OLCA Catholic Schools Night at Yankee Stadium

YankeesOLCA LogoPlease join us for a special  Catholic Schools Night at Yankee Stadium on Friday, May 16th at 7 PM.

Tickets are available now through Monday, April 14 at the heavily discounted rate of $22.00 for Grandstand seats and $55.00 for Main Level Seats.

Through a special partnership between the Diocese of Brooklyn and the New York Yankees, fifty percent of all tickets sold through the OLCA office will be donated to the academy!

We hope you will join the faculty and staff!  You can pick up order forms at either campus office or download here.  There are no limits to the number of tickets you can buy, so invite your family and friends!

OLCA Yankees Night (Order Form)

Yankee Flyer 2014 (Information)

Principal’s Newsletter

easter eggDear Parents and Guardians,

En Español

Today, our 4th, 6th, and 8th graders began taking the New York State English Language Arts exam, which they have worked very hard to prepare for.  This test is a reminder that our school year is almost complete, but there are still many things to accomplish before the year is through.

REGISTRATION & SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE

It is urgent that any family who plans to return for next year re-registers immediately!  More than half of our seats for next year are already gone!  We are already nearing capacity in some grade levels, with dozens of new students already registered for the upcoming year.  To guarantee a seat in the grade and campus of your choice, please re-register as soon as possible. Your account must be current to re-register.

The following classes are very close to capacity:

Rockaway Boulevard:

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

128th Street:

 Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 4th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

The first round of the scholarship process ends on April 22.  Families in the first round are guaranteed to receive the highest possible scholarship that they are eligible for; those who apply after may still receive a scholarship, but it won’t be as high as it would be.

You can apply online at http://www.mytads.com/fa/futuresineducation.php .  If you would like assistance from our office staff, just call either campus and we will set up an appointment to assist you.  Remember that OLCA covers the cost of this scholarship application.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by applying!

SPIRIT WEEK

Next week, we continue the tradition of Spirit Week, a fundraiser for our graduating eighth graders that will cover the costs of their senior trip.  Please support them if you can. We’ve arranged for some exciting class and school activities, and we will be announcing the winner of our CultureFest Logo Contest at the end of the festivities.

LENTEN BOXES

Finally, you should have received a cardboard box for our annual Lenten drive.  The funds collected will help to buy school supplies in developing nations around the world.  We are so blessed to have all that we have, and it is amazing how giving just a little can provide so much for others in need.

BASKETBALL PROGRAM

In closing, we would like to thank Mr. Baldassare, Mrs. Zamora, and our incredible team of parent volunteers who have made the Basketball Program such a big success! Due to popular demand, we are currently planning a Summer Basketball Program.  Parents who would like to help organize this event can call either campus office or speak to Mr. Coyne at Saturday’s game, which will be at our 128th Street Campus.

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne           Marian Hernandez

Principal                           Assistant Principal

April 2014 Calendars

EasterApril 2014

Abril 2014 (Espanol)

Principal’s Newsletter

spring20forward12Dear Parents,

Today, we are distributing revised calendars for March and April.   Please note the following important changes:

  • Lenten Confessions will be at the Saint Teresa church on Saturday, March 22
  • Basketball has moved to the Rockaway Boulevard campus due to parish need for the 128 facility
  • March 28 will now be a ½ Day – Dismissal at 11:30 AM (RB)/11:45 AM (128)
  • April 16 will now be a ½ Day – Dismissal at 11:30 AM (RB)/11:45 AM (128)
  • April 17 (Holy Thursday) will be a  ½ Day  with earlier dismissal (10:30 RB/10:45 – 128)
    • This covers a previous snow day
  • The last day of school will now be Friday, June 20

As you may have noticed, significant repairs have been done to the pavement at both campuses.   I want to thank our pastor, Rev. Richard Conlon, for making these repairs possible.  We are blessed to have a supportive and dedicated pastor who is committed to Our Lady’s Catholic Academy.

Sincerely,

Kevin Coyne                            Marian Hernandez

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

OLCA OPEN ON MONDAY, MARCH 3

Our Lady’s Catholic Academy will be open during normal operating hours on Monday, March 3.

As per handbook policy, students may wear boots to school and change into their school shoes upon arrival.

All latenesses due to inclement weather will be marked “excused.”

 

Principal’s Newsletter

black-history-month-bannerEn Español

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here are a few important notes and reminders.

RE-REGISTRATION AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

Once again, we are outpacing last year’s registration by a wide margin.  At this time, we have opened seats to new registrants, so we can no longer guarantee seats for returning students.  If you are planning to return, please re-register as soon as possible to save a seat for September 2014.   To re-register, you must be current with your tuition.   As a reminder, the scholarship process is online only this year.  You can apply at http://www.mytads.com/fa/futuresineducation.php

If you would like the office to assist you with the application, we are happy to do so.  Just give us a call and set up an appointment!

SPRING ACTIVITIES

Next week, we will begin registration for our spring activities.  We have already begun registering for our Basketball program, which will now start on Saturday, March 8, and for our martial arts program.  Today, we are proud to announce a new partnership with SaReGaMa Desi Beats, a local organization that is offering our students Vocal, Music, and Bollywood Dance lessons at a heavily discounted rate.  Registration for these classes begins today!

REPORT CARDS – FRIDAY, MARCH 14

As a reminder, we will be issuing report cards on Friday, March 14.  Parents will meet with their child’s homeroom teacher for about five minutes.  If you are not current with your tuition, please see Mrs. Bianchi (RB) or Ms. Hinkson (128) before visiting your child’s classroom teacher.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SHOW AND DINNER TONIGHT!

Our staff and students have been working hard to prepare an educational and entertaining dinner and show that honors the extraordinary legacy of men and women of African descent.   The show begins promptly at 7 PM tonight.  Tickets are available at the office or at the door for $5.  Please join us for this beautiful celebration!

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne                 Marian Hernandez

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

March Calendars

Ash WednesdayMarch 2014

Marzo 2014

OLCA Will be Closed on Friday, February 14

SnowflakeDue to the continuing snowstorm, OLCA will be closed on Friday, February 14.

Classes will resume on Monday, February 24.

Stay safe, and have a restful and relaxing Winter Recess.

Mr. Coyne & Ms. Hernandez

WINTER STORM UPDATE

OLCA WILL BE CLOSED on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014.

FOR NOW, OLCA IS PLANNING A DELAYED OPENING of 10 AM on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014.

If we will close on Friday, it will be announced by 8 PM Thursday at olcacademy.net and on 1010 Wins/CBS New York.

-         ALL MIDTERMS and PROJECTS scheduled for Thursday and Friday are delayed until after the break.

-         If open on Friday, we will have normal   EARLY DROP-OFF HOURS and FREE DRESS DOWN.

-         Students who ordered lunch for either day will get a lunch credit for the week of MARCH 3.

-         Cupcakes will be distributed on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24.

-         Valentine’s Raffle will be drawn TODAY (2/12).

Principal’s Newsletter

snow 2014Dear Parents and Guardians,

OLCA WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

 This winter is certainly giving us a run for our money! As always, we have put safety first.  With tomorrow’s ice and snow storm predicted to hit during the morning arrival hours, we are going to close.   This will be our third snow day.  To make up for these days, we are revising our Yearly Calendar.  We will now be open on the following three days:  Friday, March 21; Thursday, May 29; and Friday, May 30.    Any further snow days will result in an extension of the school year and/or a reduction of the Easter Recess.

SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP – RB CAMPUS – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6:  6 PM-9PM

Representatives from the Diocesan Scholarship foundation will be hosting a workshop for all Queens Catholic Schools at our RB campus this Thursday.  If you have your 2013 tax information completed, you can bring it with you and complete the application on site.  As we did last year, OLCA will pay for the scholarship application, which is only being done online this year.  If you can’t make it on Thursday, just come by our school office and we will do the application with you!  Last year, OLCA parents received over $150,000 in scholarships, and the families who received the most were the ones who applied early!  Due to limited parking, we recommend carpooling and arriving by 5:30 PM.  You can complete the application now by visiting http://www.mytads.com/fa/futuresineducation.php

 

REGISTRATION FOR 2014-2015

Once again, we are happy to report that our seats are being filled even faster this year than last year! The registration process is now open for new families, so if you’re planning to return next year, please register as soon as possible to guarantee a seat at your current campus.   Families are always welcome to change campuses if no seats are available at their current campus.

 

MID-TERM ADJUSTMENTS

 

Some teachers are adjusting their mid-term schedules due to absences and school closings related to the snow.  Please consult your class page on the website for updates on your child’s midterms.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Kevin John Coyne

Principal