Dear HRA Family and Friends,
As I drove home from adoration Friday evening with large snow flakes landing on my window, I once again contemplated why I, a California girl, lived in Alaska. But, when I awakened to blue skies and snow covered mountains, I remembered; Alaska is simply beautiful in winter.
Another whirlwind week has come and gone and many noteworthy events have transpired. First of all, the new Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Mr. Les Kramer, came to join us for the Monday Assembly. He walked around with me afterwards and marveled at the students beautiful singing voices, their uniforms, and their piety. He loved the campus.
Congratulations to the seniors who are off to a great start fundraising for prom at the end of the year. Michael Tappel, Jamie Cookson, Natalie Chennault, Reagan Biegel, and Marisa Ramos hosted the junior high and high school for an evening “bonfire” and games on the school campus last Saturday. The students and their chaperones, Mr. Welsh and Mr. Bolin, enjoyed the whole event very much!
LifeTouch came to take individual photographs of the faculty and students. LifeTouch will return October 30th to do retakes and take class and faculty group photographs. Reminders will be sent home. The photographer sent me a thank you note and wrote, “Your kids were really kind and beautiful! Thank you!” I second her observation.
Congratulations to the students who comprised our one-day-a-year Cross Country Team. For the second year in a row, the HRA Knights came home with a two foot high trophy declaring them the Alaska Christian Schools first place team. The Anchorage Daily News reported their victory. Bravo to first place winners, Justin Klump, Monica Klump, Mary Tappel, Luke Mouracade, and second place winner, Anne-Marie Droege. Third place winner, Giselle Lee, and fourth place winners Patrick Droege and Sang Nguyen helped boost the scores. Bravo to Will Mouracade for valiantly racing as well. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort put forth by all our one-a-day runners!
Another exciting event was the victory our soccer team enjoyed against our only Catholic school competition, Lumen Christi High School. Our athletes defeated LCHS 6-1 for the first time in our historic meetings. Later in the week, the soccer team played an incredible game in which neither team scored. The defense particularly by the indomitable defender, junior, Justin Klump, was outstanding. Bravo to Matthew Lastimoso for stepping in as goalee for the injured Jacob Owens. Our soccer team just returned from a weekend tournament in which we struggled with injuries. Though we did not place in the tournament, the heart with which this fine team of HRA soccer players have played, makes them winners in my eyes. Bravo for a fine season, Knights! Thank you to team mom, Mrs. Lisa Cookson for chaperoning the trip to Kenai.
The auction, HRA’s largest fundraiser of the year, is coming up on October 27th. If you plan to attend, you may sign up at a table with your friends. Simply come into the front office and meet with Miss DiCiero who will coordinate the tables for you. Please encourage potential donors and friends to attend this great event! Be sure that you have decided how you want to fulfill your obligation (tickets for a table, procuring items, donations etc…) Thank you to Mrs. Jacki Rose, Mrs. Krissy Johannes, Mrs. Rosa Salazar, and Mrs. Ann Neavill for all their hard work coordinating this enjoyable evening!
We have a new basketball coach, Mr. Greyson Muotka (Finnish last name!) who will begin the season with grades 5-8 boys and girls of HRA. Forms went home this Friday and practice begins on Monday. Mr. Luis Ramos and Mrs. Maureen Klump will help with transportation. The new coach is a former basketball player for Service High School and currently a Physical Education major at U.A.A. He came in to meet with me and go through all of his certification and background check. He is a fine young man who looks forward to encouraging the team to strive for excellence! Game times will be posted on the online calendar as soon as I receive the schedule. If your son or daughter is interested, he or she may still sign up.
Thank you to Mr. Jason Fouch for coming in to teach the junior high students to make rosaries for the auction. I was amazed at how quickly and beautifully the girls AND the boys responded to his teaching. Thank you also to Mr. and Mrs. Koop and Mrs. Zipay for teaching the first and second grade while Miss Verreux was away. The students enjoyed this special time and particularly appreciated Mr. Drew Koop’s suspenders!
Mrs. Pearce is in need of artistic parents to fulfill auction hours by helping her to spray paint flowers for the centerpieces and make baskets for the auction. Please call the school and leave a message for her if you are interested.
As the days become chillier, please be sure to send the proper clothing for outdoor play with the children. Unfortunately, the students may not enjoy going out for recess if they do not have the necessary clothing.
HRA is in desperate need of a one-day-a-week maintenance man who can come in for an hour or two to help with basic upkeep of the school. We have light bulbs and ballasts to be replaced as well as other odd jobs to keep the school running smoothly. If you know of someone who might be available or wish to offer your own services, please call the business manager, Mrs. Marisa Shanstrom, for more details. We need a friend of St. Joseph to lend his skills. Remember that handyman hours go towards fulfilling share hours as well.
Next week is a pretty steady week of classes. There are no major events schedule for the week other than our masses on Tuesday and Thursday. We do have a three day weekend next weekend as we celebrate Columbus Day. Perhaps you and your family can spend some wonderful time together. Holy Family Cathedral is having a special mass at 9:30 for the feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7th. 40 Days for Life is also going on if you wish to take your family to pray and give witness to the indispensable lives of babies and mothers. Please consider joining this fine effort on the sidewalks near the intersection of Lake Otis and Tutor. Many of your parishes have sign-up times available.
Have a blessed week.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
P.S. Stay tuned for pizza days. Mrs. Dooc and Mrs. Bjelland will be taking orders and delivering pizza lunches on Friday. More news soon.