Dear HRA Faculty And Friends,
Happy Catholic Schools Week! What an incredible several weeks of activities our students have already enjoyed. I want to take a few moments to catch you up and then tell you about the special week the students will enjoy this week.
Before I recap the last few weeks, however, I wanted to encourage all you HRA families to do your best to sell the rest of your raffle tickets by 10 A.M. on Friday, January 31st. The drawing will be held at noon in St. Dominic’s. Please come and join us for a spaghetti lunch and the public drawing at that time. Invite friends and relatives as well.
The last few weeks have been a true whirlwind. Some of the most noteworthy occurrences are as follows:
Senior, Justin Klump, has been admitted to three colleges already! He received word from Ave Maria University that he has been admitted and has been awarded a merit scholarship worth $6,000.00 a year (for a total of $24,000.00) and $1,000.00 a year because he goes to a Catholic school! Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina has admitted him and offered him a merit scholarship for $5500.00 anually! Finally, he has been admitted to Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio and awaits their financial offer. Congratulations, Justin! We look forward to your final decision!
Huge thank yous go out to the following people:
Alumna, Michele Tobia – Thank your for prepping our buildings for the Feast of the Epiphany and for building the cover for the science shelves and for your excellent painting of one of our rentals! Thanks for giving up so much of your Christmas vacation to help the school! We can’t wait to see you in the summer.
Mr. Stankewich (father of 7th grader) – Thank you for the maintenance work with the buses and for all your work with the zone valves in St. Bernadette building.
Mr. and Mrs. Tobia (parents of aluma, Michele) – Thank you for taping the Festival of Lessons and Carols so that we can have a memory of it for years to come.
Mr. Dominic Le and Mr. Reiman and Mr. Stankewich – thank you for all the extra help you give when the snow falls and we need shovelers!
Mr. Lederhos (Grandfather of 2nd grader) – Thank you for the ice melt and shovels and help clearing out the backside of the campus. Thanks also for the monthly pizza pick-up and delivery to the school as well as your many donations. You are my personal Santa Claus. Bless you!
Fr. Augustine – thank you for being our chaplain and for the many, many times you thoughtfully come over to support the school and offer special blessings. Your attendance at the play and for the opening of Catholic Schools Week and for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas mass is much appreciated. We are so blessed to have your prayers and your spiritual support.
Fr. Anthony Patalano – Thank you again for the beautiful picture of Our Lady giving rosaries to St. Dominic and St. Catherine that now graces our wall in the Kolbe building! I love walking past it multiple times a day.
Mr. Thompson (grandfather of a kindergartner) – thank you for the geology presentations in the kindergarten and for the third and fourth grade. You are a super teacher and have really enlivened the students’ love of science. Thank you!
Gabby DiCiero – Thank you for stepping in to do such an amazing job with the After School Care Program.
Carmela Bell (mother of a sixth and an eighth grader) – thank you for doing our monthly shopping!!!!!You are invaluable.
Mrs. O’Neill, Mrs. Woyte, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Neavill, and Mrs.Jemmings – thank you for the transporting of grades 5 – 8 to the matinee dress rehearsal of the play! We literally could not have done it without you.
To all those whom I have forgotten, know that many times a day I pray for you in thanksgiving for all that you do.
The Spelling Bee
Congratulations to the top two spellers from grades 1 – 8! They are as follows:
Izaiha King (8) Forrest Rose (8)
Lilly Gonzalez (7) Christopher Knox (7)
Aine Nakada (6) Sophia Rose (6)
Arieta Manu (5) Johah Harris (5)
Bernadette Hart (4) Jonas Knox (4)
Miguel Garcia (3) Joshua Fouch (3)
Stephen Hart (2) Amarisa Manuel (2)
Evan Harris (1) Nicolas Reiman (1)
This was the first year that the first and second graders competed! I was so very proud of their efforts. Bravo!
The winner was sixth grader, Aine Nakada. Her winning word was science. Though a seemingly easy word, the words leading up to this word were quite challenging and tricky enough for all of her peers to make an error. We went through 12 rounds to reach the winner. Congratulations, Aine! She will compete for the State Championship at the Performing Arts Center on February 28th.
The second runner up and alternate spelling champion, third grader, Miguel Garcia, will accompany her should she be unable to meet this obligation. Congratulations to the youngest alternate spelling champion in the history of HRA. Congratulations, Miguel!
- Thank you to Corie Geiermann (’06), a budding plumber, for installing two new toilets in St. Dominic’s. I appreciate your time and expertise, Corie! It was wonderful to see you back on campus.
- Jamie Cookson (’13) was recognized on the President’s List at Gonzaga for an outstanding semester academically. Only those with grades between a 3.7 and 4.0 were recognized. Jamie, we are all so very proud of you!!!
- I have had the privilege of hearing from many of our recent graduates. Most have reported their G.P.A. in the same superlative range of 3.7 -4.0. It is such a relief as their former teacher and principal to know that HRA is really preparing these students to step up to the next level and still perform superbly.
Many thanks and heartfelt congratulations go out to the three directors of this year’s Shakespearean play, Much Ado about Nothing. Miss Danielle DiCiero, Mrs. Erin Furby, and Mr. John Haggard directed one of the school’s most outstanding performances to date! The high school was simply superb! They treated our grades 5,6,7,8 classes to a wonderful matinee and then had two highly successful and well attended evening performances. The 125 guests for the supper theater evening really excited the actors who stepped up and gave the crowd their best. Though our lead actors were truly outstanding, the entire ensemble of actors was so strong and cohesive that the play as a whole had no weaknesses. Bravo to our high school students for all of their hard work. Memorizing upwards of 300-400 lines for some of them is mesmerizing to behold and a true feat and indication of the fine minds these students have.
I want to specially recognize the leads for the play as three were only freshman just beginning to try out their acting chops. Special acknowledgement belongs to:
Benedick – played by Matthew Lastimoso (9)
Beatrice – played by Karina Biegel (11)
Claudio – played by Lee Cookson (11)
Hero – played by Jessica Smith (11)
Don Pedro – played by Jacob Owens (11)
Leonato – played by Eric Bjelland (9)
Dogberry – played by Anna Berry (9)
Thank you to all the parents for the many Saturdays you spent driving your children to practice. Thanks to George Neuerberger for the delicious lasagna meal, and alumni, Michael Rannals, and Mrs. Furby’s husband, Will for the tireless clean-up efforts they made during and after the play. God bless you three for your selflessness!
Please write to your congressman urging him or her to support the School Choice initiative. Mr. Fink has been working tirelessly to be sure that this term there is a vote. Take the time to send a brief note and put positive pressure on the politicians. The freedom for parents that this would offer is tremendous and you parents at HRA would feel it immediately. Thank you so very much.
Congratulations and thank you to all the parents who have completed their raffle obligation. Miss Brittain is calling to remind and encourage any of you who are completing your sales this week. We are so very grateful to Mr. Fleming, Jordan Brittain, Danielle DiCiero, and Mr. Yabyabin for all of their hard work in completing the raffle preparations and the spaghetti feed for Friday. I look forward to sharing with you next week the winners and the total earnings of this most important fundraiser!
Please plan to go to lunch or dinner at Don Jose’s Restaurant on Northern Lights this Saturday, February 1st between the hours of noon and 10 P.M. The owner is father to one of our second graders. He is going to donate a portion of the proceeds to all three local Catholic schools. Please come and encourage many friends to support this effort to finish off Catholic Schools Week with a flourish!
The Junior/ Senior Theses
Thanks to the careful guidance of Composition 11/12 teacher, Mr. Welsh, the juniors and seniors have selected their thesis topics and begun their study in preparation for their April presentation and defense. We wish you well on this journey in search of the truth of the matter!
Congratulations to Patrick Droege and Izaiha King who have been playing basketball with the Lumen Christi high school and junior high teams respectively! We are so grateful to Lumen Christi for generously inviting us to play with them and so proud of our two HRA basketball stars. Happy season Patrick and Izaiha!
Thank you to Miss Jordan Brittain, Mr Dickason, and sophomore, Sang Nguyen for coaching the volleyball team, grades 5-8. Please come out and support our small but determined team. Their first game is this Friday, January 31st at 4 P.M. at Lumen Christi. The players this year are Elena Biegel (5), Arieta Manu (5) Evotia Manu (5) Savio Le (7) John Lastimoso (7) Julianna Biegel (8), and Jenessa Lorenz (5). Go Knights!
After School Care News
Thank you to Gabby DiCiero (sister of our Business Manager) for stepping in to take such good care of our After School Program. Gabby has assisted us while she is waiting for her brother, for whom she is a full-time caregiver, to be released from the hospital. Her brother, Dominic, is much improved and coming home soon. Gabby will need to make her last day February 10th. I will be announcing her replacement shortly. In the meantime, thank you so very much, Gabby, for your gentle patience and care. The excited voices that I hear each afternoon as I work in my office, cheers me and inspires me on in my own work. Thank you!!
Fred Meyers Rewards Card
Holy Rosary Academy has just signed up to receive community rewards benefits from your Fred Meyers Purchases. Please submit your rewards card to the attendant who will then connect your purchases to our school so that we can be sent some rewards similar to that of Carr’s and ESCRIP. More to come.
- All Catholic Schools Mass at SEAS – January 29th at 1:30 at SEAS.
- Don Bosco Day of Games – Friday January 31st – elementary will enjoy an afternoon of board games 1-3
- Joseph Day (periods 4,5,6) on January 31st
- Raffle Drawing – January 31st at noon in St. Dominic’s – join us for a spaghetti feed prepared by father of first grader, Mr. Yabyabin.
- Father/ Daughter Dance February 1st at St. Benedict’s Parish at 7 P.M.
- Monday Assembly (2/3/14)
- All School Mass on Tuesday (2/4/14)
- Declamation (Latin/Greek poetry) Competition in St. Dominic’s on 2/7/14 at 1:00 P.M.
- Mid-Quarter Grades sent home – 2/7/14
- Parent Association Meeting – 2/10/14 from 6:30-7:30 P.M. in the Kolbe building. Babysitting provided.
- Junior High Shakespearean Monologue presentations at lunch from noon to 12:30 on Feb. 11,12,13. Parents encouraged to attend.
- President’s Day – No School 2/17/14
- Science Fair Project Completed by – 2/21/14
- Science Fair Competition – St. Dominic’s Hall on 2/27/14
I will be marketing the school for the next six weekends at all the local parishes. See the calendar for the locations for each weekend. I will be calling some HRA families who attend each of the parishes to come and assist me (child in uniform). If you would like to help, please let me know. I would be most grateful for your enthusiasm at each parish. What a joy to encourage fellow Catholics to join our happy family next year. REMEMBER that if you should recommend a family to the school and they come, we will credit your account with $250.00.
Bless you and have a wonderful week!
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal