Dear HRA Families and Friends,
May is here. May 1 we remembered Our Lady in a special way by having our annual May Crowning in St. Dominic’s Hall. A huge thank you goes to our May Crowing coordinator, Mrs. Valerie Shaut. We were blessed to have four First Communicants (Justin Acosta was gone for his sister’s graduation) dress up in their white to assist with Mary’s Crowing.
The First Communicants were joined by kindergartner, Nicolas Reiman, who was baptized this year and Justin Klump who was just Confirmed and led our opening and closing prayers. Second Grader, Maria Koop, crowned Our Lady and was assisted by third grader, Giovanna Mercurio. Giovanna Mercurio was later selected to put the crown on Our Lady for the Holy Family Cathedral May Crowning as well.
This time of year, it is such a treat to see our students who have received one of the Sacraments of Initiation wait on Our Lady with such love and devotion! You may notice that our statue of Our Lady of Grace is currently gone from the campus. Not to worry, she is safely resting in the front of Holy Family Cathedral as the Dominicans asked us to share her with them. I was delighted and honored to do so. She looks simply beautiful surrounded by flowers at HFC. Do go down to visit her.
Special thanks go to the sixth grade for ringing the bells, the seniors (and junior, Jacob Owens) for leading the school in the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, and for Fr. Augustine Highlander O.P. for leading us in a special prayer and blessing of our statue of Our Lady of Grace. Thank you to Miss DiCiero for creating the program and the entire student body for their quiet and prayerful demeanor throughout the ceremony. Holy Rosary Academy trusts in the love and care of our Heavenly Mother. These days allow us to show her our gratitude. Hail Mary Full of Grace!
The Elementary School enjoyed their first annual Etiquette Afternoon last month. The students worked together to determine the content and perform skits reflecting behavior that helps students to be more virtuous. The kindergarten and fifth grade worked together and made us laugh uproariously as they demonstrated how not to behave in chapel (like falling asleep and slipping off your chair) and how to behave properly. Sixth grade worked with first and second graders to demonstrate proper greetings and polite behavior around adults. The third and fourth graders showed the student body and faculty the appropriate greeting when a visitor comes in the room. All-in-all the skits were a huge success. It was a truly fun way to remind the students of the virtuous habits they can foster every day! Thank you to all the teachers for their creativity and supervision. We look forward to more of these days next year!
St. Cecilia Music Appreciation Day
HRA wants to thank the Ohotnicky family for bringing beautiful music to the campus. Home schooling student, Ana Ohotnickly, planned a day of music appreciation for HRA to enjoy as a way of fulfilling her American Girl project . She brought her harp and fellow students who play the violin, piano, viola and trumpet. All the grades enjoyed a wonderful hour learning about the five instruments, trying them out under the supervision of the presenters, and listening to an impromptu concert. It was a really fun event and a joy to have Ana Ohotnicky organize such a lovely day for us! Thank you to the students for your interest and excellent behavior.
Centurion Program and Donations News
The Centurion is doing very well. We have brought approximately $34,000.00 in from supporters of the school far and wide. The number exceeds the Board’s goal of $30,000.00 and falls short of my own hopes that we could break $40,000.00 this year. I still have hope. Anyone who has not yet submitted names and addresses for our annual donation appeal is welcome and encouraged to do so. It is not too late to send out appeals! Thank you to all who have been so generous!
Mrs. Pam Albers, mother of Shelby (Gr.6) and Alyssa (Gr. 3) encouraged me to apply for a charitable donation from the Elmendorf Offficers’ Spouses Organization. Mrs. Pearce put together a list of P.E. and recess equipment needs and it was accepted! We received a generous check for $500.00 to defray our costs for equipment next year. Thank you Mrs. Albers. Your thoughtfulness means so very much to us!
There are so many reasons to count my blessings as the year draws to a close. I am so pleased with the students. The Elementary School is taking their end-of-the-year SCANTRON tests in Reading, Language Arts, and Math. I look forward to sharing with you their results. The early outcomes indicate the students have made great gains this year! The students will also take Core Knowledge Tests on the last week of school to determine how well they have absorbed their courses throughout the year. I will look forward to mailing you the results early in the summer. Grades 7,8, and 9 will take their SCANTRON next week.
Next blog I will discuss the seniors’ plans for college, alumni news, and baccalaureate, graduation, Final Exams, Awards Assembly, End of the Year Potluck plans. In the meantime, I remain,
Miss Neumayr, Principal