Dear HRA Families and Friends,
It has been two weeks since my last missive. During that time much has happened. I am in the midst of assessing the re-enrollment plans of the students for which I thank all you parents for your prompt responses. The returning numbers for the 2014-15 school year look exceptional. Our kindergarten is already quickly filling up. I may potentially need to offer a second class again this coming school year. The first grade has grown so large that the first and second grade will be their own separate classes. Depending on the influx of new students, I may need to separate the third and fourth grade combination class for the coming year as well. Our high school and middle school is growing next year which is most exciting.
Thank you to all those who have encouraged other families to consider our school. Know that if a family cites you as their source for looking at the school, we discount your tuition by $250.00! It is very hopeful that we will have the same number of students with the distinct possibility that we will grow next year. I am excited at the prospect but intend to grow slowly and surely rather than encourage growth that is too much too soon. I intend to maintain the fine quality and standards you have enjoyed this year and simply continue to inspire my faculty to even greater heights in terms of their guidance of your children!
In March and already in April, I have many congratulations to offer. The students continue to distinguish themselves. Our alumni are also flourishing and sharing with me their successes. It is my privilege to share the good news with you:
- Mr. Patrick Klump (alumni) – Passed his Nursing Boards! Bravo!
- Mr. Kevin Klump (alumni) will graduate from the minor seminary, St. John Vianney, and continue on in the major seminary at the University of St. Thomas. Bless you in your continued road to the priesthood, Kevin!
- Miss Megan Woods (alumna) – Graduates from Eastern Washington with a B.S. in Biology where she attends on scholarship and also completes the Honors Program this spring. She has already been accepted into Simon Frasier University in Vancouver B.C. to pursue a higher degree in Public Health. We are so very proud of you, Megan!
- Miss Cierra Houchins (alumna) graduates from the University of Dallas this spring. She has just finished and is in the process of publishing a children’s book which she began in Mrs. Schirda’s class years ago. It is the story of her rides home from HRA in the family’s big green van. Her father has illustrated the book. I am in the process of ordering the book and will have it proudly displayed in the office soon.
- Miss Jamie Cookson (alumna) – has declared an English major with minors in General Business and Philosophy at Gonzaga University! She is flourishing in her classes. Continue the great work, Jamie!
- Mr. Michael Tappel (alumni) – who is a freshman at Yale University is a member of the 100 year old group, The Spizzwinks, and has just finished a trip to New Zealand to sing. He will travel through Europe in the month of May with the same group. Bring back lots of memories to share, Michael!
- Michael Lucas (8th Grade) – Michael participated in the National Wrestling Championship Tournament in Virginia Beach this past weekend. Michael defeated all of his opponents from around the entire country and is the National Champion in Wrestling in his age and weight category. We are so very proud of you, Michael!
- Forrest and Sophia Rose both participated in the State Science Fair and brought home first place gold medals for their respective science projects. Bravo to both of you! Thank you for representing HRA so well!
- The Junior High Indoor Soccer Team led by Coach Lee Cookson, a junior in the high school, and Coach Mary Tappel, a freshman in the high school, won second place in the final tournament of the season. Bravo to the entire team. Come in and enjoy their trophy on display in the school office!
- Justin Klump – Our one and only senior has decided to attend him parents’ alma mater, Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas in the fall. Bravo and congratulations to you, Justin!
Cardinal Dolan Visited with the HRA/Lumen Christi High School Students
The entire high school had the privilege of meeting the Cardinal from New York, Timothy Dolan, two weeks ago. He is a tall, large, warm, hugging machine! He literally and figuratively embraced all of us and complimented the students on their schools and their commitment to Catholic education. He shared his own vocation story and encouraged the students on in their faith. The visit was an historic one for which the students were excited and grateful. I was delighted to see five of the HRA students attend his evening talk at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish where he spoke to a crowd of 700 about the three great challenges Pope Francis faces. He shared that the restoring of the primacy of Marriage and Family, Improving the Lustre and Restoring the Credibility of the Church, and Engaging the Secular Culture were the three particular areas that the Pope has made the focus of his papacy. It was an excellent talk and a privilege to meet this great Cardinal!
During the week, the seminarians from St. Paul’s Seminary in Minneapolis returned for a priest retreat with the Cardinal. My dear friend and seminarian, Mr. Arthur Roraff, will be ordained to the diaconate on June 6th at the Cathedral. All of the seminarians (Rob Whitney, Arthur Roraff, Kevin Klump) are dear friends of HRA and speak fondly of the days when they will be able to come over and say mass for our students in our John Paul II chapel. I long for those days already!
On the Feast of the Anunciation, Fr. Paul Raftery O.P. said the Dominican Rite mass on campus in St. Dominic’s Hall. This anciet rite is one of the oldest forms of the mass. Said completely in Latin, this rite is a quiet mass that allows the students to pray and listen to God in the silence. The mass was accompanied by an outstanding ensemble of singers whose chant and song were positively heavenly. Thank you to our earthly angels, Mrs. Colleen Carter-Duncan, Mr. Gavin Duncan, Dr. Laura Walters, Miss Arianna Fouch, and Mr. Mario Bird for lending their exquisite voices to this holy feast! The students were attentive and prayerful throughout. It was a mass fit for the King of King, Lord of Lords! Thank you, Fr. Paul Raftery O.P.!
Many apologies for the state of the parking lot. The mountain of snow is slowly melting much to my delight. It is, however, causing ice slicks at important arteries of the lot. I am trying to put down gravel to steady the walkways. Further, Miss Brittain and other helpful hands are laying down ice melt at shaded turns on the pathways of school. Watch your step and tread carefully for a few more weeks. Thank you to the O’Hanley family for bringing us gravel to put down! Help yourself to the bags close to the fence in the parking lot if you should need to put down gravel for safety.
Congratulations to all the students from kindergarten to grade 12 for the wonderful presentations you afforded your parents and the faculty last week. They were the best that I have witnessed in my twelve years at the school!
Best of luck to the juniors and seniors who will be giving their theses presentations on Thursday and Friday of this coming week. All parents and friends are welcome to join us to encourage the juniors and seniors as they present their philosophical papers and defend them. While the Juniors will defend their papers to the faculty and students, the seniors will have a panel made up this year of Fr. Augustine Highlander, Dr. Laura Walters, and Mr. Mario Bird before whom they will defend their paper. Thank you, Juniors and Seniors for all the long hours and meetings with your faculty advisors and your Composition 11/12 teacher, Mr. Welsh. This is a stressful time, but your rhetorical confidence will soar after you surmount this hurdle!
April 7, 2014 – The Parent Association Meeting will be held in the Kolbe Lobby. It will last from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. Babysitting will be provided. The agenda for the evening was sent home with your child on Friday. Be sure to ask for it from your child if it has not been passed along.
Junior/Senior Theses Presentations:
Thursday, April 10 – Juniors, Karina Biegel, Jessica Smith, and Anne-Marie Droege will present their theses from 1-3 P.M. in St. Dominic’s Hall.
Friday, April 11th – Juniors, Anna Jemmings, Victoria Zipay, and Lee Cookson will present their theses from 1-3 P.M. in St. Dominic’s Hall.
Friday, April 11th – Senior, Justin Klump and graduating Junior, Jacob Owens will present before a panel from 6-8 P.M. in St. Dominic’s Hall.
I am looking forward to our Open House on April 23rd from 6-9 P.M. with great anticipation! I ask parents and friends to spread the word and invite interested families to attend. Further, I have asked the students to come in uniform to give tours of the campus and welcome the interested families. Parents, too, are most welcome to come that evening to stand in Kolbe during the reception of the families and introduce them to your experience of the school. The evening is always a lovely one. Your attendance is greatly appreciated and your attendance certainly includes share hours. The entire faculty will be in attendance as well. The teachers have pledged to keep it a low to no homework evening!
Be sure to add the first annual Festival of Poetry and Song on the evening of May 1st at St. Patrick’s parish hall to your calendar. The event will begin at 7 P.M followed by a light reception. The music and poetry recitations along with a brief but lovely May Day Procession to crown Our Lady should be a memory for the ages. One young man in the high school told his mother the other day after music practice, “The music was so beautiful I nearly cried!.” Be sure to join us for this lovely evening.
Well, that is all for the evening. Have a blessed upcoming week. May your Lent continue to be a renewal in mind, body, and spirit as you await our Risen Lord.
Miss Catherine Neumay, Principal
P.S. I will let you know when the BBC show is available to be viewed as soon as I receive word!