer with learning!
  • Keep the dust off your instrument!

One year experience required – The “How To’s”. Click here for more information and follow these instructions:  Under the Academics tab, scroll down to “summer programs.” Click on “Register Now”. Elementary Summer Band is located on the 2nd page. Follow the links for registration and payment. Deadline is June 10th.


SOCCER – Fall 2016 registration is open! All students have an amazing opportunity to play for their school, play with classmates, and play to learn/love the game. Here’s the link for all grades – kindergarten thru 8th grade. Parents are also encouraged to help coach one of our teams – experience not required. Look forward to seeing you this coming season. One School. One Team.

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


SUMMER CAMPS are listed here on the Summer Camps page. New camps are added weekly at the top.

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.

Community Notices

COMPUTER TROUBLE-SHOOTING – Hi, my name is Cade Harris. I am offering computer trouble-shooting solutions. I CAN help you fix numerous problems with your computer: printer not working with your device, your laptop runs slowly because of viruses not caught by software, your WiFi doesn’t connect with your device, and many other challenges.

I hear all the time about family friends who have computer challenges and cannot figure them out. I have helped many of them and can provide references as needed. I am well versed in MS office products, Apple and PC hardware.

About Me:  I am a 2014 Centennial Holy Rosary graduate, and currently a Sophomore (soon to be a Junior!) at Kennedy Catholic High School. My brother, Blake is currently a 4th grader at HRS.   I have built my gaming computer from scratch and have assisted others in building theirs. I recently finished building a Media Server for my family which allows any device (laptop, desktop, tablet, phone, etc.) within our home to access hundreds of DVDs (downloaded from our library), CDs, on-line music, Family Videos, and Photos. I am responsible for administering my family’s network.

Contact Info:  I am available to help you with your challenges for $20/hour or project based, depending upon the scope of work. You may reach me at or 206.938.2009. I look forward to helping you!

SPANISH SUMMER CAMP – Hi Parents and Friends! I am excited for summer to get here and have some fun! As many of you know, last year I hosted several Spanish summer camps at my house, near Holy Rosary School.

They were very successful and FUN! Last year I had a lot of interest and the kids wanted me to do more camps and do longer days. Below are the weeks I will be hosting Spanish camps. I have space available in all of my camps right now.  Camps run Monday-Friday from 9-1 p.m. If you are in need of full days, your child can stay and continue the fun. Additional fee for the afternoon is $30/day.  Kids are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  I provide snacks and drinks.

  • June 13-17 – games
  • June 20-24 – water play
  • June 27-July 1 – make tortillas
  • July 11-15 – make stepping stones
  • August 1-5 – science project
  • August 8-12 – All hands on!

These classes are great for students that will be in 1st grade thru 6th grade. Cost is $250 per week OR  $60/per day. Sign your child up for more than one camp and receive a $50 discount per week. Email me soon for a spot in camps,  space is limited for these awesome camps. Mimi Smith,, 206-384-3506

GRAND SLAM CAMP – Grand Slam Camp is operated by former Seattle U. player and former O’Dea High School head baseball coach Mark Zender.  The camp offers both baseball and softball instruction in a fun, safe environment.  The softball camp is headed by Kate Zender, also a former player at Seattle U.  The camp, in its 24th year, will be held at Lower Woodland Park, August 1st – 4th.  For more information visit or see the attached flyer here.

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 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, about 10 a.m.