Dear 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , and the office at email@example.com.
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:
Saturday, September 6
Saint Teresa of Avila Church
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