Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Easter Recess. Here are some important updates:

Girl Scouts Meeting

Friday, April 28 – 6 PM – 128th Street Campus

 Parent representatives from two Girl Scouts troops will be signing up new members from OLCA on Friday, April 28 at the 128th Street Campus. The meeting begins at 6 PM. We are hoping for a very large turnout! If you are planning on attending, please send in the RSVP sheet that went home with this letter. You can still attend without sending in the sheet, but the responses will help us ensure there are enough snacks and drinks for everyone!

Final Billing Statement

On Monday, May 1, we will send home our final billing statement of the year, which will include all tuition and fees still due. Accounts with a zero balance will not receive a statement, but we will happily provide one upon request.

As a reminder, participation in all graduation and step-up activities requires a zero balance. Also, students may not be re-registered until accounts are in good standing.

Celebration Days

Tuesday, April 26: Secretary Appreciation Day

Thursday, April 27: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon (RB) – 1:30 PM

Friday, April 28: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon (128) – 2:00 PM

Monday, May 1: Custodian Appreciation Day

Friday, May 5: Nurse Appreciation Day

As our year is drawing to a close, we are preparing our annual appreciation days for members of our community. Please join me in thanking our hardworking staff members, who we will honor at prayers on their celebration days. Also, we look forward to showing our gratitude for our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheons. We ask for our volunteers to RSVP at their campus office.

In closing, we wish to congratulate the OLCA students who received their Sacraments of Initiation in recent weeks. In addition to our second grade receiving First Penance, we had several older students baptized into the Catholic Church. We look forward to our third graders receiving their First Communion on Saturday, May 20, where they will also be joined by several older students who have become Catholic this year!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne & Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal’s Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In this final newsletter before Easter Recess begins, I am pleased to share with you another series of updates and upcoming events.

Registration for 2017-2018

Our registration for next year continues to outpace last year by a significant margin. Because so many new families have already registered, we can no longer guarantee seats for current students who did not register before the March 31 deadline for returning families. We already have forty new families starting in the fall, and we want everyone who is currently here to have a place for September. Please re-register as soon as possible, if you haven’t done so already!

Homework Policy

An important clarification about homework policy at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Because homework is considered formative assessment, meaning that teachers use it to monitor student progress before quizzes and tests are administered, homework is never graded. It is only marked complete, incomplete, or missing. The classroom teacher corrects the homework in the classroom, and needs to know how well each student has mastered the skills and concepts taught on the previous day. This helps each teacher to adjust their instruction to each individual student, making it more likely that they will excel when it comes time for the actual test!

Raffle Sale

 Our Spring mandatory fundraiser begins on Monday, April 10, when raffle tickets will be distributed. This year, the grand prize drawing will be done for each campus at the Spring Show. While all families are welcome to participate, it is only mandatory to sell eighty raffle tickets if you didn’t participate in the Walk-a-Thon or if you didn’t sell at least six boxes of chocolate.

Easter Egg Hunt (Grades K-3)

On Monday, April 10, we will host a free Easter Egg Hunt at each campus: in the morning at Rockaway Boulevard, and in the afternoon at 128th Street. Thank you to Mr. Baldassare & Ms. Paz for organizing this event!

I wish all of you a blessed Easter season, and that you return to us after the recess with renewed spirit and hope, as we prepare to close out another great year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne

Principal

Central Park Zoo Trip Rescheduled

Due to a forecast of heavy rain, we have rescheduled tomorrow’s Central Park Zoo trip for Grades 3 and 4 (Rockaway Boulevard.) The new date is Friday, April 7.

 

Principal’s Newsletter

Our Lady's Catholic AcademyDear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that all of you are faring well. Here are the latest events and updates at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

Report Cards

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to make it to Report Card conferences last week. If you were not able to make it, you can pick up your child’s report card from your campus office at your convenience. Please note that the report cards will not be released to the students. A parent or guardian must come to pick it up!

Flu Season & Immunizations

Please see the flyer that went home today. It details how to prevent the flu, which has been particularly severe this year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Please also make sure that your child’s immunizations are up to date. Almost all of our students are current, but the office is reaching out to the few that still need a handful of immunizations. Attending OLCA requires keeping these current for the safety and well-being of all of our students.

Calendar Changes

Our unexpected snow day on March 14 has resulted in a few more calendar changes. As you will see on the April calendar that went home today, our Monthly Liturgy will now be Tuesday, April 4, which moves our Honors Assembly at 128 St. to Wednesday, April 5.  Spring Pictures will now be Tuesday, April 25 at RB, and Wednesday, April 26 at 128 St. Finally, our Volunteer Luncheons will be on Thursday, April 27 at Rockaway Boulevard, and Friday, April 28 at 128 St.

The Girl Scouts are Coming to OLCA!

Friday, April 28 at 6:00 PM (128 St.)

I am excited to announce that Amanda Reyes from the Girl Scouts of Greater NY will be coming to OLCA on Friday, April 28 at 6 PM. The meeting will be held at the 128 St. Campus, where parents can sign up their daughters. Parent volunteers are crucial to making the Girl Scouts a success at OLCA, so we hope for a huge turnout at this meeting! If the meeting goes well, we can start a program during after school hours. A big thank you to OLCA Parent and School Nurse, Mrs. Roxanna Conyers, who is also a proud Girl Scout Troop Leader. Her organization of this event has made the Girl Scouts at OLCA a possibility!

NYS Testing Reminders

As state testing began today, a friendly reminder that these tests are used to help us better instruct the students. We ask that all of the students come to school well-rested and do their very best. As with Terra Nova testing in the fall, the data is not used as part of report card grades or when determining promotion to the next grade.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

Home Academy Meeting Cancelled

Tonight’s Home Academy Association Meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

OLCA Open on Wednesday, March 15

Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will be open on Wednesday, March 15. Students and staff may dress down for free.

Early Drop-off and Extended Day Programs will be in place. Lateness will be excused for the first thirty minutes of the school day.

Stations of the Cross for Grades 1-3 and the Home Academy Association Meeting will be rescheduled.

OLCA Closed on Tuesday, March 14

Due to the blizzard forecast, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 14.

A final decision regarding Wednesday, March 15 will be posted by 3 PM on Tuesday afternoon.

Winter Weather Tomorrow: Free Dress Down

Due to the predicted winter weather for Friday, March 10,  students in all grades may dress down for free.

All OLCA activities and services, including Early Drop-Off, Extended Day, and the School Dance, will proceed as scheduled. If there is a status change, it will be posted on the website.

Please take extra caution in your morning travels!

 

Report Card Conferences: Friday, March 24

Report card conferences are scheduled for Friday, March 24, from 3 PM – 7 PM. Parents and guardians may schedule individual appointment times with their teachers. Please check your child’s OLCA folder for this sign-up sheet, which will go home the week of March 13.

To receive your child’s report card, your account must be in good standing. This means that you are current through the March 1 tuition payment (#8 of 10) and have fulfilled your fundraising fee for the fall candy sale. While registration and material fee for 2017-2018 and eighth grade graduation fees may also be part of your current balance, you are not required to pay those fees before receiving your child’s report card.

Please refer to the March bill that went home today (Wednesday, March 8) for your current balance. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Ciriaco (RB) or Ms. Roberts (128) for more information!

Stations of the Cross

OLCA students in Grades 1-8 will participate in Stations of the Cross this month at the Saint Anthony of Padua worship location.  Students from both campuses will attend on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 15: Grades 1-3

Wednesday, March 22: Grades 4-6

Wednesday, March 29: Grades 7-8

All services will begin at 10 AM. Family members are welcome to join us.