Family Communication (eFC) 9-8-2016

Principal’s Newsletter

Hello! I hope the long weekend was an opportunity to relax a bit, after a busy first week of school. Back to School night was a wonderful school event last week and a great chance to come together as a community.  I enjoyed meeting many of you!

During Tuesday’s weekly announcement to students, I asked students to take a moment and reflect onopeningmass the life and work of St. Teresa of Calcutta, an inspiration to us all. She was, as Pope John Paul II put it, “the true icon of the Good Samaritan.” In this light, I asked our students to consider the importance of their interactions with one another and to reflect on one of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Each day brings us a new opportunity, a new beginning, to make the world a better place. What a tremendous opportunity this is to serve God!

Finally, a bit of business….thank you in advance for returning the home language and income surveys, and media release forms in a timely manner. And thank you to those families who have returned their Annual Fund pledge forms. If you have not, you can make your pledge online easily by clicking on the Annual Fund button on our website. Every bit helps us bridge the gap between tuition and our operating expenses; a gap of $3,000 in grades K-8. Thank you for your continued support!

Have a fantastic week!



NEW DEVICES AND APPS – Keeping with our Holy Rosary Technology Plan, we purchased new Chromebooks for the incoming 5th graders and a class set of iPads for the other 2nd grade. This brings our technology to the following ratios:  3:1 iPads in Kindergarten and first grade, 1:1 iPads in grades 2-4, 1:1 Chromebooks in grades 5-8. We continue to have a class set of MacBooks available to classrooms and a class set of iMacs in the computer lab.

Last spring we were awarded a $5,000 grant from the Tulalip Tribe that allowed us to purchase educational iPad apps that targeted instruction in reading and language arts. These apps have been purchased and pushed out to all our iPads in Kindergarten through fourth grade and are currently being used. Fifth grade has also benefitted from some of these apps when using their Chromebooks.

POWERSCHOOL APP – When using the PowerSchool app for iOS and Android, the district code is: KHDH. Details on how to download and use the app and how to use PowerSchool are on the technology page here.

CODING WITH KIDS – Classes will start in October after cross country and soccer have ended. Look for the registration link in the eFC in the coming weeks.

NEW EFC ICON – Notice the new icon for the eFC. This will be used to indicate the eFC has been posted.

Development Directives

MAGAZINE DRIVE – The Magazine Drive kick-off assembly is tomorrow at 2 p.m. Our theme is “SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS”. Please have your child wear the color assigned to his/her grade.

  • Kindergarten – yellow
  • 1st  grade – blue
  • 2nd grade – red
  • 3rd grade – orange
  • 4th grade – green
  • 5th grade – purple
  • 6th grade – gray
  • 7th grade – pink
  • 8th grade – brown

Tuition does not cover the costs of providing a leading edge, Catholic education. Fundraisers are necessary to help close the gap and give each child room to discover and develop their own unique gifts.

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. Checks can be dropped off in the front office. Please make out to HRS.

ANNUAL FUND – Thank you to the 95 families and 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!

West Seattle Christian Church Parking

Parking in the West Seattle Christian Church parking lot for after school pick-up is for preschool families ONLY. Our preschool has an arrangement with West Seattle Christian Church to use their parking lot for drop-off or pick-up purposes (15 minute max). Preschool families have their children in school for 3 hours or less, and often have additional younger children in tow. Please do not use this parking lot if your kids are no longer in the preschool.

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.


It’s time for that great fall tradition – WestFest! Friday, September 16 from 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. the school and grounds will transform into the WesFest fall festival! Your WestFest committee has been working hard all summer to prepare a wonderful event. We are reaching out to the larger West Seattle community via the local schools, as well as the West Seattle Blog, Facebook, etc. Tell your friends and family and help us welcome our school and parish members, neighbors, friends and families from all over West Seattle!

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.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST is this weekend! Yum, it’s the WestFest Pancake Breakfast! Come and enjoy a stack of pancakes – along with ham or bacon – served before and after the Masses this Sunday, September 11th from 8:00-12:00. Bring your appetite across the street to the School Hall. $20 for families, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for kids. Eat your fill while supporting WestFest!

WRISTBANDS – If you missed purchasing wristbands on the first day of school, there are three other ways to secure wristbands at the pre-sale prices:  Parents Club meeting tonight, the Pancake Breakfast on September 11th, or simply fill out the wristband order form sent home with your youngest child and return the form to the school office by September 15th. Wristband prices at the event increase, so take advantage of the savings and get your bands early! We are bringing back the Toddler Time option, where kids aged four and under get exclusive access to three of the rides from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, for a reduced price. Enjoy the option that best fits your family and come join us!

SHIRTS order forms are due tomorrow! Style-up your and your kids’ wardrobe with a WestFest t-shirt! There are several styles and colors to choose from, including a new ladies’ style and a new adult baseball jersey style, to spread the WestFest spirit. Holy Rosary students can enjoy free dress with their t-shirt on WestFest Spirit Day, Friday, September 16th. Shirts may be ordered using this link to the order form, or purchased from available limited stock on hand at tonight’s Parents’ Club meeting or at the Pancake Breakfast this Sunday. Contact Holly Christenson at with questions.

RAFFLE TICKETS – Don’t forget to get your tickets for the WestFest prize baskets. There will be three great baskets to choose from: kids, ladies and men. Tickets are only $1 each and will be on sale at tonight’s Parents’ Club meeting and at this Sunday’s Pancake Breakfast. Load up in these affordable tickets to try your luck at winning! Bring cash to make buying easy. Contact Jennifer Chastain at with any questions.

BASKET DONATIONS – In order to make the WestFest baskets great we need you! How about those new but unused items taking up room in your house…add it to one of the baskets! Contact April Smith at for donation drop off/pick up and questions,

EARN COMMITMENT HOURS – WestFest needs volunteers! Sign up online here for a variety of fun activities to lead. Seventh and eighth grade students are eligible too! You can also get a head start on earning those fundraising hours! A “shadow” is needed for each of these positions:

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Info/First Aid Booth
  • Site Electrical (set up and take down)

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

CAKE WALK – Up to four hours of volunteer time can be earned for home-baked goods for the WestFest cake walk. 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 at 10. Contact Krista Zeissel at or Julie Cahill at

COFFEE PLEASE! – WestFest needs ground coffee! Seeking donations of mark-outs from all of our Starbucks families. Help keep costs down and WestFesters awake! Contact Melissa Ardales at

RIB PRE-ORDER – Are you ready for some award winning, finger lickin’, dry-rubbed, mouth-watering, St. Louis style pork spare ribs at WestFest? 

Then step right up and pre-order a party platter to ensure you ‘gettum! 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. And, 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. Platter pre-orders are just $45 and $50 with no pre-order.

Please respond to Anne Connell at by the end of day, Thursday, September 15th, with the following information:  1) date of pick up, 2) approximate pick up time during WestFest hours – Friday, 4-10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.,  3) hot or cold platter

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

Recess Duty

Mrs. Judd is looking for recess duty volunteers for this school year. You earn double hours if you can commit for one day per week for two hours, 11:15-1:15. Please email her at if you are interested.

Parents Club

Reminder that this evening is the first Parents Club meeting. All Holy Rosary School parents are invited and encouraged to attend! Childcare will be provided in the library and computer lab.* Social “hour” starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the School Hall. Tonight’s topic is Internet Safety, which will be presented by Captain Mike Edwards, from the Seattle Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Division; and Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Hampton, United States Attorney’s Office, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator

*Volunteers are needed for childcare. It’s a great way to get a jump-start on commitment hours and you can sign up by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you tonight!


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 the preliminary meets on September 18 and September 25. The K-3 championship will be on October 2 (TBD). The 4-8th grade championship will be on October 9. 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.


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!


  • September 13-15:  come and pray devotions and venerate the Relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II.
  • Tuesday, September 13.
  • Reconciliation 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Veneration 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, September 14.
  • Veneration 8:30am-10:30 am and 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • Thursday 8:30 am – 10: 30 am.

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

HOLY ROSARY MINISTRY FAIR after all Masses on September 10-11 in the School Hall. You’ve been asking for it and we’ve heard…Holy Rosary Parish is hosting our Ministry Fair on September 10-11 after all Masses! This is your opportunity to learn about all the amazing Ministries we have and/or represent a Holy Rosary Ministry that you serve. We are also compiling a booklet of all the Holy Rosary Ministries. We need your help in order to make sure our Ministry booklet is complete and our Ministry Fair has all Ministries represented. For table space to represent an HR Ministry, please email For our Ministry booklet, please email with the following information:

  • Holy Rosary Ministry name
  • a sentence on what and who the Ministry serves
  • when you meet
  • contact name
  • email address and/or phone number
Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 9/8 – Parents Club Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
  • 9/16-9/17 – WestFest
  • 9/24 – Golf Tournament
  • 10/1 – Italian Dinner
  • 10/7 – No School – Teacher In-Service