Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- This is National Catholic Schools Week!
- The final Dinner Theater performance of Macbeth has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 4th in St. Dominic’s Hall. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please contact the Front Office by Wednesday, February 1st if you would like to make reservations for this event. We will honor all tickets for the previous showing that was cancelled due to weather.
- RAFFLE TICKETS ARE DUE MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH. Please bring your remaining raffle ticket stubs and money to the Front Office by the end of the day on Monday. The raffle will be held the following day, Tuesday, at Noon.
- St. Benedict’s is hosting its annual Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 4, from 6 P.M.-8 P.M. in the upper room of the Lumen Christi gym. Tickets are $5 and a photographer is available. Please bring a snack to share. All ages are welcome.
- The funeral for Gabriel Goorchenko, brother of former students: Wolfgang, Psalm, Zoya, and Bethany, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1st at St. Andrew parish in Eagle River. Any families who would like to pay their respects and support the Goorchenko family by attending the funeral may sign their students out of school early that day in order to make it to Eagle River in time for the Mass.
- There is a meal train for Dale Tran’s family. Dale’s wife was one of the original founders of KHRM and is a devoted friend of Holy Rosary Academy. Dale passed away at the age of 42 and the family is ill-prepared to do without him. If you would like to help the family get through this time of mourning, sign-ups are currently open for February and March. Go to https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/98881k. The Meal Train site does not require any special assistance or enrollment in order to participate.
- The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are advertising their 2017 and 2018 Vocation Discernment Retreats in Ann Arbor, MI in February, April, and November of this year and next. Go to their website for details and online registration: https://www.sistersofmary.org/ if you would like to learn more about attending one of these retreats.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Thomas Biegel (10th), Alexander O’Neill (10th), Macklen Bell (9th), Mitchell Marquez (8th), and Mikael Hilario (7th) for shoveling some of the campus walkways on Wednesday morning before school.
- Thank you to Mrs. Cookson for subbing in 3rd Grade.
- Thank you to Forrest Rose (11th) and high school parent, Mike Lucas, for helping transport the sets and props for Macbeth back to HRA from the Lunney Center.
RULES OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS
Although rules are often more conveniently expressed in terms of prohibitions, it should be understood that every wise rule aims at a positive good – the betterment of our human nature. With this in mind, the following are not allowed at Holy Rosary Academy and during those times when the Academy is responsible for the students:
- Possession or carrying of weapons
- Possession of controlled substances (alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, etc.)
- Theft, vandalism, cheating, plagiarism
- Inappropriate and discourteous speech or behavior
- Tattoos, body piercing, dying of hair with other than natural colors, inappropriate ornaments
- Exclusive friendships or displays of affection – Students are at HRA to grow first in their faith, second in their intellect, and third in their healthy social interactions. This rule applies to all HRA parts of the campus property, including the parking lots, as well as all HRA events.
- Use of telephones or leaving campus without permission – All cell phones must be checked in at the beginning of each day, or they are subject to confiscation.
- Possession of cell phones, MP3 players, or other electronic devices: Student electronics are to be turned in to Mr. Welsh or their elementary teacher promptly upon arriving to school or school events. Failure to observe this rule will result in a demerit and loss of the item. *The first time an item is confiscated, it will be returned to the parents. The second time an item is confiscated, the Principal will not return it before the end of the school year after a discussion with the parents.
- Inadequate hygiene (See Uniform Guidelines)
- Missing any part of the uniform, or wearing it incorrectly
- Truancy or deliberate tardiness with respect to class or other Academy functions
- Consumption of energy drinks
- Open food or beverage containers in lockers – In order to prevent spills, messes, and damage to schoolwork and books, all food or beverages in lockers must be in a container that will seal completely.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 1/23: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- Congratulations to Arna Dubey (2nd) and her family for the addition of a baby brother, Aryanman Dubey, born January 17th, 2017.
- Jasser Majewsky (10th) told everyone about his experiences on a medical mission trip to an orphanage in Honduras, where he assisted with dental procedures, met the children who live and attend school at the orphanage, and saw that people can still be filled with the joy of living even without many possessions.
- Miss Neumayr reviewed the major events of the previous week, thanking the teachers and staff who made those events possible and recognized the efforts of the high school students involved in Macbeth.
- The preview of the week ahead included advice to all students about planning for adverse weather and possible school closures without getting behind in their studies.
TUESDAY 1/24: There were many wonderful dishes provided for the Faculty Luncheon. Not all of the dishes were labeled, but we would like to thank all those who contributed to the delicious feast. Among those who contributed were: Mrs. Betts, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Stevens, Dr. van Tets, Mrs. Tiwari (parent/coordinator), and Mrs. Bohne (grandparent/hostess). Many generous cooks have been left out of this list. We would love to know who you and thank you particularly.
TUESDAY 1/24: Fr. Brosamer said Mass for the Lower School Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Brosamer. We also thank the following students for their particular help in the Mass:
Altar Servers: Joshua Fouch (6th) and Stephen Hart (5th)
Readers: Maria Koop (6th) and Tina Nguyen (6th)
WEDNESDAY 1/25: Pizza Day – We would like to thank the parent volunteers who make up our ‘Pizza Mom’ team: Ms. Brookwell, Mrs. Fouch, Mrs. Lopez, and Mrs. Rendon.
WEDNESDAY 1/25: 4th Grade went to the Eagle River Nature Center for a geology field trip.
THURSDAY 1/26: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m. We also thank Noah Cruz (7th) for being the altar server.
FRIDAY 1/27: HRA Spelling Bee – HRA applauds each of the students who participated in the school Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the youngest winner in the history of the HRA Spelling Bee: Cameron Dixon (4th) who won with the word “recusant”. Cameron will represent HRA at the Alaska State Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 30th 2017. Mitchell Marquez (8th) is the alternate representative, should Cameron be unable to attend the state Bee. The top two spellers in each grade represented their classes in the school Spelling Bee:
1st Grade: Olive Brookwell and Rochelle Sammons
2nd Grade: Aeden Abellada and Yedidia Diboue
3rd Grade: Alexis Broek and Colby Corcoran
4th Grade: Maximillian Broek and Cameron Dixon
5th Grade: Arabella Allen and Earthen Le
6th Grade: Tina Nguyen and Miguel Reyes
7th Grade: Grace Corcoran and Bernadette Hart
8th Grade: Angel Beaty and Mitchell Marquez
FRIDAY 1/27: The Upper School followed a Mary Schedule in the morning. Etiquette activities were replaced with extra rehearsal time for high school in order to prepare for the rescheduled performance of Macbeth. The Jr. High watched a classic John Wayne comedy, Hatari.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 1/30: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:15
MONDAY 1/30: Catholic Schools Week Mass with Archbishop Etienne at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. All diocesan students are to arrive at OLG at 9:45 a.m. for group pictures with the Archbishop before the Mass. We will depart the campus between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend. We are still looking for drivers to help transport 10-20 students. We thank everyone who has signed up to drive students to the Mass.
TUESDAY 1/31: RAFFLE DRAWING at Noon in St. Dominic’s Hall
WEDNESDAY 2/1: Spaghetti Luncheon for students – We encourage parents to join us and treat the students to spaghetti and garlic bread in celebration of National Catholic Schools Week. There is still room to volunteer to cook or serve food at the student luncheon.
FRIDAY 2/3: Upper School First Friday Schedule – Students will spend an hour in Adoration in the JPII Chapel. Dress Uniform day.
FRIDAY 2/3: Upper School Latin Declamations 8:50 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall – Students in Latin I-IV will share their rhetorical talents with the recitation of Latin poetry. High School competitors may move on to state competition at the Alaska World Language Declamation on March 4th at South Anchorage High School.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- The 3rd Parent Association Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9th in the St. Kolbe Lobby from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Mid-Quarter Grades will be distributed on February 10th. Progress Reports are to be signed by parents and returned to the children’s teachers within a week.
- Our first Open House will be Wednesday, February 15th.
- There will be no school on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.
- Student Presentations will take place the week of March 6th-10th. Upper School students will be dismissed at Noon on Wednesday, March 8th. All grades will be dismissed at Noon on Thursday, March 9th. There will be no classes on Friday, March 10th.
- HRA will be closed for Spring Vacation March 13th through 17th.