Principal Newsletter 1.15.20

We hope that your 2020 is off to a fantastic start!

 

State of the Academy

 

This is a friendly reminder that on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30p.m. there will be a State of the Academy Meeting. During this meeting, you will have an opportunity to meet members of the School Board.  You will hear an informative presentation about current happenings and our plan for continuous improvement. The meeting will be conducted in the school gym. Please enter through the side door. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

 

Re-registration for 2020-2021

 

Priority registration for current students and their relatives will begin on Tuesday, January 14. 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 2020-2021 school year. 

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 13. 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 31, 2020
  • New families: April 30, 2020

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale (Nursery, K-8)

 

Our school will be conducting our only mandatory fundraising candy sale starting on Tuesday, January 14. 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. If you would like an additional box, please contact Mrs. Alleva at dalleva@olmercyca.com.

 

 

Professional Day for Nursery, Grades K-8

Friday, January 17, 2020

 

There is no school for students in Nursery and Grades K-8. Teachers and teacher aides will be attending a workshop on Friday, January 17. School is still in session for students in Pre-K. There is Early Morning Drop-off and Extended Care for students in Pre-K. There is no school on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

Scholastic Book Fair

Below is the class schedule for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. The fair will run from January 22nd – January 24th. Additionally, the book fair will be open on Sunday, January 26th from 9 am to 1 pm to kick off Catholic Schools Week!

Wednesday, January 22nd

(Pre-K)  Miss Josephine and Miss Kristen: 1:15

Thursday, January 23rd

(Nursery) Ms. Debbie and Ms. Alyssa: 9:02-9:47

(Kindergarten) Mrs. Catapano: 9:49-10:34

(3rd Grade) Mrs. Roy: 10:36-11:21

(6th Grade)Mrs. Beadle:  1:10-1:56

(Pre-K) Miss Margaret and Mrs. Keenan: 2:00-2:30

Friday, January 24th

(5th Grade) Ms. Russo: 8:15-9:00

(1st Grade) Mrs. Vaccaro: 9:02-9:47

(2nd Grade) Mrs. Starace: 9:59-10:34

(4th Grade) Mrs. Ray: 10:36-11:21

(8th Grade) Ms. Leone: 11:23-12:08

(7th Grade) Mrs. Hoffman: 1:10-1:56

Please visit www.scholastic.com/bf/olmercyca to volunteer for a time slot. You can view events and class attendance times on the school’s book fair homepage listed above.  We need volunteers…we need YOU! Volunteering at the Book Fair is the perfect way to stay connected to your child at school and help students find the books they can’t wait to read. Sign up now and get ready for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience. Thank you for all you do! Your involvement makes our school events a success!

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

Scholastic Book Fair Schedule

Book Fair Schedule

            Below is the class schedule for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. The fair will run from January 22nd – January 24th. Additionally, the book fair will be open on Sunday, January 26th from 9 am to 1 pm to kick off Catholic Schools Week!

 

Wednesday, January 22nd

(Pre-K)  Miss Josephine and Miss Kristen: 1:15

 

Thursday, January 23rd

(Nursery) Ms. Debbie and Ms. Alyssa: 9:02-9:47

(Kindergarten) Mrs. Catapano: 9:49-10:34

(3rd Grade) Mrs. Roy: 10:36-11:21

(6th Grade)Mrs. Beadle:  1:10-1:56

(Pre-K) Miss Margaret and Mrs. Keenan: 2:00-2:30

 

Friday, January 24th

(5th Grade) Ms. Russo: 8:15-9:00

(1st Grade) Mrs. Vaccaro: 9:02-9:47

(2nd Grade) Mrs. Starace: 9:59-10:34

(4th Grade) Mrs. Ray: 10:36-11:21

(8th Grade) Ms. Leone: 11:23-12:08

(7th Grade) Mrs. Hoffman: 1:10-1:56

 

Please visit www.scholastic.com/bf/olmercyca to volunteer for a time slot. You can view events and class attendance times on the school’s book fair homepage listed above.  We need volunteers…we need YOU! Volunteering at the Book Fair is the perfect way to stay connected to your child at school and help students find the books they can’t wait to read. Sign up now and get ready for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience. Thank you for all you do! Your involvement makes our school events a success!

Open House Jan. 26!

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, we will be hosting an open house on Sunday, January 26. Details are below. To register for the open house or to schedule a Tuesday Tour, please fill out this form

 

open house flyer

Career Day 2020

Please join us as we celebrate Career Day at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy on Wednesday, January 29 from 9-10:30a.m. This exciting event gives our families a chance to come talk to our students about your professions. We are asking parents and family members to volunteer and spend a few minutes with the students giving them a sense of what it’s like to work in your field for a day. An example might be a nurse/journalist/lawyer/teacher/designer/engineer, etc. We are looking for all different types of professions and your ideas for presenting to the children for about 3-5 minutes and about 5-8 speakers per class. Presentations will be conducted right in your child’s classroom!

We are hoping to have presenters for all our classes. We would ask that if you are presenting, that you would fill out the form below and return to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, January 14.  Again, all professions are welcome!!! We are hoping for strong parent support for this incredible event. A letter will be distributed to inform you if you have been selected to speak on Career Day. We will do our best to accommodate all parents. Thank you in advance!

Congratulations to Mrs. Ray’s Fourth Grade Class


What a wonderful way to end the week! Our incredible Fourth Grade class was featured on Net TV. There is also an editorial about their class project in this week’s edition of The Tablet. A huge congratulations to Mrs. Ray on planning such a wonderful lesson. This is something that students will remember forever.

 
 
 Kudos to Mrs. Ray and our students.

Principal Newsletter 12.18.19

December has been such a fun and festive month at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy. After a busy month compromised of the Eighth Grade Ring Ceremony, St. Nicholas Day, and a holiday boutique, we are reminded of the importance of school spirit. Ms. Altieri’s Choir also sang Christmas carols at the Forest View Center and we are so eager for the Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 19th at 6:30PM in the Parish Hall. Eighth Grade’s Isabella Benedetto was featured in the Queens Chronicle about her published story. Thank you to all the parents and staff members that once again contributed to making December such a special month for our students.

 A special thank you to Father Greg and Ms. Leone for the tremendous work that they put into the “Stolen Christmas” production. In their final Christmas play at OLMCA, the eighth grade students reminded us about the true meaning of Christmas. The students worked side by side with Ms. Leone and Father Greg to edit the script, design the costumes, and work on the scenery. Their performance was truly magical and there was not a dry eye in the audience. It is safe to say that many of our students will be part of a theater program at the lucky high schools that accept them.

 

On behalf of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU for all your support for Breakfast with Santa. We appreciate the time you gave to every single aspect of this event, from beginning to end, to make it a success. Special thanks to: Lillian and Julian Coca, Jeanette Ronquillo  

Paula Deist, and Yulieth Bran. Thank you to the incredible team of Ms. Debbie, Ms. Alyssa, and Kristen for creating the crafts for the students. We would have not been able to do it without your help of our incredible parent and teacher volunteers. The event was a success because every single one of you participated. We had loads of fun, we got to meet each other’s families, play games, meet Santa, eat delicious food, and dance to festive tunes. We were able to raise $3368. Thank you for making it possible, we are looking forward to many more to come.

 

This is a friendly reminder that Friday, December 20th is a 3PM dismissal. There will be no Extended Care. Classes resume on Monday, January 6th.

 

May the warmth and joy of the Holiday season remain with you throughout the coming year.

 A special thank you to Father Greg and Ms. Leone for the tremendous work that they put into the “Stolen Christmas” production. In their final Christmas play at OLMCA, the eighth grade students reminded us about the true meaning of Christmas. The students worked side by side with Ms. Leone and Father Greg to edit the script, design the costumes, and work on the scenery. Their performance was truly magical and there was not a dry eye in the audience. It is safe to say that many of our students will be part of a theater program at the lucky high schools that accept them.

 

On behalf of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU for all your support for Breakfast with Santa. We appreciate the time you gave to every single aspect of this event, from beginning to end, to make it a success. Special thanks to: Lillian and Julian Coca, Jeanette Ronquillo  

Paula Deist, and Yulieth Bran. Thank you to the incredible team of Ms. Debbie, Ms. Alyssa, and Kristen for creating the crafts for the students. We would have not been able to do it without your help of our incredible parent and teacher volunteers. The event was a success because every single one of you participated. We had loads of fun, we got to meet each other’s families, play games, meet Santa, eat delicious food, and dance to festive tunes. We were able to raise $3368. Thank you for making it possible, we are looking forward to many more to come.

 

This is a friendly reminder that Friday, December 20th is a 3PM dismissal. There will be no Extended Care. Classes resume on Monday, January 6th.

 

May the warmth and joy of the Holiday season remain with you throughout the coming year.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Come and celebrate the Holiday season with your silliest holiday sweater! Don’t have a tacky sweater? Dress down and wear red and green!

Date: Tuesday, December 17

Cost: $1.00

The sweaters that are the silliest will win special prizes!

Thank you for your continued support!

A Stolen Christmas

A Stolen Christmas:

 A Play

Presented By:

The Eighth Grade of

Our Lady of Mercy

Catholic Academy

Too often Christmas is stolen from our lives without us even recognizing that it’s gone.  A Stolen Christmas highlights 8 distractions that can take our focus away from the true meaning of Christmas.  These distractions that we face as a society cause us to miss the joy of the season.

Sunday, December 15th  

11AM

Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall

And

Tuesday, December 17th for Grades 1-7 (Parents welcome)

1:00PM

Our Lady of Mercy Parish Hall

Refreshments will be Sold 

Best Regards,

Principal Newsletter 12.4.19

Happy December! We hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We will be having our monthly school mass on Friday, December 6 at 8:30a.m. At this special Friday mass, we will have a special ring ceremony for our eighth grade students. We hope that you can join us. Please read on for important updates.

Parent Teacher Conferences (Nursery-8)

Thursday, December 5

Conferences are for students in Grades Nursery-8. Report Cards will be distributed on Thursday, December 5. Conferences will be conducted from 1-3PM and 6-8PM. Please note that accounts must be fully up to date for you to receive your child’s report card. Courtesy letters have been sent to families that are not fully up to date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office. Dismissal will be at 12:30PM for all students. Hot lunch will be served at 11:30AM for all students. There will be Extended Care until 6PM.

 

  • The Lost & Found items will be placed in the lobby; please look through it. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity by December 6th. 
  • The Uniform Exchange will also be available for purchase and drop off. Please take a look at our gently used uniforms donated by other students, or donate some of your own. 
  • The HAA Committees are still accepting volunteers and sign up sheets will be available. 

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 7th

Tickets are still available for Breakfast with Santa! Delicious hot food and Christmas crafts included! This is sure to be a  HOLLY-JOLLY event. Be sure to invite all your family members and friends. We look forward to sharing the Christmas spirit with you all!  

Thank you to all of the parents and family members that have offered donate something t the party. We are asking for all donations to be delivered to the school office by Friday, December 6th at 3PM. If you would still like to volunteer or donate for this event, please contact Mrs. Lillian Coca at lilly_moon20@yahoo.com to share your ideas or learn how you can help.

If you can volunteer or donate, please use the following link:

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4ea8af2eaafb6-breakfast

Christmas Toy Drive

Help make a child smile this holiday season! Donate a new, unwrapped toy by Monday, December 16.  Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy will collect the toys and deliver them to Catholic Charities. Your donations will directly benefit the less fortunate and bring the Christmas spirit to children across the city.

Christmas Boutique

Our Christmas Shop invites your children to have a fun filled time of shopping for family and friends.

Gifts range from $1.00-$10.00 for family members of all ages!

Tuesday 12/10:

8:15-9:00:  Grade 7

9:02-9:47: Grade 6

9:49-10:34:  Miss Debbie and Miss Alyssa (Nursery)

10:36-11:21:  Miss Margaret (Pre-K) Mrs. Becker (Pre-K)

12:10-1:00: Grade 2

1:10-1:56: Grade 3

1:59-2:45: Grade 1

Wednesday, 12/11:

8:20-8:57: Grade 4

9-9:30: Ms. Josephine (Pre-K)

9:49-10:34: Grade 5

10:36-11:21: Grade 8

12:33-1:10: Mrs. Keenan (Pre-K)

1:10-1:56: Kindergarten

Upcoming Events

  • School Closed for Immaculate Conception, December 9
  • Christmas Concert, December 19 from 6:30-8p.m.
  • Christmas Play, December 15 from 11a.m.-12:00p.m.
  • Christmas Play, December 17 from 1:30p.m.-2:30p.m.

Last Day of School before Christmas Break, December 20 (3PM Dismissal)