Principal’s Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds all of you well. Here are a few OLCA updates:

Parent’s Night Out/Winter’s Ball

We are postponing this weekend’s scheduled Parent’s Night Out event because of feedback that it was difficult for parents to find supervision for their children. We are working on an event later this year that will address this issue. Int the meantime, we hope all OLCA families will attend our second annual Winter’s Ball on Saturday, February 18! This is an event where all family members can attend, and will feature wonderful food and great music to dance to. Look for the flyer for this event to go home at the beginning of next week.

2017-2018 Registration and Scholarships

It’s hard to believe, but it is almost time to begin registration for the next school year! Priority seating will go to all returning parents who register before March 31, 2017.  The scholarship process has already begun, and returning families must apply by March 31 at mytads.com to secure the best possible scholarship. Look for registration papers to go home the week of January 29th, when Catholic Schools Week begins.

Drama Club

The Home Academy Association is sponsoring a Drama Club that will run on Saturday afternoons for several weeks. Permission slips will go home Monday, and the program will begin on Saturday, January 28. Look for more information about this exciting new activity at the beginning of next week!

Parking Lot Safety & Courtesy

We are blessed with a large student population, but I know that it can feel like less of a blessing when you are dealing with the traffic at arrival and dismissal! We are having issues with parents double parking and releasing their children from double parked cars, which is a safety issue that concerns me deeply. It is better to arrive five minutes late than to get hurt. Wall of Fame is not worth the risk! Please be patient and kind with each other as well. I understand the frustration, and we will be addressing possible changes to arrival and dismissal procedures at our next Home Academy Association Meeting.

Well Wishes for Mrs. Eisenbraun

As some of you may be aware, Mrs. Eisenbraun was injured last week and has been recovering at home. Her absence has been deeply felt across the school community, and I have never been more aware of how indispensable she is as I am in her absence!  We are hoping she will be back soon, so please join me in wishing her a speedy recovery!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

 

Leadership Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! Here is a rundown of upcoming events at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

Winter Weather Reminder

As the snow has begun to fall, it seems like a good time to remind our families of our school closing procedures. If OLCA will be closed, or have a delayed opening, we will post the information on the school website, as well as on CBS News and 1010 WINS.

Teacher’s Aide Appreciation Day

Friday, January 13

We will honor our tireless teacher’s aides at our morning prayers this Friday. Please join me in thanking these hardworking women for their efforts on behalf of our children.

Home Academy Meeting

Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM

Rockaway Boulevard Campus

Parents from both campuses are invited to our Home Academy Meeting this month. Please note the change in time!

Parent’s Night Out

Saturday, January 21st at 8:00 PM

Rockaway Boulevard Campus

The Home Academy Association is planning a fun night out for parents! Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Food is included in the ticket price, and we will be selling spirited beverages as well! You can purchase tickets at either campus office beginning tomorrow.

Graduation Picture Day (K & 8)

Make-Up Photo Day

Thursday, February 2

A new picture day has been scheduled. Please note that in addition to photos being taken for graduation (K & 8) and of students not in attendance during the last picture day, we will also be taking the following class photos: Grade 7 (RB), Grade 5 (128), and Grade 8 (128.) All students having their pictures taken should be in full uniform on this date.

Happy New Year!

Kevin John Coyne                      Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                   Assistant Principal

OLCA 2nd Annual Winter Ball

DELAYED STARTING OF CLASSES – FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017

Due to the inclement weather, OLCA will have a delayed starting of classes on Friday, January 6, 2017:

  • Early Arrival will proceed as normal – both buildings will be open by 7 AM for student arrival.
  • At 8:00 (RB)/ 8:15 (128), teachers will bring students in attendance to the classroom
  • Classes will not begin until 8:30 (RB)/8:45 (128) – students who arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 (RB)/8:15 and 8:45 (128) will be on time and will not be marked late
  • Lateness after the above times and until 9:30 will be excused due to inclement weather; students will sign in late, but their lateness will not count against Wall of Fame
  • Normal 1/2 day dismissal will remain in place (11:30 RB/11:45 128)
  • ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF MAY DRESS DOWN FOR FREE TODAY
    • Students who participated in the week-long dress down that included today may dress down on Monday, January 9

Please be careful when traveling to school today. Safety is always our first priority.

Mr. Coyne

January 2017 Calendar

January 2017

Leadership Newsletter

Merry Christmas!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here is our final leadership newsletter before the Christmas Recess!

Welcome to Mrs. Roxanna Conyers, RN

We are proud to welcome to our staff Mrs. Roxanna Conyers, RN. She began her service at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy this week as the new nurse for the Rockaway Boulevard campus. Mrs. Conyers brings many years of experience and outstanding training to her new position, along with the compassion and commitment to students that are always a priority at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Please join us in making Mrs. Conyers feel welcome in her new position.

Tuition Schedule

A friendly reminder about the tuition schedule at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. As noted in the Family Handbook, tuition is a yearly fee. As a convenience to parents, we break down the cost of tuition into ten monthly payments. Those monthly payments are billed on the first of the month, beginning in August 1 and ending on May 1. There is no June tuition payment. For an account to be up to date as of today, five monthly payments must be complete. The sixth monthly payment is due on January 3.

Financial policies are set by the Board of Directors, and are laid out in the Family Handbook every year. As always, if you are having a financial issue, please make an appointment with the tuition secretary as soon as possible, and she will inform the Board of Directors on your behalf.

Again, we thank the families who have remained current in their commitments to Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, which allows us to provide all of the services that our students deserve.

Christmas Recess & A Brand New Year

Our last day of classes before Christmas Recess is Thursday, December 22. We will have half-day dismissal and there will be no after school. Please contribute to our Linen Drive for the parish. We will be accepting donations in both offices through the end of the week.

Classes resume on Tuesday, January 3, and students may dress down that entire week for $5.

Please be safe, and remember the reason for the season: that Christ was born so He could save the world. While enjoying much needed rest and family time, be sure to go to church and find those quiet times to pray and reflect on the blessings that God has given us.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

Leadership Newsletter

advent-wreath-1Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here is our weekly rundown of happenings at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

Candy Sale Update

The candy sale has come to an end, but we still do have extra boxes available in each office. If you would like to sell additional boxes, just contact your campus office. We will give three dress down tickets for each additional box requested and sold.

OLCA Gives Back: Make a Wish Foundation Fundraiser

Our special OLCA Gives Back fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation, through a partnership with Pampered Chef, is still ongoing. Please visit this link to participate:

https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/bridgethernandez/guest-landing/9018964196507

 

Breakfast with Santa

128th Street Campus: Monday, December 19 – 9 AM

Rockaway Boulevard Campus: Wednesday, December 21 – 9 AM

Good news from the North Pole – Santa Claus will be visiting OLCA next week! In the Christmas spirit, we will continue our tradition of a free breakfast for all students, along with a visit with Santa. We hear he’s bringing a gift for each student too, because OLCA students are on the Nice list! Parents are welcome to join us for this occasion if they would like to take pictures.

A Note of Gratitude

We want to personally thank all of the families who turned in their fundraising dues on time and have also stayed current with their tuition. We are able to run a successful school that ensures the students’ needs are met because of the families who are faithful to their commitments to the Academy, even during demanding times of the year like the Christmas season.

Thank you as well to all of the parents how have gone out of their way to express gratitude to us and to our faculty and staff. It means so much to us to know that you are happy at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, and that the work that we do is meaningful and appreciated. As always, the students, families, and staff are our greatest blessings and we thank God every day for the privilege of serving this community.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

OLCA Gives Back: Make a Wish Foundation

Make a Wish

Dear Families and Friends of OLCA,

As part of our OLCA gives back initiative our school will be hosting an online Pampered Chef Fundraiser to benefit The Make a Wish Foundation. The entire selection of available products can be viewed online. Please visit:

https://www.pamperedchef.com/pws/bridgethernandez/guest-landing/9018964196507   to place your orders.

All orders placed will be shipped directly to your home in time for the holidays if you order by December 16, 2016. Orders placed after December 16th will arrive after December 25th.

Any questions regarding the products offered by Pampered Chef should be directed to Mrs. Hernandez at BHernandez@olcacademy.net. Thank you, in advance, for your ongoing participation in our O.L.C.A. Gives Back Initiative.

Sincerely,

Mr. Kevin Coyne, Principal

Mrs. Debra Eisenbraun, Asst. Principal

Mrs. Bridget Hernandez

 

Leadership Newsletter

OLCA LogoDear Parents and Guardians,

Here is our weekly rundown of happenings at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

Candy Sale Update

As noted on the calendar, the candy sale ends today. However, if you are still competing for the top prizes, you may continue to request boxes through Tuesday, December 6.  Winners will be determined based on the money turned in by Friday, January 6, 2017.

Please note that to receive your report card, it is only necessary to have paid for the three mandatory boxes. Money for the additional boxes is not due until Friday, January 6.

Make a Wish Foundation Fundraiser

We are doing a special OLCA Gives Back fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation, through a partnership with Pampered Chef. Please see the attached letter for more information!

Website & Phone Downtime (128)

As our website is being upgraded, it may go down from time to time as the server is being changed. Also, we are upgrading the phones at the 128th Street campus. If you are having trouble getting through on the main line, you can call (718) 738-3454 or (718) 641-2659.

Report Card Conferences

Wednesday, December 7

3 PM – 7 PM

Report card conferences are next Wednesday, so we will have a half-day dismissal. Our Extended Day programs will operate until 6 PM, as always.  As noted on the calendar, the first five tuition payments and the mandatory candy sale boxes must be paid in full to meet with your child’s teacher and receive their report card. If payment is not made by Tuesday, December 6, please visit your campus office on report card day to complete the payment and receive your child’s report card. You will then be free to meet with the teacher!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                 Debra Eisenbraun

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

December 2016 Calendar

advent-wreath-1December 2016