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April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back!  I hope that you have had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for the home stretch of the 2017-2018 school year.  We have certainly hit the ground running with much to look forward to in the weeks ahead.

I am thrilled to inform you that second grader, Zachary Klitchko, will be Principal for a Day on Thursday, April 12th.  Zachary will conduct our morning assembly and take part in various activities throughout the day, helping me in the running of the school.  Please join me in wishing Zachary well on his special day! 

Our much-anticipated Spring Gala will take place this Friday evening at Maritime Parc.  The weather forecast is the best we have seen in many months and Alanna Kauffmann, Tatiana Joyner and the rest of our Gala committee have done a great job is putting this year’s event together.  Remember, Principal for A Day is one of the school themed auction items available at the Spring Gala.  Along with prime seats for concerts and programs, gym teacher for a day, dinner with Mrs. Ferrara and Ms. April and Mrs. Albunia’s beautiful student masterpieces, there is a wide array of wonderful auction items up for grabs.  The HCA Spring Gala is the social event of the season.   Thanks to Alanna and Tatiana, and everyone who donated or solicited items and experiences or contributed in any way to make this year’s rendition the amazing event I’m sure it will be.   Please remember that there will be a half-day of school that day so aftercare is available for Gala volunteers at no cost, should anyone need it.

On Saturday morning, April 14th, our HCA STEM Fair winning teams will present their projects at the Archdiocesan STEM Expo at the Youth Retreat Center in Kearny.  Their projects, based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, will be on display, along with student projects from schools across the Archdiocese.  Last year, more than 1500 people attended the event and this year should be equally well attended.  Please join me in wishing Alice Altomare, Louie De Falco, Brian Van Altstyne, Andrea Sigler, Ryan La Fave, Sophia Sprengle, Sebastian Bonomo, Aleks Manda and Mr. Taormina well as they represent our school at this prestigious event.

On Wednesday, April 18th, we will welcome a traveling planetarium to our gym.  Students in grades K-8 will learn about the various constellations in the night sky with lessons tailored to their respective grade levels. 

On Friday, April 20th, the National Junior Honor Society will welcome its new members during the NJHS Induction Ceremony at 10:00 AM in the gym.  Later that night, HCA will host its first ever talent show, entitled the “HCA Talent Takeover.”  The program will feature solo and group performances, vocal and instrumental music, dance, a rock band and a magician!  The program will begin at 6:30 and tickets are available at $3 per adult.  There is no cost for students; however, any student in attendance must be accompanied by an adult.

The third grade field trip to the Museum of Natural History will take place on Tuesday, April 24th and the fifth grade trip to Camp Bernie will be on Thursday, April 26th.  The Spring $2 Dress Down day will be on Friday, April 27th.  It was moved because the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will take place on the 20th. 

On Saturday, April 28th, 8th grader Amelia Gallagher, and her parents, will join me at a special Mass and communion breakfast at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny to be recognized along with students from all of the Catholic elementary schools in Hudson and Bergen counties as our Outstanding Catholic School Graduate.  Please join me in congratulating Amelia for this recognition.

Our Spring Book Fair will begin on Sunday, April 29th and run through Wednesday, May 2nd. 

The HCA Choir, under the direction of Ms. Laurie Campana will participate in the Archdiocesan iSing competition on Thursday, May 3rd and will perform at a concert at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Friday evening, May 4th at 7:30PM.  We wish Ms. Campana and her young performers well as they represent our school at these two wonderful events.

Our kindergarten classes will welcome incubators and chicken eggs from Quiver Farm during the first week in May and will watch as the baby chicks eventually emerge.  The other classes will visit once the chicks arrive.  Later in the month, on Tuesday, May 22nd, our friends from Quiver Farm will bring their traveling farm to our courtyard, where all of our students will be able to visit with goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, and ducks and maybe even a newborn calf!

Thanks to the Home and School Association for funding the visiting farm, the chicks and the planetarium and for subsidizing the field trips!

Our Field Days are scheduled for Monday, May 7th (PK-Gr. 2) and Tuesday, May 8th (GR. 3-8) with Wednesday, May 9th as the rain date.  There will be no school for students on Ascension Thursday, May 10th and on Friday, May 11th; our eighth graders will have their graduation retreat at the Youth Retreat Center in Kearny.   Our seventh graders will travel to historic Philadelphia for their field trip and grade six will visit The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on the 11th as well. 

Also on Friday, May 11th, HCA will host the annual Hoboken Rotary Fourth Grade Spelling Bee, named in honor of HCA student Christopher Widjaja.  Sadly, Christopher, who won the spelling bee as a fourth grader, passed away during the following summer.  In addition to Hoboken Rotary’s fitting tribute to a wonderful young man, each year HCA recognizes an eighth grader at graduation who exemplifies Christopher’s qualities of scholarship, kindness and joy.  The recipient receives a plaque and a $500 scholarship and has their name added to the plaque in the school’s main hallway honoring our beautiful angel, Christopher.

Second graders will travel to Brooklyn to visit “Construction Kids,” for their field trip on Monday, May 14th.  “Construction Kids” is an interactive venue in which students will actually build something to bring home and use!

On Wednesday, May 16th our eighth graders will leave for their three-day Washington DC trip.  In addition to a full itinerary including visits to the Capitol, the National Archives, the Lincoln, Jefferson, MLK, FDR, WWII, Korean, and Viet Nam War Memorials, our students will receive a tour of the White House!   They will visit Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and attend Mass and tour the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of Catholic University.  Students will relax and interact with young people from around the country during a dinner/dance cruise on the Potomac River.  On Saturday we will all need a nap!

On Friday, May 18th, our kindergarten classes will travel to “Imagine That,” in Florham Park for their field trip.

The members of our Campus Ministry Program, under the direction of Ms. Girovasi and Mrs. Peterson, will host our annual “Senior Prom,” on Tuesday May 22nd at 6:30PM.  The festivities will involve music, dancing, some student performances and a beautiful meal to be served by our Campus Ministry students to their grand parents and our eighth grade parents.

The annual spring concert, featuring our award-winning choir, will take place on Thursday, May 24th.  The program was originally scheduled for Wednesday, the 23rd, however, with the 25th now a snow give back day, the May Crowning Mass has been rescheduled to Friday, May 25th, and the concert will be on Thursday the 24th.  The $2 may Dress Down Day will remain on Wednesday, May 23rd. 

Maybe we will need more than one nap!

The Mets are 8 and 1.  It’s supposed to be 70 degrees on Friday and the trees are starting to bloom.  It appears that spring has finally sprung!

Thanks for your continued support and God bless you all!


Matthew McGrath