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From the Desk of the Principal

Posted on August 7, 2014

GeorgeHofbauerWelcome back! It is going to be another great year. Last year was our Centennial. This year, we are launching ourselves into a new Century — a “Century of Excellence”, a “Century of Renewal”, a “Century of Promise”. (I am looking for the right term and I have not quite found it. Any ideas?)

Those of us who are now here are laying the foundation for this great new period in our history — our next phase. It truly is a Renaissance for Holy Rosary School.

Last year as part of the “White Paper (PDF)” which is rapidly becoming our strategic plan——-AKA “Project 2020” we brought in a new Math Program and introduced iPads to the third grade. This year, as we continue that curriculum development plan we will be expanding our ipad program into grades two and four. This will allow for both curriculum enrichment and engagement while providing greater opportunities for diversification. We will also be adding in our new school-wide Language Arts adoption and our new battery of National Tests. And this year we are studying our Science Program within the intent to purchase a new one for next year that is more STEM oriented . I mean ——-what other school has done all that in such a short period of time. All of these actions are directed at bringing our educational activities more in line with the “Common Core” so our students can become even more academically competitive.

Last year was the first phase of our Capital Campaign and the success thus far allowed us to pay for the window replacement at the front of the building. It cost approximately $60,000 and we were able to pay for all if it because of donations to the Capital Campaign. And that was on top of an Annual Appeal that yielded $200,000 which is twice the amount from the previous year! Besides all that, we ended the year in the black.

This year we are also in the process of actually designing and purchasing a new website site that the staff will eventually be able to manage. Many Catholic Schools will be using this provider which is being recommended by the “Office of Catholic Schools” for the Archdiocese. I do not see it ready until January. Thankfully, Mike Go will continue to provide the services we have until them. He continues to give above and beyond in more ways and with more professionalism than the community will every really understand or know.

During the summer the summer work crew continued it’s wonderful job of cleaning and preparing the school for this “New Century” under the direction of Scott Stoffen. We even ended up purchasing a new refrigerator for the gym kitchen. The other one just died on us.

It is going to be a wonderful year. Our theme is “Come To The Water and Quench The Thirst”. I truly believe many thirst for what we have to offer. We just have to help them realize we really are an oasis in life’s dessert. I realize you can not make anybody drink but you can inspire them to do it. Often we do not realize we are dehydrated until it is too late. Our water is much more than simple H2O. It is one part expert education, one part dedicated staff, one part fantastic students and three parts the spirit of our loving and inspiring God. We simply can not go wrong.

So get ready!

Annual Fund
Fun
Centennial Campaign
Fun
Magazine Sale
Fun
Parent Club Meetings
Fun
Auction
Fun
And soooo much more!!!!

See you soon!

- George

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Communication From the School

Posted on August 19, 2014

Again this year we will be communicating with families entirely through our web site www.holyrosaryws.org. Every Thursday, a newsletter from the school will be posted on our web site and will be the primary means of communication from the school to the family. We strongly encourage you to read these communications. Forms will be available for download on the web site.

We have an email “blast” that is sent out to parents regarding last minute information. For example, if there’s a free dress day, last minute notices or an important reminder for meetings. This email “blast” is also a way that the school can contact families regarding snow closure or early dismissal. To subscribe, please send an email to: . Put the word “subscribe” in the subject field and include any other email addresses in the body that you would like subscribed.

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Class Assignments

Posted on August 19, 2014

Letters to students from their classroom teachers are enclosed in the summer mailing. Class lists will be posted on the Kindergarten front doors Friday, August 15th. There will be no changes to the classroom assignments.

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Back to School Coffee

Posted on August 19, 2014

Back to School Coffee for all parents will be hosted by Parents Club on Tuesday, September 2nd, the first day of school. Please stop by the school hall starting at 8:15am for coffee and conversation.

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First Week of School Schedule

Posted on August 19, 2014

The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 2nd. Dismissal is at noon for grades 1-8 and at 10:00am for Kindergarten. On Wednesday, Sept. 2nd school dismisses at 2:15pm for grades 1-8 and noon for Kindergarten. On Thursday, Sept. 4th Grades 1-8 will dismiss at 3:00pm and Kindergarten will dismiss at noon. Friday, Sept. 5th is a noon dismissal for everyone.

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Professional Development For Staff

Posted on August 19, 2014

School dismisses at 2:15pm every Wednesday for staff meetings and professional development.

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Back To School Night for Parents

Posted on August 19, 2014

Back To School Night for Parents is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10th in Lanigan Gym. We will begin at 6:30pm. The evening provides the best opportunity for you to meet your children’s teachers and find out about classroom goals and learning expectations.

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Drop-off/Pick-up

Posted on August 19, 2014

StopSignWe ask that you observe the following for everyone’s safety and convenience. Please DO NOT EVER park along 42nd Avenue in front of the school during morning drop off between 8am - 8:30am. Drivers should never leave their vehicles when dropping off in front of the school or in the alley. Please use the crosswalks. If the traffic manager directs you please follow the instructions immediately. Also, please remember that the HEART Auction parking spot is always reserved for the family who purchased it; please do not park in or block that space at any time.

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Uniform Policy

Posted on August 19, 2014

Students should be in perfect uniform on the first day of school. A copy of the policy and information about purchasing school uniforms can be found here. Your full support of this policy helps the staff maximize the educational environment. Thank you for your cooperation.

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BASE

Posted on August 19, 2014

Holy Rosary’s Before & School Enrichment (BASE) Program provides for a safe and nurturing environment to students prior to and after regular school hours.

Contact Information

BASE forms and calendars
 are available for download in the Forms and Downloads page or below:

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Safe Environment

Posted on August 19, 2014

Safe_Environment_150pxOnce again, all volunteers and employees must complete the Archdiocese Safe Environment training. The Safe Environment training at Holy Rosary will be on September16th at 6:30 in the School Hall.

Please register for class at: 
http://seattle.setanet.org

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Background Checks

All volunteers must also have a background check completed within the last three years and on-file in the parish office.

If you should have any questions about Safe Environment training or background checks, please contact Melissa Tuthill, Rectory Office, 206-935-8353.

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Immunizations

Posted on August 19, 2014

If you have a child entering Kindergarten or 6th grade, please send in the correct immunization forms indicating they are current with their vaccinations. Washington State law requires that all schools keep accurate immunization records on all students.

Forms are due the first day of school.

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Medication Policy

Posted on August 19, 2014

In order to dispense prescription and over-the-counter medication, Washington State Law requires that your child must have an Oral Medication/Prescription Permission Form in the school files which has been signed and authorized by a Licensed Healthcare Provider who has prescribed the medication, and the parent/legal guardian.

The parent/guardian must also provide the medication, which is from a Licensed Healthcare Provider, in its original labeled container from the pharmacy. The container must include the name of the student, medication, dosage information and enough medication to be administered at school. For non-prescription medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen the school also needs an oral medication/prescription form signed by a health provider and parent. No Medication will be given to a child without an Oral Medication/Prescription Form on file. Download the Oral Medication/ Prescription Form (PDF)from the Holy Rosary website under “Forms and Other Downloads.”

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Magazine Drive

Magazines100x110The Magazine Drive is the second largest school fundraiser and has enjoyed tremendous success because of our dedicated families - that’s you! This year we need everyone to get on GATOR MODE by showing their school spirit and selling those magazines to achieve our goal of $128,000. Look for catalogs to come home with your child the first week of school. However, if you just can’t wait to start selling, visit the Magazine Drive website and start ordering! Thank you for supporting the Holy Rosary Magazine Drive!

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Holy Rosary Golf Tournament

Posted on August 19, 2014

HR Golf TournamentPlease join us for the 13th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament to benefit the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund on September 6th, 2014. 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 reception following the golf. Register as a Foursome or register as a single, and we will match you up with other parishioners. You can now register online. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HolyRosaryGolf.

Also, you can help make this year even better. Do you own a local business or have a friend who owns a local business? We are looking to add to our list of sponsors and need your help. This is a great opportunity to drive exposure of your business to the Holy Rosary community. Sponsor a hole or donate items for the raffle. Every little bit helps. If interested, please .

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CYO News

Online CYO Sports Player & Coach Registration

Posted on August 19, 2014

Online CYO Sports player and coach registration is available on our Holy Rosary Parish website. http://holyrosary.bonzidev.com/home.php

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Fall Soccer

Posted on August 19, 2014

GatorSoccerWe still have teams that require additional support and participation in order to field complete teams. Open registration continues for all grades until August 30th. Please contact Russell Nishimoto, Soccer Coordinator, at with any questions.

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CYO Cross Country

Posted on August 19, 2014

HolyRosaryRunningGatorsCross Country is open registration for all Holy Rosary grades - Kindergarten through 8th grade from now until September 26th. Every participant scores one point for the team so we are looking for as many runners as possible! Practices start on Tuesday, September 9th, and will be every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00pm at Lincoln Park (“south” parking lot). You can do both Cross Country and soccer since practice attendance isn’t required!

For those of you that like to plan in advance please mark your calendars for the preliminary meets on September 21st and September 28th. The K-3 Championship will be on October 5th, time to be determined. The 4-8th grade championships will be on October 12th. Please email Coach if you have any questions about this great sport. We are also looking for some additional assistant coaches, please contact me if you are interested!

Run far, run fast and run hard!

- Coach Charise

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Summer Challenges

Summer Math Challenge

Summer_Math_Challenge_LogoSummer is all about fun and relaxation. It is a time to spend time with family and friends and recharge between school years. We hope that you can find some time for math this summer, too!

WHY SHOULD I DO MATH?

  • Keep your skills sharp over the summer.
  • Start the new school year with confidence!
  • Feel prepared for our October standardized testing.

WHEN CAN I DO MATH?

  • Cloudy mornings when you have nothing to do.
  • Afternoons when you’re tired from being down at Alki all morning.
  • Long car trips or plane rides.
  • Warm evenings on your deck.

WHAT KIND OF MATH CAN I DO?

(More information about each of these resources below.)

ANYTHING ELSE?

  • Students can keep track of their math minutes and totals on the calendar included. This will be due back in the first Friday of the school year.
  • Students who do a total of 15 hours of math over the summer will get a prize! This is about 90 minutes per week.
  • Download the Summer Math Challenge Calendar (PDF).

WHAT’S THE PRIZE??

  • An ice cream social during the school day! Students will get ice cream, will get to play games, and will get to socialize with friends.
  • The top math students who do the most math over the summer will get an extra special unique prize! We will announce this prize in the fall. It’ll be a fun one!

Information about the resources:

  • Math skills workbooks: These can be found online Amazon.com or at Barnes and Noble. One suggestion is Summer Bridge Math. These books are to help students “bridge” the summer gap between grade levels.” Another suggestion is the SPECTRUM books. I suggest parents buy the workbook from this year’s grade, not next.
  • MyMath website: This is nice because it is FREE, and students are already comfortable with the website. This can be used by any K-6th grade student. There are a ton of resources and activities for students. One of my favorites is the spiral review tests (under CHECK) at the end of each chapter. These are nice for students because they get immediate results after they submit the tests. The Facts Dash are also a nice way for students to practice fast facts! Finally, there are self-check quizzes for EVERY lesson in the entire book. Again, these give immediate results upon completion.
  • Glencoe.com: This is available for all 7th and 8th grade students. No login is required. There are a lot of helpful options for students including vocabulary reviews for every chapter, self-check quizzes for every lesson, and chapter tests.
  • TenMarks.com: This is a free summer math program offered by Amazon that customizes the curriculum for the exact needs of every student. Designed for the depth and rigor of the new math standards (CCSS and States), every TenMarks assignment ensures students build a strong conceptual foundation, improve problem-solving skills, and gain math confidence.
    • Go to tenmarks.com to sign up. Parents can sign up multiple children. The summer access code is: S14ASD2348. (This is not needed in order to sign up.) There will be a diagnostic assessment to help create a curriculum that will meet your child’s needs. The assessment will be automatically graded and TenMarks will create a personalized program, designed for your child to prepare for the upcoming school year.
  • Flash cards: These can be purchased at any learning store and are a good way for students to keep their facts at recall.
  • Math apps: Here are a list of math applications that have been compiled by the teachers. Feel free to check these out or search one for the needs of your child.

We are looking forward to hearing about the students’ math learning this summer! ☺

- Mrs. Heuer and the Holy Rosary math teachers

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Summer Reading Challenge For All Students, Parents & Staff

Posted on June 12, 2014

HRS values literacy. Summer reading is essential to sustain and bolster the growth in reading that occurred during this school year. One suggested reading activity is participation in the Summer Reading Challenge. About 15 years ago the entire community was challenged to read for 15 minutes each day during summer vacation. Those who were successful were invited to a pancake breakfast. The challenge has remained the same while the number of breakfast participants has tripled. Mrs. Harris has the dream that one morning, all the classrooms are empty because everyone met the challenge and all the students are eating their pancakes.

Each student will receive a summer reading calendar in their report cards. Use this link to print out another calendar if you need one. Parents are encouraged to keep track of their reading time and the adults will have their own celebration. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Harris.

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Note: For other school forms and downloads, please check the Forms and Downloads page .

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