Dear HRA Family and Friends,
October is Mary’s month in that we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary and dedicate the month of prayer to honoring the dignity of every human person from conception to natural death. In honor of this, I encourage all to attend the extraordinary form of the mass this Sunday, October 7th at 9:30 at Holy Family Cathedral where the Dominicans will honor Our Lady and the rosary prayer in a special way. October 7th is indeed a day that all HRA students, faculty, and staff give thanks for the blessings Our Lady has showered on us to keep our doors open and continue to pass on an authentic Catholic, classical education to the future generations! Be sure to stop by the high school building to see that we have hung a large, beautiful ivory-colored rosary made in Italy and given to us by our new Business Manager, Miss Marisa Shanstrom. Thank you to Miss Shanstrom!
To that end, I invite all of our families and friends to consider spending some time down at Lake Otis and Tutor testifying to the dignity of the innocent child in the womb with Forty Days for Life. Our upper school spent a soggy, grace-filled afternoon praying the rosary and holding up signs reminding drivers and passers-by of God’s most vulnerable and sublime creation: a child made in His Image and Likeness. Further, please consider attending the Alaska Right to Life dinner this Thursday, October 11th at Change Point. The dinner is free but donations are welcome. Finally, pray each day for an end to abortion; a life each moment depends upon it!
HRA is overjoyed to welcome two new students to our school this week. Miss Giovanna Mercurio joins the third grade and Mr. Gabriel Zipay joins the fifth grade. Welcome to them and to their families!
Pizza lunch began this week with the assistance of wonderful parents, Mrs. Jennifer Dooc and Mrs. Pam Bjelland! The pizza orders for next week need to be submitted by Wednesday. Students are to bring in money orders to their teachers in the elementary school and to their homeroom teachers in the upper school. Cost is $3.50 for two slices and a healthy snack and $5.00 for three slices and a healthy snack. Currently the pizzas are coming from Costco. This provides a nice “hot lunch” special event once a week. Profits go to the Parent Association fund for school supplies and to the senior class for the annual school prom.
Special accolades go to senior, Marisa Ramos, whose remarks in the Catholic Anchor on seeking a religious vocation with the Nashville Dominicans were picked up by the national newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor, and reprinted. Bravo to you Marisa.
The Holy Rosary Academy Knights are mobilizing this week to begin basketball competition (5th-8th graders) and girls high school volleyball. Practices are led by our new coaches (both P.E. majors from U.A.A) Mr. Grayson Muotka (BB) and Miss Briana McLaughlin (VB). Special thanks go to junior Rilee Geiermann and Lumen Christi junior, Jessica Robertson, for running excellent opening practices for the team this week. Thank you also to Mr. Ramos for driving and being the adult supervisor for the teams as well as Mr. Lucas for assisting with the VB team this week. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated parents and friends of the school. As always, our volunteer Athletic Director, Mrs. Maureen Klump, is behind all the coordination, hiring, and driving of all of our sports. Our continued prayers and thanks can never be overstated! Bless you, Maureen!
A final congratulations go to our talented soccer team who enjoyed their team party at the Zipay home this Friday. Thank you to their outstanding coach, Mr. Grant Kinney, who led them with a sure and steady hand. The students had a wonderful season thanks in large part to the support of their parents many of whom helped with rides, snacks,and chaperoning duties. The camaraderie, competitiveness, and good sportsmanship displayed during the season made me, their principal, so proud of them.
All classrooms have been given earthquake packets comprised of snacks and water put together by Mrs. Maureen Klump and subsidized by the Parent Association so that we are prepared for any emergency disasters. Further, the fire drill format and exit procedures have been reviewed with the faculty. New procedures for secondary exit points and revised procedure booklets are being completed this upcoming week. I plan to supply revised Fire, Earthquake, and Lock Down procedures for the teachers and staff and publish them for the parents in the next two weeks. Drills in all three areas will begin on a monthly basis. Some will be announced and others unannounced to insure that we habitually know how to proceed.
Our senior Eagle Scout, Reagan Biegel, has completed the new fence to protect the K-2 recess playground and painted the side walls on St. Dominic’s Hall. All looks beautiful. The fence height truly gives the school the privacy and protection we desired. The lateness of the fall season may preclude us from painting the new fence but it will certainly be done in the spring. Thank you Reagan (fellow Eagle Scouts, Jacob Owens and Lee Cookson, his sister Karina, and his steadfast and supportive parents, Glenn and Christina Biegel)!
A special recognition of thanks goes to alumnus, Mr. Corie Geiermann, who devoted his Saturday to replacing light bulbs and ballasts to all the rooms in the Kolbe building. Thank you for brightening my Saturday with your helpful companionship and for lighting up the classrooms as the darkness approaches.
As always, I cannot leave out the parents of alumna, Michelle Tobia, who came to do the final weeding in preparation for the winter and to help me hang up our new rosary. Bless you both, Mr. and Mrs. Tobia.
– Columbus Day is observed. No school on Monday.
– The auction, our most important fundraiser, is fast approaching. Please help us sell seats and tables so that we can fill the room with a happy and generous crowd. Call or come in and sign up with our Office Manager, Miss DiCiero who has a master list and can place you at a table with friends or fellow HRA parents with whom you might like to sit. It is one of our most fun evenings of the year! Join us and invite your friends to attend. Be sure to decide what your participation in the auction responsibility will be if it must be completed for your discounted tuition.
– HRA is excited to share that we are able to afford some fire safety updates to some of our oldest buildings. There will be some work going on in front of the St. Bernadette building for which we will carefully determine student play safety as the work proceeds. We are confident that there will be little interruption to the school campus and community. The updates and safeguards allow us to know that we are maintaining the optimum safety for our students, faculty, staff, and boarders. We are so grateful to God to have the means to do this vital work in a timely and efficient manner.
– High School mass is on Tuesday and Elementary mass is on Thursday in the chapel.
– High school students with parent permission will go to Forty Days for Life prayer for an hour and work on auction items on Friday, October 12th for the special schedule afternoon.
Have a blessed week.
Miss Neumayr, Principal