Leadership Newsletter

Our Lady's Catholic AcademyDear Parents and Guardians,

I hope all of you are enjoying a restful summer recess. Amazingly, it is already time to begin our preparations for the 2017-2018 School Year! As we come together in one location, we are excited for what we believe will be our best year ever! Here are some important updates and answers to some frequently asked questions.

August Office Hours

9 AM – 12 PM:

Tuesday, August 1 ? Thursday, August 3

Monday, August 7 ? Thursday, August 10

Monday, August 14 ? Friday, September 1

5 PM – 7 PM:

Tuesday & Wednesday Evenings

August 22 -23, August 29-30

Both our 128 & RB campus offices will be open throughout August to best meet the needs of our parents.  You can visit us during the hours above or call/e-mail and schedule an appointment outside these hours.

Remember that the first two tuition payments are due before school opens. Payment #1 is due on Tuesday, August 1 and Payment #2 is due on Friday, September 1. If you cannot make it during office hours, you can mail your payment or complete it over the phone using a credit or debit card.

New School Hours

Grades 6-8: 8:00 AM ? 3:00 PM | Grades N-5: 8:15 AM ? 3:15 PM

Beginning this year, Grades 6-8 will have a slightly different schedule from Grades N-5. This will allow our older students to go directly to the classroom after dropping off their younger siblings, and also ensure that they are there to meet them at the end of the day. Beginning on the second day of school ? Thursday, September 7 ? Grades 6-8 will go directly to their homeroom classrooms, where their homeroom teacher will lead them in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at 8:00 AM.

First Day of School

Grades K-8: Wednesday, September 6

Grades N & PK: Thursday, September 7

 All classes in grades K-8 will gather in the school auditorium on the first day of school for prayers at 8:15 AM.  On the first day for Grades N & PK, parents may bring their children directly to the Early Childhood Center on our lower level by 8:15. N & PK parents are invited to stay for the first few minutes of the day to help their children transition to the classroom.

The first three days of school are Half Day schedule, as noted on the calendar.  Grades 6-8 will dismiss at 11:30 AM, and Grades N-5 at 11:45 AM. 

Early Drop-Off Program

6 AM ? 8 AM

(Begins Wednesday, September 6)

After School Program

3:15 PM ? 7 PM

(Begins Monday, September 11)

 To better meet the needs of our parents, the hours of both our Early Drop-Off Program and After School Program have been extended. The Early Drop-Off Program now begins at 6:00 AM and remains a free program. Please bring your children to the 130th Street Auditorium entrance. This program is available every day that our school is open this year, including the first day.

Our After School Program now ends at 7 PM. As always, it includes a snack and homework help. Registration forms will be provided on the first day of school in your childs OLCA folder. This is a prepaid program, and you may pay on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis, whichever is most convenient for you.

Registration & Scholarship Update

This fall, we will welcome 110 new students to OLCA! Because the registration numbers are so high, we have limited seating available for September. If you are a returning family and have not re-registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee as seat for your child will still be available as the first day approaches. Returning students must have a zero balance from 2016-2017 to register for the upcoming year.

So far, OLCA has received $170,000 in scholarships from Futures in Education. If you havent yet applied for the scholarship, please do so as soon as possible at futuresineducation.org .  You will be asked for a code to continue your application, which you can receive by calling either campus office. This code is unique to your application and isnt created until you apply.


We are working with the Department of Transportation to establish new bus routes for our students, particularly those who previously attended the Rockaway Boulevard campus. You can request a stop directly by e-mailing Jillian Roberts, who can be reached at jroberts@olcacademy.net .  It takes 2-3 days to get a stop approved and a student assigned to it, so please contact Ms. Roberts as soon as possible so your child can take the bus on the first day of school. You can also request a Metrocard for children entering Grades 7 & 8.

Supply Lists

This year, the material fee covers basic classroom supplies, so there are no supply lists for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents are only required to supply a book bag and a lunch box for Grades N-8, and a change of clothes for Grades N-1. Everything else will be provided during the first week of school.

Accelerated Program (Grades 6-8)

So far, 77 students have been accepted into at least one of our Accelerated classes for September. A handful of seats are still available. If you are interested in your child being considered, please e-mail Michelle Beadle at mbeadle@olcacademy.net as soon as possible. Acceptance letters for the program are included with your familys back to school packet, which will be mailed out on Friday, July 28.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our school office. You can also reach us directly at kcoyne@olcacademy.net and deisenbraun@olcacademy.net . We look forward to another wonderful year!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne            Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                    Assistant Principal

End of Year Leadership Newsletter

Our Lady's Catholic AcademyDear Parents and Guardians,

First, thank you for a tremendously successful Year-End Barbecue, which our Home Academy Association did an excellent job coordinating! We were so pleased with the attendance and so grateful for the staff and parents who donated their time and energy, along with delicious food and wonderful gifts for the raffle. A special thank you to the staff who gave tours of the 128th Street campus, and the staff and parents who set up, broke down, and spent most of the day cooking and distributing the food! Together, everyone set a high bar for us to top next year!

Congratulations to This Year’s Teacher Honorees

On Friday, June 9, the Diocese of Brooklyn honored the following teachers celebrating anniversaries of their years in service:

15 Years

Patrick Baldassare

10 Years

Sofia Jara

5 Years

Patricia Attanasio

Michelle Beadle

Andrea Edwards

Christopher Otis

We thank these teachers for their dedication to the ministry of Catholic education and for sharing their gifts with OLCA.

Summer Packets

All students entering Grades 1-8 at OLCA in September will have a Summer Packet that they are required to complete and bring to school with them on the first day of classes. These packets will be distributed to current students on Monday, June 19 and will also be uploaded to the website. Parents of new students can download the packet from the website or pick up a hard copy during July at the Rockaway Boulevard Campus or during August at the 128th Street Campus.

Graduation & Step Up Ceremonies

Students in Grades N, PK, K, and 8 are preparing for their commencement ceremonies. With the exception of the Grade 8 Graduation, all celebrations are in the auditorium of the campus that the children attend. Please note the following schedule of events, to which all parents and guardians are invited:

Nursery Step Up

Thursday, June 15

Rockaway Blvd.: 9 AM /128th Street: 10:30 AM

Grade 8 Graduation Mass

Friday, June 16 at St. Teresa of Avila Church

10:00 AM

Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, June 17 at St. Teresa of Avila Church

11:00 AM


Pre-Kindergarten Step Up

Monday, June 19

Rockaway Blvd.: 9 AM /128th Street: 10:30 AM

Kindergarten Graduation

Tuesday, June 20

Rockaway Blvd.: 9 AM /128th Street: 10:30 AM

We will also be celebrating students in Grades 2-7 who have achieved Honors for the third trimester:

Honors Assembly

Wednesday, June 21

Rockaway Blvd.: 9 AM /128th Street: 10:30 AM

We will distribute report cards on the last day of classes, which is Thursday, June 22. We will have half-day dismissal and no Extended Day program.

Please note the following office hours for the summer:

Rockaway Boulevard Campus

Friday, June 23 – Monday, July 3: 8 AM ? 12 PM

Tuesday, July 4: CLOSED

Wednesday, July 5 – Friday, July 28: 8 AM -12 PM

August 2017: Closed – please visit 128th Street Campus

128th Street Campus

Friday, June 23: 8 AM ? 12 PM

Monday, June 26 ? Friday, July 28: Closed

Monday, July 31 ? Thursday, August 31: 9 AM ? 12 PM (Closed Fridays)

Additional Evening Hours in August to be announced


Summer Brainstorm

Rockaway Boulevard Campus

Wednesday, July 5 ? Friday, July 28

Finally, we will have our eighth annual Summer Brainstorm next month! Registration forms are available at your campus office or on the school website. This program is open to all students who currently attend Catholic School or will be doing so in September, with remedial and enrichment classes available in the morning and games and activities in the afternoon. The program runs from 8 AM – 4 PM, with free Early Drop Off beginning at 7 AM and Extended Day available until 6 PM for an additional $10 a day per family.

Thank you for another wonderful year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. What an honor and privilege it is to serve our diverse and dynamic community of faith and learning!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne & Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal & Assistant Principal

Leadership Newsletter

Our Lady's Catholic AcademyDear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this letter finds you well! As we prepare for the end of the school year, here are some important updates:

Year End Barbecue

Saturday, June 10: 2 PM -?6 PM

128th Street Campus Yard

Our year end barbecue keeps getting bigger and better! In addition to free food and drinks for all attendees, we will have a live DJ and games and activities for the children. Parents from the Rockaway Boulevard campus will have the opportunity to tour the 128th Street Campus, and Ideal Uniform Store will be on site to measure all students – old and new – for uniforms for the new school year. We want to thank all of the parents and staff who have donated food and drinks for the BBQ, and also those who have donated gifts for us to raffle. We look forward to seeing everyone there on Saturday!

Registration Update

Thanks to all of you who have already re-registered. Thanks to so many re-registrations and more than seventy new students signing up, we are approaching capacity in many grade levels. We want to see all of you at OLCA in 2017-2018. If you haven’t done so yet, please re-register as soon as possible. As a friendly reminder, all tuition and fees from 2016-2017 must be paid in full for you to complete the registration process, so double check with your campus office if you are unsure of your account status.

Accelerated Program (Grades 6-8)

Applications Available on Monday, June 12

Applications for our Accelerated Program will go home on Monday, June 12. Current students who are entering Grades 6, 7, and 8 will receive an application in school. New students who have registered will have a copy mailed to them at home. The application will also be available on the website. Please note that students may be placed in a combination of regular and accelerated classes, depending on the subject area. Tentative placements will be determined before the close of the school year, with the possibility of additional seats opening up as the summer progresses.

In closing, thank you for the beautiful Principal Appreciation Day Celebration, which was a wonderful surprise. As we prepare to bring our two campus communities together in the fall, our gratitude for the students and parents that we proudly serve is coupled with our enthusiasm for all of you to discover each other. Truly, From Many, We are One.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne & Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal & Assistant Principal

Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We hope this letter finds you well. Here are some updates about upcoming events at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

Spirit Week

Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19

Next week, our final big fundraiser for our eighth grade class begins. During Spirit Week, students are able to dress down in different themes every day, ending with Pajama Day on Friday, May 19. Participation is $10 for the week, or $2 per individual day. 100% of the money raised will go toward expenses for the Senior Trip.

Pajama Party

Friday, May 19: 4 PM – 7 PM

Rockaway Blvd. Campus – Grades K-3

Our final dance of the year is for Grades K-3 and will have a Pajama Party theme. Snacks and drinks will be sold. Look for the permission slip to go home today.

Home Academy Association Meeting

Wednesday, May 17: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Rockaway Blvd. Campus Auditorium

Our final Home Academy Association Meeting will cover proposed changes to the 2017-2018 Family Handbook. We will be looking for parent input before the handbooks are finalized, so bring your best ideas with you! Light refreshments will be served.

First Holy Communion

Saturday, May 20: 5 PM

Saint Teresa of Avila Church

Forty children from OLCA and our parish will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday, May 20. All parents and students are encouraged to attend this special event.

Spring Shows & Raffle Drawings

128th Street Campus: Monday, May 22 – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Rockaway Blvd. Campus: Wednesday, May 24 – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

As always, this year’s Spring Shows are free to attend. All classes will be performing, as well as Beginner and Experienced Band. Please check your child’s homeroom page on the website for the evening’s attire.

For the first time, we will be doing our Spring Raffle Drawing at the Spring Shows, with winners at each campus. We are also raffling off a Nintendo Switch at each Spring Show. Raffles can be purchased for the Switch beginning Monday, May 15 at both campuses. To be eligible for the Spring Raffle prizes, please be sure to submit your raffle tickets by the morning of your campus Spring Show!

Registration Update

Registration continues to outpace last year’s rate by a significant margin. We will be announcing Waiting Lists for several grades in the coming days, as we post our “Seats Left” signs at both buildings. To guarantee a seat for 2017-2018, especially in grades 1-6, be sure to re-register as soon as possible!

Summer Brainstorm

Registration has also begun for our annual Summer Brainstorm program, which is open to all students entering Grades N-9 in 2017-2018. This year, the program runs from Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, July 28. Early Drop-off and Extended Day services will be available. Check with your campus office for registration forms and additional information.

June 2017

Looking ahead to June, we will be celebrating the service of our Crossing Guards and Security Guards as the month begins. All grades from Nursery to 8th Grade will take final exams in the major subject areas, and Grades 4 and 8 will take the NYS Science Exam. We will have our closing school liturgy, our second graders will receive Honors for the first time, our Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten classes will step up to the next grade, and both our Kindergarteners and Eighth Graders will graduate.

As we enter the final stretch of the school year, we again express our gratitude for the partnership and support we receive from our school families. It remains a great privilege to be entrusted with the care of your children.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne & Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal & Assistant Principal

Free Dress Down: Friday, May 5

Due to the inclement weather forecast, all students and staff may dress down for free tomorrow. Students may also wear their gym uniform.

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


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