Before talking about our wonderful seniors, Margarita Drews, Sean Nalty, Ashlee Rapoza, and Michelle Tobia, I must give you the week in review.
The prom, put on by the seniors, was the highlight of the year for the students! Margarita Drews and Michelle Tobia created a beautiful starry, starry, night evening at the Tanglewood Lakes Chalet in South Anchorage. Students danced the night away surrounded by our breathtakingly pristine mountain range. King and Queen, Michael Tappel and Margarita Drews danced an elegant waltz to “Moon River” and made all the faculty chaperones nostalgic for their own proms. The evening was filled with swing, waltzes, line dancing, laughter, and friendship. The night culminated with a huge student group hug around the beloved seniors. Michelle Tobia was almost squeezed to death! What a lovely evening. The faculty quietly voted the students Best Dresses and Suits Ever at an HRA prom among each other. The students embraced the modesty expectations and demonstrated how truly handsome and beautiful they can be.
The track team distinguished themselves at the State Tournament last weekend. They brought home three team trophies for overall performance:
- 3rd Place Elementary Boys
- 2nd Place Junior High Girls
- 3rd Place High School Girls
Individual Awards went to:
Sixth grader, Luke Mouracade, for setting the state small Christian school record in the mile and the discus!
Seventh grader, Mary Tappel for winning first in the mile!
Seventh grader, Brianna Bundick for winning first in the discus!
Seventh grader, Matthew Lastimoso for first place in the shot put!
Eighth grader, Sarah Lucas, for first place in the long jump!
Eight graders, Monica Klump and Sarah Lucas, and ninth graders, Samantha Kalarchik and Jessica Smith
for winning first place in the 4X100 relay!
Tenth grader, Justin Klump for winning first place in the 100 and third place in the 800 and the mile!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE TRACK TEAM AND FORGIVE ME IF I HAVE FORGOTTEN ANY WINNERS.
Special thanks go to Dr. John Mouracade for coaching the team and Mrs. Maureen Klump for coordinating practices, driving to games, and filling in as team mom.
On Tuesday of last week, junior, Reagan Biegel, was confirmed at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. We welcome you fully into the faith, Reagan, as you have completed your sacraments of initiation. We look forward to seeing the gifts and fruits from the graces you receive emerge in the year to come. God bless you on your spiritual path, Reagan!
Teacher Appreciation week has come and gone. The administrations gifted teachers with flowers and plants to garnish their rooms. Mrs. Emili and wonderful parent volunteers made another superb lunch with a cajun theme last Thursday. As always, the faculty felt spoiled by Mrs. Emili who hosted them and satiated by the delicious foods she strew before them. These appreciation lunches are truly special to the teachers who have a chance to sit down with each other and visit in a way their busy schedule rarely affords. We appreciate you so much teachers. You are selfless, loving examples to me and to the students.
The seniors finished their exams this week so that they can relax and greet their visiting guests as they prepare for graduation. Thank you to Beth Elliott for chaperoning them. Thank you to the seniors for putting your best foot forward and working so hard on these your “final” final exams. You are going to be missed!
The third and fourth graders went to the zoo this week with their teacher Miss Theis and none was eaten or left behind! Despite certainty that Jack Chennault would surely be adopted by one of the monkeys, he returned to us unscathed. The students were then treated to ice cream and pizza for being the top class to recruit parents for the Charity Walk. Bravo to you!
The week ended with some exciting filming done by HRA friend and former Entertainment Tonight camera operator and writer, Teresa Imlach who came to take footage of the school for a future commercial. The students were more than happy to stand before the camera and wax eloquent about the school. I can always count on HRA students to speak often and well. It was great fun. I look forward to sharing the results of this effort with you shortly.
The week finished with a note sent home with students to indicated what each class must bring for the final pot luck of the year. Meat will be cooked to perfection by our own fifth grade teacher, Richard Shaut. The lunch will begin immediately after the awards ceremony.
In case you missed it, here are the class items:
Kindergarten – fruits and vegetables
First/Second – chips
Third/Fourth – drinks
Fifth – drinks
Sixth – desserts
Seventh – salads/sides
Eighth – hot dog buns
Ninth – hamburger buns (1 dozen)
Tenth – large paper plates (at least 25 in a package)
Eleventh – cups (at least 25 in a package)
Of course, anyone who wants to help with the pot luck will receive share hours. Miss Neumayr is also looking for help on set up Tuesday. Any parent short on share hours is encouraged to contact Miss Neumayr for ideas this week.
This week is busy! The elementary school will be taking Core Knowledge testing to see what they have absorbed throughout the year. Be sure your child has a chance to enjoy plenty of sleep and a good breakfast. This goes for the junior and senior high students who have final exams on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Sleep and eat well!
The elementary does have a chance to escape on Tuesday when they will enjoy the annual Field Day over at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. Thanks to Executive Director, Mr. John Fleming, for hosting them! P.E. teacher, Mrs. Debra Pearce will challenge the students to some great physical competitions. Great fun will be had by all.
In the meantime,the upper school is anticipating the departure of their beloved seniors. Seniors and their families and friends will attend the first annual baccalaureate mass in the John Paul II on campus chapel. Our own Archbishop Schweitz will be presiding. The mass will be followed by a light dinner in the Kolbe Building and a brief program honoring the seniors. Due to the small size of the chapel, this part of the graduation is by invitation only.
Wednesday, May 16th, however, will be a day for the entire school to enjoy and celebrate graduation with the seniors at an all-school mass presided over by our chaplain, Fr. Anthony Patalano O.P. and concelebrated with Fr. Augustine Highlander O.P. and Fr. Licari (a friend of the Tobia family). All are welcome to join HRA in St. Dominic’s Hall on campus for the mass followed by the graduation. There will be a reception to follow. The mass is 1:30-2:30. The graduation is from 2:30 – 3:10. The reception begins immediately following in the Kolbe building. Come congratulate the seniors and wish them well.
Senior College Plans
- Margarita Drews will attend St. Benedict/St. John’s College in Minnesota on partial scholarship.
- Sean Nalty will return to APU (Alaska Pacific University) where he has already spent a year as an Early Honors student.
- Ashlee Rapoza hopes to pursue nursing at UAA or the culinary arts in Seward or in Anchorage.
- Michelle Tobia will attend Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas on a partial scholarship.
BRAVO to all of you, seniors, for pursuing your dreams and going out into the world as ambassadors of Holy Rosary Academy.
Thursday, May 17th the entire junior and senior high will take a bus to Sheep Lodge, the Matanuska Glacier viewing, and Sutton for fossil hunting. It is our annual trip and always serves to bond the students as they head out for summer. It is a day to relax after a week of final exams. The upper school faculty and me, your principal will be chaperones. Students are asked to pay $25.00 for the bus and lunch at Sheep Lodge to help defray cost from the school. Bring $10.00 for pizza dinner.
Friday, our last day of school, is filled with wonderful last memories of the school year. First the students will clean their lockers and their classrooms in the morning. Then, the students will enjoy a brief concert by the family friend of the Tobias, Fr. Licari. Following that will be the awards ceremony. Lunch will be served after the awards assembly and parents and students are encourage to head home for the summer by noon. Miss Neumayr will gladly accept help for share hours.
That evening all are welcome to attend the first annual Debate Cajun Dinner Fundraiser! This years proceeds go to flying the two top debaters of the school, Jamie Cookson and Diego Barros-Barnes, and their coaches Mr. Doug Stewart (national champion debater in college) and Mrs. Erin Furby who will spend time learning more about the forensics part of the competition so that she can train future speakers on the team. The event is only $25.00 and promises to be delicious. Doug and his wife, Brittany will be cooking up Cajun style. The event will be hosted at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Come one, come all! Students will be auctioning off themselves for summer manual labor. Feel free to put in a bid even if you do not plan to attend.
Final Reminders for the End of School
- Please complete tuition payments for the year.
- Re-enrollment papers are due and the $250.00 fee needs to be paid in order to secure a spot for next year. Please be sure to send those in this week so that the school may begin to make plans and budget for next year.
- The $250.00 Centurion fee will be assessed unless you have taken care of sending letters or plan to pay in person.
- Share Hours will be calculated and your status will be sent home on Tuesday. Please make arrangements to help Miss Neumayr in June or to pay $20.00 per hour to make up for any shortfall. I want to help you to finish your hours in any way I can.
- There are many pieces of the uniform that will be on sale for half price this summer. Stay posted for the details. In the meantime, remember that you will be ordering uniforms from the website this year (Dennis Uniforms). Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to order.
- Apparently Fred Meyers is selling all black sweat pants inexpensively for anyone growing fast or growing out of your current pair.
I look forward to visiting with so many of you this final week. It has truly been an exceptional year. The students have made my first year as principal a pure joy. Their true charity, modesty in dress and speech, faith, and desire to be holy edify and sustain me daily. Thank you, parents and friends, for all that you have done to raise such exemplary children!
God bless you,