February 28th, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Chip Chennault has returned to us and has completed his chemotherapy for now. Continue your prayers for dear Chip. We are so very delighted to have him return to seventh grade and regular life. Thanks be to God that he can be with us to share his smile, humor, and insights. Welcome back Mr. Chip. The whole school rejoices in your return!
What a week of events. My arm is not 100% but much improved. Thank you to all of you who have wished me well. In particular, I thank the kindergarteners who have gently patted my arm and offered me their heartfelt hopes that I improve. The brace is off for the most part, but I am going to keep my comments brief again this year in the interest of continuing to improve.
Thank you to Father Patrick Brosamer and Fr. Augustine for saying our elementary and high school masses respectively. We are so blessed to hear your insightful homilies and so grateful that you bring us The Sacrament!
The week’s focus was on the Science Fair. We were blessed on Thursday to have fanstastic judges (engineers and scientists) rounded up by Mrs. Jacki Rose. The students created some of the best displays I have seen at HRA and presented with confidence and poise. The winners for each grade will be announced on Monday at the morning assembly should parents wish to join us from 8-8:20 A.M. in the Kolbe Lobby. I will include the names of the winners in next week’s blog. Thank you to the HRA science teachers led by Mr. Welsh. You prepared the students well!
I am so happy that so many of you have re-enrolled your children for next year and have received the $100.00 discount. The last day to receive the discount is this Monday, March 3rd. Please call or come into the front office to pay the amount by the end of the school day. After that time, we will no longer offer the discount but will be in touch with you to find our your intentions for the coming year. The re-enrollment fees will be due on May 1st to save a spot for your child for the coming year.
Please note that we have a tentative calendar of the coming school year in the Kolbe lobby if you have not yet received one. The major event that may change on the final calendar is spring break. Currently, we have the calendar stating that we will take the week after Easter off. That may be waiting too long to give the students some time off for rest. The faculty and I will watch closely to see how this year works as we are taking the same spring break as the Anchorage School District. We may do the same next year. The other dates, however, are likely to remain.
Thank you to Miss Paige Corona for substituting for Mrs. Verbout in the kindergarten. You are doing a super job and the students already adore you! We are so glad you will remain with us for all of next week as well!
I spent Friday morning at the State Spelling Bee competition. I want to thank Miss Aine Nakada (Grade 6) for representing HRA so beautifully. Although Aine was eliminated in the first round (amongst 144 contestants!), she handled herself with grace and poise. You were an excellent ambassador for the school Aine. I am so very proud of you for your courage in participating in this prestigious event. Thank you also to Mrs. Nakada, alumni, Patrick Nakada, and alternate speller, Miguel Garcia (3rd Grade) for accompanying me to cheer for Aine. Next year might just be your year, Aine!
Today, February 28, we received some tragic news. The brother of our beloved high school teacher, Miss Therese Syren, passed away suddenly this morning. I would ask that you keep the entire Syren family in your prayers and the repose of Stephen Syren uppermost in your thoughts in the coming week. It is likely that Miss Syren will be out much of the week. We send you our love and sympathy, Miss Syren. May Stephen now rest in peace with your dear mother, father, sister, and brother.
Thank you to Mrs. Furby for leading an excellent handwriting review for the junior high this Friday afternoon. The upper school is committed to helping our students handwrite well for the rest of their time at HRA. We hope they will carry that skill on for the rest of their lives. The methodical, careful precision of handwriting is instrumental in developing the students’ small motor skills but more importantly for helping them to write and think carefully and purposefully.
Similarly, I would like to thank Mr. Dominic Le for presenting on finance to the high school on Friday afternoon! Mr. Le (father of two and uncle to two of our students) presented the history of ancient counting and finance practices through the ages until today. He spoke to students about the debt crisis of today and the importance of carefully approaching their own financial decisions. We hope to have Mr. Le return to deepen the students appreciation of practical economics before the end of the semester. Thank you for doing a superb job, Mr. Le!
I will be at St. Patrick’s Parish this weekend for all the masses to advertise HRA. Do stop by to say hello if you are attending mass there. Thank you to Mary Tappel (9th grade) for assisting me at the 11:30 mass!
Thank you to Justin Klump and Jacob Owens for organizing a GAME NIGHT for the junior high and high school this weekend. I will enjoy being in attendance with teacher, Mr. Matthew Krepel, and Office Manager, Miss Jordan Brittain, along with older alumni to enjoy the nerf gun wars, Apples to Apples etc… this Saturday!
The upcoming week will be our last before spring break. It looks to be a very smooth week. Please join us on Wednesday for the All School Mass at 10:15 for Ash Wednesday. The children will receive ashes. As Lent begins, please consider sending your child to school on Fridays with meatless lunches to honor and respect the Catholic custom of abstaining from meat on Lenten Fridays.
As always, I remain, gratefully yours,
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
February 23rd, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
I must write a very short blog this week. Two weeks ago I injured the shoulder and upper arm muscles of my right arm. I have ignored if for the last two weeks and consequently have been experiencing more and more discomfort. Muscle rest (including typing) is the prognosis. In obedience, I will suspend typing for a few days and hope that you will understand.
So many wonderful events and people to thank must wait for a few days. Stay tuned…
In the meantime, some important news to convey:
1) Re-enrollment letters have been sent home. Enrolling on Sycamore (directions included in the mailing) will take only minutes. If you pay the enrollment fee by March 1st, we will discount you $100.00.
2) The Centurion Annual Appeal letters will be sent out starting on March 1st. If you are new parents and have not submitted addresses to complete your discounted tuition obligation, please do so this week.
3) The Science Fair takes place this Thursday. Students will present their work to judges in the morning. Displays will be up all day in St. Dominic’s. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come take a look.
4) We welcome the Grandel family and in particular, Alec Grandel (freshman) to the HRA community beginning this Monday!
5)Thank you to Mrs. Furby, the faculty, the Tappels, and the appetizer geniuses, Rebecca Berry and Karen McMorrow for putting on a beautiful wine party this Friday for their auction contribution back in October. Thank you to Unwined as well for hosting us and treating us to their delicious wines!
6) Wish Aine Nakada well this week as she prepares to compete this Friday in the State Spelling Bee Competition. Miguel Garcia, the third grader runner-up, and I will go with her to root her on. We are so proud of you, Aine!
7) Indoor soccer has commenced. Game days will be posted on the Sycamore and Word Press calendars shortly. Thank you to student coaches, Mary Tappel and Lee Cookson, and Moms Extraordinaire, Mrs. Lisa Cookson, and Maureen Klump for your dedication to the team!
Have a blessed week,
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
February 14th, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
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
February 9th, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Another wonderful week at Holy Rosary Academy has come to an end. The week was truly enjoyable for me because it was such a regular week. We were able to settle into a nice routine only disrupted by a return visit from the BBC filmers on Friday.
Before regaling you with the events of last week, I want to alert you to our third Parent Association Meeting of the year. We are meeting this Monday evening from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. Babysitting will be provided. At this meeting we will be informing new and returning parents about the following agenda items:
1) Results of the Raffle Fundraiser.
2) Information on signing up for rewards for the school from Fred Meyer.
3) What is the Centurion Fundraiser and how to provide addresses for the Centurion Fundraiser beginning March 1st?
4) Upcoming events and share hour opportunities.
5) Miss Neumayr’s State of the School Address
6) Business Report – Miss DiCiero and PA treasurer
7) Sycamore training on how to re-enroll
8) Questions/Concerns from the Parents
** We will finish at 7:30 P.M. but the Parent Association Officers and I will remain for further questions.
This Week in Review
The week began with our wonderful Monday Assembly. There we learned that the Grades 5-8 volleyball team had defeated Birchwood B team and had their first victory of the season. Bravo Knights. The remainder of the week was fairly uneventful. Thursday was an all school mass with retired priest, Fr. Brunet. It was his first time to the campus and our first chance to enjoy his priestly wisdom. We are so grateful to be able to invite priests throughout the diocese to offer mass for us especially when our dear Dominicans are away as was the case this week.
The week finished with a bang, however. A cameraman and a sound man returned to the campus on Friday to catch a few shots and do a few interviews that had not been completed by the BBC group who came in December. A huge thank you goes out to all the teachers for adapting to the changes to the day! I especially thank the elementary teachers who graciously helped me to redo our traditional weekly assembly even though it dug into the students lunch time. Thank you to the students for throwing yourself into all the interviews and camera shots with such enthusiasm and joy. I look forward to sharing the show with the HRA community as soon as it is completed. I expect to have a copy of the show by the end of March!
Mid-quarter reports were sent home with your children this Friday. Please be sure to sign the form and return it via your child to his or her teacher. We want to be sure that you, the parents and primary educators, are kept aware of your child’s progress. You may check on Sycamore for daily homework and grades every evening. Do not hesitate to make a meeting with your child’s teacher should you have any concerns.
Justin Klump, our senior this year, was accepted to his parents’ alma mater, Benedictine College this past week. He has now been admitted and has been awarded merit scholarship from all four of the Catholic colleges to which he has applied. You are in our prayers, Justin, as you discern the right place for you to take your next step in education. God speed!
Congratulations to Justin Klump and Jacob Owens for planning and executing the first annual High School Boys Lock-In. Most of the junior high and high school boys were in attendance. Thank you to the teachers for their incredible sacrifice in spending the night with this rowdy bunch! Thank you to Mr. Welsh, Mr. Haggard, and Mr. Coldiron! Thank you also to the alumni and older gentleman who came to help. Among them, alumni, Michael Rannals, Reagan Biegel, Patrick Klump and youth leader, Luke Klotz. I was delighted that former student, Patrick Czyz came to join in the events as well!!! Thank you all, gentleman, for having fun and leaving the school standing! I know of no broken windows! I hope this will become another HRA tradition. Well done, Senior Justin Klump, and Super Junior, Jacob Owens. Thanks to all the other boys who helped. Perhaps most appreciated was Atlin Bell (8th) who brought fifteen nerf guns. Good thinking, Atlin!
I spent the weekend at Our Lady of Guadalupe recruiting families to join the school next year. Thank you to Fr. Blanco and Mr. Fleming for making room for me and for making me feel so welcome! Thank you especially to the Lastimoso family for joining me at 5:30 mass on Saturday. John Lastimoso (7th) spoke at the end of mass and made me very proud. Miguel Garcia (3rd) and his family joined me at 9 A.M. Mass. Miguel came in uniform as John had done and both looked so handsome! Thank you, Miguel and to your parents for assisting me.
- 2/10 Monday Assembly (parents welcome)
- Parent Association Meeting - Monday, February 10th from 6:30-7:30 P.M. in the Kolbe Bldg. Lobby. Babysitting provided.
- 2/11 Tuesday, Mass for the Elementary at 2:15. (all are welcome)
- 2/11 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at lunch, SHAKESPEAREAN MONOLOGUES by the junior high. Come and watch your child in St. Dominic’s between noon and 12:30 P.M. Thank you Miss DiCiero and Mr. Haggard for preparing them.
- 2/13 Thursday, High School Mass in the chapel. (all are welcome)
- 2/1 Friday, Community Service day for the Upper School. Any parent who can help drive is welcome. This is a great share hour opportunity between 1-3 P.M. Contact Mrs. Erin Furby for details.
- 2/14 Friday, Miss Neumayr and Mr. Welsh will spend the day working on updating our marketing materials, online website etc… (neither I nor Mr. Welsh will be available to meet with you that day.)
- 2/14 Pizza Day – money for pizza must be submitted by Wednesday to homeroom teacher or classroom teacher
- 2/14 Friday, Science Boards for grades 7-10 are due!!! Parents, know that we expect your child to do the work and for you to be the cheerleader. The students have been methodically led through the process.
- 2/15 Saturday, the Upper School has their Black and White Ball (semi-formal). Parents are welcome to join the faculty who will be chaperoning the event. Come watch these students dazzle with their waltz and swing moves!
Check our hraak.com website calendar or the Sycamore calendar on your home page for events coming up each day.
Have a blessed week!
Miss Neumayr, Principal
January 31st, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Family and Friends,
Today we held our annual Raffle drawing. It is our second largest fundraising effort of the year. It looks like we have had an excellent fundraiser this year. I look forward to sharing the final figures with you next week. In the meantime, the winners are:
$10,000.00 - Mr. Matt Smith of Post Falls, Idaho – winning ticket sold by the Jansen family
$1,000 or a full tuition – Ms. Meredith Weitz – winning ticket also sold by the Jansen family
$500.00 – Mr. Ray Booker – winning ticket sold by the Cook family
* All the winners have been informed. Ms. Weitz has not determined which of the prizes she wants to choose yet.
We thank all of the parents, staff, and Board members in attendance for helping to make the “spaghetti feed” raffle drawing such a delicious and wonderful event ! In particular, I thank Mr. Fleming, Board Member and Master of Ceremonies, for helping to coordinate this event and for having the Our Lady of Guadalupe Knights of Columbus help sell tickets with and for us! Thank you to Business Manager, Danielle DiCiero, and Office Manager, Jordan Brittain, for all the coordination and work they put into this enjoyable event. Thank you to senior, Justin Klump, highest ticket seller, ninth grader, Evangeline Dooc, and second grader, Paul Knox, for choosing the tickets out of the bin and to all the wonderful parents – chief chef, Mr. Yabyabin and helpers, Mrs. Knox, Mr. Foster, Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Bjelland, Erin Furby, and student, Sang Nguyen for serving up the meal to the student body! Looking forward to next year already!
We’ve had a wonderful week of celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Thank you to Fr. Augustine O.P. for coming to our Monday Assembly to begin the week with a special blessing. Thank you to Fr. Augustine also for saying our All School Mass on Tuesday honoring one of our patron saints, St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of Catholic schools and scholars. We further celebrated by serving up doughnuts as a special treat for the students. Wednesday, the kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school with all kinds of fun activities including finding 100 candy kisses hidden all around the classroom and wearing homemade creative hats on their heads! I loved stopping in and being spoiled with a cupcake that said “100″ on it. In fact, the Harris family had made 100 cupcakes which the kindergartners enjoyed eating and sharing with the elementary classes. Thanks to kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Verbout and Mrs. Shaut for their creativity and the splendid day they afforded their excited kindergartners!
Then, we all drove to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish to enjoy a special mass put on for the four Catholic Schools in the Anchorage Diocese. We celebrated mass alongside Lumen Christi High School, SEAS, and Our Lady of the Valley! Thank you to Fr. Tom Lilly, Fr. Anthony Patalano O.P, Fr. Andrew Lee, Fr. Patrick Brosamer, and Fr. Leo Walsh for representing the schools and offering a beautiful mass for all of us. Many thanks to Camille Rzeszut and all the mothers at SEAS for coordinating the mass and the reception. Thanks also to junior, Karina Biegel, for reading the second reading, Giselle Rachels, for reading some of the petitions, and Gabriel Zipay, and Elena Biegel for bringing up the gifts. Thank you to Mr. Welsh for capturing photos for the school! Thank you to Board member, Mrs. Gena Columbus, for joining us at the mass. It was a wonderful event to mark the excellent progress of our Catholic School System.
Today, Friday, was the Feast of Don Bosco, another important saint for our school as he was an educator and loved children. We have named our High School building, the Bosco Building in his honor. What a celebration and a feast we enjoyed today. Originally, we were scheduled to go sledding at Kincaid Park, but the icy conditions deterred us. Instead, we included all the students in our raffle and spaghetti feed and then sent off the elementary to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of good ol’ fashioned board games and friendship. Thank you to the elementary teachers for coordinating the afternoon activities. Thanks to Mrs. Pearce for continuing art classes. Finally, a special thank you goes to Mrs. Erin Furby for teaching some nice waltz and swing steps to the fifth and sixth graders in an impromptu dance lesson. Bless you, Mrs. Furby. The students loved it.
Recognition goes also to the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of HRA, Mr. John Haggard and Miss Jordan Brittain. Mr. Haggard and Miss Brittain demonstrated and taught grades 7-12 the waltz and the swing for two hours on Friday afternoon. I came in to smiles and dancing children everywhere. It was amazing to see how quickly and how well the students picked up the dancing and began to look first rate. I look forward to seeing the students bring their new talents to the Valentine’s Dance scheduled for February 14th.
I want to take a moment to congratulate Mr. Jacob Owens, our graduating Junior, who was recognized for his Eagle Scout project and completion of the Boy Scout program. Jacob enjoyed a celebratory dinner with his troop and many friends and admirers who spoke about what an “articulate, kind, and hard working” man he had become. His mother spoke eloquently about his accomplishment and how proud she and her husband are of his work ethic. I was privileged to attend the dinner and witness the admiration all in attendance had for Jacob’s Eagle Scout accomplishment. We are so very proud of you, Jacob. The values and skills you have gained from this program will stand you in good stead throughout your life.
Finally, senior, Justin Klump, was accepted into the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton chapter of the Knights of Columbus this past Thursday. Bravo to you, Justin! May you remain an active member throughout your lifetime. The outstanding men who belong and the holy work they do will be a holy anchor for you along your own spiritual path.
Our fifth grade through eighth graders volleyball team had their first game tonight. I look forward to telling you the results.
Mid-quarter grades will be sent home on Friday, February 7th.
I wish you all a blessed weekend and a delightful upcoming week. Please stop and say hello if you are at SEAS and see me at the table marketing the school after all of the masses.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
January 28th, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Faculty And Friends,
Happy Catholic Schools Week! What an incredible several weeks of activities our students have already enjoyed. I want to take a few moments to catch you up and then tell you about the special week the students will enjoy this week.
Before I recap the last few weeks, however, I wanted to encourage all you HRA families to do your best to sell the rest of your raffle tickets by 10 A.M. on Friday, January 31st. The drawing will be held at noon in St. Dominic’s. Please come and join us for a spaghetti lunch and the public drawing at that time. Invite friends and relatives as well.
The last few weeks have been a true whirlwind. Some of the most noteworthy occurrences are as follows:
Senior, Justin Klump, has been admitted to three colleges already! He received word from Ave Maria University that he has been admitted and has been awarded a merit scholarship worth $6,000.00 a year (for a total of $24,000.00) and $1,000.00 a year because he goes to a Catholic school! Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina has admitted him and offered him a merit scholarship for $5500.00 anually! Finally, he has been admitted to Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio and awaits their financial offer. Congratulations, Justin! We look forward to your final decision!
Huge thank yous go out to the following people:
Alumna, Michele Tobia – Thank your for prepping our buildings for the Feast of the Epiphany and for building the cover for the science shelves and for your excellent painting of one of our rentals! Thanks for giving up so much of your Christmas vacation to help the school! We can’t wait to see you in the summer.
Mr. Stankewich (father of 7th grader) – Thank you for the maintenance work with the buses and for all your work with the zone valves in St. Bernadette building.
Mr. and Mrs. Tobia (parents of aluma, Michele) - Thank you for taping the Festival of Lessons and Carols so that we can have a memory of it for years to come.
Mr. Dominic Le and Mr. Reiman and Mr. Stankewich – thank you for all the extra help you give when the snow falls and we need shovelers!
Mr. Lederhos (Grandfather of 2nd grader) – Thank you for the ice melt and shovels and help clearing out the backside of the campus. Thanks also for the monthly pizza pick-up and delivery to the school as well as your many donations. You are my personal Santa Claus. Bless you!
Fr. Augustine – thank you for being our chaplain and for the many, many times you thoughtfully come over to support the school and offer special blessings. Your attendance at the play and for the opening of Catholic Schools Week and for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas mass is much appreciated. We are so blessed to have your prayers and your spiritual support.
Fr. Anthony Patalano – Thank you again for the beautiful picture of Our Lady giving rosaries to St. Dominic and St. Catherine that now graces our wall in the Kolbe building! I love walking past it multiple times a day.
Mr. Thompson (grandfather of a kindergartner) – thank you for the geology presentations in the kindergarten and for the third and fourth grade. You are a super teacher and have really enlivened the students’ love of science. Thank you!
Gabby DiCiero – Thank you for stepping in to do such an amazing job with the After School Care Program.
Carmela Bell (mother of a sixth and an eighth grader) – thank you for doing our monthly shopping!!!!!You are invaluable.
Mrs. O’Neill, Mrs. Woyte, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Neavill, and Mrs.Jemmings – thank you for the transporting of grades 5 – 8 to the matinee dress rehearsal of the play! We literally could not have done it without you.
To all those whom I have forgotten, know that many times a day I pray for you in thanksgiving for all that you do.
The Spelling Bee
Congratulations to the top two spellers from grades 1 – 8! They are as follows:
Izaiha King (8) Forrest Rose (8)
Lilly Gonzalez (7) Christopher Knox (7)
Aine Nakada (6) Sophia Rose (6)
Arieta Manu (5) Johah Harris (5)
Bernadette Hart (4) Jonas Knox (4)
Miguel Garcia (3) Joshua Fouch (3)
Stephen Hart (2) Amarisa Manuel (2)
Evan Harris (1) Nicolas Reiman (1)
This was the first year that the first and second graders competed! I was so very proud of their efforts. Bravo!
The winner was sixth grader, Aine Nakada. Her winning word was science. Though a seemingly easy word, the words leading up to this word were quite challenging and tricky enough for all of her peers to make an error. We went through 12 rounds to reach the winner. Congratulations, Aine! She will compete for the State Championship at the Performing Arts Center on February 28th.
The second runner up and alternate spelling champion, third grader, Miguel Garcia, will accompany her should she be unable to meet this obligation. Congratulations to the youngest alternate spelling champion in the history of HRA. Congratulations, Miguel!
- Thank you to Corie Geiermann (’06), a budding plumber, for installing two new toilets in St. Dominic’s. I appreciate your time and expertise, Corie! It was wonderful to see you back on campus.
- Jamie Cookson (’13) was recognized on the President’s List at Gonzaga for an outstanding semester academically. Only those with grades between a 3.7 and 4.0 were recognized. Jamie, we are all so very proud of you!!!
- I have had the privilege of hearing from many of our recent graduates. Most have reported their G.P.A. in the same superlative range of 3.7 -4.0. It is such a relief as their former teacher and principal to know that HRA is really preparing these students to step up to the next level and still perform superbly.
Many thanks and heartfelt congratulations go out to the three directors of this year’s Shakespearean play, Much Ado about Nothing. Miss Danielle DiCiero, Mrs. Erin Furby, and Mr. John Haggard directed one of the school’s most outstanding performances to date! The high school was simply superb! They treated our grades 5,6,7,8 classes to a wonderful matinee and then had two highly successful and well attended evening performances. The 125 guests for the supper theater evening really excited the actors who stepped up and gave the crowd their best. Though our lead actors were truly outstanding, the entire ensemble of actors was so strong and cohesive that the play as a whole had no weaknesses. Bravo to our high school students for all of their hard work. Memorizing upwards of 300-400 lines for some of them is mesmerizing to behold and a true feat and indication of the fine minds these students have.
I want to specially recognize the leads for the play as three were only freshman just beginning to try out their acting chops. Special acknowledgement belongs to:
Benedick – played by Matthew Lastimoso (9)
Beatrice – played by Karina Biegel (11)
Claudio – played by Lee Cookson (11)
Hero – played by Jessica Smith (11)
Don Pedro – played by Jacob Owens (11)
Leonato – played by Eric Bjelland (9)
Dogberry – played by Anna Berry (9)
Thank you to all the parents for the many Saturdays you spent driving your children to practice. Thanks to George Neuerberger for the delicious lasagna meal, and alumni, Michael Rannals, and Mrs. Furby’s husband, Will for the tireless clean-up efforts they made during and after the play. God bless you three for your selflessness!
Please write to your congressman urging him or her to support the School Choice initiative. Mr. Fink has been working tirelessly to be sure that this term there is a vote. Take the time to send a brief note and put positive pressure on the politicians. The freedom for parents that this would offer is tremendous and you parents at HRA would feel it immediately. Thank you so very much.
Congratulations and thank you to all the parents who have completed their raffle obligation. Miss Brittain is calling to remind and encourage any of you who are completing your sales this week. We are so very grateful to Mr. Fleming, Jordan Brittain, Danielle DiCiero, and Mr. Yabyabin for all of their hard work in completing the raffle preparations and the spaghetti feed for Friday. I look forward to sharing with you next week the winners and the total earnings of this most important fundraiser!
Please plan to go to lunch or dinner at Don Jose’s Restaurant on Northern Lights this Saturday, February 1st between the hours of noon and 10 P.M. The owner is father to one of our second graders. He is going to donate a portion of the proceeds to all three local Catholic schools. Please come and encourage many friends to support this effort to finish off Catholic Schools Week with a flourish!
The Junior/ Senior Theses
Thanks to the careful guidance of Composition 11/12 teacher, Mr. Welsh, the juniors and seniors have selected their thesis topics and begun their study in preparation for their April presentation and defense. We wish you well on this journey in search of the truth of the matter!
Congratulations to Patrick Droege and Izaiha King who have been playing basketball with the Lumen Christi high school and junior high teams respectively! We are so grateful to Lumen Christi for generously inviting us to play with them and so proud of our two HRA basketball stars. Happy season Patrick and Izaiha!
Thank you to Miss Jordan Brittain, Mr Dickason, and sophomore, Sang Nguyen for coaching the volleyball team, grades 5-8. Please come out and support our small but determined team. Their first game is this Friday, January 31st at 4 P.M. at Lumen Christi. The players this year are Elena Biegel (5), Arieta Manu (5) Evotia Manu (5) Savio Le (7) John Lastimoso (7) Julianna Biegel (8), and Jenessa Lorenz (5). Go Knights!
After School Care News
Thank you to Gabby DiCiero (sister of our Business Manager) for stepping in to take such good care of our After School Program. Gabby has assisted us while she is waiting for her brother, for whom she is a full-time caregiver, to be released from the hospital. Her brother, Dominic, is much improved and coming home soon. Gabby will need to make her last day February 10th. I will be announcing her replacement shortly. In the meantime, thank you so very much, Gabby, for your gentle patience and care. The excited voices that I hear each afternoon as I work in my office, cheers me and inspires me on in my own work. Thank you!!
Fred Meyers Rewards Card
Holy Rosary Academy has just signed up to receive community rewards benefits from your Fred Meyers Purchases. Please submit your rewards card to the attendant who will then connect your purchases to our school so that we can be sent some rewards similar to that of Carr’s and ESCRIP. More to come.
- All Catholic Schools Mass at SEAS – January 29th at 1:30 at SEAS.
- Don Bosco Day of Games – Friday January 31st – elementary will enjoy an afternoon of board games 1-3
- Joseph Day (periods 4,5,6) on January 31st
- Raffle Drawing – January 31st at noon in St. Dominic’s – join us for a spaghetti feed prepared by father of first grader, Mr. Yabyabin.
- Father/ Daughter Dance February 1st at St. Benedict’s Parish at 7 P.M.
- Monday Assembly (2/3/14)
- All School Mass on Tuesday (2/4/14)
- Declamation (Latin/Greek poetry) Competition in St. Dominic’s on 2/7/14 at 1:00 P.M.
- Mid-Quarter Grades sent home – 2/7/14
- Parent Association Meeting – 2/10/14 from 6:30-7:30 P.M. in the Kolbe building. Babysitting provided.
- Junior High Shakespearean Monologue presentations at lunch from noon to 12:30 on Feb. 11,12,13. Parents encouraged to attend.
- President’s Day – No School 2/17/14
- Science Fair Project Completed by – 2/21/14
- Science Fair Competition – St. Dominic’s Hall on 2/27/14
I will be marketing the school for the next six weekends at all the local parishes. See the calendar for the locations for each weekend. I will be calling some HRA families who attend each of the parishes to come and assist me (child in uniform). If you would like to help, please let me know. I would be most grateful for your enthusiasm at each parish. What a joy to encourage fellow Catholics to join our happy family next year. REMEMBER that if you should recommend a family to the school and they come, we will credit your account with $250.00.
Bless you and have a wonderful week!
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
January 12th, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
We had a wonderful opening week for 2014! The students returned smiling and ready to work. The faculty enjoyed a productive week and remarked at the excellent behavior and enthusiasm of the students. I was so happy to welcome everyone back safely to the campus for Monday’s assembly. There I wished everyone a Merry Christmas as we had a week remaining of the Christmas season. I also read some encouraging letters from one of our alumni Marines, Sam Wilson, who had written individual responses to all of the third and fourth graders who had written to him before the Christmas break. He spoke to the students about his life as a sniper currently stationed on a ship in the Indian Ocean and his conviction that by praying each day and receiving the Sacraments, he will be able to live out his vocation as a soldier. I also gave out calendars of the liturgical year to the students in honor of the Feast of the Epiphany. It is my hope that many of the students brought them home and put them up in their rooms or in the family communal space. All in all, it was a great start to the new semester.
We were not without some struggles this week, however. The Shauts, who were caught in the freezing weather struggles, finally arrived on Tuesday after three days attempting to return from New York. They returned with sanity and sense of humor intact. Thank you to Mrs. Verbout, Mrs. Colleen Carter Duncan, Mrs. Doerner and alumna, Michelle Tobia, for stepping in to help with the kindergartners and the fifth grade. Further, our dear first grader, Christopher Sanchez, was diagnosed with “scarlet fever.” Thanks to the sage advise of parent, Dr. John Tappel, I learned that this is a form of strep and not a cause to be unduly afraid of mass contagion. Nevertheless, it offered me a chance to encourage parents to be careful and thoughtful about sending their children to school if symptoms of coughing, sneezing, snuffling, sore throat, or stomach ache exist. In the office, we are limiting our receptionist as the only person to use the school phone (she will call on behalf of your child) in order to minimize any contagion. We bleached all chairs and desks and surfaces around campus and will continue to clean tables and knobs as an attempt to limit illness. The H1N1 influenza is also a deep concern. Please do all you can to protect your children during this particularly virulent flu season! We will do our best to maintain healthy practices here at school.
I was alerted by the filming crew who visited in December that they would be grateful if I did not do anything more to publicize our experience until the show airs in April. I must honor their wishes as part of the contract I signed. You will note that I have removed information on this visit from my blog insertions and will no longer make mention of it until the airing of the show. Thank you for your patience. I look forward to sharing more in my blog later in the semester.
In the meantime, there are a few thank yous that I have neglected from the month of December that I have been longing to include in my blog.
1) Thank you to the Parent Association led by Mrs. Lisa Cookson and her assistants for the fantastic reception put on after the Festival of Lessons and Carols.
2) Thank you to Matthew Krepel and Dominic Le for their steady and excellent care of snow blowing after snow falls. Thank you also to Mr. Nunes and Mike Gordon from Chilkhoot Charlie’s who helped smooth the parking lot and remove the growing pile of snow. We have been so blessed.
3) Thank you to Mr. Stankewich for his incredible work in St. Bernadette’s and the Bosco building. Thank you to Mr. Fleming and his son for all the work they did on our rental spaces. You are all in our prayers for your selflessness.
4) Thank you to Jordan Brittain and Evangeline Dooc for their help in setting up for the Faculty Christmas Dinner. Thank you to Mr. Barry Yabyabin for providing the incredible meal we all enjoyed. Thanks also to the parents, Mrs. Jane Garcia, Mrs. Carmela Bell, Mrs. Vicky Galvez etc… for being his helping elves.
5) Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who helped with the Advent Brunch. Again, Mrs. Lisa Cookson orchestrated a smooth and wonderful spread of food. The Brunch was replete with a film of Joseph and his brothers put on by the 8/9 Sacred Scripture class and the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” put on by the 9/10 Composition class and the first and second graders jointly. Thank you to Mrs. Schirda and Miss Verreux for bringing to life this classic! Thank you to Fr. Paul Raftery O.P. for leading us in prayer and blessing the event with his presence.
6) Thank you to the Tobia family for all of their help over the Christmas break. Their daughter, an alumna from 2011, Michele Tobia helped me put up pictures, lights, wood cupboards etc…. with frequent trips in from her parents to assist. I am so grateful. Have a great semester back at Benedictine College, Michelle!
7) Thank you to Mr. Welsh, Mr. Haggard, and Miss Brittain for chaperoning the movie night before the Christmas break!
8) Thank you to all the HRA families for their many gifts for the faculty and for me. I am writing my thank you notes but want to be sure that you know how very grateful and happy your gifts made me over the Christmas holiday. As I stayed up here, I saved your gifts for Christmas morning. Bless you for your care and love for me and the faculty.
I know that I have neglected to remember the many people who deserve my gratitude. Know that any oversight was not intentional.
Finally, I want to invite all of you to stop by Kolbe to visit our newest picture. Fr. Anthony Patalano O.P. gave us a beautiful Marian picture of Our Lady handing St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena rosaries. I had it framed over the break and had the unveiling after our school mass on Thursday. It is truly beautiful and adds immeasurably to the front lobby. Do stop to see it. Further, we put the traditional chalk on our buildings. For the Feast of the Epiphany we put over the doors. Miss Anne Marie Droege, a junior, carefully wrote 20 + C + M + B + 14. It stands for the year 2014 (beginning and end) and the opening initial of the three magi kings, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. It has become a lovely tradition at the school to use blessed chalk and to bless each building with this equation. Do note it the next time you come by school!
- Monday Assembly
- Elementary Mass Tuesday at 2:15 in the chapel
- Scantron Testing for grades 7,8 from Monday to Wednsesday
- Thursday High School Mass in the school Chapel at 10:15
- Friday Pizza Day for lunch
- 6th Grade field trip to Eagle River (winter intensive)
- Friday Upper School Joseph Day, drama practice, and a movie for the junior high
- MONDAY, JANUARY 20 is Martin Luther King Day and a SCHOOL HOLIDAY.
- Much Ado About Nothing Play coming up on January 24th at 7:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s Hall on Muldoon and January 25th dinner/theatre at 6:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s. You may sign up and pay for tickets in the office.
- RAFFLE TICKETS MUST BE SOLD AND SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31. All are invited to the spaghetti feed at St. Patrick’s Hall for the raffle drawing. The Spaghetti Feed begins at 6:00 P.M.
Have a blessed week as we return to Ordinary Time in the liturgical year. The Christmas Season has been a joy and a blessing. We welcome the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday and the beginning of His great ministry. God has sent his Son to become man and dwell among us. We are so richly blessed to commemorate this reality each year!
Miss Neumayr, Principal
January 8th, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
One of our first graders complained of feeling unwell yesterday. He vomited and began to have a very high fever. The parents noticed a spreading rash on his back and chest and took him to his doctor immediately. He was diagnosed with Scarlet Fever and is on antibiotics. His sister was not infected though she has been put on antibiotics as well.
Here at HRA, we will be using the utmost caution. Any student complaining of a stomach ache or vomiting will be sent home immediately. Please keep a close eye on your child for fever or rashes.
We are sorry to alarm you with this news and hope that it has been caught and dealt with in time. Further, the flu season is upon us and the symptoms mirror those of the deadly virus in 2009. Please exercise extreme caution. This is a time when the students touching their hands to their eyes should be discouraged, noses should be wiped, and glasses/drinks should not be shared. We will have the students wash their hands more vigilantly than ever during this season.
Thank you for all you can do to keep your child home if he or she exhibits signs of a cold or fever.
Miss Neumayr, Principal
January 5th, 2014 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear Holy Rosary Academy Families and Friend,
Happy Feast of the Epiphany and a Happy New Year 2014 to all! I look forward to welcoming the students back to school for our final week of Christmas. We have kept the Christmas decorations up around campus for the last week of Christmas. The season lasts until January 13th, the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. Next Tuesday we return to Ordinary Time liturgically. I do hope that the break has been a good one for you and that the joy and peace of the Christmas season will remain in your hearts for the year to come.
I, too, have enjoyed a true break. Consequently, my blogs have fallen behind. This blog is a quick one to alert you to a few upcoming issues that may affect you as we begin a new year and a new semester. Then, I plan to return to the cliffhanger ending to my Christmas blog. I look forward to finishing my notes to you about the BBC visit and the many lovely pre-Christmas events effecting your children.
- Miss Jordan Brittain was unable to get a return ticket until next Friday. She will not return to the office until January 13th and apologizes for the delay. In the meantime, Business Manager, Danielle DiCiero will be available to help you in the front office and her younger sister, Gabby DiCiero, has graciously agreed to answer phones for the coming week. I wanted to alert you that you will be hearing a new voice and seeing a new face. She looks enough like Miss DiCiero not to throw you off too much, I hope. Please feel free to introduce yourself to her.
- Mr. Shaut’s flight home from New York has been delayed for at least a day. Mrs. Doerner will substitute for him on Monday and remain during the week until he can return. Mrs. Shaut was able to journey home today and will be able to teach on Monday.
New After School Care Giver
- Mrs. Pam Bjelland has taken a new job and will be unable to continue the After School Care Program. She was such a blessing to us this semester! She and her sons, Eric and Joseph, brought so much attention, joy, and care to the students of HRA. Thank you for your generosity Bjellands!
- We are blessed to have Miss Gabby DiCiero join us for the next month or possibly two as she waits for her brother Dominic to return home from the hospital. She is filling in for me during this time. She is a certified care-giver and brings a great love of children and many hours of certification in child safety to the position. She is twenty years old and has completed the required Safe Environment requirements and has completed the background check. I have had a chance to train her. I look forward to introducing her to all the parents on Monday. Thank you for your understanding as I seek out the best people to safeguard your children after school. Thank you to Gabby for the time she can fill in for me!
- Monday Assembly
- No Mass on Monday
- All School Mass Thursday
- Friday afternoon – play practice, ballroom dance review
- Spirit Day for the High School on Monday, January 13th
- RAFFLE TICKETS MUST BE SOLD BY JANUARY 31ST!
I will continue my blog anon…
Have a blessed week.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
December 23rd, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear Holy Rosary Academy Families and Friends,
It has been nearly a month since my last blog for which I can only apologize and begin to fill you in on the many exciting happenings at HRA. The semester has ended, the grades for the final exams are being posted, the semester grades are to be mailed out to parents December 29th, and I have had a few days to step away and think happily of the last few weeks of life at HRA.
We have been busy non-stop with the most enjoyable of activities. Of course our week with the filming crew was an adventure. At this time, I am not allowed to give out information on the program until it airs in April. In the meantime, the students have impressed me so much with their steady application to their studies in the midst of preparations for the Festival of Lessons and Carols, SCANTRON testing, field trips, Advent preparations and Christmas projects. There are many thanks to be proffered to all who helped make these activities come to fruition and there are many students to recognize. I will ask your patience as I recount in installments, the last weeks of the semester.
As many of you know, right after the Thanksgiving break, a film crew came in December to the campus. At this time, I may not publish anything about the event until after the showing in April. Keep your eyes peeled for information at that time. We thank you for your understanding.
Catherine Neumayr, Principal