Fellow Catholic Academy Saint Rose of Lima Featured on Net TV

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Academy, located in Rockaway Beach, was featured on Net TV this week!

Under the leadership of their principal, Theresa Andersen, Saint Rose of Lima is a model of generosity and compassion, embodying the mission and ministry on which our faith is founded.

OLCA is proud to be an academy alongside Saint Rose of Lima!

Leadership Team Newsletter

novemberDear Parents and Guardians,

Just a few more updates about some happenings at OLCA!

 Tablet Update

We are awaiting final clearance from New York State’s E-RATE program for the purchasing of the tablets. The students are very excited, and as soon as the tablets arrive, they will be using them every day in the classroom!

Wall of Fame – November 2014

On Thursday, November 6, we began Wall of Fame for the month of November. Students who meet all of the following criteria from November 6 through November 26 will receive a special dress down day, along with pizza and ice cream! They will also be photographed and placed on the Wall of Fame bulletin board in the lobby.

  1. Fully prepared for class every day.
  2. All classwork and homework fully completed.
  3. No Incident Reports.
  4. No Uniform Violations.
  5. No unexcused latenesses or absences.

Thanksgiving Luncheons

We will be sending home flyers for our upcoming Thanksgiving Luncheons. This is one of our favorite OLCA events, where the whole school eats a special lunch together. Parents are invited to donate funds or prepare foods if they can, but every single child participates in the lunch at no charge! At this year’s luncheons, we will be honoring our faculty, staff, and volunteers for their years of service.

2014 Servant Leadership Awards

Every year, we honor two OLCA staff members who have enriched our community with their talents and their service.   I am proud to announce this year’s Servant Leadership honorees, who will be celebrated at our Thanksgiving Luncheons!

Lillian Gallway began working in our community as a parent volunteer at Saint Anthony of Padua school.   She then moved into the office, eventually becoming one of Saint Anthony’s secretaries. Since OLCA opened in 2009, Mrs. Gallway has been an essential part of our success, running our school lunch program, maintaining student records, and always being a warm and friendly face to greet our students and parents each and every morning.

Sandra Paz-Zamora served on the faculty of both Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Anthony of Padua schools as a junior high English Language Arts teacher. In 2012, she joined the OLCA faculty as a Spanish and Art teacher for all grades, enriching our curriculum program. Mrs. Zamora is always among the first to volunteer her time for school events and extracurricular activities.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

Sincerely in Christ,

Mr. Coyne, Mrs. Eisenbraun, and Mrs. Halbert



Leadership Newsletter

free-halloween-clipart-RiAkynxiLDear Parents and Guardians,

Here are a few more updates for you!


This has been the biggest year ever for our candy sale! We have many families in the running for the big prizes, and even more families that do not have to sell raffle tickets in the spring because they sold six or more boxes. Tomorrow is the last day to request boxes, and we cannot guarantee any will be left over after tomorrow. Remember that all money must be in by November 17 for it to count toward the prizes!


 After-school activities have begun, and more are still on the way! We are looking to develop more activities for the younger children, and we are open to having parents play a role in these activities. If you would like to help organize an activity, please contact Mrs. Eisenbraun at either office.


 This year, we added several new countries to our collection of flags, including the Czech Republic, Ghana, Nassau, Nepal, and South Korea. We want to thank our office and custodial staffs, along with our eighth grade teachers, for their hard work in making this year’s assembly a success. Thanks as well to all of the parents who attended. It was wonderful having you here with us to celebrate our rich diversity.


 As a reminder, OLCA is closed on Friday, October 31 for a professional day. We will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 30. Students will be allowed to wear costumes and there will be events throughout the day. Remember: no masks, no hoods up, and no weapons! All costumes must be appropriate for our school community. If you want to bring in treats for your child’s class, please notify the homeroom teacher in advance, if possible.


 For the month of November, we are partnering with Lenny’s Pizzeria and Howard Beach Bagel Café to offer some different options for lunch.   Please continue to give us feedback so we can make the program best meet the needs of your children.


 On October 18, our fourth grade teacher Stephanie Mastrangelo joined Michael Marrone in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. We wish them all the best and congratulate them on this sacred milestone of their journey together.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne       Debra Eisenbraun and Jennifer Halbert

Principal                         Assistant Principals

Special Halloween Cake Sale

Wednesday, October 29th

$2.00 per giant cake slice/giant cupcake


November Calendars

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Lunch Form for Monday, November 3 – Friday, November 14

Please see the lunch form below, which has been distributed to all classes today.  In November, we are partnering with Lenny’s Pizzeria and Howard Beach Bagel Cafe to provide new options to parents at a lower cost.  We will continue to adjust the menu from month to month until we are certain that parents are getting the best value and the best nutrition for their money!

Lunch Menu 11.3.14 – 11.14.14

Please look out for a newsletter and the November Calendar, which will be distributed and posted online tomorrow.

Mr. Coyne

Leadership Newsletter

Autumn LeavesDear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this letter finds you well. There is a lot of excitement at OLCA this October, and also some important instructional milestones that are coming up. This letter highlights some of the major upcoming events, and you can check your child’s classroom page for more updates from their homeroom teacher.


Terra Nova testing will begin on Tuesday, October 14 with practice activities, and will continue through the following week. These are diagnostic tests that help the teachers identify each individual child’s areas of strength and of needed growth, and will inform instruction for the remainder of the year. These tests do not count as part of your child’s grade, and should not be a reason for stress! They should just get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast, and then come in and do their personal best. Parents will receive Terra Nova scores on report card night in December. Students in grades 5 and 7 will also receive their NYS test scores from last spring at that time.


On Friday, October 17, students in grades 1-8 will receive Progress Reports. This will give parents a snapshot of where their child is in each major subject at the midpoint of the trimester. These reports provide an opportunity for students to identify the areas that are the most in need of improvement, and also an opportunity for them to acknowledge and celebrate their academic accomplishments to date! Please return the signed report to the homeroom teacher on Monday, October 20.


After-school activities are beginning soon! Teachers are offering different activities to students in different grades. Please keep an eye out for permission slips that are coming home in your child’s folder. Some activities have a cap on enrollment, and forms returned first will get preference. Students must maintain satisfactory conduct to participate in after-school activities.


This year’s candy sale is already off to a great start. We have distributed more boxes in the first week than we did during the whole candy sale last year! Families that did not put in a specific request will receive three boxes next week, and will sell $80 of raffle tickets in the spring. Remember that you can always request more boxes, and any family that sells at least six will not have to sell any raffle tickets in the spring!


In September, we had a special dress down to benefit Sickle Cell research. I am proud to announce that OLCA raised $840 for this important cause. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of our parents, Michelle Newton, is marching in the Making Strides walk this month. We are having a special “Pink” dress down on Friday, October 17 to support her in this walk. All money raised from this $1 Dress Down will go toward her walk.


On Friday, October 24, we will have our Fifth Annual United Nations Day.   There will be two assemblies: 9:00 AM at 128th Street, and 1:00 PM at Rockaway Boulevard. Students may Dress Up in cultural clothes for free. If you are new to OLCA, please make sure you have included your child’s countries of origin on the Emergency Contact Form. We will read your child’s name after every country’s flag that they are connected to!


This year, OLCA is closed on Friday, October 31 for a professional day. We will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 30. Students will be allowed to wear costumes and there will be events throughout the day. More information will go home about the activities as the date approaches.


In closing, I am proud to announce the newest “arrival” to our OLCA family. On Thursday, October 9, at 10:32 AM, Carter Beadle was born! His mom, our fourth grade teacher Michelle Beadle, is resting well, and his older brothers in sixth grade and kindergarten are happy to have a new little brother! Carter was born at the very moment OLCA began the Rosary Rally at St. Teresa church!

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy October.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                 Debra Eisenbraun and Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                 Assistant Principals

Making Strides: Special Dress Down on Friday, October 17

Making StridesThis month, OLCA will be having a special Dress Down for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, October 17.   Students and staff are encouraged to wear pink.  Dress Down is for $1.00.   Additional donations will be accepted.

We are doing this in support of OLCA parent and survivor Michelle Newton.  OLCA community members who would like to further support the cause by sponsoring or participating in a walk on Sunday, October 19 can learn more information here:   Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

I thank the Newton family for bringing this cause to our attention and encourage all community members to show support in any way that they can.  Together, we can make strides toward a cure!

TD Bank visits OLCA

Today, representatives from TD Bank came to speak to the 128th street students about money management.   They will visit Grades 4-8 at Rockaway Boulevard on Friday.  Please see the letter below for more information!


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
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.

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