Dear HRA Family and Friends,
What a glorious week of sunshine we have enjoyed. Thank goodness the Son and the sun light our path and buoy are spirits as we prepare for the winter.
The week began well. Our former chaplain, Fr. Fisher, said mass for the elementary students as Fr. James Barrand was on retreat. He captured the students’ interest by having them identify the most important symbols (the bread, the chalice, the triangle – Trinity) of our faith. On Thursday, Forty Days for Life coordinator and mother of five, Mrs. Megan Walsted, brought her children to join the high school for mass. What a joy to have this beautiful family join us.
Our 5th – 8th grade basketball team enjoyed their first game and victory against Lumen Christi High School. They won 36-4! Bravo Knights! Congratulations to top scorer, 7th grader, Izaiha King.
The freshman, sophomores, and juniors successfully took the PSAT on Wednesday. Thank you to all the teachers for helping them take some practice tests to increase their comfort level and introduce them to the test. We wish our juniors, Rilee Geiermann, Justin Klump, and Patrick Czyz, well as they have the potential to score highly enough to be a National Merit Scholar.
Preparations for the upcoming auction continue. The excitement is mounting among the students. They are planning to sing the national anthem, the Alaska State Song, and a special surprise for the guests. Further, the auction items from the students are coming out beautifully and will be unveiled at the auction for your purchasing pleasure. There are some real treats this year! Thanks to Mrs. Pearce, Miss Syren, Mr. Welsh, Miss Verreux, and Mrs. Shaut for bringing their creative genius to help the students reach their potential.
* Remember, parents, that there are ample opportunities on the day of the auction to help us transport items to the hotel and set up the room. Call Marisa Shanstrom to book the times you would like to help to offset your discounted tuition obligation. Items need to be in by Tuesday to make the catalog. You may also sell tickets to the auction as there is still room. It will be a truly enjoyable evening. Come join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.
First quarter report cards, your share hour completion, and your statement were sent home Friday along with a letter from our Business Manager, Marisa Shanstrom. Please contact the office with any correction or questions you might have. We are so delighted to be able to provide you with accurate and timely information. Please sign the report cards and have your child return it by Tuesday. We will have a fresh copy to end home with you after the upper school Don Rags and the elementary school parent conferences.
Thank you to Fr. Augustine for giving the most enriching art history classes every Tuesday afternoon for our junior high students. Your generosity and expertise are so appreciated, So also , I thank Colleen Duncan for coming to visit our high school choir to introduce them to the harp and for playing some beautiful pieces. Thank you also for coming to teach the first and second graders a St. Francis of Assisi hymn for our upcoming ALL SAINTS FESTIVAL. We are blessed to have you share your talents with us!
I am so proud of our generous students who went to Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Francis Shelter, Serendipity, F.I.S.H, and Forty Days for Life to share their talent and treasure for our Friday afternoon Community Service. I am always so inspired by the cheerful way in which our students throw themselves into works of charity such as these. I know the students look forward to this monthly afternoon of work. Bless you, Mrs. Furby, for coordinating the afternoon.
Thank you to sixth grade teacher, Miss Selene Viens for putting up a saint bulletin board with pictures of confirmed saints and “saints in the making,” our current sixth grade. Be sure to stop by and enjoy some of the sixth graders’ work.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
- The Anchorage College Fair for interested parents will offer workshops this Sunday from 3-5 P.M. at the Den’aina Center. It is free.
- Monday Assembly – all parents are welcome
- Juniors and Seniors will be joining Miss Neumayr to go the College Fair from 11:00 – 12:30 at the Den’aina Center.
- Mr. Matt Unger will be digging up some soil and cement around the St. Bernadette building. Pay attention to the new traffic pattern for students. Thank you to Mr. Tobia for assisting him and for the many improvements you continue to make around the campus!
- The 5th-8th grade Knights will be playing a basketball game Monday night at 5:45 at Anchor Lutheran and a Wednesday game at Birchwood. Come cheer them on .
- Tuesday through Thursday the 7th-12th graders will finish their school day at noon so that their parents can join us for Don Rags. Don Rags is a conference in which each student sits with his or her teachers and hears observations on his or her work. Is is an occasion for offering the student specific advice on how to improve his or her class preparation and participation and to help him or her advance in the intellectual life.
- The schedule for the week can be found on our online calendar.
- The elementary students will not have classes on Friday so that parents can come to conferences throughout the day.
- All Saints Day preparations continue.
- Archbishop Schwietz will join us on October 21st to bless all of the classrooms. Please join us.
- Lifetouch pictures will return to do retakes and class photos on Tuesday, October 30th.
Have a blessed week.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal