Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- The Silent Auction is open, now through November 23rd. Stop by the Front Office and ask for the Silent Auction binder to make a bid. Please note, the catalog that was emailed to parents previously shows the actual value of the item. The lowest bid amount and guaranteed bid amount are available in the Silent Auction binder.
- The Thanksgiving Blessing food barrels from the Food Bank of Alaska and CSS have been delivered to HRA. We will be collecting canned green beans in the Kolbe Lobby and canned corn in the Bosco foyer. The collection barrels will be on campus until Friday, November 18th. Distribution of Thanksgiving Dinner packages will be distributed at St. Patrick’s parish and other locations throughout Anchorage on Monday, November 21st.
- Miss DiCiero will be out of town from November 8th through November 17th. The rest of the office staff will do their very best to help you with any concerns that would normally be addressed by the Business Manager. Thank you for your understanding.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- We would like to thank elementary parents, Dixon and Mrs. O’Hanley, for subbing in 1st grade and Kindergarten this week.
The school’s cellphone policy is clearly presented on our school website and in your child’s Student Handbook. You may find that policy on the website by clicking on the link to the student book. Miss Neumayr specifically addressed it at the opening Parent Association meeting, but if our cell phone policy is still unclear to anyone, we thought we would include it in this week’s Update.
We have noticed that more and more HRA parents have begun to introduce their children to the use of a smart phone. That has triggered the need for our school to develop a coherent policy in response to this new multi-layered form of communication. As a Catholic school, we have always carefully kept the computer lab locked in order to protect your child from any scandal on the internet. Students only enter and use the computers under the careful supervision of the faculty. The smart phone demands that we respond in similar fashion.
Here is some background for the policy we have created and why we have had to create it:
Parents as First Educators; School in Supporting Role
As parents, you are your child’s first educator. We defer to your best judgement in putting your child in charge of a smart phone. We trust that you are carefully preparing your child to use this instrument with prudence and temperance in all the hours outside of the school day.
During the school day, however, we have had to determine how best to foster those same virtues when it comes to the cellphone. In order to develop an enforceable policy, we have looked to our computer policy as a guide. Because the nature of cellphones is individualistic and unable to be monitored with the same care, we have determined that the best policy is for each child with a cellphone to submit it to their elementary teacher or to Mr. Welsh (Upper School) first thing in the morning.
The reason for this is twofold:
First, the cellphone can be a cause for the near occasion of sin. Each student will choose to use this medium with varying degrees of maturity or carelessness. Therefore, we ask all the children to surrender the phone to avoid any possible scandal. This is our duty as Catholic educators.
Secondly, strictly from a pedagogical point of view, smart phones compromise students’ ability to concentrate. The classical education here at HRA focuses on the good habits of the mind. Therefore, the teachers must use their expertise in proper teaching protocol and demand that no cellphones be present to disrupt that positive formation. This is our duty as classical educators.
From The Rules of Conduct for Students
…The following are prohibited at HRA…
- Use of telephones or leaving campus without permission – All cell phones must be checked in at the beginning of each day, or they are subject to confiscation.
- Possession of cell phones, MP3 players, or other electronic devices: Student electronics are to be turned in to Mr. Welsh or their elementary teacher promptly upon arriving to school or school events. Failure to observe this rule will result in a demerit and loss of the item. *The first time an item is confiscated, it will be returned to the parents. The second time an item is confiscated, the Principal will not return it before the end of the school year after a discussion with the parents.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 11/7: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall –
- Furby led the morning assembly while Miss Neumayr was home sick. (She thanks everyone for their prayers which helped her to be back in business the very next day.)
- The Girls’ High School Volleyball team announced their game schedule and results. The girls have been playing hard during this rebuilding year for the team. As the season comes to a close, we would like to honor them for their fortitude. Go Lady Knights!
- The Boys’ High School Wrestling team was happy to announce wins for both members of the team. Michael Lucas (11th) was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament at for at least the third tournament in a row. Go Knights!
MONDAY 11/7: The 11th & 12th Grades hosted a campus wide Patriotic Spirit Day. We commend everyone who came dressed to honor our country in such a variety of ways. Students came in colonial costumes, Civil War Union caps, uniforms of the armed services, Boy Scout uniforms, or simply covered in red, white & blue.
MONDAY-FRIDAY 11/7-11: 4th-6th Grade students took their fall SCANTRON tests in Math, Reading, and Language Arts. Test reports will be sent home as soon as all students have had the opportunity to complete their make-up tests.
TUESDAY 11/8: Election Day at HRA! – Students had their say in a simulated election. Miss Neumayr gave a brief talk to students in the morning before the school polls opened, reminding them of the duties and responsibilities of a Catholic voter to uphold moral law as well as written law when they consider their ballots. On Wednesday, we discovered that the 3rd-12th grades selected Mr. Donald Trump for President, Mr. Don Young for U.S. House Representative, and Mr. Joe Miller for Congress.
TUESDAY 11/8: Fr. Brosamer said Mass for the Lower School in the JPII Chapel. Thank you Fr. Brosamer. We also thank the following students for their particular help in the Mass:
Altar Servers: Stephen Hart (5th) and Isaac Grandel (5th)
Readers: Fernanda Cedillo-Rendon (6th) and Maria Koop (6th)
WEDNESDAY 11/9: Miss Neumayr took a small number of students to represent HRA at the Installation Mass for Archbishop Etienne at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. We would like to thank the following students for their superb efforts representing HRA:
- Altar Servers: Joshua Fouch (6th) and Will Deering (9th)
- Choir members: Gabrielle Holder (11th), Ciara McMorrow (11th), and Jacinta Grandel (10th)
- Student representatives: Maria Koop (6th) and John Lastimoso (10th)
THURSDAY 11/10: Fr. Mark Francis Manzano said Mass for the whole Upper School in the JPII Chapel. Thank you Fr. Manzano. We also thank the following people for their particular help in the Mass:
Altar Servers: Thomas Biegel (10th) and Luke O’Hanley (7th)
Readers: Peter Anderson (10th), Alex O’Neill (10th)
Cantor: Dr. Walters
THURSDAY 11/10: Mr. Furby (veteran, USMC) spoke to each of the Lower School classes about the importance of writing letters to the men and women serving in the military overseas. He showed them all of the letters he received while he was active duty, which he has kept, as proof of how much letters from home meet to our troops abroad. The students were inspired to send cheerful notes and pictures as a part of our annual Letters to the Troops project.
FRIDAY 11/11: Upper School Mary schedule & Choir Rehearsal – Upper School worked with Mrs. Kinder and Mr. Taylor in preparation for the Festival of Lessons & Carols. Thank you, Mr. Taylor, for your help outside the office. We would also like to thank Mr. Welsh, Mr. Mason, and Mrs. Shoop for helping in the Front Office while Mr. Taylor worked with Mrs. Kinder and the students.
FRIDAY 11/11: Miss Neumayr took the 7th & 12th Grades to represent HRA at the Veterans Day Ceremonies at JBER. Eric Bjelland (12th) and Charles Stockard (7th) presented our gift of flowers during the ceremony. We would like to thank Mr. Patton for driving the bus and Mrs. Corcoran for meeting everyone at the ceremony to be a third chaperone.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 11/14: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
MONDAY-FRIDAY 11/14-18: 3rd Grade SCANTRON testing
TUESDAY 11/15: Class Picture Day and portrait retakes & make-ups. Help your children come to school looking sharp for class pictures. Any children who were not here for the first Picture Day in September can also have their portraits taken at this time. If you are unhappy with your child’s earlier picture, bring the original prints back to school on this day to retake the individual portraits.
TUESDAY 11/15: Elementary Mass in JPII Chapel with Fr. Roraff at 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 11/16: Mid-quarter progress reports will go home with students at the end of the school day.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY 11/17-18: High School overnight retreat at St. Theresa’s Camp in Wasilla
THURSDAY-FRIDAY 11/17-18: Middle School retreat during the school day.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 24th & Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
- The Upper School will follow Special Schedule A on Wednesday, November 30th.
- The Festival of Lessons & Carols is Friday, December 2nd at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. Students
- There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, December 8th in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- The last day of the 2nd Quarter is Friday, December 16th.