Principal’s Newsletter

Ascension ThursdayDear Parents and Guardians,

As we begin the month of May, we are preparing for so many things in the OLCA community. You’ve already received the calendars for May and June. This newsletter goes into greater detail about upcoming events, along with announcing additions and adjustments since the calendars were published!

Ascension Thursday Liturgical Celebration

10 AM – Saint Anthony Church

Grades 5-8 (Both Campuses)

I am happy to announce that will celebrate Mass this Thursday at Saint Anthony Church. Parents are welcome. Because it is a day of liturgical celebration, all students may dress up for free! Yellow buses have been arranged for both campuses for transportation to Saint Anthony Church.

Home Academy Association Parent Meetings

Monday, May 9 – 6:30 PM (RB)

Tuesday, May 10 – 6:30 PM (128 St.)

In September, we are launching a Home Academy Association for the first time. This organization reports to and advises the principal on matters of concern among the parent community. Leadership for the HAA has been identified, and they are looking forward to meeting parents that are interested in participating in this organization.

Please join us at either of the two meetings that have been scheduled. You can attend a meeting at either campus, regardless of where your children are enrolled, because we are one academy with one HAA. Refreshments will be served!

Family Fun Night

Friday, May 13

6 PM (RB Campus)

Grades 1-3

PDHP is hosting a free family night at the RB campus that is open to families of students in Grades 1-3 from both campuses. Please return the form that went home today to R.S.V.P. Spaces are limited!

Spirit Week 2016

Friday, May 13 – Friday, May 20

Our annual Spirit Week kicks off on Friday, May 13. 100% of the money raised goes to the Class of 2016 to pay for the expenses of their class trip and graduation dance, so that their parents do not have to incur the expenses for these activities!

We’ve added a special free day at the end of Spirit Week for all students, even if they don’t participate in the rest of the week. This Intramural Blue & Gold Sports Day will take place on Friday, May 20 at the 128th Street Campus. There will be students from both campuses on each team. Yellow buses will transport the RB students (Grades K-8.) We are excited for this new tradition, which was proposed by the leadership of our new Home Academy Association!

Spring Shows

Monday, May 16 – 6:30 PM (128 St.)

Thursday, May 19 – 6:30 PM (RB)

It’s almost time for this year’s Spring Shows, which will feature performances from each class, the school band, and some special surprises! Admission is free, so please arrive early to guarantee a seat. Refreshments will be sold!

OLCA Carnival

Friday, June 3 – Saturday, June 4

Due to some scheduling conflicts, we are postponing this year’s Culture Fest until the Fall and replacing it with the OLCA Carnival! We are able to secure the rides and booths for two days if we move the dates one week earlier, so the Carnival will now take place over the first weekend in June. Look for more information about this event soon!

Mandatory Spring Fundraiser: Raffle Tickets

Our second and final mandatory fundraiser has begun! Families who did not sell more than six boxes of chocolate in the fall are now selling eighty raffle tickets. You can request more from the office if you want a better chance of winning the grand prize!  The raffle drawing will now take place on Monday, June 13.

OLCA Summer Brainstorm 2016

Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, August 12

Registration for Summer Brainstorm has begun! This program runs for six weeks and features academic classes in the morning and games and activities in the afternoon. Registration forms are available online on our school website and in your campus office.

2016-2017 Registration & Scholarships

Limited seating is still available for the 2016-2017 school year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Register as soon as you can to guarantee a seat for the fall at the campus of your choice. We will be closing out classes by the end of May. Also, Round Two of the scholarship application process is open. If you did not yet apply for a scholarship, you can still do so at mytads.com . Round One awards will be announced soon!

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support. It is always a pleasure to work with such a wonderful community of students, parents, and staff.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

May & June Calendars

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Principal’s Newsletter

EasterDear Parents and Guardians,

As we head into Easter Recess, I have a few additional updates for you. First, report cards!

Report Card Sessions: Tuesday, March 22 – 3 PM – 7PM

Report card conferences begin on Tuesday at 3 PM (Both campuses.) At dismissal on Tuesday morning, report cards will be sent home in a sealed envelope so you can preview your child’s card in advance of the meeting. Please note that cards are only being distributed to families with a zero balance through the March 1 tuition payment. The office will be open all day Tuesday, including during the time between dismissal and conferences.  Attending the conferences is optional, but if you do so, please bring your child with you!

Rockaway Boulevard Repairs

Over the weekend, our steam piping was replaced, which had been the issue causing the leaks. Over the break, the K-1 and 6-1 classrooms, along with the lobby and main office, will be completed. Students in those two classrooms will return to the rooms on Monday, April 4.

Early Registration & Scholarship Deadlines

On Friday, April 15, the Early Registration period ends. Until then, registration is $50 per child. Beginning Monday, April 18, the registration fee is increased to $75 per child.

On Friday, April 22, the first round of the Diocesan scholarship application comes to an end. There will be two more rounds, but you must participate in the first round if you want to receive the largest possible scholarship. Remember that you receive a $25 discount off of your material fee for one child if you apply, and that you must re-apply every year. We received nearly $200,000 in scholarships this year and hope to receive even more next year!

Have a Blessed Easter!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

April Calendars

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Principal’s Newsletter

easterDear Parents and Guardians,

This weekend, we spring forward, gaining an extra hour of daylight as we lose one hour of sleep. Easter is especially early this year, so with only seven days remaining before Easter Recess, please be aware of the following upcoming events and deadlines!

2016-2017 REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIPS

Our Early Registration deadline is April 15. Until then, registration for next year is $50 per child; after that date, it goes up to $75. Please register as soon as possible. We are preparing our budget for next year, and class size decisions are being made by the end of April!

The scholarship process is ongoing, and families will receive a $25 materials fee credit for completing the scholarship application process at mytads.com.  Since OLCA opened in 2009, our families have received over $1.5 million in scholarships through Futures in Education!

SECOND TRIMESTER REPORT CARDS & FINANCIAL DEADLINES

On Tuesday, March 22, we will distribute report cards. To receive your child’s report card on that date, all tuition and fees through the eighth payment must be received by Tuesday, March 15.

CHANGES TO THE NY STATE TESTING PROGRAM

Included with this letter are revisions of New York State’s Testing Program. Effective with next month’s ELA and Math exams, tests will now be untimed, feature fewer questions, and be created by teachers. I am excited for these changes and I believe they will benefit all of our students!

You can read about these revisions here:

2016.01.29 – Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents – English

2016.01.29 – Grade 3-8 Test Changes Flyer for Parents – Spanish

SPRING PICTURES

Spring Pictures will be taken for all grades on Tuesday, March 15 at Rockaway Boulevard, and on Wednesday, March 16 at 128th Street. This is a free Dress Up day. Students may Dress Up or wear their regular uniform. Speaking of Dress Up…

REVISED DRESS UP RULES

There has been much confusion about the Dress Up rules, so I want to explicitly state: no boots on Dress Up Days! Also, boys must wear a collared shirt with a neck tie or bow tie. All Uniform Violations related to Dress Up are waived from counting against Wall of Fame until Tuesday, March 15.

Here are the revised guidelines:

Dress Up/Dress Down

(Revised 3.11.16)

Occasionally, there will be opportunities for students to Dress Up or Dress Down. Please note the requirements below:

DRESS UP

Boys:

  • Collared dress shirt with bow tie or neck tie, leather belt, dress pants, and dress shoes
  • Dress pants must be worn at waist
  • No jeans, t-shirts, sweatpants, or sneakers are permitted

Girls:

  • Knee-length skirt or dress with stockings/leggings, flat dress shoes with strap or buckle.
    • No slip-on/open-toe/ballerina shoes/sandals/flip-flops/boots
  • Dress slacks and blouse may also be worn.
  • No jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, sweatpants, or sneakers are permitted

DRESS DOWN

Students must follow these rules carefully, or they will lose the privilege of dressing down.

  Boys

  • Jeans worn at the waist with a belt, correct fit  (not too tight or too loose)
  • No messages or designs inconsistent with our Catholic identity (i.e., negative/rude messages)
  • Sneakers with socks – no lights, loud designs, or wheels
  • If wearing shorts, they must reach the knee when sitting down
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • Jewelry rules still apply: only post earrings and one small religious necklace/bracelet, tasteful watch. No neon colors or oversized jewelry or anything else that may distract from the uniform.
  • No hats may be worn inside of the school building

Girls

  • Jeans worn at the waist with a belt, correct fit  (not too tight or too loose)
  • No messages or designs inconsistent with our Catholic identity (i.e., negative/rude messages)
  • Sneakers with socks – no lights, loud designs, or wheels
  • If wearing shorts or a skirt, must reach the knee when sitting down
  • No slip-on/open-toe/ballerina/sandals/flip-flop shoes
  • No low-cut or sleeveless tops
  • Jewelry rules still apply: only plain, small post or plain, small hoop earrings are allowed, and a small religious necklace/bracelet, along with a tasteful watch. No neon colors or oversized jewelry or anything else that may distract from the uniform.
  • Make-up rules still apply:  no eye make-up, lipstick, lip gloss, colored nail polish, nail tips, etc.

Have a Blessed Lent and Easter Recess!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

March Calendars

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Principal’s Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-2017

 The scholarship application process for next year has begun. You can apply online at mytads.com. Families who apply will receive a $25 discount. Also, early registration is ongoing and will be at the reduced rate of $50 until April 15.

REVISED FEBRUARY CALENDAR

As we enter the Season of Lent, we have revised our February calendar to add several additional liturgical celebrations. Throughout the Season, classes from the 128th Street campus will be attending 8:30 Mass at St. Teresa of Avila Church, and classes from the Rockaway Boulevard campus will be attending 10:00 Mass at Saint Anthony of Padua. Parents are always welcome.

We’ve also added Progress Reports, which will be distributed on February 26, and a special Dress Up day tomorrow.

DRESS UP & DRESS DOWN

We love having special days where the children are out of Uniform. On Dress Up days, they dress a step up from the uniform, and on Dress Down days, a step down. But there are still rules for both days that need to be followed. Please refer to the handbook carefully. I will incorporate more Dress Up days throughout the remainder of the year so that the students get more practice.

OLCA GIVES BACK!

Our OLCA Gives Back! week was a huge success, and I am excited to share with you the amount raised for each organization. Thank you for your participation, and I look forward to seeing the results of our ongoing Service Projects during Lent.

Catholic Charities: $900

Sickle Cell Disease Foundation: $973

American Cancer Society: $1,041

Trayvon Martin Foundation: $1,082

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: $1,018

Total: $5,014

 

OLCA WINTER BALL: Saturday, March 5

We are in the final planning stages of a special Winter Ball for parents and families, which will be a formal wear event with food and music. Tickets are available at both school offices for this special event, which will be at our 128th Street Campus from 7 PM -12 AM.

Have a safe and restful Winter Recess, and I look forward to seeing all of you again when we return on Monday, February 22.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

February Calendars

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Inclement Weather Uniform Adjustment

snowmanThis week, we have OLCA Gives Back!, so many students are dressing down to support charity.

However, due to the inclement weather, students who are not participating in OLCA Gives Back! may wear their gym uniform every day this week.

Stay safe!
Mr. Coyne

OLCA Will be CLOSED on Monday, January 25

snow 2014Dear Parents and Guardians,

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,

Mr. Coyne