Dear Holy Rosary Academy Families and Friends,
Another whirlwind week has gone by. The students enjoyed a relatively calm week after our very active Catholic Schools Week. Nevertheless, here are some of the wonderful events of the week.
Monday’s Assembly allowed me to acknowledge our Junior High Volleyball Team for winning two more games. They are currently the first place team in their league. Bravo and thank you to Maureen Klump and Mr. Dickason (Anisah Lorenz’ stepfather) for helping transport and coach the team.
Channel 11 also came to the campus to discuss the School Choice Initiative that the Chairman of our Board, former mayor, Tom Fink is promoting. Bill McAllister, from Channel 11 came and taped my Moderns Seminar class for twenty-five minutes. The juniors and seniors had a lively discussion and made a good impression. The exposure that evening on the news was great for Holy Rosary Academy. I was so proud of the students for their eloquence and insightful commentary. It was obvious that Mr. McAllister was wowed as well!
Tuesday, Deacon Ken Bolin joined the senior Apologetics class to talk about his conversion from the Anglican church to the Roman Catholic Church. He recently received the diaconate and in a month will be ordained by Archbishop Schwietz. He is married with three children. I was able to sit in and enjoy the wisdom of his life journey to this moment with the seniors. Thank you, Deacon Ken, for gracing us with your presence!
Wednesday, I had the elementary school do a practice FIRE DRILL so that they are ready for any emergency. In their classrooms, their teachers have also been practicing earthquake and lock-down drills. I try to do a monthly drill. The students were quiet and responsive throughout!
Friday, the upper school also reviewed for a FIRE DRILL. I asked all the students and teachers to go to each of their classrooms and simulate a school day so that the teachers could instruct them in the fastest way to exit the building safely from each of their classrooms. The goal is that wherever they are on campus, they know just where to safely exit the campus in the event of a fire. The students were very respectful and the exercise went well. The students were able to exit the building in 30 seconds. We will continue to do scheduled and surprise drills to keep the students alert.
The upper school finished the week with an hour practicing line dancing with former student, Terence Smith, older brother of sophomore, Jessica Smith. Thank you, Terence, for taking the time to come back and spend some time with us before you set out for Colorado and a year of mission work with the Mormon Church.
The seniors continue to bring me college news: Natalie Chennault received word that she had been admitted to Concordia College in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota in Duluth, and Adrian College in Michigan. Natalie hopes to continue her hockey and pursue a degree in education or medicine. We are so proud of you Natalie! Marisa Ramos let me know that Franciscan University in Steubenville has offered her $18,000.00 in merit scholarship thus far. Michael Tappel received admissions to Washington and Lee University; they are flying him back to Lexington, Virginia to interview for a full-ride scholarship. We wish you well, Michael! Reagan Biegel will take the military ASVAB entrance test on Monday and hopes to enter the Marines in late summer. Please keep him in your prayers on Monday as he tests so that he can pursue his engineering interests. We are proud of you, Reagan!
The kindergarten trip to the Museum of Natural History as a reward for ALL mastering the ability to tie their shoes in under 30 seconds was a huge success. Their donor, Toni (dear friend of Mrs. Shaut) wrote a fun poem for them and read it to them at the museum. Needless to say, they were delighted. Here are a few stanzas:
These strings won’t go the way I want/ I can’t get this apart/ I’ve got a minute to get this right, Ahhh teacher, have a heart!
For some time I’ve tried to get this done/ it’s not a snap to do,/ I’m so confused by both these strings/Each time I tie my shoes.
Sebastian come and help us out!/Tadeo, you come too!/ Blaise, hold this string, we’ll tie these things!/ Let’s move there’s lots to do!
Christopher! How’d she say this goes?/ Nicolas do you know where?/ Jay Jay come and help with this/ We’ve got no time to spare!!
Paul come and hold your finger there/ and Titus wrap that string!/ Mrs. Shaut! Come look! It’s not a mess!/ We all can ties this thing!!!
- Monday, February 11 – Mrs. Ana Williams is making lunch for the faculty. Parent volunteers are needed to help supervise recess and lunch for the elementary and upper school from 11:-12:30 P.M. Please leave a message with Miss DiCiero in the front office if you can help! Thank you to Mrs. Williams in advance.
- Fr. Stoeger, the Vatican scientist currently working at the Tuscon Astronomy Observatory, will speak to the elementary school on Monday, February 11 at 12:45 P.M. in St. Dominic’s Hall. Parents are welcome to join us.
- Tuesday, February 12, the high school will travel to Lumen Christi for a talk from Fr. Stoeger as well.
- The kindergartners will go on a field trip ice fishing with experienced kindergartner father, Mr. Reiman on February 12th after the potluck. Have a great time!
- Elementary Mardi Gras/Valentine poltluck will be on Tuesday, February 12th at 11:00 A.M. in St. Dominic’s. The list of what each grade is expected to send has been emailed home and sent home in hard copy. Please call Miss DiCiero in the front office if you are unsure of what your child is expected to bring.
- PLEASE ATTEND THE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 PARENT ASSOCIATION MEETING FROM 6:30-7:30 IN THE KOLBE BUILDING LOBBY. Miss DiCiero will train the parents on how to re-enroll on their Sycamore program. It is an easy and speedy process that you can do from home. The Board has agreed to allow me to offer all returning parents a $100.00 discount if you re-enroll and pay your enrollment fee between February 15-March 15. Babysitting is provided. Seniors, Jamie Cookson and Michael Tappel and sophomore, Anne-Marie Droege will be on hand to watch the children.
- Valentine’s day will be celebrated this Tuesday, February 12th in order to avoid celebrating during Lent. Thank you for understanding our desire to help the children grasp the liturgical seasons.
- Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Archbishop Schwietz will preside and bring us ashes at 10:00 A.M. in St. Dominic’s. Parents and friends are welcome.
- The High School Faculty will be serving meatless soup on Ash Wednesday for the upper school. The upper school grades will take turns preparing meatless soups each Lenten Friday. This has become an upper school tradition.
- Lent begins this week. The school will emphasize Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Our Chaplains will be making themselves more present for Confession during this time. I wish all of you a fruitful penitential season. Join us during any of our Lenten practices.
I wish you all well.
Miss Catherine Neumayr