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May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Thursday, May 4th, the Hoboken Catholic Academy Choir, under the direction of Ms. Laurie Campana, participated in the Newark Archdiocesan iSing competition.  Once again, our talented students were rated “Superior,” the highest level of recognition available.  One of the songs they sang that day, “American Tears,” is posted on the HCA Facebook page.  If you have not done so already, please visit the page and enjoy the beautiful song sung by our amazing choir.

On Friday evening, May 5th, our choir performed at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as part of a music festival, featuring six of the schools who participated in the iSing Competition as well as the Cranford High School Choir.  Our student musicians sang two songs and joined with the other choirs to perform the National Anthem to open the program and again for the finale, “Look at the World.”  We have posted portions of the concert on our Facebook page.  Our students performed beautifully as did the other elementary school choirs.   The combined choir performance was spectacular.  Please visit the HCA Facebook page and enjoy!

Congratulations to Julianna Griesbauer who was fourth runner up in the cover design contest for the magazine, “K-8 Music.” Her design is one of four to grace the back cover of the magazine.  Also recognized for their submissions were Aidan Ward, top finalist, and Nahlaa Calabrese and Amelia Gallagher, both finalists.  The designs are posted on the HCA Facebook page.   

Sadly, our chicks are gone.  Not only did all of the chicks hatch, but in a matter of days they have grown by 1/3.  Our kindergarten students observed their chicken eggs in incubators for a little more than a week when our little friends began to peck through their eggshells and emerge into their new surroundings.  To say there was some excitement in each of the classes would be an understatement.  There are some pictures posted on our Facebook page.  We can’t wait to see the rest of the farm animals.  They will be here on May 22nd!

Thanks to all of our parent volunteers for their help on both of our field days.  The weather on Monday and Tuesday was perfect and the students had a great time.  Thanks to Mr. Tallarida for putting everything together and organizing the volunteers.  A special thank you goes to Mrs. Franco for all of her help before and during both days.  Some photos will be posted on our Facebook page.  Stay tuned.

Our Pre-K4 classes released their newly hatched butterflies into the wild to the squeals of delight from all of the students.  The children learned about the miraculous metamorphosis of the butterfly and today’s culminating event was truly special.  Some photos will be posted!

Our Campus Ministry students completed their towel drive for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and I am thrilled to report that several of our Student Council and National Junior Honor Society officers delivered over 150 towels to the shelter during lunch and recess on Wednesday!  A photo has been posted on the HCA Facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful cause.

Friday was a very busy day.  Our seventh graders left at 7:00 AM for their trip to historic Philadelphia and our sixth graders traveled to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  Our eighth graders had their Graduation Retreat at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center in Kearny, where they tackled the rope course and supported each other throughout the day.  After an interesting start to the day, our Pre-K students enjoyed a trip to the Van Saun Park Zoo in Paramus.  A scheduling snafu with the bus company caused an impromptu change in plans.  All reports are that the students had a great day.  Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding.

On Friday evening, four of our fourth graders will participate in the Hoboken Rotary Christopher Widjaja Fourth Grade Spelling Bee.  The program will take place in our gym beginning at 6:30.  Please join me in wishing Jillian Kruse, Jason Chu, Georgia Hatzakis and Divya Rai well as they represent our school in the citywide event.

On Monday, our second graders will visit “Construction Kids,” in Brooklyn and next Friday, our kindergarteners will head out to Florham Park to “Imagine That.”

Our amazing eighth graders will take another step toward their graduation next week when they will spend three days in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC.  The students will leave Hoboken early Wednesday morning and return late Friday night.   In between they will visit many of our nations monuments and memorials along with the Capitol and Mt. Vernon.  Our students will have an opportunity to attend mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and learn about our beautiful national Catholic cathedral.  On Thursday night they will dine and dance on a Potomac River Dinner Cruise!  There will most likely be some napping on the long ride home, maybe not the kids, but no doubt, the principal.

Finally, as will barrel along toward the end of the school year please know how blessed I know we are to have the wonderful families we do at HCA.  To our fantastic moms, please enjoy a restful and pampered Mother’s Day.  You deserve nothing less.

God bless you all.  I am not going to mention the Mets.

Matthew McGrath