Dear Holy Rosary Academy Family and Friends,
This week is the week to focus on completing the RAFFLE obligation sales for HRA! I am so very grateful for all the sales that you can make as it helps us to continue to offer financial aid and to continue to keep our tuition reasonable. We have been grateful to avoid raising tuition for the last three years knowing the sacrifices families make to send their children to a private, Catholic school. This major fundraiser helps us to keep costs manageable. Thank you for the sacrifices you make to meet this obligation. Please consult your parishes to see if you may bring your children in uniform to sell some tickets. God bless all of you. Try to meet the deadline of December 14th if you can. Tickets will be accepted up until the day of the drawing, but the office will be closed from December 22 – 25. Miss DiCiero will be in the office from 9-noon on December 26th and 27th. The drawing will be held in the Kolbe building on December 27th at noon. All are welcome to attend.
We enjoyed an especially delightful week this past week. We began with lighting the first advent candle and singing O Come O Come Emmanuel as part of our Monday morning assembly. We will continue this practice for the next two Mondays as we celebrate Advent; parents are encouraged to join us for our assembly. At this same assembly, freshman, Richard Maloy, read his published poem aloud for all of the students to enjoy. This Monday junior, Patrick Czyz, will read his aloud and the following week, junior, Justin Klump will read. We are very proud of our male published poets!
We have also been able to enjoy a fresh, fragrant Christmas tree gift from the Geiermann family. It has been added to the decorated lobby of Kolbe Academy. Speaking of the lobby, please send in new SCARVES, HATS, MITTENS/GLOVES and SOCKS to add to our Advent tree so that we can be sure to give a generous HRA gift of all these items to Clare House and Bean’s Cafe to distribute in January to help those in need make it through the winter. Your kind donations mean so much and serve as such a model of Christian charity to our students.
Thursday, the students enjoyed their annual trip for the Feast of St. Nicholas to the Byzantine Church of the same name. Fr. James Barrand and Fr. Augustine con-celebrated (it was Fr. Augustine’s first time assisting at a Byzantine liturgy). They were assisted by our former teacher and now deacon at St. Nicholas of Myra, Mr. Steve Vrabel. It was a MOST beautiful celebration of the liturgy; Fr. James made sure that the church was beautifully decorated and gave the students holy cards to take home from the celebration. Much to the delight of the students, St. Nicholas had visited HRA and left candy in their shoes (carefully placed out in front of their lockers before departing for the liturgy). One former Board member came up to me after the liturgy to commend the kindergartners who sat and behaved beautifully for an hour and a half in front of her. She marveled at the self-discipline and reverence of all the students. I too was struck by how much our students respond to the holy and beautiful call to prayer that the liturgy is. God bless you, Fr. James and Fr. Augustine, for this awesome Advent gift!
Friday was a true adventure as the upper school rushed down to Holy Family Cathedral for First Friday adoration early (thank you Fr. Augustine for coming early to offer confession!) so that the upper school could be present as we had our pre-dress rehearsal practice for the Festival of Lessons and Carols. All the students were so patient for two hours while we worked through the program. I am so very proud of all that these young people do to bring glory and honor to God and joy to their parents and teachers. I assure you that the concert will be lovely. Be sure to bring family and friends on the night of December 14th at 7 P.M. to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on 3900 Wisconsin St. Ms. Frania Lonskaia and senior, Mr. Michael Tappel, are to be commended for all the work they have put into preparing our young choir! You both bring us so much joy. Singing is, as they say, praying twice.
I must not neglect to congratulate our boys grade 5-8 basketball team for a fantastic season. They finished second in the league and are, as I am writing this, playing in the final tournament of the season. Regardless of the outcome, I am so very proud and pleased with the fine sportsmanship and work ethic Coach Muotka has inspired in his players. Last Thursday, all the teams came together for some “shoot out” style games at Lumen Christi. Our own seventh graders, Luke Mouracade and Silas Cook, received awards at the competition. I look forward to sharing the outcome of the tournament with you in next week’s blog. Go Knights!
One last note about our girls’ volleyball team; they presented me with a Sportsmanship award they had received at the Cook Inlet Tournament several weeks before. It sits proudly in our Kolbe lobby. Though the students often think of this award as a kind of consolation prize I consider it the MOST important award of any competition because it indicates that our athletes are gracious and supportive of their peers when they win and when they lose. To have the other teams award them speaks to their positive and virtuous demeanor. Our athletes are wonderful ambassadors for the school. I am so very proud of them!
The next week is very busy: here is a rundown: FEEL FREE TO CONSULT www.hraak.com for online calendar details
- Monday, Advent Assembly at 8 A.M.
- Tuesday, Mass for the elementary at 10:10 A.M. in the chapel; all are welcome
- Tuesday, Teacher Luncheon from 11-12:30 (Thank you to all volunteers for food and recess duty)
- Tuesday, 8th grade attends A Christmas Carol downtown
- Tuesday, All Faculty meeting at 3:30 P.M.
- Wednesday, All-School Dress Rehearsal at OLOG from 1-3, Driver’s needed for share hours
- Wednesday, high school has periods 1,2,3 only
- Thursday, 7 A.M. Board Meeting
- Thursday, High school mass in the chapel at 10:10 A.M.; all are welcome
- Thursday, grades 5,6 attend A Christmas Carol
- Friday, Ugly Christmas Sweater Spirit Day, Special A & B Choir practice/Ballroom Dance
- Festival of Lessons and Carols, 7 P.M. (drop off students by 6:30 P.M. in formal uniform – cleaned and pressed) at Our Lady of Guadalupe