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January 5, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year!  2018 brings the excitement of new beginnings and an opportunity for Hoboken Catholic Academy to continue to grow as a school community.  We are excited to roll out our new website and hope that as you explore its sections it will prove to be a valuable resource to each of you as well as other parents looking to learn about our school.   The producers of the video about our school hope to have the final version available for the new website before Catholic Schools Week begins.  We are all anxious to see the finished product.

Over the next few weeks, our eighth graders will learn about their high school acceptances.  Please join me in wishing them well as they begin the next phase in planning their educational futures. 

Our next major fundraiser, the “Texas Hold’ Em Poker Night” will be Friday, January 26th in our gym.  Information about the event is on our website and if our past events are predictors of the future, the night will be a blast! 

January also brings our school and Catholic Schools across the country the opportunity to celebrate Catholic Education.  Catholic Schools Week will begin with some of our parents and older students speaking at many of our local parish Masses on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th.    As we have done in the past, speakers will be provided with a script, but are welcome to add their own comments about our school and the importance of Catholic education to their families.

Our annual Career Day will take place on Monday the 29th for students in grades one to eight and our Pre-K and Kindergarten students will enjoy their “Hot Chocolate Social” that same day.  Our Middle School STEM Fair is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 1st.  The rest of the week’s activities are being finalized and a complete schedule will be posted shortly.  If you would like to speak at one of your parish Masses on Saturday or Sunday, the 27th and 28th, and/or speak at Career Day, please email me at mmcgrath@hobokencatholic.org so I can provide you with the details and put together the respective schedules.

As middle school parents are aware, Mr. Taormina’s students have been working in teams to address issues like World Hunger, Poverty, Water Shortages and other areas of concern included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   At our STEM Fair on February 1st, student teams will make their presentations to those in attendance.  The top three projects will advance to the Archdiocesan STEM EXPO in March.  Mr. Taormina is looking for professionals in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering or technology to serve as judges on the 1st.  If you work or have a background in one of these fields and would like to serve as a judge, please email Mr. Taormina, at jtaormina@hobokencatholic.org  

The weather and heat related closings last week were unfortunate.  As we progress through the winter, please know that I will do everything I can to get our kids to school, however, I will always put student safety first.  To that end, if the situation allows, I will call for a 2-hour delayed opening.  With a two-hour delay, we will put people on the road after the normal rush hour and hopefully bring children out on the sidewalks when it is safe to do so.  Thank you for your understanding and lets hope Mother Nature is kind to us the rest of the way.

Finally, I ask that you keep our fifth grade and middle school math teacher, Molly, Molino, in your thoughts and prayers.  Ms. Molino will be taking some time off to deal with a medical issue.  Our faith teaches us to believe in the power of prayer and I know that your kind thoughts and prayers will be appreciated.

As always, thank you for all that you do to make our school special.  Lets have a great 2018!

God bless you all.

Sincerely,
Matthew McGrath
Principal