Dear Holy Rosary Academy Families and Friends,
On behalf of my faculty and staff, I would like to wish you all every blessing for a happy, healthy, and holy 2012.
Before I move on to the news of the New Year, I would like to say a few words about the delights of December. First of all, may I once again applaud the outstanding efforts of Mrs. Furby, Miss Danielle DiCiero and the high school drama students who put on an unforgettable performance of Twelfth Night. The following week, the entire school treated the Holy Rosary Academy family to a most prayerful and beautiful Festival of Lessons and Carols. The acoustics at Our Lady of Guadalupe served to highlight the students’ voices trained so well by the elementary music teacher, Mrs. Frania Lonskaia, and the high school choir director, Miss Katy Tappel. Finally, I thank the wonderful parents who provided delicious brunch foods so that the entire student body could enjoy Christmas cheer on the last day of school. Special thanks go to our wonderfully supportive mothers, Wendy Fuller, Lisa Cookson, Kelli Emili, and Kathy Tappel who helped set up, serve, and clean-up the event. Thanks also to the high school students who decorated and served the elementary students before eating themselves. I especially thank Santa Claus for joining us and dispensing wisdom and candy canes to the students.
We have been back in school for a week and it is truly a joy to see the students and faculty fall back into a steady and harmonious buzz of activity and learning. Despite the absence of four of our teachers (Mr. and Mrs. Shaut working on their adoption in Nicaragua), (Mr. Verdun nursing his wife back to health), (Mr. Carpenter at a wedding in California) the students converged and enthusiastically launched into their studies. Our generous and well-qualified substitutes stepped in an taught as if they had been here for years. Thank you to our former first grade teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Linnear, who took on the kindergarten and to another former outstanding teacher, Mrs. Lisa Williams, who has guided the fifth grade through a wonderful week. Thanks also to Learning Lab tutor, Miss Beth Ryan, who taught the kindergarten for two days and to Mr. Bert Hoak (former teacher in the junior high) who regales the fifth grade with great stories in the afternoons. Yours truly had the privilege of teaching the Latin II, Religion 8, and Moral Theology classes in Mr. Verdun’s stead this week as well. The students have only one more week to enjoy these substitute teachers before we welcome our full and part-time teachers back. Please keep the Shauts in your prayers that Our Lady will help them advance their cause for adoption.
It is with much sadness that I share the news of staff and students who have moved on from the HRA family. The most noticeable absence is that of our beloved Miss DeLana Acton. Miss Acton has returned home to care for her mother. I know how many of you love and appreciate Miss Acton for her great kindnesses and sacrifices for the school. She will be terribly missed. HRA also bids a fond farewell to the Jeffers family who are returning to their home in Australia. Whenever anyone leaves the Holy Rosary Academy family, however, they never leave our hearts and ALWAYS remain in our prayers.
Our Lady has found us a new kind and cheerful face at the school in the person of Miss Danielle DiCiero. She will be in the Front Office to greet and assist you. Miss DiCiero, long- time friend of the Klump family and volunteer drama teacher at HRA last semester, went to East High School and then graduated from Bryn Mawr College in English Literature last June. It is a privilege to welcome her to the campus. Please come in and introduce yourself to her as soon as you can. She aspires to be a teacher and has already stepped in to assist with the American Seminar class as it is one of her specialties. The school is most fortunate to have her help this semester. The school is also pleased to welcome Casey Painter and Rilee Geiermann back to HRA after a “semester abroad” studying in Hawaii. The school is whole again with their return!
Report Cards have been sent out to the high school parents. Parents should receive the report cards in the mail by Monday. Elementary School parents should have received their report cards hand delivered from their children. The only exception is the kindergarten students who will receive their report cards after Mrs. Shaut returns January 15th. I have never been more proud or pleased with our students progress. The grades were truly exceptional this semester. The students continue to amaze me with their steadiness and resolve to succeed. Congratulations to the parents who do so much to assist us in their children’s academic success. Bravo one and all!
As we begin a new week, here are a few reminders:
1) Be sure to consult the website calendar frequently for updates, events, times, and descriptions of events.
2) Make sure that your children have plenty of sleep and good breakfasts in preparation for their second round of Scantron testing next week. Grades 2-9 will be testing.
3) If you intend to take your child out for trips or other emergencies, please ask your child to approach his/her teacher a week in advance to ask for assignments. A call to the front office does not suffice as the teacher often needs to explain to the student the assignments he or she has given. You may call to inform the office, but please have your child see each and every teacher for the homework. Missing a week or more of classes can be detrimental to the student’s grades. There is nothing that can substitute for being in the classroom to hear the discussions. The school does understand that sometimes these trips cannot be avoided. Most teachers will post homework on ENGRADE to help the parents.
4) All uniforms are on sale for half price for the next two weeks. Please contact Miss Neumayr if you wish to go “shopping” in our uniform store. Remember that the Dennis Uniform store on our website can supply all of your needs for the school uniform as well.
5) Mr. Verdun will not be available to meet with parents to discuss tuition concerns until January 16th. If you have questions regarding what you owe, please set up an appointment after his return. Thank you for your patience.
Have a wonderful week. I look forward to our next chat.
Miss Catherine Neumayr