OCTOBER 1, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Last week was a busy week at Hoboken Catholic Academy. We welcomed our new Pre-K parents to their Back to School Night, had our first eighth grade parent meeting and provided Protecting God’s Children training for more than fifty people. We had school picture day on Thursday and an awesome basketball clinic thanks to our friends from St. Peters University that evening.
The students in grades 3-8 elected their Student Council officers on Friday. Please join me in congratulating Allie Mezzina our new Student Council President and her officers, fellow eighth graders, Manuela Peralta, Vice President, Alexandra Mojica, Secretary and Ashley Morrero, Treasurer. The new officers made their acceptance speeches during AM Assembly on Monday and outlined their plans for the upcoming school year. The class representative elections for grades 3-8 will take place on Wednesday and Ms. Wilms will meet with the new Student Council later in the week.
Our wonderful Home and School Association volunteers ran the highly successful Kids’fest in conjunction with Ss Peter and Paul’s Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday afternoon. Finally, on Sunday, some of those same great parents, led by Mrs. Bloor and Mrs. Swaitek, set up shop on Washington Street for the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival-spreading the good news about our school.
This week is off to a fast start as well. Our HSA Co-presidents met with our class mothers on Monday. We started our French and violin classes after school on Monday as well. On Tuesday afternoon, with Mrs. Bernardo’s help, our students who participated in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC two summers ago, Danica Mercado, Calvin Flett, Sophia Gallagher and Tessie Sciancalepore, will share the strategies they learned with our Student Council and National Junior Honor Society officers and our sixth graders. Also, that day we will kick off our Prep Connection afterschool tutoring program and that evening parents will have a chance to re-connect with old friends and meet new ones at our Parent’s Back to School Social.
In recognition of the Feast of St. Francis, which will be on Saturday, October 4th, Fr. Alex will join us after AM Assembly on Thursday to bless our Pre-K to Grade 3 students’ stuffed animals and pictures of their pets. On Friday, students in grades 4-8 will walk to St. Francis Church for 10:00 Mass to honor St. Francis.
On Monday, October 6th, we will have a special “pink” $2 dress down day for breast cancer awareness. The proceeds from the day will be donated to support cancer research. After school that day, we will take part in the Hoboken Family Alliance Open House at Hoboken HS. We will share the good news about all that is happening at Hoboken Catholic with prospective parents and share our open house dates and application timeline for next school year with them as well.
We are thrilled to welcome back, our former middle school mathematics teacher, Mrs. Anna D’Alto, who will be our Professor in Residence from William Paterson University. Mrs. D’Alto will begin today and will work with our teachers who provide math instruction, one day per week throughout the school year. As I indicated in last week’s letter Hoboken Catholic Academy has been designated as a Professional Development School in conjunction with William Paterson University. As a result, in addition to Mrs. D’Alto’s time with us, our teachers will have access to an excellent series of professional development opportunities through the university that we hope to take advantage of as the year progresses.
Finally, as you will recall, last spring, following a parent meeting, I wrote to you about the need to restructure our fundraising operation and to explore ways to increase parental participation and raise funds beyond the budgetary requirement to address pressing, school-wide needs to benefit our children. We formed an Ad hoc Committee to look at what is done in other schools and come up with a plan to best meet the stated goals. That group has completed their work and later this week I will be sending home a letter that outlines the plan.
Thank you and God bless you. Lets have a great week!
Grades Pre-K through 3
Blessing of animals
Mass at St. Francis Church
Grades 4 - 8
Time: 10 AM
$2 Pink Dress Down
Hoboken Family Alliance
Hoboken High School
12:00 PM Dismissal (Pre-K 11:45 AM)
7th Annual Golf Tournament
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM
New student application begins