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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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