Breast Cancer Awareness

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy will be having a special Dress Down for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday, October 18th. Students and staff are encouraged to wear pink. 

Dress Down is for $2.00.  Additional donations will be accepted.

We are doing this in support of Ms. Revette Hinkson. All proceeds will benefit her walk on Sunday, October 20th. Together, we can make strides toward a cure! If you would like to learn more about why she walks, please visit:

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness!

#makingstridesagainstbreastcancer2019 #makingstridescentralpark #Oct20 #teamwalkdwalk

Principal Newsletter 10.9.19

Terra Nova Testing (Grades 3-8)

Terra Nova standardized testing for grades 3 through 8 begins the week of October 15th . Testing will conclude on Monday, October 21st. This standardized test is a national achievement that is an authentic measuring tool that asks students to construct their knowledge of Math, Reading, and Language in various ways. This assessment measures high-order thinking skills as well as basic and applied skills. Students have already begun taking their practice exams. We ask that all students make every effort to be at school daily and on time during this testing period. We also encourage all our students to do their very best!

During this time, expect lighter homework and classroom exams. Some helpful testing tips and strategies include: getting a good night’s sleep, having a healthy breakfast, bringing your sharpened pencils, and having a positive attitude! We expect to receive the results in early December. The teachers will share the reports with you at our first report card conference in December. Good luck to all our students!

Latin Night

Saturday, October 19th

Join OLMCA for our first Latin Night to celebrate Latin culture, food and music! $20 entry includes one drink. More food and drinks for additional purchase. Please send cash or check payment in an envelope with the title “Latin Party” to your child’s classroom teacher. If you would like to volunteer or donate for this event, please contact for more information.

New Instagram Page

Have you heard? We have expanded our Social Media presence! OLMCA is now on Instagram! We are hoping to reach out to our extensive alumni base.  Please like and share our page with all your family and friends. You can follow us at:

Principal Newsletter 9.30.19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s been a wonderful first month of school. Here are a few quick reminders.

Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame will begin on Tuesday, October 1st. Students in Grades 1-8 have the opportunity participate each month. Students that receive Wall of Fame will earn a dress-down pass and free ice cream.

To earn Wall of Fame, students must:

  • Be prepared for class
  • No unexcused lateness
  • No unexcused absences
  • No missing homework assignments
  • Classwork is complete
  • No uniform violations
  • No detention/disciplinary issues


Daddy Drop Off


Friday, October 4th, 7:40-8am


Come join us for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat when you drop off your child!


Pre-K and Nursery, join us at the side door!

Grades K-8, join us at the main entrance!

Morning snack and Free NUT card when Dad’s sign up for #DaddyDuties Committee

Daddys, granddaddys, uncles, godfathers and anyone playing a father figure role invited.


Volunteers Needed! Please contact the HAA at to volunteer for our first Daddy Drop Off!





Latin Night


Come join us for our first HAA event of the year. We will have nonstop music, raffles, and a surprise show for adults only!

Saturday, October 19

First Spanish Mass: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Party Time: 8:30 – 11:30 pm

Price per ticket: $20.00

Ticket includes one drink

Spanish food and alcoholic drinks will be sold separately


If you would like to volunteer or donate for this event, please contact or you can sign up on SignUpGenius. The link is:


Home Academy Association Committees


Are you interested in sharing your talents to better the entire school community? Contact to see how you can join one of our committees.


Green Team Committee Shares and develops plans to reduce the school’s global footprint and preserve the natural environment. Considers ways to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency for our school and the planet. Includes managing the Uniform Exchange Program, which recycles donated uniforms.
Culture Committee Considers ways to supports diversity, culture and inclusion for all events and activities. Includes strategy for “International Market” event
Publicity and Marketing Committee Works closely with Principal and Board to communicate news and information within the school, as well as and externally.
Fundraising Committee Manages fundraising strategy and planning with Principal and Event sub committees. Includes Box Tops, Pizza/Pretzel and Dress Downs.
Health and Wellness Committee Considers ways to implement mindfulness of healthy living throughout the school community through nutrition, exercise, mental wellness,
Sunshine Committee Does things to help people feel better. Includes welcoming new families and becoming their “buddy, writing notes, gifts, and executing small tokens of appreciation within our school community, especially those who have experienced a life change.
Events Committee Works with Ms. McCann to manage and communicate event calendar, as well as partners with point person for each event subcommittee for  planning and logistics. Supports event strategy and development of ideas for event success.
#DaddyDuties Helps connect and engage the men and fathers, grandfathers, uncles, godfathers, etc in school community.
Mission and Vision Committee Helps define and the vision and mission for OLMCA, including meeting spiritual wellness (i.e. attending mass, supporting church events, parish and community)

Principal Newsletter 9.23.19

Thank you for an incredible start to the school year. Our students are hard working as they master new skills and work toward their goals. We’ve already organized two incredible fundraisers for Autism Speaks and for the hurricane relief effort in the Bahamas. I am always in awe of our incredible students and their supportive families. After an incredible Back to School Night and Home Academy meeting, I am so excited about the events of the upcoming school year. Please continue reading to learn a bit more about what to expect for the rest of the month.

Home Academy Association

Thank you for your AMAZING support and huge turnout during the Home Academy Association’s first meeting last Thursday. In order to create an optimal school environment for our students, we have proposed several committees for parents to join. For example, if you have a passion for taking care of the environment, consider joining the Green Committee to help reduce our global footprint!

To learn more, please e-mail to learn how you can be a part of the ever-evolving HAA. Be sure to visit the HAA’s website at: to view the entire list of proposed committees.

At Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy we want parents to get involved in our school community. This platform gives families the opportunity to join in making OLMCA the best it can be. We value your input and need your help to achieve all our goals!  

OptionC Parent Alert System


OptionC is our learning management and parent alert system. It provides an online homeroom for students and parents to retrieve information such as grades and attendance records for Grades 1-8.

Our school also uses a parent notification system through OptionC.  The system will allow us to send you messages via voicemail, email, and text messages.  We will be able to notify you of important information, school closings, delayed starts and other types of emergencies automatically.

A parent survey was distributed last week. It is imperative that you return the survey so that the office has the most up-to-date information about the best way to communicate with your family.


OLMCA School Masses


A friendly reminder that OLMCA school Mass will be the regularly scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on each First Friday of the month.


This will allow students to begin understanding of the Sacred Heart devotion as well as provide a consistent schedule for all involved so more of our parents and families may attend. Following Mass, certain grades will return to school while others will remain for the five minute prayer service for Exposition.


We look forward to sharing these masses with our Parish and school community. Our next monthly school Mass will be on Friday, October 4 at 8:30 a.m. for students in Grades K-8. All dates will be posted on the school calendar.

Seat Availability-Pre-K For All


We still have seats available for Pre-K for All. If you know a family that might be interested in our program, please contact Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy directly. If your child will be 4 years old on or before December 31, they will be eligible for our enriching and fun full day program! We are more than happy to answer or questions or schedule a tour.


Thank you from Ms. Korinne Manno


I would like to take this time to whole heartily thank my Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy family for the donations in honor of my Son Gabriel’s walk for Autism Speaks. This year with the help of all of you I was able to raise $700 for Autism Speaks. With your donation you haven’t just helped Autism Speaks further autism research, increase awareness about autism spectrum disorders, and advocate on behalf of people with autism and their families like myself. You’ve also offered invaluable help and hope to thousands of people who lives are touched by autism everyday. Autism affects 1 in 59 children in the U.S. Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event powered by love and built on the strength of the community and individuals like all of you! Together we are enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. 

Thank you again for your contribution,

“May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.” 2 Samuel 2:6

-Korinne Manno 

Have a great week!

Autism Speaks Fundraiser

Autism Speaks

Special Dress Down Day

Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of people with autism and the parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and providers who support them.

With every step you take you and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Ms. Korinne Manno (Nursery) and her daughter Ava (Grade 3) will be walking on Sunday, September 15th.

We are asking all students and faculty to donate $1.00 and wear blue in honor of Ms. Korinne’s son on Friday, September 13th. All proceeds will be sent to Autism Speaks.

You can also donate here:

Thank you for your continued support!

Principal Newsletter 9.9.19

Welcome to the start of a brand new school year! It has been an exciting first three days of school! OLMCA is a special place and it truly starts with our mission statement:

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is committed to academic excellence that is rooted in the Catholic faith, affirmed by the teachings of Jesus Christ, and centered on our service to God, family, and community.

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Michelle Beadle and Mrs. Karen Hoffman to the OLMCA faculty. Mrs. Beadle is our 5-8 Math teacher and Mrs. Hoffman is our 5-8 ELA teacher. Their experience in middle school education is guaranteed to enhance teaching and learning at OLMCA.

I would also like to share that Mrs. Jessica Orlov is our school librarian. Mrs. Orlov had quite an exciting summer as she welcomed her first son! Mrs. Orlov will be on maternity leave for the month of September as she enjoys time with her family. A familiar face will be substituting for Mrs. Orlov! I am pleased to announce that Ms. Ann Quinlivan will be working with all our students in the Library for the month of September. Her experience and familiarity with OLMCA is sure to make for a smooth transition.

Back to School Night for students in Grade K-8 will be on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30PM. Our K-8 teachers eagerly await the opportunity to meet the parents of their students! We will gather in the school gymnasium where I will welcome all of you. After my presentation, you will go upstairs to meet your child’s teacher! Parents will go directly to the classrooms for 15-minute sessions, with three separate sessions available for parents with multiple children. If you have a child in grades 5-8, you will remain in the gymnasium.

Please make sure that your emergency card has been filled out. This will allow for the most effective communication between the office and you! We will continue to use the OptionC Learning Management System for all students and parents. This system provides an online resource for students and parents to retrieve important information. You will receive a username and password on Back to School Night. This will allow you to view grading information and attendance for your child. It is very easy to use and will be a means of communication between the academy and you and your child/children.

As a reminder, we ask that you follow us on Facebook! Our goal this year is greater outreach to our alumni. Be sure to like our page and share it with your friends and family. You can access our page at:

I look forward to working with you and the teachers as partners to ensure your child’s success, spiritually and academically.

OLMCA: Yellow School Bus

I hope that you are having a fantastic summer. If you plan on using Yellow School Bus service, I kindly ask you to reach out to read the attached bus transportation form.   

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy offers yellow bus (Kinder – 6th Grade) or MetroCard (Kinder – 8th Grade) service to families. Please note, your child may only utilize one form of transportation.

Both forms of transportation are free to families and are provided through the New York City Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT). Please note, the yellow bus is not a door-to-door service. We will provide your addresses to OPT, who will do their best to create a route that meets your needs based on your location and eligibility.

If you plan on using the bus service, please contact Ms. Revette Hinkson at to ensure that you receive immediate bus service.

Important Information from DOH

I hope that your July is off to a great start. Attached find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the non-medical exemptions. 
You can also find information on the NYS Website: