Gym Schedule

On gym days, students are required to wear their gym uniform.

Mondays

Grades 2-5

Rockaway Boulevard

Tuesdays

Grades N, PK, K, and 1

Rockaway Boulevard

Wednesdays

Grades 6-8

Rockaway Boulevard

Grades 6-8

128th Street

Thursdays

Grades 2-5

128th Street

Fridays

Grades N, PK, K and 1

128th Street

Principal’s Newsletter

culturefest_logoDear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to another exciting year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy! This year, we welcome more than 150 new families to our school community, along with a team of excellent teachers and staff that will ensure your child has the best possible school year!

Today, you have received many important documents.  I want to bring your attention to the most important among them, as they will have a big impact on our ability to best meet the needs of you and your children.  Digital copies of all of these documents can be found here:

Family Handbook 

Our family handbook explains all of our policies in detail. It also includes an important Family Information Page that must be returned as soon as possible.  Please make sure that you include an up to date e-mail address, as this will be our primary way of contacting you throughout the year.  Please go over the policies with your children over the next few days.

Income Survey Form  

The Income Survey form must be returned by Friday.  All students who do so will get a free dress down ticket for the following Friday.  This anonymous survey helps us to receive the large discounts on technology that make our tablet program possible!

2014-2015 Calendar  

Please take a moment to review the yearly calendar.  As always, monthly revisions will be published online to reflect additions and changes!

Lunch Order Form  

This year, we begin preparing our own lunches and breakfasts on site.  There are big discounts available for ordering the entire week in advance! We will make adjustments to the menu based on parent feedback. We want to hear what you think!

Fifth Anniversary Mass & BBQ  

Finally, we will have our Fifth Anniversary Mass on Saturday, September 6 at 11 AM in St. Teresa Church (by the 128th Street Campus.) Students should wear their full uniform.  A free BBQ will follow in the 128th Street School Yard.

Please check our website regularly for updates – www.olcacademy.net .  Over the next few days, you will also receive access to our Option C portal.

Wishing all of you a Wonderful School Year!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

OLCA 2014-2015 Calendar

calendarGood Morning Parents and Students,

Here is our draft calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.  As always, revisions will be made on a monthly basis.

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

OLCA Calendar English 2014-2015

September 2014 Calendar

welcome_back_to_school_postcardThe September 2014 calendar is here:  September 2014 English

Please note the following:

– Because public school do not open until Thursday, September 4, there will be NO BUS SERVICE on the first day of school – Wednesday, September 3.

– The Breakfast, Lunch, and After-School programs begin on Monday, September 8, which is the first full day of school.

– A yearly calendar will be distributed on the first day of school and published on the school website.

We look forward to seeing all of you next week!

Mr. Coyne, Mrs. Eisenbraun & Mrs. Halbert

August Updates

Dear Parents and Students,

We have received some phone calls that not all back to school letters were received!  If you haven’t received a packet, please give us a call and we will send a new one out to you.  As always, the newsletters are on the website, and I will be posting the September calendar and the new family handbook on August 25.

Here is some key information:

Summer Office Hours

Monday – Friday (August 18 – August 29)

9 AM – 12 PM  (Both Campuses)

Special Evening Hours

Rockaway Boulevard Campus –  Monday, August 25 & Wednesday, August 27  (5 PM – 7 PM)

128th Street Campus – Tuesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 28  (5 PM – 7 PM)

Please note that GYM UNIFORMS and SUPPLY LISTS are available at both campus offices!

First Week of School

Tuesday, September 2

Office Hours: 7 AM – 5 PM  (Both Campuses)

No Classes

Wednesday, September 3

Classes Begin for Grades K-8

Free Early Drop-off begins at 7 AM (Both Campuses)

1/2 Day Dismissal

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 11:30 AM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Thursday, September 4

Classes Begin for Grades Nursery and Pre-K

1/2 Day Dismissal

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 11:30 AM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Friday, September 5

1/2 Day Dismissal

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 11:30 AM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Monday, September 8

First Full Day of School

Rockaway Boulevard: 8 AM – 3 PM

128th Street: 8:15 AM – 3:15 PM

Extended Day (After-School) Program Begins

Breakfast & Lunch Program Begins

If you have any further questions, you can call us at our Rockaway Boulevard office (718-641-0212) or our 128th Street office (718-641-1316) during office hours, or e-mail us at office@olcacademy.net.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal

Principal’s Newsletter: Summer 2014

back-to-schoolDear Parents and Guardians,

Preparations for the upcoming school year are nearly complete! As we transition to using digital communication only, please bookmark the website and keep an eye out for e-mails from our office! As always, you can reach the principal at kcoyne@olcacademy.net , and the office at office@olcacademy.net.

EXPANDED SUMMER HOURS

Because both offices have been so busy this summer, we’re expanding our office hours for the remainder of the month, and will now be open in the morning for the entire month of August, and for evening hours the week of August 25.

Monday – Friday

9 AM – 12 PM (Both Campuses)

Monday and Wednesday (8/25, 8/27)

5 PM – 7 PM (Rockaway Boulevard)

Tuesday and Thursday (8/26, 8/28)

5 PM – 7 PM (128th Street)

FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES

Classes resume on Wednesday, September 3 for Grades K-8, and on Thursday, September 4 for Grades Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten.   Half-Day Dismissal will be in place for Wednesday, September 3 – Friday, September 5.   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.

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 $250,000 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.

NEW BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM

I am excited to announce that for the first time, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will have a hot breakfast and lunch program this year. All food will be prepared on site at each academy, with a rotation of diverse and healthy meal items.   Menus will be published every month, with the first one going home on September 3. Your child can purchase breakfast and lunch on a day to day basis, or receive a special discount by ordering for the month in advance.

NEW DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES

Beginning this September, we will be closing the school parking lot of each campus fifteen minutes before school begins. We are establishing new “drop-off zones” to increase safety.   School staff will be outside to escort children from the drop-off zone and into the academy.   The drop-off zones are as follows:

Rockaway Boulevard Campus: 126th Street, across from the parking lot. Parents must turn right from Rockaway Boulevard onto 126th Street to use the drop-off zone.

128th Street Campus: 128th Street, between 109th Ave. & 111th Ave.   The drop-off zone will be in front of the main entrance that leads to the school office.

Parking lots will re-open fifteen minutes after school begins, and will be closed again fifteen minutes before dismissal. We are doing this to ensure that the students can exit the building without having to worry about moving vehicles.   We will make adjustments to this policy as necessary to ensure maximum safety and efficiency.

OLCA FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MASS & BARBECUE

This September marks the fifth anniversary of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy! We will be celebrating with a special mass and outdoor barbecue:

Mass:

Saturday, September 6

11:00 AM

Saint Teresa of Avila Church

Barbecue:

Saturday, September 6

12 PM – 5 PM

128th Street Schoolyard

We hope you can join us for this special mass and the celebration that follows. In addition to food, we will also have music and games. We hope to see all of you there!

Keep checking back 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

OLCA Principal Kevin Coyne Nominated for Education Award

Kevin Coyne, founding principal of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, has been nominated for the Daily News Hometown Heroes in Education Award.

Check out the featured article in the NY Daily News:

Principal Kevin Coyne turned around closing school into thriving Catholic academy

Cable network Nets TV did a feature story on the nomination earlier this week:

OLCA Summer Office Hours

OLCA LogoOLCA will be open throughout the summer for registration and payments, and for the Summer Brainstorm program at Rockaway Boulevard.  Please call to make an appointment outside of these hours.  You can reach the RB office at (718) 641-0212 and the 128th Street office at (718) 641-1316.

 

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS

Monday 6/23, Tuesday 6/24, Wednesday 6/25

Tuesday 7/1, Wednesday 7/2, Thursday 7/3

9 AM – 12 PM

Monday, July 7 – Friday, August 16

9 AM – 11 AM

Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 23

CLOSED

Monday, August 26 – Friday, August 30

10 AM – 12 PM; 5 PM – 7 PM

Additional hours available by appointment

Special Summer Dress Down

sunSPECIAL SUMMER DRESS DOWN

Tuesday, June 17

Wednesday, June 18

Thursday, June 19

Due to anticipated warm weather, we are having a special dress down for the next three days. Students may dress down in summer clothing – shorts, sundresses, sandals (must have a back piece), etc. Nothing sleeveless or low cut. Shorts must be to the knee.

This special dress down is FREE. Please remember that you can bring bottles of water to school, and we recommend freezing 2-3 bottles overnight so the water is cool as the day goes on.

Seventh graders should dress up for their ring ceremony on Thursday, June 19.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 is the last day of school and remains a free DRESS UP day.

 

CultureFest Updates!

cropped-CultureFest-Title-211.jpgOur 2nd Annual CultureFest is rapidly approaching.  Please see the documents below for updates on the event, including an exciting opportunity for parents!

PARENT CLASSES: Self_Defense,_Fitness,_Kickboxing

CultureFest Update – May 27, 2014