We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

Upcoming Events

Thank You, Parents Club!

Posted on October 30, 2014

Our Parents Club does many things for the school. We would not be where we are without them. I just want to recognize them for a moment here. On behalf of all of the parents as members of the HRS Parents Club, the officers made a donation of $4,800 to the HRS Centennial Campaign. This generous donation was made possible by parent support of the Centennial T-Shirt and Centennial Mug sales last fall. The Parent Club Officers were able to pay for the associated costs through the PC budget and donate nearly 100% of the proceeds to celebrate our school’s 100th birthday! They want to thank all the parents for making this possible.


Binge to Blackout: Special Presenation at Kennedy Catholic

Posted on October 30, 2014

Kennedy Catholic will be hosting nationally recognized guest speaker, Toren Volkmann, in a presentation of the dangers of drugs and alcohol in a presentation entitled, Binge to Blackout, at 6:30PM on Monday, November 3rd. Toren will be talking to parents about how they can best protect their children and recognize the danger signs of addiction. Kennedy Catholic is extending an invitation to parents of Holy Rosary middle school students to this important presentation.


Binge to Blackout—Toren Volkman
Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:30pm
Place: Kennedy Catholic High School-Dillman Center
For more information on Toren, visit www.campuspeak.com/speakers/volkmann


Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted on October 30, 2014

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Nov. 24th-26th; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The link for parents to sign up online will be posted in next Thursday’s eFC. (11/6) Holy Rosary sets aside Conference Week to focus on communicating and celebrating the academic progress of our students. We value this opportunity for communication between our families and teachers. The schedule provides numerous time slots from morning to evening, so we are confident that you will find a time within the conference window to suit your schedule. Those families with more than one student may want to log in as soon as the link goes ‘live’ to schedule siblings’ conferences close together. Remember the Book Fair will be open in the Library during Conference hours. This is a wonderful place for your school-age children to wait while siblings are attending their conferences.


Book Fair

Posted on October 30, 2014

2014-BookFair_sir_readalotBook Fairs and Student Parent Teacher Conferences combine to create a wonderful few days to share the excitement and wonder found in reading and communicating. The book fair will be set up on Wednesday afternoon, November 19 and close after school on Monday, December 1. At this time, volunteers are needed to help during the fair. This is a recognized fund raising activity for parent commitment hours. Use this link to Signup Genius to volunteer. Thank you.


October Information Packet

Posted on October 30, 2014

Thank you for your quick response in returning completed forms to the main office. Remember the deadline is tomorrow, Friday, October 31st. Please contact or with any questions.


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 .


Auction Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on October 30, 2014


The Procurement team is looking for 5-7 motivated volunteers to follow up with businesses that regularly donate to Holy Rosary School. These businesses will have already received a procurement letter prior to your visits/calls. Each volunteer will be assigned a specific area such as Alki, Admiral, Morgan, Junction and Fauntleroy. This job starts slowly in mid-November and wraps up by mid-January.

This is a great and flexible way to earn fundraising hours!


Christmas Tree Lot

Posted on October 23, 2014

Xmas-Tree-Sale-LogoHO! HO! HO! Believe it or not, we are less than 56 days away from Christmas! Wow!

The Tree Lot Committee is in full planning swing for another successful year!

The suggested class volunteer shift days will be:

Day Class
11/28 1st grade
11/29 7th grade
11/30 4th grade
12/05 2nd grade
12/06 6th grade
12/07 3rd grade
12/13 5th grade

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the sign up link soon.

Holiday Cheer! There will be a kick off event on Friday December 5th at 6pm in Lanigan gym.

Sponsor The Tree Lot!

The Christmas Tree lot has been Bringing a Little Christmas Cheer to Everyone for 25 years. If you or your business would like to offset the cost of the tree lot by becoming a sponsor, please contact the .


Annual Fund 2014-15 Update

Posted on October 30, 2014

AnnualFundThermometer-thumbThank you for your responses this past week!

We are currently at $136,000 in pledges and 60% parent participation.

  • Pledged - $136,000
  • Paid - 55,138
  • Number participants - 198
  • Staff members - 24

No amount is too small! Your participation is important.

The goal for the annual fund this year is $200,000. Donations will be allocated the following way:

  • $75,000 for curriculum
  • $25,000 for buildings and grounds
  • $30,000 for salary funding
  • $25,000 for financial aid
  • $20,000 for utilities
  • $25,000 for technology

Annual Fund 101 (PDF)


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 email: [email protected] Thank you.


Other Extracurricular

Chinese Mandarin at Holy Rosary

Posted on October 30, 2014

Ni Hao! Sponge classes are taught by immersion in the target language, with a primary focus of developing natural communication and comprehension skills. We teach everyday language in a series of thematic units, using lots of props, games, projects and activities! Help expand your child's cultural and linguistic knowledge with Sponge--there's still space in classes at Holy Rosary!

Mandarin class for grades K-5 is held after school from 2:20-3:20 on Wednesdays. Contact Mary Simpson at [email protected] to register. Go to www.spongeschool.com for more information, and contact us by email at or give us a call at (425) 274-5188 with any questions. Register now and secure your spot in class!


Lands’ End Sale

Posted on October 30, 2014

Friends & Family Enjoy 30% Off
Starting Monday, November 3rd through November 11th take advantage of Lands’ End’s Friends & Family 30% Off on school uniforms.
Enter the Promotion Code: FAMILY and PIN: 1800


Parish News

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Sunday, 11/2

Posted on October 30, 2014

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is back at the 10:30AM Mass. For November, we have CLOW on November 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. CLOW is a special celebration of the first part of 10:30AM Mass. During CLOW, children ages Preschool-4th grade, are invited, blessed and sent forth to celebrate and witness the Sunday readings in ways that are meaningful and especially tailored for them. After CLOW all children return to Mass to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist. This Ministry runs during the school year. We have teachers in place, but need additional volunteers to be assistants in classrooms and safety helpers. All volunteers earn School Commitment hours. There is no cost and no need to register. If you have any questions or would like more information about how to volunteer, please email .


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.


Community Notices


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.


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: http://www.vfwofwa.org/programs/youth_essay_2014_15.pdf
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 .