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May 14, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to inform you that we have received official notification from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that at their meeting in May, they awarded Hoboken Catholic Academy accreditation!  What we have known since their visit in November is now official.  Thanks again to everyone who completed surveys, worked behind the scenes or who sat in for interviews for their help in shining a light on our school.  Accreditation lasts for seven years, so our status will remain in good standing through 2026 at which time we will host another team visit.

We are thrilled to inform you that seventh grade student, Mia Cavagnuolo’s magazine cover submission has been chosen by Music K-8 Magazine as their May/ June cover!  Mia’s piece was chosen was the New Jersey winner.   One of two “First Runners Up,” was HCA seventh grader Aiden Cruz and MJ Wright’s submission was a top finalist.  In all thirteen HCA students were recognized for their artwork.  Mia’s cover and all of the students’ submissions can be found on the link below.   Enter Hoboken and all of our student winners and their covers will be available.

Not to be outdone, eighth grade students, Tess Feremans and Alice Altomare had their artwork displayed at William Paterson University as part of our Professional Development School Program, highlighting our incredible partnership.  The students were recognized at a reception on May 8th.  Both pictures have been hung at the WPU Professional Development and Continuing Education Office on campus in Wayne.  We have included the artwork on our Facebook page.

On Thursday, May 2nd, our outstanding choir was rated Superior at the annual iSing competition at the Archdiocesan Youth Retreat Center.   Unfortunately, the Basilica concert was canceled, but the students will perform here at the Choir Concert on Wednesday, May 22nd.  We will have copies of the Choir CD recorded in St. Ann Church at the end of March for sale that night.  We have posted a brief video of the taping along with the order form on the Choir section of our website and are accepting orders here at school.  Footage from the iSing performance will be posted on our Facebook page!

HCA’s Got Talent!  Our students do indeed have talent as was evidenced at our second annual talent show. Students sang and danced and played instruments to the delight of all in attendance.  The evening began with HCA alum, Aiden Ward setting the mood with his rendition of Piano Man on the piano and Nanki Nagpaul and Amelia Gallagher’s Broadway selection.  The program was capped off by a special performance by the band, CouncilCouncil performed their hit song “Rust to Gold,” which was featured at the Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, and on American Idol.  The level of talent was remarkable and the entire night was indeed special.  A special thank you goes out to HSA moms and event organizers’ Kristi Alvez and Roz Musker.  The ladies worked with Ms. Fusiak, Mrs. Bloor and members of our Student Council who helped oversee the practices and organize the student performers.  All involved did an outstanding job!  Pictures from the show will be posted shortly on our Facebook page.

Thanks to HSA President, Donna Murphy, and parents Suzy Bracken and Kristi Alvez for all of their help in making both Field days so successful.  We all appreciate the hours of preparation that our moms and Mr. Montefusco logged in putting the days together, as well as on each of the two field days.  Thanks as well to the dozens of parent volunteers who worked on each of the field days.  The weather cooperated, the Hoboken Police came through again with escorts to and from the field each day and the Hoboken BoE staff at the field was fantastic.  Thanks to our tee shirt sponsor, Sam Khalil, from First Alliance Home Mortgage.  The shirts are great!  We have posted photos from the day on the school’s Facebook page.  Please take a look when you are able.

The weather cooperated as well last Monday when all of our students had a chance to visit with farm animals right in our own courtyard!  Thanks to the Home and School Association, our friends at Quiver Farm in Pennsylvania brought a three week old calf, a pig, a goat, a sheep, an alpaca, a couple of ducks, two rabbits, a chicken, a rooster, a turkey and a goose to our school.  Students fed and petted some of the animals and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Please check out some photos on our Facebook page.

On Wednesday, May 15th, teachers, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Peterson, Ms. Rambaran and Ms. Molino will sere as “Super Scoopers,” at Ben and Jerry’s on Washington Street at 6:00PM.  The program sponsored by the store and Hoboken Family Alliance will raise money to support the HFA Summer Bike Camp.

Our eighth graders are preparing to visit our nation’s capitol, Washington DC, on their three-day class trip.  We will leave Hoboken at 7:00AM on Wednesday and will return late Friday evening.  In between, the students will visit Mt. Vernon, the National Archives and Arlington National Cemetery.  The students will solemnly observe the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown and learn about our brave service men and women and national leaders entombed in Arlington.  They will visit the World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials as well as the Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR and MLK memorials. The students will enjoy a dinner/dance cruise on the Potomac River on Thursday evening.  We will attend mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, on the grounds of Catholic University and tour that magnificent cathedral to begin our final day in Washington.  Students will tour the Capitol, the Supreme Court and Library of Congress, and visit the White House for photos before returning home on Friday night.  

On Monday, May 20th, our third graders will visit the Museum of Natural History and our Preschoolers will travel to the Central Park Zoo.  On Tuesday, May 21st, our Campus Ministry students will host the annual Senior Prom.  The dinner/dance for Campus Ministry grand parents and seventh and eighth grade parents will feature DJ music by Angelina and special student performances by some of our talented students.  Thanks to the Mr. and Mrs. Jacey (Black Bear Bar and Grill) and Mr. and Mrs. Di Giacomo (Frankie and Ava’s Restaurant) for supplying all of the food for the dinner!

The Spring Choir Concert will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00PM in the gym and our seventh graders will have their field trip to Philadelphia on Thursday, May 23rd.  There will be a Memorial Day Prayer Service for the rest of the students K-8 on Thursday during AM Assembly and parents are welcome to attend.

Following the long Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, 5/24-Monday, 5/26), students in grades 6-8 will have final exams from Wednesday, May 29- Friday, May 31st.  On Thursday, May 30th, the whole school will gather for Mass to celebrate Ascension Thursday as well as the May Crowning of the Blessed Mother by our second graders.  Parents are cordially invited to attend this wonderful event.  Mass will begin at 10:00AM at St. Ann Church.

May will come to a close on Friday, May 31st, with the third grade science fair at 1:30 and eighth Grade Graduation Dance at 6:00 that evening.  The graduation dance includes seventh graders and will bring our amazing eighth grade students one step closer to graduation.

Our annual 5K Race will take place on Saturday, June 1st at Pier A Park.  Each year we welcome hundreds of runners of all ages.  The venue is spectacular and all are welcome.  If you have not done so already, please register to run.  The One-mile Fun Run and Kids’ Dash are great ways for children of all ages to take part.  Thanks to Monica De Falco, Amber La Gattuta, Donna Murphy, Katie Maye, Andrea Cuttita, Katie Champagne and Jen Shukofsky for all they have done.  Thanks as well to all of our sponsors, and anyone who has helped and/or will help the day of the race.  I am sure it will be an amazing day!

As always, thank you for your kind support and for allowing us the opportunity to work with your wonderful children.

God bless you all.


Matthew McGrath