Dear HRA Family and Friends,
As you can imagine, it is such a busy, busy time in the halls of HRA. Last week was so very enjoyable that I must recap a bit. There is much news to share but excuse my brevity. Please be sure to look at the upcoming events as there are so many to remember this week. Thank you all in advance for a wonderful school year. Your children have been a joy to watch grow in wisdom and in virtue. They deserve a break for summer!
Last week, the kindergarten brought their stuffed bears to school and did activities all week with them! They counted, told stories, read stories, played with them and finished the week with a picnic with the bears. It was delighteful for them and for all who watched their joy.
The kindergarten and the fifth and sixth grade took a wonderful trip to the zoo midweek. Mr. Shaut came back and reported that there were three other schools there, but the HRA students distinguished themselves for their good behavior. He mentioned that other adults approached him and complimented the kids for their good behavior. I was a proud Principal to hear that! Thank you Mr. Shaut, Miss Viens, Mrs. Verbout, and Mrs. Shaut for arranging the trip! Thank you to all the wonderful parents who helped. We could not do it without you!
Congratulations to grades 2-8 who took the SCANTRON. Almost every student improved dramatically from the beginning of the school. Some students had scored so high that they could not move much higher. The results were super and will be send home with the grades in early summer. Bravo to the students for working so hard and performing so well!
Miss Theis took her third and fourth grade class on another wonderful trip to Thunderbird Falls and to the Russian Orthodox museuma and cemetery! The weather was perfect. Thank you also to the wonderful parents who helped with that event! All returned with big smiles. Eklutna lake was a hit as you can imagine!
Our Super Junior, Jacob Owens, has been accepted to the International Theological Institute in Austria and will travel there for one year to study theology and philosophy. It will be a great experience as his interim year before entering college. We are very proud of you, Jacob!
Thank you to Mrs. Maureen Klump who hosted the first annual Sports Banquet. All the teams that played this year and their coaches came together for a potluck evening at HRA. Mrs. Cookson, Mr. Cookson, Mrs. Tappel, and Mrs. Klump, barbecued, set up, decorated, and hosted a well-attended event. Mrs. Klump had sports certificates for each of the students as well as pins for their sports that can be worn on their uniform. She also surprised the coaches and our two graduates with t-shirts that had the knight and the word coach imprinted on it! It was a great evening and one we hope to do again next year. Thank you for all the work and love you put into it as our Athletic Director, Maureen! You are a true saint among us!
Congratulations to our alumni, Ben Carpenter, who recently graduated from Wyoming Catholic College with a degree in liberal arts. He has been hired to teach Composition at a small classical charter school in Colorado. He is also engaged to be married on August 1st. His fiance, Sarah, is wonderful. I will have the privilege of traveling out to witness their marriage in Sioux Falls, Iowa. We are so proud of you, Ben!
Thank you to Fr. Paul Raftery and to Mr. and Mrs. Duncan and Therese Knox and Arianna Fouch for making up our choir for mass this past Tuesday for Our Lady of Fatima. The Dominican Rite mass was said and the choir was absolutely beautiful. Thank you!
The Catholic Daughters of America have named to scholars for the two $500.00 awards for two Catholic school bound junior high students. It turns out that two students planning to attend HRA were the winners. Congratulations to Michael “Chip” Chennault and Ciara McMorrow. We are so very proud of both of you! God bless, Mr. Mario Bird for convincing the Holy Family Cathedral Knights of Columbus to offer a matching scholarship so that there could be two winners.
Miss Anna Berry, currently a freshman at the school, received first place for her submission to the Anchorage Daily News last spring of her short story “Falling Asleep.” We are so very proud of you, Anna! This is just the beginning of what I know will be a long love affair with writing.
Our new second grade teacher, Miss Alison Bilafer, came to sit in on classes and meet the students on Thursday and Friday of last week. She enjoyed her two days immensely and plans to attend the in-service with the teachers to begin preparations for next year. We are so very happy to have you Miss Bilafer.
You may have heard the news that Mr. Shaut will not be returning next year. Mrs. Shaut will continue on as our kindergarten teacher. One can hardly begin to thank Mr. Shaut for his twelve years of service to the school. The good news is that his wife will be here, so he will have to come back and visit often! Mrs. Lisa Williams will be taking his place as the new fifth grade teacher. Mrs. LouAnn Verbout will also be leaving to teach second grade at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. We will miss her terribly but take consolation in the fact that she will not be far away. We can see her from time-to=time.
We will also be saying goodby to Mr. Haggard, Mr. Krepel, and Miss Syren in the upper school. Miss Syren, however, will be offering an after-school tutoring program in the fall and will be sending home information on a summer school tutoring opportunity for your children shortly.
Finally, my wonderful Office Manager, Jordan Brittain, will return to Phoenix. We will miss her bright and cheerful smile and kind and caring nature in our office. She has brought us all much joy.
Please come to the Academic Awards Assembly Friday, May 23rd to wish all these wonderful members of the HRA family well! We have been so blessed to have them! God speed!
Though we will be losing dear friends, we have new, loving, caring teachers and staff coming to keep the beautiful continuity of family and harmony that the students have enjoyed this year.
- Monday, Assembly, Core Knowledge Testing, Upper School Finals 1,2
- Tuesday, Core Knowledge Testing, Upper School Finals 3,4
- Tuesday, Baccalaureate Mass at 6 P.M. at St. Nicholas of Myra followed by a dinner
- Wednesday, all must wear the formal uniform for the Graduation at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 1:00 P.M.
- Mass will be followed by the commencement exercises and a reception. Parents are to pick up their child at OLOG at 3:30 P.M. No After School Care available.
- Thursday is Field Day for the Elementary at OLOG and the trip to Seward for the Upper school. All are to wear the P.E. Uniform.
- Friday the Academic Assembly will begin at 10 P.M. followed by a potluck. All parents are encouraged to attend in St. Dominic’s. Be sure to consult the list your child brought home.
It is a crazy, busy week. You will see me running around in sweats or heels or both at the same time. If I look right through you or seem scattered or distracted, just look at the week’s activities and you will know why!
Miss Neumayr, Principal