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OCTOBER 8, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all of our parents for the positive response to the Fund Raising Fee/Voucher program. A number of parents have already sent in their payments and secured vouchers for the Golf Outing. Many more, donated money above the required amount and several more have chosen not to use a voucher at all. If you have not sent in your $300 check for the fundraising fee and would like to secure a voucher for the Golf Outing, please send in your check with the voucher form by Tuesday, October 14th. All other parents have until the middle of January to send their payment and select from the other two events, the Texas Hold” Em Poker Tournament or the Spring Gala/Silent Auction, for their voucher.

As was the case with our security camera/technology initiative, parents have shown their commitment to Hoboken Catholic Academy and their support for what we are trying to accomplish. Remember, the eventual goal is to secure funds above the $100,000 budgetary requirement to begin to address building needs that the school has been unable to address in the past.

Thank you as well for your patience as we continue to pilot some changes to the lunch menu. The feedback I have gotten from the students is encouraging, though I recognize that not everyone likes the new selections. The new, whole-wheat pizza was very well received and many students said they preferred it to what was previously served. I thought the new pizza was excellent. I encourage all students who have been hesitant to try the new pizza to give it a try. As is the case with many healthier foods, the new pizza is more expensive than what was served previously so if we offer it next month and beyond, the price will have to be adjusted.

Likewise, many students gave the turkey tacos a thumb’s up. So, if your child hasn’t tried it, have them talk to their friends who have and consider giving it a try. In my very unscientific survey of students after several of the lunch periods the response was very positive, but not 100%. So, please bear with us as we continue to make adjustments.

We have scheduled our two Open House programs much earlier this year so they will be in line with the other schools in the area. The Open Houses are scheduled for October 22nd and 25th at 10:00AM. As a result, we will also move our reregistration process forward as well. Information about the reregistration process, including tuition rates and fees for the 2015-2016 school year will be sent out next week. This change was necessary because it became clear that families had to commit to other Pre-K programs before they had an opportunity to attend our Open House and learn about what HCA has to offer. Because registration and tuition rates must be available for our Open Houses, we must provide all of you that information first.

Our students have gotten off to a very good start in the Principal’s Reading Challenge, but I know they can do better. The school-wide total for the month of September was 119,297 minutes. The top class was our seventh grade homeroom where the students read an average of 42 minutes per night! I will include all of the class totals in the virtual backpack by the end of the week. Please encourage your children to read for pleasure at home and record their minutes every day. Keep reading to our little ones and lets look to increase our minute totals as we move through the school year. Remember, the more kids read the more successful they will become.

I am thrilled at the positive response that we received regarding the Johns Hopkins University Search for Academically Talented Youth. Many parents have taken brochures and applied for the program online and I am certain that our students will do us proud. Likewise, I am thrilled at the positive response that we have received from middle school students and parents about our participation in the National Science League and National Social Studies League competitions. Thanks to our friends from the St. Peters Prep Ignation Scholars Program who will serve as coaches for our academic teams, and to Miss Fusiak and Mrs. Esteves for serving as advisors. Mrs. Girovasi will lead a team in the National Language Arts League and we thank her as well. That program will start in the next week or so and I can’t wait for our students to show the nation what they can accomplish!

Finally, please enjoy the upcoming long weekend. Know that your children are working hard and make us smile every day. They truly are gifts from God.

Thank you and God bless you.

Matthew McGrath

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Open House
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
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Professional Development Day

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First Progress Report

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Parent/Teacher Conferences K - 8
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