Dear HRA Family and Friends,
Another lovely week has passed at Holy Rosary Academy. My remarks will be brief this week as I am eagerly preparing for the two day retreat our high school boys and girls will enjoy this coming Monday, November 19th. The Dominican Sisters of Nashville are coming to meet with our girls on Monday and our boys on Tuesday. We are privileged to share their time with the girls and boys of Lumen Christi. I look forward to sharing some of their wisdom as they present on The Year of Faith.
In the meantime, our boys basketball team continues to dominate their season. They won an incredibly fun and competitive game last Monday against Anchor Lutheran. They then split a win and a loss with Birchwood. They are currently 6 – 3. Go Knights.
Our girls volleyball team took off to Soldotna on Thursday to play in the final tournament of the season. I look forward to sharing their news when they return. I am so proud of these girls! It is a pleasure to welcome back to the school and the team, sophomore, Jessica Smith who has returned to attend HRA part-time. We missed you, Jessica, and are so pleased you have come back to us!
Thank you to all the parents who came for our second quarter Parent Association meeting. Thank you to Officers Karin Owen and Mindy Goorchenko for helping me set up and for taking notes. Thank you to Office Assistant, Danielle DiCiero for the superb presentation on how best to use the Sycamore Program and to my Business Manager, Marisa Shanstrom for reporting on share hours and raffle information. The minutes from the meeting will go out shortly.
We had our first fire drill of the year and will continue to do these monthly for the students. The elementary was the focus and though they had to be told that they are not to speak while exiting, they did a good job of listening to instructions and exiting quickly. The high school is scheduled for their fire drill the week after Thanksgiving.
Thank you to all the families who sent orders for the retakes and class pictures for Lifetouch. I’ve seen the class pictures and they came out beautifully. The Lifetouch crew kept remarking on the courtesy and excellent behavior of our students.
The elementary through high school have been busily painting the Nativity Scene in stain glass format on the front windows of St. Dominic’s Hall. Currently the window is covered with white paper which will come down at the start of Advent. You will note that the baby Jesus is not colored is as we want the passers-by and our new students to remember that we are awaiting the Christ child during the Advent season of the Church. He will appear painted at Christmas and for the remaining Christmas season. Enjoy. Thank you to Mrs. Pearce for so lovingly and thoughtfully teaching the students. Thank you students for taking such care and joy in this project.
Thank you to all the students for writing letters to the troops for the holidays. Last year we were recognized by the Friends of the Troops as the largest Catholic school contributor to their campaign! Thank you for the thoughtful notes and pictures. We send our love and prayers to the troops.
We continue to thank Matt Unger who has finished his window work for HRA. We also thank father of seventh grader, Jon Pope, and John Tobia for their continued work on doors, handles, exit signs etc… Your love and attention to detail has saved us much money and made us a much safer place for our dear students. Thank you!
Scantron testing for the 7,8,9 went well. Test results will be sent home to parents on Wednesday.
Please consider sending money in to support the 5th grade Turkey trot. Each turkey is posted on the wall and costs $5.00 All the proceeds will go to purchasing needed items for Bean’s Cafe. If you can’t contribute monetarily, we are also collecting cans of green beans in a barrel in the high school Bosco building to be sent to St. Patrick’s as they are hosting 1400 families this Thanksgiving. Your generosity will mean a lot to these families. Please help!
Please remember to sell your raffle tickets. Though the tickets will be chosen on December 27th. Try to have all of your raffle tickets sold by the week of December 12th if you can. We will be able to collect sold raffle ticket proceeds until December 21st, the last day before our Christmas holiday begins. Do keep these deadlines in mind. We are so grateful for your efforts to sell as many as possible. If you exceed the number required to sell for the discount, we can begin to give you back a certain percentage or put it towards your tuition. We have no desire to bill you for any raffle tickets unsold. Thank you for all you do to build up HRA and keep her fiscally sound!
The week finished with a surprise visit late afternoon on Friday from Mr. Tim Main who was in Anchorage for a workshop. He is learning a whole new way of life in the little known regions of Alaska. Great to see you Mr. Main. Keep up the important work you are doing. God speed.
- Dominican Retreat and Workshop with Lumen Christi – Monday, November 19, Tuesday, November 20 (high school students will be gone from school)
- Junior high and elementary mass on Tuesday in St. Dominic’s Hall. All parents and friends are welcome to join us.
- Wednesday, the upper school will only have periods 3,4,6 and enjoy an All School Seminar. They are reading “Enoch and the Gorillas” by Flannery O’Connor. Anyone who would like to observe is welcome to join us.
- Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday of this week.