Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we begin our fourth week of school, there are many new developments and reminders to share with you!
EMERGENCY CONTACT FORMS, MEDICAL FORMS, and IESP’S
If you have not returned your child’s Emergency Contact Form and Medical Form, please do so immediately. We need this information to ensure that we can make sure your child is safe and healthy, and so we can easily get in touch with you in case of an emergency. Also, if your child has an IESP, we cannot provide accommodations without having a copy on file. These are never sent directly to the school, so we can only get them from you! We are proud to meet the diverse needs of our learning community and will provide whatever assistance is needed to help your child succeed.
HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS
Eighth graders who wish to take the Specialized High School exam must return the registration form by Monday, September 28. They can give this form to their homeroom teacher, who will pass it on to the administration. Catholic and Public High School directories have been distributed, and we will be hosting a Catholic High School Fair on Wednesday, October 8 from 6 PM – 8 PM at our Rockaway Boulevard campus. Students of all grades are welcome to attend and to meet representatives from Catholic high schools in Brooklyn and Queens.
I want to thank all of you for the extraordinary response to the Income Survey distributed on the first day of school. We have met our targets and will be able to receive the tablets at the discounted rate necessary to be covered in full by your material fees. We hope to have the tablets on site and ready to go by the end of October.
BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM
Our new breakfast and lunch program has been a resounding success! Today, we distributed the monthly form for the first time. Please note that this form must be filled out completely and returned by Friday, September 26. Even if you are going to pay weekly, we still need the full order form filled out so we can properly budget and purchase the items needed. Breakfast will continue to be sold daily and no pre-ordering is required.
NEW MEMBERS OF OUR FACULTY & STAFF
Our family has been steadily growing, as new programs require staffing, and as some faculty members have departed since our Back to School nights only two weeks ago. I want to publicly welcome the following new faculty members: Nicole Casquarelli (Physical Education N-1, both campuses); Jessica Seagriff (Pre-K, RB); Brian Kacharaba (6-8 ELA, RB), and Amanda Lamacq (K-2, RB). Also joining us in our expanded lunch program are chef Joseph Roberts and lunch assistant Kevin Gallway. I thank all of them for answering the call to serve the students of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy!
Due to changes at World’s Finest Chocolate, all candy boxes now have sixty bars per box. This changes the requirements for our fundraising. We will be giving parents three options:
- Sell THREE BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and $80 of raffle tickets in the Spring.
- Sell TWO BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and $120 of raffle tickets in the Spring.
- Sell SIX or more BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and NO raffle tickets in the spring.
This keeps the costs the same, but gives parents more options. We will send a letter home this week for you to make your choice. Families that do not return a paper with their choice will be given the default of three boxes of chocolate and $80 of raffle tickets.
WALL OF FAME, UNIFORM, and INCIDENT REPORTS
Wall of Fame will begin in the month of October. Please use September as the month to get used to all of our policies. Uniform Violations and Incident Reports that are issued in September are to help the students get on track and develop good habits. If a child does not continue to receive Uniform Violations and Incident Reports in October and November, we will disregard the ones issued in September for Honor Roll and Report Card marks.
SPECIAL DRESS DOWN – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – SICKLE CELL AWARENESS
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. We will be having a special $2.00 dress down on Friday, September 26 to raise funds for the Sickle Cell Disease Association. I thank OLCA parent Valentine Francois for bringing this cause to our attention and suggesting that we have a special dress down similar to our past fundraisers for the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the NYC Center for Autism.
In closing, I want to thank my extraordinary faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to OLCA. A special thank you to my administrative team as well, as they have truly stepped up to the plate during the most challenging month of the school year. But most of all, thanks to all of you for entrusting us with the greatest gift you can give: the opportunity to educate your child. I remember the days when we weren’t sure OLCA would even open its doors in September 2009, and now we have a flourishing community of more than 730 students. It remains my single greatest honor and privilege to serve this extraordinary community!
Sincerely in Christ,
Kevin John Coyne