Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- Holy Rosary Academy’s re-accreditation has been approved and extended by NAPCIS for the longest duration permitted, six years. Our evaluators gave us very positive feedback and the highest marks possible. Go, Knights!
- EARLY RE-ENROLLMENT IS OPEN! – The Early Re-Enrollment Discount period for the 2018-2019 school year will be open February 15th-March 16th. Each family that pays their Re-Enrollment Fees on or before Friday, March 16th will earn a $100 discount. The Enrollment Fees this year are $300 per student. Login to the HRA Sycamore site to complete your re-enrollment online by clicking on My School | Enrollment to register your children for the next school year.
- REMINDER – The traffic flows counterclockwise through the front parking lot. Please make sure to enter through the west driveway next to St. Dom’s and exit through the east driveway next to the Bosco Bldg.
- CARPOOLING IN THE MORNINGS – The Dubay family needs help getting their child to school in the mornings for the next month. They live in the area of Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral. Please contact the Front Office for more information if you are willing to help.
- HELP FOR FATHER FISHER – Our former chaplain, Fr. A. J. Fisher is in need of help after his knee replacement surgery. He is currently unable to walk and needs assistance moving about his home. He has requested adults, individuals or pairs, to stay with him for four-hour shifts. Please consider helping in this corporal work of mercy. Call the HRA Front Office for Fr. Fisher’s contact information and learn more about how you can help this retired priest.
- Girl Scout Cookies for the Troops – Our goal is to sell 24 more boxes of Girl Scout cookies for the troops of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) & 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan in the next TWO WEEKS. One of our 4th Graders, Anya, is a Girl Scout and her family will ship cookies to Afghanistan (c/o Fr. Bolin) on behalf of everyone that wants to donate cookies to the troops. Contact Gabrielle Bryant
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Will Deering (10th) for shoveling last weekend.
- Thank you to the parents and teachers who participated in the NAPCIS re-evaluation interviews last Thursday: Miss Verreux, Williams, Mrs. Schirda, Mr. Welsh, Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Marquez, and Mr. Woyte. We wish to mention again our gratitude to the Visiting Team who wrote the evaluation report: Mr. Bob Bird and Mr. Joel Davidson.
- Thank you to parent volunteers, Mr. Cagle and Mr. Syren for helping with the 12th Grade Trial of Billy Budd project.
- 5th – 8th Grade Volleyball – The volleyball team learned a lot this season. We are very proud of our young team. Special thanks to our student coaches: Anndawnika Neavill (9th) and Gary Holder (9th). **Team members need to return their uniforms to Mrs. Curran clean, folded, and packed in a gallon-sized ziplock bag.
- 5th – 8th Grade Co-ed Indoor Soccer – Practices will take place at Stellar Secondary School from 5-7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays starting February, 26th until games begin, then they will practice only twice weekly. Your child can still join the soccer team if interested. Contact Mrs. Curran at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Congratulations to Max Broek (5th) for his impressive participation in the Alaska State Swim Meet in Juneau, AK last weekend. He placed 4th in the 500m Freestyle, 11th in the 100m Freestyle, and 12th in the 50m Freestyle among 11-year-old competitors.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 2/26: Morning Assembly – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- As we enter the second week of Lent and notice that the light is in the sky by the time the school day begins, we are reminded that we are preparing for Christ, the Light of the World, to come into our lives.
- The NAPCIS evaluators who were here last Thursday were very impressed with our students, how engaged they were in their classes and how articulate and thoughtful they were in the interviews. Thank you to Lily Betts (3rd), Amarisa Manuel (6th), Grace Ward (8th), Angela Patton (8th), Nisha Rawalt (10th), Alexander O’Neill (11th), and Drew Benton (12th) for participating in the student interviews.
- We previewed the plan for the week and recognized everyone celebrating a birthday this week.
MONDAY 2/26: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz, O.P. visited the 9th grade Sacred Scripture class, thank you Fr. Dominic David.
TUESDAY 2/27: Grades 7-11 took the National Greek Exam and National Latin Exam in St. Dominic’s Hall during their language period. Students with high scores will be recognized with certificates at the end of the year Awards Assembly.
TUESDAY 2/27: Fr. Robert Whitney presided over the Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Whitney. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Isaac Grandel (6th) and Earthen Le (6th)
- Prayer Leader: Mason Nguyen (6th)
- First Reading: Verity Pendergast (6th)
- Responsorial Psalm: Stephen Hart (6th)
- Petitions: Amarisa Manuel (6th)
WEDNESDAY 2/28: The Enrollment Recruiting Open House was a great success. We had almost twenty families tour the school and interview with Miss Neumayr. Several student and parent volunteers were present to help represent the school. We would like to thank the following students and parents: Atlin Bell (12th), Mrs. Benton, Juliana Biegel (12th), Yedidia Diboue (3rd), Isaac Grandel (6th), Jacinta Grandel (11th), Gabrielle Holder (12th), Gwendolyn Holder (7th), Gillian Holder (4th), Gianna Holder (1st), Gregory Holder (K), Mrs. Holder, Jaxon Justiniano (K), Mr. & Mrs. Justiniano, Savio Le (11th), Michael Lucas (12th), Hanna Massell (12th), Anthony Murray (4th), Mr. & Mrs. Murray, Alexander O’Neill (11th), Nisha Rawalt (10th), Sofia Sidun (11th), Yordana Sidun (9th), Jon Syren (12th), and Mr. Woyte. We would particularly like to thank the students who helped set up as well as give tours: Joseph Bjelland (11th), John Lastimoso (11th), and Stephen Woyte (12th). Thank you also to Mrs. Broek for picking up the snacks and drinks that were served at the Open House.
THURSDAY 3/1: 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: Christian Bolin (7th)
- First Reading: Elena Biegel (10th)
- Petitions: Gary Holder (9th)
THURSDAY 3/1: Br. Joshua Gatus, O.P. continued the training the 5th Grade altar servers. Thank you, Br. Joshua and thank you to our new crop of Elementary altar servers.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY 3/1-2: The 3rd, 5th, and 9th grades took the National Mythology Exam. Students with high scores will be recognized with certificates at the end of the year Awards Assembly.
FRIDAY 3/2: Upper School followed the Special Schedule A and practiced their science fair presentations in the afternoon. 11th & 12th grades, who are not required to participate in the HRA Science Fair, used the afternoon to work on their theses.
FRIDAY 3/2: 6th Grade went on a retreat led by Miss Ramos (’13). They spent the morning in prayerful reflection at St. Andrew parish and then had an afternoon of service at Serendipity Adult Day Care Center.
FRIDAY 3/2: 4th Grade went to West High School to see the matinee performance of musical, The Adams Family.
FRIDAY 3/2: Upper School enjoyed a soup lunch provided by the 10th Grade after praying the Stations of the Cross.
THE WEEK AHEAD
MONDAY 3/5: Morning Assembly, 8:00 in St. Dominic’s Hall
MONDAY 3/5: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz, O.P. will visit the 8th Grade Theology class.
MONDAY 3/5: HS Drama Club meeting in Kolbe Lobby
TUESDAY 3/6: Br. Joshua Gatus, O.P. will complete the altar server training for 5th Grade boys.
TUESDAY 3/6: Elementary Mass with Fr. Patrick Brosamer in the JPII Chapel, 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 3/7: Pizza Day
WEDNESDAY 3/7: NASA Speakers – Visitors from NASA will be talking to the Upper School from 11:00 a.m.-noon and to grades 3-6 from noon-1:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 3/7: HS Drama Club meeting in St. Cecilia music room.
THURSDAY 3/8: Board of Trustees meeting in the St. Thomas Aquinas Library
THURSDAY 3/8: HRA Science Fair in St. Dominic’s Hall, judging begins at 8:10 a.m.
THURSDAY 3/8: Upper School Mass with the Dominican chaplains, 9:45 a.m. with 7th & 8th Grade Confessions starting at 9:00 a.m.
FRIDAY 3/9: Last day of 3rd Quarter
FRIDAY 3/9: Upper School Joseph Schedule with Renaissance Art History lesson & activity (rescheduled from two weeks ago).
FRIDAY 3/9: Upper School soup lunch provided by the 9th Grade.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- Spring Student Presentations, Upper School: 3/21-23 and Elementary: 3/22-23
- There will be Noon Dismissal for Upper School on Wednesday, March 21st.
- There will be Noon Dismissal for K-12 on Thursday, March 22nd.
- There will be no classes on Friday, March 23 for Spring Student Presentations. The date is marked on your HRA Wall Calendars as a student ISD (In-Service Day) because the students will be assigned work to do at home on that day.
- We will celebrate Joseph Day with a K-12 Dominican Rite Mass and spaghetti lunch on Monday, March 19th. Please contact the HRA Share Hour Coordinator if you would like to bring a pan of spaghetti or loaf of garlic bread for the event.
- NO SCHOOL FOR EASTER VACATION: MARCH 29-APRIL 8
Holy Father’s Intentions:
Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
- 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, especially the people of the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico
- 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.
- Kathy Conley (sister of one of the cantors at St. Nicholas of Myra parish) in the hospital in critical condition (please pray for recovery)
- Emily Peters (a friend of Miss Verreux’s) in the hospital
- For the intentions of the Benton family
- Gabriella Schilling (friend of Mrs. Stramilov) in need of healing prayers
- 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 goalkeeper.
- Hoa Pham (paternal grandmother of Mason & Mimii Nguyen)
- The victims of school shootings
- Kolbe Kinder (infant son of Mrs. Kinder) having seizures
- Harmston family, special intentions
- Antwaun Carrothers (friend of Dr. Walters), recovering from surgery on 12/8/17
- A.J. Fisher (former HRA chaplain) recovering from knee replacement surgery. (Mrs. Shaut reports he is recovering well. Thank you for your prayers.)
- For the special intentions of Lisa Stephens (HRA parent) & family
- Walters has a cracked tailbone after a fall on the ice
- Victoria Leinon (godmother of an HRA student) having a difficult recovery after knee replacement surgery
- Therese Rhoter, wife of the founder of St. Augustine Academy (injured in CA mudslides, in stable condition but lost her husband)
- The St. Augustine Academy community who lost their friend and school founder, Roy Rhoter
- Taylor family
- Fleming, recovering slowly from gallbladder surgery
- Max Hodel (HRA grandparent & former Trustee)
- Mara El-Khoury
- Katy Morrison
- The Holder family
- Tish Brush, mother of one of our substitute teachers, Mrs. Leinon
Expectant Mothers :
- Maisie Klocek (friend of Miss Neumayr & Mrs. Schirda)
- Oriele Kinder (Upper School Music Teacher)
- Mary (Pearce) Ahonen (daughter of Mrs. Pearce) expecting the 2nd of March
- Cecilia (Pearce) Latt (daughter of Mrs. Pearce) expecting a boy the 1st of May
- Elena Begojevec (Mrs. Stramilov’s sister-in-law)
- Melissa Montague (HRA parent)
- Nayelin Esther Sosa De Los Santos (mother of a 1st grader)
- Theresa Bird
- Jane Nemcova (Miss Neumayr’s sister)
New Mothers, their babies, and family:
- Sarah Shoop & Josiah
- Alison Klump & Mary Ruth
- Megan O’Lena & Kilian Wayne
- Judy McArthey & Reuben Jerome
- Monica Kinney (former HRA teacher) & Thomas
- Elena Zolnick (sister of Trustee) and baby Gloria Maria
- Jessica Denzer (HRA parent) and baby Charles
- Sheen Bjelland (father of Eric & Joseph)
- Drew 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
- Naomi Clements (family friend of the Furby family) fighting childhood cancer
- Nicole Sammons (mother of Rochelle)
- Marguerite Fusco (Miss Logsdail’s aunt)
- Vern Howey (Mrs. Welsh’s uncle, diagnosed with cancer)
- Stephen DiGiovanni (Miss Logsdail’s childhood pastor) who had a massive stroke on 2/15/2018
- Yosef Furmansky (step-grandfather of a student) struggling with Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses
- David Foos (Mrs. Stramilov’s uncle) fighting Derrick’s Disease and cancer
- Rose Teichert Grimm (longtime family friend of Miss Neumayr) diagnosed with a tumor
- Tanyos El Khoury (son of alumni) diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy
Rest in Peace (R.I.P.)
- Barbara Doerner (former Principal)
- Andy Coldiron (former teacher)
- Tom Neumayr, uncle & godfather of Miss Neumayr
- Dawn Bennett, friend of HRA
- 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)
- Liz Marquez (grandmother of Mitchell Marquez)
- Margaret Briganti (friend of Mrs. Holder)
- Robin Tanner II (Mrs. Harmston’s cousin) killed in car accident, leaving behind a wife and two children
- Dorothy Foos (Mrs. Stramilov’s great aunt)
- Manuel Marfill (godfather of Joseph Bjelland)
- Gene & Roma LeBlanc (Mrs. Stramilov’s grandparents)
- Lorraine Lopez (grandmother of former student, Jacob Lopez)
- Herbert Froesch (grandfather of student, Ashley Stephens)
- Tathana Atanasoaie (sister-in-law of Mrs. Schirda)
- Diane Fleming (wife of Trustee)
- Sylvester Smith (SEAS parishioner & UAF student) hit by a car while helping a disabled vehicle
- Patricia Billimek (grandmother of Quinn Swanson)
- Steven C. Moore (former pastor of SEAS)
- Roy Rohter, founder of St. Augustine Academy of Ventura, CA (killed in the California mudslides)
- Charles Grove (father of former teacher, Stan Grove)
- Zona Gail Brink (grandmother of Mr. Furby’s co-worker)
- Michael Brent Smith (father of Mr. Furby’s co-worker)