Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- 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 next Friday, October 20th. Parents are welcome to attend.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Miss Ramos (’13) for subbing Kindergarten P.E. on Monday.
- Thank you to Mrs. Dixon for helping supervise P.E. and driving the second bus on Monday.
- Thank you to Mrs. Holder for helping with Morning Supervision on Wednesday.
Attendance is recorded by 8:30 a.m. in all grades and in every class for grades 7-12. We ask that parents contact the HRA Front Office when their children are absent or will be significantly tardy to school (276-5822 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The school receptionist checks attendance each morning and will phone parents to confirm any unexplained student absences. HRA employs this practice in order to identify and prevent truancies, your early communication with the school makes this much more effective.
Parents and Students who know that they are leaving for a long-term trip (five school days or more) should type up a letter to that effect and distribute it to all of his or her teachers as well as the Principal at least two weeks before departure. This is the most courteous way to give the teachers plenty of time to prepare class materials in advance.
Excused absences – Absences will only be classified as excused by the Principal if the parents clearly notify her in a timely way before the absence and the faculty agrees that the student’s extended absence will not negatively impact his or her progress in class. Illness and personal days are not excused.
- The High School Boys’ Wrestling Houston Meet – Congratulations to Michael Lucas (12th) for his fourth tournament championship at the Houston wrestling meet on October 13th & 14th. Thomas Biegel (11th) had his best tournament to date with two wins on Friday, allowing him to continue wrestling on Saturday.
The Wrestling team travels to Valdez for a meet this week. Results will be announced at the Assembly.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 10/16: Morning Assembly – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- The autumn weather has turned very cold. Students are reminded to bring hats and coats for recess. Snow gear will be required for Elementary recess participation once the snow is on the ground: coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, and boots.
- Miss Neumayr relayed some of the comments made by auction guests regarding how pleased and impressed they always are with the work the students do at the auction.
- All classes should have begun rehearsing for their All Saints skits for the festival at the end of this month.
- Miss Neumayr commended Alexander O’Neill (11th) and Savio Le (11th) who spoke at the AK Gem and Mineral Society Annual Conference in order to share their science fair experiences. They had impressed the group so much that the group was inspired to donate $40,000 to the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair.
MONDAY 10/16: Miss Neumayr and Mr. Welsh took the 11th & 12th Grades to the UAA College Fair.
MONDAY 10/16: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. visited the 1st Grade and talked with them about what it meant to be a priest and member of a religious order. The students charmed him with a preview of their All Saints performance project.
TUESDAY 10/17: The Parent Association treated the faculty to a delicious Mexican themed luncheon full of soups, appetizers, chips, and hearty dishes. Thank you to all the parents who contributed to the feast: the Longlets, Mrs. Bohne, Mrs. Syren, Mrs. Rendon, Mrs. Kelly, Dr. van Tets, Mrs. Carlson, and the organizer, Mrs. Tiwari. There were many other generous families who contributed dishes without names on them, we thank you as well.
TUESDAY 10/17: 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: Isaac Grandel (6th) and Stephen Hart (6th)
- First Reading: Jadyn Hill (6th)
- Psalm: Amarisa Manuel (6th)
- Petitions: Verity Pendergast (6th)
- Prayer Leader before and after Mass: Mason Nguyen (6th)
WEDNESDAY 10/18: The students enjoyed our second Pizza Day thanks to the help of HRA moms, Ms. Brookwell and Mrs. Rendon. Everyone enjoyed their Beartooth pizza. We also thank the High School students for always taking the pizza boxes to the dumpster for the parent volunteers each month.
THURSDAY 10/19: The Assistant Director of the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair, Mrs. Mary Helms, spoke to the 5th-10th Grades about participation in the AK Science Fair. She talked with the 5th & 6th Grades about how to choose a science fair project by exploring their own interested and experience. Later, she addressed the 7th-10th Grades with a similar presentation adapted for their age group. Thank you to Mrs. O’Neill for bringing in such an engaging guest speaker.
THURSDAY 10/19: Fr. Whitney presided over the Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Whitney. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Server: Christian Bolin (7th)
- Readers: Grace Ward (8th) & Ionut Bratulescu (7th)
- Cantor: Dr. Walters
THURSDAY 10/19: Mrs. Welsh and Miss Logsdail took the 3rd & 4th Grades to McHugh Creek Trail for a beautiful autumn hike. The weather was crisp and clear and perfect for experiencing the season. Thank you to Mr. Broek, Mrs. Longlet, Mrs. Morrison (former teacher), Mr. Auton, Mrs. Carlson, and Mr. Dubay for helping chaperone this field trip.
FRIDAY 10/20: The 5th Grade enjoyed a retreat at Holy Family Cathedral led by Miss Ramos (’13) and Mrs. Williams. The class enjoyed a beautiful day of peaceful reflection with Adoration, Mass, prayer, and a visit with Fr. Lukasz Misko, O.P., who was visiting Anchorage again this week.
FRIDAY 10/20: The Upper School followed a Mary schedule in the morning and then dispersed to various sites around Anchorage for community service projects in the afternoon. We sincerely appreciate all of the parent help with this activity. Mrs. Bohne took students to the Pioneer Home. Mrs. Alvarado took a group of students to Holy Family Cathedral. Mr. Auton took the 12th Grade to Beans Café. Mrs. Bolin took students to FISH Food Pantry. Mr. & Mrs. Bratulescu and Mrs. Benton took a large group of students to help with a special Catholic Social Services meal delivery project. Mrs. Rendon took a group to Serendipity Adult Day Center. Miss Neumayr took a bus load of students to participate in the 40 Days for Life prayer demonstration. A small group of students remained on campus for stewardship with Mr. Taylor and elementary teachers.
FRIDAY 10/20: While the Upper School students were away doing community service, the Upper School faculty met with parents during the second week of Jr. High Parent/Teacher Conferences.
FRIDAY 10/20: Friday marked the end of the 1st Quarter. Student grades will be distributed at Parent Conferences and Don Rags. (Jr. High Progress Reports will be sent home or distributed with a sibling’s grades, since their conferences took place before the end of the grading period.)
SATURDAY 10/21: The Seniors are hosting an Autumn Dance for the Upper School in St. Dominic’s Hall this evening.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 10/23: Morning Assembly – 8:00 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall
MONDAY 10/23: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. will be visiting the 3rd Grade for their Theology class.
TUESDAY 10/24: Elementary Mass with Fr. Tom Lilly in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m.
TUESDAY 10/24: Upper School Mary Schedule with noon dismissal
TUESDAY 10/24: High School Don Rags in the afternoon, by appointment
WEDNESDAY 10/25: Upper School Joseph Schedule with noon dismissal
WEDNESDAY 10/25: High School Don Rags in the afternoon, by appointment
THURSDAY 10/26: Upper School Mary Schedule
THURSDAY 10/26: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY 10/26: K-12 noon dismissal
THURSDAY 10/26: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon, by appointment *Students are encouraged to attend.
THURSDAY 10/26: High School Don Rags in the afternoon, by appointment
FRIDAY 10/20: NO CLASSES – Student ISD: Students will have assignments to do at home while Parent/Teacher Conferences and Don Rags take place on campus.
FRIDAY 10/20: Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences throughout the day, by appointment *Students are encouraged to attend.
FRIDAY 10/20: High School Don Rags throughout the day, by appointment
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 1st in observance of All Saints Day.
- The second Parent Association Meeting is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2nd in the Kolbe Lobby. Babysitting will be provided in the After School Care room.
- Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 5th. Remember to set your clocks back for a timely arrival to school on Monday morning.
- Tuesday, November 7th is Class Picture Day and Picture Retake Day – Order packets for class pictures will be distributed at Parent/Conferences and Don Rags. (They will be sent home with Jr. High.) *Class pictures must be ordered using the envelopes, LifeTouch is not able to offer online ordering for class pictures at this time. **Also, if you would like your child to have portrait retakes, you must send the original portraits back to school with your child on November 7th to be returned to the photographer.
- Faculty ISD – NO CLASSES on Friday, November 10th. Students will be given work to complete at home for the day.
- Thanksgiving holiday – There will be NO SCHOOL November 23rd & 24th.
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 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
- Mrs. 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.
- TiArthur Brookwell, to avoid infection while he has stitches in his forehead
Expectant Mothers :
- Mrs. Maisie Klocek, (friend of Miss Neumayr & Mrs. Schirda)
- Mrs. Denzer (HRA parent)
- Mrs. Kinder (Upper School Music Teacher)
New Mothers, their babies, and family:
- Mrs. Shoop & Josiah
- Mrs. Klump & Mary Ruth
- Mrs. Megan O’Lena & Kilian Wayne
- Mrs. Judy McArthey & Reuben Jerome
- Mrs. 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
- Ron Pollock (friend of Miss Verreux) in radiation treatment during the month of October
- Tony Lukowsky (former HRA parent & Board Member) recovering from a heart condition
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. Stramilov) who passed in May
- Mary Trueblood (mother of a benefactor)
- Andrew Caleb Erlwein (cousin of Dr. Walters)