OLCA Closed on Thursday, March 5

snowflakeOLCA will be closed on Thursday, March 5 due to inclement weather.

Friday, March 6 is a 1/2 day and we will have Early Drop-off and After-School at normal times.

Friday will also be a free Dress Down.

Stay Safe!

Mr. Coyne

Leadership Newsletter

 Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope that your Winter Recess was restful and warm. Here are a few important updates!

REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2015-2016

Classes are filling up quickly for the upcoming school year. Thank you to all of the hundreds of families that have already registered and applied for the Diocesan scholarship. We continue to outpace last year by a healthy margin, so make sure that if you want to attend a specific campus, that you register soon to guarantee a seat!

Please remember as well that report cards will be distributed next month, and that accounts must be current for you to receive your child’s report card.

 UPCOMING CHARITY DRIVES

 Today, we had a special Dress Down for the Trayvon Martin Foundation. In March, we will be doing additional drives for the American Veterans Foundation and for No Ceilings. You can learn more about these organizations by following the links at our website.   If there is a special cause that you would like OLCA to raise funds for, please contact the office and we will try to help.

 UNIFORM ISSUES

This is the time of year where some part of the uniform often needs to be replaced, but it is difficult for parents to get to the uniform store while school is in session. We can help! If you need anything for your child’s uniform, you can now request it through either office, and we will get it from Ideal Uniform store for you at the same cost that they charge in the store. We will also have an assortment of ties, belts, etc. readily available for purchase at each office.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                  Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                  Assistant Principals

March 2015 Calendars

marchHere are the calendars for March 2015:

March 2015 English

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Reminder: Trayvon Martin Foundation Dress Down – Thursday, February 26

Trayvon Martin FoundationDear Parents,

This is an online follow-up to the paper reminder that went home.  There will be a $2.00 dress down tomorrow as part of our second annual fundraiser for the Trayvon Martin Foundation :

The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in March, 2012 as a not-for-profit organization, under the auspices of the Miami Foundation. 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, in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. The scope of the Foundation’s mission is to advocate that crime victims and their families not be 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.

Last year, we raised $1,040 for the foundation.  If you prefer, you can make a donation directly online.

There will be a special prayer at both campuses to start the day.  Thank you for your support of our charitable endeavors!

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

Important Documents for the 2015-2016 School Year

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

For all of our current and prospective parents, here are the registration documents that are needed for enrollment and scholarship eligibility for the 2015-2016 school year:

Priority Re-Registration form for returning families:

OLCA Priority Re-Registration Form 2015

Registration form for new families:

OLCA New Registration Form 2015

New families can make a registration appointment by calling one of our campus offices: 

109-55 128th Street Campus:  (718) 641-1316

125-18 Rockaway Boulevard Campus: (718) 641-0212

Diocesan Scholarship Announcements:

Scholarship Application Announcement 15-16 (English)

Scholarship Application Announcement 15-16 (Spanish)

Diocesan Scholarship Website:

Futures in Education: My TADS.com

Families who apply online for the Diocesan scholarship will receive a $25 credit on their account to cover the fee of the application.

Please note that to be eligible for the maximum possible scholarship from Futures in Education, you must participate in the first round, which ends on April 24. During the 2014-2015 school year, OLCA families received over $200,000 in Diocesan scholarships!

The office staff at each campus is available to help both new and returning families with the scholarship application.

 

Leadership Newsletter

En Español

OLCA LogoDear Parents and Guardians,

We are deep into the second trimester and the cold weathers of winter, but even now, preparations are underway for the next school year.

Here is an update on some important things going on at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2015-2016

We have already begun registration for next year. Families who have registered will receive an e-mail confirmation this weekend, and will receive all future correspondence for 2015-2016 at this e-mail address.

Once again, registration is outpacing the previous year, so it is important that if you have children in high-demand grades (entering N, PK, K, 1, 2, 3, and 6), that you register as soon as possible.

On February 2, the Diocesan scholarship process will begin. Once you have registered for next year, you can apply online for a Diocesan scholarship. Families who apply during the first round are the only ones eligible for the maximum scholarship.

Also, to be eligible for a local scholarship provided by OLCA’s Tuition Assistance Committee, you must first apply for the Diocesan scholarship at: www.mytads.com/fa/futuresineducation .

In 2014-2015, OLCA students received over $200,000 in Diocesan Scholarships and $100,000 in local scholarships!

VIRTUS TRAINING: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3

There will be a free VIRTUS training at our 128th Street Campus on Tuesday, February 3, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. You can register online at virtus.org . VIRTUS training is required to volunteer at OLCA and to attend school trips.

If you’ve already had the training, you do not have to attend again.

TABLET DISTRIBUTION

Teachers are receiving training today for use of the tablets, and tablets will be distributed to all remaining classes on Monday, February 2. We are looking forward to seeing this technology in action!

INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES

Just a reminder: School closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals due to inclement weather will always be announced on our website at www.olcacademy.net and on CBS 2/1010 Wins.   We always do our best to announce these changes as early as possible. Since a new storm is predicted for Sunday night into Monday, it is important that you check the website or tune into 1010 Wins on Sunday evening!

Finally, it is my pleasure to formally introduce to you the newest additions to the OLCA family:

Ms. Caitlin Hintze has joined us as the 2nd grade teacher at Rockaway Boulevard, as Mrs. Susan Marmo continues her recovery from surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with both ladies!

Mr. Michael Sorrentino is our new Music teacher, and his enthusiasm has even our oldest grades enjoying music instruction.

And finally, I am proud to welcome back Mrs. Sheila Simmons, who was a pillar of the Saint Teresa of Avila school community and is joining us as our new librarian and early childhood assistant!

As always, it remains the greatest privilege to work with the families of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Thanks to all of you for doing your part to make this a loving and supportive school community.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

February 2015 Calendars

heartsHere are the calendars for February 2015!

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February 2015 English

Priority Re-Registration and More Important Updates

SelmaDear Parents and Guardians,

Once again, we write to you with exciting updates and upcoming events!

PRIORITY REGISTRATION

All families eligible for priority registration will receive their forms today! This year, parents will receive an e-mail confirmation of their registration that includes their seat number for each child’s class. It is especially important for parents of children entering grades PK-3 to register early, as those are the grades that we are most likely to open additional classes for, and the sooner you register, the sooner we can open additional classes!

Here’s a downloadable version of the form:  OLCA Priority Re-Registration Form

TABLET DISTRIBUTION

The remaining classes will receive their tablets over the next two weeks! Please sign and return the Acceptable Use Policy, which is a requirement for students to use these tablets in school.

Here’s a downloadable version of the Acceptable Use Policy:  Acceptable Use Policy OLCA

MASS – GRADES 5-8 – ST. ANTHONY CHURCH

Grades 5-8 will celebrate Mass on Wednesday, January 21 at 10 AM: Saint Anthony’s Church. Parents welcome!

SELMA MOVIE TRIP – GRADES 7-8

Parents are also welcome to join us for our grades 7 and 8 trip to see Selma on Thursday, January 22. Parents must be VIRTUS trained to attend, but do not have to have children in seventh and eighth grade. We have a private screening scheduled for 11:00 AM, with arrival at Atlas Stadium at 10:30 AM. The concession stand will be open!

Thank you to Ms. Lobelle, who has been coordinating Social Justice activities such as this trip, and continues to better our school community by helping us realize the Catholic mission and ministry of social justice.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun and Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                  Assistant Principals

Leadership Newsletter

Three KingsDear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! We hope that all of you had a restful and relaxing recess, and that you had the quality time together to celebrate the reason for the season: the birth of Jesus Christ, and the promise of everlasting life that His arrival brings.

The new calendar year brings many important changes and upcoming events at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Here are some important things for all of you to be aware of.   As always, if you have any additional questions, please call or visit either campus office and we will do our best to help you.

GRADUATION PHOTOS – K & 8 – Wednesday, January 7

At both campuses, we will have graduation photos at both campuses for Kindergarten and Eighth Grade. Full regular uniform is required for all students on this day, as we will also have make-up individual photos and will take new group photos for some of the classes.

TABLET PROGRAM

We are rolling out the tablets, class by class, beginning next Monday. Our teachers worked diligently over the break to research new and exciting ways to integrate one-to-one technology in the classroom. As part of this implementation, we will be sending home a revised Acceptable Use policy agreement. A parent signature will be required before using the tablets.   The tablets themselves have filtering technology built in for your child’s safety.

 REGISTRATION FOR 2015-2016

Finally, registration for next year begins this month. Returning students have first preference for seats next year, and will be guaranteed a seat for September if they register by Friday, January 30. To be eligible for re-registration, all tuition through the sixth payment and all candy sale funds must be submitted.

BALLROOM DANCING & VIOLIN LESSONS

As our third graders continue to learn the violin, our students in grades 4, 5, and 8 are now beginning their ballroom dancing lessons.   All of these programs are at no additional cost to the parents, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the culminating performances this spring!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                    Assistant Principals

Free Dress Down Tomorrow!

Free Dress Down tomorrow (Friday, December 19, 2014) for all students Grades 3-8.

Remember!  Half-day dismissal and no After-School tomorrow!

It is a pleasure and privilege working with all of you – students, parents, academy and parish staff!

Merry Christmas!