Principal Newsletter 10.29.20

Congratulations to the Eighth Grade Class of 2021! The students were blessed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit during their Confirmation with Bishop Tiedemann. The ceremony was beautiful and we are so proud of all of our 8th graders during this very special time in their lives. A special thank you to Mrs. Hoffman and Ms. Leone for helping to form the student’s faith in their preparation for this Sacrament. A tremendous thank you to Monsignor McGuirl for continuing our favorite Mercy tradition of “Monsignor Mondays” with our students. Thank you to Father Frank for leading such a beautiful ceremony and ensuring that the students and their guests were safe. Thank you to our Director of Religious Education, Ms. Ana Tavares, for organizing the retreat and the beautiful ceremony.

 

Please see our school Facebook and Instagram for some photos from the day.

Father Grzegorz Stasiak

It is with a heavy heart that I share that Father Greg will be transferred to the St. Lima Parish in Brooklyn. Father Greg has been at Our Lady of Mercy Parish since 2016. We are thankful for his contributions to OLMCA. From the legendary Broadway Christmas productions with Ms. Leone to the incredible sound and music production of our Talent Show. Our students created beautiful cards, created slideshow presentations, and even sang a song in Polish. A fitting contribute to an incredible person.

 

We wish Father Greg the best of luck in the next chapter of his life. His new parishioners are lucky to have him!

 

Important Changes to the November Calendar

The Diocese of Brooklyn has determined it is best to postpone Terra Nova testing for Grades 3-8 at this time. Terra Nova Testing will take place in early January 2021. We will update you as more information becomes available.

The original calendar indicated that Friday, November 6th as a professional day. This is now a regular instructional day. In addition, Wednesday,  November 25th was a ½ day. The Diocese has decided to close on this day for Thanksgiving recess.

 

Pie Sale and Raffle

 

Our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale will begin today October 28, 2020. Attached for your convenience is an order form which must be returned to the school office no later than Monday, November 9, 2020. Payment must be made in full with the order form and all checks are to be made payable to the school. ** No late orders will be accepted due to the company’s high volume. Delivery of the pies will be on Monday, November 23, 2020. Our Food Pantry is organizing Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. Their greatest need are pies for a delicious dessert. Please indicate on the order form if you would like to donate a pie to our Food Pantry. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

 

We are holding a Thanksgiving Day raffle to raise funds for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy. The revenues generated by this raffle will be used to pay COVID 19 related expenses which continue to grow. Following is a description of the prizes that are available: 1. Thanksgiving Turkey and Sides from Metro Meats: Includes a fully cooked 10-12 lb. turkey, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing and two vegetable sides. Enough to feed 8-10 people 2. Thanksgiving Basket: Includes a set of 12 Autumn Scroll Damask Napkins, and a cornucopia of products including: stuffing, pumpkin cookies, cranberry sauce, cakes/cookies/bread mixes, seasonings, sweets, and nuts. 3. Wine and Cheese Basket: Includes 4 bottles of wine, variety of cheeses and sweet/savory treats. Raffle Tickets are $10 dollars each OR 8 for $50. Raffle tickets are being sent home today. If you need additional tickets, please contact the office. When filling out the raffle tickets, kindly indicated the prize you want to win. Tickets will be sorted and entered for each prize. Raffles without a Prize Number will be placed in #3.

 

All proceeds will help to cover the cost of Covid-19 related expenses.

 

Keeping OLMCA Safe

 

 

You can help keep your school community safe and healthy by following these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission: 

 

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your health and stay home if you are sick except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.

 

  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

 

  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”

 

  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.