Dear HRA Family and Friends,
Pope Benedict the XVI declared the opening of the “The Year of Faith” this Thursday, October 11th. How appropriate and timely! Sometimes we feel the political and social ground beneath us up-heaving, and wonder what is in store for the future. It is those times that we must remember and have faith in the certitude that the battle against evil has been fought and won. It is our task to be faithful to the Source of that victory; Jesus Christ.
HRA is very proud of our seniors, Jamie Cookson, Natalie Chennault, Reagan Biegel, and Michael Tappel who took their SAT exams last Saturday after weeks of reviewing and preparing. We wish you well as you prepare your college applications seniors!
Serious preparation for The Taming of the Shrew to be performed by the high school in January began this past weekend. Students gave up part of their free day on Monday to begin blocking Act I. Thank you to Mrs. Furby for inspiring these students to such a challenge!
The week was another fine one. Monday began nicely with a day off. Tuesday, the students came back ready to study. The elementary classes are running so smoothly and harmoniously that sometimes I forget they are in the building. Then I hear a burst of laughter after a Mr. Shaut joke or beautiful singing of the Alaska song in Miss Verreux’s class and realize what incredible personal attention and love the elementary school students enjoy daily. Thank you to Miss Theis who took her 3/4 combination class to visit St. Nicholas of Myra to learn iconography. They have been studying the differences between the Eastern and Western Catholic Churches and were excited for Fr. James Barrand to teach them more.
High School too enjoys a cocoon of love and care from their devoted teachers. The spirited discussion of the definition of “freedom” in Apologetic’s s class or the intricate discussions of the Trinity in the junior high theology class, testifies to the high level of logical thinking that goes on each day in the classrooms. The ability to argue, in the best sense of the word, with their teachers, reminds our students of the profound respect they receive from their teachers. In turn, it is heartening for the teachers to hear the students at the end of their classes thank them for the class. Over the last few years this has spontaneously happened among the students; they authentically give thanks for the intellectual nourishment they have received. Thank you to Our Lady for being our model and our guide in building a truly harmonious place in which the students may grow in virtue and wisdom.
The auction committee is so very excited about the upcoming auction. As we celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the beginning of HRA on October 27th, we invite as many of you families and friends of the school to consider attending this wonderful night. We have more items than we know what to do with as well as student-created auction items that will be on sale and be sure to inspire even the “Scroogiest” among us to pay top dollar. The students are abuzz with excitement as they work hard on the projects they have chosen. I’ve seen their work and their items are beautiful. You won’t want to miss bidding on them! Be sure to sign up in the office and choose your table friends!
Thank you one and all for a lovely week!
- Monday Assembly – parents are always welcome to join
- Tuesday mass for the elementary school with special guest, former chaplain, Fr. Fisher
- Wednesday, PSAT exams are given to the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades in the morning. Seniors are privileged to come to school at 12:30 P.M. Enjoy the extra sleep!
- Thursday the K-2 grades will attend the Alaska Theatre of Youth production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at the PAC. Thank you to ATY for the free tickets and to Mrs. Shaut for coordinating the field trip!
- Friday the junior high and high school will have community service for the special A and special B afternoon schedule. Students will go to Serendipity House for Alzheimer’s and Early Dementia; Bean’s Cafe, F.I.S.H., St. Francis Shelter, Our Lady of Guadalupe (to clean and bake cakes for the Anchorage seminarians), and stewardship of the chapel and grounds of HRA.
- Friday, October 19th is the end of the quarter. Report cards, share hours, and invoices will be sent home in a sealed envelope for the parents. Please sign the report card and have your child return it by the following Tuesday. Be sure to update your share hours next to the Kolbe bulletin board by Thursday of next week.
Parents whose children are in high school may be interested in attending the College Fair and Workshops at the Den’aina Center next Sunday, October 21st. 600 institutions will be represented from 3-7 P.M. The workshops will be 45 minute presentations on Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarships from 2-5 P.M. The juniors and the seniors will attend the College Fair on Monday, October 22nd with Miss Neumayr and Miss Syren.
Sign-ups for high school “Don Rags” and elementary Parent Conferences will go up on Monday, October 15th. Be sure to schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher(s).
Mr. Matt Unger, our licensed contractor, will be on campus next week to work on fire inspection updates for the school year. If you see a tall, older gentleman wielding some tools and a big smile, you will have met Mr. Unger. We welcome him and thank him for helping us to prepare the buildings for the winter.
After School Care will move to the library in Kolbe from now on. Mrs. Shaut will no longer be running the program. Mrs. Ana Williams, mother of Nicholas and Mariana, who has been substituting for the last five weeks, will be in charge of the program. Parents are asked to pick up their children at the library. You may knock on the door or window of the library after 4 P.M. as the front door will be locked. The library affords quick and safe access to the adjacent playground. Thank you to the After School Parents for your flexibility as we make adjustments to the program.
Have a blessed week, dear friends.