Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- AUCTION RESULTS ARE IN! – We enjoyed a record turn-out for our auction this year with 312 guests. The Auction Committee confirms that we raised $211,000
- Kindergarten – “Life is Going Swimmingly” collective painting, sale pending
- 1st Grade – Icon Christmas Ornaments sold individually, earned a total of $330
- 2nd Grade – Unique Cross sold for $300
- 3rd Grade – Hand Painted Tile Tray sold for $300
- 4th Grade – Stained Glass Crosses sold for $800
- 5th Grade – 3D “Starry Starry Night” sold for $550
- 6th Grade – Sacred Heart Mosaic Cross sold for $3100
- 7th/8th Grade – American Flag Mosaic sold for $300
- 9th/10th Grade Boys – It’s Italian! multi-course dinner for ten sold for $650
- High School – Crabby Christmas Party sold for $825
- 9th-11th Grade Girls – Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts Tea Party tickets, sold individually, earned $210 at the auction. Tickets are still available for the event on Saturday, March 17th.
- HRA welcomes a new afternoon Front Office Receptionist – Mrs. Amethyst Harmston is joining the Holy Rosary Academy staff at the Front Office window in the afternoons. Miss Harmston has an extensive background as a substitute teacher in the Anchorage School District and has chosen to focus her energies on working in the religious school community. We are very excited to have her join the team. Please stop in and introduce yourself.
- The annual 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion has begun. This year, from September 27 through November 5th, the Anchorage pro-life community will take part in prayer and peaceful demonstration to end abortion.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Mrs. Syren for donating a new shredder to the Front Office.
ATTENTION PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:
The new 2018-2019 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is open at fafsa.ed.gov. This site includes a ready-to-use IRS Retrieval Tool to help you complete the application. The site includes other college financial planning tools as well. We encourage parents to start planning early.
- The High School Boys’ Wrestling Valdez Meet – Congratulations to Michael Lucas (12th) for his win in the 160# category at the Valdez wrestling meet on October 13th & 14th and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the meet. Thomas Biegel (11th) had an excellent weekend of wrestling as well. Go Knights!
- The Wrestling team travels to Seward for the King of the Mountain Duals meet this week. Results will be announced at the Assembly.
- The schedule for the 5th-8th Grade Basketball Team has been posted to the HRA website and Sycamore Calendar. Check out practice and game times so you can root for your team. Basketball Game – The HRA Knights are the home team at the AT&T Sports Pavilion on Friday, November 3rd at 5:00 p.m. Go Knights!
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 10/23: Morning Assembly – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- The weather conditions this fall are calling for warm weather with rain or snow. Be safe on the roads when weather is treacherous.
- Students were commended on their wonderful auction projects. (The amounts each project earned are listed above.)
- Miss Neumayr recounted the events of the previous week, thanking everyone who worked hard to make great events run smoothly. Most of them were credited in the last Weekly Update. Thank you to the Senior Class for hosting a great Autumn Dance last Saturday and to the chaperones: Mr. Welsh, Mr. Klotz, Miss Morris, Miss Massell, and HRA parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ford.
- We welcomed alumna, Tessa Mathesen (’05), and her husband to the Morning Assembly. She briefly addressed the students, charging them to “take advantage of what you have [at Holy Rosary]. You are getting a great education.”
- Miss Verreux asked everyone to please pray for the victims of natural disasters in India and all over the world.
MONDAY 10/23: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. visited the 3rd Grade and talked with them about mercy and God’s forgiveness in conjunction with the class unit of the Ten Commandments and St. Faustina. The students charmed him with a preview of their All Saints skit as well.
TUESDAY 10/24: The Upper School followed a Mary Schedule before they were dismissed at noon.
TUESDAY 10/24: High School parents and students met with their teachers for individual Don Rags in the afternoon.
TUESDAY 10/24: Fr. Tom Lilly presided over the Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Lilly. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Isaac Grandel (6th) and Earthen Le (6th)
- First Reading: Arabella Allen (6th)
- Psalm: Stephen Hart (6th)
- Petitions: Amarisa Manuel (6th)
- Prayer Leader before and after Mass: Andy Duryea (6th)
WEDNESDAY 10/25: The Upper School followed a Joseph Schedule before they were dismissed at noon.
WEDNESDAY 10/25: High School parents and students met with their teachers for individual Don Rags in the afternoon.
THURSDAY 10/25: The Upper School followed a Mary Schedule.
THURSDAY 10/25: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. presided over the Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Dominic David. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Server: Thomas Biegel (11th)
- Readers: Juliana Biegel (12th) & Hanna Massell (12th)
- Cantor: Dr. Walters
THURSDAY 10/25: All students were dismissed at noon.
THURSDAY 10/25: High School parents and students met with their teachers for individual Don Rags in the afternoon.
THURSDAY 10/25: Elementary parents and students met with their teachers for individual Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon.
THURSDAY 10/25: 5th & 6th Grades made over 150 sandwiches for Br. Francis Shelter in connection to their recent Theology lesson on the Corporal Works of Mercy.
FRIDAY 10/26: The students remained home for a student In-Service Day (ISD) while the faculty met with individual parents and students for Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences and High School Don Rags. It was a pleasure to chat with each parent this week.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 10/30: Morning Assembly – 8:00 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall
MONDAY 10/30: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. will be speaking to the 5th Grade for their Theology class.
MONDAY 10/30: Upper School Joseph Schedule
MONDAY 10/30: K-12 All Saints Festival rehearsal, 1-3 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall
TUESDAY 10/31: Upper School Mary Schedule
TUESDAY 10/31: All Saints Festival in St. Dominic’s Hall, 1-3 p.m. Parents are all invited.
WEDNESDAY 11/1: NO SCHOOL FOR ALL SAINTS DAY
THURSDAY 11/2: All School Mass in St. Dominic’s Hall at 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY 11/2: 2nd Qtr Parent Association Meeting in the Kolbe Lobby, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Babysitting will be available in the After Care room.
FRIDAY 11/3: Upper School First Friday Schedule
FRIDAY 11/3: The High School will take a field trip to the cemetery downtown to offer prayers for the dead while the Jr. High goes to the JPII Chapel for Holy Hour.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 5th. Remember to set your clocks back for a timely arrival to school on Monday morning.
- Tuesday, November 7th is Class Picture Day and Picture Retake Day – Order packets for class pictures will be distributed at Parent/Conferences and Don Rags. (They will be sent home with Jr. High.) *Class pictures must be ordered using the envelopes, LifeTouch is not able to offer online ordering for class pictures at this time. **Also, if you would like your child to have portrait retakes, you must send the original portraits back to school with your child on November 7th to be returned to the photographer.
- Faculty ISD – NO CLASSES on Friday, November 10th. Students will be given work to complete at home for the day.
- Thanksgiving holiday – There will be NO SCHOOL November 23rd & 24th.
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
- Lumen Christi High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, St. Mary’s School, and Our Lady of the Valley School
- The novices of the Western Dominican Province as they begin the first year of their studies: Br. John, Br. Paschal, Br. Athanasius, Br. Paul Marie, Br. Andrew Thomas, and their Novice Master, Fr. Anthony.
- 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) & 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan (Fr. Ken Bolin, Upper School parent, is one of the chaplains going with them)
- For the victims of natural disasters all over the world
- Mike & Shelley Gordon (benefactors of the school)
- Clyde Klump, grandfather of alumni
- Bonnie Bezousek and family after the loss of her father.
- Eric Pallister (family friend of the Reimans) in ICU after a fall rock climbing in Montana.
- The people of Houston, TX dealing with the damage caused by hurricane and floods, including Miss Neumayr’s brother-in-law’s family, who lost their home and vehicles.
- For the protection of all those living in the path of dangerous storms this hurricane season
- Kathy Conley (sister of one of the cantors at St. Nicholas of Myra parish) in the hospital in critical condition (please pray for recovery)
- The 21 year old Alaskan woman in Nevada who was injured in an accident.
- Emily Peters (a friend of Miss Verreux’s) in the hospital
- Shelby Benton (HRA parent), recovering from gall bladder surgery
- Gabriella Schilling (friend of Mrs. Stramilov) in need of healing prayers
- Bird (former tenant) recovering from surgery
- Prayers for the Droege family’s Intentions
- For the community of Wasilla Lake Christian School after the car accident that injured three students on their Jr. High soccer team and killed their goal keeper.
Expectant Mothers :
- Maisie Klocek, (friend of Miss Neumayr & Mrs. Schirda)
- Denzer (HRA parent)
- Kinder (Upper School Music Teacher)
New Mothers, their babies, and family:
- Shoop & Josiah
- Klump & Mary Ruth
- Megan O’Lena & Kilian Wayne
- Judy McArthey & Reuben Jerome
- Kinney (former HRA teacher) & Thomas
- Sheen Bjelland (father of Eric & Joseph)
- Koop (Maria Koop’s father) diagnosed with cancer
- Darrell Murray (Maria Koop’s grandfather) in the hospital with a heart condition and advanced dementia
- Cole Abel (father of alumni) has stage 4 cancer
- Tim Holder (brother of Neil Holder) undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for bladder cancer
- Maggi (sister of Miss Verreux’s friend) with terminal cancer
- Ron Pollock (friend of Miss Verreux) in radiation treatment during the month of October
- Tony Lewkowsky (former HRA parent & Board member) recovering from a heart condition
Rest in Peace (R.I.P.)
- Tom Neumayr, uncle & godfather of Miss Neumayr
- Tim Rickert, family friend of Miss Neumayr
- Gerald Webster Bergford, father of Bonnie Bezousek, diocesan employee
- Jane O’Connor, friend of Dr. Walters
- Annie Hardoy, (Mrs. O’Neill’s mother)
- Michael Martin & Michael J. Martin Jr. (friends of Mrs. Stramilov who passed at ages 90 and 5 respectively)
- Jeff Scott (a friend of Miss Verreux)
- Carol Klump (grandmother of alumnae)
- Gene LeBlanc (grandfather of Mrs. Stramilov) who passed in May
- Mary Trueblood (mother of a benefactor)
- Andrew Caleb Erlwein (cousin of Dr. Walters)
- Hoa Pham (paternal grandmother of students)