Family Communication (eFC) 9-24-2015

Principal’s Newsletter
Stem Activities This Week At Holy Rosary School

KINDERGARTEN  – The Kindergarten students faced an engineering challenge on Tuesday. The challenge was to design and build apple containers to hold as many apples as possible. There were specific criteria for the final product. The products were tested as students tried carrying three apples for 10 steps without dropping any. Mrs. Clarke’s class worked in small groups with parent helpers, and Mrs. Crockett’s class worked with 8th grade students.

KINDERGARTEN AND 1ST GRADE ART – This week in Art class, kindergartners and first graders used foil as a medium to explore the difference between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. Students used foil and pipe cleaners to participate in an engineering challenge. It was a lot of fun!


3RD GRADE – Students learned about the engineering process as they designed and built a tower to hold a small stuffed animal. They only had a small amount of tape and 100 note cards. They focused on communicating their ideas clearly and re-designing when they encountered setbacks.


5TH GRADE – This week fifth graders will discuss the work of aerospace engineers. They will brainstorm how the general features of the planets in our solar system impact the design of spacecraft. Next they will draw and label a fictional spacecraft designed to explore a specific planet in our solar system. Students will share how the features of their fictional spacecraft match its destination and mission goals.

7TH GRADE – The 7th graders, after learning about some basic principles of levers, had a great time in science designing a catapult of their own using the engineering design process.


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.

WestFest Thank You!

A huge “Thank you!” to our WestFest sponsors this year: Curious Kidstuff, Seattle University Athletics/Rudy’s Kids Club, Westside Children’s Dentistry, Kirchner Dentistry, Sandy Brown of Windermere Real Estate, 1st Security Bank, and the Kokkonis and Sebastian-Odell families. Please show your mutual support by patronizing and thanking these generous sponsors.


Thank you to everyone who donated to our raffle baskets, especially the Herbig family for the GoPro camera.

Thank you to our in-kind donations from the following: Scones – Donated Fisher Scone Mix General Mills (Burke Family). Teriyaki – McDonald Meats for the Teriyaki booth. Wings – Donated Fresh EXPRESS (Hamilton family). Mexican Food – Donated Fresh Express (Hamilton family). Coffee – (Many families!) Book Sale – Pegasus books and the Holy Rosary community. Generator – Star Rental (Waltier family). Spotlight – (Podany family). Refrigerator Truck – (Hamilton family).

“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 couldn’t do it without you!

Holy Rosary Golf Tournament

Please join us for the 14th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament to benefit the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund on October 10th. We will have a great day of golf at the West Seattle Municipal Golf Course. The event will include a 4-person scramble, lunch and awards receptions following the golf. The golf tournament is the primary driver of revenue for the Father Mallahan Endowment Fund. Learn more about the fund by clicking here! Book today by clicking this link!  We are always looking for new sponsors. Contact the golf committee for more information.

Annual Italian Dinner

Save the date – October 10th! Mangia, Bene, Vivi, Felice! Please join us for the Holy Rosary Italian Dinner. Look for the flyer to come home with your child next week or click here to download a copy of the flyer.

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

Magazine Spirit Day tomorrow, September 25th! Wear blue and green! Seahawks colors!

We are half way into our Magazine Drive and right at pace. This week brought us to just over $50,000 in sales. Let’s GO BIG parents and let’s kick tHis UP a few levels! Have you not sold or reached your goal yet? We have a new incentive “this week only” (9/22-9/30. 8am). Back by popular demand: Win a yard of gum by selling three extra subscriptions, donations, and gift card all count. This is in addition to what you already have sold or your first three sales.

The class with the most sales this week was the 3rd Grade! Congratulations to the 3rd grade class! Keep selling – we all want that half-day off for making our goal of $125,000! WAHOO!

Monetary donations (instead of subscriptions) – Each $25 donation counts as a subscription for prizes.

Cash Donations How To:

  • Check made out to: Holy Rosary School (memo line: magazine donation)
  • Send to school office labeled “ Magazine Drive Donation + last name”
  • Clearly specify what child(ren) the prize credit(s) goes to

Note: Subscriptions that cost $100 or more count 5 for prizes only.

Family Fun Center Prize – To qualify, students need to sell 25 magazines (or 40 for families/siblings) or more. Date TBD. This super fun field trip usually happens in November and will require chaperones.

Cut Off Date for Prizes – October 6th is our last Turn in Tuesday and the last day for sales to count for prizes.

PRIZES – Remember, prizes are cumulative, meaning that if your student sells 20 magazines she/he would get all prizes up to 20.

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 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.



AUCTION COMMITTEE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS – Believe it or not, the auction leadership team is already planning for next year’s Auction and we are looking to fill the following positions:

  • Procurement Chair – (a two-year commitment)
  • Procurement Shadow 2016-17 – shadow for next year
  • Receiving – “receive” and enter family donations into the auction software (not limited to these tasks).
  • Operations Co-chair
  • Communications
  • Decoration Shadow 2015-16 (becomes Decoration Chair 2016/17 and 2017/18)

If you would like more information about any of these positions please contact Kamila Kennedy at

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 and Fridays from 10:45-11:15. Many thanks for your kind consideration! Please contact Janet Mudge, Music Specialist, to sign up:

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that runs from July 1 – June 30. We have started our 2015-2016 Annual Fund drive and we are at 50% parent participation! . Our ultimate goals are 100% participation and $200,000 by June 2016! Have you pledged yet? Please send your response into the school office. Follow these 3 easy steps:

  • Complete the 2015-16 Annual Fund pledge form
  • Payment – Either specify the month a check will be sent to school or schedule payments online through this link. Pledges range from $25 to $10,000. No amount is too small!
  • Send pledge form into school via email, mail or students’ folders.
  • Does your employer match your charitable donation? If so, initiate a matching gift request and notify the development office.

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 and please feel free to contact the development office with ANY Annual Fund/fundraising questions! Kamila Kennedy at 206-937-7255.

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 download and complete the Pizza Lunch Form to sign up for the 8th grade pizza lunch fundraiser and return the forms by October 2 if you would like your child/ren to participate in this fundraiser. Please note the pizza lunch date in April is Friday, April 22.

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!

Sponge After-School Spanish and Mandarin Classes

Learning a language is like getting a passport to global citizenship. We want to help your student grow and learn, so they can achieve cultural competency and confidence in their ability to learn a language! Starting young is the best way to give your student an edge. We offer Spanish and Mandarin after school at Holy Rosary on Wednesdays from 2:20 – 3:20. Spanish is NEW for 2015-16! Classes begin on October 7 and there is still space! Register here. Payments will be made through your account on the Holy Rosary website.

Join us on Monday, October 12, from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Medina Elementary, or on Tuesday, October 13, from 7-9 p.m. in the library at Island Park Elementary. We’ll be discussing our program in detail and answering any of your questions during our Sponge Curriculum Night. Questions? Send us an email at or call 425-274-5188. We’re here to help!


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.


GOT LUNCH? – Not everyone in Seattle knows what he or she will have for lunch today. But Holy Rosary has a ministry that prepares fresh sandwiches for the homeless men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. If you have a couple of hours after morning drop-off on the first Tuesday of the month then you can help out! To get involved, contact Susan Strmich at 206-932-8647.

BACK-TO SCHOOL BLESSING FROM FATHER 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 – This Sunday, September 27th from 12-2:30 in Lanigan Gym. Please RSVP to Colleen Doyle at 206-257-5017 or

Volunteers needed! Help decorate Lanigan Gym on Saturday, September 26th and/or serve or clean up at the party on Sunday, September 27th. 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!

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 – Walking with Purpose is for all women and is a scripture-based program that’s fresh, relevant and easy to fit in with a busy schedule.

  • Women of all ages are welcome! No prior experience necessary!
  • The 22 week course starts October 14.
  • Two group options: Wednesday evenings & Friday mornings (childcare provided Friday morning).
  • $90 registration fee covers study guide and hospitality.

To register or find more information, visit here. For Scholarships, contact Deyette at We hope you’ll join us!

JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR – Junior High Choir sings to celebrate Pope Francis & St Francis! The Junior High Choir is ready to sing to celebrate Pope Francis & St. Francis on October 3rd at the Saturday 5 p.m. mass! We’ll be celebrating Pope Francis after his recent visit and also St. Francis of Assisi (feast on Oct. 4) with special songs and music!

NEWS FLASH: JHC is FREE! There is no charge to participate! Register below. Singers from grades 6-7-8 provide music leadership, joined by a praise band of talented musicians! Teens are mentored to become their best musical selves, whether singing or playing an instrument. This is a praise and performance opportunity for our young teens – lots of opportunities to shine! REGISTER HERE. Weekly rehearsals are available after school on Thursday. We also rehearse on Saturday at 4pm. Attendance at one rehearsal is necessary to sing/play well!

JHC Fall practice and performance schedule:

  • Oct. 1, Thursday, 3-4 in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • Oct. 3, Saturday, 5 p.m. mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4 – 4:40. (Come Saturday at 4 p.m. for rehearsal, even if you missed Thursday!)
  • Nov. 5, Thursday, 3-4 in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • Nov. 7, Saturday, 5 p.m. mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.
  • Dec. 10, Thursday, 3-4 in chapel. Voices and instruments.
  • Dec. 12, Saturday, 5 p.m. mass. Rehearse in CHAPEL from 4-4:40.

Thanks for your support of the Junior High Choir!

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.

Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • 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 at 2 p.m.
  • 10/23 – Mother/Son Glow Bowl
  • 10/29 – Picture Retake Day