Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- The Advent Potluck Brunch assignments will be sent home with your children next week. The same flier is attached with this email and will be posted to the Document tab of the HRA Sycamore homepage.
- The Sanchez family is encouraging everyone to check out a fun charity event to support Beans Café. Please see the attached flier for more information.
- There will be a live musical Nativity event the weekend of December 9th-11th. Please see the attached flier for more information.
- There is a change to the Upper School Exam Schedule for Thursday, December 15th: the order of exams will be 5th period, 6th period, followed by 4th period classes. This will most seriously affect families of Part-time students. All students are encouraged to look ahead to prepare for their exams. Any students who miss an exam on the day it is given will have to make it up in the Learning Lab after school resumes in January.
- 5th – 8th Grade Volleyball starts in January.
- Schoolbelles has launched their annual Winter Uniform Sale, now through January 7th. All items are discounted 20%-50% during this sale. Click this link to the flyer for more information: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102302212963&ca=7fee8067-7a36-4c02-bdfa-5bc0827e5e91
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to alumna, Michelle Tobia, for hanging the Christmas lights on the buildings and the tree outside the Kindergarten classroom.
- Thank you to Miss Butler for subbing in the Front Office while Mr. Taylor attends his brother’s wedding.
- Thank you to Mrs. Cookson for subbing Mrs. Furby’s classes on Thursday and Friday.
- Thank you to Mrs. Leinon for subbing for Mrs. Shoop on Thursday.
- Thank you to Mrs. Dixon and Mrs. O’Hanley for subbing in Kindergarten while Mrs. Shaut was out.
- Thank you to Mr. Patton for driving the 1st Grade on their field trip this week.
As the semester ends, we are looking forward to our last Spirit Day and dance of 2016. This is an excellent time to review the expectations for non-uniform attire at HRA events:
Dress Code for Non-Uniformed School Activities
“Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person.” (CCC 2524) While the forms of modesty vary in each culture and climate, it is acknowledged that social norms can be an insufficient standard in a fallen world. HRA therefore concretely outlines the expectations for modest dress, which is expected at all school related activities, whether or not students are required to be in uniform.
- All clothing should fit the person wearing it. Garments should neither be too large nor too tight to move comfortably and gracefully.
- Appropriate undergarments will always remain completely concealed by a finished outfit when it fits properly.
- Shirts and tops that fit do not reveal a person’s midriff when arms are raised, nor do they gape, pucker, or show tension creases in any part of the garment when the person moves normally.
- Thin white button-down shirts or sheer tops must have the proper undergarments worn with them.
- Modest neck lines do not descend more than four finger-widths below the lowest point of the collarbone.
- Modest clothing does not incorporate cut-out detailing that reveals bare skin.
- Professional styles of dress call for covered shoulders.
- One does not wear jewelry about the neck that shows when wearing a tie of any kind.
- Pants should not cling to the leg.
- If pants have belt loops, a belt should be worn.
- Trousers that fit are long enough to cover the ankle bone.
- The natural waist is that line around the body that crosses through the navel. Most sweatpants and skirts are fashioned to be worn at the natural waist.
- Skirts are to be long enough to completely cover the knee cap from the front and the crease of the knee in back, when standing up straight.
- Tea-length is the name for the skirt length that ends mid-way between the knee and ankle.
- Mid-length to Bermuda-length shorts, with an inseam of at least seven to eight inches is appropriate casual attire in warm weather.
- In all cases, clothing should be clean and whole. Distressed or torn garments are unsuitable for school related activities.
- Slit skirts are treated as having the hemline at the top of the slit.
- Sleeveless dresses and tops should have straps at least an inch and a half wide.
- Modest garments do not have decorations or details that draw undo attention to the particular contours of the body, nor do they have images or messages that do so.
- Modest dress will never serve as a distraction to others or impede the process of normal activity.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 11/28: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall –
- Miss Neumayr spoke briefly about the season of Advent, which has just begun, reading a lovely reflection out of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish bulletin.
- Advent calendars filled with thoughtful messages were given to the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades, as well as the Upper Elementary School and the Upper School.
- Miss Neumayr commended the High School Girls Volleyball team for a well-played season. There were many new players this year and they all learned to work and play as a united team.
- Former student and seminarian, Kevin Klump, sent a lovely card on the occasion of his installation as acolyte. He thanked Holy Rosary Academy for his deep love of Jesus and Mary. The card is posted on the bulletin board in the Kolbe Lobby.
TUESDAY 11/29: Fr. Brosamer said Mass for the Lower School 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: Fernanda Cedillo-Rendon (6th) and Maria (6th)
WEDNESDAY 11/30: The Upper School used the Special Schedule A in the morning followed by the music rehearsal.
WEDNESDAY 11/30: K-12 rehearsed together for the Festival of Lessons & Carols. Thank you, everyone, for working so well in the rehearsal.
THURSDAY 12/01: Fr. Manzano said Mass for the Upper School in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Manzano. We also thank the following participants for their help in the Mass:
Altar Servers: Alex O’Neill (10th) and Noah Cruz (7th)
Readers: Elena Biegel (9th) and Isabella van Tets (10th)
Cantor: Dr. Walters
FRIDAY 12/02: The Upper School followed a First Friday Schedule with an hour of Adoration in the JPII chapel.
FRIDAY 12/02: The Festival of Lessons & Carols was a great success, absolutely beautiful. We thank you all for attending. We would also like to thank the following students and volunteers for their extra help:
Set-up volunteers – Eric Bjelland (12th), Forrest Rose (11th), Stephen Woyte (11th), and Joseph Bjelland (10th), Mr. & Mrs. Pfeifer, and Mrs. Ward.
Readers – Gabi Holder (11th), Colby Corcoran (3rd), Helen Pendergast (4th), Nicolas Gonzalez (5th), Alena Kelley (6th), Andrew Cookson (10th), and Eric Bjelland (12th)
Reception volunteers – Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. O’Hanley, and the Parent Association
Clean-up volunteers – Mr. & Mrs. Pfeifer, Mr. & Mrs. Ward, and Mr. & Mrs. Shaut
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 12/05: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY 12/06: Upper School Joseph Schedule
TUESDAY 12/06: K-12 will attend Liturgy at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Church at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate St. Nicholas day. Students will return at the normal dismissal time.
WEDNESDAY 12/07: The 11th & 12th Grades are sponsoring a K-12 “Ugly Sweater” Spirit Day. Participants will pay $3.00 to their teachers or their Homeroom teacher. Proceeds will help fund the Upper School Prom.
THURSDAY 12/08: There will be NO SCHOOL in OBSERVANCE OF THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. We hope families will take the opportunity to attend Mass together as a family at their local parishes.
FRIDAY 12/09: Upper School Mary Day with campus stewardship – Students are to wear their gym uniforms.
FRIDAY 12/09: There will be an Upper School winter dance in St. Dominic’s Hall. Fliers have been posted in the Bosco Bldg. with full details.
SATURDAY 12/10: There will be a Rabbit Show in St. Dominic’s Hall during the day. All are welcome to visit and learn more about this charming hobby.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- CHANGE TO UPPER SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE – The order of exams on Thursday, December 15th will be 5, 6, 4 rather than 4, 5, 6. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
- The last day of the 2nd Quarter is Friday, December 16th. The annual Advent Brunch will be on this day.