Principal Newsletter 11.21.17

We are feeling extremely grateful at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy. Our Second Thanksgiving Luncheon was a tremendous success. This event would not be possible without the support and generosity of our wonderful parent community. Thank you to all of the parents that contributed to our event whether it was  serving tasty turkey, delicious apple cider, or preparing warm pumpkin pie, you played a tremendous role in making this such a memorable day.

 I would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs. Roy and Mrs. Vaccaro was organizing our Thanksgiving luncheon. From coordinating the volunteers to organizing the food, it would not have been such a success without their leadership. A special thanks to the K-4 teachers and their students for their beautiful and festive decorations.

 As a small token of appreciation, all students will be allowed to dress down for free on Wednesday, November 22. Please be mindful that tomorrow is a 12 PM dismissal and there will be no Extended Care. Hot lunch will be served at 11AM.

 Thank you again for all that you do to advance the Mission and Ministry of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy. Your efforts and contributions are truly appreciated. On behalf of the entire Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy, we would like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and bountiful Thanksgiving.

 “For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Principal Newsletter 11.15.17

Second Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon (Grades PreK-8)

Thank you to all of the parents that have generously offered to donate and volunteer for our special feast on Tuesday, November 21. This will be a schoolwide celebration in the Church basement. Grades PKA-3 will celebrate from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Grades 4-8 will celebrate from 12:30-1:30. We are still accepting donations at this time! Remember that all students participate in this luncheon for free, regardless of whether their family makes a donation. Mrs. Vaccaro and Mrs. Roy have been working tirelessly to make this a day to remember!

Thanksgiving Collection for Food Pantry

The Our Lady of Mercy Food Pantry is a part of our Ministry that seeks to create a hunger free community by sharing our abundant blessings with God’s people that are in need. Your donations help us keep the shelves stocked so we can provide nutritious food for our needy neighbors in and around our community. We are asking for your help in dropping off food, monetary donations or gift cards.

We will be collecting Thanksgiving food until Friday, November 17. Thanksgiving care packages will be made and distributed on Saturday, November 18. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact the rectory at 718-268-6143. Thank you to all of the families that have already donated to this important community cause.

Important Reminder

Wednesday, November 22 is a 12PM dismissal. Hot Lunch will be served at 11AM for students in PreK-8. There is no Extended Care on this day. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our Lady of Mercy’s Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please help us feed the hungry by bringing in the following items. All donations are welcome. We will accept monetary donations as well!

Nursery- Boxes of Cornbread mix and stuffing

Pre-Kindergarten- Cans of corn, carrots, and/or peas

Kindergarten- Canned cranberries and canned yams

First Grade-Bags of rice and boxes of Macaroni and cheese

Second Grade- Canned black beans and canned green beans

Third Grade-Boxed Mashed Potatoes and canned gravy

Fourth Grade- Boxes of Cornbread mix and stuffing

Fifth Grade- Canned cranberries and canned yams

Sixth Grade- Cake Mix, cooking oil, and sugar

Seventh Grade- Boxed Mashed Potatoes and canned gravy

Eighth Grade- Soda, Cranberry juice, apple juice, and water


Please bring all donations by November 17, 2017


Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

OLMCA in the News

Both are wonderful reflections of our outstanding school. I would also like to thank Ms. Russo, Ms. Colombo, Ms. Leone, and Ms. Feeley for preparing the students for the Rosary Rally. They used instructional time to complete the art projects and practice for the rally. It is this type of spirit that truly shows the mission and vision of our school.

Breast Cancer Awareness

OLMCA is featured in the news. We were able to raise $871.50 for Ms. Hinkson’s walk. Please check out the clip!


Principal Newsletter 10.18.17

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are well into the month of October! I would like to provide you with some important information about upcoming events at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy. Please remember to “like” us on Facebook!

Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Once again, I would like to thank the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy community for contributing to Ms. Revette Hinkson’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. We raised $871.50. Your generosity and support for this important cause gave Ms. Hinkson even more enthusiasm for her walk. As our mission statement goes: “OLMCA is committed to academic excellence that is rooted in the Catholic faith, affirmed by the teachings of Jesus Christ, and based on our services to God, family, and community. On behalf of Ms. Hinkson, thank you for participating in this special cause and sharing your stories with us.


Our fundraiser was even noticed by New Evangelization Television (NET). The reporter noted the energy and spirit of our students and faculty. You can watch the clip here:

Progress Reports

 Progress Reports will be distributed to students in grades 1-8 on Thursday, October 19. We ask that you sign and return the reports by the following Monday. The teachers will keep these reports on file until the first report card conference. I would like to remind you that all grades are regularly posted on Option C!

 50th Anniversary Gala

We are looking forward to welcoming many of you on Saturday for OLMCA’s 50th Anniversary Gala at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills on Saturday, October 20. Thank you to all of the parents that generously donated to our raffle baskets. It is going to a wonderful event celebrating the history and future of our school!

Our event was even featured on The Forest Hills Times! Check out the article at:

Box Tops

 Hello, Parents and Guardians! My name is Kristine Lindo and I’m this year’s volunteer Box Tops Coordinator. Last school year, OLMCA was able to collect just shy of $860 worth of Box Tops submissions as well as $140 in cash donations with yours, your child’s and the community’s efforts to raise for our school! The school year before that, we raised $370! Clearly, a HUGE increase and success! Congratulations! This year, we continue to aim towards a $1000 goal.

Box Tops for Education resumes this month!  Please make sure you send in with your child’s name, teacher’s name and grade clearly marked on the Ziploc baggie or envelope. Another collection is scheduled for Friday, October 27th. Please make sure all Box Tops submitted are not expired and have both the date and the Box Tops code on the top left corner clearly legible to be eligible for submission. Top Collectors in each class will receive a Certificate of Recognition and Button for their hard work. Top Collecting Class each month will win an Ice Cream Party! This year, Top Collecting Teachers can also win a prize for their contribution! Teachers, be sure to send in your submission with your class! Every little bit counts!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email. I can be reached at I look forward to another successful Box Tops year!!

For reference, the collection dates will be posted on the school website and calendar. Our next collection date is Friday, October 27.


The Class of 2018 will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, October 27 at 4PM.  Most Reverend Witold Mroziewski will be confirming our students. The students have been preparing for this sacrament since the Seventh Grade and are eager to achieve this important milestone in their spiritual journey. All are welcome to join in this most joyous occasion.

There will be a 12PM dismissal for all students on Friday, October 27. There will be hot lunch and there will be Extended Care.

Picture Day

Individual pictures will take place on Wednesday, October 25.  Students are to dress up to have their picture taken.  Students may also wear their school uniform.

Class picture day will be on Thursday, October 26.  All students are to wear their school uniform. Students are not to wear gym uniforms. Sibling pictures will also be taken on this day.

All students will have their picture taken.  The option to purchase the picture package is up to each individual parent.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy will be having a special Dress Down for Breast Cancer Awareness on Thursday, October 12. 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 15. 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!


Principal Newsletter 10.4.17

Terra Nova Testing

Terra Nova testing will begin on Tuesday, October 10 for our 3rd through 8th graders. 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 of 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 nights 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.

50th Anniversary Gala

There are still tickets available for our Golden Anniversary! We will honor the $100 ticket price for our current families. Please get your tickets NOW either by paying on-line at or send payment directly to the school.

We are also happy to inform you that our Special Honoree at the Gala is Sister Francis Rose, the last religious sister to teach at Our Lady of Mercy. She taught for 45 years and spent 27 of those years at OLM when she started in 1986. Sister Frannie, as she was affectionately known, most likely had the longest tenure of any teacher. Initially, she taught Pre-K and then moved to Kindergarten. Sister left just as the school was becoming an Academy. We are so excited to welcome her back to Forest Hills!

Rosary Mass

On Friday, October 6, 2017, at 1:00pm, Our Lady of Mercy Church and Catholic Academy invites everyone to pray the Rosary with the 5th through 8th graders in celebration of Our Lady of Fatimas Centennial in the Church Hospitality will follow in the Parish Hall.

Box Tops 2017-18

OLMCA is calling all parents to help with our yearly
Box Tops Contest!
How do we earn for the school?
Box Tops can be found on a number of products you may already be buying! Eachunexpired
Box Topis worth 10 cents, with Bonus Certificates being worth even more!
When you see one, just clip it out on the dotted line and send it in with your child
in a Ziploc bag or envelope Make sure your childs name and grade are marked clearly.
Want to earn even more?
Visit There are many ways to earn bonus coupons, register
for drawings that could benefit the school and sign up for notifications on current
promotions. Download the app for even more ideas!

Principal Newsletter 9.27.17

OLMCA Outreach Program

 Thanks to the generosity of our students and families, we were able to raise $585 for National Catholic Educational Associations (NCEA) Student to Student: A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey. Thank you for participating in such a worthwhile cause.

To build on the momentum of our dress-down fundraiser, our school community can help the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the Hurricane Maria. Various location of the FDNY are collecting specific critical items for hurricane relief. They are:

  • baby food
  • diapers
  • batteries
  • feminine hygiene products
  • first aid supplies

Please bring all items to the bins outside of the main office. We will be collecting these items until Friday, October 6. We will drop them off to our local fire station.

50th Anniversary Gala

We are less than a month to go for our 50th Anniversary Gala at the West Side Tennis Club!

Thank you for the many, many positive responses to ticket sales last week. We have over 100 tickets sold and reserved for Oct 21st. Please don’t miss out by waiting to purchase your tickets to our Golden Anniversary celebration! Tickets purchased by October 6, 2017 are $100/pp for the early sale price. After October 6, tickets are full-price of $125/pp.

Alumni are coming in from as far as CA, AZ, FL, VA, CT and Edmonton CANADA! We welcome them and all of you back to Mercy! If you have purchased a ticket, please email us at and provide us the year you graduated. We can help you connect to old classmates who may also be attending!

If you are interested in purchasing ad space in our event journal, please email us at alums@olmercyca. Thank for your tremendous support of OLMCA!

Home Academy Association

 We had our first Home Academy Association meeting last week. We had a wonderful turnout and look forward to seeing more parents at future meetings. There was a great deal of discussion about the future of OLMCA. These events foster pride, enthusiasm and generate funds for our students. The HAA encourages all parents to participate as volunteers and fosters communications between home and the Academy. Our next meeting is going to be on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 PM. We hope to see you there.

Wall of Fame

 Students in Grades 1-8 will participate in Wall of Fame 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

  Pre-K For All Seat Availability

 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.

 Rosary Rally (Grades 5-8)

On Friday, October 6, 2017, at 1:00pm, Our Lady of Mercy Church and Catholic Academy invites everyone to pray the Rosary with the 5th through 8th graders in celebration of Our Lady of Fatimas Centennial in the Church Hospitality will follow in the Parish Hall.