Family Communication (eFC) 9-22-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

Hello! This is our first full week of school, with no early dismissals or other activities. It’s been a busy one, and it feels like we are in the full swing of things!! WestFest was a wonderful, community event. Thank you so much, to the many, many volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen.

It’s hard to believe, but we are already looking forward to next year, planning for enrollment activities, and planning for how to spread the word about the wonderful things happening at Holy Rosary School. I mentioned this at Open House, and I will continue to mention it — this is an area where we need your help.  Please share with your family and friends about our school, why you chose and continue to choose Holy Rosary School. We are already starting to take families on tours that are considering us for next year, and we’d love to do more of that! Please encourage your friends and family to come in and meet us!

A few other notes –

Thank you for sending in our news media release forms. We are still a bit shy of getting all of those back; if you have one lingering at your house, can you please send it in? A bit of clarification on this – this release is for pictures that we take and use for our purposes, as a school. I know many of you, as parents, take pictures at school and community events. These are not covered as part of the media release. However, if you happen to get some great shots you think we might use, send them our way! If we do choose to use them for our publications or media releases, we will ensure we have followed our media release form policy.

Westside Baby is putting a donation bin in our school. It will be located in the uniform exchange area. Westside baby accepts donations of clothes for both babies and school aged children. Thank you in advance for your support of this important community organization. In Christ,


An Invitation from the Pastor

According to Merriam Webster, a community is a unified body of individuals. Our unity comes from something much more than simply our connection to Holy Rosary, but consists also in the sharing of our lives with one another and this journey towards Heaven. This was evident at WestFest, as individuals young and old hung around with longtime friends and made new ones as well. It is an annual event that is not possible without a great number of individuals volunteering in any number of capacities. It is something that is true of so much of our life together in our school micro-community – its life is directly related to how much we as individuals are willing to invest in it and be a part of it. Right now in the parish we are doing something new. Every year we take time to make a financial commitment to the parish from what we have received from the Lord. At this time, we are doing something similar – making a commitment of our time and talent, things we have received from Him as well. If you are a part of the parish community and are receiving in-parish tuition, I would invite you to take a moment to fill out the form on our website here if you didn’t get a chance to do so in Mass this past Sunday. We have updated our Ministries and Apostolates Guidebook and you can find it there as well. You can indicate those things in the wider parish community which you are a part of, as well as any you are interested in learning more about. Thank you for your generosity, and for sharing the gifts that the Lord has given to you – as we work together to build a stronger community and accomplish the work and mission of Jesus Christ here in West Seattle.


Signed handbook forms were due on September 15th. If you have not done so yet, please print, sign and turn in the first page of the Family Handbook. A link to the handbook can be found here. Thank you.

Reserved Parking

There are two reserved parking spots in the north parking lot (teacher’s lot) clearly marked with signs. The spots were purchased at the HEART Auction and they belong to those families seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Please don’t use the spot if it doesn’t belong to you even if you are running inside “for just a minute” to pick up your child. It is very frustrating for the families who pay for the spot. Thank you.

Glow Bowl

Please join us on Friday, October 14th from 5-8 p.m. at West Seattle Bowl for the Annual Mother-Son Glow Bowl! Forms went home last Friday, or use this link to download the form and sign up. This year’s theme is CRAZY DRESS – so put your craziest outfits together:  tie dye, backwards clothing, sports fanatic, etc. and join us for a night of bowling, pizza, and fun!

Discovering Chess

I will be offering an after-school chess class again this year. Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of chess on learning and brain development. Players make gains in spatial orientation, pattern recognition, planning ahead and creativity. I’m going to run the class very much like last year, as my schedule is much the same. We will meet on Thursdays in my classroom (7A) from 3-3:45. The difference this year is that the cost will be $15 per month and we will be handling all the billing through FACTS. I will just keep a roster list each month, no need to send in checks. Class will start in October and we’ll run through May, but you can come anytime. All ages are welcome. Feel free to email me with any questions: Thanks, Mr. Ritscher

Development Directives

WESTFEST – A huge THANK YOU to the WestFest Committee and all the volunteers for putting on a wonderful community event! Next up is the Golf Tourney this Saturday; fingers crossed for sunny weather.

ANNUAL FUND – Keep the ANNUAL FUND forms coming in. We have a very generous community, but haven’t reached 100% participation yet. Payments may be made through the ANNUAL FUND portal on the HRS home page.

MAGAZINE SALE – Another Tally/Turn in Tuesday for the MAGAZINE DRIVE has come and gone. Keep selling those magazines. Last day to take orders/renewals is October 7th. Remember cash/check donations accepted, $25 = 1 subscription. NEW MAGAZINE DRIVE CHALLENGE:  Sell three NEW subscriptions by Tuesday, September 27th and receive another yardstick of gum!

Congrats to the top selling grades:

  1. Kindergarten
  2. 2nd grade
  3. 3rd grade

AMAZON PORTAL – Remember to shop through the Amazon portal on the HRS home page. The past few years Amazon has donated $10,000 annually. Dollar amount varies based on spending habits, so shop away!

Eighth Grade Pizza Lunch

The deadline to sign up for the 2016-17 eighth grade pizza lunch fundraiser is next Friday, September 30. 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!

Exciting News from Present and Past Holy Rosary Students

Ben L. was invited to be part of the opening number at the Tour of Gymnastics Champions show at the Key Arena this past Friday. Ben did a few tumbling passes in the show as he is the Washington state champion tumbler for his level.

Eliot E., a 2013 Holy Rosary graduate and current senior at Seattle Preparatory, has been selected as a National Merit Semifinalist. Eliot is part of a nationwide pool of semifinalist representing the top 1% of US high school seniors.

Congratulations to Ben and Eliot!

WestFest Thank You

A huge “Thank you!” to our WestFest sponsors this year:  Fitterer Construction Services, Windermere Real Estate/Sandy Brown, Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning, Friends of Holy Rosary, Sorensen Orthodontics, Alki Lumber, The Grove, Westside Children’s Dentistry, Array Cellars, Advanced Traffic Control, Touchtech Systems, Kennedy Catholic High School, Bridge Electric, NW Center Plastic Surgery/Michael Blatner and Metropolitan Market. Please show your mutual support by patronizing and thanking these generous sponsors.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our raffle baskets and a special thanks to the Moan family for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Thank you to our in-kind donations from the following: Scones – Donated Fisher Scone Mix General Mills (Burke Family). Mexican Food – Donated Fresh Express (Hamilton family). Coffee – (Kurtz, Foisy and Apostol families). Book Sale – Pegasus books and the Holy Rosary community.

“Yay” and “Thank you” to all of the many families and students who worked shifts to make WestFest such a fun and profitable event for our school and church community. We also want to acknowledge the WestFest Committee leads:  Kara Klem, Jodi Sherwood, Tara Martin, Jessica Murphy, Andrea Geraghty, Marianne Wintermute, Melissa and Chris Ardales, and the numerous team members of these groups. We couldn’t do it without you!

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

Flyers were sent home with students yesterday. They can also be downloaded here. Please contact Maria Taylor at 206-909-3736 with any questions. Grazie!





gatorsoccerSOCCER – The past weekend, Holy Rosary’s CYO soccer kicked off action for grades 1-3:

The first grade South team enjoyed their first game of the season. Through the rain and mud they played with vigor against St. Anthony. The Gators passed well, showed off their throw-in techniques, and took quite a few shots. Most of all, everyone had fun and can’t wait for their next game!

The first grade West team gave it their all on Saturday. Even with the rain they played like a team and showed great passing skills and finding players in space. I was really pleased with the solid defense that they put on during the second half and hope they came away feeling great about their performance.


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.

JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR – First Mass September 24 – Saturday 5 p.m. Please RSVP. Thank you. The Junior High Choir is ready to go! Let’s get our voices together to lead the music on Saturday, September 24th at the 5 p.m. Mass! Singers from grades 6, 7, and 8 will provide the music leadership, joined by a praise band of talented musicians! Teens take the lead – cantering, singing solos and adding harmonies. This is a praise and performance opportunity for our young teens! Register here.

Weekly rehearsals are available after school on the Thursday prior to the Saturday Mass. The JHC also rehearses one hour before mass at 4 p.m. in the chapel, then moves to the church to set up.

JHC fall practice and performance schedule:

  • Sept. 22, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • Sept. 24, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • (Come and sing at 4 p.m., even if you miss Thursday!)
  • Oct. 13, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • Oct. 15, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass.  Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • Nov. 3, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • Nov. 5, Saturday, 5 p.m. mass.  Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • Dec. 8, Thursday, 3-4 p.m. in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • Dec. 10, Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass.  Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.

Students may offer to sing or play an instrument. Some competency expected – a great learning experience! Music will be geared to emphasize the talents and abilities of those involved. Parents can assist and earn school parent commitment hours:

  • Video or audio capture of singing performance
  • Set-up before Mass, storage after Mass
  • Assist in organizing post-Mass treats – pizza, cookies, etc.

RSVP your student’s participation (sing/play) to Thanks for your support of the Junior High Choir!

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
  • 9/24 – Golf Classic
  • 10/1 – Italian Dinner
  • 10/7 – No school – Archdiocesan teacher in-service (B.A.S.E available)
  • 10/17-10/28 – IOWA fall testing window
  • 11/11 – No school – Veteran’s Day (B.A.S.E closed)