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APRIL 27, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Each year since 1985, Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington has hosted an academic competition called the Queen of Peace High School 7th Grade Academic Games. On Saturday morning, twenty-one teams of seventh grade students from nine Catholic schools in the area took part in this prestigious competition. It is my extreme pleasure to announce that the Hoboken Catholic Academy team, comprised of Tara Suter, Sophia Gallagher, Natalie Misyak, Veeran Nagpaul and Calvin Flett, won this highly competitive team contest, for the first time in our school’s history! Congratulations to Tara, Sophia, Natalie, Veeran and Calvin, as well as their parents and teachers for this wonderful achievement!

As I reported to you my last message, HCA hosted the sixth annual Hoboken Rotary Fourth Grade Spelling Bee on Friday, April 17th. Thirty-two fourth graders from eight of Hoboken’s elementary schools showed their spelling prowess during the exciting competition. I am thrilled to announce that all four of our spellers advanced to the “top eight,” and two of our students, Christopher Widjaja and Diya Vithani placed first and second in the city-wide event! Congratulations to Christopher and Diya, as well as to Tara Dean and Sean Swiatek who also did a great job, spelling dozens of words correctly before exiting. Simply outstanding!

Congratulations as well go out to Aiden Ward and Diogo Montalvo, both fifth graders, for receiving special recognition form Hoboken Mayor, Dawn Zimmer for their Earth Day posters. The boys had their picture taken with Mayor Zimmer on Wednesday in recognition of their excellent work. The posters along with many more from our students and children throughout Hoboken will be on display at City Hall in the weeks ahead and at the Green Fair on Saturday, May 16th. Thanks to all students who submitted a poster and to Mrs. Albunia for coordinating our entries. Information about The City of Hoboken Green Fair, the new composting program and the City of Hoboken Newsletter can all be accessed through the City of Hoboken link on our website.

Members of the HCA Choir performed a medley of songs they are preparing to sing at the I-Sing competition next week at the St. Ann’s Guild Communion Breakfast, following the 10:30 Mass in our gym, on Sunday. Our students, under the direction of Ms. Laurie Campana, sang beautifully. Thanks to Mrs. Angela Bernardo for her help that day as well as at all of the choir rehearsals and performances, and to all of our choir parents for their continued support.

We are in the process of formulating next year’s calendar. As soon as the calendar is completed, we will send it out to you. In the meantime, please know that the first day for students in Kindergarten through grade eight will be Thursday, September 10, 2015. There will be a full day of school that day. The first day for Pre-K 3 & 4 (Students with last names beginning with A-M) will be Monday, September 14th and (N-Z), on Tuesday, September 15th. All Pre-K students will report to school from the 16th on and will be dismissed at 11:20 for the entire first week. Pre-K students will begin full days on Monday, September 21st. More details regarding Pre-K orientation and ways parents can get involved will be mailed out in the weeks ahead.

The Hoboken Catholic Academy Spring Gala & Silent Auction took place on Friday evening and its success surpassed our wildest dreams! The venue was spectacular, the auction items were outstanding and the 250+ guests were incredibly generous. A special thank you goes out to the Gala’s chairperson Kristy Haise, for the incredible job she has did in organizing and coordinating all of the moving parts that went into pulling off such a big event. For those of you who don’t know, Kristy and Brian are expecting their third child in about two weeks, which makes what she has accomplished even more amazing.

Thankfully, Kristy had lots of help from an excellent group of volunteers. The Gala Committee worked tirelessly with Kristy in planning the event, gathering auction items and pulling everything together.

Thank you as well to Katherine Nolan, Roz Grant, Mariann Bloor, Dalia Kachouh, Shannon Swiatek, Jeanine Elias and Donna Murphy for all of your hard work and generosity in the months of preparation leading up to the big night, and for your efforts the day of the Gala. Thanks to Roger Corrado for hosting the live auction and to Grace and John Sciancalepore orchestrating the games and Teachers’ Wish List donations. Thanks to all of our class moms, our sponsors and all who solicited and donated auction items and to all of our parents and friends who came out that night. Your generosity was amazing!

Hoboken Catholic Academy is a special school. All of the events highlighted in the paragraphs above as well as numerous similar accomplishments mentioned in my letters throughout the year underscore that very fact. We are blessed to have wonderful children, caring and dedicated teachers and staff and parents who routinely go above and beyond in everything they are asked to do.

Thank you and God bless you.


Matthew McGrath

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

May 5
$2.00 Cinco de Mayo Dress down

May 6
Third Progress Report

May 10
Mother's Day

May 14
Spring Concert

May 18
Field Day Pre K-2

May 19
Field Day 3-8

May 20
Art Show 6:00pm-8pm

May 3-6
Scholastic Book Fair

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