Race for Education: Update

Many thanks to all who have returned sponsorships for our Race for Education! We’ve had a great start with about 1/3 of students returning sponsorships to date.

Congratulations to our 1st Grade class which is well on its way to achieving 100% participation! Special thanks also goes to Ms. Debbie’s Nursery class for raising the most funds so far followed quickly by Mrs. Starace’s 2nd Grade!  Special recognition also goes to Benjamin Stebel (Nursery), Heather Peach (Grade 6), Antonio Vaccaro (Nursery) and Ashley Hill (Grade 7) for returning the most sponsorships to date. 

Remember the first class to achieve 100% participation (at least 1 sponsorship from every student) gets a pizza party! Extra sponsor sheets are available in the office or you can donate securely at our website. A digital copy will be e-mailed to all parents. Please make sure to include the student’s name/grade on the sponsorship or under “Instructions to Merchant” on PayPal.

We are all gearing up for a great day next Friday, May 25th!  Please remember to return sponsorships as soon as possible. If you returned a pledge sheet, please begin to collect payments and send in as well. Remember every little bit helps!  Our goal is to have every student return at least 1 sponsorship!

We are also looking for volunteers to help organize both the morning of the Race as well as the days before.  If you are able to help in the mornings, please leave your name and availability with the office.

Thank you all for your continued generosity and support. Looking forward to a fun race day!

Principal Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Race for Education

Please mark your calendars! Our annual Walk-a-thon will be taking place on Friday, May 25. We have already started to receive donations from students, parents, friends, and relatives!  This year’s Race is dedicated to improving our outdoor play space and installing an air conditioner in our gymnasium. Each student will raise funds by asking sponsors- friends, neighbors and family-to donate a (tax deductible) fixed amount.

Spring Fling

It is finally here! We mean the Spring Fling that is. The Spring Fling is making its opening debut next Friday evening, May 11th, at 7:30 until 9:00. There will be a $5 admission which entitles the early birds to get first choice on all the new and different items as well as light refreshments. The next day, May 12th, opening will be at 10:00. Bring your shopping carts so that you can carry home all the beautiful plants and gifts that you will be purchasing for Mom, Spouse, Grandma and any other “special” person in your life that you want to say “thank you” to. There will be several Vendors with whom you can shop, our own Treasure Trove (formerly Grandma’s Attic), our Spring Boutique, and a Café where you can have a snack and a chat with a friend before you continue shopping. Come shop, meet your neighbors and enjoy the day!

Diocesan Religion Bee

The Diocesan Religion Bee was held on Tuesday, May 8 at the Immaculate Conception Center. The students, competing in two grade levels, grades three through five, and grades six through eight, were asked various questions about the Catholic faith dealing with the liturgy, prayer, saints and the Bible. Representing Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy was Violet Dutton (Grade 4), Naomi Goya (Grade 5), and Ann Torres (Grade 8). After many competitive rounds, Ann Torres won the Diocesan Religion Bee for the Junior High! What an incredible achievement for Ann! Congratulations go also to her parents, her teachers and especially Mrs. Janice Ray, the coordinator of the OLMCA Religion Program

LaSalle Academy Art Exo

Many of our Junior High students submitted their best artistic work for the LaSalle Academy Art Expo. I am very happy to tell you that Ann Torres (Grade 8) won First Place and Julia Warren (Grade 8) and Ishaan Punwani (Grade 5) won Honorable Mention in the 29th Annual Art Expo at La Salle Academy. Congratulations to all students that participated. Thank you to Mr. Rudy Mosca for organizing the event.

The 2018 Blackboard Awards for Teachers: Excellence in Education

Congratulations to Mrs. Deborah Loscalzo on being awarded the 2018 Blackboard Award for Excellence in Education. The Blackboard Awards salute the professionals who work so hard to create and sustain successful learning communities in New York City. Winners, selected from over a thousand nomination each year submitted by parents, students and administrators, are honored in special issues of New York Family and at a spring ceremony. Ms. Debbie has dedicated her career to Early Childhood education in the Diocese of Brooklyn. We are so excited for our loving and dedicated Nursery teacher! More to follow!

Step-Up and Graduation Dates

Please make a note of these important dates. Your child’s teacher will send you more information as the date gets closer.

Nursery

Tuesday, June 19

Ms. Jessica at 9 AM

Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kristen at 10:15

Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 15

Ms. Brittany and Ms. Margaret at 9 AM

Mrs. Keenan, Ms. Alyssa, and Ms. Josephine at 10:15 AM

Kindergarten

Monday, June 18 at 9 AM

8th Grade

Saturday, June 16 at 11AM

Race for Education: Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for help to run the race. The Race for Education is coming up on Friday, May 25, and we need your help!

Many volunteers are needed for the following areas:

  • Ensure the safety of the children during the race
  • Mark each child’s lap
  • Keep children off of neighboring properties
  • Distribute water
  • Cheer them on!

The shifts for the races are as follows:

  • First shift is from 9:15 to 10:00 am
  • Second shift is from 10:15 to 11:15 am

If you can volunteer, please respond by Tuesday, May 15, so that we can organize everyone. We appreciate all those who can help make this Race a Success for our Children and our School.

Principal Newsletter 4.30.18

It’s been quite a weekend here at OLMCA. On Friday, parents, alumni, teachers, and friends painted a beautiful and relaxing beach scene at our Eighth Grade fundraiser. On Saturday, Mrs. Starace and her second graders attended their Communion retreat in preparation for next week! On Sunday, our light was truly shining bright at our annual talent show directed by Ms. Quinlivan. From singing to dancing to magic, the talent is truly limitless here! Thank you to all our parents for all of their hard work to make these events possible. Let’s see what’s coming up next here at OLMCA!

 Re-registration for 2018-19

Priority registration for current students and their relatives ended as of Thursday, April 26. 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 2017-18 school year. If you are in need of an extra registration sheet, please contact the office at 718-793-2086. Financial aid may still be available for students in Grades K-8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens School or Academy. 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.

Offer letters will be sent directly to our Nursery families for our Pre-K for All Program on or around Wednesday, May 9. You must return the registration form to the office to secure a spot in our program. In addition to the completed registration packet, be sure to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and two proofs of address. More information will be sent to the current Nursery families as we approach May 9.

New York State Testing (May 1 and May 2)

Mathematics New York State Testing will begin for students in Grades 4, 6, and 8 this week. The exam has changed from two days to three days. Our students and their teachers have been hard at work preparing for these exams. We wish them the best of luck as they take their exams. In order for students to truly do their best, they need to come to school on time, have a good night’s sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast. Best of luck to all of our students as they apply their math skills to these exams!

Race for Education

 Please mark your calendars! Our annual Walk-a-thon will be taking place on Friday, May 25. We have already started to receive donations from students, parents, friends, and relatives!  This year’s Race is dedicated to improving our outdoor play space and installing an air conditioner in our gymnasium. Each student will raise funds by asking sponsors- friends, neighbors and family-to donate a (tax deductible) fixed amount.

Spring Fling Volunteers (7th and 8th Grade)

Our Lady of Mercy Parish is holding Spring Fling, our biggest fund raiser on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, May 12 at 10AM to 6PM .  We have many vendors, raffles, new gifts , a cafe and a book and antique emporium. We would love it if there were some young shiny faces and energy to help us out and make it irresistible for people to spend money (bet you didn’t know that!) And …. for those making Confirmation, a fun way to have service hours PLUS have a good time and get fed! Whatever you got in time to give, we’ll take it! To sign up and make us happy, please  contact Helen Van Tine- Golden at hvtgmezzo@gmail.com / 917-952-5142  or Mrs. Dian Malm at the Rectory, 718- 268-6143. 

Step-Up and Graduation Dates

Please make a note of these important dates. Your child’s teacher will send you more information as the date gets closer.

Nursery

Tuesday, June 19

Ms. Jessica at 9 AM

Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kristen at 10:15

Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 15

Ms. Brittany and Ms. Margaret at 9 AM

Mrs. Keenan, Ms. Alyssa, and Ms. Josephine at 10:15 AM

Kindergarten

Monday, June 18 at 9 AM

8th Grade

Saturday, June 16 at 11AM

 

For Our Dogs Rescue

For Our Friends Doug Rescue

 Dress Down Day

 Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy will be having a special $2.00 Dress Down on Thursday, May 3 to support For Our Friends Dog Rescue in Great Neck, NY. Through these fundraising events, the OLMCA community will be able to help animals find happy and loving homes. We look forward to helping our animal friends!

About Our Friends Dog Rescue

For Our Friends, Inc. is a nonprofit, no kill, all volunteer run dog rescue group. We are devoted to saving dogs from urgent situations in NYC/Long Island, including strays, owner surrenders and those at risk in municipal shelters.  

All of our dogs are given full medical exams, including all of the necessary innoculations. Any treatment for illness or injury is provided. Every dog is given flea and heartworm medication on a monthly basis.  In addition, all dogs are spayed/neutered and microchipped prior to being made available for adoption.

  Thank you for your support!

Spring Fling

Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Annual Spring Fling is right around the corner. We are asking for your help to make this event a success by donating to our beautiful raffle baskets. Please bring in your donation by Friday, May 4. Please speak to your class parent for more specific information about your basket. Here are the class themes:

Nursery: Road Trip Basket

Pre-K: Tea and Coffee

Kindergarten: Spa

First Grade: House Warming

Second Grade: Car Enthusiast

Third Grade: Party in a Box

Fourth and Fifth Grade: Griller

Sixth Grade: Ice Cream Sundae

Seventh and Eighth Grade: Garden

IT’S A WRAP!

TUESDAY, MAY 8 AT 6:30 PM at OLMCA

Our Lady of Mercy Parish thanks you wonderful school parents for the generous raffle baskets you are assembling for the SPRING FLING , our parish’s biggest fund raiser taking place Friday May 11  at 7:30 PM and Saturday, May 12 at 10AM. 

To make those baskets pretty, all parents  (and grandparents) are invited to our festive WRAP PARTY on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 PM in the school. Wine and snacks will be served and everything will be glorious. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!!

Principal Newsletter 4.17.18

It is finally beginning to feel a bit like Spring! Here are some important updates from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy!

Re-Registration: Nursery, K-8

 Priority registration for current students and their relatives is due on Thursday, April 27. In order to secure your seat, a $250 registration fee is required. 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. If you need another form, please contact the office and it will be sent home to you.

Pre-K for all acceptance letters will be sent home on or around Wednesday, May 9.

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

If you need any assistance in completing the application, please contact Ms. Hinkson at 718-793-2086.

Home Academy Association

Please join us for our next monthly Home Academy Association meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30PM in the school library. All parents are encouraged to attend the meeting as some of the following items will be discussed: school mission and vision, discussion of the Glow Party, establishing better communication methods among parents in each class, and methods of supporting the academy in its efforts to enrich the school culture. We hope to see you on Tuesday

Spring Fling

Thank you so much to the school and the parish for the core group of volunteers who will helm Grandma’s Attic for the Parish’s Annual Spring Fling on Friday , May 11 from 6-9PM and Saturday, May 12 from 10 to 6.  This is one of the big money-making events and we are lucky to have you. 

We are looking to expand this core group of volunteers so that the many hands enjoy a lot of laughs ; but, also pool their collective artistry and savvy for  assessment, display, and pricing to make this our best ever in a fun, supportive environment .  

Won’t you please consider joining us (no slouches in the work and fun department- ask anyone) letting your talent and personality shine for this event?

Please contact us to volunteer or to ask any further questions.

Dian Malm, Chairperson- Call the Rectory 718- 268-6143 /  office@mercyhills.org 

Helen Van Tine-Golden , Assistant to Chairperson,  Call 917-952-5142 / hvtgmezzo@gmail.com

We thank you for all your help and support and heap upon you many blessings. 

Race for Education

 Please mark your calendars! Our annual Walk-a-thon will be taking place on Friday, May 25. All information was distributed last week. If you need additional copies, please contact the office. With your help, we hope to raise even more funds for our school.

This year’s Race is dedicated to improving our outdoor space. We are raising funds to create a beautiful play space for our students and air conditioning for our gymnasium. Each student will raise funds by asking sponsors- friends, neighbors and family-to donate a (tax deductible) fixed amount.

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

  • Earth Day Dress Down, Friday, April 20
  • Home Academy Meeting, Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30PM
  • Professional Day for N-8 and Kindergarten, April 27 (Pre-K in session)
  • Talent Show: Sunday, April 29 at 1:30

OLMCA’s Annual Talent Show

Come see our amazingly talented students at the OLMCA TALENT SHOW!

Sunday, April 29th at 1:30 P.M

Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall (Church Basement)

Cost: $5.00 per person (3 years and up)

Snacks and waters will be sold.  There will also a 50/50 raffle and drawing.

Please send payment no later than Wednesday, April 25th.

Please fill out the form below and return it to your child’s teacher in an envelope labeled Talent Show Tickets with either cash or a check.

Any checks must be made payable to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy.

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OLMCA Talent Show on Sunday, April 29th at 1:30 P.M.

Total number of tickets (not including children under 3): __________

 

Child’s Name:_________________________________________ Grade: _____________

No tickets will be provided. A list will be at the entrance.

Race for Education

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy

is proud to announce our

12th Annual Race for Education!

Friday, May 25

 Nursery thru 3rd: 9:15-10:00 am

4th thru 8th Grades: 10:15-11: 15 am

This year’s Race is dedicated to improving our outdoor courtyard space and adding an air conditioning unit to our school gym. We anticipate the project to begin this summer! With your help, we will improve our Physical Education program! Each student will raise funds by asking sponsors- friends, neighbors and family-to donate a (tax deductible) fixed amount. Please collect pledges from friends and family and turn them in by Monday, May 21!

Students will walk or jog the quarter mile around school as many times as they are able in their grades’ allotted time. They will compete for prizes based upon the number of laps completed.

Please note that this year after the Race for Education we invite everyone to join us for hot dogs and refreshments on Juno Street! All race participants will be receiving a voucher for a hot dog, additional vouchers may be purchased! Also, this year all race participants will be receiving a NUT card!

         How the Race Works

In previous years, we mailed flyers via the U.S. Postal Service. This year to save trees, postage and time, we are once again asking parents to e-mail the flyers to their families and friends. We are also providing hard copies. Please inquire in the office if you are in need of additional copies.

Potential sponsors may be family members, relatives, friends and neighbors. Christmas card lists are a great resource for this event. Special emphasis should be placed on out-of-state relatives and friends. Your coworkers may also be a good source of possible sponsors.

We will have paper copies of the flyer available for those friends and family members who do not use  e-mail.

Also new this year, donations may be securely made online at our academy’s website: www.olmercyca.org through Pay Pal. Once you get to our website, you will see it on the Home Page or click on News & Events to donate. Please  remind the  donors  to list  the  student’s  name  under  “Instructions   to Merchant”  when  donating  via  PayPal!  In  this  way,  we can  keep  an  accurate  record  of donations.

 

Of course, we will gladly accept cash, checks and money orders at the office!

 

 

  • In each classroom, the student with the MOST laps will receive a

          Good  Luck to All!!!!

 

Donations for Veterans

Give Back to our Armed Forces

Start date April 13 to May 4 2018

Our Veterans and Members of our Armed Forces are Very Important to Us.  They keep our country safe while we go about our everyday lives.

The Kiwanis of Forest Hills is Hosting a Drive to Collect:

  1. Underwear (undershirts in all sizes, underwear in all sizes, socks)
  2. Toiletries:  (Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Shampoo, Powder, Deodorant, Soap,  Washclothes, etc.)
  3.  Dress Clothes for Interviews, Suits, Shirts, shoes, belts, ties, etc, plus any everyday clothes in good condition

Drop Off Sites:

Community Board #6 104-01 Metropolitan Avenue

PS 174- 65-10 Dieterle Crescent Rego Park

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy: Kessel Street Forest Hills

PS 144  93-02 69 Avenue Forest Hills

Maspeth Federal Bank-101-09 Metropolitan Ave. F.H.

 

All of this will be donated to the Borden Avenue Veterans Shelter