Leadership Newsletter

free-halloween-clipart-RiAkynxiLDear Parents and Guardians,

Here are a few more updates for you!


This has been the biggest year ever for our candy sale! We have many families in the running for the big prizes, and even more families that do not have to sell raffle tickets in the spring because they sold six or more boxes. Tomorrow is the last day to request boxes, and we cannot guarantee any will be left over after tomorrow. Remember that all money must be in by November 17 for it to count toward the prizes!


 After-school activities have begun, and more are still on the way! We are looking to develop more activities for the younger children, and we are open to having parents play a role in these activities. If you would like to help organize an activity, please contact Mrs. Eisenbraun at either office.


 This year, we added several new countries to our collection of flags, including the Czech Republic, Ghana, Nassau, Nepal, and South Korea. We want to thank our office and custodial staffs, along with our eighth grade teachers, for their hard work in making this year’s assembly a success. Thanks as well to all of the parents who attended. It was wonderful having you here with us to celebrate our rich diversity.


 As a reminder, OLCA is closed on Friday, October 31 for a professional day. We will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 30. Students will be allowed to wear costumes and there will be events throughout the day. Remember: no masks, no hoods up, and no weapons! All costumes must be appropriate for our school community. If you want to bring in treats for your child’s class, please notify the homeroom teacher in advance, if possible.


 For the month of November, we are partnering with Lenny’s Pizzeria and Howard Beach Bagel Café to offer some different options for lunch.   Please continue to give us feedback so we can make the program best meet the needs of your children.


 On October 18, our fourth grade teacher Stephanie Mastrangelo joined Michael Marrone in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. We wish them all the best and congratulate them on this sacred milestone of their journey together.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne       Debra Eisenbraun and Jennifer Halbert

Principal                         Assistant Principals

Special Halloween Cake Sale

Wednesday, October 29th

$2.00 per giant cake slice/giant cupcake


November Calendars

novemberNovember 2014 English

Noviembre 2014 Espanol

Lunch Form for Monday, November 3 – Friday, November 14

Please see the lunch form below, which has been distributed to all classes today.  In November, we are partnering with Lenny’s Pizzeria and Howard Beach Bagel Cafe to provide new options to parents at a lower cost.  We will continue to adjust the menu from month to month until we are certain that parents are getting the best value and the best nutrition for their money!

Lunch Menu 11.3.14 – 11.14.14

Please look out for a newsletter and the November Calendar, which will be distributed and posted online tomorrow.

Mr. Coyne

Leadership Newsletter

Autumn LeavesDear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this letter finds you well. There is a lot of excitement at OLCA this October, and also some important instructional milestones that are coming up. This letter highlights some of the major upcoming events, and you can check your child’s classroom page for more updates from their homeroom teacher.


Terra Nova testing will begin on Tuesday, October 14 with practice activities, and will continue through the following week. These are diagnostic tests that help the teachers identify each individual child’s areas of strength and of needed growth, and will inform instruction for the remainder of the year. These tests do not count as part of your child’s grade, and should not be a reason for stress! They should just get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast, and then come in and do their personal best. Parents will receive Terra Nova scores on report card night in December. Students in grades 5 and 7 will also receive their NYS test scores from last spring at that time.


On Friday, October 17, students in grades 1-8 will receive Progress Reports. This will give parents a snapshot of where their child is in each major subject at the midpoint of the trimester. These reports provide an opportunity for students to identify the areas that are the most in need of improvement, and also an opportunity for them to acknowledge and celebrate their academic accomplishments to date! Please return the signed report to the homeroom teacher on Monday, October 20.


After-school activities are beginning soon! Teachers are offering different activities to students in different grades. Please keep an eye out for permission slips that are coming home in your child’s folder. Some activities have a cap on enrollment, and forms returned first will get preference. Students must maintain satisfactory conduct to participate in after-school activities.


This year’s candy sale is already off to a great start. We have distributed more boxes in the first week than we did during the whole candy sale last year! Families that did not put in a specific request will receive three boxes next week, and will sell $80 of raffle tickets in the spring. Remember that you can always request more boxes, and any family that sells at least six will not have to sell any raffle tickets in the spring!


In September, we had a special dress down to benefit Sickle Cell research. I am proud to announce that OLCA raised $840 for this important cause. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of our parents, Michelle Newton, is marching in the Making Strides walk this month. We are having a special “Pink” dress down on Friday, October 17 to support her in this walk. All money raised from this $1 Dress Down will go toward her walk.


On Friday, October 24, we will have our Fifth Annual United Nations Day.   There will be two assemblies: 9:00 AM at 128th Street, and 1:00 PM at Rockaway Boulevard. Students may Dress Up in cultural clothes for free. If you are new to OLCA, please make sure you have included your child’s countries of origin on the Emergency Contact Form. We will read your child’s name after every country’s flag that they are connected to!


This year, OLCA is closed on Friday, October 31 for a professional day. We will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 30. Students will be allowed to wear costumes and there will be events throughout the day. More information will go home about the activities as the date approaches.


In closing, I am proud to announce the newest “arrival” to our OLCA family. On Thursday, October 9, at 10:32 AM, Carter Beadle was born! His mom, our fourth grade teacher Michelle Beadle, is resting well, and his older brothers in sixth grade and kindergarten are happy to have a new little brother! Carter was born at the very moment OLCA began the Rosary Rally at St. Teresa church!

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy October.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                 Debra Eisenbraun and Jennifer Halbert

Principal                                 Assistant Principals

Making Strides: Special Dress Down on Friday, October 17

Making StridesThis month, OLCA will be having a special Dress Down for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, October 17.   Students and staff are encouraged to wear pink.  Dress Down is for $1.00.   Additional donations will be accepted.

We are doing this in support of OLCA parent and survivor Michelle Newton.  OLCA community members who would like to further support the cause by sponsoring or participating in a walk on Sunday, October 19 can learn more information here:   Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

I thank the Newton family for bringing this cause to our attention and encourage all community members to show support in any way that they can.  Together, we can make strides toward a cure!

TD Bank visits OLCA

Today, representatives from TD Bank came to speak to the 128th street students about money management.   They will visit Grades 4-8 at Rockaway Boulevard on Friday.  Please see the letter below for more information!


REMINDER: OLCA Night at Chuck E. Cheese on Friday, September 26!

Chuck E. Cheese OLCA

Family Night at Chuck E. Cheese’s
Friday, September 26th
3:00 -­ 9:00 pm
40-­‐24 College Point Blvd.
Suite #B213
Flushing, NY 11354

(718)  321-­‐0465

Enterovirus Update

Please see the attached documents from the New York Department of Health regarding the Enterovirus.

Enterovirus FAQs_

KYCH Handwashing Handout_09-19-2014

Together Counts: Healthy Playground Sweepstakes

Together CountsFrom our MF&D committee:

Please enter Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in the Together Counts Healthy Playground Sweepstakes.  You can enter once a day!

Here’s more information about the contest and the organization:

Together Counts program is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind our program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. Calories in, calories out. It’s that simple. Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO–led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity—especially childhood obesity—by 2015.

It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 250 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations.

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance—calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools. See how they’re making a difference here.

Principal’s Newsletter

Sickle Cell Disease AwarenessDear Parents and Guardians,

As we begin our fourth week of school, there are many new developments and reminders to share with you!


If you have not returned your child’s Emergency Contact Form and Medical Form, please do so immediately. We need this information to ensure that we can make sure your child is safe and healthy, and so we can easily get in touch with you in case of an emergency. Also, if your child has an IESP, we cannot provide accommodations without having a copy on file. These are never sent directly to the school, so we can only get them from you! We are proud to meet the diverse needs of our learning community and will provide whatever assistance is needed to help your child succeed.


Eighth graders who wish to take the Specialized High School exam must return the registration form by Monday, September 28. They can give this form to their homeroom teacher, who will pass it on to the administration. Catholic and Public High School directories have been distributed, and we will be hosting a Catholic High School Fair on Wednesday, October 8 from 6 PM – 8 PM at our Rockaway Boulevard campus. Students of all grades are welcome to attend and to meet representatives from Catholic high schools in Brooklyn and Queens.


I want to thank all of you for the extraordinary response to the Income Survey distributed on the first day of school. We have met our targets and will be able to receive the tablets at the discounted rate necessary to be covered in full by your material fees. We hope to have the tablets on site and ready to go by the end of October.


Our new breakfast and lunch program has been a resounding success! Today, we distributed the monthly form for the first time. Please note that this form must be filled out completely and returned by Friday, September 26. Even if you are going to pay weekly, we still need the full order form filled out so we can properly budget and purchase the items needed. Breakfast will continue to be sold daily and no pre-ordering is required.


 Our family has been steadily growing, as new programs require staffing, and as some faculty members have departed since our Back to School nights only two weeks ago. I want to publicly welcome the following new faculty members: Nicole Casquarelli (Physical Education N-1, both campuses); Jessica Seagriff (Pre-K, RB); Brian Kacharaba (6-8 ELA, RB), and Amanda Lamacq (K-2, RB).   Also joining us in our expanded lunch program are chef Joseph Roberts and lunch assistant Kevin Gallway. I thank all of them for answering the call to serve the students of Our Lady’s Catholic Academy!


Due to changes at World’s Finest Chocolate, all candy boxes now have sixty bars per box. This changes the requirements for our fundraising. We will be giving parents three options:

  1. Sell THREE BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and $80 of raffle tickets in the Spring.
  2. Sell TWO BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and $120 of raffle tickets in the Spring.
  3. Sell SIX or more BOXES of chocolate in the Fall and NO raffle tickets in the spring.

This keeps the costs the same, but gives parents more options. We will send a letter home this week for you to make your choice. Families that do not return a paper with their choice will be given the default of three boxes of chocolate and $80 of raffle tickets.


Wall of Fame will begin in the month of October. Please use September as the month to get used to all of our policies. Uniform Violations and Incident Reports that are issued in September are to help the students get on track and develop good habits. If a child does not continue to receive Uniform Violations and Incident Reports in October and November, we will disregard the ones issued in September for Honor Roll and Report Card marks.


September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. We will be having a special $2.00 dress down on Friday, September 26 to raise funds for the Sickle Cell Disease Association. I thank OLCA parent Valentine Francois for bringing this cause to our attention and suggesting that we have a special dress down similar to our past fundraisers for the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the NYC Center for Autism.

In closing, I want to thank my extraordinary faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to OLCA. A special thank you to my administrative team as well, as they have truly stepped up to the plate during the most challenging month of the school year.   But most of all, thanks to all of you for entrusting us with the greatest gift you can give: the opportunity to educate your child. I remember the days when we weren’t sure OLCA would even open its doors in September 2009, and now we have a flourishing community of more than 730 students.   It remains my single greatest honor and privilege to serve this extraordinary community!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne