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JUNE 10, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that the 2014-2015 school year is coming to a close. It has been a very good school year. On Saturday, June 20th, we will say good-bye to some wonderful young ladies and gentlemen. Graduation from elementary school is a very special event. It marks the end of the first and longest part of a student’s educational journey. Some of our kids have been here since they were three years old! It also means that we will say good-bye to some pretty terrific parents. So, please join me in thanking and acknowledging all of our graduates and their parents, especially those parents who will also be leaving Hoboken Catholic Academy on Saturday, June 20th. The student names marked with a * indicate that they are the last in their family to attend Hoboken Catholic Academy.

Congratulations graduates and parents!

The Hoboken Catholic Academy Class of 2015

Gabriella Aguayo*
Alexis Anosike*
Antoinette Critelli*
Mae Ebid*
Mina Hanna*
Florentino Hernandez*
Joel Jimbo*
Ashley Marrero*
Alexandria Mezzina*
Alexandra Mojica*
Manuela Peralta*
Sabrina Peralta*
Anthony Perrenod*
Adriana Sanguinetti*
Yvette Sarmiento*
Nicholas Siniscalchi*
Biagio Stoduto*
Sophia Traficante

When I arrived in July of 2013, the school building was not yet ready to reopen following Sandy. Since that time we have come a tremendous long way! Not only were all of the post storm repairs and upgrades completed, but we installed a new security camera system, re-keyed the interior locks, re-wired our PA and Wi-Fi systems and installed a new sound system in the gym. Thanks to your continued, generous support, this year we have generated more than $60,000 above the budgetary fundraising requirement and are well positioned to begin the first phase of the air-conditioning project, which will hopefully begin this summer. Thank you all!

Our students continue to make us proud with a number of accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular. From our eighth graders’ high school selections, to awards at spelling bees, science fairs, academic competitions and choir performances, HCA students excelled.

More than 250 students participated in sports, with several teams winning championships. Our choir performed beautifully each time they were asked to sing. They made more than a dozen appearances, highlighted by the iSing competition and concert at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Many of our older students were part of Student Council, the National Junior Honor Society or Campus Ministry. They raised thousands of dollars and collected food, books, clothing, toys for sick children, phone cards for our service men and women and baby supplies to help people and families in need, while developing leadership skills that will serve them well in the future. They hosted our second annual Senior Prom, and once again stole the hearts of the 140 senior citizens in attendance. Our seventh and eighth graders logged hundred of volunteer hours, assisting our littlest students enter school each day and travel to and from church for monthly masses, babysitting for Home and School Association meetings as well as volunteering at countless HSA and school events. They served as tour guides during open houses and always represented our school and our families in a positive way. Our children truly live the gospel message of love and service and have answered Pope Francis’ call to put others before ourselves. I could not be more proud of them.

HCA became a Professional Development School this year, in conjunction with William Paterson University, and welcomed former teacher, Anna D’Alto as our Math Professor in Residence. We will continue this distinction next year and for many years to come. We have also begun a relationship with Stevens Institute of Technology and their STEM program. Eighth graders are finishing up their Waterbotics unit, in which they were charged with designing and constructing robots from LEGO kits to perform tasks under water, then reflect on how well their creations performed. The unit has been quite successful with teams of students’ water-bots successfully completing their assigned tasks! Our intention is to secure training for more staff and include STEM activities at other grade levels beginning next year. Along those same lines and thanks to the Hoboken Family Alliance and Stevens Institute, our sixth grade students joined with sixth graders from all of Hoboken’s schools, at the STEM-a-thon on June 2nd. The event was a great opportunity for our students to work together in teams to solve real world problems. I am truly excited about our plans to expand the STEM initiative next year!

We continued our partnership with St. Peter’s Prep and their Ignatian Scholars, expanding the tutoring program begun last year to also include an enrichment component. Both parts of the program were successful, with the enrichment component contributing to our seventh grade team winning the Queen of Peace Academic Challenge over twenty other teams. Plans are in the works to expand the program even further to include a STEM component. Stay tuned!

Through the perseverance of their teacher and a little good fortune, our middle school students took part in an incredible event. The live face-chat with the NASA scientist about NASA’s Mars Mission will long be remembered as an amazing learning opportunity. Our students spoke with “Rachel,” as she worked at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, asking her questions and answering hers, for more than an hour. The one regret I have is that we did not have the capability to include third and fourth graders in the “face chat,” because we were limited by the size of the room. To that end, we are working on a solution. Using technology funding through the No Child Left Behind Grant we will purchase a rear projection unit, including a new screen, for the gym. The unit will allow us to conduct this type of class and include the entire school if we so choose!

Also, in the area of technology, again thanks to your generous support, we upgraded our two computer carts, added Smart Tables in Pre-K and Kindergarten and included computer instruction in grades 1-8. In addition to the weekly instruction, our teachers worked to infuse technology in other curricular areas through the use of the Smart Board and the Mac Books. We will continue to expand our use of technology to support instruction next year and in the years to come.

Last year we were thrilled to report that the NJ Council of the Knights of Columbus named Mrs. Bernardo the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. This year, one of our teachers received an equally incredible honor. Sixth grade and language arts teacher, Mrs. Peggy Girovasi, was recognized by Xavier High School in Manhattan with the Ignatian Educator Award. As I told you in my letter following the ceremony, the award came about because of an essay written by former HCA student and current Xavier HS honor student, Frank Corrado.

Please know that the teachers, support staff, and I are truly blessed to be able to be part of a school with such wonderful children and outstanding families. We appreciate your support and will continue to work hard to move Hoboken Catholic Academy forward next year and in the years to come.

Please have a great summer and be safe.

God bless you all.


Matthew McGrath

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

September 3
Lobel's 10:00am
Kindergarten Orientation:

September 7
Labor Day

September 8-9
Faculty In-Service

September 10
Morningcare / Aftercare begins
School Opens FIRST DAY for Gr. K - 8
       Full day of school (Brown bag lunch)

September 11
Welcome Back Mass 10:00am

September 14
Cafeteria service begins
FIRST DAY for Pre K3 - K4:
       Letters A-M (11:20am dismissal)

September 15
FIRST DAY for PreK 3 - K4
Letters N-Z (11:20am dismissal)

September 2
Lobel's 10:00am
PreK Orientation 9:30am-10:30am
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