Family Communication (eFC) 6-9-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

WHAT A WAY TO END A YEAR (A career)! I arrived three years and three months ago. But it seems so much longer than that. And I write that in a very positive frame of mind. So much has happened. Holy Rosary is stronger and better as we have grown into a new reality — a new sense of self. And it is all because of the strength and commitment of the entire community. An energy comes from the dynamism that is ignited as we come together and work towards common goals with a common vision. Much has been said about what I have done, and credited to me. But truly —– it is you who did it all. The parents, students, and staff here are unbelievably exceptional. I truly believe you do not fully understand what you have here. It is an amazing place where children are nurtured and cared for as their talents are discovered, honored, celebrated, and fully developed. It has been an honor to be a part of that process.

But now it is time for me to leave and new leadership to take the helm. I fully believe the future is going to be very exciting. Great things are going to happen as Holy Rosary grows into all it can be.

This last month has been filled with events and surprises. I have personally been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity that has been extended to me. To say it is over the top is a gross understatement. A wonderful and powerful prayer service for my benefit took place last week. All the students took part in it. My family was present. It makes leaving even more difficult. And a few weeks ago, at our final Parent Club meeting I was presented with a gift that many of you —- both staff and parents —- donated to. It was a weeks’ vacation to Palm Springs for my wife and I. First class airline tickets, restaurant vouchers, a stay at a resort and so much more. I was, and am overwhelmed. A simple “thank you” seems like such a weak response to such overwhelming generosity.

I wish peace and blessings upon all of you. I pray for health, success, joy, and prosperity in each of your lives. I hope you all fully realize your dreams. Be healthy. Be kind, patient and understanding, and always walk with Jesus at your side. I will always be with you in spirit.

Hofbauer —– out!

MONDAY MORNING PRAYER – As many of you know I say a prayer with the students and staff every Monday to start the week.  I write them and attempt to relate them to the school theme or something important that is taking place.  I thought that I would share our last prayer together. It was used on Monday and is attached here.

REGISTRAR POSITION – WELCOME JENNIFER KOKKONIS! – I want to welcome Jennifer Kokkonis to Kokkonisthe Holy Rosary School staff. She will be our Registrar for the 2016-2017 School Year. Our new Principal, Fr. Oakland, and I met with her and we are very happy to have her on board. Jennifer and her husband Nick have two lovely children that attend HRS, Eva will be a 4th grader and Dean will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in communications and strategic analysis within the finance industry. She has also volunteered her time for the past 7 years within our West Seattle community with WestSide Baby and the West Seattle Food Bank! Jennifer will be a wonderful addition to our Holy Rosary School staff and we are lucky to have her! ~ George Hofbauer

Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following Junior High Students who made the third trimester Honor Roll:

8th Grade High Honors – Joseph C., Jonathon G., Brian H., Nick K., Elena K., Shayla M., James M., Michelle N., Anna P.

8th Grade Honors – Dori H., Leighton J., Bernadette K., Quinn M., Connor S., Ben S., Kyla S., Emma V., Delane W., Cassidy W.

7th Grade High Honors – Annie B., Meg C., Kate C., JJ H., Morgan H., Adam J., Audrey K., Rose L., Connor M., Krista M., Emma N., Lauren R., Elena S., Erika T., Emma U., Sierra W., Aimee W.

7th Grade Honors – Spencer B., Brandon B., Evie B., Emma D., Nik F., Krista M., Michael S., Max W., Natalie W.

Summer Office Hours

The main office will close on June 30 and will reopen on August 10. Our new principal Ms. Horton will be in the office the weeks of July 11 and July 18 from 9:00 to 2:00. She will be available by appointment the other weeks and will be in the office in August.

A Note From Fr. Oakland

The last day of school is almost here.  It has been a wonderful year filled full of growth and learning, and preparations are already underway as we look forward to next fall.  Talking to the children this past week, I reminded them to make Jesus a part of their plans as well for this summer – we never get to take a break from our journey towards heaven. is a great website to use to find a church nearby while you are travelling.

With school and many other programs quieting down for the summer, my calendar is a little freer, so I am renewing the invitation from this past summer to have me over for dinner.  Whether you would like your home blessed, or would just like an opportunity to get to know me better and I you, contact Melissa in the Front Office.  I also enjoy coming out to see the childrens’ performances or games as my schedule allows, so feel free to send along invitations for that as well.  I hope you and your family has a blessed summer.  Though I won’t see you at pickup or drop off, I will see you at Mass!

Moment of the Week

Our Prek and Kindergarten students celebrated their graduation on Tuesday in separate ceremonies. Below is a video highlighting some moments from the Kindergarten school year.

HI-YU Parade

Showcase Holy Rosary in the Hi-Yu Parade – and earn volunteer hours or free dress passes while you are doing it!

Holy Rosary is participating in the Hi-Yu parade this summer, on Saturday, July 23rd, and we would love your help. We are looking for both students and parents to join and show their school pride.  Every student who participates will receive one free dress pass for the 2016-2017 school year and parents and incoming 8th graders will receive volunteer hours for 2016-2017.

The float theme is Olympics – Spirit and Mind Ignited and we would love as many students as possible to walk/ride in the parade with us. We will have Holy Rosary t-shirts for everyone to either borrow or purchase. We only have a limited number of volunteer hour slots so make sure to sign up soon at this link. Thank you for your participation! For questions please contact Tricia Flajole at / 206-304-4134.

Accreditation/Self-Study Update

One aspect of our school improvement is an in-depth study of one particular area of the curriculum. As part of our Self Study this year, we have chosen math as the focus of our in-depth study. By examining our Pre-K-8 math curriculum and analyzing our students’ assessment data, we are able to evaluate the effectiveness of our program and to identify areas for continued improvement.

In the six years since our last accreditation, we have increased our math instructional time and adopted the new McGraw Hill/Glencoe math series, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These revisions, along with the addition of online Mathletics and ALEKS programs, have strengthened our math program.

Current data is showing that these additions, along with changes in our instructional methodology, have improved our students’ learning and achievement in math. We will continue to implement new ways of using data to differentiate and drive our math instruction for increased student learning.

On a final note, our site-visit dates have been set. The pre-visit for the Visiting Team is scheduled for Feb. 15th and our three-day site visit will take place from March 20-22. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our students, families and school programs!


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

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.


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


MERCY FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE – As we continue with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, this month we reflect upon the Spiritual Work of Mercy of Forgiving Offenses Willingly.  Jesus came for the forgiveness of our sins.  We are all sinners, and in need of the grace, in need of that mercy.  But it is a mercy, which we must also share with others, for as we so often pray, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  We cannot expect God to be merciful with us if we are not willing to be merciful with others.  It isn’t about justice.  It doesn’t mean that the wrong didn’t happen or that it was good.  It simply means that we are going to show that same mercy as God shows with us, and that we are not going to hold onto and carry the past, allowing it to drag us down, or using it to drag others down.  Let us strive, in the imitation of Christ, to forgive offenses willingly.  But let us also reflect upon whom in our lives we might need to forgive?  Let us be merciful like the Father. Click to download the flyer.

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!

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for NEW members on Saturday, June 11, or at a time convenient for you. Classes for new members begin in September. Boys currently in K-3rd grade are invited to sign up to audition and no previous music training is needed. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of fun and music training, so if your child is interested in singing and music, the Northwest Boychoir is a great choice! For more than 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has trained young singers to be fully skilled musicians and perform in professional settings with confidence.

Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Financial aid is available to any child who meets our audition requirements.

To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or Download the Northwest Boychoir audition flyer here.

MIDDLE-SCHOOL – Vocalpoint! Seattle is holding auditions for Girl’s Prep on June 11. Vocalpoint! Seattle, one of the region’s most successful teen vocal ensembles, is holding auditions for its training program for female vocalists in 6th and 7th grades who will be in 7th and 8th grades in the fall. This two-year program prepares singers to successfully enter Vocalpoint! Seattle, an ensemble of high school aged students with an emphasis on performance of popular music. Girls Prep is a vocal training program designed for highly motivated girls with strong music talent and aptitude.

Girls Prep is a highly select training program for singers who are serious about their commitment to music. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. Financial aid is available to any child who meets our audition requirements.

To schedule an audition appointment or for more information: 206-524-3234 or Download the Vocalpoint! Seattle audition flyer here.

Click for more info and be sure to share the Boychoir audition videoNorthwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle Girls Prep

Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 6/10 – Last Day of School – dismiss after Mass
  • 8/29/16 – First Day of School