Dear Holy Rosary Academy parents and relatives, faculty, staff, students, and supporters of HRA,
I send you greetings from the little brown school on Fireweed Lane. Since our return from the Thanksgiving holiday, the school has been a whirlwind of activity. In the midst of their studies and review sessions for exams, the students have been eagerly preparing for our two performances dedicated to the arts: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night put on by the high school drama elective class and our first ever Festival of Lessons and Carols put on by the entire school, K-12. Though hectic, this time of year enriches the students and edifies their audience as they share their God-given talents to produce something truly beautiful. As I remind the students, they give honor and glory to God and to their parents when they perform and sing.
Please plan to join the Holy Rosary Academy Choir on December 14, 2011 at 7 P.M. for a wonderful Advent celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. All are welcome. Parents are asked to drop their children off at 6 P.M. High School parents be reassured that the school has built in teacher- directed review time on the days leading up to and even the day of the exams; we know that we are asking students to come out on a school night before exams. We will avoid scheduling this event during exam week in the future.
The High School is currently performing Twelfth Night. Tonight, December 9th, marks the end of their run of a very successful play. The outstanding directing of Drama teacher, Mrs. Erin Furby and her assistant, Miss Danielle DiCiero inspired the students to memorize and act out an unabridged, side-sidesplittingly funny version of this famous comedy. The last performance is this evening at 7 P.M. should anyone wish to attend. See the calendar on this website for details.
The Kolbe and Bosco Building have been decorated with Advent decorations for you to enjoy. Stop by and add a donated mitten, hat, or socks to our “Mitten Christmas Tree” in the Kolbe foyer this coming week. We look forward to donating all that we receive to Catholic Social Services. Every Monday a different grade presents a symbol for Advent and reads the O antiphon of the week to help the student body and faculty be ever mindful of the joy of expectation this Advent season holds.
Speaking of joy and expectation, HRA is so pleased to announce and welcome into the Holy Rosary Academy family two new bundles of joy: Miss Katherine Hildegard Owens (newly baptized December 8th) daughter of Parent Association Treasurer, Karin Owens and brother of sophomore Jacob Owns, and Miss Anna Maria Catherine Kinney born to our former sixth grade teacher, Monica Kinney. Joyful news also came across the country from Florida to tell us that our former teacher, Mario Bird, and his wife are expecting their third child. We keep these precious children in our prayers. Let us also keep Mr. and Mrs. Shaut, who are eagerly anticipating the adoption of two Nicaraguan children, in our prayers and ask Our Lady to strengthen and protect them as they venture soon to Central America to bring their children home.
The final week of school before Christmas vacation is quickly approaching. The elementary school will be completing some final testing and enjoying some special events during the week. The junior high and high school students will be taking final exams. On Friday, December 16, 2011, the whole school will enjoy an Advent Brunch. Please be sure to consult the list Miss Acton sent home by email and hard copy indicating the food and drinks each class is assigned. Parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer to help that day; share hours will be awarded.
Finally,I am so delighted that the website is up and running. Modifications to improve it are happening on a daily basis. Your commendations and recommendations help me very much. Keep them coming. I do hope that the calendar section of the website will prove an excellent means for you to keep up with all that is happening at HRA on a daily basis. On my part, I will try to keep the calendar up-to-date and informative. Know that when you click on the event, a page will scroll down to explain any special schedules or information that you would need to know. The school is very happy to keep you more informed by using this method.
My door is always open. Stop by and say hello.