Principal Newsletter 2.5.18

We hope this letter finds you well. As we prepare for the February Recess, here are some important updates:

Junior High Math Bee

Last week Ms. Feeley held our annual Junior High Math Bee. I am pleased to tell you that after many grueling rounds, Neev Sheth (Grade 8) will be representing our school at the Diocesan Math Bee. Congratulations to Stephen Heerey (Grade 8) for coming in as our runner-up and alternate. Congratulations to all our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders that participated. They exhibited such confidence as they answered challenging questions in front of an audience!

Scholastic Book Fair Update

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our Scholastic Book Fair such a success!  Thanks to you, we did even better than last year. We have raised a total of $2,845.14 for our school. Thank you for your support!

Here are our final Scholastic Book Fair 2018 Change Drive Results:

We raised a total of $1,620.37.  That money will help us buy resources for our school and help Scholastic send books to children in need. Thanks to everyone who participated!

The top classes are as follows:

In 3rd Place in 1st Grade with $112.56

In 2nd Place is Kindergarten with $279.75

In 1st Place is 2nd Grade with $362.79

2nd Grade will be having a class water balloon fight at the end of the year, and you will be dumping water over some of our teachers’ heads on Race for Education Day.  Congratulations, 2nd Grade! We would like to offer special thanks to Ms. Ann Quinlivan, and our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Without you, our Book Fair would not have been possible!

 

Progress Reports

 Progress Reports will be distributed to students in grades 1-8 on Friday, February 9. We ask that you sign and return the reports by the following Monday. The teachers will keep these reports on file until the second report card conference. I would like to remind you that all grades are regularly posted on Option C!

Candy Grams

Students/Teachers/Staff/Parents will be able to send a candy treat to anyone in the school starting on Wednesday, February 7. Students will be able to choose the treat and then fill out a card. Candy Grams will be sold during lunch and distributed on Valentine’s Day. Some of the choices include: Skittles, Starburst, Hershey bars, chocolate-covered pretzels, and more! All proceeds will go toward graduation expenses for our fantastic eighth grade class!

Financial Aid

Financial aid applications for students in Grades K-8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens School or Academy opened on Monday, January 15. Once you have registered for next year, you can apply online for a Diocesan scholarship. Families who apply during the first round are the only ones eligible for the maximum scholarship. For more information, please visit: www.futuresineducation.org.

Scholarship Deadlines:

  • Families who received an award last academic year: March 30, 2018
  • New families: April 30, 2018

Catholic Schools Week

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2018 was “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Our students participated in a variety of activities! Many of our students joined us on Sunday, January 28 for Mass celebrated by Monsignor McGuirl. Afterwards, many of our current families took a tour of OLMCA at our Open House. My personal favorite day was Mission Day. Our students reflected on the mission of our school. Some students wrote thank you letter to their parents for sending them to our school while others reflected on keys elements of the mission. From Service Day to Teacher Appreciation Day, our students were living and breathing the mission of OLMCA. At OLMCA, our light shines bright!

On behalf of the entire faculty, I would also like to thank all to of the parents for their generosity in making Teacher Appreciation Day such a blast. Our fabulous faculty began the day with a delicious breakfast and each received a $50 Visa gift card! There was even special Vegan treats for Ms. Debbie! We are truly blessed to have such an amazing community here at OLMCA.

Kids’ Night at the Movies

Kids’ Night at the Movies

OLMCA GYM

Saturday, Feb 10th – 4pm to 6:30pm

Parents start making plans!

Drop the kids off for 2 1/2 hours of safe, supervised fun!

Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

 Featured Movie: Despicable Me 3

Cost: $15.00 per child

(Includes: pizza, drinks, popcorn and a craft.)

** SPACE IS LIMITED**

**Reservation is complete ONLY when payment and attached form is received**

Please return by Monday, February 5th

Principal Newsletter 1.22.18

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This time of year brings spikes in influenza, and other viral and bacterial illnesses. The CDC reports that the current flu vaccine has not been as effective as expected. There is an increase in influenza nationally. In order to maintain  an environment for optimal learning, please keep your child home if they are ill.

Keep in mind the 24 hour rules.

  • Must be afebrile for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication
  • 24 hours without nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and tolerating a normal diet
  • 24 hours after receiving antibiotics or eye ointment

Children are not allowed to bring medication to school. If your child has an illness or condition that requires medication in school, notify me and I will issue an MAF (medication administration form) for your child’s physician to complete.

Chapped and cracked lips are very common during the winter. Your child may carry lip balm.

Handwashing and cough etiquette are key to avoid spreading germs.

Lastly, if your child is in a cast, please stop by the Nurse’s office with required documentation from the physician indicating permission to return to school and activity restrictions.

Any questions, I invite you to call or stop in to see me. Stay well.

Sincerely,

Lana Perry, RN

Pre-K For All Registration

The Pre-K application period for the 2018-19 school year will be open between February 5, 2018 and March 30, 2018. All NYC families with children born in 2014 are eligible to apply to Pre-K. Offer letters will be distributed in early May. If you  have any friends or family that are interested in applying, please have them contact us.

You can apply for Pre-K For All at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy by visiting the website at: schools.nyc.gov/Applyonline or by phone at 718-935-2009. You can find more information on page 119 of the Pre-Kindergarten directory. If you are in need of an additional directory, please let us know.

The office staff is more than happy to assist you in filling out an application. Please call us at 718-793-2086 to schedule a time that is convenient for you. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to provide your child with an excellent education at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy. 

Principal Newsletter 1.9.18

OLMCA Gives Back

 Our students in grades 6-8 will be attending a Catholic Junior High School Rally at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rockaway on January, 16, 2018. As part of the day, students will hear a keynote presentation from Ryan Tremblay, attend Mass, and engage in different activities related to their spiritual development as young Catholics in the 21st century.

 

As part of the day, the Diocese is asking that that our young people bring donations for the Midnight Run Program, a program that helps feed and clothe the homeless in New York City. Our school has been asked to bring handwarmers or gloves for men. Every little bit helps and we thank you for supporting this wonderful organization. A separate notice will also be sent home as a reminder.

 

Home Academy Association

 

This is a friendly reminder that there is a Home Academy Association meeting on Thursday, January 11 from 6:30-7:30 in the school gymnasium. Please enter through the side door. All parents are welcome to attend. We hope to plan fun and exciting events for our students in the coming months.

 Re-registration for 2018-19

Priority registration for current students and their relatives will begin after we return on Tuesday, January 16. Families must be current on this year’s tuition to register for next year. It is imperative that you return the form as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a seat for the 2018-19 school year.  Please be sure to send in your re-registration form as soon as possible so that we can guarantee you a seat.

Financial Aid

Financial aid applications for students in Grades K-8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens School or Academy will be open on Monday, January 15. Once you have registered for next year, you can apply online for a Diocesan scholarship. Families who apply during the first round are the only ones eligible for the maximum scholarship. For more information, please visit: www.futuresineducation.org.

 

Scholarship Deadlines:

  • Families who received an award last academic year: March 30, 2018
  • New families: April 30, 2018

 World’s Finest Chocolate Sale

Our school will be conducting a fundraising candy sale starting on Thursday, January 18. We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products – truly delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations. One taste will tell you where they got their name and you are sure to find people in your neighborhood who have been World’s Finest fans for years.

You will receive additional information about the chocolate sale in the coming days.

 

Professional Day

January 12, 2018

 There is no school for students in Nursery and Grades K-8. Teachers and teacher aides will be attending a workshop. School is still in session for students in Pre-K. There is Early Morning Drop-off and Extended Care for students in Pre-K.

 

Upcoming Events

 

  • January 24- January 28: Scholastic Book Fair

 

  • January 24: Bedtime Stories for Grades Nursery-2 (6:00-7:30)

 

  • January 25: Family Literacy Game Night (6:30-8)

 

  • January 28: Catholic Schools Week Mass (10AM)

 

  • February 3: 12 PM Dismissal

Have a blessed January! Thank you for your continued support of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy.

 

OLMCA: Closed 1/5/18

In consultation with the principals in our district, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy will remain closed on Friday, January 5.

We will reopen on Monday, January 8 at 7:10 AM for the Early Drop-off Program. Students will go directly to their classrooms beginning at 7:45 AM.

Please stay safe in the weather.

OLMCA: Closed 1/4/18

Due to anticipated snowfall, OLMCA will be closed on on Thursday, January 4. I anticipate school opening and operating on our normal schedule on Friday, January 5. If anything changes, I will let you know.

Stay safe tomorrow.

Principal Newsletter 1.3.18

Welcome back! We hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Snow Closing Procedures

With the prediction of snow, I wanted to take this opportunity to review the snow closing procedures.

If the New York City Department of Education (Public Schools) closes, all Parishes Schools and Academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn will close. 

Please note that if Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy was ever to be closed, or have a delayed opening, we will post the information on the school website (https://olmercyca.org/), as well as on CBS News and 1010 WINS.

 Due to the impending storm, students may wear their gym uniform or dress down on Thursday, January 4.

Professional Day

January 12, 2018

 There is no school for students in Nursery and Grades K-8. Teachers and teacher aides will be attending a workshop. School is still in session for students in Pre-K. There is Early Morning Drop-off and Extended Care for students in Pre-K.

 Upcoming Events

  • January 24- January 28: Scholastic Book Fair
  • January 24: Bedtime Stories for Grades Nursery-2 (6:00-7:30)
  • January 25: Family Literacy Game Night
  • January 28: Catholic Schools Week Mass (10AM)
  • February 3: 12 PM Dismissal

Christmas Concert Reminder

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy’s

Annual Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:30PM

Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall

 

Performances By:

The Glee Club

The Band

Grades K-5

Under the Direction of:

Ms. Jessica Altieri and Mr. Jeremy Wall