Dear Holy Rosary Academy Families and Friends,
What a sublime event we enjoyed this week. Kindergartner, Nicolas Reiman, was baptized on our very own campus in St. Dominic’s hall with Fr. Augustine Highlander O.P. and Fr. James Barrand presiding. The Reiman family and friends joined the entire student body to witness the Eucharistic celebration, the Source and Summit of our Catholic life, and the blessed baptism of one of our dear students! This was a day of great celebration. Thank you to the Reiman family for including us in their great joy. Congratulations, dear Nicolas! Thank you, dear priests, for bringing us the sacraments! Thank you, Mrs. Roberta Zipay for the beautiful flower bouquet. Thank you, students for your prayerful posture and participation in this heavenly event.
Exciting in a much more concrete but still heavenly way was watching the high school perform a thoughtful, funny, skillful depiction of Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW. Led by the outstanding leads: Petruchio – Justin Klump; Katherina – Marisa Ramos; Lucentio – Michael Tappel; Bianca – Natalie Chennault, and a tremendous supporting cast, the high school distinguished itself again as truly polished and mature actors. The mastery with which strong, virile Justin Klump “tamed” feisy Marisa Ramos and handsome, eloquent, Michael Tappel seduced the gentle beauty, Natalie Chennault, was both intriguing and amusing. Bravo to the entire cast and especial kudos to directors, Mrs. Erin Furby and Miss Danielle DiCiero, for an outstanding performance. As always, thank you to the parents for the many sacrifices you made on your children’t behalf during the countless rehearsal practices!
Congratulations to our Junior High Volleyball Team for winning one match out of two attempts this Friday, January 18th. Team members this year range from 5th-8th grade. Members are: Juliana Biegel, Evangeline Dooc, Matthew Lastimoso, Savio Le, Anisah Lorenz, Mary Tappel, Marianna Williams, and Nicholas Williams. We are rooting for your success this season. Go Knights!
Congratulations to the first and second graders for memorizing a twenty-line poem and for reciting it so beautifully for me in my office. Bravo to your teacher, Miss Patricia Verreux, for inspiring you to such lyrical heights. I can’t wait for your Shel Silverstein poem, “Smart” in two weeks. Bravo to you!
Pizza Parents extraordinaire, Mrs. Pam Esbenshade-Bjelland and Mrs.Jennifer Dooc, continue to purchase and supply pizza lunch each Friday for our students. Thank you so much for this treat for our students. The pizza is purchased from Costco and always includes a healthy salad or fruit to give the students balance. I cannot thank you both enough for this enjoyable Friday treat. (Parents, please remember to send your money with your child by Wednesday. Parents may make payments for the individual weeks, the month, or for the rest of the year. 2 slices and a healthy snack costs $3.50 and 3 slices and a healthy snack for $5.00. Students turn in their payment to their respective teachers or to the front office.)
Special acknowledgement goes to Mrs. Carmela Bell for purchasing supplies for the school on behalf of the Parent Association. Thank you for faithfully shopping for us for all these years, Mrs. Bell. We are also grateful to you and your husband for helping us purchase rugs for the campus at such a discounted rate and for your installation help from Big Bob’s Flooring. You are both such generous and supportive HRA parents!
A special note of gratitude goes to Mrs. Lia Patton, mother of third grader, Angela, for giving the teachers the special treat of two lattes apiece at the coffee kiosk. These thoughtful gestures mean so very much to our faculty! The faculty loves their work, but these kindnesses affirm the love and support of the parents. Thank you, Mrs. Patten.
Our love and gratitude go out to Dr. and Mrs. Emili, parents of two former HRA students, who honored us with a very generous donation to the school. You are and will always be a part of our HRA family. Thank you and may you both be blessed for your continued love and support of the school!
The third and fourth grade enjoyed a fantastic guest speaker, Dr. David Andrews, an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist. He introduced them to the ear and helped them to studiously inspect each others ears as well as their beloved teacher, Miss Theis’ ears. According to Miss Theis, Dr. Andrews was astounded by the students prior knowledge of the ear. The excitement, laughter, and joy of the class as the presentation went on affirmed that Miss Theis had truly prepared her students for this special guest speaker. How rich the classroom becomes when the children find such joy in learning for its own sake. We are blessed to have so many supportive patrons in the community. Bless you, Dr. Andrews! Thank you for bringing him to our campus, Miss Theis. Thank you for your warm reception of him third and fourth graders!
It is with great delight that I announce that donor and friend of HRA, Judy and Dan McCarthy welcomed little, Sylvia into their family. She is the fifth girl and already beloved.
First grader, Amarisa Manuel, announced that her parents, Amparo and Stephen Manuel are also expecting their fifth child. Congratulations Manuel’s.
I ran into alumna of the school, Wendy Tatham, at a local restaurant, met her husband, and learned that she is three months pregnant. Wendy, it was so wonderful to see you again. We look forward to the arrival of your first child sometime in the summer. Wendy is currently in the National Guard and her husband is in the Army. Thank you both for your service to this great country.
More Alumni News
Thanks for coming to spend the day at school Tuesday, Cierra Houchins and Kevin Klump. We are so proud of you! Cierra is a junior at the University of Dallas and currently a Residential Advisor, a competitive position for which she receives her room and board for free! Kevin finished the first semester of his sophomore year with straight A’s. Kevin is in the minor seminary, St. John Vianney, in Minnesota. What a treat it is to see both of you growing into fine Catholic citizens and leaders. You certainly are role models for our students. May you both continue your academic excellence this coming semester.
Alums, Daniel Daney, Kevin Klump, and Michael Rannals humbled me and honored Holy Rosary Academy by speaking eloquently in defense of life at the annual Pro-life interdenominational Prayer Service held this Saturday, January 19th at the downtown cemetery. They each spoke on behalf of the unborn and urged the attendees to remember the tiny child in the womb in our prayers as they are our brothers and sisters. A special thanks to Archbishop Schweitz, Fr. James Barrand, and Fr. Leo Walsh for representing the Catholic Church so beautifully at this event. Thank you Daniel, Kevin, and Michael.
Corie Geiermann, alumni and son of Board member, Tim Geiermann, came by and replaced the ballast and light in my office. He is currently working on his electrical licence and generously sharing his expertise with me. I am most grateful, Corie. May you continue to grow and develp in your chosen field of work! You already exhibit incredible ability. The future is bright!
- Martin Luther Kind Day, Monday, January 21 – NO SCHOOL
- Divine Mercy Chaplet at 2:50 P.M. to pray for the unborn and their mothers and fathers in Kolbe Hall on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade this Tuesday, January 22nd. May the atrocity of aborting 55 million babies come to an end in this country and this world! All are welcome to join us.
- Elementary mass is on Tuesday and the high school mass is on Thursday in the chapel at 10:10 A.M. All are welcome.
- Spelling Bee, Friday, January 25 at 8:15 A.M. in St. Dominic’s Hall. All parents are welcome to enjoy this annual competition to determine our school’s state representative. Last year, Joseph Syren, came in eighth in the entire state! We are excited to see how far our 2013 HRA Speller will do!
- Junior High Volleyball game at Lumen Christi this Friday, January 25th at 4 P.M. at Lumen Christi. Come support our Knights!
Enjoy a blessed week.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal