Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Please read the following letter. A hard copy will also be sent home with the students:
Dear Upper School Parents,
On March 19th at 11:30 a.m. we will be celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph. In 1870 Pope Pius XI decreed that this feast be celebrated throughout the Church as a first class feast. In honor of St. Joseph who gives our school so many blessings, we will have a “St. Joseph Table” that Fr. Augustine Hilander, O.P. will bless before lunch.
Since we are celebrating this feast with Italian food, please consider bringing menu items that are symbolic of the life of St. Joseph. Here are a few suggestions: a pasta dish with breadcrumbs to symbolize the sawdust from the carpentry of St. Joseph, a fava bean salad to remind us of the powerful intercession of St. Joseph who saved the people of Sicily from starving during the Middle Ages by providing them with a favorable fava bean crop, and bread/pastries in the shape of St. Joseph’s staff and carpentry tools. The table will have white candles and white lilies to symbolize the purity of St. Joseph. If you have a statue of St. Joseph that you would like to bring to the altar for a blessing, please bring it on Wednesday. Since today is Monday, I thought simple desserts and pasta dishes would complement the students’ lunches on Wednesday.
In honor of St. Joseph,
I do hope you have all enjoyed a very relaxing break. I rested and then rested more. The range of weather from warm and sunny to the Great Blizzard of March 14th 2014 has been breathtaking. I finally went to the doctor to check out my arm. The verdict: strained rotator cuff and tricept. Recovery: gently exercise it and hope it stops hurting and use the brace sparingly. So, you will see me rest my arm sometimes, but I plan to improve dramatically in the next six weeks!!!! I will not be held down, but I will need the gentleman to help me with the heavy lifting! I will also write a more limited blog as the typing puts a particular strain on my upper arm.
The coming week is already quite busy and I wanted to forewarn you:
Many apologies to the kindergarten parents and students in Mrs. Verbout’s class. She will be spending another week with her daughter whose husband is in the military and was sent on a mission taking him away from his newborn. Never fear, however, we are blessed with Early Childhood Development Teacher Certificated, Miss Paige Corona, who has been substituting for two weeks and who will continue on with Mrs. Verbout’s class this coming week. Thank you, Miss Corona!
The Centurion Fundraiser has officially begun! We have mailed out the initail 750 letters. Please submit addresses if you have not already done so. Please pray that the many friends and family will be generous with us this year. Thank you to Miss DiCiero, Miss Brittain, and Miss Viens for all the work they have done preparing the huge mailing! I am so grateful. An ongoing tally of what has come in can be found on our website hraak.com on the Centurion page!
1) Monday Assembly – March 17th (Declamation Awards)
2) St. Patrick’s Day Monday, March 17th
3) Tuesday, Mass at 2:15 for the Elementary
4) Wednesday – St. Joseph Feast Day – 7-12 potluck (see included letter by coordinator, Mrs. Schirda)
5) Trip to the Dome – Mrs. Pearce is organizing the whole school to go for distance running testing for the Presidental Athletic program she completes with the P.E. Students. Any parents who can help drive between the hours of 1 P.M. and 3 P.M. are most welcome!
6) Thursday Board Meeting at 7 A.M.
7) Thursday Mass for the Upper School at 10:15
8) First Draft of Junior and Senior Theses Due to Advisor
8) Friday – Community Service for the Upper School
9) Next week – Upper School Presentations beginning on March 25th – half day for the Upper School. All Day presentations and NO School for the Elementary students on Friday, March 28th!! Be sure to sign up for your meeting time this week.
SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS
Congratulations to all of the participants from grades 6-10 for great presentations. The judges were particularly impressed this year. The following students were awarded ribbons for outstanding boards, research, and presentations by Science Fair coordinator and mother, Mrs. Jacki Rose. Thank you to Mr. Welsh, Mr. Haggard, Mr. Coldiron, Mrs. Furby, and Mr. Shaut for preparing the students so well.
1st Place for the first ever Science Thesis Presentation went to sophomore, Richard Maloy. He discussed Whether Artificial Intelligence Can Ever Recognize a Higher Being? It was an excellent paper and spurred on a spirited discussion with the science teachers in particular. Richard fielded the questions with maturity, wit, and wisdom. Bravo Richard! You are a true pioneer.
1st Place – Sophia Rose
2nd Place – Aine Nakada
3rd Place – Alexander O’Neill
1st Place – Chistopher Knox
2nd Place – Felicity Hart
3rd Place – John Lastimoso
1st Place – Stephen Woyte
2nd Place – Forrest Rose
3rd Place – Samuel Jemmings
1st Place – Anna Berry
2nd Place – Evangeline Dooc
3rd Place – Mary Tappel
1st Place – Sang Nguyen
2nd Place – Arianna Fouch
3rd Place – Therese Knox
Bravo to all of you! I was the most pleased in all my twelve years at HRA. The science teachers are preparing the students well and the result is evident in the quality of the work and the presentations. All students are encouraged and welcome to participate in the State Competition as well.
Thank you to all of the wonderful field trips the teachers had planned for the last week before Spring Break! The 3/4 class went to the Anchorage Museum as they have been studying North American Exploration and Geography. The kindergarten enjoyed great success Ice Fishing with Mrs. Shaut and Miss Corona and lots of great moms and dads. This is a favorite annual event!
Thank you to the Upper School Faculty for providing meatless soup on Ash Wednesday, to Fr. Augustine Highlander for saying such a beautiful Ash Wednesday mass, and to the juniors and seniors for providing meatless soup on Friday. Thank you also to Mr. Welsh and Mrs. Furby for coordinating the Stations of the Cross in the chapel for the Upper School and to the Elementary teachers for exposing their students to age appropriate Stations. Such a beautiful Lenten Practice for all of us to practice as we await the Triduum and Easter.
Thank you to St. Patrick’s Parish and St. Andrew’s Parish for welcoming me so warmly at their parishes for marketing. I had a wonderful time with both parishes and thank the priests for allowing me to say a few words to their parisioners. God bless you wonderful priests!
Finally, congratulations to fifth grader, Jenessa Lorenz, who spent her Spring Break in Mexico serving the poor with the Foundation for His Ministry with her family. We are proud of you for your missionary zeal and selflessness, Jenessa.
I will sign off for the week to give my arm a rest, but I could not finish the vacation without bidding you a fond greeting!
May your Lent be filled with spiritual growth and renewal in your love of the Lord!
Miss Neumayr, Principal