Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- The 5th-8th Grade In-door Soccer Team won 1st Place in the tournament to close the season! GO KNIGHTS!
- The Track Season for 5th-8th Grades begins Monday April 3rd. Grades 5-12 will all train together daily from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Practices will begin with warm-ups in St. Dominic’s Hall and then move out to the field and roads as ground conditions permit.
- SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITY – Students are signing up to help at the Open House on Wednesday, April 5th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to join them at the Open House to earn even more Share Hours.
- 40 Days for Life is happening here in Anchorage from March 1st to April 9th. We encourage families to make time this Lent to support the defense of life. For more information about 40 Days for Life, visit 40daysforlife.com/Anchorage.
- The HRA Parent Association will not register a team for the Charity Walk this year. Alternate spring fundraisers are still under consideration.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Mrs. Leinon for subbing for Mr. Mason on Friday.
- Thank you to Fr. Manzano for hearing student confessions for the last two weeks.
Social Activities, Dances & Prom [for Upper School students]
Students are expected to uphold the same standard of decorum at extracurricular activities as those of the classrooms and hallways of the school. Demerits may be issued during extracurricular activities if the situation demands it.
Students may bring guests to social activities with the use of a guest pass. Guest pass forms must be submitted by the deadline set prior to the event so that the Administration has time to make certain that all guests are aware of HRA rules and expectations. Students are accountable for their guest’s decorum at the event and will be required to leave with their guest if the guest does not uphold the HRA standards of dress and conduct.
Standards for modest dress are enforced at all school related events, including dances and prom. Students who are inappropriately dressed will be given the opportunity to amend their attire or be asked to leave the event.
Attire should reflect the theme of the event, whether it be in formality of attire or a costume. Faculty will assist students in determining whether formal dresses meet school modesty standards.
Formal and semi-formal attire for gentlemen includes a properly fitted jacket, tie and dress shoes. For ladies, such attire allows modesty to enhance beauty with tea-length skirts or longer that are full enough to move and dance comfortably, and with sleeves or straps at least an inch and a half wide. It is always advised to have an accessory, such as a shawl, shrug or bolero jacket whenever a dress does not fully cover the shoulders. Dance shoes require heels that are wide enough to provide a sufficient platform of support.
Only 11th & 12th grade students may invite a date to the prom. Deliberately ignoring this request may result in a 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grader being excluded from the dance.
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 3/27: Miss Neumayr made the following announcements at the Morning Assembly:
- The winners of the Campus Friends afternoon were announced:
- 3rd place: a tie between two groups
- John Syren (11th), Miguel Reyes (6th), Yrvin de la Cruz (K)
- Andrew Cookson (10th), Stephen Hart (5th), Max Broek (4th)
- 2nd place: a tie between two groups
- Mary Alice Petrash (9th), Arabella Allen (5th), Lily Betts (2nd)
- Yordana Sidun (8th), Alena Kelley (6th), Aaleyah Primm (K)
- 1st place: a combination of two partial groups
- Lael Droege (11th), Yedidia Diboue (2nd), Christopher Sanchez (4th), Anthony Murray (3rd), William Jansen (1st)
- The answers to the Wall Riddles were: 1-your name; 2-your breath; 3-memory (or history); 4-the door (or your eyes); 5-a habit; 6-footprints; 7-fire; 8-the chef; 9-wait until night; 10-a stamp
- High School Track practice proceeds daily from 3:30-4:30 p.m. High Track joins them starting April 3rd.
- Miss Neumayr received a warm welcome at St. Anthony parish last weekend when she spoke after each of the Masses. The parishioners had wonderful things to say about the HRA students they see out in the Anchorage community. St. Anthony parishioners also invited HRA families to sell raffle tickets at their parish next fall. Please keep that in mind when you are planning your ticket sale strategies.
- Alaska State Science Fair – Three HRA students competed in the state science fair last weekend.
- Savio Le (10th) placed 3rd overall and was the High School Category Winner in Microbiology, earned honorable mention from the Alaska Science Teacher Association, and won the Alaska Fisheries Award, The NASA Earth System Science Award, and the Water Environment US Stockholm Junior Water Prize Regional Award. Savio has the potential to continue on to the National competition in June and possibly represent the United States at the SJWP International competition in Stockholm, Sweden. He has also qualified to attend the INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair in May as an observer for the state of Alaska.
- Alexander O’Neill (10th) was the High School Category Winner in Chemistry and won the Alaska Science Teacher Association Award, the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award, the INTEL Special Community Sustainability Award, the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Award, and the RICOH American Corporation Award. The cumulative awards amount to $750.00 that Alexander will use to continue his project research and he will compete again next year.
- Will Deering (9th) was not at the Assembly to be recognized, but we wish to credit him for his accomplishments as well. Will was the High School Category Winner in Medicine and Health Sciences and won the Commissioned Officers Association of the Public Health Service Award and the Red Cat Food Technologies Award. He also placed 1st in the Abstract Competition and has qualified to attend the INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair in May as an observer for the state of Alaska.
- Each of the gentlemen are conducting multiyear projects that will span the length of their high school careers even though they are not required to do a science fair project after 10th
- 3rd place: a tie between two groups
TUESDAY 3/28: The Lower School attended Mass with Fr. Luz in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Luz. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Joshua Fouch (6th) and Earthen Le (5th)
- Readers: Fernanda Cedillo-Rendon (6th) and Miguel Reyes (6th)
WEDNESDAY 3/29: HRA families and staff enjoyed an unexpected Snow Day. We are very glad that everyone was safe while the road conditions were hazardous.
THURSDAY 3/30: The Upper School attended Mass with Fr. Manzano in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Manzano. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
- Altar Servers: Peter Anderson (10th)
- Readers: Stephen Woyte (11th) and Michael Lucas (11th)
THURSDAY 3/30: Cameron Dixon (4th) represented HRA at the 2017 Alaska State Spelling Bee. He made it to the 4th Round, placing in the top 26 spellers in the state by correctly spelling “lethargy”, “spinet”, and “minaret”. He completed his participation in the State Spelling Bee when he misspelled the word “pithos.” Congratulations, Cameron!
THURSDAY 3/30: The 4th Grade spent the afternoon at the 2017 Alaska State Spelling Bee cheering on their classmate, Cameron Dixon. Thank you to parent volunteer, Mr. Pendergast, for driving them to the Performing Arts Center to watch the Bee.
THURSDAY 3/30: The In-door Soccer Team won their tournament to close out the season with scores of 4-3 in the 1st round, 7-0 in the 2nd round, and 7-2 in the Finals. Go Knights!
FRIDAY 3/31: The Upper School followed a Joseph Schedule in the morning. They went to the JPII Chapel together for Stations of the Cross during Homeroom and then the 9th & 10th Grade Girls Homeroom served meatless soups to their fellow students for lunch. In the afternoon, groups of students went out into the community for various service projects. We would like to thank elementary grandmother, Mrs. Bohne, for taking a group to the Pioneer Home; elementary father, Mr. Murray, for taking a group to FISH Food Pantry; local Knight of Columbus, Mr. Burger, for taking a group to Serendipity Adult Day Center; Mr. Welsh for taking the 11th & 12th Grades to Bean’s Café; Mrs. Shoop for supervising students on campus; and Miss Neumayr for taking a group to pray at 40 Days for Life.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 4/3: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall, 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY 4/4: Lower School Mass in the JPII Chapel w/Fr. Brosamer at 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 4/5: Pizza Day (rescheduled because of Snow Day)
WEDNESDAY 4/5: HRA Open House for perspective families from 6:00 -8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY 4/6: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel.
FRIDAY 4/7: Upper School First Friday Schedule & Adoration – Students are to wear their dress uniforms for the day. They will pray the Stations of the Cross during their Adoration hour.
FRIDAY 4/7: The Jr. High, under the guidance of Mrs. Furby & Mr. Mason, will be making meatless soups for their classmates in the Upper School for lunch after Homeroom.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- The last Parent Association Meeting will be Monday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Kolbe Lobby.
- Bob Bird will give a talk on the Shroud of Turin from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11th in St. Dominic’s Hall, after the All School Mass. Parents are welcome to attend.
- There will be no school April 13th-17th in observation of Holy Week and Easter.
- Mid-Quarter Progress Reports will be sent home on Thursday, April 20th.
- The Greek & Roman Festival will take place on Friday, April 21st. Family and friends are invited to join us on campus for this delightful carnival day. There are a multitude of SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITIES all day long!
- & Sr. Theses will be presented the week of April 25th-28th.