Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- LABELS FOR EDUCATION – Please drop off any of your Campbell’s “Labels for Education” in the collection box next to the bulletin board in the Kolbe Lobby as soon as you can. The HRA parent coordinator for Labels for Education, Mrs. Cagle, would like to submit all of our labels in time for HRA to use the points we have earned before the program ends on August 1st, 2016.
- A BETTER EXPLANATION OF THE E-SCRIP ONLINE MALL: The eScrip Online Mall is a simple fundraising program that allows a percentage of your online purchases from dozens of online retailers to be donated to the charity of your choice. Use the link on the “Principal’s Corner” page of the school website: hraak.com or put the eScrip “ForgetMeNot” link on the dashboard of your browser.
- THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO SAVE $10 ON REGISTRATION FEES for the Anchorage Visitor Industry Charity Walk! Join TEAM HOLY ROSARY ACADEMY before May 8th online at: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/7976/visitor-industry-charity-walk-anchorage
- 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.
- Next school year, HRA will have the opportunity to participate in the Catholic Student Exchange program by hosting three to six Guatemalan student 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 will be sent home with your students next week.
- Mrs. Klump will be selling the “retro HRA sports uniforms” from 3:00-3:30 p.m. this coming Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday to raise money for the HRA sports programs.
- We would like to thank Joseph Bjelland (9), John Lastimoso (10), and Dominic Zipay (10) for their help getting the choir risers out of storage on Monday afternoon in preparation for the dress rehearsal on Tuesday, April 26th.
- Thank you to The Parent Association for the lovely succulent plants that were delivered to the office staff in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. Each plant came with a delightful poem:
For sending forms and fixing files,
Poring through the paper piles,
Completing tasks with time to spare,
Keeping track of what goes where,
Placing orders for supplies,
Staying calm when tensions rise,
Typing emails and reports,
Handling crises of all sorts,
Taking calls throughout the day,
And being great in every way.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
- MONDAY 4/25: During the Morning Assembly, Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- Rae Sanchez (2) received her First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral on April 17th. Anthony Murray (2) received his First Holy Communion at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton parish on April 24th.
- Julianna Biegel (10) received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton parish on Tuesday, April 26th. Gabrielle Holder (10) received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Family Cathedral on Tuesday, April 26th.
- Eric Shawcross (1) earned his purple belt inTae Kwon Do and won 3 gold medals at his tournament last weekend.
- Michael Lucas (10) placed 2nd in the wrestling tournament at South High School.
- Sarah Lucas (12) placed 1st in Girls’ Long Jump and 2nd in the Girls’ 200m, while Michael Lucas (10) places 2nd in Boys’ Long Jump and 3rd place in Boys’ 200m at the Track Meet in Seward last Tuesday, April 19th.
- Miss Neumayr reminded the students that the Mid-Quarter Reports distributed last week were to be signed by their parents and returned to their teachers.
- Braunlich announced the final Penny Drive of the school year. The funds raised will be used to establish a trust for the Ugandan child sponsored by this year’s 3rd grade class in order to cover the costs of the rest of his education as he grows up. ($30.00 per month will provide his tuition, books, supplies, uniform, medical care, and two daily meals.)
- TUESDAY 4/26: Miss Neumayr and Mr. Mason took the 10th-12th Grades to UAA to learn about radio and television broadcasting. We are very excited, as this paves the way for a potential radio curriculum at HRA with the help of KHRM.
- TUESDAY 4/26: The Parent Association made a great variety of appetizers and finger foods for the faculty. It was truly delicious and the leftovers fed us for days. Thank you, Tiwari, for organizing the faculty luncheons. They do make us feel appreciated. Thank you also to Mrs. Reyes, for all of your time setting up the luncheon and serving dishes throughout the lunch shifts and well as the homemade lumpia. Our thanks also go out to: Mrs Watson, for the cherry pie; Mr. Stockard, for the Great Harvest breads; Mrs. Marquez, for the pimento cheese spread; Mr. van Tets, for the smoked salmon; and all the people who brought the deviled eggs, seafood dip, shrimp cocktail, and all the other wonderful treats.
- TUESDAY 4/26: K-12 students rehearsed together for the Festival of Poetry & Song during the afternoon. The 9th grade did a marvelous job of setting up St. Dominic’s Hall for the rehearsal as a part of their lunch clean-up duties. Our appreciation goes to Mrs. Duncan, Mr. Duncan, and Dr. Walters for their work during the rehearsal.
- TUESDAY 4/26: The eggs arrived in Mrs. Shaut’s class. Kindergarten will spend the rest of the school year observing them as they incubate and hatch into chicks.
- THURSDAY 4/28: Fr. Scott Medlock from St. Patrick’s said Mass for the whole school in St. Dominic’s Hall. Thank you, Fr. Scott, for coming at the last minute.
- FRIDAY 4/29: Upper School Mary Day: The 7th-12th grade students rehearsed during the afternoon in preparation for the Festival of Poetry & Song.
- FRIDAY 4/29: The Festival of Poetry & Song at St. Patrick’s Deacons Hall was a tremendous success. We would like to thank everyone for attending. K-12 students performed for a packed house. The Carlos Stevens (3), Andrew Hanson (4), Maria Koop (5), Miquel Reyes (5), and Sophia Metras (6) represented the HRA elementary band and played a few numbers, including the HRA Fight Song and Miquel Reyes (5) played a flute solo of the chorus of “We Will Rock You” that had the whole building clapping and stomping. Charming choral pieces were sung by grades K-2, 3-6, and 7-12. First Grade recited their traditional Mother’s Day poem and each First Grader presented their mom with a white rose. Mary Tappel (11) sang a solo part in “An Irish Blessing” dedicated to the Seniors and all students and faculty who will be leaving Holy Rosary after this year. The festival also included a performance by the Upper School Bell Choir and a humorous abridgement of Macbeth written by Miss DiCiero & Mr. Klotz and performed by the faculty. We would like to thank Petrash and Mary Alice Petrash (7) for helping transport the risers to and from St. Patrick’s, Mrs. Tappel, Sophia Metras (6), Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Pimentel, Mr & Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. Grandel, the Irving family, and Mrs. Woyte for setting up the hall, preparing the reception, and cleaning up after the concert, St. Patrick’s parishioner, John Fulton, for donating his time as sound technicial and videographer, and St. Partick’s Knight of Columbus, Tom Bruce, for guiding the large number of student and parent volunteers who remained after the concert to set up tables and chairs as the parish would need them over the weekend.
- SATURDAY 4/30: 4th-8th grade students participated in an open track meet for Christian schools at Wendler Middle School. Results will be announced at the Monday Assembly.
- SATURDAY 4/30: The Upper School Prom at O’Malley on the Green – The Upper School Prom was a blast. Everyone was dressed to the nines and had so much fun! We would like to thank the Senior Class for their hard work decorating the ballroom at O’Malley on the Green. The staff was very impressed by the good manners and fun personalities of the HRA students who attended.
THE WEEK TO COME:
- MONDAY 5/2: THIS IS THE DEADLINE FOR PAYING RE-ENROLLMENT FEES TO SECURE YOUR CHILD’S PLACE IN CLASSES FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
- MONDAY 5/2: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
- MONDAY 5/2: May Crowning – Parents and families are invited to join K-12 classes in their annual May Crowning ceremony at 2:15 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall. The ceremony will include each person giving a flower to Our Lady, hymns, a recitation of the Rosary led by the Senior class, and the crowning of the statue of Our Lady of Grace by the HRA First Communicants.
- MONDAY- FRIDAY 5/2-6: Grades 2-6 will take their spring SCANTRON tests throughout the week.
- WEDNESDAY 5/4: 2nd & 4th Grades will go on a field trip to JBER for the day.
- THURSDAY 5/5: Fr. Sidun will offer a Byzantine Children’s Liturgy for the whole school at 10:15 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall.
- THURSDAY 5/5: High school parents, & Mrs. Ford, will give a living history presentation on the American Revolutionary War period for the 3rd & 4th Grades.
- FRIDAY 5/6: Upper School 1st Friday Schedule: 7th-12th students will have all of their academic classes and attend Adoration in the JPII chapel for the last hour of the school day.
- FRIDAY- SATURDAY 5/6-7: There will be a High School Track Meet at Dimond High School.
- SATURDAY 5/7: There will be a Christian School track and field meet at Hanshew Middle School for 4th-8th grades, starting at 10:00 a.m. Students do not need to be on the official track team to participate. Contact Maureen Klump by Wednesday, May 4th for details: email@example.com
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- Fisher will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Mass in St. Dominic’s Hall at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11th. He will be the main celebrant and Fr. Luz Flores will be the homilist.
- The Anchorage Visitor Industry Charity Walk is Friday, May 13th (See note above).
- All are invited to the Senior Baccalaureate Mass which will be Tuesday evening, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Family Cathedral. The seniors have requested a Dominican Rite Mass for their Baccalaureate. A reception for Seniors, their families, and invited guests will follow the Mass.
- The High School Graduation ceremony will be Wednesday, May 18th at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral. The ceremony will begin will Mass at Noon and then transition to the Lunney Center for formal addresses and the awarding of diplomas. 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.
- We are looking for parent help with Elementary Field Day events on Thursday, May 19th. COME JOIN THE FUN. See your child’s class newsletter for more information.
- 6TH & 8TH GRADE GRADUATION CEREMONY & RECEPTION: For the first time, Holy Rosary 6th & 8th graders will be honored with their own evening Graduation Ceremony and Reception in St. Dominic’s Hall on Thursday, May 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Graduates of each grade will be awarded with certificates in a brief ceremony and then a dessert reception will follow. We are looking for 6th & 8th grade parents who would like to help decorate the hall. Please contact Miss Neumayr if you would like to help.
- THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS FRIDAY, MAY 20TH. 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.
- 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 spizzwinks.com. For more information, email Michael Tappel at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
- 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)
- Information on summer sports opportunities is available on the Documents tab of the HRA Sycamore homepage.