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