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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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Leadership Newsletter

En Español

OLCA LogoDear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back from the Easter Recess! It’s hard to believe that another school year is already nearing its end, but we are busy as ever in the home stretch. Here are some important updates:

REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES

April brings two important deadlines for the next school year. On Wednesday, April 22, Round 1 of the Diocesan Scholarship process comes to an end. To receive your maximum possible scholarship, you must participate in Round 1! The office staff at both campuses are happy to help you! Just call and schedule an appointment.   If you apply at the office, we will cover the fee. If you apply on your own, you will receive a $25 credit on your account.

On Thursday, April 30, priority re-registration comes to an end. After this date, returning students are no longer guaranteed a seat at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy for 2015-2016. We need to enforce this deadline because there are not enough seats to accommodate both new and returning students. Please, if you have not already done so, re-register as soon as possible. We want everybody who wants to return to OLCA to be able to do so!

HONORS ASSEMBLY (DRESS UP) and CATHOLIC CHARITIES FUNDRAISER (DRESS DOWN)

Please note that the two campuses will have these two events on different days. The Honors Assembly is a free Dress Up for all students, and the Catholic Charities Fundraiser is a $2 Dress Down for all students:

Rockaway Boulevard:

Honors Assembly –   2 PM on Friday, April 17;   Dress Down – Monday, April 20

128th Street:

Dress Down on Friday, April 17; Honors Assembly – 2 PM on Monday, April 20

The teachers will review the Family Handbook’s Dress Down and Dress Up rules with the students. As always, parents are welcome at the Honors Assembly, and will be seated starting at 1:45.

RAFFLE TICKETS SALE

Our Spring Fundraiser has begun, with families receiving their raffle tickets on Monday, April 13. If you did not receive your tickets, please call the office as soon as possible. Families that sold two boxes of chocolate are responsible for $120 in raffle tickets. Families that sold three boxes are responsible for $80 in raffle tickets. Families that sold six or more boxes are not required to sell raffle tickets at all.

Thank you for all that you do for OLCA. Have a wonderful week, and look for more updates throughout the month!

Sincerely,

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                    Assistant Principals

Culture Fest Newsletter

Welcome back, parents!

Here is the first Culture Fest newsletter in PDF form.  Your child also received a hard copy of this letter today in their OLCA Folder.

If you are interested in volunteering for this wonderful event, please use the contact information provided!

CultureFEST Newsletter April 13 2015

Report Card Update!

OLCA LogoGood Morning Parents and Guardians,

Because of the inclement weather on Friday night, many parents were not able to come in to get their report card!  Today, we are sending home the report card of every student, in a sealed envelope, with my initials over the seal.

If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, you can still do so by calling the office and requesting an individual appointment.   You can also write your child’s teacher a note to request a meeting.

If you do not receive your child’s report card in their folder today, please call Mrs. Bianchi at Rockaway Boulevard (718-641-0212) or Ms. Hinkson at 128th Street (718-641-1316).

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne