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Upcoming Events

From the Desk of the Principal

Posted on September 18, 2014


GeorgeHofbauerIt takes place this weekend. So many have worked so hard for so long to make this a smashing success — that — you just have to come! Bring the family. Bring neighbors. Bring friends. The food is great. The community building is fantastic. Oh, and by the way, we do raise a nice chunk of change on this! Please come. Enjoy and support.

Snow Closure

The most important thing to know and remember is that — we do whatever the public schools will be doing. If there is a late start for Seattle Public Schools, we will be starting late. If there is a closure for Seattle Public Schools, we will be closing. If, however, the Seattle Public Schools announce an early dismissal, we will not be dismissing early. We will remain in the school until the end of the day, but if you feel the need to come and pick up your child, feel free to do so. We do not encourage you to pick up other children because then some feel left out. We could not let you pick up someone else’s child without written permission from their parent(s). That may be something you want to think about way ahead of the time.


I sent out a long memo on this the other day. I purposefully did that so it was not part of a published document. Hopefully, you could see that action is taking place. A number of meetings took place this week. I feel good about our progress. There will be more in the future.

- George


School Scenes

Posted on September 18, 2014

First School Mass of the Year

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Pancake Breakfast

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All photos courtesy of Carl Baber.


All Call For Carabiners!

Posted on September 18, 2014

We have a need for carabiners to hold in place the blue tarp on the fence and some of them have gone missing. If you have extra carabiners at your home that you don’t need, please send them to the office.


WestFest: A Carnival of Community

Posted on September 18, 2014


Show your WestFest spirit!

Don’t forget to wear your new WestFest t-shirt at Spirit Day tomorrow (who wouldn’t want to wear an awesome new WF shirt, instead of the ‘ole school uniform?)! If you have been procrastinating—all is not lost! Your child can sport the cool & festive logo along with their fellow classmates; we still have a few child & adult shirts in stock. They will be on sale in the school hall after school today—so stop by and get yours before they are all gone!

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!

Final Reminders For Volunteers

Encourage your junior high student to show off their school pride AND earn service hours by signing up for a shift or two! We need their help to fully staff and run the event. Help us keep the valued tradition of WestFest a success! Sign them up here!

Please show up on time, stay for your entire shift, be respectful, and smile! You are representing Holy Rosary to our community! Let’s make this a Carnival to remember! 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!!!

It’s not too late to volunteer at WestFest!! A parent volunteer is needed to manage breakdown on Sunday morning 8am to noon. Volunteers are already signed up to do the work but we need one person to oversee it all. If you’re interested, please .

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

The books have rolled in, so please do come by and browse the sale! There’s no need to wait, but if you can hold off until (4p-6p) on Saturday, you can “Fill A Bag For $1 Or A Donation” during the last 2 hours of the sale. Come and see the selection and restock your library!

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!

Two Great Ways To Play On The Westfest Stage!

  • West Seattle’s Got Talent!

    Sing, dance, juggle or joke your way to fame this Saturday at the WestFest talent show! (Or do anything else, for that matter.) Join us for West Seattle Idol, Saturday at 6:00. To sign up, just visit us near the main stage Friday or Saturday and get your name on the list. Kids and teens of any age are welcome. Prizes for all participants.

  • Best in Show! Cavalcade of Pets

    All pets welcome, with prizes for everyone. Bring your dog, fish, goat, ferret, cat or whatever to the WestFest stage Saturday at 4:00. Costumes are optional but encouraged. Every pet is special, so bring yours onstage and introduce it to the world!


Magazine Drive: Gator Mode is On!

Posted on September 18, 2014

Gator ModeOn Tuesday we had our first “Turn in Tuesday”, when students brought in their paper orders. We closed the day at $40,327 in sales. Way to get your Gator Mode on!

Keep selling as we have until September 30th, our last day for paper orders. The online sales have been going strong since this summer!!!

The grade with the most sales this week was 1st grade! And the class with the most online sales is Mrs. Blanco’s 1B.

Have You Registered Your Student(s) on The APHearst Website Yet?

It’s fun and easy. For multiple children, do one at the time and at the end you will be prompted to add another student.

How To Place An Order Online

  1. Log on to the site:
  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!

Monetary Donations Are Also Welcome!

Each $25 counts as one subscription for prizes.

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

  • 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!

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

The following order needs a student - Allison Haack


Annual Fund 2014-2015

Updated on September 18, 2014

AnnualFundThermometer-thumbWe are currently at $94,216 in pledges. Almost half way there!

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!

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


Centennial Mailer Follow Up

Posted on September 17, 2014

CentennialCampaignCard200All Holy Rosary families should have received a brochure highlighting our Centennial Campaign this past weekend. As we enter the second phase of this 5-year campaign, the Development Committee is reaching out to our community with this overview that explains the efforts and objectives of the campaign.

If you did not receive a brochure in the mail, copies are available in the School Office.

For more information please contact the Development Office or visit the Centennial Campaign page in the school website.

To make a pledge today, download the form here.

Many heartfelt thanks for your support.


Parents Club

Posted on September 18, 2014

Our very first Holy Rosary “Happy Hour” Parents Club meeting of the year is next Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm! Catch-up with friends old and new, and we have a jam-packed evening planned.

It will include:

You will also be able to purchase CYO adult Gator gear.

All meetings are held in the school hall and begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social gathering. Enjoy light bites and beverages. The business part of each meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm. Complimentary childcare is provided during every meeting upstairs in the library beginning at 6:30 pm.

Remember, if you have a question or comment for Parents Club, please email us or place in our box located in the School Office.

The class with the highest parent attendance will win an ice cream float party and coffee for their teacher! Each parent receives one general commitment hour for attending. Please plan to join us.


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.


Picture Day: Monday, September 22

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.

Important Picture Day Information

Parents can now order and pay online through

  • Parents can create their own package from the expanded online selection.
  • Quickly order and pay for portraits online.
  • Pay by credit card.


Pizza Lunch 2014-15

PizzaSliceWe are excited for 8th Grade Pizza to start up again for the year. We are going to a one-time payment system, so now is your one and only chance to get your order and money in for the entire school year. Please print the attached form and turn it in (one form per child) to the office with the Grand Total payment attached. Forms also also available in the office. Checks only payable to HRS. The deadline to turn in the form to the office is Wednesday, October 8th. Any late payments cannot be accepted since orders need to be placed. Thank you for your support!


Study Hall

Posted on September 18, 2014

Study Hall Begins Oct. 2nd.

We will be offering Study Hall for Grades 5-8 in 8B on the following dates from Oct-Dec:

  • Oct. 2, 7, 9, 14
  • Nov. 4, 6, 13, 18, 20
  • Dec. 2, 4, 9

This comes to 12 days at $6 per day or $72. For accounting purposes, we ask that you sign up for all or none of the sessions. Please make your check out to Holy Rosary School for $72 by Friday, Sept. 26. Those checks should be submitted to Janise in the main office. Remember, nothing is refundable, regardless of attendance as I have to honor the commitment of the staff. A new schedule for January and February will be posted before Christmas break.


Mother Son Glow Bowl

Posted on September 18, 2014

GlowBowlingBallPlease join us on Friday, October 24th for the Mother/Son Glow Bowl! Look for forms (PDF) here or coming home with your students in the first week of October. Please complete and turn in sign-up forms by October 16th. This year’s theme is SPORTS! Grab your favorite team’s jersey or wear your favorite team’s colors and join us for a night of bowling, pizza, and fun! The Glow Bowl will be held on 10/24 from 5-8pm at West Seattle Bowl.


Art Workshop

Posted on September 18, 2014

This 8-week course will be packed with unforgettable art projects that are designed to introduce kids to new and wildly fun avenues of creative exploration, create lasting memories, and produce priceless works of art. Projects will include: 3D dragon sculpture, paper mache pinatas, giant frosting cookie paintings, shrunken apple head carvings, multi-media photo portraiture, wearable shrinky dink accessories, customized hand-made stickers and more!

Who: All 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade aspiring artists.
When: Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:30pm. Course dates: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18.
Where: Meet in school hall after school, students will then be taken to Art Room in Parish Center.
Tuition includes all art materials, snacks, and prizes: $140.

To register, contact Lacey Reuter.


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 Thank you.

- Mike Ritscher, 7A



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.


CYO Cross Country

Posted on September 18, 2014

HolyRosaryRunningGatorsCross Country is open registration for all Holy Rosary grades: Kindergarten through 8th grade from now until September 26th. Every participant scores one point for the team so we are looking for as many runners as possible!

Register here!

Practice started on Tuesday, September 9th, and will be every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00pm at Lincoln Park (“south” parking lot). You can do both Cross Country and soccer. Practice attendance isn’t required! For those of you that like to plan in advance, please mark your calendars for the preliminary meets on September 21st and September 28th. The K-3 Championship will be on October 5th, time to be determined. The 4-8th grade championships will be on October 12th. Please email if you have any questions about this great sport. We are also looking for some additional assistant coaches, please contact me if you are interested! Run far, run fast and run hard!

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 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!!!!


Parish News

Altar Server Training

Posted on September 18, 2014

AltarServersTraining for new altar servers will be starting soon. Anyone in 5th grade and older who has been baptized in the Catholic Church can become and altar server. To sign up to be an altar server, or to learn more, click here.


Community Notices

Seattle Schools Advanced Learning Programs

Posted on September 18, 2014

The Advanced Learning Programs of Seattle Public Schools conducts eligibility testing for the Advanced Learning Programs offered in the Seattle Public Schools. Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade who reside in Seattle and who have unusually high academic performance may be referred by parents for testing.

There is no charge for children who are currently enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Families from other schools within the Seattle city limits pay a $90 per child processing fee.

Complete information about Advanced Learning Programs can be found here. Forms are available for download and instructions available in several languages. The application deadline for 2015-15 eligibility testing is October 2, 2014.


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


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.


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