Family Communication (eFC) 9-17-2015

Principal’s Newsletter

A WEEK OF ACADEMIC FEASTING – Celebrations were held this week on Tuesday afternoon and WednesdayBU1A0015 morning.  Tuesday we had an ice-cream treat for those who successfully took on the math academic challenge offered to students during the summer. Wednesday morning a pancake breakfast was hosted for the children who succeeded in meeting the reading challenge that was offered to them during the summer. A big thanks goes to Megan Heuer, our Math Department Chair, and Sue Harris, our Librarian, who coordinated these events. Our students continue to enjoy and participate in stimulating academic activities that they are challenged with during the summer months. We also celebrated our opening Mass last Friday with Father Oakland.


HIGH PRAISE for three of our Holy Rosary graduates! We just received the following notice from O’Dea: The following Holy Rosary School-Seattle graduates have achieved Honors at O’Dea High School for the second semester of the 2014-15 school year:

  • Steven Calozzi Jr – Class of 2018
  • Zachary Gerhardt – Class of 2017
  • Henry Newstrom – Class of 2016

HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL NIGHT INFORMATION – Here is a link for Seattle-area Catholic Schools. You can find information about upcoming high school regional nights and open houses here.



WestFest shirts will have a pop-up sale in front of the school hall on Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning for those last minute shirt purchases! Remember to wear fall colors or your WestFest shirt tomorrow for Spirit Day!

VOLUNTEERING – Just a few key adult shifts left. Please help, especially in those later shifts, so that WestFest can stay open for all. The link for parent volunteers is here.

There are still many 7th and 8th grade slots open. We are also opening sign ups to high school students who need service hours! Please use the 7th & 8th grade link and sign up your HRS grads to help WestFest. The link for student volunteers is here.

Please know that your shift is your commitment, and you must show up (or find a replacement if there is an illness or an emergency.) Student volunteers, remember that you are representing Holy Rosary School, and be mindful to use your best behavior and manners.

RAFFLE TICKETS – We are offering great baskets of prizes – tickets are only $1 each so load up on these affordable tickets to try your luck at winning! Bring cash to WestFest to make ticket buying easy! Prizes in the baskets include fabulous items such as a GoPro camera, movie tickets, a spa gift certificate, wine, restaurant gift cards, a watch, and much more!

ATM CONVENIENCE – There will be an ATM on-site at WestFest near the staff lounge in case you need extra cash!

EARN FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER HOURS – Get a head start on earning those fundraising hours early in the school year! Shadows are needed for leadership positions in:

  • Stage Management
  • Decorations
  • Raffle Donations/Ticket Sales
  • Bingo

Contact Kara Klem at

CAKEWALK – Up to four hours of volunteer time can be earned for home-baked goods (and store bought treats are very welcome as well!) for the WestFest cakewalk. We are seeking treats of all kinds – cakes, cupcakes, krispie squares, brownies – the more the better to choose from! Themed baked goods are extra fun…favorite movies, cartoon characters, super heroes, clowns, etc. Goodies can be dropped off in the BASE art room (in the gym) beginning Friday after early release at noon, as well as Saturday morning beginning at 10:00. Contact Krista Zeissel at

CALLING ALL PERFORMERS, PEOPLE AND PETS! – West Seattle’s Got Talent! Sing, dance, juggle or joke your way to fame this Saturday at the WestFest Talent Show! Join us for the West Seattle Idol, Saturday at 6:00. To sign up, contact Tiffany Fuentes (contact info below), or just visit us near the main stage Friday or Saturday and get your name on the list. Kids and teens of any age or welcome.

Best in Show! Cavalcade of Pets – All pets welcome, with prizes for everyone. Bring your dog, fish, goat, ferret, or cat to the WestFest stage Saturday at 4:00. Costumes are optional but encouraged. Every pet is special, so bring yours onstage and introduce it to the world! To sign up, contact Tiffany Fuentes at

WESTFEST USED BOOKS/DVD/VIDEO SALE – We are currently rebuilding inventory for the upcoming WestFest used books/DVD/Video sale (September 18 and 19). Please bring your donation to the boxes under the table in the church (at the side entrance). If you or your business needs to have your donation picked up, or if you have any questions, please contact Shaughn FitzGerald at This is a great way to find a new home for your pass-along books and DVD’s while helping to support WestFest!

Parents Club

The first Parents Club meeting of the year was a success! Thank you everyone for coming. It was great to see both new and familiar faces. The teachers put on a wonderful presentation regarding STEM Plus. STEM is a culture, not a class. Our kids are in for a wonderful year! Full PC meeting minutes will be coming soon to the Parents Club webpage.

The classroom with the most attendance was Mrs. Simpson’s class (4A). They won an ice cream float party and a coffee for Mrs. Simpson. Kale Paulson was the lucky raffle winner. He received a gift certificate from Dennis Uniform! Upcoming Parents Club dates:

  • 10/10 – Golf Tournament. Spots are still open for this great tournament. All golfers are welcome!
  • 10/10 – Italian Dinner. Flyers with information and ticket reservation details will be coming home about this event tradition!
  • 11/12 – November Parents Club Meeting. What do you want to hear about? How can we help make HRS even more exciting? Let us know what you think in this 3-minute survey. Click here.
PowerSchool Parent Access

For parents of students in grades 5-8, look for your Powerschool Parent Access letter/s coming home with your eFC carrier (typically the youngest student in the family) today! The letter has instructions on how to register for a PowerSchool parent account. There are also more detailed instructions and tutorials on the tech website. Contact Mr. Barker for more information or assistance.

Discovering Chess

Holy Rosary will have its 15th year of an after-school chess class starting in October. We’ll meet in room 7A on Thursdays every week until February when we’ll start meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of the year. Times will be 3:00-3:45 and cost will be $12.50 if attending one day a week and $25 if twice a week. (please make checks payable to Mike Ritscher). Younger kids and beginners are welcome, but please make sure they can concentrate for another 45 minutes after the school day. Thank you. ~ Mr. Ritscher

Magazine Drive

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Thank you so much for your support of the magazine drive fundraiser. Going 100% to online ordering is a BIG challenge but your participation and dedication this week has shown that there is no challenge this amazing community cannot tackle.

The class with the most sales this week was the second grade. Congratulations to Mrs. Yi and Mrs. Robel’s classes!

We’ve received a few emails letting us know about the tech glitches yesterday on the AP Hearst site. Everything should be running fine now. Because of the tech issues, we’re extending the deadline for the online challenge (registration/avatar, sending 12+ email, sharing on social media) until tonight (Thursday 9/17). Get your steps done so your child(dren) can qualify for the bonus prize and receive it on Friday. Keep selling! We had a fantastic first week! Thank you for your dedication and support to our school!

Friday, September 25 will be a Magazine Drive Spirit Day! Wear Seahawks colors or a Seahawks Jersey or t-shirt.

The Magazine Drive Chairs are Ally Dolan – and Mandy Peterson –

Safe Environment Update

The Archdiocese has developed a new system and the instructors are all being trained at this time.  Classes are being added.  Holy Rosary’s onsite instructor is working on scheduling classes here but we don’t have the dates yet. The following classes below have been added for “Protecting God’s Children for Adults”

  • Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 St. Joseph School – Seattle
  • Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 St. Alphonsus Catholic Church – Seattle
  • Tuesday, September 22 at 6:30 St. Philomena Catholic – Des Moines
  • Thursday, September 24 at 8:45 – St. Alphonsus Catholic Church – Seattle
  • Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – Seahurst
  • Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30 St. Philomena Catholic – Des Moines
  • Saturday, October 3 at 9:00 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – Seahurst

The link to find the information and to sign up for classes is:

  • Click – Safe Environment
  • Click – Training Requirements
  • Section – Volunteer Requirements
  • Click – Virtus
  • From Virtus create a profile

If you haven’t received an email from the Archdiocese with a temporary sign in to the new system “Virtus”, you can begin the process by using the instructions above.

Volunteer Opportunity

The 6th Grade music classes need a few volunteers! Students have the opportunity to choose an instrument to learn to play during the school year. There are up to three different groups working at the same time for which supervision is needed. There is no musical talent required to assist – just a desire to help! The benefits? Our terrific kids will share their growing gift of music with you! You will get to hear the end result when the kids come together at the end of class to play as ensemble! Your brain chemistry will delight in the new pathways created by the energy of the kids and the music! And, you will be providing a wonderful service to Holy Rosary School! Volunteers are needed on Tuesday from 2:15 – 2:45 pm and Fridays from 10:45-11:15 am.  Many thanks for your kind consideration! Please contact Janet Mudge, Music Specialist at to sign up.

Band News

A sincere thank you for the many parents attending the instrument rental meeting!  Your enthusiasm, support and patience were deeply appreciated! A parent’s love is beyond words! With gratitude, ~ Miss McKamey

Annual Fund

Thank you for the many responses this week.

The annual fund is a yearly campaign that runs from July 1 – June 30. We have started our 2015-2016 Annual Fund drive. Our goals are 100% participation and $200,000 by June 2016! Have you pledged yet? Download the pledge form here. Pledges range from $25 to $10,000. No amount is too small! The Annual Fund is vitally important to the school’s ability to meet operating costs and balance the budget. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide unrestricted monies to help fill the gap that tuition alone does not cover. Recognizing that you may not be fully aware of what the Annual Fund is and its importance and impact on our school, read more here. Please feel free to contact the development office with ANY Annual Fund/fundraising questions! Kamila Kennedy at (206) 937-7255.

Where To Find Information on Fundraising

Find our Giving links on our website on the GIVE tab.

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1% Receipt Program with Thriftway

We are collecting the Thriftway receipts to get 1% of your shopping back to the school through their ongoing 1% Receipt Program.  You may drop off the receipts in the school office.  There is a box placed on the shelf behind the door.  If you have any questions, please contact Irene Merz at Thank you for all your continued support.

Mother-Son Glow Bowl

The Mother Son Glow Bowl will be Friday, October 23 at 5:00. See attached flyer here. The forms should be turned into the office no later than Friday, October 9.

Pizza Lunch

Please see the attached form here to sign up for the 8th grade pizza lunch fundraiser. Please turn in the forms by October 2 if you would like your child/ren to participate in this fundraiser.

Picture Day

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 22. Your children may wear free dress on that day. Ordering online is available. Please click on here or you can place your order here with a picture day envelope. The envelope will be distributed next week. Siblings payments cannot be combined in one envelope, each student must turn in an envelope and a check. We are looking for one parent volunteer to help with picture day. If you are interested please email or call Jennifer in the office.

Photo Release Form

Please complete and return this form to the main office of the school. If the school does not receive a completed form, permission is assumed. Forms are due to the main office by Friday, September 25. Thank you!

After-School Art Workshop at HRS!

This 6-week course is packed with unforgettable art projects that are designed to introduce kids to new and wildly fun avenues of creative expression, create lasting memories, and produce priceless works of art. This course is held throughout the school year, and runs for 6 weeks at a time. Each session offers an array of new projects. Parents often register their children for multiple sessions far in advance, so spots tend to fill up fast.

Some projects we will be doing during this year’s workshops: Ceramic keepsakes with melted glass, Paper mache piñatas, Elaborate cardboard forts, Melted crayon art, Multi-media photo collage, Splatter paint masterpieces, Miniature garden landscapes,…and more!

  • Who: All 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are welcome to join.
  • When: Tuesdays 3:15 – 5:00.
    • Art Workshop 1.2 – This class is FULL. Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13
    • Art Workshop 2.2 – Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1. (No Art Workshop on Nov. 24 due to Conference Week)
    • Art Workshop 3.2 – Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26
    • Art Workshop 4.2 – Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 1, March 8, March 15. (No Art Workshop on Feb. 16, March 22, and March 29 due to holidays and school days off.)
    • Art Workshop 5.2 – April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10
  • Where: Art Room in Parish Center. (Escort to and from BASE can be arranged, upon request.)
  • Cost: $160 – includes all materials, snacks and prizes! Limited scholarships are available during each workshop session. Inquire at time of registration.

To register your child from an upcoming workshop session contact Lacey Reuter at


Hola! Ni Hao! At Sponge, we see language as a passport to global citizenship. Students learn to see the world through a different lens while acquiring language skills and the confidence to use them. Young learners are especially primed for language learning – research shows that students are 70% more likely to gain fluency when they begin in elementary school. We are excited to offer Spanish and Mandarin at Holy Rosary this fall, with our engaging, research-driven curriculum, taught completely in language. Students learn important, everyday language through exciting thematic units and a wide variety of interactive games, activities, songs and art projects. Our goal is to build a strong foundation of comprehension and communication skills, all while having fun! Spanish and Mandarin classes for K-5th grade are held after school on Wednesdays at Holy Rosary from 2:20-3:20. Register online at Payments will be made through your account on the Holy Rosary website. Questions? Contact us by email at or give us a call at (425) 274-5188. Sign up today to save your spot. Classes begin October 7!


NEW HOLY ROSARY GATOR BAGS – Gator Gear! Are you geared up for sports? Don’t forget to order your new Gator Gear Duffel Bag and show your support with an adult Gator Gear Jacket! We are now taking orders. All proceeds benefit our CYO sports and scholarships! Find the order form here.

Registration for 2015 CYO Soccer is still open for the Fall Season! Click
 here to register. 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).

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


BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLESSING from Fr. Oakland! Come to any of the masses this weekend to receive a special back-to-school blessing from Fr. Oakland!

WELCOME RECEPTION for Father Oakland. Save the date!

Volunteers are needed for this. Help decorate the Gym on Saturday, September 26 and/or serve or clean up at the party on Sunday, September 27. If interested, contact Virginia Radel at 206-658-3680 or

BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN – If you are interested in Baptism for your infant or child at Holy Rosary, please contact Deyette Swegle at 206-937-1488, ext. 251 or We welcome your child to a life with Christ!

YOUTHCHOIR! – Rehearsals on Wednesdays 2:30-3:15. Started September 9th! Come and check out the new YouthChoir! at our convenient Wednesday rehearsal! Choir rehearsals end at 3:15 – a convenient pick-up time similar to the rest of the week. Fifth graders who are in HR band can come directly to the chapel at 2:30. We also escort kids back to BASE after choir!  We’ll go over all the music so they can also sing at the mass!  Register here.

  • Remember that music helps kids become better learners! Choir helps kids become more confident persons!
  • YouthChoir! is open to all students in grades 3-5.
  • Practices are September 9, 16, 23 (Wednesdays, choir 2:30-3:15 in chapel; cantors continue 3:15-3:40)
  • Mass:  Sunday, September 27 @ 10:30 mass (Sunday rehearsal 9:30 in chapel)

PARENTS – Please volunteer! Volunteer time counts towards 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 beginning on Sunday October 18. Even if they can’t attend weekly Wednesday 2:30 rehearsals, they are invited to the Sunday pre-mass rehearsal at 9:30 on October 18 in the chapel.  We’ll go over the music so they can sing at the mass.

Parents can assist (for volunteer hours):

  • Offer to assist in organizing activities (pizza, cookies),
  • Set-up before mass, storage after mass,
  • Video or audio capture of singing performance.

RSVP your student’s participation (sing/play) to: Thanks for your support of the Junior High Choir! ~ Paul Dolejsi, Director YouthChoir!

ALTAR SERVERS – One of the great services that young people can provide is to participate as altar servers at Mass. Girls and boys in fifth grade and above can become altar servers, to assist the priests and other liturgical ministers. New servers must take part in one of the two training sessions, which begin on September 14 and October 5. To learn more and to sign up for training sessions, click here.

WALKING WITH PURPOSE REGISTRATION – Are you looking for a way to make faith a greater part of your life, but struggle to fit prayer into your hectic daily schedule?  Walking with Purpose is for all women and is a Scripture-based program that is fresh and relevant. Women of all ages are welcome!  No prior experience necessary! The 22-week course begins October 14. Two group options: Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings (childcare is provided for the morning session). Please register by Monday, September 21.  A $90 registration fee covers a study guide and hospitality. To register or find more information, click here visit here. “I continue to grow exponentially through my time with WWP. I am a better parent, wife and person as a direct result of the time I spend studying and understanding my faith and growing closer to God.”

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION REGISTRATION – If your child is in 2nd grade or older and you would like them to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion (SAC 2) please click on this link for the online Registration. Please note, Holy Rosary Church follows the Archdiocese of Seattle’s guidelines that all children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Preparation can take place in a Catholic School or during Catholic Sunday School Faith Formation.  Children are normally prepared for these two Sacraments in the second grade. If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental I of our Faith Formation program and regularly attends the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these two Sacraments, please call so we may arrange to have them prepared.  For any questions, please contact Sr. Stella at 206-937-1488, ext. 252.

Community Notices

PUYALLUP FAIR PARKING – The Washington State Fair in Puyallup begins on Friday, September 11. Support Catholic education in East Pierce County by parking at one of the All Saints School’s fair parking lots. Our main entrance is located on 7th Ave SW between 2nd & 3rd St SW.  Our paved parking lots are located on 3rd St SW between 5th and 6th Ave SW in downtown Puyallup.  We are just a short distance from the main gate of the fairgrounds.  All proceeds from our fair parking fundraiser goes directly to our operating budget. For your convenience, you can pay your parking fee with a major credit card. Look for our friendly volunteers in red aprons to direct you to our lots.  Thank you in advance for supporting our school while you Do the Puyallup! Questions?Call Diana at 253-845-5025.

Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • 9/17 – 7th Grade Pilgrimage
  • 9/18 – WestFest Spirit Day – wear fall colors or WestFest t-shirt
  • 9/18 – Noon Dismissal – WestFest set up
  • 9/18 – WestFest Begins 6:00!
  • 9/19 – WestFest 10:00 – 10:00!
  • 9/22 – Picture Day
  • 9/25 – Magazine Sale Spirit Day – wear Seahawks colors, jersey or shirt
  • 9/29 – 10/1/15 – 8th Grade Ropes Retreat
  • 10/2 – No School – Archdiocese In-service Day
  • 10/10 – Golf Tournament
  • 10/10 – Italian Dinner
  • 10/16 – Closing Assembly for Magazine Drive 2:00