- Welcome Packets will be mailed on July 14th. These packets will include your new HRA Wall Calendar and lots of helpful information to prepare you for the coming school year.
- SIGN UP FOR SOCCER! – Students in grades 5-12 can sign up to play soccer by contacting the HRA Athletic Director, Maggi Curran, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first practice for High School Soccer is Wednesday, July 26th and the first soccer practice for our 5th-8th grade team is Tuesday, August 1st.
- The ALASKA FAMILY ACTION COUNCIL has shared the following message with us:
ONLY TWO SUNDAYS LEFT – TIME TO ACT
There are only two Sundays left before the Municipality of Anchorage’s July 20th deadline to collect roughly 7,500 signatures for the Protect Our Privacy Initiative.
Is your church helping collect signatures? If yes, please continue doing so and thank you for standing up for the Biblical reality of God’s creation of male and female.
If no, please ask your pastor or church leaders to participate by setting up on a table in the common area for church members to sign the petition and encourage your pastors to make a brief announcement from the pulpit
Click HERE to download the actual Petition. It can be printed and used in churches but it cannot be altered in any way and must be printed on both sides, as is, on 8 1/2″ x 14″ paper. If that is not possible, please contact us at 907.279.2825 and we will have a packet delivered to your church. Also available to download is our Protect Our Privacy Talking Points paper by clicking HERE.
Although we’ve made significant progress in the past several weeks, we urgently need other churches to step up and help us collect signatures so we can bring this matter before voters in Anchorage at the Municipal Election in April of 2018.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the Church to not only participate, as it should, in shaping public policy in a manner that is consistent with God’s created order. It is also imperative for the Body of Christ to speak truth to a fallen world that has embraced an ideology that gender is fluid and can be changed.
As this article by John Stonestreet notes, today’s culture is full of “victims of bad ideas, and that clarifies our Christian responsibility. Christians are always at their best, not only when they stand for truth, but when they care for victims. And this time will be no different.”
Alaska Family Action · PO Box 231425, Anchorage, AK 99523, United States
- The Cardinal Newman Society has a new service for high school families exploring their college options. Recruit Me (https://cardinalnewmansociety.org/program/recruit-me/) is a website that allows high school families to enter their information onto a mailing list so Catholic colleges can better reach out to students who are likely fit well in their communities.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to the volunteers who helped move classroom furniture for the carpet cleaning in Kolbe and Bosco at the end of June. Eric Bjelland (’17), Drew Benton (12th), Joseph Bjelland (11th), Thomas Biegel (11th), Sofia Sidun (11th), Ashley Stephens (10th), Yordana Sidun (9th), Alena Kelley (7th), Bento, and Mrs. Stephens not only hauled furniture into and out of classrooms, they also patched walls, weeded sidewalks, and organized our textbook storage room. Thank you for your time and hard work!
- Congratulations to Stephen Woyte (12th), Ashley Stephens (10th), and Grace Woyte (10th) for being featured in the ACYC article of the Catholic Anchor. Each of these students spoke thoughtfully and articulately when interviewed about their faith, culture, and experience. Bravo!
- Congratulations to Yordana Sidun (9th) and Maria Koop (7th) who were featured in an article in the latest issue of the Catholic Anchor about the winners of the Catholic Daughters of the America’s essay contest winners who will each enjoy a week at St. Theresa’s Camp. Two of the three winners are from HRA. Go Knights!
- Congratulations to Nico Gonzalez (6th) for winning the Golden Hatchet Award at Boy Scout camp. Nico won the Shark Tank competition of an entrepreneurial exercise with an engaging gun rights & freedom campaign.
- You can start earning your Share Hours for the 2017-18 school year. We still need help with weeding, washing exterior and interior windows, organizing the Recess Shed, organizing the Uniform Store, and other campus chores. Please contact the Front Office if you would like to come help.
- Make sure all of your enrollment information is up to date for 2017-18! If your child has had any shots in the last year, please ask your pediatrician to forward new immunization records to the school. Miss DiCiero and Mr. Taylor will contact each family to confirm their tuition plans this month and verify that everyone has completed all of their paperwork for the coming school year.
NEWS FOR NEXT YEAR
- We are happy to announce our new Kindergarten Teacher: Mrs. Ali Ann Stramilov! Some families may remember when Miss Marrs taught in our Upper School before she was married (2005-2009). She returns to us now as Mrs. Stromilov, the mother of three young sons, one of whom will be joining the Kindergarten class. Since 2009, she has worked as a private tutor for all grades and college students as well as teaching for five years at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. Her teaching experience also includes the Preschool at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Anchorage and Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Holy Family Cathedral since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and two Masters of Arts Degrees. She earned her Masters in Theological Studies at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family and her Masters in Teaching comes from University of Alaska Southeast.
- O’Neill returns to 6th Grade! – Early in the summer, it came to pass that Mr. Burger would not be able to teach 6th Grade. In his place, Mrs. Danielle O’Neill is going to be our new 6th Grade teacher. She comes to the position with extensive training and experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Science and Chemistry as well as teaching certifications for five states: California, Delaware, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Alaska. This will be the second time Mrs. O’Neill has taught 6th Grade for HRA. She completed the school year from January to May of 2015 as a long-term sub. Additionally, Mrs. O’Neill has been teaching at HRA as a substitute for all grades and as a resource teacher, organizing field trips and lab activities for the Lower School for the last two years.
- We can sing for joy because Klump will still be teaching at HRA! Mrs. Klump will assume a new role as the Lower School Music Teacher this coming year.
- Changes in Morning Supervision for 2017-18 – Morning Supervision for K-12 will take place in St. Dominic’s Hall. Alumna, Marisa Ramos (’13), will supervise students from 7:00-7:40 a.m. on school days. She will also organize all of the student retreats for HRA this coming year.
- Our own Jacob Taylor will be the new Business Manager starting August 1, 2017. We are very happy to give him a few more challenges to keep him busy and he is happy to making more use of the skills he developed while earning his Masters in Business Administration from UAA.
SUMMER PRAYER LIST
- The Holy Father’s July Prayer Intentions:
Lapsed Christians: That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.
- Holy Rosary Academy prays for its benefactors, both living and deceased.
- For the intentions of the Klump family and for Clyde Klump, grandfather of HRA alumni
- For the repose of the soul of Tom Neumayr, uncle & godfather of Miss Neumayr
- For the repose of the soul of Tim Rickert, family friend of Miss Neumayr