Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Chip Chennault has returned to us and has completed his chemotherapy for now. Continue your prayers for dear Chip. We are so very delighted to have him return to seventh grade and regular life. Thanks be to God that he can be with us to share his smile, humor, and insights. Welcome back Mr. Chip. The whole school rejoices in your return!
What a week of events. My arm is not 100% but much improved. Thank you to all of you who have wished me well. In particular, I thank the kindergarteners who have gently patted my arm and offered me their heartfelt hopes that I improve. The brace is off for the most part, but I am going to keep my comments brief again this year in the interest of continuing to improve.
Thank you to Father Patrick Brosamer and Fr. Augustine for saying our elementary and high school masses respectively. We are so blessed to hear your insightful homilies and so grateful that you bring us The Sacrament!
The week’s focus was on the Science Fair. We were blessed on Thursday to have fanstastic judges (engineers and scientists) rounded up by Mrs. Jacki Rose. The students created some of the best displays I have seen at HRA and presented with confidence and poise. The winners for each grade will be announced on Monday at the morning assembly should parents wish to join us from 8-8:20 A.M. in the Kolbe Lobby. I will include the names of the winners in next week’s blog. Thank you to the HRA science teachers led by Mr. Welsh. You prepared the students well!
I am so happy that so many of you have re-enrolled your children for next year and have received the $100.00 discount. The last day to receive the discount is this Monday, March 3rd. Please call or come into the front office to pay the amount by the end of the school day. After that time, we will no longer offer the discount but will be in touch with you to find our your intentions for the coming year. The re-enrollment fees will be due on May 1st to save a spot for your child for the coming year.
Please note that we have a tentative calendar of the coming school year in the Kolbe lobby if you have not yet received one. The major event that may change on the final calendar is spring break. Currently, we have the calendar stating that we will take the week after Easter off. That may be waiting too long to give the students some time off for rest. The faculty and I will watch closely to see how this year works as we are taking the same spring break as the Anchorage School District. We may do the same next year. The other dates, however, are likely to remain.
Thank you to Miss Paige Corona for substituting for Mrs. Verbout in the kindergarten. You are doing a super job and the students already adore you! We are so glad you will remain with us for all of next week as well!
I spent Friday morning at the State Spelling Bee competition. I want to thank Miss Aine Nakada (Grade 6) for representing HRA so beautifully. Although Aine was eliminated in the first round (amongst 144 contestants!), she handled herself with grace and poise. You were an excellent ambassador for the school Aine. I am so very proud of you for your courage in participating in this prestigious event. Thank you also to Mrs. Nakada, alumni, Patrick Nakada, and alternate speller, Miguel Garcia (3rd Grade) for accompanying me to cheer for Aine. Next year might just be your year, Aine!
Today, February 28, we received some tragic news. The brother of our beloved high school teacher, Miss Therese Syren, passed away suddenly this morning. I would ask that you keep the entire Syren family in your prayers and the repose of Stephen Syren uppermost in your thoughts in the coming week. It is likely that Miss Syren will be out much of the week. We send you our love and sympathy, Miss Syren. May Stephen now rest in peace with your dear mother, father, sister, and brother.
Thank you to Mrs. Furby for leading an excellent handwriting review for the junior high this Friday afternoon. The upper school is committed to helping our students handwrite well for the rest of their time at HRA. We hope they will carry that skill on for the rest of their lives. The methodical, careful precision of handwriting is instrumental in developing the students’ small motor skills but more importantly for helping them to write and think carefully and purposefully.
Similarly, I would like to thank Mr. Dominic Le for presenting on finance to the high school on Friday afternoon! Mr. Le (father of two and uncle to two of our students) presented the history of ancient counting and finance practices through the ages until today. He spoke to students about the debt crisis of today and the importance of carefully approaching their own financial decisions. We hope to have Mr. Le return to deepen the students appreciation of practical economics before the end of the semester. Thank you for doing a superb job, Mr. Le!
I will be at St. Patrick’s Parish this weekend for all the masses to advertise HRA. Do stop by to say hello if you are attending mass there. Thank you to Mary Tappel (9th grade) for assisting me at the 11:30 mass!
Thank you to Justin Klump and Jacob Owens for organizing a GAME NIGHT for the junior high and high school this weekend. I will enjoy being in attendance with teacher, Mr. Matthew Krepel, and Office Manager, Miss Jordan Brittain, along with older alumni to enjoy the nerf gun wars, Apples to Apples etc… this Saturday!
The upcoming week will be our last before spring break. It looks to be a very smooth week. Please join us on Wednesday for the All School Mass at 10:15 for Ash Wednesday. The children will receive ashes. As Lent begins, please consider sending your child to school on Fridays with meatless lunches to honor and respect the Catholic custom of abstaining from meat on Lenten Fridays.
As always, I remain, gratefully yours,
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal