Family Communication (eFC) 9-15-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

Happy WestFest week! Things are busy around here in preparation and you can feel the excitement! WestFest is a tremendous undertaking, and it wouldn’t be possible without the countless volunteers including the WestFest committees and chairs. Thank you so much for your dedication to the Holy Rosary community and for all of the work you have put into WestFest. We are so appreciative.

The children are excited; there is a ton of fun to be had. Invite your friends; it’s going to be a great time! See you then!


WestFest Spirit Day

Tomorrow is WestFest spirit day and all students are welcome to wear their WestFest t-shirts, from this year or previous years, or any fall-spirited colors such as oranges, browns, greens, reds, and yellows. WestFest t-shirts will be available after school today at the school hall outside entrance or tomorrow morning inside the school hall.

Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE – Congratulations to third grade on selling the most subscriptions this first week. Showing your true colors with the orange glow necklaces must have been the secret to your success!

Important reminders: Renewals may occur now, and your student receives credit, however the subscription would renew from the current subscription end date. Also, every $25 cash donation counts as one subscription.

ANNUAL FUND – We’ve reached over 100 families and 3/4 of the Holy Rosary staff that have responded to the ANNUAL FUND! Keep those forms coming! It is very important that we achieve 100% participation; this will open additional opportunities when applying for grants. Don’t forget your matching funds too. 100% participation – it’s for the kids!

Picture Day

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 20. Order forms were sent home earlier this week. Students may wear free dress on Picture Day. Ordering online is available, please click here to place your order or pay with the Picture Day envelope. Please remember that sibling payments cannot be combined in one envelope; each student must turn in an envelope and a check. A parent volunteer is needed to help with escorting the kids from the classroom to the School Hall. Please contact the office if you can help. Thank you.

Eighth Grade Pizza Lunch

It’s sign up time for the 2016-17 eighth grade pizza lunch fundraiser! This year there will be an online form and billing through FACTS for payment. Please sign each child up individually. Click here to order online. The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 30. The eighth grade pizza lunch fundraiser helps pay for multiple events throughout the year for the graduating class. Events include retreats, fun day, baccalaureate dinner, graduation, and the graduation reception. Thank you in advance for your support! Order for all or only the dates that work for you:

  • Friday, October 28
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, December 2
  • Friday, January 6
  • Friday, January 27
  • Friday, March 3
  • Friday, March 24
  • Friday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 11

Each day your child orders pizza lunch is $4.00 for one slice cheese pizza, chips, drink, and treat or $6.00 for two slices cheese pizza, chips, drink, and treat. Thank you for supporting the eighth grade pizza lunch!

Coding With Kids

Coding With Kids is again teaching after-school coding classes in the Holy Rosary computer lab. Classes start in October and are available for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Classes fill quickly so register early to get a spot. To register and for more information, click here to go to the Coding With Kids website.

Holy Rosary Golf Classic

Please join us for the 15th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament to benefit the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund on September 24th, 2016. We will have a great day of golf at the West Seattle Municipal Golf Course. The event will include pre-golf lunch, a four-person scramble starting at 1:30, and awards following the golf. Click here to register today! Contact us at for more information.


DATES AND TIMES – WestFest kicks off tomorrow – Friday, September 16 from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

EARN COMMITMENT HOURS / VOLUNTEER SIGN UP – WestFest needs volunteers! Thursday night booth set up help is greatly needed! Follow this link to sign up to volunteer and to earn parent commitment hours or for junior high student service hours. We have over 70 open spots for adult volunteers and 20 for grade 7 and 8 student volunteers. A “shadow” is needed for each of these positions:

  • volunteer coordinator
  • info/first aid booth
  • site electrical (set up and take down)

SPONSORSHIPS – We need your help to make this event a success! We stretch our costs as far as they can go, but we need business sponsorships to bring the event to the community. Sponsorship has a new look and format and your donations will be spread across multiple events – WestFest, Pancake Breakfast, Holy Rosary Golf Tournament – to increase your exposure! If you have, or know of, a business that would like to sponsor WestFest and Holy Rosary School, let us know! Here is the link to the WestFest page. Click on “Sponsorship” on the menu bar at the top, or contact Mike Curran at or at 206.999.9929.

IN-KIND DONATION – We need printing services donated; approximately 150 pages. Please help us keep WestFest costs down!

BOOK SALE – Bring your books in! We need more books please! Please contact Shaughn FitzGerald at 206-604-2012 or email for pick-up, or drop off boxes of books at the church. Thank you!

WRISTBANDS – The deadline for wristband orders is today! You may still purchase wristbands on the day of the event but the prices increase to $15 on Friday night, $25 on Saturday, $15 for Toddler Time, and $35 for both Friday and Saturday. Please contact Irene Merz at or 206-769-7117 with questions.

WESTFEST SHIRTS – Are you ready for WestFest spirit day this Friday? All students and staff may enjoy free dress with their WestFest shirts tomorrow to celebrate that WestFest is FINALLY here! Don’t worry if you didn’t get your order in on time because shirts will be available for sale after school today at the outside entrance of the school hall, and tomorrow morning inside the school hall. Please note that sizes, colors and styles are limited to available stock on hand. Previous year’s shirts can be worn tomorrow as well. Help spread the spirit on Friday!

RAFFLE TICKETS – Don’t forget to get your tickets for the WestFest prize baskets. There are four great baskets to choose from: kids, ladies, men, and a Microsoft Surface Pro 3! Tickets are only $1 and will be on sale during Westfest. Load up on these affordable tickets to try your luck at winning! Bring cash to make buying easy. The drawing will take place on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win. Contact Jennifer Chastain with any questions,

CAKE WALK – Up to four hours of volunteer time can be earned for home-baked goods for the WestFest cakewalk. Goodies can be dropped off in the BASE art room (in the gym hallway) beginning Friday after early release at noon, as well as Saturday morning beginning 10:00. Contact Krista Zeissel at or Julie Cahill at Peanut free and gluten-free are welcome.

RIBS PRE-ORDER – Pre-order your rib party platter and we can bring it to the beer garden! Last year we ran out of ribs so this year we thought we’d offer a pre-order to make sure we have enough to go around. Plus you get a discount for ordering early!

Party platters include a full side of dry-rubbed and smoked pork spare ribs, four hot links, the best baked beans you’ve ever had, and a tangy vinegar-based slaw for four.

Platters are available for pick up on either Friday or Saturday and will be offered hot and ready to devour, or cold for holding and reheating at your convenience for just $45 (regularly $50.00 without a pre-order.)

Please respond to Anne Connell at by the end of today with the following information to pre-order ribs:

  • date of pick-up
  • approximate pick-up time. WestFest hours – Friday, 4-10 p.m.and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • hot or cold

You can pay when you pick up. Thanks for supporting WestFest – and here’s to some good eats!

Italian Dinner

Mangia Bene, Vivi Felce!!! “Eat well and live happy.” Please join us for our 21st annual Italian dinner. Yes, our famous homemade meatballs will be served again this year!

  • When: October 1st at 6:15 p.m. – after 5 p.m. Mass
  • Where: Lanigan Gym

Look for flyers to be sent home next week. Please contact Maria Taylor at 206-909-3736 with any questions. Grazie!


KNITTING CLASS – It’s not too early to be planning ahead. I would like to teach knitting to a small group of the BASE students. If you/your child has an interest in learning, let me know. I have a couple of projects I’d like to get started on. It’s never too early to start planning for the gift-giving season. I need size 8 (shorter length) needles and cotton yarn. If you have knitting needles you’d like to donate, I’d find a use for them. I also get a small discount at JoAnn Fabrics. I can buy size 8 needles for $5 and a ball of yarn for $3. If that’s easier, send me the money and I’ll make the purchase. Let me know if there is any interest. Thank you from Mrs. Killeen (Mrs. K) – art teacher in the B.A.S.E. program.


CYO SOCCER – This past weekend kicked off the CYO soccer season as grades 4 through 8 began league play along with the Kindergarten teams. This year Holy Rosary is proud to have 140 Gator players. A couple of reports on the matches:

  • All the Kindergartners were very excited for their first soccer game, with a few kids asking if they could play soccer every day :). Both teams played well, showed good sportsmanship, and had fun. It was a very successful first weekend of soccer!
  • For the grade 5/6 boys team, we have players from three other schools: St Bernadette, St. Francis, and Our Lady of Guadalupe joining us on what looks to be a unique fall season. Despite two goals from sixth grader PJ B., the team fell short to St. Luke last Saturday.
  • The HRS grade 5/6 girls started out the season with a big challenge against St. Francis. After getting off to a slow start, the girls bounced back and held St. Francis without a goal in the second. The team’s best scoring opportunity came when newcomer Ava P. drew a foul in the box. The ensuing penalty kick by Amelia P. was unfortunately foiled by a save from the St. Francis keeper. Maya B. was awarded the spirit wristband by St. Francis for her consistent hustle and determination on the pitch. Ava P. was awarded the coaches wristband for making a difference in not only her first game as a Gator but also her first soccer game ever!

CROSS COUNTRY is open for registration for all Holy Rosary grades Kindergarten through 8th grade from now until September 25. Every participant scores one point for the team so we are looking for as many runners as possible! Cross Country started practice on Tuesday, September 6th, at the south lot of Lincoln Park from 4-5pm. We will have practice every Tuesday and Thursday through mid-October. You can do both Cross Country and Soccer – practice attendance isn’t required! For those of you who like to plan in advance, please mark your calendars for:

Preliminary meets on September 25 at 1pm and October 2 at 3:15pm.

October 9 K-3 Ribbon Race at 1pm

October 16 4-8 Championship at 1pm

Cross Country registration will close tomorrow (9/16). Please email Coach Charise Addicks at if you have any questions about this great sport. We are also looking for some additional assistant coaches so please contact me if you are interested! It is a fun, quick season filled with great ways to burn off extra back to school energy!   If you haven’t signed up, please do so here. Run far, run fast and run hard! ~ Coach Charise

GATOR FLEECE – Are you geared up for spirit days with your Weather-Tek Gator fleece? We are now taking orders for Spirit Day approved Weather-Tek fleeces and Gator duffel bags. All orders will be placed on the 15th of each month. Please note CYO Gator gear and the cotton Gator sweatshirts/pants are run separately. For accounting reasons please do not combine orders or checks. All CYO proceeds benefit the CYO scholarship program for students in need. Thank you! Follow this link to the CYO page and scroll to the bottom for the order forms.


MERCY FOR SEPTEMBER – “INSTRUCT THE IGNORANT” – During the month of September as we continue our celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we focus on the Corporal Work of Mercy of Instructing the Ignorant. We all lack knowledge and to share this gift with others is not only a good thing, but a necessary one, as we help others come to know above all else the message of salvation in Jesus Christ, and the teachings that He left us which the Church continues to proclaim to this day. We must always do so with humility and charity, grounded in the Truth of Christ. How are you merciful like the Father? How do you instruct the ignorant? Instruct the Ignorant download.

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER gives Holy Rosary parishioners the opportunity to serve each other. Life, at times, has its difficulties. It is important that we not try to face them alone, but rely on one another to help us through. This is the gift of community. St. Paul commended us to bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). If one of our Holy Rosary parishioners is ill, grieving, homebound, facing an unexpected crisis or just struggling to get by – we help bear their burden. We want every parish family to sign up so that we can stand with each other, Shoulder to Shoulder. Send your email address to today, then we’ll tell you when a parishioner needs help and you’ll decide when you want to volunteer.

BAPTISM AND/OR RCIA REGISTRATION – Are you interested in your child becoming Catholic? If your child is newborn up thru age six, please email Deyette at for more information. If your child is age seven, please email Sr. Stella at

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION – Would you like your child to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion this year? If your child is baptized Catholic and/or another Christian tradition, is at least in 2nd grade, and you are actively raising your child in the Catholic faith, you can register online by clicking here.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW) AT 10:30 A.M. MASS – All preschool thru fourth grade children are welcome to join our Children’s Liturgy of Word at our 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children attend Mass with parents and are dismissed with our teachers with a blessing from Fr. Oakland prior to readings. They will return to the church prior to Eucharist. There’s no registration or cost. If you have any questions, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 251.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLOW – Do you need general volunteer hours and would like to volunteer while attending Mass? We are looking for some assistant CLOW teachers who can assist with our regular teachers. We also need volunteers to help with safety which includes helping the kids cross the street, counting kids, etc. If you are interested, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 251.

We welcome all children at our Holy Rosary Masses but if bringing your child to Mass is causing you stress, please use our Sunday Nursery.  Our Nursery is available for children age 1 and walking up to Kindergarten.  We have two caregivers who are background checked, and have experience in taking care of children.  It is safe and fun for them and gives you a moment to participate in Mass. You can drop off children at the Parish Center, by ringing the doorbell located at the door facing Genesee St.  If you have any questions regarding our Nursery program, please call Deyette at 206-937-1488, ext. 251.

ADULT CHOIR:  THERAPY AND FRIENDSHIP PROGRAM – “Come and Sing before the Lord!”  (school parent volunteer hours, too!) Our choirs are ready to begin again the joyful call to “sing before the Lord”! Do you love to sing? Looking for some wonderful folks to sing with? Or perhaps you’d like to get musical again, and pick up that instrument that’s been calling you from the closet? Listen to that call… it’s the Lord calling you to share your gifts with us! We have a large, vibrant and joyful Music Ministry here at Holy Rosary – literally, something for everyone. Our Children’s Choir is full of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who love to sing! Our Junior High Choir provides teens the opportunity to sing with a ‘praise band’ on Saturday nights! We also have three adult choirs – one for each Mass – with all varieties of accompaniment. Music Ministry involves one rehearsal each week, but gives you so much – a night out with friends! For more info, contact Paul Dolejsi.

YOUTHCHOIR! rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Come and sing with a Holy Rosary tradition – the YouthChoir! Rehearsals started on September 7th and will continue to meet every Wednesday from 2:30-3:15, which is a convenient pick up time similar to the rest of the week. What about band? Fifth graders, who are in Holy Rosary band, can come directly to the chapel at 2:30 when band practice ends. What about BASE? We also escort kids back to HR BASE after choir!

  • Registration is easy! Register online here. YouthChoir! is open to all students in grades 3-5 from all schools in the parish neighborhood!
  • Rehearsals are on Wednesdays on September 7, 14, 21, 28 in the Chapel from 2:30-3:15. . 4th and 5th grade cantors may continue from 3:15-3:40.
  • Mass is Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 and the Sunday rehearsal is 9:30 in the Chapel.
  • Parents we need your volunteer help! Volunteer time counts towards your school hours! Help to support YouthChoir! by volunteering your time and fun ideas or resources (t-shirts, video recording, website, field trips, community performances, pool/karaoke parties, etc.) Contact Paul Dolejsi, director at to register, volunteer or for questions. Thanks for your support!

NOTE: Religious Education students are invited to participate, too! Some new schools are getting out earlier now. Even if your student can’t attend weekly Wednesday 2:30 rehearsals, maybe they can make the one Wednesday that they get out early for teacher in-service. They are also invited to the Sunday pre-mass rehearsal at 9:30 on October 2 in the chapel. We’ll go over all the music so they can sing at the mass!

Remember that music helps kids become better learners! Choir helps kids become more confident persons! Singing and serving helps you become closer to Christ! Come and sing before the Lord!

WALKING WITH PURPOSE (WWP) registration is now open. Looking for a way to grow your faith…come join Walking With Purpose (WWP)! WWP is a fellowship group for women of all ages who are you interested in learning more about their faith. Weekly group sessions are held from fall to spring at Holy Rosary Parish Center on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. (no childcare) starting September 21 and Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. (childcare available) starting September 23. The sign-up process is easy and involves two steps:  1.) Order the study guide, Touching the Divine, from the WWP website here and 2.) register for the session of your choice and pay the $25.00 registration fee on the Holy Rosary Parish website here. Scholarships are also available through the Parish office. Please contact Deyette Swegle or Jennifer Wong. If you would like further information please contact either Melodie or Robyn at

Community Notices

HELP WANTED – Longtime Holy Rosary parishioner looking for an in-home part-time caregiver on Mondays and Fridays from approximately 9:00/9:30 a.m. to 4:00/5:00 p.m. Duties include transferring and caring for a wheelchair bound lady (training provided) and light housekeeping and cooking. It’s a great part-time opportunity for a caring mom while the kids are in school. For more information call Julie at 206.234.2698.

Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • 9/16-9/17 – WestFest
  • 9/24 – Golf tournament
  • 10/1 – Italian Dinner
  • 10/7 – No school – Archdiocesan teacher in-service (B.A.S.E available)