Dear Holy Rosary Family,
Holy Week has arrived. May you all enjoy a blessed week full of prayer and gratitude to Our Lord Jesus Christ for his tremendous sacrifice for us and the selfless love he has showered upon us; a love that gives meaning to all suffering. May your attendance at the memorial of the first mass on Holy Thursday and your holy witness at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday culminate in the joy of His rising on Easter!
The Holy Rosary Family unites their prayers with the Vrabel family as they bid farewell to their beloved son, Jason. Mr. Vrabel, a former teacher at HRA, is a deacon at St. Nicholas of Myra. We thank Fr. James Barrand for the memorial mass at St. Nicholas which allowed many of the HRA faculty and friends to extend our sympathy to the Vrabel family.
Good News! Mr. Harold Verdun, our beloved former teacher at HRA, has returned for a few days to continue to help us as our adjunct Business Manager. He will be visiting classes and working in the office. Come by and say hello. The students will be surprised and delighted to see him. Welcome home, Mr. Verdun!
We continue to encourage you to send in addresses for the Centurion Project. Any family who has chosen the discounted tuition will be billed in May. In the meantime, even two or three addresses could garner your obligation completed should the addressees become donors to the school. Your participation is very much needed and wanted. I reiterate that this appeal will only go to your family and friends once a year. I know as much as you how hard it can be to send out these letters because you do not want to burden your friends. At the same time, most people understand that a school like ours cannot run on tuition alone and thus understand our asking. I summoned up my own courage and sent out 35 letters to my family and friends because these students and this school is worth it! Thank you to you parents for continuing to help. Thank you to the Board who is responsible for the majority of what we have already collected.
My name came up in the newspaper this week in Ms. Julie O’Malley’s editorial. She was responding to my speech protesting the HHS Mandate and Proposition 5 but unfortunately misquoted me. I did want to be sure that you understand that I did not say “abhorrent” in relation to homosexual activity but rather used the psychological term “aberrant” meaning veering from the norm. I actively oppose Proposition 5 because it seeks to label humans as only worthy of dignity based on their sexual preference or male/female identity when our Catholic faith commands us to love the WHOLE person; mind, body, spirit. Miss O’Malley characterized my talk as mean spirited but it was in fact a testimony to my love of my fellow human family and a plea for the secular culture to see that the dignity of the human person is due to his creation by God and not his personal preferences. Should you want to see what I actually said, you will find it on the Catholic Anchor website. PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE THIS TUESDAY, APRIL 3RD!
EXCITING NEWS. Mr. Doug Stewart has worked out an arrangement with West and South Alaska Clubs to open their facilities up for HRA P.E. classes. We will try out the West Alaska Club facilities for the month of April to see if this new site will work for next year. It will cut down our travel time to about a third of the time and allow for more exercise for the students. A permission slip will be sent home to the parents. The Alaska Club asks that parents provide the insurance necessary should a child be injured at the facility. They have every right to protect themselves. I’m sure that parents will understand.
Congratulations to junior, Michael Tappel, and eighth grader, Joseph Syren for their incredible performances in the PAC production of The Sound of Music. Michael played Rolf and wowed the audience with his phenomenal voice, dancing, and acting. Joseph, as Fredrick Von Trapp, sang and acted like he has been on the stage all his life. We are so proud of both of our students!
Congratulations to the Indoor Soccer Team for coming in second place in their final tournament this weekend. I watched the first two games and was stunned by the physical prowess of our students. In particular, Sofia Odron, Dominic Zipay, Luke Mouracade, Mary Tappel, Sarah Lucas, and John Cosgrave were scoring machines. The goalees, Andrew Cookson and Matthew Lastimoso were fearless! The defenders, Sang Nguyen, Gabby Kirby, Monica Klump, John Lastimoso and Rebecca Stitt effectively shut down their opponents” offense. Bravo to one and all. A huge thank you goes to Jamie Cookson and her brother Lee for their great coaching and guidance. Who can forget to thank team mom and driver, Maureen Klump for making it all happen. Thanks for a great season Knights!
Thank you to the Junior High Boys for bringing delicious meatless soups and bread for our last Lenten Friday!
Congratulations to Michelle Tobia who is playing with the first Catholic Diocesan Basketball Tournament this weekend.
The 3rd and 4th grade had a successful trip to visit Mitch Siegel at KTUU Channel 4. They had a wonderful trip. I have some very fun pictures to document our students giving the weather on TV to share at a later date. Thanks Miss Theis for organizing this wonderful field trip.
Many thanks to the fifth graders for WOWING me with their memorized Gettysburg Addresses. They not only memorized but gave the speech with poise and meaning. I was so proud of them and so grateful to Mr. Shaut for challenging his students to develop rhetorical skills to help them to speak confidently for a lifetime.
Finally, HRA is so pleased to see that the track team has assembled under the volunteer coaching care of HRA father, Dr. Mouracade. We are looking forward to a very strong team.
- April 3 – please vote
- April 3 – P.E. classes will try out the West Alaska Club
- April 3 – Priest Luncheon (noon to two)
- April 4 – Junior/Senior Final Draft of thesis due
- April 4 – Mid-quarter reports sent home with the students
- April 5 – 15 EASTER VACATION
- April 16 – Parent Association Meeting (final of the year)
- April 19,20 – Junior/Senior thesis presentations
- April 21 – Debate Team Dinner Fundraiser
- April 24 – OPEN HOUSE (6-9 P.M)
- April 27 – Greek and Roman Festival (11 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.) Schedule forthcoming