Family Communication (eFC) 5-14-2015

May 14, 2015

Principal’s Newsletter

In addition to Sharon Nark and Carole Myers leaving (announced in the April 2 eFC) we would also like to bid Meg Peterson and Meghan Burke a warm farewell. Meg Peterson, our 3-4’s Preschool teacher will be relocating to the Eastside. Meghan Burke has accepted a teaching position in the Highline School District. Good luck Meg and Meghan, we appreciate your outstanding service at HRS, you will be greatly missed!

Commitment Hour Program

The deadline to enter your volunteer hours online is coming up! Hours must be completed by May 30. The minimum hours required for each school family (in-parish or out-of-parish) is 50 hours per year. At least half of these hours should be fundraising hours. A family that fails to complete this number of hours by the end of May is expected to pay for uncompleted hours at the rate of $35.00 per hour. Families must pay for the uncompleted hours by the last day of the school year. Student transcripts and/or graduation materials may be withheld until a family pays for uncompleted hours. Please make sure you get your hours entered into the online system as soon as possible. On behalf of HRS, thank you for your volunteer time and support. It is what makes our school community a strong and vibrant place.

Field Day

Field Day is next Friday, May 22. A nurse is needed for field day so if you are available and would like to earn a few volunteer hours please contact Sue Southerland ASAP. Classes have chosen their colors and they are as follows:

  • KA & KB – blue
  • 1A & 1B – red/white/blue
  • 2A & 2B – blue
  • 3A & 3B – blue/green
  • 4A – blue/white
  • 4B – blue/green
  • 5A – neon
  • 5B – green/blue
  • 6A & 6B – black/pink
  • 7A & 7B – blue/black
  • 8A & 8B – a surprise!
BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Book Fair

A much-anticipated highlight of spring at HRS — The BOGO Book Fair will be delivered on May 26 and open for business the next day. Volunteers are needed to set up, cashier during lunch recesses and after school, as well as packing up after school on Monday, June 2. Use the link here to sign up. There will be additional Book Fair news in next week’s eFC.


WestFest News and Help Needed! Our web page is up and running, please check it out here. There are still a couple key leadership roles that need to be filled and we are looking for people that LOVE WestFest as much as our students, parish and our community does, to step right on up! Getting set now ensures a good transition and a TON of support as we plan for WestFest – Carnival of Community – 2015.

First up, we need a shadow for yours truly, your Communications & Sponsorship Chair. I send out the school and parish and community communication, oversee the design, raffle & sponsorship leads, and I’m looking to increase our outreach through social media as well. While I have loved being a central part of this committee for 10+ years now, it’s time to pass my keyboard over to the next generation.

Next, we need an energetic person who has strong community contacts and outstanding fundraising skills to join the committee as the Sponsorship Lead. This person will work over the summer to secure the support from local businesses to fund WF and its activities. There will be guidance for this position.

Finally, we need a Book Sale Chair. This is a HUGE tie in to the community and parish members—many of whom come just to browse the books! We need someone to build inventory, and take & manage collections over the summer, up to the event. They will also oversee the sale (with volunteer help) during WestFest.

We are so excited to kick off our planning for WestFest and to have some fresh ideas and fun new folks join the team. If you can see yourself in one of these roles and want to make a contribution to WestFest in this way, please contact Kara Klem at


LOST AND FOUND – Did you forget your coat at the auction? Two coats were left in the School Hall coat rack – one short gray jacket and a long black wool coat. The coats have been moved to the lost and found.  Thank you.

Have you checked out the auction pictures yet? Downloads are free!

ALL School Parents Night Out! May 30, 8 pm at SODO Pop (2424 1st Ave S.) Only a few tickets are left, so are you in? Enjoy cocktails, mingle with friends and dance the night away in this cool SODO venue. DJ Daddy-O Stan Debiec will crank up the best beats. Heavy appetizers, drinks and dessert will be served. And don’t leave the party before the late night Dick’s burgers arrive. Note to 8th and 7th grade parents: this event happens on the same night as the 8th grade Baccalaureate Mass and dinner. You are welcome to participate and join us later. All proceeds benefit Holy Rosary’s HEART Auction. Tickets are $75 individual (all inclusive) Flyers and payment – checks made out to Holy Rosary – are due back into school office by May 23. Questions? Contact the development office or the events’ organizers Wendy at  or Lisa at

Annual Fund

Goal is $200,000 by June 2015

  • Pledged – $197,791 – includes over $10,000 from Give BIG Day donations
  • Paid – $173,902

If you haven’t pledged this year or would like to pledge again, please let us know. Click here for a pledge form and contact the development office.

The Annual Fund is made up of unrestricted annual gifts from parents, alumni and friends. Donations to the Annual Fund allow us to continue our goal of keeping tuition at a level that allows all parish families to attend the school if they so desire. Annual Fund donations allow us to close the gap between the actual cost of educating each student and what is charged for tuition. Donations also support the school’s operating budget, provide essential resources for educational opportunities for students, financial aid for students and competitive salaries for teachers. The Annual Fund is a year-round program, commencing July 1 and concluding June 30. Gifts to the Annual Fund can be made by check, online payments or transfer of stock and may be tax deductible as allowable by law.

Centennial Campaign – Celebrate Our Future, Today

In the spring of 2013, Holy Rosary began an exciting initiative: one that will have tremendous impact on students in our school, now and into the future – the Centennial Campaign. The Centennial Campaign will allow Holy Rosary School to address critical capital needs, provide faculty with additional professional development opportunities and ensure future financial aid assistance by growing the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund. The goal for the Centennial Campaign is $2,000,000 in the course of five years. We are close to one fifth of the total goal with $512,195 in pledges to date. The funding areas for the Centennial Campaign are as follows:

  • $60,000 Windows (installed summer 2014)
  • $300,000 Roof
  • $200,000 Staff Development
  • $115,000 Technology
  • $125,000 Playground
  • $1,100,000 Endowment Fund
  • $100,000 Campaign Costs
  • Pledged – $512,195

Total Paid – $242,023
Expenses – $59,212
Total minus expenses – $182,811
PLEDGES RANGE FROM $500 to $10,000 over the course of five years.

Give Big

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Campaign 2015 – A big THANK YOU to those of you who participated in the GiveBIG campaign last week. Holy Rosary School participated for the first time and raised $10,455! We were excited to see some new Holy Rosary donors as well as many folks donating for the first time through this one-day event, making their gifts eligible for the Seattle Foundation’s stretch pool of funds. $10,455 (before stretch funds and corporate matching funds). Thank you! ~ The Development Committee

Talent Show

We are looking forward to the 2015 Talent Show! It seems to be the most talented year yet! See you tomorrow!

  • Act 1: Grades K-4: We will begin with the band’s performance at 9:30 am sharp.
  • Act 2: Grades 5-8: We will begin at 1:15 pm sharp.

BASE will be open this summer for you to use as much as you like during the weeks of June 15 through June 30. We will also be open July 1, 2 and 3, but will be on vacation for the rest of July. We will reopen in August.

Recess Duty 2015-2016

Double your volunteer hours for next year. Now is the perfect opportunity to sign up for next year’s lunch recess duty. The time is 11:15 – 1:15 daily. Double volunteer hours are given for this enjoyable task. We ask that you choose one specific day per week for the entire year. Please complete this sign up form and return to Ms. Judd by May 26.

Extra Recess Patrols

Thank you 6th grade for covering this week. Calling all 2nd grade families (it’s your final week!) Please use the link below to sign up for the extra recess patrol for next week when we come back from Memorial Day 5/26-29. These extra patrols are outside the fence. Also, please do not forget to wear an orange safety vest. They are located in the patrol room and help identify you to the children and our HRS neighbors.


CROSS COUNTRY – Attention HRS Running Gators! I have opened registration for the FALL season of CYO cross-country early! You can now register your child to run in the fall, and not have to worry about it during the chaos of back to school! It is only $20 to run, $10 additional if your child needs a shirt. Please go to this site to register. We are very excited for the next season of cross-country, and we have many coaches and volunteers ready to cheer your children across the finish line! Please contact me with any questions! Run far, run fast, run hard! ~Coach Charise


BUILDING A BRIDGE THROUGH TRANSITION – A decision has yet to be made. It will probably be several more weeks before anything is announced. The process is taking some time so please continue to be patient. In the meantime please continue to pray for Fr. John as he prepares for his departure from Holy Rosary and in moving forward towards the next leg of his journey. Pray that he will experience the enduring love and presence of Jesus and that the blessings will be only those that bring peace and happiness. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will be with those engaged in the process of making assignments to parishes in transition and especially Holy Rosary. May they be guided in selecting a person whose gifts and talents will benefit our parish and lead us ever closer to a personal and communal relationship with Jesus.

We are crossing over from the unknown,
Crossing over from secure land
To one whose roads we have never walked across.
Don’t look back too long or you will lose courage and want to stay were you are.
Hang on.
Keep going.
That’s what bridges are for, to get you to the other side.
For all of us in transition who have bridges to cross, bless us.
God of the Journey, gift us with the desire to go ahead.
Help us to trust that the bridge will be strong and the risk will be worth it.
~Joyce Rupp

Members of the Transition Team are present at the church doors before and after the weekend Masses or you may email the Transition Team co-chairs, Karin Kovach at or Virginia Radel at to address any questions and/or concerns you have.

FATHER JOHN’S FAREWELL PARTY – Sunday, June 28 from 12:30 – 3:30 pm in Lanigan Gym. You may contribute towards Fr. John’s farewell gift by giving on-line, mailing your contribution to the Parish Office, or placing your contribution in an envelope marked “Gift for Fr. John” and placing it in the collection basket at Mass. When going on-line be sure to indicate “Gift for Fr. John” in the space provided and if donating by check be sure to indicate “Gift for Fr. John” on the memo line of the check. We will accept contributions for the gift through June 15thwhich will enrich his upcoming travels.

HOLY ROSARY PARISH AT THE SEATTLE MARINERS – Holy Rosary Parish has a block of tickets for the Seattle Mariners vs. Astros game on Sunday, June 21 at 1:10pm. June 21 is Father’s Day so this is a perfect family friendly event to attend. Tickets are only $12.00! Don’t wait – tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Turn in this order form with check to Deyette at the Parish office.

WALKING WITH PURPOSE – Are you curious about Walking with Purpose, the new women’s group at Holy Rosary that is TRANSFORMING the lives of its participants? Walking with Purpose is for any woman who desires to grow in faith. It’s a scripture-based study that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart. Our next study, Living in the Father’s Love, begins this summer. It is a brief but powerful course meant to revive and refresh us as we discover just how much God loves us! We will learn how the Gospels are deeply relevant to our relationships; both with God and with those we love. Join us on Friday mornings or Wednesday nights in the Parish Center! Fridays at 9:30 – 11 am from June 5 – July 31 and Wednesdays at 7:30 – 9 pm from June 24 – August 12. Childcare is provided for Friday mornings only. The fee for the 8-week session is $40, which covers a study guide, childcare, and hospitality. No previous experience is necessary! Women of all ages are welcome! Register here or email us anytime with questions!

LITURGY COMMISSION – To the members of Holy Rosary Parish and/or School, The Liturgy Commission is looking for new members for the year 2015-2016. We are seeking people from diverse age groups and backgrounds, hence young adults to the well seasoned. The duties of this commission include advising our Priest on matters regarding the liturgy as well as represent ministries that take part in the Liturgy. Our meetings usually take place on Mondays once a month/early evening. If you have any inquiries or an inclination to join, please contact Patrick Barredo at the Parish office.

Community Notices

BISHOP BLANCHET LEADERSHIP CAMP – Interested in being a leader? Already a leader and want to learn more skills to help your team, class, or school? Then come to Leadership Camp! Students will gain valuable information about how to lead large groups, small groups, details about event planning, how to advertise events, fundraise, and much more!

  • Grades 5 – 9 (as of Fall 2015)
  • Dates: June 23 – June 25
  • Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, June 05, 2015
  • Cost: $75.00
  • Register Online:
  • Questions? Contact: Ms. Kristin Kuzmanich –

BISHOP BLANCHET STUDY SKILLS CAMP – Help ease the transition to the more demanding and time-consuming homework loads associated with middle school and the first year of high school. This camp will help students with time management, organization, study strategies, and planning skills to increase success in the classroom this fall.

4US – Attention Jr. High Students! You are invited to join for a 3-day weekend of fun, service, and ministry. The annual 4US summer festival takes place in Tacoma mid-August. Come camp and volunteer with other students, learn from ministry leaders in the Pro-Life movement, and participate in THE WORLD’S LARGEST SQUIRT GUN FIGHT! The organization “4US” is a local charity committed to raising funds for ultrasound machines (“4”-“U”-“S”) which go to pregnancy resource centers. Interested in learning more? Check out the website:

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND MISSION TRIPS SUMMER 2015 – ONE WEEK Service-Learning Mission Trips. These local mission weeks pair both service and learning, inviting participants into a transformative experience of the heart and deeper understanding of our call to discipleship. Each week is directed by local Co-Directors and costs include meals, supplies, housing, & one week t-shirt. Register by May 4th! Jr High Cost is $230 and High School Cost is $240.

  • July 5-9: Junior High Forks Site (19 spots open). Co-Directors: Christopher Lezcano & Maryelyn Scholz
  • July 19-23: Junior High Hoquiam Site (4 spots open). Co-Directors: Taylor Baar & Sr. Christine Still, OSF
  • July 26-31: High School Seattle Site (16 spots open). Co-Directors: Ann LaBeck & Sr. Christine Still, OSF
  • August 9-14: High School Forks Site (22 spots open). Co-Directors: Aires Patulot & Maryelyn Scholz

ASCEND High School Leadership Retreat

  • July 12-15, 2015. Camp Hamilton – Monroe, WA. Co-Directors: Joe Cotton & Kelsey Harrington. Bring your high school leadership team, send individual youth along with your adult leaders desiring to grow as servant-leaders to this amazing week of prayer, faith, and challenge! Register by June 1st! Cost is $220
    Junior High Camp 4:12 (Leadership Camp)
  • August 17-19, 2015. Camp Don Bosco – Carnation, WA. Co-Directors: Sr. Christine Still, OSF & April Waldrop. This is an exciting opportunity for youth entering grades 7-9 in parishes to celebrate their gifts, discover what it means to be a servant-leader and experience an amazing community of peers & leaders who desire to serve God. Register by June 1. Cost is $120.

For details or to register for any of the above events, please visit If you’re interested in any of these camps and would like to attend, please let Ruth Reiser know at – some of them require coordination with the parish youth ministry program.

O’DEA FOOTBALL CAMP & BASKETBALL CAMP – If you are interested in either of these camps, the flyers are in the school office.

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR – The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for NEW members on Saturday, May 30, 2015 for September enrollment. We invite boys currently in Kindergarten to 3rd grade to audition, and no previous music training is needed. The Northwest Boychoir offers the perfect blend of fun and music training, and if your child is interested in singing and music, the Northwest Boychoir is a great choice. For 40 years, we’ve been training Seattle’s children to sing and perform in public. We offer small group instruction, after school, in Seattle’s University District with convenient freeway and public transportation access. Call us today to set up an audition appointment at (206) 524-3234 or visit

ARTSWEST SUMMER PROGRAMS – ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery conveniently located here in the West Seattle Junction is excited to offer two Musical Theater Academy Summer Programs

  • Elementary Musical Theater Academy – Two Sessions: July 6-17 and August 3-14 10 am – 4 pm. Kindergarten – Grade 5, no audition. These two-week sessions will welcome our youngest students into the world of incredible story telling through the medium of musical theater. With an emphasis on acting skills, movement, singing and improvisation games, musical theater comes to life as our students take classes with some of Seattle’s best working professionals. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills, which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends. $400 per session. Email to register at
  • Middle School Musical Theater Academy – Two Sessions: July 20-31, August 3-14 from 10 am – 4pm. Grade 6 – 8, no audition. These two week sessions will welcome our middle school students into the world of incredible story-telling through the medium of musical theater, and also provide them with a safe place to explore and build self-confidence. With an emphasis on developing their facility as actors, dancers, vocal technicians and improvisers, musical theater exploration leads to teamwork, respect, and a sense of belonging. Students will be mentored by some of Seattle’s best working professionals, many of whom grace the stages of Seattle’s biggest theaters. In addition to the daily class work, the students will learn performance skills, which will culminate in a showcase for family and friends $400 per session. Email to register at
Upcoming Dates To Remember
  • 5/15 – Talent Show
  • 5/30 – Baccalaureate Mass and 8th Grade Dinner
  • 6/4 – 8th Grade Graduation
  • 6/9 – Kindergarten Graduation (Last Day of Kindergarten)
  • 6/10 – New Parent Orientation/Kindergarten Round Up
  • 6/11 – Noon Dismissal
  • 6/12 – Last Day of School – Dismiss about 10 am after Mass