Dear Holy Rosary Academy Family and Friends,
What a week we have ahead of us! The entire school is mobilizing to welcome interested families to our school on Tuesday, April 24th from 6-9 P.M. The entire school will spend the afternoon on Monday cleaning the school from top to bottom. This type of stewardship of the school is so healthy for the students and so edifying for the teachers! Further, I have asked the upper school students to help offer tours and be in attendance to help at the Open House. Teachers will be asked to minimize the homework for Tuesday night. Parents are encouraged to join us to answer questions about the school as well.
On Friday, the school will transform into the Greek and Roman Festival from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. All of the parents should have received a detailed account of what you are expected to send for the potluck as well as a detailed account of the schedule so that you are aware of when your child(ren) is performing. This year we are performing specific scenes in St. Dominic’s Hall on the hour so that parents need not sit through all of the performances but have the luxury to choose which shows they would like to see. The students will enjoy a dress rehearsal of all the performances in the morning. While the performances are going on, the rest of the student body will be hosting games around campus. Food will be available in Kolbe all afternoon although the key lunch time will extend from 11:30 – 1:00. It should be a lovely day. Pacific Northern Academy, The Waldorf School, and SEAS 5th and 6th grade will be in attendance at various times of the day. Homeschooling families have also been invited. Students are asked to purchase $5.00 worth of tickets to enjoy the games. The money will go towards the drama department. SCHEDULES FOR THE DAY CAN BE FOUND IN THE OFFICE.
While this week portends great things, last week was a phenomenal week as well! The Parent Association put on its last parent meeting of the year. The notes from the meeting are being sent home this week to keep parents informed. I wish to thank our officers for doing a wonderful job of greeting and meeting with the parents this year. All the officers took care of so many behind-the-scenes necessities for the school. I could not have functioned without them! Thank you to President, Mrs. Tami Tobia, Vice-President, Lisa Cookson, Treasurer, Karin Owens, and Secretary, Wendy Fuller. You are wonderful! The new officers were also voted in.
The 2012 Parent Association Team will be made up of:
President: Mrs. Karin Owens
Vice-President – Mrs. Lisa Cookson
Treasurer – Mr. Alex Goorchenko
Secretary – Mrs. Mindy Goorchenko
The most exciting part of the week came when the Juniors and Seniors read and defended their theses. The entire upper school, faculty, and interested parents came to the afternoon thesis presentations in St. Dominic’s. The juniors gave concise, clear, and thoughtful presentations. We enjoyed what I consider to be the best question and answer sessions after each presentation that I have witnessed to date. BRAVO TO THE JUNIORS! Here are the title questions of their presentations:
Marisa Ramos: Whether Man Can Really Seek Evil?
Reagan Biegel: Whether it is Ever Allowable to Spend Money on Luxury Items?
Diego Barros: Whether All Craftsmanship is Art?
Jamie Cookson: Whether Only Humans Have Intrinsic Value?
Natalie Chennault: Whether As a Woman’s Role in Society Increases Does Her Dignity Decrease?
Michael Tappel: Whether Perfectionism is a Vice?
Thank you to the teachers who directed the junior theses!
The seniors gave their final thesis presentations Friday evening. Their papers were considerably longer and they were asked to defend their theses to a panel of distinguished guests from the community. This year we were privileged to have:
Fr. Augustine Highlander O.P. (Associate Pastor of Holy Family Cathedral)
Miss Bernadette Wilson (Former HRA student, host of weekend T.V. political round table, political consultant)
Mrs. Joy Davidson (Philosophy major from Wheaton College, home schooling mother of five)
Mr. Doug Stewart (head of Faith Formation at the Archdiocese, debate coach for SEAS, Lumen Christi, and HRA)
The panel asked some very thoughtful and thought provoking questions of the seniors. The seniors, as they do every year, fielded questions for about 30 minutes after reading their papers aloud. This is the culminating event of the senior year and represents the final step of the trivium, rhetoric. Once again the seniors put on a terrific evening in front of the panel, faculty, parents, and students. The seniors were then taken to dinner by the faculty after their defense. It was a wonderful evening!
Senior thesis topics were:
Michelle Tobia Whether Intellectual Acceptance of the Catholic Faith is Sufficient for Salvation?
Ashlee Rapoza Whether Racial Profiling is Moral?
Margarita Drews Whether Church and State Should be Separate?
Sean Nalty Whether the Presence of Evil in the World Presents a Logical Contradiction to the Belief in an Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnibenevolent God?_
Thank you to the teacher advisers. Bravo Seniors! Now on to graduation!
CLARIFICATION AND NEW DATE FOR THE DEBATE FUNDRAISER!
The Debate Fundraising dinner has been pushed back to the last day of school, May 18th and will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe in the parish hall. The students are putting on entertainment, serving the Cajun style food prepared by Mrs. Brittany Stewart, and auctioning themselves off for manual labor during the summer. It should be a wonderful event and goes towards helping defray the cost of two of our debaters flying to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Catholic Forensic League competition. Come one, come all to attend this wonderful end of school event!
One communication to be corrected is that debate team participants are encouraged to sell tickets but not required to do so. Mr. Steward, the debate coach, made an error when he conveyed that parents would be billed for any unsold tickets. That is NOT the case. NO PARENTS WILL BE BILLED FOR UNSOLD DEBATE FUNDRAISER TICKETS. The Administration apologizes for the confusion.
Finally, the entire faculty would like to thank Mrs. Kelli Emili, mother of Ryan and Adrianna, for providing us with delicious luncheon food all week and for purchasing new chairs for the faculty room, library, computer room, and lobby of Kolbe. Please come see and sit in our new, comfortable, and functional chairs! Thank you to Mrs. Emili for her thoughtfulness and great kindness this week.
I wish you all a blessed week. Christ has Risen, Alleluia!
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal