After consultation with my custodial staff, we have decided to keep OLCA closed on Monday, January 25. The conditions of the roads will make drop-off and pick-up too dangerous, and while the sidewalks around OLCA will be clear, the walk to school will also be too dangerous for our students to navigate safely.
Because we worked additional snow days into our calendar this year, tomorrow’s closure will not impact the yearly calendar.
Please note that tomorrow’s OLCA Gives Back! Day for Catholic Charities is moved to Monday, February 1. All other OLCA Gives Back! activities will proceed as planned for the remainder of the week.
I hope to see all of you Tuesday, when all OLCA programs will resume, including Early Drop-Off. If there are any additional changes between now and then, they will be posted here.
Please stay safe, and if you must be outside shoveling, stay warm, hydrated and well-fed!
Sincerely in Christ,
Please note that OLCA expects to be OPEN on Monday, January 25. Check the website regularly on Sunday, and also 1010 Wins and CBS 2 New York, for any changes in this status.
As a reminder, the Sacrament Meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been moved to Saturday, February 6.
The Winter Ball scheduled for tomorrow evening has been moved to Saturday, March 5.
Form: OLCA Gives Back 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Over the past two years, we’ve begun a tradition of using Dress Down Days to raise funds for Charities that are close to the hearts of members of the OLCA community. This year, for the first time, we are having a special weeklong Dress Down to raise funds for the organizations.
You can choose to participate in all or just some of the Dress Down days, and you can give more than $2 per day if you like. Just fill out the form on the back of this sheet and you can share how you want your donations to be split among the organizations.
Here is some information about each organization, along with how they became part of OLCA’s giving tradition, and what the special Dress Down color or clothing item is for that day. You can learn more by visiting the links at our website.
If you don’t see your favorite charity here, don’t despair! Just send a letter to my attention with your charity of choice, and we may include it in a future OLCA Gives Back week.
Monday, January 25
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens
Blue & Gold
When OLCA began raising funds for charitable organizations, our pastor, Rev. Richard Conlon, encouraged us to assist in the stunningly expansive works of mercy and justice undertaken by Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens:
For 115 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been changing lives and building communities as it serves our neighbors in need with mercy and compassion. We currently sponsor over for children and youth, adults and seniors, persons with developmental disabilities, those who are mentally ill and the isolated. In addition, we are one of the largest faith-based provider of affordable housing in the country, with 3,600 units of housing, including 2,186 units of housing for low-income older adults, 1,068 units of family housing and 433 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless and individuals suffering mental illness or behavioral circumstances.
To show solidarity as a Catholic organization, we wear our school colors of blue and gold on this day.
Tuesday, January 26
Sickle Cell Disease Association
OLCA Parent Valentine Francois brought this organization to our attention in 2014. The mission of the Sickle Cell Disease Association is:
“To advocate for and enhance our membership’s ability to improve the quality of health, life and services for individuals, families and communities affected by sickle cell disease and related conditions, while promoting the search for a cure for all people in the world with sickle cell disease.”
The color red is used to bring awareness to this disease.
Wednesday, January 27
American Cancer Society
Pink & White
Every Fall, OLCA Parent Michelle Newton and OLCA Staff Member Revette Hinkson participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Walk. Last year, we began the tradition of supporting these ladies in their annual walk, and this year, the total donation will be made in their names.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
The colors pink and white are used to represent awareness for breast cancer. If there is a color associated with awareness for another form of cancer that has significance to you, your child may wear that color instead.
Thursday, January 28
Trayvon Martin Foundation
Two years ago, the Class of 2014 approached the administration with a proposal for a special Hoodie Dress Down in support of the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Those students witnessed the anger and hate surrounding debate over the Trayvon Martin case, and wanted to make a positive Catholic statement for peace and justice. Since then, we have raised money annually for the Foundation, which works to educate youth on nonviolent conflict resolution, provides scholarships for inner city youth, and provides resources for families impacted by violence:
The Foundation’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families. The scope of the Foundation’s mission is to advocate that crime victims and their families are not ignored in the discussions about violent crime to increase public awareness of all forms of racial ethnic and gender profiling educate youth on conflict resolution techniques and to reduce the incidences where confrontations between strangers turn deadly.
Students and staff wear hoodies to show solidarity with this organization’s mission.
Friday, January 29
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
OLCA Staff Member Jessica Seagriff brought the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to our attention last year, in a show of solidarity with a family member of hers who has cystic fibrosis.
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
The color for cystic fibrosis awareness is purple.
As it is written in the Prayer of Saint Francis, “It is in giving that we receive.” I thank all of you for your participation in OLCA Gives Back, and I hope that this is the first of many such weeks of charity at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.
Sincerely in Christ,
Kevin John Coyne
Form: OLCA Gives Back 2016
Happy New Year!
It is already time to register for next year, and we have some exciting events coming up throughout the month of January.
Priority Re-Registration: 2016-2017
Registration for next year begins today. From now until April 15, we will have an “early bird” registration discount, where each child can be registered for $50. After April 15, the rate goes up to the full $75. We hope that you take advantage of this discount.
Returning families can re-register over the phone, in the office, or through sending back the form that went home with your child today!
Extracurricular Activities Begin!
This week, our OLCA Basketball Club begins, and many other activities will begin next week. Keep an eye out in your child’s OLCA folder for sign-up sheets. For all activities, additional copies of the sign-up sheets can be found in your campus office.
Winter Ball: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for our First Annual Winter Ball, which will be at the 128th Street Campus. This formal event is for families, and will be a beautiful evening of food, dancing, and fun! Tickets must be purchased in advance from either campus office.
OLCA Gives Back 2016
This year, we have our First Annual OLCA Gives Back Charity Fundraiser. For a minimum of $10 per week/$2 per day, your child can dress down to support a special cause. We suggest the following special colors/clothing that represent awareness for these organizations and causes:
Monday, January 25: Catholic Charities (Blue & Gold)
Tuesday, January 26: Sickle Cell Disease Association (Red)
Wednesday, January 27: American Cancer Society (Pink & White)
Thursday, January 28: Trayvon Martin Foundation (Hoodie)
Friday, January 29: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Purple)
Thank you to our Pastor, Rev. Conlon, our staff members Revette Hinkson and Jessica Seagriff, and our parents, Valentine Francois and Michelle Newton, for helping us identify organizations to support with OLCA Gives Back!
Sincerely in Christ,
Kevin John Coyne
As noted in last week’s Principal’s Newsletter, OLCA is participating in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Early Registration program for next year’s Kindergarten students. Paper forms will go home to all current Pre-Kindergarten students today. New families with a child entering Kindergarten can now schedule registration appointments by calling the 125-18 Rockaway Boulevard campus at (718) 641-0212, or the 109-55 128th Street Campus at (718) 641-1316.
Here is a downloadable Registration Form:
Here are downloadable order forms for tickets to this year’s Christmas Shows.
Please note that the 1 PM and 6:30 PM shows at each campus will be identical. We are having additional shows to reduce crowding and better accommodate your schedules.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Christmas Show Flyer 128 (Monday, December 7)
Christmas Show Flyer RB (Wednesday, December 9)
As we depart for a brief Thanksgiving recess, please accept my gratitude for choosing OLCA as your child’s learning community. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. On behalf of my faculty and staff, I also thank you for your incredible support and participation in our annual Thanksgiving luncheon. So many of you donated food, funds, and time. To quote one of my second graders, “This was the best Thanksgiving Luncheon ever!”
You’ve already received the December calendar, and I have a few updates regarding events for next month.
Friday, December 11
This year, we have one extended report card conference from 3-7 PM on Friday, December 11. Please schedule your conference with your child’s homeroom teacher in advance. Please note that accounts must be fully up to date, including five tuition installments and candy money, for you to receive your child’s report card. We will be giving courtesy phone calls the week of November 30 to families that are not fully up to date. Please also check your billing information on Option C, and notify us immediately if you see an error on our part!
Monday, December 7 (128)
Wednesday, December 9 (RB)
To help with the overwhelming demand for Christmas Show tickets, this year we have added an afternoon performance at each campus. Tickets go on sale for all four Christmas Shows – two at each campus – on Tuesday, December 1. Look for the order form in your child’s OLCA folder on Monday, November 30!
Early Bird Kindergarten Registration
OLCA is participating in a new initiative from the Diocese of Brooklyn: Early Bird Registration for our Kindergarten classes of 2016-2017. Pre-K parents, please keep any eye out for this special registration form, which will go home on Tuesday, December 1. This year, we had four Kindergarten classes for the first time in OLCA history. The earlier parents register, the easier it is for us to guarantee smaller classes through additional sections on a grade level!
In December, we will be sharing information with students and their families on how to begin or complete initiation into the Catholic Church. We are planning a major liturgical event for later this school year where OLCA family members can be baptized, receive First Communion, and be confirmed as Catholics in our host parish. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and parents alike to join – or return – to the Catholic Church! We hope to see a huge turnout this year for this special initiative!
Youth Group & Basketball Program
Finally, the new year will bring two exciting evening and weekend programs to OLCA. We are launching an OLCA Youth Group, in collaboration with St. Teresa-St. Anthony Parish, for students in Grades 6 and up. Also, we will be bringing back our OLCA Basketball League, which will be open to students in grades N-8. We are looking for parent volunteers to support the faculty and staff in running these events. Please contact Mr. Coyne at either campus office if you are interested!
Wishing you and yours a Blessed, Safe, and Happy Thanksgiving. It is a privilege and a blessing to serve this vibrant, faith-filled learning community, and I am thankful for all of you this Thanksgiving!
Sincerely in Christ,
Kevin John Coyne