Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Catholic Social Services has asked the HRA community to donate corn and beans for the 6,000 families they hope to feed this Thanksgiving. The high school is in charge of collecting cans of green beans while the elementary will be asked to bring cans of corn. The Upper and Lower Schools will compete for the most cans collected by the end of the week and the winning group will enjoy a pizza party. If you are headed to Costco or Sam’s Club, you might want to pick up green beans or corn for your child!!!
Winter has officially arrived and it has done so in a quietly theatrical way. I wish to profoundly thank teacher, Mr. Matthew Kreppel, for arriving at 5 A.M. on Monday to see that the school walkways were clear AND Mr. Mike Gordon for sending one of his plowers to clear out our parking lots! Though the icy roads proved frightening initially, the transition to skating in our cars is already become the norm! Best of all, the whiteness has lighted our darkening days. Thank you to our Creator for the beauty He provides.
In contrast, a world away, our dear Filipino brothers and sisters are suffering. The HRA students and faculty have spent the week collecting Pennies for the Philippines. On Friday afternoon, our fifth and sixth grade classes started counting the collections at 1 P.M. I am pleased and proud to say that the coffers from every grade in the school was so much that our dear students did not finish. I look forward to sharing the final amount with you next week. I thank Mr. Shaut for organizing this effort, AND all the families for supporting the children in this effort. It is always so important for our students to know that Catholics always respond to natural disasters with true charity in the form of prayers and treasure for their fellow man. We want charity to be the habit of the students. Thank you especially to Izaiah King’s uncle who sent a particularly large donation to add to our efforts. We hope that New Sagaya will match our total!
To that end, I am so proud of my students for the love and care they put into their letters for the military troops this week. The hand- decorated cards filled with wonderful well-wishes and gratitude to the troops were so touching and heartfelt. We were able to deliver hundreds of cards to be sent to military troops far from home at Christmas.
I want to say a word about our Veteran’s Day on Monday. We were blessed with the attendance of Mr. John Fleming, a member of our Board, and Mr. Will Furby, husband of our high school teacher, Mrs. Erin Furby, who both came to speak to the Upper School about their military experiences. Mr. Furby brought a portion of the cards he had saved from his time in the Persian Gulf and impressed upon the students how vital these letters of encouragement from the students can be to soldier morale. Mr. Fleming told the most unique story of how he found himself in North Vietnam with bullets whizzing past the airplane windows as he was landing. The students were riveted. Throughout the day, the students walked to the school library to sign a huge banner made by art teacher, Mrs. Pearce. At the end of the day, I presented the banner next door to the American Legion who were having a special dinner. They were so pleased to be remembered! It was a privilege to think about the vital role the Veterans have played in preserving our freedom! Thank you for your service Mr. Fleming and Mr. Furby (and all the current and retired military attached to HRA).
Thank you to Fr. Patrick Brosamer for saying mass for the elementary on Tuesday and to Fr. Mark Francis who came for the Upper School mass on Thursday.
I do want to remind all the parents to open the email that we sent home this Wednesday. There were lots of important messages: notes from the Parent Association (thank you Mrs. Dooc!), Escrip reminders (thank you Mrs. Koop!), Snow Day Instructions, and the letter to “Opt Out” if you are uncomfortable with your child being filmed by the BBC. Be sure to ask for a hard copy in the office if you did not receive your email.
Please help me in thanking Mr. Lederhos (Second Grader, Jennifer Lederhos’ Grandpa) for generously purchasing all the pizza for the two monthly Pizza Fridays we have had so far this year. We are so grateful for your help and for your kind donations to the school. Thank you to the parents for clearly sending in your orders and money. Pizza Fridays are proving to be very popular and are running smoothly thanks to the careful work of our Office Manager, Miss Jordan Brittain, and the seniors, Justin Klump and Jacob Owens.
We had a very exciting flurry of prospective students visit the school this week. I am so pleased to say that Junior, Robert Kemper, who is currently home-schooling, has decided to join my American Seminar class and transitioned into the school so smoothly this week that it seems like he has always been with us. I was so delighted to have Heather and Jake Siebs join our classes on Tuesday to explore joining us for two classes next semester. Freshman prospective student, Alec Grandel came to observe for three days as well. We hope that he will join us at the semester. Finally, Isabel Jones, a new third grader, will begin attending HRA this coming Tuesday. She has spent a day in Miss Theis’ class and loves the school already. Welcome, Isabel! What a treat to watch our little brown school continue to grow at a steady rate. Thank you to the teachers and students for welcoming in these prospective students so graciously.
I sit here typing away with a jammed pinkie on my left hand. Why? Because I joined seven other teachers to play volleyball in a scrimmage against the girls H.S. volleyball team and sustained an injury mid-stream. Nevertheless, it was a blast and though the teachers and I were soundly defeated in three games, we had a great time. Mr. John Haggard was our captain and by far the most successful of the teacher representatives, blocking and bumping, and setting, and slamming the ball; he used his height to every advantage. Mr. Matthew Kreppel treated us all to a spectacular block worthy of a seasoned volleyball player. Bravo and thanks to Mrs. Erin Furby, Miss DiCiero, Mr. Austin Welsh, and Mr. Andy Coldiron for joining Mr. Haggard, Kreppel, and me. Thank you also to Mrs. LouAnn Verbout and Mrs. Valerie Shaut for coming as our cheerleaders! I suppose you can say that the HS Girls VB team “schooled us” Friday night. Thank you to Mrs. Klump for booking Stellar and for refereeing the event. The teachers and I had a great time and hope that the tradition can continue for years to come.
All in all, it was a great week!
- Monday Assembly
- Tuesday – no elementary mass
- Tuesday – Mid-Quarter grades will be sent home to be signed
- Wednesday – Retreat emergency forms and tuition are due for the high school students. The Retreat counts as school days and is mandatory attendance unless arranged with the Principal. Any student unable to go must come to school and complete specially assigned work to make-up for missing the retreat.
- Thursday – All School Mass in St. Dominic’s at 10:15 A.M.
- Friday – Upper School
- December 11, 2013 – Festival of Lessons and Carols at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 6 P.M.
SPECIAL PLEAS FOR HELP
- I am looking for anyone with electrical skills to help us replace an outdoor outlet that we use to keep the green bus plugged in so that it will start when we need it. Please contact the front office if you can help.
- I am looking for any brave gentleman with a lift and the guts to put strings of lights on the “Christmas Tree” we have in the middle of the campus between the kindergarten and the chapel. The extra light would bring such cheer to the campus during the dark winter months. Please contact the front office if you can help.
- I am in need of someone to pick up our very full recycled paper can overflowing in the faculty room and take it to Dowling.
Miss Neumayr, Principal
P.S. Father Anthony Patalano, O.P. stopped by school with a very special gift for us! I will probably not be able to tell or show it to you until the Feast of the Epiphany. But, I want to be sure to thank Fr. Anthony and Holy Family Cathedral for their great love and support for our school. I do hope you find this P.S. intriguing!