Dear Parents and Guardians,
I believe this has been the most positive and blessed start to a new year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in all of our seven years, and I am grateful to our students, faculty, staff, and most of all you, our families, for the enthusiasm and support!
I’ve been delaying this letter until I could announce everything at one time, so I better get started!
SAINT CLEMENT POPE
Saturday, September 12
It’s not too late to join the Saint Clement Pope Track Team! If you’re a returning track star, contact Coach Morgan at 718-481-6401. New track stars, ages 5-15, should contact Coach Pasqual at 718-347-3740. OLCA students who participate will receive special awards at our year-end Honors Assembly!
MEET THE TEACHERS
128th Street: Tuesday, September 22, 6-7 PM
Rockaway Boulevard: Tuesday, September 29, 6-7 PM
Both our new and returning teachers eagerly await the opportunity to meet the parents of their students! As is the tradition, parents will go directly to the classrooms for 20 minute sessions, with three separate sessions available for parents with multiple children.
Also that night, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our parents, Ronnie Francis, who has launched his own app – Text My Wheels. This free app creates a platform where law enforcement, concerned citizens, and neighbors can contact owners of parked vehicles in the event of any vehicle damage or theft. It’s an innovative idea that shows our parents can be just as creative as our students!
Wednesday, September 23
Rockaway Boulevard Campus
Our annual VIRTUS training session has been scheduled for the date above. This training is free, and is required for all parents and guardians who wish to volunteer in the school building or go on a school trip.
Two important notes: First, if you’ve already been trained, you do not need to attend again. Second, if your child has an allergy that requires the use of an EPI-PEN, a parent must attend alongside the child for them to go on a school trip, and they can only do so with VIRTUS training.
Launching Monday, September 28
Filling out your Emergency Form has never been more important! Our office staff is working diligently to update the Option C information for every family as we ready the launch of our new and improved Parent Portal on Monday, September 28.
In addition to billing, attendance, and grading information that you already use Option C for, you will soon be able to communicate with teachers directly, view class and school calendars, order school lunch, register for after-school, and receive regular updates from the principal via text, voicemail, and e-mail. Moving forward, all communication between parents and the OLCA faculty and staff will be done digitally through Option C!
If you haven’t gotten your Emergency Form in, please do so as soon as possible so you can be “in the loop” this year!
Tuesday, October 6
St. Teresa Church
Our pastor, Father Conlon, will celebrate our Opening Liturgy, with Grades 1-8 from both campuses attending, and all family members are invited to join us. There is no better way to truly celebrate another year at OLCA than with the Eucharist. We hope to see many of you there on Tuesday, October 6 at Saint Teresa Church!
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT
Thursday, October 8
6 PM – 8 PM
Rockaway Boulevard Campus
Once again, we will host a special information night for Grades 5-8, with more than a dozen Catholic high schools from Brooklyn and Queens in attendance. Come take advantage of this special opportunity to make a personal connection between your child and the local Catholic high schools.
Thank you again for a wonderful new year. We’ve never had so many classrooms full of children – four Kindergartens! Thank you for spreading the Good News about the Christ-centered learning community that we are so proud to serve. What a great start to a new school year!
Sincerely in Christ,
Your OLCA Leadership Team
Kevin John Coyne Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert Dana McCann
Principal Assistant Principals Curriculum Director