Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- AUCTION UPDATE – Are you still working on your family auction contribution? We still have 80 open seats for the 2016 HRA Auction Gala. Encourage friends and neighbors to join us for this fantastic event! The best auction donations to procure are new (in the package) technological devices such as iPhones, mp3 players, tablet computers, etc.
- Last Saturday night, at 10:40 p.m., Mrs. Duncan gave birth to Moira Deborah. The Duncans are all doing well, but little Moira will be staying in the hospital for monitoring for at least a month. Doctors have advised that she not go out in public until spring so that her immune system has time to develop.
- Altar Server Training – Fr. Manzano will provide altar server training this semester. All Catholic Upper School boys will learn the skills necessary to assist with the Mass in this way. Elementary training will be scheduled in October.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Kindergarten would like to thank & Mrs. Gonzalez for their assistance taking photos of the students for their class auction project last Tuesday.
- We would like to thank Upper School parent, Tara O’Hanley, for helping in the Front Office on Friday while Mr. Taylor was out sick. It was very kind of her to reschedule her day when she saw the school needed help.
THE DEMERIT SYSTEM
The goal of discipline at HRA is to foster virtue within the students. When the teachers communicate both warnings and consequences to the student and parents when infractions occur, the student is given the opportunity to choose the good repeatedly. Students are assigned a demerit for infractions against the published rules and regulations of the school. Further, students are subject to demerits for infractions against individual classroom rules. (A yellow card will be sent home with elementary students as a formal warning. A red demerit slip will be sent home with elementary students each time a demerit is earned.)
This year, demerits have been grouped into two categories so that consequences may better address the habits that result in infractions. Behavioral demerits are earned by breaking school rules that concern student conduct (talking out of turn/inappropriate speech, pushing or shoving, chewing gum, etc.). Academic demerits are earned when students are not prepared for class at the proper time (forgetting books or other class materials, incomplete/missing homework, blatant disregard for class standards of organization, etc.). If a student earns four academic demerits, they will serve a one hour detention in the Learning Lab after school so attention is focused upon the student’s academic preparedness. If a student earns eight academic demerits, they will serve three hours of detention in the Learning Lab after school over two or three days. Twelve academic demerits in one semester will result in a meeting between the Principal and the parents.
Detention for behavioral demerits will take place on Saturdays in the Principal’s Office as all detentions have in the past.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 9/19: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall-
- Miss Neumayr started the assembly by introducing our new Office Manager, elementary parent, Jacob Taylor, to the staff.
- Reminder to students to bring in their signed mid-quarter reports by the end of the week. Students who do not turn in their progress reports in a timely manner will earn a demerit.
- Commendations to the Upper School for a great job on their first community service excursions of the school year
- Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Penny Drive for the Flood Victims in Baton Rouge, LA
- Announcement – HRA has made adjustments to the Demerit System for behavioral and academic demerits to be counted separately. (See Handbook Byte above.)
MONDAY 9/19: Kindergarten enjoyed a delightful field trip to Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm. We would like to thank parent volunteers, Mrs. Longlet, Mrs. Masloff, Miss Butler, and Mr. & Mrs. Lopez for their help as drivers and chaperones.
TUESDAY 9/20: Mrs. O’Neill and Mrs. Williams took the 5th Grade to the West High School swimming pool for their American Explorers Field Trip. In conjunction with their study of the explorers who discovered America, students built and raced their own boats made of cardboard and duct tape. Alley Pimentel & Lennifer Lederhos reached the finish line first. Stephen Hart & Mason Nguyen won best boat design. (Their boat was the only one to include a rudder and the only one that did not capsize.) Our thanks to Mrs. O’Neill for organizing the activity and to the Mr. & Mrs. Gonzalez for coming to show their support. The West High life guards were so impressed with the students that they were given extra privileges while at the pool.
TUESDAY 9/20: The Mexican themed faculty appreciation luncheon was terrific! Thank you so much for the great treat. The teachers and staff ate for the whole week. Everyone enjoyed the seven layer dip brought by the Pimentels, the homemade carnitas and tortillas by Mr. Stockard, the squash & quinoa dish by Mrs. Betts, the green enchiladas by Mrs. Gonzalez, the Mexican casserole by Mrs. Marquez, the tortilla soup by Mr. Beaty, the lovely salads and brownies by Mrs. Stevens, the fresh avocado salad and quesadillas by Mrs. Koop, and the chocolate chip cookies made by Mrs. Broek.
TUESDAY 9/20: The Lower School prayed a rosary and act of spiritual communion in the JPII Chapel in place of Mass due to a scheduling error with Fr. Brosamer.
TUESDAY 9/20: Soccer Game – HRA Knights defeated Lumen Christi at Kincaid Park at 6:00 p.m. (See Mr. Raygor’s Sports Page below.)
WEDNESDAY 9/21: The school conducted a fire drill during our annual fire & safety system checkup. All students evacuated their classrooms in a timely and orderly manner, exactly as they had been taught. The technician testing our alarms said he had never seen a student body conduct a fire drill so well in all his years in the business. Congratulations to our HRA knights!
THURSDAY 9/22: 2nd Grade took a field trip to the Campbell Creek Science Center as a part of their study on plants and animals. Our thanks to parent volunteer, Mr. Dubey, for joining the class and driving the bus.
THURSDAY 9/22: Fr. Manzano said Mass for the Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you Fr. Manzano. We also thank the following people for their particular help in the Mass:
- Altar Servers: John Lastimoso (10th) & Thomas Biegel (10th)
- Readers: Michael Lucas (11th) & Stephen Woyte (11th)
- Cantor: Dr. Walters
THURSDAY 9/22: The HRA Knights defeated Wasilla Lake in the last HRA home game of the season. (See Mr. Raygor’s Sports Page below.)
FRIDAY 9/23: The High School Soccer Team tied with CIA at their game in Kenai. (See Mr. Raygor’s Sports Page below.)
FRIDAY 9/23: Krispy Kreme sales and delivery – So many people helped with the HRA Parent Association Krispy Kreme fundraiser. We are grateful to everyone who contributed by making pre-sales & delivering doughnuts and waving signs & selling doughnuts from St. Dominic’s Hall. In particular, we would like to thank PA Vice President¸ Rosa Salazar, for her work organizing this event and Mr. Luis Ramos (alumni parent) for picking up the doughnuts from the Krispy Kreme shop on Muldoon Rd. and delivering the whole order to HRA for distribution. Results of the Krispy Kreme Sales will be announced at the next Monday Assembly.
FRIDAY 9/23: 6th Grade counted the money collected in the Penny Drive for Flood Victims in Baton Rouge, LA. The results will be announced at the next Monday Assembly.
FRIDAY 9/23: Upper School Mary Schedule – Students have successfully earned the privilege of wearing gym uniforms on Fridays, unless there is a formal event or Adoration. In the afternoon, students were busy about a variety of activities:
- The HRA High School Soccer Team traveled to Kenai to play CIA. (See Mr. Raygor’s Sports Page below.)
- 7th-8thgrade girls stitched their fingers away, making decorative pillows for the auction.
- 7th-8th grade boys helped organize and sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts with the Parent Association.
- 9th-10th grade boys practiced their cooking skills in preparation for their big auction item, a seven course Italian dinner.
- 9th-11th grade girls picked up the trunk that will become their contribution to the HRA Auction Gala. They are making a St. Theresa of Calcutta themed storage bench.
- 11th-12th grade boys helped sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts with the Parent Association and worked on campus stewardship projects. Our thanks to the gentlemen who worked so hard to repair lockers in the St. Bosco Bldg.
RAYGOR’S SPORTS PAGE
9/20: HRA 3 – Lumen Christi 0
In nearly unplayable weather conditions, Holy Rosary Academy hosted rivals Lumen Christi at Kincaid for their last conference matchup of the year. Despite their fair share of chances, the score remained 0-0 at half.
Eight minutes into the second half, captain Jake Siebs (11th) broke the deadlock after receiving a pass from Zach Smith (12th) – Jake proceeded to dribble past two players before coolly slotting the ball into the corner of the net. Six minutes later Jake played a ball to Zach at the top of the box, who turned the player and grabbed his first of match, Holy Rosary’s second. Two minutes later Zach was brought down in the box and awarded the penalty kick. Jake stepped up to take the penalty kick and converted it successfully, grabbing his second goal and HRA’s third.
9/22: HRA 5 – Wasilla Lake 0
It was a very windy and damp game at Kincaid on Thursday when Holy Rosary hosted Wasilla lake for their last home game of the season.
Five minutes into the first half, Zach Smith (12th) played a through ball to captain Jake Siebs (11th) who calmly placed it past the Wasilla keeper.
Ten minutes later the exact same play happened but the roles switched, Jake returned the favor and played a through ball to Zach, who also found the back of the net.
Two minutes into the second half, Jake passed the ball to Zach who was standing a bit past the half way line, Zach proceeded to dribble through the Wasilla Lake midfield before finding the top corner from outside of the 18 yard box.
Five minutes later, Drew Benton (11th) passed to Zach at the edge of the box, who managed to dribble through a very clustered area and score – getting his hat-trick on the night.
Shortly after, Jake felt compelled to show that there is no “I” in team, but there are five in “individual brilliance”. He stole the ball off a Wasilla lake player in HRA’s half and proceeded to dribble through all of the Wasilla players before coolly placing the ball into the side of the net.
Goalkeeper Eric Bjelland (12th) recorded another clean sheet on the season.
9/23, HRA 2 – CIA 2
Holy Rosary travelled down to Kenai to face CIA in the last conference game of the season.
Seven minutes into the first half, Zach Smith (12th) received a pass and was fouled in the process right at the top of the box brought down just outside the top of box. Captain, Jake Siebs (11th) scored off the free kick, placing the ball perfectly into the top corner, leaving the CIA goalkeeper on his heels.
10 minutes later CIA equalized; a player from CIA got a shot off in a crowded box, HRA goalkeeper Eric Bjelland (12th) made the initial save before a CIA player got the rebound and squeezed it through Eric, who tried to recover it but failed to until it had already crossed the line.
In the 25th minute, Jacob Rogers (11th) skillfully turned a CIA defender in box and played a pass square to Zach Smith, who one-timed it into the corner of the net.
13 minutes into the second half, CIA equalized for the second time off a shot from distance and finding the top corner of the net.
Despite their fair share of chances after that, HRA were unable to convert.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 9/26: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
MONDAY 9/26: HRA College Night for High School students and parents at 6:30 p.m. in the Kolbe Lobby
TUESDAY 9/27: Annual HRA Luncheon for Priests & Religious from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall
WEDNESDAY 9/28: Pizza Day!
THURSDAY 9/29: Faculty Meeting 3:30 p.m.
THURSDAY 9/29: All School Mass with Fr. Manzano in St. Dominic’s Hall at 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY 9/29-10/01: The HRA Knights will be playing at the Regional Soccer Tournament in Kenai
FRIDAY 9/30: The rescheduled 5th Grade Retreat at St. Andrew parish
FRIDAY 9/30: Upper School Museum field trip – Students are to wear their gym uniforms for the day and bring rain gear and a sack lunch. Permission slips will be sent home on Monday, September 26th and are due Wednesday, September 28th.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- 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 13this 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.
- 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.
- HRA Gala Auction on Saturday, October 15that the Marriott Hotel in downtown Anchorage.
- 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.