Here are some preliminary notes and reminders before the summary of the week behind and the week ahead:
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
- Be sure to re-enroll your child for the 2018-19 school year, if you have not already done so. – ENROLLMENT DEADLINES:
- The deadline for Financial Assistance Applications is Tuesday, May 15th.
- Preference for returning students will also end on Tuesday, May 15th. After this date, we cannot give priority to returning students over new students who apply.
- Please pray for Mr. Drew Koop (Upper School parent) this week as he faces more treatment for the cancer that has aggressively returned after his last round of therapy.
- Part-Time Night Care for Fr. Fisher, retired Catholic Priest. No heavy work involved. Compensation & hours – NEGOTIABLE. Call Fr. Fisher at 522-3725
- Rawalt, one of our Upper School moms, is organizing a wheelchair ramp building project for Fr. Fisher’s front door of his home. The project needs a contractor to help make sure the ramp meets MOA building codes, supplies, and parents/older students to help build the ramp. Contact information for Mrs. Rawalt is in the HRA Sycamore Family Directory or you can email the Share Hour Coordinator to volunteer or get more information.
- UPDATE SHARE HOUR ENTRIES – As we come to the end of the school year, we want to make sure that everyone meets their Share Hour Expectation. Login to Sycamore and make sure that all of your Share Hours have been entered. Please call the Front Office if your approved Share Hours do not match your personal records. All Share Hours must be completed by June 30th, 2018 or you will be billed for uncompleted hours.
- Register with Schoolbelles to receive emails about all the sales on uniform items this summer! Our uniform suppliers put different items on sale every month. Use this link to register and stay up to date on all the great deals from our uniform supplier: com/register
- Campus Allergies – The school has been deeply affected by allergens this semester. We have been trying to make the campus a safe and comfortable place for all members of the student body and staff.
- We ask that people do not bring the following items on campus at all for the rest of the year: Latex; lilies; and paint of any kind.
- We also need to be sure to keep peanuts away from the 2nd Grade class.
- We have also had students discover previously unknown allergies this year. Please log into Sycamore and make sure your child’s medical information is up to date.
- Benedict parish will host a showing of the film, Paul, Apostle of Christ on May 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Lumen Christi gym. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and there will be a Q&A session with Executive Producer, Eric Groth following the film at 8:15 p.m.
SPECIAL THANKS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Thank you to Miss Logsdail for subbing in Morning Care on Tuesday.
- HS Track: HRA sent seven competitors to the Homer Track Invitational last weekend. Our small team stood out in a big way. Michael Lucas (12th) finished 2nd overall in the meet with 1st place in Triple Jump, 2nd place in Long Jump, and 4th place in 100m. Atlin Bell (12th) competed in the 100m, 200m, and Long Jump. Juliana Biegel (12th) competed in the 100m. John Lastomoso (11th) competed in the 100m, 200m, and the Discus throw. Thomas Biegel (11th) competed in the 3200m and the Discus throw. Carly Syren (11th) competed in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. Macklen Bell (10th) competed in the Discus throw. Go, Knights!
WEEK IN REVIEW
MONDAY 4/23: Morning Assembly – Miss Neumayr made the following announcements:
- Thank you to everyone for making the Greek & Roman Festival so much fun last week. Particular gratitude and recognition go out to the following parents and students:
- Carlson organized the potluck volunteers
- Students of the Greek I class & Seniors stayed with Miss Morris after school on Thursday evening to build our best labyrinth yet
- Carly Syren (11th) was the MC for the skits
- Stephen Woyte (12th) and Grace Woyte (10th) stayed after school on Friday to help clean St. Dominic’s Hall
- 6th Grade gave up their lunch break during the festival so their guests could continue playing the games they had begun in the “Emperor’s Game Room”.
- Miss Neumayr previewed the week to come, asking everyone to pray for the Juniors & Seniors who defended their theses this week.
- We honored everyone on campus with birthdays this week.
MONDAY 4/23: The Upper School followed Special Schedule A in the morning and attended Junior Thesis Defenses in the afternoon. Alexander O’Neill asked, “Whether it ought to be an End to Medicine to Extend Life.” Andrew Cookson defended, “Whether the Government Should be Allowed to Access Encrypted Data.” Felicity Hart argued, “Whether Growth in Knowledge Promotes Virtue.” At the end of each reading, these juniors fielded questions from the faculty and students about their papers. We thank the parents and family members who joined us for the Junior Thesis Defenses.
MONDAY 4/23: In the evening, students, faculty, and parents gathered in St. Dominic’s Hall for the first evening of the Senior Thesis Defenses. Our guest panelists, Fr. Patrick Brosamer, Mr. Mario Bird esq., and Mr. Sam Wolfe heard and questioned Atlin Bell defending “Whether Man is Obligated to Help All of His Fellow Men Equally” and Michael Lucas arguing “Whether Participation in Dangerous Activities for Pleasure is Permissible.” Both young men read well-crafted papers and responded to the panel questions impressively.
TUESDAY 4/24: Fr. Patrick Brosamer presided over the Elementary Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Brosamer. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
Altar Servers: Isaac Grandel (6th), Gregory Biegel (5th), Carlos Stevens (5th)
Prayer Leader: Andy Duryea (6th)
1st Reading: Arabella Allen (6th)
Responsorial Psalm: Earthen Le (6th)
Petitions: Verity Pendergast (6th)
TUESDAY 4/24: The Upper School followed a Mary Schedule in the morning and attended Junior Thesis Defenses in the afternoon. Joseph Bjelland argued, “Whether the Government has the Responsibility to Provide Healthcare to its Citizens.” John Lastimoso asked, “Whether Entertainment is an End in Itself.” At the end of each reading, these juniors fielded questions from the faculty and students about their papers. We thank the parents and family members who joined us for the Junior Thesis Defenses.
TUESDAY 4/24: In the evening, students, faculty, and parents gathered in St. Dominic’s Hall for the second evening of the Senior Thesis Defenses. Our guest panelists, Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz, O.P., Fr. Robert Whitney, Mr. Jim Dixon, and Mr. Eric Ward heard and questioned Gabrielle Holder defending “Whether the Censorship of Books is Just” and Samuel Jemmings arguing “What is the Specific End of Education.” Both students handled penetrating questions from the panel with grace and poise.
WEDNESDAY 4/25: The Upper School followed a Joseph Schedule in the morning and attended Junior Thesis Defenses in the afternoon. Isabella van Tets asked, “Whether Tribalism is a Detriment to Society.” Carly Syren argued, “Whether It is Just for States to Limit Immigration.” Jacinta Grandel defended, “Whether Body Modification for Self-Expression is Self-Mutilation.” At the end of each reading, these juniors fielded questions from the faculty and students about their papers. We thank the parents and family members who joined us for the Junior Thesis Defenses.
WEDNESDAY 4/25: In the evening, students, faculty, and parents gathered in St. Dominic’s Hall for the third evening of the Senior Thesis Defenses. Our guest panelists, Mrs. Joy Davidson, Mrs. Katy Morrison, and Mr. Christopher Tappel heard and questioned Ciara McMorrow defending “Whether a Financially Stable, Infertile Couple is Obligated to Adopt” and Hanna Massell arguing “Whether the Man has the Natural Authority in the Family.” Both young ladies read well-crafted papers and responded to the panel questions with charm and thoroughness. We thank Fr. Tom Lilly for leading the opening prayer and Fr. Steven Maekawa, O.P. for leading the closing prayer.
THURSDAY 4/26: Br. Joshua Gatus O.P. spoke to the 1st Grade about preparing for the Sacrament of First Communion.
THURSDAY 4/26: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. presided over the Upper School Mass in the JPII Chapel. Thank you, Fr. Dominic David. We would also like to thank those who helped with the Mass in particular ways:
Altar Server: Collin Wright (9th)
Cantor: Ashley Stephens (10th)
Reader: Maria Koop (7th)
Petitions: Bernadette Hart (8th)
THURSDAY 4/26: The Upper School followed a Mary Schedule in the morning and attended Junior Thesis Defenses in the afternoon. Thomas Biegel argued, “Whether the Past and Future Exist Except as Concepts.” Savio Le asked, “Whether the Brain Contains the Personal Identity of a Man.” At the end of each reading, these juniors fielded questions from the faculty and students about their papers. We thank the parents and family members who joined us for the Junior Thesis Defenses.
THURSDAY 4/26: In the evening, students, faculty, and parents gathered in St. Dominic’s Hall for the fourth evening of the Senior Thesis Defenses. Our guest panelists, Fr. Christopher Brannan, O.P., Mrs. Michelle Deering, and Mr. Lester Syren Esq. heard and questioned Stephen Woyte defending “Whether a Government has the Right to Counter a Domestic Threat to Its Security” and Lael Droege arguing “Whether Political Leaders of a Free Society Should be Held to a Higher Moral Standard than the Citizenry.” Both students faced a challenging panel with poise and composure.
FRIDAY 4/27: The Upper School followed a Joseph Schedule in the morning and attended Senior Thesis Defenses in the afternoon. Our guest panelists, Mrs. Letha Schwiesow, Mr. Bob Flint, and Mr. John Cagle heard and questioned Forrest Rose defending “Whether It is Just to Give Reparations to Descendants of Oppressed People” and Juliana Biegel arguing “Whether Horror is a Good Genre of Entertainment.” Both students comported themselves impressively before the panel and the school.
FRIDAY 4/27: In the evening, students, faculty, and parents gathered in St. Dominic’s Hall for the final evening of the Senior Thesis Defenses. Our guest panelists, Mrs. Theresa Bird, Fr. Scott Medlock, Fr. Arthur Roraff, and Fr. Robert Whitney heard and questioned Drew Benton defending “Whether the Single Life is a Vocation” and Jon Syren arguing “Whether Cremation Gives Due Justice to the Dead.” Both young gentlemen spoke well and faced challenging questions from the panel.
FRIDAY 4/27: Upon completion of the Senior Thesis Defenses, the faculty took the Seniors out to dinner at Fiori d’Italia. This annual event celebrates the completion of the Theses as a rite of passage moving toward graduation.
THE WEEK AHEAD
MONDAY 4/30: Morning Assembly, 8:00 in St. Dominic’s Hall
MONDAY 4/30: Fr. Dominic David Maichrowicz O.P. will visit the 7th Grade Theology class.
MONDAY 4/30: HS Drama Club rehearsing in St. Dominic’s Hall after school
TUESDAY 5/1: Join us for May Crowning – The HRA community will gather in the St. Sebastian Play Yard (or St. Dominic’s Hall if there is inclement weather) for our annual May Crowning ceremony. We will pray a rosary, sing hymns, and offer flowers to Our Lady. The First Communicants in our student body will help crown the statue of Our Lady.
TUESDAY5/1: The Upper School will not be available after school because of a faculty meeting.
WEDNESDAY 5/2: The Upper School will follow Special Schedule A and join K-12 to rehearse for the Festival of Poetry and Song.
WEDNESDAY 5/2: HS Drama Club rehearsing in St. Dominic’s Hall after school
WEDNESDAY 5/2: K-12 Faculty Meeting in the St. Thomas Aquinas Library, 3:30 p.m.
THURSDAY 5/3: Br. Joshua Gatus O.P. will visit 1st Grade
THURSDAY 5/3: Upper School Confession for 7th & 8th Grade
THURSDAY 5/3: 7-12 Mass in the JPII Chapel, 9:45 a.m.
FRIDAY 5/4: The Upper School will follow the First Friday Schedule with Adoration in the JPII Chapel at 2:10.
FRIDAY 5/4: Festival of Poetry & Song – Join us in Deacons Hall at St. Patrick’s parish. Students need to arrive at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY 5/5: Upper School Prom at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 7-10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased directly from members of the Senior Class.
UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS
- Enrollment Recruiting Open House, Wednesday, May 9th, 5-8 p.m.
- Friday, May 11th – The High School Drama Club performance of Agatha Christi’s And Then There Were None!
- HRA Art Show – St. Dominic’s Hall will be open from 3-4:30 p.m. to display K-12 student art projects. The art will remain on display the following week during normal school hours.
- Senior Baccalaureate Mass on Tuesday, May 22nd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
- High School Graduation – All Grades will attend the High School Graduation on Wednesday, May 23rd at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. Students will be dropped off at OLG rather than HRA in the morning in preparation for the Mass and graduation ceremony. Students will be picked up from OLG at 1:00 p.m. after the graduation. THERE WILL BE NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE on graduation day.
- 6th & 8th Grade Graduation on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall
- HRA Academic Awards Assembly & End of Year BBQ begins 9:00 a.m. in St. Dominic’s Hall. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m. THERE WILL BE NO AFTER SCHOOL CARE.
Holy Father’s Intentions:
Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity – That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.
- Lumen Christi High School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, St. Mary’s School, and Our Lady of the Valley School
- The novices of the Western Dominican Province as they begin the first year of their studies: Br. John, Br. Paschal, Br. Athanasius, Br. Paul Marie, Br. Andrew Thomas, and their Novice Master, Fr. Anthony.
- 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) & 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan (Fr. Ken Bolin, Upper School parent, is one of the chaplains going with them)
- For the victims of natural disasters all over the world, especially the people of the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico
- For all young adults to find their vocations, their life’s work, and commit to it with joy
- Mike & Shelley Gordon (benefactors of the school)
- Clyde Klump, grandfather of alumni
- Bonnie Bezousek and family after the loss of her father.
- Eric Pallister (family friend of the Reimans) in ICU after a fall rock climbing in Montana.
- The people of Houston, TX dealing with the damage caused by hurricane and floods, including Miss Neumayr’s brother-in-law’s family, who lost their home and vehicles.
- Kathy Conley (sister of one of the cantors at St. Nicholas of Myra parish) in the hospital in critical condition (please pray for recovery)
- Emily Peters (a friend of Miss Verreux’s) in the hospital
- For the intentions of the Benton family
- Gabriella Schilling (friend of Mrs. Stramilov) in need of healing prayers
- Prayers for the Droege family’s Intentions
- For the community of Wasilla Lake Christian School after the car accident that injured three students on their jr. high soccer team and killed their goalkeeper.
- Hoa Pham (paternal grandmother of Mason & Mimii Nguyen)
- The victims of school shootings
- Kolbe Kinder (infant son of Mrs. Kinder) having seizures
- The Harmston family, special intentions
- Antwaun Carrothers (friend of Dr. Walters), recovering from surgery on 12/8/17
- A.J. Fisher (former HRA chaplain) recovering from knee replacement surgery. (Mrs. Shaut reports he is recovering well. Thank you for your prayers.)
- For the special intentions of Lisa Stephens (HRA parent) & family
- Walters has a cracked tailbone after a fall on the ice
- Victoria Leinon (godmother of an HRA student) having a difficult recovery after knee replacement surgery
- Therese Rhoter, wife of the founder of St. Augustine Academy (injured in CA mudslides, in stable condition but lost her husband)
- The St. Augustine Academy community who lost their friend and school founder, Roy Rhoter
- The Taylor family
- Max Hodel (HRA grandparent & former Trustee)
- Mara El-Khoury
- The Holder family
- Tish Brush, mother of one of our substitute teachers, Mrs. Leinon
- Curran (HRA Athletic Director) in the hospital over Easter
- Jason Wright (Upper School parent) having shoulder surgery
Expectant Mothers :
- Oriele Kinder (Upper School Music Teacher)
- Cecilia (Pearce) Latt (daughter of Mrs. Pearce) expecting a boy the 1st of May
- Elena Begojevec (Mrs. Stramilov’s sister-in-law)
- Melissa Montague (HRA parent)
- Theresa Bird
- Jane Nemcova (Miss Neumayr’s sister)
- Katy Morrison
- Mara El-Khoury (alumna)
New Mothers, their babies, and family:
- Sarah Shoop & Josiah
- Alison Klump & Mary Ruth
- Megan O’Lena & Kilian Wayne
- Judy McArthey & Reuben Jerome
- Monica Kinney (former HRA teacher) & Thomas
- Elena Zolnick (sister of Trustee) and baby Gloria Maria
- Jessica Denzer (HRA parent) and baby Charles
- Maisie Klocek (friend of Miss Neumayr & Mrs. Schirda) & baby Agnes Margaret (born 3/24/18)
- Mary (Pearce) Ahonen (daughter of Mrs. Pearce) & baby Milo (born 3/26/18)
- Nayelin Esther Sosa De Los Santos (mother of a 1st grader) & baby Nashala
- Fleming’s son, daughter-in-law, and new granddaughter: Kylee Fleming
- Sheen Bjelland (father of Eric & Joseph)
- Drew Koop (Maria Koop’s father) diagnosed with cancer
- Darrell Murray (Maria Koop’s grandfather), for peace living with advancing dementia, relief from symptoms of his heart condition, and continue to bless and guide his caregivers.
- Cole Abel (father of alumni) has stage 4 cancer
- Tim Holder (brother of Neil Holder) undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for bladder cancer
- Maggi (sister of Miss Verreux’s friend) with terminal cancer
- Ron Pollock (friend of Miss Verreux) in radiation treatment during the month of October
- Tony Lewkowsky (former HRA parent & Board member) recovering from a heart condition
- Naomi Clements (family friend of the Furby family) fighting childhood cancer
- Nicole Sammons (mother of Rochelle)
- Marguerite Fusco (Miss Logsdail’s aunt)
- Vern Howey (Mrs. Welsh’s uncle, diagnosed with cancer)
- Stephen DiGiovanni (Miss Logsdail’s childhood pastor) who had a massive stroke on 2/15/2018
- Yosef Furmansky (step-grandfather of a student) struggling with Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses
- David Foos (Mrs. Stramilov’s uncle) fighting Derrick’s Disease and cancer
- Rose Teichert Grimm (longtime family friend of Miss Neumayr) diagnosed with a tumor
- Tanyos El Khoury (son of alumni) diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy
Rest in Peace (R.I.P.)
- Barbara Doerner (former Principal)
- Andy Coldiron (former teacher)
- Tom Neumayr, uncle & godfather of Miss Neumayr
- Dawn Bennett, a friend of HRA
- Tim Rickert, a family friend of Miss Neumayr
- Gerald Webster Bergford, father of Bonnie Bezousek, a diocesan employee
- Jane O’Connor, a friend of Dr. Walters
- Annie Hardoy, (Mrs. O’Neill’s mother)
- Michael Martin & Michael J. Martin Jr. (friends of Mrs. Stramilov who passed at ages 90 and 5 respectively)
- Jeff Scott (a friend of Miss Verreux)
- Carol Klump (grandmother of alumnae)
- Gene LeBlanc (grandfather of Mrs. Stramilov) who passed in May
- Mary Trueblood (mother of a benefactor)
- Andrew Caleb Erlwein (cousin of Dr. Walters)
- Liz Marquez (grandmother of Mitchell Marquez)
- Margaret Briganti (friend of Mrs. Holder)
- Robin Tanner II (Mrs. Harmston’s cousin) killed in car accident, leaving behind a wife and two children
- Dorothy Foos (Mrs. Stramilov’s great aunt)
- Manuel Marfill (the godfather of Joseph Bjelland)
- Gene & Roma LeBlanc (Mrs. Stramilov’s grandparents)
- Lorraine Lopez (grandmother of a former student, Jacob Lopez)
- Herbert Froesch (grandfather of a student, Ashley Stephens)
- Tathana Atanasoaie (sister-in-law of Mrs. Schirda)
- Diane Fleming (wife of Trustee)
- Sylvester Smith (SEAS parishioner & UAF student) hit by a car while helping a disabled vehicle
- Patricia Billimek (grandmother of Quinn Swanson)
- Steven C. Moore (former pastor of SEAS)
- Roy Rohter, founder of St. Augustine Academy of Ventura, CA (killed in the California mudslides)
- Charles Grove (father of a former teacher, Stan Grove)
- Zona Gail Brink (grandmother of Mr. Furby’s co-worker)
- Michael Brent Smith (father of Mr. Furby’s co-worker)
- Evangeline Julia (Mrs. Stromilov’s godmother’s mom)
- Rita Droege (grandmother of Droege students), died March 25th.
- Mary Digney (former owner of the McMac Shoppe, long-time school neighbor & benefactor, and friend to Miss Therese Syren)