Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- Purchase your Auction tickets this week in the Front Office. Seats are filling fast!
- HRA is in need of particular auction/donation assistance:
- 9” X 12” baskets for displaying themed silent auction packages
- Donations of new electronics (counted toward obligation)
- HRA parents are invited to join parents, Carole Hart and Virginia Marquez, in a Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m. each school day in the school’s chapel. They plan to pray together just before school dismissal each day for the intentions and needs of the school and the whole community. Please feel free to join them by coming just a few minutes early for student pick-up. Thank you to Carole and Virginia for beginning such a beautiful prayer opportunity for the HRA family!
- The annual 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion has begun. This year, from September 27 through November 5th, the Anchorage pro-life community will take part in prayer and peaceful demonstration to end abortion. *This will be included in the Upper School Community Service projects for the month of October.
- October 14| You are invited to participate in the 2017 Rosary Rally following the 9:00AM Mass in the Holy Family Cathedral’s Outdoor Grotto. The Rosary Rally begins at 9:45AM with Archbishop Etienne as guest speaker. Please join in praying for peace in the world and the salvation of souls. For more information, contact the Legion of Mary at 242-2908.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Mrs. Marquez and the Parent Association for all of their work on the Krispy Kreme fundraiser.
- Thank you to Ms. Hodel for subbing for Mr. Hodgson while he was out of town on Friday.
- Thank you to Miss Ramos (’13) for subbing for Miss Logsdail on Friday.
- Thank you to Mrs. Bryant for entering the data for all the donations this auction season.
- Congratulations to Mrs. Pearce’s daughter, Mary (Pearce) Ahonen who is being admitted to the UAA Seawolf Hall of Fame this weekend for her excellence in women’s outdoor track & field.
- We are still accepting student sign-ups for 5th-8th Grade Co-ed Basketball and 9th-12th Grade Girls Volleyball. Students must submit their team paperwork & sports fees and make sure they have a sports physical for the current school year before they may participate in practices or games. The school has been overly lenient with regard to letting students join practices in past years. We can no longer allow students to practice without physicals, paperwork, and fees because of the legal and financial liability to the school and the leagues.
- Thank you to parent basketball coach, Mark Smith! We encourage every parent with 5th-8th graders interested in playing basketball to deliver your forms and fees to the Front Office as soon as possible. We need at least seven players or we will have to cancel the team this season.
- Now that the High School Soccer Season is ending, all 9th-12th Grade girls interested in playing volleyball need to have their forms and fees submitted to the Front Office by October 12th. They will be coached by alumna, Alesha Corral (’11). We need at least seven players or we will have to cancel the team this season.
- THURSDAY-SATURDAY 10/4-6: The HRA High School Soccer Team competes in the State Soccer Tournament in Palmer, AK. Results will be announced at the Morning Assembly on Tuesday, 10/10. GO KNIGHTS!
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 10/2: Morning Assembly – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- Miss Neumayr read a thank you note from St. Patrick’s parish to the students who helped with gardening projects during the September community service activities.
- New hands-free soap and paper dispensers have been installed in the campus bathrooms. Thank you to Mr. Taylor for this effort.
- Congratulations to Savio Le (11th) for his participation in the Anchorage Youth Court Program, which gives high school students the opportunity to experience the pratice of law first hand.
TUESDAY 10/3: Fr. Brosamer presided over the Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Brosamer. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Stephen Hart (6th) and Isaac Grandel (6th)
- Readers: Verity Pendergast (6th), Arabella Allen (6th), and Andy Duryea (6th)
WEDNESDAY 10/4: The 4th Grade made a special point of celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a Pet Blessing in St. Dominic’s Hall. Several elementary grades were represented by the family pets that came on campus to be blessed by Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. Thank you, Father.
THURSDAY 10/5: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. presided over the Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Dominic David. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Readers: Jacinta Grandel (11th) & Carly Syren (11th)
- Cantor: Dr. Walters
THURSDAY-FRIDAY 10/4-5: HRA extended the use of St. Dominic’s Hall to our next door neighbors in the Korean church as they hosted the Christmas Cantata singers who performed at the Anchorage Center for the Performing Arts this week. The large international choir used our facilities as a dining hall for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two days.
FRIDAY 10/5: Annual HRA Living Rosary – The HRA community gathered together in St. Dominic’s Hall for the last hour of the school day to combine our observation of First Friday with tomorrow’s Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the school’s Patroness, by saying a living rosary. The students and teachers each led different parts of the rosary, so that everyone had a turn representing the beads of the rosary as we all prayed together. We would like to recognize the following students who shared their leadership during this event:
- Stephen Woyte (12th) read the meditation for the First Sorrowful Mystery and guided the younger grades in leading their Hail Mary decades.
- Gabrielle Holder (12th) led the Hail Mary of Hope, read the meditation for the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, and assisted in leading the hymns with the rest of the leadership choir.
- Sarah Massell (12th) led the Hail Mary of Charity and read the meditation for the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery.
- Ciara McMorrow (12th) led the Hail Mary of Faith and read the meditations for the Second and Third Sorrowful Mysteries.
- Forrest Rose (12th) guided the Kindergarten class in leading the Our Fathers for each decade.
- Jacinta Grandel (11th), Felicity Hart (11th), and Ashley Stephens (10th) provided the leadership choir in leading the school in the sung Our Father at the beginning of the rosary as well as the hymns.
- Walters & Felicity Hart (11th) drove the efforts of the high school students who made the hand knotted rosaries given to each new student and teacher.
- Welsh led the rosary and photographed the new students and teachers receiving rosaries as gifts.
- Every new student and teacher received a hand-knotted rosary in HRA colors as a welcome gift. Rosaries were also given to students who transferred into the school mid-year and had not received a rosary last year.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 10/9: NO SCHOOL IN HONOR OF COLUMBUS DAY
TUESDAY 10/10: Morning Assembly – 8:00 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall
TUESDAY 10/10: Elementary Mass with Fr. Robert Whitney in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 10/11: PSAT for Grades 9-11 in St. Dominic’s Hall from 8:00-11:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY 10/11: The 4th Grade will have their field trip to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art for the second half of the school day.
THURSDAY 10/12: Board of Trustees Meeting in the library, 7-9 a.m.
THURSDAY 10/12: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m.
FRIDAY 10/13: 4th Grade Retreat at Holy Family Cathedral
FRIDAY 10/13: Jr. High Parent/Teacher Conferences – Jr. High Teachers will be available in their classrooms from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for parents to drop in to discuss student study skills, habits, and performance in the First Quarter. Jr. High Parents are strongly encouraged to drop in to talk with their children’s teachers on this Friday or the next, October 20th, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. No appointments necessary for Jr. High Parents.
FRIDAY 10/13: 11th & 12th Grades will go on a field trip to the UAA library for the morning.
FRIDAY 10/13: Upper School Joseph Schedule – Students will watch a classic film in the afternoon. SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITY: We are in need of parents to supervise the Upper School students in St. Dominic’s Hall during the movie, so the Upper School teachers can be available to meet with Jr. High Parents.
SATURDAY 10/14: HRA Auction Gala at the downtown Marriott Hotel at 6:00 p.m.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- 1st Quarter ends October 20th.
- Don Rags for the High School will take place October 24th-27th. Noon dismissal for Upper School 10/24-26. No classes for K-12 on 10/27. (Student ISD)
- Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place October 26th & 27th. Noon dismissal for K-6 on 10/26. No classes for K-12 on 10/27 (Student ISD)
- NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 1st in observance of All Saints Day.
Holy Father’s Intentions:
(October) Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
- Lumen Christi High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, St. Mary’s School, and Our Lady of the Valley School
- The novices of the Western Dominican Province as they begin the first year of their studies: Br. John, Br. Paschal, Br. Athanasius, Br. Paul Marie, Br. Andrew Thomas, and their Novice Master, Fr. Anthony.
- 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) & 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan (Fr. Ken Bolin, Upper School parent, is one of the chaplains going with them)
- Mike & Shelley Gordon (benefactors of the school)
- Clyde Klump, grandfather of alumni
- Bonnie Bezousek and family after the loss of her father.
- Eric Pallister (family friend of the Reimans) in ICU after a fall rock climbing in Montana.
- The people of Houston, TX dealing with the damage caused by hurricane and floods, including Miss Neumayr’s brother-in-law’s family, who lost their home and vehicles.
- For the protection of all those living in the path of dangerous storms this hurricane season
- Kathy Conley (sister of one of the cantors at St. Nicholas of Myra parish) in the hospital in critical condition (please pray for recovery)
- The 21 year old Alaskan woman in Nevada who was injured in an accident.
- Emily Peters (a friend of Miss Verreux’s) in the hospital
- Shelby Benton (HRA parent), recovering from gall bladder surgery
- Gabriella Schilling (friend of Mrs. Stramilov) in need of healing prayers
- Ron Pollock (friend of Miss Verreux) recovering from surgery on October 1st)
- Bird (former tenant) recovering from surgery
- Prayers for the Droege family’s Intentions
- For the community of Wasilla Lake Christian School after the car accident that injured three students on their jr. high soccer team and killed their goal keeper.
Expectant Mothers :
- Maisie Klocek, (friend of Miss Neumayr & Mrs. Schirda)
New Mothers, their babies, and family:
- Shoop & Josiah
- Klump & Mary Ruth
- Megan O’Lena & Kilian Wayne
- Judy McArthey & Reuben Jerome
- Kinney (former HRA teacher) & Thomas
- Sheen Bjelland (father of Eric & Joseph)
- Koop (Maria Koop’s father) diagnosed with cancer
- Darrell Murray (Maria Koop’s grandfather) in the hospital with a heart condition and advanced dementia
- Cole Abel (father of alumni) has stage 4 cancer
- Tim Holder (brother of Neil Holder) undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for bladder cancer
- Maggi (sister of Miss Verreux’s friend) with terminal cancer
Rest in Peace (R.I.P.)
- Tom Neumayr, uncle & godfather of Miss Neumayr
- Tim Rickert, family friend of Miss Neumayr
- Gerald Webster Bergford, father of Bonnie Bezousek, diocesan employee
- Jane O’Connor, friend of Dr. Walters
- Annie Hardoy, (Mrs. O’Neill’s mother)
- Michael Martin & Michael J. Martin Jr. (friends of Mrs. Stramilov who passed at ages 90 and 5 respectively)
- Jeff Scott (a friend of Miss Verreux)
- Carol Klump (grandmother of alumnae)
- Gene LeBlanc (grandfather of Mrs. Stramilv) who passed in May
- Mary Trueblood (mother of a benefactor)