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September 12, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! We are off to an excellent start to the new school year. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us for our Opening Day Prayer Service. As those who were there will attest, our students, as usual, were amazing. Our eighth graders, under the direction of Mr. Petagno, confidently conducted the prayer service, our choir sang beautifully and Fr. Remo provided a wonderful blessing for us all. Our welcome back Mass on Friday was beautiful and we thank Fr. Remo for his help and guidance on both days and look forward to his continued involvement with our students throughout the school year.

Though the temperature outside soared to 90 plus degrees on our first two days of school, our students were able to work in comfort, thanks to the completion of our air conditioning project. We are indeed blessed to have your kind and generous support, without which this transformational project would not have been possible. Student productivity during the hot days to start and end each school year will certainly be enhanced and I thank you all for making that possible.

Information about the start of our afterschool activities, including the Prep Connection and Campus Ministry will be sent out this week. The school choir will have its first rehearsal on Wednesday 9/21/16 from 3:00-4:00 PM in the gym. Students in grades 2-8 are welcome to participate. Mr. Tallarida will send out information about our volleyball and track teams and those programs will begin shortly. I will also provide information about the First in Math online skill development program as well as Epic, the free EBook website our students will have access to. As part of the Prep Connection we will take part in the National Battle of the Books Program and I will provide more details in the days ahead as well.

The names and contact information for our Home and School Association officers are now on our website under the HSA heading. We will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00. Babysitting will be available. We will be sending out the room parent’s letter this week as well. Our class moms play a vital role in so many of our school’s activities and help us in so many ways. Please consider making yourselves available to help if you are able. Our first Home and School Association fundraiser, Kids’ Festival, will take place on Saturday, September 24th at Stevens Park, as part of the Ss Peter and Paul Oktoberfest celebration. Volunteers are still needed, so please consider helping out that day if you are able. We will have a table at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, the 26th to share information about our school. Again, if you can spare some time that day, we still need some people to man the table at various times. Remember, to be able to volunteer in any capacity in our school you must complete the Protecting God’s Children training. We will offer that training at 6:00PM in our gym on Thursday, September 22nd. You must register for the training in advance on the Virtus Online link, which can be found on our website in the “For Parents,” section under “Volunteer Requirements.”

I have reviewed our emergency contact information from parents and have found that almost half of our parents have not yet updated their contact information in our online system. It is critical that we have current emergency contact and pick-up information for every student. If you have not done so already, please complete the update by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 14th. Information on how to register was emailed to all parents over the summer. If you have any questions, please call Porzia Aluotto at (201) 963-9535.

The date for the Archdiocesan Mass for teachers and staff at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart has been re-scheduled for Friday, November 4th at 1:30 PM. As a result we will have a half-day of school that day. The original date, October 7th, was listed as a half-day on the calendar. We will have a full day of school that day. Please make the necessary adjustments to your calendar.

Finally, as always, thank you for all that you do to make our school the wonderful place that it is. Thank you for supporting our teachers and for your commitment to Catholic Education. Most importantly, thank you for instilling the virtues of hard work, kindness and compassion in your beautiful children. We are indeed blessed to work with them each day.

God bless you.

Matthew McGrath

Hoboken Catholic Academy awarded accreditation by the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
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