Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- We are all very excited about the announcement of the new Archbishop of the Anchorage Diocese, Archbishop-elect Paul Dennis Etienne, who comes to us from the diocese of Cheyenne, WY. It is extraordinary that Anchorage’s new Archbishop already enjoys ties to classical Catholic education and HRA. Archbishop-elect Etienne sat on the Board of Wyoming Catholic College while he was bishop of Cheyenne and gave the commencement address for our own Mr. Mason’s graduation in 2015.
- CHANGES TO AFTER SCHOOL CARE PICK-UP PROCEDURES – Parents will need to use the front campus parking lot to pick up their children from the After School Care programs after 4:30 p.m. In the interest of improving campus security in the late afternoons, we will be bolting the side gate leading to the east parking lot at 4:30 p.m. each day. We request that parents come in the front gate to come on campus and sign their children out of After School Care.
- NO SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IN OCTOBER OR MARCH – Scholastic Inc. has cancelled their book fair programs in Alaska because of the prohibitive cost of shipping the books. They strongly encourage students and classes to take advantage of their monthly book order catalog program.
- Student ID cards have been distributed.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Shoop, married on this day, Saturday, October 8th May God guide your life together.
- Thanks to Upper School parent, Cookson, for subbing for Miss VanLandegen in the final days before she becomes Mrs. Shoop.
- Thank you to Miss DiCiero and Ms. Kaufman for subbing for Mrs. Klump on Thursday and Friday.
Early Pick-Up Procedure
- Parents are asked to come in and sign-out their child at the front office.
- The Office Staff will then go to the appropriate classroom to bring the child to the office.
- The Office Staff prefers that the students do not come to the office to wait for the parents; it is better for the student to remain in class until the last possible moment before departure.
- We ask that parents inform the Front Office in advance, if they intend to pick their children up early or take them out of school during the day. The office will inform the faculty, so the teacher can help the child be ready with bags, prepared assignments, etc. (7th – 12th grade students are responsible for collecting their own assignments by speaking to each of their teachers and through Sycamore.)
- We ask that families avoid taking their children out of school during the normal Mass times. Should a child need to be picked up during Mass or P.E., he/she will remain behind in the Kolbe building rather than go with the class to these activities.
- We also ask that families allow their upper school students to participate fully in the special Friday afternoon activities and not use this time for appointments as these activities are a vital part of the HRA experience.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 10/03: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall-
- Miss Neumayr thanked all those who helped make last week successful as she reviewed the events of the previous week.
- Congratulations to the soccer team for ranking second in the league for the 2016 season.
- We recognized the following student birthdays for the week: Charlie Stockard (7th) and Eric Bjelland (12th)
- At the end of the Assembly, Miss Neumayr kept the Upper School students behind to explain the change in the current water bottle policy for the Bosco Bldg.
- We will have a two week trial period for the following policies and the administration will make a permanent decision based upon student conduct with this privilege.
- Water bottles must be made of solid clear plastic, rather than opaque.
- The mouth of the water bottle must be self-sealing so as not to spill in the locker.
- Only water may be used, not colored or sugary drinks.
- Students may use water bottles in the hallways, at their lockers, in P.E., and at lunch, not in the classrooms.
TUESDAY 10/04: Fr. Fisher said Mass for the Lower School in the afternoon. Thank you, Fr. Fisher.
WEDNESDAY 10/05: We would like to thank all the students for making accommodations for most of the day to allow our neighbors at the Korean church next door to use St. Dominic’s Hall to provide breakfast, lunch, and rehearsal space for the Christmas Cantata singers who performed at the Anchorage Center for the Performing Arts this week.
WEDNESDAY 10/05: 4th Grade enjoyed an afternoon field trip to the coastal trail where they learned about geological strata at Earthquake Park. We would like to thank parent volunteers, Mrs. Dixon, Mrs. Pendergast, and Mrs. Bittner for driving and Mr. Cubit for joining the students on the walk.
WEDNESDAY 10/05: The Upper School enjoyed a fascinating guest speaker, Mr. Tony Gallenstein (a friend of Mr. & Mrs. Shoop) who talked to the students and faculty about his time working and studying in Tanzania with subsistence farmers. Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Shoop for giving the students the opportunity to hear such unique insights into life on the other side of the world.
THURSDAY 10/06: Fr. Manzano said Mass for the Upper School. Thank you Fr. Manzano. We also thank the following people for their particular help in the Mass:
- Altar Servers: Macklen Bell (9th), Thomas Biegel (10th) & Jasser Majewsky (10th)
- Readers: Alex O’Neill (10th) and Savio Le (10th)
- Cantor: Dr. Walters
THURSDAY 10/06: 5th Grade enjoyed a rigorous three mile hike as a part of their botany field trip to Arctic Valley. We would like to thank the following parent driver/chaperones: Mrs. Lederhos, Mr. Gonzalez, and Mr. Le.
THURSDAY 10/06: The Director of Admissions for Notre Dame University, Mr. Bob Munni, spoke with the High School students during their homeroom time. Thank you to Mr. Welsh for making the accommodations to fit the whole high school in his classroom for the presentation.
FRIDAY 10/07: In celebration of the feast day of our patroness, Our Lady of the Rosary, the whole school gathered together in St. Dominic’s Hall for the last hour of the day to pray a living rosary. Every student and teacher contributed to some of the prayers. The 25 new students this year were each presented with rosaries, hand made by students from the Upper School and blessed by Fr. Manzano. We would like to thank the following people for their special participation and leadership during the rosary:
- Manzano led the opening and closing prayers of the rosary.
- Alec Grandel (12th) guided each group of students into their decades of the rosary.
- Gabrielle Holder (11th), Lael Droege (11th), Jacinta Grandel (10th), Felicity Hart (10th), and Ashley Stephens (9th) led the musical interludes for the “Russian Our Father”, “Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above”, and the school hymn, “O Queen of the Holy Rosary”.
- Drew Benton (11th) led the Kindergartners in the Our Fathers of each decade.
- Atlin Bell (11th), Ciara McMorrow (11th), Julianna Biegel (11th), Michael Lucas (11th), and Stephen Woyte (11th) each announced a decade, reading a brief reflection and prayer intentions from the USCCB Rosary for Life.
- 11th & 12th Grades distributed cookies to all the other students after Mr. Welsh took a photo of all the students together around the statue of Our Lady.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 10/10: NO SCHOOL IN HONOR OF COLUMBUS DAY.
TUESDAY 10/11: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY 10/11: Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m. with Fr. Brosamer
WEDNESDAY 10/12: Faculty Meeting at 3:30 p.m.
THURSDAY 10/13: Upper School Mass with Fr. Manzano in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY 10/13: End of the 1st Quarter.
FRIDAY 10/14: Upper School Mary schedule – Students may wear their gym uniforms. In the afternoon, the 7th-12th grades will watch Going My Way while the Middle School Teachers make themselves available for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Middle School Parents are welcome to drop by the classrooms of their children’s teachers between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
SATURDAY 10/15: HRA AUCTION GALA at the Marriott Hotel downtown. Tickets are still available. Please call the office Monday if you would like to attend, before all the tables are filled. High School students are expected to help with this fundraiser. They are expected to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and stay through the entire event. Parents are asked not to plan any other family event for this time as the student participation is critical to the success of the auction.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, October 14th and Friday, October 28th. Middle School teachers will open their classrooms to parents who wish to discuss their child’s performance during the First Quarter.
- High School Don Rags – Tuesday, October 18th-Friday, October 21st.
- There will be NO CLASSES for K-12 on Friday, October 21st for elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences and High School Don Rags.
- Middle School SCANTRON Testing will take place the week of October 24th-28th.
- The All Saints Festival will take place on Monday, October 31st from 1-3 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall