Dear HRA Families and Friends,
I have just been visited this Friday evening by a group of very excited Junior High volleyball players and their coach. The Holy Rosary Junior High Volleyball “B” Team took second place and brought home a trophy (will be on display in the Kolbe Lobby) from their final tournament! Congratulations Knights.
What a testimony to the fact that a small team with a big heart can conquer great obstacles! This tiny team, comprised of seven players, had to play the tournament with only six players and no substitutions throughout! Bravo to Julianna Biegel, Elena Biegel, Evotia Manu, Arieta Manu, Savio Le, Jenessa Lorenz and John Lastimoso (absent for the tournament) for an excellent season. I am so very proud of all of you! Many thanks go to Mrs. Maureen Klump for organizing the team, to Miss Jordan Brittain for coaching the students to success and inspiring them with her own work ethic and drive, to Mr. Sang Nguyen (sophomore) for Assistant Coaching and giving so generously of his time, to Mr. and Mrs. Dickason for attending all the games and driving so much, to the Lastimoso’s, Le’s, Grandma Manu for all the driving and encouragement for the players, and finally, Izaiha King (8th grader) for supporting each and every game ! Bravo to all involved! I have already volunteered the faculty for a friendly game against this awesome team. More details to follow.
The light is returning and uplifting the spirits of the faculty and students. It was another great week. It positively flew by. I want to thank Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Mr. Fleming, and Fr. Vincent Blanco for hosting me to market the school all weekend after all the masses. A special thank you goes to Mr. Jacob Owens (11th Grader), Mr. John Lastimoso (7th Grade), Mr. Matthew Lastimoso (9th Grade) , and Mr. Miguel Garcia (3rd grader) for assisting me at the HRA Information Table this past weekend! Thank you to their families for bringing them in uniform to help me out. I look forward to attending all the masses at Holy Family Cathedral this weekend!
It was a week of wonderful news and events. On Monday, Mrs. Schirda, the Latin teacher in charge of the Declamation Competition in the Upper School (poetry recitations in Latin) awarded the following students with Gold, Silver, and Bronze certificates for their success against their classmates:
Our Cum Laude Winners (Bronze):
Latin I – Christopher Knox
Latin II – Ryan Foster
Latin III – Elizabeth Pope
Our Magna Cum Laude Winners (Silver)
Latin I – Thomas Biegel
Latin II – Patrick Droege
Latin III – Izaiha King
Our Summa Cum Laude Winners (Gold)
Latin I – Felicity Hart
Latin II – Therese Knox
Latin III – Sang Nguyen
The Latin Declamations are an exercise in the art of speaking well. Each of the participants assumed the character of the speaker and had to convey to the audience the emotions such as the outrage at the treatment of Hector,embellishment about a dead sparrow, sorrow at a brother’s grave, praise for those who die for their country and so on. Bravo to all the students, winners and all the rest of the Latin I, II, and III classes for standing up in front of all your peers and reciting so maturely and well. I was truly impressed.
Best of good fortune to Sang Nguyen, Therese Knox, and Ryan Foster as they compete at the State Championships at East High School March 1st. We are rooting for you!
Special congratulations go to first time Grandmother, Mrs. LouAnn Verbout (kindergarten teacher), whose grandson, Grant Michael, came into the world on Wednesday, February 12th born to her oldest daughter. We could not be happier for you, Mrs. Verbout! We all understand that you must race down their on February 22nd to be with the family and snuggle with your new grandson. For the parents of her class, know that her students will be adopted by Mrs. Shaut and assisted by loving parents and teacher assistants while Mrs. Verbout is gone on this very important trip to Texas. God speed, Mrs. Verbout!
Mr. Justin Klump (senior) filled me in with the good news that Benedictine College has offered him $13,000.00 a year in merit scholarship money for each year of college. Bravo to you, Justin. Altogether, from the four Catholic colleges that have accepted him, Justin has received a combined total of scholarship money for the four years of $124,000.00. Congratulations, Justin. What a wonderful position you are in as you come to the close of your time at HRA. We look forward to hearing your decision as to which college you will attend. I know you will succeed wherever you go!
Bravo to Super Junior, Jacob Owens, for going to the Come and See Vocations weekend at St. Paul’s Seminary in Minnesota this weekend. I am so proud of you for your openness to looking at all of the possibilities that God might have in store for you in the future. I am so happy that you will have a chance to see dear friends of HRA, Seminarians Arthur Roraff, Rob Whitney, and Kevin Klump on your visit. Whatever your vocation, you will be the wiser and richer in character from this weekend experience.
Holy Rosary Academy has just been informed that we will be the owner and operators of the first local Catholic Radio Station broadcast in the greater Anchorage area!!!! This is an amazing feat and much thanks go to the Board, Mr. Brian Metra, Mrs. Pam Albrecht, and Mr. Ed Wassell for being the moving spirits behind this effort and for whom all credit is due. We have eighteen months to build and begin to broadcast. I look forward to sharing more details as they unveil. This will bring new meaning to “rhetorical skills” for the students as they will help with the broadcasts.
My heartfelt congratulations and gratitude go to Miss Danielle DiCiero and Mr. John Haggard, head teachers of the Drama I Junior High Students. She and he prepared the Junior High students to recite selected Shakespearean Monologues for all of the Upper School at lunchtime this week. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the high school student body was treated to excellent speeches from our Junior High under Miss DiCiero’s care. I am so very impressed and pleased with the effort and work all involved put into this excellent drama exercise. Bravo Knight Thespians!
Thank you to Miss Theis for running the “best seminar ever” with your fourth graders, to Miss Verreux for teaching your students the Robert Burns poem, “My Love is a Red, Red Rose” just in time for Valentine’s day, and to Miss Selene Viens for taking her sixth graders on an amazing Winter Intensive out at the Nature Center. (Special thanks to Mrs. Danielle O’Neill for driving!) I have been inspiring the teachers to foster wonder in their students. The love of learning these activities excite in the students fill my heart with great joy. Thank you elementary teachers!
I received some wonderful Alumna news from Miss Marisa Ramos who is currently a freshman at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She has applied and been accepted for an internship with the Dietrich von Hildebrand Project. She will assist the project by helping to proofread his works, keep a student blog, and help to solidify him as a major theologian of the twentieth Century. Marisa, who is studying philosophy and theology, is enjoying her whole experience at her university but is especially excited about this opportunity in her field of study. Thanks for writing, Marisa. I am so very proud of you!
As the week comes to end, so also does the time Miss Gabby DiCiero has spent with us for After School Care. Thank you to Miss Jordan Brittain and Miss Danielle DiCiero for filling in for her this week. Starting next week, Mrs. Christina Smith, mother of the three Harris children (Jonah, Evan, and Adi) will take over the position of After School Care Director. We are so grateful and so delighted to welcome her onto the faculty!
Finally, Miss Brittain put together packets of information and sent them home with your children this weekend. Please ask them (if they do not remember to give them to you) for the packet containing the minutes from the Parent Association Meeting this past Monday, new information on how to sign up your Fred Meyer Rewards Card for money to come to HRA, and information on the upcoming Centurion Fundraiser beginning on March 1st. If you are new to the school and have not yet submitted addresses to fulfill your discounted tuition obligation, please take some time to fill out and submit those before March 1st so that we can be sure to help you take care of your obligation.
I am also mailing home the re-enrollment papers for you to fill out on your Sycamore site (five to ten minute process) or fill out on a hard copy from the office. If you are able to re-enroll by March 1st, we will discount your re-enrollment fee of $250.00 by $100.00!! We want to thank you for being such a wonderful parent this year and keep your enrollment fees down to $150.00 + $50.00 for the Parent Association. This enrollment fee will secure your child’s spot in the school for next year.
- Monday – NO SCHOOL (President’s Day)
- Tuesday, February 18th – All School Assembly
- Tuesday, Indoor Soccer for Junior High begins
- Tuesday, Elementary mass with Fr. Scott Medlock at 10:15, all are welcome
- Wednesday – Mr. Fleming will speak to each of the classes on Safe Environment
- Thursday, HS mass in the chapel with the Dominicans, all are welcome
- Friday – SCIENCE PROJECTS ARE DUE AND WILL BE PRESENTED IN ANTICIPATION OF THE SCIENCE FAIR ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH.
Have a blessed week. I will be at the Dimond Center from 10:30 – 3:00 on Saturday advertising the school with the Independent Schools Fair if anyone happens to be shopping and want to stop by and say hello. If you are at Holy Family Cathedral, come visit me after the mass. I’m always so glad to see HRA families and friends.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal