Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- There is a Meal Train for the Duncan family while their new little daughter remains in the hospital for observation: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/2gm4le
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Kindergarten photos continue. We would like to thank Gonzalez, Miss DiCiero, and Mrs. Fosi for their help on that project this week.
- Miss Bluhm and the 6th Grade would like to thank parent volunteer, Reyes, and Miss DiCiero for their help counting and wrapping the coins from the Penny Drive.
NEW NOTE ABOUT TB TESTING
This year, the state of Alaska has changed its method of testing students for tuberculosis. Rather than only testing students in certain grades each year, ALL STUDENTS will be asked to complete a short survey every year from now on. Students will be selected for TB testing based upon their answers to the survey. The state hopes to better identify and contain the spread of tuberculosis among Alaskans with this new method of selecting students for annual testing.
***If you have not yet turned in your child’s TB survey, please expect a phone call from the office. Thank you. ***
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 9/26: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall-
- Miss Neumayr thanked all those who helped make last week successful as she reviewed the events of the previous week.
- Congratulations to former student, Anna Berry (12th), for bring a Commended Scholar in the National Merit Scholars program. Anna scored among the top 50,000 students nationwide on the PSAT last fall.
- & Mrs. Braunlich are expecting a child in late February or early March. They just found out that they are expecting a son and they have shared the news that they intend to name him John Francis. Please keep John Francis and the Braunlich family in your prayers.
- Student portraits have arrived. Class pictures and retakes will be taken on Tuesday, November 15th. If you wish to have your child retake their individual portraits, your child must bring the original pictures with them on retake day.
- The Krispy Kreme fundraiser made over $1500 for the Parent Association. This money will be used very wisely for school supplies throughout the year. Miss Neumayr thanked everyone who made the event a success.
- 6th Grade students, Joshua Fouch, Tina Nguyen, and Fernanda Cedillo announced the results of the Penny Drive. HRA raised $1009.24 for the victims of floods in Baton Rouge, LA. 3rd Grade won with the highest point total for coins collected after subtracting the points from paper money in their collection jar.
- Students were dismissed to class after a preview of the week’s events.
- HRA birthdays this week were: Aeden Abellada (1st), Alexis Broek (3rd), and Miss Bluhm.
MONDAY 9/26: The HRA College Night for High School students and parents was quite a success. It was a pleasure to see almost 20 students and parents join us for a presentation about college financial aid from a College and Career Specialist, Keriann Shine, from the ACPE – Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education.
TUESDAY 9/27: HRA hosted its 4th annual Luncheon for Priests, Clergy, and Religious. We would like to thank the 11th & 12th grades for serving the delicious food prepared by parent volunteers: Mr. Beaty, Mrs. Betts, Mrs. Bohne, Mrs. Broek, Mrs. Marquez, Mrs. Pimentel, Mr. Stockard, and Mrs. Watson. We would also like to thank our parent coordinator for this event, Mrs. Droege, and the parents who helped with set-up, serving, and clean-up: Mrs. Reyes, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Bohne, and Mr. Stockard. HRA enjoyed the company of roughly a dozen priests, deacons, and religious sisters of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. Along with the meal, some of the students provided charming entertainment. The Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade sang a song they have been preparing for the Festival of Lessons and Carols under the direction of Mrs. Kinder. Elena Biegel (9th), Moira McMorrow (9th), Isabella van Tets (10th), Drew Benton (11th), and Peter Anderson (10th) performed one of the early scenes from this year’s high school production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth directed by Miss DiCiero. A student panel that included Eric Bjelland (12th), Alec Grandel (12th), Gabrielle Holder (11th), Ciara McMorrow (11th), Atlin Bell (11th), Forrest Rose (11th), Stephen Woyte (11th), Julianna Biegel (11th), and Michael Lucas (11th) answered questions about HRA and its classical Catholic curriculum.
WEDNESDAY 9/28: We enjoyed our first Pizza Day of the year with the help of parent volunteers, Ms. Brookwell, Mrs. Cedillo, and Mrs. Lopez. The faculty and students thank you for your cheerful service. We are very glad you enjoyed the time and want to be our Pizza Moms all year!
THURSDAY 9/29: Fr. Manzano said Mass for the whole school in St. Dominic’s Hall. Thank you Fr. Manzano. We also thank the following people for their particular help in the Mass:
- Altar Servers: Peter Anderson (10th), Mikael Hilario (7th) & Justin Persson (10th)
- Reader: Jacinta Grandel (10th)
- Cantor: Mrs. Kinder
THURSDAY-SATURDAY 9/29-10/01: The HRA Knights went to Kenai for the regional soccer tournament holding 2nd place in the league. Results of the tournament will be announced at the Monday Assembly.
FRIDAY 9/30: The Upper School students who are not on the soccer team enjoyed a full day about town. We would like to that parent volunteer driver/chaperones, Mr. Marquez and Mrs. Irving for joining us. In the morning, 7th-12th grade students toured the Alaska Aviation Museum, enjoyed flight simulators, and watched planes take off and land on Lake Hood from the museum tower while they ate lunch. After lunch, they all drove downtown to the Anchorage Museum where the Imaginarium was, by far, the biggest hit. The interactive science and engineering displays surely inspired everyone to think more deeply about the labs and experiments they do in class and for the science fair.
FRIDAY 9/23: 5th Grade finally got to enjoy their class retreat at St. Andrew parish under the direction of Mr. Shoop, the parish Faith Formation Director and a friend of his who has just returned to the states after doing charity work in Tanzania. Students participated in adoration, rosary, and Mass with Archbishop, along with other activities focusing on the lives of the saints.
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BOREALIS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
HRA placed 2nd in the tournament and 2nd in the league. We are very proud of who well the students played together as a team.
9/29 Game 1: HOLY ROSARY 3 – NENANA 1
9/30 Semi-finals: HOLY ROSARY 1 – DELTA JUNCTION 0
10/1 Championship game: HOLY ROSARY 2 – COOK INLET ACADEMY 3
The score was 0-0 at the end of the game. After an exciting shoot out, HRA lost 3-2.
Our thanks to tireless chaperones, Lisa Cookson, Robyn Woyte, Danielle O’Neill, and Kathy Gilmour and her mother, for all the cooking, cleaning, driving, & mothering they did on the trip to Kenai. Miss Neumayr enjoyed her day with the players on Friday and was glad to offer them a two hour study hall during the tournament to help them complete their schoolwork. Finally, thanks to Mrs. Bell, who helped procure the two vans that helped make the drive dot to the tournament so very convenient.
Individual player awards will be announced at the Monday Assembly.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 10/03: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
TUESDAY 10/04: Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 10/05: 4th Grade field trip to the Coastal Trail
THURSDAY 10/06: A representative from the University of Notre Dame will talk with the High School during Homeroom and lunch.
THURSDAY 10/06: Upper School Mass with Fr. Manzano in the JPII Chapel at 9:45 a.m.
FRIDAY 10/07: Upper School First Friday schedule – students are to wear their formal uniforms.
FRIDAY 10/07: Parents are invited to Grades K-12 for a living rosary in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at 2:10 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th, in observance of Columbus Day.
- Thursday, October 13this the last day of the First Quarter. Elementary Report Cards will be distributed at Parent Teacher Conferences. Middle School progress reports will be sent home with students. High School progress reports will be given to parents at Don Rags.
- Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, October 14th and Friday, October 28th. Middle School teachers will open their classrooms to parents who wish to discuss their child’s performance during the First Quarter.
- HRA Gala Auction on Saturday, October 15that the Marriott Hotel in downtown Anchorage. High School students are expected to help with this fundraiser. They are expected to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and stay through the entire event. Parents are asked not to plan any other family event for this time as the student participation is critical to the success of the auction.
- High School Don Rags – Tuesday, October 18th-Friday, October 21st.
- There will be NO CLASSES for K-12 on Friday, October 21st for elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences and High School Don Rags.
- Middle School SCANTRON Testing will take place the week of October 24th-28th.
- The All Saints Festival will take place on Monday, October 31st from 1-3 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall