Principal Newsletter 3.25.21


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 one day of testing rather than the usual two. The ELA state exam is scheduled now the week of April 19th. The Math state exam is scheduled now the week of May 3rd. The Science Exam given in Grades 4 and 8 will only have a written part which will be given the week of June 7th. The performance exam has been canceled for the Science Regents.  

In addition, the Earth Science Regents exam is scheduled for Thursday, June 24th at 8:30am. 

Once we receive further guidance from New York State and the Diocese, we will let you know right away.

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 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.

Hand Sanitizer

To prevent the spread of germs, including COVID-19, CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because it reduces the amount of many types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not readily available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. I implore you to check your child’s hand sanitizer to ensure that they are using the safest possible option. Please use the following FDA article as a resource:

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, in the hopes of accommodating a larger number of our parishioners. 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.

OLMCA Picture Day

Class pictures and graduate photos have been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 14th. Please be advised that Class Pictures will not be taken this year. You still have time to order individual photos. You may visit Lifetouch at: The school code is: EVTNV7837.

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 15 through April 16 . Get the latest Catholic News and Events in the Diocese, the USA, and the world  at up to 67% off the usual cover price.

You can access the link here:


OLMCA’s Virtual Talent Show

Show off your Special Talent (dance, sing, magic tricks, play an instrument, poetry) at the

VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW FUNDRAISER. Create a 2 – 3-minute video of yourself.   Save it to a USB drive.  Label your envelope with your name, grade and USB containing the video by April 19th.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lillian Coca at

Save the Date

Wednesday, March 31st…12:30pm Dismissal with No Extended Care

Spring Recess from Thursday, April 1- Friday, April 9th

Monday, April 12…Classes Resume

Wednesday, April 14th…. Picture Day