OLCA WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 27

snow 2014Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, due to inclement weather.

Please check back here for an announcement regarding Wednesday, January 28.   A delayed opening on that date is a possibility.

Stay Safe!

Mr. Coyne

WINTER STORM UPDATE #2 – HALF-DAY DISMISSAL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 26

snowflakesThe storm has been upgraded into a Blizzard Warning and is still scheduled to begin in the early afternoon tomorrow.

For reasons of safety, we will have a HALF-DAY DISMISSAL tomorrow.  Normal dismissal time for a half-day (11:30 RB/11:45 128th).  There will still be Early Drop-Off beginning at 7 AM, but no After-School.

A final decision about Tuesday, January 27 will be announced by 7 AM tomorrow morning.  There is a strong possibility that we will be closed on Tuesday.

As previously announced, it will be a Free Dress Down day. (Bring sneakers to change into if you’re wearing boots.)

Blue & Gold Games at 128th Street will be rescheduled.

Please stay safe and travel cautiously tomorrow morning.

Mr. Coyne

WINTER STORM UPDATE #1 – SUNDAY 12 NOON

snow 2014Dear Parents and Guardians,

A potentially historic blizzard is on its way to our area.   We are watching the storm closely and will make updated announcements here.  Please note the following decisions have already been made:

Monday, January 26

NO EXTENDED DAY (AFTER SCHOOL) PROGRAM

ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING SETSS, ARE CANCELLED

FREE DRESS DOWN FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF 

(If wearing boots, bring sneakers to change into when you arrive at school)

At this time, we have not made a decision on early dismissal for Monday, January 26.  That decision will be made by 5 PM this evening.

A decision about school closing on Tuesday, January 27 will be made by 11 AM tomorrow morning.

Please stay safe!

Mr. Coyne

Priority Re-Registration and More Important Updates

SelmaDear Parents and Guardians,

Once again, we write to you with exciting updates and upcoming events!

PRIORITY REGISTRATION

All families eligible for priority registration will receive their forms today! This year, parents will receive an e-mail confirmation of their registration that includes their seat number for each child’s class. It is especially important for parents of children entering grades PK-3 to register early, as those are the grades that we are most likely to open additional classes for, and the sooner you register, the sooner we can open additional classes!

Here’s a downloadable version of the form:  OLCA Priority Re-Registration Form

TABLET DISTRIBUTION

The remaining classes will receive their tablets over the next two weeks! Please sign and return the Acceptable Use Policy, which is a requirement for students to use these tablets in school.

Here’s a downloadable version of the Acceptable Use Policy:  Acceptable Use Policy OLCA

MASS – GRADES 5-8 – ST. ANTHONY CHURCH

Grades 5-8 will celebrate Mass on Wednesday, January 21 at 10 AM: Saint Anthony’s Church. Parents welcome!

SELMA MOVIE TRIP – GRADES 7-8

Parents are also welcome to join us for our grades 7 and 8 trip to see Selma on Thursday, January 22. Parents must be VIRTUS trained to attend, but do not have to have children in seventh and eighth grade. We have a private screening scheduled for 11:00 AM, with arrival at Atlas Stadium at 10:30 AM. The concession stand will be open!

Thank you to Ms. Lobelle, who has been coordinating Social Justice activities such as this trip, and continues to better our school community by helping us realize the Catholic mission and ministry of social justice.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun and Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                  Assistant Principals

Leadership Newsletter

Three KingsDear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! We hope that all of you had a restful and relaxing recess, and that you had the quality time together to celebrate the reason for the season: the birth of Jesus Christ, and the promise of everlasting life that His arrival brings.

The new calendar year brings many important changes and upcoming events at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy. Here are some important things for all of you to be aware of.   As always, if you have any additional questions, please call or visit either campus office and we will do our best to help you.

GRADUATION PHOTOS – K & 8 – Wednesday, January 7

At both campuses, we will have graduation photos at both campuses for Kindergarten and Eighth Grade. Full regular uniform is required for all students on this day, as we will also have make-up individual photos and will take new group photos for some of the classes.

TABLET PROGRAM

We are rolling out the tablets, class by class, beginning next Monday. Our teachers worked diligently over the break to research new and exciting ways to integrate one-to-one technology in the classroom. As part of this implementation, we will be sending home a revised Acceptable Use policy agreement. A parent signature will be required before using the tablets.   The tablets themselves have filtering technology built in for your child’s safety.

 REGISTRATION FOR 2015-2016

Finally, registration for next year begins this month. Returning students have first preference for seats next year, and will be guaranteed a seat for September if they register by Friday, January 30. To be eligible for re-registration, all tuition through the sixth payment and all candy sale funds must be submitted.

BALLROOM DANCING & VIOLIN LESSONS

As our third graders continue to learn the violin, our students in grades 4, 5, and 8 are now beginning their ballroom dancing lessons.   All of these programs are at no additional cost to the parents, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the culminating performances this spring!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                    Assistant Principals

Free Dress Down Tomorrow!

Free Dress Down tomorrow (Friday, December 19, 2014) for all students Grades 3-8.

Remember!  Half-day dismissal and no After-School tomorrow!

It is a pleasure and privilege working with all of you – students, parents, academy and parish staff!

Merry Christmas!

January Calendars

MLKHere are the revised calendars for January 2015!

January 2015 English

enero 2015 Espanol

Dressing Up and Dressing Down This Week

treeMany parents are asking about dress up and dress down guidelines for this week.  This has been tricky because of the events being on different days at each campus!

Here’s a breakdown by day and campus for the remainder of the week:

Wednesday, December 17

128th Street Campus: Breakfast with Santa – Free Dress Up

Rockaway Boulevard Campus: Parish Food Pantry Drive – Free Dress Down with donation of an item for the Parish Food Pantry!

Thursday, December 18

128th Street Campus: No Event – Regular Uniform

Rockaway Boulevard Campus: Honors Assembly – Free Dress Up for ALL Students

Friday, December 19

Both Campuses: Grades N-2: Toys for Tots Movie Day – Pajamas for Participating Students

Both Campuses: Grades 3-8: Regular Uniform…For Now!

Special Dress Down – Wednesday, December 3

Saint Jude Childrens HospitalSPECIAL $2.00 DRESS DOWN

SAINT JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014

In Memory of

AMELIA LALIMA

Sister of Theresa Andersen, Principal of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

Donations larger than $2.00 will also be accepted.

100% of funds collected will be donated to Saint Jude’s Hospital.

You can also donate directly here.   Please include Amelia LaLima’s name in the Dedication field.

Leadership Newsletter

advent-wreath-1Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, we began the second trimester of the academic year and enter a month of celebration as we prepare for the birth of our Lord and Savior! Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will be hosting a free Breakfast with Santa for both campuses, along with other exciting events throughout the month of December.

Here are some updates associated with some of our upcoming events this week:

REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION – Thursday, December 4

REPORT CARD CONFERENCES – Friday, December 5

In response to the demanding schedules of many of our parents, we are trying something new this year. On Thursday, December 4, we will be sending home a copy of your child’s report card in a sealed envelope. This will allow for parents to review the card in anticipation for report card conferences on Friday, December 5, or to be aware of their child’s progress, in the event that they cannot attend on Friday.

Please note that the first four tuition payments must be paid in full for you to receive the report card and to meet with teachers about the report card. If your account is not up to date, we will send a letter home in the envelope detailing what needs to be done to bring your account up to date. This will also allow for parents to bring errors to our attention without compromising your ability to meet with teachers on December 5.

We will also include a contact information sheet with the card. We ask that you confirm the accuracy of the information as we transition to digital communication in the second trimester. It will be very important for us to have updated e-mail addresses!

ADVENT MASS – Saturday, December 6

There will be a special Children’s Mass for Advent at Saint Teresa of Avila church on Saturday, December 6 at 10:00 AM. Students attending should dress up in red or pink or wear their uniform.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne,  Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert

Principal   and     Assistant Principals