Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- ALL SAINTS FESTIVAL in St. Dominic’s Hall from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31st. Please join us for our annual student presentation of lessons about the saints. This year, students have learned about the martyrs of Vietnam, Louis & Marie Azelie Martin, Bl. Chiara Badano, Damien of Molokai, Teresa of Calcutta, Francis Xavier Cabrini, and many others.
- AUCTION NEWS – We are excited to announce the results of the individual class projects:
- Kindergarten: “Kindergarten Smiles” – $400
- 1st Grade: “Move Over Picasso” painting – $450
- 2nd Grade: Game Table – $500
- 3rd Grade: Class Quilt – $500
- 4th Grade: Stained Glass in Crosses – $700
- 5th Grade: “Perfect Path” garden stones – $600
- 6th Grade: “Saints of the New Millenium” – $600
- Middle School Girls: Sweet Treats monthly baked goods subscription – $650
- High School Girls: St. Teresa of Calcutta storage bench – $400
- 9th-10th Grade Boys: Seven Course Italian Dinner for 10 – $1,700
- 11th & 12th Grade: Christmas Caroling and Tree Trimming Party – $800
- HRA Staff & Faculty: Principal’s Pinot Party – $1,100
- Hand-carved Wooden Crucifix by Kevin Klump – $2,500
- Reserved Parking Space – $700
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- We would like to thank Upper School parent, Cookson, for subbing Mrs. Shoop’s classes on Thursday and Friday.
SNOW DAY POLICY
Generally, icy roads prompt school closures rather than snow. These decisions are made city wide based upon whether public school busses can safely transport students in the current weather and road conditions and the safety conditions of bus stops and public trails around the city that are used for school commuting.
Holy Rosary Academy always cancels classes when the Anchorage School District determines that the roads are not safe enough for student travel. If ASD closes public schools, HRA will also be closed. In the event that only certain parts of town are given a “snow day”, families from those neighborhoods have the option of keeping their children home with an excused absence rather than drive treacherous roads.
ASD determines school closures by 4:00 a.m. HRA will post this information, redirecting families and staff to the ASD announcement by 6:00 a.m.
PROCEDURE FOR ANNOUNCING “SNOW DAYS” & EARLY DISMISSALS
The [HRA staff] will post the closure on Sycamore and the HRA website. Elementary teachers [will] email or text their students’ families to confirm the school closure. Upper school homeroom teachers [will] text/e-mail students’ parents to confirm the school closure. The front office will be staffed from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. in order to field phone calls and confirm the school closure. Check television or radio newscasts or the ASD website to confirm Snow Day warnings.
Sign up for ASD e-mail notifications of district closures by going to http://www.asdk12.org/asddirect/. This website also includes links to Facebook and other social media notification methods.
In the event that students are dismissed early from school due to the late onset of dangerous weather or other emergencies, HRA will use the same communication procedures outlined above for announcing school closures. Teachers may decide whether students will be allowed to use their cellphones to call their parents about the early dismissal at the administration’s discretion.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 10/24: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall –
- Miss Neumayr shared the announcements from last week’s Update and shared the plan for the week.
- The Girls’ High School Volleyball team announced one win, versus Cook Inlet Academy, in the weekend tournament at Lumen Christi High School.
MONDAY-FRIDAY 10/24-28: 7th-8th Grade students took their first round of SCANTRON tests for the year. SCANTRON is the company that produces the nationally normed tests used by the school to help us measure student growth and school performance compared to other students and schools across the country. Individual student reports will be sent home with students next week.
TUESDAY 10/25: The faculty would like to thank Mrs. Tiwari, Mrs. Bohne, and Mrs. Watson for organizing and serving the October Faculty Luncheon. So many people delivered so many wonderful dishes that we were unable to keep track of who brought which item. We thank everyone who contributed to the feast. We have been eating like kings all week and the teachers still have many leftovers to share and take home on Friday afternoon.
TUESDAY 10/25: Dan O’Connor from Prince William Sound College, a college in the UA system, spoke to the 11th & 12th Grade students during their Homeroom. The longer, later Homeroom periods are proving to be an excellent time for high school students to learn about college opportunities as well as provide time for other Upper School guest speaker visits and special activities.
WEDNESDAY 10/26: We would like to thank everyone for accommodating the extra Upper School special schedule. Students attended all of their academic classes in the morning and joined the Lower School in the afternoon for a full dress rehearsal of the All Saints Festival.
WEDNESDAY 10/26: The Elementary Band performed for the first time this year during the Pizza Lunch. We would like to thank Miss Evans and the members of the band for rearranging their own meal schedule in order to perform for the rest of the Lower School, parents, and siblings who attended: Maria Koop (6th), Miguel Reyes (6th), Nico Gonzalez (5th), Nicolas Reiman (4th), Carlos Stevens (4th), Aodhan Nakada, and Luke Syren. We would also like to thank our 2016-17 Pizza Moms: Ms. Brookwell, Mrs. Cedillo, and Mrs. Lopez, and all the elementary teachers for serving pizza to the students.
THURSDAY 10/27: Fr. Christopher Brannan said Mass for the the whole School in St. Dominic’s Hall. Thank you Fr. Christopher. We also thank the following people for their particular help in the Mass:
Altar Servers: John Lastimoso (10th), Justin Persson (10th), and Mitchell Marquez (8th)
Readers: Eric Bjelland (12th), Drew Benton (11th)
Cantor: Mrs. Kinder
THURSDAY 10/27: We would like to thank Miss DiCiero and Mrs. Furby for running the Front Office while Miss Neumayr and Mr. Taylor were out.
FRIDAY 10/28: We would like to thank elementary parent, Mrs. Dixon, for helping in the Front Office while Miss Neumayr and Mr. Taylor were out for the day.
FRIDAY 10/28: Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences – 7th-8th Grade teachers held the second round of open house conferences while the students were about their community service activities. It was a pleasure to meet with the parents who had not been able to come two weeks ago.
FRIDAY 10/28: Upper School Joseph schedule & Community Service – We would like to thank the following parent, grandparent, and faculty chaperones:
- O’Neill and Mrs. Cookson drove students to participate in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. All students who attended this activity particularly requested it. We commend you all for choosing to face the cold in order to stand for your beliefs!
- Bohne took students to the Pioneer Home to help with their Ice Cream Social.
- Pat Ford took students to the Serendipity Adult Day Care Center.
- Mason took students to the FISH Food Pantry.
- Welsh took 11th & 12th grade students to serve lunch at Beans Café.
- Leinon proctored a Physics test for Mr. Welsh’s class after they returned from Beans Café, so Mr. Welsh could meet with Middle School parents.
- Irving supervised students in SCANTRON make-up tests and campus stewardship.
THE WEEK TO COME
MONDAY 10/31: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
MONDAY 10/31: Upper School – Special Schedule A
MONDAY 10/31: All Saints Festival in St. Dominic’s Hall from 1:00-3:00 p.m. All families are encouraged to attend the HRA All Saints Festival. Watch the Kindergarten-12th Grades enact scenes from the lives of the saints. We have a great line-up this year! We will be filming the festival for those families unable to attend, thanks to the Parent Association who donated a new video camera to the school.
TUESDAY 11/01: THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL, in observance of All Saints Day.
WEDNESDAY 11/02: Miss Neumayr and Mrs. Furby will be off campus for the day.
THURSDAY 11/03: All School Mass in St. Dominic’s Hall at 9:45 a.m.
THURSDAY 11/03: 2nd Quarter Parent Association Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Kolbe Lobby. Babysitting will be provided.
FRIDAY 11/04: Upper School Joseph Day – Students need to wear their gym uniforms and bring their coats, hats, and gloves for a visit to the cemetery in observance of the Octave of All Souls.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- 4th-6th Grade SCANTRON testing November 7th-11th.
- The installation of Archbishop-elect Paul Dennis Etienne will be Wednesday, November 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. (This is a diocesan event, not a school event.)
- Class Pictures and portrait retakes on Tuesday, November 15th. **Students intending to retake their portraits on November 15th must bring their original pictures with them to have their pictures retaken.**
- The High School Retreat will be Thursday & Friday, November 17th & 18th at St. Theresa’s Camp in Wasilla. This retreat is a mandatory event for high school students. Please make appropriate plans for the students to be gone all of Thrusday and most of Friday. This is the most important activity we do for our high school students, other than the weekly Mass. Please prioritize this wonderful time for your child.
- 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.