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NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With Thanksgiving just two days away it is a great time for each of us to reflect upon all the blessings we have to be thankful for. Here at Hoboken Catholic Academy we have a pretty long list. First, we are thankful for the beautiful children who brighten our halls every day. Whether it be the Pre-K and Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program, the middle school dance, or just a regular school day, our kids, from the youngest to the oldest, are simply amazing. They are kind to each other, enthusiastic about learning, and love to do things for other people.

Next, our teachers and support staff are caring, hard working and dedicated to our students, our school and Catholic education. They go above and beyond on a regular basis and help make this school special. They have done everything I have asked them to do and then some. Please know your children are in kind and loving hands. We are thankful for all that they do.

Finally, we thank you. You support our school; send us great kids, and respond so positively to all that we do. We recognize that it is a sacrifice for you to send your children to this school and thank you for your commitment. We also recognize and thank all of you who volunteer your time, donate supplies and materials, organize, run and support our fundraisers, serve as HSA officers and class mothers and coach our teams. We thank you for believing in the mission of Catholic education and for believing in Hoboken Catholic Academy.

In the weeks ahead we ask that you join us in thanking another very special group of people, the men and women serving our country in the armed forces. Following our morning prayers, we salute the flag and sing a patriotic song to start each day. We are able to do these things because of the brave men and women who volunteer to defend us and keep us safe. Please help us teach our children how blessed we are to live where we do and join us in saluting our soldiers and their families. A few weeks back we sent out information about the Student Council sponsored Christmas Phone Cards for Troops Program. Please support this program and help us, in one small way, to give some of our brave soldiers the opportunity to connect with their loved ones over the holidays.

December brings the season of Advent and the anticipation of the blessed birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. At Hoboken Catholic Academy it will be a very busy time. We will celebrate the beginning of Advent with First Friday Mass on December 5th. There will be a 12:00 dismissal and First Trimester report cards will go home that day as well. Our HSA will sponsor Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 7th with Santa’s Workshop beginning that day as well. We will be closed in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, the 8th and will continue Santa’s Workshop when we return on the 9th. The Pre-K Christmas Show will take place on the 17th at 10:00AM and the evening program featuring students in grade 3-8 will take place on Thursday, December 18th at 7:00PM. The Concert featuring students in kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2 will be on Friday morning, December 19th at 10:00AM. Class parties and a special $2, red and green dress down day will happen on Monday, December 22nd. We will finish-up on Tuesday, December 23rd with a 12:00 dismissal. There will be no aftercare that day.

Information about our second annual Texas Hold’ Em Poker Night will be coming home shortly. The date for this year’s event will be January 30th. In addition to the poker, participants will be able to play Black Jack, or simply enjoy a night out with friends. Remember, for those of you who did not use your fund raising voucher for our Golf Outing, the entry fee for this event is one of your two remaining options. Simply send in the form sent out with my letter last month along with your fundraising fee of $300 and you will be provided with one ticket to Poker Night. The deadline for choosing this option or the ticket for the Spring Gala will be January 15th. Please give us a call if you have any questions.

I began this note by mentioning all we have to be thankful for. Let me end it by thanking God for giving me the opportunity to be part of this outstanding Hoboken Catholic Academy family. Thank you all for the love and support you have shown me since I became your principal last summer. Together we will continue to make Hoboken Catholic Academy the wonderful school that it is. God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Matthew McGrath

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

November 27
No School
Thanksgiving Day

November 28
No School
Thanksgiving Break

December 1
Grade 8 Ring/Gown measurement

December 3
HSA Meeting

December 4
Open House
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

December 5
10 AM Mass at St. Ann's Church
12:00 PM dismissal (PreK 11:45 AM)
        Professional Development Day
        First Trimester Report Card

December 7
Breakfast with Santa
Santa Shop

December 8
Immaculate Conception Day
        Santa Shop

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Wednesday, November 26
12:00 PM Dismissal (PreK 11:45 AM)
No Aftercare and No Choir