Dear Parents and Friends of Holy Rosary Academy,
It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Shaut back to school. We hope and pray that the time and effort they have put into taking care of family matters will bear much fruit. In the meantime, they have been missed. It is with great gratitude that I thank the efforts of Mrs. Lisa Williams, Mrs. Alison Lineer, Mr. Bert Hoak, and Mr. Dan Carpenter for filling in and helping the school to maintain excellent classes for the students. The only teacher still missing is our own Miss Therese Syren who is recovering from a successful surgery. You are in our prayers and we look forward to your return in just over a week. Thank you to the parents and students for your patience during these January adjustments.
The students enjoyed a wonderful week though the snow was heavy and the days dark. The students maintained such an even- keeled disposition as they scored successfully on their SCANTRON testing (more news on that to come!) and enjoyed art testing on Friday. The upper school finished the week by practicing SWING DANCING for the upcoming school dance and spreading out far and wide to do their community service. I always marvel at the students’ ability to adapt so beautifully to such a busy and robust schedule.
A second senior has been admitted to the school of her choice, St. Benedict’s/St. John’s College in Minnesota. She just informed me that she was given a $14,000.00 scholarship for all four years. Congratulations, Margarita Drews. We await exciting news from two more seniors as they await word of their applications. Keep all the seniors in your prayers.
The Learning Lab is open but is being underutilized. In one respect, I am happy. The students are doing so well academically that there is no need for remediation. On the other hand, this is a wonderful opportunity for those doing well to be challenged by the tutors to grow even more. Further, the tutors provide a place for students to complete their schoolwork before they come home. If the attendance continues to dwindle, I will be forced to reduce the number of days the Learning Lab will be open, to two days. Feel free to call me directly or stop by the Learning Lab to meet the tutors if you would like to utilize the program. Thank you to Beth Ryan and Oriele Jones who are superb tutors.
The is coming week, the teachers are meeting on Monday, January 16th for an in-service. We will use the time to set the agenda for the rest of the year and to study our own development as teachers. In particular, we will be reviewing what it really means to be a classical and Catholic school. Pray for our growth. The rest of the school week the teachers and students will spend enjoying their studies. The high school has mass on Tuesday and the elementary on Thursday. Please feel free to join us. The students sing so beautifully.
Congratulations to the junior high volleyball team for assembling and beginning your season. Fifth and sixth graders are encouraged and welcome to join them! Good luck for the upcoming games. See the calendar for games.
The new debate team will compete for the first time in two weekends from now! They are led by our volunteer debate coach, Doug Stewart. He is experienced and is methodically leading the students through the Lincoln/Douglass debate format. The first tournament will take place January 27/28 at West High School. Consider coming out to support the students.
The dark days are flying by. May we all rejoice in the gradual increase of the light. Thank you to the wonderful fathers who have been coming like angels to plow and shovel the snow. On campus students, Michelle Tobia, Jamie Cookson, Lee Cookson, and Regan Biegel are to be thanked for their early morning shoveling as well.
Blessings to all of you,
Principal Catherine Neumayr