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

FACTS Tuition Portal, Scholarship Application Now Open

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Today, the 2018-2019 Scholarship Application begins.  You can apply by following the link below:

http://online.factsmgt.com/aid

FACTS Tuition Management is now processing the scholarship applications, and beginning with your February 2018 invoice, you can now pay your OLCA tuition through their system. You should have received an e-mail from FACTS which includes your tuition balance as of February 1, 2018. This balance does not include Walk-a-Thon or Graduation Fees, and it reflects all payments made through Thursday, January 11, 2018.

We hope this new system will be more convenient, as you can pay online with your bank account or a credit/debit card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can still make payments in the office if that works better for you.

OLCA will exclusively use FACTS for all billing in 2018-2019.

I hope that all of you had a restful weekend and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning at prayers.

Sincerely,

Mr. Coyne

OLCA Closed on Friday, January 5

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Due to the ongoing storm and anticipated cold weather, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will remain closed on Friday, January 5.

We will reopen on Monday, January 8 at 6 AM for the Early Drop-off Program. Students will go directly to their classrooms beginning at 7:45 AM. Classes will begin at 8:30 AM and all latenesses will be excused through 9:00 AM due to the inclement weather. Because parking may be difficult, we will have staff members at both the 128th Street and 130th Street auditorium entrances from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM to walk students from the car into the school building.

It will be a free dress down day and students are allowed to wear boots. Please dress warmly, as the temperature will still be cold and rain is predicted during the day.

If you have any questions, you can respond directly to this e-mail. Please stay safe and warm, and we will see you on Monday!

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

OLCA Closed on Thursday, January 4

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Due to the inclement weather, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will be CLOSED on Thursday, January 4.

There is a strong possibility we will also be closed on Friday, January 5. Please check your e-mail for an Option C Parent Alert

or the website for a decision by 6 PM tomorrow evening.

Stay Safe!

Mr. Coyne

Christmas Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare for Christmas and the birth of Jesus, we are also closing out the calendar year and making plans for 2018. Here are some important updates and announcements as we head into Christmas Recess, including some important calendar changes.

Confessions (Grades 4-8)

Breakfast with Santa (Grades N-8)

FREE DRESS UP

Wednesday, December 20

Tomorrow, our Catholic students in Grades 4-8 will receive the Sacrament of Confession. This will be done shortly after they participate in Breakfast with Santa, which will include a free breakfast and gift for all students in all grades. This is a free dress up day. Also, parents are welcome to take pictures.

½ Day Dismissal, No After School

FREE DRESS DOWN

Thursday, December 21

Because Confessions have moved to an earlier date, Thursday, December 21 will now be a free dress down. Classroom celebrations are permitted on this day. We will have a ½ day dismissal and there will be no after school. After dismissal, Christmas Recess begins, with classes resuming at regular time on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Home Academy Association

Playground Fundraiser

January 2018

The Home Academy Association will have a gourmet coffee and tea sale next month, beginning the week of January 22. All profits raised from this fundraiser will go toward renovations of our lower playground. If you are interested in assisting with this fundraiser, please contact Jemma Mohess (jemma.mohess@yahoo.com.)

2018-2019 Registration & Scholarship Applications

Re-registration for the 2018-2019 school year will commence on Monday, January 29, 2018. But you don’t have to wait until then to apply for scholarships for next year. The application portal for 2018-2019 scholarships will open on Monday, January 15. A separate flyer will go home today with more information about the scholarship process for next year.

Tuition & Fees Reminder

Today, letters have gone home to families with an outstanding balance, all of which must be resolved by Tuesday, January 2, 2018. If you have any questions about your balance, please contact Mrs. Ciriaco or Ms. Roberts at (718) 641-1316.  Beginning February 2018, a new company  – FACTS Tuition Management – will handle billing for Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Please look for more information about this change in the new year.

As we note every year, the biggest Christmas blessing in our lives in the privilege to serve the Our Lady’s Catholic Academy community. We thank all of our faculty, staff, parents, and students for a wonderful 2017, and look forward to a healthy and happy 2018 for all of us.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                    Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                   Assistant Principal

Christmas Show Reminders

Our Christmas show is only two days away!

Here are a couple of reminders:

There are two shows on Thursday, December 14:  1:30 PM and 6:30 PM.

Tickets are available for both shows at the school office. Tickets purchased in advance receive a reserved, numbered seat and cost $5. Tickets at the door are $7, and do not guarantee seating! Refreshments and snacks will be sold at both shows.

Evening Show Arrival:

All students in EXPERIENCED BAND must be at the school by 6 PM, and should go straight to the stage.

All other students must be in their homeroom classroom by 6:15 PM.

Dress Code has been posted on the homework pages, and students may dress up during the school day as well.

We look forward to a wonderful afternoon and evening of great seasonal performances.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at (718) 641-1316.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne

Principal