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Hoboken Catholic Academy
Home School Association 

HSA Meeting Minutes

March 10, 2023



1. Principal’s Address from Mrs. Perez


  • International Night
    • Thank you so much to Mrs. Ghuge for organizing an amazing international night. A
      huge thank you to all the families who set up spreads of food, crafts, and costumes to
      make the night incredible.
  • 8th Grade Ring Ceremony
    • The 8th grade ring ceremony was a memorable and magical event. The students looked
      mature at their ceremony and it was wonderful to grown up and
  • Report Cards
    • This Friday, report cards will be distributed in the folders for grades K-3
    • PowerSchool  has upgraded so its landscape might look different. If you need help, please reach out to the main office.
  • No school Wednesday, March 22
    • The staff will be attending the archdiocese development day workshop centered around
      responsible social media use from a Catholic perspective. It is a great topic and the staff
      is excited about all there is to learn.
  • Spring Picture and 8th Grade Picture Retakes: March 23
    • Students who are taking pictures may have a dress down day. No coupons needed.
  • National Junior Honors Society Induction Ceremony: March 29th
    • 6th graders and their parents will be notified and receive invitations in the upcoming
  • Lenten Confession Service: March 30th
    • Students in grades 5-8 will participate. We are awaiting the exact time from Fr. Remo.


  • PreK Open House: Saturday March 11, 9-11 a.m.
    • Please spread the word to families who you think might be interested.


2. HSA Updates

  • Spring Gala, April 28
    • This year’s gala will be at Lulus at the W. We are using a company called Grandstand who will bring in all different types of sports memorabilia, trips, and experiences. Look for invitations in the folder in the upcoming week or so. Tickets are $200 a person. There will be live auctioneers, the giving tree, teacher wishlists, a tuition raffle, and all HCA experiences.
  • Fundraising Goals
    • Long term: Looking into next year, our goal is to revamp the outdoor courtyard, however due to construction of the building next door, this project will be pushed until next year. Currently, we are considering using our fundraising money to revamp the gym, including retractable bleachers, a new scoreboard, new padding in front of the stage, and championship banners to be added each year. We also are looking into LED signage outside of the school.
  • Readathon, March 19 
    • The read-a-thon kicks off in a few weeks. You can sign up now and friends and family can begin donating.

HSA Meeting Minutes

February 8, 2023



  1. Principal’s Address from Mrs. Perez


Catholic Schools Week:

  • We had a great week filled with fun activitieS! The school wide field trip to the ice skating rink was a huge success
  • The culminating activity was the schoolwide spelling bee. Classroom winners moved on to the final school spelling bee and were given words at their grade level. This year’s winner was Loren Mannoia.

8th Grade Update:

  • Students are knocking it out of the park with their successes. So far they have received $376 in high school scholarships. One student is going to Regis, and others have been accepted to Xavier, Notre Dame, St. Peter’s Prep, Sacred Heart and others.


International Night:

  • We are sold out at 300 participants.
  • Students will have a $2 cultural dress down day or they can use a coupon.


Valentine’s Day:

  • Class teachers will be in touch with your class parents to coordinate parties.
  • There will be no individual goodie bags, but teachers can put together class goodie bags. Kids can bring in cards as long as they bring in one for everyone in the class.


Parent-Teacher Conferences:

  • Conferences have been rescheduled from February 16 because of the number of families who are going on vacation. February 16th will still be a half day (11:45 a.m. for PreK; noon for all other grades).
  • There is no school on the 17th or the 20th. School resumes on the 21st.
  • Conferences will now be scheduled for February 23. It will be a half day and aftercare is available, but after school activities are canceled. Students in grades K-5 will have conferences on zoom. Grades 6-8 will have in person conferences with all the teachers set up in the gym. We are open to ideas to make it easier for middle school parents to meet with all their children’s teachers.


MAP Growth Testing:

  • We will have results within the next two weeks.


Ash Wednesday: February 22

  • We will have a prayer service and ash distribution at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s church. Parents are welcome to attend.


A Look Ahead to March:

  • March 8th is the 8th grade ring ceremony. It begins with breakfast and then moves over to St. Ann’s for the ceremony. Students in grades 4-7 will attend the ceremony. Siblings can be signed in and out by their parents.
  • March 10th report cards will go out.
  • March 10th at 9:30 a.m. will be the school mass. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • March 22: No school for an archdiocese staff development day.
  • March 24: HCA Hoe-Down from 7-9 p.m. with professional line dancers. More info to come.
  • March 29th: National Junior Honors Society Induction Ceremony. Students in 6th grades and up will receive information.




Fundraising Updates:

  • So far we have raised 26,000 in total. Financial goals include paying for the spanish teacher, paying for teacher wish lists, and courtyard revamp (long term goal). We are looking for a committee of volunteers/parents in construction to help design the project. Also considering Stevens students to help as part of a school project. Additional fundraising ideas include retractable bleachers and a rolling library. We welcome other ideas from parents.


Spring Gala, April 28

  • The location is confirmed at Lulus at the W. We will have amazing prizes from Grandstand, an outside agency who is bringing in sports memorabilia, international trips, and other big prizes. We are still taking donations. We will also still have our favorite HSA items on auction.


Golf Outing, September 25

  •  Location is Forest Hills. Seeking volunteers to be part of the planning committee.


HCA Cheer Squad

  • Volunteers needed to coach a new cheer team that will cheer at HCA home basketball games.  Can even be a high school junior or senior.


5K, June 3

  • We are officially a USA track and field event so racers can get credit toward the marathon. We need support in sponsorships as well as volunteers for the event.



  • Begins March 19 and  runs for 2 weeks. Last year we raised $11k. More info to come.





HSA Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2023


1. Principal  Perez’s Update: 

● New steel doors are being installed on the first floor. All doors are fire coated and fire rated. The school used
the surplus of federal funds to make that improvement. Additional fire coated doors will be installed next year
to the upstairs part of the building.
● On January 11, students in grades 3rd through 8th were treated to a career day workshop led by Mrs.
Melanie Mortefolio (mom of Maggie in grade 3). Mrs. Mortefolio leads a design team at Macys and brought
along a team of professionals with degrees in fine arts, fashion, and business administration to show the
children how clothing goes from the hands of a fine artist, to textiles, through global manufacturing, and to
the shevles of the store.
● Additionally on January 11, children in grades preK through 5th were treated to a Bollywood performance by
Shenaz Dance.
● On Friday, January 13, Bishop Studerus will come to HCA for a school visit to engage with the students and
visit the classrooms.
● Picture Day Retakes: For students who want retakes, Lifetouch will be at the school for retakes on Friday
January 13. If you are doing a retake, please bring your original picture package to return. If students were
absent on the original picture day, they can have their pictures taken.
● There is no school on January 16 for MLK Day.
● MAP Growth testing begins on Tuesday January 17th for grades 2 and up. Your child’s homeroom teacher
will share the schedule.
● We are moving forward with interviewing a computer teacher and will let parents know when there is an
● PreK progress reports will go home in your child’s folder on January 31.
● Catholic Schools week
● Sunday January 29: We are reaching out to parishes and asking if we can have families speak at
the family mass. If you are active in your parish and would like to speak about HCA, please reach
out to the office.
● The schoolwide field trip to Montclair Skate Ice Arena is on Wednesday Feb.1. Permission slips
with information about the day have been sent home in your child’s folder.
● Mass at St. Ann’s on Friday February 3 at 9:30 a.m. All students in grades PK-8th will attend and
parents are welcome to attend.
● A full list of activities for the week will go out soon.




●Mr. Ramos’s treasurer update:

Below is our earnings of past fundraisers
Golf Outing: $6141.14
Second Season Shop: $1202.00
Wrapping Paper Fundraiser: $1252.40
Breakfast with Santa: $3627.52
Spirit Shop: $2063
Minted: $728.80
*You can continue to use code fundraisehoboken on throughout the year.
-If you have donated toward activities and need a reimbursement, please check with Mr. Ramos and we will make
sure you are reimbursed.


●Upcoming Events:

International Night, Feb 10., 6:30-8 p.m.
This is a great opportunity to experience different cultures and our diverse community at HCA. This year’s event will
include food. We have taken into consideration all the suggestions people have brought forward including the
potential for different raffles at the tables and infusing some religious themes at each table. A google form will go out
soon if you would like to host or group up with other families. Admission is $25 per family and host families attend for

Spring Gala, April 28
The save the date went out this week, and an official invitation is to come. This year’s event will be at Lulus at the W
Hotel. This year, we are collaborating with Grandstand Sports, an auction house that represents authentic
memorabilia and once in a lifetime experiences, including: a VIP tour of Yankee Stadium and a Taylor Swift signed
guitar. We will also continue to auction off popular past items including: principal for the day, tuition raffle, the giving
tree. Additionally, we will be sending out an Amazon wishlist if you would like to contribute. If you have experiences or
items you would like to donate, please come forward. A Google form will go out soon for volunteer signups and donation forms.

5K, June 3
A company called Racing NJ will be helping us with the 5K. We will need volunteers for the day of and the day before
as well as sponsors for the event.
This event will include a 5K and a 1 mile kids fun run.

DoubleGood Popcorn Virtual Fundraiser, January 23-January 27.
Last year, we made $14,000 on this virtual fundraiser. We will be selling popcorn ahead of the Super Bowl.

Golf Outing, September 25
We are planning for next year’s golf outing. Please let us know if you want to be a part of the committee.


December 6, 2022



1. Principal  Perez’s Update: 

  • Thank you to Mrs. Araneo and Mrs. Shukofsky for making the Santa breakfast a magical and spirited event.
  • Wednesday December 7 there will be no aftercare and no after school programs due to the staff and faculty Christmas party
  • Thursday December 8 there is no school for the Immaculate Conception.
  • Report Cards will go out on December 9. Grades K-3 will receive paper report cards. Report cards for grades 4-8 will be available on Power School. Mrs. Perez will send an email Friday morning with more info.
  • Christmas shows:
    • PREK: December 9, 9 a.m. (ticketed event)
    • GRADES K-2: December 14, 9 a.m. (ticketed event)
    • GRADES 3-8: December 15, 7 p.m. (ticketed event). Living Nativity from the 8th graders and performance by the HCA choir (ticketed event)
    • *For the ticketed performances, no physical tickets will be given out for the shows. Instead, there will be a checklist at the door.
    • Siblings are able to attend the performances during the school day.
    • New to the stage this year:
      • Yankee Doodle Christmas Musical under the direction of Ms. Campana: Wednesday December 14 at 1 p.m. Not a ticketed event. Grades K and 1 will watch along with parents and siblings.
      • Dance Recital: Friday December 16 at 7 p.m. with Ms. Carmona and the Bollywood dance team. Not a ticketed event.
  • First Trimester awards ceremony will be held on December 14 for students.
  • December 22 will be a half day for students and begins Christmas vacation.
  • January 29 kicks off Catholic Schools Week
  • February 1: HCA will participate in a schoolwide field trip to the Montclair Ice Arena for lunch and ice skating. Grades Prek and K will require a chaperone per student. Grades 1st through 8th will need parent volunteers to chaperone. Parents do not have to ice skate. BYO Helmet.
  • A date for Protecting God’s Children will be in January at St. Francis Church and will be announced once the details are finalized.



Fundraising and Events Recap

  • Wrapping Paper Fundraiser. Our school had $2836 in sales and raised $1252 as a profit.
  • Minted Fundraiser: When ordering holiday cards (or any cards throughout the year), use code FundraiseHoboken to save 20 percent on your order. HCA will receive a percentage of the sales.
  • Santa Breakfast: Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the Santa breakfast and scavenger hunt. We had new trees this year that were much appreciated. The event was very well done and all leftover food got donated to the homeless shelter.
  • Spirit Shop: The pop up events at back-to-school night, HSA social, Santa breakfast, and volleyball games have raised around $1700. We will update on the dates of the next pop up spirit shops.


Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Santa Shop. Takes place at school this week.

International Night: Will take place on February 10. It is back to its pre covid days of allowing food and will include performances from different cultures. Parents can create a table from their country or group up with


November 9, 2022


1. Principal  Perez’s Update: 

● MAP growth results will be sent home tomorrow 11/10

● Report cards for the first trimester will be sent home on 12/9 for the younger grades and accessible via powerschool for the older grades

● Please join us for mass on November 23 at 9 a.m. Bishop Studerous will be presiding over the mass. The 6th grade class will be doing the readings. 

● On that same day November 23 we will be hosting a movie and lunch for children in grades K-5th. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be served. Information came home in the school folder.

● It’s reregistration time. Please have your reregistration packets back by November 22 to hold your spot. We have more than 50 new families who have already applied for the 23-24 school year and on November 28, we will start fulfilling new family applications. 

● In lieu of a Thanksgiving show, prek 3, 4 and kindergarten will be participating in a Thanksgiving feast and singalong. More information will come from your child’s home room teacher. 

● Next month’s HSA meeting will be moved to Tuesday December 6. On December 7, the staff celebrates their Christmas party. There will be no aftercare on December 7.

● There is no school on December 8 for Immaculate Conception. 

● This year there will be a total of 5 Christmas shows: prek, grades k-2, 3rd-5th, a full Christmas dance recital, and Ms. Campana’s musical. On Monday, you will receive an email with details about all of these shows including dates and times. 



● Fundraising and events recaps:

● Golf Outing: We raised $6141.14

● Second Season Shop: We raised $1202. There was a great turnout and a lot of the younger grades were coming in and it turned into a meet and greet for many new families to the school. 

● Monster Mash: It was a hit with the kids and the gym looked fantastic. Thank you to everyone who helped decorate, clean up, and donate decorations. 


● Fundraising targets: 

● The HSA subsidizes field trips for every child. At $45 per child x 300 children, that’s a total of $13,500

● The cost of the language program is  $34,000 which averages out to $200 per family

● The chicken farm and petting zoo cost around $1000

● Ideas are welcome for ways we can use additional funds.  


● Upcoming Activities:

Breakfast with Santa: There will be a first seating at 9am and a second seating at 11 a.m. Includes pictures with Santa, activities, and breakfast.  At 12:30, children in grades 3-8th can participate in a Christmas scavenger hunt. Parental supervision is required for children in grades 3-5. Volunteers are needed to help serve the food, decorate the day before, and clean up.  Ticket form will go out virtually color copies will go out into folders.

Spring Gala: We are creating a planning committee and need volunteers for the subcommittees that include: decor, marketing, invitations, entertainment, vendors, table captain coordinator,silent auction/donations/sponsorships/greater giving/raffles, check in team, and volunteer coordinators. The date of the gala has changed to April 28. 

●International Night: February 10th. We are looking for a volunteer to chair the event.

●5K: We are looking for a team of volunteers to help chair the event. 

 ●Virtual wrapping paper fundraiser: details to follow



September 14, 2022



1. Principal  Perez’s Update: 

● Our new sound system is 95 percent complete. We are awaiting specialized microphones that are on backorder to complete the project. HSA fundraising funded the project. 

● Through HSA fundraising, we have an in person Spanish class. We have welcomed Professora Inchausti ● HSA has fulfilled all wish list items for the teachers, including a new bathroom for the faculty. ● Welcome to our new school nurse Evelka Hernandez 

● New after school offerings: 

● dance program led by Ms. Carmona, 

● Yoga with Ms. Ferman, 

● Christmas musical play with Ms. Campana (information on this program will be sent by week’s end) 

● Bollywood dance 

● Parents are welcome to volunteer during recess with their child’s class. Email your class teacher and they will forward it to the main office. Pick any day that works for you or choose to volunteer on a more regular basis. 

● Upcoming Back to School nights and 8th grade parent meetings. All begin in the gym with a presentation and then to your child’s classroom for presentations. If you have multiple children in the school you can decide which teacher you want to hear from the most or tag team with your spouse. Teachers will be able to forward their presentations for you to watch later. 

● 8th Grade Parent Meeting: Monday 9/19 6:30pm. Meet in the gym. 

● PreK Back to School Night. Tuesday 9/20 6:30pm. Meet in the gym. 

● K-8th Back to School Night: Thursday 9/22 7pm. Meet in the gym. 

● MAP growth testing begins October 3 for students in grades 2-8 

● On October 10, all students take part in NED show assembly. NED stands for: Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Parents will receive more information about the assembly and what it is about. ● Join Mrs. Perez for Coffee with the Principal, a casual town hall style meeting. Come with questions or comments. Enter through the gym doors. Young siblings are welcome. Dates are as followed: ● Monday 10/24, 9am-10am, for parents of students in preK through 2nd grade 

● Tuesday 10/25th, 9am-10am, for parents of students in grades 3rd through 8th 

2 . HSA Opening Remarks and Welcome The HSA is looking forward to a fun year and building a strong sense of community through fundraising and various events. 

● Introduction of Board Members: 

● Co-Presidents: Laura Hines and Francesca Segalla 

● Vice Presidents: Sean Garahan and Jennifer Shukovsky 

● Director of Class Parents: Katie Champagne 

● Financial Liaison: Robert Ramos 

● Secretary: Nicole Jurick 

● Webmaster: Monica Mantilla 

● Virtual Fundraising: Tiffany Lemon

● Due to a minor security issue, we will no longer be using Bloomz as a way of communication. Instead, parents will be receiving a google contact form, and all communication will be sent via email from the class parents. 

● Class parents responsibilities include: 

● communicating events and fundraising from the HSA. (Information from the school comes from the school. Information on events and fundraising comes through the HSA.) 

● engaging the class to foster a sense of community. 

● act as a liaison between the teachers and the parents (reminders of dress down days, etc.) ● There are openings for a gala chair or a team or parents who will work together for the Gala. 



● Last year, through HSA fundraising, we provided free class trips for students, fulfilled all the teachers’ wish lists, redid the faculty bathroom, and installed a new sound system in the gym 

● Goals for this year include: redoing the courtyard and creating a rolling library. We encourage all parents to bring their ideas on ways we can use the funds to update this school. All ideas are welcome. 


● *Volunteers Needed!* Please consider volunteering to help with the golf outing. Parent volunteers will receive free before care and after care that day for their children. 

● If you know companies who want to donate gift baskets or gift cards, please contact Linda: 

● More golfers welcome! 

Second Season Popup Shop 10/13 6:30-8 p.m. 

● *Volunteers Needed!* Please consider helping sort clothes prior to the event or working the night of the event. 

● Hosted at Bounce Market, located in the Monroe Center. Free drop offs at My Gym while parents shop. Thank you to parent Tatiana Vega for the generous donation of her space. 

● Students can bring in good condition school uniforms to donate to the second season shop. ● All items go for $3-$5 

Monster Mash 10/28 

● *Volunteers Needed!* Help decorate the gym for the student halloween dance party. ● Class parents can attend the monster mash. All parents can attend the Halloween parade. Details to follow. ● 6th-8th grade halloween dance is that night. Details to follow 

● Halloween costumes for all students: Please no masks or fake weapons.

Spring Gala, April 2023 

● The gala is the biggest fundraising event and we need people to put it together. Join the gala committee to handle tasks and help make the event special. . 

5K Race 

● send ideas on ways to make the 5k race even better 

● We need a chair for this event. 

4. Q&A 

Protecting God’s Children: All volunteers need to take the Protecting God’s Children’s class. St. Ann's Church organizes it for us but no dates have been announced. PreK parents whose field trips are coming up in October can go to the HCA website / Parents / Volunteer Tab to get directed to the Archdiocese page with Protecting God’s Children classes in the area. 

Uniforms: Consult student handbook for new uniform guidelines.


Hoboken Catholic Academy
Home School Association 


HSA Meeting Minutes

June 1, 2022


Principal Update

  • 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.

  • 5K

          - 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


HSA Update

  • 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

         - 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!***







HSA Meeting Minutes
May 4, 2022

HSA Update

  •  May 5, 2022, Thursday – Cinco de Mayo

            - $2 Dress Down Day
            - Cafeteria will also offer $2 Nachos

        Cafeteria Update
            - 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
           - 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
           - 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!
           - 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

Teacher Update

  • 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 4 th 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.








HSA Meeting Minutes
April 12, 2022

Principal Update

  • 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.


         - TRACK
                 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.


         - 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.**

             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


HSA Update

  • Art E Vino Update

          - 33 guests participated
          - $710.24 profit after expenses (wine/food)

  • Read-A-Thon

          - 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

       - ELECTIONS
             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****






HSA Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2022

Principal Update

  •  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.


           - 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 .

HSA Update

  • 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

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





HSA Meeting Minutes
February 2, 2022

Principal Update

     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


  • 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 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.


  •  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.


  • If you know any good vendors who can provide us quotes for our gym lighting and sound system combined, please contact Mrs. Perez at

HSA Update


         - 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 10 th , 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 8 th , Friday – 7PM to 11PM @ The W Hotel Hoboken

        - Email address:
        - 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!**





HSA Meeting Minutes
January 12, 2022
7PM to 8PM

Principal Update

  •  Any questions, concerns and comments regarding policies and procedures, please email Mrs. Perez directly at 

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

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
         - 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.


HAPPY 2022!



HSA Meeting Minutes

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.

New Staff 

  • 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. 

Speech Services

  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • Air purifiers/Restroom Amenities
  • New Sound System
  • Two Special Assemblies (TBA)


  • 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



HSA Meeting Minutes 

10.6.21 7-8PM

Principal Update

Financial Report of HSA Earnings for 2020/2021 SY


  • 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.)


        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.**


  • Second Season Shop has raised to date, $860.00


  • 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

HSA Minutes Meetings

September 15, 2021

Welcome Back!

Principal Update


  •  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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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 position are filled except for 7th Grade in Mr. Costa’s class. Please message Katie Champagne at


  • 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

         ⇒  MINTED



*** All the detailed information regarding these fundraising opportunities will be in the HSA section of the website with their links in the coming days.***


         ⇒ 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 or email the school at 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.


  • 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.