Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
Welcome back! It is going to be another great year. Last year was our Centennial. This year, we are launching ourselves into a new Century — a “Century of Excellence”, a “Century of Renewal”, a “Century of Promise”. (I am looking for the right term and I have not quite found it. Any ideas?)
Those of us who are now here are laying the foundation for this great new period in our history — our next phase. It truly is a Renaissance for Holy Rosary School.
Last year as part of the “White Paper (PDF)” which is rapidly becoming our strategic plan——-AKA “Project 2020” we brought in a new Math Program and introduced iPads to the third grade. This year, as we continue that curriculum development plan we will be expanding our ipad program into grades two and four. This will allow for both curriculum enrichment and engagement while providing greater opportunities for diversification. We will also be adding in our new school-wide Language Arts adoption and our new battery of National Tests. And this year we are studying our Science Program within the intent to purchase a new one for next year that is more STEM oriented . I mean ——-what other school has done all that in such a short period of time. All of these actions are directed at bringing our educational activities more in line with the “Common Core” so our students can become even more academically competitive.
Last year was the first phase of our Capital Campaign and the success thus far allowed us to pay for the window replacement at the front of the building. It cost approximately $60,000 and we were able to pay for all if it because of donations to the Capital Campaign. And that was on top of an Annual Appeal that yielded $200,000 which is twice the amount from the previous year! Besides all that, we ended the year in the black.
This year we are also in the process of actually designing and purchasing a new website site that the staff will eventually be able to manage. Many Catholic Schools will be using this provider which is being recommended by the “Office of Catholic Schools” for the Archdiocese. I do not see it ready until January. Thankfully, Mike Go will continue to provide the services we have until them. He continues to give above and beyond in more ways and with more professionalism than the community will every really understand or know.
During the summer the summer work crew continued it’s wonderful job of cleaning and preparing the school for this “New Century” under the direction of Scott Stoffen. We even ended up purchasing a new refrigerator for the gym kitchen. The other one just died on us.
It is going to be a wonderful year. Our theme is “Come To The Water and Quench The Thirst”. I truly believe many thirst for what we have to offer. We just have to help them realize we really are an oasis in life’s dessert. I realize you can not make anybody drink but you can inspire them to do it. Often we do not realize we are dehydrated until it is too late. Our water is much more than simple H2O. It is one part expert education, one part dedicated staff, one part fantastic students and three parts the spirit of our loving and inspiring God. We simply can not go wrong.
So get ready!
Parent Club Meetings
And soooo much more!!!!
See you soon!
Again this year we will be communicating with families entirely through our web site www.holyrosaryws.org. Every Thursday, a newsletter from the school will be posted on our web site and will be the primary means of communication from the school to the family. We strongly encourage you to read these communications. Forms will be available for download on the web site.
We have an email “blast” that is sent out to parents regarding last minute information. For example, if there’s a free dress day, last minute notices or an important reminder for meetings. This email “blast” is also a way that the school can contact families regarding snow closure or early dismissal. To subscribe, please send an email to: . Put the word “subscribe” in the subject field and include any other email addresses in the body that you would like subscribed.
Letters to students from their classroom teachers are enclosed in the summer mailing. Class lists will be posted on the Kindergarten front doors Friday, August 15th. There will be no changes to the classroom assignments.
Classroom Supplies & Comfort Kits Lists are available below. Please make sure your child has the necessary items on the first day of school.
Back to School Coffee for all parents will be hosted by Parents Club on Tuesday, September 2nd, the first day of school. Please stop by the school hall starting at 8:15am for coffee and conversation.
The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 2nd. Dismissal is at noon for grades 1-8 and at 10:00am for Kindergarten. On Wednesday, Sept. 2nd school dismisses at 2:15pm for grades 1-8 and noon for Kindergarten. On Thursday, Sept. 4th Grades 1-8 will dismiss at 3:00pm and Kindergarten will dismiss at noon. Friday, Sept. 5th is a noon dismissal for everyone.
School dismisses at 2:15pm every Wednesday for staff meetings and professional development.
Back To School Night for Parents is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10th in Lanigan Gym. We will begin at 6:30pm. The evening provides the best opportunity for you to meet your children’s teachers and find out about classroom goals and learning expectations.
We ask that you observe the following for everyone’s safety and convenience. Please DO NOT EVER park along 42nd Avenue in front of the school during morning drop off between 8am - 8:30am. Drivers should never leave their vehicles when dropping off in front of the school or in the alley. Please use the crosswalks. If the traffic manager directs you please follow the instructions immediately. Also, please remember that the HEART Auction parking spot is always reserved for the family who purchased it; please do not park in or block that space at any time.
Please complete and return the enclosed forms by the first day of school:
Students should be in perfect uniform on the first day of school. A copy of the policy and information about purchasing school uniforms can be found here. Your full support of this policy helps the staff maximize the educational environment. Thank you for your cooperation.
Holy Rosary’s Before & School Enrichment (BASE) Program provides for a safe and nurturing environment to students prior to and after regular school hours.
- Donna Jerge-Nass, BASE Director, Phone: (206) 226-3478
- For Billing questions, Janise Jordan phone (206) 937-7255.
BASE forms and calendars are available for download in the Forms and Downloads page or below:
Please register for class at: http://seattle.setanet.org
All volunteers must also have a background check completed within the last three years and on-file in the parish office.
If you should have any questions about Safe Environment training or background checks, please contact Melissa Tuthill, Rectory Office, 206-935-8353.
If you have a child entering Kindergarten or 6th grade, please send in the correct immunization forms indicating they are current with their vaccinations. Washington State law requires that all schools keep accurate immunization records on all students.
Forms are due the first day of school.
In order to dispense prescription and over-the-counter medication, Washington State Law requires that your child must have an Oral Medication/Prescription Permission Form in the school files which has been signed and authorized by a Licensed Healthcare Provider who has prescribed the medication, and the parent/legal guardian.
The parent/guardian must also provide the medication, which is from a Licensed Healthcare Provider, in its original labeled container from the pharmacy. The container must include the name of the student, medication, dosage information and enough medication to be administered at school. For non-prescription medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen the school also needs an oral medication/prescription form signed by a health provider and parent. No Medication will be given to a child without an Oral Medication/Prescription Form on file. Download the Oral Medication/ Prescription Form (PDF)from the Holy Rosary website under “Forms and Other Downloads.”
The Magazine Drive is the second largest school fundraiser and has enjoyed tremendous success because of our dedicated families - that’s you! This year we need everyone to get on GATOR MODE by showing their school spirit and selling those magazines to achieve our goal of $128,000. Look for catalogs to come home with your child the first week of school. However, if you just can’t wait to start selling, visit the Magazine Drive website and start ordering! Thank you for supporting the Holy Rosary Magazine Drive!
Please see the enclosed flyer about Westfest.
Please join us for the 13th Annual Holy Rosary Golf Tournament to benefit the Father James Mallahan Endowment Fund on September 6th, 2014. We will have a great day of golf at the West Seattle Municipal Golf Course. The event will include a 4-person scramble, lunch and awards reception following the golf. Register as a Foursome or register as a single, and we will match you up with other parishioners. You can now register online. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HolyRosaryGolf.
Also, you can help make this year even better. Do you own a local business or have a friend who owns a local business? We are looking to add to our list of sponsors and need your help. This is a great opportunity to drive exposure of your business to the Holy Rosary community. Sponsor a hole or donate items for the raffle. Every little bit helps. If interested, please .
Links & Downloads
- Field Trip Driver (PDF)
- Milk Order Form (PDF)
- Oral Medication/ Prescription Form (PDF)
- Safe Environment Link
- WestFest Flyer (PDF)
- 2014 WestFest T-Shirt Order Form (PDF)
- BASE Forms 2014-15
- BASE Calendar, September 2014 (Excel File)
- BASE Calendar, September 2014 (PDF)
- 2014-15 BASE Fee Schedule (PDF)
- 2014-15 BASE Registration Form (PDF)
- 2014-15 BASE Contract Form (PDF)
- 2014-15 BASE Medical Form (PDF)
- 2014-15 School Calendar (PDF)
- 2014 Blue Plate Letter (PDF)
- How to Purchase School Lunches Online (PDF)
- Blue Plate Online Order Form (link)
Note: For other school forms and downloads, please check the Forms and Downloads page .