Dear Holy Rosary Academy family and friends,
Forgive my tardy weekly blog! I wanted to be able to report the success of the auction as well as to say thank you to all the many donors who came out to support us this weekend. I am honored to share that we have had our most successful auction to date. The first annual Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Pledge Drive garnered an unprecedented amount!!!! I look forward to sharing more details of our total earnings with you in next week’s blog. In the meantime, please allow me to thank my faculty, staff, chairwomen (Jacki Rose, Ann Neavill, Pam Esbenshade-Bjelland, Rosa Salazar, and Krissy Johannes – Board representative), and high school students for putting on such a beautiful and enjoyable annual auction. SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR – October 19, 2013 at the Marriot’s Hotel in downtown Anchorage!
Last week was a whirlwind, but I’d like to catch you up! The junior high basketball team went out to Birchwood and won one game and lost the second. Just today, they played Lumen Christi again and defeated them 13-12. The Knights now have a 4-1 winning record. BRAVO! The volleyball team also competed in a tournament last weekend. Though they failed to reach the championships, they are a hard-working power seven group of girls. I am proud to have them represent Holy Rosary Academy. They play with heart and love for the game. Thank you, Rilee Geiermann, Karina Ramos, Anne-Marie Droege, Monica Klump, Arianna Fouch, Sarah Lucas, and Karina Biegel. A special thank you goes to sophomore, Sang Nguyen for helping practice with the team!
Congratulations go to Arianna Fouch and Michael Tappel who placed in a state singing competition two Saturdays ago. Arianna beat out 18 girls to place 3rd in the high school competition. She is only a freshman and will have three more years to take that top prize. If you heard her voice beginning the National Anthem at the school auction this past Saturday, you would know how truly beautiful her voice really is. Senior, Michael Tappel, who won the high school competition last year, was required to compete in the college competition as a result. He finished in second place edging out his own incredibly talented college-age sister, who took third. Both students received scholarship money for their wins. We are very proud of you both, Arianna and Michael!
The juniors and seniors attended the College Fair last Monday and had a wonderful opportunity to talk to counselors and learn about the many college possibilities that await them!
We have happy baby news. Miss Catherine Annabella Reiman came into the world safely. Her big brother, kindergartner, Nicholas Reiman, is delighted that she has finally come. Parents and baby graced us at the auction for Catherine’s first big event since coming out of the womb. Congratulations Reiman family! You know that I approve of her name!
Some mysterious autumnal, orange carnations were secretly delivered to my office last week. I want to thank the anonymous donor and say that they are still flourishing in my office and bringing me much joy!
Thank you to all the parents and students who attended the upper school Don Rags and the parent conferences at the elementary level. The teachers and I are so grateful for this time to make commendations and recommendations to the students. This year the teachers have commented with excitement that the students are doing so well. Across the board, in all grades, the students are working and achieving the highest grades we have had here at Holy Rosary Academy. This is directly due to the tremendous support you parents afford them at home, the love and support of the faculty, and the drive and work ethic of our students this year. Keep it up, scholars!
Thank you to the seventh grade who provided a delicious lunch a week ago for the upper school in honor of St. Kateri, our first Native saint, and the other thirteen saints canonized on October 21st by Pope Benedict XVI. It was a wonderful meal. Thank you to the parents for your delicious offerings and to Miss Syren for coordinating this great feast.
Congratulations to senior, Michael Tappel for scoring a perfect 2400 on the SAT! We are so very proud of you! Special commendation goes to senior, Jamie Cookson, who improved her score by 180 points on her second attempt. There are great choices for college in store for both of you. You are to be commended for your work ethic in preparing for this important test.
Finally, thank you to the kindergartners, Mrs. Shaut and the Sanchez family for painting four beautiful season paintings and Mrs. Yabiyabin for giving endless hours to make the background so stunning for the auction. Thank you to the first and second graders, Miss Verreux and Mrs. Koop for making the gorgeous polar bear quilt. Thank you to the third and fourth graders for making such a unique and fun turkey platter with the help of Miss Theis and Mrs. Pearce. Thank you to Mrs. Pearce and the fifth and sixth graders for making the gingerbread platters that were so appealing. Thank you to Miss Syren, Mr. Painter and the junior high for converting an ordinary table into a chess table and for making the many rosaries that graced the auction. Finally, thank you to Mr. Welsh and Mrs. Furby for helping the high school assemble gorgeous, handmade ornaments for a Christmas Bundle they offered to the auction. All of the students and staff’s hard work garnered us much more money than we ever could have imagined. What a privilege it was for our donors to bid on your items. May all the students, faculty, and parents who helped with these auction items be abundantly blessed.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
- Picture retakes have been cancelled. Lifetouch will return on November 12th for retakes and class pictures.
- All school mass on Tuesday in St. Dominic’s. Parents are welcome.
- Wednesday the Archbishop will come to bless the classrooms with saint names from 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.
- All Saints Day Festival, Wednesday from 1-3 P.M. in St. Dominic’s. Come to watch your child perform. Parents, relatives, and friends are welcome.
- Thursday – No School so that all families who so desire may attend All Saints Day mass together. Have a blessed day of rest.
- Friday – First Friday adoration will be offered to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. There will be adoration in our chapel from 1-2 P.M. for the elementary and from 2-3 P.M. for the high school. Fr. Barrand and Fr. Highlander will offer confession during adoration. Parents are welcome to join us.
- The Junior High and High School will go to the local cemetery to visit the dead and pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. As it is cold, students are asked to bring plenty of warm clothes (layers), hats, coats, and gloves. The students will only remain out in the cold for fifteen minutes. The teachers will take them in the school buses.