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Upcoming Events

October Information Packet

Posted on October 16, 2014

Tomorrow, your eFC carrier, the youngest child in your family, will be coming home with a packet of important school documents for you to review. Please be sure to complete & return all of the necessary documents to the main office by October 31st. Please let us know if you do not receive this packet, thank you!

Kimberly Tish & Kamila Kennedy


School Commission Open Meeting

Posted on October 16, 2014

The School Commission will have an open meeting on Thursday, November 6, 2014 beginning at 6:00pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact .


Note from the Parents Club Board

Posted on October 16, 2014

Thank you to Maria and Mike Taylor and Tim and Lynn Williams and all the volunteer staff for putting on another successful Italian Dinner. It was a wonderful and delicious event. We appreciate all your hard work. Grazie!


Magazine Drive Results Update

Posted on October 16, 2014

Gator Mode

You Did It! We Met Our Goal of $128,000 and Then Some!

As of today we are nearly at $133,000 in magazine sales.

Thanks to all of you, we surpassed our goal. Holy Rosary School gets 51% back, plus 3% to be spent in prizes. That means that over $67,000 goes to the school’s operating budget. Absolutely AMAZING!

We had an outstanding closing assembly last Friday. It was so much fun!

Our top seller was Jacob L. He gets to be principal for a day. Kevin M. and Zach B. were our super second and third places.

Top Selling Classes:

  • 1st - 3rd grade (Bowling and pizza party)
  • 2nd - 1st grade (Ice Cream party)
  • 3rd - 6th grade (Popsicle party)

The top sellers for online sales overall was 1st grade and 8th grade got a special prize for selling lots of magazines on the last week.

That would not have been possible without dedicated parents, teachers and volunteers! Thank you for your continued support!

Quick Fact: Our online sales are increasing every year. This year we had over $94,000 online sales (compared to $40,000 in 2010). Ordering online can be simpler for you & your buyers, better for the environment.

The Family Fun Center trip* is Friday November 7, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. We still have lots of work to do before we go! A preliminary list is being organized.

Permission slips will be going home this week.

Fun Center Coordinator:

[* The Fun Center award is for individual students selling 25 or families selling 40 orders or more.]

For general questions, contact , our magazine drive extraordinaire.

A Big Thank You To Our Volunteers:

Thank you to all of you who were able to help with counting and sorting prizes. A special thank you goes to Carl Baber, Jody Maas, Holly Christenson, Lisa Ingalls-Smith, James Boswell, Mimi Smith and Tony Rosario.

Still selling? You can continue to support our school and make your sales online at

Use our school code ROSARY. No more paper orders can be accepted.


Annual Fund: Holy Rosary Needs Your Support!

Holy Rosary School depends on the generosity of families, alumni and friends to sustain its academic programs and mission. By donating annually, offering your time and skills, making a planned gift, or funding a leading edge initiative, your support strengthens our support of the children we serve.

The Annual Fund drive is the cornerstone of the school’s fundraising efforts. It is vitally important to the school’s ability to meet operating costs, balance the budget and to maintain the level of excellence we have at of Holy Rosary School.

Gifts to the Annual Fund provide unrestricted monies to help fill the gap that tuition alone does not cover.

Annual Fund Update:

  • $200,000 Goal
  • $120, 504 Pledged
  • $52,130 Paid
  • 163 Participants
  • 29 Staff members
  • 54% Percentage parent participation

No amount is too small. Gifts to the Annual fund are 100% tax deductible!

Download a pledge form here (PDF).

Matching Funds:

If you already made a donation to the Annual Fund, thank you! We already have over $10,000 in submitted matches included in our Annual Fund totals!

Remember that hundreds of corporations match that donation through a corporate matching program. Please, Check with your H.R department to inquire weather your employee is one of them. Here is a list of some of companies that will match employee’s charitable donations. These guidelines might help you get started.


Auction News

Posted on October 16, 2014

The Auction needs an operations chair:

  • The job focus of the Operations Chair is overseeing the look, feel, and flow of the auction.
  • In coordination with the auction team, the Operations Chair creates the theme of the event and oversees the direction & inspiration for both the live & silent auctions. This is done by coordinating decorations, graphics, signage, games, music, and more.
  • The Operations Chair oversees silent auction packaging & display, silent auction closing, raffle, decorations & displays, live auction data entry, and signage.
  • Meet with auction chairs 1-2 times per month and weekly during the month prior to the auction.

If you are interested please contact the Development Office for more information.


Picture Retake Day - October 30

Posted on October 16, 2014

Picture retakes are on October 30th. You can pick up the order envelopes in the School Office. Students having their picture taken or retaken, may wear free dress.


Pizza Lunch Reminder

Posted on October 16, 2014

PizzaSliceRemember, tomorrow is the first pizza lunch of the year!


Italian Dinner: Special Thanks & Great Success!

Posted on October 16, 2014


A warm thank you to all who helped make the Italian dinner such a big success. First and foremost, we appreciate all the families who came out in support. We also could not have done it without Tim and Lynn’s delectable meatballs, Beth’s Fresh Express lettuce donations, Stan and Lisa’s Partners crackers and apron donations, Jack’s fabulous Anti pasta from Husky Deli and the Essential Baking company for the tiramisu grand finale. Last but certainly not least, we thank all the servers and HRS community volunteers. What a team effort it was!

Maria Taylor


Mother Son Glow Bowl

Posted on October 16, 2014

GlowBowlingBall Don’t miss out! The deadline to turn in your Glow Bowl forms is TOMORROW Friday, October 17th!

Join us for Mother/Son Glow bowl on Friday, October 24th for a fun night of bowling, pizza and fun! (5-8p, West Seattle Bowl)


Safe Environment Training

Posted on October 16, 2014

The next class scheduled in West Seattle for the Safe Environment class is scheduled for Friday, October 24th at 6:30pm at Holy Family.

Please register at:


CYO News

HRS Running Gator Cross Country Wrap up

Posted on October 16, 2014

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HolyRosaryRunningGatorsWhat a season! We were blessed with beautiful weather for almost all of our practices at Lincoln Park. We had 90 kids turn out this year, and it was a fantastic time! I appreciated the camaraderie amongst the teams and coaches, smiles were abundant at every practice and meet. As my first season of head coach of cross country, I was thrilled to see everyone come together for the goal of fitness and running. I am honored to be part of this team and am already looking forward to the 2015 season!

We had some notable winners from the championship meet on 10/12. Emma V, 7th grader, came in 2nd place among all of the CYO schools in her grade and gender. Carter J, 4th grader, came in 5th with a lightning speed 6:29 mile! Lilly K also had a fantastic finish at 7th place in 5th grade girls. I am so proud of all the kids for coming out and giving it their all! Congratulations to all of them.

See you next year!

- Coach Charise


CYO Basketball

Posted on October 9, 2014

Greetings Parents,

basketball50pxIt is that time of the year again. I hope everyone is excited for another year for Holy Rosary Basketball. Holy Rosary has always had a wonderful CYO Basketball program and this year should be no different. I am very excited about the upcoming 2014/2015 CYO Basketball season.

Please come join us for another exciting season of Gator Ball. The online registration site is now open for you to go in and register . The site will be up and ready on October 6th. The deadline to register is October 17th. Any late registrations after October 17th will be accepted on a space availability basis.

Registration will include the cost of the uniform. If you have a uniform from last year that your son or daughter can still use, you will have the choice to forgo ordering a new uniform and reduce the registration fee by $25.00. You’ll need to input the uniform number during the registration process in order to forgo the new uniform order.

Also, please put your child’s uniform size in the registration notes.

Parents, we have most of our returning coaches from last year, but there are still some open head coach and assistant coaches positions, so please contact me.

The 2014-2015 registration fees are

  • 4th Grade - $80.00
  • 5th Grade - $90.00
  • 6th thru 8th Grade - $100.00

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Tentative Schedule
October 17th Registration Deadline
October 23rd Team’s Practice Schedules will be decided
October 27th Practices will begin
November 12th & 18th Coaches PLACT Training
November 22nd Games begin

For more detailed information about the overall CYO basketball season, go to . Any questions regarding the Holy Rosary program please send me an email or give me a call.

Deadline for registration is Friday, October 17.

HRS CYO Basketball Coordinator
206 459-0539


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

Chinese Mandarin at Holy Rosary

Posted on September 4, 2014

Ni Hao! Sponge language classes are just getting started for the year at Holy Rosary, and you can still sign up for class! We offer a research-based, exciting and engaging 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! It’s not too late to join the fun!

Classes are for K-5th graders are held after school on Wednesday afternoons. Contact to register, and go to or or call(425) 274-5188 for questions about our program. Register now and secure your spot in class!


Parish News

Parish Children’s Choir

Posted on October 16, 2014

[Director’s note: Sorry about the late choir start. I’m out on medical leave, but hope to be well enough to start in a few weeks. Please register, and I’ll keep you posted. Thanks! Paul D.]

The Parish Children’s Choir is an exciting and integral part of our parish music ministry, helping children to develop their voices and learn how to sing properly. What they learn as children provides them with a solid foundation as they grow to become wonderful singers and future music ministry leaders!

Singing is good for you! Did you know:

  1. that many of our talented pop singers started singing in church choirs?
  2. that singing can help your child be a better student by wiring their young brains with the new, exciting language of music?
  3. that participation in a church choir can help your child understand and develop prayer, participation and leadership skills and help them begin to build up their spiritual lives?

The Parish Children’s Choir is open to students in Grades 3-5 from ALL AREA SCHOOLS. Practices are on Tuesdays from 3-4PM in the Parish Center CHAPEL. 3rd graders are dismissed at 4pm. Cantor practices for 4-5th graders are from 4 to 4:30PM in the chapel and/or the church. Older students learn how to cantor, sing solo and harmony.

The Parish Children’s Choir sings about once a month, including Christmas Eve and Easter. We’ll also do some caroling at the HR Tree Lot and sing for Catholic Schools Week. Second Graders are invited to sing for Mothers’ Day as a free preview!

NOTE: Parents can help out and earn school volunteer hours!

Our first choir rehearsal is Tuesday, November 4, from 3-4pm in the chapel. For registration info, go to our website.

For more info, or leave a message at the parish office 935-8353.


First Reconciliation & First Communion

Updated on October 16, 2014

REMINDER: Tonight (Thursday, 10/16) First Reconciliation and First Communion Required Parent Information Nights

If you are enrolling your child to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion for this year, you must attend our Parent Information Night meeting and our last meeting is tonight at 7:00PM in the School Building in Room 7B. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please .

Holy Rosary follows the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Seattle that children must have one year of religious instruction before being prepared for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Children are normally prepared for these two Sacraments in the second grade. If you have a first grader who is not attending a Catholic school, please make sure you have your child enrolled in Sacramental I of our Faith Formation program and are regularly attending the class. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these two Sacraments, please so we may arrange to have them prepared. We are offering our Parent Information nights at 7:00PM on October 14th, 15th or 16th. You can also register your Children for these Sacraments by clicking on this link and for more information about 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion on our Holy Rosary website please click this link.


Children’s Faith Formation: Enroll for 2014-2015 School Year

Posted on October 2, 2014

Holy Rosary Parish offers Faith Formation classes on Sunday for children who are not receiving Religious Education at School. Faith Formation starts this coming Sunday, October 5th in the Parish Center at 9:30AM-10:20. Classes are for Preschool-Teens. If you would like to enroll your child, please click on this link. If you have any questions, please



Community Notices

Interactive Discussion at OLG

Posted on October 16, 2014

In honor of October’s Respect for Life month, please join Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Life, Justice, and Peace Commission for an interactive discussion on the Death Penalty and Catholic Social Teaching, Monday October 27th from 6:30 to 8:15pm at Guadalupe’s Walmesley Center (the new gym).


Bishop Blanchet Open House

Posted on October 16, 2014

Bishop Blanchet’s open house is on November 6th from 5:30 - 8:00.


Kennedy Catholic High School: Leading the Way in Learning, Faith and Leadership!

Posted on October 9, 2014

KCHS_2014_Open_HouseKennedyHighSchoolLogoVisit our Open House!
Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30-8:30pm

Meet our ambassador students, tour the new Milette Family Science Complex, visit the new William F. Eisiminger Field, talk to our teachers, hear the string ensemble perform and get to know Kennedy Catholic. 

You can be a Lancer! Applications for Admission are due January 12, 2015. 

Questions? Contact , Director of Admissions.


Seattle Prep’s Open House

Posted on October 9, 2014


Thursday, November 13 from 5:30-8:00 PM

Seattle Prep is a Catholic Jesuit High School located on North Capitol Hill

Meet the faculty, tour the school and find out more about curriculum and student activities!

For more information, visit the admissions page of our website.

For any questions, call the Seattle Prep Admissions Office at (206) 577-2146.


Bishop Blanchet Night of Creativity

Posted on October 9, 2014

Artsy Autumn Activities brought to you by the Bishop Blanchet Art Club

Join us for a Night of Creativity to explore your Artistic Ambitions. Tricks and Treats will be provided.

Tuesday, October 28th, 4 - 6 PM
Bishop Blanchet High School
Free for all 6th Grade Students


Northwest Boys Choir

Posted on October 16, 2014

Auditions for boys in First to Fourth grades will be held on Saturday, November 1. For more information please call the Northwest Choirs office at (206) 524-3234 or .


West Seattle Ski & Board Swap

Posted on October 16, 2014

Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26 from 10:00am - 7:00 pm at VFW West Seattle, 3601 SW Alaska St. Drop off for items is on Friday, October 24 from 10:00am - 8:00 pm.

Ski season is approaching! M2S Outfitters annual Ski Swap is a great way to sell your used gear and get amazing deals on new gear. There will be a great selection of skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, camping gear, accessories and more! Drop off for items is on Friday, October 24 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. They will not accept any items after that time.

All items must be registered online or in- store by 11:59 PM on Friday, October 24th, 2014.



Girls Select Basketball

Posted on October 2, 2014

I am one of the Kennedy Catholic girls basketball coaches and new director of the Select program for grades 5th-8th this year. Please see the attached flyer (PDF) with tryout information.

Willy Burns
Kennedy Catholic


Preventing Teen Drug Use Presentation at Nathan Hale

Posted on October 21, 2014

November 3 from 7:00 - 8:30pm
Dr. Leslie Walker from Children’s Hospital will discuss teen health and the impact of drug use.


VFW Essay Contest!

Patriots Pen Contest Grades 6-8

Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

The theme is: Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans


The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories.


The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014. Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words. They should be submitted to the local Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.

First, Second, and Third place winners will be selected for each grade at the local level. Check out the Patriot’s Pen page for more details

Washington State Youth Essay Contest Grades 3-5

This essay contest is for grades 3 thru 5. This is exclusively awarded by the VFW Department of Washington. Judging is done at the Local Post, District and State levels. The state winner will receive a Savings Bond.

The theme is: What can I do to make my country better.

First, Second, and Third place winners will be selected for each grade at the local level!

1st place $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
1st place winners will advance to higher levels.
Entry forms:
All entries must be received by November 1, 2014. You can drop off your entry forms and essays to:

VFW Post 2713 3601 S.W. Alaska St Seattle, WA 98126

Local Contact:

VFW Post 2713
West Seattle


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