OLCA Yearly Calendar & Family Handbook

calendarOur 2015-2016 Yearly Calendar has been published.  As it changes with time, the file name will change, too!

OLCA 2015-2016 Yearly Calendar 1.0

Also, here is the first edition of this year’s handbook:

2015-2016 OLCA Family Handbook v 1.0

Just as a reminder, both offices are open this week, Monday-Thursday, from 9 AM – 12 PM and 5 PM – 7 PM.

Additional times are available upon request. Just give us a call!

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

Principal’s Newsletter: Summer 2015

Catholic Schools LogoDear Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare for another school year, I hope this letter finds all of you well rested and ready for September. We have a later start than usual this year, so enjoy an extra week of summer vacation! Here are our hours for the remainder of the summer:

SUMMER HOURS

Monday, August 24 – Friday, August 28

Both Campuses Closed

Monday, August 31 – Thursday, September 3

9 AM – 12 PM, 5 PM – 7 PM (Both Campuses)

FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES

Classes resume on Wednesday, September 9 for Grades K-8, and on Thursday, September 10 for Grades Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten.   Half-Day Dismissal will be in place for Wednesday, September 9 – Friday, September 11.   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. The 2015-2016 Family Handbook and the 2015-2016 Yearly Calendar will be posted on our website on Monday, August 31.

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 $200,000 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. The Rockaway Boulevard office will be open from 8 AM – 6 PM through Friday, August 14, as the Summer Brainstorm program is ongoing.

Today, a hard copy of this letter, along with a bill for payments due, was mailed to you. If you do not receive these documents by Thursday, August 6, please call the Rockaway Boulevard office on Friday.  All tuition and fees must be paid in full, including any remaining balance from last year, for your child to start classes in September.

SUPPLY LISTS & SUMMER PACKETS

You can find your child’s Supply List (all grades) and Summer Packet (Grades 1-8) on our school website. Just click on the class page of the grade and campus your child is entering in September. Hard copies are available in the office, and we can also mail a packet out to you by request. Just give us a call and we’ll get it in the mail a.s.a.p.

Keep checking our website 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

Principal

Supply Lists & Summer Packets

sunDear Parents and Guardians,

Your child’s Summer Packets and Supply Lists for next year are now online.

Simply navigate to your child’s grade and campus and download from that page.

If you need a hard copy, we will print one out in the office for you, or you can have a hard copy mailed to you by calling our Rockaway Boulevard office at (718) 641-0212.

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

Leadership Newsletter

summerDear Parents and Guardians,

It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to an end. June has been a busy month, as we’ve celebrated our annual CultureFest, enjoyed student performances at two Spring Concerts, and said goodbye to our wonderful Class of 2015, who now move on to the challenges that await them in high school!

Here is a final round of updates. The next time I write to you, it will be the middle of the summer!

OLCA REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIPS 2015-2016

Please note that we now have a Waiting List for the following Grades:

128th Street Campus: 1st Grade & 7th Grade

Rockaway Boulevard Campus: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 5th Grade, & 8th Grade

Also, the following classes have less than ten seats left for 2015-2016:

128th Street Campus: Pre-K, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, & 8th Grade

Rockaway Boulevard Campus: Pre-K, 6th Grade, & 7th Grade

Please register as soon as possible. At RB, we are only a handful of students away from opening up additional classes for 1st Grade and for 2nd Grade. Also, please remember to apply for the Diocesan scholarship, if you haven’t already done so. Already, OLCA families have received $170,000 in scholarships for next year!

OLCA SUMMER BRAINSTORM

Summer Brainstorm kicks off on Monday, July 6. Registration has already begun! Applications are available in the office or on the school website. We hope to see you this summer!

REPORT CARDS, SUMMER PACKETS, 2015-2016 HANDBOOK and CALENDAR

Finally, Report Cards will be distributed to all students on Wednesday, June 24. Students who are not in attendance will receive their report card by mail. Please check the website as well for our Summer Packets for new and returning students, and later this summer, for our new handbook and yearly calendar.

I look forward to another year as your principal. May God watch over all of you this summer and return you to us safe, sound, and ready to learn in September!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne
Principal

Leadership Newsletter

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we enter the last few weeks of school, things are very busy at OLCA! Here are some important updates!

REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIPS 2015-2016

We are running out of seats at the Rockaway Boulevard campus for Grades PK, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and at the 128th Street campus for Grades PK, 1, 6, 7, and 8.   If you have not re-registered, please do so as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee a seat for your child in the fall! We would love to have room for every student who wants to attend OLCA, but we are limited in space!

Round one of the scholarship process is complete! OLCA families have already been awarded $166,462 in scholarships for the upcoming year. There are still two more rounds, so if you haven’t applied yet, please do so as soon as you can at mytads.com .

SPRING SHOWS

Next week, we will have our Spring Shows, featuring performances by the OLCA band and all classes. The 128th Street show is on Tuesday, June 2 and the RB show is on Thursday, June 4. Admission is free and seating is first come, first serve. Light refreshments will be sold! Doors open at 6:00 for both shows, and both shows begin at 6:30 sharp!

CULTUREFEST 2015

This year’s CultureFest will be bigger than ever, with more rides, food, performances, and vendors than ever before! Admission to this event is free. The CultureFest is on Saturday, June 6, and the gates will be open from 12-8 PM. If you would like to volunteer for the event or sponsor a table, please contact your campus office as soon as possible.

JUNE DRESS DOWN FOR STA-SAP PARISH

As you may know, there is a big capital campaign underway at our sponsor parish, Saint Teresa of Avila-Saint Anthony of Padua. As noted on the June calendar, students in grades N-7 may dress down on fifteen individual days for $20. Grade 8 may dress down on ten individual days for $15. All payments are due on Monday, June 1, and students must pay for the full month. 100% of funds raised will go directly to help the parish. Under Father Conlon’s leadership, OLCA has thrived. Let’s do our best to give back to the church that makes our academy possible!

A big thank you to all of our parents and guardians for their enthusiastic support!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                     Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                    Assistant Principals

June 2015 Calendars

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ACT NOW – EDUCATION TAX CREDIT!

Dear Parent and Guardians,

Help for Families Paying Tuition is Within Reach!

In the final days of the legislative session in Albany, Governor Cuomo and key legislators are leading the fight to enact the Education Tax Credit. The governor’s plan, called the Parental Choice in Education Act, will help keep Catholic schools affordable. The Act provides $150 million in education tax credits annually that will provide:
– Tax credits directly to low and middle income families who send their children to Catholic and other schools,
– Scholarships to students from low and middle income families to attend a school of their choice,
– Donations to public schools for enhanced educational programming, and
– Tax credits to teachers for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

But We Need Your Help! Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and some Assembly Democrats are blocking this important bill. They are blocking this bill for one simple reason: the public school teachers’ union lobbyists don’t want parents to get any help with sending their children to a school of their choice.

Please take a few minutes to demand that your legislators enact the Education Tax Credit before they conclude their work in mid-June. Please  go to www.nyscatholic.org to send an email to your lawmakers. You will also be prompted to call their office – which we urge you to do.

Thank you for doing your part in fighting for our families, children and parish schools/academies.

Sincerely,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

P.S. The opposition is doing all they can do to defeat this proposal and to keep families from getting the help they need. Please don’t let them win!

SPIRIT WEEK BEGINS MONDAY, MAY 18

Spirit WeekSpirit Week, our annual week of activities in support of our graduating class, begins this Monday.

Payment and slip must be in by Monday for your child to participate.

If you need another form, you can download it here!

OLCA SPIRIT WEEK 2015

Leadership Newsletter

unnamed (1)Dear Parents and Guardians,

As always, May is a very busy month! Here are some important updates:

THREE NEW CLASSES OPENED FOR 2015-2016

I am happy to announce that for the first time in OLCA history, we will have four Kindergarten classes in September – two at each campus! Additionally, we will have two third grade classes at the Rockaway Boulevard campus for the very first time. In the coming weeks, we will make final decisions on other additional classes.

Parents of children entering Pre-Kindergarten, First Grade, or Second Grade at Rockaway Boulevard should register as soon as possible, because we are nearing capacity in those grades and we do not have enough classroom space at RB to add additional sections for all three of those grades.

CULTUREFEST & SPRING RAFFLE

 Planning for our 3rd Annual CultureFest is ongoing, and coordinators are still looking for volunteers! If you would like to help on any of the committees, please contact your campus office and they will share your information with the coordinators. You can also sign up in person at either campus office! The Spring Raffle drawing will be at the CultureFest. Remember that the families who sell the most raffle tickets receive tuition discounts for the 2015-2016 school year! Each ticket needs to be filled out completely before submission to ensure we can get in contact with the winners!

 UPDATE ON CHARITY FUNDRAISERS

 Yesterday, we raised funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through a special Dress Down, raising more than $500. Thank you to Pre-K teacher Jessica Seagriff for recommending this fundraiser. Our final charity fundraiser will be in June, and it will be for a cause very close to home: the parish of Saint Teresa of Avila-Saint Anthony of Padua. Our pastor, Father Richard Conlon, runs the only parish in the Diocese that is responsible for two school buildings, and he has been a tireless supporter of OLCA since he arrived in South Ozone Park in February of 2012.

Through his leadership, we have been able to offer seats to more Catholic families than ever before, and with the help of his Director of Faith Formation, Mark Kruse, he has helped many OLCA students join our faith and our church. We will be doing a special month-long Dress Down to help with the repairs necessary to ensure that both school buildings remain stable and safe for a long time to come. Father Conlon needs our help to cover these costs! Too many Catholic schools have needed to close because their buildings weren’t cared for over the years. We will not let that happen to us!

 TUITION & FEES FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR

 Finally, just a friendly reminder that all tuition and fees for this school year have now been billed. If you have an outstanding balance, please resolve it as soon as possible. If you have questions regarding your balance or a bill that you have received, please contact Mrs. Bianchi at Rockaway Boulevard or Ms. Hinkson at 128th Street.

 NEW PHONES

Finally, you may have noticed that a new message when you call one of our campuses. We now have a telephone directory so you can speak directly to the person that you need to speak to. We hope this will make it easier to meet your needs!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                 Assistant Principals

May 2015 Calendars

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Ascension Thursday: May 14, 2015

Here are the revised calendars for May 2015:

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