Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- We have named the playgrounds after saints to match the buildings and classrooms around campus. The play yard between St. Dominic’s Hall, the JPII Chapel, and the Bernadette Building has been named for St. Sebastian, patron saint of athletes. The Lower School playground used during After School Care has been named for Bl. Chiara Badano, an athletic young woman whose life illustrated the presence of holy people in our modern age.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Mrs. Kaufman, Miss DiCiero, and Mrs. O’Neill for subbing in 2nd Grade while Mrs. Klump was ill.
- We would like to thank student voter registrars, Joshua Fouch (6th), Tina Nguyen (6th), Eric Bjelland (12th), and Alec Grandel (12th), for sacrificing their lunch time this week to register students to vote in our simulated Presidential Election this fall. We would also like to our parent volunteers, O’Neill and Mrs. Woyte, for their help organizing this project.
High School Don Rags Explained
What are High School Don Rags?
The Don Rag is a special kind of meeting for the benefit of each high school student. All the teachers of the student convene to discuss the strengths, weaknesses, and areas of growth they have observed in the student. The parents and the student sit and listen while the teachers discuss the student amongst themselves. The goal of the teachers is to offer sage advice that will help the student to grow in his or her academic setting as well as to inform the parents about how their child is developing in school.
The High School Don Rag is not meant to emphasize the report card and the grades. Grades are merely a measure of students’ academic success. Rather, this meeting is meant to offer specific advice and encouragement to the student as he or she grows intellectually. In the event that the student is languishing, the teachers will proffer their best advice on how to stem the student’s struggles and put him or her back on a road to success.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 10/10: Everyone enjoyed a long weekend in honor of Columbus Day.
TUESDAY 10/11: Miss Neumayr made the following announcements at the Moring Assembly:
- The First Quarter ends this week. This marks the end of the first grading period, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Don Rags, Lower School report cards and Upper School progress reports in the coming week. Students were commended on their hard work and encouraged to continue their dedications to their studies at the days grow darker.
- Archbishop-elect Etienne will be installed on November 9th, 2016. The picture we took together after the Living Rosary will be used for welcome announcement in the Catholic Anchor. She also took the time to help the students pronounce his name correctly (Ay-chen). Archbishop Schwietz will remain at St. Andrews after the installation of Archbishop Etienne.
- Congratulations to the new Mrs. Shoop. Thanks to the following members of the Holy Rosary community who assisted with the wedding:
- Altar Servers: Peter Anderson (10th), Andrew Cookson (10th), and former student, Wolfgang Goorchenko
- Choir: Mrs. Kinder, Alec Grandel (12th), Drew Benton (11th), Gabi Holder (11th), Jacinta Grandel (10th), and Grace Woyte (9th).
- O’Neill addressed the students to explain the process of registering to vote as a part of our campus-wide Presidential Election Project this fall. In addition to voting for the president, student may suggest referendums to school rules and policy.
TUESDAY 10/11: Fr. Brosamer presided over the Mass for the Lower School in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Brosamer. We also thank the following people for their particular help in the Mass:
Readers: Maria Koop (6th) and Alena Kelly (6th)
Altar Servers: Joshua Fouch (6th) and Stephen Hart (5th)
THURSDAY 10/13: Fr. Maekawa said Mass for the Upper School in the JPII Chappel. Thank you Fr. Maekawa. We also thank the following people for their particular help in the Mass:
Altar Servers: Macklen Bell (9) and Jasser Majewsky (10)
Readers: Elena Biegel (9) and Grace Ward (7)
FRIDAY 10/14: Upper School Mary schedule – After attending 1st, 2nd, & 3rd period classes in the morning, 7th-12th grade students watched Going My Way, starring Bing Crosby, in St. Dominic’s Hall. We would like to thank the following parent and grandparent volunteers for supervising the students during the movie while Upper School faculty made themselves available for Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences: Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Irving, and Mrs. Ford.
FRIDAY 10/14: The first round of Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences went very smoothly. It was a pleasure to chat with the parents who dropped in. If you did not get to speak with your 7th or 8th graders teachers on Friday, Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences will also be offered on Friday, October 28th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY 10/14: After school on Friday, a group of the Middle School girls went with Mrs. Furby and parent volunteer, Mrs. Corcoran, to the kitchen at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral to bake cookies for their homeroom auction project. Our thanks to Mrs. Corcoran and the students and families who helped with ingredients and in the kitchen: Grace Corcoran (7th), Bernadette Hart (7th), Angela Patton (7th), Grade Ward (7th), Colby Corcoran (3rd), Sophia Patton (3rd), William Patton (1st), Mrs. Hart (parent), Mr. Patton (parent), and Mrs. Ward (parent).
SATURDAY 10/15: We enjoyed a great turnout for the 24th annual HRA AUCTION GALA at the Marriott Hotel downtown.
- The Mary Louise & Elmer Rasmussen Memorial Pledge Drive raised over $150,000.00 alone. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously. The total amount raised at the auction will be announced when we have had time to calculate all the purchases and donations.
- Special guest, Mike Gordon, was presented a plaque commemorating the school’s appreciations for 20 years of support from our good neighbor.
- We are grateful to everyone who made the night so special. So many people contributed in their own ways that it is not possible to name everyone who helped. Please know that you are greatly appreciated. In particular, we would like to thank those who served on the Auction Committee and those who stepped in at the last minute to provide much needed help: Jacki Rose (HRA parent), Rosa Salazar (HRA parent), Anne Neavill (former HRA parent), Doug Berry (former HRA parent), Alison Smith (HRA parent), Danielle DiCiero (Business Manager), Kristina Johannes (former HRA Trustee), Catherine Neumayr (Principal), Gena Columbus (former HRA Trustee), Carole Hart (HRA parent), and Robert Reiman (HRA parent).
- Finally, we would like to acknowledge the high school students for their work at the auction to support their school. The students were responsible for coat checks, greeting and seating guests, selling Heads & Tails beads and raffle tickets, spotting bidders during the live auction, circulating the live auction items for guests to see, and packing and carrying sold auction items. It was a lot of work and they did it cheerfully.
HRA KNIGHTS – SPORTS PAGE
10/06: The High School Girls’ Volleyball Team played their first game of the season on Thursday, October 6th. It was a well-played loss against Susitna Valley HS.
10/11: The High School Girls’ Volleyball Team played Birchwood Christian School. The Lady Knights eventually lost in a brilliant five set match, HRA: 2, Birchwood: 3.
The next volleyball game will be Wednesday, Oct. 19th at the Lumen Christi gym at 4:00 p.m. Go Knights!
The first volleyball tournament for the HRA Lady Knights will be at Lumen Christi Secondary School from Thursday, October 20th-Saturday, October 22nd. *The tournament games scheduled for Thursday do not conflict with classes, due to the Joseph Schedule for that day. The team will go to the tournament after school dismissal for the day.*
10/14-15: The High School Boys Wrestling Team competed in their first meet of the season on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15th. Team members this year are Michael Lucas (11th), Thomas Biegel (10th), Jake Siebs (11th), and Zack Smith (12th). We would like to thank parent volunteer coach, Mike Lucas, for his guidance and dedication to HRA athletics.
The next Wrestling Meet will be Friday & Saturday, October 21st &22nd
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 10/17: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
MONDAY 10/17: High School students will sign up for Don Rag appointments in their seminar and composition classes in grade order from seniors to freshmen. Please make sure your high school student has your list of three preferred times to take with them to classes on Monday. If your family has any trouble scheduling a Don Rag, please contact the office.
MONDAY 10/17: Mandatory Soccer Meeting for students on the team this fall and at least one parent. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Kolbe Lobby.
TUESDAY 10/18: Upper School Mary schedule – Students will wear their dress uniforms today, even though it is a Mary Day. Upper School students will be dismissed at Noon.
TUESDAY 10/18: Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m. with Fr. Brosamer
TUESDAY 10/18: High School Don Rags – High School Don Rags will take place in Mr. Welsh’s classroom by appointment from 1:00-4:00 p.m. *Students are to wear their dress uniforms to Don Rags.*
WEDNESDAY 10/19: Upper School Joseph schedule – Students will wear their dress uniforms today, even though it is a Joseph Day. Upper School students will be dismissed at Noon.
WEDNESDAY 10/19: High School students will take the PSAT in St. Dominic’s Hall starting at 8:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY 10/19: High School Don Rags – High School Don Rags will take place in Mr. Welsh’s classroom by appointment from 1:00-4:00 p.m. *Students are to wear their dress uniforms to Don Rags.*
THURSDAY 10/20: Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00-9:00 a.m. in the Principal’s office. Please contact the office if there is a topic you would like to bring to the attention of the Board of Trustees.
THURSDAY 10/20: Upper School Mary schedule – Students will wear their dress uniforms today, even though it is a Mary Day.
THURSDAY 10/20: Upper School Mass with Fr. Manzano in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY 10/20: ALL STUDENTS DISMISSED AT NOON.
THURSDAY 10/20: High School Don Rags – High School Don Rags will take place in Mr. Welsh’s classroom by appointment from 1:00-4:00 p.m. *Students are to wear their dress uniforms to Don Rags.*
THURSDAY 10/20: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences by appointment in your child’s classroom. *Students are to wear their dress uniforms to Parent/Teacher Conferences.*
FRIDAY 10/21: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences and High School Don Rags – NO CLASSES FOR KINDERGARTEN -12TH GRADES. **Students will be assigned work to do at home, since this is an in-service school day.**
FRIDAY 10/21: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences by appointment in your child’s classroom. *Students are to wear their dress uniforms to Parent/Teacher Conferences.*
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- Middle School SCANTRON Testing will take place the week of October 24th-28th.
- Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place again from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, October 28th. Middle School teachers will open their classrooms to parents who wish to discuss their child’s performance during the First Quarter.
- The All Saints Festival will take place on Monday, October 31st from 1-3 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall
- THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST IN HONOR OF ALL SAINTS DAY.
- 4th-6th Grade SCANTRON testing November 7th-11th.
- Class Pictures and retakes on Tuesday, November 15th. **Students intending to retake their portraits on November 15th must bring their original pictures with them to have their pictures retaken.**