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June 1, 2022
HSA Meeting Minutes
June 1, 2022
- A Big THANK YOU to our executive board who worked extremely hard in a difficult year! You are an amazing group of parents and all your hard work is appreciated.
- Thank you to our incoming board members.
– Co-Presidents – Mrs. Hines & Mrs. Segalla
– Vice-President – Mrs. Shukofsky & Mr. Garahan
– Financial Liaison – Mr. Ramos
– Web Master – Mrs. Mantilla
– Bloomz & Class Parent Coordinator – Mrs. Champagne
- June 3, 2022, Friday – 8th Grade Dance
– Dance theme is Hollywood
- June 6, 2022, Monday – 8th Grade Field Trip at Rocking Horse Ranch
- June 8, 2022, Wednesday – Pre-K Moving Up Ceremony at 9AM
– No tickets will be given and ALL are welcome.
- June 8, 2022, Wednesday – Ocean Rocks Assembly at 1PM for All students from Grades K to 5th.
- MAP Growth Testing Scores will be sent home next week.
- June 10, 2022, Friday – 3rd Trimester ends
- June 14, 2022, Tuesday – Honors Assembly at 8:30AM & HCA Prep Rally and Sports Awards Assembly at 1:30PM (for students and coaches only)
– Girls Varsity, Boys Junior Varsity, and Boys Varsity Teams all won the Championships this year!
– 4 of our 8 basketball teams won Championships.
– Our fastest 5K runners will be acknowledged as well
- June 15, 2022, Wednesday – Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony at 9:30AM
– No tickets will be given and ALL are welcome.
- June 16, 2022, Thursday – Last Day of School for Students / 12 Noon Dismissal
- The highlight of the day is our 8th Grade’s Baccalaureate Mass & Clap Out.
- June 18, 2022, Saturday – 8th Grade Graduation at St. Ann’s Church, 10AM
- 5K Update
– 228 signed up so far/ Race Day sign is available
– $6500 raised in registration fees and $1000 in donations
– Volunteers are still needed, please reach out to Christie DiStefano at [email protected].
– There will be great prizes for runners, swag from Fleet Feet and giveaways at the House of Q after party.
– Race Start: 10AM for Adults 5K (over 15), 10:10AM for Kids 5K (under 14)
– Award Ceremony will be approximately at 10:45AM
– Kids’ 1 Mile starts around 11AM
- Financial Update
– Sound System contract is signed
– Wish list items will be fulfilled soon (ex: podium, gym equipment, etc.)
– Spanish teacher for next SY is being recruited
– Bids for a new faculty bathroom are being reviewed.
– A detailed final report will be given in September once all fundraising for 2021-2022 is complete.
Q & A
After School for next SY will be revamped. Below are some of the afterschool classes being considered and discussed for next school year:
– Bollywood Dance Classes
– Dance Program with Ms. Carmona
– Yoga Classes with Ms. Ferman
– Coding & Bricks 4 Kidz
– STEM Program by Mr. Costa
– Robotics and Engineering by Stevens Institute of Technology
– Prep Tutoring by St. Peter’s Prep
– Entrepreneurship Classes
***Please enjoy your summer! Looking forward to seeing you all in September!***
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
May 4, 2022
- May 5, 2022, Thursday – Cinco de Mayo
– $2 Dress Down Day
– Cafeteria will also offer $2 Nachos
– Other than the Birthday Cookies and Birthday Dress Down, Ice cream for $2.00 will also be offered for birthdays.
- May 2nd to 6th – Teacher Appreciation Week
– HSA hosted a breakfast for the teachers last Monday, May 2nd . Lunch will be catered by Anthony David’s this coming Friday, May 6th .
– Class parents have been showering teachers with many gifts to show how much their class loves them. Teachers were all smiles!
- May 13, 2022, Friday – Talent Show Update (Kristi Alves)
– 21 participants as of today
– Show is at 6:30PM
– $10 per family
– Rehearsal schedule details TBA
- June 4, 2022, Saturday Update (Jeremy Kim)
– Volunteers are NEEDED for packet pick up, race morning, water station course guide.
– Approximately $12K in sponsorships collected, plus gift certificates from Shake Shack, Leo’s Grandevous, H & S, Giovanni’s and items from Fleet Feet (to be determined). Bottled water from Shoprite and Danielle Montoya.
– Portable Bluetooth speakers prize for the fastest runner supplied by Valenta.io
– Race Start Time is at 10AM
– After party will be at House of Q
– Please don’t forget to order your invites and thank you cards (Communions,
Confirmations, Graduations) on minted.com!
– Use promo code “FUNDRAISEHOBOKEN” to save 20% and HCA will get 15%!
- EXECUTIVE BOARD 2022-2023
– Co-Presidents are Laura Hines and Francesca Segalla
– Other board positions are being finalized
– All events have chairpersons ready to plan
– Most classes have class parents signed up
- Pre-K4 – Mrs. Ferman / Ms. Carmona
– Pre-K4’s are enjoying reading books. Teachers will be introducing word families and they will also be observing the butterfly life cycle.
- Kindergarten – Ms. Gravina / Ms. Yorke
– Kindergarten is very excited about their upcoming trip to Medieval Times on the 11th. We are also excited about all the new words we are learning to blend. It is so much fun! We know we are growing up now because we can add and subtract like the big kids!
- Grade 2- Ms. Cervone / Ms. Koziol
– May is an exciting month for our second-grade students! Several of our students have received their first holy communion with their parishes and even more will in the upcoming weeks! We will begin and complete our final MAP growth testing next week. We are looking forward to field day and our may crowning at the end of the month!
- Grade 3 – Mrs. Bernardo
– The third graders have maintained their positive attitude towards learning and have been consistent in their diligence and effort to try to exceed expectations.
They continue to be motivated to do well and to create a positive classroom
community. They recently went on a field trip to the Turtleback Zoo. They had so much fun and they represented the school very well with their excellent
- Grade 4 – Ms. Wilms
– The 4th Grade has been very busy this month. We are continuing our study of fractions in Math. Our other academic subjects are moving forward to finish our studies for the year. We had a great time on our class trip to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The 4th Grade learned much about the history of the Cathedral. Our tour guide, Joann was great and the students related the concepts and information learned in their Religion classes. After we left the Cathedral, we had a picnic lunch at Branch Brook Park.
- Grade 7 – Mr. Costa
– 7th Grade completed the Trout Program today by releasing the trout into the river at Stephen’s State Park and enjoyed an afternoon fishing in the pond at the trout hatchery.
- Grade 8 – Ms. Fusiak
– What an active month May is! The eight graders have already volunteered to assist at the HCA Talent Show and then the 5K Run in June. Next week, they will be enjoying a relaxing luncheon cruise along the Hudson River. Later this month, they will be participating in the Challenge Course at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny, where they will have the opportunity to work and play together in a series of problem solving and group decision making activities.
***NEXT HSA MEETING/SOCIAL IS ON JUNE 1, 2022***
April 12, 2022
- A big Thank You to our HSA President, Mrs. Bloor and to our entire executive board (Mrs. Champagne, Mrs. Dayo, Mrs. Okaya-Kruse, Mrs. Maglia, Mrs. Mannoia, Mr. Apiado and Mrs. Lemon) for all their hard work and dedication over the past year. We would not have had such success without you!
- Spring Gala & Auction
– A big Thank You to our Gala Committee, Mrs. Alamasi, Mrs. Llera, Mrs. Manzo, and Mrs. Garahan. This year’s gala was incredible! The committee’s attention to every detail didn’t go unnoticed.
- April 12, 2022, Tuesday – National Junior Honor Society
– (23) 6th Grade students were inducted into NJHS. These young men and women are true examples of the five pillars of NJHS (Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship).
- April 13, 2022, Wednesday – FULL Day of School
– All students will be dismissed by 3PM. There will be no aftercare or after school programs.
- April 14, 2022, Thursday – SMART Boards Arrival
– The SMART boards will be installed on Friday, April 15 and staff will receive training on Saturday, April 23rd .
- April 28, 2022, Thursday – Open House from 8:30AM to 10:30AM
– We have the large majority of our families registered and are now looking to fill in a few seats in select grades.
– If you know someone interested in HCA, please direct them to our website to register for our open house.
- April 28, 2022, Thursday – Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble
– All students will take part in this Educational Interactive Performance.
– There will be 2 shows (for Grades Pre-K to 3rd Grade and for Grades 4th to 8th )
– The program is being paid for through Federal Grant funds.
- April 29, 2022, Friday – Student Council sponsored Middle School Dance
– Grades 6th through 8th
– Information regarding the dance will be sent home upon return from Easter break.
- SPRING SPORTS
o April 12, 2022 was the first official track practice
o First Track Meet for Grades K-8th will take place on April 30th, Saturday in Bayonne.
– Boys Volleyball (New to the Archdiocese this year)
o Volleyball program will begin in May
o Mr. Kim, Mr. Balasa, and Mr. Apiado will spearhead this program.
– Beginner’s Basketball (1st and 2nd Grade)
o Clinics will begin in the last week of April.
o More information will be coming directly to our 1st and 2nd grade families.
- FIELD TRIPS
– ALL students in ALL grades will be taking field trips in May.
– Safe field trip locations as well as busing are all secured.
– Field trip cost increase is a direct result of the increased cost of busing, which had been anywhere from 24-43% more depending on the location.
- FIELD DAY 2022
– May 19th, Thursday – Grades Pre-K3 through 5th will have Field Day on our HCA campus and Monroe Center Field. Students will take part in games and activities in three Stations (Monroe Field, HCA Gym, and our courtyard where students will enjoy a bounce obstacle course and ice pops.)
– May 20th , Friday – Grades 6th through 8th will have their Field Day at the Hoboken High School Field.
**HCA will be selling field day t-shirts. The shirts will be $7.00 each. Order forms
will be coming home on April 25 th and will have a strict deadline of April 27th.**
– FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
o An electronic intake form should have been sent to you from your child’s teacher regarding volunteer opportunities. Please consider spending field day with us. Your child will surely be excited to have you there!
- May 9th, Monday through May13th, Friday – BOOK FAIR
- May 13, 2022, Friday – HCA Talent Show
- May 26, 2022, Thursday – Art Show and Spring Concert
- Art E Vino Update
– 33 guests participated
– $710.24 profit after expenses (wine/food)
– Raised $11,531.25
– Top readers were Arthur Tellier and Pavani Agarwal in Grade 3-Bernardo
– Connor Mikulski in Grade 2-Koziol collected the most donations
– There was a scheduling conflict with delivery of prizes. Prizes will then be delivered to school the week after Easter break.
- Auction Recap (Committee Chairs)
– Raised $51,078.95 after expenses
- Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2nd through May 6th
– HSA will host a breakfast on Monday, May 2nd and lunch on Friday, May 6th .
– Class parents will be in touch regarding plans for their individual classes.
- Talent Show Update
– The show will be on May 13th, Friday. Rehearsals will be a week before.
– 22 participants
- 5K Update – June 4th, Saturday
– Volunteers are NEEDED for handing out water and guides.
– Main Sponsor – World Hope International
– Start Time is at 10AM – Adult/Kid race
– 5K Prizes – ALL adults will get a portable Bluetooth
– After party will be at House of Q
- Next SY
o a Google form was sent out regarding elections for the next school year. Board positions, room parents, and event chairs are all available. Please fill out the form and return if you are interested.
o You can also nominate a fellow parent.
***Election form for board members will be open for another week.***
– GOLF Outing
o Another request for anyone interested in chairing a committee. Please contact a board member as soon as possible.
o Ms. Alamasi has a contact and we can share the information to get the ball rolling.
****NEXT HSA MEETING IS ON MAY 4, 2022****
March 2, 2022
- MOVIE NIGHT (February 26th )
– 120 Students from Grades K-5 participated. It was a fun movie night and we look forward to planning other events like this.
- MAP GROWTH TESTING & REPORT CARDS
– Testing window closed on Feb.18
– End of the 2 nd Trimester is on March 4th.
– Report cards and MAP Growth testing results will be available on March 11th .
March 4th , Friday – 8th Grade Breakfast and Ring Ceremony
– 8th Grade families, 6th and 7th Graders will be in attendance.
March 7th , Monday – Mask Optional at HCA
– HCA will be mask optional for all students and staff. This will include all afterschool activities and sports program.
– Unvaccinated staff/volunteers, school visitors and commercial vendors will still be required to wear a mask.
– Please speak to your children about mask lifting. No student should ever feel uncomfortable. We support each other’s choice to wear a mask or not.
– HCA will remain diligent in social distancing, disinfecting and hand washing.
– Masking policy may have to be reinstituted should infection rates begin to climb once again. The decision will be made in conjunction with the Hoboken Board of Health.
March 8th, Tuesday – HCA Scholar’s Peer Tutoring Ambassador Program
– Mr. Zaccone will be moderating and supervising this program.
– Participating students will be paired with a peer tutor.
– The program will coordinate with the participant’s teacher to ensure that the tutors are targeting skills that need to be worked on.
March 22nd , Tuesday – HCA Spring Pictures
– Students may wear spring outfits for these pictures.
March 26th , Saturday – Outstanding Catholic School Graduate Awards
– Molly Maglia and her family will take part in an Honoree Mass and Brunch at the Kearny Youth Center. Congratulations Molly on this achievement!
March 31st , Thursday – Lenten Prayer Service for students from Grades 3 to 8th .
- INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – $2,335 raised
– Thank you to all the families who represented their countries and to everyone who came out for the evening.
– Thank you to Engin, Amrit and Ann for all your hard work!
March 10th , Thursday (6:30PM to 8:30PM) – Art E Vino
– There is still time to sign up. Nine spots left.
– $65 per person and registration is on the Art E Vino website.
– The $65 fee includes the painting, wine and food.
March 20th to 30th – Read-A-Thon
– Flyers will be sent home on March 8 th regarding signing up and fun details on the prizes, etc.
– Any specific questions, please email Tiffany Lemon at [email protected]
April 8th , Friday – Spring Gala & Auction (Committee Update)
– 100 tickets sold so far
– Tables are sold out
– Raised 19 tickets for teachers and staff
– Sign-up sheet for volunteers and soliciting donations will be up on Bloomz soon.
– Auction Catalogue will be out soon
– Cash donations are open for those who won’t be able to come
May 6th , Friday- HCA TALENT SHOW – Details to follow
June 4th , Saturday – 5K Run/Walk Update
– Sign-up sheet for volunteers is up on Bloomz.
– Sponsors are always welcome, but need to be submitted by March 4th , Friday.
– Any specific questions, please email Tiffany Lemon at [email protected]
February 2, 2022
CHRISTOPHER WIDJAJA SPELLING BEE
CHAMPION – Samarth Brahma, 5 th Grade
– He will be moving on to the Hudson County Scripps Spelling Bee
RUNNER-UP – Alexander Fahey, 2 nd Grade (Ms. Cervone’s class)
February 4th – Progress Reports will be released.
February 8th – PRE-K Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3PM to 6PM
February 17th – Grades K-8 Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences from 1PM to 6PM.
- 12 Noon Dismissal
- Aftercare will be available until 6PM
February 18th -21st – NO School in observance of President’s Day
COFFEE with the PRINCIPAL
- February 10th, Thursday 9AM – for parents/guardians in Grades PRE-K to 3.
- February 11th, Friday 9AM – for parents/guardians in Grades 4 to 8.
February 11th – International Night 2022
- The HSA and International Night Committee have put together an exciting and safe event including live performances.
February 26th, Saturday – 6:30PM to 9PM – HCA MOVIE NIGHT
- For students in Grades K-5
- Students will watch a movie on a 20 ft. blow up movie screen
INSTALLATION OF NEW WINDOWS
- Installation were done over Christmas break
- New windows were paid for through security grant money.
- HCA have an approved purchase order for the remaining first floor windows. The work is scheduled to begin the last week of June.
- The first-floor window replacement represents $90,000 of capital improvements. None of which comes from tuition income or fundraising initiatives.
- Once the next round of funding becomes available (this summer), purchase order for phase one of the second-floor will be submitted.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS FEDERAL FUNDS
- HCA received $73,000. Funds awarded to our school for COVID relief.
- Funds will be used to replace all Smart Boards.
- The Smart Boards currently in all classrooms are outdated and the company is no longer updating software for the boards.
- Purchase order for 16 Interactive Smart Boards were already submitted. Expected installation will be in late spring/early summer.
GYM LIGHTING & SOUND SYSTEM
- If you know any good vendors who can provide us quotes for our gym lighting and sound system combined, please contact Mrs. Perez at [email protected].
- DOUBLE GOOD POPCORN – RAISED $14,720!
– Funds will go towards our sound system
– Sold $29,440
– 37 families created Pop-Up Shops with 511 supporters
– Ms. Girovasi’s 6 th Grade class had the most popcorn sign-ups. They will be given an extra gym or recess
– Ms. Yorke’s Kindergarten class sold the most – $7,814.50! They will be given a Free Dress Down Day!
- INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – February 11, Friday – 6PM-8:30PM (Timed entry)
– Families will be notified after RSVP’s are due. RSVP’s are due on February 7 th , Monday
– There will be 5 performers
– ALL food are TO-GOs
- Art E Vino – March 10th, Thursday
– Registration forms will be sent out after International Night
– $65/per person
- Read-A-Thon – March 20 to March 30
– Prize Program Details: Read-A-Thon will provide the prizes (200 different items to choose from. Readers keep 15% of what they raise to spend on prizes.
– HCA Keeps 75% of the donation.
- HCA Spring Gala & Auction – April 8th, Friday – 7PM to 11PM @ The W Hotel Hoboken
– Email address: [email protected]
– Needs help soliciting donations from local restaurants
– Volunteers needed for the day
– 10 people per table
– Families and friends can participate in bidding whether in-person or not. Biddings are all online.
**Please visit the HCA website for more information regarding upcoming events and ways to get in touch!**
January 12, 2022
- Any questions, concerns and comments regarding policies and procedures, please email Mrs. Perez directly at [email protected]
Online Fundraising Update
– Amazon Smile – $187.44 (Use the Smile feature not regular Amazon)
– Minted – $963.38 – Sept 2021 to date
o Please remember to use Minted for Communion, Graduations and other fun events. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the school.
– Scrips – $617.50- July 2021 to December 2021
o If you are interested in the Gift Card Program and would like to know more about how it works, please email Carrie Maglia at [email protected].
Santa Event – Thank you to Lara Garahan and the Santa Event committee.
January 24-28, 2022- Double Good Popcorn Virtual Sale
o Very easy to set up an online Pop-Up Shop.
– Flyers went home and Bloomz post on how to join
– HCA can make $7-$10K depending on participation
February 11, 2022 – International Night
o It will be more of an Entertainment evening with Irish Step dancers, Bollywood dancers, etc. Guests will be staggered in groups. Will not have a buffet of food that we traditionally have but most likely have take-aways.
– Committee is meeting to finalize pricing/structure
– Google form will go out via Bloomz next week to determine participation and attendance
March 10, 2022 – 6:30PM to 8:30PM / Art E Vino
o Will be more of a community event. It will be a first come, first serve basis. Registration form link will also be in Art E Vino website.
– Scheduled for 3/10 from 6:30-8:30
– 40 people maximum
– Cost is $65 per person – wine and appetizers will be provided
– Sign up will go out after International Night
March 20, 2022 – Read A Thon
– Moved to week of March 20, due to significant amount of school events in May.
April 8, 2022 – Gala/Auction
– Committee started to reach out to local businesses to solicit auction items.
– If anyone can help out with auction items, the committee is looking for special events, unique experiences, sports tickets, vacation homes and anything that you have that you’ll be interested in donating to auction.
– Email [email protected]
– RSVP’s will be sent out soon
Easter Egg unt/Event – Chairperson NEEDED
– Some people suggested in our Class Parent survey
– To have event, we will need someone to coordinate, please see board member. The office will get the permit for Elysian Park.
Golf Outing Next Year
– Another suggestion from the Class Parent survey
– To have one next year, should start calling around now. Need chairperson/volunteers to have event.
– Mariann can provide all the contacts she made last year for new pricing/dates.
Q & A
Minted Re-ordering- “expired or invalid code”. Mariann will contact Minted to check and information will be posted to Bloomz.
NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2, 2022 7PM
November 3, 2021
MTA Walk to School Day Program
- Thank you to all Kindergarten to 3rd Grade students and families who participated.
Halloween Parade & Monster Mash
- Thank you to everyone who lined the parade route and to Ms. Mantilla and the Decorating Committee for the Monster Mash gym decorations.
- Ms. Isabella Veras is a paraprofessional who will be working with students from Grades 3-8 who are struggling in Language Arts, Reading and/or Mathematics. She will paid through federal grant funds.
- Catapult Learning has hired a speech therapist and will be coming to HCA starting the 3rd week of November.
Family Feedback about HCA
- Class Parents compiled list of things that the parents and teachers believe will benefit the students.
– The staff will be planning walking trips to the library, Hoboken Historical Museum and Hoboken Fire Dept. Museum.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
- Stevens Institute Science and Engineering Club began. Grade 4-8.
- Basketball Season
– Mr. Peisecki is working on team rosters for Grades 3-8.
– There will be a basketball program for Grades 1 to 2. Information TBA once Grade 3 to 8 program is settled.
*** PRACTICE SCHEDULES WILL BE DEPENDENT UPON VOLUNTEER AVAILABILITY. ***
RE-REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT FAMILIES & TUITION INCREASE
- Re-registration deadline is on November 22, 2021.
- 5.4% tuition increase was carefully considered by the Advisory Board and Archdiocese Finance Office.
- Our budget was created with minimal increase considering tuition has not been raised since 2019.
NOVEMBER 8 to 12 – SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
- A compiled list of books will be available for purchase at the book fair that celebrates inclusivity of all kinds of children and people.
- List will be posted on Bloomz
QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL
- Our school nurse will be sending updated information this week.
NOVEMBER 18th – Pre-K & Kindergarten Thanksgiving Performance
- In-person event with strict ticket limit. Information will be coming home early this week.
NOVEMBER 24th – Thanksgiving Prayer Service at St. Ann’s Church. Grades 1-8
- EVENT-O-STAT – will be updated when new events are confirmed and additional funds raised are added. As of today, total funds raised is $2,417.69.
- Second Season Shop– Final Total $860.00
- Boo Grams – Final Total $1557.69
WISH LIST ITEMS & GOALS
- Air purifiers/Restroom Amenities
- New Sound System
- Two Special Assemblies (TBA)
EVENT COMMITTEE RECOGNITION/UPDATES
- Monster Mash/Halloween Parade
– Thank you to everyone who lined the parade route and to Ms. Mantilla and the Decorating Committee for the Monster Mash gym decorations.
- Morning with Santa
– Candy Land theme/ Craft Station
– Time will be assigned by family sign up not by grade
– Will have 8th Grade volunteers
– Classes will make decorations
– Will hire a professional santa
- International Night 2021 – February 11, 2022
- GALA/Auction – April 8, 2022
– Will need more volunteers. Please check Bloomz to sign up.
– Save The Date will be coming out soon
– Donation will be coming out soon (experiences preferred)
- READ-A-THON – May 9, 2022
– Will run for 2 weeks. Overlaps with 1 week of Book Fair
– Flat Donations (no pledges)
– No cost to start
– HCA gets 75% of what is raised.
– READ-A-THON will provide the reward for students which will be distributed at the end of the program.
- 5K – June 4, 2022
October 6, 2021
Financial Report of HSA Earnings for 2020/2021 SY
TRAVEL & QUARANTINE
- HCA will be following the CDC recommended guidelines for quarantine in case of travel.
- Early November – The school nurse will be sending an updated memo about the regulations.
- Students who are 12 yrs. or older and are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine due to travel.
- As per Gov. Murphy and the Archdiocese School’s Office, in case that students are required to quarantine due to travel, asynchronous work will be provided.
- Please give your child’s teacher at least 2 days advanced notice to prepare materials for the student.
- Teachers can check in via phone with a student after 3PM to assist with any questions.
October 8th, Friday – St. Francis Church Mass in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. (Grades 4 to 8 will be taking a walking trip to the church.)
“COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL” from 9AM to 10AM
October 14th, Thursday – Pre-K to 3rd Grade’s parents and guardians.
October 15th, Friday – 4th to 8th Grade’s parents and guardians.
– An RSVP letter will be sent out on Tuesday, October 12th.
– Young siblings are welcomed to come
CAMPUS MINISTRY (Grades 6 to 8)
- First meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14th.
- Campus Ministry will be meeting twice monthly throughout the school year.
October 22nd, Friday
- First Trimester Progress reports will be sent home for Grades K to 3rd.
- Reports for Grades 4 to 8th will be available for viewing via PowerSchool.
October 27th, Wednesday – Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference Day
- 12PM Dismissal for Grades K to 8th and 11:45AM Dismissal for Pre-K
- Letters will be sent home next week on how to schedule conference appointments. Conferences will be held via Zoom.
HALLOWEEN PARADE / MONSTER MASH / SC Middle School Halloween Dance
October 29th, Friday – Outdoor Halloween Parade at 9AM (from Pre-K to 3rd Grade)
- Families are invited to line the sidewalk in Madison and 7th Streets and cheer our students on.
- ALL students in Pre-K to 5th Grade will have the Monster Mash Dance Party to be held in the gym throughout the day.
- Grades 6th to 8th are invited to attend the Student Council sponsored Middle School Halloween Dance from 6PM to 9PM.
** ALL students in every grade level are permitted to wear costumes on October 29th. Please, no masks, face paint or plastic weapons.**
- Interest forms for both students (from Grades 2nd to 8th) and coaches interested in joining the program will be sent out within the next two weeks.
**Requirements for Volunteer Coaches**
Per the Governor’s executive order, ALL volunteers must provide proof of full vaccination or provide weekly negative COVID-19 tests in order to interact with students.
Protecting God’s Children Workshop Certification
- Archdiocese of Newark requires ALL volunteers to be certified.
- Miss Staci from St. Ann’s Church will hold both an initial and re-certification sessions prior to the start of the basketball program. Information will be sent to all families once it is received.
MOVEMENT BREAKS (throughout the day and during inclement weather days)
- The staff is in the process of compiling a list of online resources that offer 10-20 mins. get up and move activities designed for the classroom.
- Teachers can use these resources for movement breaks and indoor recess.
- The office is aware of the lack of crossing guards on the corner of Monroe and 7th.
- Our security officers are former police officers and have been in touch with the police department.
- There is a shortage of crossing guards and the guard assigned to the corner of Monroe and 7th for the past several years is out on sick leave.
- The office had been told that control agents from the Parking Authority would send a patrol officer to assist when available. This has not been consistent.
- Parents should reach out to the Police General Complaint Hotline at 201-420-2100 or could reach out to Councilman Michael Russo for Ward 3.
Teacher Updates (Ms. Cervone & Mrs. Albunia)
**Please see HCA FB page for recorded meeting for their updates.**
TREASURER UPDATE (Carrie Maglia)
- Second Season Shop has raised to date, $860.00
SECOND SEASON SHOP
- The space behind the stage is now being used by the teachers for their supplies to give space in their classrooms for the 3ft. social distancing need.
- The plan is to have (2) massive sales – by the end of the year and beginning of the year.
- There will be a Last Call for second season items. (Details TBA) Leftover uniforms after this last call will be donated before the next HSA meeting.
- Boo Grams – 330 orders as of today
- Double Good Popcorn (end of January)- an all online fundraiser
- Monster Mash, October 29th, Friday – Monica Mantilla presented her team’s vision regarding the gym’s decorations. Thank you for a well thought out planning!
- Soul Cycle, November 20th, 3PM * Sign up on Bloomz, $65 per bike & shoes
- December – Morning with Santa *details coming next meeting
- End of March – Art e Vino
- April 8, 2022 – Spring Gala & Auction *flyers going out shortly re donations
- May – Read-A-Thon *will coincide with Spring book fair
- May 6, 2022 – Talent Show
- June 4, 2022 – 5K Run/Walk
Q & A
- Class parents will moderate questions coming in from Bloomz, so information will be addressed directly by the class parents or class parents can directly address questions to the right person…to avoid miscommunication.
- International Night concept for this year is being discussed due to safety and restrictions. Details TBA
- Boo Grams are little gift bags with Halloween trinkets & treats.
- Second Season
- If you are looking for uniforms, please email your class parents and class parents will then forward your inquiry to Katie Champagne to see what’s available.
- Other uniform retailer options:
- Lobel’s, Flynn O’Hara and Land’s End
- French Toast on Amazon – for plaid skirts, ties, oxford shirts
- Old Navy – has maroon sweatpants
September 15, 2021
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
- September 20, Monday – Jr. Varsity & Varsity Girls Volleyball Program starts
- September 21, Tuesday – My Gym Program (PreK to K)
- Starting next week – Choir Wednesdays 3-4 pm (2-8)
- Starting next week – Coding After School (2 to 8)
- Starting next week – Bricks 4 Kidz (Pre-K4 to 3)
- September 22, Wednesday – Chess Club (K to 8)
- 8th Grade Yearbook Club – Tuesdays 3-4pm
- Coming this October
⇒ Dance and Acrotots Program (Pre-K to 5)
⇒ Musical Theatre Program (3 to 8)
As per the Governor’s executive order, all staff, faculty, and volunteers at any school, public or private must be fully vaccinated or show weekly negative COVID 19 testing as of October 19, 2021. If you are or intend to volunteer for any of the programs and help the HSA with all the events planned for this year, the protocol extends to the volunteers as well.
As per the Governor’s executive order for all students, staff and visitors to wear masks in schools. Students, staff and visitors must wear a mask when social distancing is not guaranteed.
- Masks during GYM and Recess
– the school cannot guarantee 6 or 3 feet distancing during these activities
– Students are asked to wear masks during these activities. However, students can take mask breaks. The teachers communicate this to their students.
– At this time, HCA is not requesting COVID 19 Testing for students.
CDC guidelines state that students must be 6 feet apart in order to remove their mask and eat. This makes it difficult to have snacks in the classroom.
– However, Mrs. Perez has met with the Kindergarten and First Grade teachers & think that it is a safe plan to roll out snacks for K to 1st Grade.
– Teachers from K to 1st Grade will be reaching out to the families this Friday, September 17, 2021 to inform how it will work and what the protocol would be.
– Once started and with working safely, Mrs. Perez will look to extend the same to the 2nd Graders as well.
- Lunch is prepared in-house with no 3rd party vendor, frying of foods or flavored milks.
- Price increase by $1.00 was necessary due to the cost of food. All prices on website.
- Lunch and recess time has not changed.
• This program will be continued this school year with Miss Kelly as monitor.
INCLEMENT WEATHER/HALF DAYS
- HCA will have traditional SNOW DAYS.
- There is a limited number of half days this school year. It is for the convenience of parents who find it difficult when students get dismissed on a half day schedule.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
- Will be VIRTUAL BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT PRESENTATIONS, including tour of classrooms
- The presentation will include a tour of the classroom and teacher presentations.
- Pre-K Back to School Night Presentation will be sent out after 6PM on September 21st.
- Kindergarten to 8th Grade Back to School Night Presentations will be sent out after 7PM on September 23rd.
INTRODUCTION OF THE HSA BOARD FOR SY 2021-2022
President: Mariann Bloor
Vice Presidents: Engin Okaya, Tatiana Perez-Vega, and Ecolz Apiado Treasurer: Carrie Maglia
Assistant Treasurer: Dharshini Rajmohan
Secretary: Tiffany Lemon
Assistant Secretary: Rowena Dayo
Director of Class Parents: Katie Champagne
Director of Fundraising: Lyla Mannoia
- Parents have been sent invitations to Bloomz or added to class.
- Bloomz will only be for HSA news this year and all other information will come directly from the school.
CLASS PARENTS NEEDED
- Class Parents position are filled except for 7th Grade in Mr. Costa’s class. Please message Katie Champagne at [email protected].
SECOND SEASON SHOP
- We had 2 bargain sales for the shop this summer and raised $550. The plan is to donate whatever is left over. HSA will discuss how to continue the program.
BOO GRAMS – These are goodie bags filled with fun treats and toys for the kids. Order forms to go out early October. Forms due 10/20. Will be delivered to students day of Monster Mash.
- EASY FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES ⇒ SOUL CYCLE ( NOVEMBER 6TH )
– More information will come out from the class parents regarding this event soon.
⇒ SCRIPPS – A Gift Card Program
– Step #1: Enroll on the website: Enroll with our school Code: 3B9A42LF37137
– Shop through the website: Sign In
– Shop via the website or App
⇒ AMAZON SMILES
⇒ RESTAURANT NIGHT – TBD
⇒ DOUBLE GOOD POPCORN SALE – TBD
*** All the detailed information regarding these fundraising opportunities will be in the HSA section of the website with their links in the coming days.***
FUNDRAISING GOALS/ OBJECTIVES (ongoing)
⇒ Air Purifiers/Filter – the goal is to reimburse the school for the purchase of the air purifiers and filters. Whatever the HSA fundraise so far will go directly to this.
⇒ Touchless Toilets/Faucets – Almost all are done. There are a few that are still needed to be done. –
- If you are interested in helping the HSA with our fundraising efforts, please message Mariann Bloor at [email protected] or email the school at [email protected]. Also, all volunteer opportunities/sign-ups will be posted on Bloomz.•
MONSTER MASH – October 29th
– If anyone is interested in helping to decorate the gym, the sign up is already out on Bloomz.
PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
- Any volunteers need to have the Protecting God’s Children Workshop Certificate. This year, the workshop will be at St. Ann’s Church. Once the date is set and confirmed, it will be posted on the school website. PGC is good for 5 years.
- Deadlines/requests to volunteer will always be posted on Bloomz. When the event comes up, it will state how many volunteers are needed, what is the event and the date of the event.
- The Trout farm is ordered.
- Idea of a school “fund” for parents to donate to if they can’t volunteer time.
- Events this year include Santa Breakfast, Gala on April 8 at The W Hotel, 5K Race in June, Soul Cycle in November and smaller fundraisers like the Movie Night, Boo Grams etc. Please contact the HSA with other ideas.
- Fundraising goal is $21,500 ($7,500 for the purifiers and $14,000 for the touchless faucets)
The HSA would like to go above and beyond $21,500, so we could more things for the kids.