Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- Miss Neumayr is recovering very well from her surgery and thanks all the students and families for their prayers, cards, gifts, and encouragement. Her surgery on Monday was very successful. She has enjoyed the many visits, calls, emails, and texts while she has been recovering at home. Her goal is to return next Wednesday morning for the Ash Wednesday activities.
- Grades K – 8 are participating in a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Heart is a program that raises money for heart health research and education. Students are currently collecting pledges toward their jump rope activities that will take place in P.E. during the third week of February. Pledges and donations can be made in person or online. Students need parent supervision to register online at: http://www.kintera.org/site/c.dkLRKbOWLjK4E/b.9278965/k.3A79/Home_NEW_2016.htm
- Please observe the Bus Parking Signs in the east parking lot. Pearce has had trouble parking at the end of the day when bringing the last P.E. class back to school. Thank you.
- We would like to thank Miss DiCiero for all of her hard work, dedication, and good cheer, especially this past two weeks when she has kept the school running while Mrs. Furby and Miss Neumayr were not well.
- The entire HRA community has been wonderful these past two weeks in the face of an incomplete administrative staff. Everyone has been patient and helpful during some very busy and eventful weeks. Thank you.
- The Tequila Party at Don Jose’s, which was purchased at the Auction Gala by former board member, Dr. Balaban, was a great success. We would like to thank Ivan Ramos, 3rd grade parent & Director of Operations for Don Jose’s, for making this event possible. Miss Neumayr prayed for its success from home & many friends of HRA attended.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
- MONDAY 2/1: Morning Assembly –
- Miss DiCiero led the Morning Assembly, guiding the students through the week to come, while Miss Neumayr and Mrs. Furby were both out.
- MONDAY 2/1: The 4th Grade class used Skype to interview a friend of Miss Evans about spending eleven months in Rwanda as a Catholic missionary as a special Catholic Schools Week activity.
- MONDAY 2/1: Kindergarten enjoyed a field trip to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts to see a live production of Alice in Wonderland.
- MONDAY 2/1: There was an unexpected power outage in Midtown during the lunch hour that affected over half the campus. Since ML&P did not anticipate the power returning to the Kolbe or Bosco buildings for a few hours, students were dismissed from school early. We would like to thank all of the parents for responding to the expected dismissal so quickly. While elementary students were dismissed, the upper school teachers reorganized their class schedule to make use of the classrooms that had windows. The 7th – 12th grades valiantly continued class without power until all students could be sent home. Mr. Welsh taught a science class with all the Jr. High together. Mrs. Schirda brought her 9th & 10th grade Composition classes together. Mr. Bolin and Mr. Mason led the 11th & 12th grade American Seminar in the Bosco foyer rather than in their classroom. We applaud everyone for their resourcefulness and level heads.
- WEDNESDAY 2/3: The 1st Grade enjoyed a field trip to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts to see a live production of Alice in Wonderland. We would like to thank elementary parent, Patton, for driving the students to the play and then to SEAS for the Mass. He was with us all day.
- WEDNESDAY 2/3: The Catholic Schools Week Mass was a beautiful and reverent event for the whole diocese. It was a blessing to join St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Lumen Christi High School, and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Mass with Archbishop Schwietz, Fr. Leo Walsh, Fr. Tom Lilly, and Fr. Scott Garrett.
- We would like to thank all the parent drivers and chaperones who joined us for the Mass and helped transport the school across town: Mrs. Koop, Mrs. Rendon, Mrs. Corcoran, Mr. Patton, Mrs. Dixon, Mrs. Tyson, Mrs. Eychaner, Mr. Hanson, Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Knox, Mrs. Pimentel, Mrs. Marquez, Mrs. Berry, Mrs. Gilmour, Mrs. Pendergast, Mrs. Goorchenko, Mrs. Stevens, Mr. Carter, Mr. Jansen, and Mr. Montague. It was a grand and worthwhile undertaking.
- Students from all four schools participated in the Mass in special ways. We are very proud of them for they poise and gravity, especially those from HRA. Joseph Kemper (12) acted as altar server. Sang Nguyen (12), Therese Knox (12), Arianna Fouch (12), Mary Tappel (11), and John Lastimoso (9) were members of the choir. Peter Anderson (9) delivered the first reading. Monica Klump (12) and Sarah Lucas (12) carried the gifts from HRA, a statue of our lady and a rosary in school colors. Angela Patton (6) and Savio Le (9) read descriptions of these gifts, explaining how they represent our school.
- Fr. Leo Walsh brought Communion to Miss Neumayr at her home immediately after the Mass. It meant so much to her that she was included in the Catholic Schools Week Mass in this way. Thank you, Fr. Walsh, and thank you, everyone, for your prayers.
- THURSDAY 2/4: The 2nd Grade enjoyed a field trip to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts to see a live production of Alice in Wonderland. We would like to thank elementary parents, Corcoran and Mrs. Dixon for driving the students to the play and helping chaperone.
- FRIDAY 2/5: The Upper School Latin Declamations were rescheduled for Monday morning, right after the Assembly, since so many students and teachers were out sick.
- FRIDAY 2/5: As a special Catholic Schools Week activity, Mrs. Braunlich’s 3rd Grade class talked with students from another Catholic school in a “Mystery Skype” where the students from each class had to guess where the other class lived. Ask your third grader what their guesses were. The class also enjoyed a visit from elementary parent, Stevens, who talked to the class about Filipino culture and shared some traditional dishes with the class.
- FRIDAY 2/5: Upper School observed the First Friday Schedule. At the end of the day, grades 7-12 went to the JPII Chapel for Adoration in front of the Tabernacle.
- SATURDAY-SUNDAY 2/6-7: We would like to thank everyone who has helped Miss Neumayr with the marketing efforts of HRA at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral this weekend. Thanks to Auction Chair, Columbus, the Reyes family, Mrs. Pearce, and the Sanchez family and all those who stood at the table fielding questions and presenting the school in a good light.
THE WEEK TO COME:
- MONDAY 2/8: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
- MONDAY 2/8: Upper School – The Upper School will remain in St. Dominic’s Hall after the Assembly for the HRA Latin Declamations, from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Students will compete in the recitation of memorized Latin poetry, illustrating their rhetorical skills through careful pronunciation, tone, inflection, and understanding. The school competition is open to all Latin students. High school winners will represent HRA at the statewide World Language Declamations competition on February 27th, 2016. This activity will take the place of the Math and Language classes. Parents are welcome to attend and support our Latin orators.
- TUESDAY 2/9: The annual Elementary Mardi Gras Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall – Potluck assignments went home with each of the elementary students last week. Parents are welcome to join the Kindergarten through 6th grades as they celebrate one last feast before Lent. Please bring your potluck items to St. Dom’s before 11:00 a.m.
- TUESDAY 2/9: Thanks to the collegiality of St. Benedict’s Youth Ministry staff, The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will be coming on campus to talk with the students about their life and community.
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: The High School will have an assembly with guest speaker Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph. D., the director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center at 9:00 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall. His articles regularly appear in the Catholic Anchor. Permission slips for this talk will be sent home on Monday. Parents are welcome to attend.
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. All grades will come together in St. Dominic’s Hall for a special Ash Wednesday Mass at 10:15 a.m.
- THURSDAY 2/11: Parent Association Meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11th in the St. Kolbe Lobby. Child care will be provided during the meeting.
- FRIDAY 2/12: Various grades will go to the JPII Chapel throughout the day to pray the Stations of the Cross on this Friday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Upper School will go during their Homeroom time. See your elementary child’s class newsletter for more information about their participation in this Catholic devotion.
- FRIDAY 2/12: Upper School Joseph Schedule: Former HRA teacher, Ali Ann Stromilov will be returning to teach her Etiquette class. Some of the etiquette standards reviewed will be:
- Greetings & introductions
- How to set a table properly
- The art of conversation
- Best practices of graciousness & magnanimity
- SATURDAY-SUNDAY 2/13-14: Miss Neumayr invites Holy Family Cathedral families to help with the enrollment marketing campaign this weekend. Any families attending Mass there are welcome to bring their children in uniform to stand in the back of the church to answer questions in place of Miss Neumayr after Mass.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents Day.
- SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITY: There will be an Open House on the evening of Wednesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parents and students are needed to greet prospective families and give campus tours. Any currently enrolled families who recommends another family that enrolls, they will receive a
- Students should be finishing their Science Project data and posters for the February 19th Students will be graded in their teachers and practice their presentations for the science fair on that day.
- The HRA Science Fair will be held on the morning of Thursday, February 25th in St. Dominic’s Hall. SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITY: We are in need of volunteers with a science or technology background to judge science projects for the HRA science fair. Please contact the office if you are interested in helping with this event.