Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- The Catholic Schools Week Mass has been rescheduled to Monday, January 30th at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral. Students will depart the HRA campus between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. All students in the diocese need to be at OLoG by 9:45 a.m. in order to pose for a picture with Archbishop Etienne before the Mass which will begin at 10:30 a.m. We are in need of parent volunteers to help transport students to and from OLoG.
- This coming week is National School Choice Week. The president of our Board of Trustees, Mr. Tom Fink, has long been active in the school choice movement to help all parents in Alaska have more control over their child’s education by determining where their education tax dollars go. To learn more about School Choice in Alaska, visit https://schoolchoiceweek.com/about/media-center?s=ak
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Eric Bjelland (12th) for shoveling some of the campus walkways on Monday, while he was at school for a drama rehearsal.
- Thank you to alumna, Jamie Cookson for subbing the Middle School English classes on Thursday.
- Thank you to all the families who helped with the play over the past week. Mr. Grandel brought the sets to the Lunney Center on Thursday. The Majewsky family, the Beaty family, the Cruz family, and the Ford family helped with back stage supervision during dress rehearsals and performances. Mrs. Irving picked up lunch for the students on Friday. The Murray family assisted with ticket sales and shoveled snow at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday morning. The Sanchez family provided all the meal planning and prep for the Dinner Theater. Mrs. Ford and Bella van Tets (10th) made costume shirts, and Mr. Ford provided live music during the dress rehearsals and performances as well as weapons instruction.
HRA SCHOOL PRAYER
O HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, abide with us;
inspire all our thoughts; pervade our imaginations;
suggest all our decisions; order all our doings.
Be with us in our silence and in our speech,
in our haste and in our leisure, in company and in solitude,
in the freshness of the morning and in the weariness of the evening;
and give us grace at all times
humbly to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 1/16: We hope everyone enjoyed the snowy Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
MONDAY 1/16: We would like to thank the high school students for coming in for a rehearsal for Macbeth on their day off. The High School students are required to take Drama, we truly appreciate the students and families for giving up so much of their time outside of class to make such a large production possible.
MONDAY 1/16: We would like to thank the Middle School Girls and their families who braved the heavy snow on the holiday to bake for their Homeroom Auction Project, a monthly baked-goods subscription for the length of the school year.
TUESDAY 1/17: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- It is a significant moment in history to see the inauguration of America’s 45th President of the United States this week.
- We welcomed another new first grader, Lucy Jenkins-Roberson, to HRA.
- Congratulations to Alec Grandel (12th) who was accepted to the Montana State University.
- HRA is happy to welcome Mrs. Duncan back to school after her maternity leave.
- 5th-8th Grade students were encouraged to sign-up for In-door Soccer. Practices will begin on February 15th. Sign-up sheets have been posted in the St. Kolbe Bldg. and the St. Bosco Bldg.
- The marketing and recruitment season for next school year has begun. Miss Neumayr visited Pacific Northern Academy last week to speak their graduating 8th Grade class about the HRA High School. Coming up this semester, she will visit the local parishes, and we will have two Open Houses on campus. We greatly appreciate the help of HRA families with these efforts. Students and families are encouraged to attend the Open Houses to help answer questions from prospective parents. We may also ask for help from families when HRA visits your home parish.
TUESDAY 1/17: Fr. Luz was unavailable to say Mass due to a funeral. Lower School students attended Mass with the Middle School on Thurday.
THURSDAY 1/19: Fr. Manzano presided over the K-8 Mass in St. Dominic’s Hall. Thank you, Fr. Manzano. We also thank the following students for their particular help in the Mass:
Altar Servers: Mikael Hilario (7th) and Noah Cruz (7th)
Readers: Emma Cookson (7th) and Grace Corcoran (7th)
THURSDAY 1/19: The 5th & 6th Grades enjoyed a field trip to the planetarium in the Anchorage Museum. Thank you to Mr. Pendergast and Mrs. Cedillo-Rendon for helping drive and chaperone the classes.
THURSDAY 1/19: The High School students were excused from classes for a full day rehearsal at the Lunney Center.
FRIDAY 1/20: Mrs. Williams and Miss Evans coordinated a live screening of the Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremony for 1st-12th Grades in the St. Kolbe Lobby. Starting at 7:40 a.m., students, parents, and faculty watched the historic moment. What a great civics lesson for our students!
FRIDAY 1/20: Upper School Joseph Day – Middle School students attended their Joseph Schedule while the High School was excused from classes. In the afternoon, the Middle School watched the dress rehearsal of Macbeth. They were accompanied by the 5th & 6th Grades. We would like to thank Upper School teacher, Mr. Mason, for driving two round trips so that the students could attend.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY 1/20-21: HRA High School production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth – The High School ran two daily performances of “The Scottish Play” on Friday and a matinee on Saturday before weather sent everyone home for the rest of the weekend. We are very proud of how the actors and tech students brought everything together this week and persevered in spite of weather and illness. We look forward to announcing a date when we can make-up the final show in the near future.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 1/23: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY 1/24: Faculty Appreciation Luncheon – Contact Carole Hart at email@example.com if you would like to help with this activity.
TUESDAY 1/24: Lower School Mass with Fr. Brosamer in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 1/25: Pizza Day
THURSDAY 1/26: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m.
FRIDAY 1/27: HRA Spelling Bee – The top two spellers from 1st – 8th Grades will compete in St. Dominic’s Hall beginning at 8:15 a.m. Parents and families are invited to attend. The winner will compete in the Alaska State Spelling Bee on Friday, March 31st. (Only students in the 3rd-8th Grades are eligible to compete in the State Spelling Bee.)
FRIDAY 1/27: Upper School Mary Schedule – Students will practice etiquette activities in the afternoon. Gym uniform day.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- National Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 29th.
- ALL RAFFLE TICKET STUBBS ARE DUE MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH.
- Raffle Ticket Drawing on Tuesday, January 31st at Noon in St. Dominic’s Hall
- We will have a Spaghetti Luncheon for the students on Wednesday, February 1st, in celebration of National Catholic Schools Week. Please contact Carole Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up to bring spaghetti or garlic bread for the luncheon. All parent volunteers are welcome. We would like to double the amount of food compared to the luncheon last year, since we almost ran out before all of the students were served.
- The 3rd Parent Association Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9th in the St. Kolbe Lobby from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Mid-Quarter Grades will be distributed on February 10th. Progress Reports are to be signed by parents and returned to the children’s teachers within a week.
- Our first Open House will be Wednesday, February 15th.
- There will be no school on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.