Parent Survey

Here is a direct link to our Parent Survey:

http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/38289/40118

As noted in the newsletter: Please be honest and critical when answering the questions. This survey is part of our ongoing accreditation process, and your opinions are crucial as we work toward making Our Lady’s Catholic Academy stronger every year!

The survey will be available until Friday, October 20.

Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here are some more important updates and upcoming events:

URGENT: Parent Survey

Deadline: Friday, October 20

Today, all parents with an accurate e-mail address in Option C received an e-mail inviting them to take an important survey about their experiences at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. If you didn’t receive this e-mail, you can still take the survey by visiting this link: 

http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/38289/40118

You can also find this link on the front page of the website!  Please be honest and critical when answering the questions. This survey is part of our ongoing accreditation process, and your opinions are crucial as we work toward making Our Lady’s Catholic Academy stronger every year.

OLCA Gives Back

$2 Dress Down for Leukemia Research

Wednesday, October 18

Some families have asked us if there is a color for leukemia research. It is orange, so that is a great color to wear for this special dress down!

Home Academy Association Meeting

& Boy Scouts Presentation

Thursday, October 19

6 PM

Our first Home Academy Association meeting will include updates on the facility improvements, information on a new tuition management system, and a walkthrough of the accreditation process. The meeting will be followed by a presentation from the Boy Scouts, an organization that we will be hosting this year for the first time. We hope to see you there!

OLCA Walkathon

Friday, October 20

Grades N-2: 10 AM  / Grades 3-8: 1 PM

ALL GRADES: GYM UNIFORM

Our big annual fundraising event is only days away! Parents are invited to join us this Friday as our students walk the perimeter of the OLCA campus. If you are VIRTUS trained, you may participate in the Walk! Thank you for your support of this fundraiser, and we hope it is a relief that you don’t have to sell candy or raffle tickets this year!

Progress Reports (Grades 2-8)

Monday, October 23

Students in Grades 2-8 will receive their first Progress Report of the year. It will be stapled into the Good News Planner. Please return with a parent signature!

United Nations Day Assembly

Tuesday, October 24

1 PM

Our eighth annual U.N. Assembly is almost here! Students are encouraged to dress up in a way that reflects their country or countries of origin. This is one of our most special annual events, and we hope that you can join us, as parents and family members are always welcome!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne, Principal & Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun, Assistant Principal

Leadership Newsletter

Our Lady's Catholic AcademyDear Parents and Guardians,

Here are some more important updates:

Family Information Page

 At this time, all families should have returned their Family Information Page. If you need a new copy, please request one from the office as soon as possible!

October Liturgy

Friday, October 6

St. Teresa of Avila Church

10 AM

 We are celebrating our monthly liturgy tomorrow, and as always, parents are welcome. Students may dress up for free. Please refer to the Dress Up guidelines in the handbook.  Young men must wear a tie!

OLCA Walkathon

Friday, October 27

N-2: 10 AM

3-8: 1 PM

 Our annual mandatory fundraiser this year is the OLCA Walkathon, where families raise $250 or more and have a chance to win free and discounted tuition for the 2018-2019 school year! Please check your childs OLCA folder today, as more information on this event has been provided, including the donation sheet that will be submitted along with your collection.

Terra Nova Testing

Tuesday, October 10 ? Thursday, October 19

 Just another reminder that our annual diagnostic testing for Grades 3-8 begins on Tuesday, October 10. The only preparations required for this testing are a good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast. These tests help our teachers determine where their students are right now, and the results will be used to adjust instruction for the remainder of the year.  You will receive your childs scores at Report Card night in December.

OLCA Gives Back

Wednesday, October 11: $2 pink dress down for Breast Cancer research

Wednesday, October 18: $2 any color dress down for Leukemia research

Thank you for your amazing participation in our OLCA Gives Back events so far. Our next two dress down days will specifically be for cancer awareness. Our October 11 pink dress down will sponsor the walk of Mrs. Michelle Newton, an OLCA parent and cancer survivor.  Our October 18 dress down is in honor of Kayleigh Hoercher, a relative of Mrs. Lillian Gallway who is currently battling leukemia.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne          Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                 Assistant Principal

Leadership Newsletter

Our Lady's Catholic AcademyDear Parents and Guardians,

The first month of school is already coming to an end, and we have a busy October coming up.

Here are some important updates, starting with events on the October calendar:

Catholic High School Fair & Information Night

Wednesday, October 4 ? 6 PM

Our annual information night for Catholic High Schools is open to all students and parents from Grades 5-8. Representatives will be here from several schools and will be able to answer your questions and share informational materials. Many past OLCA students have made their decision to attend a Catholic high school based on this fair. Students attending are reminded to dress up or to wear their school uniform.

Terra Nova Testing

Tuesday, October 10 ? Thursday, October 19

Our annual diagnostic testing for Grades 3-8 begins on Tuesday, October 10. The only preparations required for this testing are a good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast. These tests help our teachers determine where their students are right now, and the results will be used to adjust instruction for the remainder of the year.

OLCA Gives Back

Since school opening, we have been doing many charity fundraisers to help individual members of the OLCA school community and those with similar circumstances. We will continue this in October, with special dress down days for breast cancer research (October 11) and leukemia research (October 18.) A parent will also be donating a Nintendo Switch to be raffled off to assist their ailing relative in Puerto Rico, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Maria. Finally, our eighth grade, in collaboration with the parish, will be doing a food drive this month to help stock the local pantry.

We thank all of you for your participation so far, and if there is a cause that you wish to bring to our attention, please e-mail me at kcoyne@olcademy.net.

OLCA Scholarship Fund

Thank you for your participation in our ongoing gym uniform and book sale. All proceeds will go to local scholarships for OLCA families in need. Applications for this scholarship will be available in early October.

October Bills

Our monthly bills will be distributed tomorrow.  Included on this bill will be the third tuition payment and the $250 mandatory fundraising contribution, which is the amount each family must raise for our Walk-a-Thon on Friday, October 20. This money isnt due until Monday, October 30.

Class Lists & Partner Teachers

At this time, all class lists have been finalized and no further transfer requests will be honored. Partner teachers will work together, under the supervision of the administration, to ensure consistency in instruction and assessment.

Lunch

At OLCA, we never want a child to go home hungry. Please assure your children that if they have ordered lunch and their name isnt called, they should tell an adult on duty immediately. Even if a child hasnt purchased lunch for the day, we will always provide a meal, so also let your children know to tell an adult if they have no lunch for whatever reason.

Classroom Supplies

Many parents are asking if supplies will be replenished throughout the year. The answer is yes, they will be!

Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame begins in October for Grades 1-8. Students who meet all of the following criteria for every day in October will receive a free dress down and ice cream on a special day in November, and have their names displayed on a bulletin board on the first floor:

  1. Complete uniform every day.
  2. All classwork completed every day.
  3. All homework completed every day.
  4. No Incident Reports.

We hope to see as many students as possible on the Wall of Fame next month!

Parent Meetings

As a reminder, parents who have a classroom concern should address the classroom teacher first. If you are not satisfied with the resolution, please speak to Mrs. Angie Ciriaco, who will schedule a meeting with the parent, teacher, and an administrator.

Children of God

Finally, conflicts between children that occur at OLCA are resolved by faculty and administration. It is never appropriate or acceptable for a parent to address a child other than their own with regards to an incident in school.

It is also completely inappropriate for any member of the OLCA community to speak negatively in any way about a child who attends Our Ladys Catholic Academy. Remember always that every student who attends this school is another parents child. More importantly, they are a child of God, created in His own image.

Every child at Our Ladys Catholic Academy must be treated with love, dignity, and respect by every member of this school community. That is what we do here. This is who we are. We will allow nothing less.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne            Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                    Assistant Principal

Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A big thanks to all of you who attended our back to school night last week. It was a very productive meeting, and the feedback that we received helped us craft new policies to better meet the needs of our children. Here are some important updates:

Canned Food Drive

Friday, September 22 – Friday, September 29

On behalf of the Association of Caribbean Americans in Corrections & The Brooklyn Metropolis Lions Club, we are asking each student to bring in at least two canned food items for donation to those impacted by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean. Each student who makes a donation will dress down for free on Thursday, October 5.

VIRTUS TRAINING

Wednesday, September 27: 9 AM and 6 PM

Next Wednesday, OLCA will host two free VIRTUS training workshops. Being VIRTUS trained is required for a parent to volunteer in the building or to go on class trips. We hope that offering two times this year will allow for greater attendance. You can sign up at the meeting, or ahead of time online at www.virtus.org.

Students with IESPs

We have a full staff of service providers ready to go! From some students with IESPs, we still have not received the necessary authorization form for services to begin. Please submit these documents to the attention of Mrs. Eisenbraun, who is available at (718) 641-1316 and deisenbraun@olcacademy.net to answer any of your questions.

Classroom Supplies

We are receiving daily shipments of classroom supplies, and it is not necessary for parents to purchase supplemental items on their own. We thank you for your patience with the backordered items, which should all be in by sometime next week.

Parking at Arrival and Dismissal

For greater safety and better traffic flow, we have opened a new entrance to the parking lot on 111th Avenue. The old entrance by the auditorium doors is now for pedestrians only. Also, we must request that no car is left double parked and unattended. This causes traffic jams on 130th street. If you must double park, a driver must be in the car that can be redirected if necessary. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne          Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                 Assistant Principal

 

Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! Our first few days as a community brought together as one have been exciting and challenging. We thank you so much for your support, cooperation, and most importantly, your feedback on how we can keep improving our services to best meet the needs of your children.  Here are some important updates and upcoming events:

Early Drop-Off and After School Programs

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 begins today, and it now ends at 7 PM. As always, it includes a snack and homework help. Registration forms were 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.

Transportation Update

We continue to work with the Department of Transportation to approve more bus stops for our students. The process has been slow and frustrating for us, and even more so for the parents affected by it. Families still waiting for bus service may keep their children in the After School Program for free until their stops are approved!

Early Childhood Center Update

 Construction and improvements are ongoing for our Early Childhood Center, as we make adjustments to best utilize this space for our youngest OLCA students. It is a work in progress, and we thank you for your suggestions and your patience as we continue to upgrade this new facility.

Back to School Night: Wednesday, September 13

6:30 PM ? 8:00 PM

 Please come to our Back to School Night this Wednesday! It will begin with a brief presentation from the principal, followed by individual presentations in the classrooms by your childrens teachers. Our junior high (Gr. 6-8) will meet with parents in the auditorium!

NYC Free Lunch Program

 Finally, we are working with the Office of the Superintendent to bring city lunch to OLCA for all students. The process may take as long as three months, but it is underway!

Have a great rest of the week!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne          Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                 Assistant Principal

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.

Transportation

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