ASD school closed at 5:50am. Miss Brittain available at the front desk for any questions.
December 5th, 2013 by Tommy Welsh
ASD school closed at 5:50am. Miss Brittain available at the front desk for any questions.
November 29th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
I was delinquent last weekend and did not complete a blog update in the hopes that you would understand how very busy this little brown school on Fireweed Lane can be at times! Indeed, the last week and a half have been a time of great hustle and bustle. Time and time again so many wonderful people have stepped forward to promote and improve the school and for them I give great thanks. Let me begin by recounting some of the key events that have colored the last nine days.
The week of November 18th began pleasantly. I enjoyed a working lunch with Fr. Patrick Brosamer, who is entirely delighted to offer the elementary mass in our school chapel and has been able to join us about twice a month. He enjoys and admires the students’ grasp of the faith and their natural piety. Thank you, Fr. Patrick!
We had an all-school mass last week as we wanted to come together to celebrate the Presentation of Our Lady in the temple. It was a Marian mass filled with beautiful readings, an inspiring homily, and Marian hymns. Thank you to Fr. Augustine for joining us for this Feast.
Mrs. Kathy Tappel, mother of freshman, Mary Tappel, spearheaded the Teacher Luncheon for November. She made turkey and had many of the wonderful HRA parents bring in all the Thanksgiving fixings for a delicious and enjoyable meal for the teachers. What a treat it was. A huge thank you to Mrs. Tappel and to her helpers, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Cookson, Mrs. Knox, Mrs. Biegel, Mrs. Klump, Mrs. Koop, and Mrs. Stevens for spoiling the faculty with such a delicious meal!
The HRA HS Girls’ Volleyball Team continues to grow and improve as a team! We are so proud of their incredible play in the Kenai Tournament the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd. They played a phenomenal tournament finishing fourth although they nearly made the championship game losing in a close game of 34-32! Bravo Knights. We wish you well in your next tournament and in the Regional Tournament approaching. Special acknowledgement goes to junior, Karina Ramos, for her superb play; she was named to the All Tournament team. A huge thank you goes to head coach, Mr. Lucas, and assistant coach, Sang Nguyen who led the team to success. Finally, thank you to Mr. Bernie Droege, father of junior, Anne-Marie for chaperoning and supporting the team in their efforts. Go Knights!
Mr. Shaut was able to inform the school of the outcome of the fundraiser for the Philippines. All the students put their pennies together to send funds to the Philippines who have suffered so cruelly from natural disasters. The students raised just under $4,000.00 in one week! I could not be more proud of their efforts. Fifth grade teacher, Mr. Shaut, led the effort and turned it into a fund competition. The students who turn in coins score the most points and those who turn in bills lose points. The idea is to make charitable giving accessible to the students and avoid having them force their parents to contribute. Nevertheless, the parents did participate. One generous man sent a $1,000.00 check which was delivered to the third and fourth graders who had quietly collected nearly $600.00 and were set to win the event. They took it well and accepted the check and were so proud that they raised the most of any of the classes. Still, it was the kindergarten, Squirrels, of Mrs. Shaut who won the event for collecting the most coins and will enjoy a pizza party. Most noteworthy is that the high school participated the most they have ever done for a fundraiser like this!
On the heels of that effort, the students also participated in our annual contribution to Anchorage Catholic Social Services. We were asked to collect corn and beans for the Thanksgiving dinner offered to 6,000 needy families. We turned it into a competition; the high school took beans and the elementary, corn. Lo and behold, the high school defeated the elementary contributing 177 cans of beans to 165 cans of corn. The Catholic Social Services were so grateful to the school and sent a very kind note of thanks. It was wonderful to see the entire student body participate so beautifully. A Pizza Party for high school is coming up!
I just wanted to take a moment to ask you all to continue to pray for the health and recovery of seventh grader, Michael “Chip” Chennault who is fighting Hodgkin’s Disease at the Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. He remains ever in our school’s daily prayers; I hope that you will add him to your family prayers as well. Every week one of the grades writes letters of good cheer to him. He is such an amazing patient, however, that he sends thank you notes back to the students here. A big pile just arrived and there was a kind note to me as well. He is so grateful for all of our prayers and loves to hear from his classmates and fellow HRA students. God bless all the Chennaults during this difficult time. We hope you come home soon, Chip!
Part of the reason you did not hear from me for over a week was because I was preparing for the high school retreat we attended on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th. Two amazingly spiritual and inspiring religious Brothers who belong to the Brothers of St. John Community flew in from Laredo, Texas and Trenton, New Jersey to lead the Lumen Christi and HRA high school students in a two day retreat focusing on Advent. Mr. Bob McMorrow, Youth Minister at St. Benedict’s Parish and Church History teacher at Lumen Christi, organized for the Brothers to come and arranged a top notch retreat for the students. Thank you to Mr. Bob McMorrow who is also father to Catie McMorrow, one of our sophomores!
The Retreat was a great success. The students threw themselves into the talks and discussions, the masses, confession and adoration hour, the meals and free time with great gusto. The event was held at the newly purchased Catholic camp, St. Theresa’s Camp in Palmer. It was a perfect location for a retreat. We were surrounded by gorgeous mountains and a frozen lake that served as a spectacular backdrop for the beautiful spiritual events planned for the students. Special thanks must go to Rebecca Berry (mother of freshman, Anna) who shopped for and served up all the delicious meals. Thank you to HRA teachers Erin Furby and Mr. Haggard who joined me for both days in support of the students. Special thanks go to our drivers, Jason Fouch, Lisa Cookson, Kathy Tappel, and Michael Rannals for bringing the students safely too and fro. Finally, thank you to Jason Fouch for keeping the students safe by shouldering night duty and for Kathy Tappel who bravely chaperoned in the girls’ cabin and led small group discussions. The retreat never could have happened with all of the support from the HRA parents and faculty. Thank you all. Thanks also to all the wonderful Lumen Christi parents, the Lumen Christi Principal, John Harmon, and the Lumen Christi faculty for all their hard work and support as well. It was truly a spiritual renewal and joy for me to attend with the students and learn from the good and holy Brothers Peter Francis, and John Joseph!
While I was gone, Miss Danielle DiCiero, my Business Manager took care of the front office and stepped into my shoes to keep the school on an even keel. Thank you, Danielle. Further, Mr. Shaut and Mr. Welsh kept order in the elementary and high school respectively. Thank you, gentleman, for taking care of students’ safety and discipline while I was gone. Thank you further to Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Holder who came in to answer phones in the front office while Miss Brittain was away on an early Thanksgiving home visit. Finally, many thanks go to Mrs. Doerner for substituting in the high school for Mr. John Haggard and for Mr. Andy Coldiron. I am so grateful you will join us again in the coming week to step in to substitute classes for Mr. Krepel and for Mr. Welsh! You are a Godsend to the school.
Upon my return to the school on Tuesday afternoon after the retreat had ended, I was sad to learn that Miss Verreux’s purse had been stolen from the school premises. This is only the second robbery at HRA in the last twelve years. According to my teachers, a strange man was spotted trying to offer his services for community service at the school. Though all five of the teachers who ran into him on campus told him go to the office which he eventually did, after Miss DiCiero sent him away, he may have exited the back instead of the front of school and taken that opportunity to penetrate Miss Verreux’s unlocked classroom while she and the students were at mass or at recess. It is terribly unfortunate situation and one for which I am making some security adjustments:
1) FROM NOW ON THE BACK DOOR OF THE KOLBE BUILDING WILL BE LOCKED BY 8:30 AND UNLOCKED AT 3:00 P.M. IT WILL REMAIN LOCKED DURING THE DAY TO AVOID ANYONE ENTERING WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE FROM THAT SIDE OF THE BUILDING.
2) Unfamiliar visitors will be escorted by the Front Office Staff to the front door of Kolbe and watched until they are off campus if their behavior and words raise suspicion.
3) Teachers will escort all visitors to the Front Office instead of directing visitors to the Front Office in order to be sure that the proper actions are followed and that the stranger is never unattended on the campus.
4) Mr. Lederhos is looking into helping HRA purchase cameras at the major doors of the campus to be able to view entering and exiting visitors.
We hope these adjustments will continue the tradition we have at HRA for keeping a close watch on all strangers visiting the campus. I hope to give you a follow up on the security measures shortly.
On a much brighter note, Ms. Victoria Bell, the Producer of the BBC show “Extreme Schools,” arrived safely to the campus on Tuesday of this week and began filming right away. She is already very impressed with the faculty, staff, students, and parents and looks forward to the upcoming week with relish. She has extensively interviewed Mr. Welsh and me on why we run the school with such an eye to manners, modesty, and classical curriculum. It has been a pleasure to share with her our desire to produce students who can self-govern, grow in virtue and in wisdom, and become fine citizens for the future. Two thirteen year old girls, Trewley and Macey, from London will join us for the week, dress in our uniforms, abide by our rules, and enjoy our program. We have many great activities prepared for them and the eighth grade class that they will join. Besides their classes, the visiting students will go to Campbell Creek Center and Beans Cafe to learn more about snow safety and community service projects in Anchorage. I should be a fun week for our students as our guests plan to sit down with the students to talk about life in England and to enjoy the HRA classical curriculum and environment. What a treat it will be to see the school through the eyes and impressions of Trewley and Macey when the show comes out in April 2014. REMEMBER THAT IF YOU WOULD PREFER THAT YOUR CHILD NOT BE FILMED, YOU MUST FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE “OPT OUT LETTER” THAT WE DISTRIBUTED BY EMAIL FROM THE OFFICE AND ATTACHED TO YOUR WEEKLY CLASSROOM NEWSLETTERS. More copies can be found in the front office should you need to stop in and sign it.
Wednesday of this week was the last day of school before Thanksgiving and a busy day indeed. Many thanks go to Mrs. Shaut and Mrs. Verbout who helped the Kindergartners put on the first annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving Dinner. The students made special hats (Puritan mens’ hats, Puritan women’s white wimples, and feathers for the Native American Indians invited to the event.) It was quite a sight to behold to see such mature and civilized kindergartners sitting at the tables set up in St. Dominic’s and eating their full plates of turkey and the fixings as if they were truly adults. Thank you to all the many parents who volunteered to help.
Special thanks go to Mrs. Colleen Duncan and her husband, Mr. Gavin Duncan for putting in two and half hours of music practice to prepare the high school for the upcoming Festival of Lessons and Carols. The music is beginning to sound truly beautiful. All your extra care and time will make the special event on December 11th a rich spiritual experience for everyone in attendance.
Thank you to Mr. Welsh, Mr. Haggard and Mrs. Furby for leading the all-school seminar. The students read the Tolkien short story, “Leaf by Niggle,” and discussed the topic of beauty for about two hours. What a practice in sustained thought and attention to details all three teachers demanded of our students. This exercise remains one of my favorite special activities. I am convinced that these afternoon discussions increase our students’ love of good literature and foster the art of conversation in a way few schools today pursue. Bravo again to the teachers and students for this great final session before the holidays.
Two alumni of the school came to visit. Sean Doody who attended the school twelve years ago stopped in to tell us that he has recently begun work as a firefighter at Station Five and graduated UAA in the Fine Arts field. We are proud to see you have done so well, Sean.
2013 graduate, Jamie Cookson, came back from her first semester of college at Gonzaga University and took time to visit her former classmates and teachers. I had the privilege of enjoying lunch with her on Saturday and came away from our time together so heartened by her ability to successfully transition from HRA to college and continue to do so well academically and spiritually. Keep the faith, Jamie and keep up the great work. It was so wonderful to see you come back to us all grown up and ready to take on the world!
I trust that this recounting of the many events that have transpired over the last nine days has convinced you that we are indeed a busy and happy little school. We are abundantly blessed with a fine Staff, great teachers, interested students, and loving parents. I am indeed so very thankful for all of you this Thanksgiving Break.
Life will be no less busy in the coming week. Here are some events to anticipate:
I must warn you that my responsibilities for assisting the visiting students and the camera crew throughout the week is extensive. I will be much less available to meet and talk with you this coming week for which I apologize. Know that if you leave me messages and share in detail on my phone any concerns or needs you might have, I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Thank you for your understanding in advance!
I wish all of you an enjoyable remainder of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. We are in the home stretch of three weeks before Christmas and more holiday for the students. As we move into Advent, may the anticipation of the Christ Child be an invitation to awaken and renew your love for your faith and your God who dearly loves you enough to send you as a helpmate and a Brother, His Son, Jesus.
Miss Neumayr, Principal
P.S. Thank you for the delicious pecan pie, Mrs. Lucas. The faculty loved it!
P.P.S. Thank you, Mr. Stankewich, for your ongoing work to improve the Bernadette Building heating system and for your plumbing and electrical expertise. Your foresight to purchase snow melt and put it around campus is so very appreciated. Your efforts help me sleep better at night! God bless you!
November 16th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Catholic Social Services has asked the HRA community to donate corn and beans for the 6,000 families they hope to feed this Thanksgiving. The high school is in charge of collecting cans of green beans while the elementary will be asked to bring cans of corn. The Upper and Lower Schools will compete for the most cans collected by the end of the week and the winning group will enjoy a pizza party. If you are headed to Costco or Sam’s Club, you might want to pick up green beans or corn for your child!!!
Winter has officially arrived and it has done so in a quietly theatrical way. I wish to profoundly thank teacher, Mr. Matthew Kreppel, for arriving at 5 A.M. on Monday to see that the school walkways were clear AND Mr. Mike Gordon for sending one of his plowers to clear out our parking lots! Though the icy roads proved frightening initially, the transition to skating in our cars is already become the norm! Best of all, the whiteness has lighted our darkening days. Thank you to our Creator for the beauty He provides.
In contrast, a world away, our dear Filipino brothers and sisters are suffering. The HRA students and faculty have spent the week collecting Pennies for the Philippines. On Friday afternoon, our fifth and sixth grade classes started counting the collections at 1 P.M. I am pleased and proud to say that the coffers from every grade in the school was so much that our dear students did not finish. I look forward to sharing the final amount with you next week. I thank Mr. Shaut for organizing this effort, AND all the families for supporting the children in this effort. It is always so important for our students to know that Catholics always respond to natural disasters with true charity in the form of prayers and treasure for their fellow man. We want charity to be the habit of the students. Thank you especially to Izaiah King’s uncle who sent a particularly large donation to add to our efforts. We hope that New Sagaya will match our total!
To that end, I am so proud of my students for the love and care they put into their letters for the military troops this week. The hand- decorated cards filled with wonderful well-wishes and gratitude to the troops were so touching and heartfelt. We were able to deliver hundreds of cards to be sent to military troops far from home at Christmas.
I want to say a word about our Veteran’s Day on Monday. We were blessed with the attendance of Mr. John Fleming, a member of our Board, and Mr. Will Furby, husband of our high school teacher, Mrs. Erin Furby, who both came to speak to the Upper School about their military experiences. Mr. Furby brought a portion of the cards he had saved from his time in the Persian Gulf and impressed upon the students how vital these letters of encouragement from the students can be to soldier morale. Mr. Fleming told the most unique story of how he found himself in North Vietnam with bullets whizzing past the airplane windows as he was landing. The students were riveted. Throughout the day, the students walked to the school library to sign a huge banner made by art teacher, Mrs. Pearce. At the end of the day, I presented the banner next door to the American Legion who were having a special dinner. They were so pleased to be remembered! It was a privilege to think about the vital role the Veterans have played in preserving our freedom! Thank you for your service Mr. Fleming and Mr. Furby (and all the current and retired military attached to HRA).
Thank you to Fr. Patrick Brosamer for saying mass for the elementary on Tuesday and to Fr. Mark Francis who came for the Upper School mass on Thursday.
I do want to remind all the parents to open the email that we sent home this Wednesday. There were lots of important messages: notes from the Parent Association (thank you Mrs. Dooc!), Escrip reminders (thank you Mrs. Koop!), Snow Day Instructions, and the letter to “Opt Out” if you are uncomfortable with your child being filmed by the BBC. Be sure to ask for a hard copy in the office if you did not receive your email.
Please help me in thanking Mr. Lederhos (Second Grader, Jennifer Lederhos’ Grandpa) for generously purchasing all the pizza for the two monthly Pizza Fridays we have had so far this year. We are so grateful for your help and for your kind donations to the school. Thank you to the parents for clearly sending in your orders and money. Pizza Fridays are proving to be very popular and are running smoothly thanks to the careful work of our Office Manager, Miss Jordan Brittain, and the seniors, Justin Klump and Jacob Owens.
We had a very exciting flurry of prospective students visit the school this week. I am so pleased to say that Junior, Robert Kemper, who is currently home-schooling, has decided to join my American Seminar class and transitioned into the school so smoothly this week that it seems like he has always been with us. I was so delighted to have Heather and Jake Siebs join our classes on Tuesday to explore joining us for two classes next semester. Freshman prospective student, Alec Grandel came to observe for three days as well. We hope that he will join us at the semester. Finally, Isabel Jones, a new third grader, will begin attending HRA this coming Tuesday. She has spent a day in Miss Theis’ class and loves the school already. Welcome, Isabel! What a treat to watch our little brown school continue to grow at a steady rate. Thank you to the teachers and students for welcoming in these prospective students so graciously.
I sit here typing away with a jammed pinkie on my left hand. Why? Because I joined seven other teachers to play volleyball in a scrimmage against the girls H.S. volleyball team and sustained an injury mid-stream. Nevertheless, it was a blast and though the teachers and I were soundly defeated in three games, we had a great time. Mr. John Haggard was our captain and by far the most successful of the teacher representatives, blocking and bumping, and setting, and slamming the ball; he used his height to every advantage. Mr. Matthew Kreppel treated us all to a spectacular block worthy of a seasoned volleyball player. Bravo and thanks to Mrs. Erin Furby, Miss DiCiero, Mr. Austin Welsh, and Mr. Andy Coldiron for joining Mr. Haggard, Kreppel, and me. Thank you also to Mrs. LouAnn Verbout and Mrs. Valerie Shaut for coming as our cheerleaders! I suppose you can say that the HS Girls VB team “schooled us” Friday night. Thank you to Mrs. Klump for booking Stellar and for refereeing the event. The teachers and I had a great time and hope that the tradition can continue for years to come.
All in all, it was a great week!
SPECIAL PLEAS FOR HELP
Miss Neumayr, Principal
P.S. Father Anthony Patalano, O.P. stopped by school with a very special gift for us! I will probably not be able to tell or show it to you until the Feast of the Epiphany. But, I want to be sure to thank Fr. Anthony and Holy Family Cathedral for their great love and support for our school. I do hope you find this P.S. intriguing!
November 9th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear Friends and Family,
Holy Rosary Academy will be in session on Veteran’s Day. At times, I must choose between Holy Days of Obligation and important Federal holidays such as Veterans Day in order to fulfill the necessary number of days in school. Nevertheless, I want to assure all veterans affiliated with the school that we are going to be sure the students take time to honor you throughout the day. Mr. Fleming, our Board liaison and a veteran himself, is coming to speak to the Upper School about his experience in Vietnam. The elementary and high school will be writing letters to our current military abroad so that they can arrive by Christmas. Finally, all the students will be signing a huge banner with their thanks; the banner will presented over at the American Legion so that the veterans there will know our gratitude for their service. God bless you and keep you safe, veterans. We thank you for your service.
I wanted to share with you the exact words and spelling of second grader, Stephen Hart, who expresses eloquently his feelings for a member of our beloved military: (quoted verbatim)
Happy thanksgiving. I am seven years olde. thank you for protecting our country. When i grow up i want to be a football player. Then I want to become one of you guys. Then I want to go to heaven and stay there. And be an angle in Heaven. Do you believe in God? What do you want to be next? Can you write me a letter? Stephen Hart
We were blessed with another wonderful week. On Tuesday, Fr. Ward, a visiting priest came to say mass for the elementary. He impressed upon the students the importance of knowing the order of the mass and had them do a little exercise at the homily to arrange the parts of the mass in the correct order. Many students were surprised to find that they were unsure of some parts even thought they sit through mass regularly. Fr. Ward was able to make his point well as a result of the exercise. He stressed that the mass is an act of thanksgiving in which we thank God for being our God and thank Him for making us His children.
On Wednesday I passed out retreat packets to the High School. High School parents, you should be seeing a packet with permissions slips to be signed handed to you by now. Mr. Bob McMorrow, Youth Minister at St. Benedict’s and the Church History teacher at Lumen Christi High School has been able to arrange for two outstanding retreat brothers from the Brothers of St. John Community to come to Anchorage and offer a joint retreat to the HRA/Lumen Christi Catholic High Schools. We will be able to use the newly acquired (Camp Challenge) Catholic retreat center called St. Theresa’s Camp. It sits in Palmer along a beautiful lake with breathtaking mountains surrounding it. I have set aside two days, November 25th and 26th for the HRA High School to attend as the spiritual time for prayer and reflection is as important for their development as are their intellectual studies. It is my hope that all the high school students, Catholic or non-Catholic, will join us for this spiritual retreat! We welcome and hope that many parents will come along as chaperones to support the young people. I will be there the whole time.
Mrs. Pam Bjelland, our wonderful After School Care coordinator, stepped in to substitute for Mrs. Verbout who flew to Texas for a wedding. She has been a wonderful guide for the kindergartners and I am so grateful for her help! Thank you also to the grandmother of second grader, Mrs. Guzman, who helped us transport all our recycling to Dowling Rd. AND cleaned the downstairs room of the John Paul II Chapel so that it is ready for our 2,000 Hail Mary Saturday Prayers to go downstairs for lunch during their 8 hours of prayer! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Stevens for all their help this week, especially stopping to help with driving for community service, Mrs. Stevens! Bless you both! Finally, a great deal of thanks go to Mr. Stankewich for his dedication to the continued improvement of the electrical and heating components of the Bernadette building. We simply could not take care of the HRA community so comprehensively without all of our wonderful parent volunteers.
Saturday practices have begun for the High School play. This year the students are preparing for Shakespeare’s comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Mrs. Furby has sent home a calendar of practices from now until the play. Be sure that your child gives you the calendar. I will try to remind parents in my blog and on Sycamore as to which students are expected each Saturday. Mrs. Furby has worked exhaustively to minimize the amount of Saturdays that each student must attend so that the rehearsals are focused and busy. This schedule is dependent on students arriving to fulfill their commitments and parents supporting Mrs. Furby and Miss DiCiero as much as possible. The students are doing spectacularly well already and this play may prove to be the best one we have ever done. Go Knights.
Thursday, the Parent Association Meeting in the evening was packed. We had standing room only and I could not have been more thrilled to see so many interested faces. The minutes from the meeting will be sent home early this coming week so that those who missed will also be informed. Thank you to PA President, Lisa Cookon for running a one hour, no-nonsense meeting. Thank you to Karin Owens our treasurer for apprising us that the coffers are full and prepared to make it through the year. Thank you to Rosa Salazar for meeting and greeting and fielding questions and for Jennifer Dooc for taking notes. The whole Parent Association Team set up and took down the food, beverages, and seating as well. Bless you to my Administrative Assistant, Jordan Brittain, and my Business Manager, Danielle DiCiero as well. Miss DiCiero walked and talked the parents through the Sycamore program so that they could see the many ways they can keep abreast of homework, grades, tuition payments, share hours, calendar dates, and my blogs. Finally, thank you to Mrs. Marcie Koop who reminded us about the advantages of Escrip. She did have some important news to share. Starting this month, Carr’s will not give Escrip matching funds if you use your credit card. It is only with cash, debit cards, and checks that the funds are there. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO ANYTHING EXCEPT FOR CARRS SHOPPING. EVERYTHING THAT YOU ORDER FROM AMAZON OR APPLE; ANYTHING YOU ORDER GOING THROUGH ESCRIP ON OUR WEBSITE WILL STILL HONOR THE PURCHASE WITH A CREDIT CARD.
Friday, the Upper School students went to community service in the afternoon. The students spread out to Bean’s Cafe, Holy Family Cathedral, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Serendipity, Pioneer Home, the Kindergarten classrooms, and to help with Mrs. Pearce with the art classes. It was a good day.
The High School Girls Volleyball team is already doing well in their weekend tournament. I already know that they have defeated Lumen Christi and Birchwood Christian School and eagerly await the news on the games they played today. Go Knights!
The new faculty addition to the High School, Mr. Andy Coldiron, is fitting in right away. I wrote to thank him for his first week of service and he wrote back, “I have loved being here. The students and staff are great.” Thank you for gracing us with your cheerful presence, Mr. Coldiron. Welcome aboard.
Finally, I am tightening up on uniform expectations as the months go by. Any student out of uniform from now on will be sent to the office to call home. The students know the routine and the expectations. Now, it is important that they learn the virtue of self-governance. Please be understanding when we have to call you to come with a belt or shoes etc… Know that it is because we want to teach the children good habits – including wearing the complete school uniform consistently and with dignity each and every day. Elementary parents, please be sure your child has the proper hat, gloves, coat, and snow pants for the coming winter by this Monday!!!
Thank you and have a blessed week.
Miss Neumayr, Principal
November 4th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Forgive the late Post this weekend! I took Friday and Saturday to catch up on maintenance and clean my office; the prospect of coming back on Sunday to write my post competed with my desire to take a day of rest…I rested.
It is a treat to tell you what a wonderful week we had last week! The week began nicely with the addition of four new students, the Harris children, and Gabby Holder. The new students fit in like they had been here all year. We are so happy to have them.
The Post Silent Auction efforts in the halls of Kolbe worked out very well. We added approximately $2500.00 to our total auction intake and our final number has moved to $215, 500.00! Thank you to all those bidders young and old!
Thank you to Fr. Patrick Brosamer who came over for the elementary mass on Tuesday and to Fr. Mark Francis O.P. who said the high school mass on Thursday. We are indeed blessed with fine young priests to inspire our youth.
Thank you to Mrs. Shaut, Mrs. Verbout, and Miss Verreux for planning the field trip to the PAC theatre on Tuesday for their kindergarten and first/second grade classes. The students enjoyed a production of Little Red Riding Hood and other classics. It was a wonderful outing and the students behaved very well according to their teachers.
The highlight of the week came on Thursday when each of the classes depicted a saint for our All Saints Day Festival. I began the festival by reading some words of wisdom from Pope Francis. In an address to you people he said,
” How does school help you to grow? It helps not only by developing intelligence but also by an integral formation of all the aspects of your personality. In following what St. Ignatius of Loyola teaches, the main element of school is to learn to be magnanimous. Magnanimity; this virtue of the great and small, which always makes us look at the horizon. What does being magnanimous mean? It means have a great heart, having a greatness of mind; it means having great ideas, the wish to do great things, to respond to what God asks of you. Hence, also for this very reason do well the routine things of every day and all the daily actions, tasks and meetings with people. Doing the little everyday things with a great heart open to God and others. “ Pope Francis
Many parents and relatives joined us in St. Dominic’s for moving portrayals of heroic saints; sometimes we were moved to laughter and sometimes we were moved to tears! Congratulations to the following classes:
Kindergarten: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta &
St. Justin Martyr
Grade 1/2 - St. Francis of Assisi
Grade 3/4 – A variety of Saints gave a little autobiography
Grade 5 – St. Therese of Lisieux
Grade 6 – St. Nicholas of Myra
Grade 7 – St. Dymphna
Grade 8/9 - Joseph and His Brothers (film)
Grade 10 – St. Monica reads St. Augustine’s Confessions (script written by Richard Maloy and company)
Grade 11/12 – The Crowning of David
A special thank you goes to our Choir Mistress, Mrs. Duncan, for preparing a lovely All Saints Day Song for the students to sing as the culminating event of the Festival.
Another special thank you goes out to the “saintly” mothers who brought in homemade sweets as a treat for the young actors and actresses at the end of their show! It was a bountiful treat and all the little ones finished Thursday on a sweet note.
Congratulations to Holy Rosary Academy for writing and illustrating their many letters last year to the Mail for the Troops Campaign for Christmas 2012. Mr. Forrest Brooks stopped by to drop off Certificates of Merit. In particular, Miss Verreux’s Class was recognized for the many, many letters her first and second grade class produced last year. She was awarded a certificate for helping HRA to be the #1 elementary school in Alaska for the Mail for the Troops effort in 2012! Particular students were also recognized for their many letters and illustrations: Joshua Fouch, Tinius Manu, and Amarisa Manuel all received certificates for their efforts as well! We are excited to begin our letters for this Christmas now. The students will be working on cards for the troops from now until November 12th. I know that military personnel receiving these cards are so grateful for this fine effort. Bravo Knights!
Ballerina and seventh grader, Kateri Miller, will be participating in the Nutcracker production at the PAC this year. I encourage all interested families to plan to go and cheer her on. We are proud of you Kateri!
At the Upper School, we use a demerit system if the students have neglected to follow the dress code, demonstrated poor manners and self-governance, or omitted doing their homework. The demerit program is an effort to foster good habits in the students as they grow in virtue and integrity. I thought you might be interested in the way it works. Here is how it works:
Demerits can be tracked on Sycamore. A teacher puts the violation, along with the number of demerits issued, on Sycamore so that you will be aware of your child’s status on a daily basis. When your child receives two demerits we will send a warning letter home. Please sign and return via your child the following day. After the fourth demerit, the student will have two date options offered for a one-hour detention in uniform with me. The student needs to bring homework to complete although I reserve the right to have him or her do chores around the school if necessary. If a student serves an hour and within the same semester receives four more demerits, he or she must come on a designated Saturday in uniform to serve a three-hour detention with me.
This past Saturday, I had four young men help me for an hour. I am grateful to them and to their parents for seeing the importance of seeing their punishment through and I appreciate how hard the boys worked during that hour. I am pleased that it has taken until November for ANY student to have enough demerits to serve a Saturday. It speaks well of the maturity of the junior high and high school this year and their ability to self-govern.
I have had a chance to speak to the BBC producer of the TWENTY/TWENTY program called “Extreme Schools.” We will have two thirteen year old girls joining us. Their names are Trewely and Macey and they are from England. It will be great fun to introduce them to Alaska and to our school. It is important for parents to know that though the week will be taped by the BBC producers, parents reserve the right to “Opt Out” if you prefer not to have your child on camera. I look forward to providing you with more detailed information as the time draws nearer.
I am delighted to announce that we have a new faculty member who has joined the school. Due to unforeseen health conditions, Miss Therese Syren will scale back and only teach two classes. Mr. Andy Coldiron, who has both his Teacher Credential and his Masters in Education, will teach the History 7, History 8, and Science 7/8 Girls classes in her stead. We are most grateful that he can join our staff and hope that you will stop in to welcome him and even sit in on one of his classes! Welcome Mr. Coldiron!
Thank you so much to Mr. Stankewich (daughter of 7th grader, Laura) and Mr. Stevens (father of kindergartener, Carlos) for coming by this long weekend to help with school maintenance. Mr. Stankewich is making sure the wee ones and our renters will be warm and safe throughout the winter in the Bernadette Building and Mr. Stevens did a thorough assessment of the campus and bought and installed fresh light bulbs anywhere they had burned out. Both gentleman did a great deal to allay my fears about the imminent winter. Thank you gentlemen!
Have a blessed week.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
October 26th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
Holy Rosary is so pleased and grateful to our many donors and benefactors and guests for making this years 2013 Auction, the second most successful in our school’s history! We garnered $213,000.00 this year. This total does not count the generous $50,000.00 matching gift from Mrs. Mary Louise Rasmuson. It was an incredible night! We nearly broke the record number of guests attending, definitely broke all records for the amount of donated goods (thanks to the incredible generosity of businesses, parents, and friends of Holy Rosary Academy), and brought in $28,000.00 more than we had budgeted for this year. God is good.
THERE IS A SILENT AUCTION CONTINUING IN THE HALLS OF THE KOLBE BUILDING UNTIL TUESDAY. Any parents unable to attend the auction are encouraged to come in and bid on some wonderful items left over from the auction. Jewelry, a gorgeous armoire, paintings, clothes, toys, dolls, and gift certificates await your bid. The auction will close after school on Tuesday and items can be picked up starting on Wednesday, October 30th! Thank you to Krissy Johannes and Ann Neavill for setting up and handling the post-auction paperwork. Thank you to Jacki Rose and Danielle DiCiero for closing out and calculating all the earnings from the auction.
This week was filled with lots of Parent/Student/Faculty meetings. The end of the first quarter had arrived and hard copies of the mid-semester grades have been sent home to parents. As always, grades are accessible on Sycamore. Thank you to all the teachers and especially the parents for going out of your way to visit with us this week. The students are doing very well and it is a privilege to speak well of them in Don Rags and offer them encouragement on ways to make even more improvements second quarter. Thank you to the elementary teachers for spending their Friday meeting with each and every one of their students and parents as well. From what I could tell, it was a wonderful chance for everyone to “check in!” I could not be more pleased with the progress of our students! Thank you to Mrs. Pam Esbenshade Bjelland for all the extra after school care this week.
Many thanks to Fr. Tom Lilly, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, for coming to HRA to say a mass on Tuesday for the elementary school. His memorable homily sure got the attention of the students. Be sure to ask your elementary child what he brought and what he said. I bet they will remember! We are so grateful to you, Fr. Tom. Come again soon.
Thank you also to Dominican, Fr. Augustine Highlander, for offering a requiem mass on Thursday for the Upper School and HS Teachers. The former President, and dear friend of my family and so many of our teachers, Dr. Ronald McArthur of Thomas Aquinas College, passed away last week. It was difficult for so many of us who would have liked to attend his funeral in California to be able to honor him and pray for the repose of his soul together this past Thursday. May you rest in peace, dear Dr. McArthur. Your faith, charity ad courage were an inspiration to schools like HRA who exist because of your understanding of the importance of the perennial wisdom passed on by a classical, Catholic education in the midst of an “Enlightened and shortsighted world.”
Many blessings of gratitude are sent from the teachers to the Nguyen family and owners of two Pho Saigon restaurants here in Anchorage. Sophomore, Sang Nguyen, arranged with his father to deliver the MOST DELICIOUS Vietnamese fried rice I have every tasted. There was so much food that the faculty enjoyed it for two days. Bless you Nguyen family!!
We will be welcoming four new students to school on Monday. Be sure to welcome the Harris children (Adi (K), Evan(1), and Johah (5) and Gabby Holder who will be entering the eighth grade. We are delighted to have these students and their families join the HRA family.
Congratulations to the HRA Girls’ Volleyball Team for playing their best in their first tournament of the season. Led by All Tournament star, Karina Ramos, the Lady Knights played the best I have ever seen them play and garnered two wins. Come out and support them as the season progresses. I am amazed at their growth and improvement in just their second year as a team. Bravo to the whole team! Thank you to Head Coach Mr. Lucas and Assistant Coach, Sang Nguyen for your fine leadership!
As I sit here writing, the Upper School is enjoying a fall Country Western Dance in St. Dominic’s. Thank you to Justin Klump, Jacob Owens, Lee Cookson, Victoria Zipay, and Karina Ramos for setting up the cowboy decorations and making the room look great! Thank you also to the many chaperones; Miss Jordan Britain, Miss Danielle DiCiero, Mr. John Haggard, and Mr. Austin Welsh for giving up their Saturday evening! We certainly had some original looking “cowboys.” Ask Monica Klump about her “git up.”
Have a blessed week,
Miss Neumayr, Principal
October 20th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
We enjoyed our annual school auction this weekend and I am just exhausted. This weeks blog will be a brief one. Next week, I look forward to sharing facts and figures to illustrate what an incredibly success event it was. I can tell you that we exceeded the goal of $185,000.00 quite substantially. It was an incredible event and we cannot be more grateful to our benefactors. Noteworthy is that we enjoyed the first ever $50,000.00 matching pledge to the Mary Louise Rasmuson first $50,000.00 from just one donor! Thank you to benefactor, Mr. Richard Armstrong, for this most incredible gift to help the school continue to educate the best and brightest of the Anchorage Archdiocese! We also honor Mr. and Mrs. Joe Columbus, and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Geiermann for their substantial donations this year! Our Lady showered us with the necessary means to remain firmly and steadily present in Anchorage. Thanks be to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
More news on the auction to come!
Student Parent Conferences are coming this week. Every year, the junior and senior high school students finish their school day at noon from Tuesday to Friday to provide time for teachers to meet with students and parents individually during the afternoons. THIS YEAR, Mrs. PAM BJELLAND WILL BE SUPERVISING ANY STUDENTS WHO NEED TO STAY ON CAMPUS IN THE LIBRARY. WE PREFER THAT YOUR CHILD FIND A WAY TO LEAVE CAMPUS BUT WILL PROVIDE THIS SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEED. THE COST IS $5.00 PER HOUR. Students are to report to the library by 12:30 and are NOT to be wandering the school nor are they to remain in the Bosco building. Students may go with Mrs. Bjelland to St. Dominic’s for exercise if she is willing.
Don Rags is a special type of student/parent/teacher conference that HRA has used for the last decade. Students are to sign up (sign-up sheet posted in the Bosco lobby) for their twenty minute meeting. Parents and student enter Mr. Welsh’s classroom. Miss Neumayr types up the comments as teachers discuss the student’s progress and make suggestions on improvements. That way the family can reread the encouraging suggestions and discuss the conference with one another later as well. After the teachers have spoken among themselves for fifteen minutes, the parents can respond or ask questions. Finally the student is asked to respond to the comments and convey their own thoughts. It is a tremendously positive and constructive process. The grades are not emphasized though we give them to the parents at the end of the meeting.. We are emphasizing study skills and ways to improve the intake of the information and the application of what each student has learned.
The elementary students and parents are asked to sign-up for parent conferences with the teacher. The elementary school teachers should already have conveyed a schedule for sign up to you. The elementary students do not have class on Friday in order for parents and students to meet with the teacher and discuss the first quarter. Please be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher about the best time to meet.
Fr. Tom Lilly will be saying mass in the school chapel on Tuesday for the elementary students. All are welcome.
Thursday, Fr. Augustine Highlander will say a requiem mass for the former President and Founder of Thomas Aquinas College. Many of the teachers and Fr. Augustine himself, enjoyed the teaching and fruits of Dr. Ron MacArthur for many years. I have known him my whole life. His loss is a blessing for him as he suffered in his last days. But, we must say goodbye in the way that he would most enjoy; the mass. All TAC alumni in Anchorage are welcome to join us in the chapel at 10:15 A.M.
Dear Dr. MacArthur, may you rest in peace in the loving gaze of Our Lord.
Miss Neumayr, Principal
October 15th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA families and friends,
The Holy Rosary Family is overjoyed to wish the Biegel family congratulations at the birth of their ninth baby! We are so happy that mom and baby are safely delivered and home already.
Little Kara Maria Biegel was born Tuesday afternoon, October 15th on the beautiful feast of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, one of the Doctors of the Church. May baby Kara follow in the footsteps of this great woman saint! Kara already shares a birthday with two of our faculty, Miss Syren and Mr. Shaut! Maybe she will be a teacher!
We wish the Biegels great happiness on this joyous occasion.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal
October 12th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
One week until the HRA Auction 2013! Be sure to encourage friends and family to purchase a seat for the event. We are close to a record number of guests and hope to exceed the number from last year. Please consider attending this wonderful event. The items are simply superb this year. The food and company promise to be wonderful! Call the office to secure your place. Thank you to all the parents as you take care of your discounted tuition auction responsibility. Call Miss DiCiero if you have any questions about how to fulfill your obligation.
The Living Rosary the students led this Monday after the Assembly was truly beautiful and will become an annual event! Thank you to the students for bringing your piety and fervor to this event. We began this first annual HRA Living Rosary by sending the students who would be responsible for each bead to their place in St. Dominic’s. The room was set up to simulate the five decades of the rosary. Before we began, we distributed handmade HRA rosaries to all of our new HRA students made by a loving benefactor. Fr. Augustine said a prayer and then distributed holy water over the students and rosaries so that the students would have a blessed sacramental. Fr. Augustine then began the prayer with the Apostles Creed. Alunni, Michael Rannals said the first Our Father, Super Junior, Jacob Ownes said our first Hail Mary for Faith , Junior Anne-Marie Droege, the second Hail Mary for Hope, Junior Victoria Zipay, the third Hail May for Charity, Junior Karina Biegel, the Glory Be and the Fatima prayer. Kindergartner, Carlos Stevens led the first Joyful Mystery Our Father and then ten students each stood and said a Hail Mary while the student body responded to them. I am so proud of our younger students, Second Grader, Amarisa Manuel (just baptized!), Kindergartner, A.J. Murray, Kindergartner, Cameron Montague, and Kindergartner, Belicia Manuel (just baptized!), for leading the Our Father of each decade in front of the entire school! The whole event moved me so deeply to see the love and devotion the students have for this ancient practice and their ability to pray and contain themselves in a world that tells them to rush and let noise and materialism and pleasure destroy peace and prayer and silence. May Our Lady continue to watch over us and protect our dear little brown school on Fireweed!
Tuesday was the first time that the elementary school was able to enjoy mass this year in the school Blessed John Paul II Chapel! Thanks to the Archbishop’s permission, I can ask priests to come and offer mass so that we can use our chapel. We are forced to split the masses between K-6 and 7-12 because we cannot fit the entire student body in the chapel. The Archdiocese’s newest ordained priest, Fr. Patrick Brosamer, came to offer this first mass in the chapel this year. He hopes to come several Tuesdays a month and be our regular chaplain for those days. Other priests hope to fill in the gaps. We will continue to say our all school masses in St. Dominic’s at least once a month as those communal masses mean so much to the entire student body and keep us spiritually close. Nevertheless, we are also so happy to be using our beloved chapel again. Thank you to Miss Selene Viens for coordinating the altar servers, readers, and music for the mass. Thank you to all of the faculty for helping the new students to adapt to the chapel logistics. The upper school enjoyed mass on Thursday in the chapel with a visiting Dominican priest as well.
Yukon Fire Safety came to check our fire extinguishers, batteries, and alarm systems on Wednesday. I took the opportunity to run fire drills in the Bosco and Kolbe buildings. In both buildings, the students were able to exit in under thirty seconds! They took the drill seriously and handled themselves well. I felt reassured that the students could react appropriately to a fire emergency. We also refined our drill procedures and checked the faculty and staff for preparedness. Bravo to the whole HRA student body and staff for an excellent exercise. All of our alarms and extinguishers are up to code and ready for any emergency. Thank you to Danielle DiCiero for spending the morning shadowing the Yukon team and refining the front office staff preparedness!
Wednesday, sixth grader, Jack Chennault returned to school after spending several weeks with his brother, Michael “Chip” Chennault who is recovering from Hodgkin’s disease in Houston, Texas. Jack exuberantly reported to me that Michael is planning to return to Anchorage at Christmas and that he is “70% cured!” All of HRA has been praying for Michael and this news was truly promising and thrilling. Since the start of school, each grade has been writing cards to Chip to keep him cheered and filled with the knowledge that he is in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you to the students for the artistic, clever, and thoughtful cards. The third/fourth class, the fifth and sixth graders, and the seventh graders have done a wonderful job in exercising this corporal work of mercy so necessary in an ordered society. Get well soon, Chip, and come back to us!
Former HRA parent and dear benefactor, Kelli Emili, surprised the faculty with an incredible lunch spread on Wednesday. She showered us with cheeses, meats, breads, fruits, and sweets that lasted for days. The faculty had a lovely chance to come together and visit with each other and with Kelli. I heard lots of moans of gastronomical pleasure and laughter coming from St. Jerome’s Faculty Lounge. Thank you, dear Kelli, for the wonderful lunch and your continued friendship! Any parent interested in taking care of some share hours and who likes to cook, is welcome to contact me if you want to offer a lunch during the next few months. It is a rare and treasured treat for the faculty to be so spoiled and to come together to visit.
The high school drama practices are about to begin. Thank you to directors, Mrs. Erin Furby, Miss Danielle DiCiero, and Mr. John Haggard for casting an exceptional group this year. The play will be Much Ado About Nothing, one of the most humorous of Shakespeare’s comedies. The practice schedule for October should have been sent home to the parents so that the students and parents can plan ahead for the practices. Every effort was taken to accommodate the many other obligations our busy students have. Thank you so much, Director, for the time and care you have taken. The play will be performed in January; based on the cast, it is sure to be another hit!
We are so excited about the Girls High School Volleyball Team’s prospect for this year. Karina Biegel, Anne-Marie Droege, Karina Ramos, Jessica Smith, Victoria Zipay, Monica Klump, Arianna Fouch, Sarah Lucas, Therese Knox, and Mary Tappel have already revealed what a strong and experienced team they have become. Many have practiced throughout the summer to be ready for competition this year. Good luck in your scrimmages in Talkeetna this Saturday, ladies. We look forward to supporting you throughout the season! Thank you to assistant coach, sophomore, Sang Nguyen, and HRA father and head coach, Mr. Lucas! As always, thank you to Maureen Klump for all the coordinating, driving, and supporting that you do as our unofficial Athletic Director!
I have had the privilege of stepping in to substitute classes and visit classes in the upper school this week. I am so impressed with the students’ receptiveness and work ethic and with the teachers for their creativity and caliber of assignments. The students are flourishing; their intellectual growth and their love of learning is palpable. Bravo to all! Let us keep it up and ignore the oncoming darkness. Let us keep our classrooms lit with the wisdom and beauty that radiates from the materials and discussions we enjoy with the students.!
Friday, the upper school went out in all directions to do Community Service. Mr. Haggard and I took about 18 students to pray in front of the abortion clinic on Lake Otis for Forty Days for Life. While we were there, a man and woman came out; the woman walking gingerly. It brought home to the children and me the horror of abortion that takes place day-by-day every minute of the day and that makes any former holocaust pale in comparison as the 55 million we have killed in this country mounts. As we said our rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, we all prayed deeply for the wound this country suffers and for the hope that one day we will turn from our rejection of God’s most vulnerable creation – the baby in the womb. Thank you to Mrs. Erin Furby for making all the community service arrangements and for the faculty and parents for arranging the transportation and supervision.
Thank you again to Mr. Welsh who spent two hours prepping eleven of our students for the PSAT math. I had the privilege of helping them with their reading comprehension and writing sections for the PSAT next Wednesday. I am so proud of these students for working from 6-10 P.M. on a Friday night! That is dedication and makes it a joy for Mr. Welsh and me to assist them!
What a truly wonderful week filled with laughter and learning. I pinch myself at my good fortune to work with and for the HRA family!
Wishing all of you a blessed week.
Miss Neumayr, Principal
October 6th, 2013 by Catherine Neumayr
Dear HRA Families and Friends,
As I sit in my office and rain drops come down dragging the leaves with them, I sense the imminent onset of winter. Though the impending cold makes me shudder, the excitement of the first snowfall that sticks fills me with anticipation! Thank you to the Tobias for mowing the lawn and all the winterizing efforts this past week. We are so grateful for you! Thanks also to Mr. Thompson for his final touches on the fence fortification and beautification this week.
So also, the excitement of some wonderful upcoming events fill me with eagerness. Tomorrow, the whole school will enjoy a Living Rosary for our school’s special feast: The Feast of the Holy Rosary. Fr. Augustine will join us to lead the students in prayer. The students will lead the Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Bes and the whole campus will honor Our Lady and her Son. All parents, family members, and friends are welcome to join us!
I am also anticipating our upcoming school auction. It is our largest fundraiser of the year and truly a Catholic love fest in the sense that it brings so many old and new friends connected to Holy Rosary Academy together for a beautiful evening filled with the richness of fine company, good food, gorgeous gifts, and true charity. Please consider joining us for this memorable evening as we still have tables available. Call up dear friends and invite them to join us! Now is the time to contact the front office at 276-5822 to have us hold a place for you. Many thanks go to Jacki Rose, Ann Neavill, Krissy Johannes, Pamela Bjelland, Rosa Salazar-Sanchez, Gena Columbus, and Danielle DiCiero for all their hard work behind the scenes as our Auction Committee. I am fortunate to have the best team in town working for the good of the school! I thank all the parents who are also taking care of their auction obligations by helping out this great event in so many ways.
At the Monday Assembly this week, we all had a chance to acknowledge the excellent play from the Varsity Soccer Team. They took Second Place in their tournament in Kenai! Four of our players received special recognition on the All Tournament Team. Juniors, Victoria Zipay and Lee Cookson were named to the team and freshman, Mary Tappel, and senior, Justin Klump, stunned us all by being named Female and Male MVP’s of the whole tournament! These awards were voted on by all the coaches at the tournament; it was a testament to the unwavering hard work our students reflected on the soccer field throughout the tournament. Congratulations to these players and the whole team for playing with guts and perseverance. I had the privilege of traveling down to Kenai last Saturday to watch this super team dominate their opponents until the championship game. Even in that loss to Cook Inlet Academy, the Knights never gave up. Goal Keeper, Jacob Owens, made spectacular save after save to try to keep the Knights in the game. A huge thank you goes to Mrs. Klump and the two coaches, Robbie Cookson and Patrick Klump, who guided these students to excellence on and off the field. Archbishop Schwietz was so proud of their accomplishments that he sent his secretary to the campus to pick up the second place trophy so that he could display it in his office for the week. Bravo Knights! We are so proud of you!
This seventh week of HRA went by in another whirlwind. Tuesday, Lifetouch pictures came and took class and individual photos. The students looked wonderful in their pressed and cleaned uniforms with their combed hair and beautiful smiles. Once again, the Lifetouch team was so impressed with the good behavior they enjoyed while working. The HRA students handled themselves maturely and well! The Lifetouch team will return on November 5th to do any retakes that might be necessary.
Classes went well this week. Mr. Thompson, grandfather to kindergartner, Blaise Thompson, came in and showed the 18 kindergartners how a volcano erupts. Needless to say, they were delighted. At the upper school level, teacher, Mr. John Haggard, had his medieval seminar students run a campaign to elect Beowulf, the pagan king, for president. It was a fun assignment and had all of his students enjoying the political posturing of their classmates! Thank you to all the teachers for making studies enjoyable for their students!
The students are eagerly working on their auction items for our fundraiser. It was such fun to walk around and see the fruits of their labor come to life before me! You parents and all the attendees of the auction are in for a treat! Thank you to the teachers and volunteer parents for coordinating the activities and to the students for doing all that you can to contribute to the fundraiser being thrown on your behalf!
Bravo to HRA students Jacob Owens, Karina Biegel, Thomas Biegel, and alumni, Reagan Biegel for helping to serve at an American Legion event this weekend. The students received a generous donation from the American Legion for their hard work; the money will go towards the senior coffers for the school prom at the end of the year. Thank you to these fine students for their efforts!
I was also proud of all the juniors and two sophomores who gave up their Saturday afternoon to attend the PSAT workshop put on by Mr. Welsh and me this weekend. The students gave it their all and learned a great deal. We look forward to offering them more practice on Friday, October 11th from 6-9 P.M. Thank you to Mr. Welsh for sacrificing part of his weekend to help the students prepare for college!
A special thank you goes out to eight HRA students who went to sing in the Holy Family Cathedral choir this Sunday as the parish celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary. These students wore their uniform and represented the school beautifully. Thank you to our choir director, Mrs. Colleen Carter-Duncan for inviting the students to join her husband’s choir.
I joined Miss Verreux, Mrs. Shaut, and Mr. Shaut who attended the baptism of all five of the Manuel sisters at their baptism at Holy Cross Parish this Sunday. Second grader, Amarisa, and kindergartner, Belicia, were so excited and happy to receive their first Sacrament. Be sure to enjoy the beautiful smell of chrism anointed on their foreheads at the school assembly. Congratulations to you, Amarisa, Belicia, and all your sisters! Thanks for including us teachers in this very special day!
Have a blessed week.
Miss Catherine Neumayr, Principal