Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- We are very happy to welcome elementary parent, Mr. Jacob Taylor, to the HRA administrative staff. He will take the position as our new Office Manager on Monday, September 19th. Please stop by the office and welcome him to the office.
- The Penny Drive for Louisiana Flood Victims ran this week. Elementary students in particular took the offensive during the competition, generously spreading bills of varying increments around the collection jars of other classes. Some of the Upper School Homerooms chose more defensive strategies, waiting until the last day of the competition to bring in large amounts of coins for their own buckets. The money collected to help the flood victims will be counted by the 6th grade and the total sums reported next week. The money will be sent to the Catholic Chancery Office in Baton Rouge, LA.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Special thanks and acknowledgement to High School parent, Mr. Bjelland, for providing a sample of his blood. Suffering from Lyme Disease, he generaously allowed Dr. Walters’ anatomy and biology classes to distinguish between a healthy and compromised blood cell.
- We would like to thank Roethle for her time and efforts in the Front Office for the last year. We all wish you and Max well in your move to California.
- We would like to thank Miss Bluhm for organizing the Penny Drive for Louisiana Flood Victims.
- Take responsibility for Learning.
- Arrive to school on time.
- Be prepared for class.
- Demonstrate a serious and responsible attitude in daily work.
- Homework is carefully and thoughtfully completed and on time.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 9/12: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall-
- Miss Neumayr started the assembly by summarizing the previous week, followed by a preview of the week to come.
- Miss Blum announced the Penny Drive this week for flood victims in Louisiana. (Winning classes will be announced after all the coins are counted.)
- Soccer Team Captain, Andrew Cookson (10th), announced the results of the TriValley Soccer Tournament. (See Mr. Raygor’s Sports Page from the Weekly Update last week.)
- We welcomed another new student to the High School: freshman, Cate Droege.
- The students were told of Mrs. Roethle’s departure for California to care for her mother, who has stage IV cancer, and that her son, Max Clyde (9th), would be leaving with her.
- Finally, Miss Neumayr reminded all the students that their Mid-quarter Progress Reports would be distributed this week and need to be signed by a parent and returned to their teachers by the end of next week.
MONDAY 9/12: 3rd Grade went on an exciting field trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and then hiked the Winner Creek Trail in Girdwood, where they will practiced identifying plants and animal signs. Thank you, Mr. Montague, Mr. Sanchez, and Mrs. Carlson, for driving students and helping chaperone the class on this adventure.
MONDAY 9/12: Soccer Game
TUESDAY 9/13: Thank you, parents, for entrusting your students to the safety of the school on Tuesday morning. During the arrival time of faculty, staff, and students, the news of a shooter in the downtown area came across the airwaves. As rapidly as possible, the staff consulted APD for any present danger. Upon APD’s assurance that their presence in front of our school was merely a precaution, and upon their insistence that school go on as normal, the staff immediately secured the school in a “Stay Put” state of being. This entailed locking the main buildings and placing a teacher of authority at each building’s door to welcome the students into the building and secure the building after each entrance. We are sorry that we could not fully inform the parents at the time because of the fluid nature of the news and the necessity to make sure students were securely inside the buildings. We were very relieved and happy to be able to send you news of the capture of the shooter within 30 minutes of the start of school. We will always inform you at the earliest possible time of the school status as soon as any emergency is dealt with and all the immediate safety precautions have been put in place. The administration and staff debriefed thoroughly, and after meeting with the faculty, determined any improvements we could make for the future.
TUESDAY 9/13: Fr. Brosamer was ill and could not say Mass for the Elementary School. Please keep Fr. Brosamer in your prayers as he manages SEAS parish in Fr. Moore’s absence. (Please continue to keep Fr. Moore in your prayers as well while he is undergoing cancer treatment out of state.)
TUESDAY 9/13: The soccer game against SuValley was cancelled, so the team used their field reservations at Kincaid Park for practice.
WEDNESDAY 9/14: 5th Grade welcomed guest speaker, David Williams, son of Mrs. Williams, who spoke about becoming an author at age 17.
WEDNESDAY 9/14: Mid-quarter Progress Reports were sent home with the students. Please sign the progress reports and return them to your child’s teacher within a week. We thank all the families who have already returned their signed progress reports.
WEDNESDAY 9/14: High School Girls’ Volleyball practice started this week. We would like to welcome our new coach, alumna Elesha Corral.
THURSDAY 9/15: The Board of Trustees met from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in Miss Neumayr’s office. The board was excited to welcome new member, parent Jason Longlet.
THURSDAY 9/15: We are grateful to Fr. Manzano for making the All-school Mass something extraordinary. In observation of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on Wednesday and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Thursday, Fr. Manzano brought a splinter of the True Cross from Holy Family Cathedral to be venerated at the end of the Mass. Fr. Manzano later visited the classes of K-2 students and staff who did not have the opportunity to personally venerate the relic in the morning. We would also like to thank the following students for their special participation in the Mass:
- Altar Servers: Max Clyde & Wolfgang Goorchenko
- Reader: Alex O’Neill
THURSDAY 9/15: The HRA Knights defeated Birchwood 3, 2 at Kincaid Park. (See Mr. Raygor’s Sports Page.)
FRIDAY 9/16: 4th Grade went on a field trip to the Campbell Creek Science Center in the afternoon. We would like to thank the parent and grandparent drivers and chaperones: Mr. Stevens, Mr. Broek, and Mrs. Bittner.
FRIDAY 9/16: 6th Grade went on an afternoon field trip to the Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, AK. We would like to thank the parent drivers and chaperones: Mr. Koop, Mr. Reyes, and Mr. Cedillo.
FRIDAY 9/16: Upper School Joseph Schedule – After attending classes for their 4th, 5th, & 6th period classes in the morning, Upper School students participated in community service activities throughout Anchorage.
- Mr. Welsh took members of the 11th & 12th grades to Beans Café during the lunch hour to serve meals to the hungry. (The high school Juniors & Seniors will have this community service assignment all year.) After the lunch hour, the students returned to campus for their Physics class. We commend them for rearranging their schedule for an earlier lunch and class time to serve others.
- Other community service activities included:
- Reading to children at Clare House
- Serving ice cream to senior citizens at the Pioneer Home
- Socializing with special needs adults at the Serendipity Adult Day Center
- Maintaining the supplies and facilities at the FISH Food Pantry
- Organizing the storage Conex and Resource Room on campus
- Making rosaries.
SATURDAY 9/17: Holy Rosary Academy has been selected to oversee the proctoring of the Classic Learning Test. This test is recognized by approximately 25 Catholic and classical colleges across the country and serves as an alternative to the SAT. Although, not enough students signed up for the test scheduled this Saturday, we hope our students and any other interested students in Anchorage will take advantage of this opportunity.
- RAYGOR’S SPORTS PAGE:
MONDAY 9/12: HRA Knights defeated Wasilla Lake 4,2
9/15 – Holy Rosary Academy 3 – Birchwood Christian School 2.
It was a tough game when Birchwood played Holy Rosary at Kincaid on Thursday evening. Junior captain Jake Siebs put HRA on the board in the 14th minute off a direct free kick from 40 yards out, finding the top corner of the goal – that was the only goal in the first half. In the second half, Birchwood came up with two quick goals within the first 10 minutes. HRA immediately responded after the second Birchwood goal; Jake Siebs received the ball at the kick off, played it to senior Zach Smith just past the half way line, who beat a BCS player and took a shot from 30 yards out, beating the keeper and tying the game up 2-2.
10 minutes later, HRA junior Mike Lucas Jr won a ball in the air and played a 25 yard through-ball off his head to junior Jacob Rogers, who beat every BCS defender with his speed and cooly placed the ball into the back of the net, scoring his first-ever conference goal and more importantly, the game winning goal for HRA.
BCS would have had several goals if not for the goalkeeping heroics of senior goalkeeper Eric Bjelland, who recorded 8 saves that game.
THE WEEK TO COME:
MONDAY 9/19: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
MONDAY 9/19: Kindergarten field trip to Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm
TUESDAY 9/20: 5th Grade will have a field trip to the West High School swimming pool in the morning, to continue their boat building projects.
TUESDAY 9/20: There will be a Faculty Appreciation Luncheon with a Mexican food theme. It is always such a treat to see and taste the dishes HRA parents have to offer. The faculty is always very grateful for the thoughtfulness and generosity of HRA families.
TUESDAY 9/20: Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 with Fr. Brosamer
TUESDAY 9/20: Soccer Game – HRA Knights host Lumen Christi at Kincaid Park at 6:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 9/21: The school will run its first official fire drill and practice with the students.
THURSDAY 9/22: 2nd Grade field trip to the Campbell Creek Science Center
THURSDAY 9/22: Upper School Mass with Fr. Manzano in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY 9/22: The HRA Knights host Wasilla Lake at Kincaid Park at 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY 9/23: The High School Soccer Team will depart the campus at 11:00 a.m. for a day trip to play at Kenai.
FRIDAY 9/23: Upper School Mary Schedule – Students will wear their dress uniforms.
- 7th-12th grades will attend their 1st, 2nd, & 3rd period classes.
- During the Afternoon Activity, students will rehearse for the annual HRA Luncheon for Priests & Religious, make rosaries, and continue work on their Homeroom auction projects.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- HRA College Night for High School students and parents on Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Kolbe Lobby.
- Annual HRA Luncheon for Priests & Religious on Tuesday, September 27th. We are grateful to Mrs. Droege for volunteering to organize the cooking for this event.
- Our first Pizza Day is Wednesday, September 28th.
- Parents are invited to join us for a living rosary in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at 2:10 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall on Friday, October 7th.
- There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th, in observance of Columbus Day.
- Thursday, October 13th is the last day of the First Quarter. Elementary Report Cards will be distributed at Parent Teacher Conferences. Middle School progress reports will be sent home with students. High School progress reports will be given to parents at Don Rags.
- HRA Gala Auction on Saturday, October 15th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Anchorage.