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FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As February winds down we are in the final stages of preparation for our inaugural International Night celebration. I am thrilled at the level of excitement this new program has generated and invite all of our families to stop by and learn about the wonderful cultures represented at our school. There will be more than twenty countries represented with our wonderful families at each station to share their food, their clothing, their music, and inform us about the history and the celebrations of the country of their ancestry. I am certain that it will be a great night. So again, please join us this Friday evening, February 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Things are heating up for our annual Spring Gala & Silent Auction. In the next few days, we will unveil a new website dedicated to the Gala and future fundraising endeavors. It will be linked to our school website and provide details about the event, including a summary of all of the auction items to date with estimated cash values. The listing of auction items will be updated as new items come into the fold. Save the date cards will be sent today, so mark your calendars for April 24th. With an anticipated crowd of more than 200 people, an impressive array of auction items and venue with a million dollar view of lower Manhattan, I’m sure our Spring Gala will be a night to remember!

The first week in March brings Terra Nova Testing to our school. Students in grades 2-8 will be tested each morning starting on Monday, March 2nd and ending on Friday, March 6th. Please make sure your youngsters get plenty of sleep each night and start each day with a good breakfast. It is also critical that all students arrive to school on time. When children are just a few minutes late it not only makes them anxious, but it disrupts the entire class. So please, give yourselves a little extra time to allow for traffic delays and other problems you can encounter getting to school.

Because of testing, we will reschedule the Eighth Grade Ring Ceremony Mass, originally planned for the half day on Friday, March 6th. Students will now have a full day of school on that day. The Ring Ceremony Mass will take place on Friday, March 20th. There will be a half-day for students on that day. Lunch that was ordered for March 20th will be served on March 6th and no lunch will be served on the 20th.

Congratulations to seventh grade, National Junior Honor Society member, Angelo Rodriguez, for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award. As you will recall, back in October, Angelo organized a fundraising campaign to support his participation in a Walk-A Thon for St. Jude’s Children’s’ Research Hospital. He logged dozens of volunteer hours and raised over $300 for the hospital. Angelo received a plaque and a letter from President Obama for his efforts.

Our Campus Ministry students will participate in a Retreat this Thursday, February 26th, from 3:00-6:00 at St. Ann’s Church. Ministry advisor, Miss Mary Bentley and faculty Advisor, Mrs. Girovasi will work with our 5th through 8th grade club members on a variety of leadership and spiritual activities. Fr. Rocco Danzi, Director of Campus Ministry at St. Peter’s University, will also be on hand to speak to our students. Currently, the Campus Ministry students are collecting baby clothes and products to be donated to “In Jesus’ Name Charities,” at OLG. That group has also begun to work on preparations for the “Senior Prom,” scheduled for May 28th. Thanks for your continued support as we help our students live our Catholic mission of love and service.

Pitchers and catchers are in camp. Position players will follow shortly and the first day of spring is just twenty-three days away. Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8th! I can’t remember what the ground hog(s) determined, but as it does every year, winter will eventually come to an end. Thanks for your patience with all of the email blasts and the Honeywell alerts. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

God bless you and your families. Lets have a great week!

Matthew McGrath

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

March 6
Full Day of School

March 8
Daylight Saving Time starts

March 13
Second Trimester Report Card

March 17
$2.00 St. Patrick Day dress down

March 20
10:00AM Mass:
Grade 8 Ring Ceremony
       12:00PM Dismissal

March 28
Easter Egg Hunt

April 1
$2.00 Dress down
12:00pm dismissal (PreK 11:45am)
       No Aftercare/Easter vacation begins

April 2-10
No School; Easter Vacation

April 17
Spelling Bee HCA Gym 6:30pm

March 3-6
Terra Nova testing
March 4
HSA Meeting Canceled
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