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April 25, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, Archbishop Hebda will be leaving the Newark Archdiocese shortly to become the Archbishop of Minneapolis- St. Paul. There will be a farewell Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 7:00PM on Friday, April 29th. All are welcome to attend the Mass as well as a reception to follow immediately after Mass at the Archdiocesan Center, across Clifton Avenue from the Basilica. If you plan to attend, please send me an email at mmcgrath@hobokencatholic.org so I can give the schools office a head count.

Congratulations to seventh grader, Aramchan Lee and fifth grader, Louie De Falco for being named semi-finalists in their respective grade levels, in an essay contest, sponsored by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The program, entitled “Cassini Scientist for a Day,” had students learn about Saturn, its fascinating rings and moons, and Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system then, based on what they learned select one of three targets for the Cassini Probe to explore. Both Aramchan and Louie suggested that the Cassini Spacecraft explore the rings and moons of Saturn and offered excellent reasons for their choice. NASA received 1,150 essays from students from 31 states. Congratulations to Aramchan and Louie for their thoughtful essays and for this wonderful recognition by NASA.

Congratulations to fourth grader, Akshay Sharma for finishing second in the Hoboken Rotary sponsored Christopher Widjaja Spelling Bee, held in our gymnasium on Friday evening, April 22nd. Mr. and Mrs. Widjaja and Carson were on hand to help award the plaques to the top three finishers. Congratulations Akshay!

Please be advised that we will have a change in our nursing services through the end of the school year. I am pleased to tell you that Mrs. Margie Stauber, RN, who served as our school nurse last year, will be with us one day per week through the end of school in June. In addition, Catapult has assigned, Ms. Mary Rose O’Brien, RN, two days per week and my former School Nurse, retired from the Parsippany Schools, Mrs. Bani August, RN, will be with us two days per week as well. Mrs. Stauber will be our lead nurse, and will be the person who will contact parents regarding immunizations, school physical compliance, auto immune injector delegate training and any other compliance issues, while our two substitute nurses handle the daily interactions with the students. Thank you for your patience and please contact me if you have any questions.

Sadly, we have said good-bye to the chicks, which hatched in each of our Kindergarten classes. The children enjoyed the wonderful experience of watching as the eggs began to crack and the chicks emerged from their eggs into the incubator. They then watched as the chicks’ feathers dried and they were moved to their temporary home in the plastic bin, where they began to eat food and drink water. Amazingly, in a matter of days the chicks were visibly bigger and very active. The experience will be long remembered, not only by our kindergarten students, but by all of our students as each class stopped by to see the chicks.

Finally, the HCA Spring Gala and Silent Auction was spectacular! The venue, with the amazing panorama of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, was outstanding. The auction items were incredible and the generous support of our families and friends is beyond words. Thanks again to Kristy Haise and her co-chairs, Roz Grant, Donna Murphy and Jen Araneo for putting together such a fun and successful event. Thanks to Dalia Kachouch for the HCA Events website, the Gallaghers for the beautiful “Giving Tree.” Thanks to Mrs. Albunia and the HCA student artists for the beautiful works of art. Thanks to everyone who donated or contributed to auction items, organized class baskets, helped set-up or clean-up before and after the Gala. Finally, thanks to everyone who so generously contributed through auction bids and donations. We are indeed blessed to be part of such a loving and supportive school family.

God bless you all!

Matthew McGrath

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

May 1-4
Scholastic Book Fair

May 4
HSA meeting, 7 pm

May 6
10 am Mass at St. Francis
12:00 pm Dismissal/ Aftercare available

May 23
Field Day
PreK - grade 2

May 24
Field Day
Grades 3-8

May 26
May Crowning

May 27
No School

May 30
No School/ Memorial Day

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