Dear HRA Families and Friends,
As I sit in my office and rain drops come down dragging the leaves with them, I sense the imminent onset of winter. Though the impending cold makes me shudder, the excitement of the first snowfall that sticks fills me with anticipation! Thank you to the Tobias for mowing the lawn and all the winterizing efforts this past week. We are so grateful for you! Thanks also to Mr. Thompson for his final touches on the fence fortification and beautification this week.
So also, the excitement of some wonderful upcoming events fill me with eagerness. Tomorrow, the whole school will enjoy a Living Rosary for our school’s special feast: The Feast of the Holy Rosary. Fr. Augustine will join us to lead the students in prayer. The students will lead the Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Bes and the whole campus will honor Our Lady and her Son. All parents, family members, and friends are welcome to join us!
I am also anticipating our upcoming school auction. It is our largest fundraiser of the year and truly a Catholic love fest in the sense that it brings so many old and new friends connected to Holy Rosary Academy together for a beautiful evening filled with the richness of fine company, good food, gorgeous gifts, and true charity. Please consider joining us for this memorable evening as we still have tables available. Call up dear friends and invite them to join us! Now is the time to contact the front office at 276-5822 to have us hold a place for you. Many thanks go to Jacki Rose, Ann Neavill, Krissy Johannes, Pamela Bjelland, Rosa Salazar-Sanchez, Gena Columbus, and Danielle DiCiero for all their hard work behind the scenes as our Auction Committee. I am fortunate to have the best team in town working for the good of the school! I thank all the parents who are also taking care of their auction obligations by helping out this great event in so many ways.
At the Monday Assembly this week, we all had a chance to acknowledge the excellent play from the Varsity Soccer Team. They took Second Place in their tournament in Kenai! Four of our players received special recognition on the All Tournament Team. Juniors, Victoria Zipay and Lee Cookson were named to the team and freshman, Mary Tappel, and senior, Justin Klump, stunned us all by being named Female and Male MVP’s of the whole tournament! These awards were voted on by all the coaches at the tournament; it was a testament to the unwavering hard work our students reflected on the soccer field throughout the tournament. Congratulations to these players and the whole team for playing with guts and perseverance. I had the privilege of traveling down to Kenai last Saturday to watch this super team dominate their opponents until the championship game. Even in that loss to Cook Inlet Academy, the Knights never gave up. Goal Keeper, Jacob Owens, made spectacular save after save to try to keep the Knights in the game. A huge thank you goes to Mrs. Klump and the two coaches, Robbie Cookson and Patrick Klump, who guided these students to excellence on and off the field. Archbishop Schwietz was so proud of their accomplishments that he sent his secretary to the campus to pick up the second place trophy so that he could display it in his office for the week. Bravo Knights! We are so proud of you!
This seventh week of HRA went by in another whirlwind. Tuesday, Lifetouch pictures came and took class and individual photos. The students looked wonderful in their pressed and cleaned uniforms with their combed hair and beautiful smiles. Once again, the Lifetouch team was so impressed with the good behavior they enjoyed while working. The HRA students handled themselves maturely and well! The Lifetouch team will return on November 5th to do any retakes that might be necessary.
Classes went well this week. Mr. Thompson, grandfather to kindergartner, Blaise Thompson, came in and showed the 18 kindergartners how a volcano erupts. Needless to say, they were delighted. At the upper school level, teacher, Mr. John Haggard, had his medieval seminar students run a campaign to elect Beowulf, the pagan king, for president. It was a fun assignment and had all of his students enjoying the political posturing of their classmates! Thank you to all the teachers for making studies enjoyable for their students!
The students are eagerly working on their auction items for our fundraiser. It was such fun to walk around and see the fruits of their labor come to life before me! You parents and all the attendees of the auction are in for a treat! Thank you to the teachers and volunteer parents for coordinating the activities and to the students for doing all that you can to contribute to the fundraiser being thrown on your behalf!
Bravo to HRA students Jacob Owens, Karina Biegel, Thomas Biegel, and alumni, Reagan Biegel for helping to serve at an American Legion event this weekend. The students received a generous donation from the American Legion for their hard work; the money will go towards the senior coffers for the school prom at the end of the year. Thank you to these fine students for their efforts!
I was also proud of all the juniors and two sophomores who gave up their Saturday afternoon to attend the PSAT workshop put on by Mr. Welsh and me this weekend. The students gave it their all and learned a great deal. We look forward to offering them more practice on Friday, October 11th from 6-9 P.M. Thank you to Mr. Welsh for sacrificing part of his weekend to help the students prepare for college!
A special thank you goes out to eight HRA students who went to sing in the Holy Family Cathedral choir this Sunday as the parish celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary. These students wore their uniform and represented the school beautifully. Thank you to our choir director, Mrs. Colleen Carter-Duncan for inviting the students to join her husband’s choir.
I joined Miss Verreux, Mrs. Shaut, and Mr. Shaut who attended the baptism of all five of the Manuel sisters at their baptism at Holy Cross Parish this Sunday. Second grader, Amarisa, and kindergartner, Belicia, were so excited and happy to receive their first Sacrament. Be sure to enjoy the beautiful smell of chrism anointed on their foreheads at the school assembly. Congratulations to you, Amarisa, Belicia, and all your sisters! Thanks for including us teachers in this very special day!
- Living Rosary on Monday at 8:15 in St. Dominic’s to celebrate our School Feast Day! All are welcome.
- The Upper school will work on their auction items during Activities Period as Mrs. Pearce will be gone for P.E.
- Tuesday, Fr. Patrick Brosamer, our newest ordained priest of the diocese, will offer mass in our school chapel for the elementary grades K-6 at 2:15. All are welcome.
- Auction items/donations are due by October 10th. Please come in and sign up for seats for the event in the office if you are able to attend. Space is still available and we are hoping to have a full room!
- Yukon Fire Inspection will check all of our alarms and extinguishers on Tuesday to keep us up to fire safety code.
- Upper School Mass for grades 7-12 will take place in our Blessed John Paul II Chapel this Thursday at 10:15 A.M. All are welcome.
- The upper school has a Joseph schedule (periods 4,5,6) on Friday and will go to community service in the afternoon.
- Forty Days for Life is going on. Consider going down to Lake Otis to hold up a sign and remind the people of Anchorage that all life is sacred. The event is each day from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.
Have a blessed week.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal