Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

It is hard to believe that we are entering the final weeks of the school year! While the weekly parent alerts will continue, we wanted to give an overview of some important upcoming events and ongoing activities.

Accelerated Program (Grades 5-8)

The application process has begun for our Accelerated Program, which will now be offered in Grades 5-8.  Students currently in the Accelerated Program in Grades 6 and 7 must apply again to keep their seat for next year.  Please be aware that students participating in this program will have more intensive summer work to prepare them for the upcoming year.

Standardized Testing

Grades 4 & 8: Science Performance Exam

Grades 5 & 7: Math & ELA Benchmark Exam

Next week, our fourth and eighth graders will take the New York State Science Performance exam, which is a small part of the overall New York State Science Exam that allows them to demonstrate practical science skills.  These tests will be on Wednesday, May 23 for Grade 8 and Thursday, May 24 for Grade 4.

Also, all students in Grades 5 and 7 will take a benchmark exam on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 that measures their progress in ELA and Math since taking the state tests in Grades 4 and 6.  While this test is only mandated for students who did not earn a 3 or 4 on those tests, we are having all students take the exam so we will have additional data to individualize the instruction for all students. This will be helpful for improving both our regular and accelerated instructional programs in 2018-2019.

Spring Show

Tuesday, May 22

Program I: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM  (Grades N-2, Violins)

Program II: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM  (Grades 3-8, Beginner and Experienced Band)

Our Spring Show is almost here! Unless instructed otherwise by their classroom teacher, the dress code is simply dressing up in spring colors. To better meet parent needs, we have the option of buying a ticket for the whole show ($5) or just an individual program ($3.)  All tickets will receive reserved, numbered seating.  Students in Grades N-2 will be dismissed at the conclusion of Program I, and can either go home with their parents or, if they are staying for Program II, can join their parents in the audience. We hope that offering three different ticket options will make the evening easier for our families this year.

First Holy Communion

Saturday, June 2

St. Teresa of Avila Church – 5 PM

Many of our third graders and several older students will celebrate the Holy Sacrament of Communion for the first time on Saturday, June 2.  This Saturday, they will have practice for this event at the church from 9:30-11:30 AM.

VIRTUS TRAINING

Thursday, June 7

Session #1: 9 AM  | Session #2: 6 PM

On Thursday, June 7, OLCA will host two separate VIRTUS Training events for family members who wish to become OLCA volunteers.  This free class is required to attend school trips and volunteer in the lunch room and at school events. You can register online now at virtus.org, or onsite the day of the training.

Year-End BBQ

Saturday, June 9

OLCA School Yard – 1 PM – 6PM

Our Home Academy Association is hard at work planning our Year-End BBQ, which will feature great food, games, rides, and attractions, as well as exciting raffles. Stop by their table at this year’s Spring Show for more information, and if you want to assist, you can reach the HAA at parents@olcacademy.net .

Registration for 2018-2019

We are excited to announce that we are nearing capacity for next year, thanks to the high level of re-registration among returning families and to the many new families that will be joining us in the fall.  By early June, we expect that multiple grade levels will be closed for registration, so if you intend to return, please complete the registration process to save your seats. The material fee for 2018-2019 is due on June 1, 2018.

Summer Brainstorm

Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 3

Registration has begun for our annual Summer Brainstorm Program at OLCA.  As always, we will offer academics in the morning and activities in the afternoon. Because families often schedule vacations during this time, we also offer adjusted rates for families who only want to attend certain days or certain weeks.  Just speak to Ms. Roberts in the office and she will work out a reduced fee if you only can attend for part of the summer.

In closing, thank you for the amazing participation in Spirit Week! Our eighth graders will enjoy a wonderful trip to Rocking Horse Dude Ranch at no additional cost to their families. 

Our final dress down fundraiser will be in the month of June, where for thirteen days, students can dress down to benefit the Saint Teresa of Avila – Saint Anthony of Padua Parish. Father Conlon always uses these funds to make improvements that benefit both the parish and the academy, so your participation is appreciated!

A final newsletter will follow in June, but for now, enjoy next month’s calendar, which just might be the busiest of the entire year! It will be a month of celebration and appreciation.  We thank all of our students for their hard work and all of our families for their tireless and enthusiastic support of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.  From Many, We are One.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                     Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                    Assistant Principal

Accelerated Program 2018-2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is our pleasure to announce that our Accelerated Program will return in 2018-2019, and will now be open to incoming fifth graders as well as grades six, seven, and eight.

If interested, please complete the application below and submit for consideration. The deadline for returning OLCA Families, who will be given priority consideration, is Wednesday, May 30.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne
Principal

Debra Eisenbraun
Assistant Principal

Word:  Accelerated Program 2018-2019

PDF:    Accelerated Program 2018-2019

April Calendar

Here is a digital copy of this month’s final calendar.

April 2018

Delayed Opening on Thursday, March 22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Due to the continued inclement weather predicted overnight, we are going to have a delayed opening tomorrow (Thursday, March 22.)

The school day will officially begin at 9:30 AM

The building will open at 7:30 AM for the Early Drop Off Program, and the office will open at 8:00 AM.

School buses will be operating, but please be prepared for delays at each stop in the morning.

All students and staff may dress down for free tomorrow.

After the school day begins, it will proceed with a normal lunch, dismissal, and after-school schedule.

Students in the band should bring their instruments to school.

If the storm worsens overnight and we cannot open in the morning, a new alert will be sent by 6:00 AM.  Should public schools close, we will be required to close, but they are currently scheduled to be open tomorrow.

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope that this letter finds you well. We have a few calendar additions to announce, along with some other updates.

Report Card Conferences

Friday, March 23: 3 PM – 7 PM

Second trimester report cards will be distributed next week. Please note that to meet with your child’s teacher and receive the card, you must have your account up to date. Families with an existing balance are receiving both letters home today and a courtesy phone call by early next week. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Home Academy Association Meeting

Monday, March 26: 6 PM

Our HAA meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 26. At report card conferences, we will distribute a short survey of interest for parents who want to get involved in one or more of the following areas: policy advocacy, school events, and grants/development. We hope to have a huge turnout at this meeting, and we will also be looking for parents interested in taking leadership officer roles.

Spring Pictures and Honor Roll Assembly

Tuesday, March 27

We will have our Honors Assembly on Tuesday, March 27 at 10 AM. This same day, we will also take spring pictures. This is a free dress up day. Students can either dress up or wear their regular uniform.  Students in K-8 are not to wear their gym uniform on this day, as there will be no gym classes and they will have their pictures taken.

Security Update

I want to commend all of the students and staff about our most recent lockdown drill. As we went through our emergency preparation activity, every student and every staff member did the right thing. I am so proud of our school community’s calm and serious approach to these important drills. We will continue to practice regularly.

Registration and Scholarship Update

An important reminder: the scholarship deadline for returning families is Monday, March 31. To apply for this scholarship, families must also re-register. We will send out reminders for registration next week. Please complete the forms and submit payments to ensure your seat for 2018-2019!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

March 2018 Calendar

Our March 2018 calendar is here:

March 2018

Have a blessed and restful Winter Recess!

Mr. Coyne & Mrs. Eisenbraun

Leadership Newsletter

Our Lady's Catholic AcademyDear Parents and Guardians,

Here are some reminders and updates.

Option C Parent Alert System

This year, we have moved away from newsletters like this one and we are using the Option C Parent Alert System for timely reminders and necessary information.  Parent response to this has been very positive so far. If you have not been receiving the e-mails and occasional cell phone texts, please call our office immediately at (718) 641-1316 and ask for Mrs. Natalie Gilbert. She will update your alert preferences to keep you in the loop.

OLCA Gives Back

Thank you for the outstanding participation in this year’s OLCA Gives Back weeklong charity dress down. It always warms our hearts to see the generosity of our community!

Registration and Scholarships for 2018-2019

 Registration for next year is already underway. For the first time, you can re-register online through the Option C parent portal, in addition to the traditional paper registration. Your registration fee saves your seat for 2018-2019, and your registration is considered complete once all 2017-2018 fees, the 2018-209 material fee, and the August 2018 tuition payment are paid in full.  

The most important deadline coming up is for current families who have scholarships. The deadline for renewing those scholarships is March 31, 2018.  All families, with or without scholarships this year, can apply online at www.futuresineducation.org .

Ash Wednesday School Liturgy

Wednesday, February 14: 10:00 AM

Saint Teresa of Avila Church

There will be a school liturgy on Ash Wednesday this year, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Grades Kindergarten through Eight will attend. Father Conlon will visit the academy after the liturgy to give ashes to our Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten students.

Progress Reports (Grades 1-8)

Monday, February 12

On Monday, February 12, progress reports will be distributed to Grades 1-8. This is the most important progress report of the year, as it represents the midpoint of the academic calendar.  Students who are in danger of repeating a grade, attending summer school, and/or losing their seat at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy due to conduct will receive notice on this progress report. Please look for this report to be stapled into your child’s Good News Planner and return it the following day with your signature. We recommend taking a picture of the report for your records before returning it.

Home Academy Association Meeting

Thursday, February 15: 6 PM

We will have an important Home Academy Association meeting next week. The agenda will include, but not be limited to, the following items:

  1. Handbook Revisions for 2018-2019
  2. Mandatory Fundraising Requirements for 2018-2019
  3. Officer Nominations for 2018-2019

Previous meetings have resulted in policy changes based on parent input. This academy belongs to the students and their families. Please come and have your voices heard.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne, Principal

Debra Eisenbraun, Assistant Principal