Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Holy Rosary is so pleased and grateful to our many donors and benefactors and guests for making this years 2013 Auction, the second most successful in our school’s history! We garnered $213,000.00 this year. This total does not count the generous $50,000.00 matching gift from Mrs. Mary Louise Rasmuson. It was an incredible night! We nearly broke the record number of guests attending, definitely broke all records for the amount of donated goods (thanks to the incredible generosity of businesses, parents, and friends of Holy Rosary Academy), and brought in $28,000.00 more than we had budgeted for this year. God is good.
THERE IS A SILENT AUCTION CONTINUING IN THE HALLS OF THE KOLBE BUILDING UNTIL TUESDAY. Any parents unable to attend the auction are encouraged to come in and bid on some wonderful items left over from the auction. Jewelry, a gorgeous armoire, paintings, clothes, toys, dolls, and gift certificates await your bid. The auction will close after school on Tuesday and items can be picked up starting on Wednesday, October 30th! Thank you to Krissy Johannes and Ann Neavill for setting up and handling the post-auction paperwork. Thank you to Jacki Rose and Danielle DiCiero for closing out and calculating all the earnings from the auction.
This week was filled with lots of Parent/Student/Faculty meetings. The end of the first quarter had arrived and hard copies of the mid-semester grades have been sent home to parents. As always, grades are accessible on Sycamore. Thank you to all the teachers and especially the parents for going out of your way to visit with us this week. The students are doing very well and it is a privilege to speak well of them in Don Rags and offer them encouragement on ways to make even more improvements second quarter. Thank you to the elementary teachers for spending their Friday meeting with each and every one of their students and parents as well. From what I could tell, it was a wonderful chance for everyone to “check in!” I could not be more pleased with the progress of our students! Thank you to Mrs. Pam Esbenshade Bjelland for all the extra after school care this week.
Many thanks to Fr. Tom Lilly, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, for coming to HRA to say a mass on Tuesday for the elementary school. His memorable homily sure got the attention of the students. Be sure to ask your elementary child what he brought and what he said. I bet they will remember! We are so grateful to you, Fr. Tom. Come again soon.
Thank you also to Dominican, Fr. Augustine Highlander, for offering a requiem mass on Thursday for the Upper School and HS Teachers. The former President, and dear friend of my family and so many of our teachers, Dr. Ronald McArthur of Thomas Aquinas College, passed away last week. It was difficult for so many of us who would have liked to attend his funeral in California to be able to honor him and pray for the repose of his soul together this past Thursday. May you rest in peace, dear Dr. McArthur. Your faith, charity ad courage were an inspiration to schools like HRA who exist because of your understanding of the importance of the perennial wisdom passed on by a classical, Catholic education in the midst of an “Enlightened and shortsighted world.”
Many blessings of gratitude are sent from the teachers to the Nguyen family and owners of two Pho Saigon restaurants here in Anchorage. Sophomore, Sang Nguyen, arranged with his father to deliver the MOST DELICIOUS Vietnamese fried rice I have every tasted. There was so much food that the faculty enjoyed it for two days. Bless you Nguyen family!!
We will be welcoming four new students to school on Monday. Be sure to welcome the Harris children (Adi (K), Evan(1), and Johah (5) and Gabby Holder who will be entering the eighth grade. We are delighted to have these students and their families join the HRA family.
Congratulations to the HRA Girls’ Volleyball Team for playing their best in their first tournament of the season. Led by All Tournament star, Karina Ramos, the Lady Knights played the best I have ever seen them play and garnered two wins. Come out and support them as the season progresses. I am amazed at their growth and improvement in just their second year as a team. Bravo to the whole team! Thank you to Head Coach Mr. Lucas and Assistant Coach, Sang Nguyen for your fine leadership!
As I sit here writing, the Upper School is enjoying a fall Country Western Dance in St. Dominic’s. Thank you to Justin Klump, Jacob Owens, Lee Cookson, Victoria Zipay, and Karina Ramos for setting up the cowboy decorations and making the room look great! Thank you also to the many chaperones; Miss Jordan Britain, Miss Danielle DiCiero, Mr. John Haggard, and Mr. Austin Welsh for giving up their Saturday evening! We certainly had some original looking “cowboys.” Ask Monica Klump about her “git up.”
- Elementary mass at 2:15 in the chapel. Fr. Patrick Brosamer of SEAS will preside.
- High School mass on Thursday at 10:15 A.M.
- The ALL SAINTS DAY FESTIVAL from 1-3 P.M. in St. Dominic’s. ALL FAMILIES ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US AS EACH GRADE DEPICTS THE LIFE OF A SAINT. Home schooling families are most welcome!
- No School on Friday , November 1st. It is a holy day of obligation as we honor All Saints Day and remember the virtuous men and women who have gone before us showing us how we must live our own Catholic life in the service of God and others.
Have a blessed week,
Miss Neumayr, Principal