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March 6, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

March has arrived and brings with it longer days and hopefully some nice weather.   We will begin the Holy Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, when our students and staff will receive ashes at St. Ann Church at 1:30 PM.  On Friday, March 8th, our eighth graders will continue their journey to graduation day at the Ring Ceremony Mass at 10:00AM.  Students from grades 2-8 will pray the Stations of the Cross each subsequent Friday in Lent, also at St. Ann Church.  Students in grades 3-8 will take part in a Lenten penance Service and go to confession on Thursday April 11th.  Priests from all of our parishes will be on hand to hear confessions.

Thank you to Grainne Malloy, Lina Cagossi, Katherine Cheng, and all of our host families and student volunteers for making International Night the joyous celebration of our families’ heritage and the spectacular success that it was.  We were honored by a visit from Hoboken’s Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, who was quite impressed by the event and the number of cultures represented at our school.  Children completed their passports and we all learned about different cultures and sampled amazing food from around the world.  It was a wonderful night.

After several attempts, our older students finally had an opportunity to present their STEM projects to the school community, our parents, and a panel of distinguished judges at the HCA Stem Fair on Monday, February 25th.  All of the projects addressed one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and stressed the use of science, mathematics, engineering and technology to address the identified need.  The projects were all quite good!  Student teams detailed their work in an engineering journal, built prototypes, or other artifacts, created brochures detailing their projects.  The teams that will advance to the Archdiocesan STEM Expo on April 6th are: from the grade 8 team, addressing world hunger, “Cheap Cuisines,” -Tara Dean, Chase Kemmerer, Alice Altomare, Adrianna Troya and Tess Feremans, the grade 7 team, “Supporting Gender Equity,” - Aiden Cruz, Kylie Samuelson, Mia Cavagnuolo and Rani Vij, the grade 6 team, addressing world hunger, “Yemen Yielders,” - Christian Serrano, MJ Wright, Nirvaan Pal and Santino Cortes and the fifth grade team, addressing ocean pollution, “Coral Catastrophe,” - Jillian Kruse, Eloise Apiado, Sienna Lippert, Henry Peloquin and Andrea Bermudez.  The STEM Expo will bring students from across the Archdiocese to the Youth Retreat Center in Kearny on April 6th to present their projects to all in attendance.   Please join me in congratulating all of our student participants as they prepare for the EXPO!

Congratulations to Kindergarten Student, Emma Fallon, Fifth grader, Zoe Bloor and seventh grader Mia Cavagnuolo for winning the Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest for their respective grade levels.  Their posters were on display at the Archdiocesan center in Newark during the holidays and were selected from entries from the Hudson County Catholic schools.

Each year Xavier HS in New York City recognizes outstanding elementary school teachers who have had a profound impact on their students, with The Ignation Educator Award.   The awardees are selected based on essays submitted by each of the 250+ members of the freshman class.  I am thrilled to inform you that Ms. Peggy Girovasi will be so honored at a reception at the school on April 10th.  HCA alumnus and Xavier freshman, Quincy Flett, wrote about Ms. G., his middle school English teacher and the positive influence she has had on his life.  Please join me in congratulating Ms. Girovasi for this prestigious recognition, and in thanking Quincy Flett for making it possible.

The administration of the Iowa Assessment will take place next week, from March 11-15th.  Day light savings time begins on Sunday the 10th   so routines may be thrown off a bit.  Please make sure your child/children get a good night’s sleep each night and start each day with a good breakfast.  It is critical that all students arrive to school on time and prepared each day.  It is important that all children, even those who are not yet being tested, also arrive on time.  There can be no disruptions to the testing environment, so your anticipated cooperation is appreciated.

The HCA choir will be professionally recorded to produce a CD of their greatest hits!  Under the direction of Ms. Laurie Campana, current choir members and some HCA choir alumni will gather in St. Ann Church on Saturday, March 30th,  to share their joyous noise with the Lord and create a CD that we will make available to our school community and friends of HCA.  More information will follow.

Finally, there is a correction to the school calendar.  The PK and Kindergarten moving up ceremonies will take place on June 6th as scheduled, however, the official last day for Pre-K and K will be Wednesday, June 12th

I have included below some important dates to remember.   Please note that I included opening day for the Yankees and the Mets!

Thank you and God Bless you all.

Matthew McGrath