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APRIL 18, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With over 200 people already signed up for the Spring Gala& Silent Auction, this year’s event should be nothing short of spectacular! It’s not too late if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, but time is running out. Kristy Haise and her committee have outdone themselves in planning and organizing this special event. The items to be auctioned are incredible and this year we will also include a “Teacher Wish List,” for people who want to make a donation in that way.

I am happy to announce that fourth grader, Aidan McMillan, will be “Principal for a Day,” on Monday, April 20th. Young Mr. McMillan will assume many of my daily tasks and I’m sure will have a great day! Like PE Teacher for a Day and Lunch with Mrs. Foley, Principal for a Day will be one of the many auction items parents can bid on at Maritime Parc on the 24th. Make sure to check out the class/grade level artwork that will be up for grabs. Last year’s eighth grade piece, a truly beautiful work of art, now welcomes visitors to the chapel at Ss Peter and Paul. Monsignor Meyers knows his way around a silent auction and snapped up the one of a kind gem with a generous bid. Don’t tell him, but I think with a little more pressure, he would have gone higher!

The 5K Run Walk plans are moving along and there will be Race Committee meeting following our HSA meeting on Thursday. This year there will be a contest for a student to design the official race tee shirt. More details will be coming home shortly.

Earlier this year we sent home information about the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Program and I am thrilled to announce that seven of our students took part in this prestigious program. Congratulations to third graders, Aarav Bhatia, Aleksander Manda, Finn Murphy and Addison Swiatek and fourth graders, Shreya Lagnade, Summer Lagattuta and Sean Swiatek for taking part in the program and doing very well on the reading and math tests, with special congratulations to Sean Swaitek, who earned High Honors on the Reading Test!

Middle School science teacher, Mrs. Esteves, completed three days of training at Stevens Institute and is making preparations for the “Waterbotics,” unit she will teach to her eighth grade students in the weeks ahead. The program involves classroom instruction and will culminate with the students building robots that will perform tasks under water. This program is part of the STEM initiative in which students are taught about how engineers use math, science and technology to create machines to benefit mankind. In early June our entire sixth grade will join other sixth graders from schools in Hoboken for a daylong, “STEM-a-thon,” on the Stevens campus. That day, teams of students will take part in a series of STEM activities and projects and learn first hand about the relationship between math, science, technology and engineering.

The National Junior Honor Society, under the direction of Mrs. Bernardo and Ms. Fusiak has begun a weeklong fundraising drive to support struggling young mothers. The Baby Bottle Campaign, through the Knights of Columbus, is designed to provide assistance to young families who are having trouble making ends meet. It will specifically help provide money for food and supplies for young mothers and families with babies.

The outstanding HCA Choir will be very busy in the weeks ahead. On Sunday, April 19th they will sing at the 10:30 Mass at Our Lady of Grace and at the St. Ann’s Communion Breakfast following the 10:30 Mass in our gym on the 26th. They will take part in the ISing competition on May 7th at the Newark Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny. Last year they were rated excellent at the competition! They will dazzle our home crowd with movie theme songs at our Spring Concert on May 14th. Next, and will take the big stage, or altar, at a special concert at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Saturday evening, May 16th. Last year’s program was incredible. The cathedral is majestic and the sound of our children’s voices filled the massive space in a glorious way. Finally, our singers will perform at our second annual Senior Prom on May 28th.

That evening, our Campus Ministry Students will take part in their final service project of the year by hosting our grandparents and seniors from our parishes at a special dinner/dance. In conjunction with the Hoboken Elks Club and the Hoboken Senior Citizens’ Council, we will host the event that will feature great food, supplied by the Elks Club and served by our students, and a night of dancing and good fun following our choir’s performance. Last year’s event was highlighted in H Magazine, so we are all looking forward to that special night.

The Spring Book Fair will begin on Sunday, May 3rd and will run through Wednesday, May 6th. We hope to have many of our summer reading list books available at the book fair. The new reading lists will be posted prior to the fair.

Considering the winter we just endured, it feels good to write about springtime events and our summer reading lists! It is incredible how quickly the calendar pages turn when the weather is great and the school year enters the final trimester.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

God bless you all and God bless Hoboken Catholic Academy.


Matthew McGrath

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

May 1
10:00am Mass
12:00pm dismissal (PreK 11:45am)

May 3-6
Scholastic Book Fair

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

April 24
Spring Auction
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