Dear HRA Family and Friends,
I’ve just returned from an exciting soccer match in which our Holy Rosary Knights tied with our cross town rival Lumen Christi 2-2! It was a superb game; both teams played with strength and skill. Come out and support our Knights this Monday!
The week began with the attendance of eight of our students at Mrs. Mary Louise Rasmuson’s funeral. Jacob Owens, Lee Cookson, and Patrick Droege served for the mass. Jamie Cookson, Marisa Ramos, Reagan Biegel, Justin Klump and Michael Tappel sang with the Anchorage Choir. Michael Tappel sang a touching French communion meditation in honor of Mrs. Rasmuson’s love for French hymns. The students represented the school well; it was a chance for us to say thank you to Mrs. Rasmuson’s family and let them know how much her generosity means to us. Our Board Member, Mrs. Gena Columbus, gave a moving eulogy extolling Mrs. Rasmuson’s virtues and reminiscing about their long friendship. It was a fine tribute to a life well lived. We will miss you Mrs. Rasmuson, but we will remember your soul in our daily prayers!
The Archbishop’s opening school mass for HRA at Our Lady of Guadalupe was truly a beautiful event. All of our chaplains, Fr. Anthony Patalano and Fr. Augustine of Holy Family Cathedral, and Fr. James Barrand of St. Nicholas of Myra joined us for which the students were most grateful. The Archbishop encouraged the students to follow the example of apologist, St. John Chrysostom, whose feast it was, in order to learn and defend our faith. The choir, led by our new director, senior, Michael Tappel, added angelic sounds to the sacred event. Thank you to all the parents and friends of HRA who joined us.
Grades 3,4, and 5 took a field trip, engineered by fifth grade substitute, Mrs. Lisa Williams. The students went to the Eagle River Nature Center where they had a guide to acquaint them with the natural history of that park and Alaska. For many of the students, this was their first time to this beautiful center. Thank you Mrs. Williams, Miss Theis, and all the parents for taking the children on such a healthy and beautiful science field trip!
The junior and senior high school finished their special Friday schedule with an afternoon of Irish dancing led by Deacon Felix McGuire of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. Deacon Felix had the students dancing an eight person reel by the end of the hour. He promises to return to teach the students the 16 person reel soon. The students kicked up their heels and threw themselves into the new experience. Then, Dr. Mouracade, father of Luke and Will, and philosophy professor at UAA, taught the students about the ethics bowl, an annual logic competition that takes place on the UAA campus. He taught the students the technique and encouraged us to challenge Lumen Christi to a friendly ethics bowl debate. We hope to propose this to LC shortly.
Upcoming events are the following:
1) Mrs. Verbout, substitute for Mrs. Shaut in the afternoons, will be gone on the 17,18,19 of this week. Mrs. Allison Linnear, our former first grade teacher, will take her place in the afternoons. Mrs. Linnear is an experienced and wonderful teacher.
2) After school care will go on this week. Miss Selene Viens (the sixth grade teacher) will supervise on Mondays and Wednesdays. Mrs. Ana Williams, mother of Nicholas and Marianna, has been trained and will supervise after school care on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students are to meet at 3:30 in the kindergarten classroom. Supervision will last until 6 P.M. Mrs. Shaut will return as our regular supervisor as soon as her husband is able to return to teaching. We thank all the parents using this service for their patience as we smooth out this program. Cell phone numbers for both Miss Viens and Mrs. Williams can be retrieved from the front office for interested parents who may need to call during the supervision time after school hours.
3) Mid-quarter grades will be sent home on Wednesday in an envelope with the students. Parents are asked to sign the forms and have their child(ren) return the form by Friday. Accompanying the grades will be a step-by-step explanation of how parents can access their financial information on Sycamore as well as the Lifetouch forms for Picture Day, September 25th. That should give all parents a chance to choose the package they want for their child(ren) as well as take care of haircuts and general sprucing up needs.
4) The junior and senior high school P.E. jackets have arrived. Parents may pay the $57.00 in the office or send a check via their son or daughter in order to receive the jacket. I will pick up the jackets Monday morning from Dooley’s. Thank you, students and parents, for your patience.
5) Miss Verreux will be attending a funeral out of state from September 24 – September 26. Thank you, HRA parents, Mr. and Mrs. Koop, for subbing for Miss Verreux. We are always so grateful for the love and support and talent of our parents!
6) Please keep the Oulette family in your prayers. Mrs. Oulette and her four children survived a house fire and have had to start their lives over. Mrs. Cookson and Mrs. Goorchenko will let you know if there is anything we can do to help this Catholic Eagle River family back onto their feet. Prayers are the most needed at the moment.
7) Share hours are being posted on Sycamore. Parents may scroll down on the left and click on MY SCHOOL. Then click on SERVICE LOGS and your current share hours will pop up. Be sure to fill out your forms and submit them as soon as possible so that we can credit you.
8) Thank you to all the families for avoiding putting peanuts of any sort into the lunches. Our student with severe peanut allergies and her family are most grateful for your kind consideration in this matter. Junior high and high school parents are asked to be especially vigilant about student lunches.
9) The sports teams are excited to start High School Girls Volleyball in late September and 5-8th grade basketball in October. Unfortunately, we are in search of coaches and would welcome any parent volunteers who would like to fulfill their share hours in one fell swoop. Please consider this opportunity or let Miss Neumayr know if you can think of an individual who might help us coach these teams. The students are so excited to play.
Have a blessed week!
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
P.S. The clearance to enjoy P.E. at the Alaska Club West has just been completed. Students will begin P.E. at the Alaska Club beginning this Monday.