Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- The new HRA calendar for the 2016-17 school year is available. A paper copy will be sent home with your child this coming Friday.
- EARLY RE-ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITY! We invite all families wishing to secure a place for their child for the coming school year 2016-17 to log onto Sycamore and complete the re-enrollment process. If you pay the $300 Enrollment Fee for each child returning, by the March 15th deadline, we will deduct $100 per family from your total enrollment fees. We have been blessed to have your child as part of the HRA family and hope we have met your needs. All re-enrollment applications must be filed by May 1st, if you are unable to make the discount deadline. A hardcopy of the re-enrollment form can be picked up in the front office or downloaded from our school website: https://www.hraak.com/
- Indoor Soccer for grades 5-8 begins this coming week! All students in grades 5-8 are welcome to join the team and play. See notes on the WEEK TO COME for practice times and locations. Students are to bring indoor tennis shoes, shin guards, exercise clothes, water, and a snack to every practice. All team members remaining on campus until practices are to meet in Mrs. Schirda’s classroom in the St. Bosco Bldg. at 3:20 p.m. Call the school to leave a message for Volunteer Athletic Coordinator, Maureen Klump, with any questions.
- The Tappel family was out of state, attending the funeral of Mrs. Tappel’s mother this week. While it was a sad occasion, it was filled with great beauty as the family came together. Mr. & Mrs. Tappel’s oldest son, Christopher, currently in priestly formation, participated as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. Their other children in attendance (all former HRA students) contributed to the Mass with their voices. Michael sang the Ave Maria, Anna led the psalm, and Mary sang the Gospel The three of them sang a beautiful rendition of Be Thou My Vision in three part harmony. What a beautiful gift these HRA students were able to give to their mother in honor of their grandmother.
- 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
- 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.
- Last week, we did not recognize Mrs. Nunes, who helped drive 2nd grade students to the production of Alice in Wonderland. Thank you, Mrs. Nunes.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
- MONDAY 2/8: Morning Assembly –
- Miss DiCiero led the Morning Assembly, guiding the students through the week to come, while Miss Neumayr was out.
- 5th grade students, Maria Koop and Miguel Reyes were awarded lanyards with Super Pups for their participation in the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Maria Koop also earned a Ninja Pup.
- Sophomore volleyball coach, Juliana Biegel, announced the results of the Jr. High Volleyball games last Friday: 1 win out of 3 games. The Jr. High Volleyball Team will play again at Lumen Christi this Friday at 4:00 p.m. Go Knights!
- Students interested in participating in the Spring Track Season 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.
- MONDAY 2/8: HRA held the Upper School Latin Declamation Competition in St. Dominic’s Hall first thing after the Assembly. All of the students in Latin I, II, & III participated in this rhetorical competition. They each chose one of three Latin poems to recite in front of their teachers and peers. We would like to thank the faculty judges, Walters, Mr. Mason, and Mr. Bolin. We commend all of the participants for their poise and effort. All high school students are eligible to participate at the state competition. The high school students listed below will go as our formal representatives:
- 1st place winners: Latin I – Jacob Rogers (10), Latin II – Drew Benton (10), Latin III – Savio Le (9)
- 2nd place winners: Latin I – Grace Woyte (8), Latin II – Jacinta Grandel (9), Latin III – Christopher Knox (9)
- 3rd place winners: Latin I – Elena Biegel (8), Latin II – Mitchell Marquez (7), Latin III – Thomas Beigel (9)
- MONDAY 2/8: Kindergarten P. E. met in the Music Room to accommodate the rescheduled HRA Latin Declamations. Thank you, Mrs. Pearce.
- TUESDAY 2/9: The Lower School students gathered together during lunch for their annual Mardi Gras Brunch. We would like to thank all of the parents who helped us decorate St. Dominic’s Hall, prepare and serve bunch, and clean the hall afterwards: Stevens, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Dixon, Mr. Beaty, Mr. Montague, and Col. & Mrs. Corcoran. Students, parents, and teachers feasted on pancakes, sausage, ham, bacon, and a huge variety of fresh fruit while listening to Zydeco and New Orleans style jazz. Thank you, Mrs. Braunlich for coordinating this wonderful celebration.
- TUESDAY 2/9: Br. Vittorio & Fr. Joseph Mary from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, founded by Fr. Groeschel, visited HRA for the day before leading the St. Benedict’s Confirmation Retreat this weekend. They spoke to the Upper School about their lives as Franciscan Friars during the Theology classes, then joined the Lower School at the Mardi Gras Brunch. Fr. Joseph Mary was kind enough to spend the rest of the afternoon hearing student Confessions. It was a great blessing in preparation for Lent.
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: ASH WEDNESDAY
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: We were all happy to see Miss Neumayr’s return to school after her surgery. She was able to attend the special events of the day and then headed home to rest again after her class. She expressed her deep and sincere thanks to all of the students who wrote her cards and whose families called, wrote, visited, or sent gifts while she was at home recovering. The many prayers comforted her most of all.
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: The High School attended a fascinating assembly with guest speaker, Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph. D., the Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Fr. Tad spoke about the proper Catholic response to the increasing acceptance of the transgender lifestyle in the secular community. We were honored to have high school parents, Mr. McMorrow, Mr. Fouch, and Mrs. Knox, also attend. Fr. Tad’s compassionate and insightful analysis of this disorder engaged and challenged the students to reflect deeply on the Church’s emphasis on the dignity of the human person while recognizing the mental illness that weakens and dis-integrates the person struggling with this issue.
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: Kindergarten P. E. met in the Music Room to accommodate the High School assembly. Thank you, Mrs. Pearce.
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: Fr. Anthony Patalano celebrated the Ash Wednesday Mass for the whole school in St. Dominic’s Hall. The students were very reverent and respectful for this longer liturgy which included the distribution of ashes. Thank you, Fr. Anthony, for helping us to begin the season of Lent with the Holy Mass.
- WEDNESDAY 2/10: For the last ten years, now, the Upper School has observed the fast and abstinence of Ash Wednesday in a special way. The faculty once again provided a meatless soup and bread lunch for the students. Welsh, Miss Forbes, Mrs. Furby, Dr. Walters, and Mrs. Schirda homemade soups while Mr. Bolin served the fresh bread. It was a wonderful time of community that followed very nicely after the other events of the week.
- THURSDAY 2/11: 4th & 5th grades went to the Campbell Creek Science Center for special training in winter survival. We would like to thank the following parent drivers: Koop, Mrs. Pimentel, Mrs. Lederhos, and Ms. Allen. Thank you to their teachers, Mrs. Williams & Miss Evans, and to Mrs. O’Neill for organizing this outing.
- THURSDAY 2/11: We would like to thank Neil Holder and Miss Neumayr for leading the Parent Association Meeting in place of P.A. President, Mrs. Tappel, who was still out of town. Notes from the meeting will be sent home next Friday.
- FRIDAY 2/12: Many of the grades observed the first Friday of Lent by going to the chapel to pray the Stations of the Cross. Ask your children what special things their classes are doing to observe the season of Lent this year.
- FRIDAY 2/12: Upper School Joseph Day: Former HRA teacher, Ali Ann Stromilov joined us to teach Etiquette class to the 7th-12th grades. Miss Neumayr taught the students how to make formal introductions. Mrs. Stramilov taught the students how to set a formal table. The students practiced proper table behavior, the art of conversation, and how to serve and pick up dining utensils/dinnerware in the correct way. We hope to follow this etiquette class with a formal meal later in the semester.
- FRIDAY-SUNDAY: St. Benedict’s parish opened its Confirmation Retreat with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal to all high school youth in the diocese this weekend. Juniors, Eric Bjelland and Anna B attended as a part of their sacramental preparation. Other members of the HRA community supported them at the retreat for their own spiritual edification: Catie (12) & Ciara (10) McMorrow, Jacob Rogers (10), Drew Benton (10), Christopher Knox (9), Peter Anderson (9), Thomas Biegel (9), Miss Neumayr (Principal), Mason (Upper School faculty), and Miss Bluhm (Lower School faculty).
- SATURDAY-SUNDAY 2/13-14: We would like to thank the Metcalf family for representing HRA at the Masses of Sacred Heart parish this weekend on behalf of Miss Neumayr. Additionally, the following families helped assist Miss Neumayr with visits to the Masses at Holy Family Cathedral: the Kinney family at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, former Board Member & benefactor, Gena Columbus at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, HRA parent, Droege at the 9:30 a.m. Mass, the Knox family at the Noon Mass, and the Nunes family at the Spanish Mass. HRA students, James & Alma Kinney, Paul, Jonas, & Therese Knox, and Jacob Nunes all attended Mass in their uniforms to help promote HRA.
THE WEEK TO COME:
- MONDAY 2/15: THERE IS NO SCHOOL in observance of Presidents Day.
- TUESDAY 2/16: Morning Assembly in St. Dominic’s Hall at 8:00 a.m.
- TUESDAY 2/16: Lower School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 2:15 p.m.
- TUESDAY 2/16: The first practice for indoor soccer will be on Tuesday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Stellar Secondary School gym.
- WEDNESDAY 2/17: Indoor soccer practice at the Alaska Club West from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- WEDNESDAY 2/17: There will be an Open House on the evening of Wednesday, February 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. SHARE HOUR OPPORTUNITY: Parents and students are needed to greet prospective families and give campus tours.
- THURSDAY 2/18: Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel at 10:15 a.m.
- THURSDAY 2/18: Kindergarten & 2nd Grade will go on an ice fishing trip.
- THURSDAY 2/18: Indoor soccer conditioning practice in St. Dominic’s Hall from 3:20-4:00 p.m.
- FRIDAY 2/19: Classes will visit the JPII Chapel throughout the day to pray the Stations of the Cross.
- FRIDAY 2/19: Upper School Mary Schedule: 7th-10th grade students will have their final preparations for the HRA Science Fair. Students need to make sure they have their completed project and display on campus in time for their teachers to grade. (NOTE: Some classes have set an earlier date for in-class grading. Be sure to check the exact due date for your child’s class.) 11th & 12th grades will work on their Theses in the afternoon.
- FRIDAY 2/19: Indoor soccer conditioning practice in St. Dominic’s Hall from 3:20-4:00 p.m.
- SATURDAY 2/20: The Board of Trustees will be moving their meeting this month from Thursday to Saturday, 7:00-9:00 a.m. Please contact Miss Neumayr if there is something you would like to bring to the Board’s attention.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS:
- The HRA Science Fair will be held on the morning of Thursday, February 25th in St. Dominic’s Hall. Parents are welcome to visit the science fair and peruse projects between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- 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.
- 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.