Although it is still Lent, the HRA family has been doing an awful lot of feasting! The week began with a beautiful procession and delicious luncheon in honor of the feast of St. Joseph. Mrs. Marie-Louise Schirda researched, distributed the novena to the students, set up the beautiful altar, coordinated the blessing from Fr. Augustine Highlander O.P., coordinated the distribution of St. Joseph cards for the elementary school students, and solicited lasagna lunch from her sister, Mrs. Nicole Syren. With the wonderful participation of the students who brought desserts, this event was a highlight of the week and an event the students and faculty alike plan to make a tradition. Thank you to all involved.
Monday, March 26 we will follow up with another celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation. Marian medals will be distributed to the elementary school by the 7th graders. The upper school will enjoy waffle cookies made by mother, Mrs. Tami Tobia. The day will be coordinated by teacher, Miss Syren. Two feasts in a week. What a lovely break from Lent.
Speaking of Lent, thank you to the junior high girls for supplying the meatless Friday soup and for Mrs. Tappel for supplementing.
The First and Second grade classes were treated to a wonderful Acadian/Nova Scotian singing and dancing group called the Grande Derangement. I helped escort the students to the Performing Arts Plaza where they behaved very well and tapped their feet and clapped their hands to an incredible show.
I represented Holy Rosary Academy at a Catholic Rally this past Friday in which I was asked to be one of three speakers alerting Christians of the danger to religious freedom President Obama’s HHS Mandate and the local Proposition 5 anti-discriminatory additions of the terms “sexual orientation” and “trans-gender identity” pose to our society. Both of these federal and local laws seek to preclude the ability of anyone who has moral reservations about providing access to birth control or moral reservations of sexual intimacy outside the bounds of marriage to respectfully disagree and choose freedom of conscience instead. Both the mandate and the proposition are certain to end up being discriminatory towards Christians. The high school students and faculty joined me at this rally in town square. It was a privilege to introduce the students to the political process and the ability that we still enjoy in this country: free speech. While we know that we must treat our fellow man with dignity and true charity, the proposal to force us to sanction immoral activity is NOT a requirement of a Christian. Thus, there is no need for this proposition. It only seeks to stranglehold Christians who long to live and raise their children in a virtuous environment. Archbishop Schweitz has published a letter to this end that you may want to log on to the Archdiocesan website and read.
The junior high drama class presented Shakespeare monologues at the end of the day on Friday. The students revealed genuine talent and entertained the students from the 3rd grade through high school. Some parents joined us as well.
The Indoor Soccer team continues to perform at top level. This past Friday they won two out of their three games. Consider coming to watch them at the Lumen Christi gym March 30th from 4-7. We are proud of you HRA Knights!
Congratulations to the senior girls who put on another fantastic school dance this past Friday. The fifties theme and the hanging records were a hit! The students came in decade costumes. The poodle skirts especially suited the dance. The swing dancing was the most exciting to watch! Bravo seniors Margarita Drews, Ashlee Rapoza, and Michelle Tobia.
On of our part-time students, Michael Wise distinguished himself by significant cross country skiing awards at the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Canada. Michael is teacher, Miss Syren’s nephew and attends Miss Tappel’s Chemistry class. He placed 8th in the 5K freestyle, 5th in the 750 meter Classic Style sprint, the 7.5 K race where he placed 6th and a first place medal in the 3-man relay event! Bravo, Michael. We are proud of you!
Congratulations to eighth grader, Arianna Fouch, who will be the alternate winner of a $500.00 scholarship from the Catholic Daughters of America if the winner of the competition does not decide to attend a Catholic school. We are so proud of your efforts, Arianna.
Cierra Houchins, Class of 2010, is studying at the University of Dallas as a Pastoral Ministries major has been recognized as an RA (resident assistant) for her junior year. This will cover her room and board. Congratulations, Cierra. You continue to make HRA proud to have you as a graduate!
Finally, I would like to make a general plea to our parents who are receiving the discount tuition. Many of you have not yet taken care of your Centurion Project obligations. Please bring in addresses for us so that we can send a pre-written letter from Mr. Fleming or your own letter as soon as possible. Miss DiCiero stands poised to type up envelopes and take care of the whole process. We are still $18,000.00 away from our goal for this annual appeal. Please know that these addresses will only be used once a year. We do not intend to hound your relatives and friends throughout the year. These fundraising operations allow the school to keep the tuition the lowest we can. This year our tuition will stay the same for the third year in a row! Please help us make this annual appeal a success!
HOUSE FLOOR Vote on School Choice bill HJR 16. PLEASE write or call your congressman in order to urge him or her to vote yest on this bill. Mr. Fink has been working tirelessly to try to make your costs for private education go down. Please help him at this all important moment! I went online and emailed my congressmen and it took me under fifteen minutes. Please take advantage of this opportunity for school choice! The vote will be this Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Please send out your note today.
- Please turn in your re-enrollment packets to secure a place for your child(ren) next year
- The school has twenty free dress-rehearsal tickets for The Sound of Music performance this Thursday evening at the PAC. HRA students, Michael Tappel and Joseph Syren are participants in the opera and we can’t wait to support them.
- There will be a memorial liturgy for the repose of the soul of Jason Vrabel (son of former HRA teacher, Steven Vrabel) at St. Nicholas of Myra parish on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 P.M.
- April 3, all school mass in St. Dominic’s. Parents are welcome.
- April 3, priests’ luncheon (students entertaining)
- Easter vacation from April 5 – April 15. School resumes on April 16th
- hand towel rack needs to be fixed to the high school girls’ bathroom
- ice chipping to avoid flooding on the campus
- anyone with a sump pump to help us avoid flooding would help
- someone to iron or bring in a steamer to de-wrinkle the curtains in St. Dominic’s