Rosarian Academy is kicking off its 95-year birthday celebration with Rosarian Week, October 5-9. As tradition, Rosarian spends the first full week of October celebrating its faith, spirit, community, mission, and service—all of which have been a part of the school’s history since its inception. Faculty and students began the week honoring the school’s OLD history by dressing as 95-year-olds and watching a slideshow of photos from the past. To ensure the health and safety of the Rosarian community, some traditional activities that take place throughout the week have been reimagined to take place virtually or in a different capacity or have been postponed. For instance, the traditional spirit pep rally will take place virtually and the Spaghetti Dinner community gathering which is always in the school Dining Hall has been turned into a week-long celebration of dining in or carrying out at local RA family-owned restaurants.
In 1923, with no Catholic educational institution in the southern part of his immense Florida diocese, Bishop Barry envisioned a school for boarders in West Palm Beach. Four Adrian Dominican Sisters began Rosarian Academy (formerly known as St. Ann On-The-Lake Academy from 1925-1939). The school’s first building, Bradley Hall, was opened for boarding students in September 1925. The first Sisters established the Academy based on “the development of a student who is strong in faith, personally and intellectually confident and morally committed; who senses the continuity between the past and the future and who recognizes the responsibility to help create a just society.”
95 years later, Rosarian Academy continues to be the only independent Catholic school in Palm Beach County, presenting its students with a standard of excellence second to none while providing the foundation to live life with faith, knowledge, and service. Rosarian Academy has enriched the lives of students and families in Palm Beach County with a strong academic program enhanced by faith, athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities.
The school plans to have an in-person 95th celebratory gathering and party with parents and community members when it is safe to do so, hopefully in the second half of the school year.
Below is the full listing of activities taking place to celebrate the school this week.
Monday – Oct. 5th – 95 Years of History
Happy 95th birthday, Rosarian! Help celebrate our school’s 95-year history by dressing as a 95-year-old. Students must be able to handle all costume items (appropriate COVID masks only; no wheelchairs or walkers). All students will enjoy a celebratory cupcake during snack time. The entire school family will meet via Zoom to view a presentation about Rosasrian’s history, including the recitation of a decade of the rosary.
Tuesday – Oct. 6th – Celebrate the “Spirit” Day
All students can show their school spirit by dressing down in blue and white (school colors)! Wear any RA or blue/white t-shirt with jeans (no rips) or school bottoms and sneakers.
Students will virtually share their school spirit! Every homeroom will make up and record a spirit cheer to be compiled and viewed by all on Friday.
Wednesday – Oct. 7th –Living the Faith in Communion
3rd-grade students will celebrate their First Holy Communion in the Theater at 8:30 AM. These students didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate as 2nd graders in the spring. All other K-8 classes will come together as a community of faith to celebrate the liturgy and honor the 3rd grade via Zoom. All parents are welcome to attend via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81565009864 | Password RA95.
During Religion classes, students will write COVID care cards to share with local community members in need of love and cheer during this difficult time.
Thursday – Oct. 8th – Celebrate Service
Help honor the service of our military by wearing a school-appropriate red/white/blue shirt with jeans (no holes) or school bottoms and sneakers.
School-wide service project: NJHS is leading the school in collecting used DVDs to provide quality, safe entertainment for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those who may be injured and recuperating at bases in the U.S. and Europe. Please bring your old DVDs to your homeroom classes. The DVD collection is running through Friday, October 9.
Middle School students will enjoy the newly released movie, Fatima. There will be an adjusted schedule.
Friday – Oct. 9th –Celebrate Our School Community
All kindergarten through 8th graders can wear their Field Day Team colors! NOTE: the actual Middle School Field Day is currently postponed until November 20. Lower School Field Day will take place in the spring. Students are simply representing their team colors on this day.
Students will watch a compilation of all of the virtual pep rally cheers created on Tuesday.
All students will enjoy a complimentary “Spaghetti Lunch.” FLIK is providing pasta and meatballs. Lower and Middle School students will enjoy an outdoor lunch (at separate times) physically distanced on the Jake Rubin Field.
Spaghetti Dinner has been reimagined! Throughout the entire week, dine-in/carry-out in support of both our school and our families’ local restaurants. For every meal eaten at a participating restaurant, a portion of your check will be donated to Rosarian.
Cara Scarola Hansen, Director of Marketing