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MAY 12, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As many of you have seen on our Facebook page, our sixth grade homeroom and middle school English teacher, Mrs. Peggy Girovasi, received the prestigious Ignation Educator Award from Xavier HS in Manhattan in a ceremony at the Jesuit high school last week. Former HCA student and current Xavier Honor Student, Frank Corrado identified Ms. G. in an essay as the teacher who has had the greatest impact on his life. Frank’s essay was one of thirty-nine chosen from over 280 freshman entries. As a result, Mrs. Girovasi was honored that night during a beautiful ceremony and is pictured with Frank and his parents on our Facebook page. Congratulations to Mrs. Girovasi for this well-deserved recognition.

The month of May has gotten off to an excellent start with many wonderful events planned for the weeks ahead. Thanks to Mrs. Mercado, Mrs. Girovasi, Mrs. Casper and the parent volunteers for helping to make our Scholastic Book Fair so successful. Unfortunately, many of our summer reading list books are on back order, but Mrs. Mercado arranged for parents to place orders with Scholastic to have the books sent as soon as they are available.

Our Choir received a rating of Excellent at the iSing Competition at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny on May 7th! The HCA Choir, with more than sixty members from grades 2-8, is under the direction of Ms. Laurie Campana. Please visit our Facebook page to see photos and view one of the songs, A Song of Peace, which features fifth grade soloist, Nanki Nagpaul and another, Regina Caeli, sung in Latin. The performance was outstanding and we are all very proud of our choir! Next for our young singers will be the annual Spring Concert, which will be held on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 in our gym and the Combined School Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Saturday, May 16th at 8:00PM.

Two teams of seventh graders will take part in the Marist High School Scholastic Olympics right after school on Tuesday the 12th. Different students will compete in each academic area. Please join me in wishing our students well as they represent our school.

Field Days are scheduled for the 18th for Pre-K to grade 2 and the 19th for grades 3-8. Thank you to all of our volunteers for working with Mr. Tallarida and our teachers on those days to help make these special days successful. Thanks as well to all our friends who sponsored this year’s tee shirts.

Mrs. Albunia will display our students’ amazing artwork at the HCA Art Show in our gymnasium on Wednesday, May 20th from 6:00 to 8:00PM. Please stop by and take a look at the various projects our students completed this year. I’m sure you will be pleased.

Campus Ministry students will host our second annual Senior Prom on Thursday, May 28th from 6:30 to 8:30PM. Our prom is not for high school seniors, but rather for our grandparents and seniors from the Hoboken community. Middle school club members will serve as waiters and waitresses that evening and our outstanding choir will kick off the evening with a few of their signature pieces. Students are diligently planning the theme and making the decorations and favors for the evening. Invitations for our grand parents will be sent out shortly.

The summer mailing with the 2015-2016 school calendar will be sent home this week. As you will see, we will get off to a late start because of how Labor Day falls and we have built three snow days into the calendar. Hopefully, we will get a break from the harsh winters we experienced the last two years and not need more than that. We included Holy Thursday and the Friday before Memorial Day weekend as off days again this year. Those will be the first days reinstated if we exceed the three snow days to avoid adding days in June.

Terra Nova test results will also be sent home this week. Once again, our students scored well above the national average in all areas. As soon as we finish analyzing the school-wide data, the overall results will be posted on our website.

It is hard to imagine that in a little more than a month we will say goodbye to our students for the summer and send another group of outstanding young people to high school. We have had an excellent school year and with the help of Almighty God, we will enjoy a strong finish to the 2014-2015 school year as well. Thank you for all that you do to support our school. We have much to be proud of but realize, that we have much more to do. With your continued help and support, HCA will continue to grow. I am excited about our future together!

God bless you.


Matthew McGrath

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

May 25
No School - Memorial Day

May 29
May Crowning
Student Council Election

June 1
PreK 3 & 4 Turtle Back Zoo
Grades 6, 7 & 8 Finals June 1-4

June 3
Grade 3 & 4 Bronx Zoo Field Trip
HSA Meeting 7PM:
       Volunteer Social to Follow

June 6
6th Annual 5K Run

June 9
Sports Awards Assembly

May 22
No School
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