Dear HRA Family and Friends,
I am heading out for a week to Cape Canaveral, Florida where I will bask in the sun for the week (with 80 sun screen, of course!). During that time, I hope to walk the beaches, visit NASA, and travel to the Spanish historical city of St. Augustine. I also hope to read, read, read. I am plotting out my American Seminar class and look forward to the relaxing sound of the waves to accompany my effort. I have placed my dates of absence on the online calendar but will be checking in daily if you have need of me.
In the meantime, Seventh Grader, Chip Chennault, received his first set of cards from HRA students and was delighted according to his mother. Please keep sending cards to the school and I will be sure to package them up and send them to him. Chip is courageously dealing with his chemotherapy but seems to be suffering from every imaginable side effect. Please continue to add him to your family prayers. I say Hail Mary’s to ask Our Lady to comfort him. I have taken to praying the St. Michael the Archangel prayer to defend him from the pain. Every prayer you say has the power to comfort him inexplicably. Further, should you experience moments or times of suffering, consider offering up your discomfort to alleviate Chip’s pain.
Graduate, Reagan Biegel, is recovering well at home. His appetite is understandably less given his stomach surgery, but he is grazing a bit again. He is walking around slowly and starting to feel more himself. His mother expressed her deep gratitude for all the prayers and many visitors who buoyed Reagan’s spirits. She and the doctors credit Reagan’s rapid recovery to the prayers and well wishes of Reagan’s many friends and loved ones. Thank you to all of you who kept Reagan in your prayers and visited him at the hospital. He may be graduated, but he is always part of the HRA family!
It is with great sadness that I announce that Fr. James Barrand, our beloved chaplain and Pastor of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Church, will be going to serve the Church in Anaheim, California. We will miss you so much, Fr. Barrand! You have steeped us in wisdom, blessed us with holy masses, spoiled us with your joie de vivre, and inspired us to live virtuous lives. Thank you for being such a wonderful example to the children and for the counseling and spiritual direction you have afforded so many of us. We will pray for you religiously and hope to hear happy news of your time in California. Thank you for your generosity!
This means that I will not have Tuesday chaplain to say mass for the elementary students. You will see on the online calendar that I have scheduled all school masses on Thursdays at 10:15 A.M. in St. Dominicans. The Dominicans will rotate through each week and continue to offer their services to us on Thursdays for which we are so blessed. I do hope to resume the elementary masses and will be asking local priests to see if they will come on a rotating basis so that both the elementary masses on Tuesday and the high school masses on Thursday can be in our beloved chapel. I will alert you if I have any success.
The incoming student body is beginning to look robust for this 2013-14 school year. Our budgeted goal for the year was to have 110 students. We are coming quite close to that number and hoping that we may exceed it by the time school starts. Our kindergarten is full and we have begun a wait list. If you know anyone interested, please have him or her bring in a kindergarten application. If we should reach 24 kindergarten students, we will open up another class. This will be based on serious interest and submission of an application. Some of the other classes are starting to fill to capacity as well. We are so excited to have more wonderful families to join us for the coming year!
On Wednesday, August 7th, we will have our last OPEN HOUSE for interested families before the school year begins. Please spread the word. I would be so grateful if parents and current HRA students would come in and help me with tours and hospitality. Remember that the time you come in to help counts towards share hours! Call Miss DiCiero to let her know if you will join us that evening so that we can plan to expect you!
New Parents are invited to the New Parents Orientation on the evening of August 12th from 7-9 P.M. Free babysitting will be provided. We look forward to introducing you to the Parent Association Members who can help you with questions during the course of the year. We will also acquaint you with the policies and procedures that will help you to stay connected and clear on what you need to know for the 2013-14 school year. The meeting will be held in the Kolbe Lobby.
Be sure to check the online calendar as the whole 2013-14 school year has been posted. Though some unexpected changes will inevitably arise during the year, for which I will have to amend the calendar, most of the dates and times and events are already posted. Most notably, the Spring Break dates have changed. Since Easter is so late, we will take off the same week as the ASD. HRA students will be on vacation from March 10-14. Further, they will enjoy Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Monday after Easter off so that they can acknowledge the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in their spiritual life. We will return to our normal Easter break when the date is not so late into April.
I want to thank Mrs. Schirda and Mr. Welsh for their generosity in offering the Summer Book Club. I, too, have had a chance to meet with interested students to discuss works that are important but can’t be squeezed into the curriculum. So far this summer, HRA students and guests have read and discussed The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. We will read Much Ado About Nothing and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis before the end of the summer. Check the online calendar for dates.
The carpets have been steam cleaned, the floors have been waxed, the landscaping done, the fences and trim painted, and the sheds cleaned and purged. The campus is sparkling and ready for the return of students. Thank you to all my summer angels for your countless hours of help and self-sacrifice. You reward will truly be great in heaven!
Miss Danielle DiCiero has officially moved into the role of our new Business Manager for the 2013-14 year. She has observed and helped with the position for the entirety of last school year and brings much experience to the job. She has continued on as my Office Manager as well while we await the new Office Manager, Miss Jordan Brittain, who will join us on August 1st. Danielle has juggled both positions beautifully and been an invaluable member of my staff. Thank you for your devotion and work ethic this summer, Miss DiCiero! I am so grateful. Miss DiCiero will continue to be available in the front office but will also have an office in the Bosco building to be able to meet privately with families and do her accounting in peace!
Please pray for the promising new adventure for Miss Marisa Shanstrom, our former Business Manager, who is headed to the windy city of Chicago to help a convent of cloistered sisters run efficiently and well. God bless you in your future endeavors, Miss Shanstrom, and thank you for your tireless work ethic and great generosity to the ongoing efforts of Holy Rosary Academy!
Please continue to pray for our school bookkeeper, Ms. Pam Field, who is valiantly battling cancer. She has received some discouraging news this summer and needs our encouragement through prayer more than ever.
We have a number of HRA students attending World Youth Day. Please pray for them as they enjoy this blessed event. Marisa Ramos, Justin Klump, Monica Klump, Anne-Marie Droege, Catie McMorrow and Maureen Klump are representing the school on this incredible trip to Rio di Janeiro. Let us hope they will bring blessings back to shower upon us and our school! Bless and keep you HRA students and Mom Klump!
School begins August 19th. It is less than a month away. Soak up all the sun, sleep in as much as you can, play endlessly, pray continuously, hike, relax, eat, and return rested to the Little Brown School on Fireweed Lane.
Miss Neumayr, Principal