Exciting Monday Announcements from 5/18/2015:
- Local businesses replied to the letters from third graders, Jennifer Lederhos and Mason Nguyen, that had been part of the business letter project in Miss Theis’ class. Fourth grader, Joshua Fouch, and third grader, Earthen Le, also received responses to their letters the week after school ended.
- The school was so pleased to have former upper school teacher, Mr. Haggard, join us for graduation. We wish him well in his future endeavor, teaching at a boarding school in France.
- All of the Kindergarten ducklings hatched the last Monday of the school year. The Stevens family took adopted ducklings and the Grandel family took the rest of them home.
- The school is so grateful to Miss Theis for organizing one of the most energetic fund raisers the school has known. Students had so much fun raising money for the earthquake victims in Nepal by way of their Penny War. The 5th grade won by a landslide. In total, the school raised $2,324.20 to be put toward the Knights of Columbus relief efforts for the people of Nepal.
SUMMARY OF THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL:
- MONDAY 5/18 – WEDNESDAY5/20 : Upper Elementary Grades took the annual Core Knowledge tests to determine their readiness for passing into the next grade.
- MONDAY 5/18 – WEDNESDAY 5/20: Upper School students took their exams in the morning, with guided study time in the afternoons for the next day’s exams.
- TUESDAY 5/19: The High School Baccalaureate Mass & Dinner: This year, the senior class requested a Dominican Rite Mass for their special night. Our school chaplain, Fr. Anthony delivered a reflective and encouraging homily. Thank you so much, Fr. Anthony. The Latin schola at Holy Family Cathedral provided beautiful chants and hymns; thank you all. Afterwards, invited guests adjourned downstairs to the HFC banquet hall where we enjoyed a lovely dinner catered by HRA parents, Mr. & Mrs. Sanchez, and served by the members of the junior class, followed by a few remarks and gifts for the seniors to include a lovely video full of memories and messages from the seniors’ parents and teachers.
- WEDNESDAY 5/20: The High School Graduation began with a lovely Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral. Our thanks go out to all of the parents who helped to transport students from the school to the parish. The seniors each delivered touching and heartfelt speeches filled with gratitude and insight before receiving their diplomas. HRA mother, Shelby Benton, and her daughter Maggie baked and decorated all of the delicious cupcakes served after the graduation ceremony.
- THURSDAY 5/21: Our continued appreciation goes out to Mrs. Pearce for the wonderful job she did planning the Elementary Field Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral. Many parents participated and the students all had a terrific time.
- THURSDAY 5/21: The Upper School enjoyed a Field Trip to Hope, chaperoned by the upper school teachers, where they enjoyed lunch and hiking.
- FRIDAY 5/22: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: It was wonderful to see so many parents and family members join us for the Academic Awards Assembly. It was fun to show a photo montage of the school year to the students and parents, to give out well deserved awards for the year, to recognize and thank specific parents and volunteers, and to enjoy the Kindergarten, 6th and 8th grade graduations. We are grateful to all of our guests for their patience as the ceremony went longer than anticipated. Congratulations to the many academic award winners. Please enjoy the enumeration of the HRA award winners of the 2014-15 school year:
1st Grade Poetry Awards:
Noah Jansen – Memorization (best able to memorize poems consistently throughout the year)
Grace Hardham – Rhythm (best able to perceive the rhythm & meter of poetry)
Rae Rhythm Sanchez – Elocution (best able to speak poems and convey the cadence, rhyme & meter)
2nd Grade Poetry Awards:
William Cagle – Memorization
Sonya Ramos – Rhythm
Cameron Dixon – Elocution
National Greek Exam Awards:
Richard Maloy – With Merit
Monica Klump – High Honor
National Mythology Exam Awards:
The winner of the Bronze Medallion for scores of 90-94%:
Psalm Goorchenko, 5th grade
The winners of the Silver Medallion for scores of 95-99%:
Bernadette Hart, 5th grade
Luke O’Hanley, 5th grade
Sophia Metras, 5th grade
Forrest Rose, 9th grade
The winners of The Athena Gold Award of Excellence Medallion for scores of 100%:
Emma Cookson, 5th grade
Angela Patton, 5th grade
Jonas Knox, 5th grade
National Latin Exam Awards:
Cum Laude winners:
Juliana Biegel, Latin I
Sang Nguyen, Latin IV
Magna Cum Laude winners:
Jacinta Grandel, Latin I
Alec Grandel, Latin I
Lael Droege, Latin I
Thomas Biegel, Latin II
Silver Maxima Cum Laude winners:
Drew Benton, Latin I
Wolfgang Goorchenko, Latin I
Christopher Knox, Latin II
Savio Le, Latin II
Mary Tappel, Latin IV
Trivium Awards – Grammar:
These students show the greatest ability within their grade to understand the fundamentals of all of his or her subjects; can be relied upon to state clear definitions; follow the rules for the subject; demonstrate understanding of facts; and correct steps to take in a math problem or a lab experiment.
Yedidia Diboue – Kindergarten
Noah Jansen – 1st grade
Nicolas Reiman – 2nd grade
Earthen Le – 3rd grade
Miguel Garcia – 4th grade
Emma Cookson – 5th grade
Elena Biegel – 6th grade
Macklen Bell – 7th grade
Savio Le – 8th grade
Atlin Bell – 9th grade
Matthew Lastimoso – 10th grade
Monica Klump – 11th grade
Jessica Smith – 12th grade
Trivium Awards – Logic:
These students distinguish themselves as clear and abstract thinkers. They can take facts, proofs, definitions, scientific propositions, and literature and begin to clearly, coherently, and insightfully make distinctions and demonstrate step-by-step analysis of a topic. They exhibit logic in writing as well as in speaking.
Lily Betts – Kindergarten
Sophia Patton – 1st grade
Carlos Stevens – 2nd grade
Jennifer Lederhos – 3rd grade
Joshua Fouch – 4th grade
Jonas Knox – 5th grade
Joshua Bonar – 6th grade
Wolfgang Goorchenko – 7th grade
Christopher Knox – 8th grade
Lael Droege – 9th grade
Sang Nguyen – 11th grade
Anna Jemmings – 12th grade
Trivium Awards – Rhetoric:
These students show the greatest ability within their grade to express themselves thoroughly, insightfully, and elegantly. They practice judgement in when to speak and when to listen. They can apply the rules of logic and the grammatical understanding of a subject and express their conclusions in clear, compelling and elegant way.
Marian Stevens – Kindergarten
Anthony Murray – 1st grade
Andrew Hanson – 2nd grade
Alena Kelley – 3rd grade
Maria Koop – 4th grade
Mikael Hilario – 5th grade
Grace Woyte – 6th grade
Alexander O’Neill – 7th grade
Thomas Biegel – 8th grade
Drew Benton – 9th grade
Mary Tappel – 10th grade
Richard Maloy – 11th grade
Karina Biegel – 12th grade
This award is given by the faculty to honor those students who best embody virtue in the way in which he or she respects faculty, staff, and students. These students are the type of people who will choose the good whether someone is watching or not. They demonstrate true charity beyond the school and dutifully fulfill their school obligations. These students embody the true aspiration for holiness.
Veronica Gruber-Blackburn, Kindergarten
Bernadette Hart, 5th grade
Elena Biegel, 6th grade
Wolfgang Goorchenko, 7th grade
Jacinta Grandel, 8th grade
John Lastimoso, 8th grade
The Mrs. Doerner Memorial Scholarship winner:
The Mr. Coldiron Memorial Scholarship winner:
After the presentation of awards, we cheered on all of our transitional graduates. Elena Biegel and Grace Woyte delivered a delightful speech, recapping their elementary career as a part of the 6th grade graduation. We are very proud of all of our 8th grade, 6th grade, and Kindergarten graduates!
It was heartwarming to see everyone stay for the Potluck & BBQ afterward. We were blessed with sunshine, good food, many friends, and lots of help with running the event and cleaning up afterward. Our particular thanks go out to: Mrs. Cookson, Mrs. Doherty, Mr. Shaut, Mrs. Woyte, Mr. Woyte, Mrs. Metcalf, Mrs. Tappel, and Mr. & Mrs. Hardham.
- Mrs. Pearce was not able to present the winners of the Presidential Physical Fitness Awards on the last day of school. We wish to recognize the following students for their achievements in P.E.
President’s Physical Fitness Award winners:
This award recognizes all students who score in the top 15% of their age category among boys or girls throughout the United States of America.
Belicia Manuel, 1st grade
Amarisa Manuel, 3rd grade
National Physical Fitness Award winners:
This award recognizes all students who score in the top 50% of their age category among boys or girls throughout the United States of America.
Rae Sanchez, 1st grade
Sophia Patton, 1st grade
Grace Hardham, 1st grade
Andrew Hanson, 2nd grade
Madison Metcalf, 2nd grade
Stephen Hart, 3rd grade
Emma Cookson, 5th grade
Bernadette Hart, 5th grade
Jonas Knox, 5th
Joshua Bonar, 6th grade
Jenessa Lorenz, 6th grade
Yordana Sidun, 6th grade
- FRIDAY 5/29 – SATURDAY 5/30: HRA Track team holds a state champ! 11th grade student, Sarah Lucas, took 2nd place in Triple Jump and in Long Jump at the Alaska State Championship High School Track Meet, closing the high school track season.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- Those who have not yet paid their Enrollment Fees for the 2015-16 school year have missed the May 1st deadline to secure their child’s place. If you intend to re-enroll your children for next year, please pay the $300.00 enrollment fee for each child in order to secure their place in class.
- The deadline for discounted tuition for the 2015-16 school year is June 15th. Families who pay in full by this date receive a $250.00 *This is a correction from last week’s Update. We apologize for the error.
- ACYC runs from June 15th through June 18th. Registration is open until the beginning of the conference. Alaska youth in jr. high and high school can register at this web address: https://www.showmyevent.com/events/viewEventDetails.aspx?EventID=2645
- Holy Rosary Academy will once again host the Alaska Rabbit & Cavy Breeders Club summer show on Saturday, June 27th from 9:00 a.m. to the mid-afternoon in St. Dominic’s Hall. Show Catalogue June27
- STUDENTS GIFTED IN ART: The HRA Auction Committee would like to give students the chance this summer to create an inspired submission for next year’s auction catalog cover. All submissions must have clean lines without shading. The subject matter may be Rosary; Mother and Child; or other HRA related themes. Submissions should be mailed or delivered to the HRA Front Office by June 30th. Please address submissions to HRA c/o Jacki Rose. (Last year, all submissions were featured somewhere in the catalog. There is a very good chance that this will be done again in the coming auction.)
- Summer Book Group for upper school students, organized and hosted by Mrs. Schirda, will begin soon. Detailed schedules will be sent out in the near future.
- Our thanks go out to alumni, Michelle Tobia & Lee Cookson, along with student, Joseph Bjelland, for their efforts at campus beautification in preparation for the wedding reception of alumni Mara Beigel and Michael ElKhoury which will take place on the HRA campus later this month.
- You may be interested: Beav Deering is leading a group for the 2015 Alaska Fathers’ Hike from Sunday, July 12th through Tuesday, July 14th. Details are attached on the e-mail version of this newsletter for interested husbands and fathers of the HRA community. These documents may be of help to interested dads: 2015_father’s_hike 2015_father’s_hike_gear_list Hike_Food_Revised
- Around the diocese – The youth minister for St. Benedict Parish, Bob McMorrow, has asked that we share a couple messages with all of you:
If I had only one chance to ignite a fire in our young people, I would send them to World Youth Day. As a youth minister and parent, I want to share information with you about this powerful event that consistently changes the lives of our young people. I have been leading young people to this event since 1993. It is a powerful Catholic experience that I recommend every youth, young adult and, if possible, family attends at least once.
Here is a great video to give you an idea of the power of this event. Watch it and, if possible, sign up for this incredible pilgrimage.
Below is a note to youth with details about why people should sign up soon. Please let me know if you have any questions.
In God’s Love,
Dear potential World Youth Day pilgrims and WYD pilgrims,
We just received word from our tour company, Catholic Pilgrim Office (CPO), that they will be purchasing airline tickets soon and they want as many of our pilgrims as possible to be registered by then.
I am writing this email to encourage everyone who is planning on going to WYD 2016 in Poland to sign up in June if at all possible. Signing up entails turning in your registration form and getting up to date on payments:
For the 11 day Poland only, up to date is 2100 dollars.
For the 16 day Poland with Ireland pre-trip, up to date is 2900 dollars.
If you are not able to make the payment and register now, all hope is not lost. It will still be possible to register in the upcoming months, but CPO will have to confirm space with the airlines before allowing people to join the trip. It is also possible that the airline cost could increase. So, the only guaranteed way to register for WYD is to sign up by the end of June.
Sign up now if you are able
Forward this email to anyone you can think of that might be interested in going to WYD
If you work at a parish, please publish this email in your social media and bulletin
If you are already signed up, please make sure your payments are up to date.
Thanks. Please contact me if you have any questions or want a registration form emailed to you.
In God’s Love