Dear 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: GRADES 3-8
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.
PROGRESS REPORTS: GRADES 1-8
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!
SICKLE CELL BENEFIT UPDATE & CANCER AWARENESS DRESS DOWN
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.
UNITED NATIONS DAY
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.
OUR NEWEST OLCA FAMILY MEMBER
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