Dear HRA families and friends,
Unto us a child will be born! It is my great joy to announce that baby Schirda will be arriving sometime during the Easter vacation! Our own beloved teacher extraordinaire, Mrs. Marie-Louise Schirda and her husband are expecting their first daughter on March 26th. The shouts of joy and congratulations rang through the halls of the Bosco building as the upper school students rejoiced in her news this week. For those of us who have known how dearly the Schirda’s have awaited this blessing, the joy we feel for them mimics the joy we feel as we await the birth of the Christ child this December 25th! Congratulations to you, Mrs. Schirda, and our best wishes and prayers remain with you as you await your daughter’s arrival. She will be a VERY loved addition to the Holy Rosary Academy family.
The students’ exuberance helped this week fly by. They returned from Thanksgiving vacation filled with energy and renewed spirit. I was surprised to note how much I had missed them over the holiday.
A very distinguished honor came to three of our students and one of our alumni this week. The American Library of Poetry published the best Grades 3-12 poetry submitted from students throughout the nation. Thousands competed and only a few hundred were selected. Four of our students are now published poets and number among the select group of student poets recognized by this distinguished organization. Juniors, Patrick Czyz and Justin Klump, as well as freshman, Richard Maloy wrote superb sonnets and were recognized in this book. I have included the poems at the end of this blog. Please enjoy. I have also added eighth grade alumnus, Joseph Syren, whose work was also recognized. I want to particularly acknowledge the excellent poetry preparation these students received from their composition teacher, Mrs. Marie-Louise Schirda. Her assignments and in-depth exposure to fine poetry helped inspire these outstanding efforts. Thank you for encouraging their submissions, Mrs. Schirda! Congratulations to you, Patrick, Justin, Richard, and Joseph! HRA is so very proud of you!
Continued heartfelt thanks go out to Miss Marisa Shanstrom, John Tobia, and Jon Pope for the continuing painting, lock changing, building, and fine-tuning going on on-campus this week. Thank you to the sixth grade for cleaning the chapel. Further, I wish to thank the middle and upper school for all of their help as we set up for Advent, prepared hand-made Christmas ornaments , and cleaned the room beneath the chapel. Your stewardship of the school and the cheer and willingness you exhibit as you work reveal your true sense of charity. I am humbled by all of the kindness the students, faculty, staff, and volunteers showered upon HRA this week!
Congratulations to our High School Girls’ Volleyball team who finished out their season with a bang. Though they did not place in the final tournament their final game felt like “a championship game cause it was so exciting, ” according to sophomore, Anne-Marie Droege. Apparently, as the HRA team played the number one team, Birchwood, the rest of the teams in the tournament rallied around the HRA team to offer their encouragement. Karina Ramos and Jessica Smith remarked that the gymnasium “was the loudest we had every heard.” All of the attention and support buoyed the spirits of our girls and resulted in their best play, losing in five sets but with their heads held high. We are so very proud of how well you have represented HRA by your spirit and tenacity, Knights. Congratulations to all of you: Monica Klump, Sarah Lucas, Arianna Fouch, Jessica Smith, Karina Biegel, Karina Ramos, and Anne-Marie Droege! Thank you to junior, Rilee Geiermann for all of your help and Lumen Christi player and back-up coach, Jessica Robertson for your kindness. As always, none of this could happen without the time and efforts of our own wonderful HRA mother, Mrs. Maureen Klump. May you be abundantly blessed for your sacrifices.
Our boys basketball team continued to “press” through their season by defeating Faith Lutheran this week. Their record is 8-3 and they have a chance of taking the championship at next week’s tournament out in Birchwood. Seventh grader, Izaiha King continues to lead the team offensively. Coach Muotka has developed the strongest defensive basketball team I have known in the eleven years I have been affiliated with the school. Our support goes with you for the upcoming tournament, Knights!
It was a treat to watch Mrs. Furby’s Anatomy class dissect chickens this week. The precision with which they extracted all the organs, looked at muscle, and identified and sketched their results in their lab books awed me this week. It was a true pleasure to see the looks of excitement and wonder they exhibited as they worked. Bravo for inspiring them, Mrs. Furby!
On Friday, Miss DiCiero sent home the December calendar and the paper explaining the daily events as well as our invitation for all to attend our second annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 14th at 7 P.M. Please invite any relatives or friends you think might enjoy this event. There is plenty of available seating.
Congratulations to dear friends of HRA, Mr. Bob McMorrow and his wife, Karen, on the arrival of their seventh child, Liam Patrick McMorrow.
- “Snow Coming” Dance hosted by the seniors, Saturday, December 1, 2012
- Remember to continue to sell RAFFLE TICKETS. Consider asking your parish to let you sell tickets after the masses.
- Thank you for parents for driving students to ongoing play practices. The TAMING OF THE SHREW is coming along beautifully.
- Mrs. Klump is looking for a parent to fulfill their share hours by helping to coach the indoor Junior High Volleyball team. The season lasts from January 3rd to February 16th. Please contact the office if you are interested.
- This Thursday, the entire student body will go to St. Nicholas of Myra to attend a Byzantine Liturgy in honor of the Feast of St. Nicholas. All are welcome to join us. Liturgy time is 10:10 A.M. We think that St. Nicholas might slip in to HRA and leave some candy in the shoes of our students as he did last year.
- Festival of Lessons and Carols, Friday, December 14th at 7 P.M. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
- Advent Brunch, Friday, December 21st at 8 A.M.
HERE ARE THE AWARD WINNING POEMS:
by Richard Maloy
The sky it burst in blue and gray,
The flakes they fell in el’gant way.
A lay’r of white covered the land.
The fields of green the ice did band.
All bears shall sleep in caves of dark.
They shall not wake till flowers hark.
The prongs of kings shall fall to rime,
And plow and scrounge they shall for a time.
This queen of ice with staff raised high
Rules o’er the land till Spring is night.
The children love her near and far,
Skates and sleds abound they are.
The soldiers white they stand tonight.
Alone they’ll stay till come the light.
So queen of ice shall tight’n her grip
Till Spring’s first light shall bring first drip.
by Joseph Syren
The sky cried last night, oh she cried long and hard,
And all of her tears covered all of the year;
but when the cold tears went from high down to low,
the air that was cold turned the tears into snow.
The plentiful tears covered all things in white,
They covered the trees, they covered the leaves,
They covered the flowers, blown by the breeze,
They covered the nest that the sparrow did leave.
As I sat in bed watching everything go,
from the color brown to the color of snow,
I had a great impulse and wanted to know
If sky had a reason to cry as much as snow.
I thought and I thought, soon I came to re’lize,
That sky surely had a reason to cry,
For the leaves are all dead and the trees are all bare,
The horrible sight made her want to despair!
But then I remembered she still possessed hope,
for when winter dies, and spring comes alive,
And all of the trees and the leaves are revived,
Only tears of joy will she cry.
by Patrick Czyz
Vast beauty stretches high’n’wide,
Although nearly empty, it sparks wonder:
Splendid galaxies span on every side.
Light-years afar, motherly clouds birth young stars.
Rings of forlorn planets form a close bond
As frozen comets shoot out and beyond
Over an ancient sun bleeding fire
To warm a small gem of sapphire.
Moons remain true to their spheres,
Even when asteroids thrust them like spears.
Light dots gather in spectacular formation;
So clever, they form mythology’s imitation.
This boundless space remains hard to measure,
But now we could value this priceless treasure.
Anxiety at Night
by Justin Klump
O restless night, where have you come from?
From the deepest unspoken thoughts of my mind
With your sacred spell, O sweet sleep, make me numb.
Let me, from this weary world, safe sanctum find.
Music rings in my rears but does not help.
I find myself commencing in constant motions.
It torments me, this anxiety i have felt.
At last I turn to powerful sleeping potions.
O restless night, why do you now haunt me?
Your defenses are deep and my weapons are weak.
I have no healing remedy that sets me free.
Burden of next day, no thought of thee do I seek.
My senses say silence is the solution.
In silence, men soar high over the sands of Satan.
In silence, cares are conquered; peace is substitution.
O sweet sleep, I will dream of thee with the minds of men.
Have a blessed week one and all.
Catherine Neumayr, Principal