REMINDER: OLCA Night at Chuck E. Cheese on Friday, September 26!

Chuck E. Cheese OLCA

Family Night at Chuck E. Cheese’s
Friday, September 26th
3:00 -­ 9:00 pm
Location:
40-­‐24 College Point Blvd.
Suite #B213
Flushing, NY 11354

(718)  321-­‐0465

Enterovirus Update

Please see the attached documents from the New York Department of Health regarding the Enterovirus.

Enterovirus FAQs_

KYCH Handwashing Handout_09-19-2014

Together Counts: Healthy Playground Sweepstakes

Together CountsFrom our MF&D committee:

Please enter Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in the Together Counts Healthy Playground Sweepstakes.  You can enter once a day!

Here’s more information about the contest and the organization:

Together Counts program is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind our program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. Calories in, calories out. It’s that simple. Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO–led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity—especially childhood obesity—by 2015.

It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 250 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations.

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance—calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools. See how they’re making a difference here.

Principal’s Newsletter

Sickle Cell Disease AwarenessDear Parents and Guardians,

As we begin our fourth week of school, there are many new developments and reminders to share with you!

EMERGENCY CONTACT FORMS, MEDICAL FORMS, and IESP’S

If you have not returned your child’s Emergency Contact Form and Medical Form, please do so immediately. We need this information to ensure that we can make sure your child is safe and healthy, and so we can easily get in touch with you in case of an emergency. Also, if your child has an IESP, we cannot provide accommodations without having a copy on file. These are never sent directly to the school, so we can only get them from you! We are proud to meet the diverse needs of our learning community and will provide whatever assistance is needed to help your child succeed.

HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS

Eighth graders who wish to take the Specialized High School exam must return the registration form by Monday, September 28. They can give this form to their homeroom teacher, who will pass it on to the administration. Catholic and Public High School directories have been distributed, and we will be hosting a Catholic High School Fair on Wednesday, October 8 from 6 PM – 8 PM at our Rockaway Boulevard campus. Students of all grades are welcome to attend and to meet representatives from Catholic high schools in Brooklyn and Queens.

TABLET UPDATE

I want to thank all of you for the extraordinary response to the Income Survey distributed on the first day of school. We have met our targets and will be able to receive the tablets at the discounted rate necessary to be covered in full by your material fees. We hope to have the tablets on site and ready to go by the end of October.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM

Our new breakfast and lunch program has been a resounding success! Today, we distributed the monthly form for the first time. Please note that this form must be filled out completely and returned by Friday, September 26. Even if you are going to pay weekly, we still need the full order form filled out so we can properly budget and purchase the items needed. Breakfast will continue to be sold daily and no pre-ordering is required.

NEW MEMBERS OF OUR FACULTY & STAFF

 Our family has been steadily growing, as new programs require staffing, and as some faculty members have departed since our Back to School nights only two weeks ago. I want to publicly welcome the following new faculty members: Nicole Casquarelli (Physical Education N-1, both campuses); Jessica Seagriff (Pre-K, RB); Brian Kacharaba (6-8 ELA, RB), and Amanda Lamacq (K-2, RB).   Also joining us in our expanded lunch program are chef Joseph Roberts and lunch assistant Kevin Gallway. I thank all of them for answering the call to serve the students of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy!

CANDY SALE

Due to changes at World’s Finest Chocolate, all candy boxes now have sixty bars per box. This changes the requirements for our fundraising. We will be giving parents three options:

  1. Sell THREE BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and $80 of raffle tickets in the Spring.
  2. Sell TWO BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and $120 of raffle tickets in the Spring.
  3. Sell SIX or more BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and NO raffle tickets in the spring.

This keeps the costs the same, but gives parents more options. We will send a letter home this week for you to make your choice. Families that do not return a paper with their choice will be given the default of three boxes of chocolate and $80 of raffle tickets.

 WALL OF FAME, UNIFORM, and INCIDENT REPORTS

Wall of Fame will begin in the month of October. Please use September as the month to get used to all of our policies. Uniform Violations and Incident Reports that are issued in September are to help the students get on track and develop good habits. If a child does not continue to receive Uniform Violations and Incident Reports in October and November, we will disregard the ones issued in September for Honor Roll and Report Card marks.

SPECIAL DRESS DOWN – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – SICKLE CELL AWARENESS

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. We will be having a special $2.00 dress down on Friday, September 26 to raise funds for the Sickle Cell Disease Association. I thank OLCA parent Valentine Francois for bringing this cause to our attention and suggesting that we have a special dress down similar to our past fundraisers for the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the NYC Center for Autism.

In closing, I want to thank my extraordinary faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to OLCA. A special thank you to my administrative team as well, as they have truly stepped up to the plate during the most challenging month of the school year.   But most of all, thanks to all of you for entrusting us with the greatest gift you can give: the opportunity to educate your child. I remember the days when we weren’t sure OLCA would even open its doors in September 2009, and now we have a flourishing community of more than 730 students.   It remains my single greatest honor and privilege to serve this extraordinary community!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

Gym Schedule

On gym days, students are required to wear their gym uniform.

Mondays

Grades 2-5

Rockaway Boulevard

Tuesdays

Grades N, PK, K, and 1

Rockaway Boulevard

Wednesdays

Grades 6-8

Rockaway Boulevard

Grades 6-8

128th Street

Thursdays

Grades 2-5

128th Street

Fridays

Grades N, PK, K and 1

128th Street

Principal’s Newsletter

culturefest_logoDear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to another exciting year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy! This year, we welcome more than 150 new families to our school community, along with a team of excellent teachers and staff that will ensure your child has the best possible school year!

Today, you have received many important documents.  I want to bring your attention to the most important among them, as they will have a big impact on our ability to best meet the needs of you and your children.  Digital copies of all of these documents can be found here:

Family Handbook 

Our family handbook explains all of our policies in detail. It also includes an important Family Information Page that must be returned as soon as possible.  Please make sure that you include an up to date e-mail address, as this will be our primary way of contacting you throughout the year.  Please go over the policies with your children over the next few days.

Income Survey Form  

The Income Survey form must be returned by Friday.  All students who do so will get a free dress down ticket for the following Friday.  This anonymous survey helps us to receive the large discounts on technology that make our tablet program possible!

2014-2015 Calendar  

Please take a moment to review the yearly calendar.  As always, monthly revisions will be published online to reflect additions and changes!

Lunch Order Form  

This year, we begin preparing our own lunches and breakfasts on site.  There are big discounts available for ordering the entire week in advance! We will make adjustments to the menu based on parent feedback. We want to hear what you think!

Fifth Anniversary Mass & BBQ  

Finally, we will have our Fifth Anniversary Mass on Saturday, September 6 at 11 AM in St. Teresa Church (by the 128th Street Campus.) Students should wear their full uniform.  A free BBQ will follow in the 128th Street School Yard.

Please check our website regularly for updates – www.olcacademy.net .  Over the next few days, you will also receive access to our Option C portal.

Wishing all of you a Wonderful School Year!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

OLCA 2014-2015 Calendar

calendarGood Morning Parents and Students,

Here is our draft calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.  As always, revisions will be made on a monthly basis.

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

OLCA Calendar English 2014-2015

September 2014 Calendar

welcome_back_to_school_postcardThe September 2014 calendar is here:  September 2014 English

Please note the following:

– Because public school do not open until Thursday, September 4, there will be NO BUS SERVICE on the first day of school – Wednesday, September 3.

– The Breakfast, Lunch, and After-School programs begin on Monday, September 8, which is the first full day of school.

– A yearly calendar will be distributed on the first day of school and published on the school website.

We look forward to seeing all of you next week!

Mr. Coyne, Mrs. Eisenbraun & Mrs. Halbert

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