Principal Newsletter 4.6.22

 

Holy Week Schedule

 

Holy Thursday: 9:00am – Morning Prayer

 7:30pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

 

Good Friday: 9:00am – Morning Prayer

3:00pm – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

7:30pm – Stations of the Cross

 

Holy Saturday: 9:00am – Morning Prayer 8:00pm

 

Easter Vigil Easter Sunday: Masses at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00pm

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt

 

EASTER EGG HUNT IS BACK! Easter Sunday, after the 10:30am Mass, there will once again be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children. Please bring at least 2 surprise filled plastic eggs for each child who wishes to participate (extras are always appreciated for unexpected guests). Please deposit the eggs in the baskets that will be in the vestibule prior to the 10:30am Mass. After Mass we ask that the children assembly on the Juno Street lawn, 5 years and older on the side nearest St. Francis and those younger than 5 on the other side of the walkway, for the “Hunt”. Please contact the rectory for additional information. Have Fun!

 

Grease!

You’re the one that I want…to attend Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy’s production of Grease! It’s our first musical production with our new Parish Hall sound and light system.

The show dates are Thursday, April 28th at 1:30pm and Friday, April 29th at 7pm.

Get your leather jackets, poodle skirts, bobby sox ready to attend this incredible production, directed by Ms. Jessica Altieri.

We are also looking for volunteers to check patrons in as well as serve refreshments. If you are available for either shows, please contact Mrs. Alleva at dalleva@olmercyca.com.

The Tablet Fundraiser

 

On Monday, the school distributed information about “The Tablet’s Covid-19 Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” This program will directly benefit our school. Please help us offset the costs of making our school COVID-Safe this past year AND give our children the opportunity to earn incredible rewards by MAKING A NEW SUBSCRIPTION OR RENEWING A PRIOR SUBSCRIPTION to the Diocese of Brooklyn weekly newspaper, THE TABLET,  from  March 22-April 29. Get the latest Catholic News and Events in the Diocese, the USA, and the world  at up to 67% off the usual cover price.

 

All sales will help us to obtain additional technology grants for our students. Thanks to DeSales and your support in the past, we have received over 100 iPads and 40 Chromebooks!

 

You can access the link here:

 

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=our-lady-of-mercy-catholic-academy

 

If you have any questions, please call the office at 718-793-2086.

 

Easter Recess

As a reminder, Wednesday, April 13th is a 12:30pm dismissal. There is no Extended Care on this day. Lunch will be served at 11:30am. Classes resume on Monday, April 25th.

Save the Date

 

Thursday, April 7th….Picture Day

 

Tuesday, April 12th…Pajama Day

 

Wednesday, April 13th…12:30pm Dismissal with No Extended Care

 

Thursday, April 14th– Sunday, April 24th….Easter Recess

 

Monday, April 25th…Classes Resume

 

Tuesday, April 26th and Wednesday, April 27th….NYS Math Exam (Grade 4,6,7)

 

Thursday, April 28th…Grease at 1:30pm

 

Friday, April 29th….Grease at 7pm

 

Saturday, April 30th….Communion Retreat

 

Sunday, May 1st…Family Mass (Grades 2 & 6)

Principal Newsletter 3.29.22

Covid-19 Protocols Update from the Diocese

We are pleased to share that we continue to see low COVID-19 rates, and therefore the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will continue to adapt their COVID-19 Safety and health protocols and ease some COVID-19 protocols. Here is what’s changing effective April 4 and what will remain the same:

Social Distancing

There are no requirements for social distancing in public spaces, including classrooms, cafeterias, and auditoriums, unless the person is returning from isolation. As per NYS guidance, those that are required to still wear face coverings due to returning from isolation should distance when they have to remove their mask for eating.

Visitor Policy

All visitors are now permitted, however, all visitors wishing to enter a Catholic Academy or Parish School must continue to show proof of having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, show identification, and complete the daily health screening form.

As we continue to adapt the COVID-19 mitigation strategies we are mindful that other mitigation preventive strategies will continue to be implemented:

  • Speaking with your Healthcare Provider regarding Vaccination
  • Staying home when sick and getting tested
  • Daily Health Screening (ParentLocker is still completed daily)
  • Recommended face covering
  • Ventilation
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Isolation and quarantine protocols in combination with Test to Stay Strategy
  • Cleaning and disinfection

We are hopeful that all year-end activities and events will be free of any COVID restrictions, schools can begin to plan for year-end activities and events without COVID restrictions, however we are mindful that this could be subject to change dependent on COVID positivity rate and city and state health guidelines.

OLMCA Spring Picture Day

Spring is in the air. Spring photos are scheduled for Thursday, April 7th. Children can dress up or wear their school uniform. Flyers were sent home last week with all the information. You may also visit Lifetouch at: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/. The school code is: EVTJNRTWC.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 718-793-2086.

The Tablet Fundraiser

On Monday, the school distributed information about “The Tablet’s Covid-19 Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” This program will directly benefit our school. Please help us offset the costs of making our school COVID-Safe this past year AND give our children the opportunity to earn incredible rewards by MAKING A NEW SUBSCRIPTION OR RENEWING A PRIOR SUBSCRIPTION to the Diocese of Brooklyn weekly newspaper, THE TABLET,  from  March 22-April 29. Get the latest Catholic News and Events in the Diocese, the USA, and the world  at up to 67% off the usual cover price.

All sales will help us to obtain additional technology grants for our students. Thanks to DeSales and your support in the past, we have received over 100 iPads and 40 Chromebooks!

You can access the link here:

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=our-lady-of-mercy-catholic-academy

If you have any questions, please call the office at 718-793-2086.

Re-registration

Priority registration for current students and their relatives began on Friday, January 22nd. Families must be current on this year’s tuition to register for next year. It is imperative that you return the form with the fee as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a seat for the 2022-2023 school year as spacing is limited due to social distancing and we have a wait list for several grades. All re-registration documents must be submitted as soon as possible. If you need an additional form, please contact Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmeryca.com.

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

  • March 31, 2022- Returning Families who received an award in the previous academic year
  • April 30, 2022- New Families (students who did not receive an award in previous academic year)

Principal Newsletter 3.23.22

Paint Party

OLMCA’s Wine and Brushes Paint Party was a tremendous success! Our talented parents became Van Gogh as they painted beautiful masterpieces inspired by Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom! A huge thank you to Mrs. Silvana Chan for organizing the event and to all the parents that donated wine and snacks. It was a wonderful opportunity for so many of you to meet our wildly talented and charming art teacher, Mrs. Astra Bagdziunas. We can’t wait for the next event!

Parent Teacher Conferences (Nursery-Grade 8)

The Second Trimester concluded on Thursday, March 17th. Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday, March 23rd for students in Grades K-8. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 24th from 1-3 PM and again from 6-8 PM for all students (Grades Nursery-8) of OLMCA. Due to the continued current state of being socially distant, OLMCA’s Parent Teacher Conferences will be held securely via Zoom for the second trimester. As we get closer to the date, your child’s teacher will be emailing you a Calendly link to sign up for your child’s Report Card Conference time on Thursday, March 24th.   This will give you the opportunity to sign up for whichever time slot works best for you. 

 

There is a 12:30PM dismissal for all students. 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 and meet your child’s teacher. Courtesy letters have been sent to families that are not fully up to date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Alleva at dalleva@olmercyca.com or 718-793-2086.

Hot lunch will be served at 11:30am for all students. There will be extended Care from 12:30PM-5:30PM.

 

Stations of the Cross- Our Lady of Mercy Church

 During the Season of Lent, we will be celebrating the Stations of the Cross at 3:00pm, instead of 7:30pm on Friday, March 25, Friday, April 1, and Friday, April 8. This is also a more traditional time to pray the Stations as it is the hour during which Jesus “handed over His Spirit” on the Cross. We hope this more convenient time, right after school, will encourage parents, caregivers and the students to participate in this spiritual Lenten observation. We hope to see many of you there in attendance. 

The Tablet Fundraiser

On Monday, the school distributed information about “The Tablet’s Covid-19 Relief Fundraiser for Catholic Schools.” This program will directly benefit our school. Please help us offset the costs of making our school COVID-Safe this past year AND give our children the opportunity to earn incredible rewards by MAKING A NEW SUBSCRIPTION OR RENEWING A PRIOR SUBSCRIPTION to the Diocese of Brooklyn weekly newspaper, THE TABLET,  from  March 22-April 29. Get the latest Catholic News and Events in the Diocese, the USA, and the world  at up to 67% off the usual cover price.

All sales will help us to obtain additional technology grants for our students. Thanks to DeSales and your support in the past, we have received over 100 iPads and 40 Chromebooks!

You can access the link here:

https://thetablet.org/CovidReliefFundraiser/SchoolPage/?school=our-lady-of-mercy-catholic-academy

If you have any questions, please call the office at 718-793-2086.

Re-registration

Priority registration for current students and their relatives began on Friday, January 22nd. Families must be current on this year’s tuition to register for next year. It is imperative that you return the form with the fee as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a seat for the 2022-2023 school year as spacing is limited due to social distancing and we have a wait list for several grades. All re-registration documents must be submitted as soon as possible. If you need an additional form, please contact Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmeryca.com.

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

  • March 31, 2022- Returning Families who received an award in the previous academic year
  • April 30, 2022- New Families (students who did not receive an award in previous academic year)

Principal Newsletter 3.15.22

OLMCA’s Lenten Project

As we all know, the season of Lent is upon us.  Lent is typically a season where we set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ whereby, we consider His suffering, dying and ultimate Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  To make this season more meaningful for all of us, we thought a school wide project to help the refugees of the Ukraine would be the best way to reflect on a more meaningful Lent.  There is no greater lesson we can teach our students than the importance of caring, giving and helping others in need. 

Mrs. Iny who has two children that attend OLMCA is a representative of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church in Astoria.  Her church shares space with the Ukrainian Church in Astoria.  The pastor of the Church, Fr. Radu Titonea is collecting funds for the refugees of the Ukraine as they continue to fight for their freedoms.  Your child’s homeroom teacher will be collecting monetary donations up until Wednesday, April 6th.  This will give us time to count the money and present a check to Fr. Titonea for this noble cause. 

Parent Teacher Conferences (Nursery-Grade 8)

The Second Trimester will conclude on Thursday, March 17th. Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday, March 23rd for students in Grades K-8. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 24th from 1-3 PM and again from 6-8 PM for all students (Grades Nursery-8) of OLMCA. Due to the continued current state of being socially distant, OLMCA’s Parent Teacher Conferences will be held securely via Zoom for the second trimester. As we get closer to the date, your child’s teacher will be emailing you a Calendly link to sign up for your child’s Report Card Conference time on Thursday, March 24th.   This will give you the opportunity to sign up for whichever time slot works best for you. 

There is a 12:30PM dismissal for all students. 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 and meet your child’s teacher. We will be giving courtesy letters to families that are not fully up to date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Alleva at dalleva@olmercyca.com or 718-793-2086.

 

Hot lunch will be served at 11:30am for all students. There will be extended Care from 12:30PM-5:30PM.

Save the Date: Lenten Soup Kitchen

Our Lady of Mercy’s Lenten Soup Luncheon this year will take place on April 3rd at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall and will benefit our own Human Services Department. The guest speaker that day will be Deacon Dean Dobbins. Please join us and bring a loaf of fresh, crusty bread to share.

Stations of the Cross- Our Lady of Mercy Church

 During the Season of Lent, Stations of the Cross with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated each Friday of Lent at 7:30pm in the Church. Monsignor McGuirl is planning to offer Bishop Robert Barron’s excellent and inspiring CD series entitled “Catholicism” on the Monday evenings of Lent at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall (the exception will be the night of Reconciliation Monday). If you would like to upgrade your Faith, or even explore it more deeply, please join us. All are welcome!

Melody and the Missing Music

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is teaming up with resident group The Forest Hills Choir to stage a world première of a wonderful new musical theater production, Melody and the Missing Music. There will be two shows on Sunday March 27 in the parish hall, starting at 1:30pm and 3pm. Our school’s fourth grade will be featured at the 1:30pm show and our fifth grade at the 3pm show. The show features professional musicians, a marionette puppet, an adult choir, a specially recruited youth choir and an entire grade from the Academy. All reservations cost $10 and are available online via www.melodymusic.org or via cash or check at the school. Please clearly indicate which show you are reserving for, and make checks payable to Forest Hills Choir. 

Re-registration

Priority registration for current students and their relatives began on Friday, January 22nd. Families must be current on this year’s tuition to register for next year. It is imperative that you return the form with the fee as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a seat for the 2022-2023 school year as spacing is limited due to social distancing and we have a wait list for several grades. All re-registration documents must be submitted as soon as possible. If you need an additional form, please contact Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmeryca.com.

Once information is available for 3K and PreK for All, OLMCA will send it out accordingly.

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

  • March 31, 2022- Returning Families who received an award in the previous academic year
  • April 30, 2022- New Families (students who did not receive an award in previous academic year)

Principal Newsletter 3.10.22

 

New York State Testing Update

As of right now, New York State Testing for Math, ELA, and Science remains scheduled. Grades 4,6, and 7 ELA and Math Exams will be given over two days. The ELA state exam is scheduled for March 29th and March 30th. The Math state exam is scheduled for April 26th and April 27th. The Science Exam given in Grades 4 and 8 will have written and performance components.

The Algebra Regents is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th. In addition, the Earth Science Regents exam is scheduled for Friday, June 17th.  

Parent Teacher Conferences (Nursery-Grade 8)

The Second Trimester will conclude on Thursday, March 17th. Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday, March 23rd for students in Grades K-8. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 24th from 1-3 PM and again from 6-8 PM for all students (Grades Nursery-8) of OLMCA. Due to the continued current state of being socially distant, OLMCA’s Parent Teacher Conferences will be held securely via Zoom for the second trimester. As we get closer to the date, your child’s teacher will be emailing you a Calendly link to sign up for your child’s Report Card Conference time on Thursday, March 24th.   This will give you the opportunity to sign up for whichever time slot works best for you. 

 

There is a 12:30PM dismissal for all students. 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 and meet your child’s teacher. We will be giving courtesy letters to families that are not fully up to date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Alleva at dalleva@olmercyca.com or 718-793-2086.

 

Hot lunch will be served at 11:30am for all students. There will be extended Care from 12:30PM-5:30PM.

 

First Reconciliation

 

Our Second Graders will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday, March 19 at 11AM. The students have been preparing through prayer and practice with their teachers. We are very much looking forward to celebrating this wonderful occasion with the students and their families. Thank you to Ms. Tavares, Ms. Plona, and Mrs. Starace for coordinating this important day.

 

 

 

Stations of the Cross- Our Lady of Mercy Church

 

 During the Season of Lent, Stations of the Cross with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated each Friday of Lent at 7:30pm in the Church. Monsignor McGuirl is planning to offer Bishop Robert Barron’s excellent and inspiring CD series entitled “Catholicism” on the Monday evenings of Lent at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall (the exception will be the night of Reconciliation Monday). If you would like to upgrade your Faith, or even explore it more deeply, please join us. All are welcome!

 

Melody and the Missing Music

 

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is teaming up with resident group The Forest Hills Choir to stage a world première of a wonderful new musical theater production, Melody and the Missing Music. There will be two shows on Sunday March 27 in the parish hall, starting at 1:30pm and 3pm. Our school’s fourth grade will be featured at the 1:30pm show and our fifth grade at the 3pm show. The show features professional musicians, a marionette puppet, an adult choir, a specially recruited youth choir and an entire grade from the Academy. All reservations cost $10 and are available online via www.melodymusic.org or via cash or check at the school. Please clearly indicate which show you are reserving for, and make checks payable to Forest Hills Choir. 

Re-registration

Priority registration for current students and their relatives began on Friday, January 22nd. Families must be current on this year’s tuition to register for next year. It is imperative that you return the form with the fee as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a seat for the 2022-2023 school year as spacing is limited due to social distancing and we have a wait list for several grades. All re-registration documents must be submitted as soon as possible. If you need an additional form, please contact Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmeryca.com.

 

Once information is available for 3K and PreK for All, OLMCA will send it out accordingly.

 

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

  • March 31, 2022- Returning Families who received an award in the previous academic year
  • April 30, 2022- New Families (students who did not receive an award in previous academic year)

Principal Newsletter 3.3.22

World’s Finest Chocolate Sale Results

 

Our World’s Finest Chocolate Sale was a huge success! We are awaiting final collection of the boxes being sold. However, our projected profit is $12,000!  Our top 3 sellers sold a combined 56 boxes and we have a tie for 1st Place!

 

Congratulations to the following winners in the World’s Finest Chocolate Sale:

 

First Place: 

                    Farah Hormi – Kindergarten

                   Madeline Sands- Grade 4

Second Place:  Vincenza Castellano – Grade 7

Early Bird Winner: Paula Esquen- Grade 1

Thank you to all our families that sold chocolate and/or donated to the sale.  All prizes and incentives will be distributed over the next few weeks.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences (Nursery-Grade 8)

The Second Trimester will conclude on Thursday, March 17th. Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday, March 23rd for students in Grades K-8. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 24th from 1-3 PM and again from 6-8 PM for all students (Grades Nursery-8) of OLMCA. Due to the continued current state of being socially distant, OLMCA’s Parent Teacher Conferences will be held securely via Zoom for the second trimester. As we get closer to the date, your child’s teacher will be emailing you a Calendly link to sign up for your child’s Report Card Conference time on Thursday, March 24th.   This will give you the opportunity to sign up for whichever time slot works best for you. 

 

There is a 12:30PM dismissal for all students. 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 and meet your child’s teacher. We will be giving courtesy letters to families that are not fully up to date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Alleva at dalleva@olmercyca.com or 718-793-2086.

 

Hot lunch will be served at 11:30am, for all students. There will be extended Care from 12:30PM-5:30PM.

 

First Reconciliation

 

Our Second Graders will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday, March 19 at 11AM. The students have been preparing through prayer and practice with their teachers. We are very much looking forward to celebrating this wonderful occasion with the students and their families.

 

Stations of the Cross- Our Lady of Mercy Church

 

 During the Season of Lent, Stations of the Cross with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated each Friday of Lent at 7:30pm in the Church. Monsignor McGuirl is planning to offer Bishop Robert Barron’s excellent and inspiring CD series entitled “Catholicism” on the Monday evenings of Lent at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall (the exception will be the night of Reconciliation Monday). If you would like to upgrade your Faith, or even explore it more deeply, please join us. All are welcome!

 

Melody and the Missing Music

 

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is teaming up with resident group The Forest Hills Choir to stage a world première of a wonderful new musical theater production, Melody and the Missing Music. There will be two shows on Sunday March 27 in the parish hall, starting at 1:30pm and 3pm. Our school’s fourth grade will be featured at the 1:30pm show and our fifth grade at the 3pm show. The show features professional musicians, a marionette puppet, an adult choir, a specially recruited youth choir and an entire grade from the Academy. All reservations cost $10 and are available online via www.melodymusic.org or via cash or check at the school. Please clearly indicate which show you are reserving for, and make checks payable to Forest Hills Choir. 

Re-registration

Priority registration for current students and their relatives began on Friday, January 22nd. Families must be current on this year’s tuition to register for next year. It is imperative that you return the form with the fee as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a seat for the 2022-2023 school year as spacing is limited due to social distancing and we have a wait list for several grades. All re-registration documents must be submitted as soon as possible. If you need an additional form, please contact Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmeryca.com.

 

Once information is available for 3K and PreK for All, OLMCA will send it out accordingly.

 

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

  • March 31, 2022- Returning Families who received an award in the previous academic year
  • April 30, 2022- New Families (students who did not receive an award in previous academic year)

OLMCA Mask Mandate

Governor Hochul announced on Sunday, February 27, 2022, that the NYS School Mask Mandate would be lifted as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. For all the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn effective Wednesday, March 2 the face-covering mitigation strategy will be a recommended mitigation strategy. Face coverings will be an individual choice for school personnel and a parental choice for all students. However, please note that the New York City-funded Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs (UPK) must continue to wear masks as required by the New York City Department of Education.

The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn remain committed to offering safe in-person instruction. In September 2021 the decision was made by the Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic Schools Support Services to temporarily implement the face-covering mitigation strategy with the intent to monitor the COVID-19 impact on the return to schools and reevaluate on October 1, 2021. During that reevaluation period, the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) and Governor Hochul issued a Face Mask mandate requiring all individuals over the age of two to wear a face mask while on school property.

Beginning September 2020, the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn have been compliant with the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines of both the NYS DOH and NYC DOH. The Catholic Academy and Parish School communities working together successfully keep their schools safely open for in-person instruction by implementing a layered approach of multiple preventive mitigation strategies.

As the pandemic evolved and public health officials learned more about the COVID-19 virus and its variants, we experienced many changes in the NYS DOH and NYC DOH COVID-19 Safety and Health protocols. The Catholic Academies and Parish schools continued to adapt their COVID-19 safety and health protocols as new guidelines and information was shared by city and state health officials.

Governor Hochul announced on Sunday, February 27, 2022, during a rare weekend press briefing that the NYS School Mask Mandate would be lifted as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will adapt our COVID-19 safety and health guidelines in alignment with this update. Effective Wednesday, March 2 the face-covering mitigation strategy will be a recommended mitigation strategy. Face coverings will be an individual choice for school personnel and a parental choice for all students. However, please note that New York City-funded Pre-K-3 and Pre-K-4 programs (UPK) must continue to wear masks as required by the New York City Department of Education.

As we continue to adapt the COVID-19 mitigation strategies we are mindful that other mitigation preventive strategies will continue to be implemented:

Speaking with your Healthcare Provider regarding Vaccination

Staying home when sick and getting tested

Recommended face covering

Physical Distancing

Ventilation

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

Isolation and quarantine protocols in combination with Test to Stay Strategy

Cleaning and disinfection

We respect all faculty, staff, and parents of differing opinions, and we understand the concern on both sides of the issue. No individual, faculty, staff, or student will be discouraged from wearing a face-covering at school, and face coverings will remain a recommended mitigation strategy. If you have questions or concerns it is recommended you speak with your or your child’s healthcare provider. However, the Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will continue to adapt their COVID-19 Safety and health protocols as new guidelines and information is shared by city and state health officials.

Together our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have safely guided their school communities from the beginning of the pandemic and together will continue to safely guide their school communities to the end of the pandemic.

We appreciate your support and cooperation with the updated COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. These guidelines will continue to be monitored and updated as city and state guidance continues to evolve.

May God continue to bless all our Catholic Academy and Parish School communities!

Thank you

Principal Newsletter 2.16.22

 

OLM WINTER BLOOD DRIVE

Parish Hall On Sunday, 2/27 (8:45am-2:45pm)

 OLM will once again be sponsoring a winter Blood Drive for the New York Blood Center. Last year OLM sponsored three blood drives (instead of our normal two drives) because of the severe blood shortage. OLM parishioners and neighbors turned out and supported all three drives. Our drives were able to collect a total of 159 pints of blood for the New York Blood Center. As we continue to live under the cloud of the pandemic, there continues to be a severe shortage of blood throughout the metropolitan area. When we hold our winter blood drive, it will be about 2 weeks short of the two year anniversary of this pandemic. Two years of lost blood drives and donors have added a great stress to the blood supply chain that was already stressed before the pandemic.

Donating blood is a simple process as is making an appointment to donate: To make an appointment, please go to NYBC.org. Use the Donate Blood tab (under the New York Blood Center logo) and when the drop down appears, click on Schedule Donation. Click on the Sponsor Name Search tab and then enter Our Lady of Mercy. Enter 02/27/2022 in both the Start Date and End Date boxes and click on Search. On the next page, click on Schedule and when the next page appears, choose Whole Blood or Automated Red Cell (automated red cell is a double red cell donation) and then select your donation time. You may also schedule an appointment by calling the Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566.  For the safety of the donors and Blood Center workers, donors must wear masks and observe social distancing throughout the entire donation process. Remember to bring your donor card or your donor ID number, if you have one, and a photo ID on February 27th. Eat a good meal before donating and do not skip breakfast! Please mark your calendars now for the blood drive. It only takes a little of your time. Please help save lives!

Mid-Winter Recess Reminder

Friday, February 18th is a regular dismissal for all students. There is no extended care on Friday, February 18th. OLMCA will be closed Monday, February 21st through Friday, February 25th for Mid-winter Recess.

Re-registration

Priority registration for current students and their relatives began on Friday, January 22nd. Families must be current on this year’s tuition to register for next year. It is imperative that you return the form with the fee as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a seat for the 2022-2023 school year as spacing is limited due to social distancing and we have a wait list for several grades. All re-registration documents must be submitted as soon as possible. If you need an additional form, please contact Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmeryca.com.

Once information is available for 3K and PreK for All, OLMCA will send it out accordingly.

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

  • March 31, 2022- Returning Families who received an award in the previous academic year
  • April 30, 2022- New Families (students who did not receive an award in previous academic year)

The SchoolStore

Have you heard about the “SchoolStore?” Our students are buzzing about the building trying to earn cool prizes and win gift cards for their teachers.

Thank you to all the families that have participated so far in the School Store Fundraiser. As of today, we have raised over $10,000 for OLMCA.  This fundraiser will be ongoing throughout the remainder of the school year.  To earn your first prize, you simply need to register and send out emails to family and friends.  To be eligible for additional prizes, you would earn additional points through purchases by family and friends in the “Family Book Store”.  In the family book store, there are magazines, home decor, gourmet popcorn, and many other goodies to purchase.  On the school store website, there is also a link to donate a gift card to the teacher.  100% of your donation of a gift card goes directly to the student’s teacher to be used for classroom materials.  Also on the school store website are links to other merchants such as GAP, Macys, Walmart, Children’s Place etc.  Making a purchase through the link to these vendors earns OLMCA a percentage of your purchase.

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

Our school has begun our only mandatory fundraiser for 2021-2022. We will be selling World’s Finest Chocolate Products – delicious chocolates that have been sold for years by schools and organizations. If all families sell one box, we can earn a profit of over $11,000! 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. Thank you for your support!