Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- 40 Days for Life is happening here in Anchorage from March 1st to April 9th. We encourage families to make time this Lent to support the defense of life. For more information about 40 Days for Life, visit 40daysforlife.com/Anchorage.
- Schoolbelles is having a sale on hosiery, socks, backpacks, lunch bags, and polo shirts, March 26th through April 1st. Check out the attached flier: http://www.schoolbelles.com/pdf/NoJoke2017.pdf or use the uniform link on the school website, com, to shop.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Mrs. Cookson for subbing for Mrs. Shoop in Saxon Math 2, Economics, Sacred Scripture, History/Geography 8, High School Girls’ Homeroom, and Science 7/8 Girls on Monday.
- As spring proceeds, many families are discerning their plans for next school year. Many prospective families are scheduling days for their children to shadow classes to see if Holy Rosary Academy is right for them. We thank all the students for their patience and hospitality for all these new faces.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 3/20: Miss Neumayr made the following announcements at the Morning Assembly:
- Welcome back. We hope everyone had a restful Spring Break.
- Miss Neumayr recapped her visit to Holy Cross parish the first weekend of March. John Lastimoso (10th) had been the cantor for the Saturday evening Mass and did a marvelous job. Miss Neumayr commended all the students who are so active in their parishes. Their talents and knowledge are a great gift to the Catholic community across Anchorage.
- Miss Neumayr commended all the students on their excellent presentations and thanked the teachers for making sure the students were well prepared. She compared this exercise to the Junior and Senior Theses coming up in April. She asked that all the students pray for the Juniors and Seniors who are preparing for that big project.
- Michael Lucas (11th) took 1st place in Greco-Roman Wrestling over the Spring Break. Amarisa Manuel (5th), placed first in her category at the same tournament. Belicia Manuel (3rd) placed 2nd, Kaili Manuel (2nd) placed 1st, and Arianna Manuel (K) placed 1st in their age/weight categories also.
- The high school track season has begun. The Middle School track season will begin in April for 5th-8th Students are encouraged to sign up for track as soon as possible. The team meets in St. Dominic’s Hall after school.
TUESDAY 3/21: The parents provided a lovely Soup Luncheon for the faculty. Thank you to Shivani Tiwari for organizing the event and thank you to all the families who cooked and provided such tasty dishes: the Longlet family, the Gonzalez family, Mrs. Marquez, Mrs. O’Neill, Mrs. Riffer, Mr. Stockard, Mrs. Bohne, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Lincoln, Mrs. Pendergast, and Mrs. Majewsky.
TUESDAY 3/21: The Lower School attended Mass with Fr. Brosamer in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Brosamer. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Joshua Fouch (6th) and Stephen Hart (5th)
- Readers: Maria Koop (6th) and Miguel Reyes (6th)
TUESDAY 3/21: The track team met for the first time after school in St. Dominic’s Hall with their new coach, Mercedes Curran. The High School Track season begins this week. The Middle School Track season (for grades 5-8) begins April 1st.
WEDNESDAY 3/22: The 11th & 12th grade students had the wonderful opportunity to attend the annual Spring Luncheon and lecture at Bear Tooth Theater Pub, hosted by the Alaska Family Council. The speaker this year was Rev. Robert A Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute. He gave a wonderful talk about the modern appeal of socialism and the role of a free market economy in Christian culture. Afterward, Fr. Sirico enjoyed chatting with our students for a bit. We are most grateful to the generous benefactors who provided fifteen tickets for HRA students to attend, their generosity allowed a small number of interested 10th graders to attend this lecture as well.
THURSDAY 3/23: The Upper School attended Mass with Fr. Manzano in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Manzano. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Alexander O’Neill (10th)
- Reader: Mitchell Marquez (8th)
FRIDAY 3/24: The 1st Grade went to hear the Terrance Simien play “Creole for Kidz” at the Alaska Performing Arts Center. Thank you to Mr. Patton for assisting as chaperone and driver.
FRIDAY 3/24: The Upper School went to the JPII Chapel together for Stations of the Cross during Homeroom and then the 9th & 10th Grade Boys Homeroom served meatless soups to their fellow students for lunch.
FRIDAY 3/24: In the afternoon, the Upper School etiquette class was rescheduled as a K-12 Campus Friends activity. Teams of Campus Friends enjoyed a round robin of different games and activities for the afternoon. Students engaged in friendly competition over Boggle, charades, riddle solving, Connect Four, and a scavenger hunt. The winning teams will be announced at the Monday Morning Assembly. The school hopes these times of bringing all levels of the school together will continue to encourage true friendships among the students.
FRIDAY 3/24: The In-door Soccer team played two games at the Lumen Christi gym. Their first game was a 4-4 tie, followed by a loss. Keep at it, Young Knights!
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 3/27: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall, 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY 3/28: Lower School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 3/29: Pizza Day
THURSDAY 3/30: The 4th Grade will attend the Alaska State Spelling Bee for part of the morning to show support for their classmate, Cameron Dixon, who will be representing Holy Rosary Academy in the competition.
THURSDAY 3/30: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel.
FRIDAY 3/31: Upper School Joseph Schedule & Community Service – Students are to wear their gym uniforms for the day.
FRIDAY 3/31: The 9th & 10th Grade Girls, under the guidance of Mrs. Shoop, will be making meatless soups for their classmates in the Upper School for lunch after praying the Stations of the Cross in the JPII Chapel.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- There will be an Open House on the evening of Wednesday, April 5th. Parents and students are encouraged to help give tours and visit with prospective families who are considering coming to Holy Rosary Academy next year.
- The last Parent Association Meeting will be Monday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Kolbe Lobby.
- There will be no school April 13th-17th in observation of Holy Week and Easter.
- Mid-Quarter Progress Reports will be sent home on Thursday, April 20th.
- The Greek & Roman Festival will take place on Friday, April 21st. Family and friends are invited to join us on campus for this delightful carnival day. There are a multitude of SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITIES all day long!
- & Sr. Theses will be presented the week of April 25th-28th.