Principal Newsletter 2.5.18

We hope this letter finds you well. As we prepare for the February Recess, here are some important updates:

Junior High Math Bee

Last week Ms. Feeley held our annual Junior High Math Bee. I am pleased to tell you that after many grueling rounds, Neev Sheth (Grade 8) will be representing our school at the Diocesan Math Bee. Congratulations to Stephen Heerey (Grade 8) for coming in as our runner-up and alternate. Congratulations to all our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders that participated. They exhibited such confidence as they answered challenging questions in front of an audience!

Scholastic Book Fair Update

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our Scholastic Book Fair such a success!  Thanks to you, we did even better than last year. We have raised a total of $2,845.14 for our school. Thank you for your support!

Here are our final Scholastic Book Fair 2018 Change Drive Results:

We raised a total of $1,620.37.  That money will help us buy resources for our school and help Scholastic send books to children in need. Thanks to everyone who participated!

The top classes are as follows:

In 3rd Place in 1st Grade with $112.56

In 2nd Place is Kindergarten with $279.75

In 1st Place is 2nd Grade with $362.79

2nd Grade will be having a class water balloon fight at the end of the year, and you will be dumping water over some of our teachers’ heads on Race for Education Day.  Congratulations, 2nd Grade! We would like to offer special thanks to Ms. Ann Quinlivan, and our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Without you, our Book Fair would not have been possible!


Progress Reports

 Progress Reports will be distributed to students in grades 1-8 on Friday, February 9. We ask that you sign and return the reports by the following Monday. The teachers will keep these reports on file until the second report card conference. I would like to remind you that all grades are regularly posted on Option C!

Candy Grams

Students/Teachers/Staff/Parents will be able to send a candy treat to anyone in the school starting on Wednesday, February 7. Students will be able to choose the treat and then fill out a card. Candy Grams will be sold during lunch and distributed on Valentine’s Day. Some of the choices include: Skittles, Starburst, Hershey bars, chocolate-covered pretzels, and more! All proceeds will go toward graduation expenses for our fantastic eighth grade class!

Financial Aid

Financial aid applications for students in Grades K-8, who attend a Brooklyn or Queens School or Academy opened on Monday, January 15. 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:

Scholarship Deadlines:

  • Families who received an award last academic year: March 30, 2018
  • New families: April 30, 2018

Catholic Schools Week

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2018 was “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Our students participated in a variety of activities! Many of our students joined us on Sunday, January 28 for Mass celebrated by Monsignor McGuirl. Afterwards, many of our current families took a tour of OLMCA at our Open House. My personal favorite day was Mission Day. Our students reflected on the mission of our school. Some students wrote thank you letter to their parents for sending them to our school while others reflected on keys elements of the mission. From Service Day to Teacher Appreciation Day, our students were living and breathing the mission of OLMCA. At OLMCA, our light shines bright!

On behalf of the entire faculty, I would also like to thank all to of the parents for their generosity in making Teacher Appreciation Day such a blast. Our fabulous faculty began the day with a delicious breakfast and each received a $50 Visa gift card! There was even special Vegan treats for Ms. Debbie! We are truly blessed to have such an amazing community here at OLMCA.