Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- The 3rd Parent Association Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9th in the St. Kolbe Lobby from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Babysitting will be available.
- There is a meal train for Dale Tran’s family. Dale’s wife was one of the original founders of KHRM and is a devoted friend of Holy Rosary Academy. Dale passed away at the age of 42 and the family is ill-prepared to do without him. If you would like to help the family get through this time of mourning, sign-ups are currently open for February and March. Go to https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/98881k. The Meal Train site does not require any special assistance or enrollment in order to participate.
- Meal assistance for the Droege family will continue to run through the rest of the school year. Please contact Mary Kemper (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would join the volunteers.
- The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are advertising their 2017 and 2018 Vocation Discernment Retreats in Ann Arbor, MI in February, April, and November of this year and next. Go to their website for details and online registration: https://www.sistersofmary.org/ if you would like to learn more about attending one of these retreats.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to all of the HRA families for making this a wonderful Catholic Schools Week. Check out the Catholic Anchor for a wonderful statement from Archbishop Etienne and lots of wonderful photos from the Mass on Monday, January 30th.
- Thank you to Mrs. Cookson for subbing Algebra II, Ancient Seminar, Boys’ 7/8 Science, Physics, and Yearbook this week while Mr. Welsh has been recovering from pneumonia.
- Thank you to Mrs. Irving for subbing in After Care on Wednesday afternoon.
- Thank you to Mrs. Marquez and Mrs. Watson for helping haul tables and chairs on Friday afternoon to convert St. Dominic’s Hall into a dinner theater for the rescheduled performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on Saturday evening.
The administrative staff of HRA spends much of the spring semester planning for the coming school year. Families can help us prepare for the coming year by notifying us about their intentions for the next school year as early as possible. HRA gives preference to families who are already enrolled, guaranteeing their children’s place in a class. When new students apply for enrollment in HRA classes, we will only accept those new students if there is room for them in the class. Your early re-enrollment allows us to admit the proper number of new families to classes without resorting to a waiting list.
The early re-enrollment period begins February 17th and ends Friday, March 10th, 2017. The HRA Board of Trustees will determine any possible tuition increases at their next meeting on Thursday, February 16th, so parents will have time to factor financial concerns into their decision.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 1/30: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- We acknowledged the 100th day of school. The Kindergarteners lined up on stage with Miss Neumayr to show off the 100 Day Hats they made especially for this day.
- We welcomed new high school junior, Jon Syren, to HRA.
- Congratulations to all of last week’s HRA Spelling Bee competitors. Cameron Dixon (4th), our winner, will be the youngest student to represent HRA at the Alaska State Spelling Bee. Mitchell Marquez (8th) is our Alternate representative.
- Miss Neuamayr shared pictures that HRA alumni, Marissa Ramos and Arianna Fouch, and former teacher, Braunlich, shared from the March for Life in Washington D.C. She also shared photos from Mrs. Coldiron to let us know how well her family is doing two years after losing Mr. Coldiron, a former HRA teacher.
- Congratulations to Jasser Majewsky (10th) who has been awarded with a certificate of invitation to a summer science and technology program.
- HRA was recognized with a leadership award for its participation in School Choice Week.
- Miss Neumayr read a thank you card from Archbishop Etienne for all of the cards and prayers HRA has sent to him in welcome this year.
- At the end of the announcements, we all learned that both Mrs. Klump and Mrs. Shoop are expecting this summer. Each will be having her first child. Mrs. Shoop is due in July and Mrs. Klump is due in August.
MONDAY 1/30: We would like to thank everyone who helped with the transportation to and from Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral for the National Catholic Schools Week Mass with Archbishop Etienne. It took a lot of people to make this event run smoothly. All of the HRA students behaved admirably, bravo! We were particularly proud to see some of our students perform special roles within the Mass to represent HRA:
- Hospitality: Alec Grandel (12th)
- Altar Server: Will Deering (9th)
- Choir: Gabrielle Holder (11th), John Lastimoso (10th), Sovio Le (10th), Alexander O’Neill (10th)
- Reader: Eric Bjelland (12th)
- Psalmist: Jacinta Grandel (10th)
- Petitions: Lael Droege (11th) and Michael Lucas (11th)
- Presentation of Gifts: Atlin Bell (11th) and Thomas Biegel (10th)
TUESDAY 1/31: The Raffle Drawing was a simple, but exciting affair. The students provided the foot-stomping drumroll for each ticket drawn:
3rd Prize – $500
- Ticket # 0478 –Carmela Bell
- Sold byBig Bob’s Flooring
- Drawn byAlexander Vreeling (3rd Grade)
- Read byJohn Lastimoso (10th Grade)
2nd Prize – $1000 or One Full Tuition
- Ticket # 3894 –Jennifer Dooc
- Sold by theBjelland Family
- Drawn byRiley Smith
- Read bySophia Rose
1st Prize – $10,000
- Ticket # 1272 –Linda Gonyo-Horne
- Sold by theHart Family
- Drawn byHelen Pendergast
- Read byLael Droege
WEDNESDAY 2/1: We would like to thank the twenty families who contributed spaghetti dishes and garlic bread for the student luncheon! We would like to acknowledge the parent & grandparent volunteers who gave their time to set up, serve, and clean for this luncheon: Mrs. Alvarado, Mrs. Bune, Mr. Gonzalez, Mrs. Irving, Mrs. Vreeling, The students and faculty alike were delighted and amazed to see so many ways to prepare spaghetti. In the end, there were so many leftovers that the older students enjoyed a ‘serve-yourself’ feast again the following day. On Friday, Mr. & Mrs. Shaut took remaining leftovers to be donated to a non-denominational street mission to help feed the homeless.
THURSDAY 2/2: Students were delighted by a surprise treat in the afternoon. Even though the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas fell on a Saturday this year, we still honored him with the HRA tradition of feasting on dog bone shaped doughnuts. It seems that each of our Dominican chaplains has his own story for why these are particularly suited to celebrating St. Thomas Aquinas, but no matter the tale, we are happy to honor the patron saint of scholars with a sweet treat.
FRIDAY 2/3: Upper School Latin Declamation – Upper School students demonstrated their rhetorical skills with the recitation of Latin poetry. This school competition is a precursor to the Alaska World Language Declamation on March 4th at South Anchorage High School. The results of the competition were announced in the afternoon:
- Latin I: 3rd place – Grace Ward (7th), 2nd place – Emma Cookson (7th), 1st place – Aine Nakada (9th)
- Latin II: 3rd place – Sofia Sidun (10th), 2nd place – Grace Woyte (9th), 1st place – Elena Biegel (9th)
- Latin III: 3rd place – Drew Benton (11th), 2nd place – Mitchell Marquez (8th), 1st place – Macklen Bell (9th)
- Latin IV: 3rd place – Gabrielle Holder (11th), 2nd place – Savio Le (10th), 1st place – Felicity Hart (10th)
*All of our 9th-12th Grade Latin students are encouraged to participate in the statewide competition in March.
FRIDAY 2/3: 3rd-6th Grades enjoyed a sledding trip to Kincaid Park. We would like to thank the parents who helped transport students for this activity: Ms. Hughes, Mr. Kelley, Mr. Le, Mr. Montague, Mr. Patton, Mr. Pendergast, Mr. Reiman, Mr. & Mrs. Reyes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Mr. Stevens, and Mrs. Vreeling
FRIDAY 2/3: The Upper School followed the First Friday Schedule and went to the JPII Chapel in the afternoon for an hour of Adoration.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 2/6: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:15
TUESDAY 2/7: Lower School Mass with Fr. Brosamer in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 2/8: Faculty Meeting in St. Kolbe, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
THURSDAY 2/9: Upper School Mass with the Dominican chaplains in the JPII Chapel at 9:15 a.m.
THURSDAY 2/9: The 3rd Parent Association Meeting will be held in the St. Kolbe Lobby from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Babysitting will be provided.
FRIDAY 2/10: Upper School Joseph Schedule – 11th & 12th Grades will work on their theses. 7th-10th Grades will work on their science fair boards. Students will be permitted to wear their gym uniforms.
FRIDAY 2/10: Mid-quarter Progress Reports will be sent home with the students. Please sign them and return them to your child’s teacher within one week.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- Mid-Quarter Grades will be distributed on February 10th. Progress Reports are to be signed by parents and returned to the children’s teachers within a week.
- Our first Open House will be Wednesday, February 15th.
- There will be no school on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.
- The HRA Science Fair is Thursday, February 23rd in St. Dominic’s Hall.
- Student Presentations will take place the week of March 6th-10th. Upper School students will be dismissed at Noon on Wednesday, March 8th. All grades will be dismissed at Noon on Thursday, March 9th. There will be no classes on Friday, March 10th.
- HRA will be closed for Spring Vacation March 13th through 17th.