Dear HRA families and friends,
The third week of school was another joyful one! Of course, we began with a day off to honor Labor Day. The faculty, staff, and students came back well rested and quite cheerful!
The school week began Tuesday with a school assembly. It is always such a joy for the student body to come together. Super junior, Jacob Owens, leads the prayers. Mrs. Colleen Duncan leads the songs and the students sing the school song with vim and vigor and glee! I love announcing the birthdays for the week and celebrating the successes of our sports teams. Miss Syren always acquaints us with the saint feast days and upcoming special liturgical events. The assembly always begins our week on a happy note.
The week was filled with wonderful meetings for me while the students settled into their studies. I met with the elementary faculty for the first time at our weekly meeting Tuesday after school. Then I met with my Auction 2013 team on Wednesday morning to start planning for our wonderful annual fundraiser. I love the excitement this event generates. Mrs. Jacki Rose, Mrs. Neavill, Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. Johannes, Mrs. Columbus, Mrs. Bjelland, Miss DiCiero, and I all take part in these weekly meetings and then call out to you the parents to tell you our needs. Expect phone calls calling upon you to make your $500.00 auction donation in the form of tickets, procurement, donations, or work on the day of the event. Mrs. Rosa Sanchez will be on hand in the Kolbe lobby on the evening of Back to School Night to answer questions for you and get your sign-up commitment. She wants to carefully guide you through this process. I then met with my high school faculty to discuss the first two weeks of school with them. All in all, the meetings assured me that we are off to a great start this year. The students have returned to us with a firm drive to learn and enjoy their experience at HRA.
The soccer team played a great scrimmage last week against Anchor Lutheran School and won handily. The game this Thursday was a true struggle and an exceptional game. Though HRA Knights lost to Birchwood 1-0, it was a great match-up. They have two more chances this season to defeat Birchwood in the future. Thank you to coaches, Robbie Cookson, Pat Klump (alumni) and Nathan Krawetzke (Youth Director for SEAS) for inspiring these Knights to play at the top of their game!
The all-school mass on Thursday was lovely. Our cantor, Mrs. Colleen Duncan inspired beautiful song from the students. The homily from Fr. Paul Raftery called all of us to excellence in our study and in our faith. The kindergarten are already model students after only three weeks. Bravo to K,1 and 2 who always wait so patiently for their blessing.
THE KRIPY KREME FUNDRAISER WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!!! Thank you to all those who helped sell doughnuts. Here are some details from the first of the school fundraiser:
A huge thank you to Mrs. Karin Owens for organizing the whole event from home while raising six children!! You are a wonder. Thank you also to Mr. Gonzalez (father of 7th grader Lilly) for picking up all the doughnuts from the airport. Thank you to Mr. Luis Ramos (father of junior, Karina) for all the extra trips around town selling the few boxes we had yet to sell and for making yourself available for the day! Thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Swanson (mother of fifth grader, Amber) who spent the day organizing and distributing all the doughnuts to our families and other supporters. The HRA parent volunteers had the whole fundraiser completed and the money and paperwork delivered to me by 3:30 P.M. We sold 320 boxes and earned just over $1500.00 for the Parent Association. It was a painless, or rather, sweet, event. Thank you so much for all the other hands who stepped in and helped keep this event so organized throughout!
Finally, I wish to thank all the families who helped. These families, however, sold twenty or more boxes for us: A shout out of thanks go to:
The Pimental family; the DiBrito family, the Garcia family, the Manu family, and the Stankewich family! Thank you so much!
Friday was filled with the sweet smell of doughnuts but also with happy children enjoying their day of art projects. Mrs. Pearce does an amazing job of inspiring the students with beautiful art projects. I love to see the students humming as they work and enjoying themselves tremendously. Thank you, Mrs. Pearce.
Congratulations to the 5th and 6th graders who finished their second field trip with a wonderful trip to see the Portage Glacier. As always, you impressed all the adults with your maturity and your excellent behavior. Last week on your Independence Mine trip, you earned compliments from everyone you met. Mr. Shaut was glowing with pride when he came in last week AND this week to tell me how wonderful the 5th and 6th grade made the field trips. Thank you for being such great ambassadors for the school. Thank you Mr. Shaut, Miss Viens, and all the parent drivers for offering these educational and enjoyable Fridays to the 5th and 6th grade year!
The upper school had the privilege of traveling over to Lumen Christi high school to enjoy a hilarious and musical concert by long time Catholic performer, Jesse Manibusen. It was a relaxed event filled with laughter. Thank you to Principal John Harmon for inviting the HRA student body to join them in this celebration of our faith. Thank you also to Mrs. Erin Furby, Miss Therese Syren, and Mr. John Haggard for chaperoning the event so that we could go. Later in the afternoon, the upper school went to Holy Family Cathedral for their First Friday hour of adoration. Thank you to Fr. Paul Raftery for offering confession during adoration time. Our students are so blessed with the sacraments!
SPECIAL REQUEST – one of or upper school students suffers from horrible peanut allergies. Her mother asks us all to avoid bringing foods with peanut in them to lunch. I must ask all of our upper school students to avoid PB&J sandwiches and peanut snacks. Almond butter has proven to be an effective substitute. The exposure is so serious that we want to avoid any hint of exposure that could send this student to the hospital or cause her to cease breathing. Thank you for your compassion and understanding in this effort!
- Monday Assembly – all are welcome.
- Tuesday – all school faculty meeting at 3:30 in Mr. Welsh’s classroom.
- Scantron testing M,T,W,R for the elementary school, testing for 7,8,9 begins Friday.
- Wednesday Auction meeting for officers at 8 A.M. in Miss Neumayr’s office.
- Thursday is Back to School Night (no babysitting provided) for upper school parents to follow their child’s class schedule beginning at 7:15 and for elementary parents to visit with the teachers to see how the year is progressing. The event begins at 7 P.M. and ends at approximately 9 P.M. Mrs. Rosa Sanchez will be in the Kolbe Lobby to take sign-ups for the Auction, sell table tickets, and answer questions. Please stop by her table.
- Friday is the Joseph Schedule.
- The Upper School goes to do Community Service throughout Anchorage Friday afternoon.
- The 5th and 6th grader go on a field trip to The Native Alaska Heritage Museum.
- The 3rd and 4th grade go the fish hatchery for their Friday field trip.
- Good luck to the Soccer team this week – see online calendar for dates and times.
Have a blessed week.
Miss Neumayr, Principal