Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- Please re-enroll for the 2016-2017 school year either on Sycamore or with a paper application in order to secure a spot in next year’s class. We absolutely defer to current students, but we need families to re-enroll as soon as possible because we have so much outside interest. We ask that parents at least give the front office a verbal commitment to re-enroll for the upcoming school year.
- DISCOUNT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TUITION FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR:
- Early Re-enrollment – Save $100 per family by re-enrolling by March 15th, 2016.
- New Family Referral – Receive a $100 discount for your family tuition when you refer a new family that enrolls in HRA for the 2016-17 school year. This discount applies to each new family you have recruited.
- Full Tuition Payment by June 15th, 2016 – Save $250 per family if you pay your tuition in full by June 15th, 2016.
- Full Tuition Payment before the start of the 2016-17 school year – Save $100 per family when you pay the full tuition before August 15th, 2016.
- Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Mission – SEAS invites HRA families to consider attending their Lenten Parish Mission with guest speaker, Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers Monday, March 7th-Thursday, March 10th. Talks are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. each day.
- Monday’s topic – “Rich in Mercy: Finding Healing in God’s Mercy”
- Tuesday’s topic – “My Flesh for the Life of the World: The Eucharist and Evangelization”
- Wednesday’s topic – “Catholic Families: The Model for a Culture of Love and Life”
- Thursday – Youth & Young Adult Night – “Meeting Jesus in the Beauty and Truth of the Catholic Faith”
- All students are invited to join Coach Russell for early conditioning practices from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons in St. Dominic’s Hall. The Track Season does not begin until March 2nd, 2016.
- 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.
- While all of the students represent HRA well in their community service projects, we are especially grateful to the four you young men who worked very hard making the pathways around campus safer to use: Eric Bjelland (11), Joseph Bjelland (9), Andrew Cookson (9), and John Lastimoso (9) worked to chip ice, spread salt, and sweep gravel all afternoon.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
- MONDAY 2/22: Morning Assembly –
- The High Volleyball Team was recognized for a well-played season. We thank student coaches, Monica Klump (12) & Juliana Biegel (10) for all of their hard work and selfless dedication to helping their younger schoolmates excel. Go Knights!
- Matthew Lastimoso (11) & Andrew Cookson (9) were recognized for their commitment as student coaches for the High Indoor Soccer Team. Go Knights!
- Miss Neumayr thanked all of the families and students who helped represent HRA during parish visits and the Open House.
- TUESDAY 2/23: The HRA Parent Association, under the supervision of Tiwari, provided a lovely Faculty Luncheon with a soup theme, in honor of the Lenten season. Mrs. Reyes and Mrs. Eychaner came in to set-up, serve, and clean for the luncheon. Mrs. O’Neill made a delicious mushroom soup, Mrs. Mitchell made a lovely vegetable soup and salad, Mrs. Betts made miso soup and Ineri Sushi for desert, Mrs. Hart made a delightful potato corn chowder, Mrs. Bohne brought in some vegetarian barbeque beans, and Mrs. Marquez made a pimento cheese dip. We would also like to thank the unknown benefactor who made the lovely pineapple desert.
- TUESDAY 2/23: Fr. Sidun offered a Byzantine rite Children’s Liturgy in the JPII Chapel since all of the priests of the Archdiocese of Anchorage were participating in the Convocation this week.
- WEDNESDAY 2/24: Our thanks to Kindergarten parent, Brookwell, and 3rd grade parent, Mrs. Eychaner, for their help with another successful Pizza Day.
- THURSDAY 2/25: Miss Evans took the 4th grade to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art for most of the day. The class had a wonderful time and learned a great deal. Many of the students had never been there before.
- THURSDAY 2/25: The HRA Science Fair was an intense day of interviews and presentations for grades 5 – 10. We commend the 5th Grade for all voluntarily participating in the science fair which is only required for grades 6-10. We are grateful to our large team of judges: Jeff Sever, Col. Corcoran, Paul Anderson, Dick Armstrong, Nate Ziegler, Liesl Carter, Matt Joy, Miss Forbes, Miss DiCiero, and Welsh under the guidance of our long standing parent volunteer Science Fair Co-ordinator, Jacki Rose. The intense judging lasted all day. Awards will be presented at the next Monday Morning Assembly on February 29th. All students are encouraged to participate in the State Science Fair, April 1st – 3rd.
- THURSDAY 2/25: Fr. Sidun offered a Byzantine rite Children’s Liturgy in the JPII Chapel since all of the priests of the Archdiocese of Anchorage were participating in the Convocation this week.
- FRIDAY 2/26: 9th grade provided meatless soup for their fellow students in the Upper School during lunch as an act of charity and fellowship for this Friday of Lent.
- FRIDAY 2/26: Upper School Joseph Day Schedule – The 7th – 12th grades went to a variety of locations throughout Anchorage to perform community service projects. We would like to thank 6th grade grandparent, Ford, for driving students to the Pioneer Home and HRA parent, Mrs. Knox, for supervising students at Serendipity Adult Day Center. Mr. Mason took a large group of students to stock food and clean the facilities at FISH Food Pantry. Miss Forbes took a small group of students to Clare House to organize their donation basement. Mrs. Furby took a group of students to St. Francis House food pantry to help clean the refrigerators & freezers. Dr. Walters supervised students organizing the campus Drama Closet & Mr. Bolin supervised four students who spent the afternoon hard at work making all of the campus pathways safer to walk.
- FRIDAY 2/26: The Senior Class sponsored an Upper School Game Night. We would like to thank Miss Neumayr, Miss Forbes, Mr. Klotz, and Mr. Welsh for being chaperones. It was a great turn-out with a wide variety of games to play.
- SATURDAY 2/27: Alaska State Language Declamation at South High School at 9:00 a.m. Go Knights!
THE WEEK TO COME:
- MONDAY 2/29: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
- TUESDAY 3/01: Lower School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m. with Fr. Brosamer.
- WEDNESDAY 3/02: The Greek I class will take the International Greek Exam. This is an international competitive standardized test sponsored by the National Classical League. Students with high scores will receive their medals at the end of year Awards Assembly on the last day of school, May 20th.
- THURSDAY 3/03: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 10:15 a.m. with one of the Dominican chaplains.
- FRIDAY 3/4: Classes will visit the JPII Chapel throughout the day to pray the Stations of the Cross.
- FRIDAY 3/4: Upper School First Friday Schedule – Upper School students will have all six classes according to the First Friday Schedule in the Student Handbook and then spend the last hour of the day in Adoration in the JPII Chapel.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- STUDENT PRESENTATIONS will be the week of March 7th – 11th. K-12 students will each demonstrate some of the lessons they have learned this year to their parents and teachers in a formal presentation. This event takes the place of traditional Parent/Teacher Conferences. Appointments will be scheduled the week prior. 3rd Quarter grades will be distributed at the end of each Presentation.
- Upper School dismissed at Noon Monday-Thursday.
- K-12 will be dismissed at Noon on Thursday, March 10th.
- There will be no classes for K-12 on Friday, March 11th. This day is considered a Student In-service day. Students will have school work to complete while they are at home.
- Easter Vacation will begin with Holy Thursday, March 24th. School will resume on Monday, April 4th.