Dear HRA Family and Friends,
Today we held our annual Raffle drawing. It is our second largest fundraising effort of the year. It looks like we have had an excellent fundraiser this year. I look forward to sharing the final figures with you next week. In the meantime, the winners are:
$10,000.00 – Mr. Matt Smith of Post Falls, Idaho – winning ticket sold by the Jansen family
$1,000 or a full tuition – Ms. Meredith Weitz – winning ticket also sold by the Jansen family
$500.00 – Mr. Ray Booker – winning ticket sold by the Cook family
* All the winners have been informed. Ms. Weitz has not determined which of the prizes she wants to choose yet.
We thank all of the parents, staff, and Board members in attendance for helping to make the “spaghetti feed” raffle drawing such a delicious and wonderful event ! In particular, I thank Mr. Fleming, Board Member and Master of Ceremonies, for helping to coordinate this event and for having the Our Lady of Guadalupe Knights of Columbus help sell tickets with and for us! Thank you to Business Manager, Danielle DiCiero, and Office Manager, Jordan Brittain, for all the coordination and work they put into this enjoyable event. Thank you to senior, Justin Klump, highest ticket seller, ninth grader, Evangeline Dooc, and second grader, Paul Knox, for choosing the tickets out of the bin and to all the wonderful parents – chief chef, Mr. Yabyabin and helpers, Mrs. Knox, Mr. Foster, Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Bjelland, Erin Furby, and student, Sang Nguyen for serving up the meal to the student body! Looking forward to next year already!
We’ve had a wonderful week of celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Thank you to Fr. Augustine O.P. for coming to our Monday Assembly to begin the week with a special blessing. Thank you to Fr. Augustine also for saying our All School Mass on Tuesday honoring one of our patron saints, St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of Catholic schools and scholars. We further celebrated by serving up doughnuts as a special treat for the students. Wednesday, the kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school with all kinds of fun activities including finding 100 candy kisses hidden all around the classroom and wearing homemade creative hats on their heads! I loved stopping in and being spoiled with a cupcake that said “100” on it. In fact, the Harris family had made 100 cupcakes which the kindergartners enjoyed eating and sharing with the elementary classes. Thanks to kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Verbout and Mrs. Shaut for their creativity and the splendid day they afforded their excited kindergartners!
Then, we all drove to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish to enjoy a special mass put on for the four Catholic Schools in the Anchorage Diocese. We celebrated mass alongside Lumen Christi High School, SEAS, and Our Lady of the Valley! Thank you to Fr. Tom Lilly, Fr. Anthony Patalano O.P, Fr. Andrew Lee, Fr. Patrick Brosamer, and Fr. Leo Walsh for representing the schools and offering a beautiful mass for all of us. Many thanks to Camille Rzeszut and all the mothers at SEAS for coordinating the mass and the reception. Thanks also to junior, Karina Biegel, for reading the second reading, Giselle Rachels, for reading some of the petitions, and Gabriel Zipay, and Elena Biegel for bringing up the gifts. Thank you to Mr. Welsh for capturing photos for the school! Thank you to Board member, Mrs. Gena Columbus, for joining us at the mass. It was a wonderful event to mark the excellent progress of our Catholic School System.
Today, Friday, was the Feast of Don Bosco, another important saint for our school as he was an educator and loved children. We have named our High School building, the Bosco Building in his honor. What a celebration and a feast we enjoyed today. Originally, we were scheduled to go sledding at Kincaid Park, but the icy conditions deterred us. Instead, we included all the students in our raffle and spaghetti feed and then sent off the elementary to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of good ol’ fashioned board games and friendship. Thank you to the elementary teachers for coordinating the afternoon activities. Thanks to Mrs. Pearce for continuing art classes. Finally, a special thank you goes to Mrs. Erin Furby for teaching some nice waltz and swing steps to the fifth and sixth graders in an impromptu dance lesson. Bless you, Mrs. Furby. The students loved it.
Recognition goes also to the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of HRA, Mr. John Haggard and Miss Jordan Brittain. Mr. Haggard and Miss Brittain demonstrated and taught grades 7-12 the waltz and the swing for two hours on Friday afternoon. I came in to smiles and dancing children everywhere. It was amazing to see how quickly and how well the students picked up the dancing and began to look first rate. I look forward to seeing the students bring their new talents to the Valentine’s Dance scheduled for February 14th.
I want to take a moment to congratulate Mr. Jacob Owens, our graduating Junior, who was recognized for his Eagle Scout project and completion of the Boy Scout program. Jacob enjoyed a celebratory dinner with his troop and many friends and admirers who spoke about what an “articulate, kind, and hard working” man he had become. His mother spoke eloquently about his accomplishment and how proud she and her husband are of his work ethic. I was privileged to attend the dinner and witness the admiration all in attendance had for Jacob’s Eagle Scout accomplishment. We are so very proud of you, Jacob. The values and skills you have gained from this program will stand you in good stead throughout your life.
Finally, senior, Justin Klump, was accepted into the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton chapter of the Knights of Columbus this past Thursday. Bravo to you, Justin! May you remain an active member throughout your lifetime. The outstanding men who belong and the holy work they do will be a holy anchor for you along your own spiritual path.
Our fifth grade through eighth graders volleyball team had their first game tonight. I look forward to telling you the results.
Mid-quarter grades will be sent home on Friday, February 7th.
I wish you all a blessed weekend and a delightful upcoming week. Please stop and say hello if you are at SEAS and see me at the table marketing the school after all of the masses.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal