Principal’s Newsletter

fall1Dear Parents and Guardians,

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.

Report Cards
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!

Christmas Shows
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!

Sacrament Invitation

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

December Calendars

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Principal’s Newsletter

Autumn LeavesDear Parents and Guardians,

As we enter the month of Thanksgiving, I am so grateful that all of you have chosen Our Lady’s Catholic Academy as your learning community. Thank you for your participation in the United Nations Assembly. The auditoriums now house nearly seventy flags, including this year’s newest addition: Bangladesh. We are so proud to serve such a richly diverse community.

Here are some updates on current and upcoming events:

Parent Portal Open

 Our parent portal is open at You can view your child’s grades, communicate with teachers, and review your billing information. If you need a new login or for your password to be reset, please contact your campus office and we will help you!

Individual and Group Photos

School photos are on Tuesday, November 3 at RB, Wednesday, November 4 at RB & 128, and Thursday, November 5 at 128 only. Students must wear full uniform on the days that there are pictures taken at their campus.

Confirmation – Saturday, November 14 – St. Benedict Joseph Labre Church

Several OLCA students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on November 14 from Bishop DiMarzio. We are proud of these young men and women for completing their initiation into the Catholic Church, and we thank our Faith Formation director Mark Kruse for the leadership and guidance he has provided to them.

Wall of Fame (Grades 1-8)

November is the first month that we count toward our popular Wall of Fame tradition.

Students in Grades 1-8 all begin the month on the Wall of Fame. To remain on the Wall, they must meet the following five criteria:

  1. No unexcused latenesses or absences.
  2. Complete uniform every day
  3. No Incident Reports
  4. All classwork completed on time
  5. All homework completed on time

Students on the Wall of Fame each month will receive a special day the following month where they will receive ice cream and dress down for free.

Fundraising Updates

This year, we are doing more fundraising than we usually do because we are establishing reserve funds for scholarships and building repairs. Here are some updates about these ongoing activities.

Candy Sale

Due to high demand, we have extended the candy sale through Friday, November 13. Winners will be determined based on the amount of money turned in by Tuesday, December 22.

Coupon Books

Beginning Monday, November 9, coupon books can be purchased at the office for $25. Half of the proceeds go to OLCA. The books have coupons valuing hundreds of dollars, just in time for Christmas shopping!

Golden Dress Down Ticket

We will be selling $1 raffle tickets throughout the month for our Golden Dress Down Ticket drawing on November 30. We will raffle off a special ticket that allows each winner to dress down for the month of December. We will raffle off a minimum of one ticket per campus. For every $100 of tickets sold, we will raffle off an additional ticket!

Class Bake Sales

We have also been doing bake sales sponsored by each class. 100% of the money raised goes to the class that sponsored it. So far, these sales have helped to pay for new classroom resources and for class trips.

Movie Night – Friday, November 6

Please join us for a special screening of Inside Out at the 128th Street Campus. Food, drinks, and raffles will be sold. All families are welcome, and students from grades N-3 must be accompanied by an adult.

Thank you for all of your hard work and support.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne


November Calendars

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Candy Sale 2015

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, we begin the candy sale, our mandatory fall fundraiser. This year, families are required to sell three boxes of chocolate in the fall and $80 of raffle tickets in the spring. However, if you sell six or more boxes of chocolate, you do not have to sell any raffle tickets in the spring!

Another change this year is that we are asking parents to pick up the candy in the office and sign for it. You can do so beginning today.

You will also be given a receipt for all payments of candy. If you do not receive a receipt, please contact Mrs. Bianchi or Mrs. Hinkson immediately.

The candy sale will begin October 5 and end on October 30. Additional boxes can be purchased in the office.

The prizes for the most candy sold and paid for by November 20 will be:


First Place (All Grades)

$1,000 cash or Free Tuition for One Child in 2016-2017

Second Place (All Grades)

$500 cash or 50% Tuition Discount for One Child in 2016-2017

Third Place (All Grades)

$250 cash or 25% Tuition Discount for One Child in 2016-2017

Top Ten Families Overall

Ten Dress Down Tickets

Kevin John Coyne




October Calendars

BlessedVirgin(Rosary)Here are the revised calendars for the month of October!

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September & October Track Schedules

TrackWe are happy to share with you the September and October track schedules for Saint Clement Pope’s track team. OLCA students who haven’t joined the team yet are invited to do so. Just call the numbers provided on the schedules below!

Sept 15 Track Schedule

Oct 15 Track Schedule


Leadership Newsletter

unnamedDear Parents and Guardians,

I believe this has been the most positive and blessed start to a new year at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in all of our seven years, and I am grateful to our students, faculty, staff, and most of all you, our families, for the enthusiasm and support!

I’ve been delaying this letter until I could announce everything at one time, so I better get started!


Practices begin

Saturday, September 12

(all ages)

It’s not too late to join the Saint Clement Pope Track Team! If you’re a returning track star, contact Coach Morgan at 718-481-6401. New track stars, ages 5-15, should contact Coach Pasqual at 718-347-3740. OLCA students who participate will receive special awards at our year-end Honors Assembly!


128th Street: Tuesday, September 22, 6-7 PM

Rockaway Boulevard: Tuesday, September 29, 6-7 PM

Both our new and returning teachers eagerly await the opportunity to meet the parents of their students! As is the tradition, parents will go directly to the classrooms for 20 minute sessions, with three separate sessions available for parents with multiple children.

Also that night, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our parents, Ronnie Francis, who has launched his own app – Text My Wheels. This free app creates a platform where law enforcement, concerned citizens, and neighbors can contact owners of parked vehicles in the event of any vehicle damage or theft. It’s an innovative idea that shows our parents can be just as creative as our students!


Wednesday, September 23

6:00 PM

Rockaway Boulevard Campus

Our annual VIRTUS training session has been scheduled for the date above. This training is free, and is required for all parents and guardians who wish to volunteer in the school building or go on a school trip.

Two important notes: First, if you’ve already been trained, you do not need to attend again. Second, if your child has an allergy that requires the use of an EPI-PEN, a parent must attend alongside the child for them to go on a school trip, and they can only do so with VIRTUS training.

Parent Portal

Launching Monday, September 28

Filling out your Emergency Form has never been more important! Our office staff is working diligently to update the Option C information for every family as we ready the launch of our new and improved Parent Portal on Monday, September 28.

In addition to billing, attendance, and grading information that you already use Option C for, you will soon be able to communicate with teachers directly, view class and school calendars, order school lunch, register for after-school, and receive regular updates from the principal via text, voicemail, and e-mail. Moving forward, all communication between parents and the OLCA faculty and staff will be done digitally through Option C!

If you haven’t gotten your Emergency Form in, please do so as soon as possible so you can be “in the loop” this year!


Tuesday, October 6

10:00 AM

St. Teresa Church

Our pastor, Father Conlon, will celebrate our Opening Liturgy, with Grades 1-8 from both campuses attending, and all family members are invited to join us. There is no better way to truly celebrate another year at OLCA than with the Eucharist. We hope to see many of you there on Tuesday, October 6 at Saint Teresa Church!


Thursday, October 8

6 PM – 8 PM

Rockaway Boulevard Campus

Once again, we will host a special information night for Grades 5-8, with more than a dozen Catholic high schools from Brooklyn and Queens in attendance. Come take advantage of this special opportunity to make a personal connection between your child and the local Catholic high schools.

Thank you again for a wonderful new year. We’ve never had so many classrooms full of children – four Kindergartens! Thank you for spreading the Good News about the Christ-centered learning community that we are so proud to serve. What a great start to a new school year!

Sincerely in Christ,

Your OLCA Leadership Team

Kevin John Coyne                   Debra Eisenbraun & Jennifer Halbert           Dana McCann

Principal                                    Assistant Principals                                            Curriculum Director

OLCA Yearly Calendar & Family Handbook

calendarOur 2015-2016 Yearly Calendar has been published.  As it changes with time, the file name will change, too!

OLCA 2015-2016 Yearly Calendar 1.0

Also, here is the first edition of this year’s handbook:

2015-2016 OLCA Family Handbook v 1.0

Just as a reminder, both offices are open this week, Monday-Thursday, from 9 AM – 12 PM and 5 PM – 7 PM.

Additional times are available upon request. Just give us a call!

All the Best,

Mr. Coyne

Principal’s Newsletter: Summer 2015

Catholic Schools LogoDear Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare for another school year, I hope this letter finds all of you well rested and ready for September. We have a later start than usual this year, so enjoy an extra week of summer vacation! Here are our hours for the remainder of the summer:


Monday, August 24 – Friday, August 28

Both Campuses Closed

Monday, August 31 – Thursday, September 3

9 AM – 12 PM, 5 PM – 7 PM (Both Campuses)


Classes resume on Wednesday, September 9 for Grades K-8, and on Thursday, September 10 for Grades Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten.   Half-Day Dismissal will be in place for Wednesday, September 9 – Friday, September 11.   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. The 2015-2016 Family Handbook and the 2015-2016 Yearly Calendar will be posted on our website on Monday, August 31.


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 $200,000 in Diocesan and local scholarships for the upcoming year!

You can apply for scholarships online at


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. The Rockaway Boulevard office will be open from 8 AM – 6 PM through Friday, August 14, as the Summer Brainstorm program is ongoing.

Today, a hard copy of this letter, along with a bill for payments due, was mailed to you. If you do not receive these documents by Thursday, August 6, please call the Rockaway Boulevard office on Friday.  All tuition and fees must be paid in full, including any remaining balance from last year, for your child to start classes in September.


You can find your child’s Supply List (all grades) and Summer Packet (Grades 1-8) on our school website. Just click on the class page of the grade and campus your child is entering in September. Hard copies are available in the office, and we can also mail a packet out to you by request. Just give us a call and we’ll get it in the mail a.s.a.p.

Keep checking our website 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