Dear HRA Families and Friends,
We enjoyed our annual school auction this weekend and I am just exhausted. This weeks blog will be a brief one. Next week, I look forward to sharing facts and figures to illustrate what an incredibly success event it was. I can tell you that we exceeded the goal of $185,000.00 quite substantially. It was an incredible event and we cannot be more grateful to our benefactors. Noteworthy is that we enjoyed the first ever $50,000.00 matching pledge to the Mary Louise Rasmuson first $50,000.00 from just one donor! Thank you to benefactor, Mr. Richard Armstrong, for this most incredible gift to help the school continue to educate the best and brightest of the Anchorage Archdiocese! We also honor Mr. and Mrs. Joe Columbus, and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Geiermann for their substantial donations this year! Our Lady showered us with the necessary means to remain firmly and steadily present in Anchorage. Thanks be to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
More news on the auction to come!
Student Parent Conferences are coming this week. Every year, the junior and senior high school students finish their school day at noon from Tuesday to Friday to provide time for teachers to meet with students and parents individually during the afternoons. THIS YEAR, Mrs. PAM BJELLAND WILL BE SUPERVISING ANY STUDENTS WHO NEED TO STAY ON CAMPUS IN THE LIBRARY. WE PREFER THAT YOUR CHILD FIND A WAY TO LEAVE CAMPUS BUT WILL PROVIDE THIS SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEED. THE COST IS $5.00 PER HOUR. Students are to report to the library by 12:30 and are NOT to be wandering the school nor are they to remain in the Bosco building. Students may go with Mrs. Bjelland to St. Dominic’s for exercise if she is willing.
Don Rags is a special type of student/parent/teacher conference that HRA has used for the last decade. Students are to sign up (sign-up sheet posted in the Bosco lobby) for their twenty minute meeting. Parents and student enter Mr. Welsh’s classroom. Miss Neumayr types up the comments as teachers discuss the student’s progress and make suggestions on improvements. That way the family can reread the encouraging suggestions and discuss the conference with one another later as well. After the teachers have spoken among themselves for fifteen minutes, the parents can respond or ask questions. Finally the student is asked to respond to the comments and convey their own thoughts. It is a tremendously positive and constructive process. The grades are not emphasized though we give them to the parents at the end of the meeting.. We are emphasizing study skills and ways to improve the intake of the information and the application of what each student has learned.
The elementary students and parents are asked to sign-up for parent conferences with the teacher. The elementary school teachers should already have conveyed a schedule for sign up to you. The elementary students do not have class on Friday in order for parents and students to meet with the teacher and discuss the first quarter. Please be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher about the best time to meet.
Fr. Tom Lilly will be saying mass in the school chapel on Tuesday for the elementary students. All are welcome.
Thursday, Fr. Augustine Highlander will say a requiem mass for the former President and Founder of Thomas Aquinas College. Many of the teachers and Fr. Augustine himself, enjoyed the teaching and fruits of Dr. Ron MacArthur for many years. I have known him my whole life. His loss is a blessing for him as he suffered in his last days. But, we must say goodbye in the way that he would most enjoy; the mass. All TAC alumni in Anchorage are welcome to join us in the chapel at 10:15 A.M.
Dear Dr. MacArthur, may you rest in peace in the loving gaze of Our Lord.
Miss Neumayr, Principal