August Updates

Dear Parents and Students,

We have received some phone calls that not all back to school letters were received!  If you haven’t received a packet, please give us a call and we will send a new one out to you.  As always, the newsletters are on the website, and I will be posting the September calendar and the new family handbook on August 25.

Here is some key information:

Summer Office Hours

Monday – Friday (August 18 – August 29)

9 AM – 12 PM  (Both Campuses)

Special Evening Hours

Rockaway Boulevard Campus -  Monday, August 25 & Wednesday, August 27  (5 PM – 7 PM)

128th Street Campus – Tuesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 28  (5 PM – 7 PM)

Please note that GYM UNIFORMS and SUPPLY LISTS are available at both campus offices!

First Week of School

Tuesday, September 2

Office Hours: 7 AM – 5 PM  (Both Campuses)

No Classes

Wednesday, September 3

Classes Begin for Grades K-8

Free Early Drop-off begins at 7 AM (Both Campuses)

1/2 Day Dismissal

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 11:30 AM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Thursday, September 4

Classes Begin for Grades Nursery and Pre-K

1/2 Day Dismissal

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 11:30 AM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Friday, September 5

1/2 Day Dismissal

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 11:30 AM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Monday, September 8

First Full Day of School

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 3 PM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 3:15 PM

Extended Day (After-School) Program Begins

Breakfast & Lunch Program Begins

If you have any further questions, you can call us at our Rockaway Boulevard office (718-641-0212) or our 128th Street office (718-641-1316) during office hours, or e-mail us at office@olcacademy.net.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

Principal’s Newsletter: Summer 2014

back-to-schoolDear Parents and Guardians,

Preparations for the upcoming school year are nearly complete! As we transition to using digital communication only, please bookmark the website and keep an eye out for e-mails from our office! As always, you can reach the principal at kcoyne@olcacademy.net , and the office at office@olcacademy.net.

EXPANDED SUMMER HOURS

Because both offices have been so busy this summer, we’re expanding our office hours for the remainder of the month, and will now be open in the morning for the entire month of August, and for evening hours the week of August 25.

Monday – Friday

9 AM – 12 PM (Both Campuses)

Monday and Wednesday (8/25, 8/27)

5 PM – 7 PM (Rockaway Boulevard)

Tuesday and Thursday (8/26, 8/28)

5 PM – 7 PM (128th Street)

FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES

Classes resume on Wednesday, September 3 for Grades K-8, and on Thursday, September 4 for Grades Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten.   Half-Day Dismissal will be in place for Wednesday, September 3 – Friday, September 5.   The hours for Rockaway Boulevard are 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM; for 128th Street, 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Students will receive their handbook and the September calendar on their first day of school, along with a lunch menu and an important parent survey.

REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIPS

At this time, seats are limited for most grade levels at each campus, with several classes now having waiting lists. Please call our offices at 718-641-1316 (128th Street) or 718-641-0212 (Rockaway Boulevard) to schedule a registration appointment. Both Diocesan and local scholarships are available, although time is running out to apply.   So far, OLCA families have received more than $250,000 in Diocesan and local scholarships for the upcoming year! You can apply for scholarships online at mytads.com.

AUGUST TUITION PAYMENTS

At this time, the first tuition payment and the material fee are both due. If you cannot make it into the office to make the payment, don’t worry! We can take payments over the phone for your convenience. Just give either office a call and we will assist you right away.

NEW BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM

I am excited to announce that for the first time, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will have a hot breakfast and lunch program this year. All food will be prepared on site at each academy, with a rotation of diverse and healthy meal items.   Menus will be published every month, with the first one going home on September 3. Your child can purchase breakfast and lunch on a day to day basis, or receive a special discount by ordering for the month in advance.

NEW DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES

Beginning this September, we will be closing the school parking lot of each campus fifteen minutes before school begins. We are establishing new “drop-off zones” to increase safety.   School staff will be outside to escort children from the drop-off zone and into the academy.   The drop-off zones are as follows:

Rockaway Boulevard Campus: 126th Street, across from the parking lot. Parents must turn right from Rockaway Boulevard onto 126th Street to use the drop-off zone.

128th Street Campus: 128th Street, between 109th Ave. & 111th Ave.   The drop-off zone will be in front of the main entrance that leads to the school office.

Parking lots will re-open fifteen minutes after school begins, and will be closed again fifteen minutes before dismissal. We are doing this to ensure that the students can exit the building without having to worry about moving vehicles.   We will make adjustments to this policy as necessary to ensure maximum safety and efficiency.

OLCA FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MASS & BARBECUE

This September marks the fifth anniversary of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy! We will be celebrating with a special mass and outdoor barbecue:

Mass:

Saturday, September 6

11:00 AM

Saint Teresa of Avila Church

Barbecue:

Saturday, September 6

12 PM – 5 PM

128th Street Schoolyard

We hope you can join us for this special mass and the celebration that follows. In addition to food, we will also have music and games. We hope to see all of you there!

Keep checking back for more updates as the summer comes to an end. We look forward to welcoming our new families and welcoming back our returning families in September!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

OLCA Principal Kevin Coyne Nominated for Education Award

Kevin Coyne, founding principal of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, has been nominated for the Daily News Hometown Heroes in Education Award.

Check out the featured article in the NY Daily News:

Principal Kevin Coyne turned around closing school into thriving Catholic academy

Cable network Nets TV did a feature story on the nomination earlier this week:

OLCA Summer Office Hours

OLCA LogoOLCA will be open throughout the summer for registration and payments, and for the Summer Brainstorm program at Rockaway Boulevard.  Please call to make an appointment outside of these hours.  You can reach the RB office at (718) 641-0212 and the 128th Street office at (718) 641-1316.

 

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Monday 6/23, Tuesday 6/24, Wednesday 6/25

Tuesday 7/1, Wednesday 7/2, Thursday 7/3

9 AM – 12 PM

Monday, July 7 – Friday, August 16

9 AM – 11 AM

Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23

CLOSED

Monday, August 26 – Friday, August 30

10 AM – 12 PM; 5 PM – 7 PM

Additional hours available by appointment

Special Summer Dress Down

sunSPECIAL SUMMER DRESS DOWN

Tuesday, June 17

Wednesday, June 18

Thursday, June 19

Due to anticipated warm weather, we are having a special dress down for the next three days. Students may dress down in summer clothing – shorts, sundresses, sandals (must have a back piece), etc. Nothing sleeveless or low cut. Shorts must be to the knee.

This special dress down is FREE. Please remember that you can bring bottles of water to school, and we recommend freezing 2-3 bottles overnight so the water is cool as the day goes on.

Seventh graders should dress up for their ring ceremony on Thursday, June 19.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 is the last day of school and remains a free DRESS UP day.

 

CultureFest Updates!

cropped-CultureFest-Title-211.jpgOur 2nd Annual CultureFest is rapidly approaching.  Please see the documents below for updates on the event, including an exciting opportunity for parents!

PARENT CLASSES: Self_Defense,_Fitness,_Kickboxing

CultureFest Update – May 27, 2014

Principal’s Newsletter

OLCA LogoDear Parents and Guardians,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce some new changes for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year.

A New Leadership Structure

I am tremendously proud to announce that Marian Hernandez, our current Assistant Principal, has been named the Principal of Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her extraordinary leadership and dedication have been an integral part of OLCA’s success, and I am so grateful that another academy will benefit from her remarkable talents. While we will miss her greatly, I know that she is destined for greatness in her new position. I thank her for her distinguished service to Our Lady’s Catholic Academy!

I have accepted the Board of Directors’ invitation to return as principal for a sixth year, and I am excited to announce that they have expanded the leadership structure to include two assistant principals and a curriculum director. Thankfully, I was able to find my new “dream team” right here at OLCA:

Jennifer Hernandez-Halbert, one of our founding faculty members, will serve as Assistant Principal, with her specific responsibilities including: supervision of Grades Nursery-3; coordination of Individualized Services; collaboration with Saint Teresa of Avila-Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in sacrament preparation and liturgical life; and Latino outreach and communication.

Debra Eisenbraun, who has served on both our Board of Directors and as a faculty member, will also serve as Assistant Principal, with her specific responsibilities including: supervision of Grades 4-8 and special subjects; supervising the implementation of technology initiatives in all grade levels; providing on-site coordination in Board of Directors initiatives in Marketing, Fundraising, Scholarships, and Development; and developing external partnerships with outside universities and organizations.

Dana McCann will serve as Curriculum Director. In addition to continuing her classroom instruction, Ms. McCann’s responsibilities will include the writing and implementation of a new OLCA curriculum, emphasizing the increased use of technology, differentiated instruction, data-based assessment, and 21st century learning skills. She will also collaborate with the entire leadership team on faculty professional development.

I have full confidence that working together, this leadership team will make us more responsive to, and more engaged with, the needs of our students, parents, and staff. I feel blessed and privileged to be working with these three amazing women and I know that we will make sure that OLCA continues to flourish and to grow.

A New Era of Classroom Technology

For the first time, OLCA will be able to offer instructional technology at a level never dreamed possible before now. Traditionally, our $150 material fee has gone to purchase classroom supplies on behalf of the parents. This year, the funds will be used to purchase every single child a 4G-enabled Galaxy tablet for use in daily instruction. You read that correctly: every single child, from Nursery all the way up to eighth grade, for use at school in every subject area. In today’s digital world, our students need every advantage possible to be fully prepared for the professions of tomorrow. This initiative will allow us to tailor instruction to every individual child, and raise the bar even higher for how much our students are able to achieve during each and every school day.

A New and Improved 128th Street Campus

Veterans of OLCA will remember the extensive work that was done at the Rockaway Boulevard campus during our first three years. Next year, we will begin an ambitious project that will ensure that the 128th street campus will serve the South Ozone Park community for many years to come. Currently budgeted at $1.6 million dollars, we will be doing extensive masonry work, repairing the façades on both entrances, and replacing the many roofs that cover the quite large building. This is in addition to work that will be done at both buildings to install new play areas for the children, and to fully repair and pave the parking lot at the Rockaway Boulevard campus.

A New Home for Pre-Kindergarten

Finally, I am happy to announce that our third Pre-Kindergarten class is now planned to be at our 128th street campus, marking the first time that there have been two classes per level in that building for more than a decade. As Rockaway Boulevard will now have two classes per level for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade, it is exciting to see our growth is being realized at both of our incredible campuses.

I look forward to sharing more exciting developments for next year over the next few weeks. But for you to fully enjoy them, make sure that you are re-registered! We have more new students enrolled for next year than at any time in OLCA history, and returning students must re-register soon to be guaranteed a seat. We want to see all of you in September!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

June 2014 Calendars

sunOur final revised calendars of the school year!

June 2014 English

Junio 2014 Espanol

Yankees Game Postponed Due to Rain

YankeesAttention Parents,

Tonight’s Yankees game has been cancelled.  You can present your ticket at any regular season, non-premium game except Sunday’s upcoming double-header and you will be granted admission to the game. You need to present their ticket for tonight’s game at the box office to exchange your ticket for another game.

Please contact the office on Monday if you have any further questions.

Mr. Coyne

Principal’s Newsletter

Mary May 2En Español

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we enter May, the month of our Blessed Mother Mary, we are preparing to complete a very successful year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Our eighth graders are getting ready for graduation, our kindergartners are becoming better readers every day, and all of our students are working so hard to prepare for the challenges that await them in the next grade. Most especially, we keep in our thoughts and prayers the many students who will be receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time on May 17 and 18.

We have many exciting updates and important announcements to share with you in this letter:

REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE

I am happy to announce that more than 230 families completed the scholarship process before the end of the first round! If you have not yet applied for the scholarship, it is not too late. Please submit your application at mytads.com. You can still participate in the final two rounds. Remember that OLCA will cover the cost of the application through a credit toward your material fee, so there is no cost to you for applying.

We are preparing to announce closings in some of our classes for next year. Parents of returning students who have not registered for a class that has reached capacity will be given an opportunity to register for the same grade at the other campus, if a seat is available, and to be placed on a waiting list for the class at their current campus. Any family who wants to change campuses is free to do so, if seating is available.

OLCA SUMMER BRAINSTORM

Registration has begun for our fifth annual OLCA Summer Brainstorm, which will run from July 7 – August 15. For those who are new to OLCA, this is a program for both new and returning students of all levels of ability, including accelerated content for students who want to get a head start on the skills and concepts that they will learn next year. Students complete academic work in the morning and sports and activities in the afternoon. The program is open to all students who will be attending Grades Nursery-9 in September 2015. Participation is limited to students who currently attend, or will attend OLCA or a neighboring Catholic school/academy. Registration forms can be found at our website, or can be picked up at either campus office.

MAY EVENTS: MOVIE NIGHT, FASHION SHOW, SPRING SHOW

This Friday, there will be a special screening of Frozen at the 128th Street campus. Tickets are only $5, and students will be making their own snowman! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult, as this is meant to be a family event. We also have a Fashion Show and Dinner coming up on May 23 at the 128th Street campus, and both of our spring shows on May 27 (Rockaway Boulevard) and May 28 (128th Street.) We hope to see all of you at these final events of our school year!

CULTURE FEST & RAFFLE

Finally, preparations are underway for the 2nd Annual Culture Fest, which will be in our newly paved yard at 128th Street on Saturday, June 7. Students have been preparing performances during classes after school, where they are studying Bollywood Vocal, Instrument and Dance, and Irish Step Dancing. In addition to the class baskets that will be raffled at the event, we will have our Spring Raffle grand prize drawing that day as well.

Our coordinator, Karen Allim, will continue to update on Culture Fest-related news and events, so please keep an eye out for her newsletters! Her committee is working very hard to make this event a big hit, and they hope to see many of you on their Atlantic City Bus Trip on Saturday, May 17.

GOING DIGITAL

Finally, I am happy to announce that this is the last paper newsletter that you will receive from OLCA! We are preparing to go fully digital for the upcoming school year, and we will be compiling a master e-mail list for all of our parents and guardians. Moving forward, all communication will be through e-mail and the website, which we hope will make things easier for all of you, not to mention kinder to the environment!

I am also excited to announce that we are in the final stages of planning a new technology initiative which we hope will result in every student from Nursery-8th grade receiving their own tablet for use in all subject areas. More details are to come soon on this, so check your child’s folder e-mail throughout the month of May for more news on this front.

In closing, it remains our greatest privilege to serve the needs of you and your children. As we near completion of OLCA’s fifth year, we thank all of you for your encouragement, guidance, and support. You are the biggest reason for our success. Together, our families, our faculty, and our staff are unstoppable!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne & Marian Hernandez

Principal & Assistant Principal