Dear HRA family and friends,
It is with great joy that I wish you a wonderful upcoming year. 2013 has begun in grand fashion here at Holy Rosary Academy. The students returned rested and ready for a busy week of classes. The faculty returned refreshed and renewed. As I walked through the halls on Monday morning, I was delighted to hear the classrooms buzzing with excitement and the teachers deep into instruction. The whole week proceeded in the same manner. I thank all of the faculty, staff, students, and parents for making the first few days of 2013 so fruitful.
I would be remiss if I did not send out a huge thank you to all those wonderful parents who made the last few days of first semester so blessed!!!! Thank you to Parent Association President, Karin Owens for doing all the shopping and listing of items needed for the Advent Brunch. Thank you to lead organizer and Parent Association Vice President, Lisa Cookson and for heading up the Advent Brunch and for making it all run so smoothly. Thanks to all the wonderful parents and grandparents who came to make it so fun. Finally, thank you to my junior and senior high school for serving the elementary classes and singing for them. What a joyful annual tradition! Thank you to the Sanchez, Yabyabin, Goorchenko, Harkley, Reiman, and Tappel families for your particular help.
I also want to thank Mr. Barry Yabyabin and his wife for heading up a lovely Christmas dinner for the faculty and Board of Trustees of the school. At 3:30 P.M. on the last day of school, Mr. Yabyabin put on a delicious dinner replete with authentic Filipino dishes prepared by many of our wonderful HRA families. The faculty was touched by the delicious meal and the care and love from Mr. Yabyabin and the Filipino families who support Holy Rosary Academy with their time, treasure, and talent!
Over the break, the school’s second major fundraiser, the RAFFLE, was completed. We are delighted to report that we made $35,000.00 and met our goal for this year. Business Manager, Miss Shanstrom, has written a brief report below for you to enjoy:
HRA’s 2012 Raffle took place on December 27th amid fresh Christmas spirit and scenic snowfall. Many thanks to all who were present including indefatigable Board of Trustee members, Gena and Joseph Columbus and Tim Geiermann, who guided me through the ropes of this annual fundraiser.
As Providence would have it, the winners were all especially grace-filled members of our Anchorage community; all three plan to pass on their winnings to do further good for the community.
- Nancy Mayer, who identified herself as a neighbor of HRA’s first question after being informed about her $100 prize was, “Tell me a little about Holy Rosary Academy.” After a brief introduction to the school and its mission, Nancy Mayer, asserted confidently that she wished to make a $100 donation of her prize to Holy Rosary Academy. What charity from a stranger!
- When Mr. Rogelia Isaguirre came in to receive his Second Prize check for $1000, he had tears in his eyes as he explained that he was the Filipino/Gospel Choir Leader at St. Anthony Parish and that he planned to benefit a number of charities and individuals with his good fortune. How blessed!
- When Mr. Jemmings answered the call from HRA, Marisa Shanstrom suggested that he might want to sit down as she informed him that his family had won the Grand Prize of $10,000! He was delightedly speechless for a moment as the good news registered. True to Jemmings form, the first thing he thought of was to be thankful that the winnings would cover the tuition balance for Anna – who sold a good number of the family’s tickets — and his son, who would begin as a part-time student at HRA in January. It’s hard to imagine a more deserving family to be given such blessings!
Our most sincere appreciation goes out to ALL THE HOLY ROSARY ACADEMY FAMILIES who sold tickets and otherwise contributed to the success of the Raffle. We are pleased to say that the participation of HRA families was outstanding! Special thanks also to our special benefactors, the Knights of Columbus Council No. 12492 of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, who sold 167 tickets! You are all WINNERS in our book and our prayers are that the Lord may bless you and your families abundantly in 2013 and always for your generosity!
Another exciting event of the Christmas holiday was the announcement of the engagement between two of our alumni, Mara Biegel and Michael El-Khoury, both from the class of 2011. Mara is a sophomore at Thomas Aquinas College and Michael is a Marine heading for his first tour of duty. Congratulations to you both. Thanks for prudently planning to finish college first, Mara! We will pray for both of you!
It is a joy to welcome four new students to our campus this semester. Laura Stankewich joins the sixth grade. Samuel Jemmings joins the seventh grade. Siblings Max and Aubrey Hickel join the fifth and third grades. We are so pleased to have all of you join our dear school. May you have a smooth and enjoyable transition.
New Sinks for the Kolbe Bathrooms
A huge thank you goes to the Tobia family for donating four beautiful new sinks for the boys and girls’ bathrooms in the Kolbe Building. After years of staring at stained basins, the elementary school now enjoys new basins installed by another great benefactor of the school, Mr. Jon Pope. Thank you both so very much for this much needed addition to the ongoing school beautification process!
School Bus Improvements
New student, Laura Stankewich’s father has already made substantial improvements to our white bus. He has improved the exterior lighting, replaced bulbs, and figured out how to improve the heating system in the bus. The athletes won’t know what to think of their new luxury liner! Thanks for this work and for the snow melt and landscaping you have already begun Mr. Stankewich! Welcome aboard!
Senior, Marisa Ramos, received word that she has been accepted to Christendom College in Virginia. Well done, Marisa!
Thank you to all those who ordered Christmas items by going through our Escrip button. Simply log onto our website and click on the Escrip button and you may order from Amazon and other services through Escrip with no extra charge. This is a painless but helpful source of income for the school.
- Kindergartner, Nicholas Reiman, will be baptized on campus by our chaplain, Fr. Anthony Patalano. Parents and HRA friends are welcome to join us Thursday, January 17th at 10:10 A.M. in St. Dominic’s Hall for this wonderful event!
- The high school drama class presents THE TAMING OF THE SHREW this weekend. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for students. Shows are Friday and Saturday night at 7 P.M at Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Lunney Center. If you want to enjoy Supper Theater on Saturday, you may come at 6 P.M. for a four-course meal. Charge is $25.00 and all proceeds go to support the HRA drama program. Thank you to Mrs. Erin Furby and Miss Danielle DiCiero for their excellent direction and patience.
- The Junior High Indoor Volleyball Team has begun practice. Thank you to coaches, Karina Biegel, Jessica Smith, Sang Nguyen, and Monica Klump for helping out. As always, thank you to Maureen Klump for organizing the practices and games! Check the online calendar for upcoming games. Go Knights!
- Miss Neumayr has nearly completed all of the online calendar updates through May. If you need to coordinate your own calendars, do not hesitate to look online. I have added all but the special schedule Friday afternoons for the upper school. Graduation events and times have been worked out for all parents who might be inviting guests for that week. The online calendar is dynamic. It is your most reliable source of information. We did send home a hard copy of the January calendar of events last week. Extras can be found in the office.
- On Saturday, January 19th at 1:45, the Knights of Columbus is hosting a Prayer Service at the Anchorage cemetery downtown (off Cordova and 6th) to pray for an end to abortion and to pray for the 56 million babies killed. Please join Archbishop Schwietz and the pro-life community for this event in response to the Roe v. Wade anniversary on January 22nd. The atrocity of abortion continues to perpetuate great evil in this country. Our prayers and sacrifices are more important than ever! May we work feverishly to protect the unborn as Joseph sought to protect the baby Jesus from the menacing blade of Herod. The Blood of the Innocents continues to be shed.
Have a blessed week. Pray for mothers and their unborn children. Drive carefully. Enjoy the warmth while we have it.
Happy Neu Mayr 2013!
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal