When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.


Upcoming Events

Principal’s Notes

Posted on November 20, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


The staff of Holy Rosary wishes blessings, joy, and prosperity upon every member of every one of your families. This is a special time of the year when we should take a few moments to count our blessings. Each one of you — as a parent — as a friend — as a graduate — is a blessing to this institution. You are the source of our energy. You are the base upon which we are built. We literally would not exist without you.

Have a wonderful holiday. Eat, drink, be merry and give prayerful thanks for all you have. I thank you for all you do, and I thank you for all you are about to do. May God be in your hearts and minds as you “break bread” with those you love on Thanksgiving Day.

Snow Day Policy Reminder

Now that the weather is getting colder and winter is upon us, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you again of our Snow Day Policy:

SnowmenArtThumbHoly Rosary School will follow the Seattle Public School system when it comes to announcing closure for snow. BASE will be closed on days that Holy Rosary School is closed. If the Seattle schools announce a late start, Holy Rosary School will start one hour later than it usually does. Morning BASE will not open on late start days.

- George


Scholastic Book Fair

Updated on November 20, 2014


The book fair opens today and the students are excited. It is open during all the conference hours as well as from 8:30 - 3:30 on the regular school days from today through December 1.

Reading for pleasure inside and outside school has real long-standing benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination. The book fair will help you have a collection of books that keeps pace with your child’s changing interests and reading skills. Share your love of reading with your child and plan to visit the book fair. One-half of the profits will be used to purchase new library books and resources in the Science Section. That is the 500s for those of you who remember the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Yes, it is used in more than 200,000 libraries in more than 130 countries around the world.

While you are browsing at the book fair look for the baskets filled with teacher “wish books”. Feel free to select and purchase a book from any basket. The cashiers will give you a special book plate that acknowledges this donation to the classroom or school libraries. Enter contests, visit with friends, and share the joy of reading. All students of HRS are invited to remain at the book fair while you attend the conference of a sibling. The Library is the place to be! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Harris.


HRS on Social Media!

Posted on November 19, 2014

Did you know Holy Rosary is on Facebook, Twitter, and now Instagram? Did you know that all prayer services are streamed live every Friday on UStream and then archived? Follow and like us on the various pages to stay current on events and view projects, lessons, and artwork that are happening in the school! We use #holyrosaryws when tagging pictures taken around the school. No pictures of students are posted.

Social Media Links:


Hour of Code

Posted on November 20, 2014

CodeHoly Rosary will again be participating in the Hour of Code during the week of December 8-14. Every student will learn programming skills and we’ll continue throughout the year, so stay tuned for updates as we get closer.

Also, Seattle App Academy recently opened in West Seattle and they offer after-school programming classes and robotics for grades 4-12.

Holy Rosary will have its first robotics and “makers” elective beginning in the spring for 7th and 8th grade students. We’re hoping to integrate robotics and makers into the primary and intermediate grades next year. Read about the maker movement here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture.


Christmas Program News!

Posted on November 20, 2014

XmasProgram06Kinder-thumbOur annual Christmas Program is Thursday, December 11 will be in the church, beginning at 6:30 pm with the School Band performance. Following the band, each class will perform. Doors will open beginning at 5:30 pm. Please see that your child reports to their classroom no later than 6:00 pm. Also, please note that supervision in the classrooms will not begin until 6:00 pm. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” (no jeans, etc. - please consult the handbook for general guidelines). Seats will be reserved for families of Kindergarten students, as well as those who bid for the front row seats at the Auction last year. (Please contact the school office if this is your family.) Special request: if you plan to video tape the performance, please do so from the sides of the church so that all are able to see and enjoy the program. Finally, this is a graded performance with required attendance. If for some reason your student is unable to attend, or for any questions, please contact Janet Mudge or through the office. Thank you and blessings to you and yours for a very Happy Advent!


Registration for New Students

Posted on November 20, 2014

Do you have a NEW student applying to Holy Rosary School next year? Please let us know if you have a Preschool - 8th Grade student NEW to Holy Rosary that will be applying for the 2015-16 school year. Please complete an Intent to Register Form (PDF). This form provides us with a head count for planning purposes as we go into the enrollment season in January. Please complete this form by December 19. Thank you for your assistance.

Applications for NEW students are available in the main office and online. If you have questions regarding our enrollment process, please contact Kimberly Tish, Registrar.

***Please note, do not complete this form for currently enrolled students. Registration for current students will begin in January 2015. Thank you.***


Extra Recess Patrols

Posted on November 20, 2014

Thank you 3rd grade for covering this week!

Calling all 4th grade families: Please use this link to sign up for the extra recess patrol for the week of 12/1 when we come back from Thanksgiving break. These extra patrols are for outside the fence. Also, we are now asking that you wear an orange safety vest. They are located in the patrol room. This will help identify you to the children and our HRS neighbors.


A Thank You From Miss McKamey

Posted on November 20, 2014

My sincere thanks to the HR Band for your thoughtfulness in celebration of my birthday!

I was overwhelmed by your singing, playing, flowers, goodies and gifts! Far too kind! You are THE best!

In gratitude,
Miss McKamey


Last Day for Yearbook Orders, 11/21

Posted on November 20, 2014

YearbookYearbook order forms are due tomorrow! You won’t want to miss “HRS Takes Flight” so send in the completed order forms with cash or check made out to “Holy Rosary School”. Order forms were sent home with your child two weeks ago or you can download one here. Thank you for supporting our yearbook program!


A Friendly Reminder on Morning Drop Off

Posted on November 20, 2014

StopSignIn addition to last week’s drop off reminder, Bruno also wanted to add:

Please no talking on your cell phone and please make eye contact with him as he directs traffic.


Tree Lot

Posted on November 20, 2014

Xmas-Tree-Sale-LogoHO! HO! HO! It’s almost time to sell trees!

The Holy Rosary Tree Lot will open in the same location (the parking lot next to Lanigan Gym) from Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 14.

We are still in need of volunteers to fill the list of dates below! Grab a group of friends, some hot chocolate and take-out food and make a night of it enjoying each other’s company while getting your fundraising hours in!

Volunteer sign-ups are now available online.

  • Saturday, 11/29 - 7th GRADE SHIFT
    • 3pm to 6pm (need 3 people)
    • 6pm to 9pm (need 3 people)
  • Sunday, 11/30 - 4th GRADE SHIFT
    • 6pm to 9pm (need at least 3 people)
  • Friday, 12/05 - 2nd GRADE SHIFT
    • 4pm to 8 pm (need at least 2 people)
    • 5pm to 9pm (need at least 3 people)
  • Saturday, 11/29 - 7th GRADE SHIFT
    • 3pm to 6pm (need 3 people)
    • 6pm to 9pm (need 3 people)
  • Sunday, 11/30 - 4th GRADE SHIFT
    • 6pm to 9pm (need at least 3 people)
  • Friday, 12/05 - 2nd GRADE SHIFT
    • 4pm to 8 pm (need at least 2 people)
    • 5pm to 9pm (need at least 3 people)
  • DOUBLE HOURS Thurs, 12/11 (School Christmas Program Evening)
    • 4pm - 8pm (need at least 3 people)
  • Saturday, 12/13 - 5th GRADE SHIFT
    • 6pm to 9pm (need at least 3 people)

FRIDAY, December 5th 6-8pm

Save the date for this family gathering. Choose your Christmas tree and join the festivities for the evening! To support the West Seattle Food Bank, be sure and bring canned food for those in need during the Holiday Season.

  • Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Christmas Desserts
  • Festive Christmas Crafts
  • Signature Cocktail, Wine, Beer
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Gourmet Hot Dogs
  • Indoor Snowball Competition
  • Christmas Raffle


Click for HRS on Amazon.com

Posted on November 20, 2014

Since October 2012 when Holy Rosary began leveraging Amazon, as a school, we raise about $10,000 annually! Keep up the holiday cheer on Amazon.com and give an average of 7% back to Holy Rosary school.

The classroom that raises the most money gets a PJ pizza party in January and NEW this year, the first 3 weeks of the competition the top selling classroom will get a treat!

Continue to earn money for your child’s school by simply doing what you’re already doing…shop!

With just one extra click you can help raise BIG dollars for our school. Share the link for your child’s classroom with family and friends and as them to “Click for HRS.” There are absolutely no hidden costs/fees associated with this program.

Class room links can be found in 3 locations:

The Amazon Flyer, Classroom Links below, or on each classroom home page:

Amazon Shopping Links
2A 2B 3A 3B
4A 4B 5A 5B
6A 6B 7A 7B
8A 8B    


Auction: “Time to Rock around the Clock”!

Posted on November 20, 2014

HEART-Auction-LogoDust off your blue suede shoes and break out your poodle skirt, because the Holy Rosary Heart Auction is taking you back in time to the nifty fifties! Brush up on your dance moves, cause we’re gonna jump, jive and twist the night away.”

THE HEART OF GIVING! The Holiday shopping season has barely begun, but in the event that you see a screaming deal while you are out shopping, get a head start on your donation(s) to our auction. Our website will be open for family donations in December this year.

Christmas is just around the corner! We’ve all been “nice”, so keep us in mind. A document went home “Introducing the HEART Auction” - Please review and send the cover back to the school office by tomorrow 11/21.

* R.S.A. - Ready Set Auction software

Volunteering for the Auction

The planning for the event has began. At this point we are recruiting our teams, procuring donations from local businesses and preparing for family donations. If you would like to be part of the auction team on any level please .

There will be many other opportunities to help:

A couple months before the HEART auction, we will have a Sign up Genius link on the school website with many opportunities to help. The auction is only possible with all of our support. There will be opportunities in the evenings and Saturdays as well as the weekend of the event.


Grandparents & Special Friends Lunch

Posted on November 6, 2014

2014-01-31-GrandparentsDay003-thumbSave the Date: 1/28/2015: Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week. We will again be catering a lunch for our grandparents and special friends.

During lunch Ms. Mudge and the students will provide entertainment for our guests. This will be a memorable day during a very special week for Catholic Schools. Together they will have the opportunity to take a tour of the school, visit their classroom(s) and the Scholastic Bookfair.

In order to have your guest receive an invitation, you will need to complete this form online or by downloading a form (PDF) for submission to the School Office by November 21st.

Invitations will be mailed before Thanksgiving.

For questions please email the .


2014-2015 Annual Fund Pledge Drive

Posted on November 13, 2014


As of November 10, $151,400 has been pledged and $60,300 has been received in payments towards our goal of $200,000 and 100% participation of school families and staff. Thank you to all who have pledged thus far! Your generous gifts go a long way towards covering the gap per student between tuition charged and the true cost of educating each student.

Payments to pledges must be received by June 30, 2015.

To make a pledge, . To make a payment, click here.



Corporate Matching Funds

Posted on October 23, 2014

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If you made a donation to the Annual, Centennial or Endowment fund please consider checking with your HR department to see if your employer will match your donations. Here is a list of companies (PDF) to help you and a matching guide (PDF).

After submitting for a corporate Match to Holy Rosary School, please notify .


Tuition Assistance for the 2015 - 2016 School Year

Posted on October 23, 2014

The Application for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-16 School Year will be available on-line on November 3, 2014. Please follow these instructions and note that in addition to submitting an application on-line to Fulcrum, paper copies of the completed application must be delivered to Rufina at Holy Rosary School by January 20, 2015.

Online Application Procedure

  1. Be sure your computer is connected to a working printer. You can test this by pressing the print button below and printing these instructions for future reference.
  2. Make a copy of page 1 and 2 of your 2013 Federal IRS 1040, 1040A, or E-file printout for the financially responsible parent(s) or guardian(s). Note: 2013 W-2 forms are not acceptable. Do not send originals. If you do not have 1040 documentation, have your school principal approve a letter of special circumstances (see Part D-3 of the application). Be sure to sign your tax forms. This is often overlooked, especially with E-filing. Fulcrum will not accept un-signed forms.
  3. If you have Non-Taxable Income (Part C-3), copy the applicable documents such as 1099, federal or state aid, alimony or child support.
  4. Under ‘School,’ select Holy Rosary, Seattle and enter your information in Part A to D. A printout is produced at the end of the submission process. If you discover an error after submission, submit a new application and destroy the incorrect printout. Please do not enter names in ALL CAPS.
  5. Sign the online printout in Part E.
  6. Staple the signed application, in front of copies of the financial documents from step 2 and 3.
  7. Make a copy for your records, if desired. Copies will not be returned by the Fulcrum Foundation.
  8. Deliver or mail the complete application package to Rufina at Holy Rosary School by January 20, 2015.
  9. If you have students in both elementary and high school, you will need to complete the elementary (K-8) and high school (9-12) application forms. These grants are awarded separately by the Fulcrum Foundation.

* Fulcrum does not accept handwritten applications. If you need help completing the application or you have questions, ask Rufina Miller to assist you. She may be contacted at (206) 937-1488, ext. 211 or . Thank you.


Parish News

Holy Rosary Parish Advent Social for Families This Sunday

Posted on November 20, 2014

When: Sunday, November 23rd, after 8:30 and 10:30 Masses in the School Hall.

All Parish families are invited to celebrate the Season of Advent at Holy Rosary with activities, crafts and singing in our School Hall, Sunday, November 23rd after each of the Masses (8:30am and 10:30am). This time of year, it is easy to get caught up in the consumerism of Christmas. What are you doing as a family to celebrate the Season of Advent? Advent is the next Liturgical season and officially starts, Sunday, November 30th and is our time to prepare ourselves as we anticipate Christ coming into us and the world on Christmas Day. Please join us for this Family Faith event which will run until 12:30pm.

In addition, let’s support those who are hungry in West Seattle by bringing non-perishable food items for our St. Vincent de Paul cupboard. For questions, please contact or .


CLOW this Sunday at 10:30AM Mass

Posted on November 20, 2014

All children, Preschool-4th grade are invited to Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 10:30AM Mass this Sunday. We start in the Church for a blessing and then dismiss to the Parish Center. If you have questions, please email .


Community Notices

Holy Names Academy Theatre Department Presents Love, Death and the Prom

Posted on November 20, 2014

Love, Death, and the Prom, a series of mini-plays that connect and create a fascinating evening of theatre about high-school life. These plays are hard-hitting, poignant and funny. Together they provide a fulfilling sense of beginning to understand, appreciate, and enjoy this time of life.

  • Friday, November 21, 7 pm
  • Saturday November 22, 7 pm
  • Sunday, November 23, 2pm

Mark your calendars for the Holy Names Academy musical matinee, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, on Friday, March 12, 2015 at 10am. We invite you to bring students of all ages at no cost to you. Following the production, your students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the cast and crew. We will follow up with registration information in February.


Seattle Prep Hosts Motivational Speaker Ty Sells: Making Connections that Count

Posted on November 20, 2014

Seattle Prep welcomes parents of teens and pre-teens to an evening with Ty Sells: Making Connections that Count. Motivational speaker, Ty Sells, from Youth to Youth International, will be visiting Seattle Prep to bring his message, “Creating Connections that Count” to the parents of teens. Ty delivers his comedic, yet sincere words describing the communication that takes place between teens and their parents. The message focuses on making a connection with your child that will pave the way for trusting, open communication.

Details: December 9th @ 7pm, Seattle Preparatory School (Healy Chapel & Theater) - No charge.

The evening is free of charge. We are asking those who plan on attending to RSVP by visiting www.jotformpro.com/SeaPrepForms/rsvpTySells.


Archbishop Murphy High School Middle School Night, 12/12

Posted on November 12, 2014

Archbishop Murphy High School invites all students in grades 6-8 to Middle School Murphy Nights (MSMN). This event draws students from private and public schools throughout Snohomish and north King counties. Each MSMN features a sporting event on campus followed by a chaperoned dance in the cafeteria. Join us for a parent dessert social while students enjoy the dance.

Also there will be three upcoming scheduled Shadow Days on November 24, 25 and December 12 for eighth graders.


Kennedy Catholic High School presents The Matchmaker

Matchmaker-Web-IconKennedy Catholic High School presents The Matchmaker, by Thornton Wilder. This is a wonderful story that inspired the Broadway musical, Hello Dolly. It is a great comedy about unlikely couples finding love and money in New York City in the 19th century.
Saturday, Nov 15, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov 16, 2 pm
Friday, Nov 21, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov 22, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov 23, 2 pm in the Little Theatre at Kennedy Catholic High School.
Tickets are available on BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door.
Adults $10
Seniors $8
Students $8
Consider bringing a canned food item to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
In advance, thank you for supporting live theatre!


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