Dear Holy Rosary Academy Family and Friends,
Thank you to all the faculty, parents, and students who helped to make this school week such a success. With the help of our Blessed Mother and the leadership of parent volunteers Karin Owens, Roberta Zipay, and Cynthia Geiermann, we were able to host two wonderful events at the HRA campus: Open House and Greek and Roman Festival. Both were a huge success thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm and joie de vivre of the student body and the hard work and great kindness of all the faculty and parents who supported both events.
The Open House was full from 6-9 P.M. on Tuesday, April 24th! The students cleaned the school from top to bottom (cheerfully no less!) and then stayed for the evening proudly showing the new families their campus. I had the chance to meet with each family and field questions. Please encourage any family you think interested to stop in any time to see the school in action and meet with me. Thank you most especially to mother, Mrs. Roberta Zipay who worked tirelessly to help me prepare throughout the day and evening.
The Greek and Roman Festival was a wonderful all day event of shows and games and delicious food. Mother, Cynthia Geiermann, and volunteer new parents, Mr. Brandon Williams and his wife Ana, as well as Mrs. Roberta Zipay worked tirelessly to arrange and keep the tables filled with food.
The plays were a joy to behold. To watch the first and second grade mice as well as a fierce lion leap around the stage was nothing short of wonderful. The fifth grade represented Aesop’s Fables well and the upper school put on some superb translations for the life of Helen Keller, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” and Hans Christian Anderson’s famous parable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The Latin II class surprised us all with a never before seen excerpt (parody) of a portion of the Trojan War that Homer never included. It was a truly creative and funny and well acted parody! The 7th and 8th graders wowed us with Elektra, a story of the importance of piety. Thank you especially to Mr. John Tobia for providing us with microphones enough to be able to hear all the acting easily. Mr. Tobia, you have added so much to the quality of our performances. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The games, too, were such fun and allowed the students to go from room to room and outdoors to participate. The kindergarten decathlon events were a hit! The third and fourth grade gladiatorial show was so much fun because the audience could participate! The sixth grade Certamen (Latin Quiz Bowl) was delightfully challenging for all who participated. The Bingo Mythology run by the fabulous senior girls helped to supplement the students’ knowledge of the Greek gods. Finally, the hit of the whole day was the labyrinth made by the Greek I class. The students were able to find their way through the labyrinth with a lantern or in the dark only to be greeted by the Minotaur at the end! Even I ventured into the winding labyrinth in the dark and found myself at a dead end over and over. The Minotaur, however, was kind and gentle to me when I finally made it and let me find my way back out. Bravo to the creativity of all the students and faculty. We are so glad that homeschooling families joined us. Come one and all to enjoy the wonderful festivities again next year.
May 1, 2012 – Re-enrollment papers and $250.00 deposit due. Parent association fees of $50.00 per child expected as well. We look forward to your child’s return for the 2012-13 year!
May Day is upon us and I wanted to be sure to invite all those who wish to join us for the May Crowning on May 1, 2012 at 2 P.M. in the courtyard of the campus. The students will come together to honor the Mother of God and our spiritual Mother. The students have been practicing Marian songs and will honor her with flowers and the rosary. It is always a lovely event. All parents and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The second through ninth graders will be taking their third Scantron test of the year to measure their academic progress. Most students will only be testing one hour of the day. Please be sure the students have a good breakfast and lunch this week and encourage them to be well rested.
Don’t forget to sign up online for the Charity walk coming up this Friday, May 4. Be sure to designate the entrance fee of $35.00 for adults and $20.00 for children to HRA. It is a fun walk downtown with loads of prizes and good food along the way. The more HRA parents and students sign up, the more money we receive back. This is the main Parent Association fundraiser to help defray the cost of supply materials for next year. It is always a wonderful way for HRA families to have a lovely evening of camaraderie!
The graduation of our four seniors (Margarita Drews, Sean Nalty, Ashlee Rapoza, and Michelle Tobia) will be an on-campus event this year. Typically, we have had graduation the Saturday after the last day of school. This year, we want to include the whole student body in this joyful event. The seniors will be inviting their close family and friends to join the faculty for a baccalaureate mass on May 15, 2012 in the chapel presided over by Archbishop Roger Schweitz and an intimate evening of light dinner fare and special accolades. The following day, May 16, 2012, will include the whole student body in an all-school mass in St. Dominic’s Hall at 1:30 P.M. followed by awards and graduation at 2:30 P.M. All HRA family and friends are welcome to join us. Dismissal will remain at 3:10 P.M. but there will be cake in the Kolbe Building for the student body to rejoice with the seniors and offer their congratulations.
Finally, great thanks go to Mr. Jason Fouch who re-purposed and built new pews for the chapel. I know that the students who have been kneeling on the ground are most grateful. May you be abundantly blessed for your work for our chapel, Mr. Fouch!
Again, I reiterate to you dear HRA parents what wonderful children you have raised. I have never been more pleased or proud of the students of HRA than I was this week.
Have a blessed week.