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We collected approximately 125 lunches for the men at St. Martin de Porres Shelter. We also collected gloves to keep those hands warm in the cold weather.
I spent the bulk of the month of February meeting with the staff for a yearly review and solidifying contracts for next year so I did not have much time to invest in solicitation activity. So I thought I would update you now that it is March. I think I will just be doing it at the beginning of the remaining three months of the year. That is right. After March there will only be three more months.
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Notes: Our grandparents have given $10,857 through the Grandparent Lunch solicitation to the Annual Fund. The staff at the school has given $15,039 to the Annual Fund. There has been 100% participation by the staff. These numbers are included in the totals. The goal for the Annual Fund is $200,000. We recently sent out a letter to those who have not been able to give so far. If they respond I believe we will make the goal. The goal for the Centennial Capital Campaign over the next five years is $2,000,000.
I am very happy to report that Bishop Blanchet High School sent us some wonderful information last week. Nine of our students who are presently enrolled at the school received grades for the second semester placing them in “First Honors” and ten of our students, who are presently enrolled in the school, received grades placing them in “Second Honors”.
The staff of Holy Rosary School held a wonderful event last Friday evening. It was Bingo Night. Hundreds of our students showed up for a fun filled two hour celebration. There was a great festive atmosphere. And the event ended up generating over $6,000! All of these funds are considered a part of the auction income for this year. We are off to a good start. (A big thanks to all the STAFF who put this event on. They are AMAZING!)
Principal For A Day
New administration took control of the school on Fat Tuesday. Dylan was the Principal and his friend Sam was the Vice Principal. They had absolute control and the loyalty of the entire school staff. The day went very well. They started off the day with hot chocolate and donuts. They observed a few teachers and wrote up comments on them. They reviewed the school. They went out to lunch. They reviewed the entire school looking for any safety issues, and, of course, they made it to their recess. Student support was strong, especially when they started out by offering an “out of uniform” day. I am not sure either is going to want to become a Principal later in life!
For the last few years there has been a bit of confusion concerning Parish membership particularly during the times when eighth graders apply for high school, when first communion starts for the second graders and, when families first apply for entrance to the school.
Parish membership is important and should be decided well before these events take place. And that is an issue that, of course, is decided by the parish. Because of that, it seems there will be less stress and confusion for families if we address this during our registration period. The Parish has added one form to the registration packet to help with this at these grade levels. All you have to do is print your family name on the form and turn it in to the parish office. They will process it and return it to the school. Please remember that this year you will be signing up for automatic withdrawal tuition payments. That way you do not have to remember to send them in. There will also be no mistakes on the amounts of the payments. This will help avoid late payment penalty fees.
It is also my perception that many people do not realize that Band had to be paid for separately. This is a program that Kennedy Catholic High School offers us. We have to pay Kennedy HS. It is for our upper school students who elect to take it. If a child takes Band the parent must go online and schedule payments. The same is true for other programs such as Lego Robotics, Spark Yoga, Sponge Mandarin, Milk, BASE, and Dance.
Lent: Keep The Light On
Father Madigan, like all priests in the Archdiocese, will be available in the Church on Friday evenings for confession. This will take place between 6:00 and 7:00 starting this Friday March 7th and ending on Friday April 11th. Hopefully everyone will take advantage of this opportunity. It could be a family event, like it used to be decades ago.
Our Lenten journey has begun. We held a wonderful Ash Wednesday service yesterday. Each class is collecting mission money for an outreach of their choice throughout Lent. All students will be bringing in food for the Parish Food Bank. Students will be selecting an Outreach to bring in items for. On Holy Thursday there will be a prayer service in the Church at the beginning of the day and students will bring over all they have collected throughout Lent. Father Madigan will bless the items and the children and mission the eighth graders to deliver the items throughout the day.
The following Lenten Prayer, by William Arthur Ward, was given to the staff by a staff member. I know it really speaks to me. I offer it as a Lenten reflection:
Fast from judging others; feast on the goodness of them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast on worry; feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast on unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that supports.
Join us on Saturday, April 5th for the Holy Rosary Heart Auction!
It’s the Party of the Century! We’re stepping back in time to the early 1960s, when John and Jackie ruled Camelot, Don and Betty lived a quiet suburban life, and Frankie and Annette were the king and queen of the beach. So queue the Bossa Nova music and prepare for the retro fun. From start to finish, this will be the hippest event HRS has ever seen!
Auction Invitation in Backpacks Today!
It’s is time to purchase your ticket to the Party of the Century! You may send a check to the school office, or go online to make your reservations.
New Online Auction - from March 21-30
Can’t wait to begin the bidding fun? We’ll have more than 100 great items available to bid on prior to the big night. This online auction is ideal for relatives and friends who want to be part of the action, but anyone can participate. There is no delivery service for items purchased, so these items will be available for pick up at Holy Rosary School. The link for the online auction is included in the invitations and will also be sent via eBlast on March 21st!
All Volunteer Shifts are Open!
Wondering What Items Will Be Up For Bidding?
- Mariner and Sounders Tickets
- Camping Gear
- Over 50 Local Restaurants
- Keurig Coffee Makers
- Books and Games
- Hotel Getaways
- Premium Wines
- A Tandem Bicycle
- Signed Seahawks Memorabilia
Group Bidding Opportunities:
Groups of 4
- Fore for Four - Golfing for 4 on 4 Local Golf Courses
- Mariner’s Action with Announcer Rick Rizzs
Groups of 6
- Husky Football Game and Tailgate with The Clarkes
- Poker Till Dawn on Mutiny Bay
Groups of 8
- Ladies Night out at the Palisades
- Women’s Whidbey Weekend
Groups of 10
- Paddle Boarding with the Hamptons and Picciottas
Groups of 12
- Mind Unwind Party
- Wine Tasting with Chris Chan
Dessert Auction of the Century
It won’t be the Party of the Century without some amazing Desserts. We are looking for your sumptuous creations to make this the Dessert Auction the talk of the town. With your donation, you can also earn fundraising hours. For questions or donation submissions, please email Deyette Swegle and Shelly Pugh at .
Brown Bag Fridays for St. Martin de Porres Shelter will begin Friday, March 7th. Every year, as part of our Lenten Outreach, Holy Rosary School has provided lunches to the men at St. Martin de Porres shelter. Students are asked to bring a lunch or two and a toiletry item on designated Fridays during Lent. These lunches can be kept cold, so perishable food is fine.
**If you are interested in driving a few students to deliver the lunches one Friday in Lent, please contact Jennifer Hazzard in the school office.
Please keep the toiletry items separate from the lunches:
- March 7 - Men’s gloves
- March 14 - disposable razors/shaving cream (sample size)
- March 21 - No School due to Archdiocesan Inservice Day
- March 28 - travel size toothpaste and disposable toothbrush (singles)
- April 4- Half day Auction set-up: No brown bag lunches today
- April 11 - men’s socks
Thank you everyone for joining us last Thursday evening for our Parents Club “Happy Hour” and meeting. We’d like to give a big THANK YOU to Jon Barker for giving such a terrific overview of the HRS Technology Program! Everyone walked away with a much better understanding of the technology resources, from software to curriculum. Jon highlighted how technology is integrated into the classroom, how time in the technology lab enhances the classroom teaching, and the skills our children are learning at each grade level. If you were unable to attend, please check out Jon’s web page for more information or a video of his presentation below.
We had parents from every classroom attend the meeting again last week. Thank you! 2A had the most parents at the meeting and will receive special treats for their classroom and teacher. Way to go 2A!
Nicole Henzke was the lucky raffle winner. Nicole won a Girl Scout cookie assortment package. Yum!
Mark your calendars: our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to join us!
- Your Parents Club Board
For children ages 6-9, Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League (Jr.FLL(R)) captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO(R) bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.
Children get to:
- Design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO(R) components
- Create a Show Me Poster and practice presentation skills
- Explore challenges facing today’s scientists
- Discover real-world math and science
- Begin developing teamwork skills
- Choose to participate in expos and showcases
- Engage in team activities guided by Jr.FLL Core Values
If you are interested in finding out more information, please send an email to with your child’s name. We will be having a Coaches kick-off shortly followed by a kick-off with the kids interested in participating.
The success of this program is based on participation from the parents as coaches and mentors. So the number of teams we are able to organize will be based on the number of parents we have to help lead. A background in technology is not required! A positive attitude and a desire to mold and learn from our young leaders of tomorrow is a MUST!
Links & Downloads
- Parents Club Minutes, January 15, 2014 (PDF)
- CYO Women’s Jacket Order Form (PDF)
- CYO Men’s Jacket Order Form (PDF)
- Father-Daughter Glow Bowl Flyer (PDF)
- Mr. Hofbauer’s White Paper (PDF)
- Blue Plate Online Order Form (link)
Note: For other school forms and downloads, please check the Forms and Downloads page .