Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
- This is coming week is National Catholic Schools Week! The Archdiocese of Anchorage is celebrating with an all-schools Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish on Wednesday, February 3rd at 1:00 p.m. SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITY – We need many volunteer drivers to help transport all of the students across town. Please contact Robyn Woyte or Mrs. Furby if you are willing to help with this project. We would like to thank the parents who have already contacted us to volunteer. If parents would prefer to pick up their children from SEAS, please notify the office before Wednesday. A chaperone will remain at the church until all student are picked up.
- 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
Congratulations to the students who have already brought in contributions for the American Heart Association, especially our top fundraiser so far, Victoria Beaty (3).
- 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 recognize and thank the following parents for their help with the play, who were not mentioned last week: 5th grade parent, Rednon and Kindergarten parent, Mrs. Watson, for helping supervise the cast between shows; Mrs. Watson and high school parent, Mrs. Benton, for helping serve dinner before the 7:00 show; 6th grade parent, Mrs. Stockard, for providing lunch for the cast on Saturday; the Berry family, the DiCiero family, and HRA friends, the Deering family, for helping to load the sets and props for transport to the Lunney Center.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
- MONDAY 1/25: Morning Assembly –
- This day marked the first anniversary of the passing of one of our teachers last year, Mr. Andy Coldiron. Miss Neumayr took some time to share pictures of Mr. Coldiron’s family and let the students know how they were doing these days.
- The school took extra time in assembly to commemorate the first anniversary of Mr. Coldiron’s death by saying a rosary together for the repose of his soul. It was a beautiful and peaceful event.
- TUESDAY 1/26: The faculty and staff are incredibly grateful for the Filipino themed luncheon sponsored by the Parent Association and organized by 1st grade parent, Shivani Tiwari. Reyes was the gracious hostess for the day. She was there from beginning to end, setting up, greeting everyone, and cleaning dishes afterwar. Several people brought in their families particular version of pancit including the Reyes, Lastimosos, and Reothles. The Maloys and the Reyes contributed lumpia, a faculty favorite. The Murrays brought turon, wrapped and fried bananas. The Watsons brought puto, lovely pastel steamed rice cakes. The Pimentels brought steamed rice and caldereta, a rich beef stew. The Marquez family brought chicken satay and cucumbers. The Lastimosos and the Roethles also contributed chicken adobo. There was more food than the faculty could eat in a week. Many people enjoyed taking treats home. Thank you.
- TUESDAY 1/26: Lower School said a rosary together in the JPII Chapel in place of Mass.
- THURSDAY 1/28: We celebrated the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of scholars, with dog bone shaped doughnuts to commemorate his role in the Dominican order.
- THURSDAY 1/28: The Upper School said a rosary together in the JPII Chapel in place of Mass.
- FRIDAY 1/29: The HRA Spelling Bee was quite an exciting event for grades 1-8. The winner this year was Emma Cookson (6), with the word “gargantuan”. Zoya Goorchenko (6) was the runner up with the final word, “pharaoh”, certainly not an easy word to spell. Both girls made it to the 16th round and impressed the whole crowd with their excellent spelling. We are very proud of everyone listed below who competed against their classmates and won the opportunity to represent their grade in the school spelling bee. Although they cannot compete in the state championship, we welcomed the 1st and 2nd graders, who performed admirably against the older students. Everyone’s preparation and poise made this one of the best spelling bees in the history of the school. Thank you to the parents who came to support their students. We also thank the whole audience for the warm and encouraging applause they showered on the contestants.
- 1st grade: Yedidia Diboue and Shannon Dixon
- 2nd grade: Noah Jansen and Anthony Murray
- 3rd grade: Cameron Dixon and William Cagle
- 4th grade: Earthen Le and Jennifer Lederhos
- 5th grade: Maria Koop and Joshua Fouch
- 6th grade: Emma Cookson and Zoya Goorchenko
- 7th grade: Mitchell Marquez and Angel Beaty
- 8th grade: Grace Woyte and Macklen Bell
- FRIDAY 1/29: We would like to thank everyone for making this year’s raffle such a success. Our wonderful Business Manager, Miss DiCiero orchestrated a very smooth and wonderful raffle drawing. The elementary, upper school, and guests enjoyed a delicious spaghetti feast with garlic bread served by Woyte, Mrs. Roethle, and Mrs. Brookwell. Mr. Roethle made the delicious marinara and his famous champagne white sauce in celebration of selling over 4000 raffle tickets for the drawing this year. James Kinney (1) drew ticket #0426 for the 3rd prize of $500.00, to be read by Elena Biegel (8) which was won by 2nd grade mom, KeriAnn Brady. Victoria Beaty (3) drew ticket #3759 for the 2nd prize of $1000.00 or One Full Discounted Tuition, to be read by Stephen Woyte (10) which was won by upper school parent, Patric Bell. Charlie Stockard and Maria Koop (6) drew ticket # 2061 for the grand prize of $10,000, to be read by senior, Arianna Fouch. It was won by Pam Yeargen and sold by Mitchell Marquez (7).
- FRIDAY 1/29: Upper School Mary Day – We would like to thank high school parents, & Mrs. Ford, for coming and teaching the students a variety of ballroom dance steps, including merengue, waltz, foxtrot, and two-step. The students enjoyed it very much and decided that the class needed to finish with a conga line.
- FRIDAY 1/29: The senior class hosted a jungle themed dance for the upper school in St. Dominic’s Hall from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. We would like to thank the students who helped decorate the hall, particularly Matthew Lastimoso (11) and Michael Lucas (10), as well as Miss DiCiero, Miss Forbes & her sister, Mr. Welsh, and high school parents, & Mrs. Ford for coming as chaperones.
- FRIDAY 1/29: The High Volleyball team played a game at Lumen Christi in the afternoon. We look forward to hearing the results at the assembly on Monday morning.
- SATURDAY-SUNDAY 1/30-31: Miss Neumayr visited the Masses at Holy Cross parish to promote Catholic education at HRA.
THE WEEK TO COME:
- MONDAY 2/1: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
- MONDAY 2/1: Kindergarten will go to the Anchorage Center for Performing Arts to enjoy a live production of Alice in Wonderland.
- WEDNESDAY 2/3: Catholic Schools Week Mass at SEAS at 1:00 p.m. – SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITY: Please contact Robyn Woyte or Mrs. Furby if you can help transport students to this Mass. Parents will need to be available from 11:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students may be dismissed as soon as they return, if their parents are on campus.
- WEDNESDAY 2/3: The Upper School will follow
Special Schedule A
8:00 – 8:37 Period 1
8:40 – 9:17 Period 2
9:20 – 9:57 Period 3
10:00 – 10:37 Period 4
10:40 – 11:17 Period 5
11:20 – 11:57 Period 6
- THURSDAY 2/4: 1st grade will go to the Anchorage Center for Performing Arts to enjoy a live production of Alice in Wonderland.
- FRIDAY 2/5: 2nd grade will go to the Anchorage Center for Performing Arts to enjoy a live production of Alice in Wonderland.
- FRIDAY 2/5: Upper School 1st Friday schedule
- FRIDAY 2/5: Upper School – The Upper School will in St. Dominic’s Hall during 1st & 2nd periods for the HRA Latin Declamation. Students will compete in the recitation of Latin poetry, illustrating their pronunciation, tone, 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.
- SATURDAY-SUNDAY 2/6-7: Miss Neumayr will be visiting the Masses at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedra this weekend. Any families attending Mass there are welcome to bring their children in uniform to stand with Miss Neumayr after Mass.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- There will be a 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.
- 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
- 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.