Dear HRA Families and Friends,
What a glorious week of weather we have enjoyed! The sun and the warmth have enlivened the campus and the students are like bees bursting with energy and a desire to run outdoors. We have given in many times this week, yet the work accomplished has been encouraging. The students continue to grow and learn and bring the faculty and staff great joy!
Last Saturday, I had the great privilege of attending three First Holy Communion Masses to witness the reception of the Real Presence by five of our current students. This is such a significant moment in the lives of all Catholics. The reception of Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity is pinnacle of our earthly existence and our source of life and grace! I witnessed Isabel Jones (3rd Grade) receive at Holy Family Cathedral in the morning. Then I went to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church to watch Tina Nguyen (3rd grade), Earthen Le (2nd grade), and Savio Le (7th grade) recieve. (Gregory Biegel, younger brother of Thomas, Julianna, and Karina also received. Then I raced over to St. Patrick’s to witness Stephen Hart’s First Communion! It was a day filled with grace for me to see our HRA students continue on in the faith.
Many of our older students received their last Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation. I was able to pace myself to one an evening. On Monday, Sarah Lucas (10th grade) from St. Patrick’s Parish was Confirmed. Then my own St. Benedict’s class was confirmed. In it were Jacob Owens (11th grade) and Anne-Marie Droege (11th Grade) They were confirmed along with eleventh grader Karina Biegel (from SEAS Parish). It was a joint confirmation with St. Benedict’s and SEAS and was a well attended joyful event. Finally, I ventured out to St. Andrew’s Parish in Eagle Rive to watch Lee (Athanasius) Cookson be confirmed. The most wonderful was for me to see so many of these students’ classmates come out in the evening to support their classmates in this important step in their faith. Thank you HRA students for supporting the Sacraments! We look forward to congratulating Arianna Fouch (10th grade) who will be confirmed this coming Wednesday, May 14th at Holy Family Cathedral.
THE YEARBOOK IS HERE AND ON SALE!! Be sure to bring in a check for $55.00 to secure a book. The Yearbooks will not be handed out until Friday, May 16th. You may pay Mr. Welsh or bring a check to the office. I have seen the book and it is simply beautiful. Every grade will be so pleased. First come, first serve. Don’t wait!
The high school girls track team returned with a first place trophy this week! Sarah Lucas won first place in all five events she entered. The girls relay team won first as well. Monica Klump, Heather Siebs, and Evangeline Dooc also placed in their respective rounds as well as winning the relay with Sarah. Bravo to all you women for representing HRA so well. We are very proud of you!
The week of classes was steady and the elementary did a terrific job of staying focused for their SCANTRON testing. We look forward to sharing with you their progress over the year. Nearly all of the students have made significant increases. I know the elementary teachers are very pleased. Next week, the junior high students will also take the SCANTRON testing in Reading, Language Arts, and Math. I look forward to sending those results home to parents as well.
Thank you to Fr. Patrick Brosamer for saying the last elementary mass in the chapel this week! We are so grateful for your faithful help this year, Fr. Patrick! Thank you also to Fr. Augustine Highlander for coming on your day off to say mass for the Upper School. You inspire us to spiritual heights with your wisdom and self-sacrifice! Bless you both, dear priests.
I apologize to the students of Mr. Haggard. He missed two days this week and will miss at least two more next week due to dental surgery. I know that he is sorry to have to disrupt his classes and desert his students in these last few weeks of school. We hope to have him back by midweek. Mrs. Lisa Williams will take his classes.
Mrs. Shaut has twenty live chicks soon to be hatched in her kindergarten classroom. Much to the delight of her students, she can shine a light into the egg and see if the chick is growing. The last day of school should be filled with lots of peeping! Stop by and see the eggs this week. The kindergarteners will be able to tell you all about them!
I enjoyed the annual Charity Walk this Friday, May 9th. It was the most delicious walk around downtown I have taken to date! Thanks to all the families and students and faculty who joined us this year. I hope to talk the whole school into going next year. It is too much fun and such a great fundraiser. Thank you to the Parent Association for all the advertising and sign-ups in preparation for this great event!
The Rabbit amd Cavy show took place in St. Dominic’s this weekend. On Saturday afternoon the room was filled with stunningly beautiful award winning rabbits and their owners. There were games, a bake sale, and a silent auction to make the day a great success. It was put on by the Alaska Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Club. What a nice group of people. It was a delight to host them. Next time you see it on the school calendar, load up the kids and come on over to view and hold these gorgeous creatures.!
Finally, the faculty and staff would like to issue two thank yous for the Teacher Appreciation treats we enjoyed this week. Thank you to the Parent Association for giving all of use coffee cards and a Payday candy bar on Monday. Thank you to Mrs. Karin Owens for writing such kind cards and remembering us. (Thank you also for remembering my Office Staff and me on our special days the previous week. The flower bouquets were just beautiful, Mrs. Owens!) Thank you also to father of second grader, Tadeo, Mr. Yabyabin for making a delicious fried chicken and all the sides lunch on Friday in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week! The teachers ate as much as they could and there are still leftovers for Monday! God bless you, Mr. Yabyabin!
- Assembly Monday, May 12th 8 A.M. in the Kolbe Building
- The Kindergaten will have a Bear-themes week of activities. They must bring a bear from home. You won’t believe the fabulous games and projects the kindergartener teachers have planned. Each activity will affirm basic concepts and accomplishments the students have made this year. Bravo Mrs. Verbout and Shaut!
- Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the junior high classes will take the SCANTRON test.
- All school Dominican Rite mass in St. Dominic’s on Tuesday, May 13th at 10:15. Fr. Paul Raftery will say his last mass for us before leaving to return to Thomas Aquinas College in the fall. All are welcome.
- Wednesday, May 14th will be the First Annual Sports Banquet. We will honor all of the sports teams of the year. The coaches will be there. Dinner will be served and awards following. Parents and students are encouraged to join us in St. Dominic’s at 6 P.M. Mr. Cookson is barbecuing hamburgers and hot dogs. Yum!
- Thursday and Friday the seniors (Justin Klump and super junior, Jacob Owens) will take their finals in the library.
- Friday – the Upper School students have a Joseph Day and will study for their first and second finals that afternoon.
- REMEMBER THAT THE FINAL WEEK OF SCHOOL IS QUITE BUSY.
- The High School will have final exams. Monday (periods 1,2); Tuesday (periods 3,4); Wednesday (periods 5,6)
- The Elementary students will take their Core Knowledge exams (to see what they have retained from the year).
- The Baccalaureate mass on Tuesday, May 20th is open to all at 6 P.M. at St. Nicholas of Myra. The reception following is by invitation only.
- The Graduation is held at Our Lady of Guadalupe on Wednesday, May 21st. The mass begins at 1:00 P.M. followed by a reception at 2:15. Grades K-11 will be dismissed at 3:30 P.M. from OLOG. Parents are encouarged to help us drive over and to join us for this special event. Please be sure to plan to pick up your child at OLOG!
- Thursday, May 22nd is Field Day for the Elementary. Lots of parents are needed to help. The students will be transported to Our Lady of Guadalupe where Mrs. Pearce coordinates a series of fun and competitive events. The students bring their lunch and enjoy a picnic. It is a fun day for everyone!
- Thursday, May 22nd is Field Trip Day for the Upper School (7-12). I have sent home permission slips and a description of the trip to Seward this year. I have rented professional (beautiful) buses for the students to enjoy the full day of events from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. Be sure to ask your child if you have not seen the permission slip and itinerary yet.
- Friday – the last day of school the students may sign yearbooks and clean their lockers in the morning. The Academic Awards Ceremony begins at 10 A.M. and all parents are encouraged to attend. There will be an eighth grade, sixth grade, and kindergarten graduation to enjoy! I am so proud of our students and all they have accomplished this year! After the Awards Ceremony we will have a potluck lunch and leave by NOON.
- Summer begins on May 24th. God bless and keep all of you safe. Come by and say hi whenever you want.