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April 10, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Spring Gala was spectacular! Thank to everyone who joined us on Friday evening at Maritime Parc. Thanks for your generosity and your support. Thanks to all of our sponsors and contributors, our class parents and everyone who helped make the evening so special. A special thank you to Liz Young, Kristi Alvez, Cat Cabrera, Jen Araneo and Donna Murphy for doing most of the heavy lifting over the last ten months to make everything work so beautifully. The Spring Gala is a monumental undertaking and a rival to any social event anywhere. We are so blessed to have each of you and I can’t thank you enough for all that you do for our school!

With Easter recess within view we now turn our focus to what is on tap when we return on April 24th. We will host the annual Hoboken Rotary Fourth Grade Spelling Bee on Friday, April 28th in our gym. This wonderful event is named in Honor of Christopher Widjaja, our special angel, who won the event two years ago, then passed away suddenly that summer of myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart. The spelling bee, named in his honor, is a fitting tribute to a beautiful little boy.

As I have mentioned at the last two Home and School Association meetings, we have begun preparations for the Middle States Accreditation process. As part of that preparation we will have to complete a very detailed self-study that will encompass every aspect of our school’s operation. Middle school students and teachers have completed surveys and the parent survey will be administered through Survey Monkey, when we return from Easter break. Because of this intensive self-reflection and chronicling every aspect of our operation, teachers will need time to meet and complete the various tasks involved. To that end, Friday, May 5th, originally scheduled as a full day of school, will now be a half-day. In addition, the last day for students in grades 1-8 has been changed to Friday, June 16. The teachers and I will use the time on June 19th and 20th to work on our self-reflection and close out the school year. Next year’s calendar is being formulated and a preliminary 2017-2018 school calendar will be posted in early May. Additional half days will be added to the calendar to allow for Middle States preparation.

Our spring book fair will begin on Sunday, April 30th and continue through Wednesday, May 5th. Our choir will compete at the annual ISing Program at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny on Thursday, May 4th. May 8th will be a very busy day and will be the start of a very busy week. Our PK-Grade 2 Field Day will take place on Monday, May 8th. Later that evening, we will be blessed to have Cardinal Tobin, The Archbishop of Newark, visit our school for a reception in our gym, following Mass at 7:30PM at St. Ann Church. The HCA choir will sing at the Mass along with other children from each of the Hoboken and Weehawken parishes. All are cordially invited to attend both the mass and the reception. More information will be sent out as son as it becomes available.

There will be no school for students on Thursday, May 11th, while teachers take part in in-service activities through the Schools Office at the Youth center in Kearny.

On Tuesday, May 9th, we will hold the Gr. 3-8 Field Day at JFK Stadium. The rain date for both field days will be Wednesday, May 10th.

This year students will not eat lunch at the field. At the conclusion of the morning field day events, students on both days will return to school for lunch. In an additional change this year, parents are asked to send their child to school with a water bottle that can be re-filled at our coolers. Students will carry their water bottles with them as they make their way through the stations. Students should also bring a snack to eat at the field, mid-way through the morning’s activities. The lunch periods will be adjusted to accommodate the students returning to school on both days.

Friday that week, our eighth graders will take part in their Retreat at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny. The following week, the eighth graders will take part in a three day field trip to Washington DC. Students and their chaperones will leave early Wednesday morning and return late Friday night. Please keep our oldest students in your prayers as they learn first hand about the monuments, artifacts, rituals and history of our great country while visiting our nation’s capitol. With no rest for the weary, the HCA choir will perform at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, in Newark on Saturday evening, May 20th. Please come out to this beautiful cathedral on the 20th if you are able. The venue is majestic and our students’ voices will, as they have done in the past, give you chills and bring a tear to your eye!

Campus Ministry students will host our annual, “Senior Prom,” a special dinner dance for their grandparents on Monday, May 22nd. On Tuesday, May 23rd we will host a petting farm for students in grades PK-4 in our courtyard. The Art Show, original scheduled for May 23rd will now be held on Monday, June 12th. School will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Friday, may26th and Monday, May 29th. Final exams for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will begin on Tuesday, May 30th.

As you have read, there will be a lot going on over the next several weeks. Thanks in advance, for helping our young people stay focused on their studies as we make our way through the end of the school year.

God bless you and thanks again for all that you do and for sending us such wonderful children.

Matthew McGrath

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