I thank you for all you have done,
and I thank you for all you are about to do.

George Hofbauer

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From the Desk of the Principal

Posted on September 11, 2014

Come to the Water & Quench the Thirst

GeorgeHofbauer Welcome back. We are entering into another exciting year. Last year, we celebrated the Centennial. We did it many times and in many different ways. There was a great party in November, the launch of the Centennial Campaign, a special celebration mass early in the year with the Archbishop and the Dominican nuns who started the school, the beginning of a planning process for the future, and a year-end Centennial Open House mass with the Archbishop and the planting of a time capsule (which will be opened in 50 years) at the foot of the flagpole. Long time, and much loved former Principal Kris Brown, was here for that ceremony. We actually achieved a great deal and we should all be proud of that.

But this year is just as important. You see this is the beginning of the next 100 years. We celebrated the accomplishments of the past, but we are now laying the foundations for a new future. And, as always, we continue to prepare the young minds, bodies, and souls that you have placed in our care: to be ready for that future; to become servant leaders in that future; and to build a world that is much more equitable, peaceful, and spirit filled than the one into which they have been born. I believe that the generation seated before me successfully met that challenge, as did the generation from whence you came. But alas, the world has become much larger in terms of our perception of it. And because of increased knowledge and the immediate communication technology offers us, we know more about other people and other beliefs. The challenges and conflicts we face as a planet are becoming more serious because of the awesome power many hold in their hands. And the unresolved results of those challenges and disputes threaten our very existence as a species.

Our children are becoming aware of these realities at much too early of an age. Technology and the speed of transportation brings all of the horrors of life around the world to us with a speed that has not been known before. The underbelly of man's inhumanity to man is more readily seen than it was in the past.

The challenges our youth will face in their future may be more intense and complicated. And we have to realize that raw intelligence alone does not hold the answers. It is true that as part of our planning at Holy Rosary, we brought in a new Math program last year. We are introducing a new Language Arts program this year, and we will be bringing on a new Science program next year with the intent to announce ourselves as a STEM school. We are also updating our national testing with a more challenging test that is more in line with today's expectations. These additions bring more rigor and offer a greater richness in an already excellent program. They are all aligning us with the new Common Core standards. Our introduction of iPads in Grade 3 and eventually expanding that program beyond allows us to both enrich the academic materials we offer and to diversify when needed to the different levels of progression students have. I am, at times, not sure that we are all aware of how much we, how much you or have done within one short year and how much we will continue to do. All of this is directed at increasing the intellectual growth of our children.

But as I implied earlier, intelligence alone does not hold the answers. That intelligence must be intimately and integrally infused with wisdom. And the roots of wisdom are born in the soul.

Compassion, integrity, mercy, forgiveness and generosity are rooted deep in that spiritual part of us. And those roots must be watered constantly. The youth of today must have a bank of knowledge to be successful in the world of tomorrow and they must know how to find the answers that are not immediately accessible to them. There is simply too much for them to know everything. But they must also have the wisdom to correctly apply what they know. Everything is no longer simply right or wrong, black or white. And that is where a school like Holy Rosary can really provide an additional, an immense advantage in helping a child become the type of adult the world needs: the type of adult our loving creator God intends for them to be. The type of adult that has positions and beliefs, who knows where they stand on issues and why! We must, however, all work at this together because way too many people in our evolving world can find themselves rudderless in the stormy seas of life in this day and age. What good does it do if a child is an A+ student and a fantastic athlete and popular if they are also a bully? What good does it do if we do not pay attention to and heed that which our children thirst for in life and we only give them what we think they should thirst for? What good does it do if we are not able to listen to and hear what our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, our spouse, any member of our household really need, to quench their thirst for a more fulfilling life because we want them to only drink from the cup we offer? And possibly that cup for them is the "poisoned Kool Aid".

We may be starving their souls rather than nourishing them.

There may be a reason that many of our youth are attracted to some of the popular movies and TV series like Supernatural, Dominion, God is Dead that portray a God that is absent or has left the scene. They do not see or talk about or challenge themselves with the true reality of that God. We do here at Holy Rosary.

I share with you as I shared with the staff and the students: I am not waiting for the Second Coming. I am waiting for the Great Awakening, I am waiting for each of us to realize that God is alive within each of us. Right here, right now! We are his hands, his feet, his words, his energy in the here and now. As the Nazarene carpenter said over 2000 years ago: "Wherever two or more of you are gathered together in my name, I am there in your midst."

All we have to do is connect each to the other and carry on his holy mission. The world will rock to its very core if we do...no...when we do! That is what we teach here at Holy Rosary. That is what we talk about. That is what we act on. That is one of the additional ingredients our children, your children, have as they go out into life. It empowers. It strengthens. It gives meaning.

Help us. Be in communion with us. Speak well of us, and the world will be a better place, not just for this generation, but for future generations.

When we step to the other side of the void we will not be asked our net worth.

When we step to the other side of the void we will not be asked how many goals we scored, baskets we sunk, races we won or home runs we scored.

When we step to the other side of the void we will not be asked how many people we were in charge of.

No, we will be asked if we used the talents God gave us to their fullest for the sake of others, to make the world a better place. And if we do, we will be joyful people, we will be happy people, we will be people who others want to be in relation with. We will not be the disgruntled walking dead. And that is an extra that we teach here at Holy Rosary School and at every Catholic School.

And you know what? That counts for something. When you consider eternity, it probably counts for everything.

So I thank you for being here. I thank you for your support in this sacred mission, this Holy Quest. I thank you for all you have done, and I thank you for all you are about to do. Let us continue in this adventure. Together.

Thank you and God bless you all.


Magazine Drive: We Are Off to a Great Start!

Posted on September 11, 2014

Gator ModeKeep selling! The first graders are selling magazines like hot cakes. Congratulations to 1B for the most online orders!

Next TUESDAY (9/16) - is our first "Turn in Tuesday"- So bring your paper orders then!

Keep selling! Catalogs, order forms and last years’ orders went home this week. More supplies are available in the School Office. The Hearst website is ready for your orders right now! Here are the simple steps:

  1. Log on to the site: www.apmags.com
  2. Click on “Shop Now”
  3. Enter Holy Rosary’s School Code ROSARY
  4. Enter your student’s name
  5. Start shopping and follow the directions to complete your order

NOTE: The numeric code WC2897 no longer works!

How to run a report on your child(ren)'s sales?

  1. Register each child (even if you have done in the past).
  2. Use your log in and pass word to access your account.
  3. Click on the child you wish to run a report for.
  4. Run report.

Register all of your children every year!

**If you register your child on the APMags/APHearts website, you are able to send emails to friends and family. They have an easy click to shop and your child automatically gets credit!

Don’t forget:

  • Combo (2 subscriptions offered for a low price) orders count as 1 order.
  • 1 Year Subscriptions costing $100+ count as 5 orders for individual prizes only. They will continue to count as 1 subscription for class totals.
  • Lots of digital subscriptions available and most magazine subscriptions allow you to download a digital version with each paid subscription.

Turn-In Tuesdays

We have reduced the paper orders to three weeks. Online orders can be placed anytime! Online order can be placed anytime!

New this year: we will have a special prize for the class with the most online orders!

Cut off for credit for each week is 9 p.m. on Monday evenings (don’t worry, if you miss the cutoff, your order will be counted next week).

Fundraising Hours!

Meet in front of the school’s main doors after drop off if you can help count orders on TURN IN TUESDAYS. The 3 turn in Tuesday dates are:

  • 9/16
  • 9/23
  • 9/30

The Magazine Drive website is being updated regularly so please refer to it often for any questions you might have regarding coupons, prizes, gifts, cash donations, etc.

If you can’t find it on the website, .

Thank you for your continued support!


Annual Fund 2014-2015

Updated on September 11, 2014

Have you made your pledge to the Annual Fund for this school year? We need your participation. No amount is too small. The goal for the annual fund drive is $200,000. Last year, we met and surpassed our goal and you gave $207,000!

We are currently at 37% participation from school families, with $90,706.92 in pledges. Thank you!

Contributions to the Annual Fund directly support the greatest needs at our school by bridging the gap between the tuition charged and the actual cost to educate each student. Contributions to the Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible. Please return forms (PDF) to the Development Office.

- Kamila Kennedy


1% Receipt Program with Thriftway

Posted on September 11, 2014

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 . Thank you for all your continued support.


WestFest: A Carnival of Community

Posted on September 11, 2014


Urgent Need

Do you know of, or have a connection to, a refrigerated truck? The food court booths are in need of one this year! Please if you can provide a lead on one this year. Thanks!

Volunteering Through The Web

Wow! What a fantastic response! Our gratitude to everyone that's hopped onto our online parent/adult volunteer signup link.

Shifts are filling up fast! There are only a few parent shifts left, but a lot of Junior High opportunities. Please encourage your 7/8th grade student to represent Holy Rosary and help put on our Carnival of Community, while they earn those valuable service hours via this link.

Thank you for those that have already volunteered. We are counting on you to help WestFest run smoothly! There are a few folks that have signed up for multiple shifts at the same time. We are assuming you will have separate people cover each slot (if not, please make adjustments this week, before the site is closed from further changes). For those dedicated souls taking back-to-back shifts, please note there is no one designated to provide a break so do consider that. You are responsible for being on time and staying through your shift. For everyone who have signed up, if something last minute comes up, please make sure you have a spouse or a friend fill in for you. It's up to you to make sure your shift is covered. Thank you!!!

Cake Walk

Time to start planning which confections you will bring for our eager cake walkers! Bake your own or pick one up at the store on your way to WestFest. Just make it tasty! Be creative with your cakes, cookies, brownies, krispy treats, cupcakes, or whatever you come up with! You can submit up to 4 fundraising hours each school year for baking. Covered items can be brought to the school hall Friday afternoon, Sept. 19th, or Saturday morning, Sept. 20th. .

Book Sale

There's just one week left to donate your gently used items to the book sale. Bring your books, CDs & DVDs to the collection site at the side of the church. We will be offering a fun new promotion: "Fill A Bag For $1 Or A Donation" during the last 2 hours of the sale (4p-6p) on Saturday. Be sure to come by WestFest to stock your library up with our fantastic selection and unbeatable prices!

Pancake Breakfast

pancake_flipper_clipartCome across the street to the school hall on Sunday, 9/14, between 8:30 am & 12:30 pm to enjoy delicious pancakes & your choice of ham or bacon! Enjoy being served by friendly, smiling HRS families for only $20 for your entire Family, $6 for Adults, $5 for Seniors, or $4 for Kids. Fill your belly and be a part of kicking off WestFest at the same time. What a deal!


There is still time to get your WestFest t-shirt, which can be worn as free dress on Spirit Day (Friday, 9/19). Students can order via a form that was handed out in class, at the Pancake Breakfast on 9/14, or online. Sizes are available for kids (only $10) and adults ($15)! Get yours this week to ensure delivery by Spirit Day!


There are three different ways to secure wristbands this year--order via the form that came home in your back to school packet, snatch a few at the Pancake Breakfast, or head online.

Prices at the event go up, so get your bands early! We are featuring these rides in 2014:

  • Excalibur Bouncy House
  • Dual Screamer Slide
  • Tubs O Fun
  • Obstacle Course
  • 5 Station Rock Wall
  • Pirates Revenge

New this year is a Toddler Time option, where kids 4 & under get exclusive access to 3 of the above rides from 10am-12pm on Saturday, for a reduced price. Find the option that best fits your family and come join us!

Make sure you pass this link for ordering wristbands on to your non-HRS friends and neighbors so they can also get in on our special, pre-event pricing.

Raffle Tickets

We are offering three exciting baskets of prizes (including a Kindle Fire and case, Starbucks goodies, and much, much more!). Tickets will be $1 each, and will be on sale at the Back to School Night on 9/10, at the Pancake Breakfast on 9/14, as well as during WestFest in the gym & by our FABULOUS roving sales people. You can purchase many tickets for your favorite basket, or spread them out for a chance to win all 3! The drawing will be at 8pm at the main stage at WestFest. You need not be present to win but it's much more fun if you are!

Uninterrupted Fun at WF

We are pleased to offer a secure ATM onsite this year, to be located right outside the Teachers' Lounge! This is generously donated by the West Seattle Veterans Center, a local 501 C3. Now you don't have to run home or to the bank to keep the WestFest fun rolling! More food, bingo, games, rides, candy, beer...whatever you want can be at your fingertips!


2014-15 Family Handbooks

Posted on September 11, 2014

Last night at the Back-To-School Night, Family Handbooks were available for families to pick up. If you did not receive yours, please check with the youngest child in your family today as they were sent home this afternoon. Once you have read through the handbook, please sign and return the top page. The signature page is due back to the main office by September 26th. The Family Handbook can also be downloaded here. Thank you.


Milk Parent Volunteer Needed

Posted on September 3, 2014

The office is looking for volunteers who can help put milk in the containers for students to pick up to bring to the classrooms during lunch time. The hours are from 11-1 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If interested, please contact Janise in the School Office.


Discovering Chess

Posted on September 11, 2014

Once again this year, I’m pleased to teach an after school chess class. I keep seeing studies where chess playing is linked with Academics; helping kids with spatial ordering, forethought, and pattern recognition. I personally enjoy the mix of right brain creativity and left brain logic and order. It has been fun for me to see the kids at Holy Rosary steadily improve as they grow.

Just like past years, I will be teaching the class in my room (7A) from 3-3:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in October. The cost will be $25 per student if they attend both days of the week. Some kids prefer to just attend one day a week and in that case the cost is $12.50 (please make checks out to me, not the school). I am open to all ages, but I’ve noticed that many young kids really can’t sit and play a quiet game after a long day at school, so I leave that up to you to gauge. I’d like to keep it pretty informal- no need for an official sign-up. Just send your child when they want to start and we can go from there. Do email me with any questions here at mritscher@holyrosaryws.org. Thank you.

- Mike Ritscher, 7A


Holy Rosary Fall Golf Classic Thanks You!

Posted on September 11, 2014

HR Golf TournamentWe want to thank all of you who participated in the 2014 Holy Rosary Fall Golf Classic last weekend. It was a great success and everyone involved had a fun day. Please mark your calendars for the 2015 Golf Classic next September if you missed it this year.

The Holy Rosary Fall Golf Classic benefits the Father Mallahan Endowment Fund and we are happy to be able to contribute again this year to this great cause. But it is impossible without the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you for making all of this possible!

  • Skanska USA
  • Sandy Brown (Windermere)
  • Fitterer Construction
  • Alki Lumber
  • The Grove
  • West Seattle Eagles
  • Lolly Clothing
  • Precept Wines
  • Velling Dental
  • Georgetown Brewing
  • West Seattle Baseball

Lastly, a special thanks to Pecado Bueno for providing lunch to our players and volunteers this year and to the West Seattle Golf Course for hosting us!


Picture Day Monday, September 22

Posted on September 4, 2014

Your child may come to school wearing free dress for Picture Day. Payment can be made online (instructions are on the envelope) or by check on Picture Day. Envelopes will be sent home this week.



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 September 16th at 6:30 in the School Hall.

Please register for class at: 


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


West Seattle Runner Presents The Holy Rosary XC Shoe Extravaganza!

Posted on September 11, 2014

What: West Seattle Runner will be hosting the members of Holy Rosary CYO for a night of discounts!!
 When: Tuesday September 16th, 2014 @ 6:00-8:00pm
 Shoes: West Seattle Runner will have last season's Adidas running shoes (regular trainers) available at a very special discounted price (Ranging from about $50-60). The sizes available will cover kids with adult foot sizes and additionally, we will professionally fit the kids in shoes that match their specific gait in order to reduce any risk of injury. 
For the younger children that won't fit adult sizes, West Seattle Runner will be selling Brooks kids shoes (which are current models) at 20% off! (approximately $50). 

More savings: Furthermore, West Seattle Runner will extend a 20% discount on all apparel, socks, and accessories for the evening.

That's not all. West Seattle Runner will be serving pizza and giving away a free gift with purchase from Adidas!! 
(West Seattle Runner always honors a student athlete discount of 10%).

**Very important: If you plan on attending please RSVP to so she can get a good estimate for the pizza and freebies!!!**
 Don't forget, if you haven't signed your child up for CYO cross country yet, please do so here ! Practice started 9/9 at Lincoln Park!

Contact me with questions!


Men’s & Womens Fleece Jackets Now Available

Posted on September 4, 2014

Please return your order form to the office with checks payable to Norwest Graphics. All proceeds will benefit our CYO program. These jackets are available for adult purchase only and are not considered uniform pieces for students. Samples for fit available. Questions? Contact: .


Other Extracurricular

Girls Rock Math

Posted on September 11, 2014

Girls_Rock_Math_150Girls Rock Math, an arts-based math enrichment program for girls, will be hosting monthly math workshops for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students. The workshops will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 2:20-4:20pm (10/1, 11/5, 12/3, 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1 and 5/6). The cost for eight workshops is $200/student and a healthy snack is included. The girls will play math games, explore a variety of math concepts and math-related arts and crafts. The purpose of Girls Rock Math is to boost confidence, empower girls in STEM subjects and develop a life-long interest in mathematics.

Play games, explore, make art, think, solve problems, imagine and ROCK out with us! Contact at the rectory to register, or visit the Girls Rock Math website for more information on the program.


Chinese Mandarin at Holy Rosary

Posted on September 4, 2014

Ni Hao! At Sponge, we see language as a passport to the world. Let’s help your children become global citizens this fall! We’re excited to offer Mandarin at Holy Rosary with an engaging, exciting curriculum taught primarily in the target language. Our goal is to help build comprehension and communication skills through active learning — which means lots of games, stories and songs!

Classes are for K-5th graders are held after school on Wednesday afternoons. Contact to register, and go to www.spongeschool.com or for questions about our program. Register now and secure your spot in class!



Posted on September 4, 2014

Greetings SunDance Families! Attached is the registration paperwork (PDF) for our Fall & Winter Session. Please if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to an exciting season of dance, as well as a Christmas Show in December.

For your calendars:

  • Dress Rehearsal is Sunday, December 14th 6:30-8pm
  • Dance Recital : Monday, December 15th at 6pm

More details on the Show coming soon!!!!


Community Notices

Mode Music Studios

Posted on September 11, 2014

Mode_Studios_Logo_150Mode Music Studios offers West Seattle and the Greater Seattle Area music lessons for all ages and skill levels including: piano, voice, guitar, bass and drums. Summer rock band camps are available in July and August as well as group workshops and band practices throughout the year. All of our teachers are local, working, professional musicians and tend to every students' individual learning style and needs. Our biannual recitals are held at The Sanctuary at Admiral and our rock band performances are at The Skylark Cafe next door. for lessons today!


Nanny Wanted

Posted on September 11, 2014

Looking for part time nanny/house helper for our 7th grade girl. School pick up, soccer, grocery shopping, house assistance.

M-F 3-4 hours per day. References. If you know of someone who is interested please at 206-890-3635.


All Saints Catholic School Fair Parking

The Washington State Fair in Puyallup begins on Friday, September 6th. Help support Catholic education in East Pierce County by parking at one of the All Saints School’s fair parking lots. Our main entrance is located on 7th Ave SW between 2nd & 3rd St SW. Our paved parking lots are located on 3rd St SW between 5th and 6th Ave SW in downtown Puyallup. We are just a short distance from the main gate of the fairgrounds. All proceeds from our fair parking fundraiser goes directly to our operating budget. For your convenience, you can pay your parking fee with a major credit card. Look for our friendly volunteers in red aprons to direct you to our lots. Thank you in advance for supporting our school while you Do the Puyallup!


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