Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we enter May, the month of our Blessed Mother Mary, we are preparing to complete a very successful year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Our eighth graders are getting ready for graduation, our kindergartners are becoming better readers every day, and all of our students are working so hard to prepare for the challenges that await them in the next grade. Most especially, we keep in our thoughts and prayers the many students who will be receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time on May 17 and 18.
We have many exciting updates and important announcements to share with you in this letter:
REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE
I am happy to announce that more than 230 families completed the scholarship process before the end of the first round! If you have not yet applied for the scholarship, it is not too late. Please submit your application at mytads.com. You can still participate in the final two rounds. Remember that OLCA will cover the cost of the application through a credit toward your material fee, so there is no cost to you for applying.
We are preparing to announce closings in some of our classes for next year. Parents of returning students who have not registered for a class that has reached capacity will be given an opportunity to register for the same grade at the other campus, if a seat is available, and to be placed on a waiting list for the class at their current campus. Any family who wants to change campuses is free to do so, if seating is available.
OLCA SUMMER BRAINSTORM
Registration has begun for our fifth annual OLCA Summer Brainstorm, which will run from July 7 – August 15. For those who are new to OLCA, this is a program for both new and returning students of all levels of ability, including accelerated content for students who want to get a head start on the skills and concepts that they will learn next year. Students complete academic work in the morning and sports and activities in the afternoon. The program is open to all students who will be attending Grades Nursery-9 in September 2015. Participation is limited to students who currently attend, or will attend OLCA or a neighboring Catholic school/academy. Registration forms can be found at our website, or can be picked up at either campus office.
MAY EVENTS: MOVIE NIGHT, FASHION SHOW, SPRING SHOW
This Friday, there will be a special screening of Frozen at the 128th Street campus. Tickets are only $5, and students will be making their own snowman! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult, as this is meant to be a family event. We also have a Fashion Show and Dinner coming up on May 23 at the 128th Street campus, and both of our spring shows on May 27 (Rockaway Boulevard) and May 28 (128th Street.) We hope to see all of you at these final events of our school year!
CULTURE FEST & RAFFLE
Finally, preparations are underway for the 2nd Annual Culture Fest, which will be in our newly paved yard at 128th Street on Saturday, June 7. Students have been preparing performances during classes after school, where they are studying Bollywood Vocal, Instrument and Dance, and Irish Step Dancing. In addition to the class baskets that will be raffled at the event, we will have our Spring Raffle grand prize drawing that day as well.
Our coordinator, Karen Allim, will continue to update on Culture Fest-related news and events, so please keep an eye out for her newsletters! Her committee is working very hard to make this event a big hit, and they hope to see many of you on their Atlantic City Bus Trip on Saturday, May 17.
Finally, I am happy to announce that this is the last paper newsletter that you will receive from OLCA! We are preparing to go fully digital for the upcoming school year, and we will be compiling a master e-mail list for all of our parents and guardians. Moving forward, all communication will be through e-mail and the website, which we hope will make things easier for all of you, not to mention kinder to the environment!
I am also excited to announce that we are in the final stages of planning a new technology initiative which we hope will result in every student from Nursery-8th grade receiving their own tablet for use in all subject areas. More details are to come soon on this, so check your child’s folder e-mail throughout the month of May for more news on this front.
In closing, it remains our greatest privilege to serve the needs of you and your children. As we near completion of OLCA’s fifth year, we thank all of you for your encouragement, guidance, and support. You are the biggest reason for our success. Together, our families, our faculty, and our staff are unstoppable!
Sincerely in Christ,
Kevin John Coyne & Marian Hernandez
Principal & Assistant Principal