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:


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.


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)


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


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


Leadership Newsletter


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this letter finds you well. As we prepare for the Thanksgiving Recess and the end of the first trimester, here are some important updates:

Parent Alert System

 Today, we had our first lockdown drill of the year, which went very well. In case of an actual emergency, we will use the Option C Parent Alert system to notify parents and guardians. At this time, you should have received several texts and e-mails from this system. If you have not, please contact Mrs. Gilbert immediately at (718) 641-1316 and she will update your information to ensure you receive all future parent alerts.

OLCA Gives Back Dress Down

Thursday, November 16

Tomorrow’s dress down will be for a special cause: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.) This collection is in support of one of our diabetic students, and contributions collected will be given toward her family’s fundraising walk for this organization. The dress down is $1, but any additional funds are welcome, and 100% will be donated to the JDRF.

Boy Scouts Meeting

Thursday, November 16: 6 PM

If you are still interested in joining the Boy Scouts, it’s not too late! We have another meeting coming up tomorrow evening at 6 PM. All are welcome. The meeting will be in the 2-1 classroom, right across from the Main Office.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Tuesday, November 21

To all of the parents and guardians who have already signed up to donate, thank you! At this time, we have enough paper plates, napkins, and cups. We still need turkey more than anything else, so if you would like to cook a turkey, we will provide one using the funds collected so far. Please call Mrs. Ciriaco at (718) 641-1316 if you are interested, and please keep signing up for food and drinks. We are also happy to have parent volunteers, so you can sign up for that, too!

December 2017 Bills

Today, you should have received your bill for tuition and fees due as of Friday, December 1. This reflects all payments that must be received by Wednesday, December 6 to receive your child’s report card on Thursday, December 7. We are sending this bill out early for your convenience.  If you have any questions about your bill, please call the office at (718) 641-1316.

Thank you for all of your constant support and consideration, and we wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Kevin John Coyne & Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun

Principal & Assistant Principal



Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the end of the first trimester approaches, things are busier than ever at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Here are a few important updates.

Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10

No Classes

On Thursday, November 9, the entire faculty will participate in professional development in the areas of STEM and standardized testing data analysis. The academy will be closed for this PD day, as well as on Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day. Classes resume on Monday, November 13.

October Wall of Fame Celebration (Grades 1-5)

Wednesday, November 15

Students in Grades 1-5 who made the Wall of Fame for October may Dress Down for free on this date and they will also receive free ice cream. Due to homeroom changes in junior high during the middle of October, they did not participate in Wall of Fame for the month of October, but will do so for the month of November.

A Note About Uniforms:

Please note that uniform wasn’t used as a criteria in October, but will be in November. The uniform must be perfect every day. If you cannot get to IDEAL uniform store, we have many donated uniforms and we also have belts and ties for sale or rent. Just visit the main office!


Saturday, November 18

5 PM at St. Teresa of Avila Church

We are so proud that sixteen of our eighth graders will complete their initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacrament of Confirmation. We are honored to host Most Rev. James Massa, and have deep gratitude for the work done by our pastor, Father Conlon, and our Faith Formation Director Mark Kruse, in preparing our students for the sacrament. We also thank our teachers, Mr. Cinturati and Ms. Wielchul, who will join both of us as sponsors of students at this year’s Confirmation ceremony.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Tuesday, November 21

Preparations are underway for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Please, if you are able to donate food, drinks, or utensils, sign up as soon as you can! Remember that all students participate in this luncheon for free, regardless of whether their family makes a donation. But we do need all of the help that we can get to make sure this is the best Thanksgiving Luncheon yet.

Lifetouch Pictures

There is still time to order Lifetouch Pictures, but time is running out! Order online by visiting lifetouch.com and using Picture Day ID: OV447088Q0.

School Band

This year’s school band is bigger than ever – nearly one hundred students! It is still not too late to sign up.  Simply call Paul Effman Music Service at (800) 921-4543 or register online at pemusic.com/join .

Crisis Management Plan

Our Lady’s Catholic Academy recently completed its annual Crisis Management Plan. Please note the following evacuation sites in case of an emergency:

Primary Evacuation Site:

Saint Teresa of Avila Church

109-26 130th Street

South Ozone Park, NY 11420

Off Premises Evacuation Site:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy

111-10 115th Street

South Ozone Park, NY 11420

In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation to either site, we will communicate with parents through our Option C Parent Alert System, which we have used several times this year already. If you are not currently receiving e-mails or text messages through this alert system, please contact Natalie Gilbert immediately at (718) 641-1316 and she will update your information.

Welcome to Nicole Bishop

Finally, it is our pleasure to welcome our new 5-1 teacher, Ms. Nicole Bishop, to the OLCA family. I thank 5-2 teacher Ms. Alyssa Barone and our Spanish/Art teacher Ms. Sandra Paz for ensuring continuity of instruction during the transition between teachers.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                              Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                              Assistant Principal