Principal Newsletter 10.18.21

The Flying Classroom at OLMCA

 

I am so excited to share that we will be starting a new STEM program for Grades K-8 called the Flying Classroom next Friday.

 

Captain Barrington Irving is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest pilot and first black man to fly solo around the world. He was born in Jamaica and raised in Miami where he was a stand-out football player until a pilot that was a mentor challenged Barrington to try flying.

Captain Irving started Flying Classroom to expand the STEM+ curriculum that was available to schools. With specialized expedition leaders zooming into the classrooms once a week for 14 weeks, OLMCA students get to work through engineering design projects that come in a special kit provided by the Flying Classroom. Each class will get an expedition lesson with embedded activities. Each expedition lesson also has a career connection component to help students learn about the STEM+ professional that is involved.

The Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes will be learning about aerobatic flight school, the Bionic Chef and animal conservation. The 3rd through 5th grade will have the chance to dive into honey bees, water hydrodynamics and regenerative medicine. The 6th through 8th grade will be tackling the world of sustainable cities, weather and flight plans and the Orbis Flying Hospital.

 

Check out this exciting video from Captain Irving: https://vimeo.com/617331913/0841f37607

 

Revised International and Domestic Travel Advisory Guidelines:

 

Out of precaution at this time the Elementary schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will follow the CDC Travel guidelines for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals for International Travel

This will apply to ALL International Travel.

 

Quarantine is not required following Domestic Travel.

 

Please Note: These guidelines are subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve and information is shared by city and state agencies.

 

 

Virtual Rosary Rally

 

Tuesday, October 26th at 1:30pm via Zoom

 

October is the month of the Rosary. OLMCA will host a virtual Rosary Rally led by our students in Kindergarten-Eighth Grade. For the month of October, our theme has been a “Call to Family, Community, and Participation.” Call to Family, Community, and Participation describes the belief that family are a central part of our human lives. The Church serves as our faith family likewise our school serves as a type of “family.”

 

A Zoom link will be sent on Monday morning. We hope that you can join us in an afternoon of prayer.

 

Hunt for the Golden Ticket with Aigners

What’s better than a school fundraiser that asks you to eat chocolate or drink a latte? Making sure the school funds go towards Covid expenses and supporting a local business! Starting Monday, October 18th up until Friday, October 22nd we have partnered with Aigners chocolate shop for an adventurous fundraiser called “The Hunt for the Golden Chocolate Bars!” 

Picture Day

Individual pictures will take place on Tuesday, October 19th.  Students may dress up to have their picture taken.  Students may also wear their school uniform. Eighth Grade students will take their graduation photos on this day. At this time, Lifetouch is not offering any group photos.

Save the Date

 

  • Monday, October 18th…Aigner Chocolate Sale Begins
  • Tuesday, October 19th…Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 20th …Unity Day (wear orange)
  • Thursday, October 21st…Progress Reports (Grades 1-8)
  • Friday, October 29th…12:30PM Dismissal (K-8) Regular Day for 3K, Nursery, PreK
  • Friday, October 29th…Confirmation for Grade 8 at 5:30PM
  • Friday, October 29th…Halloween Celebration (More information to follow)
  • Monday, November 1st…All Saints Day (School Open)
  • Thursday, November 11th…Veterans Day (No School)
  • Friday, November 12th….Professional Day (No School)