Summer Office Hours

The office will be closed from:

Thursday, July 1st-Monday, July 12th

Friday, July 30th-Monday, August 16th 

The office is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and  Thursdays from 9am-12pm. 

 

Principal Newsletter 6.22.21

 

‘Twas the night before summer vacation and you can hear the happy voices of our youngest learners singing farewell to their teachers and classmates to our older students making plans for summer vacation. It is hard to believe that the 2020-2021 school year is coming to an end. It’s been quite a year filled with ups and downs as we navigated schooling during a pandemic. While wearing masks and social distancing became the norm, our students continued to thrive academically and as kind and caring individuals. 

 

It is always important to count your blessings and I learned more this school year than ever. We had many moments to be grateful for including welcoming our new pastor and having an in-person graduation ceremony at the church. It has been the biggest blessing that Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy was able to remain open for the duration of the year. That is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, parents, and most importantly our students. 

 

As we draw to a close in our school year, the faculty and staff are proud of our families’ support this year for in-person learning. Moreover, we are excited that almost all of you have re- enrolled and added younger siblings for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

At this time, we are assessing our classroom and faculty needs in anticipation of a full re- opening in September 2021.  Part of this process entails waiting for NYSDOH and Diocesan directives. We anticipate these decisions to be made towards the end of July. At that time, we will apprise all of you accordingly and give you the opportunity to meet your new teacher, classmates and parents.

You will receive an email with a draft calendar for 2021-2022 school year. We send an updated calendar each month, but these have the most important dates for you to be aware of. We hope to have Back to School night in-person this year, but if that is not possible, we will send you information about virtual sessions.

The school offices will be open on various days over the summer, please refer to the calendar on the website for hours. We will be in touch throughout the summer as things progress. 

On behalf of the OLMCA community, we wish you a happy, healthy, safe, and enjoyable summer vacation. 

 

 

Race for Education Update 5.21.21

We are headed into the home stretch/week of the Race For Education. Thanks to all our wonderful families we have sprinted past our initial goal of $15,000.  Let’s keep up pace and momentum to finish even stronger! It’s not too late to qualify for 2 dress down passes if you bring in your sponsor donations ($25 minimum) by Monday, May 24th! 

Be sure to share the Giving Zone link with your family and friends! Here is the link: https://www.givingzone.com/z/ssdkyNyJ5a/ 

Please sign up here to volunteer or donate water: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4baca62da1fa7-race

The top 3 classes (in no particular order) that are currently in the lead for 100% participation and  the prize of Tossing Buckets of water on Teachers and staff are:  Grade 4, Grade, 3, and Grade 2.  Keep those sponsorships coming in and be the class to win the honor and the pizza party!!

Principal Newsletter 5.18.21

 

Governor Cuomo’s Announcement

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that NYS will adopt the new CDC guidelines for Masks and Social Distance for fully vaccinated individuals. Please Note: At this time, Schools are exempt from these new CDC guidelines so the Mask Policy and Social Distance Protocols remain in place for all schools.

Full information can be found at

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-york-state-adopt-new-cdc-guidance-mask-use-and-social-distancing

OLMCA’s Talent Show

OLMCA students sure have talent! Join us for a fun event on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm to see our students sing, dance, and more! This event is sure to inspire all to learn a new talent. Hosted by OLMCA’s 7th Grade, you are in for a wonderful night! 

Financial Aid

Financial aid applications for students in Grades K-8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens School or Academy has begun. 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: New families: May 31, 2021

3K for All Registration

 

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is excited to share that we will be offering the free 3K for All program through the Department of Education. We will have one (1) full day 3K classroom with a maximum of 15 students in September 2021. Ms. Alyssa Loscalzo will be our 3K for All teacher.

We will still have an OLMCA tuition-based Nursery classroom in September. Ms. Debbie Loscalzo will remain as our Nursery teacher.

You can apply for 3K for All at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy by visiting the website at: https://www.myschools.nyc/en/Our school code is QADQ.

Race for Education

Many thanks to all those who have helped make a great start for our 14th Annual Race for Education! Thanks to your generosity we are more than 95% of the way toward our goal of $15,000 to fund new purchases for our Parish Hall’s lighting and audio. Congratulations to Lucas Holloway, Oscar Espinosa, Noah Edmond, and Morgan Dougherty for leading the way with the most paid sponsorships so far! 

Just a few reminders: the next early return day is Monday, May 24th. Return your sponsorship form with a minimum paid donation of $25 and receive 2 NUT cards!!  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 have a new incentive!! 

The first class that has 100% fundraising participation will get to dump buckets of freezing cold ice water over teachers and staff of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy on the race day!

Be sure to share the Giving Zone link with your family and friends! Here is the link: https://www.givingzone.com/z/ssdkyNyJ5a/ 

Please sign up here to volunteer or donate water: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4baca62da1fa7-race

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

Step-Up and Graduation Dates

The revised June calendar will be sent home next week. The last day of school is Friday, June 23rd. Please be aware that the Diocese has mandated 12:30pm dismissals starting on Thursday, June 17th. Please make a note of these important milestone events for Nursery, PreK, Kindergarten, and 8th Grade.

Nursery

Thursday, June 17th

Ms. Debbie at 9am

Ms. Alyssa at 10:15am

Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 18th

Mrs. Keenan at 9am

Ms. Josephine at 10am

Ms. Alyssa at 11am

Mrs. Orlov at 12pm

*Mrs. Orlov’s PreK Remote on Thursday, June 17th at 11:30am

Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 22

9am and 10:15am

8th Grade

Friday, June 11th at 6pm

Race for Education Update 5.13.21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Many thanks to all those who have helped make a great start for our 14th Annual Race for Education! Thanks to your generosity we are more than 75% of the way toward our goal of $15,000 to fund new purchases for our Parish Hall’s lighting and audio. Congratulations to Lucas Holloway, Oscar Espinosa, Noah Edmond, and Morgan Dougherty for leading the way with the most paid sponsorships so far! 

Just a few reminders: the next early return day is Monday, May 24th. Return your sponsorship form with a minimum paid donation of $25 and receive 2 NUT cards!!  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 have a new incentive!! 

The first class that has 100% fundraising participation will get to dump buckets of freezing cold ice water over teachers and staff of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy on the race day!

We are also looking for volunteers to help organize both the morning of the Race as well as the days before.  We will be sending home more information the week of May 17th. 

Be sure to share the Giving Zone link with your family and friends! Here is the link: https://www.givingzone.com/z/ssdkyNyJ5a/

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

OLMCA’s 5th Annual Spirit Week

         OLMCA’s 5th Annual

$5.00 per student

Proceeds will go to the 8th Grade Graduation Costs

Monday, May 24 : New York Spirit Day

Represent New York by wearing your favorite New York sports team or anything that symbolizes New York! Italian ices will be sold during lunch for $1.00

Tuesday, May 25: Tacky Tourist Tuesday

Hawaiian shirts, khaki pants, and socks with sandals! As we get closer to summer, let’s celebrate! Bingo games for our students. What tourist doesn’t love Bingo?

Wednesday, May 26: Crazy Hat Day

Which hat will be the craziest and silliest? Prizes for the craziest hats! 

Thursday, May 27           

Western Day (Grades 4-8)

Yee haw, cowboys and cowgirls! Saddle up and head out for a wild day in the west. Blue jeans, flannel shirts and cowboy boots are the order of the day.

Race for Education (Grades K-3)

Wear your gym uniform for a fun day in the sun walking for our school!

Friday, May 28                  

Western Day (Grades Nursery-3)

Yee haw, cowboys and cowgirls! Saddle up and head out for a wild day in the west. Blue jeans, flannel shirts and cowboy boots are the order of the day.

Race for Education (Grades 4-8)

Wear your gym uniform for a fun day in the sun walking for our school!

DRESS-DOWN UNIFORM RULES STILL APPLY!  Please bring your money by Monday, May 24

Principal Newsletter 5.4.21

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our Second-Grade class! Our students received the Sacrament of First Communion last Saturday. It was a beautiful and moving Mass as our students strengthened their bond with Jesus as they received communion for the first time. Our second graders have been hard at work preparing for First Holy Communion. From visits with Monsignor McGuirl to lessons and projects with Mrs. Starace, our students were so eager and prepared to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Thank you to Mrs. Starace and Ms. Tavares for organizing such a wonderful celebration of our Catholic faith. Thank you to our second grade parents for decorating our church with beautiful and flagrant flowers. As Father Frank mentioned in his powerful homily, it will be a day that the children will always remember.

Blood Drive

 

On Sunday May 16th from 8:45am to 2:45pm Our Lady of Mercy will be sponsoring a Blood Drive for the New York Blood Center. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Metro area blood supply is at a critically low level.

 

A blood donor is a special kind of volunteer. One donation of blood can help save up to three patients’ lives. The Blood Center provides blood services to hospitals throughout the area. We are fortunate to live in a region where sophisticated medical facilities and transplant programs are available. These programs require many blood donations. When there is not enough blood, patients wait for hours for the blood they need, delaying their recovery. Patients who are weak from low iron wait for red cells; patients whose bodies have been assaulted by chemotherapy wait for platelets that will allow their blood to clot again. Patients who have been on an organ transplant list for months or years and finally get an opportunity for an organ will lose that opportunity if there is no blood.

 

The donation procedure is simple and safe. Masks are required to be worn by all workers and donors. Social distancing will be practiced and there will be sanitizer available.  This year, in order to keep everyone (donors and Blood Center workers) safe and maintain social distancing, it is requested that all donors have an appointment for the Blood Drive. Appointments can be made by going to the New York Blood Center web site (www.nybloodcenter.org) or calling 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566). Walk-ins will be accommodated only if safe practices can be maintained. You can donate if you are between the ages of 16 and 75 (16 year olds must have parental consent. Consent form is available at www.nybloodcenter.org).

 

Please bring your donor ID card or Donor ID number (if you have one) and a photo ID. Prior to donating, please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids.   

 

Progress Reports

 

Progress Reports will be distributed to students in Grades 1-8 on Thursday, May 6. We ask that you sign and return the reports by the following Monday. I would like to remind you that all grades are consistently posted on Option C!

 

OLMCA Talent Show

 

Come and see our amazingly talented OLMCA students at our annual talent show on Thursday, May 20th at 7PM via Zoom. You will be in for a treat when you hear our incredible singers, dedicated dancers, and lots more. This is a fun event for the entire family! We hope to “see” you there!

 

Race for Education

 

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is proud to announce its 14th Annual schoolwide Race for Education on May 27th & May 28th!

 

The Race for Education is a longstanding tradition at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy and while this year is a bit different than prior years, it is still a great way to get the kids outside and raise money for the school in a fun and healthy way!

 

Due to circumstances relating to the pandemic, we will not be able to hold the Race for Education in the usual manner. We will be using pedometers to track the number of steps each student takes. Each grade will participate in an alloted 30 minutes block of time and see how many steps each student can make!

 

GivingZone, our fundraising partner, has made it easy for you to collect donations from your network of family and friends.

PARENTS GET STARTED PLEASE CLICK BELOW –>> Simply click the following link and choose your student to get started:

https://www.givingzone.com/s/ssdkyNyJ5a

 Start SHARING TODAY and we will walk our steps on May 27th & 28th! Thank You!

 

Thank You

Thank you so very much for remembering me on Principal Appreciation Day. I was truly touched by the outpouring of love from the entire OLMCA community. I absolutely loved reading the cards and watching the videos from all the students! We all know how incredible our students are. Their positivity, resilience, and eagerness to grow and learn is the reason why we are all here. I am incredibly blessed to be part of the OLMCA community.

 

A tremendous thank you to the OLMCA faculty for organizing this special day and keeping it a surprise!

The Race for Education is Coming!

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is proud to announce its 14th Annual schoolwide Race for Education on May 27th & May 28th!

The Race for Education is a longstanding tradition at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy and while this year is a bit different than prior years, it is still a great way to get the kids outside and raise money for the school in a fun and healthy way!

Due to circumstances relating to the pandemic, we will not be able to hold the Race for Education in the usual manner. We will be using pedometers to track the number of steps each student takes. Each grade will participate in an alloted 30 minutes block of time and see how many steps each student can make!

GivingZone, our fundraising partner, has made it easy for you to collect donations from your network of family and friends.

PARENTS, TO GET STARTED PLEASE CLICK BELOW –>> Simply click the following link and choose your student to get started:

🏁🏁 Start SHARING TODAY and we will walk our steps on May 27th & 28th!