As we depart for a brief Thanksgiving recess, please accept my gratitude for choosing OLCA as your child’s learning community. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. On behalf of my faculty and staff, I also thank you for your incredible support and participation in our annual Thanksgiving luncheon. So many of you donated food, funds, and time. To quote one of my second graders, “This was the best Thanksgiving Luncheon ever!”
You’ve already received the December calendar, and I have a few updates regarding events for next month.
Friday, December 11
This year, we have one extended report card conference from 3-7 PM on Friday, December 11. Please schedule your conference with your child’s homeroom teacher in advance. Please note that accounts must be fully up to date, including five tuition installments and candy money, for you to receive your child’s report card. We will be giving courtesy phone calls the week of November 30 to families that are not fully up to date. Please also check your billing information on Option C, and notify us immediately if you see an error on our part!
Monday, December 7 (128)
Wednesday, December 9 (RB)
To help with the overwhelming demand for Christmas Show tickets, this year we have added an afternoon performance at each campus. Tickets go on sale for all four Christmas Shows – two at each campus – on Tuesday, December 1. Look for the order form in your child’s OLCA folder on Monday, November 30!
Early Bird Kindergarten Registration
OLCA is participating in a new initiative from the Diocese of Brooklyn: Early Bird Registration for our Kindergarten classes of 2016-2017. Pre-K parents, please keep any eye out for this special registration form, which will go home on Tuesday, December 1. This year, we had four Kindergarten classes for the first time in OLCA history. The earlier parents register, the easier it is for us to guarantee smaller classes through additional sections on a grade level!
In December, we will be sharing information with students and their families on how to begin or complete initiation into the Catholic Church. We are planning a major liturgical event for later this school year where OLCA family members can be baptized, receive First Communion, and be confirmed as Catholics in our host parish. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and parents alike to join – or return – to the Catholic Church! We hope to see a huge turnout this year for this special initiative!
Youth Group & Basketball Program
Finally, the new year will bring two exciting evening and weekend programs to OLCA. We are launching an OLCA Youth Group, in collaboration with St. Teresa-St. Anthony Parish, for students in Grades 6 and up. Also, we will be bringing back our OLCA Basketball League, which will be open to students in grades N-8. We are looking for parent volunteers to support the faculty and staff in running these events. Please contact Mr. Coyne at either campus office if you are interested!
Wishing you and yours a Blessed, Safe, and Happy Thanksgiving. It is a privilege and a blessing to serve this vibrant, faith-filled learning community, and I am thankful for all of you this Thanksgiving!
Sincerely in Christ,
Kevin John Coyne