Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- Fliers for the End of Year Potluck Barbeque went home with your children on Friday afternoon. The list of potluck assingments for each grade are also available in the office.
- One of Holy Rosary Academy’s earliest benefactors, Mr. Vernon Hickel, who donated the land currently used for the HRA Campus, passed away this week. Services will be held on Saturday, May 21st 2016 at Holy Family Cathedral, 800 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage. Visitaion will begin at 10:30 a.m. A rosary will begin at 11:30 a.m. The Requiem Mass is scheduled for Noon with Fr. Anthony Patalono O.P. presiding. Vern will be laid to rest at 2:00 p.m. at the Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery.
- Yearbooks available for pre-sale! There are two editions of the yearbook this year. Families can choose between a paperback Elementary Yearbook for $35.00 and the hardcover Upper School Yearbook for $55.00. Save $15 when you buy the Lower & Upper School yearbooks together as a bundle.
- Next school year, HRA will have the opportunity to participate in the Catholic Student Exchange program by hosting three to six Guatemalan students between the ages of 11 and 17 years. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact Miss Neumayr for more information. Fliers were sent home with students on Friday.
DEPARTING TEACHERS & NEW TEACHERS 2016-17
- We are very sad to say goodbye to Mrs. Alexandra Braunlich, who has been a good and faithful servant of our Lord in her generosity as our combined 3rd/4th grade teacher for four years and 3rd grade teacher this year. Thank you for instilling in your students true wonder for the world around them and for inspiring in them a true love of learning. You are a classy, classical teacher!
- Miss Christina Forbes, one of our new teachers this year, will remain with HRA to teach a math class next year, but will spend the remainder of the next two years completing a Mechanical Engineering degree at UAA. We are so grateful for the cheer and energy she has brought to the classroom and the mentor she has become for the junior high girls. You have truly graced us with your presence this year!
- We have been blessed with the applications of two outstanding candidates who have agreed to become teachers at Holy Rosary Academy next year!
- Miss Eleanor Logsdail heralds from Connecticut originally and currently resides in Apple Valley, California. She graduated with a liberal arts degree from Thomas Aquinas College three years ago. Since then, she has been working as a nurse with parients from the very young to the very old. Her work as a nurse has taught her the patience she believes is necessary to teach small children.
Miss Logsdail brings with her a background in classical education, as her mother is the founder of Regina Coeli Academy in Connecticut. Miss Logsdail appreciates her mother’s work and in her admiration, aspires to shift her chosen profession to teaching at a classical school.
Throughout the evaluation process, Miss Neumayr has seen a truly thoughtful, caring, organized, and intellectually capable young woman who will inspire the third graders to love to learn. Miss Logsdail, who has worked with Mother Theresa’s Sisters in Calcutta and with street children in Haiti, has much spiritual inspiration to bring to her new students as well. Please help us welcome Miss Logsdail to the faculty in August!
- In the Upper School, Miss Sarah Van Landegan will join the faculty. Miss Van Landegan has been visiting the school all year. She is currently engaged to the Youth Minister of St. Andrew Parish and will marry and become Mrs. Ricky Shoop in October.
Miss Van Landegan has been in the teacher field for the last five years. In addition to graduating from Drake University in Iowa with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Biology, Miss Van Landegan has studied, lived, and taught English in China and is currently completing her Masters in Theology, specializing in Bioethics.
She is currently working in Chicago as an Attendance Interventionist, where she works with at-risk students and provides love and support for students in need.
During her visits to HRA, Miss Van Landegan taught sample classes throughout her lengthy interview process. She is an engaging and adept teacher filled with passion and the requisite love of young people needed to engage and inspire our students at Holy Rosary Academy. We are blessed to have such a well-rounded addition to the campus! Please plan to welcome her in August.
- Thank you, Mr. Fouch, for the beautiful new altar for St. Dominic’s Hall. Your craftsmanship will be a part of our All-School Masses for many years to come.
- Thank you, Mrs. Cookson, for subbing in Kindergarten and in 4th grade this week.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
- MONDAY 5/2: During the Morning Assembly, Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
o The new altar, made by HRA parent, Mr. Fouch, was unveiled.
o Congratulations to the students who received their First Communion last weekend at Holy Family Cathedral: Noah Jansen (2nd), James Kinney (1st), and Jacob Nunes (2nd).
o Mrs. Braunlich announced the results of the Penny Drive. The students raised $1495, enough money to cover four years of schooling and medical care for the Ugandan student sponsored by the HRA graduating class of 2023, this year’s 3rd Graders. The 2nd grade won with the most points. 3rd grade was deemed the greatest threat with most paper money in their penny jar. Mrs. Braunlich thanked the Jr. High Girls for the greatest upper school participation seen in any HRA penny drive. We would like to thank the 3rd & 4th grade classes along with parent volunteers, Mr. Dixon and Mrs. Stevens, for counting all the money raised in the penny drive.
o Track Meet results – Jonas Knox (6th) placed 3rd and Stephen Hart (4th) placed 4th in the 1 mile. Andawnika Neavill (8th) finished 4th in the 400 meter in her first race, before twisting her ankle. Heather Siebs (12th), Monica Klump (12th), Drew Benton (10th), Jacob Rogers (10th), Michael Lucas (10th), and Thomas Biegel (9th) all made personal bests in their events. Sarah Lucas (12th) finished 2nd in the long jump and triple jump, also achieving personal bests!
o Miss DiCiero announced that the high school will be performing Shakespeare’s MacBeth next year.
- MONDAY 5/9: The 4th & 5th Grades enjoyed a field trip to the Anchorage Court House to learn about the Judiciary branch of our government and how trials are conducted. The students practiced a mock-trial, charging Goldilocks with trespass against the three bears. Thank you to HRA parents, Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pimentel, and Mr. Fouch for helping arrange the field trip and transport students downtown.
- MONDAY- FRIDAY 5/9-13: Grades 7-8 took their spring SCANTRON tests and elementary students had opportunities to make up any missing tests. SCANTRON reports for each student will be mailed home in June with the final report cards.
- WEDNESDAY 5/11: Former HRA chaplain, Fr. Al Fisher, celebrated his 60th jubilee Mass with Holy Rosary Academy. We would like to thank him for this blessing and thank Fr. Luz for concelebrating with him. The elementary students presented a sequence of skits telling the story of Fr. Fisher’s life as an anniversary gift to him. He was very surprised and pleased. Fr. Fisher had a surprise gift for the students as well. He had arranged for Rich Owens, owner of Tastee Freeze, to bring ice cream sundaes for everyone to round out the festivities. Thank you, Fr. Fisher and thank you, Mr. Owens.
- THURSDAY 5/12: 1st Grade took over 300 cans of food, collected over the Lent and Easter seasons, to the FISH Food Pantry in the afternoon. We would like to thank 1st grade parent, Mr. Diboue, for driving the bus to deliver the canned food with the class.
- THURSDAY-FRIDAY 5/12-13: The Seniors took their final exams at the end of this week. They are now finished with their high school classes and eagerly awaiting the graduation ceremonies.
- FRIDAY 5/13: Upper School students had a Joseph Day Schedule and spent the sunny afternoon in a variety of activities. Miss Neumayr shared an intriguing documentary, The Grunt Padre in Viet Nam, with them about Fr. Vincent Capodanno. Afterwards, students set about packing and cleaning classrooms and the grounds in preparation for the end of the school year.
- FRIDAY 5/13: We would like to thank everyone who joined team Holy Rosary Academy in the Anchorage Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Miss Neumayr, Mrs. Shaut and her son, Christian, Miss Bilafer and her fiancée, Patrick Klump (class of ‘09), Mr. & Mrs. Braunlich and Mrs. Braunlich’s dad, Miss Bluhm, Mr. & Mrs. Furby, the Brookwell family (K), the Shawcross family (1st), Jacob Nunes (2nd), and the Marquez family (7th). We all had a wonderful walk around sunny downtown Anchorage.
THE WEEK TO COME:
- MONDAY 5/16: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
- MONDAY- TUESDAY 5/16-17: Upper School final exams
- MONDAY- FRIDAY 5/16-20: Elementary Core Knowledge exams
- TUESDAY 5/17: The Senior Baccalaureate Mass at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Family Cathedral. All are invited to join us for the Mass. There will be a reception for Seniors, their families, and invited guests after the Mass.
- WEDNESDAY 5/18: The High School Graduation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral – Mass will begin at Noon. The graduation ceremony will follow in the Lunney Center. ALL STUDENTS WILL ATTEND THE GRADUATION. STUDENTS NEED TO BE PICKED UP FROM THE LUNNEY CENTER AT OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CO-CATHEDRAL AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY. There will be no after school care on this day.
- THURSDAY 5/19: Lower School Field Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral. We will begin to transport students from HRA to OLG at 8:30 a.m. We are still looking for three parents who can help drive students to OLG in the busses. Students will return to HRA for the normal 3:10 dismissal time.
- THURSDAY 5/19: Upper School Field Trip – Students may arrive on campus by 8:45 a.m. We will depart in a chartered motor coach at 9:00 a.m. and return at 4:00 p.m.
- THURSDAY 5/19: 6TH & 8TH Grade Graduation Ceremony and Reception in St. Dominic’s Hall on at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Corcoran, Mrs. Woyte, or the front office if you would like to help.
- FRIDAY 5/20: THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – The Award Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. The BBQ will begin at 11:00 a.m. Dismissal will be at 1:00 p.m.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- The Yale Spizzwinks, featuring Michael Tappel (HRA class of 2013 & junior at Yale), will be performing a public concert at St. Patrick’s Parishat 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 25th 2016. Based at Yale University in Connecticut, the Spizzwinks are America’s oldest underclassmen a cappella group, founded in 1914 and boasting a diverse repertoire that includes jazz, pop, oldies, and folk/traditional genres. Concert tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door or online through www.spizzwinks.com. For more information, email Michael Tappel at email@example.com.
- The $250.00 discount deadline for Full Tuition Payment is June 15th, 2016 – Save $250 per family if you pay your tuition in full by June 15th, 2016. (After this date, the discount will drop to $100.00).