Family Communication (eFC) 6-8-2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Holy Rosary Families,

What a year this has been! My heart is filled with joy when I think back on all of the incredible experiences and opportunities this past year. It has been my great honor to be a part of this wonderful community, both as a parent and as your principal this year, and I am excited for things to come! It is through each and every one of your incredible families that we are able to grow and sustain our amazing community. Thank you for everything this year!

Before we know it, we’ll be back at it in the fall. I hope this summer brings your family fun, relaxation, and time with friends and loved ones.

In Christ,


IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS FOR FAMILIES – Summertime is a good time to think about having important conversations with children regarding drug and alcohol exposure and refusal skills. Research shows that students are more at risk to engage in substance use during “risk periods” such as major life transitions, like graduating from middle school or heading off to college. Research shows that strengthening a child’s “protective factors” can help them deal with the social and emotional challenges of transition without resorting to drugs or alcohol. Protective factors that you can build or bolster include:

  • having a strong parent-child bond based on being a parent, not a “pal”
  • creating opportunities where your teen can apply his or her natural gifts
  • helping your child achieve academic competence
  • clearly stating your expectations about behavior, and consistently enforcing consequences.

We encourage you to take a look at a few important resources that might support you in having family conversations on these important topics.

Pastor’s Message

I would first like to take a moment to thank our new principal, Ms. Anna Horton, for a wonderful first year! We are blessed to have her, and I look forward to the many to come.

“In the beginning.” This was the theme she gave us for the year. As we find ourselves at the end of the year, it is good to look back to the beginning. Much has taken place since then, and it is important that we pause for a moment and give thanks to God for all of the blessings. On Tuesday of this week, our kindergartners graduated. On Wednesday, I visited the incoming Kindergartners as their parents and other new parents attended orientation in the Hall. What a difference! As we graduated our eighth graders last week, it is wonderful to see how they have grown and matured even since my arrival, becoming good citizens of this world and good citizens of the Kingdom to come. Our work and mission here at Holy Rosary is very important, and I thank all of you for not only being a part of it by sending your children here, but by truly becoming a part of the community yourselves and the incredible number of ways that so many of you give of yourselves so generously. By all reports, we had a very successful accreditation visit – and that is only possible because of a dedicated faculty, staff and family community. We have much for which to be grateful to God.

Now we find ourselves at a new beginning as we prepare for summer break. Growing up my family always did some traveling during the summer. Should you find yourself away, be sure and visit to find the local Masses so that you can continue the practice of your faith – something we never take a break from – as we see the beauty of the Catholic Church, which is truly universal.

I hope you have a blessed summer. I will see you at Sunday Mass!

Jesus Christ, yesterday and today; the same forever. Hebrews 13:8

Junior High Honor Roll and Eighth Grade Award Winners

Congratulations to the following junior high students who made the third trimester honor roll.


Peyton B.
Jacqueline C.
Ryan C.
Lili G.
Molly M.

Ava P.
Ainsley P.
Louisa S.
Dylan S.
Kate S.
Riley W.


Violet F.
Emma H.
Rosalyn K.
Andrew K.
Jack K.
Lilly K.

Michael N.
Daniel S.
Jack V.
Jayce W.


Anne B.
Kate C.
Connor M.
Meg C.
Morgan H.
Adam J.

Audrey K.
Rose L.
Emma N.
Lauren R.
Max W.
Sierra W.
Aimee W.


Brandon B.
Grace C.
Nik F.
Ryan K.

Sam P.
Elena S.
Erika T.

Please join us in congratulating all of our graduates! This year’s eighth grade award winners include:

  • Valedictorian Audrey K.
  • Valedictorian Emma N.
  • Salutatorian Rose L.
  • Salutatorian Lauren R.
  • Service and Leadership Ryan K.
  • Service and Leadership Marne O.
  • Service and Leadership Connor M.
  • Service and Leadership Grace C.
One On One Ugandan Total

Great job Holy Rosary! Over $3,000 was raised this year for our Ugandan students! It pays for their tuition, books, clothing, and other necessities.

Parents Club – Volunteer Opportunities 2017/2018

VICE PRESIDENT – Before you know it, September will be upon us bringing new teachers, new friends, and a fresh start to a new year of memories. Have you considered being a part of the Parents Club leadership team? Get to know new families, learn more about the inner workings of the school and lend your talent to our incredible school by representing our parent community. We would love to have you join Parents Club as next year’s Vice President. Click here for a full position description.

Still need more convincing? Volunteer hours…that’s right; Parents Club leadership positions fulfill the entire 50-hour requirement by being a leader in our community.

HOSPITALITY TEAM – Join the Parents Club hospitality team. Grab a friend since it works best as a two person job. Duties include the first day of school coffee/doughnuts social and five Parents Club meetings throughout the year. Each totals about four hrs (one hour shopping and three hours set up/meeting/clean up) and basically covers general volunteer hours for the year.

For more information on either position, please contact Joellyn DeRonghe ( or Dino Annest ( with questions.

Development Directives

ANNUAL FUND – Your donation must be made by June 30 to count for the 2016/17 school year. If you made a pledge at the beginning of the school year, and you are not making payments, please fulfill that pledge NOW. If you have NOT had an opportunity to make an annual fund donation, I urge you to help us reach 100% participation in the ANNUAL FUND. No amount is too small; may I suggest a $20 donation? Currently we are at 75%, granting committees like to see over 90%, and I know we can do better! Click here to make a donation.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Thank you to those parents who have stepped up to take on chair roles for next year’s fundraisers. We couldn’t do it without you!

ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER AT HUSKY DELI – Get your ice cream and raise $$$ for Holy Rosary! The weather is finally warming up, which means it’s a great time for ice cream! Stop by Husky Deli to try out their new seasonal flavor, Caramel Apple ice cream. This flavor was invented by the Pedersen and Guthrie families in honor of their family’s apple orchard in Chelan, Washington. From now through the end of the school year, any sales of Carmel Apple will be matched by the Sweeney Orchard to make a donation to the Annual Fund. Enjoy!

Thank you to each and every one of you for all your support in our fundraising efforts this year. This community is beyond generous and we are all very lucky! HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Summer Math Challenge

Summer is all about fun and relaxation. It is a time to spend time with family and friends and recharge between school years. We hope that you can find some time for math this summer, too! Please click here for .pdf of more details.

Patrol Schedule for the 2017/18 School Year

Please note this is a revised schedule from the schedule that was posted last week. Please disregard last week’s patrol schedule.

Avery B. 9/5 – 9/8
Megan C. 11/27 – 12/1
Josephene C. 1/22 – 1/26
Ainsley P. 3/5 – 3/9
Ryan C. 4/23 – 4/27
Lucas H.
Mason H.
Lucy C.
Fred J. 9/11 – 9/15
Jack K. 10/16 – 10/20
Lily K. 12/4 – 12/8
Wynn L. 1/29 – 2/2
Ben M. 3/12 – 3/16
Luke M. 4/30 – 5/4
James N.
Ava P.
Violet F. 9/18 – 9/22
Gus R. 10/23 – 10/27
Luisa S. 12/11 – 12/15
Jonathan S. 2/5 – 2/9
Jack V. 3/19 – 3/23
Jayce W.
Karina Z.
Violet A.
Zach B. 9/25 – 9/29
Peyton B. 10/30 – 11/03
Adam C. 1/2 – 1/5
Jackie C. 2/12 – 2/16
Lily G. 3/26 – 3/30
James H.
Gavin H.
Emma H.
Rosalyn K. 10/02 – 10/06
Andrew K. 11/06 – 11/10
Jacob L. 1/08 – 1/12
Olin L. 2/19 – 2/23
Molly M. 4/9 – 4/13
Michael N.
Dylan S.
Kate S.
Lisette S. 10/9 – 10/13
Sean S. 11/13 – 11/17
Payten S. 1/15 – 1/19
Anthony T. 2/26 – 3/2
Daniel S. 4/16 – 4/20
Marlaina V.
Riley W.
Band News

Dear Band Parents and Students,

Thank you for another musical year! It is a joy to watch young people discover the gift of music in them! All band members are encouraged to keep playing over the summer! Take lessons, explore new music books…and/or come to the Kennedy Catholic Elementary Summer Band Camp! Camp runs July 10-14 from 12:15-2:00 p.m. $25 and $20 for siblings! One year of experience is required. Deadline to register is June 23. Online registration only, which can be done here. Blessings for a wonderful summer.

Congratulations to recent graduate, ERIKA T., for receiving the ARNOLD SCOTT R. CAMBRONERO MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP to Kennedy Catholic High School! We are proud of your musical talents on the clarinet! Enjoy the high school band experience!!

~ Miss McKamey

Preschool Donations Request

Cleaning our your closets this summer? Finding toys, games and puzzles that your children have outgrown? Please send them our way! We are hoping to stock our shelves with activities appropriate for ages 2-5. In addition, we are also always looking for playground equipment, such as a playhouse, basketball hoop, tricycles, scooters, etc. You can drop donations in the preschool through June 9 or in the main school office after that. Please email Teacher Tauna if you have questions. With many thanks and wishes for a happy summer! ~ the preschool students and staff.


TRACK – Congratulations CYO track! Congratulations to the track team on the 3A third place overall championship trophy and to the sixth grade boys for first place overall and to all track boy for first place overall. Way to go track and special thanks to Shelley and Ralph for all of their years coaching our kids. You will be missed!

FALL CROSS COUNTRY REGISTRATION – Holy Rosary offers XC for grades K-8. Fall XC registration is now open for players through July 31. Come run with us and register today! Cost is $25 and includes a shirt, end of year medal and end of year BBQ. Click here for the sign up.

CROSS COUNTRY COACHES WANTED – Earn general volunteer hours by coaching a Holy Rosary XC team. No experience necessary. Please reach out to Dave Wagner if you’re interested in XC coaching.

FALL SOCCER REGISTRATION – Holy Rosary offers exciting soccer programs for grades K-8. Fall soccer registration is now open for players through July 31. Come play with us and register today! Cost is $85 and includes a new uniform and ball. Click here for the sign up.


PARISH BBQ SAVE THE DATE – Sunday, August 27, after 10:30 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to our Parish BBQ in the gym. Free, fun, family, and friends…don’t miss it!

PARISH NURSERY IN PARISH CENTER BASEMENT, 8:30 AM AND 10:30 AM – Our Parish Nursery during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses is open every Sunday. Children ages one (and walking) up through preschool are welcome to attend. We have two caregivers who are background checked, trained and are wonderful with young children. We have toys, books, and snack. No registration required, and it’s free. To drop off, please ring the doorbell at the Parish Center basement door that faces Genesee St. For questions, please email Deyette at

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION | REGISTRATION OPEN – Do you have an incoming second grader or older, who has been baptized and would like to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion next year? Please click here to register. For questions, please email Sr. Stella at

RCIA FOR CHILDREN– If your child is seven years or older and has not been baptized and is interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Sr. Stella for an appointment. You can email Sr. Stella at or call at 206-937-1488, ext. 252. Please complete this online registration here

YOUTH GROUP EVENTS FOR SUMMERTIME – Youth Group had a fun end of year celebration last Sunday at Alki beach. Good friends, yummy food, Frisbee, and of course riding the pedal surreys were enjoyed by all. We have two upcoming events for summer. For more information, please go to our Youth Ministry webpage here.

  • Saturday, July 22 – West Seattle Outdoor Movie, “Rogue One, A Star Wars Story”
  • Sunday, August 27 – help at the Community Meal hosted by Holy Rosary at Our Lady Of Guadalupe

We hope you can come! For questions, please email Youth Minister, Nicole Warren at or Deyette at

SAVE THE DATE | HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017, 12-1 PM – All juniors and seniors along with parents who are interested in high school Confirmation are invited to attend our orientation meeting on Sunday, September 17 from 12-1 in the Parish Center reception room. If your high schooler is a sophomore and is interested in Confirmation, please make an appointment to meet with Father Oakland for an exception prior to September 17. For appointments, please contact Melissa Tuthill at 206-935-8353. The six Confirmation classes will be in the fall through January with Confirmation Mass in February.

ADULT CONFIRMATION – We welcome adults who are interested in receiving Confirmation. Classes will be in the fall with Confirmation Mass in February. For more information, please contact our Parish Office at 206-935-8353.

WALKING WITH PURPOSE – SUMMER SESSION – All women are welcome to join our WWP summer session whether you are returning or are new. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other women and talk about faith and life. This six-week course is a brief but powerful study meant to revive and refresh use as we discover how much God Loves us! We will learn how the Gospels are deeply relevant to our relationships with God and those we love.

Thursdays on June 22, 29, and July 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 7:15-9 p.m. in the Parish Center Reception Room

Two-step easy signup:

For questions or more information, please email Melodie or Robyn at or Deyette at

Community Notices

SUMMER TUTORING BY MARIA MORRIS, FORMER HOLY ROSARY TEACHERClick here for summer tutoring information.

SUMMER CAMPS – New summer camps have been added! Visit our summer camp page for all the summer camp offerings.

SUMMER SITTING AND NANNYINGVisit our page for summer nannying and sitting services offered by Holy Rosary alumni.

WEST SEATTLE DRUMS – West Seattle Drums offers private lessons on drum set and snare drum. Call Mike Grueter at 206-938-3563 for lessons or visit the website for more information. Special offer for Holy Rosary students; get one introductory lesson for free!

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 6/8 – noon dismiss
  • 6/9 – last day of school (dismissal after mass)