Dear Friends and Family,
Holy Rosary Academy will be in session on Veteran’s Day. At times, I must choose between Holy Days of Obligation and important Federal holidays such as Veterans Day in order to fulfill the necessary number of days in school. Nevertheless, I want to assure all veterans affiliated with the school that we are going to be sure the students take time to honor you throughout the day. Mr. Fleming, our Board liaison and a veteran himself, is coming to speak to the Upper School about his experience in Vietnam. The elementary and high school will be writing letters to our current military abroad so that they can arrive by Christmas. Finally, all the students will be signing a huge banner with their thanks; the banner will presented over at the American Legion so that the veterans there will know our gratitude for their service. God bless you and keep you safe, veterans. We thank you for your service.
I wanted to share with you the exact words and spelling of second grader, Stephen Hart, who expresses eloquently his feelings for a member of our beloved military: (quoted verbatim)
Happy thanksgiving. I am seven years olde. thank you for protecting our country. When i grow up i want to be a football player. Then I want to become one of you guys. Then I want to go to heaven and stay there. And be an angle in Heaven. Do you believe in God? What do you want to be next? Can you write me a letter? Stephen Hart
We were blessed with another wonderful week. On Tuesday, Fr. Ward, a visiting priest came to say mass for the elementary. He impressed upon the students the importance of knowing the order of the mass and had them do a little exercise at the homily to arrange the parts of the mass in the correct order. Many students were surprised to find that they were unsure of some parts even thought they sit through mass regularly. Fr. Ward was able to make his point well as a result of the exercise. He stressed that the mass is an act of thanksgiving in which we thank God for being our God and thank Him for making us His children.
On Wednesday I passed out retreat packets to the High School. High School parents, you should be seeing a packet with permissions slips to be signed handed to you by now. Mr. Bob McMorrow, Youth Minister at St. Benedict’s and the Church History teacher at Lumen Christi High School has been able to arrange for two outstanding retreat brothers from the Brothers of St. John Community to come to Anchorage and offer a joint retreat to the HRA/Lumen Christi Catholic High Schools. We will be able to use the newly acquired (Camp Challenge) Catholic retreat center called St. Theresa’s Camp. It sits in Palmer along a beautiful lake with breathtaking mountains surrounding it. I have set aside two days, November 25th and 26th for the HRA High School to attend as the spiritual time for prayer and reflection is as important for their development as are their intellectual studies. It is my hope that all the high school students, Catholic or non-Catholic, will join us for this spiritual retreat! We welcome and hope that many parents will come along as chaperones to support the young people. I will be there the whole time.
Mrs. Pam Bjelland, our wonderful After School Care coordinator, stepped in to substitute for Mrs. Verbout who flew to Texas for a wedding. She has been a wonderful guide for the kindergartners and I am so grateful for her help! Thank you also to the grandmother of second grader, Mrs. Guzman, who helped us transport all our recycling to Dowling Rd. AND cleaned the downstairs room of the John Paul II Chapel so that it is ready for our 2,000 Hail Mary Saturday Prayers to go downstairs for lunch during their 8 hours of prayer! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Stevens for all their help this week, especially stopping to help with driving for community service, Mrs. Stevens! Bless you both! Finally, a great deal of thanks go to Mr. Stankewich for his dedication to the continued improvement of the electrical and heating components of the Bernadette building. We simply could not take care of the HRA community so comprehensively without all of our wonderful parent volunteers.
Saturday practices have begun for the High School play. This year the students are preparing for Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Mrs. Furby has sent home a calendar of practices from now until the play. Be sure that your child gives you the calendar. I will try to remind parents in my blog and on Sycamore as to which students are expected each Saturday. Mrs. Furby has worked exhaustively to minimize the amount of Saturdays that each student must attend so that the rehearsals are focused and busy. This schedule is dependent on students arriving to fulfill their commitments and parents supporting Mrs. Furby and Miss DiCiero as much as possible. The students are doing spectacularly well already and this play may prove to be the best one we have ever done. Go Knights.
Thursday, the Parent Association Meeting in the evening was packed. We had standing room only and I could not have been more thrilled to see so many interested faces. The minutes from the meeting will be sent home early this coming week so that those who missed will also be informed. Thank you to PA President, Lisa Cookon for running a one hour, no-nonsense meeting. Thank you to Karin Owens our treasurer for apprising us that the coffers are full and prepared to make it through the year. Thank you to Rosa Salazar for meeting and greeting and fielding questions and for Jennifer Dooc for taking notes. The whole Parent Association Team set up and took down the food, beverages, and seating as well. Bless you to my Administrative Assistant, Jordan Brittain, and my Business Manager, Danielle DiCiero as well. Miss DiCiero walked and talked the parents through the Sycamore program so that they could see the many ways they can keep abreast of homework, grades, tuition payments, share hours, calendar dates, and my blogs. Finally, thank you to Mrs. Marcie Koop who reminded us about the advantages of Escrip. She did have some important news to share. Starting this month, Carr’s will not give Escrip matching funds if you use your credit card. It is only with cash, debit cards, and checks that the funds are there. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO ANYTHING EXCEPT FOR CARRS SHOPPING. EVERYTHING THAT YOU ORDER FROM AMAZON OR APPLE; ANYTHING YOU ORDER GOING THROUGH ESCRIP ON OUR WEBSITE WILL STILL HONOR THE PURCHASE WITH A CREDIT CARD.
Friday, the Upper School students went to community service in the afternoon. The students spread out to Bean’s Cafe, Holy Family Cathedral, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Serendipity, Pioneer Home, the Kindergarten classrooms, and to help with Mrs. Pearce with the art classes. It was a good day.
The High School Girls Volleyball team is already doing well in their weekend tournament. I already know that they have defeated Lumen Christi and Birchwood Christian School and eagerly await the news on the games they played today. Go Knights!
The new faculty addition to the High School, Mr. Andy Coldiron, is fitting in right away. I wrote to thank him for his first week of service and he wrote back, “I have loved being here. The students and staff are great.” Thank you for gracing us with your cheerful presence, Mr. Coldiron. Welcome aboard.
Finally, I am tightening up on uniform expectations as the months go by. Any student out of uniform from now on will be sent to the office to call home. The students know the routine and the expectations. Now, it is important that they learn the virtue of self-governance. Please be understanding when we have to call you to come with a belt or shoes etc… Know that it is because we want to teach the children good habits – including wearing the complete school uniform consistently and with dignity each and every day. Elementary parents, please be sure your child has the proper hat, gloves, coat, and snow pants for the coming winter by this Monday!!!
- Assembly, Mr. Fleming – Veterans Day Talk
- Banner signing for the American Legion
- Tuesday, Elementary Mass at 2:15 – Fr. Patrick Brosamer presiding
- High School Mass on Thursday at 10:15 in the chapel
- Mary Day on Friday
- Keep selling raffle tickets
- Be sure the evening of December 11th is on your calendar for the Festival of Lessons and Carols at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 6 P.M.
- Students will send out military thank you letters this week on Thursday
Thank you and have a blessed week.
Miss Neumayr, Principal